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In a great work of art, the artist's hand is invisible. Not so in the traveling exhibition "Revealed," which shows famous artists at work in their studios. The series of nearly 40 photographs has been culled from the archives of the French weekly magazine Paris Match by Pablo Picasso's grandson, Olivier Widmaier Picasso.

The pictures are showing in lobbies and other public spaces at Sofitel hotels in five cities, beginning in New York and ending in Beverly Hills next April. In between, the exhibit will be in Washington, D.C., Chicago and Montreal.

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The legendary art dealer Marian Goodman will open a London outpost this fall. Located in an 11,000-square-foot Victorian warehouse on Golden Square in Soho, the Marian Goodman Gallery will join a number of U.S.-based galleries in the neighborhood, including Gagosian Gallery, David Zwirner Gallery, Hauser & Wirth, and Pace Gallery. Goodman, who has well-established galleries in New York and Paris, represents a bevvy of influential artists, including conceptual artists John Baldessari, Dan Graham, and Lawrence Weiner; photographers Jeff Wall, Rineke Dijkstra, and Thomas Struth; installation artists Annette Messager and Danh Vō; and painters Julie Mehretu and Gerhard Richter.

The London-based architect David Adjaye has helmed the renovation of the gallery space. Adjaye, who designed Denver’s Museum of Contemporary Art and the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum for African American History and Culture, which is currently under construction, is known for his ingenious use of materials and his ability to showcase light.

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On 11 and 12 December 2014 Sotheby’s New York will present 175 Masterworks To Celebrate 175 Years Of Photography: Property from Joy of Giving Something Foundation, a single owner sale of the most significant collection of photographs in private hands today. The works to be offered date from photography’s earliest years in the 1840s to contemporary 21st Century color images and include major photographs from all of the medium’s most important practitioners including: Julia Margaret Cameron, Henri Cartier-Bresson, Walker Evans, William Eggleston, Robert Frank, Gustave Le Gray, Irving Penn, August Sander, Alfred Stieglitz, and Edward Weston, among others. The collection was meticulously put together over decades by Howard Stein (1926-2011), one of photography’s greatest collectors, whose vision and keen understanding of the medium informed his purchases. Mr. Stein donated the collection to the Joy of Giving Something Foundation, a not-for-profit organization dedicated to the photographic arts, which is the sole beneficiary of the sale. Highlights will be shown in San Francisco, Los Angeles, and Paris prior to the full exhibition in New York. The pre-sale estimate of $13/20 million is the highest ever for a Photographs auction.

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Friday, 01 August 2014 09:52

Cranbrook Art Museum Names New Director

After a one-year search, Christopher Scoates has been chosen as the Cranbrook Academy of Art and Art Museum’s new director to replace Reed Kroloff. It is a homecoming of sorts for Scoates who graduated from the Bloomfield Hills, Michigan school in 1986 with a masters in photography. Scoates comes to Cranbrook from the University Art Museum at California State University Long Beach and will start the job August 1.

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The Cantor Center for Visual Arts at Stanford University announced that it has received three significant gifts from separate donors. The bequests greatly increase the museum’s holdings of works by the postwar artist Richard Diebenkorn, Pop art pioneer Andy Warhol, and the African-American painter Jacob Lawrence. The Cantor Center, which opened in 1894, houses one of the largest collections of Auguste Rodin sculptures in the world. The institution also has a sizeable collection of postwar American art.

Phyllis Diebenkorn, a Stanford alumna, donated 26 of her late husband’s sketchbooks, which contain well over 1,000 drawings, to the museum. The sketches, which span Diebenkorn’s long and varied career, will be converted into digital scans, making them readily accessible to students and scholars.

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How do you archive a performance? Can you put human speech and action under glass and frame it? Stow art that unfolds in three dimensions within acid-free archival boxes, to be filed away in a cool, dark vault?

The conundrum of how best to preserve the history of midcentury American performance art — art created before phones had video cameras — lies at the center of the Getty Research Institute's recently announced acquisition of Robert McElroy's archive. In more than 700 prints and 10,000 negatives, the photographer documented the performative works of Allan Kaprow, Jim Dine, Claes Oldenburg and other artists whose "Happenings" grew from niche New York art events into a full-fledged pop culture phenomenon.

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In her 21 years leading the Wexner Center for the Arts, Sherri Geldin has stretched the contemporary art center’s reach beyond the Ohio State University campus on which it’s located. Geldin has elevated the institution’s national profile and positioned it as the center of contemporary culture in Ohio’s capital city.

Geldin’s successful staging of the first-ever exhibition of portrait photographer Annie Leibovitz’s Master Set in 2013 exemplified both her influence and aspirations as director of the Wexner Center.

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Haunting portrait photographs, including a swan-necked David Bowie photographed in 1978, the playwright Nell Dunn looking startlingly like a long-lost Bowie twin, and Vita Sackville-West, the writer, gardener and former lover of Virginia Woolf who was still formidable in the year before her death in 1962, have been donated to the National Portrait Gallery by the society photographer Lord Snowdon.

The gift of 130 original prints, including photographs of his former in-laws from the years he was married to Princess Margaret, is one of the largest ever to the gallery

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The J. Paul Getty Museum in Los Angeles is celebrating the 30th anniversary of its Department of Photographs with the exhibition “Convergences: Selected Photographs from the Permanent Collection.” Since 1984, the Getty has seen its collection, which includes both contemporary and historical photographs, grow substantially. The exhibition is inspired by a book of essays by author Lawrence Weschler titled “Everything That Rises: A Book of Convergences.” In his writings, Weschler explores visual associations between a variety of objects, events, and phenomena. He describes them as “uncanny moments of convergence, bizarre associations, eerie rhymes, whispered recollections.”

“Convergences” features a series of 14 groupings of photographs that reveals points of intersection between recently acquired works by contemporary artists and historical photographs in the museum’s collection. The groupings encourage viewers to create connections between images that were made at different times and with different aesthetic intentions, encouraging conversations between new and old as well as the curatorial process as a whole. Together, the groupings reveal the rich diversity of approaches to photography, while establishing threads of continuity throughout the medium’s history.

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Thursday, 26 June 2014 15:10

Garry Winogrand Retrospective Heads to the Met

On June 27, the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York will present the exhibition “Garry Winogrand,” the first retrospective of the pioneering American photographer’s work in 25 years. Widely regarded as one of the most important photographers of the 20th century, Winogrand captured moments of everyday American life in the postwar era. He produced much of his best-known work in New York City during the 1960s, becoming a major voice of the tumultuous decade.

Known for his energy, honesty, and sense of humor, Winogrand shot business moguls, politicians, hippies, athletes, famous actors, and everyday people on the street, at rodeos, in airports, and at antiwar demonstrations. He traveled from his native New York to San Francisco, Dallas, Houston, Chicago, and the Southwest, creating an expansive visual catalogue of America’s rapidly changing social scene. 

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