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The Met opens a major retrospective of the photographs of Irving Penn

Irving Penn (American, 1917–2009), Nude No. 72, New York, 1949–50. Gelatin silver print 15 ⅝ × 14 ¾ in. (39.7 × 37.5 cm) The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, Gift of the artist, 2002 © The Irving Penn Foundation.

NEW YORK, NY.- The Metropolitan Museum of Art presents a major retrospective of the photographs of Irving Penn to mark the centennial of the artist's birth. Over the course of his nearly 70-year career, Irving Penn (1917–2009) mastered a pared-down aesthetic of studio photography that is distinguished for its meticulous attention to composition, nuance, detail, and printmaking. Irving Penn: Centennial, is the most comprehensive exhibition of the great American photographer's work to date and includes both masterpieces and hitherto unknown prints from all his major series. Long celebrated for more than six decades of influential work at Vogue magazine, Penn was first and foremost a fashion photographer. His early photographs of couture are masterpieces that established a new standard for photographic renderings of style at mid-century, and he continued to record the cycles of fashions year after year in exquisite images characterized by strik ... More

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Weird clouds may have inspired 'The Scream': scientists   Hauser & Wirth exhibits wearable objects commissioned from fifteen artists   Phillips to offer Abstract Expressionist masterpiece by Willem de Kooning

On Monday, scientists hypothesised that the Norwegian painter's inspiration may in fact have been rare clouds which form in cold places at high altitude.

VIENNA (AFP).- The psychedelic clouds in Edvard Munch's iconic "The Scream" have alternatively been interpreted as a metaphor for mental anguish or a literal depiction of volcanic fallout. On Monday, scientists hypothesised that the Norwegian painter's inspiration may in fact have been rare clouds which form in cold places at high altitude. The first version of "The Scream" was released in 1893. It depicts a dark humanlike figure clutching its head in apparent horror against the backdrop of a swirling, red-orange sky. In 2004, American astronomers theorised that Munch had painted a sky brightly coloured by particle pollution from the 1883 Krakatoa volcanic eruption. But the new paper, presented at a meeting of the European Geosciences Union in Vienna, said he more likely depicted a rare sighting of "mother-of-pearl" clouds over Oslo. A volcanic ... More

John Baldessari, Mr. Blue Bird on my Shoulder (with Diamonds), 2013 Bird: enameled silver, diamonds; Shoulder stand: metal, suede 10 x 6.3 x 10 cm / 3 7/8 x 2 1/2 x 3 7/8 in Overall dimension: 10h x 6.3 x 10 cm / 3 7/8 x 2 1/2 x 3 7/8 in Bird only: 6.3h x 3 x 7.2 cm / 2 1/2 x 1 1/8 x 2 7/8 in © John Baldessari. Courtesy the artist, Marian Goodman Gallery and Hauser & Wirth.

NEW YORK, NY.- Hauser & Wirth debuted its Portable Art Project with an exhibition of wearable objects commissioned from fifteen artists – works that exist somewhere between sculpture and bodily adornment. Organized by Celia Forner, who collaborated closely with the artists, the Portable Art Project includes unique pieces as well as editioned series, crafted from an array of materials ranging from traditional gold and silver with precious and semi-precious gems, to enamel, aluminum, bronze, and iron. The initiative began with an invitation to Louise Bourgeois, who in 2008 conceived different spiral-like precious metal cuffs. In the years since Bourgeois designed these first contributions, the Portable Art ... More

Willem de Kooning, Untitled II, 1980 (detail). Estimate: $12-18 million. Image courtesy of Phillips.

