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Exhibition in Rome offers an original interactive journey to discover the city of Augustus

A picture shows a fragment of painted wall with a projection of the original colors at the Trajan's Market (Mercati di Traiano) museum on September 23, 2014 in Rome, where the exhibition "The keys of Rome. The city of Augustus" runs till May 10, 2015. "Keys To Rome" is an international exhibition on the city of Augustus and the Roman Empire organized in four locations (Rome, Alexandria, Amsterdam, and Sarajevo) by the European network of Virtual Museums, V-MUST, coordinated by the Italian National Council of Researches. AFP PHOTO / VINCENZO PINTO.

ROME.- On the 23 September 2014, after 2000 years from Augustus death, 13 countries meet in Rome, Amsterdam, Alexandria and Sarajevo, for the opening of an extraordinary exhibition, Keys to Rome: an original interactive journey to discover the city of Augustus and the Roman Empire, seen and experienced from its four corners, four fascinating venues, four cities on Roman culture. "Keys To Rome" is a unique international exhibition, that, for the first time ever has been organized in parallel in four incredible locations: Rome, in the wonderful setting of the Imperial Fora Museum; Alexandria, in the amazing rooms of the Bibliotheca Alexandrina; Amsterdam, in the recently renovated Allard Pierson Museum; and Sarajevo, in the newly restored City Hall. "Keys To Rome" is organized by the largest European network of excellence on Virtual Museums, V-MUST, coordinated by the Italian National Council of Researches. The Augustan age is the main theme for the exhibition in Rome, named “Keys To R ... More

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An American icon: Sotheby's to offer Jasper Johns Flag at its Contemporary Art Evening sale   Absolut collaborates with Andy Warhol once again with latest limited edition bottle   'Vincent: the musical' to mark 125 years from Van Gogh's death; Will open late next year

Jasper Johns, Flag (detail), est. $15/20 million, encaustic on silk flag on canvas, 11 5/8 x 17 1/2 in. 29.5 x 44.4 cm. Photo: Sotheby's.

NEW YORK, NY.- On 11 November 2014 Sotheby’s will present Jasper John’s Flag, one of the most recognizable works of American art which will feature in the Contemporary Art Evening sale. This late example was acquired from the artist in 1983, the year it was made, and has remained in the same private collection since. The Flags are executed in encaustic, a painstaking process where pigment is mixed with hot wax, and meticulously applied in a laborious process. Estimated to fetch between $15 and $20 million, Flag went on view on Monday 22 September at Sotheby’s Los Angeles galleries before being exhibited in Hong Kong, London, and New York. Anthony Grant, Sotheby’s Vice Chairman, Americas commented: “I have known this painting for 30 years, yet even now I am struck anew by its power. Jasper’s Flag paintings recast this most potent of symbols in unprecedented terms of abstracted composition. Already ... More

The Absolut Warhol bottle limited edition bottle will be available at Selfridges and Harvey Nichols from 1st October, RRP £23.50

LONDON.- Absolut introduces the Andy Warhol Edition, a new limited edition bottle celebrating creativity, pop art and the brand’s iconic collaboration with Andy Warhol. To launch the bottle, Absolut will collaborate with him once again by working with three artists who will reach out to Warhol’s spirit for a one-time-only nightlife experience in NYC, as well as, inviting people to unleash their creativity in what Absolut aims to become world’s largest art exchange -- where one lucky participant will receive an original Andy Warhol artwork. The Andy Warhol Edition celebrates the iconic collaboration between Absolut and Andy Warhol – the brand’s first of thousands of collaborations with artists from around the world. By transforming the original painting onto the bottle shape, Absolut is allowing anyone to bring home their very own Warhol. To support the launch of this limited edition bottle, Absolut is presenting two innovative concepts: ... More

A visitor looks at a self-portrait by late Dutch painter Vincent Van Gogh displayed at the Orsay Museum. AFP PHOTO / BERTRAND GUAY.

