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Israeli archaeologists unveil 'oldest' Hebrew mention of Jerusalem

A picture taken on October 26, 2016 shows an ancient papyrus manuscript from the time of the First Temple during a press call in Jerusalem. The rare find was exposed in an enforcement operation initiated by the Israel Antiquities Authority Unit for the Prevention of Antiquities Robbery. The document written on papyrus and dating back to the time of the First Temple (seventh century BCE) bears the name of the city of Jerusalem and is the earliest extra-biblical source to mention Jerusalem in Hebrew writing. MENAHEM KAHANA / AFP.

JERUSALEM (AFP).- Israeli archaeologists Wednesday unveiled a 7th century BC text they said contains the earliest mention in Hebrew of Jerusalem outside the Bible, prompting officials to stress the Jewish connection to the city. "For Israeli archaeology, this is the first mention in Hebrew of the city of Jerusalem outside the New Testament," Amir Ganor of Israel's antiquities authority told AFP as the papyrus was presented in Jerusalem. The antiquities authority said the papyrus, found near the Dead Sea, was seized from traffickers after a lengthy investigation as it was about to go on sale on the black market. It proved that "Jews were in this city 2,700 years ago," said Ganor. He said the timing of the announcement, amid a row with the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation, was a coincidence as it had been held up by the trafficking investigation. ... More

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Photorealist masterwork by Gerhard Richter to lead Phillips Evening Sale of 20th Century & Contemporary Art   National Geographic 'Afghan girl' arrested in Pakistan   Works from William Eggleston's monumental project The Democratic Forest on view at David Zwirner

Gerhard Richter (b. 1932), Düsenjäger, 1963 (detail). Oil on canvas, 51 1/8 x 78 3/4 in. (130 x 200 cm.). Estimate: $25,000,000-35,000,000. Image courtesy of Phillips.

NEW YORK, NY.- Gerhard Richter’s masterful photorealist painting Düsenjäger will lead Phillips’ Evening Sale of 20th Century & Contemporary Art on 16 November. One of the earliest of Richter’s recognized works, Düsenjäger was completed as part of the artist’s small and celebrated group of warplane pictures and was included in the artist’s landmark retrospective at The Art Institute of Chicago in 2002. The painting, estimated at $25-35 million, was last sold at auction in 2007 and set a record auction price for the artist of $11.2 million. Jean-Paul Engelen, Phillips’ Worldwide Co-Head of 20th Century & Contemporary Art, said, “We’re honored to include Düsenjäger from Gerhard Richter’s series of warplanes in our sale, which is easily the most important work by the artist to have ever been offered by Phillips. His photorealist paintings, especially those of such high quality, are rare to the market and t ... More

The haunting image of Sharbat Gula, taken in a Pakistan refugee camp by photographer Steve McCurry in the 1980s, became the most famous cover image in the magazine's history.

PESHAWAR (AFP).- An Afghan woman immortalised on a celebrated National Geographic magazine cover as a green-eyed 12-year-old girl was arrested Wednesday for living in Pakistan on fraudulent identity papers. The haunting image of Sharbat Gula, taken in a Pakistan refugee camp by photographer Steve McCurry in the 1980s, became the most famous cover image in the magazine's history. Her arrest highlights the desperate measures many Afghans are willing to take to avoid returning to their war-torn homeland as Pakistan cracks down on undocumented foreigners. Pakistan's Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) arrested Gul for fraud following a two-year investigation on her and her husband, who has absconded. Investigators, who have uncovered thousands of fraud cases over the last decade, launched a probe into her application shortly after she procured the card.
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Untitled from The Democratic Forest, c. 1983-1986 (detail). © Eggleston Artistic Trust. Courtesy David Zwirner, New York/London.

