I met with Michal Rovner at Pace Gallery to see the opening of “Evolution” which is the gallery’s first exhibition of Rovner’s work in Geneva. The show coincides with the opening of Rovner’s “Dislocation” show at Espace Muraille, also in Geneva, which we went to together afterwards. Rovner was born in 1957 in Israel, and had a solo show of her video work at the Whitney Museum of America Art in 2002. She then represented Israel at the Venice Biennale in 2003. She has been represented by Pace Gallery since 2003. Rovner is currently working on installations for the public realm at the new Canary Wharf Crossrail station in London.
The Jean-Michel Basquiat exhibition at Louis Vuitton Foundation in Paris features 120 defining works from Basquiat’s career, spanning from 1980 to 1988, shown over four floors of the Frank Gehry-designed museum. Many of the most important paintings that Basquiat made in his short but prolific career are on display.
Internationally recognised as a premier museum and research centre, the Frick is known for its distinguished Old Master paintings and outstanding examples of European sculpture and decorative arts.
Ask any high-end antiques dealer about provenance, and they’ll probably say it’s imperative. And, yes, the history of antiques that are very old needs to be researched to assure that the pieces are as old as their owners or dealers say they are. But is provenance necessary beyond 1830—the date designated by an Act of Congress in 1930—and the start of the Industrial Revolution?
FIGHTING THE HITLER WITHIN. Gisela Getty is a photographer, director, designer and writer. Born in 1949 in Kassel, Germany, like her twin sister Jutta she is known as a representative of the ’68 movement. Gisela agreed to marryPaul Getty very shortly before he was kidnapped in Rome in 1973. Gisela Getty lives an enduring quest to overcome the fascism of her parents, transcend her own inner violence and find real Love.
THE IMAGE MAKER. Charles March is a photographer and owner of Goodwood Estate in West Sussex where he founded the Goodwood Festival of Speed and the Goodwood Revival. I interviewed Charles March in London earlier this year while he was planning the exhibition ‘Photographs 1980-2017’, whose opening I attended and which runs from 25th May to 30th June, 2018 at the Galleria del Cembalo in Rome.
COURSE OF EMPIRE. Over the span of his influential six-decade career the artist Ed Ruscha has shaped the way we see the American landscape. Ed Ruscha’s elegant, highly distilled, and often humorous work conveys a unique brand of visual American zen.
THE TRANSHISTORICAL MUSEUM. Ann Demeester is a Belgian writer, art critic and museum director. From 2006 to 2014 Ann Demeester was Director of the Amsterdam contemporary arts centre De Appel. Since 2014 Demeester has been Director of the Frans Hals Museum in Haarlem.