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First exhibition in the UK to feature Australian Impressionists opens in London

John Russell, Antibes, about 1890-2. Oil on canvas, 16.5 × 24 cm. Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney. Gift of the Margaret Hannah Olley Art Trust 2012 © AGNSW.

LONDON.- This will be the first exhibition in the UK to focus solely on Australian Impressionists, presenting 41 paintings including important masterpieces never previously shown in the UK. For the first time at the National Gallery, visitors will have the opportunity to discover the impact of European Impressionism on Australian painting of the 1880s and 1890s, and explore how the art that emerged was both referencing the work of the European masters and yet was distinct from it. The exhibition focuses on four major Australian Impressionists: Tom Roberts (1856–1931), Arthur Streeton (1867–1943), Charles Conder (1868–1909), and John Russell (1858–1930) and will show how their work epitomised a growing sense of national identity as Australia approached Federation in 1901. All of the artists featured in the exhibition either studied or worked in Europe at different stages of their careers. Inspired by their count ... More

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Sotheby's announces the acquisition of Orion Analytical and appoints James Martin as Director   David Hockney's A Bigger Book on view at the TASCHEN Gallery in Los Angeles   First UK solo exhibition of the New York-based artist Lucy Raven opens at the Serpentine

Over four decades, James Martin has developed a unique and peerless skillset as a scientist, art conservator and teacher. Photo: Sotheby's.

NEW YORK, NY.- Sotheby’s announced the establishment of a Scientific Research Department led by renowned scientist James Martin, who will join Sotheby’s this week following the acquisition of his firm, Orion Analytical. Employing state-of-the-art technical and scientific methods, the new department will complement the world-class expertise and provenance research behind the works of art, objects and wine offered by Sotheby’s. Bringing scientific expertise in-house mirrors a trend seen in the world’s great museums and places Sotheby’s in a position to provide even greater service to collectors. “Sotheby’s has had the pleasure of working with Jamie for the better part of the past two decades, and over time it became increasingly clear that rather than work on a one-off basis we could create something unique within Sotheby’s that would further distinguish us in the marketplace and at the same time help to ma ... More

David Hockney and Benedikt Taschen in front of the original artwork Garden with Blue Terrace, 2015. © Amy Graves.

LOS ANGELES, CA.- TASCHEN announced the opening of David Hockney – A Bigger Book at the TASCHEN Gallery in Los Angeles, an exhibition celebrating more than 60 years of work by our greatest living painter and the release of his new limited edition SUMO-sized monograph, A Bigger Book. The exhibition presents a unique opportunity to dive head first into this extraordinary publication and the dazzling Hockney universe. 498 original pages from the SUMO book and 600 pages from the accompanying chronology have been displayed across the gallery’s 6,000-square-foot space, transforming it into an immersive and energetic showcase of the SUMO project. A Bigger Book, TASCHEN’s SUMO-sized David Hockney monograph, is as spectacular in format as it is in scope. In it, the artist takes stock of more than 60 years of work, from his teenage days at the Bradford School of Art, through his breakthrough in 1960s Swinging ... More

Lucy Raven: Curtains, 2014 Anaglyph video installation, 5.1 sound, 50 mins, looped; image courtesy and © 2016 Lucy Raven.

LONDON.- This winter, the Serpentine presents the first UK solo exhibition of the New York-based artist, Lucy Raven (born 1977, Tucson, Arizona). Raven’s work focuses on the marginal spaces at the edges of image production, what happens behind the camera or between the frames of a film or animation. She follows the production of copper wire from an open pit mine in the American West to a smelter in southern China in China Town (2009). She observes post-production technicians converting Hollywood films to 3D in Chennai, India, linking the digitally created illusion of depth to ancient Indian bas-reliefs in The Deccan Trap (2015). She describes spaces and people on the outskirts of Kingston, New York in the hand-drawn animation I Felt As If I Had Actually Been To China (2007). This shift of focus from the image to its production encourages interrogation of the kind of imagery ... More

Major exhibition of the Birmingham-born, international artist Roger Hiorns opens at Ikon   Art auction bidding trends this year show massive change is underway say Barnebys   J. Paul Getty Museum begins reinstallation of antiquities collection at the Getty Villa

Roger Hiorns, Untitled, 2012, Adapted freezer, youth, Installation view at De Hallen Haarlem, Haarlem, 1 Decmber 2012 - 24 February 2013.

