Kansas City museum opens expanded European art galleries

The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art opened the Bloch Galleries on March 11. Photo by Joshua Ferdinand


KANSAS CITY, Mo. – The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art has opened the Bloch Galleries in the museum’s original 1933 Beaux-Arts building, featuring the Marion and Henry Bloch Collection of Impressionist and Post-Impressionist art.

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Record numbers view Yayoi Kusama exhibition at Hirshhorn Museum

Installation view of ‘Infinity Mirror Room—Phalli’s Field’ (1965) in ‘Floor Show,’ Castellane Gallery, New York, 1965. Courtesy of Ota Fine Arts, Tokyo/Singapore; Victoria Miro, London; David Zwirner, New York


WASHINGTON – The Smithsonian’s Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden welcomed more than 14,000 visitors through the free special exhibition “Yayoi Kusama: Infinity Mirrors” during its first week on view (Feb. 23–March 1). This period also saw a record-setting 32,500 visitors to the museum and sculpture garden, its highest attendance for those dates in almost 40 years.

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New self-portrait of Howard Hodgkin featured in National Portrait Gallery show

‘Portrait of the Artist Listening to Music’ by Howard Hodgkin (left) 2011-2016, courtesy Gagosian © Howard Hodgkin; and ‘Portrait of the Artist’ by Miriam Perez, courtesy Gagosian.


LONDON – A recently completed self-portrait by the late Howard Hodgkin (1932-2017) will go on public display for the first time in a major new exhibition, “Howard Hodgkin: Absent Friends,” at the National Portrait Gallery, London. Portrait of the Artist Listening to Music was completed by Hodgkin in late 2016 with the National Portrait Gallery exhibition in mind.

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Audubon birds coming to Indianapolis Museum of Art

John James Audubon (American, 1785–1851), Robert Havell (English, 1793–1878) (engraver), ‘Louisiana Heron (Tricolored Heron),’ 1827–1838, hand-colored engraving, 25-3/4 × 20-3/4 in. (plate). On loan from a private collection. Image courtesy Joel Oppenheimer Inc.


INDIANAPOLIS – This spring, experience nature indoors and out with Audubon: Drawn to Nature at the Indianapolis Museum of Art from April 1 through July 30.

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LOVE sculpture back on display at Indianapolis Museum of Art

Robert Indiana’s ‘LOVE’ sculpture has been restored and placed on permanent display inside the IMA. Image courtesy Indianapolis Museum of Art


INDIANAPOLIS (AP) – Robert Indiana’s iconic LOVE sculpture is back on display at the Indianapolis Museum of Art.

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British Museum show charts American art from 1960s to Trump

Jasper Johns (b. 1930), ‘Flags I.’ Screenprint, 1973. Collection of Johanna and Leslie Garfield. © Jasper Johns/VAGA, New York/DACS, London 2016. © Tom Powel Imaging


LONDON (AP) – The British Museum, famed for a collection ranging from Egyptian mummies to Roman artifacts to medieval manuscripts, has turned its gaze on the modern United States.

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German groups, Jewish heirs unite efforts to locate lost art

Rudolf Mosse was a German publisher and philanthropist, whose family’s art collection was confiscated by the Nazis.


BERLIN (AP) – The American heirs of a German-Jewish family and several German public institutions on Tuesday announced a joint project Tuesday to research and restitute a vast art collection stolen by the Nazis.

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‘American Watercolor’ showcases masterpieces of movement

John Singer Sargent, ‘A Tent in the Rockies,’ 1916. Image courtesy WikiArt.org


PHILADELPHIA (AP) – Prior to the 1860s, creating art with watercolor was seen as the realm of women and children, illustrators and amateurs. Artists wanting to prove their mettle used the most prestigious medium of the time: oil paint.

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Big payday expected for original Mad magazine cover art

Norman Mingo (1896-1980) original cover art for Mad magazine #121 (Sept. 1968) featuring Alfred E. Neuman being held aloft by the Beatles, Mia Farrow and the Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, 23.75 x 31.75 inches, est. $35,000-$50,000. Image courtesy of Hake’s Americana


YORK, Pa. – Don’t laugh — no, wait — go ahead and laugh. That’s what you’re supposed to do when you look at a cover of Mad magazine. But a magazine is one thing; the original cover art for a Mad issue from the 1960s, like the painting you see here, is quite another. A pop-culture prize of this caliber should have no trouble at all commanding a very serious five-figure auction price.

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Met’s Marsden Hartley exhibition rooted in his home state Maine

Marsden Hartley (American, 1877–1943). ‘Canuck Yankee Lumberjack at Old Orchard Beach, Maine’ (detail), 1940–41. Oil on Masonite-type hardboard. Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Smithsonian Institution, Gift of Joseph H. Hirshhorn, 1966.


NEW YORK – The exhibition “Marsden Hartley’s Maine,” on view at the Met Breuer from March 15 through June 18, will showcase the American artist’s lifelong artistic engagement with his home state of Maine.

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