NEW YORK, NY.- Phillips announced that Willem de Kooning’s Untitled II will be offered as a highlight in the Evening Sale of 20th Century & Contemporary Art on Thursday, 18 May. A magnificent tour-de force of his painterly virtuosity, Untitled II is one of less than ten works created in 1980, an important turning point in de Kooning’s career. Estimated at $12-18 million, this work has never been offered at auction. Since its creation nearly four decades ago, it has been exhibited twice – once at London’s Royal Academy of Arts in 1981 and once at New York’s Gagosian Gallery, in their de Kooning retrospective of 2007. At 77x88 inches, Untitled II is an example of the largest of the three canvas sizes de Kooning used, reserved for his most ambitious projects. This painting is one of only a few paintings that he completed in 1980. The works from this period grew out of masterpieces from his highly acclaimed years of 1975-77. ... More

LACMA announces nine new acquisitions during the 31st Annual Collectors Committee Weekend   U-M's new Orson Welles acquisition from his daughter reveals never-before-seen work   Large scale landscape painting gives bird's eye view of early 18th century Chatsworth

Khosrow Hassanzadeh, Pahlavan II, Ready to Order2008, Mixed media box, 76 × 52 × 10 in. (193 × 132.08 × 25.4 cm), © Khosrow Hassanzadeh.

LOS ANGELES, CA.- The Los Angeles County Museum of Art announces the addition of nine new acquisitions during the museum’s 31st annual Collectors Committee fundraiser. The annual Collectors Committee Weekend—led by LACMA trustee, Collectors Committee chair, and Acquisitions Committee co-chair Ann Colgin—was a two-day affair which included curator-led art presentations, private dinners at the homes of major LACMA supporters, and a gala dinner where members voted on artworks to add to the museum’s permanent collection. This year, the 90 voting members raised more than $2 million. “Collectors Committee Weekend celebrates LACMA’s diverse collection by adding new acquisitions that will further strengthen the museum’s holdings of art, all while enjoying incredible food, wine, and good ... More

Page 1 of 3, typed letter from Welles to his beloved friend Dr. Maurice Bernstein, whom he called “Dada.” The letter was typed in 1930 by 15-year-old Orson Welles, who precisely describes the qualities of Yokohama’s Theater Street. Image courtesy the University of Michigan Library, Special Collections.

ANN ARBOR, MICH.- A new set of materials from Beatrice Welles will make the University of Michigan Library's Orson Welles collection the world's most comprehensive resource for Welles scholars and fans. The daughter of renowned indie filmmaker Orson Welles and Italian actress Paola Mori, Beatrice Welles had a particularly extraordinary childhood. She was brought up jetsetting to different countries, playing on various film sets, interacting mostly with adults (her parents and their friends), and falling asleep to the rhythmic sounds of her father working on his typewriter late into every night. "My father was very anti-establishment, so I didn't spend my days in school. I was with my parents twenty-four, seven— ... More

A View of Chatsworth by Jan Siberechts.

LONDON.- Visitors can now discover how Chatsworth appeared in the early 18th century thanks to the acquisition of an important major landscape painting giving a detailed bird’s eye view of the estate. The Directors of the Chatsworth House Trust announced the arrival of an important addition to the Devonshire Collection - A View of Chatsworth by Jan Siberechts, painted circa 1703. Until now a painting of the house and garden in the 1st Duke’s time was missing from the collection. This large scale, detailed painting is now on display at Chatsworth, with a series of landscape paintings of the house and garden detailing major changes through the past 400 years. The Duke of Devonshire said “I am extremely excited that this landscape has joined the Devonshire Collection. It will be of great interest to our visitors as it portrays on a grand scale a complete view of Chatsworth, house, garden and park as built ... More

mother's tankstation presents Brendan Earley's "Life after Buildings"   Marlon Brando's personally owned Rolodex and phonebook to be auctioned   Rijksmuseum announces winner of €10,000 Rijksstudio Award 2017

Brendan Earley, Lost in Music, 2016 (detail). Oak, enamel paint, 130 x 28 x 23 cm. Photo: Courtesy of the artist and mother’s tankstation limited.

