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An exceptional Gravettian "Venus," some 23,000-years-old, was discovered by Inrap

his picture taken on December 4, 2019 shows a 4 centimeters high paleolithic statuette named "Venus of Renancourt", in Amiens. A small paleolithic statuette, from the series called "Venus of Renancourt", exceptionally well preserved, was discovered last July in a prehistoric site in Amiens (northern France), constituting a rare testimony of the gravettian art typical of hunters - gatherers, revealed the Inrap on December 4. DENIS CHARLET / AFP.

PARIS.- The prehistoric site of Renancourt, in Amiens, has been known for many years and long remained one of the few sites providing evidence for human presence in northern France during the Early Upper Paleolithic (35,000 – 15,000). Discovered in 2011, during an Inrap diagnostic operation, the site of Amiens-Renancourt 1 has been under full excavation since 2014. During the 2019 season, an exceptional Gravettian “Venus,” some 23,000-years-old, was discovered. Near the confluence of the Selle and Somme Valleys, in a neighborhood of southwest Amiens, the site is sealed within Eolian silts (loess) attributed to the end of the last glacial period (between 40,000 and 10,000 years ago). Four meters below the current ground level, a concentration of very well-preserved artifacts was discovered. This concentration has been dated by Carbon 14 to 23,000 years ago (21,000 BC) and is attributed to a late phase of the Gravettian culture, wh ... More

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Egyptian archaeologist Hawass sees role as 'custodian' of antiquities   Exhibition explores nineteenth-century travel imagery   What's the point of the Turner Prize, anyway?

Zahi Hawass, Egyptian archaeologist and former antiquities minister, stands before the Great Sphinx of Giza during a lecture with a tourist group on ancient Egyptian history, at the Giza Necropolis on the southeastern outskirts of the capital. Khaled DESOUKI / AFP.

CAIRO (AFP).- Standing at the foot of the towering Great Sphinx of Giza, Zahi Hawass revels in his reputation as an indefatigable yet controversial figure in the enigmatic world of Egyptology. With the early morning sun-kissed pyramids behind him, the 72-year-old dubbed "the Egyptian Indiana Jones" posed casually for photos sporting his trademark cowboy hat. "This is a real archaeologist's hat. Harrison Ford's was a fake," he joked with AFP, referring to the American actor and star of the Indiana Jones movies. Hawass, who has appeared in dozens of documentaries about ancient Egypt, is himself a star attraction for a luxury archaeological tour organised by an operator based in Poland. A larger-than-life character, who sees himself as "the custodian of Egyptian antiquities", he evokes in the same breath ancient deities and Pharaohs as well as his own name. Regaling tour participants with stories of his archaeological ... More

Alexandre-Gabriel Decamps, (French, 1803–1860), Cypriot Woman Smoking a Chibouk, after 1828. Watercolor, gouache, and touches of pen and black and brown ink, 5 13/16 x 4 3/16 in. Clark Art Institute, 1955.1638

WILLIAMSTOWN, MASS.- For centuries, travelers have made visual records of their journeys and eagerly shared their views of distant lands and unfamiliar locations. In addition to their souvenir value for the person who makes them, such images often fuel an appetite for travel among the people who see them—as advertisers and tourist bureaus well know. Travels on Paper, on view at the Clark Art Institute November 16, 2019 through February 9, 2020, explores travel pictures—drawings, prints, and photographs—that capture the experience of being a traveler and image maker. With works drawn primarily from the nineteenth century, the exhibition provides a look at the power and influence of images long before the Instagram age. The exhibition includes forty-three works by artists Camille Corot (French, 1796–1875), Robert Macpherson (Scottish, c. 1815–1872), Alexandre-Gabriel Decamps (French, 1803–1860), John La Farge ... More

Nominated Artists, Turner Prize 2019. Photo: © Stuart Wilson / Getty Images.

