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Large survey exhibition of multifaceted artist Niki de Saint Phalle at the Max-Ernst-Museum

The daughter of French artist Niki de Saint Phalle (1930-2002), Laura Duke, looks at her mother's art work 'Nana' at the Max-Ernst-Museum in Bruehl, Germany. The artwork is presented in a retrospective, entitled Niki de Saint Phalle - Spiel mit mir (Niki de Saint Phalle - Play with me), that opens to the public from 15 January to 03 June. EPA/OLIVER BERG.

BRUEHL.- The Max-Ernst-Museum is showing the wide-ranging œuvre of the multifaceted artist Niki de Saint Phalle, undoubtedly one of the most important artists of the 20th century, in a large survey exhibition. Through her paintings, assemblages, shooting paintings (tirs), sculptures and installations, this artist created a unique cosmos which established her international reputation. Niki de Saint Phalle, born in Neuilly-sur-Seine in 1930 and died in San Diego, California, in 2002, had a defining influence on the art of her day, feminine features of which she celebrated and shaped. Like no one before her, she found a valid form for the elemental force of femininity, particularly in her Nanas. The exhibition at the Max-Ernst-Museum provides an extensive ... More

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Concurrent solo exhibitions by Dan Flavin and Lionel Estève at Galerie Perrotin   Quote carved on Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial in Washington will be changed   Exhibition of marble sculpture from 350 B.C. to last week at Sperone Westwater in New York

Dan Flavin, "white around a corner" 1965. Tubes fluorescents blanc froid / Cool white fluorescent light, 244 x 23 x 9,5 cm / 8.0 feet x 9 inches x 3 3/4 inches. Photo: Kleinefenn©2011 Stephen Flavin / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York.

PARIS.- Galerie Perrotin presents the exhibition Dan Flavin "An Installation", in collaboration with L&M Arts, from 14 January to 3 March 2012. Dan Flavin began making three-dimensional monochromes with mounted or barred fluorescent tubes or light bulbs in 1961 that he referred to as "Icons," even though he contested any mystical or religious reference in his approach. In a constant dialogue with painting, sculpture and architecture, he inaugurated in 1963 the work "the diagonal of May 25, 1963 (to Constantin Brancusi)," an homage to "Endless Column," comprised of a standard gold fluorescent tube which from then on became his only medium. His installations of infinite combinations transcend Duchampien gestures, radical in essence and minimal in form. Though the artist refused all ecstatic interpretation of his work, he created ... More

Quotes by Martin Luther King, Jr. are inscribed in the wall at the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial. AP Photo/Charles Dharapak.

By: Jessica Gresko, Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP).- A quote carved in stone on the new Martin Luther King Jr. memorial in Washington will be changed after the inscription was criticized for not accurately reflecting the civil rights leader's words. The inscription currently reads: "I was a drum major for justice, peace and righteousness." The phrase is chiseled into one side of a massive block of granite that includes King's likeness emerging from the stone. It became a point of controversy after the memorial opened in August. A spokesman for the U.S Department of the Interior said Friday that Secretary Ken Salazar decided to have the quote changed. The Washington Post first reported on Friday the decision to change the inscription. The phrase is modified from a sermon known as the "Drum Major Instinct," in which the 39-year-old King explained to his Atlanta congregation ... More

Italian artist, end of XVII century, Vanitas, white marble and giallo antico, 25 x 23 x 9 inches (63 x 58 x 23 cm). Courtesy Sperone Westwater, New York.

NEW YORK, NY.- Sperone Westwater presents an exhibition of white marble sculptures dating from 350 B.C. to the present day. This survey includes Greek and Roman antiquities, Neoclassical sculptures, and works by modern and contemporary European and American artists. Marble is one of the oldest and most fundamental materials of sculpture with wide-ranging use in the fine arts, decorative arts, and architecture. Among the works from Greek and Roman antiquity in Marble Sculpture from 350 B.C. to Last Week is an Ionian Greek grave relief from the second half of the fourth century B.C. that depicts three figures presenting a narrative on a farewell to the deceased. A Vestal statue from the second century A.D. represents the virgin goddess of hearth, home, and family in Roman religion. Notable Roman sculptures from the first and second century A.D. are also presented including a vase and a bust of young man. Significant scu ... More

New paintings and performative photographs by Dorte Jelstrup at Galeri Lars Olsen   Art Antiques London returns for its third year with new exhibitors and collecting categories   The work of legendary artist Yoko Ono exhibited for the first time in India at Vadehra Art Gallery

Dorte Jelstrup, Call on me, 2011, 205 x190 cm. Acrylic and satin ribbons on linen.

