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Tuesday, December 11, 2012
 "Cindy Sherman: The Early Works 1975-1977" opens at Centre de la photographie Genève
Cindy Sherman’'s complex early work, which she made while in Buffalo, is characterized by a conceptual and performative creative process. Christian Redtenbacher / Verbund.
GENEVA.- Cindy Sherman began studying painting in 1972, at the age of eighteen, at the State University of New York, Buffalo. In 1975, she changed her major from painting to photography. She graduated in 1976 and left Buffalo the following year to move to New York City. Contrary to previous assumption, the famous Untitled Film Stills (1977-1980) were not Sherman’s first works. In fact, during the time from 1975 to 1977 in Buffalo, she produced an extensive body of early work that would become the foundation for her future oeuvre. Sherman developed her understanding of the contemporary art movements of the era at Hallwalls, an exhibition center run by the artists themselves, which was founded in November 1974 by Sherman’s then boyfriend Robert Longo and Charles Clough. Through the busy visiting artist program at Hallwalls, she got to know Vito Acconci, Bruce Nauman, and Chris Burden. However, for Sherman, several women artists were, in her words, “role models,” ... More
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MOSCOW.- Artist Inna Shmelyova, second right, speaks to a visitor at the opening of an exhibition at Moscows Manezh hall , Russia. Shmelyova was one of the artists whose works were banned by Soviet leader Nikita Khruschev at a similar 1962 exhibition at the Manezh hall. Fifty years later, some of the banned canvases are on display again at the same Manezh hall _ at a time when critics compare Khruschevs ban to recent charges against the Pussy Riot band and artists whose paintings have angered the Kremlin and Russias dominant Orthodox Church.(AP Photo/Alexander Zemlianichenko.
An aristocratic site in Bassing between independent Gaul and the Roman conquest
 
Art Basel Miami Beach presented premier quality works and strong programming
 
Winterthur announces that missing silver snuff box by Barent Ten Eyck has been located
Archaeologist Jean-Denis Laffite displays a coin found at the Gaulish Aristocratic excavation site in Bassing
METZ.- In 2010 an Inrap team excavated a 3.5 hectare site in Bassing, in the Moselle department. This research was curated by the State (Drac Lorraine) in advance of the construction of the East-European high speed train line by the Rseau Ferr de France. Occupied for one thousand years, from 200 BC to 800 AD, this site revealed a Gallic aristocratic establishment, a Gallo-Roman villa and several medieval buildings. Numerous weapons and an exceptional monetary deposit of 1165 Gallic coins attest alone to the power of the elites of Bassing. Between 150 and 120 BC, a vast rural establishment was built in Bassing. A large quadrangular trench, 3 meters wide, with a talus and palisade, surrounded the habitat over one hectare. Inside the enclosure wooden buildings associated with an farm and a habitation were constructed. The ensemble survived until 14 AD. The size of the farm, the size of its ... More
 
A crowd of people look at a sculpture titled "Homeless boy," by Yinka Shonibare. AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee.
MIAMI, FL.- The 2012 edition of Art Basel in Miami Beach officially closed yesterday, Sunday, December 9. Praised by critics, exhibitors and visitors as Art Basel’s most serious presentation in Miami Beach to date, its galleries across the board reported consistent sales throughout the week. The show, whose main sponsor is UBS, again attracted 50,000 visitors, generating an attendance of 70,000 over the five show days. Art Basel in Miami Beach was visited by over 130 museum and institution groups from across the world. Renowned private collectors from the Americas, Europe and emerging markets returned, and were joined by new collectors from around the globe. As Art Basel marked its second decade in Miami Beach, more than 250 leading galleries from 31 countries from North America, Latin America, Europe and Asia presented the highest quality of work at the show, underlining its seriousness. Given a particularly ... More
 
Barent Ten Eyck heart box. Photo: Courtesy Winterthur.
WINTERTHUR, DE.- Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library reports that the missing snuff box has been found. The snuff box was found by an alert Winterthur staff member and was located in a place where it had never been exhibited. Investigations by the Delaware State Police and Winterthur staff into how the item was relocated continue. Winterthur discovered in October 2012 that a small, colonial silver snuff box with great sentimental value was missing from the museum. It is very rare for anything to be missing from Winterthur. This box has been on display for 60 years in the museum rooms with other colonial New York silver items. It was given to Winterthur by Henry Francis du Pont. The item was discovered to be missing during a recent inventory. Winterthur conducts ongoing inventories of all our collections. The silver box is in the shape of a heart with a bird engraved on the lid. This box would fit in the palm of an adult’s ... More
Art auctions still soaring at Ketterer Kunst: High increases and many new customers
 
Exhibition in Milan explores the synthesis between colour, pictorial act, matter and form
 