by Jason Farago

NEW YORK (NYT NEWS SERVICE ).- It was a conclusion as sappy-sweet as the climax of “Mean Girls,” when Lindsay Lohan’s character breaks apart her homecoming queen tiara and divides the pieces among her classmates. Assembled in Margate, England, to discover the winner of the 2019 Turner Prize, members of the British art world discovered that the long-in-the-tooth award would go to … all four nominated artists. “I have great pleasure in announcing the winner,” said Edward Enninful, the editor of British Vogue, as he opened the envelope. But inside was an unprecedented result: The shortlisted artists, Lawrence Abu Hamdan, Helen Cammock, Oscar Murillo and Tai Shani, had proclaimed themselves a collective, “to make a strong statement of community and solidarity.” And the jury had “unanimously agreed to award the 2019 Turner Prize to the collective formed by the four nominees,” said Enninful, eliciting both startled laughter and a standing ovation. Abu Hamdan, Cammock, Muri ... More

Was this 18,000-year-old Siberian puppy a dog or a wolf?   Historic Gold Rush-era shipwreck reveals rare San Francisco coin   Sprüth Magers exhibits Gilbert & George's PARADISICAL PICTURES in Los Angeles

The fur, skeleton, teeth, head, lashes and whiskers of the pup, named Dogor, are still intact. Photo: Love Dalén.

NEW YORK (NYT NEWS SERVICE ).- An 18,000-year-old puppy buried for centuries in a lump of frozen mud was unveiled on Monday by scientists who hope it can help bridge the connection between dogs and wolves. The puppy, which was male, was discovered 18 months ago, preserved in a layer of permafrost in Siberia’s Far Eastern reaches, according to Dave Stanton, a research fellow at the Center for Palaeogenetics in Stockholm and one of the scientists who examined its DNA. The fur, skeleton, teeth, head, lashes and whiskers of the pup, named Dogor, are still intact, he said. But scientists don’t know whether it is a dog or wolf. Stanton said more DNA research would be conducted in the coming months. “We need to put this information into context,” he said in an interview. Many scientists say dogs evolved about 15,000 years ago from a species of extinct wolves. Others suggest ... More

This 1856 large S over small s mint mark quarter dollar is one of nine examples of the rare variety recently discovered in the California Gold Rush-era sunken treasure recovered from the fabled “Ship of Gold,” the S.S. Central America. Image courtesy of Professional Coin Grading Service. Actual coin size: 24.3 mm diameter.

BREA, CA.- The legendary SS Central America, the famous “Ship of Gold” that sank in 1857 carrying tons of California Gold Rush treasure, continues to surprise and delight collectors and historians. Nine rare 1856-dated San Francisco Mint silver quarter dollars with a large S mint mark struck over a small s have been discovered in the latest recovered sunken treasure from the fabled ship. They’re valued at thousands to tens of thousands of dollars each. “This is a major numismatic finding! We’ve nick-named this latest SS Central America discovery as the S over s Central America,” said Dwight Manley, Managing Partner of California Gold Marketing Group LLC (CGMG) of Brea, ... More

Gilbert & George GREENLY, 2019. Mixed media, 151 × 127 cm. © Gilbert & George. Courtesy Sprüth Magers.

LOS ANGELES, CA.- Gilbert & George have created art together as one visionary, artistic entity since 1967, when they met at Saint Martins School of Art in London. Recognized by institutions and collections worldwide for their groundbreaking, fiercely independent and influential art across diverse mediums, they continue to produce confrontational, richly emotive and thought-provoking art that, more than fifty years later, pushes into ever-new territory. Sprüth Magers presents Gilbert & George’s PARADISICAL PICTURES, a new group of thirty-five major pictures that mark the artists’ first solo exhibition in Los Angeles in nearly two decades. In the late 1960s and early 1970s, Gilbert & George conceived an approach to art-making that explored modern morality, human frailty, the city and the natural world through commonplace yet intensely emotional imagery—an ART FOR ALL, in their terms, that could resonate with ... More

Small galleries assess the benefits of big art fairs   Exhibition of seminal works by Richard Tuttle on view at Pace Gallery   Christie's Paris Post-War and Contemporary Art department achieves €79M in 2019

“Untitled, 2019” by Alex Da Corte, which is being shown by the Karma gallery of New York at Art Basel Miami Beach. Alex Da Corte/Karma, New York via The New York Times.

