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DNA study confirms London was an ethnically diverse city from its very beginnings

The Museum of London said in a statement that this was "the first multidisciplinary study of the inhabitants of a city anywhere in the Roman Empire".© Museum of London.

LONDON (AFP).- A DNA analysis of four ancient Roman skeletons found in London shows the first inhabitants of the city were a multi-ethnic mix similar to contemporary Londoners, the Museum of London said on Monday. Two of the skeletons were of people born outside Britain -- one of a man linked genealogically to eastern Europe and the Near East, the other of a teenage girl with blue eyes from north Africa. The injuries to the man's skull suggest that he may have been killed in the city's amphitheatre before his head was dumped into an open pit. Both the man and the girl were suffering from periodontal disease, a type of gum disease. The other two skeletons of people believed to have been born in Britain were of a woman with maternal ancestry from northern Europe and of a man also with links through his mother to Europe or north Africa. ... More

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Russian President Vladimir Putin inaugurates museum honouring ex-leader Boris Yeltsin   Exhibition at Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek in Copenhagen celebrates painting as an art form   Reimagined Milwaukee Art Museum collection galleries reopen transforming the visitor experience

Russian President Vladimir Putin (L) and Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev look at exhibits as they visit the museum devoted to the legacy of Russia's first president Boris Yeltsin. AFP PHOTO / SPUTNIK / ALEXEI NIKOLSKY.

MOSCOW (AFP).- Late Russian leader Boris Yeltsin's "nuclear button" briefcase went on display Wednesday as a major new museum devoted to the legacy of Russia's first president opened in the Urals. Russian President Vladimir Putin -- whom an ailing Yeltsin anointed as his heir on New Year's Eve 1999 with the words "Take care of Russia" -- unveiled the Boris Yeltsin Presidential Centre in the former leader's home city of Yekaterinburg in the Ural mountains. Putin called the museum a "tribute to the memory of Russia's first president" and the radical change the country went through in the 1990s. "I remember the words of Boris Nikolaevich that the whole country now knows: 'Take care of Russia,'" Putin said at the ceremony. "They were addressed to all of us, the current ... More

Vincent van Gogh, Landscape from Saint-Rémy 1889. Oil on canvas 70.5 x 88.5 cm. Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek, Copenhagen.

COPENHAGEN.- This winter’s exhibition at the Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek celebrates painting as an art form – directly, openly and stripped of any framing devices and narratives. Quite literally, too: a special range of selected French masterpieces are exhibited without their lovely, heavy golden frames in settings that focus attention on the art itself and on its key quality: its ability to invite contemplation. Traditionally, frames have served as dividers that set up a boundary between the pictorial space and the space occupied by the spectator. PAINT rips van Gogh, Cézanne, Degas, Courbet, Rousseau, Manet, Sisley and Monet out of their frames. Freed from the clear-cut boundaries provided by the frame, the masterpieces presented in this exhibition take on new and unexpected qualities. A simple, but effective device – and the exhibition makes the most of it by not only giving the paintings plenty ... More

East addition. Courtesy Milwaukee Art Museum; photo by Dustin DuPree.

MILWAUKEE, WIS.- The Milwaukee Art Museum, the largest visual art institution in Wisconsin and one of the oldest art museums in the nation, reopened its Collection Galleries to the public November 24. The reopening is the culmination of a 6-year, $34 million project to transform the visitor experience through dramatically enhanced exhibition and public spaces and bright, flowing galleries. “The new Milwaukee Art Museum is poised to set the standard for a twenty-first-century museum at the heart of a great city,” said Museum Director Daniel Keegan. “What began as a desire to preserve the space and Collection grew into a significant expansion that rejuvenates and sets the future course for the entire institution.” The project is part of a historic public-private partnership with Milwaukee County, which owns the buildings and provided $10 million toward the renovation, with the remaining $24 million raised through the Museum’s Plan ... More

Danish auction house Bruun Rasmussen stops ivory sales after social media protests   Cuban suspected of masterminding Havana National Museum of Fine Arts heist arrested in Greece   President Barack Obama hails filmmaker Steven Spielberg's 'boundless imagination'

A file picture taken on March 3, 2015 shows people standing near a burning pile of 15 tonnes of elephant ivory seized in kenya in Nairobi National Park. AFP PHOTO / CARL DE SOUZA.

