Guadalajara Lost Paintings-Interview with Kitty Garza Radio Mujer

Listen to the Interview with Kitty Garza at Radio Mujer-Austin 95.1 FM . Claudia and Paula are visiting Guadalajara April 24-April 30 to find lost paintings, connect with collectors  and celebrate the art of Paul Fontaine with a book signing on 29 April 2016.

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Click here for a images of paintings lost in Guadalajara. These are paintings that were sold but the owner was not recorded or the owner changed hands. Please contact us if you have seen any of these works.

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Berlin museum Kunsthaus Dahlem opens June 2015 featuring Hans Uhlmann

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In summer 2015 Kunsthaus Dahlem will open with its inaugural exhibition about German postwar art. http://kunsthaus-dahlem.de/en/home/

 

THE ARNO BREKER STATE ATELIER

Kunsthaus Dahlem is located in the former State Atelier of the sculptor Arno Breker. The building, designed by architect Hans Freese, professor at the Technical University Dresden, featured multiple studio spaces and was built for the sculptor Arno Breker in Berlin’s Dahlem district between 1939 and 1942. Arno Breker was, alongside Josef Thorak, one of the busiest sculptors of the Third Reich. Since 1937, he had produced ornamental sculptures for Albert Speer’s monumental constructions. Hans Freese based his design for the Berlin atelier on Speer’s monumental atelier building for Thorak, built in Baldham near Munich between 1938-42…….

THE SCULPTURE GARDEN

Adjacent to the Kunsthaus Dahlem is the Sculpture Garden, in which over twenty sculptural works by the artist Bernhard Heiliger demonstrate his unique and wide-ranging artistic style.

Born in 1915 in Stettin, Heiliger is one of the most important and influential postwar German sculptors. Together with artists such as Hans Uhlmann and Karl Hartung, he was responsible for developing the international reputation of postwar sculpture from West-Berlin.

Heiliger died on October 2th 1995 and left behind a rich oeuvre spanning over half a century. Some of his most known pieces are on view in the garden.

 

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Otto Dix Exhibit

MOMA exhibits prints:“German Expressionism: The Graphic Impulse”:Otto Dix.

The New York Times reviews the show “Bleak Visions From Early-20th-Century Rebels”.A few of these artists survived the war, one of which is Otto Dix. Here is an image of Otto Dix from the Archive, whom Virginia photographed in 1947 in her visit to the Bodensee area. She also wrote about her encounter with the surviving artists in this document:http://www.fontaine.org/archive/selected-letters/bodensee-report-1947/ starting on bottom of page 13

…”At three o’clock that afternoon we called on Otto Dix. Miss Proells and Miss Rocco came with us. He, too, lived on the hill surrounding the sea and had a wonderful view of the mountains from his house. It was a big house, beautifully appointed and bespoke the comfortable success he reaped from his early work which told the story of his people, their hardships, and horror of war in particular. It was a fine home any artist would appreciate living in. And he should be credited with one difference from his contemporaries. He has tried to find new ways and is not content to repeat what he has done in the past. His color is new, his technique is new and his ideas are new; but whether this change is for the better, I will leave for the professional critics to say. I, personally, found one small still-life of sponges and mushrooms which I liked very much and wished to purchase. I had to be content, however, with a photograph of the picture which Mr. Dix gave me for consolation……” For more go the top of page 14

Emy Roeder work discovered in Berlin

Collection of Nazi-confiscated art uncovered in Berlin, 9 Nov. 2010

Dubbed “degenerate art” the Nazis, a collection of 11 sculptures by various German artists went missing during World War II. They are now on display at the Neues Museum in Berlin.

A collection of classical modernist sculptures has been uncovered in central Berlin, found during excavation work for an underground metro link. The 11 pieces had been missing for decades after being labeled by the Nazis as “degenerate art.”

Eight of the sculptures, some of which are damaged, have been identified as the works of German artists Otto Baum, Otto Freundlich, Karl Knappe, Marg Moll, Emy Roeder, Edwin Scharff, Gustav Heinrich Wolff and Naum Slutzky.  READ More

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Emy Roeder was a friend of Virginia Fontaine’s and sculpted a portrait in clay that was to be cast in bronze. Unfortunately due to neglected instructions, the clay head was unusable and it was never finished. To see more of Emy Roeder working see the full scrapbook page

Emy Roeder sculpting a head of Virginia Fontaine 1950

Emy Roeder sculpting a head of Virginia Fontaine 1950

The other three have not yet been identified, according to Hermann Parzinger, head of the Berlin-based Prussian Cultural Heritage Foundation.

Yvonne Hagen and Friends ” Talking of Yves”

Talking of Yves, Friendships and connections inParis, New York & London. Exhibition at England & Co gallery, London,23 June- 21 July 2010
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Yvonne Hagen, Tina Keane, Susan Hiller, Iris Clert,
N.H. Stubbing, Ralph Rumney and Yves Klein
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Talking of Yves examines some of the interconnected circles that evolved around the art critic Yvonne Hagen, beginning in Paris in the late 1950s. These intersections of social and artistic networks are mapped by their convergence around her friendships with the artist Yves Klein and the Parisian gallery director, Iris Clert.  Read More (Yvonne Hagen was a close friend to Virginia Fontaine: see references to photos or contact information@fontaine.org for more references)

The Esprit of Gestures: Hans Hartung, Informel and Its Impact

Jul 30, 2010 – Oct 10, 2010
The theme for this group exhibition was inspired by the donation (brokered by Clemens Fahnemann, Berlin) in April of this year of 213 of Hans Hartung’s printed works by the Fondation Hans Hartung & Anna-Eva Bergman in Antibes in the South of France. With this show then, Hartung’s role as a printmaker will be honoured for the first time in more than 25 years.  read more

Staatsgalerie Stuttgart Exhibits the Private Collection of Entrepreneur Max Fischer

Staatsgalerie Stuttgart Exhibits the Private Collection of Entrepreneur Max Fischer. Here is a good write up on the show. The artists that Fischer collected were the same circle as Fontaine. Includes Expressionist works on paper by Max Beckmann, Heinrich Campendonk, Otto Dix, Conrad Felixmüller and Max Pechstein, as well as Bauhaus artists Oskar Schlemmer and Lyonel Feininger among others  Read More

Lost Painting-Boy in blue with tennis racquet

Portait of Leo Fontaine by Paul Fontaine, age 16, 1929

Portrait of Leo Fontaine at age 16,by Paul Fontaine, c. 1935

This painting of a boy or young man, in a blue sweater and blue pants, holding a tennis racquet,   was last seen in the home of Leo and Lynn Fontaine, Sun Lakes (Chandler area), Arizona c. 1999. It is a portrait of Leo Fontaine at age 16 painted circa 1935, painted by Paul Fontaine age 22.   If you know of its whereabouts, please contact information@fontaine.org.

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Discovery of the month

Mary Wigman, dancer, wrote to Virginia over a period of four years as Virginia was attempting to help her regain her standing with the American press.

Virginia met Mary wigman while she was photographing, as a freelance photographer,  Mary and other dancers at the Montreux , Switzerland International Dance Congress May-Aug 1952.

Here are sample letters from between Mary Wigman and Virginia

For more see the Mary Wigman et al page in the Archive

Here are photos of the dancers