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Egyptian mummies virtually unwrapped at Powerhouse Museum in Australia

A young boy looks at a three-dimensional image of a CT scan of an Egyptian mummy as the the hidden secrets of Egyptian mummies up to 3,000 years old have been virtually unwrapped and reconstructed for the first time using cutting-edge scanning technology in a joint British-Australian exhibition in Sydney on December 8, 2016. Three-dimensional images of six mummies aged between 900BC and 140-180AD from ancient Egypt, which have been held at the British Museum but never physically unwrapped, give an insight into what it was like to live along the Nile river thousands of years ago. WILLIAM WEST / AFP.

SYDNEY (AFP).- The hidden secrets of Egyptian mummies up to 3,000 years old have been virtually unwrapped and reconstructed for the first time using cutting-edge scanning technology in a joint British-Australian exhibition. Three-dimensional images of six mummies aged between 900BC and 140-180AD from ancient Egypt, which have been held at the British Museum but never physically unwrapped, give an insight into what it was like to live along the Nile river thousands of years ago. "We are revealing details of all their physical remains as well as the embalming material used by the embalmers like never before," the British Museum's physical anthropology curator Daniel Antoine told AFP at the Powerhouse Museum in Sydney Thursday. "What we are showing to the public is brand-new discoveries of their insides." Two of the travelling mummies were previously exhibited at the British Museum in 2014, with the other four being revealed to the world for the first time in the Sydney show that opens on Saturday. ... More

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Mitchell-Innes & Nash presents two simultaneous exhibitions of works by Sir Anthony Caro   San Francisco Museum of Modern Art presents William Kentridge's "The Refusal of Time"   The Frick Pittsburgh's world class collection highlighted in new exhibition and book

Anthony Caro, Alpine, 2012. Steel and yellow perspex, 59 1/2 by 49 1/4 by 26 in. 151.1 by 125.1 by 66 cm.

NEW YORK, NY.- Mitchell-Innes & Nash presents two simultaneous exhibitions of sculptures and works on paper by the late British artist Sir Anthony Caro (1924 – 2013), staged across the gallery’s Chelsea and Madison Avenue locations. On view starting December 8, 2016, this is the artist’s first exhibition in the US since his death in 2013 and his sixth with Mitchell-Innes & Nash, who has exclusively represented Caro in New York for 14 years. The exhibition features work spanning Caro’s sixty-year career and highlights the artist’s fearless and constant innovation throughout his lifetime. In Chelsea, six large-scale steel and Plexiglas sculptures from 2011 through 2013 will be juxtaposed against four colored paintings on paper from the 1950s, on view for the first time in the US. In the Madison Avenue gallery, four steel, bronze, and brass sculptures will be on view alongside a selection of gestural black-and ... More

William Kentridge, The Refusal of Time , 2012; jointly owned by the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, and The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York (purchase, by exchange, through an anonymous gift and the K. Hart Smith Trust); © 2012 William Kentridge, all rights reserved; photo: courtesy Metropolitan Museum of Art.

SAN FRANCISCO, CA.- Making its West Coast debut at SFMOMA, artist William Kentridge’s The Refusal of Time (2012) is an immersive installation combining synchronized video projections featuring live action, animation and dance, with audio feeds that incorporate music and sound and a central kinetic sculpture called “the elephant,” which breathes a steady rhythm from the center of the gallery. Jointly owned by SFMOMA and The Metropolitan Museum of Art, the work evokes an embodied history of time while simultaneously expanding our ideas about how we mark its passage. “With this complex and masterful immersive installation we found the perfect match for our longstanding commitment to the artist, which includes significant ... More

Peter Paul Rubens, Portrait of Charlotte-Marguerite de Montmorency, Princess of Condé, c. 1610. Oil on canvas. Frick Art & Historical Center.

