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"Shiny, Sticky, Smooth: Pop Art and the Senses" opens at the Wichita Art Museum

Roy Lichtenstein, Interiors Series: Red Lamps, edition 12/60, 1991. Lithograph, woodcut, and screenprint, 57 7/16 x 78 3/4 inches. Collection of the Jordan Schnitzer Family Foundation.

WICHITA, KS.- With bold color and graphic images inspired by advertising, movies, television, and comic strips of the late 1950s and 1960s, the modern art movement—called pop art—embraced the visual language of popular culture to tease the imagination and tempt the senses. Explore the sensory language of pop art with the fall exhibition, Shiny, Sticky, Smooth: Pop Art and the Senses, Prints from the Collections of Jordan D. Schnitzer and His Family Foundation, on view now at the Wichita Art Museum. Works by such notable artists as Andy Warhol, Roy Lichtenstein, Wayne Thiebaud, James Rosenquist, Claes Oldenburg, and more re-stage the traditional story of pop art as a full-sensory experience, leading visitors to a new perspective on the movement and to a deeper understanding of mass culture. This exhibition follows WAM’s successful 2013 exhibition Under Pressure, which featured more than 100 prints from the collections of Po ... More

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Bums and cash set tongues wagging at UK's Turner Prize   British Museum acquires rare group of post-war Picasso prints   Bowie's art collection goes on view in New York

Installation view of work by Helen Marten, 2016. Courtesy Joe Humphrys © Tate Photography.

LONDON.- A giant backside, a mountain of money and chastity belts suspended from a ceiling: the Turner Prize once again looks set to divide the contemporary art world after unveiling the finalists in London on Monday. The four shortlisted artists have each taken over a room at Tate Britain, filling the famous gallery with all manner of materials, shapes and surprises for an exhibition that organisers hope will promote debate about art when it opens to the public on Tuesday. The prize is awarded to a British artist under 50 for an outstanding exhibition, and has become synonymous with controversy in its 32-year history with previous winners including contemporary art agents provocateurs Damien Hirst and Tracey Emin. London-based finalist Anthea Hamilton's work is likely to be the focus of sharp debate for this year's exhibition -- an almost five-metre (16 foot) high sculpture of a male backside and a series of metallic chastity belts suspended from the ceiling. "Research is at the ... More

Pablo Picasso. (1881 - 1973), The Little Artist, 18 May 1954. Colour lithograph © Succession Picasso/DACS 2016.

LONDON.- The British Museum has acquired sixteen important lithograph prints and three aquatint prints by Pablo Picasso covering the post-war period from the late 1940s to the late 1950s. This acquisition closes the last major gap in the British Museum’s representation of Picasso’s achievements as a printmaker. Highlighting key themes in his work from this period, including his relationship with the youthful and independent-minded Françoise Gilot, the lithographs were produced in Paris when he was working in close collaboration with the printer Fernand Mourlot. The large aquatints from the early 1950s show Picasso’s experimentation with the painterly possibilities of the technique working with young printers at the Paris workshop of Roger Lacourière with whom he had first worked in the 1930s on the Vollard Suite. This exciting acquisition is the final part of the Museum’s sustained campaign to represent more fully P ... More

A woman walks past a poster advertising the Bowie/Collector auction at Sotheby's in New York, on September 26, 2016. ANGELA WEISS / AFP.

NEW YORK (AFP).- Hundreds of pieces of art collected by late rock legend David Bowie went on display Monday in New York ahead of an auction, including works by modern greats Jean-Michel Basquiat and Damien Hirst. Bowie, who died in January from an undisclosed battle with cancer, avidly followed the art world but was discreet about his buying. "His attitude to collecting represents his attitude on music-making -- he's not afraid to look at things outside the mainstream," said Simon Hucker, senior specialist in modern and post-war British art at Sotheby's which is running the auction. Bowie, already a musical icon, in the 1990s served on the editorial board of the magazine Modern Painters where he would occasionally write articles. "He would interview artists that he thought were good, but on the whole he was very private about his art collecting," Hucker said. "Whilst he used to go to auctions in the 1990s, later on he wouldn't go. He ... More

