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Diego Velasquez's long-lost portrait of 'Papessa' - the 'lady Pope' comes to auction

Diego Rodriguez de Silva y Velazquez, Portrait of Olimpia Maidalchini Pamphilj. Est: £2-3 million. Courtesy Sotheby's.

LONDON.- She was the most powerful woman in 17th-century Rome. Ambitious, domineering and deeply corrupt, Olimpia Maidalchini Pamphilj – sister-in-law, reputed lover and puppet master of Pope Innocent X – controlled all aspects of Vatican life. Arguably one of the earliest feminists, Olimpia was adored by women from across the Catholic world who would crowd around her Palace and cheer her arrival, but despised by the men of the papal court who condemned the enormous influence and control she exerted over the pontiff. Ruling in all but name as the de facto Pope, this formidable woman, centuries ahead of her time, took control of one of the most powerful and male dominated institutions in European history. On 3 July, Sotheby’s will bring to auction a newly-discovered painting of Olimpia Pamphilj by Spanish master, Diego Velázquez. Lost for almost three centuries, this captivating portrait once formed part of the illustrious coll ... More

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Twenty-seven major artists showcased in Be Seen: Portrait Photography Since Stonewall   King opens Museum De Lakenhal in Leiden   Dallas Museum of Art presents rare chance to see a masterpiece by Caravaggio

Catherine Opie, Pigpen, 1993. C-print. © Catherine Opie. Courtesy Regen Projects, Los Angeles and Lehmann Maupin, New York, Hong Kong, and Seoul. Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art: Alexander A. Goldfarb Contemporary Art Acquisition Fund, 2019.4.1.

HARTFORD, CONN.- A new exhibition at the Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art features 27 major artists who have used portraiture to challenge, subvert, and play with societal norms of gender and sexuality since the 1969 Stonewall Riots—an important turning point in the LGBTQ+ rights movement. Leveraging the ‘reality effect’ —the prevalent belief that photographs accurately depict reality—artists including Nan Goldin, Peter Hujar, Robert Mapplethorpe, Catherine Opie, Cindy Sherman, and Andy Warhol respond to how gender identity and sexual orientation were viewed historically and how they are lived today. The over 50 works of art in Be Seen: Portrait Photography Since Stonewall compel us to consider how we perform our identity through our clothing, accessories, speech, and bodily expression, in an effort ... More

King opens Museum De Lakenhal in Leiden. Photo: Jorrit Lousberg.

LEIDEN.- His Majesty the King opened the renovated Museum De Lakenhal last week. The museum opened its doors to the public, 20 June. after being closed for more than 2 years. During the closure, the museum has been thoroughly restored and expanded. The museum had invited primary school pupils in Leiden to take part in a competition to design a key with which the King would perform the opening. 17 schools took part in the competition. The winning design and its designers played a prominent role in the opening ceremony. The key with the winning design was combined with a second key to unfold the city’s symbol and symbolically open the museum. The three winners from group 7 of the Arcade Primary School performed this ceremonial opening together with the King. During the guided tour that followed, the King viewed the premier exhibit, ‘The Last Judgement’ by Lucas van Leyden, the collection on ‘The Siege and Relief ... More

Michelangelo Merisi da Caravggio, Martha and Mary Magdalene, c. 1598 (detail), oil and tempera on canvas, Detroit Institute of Arts, Gift of the Kresge Foundation and Mrs. Edsel B. Ford, 73.268.

DALLAS, TX.- This summer, visitors to the Dallas Museum of Art have the rare opportunity to see an extraordinary work by the Old Master painter Caravaggio. One of the most influential figures in the history of European art, he is renowned as one of the greatest Baroque painters of the 17th century along with Rubens, Velázquez, Rembrandt, and Poussin. Fewer than 10 paintings by Caravaggio are housed in the US, on view in the collections of only six museums. Martha and Mary Magdalene (c. 1598), on loan to the DMA from the Detroit Institute of Arts, is a masterpiece from Caravaggio’s early career in Rome. The painting depicts Mary Magdalene, considered by the Catholic Church at the time to be a prostitute, experiencing a spiritual awakening as her sister Martha counts on her fingers the reasons she should convert. Caravaggio conveys the moment of Mary’s ... More

Exhibition from the permanent collection of the Tampa Museum of Art showcases 20th-century photography   Uruguay court orders sale of WWII Nazi eagle from sunken warship   Neil Armstrong 'giant leap' signed photograph sold for $52,247 at auction

James Casebere (American, b. 1953), Waterfall, 1983. Gelatin silver print. 24 x 30 inches. Edition of 5. Tampa Museum of Art, Bequest of Edward W. Lowman by Exchange, 1989.043. © James Casebere.

