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Schirn Kunsthalle opens an exhibition on the political art of the present day

Mark Flood, 5000 Likes, 2015/16, Installation view "Power to the People. Political Art now", © Schirn Kunsthalle Frankfurt 2018, photo: Norbert Miguletz.

FRANKFURT.- From March 21 to May 27, 2018, the Schirn Kunsthalle Frankfurt is presenting an extensive exhibition on the political art of the present day. Based on a wide variety of different media, such as installations, photography, drawing, painting, and film, Power to the People: Political Art Now takes stock of contemporary positions that can be read as seismographs of political activity. Democracy appears to be in crisis, the era of post-democracy has already dawned. The symptoms are manifold: populist leaders, fake news, autocratic backlash, totalitarian propaganda, and neoliberalism. For some time, however, society has also been experiencing the path of the art’s return to the political—a re-politicization is palpable. Images of demonstrations in the media have shaped public perception in recent years: waving flags, posters, or banners on streets and squares, at the Women’s March, in anti-Brexit campaigns, or in Occupy actio ... More

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The Frick Pittsburgh presents masterpieces from the Mellon Collection of French art   $3.1 million Ming Dynasty ewer leads day 2 of Sotheby's Asia Week Sale Series in New York   The National Gallery of Australia's Diane Arbus touring exhibition opens at Heide Museum of Modern Art

Claude Monet (French, 1840–1926), Camille at the Window, Argenteuil (Camille à sa fenêtre, Argenteuil), 1873. Oil on canvas. 233/4"H x 195/8"W. Estate stamp lower left, Claude Monet. Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Richmond. Collection of Mr. and Mrs. Paul Mellon. Photo: Katherine Wetzel. © Virginia Museum of Fine Arts.

PITTSBURGH, PA.- The Frick Pittsburgh in Point Breeze is presenting Van Gogh, Monet, Degas: The Mellon Collection of French Art from the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, an exhibition featuring more than 70 masterpieces collected by Pittsburgh-born collector and philanthropist, Paul Mellon (1907–1999), beginning March 17, 2018. The exhibition remains on view at The Frick Art Museum through July 8, 2018, and will be complemented by a range of public programs. The Frick is the premiere venue for this touring exhibition, which includes three works by Vincent Van Gogh (1853–1890): The Laundry Boat on the Seine at Asnières (1887); Daisies, Arles (1888); and The Wheat Field behind St. Paul’s Hospital, St. Rémy (1889). Claude Monet (1840–1926) is represented by ... More

An Exceptionally Rare and Important Blue and White Ewer Xuande Mark and Period. Estimate $600/800,000. Sold for $3,135,000. Courtesy Sotheby’s.

NEW YORK, NY.- Asia Week New York continued at Sotheby’s today with four auctions of Chinese Works of Art. Beginning with a sale dedicated to the Ming Dynasty and concluding with the Judith & Gerson Leiber Collection of Chinese Art, today’s offerings achieved $18.2 million, well within the total pre-sale estimate. Auctions of Chinese Works of Art continue tomorrow with over 200 lots of Important Chinese Art, with Classical Chinese Paintings and Indian, Himalayan & Southeast Asian Art still to come. Angela McAteer, Head of Sotheby’s Chinese Works of Art Department in New York, commented: “This season, we were entrusted with a number of significant private collections from Asia and the Americas. Today’s results are a testament to the appetite for works fresh to the market, and the global demand for rare, exceptional and beautiful Chinese art.” The first of this morning’s auctions, dedicated to the first ... More

Diane Arbus, Mae West on bed 1965. Gelatin silver photograph. National Gallery of Australia, Canberra. Purchased 1981.

