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Ancient Egyptian beer making vessels discovered by Israeli Antiquities Authority

Diego Barkan, director of the archaeological excavation of the Israel Antiquities Authority, shows Fragments of some 5000 thousands year old ancient pottery vessels believed to be used to prepare beer at a building site where they have been discovered in Tel Aviv, on March 29, 2015. Excavation director Diego Barkan said 17 pits were found that had been used to store produce in the Early Bronze Age, from 3500 to 3000 BC. The excavation is the first to offer evidence of an "Egyptian occupation" in the centre of Tel Aviv 5,000 years ago. AFP PHOTO / MENAHEM KAHANA.

TEL AVIV (AFP).- Fragments of pottery used by Egyptians to make beer and dating back 5,000 years have been discovered on a building site in Tel Aviv, the Israeli Antiquities Authority said on Sunday. Excavation director Diego Barkan said 17 pits were found that had been used to store produce in the Early Bronze Age, from 3500 to 3000 BC. "Among the hundreds of pottery sherds that characterise the local culture, a number of fragments of large ceramic basins were discovered that were made in an Egyptian tradition and were used to prepare beer," he said in a statement. The excavation is the first to offer evidence of an "Egyptian occupation" in the centre of Tel Aviv 5,000 years ago. "This is also the northernmost evidence we ... More

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'Raku: The Cosmos in a Tea Bowl' opens at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art   Greece condemns British refusal of mediation by UNESCO on Parthenon sculptures   Museum of Modern Art opens unprecedented survey of modern architecture in Latin America

Sōnyū (Raku V), Japan, 1664–1716, Incense Burner in the Form of an Owl, 17th–18th century, Red Raku ware; glazed ceramic, 5 5/16 x 4 3/4 in. (13.5 x 12.0 cm), Raku Museum, Photo: Takashi Hatakeyama.

LOS ANGELES, CA.- The Los Angeles County Museum of Art presents Raku: The Cosmos in a Tea Bowl. This exhibition comprises nearly 100 masterpieces with examples from all 15 generations and the subsequent generation of the Raku family, whose celebrated legacy continues to influence global ceramics. More than half of the ceramic objects in the exhibition are tea bowls. Other works include incense containers and burners, food utensils, water jars, and other objects used in the Japanese tea ceremony. Three Registered works are featured in the exhibition. One tea bowl by Raku I (Chōjirō) and one tea bowl by Raku III (Dōnyū) are each Registered Important Cultural Properties. Another tea bowl by Hon'ami Koetsu, an artist and potter outside the Raku family who achieved great fame for his works, is designated an Important Art Object. Special permission from the Japanese Government’s Ministry of Culture was required to include these Regis ... More

A section of marble frieze sculpture (438-432 BC) from the Parthenon in Athens, part of the collection that is popularly referred to as the Elgin Marbles. AFP PHOTO / LEON NEAL.

ATHENS (AFP).- Greece on Saturday criticised the "negativism" of the British Museum in rejecting mediation by UNESCO to help resolve the decades-old dispute over returning ancient Parthenon sculptures to Athens. The sculptures are part of the collection popularly known as the "Elgin Marbles" which were acquired by Lord Elgin in the early 1800s when he was ambassador to the Ottoman court. The British parliament purchased the art treasures in 1816 and gave them to the museum. For the past 30 years Athens has been demanding the return of the sculptures which had decorated the Parthenon temple on the Acropolis in Athens from ancient times. "We deplore the categorical refusal by the British of UNESCO's invitation to launch a mediation process over the Parthenon sculptures housed in the British Museum," said Nikos Xydakis, a Greek culture minister, in a statement. "The British negativism is overwhelming, along with its lack of respect for the role of mediators," he added. ... More

Installation view of Latin America in Construction: Architecture 1955-1980 at The Museum of Modern Art, New York (March 29-July 19, 2015). Photo by Thomas Griesel. © 2015 The Museum of Modern Art, New York.

