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Slip of tongue fuels speculation on elusive graffiti activist Banksy identity

This file photo taken on July 28, 2014 shows Robert "3D" del Naja (R) and Grantley "Daddy G" Marshall (L) of British trip-hop band Massive Attack during an unofficial visit to the Burj al-Barajneh camp for Palestinian refugees, south of the Lebanese capital Beirut. An unguarded moment in an interview has renewed speculation over one of contemporary art's great mysteries -- Could elusive graffiti activist Banksy be Robert Del Naja of band Massive Attack? Goldie, a well-known DJ who was a friend and competitor of Del Naja as the two sprayed Bristol in southwest England with graffiti in the 1980s, made an apparent slip of the tongue in an interview this week.Goldie was speaking with dismay at the high prices that can be fetched for works bBanksy, whose signature style is politically provocative graffiti that appears suddenly on walls around the world. Maya HAUTEFEUILLE / AFP.

NEW YORK (AFP).- An unguarded moment in an interview has renewed speculation over one of contemporary art's great mysteries -- could elusive graffiti activist Banksy be Robert Del Naja of band Massive Attack? Goldie, a well-known DJ who was a friend and competitor of Del Naja as the two sprayed Bristol in southwest England with graffiti in the 1980s, made an apparent slip of the tongue in an interview this week. Goldie was speaking with dismay at the high prices that can be fetched for works by Banksy, whose signature style is politically provocative graffiti that appears suddenly on walls around the world. "Give me a bubble letter and put it on a T-shirt and write 'Banksy' on it and we're sorted... We can sell it now," Goldie told the Distraction Pieces podcast. ... More

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High Museum of Art opens sweeping Andy Warhol print retrospective   Julia Peyton-Jones to join Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac as Senior Global Director   Exhibition of masterpieces by Victorian painter and sculptor George Frederic Watts opens

Andy Warhol (American, 1928–1987), Mick Jagger (II. 138), edition 25/250, 1975, screenprint, 43 1/2 x 29 inches, courtesy of Jordan D. Schnitzer and His Family Foundation. © 2017 The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Inc./Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York.

ATLANTA, GA.- The High Museum of Art is the exclusive East Coast venue to present “Andy Warhol: Prints from the Collections of Jordan D. Schnitzer and His Family Foundation” (June 3 through Sept. 3, 2017). This comprehensive retrospective is the largest exhibition of its kind presented and features more than 250 prints and ephemera by Andy Warhol (American, 1928–1987), including such iconic screenprint portfolios as “Marilyn Monroe” (1967), “Campbell’s Soup I” (1968), “Electric Chair” (1971) and “Mao” (1972). Printmaking featured prominently throughout Warhol’s career, beginning with his earliest work as a commercial illustrator in the 1950s. He discovered the process of silkscreen printing in 1962 and produced his ... More

Julia Peyton-Jones was formerly Director of the Serpentine Galleries for 25 years.

LONDON.- Dame Julia Peyton-Jones has been appointed Senior Global Director of Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac. Formerly Director of the Serpentine Galleries for 25 years, Peyton-Jones will take on her ambassadorial and curatorial role on 1 September 2017, and will be based in London, where the gallery opened a new space in Mayfair earlier this year. “Julia Peyton-Jones is one of the most respected and admired figures in the art world with an unparalleled level of experience. It will be an honour and a joy to work together and develop exciting new projects.” (Thaddaeus Ropac) Julia Peyton-Jones says: “I am delighted to be joining Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac at this exciting time, following the opening of its remarkable new gallery in London. For over 30 years, Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac has showcased the careers of some of the most brilliant and influential artists. I look forward to building on this ... More

8. G F Watts (1817 - 1904) Choosing (Ellen Terry), 1864, National Portrait Gallery, London

COMPTON.- Watts Gallery Trust today announced an unprecedented exhibition of the most important masterpieces by the celebrated Victorian painter and sculptor George Frederic Watts (1817-1904).. Celebrating 200 years since the birth of the artist in London in 1817, England’s Michelangelo brings together the artist’s most significant paintings from public and private collections. For the first time since their restoration in 2011, the historic galleries at Watts Gallery, designed by Watts himself, are being used for a temporary exhibition. Watts became a cultural icon who championed a new role for art as a means of symbolically expressing the progress of humanity, and as a tool to assist in philanthropic projects. His imagery was carried all over the world through reproduction, making him the most internationally recognised British artist of the age. In 1884 Watts became the first living artist to have a solo exhibition at the ... More

Major presentation of new work by Jenny Holzer on view at Hauser & Wirth Zurich   New-York Historical Society exhibition commemorates President John F. Kennedy   Exhibition at Tate Liverpool presents the faces of Germany between the two World Wars

Jenny Holzer, MOVE, 2015. Four-sided LED sign: RGB diodes, 243.8 x 15.2 x 15.2 cm / 96 x 6 x 6 in. Photo: Ken Adlard. © 2017 Jenny Holzer, member Artists Rights Society (ARS), NY. Courtesy the artist and Hauser & Wirth.

