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Sotheby's Hong Kong to offer an outstanding Guan Vase from the Southern Song Dynasty

A Chinese Guan Vase of the Southern Song Dynasty is shown to the media in Hong Kong on March 2, 2015. The rare vase is expected to fetch more than 60 million HKD (7.7 million USD) at Sotheby’s Hong Kong Chinese Works of Art Spring Sales 2015 which will take place on April 7, 2015. AFP PHOTO / Philippe Lopez.

HONG KONG.- Sotheby’s Hong Kong Chinese Works of Art Spring Sales 2015 will take place on 7 April at Hall 5, Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre, led by an outstanding Southern Song ‘Guan’ Vase from a Japanese Collection (Expected to fetch in excess of HK$60 million / US$7.7 million) which has been unseen in the market for four decades, as well as two theme sales respectively dedicated to the Yongzheng and Qianlong emperors of the Qing dynasty, two of the greatest art patrons and collectors in Chinese history. Also noteworthy are a magnificent carved celadon, famille-rose and underglazed-blue ‘boys’ vase, the Robert H. Blumenfield collection of bamboo carvings in addition to imperial porcelains and works of art from a Hong Kong private collection. Altogether, the six sales will offer more than 250 lots with a total estimate of approximately HK$600 million ... More

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Art & books from fabled 1892 Borghese Palace auction among offerings in Myers' Fine Art Auction   'Priceless' Chinese artefacts stolen from fabled Fontainebleau castle south of Paris   Casting a long shadow: Artist Nelson Shanks hid Lewinsky dress in Clinton picture

Unsigned portrait of French military officer Jacques Darnaud (1758-1830), 16 x 13in (sight). Myers Fine Art image

ST. PETERSBURG, FLA.- Imagine the grandeur of an auction held onsite at Palazzo Borghese, home to the noble and Vatican-connected Borghese clan. Take it a step further and pretend the auction offerings include actual artworks and other family treasures from the stately Roman palace and library. Just such a thing happened in 1892, after the Bank of Italy crashed and a turn in their fortunes compelled the Borghese family to liquidate many of their elegant holdings. Myers Fine Art will revisit the fabled 19th-century event when it presents three paintings and 11 vellum books and manuscripts from the celebrated Borghese sale as the highlight of their Sunday, March 8 auction. All 14 items can be traced directly to their American purchaser of 123 years ago, Bradford DeWolf, an ancestor of the prominent DeWolf ... More

The Fontainebleau castle, built during the reign of France's king Francois I (1494 – 1547).

PARIS (AFP).- Thieves have broken in to the fabled Fontainebleau castle south of Paris and stolen 15 or so "priceless" Chinese artefacts in a lightning raid, French authorities said. The theft took place in "one of the most secure parts of the castle, equipped with alarms and surveillance cameras," said the French culture ministry. Among the items taken was the crown of the King of Siam, presented to Emperor Napoleon III during a visit from the Siamese ambassador, the ministry said. Jean-Francois Hebert, who runs the Fontainebleau castle, said it was a "very big shock and trauma." "We think they were very determined, knew exactly what they were looking for and worked in a very professional manner," added Hebert. The objects taken were "unique" and "priceless", he added. "They were among the most beautiful pieces in the museum," said Hebert. ... More

This April 24, 2006 file photo shows former US President Bill Clinton looking at his and his wife Hillary Clinton's portraits during an unveiling ceremony at the Smithsonian. Files/Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images/AFP.

WASHINGTON (AFP).- The artist who painted ex-president Bill Clinton for America's National Portrait Gallery included the shadow of a dress in the work, a reference to Clinton's relationship with Monica Lewinsky, the painter says. Nelson Shanks told the Philadelphia Daily News: "The reality is he's probably the most famous liar of all time. He and his administration did some very good things, of course, but I could never get this Monica thing completely out of my mind and it is subtly incorporated in the painting." A shadow beside Clinton, who is pictured standing in front of a hearth, "actually literally represents a shadow from a blue dress that I had on a mannequin, that I had there while I was painting it, but not when ... More

Master of resin Andrea Dasha Reich opens exhibition at Syd Entel Galleries & Susan Benjamin Glass   United Kingdom coins to feature new portrait of 88-year-old monarch Queen Elizabeth II   Getting lucky: David Bailey, photographer to the stars, opens 'Stardust' exhibition in Milan

For the past 17 years, Andrea Dasha Reich has built her artwork using the unusual medium, epoxy resin.

