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Major exhibition of prints, paintings and drawings by Rembrandt opens in Norwich

Exhibition curators examine a painting by Rembrandt on loan from HM The Queen.

NORWICH.- The internationally revered Dutch artist Rembrandt Harmenszoon van Rijn (1606-1669) is the subject of a major exhibition presented by Norwich Castle Museum & Art Gallery from Saturday 21 October until Sunday 7 January 2018. Rembrandt: Lightening the Darkness focuses specifically on one of the less well-known aspects of Rembrandt’s output, namely his fascination with print-making, in particular his use of this medium to explore innovative tonal gradations to produce evocative images of the Dutch landscape, biblical scenes full of drama and pathos, as well as sensitive portraits, including many introspective self-portraits. Not many people today know that during his lifetime, Rembrandt was as famed for his etchings as for his paintings. In Britain, for example, he was far better known as a printmaker. Forming the core of this compelling exhibition is the nationally important but little known collection of Rembrandt etch ... More

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Detroit Institute of Arts opens two major painting exhibitions   Einstein's theory of happy living emerges in Tokyo note   Duchamp's moustachioed Mona Lisa sells for $750,000

Claude Monet, Rounded Flower Bed (Corbeille de fleurs), 1876 (detail). Oil on canvas. Detroit Institute of Arts

DETROIT, MICH.- Art lovers are getting a two-for-one treat with the Detroit Institute of Arts' two new major exhibitions. “Church: A Painter’s Pilgrimage” will be on view through Jan. 15, 2018 and “Monet: Framing Life” will run through March 4, 2018. “We are fortunate to be able to open two separate exhibitions by two major artists side-by-side,” said Salvador Salort-Pons, DIA director. “The works we have assembled by Church and Monet will transport visitors to distinct places and time in history, allowing them to experience the world as the artists did.” “Church: A Painter’s Pilgrimage” focuses on American artist Frederic Church’s paintings done in the Middle East, Athens and Rome. Church was the most popular and financially successful painter in mid-19th-century America, best known for his large paintings of wild places in North and South America, the North Atlantic and ... More

A picture taken on October 19, 2017, shows Gal Wiener, owner and manager of the Winner's auction house in Jerusalem, displaying one of two notes written by Albert Einstein. MENAHEM KAHANA / AFP.

JERUSALEM (AFP).- A note that Albert Einstein gave to a courier in Tokyo, briefly describing his theory on happy living, has surfaced after 95 years and is up for auction in Jerusalem. The year was 1922, and the German-born physicist, most famous for his theory of relativity, was on a lecture tour in Japan. He had recently been informed that he was to receive the Nobel Prize for physics, and his fame outside of scientific circles was growing. A Japanese courier arrived at the Imperial Hotel in Tokyo to deliver Einstein a message. The courier either refused to accept a tip, in line with local practice, or Einstein had no small change available. Either way, Einstein didn't want the messenger to leave empty-handed, so he wrote him two notes by hand in German, according to the seller, a relative of the messenger. "Maybe if you're ... More

This file photo taken on June 2, 2005 shows "L.H.O.O.Q", a moustachioed Mona Lisa (La Joconde) by dadaist painter Marcel Duchamp painted in 1930, displayed at the Centre Pompidou National Museum of Modern Art. DAMIEN MEYER / AFP.

PARIS (AFP).- One of Marcel Duchamp's reproductions of Leonardo Da Vinci's "Mona Lisa", on to which he pencilled a beard and moustache, has sold for 632,500 euros ($750,000) at Sotheby's in Paris. It was part of the sale of a collection of surrealist works owned by American Arthur Brandt, with 110 pieces fetching 3.9 million euros, including commission. However, some standout pieces, including a work by Francis Picabia, which was estimated at 700,000 euros, did not find a buyer. Duchamp's version of the "Mona Lisa" was one of nine works in the sale by the French artist, who is seen as the father of conceptual art. The "Mona Lisa" works are entitled "L.H.O.O.Q", which in French sounds like the phrase "elle a chaud au cul", roughly translated as "she's horny". ... More

Exhibition at Aurel Scheibler focuses on Alice Neel's social and political commitment   Exhibition presents new research into the art history of religions   Sotheby's to offer Sir Winston Churchill's final painting

Alice Neel, Grimaldi, 1955. Oil on canvas !91,9 x 69,3 cm / 36 3/16 x 27 5/16 in. © The Estate of Alice Neel / Courtesy Aurel Scheibler, Berlin.

