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Israeli dig uncovers ancient Judaean temple dated to the early monarchic period

srael Antiquities Authority archeologist Anna Ririkh displays on December 26, 2012 a clay figurine used for religious rituals and practices, dated to the early monarchic period (9-10th century. BC) of the Judaean monarchy, uncovered in Tel Motza near Jerusalem during rescue excavations. The findings were uncovered near an alter of a temple and include ritual pottery vessels, fragments of chalices and figurines of animals. AFP PHOTO/MENAHEM KAHANA.
TEL MOTZA (AFP).- Israeli archaeologists have uncovered a rare temple and religious figurines dating back to the Judaean period nearly 3,000 years ago, Israel's Antiquities Authority said on Wednesday. The discoveries were made at Tel Motza, outside Jerusalem, during archaeological work taking place ahead of new highway construction in the area. "The ritual building at Tel Motza is an unusual and striking find, in light of the fact that there are hardly any remains of ritual buildings of the period in Judaea," the dig directors said in a statement. Anna Eirikh, one of the directors, told AFP that the discoveries were rare evidence of religious practice outside Jerusalem during the Judaean period. "What we can say for sure is the figurines served for religious purposes, and that Tel Motza was a Judaean kingdom," she said. The findings date to the 9-10th century BC, when the First ... More

The Best Photos of the Day
NEW YORK.- Girls Preparatory student Faith Guzman, 7, tries out an interactive display at the new National Museum of Mathematics in New York. The museum is aimed at kids aged 8 to 13, and curators have given the place a playground feel. The 40 exhibits include a wall of fire made up of laser lights that teaches kids about geometry and a square-wheeled tricycle that still manages to produce a smooth ride thanks to a wavy track. AP Photo/Seth Wenig.

After a successful year, Bonhams ends 2012 with over 30 new world auction records   New display of American art at Detroit Institute of Arts commemorates the Civil War   Masterpieces from the Van Gogh Museum among the many highlights of TEFAF Maastricht

Vladimir Tretchikoff’s ‘Portrait of Lenka (Red Jacket)’ also smashed its pre-sale estimate of 50,000- 80,000 to achieve 337,250. Photo: Bonhams.
LONDON.- Following a successful year Bonhams has finished 2012 with over 30 new world auction records. From vintage cars to contemporary African art Bonhams’ areas of expertise are ever expanding. The South African and Contemporary African art department have maintained their stronghold as global leaders. Ghanaian-born, Nigeria based El Anatsui’s ‘New World Map’ fetched 541,250, setting a world auction record for the artist at New Bond Street on 23rd May. World records were also set on 17th October at the South African Sale for Jacob Hendrik Pierneef’s ‘Cape farmlands’ fetching 289,250 and breaking its pre-sale estimate of 70,000-100,000. Vladimir Tretchikoff’s ‘Portrait of Lenka (Red Jacket)’ also smashed its pre-sale estimate of 50,000- 80,000 to achieve 337,250. The Motor Car team has had an incredibly successful year with the highlight being the sale of the ex-Sir He ... More
Patriotic Bouquet, George Henry Hall, 1861, oil on board. Detroit Institute of Arts.
DETROIT, MICH.- To commemorate the Civil War and the150th anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation, the Detroit Institute of Arts presents a new installation of American art that explores the themes of the Civil War, Abraham Lincoln and the abolition of slavery. The works will be on view beginning Dec. 27 and will become part of the permanent collection galleries in the Richard A. Manoogian Wing of American art. The works are: • Patriotic Bouquet (1861), George Henry Hall’s still life with red, white and blue flowers coming out of the muzzle of a rifle • At the Front (1866), George C. Lambin’s moving image of a weary Union officer • The Boyhood of Lincoln (1868), Eastman Johnson’s great historic portrait, on loan from the University of Michigan Museum of Art • Civil War Scene (1870–71), by William Rimmer, which shows a wounded soldier reclining beneath a tree, gazing at a keepsake, in fr ... More
Vincent van Gogh (1853 - 1890), Self-portraits, Paris 1887. Pencil, pen and dark brown ink, on wove paper, 31.1 x 24.4 cm.
HELVOIRT.- Rarely seen masterpieces from the collection of drawings at the Van Gogh Museum are to be loaned to TEFAF Maastricht for a special exhibition when the Fair that defines excellence in art opens at the MECC (Maastricht Exhibition and Congress Centre) in the southern Netherlands from 15 to 24 March 2013. The 15 drawings loaned by the Amsterdam museum have been specially chosen to illustrate Vincent van Gogh’s development as an artist. The European Fine Art Fair, the world’s leading event of its kind, which is renowned for its commitment to excellence, expertise and elegance, will have an extraordinary array of art, antiques and design pieces for sale. These will include a historic reminder of a possible attempt to murder Tsar Nicholas II of Russia, one of the earliest works by the photography pioneer William Henry Fox Talbot, a painting by Jan Brueghel the Elder which has been owned by the same Italian nobles s ... More

