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First retrospective at the Prado to be devoted to Mariano Fortuny opens in Madrid

Image of the exhibition galleries “Fortuny (1838-1874). Photo © Museo Nacional del Prado.

MADRID.- Continuing the Museo del Prado’s strategy, launched some years ago, of reassessing the great masters of 19th-century Spanish painting, the Museum is now presenting the major exhibition Fortuny (1838-1874), sponsored by Fundación AXA and with the special collaboration of the Museo Fortuny in Venice and the Museu Nacional d’Art de Catalunya. Devoted to one of the 19th-century Spanish artists who has enjoyed the most sustained reputation and greatest international fame, and a notable figure within Spanish art of all periods, the exhibition is on display in Rooms A and B of the Jerónimos Building from 21 November 2017 to 18 March 2018. While Mariano Fortuny has long been celebrated in the specialist literature and through the numerous exhibitions and different initiatives of varying quality and importance that have been devoted to him in recent decades, his stature as an artist and his profound roots in the most authent ... More



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With the major exhibition on James Rosenquist (1933 - 2017), for the first time ever the Museum Ludwig presents the works of this important representative of American Pop Art in the context of their cultural, social, and political dimensions.



Dali's Mae West Lips sofa at risk of leaving the UK   Family ends row over legacy of artist Arman   Rare Holocaust 'bread card' brooch recovered near Auschwitz


Mae West Lips Sofa, by Salvador Dalí and Edward James.

LONDON.- Arts Minister John Glen has placed a temporary export bar on Mae West Lips Sofa, by Salvador Dalí and Edward James, to provide an opportunity to keep it in the country. The sofa is at risk of being exported from the UK unless a buyer can be found to match the asking price of £480,281.56 plus VAT. One of the most instantly recognisable pieces of furniture of the 20th century, the sofa was also a collaboration between Dalí, one of the century’s most important and influential artists and James, a key figure in the international recognition and promotion of Surrealism. The decorative elements of the sofa correspond to the decoration of the interior of Monkton House, West Sussex, which was originally designed by Sir Edwin Lutyens in 1902 for Edward James’s parents. As part of his renovation of the interior of the House in the mid-1930s, James was assisted by architects Christopher ‘Kit’ Nicholson and Hugh Casson, as well as decorator Norris Wakefield. Together they creat ... More
 

Armand Pierre Fernandez photographed by Lothar Wolleh.

PARIS (AFP).- A decade-long row between the heirs of the sculptor Arman, whose works were once some of the most expensive in the world, has been resolved, lawyers said Monday. The French-American artist, one of the founders of the "New Realism" movement alongside Yves Klein, left his work to a trust controlled by his second wife when he died in New York in 2005, aged 76. But his children from his first marriage contested the will and set up their own foundation called A.R.M.A.N. The new agreement will allow his American wife Corice and daughter Marion Moreau to sit together on a board that will catalogue and authenticate his works and "develop a museum" for them, the Paris-based law firm Cabinet Neuer said in a statement. French-born Arman is best known for his spectacular public artworks such as "Long Term Parking" (1982), a 20-metre (65-foot) tower of 59 cars piled one on top of each other, which helped cement his reputation as an "archaeologist of contemporary society". Another ... More
 

People visit both parts of the former camp: Auschwitz I and Auschwitz II-Birkenau.

WARSAW (AFP).- A rare Holocaust-era brooch crafted inside the Lodz ghetto to resemble a bread ration card and given as a wedding anniversary present has surfaced near the former Auschwitz-Birkenau death camp. Made from stainless steel, the brooch is inscribed with the words "Bread Card" in German along with a woman's name, "Hinda Weiksel", and her address at "Hanseaten 42" street inside the ghetto in the then Nazi-occupied Polish city of Lodz, dubbed Litzmannstadt by the Germans. An inscription on its reverse side reads: "To dear Heli on our VI wedding anniversary. Pawel", plus the date "August 15, 1937-1943". "Bread was rationed and precious -- a real matter of life and death -- in the ghetto, so this brooch was a highly symbolic gift of love for a couple imprisoned there," Dagmar Kopiasz, who runs the Foundation of Memory Sites near Auschwitz-Birkenau (FPMP), told AFP on Monday. According to Kopiasz, a family living near the former Birkenau camp found ... More



Beatles for sale: German police recover John Lennon diaries   HENI Publishing announces new book featuring the most important interviews conducted by Robert Storr   Rubens House announces new loan: Titian's Portrait of a Lady and Her Daughter


In this file photo Yoko Ono speaks during the unveiling of her first permanent US art installation in Chicago, Illinois on October 18, 2016. Nova SAFO / AFP.