NEW YORK, NY.- On the 60th anniversary of its last major survey of modern architecture in Latin America, The Museum of Modern Art returns its focus to the region with Latin America in Construction: Architecture 1955–1980, a complex overview of the positions, debates, and architectural creativity from the Rio Grande to Tierra del Fuego, from Mexico to Cuba to the Southern Cone, between 1955 and 1980. On view March 29 through July 19, 2015, Latin America in Construction is organized by Barry Bergdoll, Curator, and Patricio del Real, Curatorial Assistant, Department of Architecture and Design, MoMA; Jorge Francisco Liernur, Universidad Torcuato di Tella, Buenos Aires, Argentina; and Carlos Eduardo Comas, Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul, Porto Alegre, Brazil; with the assistance of an advisory committee from across Latin America. In 1955 MoMA staged Latin American Architecture since 1945, a landmark exhibition highlighting a decade of arch ... More

United Nations cultural body chief Irina Bokova vows to step up Iraq heritage protection   Exhibition of new works by Anselm Kiefer opens at Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac in Salzburg   Ten Picassos from the Kunstmuseum Basel on view at the Museo del Prado in Madrid

UNESCO Director General Irina Bokova speaks during a press conference at the National Museum in Baghdad on March 28, 2015 as she visits the Iraqi capital to boost global efforts to preserve Iraq's heritage, which has been systematically targeted by the Islamic State group. AFP PHOTO / SABAH ARAR.

BAGHDAD (AFP).- The head of the United Nations cultural body vowed in Baghdad Saturday to step up measures aimed at protecting Iraq's heritage, which has been systematically targeted by jihadist militants. UNESCO chief Irina Bokova launched a Japanese-funded initiative to preserve Iraq's museum collections and threatened heritage, as well as a social media campaign under the hashtag #Unite4Heritage. "Today our pledge is we will never relent in safeguarding the great cultural heritage and diversity of Iraq," she said, speaking from the recently reopened national museum in Baghdad. Heritage experts have admitted that little could be done to save sites in areas controlled by the Islamic State jihadist group. In February this year, IS ... More

Anselm Kiefer, für Walter v.d. Vogelweide: Under der Linden, 2014. Acrylic, emulsion, oil, shellac, charcoal and sediment of electrolysis on photograph mounted on canvas, 185 x 332 cm. Courtesy Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac, Paris/Salzburg © Anselm Kiefer Photo: Ulrich Ghezzi.

SALZBURG.- Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac presents its seventh solo exhibition of new works by Anselm Kiefer. Under the title Im Gewitter der Rosen [In the storm of roses], Kiefer has assembled a series of canvases, overpainted collages, watercolours and sculptures sharing the thematic dialectic of war and peace, love and pain, beauty and destruction. These leitmotifs draw primarily on three literary sources: Ingeborg Bachmann's (1926-73) poem In the Storm of Roses (1953), the mediaeval love poem Under der Linden [Under the lime-tree] by Walther von der Vogelweide (c.1170-c.1230), and Arthur Rimbaud's (1854-91) early sonnet Le Dormeur du val [The sleeper in the valley] (1870). It is not only the analytical reflection on the ... More

Pablo Picasso, Seated Harlequin (Arlequin assis). Oil on canvas, 130.2 x 97.1 cm 1923. Kunstmuseum Basel, on permanent loan from the City of Basel 1967

MADRID.- For six months, the Museo del Prado’s Central Gallery is showing ten masterpieces by Picasso from the holdings of the Kunstmuseum Basel, an institution that houses more than 300 pieces by the Spanish artist, including drawings, prints and paintings, in its collections and on permanent loan. Picasso thus returns again to the Prado, but on this occasion through the Swiss museum’s works that best fit in with the exhibition message as they reflect, in the form of an essential anthology, some of decisive moments in the artist’s career, such as the end of his blue and rose periods, his foray into synthetic cubism, his return to “neoclassicism”, his experience during the war and the retrospective experiments of the last years of his life. The showing of this set of Picasso masterpieces revives the artist’s personal and artistic link with the Museo del Prado, which he directed during the ... More

Alexander M. Haig Collection to feature at Kaminski Auctions unreserved April 12th sale   Architect Edward Larrabee Barnes honored in 25th anniversary Katonah Museum of Art exhibition   National Museum of American History accepts 'Mad Men' artifacts against backdrop of real advertising history

Chaumet Paris Tuxedo Set- property of General Alexander M. Haig.

