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Bruce Museum opens science exhibition about sharks

Hammerhead Skull. Bruce Museum Collection.

GREENWICH, CONN.- Few creatures inspire so much fascination – and fear – as sharks. However, sharks are far from the mindless killing machines that they are commonly portrayed to be. Worldwide, biologists have identified about 470 species of sharks, a cartilaginous fish in the class of Elasmobranchii. Some live peaceful lives skimming plankton from the water with specialized gill rakers. Others have robust social lives and remember their favored companions year after year. A few turn the phrase “cold-blooded killer” on its head even more thoroughly and actually have warm blood pumping through their veins. On view at the Bruce Museum in Greenwich, CT, a new exhibition, Sharks!, poses this question: How much of what is commonly “known” about sharks is fact, and how much is fiction? ... More

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The Musée Maillol exhibits masterpieces from the Emil Bührle Collection   Self-Portrait by William Blake to be exhibited in the UK for the first time   Tutankhamun's priceless treasures return to Paris for the first time in a generation

Paul Cézanne, Le Garçon au gilet rouge, 1888-1890. Huile sur toile, 79,5 x 64 cm. Collection Emil Bührle, Zurich © SIK-ISEA, Zurich (J.-P. Kuhn).

PARIS.- The Musée Maillol is exhibiting masterpieces from the Emil Bührle Collection, one of the most prestigious private collections in the world. Exhibited for the first time in France, this ensemble, which was assembled between 1936 and 1956 in Zurich, provides a panorama of French art from the nineteenth century and the beginning of the twentieth century. The manufacturer Emil Georg Bührle (1890–1956), who was born in Germany, settled in Switzerland in 1924 and collected—mainly between 1951 and 1956—more than 600 artworks. For the first time in Paris, some of these masterpieces are presented and brought together within the same exhibition. Featuring around fifty works from the Emil Bührle Collection, the exhibition includes several modern art movements: works by the major Impressionists (Manet, Monet, Pissarro, Degas, Renoir, and Sisley) and ... More

William Blake (1757-1827), Portrait of William Blake 1802. Pencil with black, white, and grey washes, 243 x 201 mm. Collection Robert N. Essick.

LONDON.- A portrait of William Blake, thought to be his only self-portrait, will be exhibited in the UK for the first time in a major survey of his work at Tate Britain. In the 200 years since its creation, the detailed pencil drawing only been shown once before and never in the artist’s own country. It offers a unique insight into the visionary painter, printmaker and poet responsible for some of Britain’s best loved artwork and will be displayed alongside a sketch of Blake’s wife Catherine from the same period, highlighting her vital contribution to his life and work. Created when Blake was around 45 years old, the work is thought to present an idealised likeness. Rather than showing Blake as a painter or engraver, signs of his creative intensity are conveyed in his direct hypnotic gaze. This compelling image was produced after 1802, at a turning-point in Blake’s life. Having lived in Sussex for three ... More

The exhibition’s curated collection features more than 150 original artefacts from Tutankhamun’s tomb.

PARIS.- Celebrating the 100-year anniversary of the discovery of his tomb, the new Tutankhamun, Treasures of the Golden Pharaoh exhibition is currently on view in Paris. More than 50 years after his treasures attracted more than 1.2 million visitors to the ‘exhibition of the century’ in Paris in 1967, this is a unique opportunity to rediscover the legend, before the artefacts are permanently housed in the Grand Egyptian Museum in Cairo. Presented by the Egyptian Ministry of Antiquities and IMG at the Grande Halle de la Villette, in collaboration with the Louvre in an advisory role, the exhibition’s curated collection features more than 150 original artefacts from Tutankhamun’s tomb including a number of the young sovereign’s personal objects that accompanied him in both life and death: gold jewellery, sculptures and ceremonial objects. FedEx, the tour’s official logistics provider, utilised its global network to ... More

Exhibition features large-scale paintings from two new series of works by Zhou Li   Remarkable results at Rago, including Asian art works, important silver, and fine decorative objects   MoMA surveys gender representation, sexual identity, and feminism in movie marketing posters

Zhou Li in her studio, Shenzhen 2018 © Zhou Li Studio. Courtesy White Cube.

