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Video art pioneer Nam June Paik stars in Smithsonian American Art Museum exhibition

The artwork and ideas of Nam June Paik were a major influence on late 20th-century art and continue to inspire a new generation of artists. “Nam June Paik: Global Visionary” offers an unprecedented view into the artist’s creative method by featuring key artworks that convey Paik’s extraordinary accomplishments as a major international artist as well as material drawn from the Nam June Paik Archive.
WASHINGTON (AFP).- He's famously known as the father of video art, but an exhibition that opened Thursday in Washington promises a wide-angle view of the life and work of the late Nam June Paik. "Nam June Paik: Global Visionary," at the Smithsonian American Art Museum until August 11, brings together 67 artworks and more than 140 items from the South Korean-born artist's archive, which was gifted to the museum in 2009. "He was the first who truly grasped the way television would transform everything in our world," said museum director Elizabeth Broun, who called Paik a Picasso-like "center of gravity" for late 20th century contemporary art. "The exhibition gives viewers the opportunity to experience a full portrait of the artist, and also recognizes Paik's desire to astonish through a playful aesthetic," added curator John Hanhardt. ... More

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AMSTERDAM.- An employee hangs a reproduction of a painting by Rembrandt in the Magna Plaza, in Amsterdam, the Netherlands, on December 13, 2012. From 26 December reproductions of all paintings of the Dutch painter will be displayed in the shopping-centre. AFP PHOTO/ ADE JOHNSON.

Yoko Ono picks up German human rights prize at Berlin's Checkpoint Charlie Museum   Exhibition of works from the D.Daskalopoulos Collection opens in Edinburgh   A masterpiece by Sandro Botticelli previously owned by the Rockefeller family will be exhibited in Russia

Japanese-US artist Yoko Ono attends the award ceremony of the Rainer Hildebrandt Medal for Non-Violent Commitment to human Rights in Berlin on December 14, 2012. AFP PHOTO / JOHANNES EISELE.
BERLIN (AFP).- Yoko Ono on Friday accepted a German human rights prize for peace activism with her late husband, Beatle John Lennon, as well as her more recent work championing equality for women and gays. Ono, who will turn 80 in February, picked up the Rainer Hildebrandt Medal at Berlin's Checkpoint Charlie Museum next to the former Cold War border crossing. Wearing a black top hat and trouser suit, she gave a two-fingered peace sign as she thanked the jury. "I'm very honoured to get this award and I will consider this award as an encouragement to do more work in humanitarian causes," she said. Hildebrandt, who died in 2004, founded the museum to document daring attempts by East Germans living under communism to escape over the Berlin Wall and in protest against the regime's shoot-to-kill policies. His widow Alexandra handed Ono the prize, ... More
Pablo Picasso, Nu Assis, 1969. Oil on Canvas, 130 x 89 cm. Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art. On loan from a private collection.
EDINBURGH.- The Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art announces a major exhibition bringing together works from the D.Daskalopoulos Collection, one of the most important collections of contemporary art with major works from the Scottish national collection. This innovative exhibition, curated by Keith Hartley, Chief Curator at the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art, comprises over 120 works and will create a new and dynamic context for both collections. Amongst the common themes that run through the extensive holdings of the D.Daskalopoulos Collection, the notion of the body as a source of creativity and the vessel of existential, social and ideological struggle is a compelling and repeatedly examined motif. This exhibition offers a unique opportunity to explore the many and varied approaches that artists have taken across several decades when dealing with this most fundamental of subjects. The idea of the bod ... More
Alessandro Filipepi, called Sandro Botticelli, The Madonna and Child with the Young Saint John the Baptist. Tempera, oil and gold on panel / 46.3 x 36.8 cm. Estimate: $5,000,000–7,000,000. Photo: Christie's Images Ltd 2012.
MOSCOW.- Christie’s will present a very special selection of Italian Renaissance masterpieces at its pre-sale preview at the Moscow World Fine Art Fair from 13 to 18 December. A stunning display of works created by the most famous artists of the Florentine and Venetian schools will be on view for the first time in Russia. The overall estimate of the paintings brought to Moscow, is expected to realise in the region of $30 million. Following the Moscow World Fine Art Fair these works will be part of the Renaissance auction to be held in New York, 30 January 2013. Renaissance, a curated sale devoted to the artistic traditions that flourished in Europe from 1300 to 1600, will highlight New York’s Old Masters Week in January 2013. Amongst the star attractions of the Moscow preview and Renaissance sale is Sandro Botticelli’s Madonna and Child with the Young ... More

