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More than 60 of Goya's most outstanding portraits on view at the National Gallery, London

Visitors look at paintings "The Duke of Osuna around 1795" (L), "The Duke and Duchess of Osuna and their Children 1788" (C), and "The Countess-Duchess of Benavente 1785 by Spanish artist Francisco de Goya during a press preview of "Goya, The Portraits" at the National Gallery in London on October 6, 2015. AFP PHOTO / JUSTIN TALLIS.

LONDON (AFP).- Spanish painter Francisco de Goya's stark portrayals of Spanish aristocrats, intellectuals and fellow artists in a major new exhibition at the National Gallery in London aims to show him as "the best ever portrait artist". The exhibition, which opens on Wednesday, brings together from around the world around 70 portraits by the celebrated artist who lived between 1746 and 1828. The works make up almost half of the 150 Goya portraits that still survive today, and account for a third of his total known output. "Nobody has ever done an exhibition just with portraits because it's a bit risky. People might get bored," exhibition curator Xavier Bray told AFP. But Bray said the show illustrates the variety of Goya's art from the energy and luminosity in "The Family of the Infante Don Luis de Borbon" to the gloominess of a self-portrait of the dying artist. ... More

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George Eastman House in Rochester announces new name: George Eastman Museum   First major exhibition in the United States of the work of Ishiuchi Miyako opens at the Getty   First major U.S. monographic exhibition on Andrea del Sarto opens at the Frick Collection

Founded in 1947, the institution is the world’s oldest photography museum and one of the oldest film archives.

ROCHESTER, NY.- The George Eastman Museum has today announced its new name and launched a new website at Formerly George Eastman House, the institution encompasses one of the world’s foremost museums of photography and cinema and the historic Rochester estate of entrepreneur and philanthropist George Eastman, the pioneer of popular photography. The museum’s robust exhibition schedule features contemporary and historic photography, film screenings, and collaborative projects with cultural and educational institutions. As a research and teaching institution, the Eastman Museum has an active publishing program and makes critical contributions in the fields of film preservation and photographic conservation. “The three-part mission of the George Eastman Museum remains leadership in the fields of photography and cinema; preservation and development of our collections, ... More

Ishiuchi Miyako, Hiroshima #69 (Hatsuko Abe), 2007. Chromogenic print. Framed: 108 x 74 x 2.5 cm. © Ishiuchi Miyako.

LOS ANGELES, CA.- The first major exhibition in the United States and the first comprehensive English-language catalogue on celebrated Japanese photographer Ishiuchi Miyako (born Fujikura Yōko in 1947) showcases the artist’s prolific, groundbreaking career and offer new scholarship on her personal background, her process, and her place in the history of Japanese photography. On view at the J. Paul Getty Museum, Getty Center from October 6, 2015-February 21, 2016, Ishiuchi Miyako: Postwar Shadows features more than 120 photographs that represent the evolution of the artist's career, from her landmark series Yokosuka Story (1976-77) that established her as a photographer to her current project ひろしま/ hiroshima (2007-present) in which she presents images of garments and objects that survived the atomic bombing of Hiroshima. “About eight years ago, the Getty Museum began a concerted effort to expand ... More

Andrea del Sarto (1486–1530) Portrait of a Young Man, ca. 1517–18 Oil on canvas 28 1/2 x 22 1/2 inches National Gallery, London © The National Gallery, London.

