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Alte Pinakothek opens 'Florence and its Painters: From Giotto to Leonardo da Vinci'

Piero Pollaiuolo, Portrait of a Woman in Profile, c. 1475/80. Panel, 54.5 × 34.8 cm. Florence, Galleria degli Uffizi © Gabinetto Fotografico delle Galleria degli Uffizi. Photo: Haydar Koyupinar, Bayerische Staatsgemäldesammlungen.

MUNICH.- The first presentation in the newly renovated exhibition space in the Alte Pinakothek is dedicated to the painters of Florence from the 15th century. With some 120 masterpieces, the show presents the groundbreaking artistic innovations at the birthplace of the Renaissance, with an exemplary juxtaposition of paintings, sculptures and drawings. A comprehensive selection of exquisite panel paintings, made for the churches and palaces of the Tuscan trading centre, transports visitors back to the time of the Medici and traces the development of painting in the modern age, from its beginnings with Giotto’s work to Leonardo da Vinci’s creations. Thanks to numerous international loans – especially from major collections in Florence, London, New York, Washington, Vienna and Berlin – together with highlights from the holdings in Munich, characteristic works are represented in the exhibition by the most prominent Florentin ... More

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'The Ladies of the Baroque: Women painters in 16th and 17th century Italy' opens at Museum of Fine Arts Ghent   Christie's to offer 27 lots by Alberto and Diego Giacometti   Joslyn Art Museum announces expansion; international firm Snøhetta selected as architect


Artemisia Gentileschi, Judith and her maid, ca. 1613. Gallerie degli Uffizi, Firenze.

GHENT.- What was the role of women artists in Late Renaissance and Baroque Italy? How did they come into their own artistically in a male-oriented world? Such is the premise of the fall exhibition of the Museum of Fine Arts Ghent. Featuring some fifty paintings, the exhibition sheds light on the critical role of women painters in Italy from 1580 to 1680. Artemisia Gentileschi (1593–1652), arguably the most famous woman of 17th-century Italian art, figures prominently in the exhibition. Her work is compared with that of her female contemporaries, as the visitor is taken back to a pivotal moment in art history. During the 16th and 17th centuries, women artists in Venice, Rome, Naples, and Bologna undeniably shared a common ground that earned them their own place in the Baroque aesthetics. These women chose to dedicate themselves to painting and, consequently, to compete with male ... More
 

Diego Giacometti, 'Arbre Au Hibou' Table. Estimate: $200,000-300,000. © Christie’s Images Limited 2018.

NEW YORK, NY.- In conjunction with the Impressionist & Modern Art department, Christie’s Design announced, Alberto and Diego Giacometti: Masters of Design, which will take place during the marquee 20th Century Week on Monday, 12 November 2018. This sale includes 27 lots of design created by both Giacometti brothers, representing their crucial contribution to the field of decorative objects, lighting, and furniture. In the Stampa valley of Switzerland at the turn of the 20th century, the Giacometti brothers were born only a year apart and were raised in a family that valued creativity and originality. Their father was a painter who also designed all the furniture in the family’s home, and their younger brother would go on to become an architect. The brothers shared a very close relationship and shortly after Alberto settled in Paris in the early 1920s, Diego joined him there ... More
 

Joslyn Art Museum building

OMAHA, NEB.- Joslyn Art Museum announced today that it has selected Snøhetta to lead an expansion that will be transformative for the Museum, the city of Omaha, and Nebraska. Central to the architecture and landscape design project is a new building that will complement and enhance Joslyn’s original 1931 Memorial Building and 1994 Walter and Suzanne Scott Pavilion addition, designed by Sir Norman Foster. Introducing a new Joslyn for the twenty-first century, the expansion will add new galleries to showcase more art in an architecturally inspiring space; support greater breadth and depth of public programming and art education opportunities offered by Joslyn; and create an environment that heightens the Museum experience and exceeds visitors’ expectations. A selection committee comprising Joslyn staff and Omaha community leaders conducted an expansive search for an architect with multiple international firms ... More


Artcurial announces highlights from the Old Master and 19th century art auction   Exhibition at Jeu de Paume focuses on the extraordinary emotional power of Dorothea Lange's work   Legendary Istanbul photographer Ara Guler dies aged 90


Attribué à Jan Cornelisz Vermeyen, Portrait de l'empereur Charles Quint, huile sur panneau © Artcurial.