BERLIN.- Aurel Scheibler is presenting “The Great Society”, the third solo exhibition of Alice Neel at the gallery. The selection for this exhibition focuses on the artist’s social and political commitment and thus complements the retrospective exhibition which is currently on view at the Deichtorhallen in Hamburg, after several stops in Europe. The exhibition depicts street scenes, observations of the lower-class milieu, as well as portraits of politically active personalities. The paintings encompass the period from 1933 to 1965, when Alice Neel painted The Great Society, from which our exhibition takes its title. The dismal facades, the people rummaging in trash cans, the exhausted dock workers on their way home, the gatherings of political activists or the views of tired faces all present diffrent facets of a nation which Alice Neel documented ... More

Christ enthroned. Carved ivory, c.500-600, Eastern Mediterranean. Private Collection UK.

OXFORD.- The Ashmolean, Oxford, is staging the first major exhibition to explore the visual cultures of Buddhism, Christianity, Hinduism, Islam, and Judaism as these five religions spread across Asia and Europe in the first millennium. Imagining the Divine: Art and the Rise of World Religions (19 October 2017 – 18 February 2018), curated by Jaś Elsner and Stefanie Lenk, presents the culmination of new research into the art history of religions undertaken by the Empires of Faith project based at the British Museum and the University of Oxford. The project explores the different visual cultures of the major world religions and brings to light the processes of constant dialogue between faiths. The exhibition considers images and objects not as fixed and inevitable consequences of a religion’s theological point of origin but, rather, as the results of a long history of visual evolution relating to the encounter and ... More

Sir Winston Churchill, The Goldfish Pool at Chartwell (detail), oil on canvas, circa 1962 (est. £50,000-80,000) © Sotheby's.

LONDON.- Appearing on the market for the first time since it was gifted by Sir Winston Churchill to his bodyguard Sergeant Edmund Murray, The Goldfish Pool at Chartwell is the final work that Britain’s greatest war-time leader ever painted. The work depicts the beloved goldfish pool in the garden of Churchill and his wife Clementine’s home at Chartwell – the place most closely linked to his development as a painter. A unique and moving insight into his final years, The Goldfish Pool at Chartwell will be offered with an estimate of £50,000-80,000, as part of Sotheby’s Modern & Post-War British Art Evening Sale in London on 21 November. “Painting is a friend who makes no undue demands, excites no exhausting pursuits, keeps faithful pace even with feeble steps, and holds her canvas as a screen between us and the envious eyes of time or the sultry advances of decrepitude. Happy are the ... More

Reel Art Press publishes a complete retrospective of Neal Preston's incredible career   New York-based artist Daniel Arsham opens exhibition at Perrotin in Paris   Mitchell-Innes & Nash opens exhibition of works by conceptual artist Mary Kelly

The Who.

LONDON.- Neal Preston is one of the most prolific and highly regarded rock photographers of all time. Exhilarated and Exhausted is a complete retrospective of an incredible career spanning almost 50 years. Produced in collaboration with Neal, with unrestricted access to his legendary archive – considered one of music’s most extensive and significant photography collections. A who’s who of rock royalty, this stunning book of over 300 photographs is a breathtaking visual feast and fascinating memoir. Neal is the true insider and his images are brought alive by his outrageous insights into life as a rock and roll photographer. Glimpses of life backstage, stressful deadlines, a 47-year-case of permanent jetlag, live performances, post-performance highs and lows, photo shoots gone awry and outtakes – many photos which have never been seen before ... More

Portrait of Daniel Arsham. View of the exhibition “Angle of Repose” at Perrotin Paris (October 14 – December 23, 2017). Photo: Claire Dorn / Courtesy Perrotin.

PARIS.- For his new exhibition at Perrotin in Paris, New York-based artist Daniel Arsham revisits permanency while continuing to expand on his interest in Asian cultures, planetary cycles, and his own mortality—a subject inherent to his artistic practice. Arsham, whose work has been widely exhibited internationally, questions not only the reception of a piece, but the influence a culture may have on new bodies of work. Since the very beginning, Arsham has worked with the notion of memory and time, intertwining his interest with architecture, while storytelling and science fiction have always held a significant importance in his work. The artist’s personal memories of surviving a hurricane in 1992 made Arsham more sensitive to this idea of finiteness and is something we ... More

Mary Kelly, 7 Days, 10-16 November, 1971, 2014. Compressed lint, 41 by 34 by 2 inches.

