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Christie's London Post War and Contemporary Evening Auction achieves $150,069,359

The highest price achieved on the evening was £12,178,500 for Francis Bacon’s Study for Head of Isabel Rawsthorne and George Dyer. Photo: Christie's Images Ltd 2015.

LONDON.- Christie’s Post War & Contemporary Art Evening Auction achieved £95,646,500 / $ 150,069,359 / €134,287,686, with sell-through rates of 87% by lot and 88% by value. Bidders from 34 countries across three continents showed high energy for works by some of the most exciting contemporary artists alongside classics of the category. The evening established records including Chris Ofili’s ground breaking Holy Virgin Mary (£2,882,500), alongside Malcolm Morley (£1,202,500), R.H Quaytman (£578,500), Jeff Elrod (£218,500), Brent Wadden (£122,500) and The Chapman Brothers (£422,500). The highest price achieved on the evening was £12,178,500 for Francis Bacon’s Study for Head of Isabel Rawsthorne and George Dyer. Bidding was particularly active for collection from Museum of Old and New Art, achieving £4,630,000 and The Jacobs Collection ... More

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Marina Abramović's 'Private Archaeology' opens at the Museum of Old and New Art   Intimate selection of works by Vasily Kandinsky on view at the Guggenheim Museum   China's Great Wall is disappearing due to adverse natural conditions and reckless human activities

Marina Abramović. Photo credit: MONA/Rémi Chauvin.

SYDNEY (AFP).- Performance artist Marina Abramovic is known for putting her body on the line -- from cutting herself, to walking thousands of kilometres along China's Great Wall, to having a loaded gun pointed at her head. The charismatic Belgrade-born art pioneer counts celebrities such as pop star Lady Gaga among her fans, while her performances attract people in the thousands. But for all her current fame, Abramovic credits the months spent in quiet remote Australian Aboriginal communities in the 1980s as being one of the major influences on her life's work. "This really changes our lives, connection with this kind of people," Abramovic explains to AFP of the time she spent with her then partner, German artist Frank Uwe Laysiepen, known as Ulay, in the central Australian desert regions. They lived for close to a year in Australia, mostly with the Pintupi and Pitjantjatjara tribes near the giant red monolith Uluru and in big Outback cattle stations. The Aboriginal "idea of here and now; ... More

Vasily Kandinsky, Circles on Black (Krugi na Chyomom) (Kreise auf Schwarz), 1921, oil on canvas, 136.5 x 120 cm, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, Solomon R. Guggenheim Founding Collection 46.1050.

NEW YORK, NY.- From July 1 through spring 2016, the Guggenheim Museum presents an intimate selection of works by Vasily Kandinsky (b. 1866, Moscow; d. 1944, Neuilly-sur-Siene, France) that trace his aesthetic evolution. The exhibition, on view in the museum’s Kandinsky Gallery, includes paintings selected from the artist’s early beginnings in Munich at the start of the century, the return to his native Moscow with the outbreak of World War I, his interwar years in Germany as a teacher at the Bauhaus, and his final chapter in Paris. This exhibition is organized by Tracey Bashkoff, Senior Curator, Collections and Exhibitions, and Megan Fontanella, Associate Curator, Collections and Provenance. A pioneer of abstract art and eminent aesthetic theorist, Kandinsky broke new ground in painting during the first decades of the twentieth century. His seminal ... More

Herbert Ponting (1870-1935), The Great Wall in 1907. Photo:

BEIJING (AFP).- Around 30 percent of China's Ming-era Great Wall has disappeared over time as adverse natural conditions and reckless human activities -- including stealing the bricks to build houses -- erode the UNESCO World Heritage site, state media reported. The Great Wall is not a single unbroken structure but stretches for thousands of kilometres in sections, from Shanhaiguan on the east coast to Jiayuguan in the windswept sands on the edge of the Gobi desert. In places it is so dilapidated that estimates of its total length vary from 9,000 to 21,000 kilometres (5,600 to 13,000 miles), depending on whether missing sections are included. Despite its length it is not, as is sometimes claimed, visible from space. Construction first begun in the third century BC, but nearly 6,300 kilometres were built in the Ming Dynasty of 1368-1644, including the much-visited sectors north of the capital Beijing. Of that, 1,962 kilometres has melted ... More

Pope Francis to visit historic 9/11 Memorial and Museum during his visit to the United States   Opera Gallery London celebrates tenth anniversary with a group photography exhibition   All Watched Over: James Cohan Gallery presents a group exhibition curated by Tina Kukielski

Pope Francis arrives to leads a mass for the imposition of the Pallium upon the new metropolitan archbishops and the solemnity of Saints Peter and Paul on June 29, 2015 at St Peter's basilica in Vatican. AFP PHOTO /FILIPPO MONTEFORTE.

