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Exhibition at the Victoria & Albert Museum re-examines the work of John Constable

An employee poses next a painting by British artist John Constable entitled "The Opening of Waterloo Bridge seen from Whitehall Stairs" during a photocall at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London on September 17, 2014, to highlight the forthcoming exhibition 'Constable: The Making of a Master' . AFP PHOTO / CARL COURT.

LONDON.- The V&A's major autumn exhibition will re-examine the work of John Constable (1776-1837), Britain’s best-loved artist. It will explore his sources, techniques and legacy and reveal the hidden stories behind the creation of some of his most well-known paintings. Constable: The Making of a Master will juxtapose Constable’s work for the first time with the art of 17th-century masters of classical landscape such as Ruisdael, Rubens and Claude, whose compositional ideas and formal values Constable revered. On display will be such celebrated works as The Hay Wain (1821), The Cornfield (1826) and Salisbury Cathedral from the Meadows (1831), together with oil sketches Constable painted outdoors directly from nature, which are unequalled at capturing transient effects of light and atmosphere. The exhibition will bring together over 150 works of art including oil sketches, drawings, ... More

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Contest to design Helsinki Guggenheim museum draws 1,715 entries from 77 countries   MoMA and MoMA PS1 to release an album that pays tribute to John Cage's 4'33"   Egypt denies claims oldest pyramid damaged in restoration by 'unqualified' company

Elevated view of the competition site from Restaurant Palace building, looking southeast. Photo: Tuomas Uusheimo.

HELSINKI (AFP).- The Guggenheim Foundation said Wednesday that it had received a huge response to an open competition to design the future Guggenheim Museum in the Finnish capital Helsinki. "We are awed and humbled by the tremendous response to the call for entries, and we look forward to engaging in a full and public exploration of the submissions in the coming months," the director of the US-based foundation said in a statement. In what is its first-ever open call for museum design proposals, the Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation has received 1,715 entries from 77 countries. The Guggenheim Helsinki is due to join other Guggenheim art museums -- famed for their cutting-edge architecture -- in New York, Bilbao and Venice and the world's largest which is planned for Abu Dhabi. The design proposals -- submitted mainly by architects in the United States, United Kingdom, France, Italy, Japan and Finland -- will be judged anonymously. ... More

Cover of There Will Never be Silence available on MoMA/MoMA PS1 Record label. Image courtesy of Marek Polewski.

NEW YORK, NY.- The Museum of Modern Art and MoMA PS1 will release There Will Never Be Silence, an album that pays homage to both John Cage and the MoMA exhibition There Will Never Be Silence: Scoring John Cage’s 4’33” (2013–14). The album will launch on September 27 at the New York Art Book Fair at MoMA PS1 in a uniquely designed edition of 500. In a 1954 letter that Cage wrote regarding his so-called “silent piece” 4’33” (1952), he stated “the piece is not actually silent (there will never be silence…).” Sixty years following Cage’s letter, the debut album from the newly created MoMA/MoMA PS1 Records reconsiders silence, the lack of silence, and the status of recorded sound. Organized by David Platzker, Curator, Department of Drawings and Prints, MoMA, and Jenny Schlenzka, Associate Curator, MoMA PS1, the double LP features four compositions presented as artistic answers to Cage by artists Kevin Beasley, Lizzi Bougatsos, Sabisha Friedberg, ... More

Egypt's Minister of Antiquities, Mamdouh al-Damati (C), gestures to reporters inside the Djoser step pyramid. AFP PHOTO/ MOHAMED EL-SHAHED.

CAIRO (AFP).- Egypt's antiquities minister denied Tuesday claims that the Djoser pyramid, the country's first, had been damaged during restoration work by a company accused of being unqualified to do such work. Addressing journalists who had been allowed inside the 27th century BC pyramid near Cairo, Mamdouh al-Damati said: "You have seen the inside of the pyramid. It has not been destroyed; it is not in danger." "Restoration work is underway without a problem," the minister added in his remarks to the journalists, who had been invited to see for themselves so that they did not spread "rumours". But Marwa al-Zeiny, a specialist in the restoration of antiquities, claimed that the company hired to do the work, Al-Shurbagy, does not have the experience for such projects, and she criticised what has already been done. "There is an enormous visual difference between the part (of the pyramid) already restored" and the rest of the structure, she told AFP. "The part that has been restored ... More

Christie's announces sale of the second part of the Frances R. Dittmer Collection   David Hockney original 'fax art' sent from his Malibu beach home to be auctioned in York   Bill and Camille Cosby loan private collection to the Smithsonian's National Museum of African Art

Brice Marden (B. 1938), Untitled charcoal on paper with incised lines 20 x 22 in. Executed in 1966 Estimate: $300,000-400,000. Photo: Christie's Images Ltd 2014.

