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Het Noordbrabants Museum acquires exceptional watercolour by Vincent van Gogh

The garden of the vicarage at Nuenen presentation.

'S-HERTOGENBOSCH.- Het Noordbrabants Museum recently acquired from a private collection The garden of the vicarage at Nuenen by Vincent van Gogh (1853-1890). The work of October-November 1885 is the last known watercolour Van Gogh produced in Nuenen and occupies a special place in his oeuvre. This acquisition – the most important purchase ever made by Het Noordbrabants Museum – underlines our ambition to offer a representative overview of Van Gogh’s Brabant period by means of original works by the artist. The purchase of The garden of the vicarage at Nuenen was made possible by the generous support of the BankGiro Lottery, the Mondriaan Fund, the VSB Foundation, the Friends of Het Noordbrabants Museum, the Renschdael Art Foundation and Coen Teulings. The BankGiro Lottery donated almost half of the total purchase price of over 1 million euros. To celebrate its acquisition, Het Noordbrabants Museum is offering free admission ... More

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Earliest watercolour of Henry VIII's Nonsuch palace by Joris Hoefnagel saved for the nation   Survey of sculptures and drawings by Ken Price on view at Hauser & Wirth London   Modern Italian glass from the Martin Cohen Collection on view at Sotheby's New York

Detail of Nonsuch Palace from the South, Joris Hoefnagel, 1568, Watercolour © Victoria and Albert Museum, London.

LONDON.- Today the Victoria and Albert Museum announced the acquisition of the earliest and most detailed depiction of Henry VIII’s famed lost palace of Nonsuch that once stood in Cheam, Surrey. This signed and dated watercolour by the celebrated Flemish painter Joris Hoefnagel was made in 1568. Subject to a temporary export ban earlier this year, it has now been saved for the nation. Purchased with the assistance of the National Heritage Memorial Fund (NHMF) and the Art Fund, the watercolour – the most faithful of only six surviving depictions of the palace – joins the national collection of British miniatures and watercolours at the V&A. It will go on display in the Museum’s British Galleries from Saturday 10 December. Called Nonsuch, as no other palace could compare with it, this ambitious building was commissioned by Henry VIII in 1538. Its towered façade decorated with elaborate plasterwork in a Franco- ... More

Ken Price, McLean, 2004. Acrylic on fired clay, 49.5 x 58.4 x 48.3 cm / 19 1/2 x 23 x 19 in. © Estate of Ken Price, Courtesy Matthew Marks Gallery. Photo: Fredrik Nilsen.

LONDON.- Hauser & Wirth London is presenting a survey of sculptures and drawings by Ken Price, one of the most influential figures of 20th century ceramic art. Working amongst a group of innovative artists who emerged from the creative landscape of 1960s Los Angeles, Price spearheaded a revolutionary shift in the traditional conception of ceramics from a purely functional medium to the realm of art object. Finding inspiration in sources diverse as the Bauhaus, Japanese ceramics, classic Southwestern pottery, jazz music and counter cultures of the 1960s, he developed a unique contemporary language; his oeuvre revelled in psychedelic colour, biomorphic form and erotic innuendo. Drawing represented a particularly joyful element within the artist’s practice and throughout his career Price produced an extensive body of works on paper. With their fantastical compositions and brilliant ... More

"Facades of Venice", 1962. Expected to sell in the region of $400,000. Photo: Sotheby's.

NEW YORK, NY.- Sotheby’s announces the landmark sale A Focused Obsession, Modern Italian Glass: The Martin Cohen Collection, which will be held in New York on 14 December 2016. Assembled over the past four decades by esteemed New York collector Martin Cohen, this encyclopedic collection showcases some of the most important treasures of 20th-century Italian glass in private hands today: from the Ercole Barovier’s sublime Mosaico vase, circa 1924-1925, to exceptional examples of Carlo Scarpa’s coveted Sommersi and Bollicine series, to Thomas Stearns transcendent masterpiece, Facades of Venice. The Cohen Collection represents the full artistic and historic legacy of the most iconic glass designers and furnaces of the 20th century, demonstrating their unique mastery of color and technique in exquisite form. The December auction follows Sotheby’s spring sale of Venetian glass emerging from ... More

ICE and CBP return cultural artifacts to Italy   Portland Museum of Art announces historic gift   Largest-ever donation to catalyze North Building revitalization

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) repatriated a page from a 14th century manuscript to the government of Italy at a ceremony Friday at the Italian Embassy in Washington. Photo by Josh Denmark.