MELBOURNE.- The photographs of Diane Arbus (1923-71) are among the most widely recognised in the history of photography. Her images stand as powerful allegories of post-war America, and once seen are rarely forgotten. Works such as Identical twins, Roselle, N.J., 1967 and Child with toy hand grenade, in Central Park, New York City have been described as two of ‘the most celebrated images in the history of the medium’. Featuring 35 of Arbus’s most iconic and confrontational images from 1961–71, this exhibition examines the last decade of Arbus’s life,the period in which her style is in full flight. Her work has polarised viewers who question whether she exploited or empowered her subjects, who were often drawn from society’s margins. ‘The National Gallery of Australia is privileged to hold such an extraordinary collection of work by a photographer of Arbus’s significance,’ said Anne O’Hehir, curator. ‘This collection covers Arbus’s best-kn ... More

Christie's Italy announces highlights from its Modern and Contemporary Art Sale in Milan   Botero sculptures to be offered by Bonhams at the home of Walid Juffali   Caitlin Haskell to join the Art Institute of Chicago

Salvatore Scarpitta (1919-2007), Ammiraglio, 1958. Bandage and oil. 85 x 60 cm. Estimate euro 800,000-1,200,000. © Christie’s Images Limited 2018.

MILAN.- In 2018 Christie’s Italy celebrates its 60th anniversary, since the auction house opened its first ever representative office outside the UK in Rome in 1968. After 5 years of very successful Milan Modern and Contemporary auctions with average sell-through rates of 93% by lot, Christie’s will offer the 6th edition of this curated sale on 11 April at Palazzo Clerici with preview exhibitions starting from 23 March in Rome, Turin and Milan. Reflecting a growing global appetite for the best of Italian post-war and contemporary art, Christie's Milan auctions have seen an increase of international participation over the years with registrants coming from 17 countries, including from Europe, Middle East, UK, Asia, North and South America. “The April 2018 auction will offer a very tailor-made approach to satisfy the needs of our national and growing international collector group. All 57 lots are being sourced privately ... More

Fernando Botero, Adam and Eve, estimated at £600,000-800,000. Photo: Bonhams.

LONDON.- Fernando Botero’s Adam and Eve is the top lot at the Bonhams sale of the Walid Juffali Collection on 26 March 2018 at Bishopsgate House in Surrey, UK. The pair of monumental bronze sculptures are estimated at £600,000-800,000. There are also two other sculptures by Botero offered in the sale Reclining Nude (2003) and Reclining Nude (1993) each estimated at £350,000 - 550,000. Born in Medellín, Columbia in 1932, Fernando Botero is considered the most significant and recognizable living Latin American artist. Famed for his use of volume to present figures in exaggerated form across painting and sculpture, Botero has developed a unique style – coined Boterismo – that draws inspiration from traditions in Latin American Folk Art, as well as the dense shapes and bold movements of European Baroque Art. The Adam and Eve sculptures stand at the heart of the Juffali estate at Bishopsgate House in Surrey, on the edge of the Winds ... More

Caitlin Haskell, Gary C. and Frances Comer Curator of International Modern Art. Photo by Andria Lo.

CHICAGO, IL.- Deputy Director, Chair and Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art Ann Goldstein announced today the appointment of Caitlin Haskell as the new Gary C. and Frances Comer Curator of International Modern Art. Haskell most recently served as Associate Curator of Painting and Sculpture at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA), where she focused on international modern art from the period of 1900 to the 1960s in research, acquisitions, and the presentation of SFMOMA’s permanent collection; the generation of internationally respected loan exhibitions; and the programming of the museum’s Alexander Calder gallery. Haskell will join the Art Institute part-time on March 26, 2018, and fulltime in July 2018. In announcing Haskell’s appointment in Chicago, Goldstein shared: “Caitlin will be a perfect addition to the Art Institute of Chicago and brings tremendous vision and ingenuity to our museum. Her exceptional exper ... More

Hauser & Wirth announces its exclusive worldwide representation of American artist Amy Sherald   Original manuscripts of Jane Eyre and The Pickwick Papers travel to China   The Galerie St. Etienne surveys major works situating Expressionism within the broader context of modernism

Portrait of Amy Sherald. Courtesy the artist and Justin T. Gellerson.

