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One million expected at blockbuster Paris Tutankhamun show

This file photo taken on September 28, 2015 shows a detail of the golden sarcophagus of King Tutankhamun in his burial chamber in the Valley of the Kings, close to Luxor, 500 kms south of Cairo. The exhibition dedicated to the famous Pharaoh Tutankhamun, with 150 original objects from his tomb, will take place in the Grande Halle de la Villette in Paris from March 23 to September 15, 2019. Khaled DESOUKI / AFP.

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PARIS (AFP).- At least one million people are expected to flock to a "once in a generation" exhibition about the Egyptian pharaoh Tutankhamun which opens in Paris this weekend. More than 150 treasures from the boy king's tomb -- including 60 which have never left Egypt before -- have been assembled for the blockbuster show. The Egyptian Ministry for Antiquities said this is the largest number of Tutankhamun artefacts ever to have left Cairo, and may never happen again. Ticket sales for "Tutankhamun: Treasures of the Golden Pharaoh" topped 130,000 last week as curators began the delicate task of installing the spectacular 3,400-year-old exhibits. Almost all come from the Egyptian Museum in Cairo's Tahrir Square, and are never likely to leave the country again. Its unparalleled collection is being transferred to the enormous new Grand Egyptian Museum near the pyramids at Giza, which is due to open next year. ... More


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US woman sues Harvard over 'slave ancestor' pictures   Christie's announces highlights from the Art of the Islamic and Indian Worlds Including Oriental Rugs and Carpets   Library acquires trove of letters from Georgia O'Keeffe and Alfred Stieglitz


A sample image of "Papa" Rnety and his daughter Delia, taken in 1850, during a press conference announcing a lawsuit against Harvard University on March 20, 2019 in New York City. Kevin Hagen/Getty Images/AFP.

NEW YORK (AFP).- A US woman who says she is descended from slaves who were photographed in 1850 by a racist Harvard University professor on Wednesday sued the university over the "exploitation" of the images of her ancestors. Tamara Lanier filed suit in the northeastern state of Massachusetts over the photographs taken in South Carolina of a slave and his daughter, known only by their first names: Renty -- the patriarch of her family -- and Delia. The images, thought to be the earliest known photographs of American slaves, are currently in a museum at the university near Boston. They were commissioned by Swiss-American Harvard scientist Louis Agassiz, a white supremacist theorist who also worked on glaciers. Renty and Delia were forced to pose naked, "without consent, dignity or compensation" as the professor sought to "'prove' black ... More
 

The mid to high six-figure estimates and great attention surrounding Christie's "Art of the Islamic and Indian Worlds” exhibition and upcoming auction clearly emphasize the continually growing interest in Museum-Level and High-Collectible Oriental Rugs (Levels #1 and #2 on my “Oriental Rug Market Pyramid”), which as yet are extremely undervalued in today’s Fine Arts market. Jan David Winitz, Founder/President of Claremont Rug Company , an eminent expert of antique Oriental rugs.

LONDON.- Ahead of the auction in London on 2 May, highlights from the Art of the Islamic and Indian Worlds Including Oriental Rugs and Carpets are touring to Dubai from 19-23 March. This is a chance for discerning collectors and art enthusiasts to view the exquisite craftsmanship and diversity of works from this category. Highlights include a monumental Imperial Mamluk Qur’an, complete with the name and date of the scribe, with a hugely impressive full page dedication to Sultan Qaytbay (estimate: £500,000-800,000). Remarkable for its elegant script and richly gilded illumination on an extraordinarily large scale, this manuscript was ... More
 

A letter with a passage about the Pedernal mountain, which she calls “my mountain”. Photo: Shawn Miller, Library of Congress.

WASHINGTON, DC.- The Library of Congress has acquired a trove of letters from American artist Georgia O’Keeffe and her husband, the photographer and art promoter Alfred Stieglitz, shedding new light on art history as the correspondence is being made available to the public for the first time. The collection is a set of mostly handwritten letters dating from 1929 to 1947, totaling 157 items. O’Keeffe and Stieglitz wrote the letters separately to their friend and artistic colleague, the filmmaker Henwar Rodakiewicz. The letters were preserved in private hands for decades in Santa Fe, New Mexico, never before seen by the public. Now the collection is available to researchers in the Library’s Manuscript Division – in time to mark O’Keeffe’s important role in art history during Women’s History Month – after the letters were acquired through a purchase and gift agreement in late 2018. O’Keeffe’s letters make up the bulk of the materials. She pens the correspo ... More


New York philanthropist is accused of sexual harassment   Basquiat and the photocopier, on exhibit in New York   The Gropius Bau debuts the newly transformed building and 2019 exhibition programme


In this file photo taken on August 11, 2010, philanthropist Michael Steinhardt attends the premiere of "A Film Unfinished" at MOMA - Celeste Bartos Theater in New York City. Jason Kempin / GETTY IMAGES NORTH AMERICA / AFP.

