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Oliver Barker fields bids at Sotheby’s Evening Sale of Contemporary Art, 28 June 2017. Courtesy Sotheby’s.

LONDON.- Sotheby’s Evening Auction of Contemporary Art in London this evening exceeded its pre-sale high estimate to total £62,325,750 / $79,783,193 / €70,403,354 – an increase of 20% (GBP) / 15% (USD) on the equivalent sale last year. · 95.1% sold by lot, this was the fifth consecutive Contemporary Art Evening Sale at Sotheby’s worldwide with a sell-through rate of over 90%. · An auction record was achieved for British artist Cecily Brown – for the second time this year. · 50% of lots sold for prices above their pre-sale high estimates. · 70% of the works had never previously been offered at auction. · The pre-sale estimates for the sale were £44.3-60.6m / $56.7-77.6m / €50-68.5m. Tonight’s total brings combined sales of Contemporary Art so far this season – including the 11 contemporary works sold in last week’s ‘Actual Size’ sale – to £68,751,000 / ... More

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Wagner opera proof stars in 1.7m euro Paris auction   MoMA receives $50 million gift from the Steven & Alexandra Cohen Foundation   Large-scale LEGO installation "Trace" and 700-foot graphic works by Ai Weiwei debut at the Hirshhorn

This file photo taken on February 11, 2015 shows French businessman Pierre Berge posing at his office in Paris. STEPHANE DE SAKUTIN / AFP.

PARIS (AFP).- A proof of Richard Wagner's opera "The Mastersingers of Nuremberg", copiously corrected by the composer himself, sold for more than twice its estimate in Paris Tuesday. The book was part of the ongoing auction of fashion magnate Pierre Berge's famous library -- one of the richest in private hands -- which has already raised 17.2 million euros ($19.5 million). Sotheby's said the proof copy of the German composer's comic opera, which at around five hours is the longest commonly performed, went for 124,690 euros. It was among 260 items from the poetry and musical section of the library, which Berge, co-founder of the Yves Saint Laurent label, amassed over the decades. A first edition of the first-known musical encyclopaedia, "Musurgia Universalis", written in Latin in 1650 by the German Jesuit Athanasius Kircher sold for £62,660, a record for the author, a polymath known as the "last Renaissance man". ... More

People walk by the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) in New York City. Spencer Platt/Getty Images/AFP.

NEW YORK, NY.- The Museum of Modern Art announced today that the Steven & Alexandra Cohen Foundation has made a gift of $50 million in support of the Museum’s capital campaign. The unrestricted gift will support the Museum’s ongoing renovation and expansion project, which will add 50,000 square feet of gallery space, allowing the Museum to reconceive the presentation of its collection and exhibitions, and will provide greater visitor accessibility through the enhancement of the Museum’s public areas. In recognition of their extraordinary generosity, the Museum will create the Steven and Alexandra Cohen Center for Special Exhibitions, MoMA’s largest contiguous gallery. Located on the sixth floor, the Cohen Center will present a dynamic exhibition program that draws audiences and artists from around the world. The Center’s vast open spaces and adaptable floor plan will enhance the scope and impact of these exhibitions, providin ... More

Ai Weiwei, installation view of Ai Weiwei: Trace at Hirshhorn at the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, 2017. Photo: Cathy Carver.

WASHINGTON, DC.- The Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden is presenting “Ai Weiwei: Trace at Hirshhorn,” a solo project by Ai Weiwei featuring new and recent works by the renowned Chinese artist June 28–Jan. 1, 2018. The presentation marks the East Coast debut of “Trace,” one of the artist’s most significant U.S. installations in recent years, and features the addition of two graphic wallpapers to accompany the work, one never before seen. Together, the massive installation spans 700 feet around the entirety of the museum’s second-floor galleries, responding to the building’s unique circular architecture. “Trace” features 176 portraits of people around the world whom the artist considers activists, prisoners of conscience or advocates of free speech. Each of the portraits is made of thousands of plastic LEGO bricks, assembled by hand and laid out on the floor. Originally commissioned in 2014, “ ... More

Paddington Bear author Michael Bond dies aged 91   BAMPFA mounts first Bay Area exhibition of work by Ugo Rondinone   Museum Brandhorst offers a fresh, in-depth look at the legacy of Andy Warhol

This file photo taken on November 23, 2014 shows Michael Bond, the creator of Paddington the bear, posing for pictures. JUSTIN TALLIS / AFP.