SAFETY HARBOR, FLA.- Andrea Dasha Reich: Dual Expressions is on view February 28, 2015 through April 28, 2015 at Syd Entel Galleries & Susan Benjamin Glass, Safety Harbor, FL Andrea Dasha Reich is an international, contemporary abstract artist. She has been widely collected and recognized for her resin, dimensional art. For the past 17 years, Andrea Dasha Reich has built her artwork using the unusual medium, epoxy resin. Through these years her work has gone through a variety of change and transitions reflecting the different ways she has learning to use and manipulate the material. Slowly, over time and experimentation, Reich found herself intrigued with a new method, using various types of resin, and has created a technique for building sculptures and adding more 3 dimensional aspects to her art. Reich's artworks, typically compromised of mixed media with ... More

An event assistant shows the new coin portrait of Britain's Queen Elizabeth II on a two pound coin at the National Portrait Gallery in London. AFP PHOTO / JUSTIN TALLIS.

LONDON (AFP).- A new portrait of Queen Elizabeth II which will appear on coins in Britain was unveiled Monday -- only the fifth one of her 63-year reign. The likeness shows the 88-year-old monarch facing right in profile and wearing a crown and drop earrings. It replaces a previous portrait which dates back to 1998. The image was designed by Jody Clark, an engraver at the Royal Mint, the south Wales-based body responsible for making Britain's coins. The new coins featuring the portrait go into production from Monday and are likely to start appearing in peoples' pockets later this year. "Jody's achievement is something that we can celebrate as a proud moment for the Royal Mint," said Adam Lawrence, its chief executive. "Capturing a portrait on the surface of a coin demands the utmost skill and is one of the most ... More

British photographer David Bailey poses in front of his pictures of Mick Jagger during the private preview of the exhibition "Stardust". AFP PHOTO / GABRIEL BOUYS.

MILAN (AFP).- He may be a Swinging Sixties icon, but British photographer David Bailey up close is a wise-cracking crank who shrugs off his immense success as one of the world's most famous celebrity photographers. "I'm not proud, I don't do proud," he told AFP at the press opening of his Stardust exhibition, which is coming to Milan from March to June after a run at the National Portrait Gallery in London. Intimate portraits of stars such as Kate Moss, Jack Nicholson and Mick Jagger gaze down from the walls of the Padiglione D'arte Contemporanea, alongside photographs of his fourth wife, model Catherine Dyer, and children. A section dedicated to naked unknowns who posed for his "Democracy" project between 2001 and 2005 follows a series capturing the 1960s in the East End of London, where he was raised by his father, a tailor's cutter, ... More

Bruce Museum to offer evening hours and free admission in Spirit of Giving Back   Indianapolis Museum of Art appoints Dr. Annette D. Schlagenhauff as Curator of Special Projects   Museum of Fine Arts, Boston to include key loans for its upcoming landmark exhibition

The Bruce Museum is offering visitors a chance to take a “selfie” with an American Black Bear.

GREENWICH, CONN.- After Hours at the Bruce Museum, a special program hosted by the Museum on Thursday, March 5, will offer evening gallery hours and a variety of activities – including a chance to take a “selfie” with an American Black Bear -- with free admission from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. The Museum normally closes at 5. “After Hours is a program inspired by the spirit of philanthropy,” says Peter C. Sutton, Executive Director of the Bruce Museum. “We cannot exist without the generous support of the community. Since March 5 is Fairfield County Giving Day, like most other local non-profits, we will be asking for the community’s support. We wanted to also give back to the community, and make accessible the treasure that is the Bruce.” In addition to free admission and open galleries, the Museum will be offering special tours and other activities designed for families and accessible ... More

Annette D. Schlagenhauff, the IMA’s associate curator for research, has been promoted.

INDIANAPOLIS, IN.- The Indianapolis Museum of Art announced that Dr. Annette D. Schlagenhauff, the IMA’s associate curator for research, has been promoted to a newly created position indicative of the Museum’s commitment to exhibitions and projects focused on disseminating new findings based on research of the permanent collection. In her new role as curator of special projects, Dr. Schlagenhauff will give the IMA an enhanced capability to share this research with the public by coordinating cross-disciplinary projects across multiple departments and curatorial areas. “I had the pleasure to work with Dr. Schlagenhauff early in my career and have always been impressed by her intellectual prowess and research capabilities,” said Dr. Charles L. Venable, the IMA’s Melvin & Bren Simon Director and CEO. “During her years here in Indianapolis she has done ... More

Johannes Vermeer, A Lady Writing, about 1665. Oil on canvas. National Gallery of Art, Washington, Gift of Harry Waldron Havemeyer and Horace Havemeyer, Jr., in memory of their father, Horace Havemeyer, 1962.10.1 Courtesy, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.