Beauty and the beast: Roman goddesses and court dwarves at Bonhams sale
Heinrich Campendonk, Zwei Pferde. Estimate: € 180.000. Sold for: € 536.800.
MUNICH.- It was nothing but an outstanding end of the season. “The atmosphere was incredible and we could barely handle the enormous rush of 684 bidding requests (not including bidders in the auction room) on the 281 works“, says Robert Ketterer. And he continues: “One out of three customers was new and every lot sold went up by an average of more than 50 percent. The € 100.000 mark was crossed 28 times. All this led to an excellent overall result of € 16,7 million* in our autumn auction season**, which even topped the great result of 2011.“ With a result of € 536.800*, Heinrich Campendonk's oil painting “Zwei Pferde” (lot 53) did not only take the lead in the section of Modern Art. A Swiss businessman eventually bought the work from 1913 for three times the starting price and relegated phone bidders, most of them from western Germany, to places second and beyond. Another top lot is Gabriele ... More
 
Installation view. Courtesy A arte Studio Invernizzi, Milano. Poto: Bruno Bani, Milano.
MILAN.- The A arte Studio Invernizzi gallery will be opening on Tuesday 11 December 2012 at 6.30 p.m. the exhibition 'Genesis of Doing' which explores the evolution of a direction of contemporary which favoured the formation of a new expressive grammar starting out from the synthesis between colour, pictorial act, matter and form. The work that opens the exhibition is entitled 'Spazio totale: progressioni ritmiche simultanee in variazione vibratile' ('Total Space: Simultaneous Rhythmic Progressions in Vibratory Variation'), created by Mario Nigro in 1953, an artist who from the close of the 1940s looked to the origins of a non-objective experience as the means for questioning himself about the essence of human existence. On the upper floor the works by Enrico Castellani, Gianni Colombo, Dadamaino, Francois Morellet and Grazia Varisco propose themselves as hypotheses of the passing through and superseding of the image, a ... More
 
A magnificent marble bust of the goddess of Spring Proserpine, by the renowned American sculptor Hiram Powers, is estimated at 30,000 – 50,000. Photo: Bonhams.
LONDON.- Exceptional marble sculptures representing figures from lost societies across the ages will be among the highlights of Bonhams Fine European Furniture, Sculpture & Works of Art sale on 13th December at New Bond Street, London. A magnificent marble bust of the goddess of Spring Proserpine, by the renowned American sculptor Hiram Powers, is estimated at 30,000 – 50,000. Exquisitely sculpted in white marble, the figure shows the superior skill of Hiram Powers, one of the greatest American sculptors of the 19th Century. He held strong views about the aim of art being spiritual, which led him to create ‘ideal’ sculpture representing an archetypal beauty. Proserpine was an important figure in Roman mythology and her story played an integral role in shaping views on fertility and the seasonal changes. According to myth she was abducted by Pluto, the ... More
Russia's Hermitage denounces probe over modern art exhibit by Britain's Jake and Dinos Chapman
 
A tribute to the late Swiss artist Josephsohn on view at Hauser & Wirth in London
 
Early impressions by James R. Jackson on view at the Manly Art Gallery & Museum
A boy rollerblades in front of the Winter Palace, the main building of Russia's famed Hermitage Museum. AP Photo/Dmitry Lovetsky.
ST. PETERSBURG (AFP).- Russia's renowned Hermitage museum warned of a return to Soviet-era repression of artists after local prosecutors said they were checking one of its exhibits for extremism. The Saint Petersburg museum came under fire last week for hosting an exhibition by Britain's Jake and Dinos Chapman, visual artists known for their epic installations of little figurines in violent scenes. The city's prosecutor's office said it was checking for "possible violations" by the organisers of their Hermitage show "End of Fun" after "numerous complaints from citizens." "According to the complaints, the said show insults the feelings of Orthodox believers... and is directed at inciting hatred," the prosecutors said on their official website, referring to the criminal offence described in Russia's so-called "extremism" law. The exhibit opened in October and runs until January 13. It is a three-dimensional "landscape of hell in which the figures ceaselessly kill one another with ... More
 
Installation view, 'Josephsohn', Hauser & Wirth London, Piccadilly, 2012 Josephsohn Estate. Courtesy Hauser & Wirth and Kesselhaus Josephsohn / Galerie Felix Lehner. Photo: Alex Delfanne.
LONDON.- Hauser & Wirth is presenting a tribute to the late Swiss artist, Josephsohn, spanning 60 years of the artist’s practice. Featuring standing and reclining figures, torsos, reliefs and drawings as well as smaller, more intimate sculptures, this exhibition explores Josephsohn’s innovative approach to traditional sculptural motifs and his unique artistic language that spoke to the freighted past of his medium, whilst simultaneously looking towards its future. The exhibition also acts as a preview to Josephsohn’s forthcoming solo exhibitions at Modern Art Oxford and Yorkshire Sculpture Park, both opening in 2013. Over six decades, Josephsohn experimented with geometric reduction, figuration and abstraction as modes to depict the human form. His reclining figures and torsos are mountainous and boulder- ... More
 