LONDON (AFP).- British children's writer Michael Bond, the creator of the much-loved character Paddington Bear, has died at the age of 91, his publisher HarperCollins said on Wednesday. Bond's famous series about a friendly teddy bear from "deepest, darkest Peru" sold more than 35 million copies worldwide and was turned into a blockbuster film in 2014. "He was a true gentleman, a bon viveur, the most entertaining company and the most enchanting of writers," Ann-Janine Murtagh, executive publisher at HarperCollins Children's Books, said in a statement. "He will be forever remembered for his creation of the iconic Paddington, with his duffle coat and Wellington boots, which touched my own heart as a child and will live on in the hearts of future generations," she said. The inspiration for the character came on Christmas Eve 1956 when Bond, a writer and BBC cameraman, ... More

gone, 2006. Artificially aged leather clown shoes, wooden nail, and paint. Shoes: 7 7/8 x 17 3/4 x 6 3/4 in. Installed: 39 3/8 x 23 5/8 x 8 7/8 in. ProWinko Pro Art Collection, Amsterdam; courtesy Sadie Coles HQ, London.

BERKELEY, CA.- This summer, the UC Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive presents a major exhibition of work by Ugo Rondinone, marking the artist’s first solo exhibition in the Bay Area. Ugo Rondinone: the world just makes me laugh showcases some of Rondinone’s most celebrated and iconic works, which capture the artist’s distinctive blend of colorful whimsy and melancholic undertones. The exhibition centers on an immersive, gallery-wide installation consisting of forty-five life-size sculptures of festively attired clowns. On view from June 28 through August 27, the exhibition features multiple works that highlight Rondinone’s interest in the visual iconography of childhood, including four pairs of clown shoes, a series of eight rainbow “sun paintings,” a massive lightbulb ... More

Jeff Koons, Amore, 1988. Porzellan, 80 x 50 x 50 cm. Udo und Anette Brandhorst Sammlung © Jeff Koons.

MUNICH.- Andy Warhol (1928–1987) is back at the Museum Brandhorst. Alongside solo exhibitions by Kerstin Brätsch (until 17 September) and Seth Price (starting 21 October 2017), this new exhibit offers a fresh, in-depth look at the legacy of the Pop Art icon. “POP PICTURES PEOPLE” presents around 60 pieces, juxtaposing works by Andy Warhol from the 1960s through the 1980s with those of such artists as Alex Katz (b. 1927), Cady Noland (b. 1956) and Jeff Koons (b. 1955). These collection highlights and several new acquisitions by Michel Auder (b. 1945), Monika Baer (b. 1964), Keith Haring (1958–1990), Louise Lawler (b. 1947), Elaine Sturtevant (1924–2014) and Christopher Wool (b. 1955) – now on show at Museum Brandhorst for the first time – illustrate Pop Art’s influence and importance from the 1960s to the present. Mass-produced images from magazines, newspapers, music and television ... More

Arts Minister steps in to prevent rare study from export   Renowned artist Jeff Koons donates artwork to the School of the Art Institute of Chicago   8th edition of Masterpiece London opens

The Schmadribach Waterfall by Joseph Anton Koch.

LONDON.- A drawing of the Schmadribach Waterfall is at risk of being exported from the UK unless a buyer can be found to match the asking price of £68,750. Arts Minister John Glen has placed a temporary export bar on the drawing, by Austrian Romantic artist Joseph Anton Koch, to provide an opportunity to keep it in the country. The preparatory study was made for J.A. Koch’s most celebrated composition, The Schmadribach Waterfall near Lauterbrunnen, which is famed for its spectacular scenery. Dating from around 1793, the work is typical of the highly precise studies Koch made for compositions, using black chalk and heightening the contours in black ink. The drawing is an important work by a major figure of early 19th century painting. Koch’s depictions of Switzerland were extremely influential and helped to popularise Alpine scenery among European artists. He was especially popular with British ... More

Gazing Ball (Stool), 2013–2016.

CHICAGO, IL.- The School of the Art Institute of Chicago announced that renowned artist and SAIC alum Jeff Koons donated a piece of artwork to the School, which will be sold to establish the Jeff Koons Scholarship Fund. The piece, titled “Gazing Ball (Stool), 2013–2016,” is made of polychromed stainless steel, wood, glass and aluminum. Koons’ Gazing Ball series has been exhibited among some of history’s most famous paintings and sculptures, reinterpreted by the artist. A bright blue bauble was also featured on the cover of Lady Gaga’s 2013 album ArtPop. The piece, valued at $1 million, will be sold at a later date. The proceeds from the sale will provide need-based and merit-based scholarships, to be known as Jeff Koons Scholarships, to undergraduate students. Koons’ gift will contribute to the more than $46 million raised to date as part of Beautiful/Work: The Campaign for SAIC. Coming off of a year-long celebratio ... More

Steinitz at Masterpiece London 2015.