WASHINGTON, DC.- U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement and U.S. Customs and Border Protection repatriated a page from a 14th century manuscript and a 19th century Carelli painting to the government of Italy at a ceremony Friday at the Italian Embassy in Washington. “The return of stolen artwork and other cultural artifacts is a great example of the work ICE, along with our colleagues from U.S. Customs and Border Protection and foreign counterparts such as the Italian Carabinieri, does around the world to combat transnational organized crime,” said ICE Director Saldaña. “I commend the special agents of ICE Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) who worked hand-in-hand with our sister agency to ensure these cultural treasures are returned ... More

A gift of five million dollars will be donated to the PMA by longtime American museum benefactors Judy and Leonard Lauder.

PORTLAND, ME.- The Portland Museum of Art announced that it has received the largest matching gift in the museum’s history. A gift of five million dollars will be donated to the PMA by longtime American museum benefactors Judy and Leonard Lauder to support the museum’s endowment. The Lauders’ generous gift is intended to inspire philanthropy in others for the PMA, and officially marks the beginning of the Focused Endowment Initiative—a targeted plan to increase the museum’s endowment by a total of $15 million. To honor this historic gift and to recognize Judy's long-term commitment to the PMA, the PMA Director position will be named the Judy and Leonard Lauder Director of the Portland Museum of Art. Mr. and Mrs. Lauder made the following remarks: “We are overjoyed to be able to make this gift to the Portland ... More

J Landis (Lanny) and Sharon Martin.

DENVER, CO.- The Denver Art Museum today announced a transformational, $25 million gift from Board Chairman J. Landis Martin and wife Sharon Martin to revitalize and enhance the museum’s iconic, Gio Ponti-designed North Building. In recognition of the Martins’ milestone gift to DAM, the largest standalone financial gift in the museum’s history, the building will be renamed the J. Landis and Sharon Martin Building upon project completion. The revitalization of the North Building will be led by Fentress Architects and Machado Silvetti with a completion goal by the building’s 50th anniversary in 2021. “The revitalization of the North Building will unify the Denver Art Museum campus, celebrate Gio Ponti’s iconic design and ensure the building’s relevance and stewardship for the next 50 years,” said Christoph Heinrich, the Frederick and Jan Mayer Director of the museum. "The Martins’ longstanding co ... More

Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden unveils Yayoi Kusama's giant "Pumpkin" for holiday season   The Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts announces 140+ additions to permanent collection   First US museum exhibition of Egyptian artist Basim Magdy opens in Chicago

Yayoi Kusama, “Pumpkin,” 1994. Plastic and polyurethane paint. Installation at Benesse Art Site Naoshima, Kagawa. Courtesy of Ota Fine Arts, Tokyo/Singapore; Victoria Miro, London; David Zwirner, New York. © Yayoi Kusama.

WASHINGTON, DC.- The Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, the Smithsonian’s museum of modern and contemporary art, will unveil the monumental artwork “Pumpkin” by celebrated Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama on its outdoor plaza Dec. 10, in advance of the holiday season. This marks the U.S. museum debut for the whimsical sculpture, whose surreal scale and bold yellow-and-black pattern embody two of Kusama’s most recognized motifs: pumpkins and polka-dots. “Pumpkin” will be on display through spring 2017, when it will be featured in the highly anticipated Hirshhorn exhibition “Yayoi Kusama: Infinity Mirrors” (Feb. 23, 2017–May 14, 2017), the first major traveling survey exhibition to explore the evolution of Kusama’s immersive infinity rooms. Legendary painter, sculptor and performance ... More

Richard Anuszkiewicz , II, 2003. Serigraph, 22” x 15”.

PHILADELPHIA, PA.- The Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts announces the addition of more than 140 works to its permanent collection of American art. The works include paintings, sculpture, photographs, and works on paper made from the early 20th century to the present. Some highlights include the purchases of two conceptually and graphically dynamic Sensorium (2016) paintings and corresponding studies by artist, curator and critic Alexi Worth; an edition of four large-scale Time Lapse (2011) C-print portraits by groundbreaking performance artist and bodybuilder Cassils; four self-portrait pigment prints from the culturally critiquing Cargo Cults (2016) series by installation artist Stephanie Syjuco; and three quietly poignant large-format photographs from the Lesbian Beds (2002) series by photographer, video artist and zine editor Tammy Rae Carland. "We're thrilled to bring work by these incredibly talented artists into our collection," said Jodi Throc ... More

Basim Magdy, An Apology to a Love Story that Crashed into a Whale (detail), 2016. Courtesy of Gypsum Gallery, Cairo; hunt kastner, Prague; artSümer, Istanbul.

