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French premier Manuel Valls reopens Rodin Museum after three years of renovation work

French Prime Minister Manuel Valls walks past "The Thinker" by Auguste Rodin during the inauguration ceremony of the Rodin Museum in Paris after three years of renovation work on November 9, 2015. AFP PHOTO / POOL / ERIC FEFERBERG.

PARIS (AFP).- The French prime minister inaugurated the revamped Rodin Museum in Paris after three years of renovation work. The museum, dedicated to the work of French sculptor Auguste Rodin, famed for his statue "The Thinker", is one of the country's most popular museums with around 700,000 visitors a year. French premier Manuel Valls recalled visiting the museum with his artist father and hailed the sculptor's determination to present "his vision, how things really are" in the face of convention. The 18th-century palace required extensive updating and a redesign of its interior to meet the standards of a modern museum. It had not undergone full renovation since Auguste Rodin himself used it as his Paris studio until his death in 1917. The renovation has allowed the museum to completely rethink its exhibition space, and to show the work of Rodin and some of his ... More

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Russia finds two other paintings under avant-garde masterpiece by Kazimir Malevich   British Museum's priceless treasures go online in Google Cultural Institute partnership   'Blackboard' painting by Cy Twombly goes for record $70.5 million at Sotheby's New York

Malevich first embraced Cubo-Futurism, a Russian avant-garde art movement of the 1910s combining Cubism with the ideas of European Futurism. Photo:

MOSCOW (AFP).- Art experts in Russia say they have discovered two earlier paintings hidden under a monochrome masterpiece by Kazimir Malevich, and an inscription by the Russian avant-garde artist that may shed light on the meaning of the work. Moscow's Tretyakov Gallery -- which houses one of three versions of the iconoclastic art work "Black Square" -- uncovered two Cubist images underneath the top coat of black paint as they investigated it using X-rays for its centenary this year. "It was known that under the Black Square, there was some underlying image. We found out that there is not one image, but two," Yekaterina Voronina, an art researcher at the Tretyakov, told the state-run Kultura television channel. "We proved that the initial image is a Cubo-Futurist composition, while the painting lying directly under the Black Square -- the colours of which you can see in the ... More

Google and British Museum said in a statement that the collections would be "the largest space to be captured on indoor Street View".

LONDON (AFP).- Thousands of artefacts from the British Museum's priceless collections went online Thursday in a partnership with Google that will allow web-users to take a virtual stroll through its galleries. The deal with the Google Cultural Institute, which has 800 partners from over 60 countries, also allows objects to be scrutinised by researchers around the world thanks to high-definition Gigapixel technology. Among artefacts viewable online is the famous Rosetta Stone, which helped unlock the secret of Egyptian hieroglyphs, and sculpture from the Parthenon in Athens. "The world today has changed, the way we access information has been revolutionised by digital technology," British Museum director Neil MacGregor said in a statement. "It is now possible to make our collection accessible, explorable and enjoyable not just for those who physically visit, but to everybody with a computer or a ... More

Cy Twombly’s Untitled (New York City) was the outstanding highlight of the sale, selling for $70,530,000. Photo: Sotheby's.

NEW YORK (AFP).- It may look little more than blackboard scrawls to the untrained eye, but a Cy Twombly work fetched $70.53 million in New York on Wednesday, setting a new auction record for the painter. A smattering of applause broke out in the room after bidding concluded for the star lot of Sotheby's main evening post-war and contemporary art auction of the season. "Untitled" was produced by the US artist as part of his acclaimed Blackboard series in 1968, using oil-based house paint, wax crayon and pencil on canvas. The former army cryptographer painted six bands of repeated loopy lines on a gray background, which was sold by a prominent US collector to benefit a reform temple in Los Angeles. Sotheby's said the price set a new record at auction for the artist, just edging out the previous record of $69.6 million. It marked a phenomenal investment for a picture that British collector Charles Saatchi ... More

Special installation of works by Jean-Étienne Liotard now on view at the J. Paul Getty Museum   Monaco gives go-ahead to million-dollar art fraud trial between Dmitry Rybolovlev and Yves Bouvier   Royal Ontario Museum announces Josh Basseches as Director and Chief Executive Officer

Jean-Étienne Liotard. (Swiss, 1702-1789), Portrait of Maria Frederike van Reede-Athlone at Seven Years of Age, 1755-1756. Pastel on vellum. 21 5/8 x 17 5/8 in. The J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles.

