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Photographs by Spencer Tunick from the collection of Stéphane Janssen on view in Tempe

Spencer Tunick, Dead Sea 4. Chromogenic print mounted between plexi, 30" x 37 1/2" (76.2 x 95.2 cm) 2011. Photo: Courtesy of the artist and Stéphane Janssen.

TEMPE, ARIZ.- On Jan. 14, 2016, the Arizona State University Art Museum opens the exhibition Participant: Photographs by Spencer Tunick from the Stéphane Janssen Collection, which includes more than 20 photographs by Spencer Tunick from 1997 to 2013 drawn from the collection of Stéphane Janssen. Tunick will give a gallery talk Wednesday, Jan. 13, at 1:30p.m., and both Tunick and Janssen will attend the exhibition opening Thursday, Jan. 14, from 5–7 p.m. Since the early 1990s, Tunick has traveled the globe to create staged images of multiple nude figures in public settings. And since 2000, collector Stéphane Janssen has been a participant in Tunick’s photographs, which have ranged from a handful of figures in an art museum to thousands of volunteers in the Dead Sea in Israel. Janssen, who is now 80, posed for the first time on a street in Harlem, New York, with 25 other people. Most recently, Janssen was one of 1,000 people covered from head to toe in dramatic red and gold body paint in fro ... More

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Electric shock: £4M Warhol leads Bonhams' Post-War and Contemporary Art Sale   Getty acquires 31 pieces of French decorative arts from collection of Dr. Horace Wood Brock   Solo exhibition of select paintings by Ronnie Landfield opens at Stux + Haller


The monumental canvas, which measures more than two metres high, is drawn from two of the most celebrated series of Warhol’s entire output. Photo: Bonhams.

LONDON.- Featuring the swipe of a finger and paint in some places a centimetre thick, Andy Warhol’s Fourteen Small Electric Chairs will come to market publicly for the first time in 20 years on 11 February. It leads Bonhams’ Post-War and Contemporary Art sale at Bonhams New Bond Street with an estimate of £4,000,000-6,000,000. The monumental canvas, which measures more than two metres high, is drawn from two of the most celebrated series of Warhol’s entire output. Devised in 1980 as part of the Pop Art master’s Reversals series, a post-modern reworking of his best-known compositions, Fourteen Small Electric Chairs transforms the iconography from Warhol’s 1960s Death and Disaster series. As if he was re-appropriating his own signature, Warhol reconstructed the 14 electric chair paintings he had created for his ... More
 

Wall Clock, about 1785. Unknown; Clock movement probably by Nicolas Thomas (French, died after 1806, master 1778). Gilt bronze, enameled metal, glass. 49.5 x 55.9 cm (19 1/2 x 22 in.) The J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles, Partial gift of Dr. Horace W. Brock in memory of Philippe Kraemer.

LOS ANGELES, CA.- The J. Paul Getty Museum today announced the acquisition of an important collection of eighteenth-century French decorative arts assembled by Dr. Horace Wood (Woody) Brock, one of the world’s foremost economists. The acquisition is a combined gift and purchase. The thirty-one works of art include seven clocks; six gilt-bronze mounted porcelain, feldspar and porphyry objects; five works in gilt bronze including a pair of candelabra, two sets of firedogs, and two sets of decorative vases; a carved gilt-wood console table; a porcelain inkstand; and a leather portrait medallion of Louis XIV. The collection substantially enhances the Getty Museum’s extraordinary holdings of French decorative arts, ... More
 

Ronnie Landfield, East Hudson (for Sarah), 2009. Acrylic on canvas, 82 x 53 inches (208 x 135 cm).

NEW YORK, NY.- Stux + Haller announce the opening of Ronnie Landfield: Five Decades, a solo exhibition of select paintings spanning the artistʼs career from the late 1960ʼs to his most recent work in 2015. The exhibition opens on January 13th and runs until February 20th. During the five decades of his career Ronnie Landfield has stayed true to his course as a painter of soaring veils of color. Louis Zona, Director of the Butler Institute of American Art, wrote: “To stand in front of a Landfield painting is to be transported into a world where color feeds upon color and every inch of the canvas is considered.” Ronnie Landfield was the youngest of the youthquake generation of American artists of the 1960’s. He began painting in 1962 at the tender age of 15. At 16 he was at the Kansas City Art Institute. By 1969 his luminous paintings had already been exhibited in museum exhibitions such as the Whitney Annual (la ... More


Bottle of Canadian beer still drinkable after 120 years: Researcher from Dalhousie University in Halifax   Exhibition at Galerie Perrotin in Paris meaningfully traces back the footprints of Origin   Sculptures, objets d'arts, and works on paper by David Beck on view at Allan Stone Projects


The bottle from the "Alexander Keith" brewery was nearly full when a diver recovered it from the bottom of the Atlantic in November. Photo: Andrew MacIntosh.