NEW YORK, NY.- Hauser & Wirth announced its exclusive worldwide representation of American artist Amy Sherald. Based in Baltimore MD, Sherald documents contemporary African-American experience in the United States through arresting, otherworldly portraits, often working from photographs of strangers she encounters on the streets. Drawing loosely upon the American Realist tradition, Sherald subverts the medium of portraiture to tease out unexpected narratives, welcoming viewers into a more complex debate about accepted notions of race and representation, and situating black heritage centrally in the story of American art. While her subjects are always African-American, Sherald renders their skin-tone exclusively in grisaille – an absence of color that directly challenges perceptions of black identity and seeks, in the artist’s words, ‘to exclude the idea of color as race. ... More

Conclusion of manuscript fair copy of Jane Eyre, volume III by Charlotte Brontë , 1847, British Library Add MS 43476, f 259r.

SHANGHAI.- Original manuscripts by five of the greatest writers in the English language are on show in Shanghai for the first time. ‘Where Great Writers Gather: Treasures of the British Library’ features drafts, correspondence and manuscripts by writers including Charlotte Brontë, D.H. Lawrence, Percy Bysshe Shelley, T.S. Eliot and Charles Dickens, alongside Chinese translations, adaptations and responses to their works. The exhibition reflects Shanghai’s importance as a historic gateway through which English literature first arrived in China, subsequently finding an audience through its strong traditions of translation and publishing. It also marks a milestone in the relationship between the British Library and Shanghai Library: the two institutions signed a Letter of Intent and arrangements to hold the current exhibition were finalised at UK-China High ... More

Vassily Kandinsky (French (Born Russian), 1866-1944), Small Worlds VII, 1922.

NEW YORK, NY.- The Galerie St. Etienne presents Drawing the Line: Realism and Abstraction in Expressionist Art, March 20 – July 6, 2018, a survey of major works situating Expressionism within the broader context of modernism. The exhibition of paintings, woodcuts, watercolors, drawings, and prints – 69 works in total – examines the principal forces – abstraction and realism – that shaped Expressionism. Artists include Max Beckmann, Otto Dix, Lyonel Feininger, Richard Gerstl, George Grosz, Erich Heckel, Wassily Kandinsky, Paul Klee, Ernst Ludwig Kirchner, Oskar Kokoschka, Alfred Kubin, August Macke, Franz Marc, Otto Mueller, Emil Nolde, Hermann Max Pechstein, Egon Schiele, and Karl Schmidt-Rottluff. Despite certain broad affinities among its artists, Expressionism was not a coherent style in the manner of Impressionism or Cubism. Wassily Kandinsky, the movement’s dominant theorist, described two ... More

The Robin Rice Gallery opens the first solo photographic exhibition by Leonardo Pucci   Berry Campbell Gallery presents 'Raymond Hendler: Fifty Years of Painting"   Auction features Hamilton letter, Tiffany-signed book, and more at Quinn's/Waverly

Rio de Janeiro 5:10pm, 2016. Archival pigment.

NEW YORK, NY.- The Robin Rice Gallery presents “episodes (without a real order)”, the first solo photographic exhibition by Leonardo Pucci. The delicate sensuality and voyeuristic feeling in Leonardo Pucci’s work allows his photographs to act as indefinite episodes, stolen moments in the lives of individuals or couples caught unaware. But the narrative Pucci is most interested in, is the stories his photographs elicit from the piece’s observers rather than the story of his subjects themselves. Shot mostly at dusk or at night, Pucci’s imagery creates a vague tension in his observer: “the idea that you are looking at something you shouldn’t be seeing provokes a feeling of curiosity and emotion, paired with a subtle discomfort or shame”. “However, this turmoil is temporary as the observer’s personal memories take over in the desire to have his/her own story told. Through ... More

Raymond Hendler, RH 12.88, 1988, acrylic on canvas, 30 x 25 inches.

