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The Weston Cast Court: Victoria & Albert Museum opens refurbished Italian Cast Court

Conservator Johanna Puisto works on the cast of Michelangelo's David, June 2014 in the Weston Cast Court. ©Victoria and Albert Museum, London.

LONDON.- On Saturday 29 November 2014, the V&A will open the newly refurbished Italian Cast Court as the first phase in the renovation of the Museum’s vast, day-lit courts is completed. First opened in 1873, the Cast Courts were purpose built to house one of the most comprehensive collections of casts of post-classical European sculpture. 24 metres in height, the two galleries house some of the V&A’s largest objects and are among the most popular in the Museum. Collecting plaster cast reproductions and electrotypes reached the height of popularity in the mid to late 19th-century when few people could afford to travel abroad. The South Kensington Museum (as the V&A was then known) was at the forefront of this enthusiasm, enabling visitors to admire and study faithful reproductions of important European monuments and works of art. The V&A’s cast collection is now ... More

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Frick Collection announces acquisition of Bartolomé Esteban Murillo's Self-Portrait   The British Museum acquires a watercolour view of Rome by Giovanni Battista Lusieri   American artist Lawrence Weiner receives 2015 Roswitha Haftmann Prize

Murillo, Self-Portrait, c. 1650–55, oil on canvas, 42 x 30 ½ inches, The Frick Collection, New York, gift of † Dr. and Mrs. Henry Clay Frick II; photo: Michael Bodycomb.

NEW YORK, NY.- In recent years, The Frick Collection has showcased its strength in Spanish paintings through acclaimed exhibitions, publications, events on Velázquez, El Greco, and Goya, and the collecting taste for such works. The focus is warranted, given founder Henry Clay Frick’s early travels to Spain and his deep interest in Spanish artists. Less known, however, is the fact that his first acquisition of Iberian painting was a significant self- portrait by Bartolomé Esteban Murillo (1617–82), a work that has remained in the Frick family since its purchase in 1904. The painting now comes to the New York museum as the gift of Mrs. Henry Clay Frick II and the late Dr. Henry Clay Frick II. It will be installed in the South Hall and viewable starting Tuesday, December 2. Comments Director Ian Wardropper, “We are pleased to share ... More

Giovanni Battista Lusieri’, Panoramic view of Rome: Capitoline Hill to the Aventine Hill, circa 1778–1779 (detail). Watercolour.

LONDON.- The British Museum has acquired a rare early surviving work by one of the eighteenth century’s most innovative and technically gifted landscape artists, with the support of the Art Fund, the Ottley Group, the Oppenheimer Fund, Jean-Luc Baroni, the Society of Dilettanti Charitable Trust and individual contributions. Giovanni Battista Lusieri’s watercolour Panoramic view of Rome: Capitoline Hill to the Aventine Hill (circa 1778–1779) shows a panoramic view of his native city Rome from Piazza San Pietro in Montorio on the Janiculum, stretching from the Capitoline Hill on the left to the Aventine Hill on the right. It is one of three surviving views from a four-sheet 180 degree watercolour panorama of Rome from the Janiculum at different times of day from morning to evening. These were bought or commissioned by Philip Yorke (1757- ... More

Lawrence Weiner. © Moved Pictures Archive NYC.

ZURICH.- The Board of the Roswitha Haftmann Foundation has awarded Europe’s best endowed art prize, worth CHF 150,000, to the American artist Lawrence Weiner (b. 1942). Weiner is considered an especially independent-minded practitioner of Conceptual Art, which grew out of Minimalism in the 1960s. Lawrence Weiner, who currently divides his time between his native New York and Amsterdam, gave up studying literature and philosophy to become an artist. At his first solo show in 1964 he presented Shaped Canvases, experiments with materials, and performances. In the second half of the 1960s he was attracted to Conceptualism; the idea became the starting point for his art, and language as a medium for conveying it has been central to his work ever since. Unlike some of his contemporaries, Weiner deploys language not as a way of reflecting on art but as an art form in its own right: one that triggers sensations, ... More

'Marc Chagall: Colours for the Bible' opens at Marc Chagall National Museum   Museum de Lakenhal presents final design for its restoration and expansion   Modern and Contemporary lead upcoming fine art auctions at Leslie Hindman

Marc Chagall, Joseph berger, 1931, huile et gouache sur papier, musée national Marc Chagall © RMN Grand Palais / Adrien Didierjean © Adagp, Paris 2014.

