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Israeli researchers drink to old times with ancient-style beer

This picture taken on May 22, 2019 shows ancient amphoras showcased during a press conference in Jerusalem, where Israeli researchers announced that they had managed to produce beer made with a yeast that descended from one some 3,000 years old, similar to that produced in the time of the Pharaohs. Yeast was also extracted that descended from some 5,000 years ago, according to the Antiquities Authority. The beer with a six-percent alcoholic strength and similar in taste to a wheat ale was presented to journalists, as was mead at 14-percent strength. Researchers from Israel's Antiquities Authority as well as three Israeli universities called it a first. THOMAS COEX / AFP.

by Mike Smith

JERUSALEM (AFP).- Israeli researchers said Wednesday they had managed to extract yeast from ancient jars and produced a head-spinning concoction with it: beer similar to what the pharaohs would have imbibed. Beer with a six-percent alcoholic strength and similar in taste to a wheat ale was presented to journalists, as was mead at 14-percent strength. Researchers from Israel's Antiquities Authority as well as three Israeli universities gathered at a Jerusalem pub to announce their findings and called the project a first. "I remember that when we first brought out the beer that we sat around the table and drank, we raised a cup to say l'chaim (a Hebrew toast meaning 'to life')," said Aren Maeir, an archaeologist with Bar-Ilan University. "And I said either we'll be good ... More

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Dr. H. Alexander Rich to head Polk Museum of Art at Florida Southern College   Andrew Jones Auctions achieves a world record price for a rare antique Egyptology book   Banksy in Venice? New work appears and perhaps the artist himself

Dr. H. Alexander Rich, appointed as Executive Director and Chief Curator for the Polk Museum of Art at Florida Southern College in Lakeland.

LAKELAND, FLA.- The Polk Museum of Art at Florida Southern College has appointed Dr. H. Alexander Rich to be the Executive Director and Chief Curator for the Polk Museum of Art at Florida Southern College in Lakeland. Dr. Rich joined Florida Southern in August 2014 as assistant professor of art history, heading the art history program and directing the galleries and exhibitions. In June 2017, he assumed the additional role of curator and director of galleries and exhibitions for the Polk Museum of Art, as part of an affiliation agreement between the two organizations. “It’s a great honor to be given the opportunity to lead a distinguished community and academic art museum,” Dr. Rich said. “The Polk Museum of Art at Florida Southern College has long been a core contributor to the life and culture of Lakeland and Central Florida. Since its affiliation with Florida Southern, the Museum has begun to make new and ... More

Description de l'Egypte ou Recueil des observations et des recherches qui ont été faites en Egypte pendant l'expédition de l'Egypte. Paris: C.L.F. Panckoucke, 1820-1830, Second Edition ($220,000).

LOS ANGELES, CA.- An exceedingly rare and complete second edition of Description de l’ Egypte, C.L.F. Panckoucke (1820-1830), including fold-out maps, elephant folios and atlas folio, sold for a world record price of $220,000 at Andrew Jones Auctions’ Design for the Home and Garden Auction held May 18-19, online and in Los Angeles. The antique Egyptology book was the top lot of the sale, conducted in Andrew Jones Auctions’ gallery at 2221 Main Street in downtown Los Angeles, as well as online via, and The auction featured over 550 lots of market-fresh fine art, design, antiques and Asian works of art from several important collections and estates. The sale included property from the collection of Kate Edelman Johnson, with proceeds going to benefit The Johnson Charitable Remainder Unitrust ... More

The piece, called "Venice in Oil", seemed to denounce the mass tourism which is endangering much of Venice. Photo:

VENICE.- The mysterious British artist Banksy has apparently left his mark on a crumbling wall in Venice, and even claimed to have set up an unlicensed art stall in Italy's famous "floating city". The image of a migrant child signalling for help, appeared, in the Banksy style, on a crumbling wall beside one of the Venice canals. Meanwhile a video posted on Banksy's Instagram account was said to show the secretive artist, buried in hat, coat or newspaper, setting up an unlicenced art stall in the central Saint Mark's Square. He sets up a series of nine oil paintings in the style of the 18th-century Venetian great Canaletto, which when placed together depict a huge cruise ship surrounded by tiny gondolas, plying their way through the Venice canals. The piece, called "Venice in Oil", seemed to denounce the mass tourism which is endangering much of Venice. At the end of the video, the artist figure, whose face is always hidden, is told to pack ... More

Schinkel Pavillon opens 'Straying from the Line' exhibition   First American Flag planted on Omaha Beach on D-Day offered at Heritage Auctions   'The Tiger Who Came To Tea' author Judith Kerr dead at 95

Sturtevant, Lichtenstein Girl with Hair Ribbon, 1966 – 67 (detail). Oil and acrylic on canvas. Courtesy Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac, London; Paris, Salzburg © Estate Sturtevant, Paris. Photo: Max Yawney, New York.