NEW YORK, NY.- Pope Francis will visit the National September 11 Memorial & Museum as part of the pontiff's first trip to America, becoming the fourth leader of the Roman Catholic Church to visit the United States, the Vatican confirmed today. On Sept. 25, Pope Francis will visit the 9/11 Memorial and, amid a grove of oak trees, pay his respects to the nearly 3,000 victims of the September 11, 2001 terror attacks and the February 26, 1993 bombing at the World Trade Center. After seeing the Memorial, the Pope will lead a Multireligious Meeting for Peace inside the 9/11 Memorial Museum, where he will gather with local representatives of the world religions to give a common witness to peace. The program will include an address by the Pope, prayers and meditations from various religious ... More

Mario Testino, Kate Moss in Blue Cafe, Light jet digital C-Print, 60 x 50 cm.

LONDON.- In celebration of its ten-year anniversary, Opera Gallery London presents Raw Footage, a group photography exhibition focusing on the meeting point between editorial and fine art photography, with a gaze tuned towards the body as a tool for both consumerism and sensuality. Exhibiting works by world-renowned fashion photographers including Mario Testino, David Lachapelle, Paul Solomons and Gerard Rancinan, among others, Raw Footage explores the evolution of fashion photography from the selling of a garment to the manufacturing of an idealized reality. The use of photography as an advertising tool saw a rise in popularity in the 20th century, when fashion itself became accessible to a wider audience. After WWII it began to integrate glamorous, care-free models that exuded charm to better suit the war-weary society. No longer focusing solely on the clothing, these models became vendors of an untroubled lifest ... More

Michael Riedel, Untitled (Form), 2014. Silkscreen on linen, 90 1/2 x 67 x 2 1/4 in. (229.9 x 170.2 x 5.7 cm). Courtesy David Zwirner, New York/London.

NEW YORK, NY.- James Cohan Gallery presents a group exhibition curated by Tina Kukielski entitled All Watched Over, which opened on June 25th, 2015 and running through August 7th, 2015. Richard Brautigan’s poem All Watched Over by Machines of Loving Grace, written in 1967 while he was poet-in-residence at the California Institute of Technology, anticipates an ecosystem where animal, human, and machine live in harmony with nature. Freed from the constraints of labor and balanced by cybernetic feedback mechanisms that regulate and sustain life, the humans in Brautigan’s short poem flourish in a naturalistic techno-utopia. Years later, acclaimed documentary journalist Adam Curtis appropriated Brautigan’s title when he aired a BBC television series under the same name in 2011. From the standpoint of the recent past, Curtis’s wide-reaching documentary analyses the vicissitudes of the ... More

Zhang Daqian paintings achieve top prices in Fine Chinese Works of Art and Paintings Auction at Bonhams   Oliver White appointed as Head of Indian and Islamic Department at Bonhams   Pre-Civil War baseball card, passed down in one family for 155 years, is ready for auction

Zhang Daqian, Splashed-Ink Autumn Landscape, 1965. 59 x 44.5cm. Estimate $180,000-250,000. Sold for $509,000. Photo: Bonhams.

SAN FRANCISCO, CA.- Two important paintings by the renowned artist Zhang Daqian (1899-1983) yielded top results in the June 23 auction of Fine Chinese Works of Art and Paintings held at Bonhams in San Francisco. A splashed in Autumn landscape, dated 1965, and titled “Qiu Shan Xiao Si” (Buddhist Temple in Autumn Mountain) (est. $180,000-250,000) brought $509,000 and a monumental landscape “Mountain Retreat Among Clouds and Streams,” dated 1972 (est. $150,000-250,000) sold for $485,000 in a hotly contested battle between floor and telephone bidders. The paintings were purchased by Mr. and Mrs. Hal Louchheim in the mid-1970s from the Erickson Gallery of Palo Alto, Calif., during the period when the artist lived in Carmel, Calif., and have been with the owners since the date of purchase. These fine paintings, and a couplet of calligraphy painted by Zhang Daqian for the Chinese ... More

Oliver has been a specialist in the department for the past five years. Photo: Bonhams.

