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Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam: One of the most important museums reopening in 2013

A woman gestures as she watches a famous oil on canvas artwork by Dutch artist Rembrandt Harmensz van Rijn entitled "The Syndics of the Amsterdam drapers' Guild" (De Staalmeesters) dated 1662 at the Rijks Museum in Amsterdam on December 21, 2012. AFP PHOTO / ALEXANDER KLEIN.
AMSTERDAM.- The most important museum opening in 2013 is the Grand Opening of the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam on 13 April after a 10 year closure. The renovation, which has completely transformed and renewed the historic building, is one of the most significant ever undertaken by a museum. The re-opening provides an opportunity for a major representation of the museum’s world-famous collection, much of which has not been accessible to the public for a decade. Over 8,000 works of art will go on show telling the story of Dutch art and history, with masterpieces by artists including Frans Hals, Jan Steen, Johannes Vermeer and Rembrandt van Rijn. On a much smaller scale, the Ditchling Museum, which tells the story of a remarkable village and its community of 20th century artists and craftsmen, will open in Spring 2013. The museum has a unique collection of work by Eric Gill, Edward Johnson and others who came to Ditchling to live and work. London will see the opening of a new n ... More

The Best Photos of the Day
VATICAN CITY.- People admire the crib in St Peters Square in the Vatican, on December 24, 2012 after the unveiling ceremony. Pope Benedict XVI will celebrate a late Christmas night holy mass at St. Peters Basilica to mark the nativity of Jesus Christ. AFP PHOTO / VINCENZO PINTO.

Cindy Sherman at the Walker Art Center is a comprehensive survey of the acclaimed artist's many guises   Dialogue between two masters of color, Johannes Itten and Paul Klee, at the Kunstmuseum Bern   Only known work in Canada by the great Venetian artist Titian, featured at the National Gallery of Canada

Cindy Sherman. Untitled Film Still #6. 1977. Gelatin silver print, 9 7/16 x 6 1/2" (24 x 16.5 cm). The Museum of Modern Art, New York. Acquired through the generosity of Jo Carole and Ronald S. Lauder in memory of Eugene M. Schwartz. 2011 Cindy Sherman.
MINNEAPOLIS, MN.- Throughout her career, American artist Cindy Sherman (b. 1954) has used photography to present a sustained, eloquent, and provocative exploration of the construction of contemporary identity and the nature of representation. Through February 17, 2013 the Walker Art Center is presenting Cindy Sherman, a comprehensive survey tracing the groundbreaking American artist’s career from the mid-1970s to the present. The exhibition, organized by The Museum of Modern Art, New York, brings together more than 160 key photographs from the artist’s acclaimed bodies of work. Widely regarded as one of the most influential and important artists today, Sherman has worked for more than 30 years as her own model, art director, makeup artist and stylist, generating an ... More
Paul Klee, Legende vom, Nil, 1937. Pastell auf Baumwolle auf Kleisterfarbe auf Jute auf Keilrahmen, 69 x 61 cm. Hermann und Margrit Rupf-Stiftung, Kunstmuseum Bern.
BERN.- The exhibition at the Kunstmuseum Bern palpably illustrates Johannes Itten’s and Paul Klee’s study of color with key works by both artists. They were two pivotal figures in the area of color theory and comprehensively integrated their reflections on color in their artistic work. The exhibition is the first show to present Johannes Itten and Paul Klee as two artists mutually pursuing an ideal. Actually one would think that it is only logical to show Johannes Itten and Paul Klee in dialogue with one another. After all, their lives and work intersected at many points. For example, Paul Klee’s father was the first to inspire Johannes Itten to become an artist. And conversely, Paul Klee ultimately had Johannes Itten’s support to thank for his appointment to work at the Bauhaus in Weimar. Both artists began their lifelong investigation and study of color theory as well as of the structures inherent ... More
Tiziano Vecellio (called Titian), Daniele Barbaro, 1545. Oil on canvas, 85.8 x 71.5 cm. Purchased 1928. National Gallery of Canada. Photo NGC.
OTTAWA, ON.- A portrait, its authenticity long questioned and in such poor condition it could not be shown, finally reclaims its rightful place in art history and on the walls of the National Gallery of Canada. Thanks to its recent restoration, Daniele Barbaro (1545), the only painting by the Venetian painter Titian in Canada, can now be exhibited to the public. From today throughout the holiday season, Gallery visitors can admire the painting in the European art gallery C203. “Titian was among the titans of Italian painting and on the short list of the greatest painters of all time. That was also the consensus when he was alive. Thanks to the expertise and insights of our gifted specialists, we have restored--and convincing reattributed--Canada’s only painting by this immortal master and returned him to public view after many years in storage,” said NGC director Marc Mayer. Daniele Barbaro (1514-1570) was a wel ... More