CHICAGO, IL.- The Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago presents the first US museum exhibition of Egyptian artist Basim Magdy on view from December 10, 2016 to March 19, 2017. Trained as a painter, Magdy began experimenting with colorful works on paper and canvas before moving into photography and cinema. In a process he dubs “pickling,” the artist applies household chemicals to analog film and photographic material. The results are sumptuous, spectral photographic visions of landscapes, presented as large-scale prints, slide projections, and film. His works across media, which evoke a pop sensibility in contrast to their grim titles, such as They Endorsed Collective Failure as the Dawn of a New Renaissance and The Bitterness of What Could Have Happened and What Ended Up Happening, speak to the collective ambition for a utopian ... More

Anne Marion steps down after establishing & leading the Georgia O'Keeffe Museum for nearly 20 years   Peabody Essex Museum breaks ground on new 40,000 square-foot wing designed by Ennead Architects   Reynolda House names Katie Womack Assistant Director of Collections Management

Anne Marion, Georgia O’Keeffe Museum Founder and Chair Emeritus.

SANTA FE, NM.- The Georgia O’Keeffe Museum announced today that Anne Marion, the founder of the Georgia O’Keeffe Museum, who has led the organization through nearly twenty years of growth as Chair of the Board of Trustees, is now retiring. Mrs. Marion will assume the title of Founder and Chair Emeritus while the previous Board President, Roxanne Decyk has been appointed the new Chair of the Board of Trustees. Under the leadership of Mrs. Marion, the Museum has grown from the initial galleries to include a research center housing a library and archive, an education facility for public programs and classes, and O’Keeffe’s two historic homes and studios in northern New Mexico, at Abiquiú and Ghost Ranch. While stepping away from active involvement, Anne remains committed to the Museum. “Over the course of her 20 years at the O’Keeffe Museum, Mrs. Marion has proven time and again that she is a ... More

Atrium view looking north. Photo: Peabody Essex Museum.

SALEM, MASS.- Today, the Peabody Essex Museum breaks ground on a new 40,000-square-foot wing designed by Ennead Architects. Museum leaders, architects and city officials will gather on the construction site to usher in the newest chapter of PEM’s venerable 217-year history. Over the last two decades, PEM has distinguished itself as one of the fastest-growing and most progressive art museums in North America. When the new wing opens in 2019, PEM will rank among the nation’s top 20 largest art museums. Concurrent to construction activity, PEM is launching a museum-wide gallery installation initiative aimed at creating entirely new experiences of all of its collections. The expansion project is just one element of the museum’s landmark $650 million Advancement Campaign to support endowment, innovation and sustainability. Rising three stories and adding a handsome facade to the ... More

Womack comes to Reynolda House from The Fralin Museum of Art at the University of Virginia where she was exhibitions and installations manager.

WINSTON-SALEM, NC.- Reynolda House Museum of American Art has named Katie Womack assistant director of collections management. Womack comes to Reynolda House from The Fralin Museum of Art at the University of Virginia where she was exhibitions and installations manager. Womack brings an extensive background in collections management to the museum. Prior to working at The Fralin Museum of Art, she was collections manager at The Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza in Dallas where she helped oversee a federally funded grant project to catalog the museum’s collections. Womack also worked at the Crow Collection of Asian Art in Dallas as collections manager. Her new position at Reynolda House is a homecoming; from 2005-2010 Womack was assistant collections manager at Reynolda House. As assistant director of collections management, ... More

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650+ jewels total $29.7 million at Sotheby's New York
NEW YORK, NY.- A combination of jewels and important stones emerging from the collections of Marjorie S. Fisher, Betsey Cushing Whitney & John Hay Whitney, Mr. & Mrs. Lichtblau and more drove Sotheby’s New York sales of Magnificent Jewels and Fine Jewels to achieve a combined $29.7 million. Over the last two days, Sotheby’s sold more than 650 pieces of jewelry, with a very strong overall sell-through rate of 84.1% by lot. Our worldwide Jewelry auctions in 2016 have now crossed $500 million in sales, with our Fine Jewels auction in London and The Wish List: Jewellery, Watches and Accessories online-only sale remaining this month. Below is a look at the exceptional pieces that drove our sales this week and throughout the year. Over 300 jewels from the collection of celebrated philanthropist Mrs. Marjorie S. Fisher were offered throughout the two sales, realizing ... More

