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Archaeological treasure's tour continues at The Patricia & Phillip Frost Art Museum FIU

The mosaic continues its transcontinental tour at the Patricia & Phillip Frost Art Museum FIU, the Smithsonian affiliate in Miami. Presented in association with the Israel Antiquities Authority, the mosaic has attracted crowds at the Louvre in Paris, the Metropolitan Museum in New York and the Hermitage Museum in Russia.

MIAMI, FLA.- Miamians had a chance to meet a true “Roman Rock Star” in the magnificent Lod Mosaic, a 3rd-century CE Roman Mosaic from the Eastern Roman Empire in modern-day Israel. The event attracted dignitaries, community leaders and Miami's cultural luminaries, including: Patricia and Phillip Frost, Revital Malca (Deputy Chief of Mission, Consulate General of Israel), Mark Rosenberg (FIU's President), Elizabeth Broun (Director of the Smithsonian America Art Museum); Shelby White (Shelby White and Leon Levy Lod Mosaic Center) Jacob Fisch (Executive Director of the Israel Antiquities Authority), Lillian M. Peters (BNY Mellon), Jorge Zamanillo (Museum Director, HistoryMiami) Board Chair Jose Valdes Fauli. Guests included: Dr. and Mrs. Harvey Peretz, Max Blumberg, Victoria Cummock, Jerry Cohen, and Adam Emmerich. The mosaic continues its transcontinental ... More

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Art Institute of Chicago invites you to sleep in a replica of Van Gogh's bedroom for $10   Pre-Raphaelite beauty stars in first public display at the Walker Art Gallery in Liverpool   British artists lead strong results for Post-War and Contemporary Art Auction at Christie's

Vincent van Gogh. The Bedroom, 1888 (detail). Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam (Vincent van Gogh Foundation).

CHICAGO (AFP).- Have you ever stared at a painting and wished you could slip inside? You may have a chance. The Art Institute of Chicago has recreated Vincent Van Gogh's bedroom in an apartment and is renting it out for $10 a night. "This is so perfect I'm literally crying," art student Genevieve Marie Gualtiere wrote on the museum's Facebook page. "Staying here would be my dream! I need it." Art lovers have already snapped up all available dates in February, but will have more chances to book as the museum releases more dates on Airbnb. "We're hoping it will inspire people to think in new ways about the painting," said Amanda Hicks, a spokeswoman for the Art Institute of Chicago. "Our version of Van Gogh's bedroom is so popular and well-loved and well-known that this gives you a chance to think about it and walk in it and live in and just experience with fresh eyes this iconic work." A group of local artists helped to ... More

The Salutation of Beatrice (1881/2) by Dante Gabrielle Rossetti represents a familiar theme to the artist. © Gareth Jones.

LIVERPOOL.- 135 years after it was painted, a little known Pre-Raphaelite treasure goes on public display for the first time in Pre-Raphaelites: Beauty and Rebellion, which runs at the Walker Art Gallery from 12 February to 5 June 2016. The Salutation of Beatrice (1881/2) by Dante Gabrielle Rossetti represents a familiar theme to the artist. His muse Jane Morris is cast as Beatrice Portinari, the subject of medieval poet Dante Alighieri’s unrequited love. The figure of Beatrice dominates the foreground with her beguiling expression and the trademark of Pre-Raphaelite beauty, an abundance of tumbling auburn locks. Over Beatrice’s shoulder the forlorn Dante can be seen comforted under Love’s wings and beyond, the arches of medieval Italy. The painting illustrates the lines from the second sonnet in Dante’s Vita Nuova (New Life) and lines from the poem can be found on the frame. The ... More

Running Total for 20th Century at Christie’s: £175,887,500/ $253,848,339/ €214,591,037. Two Post-War and Contemporary Artist Records: Joseph Beuys and Robert Mangold. Photo: Christie's Images Ltd 2016.

