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Constable, Gainsborough, Turner and the Making of Landscape at the Royal Academy of Arts

Michael Angelo Rooker, A.R.A., The Gatehouse of Battle Abbey, Sussex, 1792. Pencil and watercolour on wove paper, 41.80 x 59.70 cm. Photo: © Royal Academy of Arts, London.
LONDON.- This December an exhibition of works by the three towering figures of English landscape painting, John Constable RA, Thomas Gainsborough RA and JMW Turner RA and their contemporaries, opened in the John Madejski Fine Rooms and the Weston Rooms. Constable, Gainsborough, Turner and the Making of Landscape explores the development of the British School of Landscape Painting through the display of 120 works of art, comprising paintings, prints, books and archival material. Since the foundation of the Royal Academy of Arts in 1768, its Members included artists who were committed to landscape painting. The exhibition draws on the Royal Academy’s Collection to underpin the shift in landscape painting during the 18th and 19th centuries. From Founder Member Thomas Gainsborough and his contemporaries Richard Wilson and Paul Sandby, to JMW Turner and John Constable, these landscape painters addressed the changing ... More

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TBILISI.- Visitors discuss at a painting of Georgian painter Niko Pirosmani Feast of five noblemen at the National gallery in Tbilisi, Georgia, Saturday, Dec. 8, 2012. The exhibition commemorates the 150th anniversary of the artist whose works are rooted in traditions of Middle Eastern Christianity and were lauded by his contemporaries as primitivist and naive. AP Photo/Shakh Aivazov.

Arte Primitivo announces auction of Tribal and pre-Columbian, Classical, Egyptian and Asian antiquities   National Endowment for the Humanities awards grant to Teenie Harris Archive at Carnegie Museum   Cleveland Museum of Natural History announces capital campaign, leadership team

Greek Apulian Bell Krater 600 BC.
NEW YORK, NY.- Arte Primitivo announced its December 12th-14th auction of Tribal and pre-Columbian Art, Classical, Egyptian and Asian Antiquities. There are over 500 lots and the auction is viewable at where one can find lot descriptions, multiple images, starting bid/reserves and any updated information. There is a printed catalog for the auction in which the first 284 lots are published. The second session, and balance of the auction, is on-line only. The entire auction, however, is held on-line. Among the highlights is the cover piece; a rare black and white painted Maya vase with Peter G. Wray provenance and publication by Justin Kerr in The Maya Vase Book. Another ex. Peter Wray Maya bowl bears a band of 13 beautifully and intricately painted hieroglyphics. Several other Maya examples are standouts, including: a plumbate vesse ... More
Charles “Teenie” Harris (American, 1908–1998), Self-portrait of Charles “Teenie” Harris in Harris Studio, c. 1940. Black-and-white negative. Heinz Family Fund. Teenie Harris Archive 2006 Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh.
PITTSBURGH, PA.- Carnegie Museum of Art announced the award of a $300,000 challenge grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities. When matched, the museum will use the funds to endow the position of archivist for the Teenie Harris Archive. The archivist will spearhead research and public access initiatives related to this important repository of African American culture. Carnegie Museum of Art has established a steering committee—led by community leaders and long-time supporters Judy Davenport, Cecile Springer, and Nancy Washington—to help raise the required 3-to-1 matching funds. Endowing the archivist position will enable the museum to continue its commitment to the archive, ... More
Design concept of the lobby for the Museum transformation project. Fentress Architects.
CLEVELAND, OH.- The Cleveland Museum of Natural History has tapped two well-known corporate leaders to serve as co-chairmen of the fundraising campaign for the transformation of the Museum's campus in University Circle. Executive Director and CEO Evalyn Gates, Ph.D., has announced that A. Chace Anderson, the Museum's board president and a partner of CM Wealth Advisors, and Museum trustee James L. Hambrick, chairman, president and CEO of The Lubrizol Corp., will direct the Museum's first significant capital fundraising campaign in its 90-year history. The funds will renovate and expand the Museum in ambitious ways envisioned by Gates and the Board of Trustees, creating a place where Museum professionals, programs and physical ... More

Austrian artist Yadegar Asisi presents 360 degree panorama of baroque Dresden   Christie's sale of masterpieces formerly in the Collection of Monsieur and Madame Riahi realises $31.9 M   Indianapolis Museum of Art premieres first major exhibition focusing on the use of graphite