DUBLIN.- In 1971 the American poet Lew Welch parked his car in the remote Sierra Mountains and carrying both a significant reputation gained from his affiliation with the Bay Area beat poets of the 1960s and a little gun, walked into the woods. He was barely 45 and his major work, Ring of Bone, although written and assembled, was yet unpublished in the form we know it. Welch, although gifted, was troubled, and had always struggled with the act of writing; his seemingly, loosely-structured masterwork is as something akin to a play, a biographic outline and a statement of poetics. The collection might as such be considered a spiritual autobiography of which the title initially seems viusally imagistic, until you get to the poet’s own embedded explanation of poetic purpose; and then heard “a ring of bone” where ring is what a bell does 1 Walking and finding things has always played an important part in my own practice ... More

Marlon Brando's personal Rolodex from the 1970’s-80’s features information for more than 1,000 contacts.

LOS ANGELES, CA.- Marlo Brando’s Rolodex and phonebook, containing the addresses and phone numbers of thousands of celebrities, will be auctioned by Nate D. Sanders Auctions on April 27, 2017. Marlon Brando's personal Rolodex from the 1970’s-80’s features information for more than 1,000 contacts. Celebrities include: Orson Welles, Jack Nicholson, George C. Scott, Barbra Streisand, Bob Dylan, Jane Fonda and Tom Hayden, Peter Fonda, Bernardo Bertolucci, Francis Ford Coppola, David Geffen, Alex Haley, Frank Sinatra, Hugh Hefner, Mohammed [sic] Ali, Harry Belafonte, Robert Redford, Stella Adler, Sidney Lumet, Mike Nichols and Johnny Carson, among others. Many prominent journalists are also included: Carl Bernstein's direct line at the ''Washington Post,'' Pentagon Papers whistleblower Daniel Ellsberg, William Hearst, Jimmy Breslin, Walter Cronkite, Pete Hamill, Pierre Sa ... More

Masterpieces Never Sleep, Lesha Limonov, Wit Rusland.

AMSTERDAM.- Masterpieces Never Sleep, sleep masks inspired by Johannes Cornelisz Verspronck’s Portrait of a Girl Dressed in Blue, has won the Rijksstudio Award 2017, the Rijksmuseum's international design award. Lesha Limonov from Belarus received a cash price of €10,000 from an international jury. The Eden Condoms by Esther Pi & Timo Waag (Spain) and Plant Study Hats by Jessie Hall (England) won second and third place respectively. The Rijksstudio Award is made possible by the Rijksstudio Fonds / Rijksmuseum Fonds. The jury said: “Masterpieces Never Sleep is a strong concept that radiates great simplicity which opens our eyes to art and is also a playful homage to Portrait of a Girl Dressed in Blue." The work was selected from over 2,600 entries from 62 countries. Delft Blue Eyes + Nails by the duo Francine LeClercq & Ali Soltani (United States), which received 2,202 votes out of a total of 10,270 votes cast, won the Publ ... More

Exhibition at Berlinartprojects presents works by Ulrich Riedel and Emre Meydan   PIASA continues to explore Italian post-war creativity with the sale of an Italian Collection of Art & Design   Extraordinary Ruth, Mantle, Jackson cards highlight Heritage May Sports Collectibles Auction

Ulrich Riedel, Dark Coco & Dark Igor 2017, wood, variable dimensions. © Ulrich Riedel.

BERLIN.- Berlinartprojects is hosting an encounter between two artists whose shared interest in the qualities of space and the boundaries of perspective brings their otherwise very different practices together. Sculpture meets painting in this exhibition, the geometric structures of Riedel dialoguing with Emre Meydan’s delicate images of interiors. Both artists have distinctive vocabularies for questioning representations of space and treating perspective with clever illusions and distortions, Riedel on a more monumental scale and Meydan on a more intimate one. Yet one does not outshine the other, rather, the works interact and inform each other in an explorative, collaborative way. Indeed, the core of the show is a joint piece by Riedel and Meydan; the outcome of their conversations on depth, spatial relations and three-dimensionality. On entering the exhibition space, Riedel’s imposing wooden ... More

Max Ingrand (1908-1969), Modèle 1774. Table basse en métal laqué, laiton et verre teinté convexe grossissant Edition Fontana Arte Date de création: vers 1960 H 37 x Ø 83 cm. €20,000-30,000.