BEVERLY, MASS.- On April 12th Kaminski Auctions’ presents an Unreserved Estate Auction that includes an outstanding selection of antiques and fine art. Offerings range from a large collection of Asian bronze Buddha figures, to an extensive collection of Lalique glass from a California collector, and important items from the estate of Alexander M. Haig, former Secretary of State. A decorated four star general, Alexander M. Haig had an illustrious military career serving on the staff of General Douglas MacArthur in the Korean War, and was awarded the Distinguished Service Cross in the Vietnam War. He served as NATO Supreme Commander from 1974-1979, as Secretary of State under Ronald Regan, and as Chief of Staff under President Nixon and President Gerald Ford. Highlights of his estate include his midnight blue metallic 1995 Mercedes cabriolet coupe convertible, gifts from important ... More

Edward Larrabee Barnes. Photo © Nancy Rica Schiff.

KATONAH, NY.- The Katonah Museum of Art celebrates the silver anniversary of its landmark building by Edward Larrabee Barnes (April 22, 1915 – September 22, 2004) with an exhibition exploring the work of this legendary architect in Westchester, where Barnes resided. Though internationally renowned for ambitious modernist museum structures, The Katonah Museum project was unique in design— an intimate, light-filled space surrounded by the natural beauty of this idyllic hamlet located just 45 minutes from New York City. Unlike many large projects Barnes had undertaken, this one was as much a form of personal expression as architectural design, with the informal feel of a domestic space for art. The story of Barnes’ relationship to the Katonah Museum of Art crosses the worlds of business, art, and family life. Barnes raised his family in nearby Mt. Kisco, and designed the homes of many of his closest friends and neighbors. His w ... More

The house dress worn by the character Betty Draper and the grey suit worn by character Don Draper. AFP PHOTO/MANDEL NGAN.

WASHINGTON, DC.- In a special ceremony, the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History accepted a donation of more than 50 artifacts from Mad Men, including costumes, props, sketches and a script as well as creator Matthew Weiner’s personal notes from the AMC drama produced by Lionsgate. The objects include early 1960s-styled clothing and props from two of the show’s principal characters, Don Draper and Betty Francis, including Don’s charcoal gray suit and Cordova fedora and Betty’s yellow house dress. Weiner and the cast donated the Mad Men objects against the backdrop of actual advertising history as the museum prepares to open “American Enterprise,” its exhibition on business that explores branding and its role in engaging consumers, beginning July 1. Mad Men artifacts that represent the U.S. at the mid- ... More

With over $360 million in total sales nine-day Asia Week New York breaks all records   Eli Wilner & Company frames 27 artworks in the Weldon Collection of Old Master paintings   'Modern Taste: Art Deco in Paris, 1910-1935' opens at the Fundacion Juan March

Black "Egg-Shell" Earthenware Goblet, Longshan culture, Neolithic period, 2500- 2000 B.C. Photo: Courtesy Kaikodo LLC.

NEW YORK, NY.- The 2015 edition of Asia Week New York ended its nine-day Asian art extravaganza with record-shattering sales totaling $360M, almost doubling last year’s number with an 80% increase of $160M. Said Carol Conover, chairman of Asia Week New York: “By all accounts, we have succeeded in making New York the destination for buying Asian art, not only for many of the great museums in the United States and abroad, but also for the leading international private collectors. Galleries saw steady and heavy traffic throughout the week, and sales for the four major auction houses reached new highs, making it a great success in terms of revenue in all areas across the board. With the influx of new buyers from China who came here for the sale of The Robert Hatfield Ellsworth Collection at Christies, the exuberance and excitement of the week was palpable.” New York was ... More

Eli Wilner & Company’s long-standing relationship with Sotheby's showcases their extraordinary expertise in framing European works of art.