MONTREAL (AFP).- A bottle nearly as old as Canada discovered last year contained a bitter-tasting beer that was just about drinkable but not very good, a researcher who tested it said Thursday. The bottle from the "Alexander Keith" brewery was nearly full when a diver recovered it from the bottom of the Atlantic in November. It was brewed in Halifax sometime between 1872 and 1890, just a few years after the birth of the Canadian Confederation in 1867, according to the team that studied it. Andrew MacIntosh, who carried out the tests with colleagues at Dalhousie University in Halifax, said they determined the bottle's age by its construction and inscriptions on its cap. Tests indicated that the liquid had a low pH, that it still contained alcohol and was not toxic, he told AFP. "It's not good. Beers don't age well, especially in the bottom of the ocean," said MacIntosh, an expert on fermentation who took a sip of it. He said the beer gave off a whiff of sulfur, as well ... More
 

LEE Seung-Jio, "Nucleus 85-1", 1985. Oil on canvas, 145.5 x 112 cm / 57 5/16 x 44 1/8 inches. Photo : Claire Dorn Courtesy Galerie Perrotin.

PARIS.- The current exhibition entitled ORIGIN organized at Galerie Perrotin, Paris, meaningfully traces back the footprints of Origin, a group founded in 1962 by a few elite artists comprised of graduates of the painting department at Hongik University, a prestigious private school in Korea. Origin has continued its development for over fifty years, which is exceptional for an art group, and has contributed in refreshing and broadening the boundaries of abstract art. Artists participating in this exhibition are the original founding members of Origin; CHOI Myoung-Young, SUH Seung-Won, and LEE Seung-Jio. These artists are prominent members who exude distinct individuality while consistently exploring abstract art. The artists participating in this exhibition were born in the early 1940s and are live witnesses of the Japanese occupation, the Korean War, and the 4.19.1960 Revolution. Political turmoil such as the dark ... More
 

David Beck, Momentary Indiscretions, 1984. Mixed media: wood, glass, modeling clay, metal, wire and hair, 65 x 10 1/2 x 21 1/2 in.

NEW YORK, NY.- Allan Stone Projects presents David Beck: Alligator Maintenance and Other Esoterica, on view from January 12- February 20, 2016. Selected from the Allan Stone Collection, this solo exhibition surveys sculptures, objets d’arts, and works on paper spanning over thirty years by the multidisciplinary artist. The exhibition highlights two monumental works including the DODO MUSEUM, 1980, which was recently exhibited at the Smithsonian American Art Museum in 2014-2015, and a mechanized self-portrait sculpture of the artist. The DODO MUSEUM is a sophisticated example of Beck’s refined carving techniques. Referencing Greek revival and Victorian architectural motifs, the museum opens up to a replicated skeleton of the extinct bird and a gallery of miniature paintings recounting its poignant history. Unlike most sculptors, Beck invites the viewer to explore a sculpture’s insides, to witness its ... More


Buttersworth painting at the helm of Important Maritime Paintings Auction at Bonhams   Exhibition of circus-themed works by the Austrian-born American sculptor, Chaim Gross on view at Forum Gallery   "Language of the Birds: Occult and Art" opens at New York University's 80WSE


James Edward Buttersworth, The American clipper ship Black Warrior outward bound (detail), 29 x 36 in. (73.6 x 90.4 cm.). Estimate: US$ 300,000 - 500,000. Photo: Bonhams.

NEW YORK, NY.- Bonhams announces the upcoming auction of Important Maritime Paintings and Decorative Arts on Thursday, Jan. 28 in New York. Leading the sale is a painting by James Edward Buttersworth (1817-1894) and a model of a 120-gun ship (1841). The oil on canvas signed work by Buttersworth, estimated at U.S. $300,000-500,000, is of an American clipper ship “Black Warrior” that first sailed from New York to London, then Australia, covering three continents in the initial years after its launch. The English-born painter is one of the foremost maritime artists of the 19th century. “Important Maritime Paintings is one of the most interesting sales that Bonhams presents. It is tightly curated, and represents masterpieces by some of the most prominent maritime painters, including James E. Buttersworth, Robert Salmon, Montague Dawson, ... More
 

Chaim Gross, Tightrope Dancer, 1974. Bronze, 63 x 16 1/2 x 14 1/2 inches. Edition of 4 © Estate of Chaim Gross, Courtesy of Forum Gallery, New York.

