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Gilbert & George's first exhibition in Australasia opens at the Museum of Old and New Art

Gilbert & George: The Art Exhibition, on display at Mona until March 28, 2016. Photo: Mona/Rémi Chauvin. Image Courtesy Mona, Museum of Old and New Art, Hobart, Tasmania, Australia.

HOBART.- Two people, but one artist: the legendary Gilbert & George’s first ever exhibition in Australasia, Gilbert & George: The Art Exhibition, is now open at the Museum of Old and New Art in Tasmania, Australia, until March 28, 2016. Gilbert & George: The Art Exhibition is a major retrospective, including pictures spanning five decades; dating from 1970 to most recent pictures of 2014. Curated by Gilbert & George with organising curators, Mona’s Co-Directors of Exhibitions and Collections, Olivier Varenne and Nicole Durling, the pictures are installed across the entirety of Mona’s touring galleries, 14 metres underground. Our pictures deal with the great universals: death, hope, life, fear, sex, money, race and religion. Seeing is believing. See for yourself: Gilbert & George: The Art Exhibition. This is your very first – and last – chance to see one hundred of our pictures, ... More

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The Whitney Museum of American Art in New York debuts "Frank Stella: A Retrospective"   Ringo Starr auction at Julien's Auctions breaks world records and raises nearly $10 million   Artcurial announces second annual auction dedicated to Asian Art to be held in Paris

Frank Stella, East Broadway, 1958 (detail). Oil on canvas. 85 1/4 x 81 in. (216.5 x 205.7 cm). Addison Gallery of American Art, Phillips Academy, Andover, Massachusetts; gift of the artist (PA 1954) 1980.14. © 2015 Frank Stella/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York.

NEW YORK, NY.- The most comprehensive U.S. career retrospective to date of the work of Frank Stella, co-organized by the Whitney Museum of American Art and the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, debuted at the Whitney. Frank Stella: A Retrospective brings together the artist’s best-known works installed alongside lesser known examples to reveal the extraordinary scope and diversity of his nearly sixty-year career. Approximately 100 works, including icons of major museum and private collections, are being shown. Along with paintings, reliefs, sculptures, and prints, a selection of drawings and maquettes have been included to shed light on Stella’s conceptual and material process. With the close collaboration of the artist, Frank ... More

This specific drum kit has not been seen in public for more than 50 years and sold for the record price of $2.2 million to Indianapolis Colts owner Jim Irsay.

BEVERLY HILLS, CA.- Julien’s Auctions, the auction house to the “Starrs” closed the three day auction of The Collection of Ringo Starr & Barbara Bach by setting more world records. The Collection of Ringo Starr & Barbara Bach auction began on Thursday, December 3, 2015 and ended today, Saturday, December 5, 2015. The once-in-a-lifetime collection curated by Ringo & Barbara themselves included extraordinary memorabilia. The auction raised nearly $10 million. Among the seven of Starr’s personal drum kits in the auction was the iconic musician’s first 1963 Ludwig Oyster Black Pearl three-piece drum kit. The kit was used by Starr in more than 200 performances between May of 1963 and February of 1964 and used to record some of The Beatles biggest hits including: “Can’t Buy Me Love,” “She Loves You,” “All My Loving,” “I Want to Hold Your Hand,” “Money, ... More

Buddha head made from grey stone, China. Beginning of the Tang dynasty, 7th century. From an ancient collection belonging to Marianne Densmore, Paris (Estimate 60 000 – 80 000 € / 66 000 –88 000 $)

PARIS.- On December 15th, Artcurial will organise its second annual auction dedicated to Asian Art. Presenting 230 lots, composed of a fine selection of objects, furniture, sculptures and textiles, the sale will include a rich panorama of both Chinese and Japanese creation. The auction will open with a set of small, precious objects including eleven snuffboxes made from rare stones (agate, jade and rock crystal.) The consummation of tobacco in China increased when the Manchu conquerors, who founded the Qing dynasty in 1644, came to power. Just like in Europe, tobacco leaves were snorted and the snuffboxes were used to protect the tobacco against humidity. As this practice was reserved for an elite class, the objects are refined and decorated with paint or finely sculpted. Sometimes the decoration can entirely ... More

From Modern to Contemporary Art: Record auction realizes around €24 million   More than 500 Greek artifacts from the collections of 21 museums exhibited at the Field Museum   Gianguan Auctions opens new gallery with collections of Buddhist art and scroll paintings

With € 825,000 for Otto Piene's “Dynamisches Volumen”, auctioneer Robert Ketterer set a new world record.