BOSTON, MASS.- The Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, has announced loans of important paintings by Johannes Vermeer and Rembrandt van Rijn for its upcoming landmark exhibition Class Distinctions: Dutch Painting in the Age of Rembrandt and Vermeer (October 11, 2015–January 18, 2016). Vermeer’s The Astronomer (1668) will be on loan from the Musée du Louvre in Paris, while the artist’s A Lady Writing (about 1665) will be on loan from the National Gallery of Art in Washington, DC. Works by Rembrandt in the exhibition will include The Shipbuilder and his Wife (1633) on loan from Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II and the full-length, life-size Portrait of Andries de Graeff (1639) from Museumslandschaft Hessen Kassel in Germany. They will join the two ... More

Peter Norton donates significant contemporary art collection to Rose Art Museum   Dallas Museum of Art acquires a masterwwork of Pre-Columbian art for its Arts of the Americas Collection   Volkswagen Group of America and MoMA team up to create audio component for Björk retrospective

Mark Dion, Treasure Chest (New Bedford Harbor), 1998. Zinc-lined wooden box, porcelain, and oxidized metal, Open box: 18x24x24". Gift of Peter Norton.

WALTHAM, MASS.- Christopher Bedford, director of the Rose Art Museum at Brandeis University, has announced that computer programmer and philanthropist Peter Norton has donated 41 works created by some of today’s leading contemporary artists to the museum. Part of a series of gifts to university art museums and teaching museums throughout the country—drawn from Norton’s personal collection—the donation is designed to deepen the integration of the visual arts in higher education, foster creative museum practice, and engage audiences with contemporary art. “This is a historic addition to our collection that will significantly enhance our ability to actively engage students and diverse audiences with our collection here at the Rose. It is an astounding endorsement of our goals to integrate the entire museum into academic and public discourse,” said Bedford, the Henry and Lois Foster Director of the Rose. ... More

Effigy vase, Guatemala, Maya, Late Classic, A.D. 700–900, ceramic, Dallas Museum of Art, The Roberta Coke Camp Fund.

DALLAS, TX.- The Dallas Museum of Art today announced the acquisition of an artistically significant pre-Columbian Maya vessel for its Arts of the Americas collection. This Late Classic (A.D. 700–900) ceramic vase is from the site of Quirigua in Guatemala, near the border with Honduras. Small, at only seven inches high, and striking, it features a modeled face, perhaps that of a Maya god. The vase is scheduled to go on view this summer in the Museum’s Ancient Art of the Americas gallery on Level 4. Appearing in scholarly publications in 1913, 1916, 1935, 1943, and again in 1980 and 1988, the ceramic vessel was sold at auction in November 2014 by the St. Louis Chapter of the Archaeological Institute of America, which had acquired the object in 1912 through the St. Louis chapter’s support of field excavations by archaeologist Earl H. Morris during the Third Quirigua Expedition. “We are delighted that the Maya effigy ... More

Global museum debut for pioneering augmented audio guide.

NEW YORK, NY.- Volkswagen Group of America has partnered with The Museum of Modern Art to create a first-ever augmented audio guide as an integral part of Björk, a retrospective of the Icelandic artist and musician Björk, opening at MoMA on March 8, 2015. The augmented audio guide provides an intimate sound experience customized by each visitor, developed through a collaborative research program between MoMA, Björk, the VWGoA Electronics Research Laboratory (ERL) in Silicon Valley, California, and the German sound agencies Klangerfinder and S12. Volkswagen Group of America collaborated on development of a suite of advanced audio technologies working with a range of international collaborators, helping MoMA to achieve the creative vision for the show. The innovative technology is based on the application “Sound Journey” developed by Volkswagen, which generates a personalized sound track using data gathered ... More

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Spanish artist and sculptor Jorge Palacios presents new work in New York
NEW YORK, NY.- Fridman Gallery presents an outdoor installation, Sketch in the air, by the Spanish sculptor Jorge Palacios. The sculpture will be on view outside the Trump Soho New York (246 Spring Street, corner of Varick Street). Coinciding with the outdoor installation, Steven Harris + Rees Roberts will present Convergences, a solo exhibition by Palacios, showcasing some of his latest works and pieces never before exhibited in New York City. Palacios's work has attracted the interest of such legendary names in architecture as New York-based Peter Marino, Hernández de la Garza from Mexico, and Eric Owen Moss from California. The artist has brought his sculptural works to public spaces in capital cities and cities of cultural heritage all over the world and has been described in art publications as one of the most important emerging artists. Following in the footsteps of such masters ... More