Treasures of the Alfred Stieglitz Center: Photographs from the permanent collection opens   Exhibition looks at the V&A's engagement with and changing view of art and design from Africa   Exhibition documents American artists' continuing fascination with the American landscape

New York from the Shelton, 1935. Alfred Stieglitz, American, 1864 - 1946. Gelatin silver print, Image and sheet: 9 5/8 x 7 9/16 inches (24.4 x 19.2 cm) Mount: 20 3/4 x 15 7/16 inches (52.7 x 39.2 cm). Philadelphia Museum of Art, From the Collection of Dorothy Norman, 1997. The Georgia O’Keeffe Foundation / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York.
PHILADELPHIA, PA.- This exhibition presents a survey of photographs from the permanent collection and includes an important group of works by Dorothy Norman and her mentor Alfred Stieglitz, one of the greatest figures in twentieth-century American art. There are also early masterworks by Gustave Le Gray, whose images of light and motion inspired the Impressionists; Edward Weston; Julia Margaret Cameron; and Charles Aubry. These striking images are complemented by an array of modern and contemporary works that trace the medium’s history as a visual art form, including recent acquisitions by artists such as Florence Henri, Roy DeCarava, and Hiroh Kikai, many on view for the first time in Philadelphia ... More
Tabwa figure, 1900-1920. Democratic Republic of Congo. Victoria and Albert Museum, London.
LONDON.- This display of around 100 objects from the V&A’s collections looks at the V&A’s engagement with and changing view of art and design from Africa since the earliest days of the Museum in the 1850s to the present. It is the first of a series of displays to highlight the V&A’s significant holdings of art and design from Africa, and the first time many of these objects are being shown. Exploring Hidden Histories reveals some of the stories which lie behind the acquisition of the V&A’s African objects which include jewellery, textiles and sculpture. The display is the result of a seven year Museum-wide research project, supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund, with additional support from the Arts and Humanities Research Council for research into African textiles. Traditional distinctions between ‘art’ and ‘ethnography’, and between North Africa and sub-Saharan regions, led to many Af ... More
Thomas Worthington Whittredge, Trout Fishing in the Adirondacks, c. 1862. Oil on canvas. Museum purchase and partial gift of Leon and Marjorie H. Marlowe, Miss Margaret Thomasson and the Estate of Billie Fitts Durham (by exchange) 1977.42
CHATTANOOGA, TN.- The Hunter Museum of American Art opened a new exhibition, “Exploring the Land: Landscapes from the Hunter Museum Collection”. The exhibit will be on view until April 28, 2013. “Exploring the Land” documents American artists’ continuing fascination with the American landscape. Some of these paintings, drawings and photographs from the Hunter collection have rarely been seen, others are old favorites. A handful of works are either new acquisitions or have never been on view before. The breadth of the work, which includes both 19th and 20th century pieces, allows for some interesting comparisons. For example, a small painting of a forest interior, done by Worthington Whittredge in 1862, expresses the Hudson River School philosophy of the ... More

Canadian Pioneers: Masterworks from the Sobey Collections on view at the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia   Design Museum in Ghent exhibits works by revolutionary Japanese designer Shiro Kuramata   Fifth year of Artist Rooms On Tour announced: 16 venues will display Artist Rooms in 2013