MUNICH.- It was a very good auction. “We booked numerous records and top results. In total, more than 70% of all objects were sold with an average increase of above 60% each“, says Robert Ketterer. He continues: “The € 100,000 line was crossed 30 times, 19 times more than in the Dec. 2014 auctions. The top result of around € 24 million in our Dec. auctions even topped last year's figures from the same period by more than 2 million. This section was led by Erich Heckel's oil painting “Hügellandschaft” (lot 231). A Swiss collector granted the result of € 750,000 for the atmospheric painting from the artist's best period of creation. He relegated a Northern German competitor on the phone to second place and made for almost twice the starting price of € 440,000. This result reflects the great atmosphere in the full saleroom and on the phones. Called up a little later, ... More

The exhibition contains more than 500 magnificent artifacts, many of which have never been displayed outside of Greece.

CHICAGO, IL.- The Greeks—Agamemnon to Alexander the Great draws from the collections of 21 museums throughout Greece, making it the largest exhibition of its kind to tour North America in 25 years. Spanning 5,000 years of Greek history and culture, the exhibition presents stories of individuals from its origins in Neolithic villages through its expansion during the conquests of Alexander the Great. The Greeks is making the first of two U.S. stops at The Field, and its appearance is the result of a first-of-its-kind partnership between The Field Museum and co-presenter, the National Hellenic Museum. In addition to The Greeks at The Field Museum, the National Hellenic Museum will host related programming and exhibitions in its Greektown home. An exhibition developed by the Hellenic Ministry of Culture, Education and Religious Affairs (Athens, Greece), The Field Museum (Chicago, ... More

A silver Vajrasattva decorated with gems. Qing Dynasty. $6,000-$8,000.

NEW YORK, NY.- Gianguan Auctions will inaugurate its new Manhattan gallery at 39 W. 56th Street with a holiday sale of Buddhist art, Chinese porcelains and fine Chinese paintings, ancient to modern. Collections of stone seals, teapots and carved jades also come to the podium on Saturday, December 19th, beginning at 11:00 a.m. The Chinese porcelains include Famille Rose, Caledon, Zisha, and Blanc de Chine from the Yuan Dynasty through the Ming, Glazes run from copper red to wood grain, flambé and purple splash, creating a compelling inventory for collectors. The marquee item is Lot 138, a Yuan dynasty dragon jar with a rare copper red underglaze that depicts a three-clawed dragon among flames chasing a flaming pearl. Standing 12 ¾ inches tall, the pear-shaped vase is $200,000-$400,000. Meanwhile, mid-level collectors will be well pleased with Lot 234, a Ming Dynasty bovine blood- ... More

Yale Center for British Art to complete interior conservation of its landmark building designed by Louis I. Kahn   Sneakers take the floor at Toledo Museum of Art: The Rise of Sneaker Culture opens   Master framers Eli Wilner & Company acquires rare California frame, circa 1850

Installation team removing a George Stubbs painting from the Yale Center for British Art Library Court prior to construction, photograph by Richard Caspole.

NEW HAVEN, CONN.- The Yale Center for British Art will reopen to the public on May 11, 2016, after completing the third phase of a major building conservation project. Visitors to the renovated building will experience a stimulating new installation of the Center’s unparalleled collection of more than five centuries of British art, largely the gift of the institution’s founder, Paul Mellon (Yale College, Class of 1929). The Long Gallery, located on the fourth floor, will be wholly reconfigured, returning to the architect Louis I. Kahn’s original conception of a study gallery, with over two hundred works installed from floor to ceiling across seven bays. Adjacent to this gallery, in a space that formerly served as an office, will be a new seminar room for faculty, students, and visiting scholars to engage in the close study of collection objects. In addition to the reinstallation of the collection, which ... More

Nike. Air Jordan I, 1985. Nike Archives. Photo: Ron Wood. Courtesy American Federation of Arts/Bata Shoe Museum.

