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Sudan unearths bones from ancient pyramid for DNA testing

This picture taken on April 24, 2018, shows bones found in King Khalmani's burial chamber, in a Meroitic pyramid at the archaeological site of Bajarawiya, near Hillat ed Darqab, some 250 kilometers northeast of Khartoum. King Khalmani, whose burial chamber has been recently reopened to the public after years of darkness, ruled the Meroitic kingdom between 207 BC to 186 BC. The pyramid was previoulsy opened in 1923 by the American archaeologist George Andrew Reisner. ASHRAF SHAZLY / AFP.

BAJARAWIYA.- Archaeologists in Sudan have reopened an ancient pyramid and extracted bones and artefacts, in order to carry out further examination including DNA tests. The items were found in one of three burial chambers in Meriotic pyramid number 9 in Bajarawiya, a UNESCO World Heritage site where a king from the Nubian period is believed to be buried. "Pyramid number 9 belongs to King Khalmani who reigned between 207 BC and 186 BC," Mahmoud Suleiman, the head of a team of archaeologists, told journalists in Bajarawiya, about 250 kilometres (155 miles) north of Khartoum, late Tuesday. The bones so far discovered are believed to have belonged to more than one person and have been shown to journalists, including an AFP reporter, by a team of archaeologists in Bajarawiya. DNA tests should shed light on the relation between the bones, while further items are expected to be recovered from another of the pyramid's chambers, the team said. "In the coming days we will ... More

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Exhibition of extruded aluminum works by Donald Judd opens in New York   Orientalist & Middle East Week totals £15 million at Sotheby's London   Outstanding result for the only recorded Qur'an Palimpsest copied on an earlier Coptic Bible

Donald Judd, Untitled, 1991. 15 x 105 x 15 cm ( 5 7/8 x 41 3/8 x 5 7/8 in) 
63 3/4 x 63 3/4 inches (162 x 162 cm) 
Image © Judd Foundation Donald Judd Art © Judd Foundation / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

NEW YORK, NY.- Judd Foundation presents 15 x 105 x 15, an exhibition of extruded aluminum works by Donald Judd on the ground floor of 101 Spring Street in New York. The installation will open to the public on Friday, April 27, 2018. Judd made the edition of 12 extruded aluminum works in 12 anodized colors in 1991, one of a series of three-dimensional works published by Edition Schellmann and documented in the catalogue raisonné Donald Judd: Prints And Works In Editions.1
The exhibition will present the works as a full set installed on both the floor and the walls, as per Judd, a configuration not previously realized. Extruded out of solid aluminum, these works are the only works by Judd designed and fabricated as single-piece extrusions. “The primacy of symmetry in art and architecture is not very definitive or restrictive because there are so many kinds, some very close to asymmetry, such as some of ... More

A Karapinar carpet fragment, Central Anatolia, second half 16th century. Estimate: £40,000 - 60,000. Sold for: £131,250 ($184,065). Courtesy Sotheby’s.

LONDON.- As part of Sotheby’s Orientalist and Middle Eastern Art Week, a group of four sales dedicated to art produced across the Islamic world from ancient to modern times, 280 lots sold to bring £14,998,938 / $20,934,439 (est. £10,402,300-14,893,000) – an increase of 18% from the equivalent season in 2017. Comprising a treasure trove of exceptional collector and decorator pieces spanning Persia, India, Central Asia, Anatolia, Turkey and Europe, Sotheby’s sale of exquisite Rugs & Carpets totalled £1,553,063 / $2,178,016 (est. £1,354,300-1,881,000). The auction was led by the largest Toussounian silk carpet ever to appear at auction, which soared above estimate to £393,000 / $551,143 (est. £200,000-300,000) – setting a world record for any 20th century carpet at auction. The design elements of this ‘Emperor’ silk carpet take from one of the most complex and sophisticated groups of classical carpets of the early Safavid period in the 16th century, adorned ... More

A Qur’an Palimpsest written on an earlier Coptic Bible probably Egypt, Second century AH/Circa 8th century AD and earlier. Estimate: £80,000 – 120,000 Price realised: £596,750. © Christie’s Images Limited 2018.

