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Palestinians give glimpse of mosaic near the occupied West Bank city of Jericho

A Palestinian man removes weeds from the Hisham's Palace archaeological site, located five kilometres north of the West Bank city of Jericho, on October 20, 2016, after the mosaic in the palace was uncovered and readied for display. ABBAS MOMANI / AFP.

JERICHO (AFP).- The Palestinians on Thursday gave a rare glimpse of one of the Middle East's finest mosaic floors near the occupied West Bank city of Jericho, AFP journalists said. Dating from the eighth century AD, the floor covers about 820 square metres (8,825 square feet) at the desert castle known as Hisham's Palace, an important Islamic antiquities site just north of the ancient city. It is made up of 38 panels bearing delicate floral and geometric designs and is one of the oldest and largest in the region to have never been moved, senior Palestinian Authority conservation official Ihab Daoud told AFP. The floor was first excavated in 1930 but left largely untouched until the early 21st century, Daoud said. In recent years it has been recovered under layers of canvas to protect it from the elements. Now work is beginning to make the masterpiece ... More

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Nobel academy member slams 'arrogant' Dylan   First look at Andy Warhol's engagement with the body opens   Sotheby's unveils Munch's 'Girls on the Bridge'

Books of the 2016 Literature Nobel Price winner US Bob Dylan are pictured at the booth of publisher Hoffman und Campe at the Frankfurt Book Fair. AMELIE QUERFURTH / AFP.

STOCKHOLM (AFP).- A prominent member of the academy which awards the Nobel literature prize slammed this year's laureate Bob Dylan as arrogant on Friday, citing his total silence since the award was announced last week. The US singer-songwriter has not responded to repeated phone calls from the Swedish Academy, nor reacted in any way in public to the news. "It's impolite and arrogant," said the academy member, Swedish writer Per Wastberg, in comments aired on SVT public television. On the evening of October 13, the day the literature prize winner was announced, Dylan played a concert in Las Vegas during which he just sang his songs and made no comment at all to his fans. He ended the concert with a version of the Frank Sinatra hit "Why Try To Change Me Now?", taken to be a nod towards his longstanding aversion to the media. Every December 10, Nobel prize winners are invited to Stockholm to receive their awards from King Carl XVI ... More

Andy Warhol, Self-Portrait (Passport Photograph with Altered Nose), 1956, The Andy Warhol Museum, Pittsburgh, © The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Inc.

PITTSBURGH, PA.- The Andy Warhol Museum announces Andy Warhol: My Perfect Body. The exhibition is the first comprehensive look at Andy Warhol’s engagement with the body, highlighting The Warhol’s permanent collection and including rarely traveled loans from the collections of major American museums. The Warhol’s Associate Curator of Art Jessica Beck curated the exhibition. Andy Warhol: My Perfect Body reveals the parallels between Warhol’s personal history, including his struggles with his own physical appearance—such as early signs of balding in the 1950s to scars following his 1968 shooting—and the treatment of the body as a subject in his work, from student drawings of the 1940s to late paintings of the 1980s. “This exhibition reveals how the body in Warhol’s work becomes a subject for trauma, torment, shame, desire, transformation, and manipulation,” says Beck. “It is meant to establish a differen ... More

Edvard Munch, Pikene på broen (Girls on the Bridge) detail. Signed E. Munch and dated 1902 (upper right). Oil on canvas, 39¾ by 40⅜ in.; 101 by 102.5 cm. Painted in 1902. Estimate in excess of $50 million.

