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Bellotto's The Fortress of Königstein from the North acquired by the National Gallery

Bernardo Bellotto, The Fortress of Königstein from the North, About 1756-8 (detail). Oil on canvas, 132.1 x 236.2 cm © The National Gallery, London.

LONDON.- The Fortress of Königstein from the North by Bellotto, which was due to be exported from Britain, has been saved for the nation and went on display in Trafalgar Square today (Tuesday 22 August 2017). Bernardo Bellotto’s works are among the very greatest of 18th-century view paintings, and The Fortress of Königstein from the North is undoubtedly one of the finest examples. It stands out as a highly evocative and beautiful depiction of a fortified location within an extensive panoramic landscape, and has no real parallel in European painting. If Bellotto was once overlooked in favour of his more famous uncle, Canaletto, today he is recognised as one of the most distinctive artistic personalities of his century. The acquisition of this masterpiece by the National Gallery will cement Bellotto’s reputation with both British and international visitors, giving him a significant place on the walls at Trafalgar Square ... More

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Sotheby's unveils photographs from the Mario Testino Collection   'Missing link' bolsters bold theory on dino evolution   Sotheby's Hong Kong announces highlights from its Chinese Works of Art 2017 Autumn Sale

Rineke Dijkstra, 'Hilton Head Island, SC, USA', 1992. Est. Ł6,000-8,000. Courtesy Sotheby’s.

LONDON.- This September, Shake It Up at Sotheby’s in London will cast a first, fully-embracing light on Mario Testino’s artistic journey with an exhibition, and ultimate sale, of over 300 works which form part of his personal collection. An imaginatively installed exhibition – directed and designed by Testino himself - will reveal the constant and lively dialogue the legendary Peruvian photographer enjoys with some of the greatest artists of our time. Over a series of live and online auctions, a curated group of paintings, photographs, works on paper and sculpture, will be offered to benefit the Museo MATE, Peru. Alongside two auctions of international contemporary art on the 13 and 14 September Sotheby’s will stage an online sale of 88 photographs that have inspired and influenced Testino’s own work in the medium. “I always wanted to collect things that weren’t like me. I’ve always been excited by eve ... More

New research co-authored by Museum scientists explains why the dinosaur Chilesaurus diegosuarezi has a bizarre mix of anatomical features.

PARIS (AFP).- An oddball, vegetarian dinosaur with the silhouette of a flesh-ripping velociraptor, whose fossilised remains were unearthed in southern Chile 13 years ago, is a missing link in dino evolution, researchers said Wednesday. A revised assessment of the kangaroo-sized Chilesaurus, reported in the journal Biology Letters, bolsters a theory unveiled earlier this year that threatens to upend a long-standing classification of all dinosaurs. Dinosaurs were the monarchs of Earth for 160 million years until a space rock collided with the planet 65.5 million years ago and wiped out those confined to land. The survivors, which could fly, are the direct ancestor of today's birds. "Chilesaurus genuinely helps fill an evolutionary gap between two big dinosaur groups," said co-author Paul Barrett, president ... More

A Highly Important and Extremely Rare Ru Guanyao Brush washer. Northern Song Dynasty. Diameter 13 cm Expected to fetch in excess of HK$100 million / US$13 million. Courtesy Sotheby’s.

HONG KONG.- This autumn, Sotheby’s Hong Kong Chinese Works of Art Autumn Sales 2017 will be held on 3 October at Hall 1, Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre. The sale will be led by a highly important and extremely rare Ru guanyao brush washer from the Le Cong Tang collection, which dates back to the Northern Song Dynasty, one of only four known heirloom Ru wares in private hands. Other major highlights include an exceptional Xuande-marked porcelain jar painted in rich tones of cobalt-blue with a pair of makaras which was part of the 1968 Oriental Ceramics Society Exhibition, an extremely fine and rare blue and white ‘bajixiang’ bowl which has not been seen in the market for thirty years and an important documentary Tibetan gilt-inscribed jade river pebble ‘kapala’ box which ... More

RM Sotheby's sets numerous world records in Monterey   National Portrait Gallery to open 'Victorian Giants: The Birth of Art Photography' in 2018   Poster House, new arts institution opens at former TekServe Space

1959 Aston Martin DB4GT, the father of the GT family, set for RM Sotheby's Monterey sale. Tim Scott Fluid Images © 2017 Courtesy RM Sotheby's.