NEW YORK, NY.- Eli Wilner & Company has framed 27 artworks in the Weldon Collection of Old Master paintings, to be offered in a single-owner sale at Sotheby’s New York on April 22, 2015. Referencing their collection of 17th and 18th century Dutch frames, the Eli Wilner studio created replicas of 27 distinct frames, each specifically selected for the paintings. Each of the hand-made frames will be included with the lots. Highlights from the collection were exhibited in Los Angeles, London and Amsterdam, including 18 of the Eli Wilner frames. Henry and June Weldon were passionate New York collectors who put together a remarkable group of paintings, centered around but not limited to Dutch and Flemish 17th century pictures. Highlights include still lifes by Adriaen Coorte, Balthasar van der Ast, Ludger Tom Ring, and Ambrosius Bosschaert, views by Hendrick ... More

Charlotte Perriand. SillónLC7 . C. 1929.

MADRID.- This is both an exhibition on the decorative arts, but at the same something else. It includes outstanding examples of works that fall into that category but it has been very precisely devised and organised to challenge the now outdated separation - both too inflexible and too simplistic to be valid - between the fine and the decorative or applied arts that is typical of our modern aesthetic consciousness, which is museum-oriented and modern in the strict sense of the term. The present exhibition aims to question the almost total absence of Art Deco in the history of modern art, its manuals and curatorial practice and to champion (as happened with various exemplary cases relating to the Art Deco revival of the 1970s) not only the obvious beauty of this style but also the significance and cultural and artistic complexity of its uniquely modern character. The style now known as Art Deco was an alternative to the avant-garde, implying a modernism that was more pragmatic and ornamental th ... More

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25 Blythe Road selling intriguing 20th century artists' studio groups directly from the artists' families
LONDON.- Harry Moore-Gwyn, specialist of British artists mainly from the 19th and 20th century is curating the newest online auction of British and Continental pictures at 25 Blythe Road. Included in this auction of 165 lots, are works by John Nash, Edward Ardizzone, Edward Bawden, Pietro Annigoni, Augustus John, Sir Stanley Spencer and Ronald Searle. Estimates start at £50 up to £5000. In addition the auction has three intriguing studio groups which have come directly from the artists’ families. A collection of studio works from landscape artist Myles Tonks RI, RBA (1890 - 1960) includes sketches and studies by his uncle Henry Tonks (1862 – 1937), a surgeon and official war artist in 1918, and one of the great art teachers of the 20th century whose work is very rarely seen on the market. There are four folios of works by Henry Tonks, including studies and sketches taken from the letters ... More

New body of multidisciplinary work by Portuguese artist Vhils aka Alexandre Farto on view at Lazarides
LONDON.- Lazarides is presenting a new body of multidisciplinary work by Portuguese artist Vhils aka Alexandre Farto. Dissonance showcases an ultimate culmination of ideas initiated and developed in the artist’s last two solo exhibitions in 2014: Dissection, held at Lisbon’s EDP Museum and Vestiges, showcased in Paris. Farto’s highly anticipated return to London follows Devoid, his last major showcase held at Lazarides Rathbone in 2012. Dissonance explores notions of increased saturation and dilution of personal identities in contemporary urban societies, reflecting the uniformity and abstraction brought about by the current model of globalised development. This collection speaks of how individuals are shaped into increasingly abstract personalities by the overpowering force of the city and its visual stimuli, becoming lost to the dissonance that results from the chaos engendered by ... More