PITTSBURGH, PA.- The Frick Art & Historical Center is currently presenting the first exhibition in eight years to focus exclusively on its permanent collection. On view through May 14, 2017 at The Frick Art Museum, The Frick Collects: From Rubens to Monet celebrates the works of fine and decorative art at the heart of the Frick experience. Admission is free. Designed to bring renewed attention to the depth and breadth of the Frick’s collection—from bachelor purchases by Henry Clay Frick, through his daughter Helen’s work to ensure the creation of The Frick Art Museum and the preservation of Clayton, and to more recent museum acquisitions, The Frick Collects: From Rubens to Monet features many of the museum’s most significant objects and tells the story of the Frick today and how it has evolved from its founding collections. Accompanying The Frick Collects: ... More

'Handcuff king' Houdini's secrets unlocked in Hungary   Exhibition at Martin Gropius Bau honors Robert Doisneau   Fresh to market works dominate at Freeman's December art auctions

A New York-based singer-songwriter Tara O'Grady shows the famed Hungarian-born escape artist Harry Houdini's bible in the "House of Houdini" museum. ATTILA KISBENEDEK / AFP.

BUDAPEST (AFP).- Ninety years after his death, the secrets of the world's greatest escape artist, Harry Houdini, have been unlocked in a recently opened Hungarian museum devoted to the Budapest-born illusionist. Set high in the capital's lofty Castle district, the House of Houdini lifts the veil on the box of tricks used by the famous magician, who lived most of his life in the United States. Amid gleaming chandeliers and old Chesterfield seats, the red-painted rooms showcase handcuffs and padlocks used by Houdini in performances. Visitors can also see props from a recent television production on him such as a box from an illusion where a woman appears to be cut in half. There's even a stage where budding magicians charm visitors with card tricks. "I had an urge to pay tribute to Houdini," said museum owner and fellow escapologist David Merlini who has dedicated ... More

Robert Doisneau, La dernière valse du 14 juillet, 1949. © Atelier Robert Doisneau, 2016.

BERLIN.- Very few photographers have become famous through a single picture. “Le Baiser de l'Hôtel de Ville” (The Kiss by the Hôtel de Ville) is such a picture, which Robert Doisneau (1912–1994) took in March 1950 in front of a Parisian street café in the Rue de Rivoli. The image of the couple kissing was a work commissioned by LIFE magazine. Although it was staged, it contains an entire story: It became the symbol of Paris as the “city of love”. It is one of the iconic photographs of the 20th century. However, Doisneau’s oeuvre is much deeper and more complex. It is comprised of approximately 350,000 photographs, including professionally crafted shots and others which have the force and charisma of an artistic solitaire. He worked as a photojournalist for the major magazines such as Vogue, Paris Match, Le Point and LIFE. His most famous photographs were shot while wandering through the French ... More

Edward Willis Redfield, Road to the River (detail) Sold for $200,000

PHILADELPHIA, PA.- Two days of art results in $3.6 million in sales for Freeman's. Both the December 4 American Art & Pennsylvania Impressionists and December 6 Modern & Contemporary Art auctions boasted tightly curated selections of fresh to market works from private collections, bringing competitive bidding from across the globe for works by such heavy hitters as N.C. Wyeth, Frederic Remington, Zao-Wou-Ki, and James Ensor. Sunday's American Art & Pennsylvania Impressionists auction featured vistas of the Pennsylvania countryside, visions of the American West, and iconic works of illustration art. The standing room only crowd vied against bidders from the internet and the phones, resulting in a total of $1.8 million in sales for works by some of the most significant names in American art. The top lot of the day was Edward Willis Redfield's "Road to the River" which brought $200,000, asserting Freeman's place as the go-to auction house ... More

British Council commission for the British Pavilion at the 57th Venice Biennale 2017: Phyllida Barlow   Exhibition of new work by British artist Eddie Peake on view at White Cube Hong Kong   Philippe Parreno's first Australian solo exhibition opens at Australian Centre for the Moving Image

Portrait of Phyllida Barlow ©David Levene, Courtesy the artist and Hauser & Wirth.

LONDON.- Phyllida Barlow has been selected by the British Council to represent Britain at the 57th Venice International Art Biennale. She will present a major solo show in the British Pavilion, which will run from 13 May to 26 November 2017. The Artistic Director of the 57th International Art Biennale will be Christine Macel. Best known for her colossal sculptural projects, for over five decades Phyllida Barlow has employed a distinctive vocabulary of inexpensive materials such as plywood, cardboard, plaster, cement, fabric and paint to create striking sculptures and bold and expansive installations that confront the relationship between objects and the space that surrounds them. Drawing on memories of familiar objects from her surroundings, Barlow’s practice is grounded in an anti-monumental tradition characterised by her physical experience of handling materials in an expedient and direct way. Phyllida ... More

Eddie Peake, Gonna Kill Myself So Fuck You Anyway Part Two, 2016. Screen print and oil on canvas with spray painted aluminium tray frame, 78 3/4 x 47 1/4 in. (200 x 120 cm), 79 3/4 x 48 1/16 x 1 9/16 in. (202.5 x 122 x 3.9 cm) (framed) © Eddie Peake. Photo © White Cube (Ben Westoby).

