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Major retrospective includes vast array of work from Robert Rauschenberg's career

Robert Rauschenberg, Collection, 1954/1955 (detail); oil, paper, fabric, wood, and metal on canvas; collection SFMOMA, gift of Harry W. and Mary Margaret Anderson; © Robert Rauschenberg Foundation.

SAN FRANCISCO, CA.- A fuse was lit in the 1953 art world when Robert Rauschenberg convinced artist Willem de Kooning to allow him to erase one of his drawings; fellow artist Jasper Johns executed the inscription within the frame: “ERASED DE KOONING DRAWING ROBERT RAUSCHENBERG 1953.” Now seen as a bombshell that shook the foundations of Abstract Expressionism, Erased de Kooning Drawing (1953) is an outstanding example of Rauschenberg’s irreverent yet incisive style, and it famously pushes the limits of what art can be. This special work was acquired by the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art from Rauschenberg through a gift of Phyllis C. Wattis, an instrumental member of the board of trustees who befriended Rauschenberg late in her life. It now anchors the museum’s exceptional holdings of the artist’s early work and is a highlight in the West Coast exclusive of Robert Rauschenberg: Erasing the Rules, on view at SFMOMA from November ... More



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An employee poses with a painting by English artist Christopher R W Nevinson, A Dawn, 1914, oil on canvas, with an estimated price of 700,000 - 1,000,000 pounds at Sotheby´s auction house in central London on November 17, 2017. Daniel LEAL-OLIVAS / AFP



Fashion giant Azzedine Alaia dies at 77   Online exhibit shows hidden depths of Picasso's 'Guernica'   Jackson Pollock's largest painting makes DC debut at the National Gallery of Art


This file photo taken on September 25, 2013 shows French fashion designer Azzedine Alaia. THOMAS SAMSON / AFP.

PARIS (AFP).- French-Tunisian designer Azzedine Alaia, whose timeless gowns won an army of devotees around the world, has died at the age of 77, his couture house said, sparking an outpouring of tributes from across the world. Alaia, who rose to fame in the 1980s, refused to march to the beat of international fashion weeks, releasing his collections in his own time with scant concern for publicity. Praise poured in online with designer Ines de la Fressange tweeting: "Small in stature but huge in the world. Adieu Azzedine Alaia." Barbadian superstar Rihanna Instagrammed a picture of the designer kissing her at a dinner with the caption, "my dear ALAIA.... you will live on forever. rip." "We have lost a designer of great talent. It is very sad news," fellow creator Pierre Cardin told AFP. And Victoria Beckham tweeted: "A sad day... You were a true master and one of my biggest inspirations." Alaia was born to a farming family in ... More
 

A new initiative invites art lovers to revisit the iconic black-and-white painting.

MADRID (AFP).- Spray-painted in murals, wielded on anti-war banners, and even once hung as a tapestry at the United Nations, Pablo Picasso's "Guernica" might be the world's most famous political artwork. Now organisers of a new initiative are inviting art lovers to revisit the iconic black-and-white painting, using the latest imaging technology and releasing a trove of previously unseen documents to chart its turbulent history. "Guernica is a source of never-ending artistic material and it's a privilege to be with as an art historian," says Rosario Peiro, head of collections at Madrid's Reina Sofia modern art museum. She is part of the team behind "Rethinking Guernica", an interactive exhibition launched this week about the work. "Putting all of this together allows you to rethink the history of the painting," Peiro told AFP. "Guernica", conceived in the depths of Spain's devastating civil war, shows the bombing of a Basque town on April 26, 1937 by German and Italian air forces ... More
 

Jackson Pollock, Mural, 1943 (detail). Oil and casein on canvas, overall: 242.89 603.89 cm (95 5/8 237 3/4 in.) University of Iowa Museum of Art, Gift of Peggy Guggenheim, 1959.6.

