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Exhibition presents a dramatic survey of five hundred years of Spanish painting

(L-R) Katie Luber, Erika Prosper Nirenberg, Ron Nirenberg, King Felipe VI and Queen Letizia of Spain, Pedro Morenes, Tracy Wolff, and Richard Duke Buchan III, pose at the San Antonio Museum of Antonio to attend the inauguration of the "Masterpieces of Spanish Painting from Madrid on June 18, 2018 in San Antonio, Texas. SUZANNE CORDEIRO / AFP.

SAN ANTONIO, TX.- El Greco. Velazquez. Goya. Sorolla. Picasso. These are just some of the Spanish masters whose paintings are included in Spain: 500 Years of Spanish Painting from the Museums of Madrid. This summer, the San Antonio Museum of Art will present a dramatic survey of five hundred years of Spanish painting, stretching from the union of Queen Isabella and King Ferdinand in the late fifteenth century to the turn of the twentieth century. Spain will contain more than forty works of art, the majority from major museums in Madrid, and very few of which have previously been on view in the United States. Organized in celebration of the Tricentennial of the city of San Antonio, the exhibition will convey the splendor of Spanish artistic traditions. This rich heritage is an aspect of what makes San Antonio one of the most distinctive places in the United States. Spain traces the continuity of specific Spanish pictorial traditions, including portra ... More

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Sotheby's to offer the collection of Damien Hirst's business manager, Frank Dunphy   Director James Ivory donates his collection of scripts, notebooks, and correspondence to the Morgan   Napoleon fever confirmed as hat sells for 350,000 euros

Damien Hirst, Smashing yellow ball at peace. Estimate: £100,000- £150,000. Courtesy Sotheby’s.

LONDON.- In September 2018, Sotheby’s London will celebrate one of the most extraordinary art world collaborations of our times: that of Damien Hirst and his unstoppable business manager, mentor and ‘partner in crime’, Frank Dunphy. Yellow Ball: The Frank and Lorna Dunphy Collection – a two-part sale and exhibition of over 200 artworks – will tell the story behind the stratospheric rise of Damien Hirst, at the same time charting the iconoclastic 1990s art scene of which Frank and Lorna Dunphy were at the very heart. Married for thirty years this year, Frank and Lorna’s first meeting took place around a snooker table in London in 1981. It was the first night during which The Green Room, an actors’ club, allowed women to enter, and it was then that Lorna caught the attention of Frank, who was playing snooker with friends. When Frank played the ‘yellow ball’, he saw Lorna for the first time. The yell ... More

Ruth Prawer Jhabvala (1927–2013), letter to James Ivory, signed and dated Delhi, 16 August 1964. The Morgan Library & Museum, New York; gift of James Ivory, 2018.

NEW YORK, NY.- The Morgan Library & Museum has received an important collection of annotated scripts, notebooks, and correspondence from prominent American film director, producer, and screenwriter James Ivory (b. 1928). This collection, comprised of material representing thirty-two films, offers an illuminating record of Ivory’s work as a director and the history of Merchant Ivory Productions (ca. 1963–2010). In honor of this generous gift, the Morgan will display a selection of these remarkable items in the installation A Merchant Ivory Production from June 26 to October 28, 2018. Over the course of nearly four and a half decades, Ivory collaborated with Indianborn film producer Ismail Merchant and German-born novelist Ruth Prawer Jhabvala. Merchant and Ivory worked on dozens of films together, twenty-two of which were written by . ... More

This picture taken on June 14, 2018 in Lyon, southern France, shows the hat allegedly attributed to Emperor Napoleon I. JEAN-PHILIPPE KSIAZEK / AFP.

