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Exhibition at The Met Breuer features 43 of Edvard Munch's landmark compositions

A man pauses in the self-portrait section of the Edward Munch exhibition titled 'Between The Clock and The Bed' at The Met Breuer, November 13, 2017 in New York City. The exhibit features 43 of the Norwegian artist's works, including 16 self-portraits. Drew Angerer/Getty Images.

NEW YORK, NY.- Although Norwegian artist Edvard Munch (1863–1944) attained notoriety early in his career for his haunting depictions of human anxiety and alienation that reflected modern experience, he believed that his artistic breakthrough occurred around 1913 at the age of 50.Throughout his career, Munch regularly revisited subjects from his earlier years, exploring them with renewed inspiration and intensity. Self Portrait: Between the Clock and the Bed (1940–43) was one of his final such works and it serves as a lens to reassess Munch's oeuvre. On view at The Met Breuer, the exhibition Edvard Munch: Between the Clock and the Bed features 43 of the artist's compositions created over a span of six decades, including 16 self-portraits and works that have never before been seen in the United States. The thematic arrangement of the exhibition reveals the frequency with which Munch revisited and reworked certain subjects. It presents him ... More

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A wealth of modern design, from red-hot Sam Francis original art to ultra-cool Paul Evans furniture and icy diamonds in platinum, will dominate the day at Palm Beach Modern Saturday, November 25 auction. In this image: Set of six George Nakashima grass-seated wood chairs, four of which were purchased in 1952 directly from the Nakashima studio in New Hope, Pa. Corresponding dining table also entered in auction. Reference: George Nakashima Woodworker. Est. $7,000-$9,000.

Christie's to reveal first highlights from the Collection of Peggy and David Rockefeller in Hong Kong   Palm Beach Modern Auctions presents Nov. 25 Modern Art, Design & Luxury Goods sale   MoMA and Neue Galerie acquire Paula Modersohn-Becker self-portrait

Claude Monet, Nymphéas en fleur (detail). Oil on canvas, 63.3/8 x 71.1/8 in. (160.9 x 180.8 cm.). Painted circa 1914-1917. Estimate in the region of $35 million. © Christie’s Images Limited 2017.

NEW YORK, NY.- Christie’s announces the first highlights from the collection of Peggy and David Rockefeller to be unveiled in Hong Kong on November 24, which marks the start of a global tour of collection highlights presented by private aviation company VistaJet. The collection will be offered for sale at Christie’s Rockefeller Center Galleries in New York in the Spring of 2018. The collection sale will be the most significant philanthropic auction ever presented, with all the Estate sale proceeds destined to benefit selected charities. The first highlights include masterpieces of Impressionist and Modern Art, including a Rose Period Picasso selected by Peggy and David Rockefeller from Gertrude Stein’s collection (estimate in the region of $70 million), Claude Monet’s Nymphéas en fleur, painted circa 1914-1917 (estimate in the region of $35 million), and a sumptuous 1923 reclining nude by Matisse that is poised to reset the a ... More

Ermanno Nason (Italian, 1928-2013), Omaggio A Guttuso (Homage to a Water Carrier), Murano glass sculpture/vase, 1959, 16.75in high. Provenance: Sergio & Yoli Gnesin collection; purchased from the artist. Est. $18,000-$24,000

WEST PALM BEACH, FLA.- A wealth of modern design, from red-hot Sam Francis original art to ultra-cool Paul Evans furniture and icy diamonds in platinum, will dominate the day at Palm Beach Modern Saturday, November 25 auction. The 500+ lots of art, designer furnishings and luxury goods represent the categories PBMA’s co-owners, Rico Baca and Wade Terwilliger, have identified as upward trending. “This is a sale that modern design collectors will want to take their time browsing through,” said Baca, who is also PBMA’s auctioneer. “There’s something wonderful at every turn. Even our regular buyers who’ve come in for a sneak preview say the same thing – ‘I have just the perfect place for that in my house.’ Then they move on and say the same thing about another artwork or piece of furniture. Very occasionally a sale will fall into place like this one, where ... More

Paula Modersohn-Becker, Self-Portrait with Two Flowers in her Raised Left Hand (detail). 1907. Oil on canvas. 21 3/4 x 9 6/8 in. (55 x 25 cm). The Museum of Modern Art, Gift of Debra and Leon Black, and The Neue Galerie, Gift of Ronald S. Lauder.

