Carlos Cruz-Diez: Color in Space and Time, Museum of Fine Arts Houston, TX

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Installation view. February 6 – July 4, 2011 For more than five decades, Carlos Cruz-Diez (born 1923) has experimented intensively with the origins and optics of color. His wide-ranging body of work includes unconventional color structures, light environments, street interventions, architectural integration projects, and experimental works that engage the response of the human eye while insisting on the participatory nature of color. The MFAH and the Cruz-Diez Foundation, Houston, present the first large-scale retrospective of […]

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Katsura: Picturing Modernism in Japanese Architecture, Photographs by Ishimoto Yasuhiro, Museum of Fine Arts Houston, Houston, TX

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Ishimoto Yasuhiro, Untitled (from the series “Katsura”), 1953-54 Gelatin silver print, printed 1980—81 June 20 – September 12, 2010 Photographer Ishimoto Yasuhiro (born 1921) is one of the most influential figures in post-World War II Japanese photography. Among his most celebrated bodies of work are the photographs he took during 1953 and 1954 of the legendary 17th-century Katsura Imperial Villa in Kyoto. These images infuse the iconic structure with a modernist Bauhaus aesthetic. Katsura: Picturing […]

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Dimensions of Constructive Art in Brazil: The Adolpho Leirner Collection, Museum Haus Konstruktiv, Zurich, Switzerland

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Helio Oiticica Vermelho cortando o branco, 1958 Oil on canvas, 52 x 60 cm The Adolpho Leirner Collection of Brazilian Constructive Art at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston & Projeto Helio Oiticica November 19, 2009 – February 21, 2010 Haus Konstruktiv completes its exhibition programme for 2009 with the presentation of one of the most significant collections of Brazilian Concrete-Constructive art: “Dimensions of Constructive Art in Brazil” showcases for the first time in Europe […]

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Judd Foundation Announces Catalogue Raisonne Committee

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A Letter from the Judd Foundation: November 30, 2009 Dear Friends, I am very pleased to announce the start of the Donald Judd Catalogue Raisonné through the appointment of the Catalogue Raisonné Committee and a Catalogue Raisonné Manager, Katy Rogers. Ms. Rogers, who is currently completing the Robert Motherwell Catalogue Raisonné, will manage the project with the advisement of the committee. The production of a Catalogue Raisonné is a natural extension of our mission to […]

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Three exhibitions by Frank Badur in Berlin, Germany

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Installation view at Hamish Morrison Galerie October 31, 2009 – January 8, 2010 Frank Badur: Colour Recall at Hamish Morrison Galerie, Berlin, Germany Frank Badur: Why Pattern? at fruehsorge contemporary drawings, Berlin, Germany Frank Badur: Editions at Jordan Seydoux – Drawings & Prints, Berlin, Germany The galleries Hamish Morrison Galerie, fruehsorge contemporary drawings and Jordan Seydoux – Drawings & Prints are pleased to present three exhibitions by the artist Frank Badur on the occasion of […]

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Fire Destroys More Than 1,000 Helio Oiticica Works

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Photo: O Globo From ArtForum.com O Globo’s Eduardo Fradkin reports that more than a thousand works by Brazilian artist Helio Oiticica (1937–1980) were destroyed Friday in a fire at the house of his brother, César Oiticica, in Rio de Janeiro. His brother was responsible for the artist’s collection; he estimates that 90 percent of the collection he held was lost. In 2007, the Tate Modern and the Museum of Fine Arts in Houston staged major […]

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David Novros, Paula Cooper Gallery, New York, NY

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Installation view September 1-26, 2009 The Paula Cooper Gallery presents an exhibition of work by David Novros. Six paintings dating from 1965 to 1969 will be shown, some of which have not been seen in public for over forty years. An original member of Park Place, the historic New York artist collective, Novros is well known for his large, abstract paintings on irregularly shaped, multipaneled canvases. With their sensuous and reflective surfaces created with multiple […]

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Joaquin Torres-Garcia: Paintings in Houston Collections, Museum of Fine Arts Houston, Houston, TX

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Joaquin Torres-Garcia, Sin titulo (pez) [Untitled (Fish)], 1932 Oil on canvas September 6 – November 29, 2009 Joaquin Torres-Garcia (1874—1949) is one of the most influential artists of the early 20th century to have emerged from Latin America. Revered not only as a Modernist painter but also as a teacher and author, the Uruguay native spent most of his life in Spain, Italy, France, and New York before returning to his place of birth. This […]

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Joaquin Torres-Garcia: Constructing Abstraction with Wood, The Menil Collection, Houston, TX

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Joaquin Torres-Garcia, Planos de color con dos maderas superpuestas (Planes of Color with Two Superimposed Wood Pieces), 1928 Collection: Museu d’Art Contemporani de Barcelona September 24, 2009 – January 3, 2010 The exhibition will center chiefly on works from the 1920s to the 1940s, spanning the time from when Torres-Garcia lived in Spain, New York, Italy, and France, developing toys and the vocabulary for his wood constructions, to his eventual settlement in Uruguay as the […]

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Museum Exhibitions Cancelled Due to Recession

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  Work by Cildo Meireles From The Art Newspaper, June 6, 2009: Exhibitions axed as recession bites: US worst hit as sponsorship withdrawn and endowment wealth shrinks By Jason Edward Kaufman and Martin Bailey “An Art News paper survey suggests that a growing number of exhibitions are being cancelled because of the recession. We have identified over 20 important shows that have been axed (or, in a few cases, postponed) later this year or in […]

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Dimensions of Constructive Art in Brazil: The Adolpho Leirner Collection, Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, TX

  Maurício Nogueira Lima, Rhythmic Object 2 (second version), 1953 The Adolpho Leirner Collection, The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston May 20 — September 23, 2007  The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, has acquired the Adolpho Leirner Collection of Brazilian Constructive Art, a group of 98 works made in the 1950s and ‘60s by Sergio Camargo, Lygia Clark, Waldemar Cordeiro, Hélio Oiticica, Lygia Pape, Alfredo Volpi and other Brazilian abstractionists and assembled by Adolpho Leirner […]

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Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Acquires Adolpho Leirner Collection of Brazilian Constructive Art

    Maurício Nogueira Lima, Rhythmic Object 2 (second version), 1953 The Adolpho Leirner Collection, The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, has acquired the Adolpho Leirner Collection of Brazilian Constructive Art, a group of 98 works made in the 1950s and ‘60s by Sergio Camargo, Lygia Clark, Waldemar Cordeiro, Hélio Oiticica, Lygia Pape, Alfredo Volpi and other Brazilian abstractionists and assembled by Adolpho Leirner (b. 1935). “Dimensions of Constructive […]

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Turning the World Upside Down, by Rocio Aranda-Alvarado

  A number of previous museum survey exhibitions of 20th-century Latin American art have been hounded by legitimate criticism concerning how specific artworks were read, how categories were named, and how the history of art in the region was characterized. Within this somewhat fraught context, Inverted Utopias: Avant-Garde Art in Latin America, held at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, from June 20 to September 12, 2004, takes a refreshing approach to the contribution Latin […]

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