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Anish Kapoor's first solo show in Russia opens at Jewish Museum and Tolerance Center

People visit the My Red Homeland exhibition of British contemporary artist of Indian origin Anish Kapoor's work at the Jewish Museum in Moscow on September 22, 2015. AFP PHOTO / VASILY MAXIMOV.

MOSCOW.- Yesterday, the Jewish Museum and Tolerance Center in Moscow held a series of private opening celebrations for My Red Homeland, the first solo exhibition of the work of Anish Kapoor ever to be presented in Russia. The exhibition, supported by Lisson Gallery, London, opens to the public today within the Special Program of the 6th Moscow Biennale of Contemporary Art and will remain on view until January 17, 2016. Anish Kapoor, Alexander Boroda, Director of the Jewish Museum and Tolerance Center and President of the Federation of Jewish Communities of Russia (FJCR), Victor Vekselberg, Chairman of the Board of Trustees, and Maria Nasimova, Chief Curator, were joined by guests Berel Lazar, Chief Rabbi of Russia, Anton Belov, Fyodor Bondarchuk, Richard Chang, Ingeborga Dapkunaite, Marina Dobrovinskaya, Aliona Doletskaya, Kate Fowle, Mark Garber, Vika Gazinskaya, Irina Khakamada, Tina Kim, Alexander Klyachin, Andrey Makarevich, Ter ... More

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British Egyptologist Nicholas Reeves on quest to find legendary Queen Nefertiti's tomb   Unpublished negatives of John Lennon and Yoko Ono, taken two days before Lennon's death, to be auctioned   Tate's expanded gallery of international modern art to open on June 17, 2016


This file photo shows the famous 3,300-year-old bust of Queen Nefertiti.

CAIRO (AFP).- A British archaeologist who believes the legendary Queen Nefertiti may be buried in a secret room adjoining Tutankhamun's tomb is coming to Egypt to test his theory, authorities said Monday. Egyptologist Nicholas Reeves will arrive in the country at the end of the month, a statement said. To this day, Nefertiti's final resting place remains a mystery. Renowned as one of history's great beauties, Nefertiti was the powerful wife of Pharaoh Akhenaton, remembered for having converted his kingdom to monotheism with the worship of one sun god, Aton. His queen played an important political and religious role in ancient Egypt in the 14th century BC. Reeves thinks her tomb may be a secret chamber joined to that of Tutankhamun in the Valley of the Kings at Luxor in southern Egypt. He will arrive on September 28 to outline his theory and join Antiquities Minister ... More
 

BBC producer and photographer Paul Williams shot photos of John Lennon with his wife Yoko Ono on December 6, 1980.

LOS ANGELES, CA.- A three-and-a-half minute film of the Beatles performing at the ABC Theatre in Blackpool, England will be auctioned by Nate D. Sanders Auctions on September 24. It is the earliest known color recording of the iconic band. Also going under the hammer are unpublished negatives of John Lennon with his wife Yoko Ono taken just two days before he was assassinated. Interested bidders may participate in the auction online. BBC producer and photographer Paul Williams shot photos of John Lennon with his wife Yoko Ono on December 6, 1980 just two days before Mark Chapman shot Lennon to death in New York’s Central Park. The photos were taken during Lennon’s final interview, at the Hit Factory, a legendary New York recording studio. DJ Andy Peebles conducted the interview for the BBC; the interview ... More
 

The new Tate Modern © Hayes Davidson and Herzog & de Meuron.

LONDON (AFP).- London's Tate Modern gallery said Tuesday it will open its new extension on June 17 next year, a development which expands its display space by 60 percent. The gallery of international modern art, housed in a former power plant on the River Thames in London, is getting a new, 10-storey Switch House building shaped like a twisted pyramid. Already under construction, it was designed by the Swiss architects Jacques Herzog and Pierre de Meuron. "With 60 percent more display space, the world's most popular gallery of modern art will now feature over 250 artists from around 50 countries," said Tate. "It will reveal how art has evolved from the studios and salons where modernism was born to the live, interactive and socially-engaged projects happening around the world today." The gallery will undergo a complete re-hang, including works acquired since the gallery first ... More


Robert Indiana's AMOR unveiled at Philadelphia Museum of Art in honor of Papal visit   Rare copy of 1217 Magna Carta goes on view at the New-York Historical Society   Churchill's 'Victory Watch' sells for £485,000 - eight times the pre-sale low estimate


Robert Indiana. AMOR, 1998. Polychrome aluminum painted red and blue. 72"x72"x36". © 2015 Morgan Art Foundation. Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York.

