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Outcry in UK as Natural History Museum's Dippy goes the way of the dinosaurs

The 1905 diplodocus cast has been on display for 35 years and was donated to the museum by the wealthy businessman Andrew Carnegie, based on the original specimen in the Carnegie Museum in the United States. Photo: Art Fund.

By: Mohammed Abbas

LONDON (AFP).- Plans to move "Dippy" the dinosaur from his home in London's Natural History Museum made national news on Thursday, triggering an outcry from fans, an online petition and even a fake Twitter account. Longer than two London buses, the cast of fossilised diplodocus bones will be moved from the entrance hall in 2017 after more than 30 years and replaced by a blue whale suspended from the roof. As the Sky News channel asked pundits whether "whales are more relevant than dinosaurs", #savedippy began to trend on Twitter and many Britons spoke of their fond childhood memories of visiting the skeleton. "The blue whale is just a one-hit wonder. He's no icon that leaves tens of thousands of children staring upward in awe. He's no glimpse at the past, no celebration of the future, no palaeontologist's wet dream," the Metro newspaper said in an online petition. ... More

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Seattle Art Museum and Clark Art Institute wager major works of art on Super Bowl XLIX   Exhibition recognises Alan Cristea's significant contribution to print publishing   Rediscovered preparatory work for one of Constable's most celebrated masterpieces soars to $5.2 million

Winslow Homer, West Point, Prout's Neck, 1900.

WILLIAMSTOWN, MASS.- Seattle Art Museum and New England’s Clark Art Institute are wagering temporary loans of major paintings based on the outcome of Super Bowl XLIX between the Seattle Seahawks and the New England Patriots. The masterpieces that have been anted up showcase the beautiful landscapes of the Northwest and the Northeast respectively. The majestic Puget Sound on the Pacific Coast from 1870 by Albert Bierstadt from SAM’s American art collection is wagered by Kimerly Rorschach, SAM’s Illsley Ball Nordstrom Director and CEO. Winslow Homer’s masterpiece, West Point, Prout's Neck (1900), one of the greatest works in the Clark’s noted Homer collection, is wagered by Michael Conforti, director of the Clark Art Institute. The winning museum will receive a three-month loan of the prized artwork. All shipping and expenses will be paid by the losing museum. “I am sure that this beautiful Homer painting will ... More

Jim Dine, Alan smoking at Sydney Close in the 90’s, 2014. Copper plate etching on Hahnemühle Copperplate warm white paper. Paper and image: 46.7 x 37.4 cm. Image courtesy Jim Dine and Alan Cristea Gallery, London.

LONDON.- To celebrate its 20th birthday, and to recognise Alan Cristea’s significant contribution to print publishing, the gallery is staging a special Anniversary Exhibition. Unbeknownst to Alan himself, they asked twenty-one of their artists to make a print in an edition of 40 for an anniversary portfolio. The prints cover a wide range of techniques including woodcut, etching, screenprinting, lithography and carborundum relief. They gave the artists no specific brief beyond a size limitation, and whereas some, such as Jim Dine and Julian Opie, chose to refer specifically to Alan, others were slightly more oblique in their reference, such as Michael Craig-Martin’s Ashtray, 2014. All profits from the sale of the portfolios will be donated to the ... More

John Constable, R.A., Salisbury Cathedral from the Meadows (detail). Oil on canvas, 45.7 by 61 cm.; 18 by 24 in. Est. $2/3 million. Sold for $5,205,000. Photo: Sotheby's.

NEW YORK, NY.- Sotheby’s 2015 Masters Week Sales are currently underway in New York and the opening session of Master Paintings just concluded bringing a strong total of $57,070,500, above the low estimate. Thus far, twelve lots have sold for more than $1 million, including Salisbury Cathedral from the Meadows, a rediscovered preparatory work for one of John Constable’s most celebrated masterpieces, now in the Tate, which soared to $5.2 million after an extended battle, well in excess of expectations (est. $2/3 million). The top selling lot was Willem van de Velde the Elder’s Dutch Harbor in a Calm with Small Vessels, one of the greatest examples of a penschilderij (pen and ink painting) remaining private hands, which brought $5.4 million, above the high estimate and a new record for ... More

The Story of Disneyland: Huge collection goes to auction celebrating 60 years of Disneyland   Banksy prints star as Bonhams Contemporary Auction fetches over £1 million   Exhibition of new paintings by Luc Tuymans opens at David Zwirner London

A visionary and master showman, Walt Disney was inspired to build his theme park after spending time with his daughters at a local Los Angeles park and carousel.

