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German thief fined for taking discarded Richter art works

The defendant covers his face at the Cologne district court in Cologne on April 24, 2019. A German court fined a thief on Wednesday for taking works discarded in a bin by famed artist Gerhard Richter -- yet estimated to be worth 60,000 euros ($67,000). Oliver Berg / dpa / AFP.

BERLIN (AFP).- A German court fined a thief on Wednesday for taking works discarded in a bin by famed artist Gerhard Richter -- yet estimated to be worth 60,000 euros ($67,000). Cologne district court slapped the defendant with a 3,150-euro fine for trying to sell the pieces, which Richter had thrown into a wastepaper container in front of his villa in July 2016 because he thought they were not good enough. The judge ruled that even though the pieces were unsigned by the artist, and therefore not able to be sold on the official art market, they were not worthless. The exact value of the four postcard-sized pieces -- photos painted with oil -- could not be determined, but the court estimated them to be worth around 60,000 euros. Having taken the pieces from the bin at Richter's home in Cologne, the thief contacted a Munich auction house, which initially accepted them but demanded a certificate of authenticity. The 49-year-old defendant had presented three of the pictures to the head of the Gerhard Ric ... More

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Workers smoked at Notre-Dame cathedral, admits contractor   Urban Culture Auctions' sale of Karl Lagerfeld original fashion drawings attracts intense worldwide bidding   Sarah Morris's first solo show in the UK in six years opens at White Cube Bermondsey

Workers install protective tarps on the roof of Notre-Dame de Paris cathedral in Paris on April 23, 2019, one week after a fire devastated the cathedral. Christophe ARCHAMBAULT / AFP.

PARIS (AFP).- Workers renovating Notre-Dame flouted a ban on smoking at the monument, a contractor admitted on Wednesday, while denying any link with last week's devastating blaze that ripped through the cathedral. "There were colleagues who from time to time broke the rules and we regret it," a spokesman for scaffolding company Le Bras Freres told AFP, before adding: "in no way could a cigarette butt be the cause of the fire at Notre-Dame". Spokesman Marc Eskenazi said some workers "had admitted in front of the police that they did smoke from time to time," confirming a report in the satirical newspaper Le Canard Enchaine. The company Parishad a strict ban on smoking up the scaffolding, which was erected around the steeple as it underwent major renovation to restore its lead covering and joints. Notre-Dame's now mostly-destroyed roof was made of wood, and included ... More

Karl Lagerfeld (German, 1933-2019), original drawing on card stock of peasant-style dress with wonderful hand coloring by the designer. Sold for $2,990.

WEST PALM BEACH, FLA.- On April 18, runway action halted temporarily as fashionistas worldwide grabbed their mobile devices to bid in Urban Culture Auctions’ sale of original sketches by the late Chanel mastermind Karl Lagerfeld (1933-2019). After weeks of relentless media coverage, the auction of fashion drawings from Lagerfeld’s days as a budding couturier had finally arrived. By the time the hammer came down on the last lot 4½ hours later, the auction had realized $247,520 and was 100% sold. “The auction far exceeded our expectations. We had many new-bidder sign-ups, and from everywhere you can imagine – Russia, Australia, Japan, probably a dozen European countries, and all over the United States,” said auctioneer and Urban Culture Auctions co-owner Rico Baca. “Here at the gallery we served our Palm Beach-area guests refreshments of champagne, fresh strawberries and Godiva chocolates ... More

Sarah Morris, Machines do not make us into machines [Sound Graph], 2018 (detail) Household gloss on canvas, 84 1/4 x 84 1/4 in. (214 x 214 cm) © Sarah Morris. Photo © Tom Powel Imaging. Courtesy White Cube.

LONDON.- White Cube Bermondsey presents Sarah Morris’s first solo show in the UK in six years. Featuring paintings, films, a site-specific wall painting as well as the artist’s first sculptural work, the exhibition reflects Morris’s interest in networks, typologies, architecture, language and the city. Employing an architecture of colourful and abstract forms, Morris’s paintings play on the viewer’s sense of visual recognition. She incorporates a wide range of references, from the graphic identity of multinational corporations and the structure of urban transport systems to the iconography of maps, GPS technology, as well as the movement of people within urban areas. Morris sees her paintings as being part of a larger self-generating system, always remaining open and allowing for interpretation, motion and change. Within her practice, each ... More

Christie's announces Latin American Art Auctions   Christie's to offer masterpieces from a Rothschild Collection   Cleveland Museum of Art announces new acquisitions

Remedios Varo, Simpatía (La rabia del gato) oil on Masonite 37¾ x 33½ in. (95.9 x 85.1 cm.) Painted in 1955. $2,000,000-3,000,000. © Christie's Images Ltd 2019.