TAMPA, FLA.- The Tampa Museum of Art announced the opening of Tableau and Transformation: Photography from the Permanent Collection on view June 20 through October 6, 2019. Tableau and Transformation presents an overview of the Tampa Museum of Art’s holdings in 20th-century photography, a cornerstone of the Museum’s permanent collection. The exhibition looks at how artists have used distinct darkroom effects and studio practices to create new narratives in photography. Artists such as James Casebere, Robert Cumming, Stephen Frailey, Sandy Skoglund, and William Wegman create constructed environments, often blurring the boundaries of truth and fiction in their images. Photographers Blythe Bohnen, Duane Michals, Arnulf Rainer, Lucas Samaras, Cindy Sherman examine the transformation of one’s self as a means to explore identity, gender, ... More

In this file photo taken on February 10, 2006, the 250kg bronze eagle, figurehead of the Nazi battleship "Graf Spee", is unloaded in a hotel in Montevideo for its exhibition. MIGUEL ROJO / AFP.

MONTEVIDEO (AFP).- A court in Uruguay has ruled that a bronze Nazi eagle from a German battleship that fought in one of the first naval skirmishes of World War II must be sold. Half the proceeds will go to the government and half to the salvage team that found the insignia in the River Plate off Montevideo in 2006 after a decade of searching, the ruling said. This 50-50 split is stipulated in an agreement the salvagers signed with the Uruguayan navy in 2004. The treasure hunters had filed suit arguing the government reneged on that deal. Since it was found, the sculpture -- seen as likely to fetch a handsome sum at auction -- from the ship called the Admiral Graf Spee has been kept in a navy warehouse. It features an eagle with its wings spread wide open and clutching a swastika in its talons. The sculpture adorned the stern of the Graf Spee, the pride of the German navy. ... More

The glossy 10 x 8 photo of Neil Armstrong just before setting foot on the lunar surface, signed in black felt tip, "Neil Armstrong, Apollo 11.”

BOSTON, MASS.- An extremely rare signed photograph of Neil Armstrong taking his ‘giant leap for mankind ’ sold for $52,247 according to Boston-based RR Auction. Fifty years ago, on July 20, 1969, the Apollo 11 Lunar Module 'Eagle' touched down on the surface of the moon. Astronaut Neil Armstrong descended the spacecraft's ladder and spoke his immortal words: 'That's one small step for a man, one giant leap for mankind.' Buzz Aldrin soon followed behind him, and the two became the first earthly beings to set foot upon another celestial body. The glossy 10 x 8 photo of Neil Armstrong just before setting foot on the lunar surface, signed in black felt tip, "Neil Armstrong, Apollo 11.” Captured from NASA's original video transmission of the historic event, this is one of the most recognizable images of the lunar landing: Armstrong taking his first step onto the landing pad, seconds before delivering what is arguably the ... More

RM Sotheby's & Formula 1 present Michael Schumacher's championship-winning Ferrari F2002 in Abu Dhabi   Kehinde Wiley to debut first major public sculpture in Times Square, acquired by VMFA   Experts raise alarm over climate change threat to cultural heritage

Michael Schumacher drives F2002 chassis 219 to victory at the 2002 French GP, securing his fifth F1 World Drivers Championship. © Sutton Motorsport Images.

LONDON.- RM Sotheby’s has announced early featured entries for the company’s sale at the Formula 1 Etihad Airways Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, held in partnership with Formula 1® on 30 November. Aligning perfectly with the auction’s setting, RM Sotheby’s has secured Michael Schumacher’s Championship-winning 2002 Ferrari F2002 to headline the sale, alongside a beautifully restored, low-mileage 1990 Ferrari F40 signed by 4-time Formula 1® World Champion Sebastien Vettel. The 2002 Ferrari F2002, chassis no. 219, was a pivotal piece of machinery in the 2002 Formula 1® season, which quickly became a race for second place as the legendary Michael Schumacher finished 1st or 2nd in every race. Chassis no. 219 saw victory in the hands of Schumacher at three Grands Prix in 2002, including at Imola, Zeltweg, and Magny Cours, the ... More

Portrait of Kehinde Wiley, 2018. Photographer: Brad Ogbonna.

