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Mexican archaeologists find another 1,200 year-old grave at Atzompa in Oaxaca

In the sepulcher, which was found intact, they found the skeletons of two adults. Photo: LAURA MENDOZA/ INAH.
MEXICO CITY.- A pre Hispanic sepulcher of around 1200 years old, which must have belonged to a middle class Zapotecan family that worked to sustain the elite, was discovered in the Archaeological Zone of Atzompa, Oaxaca. The finding of this pre Hispanic site, opened recently for the public, was registered during the archaeological work by the National Institute of Anthropology and History (INAH – Conaculta), to safeguard the remains of an old housing site, which was estimated to be inhabited around 750 and 900 AD. This is the fourth tomb that has been found near the metropolis in Monte Alban after the discovery of a funerary complex composed of three sepulchers inside a building occupied by the elite of Atzompa earlier ... More

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BETHLEHEM.- Palestinian officials and members of the clergy follow a kart carrying a wooden carved sculpture of baby Jesus during a march through the West Bank city of Bethlehem on December 20, 2012 ahead of Christmas. The olive wood sculpture weighs about 300 kilos and measures 2,3 metres and is displayed near the Church of the Nativity, believed to be the birthplace of Jesus Christ. AFP PHOTO/MUSA AL SHAER.

RISD museum opens an exhibition of beautiful and rarely seen prints and books   Louvre cements spot as world's most-visited museum; website seen more than 11 million visitors   Guggenheim Museum in New York acquires sculpture by artist Mark Grotjahn

Jean-Michel Moreau le Jeune, After Pierre Louis Moreau-Desproux. Le Festin Royal (“The Royal Feast”), 1782. Gift of Murray S. Danforth, Jr. Museum of Art
Rhode Island School of Design, Providence, RI.
PROVIDENCE, RI.- The Museum of Art Rhode Island School of Design announces an exhibition of beautiful and rarely seen prints and books that provide a glimpse into the extravagant and awe-inspiring festivals of early modern Europe. The Festive City, drawn from the collections of the RISD Museum, the John Hay Library at Brown University, and collector Vincent J. Buonanno, opens on Friday, December 21, 2012 and is on view through Sunday, July 14, 2013. In early modern Europe (ca. 1500-ca. 1800), the papal court, sovereign powers, civic governments, and high aristocracy sponsored elaborate festivals for special occasions such as saint’s days, coronations, and royal marriages. With their magnificent presentations of ephemeral architecture and explosions of fireworks, festivals entertained and amazed their audiences. Printmakers desired the ... More
The Louvre had nearly 10 million visitors in 2012, over a million more than last year. AP Photo/Christophe Ena.
PARIS (AFP).- The Louvre said Thursday its new Islamic art wing helped cement its position as the world's most-visited museum with nearly 10 million visitors in 2012, over a million more than last year. The exact figures will be released early next year, but in the meantime the Paris museum said there was a "remarkable progression in Chinese visitors, who now figure in the top three groups (of non-French visitors) alongside Americans and Brazilians". Next came Italians and Germans, it said in a statement that noted that its website had seen more than 11 million visitors and that its Facebook page had 800,000 followers. The museum's new wing of Islamic art, with about 3,000 precious works from the seventh to the 19th centuries, opened to the public in September and since then has attracted 650,000 visitors. Costing nearly 100 million euros ($131 million), it is funded by the French government and supported by endowments from Saudi Arabia, Morocco, Kuwait, Oman and Azerbaijan. ... More
Mark Grotjahn, Untitled (Ten Dollar Foxes, White on Red Mask M14.d), 2012. Painted bronze, 60.3 x 25.4 x 43.5 cm Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, Purchase with gifted funds, 2012 Mark Grotjahn. Photo: Douglas M. Parker Studio, courtesy Gagosian Gallery.
NEW YORK, NY.- The Guggenheim recently acquired Mark Grotjahn’s Untitled (Ten Dollar Foxes, White on Red Mask M14.d) (2012), a bronze sculpture cast from one in a series of cardboard masks the artist created over the past decade. The work offers a formal counterpoint to the painting by Grotjahn in the Guggenheim’s collection, Untitled (Blue Painting Light to Dark X) (2006), demonstrating how this important contemporary artist engages in different mediums and expanding the museum’s holdings of his work. Grotjahn has become widely recognized for his “butterfly” paintings, which experiment with one-point perspective, a technique developed in the Renaissance to create an illusion of depth, but which Grotjahn sets slightly askew to create paintings that combine ... More

Collection of paintings recording life behind the German trenches during World War I to go on sale   MoMA presents Christian Marclay's groundbreaking video installation "The Clock"   The Playmate as fine art: Seven contemporary artists interpret Playboy's iconic centerfold

