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Sotheby's to offer Francis Bacon's 'Pope' on behalf of the Brooklyn Museum this November in NYC   New Mark Rothko monograph to be released on Nov. 5   Nigerian painting fetches £1.1 million after Google search

An exceedingly rare witness to a critical period in Bacon’s life and career, Pope is estimated to sell for $6/8 Million. Courtesy Sotheby's.

NEW YORK, NY.- Sotheby’s announced that we will offer Francis Bacon’s Pope on behalf of the Brooklyn Museum this November in New York. Proceeds from the sale will be used to support the museum collection. Executed during a particularly turbulent and emotional moment of Bacon’s life, Pope offers a rare glimpse into the psychology of the artist and the influences behind the works he created during a passionate yet volatile love affair with Peter Lacy. In the mid-1950s, Lacy moved to Tangier, prompting Bacon to make frequent and extended trips to Morocco to spend time with his lover, among a group of important creative figures such as Allen Ginsberg and William Burroughs. Perceived as exotic and more tolerant of homosexuality, the Tangier lifestyle offered an escapism that was liberating for both Bacon and Lacy. Despite this, their romance ultimately devolved into violence, which characterized a period of ... More

An advance deluxe edition debuted on September 10 at the opening of Pace’s new flagship Chelsea location. Photograph by Guy Ben-Ari, courtesy Pace Gallery.

NEW YORK, NY.- Pace Gallery announced the release of Mark Rothko: The Exhibitions at Pace, published by Callaway Arts & Entertainment. The highly anticipated monograph traces the arc of production of one of the most celebrated artists of the twentieth century, presented chronologically through eleven groundbreaking Rothko exhibitions organized by and held at Pace Gallery from 1978 through 2017. An advance deluxe edition debuted on September 10 at the opening of Pace’s new flagship Chelsea location. This special edition of 300 copies is signed by Arne Glimcher, the founder of Pace Gallery, and Rothko’s children. On November 5, 2019, the trade edition of Mark Rothko: The Exhibitions at Pace will be released in bookstores nationwide. “Our relationship was close enough for me to step into the studio, on my way home, if the light was on in his doorway,” Glimcher ... More

Ben Enwonwu, Christine, est. £100,000-150,000. Sold for: £1.1 million. Courtesy Sotheby's.

LONDON (AFP).- A painting by the Nigerian artist responsible for the "African Mona Lisa" sold at auction in London on Tuesday for £1.1 million after the family who owned it googled the signature and realised its importance. "Christine", by 20th century master of African modernism Ben Enwonwu, had been in the sitter's family home ever since it was painted in Lagos in 1971. "The family were unaware of the significance of the painting or the importance of the artist, until a chance "googling" of the signature led them to Sotheby's free Online Estimate Platform," said the London auction house. The painting fetched over seven times the pre-auction estimate, finally going under the hammer for £1.1 million (1.3 million euros, $1.4 million). The work precedes the artist's 1974 painting of Ife royal princess Adetutu "Tutu" Ademiluyi, which recently turned up in a London flat after not being seen in decades. The portrait is a national icon in Nigeria, with Booker Prize-winning novelist Ben ... More

Sale at Drouot features 130 meteorites   Rare early black paint Leica M3 will be offered at auction in London in November   Meeting the 'Mona Lisa' for an intimate (virtual) rendezvous

Siderite-type meteorite, Mont-Dieu, France. Estimate: €80,000 – 120,000. © Lucien-Paris / Drouot.

PARIS.- Drouot shared a fantastic auction that will be offered on 21 October, commemorating the 50th anniversary of Man’s first steps on the Moon. Titled “Space to Paris” this sale is presented by Lucien Paris auction house. Among a selection of 130 meteorites, a fragment weighting 364 kg from the famous Mont-Dieu meteorite will be featured. This specific meteorite was found in the Ardennes (North-East of France), in the smallest village of the region where only 17 people live. In 2010, a professional gold-panner named Mr. Billard got the authorisation to research the area. With the help of a metal detector, Billard discovered the gigantic fragment, buried 70 cm. deep in the soil. The original weight of the entire meteorite is estimated around 1 ton. Though Billard technically discovered the fragment, its existence was known since 1994. The situation generated legal proceedings to establish who the rightful owner ... More

This particular camera was delivered to the famous Magnum Photo Agency in Paris in 1958 as it was the chosen camera of top photojournalists at the time.

