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Hebrew University archaeologists find 20-meter-high corridor at Herodium National Park

Photo of unique palace entry complex discovered at Herodian Hilltop Palace by Hebrew University archaeologists. Photo: The Herodium Expedition at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.

JERUSALEM.- Archaeologists from The Hebrew University of Jerusalem's Institute of Archaeology have discovered a monumental entryway to the Herodian Hilltop Palace at the Herodium National Park. The unique complex was uncovered during excavations by The Herodium Expedition in Memory of Ehud Netzer over the past year, as part of a project to develop the site for tourism. The main feature of the entryway is an impressive corridor with a complex system of arches spanning its width on three separate levels. These arches buttressed the corridor’s massive side-walls, allowing the King and his entourage direct passage into the Palace Courtyard. Thanks to the supporting arches, the 20-meter long and 6-meter wide corridor has been preserved to a height of 20 meters. The Hebrew University archaeologists — Roi Porat, Yakov Kalman and Rachel Chachy — suggest ... More

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Berkeley Art Museum acquires the Steven Leiber Conceptual Art Collection and Library   British royals mull removal of hunting trophies from Queen Elizabeth II's Sandringham residence   Rossetti's intimate portrait of his lover, lost for 150 years, to sell at Bonhams in London


Bas Jan Ader, Untitled (In Search of the Miraculous), 1975 (detail); vintage gelatin silver print; 5 in. x 8 in.; purchase made possible through a gift from Robin Wright and a partial gift of the Steven Leiber Trust.

BERKELEY, CA.- The University of California, Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive has acquired the Steven Leiber collection of Conceptual art and ephemera as well as Leiber’s library of Conceptual art reference and artists’ books. Steven Leiber, who was a world-renowned dealer, scholar, and collector with a special interest in Conceptual art, died in 2012. In recognition of Leiber’s impact on the history of art and on the museum’s own collection, BAM/PFA will name the area of its new building that will house these works “The Steven Leiber Conceptual Art Study Center.” BAM/PFA’s new building, designed by Diller Scofidio + Renfro, is currently under construction in downtown Berkeley and is slated to open in early 2016. With this new acquisition, BAM/PFA is poised to become one of the world’s leading centers for the study of Conceptual art. The newly acquired ... More
 

File photo of Britain's Prince William talking to Spencer Turner. AFP PHOTO / POOL / ANDREW YATES.

LONDON (AFP).- Britain's royal family could remove some hunting trophies that include elephant tusks and stuffed rhinos from Queen Elizabeth II's Sandringham residence to avoid a possible debate with the EU over their legality. Buckingham Palace said it will remove any items from the 62-piece collection that could break European Union rules on endangered species, according to a statement. The collection is on public display in the museum at the country estate in eastern England, where the royal family traditionally spends Christmas. The collection of stuffed lions, tiger and leopard skins, elephant tusks and two rare rhinos -- all bagged by royal marksmen between 1870 and 1941 -- is particularly uncomfortable for Prince William, the monarch's grandson, who has launched a campaign against illegal hunting and the trafficking of endangered species. "The EU regulation covering such displays is complex and has been open to interpretation," said the statement. "At Sandringham the ... More
 

Portrait of Jane Morris was recently rediscovered in America. Photo: Bonhams.

LONDON.- A very personal sketch by renowned Pre-Raphaelite artist Dante Gabriel Rossetti is set to go under the hammer in the 19th Century European, Victorian and British Impressionist Art sale, taking place on 21 January 2015 at Bonhams New Bond Street salerooms. Portrait of Jane Morris, a pen and brown ink drawing from 1873, is estimated at £20,000-30,000, and depicts the great love of Rossetti’s life in a private moment, reclining on a couch and reading a book. With her voluptuous lips, penetrating eyes, strong bone structure and cascade of dark hair, Jane Morris became the embodiment of Pre-Raphaelite beauty whose striking features shine out from many of Rossetti's more important works of art. Known to her friends and family as Janey, she is best remembered as the wife of William Morris who became Rossetti's muse and lover and modelled for him as well as others within the Pre-Raphaelite circle; in her own right she was also an accomp ... More


The National Gallery of Canada acquires seven major 19th-century works   Final installment of photographs from the collection of the Art Institute of Chicago to be offered online   Laumeier Sculpture Park completes $200,000 conservation project for Donald Judd's Untitled, 1984


Jules Dalou, A Young Mother from Boulogne Feeding her Child, 1876. Terracotta, 137 cm. National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa. Photo © Sotheby’s, London, UK.