Artists announced for The London Open 2015 at the Whitechapel Gallery
LONDON.- The Whitechapel Gallery announces the artists included in The London Open 2015, the Gallery’s triennial exhibition, which is open to all artists aged 26 or over living and working in London. From a record number of 2,133 applicants, 48 artists have been selected from open submission by a panel of high profile art world figures, including artist Angela de la Cruz, collector Nicoletta Fiorucci, writer and critic Ben Luke, gallerist Jake Miller and Whitechapel Gallery curators Daniel F. Herrmann, Eisler Curator and Head of Curatorial Studies, and Poppy Bowers, Assistant Curator. The exhibition which acts as a barometer of contemporary art includes works by 25 female artists, 22 male artists and one collective, who are originally from across the UK, Canada, Egypt, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Peru, Romania, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, USA and all now live and work in ... More

McMichael Canadian Art Collection names Dr. Sarah Stanners as Director, Curatorial & Collections
KLEINBURG, ON.- Dr. Victoria Dickenson, Executive Director & CEO of the McMichael Canadian Art Collection, announced the appointment of Sarah Stanners, PhD, to the position of Director, Curatorial & Collections at the McMichael, effective March 9, 2015. "We are delighted to have Sarah join the McMichael and bring her wide knowledge and curatorial talent to the future of the McMichael and the celebration of Canadian art," said Victoria Dickenson. "Her passion and knowledge of Canadian art will be an asset to the McMichael and will enable our beloved collection to be showcased in creative, vibrant and intriguing ways. This is especially significant as the McMichael approaches its 50th anniversary in 2016 and Canada's sesquicentennial celebrations in 2017. Sarah's authoritative voice will provide a dramatically increased ability for the McMichael to further develop collaborative ... More

Portrait of influential post-war fashion designer to be offered at Spring Chelsea Antiuque Fair
LONDON.- With London Fashion Week just ended and Paris Fashion Week about to start on March 4, it is extremely timely, that Nicholas Bagshawe Fine Art will be offering a atmospheric and stylish portrait of Parisian couturier Jacques Fath (1912 -1954) at the Chelsea Antiques Fair which takes place at the Chelsea Old Town Hall between Wednesday, 18th to Sunday, 22nd March 2015. It has a ticket price of just under £30,000. Jacques Fath (1912 -1954 ), along with Pierre Balmain and Christian Dior, was considered one of the most influential Post-War fashion designers. Born in 1912, he presented his first collection in Paris in 1937 and rapidly became known for dressing the “chic, young Parisienne”, with his innovative use of unusual fabrics and trimmings, and the promotion of the 'crinoline' evening gown in the early 1950s. His clients included Ava Gardner, Greta Garbo, and Rita Hayworth ... More

Funding success for World Museum's Egypt galleries
LIVERPOOL.- World Museum has received a generous grant of £300,000 towards the expansion and improvement of its Ancient Egypt galleries. The Department for Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) and the Wolfson Foundation have endorsed the exciting project through the DCMS/Wolfson Museums and Galleries Improvement Fund, which includes plans to build a new ‘Mummy Room’ and to redisplay 4,000 incredible objects, some of which have never-before been publically shown. The new galleries will tell the fascinating story of how Liverpool acquired its world-renowned collection and aims to recreate the grandeur of the display that was lost when the Museum was hit by an incendiary bomb during the May Blitz in the Second World War. The project will: • Create a new ‘Mummy Room’ to display 12 mummies. The room will be housed in a restored gallery space that closed to visitors ... More

Quality pieces shine in Bonhams Fine English Furniture, Sculpture, and Works of Art Sale
LONDON.- A wide selection of quality furnishings and decorative pieces are set to go under the hammer in the sale of Fine English Furniture, Sculpture & Works of Art on 11 March at Bonhams New Bond Street salerooms. The star lot is a late George III satinwood, rosewood and tulipwood Carlton House desk, estimated at £40,000-60,000. This distinctive design of writing table, with two or three tiers of small drawers rising from the back and curving around the sides, dates from the late 18th Century. The term ‘Carlton House’ presumably came about as a result of a precedent at Carlton House in London, with the term then perpetuating. Carlton House on Pall Mall was the home of George III while Prince of Wales, and a rosewood Carlton House desk remains in the Royal Collection. Another top lots is a mid-19th century Roman micro-mosaic circular table top with giltwood base, possibly by the ... More