NEW YORK, NY.- The Museum of Modern Art and Neue Galerie New York have jointly acquired Paula Modersohn-Becker’s Self-Portrait with Two Flowers in Her Raised Left Hand (1907). The work is the gift of Debra and Leon Black to The Museum of Modern Art and the gift of Ronald S. Lauder to the Neue Galerie. Ann Temkin, The Marie-Josée and Henry Kravis Chief Curator of Painting and Sculpture at The Museum of Modern Art, said, “This will be the only self-portrait by Paula Modersohn-Becker in the United States, and her only painting in a New York institution. An acquisition of this importance and rarity is a thrilling occurrence here at the Museum. Self-Portrait will be the earliest painting by a woman on view in our collection galleries.” Paula Modersohn-Becker (German, 1876–1907) is a pioneering figure of the 20th-century German avant-garde. In this emblematic ... More

Last work ever painted by Churchill soars to £357,000   Forbidden City and Vatican try 'art diplomacy'   Anne Frank foundation buys her family home in Amsterdam

Members of the media photograph the last known painting by Britain's former prime minister, Sir Winston Churchill, The Goldfish Pool at Chartwell, oil on canvas, circa 1962 with an estimated price of 50,000-80,000 pounds, at Sotheby's auction house in central London on November 17, 2017. Daniel LEAL-OLIVAS / AFP.

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 – and is a unique and moving insight into his final years. “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 painters, for they shall not be lonely. Light and colour, peace and hope, will keep them company to the end ... More

In this file photo a seagull stands on the head of St Peter's statue during the Sunday Angelus prayer, on November 19, 2017 in Vatican. PINTO / AFP.

VATICAN CITY.- China's Forbidden City and the Vatican Museums are set to swap 40 works of art as part of efforts to bolster diplomatic relations between the Communist country and the seat of the Catholic Church. The works -- including Chinese ceramics and paintings kept at the Vatican -- will be displayed at exhibitions due to open simultaneously in March at both the former seat of the Dragon Throne in Beijing and the pope's ethnological museum. The Holy See and China, which severed diplomatic ties in 1951, are attempting to warm relations after decades of tension -- though the long-awaited rapprochement has currently slowed over who gets to ordain bishops. "I am firmly convinced that the imminent exhibition will open a new chapter in cultural exchanges between the Chinese people and the Vatican," said Zhu Jiancheng, general secretary of the China Culture Industrial Investment Fund. "The event is very important to promote mutual understanding and mutual trust. It will strengthen friendship and promot ... More

A picture taken on November 16, 2017 shows the room of Anne Frank in her former house in the Rivierenbuurt in Amsterdam. The Ymere housing association and the Anne Frank Foundation reached an agreement to sell the house to the foundation. Koen van Weel / ANP / AFP.

THE HAGUE (AFP).- The foundation maintaining the Amsterdam house where Anne Frank hid from the Nazis during World War II said Thursday that it had bought another property where her family lived in the 1930s. But the Anne Frank Foundation said it had no plans to use the "other home" as a museum, as it does with the one in Amsterdam's canal belt where the Frank family hid for two years, and which now draws thousands of visitors each year. "It's important for the foundation that the home where Anne Frank lived in the 1930s remains intact and is looked after in a proper way," spokeswoman Annemarie Bekker said. "It has a very special character... the home situated at the Merwedeplein is inextricably linked to Anne Frank," Bekker added, referring to a square in Amsterdam. The home in southern Amsterdam formerly belonged to a housing corporation which had ... More

Toledo Museum of Art raises $43 million in first phase of endowment campaign   Freeman's announces highlights from its upcoming American Art & Pennsylvania Impressionists sale   Harn Museum of Art Director Rebecca M. Nagy announces retirement

Brian Kennedy, the Museum’s ninth director, who has held that position since 2010, will be the first to be named the Edward Drummond and Florence Scott Libbey Director, in honor of the Museum’s founders. Photo: Courtesy Toledo Museum of Art.

