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Exhibition in Reims presents a Franco-German view of the consequences of war

A woman looks at a painting entitled, "Germania montant la garde sur le Rhin" by Lorenz Clasen as she stands next to a sculpture, "Gisant de l'Abbé Miroy" by French man René de Saint-Marceaux (1845-1915), on September 13, 2014, exhibited at the Museum of Fine Art, in Reims, from 14 September - 25 January 2015, part of an exhibiton entitled "Days of War and Peace", a Franco-German view of the consequences of war on the lives of men and women from 1910 to 1925. AFP PHOTO/FRANCOIS NASCIMBENI.

REIMS.- A new and innovative artistic insight into the First World War: by comparing the way artists from both sides depicted the conflict a German museum – the Von der Heydt-Museum in Wuppertal – and a French museum – Reims Fine Arts Museum. By displaying German and French works together, the two museums reveal the cultural similarities and divergences between their countries. The historical period chosen includes the periods before and after the First World War. The choice of key themes – in particular the focus on life away from the trenches – provides an insight into society during wartime. They challenge the veracity of certain clichés that have become an integral part of our mindsets, set in stone in the collective conscience of each the two Nations. “Concerning the stage in Reims, the exhibition, organised into ten sections, displays works by different ... More

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'Ghost ship' wrecks found off San Francisco's Golden Gate by Office of National Marine Sanctuaries   Moscow's Garage Museum announces opening plans for new Koolhaas building   Bruce High Quality Foundation opens exhibition at Almine Rech Gallery in Brussels

ROV (remote operated vehicle) image of a Pacific octopus and other marine life near bow section of unidentified tugboat. Photo: NOAA.

LOS ANGELES (AFP).- US maritime experts have discovered the wrecks of three "ghost ships" missing for over a century just outside San Francisco's Golden Gate strait, they said Tuesday. The 1910 shipwreck of the "SS Selja," the remains of the clipper "Noonday" which went down in 1863 and an unidentified early steam tugboat tagged the "mystery wreck" were found at the start of a two-year mission in the area. Some 300 wrecks are thought to be on the seabed in the Gulf of the Farallones National Marine Sanctuary, and the adjacent Golden Gate National Recreation Area, off the coast near San Francisco's landmark Golden Gate Bridge. "The waters of the sanctuary and the park are one of the great undersea museums in the nation," said James Delgado, head of Maritime Heritage for the Office of National Marine Sanctuaries. "These wrecks tell the powerful story of the people who helped build California and opened America to the Pacific for nearly two centuries. Finding the remains of these ships links the past to the ... More

From left to right: Anton Belov, Rem Koolhaas, Dasha Zhukova, Kate Fowle. Photo: Nikolay Zverkov© Garage Museum of Contemporary Art.

MOSCOW.- On September 15th 2014, Dasha Zhukova (Founder, Garage), Rem Koolhaas (Founder, OMA), Anton Belov (Director, Garage), and Kate Fowle (Chief Curator, Garage) presented the plans for Garage Museum of Contemporary Art’s new building and program, scheduled to open in 2015. Garage Museum’s new space will be housed in a stunning renovation of the famous 1960s Vremena Goda (Seasons of the Year) restaurant, a prefabricated concrete structure that has lain derelict for more than two decades in Moscow’s Gorky Park. The transformation of the building has been entrusted to Rem Koolhaas and his firm OMA (Office for Metropolitan Architecture), a leading international architectural firm practicing architecture, urbanism, and cultural analysis. OMA’s design for the 5,400 square-meter building includes five exhibition galleries, a mediateque, education spaces including a creative center for children, a screening room and auditor ... More

In Brussels, The Bruce have chosen as their source of inspiration, one of the early monuments of modern art in Belgium: James Ensor's Christ's Entry into Brussels.