The works chronicle the daily life in the sector both before the cataclysmic 1 July 1916 and after.
LONDON.- In response to the interest in the First World War generated by the forthcoming Centenary, Abbott and Holder will be featuring a collection of approximately 60 paintings in ink, watercolour and gouache painted by Albert Heim (b.1890) to record life in and behind the German trenches on the Somme near Thiepval on either side of the great Allied offensive on 1 July, 1916. Heim who had trained as an artist and illustrator at the Stuttgart School of Applied Arts, was serving in the Wurtemburger 51st Reserve Division and was given this commission by his senior officer Lieutenant General Theodor von Wundt (1858-1929). The works chronicle the daily life in the sector both before the cataclysmic 1 July 1916 and after. Quite different in technique and approach to British work from that date they are also, one could argue, marked by a particularly Germanic sense of humour and ‘take’ on the situation. ... More
Christian Marclay. Detail of The Clock. 2010. Single-channel video with sound, 24 hours. Christian Marclay. Courtesy Paula Cooper Gallery, New York.
NEW YORK, NY.- The Museum of Modern Art presents Christian Marclay’s groundbreaking video installation The Clock (2010), from December 21, 2012, to January 21, 2013. Winner of the Golden Lion award at the 2011 Venice Biennale, The Clock is a cinematic tour de force that unfolds on the screen in real time through thousands of film excerpts that form a 24-hour montage. Appropriated from the last 100 years of cinema’s rich history, the film clips chronicle the hours and minutes of the 24-hour period, often by displaying a watch or clock. From the legendary to the obscure, The Clock incorporates scenes of car chases, board rooms, emergency wards, bank heists, trysts, high noon shootouts, detective dramas, and silent comedies. Christian Marclay—The Clock is being shown in the Museum’s Contemporary Galleries during public hours throughout its run, and is free with Museum admission. ... More
Ryan McGinness’ contribution—a digital vector drawing entitled Heather Knox, Playmate, Miss January 2012.
NEW YORK, NY.- For more than half a century, Playboy has explored the female body as a work of art. The January/February 2013 issue of Playboy reveals how the magazine’s pictorials have influenced artists (issue on newsstands and Tuesday, December 18). The Playmate as Fine Art features compelling pieces from today’s leading contemporary artists interpreting the Centerfold on their own terms. No conditions were set, nor specific Playmates mandated. Cindy Sherman is counted among the most influential artists of the last half century. The photographs she contributed to Playboy, Untitled #264 and Untitled #261, are jarringly provocative. In stark contrast to Sherman’s explicit photographs, Ryan McGinness’ contribution—a digital vector drawing entitled Heather Knox, Playmate, Miss January 2012—has a graphic-art feel. His work is ... More

Vancouver Art Gallery announces major donation of photographs by Robert Frank and Charles Gagnon   Christie's New York announces it will offer over 400 lots during Americana Week in January 2013   Bonhams in London appoints Matthew Haley as Head of Books, Maps and Manuscripts

Robert Frank, Parade, Hoboken, NJ, 1955 (detail). Silver gelatin print, Collection of the Vancouver Art Gallery , Gift of Claudia Beck and Andrew Gruft.
VANCOUVER, BC.- Robert Frank’s historic photograph Parade, Hoboken , New Jersey (1955) is part of a major group of artworks donated recently to the Vancouver Art Gallery . Other new acquisitions include more than one hundred photographs by Canadian artist Charles Gagnon, a significant collection of works by Myfanwy Macleod, and a number of other art works. Vancouver art patrons Andrew Gruft and Claudia Beck donated the famed Frank photograph, along with photographs by artists Greg Girard, Rodney Graham, Erich Salomon, and Aaron Siskind, among many others. Mr. Gruft and Ms. Beck have been enormously generous to the Gallery over many years and have played a prominent role in developing the Gallery’s collection of historical and modern photography. The Frank photograph, a seminal work in the landmark series of photographs called The Americans, is a huge asset to the Gallery’s already esteemed collection. ... More
The bureau table is known to have furnished the Pell House in New York State’s Tuxedo Park. Photo: Christie's Images Ltd 2012.
NEW YORK, NY.- Christie's announces Americana Week 2013, a series of public viewings and sales devoted to fine and rare examples of American artistry and craftsmanship. Included in the week are sales of Important American Silver (January 24), Important American Furniture, Folk Art and Prints (January 25), English Pottery (January 28) and Chinese Export Art (January 28). The Americana series of sales will offer over 400 lots, including a number of rare survivals from the 18th and 19th century and many works never before offered at auction. Christie’s announced the sale of Important American Silver as the first auction in the Americana Week series. Leading the sale is an extraordinary and rare silver tea pot by patriot and silversmith Paul Revere, Boston, circa 1782 (estimate: $150,000-250,000). This drum-form teapot is fashioned in a classical style, typical of the early Federal period and one of the examples of Reve ... More
Matthew is an experienced specialist with knowledge of European and North American markets for books, manuscripts, historical photographs, and space history artifacts. Photo: Bonhams.
LONDON.- Matthew Haley has been appointed Head of Books, Maps and Manuscripts UK by Bonhams, the international fine art and antiques auction house. He has been based in New York for the past four years as a specialist in fine books but will now move back to the UK to take over the running of the London department. Matthew is an experienced specialist with knowledge of European and North American markets for books, manuscripts, historical photographs, and space history artifacts. Bonhams CEO for UK & Europe, Matthew Girling, comments: “We are delighted to have Matthew return to London to head this important department. It is always pleasing to have such a superbly qualified internal appointment. Matthew’s drive, expertise and entrepreneurial flair will help to build significantly on the success of the Bonhams Books, Maps and Manuscripts operation internationally.” After ... More