ZURICH.- Hauser & Wirth Zürich is staging a major presentation of new work by Jenny Holzer, the New York based artist celebrated for her inimitable use of language and interventions in the public sphere. Combining sensory experience with poetic, political and personal texts, Holzer creates a powerful tension between the realms of feeling and knowledge. This exhibition is a testament to Holzer’s vision of art that encompasses both individual and collective experiences of power and violence, vulnerability and tenderness. Since the 1980s, Holzer’s practice has explored a variety of media, although she may be best known for her use of electronic signs, stonework and light projections. Among the highlights of the Zurich exhibition are two monumental kinetic LED signs with new texts the artist selected especially for the ... More

Photo booth, portrait, 1953. Photo: Courtesy John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum.

NEW YORK, NY.- A new exhibition commemorating President John F. Kennedy’s private life and public trajectory is on view at the New-York Historical Society, June 23, 2017 - January 7, 2018. The exhibition, one of the most exhaustively researched collections of Kennedy photos ever assembled, brings together images from the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library, the John F. Kennedy Library Foundation, Getty Images, private collections, and the Kennedy family archives that capture public and private moments from Kennedy’s life. Some of the photographs on display are iconic; others have rarely been seen. New-York Historical’s presentation of American Visionary is part of the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum’s year-long, nationwide celebration that commemorates Kennedy’s centennial year. Also currently on view at the Smithsonian American Art Museum in Washington, D.C., through September 17, the ... More

Otto Dix, Self-Portrait with Easel 1926 (Selbstbildnis mit Staffelei) 1926, 800 x 550 mm. Leopold-Hoesch-Museum & Papiermuseum, Düren. © DACS 2017. Leopold-Hoesch-Museum & Papiermuseum Düren. Photo: Peter Hinschläger.

LIVERPOOL.- Tate Liverpool presents the faces of Germany between the two World Wars seen through the eyes of painter Otto Dix (1891–1969) and photographer August Sander (1876–1964). Portraying a Nation: Germany 1919–1933 brings together two artists whose works document the glamour and misery of the Weimar Republic, a time of radical extremes and political and economic upheaval. Portraying a Nation, which exhibits Dix and Sander as a pair for the first time, reflects a pivotal point in Germany’s history, as it introduced democratic rule in the aftermath of the First World War. The period was one of experimentation and innovation across the visual arts, during which both artists were concerned with representing the extremes of society, from the flourishing cabaret culture to intense poverty and civilian rebellions. ... More

Two Ellsworth Kelly exhibitions opening at The Hyde   Depression-era photography exhibition showcases resiliency of human spirit   From Rembrandt to Warhol on view at the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center this summer

Ellsworth Kelly (American, 1923-2015), Red Blue, 1964, screenprint on mohawk superfine cover paper, edition 174/500, 24 x 20 in., The Collection of Jordan D. Schnitzer and His Family Foundation, 2006.97c, AX 2, Artwork © Ellsworth Kelly.

GLENS FALLS, NY.- Jordan D. Schnitzer collects the works of more than 900 artists, but when he stands in a room with artwork by Ellsworth Kelly, it is as though the rest of the world fades away. "I feel an inner calm, almost a meditative state," the Portland, Oregon-based art collector and philanthropist said. On Saturday, June 24, The Hyde Collection opens two companion exhibitions, Ellsworth Kelly: Slow Curve, which includes seventy prints that examine the artist's experimentation with curved fields of color, and Ellsworth Kelly: Fruits & Flowers, twenty-six lithographs that reveal the sources of Kelly's non-rectilinear shapes. Both exhibitions are comprised of prints on loan from the collections of Jordan D. Schnitzer and His Family Foundation in Portland, Oregon. Kelly is considered one of the most influential artists of the ... More

Dorothea Lange, American (1895–1965). Migrant Mother, Nipomo, California, March 1936. Gelatin silver print (printed ca. 1960), 13 3/8 x 10 1/4 inches. Gift of Hallmark Cards, Inc., 2005.27.305.

