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Palmer Museum presents exhibition on unconventional French printmaker Félix Buhot

Félix Buhot, Convoi funèbre au Boulevard de Clichy (Funeral Procession on the Boulevard de Clichy), 1887, etching, drypoint, aquatint, roulette, soft ground, lift ground, and stop-out over heliogravure, printed from two plates, second state of three, plate: 11 13/16 x 15 3/4 inches. B/G 159. Private collection.

UNIVERSITY PARK, PA.- This fall the Palmer Museum of Art at Penn State spotlights one of the most original French printmakers of the nineteenth century. Fantasy and Reality: The World According to Félix Buhot opened September 25 and will be accompanied by related gallery talks and programs throughout the fall. “Felix Buhot’s achievement as a visionary artist-etcher is unprecedented,” stated museum director Erin M. Coe. “This exquisite and evocative exhibition provides visitors the space to study exceptional examples of Buhot’s experimental techniques and rich atmospheric effects for which he is best known.” Félix Buhot (1847–1898) was a uniquely experimental printmaker in France during the last quarter of the nineteenth century. This period was marked by a growing interest among artists in the evocation of thoughts and emotions, which competed in the art world with lingering realist tendencies. Buhot found co ... More

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So you want to be an auctioneer? Sold!   Italy to lend Leonardo da Vinci works to France in a masterpiece swap   Brexit? What Brexit? The art world carries on unfazed at Frieze London

Hugh Edmeades, who has worked in auction houses for 43 years, including 35 as an auctioneer, in a showroom at Christie’s in London, on Sept. 10, 2019. Edmeades has handled more than $2.75 billion in sales at Christie’s. Now he teaches a new generation the finer points of conducting an auction. (Shannon Jensen Wedgwood/The New York Times)

NEW YORK (NYT NEWS SERVICE ).- At his core, Hugh Edmeades is a salesman, albeit a dynamic and entertaining one. He runs fine art and charity auctions, having wielded one of his many gavels on more $2.75 billion in final bids at more than 2,600 auctions for Christie’s. He has juggled bids on items as varied as old master and impressionist paintings, antique furniture, and more contemporary treasures that once belonged to Elizabeth Taylor, Margaret Thatcher and Eric Clapton. Formerly the international director of auctioneering for Christie’s, Edmeades is now an international freelance auctioneer who spoke in London recently about why auctioneers need to be performance artists, the future of his field and how he shares the tools and tips ... More

The sun sets behind the Pyramid of The Louvre Museum (Pyramide du Louvre) in Paris on July 3, 2019. Ludovic MARIN / AFP

PARIS (NYT NEWS SERVICE ).- Leonardo da Vinci’s famous drawing of a spread-eagled male figure, known as the “Vitruvian Man,” will soon travel to Paris to star in a blockbuster Leonardo exhibition at the Louvre Museum. It will make the trip as part of an exchange agreement signed Tuesday by the culture ministers of France and Italy, after many months of sometimes bitter negotiations. The drawing — a study of the proportions of a human body — is one in a series of works that Italian museums are sending to the Louvre for a show to mark the 500th anniversary of the Renaissance master’s death. The show is set to open Oct. 24 and run until February. As part of the swap, the Louvre will send Raphael masterpieces, including “Portrait of Baldassare Castiglione” and “Self-Portrait with a Friend,” to Italy for a 2020 exhibition of his work at the Scuderie del Quirinale in Rome. The principle of an exchange of works by ... More

Frieze London 2019. Photo by Linda Nylind. Courtesy Linda Nylind / Frieze.

