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Israel uncovers Roman structure at foot of Jerusalem's Western Wall

Joe Uziel, an archeologist from the Israeli Antiquity Authority, works on a recently discovered ancient roman theatre from the second sanctuary that was found at the foot of the Western Wall tunnels in Jerusalem's Old City on October 16, 2017. Excavations conducted by the Israel Antiquities Authority have uncovered large portions of the Western Wall that have been hidden for 1,700 years. MENAHEM KAHANA / AFP.

by Stephen Weizman

JERUSALEM (AFP).- Israeli archaeologists in Jerusalem's Old City on Monday unveiled a newly unearthed section of the Western Wall and the first Roman public structure ever discovered in the city, they said. Archaeologist Joe Uziel said he and his colleagues knew the wall section was there and had expected to find a Roman street at its base. "But as we excavated and excavated we realised we weren't getting to the street. Instead we have this circular building," he told reporters at the underground site. "Basically we realised that we were excavating a theatre-like (Roman) structure." He said that carbon-14 and other dating methods indicated it came from the second or third centuries AD and appeared to be unfinished. The Israel Antiquities Authority (IAA), which conducted the two-year dig, said that historical sources mentioned such structures but in 150 years of modern archaeological research in the city none had been found. ... More

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Spain court orders pyschic to pay for Dali exhumation   'Inspiration' Marrakesh hosts Yves Saint Laurent museum   Kunsthistorisches Museum opens a major exhibition entitled “Rubens: The Power of Transformation”

Spanish national Pilar Abel Martinez, 61, who claimed to be Salvador Dali's daughter, speaks during an interview in Barcelona, on June 26, 2017. LLUIS GENE / AFP.

MADRID.- A Spanish court has dismissed a paternity lawsuit brought by a psychic who claimed to be Salvador Dali's illegitimate daughter and ordered her to pay for the exhumation of the surrealist painter's remains. DNA tests prove that Salvador Dali, who died in 1989 aged 84, was not the biological father of Pilar Abel, a 61-year-old who claims her mother had a covert relationship with the artist, according to a Madrid court ruling dated October 13 published on Monday. The court also ordered Pilar to pay for the exhumation of Dali's remains in July without specifying how much the operation cost. The arduous task involved removing a slab weighing more than a tonne that covered his tomb at the Dali Theatre-museum in Figueras where the eccentric artist was born in 1904. Forensics experts then removed DNA samples from Dali's skin, fingernails and two long bones. Contacted by AFP, the Dali ... More

This picture taken on October 12, 2017 shows a view inside the new Yves Saint Laurent museum in the Moroccan city of Marrakesh. FADEL SENNA / AFP.

MARRAKESH.- A fusion of Moroccan traditions and contemporary flair that inspired Yves Saint Laurent, a museum to the famed fashion designer was unveiled Saturday in his beloved Marrakesh. Following three years of work, technicians carried out final checks in a minimalist exhibition hall at the venue in the city that helped shape Saint Laurent's imagination after he first arrived in the 1960s. Iconic creations -- from the black "Le Smoking" tuxedo to the Mondrian dress -- have gone on display, with the museum hoping to attract 300,000 visitors in its first year after it opens its doors on October 19. "Marrakesh was a place of inspiration for Yves Saint Laurent," said director Bjorn Dahlstrom as he surveyed the last touches being made. The legendary French couturier was entranced by the "ochre city" when he discovered the vibrancy and easy-going atmosphere of its busy streets, overlooked by the Atlas mountains, with his partner Pierre Berge in 1966. ... More

Peter Paul Rubens (1577 Siegen - 1640 Antwerp), Self-Portrait, c.1638, oil on canvas, 110 x 85.5 cm. Vienna, Kunsthistorisches Museum, Gemäldegalerie, inv. no. GG 527 © KHM-Museumsverband.

VIENNA.- Peter Paul Rubens (1577–1640) was a star during his lifetime, and he remains a star today. His name is synonymous with an entire period, the Baroque. But his novel pictorial inventions continue to influence and appeal to artists. Now two leading museums, the Kunsthistorisches Museum Wien and the Städel Museum in Frankfurt, are hosting a major exhibition entitled “Rubens. The Power of Transformation”. The exhibition focuses on some little-studied aspects of Rubens’ creative process, illustrating the profound dialogue he entered into with works produced by other great masters, both precursors and contemporaries, and how this impacted his work over half a century. His use or referencing of works by various artists from different periods is generally not immediately apparent, and the exhibition invites visitors to discover these sometimes surprising correlations and connections by directly comparing ... More

Exhibition at Groeningemuseum focuses on the last of the Flemish Primitives: Pieter Pourbus   Exiled Russian artist torches central bank branch in Paris   Ai Weiwei on art, exile and refugee film 'Human Flow'

Gillis Claeissens, Portret van een onbekende edelman, ca. 1575, olieverf op paneel, Stockholm, Hallwylska Museet. © Hallwylska Museet, Stockholm.

