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First major U.S. exhibition of the "School of London" artists opens at the Getty

Lucian Freud (British, born Germany, 1922 - 2011), Girl with a White Dog, 1950 - 1951. Oil on canvas Dimensions: Unframed: 76.2 × 101.6 cm (30 × 40 in.) Framed: 95.4 × 120 × 9.2 cm (37 9/16 × 47 1/4 × 3 5/8 in.) Accession No. EX.2016.3.63 Object Credit: Tate: Purchased 1952 Repro Credit: Photo © Tate, London 2016.

LOS ANGELES, CA.- From the 1940s through the 1980s, a prominent group of Londonbased artists developed new styles and approaches to depicting the human figure and the landscape. These painters resisted the abstraction, minimalism, and conceptualism that dominated contemporary art at the time, instead focusing on depicting contemporary life through innovative figurative works. On view at the J. Paul Getty Museum from July 26 to November 13, 2016, London Calling: Bacon, Freud, Kossof f , Andrews, Auerbach, and Kitaj represents the first major American museum exhibition to explore the leaders of this movement, often called the “School of London,” as central to a richer and more complex understanding of 20th century painting. The exhibition includes 80 paintings, drawings, and prints by Francis Bacon, Lucian Freud, Leon Kossoff, Michael Andrews, Frank Auerbach, and R.B. Kitaj. “The majority of paintings and drawings in the Getty Museum’ ... More

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World's largest collection of paper peepshows allocated to V&A   Drouot announces sale exclusively dedicated to Chanel jewellery   Daughter of Sudanese film legend preserves his legacy

River Thames and Tunnel, British, ca.1843. © Victoria and Albert Museum, London. Photo: Dennis Crompton.

LONDON.- The world’s largest and most comprehensive collection of paper peepshows has been donated to the Victoria and Albert Museum under the Cultural Gifts Scheme. The Scheme was introduced by the Government in 2013 as a major initiative to encourage life-time giving to UK public collections. This is the first gift under the scheme to be allocated to the V&A. Paper peepshows resemble a pocket-sized stage set, complete with backdrop and paper cut-out scenes, which expand to create an illusion of depth. The gift of over 360 paper peepshows, along with other optical wonders, spans nearly 300 years and 12 different countries. The collection was formed over 30 years by Jacqueline and Jonathan Gestetner and is now part of the V&A’s research collection, soon to be accessible in the reading rooms of the National Art Library. Covering a wide range of subjects, the peepshows allow viewers the chance to join a vibrant masquerade, have a peek ... More

For the first time ever, a sale is being exclusively dedicated to Chanel jewellery.

PARIS.- Mademoiselle Chanel was well-known for her many rich and famous lovers. One of them, Dmitri Pavlovich Romanov, gave her a magnificent diamond bracelet. Frustrated at having to keep her valuable presents in a safe, she had the idea of asking designers to create a line of fashion jewels that could hold their own against fine jewellery. Since then Chanel has been famous the world over for its suits, No. 5 and costume jewellery. For the first time ever, a sale is being exclusively dedicated to Chanel jewellery. With prices between €20 and €20,000, over 410 pieces will be up for auction, three-quarters of which come from a private collection. Complete sets worthy of fine jewellery in limited editions (some of only ten examples) will be facing the bidding: a whole range of earrings, strings of pearls and other jewels illustrating the spirit and style of Coco Chanel throughout fifty years of creation. Although they cannot be described as fine jewellery, these pieces possess all the ... More

German documentary film-maker Katharina von Schroeder looks at film archives of legendary Sudanese filmmaker Jadallah Jubara. ASHRAF SHAZLY / AFP.

KHARTOUM (AFP).- As she drove past an apartment complex on a street in Khartoum, Sara Jadallah turned silent. It was here that her late father, the legendary film-maker Jadallah Jubara, set up Sudan's first private film studio in the 1970s. But in 2008, following an eight-year court battle over ownership of the land, the government demolished Studio Jad. The demolition, shortly before the film-maker's death at the age of 88, left little trace of the studio. But stopping next to the blocks of flats that now stand in its place, Jadallah pointed at a white patch on an old wall among the new buildings. "The screen is still there," she said. With her father's studio gone, Jadallah has vowed to preserve his life's work. With help from German experts, she has started digitising his entire film collection to create what she believes is Sudan's first private archive of 15 and 35mm films. "Through his ... More

More than 500 works acquired by High Museum in 2015-2016   Folding bike accepted into collection of New York's Cooper Hewitt   Rescued violins bring back Holocaust 'escape' tales

James Daughtery (American, 1887-1974), Portrait of Industrial Designer, John Vassos, ca. 1935, oil on canvas. High Museum of Art, Atlanta, Purchase through funds provided by patrons of the Sixth Collectors Evening, 2016.

