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Exhibition of masterpieces from the Museum of Fine Arts in Budapest opens in Madrid

Velázquez, Tavern Scene with two Men and a Girl (The Luncheon) detail. circa 1618-1619. Oil on canvas. 96 x 112 cm. Museum of Fine Arts in Budapest.

MADRID.- The Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza is presenting Masterworks from Budapest. From the Renaissance to the Avant-Garde, an exhibition which, for the first time in Spain, presents an important selection of paintings, drawings and sculptures from the collections of the Museum of Fine Arts in Budapest and the Hungarian National Gallery. In total the exhibition features 90 works from the 15th to the 20th centuries representing artistic schools such as the Italian, German, Flemish and Spanish and including great names from the history of art such as Dürer, Leonardo da Vinci, Rubens, Velázquez, Tiepolo, Cézanne and Manet, in addition to interesting works by Hungarian artists, together offering visitors a comprehensive idea of the collections housed in these institutions. Curated by Guillermo Solana, artistic director of the Museo Thyssen, and Mar Borobia, head of its Department of Old Master Painting, the exhibition is organised in coll ... More

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Exhibition at Museum Ludwig gives visitors a chance to encounter Otto Freundlich's entire oeuvre   An Italian Baroque masterpiece from the Norton Simon Museum on view now at the National Gallery   The Morgan Library & Museum acquires important drawings by Hockney, Puryear, Corot

Otto Freundlich, Kosmisches Auge, 1921/22, 81 x 65 cm. Pastell auf Karton. Privatsammlung, Paris, Courtesy Applicat-Prazan. Photo: Applicat-Prazan, Paris.

COLOGNE.- He is one of the most original abstract artists of the twentieth century. Nearly forty years after the large retrospective, the Museum Ludwig now presents the oeuvre of Otto Freundlich (1878–1943). With around eighty objects, the exhibition traces the work, thought, and life of an artist who produced not only paintings and sculptures but also stained-glass windows and mosaics, and who in a searching reflection on the leading art movements of his time found his own path to abstraction—before being marginalized by the Nazis, denounced as “degenerate,” and ultimately murdered as a Jew. This discrimination and eradication of both Freundlich and his work have marked the artist’s reception to this day. Many of his works were destroyed in Germany under National Socialism. His Großer Kopf (Large Head), which the Nazis reproduced on the ... More

Guido Cagnacci, The Repentant Magdalene, after 1660 (detail).© Norton Simon Art Foundation

LONDON.- Visitors to the National Gallery have a unique opportunity to admire what is widely regarded as Guido Cagnacci’s greatest work, The Repentant Magdalene, an exceptional loan from the Norton Simon Museum, Pasadena (California). Guido Cagnacci (1601–1663) is one of the most unconventional and sensual artists of the Italian Baroque period, and yet he is largely unfamiliar to people today as his paintings are not represented in any UK public collections. Cagnacci was born in Santarcangelo di Romagna, but by the age of 20 he was living in Bologna, having twice visited Rome where he is recorded as staying in Guercino’s house. From 1649 Cagnacci was in Venice, where he worked entirely for a private clientele. In 1658 he moved to Vienna. Little documentation about Cagnacci survives, though some of the racier episodes in his personal life are mentioned in legal and criminal records of the time, which provide an insig ... More

Jean-Baptiste-Camille Corot (French, 1796-1875), Seated Camaldolese Monk, 1834, graphite on paper. The Morgan Library & Museum. Gift of Jill Newhouse.

NEW YORK, NY.- The Morgan Library & Museum announced today the acquisition of three major drawings by David Hockney, Martin Puryear, and Jean-Baptiste-Camille Corot. Each is a valuable addition to a drawings collection at the Morgan that is considered one of the greatest in the world. “We are delighted to announce the acquisition of these outstanding works,” said Colin B. Bailey, director of the museum. “The Hockney is a superb and iconic example of his precise, delicate style of the 1960s and depicts one of his muses, fabric designer Celia Birtwell. The Martin Puryear comes on the heels of the successful exhibition of his drawings we held in 2015, while the Corot is characteristic of the artist’s best portrait drawings of the 1830s. We are deeply grateful to the donors whose generous support made these acquisitions possible." One of the most popular British artists of the twentieth century, David ... More

Metropolitan Museum exhibition focuses on Seurat's 'Circus Sideshow'   Artist Profile: Richard Anuszkiewicz   Clark Art Institute opens new American Decorative Arts Galleries

Georges Seurat (French, Paris 1859-1891 Paris), Sidewalk Show (Une Parade) Ca. 1883–84. Conté crayon on paper 12 5/8 x 9 5/8 in. (32.1 x 24.5 cm). The Phillips Collection, Washington, D.C.

