Cover Stories

Article date: Friday, March 22, 2019
Distant Matter by Van Dijk &Half Life by Eyal

Distant Matter by Anouk van Dijk premiered at the Komische Oper Berlin is a piece that raises several interrogatives. It opens up with a catwalk resembling a fashion show. Seven performers with futuristic/queer features cross the stage front and back, one by one, showing attitude and self confidence. The outfits are all in black although very eclectic. The most peculiar one is the lady with a black body and stretched shirt, black socks arriving over the knees and a motorbike helmet that reflects what surrounds her.

Article date: Thursday, March 21, 2019
‘The Renaissance Nude’ in the Royal Academy of Arts, London

London’s Royal Academy of Arts has just opened a splendid new exhibition on ‘The Renaissance Nude’, charting depictions of the naked body in Europe from 1400-1530 in a range of different media media, from painting to sculpture, from engravings to illuminated manuscripts. Highlights include Titian’s Venus Anadyomene, from the National Galleries of Scotland, Edinburgh, and Bronzino’s St Sebastian, from the Museo Nacional Thyssen-Bornemisza, Madrid.

Article date: Wednesday, March 20, 2019
Unveiling the Mystery of Leonardo’s Two Mona Lisas

The second part of the interview with Jean-Pierre Isbouts focuses on his study of Leonardo’s two Mona Lisas, the identity of the portraits’ sitters, and a da Vinci anniversary celebration announcement.

Article date: Friday, March 15, 2019
The Aestheticized Interview with Monica de Miranda (Portugal/Angola)

"I believe that the artist can create and talk about art only from his/her subjective position.To have a political responsibility that extends beyond the artistic territory is too much of a burden which could jeopardize the artist's creativity and freedom. In such a case, the art serves a function, becoming a manifesto. Art should not fulfill a function, it should be free. "

Article date: Thursday, March 14, 2019
In Search of Leonardo

Jean-Pierre Isbouts - one of National Geographic’s best-selling authors- has been studying and following Leonardo da Vinci’s paper trail for 40 years. He’s written about the Italian’s career and legacy, the identity of the Mona Lisa, and the secrets behind his Last Supper. Some of Isbouts findings defy our most common conceptions of the da Vinci’s life and work.

Article date: Saturday, March 9, 2019
A Portable Museum: Interview with Sylvain Levy

'The philosophy is to use VR to address some of the main problems in physical displays like museums which are about costs, scalability and revenues. Also, the experience of art is getting worse. The philosophy is to make art universally accessible.'

Article date: Tuesday, March 5, 2019
Interview with Jens Faurschou, VR as a Game Changer

'Virtual Reality is impacting the Arts in fascinating and divergent ways that can be explained by focusing on the three following areas: the way we experience art, the space in which it is displayed and its financial structure. VR is reshaping the social dimension of our art experience. Artists are always looking for ways to empower audiences to shape their experience within artworks. '

Article date: Monday, March 4, 2019
Manet’s Symbolic Use of the Black Cat as a Female Companion

Cats are well known to mankind and are a favoured domesticated animal around the world. As well as black magic and dark forces, cats can also be used to symbolise comfort and homeliness thanks to their association with domestic scenes. The cat is clearly comfortable on the sitters lap, suggesting that this is a familiar relationship. It is a far cry from Manet’s earlier use of a seductive, mischievous black cat, hiding against a dark backdrop and staring out towards the viewer.

Article date: Friday, March 1, 2019
A Creative’s Mindset

We tend to think of creativity as an almost divine quality, characteristic of some of history’s greatest minds, and those who venture into the art world. This mindset isn’t illogical. Creativity triggers innovation and allows men and women to craft something unique.

Article date: Thursday, February 21, 2019
On Becoming Frida

How did Magdalena Carmen Frida Kahlo turn into Frida, one of history’s most famous faces? What was her life like? And where did her magnetism come from? The Brooklyn Museum’s current exhibition Frida Kahlo: Appearances Can Be Deceiving looks into these questions.