NICE.- For Marc Chagall’s whole life (1887-1985), The Bible was a major source of inspiration. The seventeen paintings of the Biblical Message kept in the Marc Chagall National Museum provide the best testimony evidence: painted between 1956 and 1966, their message of universal love and their creative freedom make them one of the most important spiritual legacy of the artist. The exhibition offers a return in the past, some thirty-five years earlier when the artist began his studies on biblical themes by producing a masterly series of gouaches. In 1930, Marc Chagall and the publisher Ambroise Vollard (1866-1939) begin their third collaboration. After creating the illustrations for Gogol's Dead souls and for La Fontaine's Fables, the Parisian publisher asked Marc Chagall to produce engravings to illustrate the Bible. It was the beginning of a remarkable publishing project, which for economic ... More

Museum De Lakenhal is a museum of the arts, of artistry and of the history of Leiden.

LEIDEN.- The municipality of Leiden and Museum De Lakenhal present the final design for the restoration and expansion of Museum de Lakenhal. The design for the restoration has been provided by Julian Harrap Architects, of London, while the new structures have been designed by the young but talented Dutch agency Happel Cornelisse Verhoeven. The expansion and restoration of the museum are set to take place over the period 2015-2017. Within just one year, the architects developed a definitive design that is both cost-conscious and of a very high quality. The four separate museum structures will be naturally connected through a central courtyard, which will be realized by reopening the historic Laecken-Halle’s own ‘back court’. This ‘back court’ is directly linked to the museum’s historical entrance. The new structures, meanwhile, will add two additional exhibition halls that will feature a natural skylight and a vie ... More

Alex Katz, Portrait of Elaine de Kooning, 1965 (detail). Estimate: $150,000/250,000.

CHICAGO, IL.- Leslie Hindman Auctioneers announces three upcoming Fine Art sales with a unique concentration of modern and contemporary work. The Modern and Contemporary Art sale will take place on Thursday, December 11 at 10 a.m. CST alongside the Fine Prints sale to begin at 3 p.m. the same day. Preceding these two auctions is the American and European Art sale that will take place on Wednesday, December 10 at 10 a.m. CST. The Modern and Contemporary Art sale will feature over 160 lots from artists working in the Post-War period to contemporary artists practicing today. The painting session is highlighted by a mid-sixties portrait of Elaine de Kooning by Alex Katz ($150,000/250,000), which was exhibited in his 1971 and 1972 traveling retrospective. Elaine also worked during the Postwar period as a painter utilizing an expressionist style. She married painter Willem de Kooning who is represented ... More

Pierre Bergé & associés to offer an exceptionnal oil on canvas by Jacques-Emile Blanche   With £2.77 million in funding, green light for phase II of the Painted Hall conservation   Painting by El Greco is first work from the Alte Pinakothek to be shown at the Pinakothek der Moderne

Jacques-Emile Blanche (1861-1942) Portrait of the opera singer Marya Freund with her children Stefan Freund and the future Doda Conrad, 1913. Oil on canvas (original canvas). Signed and dated 1913 in lower left. H: 101 cm W: 80 cm. Estimate 30 000/ 40 000 €.

