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Evidence of Babylonian destruction of Jerusalem found at the City of David

Joe Uziel, of the Israel Antiquities Authority (IAA), who is the director of an excavation project where evidence of the destruction of Jerusalem by the Babylonians has recently been unearthed, holds the head of a ceramic figure at the site in the City of David archeological park near Jerusalem's Old City on July 26, 2017. The structures dating to more than 2,600 years ago have been unearthed after having been covered over by collapsed layers of stone revealing many findings such as charred wood, grape seeds, pottery, fish scales and bones, and unique, rare artifacts including dozens of storage jars which served to store both grain and liquids. GALI TIBBON / AFP.

JERUSALEM.- Evidence of the destruction of Jerusalem at the hands of the Babylonians is currently being unearthed in the City of David in excavations conducted by the Israel Antiquities Authority at the Jerusalem Walls National Park, funded by the City of David Foundation (Elad). In the excavations – concentrated on the eastern slope of the City of David, dwelling places 2,500 years old, once covered by a rockslide, have been revealed. Nestled within the rockslide many findings have surfaced: charred wood, grape seeds, pottery, fish scales and bones, and unique, rare artifacts. These findings depict the affluence and character of Jerusalem, capital of the Judean Kingdom, and are mesmerizing proof of the city's demise at the hands of the Babylonians. Among the excavation's salient findings were dozens of jugs which served to store both grain and liquids, a stamp seal appearing on some of them. Furthermore, one of the seals discovered ... More

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Basquiat: A darling of pop culture, but not museums   Banksy work comes top of poll of UK's favourite artworks   Major exhibition of works by Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec on view at AMO-Palazzo Forti

Jean Michel-Basquiat, Untitled, 1982. Oilstick, acrylic and spraypaint on canvas, 72 1/8 by 68 1/8 in. Estimate in excess of $60 million © 2017 The Estate of Jean-Michel Basquiat / ADAGP, Paris / ARS. Courtesy Sotheby’s.

NEW YORK (AFP).- Jean-Michel Basquiat enjoys a stratospheric following -- earlier this year, a 1982 oil painting by the late 20th century great became the most expensive work by a US artist ever sold at auction. But 29 years after his death, his legacy is largely a triumph of popular culture over museums, which have been accused of downplaying his stature. New York is where the black artist -- son of a Haitian father and Puerto Rican mother -- was born and raised, spent most of his life and drew most of his inspiration. On May 18, it was in the Big Apple that one of his paintings fetched $110.5 million at Sotheby's, jettisoning him into a pantheon of high-selling greats like Picasso. Yet America's cultural capital has no public monument to him, no institution named after him and has preserved none of his famous graffiti -- signed "SAMO". Other than a plaque nailed to ... More

The "Balloon Girl" stencil painting, which appeared on the side of shop in east London in 2002, topped the shortlist of best British artworks, as voted on by 2,000 people.

LONDON (AFP).- A graffiti work of a girl losing a heart-shaped balloon by notorious artist Banksy is Britain's favourite artwork, according to a poll out Wednesday. The "Balloon Girl" stencil painting, which appeared on the side of shop in east London in 2002, topped the shortlist of best British artworks, as voted on by 2,000 people. The artwork was removed and sold in 2014 for around £500,000 (560,000 euros, $651,000). John Constable's 1821 pastoral landscape "The Hay Wain" came in second, with Jack Vettriano's 1992 painting "The Singing Butler" coming in third. JMW Turner's 1839 "The Fighting Temeraire," which depicts a boat being tugged along the Thames, came fourth in the poll, conducted for Samsung TV, while Antony Gormley's 1998 sculpture "The Angel Of The North", which looms over a major road to the south of Newcastle, was voted fifth. Three album covers were in the top 20, including Peter Blake's cover ... More

Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, Aristide Bruant, dans son Cabaret (Before Letters) 1893. Color Lithography, 127,3x95 cm © Herakleidon Museum, Athens Greece.

