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The Met opens a major retrospective of the photographs of Irving Penn

The Metropolitan Museum of Art presents a major retrospective of the photographs of Irving Penn to mark the centennial of the artist’s birth. Over the course of his nearly 70-year career, Irving Penn (1917–2009) mastered a pared-down aesthetic of studio photography that is distinguished for its meticulous attention to composition, nuance, detail, and printmaking. Irving Penn: Centennial, is the most comprehensive exhibition of the great American photographer’s work to date and includes both masterpieces and hitherto unknown prints from all his major series. Long celebrated for more than six decades of influential work at Vogue magazine, Penn was first and foremost a fashion photographer. His early photographs of couture are masterpieces that established a new standard for photographic renderings of style at mid-century, and he continued to record the cycles of fashions year after year in exquisite images characterized by strik

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Hidden Michelangelo Buonarroti drawing goes on show at Musei Capitolini in Rome

A newly-discovered drawing by Renaissance master Michelangelo, found during the restoration of his “Sacrifice of Isaac”, has gone on show in Rome, along with another drawing found by restorers 30 years ago. “The discovery of this drawing is a really lovely story,” Italy’s Culture Minister Dario Franceschini said Friday as he unveiled the exhibition in the capital, which runs until May 7. Restorers painstakingly working last year on the “Sacrifice of Isaac”, a biblical drawing executed in black pencil by the Florentine artist in 1530, found a hidden sketch for the same scene on the back. “Between the end of the 19th century and the beginning of the 20th, (works of art done on) old sheets of paper were protected by sticking a piece of cardboard on the back,” said Pina Ragionieri, head of the Casa Buonarroti foundation. It was when restorers removed the cardboard that they discovered the secret sketch by the Italian sculptor, painter and architect who was famed perhaps above all for his f

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Art Gallery of Ontario opens major retrospective of American painter Georgia O'Keeffe

The Art Gallery of Ontario is presenting a major retrospective of pioneering American painter Georgia O’Keeffe (1887–1986), featuring over 100 paintings by one the 20th century’s most successful and influential modernists. The exhibition examines O’Keeffe’s entire career, charting the progression of her practice from her early abstract experiments to her late work, in addition to her trajectory west, and her profound influence and legacy. Organized by Tate Modern in collaboration with the AGO and the Bank Austria Kunstforum, Vienna, Georgia O’Keeffe is making its only North American stop in Toronto, running from April 22 to July 30, 2017. Opening with the moment of her first showings at the 291 gallery in New York in 1916 and 1917, the exhibition features O’Keeffe’s earliest mature works made while she was working as a teacher in Virginia and Texas. The works on display—from her charcoals to

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Celebrated Polish sculptor and fiber artist Magdalena Abakanowicz dies at 86

Celebrated Polish sculptor Magdalena Abakanowicz, whose striking headless figures have been showcased around the world, has died at the age of 86, the culture ministry said Friday. “She died overnight Thursday to Friday,” the ministry’s press office told AFP, without elaborating. Abakanowicz, a descendant of Mongolian warrior Genghis Khan on her father’s side and Polish aristocracy through her mother, was born in 1930 in the central village of Falenty. She lived through Nazi Germany’s invasion of Poland, the bombing of Warsaw and Stalinism, all of which inspired her to create the imposing clones that evoke the horrors of brainless masses. “It happened to me to live in times which were extraordinary by their various forms of collective hate and adulation,” Abakanowicz said in 2004 when her sculptures were installed at Princeton University in New Jersey.

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