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Study finds that Neanderthal man knew how to make a fire by striking stones

This file photo taken on March 26, 2018 shows a moulding of a Neanderthal man face displayed for the Neanderthal exhibition at the Musee de l'Homme in Paris. The Neanderthal man knew how to make fire by striking stones, affirm on July 19, 2018, researchers who analysed several tools from sites in France dating back 50,000 years. STEPHANE DE SAKUTIN / AFP.

by Pascale Mollard-Chenebenoit


PARIS (AFP).- Neanderthal man knew how to make a fire by striking stone to create sparks, researchers said Thursday after analysing several tools found at sites in France dating from 50,000 years ago. It was already known that Neanderthals used fire but it was mostly thought to have occurred by natural causes such as lightning or volcanic eruptions, although perhaps they did know techniques for creating a flame. The latter is what scientists of a study published in Scientific Reports have claimed. "We present here the first direct artefactual evidence for regular, systematic fire production by Neanderthals," they wrote in the study. "We found the lighters that Neanderthal man used to make a fire," Marie Soressi, professor of prehistory at Leiden University in the Netherlands and co-author of the study, told AFP. The researchers fo ... More


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Gagosian opens a cross-generational exhibition that pairs works by gallery artists based on generative resonance   Egypt archaeologists find 4,500-year-old pottery workshop   Sunset Strips to Soul: Perrotin Seoul opens exhibition of works by Zach Harris


Richard Artschwager, Seat of Judgement, 2008. Formica on wood, 93 x 42 x 36 inches 236.2 x 106.7 x 91.4 cm © 2018 Richard Artschwager / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York. Courtesy Gagosian.

SAN FRANCISCO, CA.- Gagosian is presenting Echoes, a cross-generational exhibition that pairs works by gallery artists based on generative resonance: Adriana Varejão with Richard Artschwager, Mary Weatherford with John Chamberlain, and Jeff Wall with Cy Twombly. Two relief paintings by Varejão, made more than a decade apart, are shown with a painting and sculpture by Artschwager, both artists underscoring the agonistic nature of painterly discourse. The intricate surfaces of Varejão’s Ruína de Charque – Nova Capela (2003) and Bone-White Song (2017), which simulate broken or cracked ceramic tiles, reveal illusionistic flesh and blood within, suggesting a rather more turbulent sequel to the totalizing abstractions of modernism, while Artschwager’s Mirror (1964) and Seat of Judgment (2008) ... More
 

The workshop was built during the Fourth Dynasty of ancient Egypt (between 2613 and 2494 BC).

CAIRO (AFP).- Egyptian archaeologists have uncovered a pottery workshop dating back some 4,500 years, officials said Thursday, a rare discovery providing a glimpse into daily life from millenia ago. The find -- which included a stone pottery wheel -- was made close to the southern city of Aswan during work around the Temple of Kom Ombo on the banks of the Nile River, the antiquities ministry said. The workshop was built during the Fourth Dynasty of ancient Egypt (between 2613 and 2494 BC), a statement said, the same period in which the famous pyramids of Giza were constructed. "It is one of the rare finds that sheds light on daily life, industrial activities and the development of art in ancient Egypt," Mostafa Waziri, secretary general of Egypt's Supreme Council of Antiquities, said in the statement. Waziri said the discovery showed "the improvement and adaptation" of tools during the period as people "responded to the demands of ... More
 

Zach Harris, Eclipse Eye, 2018. Carved wood, water-based paint, ink. 99.1 × 91.4 cm | 39 × 36 in. Courtesy the Artist and Perrotin.

SEOUL.- Perrotin Seoul is happy to announce Zach Harris’ first show in Asia, and his second with the gallery, following his exhibition at Perrotin Paris in May 2017. Zach Harris’ carved panel paintings vacillate between pictorial realms. Within a single work, mathematical precision—an interest in systems, algorithms, and order—is integrated with feverishly drawn visions and complex color harmonies. The diverse aesthetic of Harris’ work eschews ready-made identity. Paint is used as an exploratory medium, while intricate shallow relief wood carving allows for intensive planning and exacting craftsmanship. The illusory nature of Harris’ painting skillfully modulates the tactile three-dimensionality of the object itself. Order and intuition, the tangible and the chimerical, the physical and the fanciful—these are the tensions with which Harris’ work is fraught. A carved frame, rigidly geometric, ... More



Exhibitions celebrate the 125 year anniversary of women's suffrage in New Zealand   Julien's Auctions to offer Propert from the Estate of Ronnie James Dio   Adrian Cronauer, 'Good Morning, Vietnam' DJ, dead at 79


Edith Collier, Peasant Woman of Bonmahon. Oil on canvas. Collection of the Sarjeant Gallery Te Whare o Rehua Whanganui. Gift of Edith Collier, 1956.

