Convenient Gratification: Derek Lerner exhibits at Robert Henry Contemporary in New York

Derek Lerner obsessively explores dualities and conflicting ideas about both his urge to create and its effects on the environment. Through thousands of lines rendered in pen and ink on paper the micro/macro qualities of his drawings never allow for a certainty of place, offering a visual representation this conflict through the shifting perspective. As Lerner's fictional landscapes meander across the paper, growing outward as layer upon layer is applied, they depict a co-mingling of human-made and natural systems and the tensions between those forces. The elements of each composition multiply and attach themselves to one another or consume others like fungi, cancer or suburbs encroaching on open land. He coalesces questions about how complex systems work, about parasites, pesticides and poisons, genetically modified foods, over-consumption and over-

First solo museum exhibition of artist Douglas Coupland opens at Vancouver Art Gallery

The first major visual art exhibition of artist and author Douglas Coupland opened at the Vancouver Art Gallery on May 31, 2014. Featuring over 100 works, including several new large-scale installations, Douglas Coupland: everywhere is anywhere is anything is everything surveys the past 14 years of this Vancouver-based artist’s creative output across a range of media, such as installation, painting, photography, prints, and quilts. The exhibition explores concepts of cultural identity, technology’s ubiquity and contemporary life that are central to Coupland’s work. In conjunction with the exhibition, the Vancouver Art Gallery has commissioned Coupland to create a site-specific public artwork Gumhead—a 7-foot tall interactive self-portrait by the artist, which will be on view next to the Gallery on Howe

Museum of Modern Art and MoMA PS1 announce Young Architects Program Korea

The Museum of Modern Art, MoMA PS1, and the National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art (MMCA) in Seoul announce a new partnership that will further expand the international MoMA/MoMA PS1 Young Architects Program (YAP) to South Korea. YAP Korea will provide opportunities for emerging architects in South Korea to create temporary exterior installations for summer programming at the MMCA. YAP Korea joins the annual YAP International programs at the National Museum of XXI Century Arts (MAXXI) in Rome; the cultural organization CONSTRUCTO in Santiago, Chile; and the Istanbul Museum of Modern Art in Turkey. The inaugural YAP Korea installation—chosen from finalists by a team of representatives from both museums and representatives from the other YAP International programs—will open on July 8, 2014. Moon Ji Bang (Threshold), a project team composed of Choi Jang-won,

Great names of British and Irish art dominate Bonhams £3.6 million London sale

Bonhams sale of British and Irish art yesterday (28.5.14) was headed by a roll-call of modern greats – Lynn Chadwick, L.S. Lowry, Henry Moore, Eric Gill, Euan Uglow and no fewer than four Ivon Hitchens in the top ten prices achieved. The colourful paintings by Hitchens who was bombed out of his house in 1940 and who painted for 40 years from a caravan at Petworth West Sussex, came from a single owner collection of 15 pictures – the largest such collection to come to the market. Produced over three decades the collection of Hitchens pictures sold for total of £812,100 and was 100% sold. The top price was £79,300 for ‘Poppies against a Grey Background’. Ivon Hitchens the son of a painter, and the father and grandfather of painters, started exhibiting in the 1920s going on to exhibit all over the world. He was part of the collection of artists known as the London Group. When his house was bombed during WW2 he took

First large-scale presentation of Maria Eichhorn’s work in Austria on view at Kunsthaus Bregenz

There are only very few artists like Maria Eichhorn, whose work possesses such an extremely rigorous conceptual charisma but which also occasionally engages in a subtle humor, one with which she continually succeeds in being surprising. By means of visually minimal gestures, interventions, and large-scale works Maria Eichhorn analyzes, in vexingly enduring ways, behaviors that have been socially shaped as well as political and economic interrelationships. She frequently focuses her attention on the art system in particular. A vivid example of this approach was her contribution to Documenta11 in Kassel (2002), when she used her project budget to found a corporation, the peculiar status of which prescribes that its capital may not increase. Since all the shares have been transferred to the corporation itself,

Four Sales of Chinese Ceramics and Works of Art at Sotheby’s Hong Kong achieve US$15.6 million

Julian King, Sotheby’s International Specialist of Chinese Ceramics and Works of Art Department, said, “We are delighted with the results of our first series of Chinese works of art sales at Sotheby’s Hong Kong Gallery, which follow on from the spectacular success of our Spring sales of the category in April that totalled HK$934.9 million / US$119.9 million. ur gallery space was perfectly suite to the presentation of the pri ate collections on offer , and attracted a truly international group of collectors, who competed for the finest pieces against determined online bidding. The sales were a great success, achieving a total of HK$121.3 million / US$15.6 million, nearly double the low estimate of HK$62 million / US$8 million. “The highlight of the sales series was Playthings from the Collection of Edward T. Chow, a single-owner collection of exquisite scholar’s objects an Imperial

Fundacion Mapfre opens new gallery space with exhibition of works by Vanessa Winship

Fundacion Mapfre opened a new exhibition hall in the heart of the city, alongside Madrid's main cultural institutions. Located at Calle Bárbara de Braganza 13 (on the corner of Paseo de Recoletos), opposite the National Library, the space boasts 868 square meters spread over two floors and will provide Fundacion Mapfre with a city-center venue in which to host the photography exhibitions the foundation has been organizing for several years. In 2007 Fundacion Mapfre decided to make photography a key theme of its arts program and acquired the complete Brown Sisters series by Nicholas Nixon, marking the beginning of an incipient photography collection. This acquisition also lay the foundations for a new focus in Fundacion Mapfre's exhibition program, launched at the Azca gallery in January 2009, based simultaneously on the work of the grand masters and on contemporary photographers who had earned international acclaim but had ne

“Glories of the Baroque: 17th Century European Art” on view at the San Antonio Museum of Art

The San Antonio Museum of Art features Glories of the Baroque, a focus exhibition on view through July 26, 2014. A dozen works, both on loan and from the Museum’s seventeenth-century European collection, (including three etchings by Rembrandt) demonstrate the accomplishments of this great period in art history. The Baroque style—developed in and often associated with Rome— spread to affect visual and decorative arts, architecture, and urban design across Europe. The word “baroque” was originally a term of derision. “Barocco” literally means “oddly shaped” like a malformed pearl. It was used by eighteenth century scholars to describe the art of the previous century, which they saw as bizarre and illogical. Today the term refers to the cultural and historic period that extends from around 1575 to 1725 in Europe. The style originated in Rome, and spread north

The Skies can’t keep their secret: Spencer Finch opens exhibition at Turner Contemporary

Turner Contemporary presents a major exhibition of work by American artist Spencer Finch. Finch’s first solo exhibition in an English public gallery in over 5 years brings together new and recent works by the artist, all of which reflect on the changing coastal light of Margate and other sites. The exhibition is accompanied by a group of JMW Turner’s watercolours selected by Finch from the Tate collection. Spencer Finch (born 1962, New Haven, CT), commissioned to produce an installation for New York’s High Line in 2009 and selected by Crossrail to create a permanent monumental work for Paddington Station, is known for his poetic artworks that distil his observations and experience of the world into glowing installations of light and colour. Finch, who works in a range of media, is particularly interested in the specificities of light, colour, memory and perception and his works are often made in response