"The Spectacular Second Empire 1852-1870" opens at musée d'Orsay in Paris   Louisa Guinness Gallery opens first solo exhibition in the UK of Alexander Calder's jewellery   Christie's to offer works from three collections that trace the development of the London art scene

James Tissot, Portrait de Mlle L. L. dit aussi Jeune femme en veste rouge, 1864. Huile sur toile, 124 x 99 cm. Paris, musée d'Orsay, RF 2698 © RMN-Grand Palais (Musée d’Orsay) / Hervé Lewandowski.

PARIS.- The ostentation of the “fête impériale” and France’s humiliating defeat in 1870 by Prussia, have long tarnished the reputation of the Second Empire, suspected of having been a time purely of amusements, scandals and vices, as described by Zola in his novels written during the Third Republic. It was, however, a period of unrivalled prosperity in the 19th century and one of unprecedented social upheavals. A time of abundance, euphoria and numerous celebrations, political, economic, religious and artistic, today we see the 1850s as the pivotal moment in the birth of “modern France” (Gambetta). To celebrate its 30th anniversary in autumn 2016, the musée d’Orsay is, for the first time, looking at this first society of spectacle and consumerism, a society that we have inherited. The exhibition brings together paintings, sculptures, photography, architectural drawings, ... More

Alexander Calder, Untitled Brooch, 1940, silver, 11.5 x 5.5cm,unique, courtesy the Calder Foundation and Louisa Guinness Gallery.

LONDON.- Louisa Guinness Gallery presents the first solo exhibition in the UK of Alexander Calder’s jewellery: The Boldness of Calder. The exhibition brings together major pieces of Calder jewellery from around the world, presented amongst iconic images of the jewellery being worn on notable women throughout history, as well as contemporary images commissioned especially for the show. Calder’s radical artistic practice reimagined the horizons of 20th century art and resulted in an acclaimed legacy which continues to influence contemporary art today. He was an innovator in concept, materials and form, using real-time motion to animate his works and imbue them with unprecedented performativity. To wear Calder’s jewellery was to share in his iconoclasm; his earrings, bracelets, headdresses, necklaces and brooches were deeply unconventional in their time. They were made of simple silver or brass wire, ... More

Glenn Brown (b. 1966), The Creeping Flesh. Oil on canvas, 22 x 20in. (55.8 x 50.7cm.). Painted in 1991. Estimate: £250,000 - 350,000. © Christie’s Images Limited 2016.

LONDON.- This autumn Christie’s will offer works from three private collections that trace the development and trajectory of the London art scene from the 1950s to present day. This begins with the collection of Brian Sewell, the Evening Standard’s late art critic, who was a Specialist in the Old Master Department at Christie’s in the 1950s and 60s, having graduated in Art History at the Courtauld Institute, and nurtured a keen appetite for Renaissance works that span the 1500s through to Modern British artists of the mid-20th century. He built up a distinctive collection and 248 lots will be offered on 27 September including paintings by the Flemish artist Matthias Stomer, works on paper by the likes of Daniele da Volterra and Joseph Anton Koch, and the British Modernism of Duncan Grant and Eliot Hodgkin. One of the most influential collectors that developed ... More

The Artist: Exhibition at Moderna Museet brings together works from different eras   The National Museum of American Jewish History opeens "Bill Graham and the Rock & Roll Revolution"   Solo-exhibition of American artist James Rosenquist on view at Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac

Rembrandt Harmensz. van Rijn, Self-Portait, 1630. © Nationalmuseum.

