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"The Music Lesson" by Johannes Vermeer returns to the Netherlands

The painting "The Music Lesson" by Dutch artist Johannes Vermeer is hung during the installation of the exhibition "At Home in Holland: Vermeer and his Contemporaries from the British Royal Collection" at the Mauritshuis Museum in The Hague on September 23, 2016. The renowned collection of the British royal family, managed by Queen Elizabeth II, contains unique highlights from the oeuvres of famous painters such as Gerard ter Borch, Pieter de Hooch, Gabriel Metsu and Jan Steen. Koen van Weel / ANP / AFP.

THE HAGUE.- "The Music Lesson" by Johannes Vermeer returns to the Netherlands this autumn for the first time in twenty years. This masterpiece, part of the British Royal Collection, was last on display in the Mauritshuis in 1996, as part of the major Johannes Vermeer exhibition. The painting will be the highlight of this autumn’s exhibition At Home in Holland: Vermeer and his contemporaries from the British Royal Collection. The exhibition opens to the public on the 29th of September. "The Music Lesson" is one of the rare 36 surviving works by Johannes Vermeer. This painting dates from 1660-1662, and shows a woman and a gentleman beside a virginal. Above the instrument hangs a mirror, which reflects the foot of Vermeer's easel. The The painting was acquired by King George III of England in 1762, when it was attributed to Frans van Mieris the Elder. Only later was it recognised as a masterpiece by Vermeer. Mauritshuis itself has three wo ... More

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Van Gogh Museum announces new acquisition: "Farm in Brittany" by Paul Sérusier   Petit Palais opens first major exhibition in France devoted to the famous writer Oscar Wilde   Installation tells the story of iconoclastic businessman and art collector

The work the museum has purchased is a fine example of Sérusier’s Breton style, in which he was influenced by the older Gauguin.

AMSTERDAM.- The Van Gogh Museum has added a characteristic painting by Paul Sérusier (1864-1927) to its important collection of works by contemporaries of Van Gogh. Farm in Brittany (c. 1890), a recent purchase, complements the group of works by the Pont-Aven School. The work has hung on the second floor, where other paintings in this collection are also on display, since 18 September. Paul Sérusier is the best-known and most important artist of the Pont-Aven School, save for Paul Gauguin. The Van Gogh Museum has a small but significant collection of works by this French artists’ group, which was active around Pont-Aven, their base in Brittany, between 1886 and 1894. The artists of the Pont-Aven School wanted to capture Brittany’s rugged landscape and simple folk. In this they had much in common with Van Gogh, who also often chose unspoilt countryside ... More

The Cameron Studio, Portrait de Constance et Cyril Wilde, 1889. © © Collection particulière.

PARIS.- The Petit Palais is presenting the first major exhibition in France devoted to the famous writer Oscar Wilde (Dublin 1854 – Paris 1900). Although Wilde died in the French capital, the centenary of his death was not celebrated here; London, on the contrary, honoured him with two large-scale exhibitions in 2000, one – mainly literary and biographical – at the British Library, and the other at the Barbican Centre, focusing on his connections with the artists of his time. For this landmark event the Petit Palais retraces the life and work of this ardent francophile and speaker of perfect French through more than 200 remarkable exhibits, some never shown before: manuscripts, photographs, drawings, caricatures and personal effects; as well as paintings borrowed not only from Ireland and England, but also from the United States, Canada and Italy, from French institutions including the Musée d’Orsay and ... More

Gerald L. Brockhurst (English, 1890–1978), Portrait of J. Paul Getty, 1938. Oil on canvas. Unframed: 73.7 x 61 cm (29 x 24 in.) The J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles © Richard Woodward 67.PA.2.

LOS ANGELES, CA.- The J. Paul Getty Museum opened today a new permanent installation that tells the story of its founder J. Paul Getty (1892-1976), the iconoclastic businessman and art collector who used the bulk of his fortune to create the global arts institution that bears his name. “Through his generosity, J. Paul Getty had a vast and far-reaching impact on the worlds of art, culture and philanthropy. With J. Paul Getty Life and Legacy, we explore the background and achievements of this fascinating man, and highlight the extent of his influence on the visual arts and cultural heritage around the world,” said Timothy Potts, director of the J. Paul Getty Museum. “More than two million visitors come to the Getty each year and many of them ask questions about who he was and what he accomplished. This installation ... More

British Museum display focuses on rock art   Iconic Lawren Harris canvas up for auction after starring in museum show   Portugal to keep Miro collection

Group of kudu, Mashonaland, present-day Zimbabwe; ochre pigment on pink quartzite © The Trustees of the British Museum.

