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Field Museum cutting staff, overhauling operations and limiting the scope of its research

This May 17, 2000 file photo shows Sue, the largest and most complete Tyrannosaurus rex skeleton ever found, on public display at the Field Museum of Natural History in Chicago. The renowned Field Museum, a major center of global scientific research, announced Tuesday, Dec. 18, 2012 plans to cut staff, overhaul operations and limit the scope of its research because of a high debt load and recession. AP Photo/M. Spencer Green,File.
CHICAGO (AP).- Chicago's renowned Field Museum, a major center of global scientific research, has announced plans to cut staff, overhaul operations and limit the scope of its research because of a high debt load and the recession. The natural history museum might also change hours of operation and raise admission prices for special exhibits at one of the city's best-known cultural attractions, museum officials said Tuesday. The Field Museum is known for its research into plants and animals and impressive collections, including Sue, the world's largest and best-preserved Tyrannosaurus rex. The Field's cost-cutting measures will be an opportunity to refocus the mission of the museum, which was founded in 1893, officials said. They hope to cut $5 million in costs and increase the museum's endowment by $100 million. Museum staff and board members will work on a plan between now and July 1. The staff cuts will be aimed at curators and scientists. The museum will also focus more on it ... More

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ROME.- Mexican artist Javier Marin poses next to his sculptures during the opening of his De 3 en 3 exhibition in the Romes Macro Testaccio museum on December 19, 2012. De 3 en 3 is running from December 20 to February 2, 2013. AFP PHOTO / VINCENZO PINTO.

Christie's announces auction marking the first half century of the popular and luxurious interiors shop Guinevere   'Breakfast at Tiffany's' among 25 selections added to United States film registry   Rembrandt masterpiece "Portrait of Catrina Hooghsaet" back on display at National Museum Cardiff

Buddha and sputnik lamps. Photo: Christie's Images Ltd 2012.
LONDON.- Christie's has been entrusted with Guinevere - Celebrating Fifty Years, an anniversary auction marking the first half a century of the popular and luxurious interiors shop, to be held in the South Kensington saleroom on 19 March 2013. Originally founded by French hat designer Genevieve Weaver in 1963, and now owned by her two sons Kevin and Marc, Guinevere Antiques remains a very personal, family-run business with a famous shop-front spanning the length of four shops. The eclectic mix of styles and eras showcased throughout the extensive premises on the Kings Road, London reflects the taste of the brothers who travel the world collecting fascinating objects and dcor. Famous faces sometimes found browsing the rooms include the likes of Valentino, Gwyneth Paltrow, Jade Jagger, Nina Campbell, and Sir David Tang. The auction will comprise around 450 lots of unique and unusual decorative objects, furniture, lighting, fa ... More
Audrey Hepburn is shown in a scene from "Breakfast at Tiffany's." AP Photo/Paramount Pictures.
By: Brett Zongker, Associated Press
WASHINGTON (AP).- "Breakfast at Tiffany's," ''Dirty Harry" and "A League of Their Own" will be preserved for their enduring significance in American culture by the Library of Congress, along with "A Christmas Story" and some pioneering sports movies. They are among 25 selections the library is inducting Wednesday into the National Film Registry. Congress created the program in 1989 to preserve films for their cultural or historical significance. The latest additions bring the registry to 600 films that include Hollywood features, documentaries, independent films and early experimental flicks. The newest movie chosen for preservation is 1999's "The Matrix," noted for its state-of-the-art special effects and computer-generated animation with a style that drew on Hong Kong action films and Japanese anime to change science fiction ... More
Huw Lewis AM, Minister for Housing, Regeneration and Heritage at National Museum Cardiff with Rembrandt’s Portrait of Catrina Hoodhsaet.
CARDIFF.- Visitors to National Museum Cardiff now have another chance to see Rembrandt van Rijn's (1606-1669) Portrait of Catrina Hooghsaet, which is on special loan from Penrhyn Castle thanks to support from the Welsh Government. Museum visitors have the opportunity to enjoy the Portrait of Catrina Hooghsaet (1607-1685) until Sunday 17 February 2013, when it will return to Penrhyn Castle near Bangor - its home since the 1860s. A prolific painter, draftsman, and etcher, Rembrandt is usually regarded as the greatest artist of the Dutch "Golden Age." The portrait of the wealthy Amsterdam lady, painted in 1657, is an example of Rembrandt's outstanding talent for painting characters, not just faces. It demonstrates his ability to combine fine detail, blurred impressions and dramatic effects of light and shade. During the 1650s, Rembrandt was the most ... More

Tower Hamlets Council's ownership of Henry Moore's 'Old Flo' challenged by Bromley   Important Judaica and Israeli & international art bring a combined $7.9 million at Sotheby's New York   Andy Warhol's Mao portraits excluded from the Beijing and Shanghai shows next year