Detail of an exhibition accompanying the new panorama "Dresden - Myth of the Baroque Royal Seat" by Austrian-born artist of Iranian origin Yadegar Asisi. AFP PHOTO / ARNO BURGI.
DRESDEN.- Yadegar Asisi has completed a reworked version of the 360 panorama of baroque Dresden. The new picture portrays town life and everyday happenings at court during the entire Augustan Era, from ca. 1695 to 1760. He has condensed the entire period of Dresden Baroque, depicting it in the form of a panorama. The monumental circular picture is on display at a permanent exhibition in the asisi Panometer Dresden. Why has the panorama been reworked? Asisi replies as follows: "In my eyes, a panorama is never finished. As soon as I see it in the Panometer for the first time, I begin to make a mental note of what changes I could make to it. Also, technology has developed at a tremendous pace, and this should be reflected in the quality of the picture." Yadegar Asisi used the vedutas painted by the Venetian artist ... More
6 works sell for over 1 million / 9 for over $1 million. Photo: Christie's Images Ltd 2012.
LONDON.- Christie’s evening auction of Masterpieces Formerly in The Collection of Monsieur and Madame Riahi realised 19,842,600/ $31,887,058/ € 23,022,285. The sale was 95% sold by value. The top price was paid for a magnificent ormolu-mounted Japanese lacquer secretaire--abattant, circa 1755 by Bernard II van Risen Burgh (BVRB) - which is believed to have been in the collection of Mme de Pompadour, Royal Mistress to King Louis XV of France - it sold for 3,177,250/ $5,105,841/ €3,911,195 setting a world record price for a work by BVRB at auction. Jussi Pylkkanen, President of Christie’s EMERI and auctioneer for the sale: “Christie‟s has always believed that decorative arts are the DNA of the art market, and we reiterated this belief in 2008 by pioneering the innovative platform of „The Exceptional Sale‟. Once again we have convened both new and established clients with exceptional ... More
Carl Andre, Graphite Cube Sum of Numbers, 2006. 164 graphite cubes, 4.5 x 229.5 x 40.5 in. Image courtesy of Sadie Coles HQ, London. Carl Andre/Licensed by VAGA, New York, NY.
INDIANAPOLIS, IN.- An exhibition exploring recent and innovative uses of the material graphite premiered at the Indianapolis Museum of Art this December. The first major museum exhibition to explore graphite as a medium in works beyond drawings, Graphite includes sculpture, drawing, and installation works created over the past decade—including several newly commissioned works—by emerging and established contemporary artists such as Carl Andre, Karl Haendel, Kim Jones, Robert Longo, and Geof Oppenheimer, among others. Organized by the IMA, Graphite is on view December 7, 2012, to April 7, 2013, in the museum’s June M. McCormack Forefront Galleries. Graphite is a naturally occurring mineral as well as a synthetic, industrial product that can be processed in specific ways. This exhibition brings together ... More

Christie's presents a week-long series of auctions devoted to magnificent jewels, watches, wine and design   Phillips de Pury & Co. announces highlights from its New York December Design Auctions   Japanese art exhibitions during New York's Asia Week celebrations announced

This expanded line-up of pre-holiday sales is expected to realize in excess of $50 million. Photo: Christie's Images Ltd 2012.
NEW YORK, NY.- For its final week of auctions in 2012, Christie’s New York announced Luxury Week, a bi-annual sales series devoted to Magnificent Jewels, Watches, Wine and 20th Century Design. With over 1,000 items offered across six distinct sales, December Luxury Week at Christie’s offers both new and established collectors an unrivaled opportunity to acquire items of extraordinary quality and variety. Following the success of Christie’s Luxury Week in June, which realized over $33 million, this expanded line-up of pre-holiday sales is expected to realize in excess of $50 million. Luxury Week begins Magnificent Jewels on Monday, December 10 featuring an exceedingly rare red diamond, a superb three-stone Colombian emerald ring, and a stunning 50-carat D color diamond ring by the celebrated jeweler Graff. Over 300 items of fine jewelry make up this blockbuster pre-holiday sale, with a large selection of colore ... More
Edward William Godwin, Rare and early sideboard, circa 1870. Estimate: $500,000 - 600,000. Image courtesy of Phillips de Pury & Company.
NEW YORK, NY.- Phillips de Pury & Company presents highlights from its Design Masters and Design auctions with a combined estimate of $5,000,000-7,000,000. “In our attempt to push farther back into the 20th century – and earlier into the late 19th, when appropriate – we have the pleasure of offering key works by seminal architects E.W. Godwin and Charles Rennie Mackintosh, both of whom have cast their light across 20th-century modernism.” Alexander Payne, Director and Worldwide Head, Design The Design Masters sale will comprise 50 lots. Highlights include: EDWARD WILLIAM GODWIN, Rare early sideboard, circa 1867, $500,000–600,000. Godwin was a 19th-century British architect, designer, teacher, critic, and theater producer—in short an ‘aesthetic polymath’, as author Lionel Lambourne has called him. Godwin’s progressive temperament was reflected in his willingness to embrace a ... More
Porcelain Dish with Mallow Design, Hizen ware, Nabeshima type: porcelain with underglaze blue, iron red and colored enamels. Kambun era, early 1660s. Height 1⅞ in. (4.8 cm); diameter 7⅝ in. (19.4 cm). Courtesy Sebastian Izzard LLC Asian Art.
NEW YORK, NY.- Masterworks of traditional Japanese art will be the subject of JADA 2013: An Exhibition by the Japanese Art Dealers Association from March 15 to March 20, 2013 during New York’s sprawling Asia Week events. The collaborative exhibition by members of the Japanese Art Dealers Association will bring together over 100 fine and important screens, hanging scrolls, sculptures, prints, ceramics and other works of art, from archaic pots to 20th century paintings and lacquers. “JADA’s members are pleased once again to present a full range of the dynamic and vibrant visual arts of Japan,” said Sebastian Izzard, president of the non-profit organization. “In addition to our collaborative exhibition at the Ukrainian Institute of America, several of JADA’s members and JADA affiliated galleries from Europe, Japan, and the United States ... More