NEW YORK (AFP).- A New York billionaire and philanthropist, Michael Steinhardt, has been accused of sexual harassment by a series of women working for organizations that depended on his generosity, The New York Times and ProPublica reported on Thursday. Steinhardt, 78, who made a fortune through hedge funds created in the 1960s, is a major donor to institutions like New York University and the Metropolitan Museum, which named a gallery after him. Six women who spoke to the Times and ProPublica said Steinhardt asked them for sex on multiple occasions, and often remarked on their physiques or sex lives. He is the latest high-profile figure accused of sexual misconduct since the downfall of Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein in late 2017 galvanized the #MeToo movement to quash pervasive sexual harassment in ... More
 

King of the Zulus, 1984-­85. Acrylic, oilstick, and Xerox collage on paper mounted on canvas, 86 x 68 x 1.5 inches (218.5 x 173 x 4  cm) [MAC] Museé d'Art Contemporain, Marseille.

NEW YORK (AFP).- Amid the success in New York of a major Basquiat exhibition from Paris, a gallery in the painter's hometown is paying homage to the late American artist's intensive use of the photocopier and collage in his work. "Jean-Michel Basquiat / Xerox," at Nahmad Contemporary, shows that the Brooklyn-born artist of Haitian and Puerto Rican descent integrated the machine into his creative process from his first attempts to transition from the world of street art and graffiti to contemporary art. The famous postcard that Basquiat sold in the streets in 1979, and which were his first point of contact with Andy Warhol, were color photocopies of collages that integrated painting, text and found objects. Later, when he turned to larger media, he used photocopies to add density to his works, covering his collages with small drawings, phrases and names, as evidenced ... More
 

Exterior view detail. Photo: Mathias Völzke.

BERLIN.- The public opening of the newly conceived building will take place from 23 - 24 March: a new commission by Chiharu Shiota in the atrium will, as part of the new vision, be freely accessible to the public, the new restaurant Beba and the redesigned Walther König Bookshop will also be open. Coinciding with the opening of the exhibition And Berlin Will Always Need You. Art, Craft and Concept Made in Berlin on the evening of 21 March, the weekend marks the debut of a day-ticket scheme that allows all of the Gropius Bau shows and events to be explored in a single visit. There will be various events taking place on Saturday 23 March and Sunday 24 March: guided tours, workshops, performances, a talk by artist in residence Otobong Nkanga and an exhibition of artist books curated by the Walther König Bookshop. A coordinated events programme responds to the exhibitions and activates the restaurant, bookshop and foyer as spaces for conversation and discussion, opening up the institution as ... More


View of Venice by Thomas Moran highlights Doyle's March 27 Americana Auction   Largest survey of Huma Bhabha's work to date opens at The Institute of Contemporary Art/Boston   Häusler Contemporary exhibits ceramics made by American painter Judy Ledgerwood


Thomas Moran (1837-1926), Venice (The Splendor of Venice), 1899 (detail), Signed and dated, Oil on canvas, 20 x 30 1/8 inches. Est. $100,000-150,000.

NEW YORK, NY.- On Wednesday, March 27 at 10am, Doyle will hold an auction of American Paintings, Furniture & Decorative Arts. The sale showcases 18th and 19th century American furniture and decorative arts, including silver, ceramics, mirrors, folk art, Chinese Export porcelain and rugs. This auction category is Doyle’s premier venue for 19th and early 20th century American paintings, with the current sale showcasing over 140 examples. Included are Hudson River School landscapes, Western and Regional art, still lifes, portraits, nautical scenes and Folk paintings. Thomas Moran (1837-1926) is one of America’s most revered artists of the western landscape. While at the height of his creative powers in the 1880s and 90s, he traveled to Venice. The views of that brilliant city would inspire him for the rest of his career. Property from the Estate of Joan Harmon Van Metre features an 1889 work that captures the dramatic light and vibrant colors of Venice (est. $100,000-150,000). In his day Edwa ... More
 

Huma Bhabha, With Blows, 2015. Cork, Styrofoam, acrylic paint, oilstick, nail polish, and wood, 76 × 12 × 14 inches (193 × 30.5 × 35.6 cm) (sculpture); 28 × 30 × 3 inches (71.1 × 76.2 × 7.6 cm) (base). Private collection, Boston. Courtesy the artist and Salon 94, New York. © Huma Bhabha.

