ArtDaily Newsletter: Monday, Nov 22, 2021

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The art of storytelling in Andalusian Baroque painting arrives at the Prado Museum
Image of the exhibition galleries. Photo © Museo Nacional del Prado.

MADRID.- Curated by Javier Portús, Chief Curator of Spanish Painting (up to 1800) at the Museo Nacional del Prado, and with the collaboration of the Comunidad de Madrid, the exhibition is devoted to a specific pictorial typology produced in the 17th century by some of the leading Andalusian Baroque painters. During the central decades of the 17th century a type of painting was produced in Andalusia that was notably representative of both the high levels achieved by the principal painters of the region and the expectations and tastes of one of the most active sectors of their clientele. These are works structured as series, most of medium size and commissioned by private individuals for domestic interiors or private oratories. They depict a “story” taken from the Bible or the hagiographies, either in the form of an individual’s life story recounted in greater or lesser detail, or the different stages within one biogra … More


The Best Photos of the Day
Best Photos of the Day
In this photograph taken on October 13, 2021, Afghan photographer Haji Mirzaman (R) stands next to his homemade wooden box camera known as a “kamra-e-faoree” after taking a picture at his home in Kabul. Mirzaman was just a teenager when he started taking photos using a homemade wooden box camera in his cousin’s studio in downtown Kabul, but now in his 70s, he says the “kamra-e-faoree” — or “instant camera” as it is known in Dari — has survived wars, invasions and a Taliban ban on photography, but is now in danger of disappearing because of digital technology. WAKIL KOHSAR / AFP.


Exhibition features over forty works by Impressionist master Camille Pissarro Exhibition explores Alexander Calder’s enduring and unmistakable influence on contemporary art Eli Wilner & Company reframes Alfred Jacob Miller’s “Our Camp” for the Buffalo Bill Center of the West

Route Enneigée avec Maison, Environs d’Éragny, oil on canvas, 33.5 x 41 cm (13 ¹/₄ x 16 ¹/₈ inches), 1885.

LONDON.- Stern Pissarro Gallery is presenting Camille Pissarro: Works from the Gallery Collection, an exhibition featuring over forty works by Impressionist master Camille Pissarro. The show is a rich presentation of pieces, including paintings, gouaches, watercolours, pastels, drawings and etchings, which together encapsulate his most iconic subjects. Amongst the various highlights for this exhibition is a set of early works on paper from the Venezuelan period, along with a pair of pointillist paintings from 1888, by Camille Pissarro and his eldest son Lucien, which are rarely seen side by side. In addition to this, other highlights include a stunning Impressionist snow scene from 1885, and an array of oil paintings, which are being brought together to demonstrate some of the best works from the heights of Pissarro’s career. Acting as a mini retrospective, this exhibition documents the life and work of … More


Alexander Calder, Birthday Cake, 1956. Photograph by Tom Powel Imaging courtesy of Calder Foundation, New York / Art Resource, New York. © 2021 Calder Foundation, New York / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / Pictoright, Amsterdam.

ROTTERDAM.- Kunsthal Rotterdam is presenting ‘Calder Now’: an impressive exhibition that explores for the first time in Europe the modern master’s enduring and unmistakable influence on contemporary art. ‘Calder Now’ presents twenty sculptures by Alexander Calder, alongside works by ten prominent contemporary artists: Olafur Eliasson, Žilvinas Kempinas, Simone Leigh, Ernesto Neto, Carsten Nicolai, Roman Signer, Aki Sasamoto, Monika Sosnowska, Sarah Sze, and Rirkrit Tiravanija. Enigmatic, gravity-defying installations, sculptures that induce extraordinary optical experiences, and art that appeals to all the senses reveal new connections with Calder and bring into focus the countless extensions of his legacy. This must-see Kunsthal production … More


Creation of a replica of an American frame, circa 1850s, with a hand-applied rock pattern cove, in process and prior to gilding, at the Eli Wilner & Company studio.

