Showflipper compiles for you the most exciting art news from the art world! Stay informed about the happenings of art and artists alike with this week's most compelling headlines:
1. A Collector’s Paradise in Chicago
A retired environmental scientist, Patric McCoy, acquired his first artwork while he was still a student at the University of Chicago. Today, McCoy surmises he owns around 1,300 works—principally, but not solely, by contemporary artists of African origin—in his North Kenwood residence. Among them is artwork by Prof. Theaster Gates and the AfriCOBRA collective; he also still exhibits Stapleton’s lithograph, which he bought in university. In 2003 McCoy cofounded Diasporal Rhythms, an institution that promotes the collection of art.
2. Traveling Exhibition Of Legos Artwork In Dallas
"The Art of the Brick" touring exhibit has made traveled to over 80 cities worldwide.
Internationally celebrated artist Nathan Sawaya built most of the art by utilizing millions of Legos. The exhibit re-creates classics, like Van Gogh's "Starry Night" and Michelangelo's David among many others.
3. An Instagram-Worthy Interactive Art Exhibit
That is exactly the description anyone would a lot to The Whimsy World Art Exhibit. It is a sort of experience that Houston-based artist Shelbi Nicole has designed, and which guests can view for themselves, at District Art Gallery.
The show is Nicole's second solo show and receives its title from various people who call Nicole's work as "whimsy."
4. Two Mumbai Designers Create Edgy Exhibits
The Gallery Maskara, in one of Colaba’s tangled by-lanes, Rahul Jhaveri, a budding indie jewelry designer, has designed a dreamy experience of design installations. ‘Seeing the Unseen’ has been curated and composed by Divya Thakur, an interdisciplinary artist, and originator of Design Temple. It is an art-meets-spatial design exhibit.
5. Artist Uses Peeled-Off Walls For A Delhi Exhibit
Contemporary artist Shahanshah Mittal enhances his art with images of neglected walls, peeled-off coat, and placeholder text employed in graphics. A solo display of his compositions, 'Formless Whispers', will highlight the formlessness in his art that continue without "heavy concepts and intellectual contexts".
6. Restored Cartoon By Raphael To Go Back On Display
A crane had to be used to move the huge display of Raphael’s restored cartoon, last October; from the School of Athens (around 1508) to Milan’s Biblioteca Ambrosiana. The biggest surviving Renaissance cartoon, which is preserved under the 24 sq. m sheet of glass will go back on display in the library’s art gallery on 27 March, after a four-year restoration financed by the firm Ramo.
7. Children’s Imagination To Build A Smart Future
The Children’s Smart Pune Art Installation is a creative imagination of the city's landscape, from the view of children. The display had its opening this week, as part of the Times Pune Smart Campaign.
The exhibition will continue until February 24th.
8. Rijksmuseum Celebrates Rembrandt
The Rijksmuseum honors the greatest artist of the Dutch golden age, with its ‘all the Rembrandts’ show.
He was, without a doubt, the most highly regarded Dutch master, and some maintain he was the greatest painter in all of history. Now, around 350 years following his burial in an unmarked grave in Westerkerk, in Amsterdam, the Netherlands commemorates Rembrandt Harmenszoon van Rijn.
9. French Artist Accused Of Plagiarism
The Sakura art gallery in Paris has canceled an imminent exhibition by regional artist Guillaume Verda, who has been cited of imitating Jean-Michel Basquiat. The dispute has once again urged the issue: when does inspiration become counterfeit?
Creative innovation was clearly left wanting. Some have even fitted Verda’s art as plagiarism. One thing is certain: the artist’s style shows a remarkable likeness to Basquiat’s. But does that make it homage or a fraud?
10. Da Vinci’s Death Anniversary Cause Diplomatic Conflict
This year we commemorate 500 years following Leonardo Da Vinci’s passing. Anticipating the precise anniversary day, May 9, numerous ceremonies are being planned in Italy to celebrate the endowment of the living interpretation of the Renaissance Man.