LOS ANGELES, CA.- Swiss artist Jean-Étienne Liotard (1702-1789) excelled at the delicate art of pastel. His finest portraits display an astonishing realism achieved through intense observation and remarkable technical skill and feature royalty, aristocrats, and the bourgeoisie. Jean –Étienne Liotard: A Cosmopolitan Artist, comprised of pastels and drawings from the Getty Museum’s collection and two spectacular loans from a private collection, is now open and continues through April 24, 2016, at the Getty Center. “For most of his very long career, Liotard worked as an itinerant portraitist,” says Timothy Potts, director of the J. Paul Getty Museum. “The works of art in this room testify to the artist’s numerous travels and fame as well as to his astonishing facility in the medium of pastel.” The remarkable success of pastel in the eighteenth century was due to the high demand for portraits from the nobility ... More

A November 22, 2014 file photo shows AS Monaco football club's Russian President Dmitry Rybolovlev. AFP PHOTO / VALERY HACHE.

MONACO.- The fraud case against a Swiss art dealer accused of swindling up to a billion dollars from the owner of Monaco football club should go ahead, a court ruled Thursday. Russian billionaire and club owner Dmitry Rybolovlev bought a total of 37 masterpieces worth two billion euros ($2.1 billion) through art dealer Yves Bouvier over the space of a decade. But their relationship disintegrated last year after he accused Bouvier of inflating prices, rather than finding him the best price, and taking a commission. Rybolovlev's lawyers say Bouvier pocketed "between $500 million and $1 billion" from the inflated prices. On Thursday, the Monaco appeals court rejected Bouvier's request that the case be dismissed, and ruled he should face fraud and money-laundering charges. The woman who introduced the two, Tania Rappo, Rybolovlev's translator and godmother to his youngest daughter, will also face prosecution for taking a commission on the sales, her lawyer ... More

Basseches joins the ROM from the Peabody Essex Museum (PEM) in Salem, Massachusetts, where he is Deputy Director. Photo: Courtesy Peabody Essex Museum (PEM) / Photograph by Kathy Tarantola.

TORONTO.- Bonnie Brooks, Chair of the Royal Ontario Museum Board of Trustees, announced today the appointment of Josh Basseches as the new Director and CEO, following an extensive international search. A museum leader for more than two decades, Basseches brings an extraordinary depth of global museum knowledge and experience to his new role at the ROM. “Josh is a proven leader with a strong vision for museums in the 21st century. We look forward to welcoming him to the ROM and its passionate community, and working with him to realize our ambitious and exciting plans to grow this important institution,” said Bonnie Brooks. Basseches joins the ROM from the Peabody Essex Museum (PEM) in Salem, Massachusetts, where he is Deputy Director. He played a central role in the decade-long transformation of PEM into one of America’s leading museums, with a reputation for innovation and creativity, as well ... More

What a gem: Hong Kong tycoon Joseph Lau buys daughter $48 million diamond at Sotheby's   Exhibition of new work by James Turrell on view at Kayne Griffin Corcoran in Los Angeles   "Masters of the Everyday: Dutch Artists in the Age of Vermeer" opens at The Queen's Gallery, London

A model smiles as she wears the 'Blue Moon' diamond. AFP PHOTO / FABRICE COFFRINI.

