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Pop Art: Haring, Lichtenstein, Warhol, and more, live for bidding now on artnet auctions

Andy Warhol (American, 1928-1987), Details of Renaissance Paintings (Sandro Botticelli, Birth of Venus, 1482), 1984. Lot 104737. Screenprint on Arches Aquarelle paper, 25 х 37 in. (63.5 x 93.98 cm.). Signed and numbered PP 3/5 in pencil. Edition of 70 (plus five printer's proofs). Foundry/Publisher Editions Schellmann & Klüser, Munich. Estimate US$50,000-70,000.

NEW YORK, NY.- artnet auctions is currently presenting their highly anticipated Pop Art sale. Featuring the strongly recognizable styles of the movement’s most popular artists, including Roy Lichtenstein, Andy Warhol, James Rosenquist, Tom Wesselmann, and Keith Haring, among others, this auction celebrates the legacy of an iconic aesthetic. Pop Art is live for bidding through November 25, 2014. Browse the sale now, here. Shown here is Andy Warhol’s Details of Renaissance Paintings (Sandro Botticelli, Birth of Venus, 1482) (1984). Warhol created his own rendi ... More

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Exhibition of new paintings by Ed Ruscha opens at Gagosian Gallery in Rome   150 never before seen drawings from the 1950s by Andy Warhol on view at Anton Kern   France, Australia to help bring home Aboriginal remains held in French public collections

Ed Ruscha, Gal Chews Same Gum Since 1963, 2014 (detail). Acrylic on canvas, 30 x 40 inches; 76 x 100 cm ©Ed Ruscha. Photo by Paul Ruscha. Courtesy of the artist and Gagosian Gallery.

ROME.- Gagosian Rome presents new paintings by Ed Ruscha. In 2005, Ruscha represented the U.S. at the Biennale di Venezia with Course of Empire, a project inspired by five paintings by Thomas Cole which depicted the same landscape over time as it transforms from a pristine natural state into developed terrain, and, finally, barren desolation. In the elegiac Psycho Spaghetti Westerns of 2011, he continued this train of thought, zooming in on the effects of time on the contemporary American landscape in a manner both empirical and metaphorically charged. He described these finely nuanced exercises in perception and memory as "waste and retrieval." In these wide horizontal paintings, landscape became a mental construct of abutting abstract surfaces—one a sfumato backdrop, the other a representational ground (grass, scrub, rock). This structure—a strong diagonal cutting the picture plane and dividing background ... More

Andy Warhol, Male Lower Torso Thumbs in Pockets, c. 1956. Ink and graphite on scrap paper, 17 7/8 x 15 3/8 inches (paper) (45.4 x 39.1 cm)© The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Inc. Courtesy Anton Kern Gallery, New York.

NEW YORK, NY.- Andy Warhol: 1950s Drawings brings together 150 never before seen works on paper from the late 1940s through 1960. They show Warhol as a skilled draftsman and great experimenter. Using ink and graphite, Warhol investigated the possibilities of the hand-drawn line, and in the course of this developed his characteristic blotted-line technique, which involved tracing projected photographic images onto paper and blotting the inked figures to create variations on a theme. This exhibition reveals a lesser-known side of Warhol and provides unique insight into the foundation of Pop Art. The impact of these drawings is best described by the authors of From Silverpoint to Silver Screen: Andy Warhol 1950s Drawings, a seminal book edited by Daniel Blau and published by Hirmer Verlag, Munich, in 2012 after bringing to light a related body of works on paper: “First and ... More

Gallery director Gerard Vaughan (L) gives France's President Francois Hollande (C) and Australia's Prime Minister Tony Abbott (R) a tour of the Aboriginal Memorial at the National Gallery of Australia. AFP PHOTO / POOL / Cole Bennetts.