WASHINGTON, DC.- Stretching nearly 20 feet wide by 8 feet tall, Mural (1943) is the largest work by Jackson Pollock (1912-1956). Beyond its monumental proportions and the many myths that surround its creation, the painting stands as one of the artist's greatest achievements. The iconic work is making its DC debut this fall through a special loan from the University of Iowa Museum of Art to the National Gallery of Art, Washington. On view in the Gallery's East Building from November 19, 2017, through October 28, 2018, the work is accompanied by three paintings from different points in Pollock's career as well as a selection of works on paper. "As a seminal work of postwar abstraction, Jackson Pollock's Lavender Mist is one of the highlights of the Gallery's collection," said Earl A. Powell III, director, National Gallery of Art, Washington. "We are grateful to the University ... More



Tintin and Snowy drawing sells for 500,000 euros   Exhibition presents more than 100 privately held works from the 6th to the 19th century   Ketterer Kunst announces December auctions: From Modern to Contemporary art


Hergé (Georges Remi dit), Le Sceptre d’Ottokar, encre de Chine et aquarelle pour le dessin de couverture du journal le Petit Vingtième publié le 14 février 1939, adjugé 505 000 € / 595 900 $ frais inclus (estimation: 600 000 - 800 000 €)

PARIS.- A colour drawing of Tintin and his faithful canine companion Snowy sold at a Paris auction on Saturday for more than half a million euros. The India ink and watercolour image, which went under the hammer for 505,000 euros ($595,000), shows the intrepid pair in the company of a butler in a royal palace. It was drawn by the Belgian cartoonist known as Herge as the cover illustration for the 1939 newspaper serialisation of "King Ottokar's Sceptre". Originally published in black and white in the youth supplement of Belgian newspaper Le Vingtieme Siecle, the story would become the eighth volume of young reporter Tintin's adventures. On sale at auction house Artcurial as part of a sale of Tintin memorabilia including original drawings, toys and figurines, it came in under an estimated price of 600,000 to 800,000 ... More
 

Nasir al-Din Shah, Iran, c. 1848, opaque watercolor on paper, private collection.

HOUSTON, TX.- The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, presents Bestowing Beauty: Masterpieces from Persian Lands, an exhibition of more than 100 works highlighting the rich artistic and cultural heritage of Iranian civilization from the 6th to the 19th century. Drawn from one of the most significant collections of Persian art held in private hands and rarely publicly displayed, the works span a range of media, including carpets, textiles, manuscripts, paintings, ceramics, lacquer, metalwork, scientific instruments, and jeweled objects. Highlights include exquisite miniature paintings from the Shahnama, the Iranian national epic; a range of historically significant ceramics; precious inlaid metal wares; finely woven silk fabrics; and a monumental silk carpet from the apex of Safavid dynasty carpet production. Celebrating a landmark agreement between the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, and a renowned private collector, works from these holdings will be present ... More
 

Kurt Schwitters, Merzzeichnung, 1919. Assemblage. card, paper, wood, wire, nails, color pen, 17.5 x 14 cm / 6.8 x 5.5 inches. Estimate price: € 400,000-600,000 / US$ 468,000-702,000.

MUNICH.- When he made his “Merz Drawing“ in 1919, Kurt Schwitters put a price of 1,000 Mark on its back side. Now the work will be called up with an estimate of € 400,000-600,000 at Ketterer Kunst in context of the auctions from 7-9 December: The main catalog of this department is led by Kurt Schwitters‘ “Merzzeichnung“ from 1919, the only object of this kind that unites drawing and assemblage in one work of art. Still under the impressions of war and inflation, which made Kurt Schwitters a modern artist who would even leave Expressionism behind him, the first collages of incidentally found materials came into existence as early as in 1918. Based on his art concept and literary texts, he founded the Dada institution "Merz" in Hanover, for the name he uses a fragment of the word "Commerzbank" (lat. cum=with, merx=commodity). It was in those ... More


Nationalmuseum Sweden acquires 18th-century French master drawings   MoMA highlights the transformative history of computers on Postwar artists   AC/DC guitarist Malcolm Young dies aged 64


François Boucher, Study of a triton, 1740. Photo: Cecilia Heisser/Nationalmuseum.