LONDON (NYT NEWS SERVICE ).- Britain might be convulsed by Brexit, but the contemporary art world, and the 0.1% of the population that makes it go around, carries on as normal. At least, so it seems. This week, thousands of international collectors, dealers and curators gathered here for the Frieze London and Frieze Masters fairs in Regent’s Park, as well as a dizzying array of dealer shows, auctions and other satellite events. “Geopolitically, it may seem as though the world is going sideways, but the art market chugs ahead,” said Wendy Cromwell, an art adviser based in New York, in town for “Frieze Week.” “Primary sales are alive and well, as is the secondary market for top quality, rare, in-demand work,” added Cromwell, referring to the “primary” market for new works from commercial galleries and the “secondary” trade in re-offered pieces, such as at auction. “Auction material is a little weak this fall with concerns around Brexit,” said Cromwell ... More

Therme Art Program acquires 2019 Serpentine Pavilion and marks second year of partnership with Serpentine Galleries   Pierre Le-Tan, illustrator with a quiet touch, dies at 69   Deep looking, with Vija Celmins

Serpentine Pavilion 2019 Designed by Junya Ishigami, Serpentine Gallery, London (21 June – 6 October 2019), © Junya Ishigami + Associates, Photography © 2019 Taran Wilkhu.

LONDON.- To mark the second anniversary of its global art initiative Therme Art Program, Therme Group announced the acquisition of the 2019 Serpentine Pavilion designed by Japanese architect Junya Ishigami. The announcement follows Therme Group’s acquisition of Mexican architect Frida Escobedo’s 2018 Serpentine Pavilion, establishing Therme Group’s second consecutive year in partnership with Serpentine Galleries to support its annual architecture commissions. The acquisition was announced at the Serpentine Galleries' Frieze breakfast, on the occasion of the opening of Frieze London. The event featured remarks by Hans Ulrich Obrist, Serpentine Galleries Artistic Director, and Mikolaj Sekutowicz, Curator of Therme Art Program and Vice President of Therme Group, who commented: “It has become incredibly important to ... More

New Yorker March 11th 1972 by Pierre Le-Tan.

NEW YORK (NYT NEWS SERVICE ).- The moon shines through a window, its light falling on a chair and a table holding a bottle and three tomatoes. A toy horse, a locomotive and a Santa Claus ornament sit among discarded ribbons and ornaments. A car approaches from the distance along a wooded lane on a rainy night, its headlights and their reflections the only bright spots in the engulfing gloom. Each of these quiet scenes was created by Pierre Le-Tan, one of Paris’ pre-eminent illustrators, and each became a cover for The New Yorker, three of the 18 he made during a long, eclectic career. His work, often conveying whimsy, melancholy or nostalgia, was shown in art galleries and museums, and he illustrated and wrote books and collaborated with major fashion brands. He died on Sept. 17 at a cancer research institute in Villejuif, France. He was 69. The cause was cancer, his family said. Le-Tan’s drawings, usually rendered with meticulous crosshatching in ink and watercolor, frequently depict interiors populated b ... More

Vija Celmins' paintings “Heater” (1964), left, and “Lamp #1” (1964) in New York, Sept. 23, 2019. A retrospective of Celmins’ work, both intimate and cosmic, is at the Met Breuer through Jan. 12, 2020. (Haruka Sakaguchi/The New York Times)

NEW YORK (NYT NEWS SERVICE ).- In the 1960s art world, illusion was a dirty word. The old tradition of a painting as a window onto imaginary realities seemed beyond exhausted — just more proof of painting’s death. Abstract painting was tolerated, especially if big and flatly painted so that it was undeniably an object. Magic and poetry were banished. “What you see is what you see,” said the young Frank Stella, the moment’s dominant painter. Even before pocketing her MFA in 1965, Vija Celmins refused to accept such formalist tyranny. Painting wasn’t dead to her, and bigness and abstractness were not de rigueur. Celmins (her name is pronounced VEE-ya SELL-mins) emerged from the University of California in Los Angeles art program determined to be in step with her time yet go her own way. Now in its sixth decade, the artist’s way has ... More

Deyan Sudjic and Alice Black to step down as co-Directors of the Design Museum   Female artists lead Sotheby's $4.3 Million Photographs Auctions in NYC   A solo exhibition of recent works by Francesco Clemente on view at Blain│Southern

Alice Black and Deyan Sudjic OBE. Photo: Phil Sharp.

