ArtDaily Newsletter: Monday, Jan 03, 2022

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A Vatican library shortens the distance between its works and its scholars
The Rev. David Nazar, rector of the Pontifical Oriental Institute, in its library’s stacks, in Rome, Nov. 25, 2021. Thanks to a German copier, a Long Island scanning firm and a New York software company, some of the texts at the institute, which over the years swelled to some 200,000 works, have just been digitized, and will soon be at the fingertips of a global audience. Nadia Shira Cohen/The New York Times.

by Elisabetta Povoledo

ROME.- On April 13, 1923, a French prelate named Eugenio Tisserant and his assistant set sail from the Italian port city of Trieste to buy some books. By the next year, after scouring bookstores and private collections scattered across the Middle East and Europe, they had returned with 2,700 volumes — and the library of the Pontifical Oriental Institute, a graduate school dedicated to the study of the Eastern branch of Christianity, was born. “I was perched on a ladder, amid the dust and the heat,” Tisserant recalled years later of his time in Constantinople, where he examined volumes “one by one, for entire days.” Modern-day church scholars may find the going a lot easier. Some of the texts at the Rome institute, which over the years swelled to about 200,000 works, have just been digitized and will soon be at the fingertips of a global audience — no voyages or ladders needed. The first digitized versions will be available to the public in mid-2022, the product o … More


The Best Photos of the Day
Best Photos of the Day
Kunstsammlung Nordrhein-Westfalen is presenting Lynette Yiadom-Boakye. Fly in League with the Night, the first comprehensive exhibition of the painter’’s work in Germany. This show exemplifies the power that painting can still have today. Lynette Yiadom-Boakye. Fly in League with the Night, installation view K20, Kunstsammlung Nordrhein-Westfalen 2021, photo: Achim Kukulies.


Boldface names give Los Angeles a new cultural center The Fundació Joan Miró presents “The Point of Sculpture” High Museum of Art touring exhibition to explore the rise of self-taught artists in America

The new Office for Metropolitan Art-designed Audrey Irmas Pavilion at the Wilshire Boulevard Temple, a futuristic, three-story trapezoid with a wood-paneled event center, sunken garden and rooftop terrace in the center of Los Angeles, Dec. 20, 2021. Rozette Rago/The New York Times.

by Adam Popescu

LOS ANGELES, CA.- On a clear December morning, Los Angeles’ greatest hits shine from the roof of the Audrey Irmas Pavilion: You can see the Hollywood sign, the Griffith Park Observatory, even a snowy Mount Baldy, all without squinting. The pavilion, a futuristic, three-story trapezoid with a wood-paneled event center, sunken garden and rooftop terrace in the center of the city, will serve Koreatown, which is among the city’s densest and most diverse neighborhoods. It is first, though, a community space for the Wilshire Boulevard Temple, the Byzantine-Romanesque domed synagogue next to the pavilion — the final piece of the temple’s long expansion plan. The temple’s dome was modeled … More


The Point of Sculpture. Photo: Davide Camesasca. © Fundació Joan Miró, Barcelona.

BARCELONA.- The Fundació Joan Miró presents The Point of Sculpture, an exhibition conceived by curator and sculptor David Bestué that addresses the major transformation that the practice of sculpture has undergone in the 21st century, while also taking stock of the impact that the origins of the discipline continue to exert on artists today. Throughout its seven sections, the show, sponsored exclusively by the BBVA Foundation, delves into fundamental aspects of the practice of sculpture. A large part of the over 100 selected pieces includes works that illustrate the origin and the burgeoning of contemporary sculpture. In addition, the show unfolds beyond the temporary exhibition rooms, presenting pieces by contemporary artists in other spaces within the Fundació Joan Miró. “Ars Infamis” is the title of the first section in the exhibition, which addresses the evolution of the concept of the copy. Ever since the … More


Josephine Joy (American, 1869–1948), Waterbirds Nesting, ca. 1935–1939, oil on canvas, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Transfer from General Services Administration.

