Press Releases tagged with contemporary art

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David Geffen Makes $100 Million Gift to The Museum of Modern Art

Released: April 21, 2016

The Museum of Modern Art announced Thursday that Los Angeles-based philanthropist David Geffen has given a $100 million gift toward the Museum’s renovation and expansion, the largest gift to the institution’s Campaign. In recognition of Mr. Geffen’s extraordinary gift, three floors of new galleries, created as part of the Museum’s expansion into the tower being constructed immediately to the west of the Museum at 53 West 53rd Street, will be named The David Geffen Wing. In addition, the fourth-floor suite of galleries in the current museum building will be named The David Geffen Gallerie...

Illustration by David Downton, 2012.  Image courtesy of the artist.

First museum show for Carolina Herrera to open at SCAD

Released: April 21, 2016

Carolina Herrera to be honored by Savannah College of Art and Design with the university’s prestigious Étoile Award, given in recognition of Herrera’s outstanding contributions to fashion, culture and design. The SCAD Museum of Art and SCAD FASH Museum of Fashion + Film present the dual exhibition, “Refined Irreverence,” in celebration of Herrera’s achievements and the 35th anniversary of the House of Herrera. The dual exhibition marks the first-ever museum showing of Herrera’s formidable work. ATLANTA and SAVANNAH, Georgia — April 21, 2016 — The Savannah College of Art and Desig...

Andy Warhol’s "Moonwalk", 1987 (estimated at $200,000 - $300,000) is one of the highlights from Phillips' upcoming Evening Editions auction, with online bidding available on

Phillips and Invaluable Announce Partnership for Online Bidding on the Invaluable Marketplace

Released: April 21, 2016

Invaluable, the world’s leading online marketplace for buying fine art, antiques and collectibles, and Phillips, a leading global platform for buying and selling 20th and 21st century art and design, today announced the launch of a new partnership to offer Phillips catalogs for online bidding on the Invaluable marketplace. Phillips will live-stream sales on Invaluable starting with the Evening & Day Editions Including Works on Paper auction on April 25, 2016. With this news, Invaluable’s buyers from over 200 countries around the world will have access to bid in real-time in Phillips’ u...

Liu Shiyuan, OMG, Welcome, 2015 .  Acrylic beaded curtains, wallpaper.  Courtesy: Leo Xu Projects/Frieze.

Program Details and Highlights Revealed for Frieze New York

Released: April 21, 2016

Dynamic Presentations from Top International Galleries, Curated Sections Showcasing Emerging and Under-Recognized Artists, Site-Specific Commissions, Talks, Public Programs and a Selection of New York City’s Best Restaurants Convening more than 200 galleries from 31 countries for its fifth edition, Frieze New York showcases an extraordinary cross-section of work by contemporary artists from around the world, from the newly discovered to contemporary masters. On view in Randall’s Island Park from May 5 – 8, 2016, with an invitation-only preview on May 4, the fair is mounted in a light-fil...

Lot 9: William Merritt Chase, The Copper Urn, $45,000-65,000.

Must-See Work by Carl Andre, Andy Warhol, Jean-Michel Basquiat, Francis Bacon, Childe Hassam and William Merritt Chase in Rago’s May 7 Fine Art Auctions.

Released: April 20, 2016

MUST-SEE WORK BY CARL ANDRE, ANDY WARHOL, JEAN-MICHEL BASQUIAT, FRANCIS BACON, CHILDE HASSAM AND WILLIAM MERRITT CHASE IN RAGO’S MAY 7 FINE ART AUCTIONS.  Lambertville, NJ: On Saturday, May 7, 2016, Rago will hold auctions of 19th/20th Century American and European Art and Post-War/Contemporary Art. The sales feature works fresh to market, with many significant deaccessions from important collections. 19TH / 20TH AMERICAN / EUROPEAN ART: Saturday, May 7, 2016 at 11:00 a.m. (Lots 1-160) Paintings by William Aiken Walker, Frederick Judd Waugh, Edward Moran, William Merritt Chase, Josep...

Malachite & Bronze Three PIece Clock Garniture

Asian Decorative Arts and Fine English Furniture from Two Collections Featured at Schwenke April Fine Estates Auction

Released: April 19, 2016

On Sunday April 24th Schwenke Auctioneers presents its April Fine Estates Auction with an eclectic and diverse offering of over 400 lots consigned from several separate estates and consignors from Connecticut, New York, New Jersey, and Massachusetts. The sale includes several fine groups of Asian decorative arts from three estates, Mid-Century Modern decorative arts, American, English and Continental decorative arts from a Stamford estate, folk art and American country furniture from Stamford and Woodbury estates, English & other sterling silver, a large selection of estate costume jew...

