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Sunday, December 23, 2012
 Lyndon Baines Johnson Library opens new exhibits after multi million dollar renovation
New exhibits about Lyndon Baines Johnson's presidency are displayed at the LBJ Presidential Library in Austin. An insider’s look at how Johnson delt with challenges is on display at the newly remodeled LBJ Presidential Library in Austin, where the old 1970s-style exhibits now use 21st century technology to put visitors in Johnson’s shoes. Mark Updegrove, the library’s director, said the reopening comes as historians take a fresh look at Johnson’s efforts to fight poverty and improve the health of the nation by creating a Great Society. AP Photo/Statesman.com, Jay Janner.
By: Anne Wheeler
AUSTIN, TX.- On Saturday, December 22, 2012, the LBJ Presidential Library unveiled innovative, state-of-the art exhibits giving visitors a contemporary experience relating to one of the most significant presidents and eras in our country’s history. Following a massive yearlong renovation, new exhibits have been installed on the three public floors of the Library. By incorporating the latest technology and interactive elements used in museums today, the Library has a completely new look and feel. “Our goal is for visitors to better understand this largely misunderstood president,” said Mark K. Updegrove, LBJ Library Director. “The redesigned Library will provide meaningful context to the vast and sweeping legislation passed during the Johnson Administration and visitors will learn how those laws impact us today. Exhibits will explore all aspects of Johnson’s presidency, ... More
The Best Photos of the Day
ATHENS.- The Museum of Cycladic Art presents its new archaeological exhibition under the title Princesses of the Mediterranean in the dawn of History, curated by the MCAs Director Professor Nicholas Stampolidis, in collaboration with Dr Mimika Giannopoulou. The exhibition presents 24 examples of princesses from Greece, Cyprus, Southern Italy, and Etruria from 1,000 to 500 BC, and over 500 artefacts.
The Whitney Museum of American Art presents American Legends: From Calder to O'Keeffe
 
Ilya and Emilia Kabakov organize exhibition of their work with that of El Lissitzky at Van Abbemuseum
 
New exhibition 'Princesses' of the Mediterranean in the dawn of History opens at the Museum of Cycladic Art
Marsden Hartley, Madawaska, Acadian Light-Heavy, Third Arrangement, 1940. Oil on composition board, 27 7/8 x 21 3/4in. Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; gift of Nina and Herman Schneider, Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney, and Dr. Meyer A. Pearlman by exchange, purchase by exchange, and purchase with funds from the Director's Discretionary Fund 2005.89. Photo: Sheldan C. Collins.
NEW YORK, NY.- Eighteen early to mid-century American artists who forged distinctly modern styles are the subjects of American Legends: From Calder to O’Keeffe, opening December 22 at the Whitney Museum of American Art. Drawing from the Whitney’s permanent collection, the year-long show features iconic as well as lesser known works by Oscar Bluemner, Charles Burchfield, Paul Cadmus, Alexander Calder, Joseph Cornell, Ralston Crawford, Stuart Davis, Charles Demuth, Arthur Dove, Marsden Hartley, Edward Hopper, Gaston Lachaise, Jacob Lawrence, John Marin, Reginald Marsh, Elie Nadelman, Georgia O’Keeffe, and Joseph Stella. Curator Barbara Haskell has ... More
 
El Lissitzky, Lenin Tribune, scetch, 1920. Collection State Tretyakov Gallery, Moscow.
EINDHOVEN.- The Van Abbemuseum asked the artists Ilya (1933) and Emilia (1945) Kabakov to organise an exhibition of their work together with that of El Lissitzky (1890-1941), as guest curators. For the Lissitzky – Kabakov exhibition they made an extensive selection from their own work and that of Lissitzky. It is the first time that the oeuvres of these famous 20th-century Russian artists are being presented together. Bringing together Lissitzky and the Kabakovs completes the circle which started with the revolutions in the early years of the twentieth century and finished with the upheavals of 1989. The confrontation between early Soviet art and that of the later Soviet era presents opportunities for a better understanding of the art and culture of the intervening period. In addition to works from the collection of the Kabakovs and the Van Abbemuseum, there are loans from the Tretyakov Gallery in Moscow, the Guggen ... More
 