LONDON.- White Cube is presenting an exhibition by Zhou Li at Bermondsey. Featuring large-scale paintings from two new series of works, it marks the artist’s first solo exhibition in the UK. The title of the exhibition, ‘Original State of Mind’, relates to the unique position that Zhou Li occupies when making art. Throughout her practice, she seeks to question the relationship between herself and her surroundings, explaining: ‘The way people normally view the world is as through a window, from inside out or outside in, but I try to stand in the middle. I see myself from a neutral point of view, and I see the world from a neutral point of view at the same time.’ In her abstract paintings, Zhou attempts to position herself outside of the usual parameters of perception – a process that is normally accepted as either subjective or objective. Attempting to access an unhindered way of observing and understanding, she ... More

Lot 441: KPM Porcelain Mantle Clock. Sold for: $46,875.

LAMBERTVILLE, NJ.- Rago Auctions April 13-14 auction series brought in a total of $1,643,875 across three segments. The two-day auction series saw strong prices achieved for a wide range of property, with the most impressive results coming from the Sunday sessions: Selections from the Estate of Hellen + Joe and Darion and Remix: American, English and Continental Silver. The auction series kicked-off on Saturday at 10 a.m. with Remix: Classic + Contemporary, featuring 655 lots of design, furniture, lighting and decorative objects spanning centuries and styles. The star of the segment, and the top lot of the weekend, was lot 441, an impressive KPM porcelain mantle clock from Austria, which sold for $46,875. The ca. 1900 clock, surmounted by the Greek Titan Chronos and flanked by Sphinx and Cupid, was appraised at $25,000 - $35,000 last year on the hit PBS series, Antiques Roadshow, appearing ... More

Johanna Enlists. 1918. Ira M. Resnick Collection.

NEW YORK, NY.- The Museum of Modern Art opened What Price Hollywood, an exhibition exploring the gender roles and relationships displayed in studio-era movie posters, on view from April 8 through June 16, 2019. Taking inspiration from George Cukor’s 1932 film of the same name, the exhibition and an accompanying film series demonstrate how masculine and feminine stereotypes were employed in the marketing of classical-era films. Featuring some 138 posters and lobby cards from collector Ira Resnick and the Museum’s own collection, dating from the silent cinema era through the 1970s, the exhibition highlights ways in which graphic and photographic representation on film posters shaped the movie-going public’s understanding of romance and sex. What Price Hollywood is organized by Ron Magliozzi, Curator, and Brittany Shaw, Curatorial Assistant, Department of Film. Beyond the nostalgia for cinema history that traditionally frames today’s ... More

Tate acquires installation, The British Library, by Yinka Shonibare   Exceptional Marini sculpture highlights Bonhams Impressionist and Modern Art sale   Prince memoir to be released in October

The British Library, 2014, by Yinka Shonibare. Tate Modern 2019. © Yinka Shonibare. Photograph. Oliver Cowling, Tate. Purchased with Art Fund support and funds provided by the Tate International Council, the Africa Acquisitions Committee, Wendy Fisher and THE EKARD COLLECTION, 2019.

LONDON.- Highlighting the impact of immigration on British culture, The British Library is a site-specific installation with a digital platform for visitors to join in the discussion. Open to the public for free as part of Tate Modern’s collection displays. Tate today announced that it has acquired the installation The British Library by Yinka Shonibare CBE, originally commissioned by HOUSE 2014 and Brighton Festival and shown in the Old Reference Library at Brighton Museum and Art Gallery. The British Library is a celebration of the diversity of the British population, containing 6,328 books bound in ‘Dutch wax print’, a fabric characteristically used by the artist in his work. The installation, in which the books are arranged on rows of shelves, also contains an area for audiences ... More

Marino Marini, Studio per Miracolo, conceived and cast in 1953-54 (estimate: $500,000-700,000). Photo: Bonhams.

NEW YORK, NY.- Bonhams New York upcoming sale of Impressionist and Modern Art on May 14 is led by Marino Marini’s Studio per Miracolo, an exceptionally rare example of the artist’s important and enduring theme: the horse and rider (estimate: $500,000-700,000). Conceived and cast in 1953-54 during the artist’s lifetime, this work is remarkable for its dramatic depiction of a precise and critical moment in which the horse has fallen and its rider is thrown backward. Throughout his career, Marini's equestrian sculptures grew increasingly stylized and abstract, and Studio per Miracolo is a powerful reflection of the artist's dramatic view of the world. Other casts from the Studio per Miracolo edition reside in the permanent collections of the Marino Marini Museum in Florence and the Kunstmuseum Winterthur in Switzerland. This sculpture was first owned by Walter Fontana (1919-1992), an Italian Senator and esteemed art ... More

This photo taken on May 4, 1994 shows musician Prince performing onstage during the World Music Awards ceremony in Monaco. Patrick HERTZOG / AFP.

