Tamar Guimarães and Kasper Akhøj open first UK exhibition in a public institution

I blew on Mr. Greenhill's main joints with a very ‘hot’ breath is the first UK exhibition in a public institution by Tamar Guimarães and Kasper Akhøj. It presents moving image and photographic works from the last ten years selected in response to the De La Warr Pavilion in Bexhill-on-Sea, a modernist building that opened in 1935 as ‘the people’s pavilion for art and culture’. Together and separately, Guimarães and Akhøj explore objects, situations and the residual histories of art, design, architecture and the institutions that present them, often exposing unexpected connections between states of rapture and modernity. For the last five years, much of their work has emerged from research undertaken in Palmelo, a small town in the Brazilian interior. Built in the 1930s around a study group and a sanatorium, many of Palmelo’s 2,000 inhabitants are Spiritist mediums

Major solo exhibition by Stephen Chambers opens at The Heong Gallery

The Heong Gallery at Downing College, University of Cambridge, announces the UK presentation of The Court of Redonda – a major solo exhibition by Stephen Chambers RA, following its highly acclaimed unveiling as a Collateral Event of the 2017 Venice Biennale. The Court of Redonda is a vast collective portrait of an imaginary court of maverick and singular individuals. The installation of 101 paintings articulates the role played by artists in envisaging a world not how it is, but how it could be. Featuring subjects drawn from different epochs and cultures and hung with reference to historic portrait collections, the court imagines a utopian society that celebrates the creative and idiosyncratic. The Court of Redonda is inspired by a literary legend that has developed around a tiny, uninhabited island in the Caribbean Sea. Redonda was claimed in 1865

Court fines Moscow cinema that showed ‘Death of Stalin’

A Russian court on Thursday slapped a $1,700 fine on a Moscow cinema which screened British comedy "The Death of Stalin" in defiance of an official ban, prompting a police raid. The film, which depicts the power struggle in the politburo following the death of the Soviet dictator, was to have been released last month but was banned at the last minute following an outcry by conservative figures. The judge fined the arthouse Pioneer Cinema 100,000 rubles (1,450 euros) for the administrative violation of screening the film last month without a distribution certificate, Russian agencies reported. The Russian culture ministry had withdrawn a certificate to distribute the film just days before its planned premiere on January 25, saying officials found it contained "information whose distribution is legally banned in Russia." Pioneer, which showed "The

Japanese scrolls, American paintings from several stylistic periods, all at Bruneau & Co.’s auction

Gorgeous Asian antiques, led by Part 2 of the George Dagher collection of Chinese Export and the Ruth Latta collection of Japanese scrolls, will be just part of an eclectic Antiques, Fine Art & Asian Arts auction scheduled for Saturday, March 3rd, by Bruneau & Co. Auctioneers, online and in the Bruneau & Co. gallery, located at 63 Fourth Avenue in Cranston. The sale will start promptly at 11 am Eastern time. “Part 1 of the George Dagher collection was great. We can’t wait to see how Part 2 performs,” said Kevin Bruneau, president and auctioneer of Bruneau & Co. Auctioneers, adding, “The fine selection of Export is sure to have collectors coming back, as we have an outstanding variety of armorial and European market Export wares.” Examples from the collection include two mid-18th century lots:

New book tells how Henri Petiet built art collection worth millions

By the time he died in 1980 at the age of 86 Henri Marie Petiet had conquered the international art market and it would take 26 years and 50 public sales to disperse his collection. Nobody knows the final total achieved at sale but in runs into many many millions. The collection of Henri M. Petiet (1894-1980) once seemed inexhaustible. The vast ensemble of modern prints gathered by this giant of the 20th century art market was indeed considered to be the largest in the world in private hands. He amassed an impressive collection of artists, owning numerous prints by Gauguin, Picasso, Bonnard, Matisse, Derain and Toulouse-Lautrec. He was an avid promoter of Marie Cassatt’s engraved work. He acquired many great prints by Marie Laurencin and Suzanne Valadon and he supported artists such as Gromaire and Goerg, even during the darkest hours of the Occupation.

Soul-searching as symbol of 70s Singapore faces demolition

The looming demolition of a horseshoe-shaped tower block that symbolised Singapore's growth from a port town to an affluent city-state has sparked soul-searching about whether enough is being done to protect the country's recent history. Pearl Bank Apartments, on the edge of the business district, was groundbreaking when it was completed in 1976 -- at the time it was the tallest residential building in Singapore, and became a model for high-rise living in the country and across cities in Southeast Asia. It was a turning point for the city-state's Chinatown, as it was the first skyscraper in an area dotted with low-rise buildings. But the 37-storey, 280-apartment block has seen better days, with residents now complaining of leaking pipes and ageing lifts. Earlier this month it was sold for Sg$728 million ($550 million) to a developer, who plans to construct a modern, high-rise