LONDON.- Chiswick Auctions will offer an extremely rare and very early double-stroke, black paint Leica M3. This type of camera was used professionally by some of the best photojournalists of the 20th century and are extremely rare. The camera, which includes all of the features of these highly sought-after unofficial pre-series cameras, will go under the hammer in a sale of Photographica on Thursday 14th November, 2019. This particular camera was delivered to the famous Magnum Photo Agency in Paris in 1958 as it was the chosen camera of top photojournalists at the time. Factory delivery records show that only 90 of these pre-series cameras were sent before the first official batch of black M3 rangefinders in 1959, of which this is a survivor. It is not known how many others are still in existence from such a small production number. The majority of them were delivered ... More

Leonardo da Vinci, Portrait of Lisa Gherardini, spouse of Francesco del Giocondo, La Joconde or Mona Lisa, Paris, Musée du Louvre, courtesy RMN-Grand Palais (Musée du Louvre) / Michel Urtado.

PARIS (NYT NEWS SERVICE).- Mona Lisa’s lingering smile remains the same, but she is getting a first-of-its-kind virtual makeover from the Louvre Museum, which has struggled this year with the popularity of Leonardo da Vinci’s masterpiece and the throngs of selfie-snapping tourists. With a blockbuster Leonardo exhibition fast approaching, the Louvre and its production partners are fine-tuning a virtual reality tour with three-dimensional views of the portrait that look beyond the jostling crowds, the shatterproof glass case and the layers of varnish from restorations and the fading green patina. The real oil on wood “Mona Lisa” was returned last week to the skylit Salle des États, to coincide with the Oct. 24 opening of an exhibition marking the quincentennial of the death in 1519 of Leonardo, master of the Italian Renaissance. During ... More

Simon Lee Gallery opens an exhibition of works by Paulina Olowska   The shock of the old: Rousseau discovery heads a new-look auction for the capital   Nearly 1billion euros raised, pledged for Notre-Dame rebuild

Paulina Olowska, Julie's Confession (after Talia Chetrit), 2019. Oil on canvas, 170 x 120 x 2.5 cm. (66 7/8 x 47 1/4 x 1 in.). Image courtesy the artist and Simon Lee Gallery.

LONDON.- Paulina Olowska’s exhibition at Simon Lee Gallery constitutes the latest chapter in the artist’s continuous and fertile research into image-making, exploring the ways in which she interprets painting as a vehicle for her idiosyncratic visions and as a facilitator for the exchange of feelings and sensations with the viewer. Spanning the gallery’s three floors, Destroyed Woman puts forward a visual and emotional landscape through which to contemplate the self and the other, provoking our consideration of themes such as womanhood, ageing, the power of tradition and the spectator’s gaze. With this exhibition Olowska invites us to thoroughly re-contemplate representations of women, particularly within an art historical context, and to redefine the purpose of their portraiture; how, she asks, can we reformulate ... More

This portrait by French artist François Guérin (fl.1751-91) of Jean-Jacques Rousseau (1712-78) will be sold with an estimate of £10,000-15,000.

LONDON.- A recent rediscovered portrait of a great Enlightenment Age thinker comes for sale in London later this month. The portrait by French artist François Guérin (fl.1751-91) of Jean-Jacques Rousseau (1712-78) shows the political philosopher in his pomp, seated at a desk with quill pen and envelope in hand. It forms part of The Classic Tradition: European Art from 15th to 19th Centuries, a new auction of traditional paintings held in the heart of St James’s by Lyon & Turnbull on October 30. The 76cm x 61cm (30in x 24in) oil on canvas is one of only a handful of lifetime portraits of Rousseau that are known. It probably dates from the 1760s, around the time of the publication of two of his most famous works, The Social Contract and Emile, or On Education. It comes for sale from a collection in London and has a provenance that can be traced back through the Rousseau ... More

This picture taken on October 15, 2019 shows wood structures supporting buttress and vault, protection nets and scaffolding outside the Notre-Dame Cathedral in Paris. Philippe LOPEZ / AFP.