MONTEREY, CA.- RM Sotheby’s Monterey auction will be one for the record books after selling the most important Aston Martin ever produced during Friday night’s festivities. Part of a grouping of absolutely stunning competition Aston Martins, the 1956 Aston Martin DBR1/1 crossed the block to achieve $22,550,000, setting a world record for any British automobile sold at auction. While the DBR1 was certainly the highlight of the Monterey sale, numerous vehicles exceeded estimates and in total generated $133 million in sales atop an 88% sell-through rate. These results contributed to one of the most successful Monterey auctions for RM Sotheby’s to date and it the highest grossing auction during 2017 Monterey Car Week, firmly demonstrating buyer and seller confidence in RM Sotheby’s global market leadership. At the Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance, ... More

Mountain Nymph, Sweet Liberty ) by Julia Margaret Cameron, 1866 © Wilson Centre for Photography.

LONDON.- The National Portrait Gallery is to stage an exhibition of photographs by four of the most celebrated figures in art photography, including previously unseen works and a notorious photomontage, it was announced today, Tuesday 22 August 2017. Victorian Giants: The Birth of Art Photography (1 March – 20 May 2018), will combine for the first time ever portraits by Lewis Carroll (1832–98), Julia Margaret Cameron (1815–79), Oscar Rejlander (1813–75) and Lady Clementina Hawarden (1822-65). The exhibition will be the first to examine the relationship between the four ground-breaking artists. Drawn from public and private collections internationally, it will feature some of the most breath-taking images in photographic history, including many which have not been seen in Britain since they were made. Victorian Giants: The Birth of Art Photography will be the first exhibition in London to feature the work ... More

Poster House is dedicated to presenting the impact, culture, and design of posters.

NEW YORK, NY.- Posters have charted the course of political movements, marketed products, disseminated propaganda, branded films, and inspired revolutions. They are iconic, powerful, and ubiquitous, bridging the worlds of art and design on every street corner. Yet with hundreds of cultural institutions in New York City, none have ever been dedicated to posters until now. Poster House, due to open in late 2018, will present lively, rotating exhibitions of international posters from all time periods and cultures, exploring how this ephemeral medium came to become the people’s art. Poster House is dedicated to presenting the impact, culture, and design of posters, both as historical documents and methods of contemporary visual communication. Through temporary exhibitions, a growing permanent collection, and a rich selection of public programs, Poster House will explore the enormous impact of posters on society and culture, ... More

Whyte's announces highlights from the Eclectic Collector sale   Univision donates art collection to Frost Art Museum FIU in Miami   MCA and Sydney Airport partner to showcase new contemporary Australian art

Football, 1938 Ireland v. Switzerland, programme. Programme for Ireland’s match against Switzerland held at Dalymount Park, 18 September, 1938. Provenance Collection of Fergus Reid. Estimate €250-€350.

DUBLIN.- First Editions of Brian O'Nolan’s 1939 novel At Swim Two Birds are rare. Written under the pseudonym Flann O'Brien, the book was originally published by Longmans in March 1939. Disappointingly for O’Nolan, it was a commercial failure with less than 240 copies sold by the outbreak of the war the following September. Hitler’s Luftwaffe then added to the future scarcity of first editions by bombing Longman’s warehouse and destroying all the unsold copies in 1940, presumably the masterpiece of metafiction didn’t fit in with der Fuhrer’s vision for the literature of the new Reich. Most of the 240 copies of the novel which sold, appear to have been circulated among artists and writers, who were largely enthusiastic, Joyce declared O’Nolan a writer with ‘true comic spirit’. A signed ... More

Wifredo Lam – Pleniluna, Lithograph.

MIAMI, FLA.- The Patricia & Phillip Frost Art Museum FIU announces a major donation by Univision Communications Inc. (UCI) of 57 artworks from its collection, featuring serigraphs, paintings and mixed media works by forty artists and masters from throughout Latin America and the United States, including: Cundo Bermudez, Coqui Calderon, Humberto Calzada, Antonia Guzman, Wifredo Lam, Rafael Soriano, Fernando De Szyszlo. The artists in this collection are from Argentina, Bolivia, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, Guatemala, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, Puerto Rico, Santo Domingo, the United States, Uruguay and Venezuela. The museum will showcase many of the gifted works in the new exhibition Reflections of the Americas: New Acquisitions from the Collection of Univision (Sept. 23-Jan. 3, including Art Basel season). The opening reception is free and open to the public on Saturday, September 23 from 4:00-7:00 p.m. “The Frost Art M ... More

Elizabeth Ann Macgregor (MCA) and Kerrie Mather (Sydney Airport). Photo: Anna Kučera.