BIRMINGHAM.- Ikon presents a major exhibition of the Birmingham-born, international artist Roger Hiorns, whose influential work will show at the gallery from 7 December 2016 until 5 March 2017. Through the transformation of materials and found objects, Hiorns focuses on various aspects of modern life, closely analysing what is assumed or taken for granted. He explains, “You always have to think about materials and objects in terms of being malleable – you have to cut them off from what their established use is, to directly interfere with their world-ness, it becomes a process of human empowerment to re-use and re-propose the power of objects simply left lying in the street.” Jet engines often occur in Hiorns’ work. By injecting a US military aircraft engine with anti-depressants, he toys with the possibility of affecting some kind of robotic nervous system, reflecting his ongoing interest ... More

The table by the Danish designer Peder Moos, from 1952, that was made for Villa Aubertin in Rosnaes, Nakskov Fjord i Norway. The estimate was £150,000- £200 000, but it was sold for £602,500 at Phillips.

LONDON.- Barnebys, the leading search engine aggregator for art and antique auctions – covering 1,600 auction houses and carrying half a million objects at any one time – has taken a snapshot of the year, highlighting trends. There are the most notable trends this year: 1. The increasing importance of online bidding. Anecdotal as well as researched evidence with the leading international auction houses shows that on average some 35% of bids now come in over the internet. 2. The widening of users of online bidding to include younger wealthy buyers. A new generation is logging on to buy instead of searching the high street, having discovered auction salerooms. So we can expect growth among the millennials. When it comes to the volume market they will be central to its growth, motivated in party by quality and ... More

Once completed, the new display will allow visitors to follow the historical development of classical art.

LOS ANGELES, CA.- Beginning January 3, 2017, the process of reinstalling the antiquities collection at the Getty Villa will start, shifting from its current thematic organization to a largely chronological, art historical presentation. The Villa will remain open with normal operating hours throughout the reinstallation, which has been planned so that at least half the galleries will stay on view at any given time. The reinstallation will be complete in spring 2018. Regular public programming and gallery, garden and architecture tours will continue throughout the reinstallation, and be adjusted as needed to accommodate the work. Beginning in March, the Museum will offer special daily events and activities highlighting life in ancient times. Once completed, the new display will allow visitors to follow the historical development of classical art, and understand the evolution of styles within and interactions between the Etruscan, Greek, ... More

Golden Netanyahu statue put up secretly as protest   Japanese navy veteran recalls Pearl Harbor 75 years on   HSBC's rainbow lion statues spark row in Hong Kong

Israeli artist Itai Zalait poses for a picture with a statue of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. JACK GUEZ / AFP.

TEL AVIV (AFP).- A four-metre-high golden statue of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was raised secretly in a Tel Aviv square in a free speech protest Tuesday, sparking political debate and online humour. It was put up overnight illegally in the centre of the Israeli commercial capital in a square named after former premier Yitzhak Rabin, who was assassinated in 1995 by a Jewish extremist. Israeli artist Itay Zalait claimed responsibility, saying he wanted to spark a debate on freedom of speech by replicating the kind of statue erected by dictatorial regimes. Passers-by gathered out of curiosity on Tuesday morning, with some taking selfies in front of the statue depicting Netanyahu in a suit. "I did it to check one thing: can I do it?" Zalait told AFP. "Will this work be allowed and will there be sanctions?" Culture Minister Miri Regev hit back on Facebook. "How an artist can be disconnected from reality!" ... More

Japanese Kuniyoshi Takimoto, who was a Japan Navy aircraft mechanic during Pearl Harbor attack on December 7, 1941, talks on his mobile phone at his home. Behrouz MEHRI / AFP.

OSAKA (AFP).- Navy aircraft mechanic Kuniyoshi Takimoto watched as Japanese planes roared off the aircraft carrier Hiryu to attack Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941. The shock assault 75 years ago Wednesday in Hawaii sparked patriotic celebration in Japan but left Takimoto feeling uneasy. "I wondered if such a poor country would be all right fighting such a big one," the former real-estate agent, now 95 and one of the few Japanese participants still alive, told AFP at his home in Osaka. This attack brought America into World War II -- though it was already well underway for Europe, and China. This year's anniversary comes after President Barack Obama's visit in May to Hiroshima, the Japanese city pulverised by a US atom bomb in the closing days of the conflict. Japan's Pearl Harbor blitz fired up resolve in the US, with president Franklin Roosevelt declaring the day ... More

A man poses in front of a lion (R) painted in rainbow stripes displayed next to a sculpture of a lion head (L). Anthony WALLACE / AFP.