BERLIN.- 50 years ago, Lee Lozano articulated the relationship between artistic and social hierarchies, stating that “there can be no art revolution that is separate from a science revolution, a political
 revolution, an education revolution, a drug revolution, a sex revolution or a personal revolution." Understanding the personal as political became the driving force behind the central feminist movements of the time, bringing together a vibrant spectrum of activist, philosophical and artistic positions across political and social fields. Debates on personal experience and structural violence haven’t lost their relevance and only recently entered the spotlight of political and public interest through social movements such as #metoo and #notsurprised. Whether in politics, media, business, science, culture or our daily lives, experiences of sexism, racism, discrimination and other forms ... More

D-Day: First American Flag Planted on Normandy Beachhead with August 1944.

DALLAS, TX.- An American flag believed to be the first planted when Allied forces stormed Omaha Beach in 1944 is being offered in Heritage Auctions’ Arms & Armor, Civil War & Militaria auction June 9 in Dallas, Texas. D-Day: First American Flag Planted on Normandy Beachhead with August 1944 Newspaper Documentation (opening bid: $25,000) was planted on the busiest beach on of those on the northern coast of France that were stormed by Allied forces by First Sergeant John E. Horvath. A bartender-turned-Army engineer, most likely a member of the 121st Combat Engineer Battalion, attached to the 29th Infantry Division of V Corps (the moniker given to the Fifth Corp of the Army), Horvath appeared in a newspaper clipping (believed to be from The Columbus Citizen-Journal) entitled “First Flag on Beachhead in Normandy Arrives Here as Souvenir of Battle.” The article includes a photo of Horvath’s wife with the flag, and quotes a letter he had ... More

In this file photo taken on June 12, 2018 German-born British author and illustrator Judith Kerr, poses for a photograph at her home in west London on June 12, 2018. Tolga Akmen / AFP.

LONDON (AFP).- British author and illustrator Judith Kerr, who wrote the cherished children's book "The Tiger Who Came To Tea", has died aged 95, her publisher HarperCollins announced on Thursday. The writer behind a host of other classic children's books, including "When Hitler Stole Pink Rabbit" and "Mog the Forgetful Cat" passed away at home on Wednesday "following a short illness", it said. "It is with much sadness that we confirm the death of our beloved author and illustrator, Judith Kerr," HarperCollins said on Twitter. Ann-Janine Murtagh, the executive publisher of its children's books, said in a statement: "It has been the greatest honour and privilege to know and publish Judith Kerr. "She embraced life as one great big adventure and lived every day to the full." Kerr, one of Britain's most-loved children's authors, kept working well into her 90s, telling AFP in an interview last ... More

Jane Pickering named new director at Harvard's Peabody Museum   Regen Projects opens an exhibition of works by Los Angeles-based artist Liz Larner   Indian artist Nalini Malani wins the seventh edition of the Joan Miró Prize

Jane Pickering photo by Stephanie Mitchell. Copyright President and Fellows of Harvard College.

CAMBRIDGE, MASS.- As announced on May 21 by Claudine Gay, Edgerley Family Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences, Jane Pickering will transition to her new role as the William and Muriel Seabury Howells Director of Harvard University’s Peabody Museum of Archaeology & Ethnology on July 1st. She will serve a five-year term, reporting directly to Dean Gay, and collaborating closely with a newly appointed faculty executive committee to develop an institutional vision for the Peabody Museum’s collections that is “strategic, inclusive, and enabling, as well as meeting the teaching and research needs of the University,” according to Dean Gay’s statement. The faculty executive committee will also report to Gay. Pickering has served as the Executive Director of the Harvard Museums of Science & Culture (HMSC) since 2013. The position was created six years ago to direct the public-facing roles–including exhibitions, publ ... More

Installation view of Elliott Hundley Clearing at Regen Projects, Los Angeles, May 17 - June 22, 2019. Photo: Evan Bedford, Courtesy Regen Projects, Los Angeles.

LOS ANGELES, CA.- Regen Projects is presenting As Below, So Above, the seventh solo exhibition by Los Angeles-based artist Liz Larner. On view is a selection of new works that demonstrate her ongoing examination into sculpture, painting, drawing, and ceramics. The environment – the personal and the entrenched – are set together in these artworks that reach for an understanding of vulnerability through what is and has been considered low and directed, made capital of, and endangered. Illusion and reality are intricately intertwined in Larner’s work. At first glance Firestone appears as a large enigmatic composition of stone placed in the center of the gallery. Upon closer inspection the corporeal structure of the three dimensional form reveals its construction through numerous ceramic pieces in the shape of tessellated hematite crystals. Referencing the art historical ... More

Nalini Malani, Untitled II, 1970.