Head and torso of a female funerary statue 625 BC Vetulonia, Pietrera tumulus. Florence, National Archaeological Museum Burials in the National Archaeological Museum of Florence: Fernando Guerrini and Mauro del Sarto. Soprintendenza Archeologica della Toscana, Photographic Archive.
ATHENS.- The Museum of Cycladic Art presents its new archaeological exhibition under the title ‘Princesses’ of the Mediterranean in the dawn of History, curated by the MCA’s Director Professor Nicholas Stampolidis, in collaboration with Dr Mimika Giannopoulou. The exhibition presents 24 examples of ‘princesses’ from Greece, Cyprus, Southern Italy, and Etruria from 1,000 to 500 BC, and over 500 artefacts. Royal ladies or princesses; priestesses or healers; women of authority or knowledge; local women, who stood apart from the rest; other women, who accepted and adopted the cultural traits of different societies or of the men they married in their homeland – local or foreign men – or even those women, who for reasons of intermarriage, traveled from one ... More
Comprehensive overview exhibition of Ernst Wilhelm Nay's work on view at Kunstmuseum Bonn
 
Form Color Space: Aurel Scheibler opens new space with exhibition focusing on four German artists
 
Swiss artist Thomas Hirschhorn installs an incredible number of objects reminiscent of an airport
Comet, 1964. Aquarell auf Aquarellpapier, 59,5 x 47,5 cm, Privatsammlung Frankfurt a. M; Foto: Alexander Beck, Frankfurt a.M. E. Nay-Scheibler, Kln/ VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2012.
BONN.- In close cooperation with the Ernst Wilhelm Nay Stiftung in Cologne, the Kunstmuseum Bonn has conceived a comprehensive overview exhibition of Ernst Wilhelm Nay’s (1902, Berlin --- 1968, Cologne) gouaches, water colours and drawings. The exhibition includes 150 works on paper owned by the Stiftung, museums and private lenders, that describe Nay’s artistic development from the early Lofoten-Bilder up to the late Scheiben-Kompositionen. This compilation of works shows the equal status that gouache, water colour and painting have in Nay’s oeuvre in regard to his dealing with colour. With good reason, Nay is considered the one German artist who after 1945 has realized most consequently colour as a painting’s autonomous energy. The exhibition illustrates how his drawings make clear the ... More
 
Ernst Wilhelm Nay, Schwarze Kette Grn zu Rot, 1966, E. Nay-Scheibler, Kln/VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn, 2012.
BERLIN.- Aurel Scheibler inaugurated his new location at Schneberger Ufer with FORM FARBE RAUM (Form Color Space), an exhibition which focuses on four German artists whose work very much evolved around these three elements: Hans Uhlmann (1900-1975), Willi Baumeister (1889-1955), Norbert Kricke (1922-1984) and Ernst Wilhelm Nay (1902-1968). FORM FARBE RAUM shows paintings, sculpture and works on paper mainly originating from the 1950s and 1960s. The exhibition runs from 8 December until 16 February. ‘Degenerate’ was a term which had made a whole contingent of Germany’s most influential and important artists non-entities for more than a decade. Prohibited to work, to exhibit, to even obtain canvas or paint, they were bereft of their livelihood and their essence. For many of them, employment in another professional environment or military service formed their official existence while the shadow side of life ... More
 
Thomas Hirschhorn, Flugplatz Welt/World Airport, 1999. Mixed media, variable dimensions. Mudam Luxembourg Collection, acquisition 2000. Photos: Thomas Hirschhorn.
LUXEMBOURG.- Produced originally for the Venice Biennale in 1999 and presented in 2000 at the Renaissance Society of Chicago, Thomas Hirschhorn’s installation Flugplatz Welt/World Airport occupies for the Mudam exhibition an entire gallery space. Over an area of more than 400 m2, the Swiss artist installed an incredible number of objects reminiscent of an airport. One finds not only the runway, the planes in the colours of various airlines, the control tower, and the typical neon airport lighting: Hirschhorn also adds numerous other elements, such as gigantic silver spoons, altars with known brand shoes, as well as panels on which a profusion of newspaper cuttings evoking a highly varied range of subjects are displayed. These diverse elements were made of inexpensive materials, one of the hallmarks of his work: foils, ... More
Angela at 80: Exhibition at Flowers Gallery celebrates Angela's 80th birthday
 