LONDON.- After over a decade at the Design Museum helm, co-directors Deyan Sudjic OBE and Alice Black will step down from their leadership positions at the end of January 2020. Having worked together for 12 years leading the transformation of the Design Museum, from a small specialist institution to an award-winning museum dedicated to contemporary design and architecture, relocated in a refurbished landmark from the 1960s, Deyan Sudjic and Alice Black will step down in January 2020 as co-directors of the Design Museum. Deyan Sudjic and Alice Black made possible the museum’s £82m move to its present home in Kensington, tripling its size and attracting more than 1.9 million visitors in the past three years. Under their leadership, the museum has seen annual visitors grow fivefold, from 120,000 to 600,000. Since 2006, the museum has staged more than 90 exhibitions and installations on contemporary design of all kinds from fashion to t ... More

Francesca Woodman’s haunting Polka Dots fetches $200,000. New record for the artist at auction. Courtesy Sotheby's.

NEW YORK, NY.- Sotheby’s annual fall auctions of Classic and Contemporary Photographs concluded yesterday in New York, with 120+ works selling for an overall total of $4.3 million. Emily Bierman, Head of Sotheby’s Photographs Department in New York, commented: “We are thrilled with the results from our Contemporary and Classic Photographs sales. It is especially exciting to see both sales led by women artists, including a new auction record for Francesca Woodman. We saw strong results for key works from the 19th Century, notably Albert Frisch’s series of rare photographs of the Amazon region which has never before in its entirety appeared at auction – and are so delighted that these important photographs will be returning to Brazil at the Instituto Moreira Salles. It was a pleasure to offer at auction for the first time the work of Kansuke Yamamoto, whose ... More

Francesco Clemente, Watchtowers, Gates and The Sea of Stories, Installation View, 2019, BlainSouthern Berlin, Photo Trevor Good.

BERLIN.- Blain|Southern Berlin is presenting Watchtowers, Gates and The Sea of Stories, a solo exhibition of recent works by Francesco Clemente (b.1952, Naples) and the first presentation of the artist’s sculptures in Europe. The exhibition comprises The Sea of Stories, a monumental mural spanning the length of the gallery that has been created on site, and two bodies of sculpture created in collaboration with local artisans in Rajasthan. Often described as a ‘nomadic artist’, Clemente first travelled to India in the early 1970s and continues to live and work between the subcontinent, Europe and the US. Influenced by India’s traditions, symbolism and the artistic approaches of its artisans, Clemente has created a deeply personal visual vocabulary inspired by his experiences. Whilst celebrated as a painter, his lesser-known sculptural practice relates to the pictorial ... More

Academy Museum of Motion Pictures appoints Bill Kramer as Director   Ogden Museum opens major survey of pioneering photographer William Christenberry   Christie's announces Classic Week in New York, bringing together nine auctions

Kramer served as managing director of development and external relations of the Academy Museum from 2012 to 2016.

LOS ANGELES, CA.- Bill Kramer has been named director of the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures, the museum’s Board of Trustees announced today. Kramer, who served as managing director of development and external relations of the Academy Museum from 2012 to 2016, will take the reins as the institution’s new leader on January 1, 2020, guiding its artistic and cultural vision and overseeing the final phase of the museum’s completion. “The board unanimously welcomes Bill Kramer as the Academy Museum’s new director,” said Ron Meyer, Chair of the Academy Museum Board of Trustees and Vice Chairman of NBCUniversal. “Bill’s experience and influence in the worlds of design, culture, and academia, coupled with his institutional knowledge of the museum, position him as an ideal leader to guide the museum to its opening and beyond.” “We are all very enthusiastic about working with Bill again ... More

William Christenberry, Church, Sprott, AL, 1971 (detail), Dye-transfer, printed 2003, AP V, 8 x 10 inches, The Estate of William Christenberry, Courtesy of Hemphill Fine Arts.