PARIS (AFP).- Six months after a blaze caused devastating damage to Paris' Notre-Dame cathedral, nearly one billion euros have been paid or pledged to rebuild the edifice, France's culture minister said Tuesday. Of the total, 104 million euros have already been paid over by 350,000 donors, Franck Riester told journalists in Paris. "It is far too early to say whether the amount will be enough," the minister said, adding "the government will assume its responsibilities; we will not leave Notre-Dame in the lurch." Riester said the total had reached 922 million euros (just over $1 billion). Three foundations and France's National Monuments Centre have been charged with raising money for rebuilding the cathedral, which saw a fire tearing through its roof on April 15, toppling its historic spire. There is no consensus on how ... More

Smithsonian's Anacostia Community Museum reopens   Whitney Houston, Notorious B.I.G. and Dave Matthews Band nominated for Rock Hall   Tulips from Amsterdam? A blooming scam, says new probe

Smithsonian's Anacostia Community Museum's updated exterior landscaping. Image by Michael Barnes, Smithsonian Institution.

WASHINGTON, DC.- The Smithsonian’s Anacostia Community Museum reopened to the public Sunday, Oct 13, after seven months of construction and $4.5 million of exterior and interior improvements and repairs to enhance the visitor experience. “We are thrilled to show off the changes we’ve made to make the facility more engaging to the community while supporting both our curatorial research and educational work in environmental stewardship,” Adams said. Adams joined the museum Aug. 5 from the Minnesota Historical Society. Featuring plants native to the area and developed with Smithsonian Gardens, the redesigned museum landscape hosts a permanent living, teaching installation with narrative panels on the Anacostia Watershed history, including the first inhabitants—the Nachotchtank—and on local river-restoration efforts. A demonstration vegetable garden to support the museum’s urban ... More

Whitney Houston.

NEW YORK (AFP).- First time Rock and Roll Hall of Fame nominees Whitney Houston and the Notorious B.I.G. topped this year's short-list of potential inductees, the institution announced Tuesday. The late music icons are among 16 acts vying for a coveted spot, joined by performers and groups including Soundgarden, Depeche Mode, Dave Matthews Band, Motorhead, Pat Benatar and The Doobie Brothers. This year's field is marked by three legendary artists who died young. The Notorious B.I.G. -- a pride of New York, widely considered one of the greatest rappers of all time -- was nominated in his first year of eligibility, which comes 25 years after the release of an act's first commercial recording. The artist born Christopher Wallace and colloquially known as Biggie was murdered in 1997 in Los Angeles at age 24, in a still-murky shooting that some speculated was part of a feud between East Coast and West Coast rappers. Houston, the most awarded female artist of all time, died at 48 years ... More

This file photo taken on March 6, 2003 shows bulbs at the flower market in Amsterdam. COR MULDER / AFP.

THE HAGUE (AFP).- Tourists are being ripped off at Amsterdam's famous flower market, with just one percent of all bulbs sold at the floating bazaar ever producing a blossom, investigators said Tuesday. A probe commissioned by the Dutch capital's municipality and tulip growers also found that often only one flower resembled the pictures on the packaging like colour, and that there were fewer bulbs than advertised. "The probe showed that there is chronic deception of consumers," at the sale of tulip bulbs at the flower market, the Royal General Bulb Growers' Association (KAVB) said. "Millions of tourists and day-trippers are being duped," KAVB chairman Rene le Clercq said in a statement. Amsterdam and the KAVB have now referred the matter to the Dutch consumer watchdog. The Amsterdam flower market is one of the city's most famous landmarks and dates from around 1862, when flower sellers sailed their barges up the Amstel River and ... More

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Scandal-hit Placido Domingo 'happy' to sing in Moscow
MOSCOW (AFP).- Opera singer Placido Domingo on Tuesday spoke of his joy over a forthcoming Moscow concert as the famed Spanish tenor faces multiple sexual harassment claims. Giving a press conference at Russia's TASS state news agency, Domingo avoided mentioning the scandal which has seen him resign from the Los Angeles Opera and withdraw from all future performances at New York's Metropolitan Opera. Asked by AFP during a photo-call how the allegations would affect his legacy, the 78-year-old said simply: "It is under investigation, it is not possible to talk." Flanked by Russian star conductor and viola player Yuri Bashmet, Domingo said he was looking forward to performing with him at a Moscow concert hall on Thursday, one of his first concerts in Europe since the allegations became public. "I am tremendously happy to be back in Russia," ... More

