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President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi reopens Egypt's Islamic museum damaged in bombing

People visit Cairo's Museum of Islamic Art after it reopened to the public on January 19, 2017, in the egyptian capital. The Egyptian president reopened the museum on January 18, three years after a car bombing partially destroyed the building. MOHAMED EL-SHAHED / AFP.

CAIRO (AFP).- Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi reopened the Museum of Islamic Art in Cairo on Wednesday, three years after a car bombing partially destroyed the building. The museum, which boasts about 100,000 relics including a sword said to have belonged to the Prophet Mohamed, holds one of the largest Islamic civilisation collections in the world. The museum in central Cairo had been partially destroyed after a massive car bomb went off outside nearby police headquarters in January 2014, in an attack claimed by Egyptian jihadists. The blast damaged 179 relics including glass lanterns from the era of the Mamluks, the slave warrior caste that directly ruled Egypt from the 13th to the 16th centuries. Antiquities Minister Khaled el-Enany said 160 relics have been restored, at the reopening ceremony attended by Sisi and aired on television. ... More

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Emily Dickinson in life and poetry is the subject of major exhibition at the Morgan   Passion & Desire from Antiquity to the Present Day at Sotheby's   Italy to return stolen Van Goghs to Dutch museum soon

Otis Allen Bullard (1816–1853), Emily Elizabeth, Austin, and Lavinia Dickinson, Oil on canvas, ca. 1840. Houghton Library, Harvard University.

NEW YORK, NY.- One of the most popular and enigmatic American writers of the nineteenth century, Emily Dickinson (1830–1886) wrote almost 1,800 poems. Nevertheless, her work was essentially unknown to contemporary readers since only a handful of poems were published during her lifetime and a vast trove of her manuscripts was not discovered until after her death in 1886. Often typecast as a recluse who rarely left her Amherst home, Dickinson was, in fact, socially active as a young woman and maintained a broad network of friends and correspondents even as she grew older and retreated into seclusion. Bringing together nearly one hundred rarely seen items, including manuscripts and letters, I’m Nobody! Who are you?—a title taken from her popular poem—is the most ambitious exhibition on Dickinson to date. It explores a side of her life ... More

Lucian Freud, Blond Girl, 1985 (est. Ł40,000-60,000). Photo: Sotheby's.

LONDON.- Across the centuries, art has always been intrinsically linked to expressions of passion and sensuality. ‘Erotic: Passion & Desire’ will encompass representations of love and sex from antiquity to the present day, exploring themes from the beauty of desire to representations of the male nude, to the carnal act itself, stripped of metaphor. Featuring over 100 extraordinary works comprising 19th-century furniture, design, fine art, photography and contemporary sculpture, the exhibition will open at Sotheby’s New Bond Street Galleries on 11 February 2017 ahead of the auction on 16 February 2017. The catalogue introduction has been written by Rowan Pelling, who first achieved note as the editor of monthly literary erotic magazine, the Erotic Review, and has since written countless columns devoted to discussions around sex. “Art has always existed to tell a human story, and sex has always been a part ... More

Axel Ruger (R), Director of the Van Gogh museum poses next to Congregation Leaving the Reformed Church in Nuenen" (L) and "The Beach At Scheveningen During A Storm" (R) by Vincent van Gogh. MARIO LAPORTA / AFP.

THE HAGUE (AFP).- Two Van Gogh masterpieces stolen in Amsterdam 14 years ago will be returning to The Netherlands from Italy shortly after police recovered them from the house of notorious drug boss, a museum official said Thursday. The 1882 "Seascape at Scheveningen" and the 1884/5 "Congregation leaving the Reformed Church at Nuenen" will soon be on their way after an Italian judge cleared their return, Van Gogh Museum director Axel Rueger said. "We've just heard that the judge has ordered the release of the two recovered Van Goghs," Rueger said in a statement issued in Amsterdam. "The two canvasses will be formally handed over in the near future. Precise date hasn't been fixed yet, but it's expected to happen quickly," he said. Italian investigators in late September ... More

Exhibition turns back time to show how Western art became infused by Japanese aesthetics   Michael Werner Gallery opens an exhibition of works by the German painter Richard Oelze   Rare 1494 Christopher Columbus book containing his letter to King Ferdinand and Queen Isabella to be auctioned

L.A. Ring, At the French Windows. The Artist's Wife, 1897. Oil on canvas, 198,5 x 153,2 cm. Statens Museum for Kunst, © SMK Photo.

COPENHAGEN.- Mount Fuji covered in snow, cherry trees in blossom and “The Great Wave”: in the second half of the nineteenth century a wave of enthusiasm for all things Japanese crashed across the Western world – a Japanomania. From January a major exhibition at The National Gallery of Denmark shows how Nordic art changed when Japan hit Europe. One of the best-known and best-loved paintings in the SMK collections is Laurits Andersen Ring’s The Artist’s Wife. L.A. Ring painted this declaration of love to Sigrid Kähler in 1897, and in addition to portraying the artist’s wife in a moment of bliss the work also exemplifies how Japanese influences left their mark on Nordic art: the garden may be Danish, but shown full of decorative blossoming trees with gnarled branches as in Japanese art, and the woman herself is captured in ... More

Richard Oelze, Platz der Urnen (Place for the Urns), 1962. Courtesy Michael Werner Gallery, London and New York.