KANSAS CITY, MO.- A new exhibition featuring works by some of the most well-known American photographers of the 1930s will be on display at The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art in Kansas City. Dignity vs. Despair: Dorothea Lange and Depression-Era Photographers, 1933-1941 opens June 23 and includes iconic images by five photographers: Dorothea Lange, Walker Evans, Arthur Rothstein, Marion Post Wolcott, and Peter Sekaer. It is the first Depression-era exhibition at the Nelson-Atkins. The Farm Security Administration, created in response to the Great Depression, provided loans to farmers, facilitated the removal of families from economically challenged cities for resettlement in rural communities, and formed camps for migrant workers. “The themes of adversity and resilience in these photographs are some of the same themes running through contemporary life,” said Julián ... More

Berthe Morisot, French (1841-1895), Lucie Leon au Piano (detail), 1892. Oil on canvas.

COLORADO SPRINGS, CO.- The Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center announces an exhibition of the exceptional collection of Drs. Morton and Tobia Mower, Everyday Extraordinary: From Rembrandt to Warhol on view June 24-Sept 17, 2017. Spanning several centuries, the Mower Collection begins with Rembrandt, ends with Warhol, and features masterworks from Impressionist and Modern masters in between: Monet, Renoir, Cassatt, Degas, and Picasso, to name a few. Drs. Morton and Tobia Mower, recent transplants to Denver, Colorado, have spent 20 years assembling an enviable collection of fine art that rivals those of significant private institutions. The Mowers’ passion began with the purchase of a sweetly intimate Renoir Odalesque following the enormous professional success of Dr. Morton Mower, who patented his invention of the automatic implantable cardioverter-defibrillator in 1985. This first acquisition, initially considered to ... More

Hake's Americana to offer sensational original comic-book art and rare early comic books   South Street Seaport Museum announces new exhibition Millions: Migrants and Millionaires aboard the Great Liners   Most recent body of work by acclaimed American artist Gregory Crewdson on view in London

All Star Comics #8, Dec. 1941/Jan. 1942, first appearance of Wonder Woman, est. $20,000-$35,000. All images provided by Hake’s Americana.

YORK, PA.- In the second of three online auctions designed to commemorate Hake’s Americana’s 50th year, the Pennsylvania-based pop culture specialists will host a July 11-13 event focused on rare comic books and original comic art. In March, the firm’s golden jubilee year was launched with a million-dollar sale led by early political memorabilia, the category on which Hake’s was founded. “Our July auction is right in step with what’s currently making headlines at the box office, and that’s superheroes – most notably, Wonder Woman,” said Alex Winter, president of Hake’s Americana. “The Wonder Woman film has already well surpassed half a billion dollars worldwide, and its run is far from over. With this in mind, our July auction includes a scarce issue of All Star Comics #8, featuring the first appearance of Wonder Woman. To collectors, this is one of the key Golden ... More

L. Goldsmith and Son, American (1879- ca. 1950), NeverBreak Steamer Trunk, ca. 1879-1920. Wood, metal, textile, vulcanized fibre. Gift of Mrs. Carol M. Long. South Street Seaport Museum 2004.018.

NEW YORK, NY.- Millions: Migrants and Millionaires aboard the Great Liners, 1900-1914 is one of the first exhibitions to examine, side-by-side, the dichotomy between First Class and Third Class passengers aboard ocean liners in the early 20th century. Ships like Titanic, Olympic, Lusitania, Mauretania, Aquitania, and Imperator dominated transatlantic travel. On each voyage, they transported thousands of people, First-Class passengers sailed across the Atlantic in the lap of luxury while Third-Class passengers made the voyage in the stuffy lower decks. From 1900 to 1914, nearly 13 million immigrants traveling in Third Class arrived in the United States. During this same period, America's wealthiest citizens, totaling no more than a hundred thousand passengers each year, traveled to Europe in First ... More

Gregory Crewdson, The Motel, 2014 (detail) © Gregory Crewdson. Courtesy Gagosian Gallery.

LONDON.- The Photographers’ Gallery presents Cathedral of the Pines, a highly anticipated exhibition of the most recent body of work by acclaimed American artist Gregory Crewdson (b. 1962). This exhibition, Crewdson’s first major solo show in a UK public institution, is being presented in its entirety in their state of the art central London venue this summer, from 23 June - 8 October 2017. This is the first time that the Gallery has dedicated all of its spaces to one exhibition, in order to show the scale and intensity of this important series of work. It provides a unique opportunity for UK audiences to encounter this extraordinary photographer up close, and will feature all thirty-one images from the Cathedral of the Pines series, presented as large-scale digital pigment prints. A publication with an essay by art historian Alexander Nemerov, published by Aperture, coincides with the exhibition. With this seri ... More

