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Rare and important works by Orientalists on view at Antik A.S. in Istanbul

Founders of Antik A.S. Nurcan – Turgay Artam in the “orientalists” exhibiton gallery.

ISTANBUL.- Leading collectors of Turkey are sharing their valuable works of art with the society. Collections comprising the masterpieces of Western artists depicting the Ottoman Empire and İstanbul are on display in the exhibition halls of Antik Palace. The exhibition which received great interest with the invitations, seminars and conferences realized with the participation of the esteemed collectors of art, aims sharing of many hidden treasures of masterpieces. The exhibition highlights the orientalist trend in Western paintings. The works in the exhibition cover a wide period from the 17th to the early 19th centuries. Orientalism was the defining of the studies on the religions, languages and the histories of the people of the East. Orientalism which specifies the attitudes of the westerners against the World of Islam, comprised all the Moslem Mediterranean countries, being ... More

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Joint Amadeus Mozart and Antonio Salieri composition found at a Czech museum   Fire hits roof of Prague's National Museum; The museum's collections were not affected   Creative Time announces Deputy Director Katie Hollander as new Executive Director

Anonymous portrait of the child Mozart, possibly by Pietro Antonio Lorenzoni (1721-1782). Portrait owned by the Mozarteum, Salzburg.

PRAGUE (AFP).- A long-lost collaborative effort between composers and putative rivals Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and Antonio Salieri has been found at a Czech museum, its spokeswoman said Friday. "It's a really valuable work... long thought to have been lost," said Czech National Museum spokeswoman Sarka Dockalova, adding that staff discovered it in the reserve collection. "It's a joint composition by Mozart and Salieri, a libretto by Lorenzo Da Ponte put to music," she told AFP, saying it would be performed on Tuesday at a press conference in Prague. The discovery is especially interesting in light of a legend discounted by historians: Italy's Salieri was said to have fatally poisoned Mozart out of jealousy over the Austrian wunderkind's talent. First appearing in Alexander Pushkin's 19th-century poetic drama "Mozart and Salieri," the rumour was later featured in the play and 1984 film "Amadeus", which historians say ... More

The sprawling neo-Renaissance building, a dominant feature of many a picture postcard from Prague, was built in 1885-1891. Photo: Haridas/

PRAGUE (AFP).- A large fire torched the roof of the Czech National Museum in Prague's central Wenceslas Square in the early hours of Friday morning, firefighters told AFP. "The fire hit about 200 square metres (2,150 square feet) of the roof and the attic," Prague fire brigade spokeswoman Pavlina Adamcova told AFP, adding the museum's collections were not affected. One security guard suffering from smoke inhalation was taken to hospital. "The fire was reported at 0032 GMT. We had it under control about two hours later," said Adamcova, adding the cause of the fire and the extent of the damage were under investigation. The sprawling neo-Renaissance building, a dominant feature of many a picture postcard from Prague, was built in 1885-1891. It is currently undergoing an extensive reconstruction worth over 1.35 billion koruna (50 million euros, $56.5 million), which started in 2011 and is due to be completed ... More

With over twenty years of nonprofit experience, Hollander joined Creative Time as Deputy Director of Development in 2008. Photo by Kelly Taub. Courtesy of Creative Time.

NEW YORK, NY.- Creative Time announced the appointment of Katie Hollander as Executive Director. Hollander has been at Creative Time for eight years, serving in a variety of roles and overseeing acclaimed projects during a period of unprecedented expansion. Her appointment comes after a rigorous national search. Creative Time Board of Directors Co-Chair Jed Walentas says, “For the past eight years, Katie has been instrumental in the rise and success of Creative Time. She has a deep appreciation and understanding of our mission, the experience and know-how to ensure Creative Time stays at the forefront of public art, and a clear vision for our future.” With over twenty years of nonprofit experience, Hollander joined Creative Time as Deputy Director of Development in 2008. The following year, she became Deputy Director, providing leadership and strategic ... More

Exhibition at Princeton University Art Museum chronicles Jewish culture in America   ARKEN exhibits the work of performance pioneer and rebellious feminist Niki de Saint Phalle   Masterworks from the Kasser Mochary Art Foundation at Tampa Museum of Art examine the human figure

Thomas Sully. Rebecca Gratz (1781-1869), 1831. Oil on panel. 51 x 43 cm. Courtesy of The Rosenbach of the Free Library of Philadelphia, 1954.1936.

