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Sotheby's New York to offer monumental David Hockney masterpiece

David Hockney, Woldgate Woods, 24, 25 and 26 October, 2006 Estimate $9/12 Million. Photo: Sotheby's.

NEW YORK, NY.- On 17 November 2016, Sotheby’s New York Contemporary Art Evening Auction will include Woldgate Woods, 24, 25 and 26 October, 2006, the first work from David Hockney’s famed Woldgate Woods series to appear at auction. Measuring over three and half meters in diameter, the work, captivated audiences as part of Royal Academy’s blockbuster 2012 exhibition David Hockney: A Bigger Picture, which featured spectacular large-scale paintings inspired by the East Yorkshire landscape. With an estimate of $9/12 million, Woldgate Woods, 24, 25 and 26 October, 2006 is set to establish a record for the artist at auction. Grégoire Billault, Head of the Contemporary Art Department, noted: “David Hockney stands alongside Francis Bacon and Lucian Freud as one of the pillars of post-war British art. Ten years after we redefined the market for his work with The Splash, Sotheby’s is set to once again establish a new record with Wol ... More

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Garbos' Garbos: Staley Wise exhibits portraits from Greta Garbo's personal collection   "1937. On Gernika. War and civitas" exhibition opens at the Bilbao Fine Arts Museum   The Met and India's Ministry of Culture renew long-term cooperative relationship

Clarence Sinclair Bull, Susan Lenox, 1931.

NEW YORK, NY.- Greta Garbo was the undisputed queen of Hollywood from the mid-1920's through the 1930's. The combination4 of her extraordinary beauty and brilliant acting ability elevated her to international stardom from the beginning of her career while she was still in her early 20's and newly arrived from Sweden. Her image as an exotic, sophisticated woman of the world was developed by MGM, as was her public persona as a woman of mystery who avoided publicity and protected her privacy. Upon her arrival in Hollywood, she met Ruth Harriet Louise, a young photogrpaher also in her early 20's who had family conenctions to the film industry. Together Garbo and Ruth Harriet Louise created her earliest Hollywood studio portraits, which captured her singular beauty and glamorous allure. Later sessions with Clarence Sinclair Bull, George Hurrell, and other photographers made Garbo's face, the keystone of modern feminine beauty, known throughout the world. The quality of these prints and the iconic subject ... More

Pablo Picasso (Málaga, 1881-Mougins, Francia, 1973), Mano con espada rota (detail). Dibujo preparatorio para “Guernica”, 1937. Grafito sobre papel. 23,9 x 45,4 cm. Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía, Madrid.

BILBAO.- The Peace Treaty project, devised by SantiagoEraso and curated by Pedro G. Romero, includes exhibitions, contemporary artistic productions and publications that focus on depictions of peace in art history, culture and law. Starting last year and throughout the course of this year, numerous activities associated with this project have been presented in around twenty venues, from Bilbao to Barcelona, Baiona and Salamanca. In addition to the principal exhibition, entitled 1516-2016. Peace Treaties, divided between the Museo San Telmo and the Koldo Mitxelena Kulturunea in San Sebastián (in which the Bilbao Fine Arts Museum has also taken part with the loan of around twenty works from its collection), there are seven more Study Cases on historical episodes, each with an expert curator; a monographic exhibition on José María Sert; and seven contemporary ... More

Noga Pnueli, left, Rayna White, second from left in one of the galleries at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York.

NEW YORK, NY.- Thomas P. Campbell, Director and CEO of The Metropolitan Museum of Art, announced today that The Met and the Ministry of Culture of the Government of India have reaffirmed their long-term cooperative relationship through a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU), which renews for five additional years the two-way partnerships for sharing knowledge and expertise that have been established between the Museum and cultural institutions in India. The MOU was signed in June by Shefali Shah, Joint Secretary of the Ministry of Culture, and Mr. Campbell. Through the agreement, the Ministry of Culture and The Met will continue to cooperate in the areas of conservation, exhibitions, academic research, information-sharing, public education, publications, museum management, and short- and long-term loans. "This agreement is a wide-ranging reaffirmation of The Met's close relationship with India and its rich cultural heritage," said Mr. ... More

Sam Gappmayer named Director of John Michael Kohler Arts Center   Philadelphia Museum of Art's South Asian Galleries reopen   Long-lost Inca altar found beside Peru river

Gappmayer has 27 years of experience heading multidisciplinary arts organizations throughout the United States.

