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Archaeologists reveal 1.800-year-old secrets of the Temple of the Feathered Serpent

One of the stone sculptures found at the Temple of the Feathered Serpent (Serpiente Emplumada) at the Teotihuacan complex in Mexico City, taken on August 8, 2014. Archaeologist Sergio Gomez announced in a press conference in Mexico City on October 29, 2014 that new discoveries were made recently at the temple. The discovered offering is located at 103 metres from the entrance of the temple and contains thousands of items including 4 stone sculptures and jade ornaments. AFP PHOTO /INAH.

Translated by: Cristina Perez Ayala

MEXICO CITY.- With the announcement that the most recent explorations of the Tlalocan Project have led to the discovery of the threshold of three chambers located under the Temple of the Feathered Serpent in Teotihuacan, Teresa Franco, director of the National Institute of Anthropology and History (INAH), expressed that this and other investigations under development by the institution create the unique opportunity to understand in depth the cultures in Mesoamerica and Aridoamerica. The Tlalocan Project: A Path Under the Earth and the incentives of other spaces and structures in Teotihuacan have become the evidence of systematic studies that have been made in these archaeological zones, enabling researchers to analyze data, revise hypothesis and even calculate the chronology of a metropolis that was developed during eight centuries. ... More

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Exhibition of Maurizio Cattelan’s work opens at Venus Over Manhattan and Sotheby's S/2 Gallery   Duane Hanson’s 'Security Guard' from 1990 on view at Gagosian Gallery in New York   Warhol's women: Selection of seven paintings to be offered at Sotheby's New York

HIM. Wax, garment and polyester resin, 39 ¾ by 16 ¼ by 20 ¾ in. 101 by 41 by 53 cm. Executed in 2001. Photo: Sotheby's.

NEW YORK, NY.- From 30 October to 26 November 2014 Sotheby’s S|2 and Venus Over Manhattan will present Cosa Nostra, the first major exhibition of Maurizio Cattelan’s work since Maurizio Cattelan: All, the 2011/12 Guggenheim retrospective, and the artist’s subsequent retirement. Curated by collector and gallerist Adam Lindemann, this selling exhibition will showcase a range of works from Cattelan’s career, including many of the artist’s most recognizable iconography that has made him one of the most idiosyncratic and unique of his generation. A direct response to All, Cosa Nostra will utilize a distinct and dramatic exhibition design in each presenting venue, highlighting the artist's works as powerful, individual objects. At Venus Over Manhattan, the works will exist in isolation; at S|2, the viewer will be immersed in their images. Drawn from important private collections, the works range in value from $30,000 to $20 mill ... More

Duane Hanson, Security Guard, 1990. Autobody filler, polychromed in oil, mixed media, with accessories , 71 x 26 x 13 inches. ©The Estate of Duane Hanson. Photography by Robert McKeever. Courtesy Gagosian Gallery.

NEW YORK, NY.- Gagosian New York presents Duane Hanson’s Security Guard (1990). In his hyper-realistic sculptures portraying working-class Americans, Hanson eschewed the predominant Expressionist and Minimalist concerns of the 1950s and 1960s for an unflinching investigation of the human condition. Early life-size tableaux depicting soldiers killed in action, police brutality, and the homeless confronted viewers with devastating truths largely overlooked in the art of the time. Throughout his forty-year career, Hanson’s uncanny sculptural likenesses of blue-collar workers—repairmen, waitresses, and bricklayers—inhabited exhibition spaces eliciting surprise, embarrassment, amusement, and sympathy from unsuspecting viewers. Although his world-weary figures owe something to Pop and Photorealism, their veracity ... More

Andy Warhol, Liz #3 (Early Colored Liz), 1963. Silkscreen ink and acrylic on canvas, 101.6 by 101.6cm.; 40 by 40 in. Estimate upon request.