Bonhams to offer the renowned Oldenburg family collection of classic automobiles   John Van Doren and Dorsey Waxter announced the opening of a new gallery in New York   Art13 London announces focus on Contemporary photography, prints and editions

Other British sports cars include one of the rarest of all MG models in existence – the aerodynamic 1936 NB Magnette Airline Coupe. Photo: Bonhams.
SAN FRANCISCO, CA.- Bonhams have been chosen to represent the highly esteemed Oldenburg Family Automobile Collection at its second annual Scottsdale Auction in January. The extensive collection of more than 30 cars from the prominent horse breeding family includes multiple models of the same marque, including Ferrari and Jaguar. Leading the impressive assembly are the Italian thoroughbreds, which include the most sought-after Lamborghini ever produced and no less than five different Ferraris. The 1972 Lamborghini Miura SV is one of the definitive examples of the original supercar and this model – still retaining its original interior and colour scheme – is a stunning archetype in lustrous red with gold accents. Of the Prancing Horse models, perhaps most noteworthy are the 1968 Ferrari 330 GTS Spyder and the 1967 Ferrari 365 GTC Prototype. The former is one of just 99 built by Maranello and the latter is a one-off cre ... More
John McLaughlin, #6, 1974 (detail). Acrylic on canvas, 48 x 60 inches (121.9 x 152.4 cm). Courtesy Van Doren Waxter.
NEW YORK, NY.- John Van Doren and Dorsey Waxter announce the formation of Van Doren Waxter, a new gallery located at 23 East 73rd Street. Van Doren Waxter will open on February 20, 2013 with an exhibition of the late American abstract painter John McLaughlin. Van Doren Waxter represents the evolution in the partnership between Van Doren and Waxter who have worked together for 15 years at Greenberg Van Doren Gallery. Van Doren Waxter will work extensively with artists' estates including those of James Brooks, Richard Diebenkorn and Alan Shields. The gallery will also focus on secondary market business, specializing in works by artists including John Chamberlain, Sam Francis, Helen Frankenthaler, Hans Hofmann, Ellsworth Kelly, Robert Motherwell and Ed Ruscha. In addition, the gallery plans to produce innovative exhibitions with artists whom Van Doren and Waxter have worked in the past. These include Tim Davis, Judy Fiskin, Katsura Funakoshi, Alexander Gorlizki, Eva ... More
Massimo Vitali, Mondello Paddle Boats, 2007 (detail). Courtesy of Massimo Vitali and Brancolini Grimaldi.
LONDON.- Art13 London, sponsored by Citi Private Bank, is delighted to announce details of the Fair's focus on contemporary photography from around the world, and commitment to showcasing Prints and Editions. The Positive View Foundation, Art13 London's philanthropic partner will showcase selected works from their highly acclaimed 'Cartier-Bresson: A Question of Colour' exhibition. A number of leading galleries from across the globe will bring photography to Art13 London, showcasing a variety of contemporary work from international artists. Galleries presenting photography at the fair will include 2902 Gallery, Singapore, Jack Bell, UK, Brancolini Grimaldi, UK, Gallery Magda Danysz, China/ France, HackelBury, UK, and Kleinschmidt Fine Photographs, Germany. Michael Hoppen Gallery, UK, will present an entire stand of Japanese photography, including work by Daido Moriyama and Nobuyoshi Araki. Paris-Beijing, France/ China/ ... More

