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Funding drive for Wizard of Oz slippers soars over the rainbow to more than $300,000

This file photo taken on October 17, 2012 shows a woman looking at the ruby slippers worn by Dorothy Gale (Judy Garland) in the 1939 movie 'The Wizard of OZ' displayed at the Hollywood Costume exhibition in the Victoria and Alebrt Museum in London. The Smithsonian, which has displayed the iconic slippers at the National Museum of American History in Washington, DC for more than 30 years, confirmed October 24, 2016 that it has reached its $300,000 fundraising target. More than 5,300 donors contributed to the fundraising effort on Kickstarter, which launched last week. The Smithsonian launched the campaign because the shoes were slowly degrading and losing their luster. BEN STANSALL / AFP.

WASHINGTON (AFP).- It took just seven days for "Wizard of Oz" nostalgics to raise more than $300,000 in a crowdfunding drive to restore Dorothy's iconic slippers to their ruby red glory. The US Smithsonian's Museum of American History, which owns the slippers, said Monday that its Kickstarter campaign had gone "over the rainbow." The sequined pumps were famously worn by Judy Garland as she danced down the yellow brick road in the 1939 musical, one of Hollywood's first color films. Support for restoring them "spanned six continents and 41 countries," the museum said in a statement. Since the crowdfunding campaign runs for another 23 more days, the museum announced a "stretch goal" that "will involve another beloved Wizard of Oz character." It did not say which one. The Smithsonian Institution -- which oversees museums and research centers in and near Washington -- receives federal funds to support its core operations, but that money does not cover repairing the shoes. ... More

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TEFAF New York Fall 2016 opens to rave review and record crowds   Earliest 10 Commandments tablet slated for Heritage Auctions   Big data reveals mixed authorship in 17 Shakespeare plays

TEFAF New York Fall 2016 at The-Armory preview.

NEW YORK, NY.- The highly anticipated first edition of TEFAF New York Fall 2016 opened its doors to the public on Saturday, October 22nd. The 94 world-class specialist dealers from 14 countries, showing museum-quality fine art and antiques, in the Park Avenue Armory, delivered the total “TEFAF experience.” The light and airy atmosphere was much appreciated by the attendees of the historic building that was completely transformed by Dutch designer Tom Postma especially for the fair. Exhibitors at the fair have been extremely positive about the event. Hicham Aboutaam of Phoenix Ancient Art, who presented a remarkable “Park Avenue Pantheon,” says, "The VIP preview day was spectacularly crowded. There were many new faces along with well-known international collectors and an impressive number of people from the museum world, all with their eye on their next acquisition. We are extremely happy with TEFAF and their celebration of the ... More

Earliest 10 Commandments Stone.

BEVERLY HILLS, CA.- The world's earliest-known stone inscription of the 10 Commandments — one of the most important documents in history, and a "national treasure" of Israel — will be offered Nov. 16, 2016 by Heritage Auctions in the Properties of the Living Torah Museum Auction in Beverly Hills, California. The tablet is the centerpiece of an offering of Bible-related historical artifacts, all thoroughly researched and authenticated, owned by the Living Torah Museum in Brooklyn, New York. The tablet has an opening bid of $250,000. "There is nothing more fundamental to our shared heritage than the 10 Commandments," said David Michaels, Director of Antiquities for Heritage Auctions, "and Heritage Auctions is honored and privileged to be entrusted with the sale of this remarkable piece of Biblical history. We thank the Living Torah Museum and its creator, Rabbi Saul Deutsch, for this opportunity." The two-foot-square marble slab, inscribed in an earl ... More

Portrait of William Shakespeare probably by John Taylor.