SYDNEY.- A bold new partnership between the Museum of Contemporary Art Australia and Sydney Airport will see the arrival of a large-scale contemporary art commission for the T1 International terminal’s Marketplace in 2018. The commission will support an Australian artist to create a new work on a large-scale, creating a unique and memorable statement for passengers as they depart Australia. Sydney Airport Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer Kerrie Mather said the work would build on the recent transformation of the terminal which now boasts soaring 17m high ceilings and floor length windows at T1’s Marketplace, located in the departures area. ‘We’re proud to announce this unique and exciting collaboration as we continue to strengthen our commitment to the arts, connecting the airport to Sydney’s vibrant arts culture,’ Ms Mather said. ‘The MCA is an iconic part of Sydney’s arts and cultural comm ... More

Artist Adam Pendleton joins prominent business and community leaders on the Baltimore Museum of Art's Board   SF Camerawork announces highlights from its Benefit Auction 2017   Jools Holland/Squeeze drummer and artist Gilson Lavis to present first New York City art exhibit

Adam Pendleton is a New York-based artist whose work examines and questions the freedom of abstraction in relationship to language, politics, and identity.

BALTIMORE, MD.- The Baltimore Museum of Art announced today seven new trustees have joined its board: Heidi Berghuis, Maya Rockeymoore Cummings, Brooke Lierman, David H. Milton, Adam Pendleton, Scott Schelle, and Wilma Bulkin Siegel. These will join Board Chair Clair Zamoiski Segal and Dorothy Wagner Wallis Director Christopher Bedford and 40 other active trustees in leading the BMA. The Board of Trustees is responsible for the governance and oversight of the museum, fostering ongoing support for the BMA’s ambitious mission and vision. This diverse group is comprised of regional and national leaders in art, philanthropy, and business who are deeply engaged and committed to ensuring the long-term strength of the museum. “I am delighted ... More

Herb Ritts, Prince (Hat with Chains), 1991.

SAN FRANCISCO, CA.- SF Camerawork, San Francisco's premier alternative venue for photography, will hold its annual fundraising auction on Saturday, October 28, 2017, benefitting the non-profit organization's celebrated exhibitions, publications, and programs dedicated to emerging artists and experimental directions in the photographic arts. This signature event--now in its 38th year and a favorite among serious photography collectors nationwide--will feature 90 exceptional, highly curated lots representing a range of work by both emerging and internationally distinguished artists, including Richard Misrach, Walker Evans, Imogen Cunningham, Danny Lyon, Herb Ritts, Erica Deeman, Lucas Foglia, Joel Meyerowitz, and Elinor Carucci, to name a few. "This year's sale presents a strong mix of classic 20th century works with cutting-edge contemporary photography from national and ... More

Ray Charles, c. 1986, 18 Ľ” x 22 ˝”, acrylic on canvas board, signed by artist.

NEW YORK, NY.- Highly respected British drummer and artist Gilson Lavis will present his first ever New York City art exhibit “Gilson Lavis: In Tune With The Portraits” at the Salomon Arts Gallery at 83 Leonard Street in Tribeca from September 15th through October 5th, 2017. His paintings have become very much sought after in British music and art world inner circles. This unique collection of acrylic on canvas board paintings and ink drawings by the veteran rock and R & B drummer are now making their U.S. debut after becoming popular in and around London. Best known currently as the superbly versatile drummer with Jools Holland’s Rhythm & Blues Orchestra and the original drummer for the British band Squeeze, Gilson Lavis is now shining the spotlight on his second career as an artist, after enjoying acclaim as one of the most sought after drummers in the UK over the last 40 years. Lavis started the ... More

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Exhibition of works by Claire Burbridge on view at Nancy Toomey Fine Art
SAN FRANCISCO, CA.- Nancy Toomey Fine Art announces an exhibition of works by Claire Burbridge entitled Night Garden on view from August 19 to September 29, 2017. The gallery is located inside San Francisco's Minnesota Street Project, 1275 Minnesota Street. The public is invited to the artist reception on Saturday, September 9, from 4pm to 6pm. In 2010, Claire Burbridge returned to drawing after many years of sculptural enquiry. Drawing was her primary medium in the Ruskin School of Fine Art at Oxford University in the United Kingdom. Starting with observational sketches that evolved into larger scale works, she selects the natural world as her subject as she lives surrounded by nature in Southern Oregon. Observed at close range, it contains many strange, fascinating, and abstract forms. Her works aim to draw attention to the mysteries of the physical ... More