NEW YORK, NY.- Christie’s announces the spring season of Latin American Art, the only dedicated sale in the category at a major auction house, with a live evening auction on May 22, a live day auction on May 23 and an online auction running May 18-29. Combined, the sales include over 250 lots, offering a comprehensive selection from 17th and 18th-century colonial painting through modern and contemporary masterpieces, and together the sales expect to realize in excess of $17 million. Featured are works from private collections including Divine Splendor Spanish Colonial Art from The Collection of James Li, The Collection of Drue Heinz and The Collection of H.S.H. Princess “Titi” Von Fürstenberg. Works from the live and online auctions will be on view May 18-22 at Christie’s Rockefeller Plaza. Leading the sale this season is the stunning painting Simpatía (La rabia del gato) (estimate: $2-3 million) by famed Surrealist Remedios V ... More

One of a pair of royal Flemish cabinets, was commissioned in Antwerp circa 1713 for Philip V King of Spain. Estimate: £1.5 – 2.5 million (1 of 2). © Christie's Images Ltd 2019.

LONDON.- Telling the remarkable story of objects collected across centuries and treasured for generations, Christie’s will offer a landmark collection sale Masterpieces from a Rothschild Collection in London on 4 of July. Comprising approximately 57 lots each with exceptional provenance, this sale includes important European Furniture, Works of Art and Old Master Paintings, collected by members of the prominent Rothschild banking family, particularly by Baron Gustave de Rothschild (1829-1911), and housed in some of the family’s magnificent residences. The sale captures the spirit of le goût Rothschild – the celebrated aesthetic that has influenced many European and American interiors since the 19th century – which follows the tradition of collecting at European Royal courts during the Renaissance, Baroque and Enlightenment periods. With estimates ranging from £10,000 to £2.5 million, select highlights ... More

Salome with the Head of John the Baptist, c. 1650. Nicolaes Knüpfer (Dutch, c. 1603–1655/60). Pen and brown ink, brown wash, and white heightening over black chalk or charcoal on antique laid paper; sheet: 33.4 x 27.9 cm. The Cleveland Museum of Art, John L. Severance Fund, 2019.8.

CLEVELAND, OH.- Significant recent acquisitions by the Cleveland Museum of Art include 17 drawings from the Golden Age of Dutch art; a fine painting by Louis Hayet, a key proponent of neo-impressionism; a contemporary sculpture by American artist Jenny Holzer from her iconic series Laments; and 13 photographs by modern American masters from generous donors Diann G. and Thomas A. Mann. The purchase of 17 important drawings greatly enhances the CMA’s collection of Netherlandish works on paper and allows the museum more fully to represent the variety of subject matter and styles during this prosperous period in Dutch history. The group of drawings includes natural history scenes, portraiture, genre subjects, figure studies and historical and biblical subjects made in both urban and courtly contexts. ... More

Britain's Peter Brook wins top Spanish award   David Zwirner opens an exhibition of new work by American artist Josh Smith   Pace Gallery opens an exhibition of monumental sculptures by Tony Smith

In this file photo taken on February 27, 2018 British theatre and film director, playwright and actor, Peter Brook, poses during a photo session at the Bouffes du Nord theatre in Paris. Lionel BONAVENTURE / AFP.

MADRID (AFP).- Britain's prolific theatre director Peter Brook on Wednesday won Spain's top arts prize, the Princess of Asturias award, as "one of the great renovators of the performing arts". "Peter Brook opened new horizons to contemporary dramaturgy, contributing decisively to the exchange of knowledge between cultures as different as those of Europe, Africa and Asia," the jury said in a statement. Considered "the best theatre director of the 20th century," the 94-year-old recipient of Tony and Emmy awards "continues to intensely move audiences through stagings that display great purity and simplicity," it added. Best-known for his 1985 masterpiece "The Mahabharata", a nine-hour version of the Indian religious epic, Brook had moved to Paris in the 1970s, where he created the experimental Bouffes du Nord theatre. Born in London on March 21, 1925, he ... More

Josh Smith, Turtle, 2019 © Josh Smith. Courtesy the artist and David Zwirner.