ATLANTA, GA.- The High Museum of Art continued to expand its collection in 2015–16 with the addition of 530 works of art in all seven of the Museum’s curatorial departments. Acquisition highlights include an important gift of 47 paintings, sculptures and works on paper from collector Gordon W. Bailey. The gift strengthens the High’s identity as one of the world’s most significant public repositories of work by American self-taught artists and adds particular strength to the Museum’s holdings of American contemporary art and works created by African American and Southern artists. Bailey’s gift features such renowned artists as Leroy Almon, Burlon Craig, Roy Ferdinand, Howard Finster, Bessie Harvey, Lonnie Holley, Ronald Lockett, Elijah Pierce, Herbert Singleton, Purvis Young and Thornton Dial, Jr. In addition to such highlights as a tempera on paper by American artist Dorothy ... More

The Brompton bike was conceived as a product to help improve city living. Photo: Matt Flynn © 2016 Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum.

NEW YORK, NY.- Brompton Bicycle, the UK’s largest bike manufacturer, today announced that its folding bike was accepted into the permanent collection of Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum. The Brompton bike was conceived as a product to help improve city living. It has established itself as the ideal choice for all those who are living or interacting with cities. The bike can be folded to a third of its size in a matter of seconds and is small enough to be taken on all forms of public transport. The Brompton included in Cooper Hewitt’s collection is a Superlight model with a Raw Lacquer finish, featuring a titanium fork and rear frame, its steel main frame is coated in a pigmentless powder coating so that the hand-brazed detail is visible. The bike is fitted with the lightest 2-speed gearing system, S Type flat handlebars and Brompton’s unique front luggage system, including the brand new Waxed Cotton Roll Top bag. “Cooper Hewitt was eager to acquire a lightweight folding b ... More

Seventy-six-year-old Israeli violin maker Amnon Weinstein shows a violin from his collection of restored violins. MENAHEM KAHANA / AFP.

TEL AVIV (AFP).- Tucking the violin beneath his chin, the instrument's wood glistening under the packed auditorium's spotlights, Guy Braunstein's hand trembled from the weight of history. "I have done thousands of concerts, but I have never been as emotional and trembled the way I did when I took that violin from Auschwitz in my hand," Braunstein said backstage after the event. The soloist along with a group of Jerusalem chamber orchestra musicians performed in Tel Aviv as part of a project that collects and restores violins from the Holocaust. The one that Braunstein played belonged to a man forced to perform at Auschwitz concentration camp as inmates left each morning for forced labour elsewhere and returned in the evenings. At the auditorium in Tel Aviv, some in the audience were in tears as the musicians played a Gustav Mahler composition. "Its smell was different," said Braunstein, who has made his career with the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra ... More

New outdoor sculptures created by 18 Chinese artists on view at Cass Sculpture Foundation   Eric Clapton's owned and signed Fender Stratocaster brings $45,000 to benefit fellow musician   Bonhams London reveal rare Lalique motoring mascots in the Robert White Collection

Cui Jie, Pigeon’s House, 2016. Photo: Barney Hindle © Cass Sculpture Foundation, 2016.

CHICHESTER.- A leading sculpture foundation in England is displaying the first major exhibition of outdoor sculpture by contemporary Chinese artists from various countries to be shown in the UK. Cass Sculpture Foundation is presenting A Beautiful Disorder, the first major exhibition of newly commissioned outdoor sculpture by contemporary Chinese artists to be shown in the UK. Sixteen monumental outdoor sculptures are on display throughout the grounds of CASS. These artists employ a variety of ambitious sculptural techniques across a range of materials including bronze, stone, steel and wool. The historical relationship between English and Chinese landscape aesthetics is the starting point and inspiration for these contemporary Chinese artists. The title of the exhibition, A Beautiful Disorder, is a quote from an influential letter written by the Jesuit missionary and artist Jean'Denis ... More

Heritage Auctions offered one of two guitars played by Clapton at his ‘Slowhand at 70 Birthday Concert at Royal Albert Hall'.