LYON (AFP).- A two-cornered military dress hat thought to have belonged to Napoleon went for 350,000 euros ($406,000) at auction on Monday, the latest sale to highlight the boundless appetite for all things associated with the emperor. The final price far exceeded the expected 30,000 to 40,000 euros for the distinctive "bicorne" hat, which Napoleon wore sideways -- rather than with points at the front and back -- so he could easily be spotted on the battlefield. The identify of the buyer was not disclosed. "There's a sort of craze going on with historical souvenirs, in particular those from Napoleon," Etienne De Baecque, the auctioneer leading the sale in the eastern city of Lyon, told AFP. Yet despite details that suggest the hat is one of about 120 the "Little Corsican" went through during his 15 years in power, there is no conclusive proof it belonged to him. Most of them were made by ... More

The London Mastaba: Christo launches a temporary sculpture in Hyde Park   Mozart manuscript expected to sell for 500,000 euros   Artist buried for three days under busy Australian road

A couple watch as workers build 'The Mastaba', an outdoor work made up of over 7000 stacked barrels by Bulgarian artist Christo Vladimirov Javachef on the Serpentine lake in Hyde Park in London on June 11, 2018. Niklas HALLEN / AFP.

LONDON.- Today marked the opening of The London Mastaba, a temporary sculpture in Hyde Park, by world-renowned artist Christo. The sculpture, which consists of 7,506 horizontally stacked barrels on a floating platform in the Serpentine Lake, will be on view until 23 September 2018. The London Mastaba is the first major outdoor public work by Christo in the UK, and it coincides with an exhibition at the Serpentine Galleries of Christo and his late wife Jeanne–Claude’s work, which opens 19 June and continues until 9 September 2018. Today’s launch was attended by Christo, Serpentine Galleries Chairman Michael R. Bloomberg, London Deputy Mayor for Culture and the Creative Industries Justine Simons, The Royal Parks Chairman Loyd Grossman, Serpentine Galleries CEO Yana Peel and Artistic Director Hans Ulrich Obrist. ... More

Called "Scena con Rondo", Mozart wrote the music initially as a recitative to be sung by Figaro's bride, Susanna, before rejecting it for the now legendary aria, "Deh vieni non tardar".

PARIS (AFP).- The first draft of music Mozart wrote for the last act of his opera "The Marriage of Figaro" is expected to sell for half a million euros ($578,000) when it goes under the hammer in Paris. The "exceptional" manuscript from 1786 which will be auctioned on Wednesday in the French capital comes from the peak of the composer's career in Vienna, the auction house Ader Nordmann said. Called "Scena con Rondo", Mozart wrote the music initially as a recitative to be sung by Figaro's bride, Susanna, before rejecting it for the now legendary aria, "Deh vieni non tardar". "These four pages are particularly important because they reveal Mozart at work, struggling to rethink a scene in the final act of the opera," expert Thierry Bodin told AFP. It will be sold along with another Mozart manuscript, a fragment of a serenade to youth written by young Wolfgang Amadeus when ... More

Mike Parr - Underneath the Bitumen the Artist. Photo Credit: Dark Mofo/Jesse Hunniford. Image Courtesy Dark Mofo, Hobart, Tasmania, Australia.

SYDNEY (AFP).- An artist has emerged from three days entombed in a steel box under a busy Australian road in a performance billed as a tribute to victims of totalitarian violence. Mike Parr, 73, fasted during his time underground, with oxygen pumped into the 1.7-metre (5.5-foot) by 2.2-metre container to keep him alive as traffic drove on overhead. He had bedding, water, a waste bucket, a sketchpad and pencils for the stunt in Hobart, part of Tasmania state's annual Dark Mofo festival, which celebrates darkness through large-scale public art, food, film and music. "The anxiety of the artist's disappearance is the point of the piece," organisers said. It was also an attempt to highlight "the shadow cast by the genocidal violence of 19th century British colonialism in Australia", they added. Parr, who had been buried with only a small light, clambered out of his prison on a ladder late Sunday after heavy machinery carefully removed the ... More

Crocker Art Museum presents 'Becoming a Woman in the Age of Enlightenment: French Art from The Horvitz Collection'   Spain's new government to remove Franco's remains from mausoleum   Cleveland Museum of Art announces new acquisitions

Jean-Baptiste Oudry, Seated Lady in a Garden, n.d. Oil on canvas, 39 3/8 x 35 7/16 in. The Horvitz Collection.