Christie's in Paris announces charity sale to benefit "Villages and People" NGO
 
Career overview of the work by visionary artist Sturtevant on view at Kunsthalle Zurich
Saint Anthony in the Desert 2012. Kevin Sinnott, courtesy Flowers Gallery, London.
LONDON.- Angela Flowers is one of the most prominent contemporary art dealers in the UK. She established her first gallery in an attic space above a left wing co-op in central London more than 40 years ago. Flowers Gallery now operates internationally out of three spaces: Shoreditch and Mayfair in London and Chelsea, New York. Angela is credited with an intuition that has seen her pre-figure the BritArt explosion and trail-blaze the artistic route to East London. She is one of few gallerists to have succeeded in guiding her business through five recessions, and on the way has helped to launch the careers of artists including Ian Breakwell, Tom Phillips, Nicola Hicks and Penelope Slinger. Quick to gain a reputation for presenting museum quality exhibitions, Angela has shown many of today’s most recognised names in art, among them Anish Kapoor, Anthony Gormley, Ron Mueck, Jake and Dinos Chapman, Tony Cragg, Richard ... More
 
Peter Klasen, 2012, acrylic paint, collage and objects on wooden Zafimaniry window shutter. Photo: Nazheli Perrot and Anthony Peskine.
PARIS.- Seventy-two contemporary artists are helping Madagascar. Using as their base materials doors and shutters hand-carved by Zafimaniry people from the high plateaux of Madagascar, they have created 72 works that invite us to look at Zafimaniry culture side by side with contemporary art. All proceeds from the sale of these works will go to help disadvantaged populations living on less than one US dollar a day. The inhabitants of the village of Antoetra, the source of Zafimaniry expertise, will thus have access to water, health, education and a dignified environment that respects their culture. These doors and shutters hand-carved by the Zafimaniry are being exhibited in France for the first time. The skills of Zafimaniry sculptors have been placed by UNESCO since 2008 on the representative list of Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity. Madagascar’s needs are immense. Painters, sculptors, architects and designers ... More
 
Sturtevant, Johns Target with Plaster Casts, 1999. Encaustic and collage on canvas with 8 objects. Private Collection, Paris Sturtevant. Photo: sa Lundn, Moderna Museet, Stockholm.
ZURICH.- Clone, doppelganger, reflection? American-born and Parisian resident Sturtevant (born in Lakewood, Ohio) has been questioning the meaning of art and the traditional understanding of the artistic creation process for over half a century. Differentiating repetition in the Deleuzian sense and the question of the original in a reality shaped by simulacra are central to her approach to art, which is characterised by rigorous and tenacious thinking. Since the 1960s, Sturtevant has consistently repeated paintings, sculptures and installations with a view to exploring concepts like “authenticity”, “authorship” and “representation” – for example, Andy Warhol’s flowers in 1965. The exhibition Image over Image brings together many of her ground-breaking repetitions of works by Warhol, Marcel Duchamp, Joseph Beuys, Jasper Johns and Flix Gonzlez-Torres, six of ... More
Exhibition at La Malmaison Arts Centre in Cannes presents works by French photographer Andr Villers
 
Pour une grammaire du hasard: Works by five artists in exhibition at Kunsthalle Fribourg
 