CANBERRA (AFP).- France and Australia agreed Wednesday to work together to help repatriate the remains of Aboriginal people held in French public collections. Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott and French President Francois Hollande said their nations would open a consultation on how to return the human remains. The process would "respect the sensitivities and values of the two countries and consider the requests of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities as well as the specific framework of the French legal system," they said in a joint statement. Canberra believes the remains of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people are being held in collections around the world, particularly in Europe and the United States. Aboriginal leaders regard the removal of the remains as an insult to their culture and have campaigned for years to have them returned. Abbott and Hollande, ... More

Christie's announces an online-only auction of prints and works on paper by Sam Francis   Philanthropist Victor Pinchuk presented with the Metropolitan Andrey Sheptytsky Award   Unseen masterworks to lead one of Sotheby's strongest offerings during Russian Art Week

Untitled. Acrylic on paper, 1980. Sheet: 385 x 476 mm. Estimate: £9,000-12,000. Photo: Christie's Images Ltd 2014.

NEW YORK, NY.- Christie’s presents an exclusive online sale of works by the abstract painter and printmaker, Sam Francis, open for bidding from 19 November to 2 December 2014. Comprising 76 lots representing three decades of the artist’s creativity, from 1960-1990, the sale includes exceptional prints, rare colour trial proofs and monotypes and a selection of acrylics on paper and canvas. Estimates range from £1,000 to £60,000, offering an inspiring opportunity for both new and existing collectors to purchase these vibrant works. To begin bidding please visit here While studying botany, medicine and psychology at the University of California, Francis was called to serve in the United States Air Force during the Second World War. Injured in training in 1943 he was hospitalized and took up painting from his hospital bed. It was while making ... More

Mr. Pinchuk is being recognized for his philanthropic endeavours.

KYIV.- On Tuesday, November 18, 2014 in Kyiv, Ukrainian businessman and philanthropist Victor Pinchuk was presented with the Metropolitan Andrey Sheptytsky Award – 2014 for his work in fostering Ukrainian-Jewish relations and advancing his homeland’s European aspirations. Mr. Pinchuk is being recognized for his philanthropic endeavours -- principally through the Victor Pinchuk Foundation and the Yalta European Strategy -- in support of Jewish cultural life in Ukraine, major research projects and exhibits related to the Holocaust, documentary films that have forthrightly examined the crimes committed during the Holocaust as well as advancing Ukraine’s European path based on the values of inter-ethnic and inter-faith tolerance. The Sheptytsky Award is conferred by the Jewish Confederation of Ukraine and the Ukrainian Jewish Encounter, a Canadian ... More

Ivan Aivazovsky, Venice, 1882 (detail) Oil on canvas, est. £600,000-800,000. Photo: Sotheby's.

LONDON.- This November, Sotheby’s London will present one of its strongest offerings of Russian paintings in recent years. Led by Konstantin Makovsky’s final masterpiece, last publicly exhibited over 80 years ago, the sales will comprise a series of little-seen, rare works by giants of Russian Art: Boris Kustodiev, Kuzma Petrov-Vodkin, Ivan Aivazovsky and Alexander Deineka. The paintings will be unveiled for the first time in London on Friday 21st November, ahead of the Evening Sale of Important Russian Art on 24th November 2014. Further highlights of the season include Soviet artworks from the collection of the Union of Artists, led by Georgy Nissky’s superb Soviet landscape En Route. The sale comes in the wake of the record-breaking sale of another work from the collection of the Union of Artists at Sotheby’s in June, Nissky’s Over the Snowy Fields, which established a new ... More

By Proxy: Group exhibition featuring thirteen artists opens at James Cohan Gallery in New York   Dame Barbara Hepworth sculpture sells for £542,500 at Bonhams British and Irish Art Sale   Gainsborough mystery portrait of General Wolfe painted for the girl he left behind for sale at Bonhams

Siebren Versteeg, Clearcache33_11600x16000_00016, 2014. Algorithmically generated image printed on canvas, 74 x 55 inches (188 x 139.7 cm). Image courtesy of the artist.