NEW YORK, NY.- Christie’s presents the second part of the Frances R. Dittmer Collection, dedicated to her primary passion, Works on Paper. Throughout her life, Frannie actively participated in many of the nation's most prestigious arts organizations, including the Aspen Art Museum, the Dia Art Foundation, The Art Institute of Chicago and was especially dedicated to The Drawing Center in New York. The collection of works on paper reflects Frannie’s radiant personality and spirit, and the important relationships that she developed with artists. Significant works by Mark Bradford, Vija Celmins, Marlene Dumas, Roni Horn, Ellsworth Kelly, Willem De Kooning, Sol Lewitt, Brice Marden, Agnes Martin, Albert Oehlen, Richard Prince, Robert Rauschenberg, Edward Ruscha, Robert Ryman, Thomas Schütte, Richard Serra, Rudolf Stingel, Rachel Whiteread and Christopher Wool among others will ... More

The fax, framed, is one of about 30 pieces of art donated to the charity for the auction.

YORK.- A genuine original piece of David Hockney fax art, 'DH at the beach', sent by the artist from his Malibu beach home in California to a Bradford childhood friend on 10 November 1988, is to be auctioned along with about 30 other pieces of art at a charity auction in York (at York St John University) on the evening of Saturday 11 October. The donor of the Hockney work, Michael Powell, believes it to be unique and it is one of a series of eight faxes, the others in possession of the donor's brother and other family members. The date and time sent can be clearly seen on the fax. The auction is arranged by York charity, the Wilberforce Trust, which as York's oldest charity has been supporting people with sight loss in York since 1833. The fax, framed, is one of about 30 pieces of art donated to the charity for the auction, most pieces being either by artists with sight loss or other disabilities or artists local to York. Hockney, who sent 'art' faxes ... More

Gerard Sekoto, Boy and the Candle, 1943. Oil on canvas. Photo: Franko Khoury.

WASHINGTON, DC.- One of the world’s preeminent private collections of African American art will have its first public viewing later this year at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African Art. “Conversations: African and African American Artworks in Dialogue” brings together artworks from two world-class collections: the National Museum of African Art and the William H. and Camille O. Cosby Collection. The exhibition, which opens at the museum Nov. 9 and remains on view through early 2016, is a major part of the museum’s 50th anniversary, celebrating its unique history and contributions toward furthering meaningful dialogue between Africa and the African diaspora. “Conversations” presents selected pieces from the Cosby collection, including works by Romare Bearden, Elizabeth Catlett, Beauford Delaney, Loïs Mailou Jones, Jacob Lawrence, Keith Morrison, Faith Ringgold, Augusta Savage, Henry Ossawa ... More

Andreas Schulze presents a large-format, fluorescent wall painting at the Schirn Kunsthalle   Exhibition of recent works by Spanish-born artist David Rodríguez Caballero opens at Marlborough   Indian paintings sell for significantly more than their pre-auction upper estimates

Schulze’s “Pea Roads” will span a total of 400 square meters on two floors.

FRANKFURT.- Andreas Schulze is one of the most interesting German painters of his generation. He creates artificial worlds filled with apparently ordinary everyday objects in his distinctive spatial installations and large-format, vividly colored paintings. Tables, chairs, wing armchairs; potted plants, porcelain, colorful blankets; wooden beams, buttons, and peas – besides the amorphous and spiral-shaped objects, these are the protagonists in his deserted, unreal pictures. The artist, born in 1955, has developed a large-format, extensive new wall painting especially for the Rotunda of the Schirn. Beginning on September 18, Schulze’s “Pea Roads” will span a total of 400 square meters on two floors. For his new work, the painter stylizes the eponymous peas, which time and again populate his pictures, ... More

02.marzo.2014, 2014. Brass, 36 1/4 x 18 7/8 x 19 5/8 inches. Image © 2014 David Rodríguez Caballero, courtesy Marlborough Gallery, New York.