PARIS.- On Wednesday, 17th of December, as part of the Old master paintings, classical furniture and works of art sale, held by Pierre Bergé & associés at Drouot, an oil on canvas by Jacques-Emile Blanche will be offered for bid: the portrait of the opera singer Marya Freund and her children. Jacques-Emile Blanche (1861-1942), was altogether a French painter, engraver and writer. He was a self-made painter who acquired a famous reputation as a portraitist. He was a friend of the « Surrealists » and of the « dada » group, such as Jean Cocteau, whose mother was very close to the Blanche family. He was elected a member of the French « Académie des Beaux Arts » in 1935. A portrait seldom displays two generations of great artists. Nevertheless, this is the case of this many-faceted painting. ... More

Centrepiece of the spectacular lower hall ceiling in the Painted Hall which will be conserved as part of the Phase II project.

LONDON.- The Heritage Lottery Fund today announced that it has earmarked funding of £2.77 million, including a development grant of £98,800, to The Greenwich Foundation towards its £7m scheme to complete the conservation of the Painted Hall at the Old Royal Naval College (ORNC). This first round pass will enable the Foundation to proceed with it plans for the conservation of the remaining 3,700 square metres of paintings: one of the most ambitious painting conservation projects ever undertaken within a historic interior. It will also support improved interpretation and accessibility, the delivery of conservation skills training, and a programme of associated community, learning and public events including scaffolding tours which proved immensely popular during Phase I of the conservation. Created in the early 18th century by Sir James Thornhill for Sir Christopher Wren’s Royal Hospital for Seamen, the spectacular, Grade 1 Listed, ... More

El Greco (Doménikos Theotokópoulos) (1541-1614) and workshop, The Disrobing of Christ, bet. 1580 and 1595, oil on canvas, 165 x 98,8 cm © Bayerische Staatsgemäldesammlungen, Alte Pinakothek, Munich.

MUNICH.- El Greco’s ‘The Disrobing of Christ’ is the first work from the Alte Pinakothek to be shown at the Pinakothek der Moderne. This guest appearance highlights a noteworthy phenomenon – around 1910, a young generation of Expressionist painters enthusiastically celebrated El Greco as a prophet of Modernism. Munich contributed significantly to promoting this view of El Greco. ‘The Disrobing of Christ’ had already been acquired for the Alte Pinakothek in 1909 and, in 1911, was shown at the influential exhibition of works from the Nemes Collection along with other paintings by El Greco. During the partial closure of the Alte Pinakothek due to renovation work, this picture – that is very popular among visitors – has now been placed next to a number of works by Expressionist artists who indentified with El Greco’s painting in particular. These include Heinrich Maria ... More

Tokyo Chuo Auction's inaugural Hong Kong auctions achieve spectacular results   Pope Benedict XVI Harley Davidson to be sold for charity at Bonhams Paris sale   One of the last paintings by War artist Walter Sickert sells for £44,600 in London auction

Changshuo and Wang Zhen, Bamboos, Cranes by Pine Tree (detail). SOld for: HK$6,900,000/ US$890,323.

HONG KONG.- Tokyo Chuo Auction’s inaugural Hong Kong sales held at the Four Seasons Hotel on 26 November 2014 achieved an impressive total of HK$162,508,800/ US$20,969,877 and were 93% sold. Over 200 lots of fine and rare Chinese paintings, calligraphy pieces, works of art and tea wares were offered in the sales. Mr Ando Shokei, Founder of Tokyo Chuo Auction, said: “We are delighted with the excellent results of this exciting sale. In a packed saleroom, bidding was consistently active throughout the day, pushing the prices of many lots well above their estimates. Works of rarity, impeccable provenance and freshness to the market were particularly sought after and achieved fantastic prices. Tokyo Chuo Auction endeavours to foster cultural exchange between Japan and China. We are fully committed to developing our business in Hong Kong and the region, bringing more superb works from eminent ... More

The motorcycle is to be offered as part of Bonhams Grand Palais auction, entered at no reserve, with an estimate of €15,000-25,000 (£11,700-19,600). Photo: Bonhams.