DALLAS, TX.- Eric Clapton's personally owned and played Masterbuilt 2014 Fender Stratocaster Sunburst Solid Body Electric Guitar — auctioned solely to benefit friend and musician Johnny Nicholas of the group Asleep at the Wheel — sold Saturday, July 23, for $45,000 (more than twice its pre-auction estimate) at a public sale of Vintage Guitars and Musical Instruments held by Heritage Auctions in Dallas. The proceeds were intended to help Nicholas' wife Brenda, who died recently after a long battle with leukemia just weeks before the auction. Nicholas will now use part of the money to pay remaining medical bills and make a sizable donation to Leukemia treatment research charities. Built by Fender Custom Shop Master Builder Todd Krause, the 2014 Fender Stratocaster was designed to Clapton's specifications. It was one of two played by Clapton at his "Slowhand ... More

A fine 'Victoire' glass mascot by Rene Lalique, French, introduced 18th April 1928. Photo: Bonhams.

LONDON.- Bonhams newly announced single-owner sale, The Robert White Collection, features more than 300 lots of exceptionally rare motoring mascots. In the decadent 1920s and 30s, mascots were not only a sign of immense wealth and social standing, but also of discerning taste. They were the ultimate status symbol, and the most iconic of all were those designed in crystal by René Lalique, inspired by the ever-increasing flamboyance of the classic cars coming off the production lines in the 20s and 30s. The most famous mascot that is still used today is the Rolls-Royce Spirit of Ecstasy, believed to be modelled on Lady Eleanor Thornton and designed in 1911 by Charles Sykes. It became the signature emblem of Rolls-Royce. Mascots have also proved popular with celebrities; silent film actor, Rudolph Valentino, replaced the mascot on his Voisin motor car with one of a striking cobra, and the wedding car of Grace Kelly ... More

Museo d'Arte Contemporanea di Villa Croce presents exhibition by Mark Handforth   Display looks at the evolution and subsequent dispersion of 'Detroit Techno music'   Summer show at Sophia Contemporary Gallery features 10 artists from Europe and the Middle East

Installation view. ©Henrik Blomqvist.

GENOA.- Villa Croce presents SMOKE, an exhibition by Mark Handforth, combining existing works with sculptures specifically created in response to the museum's spaces. This Anglo-American artist has gained international recognition with his large-scale public sculptures that are born from a reflection on the bewildering dimensions of American metropolises and the minor features that populate the urban landscape such as road signs, benches, and street-lights. The exhibition title derives from the artist's fascination with the lettering of the word “smoke” as it appears on American road signs. For Handforth “smoke” is a word, a sign but also the indication of a clouded environment in which forms are dissolved and shapes are set in movement. By altering both the materials and the proportions of ordinary objects, the sculptures of Mark Handforth appear to be serious and ironic, playful and ... More

Juan Atkins 1 by Marie Staggat from 313ONELOVE.

LONDON.- The next ICA Fox Reading Room exhibition will present a studied look at the evolution and subsequent dispersion of ‘Detroit Techno music’. This term, coined in the late 1980s, reflects the musical and social influences that informed early experiments merging sounds of synth-pop and disco with funk to create this distinct music genre. For the first time in the UK, a dedicated exhibition will chart a timeline of ‘Detroit Techno music’ from its 1970s origins, continuing through to the early 1990s. The genre’s origins begin in the disco parties of Ken Collier with influence from local radio stations and DJs, such as Electrifying Mojo and The Wizard (aka Jeff Mills). The ICA’s exhibition explores how a generation was inspired to create a new kind of electronic music that was evidenced in the formative UK compilation: Techno! The New Dance Sound of Detroit. Using inexpensive analogue technology, such as the Rol ... More

Ramin Shirdel, Eshgh, 2016, Mixed Media,150 x 100 x 80 cm, courtesy of Sophia Contemporary Gallery.

LONDON.- Sophia Contemporary Gallery presents its Summer Show featuring 10 artists from Europe and the Middle East from different generations working with painting and sculpture: Shahriar Ahmadi, Rasoul Akbarlou, Pooya Aryanpour, Alfred Basbous, Baharam Hanafi, Arash Lahiji, Erik Saglia, Ramin Shirdel, Mehrdad Shoghi and Mohammad Reza Yazdi. The group show is curated around the exploration of the human form and the abstract properties of the script, featuring 12 paintings and five sculptures. Shahriar Ahmadi’s (born 1970, Kamiaran, Iran) work refers to the great Iranian epic of the Shahnameh written by poet Ferdowsi, as well as to the poems of Sufi mystic Rumi and themes of the Islamic tradition. His two paintings Soul of Universe (2013) and Untitled (2013) from the Miraj series explore the fine line between abstraction and figuration and represent the romance and mysticism ... More

