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'Unparalleled' number of dinosaur tracks found in Australia's remote coastline

Dinosaur tracks in the Walmadany area.

SYDNEY (AFP).- An "unprecedented" 21 different types of dinosaur tracks have been found on a stretch of Australia's remote coastline, scientists said Monday, dubbing it the nation's Jurassic Park. Palaeontologists from the University of Queensland and James Cook University said it was the most diverse such discovery in the world, unearthed in rocks up to 140 millions years old in the Kimberley region of Western Australia. Steve Salisbury, lead author of a paper on the findings published in the Memoir of the Society of Vertebrate Paleontology, said the tracks were "globally unparalleled". "It is extremely significant, forming the primary record of non-avian dinosaurs in the western half of the continent and providing the only glimpse of Australia’s dinosaur fauna during the first half of the Early Cretaceous Period,” he said. "It’s such a magical place -- Australia’s own Jurassic Park, in a spectacular wilderness setting." He added: "Among the tracks is the only ... More

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Internationally renowned sculptor Bruno Romeda dies at 87   BOZAR Centre for Fine Arts opens monographic exhibition devoted to the French artist Yves Klein   Christie's to offer highlights from the collection of Greta Garbo

Bruno Romeda portrait by Bernard Touillon.

NEW YORK, NY.- Bruno Romeda, the internationally renowned sculptor, whose artworks exhibited a touching hand-worked beauty in a simplicity of forms, has died in the South of France. He was 87. The announcement was made by his New York representatives Stephen Haller Gallery. Born in Brescia, Italy, Romeda maintained residences in Italy, France, and the US. Energized with creativity he continued to work with a foundry in Brescia to fabricate his artworks until just before his death. Best known for a simple alphabet of forms, his work stripped to the essentials: most often the circle, rectangle and triangle expressing universal themes. There was in his work the tension of high and low, of a minimalism but with hard-worked elements that gave a humanity, a vitality to his work. Bruno Romeda’s sculpture is found in major collections internationally and in museums such as the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, the Kasama Nichido in ... More

Klein’s short but spectacular career shook the European art world to its foundations.

BRUSSELS.- This spring, in cooperation with Tate Liverpool, BOZAR Centre for Fine Arts presents a monographic exhibition devoted to the French artist Yves Klein (1928–1962). Klein created paintings and sculptures, influenced the development of performance art, wrote works for the theatre and music and also experimented with radical architecture. He became renowned, above all, for his use of a vivid ultramarine pigment (International Klein Blue – IKB). His monochrome paintings in this characteristic deep blue shade gave expression to his ideas about Zen and spiritual infinity. Klein sought to express absolute immateriality and infinite space through pure colour. Klein’s short but spectacular career shook the European art world to its foundations. Even though he died at just 34 years of age from a heart attack, he left behind a groundbreaking body of work. The exhibition pays tribute to his pioneering work, ... More

Chaim Soutine, Femme à la poupée. Oil on canvas, 31 7/8 x 25 5/8 in. Painted in 1923-1924. Estimate: $3,500,000 - 4,500,000. © Christie’s Images Limited 2017.

NEW YORK, NY.- On May 15, Christie’s will offer Property from the Collection of Greta Garbo in its Evening Sale of Impressionist and Modern Art, including prime examples from artists including Jan Alexej Von Jawlensky, Chaim Soutine and Robert Delaunay. In the history of cinema, few individuals remain as enigmatic and iconic as the actress Greta Garbo. “Of all the stars who have ever fired the imaginations of audiences,” film historian Ephraim Katz wrote, “none has quite projected a magnetism and a mystique equal to [hers].” Derek Reisfield, Greta Garbo’s great nephew, remarked: “Greta Garbo had a real love of art and paintings, and she was very passionate about certain artists and pictures. She was particularly enamored with these three canvases, which offer a particularly modern representation of women, especially ... More

Wall Street's 'Fearless Girl' statue to stay until 2018   Exhibition at Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac brings together a set of rare and unique works by Robert Mapplethorpe   Charles Darwin handwritten page from "The Origin of Species" to be auctioned

Visitors pose for photos with the 'Fearless Girl' statue, March 27, 2017 in New York City. Drew Angerer/Getty Images/AFP.