OTTAWA.- The National Gallery of Canada has enhanced its collection of nineteenth-century French art with the recent acquisition of seven major works of art: six by Gustave Doré, perhaps the most renowned illustrator of all time; and one by the great sculptor Aimé-Jules Dalou. A number of these were gifts to the Gallery. Most of the works by Doré were featured in the Gallery’s critically acclaimed summer exhibition, Gustave Doré (1832–1883): Master of Imagination, including a large landscape painting, the grandiose Souvenir of Loch Lomond (1875), and a masterful bronze sculpture, Fate and Love (1877). Dalou’s magnificent terracotta A Young Mother from Boulogne Feeding her Child (1876), is one of the few sculptures he made depicting this intimate subject. The sculptures and landscape painting are particularly timely ... More
 

Edward Weston, 7 a.m. Pacific War Time, 1945 (detail). Gelatin silver print from The Photographs of Edward Weston, printed circa 1953 by Brett Weston. Estimate $3,000 - 5,000. Image courtesy of Phillips.

NEW YORK, NY.- Phillips announces the third and final installment of its great fall 2014 sale: Photographs from the Collection of The Art Institute of Chicago. The sale is an online-only auction which offers 146 lots from the same distinguished source at a more accessible price point. "Phillips has achieved an admirable performance with the twin sales in New York and London, prepared with handsome, impeccably written catalogues and presale presentations of the works across the United States and Europe. The Art Institute is proud to have worked with this nimble and devoted auction house to produce results that honor the legacy of our museum while building a path for future acquisitions in Photography." Matt Witkovsky, Richard and Ellen Sandor Chair and Curator, Department of Photography, ... More
 

Donald Judd, Untitled, 1984.

SANT LOUIS, MO.- Laumeier Sculpture Park announced the successful completion of its $200,000 conservation project for Donald Judd’s Untitled, 1984, located on the South Lawn at Laumeier. The two-year conservation project was made possible by a 2012 Art Works grant from the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) for $100,000, with a 1:1 match by Laumeier. Donald Judd’s Untitled, 1984, consists of three open-ended cubes made of concrete panels, placed in a row for the viewer to look through like a tunnel. An additional concrete panel is placed vertically inside each cube at varying angles, calculated to change the viewer’s perception when looking through them. The square form appears frequently in Judd’s work and is considered a prime example of the conceptual interests of the Minimalist movement. Phase I of the conservation project began with research and design for new concrete panels using an original ... More


The Hammer Museum announces Aram Moshayedi and Hamza Walker as curators for Made in L.A. 2016   Rebekka Modlen, émigré artist and seminal figure of Soviet Nonconformist Art history, passes away at 80   San Francisco Museum of Modern Art appoints Adine Varah as General Counsel


Aram Moshayedi joined the Hammer Museum as Curator in July 2013.

LOS ANGELES, CA.- The Hammer Museum announced today that the Los Angeles biennial Made in L.A. 2016 will be co-curated by Hammer curator Aram Moshayedi and Hamza Walker from the Renaissance Society in Chicago. Made in L.A. 2016 will be the third in an ongoing series of exhibitions focused on artwork created in the Los Angeles region and will be on view June through September 2016. The artist list will be announced in early 2016. “Following the successes of our first two installments of Made in L.A., we are delighted to announce our curatorial team for 2016—our own Hammer curator Aram Moshayedi and Chicago-based Hamza Walker—bringing together rich regional and national perspectives to the next biennial,” remarked Hammer Director Ann Philbin. “We are thrilled to be working with them and looking forward to the summer of 2016.” The Mohn Awards will also be presented in conjunction with Made in L.A. 2016. ... More
 

Rebekka Modlen in 1969. Photograph by Mihail Chemiakin.

NEW YORK, NY.- A Russian émigré artist and historically noteworthy figure of the unofficial art community during the Soviet Regime, Rebekka Modlen (1934-2014) passed away this November at her home in Loches, France, her family reported. A multidisciplinary artist who genuinely mastered an impressive variety of mediums including sculpture, gravure, watercolor, and oil painting, Modlen is recognized by art scholars and artists for her quiet but influntial career contributions and groundbreaking 1971 immigration – followed immediately by her husband at the time, Mihail Chemiakin (b. 1943), the renowned figure of the Russian Nonconformist art world – a move that undoubtedly inspired and greatly assisted in paving the way for the mass exodus of unofficial artists and cultural luminaries from the USSR in what became commonly known as the “Third Wave”. The following year, celebrated dissident poet Joseph Brodsky (1940-1996) ... More
 

Adine Varah brings 20 years of experience in art and the law to SFMOMA with previous positions in the public, not-for-profit and private sectors. Photo: Portraits for the People.