HONG KONG.- White Cube is presenting an exhibition of new work by British artist Eddie Peake. This is Peake’s first exhibition in Hong Kong and includes new paintings, sculpture and installation. Peake describes himself as a ‘producer’ of his multi-disciplinary work, which includes performance, film, photography, painting, sculpture and installation. Whether orchestrating performances with many participants, or creating studio based sculpture and painting, the resulting work is intended to have a powerfully visceral impact on the viewer. Peake openly embraces the erotic and the sexualised as well as the raw energy of contemporary urban life. Incorporating music, dance and elements of popular culture, his work draws equally on ‘high’ culture, ... More

The exhibition introduces Parreno’s innovative and experimental practice to Australian audiences.

MELBOURNE.- Australian Centre for the Moving Image presents the first Australian solo exhibition of internationally acclaimed French artist and filmmaker, Philippe Parreno – one of the most significant contemporary artists working at the intersection between art and film. Fresh from opening his triumphant exhibition Anywhen for the prestigious annual Turbine Hall Commission at London’s premiere contemporary art gallery, Tate Modern, the artist will be in Australia to open Philippe Parreno: Thenabouts at Australia’s only museum devoted to the moving image. Introducing Parreno’s innovative and experimental practice to Australian audiences and occupying ACMI’s subterranean gallery, this exhibition is the first-ever retrospective of Parreno’s filmic works as a cinematic ensemble in which the artist’s films play with temporal and spatial boundaries, guiding the visitor through a complex journey of images, durati ... More

Lose yourself in teamLab's immersive lightworks at QUAD Gallery   Sean Kelly opens exhibition of new work by artist Hugo McCloud   This is 'year zero' of a virtual reality revolution say filmmakers

teamLab, What A Loving, and Beautiful World.

DERBY.- The Japanese interdisciplinary creative collective teamLab are ‘Ultra-technologists' who produce large-scale immersive installations that utilise the latest computer modelling techniques to create stunning interactive visual art experiences. Their 3-screen sublime interactive, computer generated immersive installation, What a Loving, and Beautiful World, will premiere in the UK as an exhibition in QUAD Gallery, Derby. What a Loving, and Beautiful World (2011), is a 3-screen installation of projected computer generated artworks which will immerse audiences in a stunning interactive art experience in QUAD Gallery. The installation features twenty-two Sino-Japanese characters by the calligrapher Shishū which cascade down from ceiling to floor. The artwork is activated either by touch or by shadows which transform the images into new motifs associated with the meanings of the characters—mostly ... More

Hugo McCloud, golden wings fly low, 2016. Aluminum foil, aluminum coating and oil paint on tar paper, 84 1/4 x 76 1/2 inches (214 x 194.3 cm) © Hugo McCloud, courtesy: Sean Kelly, New York

NEW YORK, NY.- Sean Kelly announces Veiled, a one-person exhibition of new work by Brooklyn-based artist Hugo McCloud. This will be McCloud’s second exhibition with the gallery. In Veiled, McCloud will occupy each of the gallery’s three exhibition spaces with a stunning presentation of over twenty new, large-scale abstract works from four different series. Drawing inspiration from a recently completed two-month artist residency at Bellas Artes Projects in the Philippines, these new works further McCloud’s visceral reclamation of painting with unconventional industrial materials combined with traditional oil pigment and woodblock printing techniques. The exhibition’s title, Veiled, is taken from McCloud’s most recent series, in which he has obscured the vibrant, detailed surfaces of his ... More

Co-owner of MK2 Elisha Karmitz poses on December 7, 2016 at the MK2 VR, the first permanent space dedicated to virtual reality, on December 7, 2016 in Paris. BERTRAND GUAY / AFP.

