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Städel Museum opens an extensive exhibition of works by Vincent van Gogh

Making Van Gogh addresses the special role that gallery owners, museums, private collectors and art critics played in Germany in the early twentieth century for the posthumous reception of Van Gogh as the “father of modern art”. Photo: Städel Museum - Norbert Miguletz.

FRANKFURT.- From 23 October 2019 to 16 February 2020, the Städel Museum is devoting an extensive exhibition to the painter Vincent van Gogh (1853–1890). It focuses on the creation of the “legend of Van Gogh” around 1900 as well as his significance to modern art in Germany. Featuring 50 of his key works, it is the most comprehensive presentation in Germany to include works by the painter for nearly 20 years. MAKING VAN GOGH addresses the special role that gallery owners, museums, private collectors and art critics played in Germany in the early twentieth century for the posthumous reception of Van Gogh as the “father of modern art”. Just less than 15 years after his death, in this country Van Gogh was perceived as one of the most important precursor of modern painting. Van Gogh’s life and ... More

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In search of Hilma af Klint, who upended art history, but left few traces   'Bruce of Los Angeles' photographic archive and studio props 100% sold at Urban Culture Auctions   In a turbulent Chinese art market, strong prices prevailed for Lark Mason Associates sale of Asian art

A visitor studies "Group IX/SUW, The Swan, No. 13," a 1915 painting by Hilma af Klint at the Moderna Museet in Stockholm, Sept. 2019. In and around Stockholm, the secretive painter — whose bold abstract works predated Kandinsky’s — lived a life of spiritual yearning that shaped her artistic career. Erika Gerdemark/The New York Times.

NEW YORK, NY (NYT NEWS SERVICE).- It seemed a daunting challenge to follow in the footsteps of a secretive artist who destroyed all her correspondence more than a decade before her death in 1944. Someone who, between 1906 and 1915, had created an astonishing cache of nearly 200 novel paintings — bold abstract compositions as large as 10 by 8 feet — mostly in a small, shared studio in the heart of a major European city, with virtually no record of anyone seeing or discussing the work. But if it’s 2019 and the artist is Hilma af Klint and the city is Stockholm, I was ready to sign up for some Swedish sleuthing. If her name sounds familiar it’s because Hilma af Klint (1862-1944) was the unexpected star of last year’s global cultural calendar with a six-month show ... More

Four Bruce Bellas (1909-1974) photos of underground film actor and model Joe Dallesandro, a muse of Andy Warhol and an LGBTQ icon. Provenance: Bruce Bellas archive. Sold for $3,250.

WEST PALM BEACH, FLA.- Urban Culture Auctions, a division of Palm Beach Modern Auctions, recorded a 100% sell-through rate with its September 26 auction of mid-20th-century “beefcake” photos taken by Bruce Bellas (1909-1974), known professionally as Bruce of Los Angeles. More than 200 lots of vintage prints, negatives, slides, real-photo greeting cards and posing props were offered, with 93% selling during the auction and the remaining 7% after the event. Most of the photos, which played an important contributing role in the foundation of America’s gay movement, were taken in Bellas’ Los Angeles studio, while a smaller number that focused on weightlifters and Southern California’s fitness culture were shot at Muscle Beach in Santa Monica/Venice, California. All focused on the male physique. The Bellas archive was consigned by art director Dimitri Levas, who was Robert Mapplethorpe’s (1946- ... More

A pair of Chinese ‘Chicken Bone’ Jade Censers set with later gilded metal and enamel mounts realized $42,950.

NEW YORK, NY.- The Lark Mason Associates sale of Asian, Ancient and Ethnographic Works of Art, which closed on October 11, achieved an impressive $1,342,070 including buyer’s premium. An important pair of very rare Chinese Huanghuali Horseshoe Back Continuous Armchairs, dating from the early Qing dynasty hammered $250,000. Attracting bidders was the unusual and difficult to construct crest rail that anchors into the seat frame, rather than with exposed curled handgrips. Other notable results included works in porcelain, lacquer, jade, metalwork and paintings. A particularly rare porcelain vase, created for presentation purposes to Senator D. Worth Clark of Idaho, and with a gilded Zhong Zheng mark in relief, created in 1947 on the occasion of Chiang Kai-shek’s 60th birthday. Only 40 of these vases were made, each imitating bronze with extensive landscape scenes centered on the wide, ovoid body. Estimated at ... More

The arts are shunning big oil. The Salzburg Festival isn't   Matthew Wong, painter on cusp of fame, dies at 35   The Army is looking for a few good art experts

Peter Sellars © Ruth Walz.