But, his death anniversary has influenced a debate concerning his art and the festivities, between France and Italy. Leonardo’s time, traveling indicated that many of his artwork.
1. Protests At The British Museum For Its Association With Oil Company BP
Over 300 activists affiliated to the group ' BP or Not to BP?' assembled inside the museum on Saturday to condemn the energy giant's alleged abuse of Iraq’s oil fields after the Iraq War. The British Museum is sticking to its questionable connection with the energy company despite the tremendous climate change protest.
2. Iconic Artworks From London Brought Together At Fondation Louis Vuitton
For the first time in Paris in over sixty years, The Fondation Louis Vuitton will display the collection of Samuel Courtauld, the English industrialist, and patron of the arts, from February 20th to June 17th, 2019.
3. Met Receives A Gift Of Art From Latin American
In early March, the Met will reveal the contribution from James Kung Wei Li, i.e., ten 17th and 18th-century works from Peru, Ecuador, and Bolivia, in a gallery in the American Wing called Art of the Colonial Andes. Li, a businessman in his 80s, grew up in Latin America, the son of a Chinese ambassador who served in Brazil and other Latin American countries.
4. Saint Petersburg’s Hermitage Museum Evacuated Due To Bomb Scare
Saint Petersburg's State Hermitage Museum had to be evacuated on Thursday, February 21st. The Museum said that it received an email containing a bomb threat. A spokesperson told Artnet that a shopping mall, the Mariinsky Theater, and a few schools and universities also reported similar threats to the officials.
5. Budapest Museum Purchases £5m Anthony Van Dyck Painting, With Help From The Hungarian Government
The Museum of Fine Arts in Budapest has stated that it acquired the Sir Anthony van Dyck (1599-1641) portrait of Charles I's daughter, Princess Mary.
The purchase, which figured £5.85m with buyer’s premium, was financed with a grant from the Hungarian government and served as the highest-value acquisition in the last 100 years for the organization.
6. Get Immersed In Van Gogh's Works Like Never Before In A Paris Gallery
A Paris gallery is offering visitors the chance to immerse themselves in the colourscapes of Vincent Van Gogh like never before. L'Atelier des Lumieres is projecting digitized, multilayered versions of some of the artist's most famous works. The show is accompanied by a rich soundtrack.
7. Africa’s Art Market Spurred By Economic Growth
In October, the International Monetary Fund estimated that six of the ten, rapidly-growing economies in the world, are in Africa. The surge of Modern and contemporary African artists on the market in Europe and the US and the rise in the number of museum shows devoted to them, last year, was a marvel.
8. Joan Miró’s Studio Reopens With A Fresh Look
Joan Miró presented his studio to the city of Palma de Mallorca, Spain, where he had resided for almost thirty years. Last year in February, the Fundació Pilar i Joan Miró a Mallorca had to close the studio to the public, due to structural damage to the studio.
9. An Exhibit In Cairo Looks Back At The Arts During Monarchy
Art enthusiasts and Egyptian history geeks engaged in the nation's monarchical era or cultural history are in for a treat at the Italianate Aisha Fahmy Palace, constructed in 1907 in Zamalek. The palace currently holds the display “Features of an Era,” which takes a glance at the house that previously reigned in Egypt in shows of portraits, sculpture and photography not seen by the public since the 1952 Free Officers coup that overthrew the monarchy.
10. French Court Deliberates Long-Delayed Counterfeit Rodin Case
The trial of a private business alleged of selling fake sculptures by French artist Auguste Rodin has been initiated in the Paris Court of Appeal. Gruppo Mondiale is cited for utilizing genuine molds to create imitations of Rodin’s works and trading them as the artists’ originals.
1. Albany Museum Of Art To Feature Legos Art
Legos are now being displayed as art at the Albany Museum of Art (AMA). Artist Mike Landers has an exhibit in the East Gallery of the Albany Museum of Art. Landers will be at the gallery on Thursday to engage with the visitors and talk about what inspired him for his work with Legos.