Race to the Remix challenges public to create exhibition at the Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute
Portrait de Csar, jet d’encre, 1990. Tirage unique, 60,5 x 50 cm. Sign et dat bas droit.
CANNES.- Your disregard of established values removes us from these cultural peons ...The note sent to Andr Villers by Robert Doisneau thirty years ago echoes the very sentiments of the photographer in his autobiography. A reading of the excerpts presented here is a testament – in the image of the man himself – to a simple and candid language, on occasion radical and not devoid of irony, which is quite clearly leagues removed from the convoluted gibberish typically spawned by the art world. You can also listen to it in this introductory interview to the visit, in the reflection of the poster dedicated to the Picasso, Paths of the South exhibition shown this summer, which is directly linked to the “work” of this photographer who captured metamorphosis and chance so well and whose 60-year career is being celebrated by La Malmaison Arts Centre today. Doisneau also said: In these times when the media enforce their inclination for the products of stridency and ... More
 
Analia Saban, Decant (from Floor) #1, 2011. Concrete on canvas. Images courtesy of the artist and Praz-Delavallade, Paris. Rebecca Fanuele.
FRIBOURG.- For many years, painting has been equated with notions such as permanence or skill; furthermore, it is an art form that excels in adapting to accidentality, temporariness or instability. The present exhibition focuses on the production of pictorial work as such: the determinism of selected materials, coincidences and temporary compositions appear to establish themselves as principles of construction, thus challenging the authoritarian vision of the work of art. In painting, the processes of negotiation, decision-making and resignation, the fluctuation between control and release therefore suggest that intention is nothing more than an initial step towards the self-empowerment of the work of art in itself. Although the works featured in the exhibition are not necessarily paintings, the reading and the perception that they convey directly evoke this register. A common trait shared by the artists is a more or less ostentatious anti-heroism; for some, this quality finds ... More
 