COPENHAGEN.- The exhibition "There must be an angel playing with my heart" presents a series of new paintings and performative photographs that thematizes subjective mental states of longing, desire, dream and remembrance. The paintings and photographs establish a link to the art historical modernism, primarily early avant-garde movements of the twentieth century such as Constructivism and Surrealism in a critical reflection upon the marginalization of modernism of a personal based world of experience and a feminine artist subject. The paintings come in two parts: The first part consists of a series of works that are frontally and symmetrically composed and made up of wide black satin ribbons generating drawings that symbolically connote openings. Some of the fields delineated by the satin ribbons on these paintings are painted in a variety of magenta, purple, violetblue, gray and grayblack colors. Other fields remain unpainted so that ungrounded ground of linen is ... More

Daum Sculpture, "Cyclops" by Salvador Dali. Pate de verre art glass, France, 1967. Blue abstract form with an eyeball at top signed Dali, also signed in the casting, numbered 22/150, dated 67, approx. ht. 19 3/4 in. Sylvia Powell Antiques.

LONDON.- Serious buyers, curatorial attendance and museum sales have cemented Art Antiques London into the dynamic landscape of London’s cultural life and the international fair market. The new dates for Art Antiques London of 13th – 20th June 2012 have been well received by exhibitors with returning dealers quick to secure their place for the 2012 event. In addition to a high level of returning exhibitors, the Haughton’s look forward to welcoming a number of new participants to the Fair. Those who have already signed upinclude D & M Freedman, Stephanie Hoppen Gallery, GRIMA, Mathaf Gallery and Peta Smyth Antique Textiles. The Fair in the same venue remains the same - a beautifully light filled purpose built pavilion in Kensington Gardens next to the Albert Memorial. Art Antiques London had much to ... More

Yoko Ono, Remember Us, Installation View, "Our Beautiful Daughters". Vadehra Art Gallery, New Delhi, 2012. Photo: Briana Blasko, © Yoko Ono.

NEW DELHI.- Audiences in Delhi will experience the best of avant-garde international art as Vadehra Art Gallery features, for the first time in India, the work of the legendary Yoko Ono. Her role as an artist, musician and filmmaker, connected to the internationally active Fluxus movement of the sixties, is of great significance to the art world. Vadehra Art Gallery is committed to showcasing the best of international art in India and has held exhibitions of artists Pablo Picasso, Francis Bacon, Lucian Freud and Bernd and Hilla Becher in the past. In January 2012 the Gallery showcases the work of the iconic conceptual artist Yoko Ono. Titled Our Beautiful Daughters the exhibition is being held at Vadehra Art Gallery’s Okhla space, includes interventions at various venues in the city and a much anticipated performance by the artist herself. There is also be a parallel exhibition titled The Seeds at the Gallery’s new ... More

California a central theme for two new separate exhibitions at the California African American Museum   Japanese artist Nobu Fukui's "We Didn't Start the Fire" at Stephen Haller Gallery   Bruce Silverstein's fourth annual invitational exhibition opens in New York

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. arriving at the airport.

LOS ANGELES, CA.- Two new history exhibitions have been installed at the California African American Museum, and both have connections with past events in the “Golden State” of California. The first exhibition King in California II comes just in time for the celebration of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. on view through February 28, 2012. The second exhibition Justice, Balance and Achievement: African Americans and the California Courts on view through May 27, 2012 is a recognition of African American judges, and some of the major legal cases that have impacted the experiences of African Americans in California. King in California II pays tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. with historical photographs taken during some of his many trips to California. Dr. King visited California regularly from 1956 through 1968, participating in the civic, political and social life of California. Through this exhibition one ha ... More

Nobu Fukui, Art and History, 2011 (detail). Beads, mixed media on canvas over panel, 36 x 36 inches. Photo: Courtesy Stephen Haller Gallery.

NEW YORK, NY.- Stephen Haller Gallery presents an exhibition of dynamic new work by Nobu Fukui, collage paintings vibrant with invention Fukui’s work reads as non-objective painting at a distance, yet on closer observation intrigues with surprising imagery that suggests narrative. The eye plays across the surface of his work as if watching a video game in giddy visual delight. Paint, collage, three-dimensional beads: these are some of the ingredients of this exciting work. Benjamin Genocchio in the New York Times wrote: “In fact, some works are so densely layered that they are a bit like bubbling cauldrons of imagery. It is part Pop Art, part potpourri…” Fukui’s exhibition title is from Billy Joel’s baby-boomer anthem: a chronology of popular images with charged associations. And Fukui’s work makes brilliant use of ... More

Nelli Palomäki (b. 1981), Becky at 23, 2011. Pigment print on aluminum, 49 1/16 x 49 1/16 inches. Edition of 6 + 2 AP. Photo: Courtesy Bruce Silverstein Gallery.