THE HAGUE (AFP).- The tragic life of Vincent van Gogh will be brought to the stage as a musical to mark 125 from the death of one of the world's greatest artists, organisers said Tuesday. Simply called "Vincent", the musical will open late next year along with several other events commemorating the Dutch Post-Impressionist painter's death in July 1890. The production aims to "bring Vincent van Gogh's works to life in a non-traditional way," Martine Willekens, spokeswoman for the Van Gogh Europe Foundation, told AFP. Known for his bold colours and rough, vibrant painting style, Van Gough was one of the most revolutionary painters of the 19th Century. He only sold one painting in his own short lifetime, which was wracked with bouts of mental illness and depression, including one famous episode where he sliced off part of his ear. The role of Van Gogh himself has not yet been cast but the production will be directed by Dutch ... More

Sotheby's to sell Czech Avant-Garde art from the Roy & Mary Cullen Collection   Record-breaking year for contemporary art; Smashes through the $2 billion mark for the first time   MCA Chicago is the only US venue for groundbreaking exhibition 'David Bowie Is'

Karel Teige, Untitled, collage, 38.1 by 28.6cm., 15 by 11¼in. Executed in 1947. Estimate: 50,000 GBP - 70,000 GBP. Photo: Sotheby's.

LONDON.- On 12 November 2014 in London, Sotheby's will present Czech Avant-Garde Art from the Roy & Mary Cullen Collection. Adrian Biddell, Senior Director, Sotheby’s 19th Century European Paintings Department, describes the Roy & Mary Cullen Collection, as “an extraordinary collecting achievement. Formed with a combination of passion and patience, it focuses on the rich and compelling story of Czech Avant-Garde art between the First and Second World Wars as told by the artists, illustrators, photographers and writers of the time. The paintings, works on paper, prints and books capture the visual, literary and intellectual ideas that flourished in Prague and Paris during this period. Sotheby’s sale of the Hascoe Collection of Czech Modern Art in London in June 2011 revealed enormous interest in the market for Czech art and realised more than double the pre-sale estimate. The Roy & Mary Cullen Collection presents the next ... More

Jeff Koons’s monumental sculpture Balloon Dog (Orange), achieved $58,405,000 (£36,795,150/ €43,219,700), setting a new world auction record for a living artist. Photo: Christie's Images Ltd 2014.

PARIS (AFP).- The contemporary art market experienced a record-breaking year in 2013/14, smashing through the $2 billion mark for the first time, according to new figures released on Tuesday. US artists Jean-Michel Basquiat, who died in 1988, Jeff Koons and Christopher Wool remain the market's biggest stars accounting for sales at auction of 339 million euros ($436 million), according to Artprice, a Paris-based organisation which keeps the world's biggest database on the contemporary art market. In the year from July 2013, sales of contemporary art at public auctions reached $2.046 billion dollars, up 40 percent on the previous year, Artprice's annual report said Thirteen pieces alone fetched more than 10 million euros ($12.8 million) each, compared with four in the previous year. Pop artist Koons, the subject of a major retrospective due to be held at Paris's Pompidou Centre at the end of November, currently holds ... More

Installation view, David Bowie Is, MCA Chicago. September 23, 2014 - January 4, 2015. Photo: Nathan Keay, © The David Bowie Archive. Courtesy of the MCA Chicago.

CHICAGO, IL.- David Bowie is presents the first international exhibition of the extraordinary career of David Bowie—one of the most pioneering and influential performers of our time. The exhibition focuses on his creative processes and collaborative work with artists and designers, and demonstrates how his work has both influenced and been influenced by wider movements in art, design, music, and theater. The exhibition’s multimedia design introduces advanced sound technology by Sennheiser and video installations to create an immersive journey through Bowie’s artistic life. David Bowie is was organized by the Victoria and Albert Museum, London, and is on view at the Museum of Contemporary Art (MCA) Chicago from September 23, 2014 to January 4, 2015. The MCA is the only US venue for this groundbreaking exhibition. Michael Darling, the MCA James W. Alsdorf Chief Curator ... More

The World Chess Hall of Fame celebrates art and chess with Glenn Kaino's The Burning Boards   Pérez Art Museum Miami receives significant new works for the museum's collection from JPMorgan Chase   Bids invited for Robin Williams' 'Mork' suit; Expected to fetch $20,000 at Profiles in History

Glenn Kaino in The Burning Board, September 1, 2014, The World Chess Hall of Fame. Photo courtesy of Carmody Creative.