NEW YORK, NY.- Sotheby’s unveiled highlights from its upcoming Evening Sale of Impressionist & Modern Art in New York. The 14 November auction will be led by Edvard Munch’s seminal Pikene på broen (Girls on the Bridge) from 1902, which is estimated to achieve in excess of $50 million. The lyrical work ranks as one of the most powerful paintings of his career, and has twice set a new world auction record for the artist at Sotheby’s. Sotheby’s marquee autumn auctions of Impressionist & Modern and Contemporary Art will be on view in our York Avenue galleries beginning 4 November. Simon Shaw, Co-Head of Sotheby’s Worldwide Impressionist & Modern Art Department, commented: “Edvard Munch’s importance to the full breadth of 20th century art cannot be overstated. From the Expressionists to Fauvism and Pop Art, his oeuvre is increasingly prized for its lasting influence on the art of recent times. Munch pioneered the art ... More

Smithsonian's Sackler Gallery presents first major United States exhibition of Qur'ans   Feces, swastikas for Trump at Mexico Caricature Museum   UK's first museum solo exhibition in more than 20 years of the French artist Yves Klein opens in Liverpool

Single-volume Qur’an Copied by Shams al-Din ibn Muhammad Iran, Safavid period, October 1565 Ink, color, and gold on paper Museum of Turkish and Islamic Arts, Istanbul, TIEM 489.

WASHINGTON, DC.- The first major exhibition of Qur’ans (Korans) in the U.S., “The Art of the Qur’an: Treasures from the Museum of Turkish and Islamic Arts,”will open at the Arthur M. Sackler Gallery Oct. 22 and continue through Feb. 20, 2017. The exhibition was organized by the Sackler in collaboration with the Museum of Turkish and Islamic Arts in Istanbul. It will feature more than 60 of the most important Qur’an manuscripts ever produced from the Arab world, Turkey, Iran and Afghanistan. Celebrated for their superb calligraphy and lavish illumination, these manuscripts span almost 1,000 years of history—from eighth-century Damascus, Syria, to 17th-century Istanbul. Many of the works, which will be on view outside of Turkey for the first time, are critical to the history and appreciation of the arts of the book. This landmark exhibition tells the individual stories of some of these extraordinary ... More

Caricatures depicting US Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump, are displayed as part of the exhibition "A Wall of Caricatures", at the Caricature Museum in Mexico City. YURI CORTEZ / AFP.

MEXICO CITY (AFP).- His golden hair twists into smelly, fly-infested excrement. In other cartoons, his trademark locks are shaped into a tongue or a wall. His silhouette also serves as Adolf Hitler's mustache. Donald Trump has been such a well of inspiration for cartoonists that a gallery is dedicated to the Republican presidential candidate at Mexico City's Caricature Museum. The exhibit's title takes aim at Trump's threat to make Mexico pay for a giant barrier across the border: "Trump: A Wall of Cartoons." By calling Mexican migrants criminals and rapists, and vowing to deport millions back to their homeland, he has inspired a plethora of cartoonists from Mexico and other nations who contributed to the exhibit. Other Mexicans have vented their anger by bashing pinatas of his likeness or burning his effigy. Among the cartoonists, there are some recurring themes: the bouffant hair, brick walls, fresh feces and Nazi symbols. ... More

Yves Klein, (1928-1962), Untitled Fire painting, (F 101) 1961. Burned paper mounted on cardboard. © Yves Klein, ADAGP, Paris / DACS, London, 2016. Photo © Museum moderner Kunst Stiftung Ludwig Wien.

LIVERPOOL.- Tate Liverpool presents the UK’s first museum solo exhibition in more than 20 years of the French artist Yves Klein (1928-1962). One of the most influential figures of the post-war era, Klein’s career was marked by extraordinary creativity and a bold attitude to art and life that was pivotal to later movements from pop to performance art and beyond. Presenting around 40 major works the exhibition throws fresh light on his artistic practice. Embracing painting, sculpture, performance, theatre, music, film and architecture, Klein pioneered new attitudes that took the European art world by storm before his untimely death at the age of 34 from a heart attack. At the age of 19 the artist symbolically signed the depthless blue sky using his finger, declaring it as his first artwork. This moment underpinned Klein’s interest in the relationship between infinite space and art that foreshadowed his short but startling ... More

Exhibition at Kunsthalle Bremen examines Max Liebermann's preoccupation with leisure and sports   Maurizio Cattelan's largest European exhibition ever opens at Monnaie de Paris   Christie's fourth India Sale will be led by The Collection of Abhishek and Radhika Poddar

Max Liebermann, Selbstbildnis an der Staffelei, 1916. Öl auf Leinwand, 112 cm x 92 cm.
Kunsthalle Bremen – Der Kunstverein in Bremen / Photo: Lars Lohrisch.