PRINCETON, NJ.- The Princeton University Library announces the opening of the exhibition By Dawn’s Early Light: Jewish Contributions to American Culture from the Nation’s Founding to the Civil War, on Saturday, Feb. 13, 2016, at the Princeton University Art Museum The exhibition continues through June 12, 2016, and is open to the public free of charge. By Dawn’s Early Light showcases a rich variety of Jewish voices and imagery from the first decades of the American Republic. Among the more than 170 objects displayed are some of the earliest novels, poems, religious works, paintings, photographs, newspapers and scientific treatises produced by Jews in the United States. Based on gifts and loans to the Princeton University Library by Leonard L. Milberg, Class of 1953, the exhibition also features loans from nearly two dozen museums, synagogues and private collections around the country. Together, they ... More

Niki de Saint Phalle, Lili ou Tony (Lili or Tony), 1965 © 2015 NIKI CHARITABLE ART FOUNDATION, All rights reserved. Photo: Aurélien Mole.

COPENHAGEN.- From wild shooting actions to sensual, dancing female sculptures and exuberant sculpture parks. The French/American artist Niki de Saint Phalle stands as one of the most radical and visionary artists of the 20th century. From 13 February she can be experienced at ARKEN in a comprehensive exhibition of a good 100 works, photographs and documentary film clips. Dragons and demons, heroines and plump ladies in large-flowered bathing suits. Niki de Saint Phalle’s universe is both violent and colourful, sombre and humorous. In her art Saint Phalle combines powerful attitudes to gender roles and equality with eternal themes like love, joie de vivre and personal liberation. She had her breakthrough on the international art scene in 1961 and became famous and notorious for her sensational shooting actions and exploratory depictions of women. However, it was not in the cards that this girl with her Catholic upbringing and aristocratic ... More

Mary Cassatt, Portrait of Katharine Kelso Cassatt, c. 1905. Oil on canvas, 31 5/8 x 25 1/2 x 3 1/4 in. Loaned by the Kasser Mochary Art Foundation, Montclair, New Jersey.

TAMPA, FLA.- The Tampa Museum of Art announces the opening of Public and Private – The Figure Examined: Masterworks from the Kasser Mochary Art Foundation. This exhibition opened on February 12, 2016, and will be on view through May 30, 2016. Comprising approximately 100 works of art, this survey examines the portrayal of the human figure through paintings, sculpture, and works on paper by noted 19th- and 20th-century European and American artists. Included in the exhibition are works by Pablo Picasso, Pierre-Auguste Renoir, Mary Cassatt, Diego Rivera, Henri Matisse, Alberto Giacometti, Edgar Degas, Andy Warhol, Auguste Rodin, and many others. In the figure, concepts of beauty and notions of universal and individual identity are revealed through the aesthetics of the human form, the earliest, most dominant and inexhaustible subject of art. Public and Private –The Figure Examined: Masterworks ... More

Exhibition at Haus der Kunst covers all periods of James Casebere's 40-year artistic career   £2M Auerbach leads sequence of smashed estimates in Bonhams' Post-War and Contemporary Sale   Works by El Anatsui, Bernd and Hilla Becher, and Maya Lin on view at Jack Shainman Gallery

James Casebere, Fork in The Refrigerator, 1975. Gelatin silver print, 25 x 20 cm, Edition 9/10. Collection of Martin Z. Margulies, Miami, Florida. Courtesy: the artist and Sean Kelly, New York.

MUNICH.- In the mid-1970s, when James Casebere (born 1953 in Lansing, Michigan, United States) began his career in art, the medium of photography was in a state of transition, as artists were formulating different approaches to the medium. Casebere belongs to a generation of artists who have questioned the veracity of images from the beginning and for whom a photograph is something other than a document. Casebere's early representations questioned the established codes of American Midwestern middle-class value system. A well-known work from this period is the latently violent and somewhat morbid photograph of a refrigerator penetrated by an oversized fork (Fork in the Refrigerator, 1975). In general, the detailed images depict architectural models made by the artist using materials such as polystyrene, paper and plaster. The ... More

E.O.W. on her Blue Eiderdown V, by Frank Auerbach; estimate £1,000,000-1,500,000. Photo: Bonhams.

LONDON.- E.O.W. on her Blue Eiderdown V, a stunning work by the leading British artist Frank Auerbach, doubled its pre-sale estimate at Bonhams’ Post-War and Contemporary Art sale in London on 11 February, selling for £2,042,500 – the highest price ever for a figurative work by the artist. Other highlights included Untitled (Red Fan), the first sculpture by Gutai co-founder Kazuo Shiraga ever to come to the auction market, which sold for £1,538,500, the highest price achieved for any Gutai sculpture. Peju’s Robe, by El Anatsui, also smashed its pre-sale estimate of £450,000-550,000 to sell for £806,500. E.O.W. on her Blue Eiderdown V had not been seen in public for half a century. It is a painting of Estella West, Auerbach’s most inspirational model. Auerbach met West, a widowed mother of three in her thirties, when he was just a teenager – he moved into her basement as a lodger and they became lovers. ... More

Bernd and Hilla Becher, Grain Elevators, Bins, 2003 (detail). 12 gelatin silver prints from photographs made 1978-2000, 68 x 75 inches. Unique. Courtesy of the artist and Yancey Richardson Gallery.