NEW YORK, NY.- Mitchell-Innes & Nash presents conceptual artist Mary Kelly’s inaugural exhibition, The Practical Past, a project-based work that considers the meaning of an era concurrent with the artist’s lifetime and deeply influenced by the events of 1968. The installation combines “Circa Trilogy,” large-scale works that reference iconic representations of the historical past, with two series that focus on the more intimate and pragmatic politics of the everyday: “News from Home” and “7 Days.” Concerned with affect as much as fact, Kelly’s reworking of archival images is intensely involved with both material process and duration. All of the works in the exhibition are made of compressed lint, a material Kelly has been working with for almost two decades. Individual units of compressed lint are cast in the filter screen of a ... More

Marc Straus announces inaugural solo exhibition of American sculptor Jeanne Silverthorne   Modernist works from the Herbert Read Collection to be offered at Bonhams   Christie's New York announces highlights from its sales series: Fall Classics

Installation view.

NEW YORK, NY.- Marc Straus presents the inaugural solo exhibition of American sculptor Jeanne Silverthorne at the gallery. For more than three decades, Silverthorne has taken the studio as her subject. For Silverthorne the worksite and its contents, including herself, become inextricable metaphors of existence, age and decay. Silverthorne creates sculptures almost invariably in industrial-grade rubber, favoring a laborious, old-fashioned process that requires numerous separate casts for a single work. Her sculptures of everyday items mimic reality, but colored and/or changed in scale they acquire new meaning and unexpected associations. Thus wires and conduits may now suggest arteries or veins flowing with life, light-bulbs symbolize creativity, and chairs that are worn out evoke human presences. Yet her bulbs do not light and her chairs are not supportive —they are the apotheoses of the dysfunctional. Such is the case with Wrapped Task Cha ... More

Paul Nash (British, 1889-1946), The Peacock Path, 45.7 x 38.1 cm. (18 x 15 in.). Photo: Bonhams.

LONDON.- Works by leading names in British Modernism from the collection of art historian and founder of the Institute of Contemporary Art, Herbert Read, are to be offered for sale at Bonhams Modern British and Irish Art on Wednesday 22 November. A towering figure in the story of British art in the mid-20th century, Read was a tireless champion of emerging artists struggling to make their mark against prevailing orthodoxies. In gratitude for Read’s support, many artists gave him works as tokens of their appreciation. As Herbert’s son, the celebrated novelist, Piers Paul Read, writing in the Autumn 2017 edition of Bonhams Magazine, recalls, “There were around a hundred works in his collection…almost all of it given to my father by artist whom he had encouraged and defended at a time when modern are was widely despised.” Three of these works, eventually inherited by the Reads’ youngest son Benedict, feature in Bo ... More

Jacques-Émile Blanche, Henriette Chabot au Piano. © Christie’s Images Limited 2017.

NEW YORK, NY.- Christie’s announces Fall Classics, a series of sales comprised of Antiquities, Old Masters, and 19th Century European Art, that align with the TEFAF art fair in New York for a second year. Auction highlights include paintings by, Vigée Le Brun, Jacques-Émile Blanche and Albrecht Bouts. Sculptural highlights include an Egyptian greywacke portrait head of Amenhotep III from the estate of William Kelly Simpson, the world-renowned Egyptologist, and a Roman marble portrait head of the empress Livia. The exhibitions at Christie’s Rockefeller Center Galleries open to the public for the Antiquities auction on October 20 and Old Masters and 19th Century European Art on October 27. The Antiquities sale offers works of art from across the ancient Mediterranean world, including ancient Greece, Rome, and Egypt, ranging in date from 2300 B.C. to the 7th century A.D. Featuring an impressive selection ... More

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Elizabeth Houston Gallery opens exhibition of works by Melanie Willhide
NEW YORK, NY.- If the post-structuralists had ever penned their writings on chestnut beams, their graffiti might have looked much like Melanie Willhide’s The Disquieting Muses Again. A meditation on the construction of identity and desire, Willhide’s photographs of her uncle’s post-and-beam Connecticut mill--first erected in 1869--transform a reality already visibly mediated by language, and not to mention, weather. That there are “no real unaffiliated surfaces,” as Willhide puts it, is as true of the collection of countless paintings within the old mill and the collaged beams that buttress it as it is of the artist’s own images of the space. All objects, we find, are already more than their material substrate. First a silk ribbon factory, and later an auto parts distribution center and furniture warehouse, the two-story brick mill underwent an unlikely metamorphosis in 2003 into an ... More

