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Deutsche Bank KunstHalle in Berlin showcases Jackson Pollock's masterpiece "Mural"

Measuring 8’ 1¼ ” x 19’ 10”, the immensely dynamic “Mural” is the largest painting Pollock ever created and it continues to cast a long shadow over the course of American art down to the present day.

BERLIN.- Jackson Pollock’s “Mural” (1943), one of the twentieth century's most historic and influential paintings, is now in Germany after its monumental cleaning campaign at the Getty Conservation Institute, Los Angeles. The exhibition “Jackson Pollock’s ‘Mural’: Energy Made Visible” focuses upon this seismic masterpiece and sets it in the context of more than forty other pieces by artists and photographers including Lee Krasner, Roberto Matta, Aaron Siskind, Gjon Mili, Barbara Morgan, Robert Motherwell, and Andy Warhol. Organized by the University of Iowa Museum of Art (UIMA), the exhibition features at the Deutsche Bank KunstHalle from November 25, 2015, through April 10, 2016. "This show offers a fresh insight into Jackson Pollock’s achievement, its roots and its vast impact on subsequent art”, says Sean O’Harrow, director of the UIMA. "Pollock’s ... More

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Art Loss Register successfully resolves case of Anish Kapoor 'Water Pendant'   Hauser & Wirth announces worldwide representation of the estate of David Smith   Culture Minister Ed Vaizey places export bar on Dieric Bouts' St Luke Drawing the Virgin and Child

The American tourist reported the loss to his insurer who paid out on the claim. Photo: Bonhams.

LONDON.- The Art Loss Register has successfully resolved the case of a lost Anish Kapoor ‘Water Pendant’ which sold at Bonhams this week for £8,125, exceeding its estimate. The pendant was bought by an American tourist as an anniversary gift for his wife in 2013. The pendant, one of an edition of just five, is made from polished white and rose gold. It features mirrored concave and convex surfaces similar to those often seen in Kapoor’s monumental sculpture. It was bought from the London-based Louisa Guinness Gallery, which works with leading sculptors and painters to create jewellery. The pendant was lost immediately after purchase - the buyer had not even returned to his hotel room. It had been left in the original box in the back of a London taxi. The American tourist reported the loss to his insurer who paid out on the claim. Soon afterwards, the insurance company registered the missing pendant with ... More

David Smith, Circles Intercepted, 1961. Steel, painted, 227.3 x 142.2 x 50.8 cm / 89 1/2 x 56 x 20 in. Photo: Robert McKeever.

NEW YORK, NY.- The Estate of David Smith and Hauser & Wirth jointly announced today the gallery’s exclusive worldwide representation of the Estate of the renowned late American sculptor and painter. Hauser & Wirth will be exploring and expanding the legacy of David Smith (1906 – 1965), a titan of 20th-century art who, over the course of his 33-year career, transformed modernism into a robust but nuanced new artistic language spanning abstraction and figuration. ‘We are deeply honored by this extraordinary opportunity to work with the Estate of David Smith’, said Iwan Wirth, President, Hauser & Wirth. ‘It’s a privilege to fully engage with the vision and achievements of such a towering figure. From our perspective, Smith stands among the greatest innovators – Alberto Giacometti, Constantin Brancusi, Henry Moore, ... More

Dieric Bouts, St Luke Drawing the Virgin and Child.

LONDON.- The painting St Luke Drawing the Virgin and Child from Dieric Bouts’ workshop is at risk of being exported from the UK unless a buyer can be found to match the asking price of £3,300,000 (plus VAT of £83,320). Culture Minister Ed Vaizey has placed a temporary export bar on the 15th century oil painting to allow time for a UK buyer to come forward. Culture Minister Ed Vaizey said: This distinctive painting is the only example of St Luke drawing the Virgin Mary and Christ by a Northern European artist on display in this country. I hope that a buyer comes forward to save this iconic piece for the UK. The painting depicts St Luke drawing the Virgin Mary and Christ, a popular subject in 15th Century Netherlands. Dieric Bouts was one of the leading and most influential Netherlandish painters of this period. He was one of the pioneers of the oil painting technique and was also one of the first of his Northern European contemporaries to make use of single-point perspective, ... More

To mark 100 years of the Dada movement, Kunsthaus Zürich digitizes Dada collection; Results online in 2016   China authorities 'shut down' anti-violence art show: Organiser and curator Cui Guangxia   Four pre-Inca tombs found in the middle of a residential neighborhood in Lima

Restorer Jean Rosston removing a work from its frame. Photo: Kunsthaus Zürich.