LONDON.- Masterpiece London announces the exhibitors joining the 2017 edition of the fair, which runs from 29 June - 5 July at the Royal Hospital Chelsea. Bringing together 150 galleries and specialists, Masterpiece launched in 2010 with a unique focus on cross-collecting. Over the past seven years it has established itself as one of the leading international art fairs, attracting approximately 40,000 visitors. Exceptional works offered for sale span Impressionist and modern art, post-war and contemporary art, master paintings from 15th to 18th century, modern and contemporary design, decorative arts, furniture, photography, ethnographic and folk art, antiquities, ceramics, silver, rare books and jewellery. This year Masterpiece London launches MASTERPIECE PRESENTS, a new specially created exhibition space that will transform the Fair’s entrance. For the 2017 edition, Masterpiece London will showcase a large-scale site-specific ... More

Exhibition at Proyectos Monclova proposes a review of contemporary formalist aesthetics   Gary Moore guitar achieves 10 times estimate at Bonhams Entertainment sale   Throckmorton Fine Art opens an unusual show of Polaroid images

Leo Marz Monolito, 2017. Acrylic on linen, 60 x 70 cm. Courtesy of PROYECTOSMONCLOVA. Photo: Rodrigo Viñas.

MEXICO CITY.- The exhibition FORMASOBREFONDO proposes a review of contemporary formalist aesthetics. This group exhibition is grounded in the dissolution of the formalism/conceptualism dichotomy. The title is a play on the schematics of modernist visuality of figure and ground, in this sense it is a tautological text in that it illustrates the exhibition’s conceptual framework when the letters in the title organize themselves into “formas sobre fondo” [forms on a ground]. Through this wording, the exhibition reveals the thinness of distinction between forms and concepts—abstraction and syntax. As much in philosophical currents as in artistic ones, formalism has been linked to romanticism, the aesthetics of idealism, and the dictum l’art pour l’art [art for art’s sake]—coined by Victor Cousin and Edgar Alan Poe—as well as diverse trends in geometric abstraction. ... More

This Fender Floyd Rose Classic Stratocaster sold for £23,750. Photo: Bonhams.

LONDON.- Today, 28 June 2017, saw a 1996 Fender Floyd Rose Classic Stratocaster guitar originally owned by Gary Moore achieve an astonishing £23,750 at Bonhams Entertainment Memorabilia Sale, more than 10 times its pre-sale estimate of £1,800-2,000. Items from the Thin Lizzy rocker’s collection made up nearly half of the top lots sold today – the collection had an 100% sell through rate at the sale, totaling £133,000. Top lots included: - 1982 Fender ’57 Reissue Stratocaster achieved £22,500 against an estimate of £3,000-5,000 - 2008 Gibson Les Paul Gary Moore/Dark Fire prototype guitar achieved £12,500 against an estimate of £3,000-5,000 - 2012 Gibson Gary Moore 2013 Tribute Les Paul Prototype guitar achieved £10,625 against an estimate of £2,000-2,500. An outstanding range of memorabilia from some of the most celebrated British bands in the world was on offer at the sale, including an important ... More

Bianchi documented the gay community at play in one of the few places where they then could openly be gay men -- Fire Island Pines.

NEW YORK, NY.- Throckmorton Fine Art in New York will present an unusual show of Polaroid images as its summer presentation, from June 29 through September 16. Fire Island Pines: Polaroids 1975-1983, by the celebrated lawyer-turned-artist Tom Bianchi, contains dozens of exuberantly playful and homoerotic SX-70 Polaroid images taken between 1975 and 1983. Bianchi documented the gay community at play in one of the few places where they then could openly be gay men -- Fire Island Pines. The images in the exhibition are color, limited edition, enlarged prints of the Polaroids. The photographs are whimsical and playful. Yet they also harken to the long tradition in art of celebrating the male physique. The Pines is a mile-long sliver of some 600 modest and grand houses on a 36-mile long barrier island 60 miles east of Manhattan along the Long Island ... More

The image... becomes, as it were, the soul's plastic embodiment. Oskar Kokoshka

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S.J. Phillips Ltd to present an exceptional array of breathtaking antique jewels at Masterpiece London
LONDON.- Internationally esteemed London dealer S.J. Phillips Ltd is once again showing an exceptional array of breathtaking antique jewels, together with a superlative collection of exquisite gold boxes, as well as other unique and rare objets de vertu at the forthcoming prestigious art and antiques fair Masterpiece London. One of the Fair’s founder members S.J. Phillips has exhibited at every Masterpiece since it first opened its doors in 2010. This year S.J. Phillips’ stand is as magnificent as ever. Among the recent acquisitions on display is a remarkable, bejewelled 18th century chatelaine, complete with pocket watch and breloques (charms). Attributed to George Michael Moser and made in London in around 1780, the quality of craftsmanship and the lavish use of diamonds and enamel indicate that it would have been commissioned by a person of considerable ... More