ATLANTA, GA.- The High Museum of Art exhibition “Gatecrashers: The Rise of the Self-Taught Artist in America,” set to tour nationally, celebrates more than a dozen early-20th-century painters who fundamentally reshaped who could be an artist in the United States. Featuring more than 60 works, “Gatecrashers” investigates how artists including John Kane, Horace Pippin and Anna Mary Robertson “Grandma” Moses overcame class-, race- and gender-based obstacles to enter the inner sanctums of the mainstream art world, exhibiting their paintings widely and paving the way for later generations of self-taught artists. Following its presentation at the High, the exhibition will travel to the Brandywine River Museum of Art (May 28–Sept. 5, 2022) and The Westmoreland Museum of American Art (Oct. 30, 2022–Feb. 5, 2023). “As one of the first American museums to establish … More

Venice gets a grip on a star architect’s slippery bridge Imogen Cunningham retrospective debuts at Seattle Art Museum National Galleries of Scotland acquire rare late 18-century watercolour by Scottish painter David Allan

The Ponte della Costituzione, which was meant to symbolize Venice’s embrace of modernity, has become better known for tumbles and slips, in Venice, Italy, Dec. 23, 2021. Francesca Volpi/The New York Times.

by Emma Bubola

VENICE.- As tourists wandered obliviously on the glass floor of the footbridge, locals proceeded with caution. Venetians made sure to walk on the narrow stone strip at the center, some lifting fogged glasses to keep their eyes on the ground. When a visitor tripped, they barely lifted their gaze. “That is not a bridge,” said Angelo Xalle, 71, a retired port worker who recalled helping people with broken chins or foreheads get up from its sleek floor. “It’s a trap.” The bridge, Ponte della Costituzione, by star architect Santiago Calatrava, is a multimillion-dollar work of glass and steel that opened in 2008. Its smooth curve above the Grand Canal, near Venice’s train station, was meant to symbolize the city’s embrace of modernity, but it has become … More


My Father at Ninety, 1936, Imogen Cunningham, American, 1883–1976, gelatin silver print, 9 3/4 × 7 11/16 in., The J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles, 87.XM.74.12, © 2021 The Imogen Cunningham Trust.

SEATTLE, WA.- The Seattle Art Museum is presenting Imogen Cunningham: A Retrospective (November 18, 2021–February 6, 2022), the photographer’s first major retrospective in the United States in more than 35 years. Organized by the J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles, the exhibition is a visual celebration of Cunningham’s immense contribution to the history of 20th-century photography. It features nearly 200 works from her seventy-year career, including portraits of artists, musicians and Hollywood stars; elegant flower and plant studies; poignant street pictures; and groundbreaking nudes. “We are thrilled to open this important retrospective here in Seattle, Cunningham’s first home as an artist,” says Amada Cruz, SAM’s Illsley Ball Nordstrom Director and CEO. “She once said that she ‘photographs anything … More


Edinburgh Milkmaid with Butter Churn, by David Allan, c. 1780 – 1790.

EDINBURGH.- One of the earliest known images of a Black person by a Scottish artist has been acquired by the National Galleries of Scotland. Edinburgh Milkmaid with Butter Churn by David Allan (1744-1796) is a beautifully painted watercolour which is both exceptionally rare and striking. It depicts a Black woman alone and centre stage at a time when Black sitters more often appeared as marginal or subservient figures in group portraits. Looking directly at the viewer, she is shown in working dress, going about her daily duties and set against the backdrop of an elegant Edinburgh street. Her name and life story is unknown, but it is likely that she was a servant, a milkmaid, as suggested by the large vessel or butter churn shown beside her. Modest in scale, the image is dated to the mid-1780s to early 1790s, a period when Allan created evocative drawings of ordinary people going about their daily lives in Edinburgh, such as soldiers, co … More

Pirelli HangarBicocca unveils its 2022-2023 exhibition program “Unfinished Moon” turns $400 1971 coin into $63,000 discovery Exhibition featuring new works responds to and engages with museum’s permanent collection

Ann Veronica Janssens, Lost in Space, 1997. A cyberlight projects a point of light every two seconds, which varies each time in location, diameter and colour, and illuminates different details of the space Variable dimensions Courtesy the artist and Kunstmuseum Luzern. Photo: Aglaïa Conrad.