NEW YORK (AFP).- The popular bronze statue of a young girl staring down a bull on Wall Street will stay in place until March 2018, New York Mayor Bill de Blasio announced Monday. Initially installed on March 7 for one week, the "Fearless Girl" sculpture appeared in media around the world, seen by many as a defiant symbol of women's rights under the new administration of President Donald Trump, who has bragged about sexually assaulting women. The exhibit of artist Kristen Visbal's work was first extended until April 2 and is now set to run until next year's International Women's Day on March 8. De Blasio, an outspoken Trump critic, said the statue "means so much to the people of New York," especially the city's women and girls. "She spoke to the moment," he told reporters in front of the defiant girl. ... More

Robert Mapplethorpe Jay - Kiss, 1973. Vintage silver print in custom stained wood frame, small glass door knob, pressed flower in resin and printed silk scarf, 119.4 x 43.2 x 5.5 cm. © The Robert Mapplethorpe Foundation. Used by permission Courtesy Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac, London/Paris/Salzburg.

PARIS.- Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac is presenting Objects, an exhibition of Robert Mapplethorpe that brings together a set of rare and unique works on display for the first time in Paris. From the late sixties onwards, Mapplethorpe began to create three-dimensional objects, photographic montages and to a very personal creative approach that he has developed throughout his life. They reveal his fascination with topics such as mysticism, esotericism and fetishism. In terms of style and iconography, they are an unexpected mix between Duchamp’s ready-mades and Dali’s psychosexual divagations. Drawn to symbols and ... More

Darwin wrote the handwritten page from the conclusion chapter from the book’s first edition in 1859.

LOS ANGELES, CA.- A signed manuscript from the landmark “The Origin of Species” by Charles Darwin will be auctioned by Nate D. Sanders Auctions on March 30. Interested bidders may participate in the auction online. Darwin wrote the handwritten page from the conclusion chapter from the book’s first edition in 1859. It presented his arguments for the theory of natural selection and evolution. The page reads in full, “have now recapitulated the chief facts and considerations, which have thoroughly convinced me that species have been modified, during a long course of descent, by the preservation on the natural selection of many successive slight favourable variations. I cannot believe that a false theory would explain, as it seems to me that the theory of natural selection does explain, ... More

San Antonio Museum of Art receives major gift of art from local collector Larry Sheerin   Four decades of Antoni Tàpies on view at Nahmad Contemporary   France's classic 2CV car gets special edition -- in wood

Detail of Lavanderas (Wash Day on San Pedro Creek), ca. 1860, oil on canvas, 16x19½”.

SAN ANTONIO, TX.- The San Antonio Museum of Art announced today the expansion of its Texas art holdings as the result of a major gift from local collector Larry Sheerin. The gift by Mr. Larry Sheerin and his family includes more than 80 works of art by the French-born, Texas-based painter Theodore Louis Gentilz. This gift enhances the study and display of early Texas art at the Museum. “Our vision has long been to highlight the dynamic connections between local and regional artists and those from across the country and abroad, emphasizing the importance of San Antonio to global artistic dialogues,” said Katherine Luber, the Kelso Director of the San Antonio Museum of Art. “We are so fortunate to be the beneficiaries of this important collection. San Antonio, in particular, has a rich and diverse artistic and cultural history, and we are delighted to share it with our audiences.” The Sheerin family has long been ... More

Door-Wall, 1970. Sand and mixed media on canvas, 63 3/4 x 51 1/4 in. Image Courtesy Nahmad Contemporary.

NEW YORK, NY.- Nahmad Contemporary is presenting Tàpies: Paintings, 1970–2003, on view March 20 through April 22, 2017. Presenting a selection of major paintings by Antoni Tàpies (1923–2012) from the last four decades of his life, this exhibition is a comprehensive meditation on the postwar master, illuminating the many connections between his influential body of work and contemporary art history. Born in 1923 in Barcelona, Tàpies was a painter, sculptor, and writer whose artistic practice largely anticipated progressive postwar movements such as Arte Povera, neo-Dada, and Fluxus. He was a close friend of artist Joan Miró and co-founded the surrealist group of Catalan artists and writers Dau al Set with poet Joan Brossa in 1948. Summoning the material emphasis of French Art Informel and the untamed gestures of American Abstract Expressionism, ... More

French cabinetmaker Michel Robillard poses in his handbuilt wooden 2CV Citroen Car built as an exact one/one replica. GUILLAUME SOUVANT / AFP.