2. Chinese Art On Loan To The Art Gallery Of New South Wales
The exhibit Heaven and Earth in Chinese Art, Treasures from the National Palace Museum, Taipei, is the first significant collaboration between Australia and China. It merits being viewed by all those fascinated by Chinese art and hopefully will be a forerunner for many such collaborations in the future.
3. The Knitting Community Weaves Famous Art Into Their Craft
More than 10 years ago, Roxanne Yeun toured the Dalí Museum in Florida and became interested in Salvador Dalí’s artistic manner. It is then that, Yeun became determined to find a way to apply Dali’s style to yarn. Following her return home, Yeun, the owner of Canadian-based Zen Yarn Garden, a yarn company, got to work. She sought to employ the vibrant vagueness of The Hallucinogenic Toreador to yarn.
4. Letters By Oscar Wilde Returned To The University College Library
Author Oscar Wilde's works have sparked a dispute at the author's alma mater, Oxford University, where the famed Bodleian Library has been made to restore a rare compilation of unpublished letters and first-editions to their original base.
The letters have now been delivered back to The University College Library following their handover to the Bodleian over 80 years ago because of a lack of space.
5. Famous Left-Handed Artists Throughout History
Artists like Michelangelo, Leonardo da Vinci, and Lucien Freud have one thing in common. They were all left-handed. There are many other artists, who based on the varying degrees of proof were possibly left-handed. This article compiles a list of artists based on these proofs.
6. An Amsterdam Exhibit To Put The Spotlight On Artists Van Gogh And Hockney
In March, the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam will be putting a spotlight on an apparently unlikely pairing, acknowledging the impact Vincent van Gogh had on David Hockney and analyzing topics such as nature and brilliant colors that are shared by both artists.
Hockney – Van Gogh: The Joy of Nature, which will highlight 120 artworks, will be Hockney’s impressive Yorkshire landscapes, including his grand work The Arrival of Spring in Woldgate, East Yorkshire In 2011.
7. Stunning Replicas Of Renaissance Artwork By A 71-Years-Old Retiree
A 71-year-old Canadian artist’s home is filled with paintings by Renaissance masters, including artworks like Johannes Vermeer’s "The Girl with the Pearl Earring" and Sandro Botticelli’s "Primavera". Michelangelo’s "Creation of Adam" is painted on one ceiling.
Even though none of them are the original, it is possibly more powerful that Cosimo Geracitano created them all by himself.
8. Lucian Freud’s Incomplete Rembrandt Project
Artist Lucian Freud had wished to utilize artwork by Rembrandt in the Rijksmuseum as motivation for one of his final compositions. Freud, who had accepted to paint a composition inspired by Jeremiah Lamenting the Destruction of Jerusalem (1630), passed away aged 88 in 2011—before he could complete the plan.
9. Belfast Gallery Showcases Artist Andy Warhol's Works
Compositions by pop-art master Andy Warhol, valued at a total of £1 million, will be exhibited at a show in Belfast in the upcoming month. The American artist, who passed away in 1987, was a leading personality in the visual art movement and his popular works include the silkscreen painting, Campbell's Soup Cans and a Marilyn Monroe Portrait, both of which will be on display.
10. Titian Honoured At The Stadel Museum
The Stadel Museum honors Titian as Renaissance master even though, at his core, he was an Impressionist. "Titian and the Renaissance in Venice" the new exhibit in Frankfurt's Stadel Museum, recounts the story of a master who painted in a style that wasn't standard at his time, i.e., the 16th-century.
1. Karl Lagerfeld, Iconic Fashion Designer, Passes away
The creative mind at the helm of fashion houses Chanel and Fendi and labeled as the most influential figure in the fashion world, died in Paris on Tuesday following a weeks-long illness.
His fashion label issued a statement verifying his passing, calling him an "iconic, universal symbol of style."
