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Tuesday, June 13, 2017




 Royal Academy of Arts in London opens world's largest open submission exhibition
Around 1200 works have gone on display, the majority of which are for sale offering visitors an opportunity to purchase original artwork by high profile and up-and-coming artists.
LONDON.- The Royal Academician, Eileen Cooper, is the co-ordinator of the 249th Summer Exhibition. Given her long and distinguished teaching career, Cooper brings her experience and knowledge of diverse practices to the Summer Exhibition 2017. She has extended the reach of the exhibition to include more works from artists across the world as well as artists working in differing media, exploring and celebrating the new energy of the next generation. To support this vision, Eileen Cooper and the Summer Exhibition Hanging Committee have invited international artists to exhibit in a range of media throughout the galleries. These include Julie Born Schwartz, Hassan Hajjaj, Secundino Hernández, Isaac Julien, Tomoaki Suzuki and Mark Wallinger. For the first time, the Summer Exhibition also includes an element of performance art. Further highlights of the Summer Exhibition 2017 include Yinka Shonibare RA?s Wind Sculpture VI in the Royal Academy?s Annenberg Courtyard. At over 6 metres in ... More


The Best Photos of the Day
Visitors look at the "Parthenon of Books" created by the Argentinian artist Marta Minujin during the official opening of the documenta 14 in Kassel, Central Germany on June 10, 2017. The Parthenon of books, a full-scale replica of the temple on the Athenian Acropolis, is made up with some 100,000 copies of banned books donated from the public, as well as publishers and institutions. Documenta 14 takes place from April 8 to July 16 in Athens, and from 10 June to September 17 in Kassel. Boris Roessler / dpa / AFP


Ancient marbles, classical sculpture and works of art bring $4.5 million at Sotheby's
 
Christie's to offer the Personal Collection of film and fashion legend Audrey Hepburn
 
Sotheby's HK Gallery to open most comprehensive exhibition on Fan Ho's photography
Installation view. Courtesy Sotheby's.
LONDON.- Today’s sale, dedicated exclusively to the classical world, totalled £3,524,000 / $4,490,633 (est. £2,296,000-3,516,000) with an array of ancient marble sculpture and works of art from the Greek, Roman and Etruscan periods meeting enthusiasm from bidders. The auction was led by an exceptionally well-preserved and powerful portrait Roman bust of a high-ranking military officer dating from the mid to late 2nd Century A.D., which sold for £728,750 / $928,646 (est. £300,000-500,000) to benefit the Acquisition Fund of the Denver Art Museum. Carved out of a single piece of marble, this virtually intact depiction stands out for its direct gaze and the exuberance of the hair and provides a glimpse into the importance of portraiture in Ancient Rome. A rare group of larger-than-life size Roman Marble figures of women, circa 2nd Century A.D., brought a combined total of £1,123,750 / $1,431,995 (est. £650,000-1,000,000). Having been ... More
 
Bud Fraker (1916-2002), Audrey Hepburn, circa 1957. Gelatin silver print, stamped Paramount Studio credit (verso), 13 ½ x 10 ¼ in. (34.2 x 26 cm.). Estimate: £500-800. © Christie’s Images Limited 2017.
LONDON.- Christie’s will present the sale of the personal collection of Audrey Hepburn, the globally renowned and celebrated film and stage actress, fashion legend and humanitarian in London this September. The collection of one of the most famous and beloved stars in the history of film and fashion will be showcased in a flagship auction at Christie’s King Street headquarters in London on 27 September, alongside an online sale which will be open for bidding from 19 September until 3 October. The collection is an extraordinary archive chronicling the life and career of arguably the most famous screen actress of the 20th Century through the lens of the objects she collected, used and loved. This is the first time these remarkable, personal items, which have remained in the ownership of Audrey Hepburn’s family, have been ... More
 