NEW YORK, NY.- Bruce Silverstein announces this year’s curatorial nominees and their corresponding selection of artists for the Silverstein Annual, Bruce Silverstein’s fourth annual invitational exhibition. As part of the gallery’s ongoing effort to provide exposure to emerging artists, Bruce Silverstein with the guidance of curatorial advisor Nathan Lyons, annually invites ten prominent curators to each nominate one artist whom they feel deserves the opportunity for further exposure within New York’s cultural milieu. This year, the gallery has broadened the group of nominating curators to include industry leaders, scholars, artists, and critics. The gallery announces this year’s curators and their selected artists: What surprises me about Raúl de la Cruz’s photographic series, "La Casa" ... More

First solo exhibition of Tian Xiaolei in the United States opens at Meulensteen   Sixteen galleries and dealers gather for a two-day photography fair at Helms Daylight Studio   Corfu-based artist, Eva Caridi, opens her first solo show in London at Ambika P3

Tian Xiaolei, Song of Joy, 2011, computer animated film (video still). Photo: Courtesy Meulensteen.

NEW YORK, NY.- Meulensteen announces the first solo exhibition of Tian Xiaolei in the United States. Based in Beijing, he creates surreal animated videos and images that engage with the history of Chinese art and the rapidly evolving social, economic, and political realities of contemporary China. The exhibition features Song of Joy, an ambitious computer-animated film through which Tian explores the relationship between pretended joy and real pain, and addresses hidden truths regarding the era of consumption and desire. This boisterous and ironic celebration of the new China features hundreds of identically outfitted businessmen frolicing in a chaotic amusement park and participating in choreographed dances and marches to the tune of Mozart's Requiem. Also on view is Tian’s print series Chinese Contemporary Paintings. Employing digital techniques to reinterpret the conven- ... More

LeRoy Robbins, Untitled (parking lot), Los Angeles, 1936 (detail). Vintage gelatin silver print.

LOS ANGELES, CA.- The Helms Daylight Studio, located in the heart of the Helms Bakery District, is the site for a two-day photography fair featuring sixteen internationally known dealers exhibiting 19th and 20th century European and American photography. Works by Ansel Adams, William Garnett, Nan Goldin, Peter Hujar, Hiromu Kira, Helen Levitt, Margrethe Mather, Eadweard Muybridge, Richard Misrach, LeRoy Robbins, Edward Steichen, Josef Sudek, Carleton Watkins, Weegee, Edward Weston, Brett Weston, Minor White, Garry Winogrand and Max Yavno in addition to historic and vernacular photographs will be for sale. Admission is $5.00 and open to the public. Exhibitors include: Joseph Bellows Gallery, Contemporary Works/Vintage Works, Michael Dawson Gallery, Etherton Gallery, G. Gibson Gallery, Gitterman Gallery, Charles A. Hartman Fine Art, Paul M. Hertzmann, Inc., Lee Gallery, Richard ... More

The installation stages a representation of time as a human condition.

LONDON.- On January 11 the Corfu-based artist, Eva Caridi, opened her first solo show in London, at Ambika P3, University of Westminster. This exhibition is a monumental installation made of two labyrinths. The first is in the Cretan fashion with a one-way path leading to the core where there is a video projection. The second is a deconstructed labyrinth with a path through iron blocks with 20 unique life-sized plaster human sculptures, each about 1.6 meters in height, positioned along the way. The installation stages a representation of time as a human condition. There are no dead ends, no illusions, but only constant walking ahead in one direction. The visitor proceeds through the corridor surrounded by iron walls, and sound flows from the labyrinth’s depths compelling one to continue the journey. The path culminates in the artwork’s core: a space in between walls that hosts a video installation depicting females in their three stages of life: girl, woman and elderly ... More

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Denis De Gloire's tribute to Jackson Pollock's 100th anniversary at Galerie Ida
WAREGEM.- For over ten years, Denis de Gloire, wandering about in his atelier in Waregem, Belgium, has been working on a impressive hommage to Jackson Pollock who was born on the 28 th of January 1912 in Cody (Wyoming) and who passed away in New York 1956. After such a long period and passion for his subject, it seems as De Gloire has become the incarnation of Pollock, holding and moving his paintpalet, sharing and feeling the same shades of colour the man he most inspires did before him. Pollock’s spirit but also Franz Kline, Yves Klein, Engelbert van Anderlecht, Robert Motherwell, Louis Morris and Robert Indiana roam his chambers of creativity, in the form of canvases, merging as a crowd, refering to those outbursts that marked many in the past.Remarcable for his most fascinating démarche, is his statement: “I am not an artist. I make paintings.” An understatement that helps us ... More