NEW YORK, NY.- Forum Gallery is presenting On with the Show, an exhibition of circus-themed works by the Austrian-born American sculptor, Chaim Gross (1904-1991). For Gross, a figurative sculptor who carved in wood, modeled in clay, and cast in bronze, the physicality of circus performers and their gravity-defying feats presented rich contrasts and juxtapositions for his art. As Susan Greenberg Fisher, Executive Director of the Renee and Chaim Gross Foundation, states in her essay for the exhibition catalogue, “The experience of the circus was a temporary journey to the brink of danger and even death through the performers’ feats of strength and endurance…circus performers offered Gross a way to rethink the sculptural depiction of the body, particularly the female body. Acrobats, strongwomen, and bareback riders were athletic, colorful, graceful, and strong, and they took their bodies to extremes.” As ... More
 

Leonora Carrington, El Nigromante (The Conjuror), ca. 1950. Oil on canvas, 28.75 x 21.25 in. Courtesy of Weinstein Gallery.

NEW YORK, NY.- Language of the Birds: Occult and Art considers over 60 modern and contemporary artists who have each expressed their own engagement with magical practice. Beginning with Aleister Crowley's trance portraiture and Austin Osman Spare's automatic drawing of the early 20th century, the exhibition traces over 100 years of occult art, including Leonora Carrington and Kurt Seligmann's surrealist explorations, Kenneth Anger and Ira Cohen's ritualistic experiments in film and photography, and the mystical probings of contemporary visionaries such as Francesco Clemente, Kiki Smith, Paul Laffoley, BREYER P-ORRIDGE, and Carol Bove. Their concerns and influences are as eclectic as the styles in which they work. While several of their pieces deal with “high” or ceremonial magic, others draw from so-called “low magic” practices and have deeply chthonic roots. The approaches in technique are varying ... More



Simon Lee Gallery presents New York-based artist Valerie Snobeck's first solo exhibition in Asia   Lark Mason Associates announces January Sale of Fine And Decorative Works of Art Live on iGavel Auctions   Emily Sano named Senior Advisor for Asian Art at the San Antonio Museum of Art


Valerie Snobeck, 1972/1857 (Biscayne Bay), 2014. Debris netting, partially removed mirror, peeled prints, linen, burlap on plastic, wood, water-based sealant, hardware, door barricade brackets, 152.4 x 114.3 x 5.1 cm (60 x 45 x 2 in.). Courtesy of the artist and Simon Lee Gallery.

HONG KONG.- Simon Lee Gallery presents for the first time in Asia, an exhibition of new works by New York-based artist Valerie Snobeck. They are used plastic reservoirs; stained with wiper fluid, burnt by the engine, patterned with dust, grease, the traces of speed. Their shape and volume engineered to fit perfectly into the voids of the machine’s most essential components. The fluid washes away parts of the environment that have accrued with movement. They are mold-formed blown glass. Sculpted with exhalation. Breathed into the atmosphere, captured by oceans and plants, consumed and eventually pushed into the inner voids of the mold. At once industrial and organic, they remind us of the impossibility of such segregation. The once ... More
 

An Italian Rococo Revival Gilt Wood and Onyx-Top Table, 19th Century and Later.

NEW YORK, NY.- Lark Mason, founder and president of Lark Mason Associates, has announced that more than 250 lots of important fine and decorative arts will be up for bidding on iGavel Auctions in a sale that goes live on January 19th through February 9th th. The works represent an exemplary selection of European and American works of art from the 17 to 2oth centuries. Consigned by two Texas private collections, the sale includes a large selection of Western subject paintings and prints by artists including Thomas Hart Benton, Grant Wood, James Allen, and Michael Gregory and represent a wide spectrum of subjects and media. Decorative arts are highlighted by a large selection of works from a New York estate and include a pair of important gilt-bronze and malachite torchères signed by Pierre-Philippe Thomire, the eminent bronze sculptor active in the late 18th and early 19th century. Rounding out the auction are a large group ... More
 

Sano is Director Emerita of the Asian Art Museum of San Francisco.