by Ginanne Brownell Mitic

LONDON (NYT NEWS SERVICE ).- There is nothing quite like the buzz of a big, glamorous international art fair. For larger, more well-established galleries with big-name artists on their rosters, there is a nonchalant air to their booths — they know the drill. But for galleries that are showing for the first time, it can be a nerve-racking experience that can feel like an enormous gamble in terms of expense, but also a huge opportunity in exposure. “A gallery’s position is often measured by the level of fair that it is present at,” Orsolya Hegedus, the director of Budapest’s Acb Gallery, wrote in an email, “and the axiom ‘context is everything’ is peculiarly true for the art world.” The gallery will be showing for the first time at Art Basel Miami Beach. There are a number of galleries, including High Art in Paris; Revolver ... More

Richard Tuttle, basis45, late 1970s. Watercolor on paper, 9-3/8" × 6-5/8" (23.8 cm × 16.8 cm) No. 71952 © Richard Tuttle, courtesy Pace Gallery. Photo: Christine Ann Jones.

NEW YORK, NY.- Pace Gallery is presenting in its newly opened headquarters in New York an exhibition of seminal works by pioneering conceptual and Postminimalist artist Richard Tuttle. The exhibition is split into two bodies of work from the early and late 1970s—a decade marked by the birth of many new art forms, ranging from process-based art to land art and institutional critique. Always a maverick, Tuttle was at the forefront of these experimental practices. His works of this period defied categorization and went against the monumentalizing aesthetic and austere industrial precision of much art at the time—most notably Minimalism—through their modest scale, emphasis on the artist’s idiosyncratic touch, and embrace of everyday, humble materials. Bringing together his series of ninety-four “basis” drawings and the sculptural piece 8th Wood Slat (1974), this exhibition offers a unique glimpse into ... More

Lucio Fontana (1899-1968), Concetto Spaziale, Attese. Sold for €2,650,000. © Christie's Images Ltd 2019.

PARIS.- The Post-War and Contemporary Art department has realised €79M for the year 2019 in France, making it one of the highest result for the department. Laetitia Bauduin, Director of the department: “These very strong results prove that our strategy to offer three milestones during the year is rewarding. The highlight of the year is with no doubt our Paris Avant-Garde sale which attracts more and more international collectors and which is getting stronger over the years. We are particularly pleased to have established a new world auction record for Nicolas de Staël for which Parc des Princes was sold for 20,000,000 euros, and becomes the highest price achieved for a post-war and contemporary work sold in France this year". The top lot of these two sales was Concetto spaziale [Attese] by Lucio Fontana which sold for €2,650,000. The international bidders coming from 20 countries registered in last night’s sale paid a beautiful tribute to Jean Dubuffet through three of his ... More

Rare objects in Argent Haché acquired by Nationalmuseum   For Faith Ringgold, the past is present   Questions arise over Black Art in a new show

Eric Nyström, Sugar sprinkler, 1780–1790. Silver plated brass. NMK 87–88/2019. Photo: Linn Ahlgren/Nationalmuseum.

STOCKHOLM.- Nationalmuseum has recently acquired a number of rare objects made of silver plated brass, known as argent haché, from the late 18th century. Few of these objects have survived to the present day, and the museum’s collections had thus previously lacked examples of this important part of Swedish design history. Several of the objects are from the unique collection of the antiques dealer Lars-Yngve Johansson. Objects of silver plated brass, known as argent haché, were manufactured only in the late 18th century. Few objects of this type have survived to the present day, and those produced in Sweden are of particular interest for Nationalmuseum. The antique dealer and TV personality Lars-Yngve Johansson possessed extensive knowledge of argent haché, as well as a unique collection of such objects. After his death, many of these items were auctioned off in the spring of 2019, and the museum was able to enrich its collections wit ... More

Faith Ringgold has works from the 1970s and 1990s on view at Art Basel Miami Beach in December 2019. Faith Ringgold/Pippy Houldsworth Gallery, London via The New York Times.