In October this year, Tower Hamlets Mayor Lutfur Rahman announced his decision to sell the sculpture after "unprecedented" budget cuts.
LONDON.- Following discussions with the Art Fund, the London Borough of Bromley has written to Tower Hamlets Council to assert ownership of Henry Moore’s Draped Seated Woman (known as ‘Old Flo’) following significant new evidence. In October this year, Tower Hamlets Mayor Lutfur Rahman announced his decision to sell the sculpture after "unprecedented" budget cuts. Despite calls and requests from lawyers acting on behalf of the Art Fund and others for Tower Hamlets Council to produce evidence of ownership, it has failed to do so. Lawyers acting for the London Borough of Bromley, the Art Fund charity and others now say new research shows Tower Hamlets Council’s claim over ownership to be incorrect and the sale of ‘Old Flo’ cannot go ahead. Bromley’s claim to the sculpture came to light following new research into the details of the ... More
The Herlingen Haggadah, est. $800,000/1.2 million. Sold for: $962,500. Photo: Sotheby's.
NEW YORK, NY.- Sotheby’s annual December auctions of Important Judaica and Israeli & International Art brought a combined total of $7,908,754 today in New York, and many first time buyers participated in both sales, including purchases of some of the major top lots. Collectively, the sales were led by A Magnificent Passover Haggadah by Aaron Wolf Herlingen, which sold for $962,500. The Important Judaica sale totaled $4,056,191, within the pre-sale estimate of $3.9/5.7 million. The sale this afternoon of Israeli & International Art brought a total of $3,852,563, against a pre-sale estimate of $3.5/4.98 million and was highlighted by a group of works by celebrated artist Reuven Rubin. The morning sale of Important Judaica was led by top prices for manuscripts and paintings. The top lot of the auction was The Herlingen Haggadah, a magnificent example of the 18th century revival of Hebrew manuscript illumination that began i ... More
A portrait of former Chinese leader Mao Zadong on display during the art exhibition 'Andy Warhol: 15 Minutes Eternal' in Hong Kong. AFP PHOTO / Hong Kong Museum of Art.
BEIJING (AFP).- Andy Warhol's famous portraits of Mao Zedong will be excluded in a major show of his work in China, organisers said Wednesday, although they stopped short of saying they had been censored. The exhibition to mark the 25th anniversary of the American artist's death, which is currently touring Asia, features more than 300 of his works including 10 acrylic and silkscreen portraits of the former Chinese leader. But the US-based Andy Warhol Museum which is organising the tour said the Mao images will be dropped from the Beijing and Shanghai legs next year. "Although we had hoped to include our Mao paintings in the exhibition to show Warhol's keen interest in Chinese culture, we understand that certain imagery is still not able to be shown in China," it said in a statement, which did not say whether they had ... More

Colby College Museum of Art's 26,000-square-foot Alfond-Lunder Family Pavilion to open in July   Sotheby's New York 20th Century Design & Tiffany Studios Sales total $12,877,127   BJ and Richeille Formento present photographs as part of a group exhibition at Edelman Arts

Inaugural exhibitions to feature the recently donated Lunder Collection, with historic, modern and contemporary American art valued at $100 million.
WATERVILLE, ME.- Long recognized for its substantial and important American art collection, the Colby College Museum of Art will become the largest art museum in Maine, and confirm its status as one of the nation’s premier institutions of American art, with the opening on July 13, 2013, of the Alfond-Lunder Family Pavilion. Inaugural exhibitions at the expanded museum will focus on the recently donated Lunder Collection, valued at more than $100 million, which is widely acknowledged as one of the most important holdings of American art ever assembled by private collectors. These works will now join the museum’s existing collection, which ranges from Colonial era portraits to contemporary works by Richard Serra, Sol LeWitt, Kara Walker and Alex Katz. Designed by the distinguished Los Angeles-based firm Frederick Fisher and Partners Architects, the 26,000-square-foot pavilion will create a light-fi ... More
Tiffany Studios, An Important “Peony” Table Lamp, circa 1905. Est. $800,000/1.2 million. Sold for $746,500. Photo: Sotheby's.
NEW YORK, NY.- On 15 December 2012, Sotheby’s New York sales of Important 20th Century Design, Important Tiffany, and Masterworks by Tiffany Studios from the Geyer Family Collection totaled $12,877,127. The morning auction of Important 20th Century Design totaled $7,055,501, well within the pre-sale estimate of $6.7/9.8 million. The sale was led by Paul Dupr-Lafon’s Console Table which achieved $752,500, above the high pre-sale estimate of $600,000. This elegant table is decorated with rich, red Herms leather panels, contrasted by the limed oak frame and brass feet. Another highlight included Moutons de Laine by Franois-Xavier Lalanne from the estate of Suzy Furman, an accomplished Palm Beach artist, dealer and collector who co-founded the Norton Gallery Workshop and the Contemporary Gallery in Palm Beach, which sold for $542,500, above the pre-sale estimate of $300/500,000. Additionally, a unique variant of Deme ... More
This has been a breakthrough year for Formento + Formento. They were nominated top finalist to Vogues’s New Exposure Competition 2012, working with Bottega Venetta and Red Digital Camera.
NEW YORK, NY.- In November 2009, like adventurers from American mythology, New York based photography team BJ and Richeille Formento lit out for the territory. Hauling the silver Airstream trailer which would serve as living quarters, make up room and wardrobe for the next five months, they embarked on an epic road trip which would take them across 25 states as they recreated their singular interpretation of a great nation and its people sliding toward recession. The results of this epic road trip are here to be enjoyed, admired – and considered. This extraordinary collection, which draws upon the legacy of classic American cinema as much as it references the haunting characters and locations of Edward Hopper, is the realization of the combined visions of BJ and Richeille Formento – through you may also detect stylistic nuances of late 20th century iconic photographers such as Cindy ... More