COPENHAGEN (AFP).- Denmark's second largest auction house said Monday it had stopped selling ivory products amid a social media storm over its planned sale of two tusks belonging to an African elephant. The nearly two-metre (80 inch) tusks, weighing 28 kilogrammes (62 pounds) each, were to have gone under the hammer for a total of 150,000 kroner (20,107 euros, $21,344) on Wednesday. "We try to be as aware as possible of what can cause offence," Kasper Nielsen, a sales director at Bruun Rasmussen, told AFP. The move had been based on "the reactions we have received both ... More

Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes de La Habana. Photo: Miss Bono via Wikipedia.

ATHENS (AFP).- Police in Greece on Wednesday said they had arrested a 36-year-old Cuban suspected of masterminding a massive art heist at the Havana National Museum of Fine Arts. A police statement said the man was arrested on Monday in Koropi, a rural area near Athens, in the home of a 40-year-old Greek. "Cuban authorities had issued an international warrant against him, on suspicion of being the main perpetrator of the robbery and misappropriation of 71 works of art," the police said. The heist had been confirmed by the museum in February 2014. At the time, reports had valued the works stolen at over $1 million (940,000 euros). Several of them later surfaced for sale in Miami ... More

US President Barack Obama presents the Presidential Medal of Freedom to movie director Steven Spielberg at the White House in Washington, DC, on November 24, 2015. AFP PHOTO/NICHOLAS KAMM.

WASHINGTON, DC (AFP).- President Barack Obama awarded the highest civilian honor Tuesday to filmmaker Steven Spielberg, the man behind Hollywood hits "E.T.," "Jurassic Park" and "Indiana Jones." "Steven's films are marked most importantly by a faith in our common humanity," Obama said as he awarded him the Medal of Freedom. "His stories have shaped America's story, and his values have shaped our world." Obama noted Spielberg's work in founding the Shoah Foundation, which records testimonies of survivors and other witnesses of the Holocaust. The director, who has won three Oscars and whose ... More

Only known depiction of Charles Darwin on the Beagle discovered at Sotheby's London   Mitsubishi Corporation to donate $1 million to Smithsonian Freer and Sackler Galleries   Rare medieval church painting saved by 16th century recycling and 21st century conservation

This remarkable group portrait of life on the HMS Beagle is estimated £50,000-70,000 and will be offered as part of the English Literature, History, Children's Books and Illustrations sale in London on 15 December 2015. Photo: Sotheby's.

LONDON.- Charles Darwin's theory of evolution by natural selection challenged the foundations of Western civilisation and profoundly changed our understanding of the world. Now, the only known painting of Darwin aboard the Beagle, the ship that carried the English naturalist on his historic voyage, has been unveiled following a sensational new discovery. The watercolour, painted by Augustus Earle (1793-1838) while anchored off the Patagonian coast in 1832, captures Darwin’s expedition as never seen before. Fossils and botanical specimens are hauled aboard the deck of the ship and examined as Darwin holds court, dressed in top hat and frock coat, at the centre of the composition. This remarkable group portrait of life on the HMS Beagle is estimated £50,000-70,000 and will be offered as part of the English ... More

Julian Raby, the Dame Jillian Sackler Director of the Arthur M. Sackler Gallery and the Freer Gallery of Art, and Yasuyuki Sugiura, Chairman of the Board and President of Mitsubishi Corporation Foundation for the Americas, at the commemoration ceremony Nov. 20, 2015; photo by Hutomo Wicaksono.

WASHINGTON, DC.- The Smithsonian's museums of Asian art and Mitsubishi Corp. announced a partnership to expand collaboration and communication between Japanese and American audiences and scholars. Mitsubishi Corp. will donate $1 million to the Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery to support the museums' Japanese initiatives through 2020, marking the first time that a private corporation has provided a sponsorship for exhibitions and staffing to the galleries. The donation comes during the Sackler's landmark exhibition, "Sotatsu: Making Waves," on view until Jan. 31, 2016. It is the first exhibition outside Japan to feature Tawaraya Sōtatsu (d. circa 1640), one of the most influential yet elusive figures in the history of Japanese visual culture. The ... More

Now on display at the Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge, The Kiss of Judas , is one of the rarest artworks of its type.

