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Turner Prize-winning artist Chris Ofili unveils new tapestry at the National Gallery

A National Gallery employee poses for a picture in front of British artist Chris Ofili's tapestry 'The Caged Bird's Song' at the 'Weaving Magic' exhibition at the National Gallery in central London on April 25, 2017. The 'Weaving Magic' exhibition displays the project of creating Chris Ofili's tapestry 'The Caged Bird's Song' and includes prepartory drawings and the tapestry itself presented in an emersive installation at the National Gallery. Daniel LEAL-OLIVAS / AFP.

LONDON.- The National Gallery unveiled 'The Caged Bird's Song', a new tapestry by Turner Prize-winning artist Chris Ofili. The exhibition marks the first time the artist has worked in the medium of tapestry and includes a series of preparatory works on paper in an installation conceived by the artist for the Gallery's Sunley Room. Ofili is returning to the National Gallery following the exhibition Titian: Metamorphosis 2012. In this he was one of three contemporary artists asked to respond to Titian’s great mythological paintings, Diana and Actaeon, The Death of Actaeon, and Diana and Callisto, which depict stories from the Roman poet Ovid’s 'Metamorphoses'. Ofili produced new paintings in which the classical world was transposed to Trinidad, where he lives and works. He also designed a related series of costumes and sets for a new ballet performed by the Royal Ballet at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden. The imagery ... More

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Extraordinary Roy Lichtenstein sculpture to be included in Phillips sale   Sotheby's unveils its inaugural Sale of Modern and Contemporary African Art   Oscar-winning 'Silence of the Lambs' director Jonathan Demme dies


Roy Lichtenstein, Woman: Sunlight, Moonlight. Painted and patinated bronze, 41 x 25 1/4 x 13 2/4 in. (104.1 x 64.1 x 34.3 cm.). Estimate upon request. Image courtesy of Phillips.

NEW YORK, NY.- Phillips announced that Roy Lichtenstein’s sculpture, Woman: Sunlight, Moonlight, will be offered as a highlight in the Evening Sale of 20th Century & Contemporary Art on Thursday, 18 May. The sculpture, with an estimate in excess of $10 million, is being sold by the Roy Lichtenstein Foundation to benefit its study center projects. The work is poised to set an all-time record for a sculpture by the artist. The sculpture, completed in 1996 a year before the artist’s unexpected death, was created during the height of Lichtenstein’s career and is widely considered among the artist’s greatest works. Woman: Sunlight, Moonlight takes the art historical use of the bust through the lens of Lichtenstein’s signature Pop Art idiom. Standing more than three feet tall, the larger-than-life ... More
 

Yinka Shonibare MBE, Crash Willy, 2009. Estimate: £120,000-180,000. Photo: Sotheby's.

LONDON.- Hannah O’Leary, Sotheby’s Head of Modern and Contemporary African Art: “The marketplace for modern and contemporary art from Africa has transformed dramatically over the past decade, but despite this long-overdue correction, there’s still a considerable way to go towards addressing the underrepresentation of African artists, who account for just 0.01% of the international art market. In recent years, I’ve seen an exponential increase in market demand from collectors in Africa and the African diaspora, as well as international art collectors and influencers who are embracing art from Africa as exciting, innovative and relevant. Sotheby’s entry to the market is in direct response to its current strength and its even greater potential over the coming years. In our sale, you’ll find works by the giants of Modern and Contemporary African Art, who’ve established auction prices over ... More
 

This file photo shows US director Jonathan Demme before the screening of the movie "Rachel Getting Married" at the 65th Venice International Film Festival. DAMIEN MEYER / AFP.