NEW YORK, NY.- David Zwirner presents its first exhibition with William Eggleston since having announced the gallery’s exclusive worldwide representation of the artist. On view at 537 West 20th Street in New York will be works from Eggleston’s monumental project The Democratic Forest. Over the course of nearly six decades, Eggleston has established a singular pictorial style that deftly combines vernacular subject matter with an innate and sophisticated understanding of color, form, and composition. His photographs transform the ordinary into distinctive, poetic images that eschew fixed meaning. His 1976 solo exhibition at The Museum of Modern Art, New York, curated by John Szarkowski, marked the first presentation of color photography at the museum. Although initially criticized for its unfamiliar approach, the show and its accompanying catalogue, William Eggleston’s Guide, heralded an important moment in the medium’s acce ... More

India's 'Dinosaur Princess' keeps watch over rare remains   Apple designer's chest of drawers sells for over $1m   Doyle to auction the Eileen & Herbert C. Bernard Collection

"Dinosaur Princess" Aaliya Sultana Babi holding a fossilised dinosaur egg at her palace in Balasinor. SAM PANTHAKY / AFP.

BALASINOR (AFP).- One of princess Aalia Sultana Babi's most prized possessions is a fossilised dinosaur egg she found an unsuspecting villager using to grind spices on her ancestral lands, an area billed as "India's Jurassic Park". Babi rescued the egg and it now has pride of place among her collection of prehistoric fossils, part of a lifelong legacy of protecting the dinosaur remains on the land her family once ruled over. "She didn't know it was a dinosaur egg!" said Babi, 42, who has been dubbed the Dinosaur Princess for her work. "I lovingly call it my masala (spice) egg," she added of the rare find, a complete Titanosaurus egg belonging to the late Cretaceous period, around 99-65 million years ago. It now sits in her home, in pride of place, wrapped in white silk inside a red velvet jewellery box. Researchers found the 72-acre (29-hectare) sprawling family estate of Balinsor was littered with dinosaur fossils during a routine ... More

Marc Newson, « Pod of drawers », 1987, made from cut aluminium panels, riveted to a fiberglass structure. Sold for 1 019 800 € / 1 111 582 $ including premium (estimation : 600 000 – 700 000 €).

PARIS.- A chest of drawers by the star Australian designer Marc Newson has sold at auction in Paris for more than one million euros, more than twice its estimate. The piece called "Pod of drawers" by the creator who has worked for Apple for the past decade, was bought for 1.019 million euros ($1.1 million) by an Asian buyer, the auction house Artcurial said Tuesday. Newson, 53, made the shiny aluminium drawers by hand in 1987 while he was at art school having earlier trained as a jeweller. The creator of the Lockheed Lounge chair has said he was inspired to take up furniture design by the European decorative art magazines his Greek-born grandfather left lying around the house in Sydney. The piece was inspired by French Art Deco designer Andre Groult's famous body-shaped "Chiffonnier Anthropomorphe", Artcurial said. "Entirely made by hand, the chest of drawers shows the fusion between European decorative arts ... More

Fernand Leger, La Belle Equipe (detail). Brush, India ink, watercolor and gouache over pencil on Arches paper, 22 1/4 x 29 3/4 inches. From the Eileen & Herbert C. Bernard Collection. Estimate: $200,000-400,000.

NEW YORK, NY.- Doyle has announced the sale of works of art from the Eileen & Herbert C. Bernard Collection. This remarkable collection was assembled by Eileen (1916-1999) and her husband Herbert (1912-2016) during the course of their 65-year marriage. Its significance lies in the wide-ranging view and refined eye of a drawings collector, rarely seen today; as well as in the freshness of material not on the market in many decades. Doyle’s auction of Impressionist & Modern Art on Tuesday, November 1 will feature a number of works from the Collection, comprising lots 57 through 77. Highlighting the offerings is an exceptional Alberto Giacometti bronze bust of Diego, the sculptor’s faithful brother, whose features are instantly recognizable (est. $1,000,000-2,000,000). Diego became the artist’s alter ego, and the vehicle ... More

Exhibition at British Museum explores 100,000 years of South African art   Sotheby's London exhibits books & manuscripts from The Pierre Bergé Library   Staley Wise opens exhibition of photographs by Slim Aarons

Esther Mahlangu (b. 1935), detail of BMW Art Car 12, 1991. © Esther Mahlangu. Photo © BMW Group Archives.

