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Christie's New York sets world record prices for Amedeo Modigliani and Roy Lichtenstein

Auctioneer Jussi Pylkkanen stands next to a picture of Amedeo Modigliani's "Nu couche" during the "Artist Muse: A Curated Evening Sale" November 9, 2015 at Christie's New York November 9, 2015 . The painting sold for USD170,405,000. Managing only one solo exhibition in his life and giving his work away in exchange for meals in restaurants, Modigliani died destitute. AFP PHOTO / TIMOTHY A. CLARY.

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NEW YORK (AFP).- Christie's on Monday smashed world record prices at auction for Amedeo Modigliani and Roy Lichtenstein, selling works by the artists for $170.4 million and $95.37 million respectively. Modigliani's "Nu Couche" or "Reclining Nude," painted in 1917-18, sold in New York after a frantic nine-minute bidding war in the first time the painting has ever come to auction. It was the second highest price ever achieved at auction for a work or art, Christie's said. Applause erupted in the packed room when the sale concluded. The world record is $179.4 million for Picasso's "The Women of Algiers (Version 0)" -- which the auction house sold in New York last May in a record-breaking spring season. ... More

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1,500-year-old frieze with human figures found at Peru shrine: Archaeologists report   Outstanding Van Dyck portrait acquired for Bowes Museum, accepted in lieu of tax   Team of architects and scientists find 'anomalies' in thermal scanning of Egypt pyramids

The Huanca monolith in the Caral archaeological complex, in Supe-Peru on November 8, 2015. 5,000-year-old Caral is South America's most ancient city, and had one of the oldest cultures in the world after Egypt and Mesopotamia. AFP PHOTO/Ernesto Benavides.

LIMA (AFP).- Archaeologists in Peru have unearthed a 1,500-year old frieze with human figures believed to be from the indigenous Moche culture, the latest find at a site famous for its pre-Incan treasures. The discovery, in Peru's northern La Libertad region, was made at the Huaca de la Luna, or Shrine of the Moon, the El Comercio newspaper reported on Sunday. Ten sculpted human figures on the work measure 1.6 meters (roughly 5'3") tall, archaeologists working at the site told the paper. The Huaca de La Luna sanctuary, which pre-dates the Spanish conquest, is located a few kilometers (miles) outside the current city of Trujillo and is a site rich in ancient archaeological treasures. The large adobe brick structure was largely spared the ... More

Sir Anthony Van Dyck, Portrait of Olivia Mrs. Endymion Porter. Oil on canvas, 137.2 by 110.2 cm.

LONDON.- Arts Council England has today (9 November) announced the acceptance in lieu of inheritance tax of a painting by Sir Anthony Van Dyck of his close friend Olivia Porter. This exceptional portrait which has been allocated to The Bowes Museum, Barnard Castle, County Durham, is a major acquisition for the North of England. Portrait of Olivia Mrs. Endymion Porter by Van Dyck, one of the most important painters working in England in the seventeenth century, was painted circa 1637 when the artist was at the height of his career and is one of his finest female portraits. Olivia Porter (née Boteler) (d. 1663) was the daughter of John Boteler, 1st Baron Boteler of Brantfield (1566-1637) and his wife Elizabeth Villiers (the sister of the 1st Duke of Buckingham, the King’s Favourite). Olivia Porter was a lady-in-waiting to Queen Henrietta Maria. In 1619 she married Endymion Porter (1587-1649), who was also a major figure of the peri ... More

Egyptian Minister of Antiquities Mamdouh el-Damati (L), Jean Claude Barre (C) of Heritage Innovation Preservation (HIP) institute and Hany Helal (R) of the Faculty of Engineering of Cairo University, speak in front of the great pyramid of Khufu (Cheops) in Giza. AFP PHOTO / KHALED DESOUKI.

CAIRO (AFP).- Anomalies have been found in Egypt's Khufu pyramid two weeks into a thermal scanning project aimed at discovering the famed pharaonic monument secrets, officials said on Monday. Operation Scan Pyramids began on October 25 to search for hidden chambers inside four pyramids including Khufu's, the tallest and also known as the Great pyramid of Giza. Two weeks on, the team of architects and scientists from Egypt, France, Canada and Japan said in a joint statement they had observed "thermal anomalies" on the monuments, including on the Khufu pyramid. "The teams have concluded the existence of several thermal anomalies that were observed on all monuments during the heating up or the cooling down phases," the statement ... More

New giant raptor discovered by University of Kansas researchers in South Dakota   Russian artist Pyotr Pavlensky detained for torching security service headquarters door   Palm Beach Modern Auctions merges art and furniture sales into one design timeline event, Nov. 21-22

Dakotaraptor claw workbench. Photo: Robert DePalma, of the Palm Beach Museum of Natural History.