NEW YORK, NY.- Taking as its focus one of The Met’s most captivating masterpieces, this thematic exhibition affords a unique context for appreciating the heritage and allure of Circus Sideshow (Parade de cirque), painted in 1887–88, by Georges Seurat (1859–91). Anchored by a remarkable group of related works by Seurat that fully illuminates the lineage of the motif in his inimitable conté crayon drawings, the presentation explores the fascination the sideshow subject held for other artists in the 19th century, ranging from the great caricaturist Honoré Daumier at mid-century to the young Pablo Picasso at the fin de siècle. This rich visual narrative unfolds in a provocative display of more than 100 paintings, drawings, prints, period posters, and illustrated journals, supplemented by musical instruments and an array of ... More

Richard Anuszkiewicz, Sun Keyed, 1972 (detail). Available at Barnebys.

LONDON.- The concept of ‘Op art’ - or optical art - was cemented in the mid 1960s in response to the use of optical illusions by abstract artists of the time. One of the leaders of this movement was American innovator, Richard Anuszkiewicz. Originally hailing from Pennsylvania, Anuszkiewicz moved to Ohio as a teenager to begin his training at the Cleveland Institute of Art. Though born into poverty, the artist has spoken of the immense support of his family in his choice to pursue a career in art - an unconventional move for a young man of the 1940s living in a steel-manufacturing state. Throughout his five years at the institute, Anuszkiewicz was awarded various scholarships and awards for his achievements, with his talents being recognised early on. Having completed his studies in Cleveland, Anuszkiewicz moved to the Yale University School of Art and Architecture, where he was a student of ... More

Gilbert Stuart (American, 1755–1828), George Washington, 1796–1803. Oil on canvas. Clark Art Institute, 1955.16.

WILLIAMSTOWN, MASS.- The Clark Art Institute opened the Henry Morris and Elizabeth H. Burrows Gallery on Sunday, February 19. The American decorative arts gallery, housed in 3,275 square feet of newly renovated space in the Manton Research Center, contains the Clark’s important collection of early American paintings and furniture in addition to its exceptional Burrows collection of American silver. Designed by Selldorf Architects, the gallery includes new exhibition cases and an improved layout that enhance the experience of viewing the Clark’s important collection of colonial to early-nineteenth-century American art. The gallery, located in former exhibition spaces on the upper level of the Manton Research Center, features more than 300 objects, many which have been off view since 2012 and some of which have never been exhibited. Highlights of the display ... More

Artisans break the mould in Britain's pottery capital   Hitler's phone sells for more than $240,000   Major gifts by Roger Ballen Foundation establish centre for photography

A worker hand-paints crockery in the Emma Bridgewater factory. OLI SCARFF / AFP.

STOKE-ON-TRENT (AFP).- At the 18th-century Spode pottery works in Stoke-on-Trent, start-up artisans like 22-year-old Emma Price are moving into abandoned buildings and breathing new life into a once-mighty industry. The 10-acre (four-hectare) site in the heart of the Staffordshire city in central England whose name worldwide is synonymous with pottery has become a creative hub that is drawing in a new generation. "It's a real privilege to be on this site," said Price, wearing blue overalls flecked in plaster, as she worked on the mould for a bowl. "This offers me the opportunity to do my own thing and gives me the space to work in and do what I'm passionate about," she told AFP. "A lot of people now are starting to move away from the mass-produced work and want something that's more bespoke." ... More

The auction house Alexander Historical Auctions, which did not reveal the winning bidder's identity, had estimated its worth between $200,000 and $300,000.

WASHINGTON (AFP).- Adolf Hitler's personal telephone, which the Fuehrer used to dictate many of his deadly World War II commands, sold at auction on Sunday for $243,000, the US house selling it announced. Originally a black Bakelite phone, later painted crimson and engraved with Hitler's name, the relic was found in the Nazi leader's Berlin bunker in 1945 following the regime's defeat. The auction house Alexander Historical Auctions, which did not reveal the winning bidder's identity, had estimated its worth between $200,000 and $300,000. The starting bid was set at $100,000. The Maryland company auctioned off more than a thousand items including the phone and a porcelain sculpture of an Alsatian dog for $24,300. Both winners bid by telephone. More ... More

Roger Ballen.