NEW YORK, NY.- Jack Shainman Gallery is presenting Of a Different Nature, featuring works by El Anatsui, Bernd and Hilla Becher, and Maya Lin. The exhibition juxtaposes these three masters who all engage the environment and share roots in a rigid formality that breaks apart into unexpected and often lyrical beauty. Bernd and Hilla Becher spent their shared but extensive career photographing industrial landscapes across Europe and the United States. Water Towers, 2011 is from their iconic “typologies” series, in which structures or buildings are uniformly documented in black and white and arranged in a grid. Here, the formal similarities between nine New York water towers unfold, imbuing these utilitarian colossuses with a strangeness and familiarity all at once. The meticulous yet organic seriality of the Bechers’ imagery is also ... More

Four summer houses to join the pavilion as Serpentine architecture programme expands for 2016   Pointe-à-Callière presents the first major exhibition dedicated to Québec archaeology   Stedelijk Museum exhibits a newly acquired site-specific installation by Saskia Noor van Imhoff

NLÉ: Makoko Floating School, Lagos, Nigeria, 2012; Image by George Osodi.

LONDON.- The Serpentine announced today that, in tandem with the 16th Pavilion, it expands its internationally acclaimed programme of exhibiting architecture in a built form by commissioning four architects to each design a 25sqm Summer House. The four Summer Houses are inspired by the nearby Queen Caroline’s Temple, a classical style summer house, built in 1734 and a stone’s throw from the Serpentine Gallery. In line with the criteria for the selection of the Pavilion architect, each architect chosen by the Serpentine has yet to build a permanent building in England. The Serpentine Pavilion will be designed by Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG) (Copenhagen/New York); the four Summer Houses will be designed by Kunlé Adeyemi – NLÉ (Amsterdam/Lagos); Barkow Leibinger (Berlin/New York); Yona Friedman (Paris); and Asif Khan (London). The expanded scheme will be submitted to Westminster City ... More

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MONTREAL.- Fragments of Humanity. Archaeology in Québec is the first major exhibition dedicated entirely to Québec archaeology, in which some 350 significant pieces will be featured, celebrating 50 years of archaeological discovery in Québec. Chosen from among collections and finds from archaeological digs carried out on over 10,000 sites throughout the territory of Québec, the objects reflect our past and tell its story while revealing an astonishing range of diversity. The great majority of the pieces have never been seen by the general public and are being taken out of the Ministry of Culture and Communications’ (MCC) archaeological reserve for the very first time. Produced by Pointe-à-Callière, the exhibition also features objects from about ten other lenders including the City of Montréal, Québec City, Pointe-du-Buisson/Musée québécois d’archéologie, the Musée des Ursulines in Trois-Rivières, Avataq Cultural Institute, and Par ... More

Saskia Noor van Imhoff #+14.11.01, 2013, c-print, nutwood frame, 59,4 x 42 cm. Photo door Gert Jan van Rooij, courtesy Galerie Fons Welters.

AMSTERDAM.- The work # +14.11 by Saskia Noor van Imhoff was acquired by the Stedelijk Museum in 2015. It is a spatial installation comprising photos, various objects, and a humidifier. For the inaugural presentation of this work at the Stedelijk, the artist is making a site-specific installation. The piece references both the architecture of the museum galleries and the collection of the Stedelijk. In her work, Van Imhoff retrieves (little-known) objects from the museum’s storage depot and integrates methods of conserving, classifying, and storing art into her installations. To construct the installation in galleries 28 and 29 (the innermost galleries of the design circuit), Van Imhoff conducted an intensive investigation of the museum’s storage depot. The artist uses original objects, such as those she discovered in the depot, in her installations, as well as replicas. This strategy reveals one ... More

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San Jose Museum of Art presents first U.S. museum exhibition devoted to Japanese artist Tabaimo
SAN JOSE, CA.- The San Jose Museum of Art is presenting the first solo museum exhibition in the United States of the work of renowned Japanese artist Tabaimo. Tabaimo: Her Room, the third exhibition in SJMA’s series “New Stories from the Edge of Asia,” is on view from February 6, 2016, through August 21, 2016. The exhibition showcases three of the artist’s encompassing video animations, which are projected onto walls that curve and tumble into space. In these works—two never before been seen in the United States—Tabaimo explores the surreal and uncanny aspects of life in contemporary Japanese society. Also on view are eighteen delicate scroll-like ink drawings and a wall drawing commissioned for this occasion, which exemplifies Tabaimo’s interest in strangely transforming everyday spaces. “Tabaimo is one of the most important new-media artists working in Japan ... More

