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Exhibition of large paintings by Neo Rauch opens at Kunstsammlungen Chemnitz

German artists Neo Rauch poses in front of his work "Die Abwaegung" (The Consideration) during a preview of a double exhibition with works by Rauch and his wife at the Kunstsammlungen Chemnitz museum in Chemnitz, eastern Germany. From December 16, 2012 to February 10, 2013, the museum will present simultaneously the show "Gravitation" with works by Rauch's wife Rosa Loy and the show "Abwaegung" (consideration) with works by Neo Rauch. AFP PHOTO / HENDRIK SCHMIDT.
CHEMNITZ.- The Kunstsammlungen Chemnitz – Museum am Theaterplatz is showing the exhibition Neo Rauch. Abwgung from 16 December 2012 to 10 February 2013. The exhibition includes large paintings by this internationally acknowledged artist dating from the years 2002 to 2012, four of which are being shown in public for the first time: SAL, 2010, Hohe Zeit, Der bse Kranke und Die Abwgung, 2012. The latter are all large-format paintings measuring up to 3 x 5 metres. In the painting SAL “the depiction of the painter with his tools, the craggy rocks and the sea spray conjure up many different art-historical associations, among them, Jan Vermeer and Arnold Bcklin. As the artist is devoting his attention to empty space, i.e. the white canvas, with his back turned on the danger of (inner) petrifaction – that constantly lurking ghost – the picture becomes ... More

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LONDON.- An employee of the Royal Academy of Arts displays 2012 Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee by David Hockney, as part of the Diamond Jubilee gift to Queen Elizabeth II, of almost one hundred works of art from the Royal Academy of Arts at the Queens Gallery, Buckingham Palace, London. AP Photo/PA, Jonathan Brady.

Seven hundred years of French painting on view at the Wadsworth Atheneum in Hartford   Museum of Contemporary Art Australia presents the first major exhibition in Australia of artist Anish Kapoor   The Museum of Modern Art explores development of one of Modernism's greatest inventions: Abstraction

Jean-Baptiste Greuze, Indolence (La Paresseuse Italienne), 1757. Oil on canvas, 25 1/2 x 19 11/16 in. The Ella Gallup Sumner and Mary Catlin Sumner Collection Fund, 1934.11
HARTFORD, CONN.- The Wadsworth Atheneum is showcasing its exceptional French paintings with an exhibition featuring over seventy-five works from the museum’s collection. On view from October 19, 2012 through January 27, 2013, Medieval to Monet: French Paintings in the Wadsworth Atheneum provides a survey of over 700 years of French painting—from miniatures of a medieval Apocalypse to twentieth-century Post-Impressionist works by Toulouse-Lautrec, Gauguin, and Bonnard. Medieval to Monet tells the story of how the Wadsworth's extensive French painting collection has developed since the museum’s founding in 1842. Most recently, under the supervision of exhibition curator Eric M. Zafran, the museum has made a number of significant acquisitions of eighteenth-and-nineteenth-century works, including ... More
Anish Kapoor, Untitled 2012. Concrete. Image courtesy and the artist. Photo: Alex Davies.
SYDNEY.- This unique exhibition, which is the first major presentation of the artist’s work in Australia, includes works from the early stages of Kapoor’s career to the present day. It explores the artist’s continual experimentation across a variety of materials including clay, plastic, pigment, steel and wax to create works of great visual power and emotional impact. Highlights include one of the artist’s most ambitious works for a gallery, Memory (2008), commissioned by Deutsche Bank in consultation with the Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation for the Deutsche Guggenheim. In the work’s first presentation in the Southern Hemisphere, Memory completely fills the MCA’s sizable Level 3 Gallery as if squeezed between the white walls. Viewers experience the rust-coloured bulbous structure from several angles including a window that looks into the cavernous interior space. By restricting the ability to vie ... More
Gino Severini. Mare = Ballerina (Sea = dancer), 1913. Tempera and pastel on cardboard. 25 13/16 x 18 ” (65.5 x 47 cm). Triton Foundation. 2012 Gino Severini / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / ADAGP, Paris. Photo courtesy of the Triton Foundation.
NEW YORK, NY.- Inventing Abstraction, 1910–1925, on view at MoMA from December 23, 2012, to April 15, 2013, explores the advent of abstraction as both a historical idea and an emergent artistic practice. Commemorating the centennial of the moment at which a series of artists invented abstraction, the exhibition is a sweeping survey of more than 350 artworks in a broad range of mediums—including paintings, drawings, prints, books, sculptures, films, photographs, recordings, and dance pieces—that represent a radical moment when the rules of art making were fundamentally transformed. Half of the works in the exhibition, many of which have rarely been seen in the United States, come from major international public and private collectors. The exhibition is organized ... More