LOS ANGELES, CA.- Van Eaton Galleries, one of the world’s premier animation artwork and collectible galleries located in Sherman Oaks, California has announced The Story of Disneyland Collection exhibit and auction to take place February 28th and March 1st at Van Eaton Galleries, 13613 Ventura Blvd, Sherman Oaks, CA. The Story of Disneyland Collection is the most comprehensive and complete collection to ever come to market and provides an unprecedented narrative into the story of Walt Disney’s beloved Disneyland theme park. With memorabilia dating from the very beginning of Walt’s planning to his expansions in Florida and beyond, this one-of-a-kind rare collection has been amassed over thirty years and includes an extraordinary glimpse into the life of Walt Disney, his close group of original Imagineers, the initial plans for Disneyland and the amazing legacy he left behind. ... More

Banksy (British, born 1975), 4 Soup Cans - Gold on Cream, 2006. Photo: Bonhams.

LONDON.- The Steve Lazarides collection of Banksy prints made £434,600 at Founded 1793, the contemporary lifestyle auction which took place at Bonhams New Bond Street yesterday (28 January). The sale, which also introduced a large-scale painting by Conor Harrington and works by leading contemporary artists such as Peter Doig, Damien Hirst and Marc Quinn fetched more than £1,000,000 in total. Continuing the Bonhams tradition of successful involvement with Banksy’s market, his works performed extremely well, with 30 selling above their high estimates. The top-selling lot was Rude Copper (2002), a screen-print and spray-paint on paper depicting a policeman raising a middle-finger to the viewer, which sold for £32,500 against a high estimate of £12,000. Christ with Shopping Bags (2004), a thought-provoking reimagining of traditional crucifixion imagery, made £22,500 against a high estimate of £12,000 and Laugh Now (2004) and ... More

Luc Tuymans © Jonas Lampens, 2014. Courtesy David Zwirner, New York/London.

LONDON.- David Zwirner presents an exhibition of new paintings by Luc Tuymans. On view at the London gallery, which Tuymans inaugurated in October 2012 with the exhibition Allo!, The Shore includes work specifically made for this space. Widely credited with having contributed to the revival of painting in the 1990s, Tuymans continues to assert its relevance by addressing a diverse range of topics. Quiet, restrained, and at times unsettling, his works engage equally with questions of history and its representation as with quotidian subject matter cast in unfamiliar and eerie light. Painted from pre-existing imagery, they often appear slightly out-of-focus and sparsely colored, like third-degree abstractions from reality. Whereas earlier works were based on magazine pictures, drawings, television footage, and Polaroids, recent source images include material accessed online and the artist’s own iPhone photos, printed out and ... More

Hauser & Wirth to represent Mike Kelley Foundation for the Arts worldwide   Exhibition of recent photographs by Vera Lutter opens at Gagosian Gallery in New York   Eli Wilner & Company framed a Benjamin-Constant for the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts

Mike Kelley. Courtesy Mike Kelley Foundation for the Arts © Walker Art Center. Photo: Cameron Wittig.

NEW YORK, NY.- Mike Kelley Foundation for the Arts and Hauser & Wirth jointly announced today the gallery's exclusive worldwide representation of the Foundation. Established in 2007, the Mike Kelley Foundation for the Arts seeks to further the artist's philanthropic initiatives through grants for innovative and challenging projects in the areas in which Kelley worked. The Foundation also preserves the artist's legacy and advances the understanding of Mike Kelley's life and creative achievements. Information will soon be available on the Foundation's website. In representing the Foundation, Hauser & Wirth will further advance the legacy of Mike Kelley through exhibitions and public programs at its gallery spaces internationally, as well as through development of new publications and research on the artist's work, and the sale of artworks. Mike Kelley (b. Detroit, 1954, d. Los Angeles, 2012) is widely considered one of the most influen ... More

Vera Lutter, Chrysler Building, V: July 12, 2014, 2014 (detail). Unique gelatin silver print, 95 1/4 x 56 inches, (241.9 x 142.2 cm). © Vera Lutter. Courtesy Gagosian Gallery.