Simon Lee Gallery presents an exhibition of new work by the American artist Sherrie Levine   What is Grey Exactly? The (non-)colour grey in Swiss art from the 1960s to the present   Fiona Rukschcio retapes Yoko Ono's film "Rape" for new exhibition at the Secession

Sherrie Levine, Pink Skull, 2011. Cast glass, 5 1/2 x 7 x 4 1/2 in. Edition of 12.
LONDON.- Simon Lee Gallery presents an exhibition of new work by the American artist Sherrie Levine. This body of work continues to develop the themes of reproduction, seriality and commodification, which have become the hallmarks of the artist’s practice over the past three decades. Levine has recurrently drawn on artistic antecedents to challenge the privileged status of originality which was established during the modernist era, positioning her as one of the most celebrated figures in the development of post-modernism. In this exhibition a series of twelve bronze mirrors lines the walls of the gallery, accompanied by twelve pink glass skulls displayed in vitrines. Levine refers to the ready-made by elevating a functional object of our daily routine, the mirror, to the status of artwork. Moreover, by beautifully crafting the mirror in luminous copper the artist transforms the mundane into the precious, raising ... More
Carmen Perrin, Ohne Titel, 1994. Rubber, iron wire, 183 x 230 x 45 cm. Aargauer Kunsthaus Aarau. Photo by Jrg Mller, Aarau.
AARAU.- What is Grey Exactly?, our new presentation of works from the collection, looks at the (non-)colour grey as a technical phenomenon, a carrier of meaning, or a component of a general concept. The sculptural works of Aargau artist Maia Aeschbach are central to this exhibition. Making a guest appearance in the collection, she presents her largely unknown work together with early, large-scale works on paper by Miriam Cahn, Marianne Kuhn, Klaudia Schifferle and Silvia Bchli. The line-up includes numerous works of other artists who critically reflected on the effect of grey. The collection presentation titled What is Grey Exactly? points to the deliberate use of the (non-)colour grey in Swiss art from the 1960s to the present. Works by artists such as Balthasar Burkhard, Helmut Federle, Franz Fedier, Alex Hanimann, Markus ... More
Fiona Rukschcio's retaped Rape, Secession 2012. Photo: Fiona Rukschcio.
VIENNA.- In her films, collages and projects, Fiona Rukschcio deals with the roles assigned to women, with identity construction, and with extreme emotional experiences. At the Secession, she is showing her film retaped Rape (2012) and a series of photographs documenting the making of the film, as well as photo-collages and furniture. These new works take their cue and their structure from the film Rape made by Yoko Ono and John Lennon in 1969. Rukschcio re-filmed the work, in which the cameraman pursues a young woman through London back to her apartment, recreating the same shots at the original locations, but without the woman. Rape (1969, 75 min.) is a conceptual film based on a script published by Yoko Ono in 1968: “The cameraman will chase a girl on a street with a camera persistently until he corners her in an alley, and, if possible, until she is in ... More