BRUSSELS.- The Bruce High Quality Foundation is a collective based in New York City that mixes irreverent humor, trenchant social critique, and art historical references in its work, and spans several mediums of production, including painting, sculpture, performance, and video. The group was formed in 2003 by --an undisclosed, and unknown number of-- alumni of Cooper Union, a prestigious school devoted to architecture, art, and engineering in downtown Manhattan, and its members, all of whom work under the "Bruce" moniker, and have remained anonymous. Eschewing personal fame and glory, the group members take their name from the apocryphal story of a “social sculptor” named Bruce High Quality who allegedly died during 9/11. The Foundation’s self-imposed task, then, is to continue the type of work espoused by the late Bruce and honor his legacy. The group first garnered the attention of the art world following a 2005 project, The Gate: Not the Idea of the Thing but the ... More

Marina Abramović's second solo exhibition with Lisson Gallery opens in London   Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University opens 'Miro: The Experience of Seeing'   German Expressionist eye on Africa: The Irma Stern phenomenon at Bonhams

Marina Abramović White Space. Lisson Gallery, London, 17 September – 1 November 2014© Marina Abramović, courtesy Marina Abramović Archives and Lisson Gallery.

LONDON.- Taking its title from an early, immersive sound environment, White Space presents a range of historic works by Marina Abramović, most of which have never been exhibited before. Featuring two important sound pieces, previously unseen video documentation of seminal performances and a number of newly discovered photographs, all dating from 1971-1975, the exhibition reveals the artist's first forays into a performance-based practice dealing with time and the immaterial, themes which have again become central to her current work. First realised in 1972 at The Student Cultural Centre in Belgrade, White Space was a room lined with white paper containing a tape recording of the artist repeating the phrase “I love you”. Visitors were instructed to “Enter the space. Listen.” Never since recreated, ... More

Gallery view of Miró: The Experience of Seeing at the Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University. Photo by J Caldwell.

DURHAM, NC.- An exhibition featuring more than 50 masterpieces by Spanish-born artist Joan Miró opened Sunday, Sept. 14, at the Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University. The Nasher Museum is the only East Coast venue for “Miró: The Experience of Seeing,” a presentation of the final 20 years of Miró’s career. The exhibition includes 27 sculptures, 18 paintings and six drawings, some of them more than 6 feet tall. All works are on loan from the Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia, Madrid, Spain. The exhibition is on view at the Nasher Museum through Feb. 22, 2015. “We can’t wait for visitors to discover this joyous and inspirational exhibition,” said Sarah Schroth, Mary D.B.T. and James H. Semans Director of the Nasher Museum. “Miró is one of the great masters of 20th century art, and this show reveals the tireless creativity he ... More

Irma Stern, Congo Woman.

LONDON.- The grande dame of South African art, and one of the top-selling female artists of all time, Irma Stern was born to German Jewish parents in Schweizer-Reneke in the Transvaal. The town was occupied by the British during the Anglo-Boer War, and in 1900 the young Irma saw her father and uncle arrested and interned in a concentration camp because of their pro-Boer leanings. On their release in 1901, the family returned to Germany and to almost constant travel between the two countries. Irma would continue to travel extensively in Europe and Africa for the rest of her life, collecting artefacts and looking for new experiences and subject matter for her paintings. On 1 October, Bonhams London will auction eleven works by Irma Stern with a combined estimate of £2-3million in their biannual South African Sale. Hannah O’Leary, Head of South African Art at Bonhams comments, “We are delighted to present such a wonderful array of work ... More

Sotheby's Hong Kong presents Modern and Contemporary Southeast Asian Paintings Autumn Sales 2014   Salvador Dali suites and erotic works by Gerda Wegener in Swann Galleries' auction   With new deep sea diving suit, divers sure of new finds from 'ancient computer' shipwreck

Miguel Covarrubias (1904 – 1957). In Preparation of a Balinese Ceremony Circa 1930s (detail), oil on canvas, 61.5 x 89 cm Est. HK$3 – 5 million / US$385,000 – 641,000. Photo: Sotheby's.