PARIS.- A Harley-Davidson motorcycle blessed with the signature of Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI, and later received by Pope Francis, is to be sold for charity at Bonhams 5 February Paris Sale. The motorcycle is to be offered as part of Bonhams Grand Palais auction, entered at no reserve, with an estimate of €15,000-25,000 (£11,700-19,600). In a special countdown to Harley-Davidson’s 110th anniversary celebrations, two commemorative motorcycle petrol tanks were presented to Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI. These were signed, and returned to the motorcycle legends US headquarters where they were mounted to their respective motorcycles. Of these, one remains in the Harley-Davidson museum in Milwaukee, USA. The remaining motorcycle – the FLSTC 103 Heritage Softail Classic destined for Bonhams 2015 sale - lay waiting for ... More

Walter Richard Sickert (1860-1942), Vineyards, 1941 (detail). Sold for £44,640.

LONDON.- One of Walter Sickert's last great paintings, a 1941 view in Bath entitled Vineyards, captivated and mystified the art world when it was offered in the Modern & Contemporary British Art sale at Bloomsbury Auctions on Wednesday 26th November. After frenetic bidding on the phone and in the room, the highly desirable work was finally secured by a private London collector for £44,640. Vineyards was produced in the year prior to Sickert’s death, making it one of his last ever paintings. Geographically the work is a view of Roman Road in Bath, outside Bladud Buildings where Sickert had a studio in 1917. However, whilst the painting was on view at the auction house's Mayfair saleroom, the topographical relevance to Sickert and its execution in the final months of his life, fuelled speculation about the mysterious shadow-less figure hovering in the foreground of the painting. Perhaps this ghoulish figure, dressed in an Edw ... More

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World's richest resource of Japanese stencils for dyeing samurai kimonos rediscovered
DRESDEN.- A treasure trove of Japanese craftsmanship has been rediscovered. For 125 years it layed undisturbed in the storage depot of the Kunstgewerbemuseum at Schloss Pillnitz: 92 cases containing more than 15,000 katagami dye stencils for textile printing, never been displayed and remained unknown beyond the confines of the museum’s collection. In this rich resource, Dresden possesses the world’s most extensive holdings of katagami designs. Now, for the first time ever, a selection of 140 of these hand-made, mulberry-tree bark paper sheets, finely cut using highly refined techniques in a lengthy, painstaking process, are to be shown to the public. Katagami, stencils for printing traditional textile patterns, were used principally for kimono fabrics; as well as geometric ornament, designs also feature masterfully abstracted motifs and patterns representing elements of nature. From ... More

Solo exhibition of works by Christoph Steinmeyer opens at Michael Janssen Berlin
BERLIN.- Michael Janssen Berlin announces a solo exhibition by Christoph Steinmeyer entitled "Bilder für Alle und Keinen". The exhibition comprises a series of paintings that bear the same name and that were part of the program of this year's St. Moritz Masters in St. Moritz, Switzerland. Macrocosm and Microcosm: The Body and the Void "The heightened realities of the paintings of Christoph Steinmeyer seem to avoid all the now historically belaboured terms that sought to imprison paint-based reproductive form of realisms in the late twentieth century. In the world of our current far reaching reproductive technologies the usefulness of defining images in terms of Photorealism, Super-Realism or more latterly post-Baudrillard ‘hyperrealism’, seems somehow irrelevant and intellectually out of date. Yet undoubtedly, and it is not denied, the painter Steinmeyer uses found resources derived from within ... More

Sophie Calle's first solo exhibition in China opens at Galerie Perrotin
HONG KONG.- Galerie Perrotin, Hong Kong presents Sophie Calle’s first solo exhibition in China, from November 26, 2014 to January 10, 2015. For this exhibition, Calle covered an entire wall with images from her “Cash Machine” project, which first originated in 1988 and was extended 15 years later with “Unfinished,” a 30-minute film in collaboration with Fabio Balducci. “In 1988 an American bank invited me to do a project. Their automatic tellers had video cameras that filmed clients as they went unsuspectingly about their business. I managed to get hold of some recordings. The images were beautiful but I thought if I just used them as found documents, without adding anything of my own, I would be betraying my own style. I needed an idea to go with these faces. Fifteen years later I decided to go back over my research, delineate the anatomy of this failure and, at last, free myself of these ... More