SAN FRANCISCO, CA.- The San Francisco Museum of Modern Art announces the appointment of Adine Varah as the museum’s new General Counsel. As the Museum’s chief legal counsel, Varah will manage all legal and contractual activities for the museum. She will report to Janet Alberti, the Deputy Director of Administration and Finance. “We are delighted to have Adine Varah join SFMOMA,” says SFMOMA Director Neal Benezra. “Her deep experience in arts and intellectual property law and her extensive knowledge of and experience with San Francisco’s cultural community make her an invaluable asset to our team.” Adine Varah brings 20 years of experience in art and the law to SFMOMA with previous positions in the public, not-for-profit and private sectors. Most recently, she was the Deputy City Attorney for the City and County of San Francisco since 1997. In this capacity, Varah served ... More



Tiffany glass lamps lead 20th Century Decorative Arts Auction at Bonhams New York   Sotheby's December Auctions of 20th Century Design & Tiffany total $21.3 million in New York   The Van Gogh Museum ends 2014 extremely well with a record number of visitors


Sold for $197,000: A Tiffany Studios Favrile glass and patinated bronze Floral Bouquet chandelier, 1899-1918. Photo: Bonhams.

NEW YORK, NY.- The 20th Century Decorative Arts auction at Bonhams New York resulted in over $1.1 million in total sales. The auction was led by a strong group of leaded glass lamps produced by Tiffany Studios in the early years of the 20th Century. Highlights of the afternoon included: • A Tiffany Floral Bouquet chandelier, 1899-1918, which realized $197,000 almost twice its high estimate; • An exquisite Tiffany Studios Favrile glass and patinated bronze Tulip table lamp, 1899-1918, which realized $112,500, over its high estimate; • A Tiffany Studios decorated Favrile glass and patinated bronze three light table lamp, 1899-1918, fetched $20,000, over the high estimate; • Mirrorized Clear Contour with Blue, Amber and Black, 1996-1998 by Tom Patti made from industrialized glass, which realized $27,500, above the high estimate; • A 14k gold mounted Thomas Webb & Sons cameo glass ... More
 

An Important Desk by Eugène Printz circa 1932 sold for $845,000 (estimate $250/350,000), Photo: Sotheby's.

NEW YORK, NY.- Works emerging from exceptional private collections propelled Sotheby’s December auctions of 20th Century Design to an outstanding total of $21.3 million, surpassing the three auctions’ combined high estimate of $17.7 million. More than 250 lots were sold across the two days of sales – a look at some of the highlights by auction follows: Intense competition for works from The Jon Stryker Collection drove the sale far above its $4.1 million high estimate to achieve $7.4 million. The sale offered extraordinary European and Scandinavian 20th Century Design and Photography from the Manhattan apartment of the famed architect and philanthropist. The auction was led by Paul Dupré-Lafon’s Low Table circa 1950, which fetched $749,000 – over six times the high estimate of $120,000. All eight works in the collection by Alberto and Diego Giacometti were sold for a total of $2.2 million, led by Diego’s L'Arbre de V ... More
 

Family members of Vincent van Gogh opened the complete new presentation in November, one of the highlights of the Van Gogh Museum in 2014. Photo: Jan Kees Steenman.

AMSTERDAM.- This year, more than 1.6 million visitors have paid a visit to the Van Gogh Museum – despite the fact that the Kurokawa wing was not accessible to visitors as a result of the construction of the new glass entrance building at the side of Museumplein. Compared with 2013, this is a 10% increase. Biggest attractions were the Félix Vallotton : Fire beneath the Ice exhibition, the Emmy Andriesse photo exhibition, the spectacular new presentation of the museum and the successful Friday Nights. Despite the large number of visitors, the public has experienced the museum as less crowded. Thanks to the online ticket sales with starting times (12% of the entire number of tickets sold), the museum can facilitate more visitors. This visitor distribution creates the best possible experience for the public. The extended opening hours, ... More