ST. LOUIS, MO.- On September 9, 2014, the World Chess Hall of Fame (WCHOF) brought together 16 chess experts and 16 artists and art experts to participate in the third performance of Glenn Kaino’s The Burning Boards as part of its exhibition Cage and Kaino: Pieces and Performances, which closed on September 21, 2014. This brilliant piece was first performed at the Whitney Museum in 2007 and later held in conjunction with the Orange County Museum of Art’s exhibition Disorderly Conduct in 2008. The Burning Boards is a performance art piece in which players from the worlds of art and chess compete against each other at sixteen small tables–one for each century of chess. Atop each table is a simple wooden chess board with uniquely cast wax candles as pieces. The performance takes place in a dark room that is illuminated when players light their candles and begin the game. They must use long ... More

Lisa Erf, PAMM Director Thom Collins, Deborah Koch. Photo Juan E. Cabrera.

MIAMI, FL.- At yesterday’s Seventh Annual Pérez Art Museum Miami Corporate Luncheon, JPMorgan Chase & Co. announced a major gift of art to the museum’s permanent collection. This gift includes six works by American women: Pat Stier, Marilyn Minter, Jenny Holzer and Maya Lin, across a range of different media. The announcement was made by Lisa Erf, director of the JPMorgan Chase Art Program, at the luncheon following a discussion with PAMM Director Thom Collins on corporate art collecting for a community. “JPMorgan Chase has a long history of supporting the arts in South Florida, and we are incredibly grateful for yet another gesture of the company’s commitment to culture and this community,” said Thom Collins, PAMM director. “This gift is the perfect example of how corporate collecting contributes to making art more accessible to our community.” "This is a collection of art that belongs in a museum and for this g ... More

Auctioneer Brian Chanes with the original Robin Williams iconic "Mork" spacesuit. AFP PHOTO/Mark RALSTON.

LOS ANGELES (AFP).- The famous red and white spacesuit worn by Robin Williams in hit 1970s TV series "Mork and Mindy" is up for auction next month, with an estimated price-tag of up to $20,000. Also on sale will be the "egg" in which alien Mork traveled to earth from Ork in the breakthrough series for Williams, who committed suicide last month aged 63. "This is such a big piece from a pop-culture, television history perspective," Brian Chanes of the Profiles in History auction house told AFP. "I think that it's going to stand on its own merit, not because of what recently, tragically, happened with Robin," he added. The Mork spacesuit -- thought to be the only one ever to come up for public auction -- is estimated to fetch $15,000-$20,000, while the egg-spaceship could go for between $4,000 and $6,000. The items will go on sale at an auction of Hollywood memorabilia to be held from October ... More

'Paintings from Siena: Ars Narrandi in Europe's Gothic Age' on view in Brussels   Sprüth Magers Berlin opens exhibition of works by German artist Thomas Scheibitz   Japanese works of art from antiquity to contemporary at Christie's London in October

Simone Martini, Madonna with Child, 1300-1310. Inv. 583, tempera on board, 88 x 57 cm Siena, Pinacoteca Nazionale.

BRUSSELS.- BOZAR pays tribute to Siena with over sixty exceptionally refined masterpieces from the collection of the Pinacoteca Nazionale di Siena, supplemented with loans from French museums. The public can see about sixty unique works, dating from the thirteenth to the fifteenth century, which are being exhibited in the capital of Europe for the first time. The thematic arrangement of the works gives visitors the opportunity to discover masterpieces from the heyday of the European Gothic Age. In the fourteenth and fifteenth centuries Siena was one of the leading artistic, financial and intellectual centres of Europe. The Sienese artists and their workshops enjoyed an excellent reputation and were renowned for their unparalleled craftsmanship and refined painting style. They received commissions from some of the most prominent and richest clients in Europe. Popes, emperors, rich ... More

Thomas Scheibitz, Speicher und Fenster, 2014. Oil, vinyl, pigmentmarker and spray paint on canvas, 260 x 190 cm 102 3/8 x 74 7/8 inches © Thomas Scheibitz / VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn, 2014 Courtesy Sprüth Magers Berlin London.