TOLEDO.- The Toledo Museum of Art has completed the first phase of a campaign to build its endowment and remain a vital leader in art experiences and education. The first phase of the Polishing the Gem endowment campaign raised $43 million between 2014 and 2017 from generous individuals, foundations and organizations. The fundraising campaign is a key component of TMA’s 2020 Vision strategic plan. On November 11, 2017, at a celebration marking the end of the first phase of the endowment campaign, it was announced that Brian Kennedy, the Museum’s ninth director, who has held that position since 2010, will be the first to be named the Edward Drummond and Florence Scott Libbey Director, in honor of the Museum’s founders. The endowed directorship was generously ... More

Daniel Garber (American 1880-1958), “A Jersey Road”.

PHILADELPHIA, PA.- On December 3, Freeman’s will host its American Art & Pennsylvania Impressionists sale. Collectors will be especially pleased to discover works by sought after artists such as Thomas Eakins, Edward Willis Redfield, Reginald Marsh and Daniel Garber among many others. One of the highlights of the sale is Lot 15, “Miss Eleanor S. F. Pue” by Thomas Eakins (American 1844-1916). The portrait, dated 1907, is among the last portraits of young women Thomas Eakins painted in his career. Not concerned with pleasing the sitter, Eakins’ portraits were not simply artistic flattery, but instead an opportunity for him to experiment and satisfy artistic needs. The strength and rawness of Miss Pue’s portrait exemplifies the depth and revealing nature with which Eakins painted. This lot is accompanied with three letters from the artist regarding arrangements for the sittings and is estimated between $50,000-80,000. An ... More

Nagy was appointed director of the Harn in July 2002.

GAINESVILLE, FL.- After 15 years as director of the Harn Museum of Art at the University of Florida, Rebecca M. Nagy has announced she will retire from her position in the summer of 2018. Nagy was appointed director of the Harn in July 2002. Under her leadership, the Harn has become essential in the cultural and academic life of UF and the Gainesville community, as well as increased its collections and visibility of exhibitions both nationally and internationally. Significant building expansions have been completed under her direction. These include an 18,000-square-foot wing with galleries for contemporary art, classrooms and a café in 2005 and a 26,000-square-foot wing for the exhibition, conservation and study of Asian art in 2012. Art in the Harn’s collections has increased from approximately 4,700 to 11,100 works—more than doubling the amount of art available for display, research and teaching. That growth has allowed the ... More

Early John Quincy Adams daguerreotype image could sell for $50,000 at Heritage Auctions   Robby the Robot makes a world record $5.3 million at Bonhams New York   Edward Tyler Nahem Fine Art to show seminal, rarely-seen Rauschenberg at Art Basel Miami

President John Quincy Adams: A Highly Important From-life Quarter Plate Daguerreotype Image, Taken at the Washington, D.C. Studio of John Plumbe in 1846.

DALLAS, TX.- A rare and unusual photo of one of the first U.S. presidents is expected to sell for $50,000 or more when an image of President John Quincy Adams taken in 1846 crosses the block in Heritage Auctions' Dec. 2 Americana & Political Auction in Dallas, Texas. "Quincy Adams was the first American president to be photographed," Heritage Director of Americana Auctions Tom Slater said, "and this newly-discovered example is one of the earliest known presidential photographs. The sixth-plate daguerreotype was taken at the Washington, D.C. Studio of John Plumbe Feb. 14, 1846, according to Adams' diary entry. The location of this image was unknown until it was recently discovered in an antiques market in Paris. Plumbe was one of the most prominent photographers of the day, and apparently had complete approval from Adams, who sat for him on four different occasions. This ... More

The original Robby the Robot suit and Jeep from Forbidden Planet, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, 1956. Photo: Bonhams.