2. Art And Physics Come Together In Santa Cruz
Fusion of Art and Physics begins at the R. Blitzer Gallery, Santa Cruz, on March 1 and highlights the conclusions of 17 collaborations among physicists and visual artists. A fortnight after the show’s introduction, each type of members will share what they discovered from the other in a panel conversation.
3. Art Exhibit To Highlight Displaying The Agricultural Crisis In India
The Punjab Lalit Kala Academy and Tukral and Tagra are bringing a one-of-a-kind exhibit to the Indian city of Chandigarh. The display intends to shed a light on the plight of the farmers and the agriculture industry of the country. The exhibit will open on 20th February and will be accompanied by art performances and interactive discussions.
4. An Opportunity For Budding Artists To Shine At Whanganui Walls Street Art Festival
Aspiring artists have a unique chance to work with established experts attending the Whanganui Walls Street Art Festival. The Youth Mentor Programme is a partnership between the festival organizers and Whanganui & Partners. Students can apply to the programme and 6 of them, will each be assigned one of the professional artists visiting for the festival, as mentors.
5. Franz Kafka’s Prague Home To Be Converted Into A Literary Café
Restoration of the Prague dwelling where renowned writer Franz Kafka was born will be concluded by the end of this year, according to Prague City Hall.
While top stories will comprise apartments, a museum devoted to Kafka along with a literary café will utilize the lower floors of the structure, along with an added non-residential area leased out by the city.
6. Turkish Police Seized A 13th-Century Painting Of Christ
Turkish authorities have caught a 13th-century artwork portraying the crucifixion of Christ, police sources said on Tuesday.
The discovery occurred when policemen stormed the office of a suspected artifacts dealer in the Turkish province of Kayseri, stated the source, talking on the stipulation of anonymity because of the constraints on talking to the media.
7. An Abandoned Distillery In Colombia Transformed Into A Graffiti Gallery
World-renowned street artists have turned a deserted rum distillery in the forests of Colombia into the world’s largest graffiti museum. The unusual project is termed #ArtDistilled and was formulated by Dictator Art Masters, an organization whose principal goal is to encourage art in both conventional and radical approaches.
8. Volcanic Eruptions And Art
The critical effects of an extensive volcanic eruption can be hot and drastic, with burning lava flowing from the caldera and volcanic rock propelling into the atmosphere. The succeeding years following an eruption stir creative minds, for example, the red skies from the aerosols in the atmosphere lead to works of J. M. W. Turner and Edvard Munch. Jessica Whiteside, a geochemist and paleoclimatologist at the University of Southampton, is studying these effects.
9. Pablo Picasso's Early Life Traversed In Film
A Director has created a cinema around the early days of one of the world’s prominent masters. Pablo Picasso is renowned for producing some of the most popular artworks of the 20th century.
Starting with his earliest paintings right up to his passing in 1973, Picasso amazed the world with his artwork, especially his influence on cubism. Now, a film director from Brighton is taking the initial years of Picasso’s life to the screen.
10. The Vatican Abandons Plans For Andy Warhol Exhibit
The Warhol show conflicts with the Vatican's design for Leonardo da Vinci's 500th anniversary. The Vatican has reportedly scrapped its intentions to entertain a significant display devoted to Andy Warhol, designed to examine the "spiritual side" of the Pop art master, according to Artnet News. The collaboration among Pittsburgh’s Andy Warhol Museum and the Vatican Museums, directed at highlighting Warhol’s Catholicism and the influence it had on his creative imagination, was meant to open this year.
1. Canadian Man Recreates 'Mona Lisa' On An Ice Rink
A Canadian man brought an artistic touch to the shoveling of his backyard ice rink. Robert Greenfield of Toronto recorded a time-lapse video of his method of creating an image of Leonardo da Vinci’s “Mona Lisa” and posted it on YouTube and Facebook. The artwork has been dubbed it 'Snowna Lisa'.
