Viola Frey - Studio View - Woman and Vase, 1982 - Alkyd oil on canvas. -  Collection of Artists' Legacy Foundation Photography by Michael Tropea, Chicago Art © Artists' Legacy Foundation/Licensed by VAGA, New York, NY.

TORONTO, ON.- California-based artist Viola Frey (1933 – 2004) broke new ground by creating monumental figurative sculptures in clay that served to elevate the status of ceramics as an art form in the second half of the 20th century. The Gardiner Museum presents Bigger, Better, More: The Art of Viola Frey (September 10, 2009 to January 10, 2010), the first comprehensive assessment of Frey’s career and legacy since her death in 2004.

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Berlin-based Norwegian painter Olav Christopher Jenssen's exhibition view of Panorama. Courtesy of Kiasma in Helsinki

HELSINKI.-The 2010 main exhibition series in Kiasma will be launched by the Berlin-based Norwegian painter Olav Christopher Jenssen's exhibition, Panorama. Presenting the latest work by the internationally renowned and constantly innovative painter, the exhibition also demonstrates that painting remains an extremely interesting and vibrant form of contemporary art. We have the pleasure to invite a representative of your staff to meet the artist and view the exhibition from 11am on Thursday, 28 January in Kiasma. The artist will be available for interviews.

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Len Prince - 'Plate 49 (Pygmalion)'  Jessie Mann Self Possessed Series (c) 2005 -  Len Prince Collection of William K. Zewadski

TAMPA, FL - The Florida Museum of Photographic Arts presents “Masks & Identity: Len Prince in the Collection of William K. Zewadski.” The exhibition runs through August 2, 2008. Len Prince arrived in New York in 1972 and built an impressive reputation for his photographs that have appeared in Vanity Fair, Interview and InStyle magazines as well as for his work for Estee Lauder and Cartier. He is especially recognized for his portraits of celebrities as seen in his 1997 book, About Glamour. Portrayed in the style of 1930s Hollywood publicity stills, Prince’s luminaries (Patti LaBelle, Drew Barrymore, Patrick Stewart and Kevin Spacey among others in the exhibition) wield the force of their fame through faces they have crafted and perfected.

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Paul Klee -  Blüten in der Nacht (Blossoms in the Night) , 1930; painting; watercolor and ink on prepared ground on paper mounted on board, 9 1/4 in. x 12 1/4 in. - Collection SFMOMA, Gift of Charlotte Mack; © Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn

SAN FRANCISCO, CA.- From August 7, 2010, through January 16, 2011, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art will showcase the exhibition Prints by Paul Klee (1946). Organized by John Zarobell, SFMOMA assistant curator, collections, exhibitions, and commissions, the exhibition features 21 works. SFMOMA has had a longstanding commitment to the art of Paul Klee over its 75-year history. This exhibition re-creates a show of prints by the Swiss-born modernist held at the museum in 1946. At that time, Klee's work was little known outside of Europe; the exhibition was perceived as highly original, and the works seem no less fresh or innovative more than six decades later.

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Pipilotti Rist - "Homo Sapiens Sapiens", 2005 - Video installation -  Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Castilla y León Collection

HUMLEBAEK, DENMARK - When Pipilotti Rist’s video installation "Homo Sapiens Sapiens "hits the ceiling in Louisiana's Hall Gallery from Thursday 7 January 2010, the audience will be elevated into a colour saturated, Paradisiac universe amidst the darkness of winter. The work is viewed lying down with your eyes gazing at a sensual firmament where two naked Eve figures float innocently and lustily around. The work has been created by the popular Swiss artist Pipilotti Rist and can be seen as a striking and poetic conclusion to the group exhibition "THE WORLD IS YOURS", the museum’s current comprehensive presentation of international contemporary art. The work will be on show at Louisiana until 25 April 2010.

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Kehinde Wiley - 'Thiogo Oliveira do Rosario Rozendo Study II', 2008 (Detail) - Oil Wash on Paper, 40 x 26 inches Courtesy: Kehinde Wiley and Roberts & Tilton, Culver City, CA

ATLANTA, GA.- The High Museum of Art hosted its first ever Collectors’ Evening on Saturday, January 30. The participants at the event voted to secure four new acquisitions for the museum, including a collection of twenty photographs from the "Robert F Kennedy Funeral Train Rediscovered" portfolio by Paul Fusco; the painting “Thiogo Oliveira do Rosario Rozendo” by Kehinde Wiley; an African art sculpture titled “Ntadi;” and a round-back chair and table from the "Sketch Furniture" series by Front Design.

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Andy Warhol at the Factory, East 47th Street, New York City (detail) - Photo by Ugo Mulas - Miscellaneous Photograph Collection, Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution

STOCKBRIDGE, MA.- The interplay between artists and their studios will be the subject of a major exhibition opening this winter at Norman Rockwell Museum. On view from February 7 through May 25, 2009, Artists in Their Studios will present a behind-the-scenes view into the lives of over 75 noted American artists through hundreds of rarely-exhibited photographs and primary source materials from the Smithsonian Archives of American Art.

