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In and out of storage: Mauritshuis exhibits rarely seen works from its collection

People look at paintings on February 2, 2016 at the Mauritshuis art museum in The Hague during the exhibition "In and out of storage" which presents paintings that are usually kept in the museum's depot.

THE HAGUE.- The store rooms of the museum are off limits to the public. This might make you curious. What paintings are stored there? How did they end up there? Why aren’t they hanging in the museum? And do they really hold unknown treasures, as is often thought to be the case? The exhibition In and Out of Storage answers these questions and, for the first time, acquaints visitors with this invisible part of the collection of the Mauritshuis. The collection of the Mauritshuis is not only coherent and manageable in size, but also quite visible. Of the approximately 850 pieces in the collection, some 250 are on permanent display in the Mauritshuis itself, another 150 are exhibited in the Prince William V Gallery, and an additional 150 are on long-term loan to museums in the Netherlands and abroad. Only 300 artworks – not many, in comparison with other collections ... More

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Artcurial achieves record price for a car sold at auction; Ferrari sells for 35,711,359   Norton set to break ground on transformative expansion designed by Foster + Partners   Magnificent yet little-known work by Eugène Delacroix on long-term loan to the Clark Art Institute

Lot 170. 1957 Ferrari 335 Sport Scaglietti • Châssis n°0674 • From the Pierre Bardinon Collection.

PARIS.- Friday 5 February 2016, shortly after 18h50, at the Retromobile Salon, Artcurial Motorcars, the collectors’ car department at Artcurial achieved the world record for a car sold at auction, under the gavel of Maitre Hervé Poulain. The iconic 1957 Ferrari 335 S Scaglietti, from the Pierre Bardinon Collection was bought by an international bidder for 32 075 200 M€ / 24 693 782 M£ / 35 711 359 M$, including premium. Matthieu Lamoure, Managing Director of Artcurial Motorcars declared, as the car left the stage: «This exceptional Ferrari 335 S Scaglietti #0674 has achieved the highest auction price in international history (in euros and sterling), here in France, the home of the automobile, and in Paris, the world’s capital for collectors’ cars during the winter season. My team and I are very proud to have put Artcurial Motorcars on the top step of the podium for auction houses worldwide ! Our hard work, ... More

The New Norton South Dixie Highway Façade designed by Foster + Partners. Image courtesy of Foster + Partners.

WEST PALM BEACH, FL.- The Norton Museum of Art will launch its transformational expansion project, designed by architecture firm Foster + Partners, with a ceremonial groundbreaking on February 6, 2016. The groundbreaking precedes the evening’s annual Gala celebrating the Museum’s 75th anniversary. Pritzker-Prize winning architect Lord Norman Foster, Norton Executive Director Hope Alswang, and Norton Board of Trustees Chairman Harry Howell will be joined by an audience of invited guests for this momentous event, which kicks off construction of the new West Wing. “As the Norton celebrates its 75th anniversary, we applaud founder Ralph Norton’s generosity and foresight, while looking toward the future,” Alswang said. “With design development complete, I am excited that the Norton Museum of Art is set to break ground on the Foster + Partners-designed ... More

Eugène Delacroix (French, 1798–1863), The Martyrdom of Saint Sulpicius, c. 1847-50. Private Collection. Photo courtesy Clark Art Institute.

WILLIAMSTOWN, MASS.- The Clark Art Institute has received a long-term loan of a magnificent oil study by Eugène Delacroix (French, 1798–1863). The study, The Martyrdom of Saint Sulpicius (c. 1847–50), is relatively unknown, having only been exhibited once in 1930. The painting shows Saint Sulpicius kneeling with arms outstretched as his executioner wields his sword. The Roman captain who ordered the execution is depicted on horseback, while a veiled standing figure depicts Saint Domitilla, whose prayers had led Sulpicius to convert to Christianity. The only known published reference to the study appeared in The Adolph Lewisohn Collection of Modern French Paintings and Sculptures (1928), a limited edition catalogue published by the Lewisohn family. While the canvas exhibits all of the dramatic, loose brushwork and vibrant color characteristic of Delacroix, ... More

Guggenheim Museum presents "Peter Fischli David Weiss: How to Work Better"   The Crawford Art Gallery exhibits works by the maestro of the Georgian miniature: Adam Buck   First major international presentation of Pierre Bonnard's work on the West Coast opens in San Francisco

Peter Fischli / David Weiss, The First Blush of Morning, 1984 (from Equilibres [A Quiet Afternoon], 1984–86). Chromogenic print, 30 x 24 cm. Jumex Collection, Mexico City © Peter Fischli and David Weiss.