RICHMOND, VA.- Times Square Arts, the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts and Sean Kelly, New York announce today the forthcoming unveiling of artist Kehinde Wiley’s first monumental public sculpture Rumors of War in Times Square, New York. This large-scale work will be installed this fall on the Broadway Plaza between 46th and 47th Streets. Following its presentation in Times Square, Rumors of War will be permanently installed on historic Arthur Ashe Boulevard in Richmond at the entrance to the VMFA, a recent acquisition to the museum’s world-class collection. Presented by Times Square Arts, an opening ceremony will be held on September 27, featuring remarks from the artist and partners. Additionally, a ribbon-cutting ceremony will take place at the VMFA in December. Kehinde Wiley is a world-renowned visual artist, best known for his vibrant portrayals of contemporary African-American and African-Diasporic individuals ... More

People visit the excavation beneath the Acropolis museum in Athens, on its opening day on June 21, 2019 which coincidences with the ten years anniversary of the museum's operation. Louisa GOULIAMAKI / AFP.

ATHENS (AFP).- Climate change could wreak "irreversible damage" on the world's most precious ancient monuments and other cultural sites, experts warned Saturday as they pushed for UN protection for major global sites. Academics and policy makers gathered in Athens for a meeting on the threats to world heritage called for an array of tools to predict, measure and counter the effects of climate change. They are campaigning to have the issue included on the agenda at the UN Summit for Climate Change in New York in September. Dimitrios Pandermalis, director of the city's Acropolis Museum said that while environmental damage and deterioration has always been a challenge for monuments, these threats are accelerating. "The scale of things is different and the destruction can be ... More

Exhibition explores the dialogue between sculpture and the natural world   MAN Museo d'arte della Provincia di Nuoro opens an exhibition devoted to Guido Guidi   Art Fund announces record membership growth and launches new funding for the conservation of collections

Kate MccGwire, Slick, 2010. Photo © Tessa Angus.

LONDON.- Hignell Gallery is presenting Renaturing Nature, a group show spread across St James’s Square and Hignell Gallery. The exhibition brings together a group of internationally acclaimed artists who, through their distinctive practices, explore the natural world within an urban landscape. Renaturing Nature explores the dialogue between sculpture and the natural world and includes sculptures by Portuguese artist Joana Vasconcelos (b. 1971), British artists Kate MccGwire (b.1964), Peter Randall-Page RA (b.1954) and Sophie Ryder (b.1963), and German-Canadian artist Vanessa Paschakarnis (b.1970). In St. James’s Square Joana Vasconcelos presents Te Danzante (2018), a large-scale sculpture in wrought-iron, covered with jasmine plants, commonly used to scent green tea. The light-hearted exterior of the sculpture echoes the custom of drinking tea, but also subtly alludes to the artist’s identity and history of Portugal, which ... More

Guido Guidi, Sardegna, 1974, silver print. Courtesy the artist.

NUORO.- The Museo d'arte della Provincia di Nuoro summer programme explores the cultural and political context of the contemporary Mediterranean world. The show is the first major exhibition at an Italian museum devoted to Guido Guidi (Cesena, 1941), one of the most important names in Italian post-war photography. An exhibition curated by Irina Zucca Alessandrelli and produced by the MAN in partnership with ISRE, Istituto Superiore Regionale Etnografico della Sardegna, Guido Guidi. In Sardegna: 1974, 2011 features 232 unpublished photographs illustrating Guido Guidi’s relationship with Sardinia, some taken during his first visit in 1974 and others in 2011, the year he worked on an important commission on the island for ISRE. The exhibition provides both an anthropological and environmental account of the changes that took place on the island over the course of four decades, exploring the medium ... More

Christine Borland, I Say Nothing, co-commissioned by Glasgow Museums and 14-18 NOW, made possible with Art Fund support, 1918. Photograph © Keith Hunter.

