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The exquisite Audrey Hepburn, will be the subject of a new photography exhibition opening at the National Portrait Gallery in July 2015, it was announced on Tuesday, December 2, 2014. Coinciding with the 65th anniversary of Hepburn’s little known career-changing performance at renowned West End night club Ciro’s, in the space now occupied by the Gallery’s Public Archive, the exhibition will bring together a remarkable selection of both classic and rarely seen photographs of the successful British actress.
 
"Audrey Hepburn: Portraits of an Icon," from  July 2 until October  18, 2015, will follow Hepburn’s rise to fame, from her early years in Holland and as a dancer and chorus girl in London’s West End, to her becoming a stage and screen icon, culminating in her philanthropic work in later life.

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A black flag emblazoned with the word ZERO hangs outside the museum, less ominous than classically revolutionary. Inside, a projection screen in the rotunda shows selections of films and printed matter from the exhibition upstairs. The signature image is a rocket launch, a perfect expression of the technologically inflected postwar optimism that defines the German art group Zero and the larger “Zero network” of like-minded artists, whose members hailed from various Western European capitals (and included outliers from America and Japan). Taken together, their work reveals a shared preoccupation with natural processes, everyday materials, plays of light and texture, and moving parts, both optical and mechanical.

“ZERO: Countdown to Tomorrow, 1950s–60s,” which fills all six floors of the Guggenheim through January 7, 2015, was clearly an ambitious undertaking by Guggenheim curator Valerie Hillings (it is Zero’s first major museum survey in the United States). The group’s core members — Heinz Mack and Otto Piene, who met as students in Düsseldorf in 1959, and Günther Uecker, who joined them in ’61 — are relatively established figures, but less is known about their collaborative work and connections to the larger European scene.

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Monday, 01 December 2014 11:45

Goya Tapestries go on View at the Prado Museum

The Prado Museum has devoted an exhibition to showcase the results of the time the painter Francisco de Goya dedicated to working on tapestries.

The Royal Tapestry Factory’s commission to Francisco de Goya to paint tapestry cartoons in 1775 brought the artist to Madrid where he eventually spent two decades of his life. “Goya in Madrid” analyzes the Spaniard’s works and the sources that inspired him.

A total of 142 pieces, which were the models to create the tapestries to decorate El Escorial and El Pardo palaces, were made by the artist during the period he spent at the Spanish royal court. The cartoons have belonged to the Prado Museum since 1870, when they arrived from the Royal Palace.

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Pop art’s influence has been felt in cultures far different from its American and British incubators. The works in a new exhibit feature a Russian troika, peasants shouting corporate names and imagery merging the French and Chinese revolutions.

The show that opened Wednesday at the Saatchi Gallery in London traces Pop art’s disciples in China, Taiwan and the former Soviet Union. With 250 works from 110 artists, “Post-Pop: East Meets West” explores how a new generation of artists from regions with radically different ideologies embraced the movement.

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The National Gallery of Art (NGA) is planning a major exhibition about the shifting relationship between America’s self-taught artists and its mainstream Modern and contemporary art. The show is being organized by the leading curator and scholar, Lynne Cooke, who in August became the national gallery’s senior curator of special projects in Modern art. She was the Andrew W. Mellon professor at the gallery’s Center for Advanced Study in the Visual Arts (2012-14), which provided the opportunity to undertake the in-depth research for the exhibition and accompanying publication.

“It is not a survey,” she tells The Art Newspaper, “but it does embrace almost a century.” 

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The New York Botanical Garden announces its major 2015 exhibition, "FRIDA KAHLO: Art, Garden, Life," focusing on the iconic artist's engagement with nature in her native country of Mexico. Opening on May 16, 2015, and remaining on view through November 1, 2015, the exhibition will be the first solo presentation of Kahlo's work in New York City in more than 25 years, and the first exhibition to focus exclusively on her intense interest in the botanical world.

Visitors to the Enid A. Haupt Conservatory will walk through a stunning flowershow re-imagining Kahlo's studio and garden at Casa Azul ("Blue House") in Coyoacán, Mexico City.

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Monday, 24 November 2014 13:50

Jeff Koons Retrospective Heads to Paris

After a wildly successful run at the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York, “Jeff Koons: A Retrospective” will open at Paris’ Centre Pompidou on Wednesday, November 26. The show was the last exhibition to be held at the Whitney’s Marcel Breuer-designed building before the museum moves to its new downtown location next year. The most comprehensive retrospective ever devoted to the groundbreaking and often controversial art of Jeff Koons, the exhibition presents approximately 150 works across a variety of mediums.

During the course of his 35-year career, Koons has emerged as a divisive figure in the art world. Considered a pioneering genius by some, Koons is often dismissed as a peddler of commercialized kitsch by others. Regardless of popular opinion, Koons’ indelible mark on contemporary art is undeniable.

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These days, exhibitions of the American artist Mark Rothko's work are huge crowd-pullers, and his paintings fetch record sums at auction. Now the Gemeentemuseum Den Haag is presenting a new exhibition of Rothko’s work, forty years after the last such show in the Netherlands. This is a unique opportunity to enjoy the artist’s work, as the exhibition is only being held in The Hague - and nowhere else.

With works constructed layer upon shimmering layer; Rothko's color fields are of unparalleled intensity and communicate universal human emotions such as fear, ecstasy, grief and euphoria. The artist was an intensely committed painter who invested his whole being in his art and, like many other great artists, he led a difficult life. Rothko was deeply disillusioned by the two world wars, and plagued by depression, yet capable of producing great art with an enduring capacity to comfort and enthral.

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"Forbidden Games” is an exhibition of 167 of the 178 photographs David Raymond donated and sold to the Cleveland Museum of Art in 2007. The show, which runs through Jan. 11, 2015, includes works taken from 1920 through the 1940s by such major surrealist and modernist photographers as Man Ray, Bill Brandt, Brassaï and Hans Bellmer, as well as many less well known, such as Dora Maar, Marcel G. Lefrancq and George Hugnet. There are also works by photographers not ordinarily identified with either tendency who nonetheless occasionally took pictures that could be so considered. The images Mr. Raymond assembled make a grand introduction to important aspects of art photography between the end of the First World War and mid-century.

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Wednesday, 29 October 2014 11:26

Egyptian Antiquities to Embark on a Tour of Europe

An exhibition featuring artifacts discovered off the coast of Egypt is set to tour Europe. “Egypt’s Sunken Secrets” is organized by Franck Goddio, the founder of the European Institute for Underwater Archaeology, in association with Egypt’s Ministry of State for Antiquities. Artifacts have been selected from museums across the country, including 18 from the Egyptian Museum in Cairo, while over 200 come from recent underwater explorations by Goddio’s team.

In a press release, Mamdouh el-Damaty, Egypt’ s head of antiquities, said that the exhibition will strengthen cultural ties between Egypt and the EU, encourage tourism to Egypt, and bring in €600,000 of funding for the ministry, as well as an additional €1 per ticket after the 100,000th visitor.

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