HONG KONG.- A Hong Kong billionaire spent a record $48.4 million buying a 12.03-carat diamond dubbed "Blue Moon" for his daughter in an auction in Geneva, his spokeswoman confirmed to AFP Thursday. Property tycoon Joseph Lau, who last year was found guilty of bribery in neighbouring Macau, bought the rock at a Sotheby's auction on Wednesday and immediately renamed it "The Blue Moon of Josephine" after his seven-year-old daughter. The sale comes the day after he spent $28.5 million buying a rare 16.08-carat pink diamond -- the largest of its kind to ever go under the hammer -- from rival auction house Christie's, which he rebaptised "Sweet Josephine". A Hong Kong-based spokeswoman for Lau confirmed the two purchases to AFP. "The first was the pink one 'Sweet Josephine' and the second one was the 'Blue Moon of Josephine'," she said. David Bennett, head of Sotheby's international jewellery division, said the "Blue Moon" sale broke several records, making the ... More

James Turrell, Elliptical Wide Glass, 2014. L.E.D. light, etched glass and shallow space, 50 ¾ x 82 ¼ inches. © James Turrell. Courtesy Kayne Griffin Corcoran, Los Angeles.

LOS ANGELES, CA.- Kayne Griffin Corcoran announces an exhibition of new work by James Turrell, his fifth with the gallery over the last decade. The exhibition includes three major, large-scale Elliptical Glass works as well as a selection of unique graphic works taken from Aten Reign, the large work created for the atrium of the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in 2013. The Elliptical Glass series developed out of Turrell’s larger group of Tall Glass works, begun in 2006, was significant in its introduction of a temporal element. Over a two-and-a-half-hour time period the unique composition sweeps through thousands of different color themes. Across the Elliptical Glass’s plane light gently diffuses to make the shallow space indeterminable to the eye. Vivid combinations of colors seep into and against each other as they slowly shift over time, this change moving so softly as to be at first barely perceptible to the eye. Turrell e ... More

Johannes Vermeer, 'Lady at the Virginals with a Gentleman or 'The Music Lesson'', 1662-5. Royal Collection Trust/ © Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II 2015.

LONDON.- Twenty-seven of the finest 17th- and 18th-century Dutch paintings in the Royal Collection, including Vermeer's 'The Music Lesson', will be brought together in a new exhibition opening this November at The Queen's Gallery, London. Masters of the Everyday: Dutch Artists in the Age of Vermeer includes works by some of the finest artists of the day, among them Gerrit Dou, Pieter de Hooch and Jan Steen. Produced during the Dutch ‘Golden Age’, when the Netherlands was at the forefront of commerce, science and art, these works represent a high point in ‘genre painting’ –  ordinary scenes of everyday life rendered in extraordinary detail. Renowned for their exquisite depiction of space and light, Dutch artists of the period also included humorous or moralising messages in their work for the contemporary viewer to decode. Johannes Vermeer is perhaps the most highly regarded genre painter of h ... More

147 international galleries and 27 art book dealers present at 19th edition of Paris Photo   Susan Hiller's first solo exhibition in London since her Tate retrospective opens at Lisson Gallery   Private estates and prestigious collections result in $1.7 million for Freeman's

Visitors look through art books during the opening of the 19th edition of the Paris Photo Fair. AFP PHOTO/MIGUEL MEDINA.

PARIS.- The 19th edition of Paris Photo opened at the Grand Palais, the cultural event for the discovery of photography through the world’s largest panorama of the medium, from its first expressions to the latest contemporary trends. At the heart of the fair are 147 international galleries who bring to light the greatest talents in photography, each chosen for their prestige, the excellence of their represented artists and the quality of their projects to satisfy the fair's audience of collectors, art professionals, and enthusiasts. 27 specialized art book dealers and publishers join the fair, affirming the historic and artistic importance of the photobook. PRISMES, inaugurated this year, is a new sector in the Salon d’Honneur, dedicated to the exploration of the photographic medium in all its forms. This edition, the accent is on exceptional large format and serial works presented ... More

Susan Hiller © Susan Hiller. Courtesy Lisson Gallery. Photograph: Carla Borel.