NEW YORK (AFP).- Jonathan Demme, Oscar-winning director of "The Silence of the Lambs" whose four-decade career produced a staggering array of work from romantic comedy to social and political documentaries, died Wednesday. He was 73. Demme passed away in New York surrounded by his family after a battle with cancer, his publicist announced. He will be laid to rest in a private, family funeral. He remains best known for the smash-hit 1991 horror-thriller starring Anthony Hopkins as serial killer Hannibal Lecter and Jodie Foster as FBI agent Clarice Starling. The movie was box office gold and a dazzling critical success. It swept the 1992 Academy Awards, winning five Oscars including best picture, best actor for Hopkins and best actress for Foster. "I am heart-broken to lose a friend, a ... More


Solo exhibitions at Sotheby's S/2 present works by Renate Bertlmann and Maria Lassnig   Throckmorton Fine Art opens exhibition of photographs by the 20th century photographer Fritz Henle   Works by Guy Pène du Bois highlight sale of Impressionist & Modern Art at Doyle


Maria Lassnig, Self-portrait with Hare, 2003. © Maria Lassnig Foundation.

LONDON.- Sotheby’s announces the inauguration of a new program for S|2 London beginning in April with two solo presentations by the Austrian artists Renate Bertlmann and Maria Lassnig. Both artists are key figures in the current discussions around the re-evaluation of female artists of the post-war period; the upper gallery will feature works by Bertlmann and the lower gallery will display an exhibition of paintings by Lassnig. The aim of the gallery’s new program is to present the work of artists who may be undervalued by the market, but remain art historically important and influential. The program for 2017 comprises a series of concurrent solo exhibitions - one in the upper gallery, and one in the lower gallery - and includes Li Yuan Chia, Yuko Nasaka, Ibrahim El-Salahi and William Turnbull. A key figure in the feminist art movement of the 70s in Europe, Renate Bertlmann’s work is long overdue for a re-examination. Her pr ... More
 

Fritz Henle, Frida Kahlo on Chinampa Boat, 1936. 11 x 11.

NEW YORK, NY.- Throckmorton Fine Art presents an important exhibition of photographs by the German-born 20th century photographer, Fritz Henle, at its New York gallery from April 27 – June 24, 2017. According to Spencer Throckmorton, “photo-historian Helmut Gernsheim called Fritz Henle ‘the last classic freelance photographer.’ He was one of those fortunate individuals for whom the tumultuous years before and after World War II generated an ability for him to constantly reimagine and retool his life and work. His German Father, a surgeon, had a talent as an amateur photographer and encouraged young Fritz, who graduated from the Bavarian State Institute for Photography in 1930. Then his work for American art historian Clarence Kennedy funded a series of explorations that took him to Italy, the Mediterranean, Greece, North Africa and the Middle East for three years. He photographed people ... More
 

Guy Pène du Bois (American, 1884-1958), Protectrice, 1921, Signed, dated and inscribed, 25 x 20 inches. The Collection of Willa Kim and William Pène du Bois. Est. $100,000-200,000.

NEW YORK, NY.- On Wednesday, May 10 at 11am, Doyle will hold an auction of Impressionist & Modern Art. The sale presents American and European paintings, drawings and sculpture from the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Highlighting the auction is a selection of important works by Guy Pène du Bois from the Collection of Willa Kim and William Pène du Bois, the son of Guy Pène du Bois. These pieces have remained in the artist's family since they were painted and are completely fresh to market. Although Guy Pène du Bois was an emphatic advocate for new movements in art in the early 20th century, his own work cannot be easily associated with any of them. His idiosyncratic style, with its simplified forms and resonant color, as well as his often satiric point of view, are clearly evident in a remarkable 1921 image of two ... More


Record-breaking Ottoman textile leads £13 million week of Middle Eastern art auctions   JFK's 'only' diary sold for $718,750 at auction   The Whitechapel Gallery opens the first major public display of the ISelf Collection in the UK


Fouad Kamel, Untitled (The Drinker). Est. £22,000-28,000). Photo: Sotheby's.