BOSTON, MASS.- The Institute of Contemporary Art/Boston presents Huma Bhabha: They Live, the largest survey of the artist’s work to date. Spanning over two decades of Bhabha’s work, this major exhibition features sculpture, drawing, and photography, and considers the artist’s engagement with the human figure. Best known for her sculptures, Bhabha uses a wide variety of materials ranging from clay, Styrofoam, bronze, bricks, wood, construction materials, and other found material, to make compelling works that engage the arts and histories of diverse cultures. Tending towards the grotesque, Bhabha’s sculptures feature hybrid bodies or figures that appear human, animal, or alien, and evoke life in a post-apocalyptic or ruined landscape. Her work transcends a singular time and place, instead creating an exploration of what the artist describes as the “eternal ... More
 

Large Ball Flower Motif Vase with Red, Cobalt Blue + Golden Yellow + Metallic Gold, 2018. Majolika Produktion: Prozellan Manufaktur Nymphenburg Unikat 61 x 41 cm / 24 x 16 1/8 inches.

ZURICH.- Häusler Contemporary Zürich is presenting ceramics made by American painter Judy Ledgerwood at Porzellan Manufaktur Nymphenburg in 2018. Along with new paintings by the artist who unites different facets of art and cultural history in her work, a highly sensual exhibition comes into being, offering in-depth insight into Ledgerwood's conceptual artistic approach. The powerful color and opulent ornamentation of the works of Judy Ledgerwood (born 1959, Brazil, US, lives in Chicago and Sawyer, US) are deeply rooted in the tradition of painting. Ever since the beginning of her career, the artist consciously takes her own position within recent art history and challenges its prevailing, supposedly fixed premises and role assignments. She adopts influences from color-field and action painting and combines them with simple geometric patterns reminiscent of popular culture and textile design, often assigned to femininity. Severa ... More


Sotheby's announces fourth Sale of Contemporary African Art   'Antiques Roadshow' discovery sells for $2.1 million in New York   GRI appoints LeRonn Brooks, Curator of Modern and Contemporary African American Art


Nnenna Okore, Memory Lane, est. £6,000-8,000. Courtesy Sotheby's.

LONDON.- This April, Sotheby’s dedicated sale of Modern and Contemporary African Art will return to London for a fourth consecutive season, following a pre-sale exhibition which will run from March 29 – April 2. Since the inauguration of the series in 2017, Sotheby’s sales in the category have achieved fifty world records, championing the work of artists from across the African diaspora and underscoring the rising global interest. The international market for Modern and Contemporary African Art is certainly heating up, with exciting conversations igniting across the field, fuelled by milestones including the opening of Zeitz Museum of Contemporary African Art and the Norval Foundation in Cape Town, growth of international art fairs such as 1-54 Contemporary African Art Fair in London, New York and Marrakech, Art X Lagos, and of course the highly-anticipated Ghana Pavilion at this year’s Venice Biennale. ... More
 

A gilt-bronze figure of the Chinese Buddhist deity Cintamanicakra Avalokiteshvara dating to the late Tang Dynasty / Five Dynasties sold for $2.1 million. Photo: Sotheby's.

NEW YORK, NY.- Yesterday during Sotheby’s New York auction of Important Chinese Art, a gilt-bronze figure of the Chinese Buddhist deity Cintamanicakra Avalokiteshvara dating to the late Tang Dynasty / Five Dynasties sold for $2.1 million, following a seven-minute bidding battle. The seller had brought the piece to an Antiques Roadshow appraisal event in St. Louis, recalling that she had purchased the work at a garage sale some 20 years prior for approximately $75–100. The work came to auction with a pre-sale estimate of $60/80,000. Perhaps the most popular and well-known Buddhist deity in China, Avalokiteshvara, or Guanyin, is known by worshippers in many forms, among them Ekadashamuka, Amogopasha, Shadakshari, Water Moon Guanyin, and more rarely, Cintamanicakra. As Buddhism ... More
 

Dr. Brooks will specialize in African American art. Photo: Kay Hickma.