Swann Galleries' Vintage posters sale illustrates the strength of the poster market
NEW YORK, NY.- Interest in ski posters was mountain-high at Swann Galleries’ February 12 auction of Vintage Posters, resulting in several new auction records. Also sought after were Art Nouveau images by Alphonse Mucha and other artists of that era. Nicholas D. Lowry, Swann President and Posters Specialist, said, “The auction room was as crowded as we have seen it in recent years, and the results of this sale were robust, with several major (pleasant) surprises as posters soared above their high estimates. More than one participant observed that the poster market is alive and well at Swann and we humbly agree–especially in light of the numerous auction records that we set during the sale.” The top three lots in the auction brought $30,000* each: Alex Diggelmann’s Gstaad, 1934, which had been estimated at $2,000 to $3,000; Alphonse Mucha’s The Flowers, a set of four decorative panels, ... More

Shapero Modern opens 'Rack 'em Up: British Contemporary Editions, 1990-2000'
LONDON.- Rack ‘em up: British Contemporary Editions, 1990 – 2000 focusses on editions produced by the so-called YBA generation of artists. The survey, the first of its kind ever staged, brings together works by all of the leading figures of the period, including Keith Coventry, Damien Hirst, Sarah Lucas and Gavin Turk, and seeks to capture the irreverent and exuberant flavour of the era. While Hirst is now renowned for his editioned works, a process he feels democratises art, he in fact made very few at the start of his career. A highlight is The Last Supper series, 1999, 13 large screenprints which take as their inspiration the clean graphical form of pharmaceutical packaging. For these, Hirst replaced the name of the drug with that of a food traditional to working-class British cafe culture, such as ‘corned beef’ and ‘sausages’, transforming them into a brand by the addition of the insignia ®, TM ... More

Exhibition reveals a collection that is among the oldest and most significant of its kind in the U.S.
BOSTON, MASS.- American Neoclassic Sculpture at the Boston Athenæum, on view at the Boston Athenæum February 26 through May 16, 2015, reveals a collection that is among the oldest and most significant of its kind in the United States, one that helped establish an “American taste” in the visual arts. The exhibition includes more than thirty works— sculptures by the three “founders” of American Neoclassicism: Horatio Greenough (Boston’s first professional sculptor), Thomas Crawford, and Hiram Powers; along with works by their followers; examples by such European Neoclassicists as Jean-Antoine Houdon and Bertel Thovaldsen; and marble copies of ancient works, including the Venus de Medici and the Apollo Belvedere. Featured works include Horatio Greenough’s Elizabeth Perkins Cabot (1832-33), Venus Victrix (1837-40), and The Judgment of Paris ... More

Story of Disneyland auction exceeds expectations raises $1.7 million
LOS ANGELES, CA.- Van Eaton Galleries, one of the world’s premier animation artwork and collectible galleries held the highly-anticipated “The Story of Disneyland” auction this weekend in Sherman Oaks, California. Bidders gathered each day under a tent, constructed specifically to hold the hundreds of anxious bidders who showed up for the two sessions, in hopes that they would take home a piece of Disneyland magic. Bidders from around the globe bid online and by phone in a fast and furious pace all day. The collection which represented close to 1,000 pieces is said to be the largest and most historical collection ever to be offered. Many of the items up for bid exceeded pre-sale estimates including a Disneyland Enchanted Tiki Room Animatronic® Tiki Bird which sold for $153,400. Opening in 1963, the Enchanted Tiki Room was the first attraction to use Audio-Animatronic® characters ... More

Museum reopening boosts Iraqi national pride
BAGHDAD (AFP).- Even as Iraq mourned the destruction of priceless artefacts by jihadists in Mosul, the national museum in Baghdad brought joy and pride to visitors as it opened its doors for the first time in 12 years. The reopening to the public on Sunday was brought forward in response to a video released last week by the Islamic State group showing militants destroying statues in Mosul. Many of the pieces on display in Baghdad were among the 15,000 looted when mobs ransacked the museum during the plundering spree that gripped the capital when US forces toppled Saddam Hussein in 2003. The blow was cataclysmic for an archaeological collection until then considered to be one of the world's richest. Close to a fifth of the stolen artefacts have been recovered. Around 100 visitors trickled into the national museum on Sunday morning -- the start of the work week ... More

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On a day like today, fashion designer Perry Ellis, was born
March 03, 1940. Perry Ellis (March 3, 1940 - 8:15 AM May 30, 1986) was an American fashion designer who founded a sportswear house in the mid-1970s. In this image: The model in the center wears a white/lime stripe shirt, white cotton trouser, green snakeskin belt and aviator sunglasses, during the showing of the Perry Ellis menswear Spring 2005 Collection in New York, Wednesday, Sept 8, 2004.

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