MILAN.- The 2022-2023 program of Pirelli HangarBicocca, presented by the Chairman, Marco Tronchetti Provera, and by the Artistic Director, Vicente Todolí, consists of eight monographic exhibitions by international artists with a wide selection of artworks that include both new productions and loans from museums around the world. With an in-depth research and significant production efforts, the exhibitions have been entirely conceived for the monumental spaces of Pirelli HangarBicocca or, in the case of collaborations with other institutions, with new displays that offer unique site-specific projects, in line with the mission of the institution. In keeping with Pirelli HangarBicocca’s commitment to making art open and accessible to all—“Art to the People”—admission to the … More


Small differences in U.S. silver dollar made a half-century ago mean huge difference in value, reports Heritage Auctions of Dallas.

DALLAS, TX.- Bidding already is up to $63,000 for a 1971-dated U.S. silver dollar prototype that was discovered by a sharp-eyed collector in California and now is being offered for the first time in a public auction by Dallas, Texas-based Heritage Auctions ( The superb condition coin depicting President Dwight D. Eisenhower on the front side and a symbolic eagle landing on the moon on the back is slightly different than 6.8 million other “Ike” dollars struck at the San Francisco Mint in 1971. “This is an extremely rare discovery of an early design stage for the first year of the Ike dollars that were made from 1971 to 1978. There isn’t even an example of this prototype in the National Numismatic Collection at the Smithsonian,” said Jim Halperin, co-chairman of Heritage Auctions which is offering the coin in an auction online and in Dallas on January 14, 2022 in conjunction with the Florida United Numismatists convention. Price … More


Amir H. Fallah, They Will Smile To Your Face, 2020. Acrylic on canvas, 8’x6’. Courtesy of the artist and Shulamit Nazarian, Los Angeles.

PASADENA, CA.- USC Pacific Asia Museum is presenting Intervention: Fresh Perspectives after 50 Years. The exhibition brings together seven Asian American artists and scholars who created new artworks that provide new ways to view and engage with the museum’s history and collection of Asian and Pacific Island art. The participating Asian diasporic artists are Antonius Bui, Audrey Chan, Jennifer Ling Datchuk, Amir Fallah, Akiko Jackson, Alan Nakagawa, and kate-hers RHEE. “As we celebrate USC PAM’s 50th anniversary, we look to the future by asking questions and reflecting on our past as it is embodied in the museum’s collection. Intervention offers an opportunity for institutional critique while acknowledging all that the museum has achieved over its 50-year history. The exhibition expands on USC PAM’s groundbreaking legacy, which includes being the first museum in North America to mount an exhibition on contempora … More

Museum brings back ‘Millions: Migrants and Millionaires aboard the Great Liners, 1900-1914’ exhibition New works and different aspects of Julia Bondesson’s artistry on view at Moderna Museet Malmo A conductor considers her future

Thomas Dart Walker (1868–1914), “The Poor of Europe Swarming to Our Shores”, from Leslie’s Weekly, 1896. Gift of Fritz Gold, South Street Seaport Museum 1993.22.87.

NEW YORK, NY.- The South Street Seaport Museum has brought back the popular, now newly reconfigured exhibition “Millions: Migrants and Millionaires aboard the Great Liners, 1900–1914” which was last on view prior to the pandemic. The exhibition is now open to the public on Saturdays and Sundays from 11am to 5pm, starting at 12 Fulton Street. Admission is free, and advanced timed tickets can be reserved at “Millions: Migrants and Millionaires aboard the Great Liners, 1900–1914” is one of the first exhibitions to examine, side-by-side, the dichotomy between First Class and Third Class passengers aboard ocean liners in the early 20th century. This exhibition features both original and reproduced artifacts from the Seaport Museum’s permanent collection including ocean liner memorabilia and ephemera, ceramics, and … More


Julia Bondesson, Installationview, 2021. Photo: Helene Toresdotter.

