LONDON — The city is hosting a profusion of art exhibitions this fall — in spite of the pandemic, curbs on travel and the cancellation of the Frieze Art Fair. Covering periods from the Renaissance to the present day, they offer visitors a crash course in art history. Here is a sampling.
The National Gallery is opening its long-awaited show of the 17th-century painter Artemisia Gentileschi, the talented female contemporary of Caravaggio who is finally receiving recognition as an artist and a feminist. Her first major survey in Britain includes paintings and self-portraits, as well as recently discovered personal letters.
In parallel, the National Gallery has “Sin,” paintings from its own collection that illustrate the multiple and evolving meanings of the word. The survey starts with biblical subjects — “Adam and Eve” by Lucas Cranach the Elder, Velázquez’s “Immaculate Conception” — and ends with “Youth” (2009), a sculpture by Ron Mueck that shows a young man in jeans lifting his white T-shirt to reveal a bleeding wound on his torso.
Royal Academy of Arts
If Impressionism is more your thing, swing by the Royal Academy of Arts to see “Gauguin and the Impressionists,” a selection of 60 works by 19th-century French artists — Manet, Monet, Berthe Morisot, Degas and more — from the Ordrupgaard Collection, right outside Copenhagen. The collection was pulled together a century ago by a Danish insurance magnate who acquired works from prestigious Paris galleries during World War I. Advising him on his purchases was a French art critic who championed the Impressionists.
Around the corner from the Royal Academy, the Tornabuoni Art gallery (which specializes in modern Italian art) is putting on a curated show of 1960s and ’70s kinetic and Op Art, the kind that shifts and swerves as you look at it, and can sometimes make you dizzy. Kinetic art was the focus of the Museum of Modern Art’s landmark 1965 show “Responsive Eye.” Tornabuoni is exhibiting several of the artists in that show, including Josef Albers and Victor Vasarely, but also Enrico Castellani and Michelangelo Pistoletto.
At the contemporary end of things, there is also plenty to see — and the stars of the moment seem to come from the United States. Tate Modern is paying tribute to Bruce Nauman, who has been described as one of the most influential American artists of his generation, and whose career started five decades ago. The Tate show, his biggest in London in a couple of decades, will consist of more than 40 works: immersive installations but also sculpture, sound, film, video and neon.
Thomas Dane Gallery
Dana Schutz — whose 2016 painting of Emmett Till drew protests for its representation of a Black martyr — is exhibiting a selection of new works at the Thomas Dane Gallery. Through her bright and phantasmagorical paintings, Ms. Schutz seems to want to reinvent Surrealism, filling desolate landscapes with disembodied heads and limbs, stray eyeballs and eerie visions. The exhibition will also include six new bronze sculptures, cast from clay that the artist kneaded and pressed into shape.
At the Gagosian Gallery on Grosvenor Hill, the Los Angeles-based artist Mary Weatherford is having her first London solo show. The “Train Yards” series consists of large paintings completed between 2016 and 2019 that are abstract representations of urban sites, made with vinyl-based emulsion as well as neon tubes.
Across the river, White Cube’s large Bermondsey space will host a special exhibition for Frieze week. “Sweet Square of Dark Abyss” is an installation of new work by the Chicago-based artist Theaster Gates. It will be filled with “book paintings” and “spine paintings,” created with custom-bound volumes chronicling the history of America, on the spines of which Mr. Gates has printed his own words.
Windsor is known for many things, but street art isn't one — Derkz is on a mission to change that – CBC.ca
The city of Windsor, Ont, is in many ways defined by its manufacturing heritage, its leadership in the automotive industry and its proximity to its U.S. neighbour Detroit. One thing it is not known for is its street art — but a number of local graffiti artists are hoping to change that.
Windsor-based artist David “Derkz” Derkatz is a graffiti writer and muralist. His work is all over the city, immortalizing everything from civil rights heroes, pop icons and animals to his most recent piece, which is one of Canada’s largest murals celebrating frontline workers.
In this doc by filmmaker Sasha Jordan Appler, Derkz is tasked with painting a wall on an abandoned building to revitalize a forgotten part of the city.
“The west end’s known for being a little bit more gritty, like a little bit of the rougher part, so they wanted something bold and tough,” says Derkz. “I came up with the two-hawk designs.”
Graffiti can completely change a community. Once criticized as vandalism, it is now in contemporary terms an alternative to traditional gallery space, showcasing work outside and defining — or sometimes redefining — a neighbourhood’s character. These colourful large-scale works, like Derkz’s hawk design, create a reason for people to flock to the area and make it feel more welcoming.