NEW YORK, NY.- Gagosian New York presents recent photographs by Vera Lutter. Inspired by New York’s light, architecture, and perpetual state of flux, Lutter turned to photography in the early 1990s as a means to record the continuously changing cityscape. To capture an immediate and direct imprint of her surroundings, she transformed her apartment into a large pinhole camera, employing the space that contained her personal experience as the apparatus that would document it. Through a simple pinhole, instead of an optically carved lens, the city outside flooded the interior of the room and projected inverted images onto wall-size sheets of photo-sensitive paper. Modifying shipping containers and empty rooms to create site-specific camera obscuras, Lutter has since applied her technique to subjects across the world: the Empire State and ... More

Constant Frame - Eli Wilner Studio.

MONTREAL.- Eli Wilner & Company recently completed the re-framing of Evening on the Terrace (Morocco), 1879, by Jean Joseph Benjamin-Constant, 49 x 78 inches, in the collection of the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts. A period-appropriate Eli Wilner replica of a 19th century salon style frame was chosen to compliment the painting. The frame selection was based on an archival photograph provided by the museum that showed what is believed to be the lost original frame for the painting. Like the original, the chosen frame has a laurel leaf and berry element on the top rail, an acanthus leaf cove, incised frieze design, and passages of lamb’s tongue and bead ornamentation, and is nearly 11 inches wide. The exhibition Marvels and Mirages of Orientalism: Benjamin-Constant in His Time was on view at the Musée des Augustins, Toulouse until earlier this month, and opens January 31 at the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts. The exhibition will remain on ... More

Birmingham Museum of Art presents paintings by Dutch and Flemish masters   Broad Art Museum at Michigan State University appoints Caitlin Doherty as Curator   Exhibition of work by Harold "Doc" Edgerton opens at Sikkema Jenkins & Co.

Gerrit Dou, Self-Portrait, circa 1638–42, oil on panel, 4 7/8 x 3 1/4 in. (rounded top), The Kremer Collection.

BIRMINGHAM, AL.- The Birmingham Museum of Art will host an exhibition featuring works of the greatest masters of the Dutch and Flemish Golden Age titled, Small Treasures: Rembrandt, Vermeer, Hals, and Their Contemporaries. The exhibition, which was organized by the North Carolina Museum of Art and is sponsored by PNC, will be on view from January 30 – April 26, 2015. Small Treasures brings together 40 small-scale oil paintings, most of which are no more than ten inches in height, by 28 artists who lived and worked in what is today the Netherlands and Belgium during the 17th century. These small paintings played an important part of many artists’ practices but have historically been overlooked by scholars and museum exhibitions. The exhibition will, for the first time, explore this little known field and show the extraordinary richness of this genre of work. More than half of the works in the exhibition are drawn ... More

Doherty previously served as Exhibitions and Speaker Curator at Virginia Commonwealth University in Qatar.

EAST LANSING, MICH.- The Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum at Michigan State University has appointed Caitlín Doherty as Curator and Deputy Director of Curatorial Affairs. Doherty—who previously served as Exhibitions and Speaker Curator at Virginia Commonwealth University in Qatar (VCUQatar)—will continue to build upon Broad MSU’s ambitious program of international contemporary art, and further establish the museum as a center for education and dialogue in the visual arts. “Caitlín Doherty comes to the Broad MSU at an exciting time in the evolution of our young museum,” said Michael Rush, Founding Director of Broad MSU. “Caitlín has worked at the forefront of the international arts community, and her experience engaging with artists, students, and members of local communities across the globe will make her an invaluable asset to our growing team.” As Exhibitions and Speaker Curator at VCUQatar, Doherty organized m ... More

Harold Edgerton, Water From a Faucet, 1932. Gelatin silver print, 48 x 36 inches, 121.9 x 91.4 cm © Estate of Harold Edgerton at MIT; courtesy of Palm Press, Inc.