NEW YORK, NY.- Robby the Robot, the seven-foot tall robot from the science fiction classic Forbidden Planet (1956), sold at Bonhams New York for a world record price of $5,375,000 in the TCM Presents… Out of This World! auction of classic movie memorabilia. “This is an out-of-this-world result for one of the most loved items in movie history,” said Dr. Catherine Williamson, the Director of Entertainment Memorabilia at Bonhams. “Robby the Robot is one of those symbols of American culture that is embedded in our DNA. We are thrilled for the consignor, William Malone, who has cared for Robby for so many years and we are delighted that so many of Robby’s fans took the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to see him at Bonhams.” The saleroom at Bonhams Madison Avenue was packed, but the bidding activity was all on the phones. A four-way battle ensued, ... More

Robert Rauschenberg, Periwinkle Shaft. Image Courtesy of Edward Tyler Nahem Fine Art, New York and Jonathan O'Hara Gallery, New York.

NEW YORK, NY.- Edward Tyler Nahem Fine Art will be exhibiting Robert Rauschenberg’s monumental work, Periwinkle Shaft, at Art Basel Miami Beach from December 7th to the 10th. The work, 30-feet wide by 14-feet high, was commissioned by the Arts in Public Places Program of the National Endowment for the Arts, for placement at the Children’s Hospital Medical Center in Washington, D.C. (now the Children’s National Health System). “We’re excited to be sharing Periwinkle Shaft with the public at Art Basel Miami Beach, as this is arguably Rauschenberg’s most important post-60’s work,” said Edward Tyler Nahem, founder of the eponymous gallery. “This is a work that is iconic for many reasons; its imagery and vocabulary are emblematic for the artist. It was also dear to Bob’s heart because it would be in a children’s hospital.” Given its scale, Periwinkle Shaft will come ... More

A man paints with his brains and not with his hands. Michelangelo Buonarroti

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Bowman Sculpture opens a solo exhibition of new works by Emily Young
LONDON.- Bowman Sculpture is presenting a solo exhibition of new works by Emily Young, widely regarded as Britain’s greatest contemporary stone sculptor. The exhibition includes a new series of heads, discs and torsos carved from stone and rarely seen bronze works. Young is recognised for her sculptures and public artworks that investigate the relationships between the ancient world and our own; humankind and the natural world and an artwork and its origins. She continues to explore a connection between time, land and cultures through her deeply personal approach to sculpture. Her work is a direct manifestation of the human consciousness, allowing her to carve, for example, a human face directly onto a piece of stone which in turn marks her relationship to nature. Through a profound engagement with each individual stone’s geological history and ... More

Sikkema Jenkins & Co. opens an exhibition of new work by Arturo Herrera
NEW YORK, NY.- Sikkema Jenkins & Co. is presenting Paintings, an exhibition of new work by Arturo Herrera on view from November 29th, 2017 through January 20th, 2018. Over the past 18 years, Herrera has developed a diverse body of work (most prominently collage, felt sculpture, and wall painting) that references the complex legacy of abstraction using modernist strategies of fragmentation, re-composition, and repetition, often employing found material and/or imagery from popular culture. For the current exhibition, Herrera applies these strategies to the painted canvas for the first time, free of the collage elements that were incorporated into several recent series. Combining and juxtaposing abstract sources, the paintings ... More