BREMEN.- Today, the world of sports penetrates almost every aspect of life. It is a critical element of modern lifestyle, a popular spectacle for the masses or an expression of social distinction. In Germany, the incredible success story of sports began more than a hundred years ago: Max Liebermann was the first German artist to preoccupy himself extensively with this subject. The exhibition examines Liebermann’s preoccupation with leisure, recreation and sports within the context of art as well as the historical and social development of sport, with a special focus on horse riding, polo and tennis in art. Works by Degas, Manet and Toulouse-Lautrec illustrate the inspiration that Liebermann found in French painting and graphic arts. However, his depictions of tennis and polo players are unique in France and Germany. ... More

Maurizio Cattelan, Sans titre, 2001. Résine polyester, cire, pigments, cheveux naturels. Photo: Zeno Zotti. Vue de l’exposition Maurizio Cattelan, Not Afraid of Love à la Monnaie de Paris, du 21 octobre 2016 au 8 janvier 2017.

PARIS.- This fall, following up on noteworthy, awe-inspiring artistic projects such as Stockhausen's Concert for Helicopters, John Baldessari's Your Name in Lights and Paul McCarthy's Chocolate Factory, Monnaie de Paris houses Maurizio Cattelan's largest European exhibition ever. From 21 October 2016 to 8 January 2017, Not Afraid of Love, curated by Chiara Parisi, sets Maurizio Cattelan's comeback at Monnaie de Paris. Five years ago, with his exhibition All at Guggenheim - a bow-out reference for some, a genius artistic suicide for others - we thought everything had been said. Just this once, Maurizio Cattelan shakes up our minds. He comes back with a post-requiem show. "This exhibition it's the very first, after the Guggenheim show, that has more ... More

Tyeb Mehta, Untitled (Diagonal), 1975. © Christie’s Images Limited 2016.

MUMBAI.- Christie’s fourth consecutive India Sale in Mumbai, will take place on 18 December at the Taj Mahal Palace Hotel and will be led by one of the most important collections of modern Indian art put together over the past thirty years. Abhishek and Radhika Poddar have built one of India’s most comprehensive collections of modern and contemporary art, antiquities, folk and tribal art, textiles, craft, design and photography. Their collecting has always been based on an innate respect for the arts and a drive to learn about and document the country’s diverse cultural landscape and reflects their longstanding personal relationships with a multitude of artists, gallerists and scholars, as well as their own deep knowledge and unrelenting effort to train their eyes and hone their tastes. A total of 41 lots will be offered from this collection, including important works by Tyeb Mehta, Vasudeo S. Gaitonde, Ganesh ... More

Crystal Bridges presents first major traveling exhibition to explore art related to dance   Heritage Fall Sports Catalog Auction is the largest to date with nearly 5,000 lots   The allure of Detroit after dark subject of photography exhibition at Detroit Institute of Arts

Marisol, Portrait of Martha Graham, 1977. Oil and pencil on wood and plaster, 53 x 25 1/2 x 32 1/2 in. Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, Bentonville, Arkansas. Photo courtesy Sotheby's © Marisol / Licensed by VAGA, New York, NY.

BENTONVILLE, ARK.- Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art announces the opening of the exhibition, The Art of American Dance, on view October 22, 2016, through January 16, 2017. The Art of American Dance is the first major traveling exhibition to explore American art related to the many forms of dance. The exhibition examines dance-inspired paintings, prints, sculptures, and photographs from the 1830s to the recent past—from dance in Native American cultures to ballroom dancing, the Jitterbug, swing, modern dance, burlesque, classical ballet, and more. It features some 90 artworks by iconic artists such as John Singer Sargent, Mary Cassatt, Robert Henri, William Merritt Chase, Nick Cave, and Faith Ringgold. “We are honored to be the final stop on The Art of American ... More

1909-11 T206 Sweet Caporal Honus Wagner PSA Good 2. Estimate: $800,000 - up.

