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Exhibition of 52 bronzes by sculptor Auguste Rodin opens at the Portland Art Museum

The selected bronzes in the show represent the major achievements of Rodin’s long career.

PORTLAND, ORE.- The Portland Art Museum is presenting Rodin: The Human Experience—Selections from the Iris and B. Gerald Cantor Collections, an exhibition of 52 bronzes by the groundbreaking French sculptor Auguste Rodin. The exhibition, which opened January 21, 2017, is being staged in Portland to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the artist’s death.One of the greatest artists of his time, Auguste Rodin (1840-1917) revolutionized the art of sculpture. While his works always remained faithful to nature, he departed from traditional practice in seeking to reveal the creative process. This exhibition of stunning bronzes demonstrates Rodin’s particular passion for modeling the human form in clay, the medium in which his hand and mind are most directly evidenced. The selected bronzes in the show represent the major achievements of Rodin’s long career. They include powerful studies for The Burghers of Calais, as well as works ... More

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Chinese ceramics from the Los Angeles County Museum of Art on view at the Vincent Price Art Museum   The Met Breuer opens first major retrospective in the United States of Marisa Merz   Sotheby's New York to offer property from the collection of Ed Cohen & Victoria Shaw

Brush Stand, China, late Qing Dynasty, circa 1800-1911, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles County Fund (30.2.55). photo © Museum Associates/LACMA.

LOS ANGELES, CA.- The Los Angeles County Museum of Art announced today that works from the museum's Chinese art collection will be on view at the Vincent Price Art Museum in a special exhibition. Chinese Ceramics from the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, on view January 24–July 22, 2017, will present 50 ceramic masterpieces with examples from the Neolithic period to the 19th century that exhibit a variety of styles and techniques, including works made of low-fired earthenware and high-fired stoneware and porcelain. This exhibition is part of a new LACMA initiative that launched in summer 2016 called On-Site: Neighborhood Partnerships with the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. Supported by a grant from The James Irvine Foundation, On-Site is an example of LACMA’s commitment to making its collection and programs ... More

Marisa Merz (Italian, born 1926), Untitled, 1977. Wood, copper wire, brass, newsprint, 98 1/2 × 36 5/8 × 2 3/4 in. (250.2 × 93 × 7 cm). Glenstone Museum. Photo by Ron Amstutz.

NEW YORK, NY.- In January 2017, The Met Breuer presents the first major retrospective in the United States of the Italian painter, sculptor, and installation artist Marisa Merz (born Turin, Italy, 1926). Marisa Merz: The Sky Is a Great Space brings together five decades of work to explore Merz’s prodigious talent and influence. The exhibition features her early experiments with nontraditional art materials and processes, her mid-career installations that balance intimacy with impressive scale, and the enigmatic portrait heads she created after 1975. Merz gained international prominence as part of the circle of artists associated with Arte Povera in the 1960s. An avant-garde movement that rejected Italy’s postwar material wealth in favor of “poor” materials, Arte Povera was identified with the radicalism of the student movement but proclaimed no ... More

John Currin, The Florist, 2003. Estimate $400/600,000. Photo: Sotheby's.

NEW YORK, NY.- On 2 March 2017 in New York Sotheby’s will offer a single-owner sale dedicated to the collection of Ed Cohen and Victoria Shaw. Titled In Its Own Light, the auction is largely focused on Post-War and Contemporary Art, including examples of German Expressionism and Modern British art. The New York couple’s collection was created over 35 years and reflects the close relationships (often grounded in a shared passion for literature), between Ed Cohen and many of the artists represented, as well as with gallerists such as Anthony d’Offay and Marian Goodman. The sale is estimated to fetch $4/6 million and will be immediately followed by the Contemporary Curated auction. Both sales are timed to coincide with The Armory Show, with exhibitions opening on 24 February. Allan Schwartzman, Chairman, Sotheby's Fine Arts Division commented: “The Cohen Collection defines collecting at its best, as ... More

In Memoriam: Auctioneer and TV Personality Don Presley, 71   Wim Pijbes managing director of new foundation to support the arts in Rotterdam   Americana Week 2017 at Christie's realizes $12.1 million and sets six records

Don Presley. Photo courtesy of Frank Donadee.