Sculptor Robert Klippel to be celebrated with solo exhibition at Sydney Contemporary
SYDNEY.- Olsen Gallery today announced it will present an exhibition of significant works by Australia’s greatest sculptor Robert Klippel (1920-2001) at Sydney Contemporary from 7-10 September 2017, representing the first exhibition of the artist’s works in Australia for more than a decade. Entitled Colour and Form: Works from the Estate of Robert Klippel, the Olsen Gallery exhibition will present five of Klippel’s major sculptural works at Sydney Contemporary, together with a number of works on paper, sourced directly from the estate of the artist and including works that have never before appeared on the market. Tim Olsen, Director of Olsen Gallery commented: “Robert Klippel is widely regarded as having produced the greatest body of work by an Australian sculptor. He developed a diverse and personal language ... More

Nine Harley-Davidsons roar into the National Motorcycle Museum for H&H Classics sale
LONDON.- H&H Classics have no fewer than nine intriguing Harley- Davidsons on offer at their next sale at the National Motorbike Museum on September 2nd. The bikes cover no less than nine decades from the 1920s onwards. For anyone whose heart beats faster at the mention of the name Harley-Davidson Classics then this sale is a must. Mark Bryan, Head of Bike Sales at H&H Classics says: “As an owner of an unrestored 1977 Electra Glide I appreciate the brand as its so iconic and I never cease to be amazed at the following these bikes get! How many other brands get tattooed as often as Harley-Davidson?” First up is a green 1929 Harley-Davidson Model D, 750CC for Ł16,000 to Ł19,000. Restored in Holland 2015 by Morten Shultz it is and in full running order. Very original and highly collectable. On UK Nova system. Banbury Run eligible. Green and ... More

A La Vieille Russie moves to new 5th Ave. showroom
NEW YORK, NY.- A La Vieille Russie, the renowned art and antiques gallery, founded in Kiev in 1851, will be moving this Fall to a new Manhattan location designed specifically to showcase its unparalleled collection of antique jewelry, Fabergé, and Russian works of art. After 56 years at the storied corner of Fifth Avenue and 59th Street, the new and equally iconic ALVR gallery, at 745 Fifth Avenue (at 58th Street), will officially open in Fall 2017. ALVR first opened in New York in 1933, as one of Rockefeller Center’s first tenants. The new location will enable A La Vieille Russie to continue its 166-year-old tradition of acquiring the world’s most exquisite treasures for its loyal network of worldwide clientele – all while remaining a block away from its longtime headquarters. “We have enjoyed our iconic 781 Fifth Avenue location for over 56 years, where we have greeted ... More

Footballers from 2016 Homeless World Cup unveil display recounting their experience
GLASGOW.- Scottish footballers who participated in the 2016 Homeless World Cup (HWC) in Glasgow and Glasgow Museums have jointly curated a display recounting their experience. The travelling exhibition has gone on show at Glasgow City Chambers as the new team prepares to fly to Oslo for this year’s tournament. The travelling exhibition is the culmination of a partnership between the Open Museum, Street Soccer Scotland and the Homeless World Cup Glasgow Life Legacy Project. On show are several football shirts worn by the Scotland team and one from tournament winners, Mexico. They are alongside boots, medals, trophies, pennants, programmes and photographs of the event. The display also highlights the important contribution volunteers made throughout the competition. A separate AV installation accompanies the exhibition, which allows the audience to hear ... More

Moniker International Art Fair to debut in New York City in May 2018
NEW YORK, NY.- Moniker International Art Fair announced it will debut a New York City edition during New York Frieze week, open to the public May 3-6, 2017 at Greenpoint Terminal Warehouse in Brooklyn, NY. In the United Kingdom, Moniker has established itself as the leading fair dedicated to Urban Art and its related subculture, bringing together these genres’ most influential galleries, well-established names, and emerging voices. Founded by in 2010, the fair has grown to its current prominence under the leadership of Fair Director Tina Ziegler. “Moniker has dedicated its eight-year history to championing urban art in the UK. It was only fitting to present our first international edition in Brooklyn, a place revered and respected as the home of urban culture. We’re thrilled for the opportunity to be a part of the NYC art fair circuit, and to bring London’s community ... More