PHILADELPHIA, PA.- To honor His Holiness Pope Francis on the occasion of his visit to the United States, the Philadelphia Museum of Art and the Association for Public Art announced the installation of Robert Indiana’s monumental sculpture AMOR (1998) on the Museum’s East Terrace, where it will overlook the celebration of the Papal Mass on Sunday, September 27, which culminates the World Meeting of Families 2015. AMOR—meaning “love” in both Pope Francis’s native Spanish and the Church’s traditional Latin—will stand at one end of the Parkway facing, at the other end, Indiana’s renowned LOVE sculpture on John F. Kennedy Plaza. The installation of AMOR outside of the Museum and overlooking the city of Philadelphia is also emblematic of an important civic and cultural collaboration between the Philadelphia Museum of Art, with its landmark building and internationally renowned art collection, and the Associati ... More
 

The Magna Carta, or “Great Charter,” was initially developed in 1215 and issued by King John as a peace treaty with rebel barons to address specific grievances of his rule. Photo: ©The Dean and Chapter of Hereford Cathedral from the Library and Archive collections.

NEW YORK, NY.- The New-York Historical Society is displaying a rare early copy of the Magna Carta, one of the most important historical documents in the world, in an exhibit titled Magna Carta 800: Sharing the Legacy of Freedom. On loan from Hereford Cathedral in England, this 1217 version of the Magna Carta is on view at the New-York Historical Society from September 23 through September 30, 2015. Originally issued in 1215, with subsequent reissues based on the revised 1217 version that is on view at N-YHS, the Magna Carta celebrates its 800th anniversary this year. The document is accompanied by the King's Writ of 1215, also on loan from Hereford Cathedral, which is the only known surviving copy of instructions issued by John at Runnymede to local Sheriffs to prepare ... More
 

Sir Winston Churchill’s unique and historically important yellow gold World time Victory watch, Agassiz and Louis Cottier, circa 1945. Estimate: £60,000 – 100,000. Sold for: £485,000. Photo: Sotheby's.

LONDON.- Today at Sotheby’s London, a unique Victory Watch commissioned for the great Sir Winston Churchill sold for £485,000, 8x the low estimate. It is one of four individual watches created for the Allied Leaders after the Second World War - the others presented to Charles de Gaulle, Joseph Stalin, and Harry Truman. Today, exactly 70 years after the end of WWII and 50 years after the death of one Britain’s greatest leaders, this watch is more than an exquisite masterpiece of horology, it is both an historical testimony to leadership and a symbol of courage. The watch features a distinctive enamel dial showing St. George slaying the dragon, with a trident as the hour hand. As a symbol of the victory of good over evil, of brightness over darkness, as though Churchill has been reimagined as Britain’s modern day saint. ‘V’ for Victory ... More


Edvard Munch's rare woodcut leads Sotheby's Prints & Multiples Auction in London   Museum of Contemporary Art Australia opens first major museum exhibition of the work of Matthys Gerber   Significant Norah Neilson Gray artwork acquired by the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art


Edvard Munch, The Girls on the Bridge. Estimate: £200,000-300,000. Photo: Sotheby's.

LONDON.- The motif of Edvard Munch’s The Girls on the Bridge has been widely recognised as one of the artist’s most celebrated, from its first unveiling in 1901. As was often the case with his successful works that he did not like to part from, Munch went on to produce several versions of The Girls on the Bridge, creating between 1901 and 1935 a total of twelve known oil paintings and a number of variations in etching, lithograph and woodcut. A rare woodcut from 1918 – the first documented impression using the colours dark blue, green and bright red-orange against teal-blue – leads Sotheby’s biannual Prints & Multiples sale in London on 29 September 2015, with an estimate of £200,000-300,000. The first oil version of The Girls on the Bridge was painted during one of the most turbulent periods of Munch’s life. The rich symbolism relates to the artist’s Frieze of Life, which takes the ... More
 

Matthys Gerber, Self Portrait, 2002, Collection of the University of Queensland, purchased 2005, image courtesy and © the artist, photo: Carl Warner.