HONG KONG (AFP).- A pair of rainbow-painted lions displayed in front of one of Hong Kong's most iconic buildings has been slammed as "disgusting" by anti-gay campaigners who condemned the show of support for the city's LGBT community. The multi-coloured art piece has been placed in front of the HSBC's landmark building in the business district, beside two famous bronze lions that the bank first installed in 1935. An important symbol of power in Chinese culture, the bank's bronze guardians have come to represent prosperity in Hong Kong. The rainbow installation, painted by local artist Michael Lam for HSBC's "Celebrate Pride, Celebrate Unity" campaign, drew the ire of conservatives, with some groups launching a petition to have the artwork removed. The petition said that the rainbow colours, symbolic of the LGBT community, are emasculating and deprive "all the strength and stamina of the original lions". It ... More

Morton Subastas announces its Traditional Christmas Sale   Auctionata / Paddle8 offers rare fasting Buddha sculpture   Exhibition of works from the MOCAK Collection on view in Rome

Anton Batsch (Germany, 19th century), Drop Leaf Table. German Renaissance Revival style. Carved wood and stone, with red, black and golden ink details. Est: $34,300 - $49,000 USD.

MEXICO CITY.- Morton Subastas, one of the top auction houses in Latin America, announces its Traditional Christmas Sale. For this special event, one of the last auctions of a remarkable year, Morton has gathered quite a unique selection of pieces from many countries around the world; comprising lots from the 18th century to the early 20th century. Among the pieces to be auctioned there will be high skilled paintings from European masters, such as German traveler artists August Löhr and Paul Fischer. Magnificent landscapes that provide impressive views of the American continent, its locations and customs. Mexican 19th century masters are well represented though the unique talent of German Gedovious, Felix Parra and Manuel Ocaranza, rather extraordinary painters that were influenced by Symbolism and Decadentism. Also ... More

Rare Schist Figure of Fasting Buddha, Gandhara, 2nd-4th C.

NEW YORK, NY.- Auctionata, the leading online auction house, presents its Asian Art Day on December 16, 2016, featuring extremely rare and exceptional works of Asian Art via livestream auctions on In a three-part auction series, rare sculptures, fine porcelain and exquisite paintings will be offered to bidders worldwide. A highlight of the series will be the auction “Important Gandhara and Early Buddhist sculptures from a European Collection” at 4:00 pm CET. This collection originates from a single European family and was founded in the 19th century. Since the 1930s, the collection has been anchored by 39 early Buddhist sculptures including sought-after treasures of Gandharan art as well as Chinese works tracing the transformation of early Buddhist art. A highlight of the sale is a Rare Schist Figure of Fasting Buddha, Gandhara, c. 2-4 CE, ... More

Krzysztof M. Bednarski, Lenin’s Missing Arm, 1995, installation, 195 × 130 × 53 cm.

ROME.- The exhibition of works from the MOCAK Collection at the MAXXI National Museum of 21st Century Arts in Rome will take place at the end of 2016 and the beginning of 2017. This will be the first such large‑scale and comprehensive presentation of works from the collection of the Museum of Contemporary Art in Cracow, MOCAK, to be presented in Italy. We will be presenting over 50 works including paintings, photographs, video, installations, and objects. The MOCAK Collection was first presented outside Poland at the exhibition Art Is Freedom which was shown at the Palace of Art in Lviv in 2014. The selection included a few dozen video works and photographs of Polish and international artists. The exhibition organized by the MOCAK, and coproduced with MAXXI will be an opportunity to become acquainted with the canon of Polish contemporary art represented by artists such as: Paweł Althamer, Krzysztof ... More

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Copenhagen Contemporary presents a vast installation by Céleste Boursier-Mougenot
COPENHAGEN.- This winter, French contemporary artist and composer Céleste Boursier-Mougenot is presenting his monumental installation from here to ear in one of the industrial exhibition halls at Copenhagen Contemporary. Boursier-Mougenot has won worldwide recognition with his vast, acoustic installations that take their starting point in nature and the rhythms of everyday life – two aspects that are also evident in the work now being shown at CC. A 600-m2 hall has been transformed into a giant walk-through aviary where 88 living zebra finches live. The aviary is equipped with sand, plants and nesting places – and, very importantly, with eighteen bass guitars and electric guitars arranged horizontally on stands. Audiences are invited to walk around inside this living installation, watching as the birds flit around and perch on the stings of the instruments ... More