NEW YORK, NY.- From February 5 to April 27, 2016, the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum presents Peter Fischli David Weiss: How to Work Better, the first comprehensive survey in a New York museum of the remarkable 33-year artistic partnership between Peter Fischli (b. 1952) and David Weiss (1946–2012). Gathering more than three hundred sculptures, photographs, slide projections, and videos, the presentation encapsulates and culminates the dynamic collaboration between the Swiss artists, bringing into focus the generative and incisive dialogue they sustained over the course of their joint career. Through its simultaneously witty and profound appropriation of cultural genres—from low-budget Hollywood flicks and picture-postcard views to the art historical trope of the readymade and the kind of amateur philosophy found in self-help books— ... More

Adam Buck, Lady Alicia Lambart. Miniature watercolour on ivory. Private collection. Image courtesy Crawford Art Gallery.

CORK.- Born in 1759 into a family of silversmiths in Cork, Adam Buck trained as an artist from an early age. Subtle, refined and often saucy, his watercolour portraits depict the literary, theatrical, social and political stars of the Regency period. He was also alive to the political issues of his day, and several of his early sitters were members of the United Irishmen, including John Sheares. Among the celebrities he painted were the actor John Kemble, Mary Anne Clarke, mistress of Frederick, Duke of York, and John Burke, an enterprising publisher from Tipperary who founded Burke's Peerage. Adam Buck is described by Turtle Bunbury as a ‘maestro of the Georgian Miniature’. The exhibition brings to life scenes reminiscent of those described by Jane Austen in her novels Pride and Prejudice and Sense and Sensibility. An exhibition of work by Buck, organised by the Ashmolean Museum in Oxford, is being shown at the ... More

Pierre Bonnard, "Woman with a Cat, or The Demanding Cat," 1912. Oil on canvas. 78 x 77.5 cm. Musée d'Orsay © 2015 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / ADAGP, Paris.

SAN FRANCISCO, CA.- The Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco announce Pierre Bonnard: Painting Arcadia, the first major international presentation of Pierre Bonnard’s work to be mounted on the West Coast in half a century. The exhibition will feature more than seventy works that span the artist’s complete career, from his early Nabi masterpieces, through his experimental photography, to the late interior scenes for which he is best known. The exhibition celebrates Bonnard as one of the defining figures of modernism in the transitional period between impressionism and abstraction. Several themes from Bonnard’s career will emerge, including the artist’s great decorative commissions where the natural world merges with the bright colors and light of the South of France, where windows link interior and exterior spaces, and where intimate scenes disclose unexpected ... More

The Harvard Art Museums present "Everywhen: The Eternal Present in Indigenous Art from Australia"   Rare candid snapshots of Marilyn Monroe in Heritage Auctions' Entertainment & Music Memorabilia   European master paintings, decorative arts, Columbus documents, and more at the Frist Center for the Visual Arts

Judy Watson, Bunya, 2011. Pigment, acrylic, and watercolor pencil on canvas. Private collection, Australia. Image courtesy of the Artist and Tolarno Galleries, Melbourne, Australia © 2015 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York/VISCOPY Australia.

CAMBRIDGE, MASS.- The Harvard Art Museums present Everywhen: The Eternal Present in Indigenous Art from Australia, on display in the museums’ Special Exhibitions Gallery from February 5 through September 18, 2016. The exhibition has been guest curated for the Harvard Art Museums by Indigenous Australian Stephen Gilchrist, of the Yamatji people of the Inggarda language group of Western Australia. Gilchrist has shaped the exhibition to ensure that it centers around the authentic perspectives and experiences of Indigenous people from Australia. The exhibition takes its title from the concept of “the Everywhen,” a term coined by Australian anthropologist William Stanner in the 1960s to describe his comprehension of Indigenous people’s understanding of time, which ... More

A Marilyn Monroe Signed Black and White Photograph, 1955. Estimate: $2,000 - up.

DALLAS, TX.- A trove of rare snapshots, some of which have never been seen before, of Marilyn Monroe, taken by an teen fan during the peak of her career in the mid-1950s, will make their auction debut in Heritage Auction's Entertainment & Music Memorabilia Auction Feb. 20 in Dallas. The snapshots come from the personal collection of James Collins, a star-struck fan who was a member of what became known as "The Monroe 6," a group of fellow teenagers who obsessively followed the movie star — paparazzi-style — around New York City. "During Marilyn's time in New York, I and the others photographed her in various locations around the city. We would then run to the drugstore to get our snapshots developed in multiples so that all of us could have all the shots we had taken of her (thus the reason for the different shapes and sizes of the photos my collection)," Collins said. "In the era before Google and GPS and TMZ and ... More

Anthonis Mor (North Netherlandish, 1516/20–1575/76). The Grand Duke of Alba, 1549. Oil on canvas, 39 3/4 x 32 11/16 in. Dukes of Alba Collection, Liria Palace, Madrid, inv. P.2.