STOCKHOLM.- Nationalmuseum has acquired three drawings by Edme Bouchardon (1698–1762), François Boucher (1703–70) and Nicolas Bernard Lépicié (1735–84), some of the leading artists of the French 18th century. The works comprise two portraits and a figure study for one of the museum’s most famous paintings, The Triumph of Venus. Each exemplifies how drawing had become a significant art form in its own right in 18th-century France. The drawing by Edme Bouchardon is a portrait of Geneviève-Thérèse Mariette, the daughter of Bouchardon’s close friend Pierre-Jean Mariette (1694–1774), an engraver and art collector. Mariette had catalogued the collection of the banker Pierre Crozat (1665–1740), sold at auction in Paris in 1741, from which Carl-Gustaf Tessin acquired a number of master drawings now owned by Nationalmuseum. On the back ... More
 

Vera Molnár, A la Recherche de Paul Klee (Searching for Paul Klee) (detail). 1970. Ink on paper, plotter drawing. The Anne and Michael Spalter Digital Art Collection. © 2017 Vera Molnár.

NEW YORK, NY.- Drawn largely from The Museum of Modern Art's collection, Thinking Machines: Art and Design in the Computer Age, 1959 – 1989 brings works produced using computers and computational thinking together with examples of computer and component design. On view from November 13, 2017, through April 8, 2018, the exhibition reveals how artists, architects, and designers operating at the vanguard of art and technology between 1959 and 1989 deployed computing as a means to reconsider artistic, industrial, and economic production. The individuals featured in the exhibition exploited the potential of unprecedented technologies by inventing systems wholesale or by partnering with institutions and corporations that provided access to unique machines. ... More
 

This file photo taken on March 22, 2000 shows Australian guitarist Malcolm Young of the hard rock group AC/DC.

PARIS (AFP).- AC/DC guitarist Malcolm Young has died aged 64 after suffering for several years with dementia, the band announced Saturday. Young founded the Australian rock group with his brother Angus, who said he will leave "an enormous legacy". "Today it is with deep heartfelt sadness that AC/DC has to announce the passing of Malcolm Young," a statement on the band's website said. "With enormous dedication and commitment he was the driving force behind the band. "As a guitarist, songwriter and visionary he was a perfectionist and a unique man." Best known for their hit song Highway to Hell, AC/DC formed in 1973 and went on to produce 17 studio albums, selling more than 200 million records. Friends and musicians paid tribute to him on Twitter. Black Sabbath singer Ozzy Osborne tweeted: " ... More



The Fundació Joan Miró opens "Sumer and the Modern Paradigm"   Detectorist finds rare Richard III coin near the battlefield where he died   Exhibition at The Contemporary Austin includes new and recent outdoor sculptures by Carol Bove


Willem de Kooning, Untitled, c. 1952 (detail). Centre Pompidou, Paris. Musée national d’art moderne/Centre de création industrielle © Willem de Kooning, VEGAP, 2017.

BARCELONA.- Sumer and the Modern Paradigm examines the close connection between the ensemble of archaeological findings excavated from sites in current-day southern Iraq during the first decades of the twentieth century and the emergence of the artistic languages of modernity, while delving into a specific aspect of the phenomenon of primitivism in the history of western art. The BBVA Foundation is sponsoring this project, proposed by the Fundació Joan Miró, which has relied upon the curatorial contribution of Pedro Azara (Bois-Colombes, France, 1955), an architect, professor of aesthetics at the Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya School of Architecture, and expert in ancient cultures. For Azara, ‘this exhibition attempts to find answers about the modern fascination with artefacts from the ancient Near East, ... More
 

The rare Richard III Half Angel coin found near Bosworth Field is expected to fetch up to £15,000.