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New video and installation by Sophia Al-Maria on view at the Whitney
NEW YORK, NY.- Featuring a new video and installation, Sophia Al-Maria: Black Friday debuted at the Whitney Museum of American Art on July 26, 2016. The work, made on the occasion of the exhibition, is being shown in the first-floor John R. Eckel, Jr. Foundation Gallery, which is accessible to the public free-of-charge. On view through October 31, 2016, Black Friday is Sophia Al-Maria’s first solo show in the United States. For nearly a decade, Al-Maria has been finding ways to describe twenty-first-century life in the Gulf Arab nations through art, writing, and filmmaking. She coined the term “Gulf Futurism” to explain the stunning urban and economic development of the Gulf Arab nations over the last decades, as well as the environmental damage, religious conservatism, and historical amnesia that have accompanied it. Her exhibition at the Whitney continues ... More

Two storied 1792 Cents enliven Heritage's 2016 ANA U.S. Coins Signature Auctions
ANAHEIM, CA.- A 1792 Silver Center Cent, Judd-1, SP35 PCGS Secure CAC will give collectors a rare opportunity to own one of the most historic coins in early American numismatics on August 10-14 at Heritage Auction's ANA U.S. Coins Signature Auction in Anaheim, CA. "The 1792 Silver Center Cent is undoubtedly one of the most significant coins in existence," said Greg Rohan, President of Heritage Auctions. "Few coins have such a fascinating history and as much importance in the foundation of American numismatics as this one." Accepted by most numismatists as the first coin struck in the first U.S. Mint, this specimen went missing before being discovered in a pub in the 1960's. It was passed through the collections of a number of renown American numismatists before finding a permanent place in the collection of Martin Oghigian. It has been off the market for nearly ... More

Acclaimed Egyptian filmmaker Mohamed Khan dies at 73
CAIRO (AFP).- Celebrated Egyptian film director Mohamed Khan died in Cairo on Tuesday aged 73 after a prolific career making socially engaged films. Khan has been one of Egypt's leading cinematic figures since the 1980s, making a string of movies tackling social issues that have often revolved around female central characters. Khan died in a Cairo hospital early Tuesday following "health problems", state-owned al-Ahram newspaper said. His family was not immediately available for comment. A British national born to an Egyptian-Italian mother and a Pakistani father in Cairo in 1942, Khan studied in Britain and worked as an assistant director in Lebanon before returning to settle in Egypt. He directed 24 feature films starring the country's leading actors and actresses, denouncing the oppression of Egyptian women and fighting social ills in films that were acclaimed ... More

Pérez Art Museum Miami announces four new members to its Board of Trustees
MIAMI, FLA.- Pérez Art Museum Miami has appointed four new members to its board of trustees: Barron Channer, George Edwin Crapple, Adri Guha and Dorothy Terrell. The announcement comes just after PAMM Director Franklin Sirmans capped an extremely successful first six months at the museum, which included a number of significant new acquisitions, several major conferences among international peer institutions and a sustained amount of annual visitors. Barron Channer is managing principal of Woodwater Investments, a real estate investment firm with primary focus on value-add and opportunistic investments across the Miami metropolitan area. Prior to entering the real estate sector, he worked as a technology architect. Committed to inclusiveness, Barron actively supports efforts to increase access to jobs and business opportunities for South Florida’s ... More

Bernhard Knaus Fine Art now represent Lena von Gödeke
FRANKFURT.- Bernhard Knaus Fine Art announced that they now represent Lena von Gödeke. Lena von Gödeke, born in 1983 in Duisburg, creates artworks with a polymorphous and fragile aesthetic based on her passion for architecture, world models and alternative universes. The result are paper cuts, drawings, and objects in which traditional techniques combine with contemporary approaches. Scientific and digital sources of inspiration bond here to create her pictorial idiom, which she encodes in seemingly familiar landscapes and waste stone deserts. With great mastery she combines grids, networks, perforated fabrics that oscillate between paper cuts and careful cut outs with contrasting elements of oil painting that are reminiscent of 19th-centuzry painting on wooden panels. These syntheses possess an astonishing sense of 3D space when viewed from a distance, ... More