TOLEDO, OH.- Sneakers have evolved from sportswear to fashion statement and cultural signifier. The Rise of Sneaker Culture, an exhibition on view at the Toledo Museum of Art, traces that evolution from the 1830s to today. Approximately one-hundred and sixty sneakers – from an 1860s spiked running shoe to contemporary sneaker collaborations with such artists and designers as Damien Hirst, Jeff Staple and Kanye West – went on display Dec. 3 in the Levis Galleries (Galleries 28 A-C). It is the first time the exhibition has been seen in Ohio after popular runs at the Bata Shoe Museum and Brooklyn Museum. “The Rise of Sneaker Culture is an exhibition that everyone connects with, because we all wear sneakers – even if we call them tennis shoes,” said Brian Kennedy, director of the Toledo Museum of Art. “We’re delighted to present an exhibition that’s as fun as it is informative and ... More

Corner detail of Eli Wilner & Company period frame, California circa 1850, 41 3/8 X 59 ½ inches.

NEW YORK, NY.- Eli Wilner & Company announced their acquisition of a highly important California Gold Rush-era Jones & Wooll picture frame, circa 1850, gilded with applied ornament. The 1850s was an era of exploration and adventure when Americans fully recognized the diversity of the country’s landscape. The California Gold Rush was at its peak and the city of San Francisco enjoyed rapid growth as fortunes were being made. At this time David Jones and John Wooll owned a store located on Market Street where they sold picture frames and mirrors. Decorated with floral sprays and foliage, this exquisite frame features finely detailed molded ornament in the cove and elaborate projecting corners. The frame features a stamped label on the verso "Jones & Wooll's Mirror and Picture Store 643 Market Street," and retains its original finish in near perfect condition. In terms of 1850s frames this is a wonderful example ... More

Sobey Art Foundation and the National Gallery of Canada usher in new era for the Sobey Art Award   Exhibition at MOT International draws upon the visual language and humour of the cartoon   Tiancheng International Jewellery and Jadeite Autumn Auction 2015 realises over US$31.4 million

The presentation of works of art from short-listed artists will alternate between the National Gallery and institutions across the country.

OTTAWA.- The Sobey Art Foundation and the National Gallery of Canada announced a new partnership in which the Gallery, starting in 2016, will become the organizing institution for the Sobey Art Award, Canada’s prestigious contemporary art prize. Building on the success achieved by the award’s founding partner institution, the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia, the new partnership will chart an ambitious new global course for contemporary Canadian art. “Since its inception in 2002, the Sobey Art Foundation has aspired to enhance the role of contemporary art in Canadian culture,” said the Chair of the Sobey Art Foundation, Rob Sobey. “We are tremendously grateful to the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia for its efforts in highlighting and celebrating the best of Canadian contemporary art. For over thirteen years, our founding partner helped raise the award’s profile to achieve remarkable success. We look forward to working with t ... More

The Funnies, 2015. Exhibition view, MOT International, Brussels.

BRUSSELS.- Taking its title from the comics section of twentieth century American newspapers, The Funnies draws upon the visual language and humour of the cartoon. From Philip Guston and Oliver Osborne to George Condo and Anne Speier, the exhibition brings together eighteen artists whose work celebrates humour and shares an incontestable taste for exaggeration, derision and slapstick. Particularly popular throughout the 1950s and 1960s, ‘the funnies’ continue to punctuate the spaces between the Politics and Sport sections in Sunday magazines and newspapers. Billed as light entertainment, they distill the news and incisively translate them into satyrical jokes. Within the exhibition, Werner Büttner’s collages and Rose Wylie’s painting encapsulate the conventional format of ‘the funnies’ in which the short and direct narrative contained within the picture is often augmented by an amusing caption acting as a punchline. Favouring figuration over abstraction ... More

Top Lot of The Evening: Pair of Jadeite, Icy Lavender Jadeite, Coloured Diamond and Diamond Pendent Earrings╱Ring╱Pendent Necklace, Alessio Boschi sells for HK$ 25.96 million╱US$ 3.33 million.