MALMO.- The Artist is a unique collaboration between Moderna Museet, Nationalmuseum, and the Royal Academy of Fine Arts. In a single exhibition the museum is showing works by many of the most well-known names in the history of art from 1500 to the present—from Rubens to Renoir and Picasso to Cindy Sherman—as well as Rembrandt, who is back in Malmö for the first time in fifty years. The Artist brings together works from different eras selected from the collections of all three art institutions, as well as a number of key pieces on loan from others. The Artist is divided into five chapters: Entrepreneur, Genius and Avant Gardist, Norm-Breaker, Visionary, and Traveller. The role of the artist is anything but uniform, and the exhibition illuminates some of the myths that surround artists. It’s a long way from the courtly painter working on commission for a wealthy clientele to the bohemian who wants to be ... More

Baron Wolman, Jimi Hendrix performs at Fillmore Auditorium Fillmore Auditorium, San Francisco, February 1, 1968 (detail). Gelatin silver print Iconic Images/Baron Wolman.

PHILADELPHIA, PA.- The National Museum of American Jewish History in Philadelphia is the exclusive East Coast venue for Bill Graham and the Rock & Roll Revolution. On view September 16, 2016 through January 16, 2017, the exhibition presents the first comprehensive retrospective about the life and career of legendary rock impresario Bill Graham (1931–1991). Recognized as one of the most influential concert promoters in history, Graham played a pivotal role in the careers of iconic artists including the Grateful Dead, Jefferson Airplane, Janis Joplin, Jimi Hendrix, Santana, Fleetwood Mac, the Who, Led Zeppelin, the Doors, and the Rolling Stones. He conceived of rock & roll as a powerful force for supporting humanitarian causes and was instrumental in the production of milestone benefit concerts such as Live Aid (1985)—which ... More

James Rosenquist, Coup d'Oeil - Speed of Light, 2001 (detail). Oil on canvas, 188 x 162,6 cm (74 x 64 in). Courtesy Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac, Paris/Salzburg © James Rosenquist / VAGA, New York / ADAGP, Paris. Used by permission.

PARIS.- Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac is presenting a solo-exhibition of American artist James Rosenquist at their Pantin gallery, as well as an exhibition of his collages at the Marais gallery. Born in 1933 and raised in the American Mid-West, James Rosenquist led a career as a billboard painter before rising to fame in the 1960s as a leading figure of the Pop Art movement alongside contemporaries Andy Warhol, Roy Lichtenstein and Claes Oldenburg. Drawing on his experience as a billboard painter, Rosenquist plays on the iconography of advertising and mass media, to create distinctive compositions that explore the culture of modern capitalism. With striking immediacy, he questions the make-up of his surroundings: on the one hand, the urban environment shaped by the ... More

Marlborough Fine Art opens a major exhibition of works by Paula Rego   Flemming Friborg steps down as Director of the Glyptotek   Christie's to offer antiquities from the Toledo Museum of Art

Paula Rego, Dancing Ostriches from Disney's 'Fantasia', 1995 (detail), pastel on paper mounted on aluminium, 150 x 150 cm. © Paula Rego, Courtesy Marlborough Fine Art, London.

LONDON.- Marlborough Fine Art presents a major exhibition of works by Paula Rego across two floors of its London gallery. Considered one of the leading figurative artists today, Rego draws inspiration from many sources including literature and fairy tales to create mysterious and narrative works. On display in the lower level gallery, is Rego’s large-scale pastel series Dancing Ostriches from Disney’s ‘Fantasia’, originally commissioned for the exhibition Spellbound at the Hayward Gallery, London in 1996 and then acquired by Saatchi Gallery. Marking the centenary of cinema in Britain, artists and film-makers were commissioned to create works portraying the relationship between art and cinema. Both enthralled and terrified by the films of Walt Disney as a child, Rego derived the series from the ‘Dance of the Ostriches’ in Fantasia, a scene ... More

Flemming Friborg has been Director of Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek for 15 years. Ana Cecilia Gonzalez.

