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LACMA exhibits for the first time two photographic series by Richard Prince

Richard Prince, Untitled (cowboy), 2016, dye coupler print, 59 1/2 × 89 3/4 in., Los Angeles County Museum of Art, anonymous gift, © 2017 Richard Prince, photo courtesy of the artist.

LOS ANGELES, CA.- Richard Prince: Untitled (cowboy) presents two photographic series from the 2010s that are being publicly exhibited for the first time at LACMA. Continuing the artist’s career-long engagement with the motif of the cowboy, Untitled (cowboy), recently acquired by LACMA, and Untitled (original cowboy) achieve the grandeur of 19th-century history painting while also deconstructing the iconography of the American West. Once again challenging the conventional meanings and limits of the photographic medium, Prince reignites debates he sparked some 40 years ago. In the mid-1970s, Prince was an aspiring painter working in Time Inc.’s tear sheet department, clipping texts for magazine writers. After he removed the articles, he was left with advertisements: glossy pictures of commodities, models, and other objects of desire. Between 1980 and 1992, Prince paid particular attention to the motif of the cowboy, as depicted in a series of ... More

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Original drawings of Winnie-the-Pooh are on display at the V&A for the first time in nearly 40 years this December as part of the UK´s largest ever exhibition on Winnie-the-Pooh, A.A. Milne and E.H. Shepard. Winnie-the-Pooh: Exploring a Classic is a multi-sensory, playful exhibition that explores the magical world of Winnie-the-Pooh - one of the most adored fictional characters of all time.

Getty Museum announces gifts of photographs from Leslie and Judith Schreyer and Michael and Jane Wilson   Ink from ancient Egyptian papyri contains copper   Saint Louis Art Museum will acquire 'Portrait of Charlotte Cram' by John Singer Sargent

Seung Woo Back, Blow-up #12, A man on an overhead walkway, Pyong Yang, North Korea, negative 2001; print 2006. Inkjet print Dimensions: Framed: 124.1 × 105.1 cm. Accession No. 2017.11.2 © Seung Woo Back. The J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles, Gift of The Michael G. and C. Jane Wilson 2007 Trust.

LOS ANGELES, CA.- The J. Paul Getty Museum announced today the donations of two groups of photographs from collectors Leslie and Judith Schreyer and Michael and Jane Wilson. The gifts include works by artists not previously in the Museum’s collection, as well as photographs that enhance the Museum’s existing holdings. “These generous gifts complement and strengthen our holdings of important photographers from Los Angeles, New York, Europe and Asia,” says Timothy Potts, director of the J. Paul Getty Museum. “Both Les and Judy and Michael and Jane are longtime and enthusiastic supporters of the Museum and our photographs department. Their donations will provide a rich trove of images from which we will be ... More

Fragment from the Tebtunis temple library in the Papyrus Carlsberg Collection.

COPENHAGEN.- Until recently, it was assumed that the ink used for writing was primarily carbon-based at least until the fourth and fifth centuries AD. But in a new University of Copenhagen study, analyses of 2,000-year-old papyri fragments with X-ray microscopy show that black ink used by Egyptian scribes also contained copper – an element previously not identified in ancient ink. In a study published last month in Scientific Reports, a cross-disciplinary team of researchers show that Egyptians used carbon inks that contained copper, which has not been identified in ancient ink before. Although the analysed papyri fragments were written over a period of 300 years and from different geographical regions, the results did not vary significantly: “The composition of the copper-containing carbon inks showed no significant differences that could be related to time periods or geographical locations, which ... More

John Singer Sargent, American, 1856–1925; “Portrait of Charlotte Cram”, 1900; oil on canvas; 34 3/4 × 24 inches; Saint Louis Art Museum, Friends Fund Endowment, Museum Purchase, and funds given by Mr. and Mrs. John Peters MacCarthy; Eliza McMillan Trust, Bequest of Elsie A. Kuhn, Gift of Edward J. Costigan in memory of his wife, Sara Guth Costigan, Gift of Mr. and Mrs. John Alden Sears, Gift of J. Harold Pettus, Gift of Charles F. Galt, Gift of William Henry Gruen, and Gift of Peggy Ives Cole, by exchange 211:2017.