NEW YORK, NY.- Eli Wilner & Company announced they have recently completed the reframing of Alfred Jacob Miller’s painting, “Our Camp,” circa 1846-1860 for the Whitney Western Art Museum at the Buffalo Bill Center of the West in Cody, Wyoming. The project was the winner of Wilner’s 2020 fully-funded replica frame grant. Submitted by Karen B. McWhorter, the Scarlett Curator of Western American Art, the Miller reframing was unanimously selected by an independent panel of jurors from a very strong field of submissions. Wilner will be announcing a new grant opportunity for the museum community in the coming weeks. “Our Camp” is one of thirty-three Alfred Jacob Miller paintings and drawings in the Center of the West’s collection. It is one of five major oils in their holdings, and is significant in terms of its scale, subject, and rarity. Miller … More

Jeu de Paume opens ‘Masterworks of Modern Photography 1900-1940: The Thomas Walther Collection’ Rare Einstein manuscript set to fetch millions Exhibition presents photographic prints selected by Annie Leibovitz from her acclaimed body of work

Unknown photographer / Press-Photo G.M.B.H., Untitled (Cover illustration from Here Comes the New Photographer), c. 1928-29. Gelatin silver print, 21,9 × 16,2 cm. The Museum of Modern Art, New York. Thomas Walther Collection. Gift of Edward Steichen, by exchange. Digital Image © 2021 The Museum of Modern Art, New York.

PARIS.- In 2001 and 2017, The Museum of Modern Art in New York acquired more than 350 photographs from the collector Thomas Walther. This collection, which is now one of the pillars of MoMA’s modern collection, is presented for the first time in France in an exhibition of some 230 images. Comprising iconic works from the first half of the twentieth century, the exhibition provides a history of the European and American photographic avant-gardes. Through the works of a hundred or so photographers, from Berenice Abbott to Karl Blossfeldt, from Claude Cahun to El Lissitzky, from Edward Weston to André Kertész, this fusion of masterpieces and lesser-known images traces the history of modernity in photography. Mixing genres and … More


Einstein, who died in 1955 aged 76 and is considered to be one of the greatest physicists ever, revolutionised his field with the theory of relativity and made major contributions to quantum mechanics theory.

PARIS.- A rare manuscript by theoretical physicist Albert Einstein goes under the hammer in Paris on Tuesday, with auctioneers aiming for a stratospheric price tag. The manuscript, containing preparatory work for Einstein’s key achievement the theory of relativity, is estimated at between two and three million euros (2.3-3.4 million), according to Christie’s which is hosting the sale on behalf of the Aguttes auction house. “This is without a doubt the most valuable Einstein manuscript ever to come to auction,” Christie’s said in a statement. The 54-page document was handwritten in 1913 and 1914 in Zurich, Switzerland, by Einstein and his colleague and confidant, Swiss engineer Michele Besso. Christie’s said it was thanks to Besso that the manuscript was preserved for posterity. This was “almost like a miracle” since the German-born genius himself would have … More


Installation view, ‘Annie Leibovitz. Wonderland,’ Hauser & Wirth Southampton NY, 2021. 6 November – 23 December 2021 ©Annie Leibovitz. Courtesy the artist and Hauser & Wirth. Photo: Thomas Barratt.

SOUTHAMPTON, NY.- Hauser & Wirth Southampton is presenting ‘Annie Leibovitz. Wonderland,’ an exhibition of photographic prints selected by the artist from her acclaimed body of work made over the past two decades. This presentation focuses upon work made since the 1990s, including fashion photography shot on assignment that, in the artist’s words, ‘revealed surprising avenues to portraiture.’ The exhibition offers fresh insight into the depth and breadth of Leibovitz’s unique artistic vision via fashion, landscape, and interior tableaux. ‘Wonderland’ is the first exhibition to showcase these images together in a single space, with many of the works having not been presented since their original publication. Leibovitz’s work makes use of visual references drawn from a wide range of sources – from literature and film, to the history of photography and the long tradition of formal … More

New exhibition celebrates collaborations of French designers, Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec The San Diego Museum of Art opens ‘Masters of Photography: The Garner Collection’ First major retrospective of Andrea Bowers opens at the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago

“Rope Chair,” 2020, designed by Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec. Made by Artek Oy Ab, Helsinki, Finland. Steel, beech plywood, ash veneer, polyester, 31 1/2 × 20 × 17 1/4 inches (80 × 50.8 × 43.8 cm); height of seat: 18 inches (45.7 cm) . Photo © Studio Bouroullec.

PHILADELPHIA, PA.- This fall, the Philadelphia Museum of Art is presenting Circus: Bouroullec Designs, featuring the work of leading contemporary designers, the brothers Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec (b. France, 1971, and 1976). The title of the exhibition is inspired by their lively design sense and creative spirit: Circus is a visual parade of designs for furniture, lighting, textiles, glass, ceramics, and room partition systems. These qualities illuminate the brothers’ minimal and refined visual language, combined with their thoughtful approach to materials that merges traditional methods with the possibilities of modern engineering. Collab, the museum’s affiliate group for modern and contemporary design, will honor Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec with its prestigious … More


Featuring iconic works by the most distinguished photographers from the 20th century to present.