Galeria Nara Roesler presents a set of windows and doors displayed as autonomous objects
RIO DE JANEIRO.- Lucia Koch will exhibit, at Galeria Nara Roesler in Rio de Janeiro, a set of windows and doors displayed as autonomous objects transformed by color, and an intervention on the venue’s skylight In her new solo show, Duplas (Pairings), the fourth exhibition to be featured at Galeria Nara Roesler in Rio de Janeiro, opening on November 29th, Lucia Koch once again proposes an interaction between architecture and color. This time, not only does she intervene on ambient light, she also presents pieces endowed with object-like character: factory-made windows and doors transformed by the use of color. Koch uses mobile structures – sliding and pivoting – and replaces the original glass panes with filters in various colors, always in pairs, working with the notion that the minimum indivisible unit in reading colors is the pair. Some of the filter colors repeat themselves in ... More

Elmhurst Art Museum announces new Executive Director
ELMHURST, IL.- The Board of Directors of Elmhurst Art Museum announced the selection of Jenny M. Gibbs as the new Executive Director, to begin Monday, December 1, 2014. Gibbs joins EAM with more than twenty-five years of leadership in the non-profit sectors of the arts, design and higher education, most recently serving as Associate Dean of Graduate Programs at the Massachusetts College of Art and Design (MCAD). Prior to her work at MCAD, Gibbs was the Executive Director of the Lacoste School of the Arts in France and the Director of Outreach & Special Programs at New York University. Gibbs began her career as a Curatorial Research Assistant at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, followed by five years at Christie's as Program Manager for Estates, Appraisals and Valuations and as Head of the Paintings Department at Christie's East. Gibbs holds an MA in Art ... More

Unique exhibition by Giacomo Bufarini a.k.a. RUN opens at Howard Griffin Gallery
LONDON.- On 27th November 2014, Howard Griffin Gallery opened a unique exhibition and sculptural installation by Giacomo Bufarini a.k.a. RUN entitled Parabola di G. This landmark show for the artist represents a turning point in his artistic practice as he moves from painting walls to becoming a studio artist. For the first time, RUN is exhibiting under his real name, Giacomo Bufarini. In this unique exhibition, he leads us through a semi-autobiographical story told through a unique series of highly detailed pen and ink drawings that collectively make up a book. On this voyage of self-discovery, Bufarini is both the creator and protagonist, trapped within his own story. Bufarini plays with levels of reality and metaphor, creating a dreamscape that appears at once fantastical and very real. Parabola di G follows the journey of a semi-fictional character, G, as he falls through levels of reality into ... More

New exhibition of work by Vivan Sundaram opens at Chemould Prescott Road
MUMBAI.- Chemould Prescott Road announced its new exhibition by Vivan Sundaram titled POSTMORTEM (after Gagawaka) which runs through January 3, 2015. The artist reflects on the exhibition: “In POSTMORTEM (after Gagawaka), the body is ‘stripped bare’ and placed upfront. The mannequins are dissected and show their neutral attributes. In close- up, the gaze meets the hand’s touch; you see the hollow shell packed with body samples. Internal organs, displaced from their functional locations, find new couplings in the dismembered figure. The assemblage is playful, erotic, and violent. The visual language of The Anatomy Lesson comes to us from almost four hundred years ago. Here, inanimate figures are cut open on the operation table, a basic ply board bench that is also a coffin, closet, frame and support. A series of postmortem procedures leads to post surrealist ... More