BERLIN.- Already in the title of the exhibition Radiopictures, Thomas Scheibitz demonstrates that his artistic thinking, in addition to tectonics, scale, and proportion, also revolves around time-based media: music, film, text. Temporal aspects, such as simultaneity and continuum, are for him further dimensions of composition. The title of the painting Historische Szene (Historical Scene) awakes associations with theatre and film. The depicted scenery could be a film set or a stage, aiming at the liminal experience of an ambiguous state between various layers of reality – an “open field” which can repeatedly be found in Scheibitz’s work and in which constructions dissolve into their tectonic structures. The same is applicable to his painting Gasthof Ravoux (Ravoux Inn), whose title, in the first instance, still ... More

Untitled 1965 by Kazuo Shiraga. Estimate: £150,000-200,000. Photo: Christie's Images Ltd 2014.

LONDON.- Christie’s announced the second annual sale of Asobi: Ingenious Creativity - Japanese Works of Art from Antiquity to Contemporary at South Kensington on 15 October 2014, during Frieze week. From its inception to the present day, there is a joie de vivre that runs through Japanese culture and is apparent throughout the visual arts. Asobi gokoro, or ‘the playful heart’ manifests itself in an endless play with form, from wilful distortion to tongue-in-cheek humour; light-hearted treatment of serious themes to the juxtaposition of unexpected elements. The leitmotif of the sale, Asobi connects prehistoric ceramics, 16th/17th century screens and 20th century avant-garde painting, photobooks and photographs. Comprising over 170 lots of fine Japanese art which highlight the visual appeal, accessibility and relevance of Japanese art to contemporary collecting tastes, this dynamic sale is led by a magnificent panel ... More

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First UK institutional exhibition of Neïl Beloufa's work opens at the Institute of Contemporary Arts
LONDON.- In this first UK institutional exhibition of Neïl Beloufa’s work, the ICA will show a selection of his latest works on film alongside recent sculptural works across the Lower Galleries and Theatre. These explore the representation of digital information systems and the often conflicting desires for openly available information within mass media. They will be exhibited in specifically designed architectural installations where certain aspects of the images are able to be manipulated and fragmented throughout layers of screens within space. Within the Lower Galleries, audiences will be met by a series of new sculptures and fragmented and live video works, Beloufa seeks to further break the conventional relationship with the screen, reorienting the way the audience relates to the imaginary constructs of a digital realm and the real world. The installation will premier three new films, the first ... More

Shadow and Light: Exhibition of photographs by Horst on view at Staley Wise
NEW YORK, NY.- The subject of this exhibition is women, filtered through Horst’s use of shadow and light to achieve his unique dramatic effects. Horst’s love of classical architecture and sculpture figures prominently in much of his work, as does the influence of Surrealism. His dramatic lighting, elegance and imaginative settings changed the look of portrait and fashion photography. In work from 1936 to 1987, Horst’s fashion, portrait, and still life photographs demonstrate his extreme sophistication and reflect the artistic spirit of their time. From the surrealism of Dali’s ballet costumes and disembodied hands to portraits of Chanel, Schiaparelli, Dietrich, the Bouvier sisters, and Yves Saint Laurent fashion, he is in tune with the era. Horst lived in the center of artistic and social activity of the 20th century. Born into a conventional German family, he soon left for Paris and an apprenticeship with the great ... More

