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New York — “Words Without Thoughts Never to Heaven Go” at Almine Rech Gallery Through December 16th, 2017

December 14th, 2017

Words Without Thoughts Never to Heaven Go (Installation View)
Words Without Thoughts Never to Heaven Go (Installation View)

Almine Rech Gallery, one of Paris’s foremost galleries, opened its first New York location more than a year ago on the Upper East Side, bringing with it a unique program that mixes a strong artist roster with a consistently adventurous curatorial project.  For its most recent venture, the gallery has brought together key figures from the canon of 20th century Western art for Words Without Thoughts Never to Heaven Go. Adapting its title from a line in Shakespeare’s Hamlet, the exhibition investigates ways artists use text as an allegorical element. Serving as a chronological and thematic starting point to the exhibition is Être ou ne pas être, Picasso’s 1912 painting considered as one of the foremost examples of appropriation of text in modern painting. Declaring “to be or not be” in French with gouache on paper, Picasso not only pays homage to one of the most emblematic texts ever written, but he also questions the mimetic essence of a painting. Can a painting of words serve to depict an image?
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Clearing Gallery Opens Shop Uptown

December 14th, 2017

Clearing Gallery's uptown space, via Art NewsClearing Gallery has opened a new space in New York City, setting up a second location at 43 East 78th Street. “We have private dealers, galleries, and museums around, so it’s a super location,” says gallery owner Olivier Babin. “As much as Bushwick is off the beaten path, this is in the center of everything. I mean, we’re across the street from the Carlyle!”
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American Collectors Rarely Sell Prized Works Once Purchased

December 13th, 2017

Christie's, via NY postA new study finds that few American art collectors sell their works once they have purchased them, the New York Post reports. “Collectors don’t apply the same principles to buying art that they would to a typical investment portfolio of stocks and bonds,” says John Mathews, head of private wealth management and ultra-high net worth at UBS Americas. “It is important, however, to institute management structures to ensure their legacy remains protected, correctly valued and insured.”
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Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo

4-4-1 Miyoshi
Koutou-ku, Tokyo, 135-0022
Tuesday – Sunday 10am – 6pm
Friday evening 6pm – 9pm
¥500 Adult
¥400 College Students
¥250 High School Students and Seniors
Free for childrenSeparate admission charges for temporary exhibitions

The museum was the first public contemporary art museum in Tokyo when it opened in 1995. They exhibit a large collection of post-war Japanese art, as well as international work. Expansive spaces in this architecturally modern building lend themselves to sizable installations, and the museum exhibits a variety of post-war Japanese art, as well as international work. While most of the space is utilized for temporary exhibits, the permanent collection includes works by artists such as Andy Warhol, Roy Lichtenstein and David Hockney, as well as a survey of modern Japanese artists.

Recent and upcoming exhibitions of note:
Yukihisa Isobe: A Retrospective
July 28 – September 30, 200
June 2 – January 20, 2008
MOT Annual 2008: With or Without Images
February 9 – April 13, 2008
Tadashi Kawamata
February 9 – April 13, 2008