PARIS (AFP).- The first wave of virtual reality cinemas, heralding what their creators claim will be an entertainment revolution, rolls out across the world this month. The first screening room in France opened Wednesday and several others are promised for Beijing, Shanghai and Los Angeles in the next few weeks. Like the early days of cinema, virtual reality -- or VR -- is still something of a novelty sideshow. But not for long, its supporters claim. "Film as we know it will be dead in the next five to 10 years," said the founder of the world's first VR cinema in Amsterdam. "It's a whole different way of telling the story. I think it is really what we are moving towards in the entertainment world," Jip Samhoud told AFP. Elisha Karmitz, who is behind the MK2 screening room in Paris, insisted "that the VR revolution ... More

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Eight commissioned films screening in Tintype's window
LONDON.- ESSEX ROAD III – eight contemporary artists interpret a very particular part of London. Now in its third year, Tintype’s Essex Road invites eight artists to each make a short film connected to the mile-long north London street. Tintype’s large gallery window, on a busy corner of Essex Road, becomes a public screen for six weeks over Christmas and New Year. The films are shown on a loop, back-projected into the window from dusk to midnight, and are highly visible to the broad range of passers-by. SUSAN COLLINS’s film is a search for wildlife in Essex Road. From a stuffed rabbit, ornamental horses, and deer paintings, to pet dogs and pigeons, this portrait captured over a few days in late summer and autumn 2016, finds animate and inanimate wildlife in the road and pinioned behind glass: windows are the framing device for Collins’ quest. Susan Collins is one of the ... More

New Britain Museum of American Art displays portfolio of photographs by Ansel Adams
NEW BRITAIN, CONN.- The New Britain Museum of American Art presents the exhibition Ansel Adams: Yosemite Valley, on view from December 8, 2016 to April 16, 2017 in the Helen T. and Philip B. Stanley Gallery. Celebrating the National Park Service’s centennial year, this exhibition comprises 16 silver gelatin prints by Ansel Adams (1902¬–1984) dating from 1927 to 1960 and depicting the majestic beauty of Yosemite National Park in California. Born in San Francisco, Adams became known for his striking black-and-white landscape photographs of the American West. In 1916, he visited Yosemite National Park with his family, and was given his first camera by his father. Photography and Yosemite would remain subjects of fascination for the remainder of Adams’s life. In 1960, Yosemite Valley was published by the Sierra Club, a renowned conservation organization ... More

Exhibition at James Cohan eatures a selection of stain paintings by Byron Kim
NEW YORK, NY.- James Cohan presents Mud Root Ochre Leaf Star, Byron Kim’s second solo exhibition with the gallery. Featuring a selection of stain paintings, the exhibition will open at the gallery’s Lower East Side location on Friday, December 9 and will be on view through January 22, 2017. Byron Kim fills his works with subtlety and nuance, producing nearly monochromatic works that achieve representation — the night sky, the exact shade of a person’s skin — through abstraction. Originally, Kim drew inspiration for his newest series of paintings from a poem by Carl Phillips in which the poet observes a bruise on the skin of his sleeping lover: I have to shut my one good eye and at once the leaves falling but now blurred make it possible to see how it happens, a bruise lifting itself over time from the darker blues to, slowly, something like amber, to at last ... More

Exceptional Patek Philippe leads Bonhams Fine Watches and Wristwatches Sale
LONDON.- The Bonhams Fine Watches & Wristwatches auction to be held 14 December at Bonhams New Bond Street, features an array of exceptional watches, with notable examples from Patek Philippe and Rolex. Featured in the sale are a selection of watches from the private collection of the late Jan Willem Frederik Baron von Wassenaer. A member of one of the oldest noble families in Holland, he created a collection that spans over a century and contains a watch by a manufacturer of every letter in the alphabet. Bonhams have had the privilege of offering this vast collection of nearly 2000 watches over the course of 2016, and the current selection on offer will be one of the last opportunities to purchase a watch from such a fascinating collection. The top lot in the sale is a very fine Patek Philippe with an engraved case, the very height of sophistication. Each ... More