LONDON.- A rare gold coin dating from the brief reign of Richard III has been found by a metal detectorist just a few miles from Bosworth Field where the king famously met his death in combat in 1485. It is possible that the Half Angel discovered by Michelle Vall from Blackpool at Monks Kirby in Warwickshire may have belonged to one of Richard’s soldiers fleeing from the battle that changed the course of English history. The Half Angel, one of just a handful surviving from Richard’s two-year reign, is to be auctioned by Dix Noonan Webb, the international coins, medals and jewellery specialists, in London on 13th December 2017. It is expected to fetch up to £15,000 in the auction of coins, historical medals and paper money. “This is a very rare discovery that has miraculously survived in a Warwickshire field for more than five centuries,” said Christopher Webb, head of the coins department at Dix Noonan Webb. “Its i ... More
 

Carol Bove, Frog, 2017. Steel, stainless steel, and urethane paint. 47 x 70 x 41 inches. Commissioned in part by The Contemporary Austin with funds provided by the Edward and Betty Marcus Foundation. Artwork © Carol Bove. Courtesy the artist; Maccarone, New York/Los Angeles; and David Zwirner, New York/London.

AUSTIN, TX.- This fall, The Contemporary Austin features its first ever monographic exhibition outside in its 14-acre sculpture park, the Betty and Edward Marcus Sculpture Park at Laguna Gloria, 3809 West 35th Street in Austin, Texas. Carol Bove is on view November 18, 2017 through November 2018 and includes new and recent outdoor sculptures arranged in a grassy meadow on the sculpture park grounds. Inspired by industrial landscapes and materials, the work of the artist Carol Bove (American, born 1971 in Geneva, Switzerland) interrogates sculptural vocabulary and strategies of display. Works from the 1990s and early 2000s are domestically scaled: fabricated concrete and steel ... More


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Swiss artist Daniel Robert Hunziker opens exhibition at Von Bartha, Basel
BASEL.- Von Bartha, Basel announces an exhibition from Swiss artist Daniel Robert Hunziker, It’s never been this close before, running from 17 November 2017 – 20 January 2018. Known for his special relationship with space and architectonic practices, Hunziker’s work uses structures and configurations to reveal visions, or fractions, of reality. At von Bartha, the artist transforms the gallery into a parcours - creating new, surprising spatial references, merging object and sculpture, and enabling opportunities for chance-encounter and discovery. The exhibition title It’s never been this close before can be seen as a reference to the ongoing search for knowledge – one may get close, but will never fully possess it. The complex installation dissolves the boundaries of the gallery space, subsequently removing the border between artwork and visitor. Hunziker’s artistic ... More

Portrait by Cy Twombly offered at Heritage Auctions' Modern & Contemporary Art Auction
BEVERLY HILLS, CA.- To many collectors, certain fine art lots can carry significant value when they were created on the cusp of an artistic breakthrough. Such is the case with Cy Twombly's 1956 Portrait of Henry Heymann (est. $100,000-150,000), which is expected to be one of the most in-demand lots offered at Heritage Auctions' Modern & Contemporary Art Auction Nov. 30 in Beverly Hills, California. Twombly and Heymann (the sitter) became close friends when Twombly was a young art teacher at Southern Seminary Women's College in Lexington, Virginia, and Heymann was an undergraduate at nearby Washington and Lee University. The bond between the two was instantaneous, inevitable and lasted for decades as each man gained artistic notoriety. Painted in 1956, this large (45-by-33-inch) oil-and-graphite-on-canvas portrait exhibits Twombly's gestural ... More

Largest ever Del Kathryn Barton exhibition opens at the National Gallery of Victoria
MELBOURNE.- Two-time Archibald prize-winner Del Kathryn Barton is being celebrated in the largest ever exhibition of her work to date at NGV Australia. Del Kathryn Barton: The Highway is a Disco features 150 new and recent works by Barton, including her famed kaleidoscopic portraits, a never-before-seen large-scale sculpture in homage to her mother and Barton’s short film RED, starring Australian actress and Academy Award-winner Cate Blanchett. ‘With a practice spanning art, fashion and film, Barton’s psychedelic images reveal her personal responses to the human experience. She is one of Australia’s most popular artists, renowned for her highly intricate and distinctive hybrid forms, that break down boundaries between humans and nature’, said Tony Ellwood, Director, NGV. This show is deeply personal for Barton with the debut of her new sculpture, ... More

