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Mauritshuis acquires painting by Rembrandt's most influential teacher

Pieter Lastman, St John the Baptist Preaching, 1627. Panel, 60 x 92 cm. Mauritshuis, The Hague. Acquired by the Friends of the Mauritshuis with the support of a private donor.

THE HAGUE.- The Mauritshuis has for many years had an engaging and high-quality painting by Pieter Lastman (1583-1633), Rembrandt’s most influential teacher, on its wish list. This dream has now been fulfilled with the acquisition of St John the Baptist Preaching of 1627. The painting was purchased from an American owner by the Friends of the Mauritshuis Foundation with the support of a private donor. Emilie Gordenker, Director Mauritshuis: ‘The timing of the acquisition of this painting by Lastman, at the beginning of a national Rembrandt Year, is ideal. We have been on the lookout for an outstanding example of Lastman’s work, due to the impact he had on the young Rembrandt. We are extremely grateful to everyone who made our wish come true, especially the private donor and the Friends of the Mauritshuis.’ In his day the Amsterdam artist Pieter Lastman was one of the leading painters of history paintings (works that d ... More

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Banksy in Tokyo? City launches probe   Israeli museum removing 'McJesus' after Christian protests   Pace Gallery opens the first exhibition of works by Richard Pousette-Dart in London

"We noticed there is a drawing of a rat painted with spray" on the door near the Hinode station in central Tokyo, government official Koji Sugiyama told AFP.

TOKYO (AFP).- Tokyo is trying to verify if a drawing of a rat holding an umbrella that has been sprayed near a monorail station is the work of the famous and mysterious street artist Banksy. "We noticed there is a drawing of a rat painted with spray" on the door near the Hinode station in central Tokyo, government official Koji Sugiyama told AFP. "We think there's a possibility it has been done by Banksy." A rat holding an umbrella is one of Banksy's most famous artworks. Tokyo Governor Yuriko Koike posted photos of the painting on Twitter, saying, "There's a painting of cute rat in Tokyo which could be Banksy's work! A gift to Tokyo?" The government removed the door, which is designed to prevent flooding during high tides, and placed it in storage Wednesday night to ... More

The controversy involves "McJesus", a statue of a crucified Ronald McDonald by Jani Leinonen on display at the Haifa Museum of Art.

JERUSALEM (AFP).- An art exhibit depicting a fast-food clown nailed to a cross is to be taken off display at an Israeli art museum following protests and demands for its removal by Christians. The mayor of the northern port city of Haifa, where the artwork has been on display at the Museum of Art since August, wrote on Facebook Wednesday that the controversial exhibit would be removed "as soon as possible". Contacted by AFP, a municipal spokesman declined to say if it was still on display Thursday. "Beyond what the mayor wrote, we have nothing to say," he said. The work, entitled "McJesus", is a statue of a crucified Ronald McDonald by Finnish artist Jani Leinonen. It is part of "Sacred Goods", an exhibition about religion and faith in the culture of consumerism. A copy of the loan ag ... More

Richard Pousette-Dart, Time’s Chasm of Sun, circa 1940’s. Graphite, ink, and gouache on paper 23” × 29” (58.4 cm × 73.7 cm). © Estate of Richard Pousette-Dart / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York, Courtesy Pace Gallery.

LONDON.- Pace Gallery presents the first exhibition of works by Richard Pousette-Dart in London. Organized with the Pousette-Dart Estate, Richard Pousette-Dart: Works 1940-1992 will be on view from 18 January 2019 to 20 February 2019. Pace’s exhibition in London follows Richard Pousette-Dart: Beginnings, at Kettle’s Yard in Cambridge which is on view until 6 January 2019. Pace’s exhibition will reveal a selection of never seen works on paper from the 1940s. Richard Pousette-Dart was the youngest member of the first generation of Abstract Expressionists; the artist, along with several of his important contemporaries, took part in the formative meeting of Studio 35 and is included ... More

Victoria Miro announces representation of Howardena Pindell   Newly-discovered work by Raphael and rare drawing by Rubens to lead Sotheby's Sale of Old Master Drawings   Bidding opens for Lark Mason Associates and Everard Auctions Decorative Art Sales

Portrait of Howardena Pindell Photography © Nathan Keay, 2018 Courtesy the artist, Garth Greenan Gallery, New York, and Victoria Miro, London/Venice.