LONDON.- As part of Sotheby’s Orientalist and Middle Eastern Art Week, a group of three sales dedicated to art produced across the Islamic world from ancient to modern times, 236 lots sold to bring £12,960,125 / $15,661,120 (est. £8,617,700-12,351,800), with over half of the offerings exceeding their pre-sale high estimates. An auction record was set as an Ottoman panel from the collection of Argine Benaki-Salvago soared to £1.1 million / $1.4 million. Six artist records were achieved across the week including for works by pioneering Iranian modernist Bahman Mohasses, leading Egyptian Surrealist Fouad Kamel and 19th-century Bohemian painter Georg Emanuel Opiz. Edward Gibbs, Sotheby’s Middle East & India Chairman, said: “Our London auctions of Middle Eastern art continue to go from strength to strength, presenting an array of extraordinary artworks and objects of exceptional quality and rarity. There ... More
 

The diary is compromised of 61 loose-leaf pages, bound in a premium black leather cowhide binder.

BOSTON, MASS.- A diary written in 1945 by John F. Kennedy during his brief stint as a journalist after World War II sold for $718,750 according to Boston-based RR Auction. The diary was consigned by Deirdre Henderson, who began working for Senator Kennedy in 1959 as his research assistant in his run for the Presidency. “It was my hope that through the auction catalog the diary would come to the attention of a wider audience and find a home worthy of its merit,” said Deirdre Henderson. The diary is compromised of 61 loose-leaf pages, bound in a premium black leather cowhide binder. Twelve of the pages were handwritten by Kennedy and he typed forty-nine pages on his personal typewriter. Within the detailed personal diary, a 28-year-old JFK reveals surprising views on liberalism versus conservatism and espouses his unedited beliefs regarding Roosevelt’s effect on capitalism; he witnesses ... More
 

Louise Bourgeois, Untitled, 1947-49. Bronze painted white and blue, stainless steel, 173.4 x 30.5 x 30.5 cm ©The Easton Foundation/VAGA, New York/DACS, London 2017.

LONDON.- Continuing the Whitechapel Gallery’s programme of opening up rarely seen collections from around the world, the four exhibitions are each titled after a key artwork in each display. Self-portrait as the Billy Goat brings together a selection of physical, psychological and imaginary self-portraits by more than a dozen leading international artists this spring. Twenty-five works from international artists including Pawel Althamer, Louise Bourgeois, André Breton and the Surrealists, Enrico David, Tracey Emin, Gilbert & George, Gabriel Kuri, Yayoi Kusama, Linder, Aditya Mandayam, Raqs Media Collective, Prem Sahib and Cindy Sherman, reveal how these artists stage their own bodies or self-reflections to examine the different ways that we build our sense of personal identity. A series of photo strips by André Breton (1896-1966, ... More


The ICA/Boston opens major mid-career survey of Nari Ward   New Museum opens the first New York museum survey of the work of Italian artist Carol Rama   Crocker Art Museum awards inaugural $25,000 Knudsen Prize to Bay Area sculptor Cyrus Tilton


Nari Ward, Scandal Bag; History Feeds Mistrust (detail), 2015. Chromogenic color print 20 x 20 in. Photo: Steven Rose. Courtesy the artist; Galleria Continua, San Gimignano, Beijing, Les Moulins, and Havana; and Lehmann Maupin, New York and Hong Kong © 2017 Nari Ward.

BOSTON, MASS.- On April 26, the Institute of Contemporary Art/Boston opens Nari Ward: Sun Splashed, the most significant exhibition of the artist’s work to date. Ward (b. 1963 in St. Andrew Parish, Jamaica) actively engages with local sites—their histories, communities, and economies—to create spectacular, ambitiously scaled artworks out of unlikely materials. Sun Splashed includes artworks made from soda pop bottles, shoelaces, shopping carts, and a fire escape—materials that speak to the artist’s distinctive experimentation and resonate with social, political, and cultural meaning. Working in sculpture, collage, photography, video, installation, and performance, Ward captures the makeshift qualities of everyday ... More
 

Carol Rama, Maternità [Maternity], 1966. Mixed mediums on canvas, 35 1/2 x 27 1/2 in (90 X 70 cm) © Archivio Carol Rama, Turin. Photo: Gabriele Gaidano.