SACRAMENTO, CA.- In 18th-century France, debate raged among enlightened minds about the role of women in society. Were they to devote themselves to the domestic realm, join the marketplace and public life, or find another way to define themselves? This debate, known as the Querelle des Femmes, or “Woman Question,” was one of the most contentious and absorbing topics during the Enlightenment, an age when rational thought, expressed in language, science, and philosophy, began to challenge tradition and question faith as a way of understanding the world. The Querelle proposed many overlapping, intersecting roles for women, foreshadowing the 20th-century philosopher Simone de Beauvoir’s words: “One is not born, but becomes a woman.” This exhibition, with more than 120 works from the greatest private collection of French art in the United States, is the first to focus on the Querelle des Femmes and that process of “becoming.” Paintings, drawings, and sculpture by renowned ... More

This file photo taken on November 13, 2005 shows the tomb of Spain's General Francisco Franco in the Valle de los Caidos (The Valley of the Fallen). Philippe DESMAZES / AFP

MADRID (AFP).- Spain's new Socialist government is determined to remove the remains of Francisco Franco from a vast mausoleum near Madrid and turn it into a place of "reconciliation" for a country still coming to terms with the dictator's legacy. "There already exists an agreement in parliament, what we are going to do as a government is look for the way to apply it," Deputy Prime Minister Carmen Calvo told reporters. She was referring to a non-binding motion approved last year by 198 of the 350 lawmakers in Spain's parliament calling for Franco's remains to be removed from the massive Valley of the Fallen mausoleum some 50 kilometres (30 miles) northwest of Madrid. But the motion was ignored by the former conservative government of Mariano Rajoy. Now the goal is to convert the site into a "place of reconciliation, of memory, for all Spaniards, and not of apology for the dictatorship," said Socialist party ... More

The Violin Player, 1623. Dirck van Baburen (Dutch, c. 1592/3–1624). Oil on canvas; 80.4 x 67.1 cm. The Cleveland Museum of Art.

CLEVELAND, OH.- Significant recent acquisitions by the Cleveland Museum of Art include The Violin Player, a 17th-century genre painting by Dirck van Baburen; a drawing by Johannes Stradanus, a Netherlandish artist at the Medici court in Florence; an important painting from 1973 by the African American artist Emma Amos; a masterfully carved and unique wooden Bow Stand of the Luba people of south-central Democratic Republic of Congo; and an exceptional, silver-gilt and enamel cigar box by Russian goldsmith Peter Carl Fabergé. Superb example of Caravaggesque technique by 17th-century Utrecht painter
While in Rome in the early 1600s, the Dutch painter Dirck van Baburen became fascinated by the work of the Italian painter Caravaggio, known for a style of painting characterized by unprecedented naturalism and dramatic lighting effects. Baburen brought this Caravaggesque style back to the Netherlands to use in his paintings of historical ... More

Summer exhibition at Hirschl & Adler features works from the 19th century to the present   Van Eaton Galleries announces an auction of a very rare unfiltered look into the personal life of Walt Disney   Nationalmuseum has acquired a key work in Swedish Neoclassicism

Martin Johnson Heade (1819–1904), Still Life with Flowers in a Vase, 1871. Oil on canvas, 18 x 15 in.