LONDON.- Bonhams has announced the appointment of Oliver White as the new head of its UK Islamic and Indian Art department with immediate effect. Oliver has been a specialist in the department for the past five years and takes up his new role at an exciting time. Bonhams secured nearly 50% of the market during Indian and Islamic auction week in April 2015 when its sale containing weapons from the armoury of Tipu Sultan, made more than £7.4 million. White said: “This is a wonderful opportunity and my challenge is to build on the achievements of the past to secure continued success in the future.” Oliver White has a BA from University College London, an MA from Kingston University and spent a year studying at the University of Granada. He speaks fluent Spanish. During his time at Bonhams the Indian and Islamic department has scored notable successes including the sale of a life size portrait of Jahangir in 2011 for £1,420,000; a fi ... More

Circa 1860 Brooklyn Atlantics Baseball Card, SGC Authentic.

DALLAS, TX.- A c. 1860 Brooklyn Atlantics Baseball Card, passed down in the family of player Archibald McMahon for more than 150 years, will be on the block Thursday, July 30, 2015, as part of Heritage Auctions' Platinum Night Sports Auction, held in conjunction with the 2015 National Sports Collectors Convention in Chicago. It is expected to bring $50,000+. "This is a seminal artifact, not just of baseball, but of American history," said Chris Ivy, Director of Sports Auctions at Heritage. "It ranks with the most significant mementos of the sport's infancy ever to surface and is, quite possibly, the only team card on Earth printed before the first drop of blood was spilled in the American Civil War." The card is being offered by western Massachusetts resident and New York native Florence Sasso, 75, the great grand-niece-in-law of Archibald McMahon, one of the players on The Brooklyn Atlantics. The card, which was given to Sasso by her mother, the lat ... More

'Five Artists' curated by Matthew Schum on view at the David Nolan Gallery   Artist-in-Residence Bharti Kher's 'Not All Who Wander Are Lost' debuts on Museum facade   Portland Art Museum announces new Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art

Vesna Pavlović, Years of War, Decades of Peace, 2013. Endura metallic color print, 30 x 38 in., 76.2 x 96.5 cm. Edition 3 of 5.

NEW YORK, NY.- David Nolan Gallery presents Five Artists, curated by Matthew Schum. On view from June 25 through August 1, the exhibition brings together an international group of artists – Ana Prvački, Clarissa Tossin, Vesna Pavlović, Steffani Jemison, and Pilvi Takala – whose art explores vernacular, political and art historical cultures across a variety of media. Two Los Angeles-based artists – Ana Prvački (b. 1976, Serbia) and Clarissa Tossin (b. 1973, Brazil) – retrace the legacies of key twentieth-century cultural figures. Selections from Prvacki's series Stealing Shadows here alternate the gendered politics of appropriation art by borrowing the silhouettes of Koons, Degas, Duchamp, and Giacometti. Connected to Tossin’s Study for a Landscape (Brasilia) and the utopian plans architect Oscar Niemeyer and urban planner Lucio Costa made for ... More

Bharti Kher facade image, June 2015.

BOSTON, MASS.- Born and raised in England before moving to New Delhi, artist Bharti Kher knows something about living amid transience. The concept of home, culture, and identity preoccupy her as an artist who is known for her hybrid cast sculptures and paintings. Kher is the sixth Artist-in-Residence at the Gardner Museum who was invited by Pieranna Cavalchini, The Tom and Lisa Blumenthal curator of Contemporary Art, to design a temporary site-specific work for the Anne H. Fitzpatrick Façade. Her installation will be unveiled July 1. Called Not All Who Wander Are Lost, Kher's project reflects on maritime history, highlights her interest in mapping and typography, geodesy and colonization and references the migration of people in Africa, the Middle East, and Europe. Kher tells us that “an Atlas lets you hold the world in your hands.” Not All Who Wander Are Lost is based, in part, on a ready-made, historic map from The ... More

Krajewski was most recently the director of the INOVA (Institute of Visual Arts) galleries at University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, where she had served since 2012.

PORTLAND, ORE.- Brian Ferriso, the Marilyn H. and Dr. Robert B. Pamplin, Jr. Director of the Portland Art Museum, announces the appointment of Sara Krajewski as the Robert and Mercedes Eichholz Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art. Krajewski was most recently the director of the INOVA (Institute of Visual Arts) galleries at University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, where she had served since 2012. Previously, she was curator at the Henry Art Gallery in Seattle, Wash., and she held curatorial positions at Madison Museum of Contemporary Art and Harvard University Art Museum. She earned her undergraduate degree in art history at University of Wisconsin-Madison, and her master’s degree in art history at Williams College. Her research on transdisciplinary art and performance ... More