NEW YORK, NY.- James Cohan Gallery presents a group exhibition entitled By Proxy, opening on November 20th, 2014 and running through January 17th, 2015. Marcel Duchamp called it "aesthetic osmosis," the process by which an artist transfers responsibility to a viewer, empowering them to complete the work out in the world. This idea, of art as shared enterprise, is the theme of this exhibition. Here, the word proxy encompasses the tools and techniques that complete artworks away from the artist’s hand. This exhibition is concerned with those tools and techniques, the effects they can have, and the instances when an idea calls for more than just the artist to take form. Production, outsourcing, interactivity and appropriation have become increasingly mainstream modes of artistic expression over the past 100 years. The shared enterprise, in which the artist somehow cedes ... More

Conceived in 1958 and acquired from the artist by Barbara and Arnold Burton, the sculpture sold for £542,500. Photo: Bonhams.

LONDON.- A bronze sculpture by Dame Barbara Hepworth (British, 1903-1975) titled Cantate Domino, conceived in 1958 and acquired from the artist by Barbara and Arnold Burton, sold for £542,500 at Bonhams British and Irish art sale yesterday. Other works that sold well include Paul Nash £212,500 for ‘A Drawing’, Keith Vaughan ‘Green Kitchen Group’ £176,500, LS Lowry, ‘A Street in Clitheroe’ £176,500, Henry Moore, ‘Seated figure: Armless’ £120,000, Dame Elisabeth Frink, ‘Dog’, £116,500 and Eduardo Paolozzi, ‘The Artist as Hephaestus’ £110,500. But the top lot in the sale was the Hepworth sculpture from the Burton Collection, partly made up of two open diamond shapes, which have been likened to raised arms and hands in prayer. Cantate Domino is a powerful and elegant sculpture made just two years after the sculptor had begun to work with bronze and it was intended to be sited outdoors an ... More

The portrait poses something of a mystery. It was almost certainly commissioned by the family of Katherine Lowther who became Wolfe’s fiancée in 1758 during his preparations for the military expedition to Quebec. Photo: Bonhams.

LONDON.- A painting by the English artist Thomas Gainsborough, widely believed to be a portrait of General James Wolfe, is to be offered at Bonhams Old Master Paintings Sale in London on 3 December. It is estimated at £120,000-180,000. The portrait poses something of a mystery. It was almost certainly commissioned by the family of Katherine Lowther who became Wolfe’s fiancée in 1758 during his preparations for the military expedition to Quebec. Katherine was the sister of James Lowther, later Earl of Lonsdale, and she and Wolfe had met casually before. They renewed their acquaintance while he was on leave in Bath and by the time he sailed for Canada in 1759 they were engaged to be married. Any correspondence between the pair has been lost so it is impossible to know the depth of their feelings for each other. ... More

Maxfield Parrish's 'The Little Peach' brings $515,000 at Heritage Auctions sale in New York   Lisson Gallery opens Japanese artist Tatsuo Miyajima's first solo exhibition in Milan   Museum of Arts and Design names Elissa Auther as inaugural Windgate Research Curator

Maxfield Parrish, The Little Peach, 1902. Oil on stretched paper, 21 x 14-3/4 inches.

NEW YORK, NY.- The Little Peach, 1902, Maxfield Parrish's touching oil painted to accompany a children's poem by the same name, sold for $515,000 in Heritage Auctions' $6.5 million American Art Signature Auction in New York. The Nov. 17 auction featured nearly 300 masterpieces, including an extraordinary selection of Modernism from the King Collection of American Art. "As a result of the excitement surrounding The King Collection, bidders set artist records all day long," said Aviva Lehmann, Director of American Art at Heritage. "We were particularly excited to see many pieces sold to the floor." Painted as part of a series by Georgia O'Keeffe in the early 1920s, Alligator Pears, circa 1923, brought $461,000. One of eight known alligator pear canvases from 1923, the artwork was part of the King Collection's comprehensive selection of Early American Modernism. Peaches in a White Bowl, 1910, by Charles Sheeler sold for $209,000 ... More

For the first time in his career-long exploration of numerology and symbolism, Miyajima is questioning whether there is anything more to this nothingness, taking his cue from the Buddhist tenet that describes death as a period of rest or preparation for the next life.