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Exhibition at MICA and University of the Arts honors legendary fiber artist Lenore Tawney
BALTIMORE, MD.- Maryland Institute College of Art honors Lenore Tawney H'92 (1907–2007), a leading figure in the contemporary fiber arts movement, in the multi-venue exhibition, Lenore Tawney: Wholly Unlooked For. Coordinated in conjunction with the Lenore G. Tawney Foundation, two art and design colleges display complementary aspects of Tawney's work this winter: MICA presents her line-based objects while University of the Arts in Philadelphia highlights her paper-focused pieces. The MICA exhibition, co-curated by fiber chair Piper Shepard and faculty member Susie Brandt, features approximately 30 drawings, weavings, sculptures and installations produced throughout Tawney's career, while the University of the Arts exhibition highlights Tawney's collages, drawings, books and postcards. "By presenting parallel exhibitions at MICA and the University of the ... More
Amicable settlement between auction house Lempertz and buyer of false Heinrich Campendonk painting
GENEVA.- The Artvera’s Gallery Geneva announced that finally an amicable settlement between the German auction house Lempertz and the buyer of the false Heinrich Campendonk Rotes Bild mit Pferden was signed ending thereby a harsh judicial battle generated by one of the biggest forgery cases of the 20th century. The buyer, an Artvera’s Gallery’s client, has now recovered the total amount invested in the unfortunate acquisition and is completely satisfied by the situation. This conclusion is a great victory not only for the Genevan Gallery or its client, but also for the whole art market world. The team of the young Genevan Artvera's Gallery is today really delighted and proud. It is indeed on their sagacious advice that in 2008 one of their clients, the maltese company Trasteco Ltd. which had acquired the supposed above-mentioned Campendonk, accepted that certain scientific ... More
First institutional exhibition of works by artist Cheyney Thompson opens at Kunstverein Braunschweig
BRAUNSCHWEIG.- From December 8, 2012, to February 10, 2013, the Kunstverein Braunschweig is presenting the first institutional exhibition of works by the New York-based artist Cheyney Thompson (*1975 in Baton Rouge, USA). Otherwise known for his painting, for the exhibition he produced a completely new series of works: seventeen large-format pedestal sculptures and several drawings done on a computer. For some time now, sculptural works have been shifting into the focus of his creative work and supplement his oeuvre of conceptual paintings, which have already attracted a great deal of attention in the United States. With the aid of a parametric design program, Thompson produced plans for so-called pedestal sculptures. While they are entirely different in terms of their form, they all feature exactly the same overall surface measure of 3,200 square inches. ... More
Patek Philippe dome clock by graffiti artist John "CRASH" Matos offered in Antiquorum's December auction
NEW YORK, NY- Antiquorum Auctioneers will present an extraordinary example of art and design, a one-of-a-kind Patek Philppe solar dome clock hand-painted by renowned graffiti artist, John “CRASH” Matos at its auction of “Important Modern & Vintage Timepieces” in New York on December 13th. The proceeds from the sale of this piece will be donated to the Aids Community Research Initiative of America (ACRIA). This is the first item CRASH has hand painted since he famously painted the English guitarist and singer-songwriter Eric Clapton's five guitars, one of which sold at auction for over $321,000 in 2004. The exquisite clock was first displayed along with new large scale paintings by CRASH at his exhibit “CRASH: Back on the Block” hosted by Antiquorum in their gallery space on September 12th through October 6th. Made circa 1960, this is a very fine and rare ... More
Seventh Asia Pacific Triennial opens in Queensland
BRISBANE.- A 50-metre snake skeleton by senior Chinese artist Huang Yong Ping spiralling from the ceiling of the Queensland Art Gallery to the Watermall below, and dramatic architectural installations and ceremonial masks by artists from Papua New Guinea at the Gallery of Modern Art are highlights in 'The 7th Asia Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art'. Acting Director Suhanya Raffel said APT7, which marked the twentieth anniversary of the Gallery's flagship exhibition series, was the most ambitious to date. 'When the Gallery established the APT, it sought to redefine the way audiences experience contemporary art, but no one could have foreseen just how profound this change would be, and the tremendous impact it would have on our institution,' Ms Raffel said. 'APT7 expands the Triennial's geographic scope and physical scale, with over 290 works by 75 artists and artist groups from 27 ... More
Nightfall: New tendencies in figurative painting at MODEM Centre for Modern and Contemporary Arts
By: Jane Neal
DEBRECEN.- The unique art project gathers the most famous contemporary figurative painters of the world to the exhibition halls of MODEM Centre for Modern and Contemporary Arts in Debrecen. Nightfall presents the works of the most known and most exciting contemporary figurative painters, many of the artists have never exhibited in Hungary yet. The show aims to become a leading exhibition in the country. The artworks arrive from all over the world, loaned from 9 countries, 50 galleries and private collectors. 106 works from 28 artists will be exhibited in the halls of MODEM. The evocatively titled Nightfall brings together some of the most exciting, bold and innovative figurative painters working today The exhibition's theme was inspired by a short story ... More
End may be sight for FBI's unloved Hoover building
By: Pete Yost, Associated Press
WASHINGTON (AP).- Just six blocks from the White House, the FBI's hulking headquarters overlooking Pennsylvania Avenue has long been the government building everyone loves to hate. The verdict: It's an ugly, crumbling concrete behemoth, an architectural mishap — all 2.4 million square feet of it. But in this time of tight budgets, massive deficits and the "fiscal cliff," the 38-year-old FBI headquarters building has one big thing in its favor. It sits atop very valuable real estate, an entire city block on America's Main Street, midway between the U.S. Capitol and the White House. Just how valuable? The General Services Administration intends to find out. This past week, the agency that oversees all federal buildings issued an invitation to developers: How would you ... More

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