Watch as Windsor gets transformed by Derkz and fellow graffiti artists Eugenio “Drevmz” Mendoza, Daniel “Denial” Bombardier and Briana “Athena” Benore in the premiere of “Graffiti: The Art that Changes a City” on CBC’s Absolutely Canadian series on CBC TV in Windsor and online on CBC Gem, Oct. 31 at 8 p.m. and Nov. 14 at 7 p.m.
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Former Vancouver Art Gallery curator Ian Thom wrote the catalogue entry for the painting, and said meeting Stern was “a turning point in Hughes’s life, because Stern agreed to take on Hughes’s work at his gallery.
“More importantly for the financially struggling artist, Stern agreed to buy the paintings outright, thus assuring Hughes of an income.”
The painting itself is a classic Hughes coastal scene — a Canadian Pacific steamship billowing dark smoke out its funnels as it pulls into the dock, with smaller boats, a lighthouse and islands looming in the background.
The dark blue of the water is reminiscent of the water in Fish Boat, Rivers Inlet, a 1946 Hughes painting that sold for a record $2.04 million in 2018. Three Tugboats, Nanaimo Harbour is no less charming, but has lighter colours, more in keeping with his popular coastal scenes in the 1950s and ‘60s.
Heffel is also very high on Green and Gold, Portrait of Vera, a striking 1933-34 Frederick Horsman Varley painting of his most well-known muse, artist Vera Weatherbie. It’s estimated at $500,000 to $700,000.
The fall sale is the 25th anniversary of the first Heffel auction.
“Our first live sale was at the Wall Centre in November, 1995,” Heffel recalls. “We had a fabulous Alex Colville, Dog and Groom, on the cover (of the catalogue). In fact we often say that was the sale we had the most fun at, because we were just rookies out of the box.”
The Heffel brothers had taken over the Heffel gallery at 2247 Granville after its founder, their father Ken, died of a heart attack on Oct. 13, 1987. He was only 53.
Woodmere Ideal Art delivers in Summerside feature – The Journal Pioneer
SUMMERSIDE, P.E.I. —
Getting all the respect of chalk favourite, Woodmere Ideal Art cruised through every fraction on his way to victory in the Sunday afternoon feature at Red Shores at the Summerside Raceway.
Norris Rogers sent the heavily favoured Woodmere Ideal Art sharply off the wings from Post 4 and led through fractions of :28, :57 and 1:26 before fighting off a late challenge from Heart And Soul (Mark Bradley) to win by half a length in 1:55.3.
Third went to Soccer Hanover (Adam Merner). Owned by the Ultimate Stable of New Brunswick, Sifroi Melanson trains the winning son of Articulator.
Ken Murphy was the hottest reinsman of the day with five trips to the Prince County winner’s circle on the 10-dash card.
The first of the Harrington driver’s quintet was in the opener with a maiden-breaking score for Sweet Silvia in 2:00.4 for trainer Frank Hansen. The Eric Doucette-trained Rymar Jimbo was Murphy’s next victory in 1:59 followed by a win with Cinder Angelina in 2:00 from the Jaycob Sweet barn in Race 5.
Race 6 saw Murphy win with Dividend Day in 2:00.1 for trainer Fred Paynter while the afternoon finale was a Murphy score of 1:57.4 aboard Pictonian Storm for trainer Wade Sorrie.
– Compiled by Nicholas Oakes for Red Shores.
Harness racing results from Sunday at Red Shores at the Summerside Raceway.
Race 1 – Sweet Silva (K. Murphy) 3.80 2.10 2.10; Phantom Shadow (M. Bradley) 2.40 2.10; Thinknshesagrtlady (A. Merner) 3.60.
Times: 29.3, 100.3, 131.1, 200.4 Also ran: Get Home Terry, Game of Change, Easy Like Sunday. Winning horse owned by Sylvia Hall Andrews, British Columbia. Exactor 5-1 $12.10; Triactor 5-1-3 $35.30; Superfecta 5-1-3-2 $35.60.
Race 2 – Windmernoharmdone (A. Merner) 2.20 2.30 2.10; Southfield Sue (K. Murphy) 8.90 2.50; Mia Lotta (D. Wallace) 2.20.