NEW YORK, NY.- David Zwirner presents Emo Jungle, an exhibition of new work by American artist Josh Smith. On view in the gallery’s West 19th Street spaces in New York, the show marks the artist’s inaugural solo presentation with David Zwirner. Since the early 2000s, Smith has developed a prolific and expansive body of painting that employs specific visual motifs as a means of exploring the potentiality of the painted surface. These visual forms, which include his name, fish, skeletons, leaves, and palm trees, among others, serve as unassuming structures through which Smith pursues his investigation of the medium, resulting in works that forthrightly present themselves to the viewer. Though fully realized as individual artworks, each painting serves as a stage in an ongoing, interrelated, and heterogeneous process of image production and experimentation, in which motifs, colors, and visuals are recycled, refined, and reimagined. Emo ... More

Tony Smith, Tau, 1961.-62 steel, painted black, 14' × 21' 6" × 12' 4" (426.7 cm × 655.3 cm × 375.9 cm) Edition 2 of 3 Edition of 3 + 1 AP. Meadowland Park South Orange, New Jersey Installed November 2008. No. 68354.02 © 2019 Estate of Tony Smith / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York.

NEW YORK, NY.- Pace Gallery is pleased to present an exhibition of monumental sculptures by Tony Smith. Encompassing three works—Tau (1961-62), Source (1967), and Throwback (1976-77)—the exhibition touches on key moments in the artist’s evolving sculptural practice. Shaped by his training and prior career as an architect, Smith’s work is animated by a dynamic concept of space and a commitment to sculpture as an object to be catalyzed by the direct engagement of the human body. Possessing no traditional front or back and occupying non-linear planes of space, Smith’s sculptures reward an ambulatory viewing experience, offering a range of perspectives and understandings as one circulates the work. Pace represented Smith during his final years and ... More

Royal Air Force Museum's numbers grow to almost a million   Keith Haring's 1983 Untitled masterwork offered at Bonhams New York   Perrotin New York opens an exhibition of works by John Henderson

In total, 989,593 people visited the RAF Museum from 1 April 2018 – 31 March 2019.

LONDON.- The Royal Air Force Museum announced that its visitor figures enjoyed substantial growth on the back of a major redevelopment of its London site and a re-invigorated public events programme for the RAF Centenary at both its London and Cosford sites. In total, 989,593 people visited the RAF Museum from 1 April 2018 – 31 March 2019. This represents a spectacular growth of 39% on the previous year’s figures. The Museum’s London site recorded 544,628 visitors, up an unparalleled 59% on the previous year, while its site at Cosford in the West Midlands welcomed 444,965 visitors, a leap of 20%. Commenting on this growth in visitor numbers, Maggie Appleton, CEO for the Museum stated: “This growth is a fabulous response to the huge investment that the Museum made in the redevelopment of our London site in 2018 and a reflection on the public’s support for the RAF during the UK’s commemorations ... More

Keith Haring (American, 1958-1990), Untitled, 1983 (detail), acrylic on vinyl tarpaulin. Estimate on Request. Photo: Bonhams.

NEW YORK, NY.- On May 15, Bonhams Post-War & Contemporary Art sale will be led by Keith Haring’s Untitled (1983), one of the artist’s massive unabashed masterworks (estimate on request). Coming to auction for the first time, having its inaugural viewing alongside the 1984 Venice Biennale, this is the work's first public exhibition in over a decade. The painting will be on public view at Bonhams New York from May 4 to the 15. Muys Snijders, Head of Americas for Post-War & Contemporary Art, commented: “It is an honor to be presenting this extraordinary tarpaulin by Keith Haring to come to auction for the very first time. Untitled, 1983 is a truly exceptional work by the artist — exuberant, yet serious, striking and radiant. This multifaceted tarpaulin stands as a definitive example of the artist’s work and shows his commitment to playfulness whilst challenging its viewers.” By ... More

John Henderson, Untitled Painting, 2019. Oil on canvas, 155 x 94 cm | 61 x 37 in. Courtesy of the artist & Perrotin.

NEW YORK, NY.- Every artist has an individual relationship to knowledge. It should additionally be said that each artist develops their own specific relationship to the known and another specific relationship to the unknown. Diverse modes of reasoning, decision-making processes, and methods of recognizing precedents organize personalized relationships to the known and unknown. Inquiries take on new shapes and textures, and through time develop appearance and form. The general narrative of painting goes something like this: the painter builds material knowledge upward from support to ground, to figure. The wet paint is manipulated until it can be manipulated no further: the composition dries, thereby is fixed and assigned as finished. This is the progression of the deductive, a logical mode and truth-generating system that seeks to refine knowledge to the point ... More