COPENHAGEN.- Flemming Friborg, Director of Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek for 15 years, has chosen not to re-apply for the position when his term of office comes to an end on 1st February 2017. Friborg has instead prioritised a long-cherished research project which will culminate in a major publication dealing with French art in the period ca. 1875-1915. The project will begin next year and will take at least three years. The field of research, ”Radical Impressionism? The invention of Modern Art” will also involve international research seminars. Flemming Friborg says: ”The Glyptotek is a fantastic institution and it has been a wonderful place to work – first as a curator from 1992, and then as director from 2002 to 2017. Much has happened in these brief 25 years, not least the recent heightening of the profile and the dynamic progress of the museum, and I am very proud to have been part of this. The team currently ... More

A Cypriot Limestone Head of a Male Votary circa 500-450 B.C. 13 ⅞ in. (34.2 cm.) high. Estimate: $20,000-30,000. © Christie’s Images Limited 2016.

NEW YORK, NY.- On October 25, Christie's Antiquities sale will offer 24 works from the Property from The Toledo Museum of Art, sold to benefit the acquisitions fund. The collection features a selection of works from across ancient Greece, Rome, Near East, and Egypt with highlights including a Cypriot limestone head of a male votary to an Egyptian bronze cat. In addition, Christie’s Online Auction will offer additional 40 works from The Toledo Museum of Art from October 19-26. This selection will feature Antiquities with accessible price points starting at $1,000 to $6,000. The exhibition will be displayed concurrently with the Antiquities sale preview, from October 21-24. • AN EGYPTIAN BRONZE CAT PTOLEMAIC PERIOD, 332-30 B.C. 5 ¾ in. (14.6 cm.) high Estimate: $30,000-50,000 • A CYPRIOT LIMESTONE HEAD OF A MALE VOTARY CIRCA 500-450 B.C. 13 ⅞ in. ... More

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Exhibition at the Pasadena Museum of California Art illustrates the evolution of the California coastline
PASADENA, CA.- Even before California became a state in 1850, artists responded to the diverse views and experiences of the 840 miles of coast. Continuing its tradition of showcasing the breadth of California art, the Pasadena Museum of California Art is presenting In the Land of Sunshine: Imaging the California Coast Culture. Illustrating the evolution of the landscapes, lifestyles, and industries of the California coastline from the mid–1800s to present, the exhibition assembles approximately 90 oil, acrylic, and watercolor paintings and prints as well as magazines, posters, photographs, and other ephemera. “Like the coastal communities of Newport Beach, Balboa Island, Laguna Beach, and San Francisco, Pasadena has attracted and inspired a significant number of artists, yet the creative outputs vary from sea to Seco,” says Gordon McClelland, the exhibition’s curator ... More

Group exhibition investigates the 'Self' through new paintings by five artists
NEW YORK, NY.- Marc Straus is presenting The Incredible Likeness of Being, a group exhibition that investigates the ‘Self’ through new paintings by five international contemporary artists. From the Early Renaissance by Jan Van Eyck to some of the leading artists such as Rembrandt, Velazquez, Van Gogh, Schiele and Kahlo, the self-portrait at its best is revelatory capturing the artist’s image and soul on canvas. Unlike Narcissus who died fixated at the beauty of his own reflection, the intent of Self-Portraiture is to traverse superficialities and provide a critical insight of the sitter’s identity. In obedience to the Socratic statement ‘Know Thyself‘, the artist, while looking in the mirror to reproduce his physical appearance, is in fact giving the world a visual autobiographical story; an honest documentation of his period, environment and culture. In the works ... More

Irish artist Jaki Irvine presents a major new sound and video work at IMMA
DUBLIN.- A major new commission for IMMA by Irish artist Jaki Irvine, If the Ground Should Open…, is presented here for the first time on the occasion of the centenary of the historic Easter uprisings of 1916. This new work takes as a point of departure Irvine’s 2013 novel ‘Days of Surrender’, which focuses on Elizabeth O’Farrell and Julia Grenan. These were two of more than a hundred women who were ready to die or kill for the possibility of a different Ireland but whose stories were all but written out of official Irish history, consigned to the margins as the narrative was masculinised.This new video and sound installation in the courtyard galleries uses their names as ‘the ground’ of a score for nine musicians. The eleven tracks were composed by Irvine using the canntaireachd system – originally developed as an oral scoring system for Scottish Highland pipes. The basic musical motif ... More

