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Hidden Michelangelo Buonarroti drawing goes on show at Musei Capitolini in Rome

Visitors look at Michelangelo Buonarroti's drawing on paper in black pencil, red pencil and pen of 'The Sacrifice of Isaac' (Verso/back) in Rome's Capitolini Museums on April 21, 2017.

ROME (AFP).- A newly-discovered drawing by Renaissance master Michelangelo, found during the restoration of his "Sacrifice of Isaac", has gone on show in Rome, along with another drawing found by restorers 30 years ago. "The discovery of this drawing is a really lovely story," Italy's Culture Minister Dario Franceschini said Friday as he unveiled the exhibition in the capital, which runs until May 7. Restorers painstakingly working last year on the "Sacrifice of Isaac", a biblical drawing executed in black pencil by the Florentine artist in 1530, found a hidden sketch for the same scene on the back. "Between the end of the 19th century and the beginning of the 20th, (works of art done on) old sheets of paper were protected by sticking a piece of cardboard on the back," said Pina Ragionieri, head of the Casa Buonarroti foundation. It was when restorers removed the cardboard that they discovered the secret sketch by the Italian sculptor, painter and architect who was famed perhaps above all for his f ... More

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Exhibition offers a fabulous journey to the heart of Amazonia, its river, its forest and its peoples   Something special in Palm Beach Modern's May 6 auction   Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, presents largest-ever display of paintings by Sandro Botticelli in the U.S.

Diadème cérémoniel masculin me-àkà Brésil, État du Pará, Rio Chiché Kayapó Mekrãgnoti. Années 1960-1970 Plumes de perroquet, coton. Photo: © MEG, J. Watts.

MONTREAL.- Pointe-à-Callière, the Montréal Archaeology and History Complex, is presenting Amazonia. The Shaman and the Mind of the Forest, a journey along the fabled Amazon River, a voyage through the heart of the Earth’s largest forest, and a fabulous introduction to the history of the Indigenous peoples living in these little-known places. Adapted by Pointe-à-Callière from an original concept by the Musée d’ethnographie de Genève (MEG) and with the participation of the Royal Museums of Art and History (RMAH), Brussels, the exhibition features over 500 remarkable objects from some thirty different ethnic groups, from nine countries in the Amazon basin. For the first time, the unique and fragile splendours of amazing Amazonia are on display in Montréal! Amazonia. The name alone summons up images of vast greenery, powerful rivers and spectacular birds. But the reality is infinitely more beautiful… and worrying: close to one-fi ... More

Francois-Xavier Lalanne (French, 1927-2008), Centaure Attele (Petit), bronze, ed. 5/8. Provenance: Christie’s NY, Wolfgang Roth & Partners Fine Arts, Miami. Estimate $60,000-$80,000. All images courtesy of Palm Beach Modern Auctions.

WEST PALM BEACH, FLA.- There are 495 beautiful reasons why the owners of Palm Beach Modern Auctions think their May 6 double-session auction could end up being their most successful ever. Two of the most compelling reasons are: a flock of five highly sought-after Francois-Xavier Lalanne sculptural sheep, and a large, original 1987 Sam Francis painting. “The Lalanne sheep and Sam Francis painting are unquestionably the stars of the show, but all of the nearly 500 auction lots were chosen with utmost care, keeping in mind the buying trends we’ve observed in recent sales,” said auctioneer and co-owner Rico Baca. “This auction is going to inspire and delight modern and contemporary art lovers because it contains so many rare and wonderful works from respected collections.” Known as Nouveaux Moutons, the Lalanne sheep were created in 1996-97 and cast at the Landowski Fondeur in ... More

Sandro Botticelli (Italian (Florentine), 1444 or 1445–1510), Portrait of a Young Man with a Hat, 1470s. Tempera on wood panel. Galleria Palatina, Palazzo Pitti, Florence. Courtesy, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.

BOSTON, MASS.- This spring, the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, presents the largest exhibition of paintings by Sandro Botticelli (about 1445–1510) ever to be shown in the US. Perhaps more than any other painter, Botticelli exemplifies the artistic achievement of Renaissance Florence in the 15th century, and his signature style of strong contours, lyrical poses and flowing drapery remains instantly recognizable more than five centuries later. Featuring 33 works, Botticelli and the Search for the Divine assembles 15 paintings by the master—loans from museums and churches in Italy, including the world-renowned Galleria degli Uffizi in Florence, as well as three important works from the MFA, the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum and the Harvard Art Museums. Many of the international loans are on view for the first time in the US, including the life-size Venus (about 1484–90, Galleria Sabauda, Turin)—a reworking of the famous Birth of Venus& ... More

Exhibition of new work by Lari Pittman and Silke Otto-Knapp opens at Regen Projects   Fashion Arts auction at Artcurial to honor Christian Dior   Piguet Auction House announces the sale of the Molly de Balkany Collection

Installation view of Lari Pittman / Silke Otto-Knapp Subject, Predicate, Object at Regen Projects, Los Angeles, April 22 - May 27, 2017. Photo: Fredrik Nilsen, Courtesy Regen Projects, Los Angeles.