BRUGES.- In 1998, the exhibition ‘Bruges and the Renaissance, from Memling to Pourbus’ was held in the Sint-Janshospitaal. The exhibition covered a period starting with the last decades of the glorious 15th century, with works by Hans Memling and Gerard David, and ended with ‘the last of the Flemish Primitives’, Pieter Pourbus. Artists who were active in the second half of the 16th century, such as the various members of the Claeissens family, were hardly mentioned. This effectively confirmed the existing view of the time that Pourbus was the only Bruges artist of importance during that period. As a result, the opportunity to interest a wider public in the art of Bruges in the second half of the 16th century was missed. In the aftermath of the exhibition, a number of scholars took several important steps forward in the research of these forgotten Bruges masters. That research now forms the basis for a new exhibition, ‘Pieter Pourbus and the forgotten masters’, whic ... More

This file photo taken on January 16, 2017 shows Russian artist Piotr Pavlenski (R) and his wife Oksana Chaliguina posing in Paris. MARTIN BUREAU / AFP.

PARIS (AFP).- Controversial Russian performance artist Piotr Pavlensky, who was granted asylum in France in May, was taken into custody early Monday after setting fire to the outside of a Banque de France branch in central Paris, police said. Firefighters arrived the scene at around 4:00 am (0200 GMT) to put out two fires outside of the building in Bastille square, a spokesman said, adding that the incident was of "criminal origin". Photos on social media show the 33-year-old dressed in black, standing in front of the shuttered front door flanked by fires burning outside two windows. Pavlensky, a recipient of the Vaclav Havel award for creative dissent, was taken into custody along with his partner Oksana Shalygina for causing "damage by fire", police said. Pavlensky once memorably nailed his scrotum to Red Square to denounce state power. In November 2015, he doused the doors of the FSB -- the successor to the Cold War-era KGB, or secret police -- in ... More

This file photo taken on September 1, 2017 shows Chinese artist and producer Ai Weiwei attending the photocall of the movie "Human Flow". Tiziana FABI / AFP.

LOS ANGELES (AFP).- In the most tender moments of "Human Flow," Ai Weiwei's epic documentary on the worldwide migrant crisis, he is seen hugging, cooking with and cutting the hair of refugees. An ordinary filmmaker might be accused of getting too close to his subject but, as far as the Chinese dissident and internationally renowned artist is concerned, he is the subject. "When I look at people being pushed away from their home because of war, because of all kinds of problems, because of environmental problems, famine, I don't just have sympathy for them," he tells AFP. "I do feel that they are part of me and I am part of them, even with very different social status." Ai, 60, opened up about his own displacement as a child in a recent interview with AFP, his trademark beard cut short and his blue and white sneakers color-coded to match his casual shirt and loose-fitting slacks. The venue, a plush office in Beverly ... More

The personal archive of Shaun Leane to be offered at Sotheby's New York   FIAC and the Centre Pompidou announce the installation of Domestikator   2018 World Monuments Watch announced

Shaun Leane for Alexander McQueen 'Skeleton’ corset 'Untitled' collection, Spring-Summer, 1998 Estimate $250/350,000. Courtesy Sotheby’s.

NEW YORK, NY.- Sotheby’s announced Couture Fashion Jewellery – The Personal Archive of Shaun Leane as a highlight of their inaugural A Life of Luxury* auction series this December in New York. Created by London-based designer Shaun Leane over the course of more than 20 years, the Evening Sale will feature over 45 bespoke pieces he produced for beacons of the fashion industry, including legendary houses Alexander McQueen and Givenchy, as well as style icons the Honourable Daphne Guinness, Isabella Blow, Kate Moss and Sarah Jessica Parker. From the immaculate Contra Mundum Evening Glove, a special commission for Ms. Guinness that was inspired by her fascination with armor, to the iconic Crown of Thorns, from McQueen’s Autumn/Winter 1996 ‘Dante’ collection that appeared in The Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Victoria & Albert Museum’s blockbuster retrospective in 2011 and 2015, respectively, the hauntingly beautiful s ... More

The work of Atelier Van Lieshout Domestikator will be on show from Tuesday 17 October onwards. It is presented by Carpenters Workshop Gallery.

