Alice Neel - Julie and Children, 1970 - Oil on canvas, 45 x 29 inches Courtesy Estate of Alice Neel and David Zwirner, New York

New York City - David Zwirner is pleased to announce that the gallery now represents the Estate of Alice Neel.  Alice Neel (1900-1984) is widely regarded as one of the most important American painters of the twentieth century. As the American avant-garde of the 1940s and 50s renounced figuration, Neel reaffirmed her signature approach to the human body. Working from life and memory, Neel created daringly honest portraits of her family and friends, downtrodden neighbors and public figures, art-world colleagues and poets, lovers and the occasional stranger.


Bharti Kher - Born London 1969 - Lives and works in New Delhi - Courtesy the Frank Cohen Collection

MANCHESTER, UK - Manchester Art Gallery will present an exhibition of major contemporary works from China, India and Japan from the Frank Cohen Collection. Facing East showcases eleven groundbreaking paintings and sculptures by some of the world’s leading artists, many of which have rarely been on public display. Frank Cohen is one of Britain’s leading collectors of contemporary art, often referred to as the ‘Saatchi of the North’. His collection of contemporary art contains over a thousand works by major international artists, as well as works from emerging contemporary artists.

Read more: Manchester Art Gallery to host Recent Works from the Frank Cohen Collection

Paul Gauguin - Parau Api. Gibt's was Neues, 1892 - Oil on canvas, 67 x 91 cm. - Photo: Jürgen Karpinski Staatliche Kunstsammlungen Dresden, Gemäldegalerie Neue Meister

BADEN-BADEN, GERMANY - This year’s comprehensive exhibition at the Museum Frieder Burda puts the emphasis on the dialogue between painting and sculpture. The show, that runs from July 5 to October 26, 2008, is entitled “Sculpture by Painters – Painting in Dialogue with Plastic Art”. It displays approximately 140 20th century art works by Degas, Miró, Picasso, Modigliani, Giacometti, Chagall, Kirchner, Beckmann and Baselitz. For the first time ever, the Museum in Baden-Baden presents an exhibition combining painting with sculpture on a large scale.

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The Virgin Mary detail is seen from the artwork "The Virgin on the Rocks" by Leonardo da Vinci (1491-1508), at the National Gallery in London. An 18-month project to restore Leonardo da Vinci's "Virgin of the Rocks" revealed the Renaissance artist likely painted the entire work himself rather than, as previously thought, with the help of his assistants

LONDON.- Leonardo da Vinci’s Virgin of the Rocks went back on display in the National Gallery (afternoon of 14th July) after an 18-month restoration project which started in November 2008. The decision to restore the painting came after several years of intensive study of Leonardo’s work and that of his Milanese associates and assistants – the so-called leonardeschi – from within the Gallery’s collection. The experience gained from examining these pictures reinforced the view that 'The Virgin of the Rocks' could not be appreciated as originally intended. The cleaning process began because some varnish that was applied in 1948–9 was particularly unstable and prone to yellowing. Fine cracking in that varnish, and atmospheric dirt which had become absorbed in its waxy surface, meant that the ability of the varnish to fully saturate the picture had become seriously compromised. As a result the subtlety of shading and the sense of space were markedly reduced, and the impact of this great work significantly lessened. 

Read more: Restored Leonardo Masterpiece on Display at the National Gallery in London

Richard Hagerty - Strut  - Oil on canvas - 20 x 10 inches -  © 2005

CHARLESTON, SC - The Corrigan Gallery presents #147;Celebration,” a show of works by Richard Hagerty opening May 15, 2008 with a reception from 5pm to 8:00pm at 62 Queen Street, Charleston. The work will hang through June 15. This special show is also the Piccolo Spoleto Invitational show observing Hagerty’s status as the commissioned official poster artist for the 30th Piccolo Spoleto Festival. His work recalls that of Dali, Bosch, Brueghel, Kandinsky, Miro, Klee and Chagall.