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"From Political Propaganda to Baby Boom" a curatorial project on display at the PostModernist Museum
BUCHAREST.- The curatorial project "From Political Propaganda to Baby Boom" at the PostModernist Museum is the first one out of a series of future researches analysing the relationship of Romanian artists to different political ideologies and social climates of the historic periods such as interwar 1918-1945, post-war and communist 1946-1989. As an art history research project, ”From Political Propaganda to Baby Boom” is presented as a dynamic panorama, including the latest findings in the study, for a duration of over two months. A special interest is given to the artworks which were commissioned and made especially for multiplication, either using printed versions or filmed ones, for cinema and TV. These particular media are and were viewed as a principal vector of dissemination and distribution of propagandistic messages. ... More

'Necklace for an Elephant and Other Stories: The Working Lives of David Poston' on view at the Fitzwilliam
CAMBRIDGE.- Described as a ‘restless non-conformist’, Poston’s career has spanned jewellery, international development, photography and working as an inventor. Exuberant and thought-provoking, Poston’s designs are at the same time minimal and sensual. He always wanted to make jewellery which related to the wearer’s self and which they would wear as much of the day and night as possible. He says “Jewellery is a way of reconciling people to their bodies, making them feel switched on. It is about how they feel inside and how they can realise that feeling.” By the time he was in his thirties, his work had been bought enthusiastically by people in the UK and elsewhere and by major international museum collections. Besides being a jeweller of international fame, Poston has pursued several other careers, some of them simultaneously. For the first time, this exhibition brings ... More

Ane Hjort Guttu presents two film works at the South London Gallery
LONDON.- For her first solo show in the UK, Norwegian artist Ane Hjort Guttu presents two film works, each one set within a different educational setting: a primary school and an art school. Time Passes, from which the exhibition takes its name, is a new work, co-commissioned by the SLG with Bergen Kunsthall where Hjort Guttu is the 2015 Bergen International Festival artist. It continues her investigation into issues of power, freedom and the role of art and artists within political systems. Also shown is an earlier film, Freedom Requires Free People, 2011, which documents a child’s reflections on the restrictive nature of rules and regulations within his daily life at school. Freedom Requires Free People, 2011, follows a documentary format to explore issues of
freedom and ownership of public space from the perspective of a primary school child who considers school to be ... More

The 'Sentosa' Sale set to be a showstopper in Singapore
LONDON.- Spink and Son, as a key sponsor and the official auctioneer of the International World Stamp Exhibition, present the exceptional sale of ‘The “Sentosa” Collection of Straits Settlements, Malayan States, Labuan, North Borneo and Sarawak’. A fine assortment of philatelic items and postal history. Not since the days when Robson Lowe sold Dr. Wood’s Collections of Malaya and Borneo in 1964 and 1965 has such an outstanding collection come onto the open market. The “Sentosa” collection abounds in essays, proofs, specimens, stamps with many multiples and selected covers. Each Colony and State is well represented by a number of rarities, many of which have not been on the market for 40 or 50 years. The provenance list is extensive, with items from such famous collections as Dr. Wood, Charles Taylor, George Dyer, and in even more recent times, Patrick Cassels, ... More

Group exhibition at Ronchini Gallery brings together new works by international artists
LONDON.- Ronchini Gallery presents Hashtag Abstract, a group exhibition that brings together new works by international artists Oliver Clegg, Richard Höglund, Christopher Kuhn and Kasper Sonne. For his inaugural exhibition as a curator, London based collector Kamiar Maleki presents work exploring trends and current developments in abstract painting. Hashtag Abstract explores the phenomenon of news traveling fast in the digital era and the impact of social media as well as the power of the individual as a critic. Addressing how trends emerge organically, Hashtag Abstract invites the viewer to interact with the works through social media in a critical and engaging way, moving beyond the barrier of mere observation and advocating the power of the image as a tool of engagement. Los Angeles based painter Christopher Kuhn’s works combine gestural abstraction with geometrical ... More

Smithsonian's National Museum of American History exhibits numismatic rarities
WASHINGTON, DC.- A vault door will mark the entrance to the National Museum of American History’s new Gallery of Numismatics and its inaugural exhibition, “The Value of Money.” Opening July 1, the gallery delves into the National Numismatic Collection (NNC)—one of the Smithsonian’s oldest and most treasured collections—to uncover stories related to the origins, innovations, messages, artistry and allure of money. “The Value of Money,” is part of the museum’s history-plex of galleries, experiential learning places and performance spaces centered on the theme of innovation. It showcases more than 400 objects from the NNC, some of which are among the rarest in the world. The exhibition links American history to global histories of exchange, cultural interaction, political change and innovation. Thematically organized into five sections, the exhibition allows ... More