LONDON.- Victoria Miro announced representation of US artist Howardena Pindell in collaboration with Garth Greenan Gallery, New York. The first solo exhibition by the artist in the UK will be held at Victoria Miro Mayfair in June 2019. Working across figuration, abstraction and conceptualism, Howardena Pindell has since the 1970s examined a wide range of subject matter, from the personal and diaristic to the social and political. Hers is a complex and nuanced body of work, a fusion of sensuality and intellectual enquiry in which texture, colour, structure and process are employed to mine history (and hidden histories) and address intersecting issues such as racism, feminism, violence and exploitation. ‘It is a pleasure to be working with Howardena Pindell,’ said Victoria Miro. ‘Deeply principled, daringly innovative and boldly incisive, Pindell truly embodies the dictum “the personal is political”. Over the pas ... More

Sir Peter Paul Rubens, Nude Study of a Young Man with Raised Arms (detail). Estimate: $2.5/3.5 Million. Courtesy Sotheby's.

NEW YORK, NY.- A newly-discovered drawing by Raphael and an exceptionally rare figure study by Peter Paul Rubens will lead Sotheby’s auction of Old Master Drawings in New York on 30 January. The discovery of Raphael’s Standing Soldier in Armor adds an important and beautiful work to the artist’s oeuvre. Peter Paul Rubens’s Nude Study of a Young Man with Raised Arms offers a fascinating look at the process by which the artist arrived at the final composition for one of key figures in the great altarpiece representing The Raising of the Cross, which Rubens painted for the Antwerp church of Saint Walburga in 1608. Gregory Rubinstein, Head of Sotheby’s Old Master Drawings Department, commented: “This immensely powerful study shows Rubens actually working out the pose of his figure as he goes along. The sense of looking over the artist’s shoulder as he develops one of the most important ... More

George Sugarman, American (1912-1999), Small Sanctuary, Painted Aluminum, 1987 (Lark Mason Associates).

NEW BRAUNFELS, TX.- Over 700 lots are up for bidding on through Lark Mason Associates and Everard Auctions & Appraisals in January and early February, with exhibitions in New York, Texas, and Savannah. The Everard Auctions & Appraisals sale is open for bidding from January 17- February 5, while Lark Mason Associates sale opens for bidding on January 29 - February 12. "There are some incredible gems in both sales," says Lark Mason. "Our low estimates will certainly warm the hearts of anyone looking for attractive pieces to enhance their interiors." Among the 20th century and contemporary highlights offered by Lark Mason Associates are a striking sculpture by George Sugarman, Small Sanctuary expected to realize $10,000-15,000; a Polychrome Wood Female Bust, Temptress by Alan Clark (1896-1950) dating to circa 1925 with an estimate of $8,000-10,000; and a rare Tiffany and Company 18k Gold ... More

Peter Blum Gallery opens an exhibition of works on paper by David Rabinowitch   A new exhibition at The Morgan presents innovative contemporary drawings   Exhibition presents an overview of nearly two decades of Richard Slee's career

Untitled (Périgord Construction of Vision), 2012 (detail). Beeswax, crayon, oil and oil based ink on paper, 21 x 21 inches (53.3 x 53.3 cm). Image courtesy of the artist and Peter Blum Gallery, New York.

NEW YORK, NY.- Peter Blum Gallery will open an exhibition of works on paper by David Rabinowitch entitled Périgord Construction of Vision Drawings at 176 Grand Street, New York. This is the artist’s seventh solo show with the gallery. The exhibition runs through March 9, 2019. David Rabinowitch started visiting the Périgord region in southern France in 2008. Périgord has some of the best preserved 10th - 12th Century Romanesque churches in Europe and has become a place that Rabinowitch has been revisiting and making sketches of since his first vist. These ecclesiastical structures serve as a conceptual framework which the ongoing series of Périgord Construction of Vision Drawings has emerged from. Rather than literal representation, this ... More

Gavin Turk (b. 1967), ​Rosette, 2013, exhaust emission on paper, mounted on linen. The Morgan Library & Museum, 2013.10; Gift of Monaghan. Image courtesy of Gavin Turk.

NEW YORK, NY.- A new exhibition of contemporary drawings from the Morgan’s collection asks, what can drawing do? For many artists, drawing represents an attitude of experimentation and open-endedness more than a devotion to specific materials or techniques. By Any Means: Contemporary Drawings from the Morgan presents twenty-four innovative works on paper, including many recent acquisitions, by artists such as John Cage, Sol LeWitt, Vera Molnar, Robert Rauschenberg, Betye Saar, Gavin Turk, and Jack Whitten. Opening January 18, 2019, the show presents works from the 1950s to today by artists who have absorbed and built upon the legacy of their Cubist, Futurist, Dada, and Surrealist predecessors. Drawing ... More

Installation view of Richard Slee: Perfect Pie.