NASHVILLE, TN.- Featuring works by Dürer, Goya, Murillo, Ribera, Rubens, and more from the splendid palaces of the Alba dynasty in Spain, Treasures from the House of Alba: 500 Years of Art and Collecting will make its second and final stop in the U.S. at Nashville’s Frist Center for the Visual Arts from February 5 through May 1, 2016. Co-organized by the Meadows Museum and the Casa de Alba Foundation, the exhibition brings together more than 130 works of art, dating from antiquity to the twentieth century, drawn from one of the oldest and most impressive private collections in Europe. Exhibition highlights include masterpieces of Dutch, Flemish, German, Italian, and Spanish painting, such as Francisco Goya’s The Duchess of Alba in White (1795), along with four other major portraits by the great Spanish master, ... More

First full-scale gallery exhibition dedicated to Ana Mendieta's filmworks opens in New York   Delectable sweets and savory foods featured in new exhibition of works by Peter Anton   Philadelphia Museum of Art announces curatorial promotions and a new appointment

Ana Mendieta, Butterfly, 1975. Still from super-8mm film transferred to high-definition digital media, color, silent. © The Estate of Ana Mendieta Collection, LLC Courtesy Galerie Lelong, New York.

NEW YORK, NY.- Ana Mendieta: Experimental and Interactive Films is the first full-scale gallery exhibition dedicated to Mendieta’s filmworks in New York. Revealing aspects of Mendieta’s practice that are not as widely known as her ritualistic investigations of body and landscape, the exhibition demonstrates Mendieta’s technical innovations and her singular approach to the medium. The fifteen filmworks comprising the exhibition—nine of which have never been seen before—are newly transferred from their original media to digital formats. These transfers reveal detail and a vibrancy of color and contrast, while preserving these critical works for future generations. Though Mendieta was a prolific filmmaker, creating more than 100 films in her short lifetime, this aspect ... More

Peter Anton, “I love you”. February 4 -March 20, 2016.

NEW YORK, NY.- UNIX Gallery presents I Love You, a visual affirmation of the connection between art and our emotional needs and desires by artist Peter Anton. Featuring new sculptural works inspired by delectable foods I Love You marks the first solo exhibition at UNIX Gallery Madison, 1015 Madison Ave. New York, NY, on view from February 4 – March 9, 2016. Peter Anton is known for his uncanny ability to create art that can lure, charm, tease, disarm and surprise. He uses new sculpture techniques and materials to alter and overstate foods to give them new, delicious meanings. Anton employs humor, scale, irony, and intensity to make foods aesthetically pleasing and seductive in atypical ways. Viewers are faced with concepts of necessity and desire, stimulated by his subject matter. “The gallery will be enveloped and embraced by a red, velvety cocoon of love and fanciful candies,” says Anton, whose larger-than-life, ... More

Alexandra Kirtley, the Montgomery-Garvan Associate Curator of American Decorative Arts, has also been promoted to full curator.

PHILADELPHIA, PA.- The Philadelphia Museum of Art announced today two promotions and a new appointment to key curatorial positions. Jennifer Thompson has been promoted to head the Museum’s Department of European Paintings, succeeding Joseph J. Rishel, who retired in 2015 and is now serving as Curator Emeritus. Jessica Todd Smith, currently Chief Curator of American Art at The Huntington Library, Art Collections and Botanical Gardens in San Marino, California, will become Curator of American Art and Manager of the Center for American Art, effective July 1, and Alexandra Kirtley, the Montgomery-Garvan Associate Curator of American Decorative Arts, has also been promoted to full curator. Timothy Rub, The George D. Widener Director and CEO, stated: “These appointments reflect the ... More

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Mediterranean Peace Donkeys in Gozo, Malta for exhibition at the Ta' Pinu National Shrine
GOZO.- In celebration of the United Nations’ World Interfaith Harmony Week (first week of February 2016), and against a backdrop of the recent extremists’ attacks in the West and conflict in the Middle East, the little island of Gozo in the heart of the Mediterranean is making a strong stand for peace through art. The island of Gozo now has 21 more donkeys on it: Mediterranean Peace Donkeys. As the first exhibition in 2016 at the renowned Ta’ Pinu National Shrine, a revered place of pilgrimage for centuries, The Mediterranean Peace Donkey project is a peacebuilding exhibition of 21 life-sized fiberglass “Maltese” donkeys painted by premier Gozitan, Maltese, Egyptian and Western artists symbolizing the need for peace and compassion between the creeds and cultures of Middle East and West, and more specifically throughout the Mediterranean Basin (i.e. a donkey for each of the 21 ... More