LONDON.- Christie’s announced the results achieved for the palimpsest of a Qur’an copied onto a Christian text, realising £596,790 during the Art of the Islamic and Indian Worlds Including Oriental Rugs and Carpets auction. As Lot 1 of the sale, this remarkable manuscript dates to the earliest period of Islam. The leaves from these folios derive from an earlier Coptic manuscript containing passages from the Book of Deuteronomy, which is part of the Torah and the Christian Old Testament. It was very probably produced in Egypt, home to the Coptic community, at the time of the Arab conquest. This appears to be the only recorded example of a Qur’an written above a Christian text, and the importance of this manuscript resonates with the historical reality of religious communities in the Near East and as such is an invaluable survival from the earliest centuries of Islam. This remarkable discovery was made with the help of French ... More

The Field Revisited: National Gallery of Victoria restages radical exhibition 50 years on   The Andy Warhol Museum opens 'Adman: Warhol Before Pop'   Rights architects among nominees for UK's Turner Prize

James Doolin, Artificial landscape 67/5, 1967. Synthetic polymer paint on canvas 129.6 x 101.8 cm. National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne. © James Doolin.

MELBOURNE.- Regarded as a landmark exhibition in Australian art history, The Field was the National Gallery of Victoria’s inaugural exhibition at its new premises on St Kilda Road in 1968. With its silver foil-covered walls and geometric light fittings, this boundary-pushing exhibition was the first comprehensive display of colour field painting and abstract sculpture in Australia and opened to much controversy at the time. To commemorate the 50th anniversary in 2018, The Field Revisited recreates this exhibition for contemporary audiences at NGV Australia at Federation Square. Reassembling as many of the 74 original artworks as possible, this exhibition has been co-curated by Tony Ellwood, Director, NGV and Beckett Rozentals, Curator, Australian Painting, Sculpture and Decorative Arts to 1980. The Field boldly launched the careers of a generation of young ... More

Andy Warhol, (Stamped) Basket of Flowers, ca. 1961, The Andy Warhol Museum, Pittsburgh, © The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Inc.

PITTSBURGH, PA.- The Andy Warhol Museum announces Adman: Warhol Before Pop, opening April 27, 2018. With the backdrop of 1950s New York and its burgeoning advertising industry, Adman: Warhol Before Pop focuses on the formative years of one of the 20th century’s most influential artists. It provides insights into the beginning of Andy Warhol’s career, from his award-winning work as a commercial illustrator through to his first, little-known gallery exhibitions of drawings and artist books. With over 300 objects—from rare drawings and photographs to vintage advertisements, artist books and recreated department store window displays—many on public display for the first time, Adman provides a comprehensive look at Warhol’s first decade in New York. Children, shoes, album covers, and women’s fashions, dominate this early period of commissioned commercial work and artistic projects. But intimate drawings ... More

Luke Willis Thompson.

LONDON (AFP).- An organisation which recreated the inside of a Syrian prison in harrowing 3D detail was among the four nominees for Britain's Turner Prize for contemporary art announced on Thursday. London-based Forensic Architecture, which uses architectural rendering software to investigate potential war crimes, used prisoner accounts to build a digital model of Saidnaya prison. Tate Britain director Alex Farquharson announced the shortlist at an event in London, saying all the artists nominated "are tackling the most pressing political and humanitarian issues of today". Oliver Basciano, art critic and member of the jury said that the four nominees "combine a politicking with a sense of elegance, a sense of aesthetic seduction in their work". The others include Luke Willis Thompson, who made a black and white silent film portrait of Diamond Reynolds, a woman who live-streamed the immediate aftermath of her African American boyfriend's death during a traffic stop in the US ... More

Patrick Nagel works lift Heritage Auctions' Illustration Art Auction to nearly $1.5 million   Mary Boone Gallery opens an exhibition of new paintings by Math Bass   Two significant collections gifted to the Bowdoin College Museum of Art

Alberto Vargas Martini Time, 1935 nearly tripled its low pre-auction estimate when competitive bidding drove its result to $87,500.