CAMBRIDGE.- A rare surviving English medieval panel painting has been given a new lease of life after conservation at the Hamilton Kerr Institute, Cambridge. Remarkably, new evidence found by conservators shows the painting owes its survival to recycling during the Protestant Reformation of the Church in England. Now on display at the Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge, The Kiss of Judas , is one of the rarest artworks of its type. At the time of the Reformation, beginning in the 16th century and later during the English Civil War, church paintings were destroyed in their thousands – few survive across the UK. Unlike The Kiss of Judas , many of them are defaced. Painted in bright oil colours, with details picked out in silver and gold leaf, the lively scene from c.1460 is all the more astonishing as it depicts the moment of Christ’s betrayal, by Judas Iscariot. Devout Catholic parishioners often scratched and gouged at the hate ... More

American icons and Philadelphia darlings: American Art & Pennsylvania Impressionists at Freeman's   White Cube opens exhibition of new series by Gilbert & George that uses hard-hitting slogans   Exhibition of paintings by Raoul De Keyser opens at David Zwirner in London

Thomas Eakins, Study of a Spectator for 'Taking the Count'. Estimate $15,000-25,000.

PHILADELPHIA, PA.- Bridging iconic American names and spanning movements from Modernism to Impressionism, the works being offered in Freeman's December 6 auction of American Art & Pennsylvania Impressionists define the scope and diversity that is great American Art. Represented in this sale are three generations of the iconic Wyeth family, with works from N.C., Andrew, and Jamie on offer. The distinctive genre of American illustrative art as characterized by Norman Rockwell and Maxfield Parrish is also featured in this sale, as are early American painters like Gilbert Stuart. Artists and subjects of special significance to Philadelphia society (like the subject of Stuart's "Portrait of Anne (Nancy) Lee") and its rich artistic community (including Thomas Eakins) are peppered throughout the sale. Barely known and rarely seen, ... More

Gilbert and George say BURN THAT BOOK 1, 2015.

LONDON.- White Cube is presenting THE BANNERS by Gilbert & George at White Cube Bermondsey. Including thirty individual works, this new series uses hard-hitting slogans to address belief and conformism with a straightforward and uncompromising visual language. THE BANNERS comprise of ten works of which there are three unique copies each. In these works, various phrases such as ‘DECRIMINALISE SEX’, ‘BAN RELIGION’, ‘GOD SAVE THE QUEEN’ or ‘FUCK THE TEACHERS’ are hand-written in black ink on white paper, above which is written in red, ‘Gilbert & George say:-‘, in the artist’s familiar signature. THE BANNERS are, as Michael Bracewell has written in his catalogue essay for the exhibition, ‘materially and rhetorically [...] direct, tough, immediate.’ Landscape in format and uniform in scale – their size dictated by the largest sheet of watercolour paper available – ... More

Raoul De Keyser, Front, 1992. Oil on canvas, 65 x 48 1/2 inches (165.1 x 123.2 cm). Courtesy David Zwirner, New York/London.

LONDON.- David Zwirner presents an exhibition of paintings by Raoul De Keyser, marking the artist’s first show with the gallery in London. On view at 24 Grafton Street, Raoul De Keyser: Drift is organized around a group of twenty-two works completed shortly before his death in October 2012, and known as The Last Wall. Together, they revisit some of the major subjects that occupied the artist throughout his nearly fifty-year long career, including the landscape of the Belgian lowlands where he grew up and lived his entire life, the inconspicuous things close at hand, and the partition of the picture plane. These paintings will be accompanied by a careful selection of works from the 1990s onwards that are likewise representative of these subjects and further contextualize the later series. The ... More

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Morandi, Fontana amd Burri lead Sotheby's Milan Modern & Contemporary Art Sale
MILAN.- The Part I of the Milanese Modern and Contemporary Art Sale held in the new spot of Palazzo Serbelloni has confirmed the interest and the massive presence of public during the exhibition days. The 1948 Natura Morta by Giorgio Morandi, the Italian artist celebrated at CIMA in New York, part of the Milanese Marmont Collection, has reached the price of €747.000. A private European collector enriched his collection with the hypnotic yellow five Tagli Concetto Spaziale executed by Lucio Fontana in 1968 and dedicated to Milan, purchasing the work for €1.383.000. A tribute to Burri has been offered with this sale in Milan: the four works included in the Part I from a presale total estimate of €1.350.000 have been sold at €2.172.000. The sale offered an accurate selection of works dated from 1952 to 1980: a very rare Ferro created in 1959 (sold at €699.000), a turning point ... More