SAN DIEGO, CA.- The San Diego Museum of Art is presenting Masters of Photography: The Garner Collection, an exhibition featuring more than 100 works spanning major photographic movements that are diverse in subject, style and technique. Made possible by a loan from prolific collectors Cam and Wanda Garner, the exhibition includes works from many of the most influential photographers in the medium’s history. Originally installed in November 2020, but closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Masters of Photography: The Garner Collection is now open to the public November 20, 2021 through February 20, 2022. The exhibition is grouped thematically into three sections. The first, Reflections on Nature, presents a variety of landscapes, including famed environmentalist Ansel Adams’s El Capitan, Sunrise Winter, Yosemite National Park, and organic aesthetics. Things as They Are analyzes subjects … More


Andrea Bowers. Photo: Julie Sadowsky.

CHICAGO, IL.- This winter, the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicagopresents the first major retrospective of Andrea Bowers, highlighting two decades of the artist’s wide-ranging practice focusing on pressing social and political issues of our time. The Los Angeles-based artist has built an international reputation for her impressive large-scale installations, detailed color pencil drawings, and impactful videos that deal with topics ranging from women’s and workers’ rights to climate change and immigration. Collaborating with individuals and groups directly organizing around urgent issues, Bowers foregrounds the struggle for justice across many movements and generations of activists. As part of Andrea Bowers, the MCA is working with Chicago-based organizations A Long Walk Home and Centro Sin Fronteras to present their work in dedicated galleries in the exhibition and in public programs. Co-produced with the Hammer Museum in Los An … More

Gillian Wearing is spilling your secrets Olivia Walton to lead Crystal Bridges board Works by creator of much-loved Alice in Wonderland sculpture in Central Park coming up for auction

An installation view of “Gillian Wearing: Wearing Masks,” at the Guggenheim Museum in New York. What makes this British Turner Prize winner maddening also makes her fascinating — now her confessional art is on view in “Wearing Masks,” her first American museum retrospective. Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation via The New York Times.

by Will Heinrich

NEW YORK, NY.- Gillian Wearing, one of the Young British Artists (or YBAs) of the early 1990s, sailed to success on a tide of provocative confessional work. The confessions weren’t her own: Using masks, cue cards, and other distancing devices, she has been able to convince a stream of ordinary people to disgorge their most shameful secrets on camera. Since 1997, when she was awarded the Turner Prize, Wearing, now 57, has covered a lot of ground. She’s continued to amass confessions in photographs and on video, and she’s made elaborate self-portraits in which she, too, appears in disguise. She’s also been commissioned to make public sculptures of average citizens, … More


Olivia Walton lends her voice and leadership to advocacy for the arts, childhood wellbeing and economic empowerment in America’s Heartland, with such efforts like OZ Art NWA, the Momentary, Ingeborg Investments and Heartland Summit.

BENTONVILLE, ARK.- Following the recent celebration of its 10-year anniversary, Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art looks to the future today with the announcement that Olivia Walton will become the new chairperson of the museum’s board of directors. Founder Alice Walton, who has held the chairperson role since the museum’s opening, will transition into the position of board member. “I’m delighted to have Olivia step into this leadership role,” said Alice Walton. “Over the past several years, I’ve founded new organizations focused on the arts as well as health and well-being, and I’d like to focus more fully on my board chair roles at these entities. Olivia and I have worked together closely for the past several years. Not only does she have a lifelong interest in and passion for the arts, but she has also gained significant experience through … More


A self portrait of the artist in oil on canvas. Estimate £800-£1,200 (lot 532).

LONDON.- A selection of spectacular works by José de Creeft, famed sculptor of the much-loved sixteen-foot Alice in Wonderland sculpture in central Park, New York, will be offered in an important sale of European Works of Art at Olympia Auctions on Thursday November 25, 2021. The Spanish-born American artist and sculptor, de Creeft was revered for his modern sculpture in stone, wood and metal. He created predominantly female figural forms and was an early proponent of the direct carving approach to sculpture – a method of carving directly into the material, without the use of a model or maquette. His most well-known work for which he received global recognition was his sculpture of Alice in Wonderland, whose face was modelled on his daughter, Donna Maria and designed for children to climb on. The work commissioned by George T. Delacorte Jr. as a memorial for his wife, Margarita in 1956 sits to this day near East 74th Street in … More


‘Allegory of Patience’, painted by the “father of art history” Giorgio Vasari | National Gallery