WASHINGTON.- Prince's unfinished memoir, "The Beautiful Ones," will be released in October, its publisher announced Monday -- three years after the singer's sudden death in April 2016. The "Kid from Minneapolis," who died of an accidental fentanyl overdose aged 57, had announced a month before his death he would tell his story in his own words in a book originally set for release in 2017. Publisher Penguin Random House said the book -- now to be released on October 29 -- would contain previously unseen photos, scrapbooks and lyric sheets, as well as the memoir Prince had started to write. "This work is not just a tribute to Prince, but an original and energizing literary work, full of Prince's ideas and vision, his voice and image, his undying gift to the world," Penguin Random House said of the book, which will be published by its imprint Spiegel and Brau. The memoir will also feature an introduction by ... More

Phillips to offer artworks benefiting Artadia   Exhibition at Mucem questions notions of identity and identification through different motif   Group show inaugurates Tim Van Laere Gallery's new space

Shara Hughes, Cliffhanger, 2018. Estimate: $5,000-7,000. Courtesy of the Artist and Rachel Uffner Gallery, New York.

NEW YORK, NY.- Phillips announced that proceeds from fourteen works of art in the Day Sale of 20th Century & Contemporary Art on 15 May will benefit Artadia in a celebration of the non-profit organization’s twentieth anniversary. The works, which will be included in the Afternoon Session of the Day Sale, have been donated by some of the most significant artists working today, including Shara Hughes, Jonas Wood, Cecily Brown, and Larry Bell. Proceeds from the sale of these works of art will support and expand Artadia’s vital mission of supporting artists through unrestricted grants. In addition to offering works in the Day Sale in May, Phillips will also host Artadia’s annual benefit on 29 April. Carolyn Ramo, Artadia’s Executive Director, said, “This partnership with Phillips comes at a time when Artadia's mission has never been so transformational or imperative. Artists are the integral fabric of our communities and cu ... More

Priest's mask, Galati, Moldovan Romania, 20th century, Ethnology of Europe collection, Musée national d’histoire naturelle, deposited at the Mucem © MNHN, photo Mucem.

MARSEILLE.- The exhibition “Persona. Works by Romanian artists” questions notions of identity and identification through different motifs, such as the mask. It first considers the links between ethnographic heritage and rites of folklore and mythology, before proposing a broad critical examination of national, cultural, and ethnic affiliations. The Latin term “persona” has had an ambiguous development, from its original meaning to its current semantic applications in Latin languages, leaving the field wide open to a broad interpretation of what “person” and “character” can mean today, especially given the virtual avatars of new technologies. Made up of different stories that question the nuances between local particularity and universal character, the exhibition “Persona” presents a panorama of the most significant artistic engagements of Romanian art today. Artists of the ... More

Jonathan Meese, DIKTATUR der Kunstknüppel aus dem Sack: Übung Macht den Meisterz (Daddy d'Ahab is back), 2019. 5 panels, acrylic on canvas, 360 x 950 cm. Courtesy Tim Van Laere Gallery, Antwerp.

ANTWERP.- Tim Van Laere Gallery opened the doors of its new gallery space, designed by architects OFFICE Kersten Geers David Van Severen. The opening exhibition, entitled KUNST KUNST KUNST (ART ART ART), presents new work by Adrian Ghenie, Jonathan Meese and Rinus Van de Velde. Van de Velde reveals for the first time a new series of color drawings and new sculptures in ceramics. The exhibition title immediately reveals the essence of the gallery. For Tim Van Laere Gallery, art and artists are the most important elements. The new building also makes this statement in its immediate surroundings, and will make art visible and accessible to everybody in the city. But this new step also shows the ambition of the gallery. The building itself is impressive: it is 1000m2 in size (5 times the size of the previous gallery space) and has ceilings of 5 and 8 meters high. Brussels-based ... More