HONG KONG.- Sotheby’s Hong Kong announced more than 200 lots estimated at HK$88 million / US$11 million in the Modern and Contemporary Asian Art – Evening Sale and Modern and Contemporary Southeast Asian Paintings Day Sale on 5 and 6 October, respectively, during the Autumn 2014 Sale Series. Together, the two sales will feature important paintings by the region’s most sought-after modern artists, which will be led by an exceedingly rare large-format oil-on-canvas masterpiece by Indonesian artist Lee Man Fong. On the contemporary front, leading Filipino artists Ronald Ventura, Andres Barrioquinto, Lao Lianben, Benedicto Reyes Cabrera and Alfredo Esquillo, Jr. will be featured alongside I Nyoman Masriadi and Arin Dwihartanto Sunaryo, among others. Mok Kim Chuan, Head of Modern and Contemporary ... More

Salvador Dalí, Pages choisies de Don Quichotte de la Manche, Paris, 1957 (estimate: $25,000 to $35,000).

NEW YORK, NY.- On Wednesday, October 1, Swann Galleries will offer a visually rich selection of works from the late 19th- and early 20th-century European art movements that pioneered new illustration methods, including chromolithography and pochoir, in an auction of Art, Press & Illustrated Books. There is an enviable selection of works by the Surrealists, specifically a large group of books by Salvador Dalí, including one of only 10 copies of Poèmes de Mao Tse-Toung, with eight heliogravures reworked in drypoint, each hand-colored and signed by Dalí, Paris, 1967 (estimate: $15,000 to $25,000); and a first edition (one of 25 roman numbered copies) of Pages choisies de Don Quichotte de la Manche. 12 original lithographs, Paris, 1957 ($25,000 to $35,000). From Art Nouveau through Secession and Art Deco, books on ornament, decoration, fashion, poster art and design abound. Master colorist Jean Saudé and his workshop produced ... More

Theotokis Theodoulou, an archaeologist of the Greek ministry of Culture, wears a revolutionary new deep sea diving suit. AFP PHOTO /HO/ ALEX DECICCIO.

ATHENS (AFP).- Archaeologists set out Monday to use a revolutionary new deep sea diving suit to explore the ancient shipwreck where one of the most remarkable scientific objects of antiquity was found. The so-called Antikythera Mechanism, a 2nd-century BC device known as the world's oldest computer, was discovered by sponge divers in 1900 off a remote Greek island in the Aegean. The highly complex mechanism of up to 40 bronze cogs and gears was used by the ancient Greeks to track the cycles of the solar system. It took another 1,500 years for an astrological clock of similar sophistication to be made in Europe. Now archaeologists returning to the wreck will be able to use a new diving suit which will allow them to more than double the depth they can dive at, and stay safely at the bottom for longer. The Exosuit, built in Canada by Nuytco Research, will permit divers to reach ... More

In another outstanding year for the institution, Tate breaks new records in 2013/14   Aimee Ng, organizer of acclaimed Schiava Turca exhibition named an Associate Curator at the Frick   Irish master artists & international stars at Whyte's sale on 29 September in Dublin

William Hogarth, Painter and his Pug 1745.

LONDON.- Tate’s annual report for 2013/14 records that it has been another outstanding year for the institution with new milestones in lending and acquisitions. Key achievements of the year include: Tate lent works of art to a total of 282 venues, more than ever before. A total of 1,467 works were loaned over all, 791 to 149UKinstitutions and 676 to 133 venues internationally; 2013/14 was an outstanding year for acquisitions. Tate acquired works to the value of £33.6 million with 773 works by UK artists entering the collection and 282 works acquired by artists from abroad. In addition, six works were added to the ARTIST ROOMS collection. The large number of acquisitions reflects Tate’s growing holdings of photography and bodies of photographic works by Chris Shaw, David Goldblatt and Miyako Ishiuchi became part of Tate’s collection this year; Across its four sites, Tate attracted a total of 7.04 million visitors and Tate Moder ... More

Ng has previously worked in curatorial departments at The Morgan Library & Museum and at The Frick Collection.