Norwegian artist Matias Faldbakken opens exhibition at Wiels Contemporary art centre in Brussels   Buhl Collection brings $12.3M - Highest ever total for a private collection of photos sold at auction   Smithsonian exhibition parallels the 1863 emancipation of slaves with the 1963 March on Washington

Installation view of Matias Faldbakken, PORTRAIT PORTRAIT OF OF A A GENERATION GENERATION,
Office for Contemporary Art Norway, 29 March–23 June 2012. Photo: OCA/Vegard Kleven.
By: Marta Kuzma
BRUSSELS.- This solo exhibition reflects Norwegian artist Matias Faldbakken’s ongoing interest in transforming the existing languages of form that emerge from particular periods in modernism. For this unusual project, Faldbakken has sourced iconic Norwegian sculptures of the 20th century to carry out condoned acts of vandalism, destructuring the works of renowed artists Arnold Haukeland and Gustav Vigeland - who’s works veer towards aerodynamic abstraction or minimalistic utopia - as examples of a modernist commit- ment to universal signs. By filling up these forms with new content - wodka - Faldbakken is working through his former processes around bureaucratic vandalism, he’s altering the original material in order to arrive at new meaning. At every level of his practice ... More
Herbert Bayer, Lonely Metropolitan, 1932. Estimate: $300,000 - 500,000. Sold for: $1,482,500 (920,807). Photo: Sotheby's.
NEW YORK, NY.- Yesterday at Sotheby’s, the sale A Show Of Hands: Photographs from The Collection of Henry Buhl concluded, bringing a total of $12,318,704, exceeding the pre-sale estimate of $8.1/12.2 million*. The total is the third highest for a single-owner collection of photographs and the highest ever for a private collection of photographs. Following today’s result, all of the seven highest single-owner auctions in this category have been held at Sotheby’s. These include Important Photographs from The Metropolitan Museum of Art, including Works from The Gilman Paper Company Collection in 2006, which holds the record for an institutional photographs collection; and Photographs from The Polaroid Collection, which realized the highest total for a corporate collection of photographs in 2010. Denise Bethel, Head of Sotheby’s Photographs Department commented: “The exceptional result of this sale is a t ... More
Top hat worn by Abraham Lincoln the night he was shot. Photo: Richard Strauss, Smithsonian.
WASHINGTON, DC.- At the March on Washington Aug. 28, 1963, Martin Luther King Jr. began his speech by declaring, “Five score years ago, a great American, in whose symbolic shadow we stand, signed the Emancipation Proclamation. This momentous decree came as a great beacon light of hope to millions of Negro slaves who had been seared in the flames of withering injustice. It came as a joyous daybreak to end the long night of captivity….In a sense we have come to our nation’s capital to cash a check.” In 2013 the U.S. commemorates two events that changed the course of the nation—the 1863 Emancipation Proclamation and the 1963 March on Washington. Standing as milestone moments in American history, these achievements were the culmination of decades of struggles by individuals—both famous and unknown—who believed in the American promise that this nation was dedicated to the proposition that “all men are created ... More

Film in Space: An exhibition of film and expanded cinema selected by Guy Sherwin opens at Camden Arts Centre   Stedelijk Museum presents first comprehensive Mike Kelley exhibition in two decades   Six weeks after, New York City artists seek help to scrub away superstorm Sandy's stains

Work by Dan Hayes.
LONDON.- A new group exhibition Film in Space selected by British artist filmmaker Guy Sherwin (b.1948) focuses on expanded cinema, a film movement which came to prominence in Britain in the early 1970s. The movement was closely associated with the London Film-Makers’ Co-operative, an organisation based in North London and set up in 1966 by artist-filmmakers to exhibit and produce experimental film work that challenged mainstream cinema. Sherwin worked at the LFMC in its early years and was strongly influenced by the films he experienced. Key works from this period will be shown along with pieces by younger artists who are continuing to experiment with the versatility of analogue media, as well as others who have started to take on board the advent of digital technologies. Throughout the exhibition there is an emphasis on film, light and sound as material to be constantly re-worked and manipulated. Film in Space runs at ... More
Mike Kelley, Banana Man Costume, 1981. Lifesize. Photo: Courtesy Mike Kelley Foundation for the Arts.
AMSTERDAM.- Widely acknowledged as an artist who defined his era, Mike Kelley (1954–2012) created a stunning and protean legacy that encompasses painting, sculpture, works on paper, installation, performance, music, video, photography, collaborative works and critical texts. In the largest exhibition of his work ever organized—and the first comprehensive survey attempted since 1993—the Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam presentation of Mike Kelley will bring together over 200 works, spanning the artist’s 35-year career, on view December 15, 2012, through April 1, 2013. The first major international traveling exhibition to be organized and presented by the Stedelijk since its expansion and renovation, Mike Kelley will subsequently travel to the Centre Pompidou, Paris (May 2–August 5, 2013), MoMA PS1, New York (October 7, 2013–January 5, 2014) and the Museum of Contemporary Art, ... More
John Gordon Gauld, an artist who lost paintings during superstorm Sandy, moves a painting out of his Red Hook studio. AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews.
By: Ula Ilnytzky, Associated Press
NEW YORK (AP).- Superstorm Sandy was not kind to the arts community. It not only upended paintings, equipment, tools and paper, turning them into tangled and soggy heaps, but also the livelihoods of hundreds of artists who have helped make the New York area a dynamic art capital. Six weeks after Sandy, Pier Glass, a studio of four glass blowers on an old pier in the Red Hook section of Brooklyn, remains without power. Corrosive salt water destroyed its furnace, scattered grinding and polishing tools, shattered glass, and destroyed historic prints. It had also seen some water in last year's Tropical Storm Irene, but nothing like this. "With Irene we had a few inches," said Mary Ellen Buxton-Kutch, one of its glass artists. "That you can handle. We ... More

