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Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum in Madrid stages first Hubert de Givenchy retrospective

A woman visits the exhibition titled "Hubert de Givenchy" at the Thyssen-Bornemisza museum in Madrid on October 20, 2014. This exhibition, the first major retrospective to be devoted to French fashion designer Hubert de Givenchy and the Museum’s first incursion into the world of fashion, presents a selection of his finest creations. AFP PHOTO/ GERARD JULIEN.

MADRID (AFP).- Madrid's Thyssen Museum opened Wednesday the first major retrospective of designs by French fashion designer Hubert de Givenchy, who worked for such famous clients as Audrey Hepburn and Jacqueline Kennedy. The exhibition, curated by the 87-year-old designer himself, features about 100 of his finest pieces selected from museums and private collections around the world from a career spanning nearly five decades. "Given my age, I hesitated. But I have great affection for Spain. I did not have the right to turn down such an extraordinary offer," he told journalists at the presentation of the retrospective. The exhibition focuses on creations made for his main clients and they are shown alongside art works from different periods and styles from the museum's collection to highlight the links between fashion and art. "He is one of the last ... More

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Landmark exhibition of Claude Monet's paintings of the River Seine opens at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston   Christie's to offer works from the Maximilian Schell Estate, across several auctions   Exhibition in Pasadena examines Norton Simon's purchase of Duveen Brothers Gallery

Claude Monet, The Seine at Bougival, 1870 (detail), oil on canvas, Currier Museum of Art, Manchester, New Hampshire, museum purchase: Currier Funds

HOUSTON, TX.- “I have painted the Seine throughout my life, at every hour, at every season,” Claude Monet once said. “I have never tired of it: for me the Seine is always new.” In October 2014, the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, will present Monet and the Seine: Impressions of a River, an exhibition that chronicles Monet’s abiding fascination with the iconic French waterway. A selection of 52 paintings by the Impressionist painter will be displayed, beginning with scenes of leisure activities, modern life and cityscapes along the Seine River and culminating in the ethereal works from the famous Mornings on the Seine series (1896–97). Monet and the Seine will be on view at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, from October 26, 2014, to February 1, 2015. Monet and the Seine: Impressions of a River has been co-curated by Helga Aurisch, curator of European art, the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, and Tanya Paul, Isabel ... More

Jean Dubuffet (1901-1985), Dramatique IX. Estimate: 70,000 - 90,000 Euros. Photo: Christie's Images Ltd 2014.

LONDON.- Christie’s has been entrusted with the sale of important works from the Maximilian Schell Estate. The recently deceased Oscar winning Austrian actor, internationally acclaimed director, writer and producer Maximilian Schell had been dedicated to the arts throughout his life. Born to parents, who fostered close friendships with contemporary painters, Schell started collecting as a young adult and built an impressive collection including works by Paul Klee, Mark Rothko, Jean Dubuffet and, from the early 1970s onwards, Josef Albers. From the moment Maximilian Schell encountered the work of the former member of the Bauhaus group, then teacher of the Black Mountain College and Yale Josef Albers at the Sidney Janis Gallery in New York, he was captivated by the artist’s experimentation with color. Josef Albers’ commitment to attaining perfection aligned with Maximilian Schell’s own and, ... More

Zorzo da Castelfranco called Giorgione, Bust Portrait of a Courtesan, c. 1509. Oil on panel, transferred to canvas, 12-1/2 x 9-3/8 in. (31.8 x 23.8 cm). The Norton Simon Foundation.

