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More than a thousand archaeological pieces stolen at Egypt's Mallawi museum

A picture taken on August 26, 2013, shows the vandalized and looted hall at the Mallawi Museum in the southern Egyptian town of Mallawi. The museum was the scene of an armed robery on August 14, during which more than a thousand archaeological pieces were stolen. AFP PHOTO/GIANLUIGI GUERCIA.

By: Mohamad Ali Harissi

MALLAWI (AFP).- Magdy Tahami looks in disbelief at what remains of Egypt's tiny Mallawi museum. The ground is littered with glass from the display cabinets, which once housed its precious collection, after a mob attacked and looted the building, during a nationwide crackdown on Islamist protesters. Before, hundreds of antiquities, statuettes, gold and jewels told the history of Egypt, from pharaonic times to the Muslim caliphs, from the Omayyad dynasty in the 7th century to the Fatimids in the 12th, and touching on Greek and Roman antiquities. For 20 years, these historic treasures were assistant-director Tahami's whole life. "I like this museum more than my own house, I have spent more time there than at home. It is as if it were my house that has been destroyed, burgled and pillaged," he says. For him and his colleagues, the Mallawi museum, 70 kilometres (43 miles) from Minya, the town in Upper Egypt south of Cairo, has payed a steep price for the bloody crackdown on protests by supporters of ousted ... More

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Clive Head is widely considered one of the leading realist painters of his generation. In the exhibition, Clive Head: Zoetic-Realism, Hollis Taggart Galleries presents a selection of works, on canvas and paper, to launch the artist´s association with the gallery. This is the first solo exhibition to bring a substantial body of Head´s recent work together - twenty-four paintings, drawings and etchings are being displayed in the exhibition.

Sotheby's Hong Kong announces 20th Century Chinese Art Autumn Sale 2013 on 5 October   Exhibition of prints and working proofs at the National Gallery reveals creative process   Sotheby's to offer three Victorian masterpieces from the Leverhulme Collection

Wu Guanzhong (1919 – 2010), Lotus Flowers, 1973, oil on canvas, 60.5 x 50 cm
Est. HK$6 – 8 million / US$769,000 – 1 million. Photo: Sotheby's.

HONG KONG.- Sotheby’s Hong Kong Autumn Sale 2013 will take place from 4 to 8 October at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre. Focusing on the works by Chinese artists living in Paris, the 20th Century Chinese Art category will present a line-up of works from important private collections from around the world in two sales - 25 important works by such modern Chinese artists as Chu Teh-Chun, Chen Yifei, Wang Yidong, Pan Yuliang, etc will be featured at Sotheby’s Hong Kong 40th Anniversary Evening Sale on 5 October. The highlight will be a remarkable group of seven museum-quality works by modern Chinese masters from A Distinguished Private Collection, featuring seminal works by Zao Wou-ki, Sanyu and Wu Guanzhong, most of which will appear for the first time at auction or after a long absence from the market. The 20th ... More

Richard Diebenkorn, Green, 1986. Color spitbite aquatint, soapground aquatint, and drypoint, plate: 45 x 35 1/4 (114.3 x 89.5), sheet: 53 1/2 x 40 3/4 (135.9 x 103.5). National Gallery of Art, Washington, Eugene L. and Marie-Louise Garbaty Fund and Patrons' Permanent Fund, 1996© The Estate of Richard Diebenkorn.

WASHINGTON, DC.- Featuring 125 working proofs and prints produced at Crown Point Press in San Francisco, one of the most influential printmaking studios of the last half century, Yes, No, Maybe goes beyond celebrating the flash of inspiration and the role of the imagination to examine the artistic process as a sequence of carefully considered decisions. Among the 25 artists represented are those with longtime ties to Crown Point Press—Richard Diebenkorn, John Cage, Chuck Close, Sol LeWitt, and Wayne Thiebaud—as well as those whose association is more recent, such as Mamma Andersson, Julie Mehretu, Jockum Nordström, Chris Ofili, Laura Owens, and Amy Sillman. Organized by ... More

Dante Gabriel Rossetti, A Christmas Carol, 1867. Oil on panel. Estimate: £4-6 million. Photo: Sotheby's.