SAN ANTONIO, TX.- The San Antonio Museum of Art announces Emily J. Sano, PhD, has been appointed Coates-Cowden-Brown Senior Advisor for Asian Art. Sano will oversee Asian art: mentoring junior colleagues, overseeing the extensive collections, and devising exhibition plans. She begins at the Museum on January 12, 2016. Last year, Sano was guest curator for the San Antonio Museum of Art’s Ancient to Modern: Japanese Contemporary Ceramics and Their Sources. Sano is Director Emerita of the Asian Art Museum of San Francisco. She previously worked at the Dallas Museum of Art as Deputy Director and Chief Curator of Non-Western Art and at the Kimbell Art Museum in Fort Worth, where she served as the Curator of Asian Art and Deputy Director of Academic Services. “Emily has already brought her considerable powers of connoisseurship and scholarship to the good of our collections. We ... More



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Muriel Eymery to join Spink USA
NEW YORK, NY.- Founded in 1666, this is Spink’s 350th year of being a business famed for its reputation of outstanding service in the collectables world. Amongst the celebration of such a marvellous achievement there will be many new innovations bound to keep Spink in its well established spot at the forefront of the collectables world. In true Spink style this has been implemented from the very beginning of this important year with the appointment of a new Numismatics Consignment Director, Muriel Eymery in our office in New York, USA. Spink has carved a name for itself in the Numismatic world as one of providing consistently outstanding material from around the world, like the iconic 1794 ‘flowing hair’ silver US dollar which sold for an incredible $430,100 in New York last year and the spectacular Liberty Collection of Irish and English medals pertaining to the Easter Uprising ... More

Pete the Street captures the heart of London at Messum's
LONDON.- Next time you cross Waterloo Bridge, look down at the pavement. If you can see three yellow dots set out in a triangular shape, you are looking at the mark of Pete the Street. He’s not a graffiti artist, and this is not his ‘tag’; but Peter Brown (his real name) is an artist and the yellow dots are the markers for his easel, so that he can return to the exact spot he previously set up to paint. The streets of London – north, south, east and west – are literally dotted with his easel marks. The result is not only dozens of remarkable paintings depicting the light, shade, tone, weather and mood of the capital, but a new coffee table book, London, Paintings by Peter Brown. Its more than 200 reproductions of paintings give as good a guided tour as any of the famous landmarks and local high streets that cohere to make the greatest city in the world. And almost all of them were ... More

Dutch museum seeks to extend Bowie expo
THE HAGUE (AFP).- A Dutch museum said Tuesday it wants to extend a major retrospective of David Bowie's life as bereaved fans rush to snap up tickets to visit the show following the British artist's death. More than 18,000 people have bought tickets online since Monday to visit "David Bowie Is" touring the world after its launch in London in 2013 by the Victoria and Albert Museum. "We are trying to prolong the exhibition," said Regina Zwaagstra, spokeswoman for the Groninger Museum, in the northern Netherlands. She said they were already in talks with the London museum. "We don't know what the V&A is planning, but if we could extend it until April that would be great," she told AFP. Groninger has been hosting the exhibition which brings together 300 objects, costumes, notes and music scores -- some from Bowie's personal collection -- since December 11. ... More

Richard Bass Estate headlines Dallas Fine & Decorative Arts auction
DALLAS, TX.- A museum's-worth of personal paintings, furniture, and special objects belonging to adventurist Richard "Dick" Bass, the famous Texas oil baron and first man to climb the "Seven Summits," the tallest mountains on each continent, highlights Heritage Auctions' Fine & Decorative Arts, including Estates, Auction Feb. 20-21 in Dallas. The more than 300 lots from the Bass family include important works such as Happy Cottagers and The Gipsies' Tent by George Morland (both est. $15,000-$25,000 each) and Flower Seller, Tokyo, 1886, by Theodore Wores (est. $10,000-$15,000). "Richard Bass lived life to its fullest and his love of art was extremely important to him," said Ed Beardsley, Vice President and Managing Director at Heritage Auctions. "His artistic taste was impeccable and we are honored to be stewards of the objects he personally selected for his home. ... More

Capitain Petzel opens its first solo exhibition of Dirk Skreber's work
BERLIN.- Capitain Petzel is presenting its first solo exhibition of Dirk Skreber. The new works created for “The Long Hello” can be seen in the gallery’s main room and in the lower level. In a total of 31 works, he makes use of new techniques and materials. While his paintings had previously been carried out on canvas or wood, aluminum honeycomb panels now provide the base for collages made of extremely diverse materials, which are applied in layers. The principle of balance and imbalance plays an overarching role throughout all of the works. His working process stretches all the way from the application of the background color and using a computer to produce masters for printing to the use of large quantities of microcrystalline wax and various paint ingredients. At some areas on the panels, Dirk Skreber uses a propane torch to enliven the utilized materials. The oil paint and ... More