LONDON (AFP).- Seventeen plays attributed to William Shakespeare were written in collaboration with other playwrights, according to an edition of his works coming out this month that uses "big data" to reveal the mixed authorship. Shakespeare's reputed rival Christopher Marlowe is credited as co-writer in the Henry VI trilogy of plays while playwright Thomas Middleton is credited as an adaptor for "All's Well That Ends Well". The total number of 17 out of 44 Shakespeare plays is around double the eight in 39 plays identified in the last edition of the complete works by the Oxford University Press in 1986. Work on the new edition began in January 2009 and 18 scholars in five countries tussled with the authorship issues. Editors said the discoveries showed that rather than being rivals that influenced each other, Shakespeare and Marlowe actually worked with each other on the plays, thought to have been written in 1591. "A lot ... More

Exhibition illuminates Syria's contributions to world heritage   First Egyptian animal mummy exhibition opens at World Museum   The Fauves: Passion for Colour" opens at Fundacion MAPFRE

Stele with Depiction of a Prayer. Vorderasiatisches Museum.

TORONTO.- The Aga Khan Museum opened its exhibition Syria: A Living History on October 15, 2016. The exhibition brings together over 5,000 years of art highlighting the contributions that the diverse cultures within Syria — Mesopotamian, Greek, Roman, Byzantine, Persian, Ottoman, and Arab — have made to world heritage. The exhibition, which represents collaboration between seven international museums and private collections, will run through February 26, 2017. Many of the works of art are being exhibited together for the first time and will give audiences a unique insight into the marvellous cultural traditions of both ancient and present-day Syria, thereby underscoring the dialogue between these traditions throughout the ages. “We hope that a better appreciation of Syria’s priceless contributions to the world’s heritage over five millennia will add urgency to the efforts to bring about peace and reconciliation i ... More

Mummified Jackal Oblique, Oriental Museum, Durham © Kate Weightman.

LIVERPOOL.- The first exhibition in the UK exploring ancient Egyptian animal mummies opened at World Museum in Liverpool on Friday 14 October 2016. Animal Mummies Revealed looks at the practice of preparing animals as offerings to the gods. More than 59 specimens are on display in the exhibition for visitors to see up close. Mummified jackals, crocodiles, cats and birds are being displayed alongside rare cultural artefacts that includes a bronze Ibis statuette – one of only two in Britain - 19th Century works of art, and previously unseen archives. Animal Mummies Revealed also features photographs, archaeological archive material and travel journals that show how the animal mummies were excavated and selected by archaeologists and museum experts, and then distributed as curios and souvenirs, particularly in Britain. Bringing the story up-to-date, the exhibition shows how the study of mummies using X-ray and ... More

Henri Matisse, Marguerite, 1907. Musée national Picasso, Paris. Donado en 1973. © Succession H. Matisse/ VEGAP/ 2016 © RMN-Grand Palais (musée Picasso de Paris) / René-Gabriel Ojéda.

MADRID.- Fundación MAPFRE is presenting the exhibition The Fauves: Passion for Colour, which will remain on display from 22 October 2016 to 29 January 2017 in the Fundación’s exhibition space on Paseo de Recoletos in Madrid. The exhibition, which offers a complete and rigorous survey of Fauvism, brings together more than one hundred paintings, in addition to numerous drawings, watercolours and a selection of ceramics. Fauvism was the first major avant-garde art movement of the 20th century. It was a controversial and exuberant one based on the exaltation of pure tones, locating the autonomy of colour at the centre of the artistic debate. Led by Henri Matisse, André Derain and Maurice de Vlaminck, the Fauves rocked the foundations of art of the day with their innovative treatment of colour, energetic handling and ... More

Exhibition explores faith and culture in South America during the colonial period   Gold coin from boy's treasure box identified as extreme rarity minted from seized-circa 1702 Spanish booty   Diego Rivera's Portrait of Marevna to lead Phillips' auction of Latin American Art

Attributed to Cristóbal Lozano, Rosa de Salazar y Gabiño, Countess of Monteblanco and Montemar, 1764-1771. Oil on canvas, 37 13/16 x 29 3/4 in. Roberta and Richard Huber Collection. Photograph by Graydon Wood, Philadelphia Museum of Art.