Despite changes in style, majestic pipe organs endure at Roman Catholic and mainline Protestant parishes   Mathematics is anything but boring at New York City's newest museum: MoMath   Expert, appraiser, and television personality Lark Mason predicts top 10 collecting trends for 2013

Organ builder John Nordlie points at some of the towering pipes on an instrument he built for First United Methodist Church, in Sioux Falls, S.D. AP Photo/Dirk Lammers.
By: Dirk Lammers, Associated Press
SIOUX FALLS (AP).- The pipe organ has ruled the Christian worship sanctuary for centuries, and the majestic instrument continues to reign supreme in many Roman Catholic and mainline Protestant parishes. It's a tougher sell for congregations moving toward contemporary worship. The growth in praise-band led services, combined with a nationwide shortage of qualified organists, is prompting many congregations to leave pipe organs out of their new construction plans. Jerry Aultman thinks that's a mistake. The longtime organist and music professor at Southwestern Baptist Theological said the pipe organ doesn't need to be relegated to funerals and weddings, and it fits nicely into modern worship when used in the right way. "We shouldn't abandon the organ in contemporary music styles," said Aultman, who plays ... More
Girls Preparatory students play with an interactive exhibit at the new National Museum of Mathematics in New York. AP Photo/Seth Wenig.
By: Karen Matthews, Associated Press
NEW YORK (AP).- Squealing schoolchildren ride a square-wheeled tricycle and a "Coaster Roller" that glides over plastic acorns. Downstairs, they fit monkey magnets together at the "Tessellation Station." This is how math is presented at New York City's brand-new Museum of Mathematics, the only museum of its kind in the United States and a place where math is anything but boring. "Math's not just memorizing your multiplication tables," said Cindy Lawrence, the museum's associate director. "Math is a creative endeavor, and that's what we want people to realize." The museum, nicknamed MoMath, opened Dec. 15 on two floors of an office building north of Manhattan's Madison Square Park. It is the brainchild of executive director Glen Whitney, 42, a mathematician and former hedge fund analyst who helped raise $23.5 ... More
Massachusetts Reverse Serpentine Block Front Chest c. 1770. Sold for: $21,000. Seller: Locati Auctions.
NEW YORK, NY.- No one is in a more respected position than Lark Mason to forecast the direction of new collecting trends, up or dawn.Thanks to his stellar position as an expert, appraiser, author, and television personality on the PBS series, The Antiques Roadshow, Mason, founder of iGavel Auctions, the online international network of regional auction salesrooms, anticipates trends far in advance of just anybody else. Here are his in-the-know predictions for What's Hot and What's Not for 2013: The Chinese economy is tied to the West which in today's world is not a good thing, but China is also benefiting from a rapidly growing group of consumers of which a portion want to own something from their past. The sheer numbers of buyers in China is staggering and the quantity of material limited - a classic supply and demand equation that will be with us for many more years. The Chinese are becoming ever more selective and di ... More

Colour Rain at the Bamboo Grove: Seminal Austrian artist Hubert Schmalix turns 60   Prestige watches, sapphires and gold sparkle in Government Auction's New Year's Day Auction   Stephenson's plans festive New Year's Day auction of items from prime Philadelphia estates and residences