Read more: The Corrigan Gallery Presents ~ "Celebration" ~ Works by Richard Hagerty

Paul Sietsema  - Ship drawing 2009 (detail); ink on paper; diptych, ea: 50 3/4 x 70 in. /  Museum purchase: bequest of Phoebe Apperson Hearst, exchange; Photo © Paul Sietsema / Courtesy Matthew Marks Gallery, New York.

BERKELEY, CA.- Hauntology, essentially the logic of the ghost, is a concept as ephemeral and abstract as the term implies. Since it was first used by the French philosopher Jacques Derrida in a 1993 lecture delivered at UC Riverside concerning the state of Marxist thought in the post-Communist era, the term hauntology has been widely discussed in philosophical and political circles, as well as becoming a major influence in the development of various sub-genres of electronic music. On view at the Berkeley Art Museum through 5 December.

Read more: Berkeley Art Museum Explores the Logic of the Ghosts in Exhibition

Rene Magritte - Les merveilles de la nature (The Wonders of Nature), 1953 - Collection Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago. © 2007 C. Herscovici, Brussels / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

CHICAGO, IL - Constellations: Paintings from the MCA Collection explores various approaches to painting represented in the MCA Collection -- from the 1940s to the present -- that focus on how painting communicates ideas about life and art. On view from July 25 to October 18, 2009, Constellations is arranged in a series of "constellations," or groupings, that are related under the vast universe of painting, that includes works that range from non-objective formalism to figurative representation; and generationally from the Surrealists to emerging artists; with content that represents a myriad of subjects, while highlighting the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago particular strengths in this medium.

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British artist Damien Hirst poses besides 'The Incredible Journey' at Sotheby's. Photo: EFE / Andy Rain

KYIV, UKRAINE - The Pinchuk Art Centre will open Requiem, a major retrospective of over 100 works dating from 1990 to 2008, by Damien Hirst. Requiem opens on 25th April and continues through 20th September 2009. Since the start of his career, Hirst has pushed the boundaries of art and what it means to be an artist. Requiem bears witness to a bold new direction in his work by showing for the first time a series of skull paintings he created between 2006 and 2008. In works such as Floating Skull, 2006, The Meek Shall Inherit the Earth, 2008 and Men Shall Know Nothing, 2008, Hirst returns to the solitary practice of painting and confronts, in very personal terms, the darkness that lies at the heart of human nature and experience.

Read more: Damien Hirst Requiem Retrospective at the Pinchuk Art Centre in Ukraine

New Olympic Sculpture Park

Seattle, WA - Eight years ago one of the few open parcels of land in downtown Seattle was a desolate brown field bordering the Puget Sound waterfront and ringed by the city’s skyline.  The eight-and-a-half acre property, a former fuel storage and transfer site for Union Oil of California, was in the final stages of an environmental cleanup and was sliced by a major street artery and an active railroad.  Next weekend that site will open as the Olympic Sculpture Park, a lush panoramic space for public art designed by Weiss/Manfredi Architects that connects downtown Seattle to the water’s edge in a series of shifting, subtly choreographed vistas.

Read more: Where Money’s No Object, Space Is No Problem

Jean-Baptiste-Camille Corot - The Hills of Genzano, ca. 1826 - Oil on paper, laid down on cardboard - Signed on lower left, C. Corot; 7 x 11 7/8 in. (178 x 302 mm) -  The Thaw Collection, The Morgan Library & Museum - Photography by Schecter Lee

NEW YORK, NY - Intimately scaled sketches made in oils and executed in nature are the subject of a new exhibition on view at The Morgan Library & Museum from January 23 through August 30, 2009. Studying Nature: Oil Sketches from the Thaw Collection presents more than twenty works drawn from the collection of Eugene V. and Clare Thaw, which chronicles the history of the genre in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. The fresh and immediate quality of many of these sketches, the majority of which are executed on paper adhered to canvas, places them both literally and conceptually in between paintings and drawings.

Read more: Studying Nature:The Thaw Collection at The Morgan Library & Museum

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l'Engle on Perfection

"I like the fact that in ancient Chinese art the great painters always included a deliberate flaw in their work: Human creation is never perfect."