SHEBOYGAN, WI .- This morning, the Board of Directors of the John Michael Kohler Arts Center announced the hiring of Sam Gappmayer as the new Director of the Sheboygan, WI, arts organization. Gappmayer, who currently serves as President and CEO of the Peoria Riverfront Museum, will assume his new position October 17. Gappmayer has 27 years of experience heading multidisciplinary arts organizations throughout the United States. Prior to the Peoria Riverfront Museum, he worked as the top executive at the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center, and at the Sun Valley Center for the Arts in Ketchum, ID. Gappmayer earned a Master of Arts in art history from the University of Oregon and a Bachelor of Arts in fine arts from Montana State University. “I have admired the work of the John Michael Kohler Arts Center and Ruth DeYoung Kohler, its longtime Director, for most of my career,” stated Gappmayer. “Vital and relevant ... More

Tara, Goddess of Compassion 18th - 19th century. Made in Dolon Nor, Duolun County, Chahar Province, Inner Mongolia, China. Gilded bronze. Gift of John T. Morris, 1911.

PHILADELPHIA, PA.- On October 2 the Philadelphia Museum of Art is reopening its galleries of South Asian art following a comprehensive renovation. Dedicated to one of the most significant collections of its kind in this country, these newly reinstalled galleries offer visitors an aesthetic and cultural experience that reveals the richness and diversity of artistic expression across India, Tibet, Nepal, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Thailand, Cambodia, and Indonesia. Among the works displayed are centuries-old sculptures of the Buddhist Lord of Compassion from India and Thailand, an elaborately carved and painted wood Tibetan altarpiece, and a rare 18th century Sufi manuscript, Gulshan-i-Ishq (Rose Garden of Love), juxtaposed with a contemporary site-specific animation by Pakistani-born artist Shahzia Sikander. The centerpiece of the collection—the South Indian Pillared ... More

The citadel of Machu Picchu is seen during its reopening in Cuzco, Peru, Thursday, April 1, 2010.

LIMA (AFP).- Workers doing cleanup along a river in southern Peru stumbled upon part of a pre-Hispanic, Inca-era altar believed to have been long-lost, the Culture Ministry said Wednesday. About 35 percent of the altar -- weighing around 20 tonnes and decorated with detailed carving -- was located on the bank of the Vilcanota River, in the Cusco region. The hefty stone religious piece, dating from sometime between 1200 and 1500 AD, is about 2.5 meters (eight feet) long and one meter (three feet) tall. It was feared to have been lost for good during major road work in the area four years ago. But as the workers cleared stones, sand, earth and brush that had been deposited by the river, they discovered the piece -- a significant part of Peru's cultural patrimony. "Now we have to recover it all, as fully as possible, and relocate it," Oscar Montufar, coordinator of the Ollantaytambo Archaeological Park, told reporters, explaining that the alter had been used in ... More

Exhibition of works by Tony Cragg spans both of Lisson Gallery's London venues   Eskenazi Museum of Art at Indiana University mounts exhibition of important drawings by Italian masters   Blistering barnacles! Exhibition at Grand Palais shows dark side of Tintin creator Hergé

Tony Cragg, Willow III, 2016. Wood, 123 x 110 x 110 cm 48 3/8 x 43 1/4 x 43 1/4 in © Tony Cragg; Courtesy Lisson Gallery.

LONDON.- This exhibition is Tony Cragg’s fourteenth with Lisson Gallery since his first solo show in 1979. Spanning both London venues, it features the latest works in Cragg’s career-long pursuit of his interest in developing specific groups of sculptural themes and forms. As always, Cragg’s radical and experimental approach to making sculpture produces surprising new forms and meanings that add congruently to his already considerable oeuvre. A process of continual enquiry infuses Cragg’s practice with a restless energy, manifest in his continuing exploration of a multitude of materials and ways of reshaping the world around us. His axiom is that “There are many more things that do not exist than things that do exist” and with this he points to a deep well of things and forms that are as yet beyond our perception. Sculpture is for Cragg a method to unlock this enormous ... More

Domenico Tiepolo, Jesus in the Garden of Gethsemane: The Second Prayer, ca. 1785. Pen and brown ink wash over black chalk on paper. The Anthony Moravec Collection of Old Master Drawings, Eskenazi Museum of Art.