28 contemporary artists explore and challenge Öyvind Fahlström's ideas in exhibition at Moderna Museet
STOCKHOLM.- In Manipulate the World – Connecting Öyvind Fahlström, four historic works by Öyvind Fahlström define the playing field for the exhibition. 28 contemporary artists explore and challenge Fahlström’s ideas on manipulation and theatricality, two key concepts in his artistic practice. What do they mean to artists today, in our era of alternative facts, relative truths and fragmented narratives? Öyvind Fahlström (1928–1976) was one of the most innovative and versatile artists of the 20th century. When he developed a series of paintings with variable parts in the 1960s, his intention was not merely to make the content of the painting moveable, but also to express an approach to society and politics. Fahlström was part of a Zeitgeist that wanted to do away with static and authoritarian narratives. He wanted to demonstrate that the world can be “manipulated” ... More

University of Richmond Museums opens two new Japanese exhibitions
RICHMOND, VA.- Unexpected Smiles: Seven Types of Humor in Japanese Paintings is on view October 18, 2017, through January 28, 2018, in the Harnett Museum of Art, University of Richmond Museums. Featuring forty-eight paintings on hanging scrolls, the works in this exhibition illustrate how humor developed in Japan from the 1700s to the early 1900s. The seven categories of humor are: parody, satire, personification, word-play, fantasy, exaggeration, and playfulness. The paintings have been chosen from private and public collections in the United States. Some of the artists included are famous, such as Sȏtatsu, Hakuin, Shȏhaku, Jakuchȏ, Rengetsu, Nantenbȏ, and Kodȏjin, while others are little-known. Together they display a great variety of styles and subjects with the single common point of humor. “This is the first exhibition outside Japan ... More

Gardiner Museum presents major retrospective of work by acclaimed Canadian artist Steven Heinemann
TORONTO.- The Gardiner Museum is presenting a major retrospective of work by internationally-acclaimed Canadian artist Steven Heinemann. On view from October 19, 2017 through January 21, 2018, Steven Heinemann: Culture and Nature examines the artist’s fascinating and evolving process to reveal how he uses form, texture, pigment, and imagery to achieve his wondrously tactile bowls, pods, and other universal shapes. The comprehensive survey—comprising more than 70 objects spanning Heinemann’s career since 1979 and featuring new work—is organized by Gardiner Museum Adjunct Curator Rachel Gotlieb. Heinmann’s process can stretch over months and even years, firing a piece multiple times, and reworking the surface by sandblasting, scratching, polishing, and stenciling to evoke glyph-like motifs. Heinemann’s studio ... More

Two veteran WWII vehicles for sale with H&H Classics at Duxford Imperial War Museum
LONDON.- Two veterans of WW2 in the European theatre - a 1943 International Harvester M5 Half-Track Personnel Carrier estimated at £90,000 - £110,000 and a 1943 Ford GPW Jeep estimated at £20,000 to £24,000 - go on sale with H&H Classics at Duxford Imperial War Museum on November 15. The Half-Track was used during the Allied liberation of Europe most likely by the Polish forces and was overhauled at the Mercedes-Benz Works in Germany once peace came before being seconded to the French Army who stationed it in French Guyana, South America for decades. Brought back to France in the 1980s and sold to Belgian collector (and chateau owner) Mr Louis Amerijckx, it was acquired from the latter by Dutch enthusiast Ivo Rigter during Summer 1987 and treated to a 2,500-hour, 'chassis up' restoration over the next twenty-seven years! ... More

Romanov material and luxurious taste prevail at Freeman's
PHILADELPHIA, PA.- Freeman’s October 17 sale of Silver, Objets de Vertu & Russian Works of Art and British & European Furniture and Decorative Arts yielded a number of extraordinary prices, and a top ten list of breadth and interest. Freeman’s offering of “The Lintern Archive” and “The Storojev Legacy” underscored a strong market for Romanov-related materials. Featuring photos of the Russian Imperial Family, “The Lintern Archive” achieved over double its high estimate, selling for $106,250. “The Storojev Legacy” realized $46,875 and showcased a group of Russian liturgical and personal objects belonging to Father Ivan Vladimirovich Storojev, one of the last to see the Romanov family alive. Other Russian works performed well including a silver cockerel by Alexander Sokolov ($33,800) and an enamel box by Feodor Ruckert ($35,000). ... More