BERLIN (AFP).- German police on Monday arrested a 58-year-old man in Berlin on suspicion of handling stolen items from John Lennon's estate, including the late Beatle's diaries. The items were stolen from Lennon's widow Yoko Ono in New York in 2006 and have been seized as evidence, Martin Steltner, a spokesman for the Berlin prosecutor's office, said. The unidentified man was taken into custody suspected of fraud and handling stolen goods. A second suspect, who lives in Turkey, "is unattainable for us at the present time," Steltner said in a recorded statement posted on Twitter. The stolen goods consisted of "various items from the estate of John Lennon, including several diaries that were written by him," Steltner added. The items resurfaced in the German capital about three ... More
 

Robert Storr: Interviews on Art.

LONDON.- Interviews on Art was inspired by the desire to bring together, for the first time, the most important interviews conducted by the acclaimed American critic and curator Robert Storr. This definitive collection brings together conversations with many of the most celebrated names in the art world including Gerhard Richter, Louise Bourgeois, Jeff Koons, Alex Katz, Chuck Close, Richard Serra, Gabriel Orozco, Sophie Calle, Elizabeth Murray, Harald Szeemann and Mike Kelley. Each interview is accompanied by images of relevant works and previously unpublished photographs of the artists themselves. Editor and long-time collaborator, Francesca Pietropaolo, has carefully chosen from Storr’s extraordinary life archive of writing and curating. The sixty-one illustrated interviews in the book span the years from 1981 to 2016 and comprise thought-provoking dialogues on art with ... More
 

Portrait of a Lady and Her Daughter has an intriguing history.

ANTWERP.- Barely five months after presenting ‘David Bowie’s Tintoretto’, the Rubens House is showing a beautiful double portrait of a woman and her young daughter, painted by the Venetian master Titian. Portrait of a Lady and Her Daughter has an intriguing history. The identities of the young mother and her little girl are not known, but it has frequently been speculated that they are Titian’s mistress and her illegitimate daughter. This piquant biographical detail is said to explain why the canvas was overpainted in the master’s studio immediately after his death. It was discovered in 1948 by X-ray examination. The composition was transformed – possibly on the initiative of Titian’s eldest son, Pomponio – into an image of Tobias and the Angel, although the overpainting might also have been done for commercial reasons, since a ... More


L.A.-based archive of Eastern Bloc art and history moves to a new, public-facing, one-acre campus   Lévy Gorvy announces representation of artist and composer Terry Adkins   New world's record for most valuable movie poster: $525,800 at Heritage Auctions


Viktorov, Briskin, V., I am Walking on the Moon! (1970), Soviet Union. All images courtesy of The Wende Museum.

CULVER CITY, CA.- As the world asks, “Are we entering a new Cold War?” The Wende Museum of the Cold War opened its expanded campus at Culver City’s iconic Armory Building the weekend of November 18-19, 2017. The Wende Museum holds an unparalleled collection of art and artifacts from Cold War-era Eastern Europe and the Soviet Union and has advanced scholarship about the period since 2002. What began as a grassroots initiative quickly grew into an unmatched resource for the vanishing history of the Cold War (1945–1991). Housed for the past 12 years in an under-the-radar office park in Culver City, where only a small percentage of its vast collections could be displayed, the launch of the Wende at the Armory makes more than 100,000 artifacts freely accessible for curious viewers and dedicated scholars alike. The historic one-acre campus features 13,000 square-feet of storage and ... More
 

Terry Adkins, The Still, 1989. Wood and pigment, 75 x 9 1/2 x 11 inches. Courtesy of the Estate of Terry Adkins and Salon 94, New York © The Estate of Terry Adkins.