NEW YORK, NY.- Andrea d’Agnolo (1486–1530), called Andrea del Sarto after his father’s profession as a tailor (sarto), transformed sixteenth-century Florence through his art and influence. Through his large and prolific workshop, one of the most significant of the age, he enriched his native city with portraits, altarpieces, and fresco paintings. Drawings were at the core of his working process. Produced primarily in red and black chalks, his vibrant figure studies, energetic compositional drawings, and masterful head studies display the range of his talents as a draftsman and the complex roles that drawing played in developing his paintings. This autumn, The Frick Collection celebrates the Italian master with Andrea del Sarto: The Renaissance Workshop in Action, the first major U.S. monographic exhibition devoted to his art, centering on his creative process. This exhibition was organized with the J. ... More

The Sven Gahlin Collection totals £4,560,716 at Sotheby's; Double pre-sale estimate   Very rare four-rotor Enigma Machine leads Sale of Cipher Machines at Bonhams   Phillips to offer important collection of 32 Lucian Freud etchings during Frieze Week

A prince holding a falcon and galloping through a rocky landscape, Deccan, Golconda, circa 1680-1700 sold for £329,000 ($498,369). Photo: Sotheby's.

LONDON.- Today at Sotheby’s in London, the single owner sale of The Sven Gahlin Collection, an unparalleled collection of Indian miniature painting, doubled pre-sale expectations with a total of £4.6m (est. £2-2.8m). Estimates for the 157 lots on offer ranged from £500 to £80,000, but many works achieved far in excess of their estimates. The sale was led by a magnificent 17th-century painting depicting a Mughal Prince on horseback which sold for £329,000 (est. £60,000-80,000). Encompassing the Mughal, Deccani and Rajput courts, as well as Company School Painting from the period of the British Raj, the works offered are remarkable for their distinguished provenance. Many of the paintings are signed by or attributed to royal court artists and were commissioned by the elite of the age, providing a glimpse into the refinement, power and privilege of courtly life. This painting, depicting Mughal ... More

A rare four-rotor M4 Enigma cipher machine, German, circa 1944; estimate £80,000 - 120,000. Photo: Bonhams.

LONDON.- Examples of key machines in the history of 20th century cryptology from Germany, Sweden, Switzerland and Russia are on offer at Bonhams Scientific, Technological and Mechanical Music Instruments in London on Tuesday 27 October. Led by a very rare four-rotor M4 Enigma machine from 1941 (lot 52 £80,000-120,000), the sale also includes: • A Swedish Hagelin B-21 cipher machine from 1932 (lot 48 £40,000-60,000); • NEMA enciphering machine (lot 47 £10,000-15,000) built in Switzerland and originally developed during World War II when the Swiss discovered that German and Allied forces were intercepting their military traffic; • Falka M-125 three-rotor cipher machine (lot 49 £7,000-10,000) used extensively by Soviet Russia and Warsaw Pact countries during the Cold War. Bonhams’ technology specialist Jon Baddeley said, “It’s unusual to find so many different types of cipher machines in one sale. The ... More

Lucian Freud, After Chardin, 2000 (detail). Etching, a working proof with hand touches in charcoal, on Somerset Textured paper, with full margins, I. 59.1 x 73 cm. Estimate £35,000 - 45,000. Image courtesy of Phillips.

LONDON.- Phillips will offer at auction a rare and important collection of 32 etchings by Lucian Freud, one of the most celebrated artists of the 20th century and a modern master of printmaking. The group spans the majority of the period from 1982 to 2004 when the artist rediscovered and rededicated himself to printmaking and when etching became integral to his practice. Highlighting the scope of his achievements in the medium, the collection includes depictions of his most famous sitters, including Sue Tilley, Leigh Bowery, David Dawson and his daughter, Bella, as well as canine portraits, landscapes and works after old masters. The collection will be subject to a dedicated exhibition on the 7th floor at Phillips Berkeley Square from 9 to 15 October, before being offered at a stand-alone auction in London on 15 October ... More

Susan Strickler, Currier Museum of Art director and CEO since 1996, to retire in June 2016   Small is Beautiful: Christie's announces sale of quality works with accessible prices   Art critic and curator Marc-Olivier Wahler appointed advisor to de Appel arts centre

Under Strickler’s guidance, the Currier Museum collection and building have undergone tremendous growth.