CAPE TOWN.- Ahead of its Grand Opening during South Africa Heritage Weekend in September 2017, the Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Art Africa (Zeitz MOCAA) today announced major gifts from the Roger Ballen Foundation and the Eiger Foundation to Zeitz MOCAA’s endowment to establish and support a Centre for Photography. The gifts are the largest financial donations received by the museum, to date, from a Foundation. The investment of the donations will contribute to the long-term sustainability of the museum now, and for generations to come, and will also ensure a committed focus on photography as part of Zeitz MOCAA’s mission. The Roger Ballen Foundation donation includes: 1. The largest financial gift to Zeitz MOCAA’s endowment to date from a Foundation, to be invested to support the ongoing logistical, exhibition, programming and ... More

Crystal Bridges opens 'Border Cantos: Sight & Sound Explorations from the Mexican-American Border'   1936 Rolls Royce of artist who painted Mussolini & Churchill for sale with Mossgreen   Asian Art Museum presents new video art to commemorate 75th anniversary of Japanese incarceration during WWII

Guillermo Galindo, Zapatello, 2014. Tire, boot, glove, wood blocking used in construction of Border Wall, donkey jaw, ram’s horn, and rawhide, 70 × 38 × 76 in.

BENTONVILLE, ARK.- Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art announces the temporary exhibition, Border Cantos: Sight & Sound Explorations from the Mexican-American Border, on view February 18 through April 24, 2017. Admission to Crystal Bridges and Border Cantos is free. Border Cantos, a unique collaboration between American photographer Richard Misrach and Mexican American sculptor/composer Guillermo Galindo, uses the power of art to explore the complex issues surrounding the United States-Mexico border. “Through exhibiting works by artists of different cultural backgrounds, we are able to broaden our understanding of the American experience. Border Cantos invites visitors to explore the migrant experience in a setting that’s inclusive and respectful,” said Rod Bigelow, Crystal Bridges Executive Director, Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer. The exhibition features approximately 80 works of ... More

This 1936 royal blue Rolls Royce 25-30HP has a very elegant aluminium sportsman’s saloon body. It is estimated to sell for A$120,000 - 160,000. (£75,000 to £100,000).

SYDNEY.- Francis ("Frank") Owen Salisbury (1874–1962) was an English artist who made a fortune on both sides of the Atlantic and was known as “Britain’s Painter Laureate”. The sale of his car is with Mossgreen, Australia, in Sydney on Sunday 28th May and features some 20 interesting cars. The FO Salisbury Rolls Royce, not surprisingly is a work of art itself. This 1936 royal blue Rolls Royce 25-30HP has a very elegant aluminium sportsman’s saloon body by H.J.Mulliner which is in concourse winning condition. The vehicle arrived in Australia in 1962 with a complete set of tools. It is estimated to sell for A$120,000 - 160,000. (£75,000 to £100,000). In 1936 the car was the first choice for those wanting to be able to cruise down to the south of France for the weekend. A total of just 1,201 25-30 HP automobiles were built by Rolls-Royce in the two year period between 1936 ... More

When Rabbit Left the Moon, a video elegy by award-winning filmmaker Emiko Omori.

SAN FRANCISCO, CA.- Joyful picnics, seaside fun, prosperous storefronts, tidy homes: the typical California dream. This dream was uprooted in 1942 by the signing of Executive Order 9066, which resulted in the incarceration of 120,000 American Japanese during WWII. From Feb. 19 – Feb. 26, 2017, the Asian Art Museum is screening When Rabbit Left the Moon , a video elegy by award-winning filmmaker Emiko Omori to commemorate the 75th anniversary of this dark chapter in American history — a chapter with lessons that continue to resonate today. Omori experienced the devastating effects of forced relocation herself when she was transported to the Poston War Relocation Center in Arizona as a child. Her new work draws in part on the archival imagery of the Japanese American concentration camps first used in her award-winning 1999 documentary Rabbit in the Moon . For this year’s important milestone, Omori has crafted an original visual “poe ... More

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Butch McGuire's Saloon Decorations to be auctioned
OAK PARK, IL.- Treadway Toomey Auctions announced they will be offering a selection of items from the Robert E. “Butch” McGuire Collection on March 4th at John Toomey Gallery, located in Oak Park, IL. It will be 11 years this May since Butch passed away at the age of 76, but his name through the eponymous saloon, Butch McGuire’s at 20 West Division Street in Chicago, continues to live on. Much of Butch’s collection will continue on display at the landmark bar, but the items in the upcoming auction are being retired from their rotation. “This will be an opportunity for lovers of the Butch McGuire legacy, in Chicago and beyond, to own a piece of Chicago history,” said John Walcher, who is heading the sale with Joe Stanfield, both of John Toomey Gallery. There are more than 200 lots in the auction, titled The Butch McGuire’s Collection: Selected Property from the ... More