BLOOMINGTON, IN.- This fall, the Eskenazi Museum of Art at Indiana University showcases a series of Italian master drawings, in an exhibition that highlights one of the most significant gifts of art in the museum’s 75-year history. Giambattista and Domenico Tiepolo: Master Drawings from the Anthony J. Moravec Collection presents a collection of works on paper by the Venetian masters Giambattista and Domenico Tiepolo—a father and son who are widely considered two of the most notable Italian draftsmen of their era—along with works by contemporaries Ubaldo Gandolfi and Giuseppe Bernardino Bison, as well as their predecessor Jacopo Palma il Giovane. Giambattista and Domenico Tiepolo marks the first time that the Eskenazi Museum has comprehensively exhibited the ... More

Andy Warhol, Portrait of Hergé, 1977, Screenprint and acrylic on canvas, Musée Hergé © The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Inc. / ADAGP, Paris 2016 © Jean–Pol Stercq / ADAGP, Paris 2016.

PARIS (AFP).- A huge new exhibition about Tintin creator Herge does not shy away from showing how the cartoonist pined to be taken seriously as an artist nor his shame at his passivity during the Nazi occupation of Belgium. "Herge", which opened Wednesday at the Grand Palais in Paris, aims to lift some of the mystery that surrounds the enigmatic Belgian cartoonist Georges Remi, who lived in the shadow of his boy hero. It shows how the runaway success of the adventures of the young reporter became both a blessing and a curse for Herge, frustrating his hopes of being seen as an abstract painter. Nor does the exhibition, which claims to be the biggest retrospective of the artist ever assembled, try to gloss over his wartime work for a collaborationist Belgian newspaper. Curator Jerome Neutres told AFP that ... More

The FLAG Art Foundation opens a solo exhibition by artists Elmgreen & Dragset   Art Institute of Chicago surveys the influential career of László Moholy-Nagy.   The Guerrilla Girls raise questions about diversity in European museums for their latest campaign

Elmgreen & Dragset, The Experiment, 2012. Polyester Resin, Glass Fibre, Acrylic Paint, Glass Eyes, Human Hair, Wood, Lacquer, Mirror, Metal Parts, Leather Boy: 128 x 40 x 24 cm; Mirror: 189,5 x 79,2 x 63 cm. Courtesy: Gallery Victoria Miro Photo by: Serge Hasenböhler.

NEW YORK, NY.- The FLAG Art Foundation presents Changing Subjects, a solo exhibition by internationally acclaimed artists Elmgreen & Dragset, on view October 1 – December 17, 2016. The exhibition takes place on FLAG’s 9th and 10th floor galleries, and includes a site-specific sculpture on its outdoor terrace overlooking the Hudson River. Changing Subjects, designed by the artists, presents new and existing works from the duo’s twenty-year-long collaboration that address existential issues linked to identity, sexuality, and mortality, as well as an examination of social value systems and the expectations that surround them. Changing Subjects investigates the multiple meanings of the word “subject” as a noun. In grammatical terms, the ... More

László Moholy-Nagy. LIS, 1922. Kunsthaus Zürich, 1981/6. © 2016 Hattula Moholy-Nagy/VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York.

CHICAGO, IL.- For the first time in nearly 50 years, a comprehensive retrospective of one of the most internationally recognized visual artist ever to have resided in Chicago will take place at the Art Institute of Chicago. From October 2, 2016, to January 3, 2017, Moholy-Nagy: Future Present will offer 300 multimedia works, including painting, photography, film, and sculpture. The exhibition is co-organized by Carol S. Eliel, Curator of Modern Art, Los Angeles County Museum of Art; Karole P. B. Vail, Curator, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum; and Matthew S. Witkovsky, Richard and Ellen Sandor Chair and Curator, Department of Photography, Art Institute of Chicago. The Art Institute of Chicago presentation is organized by Witkovsky, with the assistance of Becca Schlossberg, Exhibition Manager, and Yau-mu Huang, Senior Exhibition Designer. A pioneer of abstraction ... More

Whitechapel Gallery Guerrilla Girls Commission Is it even worse in Europe (2016).

LONDON.- For over three decades the Guerrilla Girls have been exposing and challenging sexism and racism in the visual arts, politics and culture at large, and now for the first time the anonymous feminist activist group revisit their 1986 campaign ‘It’s Even Worse in Europe’. In the summer of 2016, the Guerrilla Girls wrote to 383 European museum directors, inviting them to respond to fourteen questions about diversity. The responses they received, or did not receive, are revealed in their latest campaign ‘Is it even worse in Europe?’ launched at the Whitechapel Gallery, London, on 1 October 2016. A new banner is installed on the façade of the Gallery for five months. It reveals that only a quarter of museums responded to their questionnaire, and invites visitors to go inside the Gallery to discover more. Copies of every completed questionnaire, some typed and others hand-written, cover a wall in the Archi ... More