PARIS.- In 2016 PIASA presented nearly a dozen private collections at auction, whose market-fresh provenance provoked lively bidding among French and international collectors. On 1 June 2017 PIASA will offer an ensemble of Design and works of art from an Italian collection that represents the fruit of over a decade of passionate research, reflecting the taste of a family of collectors for all aspects of artistic creativity. The Collection's Decorative Art spans post-war Italian output from the great architects of reconstruction down to contemporary designers, including works by: • Gio Ponti, director of Domus magazine, who fitted out luxury hotels and ocean-liners in the 1950s • Fontana Arte, where Ponti was succeeded as artistic director by Max Ingrand, who brought with him a new, French approach • The BBPR ... More

The 1916 M101-5 Blank Back (Sporting News) Babe Ruth Rookie #151 PSA NM 7, (est. $600,000+).

DALLAS, TX.- Some of the rarest baseball cards featuring the biggest names in the sport will be made available by Heritage Auctions as part of the Sports Collectibles Auction May 11-13 in Dallas. Featuring the biggest brands in baseball card collecting from the most elusive sets, collectors will be able to bid on some of the rarest and highest graded trading cards in the hobby. With understandable deference to the T206 Honus Wagner and the 1952 Topps Mickey Mantle cards, the 1916 M101-5 Blank Back (Sporting News) Babe Ruth Rookie #151 PSA NM 7, (est. $600,000+) might well be the most important card in history. This is the one universally recognized Babe Ruth rookie card and within the population of Ruth M101-5's, this PSA NM 7 specimen counts itself as one of only three, with three superiors (each just a grade higher). In 1956, Mantle was the biggest star in the game and this card, the 1956 Topps Mickey Mantle #135 PSA Gem Mint 10 - ... More

The cypresses are always occupying my thoughts. Vincent van Gogh

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Exhibition of works by Andrew & Briony Lawson on view at Gothic House
CHARLBURY.- Shared Visions Shared Lives is a celebratory exhibition of the work of Briony and Andrew Lawson in their family home in Charlbury, Oxfordshire. Displaying two artists who have worked side-by-side for over 45 years, the exhibition brings together key paintings, sculpture, photographs and drawings. A newly published book with essays by Tim Richardson and Peter Stiles accompanies the exhibition and is available to buy alongside the works. Taking an unconventional approach to an exhibition, Andrew and Briony Lawson have chosen to adapt Gothic House into a living gallery. Visitors will be invited to journey through a gallery of Andrew’s oil paintings complemented by Briony’s sculpture before travelling through the house to view photographs by Andrew and a wealth of drawings by both artists. The garden provides a perfect platform for Briony’s ... More

Galleries unveil major showcase of Scottish photography
EDINBURGH.- A major exhibition will be unveiled this weekend across two Scottish galleries which showcases the best of fine art photography in the country. 'Ambit: Photographies from Scotland’, which opened on Saturday, sees Scotland’s two public photography galleries - Stills in Edinburgh and Street Level Photoworks in Glasgow - collaborating for the first time on a jointly held exhibition providing a unique platform for the work of 10 artists, five at each venue. The artists include: • Glasgow-based street photographer Donnie MacLean (Street Level) whose series, ‘Sealed with a Glasgow Kiss’, features atmospheric black and white images which capture the uncertainly and isolation of urban life • Margaret Mitchell (Street Level) whose series ‘In This Place’ features striking portraits of young people in the streets where they live, posing questions about family, ... More