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sdchild-1-y-2.jpgThe New Children’s Museum in San Diego names new leader
SAN DIEGO, CA.- The New Children’s Museum announced today that Elizabeth Yang-Hellewell will take the post of Executive Director and CEO on January 3, 2022. Yang-Hellewell is an accomplished museum leader with demonstrated success in strategic development and fundraising. The appointment comes at the conclusion of a nationwide search led by Museum Board President Caroline Perry, working with non-profit recruiters Morris and Berger and a Board subcommittee. “We believe that Elizabeth will have a powerful impact on our organization and lead us into a bright future. Not only does she have solid experience in museum management, strategic planning and philanthropy, she brings a genuine passion for contemporary art and our mission,” said Caroline Perry, Board President. “The Board of Directors and I are confident … More

cohan-1.jpgExhibition of new paintings by Grace Weaver opens at James Cohan
NEW YORK, NY.- James Cohan is presenting 11 Women, an exhibition of new paintings by Grace Weaver, on view from November 18 through December 18, 2021 at the gallery’s 52 Walker Street location. For her third exhibition at James Cohan, Weaver has created eleven paintings of monumentally-scaled women. Expressively executed in thick oil paint, the figures are arrested mid-stride as they navigate the hazards of city streets, their dynamic limbs rendered in pink against asphalt grounds. At once heroic and awkward, sturdy yet precarious, brutal but tender, her subjects contend with what it is to be a woman moving through—and taking up—space. Weaver paints with unflinchingly bold gestures that embody the exaggerated physicality of her subjects. She has left behind the thin surfaces and smoothed edges that shaped … More

firstsite-1.jpgSculptures installed in the gardens around Firstsite as part of a new project
COLCHESTER.- Works by artists Sarah Lucas, Ryan Gander, Julian Opie and Bharti Kher are being installed in the gardens around Firstsite as part of a new project, Sculpture at Firstsite. The Art Fund Museum of the Year 2021 is creating the sculpture park in Lewis Gardens as part of its ongoing celebrations marking the 10th anniversary of the striking Colchester landmark. The six works – The fallow (Bharti Kher, 2019), Imagine you are driving a blue Honda (Julian Opie, 2004), Imagine you are driving a yellow car (Julian Opie, 2004), Everything is learned, I (Ryan Gander, 2010), Kevin (Sarah Lucas, 2013) and Florian (Sarah Lucas, 2013) – are on display from 20 November, and remain in place for at least 12-months. Four have been located on the lawn area to the north of the gallery building, with two set to be placed outside the front entrance. … More

artfund-1.jpgCurators get share of £300,000 to deepen collections knowledge
LONDON.- Eleven professionals working in museums around the UK have been awarded funding to focus on research projects aiming to develop specialist knowledge around their institution’s collections. The Headley Trust and Art Fund announced today the successful recipients of the third round of the Headley Fellowships with Art Fund, a programme which provides time and resources to curators to complete in-depth research into their public collections. Among the fellowships to be supported this year is a project to tell the stories of the people who made Kent’s Powell-Cotton Museum’s natural history and ethnographic collection possible; a plan to examine and display two previously uncatalogued Early Iron Age pottery assemblages at Scottish Crannog Centre; and an initiative which will examine the history of the Museum of Cornish Life’s collections. … More

irans-1.jpgIran’s Farhadi threatens not to represent Iran at Oscars
TEHRAN.- Iranian double Oscar winning film director Asghar Farhadi has launched a scathing attack on Tehran authorities and threatened not to represent Iran at the next edition of the prestigious awards ceremony. “How can I be associated… with a government whose extremist media have not stopped these past years from destroying me, marginalising me, stigmatising me?” he asked on his Instagram page. Farhadi, who divides his time between Iran and abroad, shot his last movie, “A Hero”, a drama about a prisoner, in the Iranian city of Shiraz. “I have explicitly expressed my point of view on the suffering (the state) has imposed for years on the nation,” he said, referring to the repression of demonstrations in January 2017 and November 2019, and the “cruel discrimination” against women and the government’s handling of the Covid-19 pandemic. … More

nada-1.jpgThe New Art Dealers Alliance hosts exhibition of works by Nokukhanya Langa, presented by Ballon Rouge
NEW YORK, NY.- The New Art Dealers Alliance hosts Ballon Rouge, Brussels, for Nokukhanya Langa’s first solo exhibition in the United States, and the second exhibition at NADA’s new, year-round project space, located in Chinatown’s East Broadway Mall. In March of 2021 we had our first solo exhibition with Nokukhanya Langa at our space in Brussels; It was titled Baby, I’m not even here. I’m a hallucination. Presented here at NADA’s project space is a kind of synopsis and continuation of that exhibition. Nokukhanya’s practice is defined by her distinct and subversive visual language. She is neither of a school of pure abstraction, nor are her works plainly narrative or figurative. Instead, her works exist in the same space as do vernacular idioms. They are fugitives to direct meaning and intuitively insinuate. They layer private histories, political and cultural … More