LONDON.- This December, Sotheby's will offer at auction three Victorian masterpieces: oil paintings by Dante Gabriel Rossetti, William Holman Hunt, and James-Jacques-Joseph Tissot, among the most important examples of their kind to come to auction. The three works, which have a total estimate of £9-14 million, come to sale from the Leverhulme collection, which was formed by the 1st and 2nd Viscounts Leverhulme. William Hesketh Lever, the 1st Viscount Leverhulme, was a driven and highly successful 19th century industrialist with a great eye and tremendous means, who during his fascinating life put together one of the greatest collections of English paintings ever assembled and created the purpose-built Lady Lever Art Gallery. Lever bought the Rossetti, which remained in his personal collection; additional master works, including the Tissot and Holman Hunt, were later purchased for the Leverhulme collection by his son William Hulme ... More

Getty's newly acquired Northern Renaissance masterpiece goes on view   Wade Guyton shows two large-scale presentations specially created for the Kunsthalle Zürich   Exhibition by leading British artist Tom Phillips opens at Flowers Gallery in London

Lieven van Lathem (Flemish, about 1430 - 1493, active 1454 - 1493) and David Aubert (Flemish, active 1453 - 1479), A Duel between Gillion de Trazegnie and the Saracen Nobleman, Lucion, for the Hand of Natalie, after 1464. Tempera colors, gold, and ink on parchment. Leaf: 37 x 25.5 cm. 2013.46.134v. The J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles, Ms. 111, fol. 134v.

LOS ANGELES, CA.- The J. Paul Getty Museum exhibits the Roman de Gillion de Trazegnies, an illuminated manuscript from Flanders by Lieven van Lathem (1430–1493) from September 3, 2013–March 2, 2014. The work is considered one of the finest productions by Van Lathem, the most accomplished and sophisticated painter of secular scenes in the golden era of Flemish manuscript illumination. In July, England granted the export license for the work, which was purchased by the Getty at auction in December 2012. “This newest acquisition to the manuscripts collection by the greatest illuminator of the Flemish High Renaissance adds another masterpiece to the Museum’s growing collection,” says Timothy Potts, director of the J. Paul Getty ... More

Wade Guyton, Untitled, 2006. Epson UltraChrome inkjet on linen, 216.5 x 175.3 cm. Courtesy of the artist. Photo: Ron Amstutz.

ZURICH.- Wade Guyton showed his works at the Kunsthalle Zürich for the first time in the group show «Wade Guyton, Seth Price, Josh Smith, Kelley Walker» in 2006. The exhibition presented the four artists’ dialogue about and exploration of all possible technologies from everyday digital life and their conditions. It also demonstrated how these technologies allow questions concerning authenticity and chance to take effect in the artists’ works through the juxtaposition of different reproduction technologies and the exaggerated use of genres, materials and their application. Following the first retrospective survey of his work at the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York last autumn, Wade Guyton (born in 1972 in Hammond, Indiana, lives and works in New York) now shows two large-scale presentations specially created for the exhibition at the Kunsthalle Zürich, which electrify the concepts of painting and drawing in ... More

The Stave That Remains, 2013. Oil and collage on board, 15 x 14.4 cm. ©Tom Phillips, courtesy Flowers Gallery.