ST. LOUIS, MO.- The Saint Louis Art Museum Board of Commissioners has authorized the purchase of “Portrait of Charlotte Cram,” a 1900 painting by John Singer Sargent, one of the most respected portraitists in American art history. The painting will be on view starting today in Gallery 335. Brent R. Benjamin, the Barbara B. Taylor Director of the Saint Louis Art Museum, said the museum long had sought a masterwork by one of the American ex-patriate artists who traversed the Atlantic during the Gilded Age. “The purchase of ‘Portrait of ... More

The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation names Ghislain d'Humieres to oversee its core operations   As a Christmas present for the nation, National Gallery displays four exceptional Dutch and Flemish paintings   The DoSeum announces Daniel Menelly as new Chief Executive Officer

Ghislain d’Humières. Photo: Chris Humphries.

WILLIAMSBURG, VA.- As part of a streamlining of its leadership team, the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation has named Ghislain d’Humières as its executive director and senior vice president, core operations, a newly created position that will report to President and CEO Mitchell B. Reiss. In this new role, d’Humières will carry out the vision of Reiss and the Foundation’s Board of Trustees to attract new audiences, engage and entertain guests and instill a lifelong love of Colonial Williamsburg and its enduring role in the American story. d’Humières will oversee the Collections, Conservation and Museums Division and Colonial Williamsburg’s Education, Research and Historical Interpretation Division, as well as its Strategic Communications and Development divisions. He will begin his new role on January 15, 2018. “Colonial Williamsburg’s commitment to history education and the arts is strong,” said Reis ... More

David Teniers the Younger, Christ Crowned with Thorns, 1641 (detail). Oil on copper, 56.8 × 77 cm. Gift from the collection of Willem Baron van Dedem, 2017 © The National Gallery, London.

LONDON.- Visitors to the National Gallery can from tomorrow (13 December 2017) enjoy four exceptional Dutch and Flemish paintings, which are generous bequests to the collection from Willem Baron van Dedem. The renowned Dutch-born collector, who was based in London, died in November 2015 at the age of 86. For many years he had promised to give the National Gallery four paintings upon his death, and particularly desired that the works selected from his collection address gaps in the Gallery’s holdings and be on display to the public. His son, Frits Baron van Dedem, says "We are honoured that the National Gallery acknowledges the quality and rarity of these four paintings that our father/grandfather collected over a period of more than fifty years It gives us great pleasure that ... More

Daniel Menelly, a staunch STEM education advocate, is poised to lead The DoSeum as the premier setting for learning through exploration in San Antonio.

SAN ANTONIO, TX.- The DoSeum’s Board of Trustees has appointed Daniel Menelly as the institution’s new CEO. Menelly is an experienced science educator and non-profit management expert with a solid background in STEM education in both formal and informal learning environments. He comes to The DoSeum from the Rochester Museum & Science Center (RMSC), where he served as President and Chief Science Officer. The RMSC, located in Rochester, New York, engages 365,000 stakeholders in STEM experiences, exhibitions and programs annually. As president of the Rochester Museum & Science Center, Menelly directed and oversaw all program and exhibition activities at the 105-year-old public science institution. Prior to that, he was Vice President, STEM, at the Liberty Science ... More

250+ works of important Judaica and Israeli & international art offered at Sotheby's New York   Magnificent and enigmatic example of Renaissance metalwork reunited at Met Museum   Garcia Marquez archive now accessible online

A Magnificent Illuminated Hebrew Bible with Profuse Micrographic Ornamentation, [Castile: first half of the 14th century]. Estimate $3.5/5 million. Courtesy Sotheby’s.