PARIS (AFP).- A wooden replica of Citroen's iconic "2CV", crafted by a French cabinetmaker using a mix of lumbers including apple, pear and cherry, is ready to hit the road. Pensioner Michel Robillard took six years to complete his most ambitious creation to date: a fully operational version of the car dubbed the "Umbrella on Wheels", built completely by hand and almost entirely out of wood. The undulating hood was carved out of a single block, and its requisite 22 ridges were honed with a wood chisel and sandpaper, the man who brought the once ubiquitous car to life in wooden form told AFP. The 2CV -- which stands for "deux chevaux", meaning "two horsepower" -- was launched in 1948 as Citroen's answer to the Volkswagen Beetle. Robillard keeps his smooth, shiny creation in his workshop in central France, along with 15 detailed mock-ups for the project. ... More

25 Blythe Road announces auction of pictures from a private London club   The 26th annual Salon du Dessin in Paris is 4 percent up with 13,000 visitors over six days   Desert X exhibition reflects earth, sky, state of world

Ivan Pavlovich Pokhitonov (1851-1924), Duck Hunters on a Lake. signed and dated l.r.: J. Pokhitonov 85, oil on panel, 15 cm by 25 cm; 6 in by 9 3/4 in. Framed. Estimate: £60,000-£80,000.

LONDON.- A first-ever opportunity to acquire pictures from the elegant interiors of a private London club is coming to 25 Blythe Road in April 2017. The Auction of Pictures from a Private London Club will comprise of 100 lots which includes a strong core of good quality Victorian paintings. A small Russian masterpiece by Pavlovich Pokhitonov (1851 – 1924) with an estimate of £60,000-£80,000 leads this interesting group. ‘Duck Hunters on a Lake’, 1885 is typical of the highly detailed hunting and shooting scene for which the artist is best known. A trained zoologist, Pokhitonov had by 1856 dedicated himself wholly to painting and later moved to France and then Belgium, although he remained a quasi-nomad, travelling with a carriage of his own design that served as a studio. Among the Victorian pictures, highlights from the ... More

Signac, La Rochelle, 1924 (detail), lavis, 46,7 x 61,8 cm. Photo: Galerie de la Présidence.

PARIS.- With a growth of more than 4 percent to 13,000 visitors in 6 days, the 26th Salon du Dessin proved to be a great success. The Salon welcomed more visitors than ever during the preview. As a yearly meeting point for many international collectors and amateurs, the Salon has once again established that Paris is the place to be for drawings. More and more people are interested in the medium that was long considered inferior. Over the last 10 years sales figures have multiplied six times to over 3 billion Euros and according to Challenges Magazine, one in five works of art sold at auctions is a drawing (23th of March 2017) Jean-Luc Baroni sold two drawings by Giovani Battista Piranesi, two drawings by Pillement, one by Ribera, a small drawing of a young man wearing a grotesque mask by Parmigianino and a charcoal drawing of a nude young man by Degas. Emmanuel Marty de Cambiare immediately sold an important ... More

This is Doug Aitken's "Mirage". One of the showstoppers of Desert X. Photo: Dakota Higgins. Courtesy of Doug Aitken Workshop.

LOS ANGELES (AFP).- A house clad in mirrors pops out of the California desert. It blends into the landscape, reflecting a kaleidoscope of the urban grid and arid valley of Palm Springs -- to the delight of photographers and selfie-seekers. This is Doug Aitken's "Mirage," one of the showstoppers of Desert X, an exhibition of 16 site-specific monumental works by international artists that spans southern California's Coachella Valley. The works are mostly "land art," massive installations in nature. The exhibition includes a replica of assassinated president John F. Kennedy's nuclear shelter, a mirrored fence, a wall of optical effects, a traditional earthen shelter... and an antisocial robot. Desert X runs through April -- with "Mirage" set to remain in place for six months. The show has attracted tens of thousands of people since ... More