NEW YORK, NY.- Sikkema Jenkins & Co. presents an exhibition of work by Harold “Doc” Edgerton, on view from January 28 through February 28, 2015 in the back galleries. Harold Eugene “Doc” Edgerton (1903 – 1990) was a photographer, engineer, inventor, and life-long educator known for his iconic images taken with the aid of the electric strobescope. Originally developed by Edgerton during his time as a doctoral student to study the motion of motors, the strobescope was able to capture motion too fast to be observed by the naked eye through the use of use of rapid, short electronic flashes. Edgerton later applied this signature technique to observe and document everyday phenomena: the wings of a hummingbird in flight, a golf swing, the splash of a drop of milk, or a bullet piercing a balloon. While rooted in scientific observation, Edgerton’s powerful visual aesthetic produced unique and ... More

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Exhibition at Yancey Richardson presents a selection of works by Finnish photographer Esko Männikkö
NEW YORK, NY.- Yancey Richardson presents Time Flies, a selection of works by Finnish photographer Esko Männikkö, the artist’s fifth exhibition with the gallery. The selection is drawn from the artist’s current traveling museum retrospective, which originated in Finland at the Kunsthalle Helsinki. Männikkö was previously the winner of the 2008 Deutsche Börse Photography Prize, the first time a Finnish artist has been recipient of this prestigious award. As a self-taught artist, Männikkö counts few stylistic precedents or influences, and though his interest in the residue of everyday life is the foundation of his image making, his formalism lends itself to metaphoric or existential modes of interpretation. Time Flies includes a range of images – abandoned cars, cemetery portrait sculpture, discarded family photographs - whose subjects bear witness to the passage of time and serve as a poignant ... More

Exhibition explores the relationship artists have with their own image
NEW YORK, NY.- The National Academy presents Self: Portraits of Artists in Their Absence, January 29-May 2, 2015. The exhibition is an exploration of the relationship artists have with their own image, and how prevailing cultural norms have influenced and transformed the conventions of self-representation over time. The 145 works in Self call on the Academy’s extensive and significant collection of artist portraits, including self-portraits by Asher B. Durand, Thomas Eakins, Cecilia Beaux, George Grosz, Will Barnet, Andrew Wyeth, Jacob Lawrence, Wayne Thiebaud, Robert Rauschenberg and Howardena Pindell, among others, as well as works on loan by such artists as Marcel Duchamp, Piero Manzoni, Meret Oppenheim, Hannah Wilke, Bruce Nauman, Ana Mendieta, Vivian Meier, Shirin Neshat, Cindy Sherman, Catherine Opie and Ai Weiwei, among others. The exhibition was organized ... More

Kirsty Buchanan named new Curator for The Rockwell Museum
CORNING, NY.- The board of directors and staff of The Rockwell Museum announced that Kirsty Buchanan has joined The Rockwell team in Corning, NY, as Curator of Collections. Kirsty Buchanan joined The Rockwell Museum in January 2015, bringing with her fourteen years of experience in fine arts management. Kirsty will oversee the curatorial department and associated responsibilities including the arrangement, cataloguing, exhibition, and maintenance of collections. Additionally, Kirsty will participate in both short and long-term planning for The Rockwell and will provide leadership through specialized knowledge of American art. “Kirsty comes to us from Dallas, TX and brings with her an infectious passion for American art and the great artists of our time,” says Kristin A. Swain, Executive Director of The Rockwell Museum. “Her background in American art will help bring national ... More

'Santu Mofokeng: A Metaphorical Biography' opens at The Walther Collection Project Space
NEW YORK, NY.- The Walther Collection presents a solo exhibition of photographs by Santu Mofokeng, bringing together six remarkable series of poetic and resonant images by one of South Africa’s most important artists. Drawn exclusively from the collection, Santu Mofokeng: A Metaphorical Biography features selections from Mofokeng’s powerful black-and-white photographic essays exploring landscape and social identity. A renowned photographer, Mofokeng’s nuanced, slowed-down work resists the sensational, providing an intimate vision of South African communities, while his evocative landscapes consider memories of historical trauma. This exhibition spans three decades of Mofokeng’s career and includes numerous prints shown for the first time in the United States. As a young freelance photographer, Mofokeng (b. 1956, Johannesburg) began to create a ... More

A focus on quality keeps sales on track at London Art Fair 2015
LONDON.- London Art Fair 2015 closed on Sunday with brisk trade reported across the Fair in both Modern British and contemporary art, including painting, sculpture, photography and works on paper. The Fair’s strategy to target a more focussed buying audience across all levels of collecting paid off, delivering an engaged audience of 23,789 throughout the week. ‘It’s been tremendous’ said Mark Goodman, of Goodman Fine Art, who exhibited for the first time in 2014, ‘I’ll certainly be back next year’. Goodman sold his centrepiece Alan Davie as a result of an enquiry on set up day fetching around £180,000 for ‘Anamorphic Figures 1’, 1958, before the Fair had even opened. He also sold works by Ben Nicholson and Peter King. ‘We made sales every day, ranging up to £45,000,’ says Stephen Paisnel from Paisnel Gallery. ‘Over 90% of the works we sold went to new clients, including lots ... More