LONDON.- This autumn the British Museum will host the first major UK exhibition on South African art that explores a 100,000 history through archaeological, historic and contemporary artworks, which look at the long and rich artistic heritage of the country. South Africa: the art of a nation is sponsored by Jack and Betsy Ryan and will use art to tell the story of the region’s deep history, the colonial period, apartheid, the birth of the ‘rainbow nation’ and South Africa today. Objects from the British Museum’s own South African collections will be displayed alongside contemporary acquisitions. There will also be significant loans in the exhibition, including objects coming to the UK for the very first time, thanks to the exhibition’s logistics partner IAG Cargo. The exhibition will shed light on the varied artistic achievements of South Africa with around 200 objects arranged chronologically across ... More

Gustave Flaubert, Par les champs et les grèves (Voyage en Bretagne). No place Croisset, 1847] - 3 January 1848. Autograph manuscript, signed, folio, 140 leaves (i.e. 277 pages), mounted on Stubbs and numbered by Flaubert himself. Modern green morocco by Aussourd. Estimate: 400.000 – 600.000 €. Photo: Sotheby's.

LONDON.- From today until Sunday, Sotheby’s London is exhibiting books and manuscripts from the exceptional personal library of Pierre Bergé, the French businessman and art patron, also known as Yves Saint Laurent’s partner in business and life. Last year, Pierre Bergé decided to auction his entire personal library: 1,600 books and manuscripts, spanning, in incredible depth, all the great cultural, literary and philosophical landmarks, from the 15th through to the 20th century. A long-kept secret, his collection is estimated at around €40 million, making it the most valuable library ever to come to the market. Following the great success of the first sale in December 2015, a further ... More

Slim Aarons, Jacqueline Kennedy at the April in Paris Ball, 1959.

NEW YORK, NY.- Slim Aarons made a career, in his words, “photographing attractive people doing attractive things in attractive places.” His subjects were the beautiful and the celebrated, the rich and the powerful, high society and aristocracy. Slim Aarons captured their image for the picture magazines throughout the second half of the twentieth century. In doing so he defined the image of the Beautiful People, the international Jet Set who strode the world’s stage in the postwar decades. As a chronicler of the good life, as lived by the upper classes and aristocracy in the 1950’s, 60’s, and 70’s, Slim Aarons has no peer. He was a classic outsider looking in, and as such he idealized the rich. The women are beautiful and exquisitely dressed, the men handsome and poised. The houses, shown in detail, range from European palazzos and castles to Palm Beach palazzos to suburban and Southhampton castles. Though ... More

The Canadian Photography Institute inaugurates its new permanent space   Exhibition of works by artists of the New York School opens at Allan Stone Projects   Exhibition at Paul Kasmin Gallery embodies the collaborative atmosphere of the Impasse Ronsin

Unknown Photographer, The Globe and Mail librarian in original library 1939. Gift of The Globe and Mail Newspaper to the Canadian Photography Institute of the National Gallery of Canada.

OTTAWA.- The National Gallery of Canada’s Director and CEO, Marc Mayer, and the Director of the Canadian Photography Institute, Luce Lebart, officially opened the Institute’s dedicated galleries today in the presence of representatives from Scotiabank – the Institute’s Founding Partner – and the National Gallery of Canada Foundation. Three unique exhibitions marked the inauguration of the Institute: The Intimate World of Josef Sudek, featuring a selection of contemplative photographs from the Czech pioneer of modernist photography, Cutline: The Photography Archives of the Globe and Mail, and PhotoLab 1, an essay exhibition on the theme of windows in photography. The public is invited to meet the curators and view the exhibitions free of charge tonight from 6 pm to 8 pm. The Canadian Photography ... More

Joseph Cornell, Untitled (Yellow Sand Fountain), 1959. Mixed media box construction, 12 3/4 x 8 7/8 x 5 in.