LONDON.- Last week, Art Fund, the national charity for art, shared news that its membership has grown by 8.5% in the last year, to 151,000 members – a doubling in the last decade. The charity also announced brand new funding to support a range of conservation projects treating art and objects in museum and gallery collections. It is made possible thanks to the generosity of Art Fund donors and members. In the last year alone, Art Fund has given £355,000 in grants dedicated to conservation, including major restorations of works by Artemisia Gentileschi, Lubaina Himid and Charles Rennie Mackintosh. This new, dedicated scheme for public museums, galleries and historic houses in the UK is specifically designed to help give newly acquired works any conservation treatment they require, as well as to enable ... More

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London's Truman Brewery presents three-week long summer exhibition of cutting-edge and emerging talent
LONDON.- Free Range returns in June 2019 for a three-week long summer exhibition of cutting-edge and emerging talent at East London’s Truman Brewery. The works of over 800 art and photography students are on display, showcasing fresh creativity from across the UK. The annual exhibition, now in its nineteenth year, attracts students from over 50 top academic and creative institutions, from Edinburgh to Brighton, providing a platform for their work and preparing them for the next stage of their careers. As a result of the overwhelming popularity of the art and photography offerings, 2019’s showcase places specific focus on the two mediums, weeks one and two are dedicated to photography and fine art in the third. Alongside the exhibitions Free Range will be hosting partnering institutions during the shows. PYLOT Magazine are returning with a new ... More

R.J. Horner dining set, Qi Baishi to lead Clarke Auction Gallery sale June 30
LARCHMONT, NY.- Clarke Auction Gallery is not taking a summer breather and will display its usual attention to detail and quality with its auction Sunday, June 30, at 10 am that is a far-ranging sale, which has ferreted out choice offerings across the board. “The best lots in an auction usually have interesting back stories and along with the thrill of the hunt is the spark of curiosity to learn the history of an antique or a painting,” said owner and auctioneer Ronan Clarke. “We have two wonderful paintings by Qi Baishi that have fascinating back stories and a beautiful set of highly carved furniture by the premier maker, R.J. Horner, but more than that, this auction is well-rounded overall, ranging from Asian arts to American furniture to diamond jewelry and paintings.” Expected to lead the auction is the R.J. Horner winged griffin oak dining set in its original patina ... More

'Blood and Soil: Dark Arts for Dark Times' opens at Contemporary Art Centre, Vilnius
VILNIUS.- Blut und Boden was a key tenet of Nazi ideology. The German peasant would wage a ruthless war of racial extermination and eastward expansion, acquiring the “living space” necessary to put “a big breakfast, a big lunch and a big dinner” on every table in the Reich. “Blood and Soil” was a mental crystal of feel-good darkness, a mobilizing call in the “severe style” of contempt for the Other that melted so many twentieth-century hearts. It still melts the hearts of those who live in fear of humiliation by those they, in turn, hold in contempt. The broader fear today is that violent conflicts between humans will be the outcome of human violence against nature. One cursory look at the state of the world is enough to realize that these are not dystopian musings. The exhibition title drives a wedge between three dangerous words—“and” is never ... More

Stride Arts opens a solo show from the award-winning Chinese artist Xiangdong Chen
NEW YORK, NY.- Stride Arts is presenting ‘The Infusion of Ink and Clay,’ a solo show from the award-winning Chinese artist, Xiangdong Chen. Chen is one of the most famous contemporary artists in China, and this show presents pieces from his most recent period of production as well as historic pieces that have brought him such acclaim. Xiangdong Chen is recognized as the first artist to successfully infuse porcelain with painting. From clay selection to painting, glazing and kiln firing, to his skillful execution of the delicate dance between porcelain and painting, and his unique rendering of the symbols of Oriental culture with New York’s creative scene, Chen has created visually stunning works that showcase an unparalleled mastery of the process and materials. “‘The Infusion of Ink and Clay’ exhibition is not only intended to highlight the trend and quality ... More

