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Austria avoids kissing goodbye to Nazi-looted Klimt masterpiece 'Beethoven Frieze'

Gustav Klimt, Beethoven Frieze, 1901-1902. Detail (Knight). 2,15 m x 34,14 m. Photo: Oliver Ottenschläger.

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VIENNA (AFP).- One of Austria's most treasured artworks, Gustav Klimt's Beethoven Frieze, looks likely to remain in the country for now after an expert panel Friday rejected restitution claims by descendants of its Jewish former owners who were robbed by the Nazis. The Art Restitution Advisory Board "recommended unanimously ... not to return the 'Beethoven Frieze' by Gustav Klimt to the heirs of Erich Lederer," the body's chair Clemens Jabloner told journalists in Vienna. The fresco, 34 metres (112 feet) long, two metres high and weighing several tons, is widely regarded as a central masterpiece of Viennese "Jugendstil" art nouveau from the early 20th century. The panel rejected arguments that an export ban had forced Lederer to sell the artwork to the Austrian Republic in 1972 at what his heirs say was a knock-down price of 15 million schillings or around $750,000. But Marc Weber, ... More

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Lower Belvedere exhibits restored fragment of the Lenten Veil by Thomas of Villach   Phillips Collection announces transformative gifts of American sculptor's drawings   French court says has jurisdiction in case over Gustave Courbet painting on Facebook


Thomas von Villach, Fragment of a Lenten Veil, about 1470/80. Detail: Mannalese. Painting on linen, 108 x 171 cm. Belvedere, Vienna, © Abegg-Stiftung, CH-3132 Riggisberg, 2013; (Photo: Christoph von Viràg).

VIENNA.- Since 2009, the collection of medieval art at the Belvedere has been enriched by a precious textile. This outstanding and previously unknown “tüchlein” painting on linen is part of a late Gothic Lenten veil. CURRENTLY RESTORED: Fragment of the Lenten Veil by Thomas of Villach can be seen at the Medieval Treasury in the Palace Stables at the Lower Belvedere from 6 March to 25 May 2015 . It depicts scenes from the Old Testament: the Gathering of Manna, Moses Drawing Water from the Rock, the Brazen Serpent, the Dance around the Golden Calf, Moses Receiving the Tablets of the Law, and Moses Punishing the Israelites. Lenten veils have been documented for over a thousand years. During the forty days of Lent before Easter they were used to veil choirs, altarpieces, crosses or devotional ... More
 

Tony Smith, Untitled, c. 1934-36. Collage and pencil on cardboard, 11 1/4 x 8 in. Promised gift of Linda Lichtenberg Kaplan. ©2015 Estate of Tony Smith/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York.

WASHINGTON, DC.- The Phillips Collection’s Director Dorothy Kosinski announced today an exceptional gift of 18 American sculptors’ drawings, promised by Phillips trustee and art collector Linda Lichtenberg Kaplan.This exceptional gift showcases the museum’s commitment to building a carefully crafted, in-depth collection—one that reflects founder Duncan Phillips’s vision and distinctive eye. “These extraordinarily generous gifts enable us to extend Duncan Phillips’s legacy in meaningful ways,” says Director Kosinski. “Through such outstanding works, we can strengthen the museum’s already authoritative voice for modern and contemporary art, while also enriching our distinctive exhibition narrative—one renowned for the visual conversations created between ... More
 

French 19th Century painter Gustave Courbet's 1866 oil on canvas "L'origine du monde" (The origin of the World). AFP PHOTO / SEBASTIEN BOZON.

PARIS (AFP).- A Paris court ruled Thursday that it has jurisdiction to judge a case against US social networking site Facebook which blocked the account of a French teacher who posted an image of a vagina. The court ruled that Facebook's clause forcing all users to agree that any litigation must be based in California, where the site is based, was "abusive." Facebook is being sued by a French father of three whose account was blocked after he posted a 19th century picture by Gustave Courbet, "The Origin of the World", depicting a vagina. The irate teacher filed a complaint in a French court saying the site could not differentiate between pornography and art. But in a hearing on January 22, Facebook's lawyer Caroline Lyannaz argued that the site did not fall under French jurisdiction as users have to sign a clause agreeing that only a California court can rule in disputes relating ... More


Iconic artist Yoshitomo Nara opens first major solo exhibition in Hong Kong   Exhibition of new paintings by Alex Katz on view at Timothy Taylor Gallery in London   Widespread outrage after Islamic State group's latest attack on Iraqi cultural treasures


Yoshitomo Nara, Wounded.