NEW YORK, NY.- “Carol Rama: Antibodies” is the first New York museum survey of the work of Italian artist Carol Rama (b. 1918, Turin, Italy–d. 2015, Turin, Italy) and the largest presentation of her work in the US to date. While Rama has been largely overlooked in contemporary art discourses, her work has proven prescient and influential for many artists working today, attaining cult status and attracting renewed interest in recent years. Rama’s exhibition at the New Museum will bring together over one hundred of her paintings, objects, and works on paper, highlighting her consistent fascination with the representation of the body. Seen together, these works present a rare opportunity to examine the ways in which Rama’s fantastical anatomies opposed the political ideology of her time and continue to speak to ideas of desire, sacrifice, ... More
 

Cyrus Tilton.

SACRAMENTO, CA.- The Crocker Art Museum announced the award of its inaugural John S. Knudsen Prize of $25,000 to Oakland-based sculptor Cyrus Tilton (1977–2017). The first solo museum exhibition of his work, The Cycle by Cyrus Tilton, will take place at the Crocker Art Museum from March 25 to July 15, 2018. The John S. Knudsen Endowment Fund was established in 2012 by a gift from the estate of art collector John Knudsen, to annually support an emerging or mid-career California artist while also funding programs, acquisitions, and other endeavors related to the artist’s work at the Museum. Awarded by a committee of review, the prize is open to all artists in California who have not yet had a solo exhibition at a major art museum, with priority given to painters. Artists may use the award money to work in the studio, to travel, to purchase materials for a specific body of work, and to pursue other ... More


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Spain's Guernica marks 80th anniversary of bombing
GUERNICA (AFP).- Some 200 people gathered at a cemetery in the northern Spanish town of Guernica Wednesday to mark the 80th anniversary of its bombing by Nazi warplanes during the Spanish civil war. At 4:30 pm (1430 GMT) -- the moment the bombing began 80 years ago -- representatives of victims associations laid floral wreaths at a monument in the Zollo cemetery dedicated to those killed in an attack that inspired Pablo Picasso's famed "Guernica" painting. "A rain of fire, blood and death fell upon us," Luis Iriondo, a 94-year-old survivor of the air raid, told the gathering. He also appealed for the end of bombings in Syria and other war zones around the world. Aircraft from Adolph Hitler's "Condor Legion" sent to Spain to support General Francisco Franco's nationalist forces carpet-bombed the town on the afternoon of April 26, 1937 for over three hours. ... More

Global graphic design comes to Swann Galleries
NEW YORK, NY.- On Thursday, May 25, Swann Galleries will hold an auction of Graphic Design, featuring a premier selection of posters, books and magazines by outstanding designers from around the world. Early twentieth-century French posters lead the sale, with highlights ranging from A.M. Cassandre’s SS. “Côte d’Azur”, 1911, to Leonetto Cappiello’s Le Petit Dauphinois, 1933, an advertisement for one of the largest periodicals in the Alps at the time ($15,000 to $20,000 and $30,000 to $40,000, respectively). Also featured is Paul Colin’s complete portfolio Le Tumulte Noir, 1927, a tribute to Jazz-Age Paris and the craze for the Charleston, introduced by the actress Josephine Baker (who was also Colin’s lover). Two of the 42 original pochoir lithographs specifically depict Baker: one in a grass skirt, and one in her infamous banana skirt. The present copy, from the original ... More