Deborah Butterfield, (American, b.  1949), Untitled, 1997, bronze with patina, 34"h x 101"w x 69"d.  Estimate: $70,000 - $90,000.  Sold for $157,500.

Deborah Butterfield Bronze Horse Tops Treadway Toomey's Over $2 Million Single-Owner Sale

Released: April 19, 2016

Treadway Toomey Auctions presented Fire & Form: Fine Art and Ceramics – Part I, From the Estate of Candice B. Groot on Saturday, April 16th. The 278-lot auction was held at John Toomey Gallery in Oak Park, Illinois and achieved an impressive 90% sell-through rate resulting in more than $2 million in sales. Proceeds from the sale will benefit the Virginia A. Groot Foundation, founded by Candice Groot in 1988. The single-owner collection assembled by Ms. Groot over the last thirty years is one of the most important and comprehensive collections of Modern and Contemporary ceramics ever ...

Christian Marclay, Bottle Caps, 2016 (video still).  Single-channel projected animation, silent.  © Christian Marclay, courtesy Fraenkel Gallery, San Francisco

Christian Marclay: Six New Animations to Open at San Francisco's Fraenkel Gallery

Released: April 19, 2016

Fraenkel Gallery will present Christian Marclay: Six New Animations from April 28 through June 25, 2016, at 49 Geary Street, San Francisco. The exhibition highlights six entirely new works by Marclay and marks their worldwide debut. Later this summer the works will receive their first European screening at Les Rencontres de la Photographie, Arles, France. Christian Marclay routinely snaps photographs during his daily walks through London, where he now lives. By subtly editing many thousands of images of the pavement beneath his feet, Marclay has created these six hypnotic animations that ...

Billy Hassell, Powderhorn Ranch, 2015, ed.  30, lithograph, 24 x 22 inches

William Reaves | Sarah Foltz Fine Art announces The Texas Aesthetic X, on view May 6–June 25, 2016.

Released: April 19, 2016

For Lone Star art lovers (whether native or naturalized) with a genuine hankering for great art with genuine “Texas” flair, do we have a show for you – The Tenth Annual Texas Aesthetic at William Reaves | Sarah Foltz Fine Art!  Every year for the past decade, Houston’s notable Texas gallery has quietly played host to the state’s most significant annual round-up of contemporary Lone Star painters through its acclaimed Texas Aesthetic series.  Reaves and Foltz are at it again this year, and open Texas Aesthetic X on Friday, May 6 at their spacious Westheimer location, bringing the city a “ma...

Thomas Hart Benton (1889-1975) Homestead (In the Ozarks), lithograph, 1938

The St. Louis Fine Print, Rare Book & Paper Arts Fair Celebrates its 10th Anniversary

Released: April 19, 2016

The St. Louis Fine Print, Rare Book and Paper Arts Fair, presented by the St. Louis Mercantile Library at the University of Missouri – St. Louis, celebrates a milestone this year with its 10th annual event.  The Fair has grown steadily in size and attendance, and now features major print dealers from around the nation. “When we established the St. Louis Print Fair we had no idea how quickly it would grow into a new national print event” said John Hoover, executive director of the Mercantile Library.  “It was logical, considering the Library’s vast fine print and rare book collections, to...

Mark Bradford, Father, You Have Murdered Me.  2012.  Purchased with funds from Mortimer & Sara Hays Acquisition Fund and the Rose Art Museum Special Fund.

Mark Bradford to Represent United States at 57th Venice Biennale in 2017

Released: April 18, 2016

The Rose Art Museum at Brandeis University, in cooperation with the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, is pleased to announce that Mark Bradford will be the representative for the United States at La Biennale di Venezia 57th International Art Exhibition, the world’s most prestigious contemporary art event. Bradford, one of today’s leading international artists, is known for his work across media inspiring cross-cultural dialogue on social, political, and economic issues facing underserved urban communities.  He will create a new site-specific installatio...

Keith Haring, Retrospect, 1989 Estimate: $100,000-150,000

20th Century Masters Lead Phillips’ Sales of Modern & Contemporary Editions

Released: April 18, 2016

Iconic Works by Andy Warhol, Yves Klein, Keith Haring, Joan Miró, and Roy Lichtenstein to be Offered   Featuring a Selection of Ceramics by Pablo Picasso, Along With an Impressive Group of German Expressionist Works   Phillips is pleased to announce highlights from the New York Evening and Day Sales of Modern and Contemporary Editions, featuring Works on Paper, which will take place on 25 April. The two sessions will offer 346 lots, featuring works by icons of 20th century art, including Andy Warhol, Yves Klein, Keith Haring, Roy Lichtenstein, and Ernst Ludwig Kirchner.  A variety ...

