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Spanish treasure from 17th century ship that sank off Florida on sale in New York

A Spanish gold bar is pictured at the Guernsey's in New York on July 6, 2015. An exquisite gold chalice, an emerald-encrusted crucifix and a gold bar go on auction in New York next month, recovered from a Spanish ship that sank off the coast of Florida in 1622. The extraordinary items were discovered by a US treasure hunter from the wreckage of the Nuestra Senora de Atocha, the most famous vessel in a Spanish flotilla that sank after sailing into a hurricane. The ship, laden with New World riches, was one of at least eight that sank in the storm en route back to Spain. She went down with 265 people on board, of whom only five survived. AFP PHOTO/JEWEL SAMAD.

NEW YORK (AFP).- An exquisite gold chalice, an emerald-encrusted crucifix and a gold bar go on auction in New York next month, recovered from a Spanish ship that sank off the coast of Florida in 1622. The extraordinary items were discovered by a US treasure hunter from the wreckage of the Nuestra Senora de Atocha, the most famous vessel in a Spanish flotilla that sank after sailing into a hurricane. The ship, laden with New World riches, was one of at least eight that sank in the storm en route back to Spain. She went down with 265 people on board, of whom only five survived. After a painstaking, expensive search taking more than 15 years, Mel Fisher located the wreckage on July 20, 1985, recovering $450 million worth of treasure, including coins and precious jewelry. To mark the 30th anniversary of the discovery, Guernsey's says it is auctioning nearly 40 items ... More

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The Studio Museum in Harlem to construct a new home in Manhattan designed by David Adjaye   Smithsonian American Art Museum pips New York rival with Irving Penn retrospective   Getty Museum Medieval book exhibition celebrates the importance of touch and the hand

The five-story, 71,000-squarefoot project will provide the custom-built and expanded facilities, enriched visitor experience and strong architectural presence. Photo: Adjaye Associates, Designer, in collaboration with Cooper Robertson, Executive Architect.

NEW YORK, NY.- The Studio Museum in Harlem today announced that it will construct a new home on Manhattan’s West 125th Street, replacing its current facility with a structure designed expressly for its program by architect David Adjaye. Undertaken as a public-private initiative with support from the City of New York, the five-story, 71,000-squarefoot project will provide the custom-built and expanded facilities, enriched visitor experience and strong architectural presence appropriate to a premier center for contemporary artists of African descent, the principal visual art institution in Harlem and a magnet for visitors from around the world. The new building will enable the Studio Museum to better serve its growing and diverse audiences, provide additional educational opportunities to museumgoers from toddlers to seniors, expand its world- ... More

Irving Penn, Salvador Dali, New York, 1947, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of the artist. Copyright © The Irving Penn Foundation.

WASHINGTON (AFP).- The Smithsonian American Art Museum, beating its New York archrival to the punch, announced Monday what it called the first retrospective of Irving Penn's photography in nearly two decades. "Irving Penn: Beyond Beauty," opening October 23, will feature 146 photographic prints, many of them never exhibited or even seen before, it said in a statement. New Jersey native Penn -- who died in New York in October 2009 at age 92 -- is best known for his groundbreaking fashion photography, notably in Vogue magazine, from the mid-1940s and into the 1950s. But the Smithsonian show will also include rare street scenes Penn shot in the 1930s and 1940s, as well as celebrity portraits, still lifes and "more private studio images," the publicly-funded museum said. Moreover, it will reveal a Super 8 home movie of Penn in Morocco, taken by his wife Lisa Fonssagrives-Penn, it said. In announcing the ... More

Unknown, Saint Mark, about 1120 - 1140 (detail). Tempera colors, gold, and silver on parchment. 22.9 x 16.5 cm. 83.MB.67.51v. The J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles, Ms. Ludwig II 3, fol. 51v.