PARIS.- Domestikator is shown within the context of FIAC's Hors les Murs artistic programme, which counts over 70 pieces exhibited in public spaces and is specifically conceived for the 44th edition of the fair. « We are delighted to have found a prominent and emblematic venue for Atelier Van Lieshout’s Domestikator, which will be installed on the square in front of the Centre Pompidou; a site which falls under the aegis of the museum whose aim is to preserve, display and support contemporary creation. This has been made possible thanks to the energetic support of our partner institutions. The Domestikator joins the FIAC artistic programme, conceived for the 44th edition of the fair and counting over 70 pieces exhibited in public spaces. Its installation on the square begins a new chapter of the Hors les Murs programme and reinforces an already fruitful collaboration with the Centre Pompidou » Jennifer Flay, Director of FIAC. « The work of Atelier Van Lieshout is a beautiful ... More

American Express, the founding sponsor of the World Monuments Watch, continues to fund the Watch, as well as other initiatives taken on by WMF.

NEW YORK, NY.- World Monuments Fund today announced the 2018 World Monuments Watch, presenting a diverse group of cultural heritage sites that face daunting threats, including human conflict, natural disaster, climate change, and urbanization, or present unique conservation opportunities. The list features 25 sites spanning more than 30 countries and territories, dating from prehistory to the twentieth century. Among the sites, the 2018 Watch includes areas affected by the recent string of hurricanes and earthquakes that will need emergency assessment and conservation for damaged cultural heritage (Disaster Sites of the Caribbean, the Gulf, and Mexico); a collection of little-known homes, churches and community centers in Alabama where pivotal events of the Civil Rights Movement took place (Alabama Civil Rights Sites, United States); a once-vibrant marketplace burned amid fighting between the Syrian government and insurgents ... More

Bonhams Los Angeles to offer 400 works in curated auctions of contemporary art and design   iGavel Auctions rolls out robust fall schedule of Asian works of art   Calvert 22 Foundation opens the first posthumous solo presentation of Dmitri Prigov's work in the UK

Le Corbusier (1887-1965) and Pierre Jeanneret (1986-1967) 'Diabolo' Standard Floor Lamp circa 1964 steel and aluminum (estimate: $18,000-25,000). Photo: Bonhams.

LOS ANGELES, CA.- This October, Bonhams will present a West Coast series of curated sales, offering lots from Contemporary Art, Prints & Multiples, and Design together for the first time. More than 440 pieces will be on view from October 20 to 24 alongside highlights from upcoming sales of Latin American and Contemporary Art before going under the hammer. The preview will span both Bonhams buildings on the historic Sunset Blvd, including the newly renovated contemporary galleries at 7575 West Sunset Blvd. and its main auction and gallery space at 7601 West Sunset Blvd. Highlights from the October 24 Prints & Multiples sale at 10:00 PDT span works by quintessential artists such as Pablo Picasso, Joan Miró, ten lots by Andy Warhol, as well as two important Richard Diebenkorn works, and pieces by contemporary icons David Hockney and Wayne Thiebaud. Works by ... More

Chinese Huanghuali Canopy Bed dating to the early Qing Dynasty.

NEW BRAUNFELS, TX.- Lark Mason Associates 2017 fall Asian art sales on the iGavel Auctions platform are now underway through the end of November with five specialized sales spanning all the arts of Asia. The season got off to an excellent start in New York during September Asian Art week with an exhibition of Snuff Bottles, Jades, and Ceramics from a Southern Collector. The sale's closing on October 3rd realized a total of $267,550 well above the high estimate of $160,100. In addition, visitors from around the world poured over selections from four other fall Asian art auctions. Japanese Prints and Asian Works of Art, which closes on October 17th with 74 lots, includes 12 Tsukioka Yoshitoshi prints from the 100 Aspects of the Moon series, and other works by masters of Japanese print making. Also open for bidding through October 25th, is iGavel Associates' sale of Asian Works of Art featuring a select group of 58 lots, headlined by Lark Mason Asso ... More

Dimitri Prigov. Theatre of Revolutionary Action, Installation view, 2017. Courtesy Calvert 22.