Marlborough Gallery opens an exhibition of works by multidisciplinary artist Tony Cox
NEW YORK, NY.- For his exhibition Shadow Bathing, multidisciplinary artist Tony Cox presents a series of all-new, large-scale, hand-embroidered abstractions on acrylic-coated canvas. Combining gender and sexual politics with the post-minimal concerns of material and process, these works occupy a space between painting and sculpture. Though, as a self-taught artist who sharply eschews formal pigeon-holing, Cox works intuitively and irreverently and his process moves from the inside out rather than moving from enveloping defining categories, back in. Starting with the back of a canvas, or what he calls the “subconscious B-side,” Cox begins the “life of a line”—a base-drawing that traces a series of lines and gestures that evolve to suggest topographies of body and place. Eventually, the canvas is laid across two sawhorses and the artist works from ... More

Museum aan het Vrijthof in Maastricht presents 'Manmade / no human'
MAASTRICHT.- Museum aan het Vrijthof in Maastricht presents a retrospective exhibition of Dutch fine art photographer Jan Stel from 22 June until 15 September 2019. The exhibition 'Manmade / no human' comprises 75 photographic artworks of abandoned buildings with characteristic architecture; locations that were once bustling with life and activity. The photographer impressively demonstrates the beauty of decay. Jan Stel explores and photographs desolate places of our time. A forgotten world from which the human presence has disappeared. Over the past twenty years he has photographed numerous locations at home and abroad, including an old gas tank, steel plant, cooling tower, power station, wine cathedral, casino and stately mansions. The ten cabinets and period rooms of the monumental museum form an ideal décor for the exhibition. The ... More

Firstsite presents three film works by Elsa James
COLCHESTER.- A new exhibition at Firstsite in Colchester poses questions about black identity in Essex, asking in particular how African Caribbean cultures can be upheld. Black Girl Essex includes three film works—Forgotten Black Essex, 150 Lies Myths and Truths and Goat Curry and Rap—by British African-Caribbean artist, producer and activist Elsa James. Based in Southend-on-Sea, Elsa’s work focuses on opinions held towards people of African Caribbean heritage and the stereotyping of Essex women. Elsa says, “Talking about race, inequality, visibility, representation and ‘blackness’ in Britain is an impassioned discussion I have been having since—well since as far back as I can remember! I can recall countless upsetting stories that I overheard as a child of my Windrush generation parents discussing with my aunts and uncles about the blatant everyday ... More

Two 'sleeping beauties' awake from their slumber at £2.3 million H&H Classics sale at Duxford
LONDON.- This streamlined 1965 Alfa Romeo coupe which has been in the same family since 1969 and in storage for three decades, was sold for £66,700 by H&H Classics at Duxford Imperial War Museum last week, (June 19th 2019). Its pre-sale estimate had been £30,000 to £40,000. The sale achieved a sell rate of 71%. This fabulously rare 1965 Alfa Romeo Giulia Sprint Speciale is believed to be one of only 25 that Ruddspeed were commissioned to convert to right-hand drive when new by Alfa Romeo UK. Contemporary import duty meant that a standard Giulia Sprint Speciale had a far higher showroom price than a Jaguar E-Type so the RHD versions were only for real enthusiast. This was a true sleeping beauty with a mere 42,000 miles on the clock. Made even more collectable as it is a ‘matching numbers’ car it comes with its original leather interior. ... More

Bonhams returns to Switzerland with no reserve supercar sale
GENEVA.- Bonhams, the leading international auction house, will be returning to Geneva on Sunday 29 September, for a very special sale, featuring a private collection of 25 supercars, hypercars and luxury motor cars – all to be offered without reserve – to be presented at the prestigious Bonmont Golf & Country Club. The sale will take place in a 12th century abbey, which is next to the Clubhouse, a former chateau overlooking Lake Geneva. It will provide a spectacular backdrop for the sale of such a superb array of high performance and prestige motor cars. The collection is estimated to realise in excess of €12,000,000, (£10,000,000, $13,000,000). The cars represent an international roll-call of prestige and performance marques: Aston Martin, Bentley, Bugatti, Ferrari, Koenigsegg, Lamborghini, Maserati, Mercedes-Maybach and Porsche, with models ... More

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On a day like today, American painter Stuart Davis died
June 24, 1964. Stuart Davis (December 7, 1892 - June 24, 1964), was an early American modernist painter. He was well known for his jazz-influenced, proto-pop art paintings of the 1940s and 1950s, bold, brash, and colorful, as well as his Ashcan School pictures in the early years of the 20th century. © Estate of Stuart Davis/Licensed by VAGA, New York, NY.

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