Anonymous benefactor buys Frank Lloyd Wright-designed 1950s home in Phoenix   $66 million Thomas Kinkade estate dispute secretly settled by wife and girlfriend of artist   Rare watch by George Daniels sets new world auction record at £1.7 million Bonhams sale

This home designed by noted architect Frank Lloyd Wright had been threatened with demolition. AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin.
By: Paul Davenport, Associated Press
DALLAS, TX.- An anonymous benefactor has purchased and wants to preserve a Frank Lloyd Wright-designed home in Phoenix that had been threatened with demotion, a real estate broker, city officials and a preservationist group said Thursday in separate announcements. Wright designed the 1950s home for his son and daughter-in-law. It was twice sold in recent years, and preservationists objected last summer when they learned a development company planned to demolish the home in order to split the property. The Chicago-based Frank Lloyd Wright Building Conservancy said the new buyer wants to remain anonymous. The property was purchased through a corporation that will transfer it to a not-for-profit organization, which will restore, maintain and operate the home for educational purposes, the conservancy said. The purchase ... More
File photo of Amy Pinto-Walsh, girlfriend of artist Thomas Kinkade, leaving a San Jose, Calif., courthouse. AP Photo/Paul Sakuma.
SAN JOSE (AP).- Thomas Kinkade's widow and girlfriend have reached a settlement after a dispute over the late artist's $66 million estate, their attorneys said Wednesday. The San Jose Mercury News reports ( ) that counsel for Nanette Kinkade and his girlfriend Amy Pinto announced the settlement but wouldn't provide further details, leaving it unclear who will inherit Kinkade's San Francisco Bay area mansion and his warehouse of paintings. In a statement, they said the women kept Kinkade's message of "love, spirituality and optimism" in their amicable resolution. The dispute went public after the 54-year-old artist died April 6 from an accidental overdose of alcohol and prescription tranquilizers. Pinto, who began dating Kinkade six months after his marriage of 28 years imploded, claimed Kinkade wrote two notes bequeathing her his mansion and $10 million to establish a museum of his paintings. Her lawyers filed court papers stating that she and Kinkade had pla ... More
Dr Daniels (1926 – 2011) was one of few modern watchmakers who could conceive, design and hand-make a complete watch from a blank sheet of paper to finished, ticking timepiece. Photo: Bonhams.
LONDON.- The final sale of the Bonhams 2012 UK auction season was a resounding success, with several records broken on the way to a 1.7 million total. The Fine Watches and Wristwatches auction in New Bond Street, London, on Tuesday 18th December recorded the most registered bidders for a Bonhams watch auction, and one of the highest numbers of live internet bidder registrations of any Bonhams sale. Some 237 lots sold for a combined total of 1,747,100. Leading the way was a very fine and rare 18ct automatic calendar centre seconds wristwatch made by celebrated watchmaker George Daniels that was one of only seven made in white gold. Made in 2000, its sale for 157,250 at Bonhams on Tuesday set a new world auction record for a Millennium watch. Dr Daniels (1926 – 2011) was one of few modern watchmakers who could conceive, design and hand-make a complete watch from ... More