NEW YORK, NY.- Hales New York is presenting Richard Slee: Perfect Pie. This is Slee’s third solo exhibition with Hales Gallery. Richard Slee is deemed to be one of Britain's most significant and influential ceramic artists. Merging humor and irony with profound technical ability, Slee challenges the conventions of the studio pottery tradition, transcending its utilitarian roots and paving the way for a new genre of ceramic art. Perfect Pie presents an overview of nearly two decades of the artist’s career (the exhibition’s centerpiece Hammers remains ongoing). This selection highlights themes that recur across Slee’s substantial oeuvre: the great outdoors and the domestic interior (or “the great indoors,” as he prefers to call it). Slee integrates fabricated references to the decorative, the ornamental, and the symbolic—both from past histories and within contemporary culture. These ... More

Exhibition of four monumental works by Georges Mathieu on view at Nahmad Contemporary   Sarah Watson joins Kayne Griffin Corcoran as President   Michael Hilsman's first solo show with Almine Rech opens in New York

Installation view. © Comité Georges Mathieu - 2019 Artists Rights Society - ARS New York - ADAGP Paris.

NEW YORK, NY.- Nahmad Contemporary is presenting Georges Mathieu: Monumental Paintings, an exhibition of four monumental works by one of France’s most celebrated 20th-century abstract painters. On view January 11 through February 23, 2019, these impressive paintings were created by Georges Mathieu (1921–2012) at age 57, at the pinnacle of his career and on the occasion of the artist’s 1978 retrospective at the Grand Palais in Paris. Each spanning over 19-feet wide and commandeering the gallery walls, the paintings are emblematic of the immense canvases for which he is most admired. Featuring dynamic lines thrusting outward in all directions and streaks of vivid paint, the four paintings embody the artist’s signature gestural style that is predicated on harnessing intuitive expression through speed and spontaneity. ... More

Watson will be coming from Sprüth Magers where she served as Senior Director and was responsible for opening and running their Los Angeles branch since 2015.

LOS ANGELES, CA.- Kayne Griffin Corcoran announced the appointment of Sarah Watson to President of the gallery. Watson will be coming from Sprüth Magers where she served as Senior Director and was responsible for opening and running their Los Angeles branch since 2015. In her new role Watson will focus on further expanding the gallery’s program starting with the additions of Los Angeles based artist Llyn Foulkes and NY based artist Hank Willis Thomas. Prior to joining Sprüth Magers Watson opened the Los Angeles outpost of NY based gallery L&M and was previously a Director at Gagosian, Los Angeles. “We are thrilled to welcome Sarah to Kayne Griffin Corcoran and know the gallery will tremendously benefit from ... More

Installation view.

NEW YORK, NY.- Almine Rech Gallery is presenting the exhibition, Pictures of 'M.' and Other Pictures, Michael Hilsman’s first solo show with the gallery. A recurring figure in Hilsman’s large-scale paintings shows a marked sense of vulnerability: With graying beard and balding head, the man hides himself from the viewer, lurking behind oversize foliage or covering his face with a gingham napkin. Only pieces of his body are visible, sometimes surrounded by other human parts—a buried bone lies below the man’s supine figure in ‘M.’ with Laundry; an extracted molar floats next to his head in ‘M.’ with Idioms (Tooth and Nail). Like Bolańo’s fictional painter who enshrines his own amputated hand in a self-portrait, the fragmented figure of “M.,” a painted character in close proximity to Hilsman himself, underscores the body’s frailty, its awkwardness and mortality, and the disarming ... More

A painting in a museum hears more ridiculous stories than anything else in the world. Goncourt

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Aviva Lehmann Promoted to Vice President & Director of American Art at Heritage Auctions
DALLAS, TX.- Heritage Auctions has announced that Aviva Lehmann has been promoted to Vice President and Director of American Art. "Aviva is a universally respected and admired expert in the American Art community," Heritage Auctions Co-Chairman Jim Halperin said. "Her wealth of knowledge has been vital to Heritage Auctions' growth within the American Art auction business." Lehmann joined Heritage Auctions' New York office in 2013 with an extensive résumé that included a stint as Vice President, Specialist in American Art at Christie's, where she was instrumental in helping the American Art department set dozens of auction records and doubling the value of mid-season auctions. Her professional expertise is supplemented by extensive academic work in the American Art field. The magna cum laude Art History graduate from Yeshiva University ... More