NEW YORK, NY.- Berry Campbell Gallery is pleased to announce a special exhibition of paintings by Raymond Hendler from March 15 through April 14, 2018. This is Berry Campbell's third solo exhibition of Hendler's work. After focusing on particular periods of the artist's oeuvre, the gallery has curated a small survey of the artist's entire career, allowing visitors to see the transitions from early gestural abstraction to tighter more graphic forms. A first-generation action painter, Raymond Hendler (1923-1998) started his career as an Abstract Expressionist in Paris, as early as 1949. In the years that followed, he played a significant role in the movement, both in New York, where he was the youngest voting member of the New York Artist's Club and a friend of Franz Kline, Willem de Kooning, Jackson Pollock, and Harold ... More

19th-century colonial-era English School oil-on-canvas painting of an Indian or Middle Eastern man in a red-orange turban and blue jacket, wearing slippers and holding a pipe. Est. $200-$300. Waverly Rare Books image.

FALLS CHURCH, VA.- Rare books, manuscripts, maps, autographs, prints, photographs and ephemera spanning several centuries are up for bid in a catalog auction slated for this Thursday, March 22, by the Waverly Rare Books division of Quinn’s Auction Galleries. Bidding will be available by phone, online and in person at Quinn’s gallery at 360 South Washington Street in Falls Church, starting at 6 p.m. Eastern time. Interested collectors can view all 413 lots in the online catalog now, and bid absentee or live via the Internet through Expected top lots include a letter written by Alexander Hamilton, a book depicting artworks by Louis C. Tiffany and hand-signed ... More

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Freeman's Asian Arts auction achieves 1 million
PHILADELPHIA, PA.- Freeman’s Asian Arts auction brought together nearly 600 lots representing Chinese, Japanese, and Korean works of art, and offered a wide range of collectors the opportunity to participate in the first of the department’s two bi-annual sales. Aligned to coincide with Asia Week, the auction lasted several hours, and totaled $1,002,051 in sales. The sale garnered international interest and brought a host of first-time buyers to Freeman’s: 28% of all the day’s buyers were new, with an increase of 15% overall in the number of registered bidders. The top-grossing lot of the sale was a pair of Chinese huanghuali and hardwood marble-inset continuous-back armchairs formerly held a private Chicago collection (Lot 515) nearly tripled its high estimate of $8,000-12,000 when they sold for $35,000. A Chinese white carved jade water coupe ... More

Beaverbrook Art Gallery announces appointment of new Manager of Collections and Exhibitions
FREDERICTON.- The Beaverbrook Art Gallery announced today that, following a national search, it has named John Leroux as its Manager of Collections and Exhibitions. Leroux will join the Gallery’s leadership team as it enters a new phase of engagement and exploration with a newly-expanded and re-imagined facility and with a new executive director at the helm. In announcing this appointment, Director/CEO Thomas Smart said that, “John has an outstanding reputation as a passionate advocate for art and architecture. I am thrilled for the Beaverbrook, and for our many communities, that he is joining us in this crucial position. He will bring tremendous energy and experience to the Gallery as it grows and develops at this important time in its distinguished history.” Leroux is an award-winning and highly experienced art and architectural historian, and architect. ... More

The Richard H. Driehaus Museum appoints new Executive Director
CHICAGO, IL.- The Richard H. Driehaus Museum announced the selection of its new executive director, Richard P. Townsend. The appointment comes after an extensive national search by the Museum’s Board of Trustees. Townsend, who will be responsible for the leadership and overall vision of the Museum, assumes the position on April 2. “Throughout his career Richard Townsend has proven himself to be a creative curator and talented fundraiser,” said Museum Founder and Board President Richard H. Driehaus. “His impressive track record includes providing visionary leadership to the institutions he has overseen and organizing unprecedented and critically-acclaimed exhibitions. I look forward to welcoming him to the Driehaus Museum.” Townsend is an art historian and experienced museum professional whose career has taken him to institutions across ... More