NEW YORK, NY.- On 11 and 12 November Sotheby’s New York Contemporary Art sales will present an unprecedented line up of Andy Warhol’s most iconic female stars. The selection of seven paintings is headlined by Liz #3 (Early Colored Liz) from 1963, a luminous portrayal of the silver screen goddess on a mint green background (est. in the region of $30 million). The sales will also include one of the very best Warhol portraits of Brigitte Bardot that were commissioned by her former husband Gunter Sachs (est. $10/15 million), Marilyn Monroe, Jacqueline Kennedy, Judy Garland, Debbie Harry and São Schlumberger. Highlights from the group will be on view in London from 12-16 October before the New York exhibition opens on 7 November. Alexander Rotter, Co-Head of Sotheby’s Worldwide Contemporary Art Department, commented: “With his portraits of Elizabeth Taylor, Brigitte Bardot, and other female stars, Andy Warhol brilliantly ... More

The Frick Art & Historical Center presents 'Charles Courtney Curran: Seeking the Ideal'   A majestic sunset by Félix Vallotton to lead Sotheby's Auction of Swiss Art on 2 December   High Museum of Art Director Michael E. Shapiro to step down in August 2015

Charles Courtney Curran (American, 1861-1942), The Golden Profile, 1913, oil on canvas, 30 ½ x 20 1/8 inches. Norton Museum of Art, West Palm Beach, Florida, Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Wiley R. Reynolds, Sr., 59.12

PITTSBURGH, PA.- On Thursday, October 30, the exhibition Charles Courtney Curran: Seeking the Ideal opens at the Frick Art & Historical Center in Point Breeze. Even if his name is unfamiliar, Curran's work is likely known by many Americans. Particularly recognizable are his early painting, Lotus Lilies (1888), and his later work On the Heights (1909). Celebrated for his sparkling canvases of women in outdoor settings, Curran brought the broken brushstrokes and sun-drenched palette of Impressionist painting to a distinctly American landscape, capturing the dappled sunlight, deep shadows, and scudding clouds of locations on Lake Erie and in the mountain hamlet of Cragsmoor, New York. Curran was popular with American collectors at the turn of the ... More

Cuno Amiet, Still Life with Flowers. Est. CHF 300,000 – 500,000 / € 248,000 – 413,000. Photo: Sotheby's.

ZURICH.- Sotheby’s Auction of Swiss Art will be led by a captivating sunset demonstrating the exceptional talent of Félix Vallotton, who uses the technique of “paysage composé”, to give this natural landscape a universal feel. Works depicting the theme of sunset, very close to Vallotton’s heart, rarely appear on the market and are therefore highly sought after. The auction in Zurich on 2 December 2014 will also showcase emblematic top-quality works by some of Switzerland’s most influential artists, including Cuno Amiet, Alice Bailly, Jean Tinguely and Max Bill. Sotheby’s autumn auction of Swiss Art will include 121 works, with an overall estimate in excess of CHF 5 million. Looking ahead to the sale, Urs Lanter, head of Sotheby’s Swiss Art department commented: “Sunset compositions by Félix Vallotton appear only very rarely on the market, and as such are very much in demand. His wider oeuvre ... More

Shapiro led the High for 15 years, overseeing unprecedented growth of its collections, endowment and audiences. Photo: Chip Simone.

ATLANTA, GA.- The High Museum of Art announced today that Michael E. Shapiro, the Museum’s Nancy and Holcombe T. Green, Jr. Director since 2000, will leave the position next year, after 15 years as director. Shapiro has been part of the High’s leadership team for two decades, during which he oversaw unprecedented growth of the Museum’s collections, endowment, and audiences, as well as the completion of a 177,000-square-foot, three-building expansion. Shapiro’s last day as director will be July 31, 2015. “It has been a privilege to be at the helm of the High for the past 15 years, and to help shape the vision and future of Atlanta’s art museum,” said Shapiro. “From leading the expansion and transformation of our campus in 2005 to developing groundbreaking collaborations, such as ‘Louvre Atlanta,’ the High has been transformed ... More

Exhibition of hanging works by French-American sculptor Louise Bourgeois opens at Cheim & Read   For the first time in Russia: Moscow Museum of Modern Art exhibits works by Salvador Dalí   Los Angeles's new contemporary art museum, The Broad, to open in fall 2015

Louise Bourgeois (1911 - 2010), LEGS, 2001. Fabric. 76 x 34 x 22 1/2 inches 193 x 86.4 x 57.2 centimeters. ©The Easton Foundation.