NEW YORK, NY.- Sotheby’s annual sales of Important Judaica and Israeli & International Art will take place on 20 December 2017 in New York. The sales will offer a diverse array of Hebrew books and manuscripts, ritual silver and metalwork, ceremonial textiles, and important paintings. The exhibitions will be on public view in our York Avenue galleries beginning 14 December. The Important Judaica sale is anchored by the earliest-known complete illuminated Hebrew Bible from Spain to ever appear at auction (estimate $3.5/5 million). Produced in Castile during the first half of the 14th century, this distinguished illuminated manuscript is a remarkable testament to the cross-cultural influences in the Golden Age of medieval Spain. It is one of only three complete, decorated Hebrew Bibles from Spain to come to auction in the past hundred years and one of only six in private hands. The auction also brings to light ... More

Netherlandish? Titus visiting Egypt (detail from the Titus dish from the Aldobrandini Tazze), ca. 1587–99. Gilded silver Museu Nacional de Arte Antiga, Lisbon.

NEW YORK, NY.- The superb technical virtuosity of Renaissance silversmiths is nowhere more evident than in the magnificent set of 12 silver-gilt standing cups from the 16th century known collectively as the Aldobrandini Tazze. Each of the tazze stands over a foot tall and features a shallow footed dish surmounted by a figure of one of the first 12 Caesars. On the intricately wrought interior of each dish appear four episodes from the life of the corresponding ruler, as recounted by the Roman historian Suetonius. Although the tazze are among the finest and rarest examples of 16th-century European silverwork, little is known about their creation. The questions of when, where, why, for whom, and by whom these splendid luxury objects were made are being addressed in the exhibition The Silver Caesars: A Renaissance Mystery, on view at The Metropolitan Museum of Art. The complete set has not been seen together since the mid-19th century, when it was di ... More

The archive can be searched in English and Spanish at the address

NEW YORK (AFP).- A US university has made more than 27,000 images from the late Nobel laureate Gabriel Garcia Marquez's archive available online. They include materials from all of his works of fiction, personal scrapbooks, a memoir, screenplays and photographs. The project was carried out by the Harry Ransom Center, the literary documentation service at the University of Texas, Austin. It purchased the archives for $2.2 million in November 2014, a few months after the death of the Colombian novelist known for works such as "One Hundred Years of Solitude." The archive can be searched in English and Spanish at the address Part of the archive has never been published, such as a 32-page text for the second volume of Garcia Marquez's memoirs, which never saw the light of day. "My mother, my brother and I were always committed to having my father's archive reach the broadest possible audience," Rodrigo Garcia, one of the a ... More

Ikon opens first UK exhibition dedicated to the work of convict artist Thomas Bock   Exhibition at Pace presents works by Agnes Martin and Richard Tuttle   The 16th edition of Art Basel in Miami Beach concluded with strong sales and high praise

Thomas Bock, Untitled, Wurati (Woureddy), 1831, drawing, watercolour, © The trustees of the British Museum. All Rights Reserved.

BIRMINGHAM.- Ikon presents the first UK exhibition dedicated to the work of convict artist Thomas Bock (c.1793 - 1855). Comprising a selection of drawings, paintings and photographs, it demonstrates not only Bock’s technical skill, but also his sensitivity to a wide range of subject matter. Trained in Birmingham as an engraver and miniature painter, in 1823 Bock was sentenced to transportation to Australia for fourteen years, having been found guilty of “administering concoctions of certain herbs ... with the intent to cause miscarriage”. He arrived in Van Diemen’s Land (now Tasmania) the following year where he was quickly pressed into service. An early commission encompassed a number of portraits of captured bushrangers, before and after execution by hanging, including the notorious cannibal Alexander Pearce. There are no surviving diaries that ... More

Richard Tuttle, 13th Wire Piece, 1972. Florist wire, nails and graphite dimensions variable. © Richard Tuttle, courtesy Pace Gallery. Photography by Denis Mortell, courtesy Dublin City Gallery, The Hugh Lane.