Review of the auction year 2012: Koller extends its position as the leading Swiss auction house   Kimbell Art Museum announces first ever loan of 20th century works from the Art Institute of Chicago   Gallery reinstallation project enters exciting new phase with 'Empire of Things'

Roelant Savery (Kortrijk 1576 - 1639 Utrecht) Flowers in a vase with lizard and butterfly in a niche. 1612. Oil on copper. Signed and dated lower left: R. SAVERY. 1612. 16.8 x 13.5 cm. Sold for CHF 5 425 000.
ZURICH.- Koller Auctions concludes the auction year of 2012 with a turnover of around CHF 100 million. Consequently this year this family company remains the Swiss auction house with the strongest turnover and one of the largest auction houses in Europe. The auction program for 2013 aims to strengthen the focus on old and modern art. In addition, the Design auctions, formerly held in Geneva, will now be presented in Zurich. The excellent annual results can be attributed yet again to the large number of international buyers. Over 70% of the objects sold at auction in 2012 went to Europe, the United States, Russia, England or the Near East. In the Asian Art sector, this figure is higher, with 80 % Chinese buyers, whereas Swiss art goes mostly to the Swiss collections. With a turnover of over CHF 50 million, the paintings department ... More
The Art Institute of Chicago. The Franke Reading Room at the Ryerson and Burnham Libraries. Courtesy of the Art Institute of Chicago.
FORT WORTH, TX.- Some of the most celebrated works of modern art are coming to the Kimbell Art Museum in the fall of 2013. The Art Institute of Chicago holds one of the greatest collections of modern European art in the world. In the largest loan of its kind from the Art Institute, nearly 100 works from this collection will be traveling to the Kimbell Art Museum. The only venue for the exhibition, the Kimbell will present The Age of Picasso and Matisse: Modern Masters from the Art Institute of Chicago from October 6, 2013, through February 16, 2014. “The Kimbell is proud to showcase Chicago’s treasures,” said Eric M. Lee, director of the Kimbell Art Museum. “Some of the great icons of modern art will visit Texas for the first time—paintings like Pablo Picasso’s Old Guitaristand Henri Matisse’s Bathers by a River. With nearly 100 paintings and sculptures on view, this will be the most imp ... More
Joseph Highmore (1692-1780), Mrs. Thomas Pelham (Anneta, daughter of Thomas Bridges, wife of Thomas Pelham), 1720s. Oil on canvas. Photo: Courtesy of the Spencer Museum of Art.
LAWRENCE, KS.- In 2010, the Spencer Museum of Art envisioned a bold reinstallation of its permanent collection. Called “Project Redefine,” the transformation represents a dramatic shift from traditionally conceived galleries organized by time period and continent to an innovative new organizational principle based on themes, drawing works from disparate regions and eras into the same physical space and, by extension, into conversation with one another. The first of these thematic exhibitions – Corpus, a collection of works of art exploring the trajectory of the human life – opened to the public in spring 2012. The Spencer is now putting the final touches on the second of these striking new exhibitions: Empire of Things. The exhibition will be unveiled slowly, with a “soft opening” throughout ... More

The San Diego Museum of Art hosts interactive art exhibition from the Centre Pompidou   Charles Ginnever's Rashomon and Amy Kaufman's drawings on view at San Jose Institute of Contemporary Art   Centre d'Art Contemporain in Geneva organizes biggest in-depth Edy Ferguson solo exhibition to date