by Farah Nayeri

LONDON (NYT NEWS SERVICE ).- Artist Faith Ringgold was visiting the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam in 1972 when a museum guard pointed her in the direction of a display that would transform her career. The guard urged her to head downstairs and see a collection of Tibetan thangkas — delicate paintings on cotton or silk that are used in Buddhist meditation. This new form enabled her to roll up her paintings and move them around without the help of her husband. Three of her earliest thangkas — “Slave Rape #1,” “Slave Rape #2” and “Slave Rape #3” — will be exhibited in the Survey sector at Art Basel Miami Beach by London-based Pippy Houldsworth Gallery. The brightly colored paintings, which are also her last oil paintings (she switched to acrylic) represent three nudes in verdant surroundings. Their ... More

The artist and curator Eilen Itzel Mena with her painting “Aje,” which is being exhibited at the show “Who Owns Black Art?,” in Miami, Dec. 2, 2019.

by John Eligon

MIAMI (NYT NEWS SERVICE ).- Eilen Itzel Mena’s painting “Aje” pays homage to an ancient Yoruba religious goddess of wealth and prosperity. It features an upside-down face surrounded by money, and the words “spend” and “save” connected with a double-sided arrow. Achieving prosperity, Mena believes, requires a balance in spending and saving. If you give, she said, you will receive. To Mena, 25, that dynamic also should serve as a metaphor for black artists like herself: By putting work into the world (giving), she said, they can receive abundance for themselves and their communities, not just in the capitalistic sense, but more important, in cultural and spiritual ways. But she and other black artists fear that things don’t often work out like that for them. At a time when black creators are being celebrated as much as ever — from Hollywood to the fine ... More

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Artists cash in on China's online sticker craze
SHANGHAI (AFP).- When "Silly Piggy" appeared in China's popular WeChat social media app, the sticker became an instant hit, with people sending it more than 30 million times in its first month to express their feelings in text messages. Stickers like the mischievous cartoon pig and other quirky creatures are all the rage in China, giving the artists behind them a way to make money and win fans -- as long as they stay within the bounds of censorship. The creator of Silly Piggy, River Rui, was able to leave her office job with a design firm and set up as an independent artist thanks to the success of the character. "'Silly Piggy' is more like how I am in my little world, how I interact with my friends, it's that 'Silly Piggy' kind of style," Rui told AFP. The pig has many moods: he types furiously at his desk as tears stream down his face. He lays flat on the office floor ... More

Royal gift up for auction at Cheffins in December
CAMBRIDGE.- A personalised gift given by a member of the British Royal family to a distinguished member of the British Army 138 years ago goes on auction for the first time at Cheffins on Thursday 12th December. The Victorian silver spirit flask was a gift by Albert, Prince of Wales, the eldest son and second child of Queen Victoria, to Lieutenant Arthur Lyttleton Annesley (1837-1926). At the time, Albert Edward had held the title of Prince of Wales longer than any of his predecessors and, when Queen Victoria died, he assumed the throne as King Edward VII. Made by Thomas Johnson I in 1875, the flask bears the Prince of Wales’s Coat of Arms between his initials, ‘A’ and ‘E’, and a facsimile engraved message on the back which is dated Sandringham, 1881. Lieutenant Arthur Lyttleton Annesley had an illustrious career in the British Army and become ... More

Toledo Museum of Art installs two new works by artist Joseph Kosuth
TOLEDO, OH.- The Toledo Museum of Art has installed two new works of art by Joseph Kosuth, a leader in the conceptual art movement, who received his early artistic training in the Museum’s own classrooms. The way in which language signifies is mirrored in its use is a site-specific work commissioned by TMA and designed by the artist following a visit to the Museum in 2018. The large-scale, white neon word-based work is installed in the frieze in Libbey Court, greeting Museum visitors. “The neon phrase asks us to stop and think a moment,” said Halona Norton-Westbrook, TMA’s director of curatorial affairs. “The relationship between concept and form is also at the heart of Kosuth’s work as an artist. One of the pioneers of conceptual art and installation art, his work has consistently explored the role of language and meaning within art.” With The way in which ... More