LONDON.- Calvert 22 Foundation is presenting the first posthumous solo presentation of Dmitri Prigov’s work in the UK. Prigov (1940 – 2007) was one of the leading figures of Moscow Conceptualism and is known for his varied and prolific work as a poet, performer and artist using installation, video, typewritten books and other media. The exhibition Dmitri Prigov. Theatre of Revolutionary Action at Calvert 22 Space reflects on the different ways theatricality and performance influenced Prigov’s oeuvre, focusing primarily on his work after the fall of the Soviet Union. Part of the The Future Remains: Revisiting Revolution season at Calvert 22 Foundation marking the centenary of 1917, the exhibition looks back on the Soviet experiment and the ways Prigov harnessed ideological, philosophical and mystical languages to address themes of chaos, change and death. Organised in collaboration with the State Hermitage Museum, ... More

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New estate planning consultancy for artists and collectors
NEW YORK, NY.- Art Legacy Planning is dedicated to supplying advice, practical assistance and financial planning to families, heirs of artists, and art collectors. ALP is committed to set the standard for best practices in the rapidly growing field of estate and foundation planning and management. Founded by Mary Dinaburg, Saul Ostrow, Kathy Battista and Bryan Faller, ALP brings together a broad range of art world expertise to offer a much needed and unique organization. ALP’s founders combined have over a century of experience working with artists, collections and estates; and are committed to ensure the vision of creative practitioners and collectors. ALP’s overarching goal is to provide clients with a successful estate management plan. ALP’s mission is to ensure that the work of all artists is protected, so it is dealt with in an appropriate manner as to secure the legacy ... More

Ottocento Art Gallery presents a couple of Sheikh and a Sheikhah's busts by Pietro Calvi
ROME.- An eminent ethnographic sculptor whose work reflects a strong interest in the East, for its culture, traditions and iconography, Pietro Calvi distinguished himself on the 19th century Italian art scene for personal research conducted with an extraordinary ability to representation of pathos, combined with superb knowledge of materials. The Milanese sculptor, in fact, was among the first to experience polymaterism in busts by combining bronze and marble. The harmonious integration, adopted by Calvi, of the two matters evokes the work of the famous 19th-century French ethnographic sculptor, Charles Cordier, though, unlike the this artist, who was able to handle his subjects with scientific precision, the Milanese master chose a premise to dwell on the dramatic potential of his North African models, peculiarity of Otello’s bust, a subject many times replicated ... More

Katonah Museum of Art pairs work by two leading artists in fall exhibition
KATONAH, NY.- The Katonah Museum of Art is presenting the exhibition Object Out Loud: Arman and Nick Cave, the bold pairing of two artistic leaders in a cross-disciplinary and cross-generational dialogue, on view from October 15, 2017 through January 7, 2018. This museum-wide exhibition features over twenty works of sculpture, film, and photography that exemplify two distinct, spectacular visions. Nick Cave is a leading contemporary artist whose interest in both performance and sculpture results in stunning, often fanciful works, while Arman, who plucked his materials off the streets and sidewalks of the city, trolls in the familiar residue of everyday life. Both work through a process of aggregation and addition, creating densely-layered and often magical compositions. Object Out Loud captures the common visual power of their works, and the thread ... More

Decorative Arts from the estate of legendary talent manager Sandy Gallin featured at Capo auction
LONG ISLAND CITY, NY.- An exquisite selection of decorative arts items from the estate of legendary entertainment producer and talent manager turned home designer Sandy Gallin will take center stage at Capo Auction Fine Art and Antiques upcoming Saturday, October 21st auction. Gallin, who passed away in April of this year, shaped the careers of Barbra Streisand, Mariah Carey Dolly Parton, Cher, Neil Diamond, Whoopi Goldberg and others, while enjoying close friendships with Elizabeth Taylor and moguls David Geffen, Barry Diller and Calvin Klein. In later years, he forged a successful second career buying, interior designing and selling dozens of multimillion-dollar estates, working on homes for show business heavyweights like Jeffrey Katzenberg. His highly-acclaimed personal collection was spread out between homes in Los Angeles and the Hamptons, ... More

Alan Shepard's Apollo 14 Vacheron Constantin watch up for auction
BOSTON, MASS.- Alan Shepard's Apollo 14 Vacheron Constantin Watch will be auctioned by Boston-based RR Auction. The sensational gold Vacheron Constantin Ref. 6351 wristwatch presented to Astronaut Alan Shepard after his successful lunar-landing Apollo 14 mission. Manufactured in 1971, the elegant watch has a 32 mm face and 7.75″ long band, and prominently displays the hand-painted enameled dial with Apollo 14 mission insignia. The case features an 18k gold, coin-edge bezel, downturned lugs, and an engraved snap on back, reading: “5.2.71, Presence Americaine Sur La Lune, Commander, Apollo 14, Alan Shepard, Avec L'Admiration De Citoyens De Geneve.” The inner case back is marked with serial number "451041," and the movement is marked "618610." Includes the original crocodile skin strap and 18k gold buckle with marks on underside: ... More

