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Italy nationalists mull refusing Leonardo da Vinci paintings to Louvre

The Louvre Pyramid is illuminated in the night. Bertrand GUAY / AFP.

ROME (AFP).- Italy wants to renegotiate a deal to loan all of its Leonardo da Vinci paintings to France's Louvre to mark 500 years since his death, Italian media reported on Saturday. Junior culture minister Lucia Bergonzoni of the far-right League told the Corriere della Sera that the terms of an agreement signed by previous culture minister Dario Franceschini were "unbelievable". "Leonardo is Italian, he only died in France," Bergonzoni said of the Renaissance polymath who was born in Italy in 1452 and died in France in 1519. "To give the Louvre all these paintings would put Italy on the margins of a major cultural event," Bergonzoni said of the 2017 deal for the Italian state to loan all of its Da Vinci paintings to the 2019 Louvre exhibition. "We need to discuss everything again. Where museums' autonomy is concerned, national interest cannot come second. The French cannot have everything," she said. The Franco-Italian accord also provides for the Louvre -- home to Da Vinci's Mona Lisa -- to loa ... More

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Jasper Johns' gifts shown in entirety at the Columbia Museum of Art   Major exhibition to explore key moments in American art history   New Barry Art Museum caps a decade of nurturing the arts at Old Dominion University

One of Jasper Johns’ famous target paintings hanging in the CMA at its former Taylor Street location in 1960.

COLUMBIA, SC.- The Columbia Museum of Art is presenting the exhibition Midcentury Masters: Jasper Johns’ Gifts to the CMA, a varied collection of 35 prints gifted to the CMA by Jasper Johns himself and shown in its entirety for the first time, on view Friday, November 16, 2018, to Sunday, February, 24, 2019. With several prints by Johns as well as the work of such postwar heavyweights as Robert Rauschenberg, Josef Albers, Roy Lichtenstein, Ellsworth Kelly, and Andy Warhol, plus archival materials documenting Johns’ time living and establishing his artistic identity in Columbia, this unique exhibition provides insight into the mind of South Carolina’s most famous artistic son. “Artists, critics, and collectors the world over know the name Jasper Johns, but few know that his career began in Columbia where he studied at USC,” says Chief Curator Will South, who organized the exhibition. “And though he ... More

Marsden Hartley, Adelard the Drowned, Master of the "Phantom", c. 1938–39, oil on board, 28 × 22 in., The Frederick R. Weisman Art Museum at the University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, bequest of Hudson D. Walker from the Ione and Hudson D. Walker Collection.

LOS ANGELES, CA.- The Los Angeles County Museum of Art hosts the West Coast presentation of Outliers and American Vanguard Art, the first major exhibition to explore key moments in American art history when avant-garde artists and outliers intersected, and how their exchanges ushered in new paradigms based on inclusion, integration, and assimilation. Featuring over 250 works in a range of media, the show will present works by more than 80 self-taught and trained artists such as Henry Darger, Sam Doyle, William Edmondson, Lonnie Holley, Greer Lankton, Sister Gertrude Morgan, Matt Mullican, Horace Pippin, Martín Ramírez, Betye Saar, Judith Scott, Charles Sheeler, Cindy Sherman, Bill Traylor, and Kara Walker. Outliers and American Vanguard Art is ... More

The 24,000-square-foot, two-story facility is the result of a $37 million gift – the largest in University history – of art and funds from Richard and Carolyn Barry. Photo courtesy of Old Dominion University.

NORFOLK, VA.- The Barry Art Museum at Old Dominion University welcomed more than 1,400 people during its grand-opening festivities. The 24,000-square-foot, two-story facility is the result of a $37 million gift – the largest in University history – of art and funds from Richard and Carolyn Barry. In his remarks, Old Dominion University President John R. Broderick said he sees the Barry Art Museum as the culmination of a “decade of nurturing the ‘Arts in the Village’ concept” at the University. Other arts facilities in the area include Gordon Art Galleries, the Goode Theatre, the University Theatre and related rehearsal space, Brock Commons and the Hixon and Barry art buildings. “All have sent the message loud and clear to potential students and the surrounding community that Old Dominion University is committed in every ... More

Design Museum announces winners of Beazley Designs of the Year 2018   Newly restored Valois Tapestries make North American debut   CyArk and Iron Mountain partner to digitally preserve Palacio de Bellas Artes

Like a war crime CSI, Counter Investigations staged Forensic Architecture’s modes of analysis through the use of maps, screens, text, films and other evidence.