DALLAS, TX.- The largest sports collectibles auction of 2016 is now open for bidding at Heritage Auctions, and is expected to command well over $10 million for its nearly 5,000 lots. The sale is anchored by elite examples of the fabled T206 Honus Wagner (est. $800,000+) and 1952 Topps Mickey Mantle rookie (est. $1 million), as well as important player collections from Gary Carter, Monte Irvin, Larry Brown and other sports luminaries. "We've known that this auction was going to be something truly special since The National in August," said Chris Ivy, Director of Heritage Sports Collectibles. "That's where we picked up the Wagner and the Mantle, which should alone account for more than $2 million on the ledger." Most experts estimate the surviving population of T206 Wagners at 50 or 60, and the offered example is one of the more attractive representations of that rare breed. While the Mantle rookie is considerably more plentiful, the ... More

Jack White, The White Stripes, Gold Dollar, 3129 Cass Ave, Detroit, November 27, 1999, Doug Coombe, 1999, pigment print. Detroit Institute of Arts

DETROIT, MICH.- Glittering skylines, quiet streets, raucous night clubs and corner bars are just some of the images that appear in “Detroit After Dark: Photographs from the DIA Collection,” on view at the Detroit Institute of Arts Oct. 21, 2016–April 23, 2017. The exhibition is free with museum admission, which is free for Wayne, Oakland and Macomb county residents. “Detroit after Dark” includes dramatic architectural studies, street scenes, graffiti and otherworldly vignettes as well as some of Detroit’s famous night haunts, like the premier jazz club Baker’s Keyboard Lounge, the legendary Grande Ballroom and punk and garage rock dens such as Bookie’s Club and the Gold Dollar. While most of the photographers are from Detroit, the exhibition also includes rare after-hours views by Robert Frank, such as his 1955 “City Hall, Detroit.” A small supplement of work from Paris ... More

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'Haunted Screens: German Cinema in the 1920s' comes to the Milwaukee Art Museum
MILWAUKEE, WIS.- The Milwaukee Art Museum opened its newest exhibition, Haunted Screens: German Cinema in the 1920s on view from Oct. 21 through Jan. 22. Organized by La Cinémathèque française, Paris, the exhibition examines the groundbreaking period in film history that occurred in Germany during the Weimar era after World War I, through more than 150 objects, including set design drawings, photographs, posters, documents, equipment, cameras and film clips from more than 20 films. The Expressionist movement introduced a highly charged emotionalism to the artistic disciplines of painting, photography, theater, literature and architecture, as well as film, in the early part of the 20th century. German filmmakers employed geometrically skewed set designs, dramatic lighting, off-kilter framing, strong shadows and distorted perspectives to express ... More

New Britain Museum of American Art displays collection of Gail and Ernst von Metzsch
NEW BRITAIN, CONN.- The New Britain Museum of American Art presents the exhibition As We See It: The Collection of Gail and Ernst von Metzsch. The exhibition features over 80 paintings by approximately 30 American artists, whose careers have been supported by Boston-area collectors Gail and Ernst von Metzsch throughout their four decades of collecting. Longtime residents of Massachusetts, Gail and Ernst von Metzsch have consistently been drawn to collecting works by Boston and New England artists such as George Nick, Paul Rahilly, Janet Monafo, Steve Hawley, and Ed Stitt, among others, whose paintings reflect the visual environment of this region. The collection now reflects a multitude of styles and subjects best described as “contemporary realism,” and includes naturalistic landscapes, still lifes, portraits, and interiors, as well as colorful, evocative abstractions. ... More