Holiday gift fit for a queen or king: Custom silver chess set by sculptor Andy Scott
PHILADELPHIA, PA.- The artist of the world’s largest equine sculptures, The Kelpies, has something more intimate but no less remarkable in mind for this holiday gift giving season. Andy Scott’s new artwork, The Game of Kings, thoughtfully combines the spirit and majesty of the horse with the game of chess – immortalizing it forever in finely detailed sterling silver. This chess set is available by commission only and is certain to attract discerning collectors, horse lovers and owners alike. The buyers will have the unique opportunity to individualize select chess pieces to be designed and sculpted in the likeness of the client’s own favorite horses or equine pursuits. Every chess piece will be hand-sculpted by Andy Scott; each an equine celebration of the characters, moves and history of the game. The figures will then be rendered and finely worked in sterling silver by the exceptional ... More

Glitterati announces the publication of Personal Vision by Adger Cowans
NEW YORK, NY.- Master American photographer Adger Cowan’s predominantly black-and-white photography is collected in this monograph of original images taken over the past forty years. Cowans is one of the great unrecognized photographic luminaries of our time, inspired by growing up in a family that appreciated and respected the arts. Unusually for the time, his mother Beatrice always herself had a camera in hand and encouraged young Cowans to pursue his passion with vigor and dedication. And he did this with gusto and imagination, creating one of the major archives of a living American photographer today, seen here for the first time in an expansive collection. In his works we see shadows stretching across a New York City sidewalk, strollers in Harlem with umbrellas during a snowstorm, children playing in water emerging from a fire hydrant on a hot summer ... More

Mayor of London announces winning team in competition to light up London's bridges
LONDON.- The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, this evening announced that a team led by the internationally acclaimed American light artist Leo Villareal and renowned British architects and urban planners, Lifschutz Davidson Sandilands, have won the Illuminated River International Design Competition. The Illuminated River is a design commission on an unprecedented scale: a unified scheme conceived to light central London’s bridges along the River Thames. The seven month search for a world class team to illuminate the Thames’ bridges in a free, permanent light installation saw submissions from 105 teams in 20 countries around the world. The six shortlisted concepts went on show in a public exhibition at the Royal Festival Hall in November, seen by over 10,000 people. The winning team will now start to develop the design concepts in collaboration with ... More

Drill Chuck that helped Apollo 15 Astronauts bore into the lunar surface sold for $49,000 at auction
BOSTON, MASS.- A drill chuck used by Commander Dave Scott on the lunar surface during his three historic moonwalks of the Apollo 15 mission sold for $49,000 according to Boston-based RR Auction. The Apollo Lunar Surface Drill was a necessary piece of equipment for two of the mission’s experiments: the Heat Flow Experiment, and the deep drill core; both of which required the successful operation of the drill chuck. “The scientific objective of the deep core drill was to obtain a 10-foot core of lunar materials for analysis of thermal properties and stratigraphic composition of the upper surface of the Moon,” said Scott in a letter included in the sale. “The drill was used to insert a deep core tube into the surface near the probes of the Heat Flow Experiment, to collect lunar material from the surface down to a depth of ten feet.” Results from the experiments concluded ... More

"Carmel Buckley and Mark Harris: Sparrow Come Back Home" on view at the ICA Fox Reading Room
LONDON.- The ICA Fox Reading Room continues its run of exhibitions examining archive, legacy and heritage with Carmel Buckley and Mark Harris: Sparrow Come Back Home. “Sparrow Come Back Home” is the title of a 1962 album by Calypso singer Mighty Sparrow, which points out the irony of being appreciated only once he had left Trinidad for the US. The exhibition shows representations of Sparrow’s records alongside an archive of printed material relating to his music, revealing the depth of calypso culture. Artists Carmel Buckley and Mark Harris installed their work of 228 ceramic tiles, each approximately the size of an LP, depicting the front and back of record covers from Sparrow’s entire career. The images comprise of photo decals fired onto the tiles, fixing his music into a kind of permanent memorial. Mighty Sparrow, born Slinger Francisco, began ... More

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On a day like today, American photographer Berenice Abbott died
July 09, 1991. Berenice Abbott (July 17, 1898 - December 9, 1991), née Bernice Alice Abbott, was an American photographer best known for her portraits of between-the-wars 20th century cultural figures, New York City photographs of architecture and urban design of the 1930s, and science interpretation in the 1940s to 1960s. In this image: Berenice Abbott (American, 1898-1991), Broadway to the Battery, May 4, 1938. Gelatin silver, 9-1/2 x 7-1/4 inches.

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