SANTA ANA, CA.- The antiques trade lost one of its true originals on Jan. 12, 2017, with the passing of Don Presley, principal auctioneer and owner of Don Presley Auction Co., Santa Ana, California. Presley had fought a long and courageous battle against cancer, vowing he would “never give up without one heck of a good fight.” He was 71 years old. Donald Ray Presley was born in Shawnee, Oklahoma on May 14, 1945. He was the son of George and Cynthia Presley, Oklahomans who moved their family to Midway City, California in the 1950s. Don’s first jobs were working in construction and at Gotham Steel. After being injured in a forklift accident at the steel plant, Don underwent major back surgery and spent much of his lengthy recovery time in bed. According to family lore, while recuperating, Don became infatuated with an audiotape someone gave him of an auctioneer conducting a sale. He listened intently, mimicking what he heard, and soon developed a cadence of his own. According to his wife, ... More

The Foundation sees opportunities in various fields such as music, theatre, dance, architecture, film, literature, visual arts. Design: Stang Gubbels.

ROTTERDAM.- From January 2017 Wim Pijbes, former general director of the Rijksmuseum, is the managing director of Stichting Droom en Daad (Foundation Dream and Do). The Foundation will develop initiatives aimed at promoting the arts in and for Rotterdam, to contribute to an even more attractive city for its residents and visitors. The Foundation sees opportunities in various fields such as music, theatre, dance, architecture, film, literature, visual arts. Stichting Droom en Daad will focus on encouraging and investing in new initiatives as well as on giving an additional boost to already existing institutions and activities. As its first project, Stichting Droom en Daad has chosen to support the 46th edition of the International Film Festival Rotterdam (IFFR), which starts January 25th. Director Wim Pijbes: “Stichting Droom en Daad puts dreams into action to make the city even better and more beautiful. We invest ... More

Ammi Phillips (1788-1865), Portrait of Mary Margaret Deuel, circa 1829 realized $391,500. © Christie’s Images Limited 2017.

NEW YORK, NY.- Americana Week sales totaled $12,178,275 with active in-room, phone, and online participation. The top lot of the week was Richard Clague (1821-1873), North Shore of Lake Pontchartrain at Mandeville, from The Jay P. Altmayer Family Collection, which realized $1,627,500, setting a new world auction record for the artist. Strong sell through rates were achieved across all auctions, with average 82% sold by lot and 88% sold by value, and notable results for the single owner sale Palmetto Hall: The Jay P. Altmayer Family Collection, which totaled $5,364,625 with 92% sold by lot and 99% sold by value. Overall, six auction records were achieved, including artist records for Richard Clague (1821-1873), William Hawkins (1895-1989), Raymond Coins (1904-1998), Sister Gertrude Morgan (1900-1980), and Jimmy Lee Sudduth (1910-2007), as well as a new record for a Chinese Export ... More

Victoria Miro opens a group exhibition of contemporary and historical paintings   Drout to sell Jacques Volcouve's collection of Beatles memorabilia   Susan Krane stepping down as Executive Director of the San Jose Museum of Art

Jules de Balincourt, Valley Pool Party, 2016. Oil on panel, 61 x 50.8 cm. 24 x 20 in © Jules do Balincourt (Photographer: Robert Glowacki). Courtesy the Artist and Victoria Miro, London.

LONDON.- A group exhibition of contemporary and historical paintings looks at ideas of home from the perspective of artists working from the 1920s to the present. Featuring gallery and invited artists, and with a focus on depictions of houses and other dwelling places, House Work reflects a diversity of physical structures - from lone houses surrounded by nature, to buildings in urban and suburban settings. Equally, the exhibition gives rise to thoughts of home as a social construct, idea or state of mind. Drawn from life, memory, imagination, or from sources such as films, books, newspapers and magazines, the works in the exhibition reveal a variety of human presences and traces of activity. From childhood homes, to holiday homes, haunted houses to dream homes, works ... More

Jacques Volcouve is letting go of his collection.

PARIS.- The sound of hammers are going to have to adapt to the rhythm of rock music. The auction house Chochon-Barré & Allardi welcomes to Drouot the most mythical group of music of the twentieth century : the Beatles. Jacques Volcouve, presented as the specialist of the quartet, is letting go of his collection. A fourty year old compilation conceived thanks to his fervent passion for the band. Records, CDs, books, pictures, posters, videos, magazines, objects, etc. that mark the careers of the four icons and their extraordinary lives. « I first remember the pleasure of exploration and discovery, through the fabulous universe of the four boys who changed the world of music and the world in general. To put together the great puzzle of the history of the Beatles was the main goal of my life as a collector. Each piece carries a part of their incredible destiny. » Jacques Volcouve began his collection in 1967 and over the years, started accumulat ... More

Krane will leave the Museum with the ambitious strategic plan launched in 2010 completed.