Pallant House Gallery exhibits lithographs produced by Guinness Breweries
CHICHESTER.- An exhibition of lithographs produced by Guinness Breweries to promote the first Guinness Book of Records opened in Pallant House Gallery’s De’Longhi Print Room this October. Launched in 1956, The Guinness Prints began with a set of six lithographs created by artists including Edward Ardizzone, Bernard Cheese and Barnett Freedman, all illustrating a record chosen from the first edition of the Guinness Book of Records (as it was originally known). The prints were largely forgotten until recently and this exhibition at Pallant House Gallery, in association with Emma Mason Prints, marks the first time the works have been displayed together in a public art gallery. Intended to be hung in pubs, bars and canteens to promote the Guinness Book of World Records - itself conceived as a marketing tool for Guinness Breweries that would settle debates ... More

Museum der Moderne Salzburg exhibits works by nine artists
SALZBURG.- In the exhibition Making Spaces in the collection gallery at its Mönchsberg uptown venue, the Museum der Moderne Salzburg will for the first time devote individual spaces to nine artists. Some of the spaces have been designed in close collaboration with the artists. The exhibition Making Spaces. From the Collections presents a total of thirty-five works from the Museum’s collections by nine artists in an area of 8.600 square feet on level [2]. “With unique large-scale works like the installation Rainforest V by David Tudor & Composers Inside Electronics and a group of films together with Fur Wheel, an early kinetic object by Carolee Schneemann, the exhibition will celebrate new major acquisitions the Museum der Moderne was able to make thanks to its partnership with the Generali Foundation,” explains the museum’s director Sabine Breitwieser. Works ... More

Scarce signed firsts abound at Swann Galleries' 19th & 20th Century Literature Auction
NEW YORK, NY.- On Thursday, November 10, Swann Galleries will hold an auction of 19th & 20th Century Literature, featuring a number of signed first editions and association copies. Notable is a run of signed first editions by H.G. Wells, inscribed to his friend, the poet W.E. Henley, to whom Wells dedicated The Time Machine. Offerings from this collection include The First Men in the Moon, London, 1901, a very rare first printing of the first English edition in the first state binding. Only three other signed copies have appeared at auction; this one is estimated to sell between $6,000 and $9,000. A first edition of Tales of Space and Time, 1900, is additionally embellished by an original drawing by the author to Henley: a charming rendering of Ugh-Iomi and Eudena, the protagonists of A Story of the Stone Age, one of the five short stories in the volume ($2,000 to $3,000). ... More

Rita Ackermann's first exhibition in Scandinavia opens at Malmö Konsthall
MALMO.- Rita Ackermann’s work first appeared on the New York art scene in the early 1990s with her refined yet evocative representations of the female form. Her large paintings of nymphetish girls depicted with lines evoking both beauty and ugliness brought her widespread acclaim and made her a part of the cultural scene of the time. These early works are the point of departure for Ackermann’s recent body of work collectively titled The Chalkboard Paintings. The exhibition at Malmö Konsthall – the first for Ackermann in Scandinavia – examines the relationship between these bodies of work created more than two decades apart, inviting the viewer to experience the different layers in the work. The expressive line, the representation of the figure, the mysterious bold gestures all create the dichotomy between the beautiful and the violent. To see the visible and feel the invisible, ... More

Sotheby's 'Art of the Middle East and India' brings grand total of £14.7 million across four auctions
LONDON.- Art of the Middle East & India Week – a unique group of five fascinating sales revealing the interwoven artistic traditions of multiple continents from the ninth century to the present day – realised a combined total of £14,737,875, exceeding pre-sale expectations (est. £9.1-13 million). Of the 270 lots sold across the week, nearly 60% exceeded their pre-sale high estimates with a quarter of the buyers new to Sotheby’s. Edward Gibbs, Sotheby’s Middle East & India Chairman, said: “We welcomed the world to our London galleries this week for a celebration of the rich artistic traditions of the Middle East and India. From exquisite Indian miniatures and medieval Persian manuscripts, to ground-breaking works of Middle Eastern and South Asian contemporary art, the cultural and stylistic cross-pollination presented in our exhibition and sales was reflected ... More