LONDON.- This Asahi Shimbun Display Rock art: power and symbolism in southern Africa focuses on a piece of San|Bushmen rock art from Zimbabwe. San|Bushmen describes groups of hunter-gatherer-fishers living in southern Africa. The object depicts two human figures and three antelope on a quartz base. Particular animals such as eland and kudu had symbolic importance for San|Bushmen, relating to their cosmology and rituals. Rockart images often depict shaman (or spiritual leaders) together with eland or kudu. Shamans entered trance-like states while dancing, believing that the spirit of an animal was inhabiting their bodies. This gave them the power to heal the sick, overpower evil spirits and summon rain. Although rock art is not practiced today, the display will show how the images they left behind can provide a glimpse into the lives and belief systems of the people that made them. The display draws on The African Rock Art Image Project which has catalogued ... More

Heffel will offer the outstanding Mountain Forms canvas by Group of Seven founder, Lawren Harris at its upcoming fall live auction on November 23.

TORONTO.- Heffel Fine Art Auction House is thrilled to share that its upcoming fall live auction will see one of the finest examples of 20th century painting hit the auction block. Mountain Forms, an iconic 1926 Rocky Mountain canvas by Group of Seven founder Lawren Harris, will make its way into new hands this November in Toronto. Estimated to achieve between $3 million and $5 million, the masterwork will unquestionably attract collectors from around the world (all prices are in Canadian dollars and are according to conservative estimates). Mountain Forms is a large-scale masterpiece by Harris, commanding in scale and rich in colour, standing at five feet tall and nearly six feet wide. The work depicts Mount Ishbel located in the Sawback Range in the Rocky Mountains. Consigned from the prestigious Imperial collection, the fall auction offers collectors an incredible opportunity to own a rare-to-the-market Harris canvas, very few of which are i ... More

Personnage dans un paysage, 1970, gouache, pastel and pen and India ink on paper. Estimate: £40,000-60,000. Photo: Christie's Images Ltd 2013.

LISBON (AFP).- The Portuguese government said Tuesday it had decided to keep 85 works by famed Spanish artist Joan Miro in the country after an uproar over their proposed sale to foreign buyers. The paintings, estimated to be worth around 35 million euros ($39 million), came under state ownership in 2008 when the government nationalised the failed bank BNP which had built up the Surrealist collection. The former centre-right government put them up for auction in London in 2014 to raise cash, but they were withdrawn after an outcry and a legal challenge from political opponents and activists. Centre-left Prime Minister Antonio Costa announced Tuesday that the government had "finally decided to keep the famous collection of Miro works in the city of Porto." It is unclear if they will remain state-owned or be sold to private collectors, but a government official said any private buyer would have to accept keeping them in Porto. The paintings will go on display for ... More

Netflix to release "Sky Ladder: The Art of Cai Guo-Qiang"   Exhibition outlines the relationship between Fontana and Melotti   Pierre Huyghe chosen as recipient of the 2017 Nasher Prize

Cai at Tom Sachs' Space Program exhibition, Fifth Avenue Armory, New York 2012. Photo: Courtesy of Wen-You Cai/Netflix ©.

NEW YORK, NY.- The first feature-length documentary on Chinese artist Cai Guo-Qiang, directed by acclaimed filmmaker Kevin Macdonald, will be released on Netflix on October 14. Told through the artist's own words and those of family, friends and vigilant observers, Sky Ladder: The Art of Cai Guo-Qiang tracks the artist's meteoric rise and examines how and why he engineers artworks that stretch as far as the eye can see and wow millions, such as a six mile-long gunpowder fuse stemming from the Great Wall into the Gobi Desert or the astounding opening and closing ceremonies of the 2008 Beijing Summer Olympics. With the documentary's ambitious namesake — a 1,650 foot ladder of fire climbing into the skies about his hometown — the film captures Cai's work, which unites Eastern philosophy with contemporary social issues. SKY LADDER: THE ART ... More

Lucio Fontana (1899 – 1968), Concetto Spaziale, Attese, 1967. Waterpaint on canvas, 59.9 x 51.1 cm. Courtesy Mazzoleni © Fondazione Lucio Fontana, Milan.

