February 2018 Art News

A major collaboration brings a groundbreaking exhibition of royal treasures from India to Houston in March. Organized by the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, in partnership with the Mehrangarh Museum Trust of Jodhpur, Peacock in the Desert: The Royal Arts of Jodhpur, India showcases nearly four centuries of artistic creation from the kingdom of Marwar-Jodhpur, one of the largest princely states in India, in the northwestern state of Rajasthan.

First Major International Exhibition of Sally Mann's Work of the South

Premieres at the National Gallery of Art, Washington, March 4–May 28, 2018

The Freer Gallery of Art’s reopening in mid-October 2017 following 18-months’ refurbishment, called attention to the Smithsonian’s first art museum, opened in 1923. Together with its sister museum, the adjacent Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, which joined the Freer in 1987, their ancient and modern Asian treasures have made connections between Asia, America and the rest of the world. Among the Freer’s primarily Asian collections is a noted one by American artist James McNeill Whistler, covered below, in #2.

Watch a video preview of the exhibition Like Life: Sculpture, Color, and the Body (1300–Now), on view at The Met Breuer from March 21 through July 22, 2018.

Can an artist induce trauma to fight trauma?

With an ambitious exhibition and performance project at Pioneer Works in Brooklyn, artist Doreen Garner forces audiences to face the profound racism underlying the life and work of Dr. J. Marion Sims. Sims, long considered the "father of modern gynecology,” performed torturous procedures on enslaved Black women without anesthesia or consent, for the purposes of experimentation and research.

A new chapel of art opened in Austin, Texas this month. The University of Texas at Austin’s Blanton Museum of Art opened the doors to Austin, the largest and last work by artist Ellsworth Kelly, who died in 2015 at 92. An American painter, sculptor, and printmaker, Kelly is known for his abstract compositions of geometric forms in bright colors and patterns. Often associated with the Color Field movement, his work explores form, color, line, and shape.


Athens-based photographer created new works focused on the Atlanta airport for the High’s collection

Erik Bulatov is a Russian artist best known for his paintings that explore the politically charged language of the Soviet and Post-Soviet era. Now in his eighties, his use of bold colour and striking images continue to inspire a new generation of artists and designers across the world.

In this film he meets with close friend and collaborator artist Andrei Molodkin and filmmaker Gaspar Noé who reflect on the influence Erik has had on their own work.

Curator Olenka Horsbatch explains how Rembrandt's naturalistic depictions of women caused controversy in the 17th century.

To find out more visit the British Museum blog: https://goo.gl/UYWbZ5

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