SYDNEY.- The Museum of Contemporary Art Australia presents the first major museum exhibition of the work of Sydney artist Matthys Gerber. Exploring how his ideas shift in time and context yet continually push at the traditions of painting in unexpected ways, the exhibition juxtaposes works from the past and the present, rather than chart a chronological line through his impressive thirty-year career. Curated by MCA Senior Curator Natasha Bullock, the exhibition draws on Gerber’s diverse and contrasting practice to showcase his influence on contemporary painting. From photorealism to fluid abstraction, portraits and still lifes, his interests remain wide ranging and his approach incessantly experimental. The Rorschach motif, in particular, reappears in his paintings in varying colours, sizes and styles that morph into different physical ... More
 

Mother and Child, 1920s by Norah Neilson Gray.

EDINBURGH.- A rare and significant painting by one of the key Scottish women artists set to feature in the upcoming exhibition Modern Scottish Women: Painters and Sculptors 1885-1965 has been acquired by the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art. Mother and Child by Norah Neilson Gray (1882-1931) is one of only about 20 of the Glasgow artist’s works to appear at public auction in the last 25 years, and will be the very first of her works to enter the Gallery’s collection. Celebrated during her lifetime for her portraiture, Gray completed Mother and Child in the early 1920s.This distinctive oil painting is an important example of her work and is expected to be a highlight of the upcoming exhibition. Depicting a mother and child in a tender embrace, Gray’s treatment of this traditional subject is radical: a palette limited to shades of grey and burnished gold is combined with a flattening of volume and graphic ... More


Exhibition presents the findings of specialists who examined key works from London's Estorick Collection   Celebrated works to debut at Sotheby's Hong Kong Contemporary Asian Art Autumn Sale   British Museum displays newly commissioned and recent works by a trio of Japanese manga artists


Umberto Boccioni, Modern Idol, 1911. Photo: Courtesy Estorick Collection.

LONDON.- More than Meets the Eye is an illuminating new exhibition which presents the findings of a group of specialist art historians, restorers and scientists who have examined key works from London’s Estorick Collection. One of the most important collections of modern Italian art in the world, it is rich in masterpieces by the Futurist avant-garde and the Scuola Metafisica. More than Meets the Eye runs at the Estorick Collection from 23 September until 20 December 2015. Major works by Giorgio de Chirico, Umberto Boccioni, Giacomo Balla, Gino Severini, Carlo Carrà and Ardengo Soffici have been investigated using the most up-to-date techniques employed in the scientific analysis of artworks. These have brought to light layers of paint hidden beneath the surface of the works, as well as the techniques used by the artists, revealing previously unseen and unknown features, and opening up new perspectives on the ... More
 

Ai Weiwei (b. 1957), Map of China ^ 2008 - 2009. Tieli wood (iron wood) from dismantled Qing dynasty temples. Est. HK$6.5 – 10 million / US$833,000 – 1.3 million. Photo: Sotheby's.

HONG KONG.- Sotheby’s Hong Kong’s Contemporary Asian Art Autumn Sale 2015 takes place from 4 to 5 October at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre. Twenty-six Chinese, Japanese and Korean contemporary masterpieces lead the Modern and Contemporary Asian Art Evening Sale on 4 October, including those by such celebrated artists as Ai Weiwei, Zeng Fanzhi, Zhang Xiaogang, Kusama Yayoi and Chung Sanghwa. A comprehensive array of Asian abstract art and works by young artists will be featured in the Contemporary Asian Art Day Sale on 5 October while Full Circle – Yoshihara Jiro Collection, encompassing over 20 fresh-to-market pieces from the Gutai founder, will also be staged in a dedicated sale on the same day. Together, the three sales will put forth more than 250 lots, estimated in ... More
 

The display explores the diverse appeal of manga and shows how it has evolved.