An Ideal for Living: Beetles & Huxley opens group exhibition
LONDON.- An Ideal for Living is an exhibition about how photographers have perceived class, culture and identity in modern Britain. Drawing on the work of 29 diverse photographers, it considers how photographing Britain has contributed to the creation of a collective national identity. The exhibition shows the variety and creativity with which photographers have sought to document what they consider to be a particularly British way of life from the 1920s to now. The exhibition opens with photographs of British life in the interwar period. Photographs by Emil Otto Hoppé, Bill Brandt and Henri Cartier-Bresson show the early preoccupation with documenting the British class system. Brandt's landmark photobook, The English at Home (1936), cast a satirical look over social divides and notions of English propriety. The publication would go on to become a benchmark for photographers ... More

Morgan Lehman Gallery relocates to ground floor space at 534 West 24th Street
NEW YORK, NY.- Morgan Lehman Gallery announced their relocation to a ground floor space at 534 West 24th Street, between 10th and 11th Avenues. The new gallery space, designed by Andrew Ong, will provide a fresh venue with greater visibility for our roster of artists, a project space that will feature special exhibitions and emerging talent, and a dedicated viewing room. This will be Morgan Lehman's third Chelsea location, following previous spaces at 317 10th Avenue and at 535 West 22nd Street. The gallery represents David S. Allee, Laura Ball, Emilie Clark, Nicole Cohen, Kysa Johnson, Nancy Lorenz, Sharon Louden, Kim McCarty, Amy Park, David Rathman, John Salvest, Katia Santibañez, Paul Villinski, Paul Wackers, and Aaron Wexler. We are also excited to welcome Tim Bavington to the program, with a solo show forthcoming in 2017. Morgan Lehman's current ... More

The old man you have to see: Vietnamese banknotes to sell at Spink
HONG KONG.- On the 17th - 18th August, Spink’s Hong Kong based office will hold a fantastic sale spanning the length and breadth of numismatic material from all over Asia. Formed of just over 1800 lots, there is sure to be something to tickle collectors’ fancies. This sale will contain Mr. Yoshikuni Kobayashi’s stunning collection of South Vietnamese banknotes. Mr. Yoshikuni Kobayashi was born in Manchuria during World War II and spent most of his early years there. When the war came to an end, he and his family breathed a sigh of relief and moved back to Japan to start a new life in the Kyushu area. In 1975 when the Vietnam War ended and the country of South Vietnam disappeared from the world map, Mr Kobayashi was struck by the similarity in his own past to this lost country. Mr Kobayashi further explains that when Japan lost the Second World War, he was ... More

Blum and Poe's second solo exhibition with Mexico City-based artist Pia Camil on view in New York
NEW YORK, NY.- Blum & Poe is pleased to present Slats, skins and shop fittings, the gallery’s second solo exhibition with Mexico City-based artist Pia Camil. Originally exhibited at the Cincinnati Arts Center, this new series exemplifies Camil’s continued interest in the aesthetics of commerce, performance, and viewer participation. Inspired by the display structures of low-end downtown Mexico City commercial spaces, Camil appropriates the material of slat paneling found in dollar stores and department stores to create wall works from which she traces an aesthetic thread to the stylistic traditions of American Minimalism. Camil specifically channels Frank Stella's Copper Paintings (1960-61), a series that presented his first use of tape to create repetitive striped patterns, a mechanical appearance inevitably pointing to the idea of painting as object. As Michael Fried said in Art and Objecthood ... More

Three-person exhibition opens at Nancy Margolis Gallery
NEW YORK, NY.- Nancy Margolis Gallery announces a three-person exhibition, SUMMER PROJECT 2016 which opened to the public on Monday, July 25, 2016 and will be on view through August 19th, 2016. This group exhibition includes the most recent work of three young talented artists: Mark DeLong, Filip Lav and Sean McDonough. Although the three artists each have individual inspirations and interests that fuel their creative activities, there is an undeniable unity they share that is expressive, intuitive and enchanting. Sean McDonough, who had a successful first solo exhibition with the gallery earlier this year, has an exciting new body of work to exhibit along with new “Introvert” paintings. Mark DeLong, a self-taught Canadian artist, and Filip Lav, a recent Columbia MFA graduate, are exhibiting with the gallery for the first time. Mark DeLong working with a vibrant palette ... More

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On a day like today, Austrian painter Joseph Anton Koch was born
July 27, 1768. Joseph Anton Koch (27 July 1768 - 12 January 1839) was an Austrian painter of Neoclassicism and later the German Romantic movement; he is perhaps the most significant neoclassical landscape painter. In this image: Waterfalls at Subiaco (1812-1813).

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