The Antiques Dealers Fair Limited ventures into London for the first time in January 2013   Bonhams to present art of the South Seas Sale in San Francisco in February 2013   Atlanta's High Museum of Art to host Collectors Evening to build permanent collection

Montague Dawson, “Idle Sails, Loch Etive in Calm”. Oil on canvas, 40x50 inches. Photo: Courtesy Haynes Fine Art of Broadway.
LONDON.- The Antiques Dealers Fair Limited commences its 2013 schedule of events with the launch of its first venture into London. The Mayfair Antiques & Fine Art Fair, in association with Mayfair property specialists Wetherell, opens over four days at The London Marriott Hotel Grosvenor Square, London W1K 6JP from Thursday 10 until Sunday 13 January 2013. This boutique event boasts over 40 specialist dealers, all members of the UK’s two main professional trade associations – the British Antique Dealers’ Association and LAPADA The Association of Art & Antiques Dealers. Visitors to this exciting new fair can find antiques dating as far back as the 12th century to modern contemporary art. They can peruse town, country and Art Deco furniture; antique, designer and vintage jewellery; antique maps; decorative and woodblock prints; oriental carpets and rugs; antique and contemporary sculpture; silver; textiles, tapestr ... More
Important Rarotonga Pole Club, Cook Islands, 'akatara. Carved from the heart (taiki) of the toa (ironwood) tree, height 7ft 5in (256.5cm). Est. $100,000-150,000. Photo: Courtesy of Bonhams.
SAN FRANCISCO, CA.- Bonhams heads into its winter season of auctions with its second-ever annual sale solely devoted to Art of the South Seas, February 10 in San Francisco. The auction will include fresh-to-the-market Polynesian, Micronesian, Melanesian, Indonesian and Australian works of art made for use by those within their respective cultures. Highlights of the auction will include an important and rare Rarotonga pole club (‘akatara) of the Cook Islands, carved from the heart (taiki) of the toa (ironwood) tree. Such clubs were likely created for chiefs or other members of high status within the society. This more than 7-foot-tall club is estimated to bring $100,000-150,000. It was acquired at a London auction in 1990, and was formerly in the James Hooper Collection. Also notable in the auction will be a full-size breadfruit wood canoe and bailer from the Marshall Islands’ Namorik Atoll, estimated at $8,000- ... More
KAWS (American, born 1974), DOWN TIME, 2011, acrylic on canvas, purchase through funds provided by patrons of the Third Annual Collectors Evening 2012, 2012.2.
ATLANTA, GA.- The High Museum of Art will host the fourth annual Collectors Evening on Jan. 11, 2013. Seven works will be presented for acquisition during the evening, one from each of the High’s curatorial departments. Attendees will cast their ballots, and the High will purchase the works of art with the most votes. The number of acquisitions will depend on funds raised via benefactors and ticket sales. The event is open to the public; tickets and additional information can be found at This year the event will also feature an auction component in which guests can bid on works for their own collections. These include works by such artists as Kael Alford, Shane Lavalette, Leonard Freed and Arthur Grace, among others. “The curatorial team looks forward to this evening of spirited competition each year,” said David Brenneman, the High’s director of collections and exhibitions and ... More

