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Bailed-out Monte dei Paschi, the world’s oldest bank and a bastion of tradition dating back to 1472, has entered the realms of virtual reality. It’s an unlikely sign of the times.
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A portrait of Christ by Renaissance artist Leonardo da Vinci has shattered all previous records for artworks sold at auction or privately, fetching a whopping $450.3 million on Wednesday at Christie's in New York. Salvator Mundi (Savior of the World), is one of only a score of Leonardo's works still in existence and the only one held privately.
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The genesis of the Arte Povera movement is, in many ways, inseparable from the history of Ileana Sonnabend’s legendary gallery. In celebration of the fiftieth anniversary of the movement’s inception, Ileana Sonnabend and Arte Povera will open at Lévy Gorvy’s New York location on November 2nd and will run through December 23rd. Curated by the renowned art historian and Arte Povera forefather Germano Celant, this exhibition is the first to investigate Ileana Sonnabend’s central role in the international reception of Arte Povera, and the close friendship between Celant and Sonnabend that grew out of their shared interest in the Italian artists.
The exhibition will include works by Giovanni Anselmo, Pier Paolo Calzolari, Jannis Kounellis, Mario Merz, Giulio Paolini, Michelangelo Pistoletto, and Gilberto Zorio—most of which were originally displayed at Sonnabend’s New York or Paris galleries.
Di Donna Galleries is pleased to present Nuvolo and Post-War Materiality 1950–1965, an exhibition curated by Germano Celant that highlights the early career of the Italian artist Nuvolo (né Giorgio Ascani; 1926–2008). The exhibition features 20 works by Nuvolo, most of which have never been seen outside of Italy, contextualized by important works by other artists working in Italy, Spain, France, and the United States following World War II, including Alberto Burri, Ettore Colla, Pietro Consagra, Jean Fautrier, Lucio Fontana, Addie Herder, Piero Manzoni, Conrad Marca-Relli, Manolo Millares, Mimmo Rotella, Angelo Savelli, Salvatore Scarpitta, Toti Scialoja, Antoni Tàpies, and Cy Twombly.
On view through December 16th, the exhibition is the latest in Luxembourg & Dayan's ongoing, critically acclaimed program devoted to the relationship between postwar Italian art and contemporary culture. The exhibition features historical works by Giovanni Anselmo, Pier Paolo Calzolari, Luciano Fabro, Jannis Kounellis, Pino Pascali, and Michelangelo Pistoletto. These are placed in conversation with contemporary works by Olga Balema, Elaine Cameron-Weir, Nina Canell, Jason Loebs, and Carlos Reyes. The exhibition will be accompanied by an illustrated catalogue featuring essays by art historian Alex Bacon and Josephine Graf.
Modigliani Unmasked considers the celebrated artist Amedeo Modigliani (Italian, 1884-1920) shortly after he arrived in Paris in 1906, when the city was still roiling with anti-Semitism after the long-running tumult of the Dreyfus Affair and the influx of foreign emigres. Modigliani’s Italian-Sephardic background helped forge a complex cultural identity that rested in part on the ability of Italian Jews historically to assimilate and embrace diversity. The exhibition puts a spotlight on Modigliani’s drawings, and shows that his art cannot be fully understood without acknowledging the ways the artist responded to the social realities that he confronted in the unprecedented artistic melting pot of Paris. The drawings from the Alexandre collection reveal the emerging artist himself, enmeshed in his own particular identity quandary, struggling to discover what portraiture might mean in a modern world of racial complexity.
The exhibition includes approximately 150 works, those from the Alexandre collection as well as a selection of Modigliani’s paintings, sculptures, and other drawings from collections around the world. Modigliani’s art will be complemented by work representative of the various multicultural influences—African, Greek, Egyptian, and Khmer—that inspired the young artist during this lesser-known early period.
Among the works featured are a mysterious, unfinished portrait of Dr. Alexandre, never seen before in the United States; impressions of the theater; life studies and female nudes, among them the Russian poet Anna Akhmatova; and drawings of caryatids and heads, which are telling of Modigliani’s sculptures, which he created over a five-year period from 1909 to 1914.
Modigliani Unmasked is organized by Mason Klein, Curator, The Jewish Museum.The exhibition was designed by Galia Solomonoff and Talene Montgomery of SAS/Solomonoff Architecture Studio.
Modigliani Unmasked is made possible by The Jerome L. Greene Foundation.
Price: Nonmember $355, Member $325, Student/Educator/Corporate $250
This class will explore Surrealism—its diverse sources and origins, the group of artists directly associated with the movement in France, and its continuing influence. Initiated in France with André Breton's 1924 Surrealist Manifesto, the movement sought to bypass logic and reason to tap into the unconscious as a source for a more creative, authentic expression. Automatism, exquisite corpse games, chance, collage, dream imagery, the found object, frottage, and décalcomanie were some of the elements or methods artists adopted in their quest to express a world above and beyond everyday reality.
This course will combine classroom overviews, close looking in the galleries, and some hands-on experiments with Surrealist methods. Gallery visits will explore precursors such as Henri Rousseau, James Ensor, Pablo Picasso, Marcel Duchamp, and Giorgio de Chirico; artists directly associated with Surrealism, such as Joan Miró, Salvador Dalí, Max Ernst, Alberto Giacometti, and Meret Oppenheim; and many others, including such American artists as Arshile Gorky and Louise Bourgeois.
Bio: Elisabeth Bardt-Pellerin has a BFA and an MA in art education, and has taught art education courses at Concordia University, Montreal. She also worked as an education officer at the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, developing programs to engage a large spectrum of the public with the museum's permanent collection and special exhibitions. She currently lectures at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum and at The Museum of Modern Art, where she has also taught several classes.
Explore various periods of modern and contemporary art through programs led by MoMA curators and other prominent experts, both inside and outside the galleries.
All MoMA daytime classes include multiple sessions; registration is open throughout.