MANCHESTER, NH.- Susan Strickler, who has guided the Currier Museum as director and CEO since 1996, has announced her retirement as of June 2016. Upon her retirement, Strickler’s tenure as Director will be the longest in the Currier’s 86-year history. Her visionary guidance converted the once-small museum to one of regional and national renown. “Susan has had a remarkable two-decade tenure at the helm of the Currier—which was a time of wonderful artistic growth and institutional expansion, raising the profile of the Currier as one of the nation’s finest mid-sized museums,” said M. Christine Dwyer, Currier Museum of Art Board president. “Susan brought to the role a strong curatorial and management background and she developed a team of senior staff leaders who have worked hard to make the Currier experience welcoming to all. The Trustees are grateful that she has given us the time to select a worthy ... More

Alexander Archipenko (1887-1964), Woman combing her hair. Bronze with light brown patina. Estimate: $80,000 - $120,000. Photo: Christie's Images Ltd 2015.

LONDON.- Christie’s announces Small is Beautiful, the second annual online sale of its kind, which is now live until 20 October 2015, and offers discerning collectors the opportunity to buy quality works with accessible prices across categories. For the first time, the sale combines works of art that are united in size and in quality of craftsmanship, from the Impressionist and Modern, Post War and Contemporary, Modern British, Latin American and Antiquities categories. Estimates range from $800 to $120,000. The Impressionist and Modern lots in the sale include a rare bronze by Henri Matisse and a highly important work by Alexander Archipenko. Woman Combing Her Hair is one of the artist's most well-known works, and the sale offers what is currently the earliest recorded bronze cast of the subject, exhibited in Berlin in 1922. The work has been in the same family ownership since ... More

Marc-Olivier Wahler has previously been director of contemporary arts institutions including the Palais de Tokyo in Paris. Photo: Francis Vernhet.

AMSTERDAM.- Marc-Olivier Wahler (b. Neuchâtel, 1964) has been appointed as temporary advisor to de Appel arts centre in Amsterdam, as of today. The internationally oriented Swiss has previously been director of contemporary arts institutions including the Palais de Tokyo in Paris (2006 – 2012) and the Swiss Institute in New York (2000 – 2006). In addition to being curator for over 400 exhibitions, he is active as an art critic, guest lecturer, and member of juries and boards of directors, and has many publications and articles in international art journals to his credit. With Wahler's appointment the course of de Appel arts centre will remain unchanged, and this year and next year will continue to follow the lines set out in the 2013 agreements with its funders: the Ministry of Education, Culture and Science, and the City of Amsterdam. Alexandra van Huffelen, chairwoman of the Board of Directors of de Appel arts ... More

British artist Glenn Brown to be Gagosian Gallery's featured artist at Frieze   Hall of Fame third baseman Brooks Robinson to sell his personal collection through Heritage Auctions   WIELS presents the retrospective exhibition Interregnum by Stan Douglas

Glenn Brown, Drawing 9 (after Murillo/Murillo), 2015. Sepia India ink on paper, Pergamenata White 50 x 34.7 cm. © Glenn Brown. Courtesy of the artist and Gagosian Gallery.

LONDON.- Glenn Brown, one of the most acclaimed artists of his generation, will be Gagosian's featured solo exhibition at the Frieze Art Fair opening on Wednesday 14 October 2015. The exhibition will feature an entirely new aspect of Brown’s work - a selection of drawings on paper, polypropylene, and panels - together with exhibiting new sculptural work. Known for his elaborately worked paintings and sculptures, Brown now takes up the medium of drawing to further intensify his engagement with the texture of surfaces and mark making. Over the last few years, drawing has become an all-consuming enterprise for Brown. Rather than being preparatory tools for individual works, his drawings are independent and complete entities, in which new ideas are constantly explored and the traditional ... More

Brooks Robinson's 1964 American League Most Valuable Player Award: Estimate: $100,000+