Paintings by Buttersworth, Hassam will headline John McInnis's Nov. 4th fine art estates auction
EXETER, NH.- A gorgeous oil on canvas marine rendering by Thomas Buttersworth (Br., 1768-1842) and a diminutive watercolor work by Childe Frederick Hassam (Am., 1859-1935), mounted to the flyleaf of his 1899 book Three Cities, are expected top lots at a fine art estates auction planned for Friday, November 4th, at 5 pm Eastern time by John McInnis Auctioneers. The event will be held at the historic Exeter Inn, located in the center of Phillips Academy, at 90 Front Street in Exeter. Around 300 market-fresh, original works of art will come up for bid, to include 19th and 20th century American and European paintings, watercolors and works on paper. Previews will be held Thursday evening, Nov. 3, from 6-8 pm, and on auction day from 1 pm on. “Everyone is invited to join us for a fast-paced and entertaining evening, with some wonderful opportunities to acquire original fine art ... More

Apollo Command Module sextant sells for more than $90,000 at auction
BOSTON, MASS.- An Apollo Command Module sextant sold for $90,676 according to Massachusetts-based RR Auction. The instrument is presumed flown on the unmanned AS-202 mission on August 25, 1966. AS-202 was the first test flight of the Apollo Command/Service Module with the complete Block I guidance and navigation system in it. The sextant could be used to determine the Command Module’s position and attitude with relation to stars or landmarks. This data was then supplied to the onboard computer to calibrate the spacecraft’s Inertial Measurement Unit (IMU). It was designed by MIT Instrumentation Lab and manufactured by Kollsman Instrument Corp. “This was a critical component of the spacecraft’s navigation system and as an early Apollo artifact of the utmost desirability,” said Robert Livingston, Executive VP at RR Auction. Highlights ... More

Famous Rolls-Royce 'more like the throne room at Versailles than a car' for sale at Bonhams
LONDON.- A unique Rolls-Royce Phantom I built in 1926 for the American businessman Clarence Gasque as a gift for his wife Maude, is one of the star lots at Bonhams Bond Street Sale in London on 4 December. It is estimated at £500,000-700,000. Maude Gasque, a Woolworth’s heiress, had a passion for French 18th century history and design and her husband, who was the Finance Director of Woolworth’s UK operation, wanted the car’s interior to have a French theme. (He also stipulated that it should be grander and more lavish than the Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost made for his Woolworth colleague Surefire Snow). Setting no limit on the budget, he left the details to the Wolverhampton based coachbuilders, Charles Clark and Sons. Clark’s owner, John Barnett, had the inspired idea of using a Marie Antoinette sedan chair he had come across at the Victoria and Albert ... More

More than 900,000 Euro for a newly discovered Tintoretto
VIENNA.- A spectacular newly discovered painting provided the focal point of Dorotheum's auction of Old Master paintings on the 18th October 2016: Jacopo Tintoretto's Battle between David and Goliath is a major work by the celebrated Venetian Mannerist and it reached a price of 907,500 euros. The fascinating genesis of the painting was revealed by x-ray analysis and the painting is also remarkable for its eclectic composition of interconnecting vortexes, which demonstrates why Tintoretto is considered one of the founding fathers of modern art. Exactly five hundred years after the death of Hieronymus Bosch, Dorotheum presented the Inferno, a painting by one of his followers. The picture, based on the right panel of the altarpiece of the Garden of Delights in the Prado, went to a collector for 527,600 euros. Other significant sale results include a harbour scene by Jan ... More




On a day like today, American painter and graphic artist Robert Rauschenberg was born
October 22, 1925. Robert Rauschenberg (October 22, 1925 - May 12, 2008) was an American painter and graphic artist whose early works anticipated the pop art movement. Rauschenberg is well known for his "Combines" of the 1950s, in which non-traditional materials and objects were employed in innovative combinations. Rauschenberg was both a painter and a sculptor and the Combines are a combination of both, but he also worked with photography, printmaking, papermaking, and performance. He was awarded the National Medal of Arts in 1993. In this image: Actress and singer Liza Minnelli poses with artist Robert Rauschenberg at the opening of Rauschenberg's silkscreen paintings at the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York City, Wednesday, Dec. 5, 1990.

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