WHANGANUI.- The permanent collection of the Sarjeant Gallery Te Whare o Rehua Whanganui houses the largest public holding of works by the New Zealand Modernist painter Edith Collier. The permanent collection holds in excess of four hundred and fifty Edith Collier drawings, wood cuts and paintings. Jennifer Taylor Moore, Curator of Collections at the Sarjeant Gallery in Whanganui has selected eleven works by Collier being showcased in Edith Collier: Ahead of her time a progressive exhibition which demonstrates the artist at several key points in her artistic output. Jennifer Taylor Moore says “The works on display clearly demonstrate Collier’s awareness of early 20th century European art and the development of her own unique ... More
 

Ronnie Dio's moon and stars patchwork jeans worn extensively on stage with Rainbow. Estimate: 2,000-4,000.

LOS ANGELES, CA.- Julien’s Auctions will pay tribute to one of the most influential heavy metal heroes and forefathers of the head–banging music genre with Property from the Estate of Ronnie James Dio, taking place Friday, September 14 and Saturday, September 15 live at Hard Rock Cafe in New York and online at juliensauctions.com. Born July 10, 1942 in Portsmouth, NH and raised in Cortland, NY, Ronald James Padavona, whom the whole world would later revere as Ronnie James Dio or simply Dio’s powerhouse falsetto voice, commanding stage presence and impact on the genre and fandom–from his signature horn salute to his style of wearing black t–shirts–would catapult heavy metal’s trajectory into pop culture iconography. Dio ... More
 

Robin Williams, who died in 2014, was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Actor for the 1987 film, many elements of which were fictional.

WASHINGTON (AFP).- Adrian Cronauer, whose exploits as a US military disc jockey inspired the film "Good Morning, Vietnam" starring Robin Williams, has died at the age of 79. Cronauer, a former US Air Force sergeant, died on Wednesday, according to an obituary published by a funeral home in Troutville, Virginia, where he lived. No cause of death was given. Cronauer was a co-author of the original story for "Good Morning, Vietnam" which the obituary said was "loosely" based on his 1965-66 service as a host on military radio in Saigon. Robin Williams, who died in 2014, was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Actor for the 1987 film, many elements of which were fictional. Following his military service, Cronauer worked in radio and televi ... More


New visual identity launch for de Young + Legion of Honor museums   Australia's first computer finds new home at Scienceworks   Flowers Gallery opens a group exhibition of work by five artists


Defining a brand is not only important for external purposes but also has impact across every area within an organization.

SAN FRANCISCO, CA.- Several months ago, Linda Butler (Director of Marketing, Communications, and Visitor Experience at the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco) and Jennifer Sonderby (Sonderby Design) were entrusted by former Director and CEO of the Museums Max Hollein with the responsibility of refreshing the institution’s brand identity. Having recently worked together on a rebranding assignment at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, they understood both the importance of this task and its potential. To work successfully, the approach required close collaboration with internal teams. Defining a brand is not only important for external purposes but also has impact across every area within an organization. So it was essential to engage all departments and to partner with a design expert whose ... More
 

CSIRAC computer, console. Photo: Museums Victoria.

MELBOURNE.- Scienceworks has welcomed one of the most important pieces of Australian innovation, CSIRAC (Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation Automatic Computer) to its ground-breaking Think Ahead exhibition in Melbourne’s inner-west. Acting General Manager of Scienceworks, Jonathan Shearer said that Scienceworks, Australia’s leading science and technology museum, is the perfect new residence for the iconic computer. “CSIRAC is one of the most significant objects in Museums Victoria’s collection of over 17 million items and has an important role to play in highlighting both the history and current state of computer technology, in Australia and internationally. CSIRAC’s story shows that Australia has a strong record of innovation in STEM and we hope it inspires a fascination in technology and science in visitors of all ages.” Half the size of a shipping container and abou ... More
 

Jack Smith, Floating. 6 Elements, 2003, Oil on canvas, © Estate of Jack Smith. Courtesy of Flowers Gallery, London and New York.