LOS ANGELES, CA.- Regen Projects is presenting Subject, Predicate, Object, an exhibition of new work by Lari Pittman and Silke Otto-Knapp. Titled after a text by modernist poet Marianne Moore, the installation is conceived as a dialogue between the two artists. At first the superficial differences between the works on view belie their respective similarities. Yet upon closer inspection established affinities are revealed that unify this otherwise unexpected pairing. Placed in the center of the gallery, Lari Pittman’s ten large-scale artist books entitled A History of Human Nature (I-X) are presented on an interconnected constellation of pedestal tables designed by LA-based firm Michael Maltzan Architecture. Arranged along the tables like a series of sequences, each book is assigned a distinct color palette ... More

Christian Dior, by Yves Saint Laurent, collection fall-winter collection 1958 – 1959, Jacket and dress set « Djebel » in wool, Estimate : €700 – 900 / $748 – 961.

PARIS.- After honouring Elisabeth de Senneville, an essential figure in fashion in July 2016, the creator of a world-recognised brand will be honoured during the Fashion Arts auction organised by Artcurial on 20th June 2017, preceding Paris Haute Couture fashion week. Thanks to three remarkable collections, the sale will offer an in depth glimpse into the various creative expressions of the early days of maison Christian Dior (haute-Couture, jewellery, advertising). The models proposed in the auction create a time capsule, delving into the archives of the avenue Montaigne label, created 70 years ago and which has ceaselessly embodied French elegance. A set of souvenirs from the Duke and Duchess of Windsor, photographs by Françoise Huguier as well as the hat worn by Héléne Rochas at the surrealist dinner organised by Marie-Hélène de Rothschild in 1972, complement ... More

A spectacular and rare mantel clock attributed to Feuchère. Estimate: CHF 40,000 – 60,000.

GENEVA.- Piguet Auction House announces the sale of the entire contents of Aigue-Marine Villa, home of the Molly de Balkany Collection. In its beautiful setting on the banks of Lake Geneva, the dwelling holds almost 1000 lots, all to be sold at auction with no reserve prices (500 of which will be sold through a silent auction). The sales will take place on Saturday 6 May and have a global estimate of CHF 1.3-1.8 million (roughly € 1.2 to 1.7 million). Following the success of the Gingins castle sale in 2013 welcoming 4,500 visitors and the Hauteville Manor sale in 2015 which attracted almost 11,000, Piguet Auction House will organise a third country house sale, confirming its place as leader in Switzerland for this type of auction. Villa Aigue Marine sits in an enchanting spot. Hidden behind a thick layer of wisteria, the house is surrounded by gardens not dissimilar to those of Villa Borghese and boasts fabulous views across ... More

Berry Campbell Gallery presents the early geometric paintings of Larry Zox   Hauser and Wirth presents Stefan Brüggemann's first solo exhibition in Zurich   Bread and Circuses: rodolphe janssen presents the work of Italian artist Patrizio Di Massimo

Larry Zox (1937-2006), Esso Lexington (Diamond Drill), 1968. Acrylic, epoxy on canvas, 79 x 63 3/4 in. (200.7 x 161.9 cm).

NEW YORK, NY.- Berry Campbell announces an exhibition of twenty-two paintings and works on paper by Larry Zox (1937-2006). A painter who played an essential role in the Color Field discourse of the 1960s and 1970s, Larry Zox is best known for his intensely and brilliantly colored geometric abstractions that question and violate symmetry.1 Zox stated in 1965: “Being contrary is the only way I can get at anything.” Berry Campbell is pleased represent the Estate of Larry Zox and present its first exhibition of Zox’s early geometric abstract paintings from 1962-1972. The exhibition runs through May 26, 2017. To Zox, this position was not necessarily arbitrary, but instead meant “responding to something in an examination of it [such as] using a mechanical format with X number of possibilities.”2 What he sought was to “get at the specific character and quality of each painting in and for itself,” as ... More

Stefan Brüggemann, Time, 2014. Vinyl, 195 x 655 cm / 76 3/4 x 257 7/8 in. © Stefan Bruüggemann. Courtesy the artist and Hauser & Wirth.