DALLAS, TX.- Patrick Nagel’s Nude on Back with Black Stockings, 1983 soared beyond pre-auction estimates, selling for $106,250, and two new artist records were set in Heritage Auctions’ Illustration Art Auction April 24 in Dallas. The acrylic on canvas, which is signed and dated by the artist, was the top lot in the event that brought in a total of $1,429,429.25 for the sale of 449 lots. The price paid for the auction’s top lot is the 10th-best ever paid for a Nagel work at Heritage Auctions, which now has sold 12 works by the artist for six-figure returns. “Patrick Nagel’s artwork has been extremely popular with collectors for decades, and the prices for his works have really taken off in recent years because of the increasing demand,” Heritage Auctions Senior Vice President for Fine & Decorative Arts Ed Jaster said. “More and more collectors are turning to Heritage Auctions for hard-to ... More

Math Bass, Newz!, 2018. Gouache/canvas, 84” by 82”, 213cm by 208cm.

NEW YORK, NY.- Mary Boone Gallery opened at its Fifth Avenue location My Dear Dear Letter, an exhibition curated by Piper Marshall of new paintings by Math Bass. My Dear Dear Letter presents a recent entry to Math Bass’s ongoing “Newz!” paintings, adding to the artist’s evolving formal vocabulary. Bass’s entries emerge through a process of excision. A contour traced from a pre-existing shape is then abstracted away. In this case, nothing is ripped or destroyed, rather the form yields another through its re-orientation, comparable to how N when rotated can appear as Z, and E could be flipped to read as W. Similarly, Bass’s work explores the contour of a shape through repetition, often within one composition. What follows is a sequence whose legibility asks to be read as mutable, or as toward multiple. In this exhibition, Bass builds in shifts of focus, altering the image by scaling up the field on which it rest ... More

Portrait of Frida Kahlo, 1933, oil on linen by Walter Pach. Gift of Francis M. Naumann and Marie T. Keller. Bowdoin College Museum of Art, Brunswick, Maine

BRUNSWICK, ME.- The Bowdoin College Museum of Art today announced its receipt of two major collections of artworks that will significantly expand its holdings: nearly 350 works from the estate of Marion Boulton “Kippy” Stroud (1939 – 2015), founder of the Fabric Workshop and Museum in Philadelphia and the Acadia Summer Arts Program (ASAP) on Maine’s Mount Desert Island, known as “Kamp Kippy”; and an archive of visual art by the artist, scholar, and curator Walter Pach (1883 – 1958), numbering approximately 1,200 works from the gallerist and scholar Francis M. Naumann and his wife Marie T. Keller. Totaling over 1,500 objects, the Stroud and Pach Collections will greatly enhance the BCMA’s encyclopedic collection with additions across media, including highlights such as Pach’s painted portraits of Frida Kahlo and Rufino Tamayo, and works by contemporary ... More

Group exhibition investigates a topic significant in Freudian and post-Freudian psychoanalysis   Marian Goodman opens exhibition of works by Ettore Spalletti   Phillips announces the inaugural ULTIMATE Evening & Photographs Day Sales

Jordan McKenzie, Spent, 2009. Artist’s semen, universal litmus paper.