MALMO.- Moderna Museet Malmöopened Julia Bondesson – Cradle My Bones. The exhibition presents several new works and different aspects of Julia Bondesson’s artistry: wood sculptures, videos and paintings. The exhibition will be activated regularly through performances. Julia Bondesson combines aesthetics with psychology in her works. Bodies and body parts, charged with both beauty and melancholy, are recurrent features. The carefully carved and chiselled sculptures, with occasional scorch marks, have an exposed and vulnerable quality. Gently, they take possession of the room, like entities seemingly at rest. Julia Bondesson explores the symbiosis between body and soul. Her inspirations include Chinese philosophy and embodied cognition, where development is furthered through active cooperation between the senses and the physical body. With performative works, the artist takes an animistic approach, blurring the boundary between … More


The conductor Susanna Mälkki outside Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles on Nov. 5, 2021. Mälkki is at the top of her field as major American orchestras search for their next music directors. Chantal Anderson/The New York Times.

by Joshua Barone

HELSINKI.- It was late morning recently, not long after sunrise, as members of the Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra unwrapped their scarves, unpacked their instruments and settled in for rehearsal at the Musiikkitalo concert hall here. The orchestra’s chief conductor, Susanna Mälkki, walked in from the wings, stopping to banter with players as she made her way to the podium. Once there, she removed her medical mask with a feigned look of relief and raised a baton. With no words and barely a pause, a Lamborghini going from zero to 60 in the blink of an eye, the orchestra launched into the galloping grandeur of Szymanowski’s Concert Overture. Mälkki’s rehearsals tend to unfold like this, with seamless shifts between cordiality … More


Imperial Splendor: The Art of the Book in the Holy Roman Empire


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busan-1.jpgHaeju Kim appointed artistic director of Busan Biennale
BUSAN.- Haeju Kim, a former deputy director of Art Sonje Center, has been named artistic director of the Busan Biennale 2022 through an international open call. Kim’s proposal captured the unique history, culture, and identity of Busan. The Busan Biennale Organizing Committee (chairman Park Heong-joon, the major of Busan) announced that Haeju Kim, a former deputy director of Art Sonje Center, is named artistic director of the Busan Biennale 2022. The upcoming iteration selected artistic director through an international open call as in the previous edition. Haeju Kim (b.1980) received her BA in Plastic Arts from Université de Paris VIII in France and her MA in Cultural Studies from Panthéon Sorbonne University in France. After returning to Korea, Kim has been involved in a wide range of experimental practices in museums, institutions, and organizations in Korea. She participated … More

newzea-1.jpgNew Zealand Pavilion at the 59th Venice Biennale to present Yuki Kihara: Paradise Camp
WELLINGTON.- Creative New Zealand announced details of the New Zealand Pavilion at the 59th Venice Biennale. Small island ecologies, queer rights, intersectionality and decolonisation are all explored by artist Yuki Kihara in her Venice Biennale 2022 project Paradise Camp, curated by Professor Natalie King. The pavilion will be located at a central space in the Arsenale. Yuki Kihara is renowned for delving into the complexities of postcolonial histories in the Pacific and interrogating Western misinterpretations from the perspective of the Fa’afafine (Sāmoan for “in the manner of a woman”, Sāmoa’s third gender) community, to which she belongs. Kihara’s exhibition for Venice will be told through this unique lens, drawing attention to often untold, marginalised histories and issues facing her community. As the first artist from New Zealand to present at the … More