ZURICH.- The Kunsthaus Zürich holds around 700 historic Dada documents and artworks: paintings, sculptures, photographs, works on paper, letters, notes, books, magazines, flyers, posters and manuscripts. To mark 100 years of the Dada movement, all the documents and works on paper are being digitized, and in some cases restored, to make them accessible to a global audience. The Kunsthaus Zürich holds one of the world’s most extensive Dada collections. Following presentations in 1966 and 1980, many years of collection and research activity at the Kunsthaus Zürich culminated in the ‘Dada global’ exhibition in 1994. The comprehensive catalogue of the exhibition and collection edited by Raimund Meyer documents all the holdings at that time in detail. Since 1994, the Kunsthaus’s Dada collection has continued to grow. The two largest groups are the approximately 180 works in the Collection of Prints and Drawings, and 540 Dadaist publications and documents in the ... More

Restrictions have increased since President Xi Jinping came to power, artists say, with the country's premier independent film festival shut down for the last two years. AFP PHOTO / POOL / WANG ZHAO.

BEIJING (AFP).- An art show highlighting domestic violence has been shut down at the last minute by Beijing authorities, organisers said Thursday, apparently the latest victim of Chinese cultural controls. More than 60 artists -- half of them women -- contributed work to the show, timed for Wednesday's United Nations-designated International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women. But when the artists arrived at the venue in the centre of the capital for the opening they found themselves locked out, while gallery staff were absent. Curator Cui Guangxia told AFP a source close to the venue said the show had "not received approval from relevant departments". Beijing's municipal cultural bureau said it was not responsible for overseeing visual art shows, while a gallery employee told AFP that it only provided the space for the exhibition, and was not involved in the organisation. She could not comment on the reasons for ... More

A Peruvian archaeologist works at the Huaca (ancient burial ground) Pucllana in the heart of Lima. AFP PHOTO / CRIS BOURONCLE.

LIMA (AFP).- Archaeologists in Peru have found four tombs that are more than 1,000 years old in a pyramid-shaped cemetery that now sits in the middle of a residential neighborhood in Lima, experts said Thursday. "There are four human burial sites, for adult individuals, three women and one man, who lived between the years 1000 to 1450," said archaeologist Isabel Flores, director of the program in Huaca Pucllana, a ceremonial complex in Miraflores district. The find confirms the historical presence in Lima of the Ichma culture. It took hold on the central coast around 1000 and disappeared around 1450 as Inca civilization began to spread. "These are the first four tombs of the Ichma culture. We think that we may still find more" despite long-term looting, said Flores, who has been researching the site for more than three decades. The tombs featured seated remains, looking toward the sea, wrapped up in textile and hand-woven natural materials alongside offerings ... More

Lawren Harris masterpieces propel Heffel's fall sale to national fine art auction record   Masterstrokes of a 20th century legend: Christie's to offer a series of exceptional paintings by Zhang Daqian   Group exhibition at White Cube Bermondsey brings together paintings by close to fifty artists

The leading lot in the fall sale was the extraordinary Lawren Harris canvas Mountain and Glacier, which outperformed its estimate of $1,000,000 to 1,500,000 and sold for a record $4,602,000.

TORONTO.- Yesterday in Toronto, Heffel Fine Art Auction House held the highest grossing fine art auction in Canadian history as 157 important works of art were offered at the semi-annual live auction. Starring museum-quality works by Group of Seven artist Lawren Harris, Heffel’s international auction achieved monumental sales of $23.4 million, exceeding presale estimates of $10 million to $15 million. Strong competition for major masterpieces from bidders across North America, Europe and Asia resulted in the sale of six individual works for more than $1 million (all prices are in Canadian dollars and include an 18 per cent buyer's premium). This has proven to be an exciting year for Canada’s Lawren Harris, as a retrospective at the Hammer Museum in Los Angeles, California continues to garner deserved recognition for the artist. The Idea of North: The Paintings of Lawren Harris, co-curated by actor and art-lover ... More

Living in the Spring Mountains. Scroll, mounted and framed, ink and colour on gold paper, 53 x 40.8 cm. Estimate: HK$3,000,000-4,000,000 / US$390,000-520,000. Photo: Christie's Images Ltd 2015.