LONDON.- Counter Investigations, an exhibition of work by Forensic Architecture, an independent research agency based at Goldsmiths University London has been named the winner of the Beazley Designs of the Year 2018. The agency works to uncover miscarriages of justice and international war crimes through the architectural analysis of imagery. From official news and smartphone footage to satellite images, minute clues and fragmentary evidence are painstakingly analysed to create full 3D reconstructions of events, allowing the team to verify disputed information. Like a war crime CSI, Counter Investigations staged Forensic Architecture’s modes of analysis through the use of maps, screens, text, films and other evidence. Forensic Architecture is also nominated for Tate Britain’s Turner Prize in ... More

Fontainebleau, from the Valois Tapestries, c. 1576. Woven under the direction of Master WF, Brussels. Wool, silk, silver and gilded silver metal-wrapped thread; 395.5 x 338 cm. Gallerie degli Uffizi, Palazzo Pitti, deposit, Florence, Arazzi n. 473. Photo: Roberto Palermo.

CLEVELAND, OH.- An exhibition of international significance, Renaissance Splendor: Catherine de’ Medici’s Valois Tapestries unveils six recently restored Valois Tapestries, on view for the first time in North America. This unique set of eight hangings was almost certainly commissioned in the 1570s by Catherine de’ Medici, the indomitable queen mother of France, to celebrate the future of the Valois dynasty as continuing rulers of France. Juxtaposing the hangings with paintings, drawings and exquisite art objects of the period, the exhibition explores the tapestries’ role as an artistic and political statement involving two of the most powerful European dynasties of the Renaissance— ... More

3D render of the Palace.

BOSTON, MASS.- Iron Mountain Incorporated, the global leader in storage and information management services, and CyArk, a non-profit organization that digitally records, archives and helps preserve world heritage sites, today announced a new preservation project in Mexico City to digitally capture and preserve the Palacio de Bellas Artes (Palace of Fine Arts). This project is the first to be executed by Iron Mountain and CyArk in Mexico, and it will support the Mexican Secretary of Culture’s goal to preserve the city’s historical monuments from natural and man-made threats. Constructed from 1904 to 1934, the Palacio de Bellas Artes has been a part of the World Heritage listing, “Historic Center of Mexico City,” since 1987. It is the first National Theatre of Mexico, has presented exhibitions of Frida Kahlo’s works and concerts by Luciano Pavarotti, and regularly hosts performances by Ballet Folklórico ... More

Solo exhibition of early paintings by André Butzer inaugurates Max Hetzler's London space   Freeman's announces American Furniture, Folk & Decorative Arts results   Monumental Roy Lichtenstein sculpture at Portland Art Museum to undergo conservation treatment

André Butzer, 1 Eis, bitte! (1999), installation view, Galerie Max Hetzler, London, 2018. Photo: A.C. Cooper.

LONDON.- Galerie Max Hetzler opened a solo exhibition of early paintings by André Butzer to inaugurate its London space. The first dedicated exhibition of the artist's seminal "Science-Fiction-Expressionism" series in the UK, 1 Eis, bitte! (1999) features works from 1999 – 2000 and one large-scale painting from the "N-Bilder" ("N-Paintings") dated 2011. The exhibition title 1 Eis, bitte!(1 Ice-cream Please), is taken from one of the paintings included and can be seen as referencing Butzer's first solo show at Galerie Max Hetzler Berlin in 2003 - Chips und Pepsi und Medizin (Chips and Pepsi and Medicine). Whilst both titles are playful in their casual spoken nature, Butzer wryly critiques commodity aesthetics through the allusion to products of mass consumption and branded identities. At the same time, aware of the contradictions at play, Butzer lures in the viewer through his deliberate use of bright colours and enlivened compositions ... More

Freeman’s set an auction record for an American-made looking glass. Lot 104, a Chippendale carved mahogany looking glass with a phoenix cartouche, sold for $298,000, more than ten times its high estimate.

PHILADELPHIA, PA.- On Wednesday, November 14, Freeman’s presented the American Furniture, Folk & Decorative Arts auction, coming just one day after the Modern & Contemporary Art auction. The nearly 500 lot sale included important furniture, decorative arts, textiles, and historical paintings. The sale totaled $1.07 million. Freeman’s set an auction record for an American-made looking glass. Lot 104, a Chippendale carved mahogany looking glass with a phoenix cartouche, sold for $298,000, more than ten times its high estimate. The carving of the cartouche and side garlands was attributed to the workshop of John Pollard and Richard Butts, Philadelphia craftsmen who advertised their partnership on Chestnut Street in 1773. Micro-analysis determined the secondary woods ... More

The 1996 Roy Lichtenstein sculpture Brushstrokes stands prominently outside the Portland Art Museum’s Mark Building.