LAWRENCE, KS.- A research team led by a University of Kansas alumnus has identified a new giant raptor, the largest specimen ever found with wing feathers. Named Dakotaraptor, the fossil from the Hell Creek Formation in South Dakota is thought to be about 17 feet long, making it among the largest raptors in the world. “This new predatory dinosaur also fills the body size gap between smaller theropods and large tyrannosaurs that lived at this time,” KU Paleontologist and co-author David Burnham said. Robert DePalma, curator of vertebrate paleontology at the Palm Beach Museum of Natural History and lead author of the research, led the expedition to South Dakota where the specimen was found. At the time, he was a graduate student studying with former KU paleontology professor and curator Larry Martin, who died in 2014. “This Cretaceous period raptor would have been lightly built and probably just as agile ... More

Russian artist Pyotr Pavlensky poses after setting fire to the doors of the headquarters of the FSB security service, the successor to the KGB, in central Moscow. AFP PHOTO / NIGINA BEROEVA.

MOSCOW (AFP).- Russia on Monday detained a political performance artist best known for nailing his scrotum to Red Square after he torched the doors to the headquarters of the FSB security service, the successor to the KGB. Pyotr Pavlensky set fire to the wooden doors of the sprawling FSB building in downtown Moscow around 1:00am (Sunday 2200 GMT), his lawyer Olga Chavdar told AFP from the Moscow police station where he was being held. Police later opened a criminal investigation into vandalism for political reasons over the incident, a Moscow police spokesman told AFP. If charged and found guilty of vandalism -- defiling or damaging property -- Pavlensky could face up to three years in prison. A video posted online on Pavlensky's social media account shows flames leaping to the top of the doorway as the artist stands in front of it holding a petrol ... More

Andy Warhol (American, 1928-1987), silkscreen titled ‘Mao,’ est. $30,000-$40,000. All images courtesy of Palm Beach Modern Auctions.

WEST PALM BEACH, FLA.- The eye-catching cover of Palm Beach Modern Auctions’ catalog speaks a thousand words about what to expect at the company’s Nov. 21-22 auction. Andy Warhol’s vibrant pop-art depiction of a Campbell’s Chicken ’N Dumplings Soup can serves as the visual appetizer for an 817-lot selection of sleek modern design, art and decorative accessories, with an emphasis on midcentury. Adding a crowning touch is the boutique array of luxury goods and jewelry. The winter-season opener for South Florida’s modern-art auction headquarters will combine two sessions that, in previous years, had been conducted two weeks apart. “We’re sure our clients will appreciate having to make only one trip during the month of November instead of two. Now they can bid on furniture, decorative accessories and luxury goods in the Saturday session and modern art, rare editions and sculptures in the Sunday session,” said ... More

Wallraf-Richartz-Museum opens first-ever exhibition to survey Godefridus Schalcken’s oeuvre   Selfies on paper: Self-portraits from Rembrandt to Willink on view at the Rijksmuseum   Major new gallery for the display and study of Spanish art commissioned in County Durham

Godefridus Schalcken, Self-Portrait, Leamington Spa Art Gallery and Museum, Leamington Spa.

COLOGNE.- A lady looking into a mirror in the soft candlelight, proud, a little pert perhaps, but certainly enigmatic. Few artists have matched the ability of Godefridus Schalcken (Made near Breda 1643 – 16 November 1706 The Hague) to capture such magical moments on canvas so powerfully that they still compel attention three centuries later. In autumn 2015 the Wallraf-Richartz-Museum & Fondation Courboud launched in cooperation with the Dordrechts Museum the first-ever exhibition to survey Schalcken’s oeuvre as a whole, inviting a reassessment of this unique painter and seducing visitors to have a detailed look at the charming and enchanting art of Schalcken. More than eighty loans from public and private collections worldwide are on show, a third of his known painted oeuvre. Lenders include the Leiden Collection, New York, The Rose-Marie and Eijk van Otterloo Collection, ... More

Johannes Lutma, Zelfportret Tekenend, 1643 - 1689.