Raimund Thomas awarded the Art Cologne Prize 2016
COLOGNE.- In 2014, the Munich-based Galerie Thomas celebrated its 50th anniversary. In 2016 it has been awarded the prize of ART COLOGNE, which is this year taking place for the 50th time. Galerie Thomas has been an exhibitor from the start. The ART COLOGNE Prize is awarded jointly each year by the German association of galleries and art dealers (BVDG) and Koelnmesse for exceptional performance in the communication of art. The prize will be awarded in the presence of invited guests on Thursday, 14 April 2016 at 10:00 a.m. in the historic city hall of Cologne. Following a programme of study in architecture, Raimund Thomas realised an unusual idea for becoming familiar with the gallery scene of the time: he travelled to the world's important art trade centres over the course of a year. This started in 1961 with a half-year stay in London, where he visited all galleries ... More

Turkish artist Seç kin Pirim joins C24 Gallery
NEW YORK, NY.- C24 Gallery announced its representation of Turkish artist Seçkin Pirim. C24 Gallery will present his work for the first time in the United States in a solo exhibition in fall, 2016. Seçkin Pirim is an artist living and working in Istanbul, Turkey. His work has been exhibited internationally. Pirim is the recipient of many awards and is included in several prominent, private collections around the world. Pirim’s conceptual sculptures explore form, color, and pattern. Working in a variety of media, his artworks examine the relationship between object and space, the dichotomy between nature and culture, and the line between art and design. His sculptures are neo minimalist forms of expression as well as contemporary strategies of art and design. They create an aesthetic that neglects social connotation and are able to form a post-futurist, post-constructivist and post-minimal ... More

David Ligare exhibition opens at Georgia Museum of Art
ATHENS, GA.- This February, as the winter starts to seem long and cold, even in Georgia, the Georgia Museum of Art at the University of Georgia will transport visitors to the warmth of California with the exhibition “David Ligare: California Classicist” (February 13–May 8, 2016). Organized by the Crocker Art Museum, Sacramento, California, the exhibition includes 76 paintings and drawings, mostly borrowed from the collection of the artist and other private lenders. Born in Oak Park, Illinois, in 1945, he moved to California and began painting large canvases inspired by Greco-Roman antiquity in the late 1970s. The West Coast landscape and light form the background for images drawn from classical sources, such as his paintings “Hercules Protecting the Balance Between Pleasure and Virtue,” “Orpheus” and “Penelope.” Many of the paintings are on an extremely ... More

Exhibition at Vienna's Secession presents fifty paintings by Dike Blair
VIENNA.- In his exhibition at the Secession, Dike Blair presents around fifty paintings. Most date from the years between 2010 and 2015, and with few exceptions, they depict the motifs listed in the prosaic title of his show. Three sculptures the American artist designed for the exhibition are arrangements of the titular four elements—floor, door, window, wall—but were also a response to the fact that his exhibition occupies four rooms. (In a fourth small room with no sculpture he shows small paintings of drinks and ashtrays, the subjects of his artist’s book.) He conceived of the sculptures after an earlier visit to the Secession, hoping to generate an interesting circulation pattern to view the paintings. He also likes the paradox of illusionistic representation vs. concrete abstraction. Unlike Blair’s pictures, which always operate within the representational register, his sculptures ... More

"Both Sides Now: Lexa and Dan Walsh" opens at the Williams College Museum of Art
WILLIAMSTOWN, MASS.- Both Sides Now, a first-time creative collaboration by sibling artists Lexa and Dan Walsh, opened at the Williams College Museum of Art February 12 and will be on view through September 25, 2016. Dan, a minimalist abstract painter, and Lexa, a socially engaged artist, come together to merge their practices around a shared interest in spectacle, perception, and encounters among objects and people. The result is a series of interactive sculptural stations—nodding to Rome’s Circus Maximus—that encourages new investigations and responses to WCMA’s collection. In the adjacent gallery they address their differing theories of contemporary art head-on through a series of oversized stitch samplers featuring the artists’ ongoing, and at times contentious, call-and-response dialogue. “Lexa and Dan are two great artists who work in completely ... More