Lead Stories

Article date: Friday, March 22, 2019
Nomura Announces the Creation of the Nomura Art Award, a US$1 Million Prize to Nurture Creativity in Contemporary Art Nomura Holdings, Inc. announced it is creating the largest cash award in contemporary visual arts to encourage and nurture creativity. Each year, Nomura will present the Nomura Art Award to an artist who has created a body of work of major cultural significance. To help this artist take on new challenges and embrace change, the US$1 million prize may be used in whole or part to support an ambitious new project that the winner did not previously have the means to realize.
Article date: Thursday, March 21, 2019
Swiss Competition Gives Winner Picasso Painting for a Day For most of us, the closest we will ever come to having a Picasso in our house is a print, a fridge magnet or perhaps a novelty mug. But a competition being run by Switzerland’s Beyeler Foundation museum and Swiss telecommunications giant Swisscom is giving one Swiss household the chance to take possession of an original painting by the Spanish artist for day.
Article date: Wednesday, March 20, 2019
Monika Szewczyk Appointed as a New Director of De Appel The board of De Appel is delighted to announce that Monika Szewczyk will be director of De Appel starting on May 1, 2019 in Amsterdam. Szewczyk succeeds Niels Van Tomme who left De Appel at the end of 2018 to become director of Argos in Brussels.
Article date: Wednesday, March 20, 2019
MAAT Opens International Group Show Fiction and Fabrication From March 19 onwards, MAAT will host Fiction and Fabrication: Photography of Architecture after the Digital Turn, which gathers nearly 50 artists who build and manipulate images of architectural objects and spaces.
Article date: Tuesday, March 19, 2019
Sorolla: Spanish Master of Light at the National Gallery of London The first UK exhibition of Spain's Impressionist, Sorolla, in over a century. Known as the 'master of light' for his iridescent canvases, this is a rare opportunity to see the most complete exhibition of Joaquín Sorolla y Bastida's (1863–1923) paintings outside Spain.
Article date: Tuesday, March 19, 2019
Galleria Raffaella Cortese Presents the Second Solo Show by Francesco Arena Tre sequenze per voce sola [Three arrangements for a solo] - the second solo show by Francesco Arena, presented by Galleria Raffaella Cortese. As in 2015, the exhibition is articulated in the three gallery spaces, with the same ratio of one work for each room. Consistent with the artist’s research interlacing historic memory, shared and private, Tre sequenze per voce sola, marks a new chapter in Arena’s poetics.
Article date: Sunday, March 17, 2019
Franz West at Tate Modern Ironic, irreverent, yet profoundly philosophical, Franz West was a key figure of European art in the late 20th century. He brought a punk aesthetic into the pristine spaces of art galleries. His abstract sculptures, furniture, collages and large-scale works are direct, crude and unpretentious.
Article date: Saturday, March 16, 2019
Lightspace Exhibit: [living field]. litecut, Elvira Dayel at International Art Museum of America Elvira Dayel is a multidisciplinary artist working in both traditional and new media including series of large scale - paper-cut abstractions, series of large drawings in soft pastel, digital renderings, and 3D printed sculptures. Born in Ukraine and now living in the United States, Dayel is influenced by the XX-th century Russian Avant Garde and Russian Constructivism. Dayel combines these influences and her work speaks with a unique XXI-st century voice.
Article date: Friday, March 15, 2019
Colonial Heritage: Germany Aims to Improve Restitution Process The country's culture ministers met to prepare a joint statement on how museums and institutions should deal with items acquired during the colonial era. A Cape Cross pillar is to be returned to Namibia.
Article date: Friday, March 15, 2019
Gurlitt Provenance Research Identifies New case of Nazi-Confiscated Art Researchers conducting provenance research into the Gurlitt art trove have identified the painting “Quai de Clichy” by Paul Signac as Nazi-confiscated art. The research finding has been confirmed by international review experts. A claim has been registered for the return of the painting. The painting was among the hoard of artworks discovered at Cornelius Gurlitt’s home in Salzburg. A report containing details of the painting was entered into the Lost Art Database in 2016.
Article date: Thursday, March 14, 2019
Italy Foils Art Thieves by Swapping Brueghel Painting for a Fake Thieves who stole a Flemish master's painting of the crucifixion from a church in northern Italy this week are in for a disappointment: police say they had secretly swapped the original for a fake.
Article date: Wednesday, March 13, 2019
John Richardson, Critic and Picasso Biographer, Dies at 95 Sir John Richardson, the eminent historian and critic whose multivolume series on Pablo Picasso drew upon his personal and aesthetic affinity for the Spanish painter and was widely praised as a work of art in its own right, has died. He was 95.
Article date: Wednesday, March 13, 2019