NEW YORK, NY.- Michael Werner Gallery announces an exhibition of works by the German painter Richard Oelze (1900-1980). A reclusive and visionary artist who participated in major international exhibitions of his time, Oelze is now lost to the broader art historical consciousness. This exhibition, with more than thirty paintings and drawings, is a rare opportunity to reconsider one of the forgotten masters of Surrealist painting. Richard Oelze’s artistic career began in the 1920s, immersed in the Bauhaus in Weimar where his mentors included Oskar Schlemmer and Johannes Itten. Always a solitary and enigmatic figure, Oelze lived an eccentric and peripatetic existence, making numerous sudden trips by train to Berlin, Hamburg, Leipzig, Cologne and Düsseldorf. He lived in Dresden from 1926 to 1929, returned briefly to his studies ... More

Letter features Columbus’ account of his discovery of the New World.

LOS ANGELES, CA.- A rare 1494 Basel edition of Christopher Columbus’ letter to King Ferdinand and Queen Isabella entitled, “Christophorus Columbus, De insulis nuper in mari Indico inventis” will be auctioned by Nate D. Sanders Auctions on January 30, 2017. The 56-page book features Columbus’ letter to King Ferdinand and Queen Isabella regarding his discovery of the new world. The March 1493 letter was penned by Columbus on the Nina while sailing back from the “Indian” isles and was addressed to Spain’s king and queen, his patron Luis de Santangel and the Royal Treasurer Raphael Sanxis. Columbus confirmed the new lands he discovered justified the expensive and risky expedition. Leander de Cosco translated the letter into Latin for this 1494 Basel edition. Six woodcuts designed by famed German artist Albrecht Durer are included in the hardbound book. Th ... More

Detroit Institute of Arts welcomes a two new "guests of honor"   Lisson Gallery Milan provides a broad overview of Broomberg & Chanarin's work   Exhibition explores how artists have responded to light, its materiality, transience and effect

“John Barnard,” 1744, John Michael Rysbrack, marble. Lent by The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Purchase, Gift of J. Pierpont Morgan, The Moses Lazarus Collection, Gift of Sarah and Josephine Lazarus, Bequest of Kate Read Blacque, in memory of her husband, Valentine Alexander Blacque, and Bequests of Mary Clark Thompson and Barbara S. Adler, by exchange, 1976 (1976.330).

DETROIT, MICH.- The Detroit Institute of Arts welcomes two new “guests of honor”: a terracotta model and a marble bust of a young boy, John Barnard, by John Michael Rysbrack. The model is on loan from a private collector and the bust is on loan from The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. Shown together for the first time, these immaculately preserved portraits provide a rare glimpse of Rysbrack’s creative process. The sculptures, both of which the artist signed and dated, showcase both Rysbrack’s mastery of modeling terracotta, and his exceptional skill as a marble carver. They will be on view through summer 2018. Born and trained in Antwerp, Rysbrack moved ... More

Broomberg & Chanarin, Folly of disobedience, 2015, © Broomberg & Chanarin; Courtesy Lisson Gallery.

MILAN.- Broomberg & Chanarin’s first solo exhibition at Lisson Gallery Milan provides a broad overview of the artists’ work through eight different photographic series from 2006 to 2016, presented alongside a new work created especially for the show. Trace evidence is created when objects collide or connect and some material is transferred by friction between them. The term is associated with forensic science and the reconstruction of crimes, often describing how people, places and inanimate things interact with each other. An examination of Broomberg & Chanarin’s work over the past decade unearths an approach to photography that is both anthropological and political in nature, characterised by an inherently investigative quality. The artists use photography as a form of conceptual ethnography, immersing themselves into spaces and situations that reveal evidence, residue or traces of past human ... More

Garry Fabian Miller, Year Two, Lead (1), December 2007/9. Courtesy of the Artist and Hacklebury Fine Art, London.

EASTBOURNE.- Towner Art Gallery presents A Certain Kind of Light: Light in Art Over Six Decades, a major new exhibition exploring how artists have responded to light, its materiality, transience and effect. Reflecting the relationship between light and a range of other themes, from brightness, colour and perception to transformation, energy and the passage of time, the exhibition brings together paintings, sculpture, video, photography, drawing and installations. Works by almost thirty leading artists including David Batchelor, Ceal Floyer, Raphael Hefti, Shirazeh Housiary, Gary Hume, Runa Islam, Anish Kapoor, L S Lowry, Julian Opie, Katie Paterson, Peter Sedgley, Mark Titchner, Rachel Whiteread and Cerith Wyn Evans are featured, selected from the Arts Council Collection, Towner’s collection and private loans. As the basis for vision, light has long fascinated artists as both ... More

New proposals for Trafalgar Square's Fourth Plinth revealed   Aurel Scheibler opens solo exhibition by artist Jonathan Bragdon   Multidisciplinary installation by Mateo López on view at the Drawing Center

Damián Ortega, High Way. © James O Jenkins Courtesy of the artist.