NEW YORK, NY.- Dominique Lévy and Brett Gorvy of Lévy Gorvy announced the gallery’s representation of interdisciplinary artist Terry Adkins (1953–2014). Adkins, who died unexpectedly in February 2014 at the age of 59, masterfully intertwined the immaterial qualities of music with the physicality of sculpture in a body of work defined by hybridity, mythology, and the tension between metaphor and metonym. He dedicated his energy to the spiritual renewal and reinvigoration of narratives often overlooked, including those of performer Bessie Smith and writer Zora Neale Hurston. His performances, installations, videos, and photographs often related to the site-specificity of each subject’s respective contribution to history; through extensive research, Adkins explored the character and psychology of each figure. Working in close collaboration with Merele Williams Adkins, the artist’s widow, Lévy Gorvy is committed ... More
 

The poster surpassed the previous auction record of $478,000 which was also set (twice) by Heritage Auctions.

DALLAS, TX.- One of just two surviving movie posters for the 1931 horror classic Dracula set a world record for the most valuable movie poster ever sold at auction when it brought $525,800 Saturday, Nov. 18, in a public auction held live and online by Heritage Auctions. The poster surpassed the previous auction record of $478,000 which was also set (twice) by Heritage Auctions. Heritage had just sold the only known surviving Italian issue movie poster from 1946 for Casablanca in July 2017, which matched their own previous world record from November 2014 for an only-known 1927 copy of the poster for London After Midnight. This particular poster style from Dracula depicts the menacing visage of actor Bela Lugosi, who transformed the character into the now-famous Universal Monster. Recently discovered in the San Diego, California, collection of a noted film historian, collectors and experts consider it one of the most desirable horror movie ... More



First exhibition to place Mike Kelley and Jim Shaw's practices alongside each other in their historical context opens   Regen Projects opens exhibition of new work by Los Angeles-based artist Gary Simmons   Holocaust survivor opens art museum in hometown Vilnius


Michigan Stories: Mike Kelley and Jim Shaw, installation view at the MSU Broad, 2017. Photo: Eat Pomegranate Photography.

EAST LANSING, MI .- Michigan Stories: Mike Kelley and Jim Shaw, on view from November 18, 2017-February 25, 2018 at the Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum at Michigan State University, is the first exhibition to feature together the work of lifelong friends and collaborators Mike Kelley and Jim Shaw. The exhibition includes works that span both artists’ careers—from their youth to the recent past—that draw from the culture and iconography of their home state of Michigan, approaching their practice as parallel meditations on Midwestern subculture and American culture more broadly. The exhibition shows several never-before-seen works by both artists that illustrate the important influence of their Michigan upbringing and “education” on their practices. Kelley (1954–2012) and Shaw (b. 1952) were raised in the Detroit area and Midland, MI, respectively, and met in Ann Arbor while pursing undergraduate degrees ... More
 

Gary Simmons, Adela Moms, 2017. Mixed media on canvas, 108 x 84 1/4 x 2 inches (274.3 x 214 x 5.1 cm) © Gary Simmons, Courtesy Regen Projects, Los Angeles.

LOS ANGELES, CA.- Regen Projects is presenting an exhibition of new work by Los Angeles-based artist Gary Simmons. This marks the artist’s second solo presentation at the gallery. For nearly three decades, Simmons has developed a singular artistic practice that encompasses painting, drawing, installation, and sculpture. Through these mediums he has created profound works that deal with history, memory, culture, sport, politics, class, and race. Perhaps best known for his signature ‘erasure’ technique in which words and images are rendered in semi abstracted, smudged gestures, Simmons’ work asks the viewer to question their original context while elevating them to iconic status. The exhibition signals a return to the painterly and features a series of billboard-sized canvases that depict the names of silent and early ‘talkie’ film titles along with the names of their African- ... More
 

Painter and Holocaust survivor Samuel Bak attends the opening museum of his allegorical work inspired by Jewish history in the Lithuanian capital Vilnius. Petras Malukas / AFP.