Selected works from the collection of Peter Voulkos' daughter on view at Frank Lloyd Gallery
SANTA MONICA, CA.- Peter Voulkos was, by all accounts, one of the most influential artists in L.A. history. He crossed every boundary, and though he is best remembered for his breakthrough work in ceramics, he was also a painter, bronze sculptor, and highly influential teacher. He knew artists ranging from Ed Kienholz and Robert Irwin to Billy Al Bengston, and worked with John Mason, Ken Price, Paul Soldner, Henry Takemoto and others. In a counterpart to the Pacific Standard Time project, the Frank Lloyd Gallery presents selected works from the collection of Peter Voulkos' daughter, Pier, in an extraordinary show that encapsulates the period of time 1954-1959. Whether made by Voulkos, or collected by the artist from his colleagues and cohorts, the works in this exhibit directly related to the beginnings of assemblage art, abstract painting, and innovative ceramics that sparked the growth of modern art in Los ... More

Santa Monica Museum of Art presents NY/LA: A new, annual project room exhibition series
SANTA MONICA, CA.- Santa Monica Museum of Art presents NY/LA, an innovative program initiative that diversifies SMMoA’s curatorial voice through an all-new, annual exhibition series. Developed by New York-based independent curator Jeffrey Uslip and SMMoA Deputy Director and curator Lisa Melandri, NY/LA connects emerging contemporary artists on the East and West coasts. NY/LA debuts at SMMoA with two exhibitions on view from January 14 through February 25, 2012: Adam Berg: Endangered Spaces (LA) in Project Room 1 and Georgi Tushev: Strange Attractor (NY) in Project Room 2. NY/LA identifies the intersections of contemporary art that emerge from both coasts and highlight important work from these cultural centers. The annual series sees Uslip and Melandri each select one artist from the East and West coasts, respectively, to show at SMMoA. The series also addresses current themes and practices ... More

Sotheby's Hong Kong sale of finest and rarest wines fetched US$5,648,506
HONG KONG.- Robert Sleigh, Head of Sotheby’s Wine, Asia, commented after the sale: “Burgundy, Champagne and Californian wines continued to perform very strongly, along with mature Bordeaux. Commodity Bordeaux from younger vintages, that are still available in larger parcels, received less demand, which reflects the significant volumes of these wines that have been sold in the last two years, along with historic price increases.” Serena Sutcliffe, M.W., International Head of Sotheby’s Wine, said: “The three thrilling Magnums of Veuve Clicquot Champagne, 1921, 1929 and 1947, came direct from their cellars in Reims especially for this auction were highlights of the sale. They were bought by a Mainland Chinese Champagne connoisseur.” Highlights of the Sale*: Burgundy Romanée Conti 1990, Domaine de la Romanée Conti Sold for HK$1,837,500 / US$235,577 per case Est.HK$1 - 1.5 million / US$130,000 ... More

Peabody Essex Museum presents bold, new exhibition of native American art
SALEM, MA.- This winter, the Peabody Essex Museum presents, Shapeshifting, one of the largest Native American Art exhibitions to open in North America in more than 30 years. Nearly 80 works from public and private collections worldwide offer a far-reaching exploration of Native American art as a continuum, juxtaposing historic and contemporary artworks. Through constellations of objects created in a range of media - ­­­­sculpture, painting, ceramics, textiles, photography, drawing, film, video and monumental installation - visual and conceptual connections are drawn between generations of Native people, art traditions and cultures. The exhibition opened to the public on Saturday, January 14, 2012. "Typically arranged chronologically, geographically, or by medium, exhibitions of Native Art have almost exclusively focused on either historical or contemporary works, with very little mixing of the two," says Karen ... More

University of California, Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive presents The Reading Room
BERKELEY, CA.- The University of California, Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive presents The Reading Room, a temporary project dedicated to poetry and experimental fiction. The space offers visitors the chance to take home a free book drawn from the overstock collections of several noted East Bay small presses, including Kelsey Street Press, Atelos Books, and Tuumba Press. Books and catalogs from Small Press Distribution (SPD) will also be available, thanks to Laura Moriarty and Brent Cunningham of SPD. In turn, visitors are asked to replace that book with one from their own collection. The Reading Room will be open during regular gallery hours and features a comfortable reading area, a listening station featuring recordings of selected poets published by these presses, and silk-screen prints and original works on paper created by New York based artist George Schneeman in collaboration with poets ... More

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