NEW YORK, NY.- Cheim & Read presents an exhibition of hanging works by renowned French-American sculptor Louise Bourgeois (1911-2010). The exhibition will be accompanied by a full-color catalogue with a text by Robert Pincus-Witten. The sculptures in this exhibition all hang from the ceiling. Along with a group of drawings from the 1940s, in which pendulous forms are delineated in black ink, the selection of works traces the theme of suspension throughout Bourgeois’s long career. Spanning more than forty-five years – from the organic Lair forms of the early 1960s and the Janus series of 1968, to the cloth figures of the 1990s, the hanging heads of the 2000s, and the torqued spirals of shining aluminum made in the last years of Bourgeois’s life – they demonstrate the myriad ways in which she approached material, form, and scale. They also affirm the various readings of Bourgeois’s work, ... More

Photo Monde, 02/1954. Image Rights of Salvador Dalí reserved. Fundació Gala-Salvador Dalí, Figueres, 2014.

MOSCOW.- The Moscow Museum of Modern Art together with the Gala-Salvador Dalí Foundation presents Salvador Dalí and Media exhibition. For the first time in Russia, artworks by one of the most well- known provokers in the 20th-century art will be shown in the light of media. The exhibition partner is the Spanish jewelry design house Carrera y Carrera, which will present a special project in one of the halls at 10 Gogolevsky boulevard. The project is an imaginary result of the collaboration between Dalí and Carrera y Carrera glossy publications. Salvador Dalí’s artworks are traditionally divided into periods, directly related to the geopolitical situation in the world. However, the exhibition in the MMOMA will not be arranged chronologically. Viewers can choose the way they go through the exhibition themselves. The show is divided into two parts, inextricably connected with each other. The first one will demonstrate Dalí at work. Covers ... More

Construction worker at The Broad.

LOS ANGELES, CA.- The Broad, the new contemporary art museum under construction on Grand Avenue in downtown Los Angeles, is set to open in fall 2015 with free general admission, offering local residents and visitors from around the world access to a renowned collection of more than 2,000 works of contemporary art set in a new architectural landmark designed by the acclaimed firm Diller Scofidio + Renfro. The Broad is the initiative of longtime art collectors and philanthropists Eli and Edythe Broad, who have been at the center of the civic and cultural development of downtown Los Angeles for more than three decades through Eli Broad’s leadership of and involvement in projects such as the Museum of Contemporary Art and Walt Disney Concert Hall. The couple have spent more than five decades assembling one of the world’s most admired collections of postwar and contemporary art, with the aim of creating a widely accessible public collection. Am ... More

Early working model of Eli Whitney's cotton gin may sell for $10,000+ at Heritage Auctions   Earth's most vibrant natural wonders featured in Morphy's Nov. 8 Mineral Auction   A new way to buy unique gifts at Christie's: Explore Christie's Buy or Bid

Cotton Gin: A Rare Early 19th Century Example of the Invention Which Revolutionized the South.

DALLAS, TX.- A rare and early working model of Eli Whitney's revolutionary Cotton Gin, a cornerstone of museum exhibits from Michigan to Georgia, is expected to sell for $10,000+ in Heritage Auctions' Nov. 8 Americana & Political Signature Auction in Dallas. From a direct rice paper printing of The Declaration of Independence (est. $12,000+) to an original blueprint for Frank Lloyd Wright's masterpiece "Fallingwater" (est. $12,000+), the auction spans 200 years of American ingenuity, politics, and culture. "The phrase "museum quality" is tossed around quite liberally these days, so we are pleased to present items that have quite literally been displayed in museums for decades," said Tom Slater, Director of Americana for Heritage. The evocative cotton gin dates to the early 1800s and spent more than 60 years in the Atlanta Museum before appearing in the important exhibition "Slavery on Trial-the Long Road to Freedom" ... More

Tanzanite crystal, Merelani Hills near Arusha, Umba Valley, Tanzania; 257 grams, from a private collection. Est. $100,000-$125,000. Morphy Auctions image.