DALLAS, TX.- Hall of Famer Brooks Robinson, a Baltimore Oriole for all 23 years of his storied career and the player considered by many the greatest third-baseman to ever play the game, will offer his personal collection of historic career mementos at Heritage Auctions in an online only auction, Nov. 5-7, 2015. All proceeds from the auction will go to The Constance & Brooks Robinson Charitable Foundation. "This is one of the most significant player collections ever to reach the collecting hobby's auction block," said Chris Ivy, Director of Sports Auctions at Heritage. "While the extraordinary treasures tell the tale of one of the greatest careers in American sports, Robinson's decision to part with all of it to benefit his philanthropic endeavors is arguably even more illustrative of his legacy as one of the greatest men in American sports." For nearly all of the first quarter century of Baltimore Orioles history, Brooks ... More

Stan Douglas, Exodus, 1975, 2012. Digital C-­‐print mounted on aluminum, 71 x 101 1/2 inches. Courtesy the artist and David Zwirner, New York.

BRUSSELS.- WIELS starts its new cultural season in October – a little later than normal due to renovation works – with the big retrospective exhibition of Canadian artist Stan Douglas. Stan Douglas (b. 1960, Vancouver) is best known for his visually absorbing and sophisticated films and video installations. However, over the last decennia he has also created a significant body of photographic work. WIELS brings both together in this topical survey entitled Interregnum, a title alluding to a historical moment of suspension and in-between-ness. Featuring two elaborate film installations accompanied by selections from three photographic series, the exhibition reveals Douglas’s conceptual and technical mastery of filmic forms, which represent and render perceivable time, history, and memory. Douglas’s new six-screen installation The Secret Agent (2015) – shown at WIELS ... More

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Whyte's forthcoming auction of History & Literture will comprise over 300 lots
DUBLIN.- Henry Grattan, the great Irish parliamentarian is commemorated by a statue on the left of Dublin’s Parliament Building, hidden among trees which was erected in 1775. He is portrayed mid-speech, remembering is gifts as Irish a “superb orator – nervous, high-flown, romantic”. Lot 100 in Whyte’s History, Literature and Collectibles auction is an Irish silver trowel engraved to William Murphy "Presented by the Grattan Statue Committee to William Murphy Architect in acknowledgement of his Valuable Services in the erection of the Grattan pedestal and statue 1875". William Martin Murphy (1845-1919) trained as an architect and moved his father's contracting business from Bantry to Dublin in the 1870s. He became a director of the Dublin United Tramways Company and spearheaded the electrification of Dublin's trams. In addition to his contracting activities Murphy was ... More

Sotheby's to sell a special-edition watch by IWC to benefit the Antoine de Saint-Exupéry Youth Foundation
GENEVA.- Sotheby’s Geneva and Swiss luxury watch manufacturer IWC Schaffhausen will offer a stunning unique piece, which will be auctioned during Sotheby’s sale of Important Watches on 10 November 2015 in Geneva. The Pilot’s Watch Double Chronograph Edition “Le Petit Prince” (Ref. IW371810) in red gold combines the technical sophistication of an impressive split-seconds mechanism with a wonderfully whimsical feature made up of seven stars – echoing the famous tale of „The Little Prince” and the personality of his creator. All the proceeds will benefit the Antoine de Saint-Exupéry Youth Foundation, the charitable organization dedicated to supporting disadvantaged young people all over the world through local initiatives, providing education and training. Looking ahead to the sale, Tim Bourne, Sotheby’s Worldwide Head of Watches said: “It is a pleasure to offer this ... More

Mother-of-pearl tray makes world record £962,500 in Bonhams' Islamic and Indian Art sale
LONDON.- A unique mother-of-pearl and black lac overlaid wood tray has set a new world record of £962,500 for a piece of this type, selling to a bidder in the room for well over ten times its estimate in Bonhams’ Islamic and Indian Art sale on 6th October. The auction, which saw bidders competing across the world, also featured a fine gem-set enamelled gold Turban Ornament (Jigha), from 18th century northern India. The Jigha sold for £68,500, smashing its pre-sale estimate of £30,000 – 40,000. Originally estimated at £60,000 – 80,000, the 16th century tray is one of a very small number of surviving examples of mother-of-pearl objects from Gujarat. Its design, which depicts winged figures carrying birds or vessels, has never been seen before on an object of its type. “It has been amazing to work on such an extraordinary piece,” said Oliver White, head of Bonhams Islamic and Indian ... More