PASADENA, CA.- The Norton Simon Museum presents an exhibition examining one of Norton Simon’s most memorable acquisitions—the purchase of the century-old, esteemed art dealership, the Duveen Brothers Gallery. Featuring more than 130 works from the Museum’s collection, along with several loans, "Lock, Stock and Barrel: Norton Simon’s Purchase of Duveen Brothers Gallery" sheds light on Simon’s business strategies and his dramatic evolution as an art collector. And with its focus on the Gallery’s remaining stock, the exhibition provides a window onto the tastes and trends of the early- to mid-20th-century American art market. Duveen Brothers Gallery was once one of the largest and most successful art dealerships. Founded in 1879 in England, the firm under Lord Joseph Duveen was responsible for helping some of the most prominent American businessmen— ... More

The Walters celebrates its 80th anniversary with 'From Rye to Raphael: The Walters Story'   Master of Color: Kunstmuseum Bern shows an overview of the work of Swiss painter Augusto Giacometti   TMA acquires 'The Liberation of St. Peter' by 17th-century Italian artist Luca Giordano

Charles-Henri-Joseph Cordier. African Venus. 1851. bronze and gold. Museum purchase, 1991. (54.2665).

BALTIMORE, MD.- Visit From Rye to Raphael: The Walters Story, a new installation of the fourth floor galleries in honor of the Walters Art Museum’s 80th anniversary as a public institution. The free installation, opening on October 26, 2014, will take visitors on a journey through the extraordinary gift given by Henry Walters to Baltimore “for the benefit of the public.” “From Rye to Raphael: The Walters Story brings together many of our most famous works of art with lesser known works in order to explore the intriguing stories of our founders” says Julia Marciari-Alexander, executive director of the Walters Art Museum. “Visitors will discover more about these two entrepreneurs, collectors, philanthropists and the incredible legacy they left to Baltimore.” The installation will include more than 200 artworks in seven galleries as well as archival Walters family photographs and documents. Visitors ... More

Augusto Giacometti, Selbstbildnis, 1922. Öl auf Leinwand, 41,5 x 35,7 cm. Stiftung für Kunst, Kultur und Geschichte, Winterthur © Erbengemeinschaft Nachlass Augusto Giacometti.

BERN.- The Swiss painter Augusto Giacometti (1877–1947) made color the focus of his art. In a magnificent display of color with some 130 exhibits, the Kunstmuseum Bern is mounting an overview of the work of this pioneer of abstraction. On show are loans from leading Swiss and international museums, artworks from private collections that have never been on public view before, as well as pieces from the Kunstmuseum Bern Collection. The real focus of Augusto Giacometti’s art is his preoccupation with color as a medium for expression and design. His talent for colors is very conspicuous already in his early works, which were still largely art nouveau in style. And this master of color was to ultimately become a pioneer of abstraction in art. Augusto Giacometti is one of the famous ... More

Luca Giordano (Italian, 1634–1705), The Liberation of St. Peter (detail). Oil on canvas, shortly after 1660. 79 by 121 inches. Toledo Museum of Art. Museum purchase.

TOLEDO, OH.- The Liberation of St. Peter by Italian artist Luca Giordano (1634–1705) has been acquired by the Toledo Museum of Art. A ceremonial introduction of the 350-year-old painting will take place at 7 p.m. Nov. 13 in the Museum’s Great Gallery. Toledo Museum of Art Director Brian Kennedy; Lawrence W. Nichols, the William Hutton senior curator of European and American painting and sculpture before 1900; and the Most Reverend Daniel E. Thomas, the new Bishop of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Toledo, will speak. They will discuss the painting from both artistic and religious perspectives. The program is free and open to the public. The massive oil painting is a dramatic depiction of the Biblical story told in Acts 12: 6–11 of an angel liberating Peter from prison and is a wonderful example ... More

Italy to open Nero's Golden House for weekend tourists; Restoration works to continue   Red Giant Publishing announces new limited edition book Resonators by Scarlet Page   First retrospective in nearly twenty years of work by Imi Knoebel opens at Kunstmuseum Wolfsburg

The ancient Domus Aurea site (Golden House), built by Roman emperor Nero, in Rome. AFP PHOTO / VINCENZO PINTO.