LOS ANGELES, CA.- The Getty Research Institute announced today the appointment of LeRonn P. Brooks as Associate Curator for Modern and Contemporary Collections, specializing in African American art. Brooks fills a position newly created as part of the Getty Research Institute’s African American Art History Initiative, an ambitious program launched last year to establish the Getty Research Institute as a major center for the study of African American art and art history. “LeRonn P. Brooks brings an informed, critical voice to the Getty Research Institute’s curatorial department and is a welcome addition to our scholarly community,” said Mary Miller, director of the Getty Research Institute. “I am looking forward to working with him as he helps build collections for research on 20th-21st century American art history. His mandate – to help develop our research and resources on African American ... More


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Ceramic Art London 2019: The international ceramics event of the year
LONDON.- In recent years, the ceramics world has exploded any lazy preconceptions of being a crafty backwater, with booming markets and rising demand for everything from unique, hand crafted tableware to highly collectable art pieces. Returning for its 15th year this Spring, the hotly anticipated Ceramic Art London is the ultimate fair in which to see and buy the finest ceramics being made in the world today. Organised by the Craft Potters Association who have invited over 90 of the best makers from around the world - including from the UK, Ireland, Germany and Spain and as far afield as South Korea and Japan - the fair takes place in the spacious central concourse of Central Saint Martins’ Grade 2 listed victorian granary building. Visitors can also take time out from shopping and meeting the makers to attend the always fascinating ClayTalks series which ... More

20th century artwork achieves hefty prices at Cheffins auction
CAMBRIDGE.- 152 artworks in ownership of Hertfordshire County Council were offered for sale to the public at Cheffins Fine Art Auctioneers in Cambridge on 21st March, generating a total of over £444,000. The pictures available at Cheffins featured works from some of the most renowned British artists of the 20th century including the likes of John Tunnard, Joan Eardley and Anne Redpath. The pictures sold are only a part of the Council’s 1,828-strong collection, many of which are being retained for public enjoyment. The highlight of the sale was a surrealist work by John Tunnard, titled ‘Brandis .44’ which sold for £37,000, well over its estimate of £10,000 - £15,000. This was closely followed by a pastel work by much-loved Scottish artist, Joan Eardley, which sold for £31,000. Also from Scotland and the Edinburgh School, Anne Redpath’s ‘Blue Plate’ also sold for £31,000, tripling its low ... More

Museum of Broken Relationships opens at York Castle Museum
YORK.- Just as Britain is set to break up with the European Union, York Castle Museum brings a collection of stories and symbolic possessions to the city which relate to the ways we fall out of love. Always heartfelt, sometimes humorous and often deeply moving, the collections from the Museum of Broken Relationships in Zagreb, Croatia, will be enriched with objects from York’s collections which illustrate a key moment in a relationship breaking down. It will consider this from a national level, such as the divisions caused by war, religion and politics, but also include those individual stories which say something much more personal about how we all cope when love falls apart. The exhibition will also feature new stories brought together especially for the exhibition through an appeal to local communities. Museum of Broken Relationships is an original creative art project ... More

Exhibition tells the story of Nenne Sanguineti Poggi's role in an ever-changing society
NEW YORK, NY.- Nenne Sanguineti Poggi’s talents and tenacity throughout her lifetime (1909-2012) is more than sufficient to consider her as an important 20th-century artist. One Art Space Gallery and Curator, Deborah Sanguineti, aims to reintroduce Nenne by showcasing works spanning over 90 years, across 3 continents, on various mediums. 50 paintings, drawings and etchings by this acclaimed Italian artist are on display at One Art Space in TriBeCa. They offer a glimpse into 9 decades of works. In this retrospective, you will notice Nenne’s wide range of styles including Late Futurism, Figurative Post-Impressionism and Early Abstraction. It allows the viewer to step into the shoes of Nenne as she develops and adapts her artistic expression to her environment and the ever-changing society. Born in 1909 in Savona, Italy, into a family ... More

Exhibition re-emphasises a parallel vision of history, fusing elements of historicism with modernity
MILAN.- Named after the date in which Casa Corbellini-Wassermann began construction, the opening exhibition of this new space, curated by Massimo De Carlo in collaboration with Francesco Bonami, re-emphasises a parallel vision of history, fusing elements of historicism with modernity. MCMXXXIV presents one perspective of history, with the capital H, and another view encapsulating a more domestic and bourgeois. Still to this date, these two visions of history in Italy constantly overlap and get entwined. 1934 is a drastic year in which the world sees a series of devastating events. In Italy, Mussolini consolidates his power in the final election, whilst Hitler becomes the Führer in Germany. In an ironic turn of events, the two meet for the first time at the inauguration of the Venice Biennale. A small consolation in the rise of such social and political upheaval consequently ... More

Important exhibition of representational paintings by Stephen Pace opens at Berry Campbell Gallery
NEW YORK, NY.- Berry Campbell Gallery announces an important exhibition of representational paintings by Stephen Pace (1918-2010). Stephen Pace: Reflections is a survey spanning fifty years of the artist’s career, including eighteen paintings and works on paper. Though noted as a significant second-generation Abstract Expressionist from 1949 to 1962, Stephen Pace painted representational imagery grounded in minimalism, using broad brush strokes and negative spaces to create lively Post-Impressionist inspired scenes of everyday life. The exhibition continues through April 20, 2019. Berry Campbell represents the Estate of Stephen Pace. Additionally, Berry Campbell, along with the Stephen and Palmina Pace Foundation, have organized the exhibition, Stephen Pace and Provincetown, in conjunction with the Provincetown Art Association ... More