LONDON.- This exhibition by leading British artist Tom Phillips consists of an entirely new body of work. With extraordinary delicacy Phillips has dissected his previously used, discarded plastic palettes and converted fragments of them into intricate oil collages mounted on panels. Throughout Phillips’ broad practice he has been drawn to materials, texts and images, often those that appeared unloved, (hair, mud etc.) and reconfigured them into artworks, aiming as he says ‘to be the complete recycler’. This body of works continues this preoccupation, originating in a series started in 1969 called Terminal Greys, which form a border to some of the new paintings. Although the nature of this process is improvisatory, the suggestive forms that are composed have been carefully orchestrated. In The Screens the cuttings are transformed into a collage reminiscent both of a stained glass window and an old master landscape. Here ... More

Abandoned casts of Angkor Wat treasures come out of hiding to be exhibited in Paris' Musee Guimet   Sundaram Tagore Gallery set to reopen newly renovated space at the Lee Roy Commercial Building in Hong Kong   'Lifelogging' camera by Swedish company Memoto shrugs off privacy to seize the moment

The Bayon temple, famous for its multitude of giant stone faces at Angkor Wat near siem Reap, Cambodia. AFP PHOTO VOISHMEL.

PARIS (AFP).- Forgotten and abandoned for over 70 years, casts of the art treasures at the Khmer temple complex at Angkor in Cambodia are coming out of storage to be rediscovered in a Europe that first shunned them. The statues, reliefs and temple decorations in the style of the original ninth to 15-century monuments at the site in northern Cambodia are to be exhibited in Paris' Musee Guimet in all their splendour. The casts made between 1870 and the late 1920s were commissioned by Frenchman Louis Delaporte (1842-1925), a member of the expedition team who "rediscovered" Angkor nearly 150 years ago. Displayed at Paris' Indochina Museum at Trocadero until its closure in 1936, the works were passed from one storage site to another over the next seven decades, some becoming damaged in the process. A year ago, the Musee Guimet took the pieces to a secure warehouse where they were inventoried and in certain cases ... More

Sundaram Tagore Hong Kong Gallery newly renovated space.

HONG KONG.- Sundaram Tagore announces the reopening of the Hong Kong branch following a complete interior renovation. Sundaram Tagore Gallery, located on the ground and first floor of the Lee Roy Commercial Building at 57-59 Hollywood Road, was the first international gallery to open in Hong Kong and the reopening coincides with the gallery’s fifth anniversary. The new interior was designed by noted architect and University of Hong Kong professor Jason Carlow. The redesign features a clean, modern look with a dramatic, curvilinear ceiling treatment, state-of-the-art lighting and more wall space to accommodate oversized works of art. Jason Carlow is an American architect based in Hong Kong and principal of Carlow Architecture & Design LTD. He has a BA in Visual and Environmental Studies from Harvard University and a Master of Architecture from Yale University. Carlow is currently assistant professor in the Department of ... More

Co-founder and CEO of Swedish company Memoto, Martin Kaellstroem, wears with a clip on his shirt the life-logging Memoto camera. AFP PHOTO/JONATHAN NACKSTRAND.

STOCKHOLM (AFP).- When Martin Kaellstroem was a young adult, he lost both his parents to cancer. It became a spur for him to seize the day, as a person and an entrepreneur. The result: A lens with no off-button that captures every moment of your life. The 38-year-old co-founder of Swedish company Memoto is a man in a hurry as he promotes his "lifelogging" camera, which is worn with a clip on the shirt or on a string around the neck, and takes a picture once every 30 seconds. "When you lose your parents, you realise that you don't live forever. It has definitely affected me in my entrepreneurship. I can't wait until later to fulfil my dreams, I have to live my dream now," he said. Some may see parallels with George Orwell's 1984, the Truman Show or other dystopias. But the team behind the Memoto camera insists that it doesn't breach any privacy. Rather, they see it as a ... More

Meet Edvard Munch: A new book for young people about Norway's only "art celebrity"   Former Speaker Tom Foley's art collection heads to auction, Sept. 15 at Quinn's   Ho Siu Nam, South presents his latest mixed media works at Blindspot Gallery

Edvard Munch: Self-Portrait, 1886, National Museum of Art, Architecture and Design, Oslo © Munch Museum / Munch-Ellingsen Group / BONO, Oslo 2013 Photo: © Jacques Lathion, National Museum.