NEW YORK, NY.- Allan Stone Projects presents Artists of the New York School, on view from October 27 – December 23, 2016. Selected from the Allan Stone Collection, the exhibition highlights paintings, sculptures, and works on paper by a loosely associated group of mid-twentieth century European and American artists centered around New York. Mr. Stone's engagement with one of the most important periods in the history of American art began with founding members such as Willem de Kooning and Franz Kline and evolved to include a diverse range of successors. Though broad in definition and membership, the New York School artists were initially influenced by European Modernism, Surrealism, and Cubism. Some of the earliest inspirations for founding Abstract Expressionist artists such as de Kooning, Kline, and Arshile Gorky were introduced via John Graham, a highly influential artist immersed in these European ... More

Le Petit Parisien.

NEW YORK, NY.- Paul Kasmin Gallery announces the forthcoming exhibition, Impasse Ronsin, which will be on view at 515 West 27th Street from October 28th – December 23rd, 2016. Taking as its focus the historic Parisian alley once home to the studios of Constantin Brancusi, William N. Copley, Max Ernst, Yves Klein, Les Lalanne, Larry Rivers, Niki de Saint Phalle, Jean Tinguely and numerous other seminal 20th-century artists, the exhibition will include work by these artists in an elaborate installation designed to embody the collaborative atmosphere of the Impasse Ronsin. At the heart of the original Impasse Ronsin complex, as well as in this exhibition, stands Constantin Brancusi, who moved into the Impasse in 1916 and would remain there until his death in 1957. During those forty-one years, countless seminal artists made the pilgrimage to the Impasse Ronsin in hopes of meeting the artist, whom Marcel Duchamp famously referred to as ... More

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Haines Gallery opens solo exhibition of recent work by Monir Farmanfarmaian
SAN FRANCISCO, CA.- Haines Gallery presents Convertibles, their third solo exhibition of recent work by internationally acclaimed Iranian artist Monir Farmanfarmaian (b. 1924, Qazvin, Iran; lives and works in Tehran). Monir Farmanfarmaian has spent over half a century articulating her singular vision through mirrored mosaics, reverse-glass painting, and works on paper that recall both the sacred geometry of Persian art and architecture and the reductive abstraction of the 20th century. Her artistic evolution has been shaped at once by cataclysmic geopolitical upheavals, ancient Persian traditions, and the New York art scene of the 1950s. The arc of Farmanfarmaian’s creative development is one of the great stories of contemporary art. The works in Monir’s Convertible series are jewel-like, multipart reliefs comprised of nearly-identical, interlocking elements; these ... More

Sikkema Jenkins & Co. now representing photo-based artist Deana Lawson
NEW YORK, NY.- Sikkema Jenkins & Co. announced that the gallery now represents photo-based artist Deana Lawson. Lawson’s work examines the body’s ability to channel personal and social histories, addressing themes of familial legacy, community, romance, and religious spiritual aesthetics. Her practice borrows from various visual traditions including photographic and figurative portraiture, social documentary aesthetics, and vernacular family album photographs. Lawson is visually inspired by the materiality of black culture and its expression as seen through the body as well as in domestic environments. Materials such as lace curtains, artificial nails, blemished skin, colored weave, and plastic couch covers are identified and highlighted. Careful attention is given to lighting and pose, both formal constructs used to transform, inform, and intensify ... More

