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16/04/2004

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ArtNexus.com E-mail Newsletter Vol. 3/No. 3
April 16th, 2004




Lead Stories
- Gustavo Acosta. Fragments of the City and Other Motifs.
- Adolf Wölfli. Art and The Challenge of Madness

News & Views
- Art At an Arm’s Reach
- Christie’s Latin American Art Spring Auctions will be in Paris, France
- Mona Hatoum Awarded Sonning Prize 2004
- Mexican Murals. Palacio de Bellas Artes. Mexico D.F., Mexico
- We have a winner for the raffle of Roberto Matta’s lithography.

Heard on the Street…
- On exhibition at the London National Gallery, enigma of the “Lady in a Fur Wrap”, by El Greco, will be probed

New Works for Sale in Virtual Galleries
- Artco Gallery

New Electronic Catalogs
- Antuan Rodríguez

New Books and Catalogs
- Vitamin P
- Los Murales de Diego Rivera (Diego Rivera´s Murals)
- Mona Hatoum

Upcoming Events
- MoMA at el Museo: Latin American and Caribbean Art from the Collection of the Museum of Modern Art. Museo Del Barrio, New York
- VIII Cuenca Biennial, Ecuador
- The London Original Print Fair
- Spring at MAMBO. Coconut Grove, Florida

Lead Stories

- Gustavo Acosta. Fragments of the City and Other Motifs

Gustavo Acosta’s paintings are visual atmospheres where fragments of cities or interior views resemble set arrangements for a play with no actors; this is how art critic Jorge de la Fuente defines the Cuban artist’s work. This article reviews the characteristics that define Acosta’s painting, and analyzes the social and cultural milieu in which Acosta began and developed his career, the Cuba of the 1980s. Read this article





- Adolf Wölfli. Art and The Challenge of Madness

Wölfli’s artistic career originated and developed outside the traditional canons. Committed to a psychiatric clinic, the artist created many works of art in complete isolation from society, but achieving recognition for his work. This text by Uruguayan artist Luis Camnitzer analyzes Adolf Wölfli’s work, its characteristics, and the possible contradictions originated more than once around his figure. Read the article


News & Views

- Art At an Arm’s Reach

Recently, Florida International University’s Frost Museum acquired a cigarette vending machine that, instead of its traditional merchandise, sells small original works of art. Read more




- Christie’s Latin American Art Spring Auctions will be in Paris, France

The auction house Christie’s announces that the Latin American Art auctions, that normally take place in New York in May, will take place this year in Paris, France. Read more


- Mona Hatoum Awarded Sonning Prize 2004

For the first time a visual artist has been awarded the Sonning Prize, and the winner is Mona Hatoum, an artist of Palestinian origin. The Prize is awarded by the University of Copenhagen to a man or a woman who has contributed significantly to European civilization.
Read more


- Mexican Murals. Palacio de Bellas Artes. Mexico D.F., Mexico

This year the works of important Mexican muralists like Diego Rivera, Davida Alfaro Sequeiros, José Clemente Orozco and Rufino Tamayo, stored in the Palacio de Bellas Artes in Mexico, will be submitted to a process of restoration as part of the permanent program of maintenance done to mural work in the country.
Read more


- We have a winner for the raffle of Roberto Matta’s lithography

Congratulations to Haydee Morales from Miami!


Read other news of interest, visit: www.artnexus.com/en/nv/newsandviews.shtml


Heard on the Street…

- On exhibition at the London National Gallery, enigma of the “Lady in a Fur Wrap”, by El Greco, will be probed.

During the first ever London retrospective of works by Doménikos Theotokópoulos (1541-1614), known as El Greco, the institution will try to demonstrate that “Lady in a Fur Wrap” is the only portrait of a real woman painted by the artist. Read more




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We’ll consider it for publication in the Heard on the Street section of ArtNexus.com and the ArtNexus.com newsletter.  Email us thestreet@artnexus.com


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New Work for Sale in Virtual Galleries

- Artco Gallery

Since opening in November, 2000, Artco Gallery and Art Consultants has remained focused on the the dissemination of Peruvian art, with particular interest in the most recent tendencies of contemporary art and in the promotion of new artists. Located at the main center of San Isidro (Lima-Peru), it is based in a house that was specially designed for the activities of the gallery, with three halls and permanent artwork exhibition halls.
There is also a specially designed space dedicated to exhibition and sale of small format works--paintings, drawings, sculptures, ceramics, graphic works and art objects--providing the possibility of acquiring a new work for one’s personal collection or even to offer a very unique gift.
Visit the virtual gallery





To participate in ArtNexus.com’s Virtual Galleries, send your e-mail message at: vg@artnexus.com or call (305) 891-7270 x 102.