NEW ORLEANS, LA.- Artist William Christenberry, long hailed as a pioneer in establishing color photography as a fine art medium, receives a wide-ranging career survey at the Ogden Museum of Southern Art this October. The exhibition features a selection of his iconic photographs of Hale County, Alabama alongside drawings, paintings, sculptures, assemblages, and installations, positioning his acclaimed photography practice within the context of his broader oeuvre. Titled Memory Is a Strange Bell: The Art of William Christenberry, the exhibition also explores the importance of poetry to the development of Christenberry’s vision and approach, highlighting the ways in which the artist’s engagement with poetry enhanced his ability to infuse simple tableaus with meaning and emotion. The exhibition is accompanied by scholarly texts by the exhibition ... More

A Roman marble torso of an athlete, circa 1st century B.C.-1st Century A.D., 30 inches, 76.2 cm. high. Estimate: USD 200,000 – USD 300,000. © Christie's Images Ltd 2019.

NEW YORK, NY.- Christie’s announces Classic Week in New York, bringing together nine auctions featuring 19th-century European Art, Old Master paintings and sculpture, Antiquities, The Exceptional Sale, and Books and Manuscripts, which is joining the marquee sales week for the first time. Three distinguished private collections will be offered in dedicated sales: The Collection of Dr. Anton Pestalozzi of important Greek and Roman portraiture; The Collection of Lewis and Ali Sanders of superb French furniture and clocks; and a private collection of 17th-century Dutch and Flemish Old Master paintings. Sales run from 25–29 October with viewings from 18-28 October. To add to the multidimensional viewing experience at our Rockefeller Center galleries, the creators behind the scent branding agency 12.29 will introduce a bespoke scent evocative of the artworks, adding an olfactory ... More

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Landmark book about Leonardo Da Vinci coincides with 500th anniversary commemoration
NEW YORK, NY.- Callaway Arts & Entertainment has announced the publication of LEONARDO BY LEONARDO by Martin J. Kemp, one of the world’s leading authorities on Leonard da Vinci. The book, which retails for a suggested price of $150.00, coincides with the commemoration of the 500th anniversary of Leonardo’s death. “We are thrilled to be publishing this landmark book that will showcase the masterpieces of one of the greatest painters of all time as he has never been seen before,” says Nicholas Callaway, founder and CEO of Callaway Arts and Entertainment. “State-of-the-art digital capture technology has been applied to the new photography of the artworks presented in this collection. It has resulted in a book that will surprise all those who thought they knew Leonardo, and delight art lovers everywhere. It’s like having a private ... More

Sound artist Yuri Suzuki unveils a new participatory artwork as part of Margate NOW
MARGATE.- Turner Contemporary, in collaboration with Kent Libraries, has commissioned Japanese sound artist, electronic musician and Margate resident Yuri Suzuki to make a new participatory artwork as part of Margate NOW. The Welcome Chorus brings together sound, sculpture and artificial intelligence (AI) in a new interactive outdoor commission, installed on Turner Contemporary’s terrace. Twelve horns, each representing a different district of Kent, continually sings lyrics which are generated live by a uniquely trained, site-specific piece of AI software. Symbolically and aesthetically, these sculptural forms reference the origin of the word ‘Kent’; thought to derive from the word ‘kanto’, meaning horn or hook. Through an inclusive, democratic process of workshops and gatherings at Kent Libraries, people from all over the county have been ... More