DENVER, PA.- Geological treasures of every imaginable color and origin will take the spotlight on Saturday, November 8, as Morphy’s presents an eye-filling 116-lot auction of rare minerals. In addition to gallery bidding, all forms of remote bidding will be available, including absentee, phone and live via the Internet. The anticipated top lot of the sale is Lot 10, a spectacular 257-gram Tanzanite crystal. Found in the Merelani Hills region near Arusha, Umba Valley, Tanzania, the intense blue-purple specimen is a true rarity with perfect proportions culminating in a sharp, chiseled determination. Previously in a private collection assembled by a gem broker in Arusha, this crystal was sold to an investor a few years ago. “Tanzanite crystals only come from one place in the world, a mine complex that is already past the 1.5-kilometer depth mark,” said Morphy Auctions president, Dan Morphy. “The mine is still going, ... More

An Electro-Mechanical Star Jet Pinball Machine made by Bally, 1962. Buy - Purchase Price: £10,400. Bid - Auction Estimate: £6,000-8,000. Photo: Christie's Images Ltd 2014.

LONDON.- Christie’s announces a new approach to buying: Christie’s Buy or Bid. This November, alongside the usual auction calendar, Christie’s South Kensington presents a hand selected group of items that will be available to purchase at a fixed price for a fixed period. Shoppers have the opportunity to acquire their Christmas presents in the Old Brompton Road saleroom or online between 14 November and 3 December. Anything which is not snapped up during this initial period will go into the 9 December Interiors auction where they will be priced with auction estimates. Christie’s Buy or Bid will showcase a unique and eclectic collection of 42 lots, handpicked by our specialists to make for personal presents or simply a new addition to the home. Fixed prices for the Christie’s Buy or Bid selection start at £1,040, ranging up to £13,000, and ... More

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Kunstmuseum Bonn opens exhibition of the work of Cologne-based painter Andreas Schulze
BONN.- Kunstmuseum Bonn is one of the few museums in Germany dealing with the different forms of painting in their exhibition programs on a regular basis. A special focus is hereby put on the American and German tradition of painting, or, in a broader sense, the production of pictures. Under the perfect lighting conditions of Axel Schultes’s architecture, the museum has already realized exhibitions on Robert Ryman, Philip Guston, Laura Owens, David Reed, Ernst Wilhelm Nay, Franz Ackermann, Mary Heilmann, Blink Palermo, and others. An emphasis is laid on painting’s relation to space and context while especially in the case of Franz Ackermann or David Reed, painting cannot be reduced merely to the panel in a traditional way. The exhibition on Cologne-based painter Andreas Schulze takes the same perspective and presents the artist’s work in three individually designed exhibition spaces. ... More

MACBA brings together 200 works in the largest retrospective of Carol Rama's work to date
BARCELONA.- The ‘advantages of being a woman artist’, according to the Guerrilla Girls are ‘knowing your career might pick up after you’re eighty. Being reassured that whatever kind of art you make it will be labeled “feminine”. Being included in revised versions of art history.’ All these predictions have come true in the case of the Italian artist Carol Rama, to whom the Museu d’Art Contemporani de Barcelona dedicates a large exhibition. Ignored for decades by official art history discourses, Rama’s work, spanning eight decades (1936–2006), challenges the dominant narratives and offers a dissident representation of female sexuality. With a selection of two hundred works, this exhibition offers a guide through the artist’s various creative moments, which are indispensable for understanding the later production and work of many relevant twentieth century artists. Born in ... More