Miquel Navarro. Beneath the Moon II: Journey through the City, 1994. Game/artwork. Commissioned by the Centre Pompidou, Paris. Museo de la Ciudad, Mexico.
SAN DIEGO, CA.- Traveling from the Centre Pompidou art museum in Paris, France, an interactive, all-ages art exhibition titled Journey Through the City: Beneath the Moon II made its United States debut at The San Diego Museum of Art on December 15, 2012. This free exhibition is the first in a new, permanent welcome center at the Museum, which will rotate art and activities throughout the year. This center will be devoted to providing visitors with alternate ways of engaging with and interpreting art, with an emphasis on the Museum’s own permanent collection. The exhibition realizes a major achievement for The San Diego Museum of Art –the start of an important collaborative relationship with the Centre Pompidou. Through this relationship, the Museum anticipates developing many, major long-term projects. “It is with much joy we welcome this special exhibition to not ... More
Charles Ginnever: Rashomon, 1993-95 (fifteen positions), Steel, 22 x 20 x 18 inches (dimensions vary with position), Photo: David Pace.
SAN JOSE, CA.- The San Jose Institute of Contemporary Art is presenting two exceptional solo exhibitions: Charles Ginnever: Rashomon, the California premiere of the complete 15-piece installation of steel sculptures modeled for the Artist’s landmark Rashomon Series; and Amy Kaufman: b+w, an exhibition and site-specific installation of large-scale charcoal drawings by this notable Bay Area artist. In addition to shining the spotlight on the practices and works of these exceptional Bay Area natives, the ICA is inviting visitors to the exhibitions to embrace the spirit and mantra of the growing “slow art” movement. Art critic Robert Hughes described slow art as "Art that grows out of modes of perception and making whose skill and doggedness make you think and feel; art that isn't merely sensational, that doesn't get its message across in ten seconds, that isn't falsely iconic, that hooks onto something deep-running i ... More
All My Troubles Seem (detail): Edy Ferguson, All My Troubles Seem (detail), 1993. Photo: Courtesy of the artist.
GENEVA.- The Centre is hosting the first retrospective of American artist Edy Ferguson in Switzerland and her biggest in-depth solo exhibition to date. More than one hundred works have been assembled in Geneva for an installation that is tantamount to a Gesamtkunstwerk – a total art work – and that shows the extent to which the artist's work has anticipated many of the debates central to artistic creation today. In her artistic practice, Edy Ferguson uses multiple media – sound and video installations, drawing, painting, sculpture, photography and performance – and multiple references drawn from film iconography, rock music and the spirit of punk, especially from the years 1960–1970. Each work combines an array of references which converge and interreact in the exhibition to weave nothing less than a web of values and meanings. The exhibition is conceived as a single and articulated Gesamtkunstwerk, feat ... More

Available now to download: Free PDF of The New Explorers Guide to Dutch Digital Culture   Let it snow! Exhibition of children's book art opens at Bruce Museum in Greenwich   Pearl Lam Galleries presents its first design art exhibition at its Hong Kong Pedder Building gallery space

The New Explorers Guide to Dutch Digital Culture offers an overview of the mayor players in the field of digital art and culture in the Netherlands.
ROTTERDAM.- Virtueel Platform, the Dutch e-culture knowledge institute, has released The New Explorers Guide to Dutch Digital Culture. The book is a fieldguide to over 150 medialabs, game companies and new media festivals in the Netherlands. It is available as free download. The New Explorers Guide to Dutch Digital Culture offers an overview of the mayor players in the field of digital art and culture in the Netherlands. With over 150 organisations, ranging from artists' communities to triple-A gaming studios, this guide offers an excellent starting point for making new connections. Any of these organisations can become a possible gateway into the Dutch vibrant digital culture. With this guide, they are all but an email away. Medialabs are the studios and research laboratories of our contemporary society. These are spaces where artists, digital specialists, scientists and theoreticians ... More
Hans Wilhelm, Jolantha, 2011. Watercolor. Collection of the artist.
GREENWICH, CONN.- Winter has arrived to the Bruce Museum in Greenwich, Connecticut, in the exhibition Let It Snow! Children’s Book Art. This family-friendly exhibition of winter scenes from children’s books features more than thirty original artworks from favorite illustrators, including many living in the Connecticut region such as Lizzy Rockwell, Jennifer Thermes and Wendell Minor. The excitement of the snowy season is depicted in vivid winter landscapes, frolicking animals, and popular sports and games such as sledding, ice skating, and snowball fights. Displayed works present the range of media available to illustrators, including pen and ink, colored pencil, oil, watercolor, gouache, papercut, collage, and digital media. “Children’s books can be a playground for an illustrator’s creativity,” explains Helen Davie, whose work is on view. In addition to viewing illustrations of the wint ... More
The Gallery aims to redefine “industrial design” in the context of China’s rapidly evolving cultural environment.
HONG KONG.- The exhibition Back to Basics—the Cross-Fertilisation of Design embraces China’s past and the re-invention of 5,000 years of traditional arts and crafts, such as cloisonn, woodwork and porcelain, for the twenty-first century and enriches the meaning of Design Art. Working with multidisciplinary artists and designers, the Gallery seeks to equalise art and design by challenging the Western hierarchy of art forms and introducing designers who work with narratives, rather than strictly “form follows function”. The Gallery aims to redefine “industrial design” in the context of China’s rapidly evolving cultural environment. Pearl Lam Design questions the Western hierarchy of art over decorative art and design, as there is no such hierarchy in Chinese tradition. Since 500 BC, the literati philosophy has been to place equal importance on all three disciplines. While Western ... More

