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Unique exhibition on Flemish painter Anthony van Dyck opens in Turin

The exhibition Van Dyck. Pittore di corte (“Van Dyck, Court Painter”) aims to reveal the exclusive relationship the artist enjoyed with Italian and European courts, through the four sections comprising it and 45 canvases and 21 engravings on display.

TURIN.- An extraordinary show devoted to Anthony van Dyck (Antwerp, 1599– London, 1641) opened to the public, in the Sale Palatine of the Galleria Sabauda at the Musei Reali in Turin. Van Dyck was Rubens' star pupil and one of the greatest exponents of 17th-century European art, revolutionizing the portraiture of the period. He was also an internationally famous personality, refined gentleman, charming conversationalist, brilliant artist and official painter to the most important European courts. The exhibition Van Dyck. Pittore di corte (“Van Dyck, Court Painter”) aims to reveal the exclusive relationship the artist enjoyed with Italian and European courts, through the four sections comprising it and 45 canvases and 21 engravings on display. The artist painted masterpieces whose formal development, quality of colour, elegance and painstaking detail were unique. This enabled him to satisfy the ruling classes’ need for status symbols and prestige, from the Genoese nobility ... More

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The J. Paul Getty Museum opens 'Spectacular Mysteries: Renaissance Drawings Revealed'   New display brings together a selection of objects separated by over four thousand years   Exhibition provides a comprehensive overview of the 19th century's largest private collection

Parmigianino (Francesco Mazzola) (Italian, 1503 - 1540), The Head of a Young Man, about 1539 – 1540. Pen and brown ink. 16 × 10.5 cm (6 5/16 × 4 1/8 in.). The J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles.

LOS ANGELES, CA.- During the Italian Renaissance—the period from about 1475 to 1600 that is often seen as the foundation of later European art—drawing became increasingly vital to the artistic process just as it grew dramatically more sophisticated in technique and conception. Today, Italian Renaissance drawings are considered some of the most spectacular products of the western tradition. Yet, they often remain shrouded in mystery, their purpose, subjects, and even their makers unknown. Featuring drawings from the Getty Museum’s collection and rarely seen works from private collections, Spectacular Mysteries: Renaissance Drawings Revealed, on view December 11, 2018—April 28, 2019, at the J. Paul Getty Museum, highlights the detective work involved in investigating the mysteries behind master drawings. ... More

The Lagash Border Pillar store, Early Dynastic period, c. 2400 BC J.Fernandes © the Trustees of the British Museum.

LONDON.- The British Museum is presenting a new display that explores present and ancient perspectives on the territories, landscapes and borders of the Middle East. While the first acknowledged borders were natural, human society replaced these with man-made borders that have led to inevitable conflict throughout history. This new Asahi Shimbun display, No man’s land, brings together a selection of objects separated by over four thousand years that embody human’s inability to exist comfortably within agreed borders. On display are three objects that tell the story of the first recorded example of prolonged conflict over a disputed border. 4500 years ago, in what is now southern Iraq, the neighbouring city states of Lagash and Umma fought bitterly over the tract of land called Gu’edina, ‘Edge of the Plain’. The ancient objects showcased here document the perspectives of the ... More

Buste d’Ariane, 3e siècle av. J.-C Falerii Novi, près de Civita Castellana. Musée du Louvre, département des Antiquités grecques, étrusques et romaines © Musée du Louvre.

PARIS.- The Musée du Louvre and the State Hermitage Museum in Saint Petersburg are joining forces for an outstanding exhibition based on the collection built up by Marquis Campana mostly between the 1830s and the 1850s. For the first time since its dispersion in 1861, the exhibition provides a comprehensive overview of the 19th century’s largest private collection. With over 12,000 archaeological objects, paintings, sculptures, and objets d’art, and comprising both ancient and modern artefacts, it was a rich, diverse collection of the highest quality. The exhibition showcases over 500 works, including such masterpieces as the Sarcophagus of the Spouses and Paolo Uccello’s Battle of San Romano. It presents the romantic figure of Giampietro Campana, his passion for collecting, and how he brought together this extraordinary collection ... More

Frick Executive Director Robin Nicholson to become Executive Director/CEO of Telfair Museums   Taj Mahal ticket price hiked fivefold for Indians   'Fearless Girl' gets new home at New York Stock Exchange

Mr. Nicholson's achievements at the Frick include the completion of a $15 million capital campaign and museum expansion on budget and ahead of schedule.