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Cant' afford art? Why not barter? Art4Barter holds twelfth exhibition this weekend
PHILADELPHIA, PA.- This is the twelfth exhibition of the Art4Barter project and the first one with global artists. What is Art4Barter? Bartering may be the answer to bail us out of our current crisis. Although artists have historically been bartering as much as possible it is more relevant now than ever before. It can provide a solution to survival for so many of us and create a new vision for society. The artists are from diverse backgrounds, and will present their works for barter. No works shall be sold for money but rather for services and goods. The exact service or good that the artist requires will be on the label next to their art. For example, if an artist were to ask for dental work or other medical procedures in exchange for their art, or for a studio to work in, etc., it will give the community an opportunity to barter for those items that are missing from the artists’ lives. The i ... More
Smithsonian's National Museum of the American Indian launches new website for students
NEW YORK, NY.- The National Museum of the American Indian’s George Gustav Heye Center has launched “Culture Quest,” a website designed specifically for students and educators. Developed by the museum’s education department in collaboration with New York-area public school teachers for grades 4-8, this new website brings the museum’s collection into classrooms and encourages students and educators to connect and engage with the museum, whether or not they are able to visit on-site. Culture Quest is accessible on the museum’s website, and it is available free of charge on DVD to educators by request. Culture Quest focuses on the permanent exhibition, “Infinity of Nations: Art and History in the Collection of the National Museum of the American Indian,” on view at the Heye Center in New York City. The exhibition encompasses Native cultures, traditions ... More
America's signature for freedom series fountain pens lead Bonhams Fine Writing Instruments Sale
SAN FRANCISCO, CA.- Bonhams announced its last sale of the year in San Francisco, the December 19 auction of Fine Writing Instruments, realized a successful result of $781,263. The 430-lot auction was well attended with nearly 90% of lots sold. At the top of the auction’s lots was a Montblanc America's Signatures for Freedom Series Limited Edition 50 Fountain Pen, in honor of former US president George Washington. The limited edition pen was the first in a series honoring America's presidents, and it sold for $25,000, at the high-end of its presale estimate of $20,000-25,000. Highlights from the America's Signatures for Freedom Series continued on with the sales of editions honoring James Madison and John Adams, which took in $22,500 and $17,500, respectively. Leading lots of the auction continued with a Montblanc Fortune Number 88 Limited Edition Fountain Pen, sold for $23,750 ... More
'Raiders of the Lost Ark' package mystery solved
By: Don Babwin, Associated Press
CHICAGO (AP).- First, there was "Raiders of the Lost Ark." Now, there's "Mailers of the Lost Package." Days after the University of Chicago announced it had received a replica of the journal from the film "Raiders of the Lost Ark," the school says it has solved an international mystery with its roots in Guam. A few weeks ago, a journal addressed to one Henry Walton Jones, Jr. — the given name of Hollywood's Indiana Jones — was placed inside another package and mailed from Guam to Italy, where someone had bought it on eBay. But the smaller package fell out and was spotted by a U.S. postal worker, who saw it was addressed to Jones at the University of Chicago. The worker added the Chicago zip code and sent it on its way. Upon its arrival at the school's ... More
Greenpeace protest at Louvre targets French airport project
PARIS (AFP).- Greenpeace activists covered one side of the Louvre's iconic glass pyramid with a large banner on Thursday to denounce a new French airport project on protected swampland which they said should be a "museum relic". The planned airport north of Nantes, scheduled to replace its current airport in 2017, is a pet project of Prime Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault. The Greens and other politicians have denounced the plan for environmental reasons. But Ayrault, who was the western city's mayor from 1989 until this year, says it will spell economic regeneration for the region. "The Notre-Dame des Landes airport's rightful place is in a museum," said the triangular banner, which covered one face of the pyramid on the courtyard of the world's most famous museum. "For us, the project is one that comes from the past," said Greenpeace activist Sebastien Blavier. "It's a useless project, ... More
Jackson glove sells for record-breaking $200K
LOS ANGELES (AFP).- One of Michael Jackson's iconic single gloves sold for nearly $200,000 this week in Los Angeles, an auction house said Thursday. At $199,069, the Swarovski-crystal-encrusted glove earned the record for the highest price fetched for memorabilia from the late King of Pop, the Nate D. Sanders auction house said. The autographs and memorabilia specialty seller said Jackson wore this black glove, a departure for the singer who had previously sported white ones, at the 1984 American Music Awards, when he was honored for "Thriller," still the best-selling album of all time. The megastar had originally given the glove to a terminally ill boy during a visit arranged by a charity organization. It was accompanied by a book with three Jackson autographs and an inscription that reads "My original glove, love, MJ." The auction house did not specify who the buyer was. In 2010, ... More
Early Colt revolver brings $284,410 in $1.8+ million Heritage Arms & Armor event
DALLAS, TX.- One of the first 150 civilian Colt single action revolvers ever produced brought $284,410 to lead Heritage Auctions' $1.8+ million Arms & Armor Signature Auction on Dec. 9. More than 1,100 bidders competed for Colt rarities ranging from an exceptional 1860 Army percussion revolver, which brought $131,450, to an 1862 police percussion revolver, which sold for $41,825, and an exceptional cased Colt Model 1855, which surpassed its high estimate to sell for $33,460. By far the most anticipated grouping of the day was related to the late Texas Ranger Senior Captain Clint Peoples, whose personally owned firearms and memorabilia sold for $118,000+, including a pair of custom U.S. Model 1911 Ithaca semi-automatic silver appliqud pistols purchased by a floor bidder for $35,850 and a custom pair of Smith & Wesson double action revolvers, which ... More

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