Cranbrook Art Museum opens exhibitions by artists who all operate at the intersection of art and street cult
BLOOMFIELD HILLS, MICH.- This fall, Cranbrook Art Museum is presenting a series of exhibitions by artists who all operate at the intersection of art and street culture. The exhibitions include Basquiat Before Basquiat: East 12th Street 1979-1980; Keith Haring: The End of the Line; Ryan McGinness: Studio Views and Collection Views; and Maya Stovall: Liquor Store Theatre Performance Films. “Detroit is renowned for its vibrant and innovative street culture, a place where life meets art. If we’re lucky and aware, we hear it, we see it, and we feel it. In this spirit, we explore four contemporary artists’ unique responses to urban life. Their artistic practices, each in their own fantastic fashion, are personal journeys that move fluidly from the street to the studio and back again,” explains Andrew Blauvelt, Director of ... More

Exhibition presents an homage to the late French artist Raymond Hains by Jérémy Demester
BERLIN.- Galerie Max Hetzler is presenting the exhibition You know nothing Raymond, a homage to the late French artist Raymond Hains by Jérémy Demester in Bleibtreustrasse 45. Raymond Hains became known in the late 1940s working with torn posters and board fences found on the street. Since the beginning of his career, the artist was close to and often associated with Nouveau Réalisme. Nevertheless Hains' work remained unclassifiable; often playing with verbal and visual associations, referring to history while looking way ahead to the future. In this way, Raymond Hains’ work maintained its contemporary relevance for decades. The exhibition You know nothing Raymond is a view on Raymond Hains' work by Jérémy Demester, a young French artist. It is a homage from one artist to another, a conversation between the two artists, a ... More

Museo Nacional Thyssen-Bornemisza opens last exhibition in 25th anniversary series
MADRID.- With Art Lesson the Museo Nacional Thyssen-Bornemisza is concluding the programme of exhibitions and activities organised to mark its 25th anniversary, in this case encouraging visitors to reflect on the role of education in museums. This innovative project, devised and produced by the museum’s Education Department, takes as its starting point a temporary exhibition of works by contemporary artists which establish a dialogue with the Permanent Collection. In addition, it includes a series of artistic interventions that take place in time and space in different parts of the museum while the exhibition is open to the public. Art Lesson thus aims to forge ties between cutting-edge cultural creation and the museum, and between its works and the activities of museum educators. The project is devised as an organic whole that is gradually completed, which means ... More

Yorkshire Sculpture Park opens largest solo exhibition to date by artist, illustrator and printmaker Ed Kluz
WAKEFIELD.- This winter, Yorkshire Sculpture Park presents the largest solo exhibition to date by artist, illustrator and printmaker Ed Kluz. Sheer Folly – Fanciful Buildings of Britain celebrates the eccentric, uncanny and overlooked follies, temples and towers that dot the British landscape. The exhibition runs at YSP, near Wakefield, from 11 November 2017 to 25 February 2018. Featuring original paper collages, scraper boards and prints, the exhibition takes inspiration from fantastical and fanciful buildings across the UK, including the artist’s native North Yorkshire and YSP’s 500-acre, 18th-century parkland. A limited-edition print, exclusive to the Park, features the lost Belle Vista tower which once stood in the grounds of Bretton Hall, now home to YSP. Kluz’s work explores contemporary perceptions of the past through the reimagining of historic landscapes, buildings ... More