PITTSBURGH, PA.- The Frick Pittsburgh announced today that Robin Nicholson will be leaving his position as Executive Director in February 2019 to become Executive Director/CEO of Telfair Museums in Savannah, Ga. Mr. Nicholson began his four-year tenure as the third director of the Frick in late 2014. “It is a bittersweet moment because I have cherished every day at the Frick and enjoyed the opportunity to work at an amazing, unique, and beautiful museum. I believe I leave the Frick in an exceptionally strong position in terms of a vision for the future and a reputation that has grown exponentially over the last four years. I would like to thank the board and staff for their incredible support,” said Mr. Nicholson. Chip Burke, Chair of the Frick’s Board of Trustees remarked, “The Board is most grateful to Robin for the job he has done. While the Frick has always been a superb institution, under Robin’s leadership i ... More

In this file photo taken on January 03, 2018, a general view of the Taj Mahal is pictured in Agra. Authorities have hiked fivefold ticket prices for Indian visitors to the Taj Mahal in the latest attempt to reduce visitor numbers to the country's top tourist site and reduce damage. Dominique Faget / AFP.

NEW DELHI (AFP).- Authorities have hiked fivefold ticket prices for Indian visitors to the Taj Mahal, in the latest attempt to lower tourist numbers and reduce damage at the country's top tourist site. Indians make up the majority of the Taj Mahal's 10,000-15,000 average daily visitors. Nearly 6.5 million people marvelled at the white marble 17th-century masterpiece in 2016. An all-inclusive ticket for Indian citizens including entry into the Taj Mahal, built by Mughal emperor Shah Jahan as a tomb for his beloved wife Mumtaz Mahal, was raised from 50 rupees ($0.70) to 250 rupees. International tourists will pay roughly $19 to enter the UNESCO World Heritage complex in northern India, up from $16. "We want people to pay more to limit the footfall," an official from the Archaeological Survey of India, ... More

State Street Global Advisors unveiled Fearless Girl in her new home outside the New York Stock Exchange on December 10, 2018 in New York City. Monica Schipper/Getty Images for State Street Global Advisors/AFP.

NEW YORK (AFP).- She may be diminutive in stature but the "Fearless Girl" is standing tall against sexism at her new home outside the New York Stock Exchange. Nearly 200 people attended a brief ceremony for the unveiling of the statue, which appeared in New York's financial district on International Women's Day last March, and has since become a firm favorite with tourists. The bronze statue -- which stands at four feet (1.20 meters) -- depicts a determined youngster with eyes locked on the exchange's imposing facade: hands on hips, ponytail windswept. In her previous location, she squared up to the "Charging Bull," installed by financial firm State Street Global Advisors to make a statement about the lack of women on financial institutions' boards. Created by artist Kristen Visbal, the statue was originally ... More

Richard Roth debuts new large paintings and compositions at David Richard Gallery   Ai Weiwei creates flag to mark 70th anniversary of Universal Declaration of Human Rights   Exhibition focuses on Dara Birnbaum's large-scale video installations from the 1990s

Richard Roth, More or Less, 2018. Acrylic on wood panel, 12 x 8 x 4 inches.

NEW YORK, NY.- David Richard Gallery opened Richard Roth, Close Call, the artist’s third solo exhibition with the Gallery. Debuting new large format paintings and dynamic two-dimensional compositions, the presentation includes new and recent paintings. Until recently, Roth has focused on his “Box Paintings”, which are literally paintings on five sides of birch wood boxes that measure 12 inches tall by 8 inches wide and 4 inches deep. This has been his format for several years and while the size may seem limiting, the end result is just the opposite. The confines force the artist to push his creativity and use every fraction of an inch to its maximum with bold geometric compositions and stunning colors that wrap around every surface with special attention paid to the corners, which Roth refers to as “side action”. This exhibition presents not only a stunning array of new Box Paintings, but also debuts two new la ... More

The flag will be available to schools and care homes, town halls and office blocks, hospitals and libraries across the UK. Photo: Camilla Greenwell.

LONDON.- Today, on the 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights’, a major new project has been announced to raise awareness of human rights across the UK and for generations to come. A new flag for human rights has been designed by Ai Weiwei, commissioned in response to the real and present dangers of a world changing at break-neck speed, to offer hope and to educate generations to come about the absolute importance of universal human rights. This grassroots moment of creative awareness and activism will be led – jointly and uniquely – by arts organisations and human rights charities. The flag will be available to schools and care homes, town halls and office blocks, hospitals and libraries across the UK, with everyone invited to Fly The Flag for Human Rights six months from now between 24 - 30 June 2019 in events across the country, more ... More

Installation view of Transmission Tower: Sentinel, 1992. Courtesy the artist and Marian Goodman Gallery New York, Paris and London.