ROME (AFP).- Italy will open Emperor Nero's Golden House to the public for the first time since 2005, but only on weekends to allow restoration works to continue, Rome's archaeological superintendent said Friday. "We have spent 12 million euros ($15.2 million) over the past four years to restore the site and have decided to reopen the Domus Aurea, but as a work in progress," Mariarosaria Barbera told journalists in the Italian capital. From Sunday, visitors can book guided tours for up to 25 people at a time to be shown around the lavish complex by archaeologists and art historians. The palace, which lies on a hill overlooking the Colosseum, was built by Nero after the great fire of Rome in 64 AD razed aristocratic dwellings in the area. It featured groves of fruit trees, vineyards and an artificial lake. ... More

The Resonators Deluxe Edition.

LONDON.- Red Giant Publishing presents Scarlet Page’s highly anticipated limited edition large format book RESONATORS, providing a unique insight into some of the World’s most respected guitarists from ‘60s Merseybeat through Rock ‘n’ Roll, Heavy Metal and Punk to Britpop. ‘A Resonator is the leading light in their field, someone who defines their time and influences their generation. The Resonators are those who send thousands of people rushing out to pick up guitars for the first time...’ – Scarlet Page Including over 120 exclusive and never before seen photographs taken over the past two years, Scarlet’s personal approach and style has produced beautiful and intimate portraits of The Resonators, capturing sides of guitar legends rarely seen by their fans. Guitarists included within RESONATORS are; Wilko Johnson, Jimmy Page, Brian May, Paul Stanley, Sir Paul McCartney, Peter ... More

Imi Knoebel. Photo: Marek Kruszewski.

WOLFSBURG.- Imi Knoebel (*1940 in Dessau) composes an exhibition in the same way that he creates a new painting. A comprehensive exhibition of Knoebel’s oeuvre − the first worldwide in nearly twenty years − is being presented at the Kunstmuseum Wolfsburg, which is honoring the 75th birthday of this important German artist. Imi Knoebel. Works 1966 – 2014 features major works and groups of works, ranging from the Linienbilder [Line Paintings] (1966-68), Raum 19 III [Room 19] (1968/2006), and Eigentum Himmelreich [Kingdom of Heaven] (1983), to the aluminum paintings from the 1990s, as well as his most recent works. Loans of significant works from private and public collections in Europe are supplemented by the painter’s own collection. More than one hundred paintings, objects, and installations document the unusual role that Imi Knoebel has played in the arts from ... More

MAXXI in Rome is completely emptied out, laid bare, and filled with sound installations   High brings Luca della Robbia's marble Cantoria panels to the U.S. for the first time   Norman Rockwell photographs now accessible to the public and researchers for the first time

Jean-Baptiste Ganne, El Ingenioso hidalgo Don Quijote de la Mancha, 2005-2014. Installazione luminosa MAXXI, courtesy the artist.

ROME.- Immaterial, immersive, incontrollable, omnipresent, invisible, sound is the most radical and experimental aspect of contemporary art, the perfect instrument with which to conquer spaces for freedom of expression, an unexpected perspective from which to observe and analyze reality. With Open Museum Open City (October 24 – November 30, 2014) curated by Hou Hanru, Artistic Director of MAXXI and the curatorial staff of MAXXI Arte directed by Anna Mattirolo and MAXXI Architettura directed by Margherita Guccione, a radical gesture is carried out: the MAXXI is completely emptied out, laid bare, so that it can be filled with sound. The site-specific installations of Justin Bennet, Cevdet Erek, Lara Favaretto, Francesco Fonassi, Bill Fontana, Jean Baptiste Ganne, Ryoji Ikeda, Haroon Mirza, Philippe Rahm and RAM radioartemobile fill the museum spaces, transforming them into urban or intimate, spiritual or political environments, fo ... More

Francesco di Antonio del Chierico (Italian, 1433-1484), Illuminated Manuscript (Choir Book), Gradual, Edili 151; Dedication of Florence Cathedral, folio 7v, 30 x 24 in. From the Collection of the Biblioteca Laurenziana Medicea, Florence.