Emily Carr, Kitseukla, 1928. Oil on canvas, 60.9 x 45.4 cm. Sobey Art Foundation. Photo: Steve Farmer.
HALIFAX.- Fans of The Group of Seven and other renowned Canadian painters will want to head to the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia for an exhibition that showcases the depth and breadth of one of the finest private collections in Canada. A comprehensive exhibition of masterpieces from the Sobey collections, Canadian Pioneers: Tom Thomson, Emily Carr, J.W. Morrice and The Group of Seven - Masterworks from the Sobey Collections is being presented at the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia through January 6, 2013. Canadian Pioneers features over 80 works of Canada’s greatest artists and explore the creative spirit of these passionate painters. They include: Emily Carr, Clarence A. Gagnon, David Milne, Tom Thomson, Cornelius Krieghoff, J.W. Morrice and The Group of Seven, among others. This is the first time that these works have been shown together in Canada. Selected for their outstanding quality, these iconic Canadian pain ... More
Shiro Kuramata, 1970. Cappellini, Italy. Steel and lacquered wood. Courtesy Cappellini, Italy.
GHENT.- Nothing is more highly sought after these days than Shiro Kuramata’s designs. His transparent designs in acrylic, glass and steel wire are some of the most representative and creative of late 20th-century design. Kuramata is mostly known for ‘Miss Blanche’, a chair made of transparent Plexiglas filled with plastic roses. Shiro Kuramata (1934 - 1991) was an influential Japanese designer who experimented in the 1970s and 1980s with the materials acrylic, glass, aluminium and wire steel mesh, with which he designed transparent furniture. He studied architecture until 1953 at Tokyo’s Municipal Polytechnic High School, going on to work for furniture producer Teikokukizai for a year. He also studied interior design at the Kuwasawa institute for Design in Tokyo. From 1957 until 1963 he worked as part of the Sain-Ai design studio of the Maysuya department store in Tokyo as a window dresser and graphic artist. 1965 saw the opening of his own workshop in the Ja ... More
Andy Warhol, Self Portrait 1986. The Warhol Foundation & Tate, London.
LONDON.- The National Galleries of Scotland and Tate announced plans for the fifth ARTIST ROOMS Tour in 2013. New exhibitions and displays will go on show at 16 venues across the UK. The Tour will include 10 venues new to the project, among them two located in the Scottish Borders and one in Morayshire. By the end of 2013, ARTIST ROOMS will have been shown in 54 museums and galleries nationwide and 107 displays and exhibitions will have opened since 2009. ARTIST ROOMS have so far been seen by 21 million people. The tour is made possible thanks to the new support of Arts Council England, the continued support of the Art Fund and, in Scotland, new support from Creative Scotland. In 2013, ARTIST ROOMS exhibitions and displays will be seen outside London and Edinburgh in Belfast, Berwick-upon-Tweed, Brighton, Falkirk, Findhorn, Galashiels, Hull, Newcastle-upon-Tyne, Stoke-on-Trent, Wednesbury, Wolverhampton, Worcester and York. Ov ... More

Diana Venet's collection of jewelry made by artists on view at Valencian Institute for Modern Art   Robert Frost's Christmas cards collected by Dartmouth College in New Hampshire   A huge collection comprising 10,000 of ames Comisar's TV memorabilia items needs a home

My passion for artists’ jewelry was born on the day my sculptor husband, Bernar Venet, amused himself by rolling a thin stick of silver around my left ring finger to make me a wedding ring!
By: Diana Venet
VALENCIA.- In my rather itinerant life, my collection of jewelry has become an intimate museum that I can take with me everywhere, and the treasure trove that always greets me upon my return home. It is Jewelry, but, in my eyes, mainly Art. And here I am proposing a different narrative about jewelry, one that is far from the shiny pages of glossy magazines. It is the story of various distinguished artists, male and female, who became interested in this adventure, inspired by love for a woman, by the challenge, or simply out of interest in this particular medium of expression. My passion for artists’ jewelry was born on the day my sculptor husband, Bernar Venet, amused himself by rolling a thin stick of silver around my left ring finger to make me a wedding ring! This first gesture, so moving in its spontaneity, had a far-reaching impact on me. It allowed me to discover the scarcely- ... More
One of Robert Frost's Christmas cards is seen. Famed poet Frost once waited until July to send his Christmas cards. AP Photo/Dartmouth College.
By: Holly Ramer, Associated Press
HANOVER, NH (AP).- Take heart, holiday procrastinators: Famed poet Robert Frost once waited until July to get his Christmas cards in the mail. Unlike the flimsy, forgettable cards of today, however, Frost's cards arguably were worth the wait. For the past 28 years of his life, he teamed up with a boutique printer to send beautifully illustrated booklets featuring a different poem for each year. Dartmouth College, which Frost briefly attended as a student and later returned as a lecturer, has collected more than 500 of the cards, including the first installment, which was sent without Frost's knowledge. In 1929, Joseph Blumenthal of the New York-based Spiral Press, who was setting type for one of Frost's poetry collections, decided the poem "Christmas Trees" would make an attractive greeting card. With permission from Frost's publisher, he printed 275 copies, one of which eventually made its way to Frost. ... More
James Comisar holds a communicator prop used on the original Star Trek series. AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes.
By: John Rogers, Associated Press
LOS ANGELES (AP).- James Comisar is the first to acknowledge that more than a few have questioned his sanity for spending the better part of 25 years collecting everything from the costume George Reeves wore in the 1950s TV show "Superman" to the entire set of "The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson." Then there's the pointy Spock ears Leonard Nimoy wore on "Star Trek" and the guns Tony Soprano used to rub out a mob rival in an episode of "The Sopranos." "Along the way people thought I was nuts in general for wanting to conserve Keith Partridge's flared pants from 'The Partridge Family,'" the good-natured former TV writer says of the 1970s sitcom as he ambles through rows of costumes, props and what have you from the beginnings of television to the present day. "But they really thought I needed a psychological workup," Comisar, 48, adds with a smile, "when they learned I was having museum curators take care of these pieces ... More