Approaching Shadow, 1954.
HONG KONG.- Sotheby’s Hong Kong Gallery will present Visual Dialogues: Hong Kong through the Lens of Fan Ho, the most comprehensive exhibition on Fan Ho’s photography, from 14 to 30 June 2017. This selling exhibition features over 30 vintage works by celebrated photography master and film director Fan Ho (1931 – 2016). Each photo captures a moment in time, nostalgically documenting life in Hong Kong in the 1950s. For the first time, Fan Ho’s photography and related objects, among them the original Rolleiflex f3.5 camera used throughout his lifetime and his book Thoughts on Street Photography (published 1959), will be exhibited. The new photo book, Fan Ho: Portrait of Hong Kong, which presents some of his most important works and documents his contribution to Hong Kong’s street photography, will be released and available for sale at the exhibition. Taken together, Visual Dialogues is the most ... More


First major exhibition of Helen Frankenthaler's work in Paris in more than fifty years on view at Gagosian
 
Limestone relief with hieroglyphs of Pharaoh Akhenaten leads Bonhams Antiquities sale
 
70th anniversary of Indian Independence celebrated with new exhibitions
Helen Frankenthaler in her studio at Third Avenue and East 94th Street, New York. Photograph by Tony Vaccaro, courtesy of Tony Vaccaro studio.
PARIS.- Gagosian is presenting “Helen Frankenthaler: After Abstract Expressionism, 1959–1962.” The first major exhibition of Frankenthaler’s work in Paris in more than fifty years, it includes paintings and works on paper, several of which have not been exhibited since the early 1960s. Comprising fourteen paintings and two works on paper, the exhibition explores a radical, lesser-known body of work, picking up at the very end of the period in Frankenthaler’s career treated in “Painted on 21st Street: Helen Frankenthaler from 1950 to 1959” at Gagosian West 21st Street, in 2013. The works in the 2013 exhibition revealed Frankenthaler’s invention of the technique of pouring and brushing turpentine-thinned paint so that it soaked into raw canvas. In contrast, the current exhibition reveals her deliberate return to the gestural improvisation of Abstract Expressionism, as a way of moving ... More
 
An Egyptian limestone talatat relief fragment with cartouches of the Pharaoh Akhenaten. Estimated £60,000-90,000. Photo: Bonhams.
LONDON.- An Egyptian limestone talatat relief fragment, circa 1351-1334B.C., leads Bonhams Antiquities Sale, 6 July at Bonhams New Bond Street. Carved in sunken relief with royal cartouches naming Pharaoh Akhenaten and his wife Queen Nefertiti, the piece is estimated at £60,000-90,000. Akhenaten and his wife Nefertiti are the most famous royal couple in Ancient Egyptian history. Akhenaten is noted for his attempts to replace the traditional polytheism with a new monotheism, centered around the worship of Aten, the deified sun disc. Nefertiti, while known for her exceptional beauty, was also the first royal consort to enjoy equal status with her husband. Their reign marked an important cultural epoch in Ancient Egypt. The pair established Amarna art, a new style of pictorial art characterized by a sense of movement and activity. The talatat-stone format was an innovation introduced by ... More
 
Rama returns in victory to Ayodhya, Pahari (Punjab Hills), Kangra, c.1780-1790 © The Fitzwilliam Museum, University of Cambridge.
CAMBRIDGE.- Two exhibitions and a new book have launched at the Fitzwilliam Museum to mark the 70th anniversary of Indian Independence. The displays celebrate Cambridge’s links with Indian culture with examples from the Museum’s world-class holdings of coins and its rarely seen collection of Indian miniature painting. 2017 is the UK-India Year of Culture, a year of events to celebrate UK’s cultural ties with India. The two exhibitions are part of the University of Cambridge Museums’ India Unboxed series, affiliated to the UK/India 2017 programme run by the British Council. From Kabul to Kolkata: Highlights of Indian painting in the Fitzwilliam Museum, showcases a selection of Indian miniature paintings and drawings from the 16th to 19th centuries. Works produced under the patronage of the Mughal dynasty and other princely rulers are included, as ... More


Paul Newman's "Paul Newman" Daytona to be offered during Phillips' inaugural New York Watch auction
 
Belgian artist Wim Delvoye's first major retrospective in Switzerland opens at Museum Tinguely
 