ATLANTA, GA.- Three marble panels from Italian sculptor Luca della Robbia’s famed organ loft created for Florence Cathedral travelled to the U.S. for the first time for “Make A Joyful Noise”: Renaissance Art and Music at Florence Cathedral at the High Museum of Art. The exhibition, on view from Oct. 25, 2014 through Jan. 11, 2015, places the marble panels in the musical environment for which they were originally created by displaying them with other musical objects, including hand-decorated choir books from the cathedral and a lectern designed to hold them. Luca della Robbia began his Cantoria, originally designed as an organ loft but later used to hold choir singers, for the Cathedral of Florence in 1431. He worked for seven years on the project, eventually producing 10 exquisitely detailed panels that depict the celebratory text of Psalm 150. He focused his marble inter- ... More

Reference photo of Norman Rockwell’s portrait of Ann-Margret, c. 1965. Norman Rockwell Museum Collections. All rights reserved.

STOCKBRIDGE, MA.- Norman Rockwell Museum announces the new accessibility of tens of thousands of digitized black-and-white photographs from its Norman Rockwell Photographic Print Collection—the largest single collection in the Norman Rockwell Archive. Digital images are now freely viewable on the Museum’s website,, under “View the Collections,” and by appointment through the Stockbridge museum’s Reference Center, which has a computer workstation to accommodate its many visiting researchers. Consisting of 239 boxes of approximately 50,000 images, this high-value but mostly un-catalogued collection had been largely inaccessible to the Museum’s curators, to visiting researchers and curators, and to the general public. When Museum Archivist Venus Van Ness did a cursory examination of the boxes three years ago, she discovered many photos the staff had never seen before. “We felt these images would provide ... More

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Earth Orbit 98 by Robert McCall brings record $245,000 at Heritage Auctions
NEW YORK, NY.- Robert Theodore McCall's visionary spacescape Earth Orbit 98, 1977, sold for a record $245,000 in Heritage Auctions' Oct. 17-18 Illustration Art Signature Auction in New York. The two-day, $2.7 million event set artist auction records across multiple genres, with standout results for science fiction, pin-up art and the work of American artist Patrick Nagel. "This auction proves yet again that commercial art indeed carries status and value," said Todd Hignite, Vice President of Heritage. "Demand for work by the best artists in each category continues to climb in every genre." Earth Orbit 98 is reminiscent of the work McCall carried out for NASA to document the U.S. space program. McCall, a production illustration on Star Trek: The Motion Picture also gained a following for the majestic murals he produced for the National Air and Space Museum and the Pentagon. Space ... More

MoMA PS1 and Bob and Roberta Smith invite you to throw your art away
LONG ISLAND CITY, NY.- MoMA PS1 presents Bob and Roberta Smith’s Art Amnesty from October 26, 2014, to March 8, 2015. Bob and Roberta Smith are issuing a call to Artists. Pack it in. Bob and Roberta Smith are delighted to offer an Amnesty for your Bad Art. Turn in your brushes and video cameras. Hand in your chisels and marble. Bob and Roberta Smith are offering an opportunity for artists to dispose of their artwork at MoMA PS1, and to retire from making art. Beginning October 2, artists are invited to deposit their art in dumpsters located in the museum’s courtyard, which will be emptied as needed throughout the period of the Art Amnesty. Those who wish to exhibit their work one final time before it is destroyed may bring their art to the 2nd Floor Main Galleries, where museum staff will install it for public view. The museum will accept work under the Art Amnesty ... More