“RAGS IN THE SANDS OF TIME” The Evolving Rag Series

Released: April 15, 2016

The opening of a new show this season at Desert Art Collection in Palm Desert, Californis introduced the Art Public to Bernard Stanley Hoyes's Rag series. In contex that has the earth, the dirt, the grains of Sands combined with the textures of the Rags in concert.  Tones of browns and beiges are highlighted to values that relies on the natural realm. THE RAG SERIES Unique Contemporary Graphics by Bernard Stanley Hoyes. Rag impressions reflect ancestral connections to contemporary life. Done in a spontaneous technique. A rag laden with ink is cast onto paper as a fisherman would cast hi...

Light & Shadow International Online Juried Art Competition

Call for Artists - "Light & Shadow" International Online Juried Art Competition

Released: April 15, 2016

Fusion Art is pleased to announce it is accepting submissions for “Light & Shadow,” its June 2016 international online juried art exhibition. For this competition artists and photographers are encouraged to share their artistic vision and interpretation of light and shadow. The artwork should focus on the dramatic placement and effects of light and shadow over the canvas or through the lens. Whether color or black and white, the light and shadow in the artwork should emphasize the subject matter by giving definition and dimension thus enhancing the vivid placement of lights and darks...

Installation view (detail) of The Roof Garden Commission: Cornelia Parker, Transitional Object (PsychoBarn) at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 2016.  Photographed by Alex Fradkin, Photo courtesy the artist.

Iconic American Architecture Inspired Cornelia Parker's Dramatic 2016 Roof Garden Commission at The Met, Opening April 19

Released: April 15, 2016

A large-scale sculpture by acclaimed British artist Cornelia Parker, inspired by the paintings of Edward Hopper and by two emblems of American architecture—the classic red barn and the Bates family's sinister mansion from Alfred Hitchcock's 1960 film Psycho—will comprise the fourth annual installation of site-specific works commissioned for The Metropolitan Museum of Art's Iris and B. Gerald Cantor Roof Garden. Nearly 30 feet high, The Roof Garden Commission: Cornelia Parker, Transitional Object (PsychoBarn) is fabricated from a deconstructed red barn and seems at first to be a genuine hou...

Paolo Canciani, Apollo Riding a Harley Davidson, Acrilic on Canvas, 28''x 20''

Solitary Spaces and Illumination

Released: April 6, 2016

This spring Agora Gallery is pleased to present two exhibitions highlighting new and groundbreaking voices in the fields of painting and photography. Solitary Spaces celebrates the individual dreamer forging ahead, with a collection of widely dissimilar pieces that represent each artist’s imaginary viewpoint. There are surreal portraits, impossible landscapes, and entirely abstract compositions. The eye picks out what is real and what is not – and must come to terms with the fact that it is harder to distinguish more often than not. Illumination: An Exhibition of Fine Art Photography featu...

Ralph E.  Cahoon, Jr.  painting brought $30,000 at Eldred's


Released: April 14, 2016

A rare micro-mosaic panel depicting Castel Sant’ Angelo by Vatican artisan Cesare Roccheggiani sold to a phone bidder for a sale price of $32,400, making it one of the top sellers at Eldred’s annual spring Americana and Paintings auction. The sale, which took place April 8 and 9, included lots from a wide range of collecting areas including early American glass, folk art, firearms, period furniture and more.   Other than the micro-mosaic, most of the sale’s top lots were in the paintings category. Highlights include two works by Ralph E. Cahoon, Jr., one a quintessential scene of sailo...

Jeremiah Quarshie, Yellow is the Colour of Water series, 2015, acrylic on canvas, 122 x 152 cm, courtesy the artist and Gallery 1957, Accra.

Jeremiah Quarshie: Yellow is the Colour of Water at Gallery 1957, Accra

Released: April 14, 2016

Gallery 1957 presents Yellow is the Colour of Water, a solo exhibition of new works by contemporary figurative painter Jeremiah Quarshie. Quarshie’s intricately detailed portraits are characterised by a unique realism combined with his own distinct visual language. His practice considers the construction of imagery and the boundaries of portraiture. Quarshie’s complex and multi-layered portrayals of beauty queens, businesswomen, and labourers take their narrative from contemporary life in Ghana and emphasise the connections between people otherwise divided by social, economic or geograph...

Untitled in St.  Mary's Cathedral

The Cathedral Collection: A Sculptural Installation by Monica Guggisberg & Philip Baldwin

Released: April 1, 2016

THE CATHEDRAL COLLECTION An installation of works by renowned international glass artists Monica Guggisberg & Philip Baldwin will be exhibited at St. Mary’s Cathedral during the Edinburgh Festival, and curated by Gallery TEN’s Paul Musgrove. Their modern, minimalist aesthetic provides a dramatic juxtaposition against the backdrop of St. Mary’s ornate Gothic architecture. The Cathedral Collection will include new works from their Frames series, mobiles, and large scale boat sculptures, including a nine meter long version recently exhibited at the Grand Palais in Paris, and the Applie...