NEW YORK, NY.- Flowers Gallery is presenting a group exhibition of work by five artists, bound by their use of experimentation in devising rules to generate algorithmic form. The exhibition focuses on works created by a process analogous to the principles and practice of mathematics to generate patterns, rhythms and relationships through rules or systems with their own aesthetic and origin. In his seminal 1949 essay, “The Mathematical Way of Thinking in the Art of our Time”, Max Bill upheld that elementary mathematical patterns were embedded in the cosmos, underlying all human order and were present in all the structures that we recognized. He said, “The art presents the overall view of the world that we have today. The art does not depict nature, but rather creates new systems that make visible the underlying patterns.” As a ... More



JanKossen Contemporary opens annual summer group show   New book and exhibition present a wonderful collection of vibrant and detailed images of a bygone era   Art Gallery of Ontario debuts new large scale works by Rebecca Belmore as part of major solo exhibition


Atsuko Chirikjian, Nested II, 2015. 36 x 48 in.

NEW YORK, NY.- The annual summer group show FRESH! returns to JanKossen Contemporary, featuring works by 14 artists under the curatorial vision of “Order and Chaos: the World of the Enlightened”. Artists have always played a role in voicing how the world is seen; they are critics disecting the concepts aesthetics, ideals of beauty, rationalism, tolerance and liberty. How do our artists see the world today? And what can we learn from their viewpoints ? Artists are invited to explore and present their rendering of our world; to re-interpret what is considered truth (or not)and the realities around us. A diverse group of international emerging and established artists were selected, who demonstrate a variety of methods, media, use of materials and techniques employed. Selected artists include Atsuko Chirikjian (USA), Eva Breitfuß (DE), Jarek Puczel (PL), Julie Rotblatt (USA), Leonid Filitsyan (USA), Matthew Mogle (USA),Michael Gatzke (DE ... More
 

Seaside Shelters by Will Scott 20 July – 19 August 2018 HENI Gallery. © Will Scott.

LONDON.- HENI Publishing presents Seaside Shelters, a wonderful collection of vibrant and detailed images of a bygone era, brought together in a beautiful new book and accompanying London exhibition. Acclaimed photographer and filmmaker Will Scott has travelled throughout the UK to lovingly chronicle the definitive collection of these very British structures. Once a testament to the popularity of British summer holidays and the country’s inclement weather, many of these architectural gems now stand deserted, decorously preserved in time. Dedicated to documenting their faded grandeur and intricate designs, Scott travelled the length and breadth of Britain for the project, from iconic seaside resorts to lesser-known sites along the coast, including Blackpool, Margate, the Isle of Wight, Frinton-on-Sea, Southsea, Colwyn Bay, Weymouth and Exmouth. For so many these images evoke memories of childhood ... More
 

Rebecca Belmore, Biinjiya'iing Onji (From Inside), 2017. Hand-carved marble, 143cm x209cm x 209cm. National Gallery of Canada, purchased 2018 © Rebecca Belmore.

TORONTO.- For over 30 years, Rebecca Belmore has created artworks that respond to the pressing concerns of our time. On view at the Art Gallery of Ontario, Rebecca Belmore: Facing the Monumental is the largest survey of Belmore’s work ever presented, and features photography, sculpture and media installations from the past three decades. Filling the fifth floor of the AGO’s Vivian and David Campbell Centre for Contemporary Art, the exhibition extends through a series of satellite installations into the AGO’s Galleria Italia, the AGO’s Joey & Toby Tanenbaum Sculpture Atrium, the AGO’s J.S. McLean Centre for Indigenous and Canadian Art, and the intersection of Queen and Bay streets in downtown Toronto. Curated by Wanda Nanibush, AGO Curator of Indigenous Art, the exhibition also marks the debut ... More