BARCELONA.- Marko Daniel, Director of the Fundació Joan Miró, and Elisa Durán, Deputy General Director of the ”la Caixa” Foundation, have announced the winner of the 2019 Joan Miró Prize. Nalini Malani (Karachi, 1946) has been selected for this seventh edition of the prize, awarded every two years and whose past recipients have been Olafur Eliasson (2007), Pipilotti Rist (2009), Mona Hatoum (2011), Roni Horn (2013), Ignasi Aballí (2015) and Kader Attia (2017). The jury panel for the 2019 Joan Miró Prize included Iwona Blazwick, Director of the Whitechapel Gallery (London); Magnus af Petersens, Director of the Bonniers Konsthall (Stockholm); Alfred Pacquement, former Director of the Musée national d’art moderne, Centre Georges Pompidou (Paris); João Ribas, Curator of the Portuguese pavilion at the 58th Venice Art Biennale 2019; Nimfa Bisbe, Head of the ”la Caixa” Foundation contemporary art collection, and Marko Dan ... More

Spink to offer master recordings of musical performances of eighteen world-renowned artists   Wyvern Collection of Medieval Art on view in short-term installation at Bowdoin College Museum of Art   The Holburne Museum opens the most extensive UK exhibition of works by Édouard Vuillard

The Michael Gleason Collection, comprised of the original master recordings of musical performances of eighteen world-renowned artists (including Ed Sheeran, Seal amongst many others), performing over sixty songs at Abbey Road Studios.

LONDON.- Spink will present the first part of the Michael Gleason Collection, comprised of the original master recordings of musical performances of eighteen world-renowned artists performing over sixty songs at Abbey Road Studios. The auction will take place on June 20th, 2019 at Spink’s headquarters office in London. In 2005, Michael Gleason, a successful Texan entrepreneur and producer residing in London, decided to create and produce Live from Abbey Road, a new music television performance series. Inspired by the 1967 original idea of The Beatles to make live broadcast recordings at Abbey Road Studios, the idea was to record sublime musical performances from some of the world’s greatest musical artists in the best studio in the world. A Star Masterpiece ... More

Spanish, Micro-Architectural Ceremonial Mace, ca. 1500, gilt silver. Wyvern Collection.

BRUNSWICK, ME.- Bowdoin College Museum of Art received the multiyear loan of more than 100 works of art from the Wyvern Collection, a premier private collection of medieval and Renaissance art, which it will preview in a short-term installation this month. Beginning in August 2020, BCMA will present the first dedicated exhibition of the collection in North America, providing new insights into this medieval visual culture and displaying many of these works publicly for the first time. With this loan, the quantity, quality, and diversity of medieval and Renaissance objects available for viewing and study at Bowdoin will be unsurpassed among small liberal arts colleges in the United States. The 2020 exhibition also builds upon the success and scholarly rigor of BCMA’s 2017 international loan exhibition and catalogue Ivory Mirror: The Art of Mortality in Renaissance Europe. The Wyvern Collection has key strengths in ivory carving ... More

Madame Vuillard Arranging her Hair, 1900, Oil on cardboard, laid on panel, The Barber Institute of Fine Arts, University of Birmingham © The Henry Barber Trust, The Barber Institute of Fine Arts, University of Birmingham.

BATH.- This spring, The Holburne Museum will present the most extensive UK exhibition of works by Édouard Vuillard (1868-1940) in more than 15 years, including many that are rarely publically displayed. Vuillard was one of the leading figures in French art at the end of the 19th-century. He is famed for his small, subtle studies mostly of figures in interiors. The Poetry of the Everyday celebrates the unique qualities of his early work (from the 1890s) in which he balanced an obsession with patterned fabrics and wallpaper with subtle, domestic psycho-dramas to create paintings with a striking emotional intensity. Vuillard's art is renowned for its modest scale, intimate subject matter and subdued colouring. The Poetry of the Everyday will include around forty paintings and prints, including a number of rarely ... More