AMSTERDAM.- The Rijksmuseum is exhibiting ninety drawings, prints and photographs spanning a period from the seventeenth century to the twentieth to tell the story of the ‘selfie’ on paper. Virtually every artist in the past looked in a mirror and captured his or her image for posterity – just as we do now. Self-portraits by such artists as Rembrandt, Moses ter Borch, Leendert van der Cooghen, Wouter Johannes van Troostwijk, Käthe Kollwitz, Jan Toorop, Oskar Kokoschka and Carel Willink can be found in the print rooms on every floor of the museum. There is one model who is always available, never complains of aching feet, doesn’t harp on about more pay and is prepared to adopt every conceivable pose and facial expression – the artist himself. But the reasons why artists recorded themselves were very different over the course of the centuries. Self-portraits made in the seventeenth century are ... More

The collection will be based around a core of Golden Age masterpieces by artists including El Greco, Ribera,Velàzquez and Zurbaràn, forming the heart of the collection.

COUNTY DURHAM.- Ambitious £5.5m plans have been unveiled for a pioneering new gallery dedicated to the display and research of Spanish art to be created in County Durham as part of the Auckland Castle restoration and redevelopment project. Monumental works from some of the most significant artists of the 16th and 17th centuries, including El Greco, Ribera, Velàzquez and Zurbaràn, are among a collection spanning Spanish and Hispanic art history from the Medieval period to the late 20th Century in the groundbreaking new development opening in 2018. This internationally significant new gallery is expected to bring academics and tourists to Bishop Auckland, acting as a catalyst for the regeneration of the area. Dedicated to the study and appreciation of Spain’s ... More

Major showing of woodcuts at the National Museum from Albrecht Dürer to Edvard Munch   New Harley Gallery to open in March 2016 with rarely seen work by Michelangelo   Luc Tuyman's first exhibition in Scotland on view at the Talbot Rice Gallery

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OSLO.- The “Impressions: Five Centuries of Woodcuts” exhibition opened on 6 November at the National Gallery showcasing a wide array of Norwegian and international woodcuts. The selection is wide-ranging, spanning from Albrecht Dürer to a newly produced installation by Thomas Kilpper. The exhibition features woodcuts by artists such as Hanne Borchgrevink, Tore Hansen, the Kierulf sisters, and Mamma Andersson. It also displays exquisitely executed Japanese colour woodcuts from the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. Though the formats and styles vary greatly, the works are linked by their use of graphic techniques. The age-old technique of woodcuts has been the subject of renewed interest in recent years, and the democratic idea of widely reproducing and distributing images remains relevant. Most of the works featured in the exhibition, nearly a hundred in total, hail from the museum’s abundant collection ... More

Michelangelo Buonarroti, Madonna del Silenzio, c. 1538. © The Portland Collection.

WORKSOP.- The new Harley Gallery at Welbeck, Nottinghamshire, opens on 20 March 2016. Designed by Hugh Broughton Architects, known for their award-winning Halley VI Antarctic Research Station, the new gallery will house changing displays of the historic Portland Collection. The new 800 square meters building includes a glazed entrance pavilion and two spacious galleries. The Picture Gallery has a barrel-vaulted ceiling divided in two to allow light to fill the space from above. The Treasury Gallery provides a flexible display space to show light-sensitive objects. The new gallery will showcase masterpieces from the Portland Collection, including: • Michelangelo’s rarely seen Madonna del Silenzio (c.1538) will go on show for the first time in fifty years • The pearl earring worn by Charles I at his execution in 1649 • The Portland Tiara by Cartier worn by Winifred, Duchess of Portland • George ... More

Luc Tuymans (2015) Orange Red Brown. Courtesy David Zwirner, NY / London.

EDINBURGH.- Luc Tuymans is one of the most influential painters working today. For his first exhibition in Scotland, at the University of Edinburgh’s Talbot Rice Gallery, this provocative artist brings together his work with that of the most significant of Scottish Enlightenment portrait painters, Henry Raeburn. Utilising images of yellow and pink canaries, anonymous gatherings of people and Raeburn’s sombre black-robed academics, Birds of a Feather associates themes of independence, enlightenment and social control. Within the exhibition the canaries, being one of the most recognisable domesticated birds, evoke a natural world reformed through biological and social engineering. In this light they inculcate Raeburn’s sitters, including William Robertson and John Playfair (Scottish Historian, Minister and University Principal on one ... More