LONDON.- The Freud Museum London presents Solitary Pleasures, a group exhibition that investigates a topic significant in Freudian and post-Freudian psychoanalysis, sexuality, and eroticism: masturbation. The exhibition includes work by Shannon Bell, VALIE EXPORT, Chantal Faust, Antony Gormley, Jordan McKenzie, Annie Sprinkle and Beth Stephens, Emma Talbot, and Michelle Williams Gamaker. Together, they tell the human story, both ancient and modern, of our complex sexual, erotic, and intimate encounters with ourselves and others by way of masturbation as an all-inclusive - gay, lesbian, heterosexual, bisexual, trans, queer, + - practice. Sigmund Freud famously described masturbation as the first or ‘primal’ addiction. Solitary Pleasures interrogates and investigates masturbation, and the eroticism, desire, and gratification associated with it, not just as an isolated or solitary ‘vice’, but as a pleasure ... More

Senza parole, 2018. Color impasto on wood, gold leaf, 35 3/8 x 35 3/8 x 35 3/8 in. (90 x 90 x 90 cm). Photo: Rebecca Fanuele. Courtesy of the artist and Galerie Marian Goodman Paris.

PARIS.- Galerie Marian Goodman is presenting Ettore Spalletti’s exhibition in Paris, on view at the gallery and at the bookshop. This exhibition is his second with the gallery, following his first in London in 2016, and precedes his forthcoming solo show at the Nouveau Musée National de Monaco (NMNM) in early 2019. The artist presents new paintings, sculptures and works on paper that collectively form a singular, immersive installation. In the main space of the gallery, Spalletti introduces the latest works from his Paesaggio series and new sculptures. The Paesaggio paintings, each consisting of multiple monochromatic panels, recall both the present and remembered landscape of Abruzzo, the region on the Adriatic coast of Italy where the artist has lived and worked his entire life. Centrally installed ... More

Andy Warhol, Debbie Harry, 1980. Unique Polaroid Polacolor Type 108 print. This work is unique. Estimate: £ 8,000 - 12,000. Image courtesy of Phillips.

LONDON.- This Spring, Phillips presents the inaugural ULTIMATE Evening & Photographs Day Sales in London, showcasing many of the key moments in the history of photography, and bringing to the fore leading contemporary artists of today. The ULTIMATE Evening Sale is a tightly edited collection of 27 outstanding works, ranging from rare masterpieces to exclusive collaborations, championing such 20th century luminaries as Robert Mapplethorpe, Helmut Newton and Irving Penn. POLAROIDS from The Piero Bisazza Collection is featured in both the Evening & Day Sales and includes unique Polaroid prints by Andy Warhol and Nobuyoshi Araki. The Photographs Day Sale is highlighted by the Michel and Sally Strauss Contemporary Photography Collection, as well as exceptional works by Man Ray and Nick Knight. Comprising 172 lots, the ULTIMATE Evening & Photographs Day Sales ... More

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Phillips Hong Kong announces highlights from the Jewels and Jadeite Spring Sale
HONG KONG.- Phillips announced its 2018 Spring Sale of Jewels and Jadeite in Hong Kong on 28 May 2018 at the Mandarin Oriental Hong Kong. Featuring 156 lots, the sale will be led by a very rare and important unheated Kashmir sapphire and diamond necklace, with the sapphires weighing 52.50 carats. Equally enchanting is a magnificent pair of 14.59 and 12.54-carat Colombian Muzo no-oil emerald and diamond pendent earrings by Harry Winston, which features 23.84 carats of diamonds and an exceptional 21.20-carat unheated Sri Lankan Padparadscha sapphire and diamond ring. Estimated in excess of HKD 170 million, the sale will also offer a broad array of gemstones, signed vintage and period jewellery, important diamonds and jadeites of superb quality, accessible to seasoned collectors, fashionistas and tastemakers alike. In November 2017, Phillips ... More

Exhibition celebrates $10 million Hall Family Foundation gift
KANSAS CITY, MO.- The Big Picture: A Transformative Gift from the Hall Family Foundation opens April 28 at The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art in Kansas City. The exhibition coincides with the 75th anniversary of the Hall Family Foundation and features nearly 100 newly acquired photographs purchased with a special $10 million grant given to the Nelson-Atkins by the Foundation. More than 800 photographs were purchased with the gift from 2015-2017. “This exhibition is the first opportunity for our visitors to discover the great works we acquired over the past three years, thanks to the incredible gift from the Hall Family Foundation,” said Julián Zugazagoitia, Menefee D. and Mary Louise Blackwell CEO & Director of the Nelson-Atkins. “With this gift, the Nelson-Atkins has significantly enhanced its stature as one of the greatest repositories of the history of photography. ... More