Española Way, an easy stroll from Art Basel Miami Beach
MIAMI (NYT NEWS SERVICE ).- Back in the 1920s, when Miami Beach was still mostly mangrove swamp and mosquitoes, two real estate developers decided to build a place that would look like a Spanish village to help bring in winter visitors. It came to be known as Española Way — a blocklong promenade with sidewalk cafes and salsa, samba, jazz and techno rhythms that often inspire dancing in the streets — and it is now a historic district, a short walk from the headquarters of Art Basel Miami Beach. It hums with table talk. The palm trees and lamp posts are wrapped in strings of white lights. Waiters at Hosteria Romana sing happy birthday in Italian. “It feels like Little Italy in New York,” said Joseph Jabs, 26, an electrician from Manhattan, drinking a strawberry daiquiri at the Havana 1957 restaurant and celebrating the 28th birthday of his girlfriend, Leslie ... More

Final phase of major transformation at Mingei International Museum
SAN DIEGO, CA.- United under the theme Imagine Mingei, local arts and culture supporters, trustees, donors and elected officials gathered at the site of the soon to be transformed Museum to celebrate the progress and future of this treasured institution. Mingei International Museum officials announced a major project milestone and fundraising success to date for the visionary transformation of its facility on the Plaza de Panama. This marks the start of the final phase of construction for this significant project in the heart of Balboa Park. With over $37 million already raised, the Museum is moving forward with its full transformation plans. Designed by local architecture firm LUCE et studio, Mingei International Museum’s bold physical building renovation will allow the Museum to carry out its mission in meaningful new ways. The already award-winning ... More

Mr Doodle invades Sotheby's
HONG KONG.- UNDER INVASION! This December, Sotheby’s S|2 presents Mr Doodle Invades Sotheby’s, a solo exhibition of works by the 25-year-old British artist Sam Cox, more commonly known as Mr Doodle. From 6 – 19 December, Mr Doodle will invade Sotheby’s gallery with his doodles – a humorous reinterpretation of some of the most famous and iconic paintings in history. Some pieces have been recreated in very abstract ways and some in a very clear reference to the original. To spice up the exhibition, Mr Doodle will host live doodling sessions on 7 December (Saturday), transforming the gallery space into part of Mr Doodle’s very own DoodleWorld. Mr Doodle, the artist, says, “Critics often describe my doodles as ‘not art’. In response to this, I thought what better surface to invade than Sotheby's, one of the most prestigious fine art auction houses ... More

Exhibition explores Scotland's role in the fight to eliminate tropical diseases
EDINBURGH.- A new exhibition at the National Museum of Scotland explores Scotland’s role in the fight to eliminate tropical diseases by tackling the parasites that cause them. Parasites: Battle for Survival examines five deadly diseases, which together affect 1 in 18 people around the world and thrive in areas lacking access to clean water, healthcare and adequate sanitation. Malaria, Guinea worm disease, sleeping sickness, schistosomiasis and leishmaniasis are among the diseases that the World Health Organization is aiming to eliminate. All but malaria are classified as neglected, meaning that historically they have seen a lack of interest and funding from healthcare groups and governments despite their huge impact. Researchers at the Universities of Dundee, Edinburgh and Glasgow are at the forefront of these efforts. They are collaborating ... More

The MMFA creates a fund for the acquisition of works by artists underrepresented in its collection
MONTREAL.- The Foundation of the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts announced the creation of a fund devoted solely to the acquisition of works by emerging Quebec and Canadian artists who are underrepresented in the Museum's collection. Thanks to a gift from the Haitian-Canadian artist Manuel Mathieu and support from other donors who share his vision, the Marie-Solange Apollon Fund came into being. In 2018 Manuel Mathieu became the first Haitian-Canadian artist to have a work acquired by the MMFA, thanks to the Hélène Couture Fund. On being offered this historic opportunity, the artist decided to make a real impact on the art scene in Quebec and worked with the Museum Foundation to create the Marie-Solange Apollon Fund. The Marie-Solange Apollon Fund is the first endowment to be devoted solely to the acquisition of works by Quebec ... More