VILNIUS (AFP).- Painter and Holocaust survivor Samuel Bak on Monday opened a museum of his allegorical work inspired by Jewish history in the Lithuanian capital Vilnius, more than half a century after he held his first exhibition as a nine-year-old inside its wartime ghetto. As a boy he was sent to live in the ghetto after the German Nazis occupied the city in 1941 during World War II. He survived -- unlike most of his family -- by hiding in a Catholic convent, and fled to Israel after the war with his mother. He now lives in the United States. "I have lived in so many different countries. But I am from Vilna, I identify myself with this city," Bak, now 84, told AFP, referring to the Hebrew name of the city. "For me to be here is somehow to come back to the very beginning of the beginning. It is also a possibility to express my gratitude to Christians who helped me survive," he said ... More


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Generous donations allow Springfield Art Museum to acquire complete set of Grant Wood lithographs
SPRINGFIELD, MO.- The Springfield Art Museum announced the acquisition of Fruits and Vegetables by renowned Regionalist, Grant Wood. Wood achieved international recognition in the mid-1930s for promoting a style of art that depicted everyday scenes of Midwestern life. The Museum previously owned seventeen of the nineteen lithographs that Wood produced during his lifetime. Fruits was purchased with gifts (by exchange) of the late Jeannette L. Musgrave. The acquisition of Fruits was made possible by donations from Amateur d’Art and the Southwest Missouri Museum Associates (SMMA). This is the fifth of Wood’s lithographs purchased with funds donated by Amateur d’Art over the years. “We are grateful to both groups for their contributions and spirit of generosity, and for strengthening and expanding our collection of Art of the Midwest, an important ... More

Phillips announces the appointment of Thomas Perazzi as Head of Watches, Asia
NEW YORK, NY.- Phillips announced the appointment of prominent watch specialist Thomas Perazzi as Head of Watches, Asia. Mr. Perazzi will lead the Asian watch team from Phillips’ offices in Hong Kong. As Head of Watches, Asia, Mr. Perazzi will be responsible for securing consignments and selling Phillips’ watches with an emphasis on strengthening Phillips’ active client base and developing a network of top collectors across Asia. Mr. Perazzi joins Phillips from Christie’s, where he was Head of the European Watch Department based in Geneva, spearheading many groundbreaking sales of important watches. As the main international auctioneer, he was in charge of organizing sales in Geneva. Before joining Christie’s, he served as Deputy Director of the European market for Sotheby’s and Head of the Italian Watch Department for Antiquorum. In ... More

New exhibition celebrates teacher who turned to sculptor later in life
LEEDS.- Austin Wright was an adopted Yorkshireman who came late to the art world. The art and languages teacher decided to pursue a career as a full-time sculptor following a meeting with Henry Moore, who advised bluntly that Wright should “just get on with it”. Now a new exhibition at the University of Leeds will explore Wright’s career and artistic development. Austin Wright: Emerging Forms, which opens at The Stanley & Audrey Burton Gallery later this month, focuses on his sculpture and drawings between 1955-75, a crucial period for the development of his practice and reputation in the art world. Although born in Cardiff, Wright (1911-1997) made his home in Yorkshire and was a key proponent of the sculpture scene, being one of the featured artists at the opening of the Yorkshire Sculpture Park. The landscape of Yorkshire was highly influential on Wright ... More

"The Photographs of Al Smith" exhibit shines a light on hidden history
SEATTLE, WA.- This fall, explore Seattle on the Spot: The Photographs of Al Smith, on view at the Museum of History & Industry November 18, 2017 through June 17, 2018. An in-depth exhibit of legendary Seattle photographer Al Smith, this special show illustrates how Smith used photography to document the African-American community in the Pacific Northwest during the mid-20th century. A retrospective of Smith’s work, Seattle on the Spot: The Photographs of Al Smith honors the collection of more than 40,000 photographs generously donated to MOHAI by the Smith family. This irreplaceable work serves as a unique example of capturing history through the lens, film and flashbulb. Curated by Howard Giske, MOHAI’s Curator of Photography and a long-time friend of Al Smith, this important exhibit uncovers a collection as unique as the man who created ... More