The Art Gallery of Nova Scotia mourns the death of Inuit artist Annie Pootoogook
HALIFAX.- The Art Gallery of Nova Scotia mourns the passing of contemporary Inuit artist Annie Pootoogook. Pootoogook was the first woman and first Indigenous artist to win the preeminent Sobey Art Award in 2006. Annie Pootoogook began drawing in 1997 under the encouragement of the West Baffin Eskimo Cooperative in Cape Dorset. She quickly developed a preference for drawing scenes from her own life. She is the daughter of Napatchie and Eegyvudluk Pootoogook, and the granddaughter of renowned artist Pitseolak Ashoona. Pootoogook was influenced by her mother’s graphics and the detailed drawings and prints of her uncle, Kananginak Pootoogook. The artist’s work challenged conventional expectations of “Inuit” art. “Annie Pootoogook was a remarkable artist and a true pioneer—her works contributed immensely in the transition of traditional Inuit work into the ... More

Mealy's Auctioneers to hold auction of the private collection of Ireland's first billionaire
THOMASTOWN.- Mealy’s Auctioneers is to host their 2016 autumn sale at Kilfane, Thomastown, Co. Kilkenny on October 4 from 11am sharp. A key date in any antique collectors calendar, the public auction stands to provide unparalleled access to a showcase of rare fine art, antiques, and interiors. The sale includes a diverse selection of items from the contents of Kilfane House on the instructions of the Clarke family; together with the contents of Castlemartin House, Co. Kildare - comprising fine antiques and decorative art from the wonderful private collection of Sir Anthony O'Reilly – arguably Ireland’s first ever billionaire. This is to be sold on the instructions of the trustee in bankruptcy appointed by the Bahamian court; along with fine and decorative art from other Irish estates and collections. Three families have owned Kilfane House, namely the Bushes who built it; the Powers ... More

MOCA Jacksonville names new Weaver Educator
JACKSONVILLE, FLA.- Education is at the core of MOCA Jacksonville’s mission, and now the Museum has a new member at the core of its education team. The Museum of Contemporary Art Jacksonville, a cultural resource of the University of North Florida, has named Anthony Aiuppy as the new J. Wayne and Delores Barr Weaver Educator for Family and Children’s Programs. “We have known Anthony Aiuppy for many years, as an educator, an artist, an installer, and an intern,” said Ben Thompson, deputy director at MOCA Jacksonville. “He has impressed us with his innovative ideas and boundless enthusiasm. Everyone on staff is excited to work with Anthony in his new role as the Weaver Educator.” In November 2015, the Weavers gave $500,000 to endow an education position at MOCA Jacksonville, with responsibilities that include designing school tours for thousands ... More

Syrian poet Adonis says poetry 'can save Arab world'
GOTHENBURG (AFP).- Noted Syrian poet Adonis, whose name surfaces regularly as a top contender for the Nobel literature prize, says religious fanaticism is "destroying the heart of the Arab world", but sees salvation in poetry. The 86-year-old lives in exile and is equally scathing about the West's role in the conflict in his homeland which has claimed more than 300,000 lives over five years. "The Americans are not looking for solutions, they are seeking problems," he told AFP in an interview at the Gothenburg Book Fair. "The Americans do not have a coherent vision. Neither do the Russians, who are only driven by self-interest. The Arab world is strategic, an area of riches and the Arab people are just a means," to oil wealth, he said. The poet, who is Alawite, the sect to which Syrian President Bashar al-Assad belongs, wrote to the leader in 2011 calling for a democratic ... More