Ian Davenport's first solo exhibition in Dubai on view at Custot Gallery
DUBAI.- Custot Gallery is presenting Ian Davenport’s first solo exhibition in Dubai, ‘Cascade’. The exhibition presents sixteen new works, which develop Davenport’s rigorous investigation into colour relationships and the painting process. Davenport’s meticulous painting technique plays with timing and chance, allowing carefully selected chromatic palettes to flow down to the bottom of the painting. This emphasises the materiality and liquidity of his work. In two new large-scale works, ‘Mirrored Place’ (2017) and ‘Cobalt Blue Water’ (2017), Davenport has taken this technique one step further, by co-opting the intricate puddled section at the bottom of the painting, as a sculptural element. This takes its lead from Davenport’s monumental, fourteen-meter-long painting, ‘Giardini Colourfall’ at the 57th Venice Biennale, 2017. Davenport has an intuitive approach to colour ... More

Exhibition spotlights dramatic Japanese prints in innovative installation
CHAPEL HILL, NC.- This fall, the Ackland Art Museum presents Flash of Light, Fog of War: Japanese Military Prints, 1894-1905, an expansive exhibition showcasing 75 Japanese prints of battle scenes from the First Sino-Japanese War and the Russo-Japanese War at the turn of the 20th century. Drawing from a recent, major gift to the Ackland of over 240 Japanese prints from Gene and Susan Roberts, Flash of Light, Fog of War presents these military scenes in an unprecedented manner: rather than being arranged chronologically, the dramatic atmospheric and luminescent effects depicted in the prints organize the exhibition. Starting with prints featuring moonlight, the exhibition moves through scenes that include electric searchlights, pyrotechnic explosions, and the fog and smoke of the aftermath of battle. The show’s emphasis on technique provides a unique opportunity ... More

Works by Charles Schulz, Granville Fisher, J.C. Cockburn will be auctioned on live TV
READING, PA.- Berks Community Television has announced the next airing of its hit program Auction Action on BCTV – a unique show that brings live auctions right into the living rooms of viewers. It will be on Thursday, November 30th, at 6 pm Eastern time. As before, the show will be hosted by local auctioneer Bill Howze, who is also the host of the BCTV show All That Stuff. At the beginning of the show, Mr. Howze will remind viewers how the auction works and preview featured lots. All bidding is online. Individuals can bid from anywhere in the world on their desktop or mobile devices, starting Thursday, November 16th. Berks County residents who have BCTV as part of their cable package will be able to view the show live and bid in real time. “Auction Action on BCTV is probably the only true auction-related reality show on television, unlike programs like Storage Wars ... More

Exhibition of Jack Pierson's Angel Youth series on view at Maccarone
NEW YORK, NY.- Maccarone is presenting an exhibition of Jack Pierson’s Angel Youth series in the 98 Morton space from November 4 to December 23, 2017. Consisting of 13 chromogenic prints mounted on archival board, the snapshot-like series, Angel Youth, pulls from a body of Pierson’s work from the early ‘90s. Highlighted in the recent publication, The Hungry Years, the photographs align the seemingly banal (Some peaches) with illusions of luxury (In Every Dreamhome a Heartache). Simultaneously evoking familiarity and distance, Pierson began his career with such grainy, amateur-like photography to create his own version of “found” photos. Sourcing generic imagery from his cross-country road trips, they seduce the viewer with a sense of voyeuristic intimacy. While each photograph depicts specific moments or people in Pierson’s life, the personal ... More



 



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On a day like today, French photographer Louis-Jacques Daguerre was born
Noviembre 18, 1787. Louis-Jacques-Mandé Daguerre (18 November 1787 - 10 July 1851) was a French artist and physicist, recognized for his invention of the daguerreotype process of photography. He became known as one of the fathers of photography. Though he is most famous for his contributions to photography, he was also an accomplished painter and a developer of the diorama theatre. In this image: "Boulevard du Temple", taken by Daguerre in 1838 in Paris, includes the earliest known photograph of a person. The image shows a street, but because of the over ten minute exposure time the moving traffic does not appear. At the lower left, however, a man apparently having his boots polished, and the bootblack polishing them, were motionless enough for their images to be captured.



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