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Jackie Kennedy's intimate letters with UK diplomat go on sale
LONDON (AFP).- Letters written by Jackie Kennedy to a British diplomat rejecting his marriage proposal years after the assassination of her husband, US president John F. Kennedy, go under the hammer in London on Wednesday. The correspondence between Kennedy and David Ormsby Gore, Britain's ambassador to the US during Kennedy's presidency, show her explaining her reasons for not wishing to wed the former diplomat. "We have known so much & shared & lost so much together -- Even if it isn't the way you wish now -- I hope that bond of love and pain will never be cut," she wrote to Ormsby Gore after his proposal in 1968. "You are like my beloved beloved brother -- and mentor -- and the only original spirit I know -- as you were to Jack," she added. Ormsby Gore had suggested a "secret marriage" during the summer of that year ... More

Gilt-y pleasure: Italian artisan crafts 24-carat gold shoes
TURIN (AFP).- Filthy rich and already boast enough glass slippers to win a dozen princes? Italian shoemaker Antonio Vietri has the thing for you: 24-carat gold shoes. Vietri, from Turin in northern Italy, hopes to attract shoppers from wealthy Gulf countries with his blue or black suede moccasins with stitched gold-plated uppers. "These are the first shoes in the world in 24-carat gold," he told AFP. "The particularity of these shoes is that gold is not simply applied, it is not like an accessory or a button. Gold is an integral part of the shoe". Small strips of gold are woven by hand and sewn with leather to ensure the moccasin uppers are comfortable. Vietri is just one of a wave of "Made in Italy" producers seeking to tap into the high-end Gulf fashion market, particularly in oil-rich states such as the United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia and Qatar. His men's gold line was launched in ... More

Rooftop shanties top once iconic Casablanca buildings
CASABLANCA (AFP).- Shanties have mushroomed on the rooftops of historic apartment buildings in Casablanca, as the Moroccan city's once-prestigious centre crumbles below. Clotheslines, satellite dishes and tangled cables have sprouted on the deteriorating facades of the buildings, constructed nearly a century ago under French rule. What was once a feted blend of Moroccan and European architecture is falling apart under the weight of an expanding urban population and neglect. The city "was once at the forefront of world architecture," architect Rachid Andaloussi says. But today its early 20th-century residential buildings have been "abandoned by landlords tired of seeing them deteriorate", says Andaloussi, the head of Casamemoire, an association to protect the city's architectural heritage. And a housing crisis in the traffic-clogged economic hub has ... More

Zhuang Hong Yi's captivating and iridescent works on view at Unit London
LONDON.- Zhuang Hong Yi (b. SiChuan, China, 1962) is an internationally renowned contemporary artist who has lived in the Netherlands for the past two decades. His work - a powerfully elegant expression of the cultural connections between Europe and China - has a broad international following across Europe and Asia especially. Hong Yi’s concern with environmental issues is reflected in his repetitive use of floral patterns, highlighting the increasing urbanisation of his home country, the ferocious plundering of natural resources and the depopulation of the rural environment. Following the success of his first London exhibition in 2015, RAW - which inaugurated Unit London’s flagship gallery in Soho - Zhuang Hong Yi returns to the gallery with RAW II offering another chance to witness this artist’s captivating and iridescent works. Zhuang Hong Yi’s latest exhibition ... More

Gazelli Art House announces Saad Qureshi's first major public artwork
LONDON.- Gazelli Art House announces the launch of Places for NOVA, Saad Qureshi’s first major public artwork, commissioned by Land Securities. This site-specific installation centred around Sir Simon Milton Square and the public realm areas at NOVA, Victoria, will be in place until April 2018. “The project looks at the portability of landscapes, and the human mind as a vehicle that allows places to travel, to be carried in the memory from one location to another,” Qureshi explains. As part of the development period for this exciting project, the artist launched a call to people who live, work and travel through Victoria to donate a memory of a significant landscape that they no longer have access to. He then reimagined these to create a series of universal “mindscapes” housed in six custom-designed corten- steel vitrines that function as panoramic portals to alternative, ... More

EVA International announce the appointment of Matt Packer as Director
LIMERICK.- EVA International announces the appointment of Matt Packer as the new Director of Ireland's Biennial. Matt comes to EVA from CCA Centre For Contemporary Art Derry ~ Londonderry, where he has been Director since 2014. He has extensive experience as a curator in a temporary exhibition context nationally and internationally; he co-curated the Lofoten International Art Festival – a biennial exhibition in Norway; he will curate the 15th edition of Tulca Festival of Visual Arts in Galway and was part of the selection committee for the British representation at the Venice Biennale 2017. Matt previously held the role of Curator of Exhibitions and Projects at Lewis Glucksman Gallery, University College Cork from 2008 to 2013. Of his appointment Matt says, “I am delighted to be announced as Director of EVA International, an organisation that I have seen transform ... More