SAN JOSE, CA.- The San Jose Museum of Art announced that Susan Krane will step down as Oshman Executive Director on January 31, 2017. Krane, who joined SJMA in 2008, will be focusing on several personal research and writing projects, including her longstanding interest in creative modes of community engagement in contemporary art museums. Krane will leave the Museum with the ambitious strategic plan launched in 2010 completed, a stable financial base, and a strong staff in place. SJMA will seek new leadership to drive the next strategic plan for the institution. “The board is very grateful to Susan for the tremendous accomplishments the Museum has achieved during her tenure,” said Hildy Shandell, president of SJMA’s board of trustees of SJMA. “Susan joined SJMA as the great recession hit in 2008. During a challenging time for arts institutions, her fiscal ... More

The Morgan Library & Museum appoints Jessica Ludwig as Deputy Director   Collection from now closed Haeger Potteries at auction   Major retrospective for Iraqi artist Dia Al-Azzawi on view in Qatar

Ms. Ludwig comes to the Morgan with more than sixteen years of experience leading complex exhibition, capital, and operational projects, primarily at New York’s Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation and at the Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute in Williamstown, Massachusetts.

NEW YORK, NY.- The Morgan Library & Museum today announced the appointment of Jessica Ludwig as its new Deputy Director. In her position, Ms. Ludwig will oversee the Morgan’s facilities, visitor experience, and communications activities. She will also work closely with Director Colin B. Bailey to manage and support the museum’s curatorial, library, and research teams, and the development of the Morgan’s exhibition program. Ms. Ludwig comes to the Morgan with more than sixteen years of experience leading complex exhibition, capital, and operational projects, primarily at New York’s Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation and at the Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute in Williamstown, ... More

Sebastiano Maglio, A Monumental Haeger Pottery Vase having a banded, globular body decorated with figures, acanthus leaves, and s-scrolls. Height 92 1/2 inches. Estimate:$6,000-8,000.

CHICAGO, IL.- When Haeger Potteries and Pottery Museum closed their doors in the summer of 2016, lifelong customers, pottery collectors and Chicago history buffs rushed to buy one last time from the 145-year-old institution. On February 24 the public will have a final opportunity to buy from Haeger Potteries and the Pottery Museum collection and access archived treasures unavailable until now from the closed factory and store. Haeger was founded in 1871 by David H. Haeger as the Dundee Brick Company, establishing strong roots in Chicago after manufacturing bricks that would help rebuild the city after the Chicago Fire. In the 1900s leadership of the growing company was passed to David Haeger's son, Edmund, who propelled the company forward by manufacturing glaze and ... More

Dia Al-­‐Azzawi Portrait. Photo: Anthony Dawton.

DOHA.- Qatar Museums’ Mathaf: Arab Museum of Modern Art is presenting a major retrospective of the work of Dia Al-Azzawi, internationally recognised as one of the prominent figures of modern and contemporary art in the Arab world, taking place simultaneously at Mathaf: Arab Museum of Modern Art and QM Gallery Al Riwaq in Doha, until 16 April 2017. The exhibition, entitled I am the cry, who will give voice to me? Dia AlAzzawi: A Retrospective (from 1963 until tomorrow), is curated by Catherine David, Deputy Director at Centre Pompidou in Paris. Work on all scales and media is being featured, including painting, sculpture, drawing, print and artist books, incorporating original and limited editions of artworks on view for the first time. Conceived for the two venues, Mathaf and QM Gallery Al Riwaq, the retrospective is organised in two parts tracing the trajectory of the artist’s practice. One trajectory charts ... More

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Exhibition at Art Museum Riga Bourse celebrates 500th anniversary of the Reformation Movement
RIGA.- The exhibition “The Reformation – 500. Western European Graphic Art. 15th–20th Century” is on show at the Art Museum Riga Bourse in Riga from 21 January to 12 March 2017. The 500th anniversary of the Reformation Movement will be celebrated around the world in 2017. Although we know of other separate attempts to reform the Christian religion in previous centuries, the 31st October 1517 is still symbolically considered to be its beginning. On this day Martin Luther (1483–1546) nailed his 95 Theses on the door of the Wittenberg Church, turning radically against the trading of indulgences. He wanted to encourage academic discussion on the absolution of sins and did not suspect, at that time, that division in the church would continue for centuries due to the influence of political and economic circumstances. To commemorate the beginning of this Reformation ... More