MILAN.- Tatsuo Miyajima’s first solo exhibition in Milan revolves around a new body of work that continues his pioneering use of technology in sculptural assemblage and interactive installations. The show is titled KU, a term that signifies ‘empty’ in Japanese, but which also stands in for the numerical starting point, zero, which has always represented a null state or death for the artist and has consequently not featured in his life-affirming work. For the first time in his career-long exploration of numerology and symbolism, Miyajima is questioning whether there is anything more to this nothingness, taking his cue from the Buddhist tenet that describes death as a period of rest or preparation for the next life. A large wall-hung work – containing a myriad of Miyajima’s familiar LED number ... More

She currently serves as an Associate Professor of Contemporary Art at the University of Colorado. Photo: Marilyn Minter. Courtesy of the Museum of Arts and Design.

NEW YORK, NY.- The Museum of Arts and Design today announced that Elissa Auther will join the Museum as its new Windgate Research Curator, effective December 1, 2014. She will serve as the inaugural scholar and curator in this newly created position to advance scholarly research and critical discourse about craft and design. Auther will bring far-reaching and diverse expertise to MAD as a scholar and widely-published author, a skilled educator, and an independent curator. She joins MAD from the University of Colorado, where she currently serves as an Associate Professor of Contemporary Art as well as the Director of the Art History and Museum Studies Program. Auther also serves as the Co-director of Feminism & Co: Art, Sex, Politics at the Museum of Contemporary Art Denver. The Windgate Research Curator is a newly- ... More

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Lagos photo festival: Turning negatives into positives
LAGOS (AFP).- Azu Nwagbogu sits in a futuristic, almond-green armchair created by a young Nigerian designer in his Lagos home, surrounded by hundreds of books and dozens of photographs from floor to ceiling. Nwagbogu is the founder of LagosPhoto, an annual festival started five years ago that has since become one of the biggest photography festivals in Africa. Since its inception it has tried to reflect the reality of life on the continent through the eyes of Africans, rather than just photographers from elsewhere in the world. This year organisers have turned to the realm of fantasy and fiction, to encourage artists to go beyond showing just the realities of daily life and worries about basic necessities. "The aim is to give Africa, Nigeria, Lagos -- the city (and) its people -- a voice. We want people to be able to tell their stories," he said. "And beyond that, we want that to be an equal playing field for local ... More

Recently authenticated works by War artist lead Modern & Contemporary British Art Sale
LONDON.- A group of early drawings by Walter Richard Sickert will join one of his last ever paintings in a sale of Modern & Contemporary British Art at Bloomsbury Auctions on Wednesday 26th November. Paintings by War Artist David Bomberg, Ivon Hitchens, Graham Sutherland and others will follow the Stanley William Hayter Painter-Printmaker sale in a day of auctions championing the strength and development of Modern & Contemporary British art. The sale will be held at Bloomsbury Auctions’ saleroom in London’s Mayfair. Highly appropriate this year with the World War One centenary, is an important early group of recently-authenticated drawings by Walter Richard Sickert (1860-1942). Too old to fight, Sickert lived through World War One as an honest, raw observer reporting an intense view of a world rebuilding itself after war in a more sinister manner than many of his ... More

Bonhams New York announces Russian book sale
NEW YORK, NY.- Bonhams will offer a variety of exceptional Russian books, manuscripts, art and photographs at auction on December 10. This is Bonhams’ third Russian book sale since 2012, incorporating for the first time a collection of 160 lots of classic Russian photographs from the 1920s to 1950s. Manuscripts include important poems by Vladimir Mayakovsky, “Voina obyavlena” [War Is Declared!] (est. $40,000 – 60,000); and Sergei Esenin, “Glupoe serdtse, ne beisya" [Silly heart, don’t beat] (est. $60,000 – 80,000); as well as a revealing letter from revolutionary artist and critic, Kazimir Malevich, to the Commissar of Enlightenment Lunacharskii, in which he reflects on his life-long struggle with his critics and the state that is estimated to realize between $70,000 and $100,000. Especially fine is the group of five poems, by the acclaimed Russian modernist poet, ... More