Original artworks by New Orleans and other regional artists will headline Crescent City auction
NEW ORLEANS, LA.- Original artworks – many by renowned New Orleans painters and other regional artists – and over 225 lots of stunning estate jewelry pieces, to include diamonds, rubies, sapphires, tanzanites and more, are just part of a two-day estates auction slated for Feb. 27-28 by Crescent City Auction Gallery, in the firm’s gallery at 1330 St. Charles Avenue in New Orleans. In all, more than 1,400 lots will come up for bid, starting at 9 a.m. Central time Saturday, and 10 a.m. Central time Sunday. The auction will feature Part 2 of fine jewelry items from Peacock’s Estate Jewelry – the iconic and longstanding fine jewelry store on Royal Street in the New Orleans French Quarter – plus French furniture, clocks, lamps and lighting and other items from numerous local and Southern estates. A strong candidate for top lot of the auction promises to be a pair of rare French Gothic ... More

Uganda presidential hopeful promises Idi Amin museum
KAMPALA (AFP).- A top challenger in next week's Ugandan presidential election has promised to repatriate the remains of dictator Idi Amin and build a museum in his honour, his spokeswoman said Wednesday. Amama Mbabazi, a former prime minister and ex-ruling party stalwart now challenging veteran President Yoweri Museveni in the February 18 polls, made the pledge while visiting Amin's ancestral home in northwest Uganda, where he was welcomed by the former dictator's uncle. Josephine Mayanja-Nkangi, Mbabazi's spokeswoman, said "one of the critical building blocks" of the party was "reconciliation" to help "the process of forgiveness for any real or perceived wrongs in the past" that once divided Uganda. "The issue of Idi Amin is one of them," she told AFP. Amin died in exile in Saudi Arabia in 2003 where he is buried and had lived since being overthrown in 1979. ... More

Columbus Museum of Art presents "Melvin Edwards: Five Decades"
COLUMBUS, OH.- The Columbus Museum of Art presents Melvin Edwards: Five Decades February 12 – May 8, 2016. The exhibition is a retrospective of the renowned American sculptor Melvin Edwards. Working primarily in welded steel, Edwards is perhaps best known for his Lynch Fragments, an ongoing series of small-scale reliefs born out of the social and political turmoil of the civil rights movement. Incorporating tools and other familiar objects, such as chains, locks, and ax heads, Edwards’s Lynch Fragments are abstract yet evocative, summoning a range of artistic, cultural, and historical references. “Melvin Edwards’ work often deals with a history of racial injustice that we, as a society, are still grappling with today, and it approaches this subject matter using an artistic language that is both abstract and emotionally powerful,” said CMA Curator of Contemporary ... More

Official 2016 White House ornament commemorates 1929 White House West Wing fire
WASHINGTON, DC.- The White House Historical Association unveiled today the design of the 2016 Official White House Christmas Ornament. Honoring the presidency of Herbert Hoover, the ornament is a vintage fire truck design commemorating the 1929 Christmas Eve four-alarm fire of the West Wing. Montserrat College of Art student Kayla Whelan, the winner of the Association’s national art school design competition, created this year’s design. American-made, the 36th official ornament offered by the Association continues the tradition of honoring U.S. presidents in sequential order or marking a significant White House historical anniversary with the annual ornament. President Hoover served as the 31st President of the United States and was hosting his staff and their children for a Christmas party in the Entrance Hall of the East Wing when a fire broke ... More

DiverseWorks announces new hire and promotions
HOUSTON, TX.- DiverseWorks announced that on February 16, 2016, Reyes Ramirez will begin as DiverseWorks new Outreach and Public Engagement Cultivator. In this new role, Ramirez will help to expand, diversify, and enhance the experiences of audiences for contemporary, multi-disciplinary art. He will be working closely with staff on developing and implementing new outreach initiatives, including a DW Teens program, and more focused education and audience cultivation for DiverseWorks’ exhibitions, performances, public programs, and other events. Ramirez comes to DiverseWorks with a background in creative writing, publicity and community outreach. A native of Houston, Ramirez holds a B.A. from the University of Houston, an M.F.A. in creative writing from Texas State University, and received a Certificate in Public Leadership from Harvard ... More

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February 12, 1884. Max Beckmann (February 12, 1884 - December 28, 1950) was a German painter, draftsman, printmaker, sculptor, and writer. Although he is classified as an Expressionist artist, he rejected both the term and the movement. In the 1920s, he was associated with the New Objectivity (Neue Sachlichkeit), an outgrowth of Expressionism that opposed its introverted emotionalism. In this image: A visitor looks at the painting "Descant" of Max Beckmann in the Wallraf-Richartz-Museum in Cologne, western Germany, Thursday, June 30, 2005.

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