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Felix LA to Return with Expanded Gallery List

September 11th, 2019

Felix LA will return in 2020 with an expanded exhibitor list of 60 gallerists.  “We are thrilled to expand Felix’s community and welcome an incredible slate of new and returning exhibitors for the second edition,” founders Dean Valentine, Al Morán, and Mills Morán said in a statement. “The growth and diversification of our roster attests to the burgeoning Los Angeles art scene and the desperate need for the new type of art fair experience that Felix offered collectors and exhibitors alike.”
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Tate Modern Brings on International Curators

September 11th, 2019

Four departments at the Tate Modern have brought on new talent under the title Curator, International Art, signaling an expanded focus for the institution’s programming.  “Their significant experience and expertise will play an important part in expanding our knowledge of modern and contemporary art from Africa, South Asia, and the Middle East, furthering our ambition to present a truly international story of art through our program and collection,” says Frances Morris, Tate Modern’s director.
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Artist Nicholas Galanin on Pulling Work from Whitney Biennial

September 11th, 2019

Artist Nicholas Galanin has a piece in Art News this week as he discusses his decisions to pull work from this year’s Whitney Biennial.  “My decision to remove my work from the Whitney came when my hope for meaningful conversation was met with inaction—on the part of many but, most fatefully, by the museum, which for weeks and then months failed to issue any meaningful response to protests mounting within its walls,” he says. “For me, that inaction translated to complicity with militarized denial of the right of Indigenous people to freely move through land that we belong to.”
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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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