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The multi-story NMWA, reinforced concrete building was completed in March 1959 as a symbol of the resumption of diplomatic ties between Japan and France after World War II. The museum developed around the core art collection of Matsukata Kojiro (1865-1950), whose thinking is mirrored in the museum he anticipated. Matsukata's acquisition strategies were designed to create the nucleus of what he hoped would become an evolving national museum specializing in Western art. The museum exhibits fine art works from the Renaissance to the early 20th century, many having been acquired since the museum's opening. The museum's purpose is to provide the public with opportunities to appreciate western art. Since its opening, the museum, as Japan's only national institution devoted to western art, has been involved in exhibitions, art work and document acquisition, research, restoration and conservation, education and the publication of materials related to western art.The museum is involved in the development and organization of a special exhibitions every year. These exhibitions feature works on loan from private collections and museums both in and out of Japan. In 1963, NMWA created a splash on the international art scene by bringing together 450 works by the French-Russian artist Marc Chagall. The exhibition brought together Chagall's work from 15 countries, including 8 paintings lent from the Soviet Union; and it was believed to be the most comprehensive show mounted during the artist's lifetime. The museum was built to house the collection of works gathered by the industrialist Matsukata K?jir? between 1920 and 1923. His collection had remained in England and France until after World War Two when the Japanese Government asked France for its return to Japan. After France stipulated that a French architect should design the museum that would house the collection, the works were returned to Japan. Le Corbusier was selected for the task of creating one of his unique buildings in Japan.

NMWA has purchased art work every year since its establishment in its efforts to build and develop its permanent collection. The museum houses about 6,500 works, including examples of painting and sculpture from the 14th through the beginning of the 20th century. The museum's holdings have expanded in the decades since the museum was first opened to the public.The Main Building displays pre-18th century paintings, including those by Veronese, Rubens, Brueghel, and Fragonard. Many of these paintings are religious paintings featuring imagery from Christianity.The New Wing displays 19th to early 20th century French paintings, including works by Delacroix, Courbet, Manet, Renoir, Monet, Van Gogh, Gauguin, and Moreau. The galleries also feature works by the next generation of artists, such as Marquet, Picasso, Soutin, Ernst, Miro, Dubuffet and Pollock. The NMWA drawing collection centers on works by such 18th to 19th century French artists as Boucher, Fragonard, Delacroix, Moreau, Rodin, and Cézanne.The prints collection features works by Durer, Holbein, Rembrandt, Callot, Piranesi, Goya, and Klinger, ranging from the 15th century through the early 20th century. In 2007, the building was registered by Japan on a UNESCO list for World Heritage cultural site candidates as an Important Cultural Property at the request of the French government.

ANNOUNCEMENT: Our Editor has been invited to visit Museums and cultural sites in mainland China, Korea, Vietnam. Myanmar, Thailand (Siam), Singapore, Bali and mainland Indonesia, the Philippines, Cambodia, Laos, Nepal, Bhutan, Malaysia and now Japan again. Because of the Editor's travel we will be posting interesting articles from our archives, some of the BEST Articles and Art Images that appeared in your magazine during the past six plus (6+) years . . Enjoy.

Tight Rope Artists from Calder’s Circus, 1926-31 - dimensions variable. Whitney Museum of American Art, NY © 2008 Calder Foundation, New York / Artists Rights Society (ARS), NY. Photograph by Sheldan C. Collins

PARIS.- An uncommonly lively and engaging character, Calder made his art into a continuous party, a party attended by his many friends, among them Joan Miró, Jean Cocteau, Man Ray, Fernand Léger and Piet Mondrian. Trained as an engineer, he was the inventor one of the most innovative and audacious forms of twentieth-century sculpture – the mobile, given its name by Marcel Duchamp. When he arrived in Paris in 1926, aged 27, Alexander Calder was a painter and illustrator. When he returned to the United States in 1933, he was the celebrated exponent of “drawing in space” and one of the greatest sculptors of the twentieth century.

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Paul Cézanne - The François Zola Dam, ca. 1877–78 - Oil on canvas - 21 3/8 x 29 1/4 in. National Museum of Wales; Miss Gwendoline E.Davies Bequest, 1951 - Courtesy American Federation of Arts

Oklahoma City, OK - Turner to Cézanne: Masterpieces from the Davies Collection, National Museum Wales opens June 25 through September 20, 2009. A selection of 47 paintings-many of which have been rarely exhibited outside of Wales,and 11 important works on paper will reveal the cross-currents between artists and movements that propelled nineteenth-century painting from the romantic naturalism of J.M.W. Turner to the post-impressionism of Paul Cézanne. The works on view are drawn from the collection of Gwendoline and Margaret Davies, Welsh sisters who were among the most important art patrons in Europe at a key moment in the history of painting. The exhibition includes eight works by Turner, five by Jean-François Millet, three each by Camille Corot and Claude Monet, and two each by Cézanne, Edouard Manet, and Pierre-Auguste Renoir.

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