LONDON (NYT NEWS SERVICE).- In July, opera director Peter Sellars gave a stark speech about climate change to open the Salzburg Festival in Austria, one of classical music’s most glittering events. “We are today facing leadership across the world,” he said, “that is willing to sacrifice the next generation and the generations after that.” People everywhere, he added, had to “shift out of bad habit energies and make basic, common-sense changes in our lives.” That night, he unveiled his new production of “Idomeneo,” which turned Mozart’s opera into a climate change parable and featured a dancer from Kiribati, an island nation threatened by rising sea levels. Less than three months later, on Oct. 3, Helga Rabl-Stadler, the festival’s president, traveled to St. Petersburg to sign a new sponsorship deal with Gazprom, the Russian energy giant, and OMV, an Austrian oil and gas firm. The companies will each pay 200,000 euros (about $220,000) toward staging a Russian ... More

Matthew Wong, Day by Night. Installation views at Massimo De Carlo, Hong Kong. Photo by iMage28. Courtesy Massimo De Carlo, Milan/London/Hong Kong.

NEW YORK, NY.- Matthew Wong, a promising self-taught painter whose vibrant landscapes, forest scenes and still lifes were just beginning to command attention and critical acclaim, died Oct. 2 in Edmonton, Alberta. He was 35. The New York gallery Karma, which represented him, said the cause was suicide. His mother, Monita (Cheng) Wong, said Wong was on the autism spectrum, had Tourette’s syndrome and had grappled with depression since childhood. Wong’s story was unconventional, even remarkable, in the art world. He had been painting and drawing seriously only since 2013, but his striking canvases led critics to invoke Jean-Baptiste-Siméon Chardin, Milton Avery, Vincent van Gogh and other familiar painters as they assessed his work and tried to describe its visual impact. A solo show at ... More

Corine Wegener and Army Reserve Col. Scott DeJesse, in Tampa, Fla., Oct. 19, 2019, will work with a new reserve unit of art experts advising the Pentagon on preserving cultural treasures in war zones. The new reserve group, inspired by the Monuments Men of the World War II era, will aim to protect antiquities and important cultural sites in war zones. Zack Wittman/The New York Times.

NEW YORK, NY (NYT NEWS SERVICE).- It’s no secret that the war-ravaged nations where U.S. soldiers have been enmeshed in conflict for nearly two decades are home to many of civilization’s oldest and most prized antiquities and cultural treasures. But in the heat of battle in Afghanistan or Iraq, how are troops to know whether they are taking their positions behind mounds of insignificant rubble or inside the precious remains of a 3,000-year-old temple complex? The Pentagon’s answer, announced Monday at the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, is to take a page from one of World War II’s most storied military units, the teams of art experts known as the ... More

On Neil Young's new 'Colorado' album, amped up rage -- and hope   How the butterfly discovered daylight   Sean Kelly announces that the gallery now represents Dawoud Bey

In this file photo taken on July 06, 2018 Neil Young performs on stage for his first time in Quebec City during 2018 Festival d'Ete. Alice Chiche / AFP.

NEW YORK, NY (AFP).- At 73 years old, Neil Young could be reminiscing about his legendary past, but the classic rocker instead has his sights set squarely on the planet's future with his latest album "Colorado." The album out Friday sees Young, a long-time crusader for the environment, reunite with the loud, raggedy band Crazy Horse, which has recorded and toured on and off with the superstar for half a century. The prolific Canadian-born artist gathered the latest iteration of Crazy Horse high in the Colorado mountains, where they shredded in between hits of oxygen to avoid altitude sickness. The album opens with Young's harmonica twang in "Think of Me," on which he croons: "I'm gonna live long and I'm happy to report it back to you," dispelling any notion that the septuagenarian with more than 40 studio albums to his name might slow down. Young's signature ... More

Photograph of a diurnal moth, Pterodecta felderi. one of the Lepidoptera species in the study by Kawahara et al. Photo by Akito Y. Kawahara.

NEW YORK, NY (NYT NEWS SERVICE).- Once upon a time, perhaps some 300 million years ago, a tiny stream-dwelling insect akin to a caddis fly crawled from the water and began to live on mosses and other land plants. Although drab in appearance, the creature had a glorious future: It would become the ancestor of the 160,000 species of moths and butterflies that populate Earth today. Few insect fossils have been found, so reconstructing the steps in this long evolution has been difficult. A group of biologists has now filled some of the major gaps in the fossil record, with the help of data from the DNA and protein sequences of living insects. On Monday the team, led by Akito Y. Kawahara of the Florida Museum of Natural History in Gainesville, published a paper in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences that rewrites key aspects of the narrative of how moths and ... More

Dawoud Bey, Portrait by Whitten Sabbatini.