LONDON.- On 11 February 2016, Christie’s Post-War and Contemporary Evening Auction achieved a total of £58,099,000/ $84,301,649/ €74,599,116, with 51% of works selling above estimate and 38% within estimate. The top price of the evening was Peter Doig’s The Architect’s Home in the Ravine, painted in 1991, which realised £11,282,500/ $16,370,908/ €14,486,730 (estimate: £10-15million). Registered bidders from 42 countries across four continents demonstrated the continued demand in the global contemporary market. As part of the 20th-Century season at Christie’s the Post-War and Contemporary Evening brings the running total for the season up to £175,887,500/ $253,848,339/ €214,591,037. With sell-through rates of 89% by lot and 84% by value, works that were hotly contested included ... More

BB Americas raises the art of banking to new levels: Announces partnership with Romero Britto   $946 million in spending in New York generated by visitors to three exhibitions at Metropolitan Museum   'Lavar Munroe: Journey Elsewhere: Musings from a Boundless Zoo' on view at SCAD

Antonio Cassio Segura, President and CEO; Romero Britto.

MIAMI, FLA.- BB Americas announced a partnership with Brazilian-American global art icon Romero Britto to launch a newly commissioned collection of artfully designed credit and debit cards, exclusively created by the artist for BB Americas’ customers. Founded in 1808 Banco do Brasil S.A., BB Americas sole shareholder, has a global legacy of delivering the highest standards for over two centuries in more than 24 countries. Renowned as a worldwide leader in banking, its U.S. operations are led by BB Americas which now boasts the exclusive U.S. licensing agreement for signature Romero Britto artwork on the new cards. Art lovers across America will get to proclaim their passion for art with this new collection, available online soon to BB Americas customers throughout the U.S. featuring Romero Britto’s signature designs resplendent with vibrant, bold colors. “BB Americas’ new partnership with ... More

John Singer Sargent, Claude Monet Painting by the Edge of a Wood, 1885 (detail). Oil on canvas, 21–1/4 × 25–1/2 in., Tate: Presented by Miss Emily Sargent and Mrs Ormond through the Art Fund 1925 Photo: © Tate, London, 2015.

NEW YORK, NY.- Three exhibitions presented at The Metropolitan Museum of Art in summer 2015—China: Through the Looking Glass, The Roof Garden Commission: Pierre Huyghe, and Sargent: Portraits of Artists and Friends—generated an estimated $946 million in spending in New York, according to a visitor survey released by the Museum today. Using the industry standard for calculating tax revenue impact, the study found that the direct tax benefit to the City and State from out-of-town visitors to the Museum totaled some $94.6 million. Fifty-four percent of the out-of-town exhibition visitors reported that visiting the Met was a key motivating factor in their decision to visit New York. Thomas P. Campbell, Director and CEO of the Metropolitan Museum, said: "We ... More

Lavar Munroe.

SAVANNAH, GA.- The exhibition ‘Journey Elsewhere: Musings from a Boundless Zoo’ takes place as part of SCAD deFINE ART 2016, the seventh annual program of fine art exhibitions, lectures, performances and public events organized by Savannah College of Art and at SCAD locations in Atlanta and Savannah, Georgia and Hong Kong. “Journey Elsewhere: Musings from a Boundless Zoo” is a multi-venue exhibition by SCAD alumnus Lavar Munroe with recent works that explore his ongoing interest in the phenomena of the “human zoo” in place during colonial times, and its impact on the politics of representation in the present. A series of new large-scale works and drawings are on view in the Gutstein Gallery, including an installation that engages personal biography and references his childhood in the Bahamas. Three significant works recently included in the 56th Venice Biennale also are on display in the SCAD Museum of Art. Munroe’s ... More

Palm Beach Modern presents boutique selections by sought-after artists/designers in Feb. 20 auction   A 600-year-old china Ming cup, valued at £2m is to be offered in Hong Kong by Auctioneers Lyon & Turnbull   Ragnar Kjartansson and the unique world he conveys on view at the Musée d'art contemporain de Montréal

Jim Dine original oil-on-canvas titled ‘Room Painting,’ 1958 (detail), 48.75in square, est. $30,000-$40,000. All images courtesy of Palm Beach Modern Auctions.