LOS ANGELES, CA.- Today, rare medieval manuscripts are viewed from a respectful distance in climate-controlled cases, protected from human touch. But, in their day, they were tangible, tactile objects that were handled – reverently, carelessly, perhaps even obsessively – by their owners, and were themselves the culmination of painstaking human craftsmanship. Touching the Past: The Hand and the Medieval Book, an exhibition drawn largely from the Getty Museum’s remarkable collection of manuscripts, explores the importance of the hand (manus in Latin) in the creation and use of manuscripts that were a part of their readers’ daily lives. “For good reason, illuminated manuscripts are displayed in museums today as rare works of art, safely shielded from damage or deterioration by museum glass,” explains Timothy Potts, director of the J. Paul Getty Museum. “This ... More

New York State Museum displays recently conserved 19th century presentation flag   First fully-funded American museum frame conservation grant awards offered by Eli Wilner   National Academy Museum adds highlights of its collection to the Google Art Project

Flag was given to Six Nations Iroquois by US government in 1813.

ALBANY, NY.- The New York State Museum will display a recently conserved 19th century presentation flag reportedly given to the Six Nations Iroquois by the United States government around 1813. On display for six months in Native Peoples of New York Hall, the flag was conserved by the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation. Measuring 60 inches by 118 inches, the flag is one of many presentation flags commissioned by the United States government given as tokens of peace to Native American leaders in the early 19th century. Differing from the more common “stars and stripes” design, presentation flags often depict an eagle in the canton (upper corner). The eagle on this flag is nearly identical to others painted by William Berrett, an artist who sometimes painted flags sewn by Elizabeth Claypoole, better known as Betsy ... More

Mattatuck detail.

NEW YORK, NY.- As part of an ongoing commitment to period frames, Eli Wilner & Company will restore five important American frames in public collections at no cost whatsoever to the institutions. The five frames will be selected from eligible applications by a panel of distinguished jurors from the professional community. Applications will be accepted from museums, historic sites, and other nonprofit cultural institutions. Eli Wilner & Company has completed hundreds of complex frame restorations for private collectors and public institutions. Increasingly, curators, dealer, collectors, and aficionados embrace the aesthetic and historical value of period frames. With a 10,000 square foot studio, the Wilner expert carvers, gilders, and mold-makers are able to complete a remarkably wide range of projects, including those that smaller studios cannot accommodate. Five grants will be awarded in categories based on ... More

William M. Chase, The Young Orphan, 1884.

NEW YORK, NY.- The National Academy Museum & School has added 150 high-resolution artworks to the Google Art Project, enabling individuals across America to access and explore a sample of its rich collection of paintings, sculptures, new media and architectural drawings and models. The works available through the Google Art Project are representative of the wide-ranging collection of the National Academy. Among the works included are paintings by Samuel F. B. Morse and Asher B. Durand - the artists who founded the Academy in 1825 - as well as works by many of the iconic names in American art and architecture, all of whom have been members of the Academy and who contributed to its legacy: Cecelia Beaux, Thomas Eakins, Frank Gehry, Winslow Homer, Jacob Lawrence, Robert Rauschenberg, Cindy Sherman, Wayne Thiebaud and Frank Lloyd Wright, among many others. The National Academy holds ... More

National Building Museum in Washington and Snarkitecture bring the beach indoors   Hotel des Ventes announces exceptional country house sale this September at Hauteville Manor   Eric Dyer's Copenhagen Cycles Journey transports Times Square visitors across the Atlantic

The BEACH is contained within an enclosure and built out of construction materials. Photo: Noah Kalina.