NEW YORK, NY.- Marlborough Gallery announced an exhibition of recent works by Spanish-born artist, David Rodríguez Caballero. The exhibition opened on Tuesday, September 16 at their 57th Street location and will remain on view until October 18, 2014. The recent works that are showcased in the exhibition explore a range of materials and spatial constructs; these explore the incorporation of light as matter, an element of the first order in abstraction and geometry. The exhibition includes approximately 40 works constructed in the three materials used by the artist: aluminum, bronze and copper. David Rodríguez Caballero’s abstract body of work expresses a strong awareness of its structural and surrounding space. While some of the ... More

A painting by Indian artist Gaitonde is seen on display at the Bonhams auction house in New York. AFP PHOTO/Jewel Samad.

NEW YORK (AFP).- Paintings by one of India's most important modern artists went under the hammer in New York on Wednesday, selling for more than expected at over $3.7 million, auction houses said. Three untitled oils on canvas by pioneering Indian abstract artist Vasudeo Santu Gaitonde, who in 1964 based himself in New York, were by Christie's and Bonhams. The Bonhams canvases, signed and dated 1961 and 1963, came from the artist's "non-objective" series, and fetched $1.08 million and $1.68 million respectively, Bonhams told AFP. Both sold for significantly more than their pre-auction upper estimates, and in the case of the 1961 canvas more than double. The auction house did not identify the buyers further than describing them as international. ... More

Two rare etchings steal the limelight at Rosebery's September Quarterly Fine Art Auction   The National September 11 Memorial Museum welcomes more than one million visitors   Frame Publishers releases a new title to celebrate the 40 years of collecting art at ING

Walter Richard Sickert ARA, "Femme de Lettres" (small plate), 7.5 x9.8cm (image), Sold for £3,000 including premium.

LONDON.- Two rare etchings, one by John Constable and the other by Walter Sickert, stole the limelight in Roseberys’ September Quarterly Fine Auction. Coming just a month before the auction house’s first standalone modern and contemporary print auction, the strong results for these two prints further establishes Roseberys’ name as a specialist in this area. An extremely rare Constable etching was privately consigned and hotly contested across three telephone lines before being secured by a private bidder in the saleroom. Two examples of this etching are held by the British Museum and it is believed to be based on one of four drawings of the Ruins of Netley Abbey in the collection of the Victoria and Albert Museum. Constable and his wife, Maria Bicknell, visited Netley Abbey in Hampshire, during their honeymoon in 1816. Constable evidently returned to this subject in his watercolour, “Netley Abbey by Moonlight ... More

Visitors have traveled to the Museum from all 50 states and more than 130 countries from around the world. Photo: Amy Dreher.

NEW YORK, NY.- The National September 11 Memorial & Museum announced today that more than one million visitors have come to the 9/11 Memorial Museum since opening on May 15. Visitors have traveled to the Museum from all 50 states and more than 130 countries from around the world. The nations represented in the greatest numbers include the United Kingdom, Canada, Germany and Australia. "To achieve this milestone after being open for just four months is truly remarkable," 9/11 Memorial President Joe Daniels said. "We have been honored to welcome thousands of people who are so closely part of the history we present, from 9/11 families, first responders, recovery workers, and survivors, to some of the world's most important political and cultural leaders. Our visitors are demonstrating that the 9/11 Memorial Museum is a place that every American, and people from around the world, simply must see when visiting New ... More

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AMSTERDAM.- Art is an essential part of ING's corporate identity. The ING Collection was founded in 1974 to create a stimulating working environment. Over the years, the collection has grown to become an extensive and internationally renowned collection of artworks, with a focus on contemporary art by professional artists. In 2014, to celebrate 40 years of the Art Collection, this milestone is marked with an exhibition and the publication of this book. Re: Society shows a selection of artworks that ING has collected over the past 40 years. The book explains what ING has meant for and will mean for society in the future, and how art reflects on society. The history and tradition of ING makes for an art collection that is diverse. The works in this publication are presented by theme. This was a conscious choice in order to create a dialogue between works that seem unrelated at first. Although covering different ground, all te ... More

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Trust for the National Mall announces two new Board of Directors members
WASHINGTON, DC.- The Trust for the National Mall, the official nonprofit partner of the National Park Service dedicated to restoring and improving the National Mall, announced that John Drew, president and chief executive officer of Trade Center Management Associates LLC, and Todd Walker, vice president of Federal Government Affairs and Government Affairs Programs of Altria Client Services, have been named to the Trust’s Board of Directors. The board serves an invaluable leadership role in the Trust’s efforts by guiding and advancing the Campaign for the National Mall, which is raising the vital funds to restore and preserve America’s front yard for generations to come. As members of the board, Drew and Walker will help ensure the Trust is managed well, promote its mission, and oversee the strategic direction of the organization. “We are delighted to welcome such ... More

