Fall exhibitions pair pioneering female contemporary artists exploring themes of legacy, place, and culture

The North Carolina Museum of Art is presenting two special exhibitions, The Beyond: Georgia O’Keeffe and Contemporary Art and Candida Höfer in Mexico, October 13, 2018, to January 20, 2019. Alongside more than 35 paintings and sculpture by this founder of American modernism, The Beyond includes works by emerging artists including Louise Jones, Anna Valdez, and Britny Wainwright that evoke and expand upon O’Keeffe’s innovative artistic language. Candida Höfer in Mexico features 25 large-scale “portraits” by photographer Candida Höfer of magnificent interiors of libraries, convents, theaters, churches, and museums throughout Mexico. “These two exciting exhibitions showcase groundbreaking work from two preeminent female artists,” says Museum Director Larry Wheeler. “The exhibitions are both supported by

Tomás Saraceno to collaborate with Rolls Royce Art Programme

Tomás Saraceno is the latest in a host of eminent artists to join the Rolls-Royce Art Programme. The relationship between Rolls-Royce and Saraceno will adopt a double-aspect approach, with the marque becoming benefactor in part for his forthcoming ‘On Air’ show, which runs at Palais de Tokyo, Paris, from 17th October, 2018 until 6th January, 2019. In return, Saraceno will create a new work for the Rolls-Royce Art Programme, furthering the existing ‘spider vitrine’ series of his installation, ‘Particular Matter(s) Jam Session’, supported by Rolls-Royce, at Palais de Tokyo. The installation will be exhibited at the Home of Rolls-Royce in Goodwood, West Sussex, in February, 2019. The Rolls-Royce Art Programme invites leading artists to develop new works which push the boundaries of what is possible both technically and conceptually. Artists are giv

Exhibition at Scandinavia House presents the work of three Norwegian artists

Light Lines: The Art of Jan Groth, Inger Johanne Grytting, and Thomas Pihl opened at Scandinavia House on Saturday, October 13. This new exhibition celebrates three Norwegian artists who have influenced and continue to influence one another with work that employs the power of the reductive, sharing close ties to the New York community, and representing three generations: Jan Groth (b.1939), Inger Johanne Grytting (b.1949) and Thomas Pihl (b.1964). Considered the foremost Norwegian artist of his generation, Jan Groth has continuously explored the relationship between line and picture plane. Exhibited extensively throughout his career with major exhibitions including a largescale retrospective at The Guggenheim Museum in New York, Groth’s influence and presence has been widespread both in the Nordic countries and internationally.

Galerie Chantal Crousel opens exhibition of works by Anri Sala

What possible link could there be between a snail perched on the bow of a famous violin player, and a deformed wine glass that invites us to contemplate its unusual form, while impressing upon us that its inability to fulfill its primary function results from the form itself? If we are to answer this question raised by this exhibition by Anri Sala, we need to immerse ourselves in the context. The snail is the focus of the film If and Only If (2018), in which the camera follows its slow progression ­—a sort of paradoxical road movie— from the bottom to the top of the bow of the musician Gérard Caussé, while he performs Igor Stravinsky’s Elegy for Solo Viola. Composed as a two-part polyphony, this piece —of about 5 minutes— is shorter than the total duration of the film, which is 9 minutes and 47 seconds. Thus, while the musician found himself forced to adapt

Sotheby’s third dedicated sale of Modern & Contemporary African art in London totals $3 million

Sotheby’s third sale of Modern & Contemporary African Art in London realised £2,274,625 / $3,000,230 (pre-sale estimate: £1.8-2.6 million), breaking 10 auction records in this category and setting three benchmarks for artists making their first appearance at auction. The top lot of the sale was El Anatsui’s Tagomizor, a hanging sculptural work made of aluminium bottle caps and copper wire from of the artist’s Danudo Series, which sold for £670,000 / $883,730 (est. £550,000-750,000). The Warrior, a painting by Senegalese artist Papa Ibra Tall, which was purchased by jazz legend Duke Ellington in Dakar in 1966 at the World Festival of Negro Arts, was hotly contested by multiple bidders who drove the final sale price to £118,750 / $156,631, almost fifteen times its pre-sale estimate (£8,000-12,000) and setting an auction record for the artist. Hannah

Rare Charles Bruguier Singing Automaton Bird Box offered in Heritage Auctions sale

An extremely rare 19th-century bird box is among the most intriguing lots at Heritage Auctions’ Watches & Fine Timepieces Auction Oct. 24 in New York. The rarity of Charles Bruguier á Geneva Very Fine & Important Gold Singing Automaton Bird Box, No. 24, circa 1850 (estimate: $100,000-150,000) can be traced to the fact that Bruguier produced an average of just 27 such singing bird boxes during his career. "Charles Bruguier is known for his singular combinations of elite artistic ability and extraordinary mechanical craftsmanship,” Heritage Auctions Watches & Fine Timepieces Director Jim Wolf said. "The artistry and engineering that went into making these boxes, coupled with the fact that so few ever were produced makes them the kind of item that can be the centerpiece of any collection.” Impressive in both appearance

Jewish Museum and New York Public Library jointly acquire Maira Kalman’s “The Elements of Style”

The Jewish Museum and The New York Public Library have jointly acquired the complete series of 57 gouaches on paper created by designer, author, illustrator, and artist Maira Kalman for the 2005 edition of The Elements of Style. In The Elements of Style Maira Kalman adapts the well-known reference book of the same name by William Strunk Jr. and E.B. White (originally published by Strunk in 1918, and revised by White in 1959), pairing her irreverent illustrations with its grammatical rules. Known to generations of aspiring writers and English students, Kalman discovered the book at a used bookstore around 2002. She found it so amusing and subject to visual interpretation that it became her most beloved project to date. Claudia Gould, Helen Goldsmith Menschel Director, The Jewish Museum, said, "Even before participating in the

Japanese contemporary artist Mari Ito opens solo show at JanKossen Contemporary

JanKossen Contemporary is presenting ITOMARISM:Kaleidoscope, the premiere solo show in the United States by Japanese contemporary artist Mari Ito. The exhibition is held in New York through Dec. 1st 2018. Mari Ito (Tokyo, 1980, lives in Barcelona SPAIN), studied traditional Japanese painting at Joshibi University of Art and Design in Tokyo. Mari Ito’s oeuvre is based and influenced by the philosophical approaches found in Animism, Anthropocene and Animalism. Animism finds its expression in long standing Japanese techniques where all objects, places and creatures are seen to have a spiritual existence, and are hence animated and alive. Ito’s work shows us her world that is post-human existence: when we are no longer an influential force on the environment. Her organic, alien plants affected by a nuclear disaster thrive and grow, despite

Adam M. Levine, Ph.D. appointed to lead the Cummer Museum of Art & Gardens

After a deliberative 18-month national search, The Cummer Museum of Art & Gardens announced the appointment of Adam M. Levine, Ph.D. as the institution’s first George W. and Kathleen I. Gibbs Director and Chief Executive Officer. Levine, who is currently the deputy director and curator of ancient art for the Toledo Museum of Art (TMA), will begin his new role in January 2019. In the interim, he will consult with the museum’s current leadership and serve as director designate as he relocates to Jacksonville. “The board’s vision was to find a leader to advance the Cummer Museum’s mission of engaging and inspiring through the arts, gardens and education,” said Ricardo “Rick” Morales, III, chair of the Cummer Museum of Art & Gardens Board of Trustees. “Adam is a leader in the arts who has unique abilities to enhance