HONG KONG.- The Asia Society Hong Kong Center is hosting the first major solo exhibition of renowned Japanese artist Yoshitomo Nara in Hong Kong from March 6 – July 26, 2015. With tremendous support from The Hong Kong Jockey Club Charities Trust, The Hong Kong Jockey Club Presents – Life is Only One: Yoshitomo Nara exhibition is free for the public to enjoy, including a selection of Nara’s most evocative works, public lectures and educational programs to bring attendees closer to one of the world’s most celebrated contemporary artists. The title of the exhibition comes from the Nara painting Life is Only One! and reflects an abiding theme of the artist’s work. The juxtaposition of the innocent-looking girl and the human skull on the canvas prompts us to contemplate on the big question about the fleeting nature of life. But what does this provocative subject mean to the artist and to us? Through a wide ran ... More
 

‘Elizabeth’, 2014. Oil on linen 84 x 60 in. / 213.4 x 152.4 cm.

LONDON.- Timothy Taylor Gallery is presenting an exhibition of new paintings by Alex Katz. The subject of over 200 solo exhibitions and nearly 500 group shows internationally since 1951, Katz has been honoured with numerous retrospectives including The Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, USA; Tate St. Ives, UK; Turner Contemporary, Margate, UK; and The Guggenheim, Bilbao, Spain. This is the artist’s seventh exhibition with the gallery. Katz’s paintings are at once figurative and abstract – his larger-than-life portraits and landscapes often looming large over their observers. However, in these new works, rather than filling each frame, the subjects are assigned to the margins with black space occupying most of each canvas. What is striking about these new portraits is both the depth and diversity of the black paint contrasted against the ... More
 

A file picture taken on July 17, 2001 shows Iraqi workers cleaning a statue of winged bull at an archeological site in Nimrud. AFP PHOTO/Karim SAHIB.

BAGHDAD (AFP).- Condemnation poured in Friday of the Islamic State group's bulldozing of the ancient city of Nimrud, the jihadists' latest attack on Iraqi cultural treasures that the UN termed a "war crime". After rampaging through Mosul's museum with sledgehammers and torching its library last month, IS "bulldozed" the nearby ruins of Nimrud Thursday, the tourism and antiquities ministry said. The devastation comes with the jihadists the target of an Iraqi government offensive. The US military said Friday Iraqi government forces and allied tribal militia have retaken the town of Al-Baghdadi, from where jihadists had threatened to attack an airbase housing American troops. Iraqi antiquities officials said IS militants had moved trucks last week to the Nimrud site overlooking the Tigris River, 30 kilometres (18 miles) southeast of their main hub of Mosul. ... More


The Yale Center for British Art and Yale University Art Gallery reconsider a century of romantic art   Marilyn Monroe photograph auction includes rare shots from 'The Last Sitting'   Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center at Vassar College announces availability of new eMuseum


Théodore Géricault, Retour de Russie (Return from Russia), 1818, lithograph with tint stone, Yale University Art Gallery, Gift of Charles Y. Lazarus, Yale BA 1936.

NEW HAVEN, CONN.- The Yale Center for British Art and the Yale University Art Gallery present their first major joint exhibition, bringing together treasures of the Romantic art movement from their respective collections. The Critique of Reason: Romantic Art, 1760–1860 comprises more than three hundred paintings, sculptures, medals, watercolors, drawings, prints, and photographs by such iconic artists as William Blake, John Constable, Honoré Daumier, David d’Angers, Eugène Delacroix, Henri Fuseli, Théodore Géricault, Francisco de Goya, John Martin, and J. M. W. Turner that expand the view of Romanticism as a movement opposed to reason and the scientific method. The broad range of works selected challenges the traditional notion of the Romantic artist as a brooding genius given to ... More
 

Marilyn Monroe, Here's to You, 1962 (est. $2,500).

DALLAS, TX.- Intimate photographs of Marilyn Monroe from Bert Stern's storied "Last Sitting" photo shoot may sell for a combined $36,000+ in a special auction March 10-15 at Heritage Auctions. The contemplative collection - from early, wide-eyed shots of Norma Jeane in 1945 to raw, sensual photos taken just two weeks before her death – will be offered online. “This collection is well curated by a collector and highlights her entire career from her early modeling to iconic images from Bert Stern’s The Last Sitting,” said Rachel Peart, Director for Photographs at Heritage. “Marilyn is such an icon and the images continue to be as stunning today as they were 60 years ago.” The auction’s selection of roughly 45 lots touches on Monroe’s final photo shoots, including a portfolio of color and black and white photos from sessions on the beach in Santa Monica and the Hollywood Hills. The photo shoot would be her ... More
 

Willem De Kooning (American, 1904-1997), Untitled (Three Women), c1948. Oil and crayon on thick white paper adhered to board. Gift of Mrs. Richard Deutsch (Katherine W. Sanford, class of 1940). 1953.2.5.