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Recent work by interdisciplinary artist James Webb on view at Yorkshire Sculpture Park
WAKEFIELD.- Yorkshire Sculpture Park presents recent work by interdisciplinary artist James Webb in the 18th-century Chapel and open air this autumn. The exhibition, We Listen for the Future comprises four sound pieces and runs from 1 October 2016 until 26 February 2017. The artist will take up a residency at YSP in 2017, which will result in a new sitespecific work for the Park. Born in 1975 in Kimberley, South Africa, Webb is one of the foremost artists of his generation and is known especially for his sound installations. Untitled (with the sound of its own making), 2016, fills the Chapel and references the influential Robert Morris work Box with the Sound of its Own Making, 1961. This powerful wall of loudspeakers broadcasts the rhythmic sound of hands beating on doors. It resonates physically and references ancient law of religious sanctuary, as well as the current refugee ... More

The Museum of Contemporary Art Australia opens Louise Hearman's first major survey
SYDNEY.- The Museum of Contemporary Art Australia presents the first major museum survey of Australian painter Louise Hearman. Featuring painting and drawings from across 25-years of the artist’s practice, the exhibition is curated by Anna Davis and runs from 29 September until 4 December. MCA Director Elizabeth Ann Macgregor OBE said, ‘The Museum of Contemporary Art Australia is delighted to present Louise Hearman’s first major museum survey spanning an impressive career. The exhibition encompasses more than 50 oil paintings on masonite and a selection of works on paper.’ ‘Developed by MCA Curator Anna Davis in close conversation with the artist, it is based around a series of moods and atmospheres rather than a chronology, and reveals Hearman’s surreal and highly personal vision.’ Macgregor continued. The Melbourne-based artist is best ... More

Spencer Finch creates a miniature Redwood forest in the heart of downtown Brooklyn
NEW YORK, NY.- Public Art Fund and Forest City Ratner Companies present Spencer Finch: Lost Man Creek, an extraordinary new exhibition at MetroTech Commons that recreates, at a 1:100 scale, a 790-acre section of the Redwood National Park in California, one of the United States’ most treasured natural wonders. In this living artwork, Brooklyn-based artist Spencer Finch scales down the topography and tree canopy of his selected section, with trees that range from 98 to 380 feet becoming 1 to 4 feet in the installation. Finch’s miniature forest for Downtown Brooklyn lives in the eastern triangular lawn of MetroTech Commons, with a footprint measuring 4,500 square feet, and features some 4,000 young Dawn Redwoods. Visitors are able to experience the work from a viewing platform installed on one side of the work, as well as from ground level, offering different ... More

Cincinnati Art Museum presents Islands of the Blest at Mercantile Library
CINCINNATI, OH.- Cincinnati Art Museum features photography of the American West in its first exhibition at The Mercantile Library, Islands of the Blest, October 1–November 19, 2016. The exhibition is part of the 2016 FotoFocus Biennial celebration of photography held in more than 50 museums and galleries throughout Cincinnati and the surrounding region. The roughly 25 photographs on view at The Mercantile Library depict the American West and were made between the 1870s and 1970s. The photographers range from the unknown to some of America’s most distinguished, including Timothy H. O’Sullivan, William Henry Jackson and Dorothea Lange. Houston-based artist Bryan Schutmaat and art historian Ashlyn Davis sourced the images from digital public archives like the Library of Congress and the United States Geological Survey Library. The ... More

Venus presents presents a collection of work by legendary Los Angeles-based artist Billy Al Bengston
NEW YORK, NY.- Venus presents a collection of work by legendary Los Angeles-based artist Billy Al Bengston. The exhibition features twelve historic paintings from Bengston’s 1961 “B.S.A. Motorcycle” series alongside a selection of newly painted works from the artist’s iconic “Chevron” series. The show also includes the original B.S.A. motorcycle once raced by Bengston’s longtime friend and racing sponsor, the late Aub LeBard. As one of the original Ferus Gallery artists in Los Angeles—which also included Ed Ruscha, Ken Price, Edward Kienholz, Dennis Hopper, Larry Bell, Robert Irwin and others—Billy Al Bengston and his peers shaped the Southern California art world. He embraced the aesthetics of Los Angeles car culture and “Finish Fetish,” a movement pioneered by Los Angeles artists based around creating objects with sleek pristine finish. Along with these ... More