Julien's of Hollywood offers pure gold from football, motor racing, boxing, cricket & the Olympics
LOS ANGELES, CA.- A stunning collection of 165 items of sporting memorabilia from the world’s greatest sports stars of the past 100 years will be sold on November 3rd in Los Angeles by Julien’s of Hollywood. For anyone who has ever enjoyed sport, followed it passionately, or simply admired the grace, courage and dedication that it takes to excel athletically at the top level, this sale offers a selection of sporting holy grails. Sebastian Vettel’s F1 race car wheels, Pelé’s Santos FC jersey, Muhammad Ali’s boxing trunks, Olympic gold medals and other extraordinary trophies, either the clothes these sports heroes wore on historic days of sporting prowess or the actual trophies received for their efforts can now be taken home by successful bidders at the Julien’s auction, to grace the mantelpiece as talking points for sports fans. Darren Julien, President and CEO of the ... More

The Drawing Center presents a new body of work by Judith Bernstein
NEW YORK, NY.- Judith Bernstein presents a new body of work, specifically commissioned by The Drawing Center, for her exhibition Cabinet of Horrors in the Main Gallery. Focusing on work made since Donald J. Trump was elected president in November 2016, the exhibition includes approximately eighteen new drawings, four large-scale paper panel murals, a series of drawn “dollar bills”, vintage piggy banks in a vitrine, and a free political campaign pin designed by Bernstein. As well, the exhibition features one of Bernstein’s earliest political drawings from 1969 and a selection of five “Word Drawings” from 1995, including: Liberty, Justice, Equality, Evil, and Fear. Bernstein began engaging with social issues in her work during the 1960s, creating anti-Vietnam drawings, monumental phalluses, and pieces consisting entirely of her own signature. The present series ... More

Garment District Space for Public Art presents a collection of photographs taken by artist Joanne Handler
NEW YORK, NY.- The Garment District Alliance unveiled the latest in its ongoing series of public art exhibits, showcasing a collection of photographs titled, Positively Overexposed, by Garment District-based artist Joanne Handler. Located inside the Kaufman Arcade building on 133 West 36th Street, the free exhibit is accessible to the public through November 30th. Positively Overexposed is part of the Garment District Space for Public Art program, which showcases artists in unusual locations throughout the year, and has produced more than 200 installations, exhibits and performances. “Joanne Handler’s work embodies the creative, artistic flair of the Garment District neighborhood,” said Barbara A. Blair, president of the Garment District Alliance. “We are proud to showcase Positively Overexposed as part of our Garment District Space for Public Art program, ... More

The Orange County Museum of Art installs collection highlights that span more than five decades
NEWPORT BEACH, CA.- The Orange County Museum of Art unveiled a new installation of artworks from its permanent collection on October 7, 2017. The installation showcases approximately 100 artworks of varying genres and media created over the past 60 years. The selection includes important works by internationally renowned artists Josef Albers, Chris Burden, Bruce Conner, Richard Diebenkorn, Mary Heilmann, John McCracken, Catherine Opie, Ed Ruscha, Betye Saar, and Mary Weatherford, among many others. The presentation—on view through December 31, 2017—is accompanied by engaging public programs that include opportunities to hear represented artists and independent film screenings that address the art world today, as well as OCMA’s docent-guided exhibition tours on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. The Orange County ... More

Phillips appoints new Senior Specialist, 20th Century & Contemporary Art, and Deputy Chairman, Europe
LONDON.- Phillips announced that Marianne Hoet joined the company as a Senior Specialist of 20th Century & Contemporary Art and Deputy Chairman, Europe. Ms. Hoet joins the company from Christie’s, where she was an International Director and Head of Post-War & Contemporary Art in Northern Europe. Widely considered one of Europe’s leading specialists in 20th century and contemporary art, she will play a significant role in building Phillips’s brand in Northern Europe, working with key art and business development specialists across all department categories to support the auction house’s efforts to cultivate collectors, dealers and art enthusiasts. She will partner with Phillips’ senior executives in Asia, Europe and the United States to develop the company’s global client relationship program, which is focused ... More

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On a day like today, Italian painter Cristofano Allori was born
October 17, 1577. Cristofano Allori (17 October 1577 - 1 April 1621) was an Italian portrait painter of the late Florentine Mannerist school. Allori was born at Florence and received his first lessons in painting from his father, Alessandro Allori, but becoming dissatisfied with the hard anatomical drawing and cold coloring of the latter, he entered the studio of Gregorio Pagani, who was one of the leaders of the late Florentine school, which sought to unite the rich coloring of the Venetians with the Florentine attention to drawing. Allori also appears to have worked under Cigoli. In this image: Judith with the Head of Holofernes (1613). Oil on canvas, 139 x 116 cm. Galleria Palatina (Palazzo Pitti), Florence.

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