POUGHKEEPSIE, NY.- The Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center announces a new online searchable database of all 19,000+ objects in the collection, making the museum’s holdings available for viewing at any time. The database, which can be found at emuseum.vassar.edu , allows users to explore the entire collection through searches by keyword, artist’s name, accession number, or a variety of other search criteria. With eMuseum, users can search for works that are in storage as well as works currently on view in the galleries. Along with essential details about each object such as title, artist, date, medium, dimensions, and artist’s life dates, users can find information about how each object entered the collection, its exhibition history, ... More



'Paul Strand: Photography and Film for the 20th Century' opens at Fotomuseum Winterthur   Strong global reach and a diverse selection of new galleries mark the 2015 edition of the Armory Show   New-York Historical Society presents the swan song of Audubon's masterpiece


Paul Strand, Toward the Sugar House, Vermont, 1944. Gelatin-silver print, 24.4 × 19.4 cm. Philadelphia Museum of Art, The Paul Strand Collection © Estate of Paul Strand.

ZURICH.- Fotomuseum Winterthur presents the first major retrospective in Europe of the work of Paul Strand (1890–1976), one of the great modernist photographers of the twentieth century. Drawing from a recent major acquisition of 3,000 prints by the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the exhibition shows the evolution of Strand's work over six decades. It reveals the multiplicity of his practice, from his early efforts to secure photography's position as a modernist art form, to his embrace of film-making, to his powerful evocation of people and place in his post-war photo books. Strand is revealed as a complex and contradictory figure: a stubborn aesthete, a committed leftist with communist sympathies, and a pastoralist motivated by a strong sense of social purpose. The exhibition begins with Strand's rapid mastery of the prevailing Pictorialist style of the 1910s and his growing interest a few years later in abstraction. We see him attempt ... More
 

Thomas Demand, Daily #22, 2014. Dye transfer print, framed, 24 3/4 x 19 1/2 x 2 inches (framed) © Thomas Demand, VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn. Courtesy Sprüth Magers Berlin London.

NEW YORK, NY.- The Armory Show 2015 returns for its seventeenth edition from March 5-8, hosting 199 of the world’s premier galleries from 28 countries across North and South America, Europe, Asia and the Middle East. Having received a record number of gallery applications, the 2015 fair brings together a wide range of ambitious presentations; Pier 92 – Modern represents art and artists from the twentieth century, while Pier 94 – Contemporary is dedicated to leading international galleries presenting new art by living artists. In its continued commitment to fostering a serious, compelling platform for emerging and established galleries worldwide, The Armory Show features Armory Focus: Middle East, North Africa and the Mediterranean (MENAM), curated by Omar Kholeif, in a devoted section of Pier 94. The MENAM focus is presented in collaboration with lead cultural partner, Edge of Arabia, and education partner, Art ... More
 

John James Audubon, Great Gray Owl (Strix nebulosa), Study for Havell pl. 351, ca. 1834–36. Watercolor, graphite, pastel, and black ink with scratching out and selective glazing on paper, laid on card. New-York Historical Society, Purchased for the Society by public subscription from Mrs. John J. Audubon, 1863.17.351.

NEW YORK, NY.- This spring, the New-York Historical Society concludes its acclaimed series of once-in-a-lifetime exhibitions celebrating the legendary John James Audubon’s original watercolor models for The Birds of America (1827–38). Audubon’s Aviary: The Final Flight (Part III of The Complete Flock) offers an unprecedented opportunity to explore the evolution of Audubon’s dazzling watercolors in the order in which they were engraved. In this final installment of the series of three exhibitions, New-York Historical showcases the final selection of masterpieces from its collection of Audubon’s watercolor models for the sumptuous double-elephant-folio print edition of The Birds of America. The museum holds all 435 watercolor models for its 435 plates, engraved by Robert Havell, Jr., plus an additional 39 avian watercolors of ... More