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China criticises French Qing dynasty seal auction
BEIJING (AFP).- China's state cultural authority criticised a French auction house for selling a historic seal allegedly looted by foreign troops in the 19th century, state media reported Wednesday. An unidentified official from the State Administration of Cultural Heritage said China opposes and condemns the sale of cultural relics illegally taken out of the country, the Beijing News reported. The government reserves the right to reclaim any artefacts confirmed to belong to China and hopes foreign organisations involved comply with international conventions, the official said. French auction house Artcurial on Monday sold the seal for 1.1 million euros ($1.4m) in Paris, despite threats of legal action alleging it may have been stolen from Beijing in 1860. The green jade seal, which dates from the Qianlong period (1736-95), was sold to an unidentified telephone bidder for more than five times the ... More
Tunisia to auction ousted despot's treasures
TUNIS (AFP).- Tunisia said it will begin an auction on Sunday of thousands of works of art and luxury cars that once belonged to the family of ousted dictator Zine El Abidine Ali, hoping to raise millions of euros. Highlight of the month-long sale is expected to be the former president's cars, which include a Lamborghini Gallardo LP 460, a Bentley Continental sports car, an armoured Cadillac and a Maybach 62. Acting finance minister Slim Besbes told reporters that items valued at less than 10,000 dinars (5,000 euros) would be sold at fixed price, but that anything priced above that would be sold to the highest bidder. The government hopes to raise at least 10 million euros from the sale. Three hundred jewellery items, carpets, tables, televisions and computers will be put on sale to the public at a hotel in Gammarth, a suburb of Tunis. Besbes said the items belonged to Ben Ali and 114 of his ... More
First exhibition in the UK of Croatian artist Sanja Iveković opens at The South London Gallery
LONDON.- The South London Gallery and Calvert 22 present Unknown Heroine, the first exhibition in the UK of Croatian artist, Sanja Iveković (b. 1947, Zagreb). The importance of Iveković’s pioneering work in collage, film, performance and installation, which tackles issues of female identity, consumerism and historical amnesia, has recently been acknowledged by her inclusion in dOCUMENTA (13), as well as through major retrospective exhibitions at Mudam, Luxembourg and MoMA, New York. This timely retrospective, curated by Lina Džuverović and spanning both the SLG and Calvert 22, introduces work made over a period of four decades against a background of political unrest. At the South London Gallery, works from the mid-1970s such as Double Life and Tragedy of a Venus explore the appropriation of female identity by the media and issues of consumerism more ... More
Nine new exhibits debut at San Diego International Airport
SAN DIEGO, CA.- Nine new temporary art exhibits have opened at San Diego International Airport. The San Diego County Regional Airport Authority has a regular schedule of exhibits and performances that engage travelers and enhance the airport environment. These latest exhibits offer guests a glimpse into San Diego’s sculptural history, a rhapsody of textiles and a dynamic new way to appreciate the printed word. As an abstract painter, Kareem Ralph Amin’s images and patterns textural patterns distinctively creates a contrasting color palette brought to life bountifully with warm and neutral colors. Amin uses charcoal and oil on the surface of the canvas and experiments with layering patterns that become augmented by one medium and loosened with another medium. Mysterious figures begin to emerge through an interlacing of patterns and a depth of layering. The chair is another ... More
Llus Barba reworks iconic artworks in new exhibition at Dean Project
NEW YORK, NY.- Born in Spain and educated at the Escola Massana Centre d’Art-UAB, Barba has exhibited his work in the United States, Europe, Latin America and Canada. His work is held in major public collections, such as the Artothque d’Art Anekdota in Paris, Foundation, Daniela Chappard of Caracas, Foundation Llus Carulla, L’Espluga de Francol, Tarragona, Instituto Cervantes in Tangier, Morocco, Museo Jacobo Borges Caracas, Museo Marugame Hirai Japan, Museo de Arte Contemporneo Wifredo Lam La Habana, Museo de Arte Contemporneo Requena Valencia, Museo Internacional Cairo, Egypt and Museu d’Art Contemporani de Barcelona. Llus Barba reworks iconic artworks to comment on contemporary society, introducing modern characters into Hyeronimus Bosch’s or Pieter Brueghel’s medieval scenes. His work leverages the language of artistic symbolism ... More
Art Asia Miami 2012 concludes its fifth year with strong sales and VIP attendance
NEW YORK, NY.- ART ASIA Miami 2012, the premier International Asian art fair, opened on December 4th and successfully concluded its fifth edition on December 9th, 2012 with strong sales and attendance. ART ASIA attracted over 35,000 visitors and VIP guests all through its six-day run. With impressive international newcomer galleries joining, it was an exceptional showcase of art from diverse Asian regions with an emphasis on Near Eastern, Middle Eastern, and South East Asian artists. ART ASIA Miami 2012 theirr innovative and exhilarating ART AISA Presents series with seven special projects featuring works by 30 artists. For the first time in their five-year history, a special section was dedicated to contemporary art from the South Asian subcontinent - Salaam Bombay: Beauty And Chaos Within The Urban Environment, curated by Jasmine Wahi, the New York-based independent ... More

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