SACRAMENTO, CA.- Featuring more than 100 paintings, sculptures in wood and silver, ivories, and other decorative arts, “Highest Heaven: Spanish and Portuguese Colonial Art from the Roberta and Richard Huber Collection” examines the many intersections between culture and faith in the high plains of South America in the 17th and 18th centuries. Drawn exclusively from the distinguished collection of Roberta and Richard Huber, the exhibition highlights the role of art as a medium of creative expression and cultural exchange between European powers and South American lands. Organized by the San Antonio Museum of Art, “Highest Heaven” is on view at the Crocker Art Museum from Oct. 23, 2016 to Jan. 22, 2017. The exhibition is composed of articles of faith and civic life that ... More

1703 Queen Anne ‘Vigo’ 5-guinea coin, obverse. Coin to be auctioned on Nov. 16, 2016 by Boningtons. Estimate: $240,000-$300,000. Image courtesy of Boningtons.

EPPING.- Bonington’s auction house near London will auction one of Britain’s rarest coins on Wednesday, November 16. The company is offering to bidders worldwide a coveted Queen Anne “Vigo” 5-guinea gold coin valued at $240,000-$300,000. The coin is one of only 20 that were made from the 7.5lbs of gold the British seized from Spanish treasure ships in Vigo Bay, northern Spain, on Oct. 23, 1702 – exactly 314 years ago. It is one of only 15 known to have survived and is only the sixth example of its type to be offered for sale in the last 50 years. Remarkably, the coin had been kept in a little boy’s treasure box after having passed down through four generations of the same family. No one in the family had the slightest inkling of its true value. “The coin was consigned to us by a gentleman from Hertfordshire whose grandfather had ... More

Diego Rivera (1886 - 1957), Portrait of Marevna, Painted in 1916. Estimate: $800,000-1,200,000.

NEW YORK, NY.- Phillips will present Diego Rivera’s Portrait of Marevna as the leading artwork in the upcoming auction of Latin American Art on 22 November. Estimated at $800,000-1,200,000, this exceptional cubist work, was executed one hundred years ago in 1916 and has remained in the private collection of Eugene S. and Natalie R. Jones for forty years. From 1984 to 1985, the painting was included in the groundbreaking exhibition Diego Rivera: The Cubist Years, which traveled from the Phoenix Art Museum to New York’s IBM Gallery of Science and Art, the San Francisco Museum of Art, and Mexico City’s Museum of Modern Art. Not only is it incredibly rare for a painting of this period to come to market, but it is almost unheard of to find a cubist Rivera in the United States. The sale of this painting marks a monumental opportunity for an international collector or museum to acquire this work. Kaeli Deane, Phillips’ ... More

Christie's Prints & Multiples sale features an exceptional private collection of Surrealist masterworks   The Partridge Family animated artwork collection by legendary artist Sandy Dvore to be auctioned   Museum Director Nathalie Bondil named Officier des arts et des lettres of France

Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec (1864-1901), La Danse au Moulin Rouge, lithograph in colors, 1897. Estimate: $300,000-500,000. © Christie’s Images Limited 2016.

NEW YORK, NY.- Christie’s announced the major fall auction of Prints & Multiples taking place on Tuesday November 1 and Wednesday, November 2, 2016, with a public view starting Friday, October 28. The sale includes over 300 lots from modern to contemporary masters and features selections from renowned private collections including, The Gilbert E. Kaplan Collection of Surrealist Prints, The Francey and Dr. Martin L. Gecht Collection, The Collection of Robert and Sylvia Olnick, and Property From The Collection of Marc Bell. Presented in a stand-alone session is The Gilbert E. Kaplan Collection of Surrealist Prints, offering one of the most comprehensive selections of Surrealist prints to appear at auction. Gilbert Kaplan worked for over 30 years, crafting a thoughtful collection that exemplifies the Surrealist movement ... More

The sitcom/musical “The Partridge Family” starred Shirley Jones and a young David Cassidy.