"Extra bodies" is the focus of new exhibition at the Migros Museum of Contemporary Art
ZURICH.- The exhibition sheds light on a phenomenon in art that first rises to prominence in the 1990s and then explodes in the early years of the new millennium: the artistic practice of resorting to and deploying ‘extra bodies.’ Artists select these ‘other bodies’ because of their specific social or biosocial role—which is why they may also be characterized as extras. All works on view share a basic ‘performative’ or ‘theatrical’ quality. Strikingly, the viewer is neither drawn into the action nor invited to participate. Unlike many artistic productions discussed under the rubric of relational aesthetics, these pieces do not demand his active engagement. Taking up both exhibition floors at the Migros Museum of Contemporary Art, the extensive group exhibition featuring numerous works from the collection scrutinizes the various modes in which extras with their social and biosocial roles are pre ... More

Around the world on auction day: Michaan's final Gallery Sale of 2017
ALAMEDA, CA.- From the sunny California coast to the grand boulevards of Paris, Michaan's brings the world to auction bidders on Saturday, December 9. Fine art highlights include essential works, each estimated at $20,000-$30,000, by California Impressionist John Marshall Gamble (1863-1957) and French cityscape painter Edouard Léon Cortès (1882-1969). A beautiful reclining nude ($2,000-$4,000) by Peruvian painter Daniel Hernandez Morillo (1856-1932) shows the influence of his many years in Paris. Wayne Thiebaud's colored etching "Bird on a Wire" is estimated at $8,000-$10,000, "a wonderful opportunity to own a work by this revered California artist of international renown," notes specialist Susan Paffrath. From the Bay Area Figurative Movement, works by Nathan Oliveira and sculptor Manuel Neri will be sold. Contemporary art includes German ... More

Relentless bidders push 14 lots above $100,000 in Heritage Auctions' Comics & Comic Art Auction
DALLAS, TX.- Thanks to 14 lots that each drew a return of at least $100,000, the total sales at Heritage Auctions’ Comics & Comic Art Auction climbed to more than $8.75 million Nov. 16-18 in Dallas, Texas. “To have 14 books each realize more than $100,000 is extraordinary,” Heritage Auctions Comics & Comic Art Director of Operations Barry Sandoval said. “The performance of these lots shows that the demand is there for exceptional, high-end comics. Our bidders went after books of the highest quality and collectible value, and they got them.” Seventeen bidders made their pitch for the auction’s top lot, Journey Into Mystery #83 (Marvel, 1962) CGC NM 9.4 White Pages – Thor’s first appearance, with interest perhaps fueled by the new Thor: Ragnarok movie – before it finally hammered at $191,200. Considered the fourth-most valuable Silver Age Marvel comic, ... More

The Ryerson Image Centre launches new website in celebration of 5-year anniversary
TORONTO.- The Ryerson Image Centre announced its new website launched in conjunction with the institution’s fifth anniversary. The RIC celebrated the milestone earlier this fall as part of Nuit Blanche Toronto, five years to the day since the museum’s opening in Fall 2012. The new website, with its minimal, streamlined interface, highlights the RIC’s three areas of focus: exhibitions, collections, and research. While the public is likely most familiar with the RIC’s exhibition program, visitors will now have the chance to explore all areas of activity in greater depth. This includes, for the first time, virtual access to highlights from the RIC’s expansive collection of photographs, a unique teaching and research resource. “Our anniversary gives us the perfect moment to improve our website,” says RIC director Paul Roth, “in turn allowing us to further extend access to the RIC, its collections, ... More

Literature Auction reaches $500K at Swann Galleries
NEW YORK, NY.- Swann Galleries’ auction of 19th & 20th Century Literature on Tuesday, November 14 offered a veritable library of scarce first editions and inscriptions by authors from the last two centuries. More than two thirds of the sale was devoted to twentieth-century literature, with myriad genres represented among the highlights. Topping the sale was the deluxe centenary limited edition set of 18 volumes comprising the works of Ian Fleming, the creator of James Bond. Each tome is ensconced in a custom leather binding reflecting its contents: Casino Royale features playing cards, while Octopussy is adorned with undulating tentacles. The set, celebrating what would have been Fleming’s one-hundredth birthday, includes a selection of the author’s travel writings, previously unpublished stories and a copy of Chitty-Chitty-Bang-Bang. One of 26 lettered ... More