Victoria Miro exhibits new and recent works by Celia Paul
LONDON.- New and recent works by Celia Paul draw on the artist’s delicate and moving explorations of intimacy with people and landscape. Since her first solo exhibition at Victoria Miro in 2014, there has been an increased focus on self-portraiture and seascapes. For this exhibition, examples from both bodies of work offer touchstones for thoughts about time, transience, spirituality and mortality. Paul has produced a large number of evocative self-portraits over the course of her career. In these new works, she sits with her hands in her lap rather than with brush in hand, as if she were one of her own sitters. While her head and shoulders are painted with delicate free brushstrokes and possess an otherworldly quality, the clothes she wears, by contrast, are described with thick impasto. The paintings open up a painterly and conceptual dialogue between the dual role ... More

Asia edition of "L'Odyssée D'un Roi" sold to Vietnamese collector for US$190,000 at Sotheby's Hong Kong
HONG KONG.- Sotheby’s Hong Kong kicked off its Autumn Sale Series with the auction of L’Odyssée D’un Roi – Asia Edition today, where a unique crystal magnum decanter of special LOUIS XIII was sold to a Vietnamese collector for HK$1.47 million / US$188,462*. This masterpiece combines elements from four luxury houses— a bespoke trunk hand-stitched by Hermčs, a white gold pipette forged by the Art Deco silversmith Puiforcat, a sublime crystal decanter and four elegant serving glasses all made by hand at the cristallerie Saint-Louis, along with a unique blend of LOUIS XIII in tribute to the cognac’s heritage of adventure and discovery. The Americas Edition was sold on 10 September and the Europe edition will be on offer in London on 16 November. Jamie Ritchie, Worldwide Head of Wine at Sotheby’s, commented after the sale: “As the enthusiasm for the ... More

MoMA exhibition addresses the issue of security within the global refugee crisis
NEW YORK, NY.- How architecture, art, and design have addressed contemporary notions of shelter, as seen through migration and global refugee emergencies, is explored in the exhibition Insecurities: Tracing Displacement and Shelter, on view at The Museum of Modern Art from October 1, 2016, to January 22, 2017. Bringing together works across a range of mediums and scales that respond to the complex circumstances brought about by forced displacement, the exhibition focuses on conditions that disrupt conventional images of the built environment as an arbiter of modernity and globalization. The prevalence of shelters and refugee camps throughout the world calls into question the “safety” that they represent. Insecurities is organized by Sean Anderson, Associate Curator, with Aričle Dionne-Krosnick, Curatorial Assistant, Department of Architecture and ... More

London's Tower Bridge closes until New Year
LONDON (AFP).- London's iconic Tower Bridge closed to vehicles for three months on Saturday for its first major maintenance works in nearly half a century. The 122-year-old drawbridge by the Tower of London -- whose roadway leaves are lifted to allow tall ships on the River Thames to pass through -- carries 21,000 vehicles and some 40,000 people per day. "This heavy use has had an effect on timber decking of the bridge, which was last refurbished in 1970," said a statement from the City of London Corporation, which owns the Victorian Gothic landmark. "To ensure that the bridge continues to serve as a vital river crossing we need to undertake the essential maintenance works." It will be closed to road traffic until December 30. The bridge's leaves will continue to operate as normal for river traffic. It lifts on average 800 to 900 times a year, a major tourist ... More

Belgian artist David Claerbout produces works for the Städel Garden” series
FRANKFURT.- In the framework of the “In the Städel Garden” series and as part of the programme offered by Flanders & the Netherlands Guest of Honour at this year’s Frankfurt Book Fair, the Städel Museum presents a work produced by the Belgian artist David Claerbout (b. 1969) especially for this occasion. The film Die reine Notwendigkeit (2016) is a surprising adaptation of the animated movie classic The Jungle Book of 1967. Claerbout’s one-hour loop turns the sentimental and comical story about dancing, singing, and trumpet-playing jungle animals into a film that has dispensed all ‘humanization’ of the animals – but also its young protagonist Mowgli – and portrays them instead in a manner befitting their species. Baloo, Bagheera and Kaa, whose songs and slapstick acts have been delighting children and adults alike for decades, are now back to being pure ... More

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On a day like today, American photographer Annie Leibovitz was born
August 02, 1949. Anna-Lou "Annie" Leibovitz (born October 2, 1949) is an American portrait photographer. She photographed John Lennon on the day he was assassinated, and her work has been used on numerous album covers and magazines. She became the first woman to hold an exhibition at Washington's National Portrait Gallery in 1991. The image taken by American photographer Annie Leibovitz of actor Leonardo di Caprio (right) is one of the 150 photographs exhibited at the National Portrait Gallery in London.

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