NEW YORK, NY.- Recognized as one of America’s most influential photographers, Dawoud Bey is celebrated for his rich and psychologically compelling portraits. Named a MacArthur Fellow in 2017, Bey explores in his work a range of formal and material methodologies to create images and projects that connect deeply with the communities he photographs. Highly regarded as an educator as well as a photographer, Bey is renowned for a highly collaborative process defined by the empathy he brings to his subjects and the complexity with which he depicts them. Bey came to attention with Harlem, U.S.A. (1975-1979) a visual journey through the iconic neighborhood that, in 1979, also comprised his first solo exhibition at The Studio Museum in Harlem. Since then, he has produced successive bodies of work that engage countless individuals to comprise collective portraits of disparate cultures and societies, some of which are commonly ... More

Interior Influences: Janet Borden, Inc. opens a group exhibition   Hindman to offer significant works in Fall Modern Design Sale   Christie's to offer Umberto Boccioni's Unique Forms of Continuity in Space

This exhibition is a study of inspiration, encouragement and guidance; from teachers, mentors and exemplars, as well as cultures, continents and time periods.

BROOKLYN, NY.- Janet Borden, Inc. is presenting Interior Influences. Jim Dow, Walker Evans, Fernando Paillet, and Guillermo Srodek-Hart photograph interior views. This exhibition is a study of inspiration, encouragement and guidance; from teachers, mentors and exemplars, as well as cultures, continents and time periods. The exhibition runs from 22 October – 7 December 2019. Four years ago, American photographer Jim Dow and his Argentinian colleague Guillermo SrodekHart began to open up old boxes of negatives and prints, with the intention of making a proposal for a small, two person show. To their mutual surprise, they discovered that they had selected many pictures full of unmistakable similarities and meaningful differences that served to initiate dialogues about influence, ideas and intent. This inspired the decision to include two more ... More

Dale Chihuly with Lino Tagliapietra, American, b. 1944 | Italian b. 1934. Gold Over Sepia Venetian, 1990 blown glass etched signature to underside H 32 x Diameter 15 inches Property of Philip Samuels Fine Art, St. Louis, Missouri. Estimate: $8,000.00 - $12,000.00.

CHICAGO, IL.- Hindman’s The November 12 Modern Design auction will include highlights from many of the 20th century’s most notable designers and manufacturers, including an important George Nakashima Frenchman’s Cove II dining table and a set of eight Conoid chairs in rosewood from the estate of Barney A. Ebsworth. Also included will be an important La Table-Berceau, Première Version by Diego Giacometti. The sale will also feature a rare number of studio works from ceramicists Ruth Duckworth and Peter Voulkos, along with two works from the Venetian Series by Dale Chihuly and Lino Tagliapietra. In addition to nearly 100 lots of collectible Scandinavian design and highlights from America and Italy, the auction will offer key lighting selections from Tiffany Studios. “Our November 12 Modern Design Auction is certainly one of our ... More

Umberto Boccioni, Unique Forms of Continuity in Space, conceived in 1913 and cast in 1972. Estimate: $3,800,000-4,500,000. © Christie's Images Ltd 2019.

NEW YORK, NY.- On November 11, Christie’s will offer Umberto Boccioni’s Unique Forms of Continuity in Space, conceived in 1913 and cast in 1972 ($3,800,000-4,500,000) marking the first time in nearly 50 years that one of the artist’s revolutionary sculptures has ever been offered at auction. The last time that a sculpture by Boccioni was sold at auction was by Christie’s in 1975. That example now resides in the New Orleans Museum. Max Carter, International Director, Head of Department, Impressionist and Modern Art, remarked: “In his brief life, Boccioni reimagined time, space and movement. Where other works of art are rooted in the past, Unique Forms of Continuity of Space—Boccioni’s greatest achievement and one of the most important sculptures of the 20th century—was, is and will always be the future.” An icon of Modernism, Umberto Boccioni’s Unique Forms of Continuity in Space stands not only a ... More

The image... becomes, as it were, the soul's plastic embodiment. Oskar Kokoshka

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Huntington names Dennis Carr Chief Curator of American Art
SAN MARINO, CA.- The Huntington Library, Art Museum, and Botanical Gardens announced that Dennis Carr has been named Virginia Steele Scott Chief Curator of American Art. In his current role as Carolyn and Peter Lynch Curator of American Decorative Arts and Sculpture at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, Carr has been recognized for working to expand the collection of Latin American and Native American works as well as for curating exhibitions that explore non-Western influences on art made in the United States. Carr will join The Huntington in January, where he will oversee a collection of items from the colonial period to the present that encompasses paintings, sculpture, prints, drawings, photographs, and works of decorative art. “American art is one of the great strengths of our collection, and we want to build on the extraordinary platform ... More