Strong performance at Ketterer Kunst's sales: Beckmann is the auction's star
Rolex Cosmograph “Paul Newman" Daytona, Ref. 6239. Estimate: In excess of US$1 million. Image courtesy of Phillips.
NEW YORK, NY.- Phillips in Association with Bacs & Russo, the leading watch auction house dedicated to highest quality timepieces, is proud to launch its inaugural New York auction with WINNING ICONS – Legendary Watches of the 20th Century. Scheduled to take place on 26 October 2017, this landmark thematic auction will be dedicated to the most iconic collectors watches of the last century. A historic event in its own right, WINNING ICONS will offer what is without a doubt amongst the most important Rolex watches to ever be offered on the market: The singular, one and only Rolex “Paul Newman” Cosmograph Daytona owned and worn by none other than Paul Newman. With an absolutely superb provenance, it is the watch that inspired the legendary nickname for the most prestigious versions of Rolex’s Daytona. For enthusiasts and ... More
 
Wim Delvoye, ohne Titel (Truck Tire), 2013. Hand craved truck tire, 148 x 148 x 60 cm © 2017 ProLitteris, Zurich / Wim Delvoye. Photo: Studio Wim Delvoye, Belgium.
BASEL.- Museum Tinguely is to host in 2017 Switzerland’s first major retrospective of Belgian artist Wim Delvoye. Since the late 1980s, Delvoye has been known for works that rest on intelligently witty admixtures of the profane with the sublime, where tradition clashes with utopia, and craftsmanship with high-tech. Probably his best known works are his Cloacas, which mechanically reconstruct the physiological processes that take place inside the human body between ingestion and excretion and so visualise one of the basic constants of our existence. The artist’s more recent replicas of construction machinery and trucks using Gothic-style ornaments attest to his delight in aesthetic experimentation and monumental works based on professional constructions and built out of ... More
 
Max Beckmann's “Château d’If” sold for the remarkable price of € 1,687,500.
MUNICH.- Satisfied clients and excellent results – that's the bottom line of the seven successful auctions that grossed € 20.5 million for Ketterer Kunst. A total of 38 results met or crossed the € 100,000 line. The undisputed top star in the spring auctions is Max Beckmann. A collector from Baden-Württemberg offered more than twice the lower estimate and made the oil painting sure for himself for a result of € 1,687,500. “I am more than content,” comments Robert Ketterer on his spring auctions, and has good reason to be, as the auction of 19th Century Art already exceeded its previous result of around 1,3 million by 30%. “Sales figures in the Rare Books Department show that our efforts to downsize the auction's scale are going the right direction”, says the company owner, because proceeds of around € 1,6 million put the auction on par with figures from spring 2016 – realized with aroun ... More


A Van Gogh on the wall is now accessible to all
 
Crocker Art Museum celebrates genre-bending art magazine's anniversary through show of contemporary art
 
Solo exhibition of Anna Zemánková debuts in California at The Good Luck Gallery
Starting today, it is possible to order a tailor-made reproduction through the webstore.
AMSTERDAM.- The Van Gogh Museum announced a new service: for the first time ever, the museum is making a considerable part of its collection available upon request. Thanks to printing on demand, everyone now has the opportunity to own a personalised work by Vincent van Gogh. Via the Van Gogh Museum shop and webstore, people from all over the world can now order reproductions of their favourite art work, to their individual specifications. Customers can browse a selection of more than 600 different prints, drawings and paintings, either on a touchscreen stand in the museum shop, or online in the webstore. A search function filters the works according to artistic style or individual artist. Once the customer has selected their desired art work, they can choose how they would like it printed. The prints are on the highest quality paper or canvas, and various versions are available to order: from small to very large formats, and loose or wit ... More
 