MAK in Vienna opens exhibition of the work of Laura de Santillana and Alessandro Diaz de Santillana
VIENNA.- Laura de Santillana and Alessandro Diaz de Santillana have chosen glass as their medium, and their work is consciously aligned with contemporary art practices. Their fascinating works can be seen from 19 November 2014 in the exhibition I Santillana, which is being presented in Vienna’s MAK by Le Stanze del Vetro and the Fondazione Giorgio Cini, Venice. Based on the exhibition I Santillana – Works by Laura de Santillana and Alessandro Diaz de Santillana, conceived by Martin Bethenod and shown in the Le Stanze del Vetro until the beginning of August 2014, this exhibition at the MAK offers the very first insight into the works of the Santillana siblings ever presented in Austria. Laura de Santillana and Alessandro Diaz de Santillana epitomize the ideal synthesis of a perfect understanding for the craft, extensive knowledge of the material, and free artistic form-finding. They are the ... More

Museum of Chinese in America names Nancy Yao Maasbach as President / Director
NEW YORK, NY.- The Board of Trustees of the Museum of Chinese in America announced the appointment of Nancy Yao Maasbach as MOCA's President/Director. She will assume her new role in February 2015. "We are looking forward to having Nancy Yao Maasbach lead the Museum," said Patricia P. Tang, Chair of MOCA's Board. "After an extensive national search, it was clear that Nancy's proven executive leadership and non-profit expertise would help drive MOCA's innovative growth as the Museum enters its next chapter." "I am thrilled to begin my journey as a member of the MOCA team and look forward to working with MOCA's highly-committed Board and dedicated staff," shared Nancy Yao Maasbach. "The Museum has accomplished a great amount over the last thirty-five years. What a privilege it will be to continue to shape MOCA into a renowned cultural institution and a national ... More

Princeton University Art Museum takes top honors in national design competition
PRINCETON, NJ.- The American Alliance of Museums (AAM) honored a Princeton University Art Museum exhibition catalogue with its top publications design award for 2014. New Jersey as Non-Site won the 2014 Frances Smyth-Ravenel Prize for Excellence in Publication Design—the “Franny,” or Best in Show—in this year’s highly competitive publications design contest, selected from among hundreds of publications from museums nationwide. New Jersey as Non-Site accompanied the museum’s exhibition of the same name, which was the first comprehensive examination of New Jersey’s central role in avant-garde art in the 1950s, 60s and 70s. The book, designed by Daphne Geismar, features an elegant use of typography and a distinctive “flush cut” binding that highlights its own physical construction—a nod to the work of the artists whose work is illustrated within. A second ... More

Leading Brazilian artist Adriana Varejao's first solo U.S. museum exhibition opens
BOSTON, MASS.- This November, the Institute of Contemporary Art/Boston opened the first solo U.S. museum exhibition of Adriana Varejão, one of the leading voices in contemporary Brazilian art. Covering the period from 1993 to 2014, the exhibition examines Varejão’s response to the history of colonization and construction of race in Brazil, a topic culturally resonant for all the Americas. Varejão devours the rich and diverse culture of post-colonial, multicultural Brazil, churning it together with a strong art-historical sensibility to create work that is provocative, perceptive, and disarmingly visceral. On view from Nov. 19, 2014 through April 5, 2015 Adriana Varejão features 23 works, including sculpture, photography, painting, drawing and installation and a piece that is being shown publicly for the first time. The exhibition is organized by Anna Stothart, ICA assistant curator. In works ... More