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The Hall Art Foundation opens a group exhibition in honor of gallerist Barbara Weiss
HOLLE.- The Hall Art Foundation is presenting a group exhibition, Für Barbara (bis), being held at its Schloss Derneburg location in honor of gallerist Barbara Weiss, who passed away in 2016. A lifelong advocate for women in the arts, Weiss was also a friend of the Hall's and inspired the inclusion of many works by female artists in the Hall and Hall Art Foundation collections. The exhibition, curated by Leo Koenig, includes over 125 paintings, sculptures, photographs, installations, works on paper and videos by an international and multi-generational roster of 40 female artists dating from the 1950s to 2018. Für Barbara (bis) is the second edition of Für Barbara, first on view at Schloss Derneburg from 2017-2018. In and beyond her gallery, Barbara advocated for women of all generations and in all positions in the arts. Her calm resolve and unruffled ... More

Martín Chambi & images of South America lead Classic & Contemporary Photographs at Swann Galleries
NEW YORK, NY.- Swann Galleries’ sale of Classic & Contemporary Photographs on Thursday, April 18 saw active bidding across all categories with early-twentieth-century photography, Humanist portraits and sublime images of nature making an impact. Vernacular photography led the sale with a personal album, compiled by Herbert Heard Evans, containing 118 silver prints depicting the city and region of Cusco, Peru, as well as other parts of Latin America in the 1920s. Sixteen of the images were attributed to Peruvian photographer Martín Chambi. Evans was the Assistant Superintendent of the Mechanical Division of the Panama Canal from 1919-42, and during his station he and his wife traveled extensively throughout South America. The album reached $58,750 after a lengthy bidding war, a record for images by Chambi. Early-twentieth-century works ... More

Julius Caesar among historic leaders in $30+ million exhibit of ancient rare coins
LONG BEACH, CA.- Julius Caesar and the 11 other Caesars of long-ago Rome, along with more than 400 other ancient and Papal coins will be publicly displayed together in Southern California for the first time anywhere. Many of the historic rare coins are the finest known of their kind. The educational exhibit will be insured for more than $30 million for its debut at the Long Beach Coin, Currency Stamp & Sports Collectible Expo in the Long Beach Convention Center, June 6-8, 2019. Entitled “Tyrants of the Tiber,” the exhibit features a portion of the extensive Tyrant Collection, described as the world’s most valuable rare coin collection in private hands. “There has never been such an extensive exhibit of exquisite, ancient Roman gold coins in Southern California,” stated Ira Goldberg President of Goldberg Coins and Collectibles, Inc. in Los Angeles, California. Goldberg ... More

UAE's Sharjah named 2019 World Book Capital
SHARJAH (AFP).- The UAE city of Sharjah took up the mantle as UNESCO's World Book Capital for 2019 late Tuesday, launching a series of cultural programmes aimed at both locals and expatriates. "Sharjah aims to become a true torch for science and knowledge," said Sheikh Sultan bin Mohammed al-Qasimi, ruler of the city and its eponymous emirate, at a ceremony joining more than 500 artists. Sharjah was named this year's World Book Capital by the UN's cultural agency under the recommendation of The International Publishers Associations (IPA) and The International Federation of Library Association and Institutions (IFLA). "Sharjah has been selected by these esteemed pillars as recognition of the city's continuous efforts in promoting books and literacy," said a joint statement released by the three organisations. "Known as the City of Books, ... More

Grey Art Gallery opens the first-ever exhibition to extensively survey art of the LGBTQ civil rights movement
NEW YORK, NY.- Coinciding with the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall Uprisings, Art after Stonewall, 1969–1989 is a long-awaited and groundbreaking survey that features over 200 works of art and related visual materials exploring the impact of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer (LGBTQ) liberation movement on visual culture. Presented in two parts—at New York University’s Grey Art Gallery and the Leslie-Lohman Museum of Gay and Lesbian Art—the exhibition features artworks by openly LGBTQ artists such as Vaginal Davis, Louise Fishman, Nan Goldin, Lyle Ashton Harris, Barbara Hammer, Holly Hughes, Greer Lankton, Robert Mapplethorpe, Catherine Opie, Joan Snyder, and Andy Warhol. On view at the Grey Art Gallery from April 24 through July 20, 2019 and at the Leslie-Lohman Museum from April 24 through July 21, ... More

Exhibition centers on the notion that individuals who take a stand can impact lives exponentially
WATERTOWN, MASS.- The Armenian Museum presents a new exhibition in the Adele & Haig Der Manuelian galleries that explores the intertwined lives of diplomat Diana Agabeg Apcar (1859–1937) and artist Berjouhi Kailian (1914–2014). In 1919, history connected these two women in Yokohama, Japan. As refugees from the Armenian Genocide, Berj and her mother found themselves in the shadow of Diana’s sturdy branches as she helped them find their way to a new home in the United States. Berj’s creative life flourished for 95 more years because of Diana’s compassion. Not many know of Diana Apcar and the impact she had on shaping the discourse about the plight of Armenians during WWI. Born in Rangoon, Burma (Yangon, Myanmar) into a prominent Armenian merchant family, she grew up in Calcutta, and later moved to Yokohama with her ... More