ZURICH.- Stefan Brüggemann’s oeuvre is characterised by an ironic conflation of Conceptualism, Minimalism and a post-Pop aesthetic. Hauser & Wirth Zürich is presenting the artist’s first solo exhibition in Zurich, showcasing new and recent painting and sculpture. In ‘TAKE, PUT AND ABANDON’ Brüggemann’s masterful wordplay and conceptual rigour coalesce to create a bold and pertinent body of work focusing on themes of appropriation and displacement. The philosophy of language is an important tenet in Brüggemann’s practice, in which text functions as a fluid medium, utilised for both form and meaning; his choice of words typically provocative, acerbic and topical. The collection of works presented in Zurich – Joke and Definition paintings, Cartoon paintings, TEXT PIECES, and the latest iteration of the artist’s best-known series, Headlines and Last Lines in the Movies – all exemplify his sharp ... More

Patrizio Di Massimo, The Sword Swallower, 2017. Oil on linen, 150.4 x 120.4 x 2.8 cm 59 1/4 x 47 3/8 x 1 1/8 in. Courtesy of the artist and rodolphe janssen, Brussels. Photo: Hugard & Vanoverschelde photography.

BRUSSELS.- With his newest body of works, London-based Italian artist Patrizio Di Massimo devotes himself entirely to painting, the crux of his artistic practice. For an artist who is known to engage across many media, this essentialist return to works on canvas is born from his ongoing desire to confront the medium exclusively and directly. For his first solo exhibition at rodolphe janssen it becomes Di Massimo’s prevailing language, as the self-taught painter explores the body as a cultural site. Standing before Di Massimo’s towering figures, our gaze rests on spectacles of human behavior. The curtain pulls back and subjects pose and perform as if on a stage or in a scene along a mysterious plot line. If portraiture is the exploration of human nature, then Di Massimo reveals a human being entangled in situations of violence, ... More

Spring exhibition season begins at the Studio Museum in Harlem   Brains & Lip Takeover: All woman group show opens at CNB Gallery   Marlborough Contemporary exhibits works by Julius Von Bismarck and Lucas Ajemian

Rico Gatson, St. James #3, 2015 (detail). Colored pencil, marker, photocollage on paper, 22 × 30 in. Courtesy Mead Art Gallery, David Little.

NEW YORK, NY.- Thelma Golden, Director and Chief Curator of The Studio Museum in Harlem, announced a roster of six wide-ranging new exhibitions and projects being presented in the museum’s spring season, beginning April 20, 2017. The Studio Museum presents three exhibitions highlighting the ways in which figurative art can both reflect and address African-American history and culture. The major survey exhibition Regarding the Figure explores more than a century of portraiture and figurative work, much of it drawn from the Museum’s permanent collection. Rico Gatson: Icons 2007–2017 presents a selection from Gatson’s ongoing series depicting renowned African Americans; while Jamel Shabazz: Crossing 125th includes portraits taken on the neighborhood’s iconic main street. These exhibitions are accompanied by two presentations of archival materials. ... More

Alice Steffen, Thicket, 2015, Barbie Shoes, Steel, H 77CM, W 58cm, B 45cm.

LONDON.- CNB Gallery presents Brains & Lip Takeover, showcasing the work of nine female artists, a group show curated by Alice Steffen and Claire Orme. Controversial, brash and witty, the artworks on view challenge and reclaim what it means to be a woman in contemporary society. The subversive painting, illustration and sculpture that feature in the exhibition explore discourses of identity, sexuality and female empowerment, resisting the restrictive expectations of the elitist, patriarchal art world. Exhibiting artists include its curators and the creative duo behind Brains & Lip, Alice Steffen and Claire Orme, as well as Karina Akopyan, Nicky Carvell, Jess De Wahls, Hells Gibson, Rebecca Mason, Lottie Hughes and Riikka Hyvonen. Says exhibition curator and co-founder of Brains & Lip, Claire Orme: ‘Now more than ever, female artists and women in general need to demonstrate solidarity, utilise our collective strength and ... More

Lucas Ajemian, Laundered Painting (36x25) II, 2017. Painting on canvas, 36 x 25 in. | 91.44 x 63.5 cm.