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Croatian-born, New York-based artist Dora Budor opens exhibition at Kunsthalle Basel
BASEL.- Can an exhibition–typically an assembly of discrete, immutable things on public display– function like a reactive organism? Can it, in that sense, be alive? And can it, in order to be so, be fed by a confluence of historical and real-time events that propel it through an ever- changing choreography of transformation? These are the preoccupations underlying I am Gong, Dora Budor’s experimental exhibition and first institutional solo show in Europe. Taking cues from cinema, science fiction, and architectural history in equal measure, the Croatian-born, New York-based artist often constructs her artworks as interdependent systems. Budor’s new exhibition, however, links these systems to Kunsthalle Basel’s specific historic and cultural context, from its origins to the present, in a quest to relinquish control over nearly every artwork in the show ... More

First solo exhibition in Switzerland of Hreinn Friðfinnsson opens at the Centre d'Art Contemporain Genève
GENEVA.- The Centre d’Art Contemporain Genève presents the first institutional solo exhibition in Switzerland of Icelandic artist Hreinn Friðfinnsson. With more than seventy works, To Catch a Fish with a Song: 1964–Today celebrates this understated but major artist, looking back on more than half a century of his inventive practice. Hreinn Friðfinnsson’s work is recognized for both its lyricism and its stark poetry, which transcends the often-commonplace subjects and materials he uses to create his pieces. He has been compared to artists working in romantic conceptual modes. His practice is grounded in the dematerialization of art and has—at the same time—strong links to landscape and natural phenomena. Nevertheless, the Icelandic artist has remained resolutely independent. Friðfinnsson’s work does not incorporate a critical stance toward art, and the artist ... More

Art, design across the board leads Clarke Auction Gallery June 2
LARCHMONT, NY.- Clarke Auction Gallery will showcase the best of artistic design at its auction on Sunday, June 2, at 10 am, ranging from fine paintings by Jared French and E.H. Potthast to art objects and sculptural works by Tiffany Studios, Pablo Picasso, George Nakashima and Tom Otterness. The auction will include a number of fine and important pieces of art, sterling and jewelry, Asian arts, midcentury and decorative arts, highlighting original paintings from old masters to contemporary artists as well as Oriental carpets, bronzes, lighting, Continental and American furniture, and more. The sterling and jewelry selection will feature flatware, tea sets, sterling accessories, diamond jewelry, gold jewelry, and designer jewelry. Midcentury offerings will feature American and Italian designers from the 1950s to contemporary manufacturers. “The auction ... More

Kunsthaus Zurich opens the first solo exhibition in Switzerland by Guillaume Bruère
ZURICH.- The first solo exhibition by Guillaume Bruère in Switzerland takes place from 24 May to 8 September 2019. The French artist is an obsessive draughtsman who draws inspiration from masterpieces of art history but also portrays people who do not normally find themselves in the limelight. In recent years he has been a frequent visitor to the Kunsthaus Zürich and the Schauspielhaus. The Kunsthaus is presenting more than 50 works created between 2012 and 2018. French artist Guillaume Bruère (b. 1976) works at great speed, creating multiple works of energetically vigorous draughtsmanship in a short space of time. He prefers to draw on site in museums, working from the paintings of Old Masters at locations including the Louvre, the Alte Pinakothek in Munich, the Gemäldegalerie in Berlin and, on many occasions, the Kunsthaus ... More

Immigration Museum explores tattoo and identity
MELBOURNE.- What stories do our bodies tell? That is the question Immigration Museum will be inviting visitors to explore when it opens the doors to its winter 2019 season Our Bodies, Our Voices, Our Marks. The suite of exhibitions and experiences includes two photography exhibits that look at the intersection of ancient and modern tattoo practices and a series of contemporary installations curated by Stanislava Pinchuk (Miso). Perseverance: Japanese Tattoo Tradition in a Modern World explores the artistry and rich tradition of Japanese tattoos and their influence on modern tattoo culture in Japan. Facing negative stigma due to its association with the ‘yakuza’, the country’s notorious mafia, this exhibition investigates how tattoo practice has persevered and looks to share its artistry, symbolism and the skill of its practitioners with wider communities. ... More

UOVO starts fashion storage division using art storage model
NEW YORK, NY.- Fine art storage and services company UOVO announced the launch of their new storage division specifically for fashion. UOVO:MODA offers bespoke, climate-controlled storage for clothing, shoes, accessories and haute couture pieces. Building on the company’s established art storage model, MODA offers humidity-controlled storage and private room options—both unique features in the fashion storage industry. The division services fashion houses, entertainers and private individuals. “UOVO is committed to preserving our cultural heritage, which we believe includes groundbreaking design archives and notable individual fashion collections. Fashion helps us understand history so it is important key pieces are available for future generations. MODA allows designers and individuals to plan their legacies by conserving their garments to the highest ... More

