Gerard Rancinan's new exhibit at Paris' Palais de Tokyo called "Metamorphoses", draws on the paintings of the Old Masters to make biting commentaries about contemporary society issues. / AP Photo/Remy de la Mauviniere

PARIS (AP).- At first glance, it's pure Gericault: The heap of writhing figures mimics the perfect, triangular composition of the French artist's iconic 1819 painting "The Raft of the Medusa." Look closer and you see a pierced and tattooed multicultural crowd clothed in logo-emblazoned tatters, striving not toward the elusive shoreline but toward a smudgy Hollywood sign and the Eiffel Tower floating in the distance. While Theodore Gericault's masterpiece brought to life a historical shipwreck, French photographer Gerard Rancinan's reworking grapples with the issue of immigration, capturing the plight of the boatloads of desperate people who wash up onto Europe's shores daily.

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JON CORBINO.  American, 1905/1964 - Bull at Topsfield Fair, 1937 - Oil on canvas Courtesy of the Mint Museum  - Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Morris Speizman

Charlotte, NC - American Scene: Selections from the Permanent Collection of American Art features works from American masters from the first half of the twentieth century such as Charles Burchfield, Bernice Abbott, Thomas Hart Benton and Norman Rockwell. Minnie Deschamps, Eugene Thomason, Jon Corbino, and many other regional artists will also be on view. All media that defined early, modern American art will be represented: paintings, prints, photographs and unique works on paper. On view through 9 November, 2008 at The Mint Museum.

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Pablo Picasso - "Buste de Femme". D’Apres Cranach - Courtesy of Heather James Fine Art in Palm Desert, CA

PALM DESERT, CA.- Heather James Fine Art in Palm Desert, CA, has established itself among U.S. and international art collectors as one of the nation's premier galleries with shows by Monet, Rauschenberg and diverse, up-and-coming young artists. Today it announces a world-class Picasso exhibition that will survey the master's paintings, drawings and sculptures from several of his major periods, including Cubism, and will highlight an important private collection of 80 pieces of Picasso's ceramics. These works will appeal to a wide range of collectors with prices from $5000 to $25 million. The show will run November 28, 2009, through March 14, 2010.

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The 'Fountain' by Marcel Duchamp (R) and 'Fountain (Buddha)' by Sherrie Levine at the Whitechapel gallery in London. The artworks form part of a forthcoming exhibition 'Keeping It Real', which will run for a year at the gallery, and is drawn from the D. Daskalopoulos Collection in Greece. - Reuters /Toby Melville

LONDON.- As part of its programme to open up important art collections to the public the Whitechapel Gallery presents a series of four displays drawn from the D. Daskalopoulos Collection, Greece, one of the foremost European collections of contemporary art. Jointly titled, Keeping it Real, these displays go on view from 10 June 2010 – 22 May 2011 in the dedicated Collections Gallery. The D. Daskalopoulos Collection consists of over 400 major works with a particular focus on the last 30 years and key works from earlier periods.

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The sculpture "The Large Carriage", by French artist Xavier Veilhan, on view at the Château de Versailles. Photo: EFE/Vincent Germond

PARIS.- How can works of art fit into an architectural complex and a landscape as symbolic as Versailles? As a good artist who cares about perspectives and systems of constructing representations, Xavier Veilhan has taken the liberty of staging a new painting in Louis XIV’s perfect setting, a fluid, dynamic trajectory focusing on relationships between scales, balances and observation points. The Coach :  The brazenly purple coach sits in the main courtyard, where its familiar shape is distorted by the dynamic wave, a veritable flash on the famous paving stones. When it speeds up, this strange carriage plays with references to Marey’s or Muybridgde’s late 19th-century photographic experiments breaking down movement. When the Grand Century meets modernity, the gallop turns into a coloured optical force. On view 13 September through 13 December, 2009.

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Paul Klee - Bahnwärter-Garten, 1934 - Pastell auf Damast auf Papier. 29,5 x 55 cm.