2. Benode Behari Mukherjee, The Visually Challenged Pioneer Of Modern Indian Art, Honored With An Exhibition
About a month after Santiniketan declared that it will acknowledge its eminent alumni Benode Behari Mukherjee with a gallery devoted to the artworks of the visually challenged modernist artist, a display in Delhi follows his body of work, from the time Mukherjee concluded his studies at Kala Bhavan.
3. Mizoram On The Map Of Indian Contemporary Art
With an aim to put Mizoram on the map of the rising Indian contemporary art, 14 young artists from the northeastern state of India will display their arts that speak of the contemporary Mizo individuality as a complex mix of global powers and prized regional traditions.
4. ‘Peanuts’ Art Stolen From Southern California Gallery
Thieves broke into a gallery in southern California last week, appropriating artworks portraying Charlie Brown and other personas from the renowned comic strip “Peanuts.”
It has been reported that no other art was taken. The gallery’s proprietor has valued the three stolen pieces at $7,900.
5. The Met Bought A Stolen Egyptian Artifact Because Of Fake Provenance
The Metropolitan Museum of Art built a significant exhibit last year around a new procurement, a golden-covered coffin from the 1st century B.C. that was inscribed for Nedjemankh, a high-ranking priest of the ram-headed god Heryshef of Herakleopolis.
But the exhibit, “Nedjemankh and His Gilded Coffin,” shuttered earlier this week because the Met agreed to return the highly embellished artifact to Egypt after investigators ascertained it had been recently looted from that nation.
6. Monet’s Final Years On Show At De Young Museum
Monet is most loved for the compositions that he made at the end of his life, all within the confines of his own property in France, as he coped with the losses of his wife and son, declining eyesight and other afflictions of old age.
This is the art that is the subject of curator George T. M. Shackelford’s grand exhibit “Monet: The Late Years,” arranged for the Kimbell Art Museum and opening in San Francisco at the de Young Museum.
7. Lady In White: Titian's Mystery Masterpiece
In letters, the Renaissance master Titian mentioned the elegant lady as his "most cherished being" and the "mistress of my soul." But he never identified the subject of his 1561 composition Portrait of a Lady in White.
The painting is on loan, to the Norton Simon Museum in California, from the Gemäldegalerie Alte Meister in Dresden.
8. Stolen Picasso Worth $50,000 Still Missing A Year Later
It has been a year since a signed Picasso artwork worth up to $50,000 was taken from the DeLind Fine Art Appraisals in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, and gallery owners are still expecting its safe recovery.
The 1949 picture “Torero,” meaning bullfighter, by Pablo Picasso, was taken from their lobby in the middle of the day one year ago, DeLind told InsideEdition.com in a previous interview.
9. 'Pissarro's Garden' By Paul Gauguin, Seen In Public Only Twice In Nearly 140 Years, To Go For Auction In Paris
An early gem by artist Paul Gauguin - which has only been seen in public twice in nearly 140 years - will be auctioneered in Paris in March.
'Pissarro's Garden' is a moving tribute to the beloved Impressionist artist, Camille Pissarro, scholars say, who Gauguin termed his "dear mentor".
10. Missing Six Lines From Jane Austen Letter Discovered After 200 Years Are About… Laundry
The last six lines of one note were recently unearthed - penned by the famed author to her sister, Cassandra, four years before her death. In the note, the writer simply described matters concerning her laundry.
The missing lines are now on display at the Jane Austen House Museum in Chawton, Hampshire, and involve the reordering of her brother George's London estate.
1) Radical Beauty: Portraits Of People With Down ’S Syndrome
The photographs, taken for a prospective photography book: Radical Beauty Project, all have one thing in common. Shot by prominent fashion and art photographers, all of the models have Down’s syndrome. But this isn’t some uplifting charity coffee-table tome: Daniel Vais, the creative director, aspires to produce high art. Which means the pictures are stimulating, unsettling and, at times, challenging.