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The MIT List Visual Arts Center presents 'List Projects: Rose Salane'
CAMBRIDGE, MASS.- Rose Salane (b 1992, Queens, New York) studies significant social and cultural moments—events that alter how we see the world and whose impact transcends generations and demographics. Uncovering the intimate and personal stories that are often lost in the larger historical narrative, Salane assembles objects, images, and text, as a means to magnify the details associated with these historic turns. For her first solo institutional exhibition, Salane continues a line of inquiry into New York's former World Trade Center that chronicles the building as a hub of social activity, a community of workers, and a lens through which to view broader culture. List Projects: Rose Salane features a series of framed works and a large scale sculpture that engage the lost collection of the Port Authority of New York & New Jersey’s (PANYNJ) library, once ... More

Domain of Chaumont-sur-Loire Centre for Arts and Nature opens for spring season
CHAUMONT-SUR-LOIRE .- Twelve artists have been invited to Chaumont-sur-Loire for this new Art and Nature season, over which dream and poetry reign supreme. The Château’s west and south wings are exhibiting dreamlike landscapes by the great Chinese artist and winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature Gao Xingjian, entitled Appel pour une nouvelle Renaissance (Call for a New Renaissance). 2019 sees the return of the Ghanaian artist El Anatsui, with a new installation of rivercraft masterfully upended across from the Loire, symbols of the “forgotten boatmen” who plied their trade at the service of humankind, materials and ideas... In the Donkey Stables, the Brazilian artist Janaina Mello Landini ’s ghostly forest of braided ropes is an immaculate silent reflection of the agonies of trees too often subjected to the violence of humankind. Faithful to his ... More

Michael C. Carlos Museum names Ruth Allen Curator of Greek and Roman Art
ATLANTA, GA.- The Michael C. Carlos Museum of Emory University announces the appointment of Dr. Ruth Allen as curator of Greek and Roman art. Allen brings to the Carlos strong curatorial experience, exceptional academic credentials, and a background in education. Allen received her BA in Classics from the University of Cambridge, her MA in Art History from the Courtauld Institute, and her PhD from the University of Cambridge. She is currently a Visiting Academic at the Institute of Classical Studies, London. Allen has held curatorial positions in the Antiquities Department at the J. Paul Getty Museum, where she contributed to the development of three international loan exhibitions, and at the British Museum, researching and cataloguing their collection of Roman glass gems. She has previously worked as an undergraduate supervisor for the Faculty ... More

N.C. Wyeth, Norman Rockwell among top artists featured in Heritage Auctions' American Art Auction
DALLAS, TX.- A pair of paintings by the patriarch of arguably the greatest family of American artists could produce seven-figure results in Heritage Auctions' American Art auction May 3 in Dallas, Texas. Known initially for his depictions of cowboys, pioneers and Native Americans from the Old West, Newell Convers Wyeth started imaging medieval tales of romance and adventure in the 1910s. In 1917, he executed 17 works for the latest edition of Sidney Lanier's The Boy's King Arthur. This version printed with Wyeth's illustrations became an instant classic and led to numerous other commissions for the artist, including Robinson Crusoe, Last of the Mohicans, and Robin Hood. "This auction may be considered a syllabus on the history of Golden Age Illustration," Heritage Auctions Vice President and American Art Director Aviva Lehmann said. "Alongside masterworks by ... More

The Barbican hosts arts festival devoted to modern families and the science of making babies
LONDON.- Fertility Fest, the only arts festival devoted entirely to the subject of the science of making babies and modern families, is now in its third year. This latest, expanded edition of Fertility Fest runs from 23 April – 18 May and is presented in association with the Barbican as part of the 2019 season, Life Rewired, exploring what it means to be human when technology is changing everything. Fertility and infertility take centre stage in a four-week international programme of theatre, film, visual arts, literature, workshop and debate bringing together leading artists, specialists, patients, and audiences to explore what it means to make (and sometimes not make) babies in the 21st century. Fertility Fest is a rare, open and collaborative platform driving social change, and is at the forefront of how people are thinking about and ... More

Large-scale exhibition of contemporary Haitian art travels to South Florida
NORTH MIAMI, FLA.- In conjunction with Haitian Heritage Month, the Museum of Contemporary Art North Miami will display “PÒTOPRENS: The Urban Artists of Port-au-Prince” which brings together the work of over 20 artists working in the Haitian capital. The exhibition, on view April 23 to August 11, 2019, highlights Port-au-Prince’s many diverse centers of cultural production, informal street life, religious heritage and mythologies to create a compelling portrait of a historically significant and intensely complex city in flux. Co-curated by Haitian-American artist and curator Edouard Duval-Carrié and British artist and curator Leah Gordon, and organized by Pioneer Works Founding Artistic Director Gabriel Florenz with special advisor Jean-Daniel Lafontant, PÒTOPRENS is a large-scale exhibition of sculptures, photographs, and films, accompanied by a recreated ... More