One East Asia presents Filipino ceramic artist Pablo Capati III's first solo show in Singapore
SINGAPORE.- At his studio in Batangas, Pablo Capati's day begins with throwing bowls. Joking and laughing as he works, the ease with which he performs this repetitive act belies the high level of skill and concentration required. As night falls, and with only the cicadas for company, Capati lets time and space expand around him. Coaxing himself out of his daily routine, he changes the rules of the game; the technical training he received in Japan as a teenager becomes a foundation for his work rather than a rigid framework. Gradually, biomorphic forms begin to emerge from the clay. Interplay presents a unique insight into the artistic practice of Filipino ceramic artist, Pablo Capati III, whose anagama-fired ceramic works move fluidly between functional and sculptural forms. Presented as a single installation, each individual work forms part of a continuum that reflects the holistic ... More

Autograph Media: A new photographic agency specialising in race and cultural diversity
LONDON.- Launched 7 December 2016, Autograph Media is the new photography licensing agency specialising in all aspects of race and cultural diversity. Initially serving the UK, USA and other English-speaking markets, the agency will host a growing collection which provides rare, new and alternative perspectives on both historical and contemporary people and events. Autograph Media’s carefully curated collection is the result of partnerships with prominent individual photographers and established agencies including Magnum Photos, Africa Media Online and Getty Images. The agency’s collection covers a wide range of subjects , from the abolition of slavery to the recent refugee crisis. It offers the opportunity to discover images and stories of the most influential people in politics, social justice, music, film, sport, TV and youth culture. Autograph Media ... More

Terra Foundation announces more than $11.4M in grants in FY2016
CHICAGO, IL.- The Terra Foundation for American Art announced today that $11,459,646 was awarded in fiscal year 2016 (July 1, 2015–June 30, 2016) for nearly 80 initiatives and partnerships worldwide, including: • A $4.5 commitment to the Smithsonian Institution’s Archives of American Art to increase access to its extensive collection of archival material on the artists, collectors, dealers, and scholars who have shaped the history of art in the United States; • Postdoctoral teaching fellowships at Humboldt Universität Berlin; • The panel discussion “Women and Black Folk Art,” at Intuit: The Center for Intuitive and Outsider Art, in Chicago; • The Terra Foundation Essays series; and • Numerous international exhibitions, including Mary Cassatt Retrospective, at the National Museum of Modern Art, ... More

Arkansas Arts Center selects design architect
LITTLE ROCK, ARK.- The Arkansas Arts Center, the state’s leader in international, visual and performing arts, announced on Tuesday the selection of Studio Gang as design architect for its upcoming building project. “We had a number of highly qualified firms respond to our RFQ, and narrowing this impressive group down to the five finalists was extremely difficult,” said Todd Herman, executive director for the Arkansas Arts Center. “All five finalists were incredibly talented with international reputations and credentials. The Arts Center would have been well served by any one of them. We were in a great position to choose from such an impressive pool of talent.” The five firms selected as finalists were Allied Works (Portland, Ore./New York), Shigeru Ban (New York/Paris/Tokyo, Japan), Studio Gang (Chicago/New York), Thomas Phifer (New York) and Snohetta (Oslo, ... More

Senegalese sculptor Ousmane Sow laid to rest
DAKAR (AFP).- Senegalese sculptor Ousmane Sow, one of the giants of African art, was laid to rest in Dakar on Tuesday, five days after he died at the age of 81. President Macky Sall was among those paying tribute to Sow before his funeral, attended by politicians and artistic leaders as well as his loved ones. "The man we are accompanying today to his final resting place was a great man of Senegal," Sall said, cited by the official APS news agency, also calling him "a world-renowned artist" and a "resolute humanist". Sow, who died last Thursday, "will remain an upstanding monument in the pantheon of great creators of the 20th and 21st centuries," added the head of state. Sow was best known for his monumental sculptures of Nubian wrestlers inspired by the pictures taken in Sudan by the controversial German photographer Leni Riefenstahl. Sow's series of striking ... More