PARIS.- Artcurial’s Old Master & 19th century art department will host its prestigious second semester auction for the second half of 2018, on 13th November, during the Paris Fine Arts Fair. It gathers 120 lots, for a total estimate of more than 4 M€. « We are very pleased to once again present new discoveries, including the large canvas version of Portrait of Charles Perrault by Charles Le Brun, recovered thanks to the re-appearance of the pastel of the writer by Le Brun, pre-empted by the Chateau de Versailles museum during our auction on 21 March. » --Matthieu Fournier, Director Old Master & 19th century art, Artcurial. A selection of works will be presented in Artcurial’s Brussels office from 23rd to 25th October 2018. Northern countries Renaissance art is represented by two extremely rare paintings. The first, Composition au livre ouvert, is an oil on panel created in the Netherlands in the sixteenth century (estimate: ... More
 

Dorothea Lange, Damaged Child, Shacktown, Elm Grove, Oklahoma, 1936 © The Dorothea Lange Collection, the Oakland Museum of California.

PARIS.- The Politics of Seeing features major works by the world famous American photographer Dorothea Lange (1895, Hoboken, New Jersey–1966, San Francisco, California), some of which have never before been exhibited in France. The exhibition focuses on the extraordinary emotional power of Dorothea Lange’s work and on the context of her documentary practice. It features five specific series: the Depression period (1933-1934), a selection of works from the Farm Security Administration (1935-1939), the Japanese American internment (1942), the Richmond shipyards (1942-1944) and a series on a Public defender (1955-1957). Over one hundred splendid vintage prints taken between 1933 and 1957 are enhanced by the presence of documents and screenings broadening the scope of an oeuvre often familiar to the public through images such as White Angel Breadline (1933) and Migrant Mother ... More
 

Legendary Turkish photographer Ara Guler poses as he celebrates his 90th birthday on August 16, 2018 in Istanbul. OZAN KOSE / AFP.

ISTANBUL.- Legendary Turkish photographer Ara Guler, famed for iconic images of Istanbul which captured almost three quarters of a century of the city's history, has died aged 90, state media said. Guler passed away after being rushed to hospital in Istanbul for emergency treatment for heart failure, state-run Anadolu news agency said. He won fame with extraordinary images of Istanbul in black-and-white that admirers believe capture the soul of the city more than any other photographer. His work ranged from images of the city's best known mosques and landmarks, pictures of workers going about their daily lives to rare pictures of Istanbul covered in a blanket of snow. In a city that is now changing at a frenetic pace, Guler's work preserved facets of Istanbul that have now become irrevocably lost. Celebrated Turkish writer and Nobel Literature Prize winner Orhan Pamuk famously used Guler's images in his book ... More


Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac opens a group exhibition dedicated to American Minimal art   Exhibition celebrates the wealth of color and diversity of styles in the geometric art of Latin America   V&A Dundee welcomes 100,000th visitor


Dan Flavin, "Monument" for V. Tatlin, 1967. Cool white fluorescent lights, 244 x 57,5 x 12 cm (96 x 22,5 x 5 in) (DFL 1002.1) © Stephen Flavin / ADAGP, Paris, 2018.

PARIS.- Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac presents in its Pantin space a group exhibition dedicated to American Minimal art. Featuring over 20 major monumental sculptures and paintings by Carl Andre, Dan Flavin, Donald Judd, Sol LeWitt, Robert Mangold and Robert Morris, Monumental Minimal covers the scope of the many aesthetic questions raised by the main protagonists of this artistic revolution. Started in New York in the 1960s as a reaction to Abstract Expressionism, Minimal art is characterised by a formal radicalism that breaks the traditional codes of sculpture. Seriality and the emphasis put on the concept, as well as the use of industrial materials, constitute the common base from which different individual practices stemmed. The works presented have been selected to interact with the architecture of the space. Whether placed on the wall, in a corner, or directly on the floor, the sculptures dialogue ... More
 

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PARIS.- The exhibition Southern Geometries, from Mexico to Patagonia celebrates the wealth of color and diversity of styles in the geometric art of Latin America, bringing together 250 artworks made by over 70 artists from the Pre-Columbian period to present. Including modernist abstract art, sculpture, and architecture as well as ceramics, weaving, and body painting, the exhibition explores the wide range of approaches to geometric abstraction in Latin America, whether influenced by Pre-Columbian art, the European avant-garde or Amerindian cultures. Southern Geometries weaves visual relationships among diverse cultures and regions across time, inviting visitors to discover the vibrant patterns and designs of Latin American art. The exhibition opens with a spectacular ballroom designed by the Bolivian-born architect of Aymara origin, Freddy Mamani, whose work is inspired by the geometric motifs characteristic of Tiwanaku culture, as well as by the spirit of Andean village festivals. In his h ... More
 

Sheila Harkness from Monifieth was the 100,000th person to visit Scotland’s first design museum and was joined by her daughter Sharron McAllister and grandchildren James (10) and Kirsty (8) from Dunfermline.