Foam Dome: An innovative installation for this year's Kitchen and Bathroom Hub at 100% Design
LONDON.- Opening today, Foam Dome is an innovative installation for this year’s Kitchen and Bathroom Hub at 100% Design (17- 20 September), created by Turkishceramics, Kitchen & Bathroom Hall sponsor, and London-based practice, vPPR Architects. As the Kitchen & Bathroom section’s main hub, Foam Dome focuses on the theme of cleanliness. The pavilion is comprised of foam, creating a sculptural, utopian dreamland, which is constructed of a lightweight, white geodesic dome that hangs from above. The dome is covered by a mesh material and foam, representing a breathing membrane. Below the dome sits the magical interior of the hub featuring Turkish ceramic products, encouraging visitors to dip in and engage with basins to tiles and a 160 diameter bathtub designed by Ross Lovegrove. Jessica Reynolds, Director of vPPR Architects, says: ‘We’ve designed Foam Dome ... More

Swann Galleries offers two-part auction of African-American fine art on October 9
NEW YORK, NY.- On Thursday, October 9, Swann Galleries will conduct a 171-lot auction of African-American Fine Art that features more than 60 artworks from the estate of Professor Richard A. Long, presented in a separate catalogue. Long was known as one of the great pillars of African-American arts and culture, and taught at University of Pennsylvania, University of Paris, University of Poitiers, Atlanta University, Emory University, Morgan State College and West Virginia State College. The works in his collection include many by Long’s artist friends, in particular Beauford Delaney and Romare Bearden. Among the highlights are a 1965 color pastel portrait of Long by Delaney (estimate: $15,000 to $25,000); two bold and colorful collages by Bearden, Brazil, circa 1978, which may have been a maquette for a poster ($35,000 to $50,000) and the small and intimate Untitled (The Trojan ... More

Unseen: International photography fair and festival opens in Amsterdam
AMSTERDAM.- Unseen, Amsterdam’s international photography fair and festival, returns with a focus on never before seen work, and an extensive festival programme celebrating photography in all its forms. Unseen introduces the Unseen Premieres, work that has not previously been shown in a gallery, institution or online. Unseen will mark the exclusive debut of this work. A leaflet will be distributed at the fair, indicating the premiering works and including statements of premiering artists. With the leaflet, visitors can tour the more than 60 premiering works spread amongst the 53 gallery stands, giving an overview of the newest of the new. During the late opening of the fair on Friday 19 September, the Unseen Premiere Presentations by exhibiting artists will provide visitors with an exclusive insight into the stories behind some of the works that make their debut at the fair this year. Unseen revealed ... More

Mid-career survey of Jan Kempenaers' new and recent work opens at Breese Little
LONDON.- Jan Kempenaers: Enjoy the Process is a substantial mid-career survey of Jan Kempenaers’ new and recent work. Breese Little will present a focus on the Antwerp-based artist’s output across the ground floor gallery, introducing the breadth of Kempenaers’ work beyond his most renowned images. This will include a number of photographic series and individual images largely unseen in this country, accompanied by Kempenaers’ recent experiments with screen-printing and a full display of the artist’s books. Kempenaers’ photographic body of work is highly considered and meticulously compiled. Most series are restricted to a few carefully chosen shots of striking compositions. A glimpse of the artist’s website shows this archiving procedure, which shaves down any surplus imagery in favour of crucially representative images. The photographer presents a spectacle of cities ... More

Solo exhibition by Italian artist Gianni Piacentino opens at VW (VeneKlasen/Werner)
BERLIN.- VW (VeneKlasen/Werner) presents a solo exhibition by Italian artist Gianni Piacentino. The show, curated by Centre d’Art Contemporain Geneva’s director Andrea Bellini, will feature a consistent body of works, following the development of his artistic career over the last fifty years, from the monochrome compositions in 1965 to the present day. Piacentino was one of the founding members of Arte Povera, a movement he abandoned early to pursue his own individual and maverick path. Working primarily in polyester-coated and painted wood, he maintained an unwavering commitment to manual skill and highly refined industrial materials. Piacentino’s early minimal sculptures transformed themselves into new shapes that celebrate the idea of dynamism and speed, recalling the vehicles that inspired his projects—motorcycles, monocycles, automobiles, and planes. Creating these ... More