AJ Fosik, The Abyss Stares Back, 2011. Wood, paint and nails, 39 × 27 × 14 in. Collection of Ken and Lauren Golden. Photograph by Max Yawney.
SACRAMENTO, CA.- This June, the Crocker Art Museum brings to Sacramento Turn the Page: The First Ten Years of Hi-Fructose, a one-of-a-kind exhibition of works by artists who have been prominently featured in the best-selling contemporary art magazine Hi-Fructose. This exhibition marks the tenth anniversary of the influential magazine by bringing together some of the most remarkable artists to grace its pages – artists whose works may not otherwise be exhibited together. In 2005, husband-and-wife artists Daniel “Attaboy” Seifert and Annie Owens set out to increase the public’s access to the works of many emerging, underground, and “lowbrow” artists they enjoyed, and founded the pioneering magazine Hi-Fructose. Through their print and digital publications and platforms, Hi-Fructose has become an important and divergent voice for contemporary artists who work in a variety of ... More
 
Untitled (AZ589), pastel, ink, and embroidery on paper, 24.61x17.72".
LOS ANGELES, CA.- Paige Wery, principal of The Good Luck Gallery, has announced that
the first-ever solo exhibition of Anna Zemánková’s rarely seen beaded and embroidered works, along with many of her collages and drawings, are now on view through July 9th, at 945 Chung King Road, in L.A.’s Chinatown Arts District. Says Ms. Wery, “I am thrilled to present the work of Anna Zemánková to a new generation of art collectors and enthusiasts. Throughout her often-troubled life Zemánková cultivated a unique personal botany in crayon, ink and oil pastel, creating her own singular realm of emotionally charged lyrical abstraction.” The artist was born in Moravia (today part of the Czech Republic) in 1908. She worked as a dental technician before marrying a military officer and subsequently dedicated her life to raising four children, one of whom, her first-born son, died in infancy - a tragedy that Zemánková never completely recove ... More
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Through Silo(e)scapes, Zenovia Toloudi highlights need for protecting native seeds of the Mediterranean
HANOVER, NH.- As agriculture, climate change, pollution and other factors continue to impact our planet, native plant species, including those in the Mediterranean, are threatened. Through the project— Silo(e)scapes; architect, artist and Dartmouth Assistant Professor of Studio Art Zenovia Toloudi, provides a social commentary on these issues by envisioning a future architecture, which is a hybrid of a seed bank, a sharing economy and a museum for Mediterranean plant species that may disappear. Silo(e)scapes is one of 33 projects in the exhibition, Tomorrows: Urban fictions for possible futures, which is on display through July 16 at Diplareios School in Athens, Greece. Tomorrows was curated by Panos Dragonas and Daphne Dragona, and was organized by Onassis Cultural Center. The exhibition explores the environmental, technological and social changes impacting ... More
Contemporary South Asian Art sees strong demand with Saffronart's Summer Online Auction
MUMBAI.- Saffronart’s Summer Online Auction concluded last week, achieving a total sale value of INR 22.68 crores (USD 3.5 million). Works by Valay Shende, Atul Dodiya, Adeela Suleman, Tayeba Begum Lipi, Arunkumar H G, Senaka Senanayake, Surendran Nair and Dhananjay Singh saw enthusiastic bidding and exceeded their pre-sale estimates. 74% of the contemporary lots on offer were sold. The auction, which featured a selection of works by artists from the South Asian subcontinent, reflected Saffronart’s efforts at repositioning a market that has been seeing a slow revival. Valay Shende’s Lot 92, Untitled, a sculpture of a buffalo made from welded metal discs, sold at INR 43 lakhs (USD 67,500) against an estimate of INR 30 – 35 lakhs (USD 46,875 – 54,690). The artist’s claim to fame is his highly successful public sculpture, Dabbawalla, at Haji ... More
Slovenia hideouts spill Cold War secrets