Spink to offer the Arthur Gray Collection of Queen Elizabeth II Pre-Decimal Issues
LONDON.- On the 20th of April, Spink will be selling the Arthur Gray Collection of Queen Elizabeth II Pre-Decimal Issues. Arthur Gray is a name that requires very little in the way of introduction when it comes to Australian philately. Over a lifetime he has amassed a collection that holds many of the rarest recorded items from this portion of philately. This sale abounds with some of the most delightful die proofs, issued stamps, extremely rare errors, hand-drawn and annotated essays exhibiting stunning artwork and vivid depictions of Australian wildlife, and of course, Queen Elizabeth II. This sale contains a rare opportunity to acquire a real swathe of material detailing the production and evolution of Australian philately from this period. A good example of this can be seen in lots 85 and 95, and lots 86 and 97. Lot 85 is a watercolour essay of the iconic Blue Wren 5d. in black, ... More

Florence Griswold Museum Director Jeffrey Andersen to step down after successor is chosen
OLD LYME, CONN.- After over forty years of service to the Florence Griswold Museum in Old Lyme, Connecticut, Director Jeff Andersen is planning to step down after a new director is appointed. Ted Hamilton, President of the Board of Trustees, announced that a comprehensive national search will be undertaken in the months ahead, overseen by a committee of trustees and coordinated with an executive search firm. “Jeff Andersen has guided the growth of this museum with equal measures of vision and attention to detail,” Hamilton said. “He sees things clearly and stays focused on long-term goals. Jeff charted a course for the Florence Griswold Museum to become a singular American art institution based on its history as an artist colony. He inspired our trustees, staff, and volunteers to dedicate themselves toward this mission. Under his leadership, the Museum ... More

Fredrik Roos Art Prize awarded to Oskar Hult, Jonas Silfversten Bergman, and Josefine Östberg Olsson
MALMÖ.- For the sixth time the Fredrik Roos Art Prize ceremony was hosted by Moderna Museet Malmö. With a total award of 600,000 SEK (about 63,000 euros), it is one of Sweden’s largest grants for artists. After a thorough process that sought nominations from every fine arts college in Sweden, the 2017 Fredrik Roos Art Prize has been awarded to Oskar Hult, Jonas Silfversten Bergman, and Josefine Östberg Olsson. On March 28, Fredrik Roos’s birthday, an exhibition opened at Moderna Museet Malmö with this year’s three recipients of the Fredrik Roos Art Prize. The recipients have been selected from a shortlist of ten graduating art students, two from each of Sweden’s five fine arts colleges. From this group, the three recipients were chosen by a jury comprising the Fredrik Roos Foundation together with Daniel ... More

Ming Dynasty quintessential Chinese work of art highlights Heritage Auctions' Asian Art Auction
DALLAS, TX.- With less than a week before the close of bidding for Heritage Auctions’ Inaugural Fine Asian Art Signature Auction on April 2, collector interest is growing for the catalog cover subject. The Large and Rare Chinese Blue and White Porcelain Windswept Jar, (est. $30,000-50,000) from the Guan Ming Dynasty, 15th century is garnering interest as a quintessential Chinese work of art - the exact kind of thing Asian specialists spend the year trying to find. “The jar has been in the family of a seafaring Boston marine insurance magnate since nearly the turn of the century and is presented here to the global Chinese arts market for the first time since its acquisition. It is such a clean and excellent work of art from China’s most famous Dynasty and embodies our area of specialty so well, there is no auctioneer, dealer, collector or museum worldwide that would ... More

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On a day like today, French painter and draftsman Georges Seurat died
March 29, 1891. Georges Pierre Seurat (2 December 1859 - 29 March 1891) was a French Post-Impressionist painter and draftsman. He is noted for his innovative use of drawing media and for devising the technique of painting known as pointillism. His large-scale work A Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte (1884-1886) altered the direction of modern art by initiating Neo-impressionism. It is one of the icons of late 19th-century painting. In this image: "A Sunday on La Grande Jatte -- 1884" by artist Georges-Pierre Seurat.

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