LONDON.- Mazzoleni announces an exhibition outlining the influential relationship between two major Post-War Italian artists, Lucio Fontana (1899–1968) and Fausto Melotti (1901– 1986). Curated by Daniela Ferrari, art historian and curator at the Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art of Trento and Rovereto (MART), Italy, ‘Angelic Spaces and Infinite Geometries’ explores the parallels in the theory and practice of both artists, focusing on their later work and the ways in which both artists conceived of and responded to notions of space and geometry. The exhibition highlights the role that the two artists had in creating a new type of Italian art, particularly sculpture, that presented an innovative way of interpreting space, emptiness and infinity. ‘I make holes, the infinite goes through them, light passes through them, there is no ... More

Pierre Huyghe. Photo: Philippe Quaisse.

DALLAS, TX.- The Nasher Sculpture Center announces French artist Pierre Huyghe as the recipient of the 2017 Nasher Prize. In its second year, the Nasher Prize is the most ambitious international award in sculpture, established to honor a living artist who elevates the understanding of sculpture and its possibilities. Pierre Huyghe has profoundly expanded the parameters of sculpture through artworks encompassing a variety of materials and disciplines, bringing music, cinema, dance, and theater into contact with biology and philosophy, incorporating time based elements that vary in intensity, as diverse as fog, ice, parades, rituals, automata, computer programs, video games, dogs, bees, and microorganisms. Huyghe has consistently sought new ways to bring together unconventional and heterogeneous materials into a practice exceeding the sum of its multifarious parts. Pierre Huyghe was selected for his extraordinary work by an ... More

The Fine Art Society stages first posthumous exhibition of British Pop artist and sculptor Gerald Laing   Throckmorton Fine Art exhibits works by one of Mexico's most important and admired photographers   New outdoor sculpture installed at Tulane's Newcomb Art Museum

Sandra (Baby Baby Wild Things), 1968.

LONDON.- The Fine Art Society is presenting the first posthumous exhibition of British Pop artist and sculptor Gerald Laing (1936 - 2011) on the fifth anniversary of his death. Featuring over 70 paintings and sculptures, including many of his most important works, the exhibition traces the entire trajectory of the artist’s career. Part of the original wave of British Pop artists, Gerald Laing helped to define the visual language of the Sixties, producing some of the most significant works of the movement including Brigitte Bardot (1962). Also a figurative sculptor of great distinction, Laing continues to hold his place as one of the most important artists of his generation. The Fine Art Society’s exhibition reflects all phases of Gerald Laing’s career starting from the early Pop paintings he produced while he was still a student at St Martins School of Art in London including the monum ... More

Héctor Garcia, Diego Rivera, 1950s. Gelatin silver print, 7 x 5.

NEW YORK, NY.- Throckmorton Fine Art is presenting a major show of more than forty photographic images by the acclaimed Mexican photographer and photojournalist Héctor Garcia (Aug 23, 1923 – June 2, 2012) from September 22 to November 26 at its New York gallery. Spencer Throckmorton says, “Some people are defeated by the desperate nature of early childhood poverty, but Héctor Garcia was not one of them. His strength and determination not only allowed him to break out of the confines of his youth but to master both the challenges of an award-winning career as a star photojournalist, and the artistry needed to produce critical social documentary portraits that became a signature over more than six decades of work.” Among images for which Héctor Garcia was best known are those that expressed his social consciousness ... More

TRUTH BUBBLE SIGN TREE is the work of celebrated American artist Hank Willis Thomas.

NEW ORLEANS, LA.- A curious tree now stands amid the historic live oaks of Tulane’s uptown campus, thanks to the Newcomb Art Museum. Fifteen-feet tall and painted a shiny deep black, TRUTH BUBBLE SIGN TREE is the work of celebrated American artist Hank Willis Thomas, known for his thought-provoking works on race, representation, and consumer culture. The work incorporates individual cartoon-like speech balloons that, like leaves, ornament the six jagged branches. Each bubble, rendered in white-painted steel with heavy black outlines, features a solitary word or punctuation mark. One will see, in no certain order, truth, !, you, I, is, love, the, ?. Upon closer inspection, viewers may see the exclamatory phrase “the truth is I love you!” or, instead, inquires such as “the truth is?” or “is love the truth?” The meaning of the ... More

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Body of new work by British artist Danny Rolph on view at CNB Gallery
LONDON.- Rebecca Lidert, the director of CNB Gallery, and the London-based curator Sharon Newton present a body of new work by the acclaimed British artist Danny Rolph, his first solo exhibition in London in four years. Entitled East Central, the show is an installation made up of four of Rolph’s signature ‘triplewall’ paintings, each one drawing on the artist’s memories of growing up in East Central London, and offering an extraordinary palimpsest of historical and modern architecture, skyscapes and light. The seemingly chaotic and colourful paintings are created by layering sculptural polycarbonate with expressionistic brushwork and collaged imagery, explosions of geometric shapes with kaleidoscopic movement. Abstract and anarchic yet controlled, his works are characterised by a sense of energy. Says curator Sharon Newton: ‘These beautiful paintings capture ... More