Simon Lee Gallery opens a solo exhibition of new works by British artist Clare Woods
NEW YORK, NY.- Simon Lee Gallery, New York, is presenting Password Revolt, a solo exhibition of new works by British artist Clare Woods. This show marks Woods’s first solo exhibition in New York since 2002 and represents a continuation of the themes addressed in her first exhibition, Rehumanizing, at Simon Lee Gallery, Hong Kong, in 2018. Over the course of a career spanning more than twenty years Woods has developed a unique painterly language that is concerned by the sculpting of an image in two dimensions. Her early practice as a sculptor continues to inform her exploration of physical form via the materiality of paint. A preoccupation with large-scale landscape painting has given way in recent years to a focus on the human figure rendered in oil paints, as opposed to the enamel originally used. The unpredictability of viscous oil on aluminum ... More

Exhibition of contemporary furniture opens at Blackwell, The Arts & Crafts House
BOWNESS-ON-WINDERMERE.- A selection of stunning contemporary furniture will go on show at Blackwell, The Arts & Crafts House, Bowness-on-Windermere, Cumbria. A Design Lineage: The Rusland Movement at Blackwell will open on 18 January and run until 9 June 2019. The Rusland Movement creates furniture inspired by nature that will stand the test of time. Made by hand from a workshop in south Cumbria, the company creates pieces that are destined to become family heirlooms. Select pieces going on show throughout the house include an elegant cocktail cabinet, sofa and chair, desk, sideboard, bedside table, mirror and drawer unit. Since it opened in 2001 Blackwell has built up a reputation of displaying contemporary work by crafts people who have been inspired by the house’s Arts & Crafts architecture and design. Helen Watson, Director of Programming ... More

Collaborative exhibition that explores the excellence of Oregon artists opens in Eugene
EUGENE, ORE.- The Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art at the University of Oregon presents “Visual Magic: An Oregon Invitational,” from January 19 to May 12, 2019. A collaboration with the George D. Green Art Institute, the exhibition features recent work by forty-five artists who began their careers in Oregon during the 1960s and 70s. “The George D. Green Art Institute has been organizing “Visual Magic” exhibitions in Portland and the surrounding area for the past three years” says JSMA McCosh Curator Danielle Knapp. “We were thrilled to collaborate with them on this larger manifestation of their concept, and to invite so many artists to participate” “Visual Magic” explores how this generation of artists continues to represent the highest levels of creative accomplishment. Sixty ... More

Kimathi Donkor wins the De'Longhi Art Projects Artist Award 2019
LONDON.- Last night (Tuesday 16 January), London Art Fair 2019 announced Kimathi Donkor, represented by Ed Cross Fine Art, as the winner of the De’Longhi Art Projects Artist Award 2019. Kimathi Donkor’s work is being exhibited as part of Art Projects, a curated sector of the Fair offering a platform for emerging galleries to showcase innovative contemporary art from across the world. Now in its 15th edition, the section brings together 33 galleries from 11 countries, showcasing some of the most stimulating contemporary art practice today. The winner was chosen by a judging panel carefully selected to include key art world figures from the areas of collecting, journalism, curating and education, comprising Jo Baring, Director of the Ingram Collection of Modern British and Contemporary Art; Alistair Hicks, writer and curator; Cherie Federico, director of Aesthetica; ... More

Galerie Nathalie Obadia opens Spanish artist Josep Grau-Garriga's first solo exhibition in Belgium
BRUSSELS.- Galerie Nathalie Obadia is presenting Spanish artist Josep Grau-Garriga’s first solo exhibition in Belgium. On this occasion, the gallery is exhibiting a group of tapestries, spanning the artist’s long career, with the earliest dating from the 1970s and more recent works dating from the 2000s. Four decades of creation during which Josep Grau-Garriga, who died in 2011, developed his own visual language, while at the same time revolutionizing the art of tapestry. The exhibition also includes a series of drawings by the Catalonian master, whose pictorial work is relatively unknown, in comparison with his woven work, with which his name has become synonymous. The joint presentation of these two bodies of work—a rare event indeed—reveals the fertile emulation between the two media. When Josep Grau-Garriga was born, in 1929, in Sant Cugat ... More