Hirshhorn to Revitalize Sculpture Garden for the 21st Century The Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden announced that its board of trustees unanimously voted in favor of moving forward with a renovation and redesign of its Sculpture Garden for the first time since the 1980s. Over the past two years, the museum has been working to reimagine the space to improve the visitor experience and to provide a greater variety of programming.
Article date: Wednesday, March 13, 2019
René Daniëls at MAMCO Geneva René Daniëls occupies a prominent place in the history of contemporary art from the later half of the 20th century, despite the fact that his career was abruptly interrupted in 1987 after he suffered a stroke. Emerging in the late 1970s, when gurative and expressive painting once again became popular, Daniëls soon developed an original, personal language.
Article date: Tuesday, March 12, 2019
Kara Walker to Undertake 2019 Hyundai Commission for the Turbine Hall Tate Modern and Hyundai Motor announced that Kara Walker will create the next annual Hyundai Commission. Walker is renowned for her candid explorations of race, gender, sexuality and violence, from drawings, prints, murals, shadow puppets and projections to large-scale sculptural installations. Her new site-specific work for the Turbine Hall will be open to the public from 2 October 2019 to 5 April 2020.
Article date: Tuesday, March 12, 2019
Object Contemporary Art Prize 2019 Finalists' Works to be Exhibited in Kyiv Object Contemporary Art Prize 2019, a contest for young artists, is a project created by U:CURATORS in the partnership with the “Kyiv Picture Gallery” National Museum with the aim to form relevant sociocultural context. The concept of the Prize 2019 is to create a cultural phenomenon of collaboration between traditional and contemporary art and how they work inside the museum space.
Article date: Monday, March 11, 2019
Past/Future/Present: Contemporary Brazilian Art from the Museu de Arte Moderna de São Paulo As we know, the notion of “Brazilianness” cannot be defined based merely on a homogenous essence related to geography. What connects certain artists of a Brazilian tradition, beyond the symbolic field with which they interact, are recurrent references to shared experiences, historical moments, social norms, and transgressions. The title Past/ Future/Present refers to relationships between the past and the future, created by works of art rooted in a present characterized by an unprecedented diversity and a constant exchange of ideas on an international scale.
Article date: Sunday, March 10, 2019
Artemisia Travels to Glasgow The newly restored self portrait by Artemisia Gentileschi leaves the National Gallery of London to visit unusual and unexpected venues, starting with Glasgow Women's Library this week. Artemisia's self portrait will continue to travel around the UK throughout spring and early summer visiting a range of locations, including a girls' school and a health centre.
Article date: Friday, March 8, 2019
Biennale Arte 2019 in Venice:  May You Live In Interesting Times The 58th International Art Exhibition, titled May You Live In Interesting Times, is curated by Ralph Rugoff and organized by La Biennale di Venezia chaired by Paolo Baratta. The pre-opening will take place on May 8th, 9th and 10th, the awards ceremony and inauguration will be held on Saturday May 11th 2019.
Article date: Thursday, March 7, 2019
The First UK Retrospective of the Egyptian-Canadian Artist of Armenian Origin, Anna Boghiguian This is the first retrospective in the UK of the Egyptian-Canadian artist of Armenian origin, Anna Boghiguian (Cairo, 1946). A close observer of the human condition, the artist draws equally on the past and present, poetry and politics, joyfulness and a critique of the modern world.
Article date: Tuesday, March 5, 2019
Sonja Ferlov Mancoba at the National Gallery of Denmark, SMK This spring’s exhibition at SMK, Sonja Ferlov Mancoba, focuses on one of the most important Danish artists of the modern age. Learn the whole story about this prominent sculptor, and explore her poetic, warlike figures. ‘Sonja Ferlov Mancoba is a key figure within Danish modernism. With this exhibition we wish to call attention to an artist who never got the recognition she deserves.’ Mikkel Bogh, director of SMK


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Symbolism in Art

Article date: Monday, March 4, 2019
Manet’s Symbolic Use of the Black Cat as a Female Companion Cats are well known to mankind and are a favoured domesticated animal around the world. As well as black magic and dark forces, cats can also be used to symbolise comfort and homeliness thanks to their association with domestic scenes. The cat is clearly comfortable on the sitters lap, suggesting that this is a familiar relationship. It is a far cry from Manet’s earlier use of a seductive, mischievous black cat, hiding against a dark backdrop and staring out towards the viewer.
Article date: Thursday, February 28, 2019
Symbolism: Honeysuckle in Rubens’ Honeysuckle Bower Peter Paul Rubens was a Flemish artist who worked largely in the Baroque tradition. His paintings earned him a glowing reputation amongst Antwerp’s noble elite, allowing for rare financial stability during much of his life. Many of his paintings included mythical and historical symbolism and he also favoured images of hunting and noble life. Rubens classic style often involves bold colours and subjects.

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