Hubert Schmalix, Untitled, 2012. Oil on canvas, 130 x 100 cm.
GRAZ.- Hubert Schmalix, intrepid protagonist of the ‘wild youth’ art movement, celebrates his 60th birthday. An occasion he chooses to mark with a special exhibition of never-before-seen large format paintings in his hometown of Graz, Austria. To be precise, at Reinisch Contemporary, the gallery of his long-standing friend and early collector, Helmut Reinisch. With Colour Rain at the Bamboo Grove, Schmalix celebrates both a round birthday and a new series of paintings: his ‘bamboo paintings’ deal with the plant as an epitome of exotic lifestyles; as an icon of the modern art and design canon. The seeming simplicity of the motif leads the eye of the observer straight to the delicacy of painting itself. Colouring and brush stroke almost entirely absorb the motif, or rather, the narrative content. Colour Rain at the Bamboo Grove encompasses the latest works by the seminal L.A.-based artist, wh ... More
Three-piece original Ansonia clock, mint condition. Government Auction image.
TEHACHAPI, CA.- Government Auction will start off the New Year on a high note with a Jan. 1 sale featuring exclusive designer watches, fine jewelry and gold coins. The auction will begin at 6:30 a.m. Pacific time, with an opening bid of only $2 on most lots. The fine jewelry selection is led by a stunning 16.92-carat sapphire and diamond ring. Considered in ancient times represent holiness or the heavens, the blue sapphire was a favorite amongst kings, who believed the precious stone could attract Divine favor. The ring to be auctioned by Government Auction is made of 14K white gold and contains 2.65 carats side diamonds surrounding the main stone, a rectangular-cut fancy blue sapphire. The total weight of the ring is 13.7 grams. Offered for auction in the watch category is a Vacheron Constantin Geneve men's watch. Founded in 1755, the Vacheron company has a long and illustrious past, and its products have been owned at different times in its ... More
A. (Alexander) J. (John) Drysdale, pastel on paper, Louisiana bayou landscape (detail), signed. Est. $1,800-$3,500. Stephenson’s Auctioneers image.
SOUTHAMPTON, PA.- To many in the Greater Philadelphia and Mid-Atlantic region, the best day of the year to purchase superior-quality antiques and decorative art is January 1st, when Stephenson’s Auctioneers conducts its busy New Year’s Day Antiques & Decorative Arts sale. “There’s always a lively crowd, and few go home empty handed,” said Stephenson’s owner, Cindy Stephenson. “We have many customers who never miss our New Year’s Day sale. They view it as their first official social event and buying opportunity of the year.” Stephenson’s specializes in estate antiques and art. Often, their experts are called upon to appraise and auction the contents of grand residences on Philadelphia’s Main Line. That’s where many of the 100 pieces of furniture contained in the 500-lot sale were sourced – from a prosperous family’s multimillion-dollar home. The session ... More