Richard D'Abate named Interim Executive Director of Ogunquit Museum of American Art
OGUNQUIT, ME.- The Board of Directors of the Ogunquit Museum of American Art announces the appointment of Richard D’Abate as Interim Executive Director. He will be assuming the role held by Executive Director and Chief Curator Michael Mansfield, who will step down on December 15. After a lengthy executive search, the Board selected D’Abate to serve during the transition period until a full director search can be completed. Previously, D’Abate served as Executive Director of the Maine Historical Society in Portland, Maine from 1996-2012. He is a poet and author and currently serves on the Board of Directors at Friends of Bedrock Gardens in Lee, NH. He is a graduate of Columbia University and Cornell University in New York. “We are thrilled to have Richard’s thoughtful and skilled leadership during the transition period,” David Mallen, president ... More

The Winnipeg Art Gallery welcomes Riva Symkoand and Julia Lafreniere
WINNIPEG.- The Winnipeg Art Gallery announces Riva Symko as Head of Collections & Exhibitions and Curator of Canadian Art, as well as Julia Lafreniere as Manager of Indigenous Initiatives. They will enter into their roles at the WAG on January 6, 2020 and December 9, 2019 respectively. At the WAG, Dr. Symko will develop the curatorial vision and exhibitions program, as well as oversee the Gallery’s celebrated collection of Canadian art. In addition, she will continue to curate exhibitions in her areas of expertise. Julia Lafreniere will assume a leadership role in Indigenization at the WAG, involving First Nations, Inuit, and Metis communities. She will work to build capacity for Indigenous programs, partnerships, and overall outreach. Lafreniere’s position is supported in part by the Canada Council for the Arts through a Memorandum of Understanding ... More

Julio Valdez's work currently exhibited at the June Kelly Gallery
NEW YORK, NY.- Water Abstractions, new work by Julio Valdez, feature trancelike surreal paintings in which abstraction with figuration intrigues, stirring unconscious awareness and dreaminess. The exhibition opened at the June Kelly Gallery, 166 Mercer Street, on November 15, and the works will remain on view through December 31. Valdez, a native of the Dominican Republic who relocated to New York, wrote, “My recent work continues my visual explorations of light and movement of water, deepening my understanding of them as metaphors for consciousness and the creative process. Water’s fluidity allows me to incorporate abstractions of human and natural forms, providing me the opportunity to reflect on issues of displacement and cultural identity.” Valdez is constantly creating a hybrid visual language through the fusion of abstraction ... More

Touchstone Gallery opens an exhibition that features over 150 works by DC area artists
WASHINGTON, DC.- Touchstone Gallery presents Mixture, a group show celebrating the artistic talent and skill of our local arts community. This exhibition features over 150 works by DC area artists who applied to Touchstone’s Spotlight Art Series 2019, as well as works by Touchstone’s own member artists. This diverse group of artists represents a broad range of media, genres and artistic styles. What unites them is a passion for creating art in the burgeoning DMV art scene. Touchstone is committed to bringing people together through the arts, both artists and art admirers alike. Our work with area artists and local art organizations is essential to developing stronger relationships within our community. Opportunities for more progressive conversation among groups lead to insights and a shared sense of togetherness, and in turn lay the foundation ... More

Rolex watches presented to balloon flight pioneer Julian Nott offered at Heritage Auctions
NEW YORK, NY.- Three extraordinary Rolex watches that were presented to legendary balloon flight pioneer Julian Nott will be offered in Heritage Auctions’ Timepieces Auction Dec. 10 in New York. Nott reached new frontiers in ballooning, in terms of altitudes reached and distances covered, and also helped develop technology that forever changed ballooning, in areas such as the use of solar power and flying in extreme temperatures. He set 79 world ballooning records and 96 British aviation records, and died in March 2019. Like Nott, Rolexes are heralded for their precision and performance, even in adverse conditions; Mercedes Gleitze wore a Rolex Oyster in 1927 for her 10-hour swim across the English Channel, and a British climbing team summited Mount Everest for the first time wearing another version of the same watch in 1953. Rolex’s response to ... More

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