Exhibition of recent drawings and collages by Sanda Iliescu on view at Gallery Molly Krom
NEW YORK, NY.- Gallery Molly Krom is presenting “In the Garden of (Plastic) Paradise,” a show of recent drawings and collages by Sanda Iliescu. An artist whose work blends the dynamic visual energy of abstraction with often narrative and figural suggestiveness, Iliescu turns her attention in the current show to that most naturalistic and nostalgic of subjects – the bird. The results are unexpectedly moving. Modeled on birds seen in nature and in books, Iliescu’s bird drawings – done with graphite, colored pencil, Sharpie markers, discarded plastic and sewn embroidery thread – do not altogether shun the evocative and expressive sweetness one associates with traditional renderings of birds. Yet Iliescu’s sometimes fragile, sometimes ungainly birds, are so simply and even at times primitively rendered that one cannot say that what is moving about them is the subject. It is rather Iliescu’s ... More

Strata: An exhibition of new works by Jeffrey Kroll opens at Mead Carney Fine Art
LONDON.- Mead Carney Fine Art in conjunction with Samsung presents, “Strata” an exhibition by Jeffrey Kroll, September 23, 2014. The exhibition presents groundbreaking artworks wedding mobile photography to painting, the first use of mobile photography in the service of fine art. The “Strata” works by Kroll are a visual drama, a subtle and deceptive interaction of painted space and digital space; a fusion of monoscopic space from the eye of the camera and stereoscopic space from the vision of the painter. The use of mobile photography in tandem with painting is an unprecedented innovation. The power of painting imbues the digital medium with a deeper more profound resonance. Jeffrey Kroll is the first solo visual artist to be supported by Samsung. It is Kroll’s intention to humanise the digital format and bring it under the control of the painterly sensibility. In a world glutted with digital ... More

Exhibition of newly commissioned work by Dorothy Cross on view at Lismore Castle Arts
LISMORE.- Lismore Castle Arts is presenting Eye of Shark an exhibition of newly commissioned work by one of Ireland’s leading contemporary artists, Dorothy Cross. The exhibition opened on 6th September and continues until 19th October at Lismore Castle Arts: St Carthage Hall. For a decade Cross has used representations and the skins of sharks as a recurring theme in her practice. In Eye of Shark the presence of the animal acts as a metaphor for an alternative vision, rooted in the symbolism of the St Carthage Hall as a former place of worship. The literal eye of a shark is housed within the walls gazing upon the congregation, yet hidden from view within a gilded vessel. The congregation is made real by the grouping of nine reclaimed cast-iron baths, arranged in lines down the centre of the hall. Each bath has been lined with gold along the scum line, where the dirt normally accumulates, ... More

Exhibition of drawings and sketches by Miles Aldridge on view at Sims Reed Gallery
LONDON.- Sims Reed Gallery presents the first-ever exhibition of drawings and sketches by renowned photographer Miles Aldridge. The artistic process behind Aldridge’s photographs always begins with a sketch on paper of his intended mise-en-scène, often using the vibrant colours prevalent in his photographs. Aldridge’s intriguing narratives have garnered him international success as a photographer but his sketches and storyboards add further insight into the creative development behind each image. There are around 30 drawings, none of which have been on the market before. Also on show is Carousel, a portfolio of 32 lithograph and screenprints. A further three large-scale photographs are being exhibited to contextualise the works on paper. Lyndsey Ingram, director of Sims Reed Gallery says: ‘We are thrilled to be showing Miles’ drawings for the first time. The Carousel ... More

Beware Wet Paint: Exhibition at Institute of Contemporary Arts proposes a new path for painting
LONDON.- Beware Wet Paint is a two part project with one exhibition at the ICA and an interlinked exhibition starting a month later at the Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo (FSRR) in Turin (29 October 2014 – 1 February 2015). Beware Wet Paint will propose a new path for painting, viewed here as a self-referential practice concerned more by its own memory than picturing the world or the artists' psyche. Korakrit Arunanondchai, Isabelle Cornaro, Jeff Elrod, Nikolas Gambaroff, Parker Ito, David Ostrowski, Pamela Rosenkranz, Ned Vena and Christopher Wool are confirmed in the ICA exhibition. Korakrit Arunanondchai, Isabelle Cornaro, Jeff Elrod, Nikolas Gambaroff, Isa Genzken, Nathan Hylden, Parker Ito, Oscar Murillo, David Ostrowski, Diogo Pimentão, Pamela Rosenkranz, Ned Vena and Christopher Wool are confirmed for the Turin exhibition. Like the ICA the FSRR supports ... More