Saint Louis Art Museum presents premiere of new video work by Ben Thorp Brown
ST. LOUIS, MO.- The Saint Louis Art Museum is presenting the premiere exhibition of “Gropius Memory Palace,” a 2017 video work by the New York-based artist Ben Thorp Brown, as the latest installment of the New Media Series. In “Gropius Memory Palace,” Brown creates a portrait of the Fagus Factory in Alfeld, Germany, one of the earliest designs of Bauhaus architect Walter Gropius. Built in 1911, the factory continues to produce shoe lasts, a form in the shape of a foot for constructing footwear. Defying economic logic, handcrafted production continues today alongside automated manufacturing techniques. Brown uses the factory as the backdrop for the examination of shifts in technology and the workplace. Through a narrated meditation, Brown invites viewers to experience the Fagus Factory as a memory palace—an imaginary place in the brain for organizing ... More

Major retrospective of works by Geoffrey Clarke opens at Pangolin London
LONDON.- To coincide with the publication of the catalogue raisonné of Geoffrey Clarke RA by Dr. Judith LeGrove, Pangolin London presents a major retrospective of this important Modern British sculptor. The exhibition includes drawings, prints, paintings, sculpture, maquettes and jewellery, celebrating Clarke as a polymath and prolific maker. Spanning over five decades of making, there are several works that have never been on public display. The exhibition also highlights how, despite experiments in scale or material, Clarke never lost sight of his visual language, rather his carefully considered line, bold form and delicate surface textures were the constant whatever the medium. Clarke, elected into the Royal Academy in 1976, was the most commissioned artist of the 1950s, outstripping contemporaries such as Henry Moore who have in recent years enjoyed a higher ... More

A arte Invernizzi gallery opens a solo exhibition of works by Bruno Querci
MILAN.- The A arte Invernizzi gallery will open on Tuesday 21 November 2017 at 6.30 p.m. a solo exhibition of works by Bruno Querci, highlighting the most important turning points in the artist’s creative career, with works from the 1980s interacting with some of his most recent creations. Ever since he first started painting Querci, who led the way in the artistic current that Filiberto Menna referred to in the mid-1980s as astrazione povera, has brought to the surface of his canvases a complex play of perceptive weights, in which the distribution of the various planes brings about a complex and ever-different state of balance. Works like Incombente (1985), Insieme (1985) and Pittura (1985), on the first floor of the gallery, show how the artist tended to pin down the “confines of an ever-evading form” right from the embryonic stage of his artistic research. The relationship between ... More

Masterpiece by 'great lost modernist' of British art offered at Bonhams Modern British and Irish sale
LONDON.- The Lee Shore by the British modernist artist and engraver David Jones (1895-1974) features in Bonhams Modern British and Irish Art sale in London on Wednesday 22 November. It is estimated at £20,000-30,000. Created in 1961, in pencil, crayon and watercolour, The Lee Shore is heavily symbolic. Known also as Gwener – the Welsh for Venus – the work is filled with references to Classical and Nordic mythology, religion and, even, Welsh costume. In 1973, towards the end of his life, Jones wrote a five-page letter explaining in detail the precise significance of the images included in the composition. The letter, which is to be sold with the painting, was sent to his great friend Valerie Price, to whom he had given the picture. During his lifetime, Jones was acclaimed by leading figures in the art world, including the poet W.H Auden, the composer Igor Stravinsky ... More

Exhibition of new paintings by James White opens at Blain/Southern
LONDON.- Blain|Southern presents Bodies, an exhibition of new paintings by James White. White’s grey scale paintings explore everyday minutiae and hint at something that has happened or may occur. Fleeting moments from intimate, domestic scenes are paused, extended and captured by the artist in meticulous detail. The references for the paintings are the artist’s own photographs; stripped of their original colour, the painting shifts focus onto subject and technique. Reminiscent of crime scene photography, ‘The paintings are forensic in the manner of their image-capture, the documentary-no-expense-spared monochrome…’1. Tightly cropped, they are suggestive of incidents beyond the frame, alluding to a human presence without depicting any individuals. The subjects of the paintings, the metaphorical Bodies, are the drinking glasses that become surrogate ... More




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