Rodney Graham and Jonathan Monk's 'Many hands make light work' on view at Until Then
ST OUEN.- From 1st March until 10th May, Until Then proposes an exhibition by Rodney Graham and Jonathan Monk. Formulated as a discussion, it presents new creations by the 2 artists designed for the recently opened space at the Puces de St Ouen flea market. Resulting from spontaneous play that swiftly took place during their exchanges, the works pose questions and interact. To begin with, there is ‘Objet trouvé’ (found object) by Jonathan Monk: 3 monumental fingers sculpted from Carrara marble are scattered across the gallery’s rough floor. Like relics that have been bargain-hunted, they resemble treasure but their source remains uncertain… The work in response by Rodney Graham is more controlled: a made-to-measure ‘Optimo’ hat emerges from a huge steel sheet. Deliberately overwhelming, the sculpture contrasts with the freedom of the instigating gesture: an elegant and ... More

Watershed: Art, play and the politics of water on view at Hall Place & Gardens
BEXLEY.- Watershed is a new exhibition, bringing together some 15 contemporary artists including Gavin Turk, Tania Kovats, Tatsuo Miyajima and Martin Parr who look at water in playful, conceptual, political and meditative ways. The exhibition runs at Hall Place & Gardens, Bexley, from 28 March until 6 September 2015. Through photography, sculpture, video and installations, the exhibition celebrates the precious resource of water. The playful and restful nature of water is seen in Korean artist Chang Kyum Kim’s meditative sculptural video projection, capturing the changing seasons in a projected pond; Massimo Vitali’s monumental landscape photograph (above) shows the pleasure of being around water in nature. In Noémie Goudal’s large scale photograph Cascade (waterfall), a plastic sheet replacesthe pouring water; Tania Kovats’ glass and water sculpture Where Seas ... More

First UK solo exhibition of Italian artist Giovanni Ozzola opens at Gazelli Art House
LONDON.- Gazelli Art House presents the first UK solo exhibition of internationally acclaimed Italian artist Giovanni Ozzola. Dove Nasce Il Vento is the artist’s first UK solo exhibit and includes photographic stills including one work from his world toured video work* Garage – Sometimes You can See Much More , and a series of new sculptures inspired by the vastness of nature and the idea of exploration. Giovanni’s work encompasses sculpture, photography, video, and examines the individual’s place within the magnitude of the universe and the concept of infinity. Through two large-scale photographic stills entitled Into The Blue and Untitled With Colours , Giovanni explores the relationships between images as a mental representation and reality. Contrasting a pure and untouched image of the horizon with an industrial foreground, he uses light as a tool to guide his vision. ... More

Exhibition of figurative sculptures by Sam Jinks opens at Marc Straus
NEW YORK, NY.- A quiet sigh, the moment of contact in a gentle touch, a slight slouch in posture, a passing glance; Sam Jinks captures such transitory moments in his sculptures to call attention to the emotional weight often overlooked in such transient quotidian events. His figurative sculptures have an uncanny likeness to life. However, Jinks’s sculptures transcend the silicone, resin, pigment and human hair with which he conjures the work. Indeed he has pushed the technical achievements of the genre as never before, but it is the emotional weight that enthralls the viewer. He has managed to make these works personal to each of us. He does so with such exquisite and fleeting intimacy. A transient moment is captured. Newborn babies asleep against each other, the head bent slightly and eyes closed of the well-dressed older man supporting a nearly naked younger man (“Standing Pieta”) ... More

New York Public Library to break ground on expansion of underground storage for research materials
NEW YORK, NY.- The New York Public Library breaks ground this week on a significant expansion of modern underground storage at its iconic Stephen A. Schwarzman Building on Fifth Avenue and 42nd Street. The project – approved by the Library’s Board of Trustees in September 2012 – will transform 55,700 square feet of raw space underneath Bryant Park into state-of-the-art storage that can hold about 2.5 million research materials. With the additional storage space, the Library will hold as many or more research volumes on-site as it ever has: approximately 4 million research items. This will allow the Library to accommodate approximately 95 percent of all research requests with materials on-site. The project – expected to be completed by spring 2016 – will also dramatically improve the preservation environment at the more than 100-year-old Stephen A. Schwarzman Building, ... More