LONDON.- In her debut exhibition at Lisson Gallery, Susan Hiller will present a number of recently discovered early pieces as well as celebrated classics and new works made this year. This is the artist’s first solo exhibition in London since her Tate retrospective of 2011. A widely influential artist, Hiller has spent the past six decades questioning belief systems and the production of meaning. Her strategies and methodologies involve the examination of real and imagined phenomena, probing the unseen and the unheard in order to create art that evokes absences, memories and ghosts. Hiller has described her work as “a kind of archaeological investigation, uncovering something to make a different kind of sense of it” and “concentrating on what is unspoken, unacknowledged, unexplained and overlooked.” Her art has repeatedly been ground-breaking in its diversity of materials and forms, combining an astonishing ra ... More

Attributed to John Hesselius (1728-1778), Portrait of Slator (Slater) Clay (1754-1821), Sold for $55,000.

PHILADELPHIA, PA.- Freeman's celebrated the 10th Anniversary of The Pennsylvania Sale on Tuesday, November 10, followed by the bi-annual American Furniture, Folk & Decorative Arts auction on Wednesday the 11th. Combined, the two days of Americana brought $1.7 million in sales, much of which came from private and corporate collections represented by The Estate of William F. Hamilton, Property from the Estate of Nancy duPont Reynolds Cooch, The Linda Abegglen Trust and Property from the Reed & Barton Archives. Buyers from across the country and overseas competed against distinguished museums and other institutions to bid on a wide range of works including 20th century design, fine silver, furniture, folk art, and early American portraiture. “We were thrilled with the results for the 20th Century Design section of The Pennsylvania Sale and equally delighted with the results achieved by ... More

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Fotofever reveals the new talents and creates new passions
PARIS.- The temperature rises: with the attendance and the number of exhibitors constantly rising since its creation, the fourth edition of fotofever paris is preparing a selection, under the artistic supervision of Baudoin Lebon, of a hundred galleries from around the world. In 2015, the presence of Japanese galleries is always important, with galleries such as Emon Photo Gallery, Zen Foto Galleryand tezukayama gallery. Among the new galleries, Lumiere Brothers Gallerywhich constitutes the most important private collection of Russian photography, FELD+HAUSfrom Frankfurt and ZOXX Gallery from the Netherlands. Focusing on France, a new gallery from Montpellier with the participation of galerie annie gabrielli, and for Paris with Maëlle Galerie. More than ever, this is the international rendez-vous, dedicated to contemporary photography for all those who want to discover and support ... More

Zabludowicz Collection opens exhibition of works by Kate Lyddon
LONDON.- Working across drawing, painting and sculpture, Kate Lyddon creates scenes of bodily absurdity and dark humour. A cast of characters, sometimes cartoon-like and often grotesque, enact a variety of nonsensical actions and poses. For this Invites exhibition Lyddon has produced a new series of works, linked by the motif of trees in various guises – spreading branches, twisting roots, and dead stumps – which merge and morph into human form. These figures march, chop, and dance across complex compositions. The production of each work involves embarking on a journey into the unknown, with Lyddon feeling her way at every step. Combining a variety of mark-making and collage techniques, Lyddon’s pencil drawings, detailed etchings, human size sculptures, and expansive canvases result in a range of scales within the exhibition. Resisting stability or repetition, ... More