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Group exhibition presents artists who use landscape as a platform for exploring larger ideas
LONDON.- Parafin announces a group exhibition, curated by Rebecca Partridge. ‘In Pursuit of Elusive Horizons’ continues a series of exhibitions featuring the same core group of artists, curated by Partridge with various co-curators, including ‘Scaling the Sublime: Art at the Limits of Landscape’, Djanogly Art Gallery, Nottingham (2018), ‘Reason and Emotion: Landscape and the Contemporary Romantic’, Kunstverein Springhornhof, Germany (2013) and ‘Reason and Emotion: Landscape and the Contemporary Romantic’, Baroniet Rosendal, Norway (2012). Pursuing an elusive horizon conjures an image of the romantic figure in a lone and distant landscape, both longing for and questioning the existential relationship between self and nature. A decade ago, to describe an artwork, or an artist, as ‘romantic’ ... More

Artist and filmmaker Loretta Fahrenholz creates two new pieces for exhibition at mumok
VIENNA.- For her exhibition at mumok, Small Habit Revolution, artist and filmmaker Loretta Fahrenholz has created two new pieces that address key feminist works of the 1940s and their transfer into various Internet formats. Story in Reverse is a multi-part slide installation based on Ilse Aichinger’s Mirror Story (1949), a linguistic experiment that narrates a young woman’s tragically failed life. In Aichinger’s text the beginning and the end of life merge, as the story of the woman starts at her grave and is then told backwards by a second-person narrator. Her death is followed by an illegal abortion, she then falls in love, and becomes younger and younger, up to the day of her birth. Mirror Story contains contradictory premises and flashbacks, symbols and signs, and detailed depictions of the emotional world of the main character. Aichinger’s reversal of a life ... More

"Trail of Tears: A Story of Cherokee Removal" is open through January 2019
WASHINGTON, DC.- “Trail of Tears: A Story of Cherokee Removal” is an exhibition produced by the Cherokee Nation. On view through January 2019 on the second floor of the Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian in Washington, D.C., the exhibition traces the Cherokee Nation from its pre-contact origins in the Southeast, to its forced removal by the U.S. government west of the Mississippi in the 1830s, to its success today as the largest American Indian Nation in the United States. The Cherokee Trail of Tears is one of the most popular topics in American Indian history in elementary school. Yet, it typically receives only a cursory treatment in textbooks. This 28-panel exhibition and closing video reveals a nation that existed for thousands of years as advanced agriculturalists with a representative form of government. The Cherokee Nation’s sovereignty ... More

Newfields announces new curatorial appointments
INDIANAPOLIS, IND.- The Indianapolis Museum of Art at Newfields has added new strength to its curatorial department. Dr. Kelli Morgan has been appointed the new associate curator of American Art, Anna Stein was promoted to assistant curator of works on paper and Robin Lawrence has been promoted to manager of curatorial affairs. “I am thrilled to welcome Dr. Morgan to the IMA’s curatorial team, and to promote both Anna Stein and Robin Lawrence to their new positions,” said Dr. Preston Bautista, Deputy Director of Public Programs and Audience Engagement. “We have added three bright and talented individuals to our growing curatorial department who will help us reinvent the museum’s practices and develop exhibitions and installations that will help us see art and our collections afresh. Their work has already had tremendous impact on our community. ... More

Items from Wawapek, estate home of New York's de Forest family, will be sold July 25-26
BLOOMFIELD, NJ.- Items from the estate home in Cold Spring Harbor, Long Island known as “Wawapek” – the Queen Anne-style residence of the de Forests, a family so deeply rooted in New York history it dates back 300 years to the days of the early Huguenot settlers in Manhattan – will come up for bid in a two-day sale planned for July 25-26 by Nye & Company Auctioneers. The auction will be held in Nye & Company’s gallery, located at 20 Beach Street in Bloomfield. The full catalog is available for viewing now, at www.nyeandcompany.com, as well as on the internet bidding platforms LiveAuctioneers.com and Invaluable.com. The Wednesday, July 25th session will have live and internet bidding. The Thursday, July 26th session will be internet only. Many of the items in “Wawapek” – a stately Gilded Age mansion built in 1897 and occupied by the de Forest ... More