WEST PALM BEACH, FL.- Sunny southeastern Florida, the global epicenter for cool modern design, is home to the premier source for investment-grade art and furniture: Palm Beach Modern Auctions. While many modern-design aficionados wish they could keep their favorite gallery a secret, PBMA’s high-profile sales of coveted celebrity collections have made that impossible. The gallery sells to a discerning international clientele in dozens of countries around the world. PBMA’s eagerly awaited next auction will take place on Saturday, Feb. 20 and features an elite offering of modern design, art, furniture and accessories. “For this sale we decided to take a boutique approach,” said PBMA auctioneer and co-owner Rico Baca. “We’ve put together groupings of interesting, high-quality works by artists and designers whom we know to be in demand with collectors right now. We’re giving bidders ... More

The Stem Cup was the most valuable of 270 items bequeathed to the Staffordshire University by Mr Ernest Thornhill in 1944.

HONG KONG.- The Stem Cup, which dates back to about 1425, is valued in excess of £2 million and will be sold by Lyon & Turnbull at a special auction in Hong Kong on the 31st May 2016. The Stem Cup will be the star lot of the 80-100 lot auction of Chinese Art that Lyon & Turnbull will co-produce with their sister company Freeman's of Philadelphia, America's oldest auction house. The sale will preview in America, first at Freeman’s from 10-11 March, then in New York at Carlton Hobbs Gallery from 14-16 March during Asia Week New York. From there, the piece will be exhibited during Asia Week Hong Kong on the 28th, 29th, 30th May, before the sale on the 31st May 2016. Lee Young, Head of Asian Art at Lyon & Turnbull said “The Ming Xuande (1426-35) mark and period blue and white Stem Cup is a rare masterpiece and, of its type, is virtually unseen outside museum collections. The motif of flying dragons was popular in the Yuan ... More

Ragnar Kjartansson and Friends, World Light – The Life and Death of an Artist, 2015. Four channel video. Director photography: Tómas Örn Tómasson. Commissioned by Thyssen-Bornemisza Art Contemporary, Vienna © Ragnar Kjartansson; Courtesy of the artists, Luhring Augustine, New York, and i8 Gallery, Reykjavik.

MONTREAL.- The Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal welcomes Ragnar Kjartansson and the unique world he conveys through ironic humour and a philosophical melancholy. This internationally acclaimed Icelandic artist combines music, theatre, performance, visual arts and film in works filled with romantic suffering that unfold over time. As John Zeppetelli, MAC Director and Chief Curator, notes, “this extraordinary artist explores the tension between the sublime and the mundane.” Ragnar Kjartansson, the artist’s first major museum exhibition in Canada, will allow a public eager for new discoveries to take in three monumental video installations as well as a dazzling musical/theatrical production to be presented at Place des Arts for one ... More

Exhibition at Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden features artists working with digital animation   Exhibition of new paintings by London based artist, James White opens at Sean Kelly   Exhibition of the work of British photographer Jo Spence opens at Richard Saltoun Gallery

Josh Kline, Still from Patriot Acts, 2015. Courtesy of the artist and 47 Canal, New York.

WASHINGTON, DC.- Roughly a century after the production of the first animated film, the Smithsonian’s Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden presents “Suspended Animation.” The exhibition, which runs Feb. 10, 2016–March 12, 2017, brings together six artists who use animation as a tool to challenge conceptions of reality: Ed Atkins, Antoine Catala, Ian Cheng, Josh Kline, Helen Marten and Agnieszka Polska. Their works explore the actualities of the information age, such as the impact of virtual worlds on tangible physical experience or the digitization of identity. “Artists are addressing themselves to the spaces between ever more sophisticated approximations of the real and reality itself,” said Gianni Jetzer, the exhibition’s curator and the Hirshhorn’s curator-at-large. “But the point of the animated image is not simply to mirror reality as faithfully as possible. The animated image has evolved into ano ... More

James White, Aspect/Ratio #7, 2015. Oil and varnish on aluminum panel in Perspex box frame. Painting: 39 1/2 x 67 inches (100.3 x 170.2 cm), framed: 41 1/8 x 68 15/16 x 2 3/4 inches (104.5 x 175 x 7 cm) © James White, Courtesy: Sean Kelly, New York.