NEW YORK, NY.- Pace Gallery is presenting an exhibition of new wire pieces by Richard Tuttle created in response to and installed with grey paintings by Agnes Martin. On view November 2, 2017 through January 13, 2018 at 32 East 57th Street, Agnes Martin, Richard Tuttle: Crossing Lines marks the first time in nearly 20 years that works by the two artists and longtime friends have been shown together in a focused exhibition. Tuttle and Martin first met in the early 1960s at Betty Parsons Gallery in New York and remained close friends until Martin’s death in 2004. Martin was a contemporary of the Abstract Expressionists and identified her work with the movement, but her painting also presaged the arrival of Minimalism. Comprised of vertical and horizontal lines and grids painted upon washes of subdued color, Martin’s paintings ... More

Alfonso Artiaco's stand. © Art Basel.

MIAMI, FLA.- This Sunday, December 10, 2017, Art Basel’s 16th edition in Miami Beach closed following strong sales across all levels of the market and robust attendance from international collectors and institutions. This year's show saw the debut of a new floor plan and show design, which was widely praised by exhibitors and collectors alike. The show, whose Lead Partner is UBS, featured 268 premier galleries from 32 countries, who presented outstanding works, ranging from Modern masterpieces to contemporary painting, sculpture, performance, photography, works on paper and film – some of which were created specifically for the fair. Across the five show days, the fair attracted an attendance of over 82,000, including influential collectors, directors, curators, trustees and patrons of leading international museums and institutions such as: Albright-Knox Art Gallery, New York; The Andy Warhol Museum, Pittsburgh; Baltimore Museum of Ar ... More

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Ottocento Art Gallery to offer a detailed Buddha painted on canvas by Bruno Croatto
ROME.- Among latest acquisitions, Ottocento Art Gallery offers a masterpiece by Trieste painter Bruno Croatto ( 1875 –1948 ) which embodied his passion for Oriental culture and his symbols. The quality of light and the extraordinary definition of the details are the most surprising aspects of the still lives produced by Croatto in the 1920s and 1930s. Criticism has highlighted his “verism”, the point of arrival of a gradual evolution, meditated through frequent travel and the study of Italian Renaissance painting, which led him to “a sort of modern pictorial classicism” (Firmiani, 1976). The clarity of the sign, the sharpness of the colors, the plastic force of the objects induces the Triestine master to express pure naturalism, a meticulous attention to the real figure. The sense of finitude, vivid in the bodily evidence of brilliant, almost enamelled figures, characterizes the last works and shows an artistic ev ... More

Hermès Himalayan Nilo Crocodile Kelly commands six figures at Heritage auction
NEW YORK, NY.- Hermès crocodile handbags were must-have items for elite collectors at Heritage Auctions' Holiday Luxury Accessories Auction Dec. 5-6 in New York, claiming seven of the highest nine sale prices in the event. An Hermès 32cm Matte White Himalayan Nilo Crocodile Retourne Kelly Bag with Palladium Hardware surpassed its pre-auction high estimate before hammering at $125,000. The bag features an interior done in Gris Cendre Chevre Leather, with one zip pocket and two adjacent slip pockets. "Hermès is the standard by which luxury handbags are measured," Heritage Auctions Luxury Accessories Director Diane D'Amato said. "This Himalayan Kelly bag is truly breathtaking, a once-in-a-lifetime piece that the world's top collectors seek to acquire." An Hermès 30cm Matte White Himalayan Nilo Crocodile Birkin Bag with ... More

Top lots soar past estimates in Heritage's Modern & Contemporary Art Auction
BEVERLY HILLS, CA.- As the first major auction house in decades to host a Modern and Contemporary art auction in Los Angeles, Heritage Auctions beat the pre-sale estimate at its Modern & Contemporary Art Auction Nov. 30 in Beverly Hills, California with more than $2.3 million in sales. Bidders from around the world competed for the artwork in Beverly Hills pushing numerous lots well beyond their estimates. The sale set world records for artists Paul Jenkins and Ray Johnson. "This auction announced our new presence in the Los Angeles art community and also within the broader art market, allowing us to expand upon our base of Los Angeles-based experts in Modern & Contemporary Art, Jewelry, Timepieces, Asian Art, Rare & Ancient Coins and Fine Wine," Heritage Auctions Modern & Contemporary Art Director Frank Hettig said. "Hosting this event has ... More