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Photo Archives obtains rare photo of New Mexico frontiersmen
SANTA FE, NM.- The Palace of the Governors Photo Archives has acquired a rare carte de visite depicting Ceran St. Vrain, Dick Wootton and José Maria Valdez. Photo Curator Daniel Kosharek obtained the ca. 1865 image from Cliff Mills, a photographer, collector and dealer who has sold his own and historical images on the Santa Fe Plaza for 20 years. “I come from an old Taos family,” Mills said. “I’m pretty sure Valdez was a relative. This is a picture that came down to me through the family.” Carte de visites were an early phenomena of photography. Mounted on cardstock, they could be given to friends or guests. That ease helped create a Victorian craze—“cardomania.” This particular carte de visite represents the first original photograph that the Photo Archives has of St. Vrain, a legendary frontiersman, military leader and wheat magnate. The museum has one small original photogra ... More

'Parts of a Unity: Stories from the collection of the Kunstgewerbemuseum' opens in Dresden
DRESDEN.- In its present location at Schloss Pillnitz, the Kunstgewerbemuseum of the Dresden State Art Collections is only able to show its exhibits in the summer season. However, its director, Tulga Beyerle, managed to organise no less than three special exhibitions there in her first year, and visitor numbers rose significantly as a result. Now she is taking a further important step into the future: for the first time in five years this winter, the Kunstgewerbemuseum is exhibiting to visitors over a lengthy period in the town centre in a prominent position in the Kunsthalle of the Lipsiusbau. The exhibition on the Brühlschen Terrasse, which is wide-ranging and goes far beyond the ostentation of the baroque, will stay open until June 21 and will therefore still be open when the doors of Pillnitz open again at the beginning of May. The Lipsiusbau exhibition offers us a fascinating insight. “The Parts of ... More

Chazen exhibit explores the art and cultural climate of Cuba
MADISON, WI.- President Obama recently announced that the United States will move toward normalizing relations with Cuba. An embassy in Havana and diplomatic relations will be reestablished, and travel restrictions will be eased—although ordinary tourism is still banned. But visitors to the Chazen Museum of Art will be able to take an intimate look at current photographic art from the island nation with the opening of an exhibition of contemporary Cuban photography March 6–June 21. Apertura: Photography in Cuba Today explores the way photography is used, understood, and experienced in Cuba in times of transition. Guest curator Guillermina De Ferrari has assembled photography-based installations, digital photomontage and “intervened photography” by eight contemporary Cuban artists. The exhibition explores how photography and photographic practice have changed ... More

Exhibition of works by Philipp Modersohn opens at Galerie Guido W. Baudach
BERLIN.- An accordion takes a deep breath, filling the extent of its interior cavities. It can accept all types of gases; toxic, smoky, dusty, clean, no matter what, it indiscriminately takes all matter around. In its most unfurled state you will notice each of the ribs along its bellow, flexing and drooping down. When satisfied with its inhalation, it collapses slowly letting out a choir of harmonies that echo the crevasses of its bosom. And everything that was inside is being pushed out to fill the halls of our ears or the surrounding flanks in new mixtures and temperatures, either being sucked back again into the caverns of the instrument or settling in carefully sorted layers somewhere else. The Turbulenzen im Teich (Turbulences in the Pond) are a halted cycle of sedimentation and dispersion. A party-like scene that sinks beneath the upper most surface of the pond; the closed-circuit biosphere and cultural ... More

Cleveland Museum of Art receives $20 million campaign gift
CLEVELAND, OH.- The Cleveland Museum of Art announced today a $19 million campaign challenge gift from Trustee and Dealer Tire CEO Scott Mueller, age 51, which nearly completes the institution’s decade-long capital fundraising effort. When combined with Mr. Mueller’s initial campaign commitment of $1 million, three $1 million restricted gifts and his annual contributions, at more than $23 million, he ranks among the top donors in the museum’s history. “Mr. Mueller’s historic commitment represents the capstone of our capital campaign. We are simply in awe of his generosity and believe that these gifts further establish his standing among Cleveland’s storied philanthropists,” said Cleveland Museum of Art Director William M. Griswold. “Mr. Mueller’s giving has impacted so many dimensions of the museum’s work and reinforces everything we’re trying to accomplish.” In September 2014, Grisw ... More

Moderna Museet in Stockholm opens exhibition of works by Akram Zaatari
STOCKHOLM.- Akram Zaatari’s work method can be compared to that of an archaeologist – he excavates images, memories and stories. His interest in subjective historiography delves deep into our recent history, focusing on documents that can be personal, not to say intimate. Zaatari often works with existing documents such as photographs, diaries and sound recordings. His poetic works make abstract political events personal and highlight individual choice and responsibility. The exhibition Akram Zaatari – Unfolding is the largest presentation in Sweden so far of Zaatari’s oeuvre. Akram Zaatari (b. 1966) has played a critical role in developing the formal, intellectual, and institutional infrastructure of Beirut's contemporary art scene. He belonged to the handful of young artists who emerged from the delirious but short-lived era of experimentation in Lebanon's television industry, which was radically ... More