ai-1.jpgNational Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Korea opens a solo exhibition of works by Ai Weiwei
SEOUL.- The National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Korea unveiled Ai Weiwei: Defend the Future, a solo exhibition of works by Ai Weiwei, a globally-renowned artist, filmmaker, architect, and activist, from Saturday, December 11, through Sunday, April 17, 2022, at MMCA Seoul. Ai Weiwei: Defend the Future is an exhibition of Ai Weiwei (born 1957) that is dedicated to the artist’s numerous artworks on the themes of freedom of expression and the lives of refugees. The artist has been highly active in a wide range of areas, from painting and photography to film, installation, architecture, public art, ceramics, and publication. Ai is also highly praised as a leading artist for his active communication via various social media channels—including his blog, Twitter, and Instagram, among others—representing today’s digital era. The title of the exhibition, Defend the Future, (which is literally … More

k-1.jpgThe Kunstsammlung Nordrhein-Westfalen opens Lynette Yiadom-Boakye’s first exhibition in Germany
DUSSELDORF.- Kunstsammlung Nordrhein-Westfalen is presenting Lynette Yiadom-Boakye. Fly in League with the Night, the first comprehensive exhibition of the painter’s work in Germany. This show exemplifies the power that painting can still have today. Lynette Yiadom-Boakye (b. 1977 in London) is a painter. She paints fictional women and men in enigmatic, mostly undetermined spatial situations. Time seems to be suspended: People rest, walk, gaze, dance, talk, laugh, and converse—just as people do, and always have done. They live in private worlds; nothing is revealed about their status or role in the community. Even when they smile or gaze in our direction, they are primarily concerned with their own affairs. They look through binoculars at things we cannot see; they dream, reflect thoughts, or have conversations. Men communicate with men, occasionally with birds and other animals, … More

bird-1.jpgNew bird book from Phaidon Press
NEW YORK, NY.- Bird: Exploring the Winged World presents a remarkable survey of the avian kingdom, celebrating the beauty and popular appeal of birds throughout art, history, ornithology and culture. Bird includes nearly 300 works of all types, from richly painted medieval manuscripts, to remarkable high-speed photography, revealing how artists, illustrators, ornithologists and photographers – from the ancient world to the present – have captured birds’ likeness, character or symbolism. Curated by an international panel of experts, this rich collection showcases the remarkable diversity of species, from tiny hummingbirds to ostriches taller than humans, and icebound penguins to tropical macaws. The images chosen come from a broad ensemble of artists, designers, illustrators and scientists – from the renowned to the unexpected – including John James Au … More

throse-1.jpgThe Rose Art Museum presents “re: collections, Six at the Rose Art Museum”
WALTHAM, MASS.- “I don’t want to wallow in art history,” wrote Jack Whitten. “I want to use art history as a catapult.” As an artist, Whitten recognized the past as both a foundation and a launching pad to reach uncharted realms. Organized in celebration of the Rose’s 60th anniversary, the exhibition re: collections, Six Decades at the Rose Art Museum, casts a critical eye in these two directions: highlighting the Rose’s radical roots while showcasing the potential for future transformations. Following the example of artists featured in the exhibition, re: collections challenges art historical conventions and cultural hierarchies by charting alternative genealogies that link artworks drawn from the museum’s stellar permanent collection. “re: collections is a culmination of many years of research, teaching, and critical thinking about the art historical canon—how it was forged, by whom, its biases, … More

towner-1.jpgTowner Eastbourne presents new work by Melissa Gordon
EASTBOURNE.- Towner Eastbourne is presenting a series of new works by Melissa Gordon. The presentation, Liquid Gestures, is the largest institutional exhibition of work by the artist to date. Formed of a series of new paintings and installation works, it invites us to reconsider the influence of women artists whose work has been eclipsed in art historical prose. Gordon is a British and American artist based in Brussels whose practice, as a painter, writer, and organiser, is concerned with the body, gesture, and painting through the lens of feminism. Liquid Gestures features new large-scale paintings that further her examination of modern art histories, ideas of authorship, and the appropriation of certain ‘gestures’. In Liquid Gestures, Gordon asks us to consider the significance and influence of artists such as Ukrainian-American Abstract Expressionist Janet Sobel in relation to drip … More