Grear Patterson, White/Orange/Blue, paper, 21.3cm x 33.7cm, Courtesy the artist and Marlborough Contemporary, London

Grear Patterson: True Romance at Marlborough Contemporary

Released: April 12, 2016

Marlborough Contemporary in London presents True Romance, a solo exhibition (June 24-July 23, 2016) of new works from the New York-based artist Grear Patterson, which appropriates its title from the cult 1993 film. Patterson’s mixed media works present stylised sunsets, alongside auditory and visual recreations of the Tony Scott directed picture. The exhibition explores pop-culture, imagery and processes of perception, recurrent motifs of the artist’s output. Inspired by the visual vernacular of a sunset as an auspicious moment - simultaneously a romantacised ending and yet a promise o...

Justine Frischmann, “Lambent #93,” 2016.  Oil, acrylic spray enamel over sublimation print on aluminum, 60 x 60 inches.

New Justine Frischmann Paintings at George Lawson Gallery

Released: April 12, 2016

New paintings from Justine Frischmann’s “Lambent” series will be on view at George Lawson Gallery from April 13–May 28, 2016.  An opening reception will be held at the gallery, located at 315 Protrero Avenue, on Saturday, April 16 from 4–6 pm. You can view a video of Frischmann discussing her work here.  Coming fresh on the heels of Frischmann’s solo presentation at the VOLTA NY art fair, the gallery exhibition will reprise some of the work shown in New York along with more recently completed paintings utilizing a diptych format and increasing the scale of her panels. Frischmann exploi...

Vulgaris by Jason Martin

Contemporary and Modern Corporate Collection Soars at Brunk Auctions

Released: April 11, 2016

Over 150 lots of Contemporary and Modern Fine Art, sculptures, and more sold at Brunk Auctions on Thursday, April 7th. The objects offered were part of a Southern Corporate Collection before they were sold by the Asheville-based auction house. Many of the artists whose works were represented in the auction are living, and are active and heavily exhibited across the globe. More than 99% of lots sold, with several exceptional results during the night. The high lot in the auction was an oil on aluminum painting entitled Vulgaris by British artist Jason Martin. Even at the time of the aucti...

JAE YONG KIM “Pop Goes The Donut” installation (detail)

JAE YONG KIM “Pop Goes The Donut” to Open at Lyons Weir Gallery

Released: April 8, 2016

Lyons Wier Gallery presents "Pop Goes the Donut" by Jae Yong Kim, April 14 - May 14, 2016. Akin to Pop artists before him, Jae Yong Kim's work elicits an immediate visceral response. In this case, "DONUTS!" His motif is instantly recognizable and the viewer can't subdue their immediate hankering for these sculptures. Concurrently, a parallel effect also takes hold of the viewer. Similar to being in a donut shop, a synesthesia effect causes each color to render a flavor and a sweet and/or savory dream starts to unfold. As these dreams develop, deeper meanings begin to emerge. Distinguis...

Robert Rauschenberg Ruby Re-Run Spread (1978)

Robert Rauschenberg Spreads + Related Works May 1 - November 30, 2016

Released: April 4, 2016

The exhibition Robert Rauschenberg: Spreads and Related Works is a group of paintings and works on paper chosen to compliment the painting Recital (Spread), 1980 which Philip Johnson purchased that same year. The Spreads series was inspired in part by the Rauschenberg retrospective that was organized by the Smithsonian Institution in celebration of the nation’s bicentennial. It premiered at the National Collection of Fine Arts, Washington, D.C. in 1976 and there the artist had a chance to revisit many of his earlier works which he had not seen in years. The Spreads reference the Combines, ...

Alexandra Reilinger, Hidden Dangers, 2016.

Fruitlands Museum opens 102nd Season with 'William Schnute: The Natural World in High Relief' and '2016 Student Art Competition' on April 15

Released: April 6, 2016

(Harvard, Mass.) Fruitlands opens its 102nd Season on Friday, April 15 with two new exhibitions in the Art Museum–The 2016 Student Art Competition and The Natural World in High Relief: Carvings by William Schnute–on view from April 15 to June 19. Both exhibitions celebrate the art, nature and history of Fruitlands, and the creativity of local New England artists. A free opening reception will be held on Friday, April 15, 6-8pm.   Fruitlands Director Wyona Lynch-McWhite commented, “We are thrilled to open our 2016 main season, and to welcome everyone back to Fruitlands this April with tw...

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