Berry Campbell Gallery opens John Goodyear retrospective
NEW YORK, NY.- Berry Campbell presents an exhibition by John Goodyear (b. 1930). This important show features over twenty paintings, sculptures, and drawings from six decades of Goodyear's career. The show opened on November 25, 2015 and runs through January 2, 2016. In a career that spans more than six decades, John Goodyear has utilized painting, drawing, light, optics, installation, and heat to engage his audience and re-contextualize the viewer’s present observation. These shifting views created throughout his career reveal a body of work that lends itself to both reflection on the inner self and discovery of the outside world. Goodyear said it simply and best: “Art makes one see, what one sees makes art.” John Goodyear was born in Los Angeles, California in 1930 and later moved to Grosse Ile, Michigan. In 1947 he won a full tuition scholarship to the ... More

New curator for Frieze Projects: Raphael Gygax
LONDON.- Today Frieze announced that Swiss curator Raphael Gygax has been selected as the new Curator of Frieze Projects - the innovative, non-profit programme of artist commissions at Frieze London, established in 2003. Gygax, who is Curator at Migros Museum für Gegenwartskunst, Zurich, will devise the 2016 Frieze Projects, commissioning artists to realise ambitious new work at the fair. Frieze Projects and the Frieze Artist Award are supported by the LUMA Foundation. Victoria Siddall, Director of the Frieze fairs, said: ‘The Frieze Projects programme of artist commissions has been a cornerstone of the fair since its inception in 2003. I am thrilled to welcome Raphael Gygax as the new curator of the projects for Frieze London. His diverse interests in performance, film and theatre, and his wide-ranging curatorial experience, will continue a rich tradition – begun by Polly Staple and ... More

Teresita Fernández's newest body of work on view at Lehmann Maupin in New York
NEW YORK, NY.- Teresita Fernández’s seventh solo exhibition with Lehmann Maupin, coinciding with her monumental sculptural installation Fata Morgana, currently installed in Madison Square Park in New York, showcases her newest sculptural works—intimate interior landscapes in concrete, cast bronze, and highly-detailed glazed ceramic. Best known for her unique installations and immersive public projects, Fernández explores ideas of the figure in the landscape, the natural world, the extremes of scale, as well as the act of looking. Fernández’s conceptually-based, research-intensive process of art making often contains many layers of diverse cultural and historical references; she uses devices such as proportion and unconventional material to draw the viewer into her work, evoking an individualized experience of engagement that prompts questions of both place and way-finding. ... More

Unique exhibition about Imperial visual culture on view at Tate Britain
LONDON.- How did Britain’s Empire influence the creation and collection of art over the past 400 years? And how did artists themselves reinforce, resist and reflect the Empire in their work? This autumn Tate Britain presents a unique exhibition about Imperial visual culture that shows art from across the British Isles, North America, the Caribbean, the Pacific, Asia and Africa. In 21st century Britain, ‘Empire’ is a highly provocative term. Its histories of war, conquest and slavery can be difficult to address but its legacy is everywhere. Artist and Empire examines the people who helped to create, promote or confront the British Empire in their work, bringing together around 200 extraordinary paintings, drawings, photographs, sculptures and artefacts. The exhibition reveals how the meanings of these objects have changed through history, and asks what they mean to us today. Drawn ... More

Photographs of Andy Warhol found in a dusty box exhibited in London
LONDON.- Kiwi Arts Group presents Warhol in London: Behind the Lens of William John Kennedy, a month long exhibition on Chiltern Street from the 25th November to the 20th December. Featuring over 20 black & white and color photographs of Andy Warhol that until recently had laid hidden in a dusty box. It is the first time the collection has ever been exhibited in the United Kingdom since it’s unveiling in Miami Beach during Art Basel in 2010. A few short years ago American photographer William John Kennedy brushed off a long forgotten dusty box headed for the rubbish bin after it lay in storage for nearly five decades. That rescued box would later reveal a collection of extraordinary works of art Kennedy created with the help of Andy Warhol in a series of photo sessions on the cusp of his meteoric rise to fame. The recovered archive of Kennedy's negatives has been ... More

South Korea 'webtoon' craze making global waves
SEOUL (AFP).- Seoul office worker Park Sun-Min constantly checks his smartphone -- trawling for updates on an insect apocalypse, ghost soldiers haunting the inter-Korean border, and a supermarket worker’s struggle to form a trade union. Along with millions of other South Koreans, Park is, by his own admission, irrevocably hooked on the vast network of varied Internet-based comic strips -- or "webtoons" -- available through his mobile. "I read four to five a day and more than 30 a week ... I sometimes see them at work and keep reading them on holiday -- even overseas," the 30-year-old said. The genre is a growing cultural force in South Korea, supported by an ultra-fast Internet and smartphone-crazy populace, and fuelled by a small army of young, creative, tech-savvy graphic artists. Most webtoon serials are published on major Internet portals free of charge and once ... More