HONG KONG.- Tiancheng International Jewellery and Jadeite Autumn Auction 2015 concluded with triumph today, realising over HK$245 million╱US$31.4 million. Together with the spring auction, Tiancheng achieved HK$540 million╱US$69 million in 2015. With 87% of total value sold and nearly 80% of lot sold, the sale was led by eight lots soaring above HK$10 million. The Mikimoto Collection was all sold, over one-fifth of lots were sold above the estimate and a world auction record for colour-changing spinel was set. The top lot of the auction belongs to the Pair of Jadeite, Icy Lavender Jadeite, Coloured Diamond and Diamond Pendent Earrings╱Ring╱Pendent Necklace. Beginning at HK$16 million and after 7 intense bids, the magnificent piece was hammered at HK$22 million, which was eventually sold to a phone bidder for HK$ 25.96 million╱US$ 3.33 million ... More

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For the first time ever, Folk art has its own space on an art and design website
WOBURN, MASS.- In an unprecedented move, InCollect, the go-to destination for enthusiasts of art, antiques, and design, has devoted an entire section of its website to folk art. According to InCollect founder, John Smiroldo, “We decided to present folk art differently than anywhere else because interest was so high. Previously we included folk art within other categories but we’re now highlighting it as its own featured section in our top level toolbar alongside Fine Art, Furniture, Decorative Arts, Jewelry & Watches, and Interior Design.” Smiroldo adds, “This move speaks to the value we see in this area for collectors of this important category.” InCollect users can discover folk art through the general folk art field or by the specific drop-down categories of Objects, Furniture, Paintings, Textiles, Works-on-Paper, or Ceramics and Glass. Material is also searchable by keywords such as ... More

Exhibition of recent work by Stef Driesen on view at Galerie Greta Meert
BRUSSELS.- Galerie Greta Meert is showing recent work by Stef Driesen (°1966, Hasselt). This is the first collaboration between the gallery and the artist. Stef Driesen’s works seek a delicate balance between colour, material and scale. The faded contours dividing the pictorial space betray a versatile handling of the brush. Through a specific treatment of the paint, Driesen creates a large margin between opaque and transparent effect. The matte texture lays a velvety film on the canvas, which confers a certain sensuality to its physical presence. Each work is gradually built up, starting from the background; each new layer creates depth. In the underlaying space, a shimmering light seems to be enclosed that subsequently breaks through intensely or is subtly muted. Despite the vertical format, the strong transcendent quality of Driessen’s paintings reminds one of romantic landscape ... More

Early music pioneer Nikolaus Harnoncourt retires
VIENNA (AFP).- Nikolaus Harnoncourt, one of the most highly regarded classical music conductors of recent times and a pioneer in early music, has announced his retirement. "My bodily strength requires me to cancel my future plans," the Austrian said in a hand-written farewell letter to the audience of the hallowed Musikverein concert hall in Vienna on Saturday. Harnoncourt, who turned on 86 on Sunday, had already cancelled, due to ill health, plans to conduct two concerts at the Musikverein by the Concentus Musicus, the ensemble he created in 1953. "An unbelievably deep relationship has developed between us on the stage and you in the hall -- we have become a happy community of pioneers!", Harnoncourt wrote in the letter, printed in the Musikverein concert programme. Count Nikolaus de la Fontaine und d'Harnoncourt-Unverzagt was born in Berlin in 1929 to a ... More

Introducing bespoke moving specialists who serve a high-net-worth collector clientele
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Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics announces new insights into solar flares
CAMBRIDGE, MASS.- Astronomers have made a significant step toward confirming a proposed explanation for how solar flares accelerate charged particles to speeds nearly that of light. This important advance was made possible by the new capabilities of the National Science Foundation's Karl G. Jansky Very Large Array (VLA) radio telescope. Solar flares, the most powerful explosions in the Solar System, can accelerate large numbers of charged particles like electrons and protons to nearly the speed of light. How they do that, however, has been uncertain. "It has been thought that a specific type of shock produced by solar flares could be responsible for accelerating these particles, but there has been no convincing observational evidence for this mechanism. Now, using the raw power of the upgraded VLA, we have a fundamentally new result that strongly supports this theoretical ... More

National Museum of African Art installs "Indian Ocean Experience" to its African Mosaic exhibition
WASHINGTON, DC.- The Smithsonian’s National Museum of African Art launched “Indian Ocean Experience” Dec. 3, a selection of works in its current exhibition “African Mosaic.” This installation of 20 works is part of the museum’s “Connecting the Gems of the Indian Ocean: From Oman to East Africa” project made possible through the Sultan Qaboos Cultural Center in Washington, D.C. The installation tells the story of diasporic influences and connecting cultures illustrated through rare objects from the permanent collection of the National Museum of African Art and the collection of the Sultan Qaboos Cultural Center. The collection gives a hint of the diverse artistic materials and techniques found throughout the Indian Ocean region, from the skill of Omani smiths to the beauty of Indian patterns, the ingenuity of Swahili coast artisans and the creativity that emerged through commercial ... More