ACCA's Big Picture summer exhibition celebrates feminist concerns in recent Australian art
MELBOURNE.- Across Australia, and abroad, feminism is enjoying renewed – and timely – public interest. In the media, and on the streets, small triumphs are made daily: from Julia Gillard’s impassioned misogyny speech of 2012, to the Women’s March in January this year, which saw an estimated five million demonstrators worldwide take to the streets to advocate for transformative social change. Closer to home, female players have been officially welcomed into the Australian Football League; inequalities within the visual arts have been illuminated by Elvis Richardson’s project The Countess Report; and self-organised groups such as the Fitzroy High School Feminist Collective have encouraged young people to take action. Yet for every positive news story, another will remind us that there is still more work to be done. A major exhibition exploring feminist methodologies ... More

Saudi Arabia lifts decades-long ban on cinemas
RIYADH (AFP).- Saudi Arabia on Monday lifted a decades-old ban on cinemas, part of powerful Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman's far-reaching liberalisation drive that is shaking up the ultra-conservative Muslim kingdom. The government said it would begin licensing cinemas immediately and the first movie theatres are expected to open next March, in a decision that could boost the Gulf state's nascent film industry. Reviving cinemas represents a paradigm shift in the kingdom, which is seeking to balance unpopular subsidy cuts in an era of low oil prices with more entertainment options, despite opposition from hardliners who vilify movie theatres as vulgar and sinful. "Commercial cinemas will be allowed to operate in the Kingdom as of early 2018, for the first time in more than 35 years," the culture and information ministry said in a statement. "This marks ... More

Neil Young's 1953 Buick Roadmaster Skylark convertible sells for $400,000 at Julien's Auctions
LOS ANGELES, CA.- Julien’s Auctions, the world record-breaking auction house, closed out its headline making 2017 auction season honoring one of the greatest artists of all time, Neil Young. Property from the Collection of Neil Young rocked the auction block December 9, 2017 in Los Angeles as rock and roll memorabilia collectors and superfans of the music legend across the globe bid live on the floor, online and on the phone for a chance to take home a piece of the two-time inducted Rock and Roll Hall of Famer’s iconography and cherished personal items. A portion of proceeds from the auction will benefit The Bridge School. Three of Young’s extraordinary classic cars were the auction’s stand out items with his rare 50th anniversary special edition 1953 Buick code 76X Roadmaster Skylark convertible which was the first car off the assembly line for this model ... More

First major exhibition exploring Gluck's life and work on view at Brighton Museum & Art Gallery
BRIGHTON.- The 20th century artist Gluck (1895-1978), now also recognised as a trailblazer of gender fluidity, is the subject of a major new exhibition at Brighton Museum & Art Gallery. Thanks mainly to money raised by National Lottery players, Gluck: Art & Identity brings together around 30 rarely-seen paintings and extensive personal ephemera – in the world’s first major exhibition exploring the artist’s life and work. Born Hannah Gluckstein into a wealthy Jewish family, Gluck attended art school in London and ran away to Cornwall with fellow students during World War I. The artist mixed with the Newlyn School of painters, and was sketched by Alfred Munnings smoking a pipe in Roma-style dress, before adopting the name Gluck and creating a controversial masculine identity incorporating men’s tailoring, barber-cut short hair and a mannish demeanor. Gluck, who ... More