VERONA.- Paris, end of the 19th century; la vie bohémienne, the artists of Montmartre, the Moulin Rouge, the brothels, the theatres and the prostitutes. This was the life Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec (1864–1901) led and depicted, becoming its most famous exponent. Toulouse-Lautrec was only 4 feet 8 inches tall – he had a form of dwarfism – and died at the age of 36 from the ravages of syphilis and alcoholism, but he became famous, above all, for his advertising posters and portraits of personalities of the day. His images of the dancers at the Moulin Rouge, Aristide Bruant and the scantily-clad prostitutes in the maisons closes, where he had his atelier, are fixed in the collective imagination. This major exhibition is on view until 3 September at AMO-Palazzo Forti celebrates Toulouse-Lautrec's artistic trajectory with 170 works from the Herakleidon Museum in Athens. Posters, lithographs, drawings, illustrations, watercolours, as well as videos, and photographs and furnishings o ... More

Quirky US-French museum to offer night on Orient Express   V&A appoints new Keeper of Design, Architecture and Digital   Heart rate study tests emotional impact of Shakespeare

Dating from 1948, Marshall's Orient Express carriages include a luxurious restaurant car -- which features a cylinder phonograph among its period highlights -- where guests will dine. AFP/PHILIPPE DESMAZES. by Olivier Devos

DRACY-SAINT-LOUP (AFP).- Visitors to a quirky rail museum in France's Burgundy region, the brainchild of US entrepreneur Gregory Marshall, will have a new opportunity to spend a night on the legendary Orient Express. Two carriages and a locomotive from the line created in 1883 to carry the well-heeled from Paris to Constantinople, as Istanbul was then called, are the jewel of Marshall's growing collection of steam trains for a hotel-cum-museum he hopes to open next year. The Orient Express stopped serving Istanbul in 1977 when the service was shortened and the fabled train made its last journey in December 2009. Dating ... More

Christopher Turner. Image © London Design Biennale.

LONDON.- The V&A announced that Dr Christopher Turner, Director of the London Design Biennale and Deputy Director of the London Design Festival, will join the Museum in October 2017 as Keeper of Design, Architecture and Digital (DAD). The department represents the Museum’s collections, expertise and programming for architecture and urbanism, product and digital design. Christopher will lead a department that is only a few years old but builds upon the V&A’s industrial design heritage dating back to the Great Exhibition of 1851. It is dedicated to enhancing the V&A’s reputation as the UK's leading public resource for the study of contemporary design and its impact on society, and for stimulating new modes of collection, curation and public engagement. The department is also responsible ... More

Portrait of William Shakespeare.

STRATFORD-UPON-AVON (AFP).- In a world where on-screen violence has become commonplace, Britain's Royal Shakespeare Company is turning to science to discover whether the playwright can still make our hearts race more than 400 years on. The renowned theatre company has started measuring the pulse of audience members as they are confronted by some of the most harrowing scenes ever written by Shakespeare in the Roman tragedy "Titus Andronicus". The play, believed to have been written between 1588 and 1593, is a tale of murderous revenge and savagery. In one scene, a bloodied Lavinia writhes on stage after rapists cut off her hands and tongue. Audience members have been known to pass out or vomit at the play's shocking cruelty during performances. Becky Loftus, head of audience insight ... More

Phillips hosts 'The Sky in a Room' a private selling exhibition of contemporary art   Jack and Sandra Guthman donate major gift to honor 50th anniversary of MCA Chicago   First space 'selfie' to be offered by Bloomsbury Auctions

Rodney Graham, Main Street. Image courtesy of Phillips.

NEW YORK, NY.- This summer, Phillips New York hosts The Sky in a Room, a private selling exhibition curated by the celebrated Francesco Bonami. The exhibition, which will run through 11 August at 450 Park Avenue and feature works by Alighiero Boetti, Francis Alÿs, Louise Lawler, Sherrie Levine, Robert Longo, Cindy Sherman, and Rudolf Stingel, among others. According to Francesco Bonami, Phillips’ Senior Consultant and Advisor to the CEO & Chairman, “Each work in the exhibition comes from a single owner collection and is presented, not as a singular work of art, but as part of a group. These groupings create autonomous constellations within a very specific universe: the mind of a collector. Cruising in and out of different spaces, always searching, discovering and uncovering art, creating with it a new and imaginary and personal planet. The goal of any collection should never be the simple accumulation of artifacts but it should strive to ... More

MCA Building exterior at night. Photo: Peter McCullough, © MCA Chicago.