Top comics festival honours Charlie Hebdo in France
ANGOULÊME (AFP).- One of the world's leading comics festivals opened in France on Thursday under tight security as it dedicated this year's event to the murdered cartoonists of Charlie Hebdo. The festival in the southwestern town of Angouleme also created a first when it gave its coveted Grand Prix lifetime achievement award to a manga artist, with Japan's Katsuhiro Otomo scooping the prize. This year's guests -- including some of the biggest names in comics and graphic novels from around the world -- found themselves under unprecedented protection after the attacks on satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo in Paris on January 7 that left 12 dead. "The 2015 festival will be a time for remembering but we also want to show that life goes on," festival director Franck Bondoux said. Graphic novel writers, press cartoonists and animators were among the stars in attendance at the festival, ... More

First exhibition devoted to Kazuo Shiraga in juxtaposition with Satoru Hoshino opens at Dominique Lévy
NEW YORK, NY.- Dominique Lévy Gallery presents Body and Matter: The Art of Kazuo Shiraga and Satoru Hoshino. This exhibition places a group of 23 important abstract paintings made over the course of the fifty-year career of legendary Gutai artist Kazuo Shiraga, in dialogue with a series of nine works from the 1990s by Satoru Hoshino, a prominent member of the avant-garde postwar Japanese ceramics group Sodeisha, the “Crawling through Mud Association,” founded by Kazuo Yagi (1918-1979) in Kyoto. Body and Matter invites new insights into Shiraga’s extraordinary oeuvre through juxtaposition with the art of another Japanese master of a parallel universe: clay. Although they were near contemporaries in Japan, Shiraga (1924-2008) and Hoshino (b. 1945) never met. The exhibition at Dominique Lévy marks the first time their work is shown in juxtaposition, tracing the ... More

Nanette Jacomijn Snoep appointed new Director of the State Ethnographic Collections of Saxony
DRESDEN.- Nanette Jacomijn Snoep of the Netherlands is the new Director of the State Ethnographic collections of Saxony (SES). She will take up her office on 1 February, 2015. The 43-year old ethnologist is currently Chief Curator of the historical collection of the Musée du quai Branly in Paris, which opened in 2006 as France’s national museum for non-European art. She had been involved since 1999 in the building of this museum, which extends the classical anthropological approach to the artistic interpretation of objects and to interdisciplinary research activities. Nanette Jacomijn Snoep worked on the content of the museum exhibits and on the scientific collection and inventory of 300,000 objects. In 2005 she was named head of the Historical Department, where she was responsible for the care and restoration as well as the digital inventory-taking of this collection and its move into the ... More

Exhibition of works by Mark Leckey opens at Haus der Kunst
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Lamplighters keep London's history burning
LONDON (AFP).- On a quiet street lined with 18th-century Georgian houses behind Westminster Abbey, Garry Usher winds the mechanical clock on the gas street lamp and gives the glass globe a polish. He steps down off his ladder and looks up with satisfaction as the soft, warm light lifts the dark winter evening, and moves on down the street. Despite nationwide budget cuts that have reduced local services and seen street lights dimmed to save money, 1,500 gas lamps in London are still maintained by hand. They are the last of tens of thousands of lamps that were first introduced in the capital 200 years ago, a marvel of modern technology that brought life to the once dark and dangerous streets. While many London residents are oblivious to their presence, the lamps are protected by local authorities as a piece of history -- and new ones are even being installed. "They're lovely. It's a fantastic ... More

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On a day like today, British painter Patrick Heron was born
July 30, 1920. Patrick Heron (30 January 1920 - 20 March 1999) was a British abstract and figurative artist, writer, and polemicist, who lived in Zennor, Cornwall. Throughout his career, Heron worked in a variety of media, from the silk scarves he designed for his father’s company Cresta from the age of 14, to a stained-glass window for Tate St Ives, but he was foremost a painter working in oils and gouache. In this image: Susanna Heron poses with Patrick Heron’s Nude in Wicker Chair, 1951.

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