On creativity
NEW YORK, NY.- Creation begins with a wish, a desire to do something, to make something, to see beyond the immediate reality. If we are lucky, it will open a door to a stream of thought that is inspiration. We inspire, we breathe in ideas. What inspires me, what are my themes? I like thinking about physics, the universe. And I am drawn to spiritual ideas, yoga. In my double profile sculptures, I am showing the underlying unity of minds. In the negative spaces of my sculptures, I show spirits beyond matter, idea before material form. In sculpture, the body comes into play. We are mostly on our feet and we dance also with our hands. We play, we discover with our hands. In Gupta, India, I have read you have to be a dancer in order to be a sculptor. In India, there is a sculpture showing the Buddha and his disciples. The disciples are shown in three-dimensional form while the Buddha ... More

Iraqi forces seize ancient site of Hatra from IS
HATRA (AFP).- Iraqi forces seized the UNESCO-listed ancient site of Hatra from the Islamic State group Wednesday, the latest archaeological jewel to be wrested from the jihadists' grip. Hashed al-Shaabi (Popular Mobilisation) paramilitary forces fighting IS around Iraq's second city Mosul said they had "liberated the ancient city of Hatra... after fierce clashes with the enemy". The Hashed forces launched their offensive at dawn on Tuesday and swiftly retook villages in nearby desert areas and the Hatra archaeological site. Nearby modern Hatra was not yet fully retaken but the Hashed said its forces had "broken into the town after Daesh (IS) defences collapsed". It said in a statement that it killed 61 IS fighters in the two-day-old operation, including 19 suicide bombers, and evacuated around 2,500 civilians who fled their homes. ... More

Art Brussels 2017: End of fair report
BRUSSELS.- For its landmark 35th edition in April 2017, Art Brussels, which closed for business on Sunday, reinforced its reputation as one of Europe’s leading art fairs with a resoundingly positive response to its distinctive and intelligent artistic programme, the strong engagement and pedigree of collectors and significant sales throughout the duration. Anne Vierstraete, Managing Director of Art Brussels, said: “We have been overjoyed to have enabled so many new positive encounters between our galleries’ artists and an extensive group of thoughtful, national and international collectors and curators. Art Brussels believes in galleries that support their artists throughout their evolution, invest in their relationships and have a good knowledge of their collector base, and each of our exhibitors have proven themselves to share these values. Creative ... More

Museum Ludwig exhibits works by 2017 Wolfgang Hahn Prize winner Trisha Donnelly
COLOGNE.- In 2017 the Gesellschaft für Moderne Kunst am Museum Ludwig in Cologne is awarding the Wolfgang Hahn Prize to Trisha Donnelly. Henriette Reker, the mayor of the City of Cologne, presented the prize. Suzanne Cotter, director of the Serralves Museum of Contemporary Art in Porto and the guest juror in 2017, gave the laudation. Awarded annually since 1994, the prize aims to: on the one hand, it honors artists for their internationally recognized oeuvre. On the other hand, the prize is linked with the acquisition of a key work by the artist for the collection of the Museum Ludwig. In addition, the recipient is honored with an exhibition and a publication. Trisha Donnelly has selected the large hall on the lower level of the Museum Ludwig for her instal-lation. The space is over eight meters high and has an area of some 375 square meters. Trisha Don-nelly has ... More

Ry David Bradley's debut solo exhibition at PM/AM opens in London
LONDON.- PM/AM presents 21th Century, Ry David Bradley’s debut solo exhibition at the gallery featuring a new body of work inspired by 3D rendering and ocular manipulation. Anaglyphic stereo, a process pioneered in the early 20th century which adopted colour theory to provide the illusion of depth of field in images via 3D glasses, provides a key point of engagement for the audience. Popularised in 1950’s America, a time when acrylic paint was also developed, viewing this series of works via these methods results in a strange collision of time and place, part 21st century, part historic. In an age before smartphones these works may have been perceived as op-art, itself a mid century movement correlating to the early use of computers. Today such an aesthetic carries a distinctly digital texture, reminiscent of plasma TV screens in a concrete and permanent state. Furthering ... More