CHICAGO, IL.- In honor of the 50th anniversary of the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, MCA Trustee and Collection Committee member Jack Guthman and his wife Sandra have donated a significant gift of 50 photographs by contemporary women photographers to the MCA Collection. Sharing the MCA's commitment to actively collect the work of female artists, a selection from this landmark donation is presented in the exhibition Woman with a Camera, on view through January 14, 2018. Woman with a Camera looks at the ways women across different generations and backgrounds collectively address facets of identity, politics, and history through their images, demonstrating the remarkable breadth of the Guthman collection. Celebrating the Guthmans' largest-ever gift, the exhibition Woman with a Camera presents a selection of 18 works from their collection, featuring work by established masters Marina Abramovic, Sophie ... More

Buzz Aldrin, First self-portrait in space, Gemini 12, November 1966. Vintage chromogenic print on fibre-based Kodak, est. £800-£1,200.

LONDON.- This Autumn Bloomsbury Auctions celebrates the study and observation of the physical and natural world in The Glory of Science. The auction will take place on 14th September at 24 Maddox Street, London W1S 1PP and will include striking photographs, maps prints and autographs. A single owner collection of vintage NASA photographs from the Gemini missions 1965-1966 will be on offer. The Gemini program was the bridge between the Mercury and Apollo programs and was created in order to test equipment and mission procedures in Earth orbit and to train astronauts and ground crews for future Apollo missions. There were also 14 scientific, medical and technological experiments on board. Astronauts Jim Lovell and Edwin “Buzz” Aldrin were part of the Gemini Missions and an auction highlight is a photograph of Buzz Aldrin from 1966 (pre-selfie sticks), thought to be the first self-portrait taken space ... More

Exhibition focuses on one of the most important and influential cinematographers in cinema   Rosenberg & Co. opens exhibition of works by contemporary artist Tom H. John   Latino portraits given to San Antonio Museum of Art

Nastassja Kinski, Paris, Texas. F/FRG, 1984, directed by Wim Wenders. © Wim Wenders Stiftung.

BERLIN.- The Deutsche Kinemathek is presenting the exhibition “Robby Müller - Master of Light” from 6 July to 5 November 2017, turning its attention to one of the most important and influential cinematographers in international cinema. Robby Müller (1940 - ) is considered one of the best known of all cinematographers - internationally as: “Director of Photography.” The Dutchman has won numerous awards for his camerawork and has contributed considerably to the success of an entire generation of independent film authors since the 1970s. His international career started soon after he graduated from the Nederlandse Filmacademie in Amsterdam in 1964. In Germany, he not only shot numerous early films by Wim Wenders, but also worked alongside such directors and authors as Edgar Reitz, Hans W. Geissendörfer and Peter Handke. Müller would eventually be responsible for the cinematography of fourteen ... More

Tom John, Untitled, 2017. Watercolor on paper, 12.88 x 11 in.

NEW YORK, NY.- Rosenberg & Co. is presenting the first solo exhibition of works by the contemporary artist Tom H. John. Tom H. John is a polymath who applies his creativity to numerous fields, but is first and foremost a visual artist. Throughout his illustrious career in set design and production, the compulsion to produce fine art persisted. This exhibition brings to public view a selection of John’s creative inventory. Georges Braque, František Kupka, the Bauhaus artists, Paul Klee and Julius Bissier inspire his artwork. Primarily working on paper and canvas, John frequently applies gouache to the surface, upon which he builds up his designs. Working in pencil, marker, and watercolor, he sometimes adds newspaper collage to brown paper, or gold and silver foil to rice paper. Series reveal themselves in John’s many sketchbooks, some of which have subsequently been translated to larger scale, such as the four ... More

Timothy Greenfield-Sanders (American, born 1952), Eva Longoria, 2011, Pigmented inkjet print, 58 x 44 in. Portrait © Timothy Greenfield-Sanders.

SAN ANTONIO, TX.- The San Antonio Museum of Art today announced that it will receive 31 portraits from noted American photographer Timothy Greenfield-Sanders’ Latino List series. Known for his large-format portraits, the group of Greenfield-Sanders works includes images of accomplished Latinos who span the worlds of culture, business, politics, and sports. The Latino List continues work Greenfield-Sanders has done previously to document the struggles and the accomplishments of different communities, including his Black List series of portraits of notable African-Americans. A promised gift from Houston-based art dealer and collector Hiram Butler and his spouse Andrew Spindler-Roesle, the works will go on view at the Museum in October 2017 as an exhibition titled The Latino List: Photographs by Timothy Greenfield-Sanders. “Giving ... More

To send light into the darkness of men's hearts, such is the duty of the artist. Schumann