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Fifteen African American artists open exhibition at Philip Slein Gallery in St. Louis
SAINT LOUIS, MO.- Now! Vibrant Traditions with an Unexpected Edge brings together 15 St. Louis African American artists at the Philip Slein Gallery in St. Louis, Missouri. Now! Vibrant Traditions opens December 19, 2014 and will be on view through January 24, 2015. Curated for the gallery by Freida L. Wheaton, the 15 are artists who have not previously shown at the gallery. Fifteen is the largest number of African American artists who have shown at any St. Louis gallery that was not owned by African Americans. The curator is also African American. Wheaton states “Hopefully the days of denied and missed opportunities for Black artists and white-owned art galleries are coming to a close. Gallery co-owners Philip Slein and Tom Bussmann have taken a bold move in presenting this exhibition.” The Philip Slein Gallery recently closed the exhibition Other Ways; Other Times: Influences of African ... More

Exhibition showcases 38 recently conserved Indian miniature paintings
PHILADELPHIA, PA.- La Salle University Art Museum presents the exhibition Poetic Visions: Indian Art from the Permanent Collection on view December 17, 2014 – February 27, 2015. This exhibition showcases 38 Indian miniature paintings which were conserved through recent grants from the E. Rhodes and Leona B. Carpenter Foundation. Most depict secular and religious scenes rendered by artists working in the North Indian painting schools of Rajasthan and the Punjab Hills during the 18th and 19th centuries. From portraits of noblemen and secular activities, to religious narratives illustrating Hindu Gods and stories, the miniatures portray a range of subject matter and artistic styles, highlighting the breadth of La Salle’s collection. The paintings provide an exciting glimpse of court culture in North India from the 18th century onwards. Many North Indian rulers (rajas) were avid patrons of the ... More

Portland Museum of Art hires new Curatorial Fellow
PORTLAND, ME.- The Portland Museum of Art announced that Diana Jocelyn Greenwold has been hired as Curatorial Fellow. Under the direction of PMA Chief Curator Jessica May, Greenwold will play an integral role in a multi-year project focused on the reevaluation and reinterpretation of the PMA’s collection, and will work closely with curators, support staff, and the Registration department to conduct research, plan installations, organize exhibition projects, and develop interpretive materials. Greenwold started at the PMA on December 8, 2014. “We are very happy to welcome Diana to the curatorial team at the Portland Museum of Art,” said PMA Chief Curator Jessica May. “With her expertise in American art and her interest in American decorative arts, we are eager for her to help push the museum in exciting new directions.” Greenwold specializes in 19th- and 20th-century American ... More

Shaker Museum/Mount Lebanon awarded $500,000 for historic preservation
NEW LEBANON, NY.- Governor Andrew Cuomo announced in Albany awards through the state's Regional Economic Development Councils, which include a $500,000 historic preservation grant to the Shaker Museum│Mount Lebanon. The grant has been awarded through the state's Environmental Protection Fund, administered by the Office of Parks, Recreation, and Historic Preservation, and will be used towards funding Phase 2 restorations on Mount Lebanon's Great Stone Barn, a project estimated to cost $750,000. Last month, the Museum completed the Phase 1 restorations--a $2 million project that stabilized the structure. Phase 2 will add capping and flashing to the newly stabilized walls and will restore the main floor surface of the building, creating a monumental 8,750 square foot open-air space for public access, interpretation, programs, and events. The award was ... More

La Criée centre for contemporary art opens group show whose subject is the countryside
RENNES.- La Criée centre for contemporary art is presenting from 18 December 2014 to 15 February 2015 the second exhibition of the season «Battre la Campagne» (Souring the Fields): «aller dehors» (going outdoors). Aller dehors: going outdoors to have a look on what lives and moves in the margin, to reflect the diversity of the surrounding natural world, its perceptions and representations. This is how Yves Chaudouët, associate artiste of the art center 2014-2015 season, has imagined with Sophie Kaplan this group show whose subject is the countryside. A countryside looked at and ranged over by man, from his own viewpoint. A countryside scoured, literally and figuratively. Wondering if the very idea of countryside isn’t an illusion, the exhibition looks at what composes it: its substances, its elements, its occupants, whether vegetal, animal, mineral. The exhibition wonders about our relationship ... More