Sous Les Etoiles Gallery opens a group show showcasing the work of photographers
NEW YORK, NY.- Sous Les Etoiles Gallery announces “The farther I remember,” a group show showcasing the work of acclaimed emerging and established photographers Carolle Bénitah, Eeva Hannula, Susanne Wellm, and Robin Cracknell. “The farther I remember” highlights each photographer’s unique relationship to memory and time. In the collected works on view, the artists have mined their past, dreams, and subconsciouses to create images that are at once familiar and new using various techniques and crafts that include the layering of images, direct physical contact with the photograph, and analog and digital methods of reworking the negative or original image. In her three-part series Photos-Souvenirs, French Moroccan photographer Carolle Bénitah performs a kind of exorcism of inner demons and ... More

The world's first issued banknote and the One Week Onlys offered in Spink's Banknote Auction in New York
NEW YORK, NY.- Spink will be very sad to see the end of 2016 and the festivity and celebrations of the 350th anniversary, however they have much lined up for January 2017. Spink will be holding five numismatic auctions in January, and many of them will be taking place during the New York International Numismatic Convention Coin Show at the Waldorf Astoria Hotel. The first of which will be the much-anticipated World Banknotes auction on January 13th. There will be several hundred lots of paper currency comprising specimen and issued banknotes from around the World. With just four hours to sell, they have squeezed in more than 350 lots of archival specimens, proofs and issued banknotes. Fittingly, within this sale is an item Spink has been highly excited about all year- an example of Europe’s first paper money, the Swedish Palmstruch of 1666, an ... More

Leandro Erlich wins 2017 Roy R. Neuberger Exhibition Prize
PURCHASE, NY.- The Neuberger Museum of Art announced today that noted Argentine artist Leandro Erlich is the recipient of the prestigious 2017 Roy R. Neuberger Exhibition Prize, a biannual exhibition prize given to an exceptional artist for an early career survey. Erlich’s monumental Port of Reflections, will be on view at the museum from February 5 through July 30, 2017, and will be accompanied by a fully-illustrated, scholarly exhibition catalogue documenting the artist’s innovative work. The exhibition also will include a selection of models and videos tracing the artist’s trajectory. Leandro Erlich: Port of Reflections is co-curated by Patrice Giasson, Alex Gordon Associate Curator of Art of the Americas and Helaine Posner, Chief Curator. The Neuberger Prize was first generously funded by Roy R. Neuberger, founding patron of the Neuberger Museum of Art, who had ... More

India's colonial-era opera house restored to past glory
MUMBAI (AFP).- India's only surviving opera house has been restored to its colonial-era glory, reopening to the public more than two decades after it closed in disrepair. Once the place to be seen for Mumbai's great and good it was forced to close in the 1990s after years of financial struggles. But a painstaking seven-year project has transformed the century-old building in Mumbai from a crumbling wreck in danger of collapse to an ornate replica of its 1916 glory days, albeit with some important updates. "One of the biggest challenges was bringing in modern acoustics, sound, lighting and air conditioning, all the requirements of a 21st century theatre, while ensuring it didn't jar with restoring a listed interior," architect Abha Narain Lambah told AFP. The Royal Opera House was built in a Baroque style complete with Italian balustrades, marble statues, crystal chandeliers and ... More

'Robocop' filmmaker Verhoeven to head Berlin film fest jury
BERLIN (AFP).- The director of "Robocop" and "Basic Instinct" Paul Verhoeven will head the jury of next year's Berlin film festival, organisers said Friday. "With Paul Verhoeven as jury president, we have a filmmaker who has worked in a variety of genres in Europe and Hollywood," said Dieter Kosslick, director of the Berlinale. "His creative, multifaceted boldness and his willingness to experiment are reflected in the spectrum of his works," he added. The Berlinale is Europe's first major film festival of the year, and the next edition will run from February 9 to 19. Verhoeven had studied mathematics and physics but turned to film in the mid-1960s. The Dutchman embarked on his directing career in 1969, and quickly made a name with the 1973 erotic thriller "Turkish Delight" which won an Academy Awards nomination. After his 1977 "Soldier of Orange", he tur ... More

