The gallery Sprüth Magers presents Ed Ruscha in the exhibition “Metro Mattresses”

The Gallery Sprüth Magers, Berlin, is holding an exhibition of the work of the Berlin artist Ed Ruscha from 3 November 2015 to 16 January 2016, which is entitled “Metro Mattresses”. Ed Ruscha, has carried out pilgrimages for more than 50 years in Western America, stopping at petrol stations, swimming pools or mountain ranges. His photographs, drawings and paintings are characterized by great clarity and an atmosphere of neutrality and impassivity, surrounding daily visions. The reasons for the new series Metro Mattresses, came from the streets of Los Angeles, which was a source of inspiration for the artist. In each of the twelve works of the series is depicted a mattress or mattresses, isolated and in various states of neglect on a neutral background. Ed Ruscha first photographed mattresses systematically before transcribing them on other mediums. This serial and typological work seeks to provide an evocation of the object mattresses, loaded with the symbolic dream but also of the idea of ​​privacy. This approach is reflected in some of the early works of Ruscha, such as Twentysix Gasoline Stations (1963) and Every Building on Sunset Strip (1966). Ed Ruscha, was born in Omaha in 1937, in Nebraska. He lives and works in Los Angeles. His solo exhibitions to come are “Ed Ruscha: MIXMASTER” at the Pinacoteca Giovanni e Marella Agnelli in Turin (7 november 2015 to 8 march 2016), and “Ed Ruscha And the Great American West”, at the Young Museum of San Francisco (16 july to 9 october...

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Picabia retrospective for 2016 at MoMA

Following rumours, MoMA confirmed on 30 October that they are planning a retrospective of Dadaist Master Francis Picabia for 2016. The retrospective is scheduled to take place November 2016 and will include the work Tableau Rastadada (1920) which the museum acquired at Art Basel in June 2014. Little has been revealed about the exhibition as of yet, but the museum already owns 10 prints, nine paintings, and eight drawings by the French-born painter, poet and leading figure of the Dada movement. Picabia is known for his refusal to be categorised, questioning existing attitudes surrounding the artistic process; however his works are also full of hidden messages and in-jokes. The exhibition is being organised by Anne Umland, a curator of painting and sculpture at MoMA....

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Bill Cosby loans his collection to the National Museum of African Art in Washington

The actor Bill Cosby and his wife Camille are going to loan more than 300 pieces from their collection to the National Museum of African Art in Washington, DC. The works, acquired over the last forty years, will form the centre of an exhibition entitled “Conversations: African and African American Artworks in Dialogue.” The Cosbys’ collection includes paintings, prints, photographs, sculptures and drawings from artists including Faith Ringgold, Elizabeth Calett, Henry Ossawa Tanner, Romare Bearden and Beauford Delaney. Pieces of both traditional and contemporary African art are presented, featuring works of William Kentridge and Fodé Camara. Bill Cosby said of the exhibition: “It is very important to show the work of African-American artists […] It’s a way for the public to see what is out there and to give a voice to many artists who have been silent for a long time.” Four curators have been involved in the organisation of the exhibition: David C Driskell (artist and curator), Adrienne L Child  (independent researcher), Christie Mullen Kreamer and Bryna Freyer (curators at the NMAFA). The exhibition will be open from 9 November until the beginning of...

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André Robillard at Collection de l’Art Brut Lausanne

A collection of works by the artist André Robillard is to be exhibited at the Collection de l’Art Brut Lausanne, Switzerland, from 28 November 2014 until 19 April 2015. Robillard creates guns, spaceships and sputniks from items found in rubbish heaps, bound together with adhesive tape and iron wire. Jean Dubuffet, the artist who coined the phrase “Art Brut” (in English described as “Outsider art”), discovered Robillard’s work and began collecting his pieces. André Robillard grew up near Orleans in France and was committed to a mental hospital aged 19. He moved into his own apartment in 1989, after 38 years in the hospital, where he continues to work...

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John Myatt to exhibit “Genuine Fakes” in London

John Myatt is to present an exhibition of his work from 26 July to 10 August 2014 in Mayfair, London. The 69-year-old forger spent 12 months in Brixton Prison for replicating the works of Monet and Lichtenstein, amongst others. Repentant, today the artists sells paintings in the direct imitation of grand Masters: “I only choose artists who interest me and I adopt their style,” Myatt told English publication — heavily inspired by Monet’s Nymphéas — is priced at £39,000. After eight years of forgery, Myatt stopped painting in 1999; until, ironically, it was a portrait commission from a Scotland Yard detective that propelled him to work...

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