A&O Shorts

Works that we take for granted today as masterpieces, or as epitomes of the finest of fine art, could also have been considered ugly, of poor quality, or just bad when they were first made...
Offering rare and intimate portraits of life in a World War II ghetto, the photographic exhibition Memory Unearthed recently opened at the Portland Art Museum. The exhibition presents more than 100 photographs taken between 1940 and 1944 by the Warsaw-born Jewish photographer Henryk Ross (1910-1991). 
Beginning this month, Raleigh’s North Carolina Museum of Art (NCMA) has a new director in Dr. Valerie Hillings. After a worldwide search for Director Dr. Larry Wheeler’s replacement, who was with the museum for 24 years, the museum has found a leader with local roots and global connections.

A leading figure in West Coast minimalism, Larry Bell is having his first major museum survey in four decades. Opening November 1 at the Institute of Contemporary Art, Miami (ICA Miami), Larry Bell: Time Machines showcases the work of one of the most renowned and influential artists to come out of the 1960s L.A. art scene. Bell achieved international recognition by the age of 30 through his perception-challenging exploration of light and pioneering work that includes painting, works on paper, glass sculptures and furniture design.

In a major survey encompassing over six decades of work, New York’s Pace Gallery is celebrating multi-media innovator Robert Whitman. 61 contains over thirty works, from 1957 through 2018.
Michele Pred’s latest show at Nancy Hoffman Gallery is part exhibition, part directive. VOTE FEMINIST is as much a collection of works by the conceptual performance artist as it is a call to action.
French-Tunisian artist eL Seed released his first book project, Perception, earlier this month. The book, in limited edition of 500, is both an accompaniment to and documentation of the artist’s extraordinary mural by the same name, which stretches across fifty buildings in Cairo. Displaying the words of Saint Athanasius of Alexandria, a Coptic Bishop from the Third Century: ‘Anyone who wants to see the sunlight clearly needs to wipe his eyes first,’ the project employs the artist’s signature style, “calligraffiti,” which incorporates the visual culture of traditional Arab calligraphy into contemporary, often politically charged, street art.
Christie’s online auction of The Collection of Melva Bucksbaum: Post-War and Contemporary Art, Photographs and Prints offered highlights from the visionary art parton's eclectic collection, ranging from established artists like Man Ray, Cindy Sherman and Agnes Martin, to young emerging artists.
After nearly 30 years without a major exhibition in the US, a key Impressionist painter is the subject of a monographic exhibition this fall. Berthe Morisot: Woman Impressionist is the result of a collaboration between the Barnes Foundation, the Dallas Museum of Art, the Musée national des beaux-arts du Québec, and the Musées d’Orsay et de l’Orangerie, Paris. 
Kehinde Wiley, the first African American to paint an official Presidential portrait, is exhibiting a new body of work inspired by the collection of the Saint Louis Art Museum (SLAM). Selected by former President Barack Obama to paint his portrait for the Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery, Wiley merges contemporary African American portraiture with historical masterworks, placing an under-represented people firmly in view, addressing the politics of race and power in art.