Curator examines matters of life and death in new exhibition about Lincoln and the Civil War
INDIANAPOLIS, IN.- A new exhibition that looks at the end of the Civil War and the death of Abraham Lincoln within the context of Victorian America’s approach to human mortality opened at the Indiana State Museum. More than 100 rarely seen artifacts and documents are being displayed through July 5, 2015, in So Costly a Sacrifice: Lincoln and Loss. “Coinciding with the sesquicentennial of the end of the Civil War and Lincoln’s assassination, this exhibition examines the shared experiences of the time,” said Dale Ogden, chief curator of cultural history. “History is too often presented as names and dates and places. Lincoln and Loss explores how these monumental historical events affected the lives of real people, from ordinary citizens to the President of the United States, and how they tried to make sense of what was happening around them.” Featuring objects from the Lincoln Financial ... More

Carnegie Museum of Art appoints Dan Leers Curator of Photography
PITTSBURGH, PA.- Carnegie Museum of Art announced today the appointment of Dan Leers to the position of Curator of Photography. Leers assumes the place recently left open by the retirement of Linda Benedict-Jones, the museum’s first curator of photography. Most recently a New York–based independent curator, Leers worked on the 2013 Venice Biennale, during which he served as an advisor on contemporary African Art. Prior to this, he was the Beaumont & Nancy Newhall Curatorial Fellow in the Department of Photography at the Museum of Modern Art, New York. He received his undergraduate degree from Lawrence University in Wisconsin and his master’s degree in modern art: curatorial studies from Columbia University, New York. Leers joins CMOA on April 27, 2015. His responsibilities include shaping the Department of Photography’s collection through ... More

Le Courbusier line study may bring $30,000 in 20th & 21st Century Design Auction at Heritage
DALLAS, TX.- Le Corbusier's Untitled, 1937, an important example of the artist's study of the line and the female form — personally gifted to Edith Milton, wife of architect Wallace Harrison — could sell for $30,000 in Heritage Auctions' 20th & 21st Century Design Auction March 31 in Dallas. The auction offers exceptional examples of how national and international architects, artists and furniture designers perceived two centuries of radical change. "As the founding father of Purism, few artists could convey so much with a single line as Corbusier," said Frank Hettig, Director of Modern & Contemporary Art at Heritage. "Ironically, Corbusier inscribed the painting with friendship to Ms. Milton but his artistic falling out with Mr. Harrison forever changed their friendship as well as the look of the United Nations headquarters building in New York." Harrison invited Corbusier as part of a team of international ... More

PULSE New York kicks off 10th anniversary with vigorous early sales and at-capacity attendance
NEW YORK, NY.- Yesterday PULSE New York opened its 10th anniversary edition with strong attendance and a buzz of excitement from both exhibitors and guests. VIP guests braved the snow to for a first look at the artwork and to attend the signature Private Preview Brunch at Chelsea’s conveniently located Metropolitan Pavilion, on 18th Street, between 6th and 7th Avenues. Now established as a can’t-miss event on New York’s cultural calendar, PULSE New York drew a range of visitors on its opening day, including curators from major corporate collections and museums, private collectors and a vibrant, group of 1,500 young professionals at its Young Collectors Cocktails party putting the venue at capacity. “The New York art world came to PULSE,” remarked John Ferrère of Paris’ Galerie L’Inlassable who is exhibiting with PULSE for the first time. With over 50 exhibitors from ... More



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On a day like today, Italian artist and sculptor Michelangelo, was born
March 06, 1475. Michelangelo di Lodovico Buonarroti Simoni (6 March 1475 - 18 February 1564), commonly known as Michelangelo was an Italian Renaissance sculptor, painter, architect, poet, and engineer who exerted an unparalleled influence on the development of Western art. Despite making few forays beyond the arts, his versatility in the disciplines he took up was of such a high order that he is often considered a contender for the title of the archetypal Renaissance man, along with fellow Italian Leonardo da Vinci. In this image: Director of the Casa Buonarroti museum in Florence, Italy, Pina Ragionieri in front of a Michelangelo drawing of Cleopatra Wednesday, Feb. 6, 2013 in Williamsburg, Va. Twenty-five drawings by Michelangelo begin a two-city U.S. exhibition in Virginia on Saturday, Feb. 9, including some works never before seen in the United States and many that offer a glimpse into the mind of the master and the tumultuous times in which he lived.






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