Boundless: Contemporary Art to take place at Sotheby's Hong Kong Gallery in January
HONG KONG.- Sotheby’s Hong Kong will present Boundless: Contemporary Art, the opening auction of 2015, on 20 January at Sotheby’s Hong Kong Gallery. Focusing on postwar creation at large, the sale will bring together an eclectic offering of modern and contemporary Western and Asian art, as well as 20thcentury design furniture. Pieces by such influential 20th century designers as Jean Prouvé, Charlotte Perriand and the Campanas will appear alongside works by Pablo Picasso, Bernard Buffet, Roy Lichtenstein, Damien Hirst and – for the first time at auction in Hong Kong – Tracey Emin and French street artist Invader. Highlights of the Asian section will include such rarities as the largest-known ink-on-canvas by T’ang Haywen and three Chu Teh-Chun works never before seen at auction, from a private Italian collection. This meticulously-curated sale will offer over 100 lots estimated in ... More

Boijmans honours gigantic art space: Submarine Wharf
ROTTERDAM.- Between 2010 and 2013 Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen reconnoitred its borders in Rotterdam’s dockland. The Port of Rotterdam gave the museum the chance to use the 5,000 m2 Submarine Wharf as an open house for talent and new challenges. The museum is honouring this project with a book, recording the layers of history in this unique place. The lavishly illustrated publication looks back over the four-year Submarine Wharf project with individual essays and splendid images from the four exhibitions. Director Sjarel Ex has written about the creation of the joint venture between the port and the museum and Maartje Berendsen - project manager for art at the Port of Rotterdam Authority for the four exhibitions - has written an essay on the history of the RDM site. There will be an intimate display on the four exhibitions in the museum to coincide with the book’s launch. ... More

Frieze New York 2015: Details announced
NEW YORK, NY.- Frieze New York will return to Randall’s Island Park, Manhattan from May 14 to 17, 2015. The fourth edition of the New York art fair will bring together over 190 of the world’s leading contemporary galleries, with 62 participants from the fair’s host city. For the fourth consecutive year, Frieze New York is sponsored by Deutsche Bank. Once again the fair will take advantage of its East River location and innovative structural design to showcase the most exciting contemporary galleries from around the globe. The 2015 fair introduces Spotlight, a new section for participating galleries that has been a critically acclaimed feature at Frieze Masters in London. Advised by curator Adriano Pedrosa, Spotlight will appear alongside the existing Frame and Focus sections of the fair as well as the critically acclaimed Projects, Talks, Sounds and Education programs. Matthew Slotover and Amanda Sharp ... More

WWI 'Christmas Truce' football match memorial unveiled
PLOEGSTEERT (AFP).- A hundred years after the famous World War I "Christmas Truce," UEFA chief Michel Platini unveiled a memorial Thursday to the football match British and German soldiers played in no man's land as the guns fell silent. Dignitaries from several countries attended the ceremony to inaugurate a simple stone sculpture of a stylised football player set in a field at Saint-Yvon, near the Belgian village of Ploegsteert. It honours one of the most famous incidents of the war -- and one that has become a symbol of peace amid the horrors of war, and of rank-and-file soldiers overcoming the national rivalries that left millions dead. "I pay tribute to the soldiers who, one hundred years ago, showed their humanity by playing football together, opening an important chapter in European unity and providing a lasting example to young people," Platini said. That powerful occasion of peaceful ... More

Falklands to unveil Thatcher statue in 2015
LONDON.- The Falkland Islands are to erect a statue next year of former British premier Margaret Thatcher, who defended the territory against Argentina in 1982, Prime Minister David Cameron announced Thursday. In his Christmas message to the 3,000 residents of the South Atlantic Ocean archipelago, Cameron revealed the bronze would be unveiled in 2015. Thatcher was British leader when Argentina's then-ruling military junta invaded the British overseas territory, which Buenos Aires claims sovereignty over. The so-called "Iron Lady" sent a British task force that successfully reclaimed the windswept islands, after a two-month war that boosted her popularity at home. There is already a road named after her in the islands' capital Stanley. Britain has held the Falklands since 1833, but Buenos Aires claims the barren archipelago is occupied Argentine territory. Next year, the BBC will ... More



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On a day like today, French painter Jean-Baptiste van Loo was born
December 19, 1745. Jean-Baptiste van Loo (14 January 1684 - 19 December 1745) was a French subject and portrait painter. Two of his sons were notable painters, Louis-Michel van Loo (1707-1771) and Charles-Amédée-Philippe van Loo (1719-1795). In this image: The Triumph of Galatea.






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