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Crowdsourced exhibition tells stories of our relationship to the natural world
LONDON.- Wellcome Collection’s new exhibition is made up of objects borrowed from members of the public. ‘A museum of modern nature’ reveals the intriguing and surprising ways we relate to the natural world in modern life. From a hand painted garden gnome passed through three generations of the same family, to the asthma inhaler that sparked a career in environmentalism or the tattoo inspired by phytoplankton, each object tells a unique and personal story. Together the diverse items on display provide a collective snapshot of how we think about nature in the 21st century, and explore how our behaviours and values are bound up with the future of the planet. Highlights include: · Childhood books and a fallow deer antler contributed by two of the presenters of BBC Springwatch, Michaela Strachan and Chris Packham · A pair of running shoes, a slice of bread and a thermos ... More

On the road to success: Online auction with starting prices of €1
UNICH.- The new online concept of Ketterer Kunst on passed its test with flying colors: Good quality coupled with a starting price of just € 1 provided excellent results on 15 June. Company owner Robert Ketterer knows that the idea of selling art with starting prices of € 1 reflects the zeitgeist and convinces buyers. Online registrations continuously rise and record results make the first term of 2017 the best since the beginning of the Ketterer Kunst internet auctions. “The major interest and the top results prove that the market also honors good art with excellent prices in online sales”, says managing director Robert Ketterer. He continues: “The online auctions gain in importance and compete with the saleroom auctions. I am proud to push the online art trade with innovative ideas.“ The select offer of 35 top works from international superstars appealed t ... More

Beautiful, rare and vintage bottles perform well at Holabird's June 16-17 auction
RENO, NEV.- An 1800s H. T. Tobin Western pumpkinseed pint whiskey flask, produced for the Walla Walla Saloon when Washington was still a territory and not yet a state, sold for $4,840 at an auction held June 16th-17th by Holabird Western Americana Collections, LLC, as part of the 53rd annual Reno Bottle Show & Auction, held at the Reno-Sparks Convention Center in Reno. It is quite possible that this is a new auction record price realized for a clear Western whiskey flask. The two-session auction featured a premier selection of rare and vintage bottles – headlined by the Ralph Van Brocklin collection of Western whiskey flasks and the Rod Stock Hutchinson bottle collection. The event was sponsored by the Reno Antique Bottle & Collectibles Club and showcased many bottles and small antiques, pre-1940 collectibles, advertising and memorabilia. The ... More

A siege survivor in Spink's Summer Collector's Series Sale
LONDON.- July will be a busy month for stamp collectors, Spink London will be holding four stamp sales! On the 12th July, from 10am, collectors will have the opportunity to acquire some rare and fascinating items from the Ronnie Winchester Collection of the Australian State of Victoria registered mail, 1847-76, alongside fine sections of Belgium, Cape of Good Hope rectangular issues with some magnificent items which disappeared from the market years ago, fantastic Griqualand West with fabulous mint blocks, covers, etc. There is one particular lot from the Ronnie Winchester collection that will capture collectors’ attention when perusing the catalogue. Lot 1022 is an 1858 (11 Aug.) envelope from Eaglehawk to France, bearing Woodblock 6d with Octagonal 1/- vertical pair and singles, all cancelled by crisp Barred Numeral “136”, showing Sandhurst transit d.s. (11.8), ... More

bitforms gallery opens summer group show
NEW YORK, NY.- bitforms gallery announces a group exhibition highlighting key works from artists participating in the upcoming season. For the first time the gallery is presenting works by Gary Hill, a foundational figure in video art. The exhibition also features new work by Daniel Canogar, Beryl Korot, Sara Ludy, Jonathan Monaghan, and Addie Wagenknecht. Gary Hill’s Klein Bottle with the Image of Its Own Making (after Robert Morris) is modeled after the mathematical form in which inside and outside are ambiguous instead being one continuous surface. The artist made a video recording of the bottle being made and projected it “inside” the form, a direct reference to Robert Morris’s Box with the Sound of Its Own Making from 1961. Another work by Hill, Liminal Object #7 is a part of an ongoing series of black-and-white works utilizing simple computer animation. The images ... More