PORTLAND, ORE.- The Portland Art Museum has announced a grant from the 2018 Bank of America Art Conservation Project to conserve Brushstrokes, by Roy Lichtenstein. The grant funding will support essential conservation work to protect the monumental Pop Art sculpture, which stands outside the Museum’s Center for Modern and Contemporary Art. The Bank of America grant will help support the conservation of a monumental sculpture that has become a familiar icon in downtown Portland. A central figure in the Pop Art movement of the 1960s, Roy Lichtenstein became best known for his paintings of comic-strip figures rendered in hand-painted Benday-dot patterns. He later depicted stylized landscapes, domestic interiors, consumer-product packaging, and parodies of Abstract Expressionism seen in the Brushstrokes series. In discussing ... More

Hirshhorn, Smithsonian American Art Museum jointly acquire work by Arthur Jafa   Cultural renaissance sweeps Latvia for centenary   Maria Loboda presents a mysterious sculpture garden in the Rotunda of the Schirn Kunsthalle Frankfurt

Installation view of Arthur Jafa, "Love is the Message, The Message is Death," 2016 in "The Message: New Media Works" at the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, 2017. Courtesy of Arthur Jafa and Gavin Brown's enterprise, New York/ Rome. Photo: Cathy Carver.

WASHINGTON, DC.- The Smithsonian American Art Museum and the Smithsonian's Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden have jointly acquired Arthur Jafa's (b. 1960) iconic video "Love is the Message, The Message is Death" (2016). Considered a breakout work when it debuted in 2016, the single-channel video signaled a shift in approach to contemporary American discourse on race and politics through the use of CCTV, documentaries, YouTube and social media footage alongside Jafa's own personal home movies. This is the first joint acquisition between the Smithsonian's two museums most active in collecting contemporary art. Both museums have a long-standing commitment to the acquisition and presentation of contemporary moving-image works. "Love is the Message, The Message is ... More

This picture shows an inner view of the Latvian National library. Ilmars Znotins / AFP.

RIGA (AFP).- With homegrown books and films topping sales in Latvia after decades of foreign cultural domination, the small Baltic state is in the throes of a cultural renaissance as it marks 100 years of independence. Latvians will enjoy centenary festivities including classical music concerts, military parades and fireworks on Sunday. Before independence in 1918, Latvia endured the better part of two centuries under Russian imperial domination, only punctuated by brief periods of freedom. The country briefly emerged from that cultural cloud, only to be swept again under the control of Moscow, with decades of Soviet rule that finally ended in the early 1990s. Like others in the post-communist bloc, instead of examining their own culture, Latvians gobbled up American popular culture with their first taste of freedom. But over the last few years Latvians have been reclaiming their identity by immersing themselves in books and films focused largely on their own troubled history. And in the weeks ... More

Maria Loboda. Idyl In An Electronics Factory, "Grand Interiors", 2018, © Schirn Kunsthalle Frankfurt, 2018, Photo: Marc Krause.

FRANKFURT.- Maria Loboda’s sculptures and installations are mysterious and full of secrets; their encoded messages reveal themselves only at second glance. The artist uses her three-dimensional works to transfer past knowledge into the here and now. From November 16, 2018, to February 3, 2019, the Schirn Kunsthalle Frankfurt is presenting the exhibition Maria Loboda. Idyl In An Electronics Factory including three works by Maria Loboda which she has developed specially for the freely accessible Rotunda. Taken together they tell a story that refers to the pioneering American landscape architect James C. Rose (1913–1991). The central installation in the exterior space of the Rotunda bears the title Tout terriblement: it consists of two parallel hedges of Portuguese laurel that rise up to the first floor of the Rotunda, blocking the way through and transforming the space into a labyrinth. There are four, seemingly organic concrete sculptures ... More