Rare Posters Auction #79 presents a premier collection of rare and celebrated lithographs
NEW YORK, NY.- Poster Auctions International’s Auction #79 on Sunday, October 27th, will feature robust collections of bicycle posters, designs from Cuba’s first revolutionary posterist, hundreds of travel images, and seminal works from the legends of lithography: Alphonse Mucha, Leonetto Cappiello, Jules Chéret, Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, and more. The Rare Posters Auction will be held live in PAI’s gallery at 26 West 17th Street in New York City and online at The auction will begin promptly at 11am EDT. Jack Rennert, president of Poster Auctions International, Inc., said he is “very pleased to present this capsule of historically significant lithographs from a wide range of eras and artists. The 530 lots span from 1883 to 2007, with estimates ranging from $700 to $120,000. This breadth of designs is well suited for both ... More

Robin Leach collection and important works by Nathan Oliveira headline Clars October 13th sale
OAKLAND, CA.- The first installment of the Robin Leach Collection will take center stage at Clars October 13th auction complemented by significant works in fine art by artists including Nathan Oliveira, George Rodrigue and Rufino Tamayo. The property to be offered at this sale comes from prominent California estates as well as museums, private institutions and special collections. The extraordinary collection of entertainment icon, notable journalist and philanthropist Robin Leach (1941-2018) is a reflection of his incredible life, desire for the finest and spans a variety of categories. Proceeds from the sale of his collection will go to the Robin Leach Charitable Foundation. A reflection of his famous quote "champagne wishes and caviar dreams," the October 13th sale will present his amazing collection of fine wines and champagnes. Among ... More

Victoria Miro opens an exhibition of new works by Doug Aitken
LONDON.- Victoria Miro presents Return to the Real, an exhibition of new works by Doug Aitken. Conceived as a unified composition of sound, light, form and movement, the exhibition explores our rapidly changing relationships to one another and the world around us in an age dominated by technology. ‘We are living in a new era, one of complete connectivity, where screen space has become seemingly equal to the physical landscape. This surreal shift in evolution brings us into uncharted waters, a new frontier, one for which we are not fully prepared. These artworks question how we navigate a world of increasing speed and transition, the direction of where we can go and how we can confront the future.’ – Doug Aitken A starting point for this exhibition is the idea of the contemporary individual and the ways in which humans are continuously ... More

Brooklyn Museum debuts immersive retrospective of French artist JR
NEW YORK (AFP).- An urban artist whose snapshots of anonymous individuals have made him a global celebrity, French photographer JR presents a retrospective of his grand vision on Friday in New York, his first major show in North America. The selection of his pieces spanning two decades, by no means encompasses the entirety of his vast oeuvre -- but it offers an invaluable insight into his unique perspective on the impermanent, transitory nature of existence. "From the beginning, as someone who works in the ephemeral, outside, I've always tried to document in order to preserve a trace," JR told AFP ahead of the launch of "JR: Chronicles," on display at the Brooklyn Museum for the next seven months. The exhibition showcases some of his black-and-white photographs alongside color images of the photos in-situ, being enjoyed by the public ... More

Enwonwu's symbol of African pride is top lot at Bonhams
LONDON.- A powerful portrait of the actress, Marianne Inness, by Nigeria’s most famous artist, Ben Enwonwu, sold for £555,063 ($700,000) at Bonhams Modern & Contemporary African Art sale in London yesterday (3 October). Estimated at £150,000-200,000, Portrait of Marianne was one of Enwonwu’s most iconic paintings. The sale as a whole made a total of £2,015,635 ($2,520,000) and set two new world records at auction for the South African artist Zanele Muholi and the Congolese painter Mwila. Bonhams Director of Modern & Contemporary African Art, Giles Peppiatt, said, “Marianne was a close friend of Ben Enwonwu – they were neighbours in London during the 1960s – but in this portrait, she is transformed by the artist into a symbol of African pride. This wonderful painting attracted spirited international bidding and the high amount of the winning bid ... More