Bern, Switzerland - This new exhibition at the Zentrum Paul Klee focuses on Klee's biography – Paul Klee. Life, Work and Responses. In this biography in pictorial form – a wonderfully artistic biographical narrative – Klee's pictures tell of his family, his travels and his ambivalent attitude toward politics and world affairs. The presentation – thanks to a generous gift from the Klee family – will be the first time that the Zentrum Paul Klee archives are being made available to the wider public. It also provides an insight as to the ongoing influence of Klee's personality and work.

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Charles Théodore Frère (French, 1814–1888) - Along the Nile at Gyzeh, circa mid-late 1850’s - Dahesh Museum of Art © 2008 Dahesh Museum of Art, All Rights

TACOMA, WA - Tacoma Art Museum’s exhibition "Oasis: Western Dreams of the Ottoman Empire" from the Dahesh Museum of Art features a survey of nineteenth-century Western artists’ responses to the diverse cultures of the former Ottoman Empire. Many Europeans relied on published travelogues for information, but many also traveled to the region. Genre paintings, the prevalent form of Orientalist art in the nineteenth century, were greatly influenced by these artists' direct experience of everyday life in the region. The exhibition is on view Saturday, September 20, 2008 through Sunday, January 4, 2009.

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Thomas Hirschhorn, “Tool Table”, 2008, 300 x 85 x 220 cm. Mannequin, tools, foam, photos. Photo: Courtesy Arndt & Partner Gallery, Berlin.

MADRID.- Thomas Hirschhorn, a Swiss artist resident in Paris, presents an exhibition entitled "The Subjecters", which features a series of vitrines containing mannequins and two installations. According to the artist, every work is a "commentary" on the "complex, chaotic, cruel, beautiful and wonderful" world we live in. The work of Thomas Hirschhorn (Bern, 1957) is a politically committed reflection about contemporary reality. Employing a variety of disciplines such as sculpture, video and installation, Hirschhorn produces works charged with social and political criticism. Three of the works featured have never before been exhibited: "Tools Vitrine", "Subjecter", from which the exhibition takes its name, and the Manga figurines  "Ingrowth", originally created to be shown in a public space in Paris.

Read more: Thomas Hirschhorn's "The Subjecters" on View at La Casa Encendida in Madrid

Romare Bearden - "Blue Shade", 1972 - Courtesy: Michael Rosenfeld Gallery, NY. / © Romare Bearden Foundation/DACS, London/VAGA, NY 2009.

LIVERPOOL.- "Afro Modern: Journeys through the Black Atlantic" takes its inspiration from Paul Gilroy’s seminal book 'The Black Atlantic: Modernity and Double Consciousness' (1993). The exhibition is the first to trace in depth the impact of different black cultures from around the Atlantic on art from the early twentieth century to today. From the influences of African art on the modernist forms of artists like Picasso, to the work of contemporary artists such as Ellen Gallagher, Chris Ofili and Kara Walker, the exhibition will reflect how artists around the Atlantic have claimed the language of Modernism in diverse ways, as a powerful tool to explore, formulate and assert their own identity. On exhibition through 25 April, 2010.

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Dana Major Kanovitz - Infiltrator, 2009 - Paper pulp, oil paint, human and horse hair, and mixed media, 38 X 33 X 23 inches - Courtesy of Wexler Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

PHILADELPHIA, PA - Wexler Gallery is proud to present The Self & Beyond , a group show curated by Sienna Freeman, Associate Director of the Wexler Gallery.   The exhibition explores the idea of self as experienced through the body- an organic and temporary vessel in which the psyche is housed during life.   Featured artists include Kiki Smith, Dana Major Kanovitz, Monica Cook and Melanie Bilenker .   The exhibition will run from September 4th through October 31st, 2009.   An opening reception will take place on First Friday, September 4th, from 5 – 8pm.

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