NEW YORK, NY.- Marlborough Contemporary is presenting its second solo exhibition by Julius von Bismarck. Although based in Berlin, this globetrotting artist rarely sits still and has visited four continents, including Antarctica, in the past four months alone. Emerging from recent trips to Colombia, Venezuela and Mexico, this body of work continues von Bismarck’s explorations of the intersection of human beings and the relentless forces of nature. The sculptures, photographs and video included here investigate the territory between our Victorian inclination toward a taming taxonomy and a cruel and chaotic reality. The exhibition as a whole acts as a highly distilled and museologically ordered document of extreme power and violence. Situating the jungle as both a potent symbol of Western fear and a romanticized rainforest ecosystem, von Bismarck creates a visceral tension for his audience. The ... More

Every brushstroke is, in a sense, some kind of accident. Raphael Soyer

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Exhibition takes place in a purpose-built 'hotel' inside the Moscow Museum of Modern Art
MOSCOW.- V-A-C Foundation presents Hosting the Inhuman at the Moscow Museum of Modern Art’s (MMOMA) space on Gogolevsky Boulevard. The multidisciplinary project marks the beginning of MMOMA’s new programme Carte Blanche, which invites art institutions to implement their own curatorial initiatives at MMOMA sites. Bringing together artists, musicians, theorists, scientists and philosophers, Hosting the Inhuman investigates the relationship between material objects, non-human forms of life and the environment. It includes an exhibition, film screenings, a series of talks and an extensive programme of live performances. Dramatic innovations in biology, medicine, engineering and computer science have redefined the way we see ourselves. Modern technology is increasingly reliant upon, and pervaded by, natural imagery and elemental metaphors, from cloud ... More

Exhibition showcases artists who appropriate cultural objects in their practice
BUFFALO, NY.- The UB Art Galleries announces the opening of The Language of Objects, a three-person exhibition featuring artists Matthew Craven, Brendan Fernandes, and Alyssa Pheobus Mumtaz. On view at the UB Anderson Gallery of UB Art Galleries from April 22 through July 30, 2017, this exhibition showcases artists who appropriate cultural objects in their practice. A free catalogue accompanies the exhibition, with texts by Katie Geha, Ph.D; Justine Ludwig and Evan Moffitt. Referencing the UB Art Galleries’ Cravens Collection—a collection of archaeological and ethnographic objects from around the world dating as far back as 4,500 BC on view in the gallery’s open storage room—each of the three artists work across geographic borders and in a variety of mediums. The artists create pathways that add to the history of the objects they select. Each ... More

Richard Caldicott's second solo exhibition with Sous Les Etoiles Gallery on view in New York
NEW YORK, NY.- Sous Les Etoiles Gallery is presenting “Iterations”, Richard Caldicott’s second solo exhibition with the gallery. With a profound sense of method and extreme rigor based on the direct drive and the precision of gesture, Richard Caldicott approaches the medium of photography as an endless enigma. “Iterations” is a series about overlaying, scaling, repeating, and multiplying. Through the process of duplication, replication and the subtle adjustments of color, his images follow a discernible linear compositional logic. Forms, surfaces and colors are developed according to his experience and vision that invite us to dive into his universe at any moment. Other existing works - from his archive - have been manipulated in a post-photography, post-production experimental way of working. Incidental marks and processes overlap. The artist explores issues of layering, ... More

Exhibition at Kunsthall Stavanger focuses on a particularly prolific period in Kiki Kogelnik's life
STAVANGER.- Kunsthall Stavanger presents Inner Life, an exhibition of works by Kiki Kogelnik (b. 1935 / d. 1997, lived and worked in New York and Vienna). The exhibition focuses on a particularly prolific period in Kogelnik’s life, during the 1960s and 1970s, when she was working alongside Pop artists such as Andy Warhol, Roy Lichtenstein, and Claes Oldenburg. Kogelnik, well known for her distinctive style, bright color palette, and close relationship to second-wave feminism, employed a variety of media in her investigations into politics, social critique, the space age, and the human body. Her practice resonates with current gender and body politics, technological and cyborgian investigations and concerns. Her works continue to be as relevant today as when they were first created. The exhibition, which includes several works that have not been on view since the 1960s ... More

MALBA presents the first retrospective of General Idea in Latin America
BUENOS AIRES.- MALBA is presenting the first retrospective in Latin America of General Idea, a collective of Canadian artists formed in 1969 by AA Bronson (b. Michael Tims, Canada, 1946), Felix Partz (b. Ronald Gabe, Canada, 1945-1994), and Jorge Zontal (Italy, 1944 - Toronto, 1994). Over the course of its twenty-five-year career, the group produced work that blurred the lines between art, design, and life. Thanks to its distinctive avant-garde mark, General Idea is a point of reference for new generations of artists around the world. Curated by Agustín Pérez Rubio, artistic director of MALBA, the exhibition provides an overview of General Idea’s production. It addresses topics like history, sex, race, disease, and the group’s self-representation—a recurring theme in its work. The show encompasses close to one hundred and twenty works in all of the formats the collective ... More