HONG KONG.- From 30 November to 1 December 2015, a group of masterworks by Zhang Daqian, one of the most prodigious Chinese 20th century artists, will be offered at auction at Christie’s Hong Kong. Consigned from several distinguished collections, the rich selection of works beautifully represents a cross section of the artist’s highly revered body of work with a special highlight on his splashed ink series. Zhang Daqian's splashed ink works are a culmination of his life-long dedication and represent the pinnacle of his career, rich with the accumulated skill and experience from his travels around the globe and shaped heavily by his continuous striving for re-invention and greatness. Abstract in nature (these works are clearly influenced by the West), they harkening back to his cultural roots and Chinese heritage. This harmony is beautifully represented in the amalgamation of the uncontrollable ... More

Francis Bacon, Study for Portrait of Isabel Rawsthorne, 1982. Oil and pastel on canvas, 14 x 12 in. (35.6 x 30.5 cm), 19 1/2 x 17 5/16 x 3 9/16 in. (49.5 x 44 x 9 cm) (framed) © the artist. Photo © White Cube (George Darrell).

LONDON.- The group exhibition ‘Tightrope Walk’ brings together paintings by close to fifty artists in an effort to illuminate how the act of making a representational painting became redefined over the past century, following the emergence of abstraction as a competing proposition. Since then, representational painting has always been made in cognisance of abstraction – sometimes polemically against it but more often incorporating aspects of it into a new synthesis. The exhibition draws on some of the forms in which this contentious encounter has taken place and its impact on the many ways painters have revised their conception of what representation can be. Francis Bacon explained his art to David Sylvester as ‘a kind of tightrope walk between what is called figurative painting and abstraction.’ He continued, ‘It will go right out from abstraction, but will really have ... More

The Fondation Beyeler launches Speed Art, a rapid reaction game about the works in its collection   Rem Hoolhaas wins international competition to design The Factory Manchester   "Me and You: Mario Testino and Ed van der Elsken" opens at Annet Gelink gallery

The game focuses on artworks and artists included in the Beyeler Collection.

BASEL.- As part of its commitment to art education for children and young people, the Fondation Beyeler is launching the fast-paced card game Speed Art. The game focuses on artworks and artists included in the Beyeler Collection, provides information about them and encourages art lovers who are young or young at heart to take a very close look at their cards. In the process, players discover connections between works by famous artists such as van Gogh, Cézanne, Klee, Mondrian and many others. Speed Art, which is immediately available from the Fondation Beyeler’s Art Shop, both in the museum and online, is a light-hearted Christmas present about art and culture that is suitable for the entire family. Its creation has been made possible by UBS, a long-standing and dedicated sponsor of the Fondation Beyeler and its partner for art education for families and young people. Art enriches daily life and opens up new perspectives. It gives visible form to our feelings, thoughts, fears ... More

The Factory will be a new kind of large-scale venue that captures the extraordinary creative vision and depth of Manchester’s cultural life. ©OMA. Image Courtesy of The Factory Manchester.

MANCHESTER.- Rem Koolhaas’ Office for Metropolitan Architecture (OMA) has won the international competition to design The Factory Manchester, the city’s cutting-edge arts venue that will take a radically new approach to cultural production and performance. The project will be OMA's first major public building in the UK. The government has agreed revenue funding for the project of £9m per annum from 2018/19 as part of its Spending Review. The Factory will be a new kind of large-scale venue that captures the extraordinary creative vision and depth of Manchester’s cultural life. It will be a flagship cultural centre for the North and North West, commissioning original works in partnership with leading national and international organisations. The Factory will build on the success of the Manchester International Festival and create innovative commissions all year round, playing a significant ... More

Mario Testino at Mr. Chow's New York, 1998.

AMSTERDAM.- The invitation for this exhibition sets the tone. The two photos rhyme with one another convincingly. Each catches two women going about their business – the one on the left, by Mario Testino (1954), the one on the right by Ed van der Elsken (1925-1990). In 1997, Testino photographed the models Stella Tennant and Kristen McMenamy while they were changing during a Dior fashion show in Paris. The unguarded moment undermines the glamour of fashion. In 1966, Van der Elsken saw two strikingly dressed young women in Dam Square in Amsterdam. He followed them, and took a number of shots, of which this is one. The photo documents the changing times in which women were beginning to dress more daringly, as skirts became shorter and the taboo against women wearing pants crumbled. The dialogue makes it immediately obvious that the fashion photographer Mario Testino also has an eye of a street photographer, and the ... More