Exhibition at PM/AM presents Young Love, a new body of work by Ivar Wigan
LONDON.- PM/AM presents Young Love, a new body of work by Ivar Wigan documenting two years spent living within the dancehall communities of Jamaica. Expanding on the artist’s long standing relationship with the island, first encountered in his youth whilst living nomadically with his family, Young Love is both documentation and celebration of a culture Wigan holds in deep affection. His organic response to the idiosyncrasies of the island capture the spirit of youthful energy, sexual freedom and resourcefulness against adversity. Images shift effortlessly between the domestic, the jubilant and the bizarre, whilst the subtle beauty of daily life is juxtaposed with raucous party scenes and unflinching portraiture. Employing the familiarity of the point and shoot camera with the raw aesthetic of film, Wigan is able to encapsulate ways of life in a vibrant ... More

MMK Museum für Moderne Kunst exhibits works by the finalists of the Deutsche Börse Photography Prize
FRANKFURT.- The exhibition of works by the finalists of Deutsche Börse Photography Foundation Prize is taking place at the MMK Museum für Moderne Kunst Frankfurt am Main for the second time. The 2017 selection not only pays tribute to established photographic narratives but also honours experimental and conceptual approaches in documentary, landscape and portrait photography. The 2017 finalists are Sophie Calle, Dana Lixenberg, Awoiska van der Molen and the artist duo Taiyo Onorato and Nico Krebs. All four finalists are concerned with issues such as truth versus fiction, what is certain or uncertain, what distinguishes the real from the ideal, or the relationship between observing and being observed. The Deutsche Börse Photography Foundation Prize is awarded annually to a contemporary photo artist of any nationality, and who ... More

Exhibition at PAFA offers the first critical reassessment of Honoré Sharrer's work
PHILADELPHIA, PA.- The Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts presents Subversion and Surrealism in the Art of Honoré Sharrer, the first critical reassessment of an artist who, despite a meteoric rise in the 1940s and 1950s, has receded from the public eye. The exhibition is on view June 29 – September 3, 2017 at PAFA, 128 North Broad Street, Philadelphia. Subversion and Surrealism comprises approximately 45 paintings along with dozens of associated drawings, sketches, photographs, and prints from major public and private collections. The exhibition marks the first time a number of the works have been on public view. "The exhibition is a timely re-evaluation of an artist who pushed the boundaries of figurative painting with playfulness and biting wit,” said David R. Brigham, PAFA President, CEO and Acting Museum Director. “Subversion and Surrealism, ... More

Art exhibition brings together top international contemporary artists raising awareness to end shark finning
HONG KONG.- Presented by Hong Kong Maritime Museum and Parkview Arts Action, ‘On Sharks and Humanity’ is a powerful exhibition and the first of its kind, which demonstrates the relationship between art and society, and emphasises the social responsibility of museums and artists. The contemporary art exhibition, sponsored by Hong Kong Parkview and in partnership with the international non-profit organization WildAid, is open to the public from 28 June at the Hong Kong Maritime Museum. The exhibition is comprised of work from 34 internationally recognised artists as well as emerging artists, marrying the worlds of visual art and humanitarian action. The show at the Hong Kong Maritime Museum is the fifth edition of a multidisciplinary exhibition curated by internationally lauded curator Huang Du, that has been shown in Monaco, Moscow, Beijing and Singapore ... More

Two-person exhibition by Annette Cords and Becky Brown on view at Project: ARTspace
NEW YORK, NY.- Project: ARTspace is presenting Cognition-Stroll, a two-person exhibition by Annette Cords and Becky Brown, featuring tapestries, weavings, drawings and paintings in an installation of printed wallpaper designed by the artists. The show opened June 14 and will run through July 28. “Cognition-Stroll” is a literal English translation of the German compound word Erkenntnisspaziergang, a practice of going out to gain deeper insight while walking. The concept links the artists’ shared interests in semiotics, accidental poetry and multi-sensory movement through the dense New York City streets they both call home. Brown and Cords collect images, texts and patterns (a graffiti fragment, a title from a subway poet) that are combined and transformed into new compositions. Navigating between the pleasure of accumulation and the desire for structure, they examine ... More