Exhibition of works by Justin Adian on view at Almine Rech in Paris
PARIS.- Paintings, sculptures? Objects, ceramics? Justin Adian’s works, presented for the first time in a solo exhibition in France, are difficult to define at first glance. It takes a moment before you can read past their apparent ambiguity.Whether they look like marouflage paintings, volumes hung on a wall, or delicious, abstract, dynamic works, the pieces that Justin Adian creates joyfully communicate a “can-do“ spirit. And in fact, the artist spends long hours in the studio, composing and recomposing, constructing, deconstructing, reconstructing, bringing several forces into play. These misleadingly soft shapes, made initially from cushions pressed into chassis, are then covered with stretched canvas. Naturally, in line with the tradition of American sculpture, they recall the works of Robert Morris, Richard Tuttle, Lynda Benglis, but also Franz West and even Eva Hesse. Dancing ... More

Trees! Recent paintings by Robert Marchessault on view at Littlejohn Contemporary
NEW YORK, NY.- Littlejohn Contemporary is presenting an exhibition of new work by Robert Marchessault titled, Trees! Recent Paintings. The exhibition runs from January 6th through February 6, 2016. Trees! Recent Paintings by Robert Marchessault are works based on an active response to the artist’s sense of wonder at being in the world. Using a simple landscape format provides a surface for reflection while contemplating his experiences based in nature. Since the late 1970s his works have gone through a range of stylistic treatments with a current focus on space, distance, atmosphere, light, energy and textures - presented on a two dimensional surface using paint. He composes and paints images that resonate between principle subjects and surrounding spaces. Marchessault’s landscape paintings are composed from memories of an experience. He uses memory ... More

Myanmar cartoonists sharpen pencils as satire makes a comeback
YANGON (AFP).- With a flourish of his pencil, cartoonist Maung Maung Aung skewers a pampered politician in a sketch, an image that just a few years ago would have been unthinkable. The illustrator is among an increasingly brazen band of satirists that has emerged in a nation where recent elections tipped the balance of power from authoritarian military rulers for the first time in generations. Maung Maung Aung's drawing shows a destitute family chiding a paunchy parliamentarian. "We are very happy for you that you have not been beaten and abused. We only hope that you won't cause trouble for others," reads a speech bubble above the raggedly dressed father, mother and small child. The image takes aim at inequalities faced by many ordinary people in Myanmar, despite reforms that have rippled through the long-cloistered nation. Those changes led to a landmark ... More

Saatchi Gallery announces the first UK solo exhibition of Azeri and Russian artist Aidan Salakhova
LONDON.- On 13th January 2016, the Tsukanov Family Foundation and Saatchi Gallery will open Revelations: New Work by Aidan, the first solo exhibition of the artist’s work held in the UK. Taking over one entire floor of the Saatchi Gallery, and running alongside the Saatchi Gallery’s first allwomen show, Revelations, curated by Jenny Christensson, will bring together recent works by the artist. Aidan is an Azeri and Russian artist based in Moscow and Carrara, Italy, who works in sculpture, painting, drawing and video. The veiled figure is the protagonist in her enigmatic, often playfully erotic narrative cycles which set out to deconstruct and challenge the patriarchal order while referencing traditional and religious symbols. In this body of work, the artist recreates the sealed-off feminine intimacy of the harem and appears to celebrate female hegemony and self-sufficiency. ... More

Solo exhibition of paintings from Dutch artist Ellen de Meijer on view at UNIX Gallery in Houston
HOUSTON, TX.- UNIX Gallery is presenting Dissolution, a debut Houston solo exhibition of paintings from Dutch artist Ellen de Meijer. The exhibition showcases artworks from the artist’s Digital Divide series which highlights the ever-evolving interplay between personal connectivity and post-modern technology. In Dissolution, Ellen de Meijer’s works express a ruminative perspective from what you don’t see to what you feel everyday. De Meijer intends to capture the impact of our postmodern society on human behavior and the conflict between our basic human instincts of love, greed, fear and community, and our constant desire to progress and succeed. “The series Digital Divide is about all of us. The last 20 years we have experienced an enormous evolution mainly driven by technology and the digital revolution. But our human instincts have not changed, despite ... More







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On a day like today, Belarusian-French painter Chaim Soutine was born
August 13, 1893. Chaïm Soutine (13 January 1893 - 9 August 1943) was a Russian-French painter of Jewish origin. Soutine made a major contribution to the expressionist movement while living in Paris. Inspired by classic painting in the European tradition, exemplified by the works of Rembrandt, Chardin and Courbet, Soutine developed an individual style more concerned with shape, color, and texture over representation, which served as a bridge between more traditional approaches and the developing form of Abstract Expressionism. In this image: Chaim Soutine, Two Pheasants.



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