Frac Lorraine exhibits over a dozen pieces by Nil Yalter
METZ.- On the occasion of the first French retrospective of the work by Nil Yalter, 49 Nord 6 Est invites you to discover over a dozen pieces by this firmly engaged artist of Turkish origin, most of which have never been shown on the national artistic scene. A voluntary exile, Nil Yalter (1938, Cairo, Egypt), settled in Paris in 1965. She is a pioneering, spirited, and original artist motivated by social and political convictions. She creates hybrid works that combine video, painting, drawing, photography, collage, as well as performance and installation. Rooted in conceptual art, her work does not reject either form or materiality and, in its singular approach, eludes the contemporary artistic canons. The artist’s early work, pictorial and abstract in nature, took a “documentary turn” in the 1970s: Yalter started to incorporate social, anthropological, and ethnographic considerations, linked ... More

"At Your Service" brings the plate to the head of the table at Houston Center for Contemporary Craft
HOUSTON, TX.- Houston Center for Contemporary Craft presents At Your Service, an exhibition that examines the plate as a cultural touchstone beyond its everyday utility. Curators Amelia Toelke and Niki Johnson join their own works with pieces by an international selection of artists in this stunning exhibition. Whether serving as the canvas for a large-scale painting, cast into three-dimensional sculptures, or transformed into willow patterned jewelry, the plates of At Your Service are both alluring and thought provoking. They cause us to reflect, from anthropological and art historical perspectives, upon the social, cultural, and utilitarian significance of the dishes in our own cupboards. Whether decorative, commemorative, or kitsch, the plates in this exhibition are more than surfaces upon which we serve food. In material culture, plates are alternately status symbols, ... More

de Appel arts centre exhibits site-specific installation by Saskia Noor van Imhoff
AMSTERDAM.- In this site-specific architectural installation, Saskia Noor van Imhoff approaches de Appel arts centre as the site of an artificial archaeological excavation. Similar to visiting an archaeological site and interpreting findings from different earth layers, you will find objects created by the artist above and below the surface of the exhibition floor. These objects are connected to one another in a network of associative meaning. In archaeological excavations time (history) reveals itself through the stacked layers of earth. Knowledge and stories are concealed in accidental remnants; a broken vase, a part of a building, a metal spearhead. Saskia Noor van Imhoff’s installation is similarly layered and rich in thought and meaning. In her installations, van Imhoff explores how artefacts and works of art are collected, preserved, managed and interpreted, and consequently, ... More

Exhibition of Hispanic Caribbean art now on view at the Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center
POUGHKEEPSIE, NY.- A new installation of Hispanic Caribbean art is now on view at the Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center at Vassar College. Fluid Ecologies: Hispanic Caribbean Art from the Permanent Collection is an exhibition of thirteen works on paper by seven of the most celebrated Hispanic Caribbean artists of the last five decades. Organized by the Art Center and Lizabeth Paravisini-Gebert, Professor of Hispanic Studies on the Sarah Tod Fitz Randolph Distinguished Professor Chair, the exhibition will be on view through May 8. The Caribbean region’s historical role as crossroads of the world has engendered cultures, literatures, and art born of dynamic intellectual and creative networks connecting writers, artists, and ideas across the Caribbean Sea, its islands and continental shores, and the world beyond. “Like a fluid ecology forever interacting to generate ... More

Jeffrey S. Evans & Associates two-day glass auction excites collectors from around the globe
MT. CRAWFORD, VA.- Jeffrey S. Evans & Associates’ first auction of the 2016 season offered important collections of 18th to 20th century American and European glass in two unreserved sessions. The wide and varied selection drew 4,175 registered bidders from 43 different countries, the 1172 total lots grossed $400,000.00. All prices include the buyer’s premium. Session one on January 29 featured over 400 pieces of 18th and 19th century European and American glass from the collection of the late J. Anthony “Tony” Stout of Washington, DC. Mr. Stout was a well-respected collector, scholar and author who had a special interest in 18th century drinking vessels. His collection featured a strong selection of English wine glasses highlighted by a pair of mid 18th century air-twist stem examples [Lot 28] finely engraved with "SUCCESS TO THE / HARWICH / CAP IOS ROWLEY" ... More