NEW YORK, NY.- Dr. Aimee Ng has been appointed to the position of Associate Curator of The Frick Collection, assuming the post in February 2015. This past spring, she was guest curator of the Frick’s critically praised exhibition The Poetry of Parmigianino’s “Schiava Turca,” which recently traveled to the Legion of Honor, part of the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco. Her accompanying scholarly catalogue offers a new interpretation of Parmigianino’s enigmatic painting and explores the broader scope of female portraits in the Italian Renaissance. At the same time, her work has generated new insights into the Frick’s treasured Italian Renaissance portraits by Titian and Bronzino. Comments, Frick Director Ian Wardropper, “We have tremendously enjoyed working with Aimee Ng over the past two years, and it is with great pleasure that we ... More

Sir John Lavery, Lady In Green, (Mrs. Cara H.), 1903. Est: €20,000-€30,000.

DUBLIN.- Whyte’swill present a diverse selection of Irish and International Art. On 29 September at the RDS where some of the biggest names in art history will be made available to shrewd collectors. The sale presents an opportunity for investment in the ever growing market as well as pleasure in outstanding works of art. Viewing for this auction takes place from 27 to 29 September at the RDS. A stunning landscape by Paul Henry captures the artist’s favoured subject matter, Connemara. Purchased by the previous owner while travelling around Ireland in 1938, In The West Of Ireland, c. 1938 [lot 22, €45,000-€55,000], is an example of Henry’s later works. With the sky dominating the composition, the work contains all of the characteristics of this particular period in the artist’s career such as crisp colouring and briskly executed sky. Most likely ... More

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There is almost something for every type of collector at Whyte's aptly named The Eclectic Collector sale
DUBLIN.- Travel is a theme which runs through the sale and there are examples of the gear brought with explorers, sailors, soldiers and medics when they travelled in the age of sail, such as a military surgeon's case of instruments, including some blood curdling amputation saws (lot 10, €700-€1,000). These brass bound mahogany cases, outfitted to the requirements of the individual officer, were supplied by specialist campaign cabinet-makers. Comfort as well as function was catered for, as is obvious from the high-quality gentleman's dressing chest (lot 7, €500-€700) a near-complete example, fitted out with silver mounted jars and accessories to bring the comfort and elegance of home to some far-flung corner of the Empire. The souvenirs, mementoes and awards travellers returned home with are fascinating too. A Maori paddle (lot 18, €700-€1,000) the blade split from the bough of a tree and shaped ... More

Pair of Chinese Famille Rose porcelain vases achieves $1.2 million at Doyle New York
NEW YORK, NY.- Doyle New York's Asian Works of Art auction on September 15 attracted strong competition from an international audience of bidders in the salesroom, on the telephones, and live on the Internet. The sale offered over 350 lots showcasing the arts of China, Japan and Southeast Asia from the Neolithic Period through the 20th century. Offerings included porcelain and pottery, jades, scholar’s objects, bronzes, screens, furniture and paintings. Highlighting the sale was a pair of 19th century Chinese Famille Rose glazed porcelain covered vases that achieved a stunning $1,205,000, shattering its estimate of $10,000-15,000. Measuring 16 inches in height and bearing the Qianlong seal mark, the vases were decorated with blossoming branches on a turquoise ground. Chinese jades in the sale featured a pair of 19th century white jade chrysanthemum- ... More

Tate icons to be seen all over the UK
LONDON.- Iconic art works will be lent to museums and galleries all over the UK giving audiences the chance to see some of Tate’s most famous works. Tracey Emin’s My Bed 1988, on long-term loan to Tate, will be shown at Turner Contemporary in Margate, Emin’s home town, as well as in London and Liverpool. This will provide a unique opportunity for audiences outside London to see one of the most defining works of art of recent years. Important works to be shared from the Tate collection include: • Cornelia Parker’s Cold Dark Matter 1991 at the inaugural exhibition for the reopening of Whitworth Art Gallery in Manchester in November 2014 • Constable’s Salisbury Cathedral from the Meadows 1831 at Christchurch Mansion, Ipswich, Oriel y Parc, St David’s, Salisbury and Wiltshire Museum and National Galleries of Scotland • David Hockney’s My Parents 1977 at Sainsbury Centre ... More

