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Arts Guide

Newspaper article International Herald Tribune

Arts Guide

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A look at selected art exhibitions worldwide.


Andreas Gursky The National Art Center. Through Sept. 16.

Sold at an auction at more than $4 million in 2011, "Rhein II, 1999," a digitally edited photo by Mr. Gursky holds the record for the most expensive photograph. A print of it is in the show. Mr. Gursky (born 1955) offers a unique visual interpretation of our world. Some of his expansive photos, taken in Tokyo, Pyongyang and Qatar pitch the individual against a dehumanized world. For his recent series, "Ocean, 2010," Mr. Gursky has manipulated high- definition satellite images of land masses and oceans. The exhibition of 65 works, selected by the artist, will travel to Osaka.


Felix Vallotton: Schone Zeiten Kunsthaus Zurich. Through Sept. 15.

A gathering of Vallottons held in the museum collection and in a private collection. The Swiss painter's (1865-1925) landscapes, beach scenes, nudes, depicted with ironic detachment and subtle social criticism, were created during Vallotton's successful years, 1895-1912, after the period when he had survived selling prints. About 50 paintings are in the display.


Vermeer and Music: The Art of Love and Leisure The National Gallery. Through Sept. 8.

In 17th-century Dutch painting, music was used in still lifes as a metaphor for harmony and, in portraits, as a mark of a person's education and position in society. The exhibition juxtaposes three paintings of female musicians by Jan Vermeer, works by his contemporaries, Gerard ter Boch, Gabriel Metsu and Jan Steen, and 17th-century musical instruments -- virginals, guitars and lutes. Live music of the period can be heard several times per week. Above, "A Musical Party, 1631" by Jacob van Velsen, top, and Vermeer's "The Guitar Player, c. 1672."

Rio de Janeiro

Elles: Mulheres Artistas na Colecao do Centro Pompidou Centro Cultural Banco do Brazil. Through July 14.

The weaker sex, marginalized for centuries, finds its place in the art world with humor, provocation, sensuality, and, at times, ambiguity. A reduced version of the exhibition held at Centre Pompidou in Paris in 2009-10, the Brazilian show features about 120 paintings, sculptures, installations, photographs and videos by 65 modern and contemporary artists. Lygia Pape, Lygia Clark, Anna Bella Geiger and Anna Maria Maiolino from Brazil share the space with international artists such as Suzanne Valadon, Frida Kahlo, Marina Abramovic, Sophie Calle, Joan Mitchell and Nan Goldin, to name a few.

Fukuoka, Japan

Nostalgia : Paintings From Vietnam Fukuoka Asian Art Museum. Through Oct. 1.

Painting was not a tradition in Vietnam until the French introduced the technique at the end of the 19th century. During the colonial period, Vietnamese artists -- some studied in France -- developed an aesthetics strongly influenced by western themes and techniques, as illustrated by the 30 nostalgic scenes in lacquer, silk and on paper by Ta Ty, To Ngoc Van and Le Pho. …

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