NEW YORK, NY.- Hirschl & Adler presents its summer exhibition, Vis-à-Vis. This exhibition features paintings, sculptures, and decorative arts from the 19th century to the present from a selection of 33 artists. Vis-à-Vis juxtaposes the work of artists from Hirschl & Adler’s contemporary program with the work of an artist of their choosing, historical or contemporary. These unexpected connections invite the viewer to reflect upon commonalities and consider the infinite boundaries of artistic influence. In addition to these pairings, each contemporary artist has provided commentary revealing the relationship to their chosen artist and the parallels between each paired work. Vis-à-Vis includes works by contemporary artists James Aponovich, Frederick Brosen, Colin Brown, Douglas Cooper, Lily Cox-Richard, Randall Exon, María Elena González, Diana Horowitz, David Ligare, Andy Mister, John Moore, Jeffrey Ripple, Stone ... More

1934 Colson Mickey Mouse Tricycle. Photo: Van Eaton Galleries.

SHERMAN OAKS, CA.- Van Eaton Galleries, one of the world’s premier animation artwork and collectibles galleries located in Sherman Oaks, California, has announced an extraordinary auction event highlighted by never-before published photographs of Walt Disney’s personal life, as well as a 1953 construction plot plan that Walt Disney drew on to show the boundary for Disneyland. The “A Brief History of the Walt Disney Studios” auction will take place on July 7, 2018 at Van Eaton Galleries located at 13613 Ventura Blvd in Sherman Oaks, California. The auction includes some of the most closely-related artifacts to the life of Walt Disney that have ever been offered for public sale. Rare highlights include a complete set of exceptional personal photographs of Walt Disney and the Rancheros Visitadores social club. The photo archives depict Walt Disney riding on horseback and camping during ... More

Per Krafft d.y., Belisarius. Photo: Cecilia Heisser/Nationalmuseum.

STOCKHOLM.- Nationalmuseum has acquired a painting by Per Krafft the Younger (1777-1863) depicting the blind former general Belisarius. This painting ought to be regarded as one of the most prominent Swedish works executed in the French Neoclassical style. In 1796, at the age of nineteen, Per Krafft the Younger was awarded a travel scholarship by the Royal Swedish Academy of Fine Arts, in part because Jonas Åkerström (1759–1795), who had used the scholarship to spend time in Rome, had suddenly died the year before at the early age of 36. Krafft went to Paris where as the only Swede he spent three years studying under Jacques-Louis David (1748–1825). David had a large number of pupils, and his teaching, which in those days was held at the Louvre, laid emphasis on painting and drawing technique, modelling and nature studies in order to depict only the ideal subject matter: themes from ... More

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Marc Jancou opens exhibition of works from 1970 to 1986 by Paolo Colombo
ROSSINIÈRE.- Marc Jancou is presenting Paolo Colombo: Selected Works from 1970 to 1986 featuring works on paper spanning a seventeen year period by Paolo Colombo, born in 1949 in Torino, Italy. A limited edition catalogue published by Marc Jancou Contemporary accompanies the exhibition featuring a conversation between Paolo Colombo and writer Andrea Applebee. Accompanying a signed copy of the publication (limited edition of 100) is a choice of two small contemporary photographs by Paolo Colombo, 2018, 10 x 10cm, each in an edition of 50. The photographs one a detail of an icon in Istanbul, and the other flowers in Venice were specially selected by the artist for the publication. Marc Jancou presents a selection of rare early works by Paolo Colombo, which reflects the diverse interests of the artist and delicate sensibility that has carried ... More

Freelands Foundation releases new research on women in art and announces shortlist for Freelands Award
LONDON.- Last week saw the announcement of the six regional arts organisations across the UK which have been shortlisted for the annual £100,000 Freelands Award. The Award was established in 2016 by Freelands Foundation Chair and Founder, Elisabeth Murdoch. It aims to raise the profile of mid-career female artists and support the work of visual arts organisations outside London. The third year nominations are: • BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art, Gateshead • Dundee Contemporary Arts, Dundee • Kettle’s Yard, Cambridge • Metropolitan Arts Centre, Belfast • Spike Island, Bristol • Yorkshire Sculpture Park, Wakefield The winning organisation and selected mid-career female artist will be announced in autumn 2018. The selection panel for the 2018 Award winner are as follows: Elisabeth Murdoch (Chair); Martin Clark, Director, Camden Arts Centre; Sus ... More