Gray's Auctioneers masterpieces at auction November 29
CLEVELAND, OH.- The 19th century Prussian immigrant Severin Roesen’s masterful American still life paintings feature the abundance of the new world’s bountiful harvest. The vibrant colors of an autumnal yield of fruits, flowers and glasses of wine glow against a subdued background of dark greys and browns in the magnificent painting offered at lot 1 in Gray’s November 29th auction. Inspired by 17th century Dutch still life painters Roesen’s works are elegantly composed leading the eye across the overflowing table, leaving the viewer sated but hungry for more. Lot 2, also by Roesen, depicts a table filled with a gentler summer crop, peach, pear and grapes together with his signature glass of wine. Alfred Stevens, the 19th century Belgian painter was known for his paintings of elegant, ‘modern’ women. Lot 7, ‘The Love Note’ depicts a pretty young woman ... More

Solo exhibition of new sculptural paintings by Laura Sallade on view at Massey Lyuben Gallery
NEW YORK, NY.- Massey Lyuben Gallery is presenting Deep to Deep, a solo exhibition of new sculptural paintings by Laura Sallade. In Sallade’s most recent series, the artist explores the importance and presence of light. The body of work ranges in size from small, delicate glass fragments to a 10’ long panel. Sallade’s paintings are sublime yet technical. Through the use of heat and controlled chemical reactions, the artist manipulates liquid silver nitrate, watercolor, and layers of mylar on glass. Sallade’s brushstrokes are intentional and lively. These marks are layered over pools of poured silver nitrate and scribbles of graphite. Several of the paintings, including Tumult I-XII and Learning to Listen: I-V, are multi-paneled. Individually, each glass section contains a microcosm of controlled chaos. When grouped, they create one cohesive composition; ... More

Laumeier Sculpture Park opens exhibiion of works by Ernest Trova at St. Louis Lambert International Airport
ST. LOUIS, MO.- Laumeier Sculpture Park, in conjunction with St. Louis Lambert International Airport, announces the opening of a new exhibition in the Lambert Gallery, All Shapes and Sizes: Ernest Trova’s Legacy at Laumeier Sculpture Park, November 15, 2017–May 14, 2018. The exhibition is curated by Dana Turkovic. The Lambert Gallery is located in Terminal 1 baggage claim near the Concourse C exit. All Shapes and Sizes is a careful selection of 35 maquettes and a series of silkscreen prints spanning 15 years, drawn from Laumeier’s extensive Ernest Trova collection. The local artist’s gift of 40 artworks, with an estimated market value of approximately one million dollars, to St. Louis County in 1976 helped to bring Laumeier Sculpture Park to life. With many of Trova’s large-scale, sculptural works displayed throughout the Park and the region, his legacy ... More

Young In Hong opens her first solo exhibition at a public institution in the UK
LONDON.- The Korean Cultural Centre UK is presenting the first solo exhibition at a public institution in the UK of Young In Hong (b.1972), on view from November 21st to December 30th, 2017. The exhibition focuses on a series of pieces made up of embroidered works, sound installation and performance. Embroidery, a signature working method of the artist, is being presented as a focal point of the exhibition from which a sound installation and performance will evolve. Over the last decade, Hong’s large-scale embroidered works have been large not just in terms of their size and ambition, but also in terms of their labour-intensity. The images presented through the embroidery are often based on photos that Hong has found, images that depict Korea’s recent history. When choosing photographs to work with, of particular interest to Hong is often the crowd found ... More

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On a day like today, Mexican painter and illustrator Miguel Covarrubias was born
Noviembre 21, 1904. Miguel Covarrubias also known as José Miguel Covarrubias Duclaud (22 November 1904 - 4 February 1957) was a Mexican painter, caricaturist, illustrator, ethnologist and art historian. Miguel's artwork and celebrity caricatures have been featured in The New Yorker and Vanity Fair magazines. In this image: Covarrubias's caricature of himself as an Olmec.

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