Shapero Modern opens Jan Hendrix's first UK solo exhibition
LONDON.- Maestro Arts in collaboration with Shapero Modern present Jan Hendrix’s first UK solo exhibition, featuring works from The Aeneid Book VI, his most recent collaboration with Seamus Heaney. Shortly before his death in August 2013, Heaney had completed his translation of the Aeneid Book VI and had started working on a collector's publication with Jan Hendrix and Hans van Eijk (Bonnefant Press). It was the proofs from this draft that enabled the Heaney family/estate and Faber & Faber (official publisher of Heaney’s work) to decide on the ‘final’ edition, published earlier this year to international acclaim. Hendrix and Heaney had formed a friendship collaborating on two previous occasions. In 1992 Hendrix had illustrated The Golden Bough, Heaney’s earlier translation of a part of Aeneid Book VI. A second book, The Light of the Leaves, followed in 1999: poems ... More

Quinn's Jan. 28 Fine & Decorative Arts Auction led by Granville Redmond landscape
FALLS CHURCH, VA.- Quinn’s Auction Galleries will offer a generous selection of fine art and antiques on Saturday, Jan. 28. The nearly 400-lot lineup includes furniture from the 18th century to modern as well as American, European and Asian decorative arts. Absentee and Internet bidding is available through LiveAuctioneers. Bidding will start at $1,500 for a beautiful jeweled American Waltham ladies pocket watch that features a 14K gold case. The Four Seasons are represented in a stunning late 19th-century Meissen clock that stands 22 inches high by 17 inches wide. Until now, the documented clocks of Maine’s Frederic Wingate (1782-1864) numbered up to 287. Quinn's now has the distinction of offering a newly found Wingate tall case clock, No. 288. Standing 85 inches high by 20 1/2 inches wide in a mixed wood case, the clock requires an opening ... More

Emily J. Peters appointed Curator of Prints and Drawings at the Cleveland Museum of Art
CLEVELAND, OH.- The Cleveland Museum of Art has announced the appointment of Emily J. Peters as Curator of Prints and Drawings. The museum’s renowned collection of prints and drawings, ranging from the Renaissance to the early 21st century, is distinguished by the quality and rarity of its holdings. Peters’s appointment follows an international search. She will assume her responsibilities at the CMA in April. “Emily is an exceptional curator with a remarkable eye and creative approach. Her range of expertise and scholarly interests—which span five centuries and a panoply of graphic mediums—are admirable. We very much look forward to having Emily as a colleague in Cleveland,” said Director William M. Griswold. As Curator of Prints and Drawings, Peters will oversee the care and development of the collection, working closely with the Director and Chief ... More

Three exhibitions celebrate Wolf Vostell and the Fluxus movement
CHICAGO, IL.- Three exhibitions at the University of Chicago revisit the creation of Wolf Vostell’s public sculpture Concrete Traffic—a 1957 Cadillac De Ville encased in concrete—and situate the newly restored work within the context of the international Fluxus movement and Vostell’s own practice. The exhibitions at the Smart Museum of Art, Neubauer Collegium for Culture and Society, and Special Collections Research Center are presented concurrently along with other free public programs under the moniker Concrete Happenings. “Fluxus was so many things in so many places. It was the first serious venture into performance art, ‘intermedia,’ audience participation, and art immersed in everyday life, all of which are now staples of contemporary art. And it was the first transatlantic art movement paving the way for our global art world today,” said Christine Mehring, ... More

Saint Louis Art Museum announces promotion of Lisa Çakmak
SAINT LOUIS, MO.- Lisa Çakmak has been promoted to associate curator of ancient art, the Saint Louis Art Museum announced today. Çakmak will curate the reinstallation of the museum’s Egyptian collection later this year. As assistant curator of ancient art, she led the project through years of research and planning, including the 2014 CT-scanning of three mummies. “Lisa’s scholarly expertise and curatorial experience will be invaluable as the museum conceives a new presentation of its Egyptian galleries and continues to develop collections, exhibitions and programs showcasing ancient art,” said Brent R. Benjamin, the Barbara B. Taylor Director of the Saint Louis Art Museum. As part of the Art Museum’s historic expansion, Çakmak installed galleries that highlight the art and architecture of the Roman Empire and showcase the museum’s collection ... More