Nobel winner fears rising self-censorship in Poland
FRANKFURT (AFP).- Poland's Nobel literature winner Olga Tokarczuk on Tuesday decried rising self-censorship in her country, while steering clear of the controversy engulfing fellow laureate Peter Handke. Speaking at the opening press conference of the Frankfurt book fair, the dreadlocked author and outspoken critic of the ruling Law and Justice party (PiS) said there was "a kind of culture war" raging at home between the right-wing government and the opposition. "There is no official censorship in literature, but I feel a certain fear when I see that a kind of self-censorship is developing in Poland," Tokarczuk said through a translator. "Authors are somehow afraid of expressing what they really think or feel because they fear political consequences. I can only hope this development will not continue." Tokarczuk, whose sweeping historical novels with a touch of ... More

The FLAG Art Foundation presents a two-floor exhibition by Nicolas Party
NEW YORK, NY.- The FLAG Art Foundation is presenting a two-floor exhibition by Nicolas Party, on view October 10-February 15, 2020. Conceived as a complete artwork, Party transforms FLAG into a sumptuously colored environment of interlocking rooms setting the stage for a suite of four new wall murals created in soft pastel. Continuing Party’s interest in mixing art history and genres, the rococo-inspired murals serve as a foil to, and occasional backdrop for, a selection of pastel drawings from the eighteenth-century to present day by Rosalba Carriera, Mary Cassatt, Edgar Degas, Louis Fratino, Marsden Hartley, Loie Hollowell, Julian Martin, Toyin Ojih Odutola, Chris Ofili, Jean-Baptiste Perronneau, Billy Sullivan, Wayne Thiebaud, and Robin F. Williams. The exhibition centers on soft pastel, the incredibly fragile and ultimately temporal medium, that ... More

The Drawing Center opens an exhibition of more than 140 drawings by imprisoned artists
NEW YORK, NY.- The Pencil Is a Key: Drawings by Incarcerated Artists is an exhibition of more than 140 drawings by imprisoned artists from around the globe. Featuring works produced over a roughly two-hundred-year period, the exhibition presents powerful evidence of the persistence of human creativity in the most inhumane of circumstances. For each of the incarcerated artists represented in The Pencil Is a Key, the act of putting pencil to paper is a vehicle through which they proclaim their individuality and measure their humanity against systems of repression. Together, their drawings are containers of memories, records that bear witness, tools for survival, weapons in the fight for justice, and portals to a better future. Organized chronologically, The Pencil Is a Key interprets the term “incarceration” broadly to mean any situation in which an individual ... More

Marlon Brando's illegal Vespa runaround in Berkshire for sale with H&H Classics
LONDON.- This classic Italian Vespa scooter was bought in Rome by Elliot Kastner, film producer of: Where Eagles Dare, The Blob, Missouri Breaks (with Marlon Brando), Angel Heart and bought over to the UK by him – and used by Marlon Brando as a fun run-around when visiting Kastner. Now up for sale with H&H Classics on November 2nd at the National Motorcycle Museum it is in an original unrestored condition, still bearing the original Roman number plate. It is estimated to sell for £2,000 - £3,000. Mark Bryan of H&H Classics Motorcycle Department, comments: “This Vespa has impeccable credentials and is something of a find for any Brando fan who also appreciates classic Italian design of this iconic scooter.It is a great mix of bike and film history.” After being used in Rome during a film shoot the scooter was shipped back to Britain. It was never registered ... More

