Please join us at Winston Wachter New York on Friday, September 10th from 6-8pm
Winston Wachter Seattle will be closed August 30th – September 7th. However, we are please to announce that the current show, “My Summer Vacation,” has been extended through September 15th. Don’t miss this wonderful group show!
Three years after his death, a new library and museum dedicated to author Kurt Vonnegut is set to open this November in his hometown of Indianapolis, Indiana. The museum founder, Julia Whitehead, says the space will include a replica of Vonnegut’s writing studio, a library featuring memorabilia such as personal photographs, papers and his WWII medals, an art gallery to showcase Vonnegut’s drawings and a gift shop!
Vonnegut’s eldest daughter is also donating a box of rejection letters her father received during his career.
For more information: http://www.vonnegutlibrary.org/
The Vatican Museums in Rome will open a room devoted to the work of French artist Henri Matisse later this year. The Vatican has been attempting to expand its contemporary and modern religious art department in the last few years and will display large-scale sketches relating to the work Matisse did for La Chapelle du Rosaire de Vence (Chapel of the Rosary in Vence), France. The works were donated to the Vatican by Henri’s son Pierre Matisse in 1980.
Some of the works soon to be on view include sketches done by Matisse to create the Tree of Life stained glass window behind the altar in Vence and the Virgin and Child depiction in the chapel’s presbytery. The works are currently being conserved as they had previously been glued to panels and some of the adhesive has seeped through to the surfaces.
The Chelsea Art Museum in New York could face the loss of its charter following the news that its entire permanent collection of artwork had been pledged as collateral for a loan needed to pay its mortgage. Founded and directed by Dorothea Keeser, the eight-year-old contemporary art museum has faced ongoing financial difficulties, with Keeser struggling to pay the mortgage on the 30,000 square foot building on West 22nd Street.
Keeser acknowledges being aware of museum charter regulations, but defends her actions – emphasizing that she has been able to avoid selling art from the collection thus far by finding other ways to raise funds for the mortgage. The permanent collection includes paintings and prints by abstract artists such as Jean Arp, Sam Francis, Joan Mitchell, and Robert Motherwell, and is worth $2.5 million according to Keeser.
A separate company owned by Ms. Keeser bought the museum’s building and now owes Hudson Realty about $13 million. The museum’s permanent collection was pledged as collateral against a separate, $350,000 loan from unnamed lenders completed this March in order to pay the interest on the original mortgage. However, as recently as this week Ms. Keeser informed Hudson Realty that her company has declared bankruptcy. Agreeing to pay rent on the building has allowed Keeser to continue museum operations there as normal and she remains hopeful that the museum can still be persevered, in part by developing its roof as a high-end restaurant.
The recent signing of a Memorandum of Understanding on cultural cooperation between the UK Government and the Government of the Republic of India makes way for new levels of cultural collaboration. The heads of major cultural institutions of the UK and those of India met on a scale unprecedented since Independence. Both countries have already pledged to work together on a fantastic array of cultural activity over the coming years.
One such anticipated project is a major exhibition in India of work by artist Anish Kapor who was born in Bombay, but lives in the United Kingdom. It will be an ambitious collection of Kapoor’s work featuring a selection of sculptures and installations spanning the breadth of his career, from early pigment-based works of the 1980’s, to his most recent wax installations. The idea for this exhibition has reportedly been in the works for more than 10 years, finally coming to fruition with this renewed commitment to cultural exchange. Kapoor received the Turner Prize in 1991, became a member of the Royal Academy, and is arguably on of the most successful contemporary sculptor in the world.