Towner Art Gallery opens a new exhibition by Jessica Warboys
EASTBOURNE.- Towner Art Gallery is presenting ECHOGAP, a new exhibition by Jessica Warboys reaching from Birling Gap in Sussex to Parikkala on the Finland-Russia border. Viewed as a multi-layered shifting tableaux, ECHOGAP situates a ‘landscape’ of specially commissioned sea paintings across the gallery, which act as a landscape for a poetic orchestration of sound, light, film and sculptural works. Sea Painting, Birling Gap, 2017 was made on the shoreline of a beach overlooked by white chalk cliffs near Eastbourne. Warboys created the paintings by casting pigment onto lengths of raw canvas that were submerged and pulled from the sea, producing vivid swathes of colour that echo the water’s ebb and flow. The ‘painted’ canvas functions as a record of her collaboration with the landscape and acts as a context to sculptures and films referencing the artist’s ... More

Tiffany Studios floor lamp with Magnolia shade should bring $300,000-$600,000 at auction
AMESBURY, MASS.- A Tiffany Studios floor lamp with a Magnolia shade is conservatively estimated at $300,000-$600,000, while an oil on canvas painting by Raffaello Sorbi (It., 1844-1931) and an exceptionally large brilliant period cut glass punch bowl made in 1905 for Tiffany & Company are also expected to excel at a huge two-day auction planned for October 27th-28th. They’re just a few of the star lots in John McInnis Auctioneers’ two-session estates auction, to be held online and in the firm’s gallery at 76 Main Street in Amesbury. The Friday, Oct. 27 session, at 1 pm Eastern, will feature silver, jewelry and Asian antiques. The Saturday session, at 11 am, will have fine antiques, paintings, bronzes, Tiffany, continental furnishings and decorative arts. In all, more than 800 lots will cross the auction block. The sale will feature the contents of an oceanfront estate on Boston’s North ... More

Museum Folkwang opens a large solo exhibition of works by the Swiss artist Balthasar Burkhard
ESSEN.- From October 20, 2017 to January 14, 2018 the Museum Folkwang is devoting a large solo exhibition to the Swiss artist Balthasar Burkhard (1944–2010). Comprising more than 150 works and groups of works, this comprehensive exhibition is the first time that Burkhard has received formal recognition on this scale from a museum in Germany. The retrospective takes up the diverse threads of his work: Burkhard’s beginnings as a photojournalist, his role as a chronicler of the contemporary art of his time, and his emancipation as a photo artist. His oeuvre is almost unparalleled in the way it reflects the artistic self-invention of a photographer, and, further, the trajectory of the medium of photography in the art of the latter half of the 20th century. It coalesces the experience of conceiving the body as a sculpture and seeing the photographic image as a canvas. The Swiss ... More

Frances Glessner Lee and the Nutshell Studies of Unexplained Death opens at the Renwick Gallery
WASHINGTON, DC.- “Murder Is Her Hobby: Frances Glessner Lee and The Nutshell Studies of Unexplained Death” explores the surprising intersection between craft and forensic science. Frances Glessner Lee (1878–1962) crafted her extraordinary “Nutshell Studies of Unexplained Death”—exquisitely detailed miniature crime scenes—to train homicide investigators to “convict the guilty, clear the innocent, and find the truth in a nutshell.” These dollhouse-sized diorama composites of true crime scenes, created in the first half of the 20th century and still used in forensic training today, helped to revolutionize the emerging field of forensic science. They also tell a story of how a woman co-opted traditionally feminine crafts to advance a male-dominated field and establish herself as one of its leading voices. “Murder Is Her Hobby” is on view at the Smithsonian American Art Museum’s Renwick Galle ... More

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October 23, 2017. Jane Holzer (née Bruckenfeld; born 23 October 1940) is American art collector and film producer who was previously an actress, model, and Warhol superstar. She was often known by the nickname Baby Jane Holzer. Movies she appeared in included Soap Opera, Warhol's Couch (1964), and Ciao! Manhattan (1972). She co-produced the 1985 film Kiss of the Spider Woman. Holzer is the subject of "Girl of the Year" in Tom Wolfe's The Kandy-Kolored Tangerine-Flake Streamline Baby (1965) and is referenced twice in the 1972 Roxy Music song Virginia Plain from the album Roxy Music.

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