KOCEVJE (AFP).- Almost three decades after the end of the Cold War, secrets from the era of espionage and power games are now resurfacing in Slovenia. In Kocevje, a forested region in the south, authorities have opened a massive 1950s bunker -- complete with tunnels, narrow passages and chunky blast-resistant steel doors -- to the public this month for the first time. Until recently, the existence of the 800-square-metre (8,600-square-feet) labyrinth had still been a secret, albeit not a very good one. "There have always been rumours about it" among locals because of its location on a sealed-off military base, newly-appointed bunker guide Mihael Petrovic told AFP. For the underground tour, visitors are taken from the town of Kocevje to the Skrilje bunker in small vans and asked to leave their mobile phones at the entrance. Those wishing to get a more authentic ... More
Amon Carter presents "The Polaroid Project: At the Intersection of Art and Technology"
FORT WORTH, TX.- The Amon Carter Museum of American Art is presenting The Polaroid Project: At the Intersection of Art and Technology, a sweeping overview of the Polaroid phenomenon featuring the work of more than 100 artist-photographers along with examples of the tools and artifacts that helped make Polaroid a household name. The exhibition, which makes its U.S. debut at the Amon Carter, highlights the wide-ranging and often surprising uses of Polaroid materials through more than 150 images, including works by such heralded artists as Ellen Carey (b. 1952), Chuck Close (b. 1940), Marie Cosindas (b. 1925), Barbara Crane (b. 1928), David Hockney (b. 1937), Robert Rauschenberg (1925–2008) and Andy Warhol (1928–1987). The exhibition is on view June 3 through September 3, 2017; admission is free. “Polaroid was the epitome of instant imaging long before ... More
Exhibition of new works by Indian artist Sheela Gowda opens at Ikon
BIRMINGHAM.- Ikon presents an exhibition of new works by Indian artist Sheela Gowda, running from 14 June until 3 September 2017. Born in Bhadravati, India in 1957, Gowda studied Painting at the Royal College of Art during the 1980s under the eminent British figurative artist Peter de Francia. Her practice subsequently developed to include installations in more abstracted configurations. As a response to the political situation in the early 90’s, Gowda’s work became more material based, whilst eschewing didacticism. In a recent interview the artist explains: “I don't believe that you can be a good artist by having a list of things that you want to say. I think this is a recipe to make bad art. Not because there is something wrong in being specific. Art is not about giving opinions in black and white terms. It is nuanced through a visual language that is also determined ... More
Opulent Bentleys and luxurious Rolls-Royces at Bonhams Festival of Speed sale
LONDON.- On Friday 30 June, Bonhams will once again return to the Tapestry Lawn at Goodwood House for its annual Festival of Speed auction, which will see some of the finest luxury and collectors’ motor cars offered for sale, including examples from Aston Martin, Bentley, Jaguar and Rolls-Royce. Hailed by The Autocar magazine in 1930 as ‘motoring in its very highest form,’ the Bentley 8-Litre was the largest-engined and arguably fastest motor car made in the UK at the time of its release in 1930, capable of ‘100mph without noise’ according to Bentley’s advertising. In fact, the 8-Litre remained the fastest production model offered by the British marque until the R-Type Continental appeared more than 20 years later. The 1931 example offered by Bonhams is the 59th of its type produced, with unique and sublime Sedanca de Ville coachwork by H J Mulliner. The car ... More
Prismatic Park is Mad. Sq. Art's thirty-fourth public art exhibition
NEW YORK, NY.- Prominent, innovative choreographers, dancers, musicians and poets including musicians Limpe Fuchs and Lea Bertucci, choreographers Rashaun Mitchell and Silas Riener, and poets Joshua Bennett and Mónica de la Torre will be in residence as an integral part of Josiah McElheny's outdoor public art project, Prismatic Park, in Madison Square Park from June 13, 2017 through October 8, 2017. These professional artists will undertake rehearsals, workshops, and performances in full view of the public on McElheny's prismatic glass tile and wood sculptures: a curvilinear, translucent blue sound wall for experimental music; a circular, reflective green floor for vanguard dance; and a vaulted-roofed luminous red and yellow pavilion for poetry. The public will also have access to the sculptures, to view or to adopt as a framework for their own innovative ... More
Live online sale features diverse property from Southeast Asia, including China, Korea and Tibet
