Caravaggio sparks a dispute among experts

A source of lawsuits involving art experts, the authenticity of a Caravaggio is being challenged once again — this time for a work on display at the Pinacoteca di Brera in Milan, from 10 November to 5 February 2017. The painting, discovered in 2014 in a French attic, passed through the hands of Old Master paintings expert Éric Turquin in Paris, who estimated the work’s value at around €120 million. Since the announcement of this discovery, institutions have sought to protect the work. Fearing that it might join an international collection, the French state thus placed an export ban on it. This Caravaggio is considered to be the second lost copy of Judith Beheading Holofernes (1606-1607), a painting shown alongside other masterpieces in the Milanese museum’s collection — including The Supper at Emmaus (1605-1606), also by Caravaggio, and a copy of Mary Magdalene in Ecstasy, a work discovered in a private collection several years ago. The exhibition has been organised by Nicola Spinosa, a Caravaggio specialist and former director of the Museo di Capadimonte in Naples. But the display of this exceptional painting has raised opposition: art historian Giovanni Agosti has resigned from the museum’s advisory committee in protest, arguing that the Pinacoteca di Brera is helping the work’s current owner to push up its price by showing it. “Brera is a museum of the Italian state, not a commercial gallery or a banking foundation,” declared Agosti. “Presenting a painting in its rooms automatically confers authority on it.” James Bradburne, the museum’s director, defends his decision by explaining that presentation of the painting offers the public and experts to form their own opinions: “The French Judith will be shown with a ‘clear disclaimer’ that the attribution comes from the owner and not the museum. There is no ambiguity about...

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Massimo De Carlo to open a new space in Milan in April

Hot on the heels of his January announcement of the opening of a third space in Hong Kong in March 2016, Massimo De Carlo is now opening a fourth space in Milan in April. For his second gallery in Milan, Massimo De Carlo has chosen to set up in the Palazzo Belgioioso, in the city’s historic district. The inaugural exhibition programme has not yet been released, unlike that of the Hong Kong gallery that will be welcoming new works by Yan...

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Barbara Bloom and Joan Jonas at Galleria Raffaella Cortese

Galleria Raffaella Cortese, Milan, Italy, will be presenting the work of Barbara Bloom in an exhibition entitled “Weather” and the works by Joan Jonas, both running from 3 December 2015 until 27 February 2016. “Weather” will present works which reflect the common themes of absence and literature in her work, through the use of fingerprints, lipstick traces, watermarks, tea stains, footprints, invisible texts, braille, books and ellipses. The flirtation between visibility and invisibility is frequently present in her works, as are texts by her favourite authors, suggesting implied narratives and dialogue between her works. The exhibition will display seven carpets hovering above the floor each in a shade of grey-green blue reminiscent of clouds and sky. The carpets have raised-dot patterns forming texts in Braille. The texts are descriptions of the weather by the likes of Raymond Chandler, James Joyce, Gabriel Garcia Marquez, and Haruki Murakami. The photographic series Works for the Blind will also be shown, with each work presenting a text about the nature of seeing, in Braille and standard text. Accompanying each text is a photograph of an illusion—a magician levitating a matchbook or a UFO landing, commenting on the complexity and ambiguity of perception. Works from the photographic series Eyes Closed will also be on show.  Joan Jonas will be presenting work designed directly for the walls of the gallery; installation, a video and a wall drawing that were all shown this year at the Venice Biennale. She explores the fragility of nature and its relationship with...

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French Artist Philippe Parreno at the HangarBicocca

Since 22 October 2015 until 14 February 2016, the exhibition “Hypothesis” by Philippe Parreno is being held in Le Navate at the HangarBicocca, in Milan, in Italy. The exhibition is the French artist’s first survey exhibition in Italy. Curated by Andrea Lissoni, the show will be occupied by a series of key pieces, together with recent works made between 2006 and 2015, characterized by sound and light according to a precise script devised by Parreno. Parreno’s iconic Marquees will also be included. The central element of the show is Moving Sun, a spotlight resembling a luminous planet, slowly navigating across the ceiling, crossing the monumental columns of HangarBicocca’s space and eighteen flickering Marquees. The HangarBicocca was formed into a contemporary art museum in 2004 by Prelios, a European asset management group who purchased the building. The museum was originally a factory. It now holds monumental permanent installations and temporary...

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Lisson Gallery now representing American artist Stanley Whitney

The Lisson Gallery  will be representing American artist Stanley Whitney, and will be dedicating a solo exhibition to the artist at its Milan gallery from 2 October until 13 November. Since the 1970s, the artists pieces utilise brightly multi-coloured blocks that whose compositions are stacked and delineated by three to five horizontal bands running through the canvas. Jazz, Minimalism, Colour Field painters, and Titian and Cézanne inspire Whitney. He has been a part of several group shows including” “Nero su Bianco”, American Academy, Rome; “Outside the Lines: Black in the Abstract”, Contemporary Art Museum of Houston; and “Utopia Station” at the 50th Venice Biennale. Born in Philadelphia in 1946, Whitney lives and works between New York City and Parma, Italy. Whitney is a graduate from Yale University with a bachelor’s from Kansas City Art Institute. Currently, Whitney is Professor Emeritus of painting and drawing at the Tyler School of Art, at Temple...

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