S/2 London presents an exhibition dedicated to the spirit of Signals London
LONDON.- From April 27 to July 13 2018, S│2 London presents an exhibition dedicated to the spirit of Signals London. In August 1964, David Medalla, Guy Brett, Paul Keeler, Gustav Metzger and Marcello Salvadori began to publish Signals Newsbulletin as part of the Centre for Advanced Creative Study, which they had set up in Medalla and Keeler’s apartment in Cornwall Gardens, South Kensington. The newsbulletin declared the group’s aim to be ‘dedicated to the adventures of the modern spirit’ and presented a wide range of international art, alongside and often fused with poetry and progressive articles on architecture, agriculture, technology and science, among other topics. Alongside the newsbulletin, the group held early exhibitions at the Cornwall Gardens address, but Signals truly came into being with the opening of a gallery in a four-storey space on Wigmore Street i ... More

Gallery Weekend Berlin features exhibitions of 47 Berlin galleries
BERLIN.- From 27-29 April 2018, the art world’s attention will be focused on the exhibitions of 47 Berlin galleries, reflecting the current art discourse within the framework of Gallery Weekend Berlin. Gallery Weekend Berlin brings together exhibitions held in galleries throughout the city and offers an exceptional a special kind of art experience: works by the feminist pop icon Evelyne Axell can be seen alongside social commentary – from vicious to absurd – evident in works by Danny McDonald, Raymond Pettibon or Peter Wächtler. In addition to viewing conceptual works by the likes of R.H. Quaytman and Mario Garcia Torres, new discoveries such as the artist Leda Bourgogne can be made alongside exhibitions by artists who have already contributed to the writing of art history, including Kara Walker, Hans-Peter Feldmann, Los Carpinteros, General Idea and ... More

Neon nostalgia in Hong Kong as lights go out
HONG KONG (AFP).- Neon sign maker Wu Chi-kai is one of the last remaining craftsmen of his kind in Hong Kong, a city where darkness never really falls thanks to the 24-hour glow of myriads of lights. During his 30 years in the business, neon came to define the urban landscape, huge flashing signs protruding horizontally from the sides of buildings, advertising everything from restaurants to mahjong parlours. But with the growing popularity of brighter LED lights, seen as easier to maintain and more environmentally friendly, and government orders to remove some vintage signs deemed dangerous, the demand for specialists like Wu has dimmed. Despite a waning client-base, 50-year-old Wu continues in the trade, working with glass tubes dusted inside with fluorescent powder and containing various gases including neon or argon, as well as mercury, to create different colours. ... More

Exhibition celebrating bespoke, extraordinary objects to open at the National Design & Craft Gallery
KILKENNY.- Lasting Impressions, an exhibition of extraordinary objects, designed and crafted with integrity and ingenuity that will become the heirlooms of tomorrow, opens at the National Design & Craft Gallery in Kilkenny on Friday, 27th April. Curated by Gregory Parsons, the collection will cover a wide spectrum of practices, including ceramics, glassware, jewellery making and furniture, and take a closer look at how these craftspeople make and the processes they use to produce an object that will last. Eighteen leading craftspeople from Ireland and the UK will showcase objects, including: glassmakers Scott Benefield and Neil Wilkin; ceramicists Adam Buick, Ashraf Hanna, John McKeag, Paul Wearing, and Walter Keeler; furniture designers and makers Sebastian Cox and Cillian Ó Súilleabháin; jewellery maker Andrew Lamb; textile artists Nicola Henley, ... More