Duane Hanson's iconic Football Player now on view at MIA
MIAMI, FLA.- Travelers in Miami International Airport’s Concourse D can now view the iconic, hyperrealist sculpture Football Player, created in 1981 by internationally renowned American artist Duane Hanson (January 17, 1925 – January 6, 1996). On display through February 2020, Football Player is located between gates D47 and D48. In the 1960s, Hanson created his own familiar technique of casting in polyester resins reinforced with fiberglass. Casting from live models, Hanson would use partial body molds which he would then assemble and perfect until the figure matched his conception. For Football Player, the model was longstanding sculptor and former professional athlete Robert Thiele, who lives and works in both Brooklyn, New York and Miami, Florida. “We are honored to host this unique and historic piece of artwork, which also ... More

Books inscribed by Herman Melville brings $106k in Fine Books & Manuscripts at Swann
NEW YORK, NY.- Swann Galleries brought forth a remarkable offering of autographs, art, press and illustrated books, as well as nineteenth and twentieth century literature, in a Thursday, October 10 sale of Fine Books & Manuscripts. A rare look at Herman Melville’s personal library topped the sale, with two volumes of Greek & Roman classics once owned by the author bringing $106,250. The offering marked the highest price paid for books inscribed by Melville in works not written by the literary figure. “Prices were especially strong for Americana, suggesting that collectors are remaining optimistic about a market that so powerfully encourages us to think about present-day America,” noted Marco Tomaschett, the house’s Autographs Specialist. Highlights among Americana included an autograph album with 30 items, including documents and letters, ... More

Winterthur Garden commemorated on USPS postage stamp
WINTERTHUR, DE.- People across the United States will soon get a glimpse of the beautiful gardens of Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library as part of a new Postal Service series of stamps that celebrates 10 classic American gardens. The Postal Service announced the issuance today. “Winterthur is extraordinarily pleased to be so honored by the Postal Service and grateful that it will share the beauty of our historic gardens with the nation,” said Carol B. Cadou, the Charles F. Montgomery Director and CEO of Winterthur. “I believe our founder, Henry Francis du Pont, would have been very proud to have Americans everywhere see his stunning landscape designs.” An experienced and extraordinarily capable horticulturist, Mr. du Pont personally designed the 70-acre naturalistic garden that surrounds his former home. The garden is internationally ... More

Cigarette-burned Kurt Cobain 'Unplugged' cardigan heading to auction
NEW YORK, NY (AFP).- A quarter century after grunge's enigmatic rhapsodist took his own life, Kurt Cobain's iconic cigarette-singed cardigan worn during Nirvana's 1993 "Unplugged" performance is up for sale. The tattered, drab olive green button-up sweater with dark stains and a burn hole could go for at least $200,000 to $300,000, according to pre-bidding estimates from Julien's Auctions, which says rock and roll memorabilia has become a major investor's market. The thrifted cardigan is the toast of this fall's "Icons & Idols: Rock 'N' Roll" auction organized by the house, which will also sell off the late Nirvana frontman's left-handed teal Fender Mustang guitar played during the "In Utero" tour. "This cardigan, it's the holy grail of any article of clothing that he ever wore," said Darren Julien, CEO and president of the house. "Kurt created the grunge look; he didn't ... More

MoMA opens latest iteration of Artist's Choice series, The Shape of Shape, by Amy Sillman
NEW YORK, NY.- The Museum of Modern Art opened Artist’s Choice: Amy Sillman—The Shape of Shape, an exhibition of nearly 75 works from MoMA’s collection selected by Sillman (b. 1955), an artist who has helped redefine contemporary painting, pushing the medium into installations, prints, zines, animation, and architecture. On view from October 21, 2019, through April 20, 2020, the exhibition includes a wide array of works, many rarely seen, installed in a unique shelving display on the fifth floor of The Jerry Speyer and Katherine Farley Building. In this exhibition, Sillman presents a highly personal exploration of shape—the ever-shifting boundaries that define what and how we see—in modern art. Works spanning vastly different time periods, places, and mediums engage the eccentric forms and unpredictable contours of bodies, fragments, gestures, ... More