Major exhibition of 33 new and recent works explores what it means to be Canadian now
TORONTO.- This summer the Art Gallery of Ontario marks Canada‘s 150th birthday with an ambitious contemporary exhibition that critically explores three urgent questions through the eyes of some of the country‘s best emerging and established artists: where has Canada come from, what it is now, and where is it going? Opening on June 29, 2017 and taking over the entire fourth floor of the AGO‘s Contemporary Tower, Every. Now. Then: Reframing Nationhood is a dynamic exhibition that aims to address the mistakes of the past, rewrite and reclaim history, and move into the future with new insight. The multimedia installation features 33 new and recent projects by artists from across Canada, including Gu Xiong and Yu Gu, Robert Houle, Meryl McMaster, Seth, Esmaa Mohamoud, Ed Pien and Shuvinai Ashoona, among many others. Bringing together both the familiar and ... More

David Zwirner London opens an exhibition of works by Guy Mees
LONDON.- David Zwirner announces an exhibition of works by Guy Mees (1935-2003) in THE UPPER ROOM at the gallery's London location—the first solo presentation of the artist's work in the United Kingdom. A leading figure of the Belgian postwar avant-garde, Mees is known for his radical and poetic approach to space, form, and material. On view are works from the artist's key bodies of work, spanning from the 1960s through the 1990s, that collectively demonstrate both the formal breadth and conceptual consistency of his singular oeuvre. Mees first gained recognition as a member of the Nieuwe Vlaamse School (New Flemish School) that formed in Antwerp in 1960 who, thanks to their contact with many of the artists affiliated with the international ZERO network, mounted a number of group shows throughout Europe during their brief existence. ... More

Jack Hanley Gallery opens first solo exhibition with Berlin based artist Isabelle Fein
NEW YORK, NY.- Jack Hanley Gallery is presenting the first solo exhibition with Berlin based artist Isabelle Fein who works in various media blurring the lines between painting and drawing. The exhibition features new figurative works on board, canvas and paper as well as painted ceramic plates and sculptures. Isabelle Fein’s paintings depict simple observations of the artist’s everyday life and surroundings: a bird sitting on a wire, a snail crossing the sidewalk, a woman holding on to an umbrella in the rain or a stranger reading the newspaper on the tram. Transferred into dreamlike settings, Fein creates sceneries of landscapes, people, animals, plants and objects in which inner and outer life coexist. Through her curiosity and awareness for details and situations, Fein pays equal attention to each object and figure. Her non-traditional compositions reject any hierarchical ... More

Two solo exhibitions of works by Miguel Herrero open in Marbella
MARBELLA.- Susurro Hispánico, Miguel Herrero's solo exhibition takes place simultaneously at the Museo del Grabado Español Contemporáneo and Centro Cultural Cortijo de Miraflores. This exhibition extols and alludes to the emblematic Spanish History through Miguel Herrero´s eyes, one of the most important artists from the second half of the 20th century and a pioneer in the promotion of the Spanish Culture. Taking the paint and work of one of the biggest authors and diffusers of the Hispanic Language. Miguel Herrero's peculiar view and impression about tradition, faithful reflection of the emotional and ancestral history of the population, makes the viewer inmmerse in an alive and deep story. Around 40 artworks are presented with different techniques as oil painting and mixed technique on diverse supports. In the same way, films, photographs, newspaper ... More

Häusler Contemporary presents a selection of Roman Signer’s "Reisefotos"
ZURICH.- Just before the holiday season starts, Häusler Contemporary presents a selection of Roman Signer’s «Reisefotos (Travel Photographs)». The unconventional images that he has been creating ever since the late 1970s and in parallel with his famous «time sculptures» were first shown to the public in 2006. They reflect the sculptor’s sight on everyday objects which thus unfold their poetic, sculptural and often humorous potential. Today, Roman Signer (*1938, Appenzell, CH, lives in St.Gallen, CH) ranges among the most renowned contemporary Swiss Artists. With his ephemeral «time sculptures» that are sometimes explosive and risky he substantially contributed to the renewal of the notion of «sculpture» since the 1970s. Rather unknown for a long time though were his «Reisefotos». The artist has been creating these images for more than 35 ... More

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On a day like today, Swiss painter and illustrator Paul Klee, died
June 29, 1940. Paul Klee (18 December 1879 - 29 June 1940) was a Swiss-German artist. His highly individual style was influenced by movements in art that included Expressionism, Cubism, and Surrealism. He and his colleague, Russian painter Wassily Kandinsky, both taught at the Bauhaus school of art, design and architecture. His works reflect his dry humor and his sometimes childlike perspective, his personal moods and beliefs, and his musicality. In this image: Oscar-winning director Roman Polanski walks past Paul Klee's painting "Untitiled (Angel of death)"

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