Times: 29.4, 59.3, 1:30, 2:01. Also ran: The Gormanizor. Winning horse owned by Travis Wilkie, P.E.I. Exactor 4-3 $19.30; Triactor 4-3-2 $26.60; Superfecta 4-3-2-6 $84.85; DD 5-4 $6.70.
Race 3 – Rymar Jimbo (K. Murphy) 3.50 2.10 2.10; Dylans Future (N. Rogers) 2.20 2.10; Dude Perfect (A. Merner) 3.00.
Times: 29.2, 59, 1:29.1, 1:59. Also ran: Silverhilllightnin, W C Little Willie, Pineapple Express. Winning horse owned by Eric Doucette, P.E.I. Exactor 4-1 $6.70; Triactor 4-1-2 $12.30; Superfecta 4-1-2-6 $13.05.
Race 4 – Positive Art (A. Merner) 13.70 5.60 2.10; Oh To Be Me (G. Chappell) 4.10 2.20; Shouldabeenaclown (K. Murphy) 2.90.
Times: 29.4, 59.3, 1:29.4, 2:00. Also ran: Rash B Havior, Egamer. Winning horse owned by Bing Easter, P.E.I. Exactor 3-2 $43.90; Triactor 3-2-1 $56.30; Superfecta 3-2-1-4 $72.25.
Race 5 – Cinder Angelina (K. Murphy) 8.70 5.50 3.80; A Fiesty X Ample (M. Bradley) 78.70 6.90; Jays Little Spark (A. Merner) 2.10.
Times: 29, 59.3, 1:30.1, 2:00. Also ran: Fusspot, Shes A Lover, Khitam Image. Winning horse owned by MacKenize Arsenault, P.E.I. Exactor 3-4 $55.20; Triactor 3-4-2 $356.10; Superfecta 3-4-2-1 $60.69.
Race 6 – Dividend Day (K. Murphy) 3.00 2.70 2.10; Shiftyn Georgie (A. Merner) 5.50 3.40; Souverain (P. Sizer) 2.70
Times: 29.1, 548.2, 1:29, 2:00.1. Also ran: Dilans Mustang, Toy Cop, Sharks Play. Winning horse owned by Fred Paynter-Debbie and Neal Ramsay, P.E.I. Exactor 5-6 $7.70; Triactor 5-6-2 $39; Superfecta 5-6-2-1 $65.30.
Race 7 – Arrived Late (T. Doyle) 17.30 14.90 9.20; Instant Shadow (N. Rogers) 9.40 2.80; Mittcent Van Gogh (D. Wallace) 5.60.
Times: 28.1, 58, 1:28, 1:57.1. Also ran: Adventure Luck, Vegas Rich, Dangle On A Dime. Winning horse owned by Taylor Doyle-Robin Lajeunesse, P.E.I. Exactor 6-1 $143.30; Triactor 6-1-all $338.70; Superfecta 6-1-3-4 $129.44; Pick 4 $335.22.
Race 8 – Power of a Cruiser (N. Rogers) 4.20 3.60 2.30; Gringo Star (A. Merner) 7.10 3.20; Sendmeasign (T. Doyle) 2.70.
Times: 28.3, 59.2, 1:28.4, 1:58. Also ran: Bobjohnski, Brydown Arrow. Winning horse owned by Ivan MacMillian, P.E.I. Exactor 1-4 $15.40; Triactor 1-4-3 $53.60; Superfecta 1-4-3-2 $50.60.
Race 9 – Woodmere Ideal Art (N. Rogers) 2.20 2.10 2.10; Heart and Soul (M. Bradley) 2.90 2.10; Soccer Hanover (A. Merner) 2.10.
Times: 28, 57, 1:26.0, 1:55.3. Also ran: Flash in the Pang, Melanies Magic. Winning horse owned by Ultimate Stable, New Brunswick. Exactor 4-5 $6.50; Triactor 4-5-3 $8.20; Superfecta 4-5-3-1 $9.95.
Race 10 – Pictonian Storm (K. Murphy) 3.10 2.80 2.10; Ultimatelyhandsome (N. Rogers)7.50 3.50; Howmac Magic (A. Merner) 2.10.
Times: 29.1, 58.2, 1:27.3, 1:57.4. Also ran: J K Cowboy, Flowersonthebeach, Rising Fella. Winning horse owned by Tammy Collins, P.E.I. Exactor 2-1 $14.60; Triactor 2-1-6 $27.60; Superfecta 2-1-6-3 $81.60; Daily Double 4-2 $3.70.
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