Met Breuer exhibit highlights Sottsass’ radical designs beyond Memphis

The most recognizable furniture icon from the Memphis Group may be Ettore Sottsass’s 1981 Carlton Room Divider, constructed of plastic laminate. The design perfectly illustrates the style’s vivid colors and defiance of conventional functionality. The Metropolitan Museum of Art © Ettore Sottsass


NEW YORK – A seminal figure in 20th-century design, Italian architect and designer Ettore Sottsass (1917–2007) created a vast body of work, the result of an exceptionally productive career that spanned more than six decades. The exhibition at The Met Breuer, “Ettore Sottsass: Design Radical,” opening July 21, will reevaluate Sottsass’s career in a presentation of his key works in a range of media—including architectural drawings, interiors, furniture, machines, ceramics, glass, jewelry, textiles and pattern, painting, and photography.

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New York state announces artist for first LGBTQ monument


Hudson River Park with Empire State Building visible in background. Photo by Wusel007, licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported license


NEW YORK (AP) – New York City has selected an artist for the first official state monument to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people.

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Whitney museum exhibit sets Calder mobiles in motion to music

Alexander Calder (1898–1976), ‘Aluminum Leaves, Red Post,’ 1941. Painted sheet metal, 60 3/4 × 40 3/4 × 42 1/2 in. The Lipman Family Foundation; long-term loan to the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York T.1996.7 © 2017 Calder Foundation, New York / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York. Photograph by Brian Kelley


NEW YORK – “Calder: Hypermobility,” currently on view at the Whitney Museum of American Art, focuses on the extraordinary breadth of movement and sound in the work of Alexander Calder. This exhibition brings together a rich constellation of key sculptures and provides a rare opportunity to experience the works as the artist intended—in motion.

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Tate Modern preparing full-course Modigliani exhibition

Amedeo Modigliani,(1884-1920):’Jeanne Hebuterne,’ 1919. New York, Metropolitan Museum of Art


LONDON – This autumn, Tate Modern will stage the most comprehensive Modigliani exhibition ever held in the UK, bringing together a dazzling range of his iconic portraits, sculptures and the largest ever group of nudes to be shown in this country. The show will open Nov. 23 and run through April 2.

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Rome exhibition rekindles rumors over identity of Pintoricchio’s model

Pintoricchio’s ‘Madonna with Child’ as it exists today. Image courtesy of Capitoline Museums


ROME (AP) – For centuries, Renaissance artist Pintoricchio was practically accused of blasphemy by those who contended he used Pope Alexander VI’s young lover as the model for the Madonna in a wall painting that decorated the pontiff’s private apartment.

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Pollock and Motherwell exhibition opens at Nelson-Atkins July 8

Jackson Pollock, ‘Mural,’ 1943. Oil and casein on canvas, 95 5/8 x 237 3/4 inches. Gift of Peggy Guggenheim, 1959.6. University of Iowa Museum of Art, Iowa City. Reproduced with permission from The University of Iowa Museum of Art. Photograph courtesy the J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles, 2014


KANSAS CITY, MO. – Two famed American artists are featured in the focus exhibition “Pollock and Motherwell: Legends of Abstract Expressionism,” which opens at the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art in Kansas City July 8. The exhibition includes two monumental paintings, Jackson Pollock’s Mural and Robert Motherwell’s Elegy to the Spanish Republic, No. 126. Pollock’s work is freewheeling and frenzied, while Motherwell’s painting presents a rhythmic, consistent structure.

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Cristóbal de Villalpando paintings make US debut at Met Museum

Cristóbal de Villalpando (c. 1649-1714), ‘Moses and the Brazen Serpent and the Transfiguration of Jesus’ (detail), 1683, oil on Canvas. Col. Propiedad de la Nación Mexicana, Secretaría de Cultura, Dirección General de Sitios y Monumentos del Patrimonio Cultural Acervo de la Catedral de Nuestra Señora de la Inmaculada Concepción, Puebla, Mexico


NEW YORK – Cristóbal de Villalpando (c. 1649–1714) emerged in the 1680s not only as the leading painter in viceregal Mexico, but also as one of the most innovative and accomplished artists in the entire Spanish world. Opening July 25 at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the exhibition “Cristóbal de Villalpando: Mexican Painter of the Baroque” features his earliest masterpiece, a monumental painting depicting the biblical accounts of Moses and the brazen serpent and the Transfiguration of Jesus, which was painted in 1683 for a chapel in Puebla Cathedral.

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Purported Jackson Pollock painting withdrawn from auction

Jackson Pollock (American, 1912-1956), Untitled Gouache, 22 1/2 x 30 in., est. $10 million – $15 million. Image courtesy of J. Levine Auction & Appraisal


PHOENIX, Ariz. – The highly anticipated auction of a painting billed as a Jackson Pollock original was withdrawn shortly before it was to go up for bids on Tuesday, reports the Arizona Republic newspaper.

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Exhibit examines art of Renaissance Venice at its first zenith


Paolo Veronese, ‘Lucretia,’ (1580-1583). Kunsthistorisches Museum


MADRID – The Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza is hosting “Renaissance Venice. The Triumph of Beauty and the Destruction of Painting,” an exhibition devoted to Venetian art of the 16th century – its first zenith – and featuring nearly 100 works by artists such as Titian, Tintoretto, Veronese, Bassano, Giorgione and Lotto. The show opens June 20 and runs through Sept. 24.

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Monet exhibit at Currier Museum of Art to showcase 4 paintings

Claude Monet, ‘The Bridge at Bougival,’ 1869, oil on canvas, 25 3/4 in. x 36 3/8 in. Museum Purchase: Currier Funds, 1949.1. Currier Museum of Art image


MANCHESTER, N.H. (AP) – A beloved Claude Monet painting has returned to its home at New Hampshire’s Currier Museum of Art after an eight-month tour, and will be back on display, along with three others that show the artist’s evolution.

The exhibit “Monet: Pathways to Impressionism” opens July 1 and runs until Nov. 13 at the Manchester museum.

Monet’s 1869 landscape, The Bridge at Bougival, was acquired by the museum in 1949. The painting is recognized as one of only a handful of early pictures that foreshadow Monet’s development of impressionism.

It has recently been shown at major exhibitions in Houston, Fort Worth, Texas and San Francisco.

Three other Monet masterpieces are in the exhibition, each representing a milestone in the artist’s career, including the Kimbell Art Museum’s stunning 3-by-5-foot canvas, La Pointe de la Hève at Low Tide (1865), the painting that launched Monet’s career at the 1865 Paris Salon.


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