IBASHO presents a solo show of Hitoshi Fugo
ANTWERP.- IBASHO presents a solo show of Japanese photographer Hitoshi Fugo. Born in 1947, Fugo studied photography at Nihon University in Tokyo. After graduation he worked for Eikoh Hosoe, a leading postwar photographer in Japan. In 1973 he went freelance and lived in New York and Paris for the next several years. He traveled extensively in 1980s and 1990s to India, Mexico and the U.S. The images he shot there were later made into the black-and-white series BLACKOUT, which are being exhibited at IBASHO until 19 May 2019. The exhibition features a selection of black-and-white gelatin silver prints from the BLACKOUT series. Spanning from the early 1970s to the early 2000s, the series captures the subtle moments of the everyday passage of time — sprinklers watering an empty lawn, a paddle breaking the surface of water, flies fluttering ... More

Anton van Dalen's second exhibition with P·P·O·W opens in New York
NEW YORK, NY.- P·P·O·W is presenting Junk Kulture, Anton van Dalen’s second exhibition with the gallery, and the first comprehensive look at his prolific career. While van Dalen is largely known for his depictions of the East Village, this exhibition will chronicle a lifelong visual investigation informed by the influences of war, religion, migration, a devotion to nature, and a dedication to documenting the technological and cultural evolutions within our society. In Junk Kulture, van Dalen combines popularized images with symbols of power structures to construct his own universe, teasing out the meaning of “home” and exploring the roots of our cultural value systems. Van Dalen in many ways models the gallery space after his own home and studio, and includes furniture and objects from his Avenue A residence in the exhibition. Growing up in Holland in the 1940s, van ... More

The Hobart 'Quail' Bowls achieves top price at Bonhams Asia Week
NEW YORK, NY.- Bonhams concluded its Asia Week with a total of $11 million realized over four sales from March 18 to 20. A rare pair of imperial 'quail and chrysanthemum’ bowls, realized $1,040,075, the top lot achieved at Bonhams Asia Week. Exceptional prices were also achieved for the Fine Japanese Prints including Property from the Collection of the late Bertram and Ruth Malenka. On March 18, Bonhams sale Fine Chinese Paintings and Works of Art totaled $3,874,330 and was led by an exceptionally rare pair of Yongzheng mark and period imperial famille rose bowls, which achieved $1,040,075. The bowls came from the collection of Virginia Hobart (1876-1958) of San Francisco, daughter of timber and mining magnate William S Hobart. Additional highlights from the sale included a magnificent and massive pair of huanghuali hat chests with fine inlay ... More

Part I & Part II: Lacquer · Jade · Bronze · Ink: The Irving Collection total $31,269,375
NEW YORK, NY.- Christie’s announced the combined total for Part I & Part II of Lacquer • Jade • Bronze • Ink: The Irving Collection, which combined achieved $31,269,375 (£23,640,294 / € 27,429,572 / HK$244,271,955) with 97% sold by lot. The top lot of the two sales was an important and extremely rare Imperially inscribed greenish-white jade ‘Twin Fish’ washer, which realized $2,895,000, after over eight-minutes of spirited bidding. Across both sales there were seven lots that realized over $1 million and strong prices were realized for works of art from all areas of Asia: China, Japan, Korea, India, and Southeast Asia. There was global participation with registered bidders hailing from Asia, Europe, the UK, and the Americas with active bidding from all sales channels: phone, online, and in-room. Part II: Day Sale totaled $13,374,625 with 97% sold by lot. Part I: ... More

Hirshhorn announces 30 new works entering the museum's collection
WASHINGTON, DC.- The Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden has announced the acquisition of 30 major new works, including a significant gift from the former Corcoran Gallery of Art. The collection of works from the Corcoran represents a number of seminal figures in contemporary art, including Sam Gilliam, Robert Gober, Petah Coyne and Harvey Quaytman, among others. Additionally, after overwhelmingly successful exhibitions in 2018, works by artists Charline von Heyl and Georg Baselitz will also enter the collection, rounding out the museum’s holdings in contemporary German and American painting. The Corcoran Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C., was founded in 1869 as one of the first fine art galleries in the country; upon its closing in 2014, the Gallery’s collection of 17,000 works was placed under the care of the National Gallery of Art, with ... More





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