SAN FRANCISCO, CA.- Turner Auctions + Appraisals will present a diverse selection of over 200 lots at its Arts of Asia sale on Saturday, July 8. The online auction features distinctive items that date from the early-18th century to the mid-20th century, from multiple consignors and estates. Among the countries represented are China, Korea and Tibet. Offerings include jade jewelry, plaques and other carved pieces; cloisonné (figures, bowls, vases, animals); Chinese and Korean paintings; ginger jars, Yixing and other pottery; porcelain pieces; jewelry; gilt-bronze figures and other bronzes; blue and white decorative items; snuff bottles; Asian seals; cinnabar lacquer items; reference books; small furniture (screens, tables, stools et al); embroidered panels; and more. Turner Auctions + Appraisals begins its online auction on Saturday, July 8 at 10:30 am PDT; sale items ... More
Freeman's American Art & Pennsylvania Impressionist Sale totals $1,155,000
PHILADELPHIA, PA.- On Sunday June 4, Freeman’s presented the American Art & Pennsylvania Impressionist auction. The auction totaled just over $1,155,000 for 83 lots sold and had an 80 percent sellthrough rate. “This was one of our best attended auctions yet and confirmed Freeman’s status as the premier venue for both private buyers and sellers of Pennsylvania Impressionism,” Head of Department, Alasdair Nichol, said. “This exciting field of collecting is very much on Freeman’s doorstep and is at the heart of our American Art department.” The sale opened with a Martin Lewis drypoint, entitled “Rainy Day, Queens” which sold to a private buyer for $37,500, against an estimate of $20,000-30,000. The etching is a highly notable and distinguished print from Lewis’s oeuvre, and is one of the many scenes of New York City for which the artist is so renowned. ... More
Sneakers worn by Michael Jordan fetch a record $190,000
NEW YORK (AFP).- A pair of sports shoes worn by Michael Jordan during the basketball finals at the 1984 Los Angeles Olympics sold Sunday for $190,372 in an online auction, the auction house announced. Wearing the white-and-blue Converse brand shoes, Jordan -- then still an amateur -- scored 20 points in a match against Spain on August 10, 1984 that ended up as a 96-65 walloping. Jordan was playing for the last all-amateur US Olympic team, one which, under fiery coach Bobby Knight, won the eight matches it played by an average of 30 points. After the game against Spain Jordan gave the shoes -- each of them autographed -- to an 11-year-old ball boy, according to the SCP Auctions house, which organized the sale. It described the size 13 canvas-and-leather shoes as being "well-preserved," including even Jordan's "very own navy blue orthotic inserts" and ... More
Rob and Nick Carter's Bronze Oak Grove debuts in Kensington Gardens
LONDON.- Ben Brown Fine Arts announced the unveiling of Bronze Oak Grove, 2017, by internationally acclaimed artist duo, Rob and Nick Carter. Making its debut in the North Flower Walk in Kensington Gardens, this brilliantly executed, monumental installation consists of nine identical bronze tree stumps sited in a circular arrangement to represent an ancient oak grove. Rob and Nick Carter are delighted to be among the very few artists to ever show contemporary sculpture in Kensington Gardens. With Bronze Oak Grove they have managed to create a uniquely immersive installation so realistic it defies belief - a feat of engineering using advanced 3D scanning, printing and centrifugal bronze casting. Bronze Oak Grove is a welcoming, inclusive addition to the gardens this summer - an artwork you can walk around, sit on, interact with, a place to relax, think and play. ... More
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On a day like today, Christo and Jeanne-Claude were born
June 13, 1935. Christo and Jeanne-Claude were a married couple who created environmental works of art. Christo Yavachev is Bulgarian born and Jeanne-Claude was born in Morocco. Their works include the wrapping of the Reichstag in Berlin and the Pont-Neuf bridge in Paris, the 24-mile (39 km)-long artwork called Running Fence in Sonoma and Marin counties in California, and The Gates in New York City's Central Park. In this image: Surrounded Islands, Biscayne Bay, Greater Miami, Florida, 1980-83, 1984. Portfolio with 4 dye-transfer color photographs, mounted on rag paper, and sample of fabric used in the project. Photograph by Wolfgang Volz. © Christo 1984.
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