DUNDEE.- V&A Dundee has welcomed its 100,000th visitor to the new museum. Sheila Harkness from Monifieth was the 100,000th person to visit Scotland’s first design museum and was joined by her daughter Sharron McAllister and grandchildren James (10) and Kirsty (8) from Dunfermline. They arrived at the museum on Monday 8 October at 11.17 and were given a one-year V&A Dundee Family and Friends Membership, a Kengo Kuma print and Living Room for the City book and bag to celebrate the occasion. Philip Long, Director of V&A Dundee, said: “I’m very proud and delighted that in just over three weeks 100,000 people have already visited the museum. The feedback we have received from visitors has been fantastic and means so much to all of the team here at V&A Dundee. “It’s been a joy to see people enjoying the galleries, ... More



Bonhams Los Angeles announces highlights from its Modern Decorative Art + Design sale   Bertoia's Annual Fall Auction, Nov. 9-11, features wonderful toys, trains, banks and more   WNET launches ALL ARTS, a streaming platform and broadcast channel dedicated to arts and culture


The sale includes a collection of works by the legendary interior designer, Tony Duquette. Photo: Bonhams.

LOS ANGELES, CA.- Bonhams presents the Modern Decorative Art + Design sale on October 25, which will offer over 300 inspiring lots spanning from the 1940s through the 1990s and ranges in style from stark, modern design to high-style Hollywood. The sale includes a collection of works by the legendary interior designer, Tony Duquette, a collection of 1990s works from a Swiss commission by Tom Dixon and Mark Brazier-Jones, and ten works by Peter Voulkos whose ceramics are widely sought after by collectors in the Fine Arts and Design world. Additional artists featured include Dale Chihuly, Ida Kohlmeyer, Ralph Bacerra, Sam Maloof, Pierre Jeanneret, Herbert Bayer, among others. The full sale will be on public view at Bonhams Los Angeles October 19-24. Jason Stein, Director of Modern Decorative Art + Design, Los Angeles, remarks: “This auction has a wide array of compelling works by the most celebrated makers of ... More
 

Extremely rare Halloween vegetable man holding jack-o-lantern, circa 1920s, est. $3,000-$3,500. Image courtesy of Bertoia Auctions.

VINELAND, NJ.- Many view the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade as the starting point for the holiday shopping season, but antique toy collectors are known for their love of “early buying.” To them, the “most wonderful time of the year” begins when the Bertoia family opens its gallery doors to guests who’ve come for their always-festive Annual Fall Auction. This year’s edition, slated for November 9-11, features more than 1,400 high-quality lots across many dozens of categories. The uncataloged bonus session (Nov. 11) presents a wide range of excellent toys similar to the types offered year round in the popular Bertoia Basics auction series. The 500-lot Friday session is brimming with cast-iron toys and banks. A fleet of transportation toys is led by a rare Hubley Say It With Flowers delivery motorcycle and other coveted ’cycles, including a Crash Car, Traffic Car and other classics. Additionally, there a ... More
 

Diane Masciale, Vice President & General Manager, WLIW21. Executive in Charge, ALL ARTS. Photo: © WNET/Joseph Sinnott.

NEW YORK, NY.- WNET, parent company of New York’s PBS stations THIRTEEN and WLIW21 and operator of NJTV, announced the launch of ALL ARTS – an unprecedented streaming platform and broadcast channel that offers access to all forms of creative expression from New York and around the world. Presenting exceptional cultural content, ALL ARTS is a place for creators to learn from one another and for artists from all disciplines to reach audiences across the tri-state area. Select programming is now available on the Web, Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. The full network, including the TV channel and streaming apps on iOS and Android smartphones and tablets, Roku, Apple TV and Amazon Fire TV, will launch on January 28, 2019. WNET has appointed Jörn Weisbrodt as ALL ARTS Artistic Director to help curate special events, develop an artist-in-residence initiative and conceptualize ... More