Very important collection of motorcycles set for RM Sotheby's Lake Como, Italy sale
LONDON.- RM Sotheby’s, the official auction house of the Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este, announced that it will present a single-owner collection of fine motorcycles, comprising some of the most significant machines ever made, at its exclusive Villa Erba sale, 27 May, on the shores of Lake Como, Italy. Dubbed ‘Moto-Icons: From Café Racer to the Superbike’, the collection of 20 bikes comprises some of the world’s most iconic two-wheeled machines, including a selection of concours-condition and race-winning motorcycles from the past 100 years. The group is headlined by the historic 1928 Brough Superior SS100 “Moby Dick”, which leads a series of five bikes from the famed British manufacturer—examples of which are commonly referred to as the ‘Rolls-Royces of motorcycles’. Equipped with a 1140 cc engine, specially tuned by George Brough and JAP, the “Moby ... More

Elliot Dodd produces a new 4K digital film for his first solo show at Zabludowicz Collection
LONDON.- In drawings, sculptures, videos and computer animations, Elliot Dodd responds to the brash and awkward nature of consumer products and contemporary masculinity. His work uses diverse points of reference, both contemporary and historical, to reflect on the fundamentals of human desire as they are shaped through channels of technology, emerging as hyper-smooth surfaces and absurd objects. For his first solo exhibition, The Manbody, Dodd has produced a new 4K digital film that borrows its stylistic structure from Hip Hop music and commercial promotional videos. The focus is on a conversation between two characters, seated in a luxury people carrier in an underground car park. One of the characters, wearing a camouflage jump suit, is immersed in playing a Sony Playstation VR system throughout. The Manbody forms part of Dodd’s ongoing ... More

Ivorian drummer boy turned globetrotting virtuoso
GRAND-BASSAM (AFP).- Paco Sery was a kid banging on tin cans before a job at a Club Med in Ivory Coast opened the way to drumming for Congo's rumba king Papa Wemba as well as Nina Simone and other jazz greats. The Ivorian drummer has performed with Manu Dibango and Dee Dee Bridgewater, displaying a talent and fervour that could only lead to Paris, a European hub for mixing and merging global styles. French jazzman Eddy Louiss, a genius of the Hammond organ, took him on for a tour. "That was amazing. People made me listen to all the great musicians. I also found myself playing in front of them," recalls Sery, now nearly 61 years old. In his music career Sery became a core member of Sixun, an experimental jazz fusion band that saw the light of day in 1984 and made a dozen records by 2010, while the musicians also nurtured side-projects. He befriended ... More

NextLevel Galerie opens exhibition of works by Marie-Anita Gaube
PARIS.- Marie-Anita Gaube’s (French, born in 1986) paintings switch us into universes that have all instability of fantastic tales1, with a radically plural spatiality and full of tiny details. It is a painting intrinsically unsettled2 splitted into playlets whose logic flees. Her large size paintings need a knowledgeable eye and a paradoxically intimate reading. A painting in motion3, an image that anticipates and precedes the scene, an invitation induces one to see beyond the frame set by the image, to open up a path to imagination. A lot of strange activities are part of her paintings where her figures are somewhat evocative of major painters of fantastic imagery such as Jérôme Bosh, Peter Doig, Odilon Redon and James Ensor4. Bodies are broken, liquefied, scattered and progress in excessive environments to become inextricably intertwined with the depths. It is, as ... More

Nations team up to protect ancient heritage from terrorism
ATHENS (AFP).- Ten countries formed a new group Monday aimed at protecting ancient heritage from extremism of the kind that saw the Islamic State group lay waste to Syria's historic Palmyra. Iraq, Iran, Egypt, Greece, Italy, China, India, Bolivia, Mexico and Peru -- all home to some of the world's most cherished archaeological sites -- have signed up to the "forum" launched in Athens by ministers and ambassadors from the nations. Greek Foreign Minister Nikos Kotzias, whose government is spearheading the project along with China, said the group would run joint projects to promote "dialogue in the face of fanaticism, and culture in the face of terrorism". "We're only just getting started," Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi said. Jihadists from the IS group seized the ancient ruins of Palmyra in May 2015, systematically destroying and looting the temples of the UNESCO World Heritage ... More

