Comprehensively illustrated book takes the reader on a personal tour through Cornelia Parker’s works

Cornelia Parker (b. 1956) is one of the most original and inventive artists working in Britain today. Her wide-ranging practice, chiefly in sculpture and installation, touches on the fragility of human experience and is rich with visual and literary allusions. This book is the first full survey to trace the development of Parker’s career from the late 1970s to the present day, and includes work never previously published as well as extensive illuminating commentaries by the artist herself. Parker transforms everyday, ordinary objects into compelling works of art, often through acts of violence. She investigates the nature of matter, testing physical properties and playing on private and public meaning and value. Projects – which have included blowing up a shed, steamrolling musical instruments and sending meteorites back into space – have captured

Robert Bowman announces launch of ‘Bowman Sculpture’ at 6, Duke Street St James’s

Robert Bowman announces the launch of his new gallery Bowman Sculpture. Based at no. 6 Duke Street St James's in the heart of London's art world, the gallery is the foremost dealership in the world for sculpture by Auguste Rodin. The spectacular new space is in excess of 2000 square feet. Beautifully refurbished, the gallery is set over two floors and is located directly opposite Christie's auctioneers. Bowman Sculpture will be launching the new space with an exhibition of the finest European sculpture from the mid 19th century to the present day. Exhibited works will include Rodin's masterpieces 'Eternal Spring’ and 'The Thinker' alongside an exceptional early reclining figure by Henry Moore. The gallery is the only sculpture specialist to showcase such a comprehensive view of European and British sculpture from 1860 to the present day. Robert Bowman says “We had been outgrowing the other two galleries for some time.

Dia Art Foundation presents Thomas Hirschhorn’s Gramsci Monument in neighborhood of the Bronx

Dia Art Foundation presents Gramsci Monument, a new artwork by Thomas Hirschhorn, on the grounds of Forest Houses, a New York City Housing Authority development in the Morrisania neighborhood of the Bronx, New York. Gramsci Monument is open to the public from July 1–September 15, 2013. “My decision to do Gramsci Monument does not come from an understanding of the philosopher Antonio Gramsci, rather it comes from my understanding of art and my belief that art can transform.” -- Thomas Hirschhorn Gramsci Monument is the fourth and last in Thomas Hirschhorn’s series of “monuments” dedicated to major writers and thinkers, which he initiated in 1999 with Spinoza Monument (Amsterdam, The Netherlands), followed by Deleuze Monument (Avignon, France, 2000) and Bataille Monument (Kassel,

Important exhibition of works by Geneviève Asse opens at Pompidou Centre

The Pompidou Centre is devoting an important exhibition to one of the major artists of the French post-war scene, Geneviève Asse, “painter of light and space”, now known as “bleu Asse”, the emblematic colour of this artist from Brittany. The exhibition is organized around a donation made by the artist to the Pompidou Centre in 2012, composed of eleven paintings executed between 1948 and 1999, that make it possible to present her works at different stages in her artistic career. This series is completed by a selection of large-scale works, most of them belonging to national collections. A wide choice of sketch books painted from 1970 onwards, which have never been on display, also are included, together with a number of small-scale paintings, also presented for the first time. In a staging that certainly arouses stimulating reflections on the notion of pictorial scale, the exhibition shows all the creative re

Well known 20th century British artists shine out in 25 Blythe Road’s next paintings sale

25 Blythe Road’s first auction on their newly launched iRostrum online auction platform will take place on Tuesday 9th July offering a selection of British and Continental Pictures following public viewing at their London auction galleries. Pictures will range in value from decorative works starting at £50 to higher valued works for the collector of up to £10,000. 25 Blythe Road have been early recognisers of the enormous potential of the online art market, which in now estimated to be worth a staggering $56 billion and continues to grow. They began operating online auctions in 2012, however this next auction will be their first with the innovative iRostrum online auction platform. Thomas Del Mar who founded 25 Blythe Road in 2007 says 'we chose iRostrum for their integral functionality and their platform's

Galerie Lelong presents photographic works with a focus on artists of the gallery

In Summer Exposure, Galerie Lelong presents photographic works with a focus on artists of the gallery who examine the function of a photograph to document or to construct. The works explore themes of political and social injustice, identity, and contemporary conflicts between man and nature. The exhibition features straight and manipulated photographs, many of which have rarely been exhibited, in a range of formats including silver gelatin prints, C-prints, light boxes, mixed media, and collage. Several artists are not immediately associated with photography, yet the selected works mark an important facet of their oeuvres. The exhibition was inspired by Alfredo Jaar’s current representation of Chile in the 55th Venice Biennale. As is true for many of the works in Summer Exposure, Jaar’s Double Vision (2005) is an exercise in seeing. Jaar examines the dichotomy between the authority of

The Crocker Art Museum presents an intimate look at the history of French drawings

The Crocker Art Museum presents “The Epic and the Intimate: French Drawings from the John D. Reilly Collection.” On view June 30 through September 29, 2013, this exhibition from the Snite Museum of Art at the University of Notre Dame brings together 60 works illustrating the history of French drawing from before the foundation of the Académie Royale de peinture et de sculpture (Royal Academy of Painting and Sculpture) in 1648, through the French Revolution of 1789 and its subsequent reforms of the 1800s. Now known as the École nationale supérieure des Beaux-Arts, the Academy has served as the epicenter of the French artistic world from the time it was founded. “The Epic and the Intimate” surveys the first three centuries of the Academy, beginning with its founders and their contemporaries and ending with works by artists such as Eugène

China Internet users celebrate return of rare bronzes by French billionaire Francois-Henri Pinault

Chinese Internet users celebrated the return of two rare bronze animal heads looted by European powers more than a century ago, underlining continued popular demands to redress what state-approved history books call colonial "humiliation". French billionaire Francois-Henri Pinault on Friday handed the bronzes, one of a rabbit and one of a rat, back to China after they were looted from Beijing's Old Summer Palace at the end of the Second Opium War. The bronzes shot to fame in 2009, when a Chinese bidder offered 14 million euros for each at an auction, but refused to pay on the grounds that the artefacts were part of the country's national heritage and had been removed illegally. The return of the eighteenth century bronzes was a proud occasion for Chinese patriots, many of whom see the nineteenth century -- when foreign powers occupied parts of China by military force -- as a period of national humiliation still in need of redress. China's ruling Communist Party has long gained public s

“Keith Haring & Friends”: New exhibition at Taglialatella Gallery explores the artist and his friends

After a first Keith Haring exhibition in 2011, Taglialatella Gallery honors for the second time the father of the "Radiant Baby", one of its leading artist, with a new exhibition entitled "Keith Haring & Friends." This exhibition is organized concomitantly to the current major retrospective of the artist at the Museum of Modern Art in Paris based on the political aspect of his artistic approach. The gallery endeavours to immerse the spectator into the world of the 80s in New York City and to gather around the work of Keith Haring some artworks of his contemporaries and friends such as Andy Warhol, Jean-Michel Basquiat or Kenny Scharf. The will is to spotlight the accessible dimension of his approach with the presentation of his subway drawings, limited edition prints and drawings, all representative of his pop world, and to highlight points of mutual interest with his contemporaries. Indeed, all these artists and friends, driven