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Homelands: One of the year's most anticipated exhibitions, opens in 4 cities across India in 2013
NEW DELHI.- One of the year’s most anticipated exhibitions, Homelands will travel to four cities (New Delhi, Kolkata, Mumbai and Bengaluru) across India in 2013. Cutting to the heart of 21st century cultural relations, Homelands grapples with the relationship between self and place in a world of transitory identities and contested geographies. Culled from the art collection of the British Council, the exhibition is a unique take on contemporary British art by the Indian curator, Latika Gupta. Including more than 80 works by 28 leading modern and contemporary artists, Homelands excavates the idea of a ‘homeland’ to reveal a rich plurality of meaning; ideas of belonging, alienation, history and memory. Homelands will roll out a multi-layered programme that includes public exhibitions in four major metros (New Delhi, Kolkata, Mumbai, Bengaluru), artist talks, seminars, curator-led walks, ... More
Auckland Triennial curator asks 'If you were to live here...'
AUCKLAND.- Visiting Auckland a few weeks ago was Hou Hanru, one of the most influential curators in the world today and curator of the 5th Auckland Triennial opening 10 May 2013. The largest Auckland Triennial to date, the three-month festival of contemporary art will be presented at eight venues citywide. For the first time, entry to all venues will be free. Titled If you were to live here … the 5th Auckland Triennial offers a way artists and creative participants can inhabit and transform social spaces by producing innovative ideas, projects and works. The Triennial will provide opportunities to connect with different communities, as well as collaborations among various partners in and out of the city. It will invite discussion, confrontation and the exchange of ideas. ‘A triennial,’ says Hou ‘is a space for producing new aesthetic forms and social spaces. As a living process, it is ... More
Larasati announces sale of artworks by renowned Southeast Asian and Indo-European masters
SINGAPORE.- Kicking off its series of sales in 2013, LARASATI will present not more than 45 carefully selected and pristine pieces at the sale held in Marina Bay Financial Centre on 26th January 2013 during the same week of the ART STAGE Singapore. The event will showcase artworks by renowned Southeast Asian and Indo-European masters together with contemporary Japanese and Korean artists. Selected works by traditional Balinese artists will also be among the works offered in Larasati’s 20th Singapore sale. Among the highlights of the auction is a striking work by Antonio Blanco titled Balinese Dancer with Meditating Lord Ardjuna. Since Larasati's first auction held on 30 April 2000 in Jakarta, Indonesia, the regional auction house’s reputation has grown rapidly for auctioning rare and emerging Indonesian as well as other Asian works at record prices. In 2003, Larasati marked a ... More
Major new multimedia project by Tadasu Takamine at Contemporary Art Center, Art Tower Mito
IBARAKI.- The Contemporary Art Center, Art Tower Mito is presenting a major new multimedia project by Tadasu Takamine. One of Japan's preeminent contemporary artists and theater directors, Takamine is internationally known for a body of work that brims with both humor and a keen sense of criticality in relation to the systems of oppression and control that operate within contemporary society. Taking the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki and the recent Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster as two important benchmarks, Tadasu Takamine's Cool Japan investigates popular constructs of Japanese identity. Much of Takamine's work is inspired by doubts and misgivings regarding issues he encounters in daily life. These ideas are then given substantial form through an accumulation of research, encounters and dialogues with the local residents of the area where he is working. In ... More
Carl Morris' "History of Religions" returns to the Barker Gallery at the Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art
EUGENE, ORE.- The Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art once again displays "Carl Morris: History of Religions," an exhibition of nine murals created for Oregon's Centennial Exposition in 1959. The murals are on view in the Coeta and Donald Barker Gallery from December 21, 2012, through January 20, 2013. The “History of Religions” series was acquired by the Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art after the Oregon Centennial Exposition ended and has only been shown once, in 2007, since its inaugural exhibition in 1959. In 2010, the JSMA was the recipient of an IMLS American Heritage Preservation Grant for conservation of the murals. The 1959 Oregon Centennial Exposition was created to tell "The Oregon Story." One pavilion had the challenging task of representing the history of religious faiths. Carl Morris, arguably Portland’s most accomplished painter at the time, was selected to paint ... More
Fred Wilson's artworks explore museum practices within a museum setting
CLEVELAND, OH.- On view through May 5, 2013, three recent works and a large-scale installation of 35 flag paintings by American artist Fred Wilson are on view in the Betty T. and David M. Schneider Gallery (East Wing Glass Box Gallery). Included in the exhibition is a recently acquired artwork by the museum, To Die Upon a Kiss, (2011), a Murano glass chandelier. The objects included in the museum‘s installation give an overview of Wilson’s influential and diverse practice and explore the question that has been fundamental to his art making: How is it possible to pose critical questions about how museums work from within a museum itself? “This exhibition gives a representative overview of the work of an artist who has not only influenced art and cultural history but also museum practices in very deep ways” stated Reto Thring, the museum’s assistant curator of contemporary art. “ ... More

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