Exhibition at The Davis Museum at Wellesley College explores the art and culture of food
WELLESLEY, MASS.- The Davis Museum at Wellesley College presents Feast Your Eyes, a delightful exhibition exploring the art and culture of food. Bringing together more than 30 paintings, prints, photographs, drawings and dinnerware from the 17th through the 21st century, the exhibition will consider ways in which representation of food reflect changing tastes – both visual and victual. On view September 17 – December 21, Feast Your Eyes is free and open to the general public. An opening reception will be held Wednesday, September 17, 5:30-7:00 p.m. Artfully photographing a meal is not only a recent foodie fad, but taps a long history of feast and famine imagery. Connecting contemporary interest in stylized cuisine with the rich tradition of still life in art, this exhibition charts changing fashions in consumption through works of art from the Davis collections. Representations of food ... More

Aswan Dam model tops $1.8+ million in Fine & Decorative Art at Heritage Auctions
DALLAS, TX.- The silver ceremonial model commemorating the complete of Egypt's Aswan Dam, presented to King Farouk I in 1939, took top lot honors when it sold for $100,000 in Heritage Auctions' $1.8+ million Fine & Decorative Arts Including The Gentleman Collector Signature Auction Sept. 13-14. The two-day auction held in Dallas and on HERTAGE Live! included more than 1,300 lots of fine art paintings, silver smalls, and more than 100 lots of estate jewelry. "The Aswan Dam Model is as historically important as it is beautiful," said Nick Dawes, Vice President of Special Collections and curator of the Gentleman Collector Auction. "Needless to say, it is going to a very good home." The auction's extensive selection of decorative arts included a Large French Silvered, Gilt Bronze And Porcelain Chinoiserie Clock, which took $81,250; a 20th century Persian Qum Silk Rug, ... More

Fluorite specimen and painting may bring $200,000 at Heritage Auctions
DALLAS, TX.- A large and exceptional cubic Fluorite Specimen hugged by two arms of Baryte accompanied by a painting of the specimen by artist J.D. Miller is expected to bring $200,000+ in Heritage Auctions' Sept. 28 Nature & Science Signature Auction in Dallas. The auction combines exceptional fine mineral finds for collectors, along with rare gemstones, meteorites, fossils, and lapidary art. "This auction holds a simply stunning array of fine minerals," said James Walker, Director of Fine Mineral at Heritage. "High caliber specimens are in abundance here and there are a number of desirable pieces suitable for every range of enthusiast." Among the auction's extraordinary specimens is "The Helmet," a Fluorite exhibiting complex growth dynamics due to dissolution of a Baryte (est. $115,000+). A shift in chemistry dissolved the original Baryte "balls" but left the Fluorite crystals to create ... More

Exhibition presents fifteen years of collecting at Huis Marseille
AMSTERDAM.- Almost forty years have passed since 1975, when global interest in autonomous photography with an artistic signature began to skyrocket. The photographic material that came onto the market in a period of just a few decades – both 19th-century and 20th-century photographs were available in large amounts and superb quality – found its way into numerous collections all over the world. One of the consequences is that this photography has come to attract considerable international interest. It has taken up such a forceful and visible position in the media and in the arts that it can no longer be ignored – even though the most conspicuous phenomenon is probably the rapidly- growing number of people, events, and organizations in the field: photographers, photographic museums, galleries, publications, colleagues, exhibitions, libraries, acquisitions, educational ... More