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Amanda Donnan named Curator at the Frye Art Museum
SEATTLE, WA.- The Frye Art Museum announced the appointment of Amanda Donnan as Curator, effective July 24, 2017. Donnan comes to the Frye from Seattle University, where she has served as Curator of University Galleries, in addition to holding a teaching appointment in the Department of Art + Art History, since March of 2016. “We are thrilled to welcome Amanda to the Frye,” said Director/CEO Joseph Rosa. “I am greatly impressed with her proven track record of working on both a regional and international scale. She brings a high caliber of thoughtfulness and a true commitment to working with artists in respectful and creative collaboration. I look forward to the dynamism and vision she will contribute to the Museum and Seattle’s greater cultural community.” "The Frye occupies a special place in the art ecology of Seattle," said Donnan. "It has become ... More

Reviving rare Dvorak opera and finding the present
NEW YORK (AFP).- It was a time of chaos and intrigue in Russia, laden with questions about political legitimacy. So goes the plot of a rare Dvorak opera, which is being revived with an eye on its modern relevance. "Dimitrij" was a validating success for Antonin Dvorak after its premiere in Prague in 1882 but he later drastically revised it. More than a century later, it is little performed outside of his native Czech Republic. The opera will be fully staged for the first time in the United States starting Friday north of New York City at Bard College, whose longtime president Leon Botstein is a prominent scholar and conductor who champions lesser-known works. "Dimitrij" takes place during the Time of Troubles, the period of war and famine in the early 17th century when Russia bled through an anarchic power vacuum until the Romanovs, who would become the country's final monarchic ... More

The Ringling appoints Dr. Rhiannon Paget As Curator of Asian Art
SARASOTA, FLA.- A noted scholar and curator has been named the Curator of Asian Art at the John & Mable Ringling Museum of Art. Rhiannon Paget, Ph.D., will oversee Asian art exhibitions and collections, including publications, collection development and research. She begins her responsibilities at The Ringling on July 31, 2017. Paget comes to The Ringling from the Saint Louis Art Museum, where she was the Andrew W. Mellon Fellow for Japanese Art in the Department of Asian Art. While in this role she co-curated the major exhibition, Conflicts of Interest: Art and War in Modern Japan, which was on view at the Saint Louis Art Museum from October 2016 to January 2017, and co-authored its catalogue. Paget received her Bachelor of Arts in art history and theory from the University of Sydney in 2004 and her Master of Arts/Ph.D. from the Department of Art History ... More

German opera festival confronts Wagner anti-Semitism head-on
BAYREUTH (AFP).- An edgy new opera production by Australian Jewish director Barrie Kosky tackling Wagner's anti-Semitism head-on won rapturous applause at Germany's renowned Bayreuth opera festival and rave reviews Wednesday. An audience including German Chancellor Angela Merkel cheered the four-and-a-half-hour staging of "The Master-Singers of Nuremberg" on opening night Tuesday at Bayreuth, the festival dedicated to the works of Richard Wagner. Critics said they were impressed with the first production ever by a Jewish director at Bayreuth, now in its 106th year, and called it chillingly relevant. Spiegel Online said Kosky's "remarkably entertaining and convincing" staging effectively used Wagner's notorious anti-Semitism to take on "hatred of Jews in general" in today's Europe. National daily Die Welt said Wagner's toxic ideology had always been ... More

Gallery commissions new photograph of This Is England and Skins actor Jack O'Connell
LONDON.- A striking newly-commissioned photograph of actor Jack O’Connell has been commissioned by the National Portrait Gallery, it was announced today, Wednesday 26 July 2017, coinciding with his West End starring role in Cat on a Hot Tin Roof with Sienna Miller opening this week. The portrait, taken by photographer Tereza Červeňová, was commissioned through the John Kobal New Work Award, a prize awarded annually to a photographer under thirty-five whose work is selected for display in the Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery. The London-based Slovakian photographer Tereza Červeňová won the John Kobal New Work Award commission following her selection as part of the Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize 2015 exhibition, and was invited to photograph the actor Jack O’Connell in March ... More