James R. Jackson, Lady with parasol and boating party, 1916, oil on canvas, 40 x 30 cm, private collection.
SYDNEY.- For the first time, Manly Art Gallery & Museum presents a focus exhibition of the luminous early works of the highly regarded Sydney artist James R. Jackson (1882 – 1975). They reveal a rarely seen side of the artist, whose painting Middle Harbour from Manly Heights of 1923 started the Manly Art Gallery & Museum collection, one of the oldest regional art galleries in New South Wales. Jackson’s early paintings – in the tradition of the great Australian impressionist painters such as Tom Roberts, Arthur Streeton and Emanuel Phillips Fox – are highly regarded, but rarely seen. Exhibition curators David Hulme and Brigitte Bnziger have brought together 29 works for the first time with the aim of giving Jackson’s early paintings greater recognition. The works in the exhibition demonstrate how beautifully Jackson handled light and shade. Sydney Harbour, figurative paintings, European landscapes and Venetian boat ... More
French courts to rule in Chinese artist family feud between his third wife and his son from a previous marriage
 
Last King of France's ice buckets re-discovered and red-hot at Bonhams sale
 
Centre Pompidou Foundation appoints Sylvia Chivaratanond as the first Adjunct Curator of American Art
File photo of painter Zao Wou-ki posing in his Paris studio. Paris. AFP PHOTO FRANCOIS GUILLOT.
PARIS (AFP).- The French judiciary will make a ruling in a family feud over elderly Chinese-French abstract painter Zao Wou-ki after an appeals court decided a power-of-attorney case could be heard in France. The Paris appeals court ruled on December 4 that it is within the jurisdiction of French judges to rule on a case brought by the artist's son, overturning a previous ruling in May. Zao, who is 92 and has suffered from Alzheimer's disease since at least 2005, is at the centre of a bitter legal battle between his third wife and his son from a previous marriage. The son, Jia-Ling Zhao, is seeking to obtain power of attorney over his father in the French courts, claiming he was moved to Switzerland in 2011 against his will. Zao's wife, Francoise Marquet, a former curator of the Museum of Modern Art in Paris, said she had moved the artist to Switzerland because the country offered the best environment for his health and for preserving his assets. But Zhao asserts the move is bas ... More
 
The pails depict scenes from the Palais Royal and the Chteau de Neuilly and were part of the ‘Service pittoresque’ ordered by King Louis Philippe of France. Photo: Bonhams.
LONDON.- A pair of stunning ice pails (d.1830) is one of the highlights of the upcoming Fine European Ceramics and Glass sale at Bonhams on 12th December at New Bond Street, London (estimate 8,000-12,000). The pails depict scenes from the Palais Royal and the Chteau de Neuilly and were part of the ‘Service pittoresque’ ordered by King Louis Philippe of France (1773–1850) and given to his daughter, Queen Louise of Belgium, in 1832. Though Philippe fled France as a young man and spent over 20 years in exile he was proclaimed King in 1830. Philippe was the last King of France and after he abdicated in 1848 he lived out the rest of his life in exile in Surrey, England. These ice pails were believed to be lost until they recently surfaced at Bonhams and have now come to auction for the first time. The scenes on the pails are exceptionally well painted and detailed, and the ... More
 