New company offers excellent posters by emerging and established international artists
NEW YORK, NY.- The Posters is a new e-commerce company based in Los Angeles launching in December 2014 with a simple premise: selling excellent posters by emerging and established international artists through When each poster is sold, The Posters gives a portion of the proceeds to arts education groups to pay for an hour of art class for underserved youth in American cities. The Posters is co-founded by Adrian Rosenfeld, who is the Creative Director, and Athena Currey, who is the CEO. Adrian, a former director of Matthew Marks Gallery, has worked with the world’s leading artists for 15 years including Ellsworth Kelly, Brice Marden, Thomas Demand and Jasper Johns. Athena has been an arts professional with experience working with commercial and non-profit arts organizations including Alleged Gallery and University Settlement. At people can buy ... More

WIELS opens survey of Ana Torfs' works from the last five years
BRUSSELS.- Under the title Echolalia Ana Torfs is showing for the first time in her Brussels base a broad selection of the work that she has been developing since the early 1990s. This exhibition offers an exhaustive survey of her works from the last five years, which until now had mostly been shown abroad, and sometimes had been executed for specific contexts. What’s more, with the installation The Parrot & the Nightingale, a Phantasmagoria, WIELS is presenting a world première. Torfs always starts from existing texts and images, whether it is the classic Rossellini film Journey to Italy, the nomenclature of flowers and plants or the travel journals of Christopher Columbus. Moreover, the range of reproducible media to which she has recourse, going all the way from sound, video, photographs and slide projections to prints, silkscreens and tapestries, is remarkably broad. In the end we only hear ... More

Sumptuous objects at Christie's Islamic Art Week
LONDON.- Objects tracing the rich cultural heritage of the Islamic and Indian worlds will be offered in a series of three sales at Christie’s in London during Islamic Art Week which runs from 7-10 October. Among the 700 lots on offer within the sales there is particular strength among the works of art from the Mughal, Safavid and Ottoman Empires. The sales offer an insight into the diversity of the religious, social and geographical influences on works of art and the craftsmen, artists and patrons who created them. One of the highlights in the Oriental Rugs and Carpets sale is the Douglass Mughal ‘Millefleurs’ prayer rug (lot 50) which dates from the 18th century and was most probably woven in Lahore or Kashmir in northern India. It is part of an exceptionally small and rare group, of which only ten other examples are known. This ‘millefleurs’ prayer rug, a reference to the delicate floral design ... More

75 years after his death, Vienna struggles with Freud
VIENNA (AFP).- Even before Sigmund Freud fled Hitler on the Orient Express from Vienna in June 1938, the father of psychoanalysis and his ideas about sex, dreams and cocaine divided opinion in the Austrian capital. And even now, 75 years after his death in London on September 23, 1939, Freud and the groundbreaking theory of mind that he fathered still lack the recognition they achieved elsewhere. "Nobody is a prophet in their own country, and this is particularly true of Freud and Vienna," Monika Pessler, director of the small museum at Berggasse 19, the spot where Freud lived and worked for 47 years, told AFP. Because he and his many followers had to escape, "it was elsewhere that psychoanalysis really took off -- in London, New York, Buenos Aires. In Vienna it still fights for recognition today, even at universities," she said. Freud was born in 1856 in the present-day Czech ... More

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On a day like today, American sculptor Louise Nevelson was born
September 23, 1988. Louise Nevelson (September 23, 1899 - April 17, 1988) was an American sculptor known for her monumental, monochromatic, wooden wall pieces and outdoor sculptures. Born in Czarist Russia, she emigrated with her family to the United States in the early 20th century when she was three years old. Nevelson learned English at school, as she spoke Yiddish at home. In this image: Playwright Edward Albee, center, joins his star, Iree Worth, left, backstage at the Morosco Theater in New York City Thursday, Jan 31, 1980 . After the opening performance of his " The Lady From Dubuque." The two were greeting well -wishers, who included sculptress, Louise Nevelson, at right.

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