2016: Record visitors number at the Peggy Guggenheim Collection
VENICE.- A record number of visitors came to the Peggy Guggenheim Collection in 2016, reaching for the first time since its opening in 1980 413,499 during the museum’s 315 open days, with a daily average of 1,313. An additional 8,495 guests visited the collection during exhibition openings, special visits, and institutional and private events. The retrospective dedicated to Tancredi Parmeggiani, curated by Luca Massimo Barbero, continues until March 13. It has had enthusiastic success both with critics and with the general public. La Lettura-Corriere della Sera wrote “Tancredi, a whole art to discover,” a sentiment echoed by the Financial Times which defined the artist from Feltre as “the artist from the floating world”, and La Repubblica, which wrote in Robinson of the “lyrical Tancredi.” Since its opening on November 12 the exhibition has drawn over 65,000 visitors. In 2017, ... More

Indianapolis Museum of Art appoints new director of festivals, performance and public programs
INDIANAPOLIS, IN.- Dr. Charles L. Venable, The Melvin & Bren Simon Director and CEO of the Indianapolis Museum of Art, announced today that Jeremy G. Shubrook has been named the Museum’s director of festivals, performance and public programs. This new position grew out of an expanded vision for the IMA’s former curator of audience experiences and performance role. Shubrook will guide the IMA’s efforts to engage diverse audiences through experiences such as The National Bank of Indianapolis Summer Nights Film Series, annual Solstice celebrations in the Virginia B. Fairbanks Art & Nature Park: 100 Acres and other programs from the inventive ARTx Series. IMA's ARTx Series is made possible by a gift from The Efroymson Family Fund. “Jeremy Shubrook will bring a wealth of talent, knowledge and ... More

Bellmans offering a great opportunity to fall in love with Cotswold School furniture
WINCHESTER.- Bellmans Auctioneers & Valuers announce the sale of a collection of 15 lots of Cotswold School Furniture at their new saleroom in Winchester (The Red House, Hyde Street, Winchester, Hampshire, SO23 7DX) on Tuesday, February 14, 2017. The majority of the pieces, which carry estimates from around £100 for a single chair to £6,000 for a bookcase, were made by Peter Waals (1870-1937) in the tradition of Ernest Gimson at his workshop in Chalford in Gloucestershire between 1922 and 1936. Waals trained as a cabinetmaker in his native Netherlands, but answered an advertisement in The Times for a cabinetmaker and joined Ernest Gimson and Ernest Barnsley early in 1901. Gimson, who came from Leicester was hugely inspired by the Arts and Crafts traditions of William Morris and Phillip Webb, and Waals became his chief cabinetmaker at Gimson’s ... More

Imbibe, an exhibition on drinking and culture, comes to the Fleming this winter
BURLINGTON, VT.- While the word “drinking” describes an act of consumption, a biological necessity for all and a pastime for many, “imbibe” is a word that invites us into the complex social, physical, and aesthetic experience of consumption. Drinks— whether water, alcohol, coffee, or tea—are consumed not only to sustain life, but to reinforce social status, promote camaraderie, ease inhibitions, or simply pass the time. From carafes and bowls to cups and bottles, Imbibe offers visitors a fresh perspective on drinking vessels from many different cultures. Used for drinking or for serving, these museum collection objects were designed to give the liquids inside them shape, color, and even feel and flavor as they keep drinks warm or chilled. A tightly woven beer basket communicates as much about the technologies of carrying, storing and serving liquids as a delicately ... More

Acrylic on wood by Ilya Bolotowsky (Russ./Am., 1907-1982) will lead Bruneau & Co.'s sale
CRANSTON, RI.- The sizable fine art collection of Tamara and Norman Jay Bolotow, Esq. of Barrington, Rhode Island, with provenance from Sotheby’s, Christie’s, Doyle New York and other galleries and institutions, will headline a 152-lot fine art auction on Saturday, Feb. 18th, by Bruneau & Co. Auctioneers, online and in the firm’s gallery at 63 Fourth Avenue in Cranston. Previews will be held on Thursday, Feb. 16, from 9-5; Friday, Feb. 17, from noon until 9 pm; and Saturday, Feb. 18, auction day, when the doors open at 9 am until the first gavel falls at 12 o’clock noon. All times are Eastern. Pre-online bidding will be provided by the bid platforms,, eBay and, along with Bruneau & Co. Auctioneers’ app available on GooglePlay and the Apple Store, or at A strong candidate for top lot of the ... More

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On a day like today, American painter Robert Motherwell, was born
January 24, 1915. Robert Motherwell (January 24, 1915 - July 16, 1991) American painter, printmaker and editor. He was one of the youngest of the New York School (a phrase he coined), which also included Jackson Pollock, Mark Rothko, Willem de Kooning, and Philip Guston. In this image: Painter Robert Motherwell, newly elected member of the National Institute of Arts and Letters, Feb. 1970.

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