Scottsdale Arts welcomes new staff
SCOTTSDALE, ARIZ.- Scottsdale Arts has hired two new staff members: Natalie Marsh has joined the organization as its director of education and outreach, and Jennifer McCabe as curator of contemporary art at Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art (SMoCA). Both started their new roles this fall. Natalie Marsh brings extensive experience as an arts educator and advocate to Scottsdale Arts, where she will lead education and outreach efforts for its three divisions: Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts, SMoCA and Scottsdale Public Art. The new position represents a key goal of the organization’s strategic plan, which calls for centralizing and strengthening Scottsdale Arts’ diverse educational programming in the performing and visual arts, which reaches more than 40,000 participants of all ages and backgrounds annually. Marsh most recently served as ... More

Rosenberg & Co. announces exclusive representation of the estates of Beatrice Mandelman and Louis Ribak
Rosenberg & Co. and The University of New Mexico Foundation are delighted to announce that the gallery now exclusively represents the estates of the artists Beatrice Mandelman and Louis Ribak. The two artists married in New York in 1942, and in 1944 they moved to Taos, New Mexico where they lived until the end of their lives; Louis Ribak passed away in 1979, and Beatrice Mandelman nearly two decades later in 1998. To inaugurate this new partnership, Rosenberg & Co. will hold in January 2017 a solo show, Beatrice Mandelman and the Sixties. The exhibition will feature Mandelman's colorful compositions from the 1960s, revealing her talents as a free-spirited artist who, while remaining unswayed by the trends of the time, was able to reflect the ethos of her generation. Beatrice Mandelman (b. 1912, Newark, NJ, d. 1998, Taos, New Mexico) began her career ... More

Harewood House Trust announces new Trust Director
LEEDS.- Harewood House Trust announced the appointment of a new Trust Director, Jane Marriott. Jane joins Harewood from Yorkshire’s award-winning art gallery The Hepworth Wakefield, where she has held the position of Managing Director and formerly Deputy Director since August 2014. Jane has successfully managed new commercial and fundraising initiatives as well as the reorganisation of The Hepworth Wakefield to help enable the gallery to deliver the long-term goals in its business plan and to achieve excellence in the learning and exhibitions programmes. Jane has been the driving force behind significant capital redevelopments, launching The Hepworth Riverside Gallery Garden, a major new public garden designed by Tom Stuart Smith, due to open in 2018. She has significantly increased visitor numbers to the gallery and introduced a major ... More

Outstanding group of medals and awards to Nobel Laureate Sir Robert Robinson fetch twice their estimate
STANSTED MOUNTFITCHET.- A Nobel laureate’s extraordinary group of awards and medals, including an extremely rare Order of Merit insignia, were auctioned today at Sworders of Stansted Mountfitchet. The group, which also includes a copy of the Nobel Prize Medal for Chemistry, belonged to Sir Robert Robinson OM FRS (1886-1975), the pioneering organic chemist, whose work led to the successful production of anti malarial drugs were bought by an online buyer in Canada. Robinson was knighted in 1939 and awarded the Nobel Prize in Chemistry in 1947, gaining the Order of Merit in 1949. Two papers he published in the 1920s remain major source works today on ‘electronic theory’. The second of these introduced the curly arrow symbol as a device to represent electron movement in conjugated organic molecules. And he also invented the symbol now ... More

Ruya Foundation announces artists for National Pavilion of Iraq 2017 and a collaboration with Francis Alÿs
BAGHDAD .- The Ruya Foundation announced the participating artists for the National Pavilion of Iraq at the 57th Venice Biennale in May 2017. The exhibition, ‘Archaic’, will display the work of eight Modern and contemporary Iraqi artists in dialogue with ancient Iraqi artefacts. It will also include a new commission by internationally acclaimed Belgian-born artist Francis Al’s on the subject of war and the artist. The exhibition will be curated by Tamara Chalabi, Chair and Co-Founder of the Ruya Foundation, and Paolo Colombo, Art Adviser at the Istanbul Museum of Modern Art. It will interrogate the notion of the ‘archaic’, which has a dual meaning whereby it can simultaneously refer to an ancient cultural heritage and a fragile contemporary political entity. The exhibition will draw out this duality and explore the opportunities and restrictions presented to artists ... 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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