New Hampshire Antiques Dealers Association sponsors Jan. 24 Americana, folk art auction
NEW YORK, NY.- The New Hampshire Antiques Dealers Association (NHADA), one of the largest organizations of its kind, consists of nearly 300 knowledgeable members dedicated to integrity and fairness in all business dealings. The NHADA has teamed up with Jasper52 to present a January 24 auction featuring items consigned solely by members of the prestigious trade organization. Jasper52 helps select auction houses, dealers, galleries and now associations to conduct themed auctions whose goods are vetted by auctioneers and appraisers. Absentee and live online bidding for all Jasper52 auctions is available exclusively through LiveAuctioneers. The 377-lot auction focuses on quality Americana and folk art. One of the top items is a rare carousel goat carved by Salvatore Cernigliaro in the early 1900s at the Dentzel shop in Philadelphia’s historic ... More

The Mosaic Rooms continues its 10th anniversary programme in 2019 with 'When Legacies Become Debts'
LONDON.- Continuing the 10th anniversary programme of The Mosaic Rooms, When Legacies Become Debts (18 January – 30 March) contemplates the personal and collective forms of reliance and liability experienced between different generations of artists and writers. Featuring commissioned works by Ali Meer Azimi, Bahar Noorizadeh and Mahan Moalemi, recent projects by Hadi Fallahpisheh and Shirin Sabahi, and in-process researches by Hannah Darabi, Ronak Moshtaghi, and Hamed Yousefi (with Ali Mirsepassi), the exhibition and related programme addresses the nuance of artistic research and production as part of a series of pedagogical, discursive, and material negotiations with the legacies that shape and inform them. When Legacies Become Debts centres on intergenerational obligations, personal commitments, intellectual inheritances ... More

Whitechapel Gallery opens an exhibition of works from the "la Caixa" Collection of Contemporary Art
LONDON.- Internationally acclaimed authors explore Spain’s leading collection of contemporary art in this series of four displays taking place over the course of a year. Each writer curates a display of artworks and contributes new writing based on their selection. Preeminent Spanish novelist Enrique Vila-Matas (b. 1948, Spain) brings an intuitive and personal approach to the “la Caixa” Collection of Contemporary Art for the first display, opening in January 2019. Selecting installation, painting, film and photography by artists Gerhard Richter (b. 1932, Germany), Dominique González-Foerster (b. 1965, France) and Dora García (b. 1956, Spain), he also includes figurative and landscape works by Spanish and European artists of his generation. The first institutional Spanish collection to focus on postwar contemporary art “la Caixa” was founded ... More

Exhibition at Camden Arts Centre presents two new, interconnected artist films
LONDON.- In her largest exhibition to date, British artist Beatrice Gibson presents two new, interconnected films and an expanded public programme featuring the artists, poets, musicians and wider community with whom the films have been made. The crone is a stock character in folklore and fairy tale. An archetype, a wise old woman - she is often disagreeable, malicious, or sinister, but also magical and supernatural, with associations that can make her helpful or obstructing. Taking American composer Pauline Oliveros’ album Crone Music (1990) for its title, this exhibition represents a significant shift in Gibson’s work, one which sees the artist seeking out an explicitly feminist lineage through which to recast the syncretic, collective and participatory nature of her practice. The first film I Hope I’m Loud When I’m Dead explores poetry and disobedience. The title comes ... More

Exhibition brings together works that meditate on the creation of new worlds and new models for living
NEW YORK, NY.- Metro Pictures presents Life to come, a group exhibition organized by Asad Raza that brings together works that meditate on the creation of new worlds and new models for living. Central to the exhibition are its hosts, who guide visitors through Raza’s droll environment comprised of such fairy-tale objects as a talking stone by Philippe Parreno and a glass and stone egg sculpture––crystalized yolk pouring out from its craggy inside––by Rachel Rose. Prompted by Ian Cheng’s e-book Emissary's Guide to Worlding, the hosts help visitors draw connections between works such as Camille Henrot’s Is it possible to be a revolutionary and like flowers?, a series of floral arrangements inspired by the Sogetsu Ikebana school, and Dan Graham’s film Rock My Religion, which surmises Shaker religion to be the foundation of rock and roll. Sound ... More

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On a day like today, English fashion designer and photographer Cecil Beaton died
January 18, 1980. Sir Cecil Walter Hardy Beaton CBE (14 January 1904 - 18 January 1980) was an English fashion, portrait and war photographer, diarist, painter, interior designer and an Academy Award–winning stage and costume designer for films and the theatre. In this image: Marylin Monroe. © Sotheby’s Cecil Beaton Archive.

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