LOS ANGELES, CA.- Animated artwork from the iconic title sequence of the hit 1970’s television series “The Partridge Family” designed by legendary Hollywood artist Sandy Dvore will be auctioned by Nate D. Sanders Auctions on October 27. It is the first time Dvore’s artwork will be auctioned. Interested bidders may participate in the auction online. The sitcom/musical “The Partridge Family” starred Shirley Jones and a young David Cassidy. It ran from 1970-1974 on ABC and was one of the most popular shows on network television. It gained a following in the United Kingdom as well in the mid 1970’s. In 1993-1994, Nickelodeon’s “Nick at Night” aired reruns of the “Partridge Family” helping to revive the show’s popularity again. The sitcom has been syndicated on Fox Family, Hallmark Channel, ION Television and now airs on Antenna TV. The an ... More

Nathalie Bondil. Photo SGP Le Pigeon.

MONTREAL.- On October 13, during his visit to Canada, French Prime Minister Manuel Valls promoted Nathalie Bondil, Director General and Chief Curator of the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, to Officier des arts et des lettres of France. Ms. Bondil holds dual French and Canadian citizenship. In addition, Jacques Parisien, Chairman of the MMFA’s Board of Trustees, announced that the Museum’s contract with Ms. Bondil, Director since 2007 and Chief Curator since 2000, has been extended for another five years. “The MMFA is currently experiencing remarkable growth. Thanks to Nathalie Bondil’s resourcefulness and her ability to reinvent herself and go in new directions, it has joined the ranks of leading museums,” said Mr. Parisien. “Since her appointment as Director, the Museum has achieved great success. Just weeks before the opening of the Michal and Renata Hornstein Pavilion for Peace, which embodies ... More

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"Hot, Hotter, Hottest: 300 Years of New Jersey Ceramics" on view at the Newark Museum
NEWARK, NJ.- On October 22, the Newark Museum opened its first-ever permanent gallery celebrating the extraordinary history of ceramics production in the state of New Jersey. Installed within the “House & Home” galleries in the National Historic Landmark Ballantine House, Hot, Hotter, Hottest : 300 years of New Jersey Ceramics provides audiences with a greater understanding of how New Jersey’s natural resources shaped its ceramics industry; the influence of New Jersey ceramics manufacturers and the production techniques they used; how pottery was used in different time periods and across social strata; and how, in the 21st century, contemporary makers continue to build upon New Jersey’s pottery tradition. No other institution is better suited to tell the story of New Jersey’s ceramics history than the Newark Museum. The museum’s New Jersey ceramics ... More

"Trailblazers: Women in the Arts" event held at the Brooklyn Museum
BROOKLYN, NY.- “Equal Pay, equal wallspace!” – such was the rallying cry from Dr. Elizabeth A. Sackler that launched the Brooklyn Museum’s annual luncheon honoring women who make significant impact on the arts landscape. The “Trailblazers: Women in the Arts” event celebrated Janet Mock, Sarah Arison, Ellen Gallagher, Lowery Stokes Sims, and Miyoung Lee— five highly accomplished women who, according to Shelby White and Leon Levy Director of the Brooklyn Museum Anne Pasternak, “use their power for good” and “represent the best of the arts ecosystem.” The women received handmade one-of-a-kind necklaces designed by artist Kiki Smith as part of the awards. This year’s event was the most successful Women in the Arts to date, drawing an incredible 150-person crowd including MoMA’s Klaus Biesenbach, Artist Zoe Buckman, Art Production ... More

Sotheby's S/2 presents its first Los Angeles exhibition featuring works by British artist Danny Fox
LOS ANGELES, CA.- Sotheby’s S|2 presents the first Los Angeles exhibition of its successful Sotheby’s S|2 Contemporary art series with Adder Among Choughs, an exhibition of new paintings by Los Angeles based British artist Danny Fox. Opening On view through November 17, the S|2 exhibition is open to the public in Sotheby’s new Century City gallery space. For this exhibition, Fox examines a history of societal advancements and declines, focusing on moments of both triumph and regret through the lens of characters associated with these two extremes. Painted in Los Angeles, this group of six new canvases reflects on Fox’s own developments as he begins to further establish himself and his practice in a new Angeleno environment, thousands of miles from his beginnings in Cornwall. Fox dictates the narrative in this exhibition through the legacies of both personal ... More