Sam Snead's 'Most Trusted Weapon,' his driver used in more than 100 victories, at auction
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Drones to photograph 32 mile long artwork after successful appeal
BRISTOL.- Aerial photography of the largest artwork ever to be commissioned in the UK, a 32 mile long drawing in Bristol, will be carried out by drones following a successful appeal by organisers of the HighWaterLine project. Residents from each Bristol neighbourhood are marking a section of the 32 mile route before handing on to the next to show what the city will look like underwater. From the air, the drawing will look like a contour on a map. It represents the high water point of future flood predictions. Alice Sharp, Director of Invisible Dust said: “I feel the only way to properly appreciate the size of this artwork will be when viewed from the air. It is vast. We are delighted that Bristol Drones have stepped in to help us.” Philippe Francken, Director of Bristol Drones said: “The UAV (drone) I am using for the HighWaterLine project will be a DJI Phantom 2, with a DJI H3-3D gimbal that ... More

One of the most comprehensive exhibitions of works by Art & Language opens in Barcelona
BARCELONA.- The Museu d’Art Contemporani de Barcelona presents Art & Language Uncompleted. The Philippe Méaille Collection, one of the most complete and extensive exhibitions of work by Art & Language. The Philippe Méaille Collection of Art & Language Works, deposited at MACBA since 2010, has more than 500 works covering one of the most complex and belligerent artistic experiences of the second half of the twentieth century. The production of the Art & Language collective challenges art history’s own vocabulary. Its creative practice adopted conversation as a workplace, questioning what could be identified as the art object. In 2010 the French collector Philippe Méaille deposited at MACBA his private collection of works by Art & Language: more than 500 pieces of very different types – paintings, drawings, sculptures, installations, documents, writings, ... More

Cast From Life" exhibition of contemporary sculpture on view at Skarstedt New York
NEW YORK, NY.- Skarstedt presents Cast From Life, an exhibition of contemporary sculpture featuring works by George Condo, Peter Fischli & David Weiss, Isa Genzken, Robert Gober, Mark Grotjahn, Rachel Harrison, Mike Kelley, Martin Kippenberger, Jeff Koons, Juan Muñoz, Cady Noland, Ugo Rondinone, Thomas Schütte, Rebecca Warren, and Franz West. Cast from Life examines the diverse approaches of sculptors today and explores how they capture psychological states and create narratives utilizing materials ranging from traditional cast bronze to everyday objects. The exhibition will be on view at Skarstedt (20 E. 79th Street) from September 18 through October 25, 2014. Within the history of sculptural practice, ‘life-casting’ is as a technique through which to create a three- dimensional copy of a living body. Cast From Life loosely interprets the process of casting and ... More

New series of works by Nathalie Djurberg and Hans Berg on view at Lisson Gallery
LONDON.- A new series of works and a new direction marks this inaugural exhibition of Nathalie Djurberg and Hans Berg at Lisson Gallery. Sculptural interventions, projections, neon, film and music are interwoven throughout the spaces in an immersive installation, eschewing video screens or static objects for animated surfaces and pulsating environments. Merging audio-visual and multimedia elements, Djurberg & Berg’s debut show with the gallery melds together as one continuous or total work of art, albeit constructed of discrete events and individual experiences. One room presents an installation of 10 waist-high urns, standing in two rows, entitled Gas, Solid, Liquid. Each pot contains a small, unique animation relating to the possible contents, as well as a specially composed piece of music, which vibrates and resonates deep within the ceramic vessel. In another gallery, light, projection ... More

New exhibition of historical and contemporary embroidery from the Royal School of Needlework opens
LONDON.- From this September through to March 2015, the Royal School of Needlework is exhibiting a display of embroideries with a garden theme, at its home at Hampton Court Palace. Almost since the start of embroidery, capturing flowers and the natural world has been an irresistible subject for stitch. Embroidery lends itself perfectly to capturing the textures, colours, shapes and movement of nature and on show are beautiful pieces of work including traditional floral interpretations and a host of more unusual embroidery subjects from vegetables and fruit to fungi. The exhibition features historic work from the RSN Collection together with current embroideries by RSN students and tutors - all inspired by the natural world using a wide variety of stitched techniques. Historical pieces date from the 18th century and the exhibition comes right up-to-date with pieces submitted in Summer ... More

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On a day like today, Dutch realist painter Anton Mauve was born
September 18, 1838. Anthonij (Anton) Rudolf Mauve (18 September 1838, Zaandam, North Holland - 5 February 1888, Arnhem) was a Dutch realist painter who was a leading member of the Hague School. He signed his paintings 'A. Mauve' or with a monogrammed 'A.M.'. A master colorist, he was a very significant early influence on his cousin-in-law Vincent van Gogh. In this image: Morning Ride on the Beach (1876), oil on canvas, Rijksmuseum.

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