William Cordova named the recipient of the 2017 Florida Prize in Contemporary Art
ORLANDO, FLA.- William Cordova has been named the 2017 recipient of the Orlando Museum of Art Florida Prize in Contemporary Art. The three jurors of the exhibition were Dan L. Hess, a visual artist based in Central Florida; Katherine Navarro, Associate Curator of Education at The Mennello Museum of American Art; and Joanna Robotham, Curator of Contemporary Art at the Tampa Museum of Art. Robotham said “It was a pleasure to serve as a juror for the 2017 Florida Prize. Hansen Mulford selected an extraordinary group of artists for the exhibition, each remarkable in their own right. It was challenging to select one winner, as there are many strong, smart works on view. Congratulations to William Cordova. I look forward to seeing more from this outstanding artist.” The Florida Prize in Contemporary Art award is generously underwritten by Gail and Michael Winn ... More

Bonhams appoints Nerryn Schriever as Director of Bonhams Australia
SYDNEY.- The international auction house Bonhams has appointed Merryn Schriever as the company’s Director in Australia, following the departure of Mark Fraser, who recently left Bonhams to pursue his other interests in the art world. Merryn, who will be based in Sydney, joined Bonhams as senior art specialist in 2013, and recently curated the highly successful AU$3.5 million sale of Australian and Aboriginal Art that included Brett Whiteley’s Hummingbird and Frangipani which sold for AU$719,800. She holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the National Art School, Sydney, and has completed Postgraduate studies in Business Management from Macquarie Graduate School of Management. From 2001, Merryn gained extensive commercial experience in the Australian art market, working in both the primary market with a leading Australian gallery and following ... More

Vagary of Abstraction: LMAKgallery opens summer group show
NEW YORK, NY.- LMAKgallery is presenting their summer group show Vagary of Abstraction, with the works of Rachel Beach, Lisa Beck, Nate Ethier, and Dan Walsh. Playing on the notions of the unexpected and inexplicable change, this exhibit looks at abstraction through this filter and jostles the usual expectation of the term. Having four forces of independent image making, these artists allow for a combination of humor, transcendence, formalism, and quirk to not just twist one’s preconception of abstraction, but to do so with a joy of looking. Rachel Beach’s practice comes out of sculpture: constructed wood forms with plaster, aluminum and resin elements that relate to the figure, and most recently, photographs of hands painted with analogous forms. Her work has been presented in solo and group exhibitions at institutions and galleries in the United States and Canada ... More

M+ restages historic exhibition 'Canton Express' following major donation by collector Guan Yi
HONG KONG.- M+, the new museum of visual culture in Hong Kong's West Kowloon Cultural District, announces Canton Express: Art of the Pearl River Delta (Canton Express), an exhibition dedicated to restaging one of the most historically and artistically important exhibitions of contemporary art from the Pearl River Delta region. Canton Express runs from 23 June to 10 September 2017. Originally part of the historic exhibition Zone of Urgency curated by Hou Hanru in the Arsenale section of the 50th Venice Biennale in 2003, this exhibition is considered a major showcase of works by artists and non-profit cultural institutions active in the Pearl River Delta since the end of the 20th Century. Highlighting the impacts on the cultural landscape of the Pearl River Delta, this initial display emphasised the dynamic and unique conceptual contemporary art ... More

So Long, Farewell, Auf Wiedershen, Adieu: Envoy Enterprises opens its last exhibition at 87 Rivington Street
NEW YORK, NY.- Sicilian-born artist Francesco Russo left the language of western modernism behind to devote himself entirely to the creation of timeless spiritual symbols. A Hindu-influenced vision gives rise to drawings, paintings and sculptures capturing and confronting us with higher energies and messages from another dimension, which can lead to self-knowledge, transformation and healing. Based on illustrated Hindu texts from the 17th century, a collection of 26 drawings are painted with gouache, watercolor and tempera on rough, fibrous paper. The images have been created and recreated by subsequent generations of artists. Over time, the text was separated from the image, leaving only crisp, symbolic compositions as an aid for private meditation. Francesco Russo’s paintings vibrate. This vibration is due not so much to the color of the paintings as to a spiritual ... More

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On a day like today, Mexican painter Rufino Tamayo died
June 24, 1899. Rufino Tamayo (August 26, 1899 – June 24, 1991) was a Mexican painter of Zapotec heritage, born in Oaxaca de Juárez, Mexico. Tamayo was active in the mid-20th century in Mexico and New York, painting figurative abstraction with surrealist influences. In this image: Rufino Tamayo's painting "Sandias" or "Watermelons'' is seen in this undated picture. Mexico put out an international alert Sunday, Jan. 31, 1999 for 12 paintings that were stolen from an exhibition last week, including "Sandias" by one of Mexico's most famous painters. The paintings, on loan from private art collectors in Mexico, the United States and Europe, were part of a 43-canvas show the gallery organized to commemorate the 100th anniversary of Tamayo's birth.

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