Jeffrey S. Evans & Associates announces their Fall Auction of EAPG & other 19th Century Glass
MT. CRAWFORD, VA.- Early American Pattern Glass (EAPG) and other 19th century American glass will be the focus of Jeffrey S. Evans & Associates’ three-day fall glass extravaganza to be held September 28, 29, and 30 at the firm’s gallery located at 2177 Green Valley Lane east of Mt. Crawford, VA. Featured will be the collection of Jim Lawrence and Denver Smallwood of Chattanooga, TN; part one of the collection of the late Wagner Thielens of New York City; the final installment of the Ed Kleppinger collection of New Orleans, LA; deaccessioned material from the Sandwich Glass Museum; plus others. The event will kick off on September 28 beginning at 10:00am with over 5,000 pieces of EAPG of all types to be sold by table and box lots. Included will be a large selection of ruby-stained glass. The catalogued sessions of the ... More

Pérez Art Museum Miami exceeds $200K matching grant for Fund for African American Art
MIAMI, FLA.- Today, Pérez Art Museum Miami announced that it exceeded its $200,000 fundraising goal to match a challenge grant for the PAMM Fund for African American Art, a fund initiated for the purchase of contemporary art by African American artists for the museum’s permanent collection. Gifts by 160 supporters helped PAMM exceed its goal by more than $7,000. The fund also gained 62 new Ambassador members, who will continue to help shape the institution’s collection of contemporary art by African American artists and support the fund’s inclusive nature. “We could not have surpassed the match without the help of our community,” said PAMM Director Franklin Sirmans. “From a dollar to six-figure gifts, every gift will make a difference in continuing to ensure that our collection is reflective of our diverse community.” The fundraising campaign was ... More

Russia charges top director with fraud
MOSCOW (AFP).- Russia detained and charged on Tuesday the theatre and film director Kirill Serebrennikov with fraud in a move that critics denounced as the latest sign of increasing censorship of the arts. Serebrennikov, 47, is the artistic director of Moscow's Gogol Centre theatre and has staged productions at the legendary Bolshoi Theatre. His films have been shown at the Cannes and Venice film festivals. But in recent years Serebrennikov has fallen out of favour with the authorities and has criticised a government clampdown on artistic works, warning last year that "everything is returning to the most pathetic Soviet practices". The Investigative Committee, which probes serious crimes, said in a statement he has been charged with defrauding the state of at least 68 million rubles ($1.15 million, 977,000 euros) in arts funding over three years from 2011 to 2014. Serebrennikov has ... More

Art Fair Tokyo 2018 announces new logo; Fair to be held From March 8 to March 11, 2018
TOKYO.- Art Tokyo Association announced that Art Fair Tokyo 2018 will take place over four days from March 8th to March 11th at Tokyo International Forum (3-5-1 Marunouchi, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo). The largest art fair in Japan, the 2018 event is the thirteenth since it started in 2005. In order to further boost the fair’s presence and development as an art market platform for promoting the art scene in Japan on the global stage, a new logo design has been created. Appropriately for a fair characterized by its wide array of art, from antiques to crafts, Nihonga (Japanese-style painting), modern and contemporary artworks, the logo has also been paired with three representative yet very different Japanese artists to produce new visual design elements for the fair. These will be used on the fair’s posters, website and other publicity materials. As the largest international art ... More

Exhibition spotlights the experience of migrants on their dangerous journey through Mexico to the U.S.
BERKELEY, CA.- MONTARlaBestia (“Riding the Beast”), art exhibition is on display at the Center for Latin American Studies at the University of California, Berkeley. The exhibition is open to the public from July 11 through September 29, Tuesdays through Fridays from 1 p.m.- 5 p.m., MONTARlaBestia/Riding the Beast will be part of a larger CLAS program in Fall 2017 focusing on important themes involving the U.S. and Mexico. Presented by the Colectivo de Artistas Contra la Discriminación (Artist Collective Against Discrimination), MONTARlaBestia/Riding the Beast is a moving, visually stunning exhibition that uses art and poetry to describe “La Bestia” – a train that carries up to 500,000 Central American migrants each year on a dangerous journey across Mexico towards the hope of a new life in the U.S. Walls and deportations, ... More

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On a day like today, American sculptor Alexander Milne Calder was born
August 23, 1846. Alexander Milne Calder (August 23, 1846 - June 4, 1923) was an American sculptor best known for the architectural sculpture of Philadelphia City Hall. Both his son, Alexander Stirling Calder, and grandson, Alexander "Sandy" Calder, would become significant sculptors in the 20th century. In this image: William Warner Tomb, Laurel Hill Cemetery (1889).

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