Seattle Art Museum hires Geneva Griswold as Associate Objects Conservator
SEATTLE, WA.- Geneva Griswold has joined SAM’s conservation department as its associate objects conservator. “We are delighted that Geneva has joined the museum staff,” said Nicholas Dorman, SAM’s chief conservator. “Her experience and skills are a perfect fit for our needs. Conservation work so often happens behind the scenes, but it is a critical component of what we do. Having Geneva on board as we embark on significant renovations at the Asian Art Museum will really enhance our ability to conserve, study, and care for its collection.” Geneva will focus on the conservation and preventive care of SAM’s pre-modern collections. Working closely with SAM’s curators and conservation team, she will execute necessary treatments and advise on matters related to installation, storage, display, and preservation of pre-modern works of art. Her first major ... More

Chinese Pop artist Jacky Tsai explores China's conflicting identity in new exhibition
LONDON.- The Fine Art Society presents the second solo show of Chinese artist Jacky Tsai, following his successful debut at the gallery in 2015. In this new body of work, Tsai presents an ironic contemporary take on the political and social ideologies that shape China’s identity and the tussle between the conflicting forces of socioeconomic reform and conservatism. Tsai draws particularly on the philosophical idea of ‘harmony’, a concept deeply embedded in Chinese culture and firstly introduced by the philosopher Confucius (551 - 479 BC), whose teachings were followed in the Han, Tan and Song dynasties. More recently the ‘Harmonious Society’ became a new socioeconomic vision for China under President Hu Jintao, based on a model of stability and social cohesion. Using his characteristic pop art aesthetic, Tsai’s vibrant and energetic canvases blend western ... More

Art of Bugatti exhibit opens at the Petersen Automotive Museum
LOS ANGELES, CA.- The Petersen Automotive Museum announces the opening of its newest exhibition, The Art of Bugatti. The exhibition features a rare assemblage of Bugatti family artwork and Bugatti automobiles including rare Atlantic and Royale models, as well as the fastest production super sports car ever built, the new Bugatti Chiron. The exhibit is located in the Mullin Grand Salon on the museum's first floor and will run through the fall of 2017. "The work of the Bugatti family has become a great passion of mine over the years," said Peter Mullin, Chairman of the Board of Directors for the Petersen Automotive Museum. "They are one of the greatest art dynasties of the 20th century and yet many people are only familiar with their automotive works. The purpose of this exhibit is to help the public see how four generations of one family have been creating beauty in different ... More

"Yves Saint Laurent: The Perfection of Style" opens at Seattle Art Museum
SEATTLE, WA.- The Seattle Art Museum’s fall 2016 exhibition, Yves Saint Laurent: The Perfection of Style, opened October 11, 2016, and continues through January 8, 2017. Drawn from the archives of the Fondation Pierre Bergé – Yves Saint Laurent and other private collections, this retrospective offers an intimate and comprehensive look at the lifetime achievement of Yves Saint Laurent, one of history’s most influential fashion designers. Featuring important examples of haute couture and ready-to-wear garments—some never shown publicly before—the exhibition reveals Saint Laurent’s artistic genius, his influence on fashion, and the creative process in his atelier. The exhibition guides viewers on a path tracing the trajectory of Yves Saint Laurent’s life and career. Divided into eight thematic sections, it features 110 ensembles illustrative of his tremendous ... More