Exceptional Dineley Collection of Buddhist Art offered at Bonhams
LONDON.- This November, Bonhams will present the exceptional Mark and Peter Dineley Collections of Chinese, Tibetan and Nepalese Buddhist Art. Fresh to the market, the works are to be offered across a series of sales in London Knightsbridge, London New Bond Street, and Hong Kong. This remarkable and diverse collection comprises more than 40 gilt-bronze Buddhist figures and ritual and ceremonial objects, spanning from the 16th to the 19th century. The highlight is an exceptional 17th century rare gilt copper-alloy group of Vajrabhairava and Vajravetali, estimate HK$2,500,000 – 3,500,000, to be offered in the Fine Chinese Ceramics and Works of Art sale on 26 November in Hong Kong. The powerfully cast figure of Vajrabhairava with his consort Vajravetali stands an impressive 49cm high, and is superbly cast in great detail. Vajrabhairava ... More

Nusra Latif Qureshi announced as recipient of the 2019 Bulgari Art Award
SYDNEY.- The Art Gallery of New South Wales announced that Melbourne based artist Nusra Latif Qureshi is the 2019 recipient of the $80,000 Bulgari Art Award. The first time the award has been given for a body of work by an artist instead of a single painting, Qureshi brings together the traditional techniques of South Asian miniature painting with layers of historical and contemporary references. The Bulgari Art Award supports mid-career Australian painters and consists of $50,000 for the acquisition of paintings for the Gallery’s collection and a residency for the artist in Italy, valued at $30,000. The award recipient is selected by senior curatorial staff and AGNSW Trustees. Managing director of Bulgari Australia, Brad Harvey said, “We are thrilled to celebrate another year of the Bulgari Art Award in partnership with the Art Gallery of NSW, an ... More

Drawing Room Hamburg exhibits works by Mariella Mosler
HAMBURG.- The dialectical interplay between the two-dimensional surface and the three-dimensional space is a central pictorial method of Mariella Mosler, who is presenting her second exhibition in the Drawing Room. These dialectics are also operative in the ornament, an aesthetic core element in the works of the Hamburg-based artist who teaches as a professor in Stuttgart. It runs through her entire art production in various incarnations, materials, and dimensions. Mosler became internationally renowned with ephemeral, geometrically structured floor reliefs comprised of quartz sand, which were shown in the context of Catherine David' s documenta X in Kassel and other venues. As a stylized, abbreviated, reality-charged symbol language, ornaments translate fundamental phenomena of existence into a rapport of recurring forms. Decorative ... More

The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage announces $8.4 million in grants for Philadelphia artists and institutions
PHILADELPHIA, PA.- The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage announced the 38 recipients of this year’s grants! Totaling over $8.4 million, these grants will provide funding for 12 fellowships and 26 projects, furthering the city’s rich and diverse cultural landscape and attracting innovative talent from around the world. Awarded $75,000 each, this year’s 12 Pew Fellows include artists working in visual art, literature, dance, lighting design, and theater. Among them are Roberto Lugo, Imani Perry, Maria Shaplin, Becky Suss, Kirsten Kashock, and Dinita Clark. This year also marks the first year of Pew's new Fellow-in-Residence program, which will bring in two artists from outside the region to live, work, and embed themselves in the Philadelphia community. This year's fellows are Tina Satter and Julian Talamantez Brolaski. The Center also announced its 26 project ... More

Auction records abound in Swann African-American Fine Art Sale
NEW YORK, NY.- On Tuesday, October 8, Swann Galleries brought a historic offering of African-American Fine Art across the block. Elizabeth Catlett’s 1962 carved mahogany sculpture Seated Woman led the sale at a record-setting $389,000. “Catlett was especially deserving of a new record, and Seated Woman was the perfect work to do it, embodying all the wonderful qualities found in her wood sculpture,” said Nigel Freeman, Director of African-American Fine Art at Swann. The piece was acquired by the Saint Louis Art Museum who announced the acquisition shortly after the sale. Further sculpture of note included Sargent Johnson’s Head of a Negro Boy, painted terra cotta, circa 1934, which reached $125,000, a record for the artist. Works by Washington Color School artists reached top prices, including a record for Kenneth Victor Young at $233,000, with ... More

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On a day like today, Andy Warhol "superstar" Baby Jane Holzer, was born
October 23, 1940. Jane Holzer (née Bruckenfeld; born 23 October 1940) is American art collector and film producer who was previously an actress, model, and Warhol superstar. She was often known by the nickname Baby Jane Holzer. Movies she appeared in included Soap Opera, Warhol's Couch (1964), and Ciao! Manhattan (1972). She co-produced the 1985 film Kiss of the Spider Woman. Holzer is the subject of "Girl of the Year" in Tom Wolfe's The Kandy-Kolored Tangerine-Flake Streamline Baby (1965) and is referenced twice in the 1972 Roxy Music song Virginia Plain from the album Roxy Music.

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