Oil on board by Wayne Thiebaud should bring $400,000-$800,000 at Nadeau's Jan. 1st auction
WINDSOR, CONN.- An oil on board painting by Wayne Thiebaud (Am., b. 1920) titled Lollipop Tree, a lovely art glass vase by Ercole Barovier (It., 1888-1974), and one of the finest collections of Victorian furniture ever offered at auction are just part of what bidders can expect at Nadeau’s Auction Gallery’s annual New Year’s Day auction on Monday, January 1st, at 11 am Eastern. “This promises to be the most important sale we’ve held to date, one that will be even bigger and more special than previous New Year’s Day auctions,” said Ed Nadeau of Nadeau’s Auction Gallery. “In the past we strived hard to reach and surpass the $1 million mark, and more than once we actually hit $1.4 million. This one, though, has the merchandise to reach $2-3 million.” Over 700 quality lots will come under the gavel, online and in Nadeau’s gallery located at 25 Meadow Road in Windsor. For those unable to atten ... More

Bronx Bombers material rewrites record books in Heritage Auctions' $3.8 Million "Yankee Legends" Sale
DALLAS, TX.- The most decorated franchise in baseball history continued its winning ways in Heritage Auctions’ “Yankee Legends” auction, emphatically closing out annual auction sales in excess of $60 million for the sports collectibles category of the world’s largest collectibles auctioneer. Key Yankees documents broke the bank in the Dec. 10 auction, with Lou Gehrig’s 1931 Yankees contract commanding $216,000 and Derek Jeter’s 1992 scouting report—the earliest article of Yankees ephemera relating to the sure-fire member of the 2020 Hall of Fame class—finding a new owner at $102,000. Autographed baseballs, the hobby’s bedrock foundation, set exciting new auction prices – a welcome indicator of the market’s enduring strength. Five signed spheres soared past the ... More

Iris Dressler and Hans D. Christ announced as conveners of the 3rd Bergen Assembly
BERGEN.- “What is and what constitutes an assembly? Where does it take place, and where does it not? Who appears in it, and who doesn’t? Who forms, enables, convenes, abrogates, or forbids it? Can an assembly be enacted, exposed, designed, danced, chanted? Can it be silent, invisible, unexpected, or even passive? What are the techniques and what are the aesthetics of assembly? What makes it emancipatory and political, and what turns it into an act of repression? What would we call a fake assembly?” (Iris Dressler and Hans D. Christ, directors of Württembergischer Kunstverein, Stuttgart) Bergen Assembly is a perennial model for artistic production and research that is structured around public events taking place in the city of Bergen every three years. It responds to the perceived need for alternative temporalities of art production and ... More

Untitled, Miami Beach's sixth edition closes with robust sales and record attendance
MIAMI, FLA.- On Sunday, December 10, Untitled, Miami Beach closed its sixth edition with reports of strong sales throughout the week and an enthusiastic response from participating galleries, collectors, museum professionals, artists and the general public. Untitled, Miami Beach held its position as a must-attend event amongst the many activities taking place during Miami Art Week, setting a record for attendance. The 2017 edition of the fair was led by Executive Director, Manuela Mozo in partnership with Artistic Director, Omar López-Chahoud. The curated fair featured 137 galleries from 26 countries and 58 cities, resulting in a notably diverse and international presentation. The fair was pleased to welcome 41 new exhibitors including galleries from Cuba, Iran, Peru, Turkey, Uruguay and South Africa, as well as a continuing strong presence ... More

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On a day like today, Russian-French painter Wassily Kandinsky died
December 13, 1944. Wassily Wassilyevich Kandinsky (16 December [O.S. 4 December] 1866 - 13 December 1944) was a Russian painter and art theorist. He is credited with painting one of the first recognised purely abstract works.Born in Moscow, Kandinsky spent his childhood in Odessa, where he graduated at Grekov Odessa Art school. He enrolled at the University of Moscow, studying law and economics. Successful in his profession -- he was offered a professorship (chair of Roman Law) at the University of Dorpat -- Kandinsky began painting studies (life-drawing, sketching and anatomy) at the age of 30. From left to right: Wassily Kandinsky, Bild mit weissen Linien (Painting with White Lines), oil on canvas, 1913. Joan Miró, Femme et oiseaux, gouache and oil wash on paper, 1940. Alberto Giacometti, Grande figure, bronze, cast by the Alexis Rudier foundry in Paris in 1947. Courtesy Sotheby's.

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