Phillips presents highlights from the Contemporary Latin America Art Auction
NEW YORK, NY.- Phillips announced the 18 November 2015 Latin America auction featuring 129 lots with a pre-sale estimate of $6,000,000 – 9,100,000. This season marks a seminal moment in the Latin American art market. Never before have works by living female artists graced both the front and back cover of a major auction house’s Latin American art catalogue. This month Phillips breaks the mold by offering a masterpiece by Doris Salcedo as the cover lot and a monumental painting by Beatriz Milhazes on the back cover. After retrospectives at two major museums this year—MCA in Chicago and the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum—the 18 November 2015 Latin America sale offers a rare opportunity to acquire a work by Salcedo, such as Untitled 1992, estimate $300,000-500,000. This exquisite and subtle work gives voice to victims of violence in Colombia. Strikingly different ... More

Rudolf Stingel presents a new group of paintings at Sadie Coles HQ
LONDON.- For his fifth exhibition with Sadie Coles HQ, Rudolf Stingel presents a new group of paintings. The exhibition marks the opening of the gallery’s new space at 1 Davies Street, Mayfair, and spans this location and the existing space at 62 Kingly Street. In a series of square canvases, Stingel examines painting’s capacity to translate and transform a photographic image, dilating a split-second moment into a meditation upon time and memory. The works depict animals glimpsed in natural settings – a pair of birds, a fox, a fish, or a woodpecker extending its head from a hole in a tree trunk – each reproduced in the subdued grisaille or faded colour of Stingel’s photographic sources. He magnifies the period snapshots to imposing yet incongruous proportions, accentuating their compositional quirks and surface imperfections through an exacting and dispassionate technique. Beneath ... More

Group exhibition of portraiture by six West African photographers opens at Jack Bell Gallery
LONDON.- Jack Bell Gallery presents a group exhibition of portraiture by six West African photographers. The show focuses on the regions of Mali and Republic of Benin and includes both vintage and recent prints. Shot between 1960 to present, the majority of these images will be exhibited in the UK for the first time. At a time when many West African countries were gaining independence, studio photography became an important aspect of expressing and redefining local identity. Common amongst all the photographers in the exhibition is the practice of capturing their fellow countrymen on film, attired in their finest clothes, often holding props against carefully chosen backdrops. Their stylized poses and expressions suggest they were engaging directly with the photographer and the camera lens. The photographs give an insider’s viewpoint and an optimistic insight into ... More

Public: 26 artists will transform Collins Park with 27 site-specific installations and performances
MIAMI, FLA.- For the 2015 edition of Art Basel's show in Miami Beach, Nicholas Baume, Director and Chief Curator of Public Art Fund, returns for his third year curating the show’s Public sector. Under the theme ‘Metaforms’, 27 large-scale and site-specific installations and performances by leading and emerging artists from over 11 countries will turn Miami Beach’s Collins Park into an outdoor exhibition space. Produced in collaboration with the Bass Museum of Art for the fifth consecutive year, the sector will include significant works by Olaf Breuning, James Capper, Tony Cragg, Melvin Edwards, Sam Falls, Sylvie Fleury, Katharina Grosse, Matt Johnson, Jacob Kassay, Kris Martin, Rubén Ortiz Torres, Athena Papadopoulos, Ishmael Randall-Weeks, Sterling Ruby, Michael Sailstorfer, Tomás Saraceno, Tony Tasset, Rirkrit Tiravanija, Francisco Ugarte, Timm Ulrichs, Marianne Vitale, ... More

The Hepworth Wakefield presents Enrico David's first UK solo exhibition
WAKEFIELD.- The Hepworth Wakefield presents a new exhibition by Enrico David, introducing recent works, plus a new series of sculptures specially commissioned for The Hepworth Wakefield. Featuring over 20 works created in the past year two years, this is the artist’s first solo show at an institution in the UK since his exhibition at the ICA in 2007 and his Turner Prize nomination in 2009. David’s work encompasses painting, sculpture, textiles and installation with the act of drawing being key to his exploration of form. Mining a space between figuration and abstraction, the artist consistently returns to the body as a point of departure, exploring the human figure as a metaphor for transformation. David's interest in British and European modern sculpture has come to the fore in his work of the past two years, exploring affinities with the work of Barbara Hepworth, Henry Moore and Alberto ... More