Watts Gallery opens first exhibition to explore the life and imagination of James Henry Pullen
GUILDFORD.- James Henry Pullen: Inmate – Inventor – Genius is the first exhibition to explore the life and imagination of James Henry Pullen (1835 – 1916), examining the creative escapism of an outsider artist who during his own lifetime attracted royal attention. Dubbed by Victorian journalists as ‘the genius of Earlswood Asylum’ Pullen saw his fantastical works escape the confines of the asylums, where he was incarcerated continuously for nearly 70 years, to travel to international exhibitions. Bringing together newly restored works – and drawing on new research - this exhibition shines a light on Pullen’s life and work to offer a new perspective on an artist of wit and inventiveness who has been largely forgotten. It also examines the broader context in which Pullen was working – the world of nineteenth-century science, technology and psychiatry. Born ... More

Christie's to offer 178 works directly from the personal collection of Sir Quentin Blake
LONDON.- This July, Christie’s will present Quentin Blake: A Retrospective; Forty Years of Alternative Versions, a series of illustrations offered directly from the personal collection of one of Britain's best-loved illustrators. As part of Christie’s Classic Week, a selection of 30 illustrations by Quentin Blake will be presented in the Valuable Books and Manuscripts auction on 11 July, alongside a dedicated online sale of 148 illustrations open for bidding from 3 to 12 July. The works from this sale are being sold to benefit House of Illustration, Roald Dahl's Marvellous Children's Charity and Survival International. Quentin Blake: A Retrospective; Forty Years of Alternative Versions will be on view and open to the public from 7 to 10 July at Christie’s London. Estimates range from £200 to £10,000. The collection comprises works from the past 40 years of Quentin Blake’s ... More

A record setting necklace, diamonds & gemstones propel $1.9 million in jewelry sales at Rago in June
LAMBERTVILLE, NJ.- Rago’s June jewelry auctions brought $1,903,081 in two sessions: unreserved jewelry on June 8 and fine jewelry on June 10. The highest price achieved by a single lot went to Lot 2051, a rare enameled and yellow gold gem-set collar necklace by master metallurgist Marie Zimmermann, which sold for $53,125, making it the highest price achieved at auction for a piece of jewelry by Zimmermann. The sale of this necklace continues Rago’s legacy of record-breaking auction prices by the artist; the overall auction record for any object by Marie Zimmermann was achieved at Rago in 2005 when a jeweled box sold for $125,000. That piece is now at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. The Marie Zimmermann necklace was the star of Sunday’s fine jewelry segment, which realized $1,633,688 in sales, achieving strong prices across ... More

London becomes home to world's first crypto sculpture
LONDON.- This week the UK is displaying the world’s first public sculpture dedicated to the rapidly growing cryptocurrency ecosystem. “Crypto Connection - powered by Eidoo”, created by contemporary artist Federico Clapis and commissioned by the multi-currency crypto wallet and hybrid exchange Eidoo, is an imposing three meter bronze statue that poses questions about the future of global financing and the impact cryptocurrencies will have on future generations. The piece encourages onlookers to think about the current crypto hype in a new way and Eidoo had the statue erected to target a wider public outside the financial sector to contemplate what the future may look like operating with a new kind of digital currency. “Crypto Connection”, situated prominently at Observation Point on London’s Southbank between the OXO Tower and the BFI, has been deemed ... More

Ronaldo bust swapped at Madeira airport
LISBON (AFP).- The controversial bronze bust of Cristiano Ronaldo at the airport on Madeira which bears his name has been replaced, Portuguese media reported on Monday. "This bust is much better than the other one, that's what everyone thinks," Hugo Aveiro, brother of the five-time Ballon d'or, winner, told the Diario de Noticias da Madeira newspaper. "A Spanish sculptor offered this new bust ... so good that we decided to change it," he added. The original was swapped Friday at the request of the Real Madrid superstar's entourage, according to local media. The original, by local artist Emanuel Santos, was unveiled 16 months ago at a ceremony to rename the airport after one of Madeira's most famous sons, CR7 having been born in the capital Funchal. But it was widely mocked, not least for its grimacing smile. ... More