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Contemporary art triumphs at outstanding Dorotheum auction week
VIENNA.- The history-making high sell-through rate and broad range of high-quality international work sold for exceptional prices combined to make contemporary art the high point of Dorotheum's auction week from November 24th–27th, 2015. The event, which was held on the evening of 25th November and was characterised by numerous top results, underscored the significance and predominance of the auction house. Spectacularly high prices for works by Agostino Bonalumi (€442,200), Enrico Castellani (€417,000) and Gino De Dominicis (€222,600) punctuated Dorotheum's strong position, particularly in the field of 1960s-era Italian and German avant-garde art. Paolo Scheggi‘s "Intersuperficie curva rossa" went for an outstanding €393,400. Pieces by Gerhard Richter met with great success, amongst them his paintings "Abstraktes Bild" (€491,000) and "Grün-Blau-Rot" ... More

First major solo survey exhibition of designer, inventor and artist Joris Laarman on view in Groningen
GRONINGEN.- The Groninger Museum is presenting the first major solo survey exhibition of designer, inventor and artist Joris Laarman (b. Borculo, NL 1979). Entitled Joris Laarman Lab, the retrospective includes early, recent and new work. After showing in Groningen, the exhibition will go on an extensive international tour that will include Paris and New York. Laarman works at the interface of design, art and science, always exploring new materials and innovative technologies. His remarkable work is often based on multiple experiments. Laarman has taken part in numerous exhibitions and many of his works are found in the prestigious collections of MoMA, New York, the Centre Pompidou, Paris, and the Victoria and Albert Museum, London. Laarman graduated cum laude from the Design Academy in Eindhoven in 2003 with a project entitled Reinventing Functionality. The ... More

The second edition of major commissioning initiative Jerwood Open Forest announced
LONDON.- Jerwood Charitable Foundation and Forestry Commission England announce the second edition of Jerwood Open Forest, an exceptional opportunity for visual artists to propose ideas for a major new £30,0000 commission to be realised anywhere within England’s Public Forest Estate, supported by Arts Council England. Jerwood Open Forest facilitates new interactions between artists and forests and opens up new art experiences to a wide public audience, leading a national conversation about how contemporary visual artists engage with the environment today. In October 2014 the inaugural Jerwood Open Forest commissions were unveiled at two forest sites across the UK, reaching a national audience of 70,000. Semiconductor (Ruth Jarman and Joe Gerhardt) permanently installed their spherical public sculpture, Cosmos, at Alice Holt Forest in Surrey; and across ... More

Exhibition at Ingleby Gallery considers the idea of artistic positions that have been hard won
EDINBURGH.- Resistance and Persistence takes its title from Sean Scully's essay on the mid 20th century Italian painter Giorgio Morandi. Morandi is a contradictory artist: deliberately understated yet deeply engaging; always small of scale and yet somehow heroic. Scully describes his encounter with a particular Morandi painting in the collection of Tate London: "When I was a student passing through the halls of the Tate Gallery in London, looking for role models, I would consistently pass a typically small painting by Morandi. It seemed to upset and disturb everything else that was going on. It was as if it was participating in the Modernist dialogue, since its spirit was twentieth-century, and clearly painted after the discovery of abstraction, but, then again, stubbornly refusing to participate with appropriate enthusiasm… One day I’d see it and I’d think, this is great. It’s really weird. ... More

Soprano Hannigan shatters classical music's glass ceiling
PARIS (AFP).- With looks often described as straight out of a Bond film, Barbara Hannigan strides on to lead the orchestra dressed in vampy black leather, bondage boots and a wig. The Canadian soprano is rewriting the rules of classical music not just as a performer but as a conductor. "Mommy, I didn't know women were allowed to be conductors," a friend's daughter once said when she saw her take the stage. But Hannigan not only conducts, she sings at the same time. And her performances are bringing the house down in concert halls across Europe with her show-stopping signature piece -- Ligeti's "Mysteries of the Macabre". Now one of the most sought-after singers in the world, known for her fearless performances as much as her voice's "extraterrestrial" intensity, Hannigan's trajectory has however been nothing if not untypical. Brought up in rural Nova Scotia, somewhere more ... More

UK photographer McCullin says wars now harder to cover
LONDON.- Award-winning British war photographer Don McCullin, who will be celebrated at next year's Photo London festival with a special exhibition, spoke Friday about the growing difficulties in covering conflicts. The 80-year-old photographer, who has covered many of the biggest conflicts of the 20th century, took some of his most famous photos during the Vietnam conflict and is still at it -- travelling to Iraq just a month ago. "You're obstructed by all kinds of lies and people who try to get money out of you. It's difficult," McCullin told AFP at a press preview of the international fair, which runs May 16-22 next year. Asked if his job was harder now than when he started out in the 1960s, McCullin replied: "Absolutely!" He also said the "biggest pleasure" he had experienced as a photographer was taking pictures of landscapes and homeless people far from war zones. "By looking to the ... More