Brooklyn-based painter Gina Magid exhibits at Ana Cristea Gallery
NEW YORK, NY.- Ana Cristea Gallery is presenting “Medium”, Brooklyn-based painter Gina Magid’s first solo exhibition at the gallery. Using a seductive combination of oil paint, charcoal, and other media on stretched satin, Magid deftly integrates contemporary images that double as ancient and well-worn archetypes in order to create her deeply layered and psychological artworks. Restless celebrities, wild animals, and sports cars are just a few of the symbols Magid employs, conjuring centuries-old ideas about mystic femininity, communication, and transportation. Responding to the painting as it develops, Magid uses layers of divergent line and color to create a complex and unexpected beauty. Upon viewing her works, the observer experiences a sensation akin to being caught between a dream and conscious reality. Patterns emerge from the repetition of Magid's imagery, creating ... More

Canada locates British explorer ship lost in 1846
MONTREAL (AFP).- Canada has located the remains of one of two British explorer ships lost in the Arctic in 1846, Prime Minister Stephen Harper announced Tuesday, hailing the find as historic. The search for the ill-fated HMS Erebus and HMS Terror, headed by British explorer Sir John Franklin, involved six major expeditions since 2008 that scoured the seabed in the far-flung and frigid region. Finally, on Sunday, a remotely operated underwater vehicle confirmed the discovery, Harper said in a statement. "This is truly a historic moment for Canada," Harper said. "Franklin's ships are an important part of Canadian history given that his expeditions, which took place nearly 200 years ago, laid the foundations of Canada's Arctic sovereignty." While enough information exists to confirm the authenticity of the find, it remains unclear which of the two doomed ships was actually detected. Harper ... More

First major UK solo exhibition by Filipino artist Pio Abad opens at Gasworks
LONDON.- Gasworks presents Some Are Smarter than Others, the first major UK solo exhibition by London- based, Filipino artist Pio Abad. The exhibition looks at the cultural legacy of former Filipino dictators Ferdinand and Imelda Marcos: from the post-colonial mythology they promoted in public to the extravagant collections they surreptitiously amassed during their years in power. Abad employs strategies of appropriation to reveal the social and political implications of objects usually consigned to the sidelines of history. Using inexpensive reproduction techniques that contrast with the opulent origins of the objects he replicates, his recent work has drawn attention to the role that certain artefacts have played or been made to perform in the recent history of the Philippines. Some are Smarter than Others comprises newly commissioned sculpture, photographs and printed textiles that ... More

Photographic exhibition by Patricia Heal opens at the Robin Rice Gallery
NEW YORK, NY.- The Robin Rice Gallery presents a photographic exhibition by Patricia Heal. The opening reception will be held on Wednesday, September 17, from 5:30 to 8:30 pm. The show will run through October 26, 2014. In her ninth solo show at the Robin Rice Gallery, veteran artist Patricia Heal documents her visual narrative of their enchanted home in upstate New York. Hidden within untouched forests lies Peabrook, a babbling brook running through the property. The classic architecture of the house is offset by uniquely quirky interiors designed by the English-born Patricia and her husband, Anthony Cotsifas, which generate an otherworldly existence within the estate. “Peabrook is my Neverland,” Heal states, in reference to J.M. Barrie’s Peter Pan. “It is a fictional place often described as a metaphor for eternal childhood.” Heal hopes that, with just a visit to the gallery and a little ... More

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On a day like today, Indian painter M. F. Husain was born
September 17, 1915. Maqbool Fida Husain (17 September 1915 - 9 June 2011) commonly known as MF Husain, was an Indian painter. Husain was associated with Indian modernism in the 1940s. A dashing, highly eccentric figure who dressed in impeccably tailored suits, he went barefoot and brandished an extra-long paintbrush as a slim cane. He never maintained a studio but he spread his canvases out on the floor of whatever hotel room he happened to be staying in and paying for damages when he checked out. In this image: M.F. Husain, India's most famous artist finishes off a canvas he painted together with Shah Rukh Khan, right, one of India's biggest movie stars, during a fund-raising auction in a central London's auction house, Thursday June 7, 2007. The pair, two of India's biggest cultural brands, painted the piece, that was to be sold in the auction along with other works by both established Indian masters and a newer generation of artists.

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