37 artists focus on the reality of small European states and how they are perceived by others
VADUZ.- The world is on the move, driven by the idea that things are better elsewhere. Some people leave their homes in search of education, work or a better life. Others travel out of interest, a thirst for adventure or to do their bit for a better world. At the exhibition The Grass is Always Greener on the Other Side, 37 artists aged between 25 and 45 inquire how a small state presents itself, whether it can play a model role, and what effects migration and tourism have. The aim of the show is to draw a critical comparison between the small states and, at the same time, to try to find inspiring unique features. As of 29 August, the artworks will be joined by the kuska exhibition on development cooperation. To improve the conditions of life in "developing countries", people, money and goods move around the globe. But how does development coopera ... More

French jazzman Eddy Louiss, once in Stan Getz quartet, dies at 74
PARIS (AFP).- Eddy Louiss, a French jazzman who played with the Stan Getz quartet in the early 1970s, died Tuesday in hospital in central western France aged 74. The Paris-born musician, who played the Hammond organ, had undergone two surgeries in recent days for a cataract, his son, Pierre Louiss, told AFP. He did not survive a third surgery following a fall and passed away "peacefully, surrounded by family," Pierre Louiss said. Eddy Louiss had his left leg amputated in the early 1990s after suffering artery problems and had made few public appearances in recent years, though he was still working on musical projects, his son said. Born in Paris on May 2, 1941, Eddy Louiss got his start in his father's orchestra in the 1950s. His father had changed his last name from Louise. In the 1960s, Eddy Louiss was part of a French vocal group of renown, the Double Six, and it was there he took up the organ. ... More

Misty Copeland, celebrity ballerina, breaks race ceiling
NEW YORK (AFP).- Misty Copeland, whose personal story and social media prowess helped make her a rare celebrity in ballet, made history Tuesday as the first black female principal dancer at the American Ballet Theatre. The New York-based company, one of the most prestigious ballet companies which has welcomed top international talent over its 78-year history, announced it was promoting both Copeland and another American, Stella Abrera, to the rank of principal dancer. Copeland, 32, has drawn an unusually wide fan base for a ballerina. She has more than 500,000 followers on Instagram and an advertisement she recorded for a sportswear company, with featured her delivering a motivational message, has been seen more than eight million times on YouTube. Copeland has been open about her goal of advancing in the ranks of ballet, an art form traditionally dominated by ... More

China: Through the Looking Glass exhibition extended through September 7 at Metropolitan Museum
NEW YORK, NY.- China: Through the Looking Glass at The Metropolitan Museum of Art has been extended by three weeks through Labor Day, September 7. The exhibition, organized by The Costume Institute in collaboration with the Department of Asian Art, opened to the public on May 7, and has drawn more than 350,000 visitors in its first eight weeks. Encompassing approximately 30,000 square feet in 16 separate galleries in the Museum’s Chinese and Egyptian Galleries and Anna Wintour Costume Center, it is The Costume Institute’s largest special exhibition ever, and also one of the Museum’s largest. With gallery space three times the size of a typical Costume Institute major spring show, China has accommodated large numbers of visitors without lines. “This exhibition is one of the most ambitious ever mounted by the Met, and I want as many people as possible to be able see it,” said ... More

Adam Smythe appointed as new Bluecoat curator
LIVERPOOL.- Bluecoat, Liverpool’s centre for the contemporary arts, has announced the appointment of Adam Smythe as its new curator. Adam will devise exhibitions for the gallery as part of a new team created to enhance Bluecoat’s vision to bring exciting contemporary artistic work to Liverpool. In addition, Adam will contribute to Bluecoat’s events programme, focusing in particular on the crossover between visual art and literature. Born in Liverpool and raised in Runcorn, Adam joins Bluecoat from The Lombard Method gallery in Birmingham of which he is a co-founder. He brings with him a wealth of experience of curating exhibitions and organising residencies with a focus on developing artistic talent and commissioning ambitious new work by emerging and mid career artists. Mary Cloake, Chief Executive of Bluecoat: “We are delighted to welcome Adam to Bluecoat, he will bring new ... More

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On a day like today, Finnish architect Gottlieb Eliel Saarinen died
July 01, 1950. Gottlieb Eliel Saarinen (August 20, 1873, Rantasalmi, Finland - July 1, 1950, Bloomfield Hills, Michigan, United States) was a Finnish architect who became famous for his art nouveau buildings in the early years of the 20th century. He was the father of Eero Saarinen. In this image: Nighttime photograph of Kleinhans Music Hall in Buffalo, NY

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