WASHINGTON, DC.- The National Building Museum once again created a one-of-a-kind destination for visitors when it unveiled an interactive architectural installation that brings the quintessential summer experience of going to the beach to downtown Washington, D.C. Spanning across the majestic Great Hall, the Museum commissioned Snarkitecture to design the BEACH, which covers 10,000 square feet and includes an “ocean” of nearly one million recyclable translucent plastic balls. The BEACH opened July 4, 2015 through Labor Day, September 7, 2015. The BEACH is contained within an enclosure and built out of construction materials such as scaffolding, wooden panels, and perforated mesh, all clad in stark white, consistent with Snarkitecture's aesthetic. Monochromatic beach chairs and umbrellas sprinkle the 50-foot wide “shoreline,” and the “ocean” culminates in a mirrored wall that creates a seemingly infinite reflected ... More

An extremely rare album created and annotated by Frédéric Sears I Grand d’Hauteville in 1862. Estimate: 4,000-6,000 Swiss francs.

GENEVA.- Hôtel des Ventes, Geneva has the privilege of auctioning the furniture and fittings of Hauteville Manor on 11 and 12 September 2015. This majestic dwelling has belonged to the Grand d’Hauteville family of Barons since its construction in 18th century and hides an immense quantity of extraordinary and unimaginable treasure: furniture, paintings, works of art, textiles and period costumes, jewellery, silver, rare antiquarian books etc… All these objects have been accumulated over the centuries by the owners of the Manor tracing back over 250 years. These unseen pieces, passed down from generation to generation, tell by their importance the family’s history and highlight parts of Swiss, European and American history. They will be unveiled to the public for the first time and sold at auction by Geneva’s Hôtel des Ventes on location at the Manor itself. The doors to Hauteville ... More

Copenhagen Cycles Journey features moving images of Copenhagen that swirl across the screen. Photographs courtesy of Christopher Lane for @TSqArts.

NEW YORK, NY.- Artist Eric Dyer’s Copenhagen Cycles Journey, a dizzying bicycle ride through an intricate reconstruction of the Danish capital, is being shown on Times Square’s electronic billboards from 11:57 pm to midnight each night in July. This project is a part of Midnight Moment, a monthly presentation by The Times Square Advertising Coalition and Times Square Arts. Copenhagen Cycles Journey features moving images of Copenhagen that swirl across the screen and establish a dizzying pace as the viewer is led through a tour of the city in what feels like a pop-up book come to life. Dyer began the project during a Fulbright Fellowship, when he spent eight months exploring and videotaping Copenhagen from the seat of his bicycle. The artist selected sequential stills from the footage to construct several zoetrope-like cut-paper sculptures, capturing the rotation ... More

Cape Ann Museum's 'John Sloan: Gloucester Days' highlights painter's most productive years   New Britain Museum of American Art announces new permanent Shaker Gallery   Bruce Museum in Greenwich adds Corinne Flax to education staff, fills critical position

John Sloan (1871-1951), Sunflowers, Rocky Neck, 1914 (detail), oil on canvas. Collection of the Cape Ann Museum. Gift of Alfred Mayor and Martha M. Smith, 2008 [Acc. #2008.14]. ©2015 Delaware Art Museum/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York.

GLOUCESTER, MASS.- One of the country’s most important painters of the early 20th century, John Sloan (1871-1951) made his name painting urban daily life in New York City before coming to Cape Ann for five summers (1914-1918) to paint scenes of the sea, marshes, homes, rocky outcroppings, downtown views, and landscapes that proved to be a hallmark of his career. In a special loan exhibition, the Cape Ann Museum will feature 39 paintings that Sloan created while in Gloucester, thought to be among his finest work and most prolific period. The Museum holds five major paintings in its permanent collection and will be borrowing 30 more pieces for the exhibit from a wide-reaching network of institutions across the country. JOHN SLOAN Gloucester Days opens July 11 and runs through ... More

The New Britain Museum of American Art has opened it’s brand new Shaker Gallery to the public.

