The first exhibition devoted exclusively to the remarkable jewellery created by the American artist Alexander Calder (1898-1976) opens to the public at the Irish Museum of Modern Art on Wednesday 1 April 2009. Calder Jewellery explores the lifelong output of wearable art pieces made for family and friends by one of the most innovative and influential figures in 20th-century art, best known for his iconic sculptures and mobiles. IMMA is the only venue in Europe where Calder Jewellery is being shown. Also on display is the specially designed BMW Car with which Calder, who trained as an engineer, initiated the company’s Art Car series in 1975, later continued by such famous artists as Frank Stella, Andy Warhol and David Hockney.
Theater and Dolls is the exhibition project organized by Vellum gallery under assistance of Karina Shanshieva. The exposition is based on over 30 pictures and graphic works by Georgiy Vizel (born in 1912). By the way this is a first personal exhibition of this artist held in Moscow. Moscow has an opportunity to see works by a very talented and rare artist. Vizel is a theatrical artist first of all. Probably it explains the intention of organizers of the project to unite painting and author’s doll: “Actors” will settle in magnificent scenery of the master for a while. Gallery of Karina Shanshieva will represent about 40 author’s dolls by contemporary Moscow artists.
Maslenitsa (Shrovetide) was one of the most flamboyant and gay festivals in the history of the Imperial St.Petersburg. Maslenitsa is a holiday marking the end of winter, the holiday of praising the sun and meeting the long-waited spring and warmth. The whole St.Petersburg celebrated from Christmas till Lent. It was the most intense ball season – «the brides fair». Landlords from rural lands drove into the capital with their families. Their daughters debuted in the polite society, in the Imperial Court and met their matches there.
Dolls are not just simple toys for those who visited Moscow Exhibition Center T-Modul from October 12 to October 15. Kewpies, teddy bears and rare dolls of all types and kinds were the main characters at the Second International Doll Fair. The event gathered numerous collectors from all over the world.
For four days the display center at Tishinskaya square was the home for porcelain dolls representing Lisa Minnelli, Madonna, Johnny Depp as Jack Sparrow from «Pirates of the Caribbean» and other well-known characters.
The unique fair featured exceptional art pieces by prominent artists from the Netherlands, France, the United States, Israel, Germany, Switzerland, Austria, Cyprus and of course from Russia.
The Moscow Central House of Artists will host Christmas Antique Fair which will take place through December 10–18. The Christmas Fair is a «younger sister» of Russian Antique Fairs, important and special events of the Moscow art life. The Fair will feature full range of antiques: paintings and graphic art by Russian and European artists, furniture, porcelain, decorations and jewelry art, lamps, old dolls, book rarities, etc.
The Fair will center on an exhibition «History and fate of presents», organized by Art Moscow Foundation and the «Four Seasons» magazine. The show proves to be very interesting as it reveals fates of remarkable gifts that have been presented to people of different professions and walks of life. Taking into consideration coming Christmas holidays, history of presents will be interesting for everyone.
Sotheby’s auction of American Indian art totaled $3,446,866, far above the high estimate of $2.6 million with 95 percent of lots sold. All the items presented on the sales were in exceptional condition. The top lot of the auction was an early Tlingit or Haida sheep horn bowl, which brought $251,200.
Other highlights of American Indian art sales included a pair of Great Lakes Algonkian beaded and quilled woven pictorial garter pendants, sold for $240,000, an Eastern Great Lakes stone pipe and quilled wood pipestem, sold for $180,000, and a pair of Lorette-Huron moosehair embroidered black-dyed buckskin moccasins, which made $96,000. Among other items were birchbark model canoe and two dolls with assorted equipment, $204,000; an Algonkian quilled and beaded woven pouch, $192,000; a collection of Plains pictographic drawings, $114,000; an Iroquois quilled and beaded hide knife sheath, $108,000.
From April 2 to 21 the Moscow centre of arts at Neglinnaya exhibits the collection of porcelain figurines, produced by the Gardner-Kuznetsov manufacture. These fragile works of art belong to the collection of a banker Alexander Smolenskiy, who declared during the opening of the exhibition that he intends to donate this collection by a testament to the Russian museum. Until the testament takes effect, Alexander Smolenskiy undertakes to expose his collection at exhibitions.
Tatyana Zhurkov’s sculpture will be exhibited at the Stroganov Palace from 17 January to 11 March 2002. The palace is affiliated with the State Russian Museum, which holds the definitive collection of Russian art.
The New York artist was born and educated in Russia. Her small scale sculptures reflect her fine artistic training, Russian sensitivities, modern materials and new world perspectives.
Because of the exceptional quality of her work and the extent of her artistic achievement, Zhurkov was awarded a grant from the Pollock-Krasner Foundation of New York in May 2001.
When viewed against the rise in the public’s fascination with fine art, old and new, the decorative arts have been in the doldrums for the last 20 years or so, to such an extent that some museums have almost given up on them. The MusЙe des Arts Decoratifs in Paris has been semi-closed for nearly a generation. The Museum fШr Angewandte Kunst in Vienna has put most of its collections into “visible storage”, commissioned artists such as Sol LeWitt to make installations of the rest, and turned most of the space into galleries of contemporary fine art. English regional museums, have tended to demote the items to mere illustrations of social history, considered so much more accessible and relevant to the public.