"Ruth Root: Old, Odd, and Oval" on view at the Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum
RIDGEFIELD, CONN.- The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum is presenting Old, Odd, and Oval, the first solo museum exhibition in the United States by Chicago-born artist Ruth Root, from November 15, 2015, through April 3, 2016. Root’s practice centers on an intensive investigation of color, material, form, and support. For more than two decades, she has worked within the language of abstract painting, exploring the physical and illusory boundary of wall and object, foreground and background, even inventing her own color wheel to challenge canonized color theory. Old, Odd, and Oval, part of the Painting in Four Takes series of exhibitions, focuses on her latest body of work, medium- to large-scale to site-engaged paintings that demonstrate her experimentations with new materials and fabrication methods as she combines hand-painted Plexiglas with colorful fabric patterns she ... More

Béatrice Andrieux appointed Artistic Director at photo basel
BASEL.- photo basel, Switzerland’s first international art fair solely dedicated to photography is pleased to announce Béatrice Andrieux as the fair’s Artistic Director. In her new role, she will work closely with the two Directors in its international growing. Béatrice Andrieux chaired the 4th edition of the Swiss Festival Alt+1000 as Director in 2015. From 2011 until 2014 she worked for Paris Photo and also implemented Paris Photo Los Angeles at the Paramount Studios. She collaborated at the gallery Zabriskie in Paris and New York and at the Galerie du Jour agnes b. where she organized several monographic exhibitions among Lee Friedlander, Nicholas Nixon and Georges-Tony Stoll. Editor in Connaissances des Arts Photo from 2006 till 2011, she is a co-author of the work "Contacts Le Corbusier / Lucien Hervé, Editions du Seuil in 2011". She is a holder of a post-graduate ... More

A thriving market for contemporary fine art: MyArtBroker relaunches
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Morris Museum announces new art quilt exhibition exploring texting on textiles
MORRISTOWN, NJ.- Beginning this December, the Morris Museum presents an exhibition that weaves together texting and textiles. Featuring more than thirty contemporary artists, "Text Messages" is on view in Morristown from December 5, 2015 through March 20, 2016. The exhibition was organized by Studio Art Quilt Associates, Inc. From the obvious connection to modern technology to works comprised solely of actual or implied writing, the quilts in the exhibition explore the many facets of the term "text message." The featured artists draw inspiration from graffiti, photograph notations, love letters, ancestor letters, hieroglyphs and their own journals. Their work references family, technology, the personal, and the universal. “This exhibition of art quilts continues the Morris Museum's commitment to showcasing the work of fine craft artists in thought-provoking and inventive ... More

Johannes Vermeer's Young Woman Seated at a Virginal to go on view in Dallas
DALLAS, TX.- The Dallas Museum of Art presents Vermeer Suite: Music in 17th-Century Dutch Paintings, an exhibition organized by the DMA showcasing paintings from the prestigious Leiden Collection of New York, including a work by Johannes Vermeer. The great 17th-century Dutch painter created fewer than forty paintings during his lifetime, and Young Woman Seated at a Virginal from 1670–72 is believed to be one of Vermeer’s last. This masterpiece is the inspiration for the DMA exhibition Vermeer Suite: Music in 17th-Century Dutch Paintings, which includes seven additional loans from The Leiden Collection of works by Vermeer’s contemporaries—artists Jan Steen, Gerard ter Borch, Jacob Adriaensz Ochtervelt, Eglon van der Neer, Gerard Dou, and Frans van Mieris—whose paintings also portray musicians performing period instruments such as the lute, violin, and violincello ... More

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On a day like today, Italian artist Gian Lorenzo Bernini was born
August 07, 1598. Gian Lorenzo Bernini (also spelled Gianlorenzo or Giovanni Lorenzo) (Naples, 7 December 1598 - Rome, 28 November 1680) was an Italian artist who worked principally in Rome. He was the leading sculptor of his age and also a prominent architect. In addition he painted, wrote plays, and designed metalwork and stage sets. In this image: After a long restauration, the head of the Medusa by Italian sculptor Gian Lorenzo Bernini was displayed in Rome, on Wednesday 22 November 2006. The sculpture was exhibited in the Capitol museum in Rome until January. The work of restoration emphasized the lights and the shadows on the sculpture.

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