Rachel Whiteread's Tree of Life voted best loved work of art of 2012 in a poll of museum goers   The Greensboro Collection, Part II, headlines Heritage's FUN Event, first major U.S. coins auction of 2013   Smithsonian scientists find that for every mammal species, the rainforest holds 300 Arthropod species

Featuring clusters of leaves, cast in bronze and plated in gold leaf, Tree of Life covers the sculptural faade of the Whitechapel Gallery.
LONDON.- Rachel Whiteread’s glittering frieze Tree of Life has been voted the favourite work of art supported by the Art Fund in 2012, in a poll of museum goers. Featuring clusters of leaves, cast in bronze and plated in gold leaf, Tree of Life covers the sculptural faade of the Whitechapel Gallery in East London and was commissioned as part of 2012’s Cultural Olympiad. The Art Fund supported the commission with a 20,000 grant. The work was inspired by both the Tree of Life, an Arts and Crafts motif adorning the gallery's towers, and 'Hackney weed', the urban plants that grow on buildings in the area. The poll, which received nearly 4,000 votes, offered Art Fund supporters a chance to choose their favourite from a list of 16 works supported in 2012 by the national fundraising charity for art. Voted in second place is Titian’s Diana and ... More
An 1803 "novodel" Bust dollar, PR66 PCGS.
ORLANDO, FL.- An 1803 "novodel" Bust dollar, PR66 PCGS, one of only four known to exist, is among the most noteworthy lots in Heritage's U.S. Coin Signature auction, part of the Official Auctions of the Florida United Numismatists convention, Jan. 9-13 in Orlando. "Our January auctions in association with FUN have been an annual tradition since 1996, and this year's event proves our relationship is stronger than ever," said Greg Rohan, President of Heritage Auctions. "For the first time, our Platinum Night™ session includes U.S. currency as well as coins, bringing the best of both categories together for one special session." The Greensboro Collection, Part II continues Heritage's offering of a major collection with a concentration on proof minor and silver coinage. Part I, focused on proof dimes and quarters, helped drive the company's October U.S. Coins auction, the Official Auction of the ANA National Money ShowSM in Dalla ... More
Arachnoscelis magnifica, Tettigoniidae, in the San Lorenzo forest. Photo: Maurice Leponce Laboratory, Copyright: Royal Belgian Institute of Natural Sciences.
WASHINGTON, DC.- A new study from the rainforests of Panama provides an unprecedented level of detail regarding the diversity and distribution of arthropod species from the soil to the forest canopy. Yves Basset, scientific coordinator of the Center for Tropical Forest Science’s Arthropod Initiative at the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute, led an international team to sample, sort, catalog and estimate that a 23-square-mile forest reserve hosts a total of around 25,000 arthropod species—a figure vastly outnumbering that of better-studied organisms. The study is published online in the Dec. 13 issue of the journal Science. Most multicellular species on Earth are arthropods (invertebrate animals with exoskeletons, such as insects, spiders and mites) living in tropical forests. Yet, given the difficulties involved in tallying them, ... More