Highlights from the National Jewish Archive of Broadcasting examine classic and contemporary advertising
NEW YORK, NY.- With the third installment of its ongoing exhibition series, the Jewish Museum continues introducing visitors to a dynamic part of its collection: the National Jewish Archive of Broadcasting (NJAB). The Television Project: You Don’t Have to Be Jewish, on view from September 16, 2016 through February 12, 2017, explores commercials produced for Jewish audiences or with Jewish content, and examines the way religion, ethnicity, and identity play out on American television. This focused exhibition features a compilation of commercials and related clips, paired with print advertising campaigns, works of art, and related ephemera. A number of the commercials employ humor to attract a diverse customer base, and have become iconic examples of campaigns that are still referenced today. Television commercials have been fertile ground for aesthetic ... More

Al Capone letter written from prison showing mobster's soft side sold for $62,500 at auction
BOSTON, MASS.- An exceptionally rare Al Capone letter written from prison sold for $62,500 according to Boston-based RR Auction. The three-page handwritten letter was signed “Love & Kisses, Your Dear Dad Alphonse Capone #85,” his prison number. The lengthy and affectionate letter to his son, written while imprisoned at Alcatraz for tax evasion. In part: “Well Son, here is your dear Dad, with a letter for you, and pray to God, it will find you, in perfect health. Junior keep up the way you are doing, and don’t let nothing get you down. Capone added: “Well heart of mine, sure hope things come our way for next year, then I’ll be there in your arms, and maybe that sure will be a happy feeling for Maggie and You. Well Sonny keep up your chin, and don’t worry about your dear Dad.” In this remarkable, intimate letter penned from prison, Capone reveals the particulars of his day-to-day ... More

Galerie Springer Berlin opens exhibition of works by Edward Burtynsky
BERLIN.- Under the EMOP Berlin, European Month of Photography 2016 Galerie Springer Berlin presents the Essential Elements exhibition by Edward Burtynsky showing a selection of works from his various series. The exhibition accompanies the publication of a book by the same name, (Thames & Hudson, September 2016). The German edition Essenz is being published at the same time by Prestel Verlag. The book and exhibition provide an overview of Burtynsky's many different projects and include a selection of works that have never been seen before. Whereas nearly all previous exhibitions and publications have been limited to a specific theme (mines, oil, water...), various cycles have been combined together in this book and exhibition. Furthermore, two large-scale works from the Indian Salt Pans series from 2016 are being presented. A book with the same title will be ... More

Brett Abbott appointed Director of Collections and Exhibitions at the Amon Carter Museum of American Art
FORT WORTH, TX.- The Amon Carter Museum of American Art announces the appointment of Brett Abbott as Director of Collections and Exhibitions. Abbott, a specialist in American photography of the 20th and 21st centuries, comes to the Amon Carter from the High Museum of Art in Atlanta where he served as Keough Family Curator of Photography and Head of Collections since 2011. “I’m honored to be joining the talented team at the Amon Carter, and excited to begin working with the museum’s superb collection and exhibitions program,” says Abbott. “The institution is a tremendous resource for its community and has demonstrated a strong history of excellence in everything it pursues; I look forward to participating in the continuation of that direction in the years ahead.” Abbott will provide leadership and vision for four pivotal Amon Carter departments, including ... More

Canada confirms Arctic discovery of 200-year-old ship
OTTAWA (AFP).- Canada's parks department on Monday confirmed the discovery of a British exploration ship that vanished during a storied Arctic expedition in 1846. The statement comes two weeks after scientists from the Arctic Research Foundation announced they had found the ship -- part of a two-vessel expedition during which both disappeared -- submerged but well-preserved beneath 24 meters of water in the Northwest Passage. "Parks Canada's underwater archaeology team is proud to confirm that the wreck located in Terror Bay on the south-west side of King William Island, Nunavut is that of HMS Terror," the government agency said. The ill-fated HMS Erebus and HMS Terror left Britain on May 19, 1845 under the command of Sir John Franklin on a mission to discover the Northwest Passage linking the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans. The Erebus ... More

