News

Pilar Corrias opens the first UK solo exhibition by Christina Quarles

Pilar Corrias is presenting the first UK solo exhibition by Christina Quarles: Always Brightest Before Tha Dusk. For the first time, Quarles exhibits a new series of works on paper alongside her paintings. Quarles’ work explores the human body through manipulation and intervention, illuminating the slippery qualities of identity. The amorphous bodies occupying the artist’s canvases traverse spaces and architectures, sliding through floors, windows and walls, establishing fluidity between these bodies and their environments. The motifs and colour palettes present across each canvas are nods and gestures to Quarles’ own environment and identity. These colour combinations often gesture to her everyday surroundings while many of the patterns and textures represented are pulled from various nostalgic references, containing hidden personal references. Throughout

In striking debut, New York Philharmonic maestro embraces new

Opening his era in charge of the New York Philharmonic, Jaap van Zweden could not have been clearer that he welcomes fresh ideas. The Dutch maestro started his tenure as the 26th music director of the leading US orchestra on Thursday with a bold statement -- the world premiere of a stirring experimental piece that challenges the physical restrictions of music. "Filament," composed by 36-year-old Ashley Fure, is marked by haunting whispers from 15 "moving voices" -- a choir that circulates through the hall with megaphones, first on the balconies and finally in a meditative procession toward the orchestra. Fure, an assistant professor at Dartmouth College who studies the relationship between music and motion, created a striking audial effect for the audience -- many in black-tie and cocktail dresses for a season-opening gala -- with the sound veering from

Franklin Parrasch Gallery opens exhibition of recent work by Peter Alexander

Franklin Parrasch Gallery is presenting Peter Alexander: Recent Works, the gallery’s sixth solo exhibition with the artist. A fully illustrated catalogue, including a new essay written by Alex Kitnick, accompanies the show. The works exhibited, dating from 2016 to present, represent a continuation of Alexander’s decades-long exploration of the perceptual limits of space and light through volume and color. As he continues to employ forms both beholden and unbound to the wall, Alexander invents new modes of interpreting these qualities. Leaners and wedges imitate architectonic elements at a human scale, testing perceptual capacity as the volumes emerge and recede in space and visibility. The artist’s wall-based bar works—such as Al Fresco (2018), Not On My Watch (2018), and Peaches n Cream (2018)—are slightly chatoyant and seem to radiate light,

Detroit Institute of Arts hosts internationally renowned Ghanaian fantasy coffin artist Paa Joe

The Detroit Institute of Arts, in collaboration with the Detroit Public Schools Community District, hosts internationally renowned Ghanaian fantasy coffin artist Joseph Ashong, known as Paa Joe, for a month-long art residency at the museum. In Ghana, West Africa, artists craft fantasy coffins to bury the dead. The coffin often represents the job the person did while alive, believing that the deceased will continue his or her profession in the afterlife. An endless variety of shapes are constructed, including cars, boats, airplanes, shoes, cell phones, and forest and sea creatures. Demonstrating his unique wood sculpting and joinery, Paa Joe and two assistants will build a figurative coffin in the shape of a Ford Model T, a motif selected by art students from Detroit’s Renaissance High School. The finished painted coffin will be installed in the museum at

British artist Richard Long’s first exhibition in Belgium in over forty years opens at Fondation CAB

Fondation CAB is presenting Along the Way, a solo exhibition dedicated to British artist Richard Long and the first in Belgium in over forty years. Along the Way stages important works from the artist’s oeuvre, featuring text works, photo works and sculptures. His art practice counts as one of the most ground-breaking and pivotal ones of the 20th century, by establishing the precedent that art can be a journey and vice versa. The act of walking became the activity around which he constructed his practice, taking into account notions of time, space and distance and how these can be interpreted through human measurements and concepts. At the heart of the exhibition is a brand-new commission created in-situ in response to Fondation CAB’s magnificent 1930s Art Deco architecture. The new installation – a dazzling white stone circle - and the three further sculptural

Veritas to offer an Omega Speedmaster 2998-5

An Omega Speedmaster 2998-5, the same model used by American astronaut Wally Schirra in his space flight in 1962 and certified by NASA in 1965, is offered at auction next week. This rare wristwatch created by Omega as part of its iconic professional collection was launched in 1957 as a sports chronograph (under the model 2915, which was replaced by 2998, in 1959), but turned to be a distinguished piece when Schirra decided to take it during the fifth expedition of NASA’s Mercury Project. At the time of its release, the Speedmaster was an innovative timepiece considering its size and the integration of the tachymeter scale outside the dial. Aware of their astronauts' use of personal items as watches, NASA invited some of the world's most important watchmakers to submit its best models to an intensive testing program that would lead to the certification of

Slavery at Jefferson’s Monticello: Paradox of Liberty opens at African American Museum, Dallas

A groundbreaking and widely acclaimed exhibition with a powerful message, Slavery at Jefferson’s Monticello: Paradox of Liberty opened Saturday (Sept. 22) at the African American Museum, Dallas in Fair Park (3536 Grand Ave. in Dallas) and continues through Dec. 31, 2018. Dallas is the first city tour to host the updated traveling exhibition, which brings to life the story of slavery at Monticello through more than 300 objects, works of art, documents and artifacts unearthed at the storied plantation. The exhibition features new items never seen outside of Monticello, including a special feature on Sally Hemings, one of the most famous African American women in American history. As an enslaved woman at the age of 16, Hemings negotiated with one of the most powerful men in the nation ensuring she would receive “extraordinary privileges” and achieve

Nationally recognized exhibition is a must see at the Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts

The Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts is now part of one of the largest creative collaborations in US history. The exhibition For Freedoms: Citizenship in Art is mounted in partnership with For Freedoms | The 50 State Initiative, and is intended to bring awareness to the value of active participation in our American Democracy. Both the exhibition at the MMFA and the 50 State Initiative finds inspiration in President Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s State of the Union Address of 1941. In that speech, Roosevelt proposed four fundamental and essential rights that he believed people not only in our American democracy, but around the world should possess–the freedom of speech and freedom of worship, both protected in the First Amendment of our Constitution, along with freedom from want and freedom from fear. More than 75 years later, these ideals are

Exhibition at the de Young Museum explores contemporary Muslim fashions

Contemporary Muslim Fashions is the first major museum exhibition to explore the complex and diverse nature of Muslim dress codes worldwide. Organized by the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, this pioneering exhibition examines how Muslim women—those who cover and those who do not—have become arbiters of style within and beyond their communities and, in so doing, have drawn attention to the variations and nuances of their daily lives. “There are those who believe that there is no fashion at all among Muslim women, but the opposite is true, with modern, vibrant, and extraordinary fashion scenes, particularly in many Muslim-majority countries,” says Max Hollein, former Director and CEO of the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco. “Contemporary Muslim Fashions is an overdue, much-needed exploration of a multifaceted topic as yet largely