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Invisible Exports announces the New York solo debut of work and objects by Bob Mizer
NEW YORK, NY.- Most widely known as a photographer-filmmaker, independent publisher, and mid-century iconoclast, Bob Mizer (1922-1992) was an erotic auteur and a lyrical chronicler of the pre-Stonewall demimonde. In his meticulously staged idiosyncratic private work, Mizer revealed himself as a conscientious artist of intimacy and depth, a visionary stylist of the male-on-male gaze as it was refracted through a culture suffused with masculine iconography, which yet stymied and redirected the vectors of desire. The objects and photographs here show Mizer to be the progenitor of a new kind of devotional work that honors the kaleidoscopic typology of desire in the final stages of the underground era, while approaching it simultaneously as an improvised and mesmerizing ethnography. Mizer founded the Athletic Model Guild studio in 1945 when American censorship laws permitted women, but ... More
Global Philatelic Library celebrates success and expansion
WASHINGTON, DC.- The Global Philatelic Library has become a world-wide success as an international philatelic venture. The global-free access to philatelic research from partner libraries has established the library as one of the most significant philatelic developments to have ever taken place. The Smithsonian’s National Postal Museum hosted a celebration event this month to recognize Alan Holyoake, whose leadership helped spearhead the initiative, and the founding partners—Smithsonian’s National Postal Museum and Smithsonian Libraries in Washington, D.C., the Royal Philatelic Society London and the American Philatelic Research Library and the American Philatelic Society in Bellefonte, Pa. A total of 19 global philatelic libraries are now participating in the project, contributing more than three-quarters of a million philatelic records. Officially launched June 1, the Global ... More
Aspen Art Museum announces $2.5 million gift establishing Nancy and Bob Magoon CEO position
ASPEN, CO.- The Aspen Art Museum announced a $2,500,000 single-donor gift made by longtime AAM supporters Nancy and Bob Magoon to endow, in perpetuity, the “Nancy and Bob Magoon CEO and Director.” This landmark $2.5 million dollar endowment—which establishes the first endowed directorship position created within the institution in its 33-year history—is in addition to the couple’s generous $500,000 gift made toward the capital campaign to construct the New Aspen Art Museum facility currently underway in downtown Aspen. Dr. and Mrs. Magoon serve as members of the AAM National Council and Mrs. Magoon currently serves on the AAM Board of Trustees. Mrs. Magoon served as Board President from 2006 to 2009. Under her leadership, the AAM embarked on its current $60,000,000 Capital and Endowment Campaign. Heidi Zuckerman Jacobson will immediately ... More
SFMOMA announces 2012 SECA Art Award winners
SAN FRANCISCO, CA.- The San Francisco Museum of Modern Art today announced that Zarouhie Abdalian, Josh Faught, Jonn Herschend, and David Wilson are the recipients of the 2012 SECA Art Award. Established in 1967, this biennial award honors individual achievements of Bay Area artists through an exhibition, an accompanying publication, and an honorarium. The award is sponsored by the Society for the Encouragement of Contemporary Art (SECA), an SFMOMA art interest group, and is intended to support artists who are working at a high level but have not yet received substantial museum recognition. The SECA Art Award has been a cornerstone of SFMOMA's commitment to Bay Area artists, often introducing local talents to the museum's wide audience, and offering a focused look at contemporary art being made in the region. The exhibition for this year's awardees will ... More
No bidder found for letters by 'Peanuts' creator
NEW YORK (AP).- A rare archive of letters and drawings by "Peanuts" creator Charles Schulz did not find a buyer at a New York City auction. Sotheby's has estimated that the letters would sell for $250,000 to $350,000 at Friday's sale. The cartoonist wrote the affectionate letters to a young woman in 1970-1971. The 44 letters included 22 original drawings of some of the comic strip's characters, including Charlie Brown, Snoopy and Lucy. Sotheby's called it the most significant collection of correspondence and drawings by Schulz to come to auction. On 16 March 1970, 25-year-old Tracey Claudius accompanied a friend on an interview with Charles Schulz. Schulz, who was 48 and almost between his two marriages – he was growing distant from his first wife, and they would divorce in 1972 – was immediately smitten. Within a few weeks, the two had gone ice-skating, met at a book store ... More
'Casablanca' piano sells in NY for more than $600K
NEW YORK (AP).- The piano used for the song "As Times Goes By" in the classic 1942 film "Casablanca" has fetched more than $600,000 at auction. The 58-key upright was sold to an unidentified buyer for $602,500 at Sotheby's New York on Friday. Its pre-sale estimate was up to $1.2 million. It was offered by a Japanese collector on the film's 70th anniversary. The collector purchased the movie prop at a Sotheby's auction in 1988 for $154,000. Humphrey Bogart played Rick Blaine in the Oscar-winning World War II love story, opposite Ingrid Bergman's character, Ilsa Lund. In a famous flashback scene, Rick and Ilsa lean on the piano at a Paris bistro. Sam, played by Dooley Wilson, plays and sings. They toast as Rick says: "Here's looking at you, kid." ... More

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