New Electronic Catalogs

- Antuan Rodríguez
We invite you to see the new Antuan Rodríguez electronic catalog, the artist’s most recent works.
See the catalog




To participate in ArtNexus.com’s ecatalogs, send your e-mail message at: ecatalogs@artnexus.com or call (305) 891-7270 x 102.


New Books and Catalogs

- Vitamin P A book on contemporary painting, including works by 114 painters who show the dynamics and behavior of current visual arts. Painting as a traditional format, and adaptations of it by several artists working in diverse media, was the main criteria for gathering this group of artists. Curators, critics and museum directors nominated the artists included in the book. Among them: Francis Alÿs, Arturo Herrera, Yishai Jusidman, Fabian Marcaccio, Beatriz Milhazes, Yoshitomo Nara, José Toirac, Sara Morris and Adriana Varejão. The introductory text by Barry Schwabsky profiles the different variants in current painting, by using the example of artists such as Gerhard Richter and Malevich. The work by each one of the artists included in the book is illustrated in large images, accompanied by a text and a short biography. Published by Phaidon Press Limited, 2002. Hard cover. English. 352 pages. 525 color images. 11 ½ x 10 in. (29,5 x 25,5 cm.). Buy it in our store



- Los Murales de Diego Rivera (Diego Rivera´s Murals) A specialized text of one of the most important legacies in the History of Art, murals by Diego Rivera. The book does close examination of the technique used by the artist, his narrative and symbolic expressions, his influences and some of the most valuable examples of his work, such as La Rectoría. Beautiful images and details of the murals are published along with the texts, showing the strong iconography of Rivera. A chart of the murals has been annexed, with opinions about Diego Rivera, bibliography, and English translation to the texts. A book by Raquel Tibol, acknowledged art critic, specializing on the work by Mexican muralists. Edited by RM, S.A de C.V., Universidad Autónoma de Chapingo, México 2002. Spanish and English. 168 pages. 53 color illustrations, 10 in black and white. Hard cover. 11 ¾ x 9 1/3 in. (30 x 23,5 cm.).
Buy it in our store

- Mona Hatoum This catalog corresponds to the Palestinian artist’s first show in Mexico. The show, organized by Laboratorio Arte Alameda, was the result of two visits Mona Hatoum made to Mexico City and the experiences she had there. The texts in the book explain well the artist’s relationship to concepts of time and space, and locate her Mexican creations in the context of her work. Laboratorio Arte Alameda and Instituto Nacional de Bellas Artes, 2002. Texts by Paloma Porraz Fraser, Francisco Reyes Palma, and María Inés García Canal. 79 pages. 34 color images Spanish and English.
Buy it in our store

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Upcoming Events

- MoMA at el Museo: Latin American and Caribbean Art from the Collection of the Museum of Modern Art

From March 4 to July 25 El Museo del Barrio in New York joints effort with the MoMA presents this exhibition. Arranged chronologically, the show focuses on the history of acquisitions, donations, and the development of Latin American art in the MoMA collection. The first works were acquired in 1935 from Mexican artists Diego Rivera and José Clemente Orozco, becoming the first museum in the United States to collect works from Latin America. Visit: For more visit: www.elmuseo.org


- VIII Cuenca Biennial, Ecuador

From April 12 to June 10, a new edition of the Cuenca Biennial will take place, an event that is now an important center for the encounter and participation of artists, critics, collectors from Central and South America. For more information visit www.bienaldecuenca.org


- The London Original Print Fair

The print fair will take place from April 21 - 25, in The Royal Academy of Arts, Burlington Gardens and Picadilly, in London. A select group of exhibitors from America, France, Germany, Italy and Great Britain will show a wide group of works done since the year 1500 until today. Visit www.londonprintfair.com


- Spring at MAMBO. Coconut Grove, Florida

Due to the 40th anniversary of the Museo de Arte Moderno de Bogotá –MAMBO- a Gala will take place to benefit the Museum, on Wednesday, April 28th, 2004 at the Hotel Ritz Carlton, in Coconut Grove. During the Gala the art collector Jorge Perez will be honored.
For more information please call 305 373 5268 (Miami) or 571 286 1140 (Bogotá).