Danh Vo opens site-specific project for the Palacio de Cristal in Madrid
MADRID.- Danh Vo’s (Bà Ria, Vietnam, 1975) artwork subverts and plays with classic late 20th-century appropriation as well as opportunistic strategies of Western art in its approach to and presentation of other cultures. His installations, sculptures, photographs and works on paper, particularly his early work, often calls on his origins and experiences, interspersing them with cultural, social, and historical references. His practice subscribes to Picasso’s famous phrase, “I do not seek, I find”, in that he is attuned to objects, documents, artworks, references and other material spanning many millennia, which he encounters through travel and the activation of a network of various characters from antique dealers to scholars to everyday, interesting individuals. In an empirical yet not deductive approach, the artist establishes connections between objects and ideas that open ... More

Exhibition at Throckmorton Fine Art presents works by nine Mexican women photographers
NEW YORK, NY.- Throckmorton Fine Art is staging an important show of Mexican Photography by nine of the most acclaimed women photographers at its New York gallery at 145 East 57 Street from Sept 24 through Nov 14. In the preface to the catalog for WOMEN PIONEERS - MEXICAN Photography I Spencer Throckmorton says, “To my knowledge there never before has been such an exhibit. The women whose work is shown here are all pioneers, crashing through the barriers imposed by a male-dominated society and culture. They took the initiative; they took the risks. I have to believe that their determination, their zeal and their fearlessness shaped their images of what they saw and what they photographed. The photographs included in the exhibit span nearly a century, ninety years, ninety years, with the first image from 1924 and the most recent from 2014. These ... More

"Independent Visions: Women Artists of California, 1880-1940" on view at the Irvine Museum
IRVINE, CA.- The Irvine Museum celebrates the work of California's historic women artists in the new exhibition Independent Visions: Women Artists of California 1880-1940, on display October 3, 2015 through January 21, 2016. The exhibition highlights a wide variety of artistic styles, including the Tonalist style of the late 1800s, the Impressionist period of the early 1900s, and the Regionalist style of the 1930s and 1940s. The works vary from classically-inspired portraits and still-lifes, to bold Modernist paintings that document the progressive trends of women painters. Artists featured in Independent Visions include Mabel Alvarez (1891-1985), Eliza Barchus (1857-1959), Loren Barton (1893-1975), Elizabeth Borglum (1848-1922), Jessie Arms Botke (1883-1971), Alice Chittenden (1859-1944), Elanor Colburn (1866-1939), Meta Cressey (1882-1964), Euphemia ... More

Puerto Rican Light (Cueva Vientos) by Allora & Calzadilla opens in Puerto Rico
SAN JUAN, PR.- Dia Art Foundation presents Puerto Rican Light (Cueva Vientos), a new long-term work by Allora & Calzadilla on the southern coast of Puerto Rico, inside a remote cave at El Convento Natural Protected Area. Puerto Rican Light (Cueva Vientos) (2015) is the newest iteration in a series of system-based sculptures by Allora & Calzadilla. Central to this commission is a solar energy converter that captures and stores sunlight, which is then used to power Dan Flavin’s Puerto Rican Light (to Jeanie Blake) (1965). For Dia’s commission, the artists ambitiously expand this sculptural gesture by installing Puerto Rican Light in a cave in Puerto Rico. The journey is part of the viewer’s experience, similar to other Dia sites, including Walter De Maria’s The Lightning Field (1977) in New Mexico and Robert Smithson’s Spiral Jetty (1970) in Utah. Allora & Calzadilla address light ... More