Bernard Buffet's Eiffel Tower representation leads December 14 auction at Leslie Hindman
CHICAGO, IL.- The December 14 American and European Art sale at Leslie Hindman Auctioneers includes top lots from private collections. The one hundred and sixty two lot sale with a range of represented artists offers a nice collecting opportunity. The sale is led by an early Bernard Buffet work, La Tour Eiffel, 1955, which is a strong example of his atmospheric work from the 50s. In this work, Buffet depicts one of the world¹s most recognizable monuments. By including La Grand Roue, a Ferris wheel long torn down in 1920, he imbues the painting with a sense of nostalgia and melancholy. The painting has an estimate of $200,000 ­ 300,000. Another leading painting by a French artist is Jean Beraud's Le Pont de Bercy ($200,000 ­ 300,000). Beraud, known for his talent in depicting everyday scenes of 19th century Parisian life, chooses here to show Bercy, a separate commune from ... More

Tiffany, Lalique & art glass rarities surpass $1.2 million at Heritage Auctions
DALLAS, TX.- An exceptional Tiffany Studios Favrile Glass Floriform Vase, circa 1900-1920 and engraved 04325, brought $48,750 in Heritage Auctions' $1.2+ million Tiffany, Lalique & Art Glass auction in Dallas. Floor bidders claimed the top lots at the Nov. 23 auction as Tiffany lighting sold above estimate and Rene Lalique rarities were claimed by collectors in the Middle East. "Auction results for top market artworks by Rene Lalique remain strong and I was pleased to see collectors recognize this auction's selection of particularly rare designs," said Nick Dawes, Vice President of Special Collections at Heritage. "Consignors are very happy." A unique Tiffany Opalescent Favrile Glass and Bronze Fire Screen, circa 1905 and stamped TIFFANY STUDIOS, NEW YORK, sold to the phone for $75,000. Tiffany lighting recorded intense bidder interest as a Leaded Glass and ... More

Exhibition of new work by Chilean artist Fernando Casasempere opens at Parafin
LONDON.- Parafin announces an exhibition of new work by the acclaimed Chilean artist Fernando Casasempere (born 1958). This will be Casasempere’s first exhibition in London since his monumental field of ceramic and steel flowers, Out of Sync, was installed at Somerset House in 2012. That piece has now been permanently installed in the Atacama Desert in Chile. Casasempere is a sculptor working with ceramics, the traditional material of pottery, and his work explores ideas of landscape and the environment. Conceptually his use of earth/clay and his concern with nature and ecological issues connects him to artists associated with the Land or Earth Art movement, such as Robert Smithson and Richard Long, but Casasempere works out of a different cultural tradition, being profoundly inspired by the Pre-Columbian art and architecture of Latin America. ... More

'Rocky' effect put Philly on world map
PHILADELPHIA, PA.- It is a classic slice of pop history: Sylvester Stallone -- aka "Rocky" -- jogging up the steps of the art museum in Philadelphia. For four decades, the boxing saga whose latest chapter hit US screens Wednesday, helped put Philly on the map. The 72 "Rocky Steps" -- as they are known -- are an irresistible draw to tourists who come to mimic the iconic scene from the Oscar-winning 1976 movie about an aspirational boxer named Rocky Balboa. "The Rocky movie series has been an incredible part of the history and the legacy of the city Philadelphia," Mayor Michael Nutter told AFP. "I mean this has been going on for 30 years now. It's a part of us and we are a part of it." At the foot of the famed steps towers a 10-foot bronze statue of Rocky, commissioned by the saga's star and creator Stallone for "Rocky III" and donated to the city after the shoot. On ... More

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On a day like today, 'Max Klinger. The Drama of Man and Woman' opened
November 25, 2011. An employee of the Horst Janssen Museum in Oldenburg walks through the exhibition 'Max Klinger. The Drama of Man and Woman' and checks the art works helped by the catalogue of the special exhibition in Oldenburg, Germany. About 100 exhibits concerned with the relationship of man and woman were presented between 25 November 2011 and 19 February 2012 at the museum. EPA/INGO WAGNER

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