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New Art Centre opens exhibition of works by Robyn Denny
SALISBURY.- This exhibition is a celebration of Robyn Denny’s work from the 1960s, an especially significant period in the extensive career of an artist who played a key role in the evolution of British abstraction whilst mainly looking to America for inspiration. Robyn Denny (1930-2014) was one of an internationally acclaimed group who began to transform British art in the late 1950s and which went on to receive global acclaim in the 60s and 70s. Denny’s large-scale, colourful abstract paintings embody the cool, modernising mood we associate with the 1960s, yet some of his work can also have a more sombre and enigmatic presence, which conversely makes some of the paintings seem utterly timeless. ‘No painting should reveal all it has to say as a kind of instant impact,’ Denny told an interviewer in 1964. ‘Abstract painting… should be as diverse and complex ... More

Christie's 20th Century Week totals $1.1 billion
NEW YORK, NY.- Christie’s fall 20th Century Week at Rockefeller Center realized USD$1.1 billion, achieved across six days of successful Evening, Day and Online-Only auctions. The results were propelled by market-leading prices for masterpieces and major artworks from the most-coveted artists of the 20th and 21st centuries and were underscored by exceptional provenance and quality. This season, Christie’s was the auction house of choice for eight major private and estate collections, which were offered throughout the week and included both individual masterpieces and entire collections decades in the making. Among the notable achievements of the week, Christie’s twice surpassed the $90 million mark for individual works of art, setting a new auction record for any work by any living artist with David Hockney’s 1972 masterpiece, which sold for $90.3 ... More

One-man show tackles the sky
ATHENS, GA.- As an undergraduate student, Ted Kincaid disabled the light meter on his Polaroid camera. A longer shutter speed let him capture time in motion instead of static images. Kincaid has since focused his artistic practice on the exploration and exploitation of photography’s tug-of-war between reality and artistic truth. He uses digital media both to create manufactured “photographs” and to deconstruct and radically reorder segments of photograph into pure color and form. This second process forges the focus of “Even if I Lose Everything,” Kincaid’s first solo museum exhibition, which is on view at the Georgia Museum of Art at the University of Georgia from November 17, 2018, to January 13, 2019. “Even if I Lose Everything” features a series of abstracted skyscapes. Kincaid digitally dissects photographs (both his own and those by ... More

Boon Foundation for Narrative Graphic Arts bids $600,000 for original art for Master Race
DALLAS, TX.- The Belgium-based Boon Foundation for Narrative Graphic Arts cast the $600,000 winning bid to add the original art for the eight-page story Master Race (EC 1955) to its collection of artworks from comic strips and graphic novels. Heritage Auctions offered the original art for the first time since its publication in 1955 at a public auction of vintage comic books and comic art held Thursday, Nov. 15, in Dallas, Texas. “These eight pages date from 1955 and were the first major representation of the Holocaust in the history of graphic narrative,” said Daniel Spindler, a representative of the Boon Foundation. “Master Race is one of the world masterworks of graphic narrative.” Created in Belgium in June 2018 by Philippe Boon, the Boon Foundation for Narrative Graphic Arts houses several thousand works, in particular strip comics and graphic novels. ... More

Philipp Timischl presents an orchestrated installation of photographs, collages, and sculptures
VIENNA.- Philipp Timischl’s expansive multimedia installations combine personal notes from the buzz of everyday life with found and self-produced materials to build narrative structures. Balancing between documentation and fiction, between the private and public spheres, they play with intimacy and self-reference. Major themes in his art include the lasting influence of our roots, exclusion, and queerness in relation to social classes as well as the power dynamics between art, artist, and audience. Artworks For All Age Groups, the exhibition Timischl has created for his show at the Secession, is an orchestrated installation of photographs, collages, and sculptures. The photographic series shows a conspicuously glamorous female figure; it is the artist himself in drag. Accompanied by a muscular young man, she is taking a private stroll through the Secession’s ... More

Marc Bamuthi Joseph appointed VP of Social Impact at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts
WASHINGTON, DC.- Multi-hyphenate artist and national arts leader Marc Bamuthi Joseph will join the leadership team of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, effective January 1, 2019. The dynamic cultural curator will assume a newly created role of Vice President and Artistic Director of Social Impact, charged with weaving together and advancing the Center’s many and varied local and national community engagement initiatives. “Marc is a transformative force on stage and behind the scenes, and the Kennedy Center and our entire community will benefit immensely from the creativity, passion, and dedication he brings to his craft and to the pivotal role that the arts play in shaping our social landscape,” commented Deborah F. Rutter, Kennedy Center President. “As we move towards the opening of the REACH in 2019, and our 50th ... More