ARTECHOUSE to open first New York City location in August 2019 at Chelsea Market
NEW YORK, NY.- ARTECHOUSE, the leading digital art presenter in the United States, is pleased to announce its first location in New York City, opening in August 2019 with Machine Hallucination, a groundbreaking and immersive digital art exhibition by Los Angeles-based, Turkish artist Refik Anadol. The new space will be situated in Chelsea Market’s historic boiler room, a 6,000-square-foot space beneath the Market’s main concourse that will be transformed into a destination for cutting-edge and experiential exhibitions. “Bringing ARTECHOUSE to New York was a clear next step for our mission,” said Founder and Art Director Sandro Kereselidze. “Utilizing Chelsea Market’s hub within the storied art-centric neighborhood of Chelsea, we’re looking to bring a new kind of art experience to New York. Refik Anadol’s boundary-pushing concepts are in line with ... More

Important American artists and a San Francisco private collection at Michaan's in May
ALAMEDA, CA.- Michaan’s presents extraordinary opportunities to collectors on Saturday, May 11. Top names and rising stars in fine art are a focus. Estate jewelry set with fine old diamonds is a leading attraction. The selection of art and artifacts from Asia, Africa and Europe is outstanding. Michaan’s May Gallery Auction lots, culled from private collections and elite estates, promise exciting discoveries in every category. David Hockney, Wayne Thiebaud and Richard Diebenkorn are among the featured artists. Works by these California artists of international renown are favored by museums, investors and private collectors, and Michaan’s specialist Susan Paffrath anticipates great interest in these lots. Exciting 20th century American paintings also include works by Cecil Crosley Bell (1906-1977)) and his contemporary Gertrude Abercrombie (1909- ... More

Planning permission granted for National Portrait Gallery's Inspiring People redevelopment
LONDON.- Westminster City Council’s Planning Committee have granted planning permission and listed building consent for Inspiring People, the National Portrait Gallery’s biggest ever development since the building in St Martin’s Place, London opened in 1896. The approved designs by Jamie Fobert Architects, working in partnership with Purcell, will see a significant refurbishment of the building, restoring historic features and creating a new and more welcoming visitor entrance and public forecourt on the building’s North Façade, enhancing the Gallery’s visibility and accessibility. The Gallery has now secured £31.5 of its £35.5m fundraising target. This includes the support of the National Lottery Heritage Fund who have awarded development funding of £900,000, which has enabled the Gallery to apply for a full National Lottery grant of ... More

Tiffany Studios and Lalique estate collections expected to grab spotlight at Heritage Auctions sale
DALLAS, TX.- Selections from three estates of private collectors, including an assortment of Lalique and Loetz glass and Tiffany lamps, are among the highlights in highest demand in Heritage Auctions’ Tiffany, Lalique & Art Glass Auction, including Art Deco & Art Nouveau Tuesday, May 14 in Dallas, Texas. “This is the best art glass spring auction Heritage has ever presented,” Senior Vice President Nicholas Dawes said. The largest collection in the sale is a selection of glass by Loetz, the premier Bohemian art glass manufacturer during the Art Nouveau period into the early 1900s. The Loetz glass is from the estate of an extremely knowledgeable and discerning private collector, and among the finest ever to appear at auction. The 69 lots of Loetz include Loetz Glass Titania Genre 6388 Series PN II-6378 Vase (estimate: $8,000-12,000) and Loetz ... More

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On a day like today, Dutch painter and sculptor Karel Appel was born
April 25, 1921. Christiaan Karel Appel (25 April 1921 - 3 May 2006) was a Dutch painter, sculptor, and poet. He started painting at the age of fourteen and studied at the Rijksakademie in Amsterdam in the 1940s. He was one of the founders of the avant-garde movement Cobra in 1948. He was also an avid sculptor and has had works featured in the museum of Great Samo and MoMA. In this image: Karel Appel, Big Bird Flying Over the City, 1951. Oil on canvas, 49 3/16 x 65 3/4 inches (125 x 167 centimeters)© Karel Appel Foundation, c/o ARS New York, 2014. Courtesy of the Karel Appel Foundation and Blum & Poe, Los Angeles.

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