Pat Brassington awarded the inaugural Don Macfarlane Prize
MELBOURNE.- The Don Macfarlane Prize is a new $50,000 award given annually to a senior Australian artist in recognition of their unwavering, agenda-setting arts practice, ongoing cultural contribution and leadership, and commitment to mentorship. The first initiative of the newly formed Macfarlane Fund, the Prize was awarded to leading Australian photo-media artist Pat Brassington in recognition of her pioneering career at the forefront of photography in Australia, and announced at function to launch the Macfarlane Fund at 6.30pm Wednesday 26th July at the Kelvin Club, Melbourne. Decided unanimously by an Advisory Committee that includes senior members of Australia’s visual arts community, the Macfarlane Prize recognizes Brassington’s groundbreaking, enduring career, which spans four-decades. In awarding the prize, the Committee noted Pat’s ... More

Robert Crumb cover art set to lead Heritage Auctions' Vintage Comic event
DALLAS, TX.- Thought lost for more than a generation, a cover to Zap Comix #1 – a masterpiece of Underground Comix art by master Robert Crumb – may sell for as much as $100,000 in Heritage Auctions’ Aug. 10-12 Comics & Comic Art Auction in Dallas. The three-day event features early, key books in high-grade condition and original comic art never before seen at auction. "According to singer/songwriter Graham Nash, who has owned this art for many years, the Zap #1 cover is a very important piece in the arc of Robert's journey as a great artist," said Ed Jaster, Vice President at Heritage Auctions. "This long-lost piece is a wonder to behold." A Mile High Pedigree copy of Science Comics #2 (Fox, 1940) graded at a CGC 9.2 is on offer and is expected to surpass $25,000. This classic Lou Fine Dynamo cover is 77 years old, and the next-highest-graded ... More

Monash University Museum of Art presents a range of contemporary Australian and international artists
CAULFIELD EAST.- How is sculpture evolving to reflect a world where technology has come to shape almost every facet of our existence? How might the sculpture of our time appear to viewers in the future? These are some of the questions posed by Future Eaters, a new exhibition at Monash University Museum of Art. Future Eaters presents a range of contemporary Australian and international artists working with sculptural practices in our present technological age. Featuring several newly commissioned artworks and installations, the exhibition explores some of the ways sculptural materials and forms are changing as artists respond to the mediated and virtual realities of the world in which we live and work. The exhibition is curated by MUMA director Charlotte Day. “It’s very exciting to bring together works by a number of leading Australian and international ... More

Leo and Kate will be your date, for the right price
LOS ANGELES (AFP).- Ever yearned to swap tales of the sea with "Titanic" stars Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet? Well strap on your life jacket, because the pair are auctioning off a private dinner in their exclusive company for charity, a spokesman for the actor told AFP on Tuesday. The glamorous date -- planned for a restaurant of the winner's choice in New York City in the fall -- is among several lots being offered at the star-studded Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation gala in the French resort of Saint-Tropez on Thursday. The environmentally-minded charity raised $45 million during its auction last year, according to the Los Angeles Times. Oscar winners DiCaprio, 42, and Winslet, 41, played star-crossed lovers Jack and Rose in James Cameron's 1998 retelling of the sinking of the Titanic, and were reunited in 2009 as a warring couple in "Revolutionary Road." ... More

Doris Kearns Goodwin named Honorary Chair of the Campaign for the Concord Museum
CONCORD, MASS.- The Concord Museum recently announced Doris Kearns Goodwin as the Honorary Chair of the public phase of Revolution: The Campaign for the Concord Museum, which will support a new 13,000 square foot Education Center and courtyard, a new Gateway to Concord Orientation Center, and expanded Museum gallery space to showcase the Museum’s extensive collections. Goodwin, a world renowned presidential historian, Pulitzer Prize-winning author, and Concord resident, is known as “America’s historian-in-chief.” We are thrilled that Doris Kearns Goodwin is serving as Honorary Chair of the Campaign for the Concord Museum,” said Executive Director Margaret Burke. “Doris is a strong advocate for the value of history and history education. Her leadership signals the importance of what we are trying to achieve at the Museum.” The ... More

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On a day like today, American photographer William Eggleston was born
July 27, 1939. William Eggleston (born July 27, 1939) is an American photographer. He is widely credited with increasing recognition for color photography as a legitimate artistic medium to display in art galleries. Eggleston's mature work is characterized by its ordinary subject-matter. In this image: William Eggleston. Untitled (Leg with Red Shoe, Paris), 2007. Pigment print, 22 x 28 in. Edition of 7. © Eggleston Artistic Trust. Courtesy Cheim & Read, New York.

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