Martin-Gropius-Bau opens exhibition of works by Juergen Teller
BERLIN.- Juergen Teller is one of the world’s most sought-after contemporary photographers. His works, many of which take the form of extensive series, are published in books, magazines and exhibitions. Born into a family of instrument makers, he had to abandon his apprenticeship as a bowmaker for health reasons. He chose to study photography at the Staatslehranstalt für Photographie in Munich instead and moved to London in 1986. There, he began to work for trendy music, zeitgeist and fashion magazines and came to fame in 1991, when he accompanied the band Nirvana on its Nevermind tour and published his sensitive pictures of the band’s shy frontman Kurt Cobain. Since then his pictures have straddled the interface of art and commercial photography. His stylistic device of choice is the portrait. Working in the areas of music, fashion and celebrities ... More

Benrubi Gallery opens exhibition of works by photographer Massimo Vitali
NEW YORK, NY.- Benrubi Gallery announces Disturbed Coastal Systems, the latest exhibition by internationally acclaimed photographer Massimo Vitali. The subject of Vitali’s latest exhibition is the intersection of land and sea, the end of the terrestrial human habitat and the beginning of the aqueous. As is usual for Vitali, the pictures are heavily populated and feature an elevated, distant perspective that captures thousands of square meters in the frame, simultaneously magnifying the grandness of the landscape and multiplying the human presence. These are landscapes, but they’re also crowd scenes. Individuality is less important than the tribe, and the very idea of the frame is threatened by the enormity of the scenes they attempt to contain. The tension between human habitat and the natural world is always present in Vitali’s work, yet is even more emphasized ... More

Over 30 new editions of her legendary street art photographs by Martha Cooper. on view in New York
NEW YORK, NY.- Steven Kasher Gallery is the first gallery to take on exclusive worldwide representation of Martha Cooper. The exhibition features over 30 new editions of her legendary street art photographs. Also featured are new editions of 1970s and 1980s black and white photographs from her books New York State of Mind, Street Play and Tokyo Tattoo. Over four decades, Cooper has explored creativity as seen on the streets of New York and abroad, documenting DIY culture and how it shapes our understanding of “what is art?” Cooper has chronicled street art from its earliest days and has created some of the most iconic and well-known images of this global phenomenon. The show also includes Cooper’s recent environmental portraits of contemporary street artists at work. From 1977 to 1980, Cooper was a staff photographer at the New York Post. While ... More

'Happy Days' actress Erin Moran dies at 56
LOS ANGELES (AFP).- US actress Erin Moran, who played mischievous kid sister Joanie on the sitcom "Happy Days" and its spin-off "Joanie Loves Chachi," has died. She was 56. The Harrison County Sheriff's department in Indiana said Moran was found "unresponsive" following a 911 call to the authorities at 4:07 pm (2007 GMT) on Saturday. "Upon the arrival of first responders, it was determined that Erin Marie Moran Fleischmann was deceased and an autopsy is pending," it said. A sheriff's department spokeswoman told AFP it was unclear when the autopsy would take place but cautioned it would likely take some time because her death occurred in a small town. The cause of death was undetermined. In the series "Happy Days," which had a 10-year run from 1974 to 1984, Moran was cast as Joanie Cunningham, sister to older brother Richie, played by Ron ... More

Exhibition at Celaya Brothers Gallery addresses the tensions between nature and modernity
MEXICO CITY.- Celaya Brothers Gallery is presenting Topografías Insostenibles (Unsustainable Topographies) by Peruvian artist Camila Rodrigo, which addresses the tensions between nature and modernity. Current mentalities aim to comprehend the strata of reality without mapping the interpenetration of the sustainable and the unsustainable. Without defining precise fields of signification, the works of Camila Rodrigo use sculpture, photography and photocopy to install an intentionally incomplete system, marked by breaches and gaps as a simulation of a process of unlearning. Camila Rodrigo’s recent works articulate visual and spatial situations that are strained by the uses and abuses of man in the material world. Rodrigo’s interest has shifted towards the obsessive recognition of this mark’s invasive interventions, through the aggregation and manipulation of ... More

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On a day like today, Danish painter Michael Ancher died
September 19, 1927. Michael Peter Ancher (9 June 1849 - 19 September 1927) was a Danish realist artist. He is remembered above all for his paintings of fishermen and other scenes from the Danish fishing community in Skagen. In this image: Vil han klare pynten (Will he round the point?, detail, 1879)

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