NEW BRITAIN, CONN.- The New Britain Museum of American Art announces the new permanent Shaker Gallery, one of only three found in U.S. art museums, alongside the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Philadelphia Museum of Art. The brainchild of Trustee and Shaker authority Steve Miller, the permanent gallery will rotate pieces from the Miller Collection in addition to gifts and loans on a regular basis, as each exhibition will “focus on” a different Shaker theme. Miller curated the standout 2010 exhibition, Inspired Innovations: A Celebration of Shake Ingenuity, which featured 300 works from the Miller Collection and loans from various private and public collections. The gallery’s inaugural exhibition, The Shakers: Focus on: Enfield, Connecticut, features many rare and authentic items from the Enfield Shaker community including furniture, small crafts, textiles, and works on paper. There are significant gifts of objects from ... More

Corinne Flax Has Joined the Bruce Museum as Manager of School/Community Partnerships.

GREENWICH, CONN.- Corinne Flax has joined the Bruce Museum Education Department as Manager of School/Community Partnerships. Ms. Flax has an M.A. from Bank Street in Museum Education, and has broad experience in the field, including managing the interactive play space at MoMA, working as a New York Transit Museum educator, and guiding visitors through the galleries at the Guggenheim. Most recently, Ms. Flax was Senior Educator in the Education Department of Wave Hill in the Bronx, where she developed curriculum, forged partnerships with schools and supervised training of new educators and interns. “Education is a critical part of our mission here at the Bruce,” says Susan Ball, Deputy Director of the Museum. “Last year alone we reached more than 15,000 students through our on-site and outreach education programs. In addition to reaching a large number of students, we aim to ... More

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Imaging Eden: Photographers Discover the Everglades
WEST PALM BEACH, FL.- The 19th-century drive to explore and document the growing territories of the United States saw an unprecedented use of photography as the means of recording vast unexplored lands. Yet, though it was ceded to the federal government in 1821, it was not until the beginning of the twentieth century that the vast wetlands system of the Everglades was systematically imaged. Imaging Eden: Photographers Discover the Everglades (Daylight, Spring 2015) presents an overview of the pictures and personalities that have formed our understanding of one of the most contested and special environments on the planet. The book is accompanied by an exhibition of the same title organized by Norton Museum of Art in West Palm Beach, Florida on view through July 12, 2015. Tim B. Wride, William and Sarah Ross Soter Curator of Photography at Norton, contributes a text ... More

Bonhams to offer one of the best Japanese Whisky collections in auction history
HONG KONG.- Bonhams Hong Kong will hold its whisky auction featuring over 400 lots of extremely rare Japanese and Scotch whiskies on 28 August at Bonhams Hong Kong gallery (2001, One Pacific Place, Admiralty). Auction highlights include highly sought-after whiskies from silent Japanese distilleries Karuizawa and Hanyu (both of which have closed down and ceased production), and Scotch distilleries Macallan, Balvenie and Glenfiddich. Headlining the sale will be the a magnificent full set (54 bottles) of Hanyu Ichiro’s Card Series, which is offered first time in auction history with an estimation of HK$1,800,000 - HK$ 2,400,000. Founded by the Akuto family, the Hanyu distillery has an intriguing history. The Akutos have been brewing sake as far back as 1626 in Chichibu. They began making single malt whisky when the 19th generation of the family Isouji Akuto set up a distillery in Hanyu in 1941. ... More

ArtHamptons closes 8th edition with record attendance and sales
NEW YORK, NY.- ArtHamptons concluded its 8th edition over 4th of July weekend, reporting massive attendance and record sales. With new dates and a new location in Bridgehampton, the Hamptons’ longest running fair demonstrated its strength as a leading modern and contemporary art fair, drawing crowds of roughly 12,000 attendees over the course of July 2-5, 2015. A record 5,000 attendees visited on July 4th alone, a promising indicator that the fair’s date change proved to be a welcome addition to the holiday weekend’s activities, and establishing the fair as the cultural highlight of the most popular summer weekend in the Hamptons. ArtHamptons 2015 closed on a high note Sunday, with the majority of exhibitors reporting robust sales, and a final sunny day illuminating the luxurious fair location behind the hedges on private estate grounds amongst some of the most ... More