Walter Hagen PGA Championship gold medal available in Heritage Auctions' Spring Sports Catalog Auction
DALLAS, TX.- Walter Hagen was unquestionably golf's foremost celebrity playboy of his era, and the 1926 match play battle at the PGA Championship took place when he was firmly in his prime. Winning for the third year in row, this 1926 Walter Hagen PGA Championship Gold Medal, (est. $80,000+), was presented to Hagen after he defeated two fellow future Hall of Famers - Johnny Farrell and Leo Diegel - in the semifinals and finals, respectively, clinching the championship, four and three, to secure the third link in an unbroken chain of four victories in the tournament between 1924 and 1927. It would prove to be the eighth of 11 career major championships. The ninth playing of the PGA Championship took place at Long Island's Salisbury Golf Club, just a few miles from the towns that served as the fictional inspiration for West Egg and East Egg in F. Scott Fitzgerald's ... More

Berlin/Los Angeles: Space for Music, now on view at the Getty
LOS ANGELES, CA.- Concert halls can be signature features of a city’s landscape, fostering a strong resonance between architecture and the cultural life of the city. Celebrating the 50th anniversary of the sister-city partnership between Berlin and Los Angeles, Berlin/Los Angeles: Space for Music on view at the Getty Research Institute from April 25 through July 30, 2017 explores two iconic buildings: Hans Scharoun's Berlin Philharmonic (Berliner Philharmonie, built 1960–1963) and Frank Gehry's Walt Disney Concert Hall (built 1999–2003). The exhibition draws on the Getty Research Institute’s archival holdings on Frank Gehry and borrows material on Hans Scharoun from the Academy of the Arts in Berlin. Focusing on the buildings' extraordinary interiors and exteriors, Berlin/Los Angeles: Space for Music brings together original drawings, sketches, prints, ... More

Cincinnati Art Museum presents More Sweetly Play the Dance by William Kentridge
CINCINNATI, OH.- Contemporary South African artist William Kentridge’s More Sweetly Play the Dance makes its North American museum premiere at the Cincinnati Art Museum from April 26–November 5. The work is a loan from the LUMA Foundation. This powerful film installation encircles the viewer with seven screens, on which a procession of travelers passes across a charcoal-drawn animated landscape. The immersive panorama hints at multiple histories, evoking a danse macabre, a jazz funeral, an exodus and a journey. Accompanied by a brass band, the film references medieval manuscripts and the storylines of refuge throughout history. Commissioned in 2015 by the EYE Filmmuseum, the installation melds silhouettes with the artist’s distinctive animated charcoal drawings. Kentridge’s work often begins on a single piece of paper, drawing ... More

Exhibition at rodolphe janssen presents works by Gert & Uwe Tobias
BRUSSELS.- The visual language of Gert & Uwe Tobias is like a vibration between realms. It teeters on an imaginative edge between the contemporary and the archaic, the figurative and the abstract, portraiture and still life, the deeply alluring and the grotesque. For their fifth solo exhibition at rodolphe janssen, the Tobias brothers’ quirky play of opposites feels familiar, as if from a dream. Engaging with the technique of xylography, the artistic duo’s woodcuts redevelop and subvert this ancient craft for their own conceptual ambitions. The resulting imagery is absolutely signature–autobiographical, even–for it is also a visual ode to their home country of Romania, its costume and mythology, where they grew up before their family immigrated to Germany. There is distinct rhythm and movement to the Tobias brothers’ compositions as one’s eyes graze over their entire body ... More





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April 27, 1840. LONDON.- The Palace of Westminster, also known as the Houses of Parliament or Westminster Palace, is the meeting place of the two houses of the Parliament of the United Kingdom - the House of Lords and the House of Commons. It lies on the north bank of the River Thames in the heart of the London borough of the City of Westminster, close to the historic Westminster Abbey and the government buildings of Whitehall and Downing Street. The name may refer to either of two structures: the Old Palace, a medieval building complex most of which was destroyed in 1834, and its replacement New Palace that stands today; it has retained its original style and status as a royal residence for ceremonial purposes.



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