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Woody Auction announces huge two-day auction packed with over 650 lots
DOUGLASS, KAN.- A massive, two-day auction that required many months of planning and includes antiques and collectibles in many genres and categories promises to be one of the more exciting events of the year for Woody Auction, which will stage the event November 9th and 10th, online and in the firm’s auction hall at 130 East Third Street in Douglass. In all, 670 premier lots will come up for bid. Featured will be an incredible selection of sterling silver; the vast music box, phonograph, cabinet and furniture collection of Don and Carrol Lyle; a private doll collection; original Birger Sandzén artwork (to include a rare crayon drawing); 1st edition proof sets; a fabulous selection of Mt. Washington and Burmese; art glass; an historic Matthew Brady traveling photograph set; and Native American jewelry. Day 1, on Friday, November 9th, starting at 5 pm Central time, ... More

Adam M. Levine, Ph.D. appointed to lead the Cummer Museum of Art & Gardens
JACKSONVILLE, FLA.- After a deliberative 18-month national search, The Cummer Museum of Art & Gardens announced the appointment of Adam M. Levine, Ph.D. as the institution’s first George W. and Kathleen I. Gibbs Director and Chief Executive Officer. Levine, who is currently the deputy director and curator of ancient art for the Toledo Museum of Art (TMA), will begin his new role in January 2019. In the interim, he will consult with the museum’s current leadership and serve as director designate as he relocates to Jacksonville. “The board’s vision was to find a leader to advance the Cummer Museum’s mission of engaging and inspiring through the arts, gardens and education,” said Ricardo “Rick” Morales, III, chair of the Cummer Museum of Art & Gardens Board of Trustees. “Adam is a leader in the arts who has unique abilities to enhance ... More

Japanese contemporary artist Mari Ito opens solo show at JanKossen Contemporary
NEW YORK, NY.- JanKossen Contemporary is presenting ITOMARISM:Kaleidoscope, the premiere solo show in the United States by Japanese contemporary artist Mari Ito. The exhibition is held in New York through Dec. 1st 2018. Mari Ito (Tokyo, 1980, lives in Barcelona SPAIN), studied traditional Japanese painting at Joshibi University of Art and Design in Tokyo. Mari Ito’s oeuvre is based and influenced by the philosophical approaches found in Animism, Anthropocene and Animalism. Animism finds its expression in long standing Japanese techniques where all objects, places and creatures are seen to have a spiritual existence, and are hence animated and alive. Ito’s work shows us her world that is post-human existence: when we are no longer an influential force on the environment. Her organic, alien plants affected by a nuclear disaster thrive and grow, despite ... More

Jewish Museum and New York Public Library jointly acquire Maira Kalman's "The Elements of Style"
NEW YORK, NY.- The Jewish Museum and The New York Public Library have jointly acquired the complete series of 57 gouaches on paper created by designer, author, illustrator, and artist Maira Kalman for the 2005 edition of The Elements of Style. In The Elements of Style Maira Kalman adapts the well-known reference book of the same name by William Strunk Jr. and E.B. White (originally published by Strunk in 1918, and revised by White in 1959), pairing her irreverent illustrations with its grammatical rules. Known to generations of aspiring writers and English students, Kalman discovered the book at a used bookstore around 2002. She found it so amusing and subject to visual interpretation that it became her most beloved project to date. Claudia Gould, Helen Goldsmith Menschel Director, The Jewish Museum, said, "Even before participating in the ... More

Rare Charles Bruguier Singing Automaton Bird Box offered in Heritage Auctions sale
DALLAS, TX.- An extremely rare 19th-century bird box is among the most intriguing lots at Heritage Auctions’ Watches & Fine Timepieces Auction Oct. 24 in New York. The rarity of Charles Bruguier á Geneva Very Fine & Important Gold Singing Automaton Bird Box, No. 24, circa 1850 (estimate: $100,000-150,000) can be traced to the fact that Bruguier produced an average of just 27 such singing bird boxes during his career. "Charles Bruguier is known for his singular combinations of elite artistic ability and extraordinary mechanical craftsmanship,” Heritage Auctions Watches & Fine Timepieces Director Jim Wolf said. "The artistry and engineering that went into making these boxes, coupled with the fact that so few ever were produced makes them the kind of item that can be the centerpiece of any collection.” Impressive in both appearance ... More

Sotheby's third dedicated sale of Modern & Contemporary African art in London totals $3 million
LONDON.- Sotheby’s third sale of Modern & Contemporary African Art in London realised £2,274,625 / $3,000,230 (pre-sale estimate: £1.8-2.6 million), breaking 10 auction records in this category and setting three benchmarks for artists making their first appearance at auction. The top lot of the sale was El Anatsui’s Tagomizor, a hanging sculptural work made of aluminium bottle caps and copper wire from of the artist’s Danudo Series, which sold for £670,000 / $883,730 (est. £550,000-750,000). The Warrior, a painting by Senegalese artist Papa Ibra Tall, which was purchased by jazz legend Duke Ellington in Dakar in 1966 at the World Festival of Negro Arts, was hotly contested by multiple bidders who drove the final sale price to £118,750 / $156,631, almost fifteen times its pre-sale estimate (£8,000-12,000) and setting an auction record for the artist. Hannah ... More

