‘Ka pai’: New Zealand’s Maori language back from brink

Beneath the carved timber roof of a traditional "marae" meeting house at Wellington High School, dozens of students watch entranced as a play performed entirely in the Maori language unfolds. Many only understand a smattering of the indigenous language, but pick up emotional cues from the performers. Some audience members are close to tears as the production in the New Zealand capital ends. It is a scene that actor Eds Eramiha says would have been difficult to imagine as recently as two decades ago, when te reo Maori was widely regarded as a dying language not worth teaching. "Attitudes have changed immensely," he said. "When I was at school, te reo Maori wasn't held in high value, it wasn't spoken, it wasn't as freely available as it is to our kids today." Te reo was banned in schools for much of the 20th century

Architectural splendor shines at Swann Galleries

Swann Auction Galleries opened the fall season with a marathon sale of 19th & 20th Century Prints & Drawings, earning more than $2.4M. The September 20 auction offered 600 examples of fine and museum-quality works to a flurry of online and phone bidders. The top lot of the sale was a brown and black linoleum cut by Pablo Picasso titled Grand nu Dansant, 1962, which sold for $70,000, an auction record for the print. Two other works by Picasso were top lots, including the etching Taureau ailé contemplé par Quatre Enfants, 1934, which sold for $35,000, and a second color linoleum cut, titled Mère, Danseur et Musicien, 1959-60, which sold for $30,000. Additionally, La Folie, 1958, a lithograph after the artist, sold for $11,250, more than double the original estimate. Other notable lots included Dante Gabriel Rossetti’s The Embrace,

Exhibition explores the formal and conceptual potential of physics and motion in sculpture

The Noguchi Museum presents the work of Spanish sculptor Jorge Palacios with an exhibition of works that explore the formal and conceptual potential of physics and motion in sculpture. In so doing, they shed light on what R. Buckminster Fuller called Isamu Noguchi’s intuitive grasp of the underlying structures of nature and his habit of incorporating those insights into his conception of sculpture. Jorge Palacios at The Noguchi Museum includes nine works in the Museum’s ground-floor galleries and garden. A large-scale public monument has also been installed on Manhattan’s Flatiron Plaza North. Noguchi Museum Senior Curator Dakin Hart says, “Jorge Palacios’s beautifully engineered abstractions are a terrific prism through which to view Noguchi’s way of playing with nature in the cause of strengthening the connections between the planet we have and

Early Americana: Finest example of USA’s first official coin sold for record price

The finest known example of the first official United States coin, a 1792 silver Half Disme (an early spelling of dime), has been sold for a record $1,985,000. About the size of a modern dime, it once was in the possession of then-Secretary of State Thomas Jefferson and personally owned by the first United States Mint Director David Rittenhouse. “The Rittenhouse 1792 Half Disme is a small coin with huge historical significance,” said Brian Hendelson, President of Classic Coin Company of Bridgewater, New Jersey, who sold the coin after owning and exhibiting it for five years. “The new owner wants to remain anonymous while he’s assembling an amazing collection of the most famous and wonderful United States rare coins that he calls The Dazzling Rarities Collection.” The rainbow-toned coin, graded by Professional Coin Grading Service as Mint State 68 on a 1 to 70 scale, was recently a featured exhibit at th

New Museum opens the first major survey exhibition of Sarah Lucas

The New Museum presents “Sarah Lucas: Au Naturel,” on view from September 26, 2018 to January 20, 2019. The first major survey in the United States of the work of British artist Sarah Lucas (b. 1962, London, UK), the exhibition spans Lucas’s entire career, bringing together some of her most iconic works and series from the late 1980s to today. “Sarah Lucas: Au Naturel” is curated by Massimiliano Gioni, Edlis Neeson Artistic Director, and Margot Norton, Curator. Over the past thirty years, Lucas has created a distinctive and provocative body of work that subverts traditional notions of gender, sexuality, and identity. Since the late 1980s, Lucas has transformed found objects and everyday materials such as cigarettes, vegetables, and stockings into absurd and confrontational tableaux that boldly challenge social norms. The human body and

Hayward Gallery opens ‘Space Shifters’, a sculpture exhibition that reorients viewers’ perception of their surroundings

Opening 26 September, Hayward Gallery’s new major exhibition Space Shifters features artworks spanning a period of roughly 50 years by 20 leading international artists that alter or disrupt the visitor’s sense of space. The works in the exhibition focus the attention of the viewer on the act of perception whilst transforming their experience of the Gallery’s distinctive architecture. Often constructed from reflective or translucent materials like glass, resin and mirror, the artworks in the show aim to elicit responses that are both physiological and psychological. They also comprise an alternative history of minimalism: not a geometric, austere, serial minimalism, but one with a more alluring, elegant and playful sensibility. Space Shifters presents a range of historical and contemporary sculptures, as well as immersive, site-specific installations. It also premieres several major new

“Rediscovered Aphrodite” in Italy’s National Archeology Museum restored thanks to Friends of Florence

The recently restored statue of Aphrodite housed in the Museo Archeologico Nazionale (National Archeological Museum/the Museum) in Florence, Italy, was unveiled in a public celebration on September 11, 2018. Funded by Friends of Florence with a donation by Michael and Sandy Collins, the cleaning and restoration process revealed a surprising development. Long thought to be a representation of the Spartan queen Leda that had been marred with dirt and grime over centuries, it was discovered to be the Greek goddess Aphrodite sculpted in now immaculately white marble. “It is a great pleasure to present this ‘Rediscovered Aphrodite’,” said Simonetta Brandolini d’Adda, President of Friends of Florence. “In addition to the restoration, the project—originally a candidate in the first edition of the Friends of Florence Award Grant at the Florence Art and Restoration Fair in 2012—provided

Exhibition of recent works by David Hockney on view at Richard Gray Gallery

Richard Gray Gallery is presenting Time and More, Space and More…, an exhibition of recent works by David Hockney, on view at the gallery's Gray Warehouse location from September 13 through November 21, 2018. Time and More, Space and More… is the artist’s tenth solo exhibition with Richard Gray Gallery and first exhibition at Gray Warehouse. Time and More, Space and More… presents Hockney’s recent video and photographic works in tandem. Making its gallery debut at the center of the exhibition is Hockney’s multi-part video installation The Four Seasons, Woldgate Woods, 2010-2011, which was exhibited in 2017 at Centre Georges Pompidou and Tate Britain. The work is composed of four 9-channel video walls and arranged within the space like the cardinal directions of a compass rose. Depicting the same view down a tree-lined country

Scottish art takes centre stage as plans to transform Scottish National Gallery are revealed

Ambitious plans to create an internationally significant new setting for the world’s greatest collection of Scottish art were revealed today, as work to transform the Scottish National Gallery gets underway. This major project will completely transform the way Scottish art is shown at the Gallery, which stands in the heart of Edinburgh’s World Heritage Site. The £22m scheme will create a new suite of galleries that will be directly accessible from the adjoining Princes St Gardens, and provide a light-filled, new home for the Gallery’s unrivalled collection of Scottish art, raising its profile for visitors from all over the world. The vision for the project has been driven by the National Galleries’ ambition to ensure that the widest number of people can enjoy our art and activities. The displays in the new galleries will be directly informed by extensive research into the needs of existing and potential