LONDON.- Marian Goodman Gallery London is presenting an exhibition of works by Dara Birnbaum, with special focus on her large-scale video installations from the 1990s. The exhibition runs until 12 January 2019. Birnbaum’s practice has long been concerned with the lexicon of broadcasting and communication and the way ‘truths’ are delivered to the viewer. An early proponent of video art, Birnbaum began by isolating imagery from television, recontextualising it in an attempt to understand its true meaning. For the first time since her major 2009/2010 travelling retrospective, The Dark Matter of Media Light, the three works Tiananmen Square: Break-In Transmission, 1990, Transmission Tower: Sentinel, 1992 and Hostage, 1994, are being shown together. All three pieces were made in response to major political events in the latter part of the 20th century, as ... More

Museo Jumex exhibits Michael Smith's video Imagine the view from here!   Rare cache of posters set for auction shed light on the early days of Pink Floyd   Lacoste Keane shows the Halsey and Alice North ceramic collection

Production still from Michael Smith: Imagine the view from here!, 2018. Courtesy of Museo Jumex.

MEXICO CITY.- Museo Jumex is presenting Imagine the view from here!, by the artist Michael Smith, whose practice uses wry humor to pitch the everyday experiences of aging, failure and enthusiasm against aspirational images projected by corporate and institutional cultures. This project includes an installation and a video starring "Mike,” the artist’s alter-ego, who greets every new possibility with a naïve and slack-jawed combination of confusion and enthusiasm. The video Imagine the view from here! finds Mike visiting a possible timeshare located within the Museo Jumex that promotes a contemporary lifestyle, in comparison with other established expatriate communities of San Miguel de Allende. Commissioned for the museum and filmed on location, the video is presented within an installation that includes Smith’s 1996 work How to Curate Your Own Group Exhibition, an infomercial that reflects the ... More

The Pink Floyd – Original Concert poster, All Saints Hall, Powis Gardens, West 11, Every Tuesday 5-8, 15 x 20 inches. Estimate: £400 - £600.

WOKING.- This cache of rare Pink Floyd posters comes up for sale at Ewbank’s Auctions on December 13. Set to make up to several thousand pounds, they date from the band’s earliest days in 1966, the year after they formed and when the legendary Syd Barrett was still the frontman – in fact, so early that all the concerts listed here pre-date the rock group’s first album, The Piper at the Gates of Dawn, which was released in 1967. In early 1966, Pink Floyd were still largely a rhythm and blues outfit, but as these posters testify, towards the end of the year they had started to move firmly in the direction of psychedelia under the influence of Barrett. Touring significant but small venues alongside other nascent groups, this period culminated in the band being signed to EMI in 1967 and their subsequent series of hits. “This collection of posters comprise a fascinating ... More

Warren MacKenzie - NTH Plate with brown and white glaze and child's tractor tread decoration, 1994. Stoneware, 3 1/2h x 19w in.

CONCORD, MASS.- Lacoste/Keane Gallery is presenting, in two parts, the sale of important works from the Halsey and Alice North Collection. The first part is Contemporary American Ceramics from December 8, 2018 to January 5, 2019 and the second part is Contemporary Japanese Ceramics, which will be from January 19– February 16, 2019. Halsey and Alice North are founding leaders of The North Group Inc., which has helped many non-profit organizations with fundraising, planning and development for over 30 years. They are passionate supporters of contemporary ceramics and have assembled one of the foremost collections of contemporary Japanese and American ceramics in America. Since downsizing their New York City abode, they have appointed Lacoste Keane Gallery to sell their large collection to good homes. The ... More

A man like Picasso studies an object as a surgeon dissects a corpse. Guillaume Apollinaire

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Gerald Peters Gallery opens an exhibition of paintings by the late Peter Rogers
SANTA FE, NM.- Gerald Peters Gallery, Santa Fe, is presenting an early winter exhibition of paintings by the late Peter Rogers (1933-2018). A prolific artist in New Mexico for more than fifty years, Rogers was a steady force behind the creative spirit of the Southwest. Born in London in 1933, Rogers studied at St. Martin’s School of Art and was a member of the prominent Royal Society of British Artists. In 1962, after years of exhibitions and positions with the Royal Society, Rogers cut ties with the group and moved to Spain. There he met Carol Hurd, daughter of beloved American artists Peter Hurd and Henriette Wyeth and granddaughter of famed illustrator N.C. Wyeth. The two would marry and return to the states where they settled in San Patricio, New Mexico. Following in the footsteps of his in-laws, Rogers made a living painting commissions and portraits. The most ... More