A rare double portrait by James Ensor leads Bonhams Impressionist and Modern Art sale
NEW YORK, NY.- James Ensor’s Nos deux portraits (1860-1949) (estimate: $300,000-500,000) will be a highlight of Bonhams Impressionist and Modern Art Sale on May 15, 2018. Distinguished by its important early provenance and extensive exhibition history, Nos deux portraits is a rare double portrait of the artist and his close companion Augusta Boogaerts. This work was exhibited in Ensor's first retrospective exhibition in 1929 at the Palais des Beaux-Arts in Brussels and has since been exhibited throughout Europe and North America. The first owner of Nos deux portraits was Augusta Boogaerts herself. Nos deux portraits is one of four portraits Ensor painted of Augusta. She met Ensor in 1888 while working for his family's business, and remained his close companion for over sixty years. Ensor's family never approved of the relationship and the ... More

Original vintage comic cover art by legendary illustrators will be auctioned April 28th
CRANSTON, RI.- Nearly 350 lots of toys, comic books and comic art will be sold to the highest bidder in an auction planned for Saturday, April 28th, by Bruneau & Co. Auctioneers, in partnership with Altered Reality Entertainment and Travis Landry. The sale will be held online and in the Bruneau & Co. gallery, located at 63 Fourth Avenue in Cranston, at 11 am Eastern. The auction will open with 87 lots of vintage Star Wars items, featuring a selection from the collection of David Montauck in Brooklyn, N.Y. The group is highlighted by a 1985 Power of The Force AT-AT Driver, graded AFA 85 and packaged with a Warlock coin – a hard cardback to find, as it only saw limited release in Australia (est. $5,500-$7,500). “It’s like being a child again back in 1978, going to Almac’s with my mother to pick out my Star Wars figure for the week,” said Kevin Bruneau, the president ... More

Weiss Berlin opens exhibition of works by artist Faith Ringgold
BERLIN.- The work of artist Faith Ringgold (* 1930, Harlem, New York) is of exceptional contemporary significance and enjoys international recognition. Her achievements as an artist, teacher, and activist have received numerous honors, including 24 honorary doctorates. Her books have been awarded over 30 prestigious awards. Ringgold's work is represented in all major museums in the United States. The Museum of Modern Art recently acquired the large-size work A merican People Series # 20: Die (1967), which was recently exhibited at the Tate Modern in London as part of the exhibition Soul of a Nation. This exhibition is the first solo exhibition by the artist, whose work was exhibited in Germany at Kunsthaus Hamburg (with the Gedok Association) and at Documenta 5 in 1972. Spanning media such as painting, graphics, collage, textile art, and sculpture, ... More

The Ryerson Image Centre showcases 3 Indigenous artists
TORONTO.- This season, the Ryerson Image Centre presents work by three contemporary Indigenous artists: Shelley Niro, Nadia Myre and Scott Benesiinaabandan. Collectively, these artists explore notions of culture, identity and the complex colonial histories of Indigenous people using photography, film and new media. All exhibitions launch during the official kick-off party for the Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival, free and open to the public, on April 27, 2018, 7:00 – 11:00 pm. “We’re pleased to partner with the Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival to present these three excellent contemporary artists, all of whom work around themes of indigenous history, identity, and tradition,” says Paul Roth, Director of the Ryerson Image Centre. “Artists are often able to address society’s most difficult and contentious ... More

Vintage trains, toys and holiday antiques attract 4,000 registered bidders to Milestone's April 14 auction
WILLOUGHBY, OHIO .- Early trains, German tin wind-ups, cast-iron banks and just about every other category of interest to today’s toy collectors gathered under one roof in suburban Cleveland on April 14 for Milestone Auctions’ 826-lot Spring Spectacular. Most of the consignments came directly from estates or private collections. With all forms of bidding available, there was strong overseas competition, with Internet and phone participants from no fewer than 10 countries. “What we offered was a very nice selection of the types of toys everyone likes. We cater to mid-level as well as advanced collectors,” said Milestone Auctions co-owner Miles King. “There were around 4,000 registered bidders, with many from Europe and Japan. The international market for toys is pretty strong right now, in my opinion. Prices were very steady across the board.” ... More

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