2) Art Institute Of Chicago Reveals Fundamental Findings In African Art
The Art Institute of Chicago declared the results of a vital new study on five terracotta statues— named Bankoni after a village in present-day Mali where they were unearthed. The articles date from between the 12th and 15th centuries. This puts them "among the oldest surviving figures from sub-Saharan Africa and among the oldest artworks of African art in the Art Institute's collection away from Egypt," according to Constantine Petridis, Chair of the Arts of the Americas and Africa and Curator of African Art at the Art Institute of Chicago.
3) The Reason Behind 'Art-Acne' In Georgia O’Keeffe Paintings
Small blisters, which can make paint to break and chip off like dry skin, were first detected building on the artist’s paintings years ago. O’Keeffe, a pivotal figure in the evolution of American modern art, herself had noticed these bumps, which at first were dismissed as sand grains from the artist’s New Mexico desert residence that remained in the oil paint.
Now researchers have recognized the true offender: metal soaps that emerge from chemical reactions in the paint.
4) Exhibit Looks At The Ansel Adams’ Work Through A Historic And Modern Perspective
The photographs of celebrated artist Ansel Adams are back in the limelight, thanks to a 200-piece exhibit arranged by the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.
Adams improved environmental photography by capturing wonderful landscapes that were lauded for both their artistic representation and for environmental activism. The Boston exhibition, "Ansel Adams in Our Time,” extends a fresh outlook on environmental photography with Adams' photographs curated beside those by his predecessors and his successors.
5) ‘Bauhaus’ Centennial Exhibit Shines Art Movement’s Light On The World
No organization had more influence on the evolution of 20th-century art, design, and architecture than the Bauhaus, a German art school with such notable mentors as Anni Albers, Marcel Breuer, Walter Gropius, Herbert Bayer, and Wassily Kandinsky.
This year marks the 100th anniversary of its founding, an event that has sparked at least 600 exhibits and other events worldwide, including a globally touring show named “The Whole World a Bauhaus.”
6) Artworks By Degas’ Circle Provides Insight Into His Personality
The Lightner Museum will present a rare glimpse at the works of pioneering painter Edgar Degas with the show “Edgar Degas: The Private Impressionist — Works on Paper by the Artist and His Circle.”
Starring more than 50 original compositions by Degas, The museum’s exhibit will give uncommon insights into Degas’ inner world and the chance to see rarely displayed works from the private collection of curator Robert Flynn Johnson.
7) Historic Picasso Exhibition Begins In Beverly Hills
Sixty original compositions by Pablo Picasso were revealed to the public on Saturday for the "Picasso in Color" show at Galerie Michael in Beverly Hills.
Included in the compilation are 35 items that were identified in a secured safe in the South of France in mid-to-late 2018 and have never been disclosed.
8) Louvre Snubs 'Leonardo Da Vinci' Painting As 'Fake'
The Salvator Mundi was considered to be composed by Renaissance master Leonardo da Vinci, but apprehensions have been formed over the painting's authenticity.
The Salvator Mundi, which represents Christ as 'Saviour of the World', is now claimed by some to be a 'workshop Leonardo', created by one of the artist's studios assistants.
9) An Iconic Botticelli Painting In The U.S. For The First Time
Two iconic, Renaissance paintings that were separated hundreds of years ago are together again. The powerful works by renowned artist Sandro Botticelli have been reunited, first in Italy and currently in Boston, for a new display opening Thursday, Feb. 14 at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum.
10) Hundreds Of Rembrandt Works In A Single Exhibit At The Amsterdam Art Museum
The Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam will display most of its works by Rembrandt van Rijn in a single exhibition this spring, noting the 350th anniversary of the Dutch artist’s death.
The exhibit is expected to be the most comprehensive collection of Rembrandts to ever be displayed from here on out, Museum Director Taco Dibbits told the Associated Press, “because the works on paper are incredibly fragile.”