LONDON.- Celebrating the tenth anniversary of Asahi Shimbun sponsorship, this Asahi Shimbun Display features newly commissioned and recent works by a trio of celebrated Japanese manga artists: Chiba Tetsuya, Hoshino Yukinobu and Nakamura Hikaru. The display explores the diverse appeal of manga and shows how it has evolved over recent generations through the work of three living artists. It also gives visitors a rare opportunity to see the original artwork that forms the basis for mass-printed manga. Manga is a graphic art form that developed in the early 1900s based on traditional Japanese artistic and literary genres. Integrating text and image into compelling narratives, manga has grown to be a vital part of global popular culture. The British Museum showcases a developing strand of its Japanese collection through these three never-before exhibited artworks. The prominent manga artist, Chiba Tetsuya has ... More


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First exhibition in a Swiss institution by Steven Claydon opens at The Centre d'Art Contemporain Genève
GENEVA.- The Centre d’Art Contemporain Genève presents the first solo exhibition in a Swiss institution by British artist Steven Claydon, from 17 September to 22 November 2015. Encompassing a range of media including sculpture, installation, video, painting and performance, Steven Claydon’s work addresses the various ways in which objects mutate in nature and function across time. It maps the curious, culturally-determined territory in which objects exist, oscillating between raw matter and socially-operative signifiers. Integrating divergent aesthetics and techniques – from high-tech manufacture to traditional artisanship – Claydon deconstructs the ingrained categories and taxonomies via which information is habitually transmitted and cultural capital is co-opted. He thereby allows a rudimentary language to emerge – non-didactic and autonomous – which functions in the ... More

Spotlight on Europe's industrial heritage for European Heritage Days 2015
PARIS.- Canals, mines, breweries, potteries, forges, railways, cotton mills tell us as much about our heritage as celebrated archelogical sites, cathedrals and castles. This year Europe has come together to examine our shared past through the unique lens of our Industrial Heritage, with more than 30 countries joining this common theme. Throughout Europe we can see the remains of our industrial past: bridges, canals and railways, still in use today, making invaluable contributions to our economy. However, in most countries there are signs of long-gone industry – a derelict mill, a rusting machine, a brick chimney - all marking the sites of a once-thriving workplace and community. Our industrial past tells the story of change, development and creativity. It tells the stories of how and where we worked, the kinds of jobs we did and how we lived. “European Heritage Days exemplifies ... More

The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art names Education Director
KANSAS CITY, MO.- After an extensive search spanning many months, a new Director of Education and Interpretive Programs has been named by The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art in Kansas City. Anne Manning comes to Kansas City from The Baltimore Museum of Art, where she oversees the Education and Interpretation, Library and Archives, and Exhibition Design and Installation Departments. “As soon as we began talking with Anne, it was clear she was the person for whom we had been searching,” said Julián Zugazagoitia, Menefee D. and Mary Louise Blackwell CEO & Director of the Nelson-Atkins. “Anne has an excellent understanding of the big picture and vision for the future but also has command of the small details and strategies to lead a great department and create a successful museum experience for our visitors. Anne was the unanimous choice.” During ... More

Patents, tithes and the Durbar, Spink to sell fabulous ephemera and historical documents
LONDON.- Spink will be holding one of its incredible Autographs, Historical Documents, Ephemera and Postal History sales on the 8th October 2015 in London. With the recent birth of the new princess, the items in this sale could not be more delightfully relevant and insightful into the rich history of the monarchy and Britain. From the late Tudor reign to the 19th Century, this sale demonstrates much of the creation of the monarchy’s greatest tools of propaganda. Amongst the 200 or so lots stands lot 3, some letters of patent granted by King Edward VI bearing a remarkably fine Great Seal of Edward VI, clearly showing the lettering edging around the border. This is the second seal of Edward VI used between 1548 and 1553. It shows the King enthroned in royal robes with royal sceptre and orb. In the field on each side an ornamental shields of arms of France and England on ... More

Collaboration between artist Linda Karshan and filmmaker Candida Richardson on view at Satellite Berlin
BERLIN.- Satellite Berlin presents the exhibition Soundings, curated by Lutz Becker, within the series Based on Drawing. Soundings represents the collaboration between artist Linda Karshan and filmmaker Candida Richardson in November 2014. The exhibition comprises new drawings by Karshan in combination with a sound installation by Richardson, which in turn references Karshan's works. Candida Richardson has referenced Linda Karshan’s work once before. Her film Movements and Their Images (2008) documents the artist’s drawing process, thereby revealing its unique qualities: the utterly controlled lines, done freehand, and the bodily movements that enable their controlled creation. Recording these movements in 2014 was the next logical step for Richardson, as she became interested in how sound could describe visual qualities––shape, texture and form. ... More