Susan Schwalb and Erika Winstone exhibit at Arthouse1 in London
LONDON.- Tarnished presents the work of these two contrasting artists as they orchestrate permutations of tarnish, lustre and luminosity in a range of new works on paper, canvas, video and installation, confirming this ancient technique as a vital medium in contemporary art. 'Tarnished' is commonly understood to mean a loss of lustre and thus of value, or even respect. However, in this exhibition Susan Schwalb and Erika Winstone reverse this understanding, as they each cultivate tarnish as a positive quality in their respective practices, drawing with silver, gold, brass, and other metals. These techniques, collectively known as metalpoint, are currently the subject of a major exhibition at The British Museum, Drawing with Silver and Gold: Leonardo to Jasper Johns, which features the work of Susan Schwalb as one of the foremost artists working in silverpoint in America today. ... More

Light designer Herman Kuijer unveils two spectacular installations for Dutch historical town of Zutphen
ZUTPHEN.- Commissioned by ProRail in collaboration with the City of Zutphen, these permanent light installations are located at two different underpasses. Designed by architects Mari Baauw (Railinfrasolutions) and Maurer United architects respectively, the underpasses serve to link a new area of the town with the traditional town-centre of Zutphen, set on the river IJssel in The Netherlands. This work follows in the rich Dutch tradition of commissioning contemporary art in the public domain, where improving the quality of the public space is paired with creating a safe, sustainable and functional access to the city itself. Bringing together architecture, design and art, Kuijer’s installations take physical form through the light that he projects onto the concrete supporting each underpass. For one - where the concrete itself is also coloured - the projected light is coloured, the other piece ... More

A mysterious nocturnal fog rolls through trees beneath Durham Cathedral as the Lumiere festival opens
DURHAM.- A mysterious rolling fog is one of 29 installations featured in this year’s Lumiere in Durham, the UK’s largest light festival, which began today Thursday 12th November and runs through to Sunday 15 November. The festival is produced by Artichoke and commissioned by Durham County Council with additional support from Arts Council England and a raft of sponsors. Created by veteran artist, Fujiko Nakaya, Fogscape #03238 Durham snakes its way around the trees beneath the Cathedral overlooking the River Wear. Fujiko Nakaya is a pioneer of installation and video art in Japan, and was the first artist to use fog as a sculptural medium, interested in its ever-changing form and how it is shaped, moment to moment, by the meteorological and environmental conditions of the place in which it is created. The Lumiere festival, was first commissioned from ... More

Whyte's announces highlights from its November auction of Important Irish Art
DUBLIN.- Whyte’s November auction of Important Irish Art offers collectors some of the most desirable artworks by the country’s most sought-after names. The sale will take place at the RDS, Ballsbridge on Monday 30th at 6pm, viewing will be open to the public from Saturday to Monday (28th-30th, 10am-6pm) Since the beginning of 2015 the Irish market has experienced a resurgence and there is a palpable confidence in the saleroom with collectors willing to bid competitively again on the lots they desire. Whyte’s sales have experienced selling rates as high as 90% since February with some of the most desirable pictures achieving prices two and three times their estimates. A short supply of top quality and rare artworks appears to be driving this demand and Whyte’s Important Irish Art sale later this month offers to quench the collectors’ thirst for the crème de la crème on the art market. ... More

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On a day like today, Italian painter Ludovico Carracci died
August 13, 1619. Ludovico (or Lodovico) Carracci (21 April 1555 - 13 November 1619) was an Italian, early-Baroque painter, etcher, and printmaker born in Bologna. His works are characterized by a strong mood invoked by broad gestures and flickering light that create spiritual emotion and are credited with reinvigorating Italian art, especially fresco art, which was subsumed with formalistic Mannerism. He died in Bologna in 1619. In this image: Ludovico Carracci, Christ in the Wilderness, Served by Angels.

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