Royal Ontario Museum announces appointment of Deputy Director for Engagement
TORONTO.- Josh Basseches, Director & CEO of the Royal Ontario Museum announced today the appointment of Jennifer Czajkowski as Deputy Director for Engagement. In this role, Czajkowski will be responsible for designing and implementing strategies that deepen and enhance the Museum experience for visitors of all ages. “We’re very pleased to welcome Jennifer Czajkowski to the Museum,” said Basseches. “Jennifer’s extensive leadership experience in interpretive programming, learning, and audience engagement will play a vital role in our ongoing mission to create rich and inspiring experiences for our visitors, as well as deepen the relationship between the Museum and the communities we serve.” Reporting to the Director & CEO, Czajkowski will work with ROM senior leadership to define and facilitate the Museum’s strategies for expanding public ... More

Regina Barunke to become new Managing Director of GAK Gesellschaft für Aktuelle Kunst Bremen
BREMEN.- With effect from 1 January 2019, Regina Barunke will take over as curatorial manager at GAK Gesellschaft für Aktuelle Kunst in Bremen. She succeeds Janneke de Vries, who, after ten years of successful curatorial work at GAK, will become Director of Weserburg | Museum für moderne Kunst. “In Regina Barunke we have found a Director who has gained a name for herself with a highly inventive, discussion-oriented programme. She will be able to foster GAK’s position as a renowned institution for exhibitions of contemporary art while at the same time providing entirely new impulses,“ says David Bartusch, Chairman of the Board of GAK. Supported by a commission composed of Bettina Steinbrügge (Director of Hamburger Kunstverein), Kathleen Rahn (Director of Kunstverein Hannover) and Achim Bitter, an artist from Bremen and member of the GAK, the GAK ... More

Chagall leads Quinn's July 26 Modern Prints, Poster & Works on Paper auction
FALLS CHURCH, VA.- Quinn's Auction Galleries and its subsidiary Waverly Rare Books & Prints will host a July 26 Fine Art Prints, Posters, and Works on Paper sale at the company’s Falls Church, Virginia gallery. The 458-lot evening auction will commence at 6 p.m. Eastern time, with absentee and Internet live bidding available through LiveAuctioneers or Invaluable. Works included in the auction range from the late 19th century to present day, with special attention paid to new collectors. “There are more than 200 lots with estimates of $400 or less,” said Catherine Payling, director of Waverly Rare Books & Prints. “Each is a carefully chosen, excellent-quality artwork that any collector would be proud to own and enjoy.” Leading the selection is Marc Chagall’s (French/Russian, 1887-1985) color lithograph on Arches paper titled Avenue de ... More

Whitechapel Gallery reveals first artists for new late-night arts festival, Nocturnal Creatures
LONDON.- Nocturnal Creatures brings together performance, video, sculpture and sound in the heart of the East End for a new late-night contemporary arts festival on Saturday 21 July. Cultural and historic venues within walking distance of the Whitechapel Gallery are transformed for one night by spectacular artworks and performance. Local galleries open their doors late into the night. In association with Sculpture in the City, artist tours and new audio compositions will celebrate the rich history of the local area. Free to attend and accessible to all, highlights of the programme include: • An immersive audio-visual environment created by Tom Lock (b.1981, UK) to be staged with our headline sponsor, Broadgate • At Whitechapel Gallery, hourly performances of Alexis Teplin’s (b.1976, USA) mesmerising Arch (The Politics of Fragmentation) and Andrea ... More

48th Edition of Overstreet Comic Book Guide offered through Heritage Auctions
DALLAS, TX.- Collectors and fans of comics and comic art can download a copy of the 48th edition of The Overstreet Comic Book Price Guide 2018-19 through Heritage Auctions, at HA.com. Clients who bought the 47th edition are eligible to receive a discounted download of the newest version, and those who ordered last year’s version within the last 30 days qualify for a free upgrade to the newest version – a $30 value. Regarded as the definitive resource in the hobby, the guide, which is available for $30, covers more than a century of comic book history. Among the most important and useful features is users’ ability to search lots through the use of keywords, including the title of a book, the name of the lead character, the company that produced the book or the artist and/or writer. Considered a must-have tool among collectors of all levels, the Overstreet guide ... More





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