Greece asks tourists to join Elgin Marbles debate
ATHENS (AFP).- The Greek government is asking tourists at Athens airport to join the notorious debate over the return of the Elgin Marbles to Greece from London. Faced with a picture of the famed Parthenon and its marble statues on an interactive screen, travellers are asked to reply "yes" or "no" to the question: "Do you support the return of the Parthenon marbles?". The Greek government installed the airport polling system on Wednesday as part of a high-profile campaign -- including legal support from George Clooney's wife Amal Alamuddin Clooney -- to win back the artefacts which were taken to London two centuries ago. UNESCO, the UN's cultural and scientific body, last month asked Britain and Greece to accept it acting as a mediator in the long-running dispute. Greece said it was prepared to wait for the outcome of talks between UNESCO and Britain before ... More

'Beyond the Classical: Imagining the Ideal Across Time' on view at the National Academy Museum
NEW YORK, NY.- The National Academy Museum is presenting Beyond the Classical: Imagining the Ideal Across Time, which features 19th- and 20th-century works from the Academy’s permanent collection, including works by Edwin Blashfield, Asher B. Durand, George Lober and Maxfield Parrish, alongside works on loan by major modern and contemporary artists, including Marcel Duchamp, Anselm Kiefer, Robert Rauschenberg, Kiki Smith, Cy Twombly, Susana Solano and Mickalene Thomas, to reveal a variety of classical and “anti-classical” perspectives. Beyond the Classical is conceived as an investigation of past and present, exploring the ways in which artists have referenced classical themes such as history, mythology, allegory and idealism over the course of 200 years. Whether rejecting or responding to the Classical, artists are conditioned and influenced by its ... More

€78.000 for a herbal book at auction in Germany
HAMBURG.- With an overall result of € 1.6 million*, the two-day auction of Rare Books at Ketterer Kunst in Hamburg on 17/18 November realized an excellent result that even topped that of this year's spring auction by around € 100.000. A series of botanic works was in particular demand, as they were entirely sold with sharp increases. The top spot is held by the Latin herbal book 'Herbarius Patavie' (lot 28), which is inscribed with the autographed ownership entry of the anatomist and botanist Lorenz Heister. The well-filled order book was even beaten by the rush in the salesroom and on the numerous phone lines. In the end bidders from Germany, Austria, Italy, France and England competed for the work from 1485. Eventually, a particularly persistent Hessian collector carried the trophy home with his bid of € 78.000*. Similar attention was raised by the incunabula 'Hortus ... More

Contemporary Istanbul closed with record visitors and sales
ISTANBUL.- The 9th edition of Contemporary Istanbul closed on Sunday 16th November suppressing sales and visitors expectations with more than 77,000 visitors during the 4 days and 72 percent of all the artworks at the fair sold with a total sales of 67 million Euros. This year, Turkey’s largest international contemporary art fair, Contemporary Istanbul brought 108 galleries from 23 territories, 520 artists, more than 1000 foreign collectors, art professionals, academicians and 8 different museum groups all around the world under the same roof. The sales will rise above the 30 per cent of the average sales of international trade fairs with more than 67 million euros in sales. This is the highest amount of artwork sold Contemporary Istanbul has had in its 9 years. Alex Katz's "Red Lines Sunrise" worth €62,000, Yayoi Kusama "Dots Obsession" worth €70,000 and Ergin Inan "World Beyond ... More

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On a day like today, Italian painter Giorgio de Chirico died
November 20, 1978. Giorgio de Chirico (July 10, 1888 - November 20, 1978) was a Greek-born Italian artist. In the years before World War I, he founded the scuola metafisica art movement, which profoundly influenced the surrealists. After 1919, he became interested in traditional painting techniques, and worked in a neoclassical or neo-Baroque style, while frequently revisiting the metaphysical themes of his earlier work. In this image: Italian artist Giorgio de Chirico stands in front of one of his paintings in his apartment in Rome, Italy on Feb. 12, 1955.

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