Winterthur shows its secret side: Midcentury Modern
WINTERTHUR, DE.- Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library has a secret: Scattered throughout its lounges, libraries, laboratories, and offices are stashes of modern furniture that have as much of a story to tell about American design as the early American furniture the museum is famous for. See it now through July 28, 2019 in Unity by Design: Midcentury Modernism at Winterthur. Unity by Design takes a look at midcentury modern furniture in order to better understand it as an extension of Winterthur’s collection and mission―to explore what it means when traditional meets modern. Midcentury modernism refers to the post‒World War II design movement that sprung from a desire for a new way of living. The mission was to depart from the past in order to foster a better-lived experience for the future. Although Henry Francis du ... More

William J. Carpenter appointed Executive Director at the Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art
RALEIGH, NC.- The North Carolina Museum of Art and the Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art announce the appointment of William J. (Bill) Carpenter as executive director of SECCA. Carpenter comes to SECCA from High Point University, where he was most recently professor of English and director of the Honors Scholars Program. Carpenter begins his new position at SECCA on June 3, 2019. "Dr. Carpenter will bring renewed attention to SECCA’s contributions to the field of contemporary art by celebrating its history while emphasizing the multidisciplinary nature of art today and inviting reflection on the ideas that shape our time,” said Valerie Hillings, Ph.D., director of the North Carolina Museum of Art. “The NCMA team and I look forward to working with Dr. Carpenter and the SECCA staff to fulfill our shared objective of creating inclusive ... More

Charles E. Prendergast's Fantasy achieves top lot at Bonhams American Art sale
NEW YORK, NY.- Bonhams American Art sale was held on May 22nd and the top lot for the sale was Charles E. Prendergast’s Fantasy, which sold for $704,075. Created circa 1916-18, this work is a highly-detailed and complex composition and retains its original frame made by the artist. After a 10-minute bidding frenzy, the work sold to a bidder on the telephone. It tripled the presale low estimate when offered at the range of $200,000- 300,000. Jennifer Jacobsen, Director of American Art, comments: “We are pleased that strong results were realized across all American genres in a sale that was especially rich in works that were appearing at auction for the first time. Prendergast’s Fantasy in particular, was a fantastic result, and we were also delighted to achieve four world auction records for artists Stephen Hannock, Orville Bulman, Alton Pickens, and Stephen ... More

Ballet bad boy Sergei Polunin explores dark side in 'Rasputin'
BARVIKHA.- Controversial ballet star Sergei Polunin plays the role of Rasputin in a new work premiering near Moscow Thursday, saying that like the mystic who mesmerised Russia's royal family, he battles his "dark side." Ukrainian-born Polunin, now a Russian citizen with a tattoo of President Vladimir Putin across his chest, has garnered a reputation as "the bad boy of ballet" -- both for his passionate performances and off-stage behaviour. "I do believe that (Rasputin) meant well and he had good intentions," Polunin said ahead of the opening of the ballet choreographed by Japan's Yuka Oishi. "But he had dark sides that sometimes took him in a different direction." The charismatic holy man Grigory Rasputin won the trust of the last tsar Nicholas II with attempts to heal his haemophiliac son Alexei but was vilified by the public and murdered by a group of aristocrats. ... More

Wadsworth Atheneum acquires Antonakos neon canvas
HARTFORD, CONN.- Stephen Antonakos's Untitled Neon Canvas (for Michael Krichman), 1986, has been acquired by the Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art from Stephen Antonakos Studio. This 7-foot-high abstract work is part of Antonakos's Neon Canvas series-a group of approximately 26 untitled canvases, each parenthetically dedicated to friends. The mid-1980s series exemplifies the artist's central practice since the early 1960s: exploring the qualities of canvas, paint, and neon in abstract, geometric compositions. Untitled Neon Canvas (for Michael Krichman) is named for the collector and long-time director of InSite, a Southern California organization that facilitates the production of public and site-specific art projects. Antonakos met Krichman in California in 1984 when the artist was preparing for his Neons and Works on Paper show ... More

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On a day like today, Italian painter Pontormo was born
May 24, 1494. Jacopo Carucci (May 24, 1494 - January 2, 1557), usually known as Jacopo da Pontormo, Jacopo Pontormo or simply Pontormo, was an Italian Mannerist painter and portraitist from the Florentine School. His work represents a profound stylistic shift from the calm perspectival regularity that characterized the art of the Florentine Renaissance. In this image: Jacopo Carrucci, known as Pontormo (1494 - 1557), Portrait of a Bishop (Monsignor Niccolò Ardinghelli?), c. 1541 - 1542. Oil on panel; 102 x 78.9 cm. Washington, D.C., National Gallery of Art, Samuel H. Kress Collection, 1961.9.83

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