Art historian, independent curator and critic, Ms. Chivaratanond holds art history degrees from Leicester University and UCLA. Photo: Centre Pompidou Foundation.
NEW YORK, NY.- The Centre Pompidou Foundation announced the appointment of Sylvia Chivaratanond as the first Suzanne Deal Booth Adjunct Curator of American Art for the Centre Pompidou and the Centre Pompidou Foundation. In her new role, Ms. Chivaratanond will work closely with members of the Centre Pompidou Foundation and the Centre Pompidou in Paris to develop and support their expanding programs of acquiring and seeking donations of American art. Art historian, independent curator and critic, Ms. Chivaratanond holds art history degrees from Leicester University and UCLA. Her notable curatorial projects include exhibitions at the Walker Art Center, the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago, Tate Gallery in London and the 2003 Venice Biennale. Over the past ten years she has overseen exhibitions and publications with ... More
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National Portrait Gallery presents 89 sitters in one innovative group video portrait
WASHINGTON, DC.- The Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery has recently acquired The Network, a video portrait by the artist Lincoln Schatz. Called a “generative portrait,” this piece is a single-screen video that constantly recombines 89 interviews with politicians, scientists, innovators and scholars. The piece will be on view beginning Dec. 11. “This innovative piece presents visually the interconnectedness that defines contemporary life in Washington,” said Wendy Wick Reaves, interim director of the National Portrait Gallery. “Inspired by Richard Avedon’s work The Family, Schatz found a thoroughly 21st-century way to capture the accomplishments and aspirations of people who are leading this country in many fields.” The portrait includes people such as former Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor, Emmy Award-winning journalist Cokie Roberts, Republican ... More
Sound installation conceived by Hans Tutschku for the rooftop of the Carpenter Center for the Visual Arts
CAMBRIDGE, MASS.- The Carpenter Center for the Visual Arts at Harvard University presents Hans Tutschku: Unreal Memories, a sound installation conceived for the rooftop of the building, occurring from December 4, 2012–May 29, 2013. Specially conceived for the rooftop of the Carpenter Center of the Visual Arts in celebration of the 50th anniversary of the building, Unreal Memories is composed of transformed voices from many different cultures. Original recordings serve as models for computer transformations that create an imaginary intercultural journey, where voices from elsewhere come together. They call us, they celebrate, they open a short sonic window into our busy everyday lives. In a note on February 2, 1960, Le Corbusier imagined for the building: "Electric ringing sounds will be composed and emitted once, twice, three times a day, at fixed times, emission of a formidable ... More
Painting of epic battle between British and American warships in 1813 for sale at Bonhams
LONDON.- Bonhams is selling a painting of the epic fight between H.M.S. Shannon and the U.S.S. Chesapeake during the Anglo-American War of 1812-14 - one of the most renowned naval encounters of the nineteenth century and arguably the quickest and most decisive frigate action ever fought. This oil painting by John Steven Dews (British, born 1949), titled 'Don't give up the ship - Action between Chesapeake and Shannon off Boston 19th May 1813' is estimated to sell for 60,000-80,000 at Bonhams Marine sale on 24 April 2013 in London. In this magnificent picture, Steven Dews has celebrated the bi-centenary of the battle. Captain Philip Broke, in command of H.M.S. Shannon, had come upon the Chesapeake refitting in Boston Harbour and promptly challenged her to come out and fight. At about noon on 1st June 1813, Captain James Lawrence brought Chesapeake out into ... More
Christie's New York wraps 2012 with over $163 million in jewelry auction sales
NEW YORK, NY.- Christie’s New York saw a stellar finale to its fall auction season on December 10, with a blockbuster 300-lot sale of Magnificent Jewels at its flagship Rockefeller Plaza saleroom. The day-long sale realized a total of US$32,541,625 (20,175,808/ €25,057,051) with strong sell-through rates of 84% by lot and 86% by value. This sale result, combined with robust results achieved for Christie’s New York jewels auctions in April, June and October, brings the 2012 New York jewelry auction total to over US$163 million.* The top lot of the December 10 sale was a rectangular-cut, D-color, potentially flawless diamond ring of 50.01 carats by Graff. Estimated at $7-10 million, the ring fetched US$8,370,500 (5,189,710/ €6,445,285) or US$167,400 per carat. The buyer of the stone was Laurence Graff. “This is the third time that I have owned this beautiful diamond and I am as thrilled today ... More
House of Illustration raises 68,750 in "What are they like?" Celebrity Auction at Sotheby's London
LONDON.- Tonight at Sotheby’s London, in an auction supported by Britain’s best-loved illustrator, Quentin Blake, House of Illustration raised 68,750 in its “What are they Like?” celebrity auction. The organisation which champions Britain’s most accessible art form, offered 16 illustrations by some of today’s best-known illustrators, each depicting a celebrity’s eight favourite things. The animated sale, taken by Sotheby’s UK Chairman Harry Dalmeny, was attended by leading names such as Sheila Hancock, David Walliams and Sir Christopher Frayling. This evening’s top lot was Paula Rego’s depiction of Ruby Wax – who revealed a love of The Beatles, her gym-shoes and frozen yoghurt – which was snapped up after a show of bidding brinkmanship for 10,000 by the actress Sheila Hancock. Comedian David Walliams bid single-mindedly up to 4,000, for the illustration of his w ... More
Pulse Miami 2012 closes with record attendance, high museum sales and sold-out booths
MIAMI, FL.- PULSE Miami 2012, held from December 6-9th at the Ice Palace Studios in Miami, closed with a record number of visitors, up almost 20% from last year. Nearly 4,000 visitors passed through in the opening hours of the fair and the crowds steadily increased through Sunday. There was an overall buzz of excitement and vibrancy as multiple galleries reported significant sales on the opening day. The active selling was non-stop with particular interest from major international and U.S. museums and foundations. “We are thrilled by the increased number in attendance this year. Sales were stronger than they’ve ever been, which speaks to the extraordinary caliber of exhibitors and artists,” comments Cornell DeWitt, Director, PULSE Contemporary Art Fairs. “Collectors at all levels purchased work ranging in price from mid-level well into six figures,” continues DeWitt. The new ... More
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