dutchphotog-1.jpgDutch photographer Frank van Driel exhibits ‘The Art of Perception’
‘S-HERTOGENBOSCH.- Museum Slager in ‘s-Hertogenbosch, the Netherlands, presents an exhibition by Fine Art photographer Frank van Driel from 21 November 2021 until 20 February 2022. With ‘The Art of Perception’, the monumental museum shows a selection of contemporary still lifes and (nude) portraits. At the same time, the Dutch artist is launching a first monograph ‘to be frank’. Frank van Driel refers with his use of light and symbolism to the Dutch and Flemish master painters of the 17th century. He only shoots with natural light and connects past, present and future. Antique objects made of glass, silver, pottery and tin enter into an intriguing interplay with people, game, fish, flowers, fruits and contemporary objects. An extensive oeuvre has been built up with a recognizable signature. The visual artist has a great passion for purity, history … More

secession-1.jpgNairy Baghramian presents an installation at Vienna’s Secession
VIENNA.- In art that typically takes the (fragmented) human body as its point of departure, Nairy Baghramian grapples with the fundamental questions of art production: with the interrelations between production and reception, between picture and frame, between object and pedestal, for example, but also with the use of materials and the work’s interaction with the everyday. In site-responsive installations, sculptures that appear fragile, obviously in need of support, drawings, and photographic works, the artist takes a stand against the conventional pose of self-confidence, the dominant creative gesture, and its claim to perpetual validity. Her formal idiom, choice of materials, and approach have as much in common with post-minimalism as with conceptual art; the artist harnesses the potential of abstraction to address complex sets of questions … More

nsw-1.jpgArt Gallery of NSW marks ‘topping out’ for Sydney Modern Project
SYDNEY.- The Art Gallery of New South Wales is marking a key milestone for the Sydney Modern Project with the new building ‘topping out’ ahead of its scheduled completion in late 2022. Topping out marks Richard Crookes Constructions’ completion of the highest structural point of the new building – the roof of the entrance pavilion. Premier Dominic Perrottet and Minister for the Arts Don Harwin announced the significant milestone for the Art Gallery’s expansion on a site visit today. The Sydney Modern Project has made great progress since construction began two years ago and it remains on schedule and budget despite the pandemic. The roof of the entrance pavilion will be covered in solar cells, one of the key features of the Sydney Modern Project’s 6-star Green Star design rating. The Art Gallery is Australia’s first museum to achieve the highest … More

mex-1.jpgMexico fights ‘plagiarism’ with indigenous fashion fair
MEXICO CITY.- Mexico is fighting back against what it calls the plagiarism of indigenous textiles, bringing together traditional artisans and international designers for dialogue aimed at creating a more equitable fashion industry. Dozens of indigenous weavers and other artisans are gathering this weekend at the Los Pinos former presidential residence in Mexico City for the “Original” fair hosted by the culture ministry. Alongside an open-air market selling clothes and accessories such as the huipil, a traditional white cotton blouse with finely embroidered patterns, there are fashion parades resembling indigenous pride marches. The goal is to end what Mexico’s leftist government denounces as cultural appropriation of the motifs, embroidery and colors of indigenous communities by foreign fashion houses. “Plagiarism is not a tribute. Theft … More

venez-1.jpgVenezuela sets largest orchestra world record
CARACAS.- Venezuela on Saturday locked in the Guinness record for the world’s largest orchestra after thousands of local musicians performed Tchaikovsky’s “Slavonic March.” The performers were brought together by Venezuela’s publicly funded “El Sistema” program, which was founded in 1975 and has since provided classical music training to thousands of working-class children. Gustavo Dudamel, the music director of the Paris Opera and the Los Angeles Philharmonic, is one of its most notable alumni. “I can confirm that this attempt has been successful, congratulations,” an official in charge of delivering the verdict announced on a screen during a ceremony at the El Sistema headquarters. “You are officially amazing.” About 12,000 musicians, including both children and adults who are members of the country’s main orchestra, … More


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On a day like today, Mexican painter and illustrator Miguel Covarrubias was born
November 22, 1904. Miguel Covarrubias also known as José Miguel Covarrubias Duclaud (22 November 1904 – 4 February 1957) was a Mexican painter, caricaturist, illustrator, ethnologist and art historian. Miguel’s artwork and celebrity caricatures have been featured in The New Yorker and Vanity Fair magazines. In this image: Covarrubias’s caricature of himself as an Olmec.

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