Large-scale site-specific installation explores the hidden side of Bristol
BRISTOL.- Antlers Gallery announces You Move Me, an ambitious exhibition of new work that revolves around a large-scale site-specific installation by Bristol-based artist Jo Lathwood. You Move Me takes over Bristol’s Create Centre, transforming the environment centre into a wooden tunnel-like space for visitors to journey through and explore. In dialogue with this main framework a select group of artists have been commissioned to respond to Lathwood’s work. The invited artists are Helen Jones, Laurie Lax, Olivia Jones and Synnøve Fredericks. You Move Me takes its inspiration from the ‘hidden’ River Frome that disappears underneath Bristol City Centre. The wooden tunnel transposes the path of the river through and underneath the city, with Lathwood using interference patterns (a form of optical allusion) to allude to the movement and flow of water. In creating an immersive environment, ... More

Exhibition at Parafin presents large-scale unique digital prints and works on paper by Tim Head
LONDON.- Parafin announces a solo exhibition by the important British artist Tim Head. ‘Fictions’ showcases a major new series of large-scale unique digital prints on acrylic and works on paper. Since the 1990s Head has developed an innovative body of work incorporating projections, LCD displays and inkjet prints, focused on an exploration of digital space. Head’s current works extend his project to articulate ‘the digital medium’s elusive material substance’. The recent work fabricates a series of fictitious spaces within the weightless abstraction of the digital – stacked circles woven together to form a multi-layered surface without depth. The works that these processes produce are surprisingly beautiful, at once visually seductive and conceptually rigorous. Moreover, they represent a continuation of concerns that have preoccupied Head since his earliest exhibitions, an investigation of reality a ... More

Bloomberg New Contemporaries opens at the Institute of Contemporary Arts, London
LONDON.- The ICA welcomed back Bloomberg New Contemporaries to its galleries for the 5th year running. Marking its 65th anniversary, selectors Marvin Gaye Chetwynd, Enrico David and Goshka Macuga have chosen works by 55 of the most promising artists emerging from UK art schools from 1,400 submissions. Previous New Contemporaries include Tacita Dean, Mona Hatoum, Damien Hirst, David Hockney and Mike Nelson as well as more recent emerging artists including Ed Atkins, Peles Empire, Nathaniel Mellors, Haroon Mirza and Laure Prouvost. The Bloomberg New Contemporaries for 2014 are: Lucy Beech, Dinah Berger, Louise Bradley, Jesc Bunyard, Matt Copson, Racheal Crowther, Yi Dai, Tajinder Dhami, Bee Flowers, Alice Gauthier, Marco Godoy, Victoria Grenier, Stacey Guthrie, Alice Hartley, Katie Hayward, Ed Hill, Yussef Hu, Matthew Humphreys, Henry Hussey, Marie ... More

Arturo Galansino announced as new General Director of Fondazione Palazzo Strozzi
FLORENCE.- Palazzo Strozzi is preparing to change leadership. After 8 years of a qualified and highly appreciated presence, marked by major changes and innovations, James Bradburne will leave Palazzo Strozzi. He will end his time as Director on March 14 with the inauguration of Power and Pathos, Bronzes of the Hellenistic World, organized in collaboration with the J.P Getty Museum in Los Angeles, the National Gallery in Washington and the Soprintendenza per i Beni Archeologici della Toscana. Arturo Galansino, who is currently Curator of Exhibitions at the Royal Academy of Arts, London, will assume the role of General Director of Fondazione Palazzo Strozzi starting on 15 March 2015. James Bradburne will remain as a Consultant of the Foundation until 31 May 2015. Lorenzo Bini Smaghi, Chairman of Fondazione Palazzo Strozzi said: “I would like to thank James for his exceptional ... More

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On a day like today, French graphic artist Tomi Ungerer was born
November 28, 1931. Jean-Thomas "Tomi" Ungerer (born November 28, 1931) is a French illustrator best known for his erotic and political illustrations as well as children's books. In this image: Drawer, illustrator and author Tomi Ungerer stands in front of three of his artworks in the exhibition 'Eklips - Neues fuer die Augen 1960 bis 2010' ('Eclipse - New things for the eyes 1960 to 2010') at the Wuerth art gallery in Schwaebisch Hall, Germany, 11 May 2010. The largest Ungerer exhibition ever displays some 600 artworks from five decades.

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