Spink to offer the Christopher "Kit" Reed Collection
NEW YORK, NY.- The first of Spink’s Spring coin auctions will take place in New York and is the eagerly awaited sale of Ancient Coins: Featuring the Christopher “Kit” Reed Collection on the 21st March 2017. This sale abounds in some of the most beautiful examples of ancient coins to come on the market in some time. Not only are the coins very visually appealing, but they are also extremely rare and valuable. To immediately catch the eye is lot 14, a Sicily. Himera. AR Drachm, ca. 550/540-515 BC. The coin fittingly shows a Cock advancing right within beaded circle. A beautiful motif considering that 2017 is the year of the rooster in the Chinese Zodiac calendar. It is extremely fine and will undoubtable cause great uproar and furious bidding in the auction room on the 21st. Lot 14, estimated $1,500 – 2,000 Another Sicilian coin of note is lot 16, another attractive piece. It is ... More

Museum Folkwang launches new exhibition format 6 1/2 Weeks
ESSEN.- Museum Folkwang launched its new exhibition format 6 1/2 Weeks, each time showcasing a new contemporary artist. Up to six times a year, young artists are given a platform to present their latest work for a period of just 45 days. US artist Eliza Douglas kicked off the exhibition series with her show My Gleaming Soul: her first-ever museum showing. Douglas (b. 1984) is an artist, musician, and performer, currently studying at the renowned Städelschule in Frankfurt am Main. The display Eliza Douglas – My Gleaming Soul (on show from 16 February to 2 April 2017) presents ten new works by the New York artist. Douglas’s large-scale paintings captivate the eye through their bold style and a striking recurrent motif: the artist’s hands. Occasionally shown in combination with a pair of feet and always depicted against a white background, the naturalistically ... More

Gwenneth Boelens's first solo museum exhibition opens at the MIT List Visual Arts Center
CAMBRIDGE, MASS.- Gwenneth Boelens’s sculptural and photographic work is concerned with perception, memory, and time. The artist’s show at the List Center, her first solo museum exhibition, features a group of recently produced large-scale photograms. Originally trained as a photographer, in the past Boelens has used the antiquated wet plate collodion process for creating lifesize glass negatives which are then displayed in sculptural installations. The process of immediate exposure to light after the chemicals are distributed onto the large glass plates shifts the focus from the image to the in-between state of the negative, the space in the image, and the performative gesture, which are concerns threading throughout her work as a whole. Boelens’s recent large-scale photograms are made over an extended exposure period during which the light source is obstructed by bodies ... More

In Lebanon, an avant-garde mosque to preach coexistence
MUKHTARA (AFP).- From a distance, there's little to suggest that the building at the entrance of the Druze heartland village of Mukhtara in Lebanon's Chouf mountains is a mosque. After all, despite practising a faith that is an offshoot of Shiite Islam, the Druze do not worship at mosques, and the building strays far from the traditional rendering of a Muslim prayer house. But the Amir Shakib Arslan mosque is intended to make visitors reflect on religion and modernity -- and on the symbolic gesture of constructing a mosque in a village whose residents worship elsewhere. It is named after the grandfather of Walid Jumblatt, the head of Lebanon's Druze community, who commissioned and funded the project, and replaces a mosque that once stood in Mukhtara but was destroyed decades ago in a feud. Its unusual design is the result of Jumblatt's decision to give architect ... More

15 commissioned artists respond to Max Dupain's Sunbaker
SYDNEY.- The Australian Centre for Photography presents Under the Sun: Reimagining Max Dupain’s Sunbaker, a large scale exhibition of new works commissioned from 15 artists responding to Australian photographer Max Dupain’s iconic Sunbaker image. The artists are Peta Clancy, Christopher Day, Destiny Deacon, Michaela Gleave, Nasim Nasr, Sara Oscar, Julie Rrap, Khaled Sabsabi, Yhonnie Scarce, Christian Thompson, Angela Tiatia, Kawita Vatanajyankur, Daniel Von Sturmer, Justene Williams and William Yang. The exhibition is being presented at the State Library of NSW in Sydney from 18 February until 17 April 2017 and in Melbourne at Monash Gallery of Art from 6 May until 6 August 2017. Under The Sun explores views of our culture, our identity and our nationhood through works that will surprise, challenge and enthuse audiences. The artists reflect ... More