Major museum survey of Toba Khedoori's oeuvre opens in Los Angeles
LOS ANGELES, CA.- The Los Angeles County Museum of Art announces Toba Khedoori (September 25, 2016–March 19, 2017), a major museum survey of Khedoori’s oeuvre over the past 22 years. The exhibition presents the artist’s more recent oil-on-canvas paintings alongside her earlier large-scale works on paper, demonstrating the impressive arc of her artistic production over the past two decades. The exhibition includes more than 25 works and is curated by Franklin Sirmans, Director of the Pérez Art Museum Miami (PAMM) and formerly the Terri and Michael Smooke Curator and Department Head of contemporary art at LACMA, with Christine Y. Kim, associate curator of contemporary art at LACMA. Following its run at LACMA, Toba Khedoori will be on view at PAMM from April 20–September 24, 2017. Toba Khedoori has lived and worked in Los Angeles since 1990. ... More

United States District Courts displays Norman Rockwell images
STOCKBRIDGE, MASS.- Norman Rockwell Museum announces the unveiling of a unique civic exhibition of Norman Rockwell artwork starting this fall at three United States District Courts in Massachusetts. With the assistance of Robert Farrell, Clerk of Court, U.S. District Court, District of Massachusetts, high-quality canvas reproductions of Rockwell’s The Four Freedoms (1943) and Golden Rule (1961) paintings are now on view in the courthouses of Boston, Worcester, and Springfield. Prints of The Four Freedoms have also been on display at the Pittsfield District Court for many years. "A longtime Massachusetts resident, Norman Rockwell reminded us all about the importance of participating in government and our responsibility as citizens," states Robert Farrell. "Our Federal Courthouses, as focal points of civic engagement in our community, are perfect ... More

Gold bracelets given by Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis to her JFK wedding bridesmaid bring $162,500
BEVERLY HILLS, CA.- A pair of Gold Cuff Bracelets by Van Cleef & Arpels — personally given by Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis to Nina Straight, her step-sister and maid of honor when she married John F. Kennedy in 1953 — sold for $162,500 in a public auction of fine jewelry held by Dallas-based Heritage Auctions Sept. 26 in Beverly Hills, California. Kennedy Onassis surprised Straight with the bracelets when she served as Straight's maid of honor 21 years later. "The bracelet cuffs matched an identical pair Kennedy Onassis often wore, marked No. 50, of a limited edition set," said Jill Burgum, Senior Director of Jewelry at Heritage. "The pair Kennedy Onassis gave to Straight are marked 47 and 48, and it is likely Kennedy Onassis purchased both limited edition sets at the same time and gave Straight the earlier pair." The name of winning bidder who ... More

10,000 visitors to Unseen Photo Festival
AMSTERDAM.- Unseen Photo Fair & Festival, the international fair and festival for new photography closed its doors yesterday after a successful final weekend at Amsterdam's Westergasfabriek terrain. For this fifth edition, Unseen Photo Fair hosted 53 international galleries presenting work by over 150 photographers; more than 80 bodies of work made their debut at the fair. The participating galleries were very enthusiastic about both the interest from international collectors and the well-informed public. Both private purchases and acquisitions for corporate art collections were noted. Rixt Hulshoff Pol (Director of Unseen): “It was a very festive edition of Unseen. Visitors to the fair came prepared to buy works: after five years the collectors, artists and gallerists have confirmed our undeniable position in the international photography world. The quality of Unseen improves ... More

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September 27, 1601. Louis XIII (27 September 1601 - 14 May 1643) was a monarch of the House of Bourbon who ruled as King of France from 1610 to 1643 and King of Navarre (as Louis II) from 1610 to 1620, when the crown of Navarre was merged to the French crown. A few months before his ninth birthday, Louis became king of France and Navarre after his father Henry IV had been assassinated. His mother, Marie de' Medici, acted as regent during Louis's minority. Mismanagement of the kingdom and ceaseless political intrigues by Marie de' Medici and her Italian favourites led the young king to take power in 1617 by exiling his mother and executing her followers, including Concino Concini, the most influential Italian at the French court. Louis XIII, taciturn and suspicious, relied heavily on his chief ministers, first the Duke of Luynes then Cardinal Richelieu, to govern the kingdom of France. King and cardinal are remembered for the establishment of the Académie française and for putting an end to the revolt of the French nobility. The reign of Louis "the Just" was also marked by the struggles against Huguenots and Habsburg Spain.

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