Unknown Evelyn Waugh letters for sale at Bonhams
LONDON.- Three previously unknown hand written letters from Evelyn Waugh to his friend Eleanor Watts, the girlfriend of the man who ran off with the novelist’s wife in 1929, are to be sold at Bonhams Fine Books, Atlases, Manuscripts and Photographs Sale on 12 November in London. They are estimated at £2,000-3,000. Watts and Waugh had been friends since meeting at Oxford and their lives had taken parallel turns. Neither of them completed their degrees, both abandoning Oxford for art colleges. Watts went to the Central School of Art and Design and Waugh to Heatherley Art School. Two of Waugh’s letters are undated though they were, by the context, clearly written during March and April 1938. One, from Cornwall Terrace, London, congratulates Eleanor on her forthcoming marriage – ‘Believe me it is highly satisfying to be married’. In the second letter, sent from Waugh’s Gloucestershire ... More

Marlborough Fine Art's first solo exhibition of Belgian artist Robert Devriendt opens in London
LONDON.- Marlborough Fine Art announced their first solo exhibition of Belgian artist Robert Devriendt (b.1955). The exhibition presents a series of the paintings for which Devriendt is known. Within these story-board-like works, characters functioning as actors are confronted with fetishised props, including a girl with a Kalashnikov, a man clutching a woman’s shoe and an exploding Aston Martin. Devriendt’s work depicts the gaze of an alter ego, moving through reality like a peeping Tom. Most of the disturbing events ‘taking place’ in the paintings in fact do not appear in the works but are implied by the narrative connections between them. As a result, it remains unclear if anything actually happens or whether the observer is simply being misled by the suggestive combination of the paintings. The works are therefore ‘unsolved cases’ in which the interpretation of the observer is crucial, as they atte ... More

Early Works: 1970-85 by Huguette Caland opens at Lombard Freid
NEW YORK, NY.- Lombard Freid presents Early Works: 1970-85, Huguette Caland’s premiere exhibition at the gallery. Caland’s career began in late 1960s Beirut, Lebanon with erotic abstract paintings and body landscapes, which she continued into the 1970s in Paris and later, Venice, California, with a series titled Bribes de Corps ("body fragments"). The daughter of Lebanon's first president, Bechara El Khoury, and educated at the American University of Beirut, Caland's artistic activity was a product of a cultural metamorphosis in Beirut, which had become "an uncommonly cosmopolitan gathering ground for exiled revolutionaries, artists, and intellectuals from across the Arab world," writes art critic Negar Azimi. Focusing on her abstract paintings and including a series of hand-drawn caftans, this exhibition features works which are being shown for the first time in the U.S. The Bribes ... More

The Wellcome Trust announces funding towards six new galleries at the National Museum of Scotland
EDINBURGH.- A grant of £1.3 million will help create a Scottish centre for scientific engagement, inspiring visitors through Scotland’s world-class collections of science and technology and making the Museum a major hub for science communication and dialogue in the UK and beyond. The science and technology collections held by National Museums Scotland cover a remarkable range of time and subject areas, from scientific instruments made in the eleventh century to cutting edge 21st century technology. Across the new galleries, real objects and engaging interpretation will tell inspiring stories about scientists, technologists and engineers including those with Scottish connections, past and present. The Wellcome Trust support will particularly focus on biomedical science. The topics covered will include the science of genetics (where Dolly the sheep will be ... More

Baseball: Negro League museum tells segregation tale
KANSAS CITY, MO (AFP).- The San Francisco Giants and the Kansas City Royals -- who are battling for this year's World Series title -- have rosters featuring whites, blacks, Latinos and Asians. But multi-cultural squads were not always the norm. Just down the highway from where the Major League Baseball champion will be crowned this week, the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum tells a different story -- one of segregation and struggle. While some black players -- like Jackie Robinson, who broke the color barrier in 1947 with the then-Brooklyn Dodgers -- rose to the sport's highest heights, others never made it to the big leagues. The segregation policy began as early as the 1880s, when Cap Anson, an influential white star of the time, refused to play an 1883 exhibition for Chicago against a Toledo squad featuring black catcher Moses Fleetwood Walker. From there, a "gentlemen's ... More