Group exhibition on view at Ibid. London
LONDON.- The current group show at Ibid. London considers how certain iconographies, symbols and colours evoke a sense of familiarity that usually comes to mind when one thinks of the notion of home in light of consumer culture. These are certain codes that humans enjoy and create a sense of intimacy, making one want to acquire, live and dwell amongst certain objects. Fine art values other codes to establish an identity and also make an artist's work their own. Razvan Boar's practice is distinguished by various distancing devices, each seeking to disrupt the anticipation of narrative raised by a certain figuration. Areas of his works include closely worked paint, fragmented planes or far looser at times, cartoon-like sketching. The works seen at Ibid show the lines between culturally entrenched representations of commercialism, such as advertising, children’s book illustrations and comics and ... More

James Siena's first exhibition of sculptures opens at Pace Gallery in New York
NEW YORK, NY.- Pace Gallery announces James Siena’s first exhibition of sculptures. The exhibition features three bodies of work that expand the formal language of his painting into sculpture, marking the culmination of a decades-long development of three-dimensional work. The exhibition at 508 West 25th Street runs from March 27 through April 25, 2015. Siena began making sculptures in the early 1980s by assembling toothpicks into elaborate configurations evocative of his grid-like drawings. In 2013 he started working with the Walla Walla Foundry to fabricate larger bronze and wooden sculptures inspired by these toothpick versions. In both the early toothpick and later fabricated iterations, Siena creates dynamic geometries through crisscrossing lines on both the exterior frame and interior of his sculptures. Lines condense into tight spaces and expand into apertures, incorporating ... More

'John Skoog: Slow Return' opens at the MMK Museum für Moderne Kunst Frankfurt
FRANKFURT.- The Baloise Group is presenting the MMK Museum für Moderne Kunst Frankfurt with a gift of three works by the Swedish artist John Skoog for its collection. Skoog is the recipient of the prestigious Baloise Art Prize that has been awarded to emerging artists every year since 1999. Within this framework, works by the prize recipient are shown in an exhibition in two major European museums – this year the mumok Museum Moderne Kunst in Vienna and the MMK Museum für Moderne Kunst Frankfurt – and purchases for the museums’ collections are financed. “This cooperation model is a productive win-win situation in several respects. The artist is given a solo exhibition in a prominent museum, and the museum can expand its holdings with the addition of an important contemporary approach”, comments MMK director Dr. Susanne Gaensheimer. Städelschule graduate John ... More

'Car park king' Richard III's tomb revealed.
LEICESTER (AFP).- The stone tomb covering the grave of Richard III was unveiled Friday, the last act in the reburial of the 15th-century king found beneath a car park. The 2.3-tonne slab of Swaledale fossil stone went on public display the day after he was reinterred in Leicester Cathedral, central England, in the presence of royalty. The light-coloured stone was quarried from land that Richard once owned in Yorkshire, his northern English stronghold. The oblong tombstone, facing east, is slightly tilted upwards and has a Christian cross deeply carved into its surface. Richard's coffin was reburied in the Leicester Cathedral on Thursday, across the street from where his remains were discovered in 2012. The Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby, England's highest cleric, sprinkled it with holy water and threw on soil from the places where Richard was born, grew up and was slain. ... More

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On a day like today, Spanish painter Francisco Goya was born
March 30, 1746. Francisco José de Goya y Lucientes (30 March 1746 - 16 April 1828) was a Spanish romantic painter and printmaker regarded both as the last of the Old Masters and the first of the moderns. Goya was a court painter to the Spanish Crown, and through his works was both a commentator on and chronicler of his era. The subversive imaginative element in his art, as well as his bold handling of paint, provided a model for the work of later generations of artists, notably Manet, Picasso and Francis Bacon. In this image: Goya Galleries, 2nd and 3rd of May ©Museo Nacional del Prado.

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