Michelle Hargrave appointed Deputy Director at the New Britain Museum of American Art
NEW BRITAIN, CONN.- Michelle Hargrave will begin her tenure as Deputy Director at the New Britain Museum of American Art on May 1, 2017. Hargrave joins the NBMAA with seventeen years of experience leading complex exhibition projects, international partnerships, and institutional development. As Deputy Director, Hargrave will work closely with Director and CEO, Min Jung Kim, to implement and manage programs and projects critical to the financial and curatorial vitality of the institution. She will develop and coordinate overall development strategies and help support the Director’s efforts to implement a dynamic exhibition program at the NBMAA. “We are delighted to welcome Michelle to the New Britain Museum of American Art as Deputy Director as her expertise will be a key asset in the continued growth and success of our museum,” said Director and CEO, Min Jung ... More

Historic steamboat automaton beaurtifully crafted around 1905 to be auctioned
CRANSTON, RI.- An American folk art automaton of a steamboat side wheeler, crafted by prospector William “Billy” Briggs of Bristol, Rhode Island upon his return from the Klondike Gold Rush in Canada and completed around 1905, will be offered at public auction by Bruneau & Co. Auctioneers on Saturday, June 3rd, in Bruneau’s gallery at 63 Fourth Avenue in Cranston. The vessel, dubbed the Klondike, is 7 inches tall by 21 inches long and has a pre-sale estimate of $25,000-$35,000. It was masterfully constructed with intricate detail and is fully manned with 17 miniature carved figures throughout the two decks. The figures are seen waving and tipping their hats along a green painted metal railing, with one African American figure, the rest Caucasian. The Klondike is the expected headliner in Session 2 of a two-session auction, slated to start at 12 o’ ... More

Chillida sculptures enliven parks in Kansas City
KANSAS CITY, MO.- Seven monumental sculptures by acclaimed Basque artist Eduardo Chillida are being installed by The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art in two locations: the museum’s Donald J. Hall Sculpture Park and Theis Park, which is just south of the museum. The seven-month installation, Chillida: Rhythm-Time-Silence, is presented in collaboration with Ordovas and in cooperation with the Kansas City Parks and Recreation Department. “This is the result of many conversations about continuing to enliven the Kansas City landscape with art,” said Julián Zugazagoitia, Menefee D. and Mary Louise Blackwell CEO & Director of the Nelson-Atkins. “The Nelson-Atkins is evolving as a cultural gem in Kansas City, and it has been our desire to activate areas surrounding the museum with art, which will increase community engagement. Art is an extremely ... More

Solo exhibition of New York-based artist Marsha Owett on view at Alfstad& Contemporary
SARASOTA, FLA.- Alfstad& Contemporary presents its second solo exhibition of New York-based artist Marsha Owett, Fifty Shades of Red. Sex and photography are often about manipulating perception. Desire to capture or prolong a moment blurs some details as it brings others into focus. In Fifty Shades of Red, you're never quite sure what you're looking at, but you feel an emotion. Sight and touch are closely-related senses--an image of a texture can elicit a palpable response, and a teasing lack of visual information invites your mind to wander. In "Shade 8" (middle above) floral and flesh are compressed by a shallow depth of field. Challenging conventions of aging and sexuality, "imperfections" are often the only details in focus. In a titillating subversion of gestalt theory, a cropped white rose may be a thigh, a fingertip a breast. Owett's eye for evocative ... More

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On a day like today, Dutch painter Karel Appel was born
April 25, 1921. Christiaan Karel Appel (25 April 1921 - 3 May 2006) was a Dutch painter, sculptor, and poet. He started painting at the age of fourteen and studied at the Rijksakademie in Amsterdam in the 1940s. He was one of the founders of the avant-garde movement Cobra in 1948.

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