neon-1.jpgThe Neon Museum receives highest national recognition with accreditation from the American Alliance of Museums
LAS VEGAS, NEV.- The Neon Museum has achieved accreditation by the American Alliance of Museums (AAM), the highest national recognition bestowed to museums in the United States. Accreditation signifies excellence within the museum community and recognizes an institution’s commitment to good stewardship of resources as well as its pursuit of continual institutional growth and public accountability to its guests, community, governments, funders, and outside agencies. Of the estimated 33,000 museums in the United States, fewer than 1,100 are currently accredited –about 3 percent of all museums. The Neon Museum is one of only six museums now accredited in Nevada. “The Neon Museum is a truly unique institution,” AAM stated in its accreditation … More

palm-1.jpg“A Beautiful Mess” and “An Eye on Michelangelo and Bernini” on view at The Society of the Four Arts
PALM BEACH, FLA.- Now through January 30, The Society of the Four Arts presents two exhibitions, offering members and guests the chance to enjoy a vibrant modern art form and close-up photography of sculptures by two Italian masters. Both exhibitions are on display in the Esther B. O’Keeffe Building, 102 Four Arts Plaza, Palm Beach. A Beautiful Mess: Weavers and Knotters of the Vanguard is a contemporary textile exhibition organized by the Bedford Gallery at the Lesher Center for the Arts in Walnut Creek, CA. The Four Arts hosts its debut as a traveling exhibition, featuring a diverse selection of fiber arts including wall-hangings, installations, and monumental pieces. “We were searching for something contemporary which featured three-dimensional works,” said Rebecca A. Dunham, The Four Arts’ head of fine arts & curator. “Most of the works in this show are huge! … More

aldrich-1.jpgThe Aldrich announces 26 artists participating in landmark exhibition ’52 Artists: Revisiting a Feminist Milestone’
RIDGEFIELD, CONN.- The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum announced the list of twenty-six emerging artists participating in the landmark presentation of 52 Artists: Revisiting a Feminist Milestone, on view June 4, 2022 to January 8, 2023. The exhibition celebrates the fifty-first anniversary of the historic exhibition Twenty Six Contemporary Women Artists, curated by Lucy R. Lippard and presented at The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum in 1971. 52 Artists will showcase work by the artists included in the original 1971 exhibition, alongside a new roster of twenty-six female identifying or nonbinary emerging artists that were born in or after 1980, tracking the evolution of feminist art practices over the past five decades. The new generation of artists included … More

entirely-1.jpgEntirely new Disney exhibition premieres at the Bowers Museum
SANTA ANA, CA.- Bowers Museum brings an entirely new Disney exhibition to families and friends this holiday season All That Glitters: The Crown Jewels of the Walt Disney Archives. The entirely new exhibition All That Glitters: The Crown Jewels of the Walt Disney Archives lets visitors see the jewelry and accessories from Titanic, The Princess Diaries and some of their favorite Disney and 20th Century Studios films in a way that they have never been able to before. All That Glitters’ three main sections each explore different facets of how jewelry is used to tell stories: “Jewelry Informs Character” explains what wearable accessories tell viewers about characters; the “Feature Vault” offers a jaw-dropping look at the most prized jewelry and accessories inside the Walt Disney Archives; and “Reflections on Reality” includes displays that tie earrings, cuff links, rings, tie pins, and more back … More


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On a day like today, German-French painter August Macke was born
January 03, 1887. August Macke (3 January 1887 – 26 September 1914) was a German Expressionist painter. He was one of the leading members of the German Expressionist group Der Blaue Reiter (The Blue Rider). He lived during a particularly innovative time for German art: he saw the development of the main German Expressionist movements as well as the arrival of the successive avant-garde movements which were forming in the rest of Europe. In this image: August Macke, Landschaft mit hellem Baum, 1914. Aquarell über Bleistift, 22.2 x 30.9 cm. Staatliche Museen zu Berlin, Kupferstichkabinett. Photo: bpk, Jorg P. Anders.

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