Art Institute of Chicago presents 'Ghosts and Demons in Japanese Prints'
CHICAGO, IL.- The Art Institute of Chicago presents the exhibition Ghosts and Demons in Japanese Prints, drawn from the museum’s celebrated Clarence Buckingham Collection, October 11, 2014, through January 4, 2014, in Gallery 107. Supernatural beings have long been common features in Japanese legends, and with the popularity of Kabuki, made their way onto the stage. This exhibition of approximately 30 prints draws upon well- known folk tales as well as their Kabuki adaptations in works dating from the early 18th century to the last years of the 19th century. Highlights of the exhibition, which was organized by Janice Katz, the Roger L. Weston Associate Curator of Japanese Art, include the series One Hundred Ghost Tales (Hyaku monogatari), by Katsushika Hokusai. The series features chilling images of ghouls against bright blue backgrounds drawn from ... More

Museum of Contemporary Art in Krakow opens three concurrent exhibitions
KRAKOW.- Due to their sheer size, difficulties with setting them up and their architectural requirements, installations are seldom presented as part of collection projects. At the exhibition Installation or Object? the museum is showing a dozen or so works from the MOCAK Collection. Some of them have never been exhibited before at MOCAK. Installations are the result of the fragmentation of works of art, a process that started with the avant-garde of the 20th century. The installation arises through a juxtaposition of objects – ready-made or purpose-made for the occasion – with space. What matters most in an installation are the relationships between the elements or methods introduced by the artist and the space, which constitutes an integral part of the work. In turn, an object is the result of a broadening of the definition of sculpture. It is a spatial form that eschews the nobility of the ... More

Work in Ladd brothers' exhibition draws from shared childhood memories
WATERMILL, NY.- From October 26, 2014 through January 19, 2015, the Parrish Art Museum will present Steven and William Ladd: Mary Queen of the Universe—an exhibition of meticulously crafted sculpture, drawings, and prints by the fraternal collaborative team who, for ten years, have explored the blurred boundaries between design and fashion, fine art and craft. Using non-traditional materials like fabric, belts, beads, and paper, the Ladds create portraits of memories—rich visual abstractions based on their shared childhood experiences growing up in St. Louis and attending the small Catholic grade school, Mary Queen of the Universe, after which the exhibition was named. “Presenting Steven and William Ladd’s exhibition simultaneously with Alan Shields: In Motion—another exhibition at the Museum on view concurrently—will be a compelling experience for visitors,” said ... More

'70 Years of Italian Couture and Glamour' opens at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts
MINNEAPOLIS, MN.- On view at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts this fall, “Italian Style: Fashion Since 1945” is the first major exhibition to examine Italy’s rich contribution to fashion from the end of the Second World War to the present. “Italian Style,” organized by the Victoria and Albert (V&A) Museum, London, highlights the defining factors unique to the Italian fashion industry: its use of luxurious materials; expert textile production; specialist, regional manufacturing; and strength as a source of both dynamic menswear and glamorous womenswear. Comprising approximately 100 ensembles and accessories from the renowned holdings of the V&A, as well as international lenders, the exhibition features work from major fashion houses—Gucci, Prada, Versace, Valentino, Armani, Fendi, Pucci, Missoni, Dolce & Gabbana—and the new generation of fashion talent including ... More

Solo exhibition of new paintings by Bettina Blohm opens at Marc Straus
NEW YORK, NY.- Marc Straus announces a solo exhibition of new paintings by Bettina Blohm. This will be the artist’s first show with the gallery. Bettina Blohm has been refining her abstract paintings for nearly thirty years. Her visual language is inspired by the dense color palettes of Matisse, the scale and breadth of the Abstract Expressionists, and the poetic lack of naturalism of Asian landscape paintings. Each painting is focused on a single color, shifting with brushwork, thickness, hatches and lines to create intermediate spaces. In “DOUBLE DUTCH,” the ground is a lush blue with interweaving loops of greenish-ochre and small moments of other colors. The title undoubtedly refers to the jump rope game that using two ropes at a time, requires timing and acrobatic facility. In these flat paintings we sense such fluidity, energy, and movement. Blohm’s works take many months to ... More

