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Lawren Harris, the world’s most expensive Canadian artist

Lawren Harris’ Mountain Forms (1926), has beaten the record of the most expensive work by a Canadian artist, reports Artnet. It was sold on 22 November for the sum of $11.2 million by Heffel Fine Art Auction House in Toronto, after being estimated at between $2.2 and 3.7 million. The work has therefore bettered the previous record holder, a painting by Paul Kane, Scene in the Northwest (1845), selling for five million Canadian dollars in 2002. Harris’ work was shown at the “The Idea of North: The Paintings of Lawren Harris”, an exhibition curated by actor and collector Steve Martin at the Hammer Museum in Los Angeles, then the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston and the Art Gallery of Ontario in...

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List of artists exhibited in Made in LA

The Hammer Museum in Los Angeles, organiser of Made in LA, has recently revealed its shortlist of artists to take part in the third edition of the biennale (from 12 June to 28 August 2016), titled “Made in L.A. 2016: a, the, though, only” — a title with metaphysical accents coined by poet Aram Saroyan. This third edition, curated by Aram Moshayedi and Hamza Walker, aims to blend disciplines by showing plastic arts alongside dance, fashion, literature, music, cinema and performance. Among the 26 artists selected are Dena Yago, Martine Syms, Rebecca Morris, Silke Otto-Knapp, Eckhaus Latta and Sterling...

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Joe Sheftel Closes New York Gallery due to new appointment at Hammer Museum

On 19 October 2015, art dealer Joe Sheftel declared that he will be shutting his Lower East Side-based Joe Sheftel Gallery in New York by the end of the month of October. Sheftel will be heading to the Hammer Museum in Los Angeles as their new director of donations and public relations. The gallery’s last day was on 25 October 2015 and it also the last day of its current exhibition of Matthew Watson. “It has been exhilarating to run a gallery on the Lower East Side,” Sheftel writes in a statement. “I have so much gratitude for the support we have received from friends, artists, curators, critics, gallerists, collectors, members of the press, art fairs, museums and the art viewing public. The ability to play a role in the careers of artists has been challenging and rewarding, but the time has come to move on to new adventures.” In his new position, which starts beginning of November, Sheftel will be working with the museum’s senior leaders and curators on fundraising efforts with individuals. “I love the history of art in Los Angeles and I have been inspired to see how it has grown from the time of the light and space artists to the artists producing in L.A. today,” Sheftel wrote. The Joe Sheftel Gallery, was founded in January 2012, and represented American and International artists. The gallery dealt with works in all media, including painting, sculpture, photography, film, video, drawing and prints. Throughout the year, the gallery hosted around eight to ten individual and group shows in its exhibition...

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Jonas Wood Exhibition at Gagosian, Britannia Street, London

Gagosian London is presenting the first London exhibition of the paintings of artist Jonas Wood running from 13 October until 19 December 2015. The exhibition will display a whole range of the artist’s work. Influenced by an eclectic variety of artists and genres, from Henri Matisse, Pierre Bonnard and David Hockney to ancient pottery and Oriental still-lifes, Wood fills his paintings with an artistic hotchpotch of household objects, plants, gadgets and garish colour. He takes subjects from his own photographs and reimagines them in drawing and then in paint, creating a collage of patterns juxtaposed with simultaneously contradictory and complimentary elements. Wood reinvents interiors as surreal spaces of distorted familiarity. In Children’s Garden (2015), he draws from a photograph of his childhood nursery, accentuating the vividness of the yellow brick walls and saturating the scene with colour and busyness. In a second group of paintings, Wood creates painted outlines of pots and vases (inspired by the work of his wife Shio Kusaka and their shared interest in ceramics), placing the interior and the exterior alongside each other in an almost symbiotic relationship, whilst still giving them the appearance of being mere cut-outs taken from two distinct images. The exhibition will be accompanied by the fully illustrated publication Jonas Wood: Pots. Public collections of Wood’s work can be found at Museum of Modern Art, New York; Hammer Museum, Los Angeles; Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago; and Saatchi Gallery, London. Notable solo exhibitions include “Hammer Projects: Jonas Wood,” Hammer Museum, Los Angeles (2010); “Jonas Wood: Clippings,” Lever House, New York (2013-14); “Jonas Wood: Shelf Still Life,” High Line Art (2014); and LAXART Facade (2014). He lives and works in Los...

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Steve Martin to organise Lawren Harris exhibition

Los Angeles, 16 December 2013, Art Media Agency (AMA). The actor, musician and collector Steve Martin, is preparing to co-organise an exhibition of works by Canadian artist Lawren Harris, to take place in the autumn of 2015 at UCLA’s Hammer Museum. Commenting on the project, however, a spokesperson from the Los Angeles-based institution said: “is is in the very early stages of planning… we don’t have any other details at this time”. Born in Ontario in 1885, Lawren Stewart Harris was an important painter who specialised in landscapes, often taking a non-realist approach to the way he presented his subjects. Considered as an insipration to other artists, and credited with offering a new perspective upon the pictorial representation of North Canada’s landscape, he was also a member of the Group of Seven. He died in Vancouver in...

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