William York MacGregor breaks record at Roseberys London Fine Art Auction
LONDON.- The Scottish artist and landscape painter, William Yok MacGregor, hit a high note at Roseberys London 30 June Fine Art auction, when an oil on canvas entitled “Moonrise” broke the world auction record for a work by the artist. Marcus Grey, Head of Paintings, Drawings and Prints said: “We are extremely pleased with the results from this auction across the board, and in particular for setting what we believe to be a new auction house record for the sale of a work by William York MacGregor. It was a strongly contested painting, and we are delighted to see previously lesser recognised artists achieving good prices at Roseberys London.” Having studied at the Glasgow School of Art, and the Slade School of Fine Art, MacGregor became famous as a founder and co-leader of The Glasgow Boys, a group of influential artists including John Lavery, Joseph Crawhall, and MacGregor’s ... More

A crumbling Moorish dream is resurrected -- in Florida
OPA-LOCKA (AFP).- The idea was to conjure up a slice of Middle Eastern splendor, in Florida. Up went minarets and pastel-colored domes, and streets got names like Ali Baba and Aladdin. The result -- the town of Opa-locka -- came to house the largest concentration of Moorish revival architecture in the United States. Now, however, it is just another poor, crumbling American community, albeit one fighting to resurrect itself with art. Opa-locka -- the name comes from a Seminole Indian word meaning big island covered with trees and swamps -- was founded in 1926 as part of a construction boom in southeast Florida. The surge saw other communities also arise with particular kinds of architecture such as Coral Gables, with Mediterranean-style buildings, or Miami Springs and its taste of the Spanish missions that dotted the US southwest. "During the 1920s there is this real ... More

Solo exhibition by Greg Bogin on view at Marlborough Chelsea
NEW YORK, NY.- Marlborough Chelsea is presenting Sunny Disposition a solo exhibition by Greg Bogin, his first with the gallery. The artist is known for his colorful shaped-canvases where the fabric is forced into complex contortions as it is pulled seamlessly taut over wooden panels. This body of work expands upon these strategies with subtle variations of color, complexity of shape and shifts in scale. The works test the tolerances of the material with deep curves and rounded corners, and emphasize their purely sculptural aspects. It is precisely this friction between surface and object that gives these works their charge and appeal. In terms of composition, crosscurrent references also inform the paintings. An obvious affinity for classic minimalism and geometric abstraction is evident, but this is tempered with an equal interest in more vernacular source material. The artist also looks to the ... More

British artist Hannah Collins opens exhibition at Camden Arts Centre
LONDON.- British artist Hannah Collins (b. 1956) is known for her large unframed photographs that create immersive spatial experiences, and installations that involve film and sound. This exhibition reveals Collins' capacity to convey the emotional and psychological aspects of spaces steeped in cultural and social history. Hannah Collins runs at Camden Arts Centre from 4 July until 13 September and admission is free. The first gallery introduces Collins' vast unframed prints whose scale envelopes the viewer. Spanning her career to date, they are mostly interior scenes of apparent inhabitation. They include two early works made in East London Thin Protective Coverings (1986) and The Violin Player (1988)-involving makeshift furnishings, mattresses and cardboard that provide temporary comfort and refuge. Another image shows the traces of life inside the hut where Nelson Mandela ... More

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On a day like today, Russian painter Marc Chagall was born
July 07, 1887. Marc Chagall (7 July 1887 - 28 March 1985), was a Belarusian-Russian-French artist associated with several major artistic styles and one of the most successful artists of the 20th century. He was an early modernist, and created works in virtually every artistic medium, including painting, book illustrations, stained glass, stage sets, ceramic, tapestries and fine art prints. In this image: Russian-born French painter Marc Chagall, 82, is portrayed in front of a mosaic he designed in his villa in Saint-Paul de Vence, southern France, November 25, 1969. AP Photo.

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