Exhibition showcases an extraordinary collection of more than 100 European arms and armor
SANTA ANA, CA.- The Bowers Museum is presenting the west coast premiere of Knights in Armor from the Museum Stibbert of Florence, Italy, on view September 22, 2018-January 13, 2019. The exhibition showcases an extraordinary collection of more than 100 European arms and armor, including 2 horses in full guard, and an array of weapons and swords forged over the course of centuries, well-known to scholars, specialists and collectors around the world. Knights in Armor offers visitors the opportunity to learn about the complex system of knighthood as well as the customs, arms and armor of tournaments and jousting. Additionally, the Bowers offers unique interactive activities including a sword-in-the-stone photo station and the “Knight’s Quest” scavenger hunt, culminating with more hands-on experiences at the Bowers’ Kidseum in the exhibition Kings, ... More

Christie's Finest Wines & Spirits totals $3.01 million
NEW YORK, NY.- Christie’s New York Finest Wines and Spirits Including the Liberty Hall Museum Collection of Historic Madeira and an Extraordinary Collection of Pre-Prohibition Whiskey achieved a total of $3,015,521 with 81% sold by value and 81% sold by lot. The top lot of the sale was a 15-gallon demi john of Old Sercial Madeira, 1846, from The Liberty Hall Museum Collection of Historic Madeira, which sold for $39,200. Taking place concurrently was the Wine Online Sale (19 November – 5 December), which realized a total of $519,278 with 100% sold by value and 86% sold by lot. Chris Munro, Head of Wine Department, Americas, comments: "Both of our featured collections of Madeira and Pre-Prohibition American Whiskey witnessed exceptional results. Clients from throughout the United States and around the globe fought to acquire these exceptionally ... More

Exhibition presents an exemplary selection of Rhondal McKinney's intimate landscape photographs
LA JOLLA, CA.- Joseph Bellows Gallery is presenting a solo exhibition, Rhondal McKinney: Midwest Horizons. The exhibition opened on December 7, 2018 and continues through January 25, 2019. The exhibition presents an exemplary selection of McKinney’s intimate black and white landscape photographs. Rhondal McKinney’s photographs transport the viewer within the vast and quiet landscape of rural Illinois, reminding them of the importance of stillness, time and memory. The artist affirms, “When I was a kid I used to ride around in my father's pickup truck. He was a bird hunter and a fisherman and we might be on our way to run his nets in the river or driving around looking for quail or pheasant. Usually I didn't know where we were headed. While we drove around my father chewed tobacco. If a quail ran across the road ... More

Ponti Art Gallery to offer a remarkable oil painting by 20th century Italian artist Giuseppe Ar
ROME.- Among latest acquisitions, Ponti Art Gallery offers a masterpiece by Giuseppe Ar, one of the most important Puglia painters active in Lucera along the first half of the 20th century. Giuseppe Ar was born in Lucera in 1898 from a family of humble origins and in the hours of freedom he started very early to study painting technique, demonstrating clear artistic talent. Simple and taciturn, with a mild character, he transfuses in his first paintings, with delicate and poetic tones, a personality of a provincial artist still looking for himself. After moving to Rome from 1925 to 1928, he expressed his artistic stature with more maturity with the study of drawing and perspective at the studio of Antonio Mancini. The first successes and the first exhibitions are coming: his first Roman solo exhibition is also visited by King Vittorio Emanuele III. In 1931, just two years after the ... More

Frederick Law Olmstead's 1859 letter describing his vision for Central Park to be auctioned
LOS ANGELES, CA.- A handwritten letter from renowned landscape architect Frederick Law Olmstead to a Central Park volunteer will be auctioned by Nate D. Sanders Auctions on December 13, 2018. Olmstead is known as the father of American landscape architecture. He was most famous for co-designing Central Park, which opened in 1858. The letter was written while Olmsted was Superintendent of Central Park and was managing the construction of the open space he designed. The letter requests volunteer participation from a local musician to help draw the public to the city’s most famous green space. In the letter, Olmstead describes his social perception, tremendous commitment to egalitarian ideals and how these beliefs translate to his obligation to provide managed open space for passive recreation and enjoyment. Olmstead ... More