A patron looks at two contrasting works in "The Clark Brothers Collect: Impressionist and early Modern Paintings," exhibit at the Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute in Williamstown, Mass., June 4, 2006. AP Photo/Nathan K. Martin.
WILLIAMSTOWN, MASS.- —In a unique curatorial twist, the Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute will launch Race to the Remix, a 48-hour competition that will determine the third installation of the uCurate exhibition. uCurate is an interactive program that invites users to design their own installations for a Clark gallery, using works featured in Clark Remix, an installation of some 400 works from the Institute’s permanent collection. The race begins at 5 pm on January 18, 2013 and will conclude at 5 pm on January 20, 2013. The winning exhibition will open to the public on March 23, 2013. When uCurate was launched earlier this year, the Clark announced plans to select three submissions for future installation in its exhibition galleries. The first, Giselle’s Remix, was created by eleven-year-old Giselle Ciulla after Clark curators reviewed more than 1,000 submissions; it runs through ... More
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Cynthia-Reeves announces Soo Sunny Park installation at Cranbrook Art Museum
NEW YORK, NY- Cynthia-Reeves announce the installation of SSVT (South Strafford, Vermont) Vapor Slide, a complex and beautiful site-based installation by Soo Sunny Park, in the Wainger Gallery at the Cranbrook Art Museum in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan. Recently shown at Fabrications (Newport, NH), an exhibition curated by CYNTHIA-REEVES, SSVT will remain on view at Cranbrook through March 17, 2013. Park’s large-scale installation, SSVT (South Strafford, Vermont) Vapor Slide (2007), is a monumental work that achieves both an ethereal presence and the sense of an integrated environment. Made of quotidian materials—chain link fence, plastic cups, paper clips, and river rocks—Park brings these seemingly innocuous materials together in an unexpected and imaginative way, crafting a dazzling environment of diffused light, suspended canopies, and ... More
Thea Djordjadze's sculptures, organisms and indeterminable landscapes on view at Malmo Konsthall
MALMO.- Thea Djordjadze creates in a site-specific way. Although many of the objects are made in her studio, her works acquire their final form within their exhibition space; giving a work its final configuration and adapting it to the specific space are a crucial part of her approach. She often works to the very last moment, thereby keeping the relationship between the object and the space open as long as possible. The result is a kind of mutual transformation in which the art adapts to the space and the space to the art – an organism composed of objects and the impressions those objects leave after themselves. A movement which leads on to the next one. Djordjadze creates sculptures, organisms and indeterminable landscapes – traces and craters of modernism, impressions of something out of keeping with the times. Her sculptures reflect both antique landscapes from nomad cultures and the ... More
RM Group of companies enjoys significant growth and record $360 million in auction sales during 2012
BLENHEIM, ON.- The RM group of companies, incorporating RM Auctions and Auctions America, continued its successful sales run in 2012, generating more than $360 million* in total sales to cement its position as the world’s largest collector car auction company. Eclipsing its record-setting performance of 2011, the impressive 2012 results represent an all-time high for the hobby and include the sale of more than 3,000 vehicles at 20 separate events in four countries. “2012 has been another year of great performance and significant growth for the RM group of companies. Our two auction companies, each with their own brand identity, achieved their best performances to date in 2012 and enabled us to once again seamlessly serve the entire spectrum of the collector car market and offer enthusiasts a broad range of venues to best match their automobiles,” says Rob Myers, Chairman ... More
Low-water rivers offering up glimpse of history
By: Jim Salter, Associated Press
SAINT LOUIS (AP).- From sunken steamboats to a millennium-old map engraved in rock, the drought-drained rivers of the nation's midsection are offering a rare and fleeting glimpse into years gone by. Lack of rain has left many rivers at low levels unseen for decades, creating problems for river commerce and recreation and raising concerns about water supplies and hydropower if the drought persists into next year, as many fear. But for the curious, the receding water is offering an occasional treasure trove of history. An old steamboat is now visible on the Missouri River near St. Charles, Mo., and other old boats nestled on river bottoms are showing up elsewhere. A World War II minesweeper, once moored along the Mississippi River as a museum at St. ... More
Artist Michael Najjar completes first phase of cosmonaut training
STAR CITY- Michael Najjar has successfully taken a cosmonaut training program at GCTC, the Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center in Star City, Russia. Inaugurated on January 11, 1960, the training center changed its name in 1969 to honor Yuri Gagarin, the first man to fly in space. Throughout its history, the mission of the GCTC has been to prepare and train cosmonauts for a variety of space flights through realistic simulation of space conditions here on earth. Michaels first training phase included two major milestones: weightlessness in a spacewalk simulation with the heavy Orlan-M spacesuit in the gigantic water tank of the Hydrolab, and an Edge of Space flight with the famous Russian jetfighter MIG-29 where he was catapulted with supersonic speed into the stratosphere, reaching a height of 19,500 meters. Whilst completing his training Michael also managed to ... More
Exhibition focuses not on physical location but on our connection with other places
AMSTERDAM.- Does a person's location determine their identity? From 13 December to 14 April, the Tropenmuseum presents Imagines Places, focusing not on physical location but on our connection with other places. Adrian Paci, Zineb Sedira, Bouchra Khalili, Claudia Cristovo and Ho-Yeol Ryu use photos and video installations to show real and imaginary places, chosen and unchosen journeys. Imagined Places is a presentation about the desire to be somewhere else and the reality of forced migration. Imagined Places is the last in a series of four experimental contemporary art exhibitions supported by the Mondrian Fund. In these four presentations: The Dono Code, Betsabe Romero; Cars & Traces, Erick Beltrn; The World Explained and Imagined Places, the Tropenmuseum is developing a vision of art's role in a cultural museum. Imagined Places was compiled by Anke ... More
Mount Rushmore to be featured on new quarter
KEYSTONE (AP).- Mount Rushmore will once again grace the side of a quarter when the U.S. Mint releases a new America the Beautiful quarter next year. Mount Rushmore National Memorial says the illustration portrays two workers on the sculpture finalizing the carving of George Washington and Thomas Jefferson. Washington will also appear on the heads side of the coin, in the typical depiction found on quarters currently in circulation. The quarter with the Mount Rushmore depiction should be released in next fall. The will be the 20th quarter released in the America the Beautiful series. Each state, territory and the District of Columbia will ultimately have a design released honoring national parks and nationally significant sites. South Dakota's state quarter, released in 2006, featured a completed carving of Mount Rushmore. ... More
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