Elina Brotherus opens doors to a playful and strange world at Serlachius Museums
MÄNTTÄ.- The exhibition playground / leikkikenttä at Serlachius Museums in Mänttä presents a new development in Elina Brotherus’ work. The photographs and video works from 2016–18 are humorous and adventurous and at the same time absurd. They take their inspiration from the ‘event scores’ of the 1960s’ Fluxus artists. Fluxus artists were typically arbitrary, whimsical and absurdist in their work. These pioneers of conceptual and performance art used everyday life, chance operations and humour in their practice. Truly international, they opened up questions about what could and could not be considered art. Elina Brotherus has worked for two decades with photographs and moving image. Recurring themes in the artist’s work have often been autobiographical or linked to art history as well as the interaction between the human figure ... More

Yorkshire Sculpture Park unveils Katrina Palmer's The Coffin Jump
WAKEFIELD.- A new work by UK contemporary artist Katrina Palmer was unveiled today at Yorkshire Sculpture Park in Wakefield, West Yorkshire. Co-commissioned by 14-18 NOW, the UK’s arts programme for the First World War centenary, and YSP, The Coffin Jump takes as a point of departure the role of an extraordinary group of women in the First World War. Combining sculpture, soundtrack and performance, The Coffin Jump symbolises the new challenges and freedoms afforded to women in the war, with specific reference to the all-female First Aid Nursing Yeomanry (FANY). Her Royal Highness The Princess Royal is Commandant-in-Chief of the organisation, which is referred to today as the Princess Royal's Volunteer Corps. Founded in 1907, Captain Edward Baker’s conception of the FANY was of women on horseback riding to the rescue of fallen men in ... More

Antique bottles from the East and West coasts at American Bottle Auctions
SACRAMENTO, CA.- American Bottle Auctions’ next big sale – Auction 65, with bidding set to start on Friday, June 29th and end on Sunday, July 8th – will cater to collectors from coast to coast, with rare and important Western whiskies, rare bitters examples from East and West, soda bottles from Kentucky and Arizona, plus Western, early American and Masonic flasks. Also offered will be a thorough selection of medicine bottles – Eastern and Western examples – as well as some great teakettle inkwells and master inks that are certain to garner attention. Most American Bottle Auctions online sales are weighted in favor of Western bottles, but Auction 65 will have an equal number of fine Eastern bottles. In all, around 250 bottles will come up for bid. “Western whiskies have come on hard times but can still sell for decent numbers depending on the variant,” said Jeff ... More

'Yugonostalgia' drives iconic Yugo car tours
BELGRADE (AFP).- "Join us comrade!" tourists are warmly greeted, as they climb into a vintage car that is no longer produced for a visit back in time to a country that no longer exists. As a symbol of the former Yugoslavia, the Yugo car is back in vogue on Belgrade's streets. Like in other places once stranded behind the detested Iron Curtain, the Serbian capital has found a unique way to cater for a surge in interest and even nostalgia for life under communism. On a three-hour tour, visitors see some of Yugoslavia's most significant sites, seated in one of the once ubiquitous Yugos, ending up at the Museum of History of Yugoslavia which holds dictator Josip Broz Tito's mausoleum. "People come to experience rides in an iconic car and it is something they cannot experience anywhere else in the world actually," Jovana Stojiljkovic, who manages the Yugotour travel agency, ... More

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On a day like today, American painter Lee Krasner died
June 19, 1984. Lenore "Lee" Krasner (October 27, 1908 - June 19, 1984) was an American abstract expressionist painter in the second half of the 20th century. She is one of the few female artists to have had a retrospective show at the Museum of Modern Art. In this image: Installation view. Photo by: Diego Flores / Paul Kasmin Gallery. © 2017 The Pollock-Krasner Foundation / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York.

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