Japan swinging into 2017 with Trumped-up good luck charm
TOKYO (AFP).- Donald Trump only wants to make America great again, but one Japanese firm hopes that painting his face on a traditional good luck charm will make the whole planet a better place in 2017. The billionaire property magnate is among a string of celebrity faces adorning the special collection of hagoita racquets, which are designed to -- metaphorically -- smash away bad luck and evil spirits before the new year. The rectangular wooden paddles, once used in a badminton-like game called hanetsuki, are usually painted with the faces of famous actors in Japan's Kabuki opera. They're found in many households as a good luck charm. Kyugetsu, which also specialises in making traditional dolls, decided to include US president-elect Trump on the skateboard-sized paddles this year. Among the other 18 luminaries are British leader Theresa May, some Japanese athletes ... More

New film explores Russian society through dashcams
MOSCOW (AFP).- Drivers keep their cool as they plunge into a river, race through a forest fire or see a falling meteorite in a new documentary made from Russian dashcam footage that the filmmaker says represents a national characteristic. Dmitry Kalashnikov, 29, from Saint Petersburg, spent a year piecing together footage he found online, including on YouTube, to make a 67-minute film called "The Road Movie" that features short sequences of unalloyed life in Russia. Russian dashcam footage has become a global phenomenon thanks to the video devices that drivers here often fix inside windscreens in case of insurance claims or police wrongdoing. It first caught worldwide attention in 2013 when a meteorite fell on the Urals city of Chelyabinsk and a wide range of dashcam footage was posted online. Many noted the drivers' calm as well as their failure to stop as a giant ... More

World class art collection at Grove at Grand Bay features work by important contemporary artists
MIAMI, FLA.- Public art adds value 
to real estate projects and gives artists opportunities to attract new audiences. Terra’s Grove at Grand Bay in Coconut Grove has a stellar selection of contemporary artworks chosen to enliven the buildings’ public spaces and to embellish the architectural design of the two towers. Terra has brought together a top-notch team including architect Bjarke Ingels, landscape architect Raymond Jungles, and art consultant Lisa Austin to create a luxurious space for residents to enjoy natural and artistic beauty. The two towers feature important contemporary artworks throughout, including sculptures by Pedro Reyes and Alice Aycock, a site-specific neon installation by Cerith Wyn Evans, a glass and mirrored wall sculpture by Olafur Eliasson, and drawings by Tara Donovan. The collection, valued at more than $1.2 million, enriches the daily ... More

Grace Kook-Anderson appointed Curator of Northwest Art
PORTLAND. ORE.- Brian Ferriso, the Marilyn H. and Dr. Robert B. Pamplin Jr. Director of the Portland Art Museum, today announced the appointment of Grace Kook-Anderson as the Arlene and Harold Schnitzer Curator of Northwest Art. Kook-Anderson was most recently the Curator of Contemporary Art at the Laguna Art Museum in Laguna Beach, California, and has spent the last year as an independent curator and freelance writer in Portland. Previously she was curator and exhibition organizer on a number of projects, including Amateurs (CCA Wattis Institute for Contemporary Arts, San Francisco), and The Land Mark Show (Center for Contemporary Arts, Santa Fe, New Mexico), among others, and served as assistant to the chief curator at the Asian Art Museum of San Francisco. She holds undergraduate degrees in art history and art practice from University of California, ... More

The Berlin Wall: Tracking the remnant from the Wedding District to the Oberbaum Bridge
LOS ANGELES, CA.- Author and photographer Marques Vickers takes you on a detailed visual tour with his book “The Berlin Wall: Over 25 Years After Fall”. Produced by Marquis Publications, the 205-page edition showcases the changes, constructions and alterations to the terrain that for thirty-eight years divided Berlin. Vickers 325 photographs intimately detail the core of the city’s center, commencing from the northern Wedding district to southern Oberbaum Bridge. Concise commentary illuminates the background of prominent structures, memorials and historical events. Over twenty-five years have followed the permanent dismantlement of the concrete slab barrier. Few remnant sections still remain. The outline of the wall has been identified locally through dual rectangular cobblestones embedded in the streets, walkways and under structures. The reader ... More

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On a day like today, Scottish architect and painter Charles Rennie Mackintosh died
August 10, 1928. Charles Rennie Mackintosh (7 June 1868 - 10 December 1928) was a Scottish architect, designer, water colourist and artist. His artistic approach had much in common with European Symbolism. His work, alongside that of his wife Margaret Macdonald, was influential on European design movements such as Art Nouveau and Secessionism. He was born in Glasgow and died in London. In this image: Design for a house for an art lover, 1901 © RIBA Library

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