Pacific Place presents Spiral Scratch by Scottish artist Jim Lambie
HONG KONG.- Pacific Place today revealed a new site-specific public art installation by Scottish contemporary visual artist and 2005 Turner Prize nominee, Jim Lambie, open until 8 April 2018. Lambie’s major new installation, Spiral Scratch is a dazzling distillation of the artist’s energy that adds a fun and engaging sensory dimension to Garden Court in Pacific Place. The ambitious site-specific work juxtaposes an intricate, rhythmic floor work with the installation of 15 ladders, painted in vivid hues and anchored in an overlapping formation throughout Garden Court, transforming the space with surprising new perspectives. A floor-based sculptural work, The Strokes, sweeps across the floor in an interwoven pattern of monochromatic curves laid in vinyl tape, which continuously fill and empty the space, undulating like the top of an ocean. Operating like a spiral scratch ... More

MAAT Museum of Art, Architecture and Technology opens spring season with Tomás Saraceno
LISBON.- MAAT presents a wide range of exhibitions in which the theme of climate change stands out. Following the acclaim of Bill Fontana’s Shadow Soundings sound and video installation, which received more than 70.000 visitors, on March 21 MAAT’s Oval Gallery hosts a new large-scale commission by Tomás Saraceno. In the fifth intervention at this iconic space, the artist imagines the Aerocene, a future in which humans will live in solar and wind-powered aerial cities. On April 11, Eco-Visionaries, the second international “manifesto-exhibition”, invites artists and architects to reflect on the scenarios that await us in a moment of global transformation. The Spring programme includes a solo show by Portuguese artist Miguel Palma, a new installation in MAAT’s Project Room with a vast selection of works on paper completed over the course of the last two decades ... More

Saatchi Gallery opens a major new exhibition featuring the work of 17 contemporary artists
LONDON.- Saatchi Gallery presents Known Unknowns, a major new exhibition featuring the work of 17 contemporary artists. Known Unknowns showcases an international selection of artists, born between 1966 and 1990, from the Saatchi Gallery’s collection. The title refers to the artists' status in the mainstream art world – whilst the group is largely unknown, their respective practices are greatly admired by their artistic peers and seen as breaking new ground. The exhibition features a diverse range of art forms including painting, sculpture, video and mixed media, with a particular focus on the craft of art-making. The works deal with a myriad of themes that relate to the visual conditions of contemporary life, such as the exponential flow of images, the representation of the body in the Internet age, and the ethics of viewing versus voyeurism. ... More

Gardiner Museum names Sequoia Miller as Chief Curator
TORONTO.- The Gardiner Museum announced the appointment of Sequoia Miller to the role of Chief Curator. Miller worked as a full-time studio potter before re-entering academia as a doctoral candidate in the History of Art at Yale. He is expected to receive his PhD in May. In 2015, Miller curated the landmark exhibition The Ceramic Presence in Modern Art at the Yale University Art Gallery, bringing ceramic artists like Peter Voulkos, Lucie Rie, and Toshiko Takaezu into dialogue with painters and sculptors in other media including Willem de Kooning, Ed Ruscha, and Mark Rothko. “We are delighted to welcome Sequoia to the Gardiner. As both a potter and a scholar, he brings a rare and exciting combination of academic, curatorial, and artistic experience to the Museum,” says Kelvin Browne, Executive Director and CEO of the Gardiner Museum. “I am very excited to join ... More