1930 Parisian haute couture back in the spotlight at Swann Auction Galleries
NEW YORK, NY.- Parisian haute couture from 1930 will be back in fashion in the Fine Books & Manuscripts auction at Swann Auction Galleries on October 10. These designs come straight from the pages of Croquis Parisiennes: Dress Edition for the Spring / Summer Season, a bound volume of fashion sketches by the Atelier Bachwitz that features 180 lithographic fashion plates with hand-colouring. The estimate is $3,500 to $5,000. The sale also includes a selection of works from the Sackner Archive, a collection of more than 75,000 annotated volumes, artists’ books, book objects, periodicals, drawings, print portfolios, ephemera and manuscripts that is due to find a permanent home at the University of Iowa Libraries Special Collections. The archive represents the creative pinnacle for many significant artists and poets working in the genre, ... More

Abstract Expressionist Women of the 9th St. show comes to the Katonah Museum of Art
KATONAH, NY.- Sparkling Amazons presents the often-overlooked contribution by women artists to Abstract Expressionism and the significant role they played as bold innovators within the New York School during the 1940s and 50s. Through the presentation of some 30 works of art, alongside documentary photography, the exhibition captures an important moment in the history of Abstract Expressionism. The catalyst for this project is the groundbreaking 9th St. show arranged by avant-garde artists, with the help of the fledgling gallerist, Leo Castelli, in 1951. The show became a pivotal moment for the emergence and acceptance of Abstract Expressionism. The artists of the 9th St. show had struggled to gain critical recognition, having been shut out by museums and galleries due to the radical nature of their work. Of the more than 60 artists in the show, including many who were to become prominent figures in Abstract ... More

Sikkema Jenkins & Co. announces representation of Zipora Fried
NEW YORK, NY.- Sikkema Jenkins & Co. announced representation of Zipora Fried. Fried moves fluidly between drawing, sculpture, and photography, often synthesizing different types of media in one work, and presenting discreet bodies of work together in unexpected ways. Her work meditates on the relationship between the surface presence and the subconscious, and the potential of the artist’s hand to create and negate shape and form. The boundary between sculpture and drawing is deconstructed, as quotidian objects are transformed and divorced from their original functionality. Layers of line, color, and material build upon one another, occluding rational meaning for a phenomenological experience. Nancy Princenthal writes, “Perhaps the most accurate way to describe her variously slippery objects is to say that all are everything: landscapes ... More

Exhibition features three large-scale installations by United Visual Artists
LONDON.- A major immersive exhibition by London-based practice United Visual Artists (UVA) is being presented by The Store X The Vinyl Factory at 180 The Strand in collaboration with the Fondation Cartier pour l’art contemporain, Paris. OTHER SPACES features three large-scale installations by UVA - including the UK premiere of an immersive installation featuring sound recordings of wild ecosystems around the world which conveys the importance of preserving the beauty of the animal world; a meditation on time experienced in a pitch-black room illuminated by oscillating light pendulums; and an installation that uses light as an architectural material to explore our perception of space. Founded in 2003 by British artist Matt Clark, UVA is known for its bold site-specific installations and collaborative practice, combining experimental new technologies and processes ... More

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On a day like today, Swiss architect Le Corbusier was born
October 06, 1887. Charles-Édouard Jeanneret, better known as Le Corbusier (October 6, 1887 - August 27, 1965), was an architect, designer, urbanist, and writer, famous for being one of the pioneers of what is now called modern architecture. He was born in Switzerland and became a French citizen in 1930. His career spanned five decades, with his buildings constructed throughout Europe, India and America. He was a pioneer in studies of modern high design and was dedicated to providing better living conditions for the residents of crowded cities. Le Corbusier adopted his pseudonym in the 1920s, allegedly deriving it in part from the name of a distant ancestor, "Lecorbésier." He was awarded the Frank P. Brown Medal and AIA Gold Medal in 1961. In this image: French architect Georges Le Corbusier, left, and French writer Jules Romains are shown during a session of the conference of artists from around the world in the Palace of the Doges in Venice, Italy, in Sept. 1952.

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