Galerie Chantal Crousel opens exhibition of works by Anri Sala
PARIS.- What possible link could there be between a snail perched on the bow of a famous violin player, and a deformed wine glass that invites us to contemplate its unusual form, while impressing upon us that its inability to fulfill its primary function results from the form itself? If we are to answer this question raised by this exhibition by Anri Sala, we need to immerse ourselves in the context. The snail is the focus of the film If and Only If (2018), in which the camera follows its slow progression ­—a sort of paradoxical road movie— from the bottom to the top of the bow of the musician Gérard Caussé, while he performs Igor Stravinsky’s Elegy for Solo Viola. Composed as a two-part polyphony, this piece —of about 5 minutes— is shorter than the total duration of the film, which is 9 minutes and 47 seconds. Thus, while the musician found himself forced to adapt ... More

Exhibition at Scandinavia House presents the work of three Norwegian artists
NEW YORK, NY.- Light Lines: The Art of Jan Groth, Inger Johanne Grytting, and Thomas Pihl opened at Scandinavia House on Saturday, October 13. This new exhibition celebrates three Norwegian artists who have influenced and continue to influence one another with work that employs the power of the reductive, sharing close ties to the New York community, and representing three generations: Jan Groth (b.1939), Inger Johanne Grytting (b.1949) and Thomas Pihl (b.1964). Considered the foremost Norwegian artist of his generation, Jan Groth has continuously explored the relationship between line and picture plane. Exhibited extensively throughout his career with major exhibitions including a largescale retrospective at The Guggenheim Museum in New York, Groth’s influence and presence has been widespread both in the Nordic countries and internationally. ... More

Tomás Saraceno to collaborate with Rolls Royce Art Programme
LONDON.- Tomás Saraceno is the latest in a host of eminent artists to join the Rolls-Royce Art Programme. The relationship between Rolls-Royce and Saraceno will adopt a double-aspect approach, with the marque becoming benefactor in part for his forthcoming ‘On Air’ show, which runs at Palais de Tokyo, Paris, from 17th October, 2018 until 6th January, 2019. In return, Saraceno will create a new work for the Rolls-Royce Art Programme, furthering the existing ‘spider vitrine’ series of his installation, ‘Particular Matter(s) Jam Session’, supported by Rolls-Royce, at Palais de Tokyo. The installation will be exhibited at the Home of Rolls-Royce in Goodwood, West Sussex, in February, 2019. The Rolls-Royce Art Programme invites leading artists to develop new works which push the boundaries of what is possible both technically and conceptually. Artists are giv ... More

Fall exhibitions pair pioneering female contemporary artists exploring themes of legacy, place, and culture
RALEIGH, NC.- The North Carolina Museum of Art is presenting two special exhibitions, The Beyond: Georgia O’Keeffe and Contemporary Art and Candida Höfer in Mexico, October 13, 2018, to January 20, 2019. Alongside more than 35 paintings and sculpture by this founder of American modernism, The Beyond includes works by emerging artists including Louise Jones, Anna Valdez, and Britny Wainwright that evoke and expand upon O’Keeffe’s innovative artistic language. Candida Höfer in Mexico features 25 large-scale “portraits” by photographer Candida Höfer of magnificent interiors of libraries, convents, theaters, churches, and museums throughout Mexico. “These two exciting exhibitions showcase groundbreaking work from two preeminent female artists,” says Museum Director Larry Wheeler. “The exhibitions are both supported by ... More

Exhibition spanning three decades of Hannah Wilke's work on view at Alison Jacques Gallery
LONDON.- Alison Jacques Gallery is presenting an exhibition spanning three decades of the American painter, sculptor, photographer, video and performance artist Hannah Wilke (1940 - 1993), in partnership with The Hannah Wilke Collection and Archive, Los Angeles. Wilke's firm legacy as a pioneering, often controversial, feminist and conceptual artist is evident not only in her early use of vaginal imagery as a feminist intervention but also in her radical choice of materials. The use of terracotta and ceramic, latex, chewing gum and erasers was unusual for this time period and their characteristics of malleability and fragility reflect the sense of vulnerability that is consistent throughout Wilke's practice. Over the last decade, major museums have acknowledged Wilke's previously overlooked importance through significant acquisitions: MoMA, New York; ... More





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