Vanessa Suchar-Marcus loins Carpenters Workshop Gallery to develop West Coast market
NEW YORK, NY.- Carpenters Workshop Gallery is pleased to announce that Vanessa Suchar-Marcus has joined the gallery effective immediately. The new appointment is the next phase in the gallery’s continued expansion in the US. “Vanessa is an established contemporary art and design dealer, and she brings to Carpenters Workshop Gallery extensive experience in building private collections and nurturing artist’s careers,” said Cédric Morisset, Global Director of Carpenters Workshop Gallery. “She will elevate the gallery’s presence on the West Coast, beginning with San Francisco, an increasingly international collecting market.” On the heels of the November 2015 opening of its first US exhibition space in New York, Carpenters Workshop Gallery made its Chicago debut this past September at the 5th edition of EXPO Chicago, the international contemporary and ... More

The fifth edition of the Singapore Biennale 2016 opens with "An Atlas of Mirrors"
SINGAPORE.- The Singapore Biennale 2016 (SB2016), one of Asia’s most exciting contemporary visual art exhibitions, will be launched by Singapore’s Deputy Prime Minister and Coordinating Minister for Economic and Social Policies, Mr Tharman Shanmugaratnam. SB2016 opens to the public on 27 October 2016 and runs until 26 February 2017. Titled An Atlas of Mirrors, this Biennale features works by 63 artists and art collectives from 19 countries and territories across Southeast Asia, East and South Asia. Artworks of various media are curated around nine sub-themes and presented at eight locations, with the Singapore Art Museum and SAM at 8Q as anchor venues. SB2016’s opening weekend will feature programmes for members of the public, including artist performances, curator and artist tours and talks, and after-hours musical performances ... More

Galerie Eric Mouchet exhibits works by Eikoh Hosoe
PARIS.- Born in 1933, Eikoh Hosoe spent his childhood in a Japan destroyed by the war. The avant-garde photographers of his generation, torn between nationalist authoritarianism and the opening of an equally seductive vanquishing West, in one way or another, witnessed everything from the collapsing of traditions to the Japanese millennial supremacy. Their emancipation came through the bringing together of collectives such as Jūninno-Me in 1956-57 and VIVO at the beginning of the 1960s, but equally through numerous interdisciplinary exchanges. Following on from his meet-up with the charismatic theatre creator Butoh Tatsumi Hijikata, Hosoe became known from 1961 for his superbly crafted book – Man and Woman – which transcends the boundaries of erotic art through its graphic over dramatization. Then, in 1963, Hosoe created the album Barakei – Killed ... More

Centre de Cultura Contemporània de Barcelona presents 1,000 m2 of desire, architecture and sexuality
BARCELONA.- Boudoirs for men? A phalanstery community governed by passions? A multimedia sexual entertainment centre? An army of sex volunteers? Sex-spa thermal museums? Eco-contemporary follies? Architecture as the organization of a space and setting makes up a substantial part of our sexual fantasies. Looking at the way western society has planned, built and imagined places for sex from the 18th century to the present day, the research has been motivated by an exploration of the million nuances comprised under the promise of “pleasure." It examines the power wielded by spaces as the driving forces of desire and shows how architecture has contributed to controlling behaviour and creating gender stereotypes in our patriarchal society. 1,000 m2 of desire presents some of the projects that have subverted traditional models and advocated utopias of sexual ... More

Solo show of works by Maurizio Donzelli opens at Cortesi Gallery in Lugano
LUGANO.- Cortesi Gallery announces a solo show of Maurizio Donzelli (Italy, 1958) the first in their Lugano space. For this exhibition, Donzelli has selected works from those he has produced over the past two years – from acrylic drawings, to watercolours and his Mirrors – which are arranged in an articulate display that responds to the gallery space. A Donzelli exhibition is never just a linear presentation of individual and autonomous works of art, even less an inventory of formal possibilities; it is indeed an experiential journey where each piece is in dialogue with another and with the surroundings, generating a rhythm within the exhibition that favours the spectators’ interaction. In fact, the relationship between the viewer and the work of art is a core theme in Donzelli’s oeuvre, especially in his Mirrors, where prismatic lenses twist the underlaying image in a way ... More