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"Dance: Marc Mellon, Jane Sutherland, Philip Trager" on view at the Walsh Gallery at Fairfield University
FAIRFIELD, CONN.- A new exhibition at the Walsh Gallery at Fairfield University features sculptor Marc Mellon, painter Jane Sutherland and photographer Philip Trager. Visitors to this show will relish the unique opportunity to see Mellon’s classically inspired life-size bronze sculptures of dancers juxtaposed with Sutherland’s intriguing Little Dancer paintings, a series directly inspired by Edgar Degas’ great work of this same name. Finally, Trager’s silver gelatin and platinum prints of dancers — whether airborne or with bodies quieted into astoundingly expressive postures —delight the eye as much as they do the mind and the spirit. “We are really pleased to present the innovative exhibition, DANCE, which features the works of three talented and renowned Connecticut-based artists--sculptor Marc Mellon, painter Jane Sutherland and photographer Philip Trager ... More

Canvas outdoor museum show opens in downtown West Palm Beach
WEST PALM BEACH, FLA.- Billed as the nation’s largest outdoor museum show, CANVAS is underway in West Palm Beach. Artists from across the globe are hard at work creating 20 dramatic, inspiring installations and murals on selected buildings and infrastructure throughout the downtown district, plus underneath the bridge to Palm Beach. The two-week experience will run through Nov. 22, and the public is invited to watch this monumental show come to life. “The idea behind CANVAS is to captivate the imagination and ignite both ideas and inspiration by bringing public art to the forefront of our collective consciousness here in West Palm Beach,” said CANVAS founder and West Palm Beach-based gallerist, Nicole Henry. “This amazing city has not yet fully realized its tremendous potential to become an arts and cultural hub. Our CANVAS team is very excited to advance that ... More

High Museum of Art premieres North American tour of Iris van Herpen's innovative haute couture designs
ATLANTA, GA.- The High Museum of Art is the first U.S. museum to present a major exhibition of work by visionary Dutch fashion designer Iris van Herpen, a cutting-edge artist inspired by diverse influences in the arts, sciences, music and philosophy. Marking the High’s first presentation of fashion design, “Iris van Herpen: Transforming Fashion” features one-of-a-kind haute couture—acclaimed for its combination of traditional craftsmanship and futuristic, innovative techniques—and includes some of the world’s first examples of 3D-printed fashion. The exhibition is co-organized with the Groninger Museum (the Netherlands) and debuted at the High, where it will be on view from Nov. 7, 2015, through May 15, 2016, before continuing on a North American tour. “Iris van Herpen’s work is an incredible fusion of artistic expression, craftsmanship and creativity,” said Sarah Schleuning, ... More

New portraits displayed at the National Portrait Gallery
WASHINGTON, DC.- History, science, music, literature, art, social struggle, culture and sports converge in the new installation of “Recent Acquisitions” at the Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery. The annual exhibition is on view from Nov. 6 through Oct. 30, 2016. From Frederick Douglass, Bob Hope, Charlayne Hunter-Gault and Aretha Franklin to Rita Moreno, Matilde Krim, Hank Aaron, Willie Nelson and Rubén Blades, this exhibition features 29 objects that tell the story and identity of America through the art of portraiture and showcase some of the newest additions to the museum’s collection. These portraits reflect the connection between American history, biography and art through a wide variety of mediums: paintings, sculpture, prints, drawings, photographs and time-based media. These acquisitions join more than 24,000 others in the Portrait Gallery’s collection to represent ... More

1400 square foot luminous landscape of bold color by Liza Lou on view at the Neuberger Museum of Art
PURCHASE, NY.- Liza Lou’s monumental shimmering work Color Field – on view at the Neuberger Museum of Art, Purchase College, SUNY from November 8, 2015 through February 21, 2016, in the exhibition Liza Lou: Color Field and Solid Gray – is the artist’s largest sculpture to date. Blanketing the Museum’s gallery floor, the 1400 square foot work, with its thousands of blades of grass (small stainless steel wires) arranged in brilliant squares of color (over 2 million tiny glass beads are strung on the wires), took four years, a team of 30 Zulu women artisans in Durban, South Africa, and hundreds of volunteers in Westchester County to assemble, all under the artist’s direction. Although its name seems to pay homage to the original Color Field painters of the 1950s and 60s such as Mark Rothko and Helen Frankenthaler, Liza Lou, a MacArthur Foundation prize-winning artist, ... More

Major Gerda Wegener exhibition opens at ARKEN Museum of Modern Art
COPENHAGEN.- The painter and illustrator Gerda Wegener aroused a furore in Denmark, but was fêted in Paris because of her sophisticated line and her elegant portraits of women. In November ARKEN Museum of Modern Art in Copenhagen presents the biggest exhibition so far of works by the pioneering artist whose life and works strike a chord in our own time. Gerda Wegener (1885-1940) was a woman ahead of her time. It was not evident that this minister’s daughter from eastern Jutland would become Denmark’s foremost exponent of Art Deco and one of the most colourful personalities of her time. Paris was to be the city where she and her husband, the landscape painter Einar Wegener (1882-1931), unfolded their artistic careers. There they lived a fashionable life, enabled to a great extent by Gerda’s success as a portrait painter and an illustrator for the leading fashion ... More