Most expensive photograph by David Wojnarowicz sold at Bonhams New York
NEW YORK, NY.- On October 28, Bonhams New York set a new world record for works by David Wojnarowicz at the Fine Photographs auction held in the Madison Avenue galleries. The photographer’s oversized gelatin print, Untitled (Buffaloes), 1988-89, sold for $125,000, more than 4 times the pre-sale high estimate. As soon as the photograph went on the block, enthusiastic bidding ensued between two people in the auction room and one bidding by telephone- the energetic persistence led to a rapid increase in the price of the photograph in a matter of seconds. The winning bid went to a private collector, bidding in the auction room. Untitled (Buffaloes) was taken by the photographer between 1988 and 1989, around the time the world was first reacting to the AIDS crisis and when Wojnarowicz himself was diagnosed with the disease – this work became one of his most haunting images ... More

New York City-based artist Ryan Metke opens exhibition at Mead Carney
LONDON.- Ryan Metke is a contemporary artist based in New York City. Inspired by the remarkable true story of art dealer and archaelogist Forrest Fenn who, following diagnosis of cancer, buried $3m of treasure including gold nuggets, rare coins, jewellery and gemstones in the Rocky Mountains north of Sante Fe in 2010, Ryan Metke has created a series of paintings containing clues to discovering hidden treasure troves around the globe. Deposited with the intention of being undiscovered for centuries, the treasure troves will form the basis of a conversation between the artist and the discoverer, creating a personal dialogue between them that links the present with the future. The images within Metke’s paintings and installations are a topographical collage of human senses and symbols. Inspired by the tales of legendary explorers such as Thor Heyerdahl, William Kydd and Ernest ... More

Archaic bronze ritual wine vessel and 18th century Qing Dynasty porcelain vase to be offered at Sotheby's
LONDON.- On 5 November 2014 in London, Sotheby's will sell two revered and equally sought after Chinese artefacts that although produced over 3,000 years apart, are in direct dialogue with each other across the intervening dynasties in their timelessness of form. An archaic bronze ritual gu wine vessel dating from the late Shang dynasty, 13th-11th century BC, is of a type that only the wealthiest of patrons could afford. These vessels are one of the oldest forms in the Chinese archaic bronze repertoire and were produced specifically for rituals. They were originally glittering and golden brown in colour, and their robust shapes and bold designs were purposefully created to increase the dramatic effect in which they would appear from the billowing smoke during rituals performed by the priest from the front altar. The crisp decoration on this particular piece is remarkably preserved. In the eighteenth ... More

Silver articulated carp by artist honoured by Japan's Crown Prince for sale at Bonhams
LONDON.- A series of paintings by one of Japan’s most celebrated artists, finely carved ivories, delicate porcelain and precisely crafted metalworks are just some of the items to go under the hammer in the November 6th Fine Japanese Art sale at Bonhams New Bond Street salerooms. A highlight of the sale is a remarkable silver articulated carp by Takase Torakichi, known as Kozan (1869-1934), estimated at £60,000-80,000. Realistically rendered, the fins, mouth, eyes and tail are intricately detailed and constructed from smoothly moving parts. After a period apprenticed to a leading master based in Kyoto, in 1893 Kozan opened his own business selling metalwork both domestically and abroad, soon becoming famous for his articulated models of sea life and insects. In 1910, the artist was singled out for high honour when the Crown Prince (later the Taisho Emperor) purchased several of Kozan's ... More

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On a day like today, Anglo-French artist Alfred Sisley was born
October 30, 1839. Alfred Sisley (30 October 1839 - 29 January 1899) was an Impressionist landscape painter who was born and spent most of his life in France, but retained British citizenship. He was the most consistent of the Impressionists in his dedication to painting landscape en plein air (i.e., outdoors). He never deviated into figure painting and, unlike Renoir and Pissarro, never found that Impressionism did not fulfill his artistic needs. In this image: French businessman Pierre de Gunzbourg, flanked by his son Vivien, left, looks at the painting, "Soleil de Printemps, Le Loing, " (Spring Sun, Le Loing) by impressionist Alfred Sisley at the Paris courthouse, Friday, June 18, 2004.

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