Ancient Resource Auctions announces May 4 Exceptional Antiquities sale
MONTROSE, CA.- Rare and highly collectible antiquities from a wide variety of cultures, a fine selection of fossils, ethnographic art and more – around 425 lots in all – will come up for bid in Auction 75, an online-only Spring Exceptional Antiquities Sale planned for Saturday, May 4th, by Ancient Resource Auctions beginning at 9 am Pacific time. The catalog is up and online now. Offered will be fine, museum-quality ancient and ethnographic antiquities, including a selection of Egyptian, Greek, Roman, Near Eastern, Holy Land, Byzantine, Asian and Pre-Columbian antiquities, ethnographic items, natural history and fossil items. “Buyers are bound to get some really wonderful pieces at great prices,” said Gabriel Vandervort of Ancient Resource Auctions. All lots may be viewed and bid on now, via Ancient Resource Auctions’ dedicated bidding platform, bid. ... More

Chinese, Japanese art to headline Clarke Auction Gallery May 5
LARCHMONT, NY.- Chinese and Japanese paintings will be showcased in Clarke Auction Gallery’s sale on Sunday, May 5, at 10 am but American fine art, sterling silver, jewelry and midcentury will also be at the forefront. The auction will feature choice examples of art, sterling and jewelry, Asian arts, midcentury, decorative arts and much more. The fine art selection will range from abstract works and landscapes to genre scenes while sterling tureens and flatware will vie for attention along with midcentury cabinets and chests, emerald, gold and diamond jewelry and two Val Bertoia sonambient sculptures. “This spring sale will prominently feature an especially robust group of Asian artworks, led by a Scarsdale family’s collection of Asian paintings by renowned artists such as Shiy De-Jinn, Shinoda Toko and Hu Chi-chung,” said owner and auctioneer Ronan Clarke. “The ... More

Majolica, designer fur chair to star at Benefit Shop Foundation May 8
MOUNT KISCO, NY.- Eye-catching and unusual items — from a fine majolica collection to a Francis Sultana fur chair — will highlight Benefit Shop Foundation’s Red Carpet auction on Wednesday, May 8, at 10 am. “Eclectic auctions are our specialty and we always aim to have a range of fine items across the board from fine art and midcentury furniture to jewelry and antiques but we also manage to pull off a few surprises in each auction,” said Pam Stone, owner and founder of The Benefit Shop Foundation. “The Sultana chair, known as the ‘Green Yak’ by its former owner, is a knockout piece and we are quite pleased too with the majolica wares that came out of a single estate in Bedford, N.Y.” All donated by a supportive community member, the colorful majolica wares are all intricately designed and sublime examples of the genre. Highlights include a signed ... More

Exhibition brings together 35 works spanning nearly 40 years of Robert Longo's career
HOLLE.- The Hall Art Foundation is presenting an exhibition by American artist Robert Longo being held at its Schloss Derneburg location. Since the 1980s, Robert Longo has created work across media including drawing, photography, painting, sculpture, music, performance, and film. Using a vast vocabulary of source images culled from the mainstream media, as well as from historical and art historical references, Longo’s work strikes a balance between the very personal and the socially charged. For Longo, art is a political act and represents a way to understand and to question the world around us. Organized in collaboration with the artist and including several large-scale charcoal drawings, a cast aluminum Combine relief, twenty-one studies, three Heritage Drawings, and a historic and monumental sculpture installation, this survey brings together approximately ... More

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On a day like today, American model and photographer Lee Miller was born
April 23, 1907. Elizabeth "Lee" Miller, Lady Penrose (April 23, 1907 - July 21, 1977), was an American photographer. She was a fashion model in New York City in the 1920s before going to Paris, where she became a fashion and fine art photographer. In this image: Lee Miller, Pablo Picasso and Lee Miller after the liberation of Paris, Rue de Grand Augustins, Paris, France, 1944. Photographer: Lee Miller. Negative Number: NC0002-1. Notes: DF VB>BW © Lee Miller Archives, England 2015. All rights reserved. ©Succession Picasso/DACS, London 2015.

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