Shaping a Century: Exhibition of works by modern British sculptors on view at NewArtCentre
SALISBURY.- NewArtCentre announces an exhibition in the Gallery and Artists House of important works by some of the most significant British artists of the twentieth century including Hepworth, Moore, Armitage and Turnbull. By juxtaposing diverse works from the 1950s onwards, this new show examines the contribution British sculptors have made which helped shape an art that was truly international in scope and significance. A particular highlight of the exhibition is a large tapestry by Henry Moore; entitled ‘Three Seated Figures’ (1974), it was made by Brose Patrick Studios in Scotland after an original drawing from 1944. ‘Three Seated Figures’ is one of only seven tapestries Moore had made in Scotland, a further twenty three were made at West Dean in Sussex. The idea of Henry Moore’s collaborations with tapestry studios was first suggested by the artist’s daughter Mary. ... More

Dreaming Mirrors Dreaming Screens: Group exhibition on view at Sprüth Magers Berlin
BERLIN.- Bringing together the practice of thirteen international artists, the exhibition Dreaming Mirrors Dreaming Screens appeals to the intuitive mind and creativity beyond referential thinking. Departing from the artists´ production, it navigates through narratives in the realm of surrealist animation, abstraction and subjects of 'New Materialism' embracing the logic of the internet. The concept of the show develops around notions of the screen as an interface for both the conscious and the subconscious mind, as well as a surface for projections of communication and technological abstraction. The exhibition aims to synchronize the intuitive mind with screens as doorways to lucid states of both the rational and the dream-like. As Jean Baudrillard claims, "we used to live in the imaginary world of the mirror and the stage. Today, we live in the imaginary world of the screen, the interface ... More

Gemeentemuseum Den Haag exhibits works by Jesse Wine
THE HAGUE.- Young Man Red is an installation that recalls not only Alexander Calder’s mobiles, but also the work of Karel Appel and of De Stijl. Jesse Wine (b. 1983) often looks to other artists for inspiration, but then interprets their ideas in his own highly individual way. Like many other artists today, he chooses to use ceramic techniques to express emotion. “Because,” he says, “ceramics often quite literally reveal the hand of the artist.” Jesse Wine is a member of a generation of young English artists – also including people like Laura Aldridge, Aaron Angell and Giles Round – who are currently engaged in (successfully) exploring the potential of clay. Not to create domestic wares, but to claim a place within the world of contemporary art. Wine employs a range of ceramic techniques and experiments with glazes. He sometimes creates new versions of work by other ceramic ... More

New Mexico Museum of Art opens "First Folio! The Book that Gave Us Shakespeare"
SANTA FE, NM.- New Mexico Museum of Art hosts the First Folio! The Book that Gave Us Shakespeare national tour. “New Mexico Museum of Art is excited to announce that Santa Fe and all of New Mexico can now plan to experience one of the very rare First Folios of the works of William Shakespeare,” said Mary Kershaw, Director. “The excitement of seeing such an iconic work is hard to describe. From Shakespeare aficionados to students studying these plays for the first time, this exhibit is a very special opportunity for people in New Mexico to see one of the most influential books in history.” The First Folio opened to the most quoted line from Shakespeare’s Hamlet, “to be or not to be.” A multi-panel exhibition exploring Shakespeare’s impact, then and now, is accompanied by digital content and interactive activities. The First Folio is the first complete collected edition ... More

Timbuktu recovers its mausoleums, risen from ruins
TIMBUKTU (AFP).- Mali's fabled city of Timbuktu on Thursday celebrated the recovery of its historic mausoleums, destroyed during an Islamist takeover of northern Mali in 2012 and rebuilt thanks to UN cultural agency UNESCO. The dusty desert city formally received the keys to the precious shrines to Muslim saints dating back to medieval times at a ceremony consecrating their return that was held in the legendary Djingareyber mosque. Al-Qaeda-linked insurgents wrecked 14 of the city's iconic earthen shrines built during Timbuktu's 15th and 16th century golden age as an economic, intellectual and spiritual centre. To mark their reconstruction, five heads of cattle were ritually sacrificed just after dawn, ahead of a reading of the entire Muslim holy book the Koran and the handing of the keys to the families in charge of their care. "This day celebrates the remarkable and ... More

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On a day like today, Austrian painter Gustav Klimt, died
February 06, 1918. Gustav Klimt (July 14, 1862 - February 6, 1918) was an Austrian symbolist painter and one of the most prominent members of the Vienna Secession movement. Klimt is noted for his paintings, murals, sketches, and other art objects. Klimt's primary subject was the female body; his works are marked by a frank eroticism. In this image: An auction house worker carries a painting by Gustav Klimt, left, next to a still-life painting by Paul Cezanne, right during a photo call in central London, Tuesday Jan. 12, 2010.

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