OSLO.- Who was Edvard Munch? Where did he train to become an artist? What is an artist, actually? How did Munch work? And just how on earth did The Scream become one of the most famous paintings in the world? The 150th anniversary of Edvard Munch’s birth is a good opportunity for our younger art enthusiasts to become better acquainted with Norway’s only “art celebrity” – and perhaps the answers to the questions above can be found in the new book “Meet Edvard Munch”. Six authors have each contributed a chapter to the book. In Lasse Jacobsen’s chapter about how Edvard Munch became famous, we can read about both how others made Munch into a celebrity and why Munch himself wanted to be well-known: “The only reason that Munch wanted to become a celebrity was because then many ... More

Harry Bertoia (Italian/American, 1915-1978), ‘Spray,’ kinetic metal sculpture, est. $25,000-$20,000. Quinn’s Auction Galleries image.

FALLS CHURCH, VA.- On Sunday, September 15th, more than 400 carefully vetted, top-quality lots of fine and decorative art and furnishings will cross the auction block at Quinn’s, located in the Washington, DC suburb of Falls Church, Virginia. The consignments chosen for this sale are from estates and private collectors in the Greater Washington, DC area, including former Speaker of the US House of Representatives Thomas S. “Tom” Foley and Mrs. Heather Strachan Foley. Among the highlights of the Foley collection are two Harry Bertoia (Italian/American, 1915-1978) metal sculptures. Lot 94, Bertoia’s circa-1960s work titled “Bush,’ is distinguished by its radiating branches that terminate in a stunning array of bronze beads. The 9in by 10in-diameter sculpture is estimated at $15,000-$20,000. It is followed in the auction order by ... More

Every Daily marks a breakthrough in Ho’s creative work.

HONG KONG.- Blindspot Gallery presents Every Daily, the latest mixed media work of Hong Kong young artist Ho Siu Nam, South. This will be Ho’s second exhibition at Blindspot Gallery, following “Into Light” in 2011. Every Daily marks a breakthrough in Ho’s creative work. In a departure from his previous photography, this new series is his first to incorporate the element of painting, based on a collection of black and white photographs of Tin Shui Wai. One of the largest new towns in Hong Kong, Tin Shui Wai is packed with newly-built, large-scale residences. The artist fills the sky between the densely packed residential buildings with uniformly sized blocks of different colors. The black and white photography stands in contrast to the colors of the painting, while painting interferes with the photos to blur the proportion and the sense of distance between objects. The result is a collection of sharply intriguing imag ... More

You always have to mar a picture a little in order to finish it. Delacroix

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Exhibition at Museum Kunst der Westküste celebrates Hans Christian Andersen
ALKERSUM.- Hans Christian Andersen (1805-75) is famous primarily for the fairy tales he wrote. And yet he left behind numerous drawings and as much as one thousand silhouettes. This exhibition presents for the first time photographic portraits of Hans Christian Andersen together with a selection of his silhouettes and drawings. A favourite of the European royal courts, Andersen was one of the most photographed figures of his time and a majority of the altogether 250 photographic portraits were taken at his own initiative. What all three forms of expression have in common is the immediacy and suddenness of the captured moment. The drawings convey episodic impressions of the artist’s travels, while the paper cut-outs are products of the poet’s imagination. The photographic portraits, in turn, show an aloof, yet sensitive, unstable and nervous artist – a self-image that Hans Christian Andersen staged ... More

Chemould celebrates fifty years, five children, and a compassionate engagement with art and the city
MUMBAI.- Turn back the clock to circa 1943: Kekoo Gandhy saw that Khorshed Adenwalla was looking a little bored. It was a tea-dance and he knew that she’d helped sell the tickets but something told him that she might welcome the chance to get an ice-cream. She agreed, they wound up catching a film at the Metro and getting married a couple of years later. Along the way, they had five children: one son, two daughters, a gallery and then another daughter. Beginning September 2013, Chemould will celebrate its fiftieth year of existence. It has been an eventful period, taking in some of the most significant developments in the history of modern Indian art. When Kekoo Gandhy began a frame shop in Princess Street, it was another business venture. But when he saw that the artists who brought him their works to frame had nowhere to display or sell their work, he decided to offer them his shop as a ... More

Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen announces new wall painting in the Espresso Bar
ROTTERDAM.- Today a new series of wall paintings were unveiled in the Espresso Bar at Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen. The work entitled ‘Duende Too’ is a collaboration between artists Pam Emmerik (1964) and René Daniëls (1950). The colourful, pictographic wall paintings give the space a completely new look. The renovated Espresso Bar opens officially on 21 September, but is already open for visitors. Following on from artists’ collective Antistrot and artist Johan van Oord, Pam Emmerik and René Daniëls have worked in close partnership on the wall paintings. Emmerik’s work is characterised by bright colours, fantasy figures and textual elements. For the Espresso Bar, which has room for more than 60 people, she has made designs on the theme of ‘Duende’. Duende is a Spanish word that refers to a goblin-like mythological creature. But it also describes the robust alternative artistic ... More

New Stalin monument defaced in Georgia
TBILISI (AFP).- A two-metre high statue of Soviet leader Joseph Stalin has been daubed with paint less than a day after it was put up in a town in eastern Georgia, local authorities said Monday. Local authorities in the town of Telavi, some 100 kilometres east of Tbilisi, said the monument to the Georgian-born Communist dictator was erected without permission by local residents on Sunday and could be torn down. "It was a surprise to us -- the monument has been erected without permission from the local authorities," Aka Sachishvili, deputy head of Telavi municipality told AFP. "We are studying the issue and will take a decision on the statue's dismantling," Sachishvili added. Sachishvili confirmed that the statue was covered in graffiti by unknown individuals overnight. Pictures published by local media showed the statue covered with what looked like orange paint. Slogans including "down ... More

Humour at Bellmans Auctioneers as Richard Willson cartoons go under the hammer
WEST SUSSEX.- This September Bellmans Auctioneers, Wisborough Green, West Sussex is to auction a large collection of original cartoons, produced by the prominent and celebrated cartoonist Richard Willson. The cartoons will be sold online via from Thursday 5th – Friday 13th September. The cartoons include pen and ink drawings produced for notable newspapers and magazines such as The Times and The Ecologist. A fully illustrated catalogue will be available online prior to the sale at and via Willson had strong links to the South having lived and worked in West Sussex and Surrey for the majority of his life. While most of the collection is of political and corporate cartoons, drawings for The Ecologist and other environmental publications are included, due to his interest and support for environmental issues. The ... More

Art of Memory: Bonniers Konsthall displays three individual exhibitions
STOCKHOLM.- Bonniers Konsthall will display three individual exhibitions, which both amplify and refract one another. Gerard Byrne, Cecilia Edefalk, and Alina Szapocznikow relate very differently to how individual and collective memories shape our lives. The passage of time, however, becomes one point of connection between them. Gerard Byrne recreates overlooked moments of contemporary history. Cecilia Edefalk allows the ghosts of history to appear by showing a series of paintings surrounded by their own history, in the form of studies and documentation from the previous places they appeared. Alina Szapocznikow’s sculptures and drawings from the 1950s until her death in 1973 tell the story of the body’s sometimes painful memories. Simultaneously, her exhibition evokes the memory of an artistic practice by displaying material from her private archives, films of her working ... More

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On a day like today, Mexican painter José Clemente Orozco was born
Noviembre 23, 1883. José Clemente Orozco (November 23, 1883 - September 7, 1949) was a Mexican social realist painter, who specialized in bold murals that established the Mexican Mural Renaissance together with murals by Diego Rivera, David Alfaro Siqueiros, and others. Orozco was the most complex of the Mexican muralists, fond of the theme of human suffering, but less realistic and more fascinated by machines than Rivera. Mostly influenced by Symbolism, he was also a genre painter and lithographer. In this image: Mexican painter and muralist Jose Clemente Orozco looks over some of his drawings in his New York City apartment on Dec. 4, 1945.

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