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Painting Found in Walls of Italian Gallery Confirmed as Gustav Klimt

January 17th, 2020

A painting discovered inside the walls of an Italian art gallery has been confirmed as a Gustav Klimt. “It’s with no small emotion that I can tell you the work is authentic,” Piacenza prosecutor Ornella Chicca said in a statement.
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Felix L.A. Set to Open in February, William J. Simmons Takes on Special Projects Section

January 17th, 2020

The new edition of Felix LA is set to open next month, with William J. Simmons taking on curating the special projects. “I was thinking through imagination at this time when we’re beleaguered by questions of identity,” Simmons says. “We’re all kind of afraid. Where is the optimism in all of this? Where is queer and feminism optimism in all of this? These are artists who are engaging with hope and fear and criticality — and more often than not, they turned out to be queer people, or women-identified artists, or both.”
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Hayward Gallery’s Zoe Whitley Tapped as Head of Chisenhale Gallery

January 17th, 2020

Zoé Whitley, the current senior curator of London’s Hayward Gallery has been tapped as the new head of Chisenhale Gallery. “I’ve been inspired by Chisenhale Gallery’s program since I first became a curator,” Whitley said in a statement. “I’m honored to have been selected to lead its next chapter as director and excited by the challenges and possibilities for artistic collaborations to come.”
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Balthus

Balthus via Wikipedia

born February 29, 1908 in Paris
died February 18, 2001 in Rossiniere, Switzerland

Balthasar Kłossowski de Rola, known as Balthus, was a prominent artist of the 20th century, most recognized for his paintings of young girls in voyeuristic or erotic contexts. His work is said to have influenced contemporary artists like John Currin.

Nude With Cat, Balthus,1949 via NationalgalleryofVictoria

His parents were part of the Paris cultural elite which led to his being influenced by such figures as poet Rainer Maria Rilke and Henri Matisse from an early age. In 1921, at the age of thirteen, Balthus published a book of drawings called “Mitsou”, with a preface by Rilke. It was a story of a boy and his cat – Balthus would remain obsessed with the animal for the rest of his life. In the 1930s, Balthus was a well-regarded painter belonging to a circle of influential artists, novelists, and intellectual figures – including Man Ray, Alberto Giacometti, Albert Camus, Joan Miro, and Antoine de Saint-Exupery.

The Mountain, Balthus, 1937 via Junkforcode

Balthus preferred to work with realistically rendered nude figures – he rejected the imaginary world, at a time when it was not fashionable to do so. He worked on paintings for immensely long periods of time, with great precision.

Balthus via Mirrorsandwindows

Throughout the 1950s and 60s, he gained international fame, while also remaining an enigma. His work was displayed in the Pierre Matisse gallery, The Museum of Modern Art, and he was the first living artist to be shown in the Louvre, who had acquired his piece from Pablo Picasso’s collection. Picasso had been a fan of Balthus since his early work.

Balthus exhibition, 2001, via Donatawenders

Upon his death, many more fans would attend his funeral, including U2, the president of France, supermodel Elle McPherson, and others.

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