NEW YORK, NY.- Sean Kelly presents a major solo exhibition of new paintings by London based artist, James White. Known for producing finely wrought, luminous black and white oil paintings, White’s masterfully rendered moments of everyday life bear comparison to the quietude of paintings by the Flemish masters and Lucian Freud’s early interiors, whilst the distilled forms that inhabit them reflect a more contemporary, ritualized, minimalist sensibility. Painted on aluminum, wood, or plastic, his practice has its origin in photographs taken of his immediate environment, both domestically and whilst traveling — a door that is slightly ajar, a glass of water left on a bathroom sink, a broom leaning against a wall. The seemingly ordinary objects in the paintings imply a ... More

Jo Spence, The Final Project, 1991 - 1992. Collaboration with Terry Dennett Colour photograph. © the Estate of Jo Spence. Courtesy Richard Saltoun Gallery.

LONDON.- Richard Saltoun Gallery announces ‘Jo Spence: The Final Project’, an exhibition of the work of British photographer Jo Spence (1934-1992) produced in the last two years of her life before her death from leukaemia. Curated by David Campany, the show coincides with the BP Spotlight display of Spence’s work at Tate. How do you make leukemia visible? Well, how do you? It’s an impossibility. - Jo Spence Spence began The Final Project upon her diagnosis in 1991. It occupied her until her last days. Over the previous decade or so, she had become a key figure in the radical visual practices that had emerged in the UK. Beyond her direct working class experience and a long bout of cancer, she was galvanised by feminism, collective politics, and the work of her great hero, artist John Heartfield. She grasped the ... More

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How to hold your own solo exhibition
NEW YORK, NY.- It’s a truth universally acknowledged that an artist in possession of a good body of work must be in want of a solo exhibition. This is offered with profound apologies to Jane Austen for clumsily transposing the requirements of marriage (in her view at the time) to the art world. The fact remains, however, that solo exhibitions are key in establishing reputations, recruiting supporters and (eventually) securing future buyers of artworks. The same principles apply to artists working in any medium – photographers, painters and sculptors, to name just a few – and anywhere across the globe. Even ‘underground’ street artists (think of mysterious and secretive UK graffiti artist, film director and political activist Banksy) need to make sure the statements their work is making are being heard and that their work is recognizable. Here are some initial tips on how to organize, ... More

The Rose Art Museum opens "Rosalyn Drexler: Who Does She Think She Is?"
WALTHAM, MASS.- The Rose Art Museum at Brandeis University will present the historic, monographic exhibition Who Does She Think She Is?, a long-overdue retrospective of Rosalyn Drexler’s multidisciplinary practice, February 12 – June 5, 2016. Showcasing Drexler’s major paintings and collages as well as her captivating early sculptures, award-winning plays and novels, and photographic and video documentation of the flamboyant performance aspects of her life and work, the exhibition is co-curated by Rose Curator-at-Large Katy Siegel and Curatorial Assistant Caitlin Julia Rubin. Drexler was an active participant in New York’s artistic scene of the 1960s, and her collages and large format paintings—which borrow imagery from movies, advertisements, and newspapers—reverberate with the Pop art of her contemporaries. Yet Drexler’s work unfolds personal and social ... More