Contemporary textile art curator joins the George Washington University Museum and The Textile Museum
WASHINGTON, DC.- The George Washington University Museum and The Textile Museum announces the appointment of Camille Ann Brewer as the museum’s first full-time curator of contemporary textile art. This new curatorial position is supported by a $500,000 five-and-a-half year grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to advance the museum’s new contemporary art initiative. Ms. Brewer comes to the museum from the University of Chicago, where she served as executive director of the Black Metropolis Research Consortium, a membership organization of libraries, universities and archives dedicated to making accessible materials that document the African-American and African diaspora. Ms. Brewer formerly served as an assistant curator at the Detroit Institute of Arts and as an art consultant and curator for her own company, CAB Fine Art, building ... More

Gordon Onlsow Ford commands over $78,000 at Clars sale
OAKLAND, CA.- On Saturday and Sunday, September 17 and 18, 2016, Clars Auction Gallery wrapped up their very impressive 2015-2016 fiscal year with an exciting $2.1 million sale that brought to the market property from several major investment level estates including the initial offering of property from venture capitalist Thomas J. Perkins (from both his Belvedere, CA estate and grand penthouse in the San Francisco Millenium Towers), the private collection of Allan Stone, Property from the Trustee of the Bankruptcy Estate of Halsey Minor (San Francisco) CNet Founder, as well as property from the Santa Barbara (CA) Museum of Art, The Birmingham (AL) Museum of Art, The Oakland Museum of California and the World of Design in Southern California and the Estate of Allen Singer (attorney for the painter Gordon Onslow Ford). The September 2016 was Clars’ ... More

The Drawing Room exhibits works by Imi Knoebel, Rolf Rose and Henrik Eiben
HAMBURG.- The Drawing Room kicked off the season with a group exhibition. Entitled Colour and Form, Imi Knoebel (born 1940), Rolf Rose (born 1933) and Henrik Eiben (born 1975) are showing a range of non-representational works on paper, in the form of a series or open-ended alignment. Something that all three artists have in common is their reduced vocabulary of forms and their exploration of the relationship between form, colour and space. Areas of colour are interwoven and layered and define the space on the paper with their rhythm, density and tension, as well as their playful lightness. All three artists are fascinated by the mutual relationship and dynamic of form and colour, their relationship to space and the dialogue between colour and light. They all deal with these themes using different media approaches. For the works from the series Garden Pictures, ... More

Japanese photographer Nobuyoshi Araki exhibits at Hamiltons
LONDON.- Nobuyoshi Araki, one of Japan’s most renowned photographers, and perhaps the most controversial, is recognised internationally for his prolific output and the erotic content of his photographs, which blur the lines between art and pornography. Araki is known worldwide for his photographs of women bound according to the ancestral rules of Kinbaku – the Japanese art of bondage – a practise dating back to the 15th century. Although not all of Araki’s images are sexually charged, his monumental oeuvre also depicts the photographer’s own life and the day-to-day intricacies of existence. Araki has divided opinion but his artistic genius is undeniable; every image reveals extreme technical mastery and his influence penetrates many creative fields, including photography, film and fashion. This is the second time Hamiltons is presenting Araki’s work in a solo ... More

'Brian Sewell: Critic & Collector' sale realises $4,852,483 selling 90% by lot
LONDON.- Taking place at Christie’s on 27 September 2016, Brian Sewell: Critic & Collector saw spirited bidding in an exceptionally crowded saleroom with attendance from collectors, friends and admirers of the renowned art critic, award-winning journalist and author, and former specialist at Christie’s. The auction achieved £3,741,313 / $4,852,483 / €4,306,251 for over 200 lots that reflected the personal tastes of Brian Sewell, selling 90% by lot. The results demonstrated international appreciation for the passion Sewell had for collecting throughout his life with registered bidders from 32 countries across 4 continents. Standing as testament to the discerning eye of Brian Sewell, the exceptionally modelled Dido reclining, asleep by Daniele da Volterra (1509-66) led the sale and realised more than five times its estimate of £150,000 to set a world record at auction ... More

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On a day like today, American fashion designer Geoffrey Beene died
September 28, 2004. Geoffrey Beene (August 30, 1927 - September 28, 2004) was an American fashion designer. In this image: America's foremost fashion designers get together Tuesday, February 4, 1981 for a taping of an episode of ABC-TV's "Love Boat" in which the elite group will appear, portraying themselves. The designers, from left, Bob Mackie, Halston, Gloria Vanderbilt and Geoffrey Beene, will appear on the show, to be aired in May, accompanied by models showing styles most closely identified with each designer.

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