First solo show of Simon Denny's work in London on view at the Serpentine Gallery
LONDON.- The Serpentine presents the work of Simon Denny (born 1982 in Auckland, New Zealand), an artist who works with sculptural installations that include print, graphics, moving images and texts. The first solo show of Denny's work in London is developed in response to the Serpentine Sackler Gallery and features new installations that revolve around contemporary radical management practices and the historical hacker organisational forms that may have inspired them. Denny has risen to critical acclaim with his work New Management (2014) and most recently with the installation Secret Power (2015), New Zealand’s pavilion for the 56th Venice Biennale. Denny is one of the leading figures of a generation of artists who employ content from the tech industry, the language of advertising and the aesthetics and ideologies of corporations or governmental bodies ... More

'Tokyo Story' star Setsuko Hara, muse of Ozu, dies at 95
TOKYO (AFP).- The Japanese actress who starred in famed director Yasujiro Ozu's "Tokyo Story" and a host of other classic films has died aged 95 -- with the news only emerging nearly three months after her passing. The death of Setsuko Hara dominated Japanese front pages on Thursday, with headlines lauding her as a "legendary" performer and the "Eternal Madonna". Hara had been in hospital since mid-August and her death on September 5 from pneumonia was not immediately made public "as she wished no fuss be made", her 75-year-old nephew told Kyodo News agency. A private funeral service was held, he added. Film distribution company Shochiku on Thursday set up a stand for floral tributes to Hara at a Tokyo theatre, which was coincidentally showing the Ozu-directed "Late Spring" in which she starred as part of a retrospective of Japanese movies. On display were ... More

Tintin expert named Britain's first professor of comics
LONDON (AFP).- An expert in "The Adventures of Tintin" comic book series has been named as Britain's first ever professor of "graphic fiction and comic art". Benoit Peeters, 59, a French graphic novelist and critic, will take up the position of visiting professor at Lancaster University in north west England from summer 2016. He called the post "a great honour". "I want to explore the connections between the history of graphic fiction and contemporary creation, between the world of French and Belgian bande dessinée, and the world of comics and graphic novels," Peeters said in a statement this week. Known as a world authority on the Tintin comics and author of a biography of the cartoonist Herge, Peeters will run creative writing workshops, give lectures and supervise post-graduate students during the three-year position. The position was created in collaboration ... More

First solo exhibition of young talent Wouter van der Laan opens at Galerie Rianne Groen
ROTTERDAM.- Galerie Rianne Groen presents the first solo exhibition of young talent Wouter van der Laan (1993). Van der Laan is currently studying at the Frank Mohr Institute in Groningen. While making his recent work, Van der Laan investigated the happily ever after formula which is continuously used in classic Disney films. In these stories, several obstacles need to be overcome, after which the protagonists finally arrive at a happy end. But what happens after this so-called happy end? After everything that needed to be done is finished, the characters arrive at a metaphysical vacuum, in which there seems to be no reason left to undertake anything. When the story has finished, the universe looses its raison d’être. What follows is an almost inevitable existential boredom, as often encountered in the work of Samuel Beckett. In his famous play Waiting for Godot, the two ... More

Christine Sun Kim makes her debut in the UK at Carroll/Fletcher
LONDON.- Christine Sun Kim will make her debut in the UK with an ambitious exhibition probing the social and political realities ingrained in the use of voices - hers as well as others’. In Rustle Tustle, the Berlin-based artist, who was born deaf, invites viewers to expand their understanding of what sound is and can be, undermining the all-prevailing “sound etiquette” set by hearing culture. Kim has dedicated her practice to the investigation of sound and spoken languages through a variety of media: drawing, performance, video, and installation. One of her strategies is to borrow and guide other voices to expand her own. She also choreographs non-vocal forms of communication, for instance conducting a group of people to “sing” with facial movements as in Face Opera (first performed at the Calder Foundation in 2013, and a new British Sign Language (BSL) version ... More

The Art of Installation: Installing Louise Bourgeois's "Maman"



On a day like today, French graphic artist Tomi Ungerer was born
November 28, 1931. Jean-Thomas "Tomi" Ungerer (born November 28, 1931) is a French illustrator best known for his erotic and political illustrations as well as children's books. In this image: Drawer, illustrator and author Tomi Ungerer stands in front of three of his artworks in the exhibition 'Eklips - Neues fuer die Augen 1960 bis 2010' ('Eclipse - New things for the eyes 1960 to 2010') at the Wuerth art gallery in Schwaebisch Hall, Germany, 11 May 2010. The largest Ungerer exhibition ever displays some 600 artworks from five decades.

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