House No 7 in Scotland wins the 2014 Stephen Lawrence Prize
LONDON.- The Royal Institute of British Architects has this evening (Thursday 16 October) awarded House No 7 by Denizen Works the 2014 RIBA Stephen Lawrence Prize. The annual award recognises fresh architectural talent and smaller construction budgets. The considerately playful House No 7 on the Isle of Tiree in the Inner Hebrides is the restoration and extension of a B-listed Tiree black-house crofter’s cottage in a state of disrepair, into a contemporary family home and guest house united by a central glass atrium. Speaking about House No 7, Stephen Lawrence Prize founder Marco Goldschmied said: 'House No 7 hails from a rich British tradition of buildings which are defined by the location of site and the traditional methods of vernacular construction. The rebuilt cottage and new living spaces cleverly wrap to create an intimate daylight space at its core. The result is an ... More

First New York solo exhibition of Modernist Judith Lauand's work opens at Driscoll Babcock Galleries
NEW YORK, NY.- Driscoll Babcock Galleries presents Judith Lauand: Brazilian Modernist, 1950s–2000s, the first New York solo exhibition of one of the most celebrated Brazilian artists of the postwar era. Curated by Dr. Aliza Edelman, this exhibition brings Lauand to the wider and long-overdue attention of North American viewers while examining a broader trajectory of her oeuvre. Lauand is renowned as the “Dama do concretismo,” or the “First Lady of Concretism,” for her modernist geometric abstractions that actively unhinge the rational and seemingly impersonal grid of Concretism. Her objective, mathematical, and precise constructions⎯⎯primary components of Arte Concreta⎯⎯introduced new geometries aligned with contemporary ideas on space, time, and matter. Lauand was the only female artist invited to join Grupo Ruptura, an artist group initially formed ... More

Croatian artist David Maljković exhibits at Palais de Tokyo
PARIS.- Palais de Tokyo invites one of the most important Croatian artists, David Maljković, who has chosen to confront us with a present that cannot be defined. He explores the effects of time – be it historical time, technical time, or the time of the work itself – and puts them into action. Born in 1973 in Rijeka, Croatia, David Maljkovic studied Fine Arts in Zagreb and Amsterdam. Using a range of different media, the artist revisits historical forms as much as he reworks his own pieces. Following a series of reuses and permutations, he creates a constellation of forms that connects the masterpieces of Yugoslavian architecture with his personal production, industrial projects and individual testimonies. But before the reprise principle, and beyond the modernist heritage, it is necessary to point out the importance of collage in David Maljkovic’s work as the artist deploys numerous ... More

The Phillips Collection presents Bernardi Roig's sculptural works addressing existential dualities
WASHINGTON, DC.- Mounting six sculptural works in unexpected interior and exterior spaces, Bernardi Roig challenges visitors perception and experience in NO/Escape, on view beginning October 25. His project addresses the existential dualities of entrapment and liberation, blinding and illumination, absence and presence. NO/Escape is part of the Phillips’s ongoing Intersections series that highlights contemporary art and artists in conversation with the museum’s permanent collection, history, and architecture. In his project, Roig (b. 1965, Mallorca, Spain) draws parallels between his works and Honoré Daumier’s lithographs from the mid-19th century, both of which offer poignant social commentary. His work expresses the anxiety, desperation, and loss of individuality in contemporary society, one that he sees as overrun by mass-produced, widely available ... More

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On a day like today, British painter William Hogarth died
October 26, 1764. William Hogarth (10 November 1697 - 26 October 1764) was an English painter, printmaker, pictorial satirist, social critic and editorial cartoonist who has been credited with pioneering western sequential art. His work ranged from realistic portraiture to comic strip-like series of pictures called "modern moral subjects". Knowledge of his work is so pervasive that satirical political illustrations in this style are often referred to as "Hogarthian.". In this image: A visitor looks at a William Hogarth painting 'David Garrick as Richard III', on display at Tate Britain art gallery in London, Monday, Feb. 5, 2007.

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