Lyon & Turnbull to offer a collection of textiles from collector Paul Reeves
EDINBURGH.- Lyon & Turnbull, Scotland’s oldest auction room will be selling a collection of textiles from the renowned collector Paul Reeves on the 23rd February 2017 in Edinburgh. It has been a 50 year passion for Paul Reeves, starting when he was a young and influential clothes designer in London in the 1960s. The pieces in the sale which range from £200 - £20,000, have been chosen from his collection, spanning some 100 plus years of Textile Design. The forthcoming auction at Lyon & Turnbull is a determined aim to establish Textile Art rightly alongside the Fine Arts. All the pieces come from Paul Reeves in Cirencester, and they will be presented in a manner which makes them eminently usable and ready to hang, many frame and with others mounted to display with great effect in either a modern or period setting. There will be examples of work from 1840, ... More

Morgan Lehman Gallery opens exhibition of recent drawings and print work by Austin Thomas
NEW YORK, NY.- Morgan Lehman Gallery is presenting recent drawings and print work by Austin Thomas. Created while the artist was in residence at Guttenberg Arts, these new prints employ a unique collagraphic process whereby collaged forms are loaded with ink, which is then transferred in discreet layers onto found paper. The resulting images fluently marry spontaneity and precision, making reference to a range of Modernist styles including Russian Constructivism, Minimalism, and Color Field painting. Thomas, ever interested in the independent life of paper, complicates and adds richness to the reading of her prints by insisting on the tactility, imperfection, and historicity of the surfaces she starts with. Thomas’ daily drawings exemplify the experimental natural of her practice and provide a natural springboard for her monoprints, but also hold up as rich, multifaceted ... More

Group exhibition centred around Hito Steyerl's powerful work Abstract opens in Glasgow
GLASGOW.- Glasgow’s Gallery of Modern Art presents 'Polygraphs', a group exhibition centred around Hito Steyerl’s powerful work Abstract. The new show encourages audiences to question the dominant narrative and explore prevailing truths, fiction and evidence in a complicated world. Polygraphs presents over 20 works from Glasgow Museums’ collection. It opened to the public on Friday 17 February 2017 in Gallery 4. Alongside Abstract, the two-channel video work by Berlin based filmmaker and writer Hito Steyerl, gifted to Glasgow Museums by the Contemporary Art Society through the Collections Fund 2015, it showcases work by leading contemporary artists, including Barbara Kruger, Graham Fagen and kennardphillips. Their work invites the viewer to interrogate the leading historical accounts of our connections to the arms trade, the slave trade, feminism ... More

Star Wars, Star Trek, Back to the Future items, plus music and sports memorabilia offered at auction
EL SEGUNDO, CA.- The actual hoverboards used by Michael J. Fox and Tom Wilson as “Marty McFly” and “Biff Tannen” in the movie Back to the Future II; screen-used props from Star Wars, Star Trek and Star Trek Next Generation; and guitars signed by members of The Rolling Stones and The Grateful Dead are all part of Premiere Props’ next auction on March 25th. More than 500 lots, featuring a collection of props and costumes from some of the most classic and blockbuster movies and TV shows ever filmed, will be sold live, in Premiere Props’ gallery, located at 128 Sierra Street in El Segundo (zip: 90255), as well as online, via, and The auction will get underway at 11 am Pacific time. “This will be an incredible one-day event and I encourage all serious collectors to register now,” said Dan Levin of ... More

Kunsthalle Bern opens exhibition of works by
BERN.- Michael Krebber (*1954 in Cologne, lives in New York) has been leading a double life as a rumor for many years. He fostered this iridescence by exhibiting little or nothing. From a certain moment onward, the painter showed a bit more, but it was always about how much an artist ought to display. The scene of this critical self-staging as an actor of art was 1990s Cologne. On account of this prelude, it was for a long time difficult to distinguish Michael Krebber’s activities from what was said, purported, or speculated about him. For many young artists in Europe and the United States, Krebber offers a projection screen that can hardly be overestimated. While little known to the general public, many traits of MK, who repeatedly sheds his skin, are negotiated within the art world. People actually work things through with him in mind. The Living Wedge, organized in cooperation ... More

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On a day like today, Dutch painter Jan de Baen was born
July 20, 1633. Jan de Baen (20 February 1633 - 1702) was a Dutch portrait painter who lived during the Dutch Golden Age. He was a pupil of the painter Jacob Adriaensz Backer in Amsterdam from 1645 to 1648. He worked for Charles II of England in his Dutch exile, and from 1660 until his death he lived and worked in The Hague. His portraits were popular in his day, and he painted the most distinguished people of his time. In this image: Members of the magistrate of The Hague, 1682.

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