Rare & vintage gems shine at Freeman's November 2 Jewelry & Watches Auction
PHILADELPHIA, PA.- Prominent designers and brilliant gems sparkled at Freeman’s November 2nd auction of Jewelry and Watches. Realizing over $1.76 million, the sale was highlighted by whimsical and unique pieces from makers such as David Webb and Marcus & Co., as well as impressive diamonds, attracting bidders from around the globe. "The market for rare and vintage jewels continues to be strong and consistently out performs expectations," remarked international jewelry specialist Virginia Salem. A diamond, platinum and gold plique-à-jour brooch from Marcus & Co. had drawn a great deal of attention from serious collectors after being part of a traveling exhibition to London, New York, and Los Angeles. After spirited bidding, this unique piece received a round of applause when the hammer fell, selling for $161,000 - a price 260% above its original auction estimate. ... More

Winnie the Pooh "The Wine Waiter (And Piglet Stacking Dishes) offered at Bonhams Book Sale
LONDON.- A charming sketch by Winnie the Pooh illustrator E. H. Shepard, dashed off as a farewell gift to the steward who had served at his table on a voyage to Australia over Christmas and New Year 1967/68, is included in Bonhams Fine Books and Manuscripts sale in London on 11 November. It is estimated at £8,000-12,000. The sketch, marked table 32 and signed by Shepard’s fellow diners, shows Winnie the Pooh carrying a gigantic bottle of wine and Piglet loaded down with dishes trotting around behind. Shepard drew it on the back of the menu for the Landfall Dinner marking the arrival of the SS Arcadia in Sydney on 14 January 1968 at the end of the voyage. The sketch is just one of several original illustrations in the sale connected with children’s literature. The artwork for the cover of the 1970 Daily Express Annual featuring Rupert Bear and chums on a ... More

Christian Kerez nominated to exhibit at the Swiss Pavilion at the 2016 Venice Architecture Bienniale
ZURICH.- The Swiss Arts Council Pro Helvetia has nominated Christian Kerez, architect and professor at ETH Zürich, to exhibit at the Swiss Pavilion at the 15th International Architecture Exhibition – la Biennale di Venezia in 2016. «Salon Suisse», the supporting programme, has been assigned to the Geneva-based architecture expert Leïla el-Wakil. The 15th Architecture Biennale in Venice is scheduled to run from 28 May to 27 November 2016. Swiss architect Christian Kerez, born 1962 in Maracaibo (Venezuela), will be responsible for creating the exhibition at the Swiss Pavilion for the 15th edition of the Architecture Biennale in Venice. Kerez studied at ETH Zürich and has been teaching there as Professor of Architecture and Design since 2009. Internationally acclaimed for his commercial tower building in Zhengzhou, China, and a large-scale social housing development project in Brazil, ... More

Howard Greenberg Gallery opens first exhibition with Korean artist Jungjin Lee
NEW YORK, NY.- The acclaimed Korean artist Jungjin Lee is having her inaugural exhibition at Howard Greenberg Gallery from October 29 - December 12, 2015. Jungjin Lee: Unnamed Road/Everglades presents photographs from two recent series. Unnamed Road is a body of work on Israel and the West Bank; with Everglades, Lee turns her focus to the Florida Everglades. Jungjin Lee’s photography is imbued with elemental vastness and wonder. A former assistant of Robert Frank, she creates meditative landscapes with a unique interplay between image and material, capturing moments in time that are uniquely her own. Using a multilayered process that integrates elements of painting, Lee’s photographs exude a materiality not often found in photography. She aims to find “a fundamental essence of things being captured through my intuition, the inner state of my mind, beyond ... More

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On a day like today, English painter William Hogarth was born
August 10, 1697. William Hogarth FRSA (10 November 1697 - 26 October 1764) was an English painter, printmaker, pictorial satirist, social critic, and editorial cartoonist. His work ranged from realistic portraiture to comic strip-like series of pictures called "modern moral subjects", perhaps best known being his moral series A Harlot's Progress, A Rake's Progress and Marriage A-la-Mode. In this image: William Hogarth, The Beggar’s Opera II, 1728. Oil on canvas, signed, 47 x 54.6 cm, courtesy of The Fine Art Society.

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