"Virginia Overton: Winter Garden" opens at the Whitney Museum of American Art
NEW YORK, NY.- Virginia Overton (b. 1971) creates exhibitions in response to the natural and manmade environments in which she works, often overlaying these sites with diverse references ranging from the history of modern art to her upbringing in rural Tennessee. Winter Garden, which will be presented on the fifth-floor outdoor gallery, expands upon her installation featured there this summer, which explored the concept of the sculpture garden through a system of windmills pumping air into large containers filled with thriving aquatic plants. The exhibition will be on view October 28, 2016, through February 5, 2017. To reflect the change of season, Overton has reimagined the "sculpture garden" as a sonic rather than botanic environment. Her practice often involves the repurposing of materials, and the new installation takes elements from the summer’s and redefines ... More

Major exhibition at King's College London brings the topic of war into a more accessible realm
LONDON.- We see war in all kinds of spaces and locations, some predictable and others less so. The elements of war are present in our everyday lives, in our daily routines; from violence, antagonisms, discourses of exclusion, displacements and populations on the move. There is a resonance in Michel Foucault’s observation that the ‘roar of battle’ travels silently in our modes of being and interactions, discourses and institutions, and the practices we take for granted. Artists throughout history have sought to capture the agony of war, its impact on combatants and civilians, on landscapes, and on the most hidden spaces: our memories, identities, and lived experiences. At the same time, the phenomenon of war is not confined to moments of crisis or battlefield locations. War should not be something defined by its representation on screens or in print where narratives of patriotism ... More

East and West meet in Foujita etchings for sale in Bonhams Print Sale
LONDON.- Seven LéonardFoujita (1886-1968) cat etchings (from his revered Les Chats series) will be auctioned at Bonhams’ next Prints and Multiples sale at London New Bond Street on 16 November, estimated at between £6,000-8,000 and £5,000-7,000 each. Foujita was particularly fond of cats which are the symbol of good luck in Japan. The artist made them a primary focus for his blending of traditional Japanese painting and inking techniques with modern European composition and style. These seven examples, up for auction in Bonhams Prints Sale, come from Les Chats, a portfolio of ten images published by Les Editions Artistiques Apollo in 1930. Robert Jones, Bonhams Prints Specialist said, “It is a rarity to find so many high quality Foujita etchings on the market - outside Japan it is exceptional. This is an exciting opportunity for collectors and enthusiasts ... More

Sotheby's to offer property from the collection of Mrs. Marjorie S. Fisher
NEW YORK, NY.- Sotheby’s will offer jewelry, fine art and furniture from the collection of beloved philanthropist and collector, Marjorie S. Fisher – across a series of sales beginning this fall in New York. Amassed over 50 years and comprising over 1,000 individual lots, Mrs. Fisher’s collection is remarkable for both its quality and expansiveness, crossing countless categories and seamlessly blending the traditional with the contemporary. Born 5 November 1923 in Louisville, Kentucky, Marjorie Faith Switow showed an early appreciation for the arts, undoubtedly encouraged by her family, who were in the theater business. Following graduation from the Marjorie Webster Junior College, where she majored in art, Mrs. Fisher moved from Louisville to Detroit in 1953 where she met industrialist and philanthropist Max M. Fisher (1908-2005); they were married later that year ... More

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On a day like today, American painter Lee Krasner was born
October 27, 1908. Lee Krasner (October 27, 1908 - June 19, 1984) was an influential American abstract expressionist painter in the second half of the 20th century. On October 25, 1945, she married artist Jackson Pollock, who was also influential in the abstract expressionism movement. In this 1949 photo provided by the Pollock-Krasner House and Study Center, artists Lee Krasner and Jackson Pollock are shown in their garden at their East Hampton, N.Y., home.

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