African Contemporary Art: PIASA to offer works by a new generation of portraiture photographers
PARIS.- PIASA will be staging a new sale devoted to African Contemporary Art in Paris on 18 April 2018, with works from the effervescent African scene by Chéri Samba, Moke, Bodo, Bandoma, JP Mika, Lavar Munroe, Slimen El Kamen, Mahi Binebine, Aboudia, Zinkpè and Boris Nzebo. One section of the sale will concentrate on portraiture photography. The enthusiasm for photography across Africa is reflected in the success of Les Rencontres de Bamako (launched in 1994) and the Lagos Photo Festival (since 2014). PIASA’s sale will feature both rising stars and established names, offering a new approach to African photography that proves that the inheritance of portrait masters like Malick Sidibé and Seydou Keita – shown at the Grand Palais and the Fondation Cartier in Paris – is in safe hands. Since 2014 PIASA has showcased African ... More

Ace leads the pack: Estimates smashed at Bonhams opening Goodwood sale
LONDON.- Bonhams first Goodwood sale of the year took place yesterday, 18 March, and set a high standard for the season. An impressively broad range of motor cars were offered, ranging from pre-war fast tourers to ultra-modern supercars. One of the top lots of the day was the beautiful 1958 AC Ace Roadster, which achieved £204,220, doubling its pre-sale estimate of £90,000-120,000. The encouraging estimate attracted no fewer than 10 telephone bidders to battle against several enthusiasts in the auction room for more than five minutes. AC proved a popular marque throughout the sale, with the 1937 AC 16hp ‘2-4-6’ Coupé with Dickey achieving £39,675, more than three times its pre-sale estimate of £8,000-12,000. Remarkable considering it was powered by a post-war Jaguar engine. Popular as ever, Aston Martins were successful on the ... More

Original art from Star Trek 50th anniversary exhibition 'Star Trek: 50 Artists. 50 Years.' debuts at auction
DALLAS, TX.- Original works of art featured in the official traveling exhibition celebrating the 50th anniversary of Star Trek will be offered to fans for the first time in Heritage Auctions' Entertainment & Movie Memorabilia Auction April 15. "Star Trek: 50 Artists. 50 Years." highlights 50 international artists — including show star Leonard Nimoy who portrayed Spock in Star Trek: The Original Series. On offer are sculptures, paintings, illustrations and mixed media works curated by CBS Consumer Products for the exhibit's 2016-17 global tour. Originally debuting at San Diego Comic-Con in July 2016, "Star Trek: 50 Artists. 50 Years." gained international acclaim with over 100,000 fans attending the exhibition during 11 stops through North America, Europe and the Middle East. The artwork imagery has also appeared on numerous officially licensed Star Trek merchandise including ... More

The 12th edition of Art Dubai opens
DUBAI.- Held under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, the 12th edition of Art Dubai – the fair’s most globally diverse to date – opens its doors to the public today Art Dubai 2018 welcomes a variety of exhibitors from all over the world and premier a new gallery section, alongside a wealth of programming and talks around art and beyond. Reaffirming its position as a leading international art fair and the preeminent place to discover art from the Middle East, North Africa and South Asia, Art Dubai 2018 features 105 galleries from 48 countries across its Contemporary and Modern halls as well as its new section Residents. Highlights of this year’s programming include the unveiling of Lawrence Abu Hamdan’s winning commission for the 10th edition of the Abraaj ... More




On a day like today, American philanthropist John D. Rockefeller III was born
March 21, 1906. John Davison Rockefeller III (March 21, 1906 - July 10, 1978) was a major philanthropist and third-generation member of the prominent Rockefeller family. He was the eldest son of John D. Rockefeller, Jr. and Abby Aldrich Rockefeller, and the grandson of John D. Rockefeller. His siblings were Abby, Nelson, Laurance, Winthrop, and David. In this image: Members of the Rockefeller family gather beside a portrait of John D. Rockefeller III, founder of the Asia Society, at the opening of the New Asia Society's headquarters, Tuesday, April 14, 1981 in New York. They are, from left, David Rockefeller; John D. Rockefeller's daughter Alida Dayton; Laurence Rockefeller; Mrs. and Mr. Jay Rockefeller, and Mrs. John D. Rockefeller III.

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