Julia Randall departs from her familiar hyperrealist drawings in new exhibition at Garvey/Simon
NEW YORK, NY.- Garvey|Simon announces Julia Randall: Night and Day, presenting the artist’s recent exploration of Nature translated through shifting context, scale and time. A departure from her familiar hyperrealist drawings of mouths and bubbles, Randall moves from micro to macro, underscoring the vastness of time and space, and our reluctant acceptance of impermanence and the transitory. Themes of polarity, loss and longing are evident throughout this new body of work, which features installation, drawing, photography and video. This is Julia Randall’s fourth solo show in New York and her second at Garvey|Simon. The exhibition will run through March 12, 2016. Julia Randall’s newest work interprets the emotion of longing as it relates to the passage of time. Randall is commenting on the pulse of life itself: the polar and cyclical quality of night and day, life and ... More

Young musicians offer new take on Chinese instruments
NEW YORK (AFP).- If jazz is about free-flowing expression, do the instruments have to be Western? In a cross-cultural experiment, a group of young Chinese artists musicians based in New York is testing the possibilities of fusion by bringing jazz and other Western forms to performances on traditional instruments. With a concert at Carnegie Hall last week timed for the Chinese New Year, the artists delved into quintessentially Chinese subject matter but through a markedly modern lens. On "Vermilion Bird," a composition named for the creature of Chinese mythology that represents fire, composer Li Zong offered jazzy progressions building into fierce glissandi. Feifei Yang added a more Chinese touch on the huqin, the two-stringed bowed fiddle, while also complementing the jazz feel by playing pizzicato. The music turned bleaker on "1966," also composed by Zong, ... More

First exhibition to examine the history and impact of the Monster Roster opens at the Smart Museum
CHICAGO, IL.- The Smart Museum of Art at the University of Chicago is mounting Monster Roster: Existentialist Art in Postwar Chicago, the first-ever major exhibition to examine the history and impact of the Monster Roster, a group of postwar artists that established the first unique Chicago style, February 11–June 12, 2016. The exhibition is curated by John Corbett and Jim Dempsey, independent curators and gallery owners; Jessica Moss, Smart Museum Curator of Contemporary Art; and Richard A. Born, Smart Museum Senior Curator. The Monster Roster was a fiercely independent group of mid-century artists, spearheaded by Leon Golub (1922–2004), which created deeply psychological works drawing on classical mythology, ancient art, and a shared persistence in depicting the figure during a period in which abstraction held sway in international art circles. “The Monster Roster ... More

Exhibition of works by thirteen artists on view at Martos Gallery
NEW YORK, NY.- St. Paul got it wrong with that “love is patient, love is kind” stuff. Love is a come on, love is release. Love is exhausting, love is enduring and enduringly difficult. Works by the thirteen artists in HARD LOVE range in tenor from the romantic to the political to the prurient, and in many cases all in a single work. Eroticism and the social body are central to several paintings in the exhibition, including Mike Cockrill’s St. Sebastian (2007), a biting satire on war, religion, and taboo attraction set in a ‘60s suburban backyard barbecue, the banality of which is disturbed by helicopters in the distance. A reference to the martyred saint appears also in David Wojnarowicz’s Fuck You Faggot Fucker (1984), a searing, boundary-breaking collage consisting of two men kissing waist-deep in the water, amidst fragments of world maps, lurid black & white photographs taken in a crumbling ... More

"Kehinde Wiley: A New Republic" arrives at the Seattle Art Museum
SEATTLE, WA.- The Seattle Art Museum presents Kehinde Wiley: A New Republic, showcasing the powerful and poignant work of one of America’s leading contemporary artists. Composed of approximately 60 works—including paintings, sculptures, videos, and stained glass windows—the exhibition provides an overview of Wiley’s prolific 14-year career, prominently featuring his signature figurative canvases of black men in which he ingeniously reworks the grand portraiture traditions of Western culture. During a residency at the Studio Museum in Harlem in the early 2000s, Wiley found inspiration in the assertive and self-empowered young men of the neighborhood. He engaged subjects for portraits, asking them to pick a pose and dress themselves as they would like to be seen. Wiley then recast these photographic studies in the style of traditional history painting. Like the mashup ... More