Korean webtoons intrigue Belgian comic artists
BRUSSELS (AFP).- Belgium has long been a leading exponent of the traditional printed comic book, but a recent exhibition of South Korean "webtoons" has caused soul-searching in the land of Tintin and The Smurfs. The animated online comics, which are wildly popular in South Korea, have made some Belgian artists wonder whether they might be falling behind the times after a long period of global success. The Belgian-Korean Comics Exhibition running until the end of October at the Korean Cultural Centre in Brussels offers a chance to compare the old and the new forms, with clips of webtoons being shown on screens. Belgian comic artist Bernard Yslaire, whose works include the fanciful saga "Sambre" and the romantic series "Bidouille et Violette", said Korean readers were trend setters. "That's (webtoons) all they read. It's very rare in Korea to publish comic books," says Yslaire, ... More

World record for Charles Darwin letter at Bonhams New York
NEW YORK, NY.- A new world record at auction for a letter by Charles Darwin was set at Bonhams New York yesterday (21 September) at the History of Science and Technology sale. The highly personal and unusually pointed statement on Darwin’s lack of belief in the Bible and in Jesus Christ as the son of God was sold for $197,000, (£127,000) having been estimated at $70,000-90,000 (£45,000-60,000). Darwin’s letter is a reply to a young barrister named Francis McDermott who wrote on November 23, 1880 with a very unusual request: “…If I am to have pleasure in reading your books I must feel that at the end I shall not have lost my faith in the New Testament. My reason in writing to you therefore is to ask you to give me a Yes or No to the question Do you believe in the New Testament...." McDermott continues by promising not to publicize Darwin's reply in the ... More

1792 Copper Disme brings $211,500 to lead $23+ million Heritage Long Beach Auctions
DALLAS, TX.- A 1792 Copper Disme XF40 PCGS Secure, Ex: Wurtzbach-Partrick, one of the most storied coins in American Numismatics, realized $211,500 as the top offering in Heritage Auctions' Sept. 17-20 Long Beach Expo U.S. Coins Signature® Auction. "This coin has the distinction of having been the 1914 ANS Exhibition Plate Coin," said Greg Rohan, President of Heritage Auctions. "It's simply magnificent and well-deserving of being the lead coin in this very diverse and highly successful auction." A very rare pattern coin, in the form of a superb 1877 $50 Fifty Dollar "Half Union" PR63+ NGC, also proved to be one of the principal highlights of the auction, rising amongst spirited bidding to finish the auction with an impressive $176,250 final price realized. Bidding was also intense for the 1799 'No Berries' Silver Dollar MS65 NGC being offered in the auction, ... More

Ackland Art Museum appoints first Curator of Asian Art
CHAPEL HILL, NC.- The Ackland Art Museum at The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill today announced the appointment of Bradley M. Bailey as its new associate curator of Asian art. With a broad background in Asian art, Bailey is a specialist in the art of Japan, focusing on the Meiji period (1868-1912) and artistic relations between Japan and the West. He is currently the E. Rhodes and Leona B. Carpenter Post-doctoral Curatorial and Teaching Fellow in Japanese Prints at the Mead Art Museum at Amherst College. As the Ackland’s first full-time curator of Asian art, Bailey will oversee the Museum’s Asian art collection, developing a vibrant exhibition program, building on the Museum’s holdings with new acquisitions, conducting and facilitating scholarly research and publication, and activating the collection through curricular teaching and public ... More

Justin Witte named Curator/Director of the Cleve Carney Art Gallery
GLEN ELLYN, IL.- McAninch Arts Center at College of DuPage has announced that Justin Witte has been named curator/director of the Cleve Carney Art Gallery at College of DuPage. He succeeds Barbara Wiesen, who retired in June. In the interim, Seth Hunter, Adjunct Instructor at College of DuPage has been serving as Interim Acting Gallery Curator/Director since Wiesen’s departure. “Seth and Justin are working to make the transition go monthly. I can’t thank Seth enough for his work and assistance getting us through this transition we truly could not have done it without him,” said MAC director Diana Martinez. Witte, a resident of Chicago, is a curator, educator and artist with more than 15 years of gallery and museum experience. He comes to the Cleve Carney Art Gallery from Columbia College Chicago where he served as the Exhibition Manager in the Department of Exhibi ... More





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