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Tale of lost military jacket prompts curiosity
RICHMOND (AP).- As soon as she read the news, Mary Helen Taft went straight from her computer to her closet, pulling out a gray jacket that, until that moment, she had thought was an elaborate costume. When the story of an 80-year-old military tunic found among Superstorm Sandy debris at the Jersey Shore made national headlines, she knew the item she had picked up on consignment about 20 years ago was no longer just a run-of-the-mill coat stashed in the back of her closet. After examining the worn-down label inside, Taft uncovered the jacket's own storied past. "I really had no idea what the history behind the jacket was, or that it may be meaningful or valuable to somebody," said Taft, 63, who lives outside Zimmerman, Minn. "Suddenly there was a face and a history of service and a human connection that is very real and it made me see the jacket with new eyes. "Isn't ... More
Belvedere opens a new exhibition floor space to feature young contemporary artists
VIENNA.- At the 21er Raum, a new exhibition floor space to feature young contemporary positions, recent works by artists living and working in Austria are being presented every six weeks. The room’s programme has been introduced with the Australian-born artist Andy Boot in November. Now the 21er Raum is presenting the Austrian artist Constanze Schweiger. The exhibition Scrollwork by Constanze Schweiger revolves around various aesthetic phenomena related to painting, fashion and social ties. The artist translates specific elements from her blog into exhibition objects and its texts into printed form. In the same way as Scrollwork sometimes resembles acanthus leaves, sometimes an abstract pattern, the exhibition oscillates between objects that tend in different directions and yet still form a coherent whole. At intervals of six weeks, altogether eight exhibitions per year – ... More
The Story of the 47 Ronin at the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria
VICTORIA, BC.- An honourable and tragic tale of the samurai of Japan is being told in a captivating new exhibition at the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria. Virtuous Vendetta: The Story of the 47 Ronin in Prints runs from December 7, 2012 through March 31, 2013 in the AGGV’s Drury Gallery. “This true story, which took place between 1701 and 1703, embodies the highest loyalty capable of members of the samurai class and dramatically illustrates the finest qualities in the samurai code of honour. It is the most celebrated example of loyalty and warrior ethics in Japanese history,” explains AGGV Curator of Asian Art, Barry Till. The saga of the 47 Ronin began in 1700 when Lord Asano Naganori under the guidance of Lord Kira Yoshinaka, was commissioned to look after the emperor’s envoys during their visit to the shogun’s court. Lord Kira, known to be greedy and unethical, rudely insulted ... More
Ben Ali's ill-gotten gains draw crowds of Tunisians
GAMMARTH (AFP).- Agents of rich Gulf collectors, lovers of luxury and those simply curious to see the ill-gotten gains of the Ben Ali clan were among those drawn to a sale of the deposed Tunisian despot's assets that began on Sunday. "We're here out of curiosity, to see the size of the scam this country suffered from," said Mehdi, 25, visiting the exhibition with his uncle, a car enthusiast. "It feels like voyeurism," he added, saying that he felt "uneasy in front of all this luxury that is insulting to ordinary Tunisians struggling to get by." A bright red Ferrari owned by Zine El Abidine Ben Ali's spoilt nephew Imed, and a brand new Porsche destined for his youngest child, were among the items on show in the pharaonic decor of the Cleopatra exhibition space amid tight security. The former belongings of Ben Ali and 114 of his relatives are going under the hammer in the chic ... More
Pssst: An Exhibition for Kids at the MMK in Frankfurt
FRANKFURT.- For the first time, the MMK Museum fr Moderne Kunst is presenting an exhibition for its very youngest visitors: “Pssst”: from 15 December 2012 to 27 January 2013, the MMK Zollamt is featuring works by sixteen artists developed especially for this show. Within this framework, two artists’ groups, one based in Frankfurt and the other in London, have joined forces – groups which for many years now have been investigating the question of what an artistic aesthetic for children might look like. This is the first time either of them has participated in an international collaboration. The exhibition “Pssst” is being carried out in cooperation with the kinder museum frankfurt. In addition to a joint work by all of the artists involved, installations by the English artists Matthew Bromley and Simon Peplow also are on view at the kinder museum frankfurt. At “Pssst”, children from ... More
Grateful Dead exhibit extended in Cleveland
CLEVELAND (AP).- The Grateful Dead exhibit at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum in Cleveland has gotten a reprieve. The exhibit opened in April and was due to wrap up by year's end. Now the rock hall says the exhibit titled "The Long, Strange Trip" has been extended through March 24. The exhibit features manuscripts, handwritten notes, five Jerry Garcia guitars, a custom-painted drum kit and promoter Bill Graham's "Father Time" robe. Several members of the Grateful Dead have toured the exhibit and participated in related programs, including Mickey Hart, Donna Jean Godchaux, Tom Constanten and Bill Kreutzmann. The rock hall says the Grateful Dead were at the epicenter of the sweeping culture of San Francisco in the 1960's. ... More

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