Phillips announces first Sale of 20th Century & Contemporary Art & Design in Asia
HONG KONG.- Phillips will present its first auction of 20th Century & Contemporary Art & Design in Asia on 27 November 2016. The sale offers international modern and contemporary art and design, together with selected pieces of photographs and editions. Comprising over 50 lots, highlights include 20th Century Western paintings by Roy Lichtenstein, Andy Warhol, and Keith Haring; important artworks by Asian artists Yoshitomo Nara, Yayoi Kusama, Zeng Fanzhi and Zao Wou-ki; and pieces by celebrated contemporary international figures Anish Kapoor, Adrian Ghenie and Michaël Borremans. The selected group of important design works include pieces by Jean Prouvé, Finn Juhl, Alessandro Mendini and Wendell Castle. Also included are photographs by masters of 20th Century and Contemporary photography Irving Penn, Nick Knight and Hiroshi Sugimoto, ... More

The Burrell Collection brings rare works by Joseph Crawhall to Kelvingrove
GLASGOW.- A new exhibition Burrell at Kelvingrove: Joseph Crawhall offers visitors a rare opportunity to see 23 of the finest works by one of the country’s most accomplished yet lesser known artists, Joseph Crawhall (1861–1913). The exhibition from 24 October 2016 – July 2017, is the first time in more than twenty-five years that many of the works on display have been seen together in Scotland, and offers visitors a unique opportunity to trace Crawhall’s development and range as an artist. Known as a leader of the radical group of young Scottish painters, the Glasgow Boys, Crawhall won national and international acclaim with his watercolours and gouaches on linen of animals and birds. Although his work was executed with all the accomplishment of his contemporaries such as Sargent, Whistler and Lavery, Crawhall is sparsely represented in the UK’s large ... More

Tabanlioğ lu Architects and Aqua Creations collaborate for Thru
ISTANBUL.- Internationally renowned Tabanlıoğlu Architects unveiled Thru, a bespoke experiential installation created in collaboration with lighting and furniture atelier Aqua Creations. Commissioned by lighting specialist TEPTA to celebrate its 25th anniversary at the Istanbul Museum of Modern Art, Thru is part of “Day, Light, Night”, the first exhibition in Turkey to focus exclusively on lighting, showcasing nine different artworks and installations, curated by leading lighting designer Ulrike Brandi. Thru concentrates the senses on the visual and reflective aspects, encouraging visitors to experience numerous perspectives through shifting streams of altering light and reflections. Designed by Tabanlıoğlu Architects as a compact 3.5 x 4.5m cube with 17 mirrored and 10 translucent silk panels hanging suspended and fractured throughout the space as though floating ... More

Cheech Marin celebrates Richard Duardo and Chicano art at Cal State LA
LOS ANGELES, CA.- Actor and art collector Cheech Marin visited Cal State LA to celebrate the life and works of renowned artist and master printmaker Richard Duardo. Marin spoke at the Oct. 10 opening of an exhibition of serigraphic artworks by Duardo and artists he worked with as a master printmaker. The exhibit, at the University’s Fine Arts Gallery, was filled with guests who appreciated the vibrant and moving works of Chicano artists and heard Marin discuss his longtime friendship with Duardo, who passed away in 2014. “Richard was a great artist,” Marin told the standing-room-only audience. “You are very privileged to have this show here.” Marin owns one of the largest private collections of Chicano art in the world and is the author of Chicano Visions, which features 96 dynamic and poignant paintings from more than two dozen artists. Marin is also the author of the ... More

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On a day like today, Spanish painter Pablo Picasso was born
October 25, 1881. Pablo Picasso (25 October 1881 - 8 April 1973), was a Spanish painter, sculptor, printmaker, ceramicist, and stage designer who spent most of his adult life in France. As one of the greatest and most influential artists of the 20th century, he is widely known for co-founding the Cubist movement, the invention of constructed sculpture, the co-invention of collage, and for the wide variety of styles that he helped develop and explore. Among his most famous works are the proto-Cubist Les Demoiselles d'Avignon (1907), and Guernica (1937), a portrayal of the German bombing of Guernica during the Spanish Civil War. In this image: Pablo Picasso watches the filming of his life story in Nice, France, on July 26, 1955. Henri Georges Clouzot, seated, is producing the picture. Picasso's daughter Maya is at left.

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