"See Glasgow-See Sculpture": An exhibition of sculptures with a Glasgow connection by Tom Allan
GLASGOW.- For his fourth exhibition at the Royal Glasgow Institute Kelly Gallery, Tom Allan has chosen to produce a series of sculptures connected to Glasgow. Tom works mainly in stone and marble, and many of the sculptures are inspired by well-known Glasgow buildings – real or imaginary. “We all know about the wonderful carved sculpture on many of the Victorian buildings in the city centre. I want to draw attention to that – to remind people what an amazing heritage of stone sculpture we have. Glasgow was and is a great place for sculpture, hence the title of the show – “See Glasgow? – See Sculpture!” I also want to show the buildings themselves as sculptures, by taking certain features and exaggerating or simplifying them. They’re not models, but unique interpretations. There will also be some surprises, such as a beautiful building that was destroyed after only a brief life, ... More

Chun Eui-Young selected as the Director of Gwangju Folly III
GWANGJU .- Gwangju Biennale Foundation announced that Chun Eui-Young (Professor, Kyonggi University Graduate School of Architecture) was selected as the director of Gwangju Folly III at the 145th session of its board of directors, held on September 10, 2015. The Foundation, along with the Gwangju Folly Citizens Advisory Committee, had formed a task force to select the director to oversee Gwangju Folly III and, between January 2014 and August 2015, met 16 times to narrow down the list of qualified candidates. The Foundation’s board of directors stated Professor Chun was considered the most suitable candidate to successfully realize the conceptual goal of Gwangju Folly III: its role in sustainable citizen participation and urban regeneration. Chun’s research focuses on urban and public spaces; he has also participated in diverse architectural projects with the emphasis ... More

Thomas Demand's "Modellstudien" opens at the Siza Pavilion
NEUSS.- With Modellstudien, the Insel Hombroich Foundation presents its first solo show of works by a contemporary artist. At the Siza Pavilion at the Raketenstation Hombroich, Thomas Demand is showing a selection from his new Model Studies series. In his large-scale close-up photographs of models made by the influential Japanese architects SANAA and the American architect John Lautner, Demand guides our vision to the details. The material characteristics, the state and the way the models have been made are the defining features of the artist’s nigh-abstract compositions. Inscriptions, marks of wear and tear and the impression of sculptural depth evoked by the incident light are occasional reminders that these are images of architectural models. The series came about in the course of Thomas Demand’s working dialogue with architecture. It was in 2011, during a stay ... More

Five female artists unveiled as shortlist for Max Mara Art Prize for Women
LONDON.- The Whitechapel Gallery, Collezione Maramotti and Max Mara revealed the names of the five artists shortlisted for the sixth Max Mara Art Prize for Women at a special event at the historical headquarters of Max Mara in Reggio Emilia, Italy on 4 October 2015. The shortlisted artists are Ruth Ewan, Ana Genovés, Emma Hart, Tania Kovats and Phoebe Unwin. The shortlist, featuring installation artists, sculptors and a painter were selected by a judging panel chaired by Iwona Blazwick OBE, Director of the Whitechapel Gallery, joined by Fiona Bradley, Director of the Fruitmarket Gallery, Edinburgh; Sarah Elson, Collector and Founder of Launch Pad, a commissioning series supporting emerging artists; Helen Sumpter, Critic and Senior Editor / Web Editor at ArtReview; and Artist and Royal Academician Alison Wilding. The Max Mara Art Prize for Women was established ... More

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On a day like today, American photographer Irving Penn died
October 07, 2009. Irving Penn (June 16, 1917 - October 7, 2009) was an American photographer most known for his fashion photography, portraits, and still lifes. Penn's career included work at Vogue magazine, and independent advertising work for clients including Issey Miyake, and Clinique. His work has been exhibited internationally, and continues to inform the art of photography even after his death. In this image: A collector, left, makes a comment as a Christie's auction house worker holds Irving Penn's classic image of Jean Patchet that appeared at the Vogue magazine' cover in 1950, during a presentation in London, Friday May 13, 2005.

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