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Asian art is gloriously basking in the sun this year. While 42 extraordinary galleries from around the globe open their doors with one-of-a-kind exhibitions during Asia Week New York, The Metropolitan Museum of Art is celebrating the centennial of its world-renowned Department of Asian Art. Even Vogue editor-in-chief Anna Wintour jumped on the bandwagon as she recently visited Beijing to promote the Met Costume Institute’s upcoming exhibition "China: Through the Looking Glass."

Works of art from all over the Asian continent and spanning over four millennia will be shown throughout Manhattan by international Asian art specialists during Asia Week New York, starting March 13 to March 21, 2015.  Art lovers can take in museum-caliber treasures including the rarest and finest Asian examples of painting, sculpture, bronzes, ceramics, jewelry, jade, textiles, prints, and photographs from all over Asia.

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In a highly unusual outcome to conservation efforts, the Barnes Foundation has discovered it owns two previously unknown Cézanne sketches - even collector Albert C. Barnes was most likely unaware of their existence.

The two works, unmentioned in any correspondence and not included in the master compendium of Cézanne's works, are on the backs of two watercolors that are permanently hung in the foundation's galleries on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway.

The works had been taken down a year ago for needed conservation.

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International Center of Photography deputy director and chief curator Brian Wallis will leave his post at the end of February, the museum reports. “Brian Wallis has had a long and distinguished career at ICP. He came on board before our renovated Midtown galleries opened in 2000 and has been instrumental to our success over the last 15 years,” executive director Mark Lubell said in a statement. In its future move to the Bowery, ICP will continue to build on the foundation Wallis has laid, Lubell added.

Since Wallis joined in 1999, ICP has organized some 150 shows and acquired over 20,000 photographs.

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The Freer Gallery of Art – the Smithsonian’s first art museum – will close for 18 months for renovations beginning Jan. 4, 2016, officials announced Wednesday.

Repairs to the 180,000-square-foot building, a National Historic Landmark, will include updating the climate control systems and installing technological upgrades to its auditorium and storage and conservation areas. In addition, some of the galleries will be returned to the original aesthetic created by architect Charles Platt.

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Wednesday, 11 February 2015 11:02

The Dallas Art Fair Releases Its Exhibitor List

The Dallas Art Fair, returning for its seventh edition on April 9–12, will bring nearly 100 galleries and art dealers from around the country and around the world to the Fashion Industry Gallery (f.i.g.) in Dallas's downtown Arts District.

The cornerstone of the city's annual Dallas Art Week, the fair will be accompanied by a series of major art exhibitions and events at various other venues. In a statement, Dallas Art Fair co-founder John Sughrue described the week as "an infinitely rich opportunity to experience the contemporary arts," while co-founder Chris Byrne promised the fair would offer its "largest and most diverse selection of exhibitors to date."

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Monday, 02 February 2015 10:51

A New Art Complex will Open in Zurich in June

Swiss dealer Bruno Bischofberger will open a gigantic new Zurich gallery to the public in June 2015 with a solo show by Spanish painter Miquel Barceló.

Spread over 250,000 square feet, the complex is currently open by appointment only. It comprises galleries, offices, storage, as well as spaces for Bischofberger's extensive art collection. A folk art museum is also in the pipeline.

The new complex has been years in the making and radically transforms the site of a former car factory in the south east of the city.

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The Mike Kelley Foundation for the Arts will be represented exclusively by the international gallery Hauser & Wirth, the organizations announced Thursday.

The foundation, established by Kelley in 2007, issues grants for challenging and novel projects in Kelley's favored mediums, which included textiles, drawing, painting, video, photography, sculpture, installation and performance.

When Kelley died of an apparent suicide in South Pasadena in 2012, the foundation took on the role of shepherding his legacy. Hauser & Wirth said it will seek to reinforce Kelley's stature as one of Los Angeles' most influential artists, expand the foundation's programs and exhibit Kelley's work at its galleries worldwide.

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The 35th annual AIPAD Photography Show in New York is planned for April 16–19 at the Park Avenue Armory. This year's iteration will feature photography from 89 galleries around the world, as well as a special selection of short films presented by ART21 curator Wesley Miller. Called "New York Close Up," the films by Rashid Johnson, Liz Magic Lase, Martha Colburn, Daniel Gordon, and others will be on view for the duration of the fair.

AIPAD is the longest-running photography fair in the world, presenting a diverse range of works from portraits and self-portraits (a portrait of Georgia O'Keeffe by Alfred Stieglitz will on view at Edwynn Houk Gallery) to landscapes and fashion photography (Louis Faurer's 1962 works for "Harper's Bazaar" will be available at Deborah Bell Photographs).

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Friday, 19 December 2014 10:33

Frieze New York Releases 2015 Exhibitor List

Frieze New York returns this year from May 14 to 17 with over 190 galleries hailing from 33 countries — including first-timers Acquavella, Blum & Poe, Freedman Fitzpatrick, Matthew Marks, Pace, and Skarstedt. Also new this year is the “Spotlight” section, first introduced at Frieze Masters, which will be dedicated to solo presentations by 20th century artists. Curated by Adriano Pedrosa of the Museu de Arte de São Paulo, this inaugural “Spotlight” features 16 galleries but only 15 artists, due to solo presentations for Lynn Hershman Leeson at both San Francisco’s Gallery Paule Anglim and Brussels’s Waldburger Wouters.

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Maxwell K. Hearn remembers when he first arrived at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in 1971. “There were only two spaces for Asian art: the Great Hall Balcony, which housed Chinese ceramics, and an adjacent gallery of Chinese Buddhist art,” he recalled. “Douglas Dillon, then chairman, and Thomas Hoving, the director, surveyed the museum and realized that Asian art was the weakest department. They also recognized that it was too important an area to neglect.”

Since then the number of galleries devoted to Asian art has grown to over 50, and the Met now has one of the world’s greatest collections.

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