P·P·O·W opens an exhibition of works by Betty Tompkins
NEW YORK, NY.- P•P•O•W is presenting Will She Ever Shut Up? the gallery’s second exhibition with Betty Tompkins, featuring new and historic work. Tompkins is a pioneering feminist artist, best known for her direct depiction of the female body, sexuality, and desire through paintings, drawings, photographs, and video works. The exhibition title comes from a phrase submitted as part of Tompkins’ original Women Words project, which Tompkins worked on from 2002-2015, and serves as a poignant and humorous lens through which to grapple with the themes that Tompkins explores in her current exhibition. The main room of the gallery features a new body of Women Words that Tompkins has created using pages torn from photography and art history books. The work features phrases that Tompkins sourced from audience response cards from Tompkins’ exhibitions ... More

Bruneau & Co. announces highlights included in the Thanksgiving Weekend Auction
CRANSTON, RI.- Bruneau & Co. Auctioneers’ upcoming Estate Antiques & Fine Art Auction is planned for the Thanksgiving holiday weekend on Saturday, November 24th, online and in the firm’s gallery, located at 63 Fourth Avenue in Cranston. Offered will be 500 lots of fine jewelry, sterling silver, original artworks, furniture, art glass, sculpture, folk art, Asian objects and more. “This will be a well-rounded holiday sale, with a large assortment of jewelry from estates across southern New England, as well as interesting art from many local homes,” said Bruneau & Co. Auctioneers company president and auctioneer Kevin Bruneau. “We invite everyone to come celebrate Thanksgiving with Bruneau & Co. and enjoy the complimentary food and beverage.” The auction will begin promptly at 10 am Eastern time. Online bidding will be facilitated by ... More

How the intimate personal effects of a US President and his family came up for sale at a Surrey auction
LONDON.- An auction on November 28 will reveal how the personal and family belongings of a United States President came to be in Surrey. Ewbank’s Auctions of Send will present a dedicated sale of dozens of pieces of silver, jewellery and other effects with direct links to Grover Cleveland, the only US President to have served two terms that were not consecutive. The lots include one of his most personal possessions, an inscribed gold chain and locket, presented as a gift from his daughters Ruth and Esther, containing photographs of the girls, one of whom, Ruth, was to die tragically young, while the other, Esther, was the first and only child born in the White House to an incumbent President and his wife. Another is a double portrait miniature photograph frame (shown above) in sterling silver holding facing photos of President Cleveland and his wife, ... More

Exhibition showcases commissions produced for world fairs, private homes, clubs, and ocean liners
MIAMI BEACH, FLA.- The Wolfsonian­–Florida International University is presenting a special exhibition co-organized with The Wolfsoniana, the museum’s sister institution in Genoa, Italy, in cooperation with the Consulate General of Italy in Miami. Made in Italy: MITA Textile Design 1926–1976, on view November 16, 2018–April 28, 2019, explores fifty years of collaboration between the Genovese textile firm Manifattura Italiana Tappeti Artistici (MITA) and artists such as Fortunato Depero, Gio Ponti, and Arturo Martini. Pulling works from both the Wolfsonian and Wolfsoniana collections in a rare joint presentation, Made in Italy reflects the expert craftsmanship and full diversity of MITA’s production over its five-decade span. Original works, design drawings, and photographs illustrate the firm’s remarkable output of rugs, carpets, tapestries, ... More

PEER and LUX present artist and video activist belit sağ's first UK solo exhibitions
LONDON.- PEER in partnership with LUX, presents the image unseen, the image invisible, the image not shown and BL CK B X: belit sağ, two related exhibitions by Dutch-based Turkish-born artist belit sağ in her first solo show in the UK. belit sağ works with found media images and accessible forms of moving image-making in a personal, and often intimate way, to examine wider political issues. She is interested in the ‘violence of images and images of violence’ and her work often reflects on the impact of the past forty years of Turkey’s political regimes on the country’s contemporary society, including the use of censorship as a tool for State control. The artist persistently questions the role of image-making as a means of recording violence and destruction, and in the expression of protest and grief. At PEER in the image unseen, the image ... More

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November 18, 1933. Bruce Conner (November 18, 1933 - July 7, 2008) was an American artist who worked with assemblage, film, drawing, sculpture, painting, collage, and photography. In this image: Bruce Conner, A MOVIE, 1958, 16mm to 35mm blow-up, b&w/sound, 12min. Digitally Restored, 2016. Courtesy Kohn Gallery. Courtesy Conner Family Trust © Conner Family Trust.

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