Artist marks Native American Day with a reimagining of Mount Rushmore
LONDON.- Acclaimed British artist Ben Turnbull has reimagined Mount Rushmore, replacing the American presidents with Native Americans. Entitled Once Upon a Time in America, the work is part of American History X volume III, Manifest Decimation, which examines the history of the ‘Indian Removal Act’ and the concept of ‘Manifest Destiny’, a belief which led to a cultural genocide of native Americans. Using cut-outs of ‘cowboy and Indian’ comics — the type that showed ruthless colonisers as a necessary force for civilisation – Turnbull spins it around and makes the Indians the victors, the cowboys the vanquished. The exhibition, which is comprised of seven works in total, is the third in an ongoing series, following American History X volume II, Smells Like Teen Spirit, and American History X volume I, The Death of America, 2013. Ben Turnbull (b. 1974) has, ... More

18th century cookbook gives up its intriguing secrets at auction
NEW YORK, NY.- An early recipe for lemonade and another for “Brain Cakes” have emerged from the pages of a handwritten cookbook dating back to the 18th century, to be sold at Swann Auction Galleries on October 24. Grandly titled Imperiall Water, the recipe for lemonade instructs the user to “put a gallon of water, one ounce of Cream of Tartar, the yellow rine of a large lemmon” on to boil for a few minutes with “lump sugar to your taste”, before cooling and bottling it. Cream of Tartar would have been a staple way of making the drink before the invention of carbonated water and so the recipe is not that different from those used today. “Brain Cakes for a Calves Head Hash” is a rather different matter, however, as the book indicates. With beaten eggs, nutmeg, cream, sage and parsley mixed with the brains, the result would ... More

Three photography exhibitions opening at deCordova this October
LINCOLN, MASS.- The Trustees and deCordova Sculpture Park and Museum announce the fall opening of Photosynthesis, a museum-wide celebration and examination of photography spanning a range of topics and artists. On view through March 29, 2020, Photosynthesis is comprised of three separate shows, featuring works drawn from deCordova's permanent collection along with loans from artists and private collectors. All of deCordova’s galleries are being devoted to photography during this duration, honoring the Museum’s strong history of supporting the photographic arts. All the Marvelous Surfaces: Photography Since Karl Blossfeldt explores the impact of Blossfeldt’s acclaimed 1920s series Art Forms in Nature on present-day approaches to ornamentation, scale, and abstraction. Peter Hutchinson: Landscapes of My Life offers ... More

Two new exhibitions at the Morse Museum present rare Tiffany pottery and archival treasures
WINTER PARK, FLA.- The Charles Hosmer Morse Museum of American Art opened two new exhibitions focusing on Louis Comfort Tiffany’s art pottery and the Museum’s extensive collection of archival materials related to Tiffany and his various companies. Rare and Remarkable—Art Pottery of Louis Comfort Tiffany looks at Tiffany’s ceramics at a time when American art pottery enjoyed international acclaim. The Morse holds the world’s largest public collection of Tiffany pottery. The pottery Tiffany made, primarily between 1900 and 1915, was inspired by Asian and French ceramics and by nature. It is distinguished by its complex glazing and its compelling forms—some abstract, some astonishingly realistic representations of the natural world. Two crocus vases, recently acquired by the Morse Museum, are being exhibited for the first ... More

Exhibition at Oolite Arts highlights works by eleven artists
MIAMI BEACH, FLA.- Taking a cue from beat writer Jack Kerouac, Curator Larry Ossei-Mensah travels around the world exploring and observing how visual artists interpret issues of freedom and identity in a time of political and social unease. For "On the Road II," named a must-see show by The Miami Herald, Ossei-Mensah zeroes in on the voices of emerging artists that he has encountered in two cities - Miami and Detroit. Both cities are active incubators for new ideas, new talent and creative exchange, pulsating to their own unique rhythms activated particularly through language, spirituality and ritual, said Ossei-Mensah, who is the Susanne Feld Hilberry Senior Curator at MOCAD in Detroit and a curatorial advisor at Oolite Arts. Inspired by the power of storytelling, Ossei-Mensah seeks to highlight the artists selected for the exhibition and their ... More

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On a day like today, American photographer Paul Strand was born
October 16, 1890. Paul Strand (October 16, 1890 - March 31, 1976) was an American photographer and filmmaker who, along with fellow modernist photographers like Alfred Stieglitz and Edward Weston, helped establish photography as an art form in the 20th century. His diverse body of work, spanning six decades, covers numerous genres and subjects throughout the Americas, Europe and Africa. In this image: Wall Street, 1915.

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