Art Rotterdam: The fair to discover upcoming talent
ROTTERDAM.- Art Rotterdam has evolved into the most important place to discover young art. This seventeenth edition again brings you the latest developments in visual art in a variety of exhibition concepts. You’ll experience the rich diversity in contemporary art production from different points of view; video art at Projections, installations and performances at Intersections, the latest generation of Dutch artists in Prospects & Concepts and young galleries with solo presentations at the New Art Section. With the abundance of young art and the well-balanced mix of commercial and non-commercial presentations Art Rotterdam is an art fair for all art lovers and attracts international attention in the busy schedule of art fairs. To explore the art fair and find your own personal way to the art that inspires you the most Art Rotterdam made an effort to provide extra information on ... More

Newark Museum exhibition showcases extraordinary holdings of Islamic art
NEWARK, NJ.- Bringing together both historic and contemporary objects from its diverse collections—Asian, African, American and the decorative arts of Europe—the Newark Museum’s winter 2016 feature exhibition will showcase the history and breadth of Islamic art. More than 100 works on display in Wondrous Worlds: Art & Islam Through Time & Place reflect aspects of faith, culture and everyday life of Muslims across the world and throughout the ages. The exhibition opens February 12 and runs through May 15, 2016. The exhibition features works in nearly all media, including carpets, costumes, jewelry, ceramics, glassware, metalworks, prints, paintings and photographs. Contemporary works from artists such as Rachid Koraichi and Victor Ekpuk, and modern day calligraphy by Hassan Massoudy will be shown with pieces dating back to the 9th-century. Highlights range from ... More

Two floors at MOCA Jacksonville feature James Rosenquist, Andy Warhol and much more
JACKSONVILLE, FLA.- Printmaking is taking over the Museum of Contemporary Art Jacksonville, a cultural institute of the University of North Florida. Two floors display the art of printmaking, including two featured exhibitions, the UNF Gallery at MOCA, and the Permanent Collection. “Time Zones: James Rosenquist and Printmaking at the Millennium” is MOCA Jacksonville’s self-curated exhibition running February 13 through May 15 on the second floor. Rosenquist, a pioneering Pop artist who first earned his living as a billboard painter, came of age in the booming economy of post-World War II America. Finding his subject matter in the detritus of consumer culture and the remnants of everyday images, his idiosyncratic visual language is one saturated in the American vernacular. Rosenquist’s imagery is dense, compacted, eccentric, and often hard to decipher. His ... More

The Armory Show announces details of 2016 Design Projects
NEW YORK, NY.- The Armory Show announces Armory Design Projects, highlighting a diverse group of leaders in contemporary art and design with a curated project and four site-specific presentations, inspired by each space’s location and function and integrated across Piers 92 and 94. The highlight of the design projects will be NOIR, a solo exhibition by New York-based designer Stephen Burks curated by Maria Cristina Didero and presented by Mariane Ibrahim Gallery. On the occasion of The Armory Show, Stephen Burks, recipient of the 2015 Cooper Hewitt National Design Award in Product Design, will present NOIR, a limited edition series of locally produced hand-made lamps. NOIR is a reference the absence of light - a creative space where anything is possible. At the core of Burks' design vision is the unique process of building a bridge between authentic craft traditions, ... More

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On a day like today, German artist Max Beckmann, was born
February 12, 1884. Max Beckmann (February 12, 1884 - December 28, 1950) was a German painter, draftsman, printmaker, sculptor, and writer. Although he is classified as an Expressionist artist, he rejected both the term and the movement. In the 1920s, he was associated with the New Objectivity (Neue Sachlichkeit), an outgrowth of Expressionism that opposed its introverted emotionalism. In this image: A visitor looks at the painting "Descant" of Max Beckmann in the Wallraf-Richartz-Museum in Cologne, western Germany, Thursday, June 30, 2005.

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