Paddle8 relaunches website with new design
NEW YORK, NY.- Paddle8, the leading online auction house debuts a newly designed website, which seamlessly combines content with commerce across all platforms. Paddle8 also announces new feature called Storefronts that will showcase rotating selections of artwork, collectibles and experiences along with rich content offered in a buy-now format. The new Paddle8 transactional ease-of-use with beautiful image-centric browsing that integrates content and narrative into all aspects of sales. Paddle8, led by content marketing specialist Izabela Depczyk, founder of the Swiss-listed company The Native, who are strategic investors in the brand, will expand categories with a focus on brand partnerships and as a convener of limited-edition artist-centric collectibles. “I’m pleased to be spearheading a content-first strategy as we expand our audience ... More

Unseen work by celebrated British artist Henry Moore to go up for auction
LONDON.- A work by the highly esteemed artist and sculptor Henry Moore (1898-1986) that has never been seen publicly, is to be offered in a sale of Modern & Post-War British Art at Chiswick Auctions on Wednesday, December 12, 2018. The work, titled Mother and Child was created in 1942 during the Second World War and belongs to a period when drawing took precedence in Moore’s oeuvre, as the materials for sculpture became scarce and therefore three-dimensional projects difficult to realise. The drawing in pencil and watercolour remained in the artist’s studio until it was gifted to the celebrated Italian actor and Journalist Sandro Paternostro in 1973 and it has remained with the family, until now. Paternostro was working as a journalist in London in the early 1970s and was a keen amateur artist. He held an exhibition at Sixty One Gallery in London ... More

Recently discovered Gruppe kicks off Kaminski's Thanksgiving Auction
BEVERLY, MASS.- The Kaminski Auctions Annual Thanksgiving sale is a favorite of the calendar year. Old friends, dealers, and clients that are home for the holiday pass through the auction gallery at the preview or attend the auction. There is a festive atmosphere and both days are always well-attended by families and guests seeking something fun to do after the Thanksgiving feast. This year was no different. With a packed gallery, it was exciting to see the spirited bidding from the floor throughout the auction. Paintings and jewelry were plentiful both days although Saturday kicked off with an unusual carved Vicenza stone fountain consisting of three parts, all intricately carved with a feline pedestal bottom, and stone pool with a mystical mask. This historic fountain was installed for Andrew Carnegie II in 1906 at his home in Manchester by the Sea, ... More

Angel Otero debuts a series of recent works at Lehmann Maupin Seoul
SEOUL.- Lehmann Maupin is presenting Angel Otero’s Piel de Luna. For his first solo exhibition in Korea, the New York-based artist debuts a series of recent large-scale paintings, paint collages on paper, and a tapestry-like work composed entirely of oil paint that hangs directly on the wall. Otero’s practice is rooted in the history of painting and remains dedicated to the tradition of abstraction, recontextualized through his innovative process. His richly textured paintings engage in an exploration of memory by addressing art historical themes and also grappling with the artist’s personal history. Through experimental techniques and physically engaging processes, Otero pushes the boundaries of his materials, drawing much of his inspiration from the inherent qualities of oil paint. Otero begins each painting by reproducing varied reference images ... More

Art Basel Miami Beach concluded with strong and consistent sales across all levels of the market
MIAMI, FLA.- The highly anticipated 17th edition of Art Basel in Miami Beach closed on Sunday, December 9, 2018, amid reports of significant sales to private collections and institutions by galleries across all sectors of the market. With the renovation of the Miami Beach Convention Center (MBCC) completed for this year’s fair, exhibitors and visitors alike praised the refined and more spacious layout and design of the show. The newly designed Grand Ballroom at the MBCC allowed Art Basel to host for the first time a large-scale performative installation onsite: Abraham Cruzvillegas’ 'Autorreconstrucción: To Insist, to Insist, to Insist...’. The show, whose Lead Partner is UBS, featured 268 premier galleries from 35 countries, who presented outstanding works, ranging from Modern masterpieces to contemporary painting, sculpture, ... More

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December 11, 1890. Mark George Tobey (December 11, 1890 - April 24, 1976) was an American painter. His densely structured compositions, inspired by Asian calligraphy, resemble Abstract expressionism, although the motives for his compositions differ philosophically from most Abstract Expressionist painters. His work was widely recognized throughout the United States and Europe. In 1921, Tobey founded the art department at The Cornish School in Seattle, Washington.

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