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The American Museum in Britain hosts Superstars 2012
LONDON.- BBC One has revived the popular sporting entertainment show Superstars for a one-off spectacular Olympic special, Superstars 2012, to be broadcast at 6.45 pm on 29 December and chose the grounds of the American Museum as one of the locations for filming. Superstars was first aired in the UK on BBC One during the 1970s and 80s. Hosted by David Vine, elite athletes competed across several disciplines. Sixteen of London 2012’s British Olympic heroes (eight men, eight women) will compete against their Team GB teammates in a dramatic and thrilling competition, as they vie to be crowned the two best all-round Superstars. The athletes’ versatility and determination will be pushed to the max in eight different disciplines: on the track in the 100 metres and 800 metres; on the field in javelin and archery; in the pool in a 50-metre swim and a kayak race; and a hill ... More
'Places of Memory-Fields of Vision' opens at the Contemporary Art Center of Thessaloniki
THESSALONIKI.- The memory of Thessaloniki and other neighboring cities, such as Istanbul or Belgrade, the individual outline of each place through testimonies, overlaps, remnants and revelations, and the city itself as a mnemonic space and psychic landscape, comprise the basic axes of the exhibition “Places of memory – Fields of vision”, organized by the Contemporary Art Center of Thessaloniki at the Warehouse Β1, port area, from December 21, 2012 to February 24, 2013. Sixteen paintings, prints, photographs, videos and installations –some older productions of the Contemporary Art Center of Thessaloniki, as well as new productions that will be presented for the first time– intertwine and focus on the city’s experienced memory, the imagining of its past life and its dynamic projection in the future; they put on the map different regions from those usually celebrated through ... More
"Beatrice Gibson: The Tiger's Mind, featuring Jesse Ash" at Index-Swedish Contemporary Art Foundation
STOCKHOLM.- The Tiger's Mind (2012) is an abstract crime thriller set against the backdrop of a Brutalist villa. Six characters, the Tiger, the Mind, the Tree, the Wind, the Circle and a girl called Amy, (the set, the music, the sounds, the special effects, the director and narration respectively) battle one another for control of the film as it unfolds on screen. The film explores the relationships between these characters as they emerge and unfold: grappling, wrestling, and dreaming with one another. The Tiger's Mind was developed as part of a longer-term publishing project initiated by typographer Holder and filmmaker Gibson with the intention of deploying British composer Cornelius Cardew’s 1967 musical score The Tiger’s Mind as a means for producing speech. Six practitioners from different fields were invited to participate in four week-long conversations, in which each adopted one of ... More
Builder of California 'Phonehenge' sentenced to jail
LANCASTER (AP).- A man who built a quirky Mojave Desert compound known as Phonehenge West was sentenced to nearly 18 months in jail because he failed to pay for its demolition, Los Angeles County prosecutors said Friday. Alan Kimble Fahey was ordered to pay more than $83,000 in costs incurred for the dismantling of the 20,000-foot labyrinth of interconnected structures and telephone poles. But Fahey has repaid just $1,250 to the county, the Los Angeles Times reported. On Wednesday, L.A. County Superior Court Judge Daviann L. Mitchell questioned Fahey's claims of financial hardship before sentencing him to 539 days in jail. After the ruling, Fahey's attorney Jerry E. Lennon said the nonviolent nature of his client's offense and his documented heart condition will likely make him eligible for early release. The retired phone company technician was convicted of a dozen ... More
Survey comprising works by Lara Favaretto from the past 15 years on view at Sharjah Art Foundation
SHARJAH, UAE.- Sharjah Art Foundation presents Lara Favaretto: Just Knocked Out, a survey comprising works by the artist from the past 15 years along with a new site-specific installation. The exhibition also features the first presentation of the extensive archive of images that the artist has collected as source material and inspiration. Organised by MoMA PS1 Curator Peter Eleey, and co-organised by MoMA PS1 and Sharjah Art Foundation, the exhibition is on view at Bait Al Serkal, Arts Area, from December 15, 2012–February 6, 2013. It was previously on view at MoMA PS1 in New York from May 3–September 10, 2012, where the artist created a site-specific installation that extended through all the galleries. For the Sharjah exhibition, Favaretto presents a new site-specific work titled ICHI (2012), comprising 118 iron scaffolding pipes from Sharjah, one of which is completely encased ... More
Mali Islamists destroying more Timbuktu mausoleums
BAMAKO (AFP).- Armed groups occupying Timbuktu in northern Mali used pickaxes on Sunday to smash up any remaining mausoleums in the ancient city, an Islamist leader said. The rebels' ruthless implementation of their version of Islamic law comes just days after the United Nations approved a military force to wrest back control of the conflict-ridden area. "Not a single mausoleum will remain in Timbuktu, Allah doesn't like it," Ansar Dine leader Abou Dardar told AFP. "We are in the process of smashing all the hidden mausoleums in the area." Witnesses confirmed the claims and one resident, who said he belongs to Al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM), another militant group occupying the city since a March coup plunged the west African state into chaos. Anything that doesn't fall under Islam "is not good. Man should only worship Allah," Mohamed Alfoul said of the mausoleums, which ... More

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