Dazzling immersive chromatic commission by Liz West installed at Paddington Central

British Artist, Liz West has been awarded her first permanent London commission at Paddington Central. You can experience the intense impact of colour in this new radiant site-specific sculpture, Colour Transfer, a dazzling immersive chromatic commission spanning the underside of Paddington Central’s Westway Bridge. The artwork comprises multiple angled coloured mirrors, vertically spanning the height of the brickwork to create an optically vibrant and kaleidoscopic installation. The prismatic shapes mirror the tunnel’s architecture. The colours apparent in the work change depending on where you are within the underpass. The work appears different from one direction to the other. The coloured mirrors are positioned in a spectral arrangement running from dark red to pale pink when entering the underpass from the left

Generous gifts from a patron: The full extent revealed in new Art Gallery of Greater Victoria exhibition

The Art Gallery of Greater Victoria has been the grateful recipient, for almost four decades, of Asian art treasures from long-time patron, Dr. Judith Patt. These generous gifts have now coalesced into a new exhibition Remembering a Patron: Asian Art Donations from Dr. Judith Patt put together by her friend and AGGV Curator Emeritus Barry Till. The exhibition opens in the Graham Gallery on June 30. Dr. Patt was originally from Kansas City, Missouri, and found her way to Canada after completing a degree in architecture at Stanford University and a graduate degree in the history of art at UC Berkeley. Specializing in Asian art, she received her PhD in 1979 and joined University of Victoria in 1980 as an assistant professor of art history. She continued to develop expertise in Asian art; teaching the subject at UVic through the 1980s and

The Latvian National Museum of Art opens “Ciao! Niklāvs Strunke in Italy. The 1920s”

The exhibition Ciao! Niklāvs Strunke in Italy. The 1920s is on view in the 4th Floor Exhibition Halls of the main building of the Latvian National Museum of Art in Riga from 30 June to 9 September 2018. Poet Aleksandrs Čaks and other contemporaries credit artist Niklāvs Strunke (1894–1966) with the introduction of the Italian salutation ciao in Riga. While his peers were rushing to Paris, the most famous “Latvian Italian” from 1923 to 1927 lived in Rome, the Island of Capri and Florence, also travelling to Venice, Tuscany, the coast of the Gulf of Naples and Amalfi. In the Eternal City, the pittore lettone, who was captivated by Italy, rented a studio near the Vatican, in Florence – in the old town of Oltrarno, while in Capri he settled on the side of the Marina Grande. The interwar years spent in Italy considerably stimulated the original artistic expression of the versatile

First major exhibition dedicated to the iconic work of Grant and Mary Featherston opens in Melbourne

Heide Museum of Modern Art presents the first major exhibition dedicated to the iconic work of two of Australia’s most important and influential designers. Design for Life explores the career of Grant Featherston, arguably Australia’s most significant modernist designer, and his partnership with Mary Featherston, who is renowned for her design of learning environments for children. The Australian equivalents of Charles and Ray Eames, the Featherstons brought modernist ideas into everyday lives in the 1950s and beyond with their iconic furniture–now in high demand from a new generation of mid-century design enthusiasts. The exhibition charts Grant Featherston’s rise to celebrity status in the 1950s and how his work captured the imaginations of ordinary Australians in their quest to be modern. Tracing his explorations of new materials and technologies

James Cohan opens Grids: A group exhibition

James Cohan Gallery is presenting Grids, a group exhibition which considers how contemporary artists work within and against the Modernist notion of the grid. As Rosalind Krauss wrote in her seminal 1979 essay of the same name, “the grid announces, among other things, modern art’s will to silence, its hostility to literature, to narrative, to discourse.” The works in this exhibition challenge such absolutism and play with the grid as an organizing principal, a structure, and a pattern. The exhibition brings together artists who work using a diverse range of materials and processes including Michelle Grabner, Elias Sime, Federico Herrero, Spencer Finch, Josiah McElheny, Simon Evans, Scott Olson, Beatriz Milhazes, Yinka Shonibare MBE, Sol LeWitt, Trenton Doyle Hancock and Fred Tomaselli. Grids is on view from June 28 through July 27. Central

Exhibition explores the contributions of Ted Shawn and Ruth St. Denis to American modern dance

Dance We Must: Treasures from Jacob’s Pillow, 1906-1940 explores the contributions of Jacob’s Pillow founder Ted Shawn and the iconic Ruth St. Denis to American modern dance. Gathering over 350 materials, including more than 30 costumes and accessories, over 200 photographs, five original antique costume trunks, and a dozen original artworks from both the Jacob’s Pillow Archives and Williams College Special Collections, the exhibition contextualizes the pioneering work of Shawn and St. Denis within the scope of American art history through artifacts that have never been seen before. Dance We Must is on view at Williams College Museum of Art from June 29 through November 11, 2018. The opening celebration will take place on July 2, featuring performances by Adam H. Weinert and Williams College Artist-in-

What made eight film directors choose a 1934 Rolls Royce 20/25 like this one for their movies?

John Pye Luxury Assets is offering a 1934 Rolls Royce 20/25 for sale at an estimate of £25,000 to £35,000, giving some lucky bidder the chance to own a stunning piece of automotive history. The same model Rolls Royce was chosen again and again to play a key role in many films and TV shows here in the UK and the US. Something about this Rolls Royce model just appealed to film Directors. You could say it was ‘To the Manor Born’ to be a film star!. Versions of this car made innumerable film appearances which include; The League of Gentlemen (1959), Father Came Too! (1963), The Brides of Fu Manchu (1966), To Be or Not To Be (1983), and Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade (1989). The 1934 Muliner bodied car, chassis number (grc33), registration BMG443 was also used many times by the BBC and some Hollywood and UK

Saudi Arabia, Oman sites added to UNESCO World Heritage List

UNESCO added Saudi Arabia's Al-Ahsa Oasis and Oman's ancient city of Qalhat to its World Heritage List on Friday, the world cultural body said. Authorities in Riyadh, as well as Muscat, have put tourism high on their economic agendas as Gulf states look to diversify their oil-dependent economies. Saudi Arabia's lush Al-Ahsa oasis is dotted with yet-to-be-excavated archeological sites, and carries traces of human occupation dating back to Neolithic times. Al-Ahsa "was a commercial centre for the Hajar territory of Bahrain," reads the Saudi submission to UNESCO. "Archaeological evidence shows that it exchanged products from southern Arabia and Persia as well as throughout the Arabian Peninsula." Riyadh's tourism drive, backed by reformist young Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, has not shied from highlighting pre-Islamic heritage

New Art Dealers Alliance opens first off-site group exhibition on Governors Island

The New Art Dealers Alliance, the definitive non-profit arts organization dedicated to the cultivation, support, and advancement of new voices in contemporary art, announced the organization’s first off-site exhibition, Close Quarters, featuring eight NADA Member galleries on Governors Island. Open July 1–29, artwork will be displayed across two floors of a historic turn-of-the-century Colonial Revival house on Governors Island, and will be on view every weekend in July, Friday through Sunday, 11am-5pm. The exhibition will feature artists Michael Mahalchick of CANADA, Asif Mian of False Flag, Rainer Ganahl of Kai Matsumiya, Fabienne Lasserre of Safe Gallery, Jerry the Marble Faun of SITUATIONS, Hayley Martell and Devin Morris of Signal, Johanna Unzueta of Proyectos Ultravioleta, and Jeff Williams of Jack Hanley Gallery. “Partnerships