LONDON.- A scoop of ice-cream covered in parasites, an empty white robe and a recreation of a sculpture destroyed by ISIS are among the new proposals for a work for Trafalgar Square’s Fourth Plinth. Huma Bhabha, Damián Ortega, Heather Phillipson, Michael Rakowitz and Raqs Media Collective today unveiled maquettes of their proposed works. These will be on display in the Annenberg Court of the National Gallery until 26 March 2017. The two artists who have been selected will be announced in March 2017, and their works will be unveiled in Trafalgar Square in 2018 and 2020 respectively. The winning commissions will follow on from the current sculpture Really Good by David Shrigley, a 7m high thumbs up, that will be on the plinth until March 2018. The new proposals are: • Untitled by Huma Bhabha, an imposing figure, the scale reflecting a modern comic sci-fi movie. • High Way by Damián Ortega, a playful and precarious construction of a truck, ... More

Jonathan Bragdon, unfolding landscape, 1978 (detail). Ink and watercolour on paper, 45,5 x 60,5 cm / 17 7/8 x 23 7/8 in.

BERLIN.- On Friday, 20 January 2017 Aurel Scheibler opens The Path, the third solo exhibition by American-born, Amsterdam-based artist Jonathan Bragdon at the gallery. Following the comprehensive exhibition of his work from over the past five decades at the Kunstmuseum Appenzell in 2016, The Path will feature a selection of Bragdon’s drawings, watercolours, and paintings spanning from the 1960s to the present. I found myself in a world divided. On one side the world as I experienced it, and on the other the world as it was explained by science. The division was forced, in the way freezing water splits rock, by the refusal of science to accept that the world as experienced by persons is also the world as it exists in fact. I began to draw in an attempt to put the world back together again, to draw it back together. Slowly I discovered that to be able to recover the world’s coherence, I had to find a way of drawing that was al ... More

Mateo López, Serpentine, 2016. Wood, graphite on paper, 36 x 36 x 36". Courtesy of the artist and Casey Kaplan, New York. Photo: Jean Vong.

NEW YORK, NY.- The Drawing Center presents Mateo López: Undo List, a multidisciplinary installation that is the Colombian artist’s first solo museum exhibition in the United States and that will feature works on paper, sculpture, performance, and projected film. Trained as an architect in his native Bogotá, López has long used drawing as a conceptual tool to cross disciplines and aesthetic categories. Drawing is more than an artistic medium for López; it is a way of conceiving and indeed inhabiting the world. Simple drawn constructions that can be manipulated in various ways; trompe l’oeil paper renderings of two- and three-dimensional objects (for example, near-exact replicas of lined sheets of paper); drawings made out of the leftovers produced by cutting into other works— these are just some of the devices López uses to reveal that, in his words, just as every manufactured object ... More

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New Curatorial Advisor for Focus Section at Frieze London 2017: Ruba Katrib
LONDON.- Today Frieze announces Ruba Katrib (Curator, SculptureCenter, New York) as the new Curatorial Advisor of Focus at Frieze London 2017, joining Fabian Schöneich (Curator, Portikus, Frankfurt). A feature section at Frieze London, Focus showcases ambitious artist presentations by the world’s most relevant and exciting emerging galleries. Frieze London will take place 5–8 October 2017 and is sponsored by global lead partner Deutsche Bank for the 14th consecutive year. The section at Frieze London for galleries aged twelve years or younger, Focus has evolved to become a definitive destination for emerging art worldwide. Working closely with galleries on ambitious solo and group installations, previous Curatorial Advisors have included Cecilia Alemani, Daniel Baumann, Raphael Gygax, Sarah McCrory and Rodrigo Moura. Alongside Schöneich, Katrib ... More

Hudson River Museum announces appointment of Deputy Director
YONKERS, NY.- Masha Turchinsky, Director of the Hudson River Museum, announces today that Samantha Hoover will join the HRM as Deputy Director for Advancement, Communications, and Administration. Currently Director of External Relations at the New York School of Interior Design in New York City, Ms. Hoover will begin her post later this month. Reporting to the Director, Ms. Hoover will take on a senior leadership position overseeing all areas of development, communications and marketing in support of the Museum’s mission. She will promote the HRM to significantly expand its public profile and engagement, and ​to build funded support for initiatives including exhibitions, education programming, and general operations. ​In this role, she will additionally provide oversight of the Museum’s operations team. Ms. Hoover brings more than fifteen years of experience in ... More

Works by Cressida Campbell and Tim Storrier on view at Contemporary Fine Arts
BERLIN.- Contemporary Fine Arts is presenting the exhibition Difficult Pleasures with works by Cressida Campbell (born in 1960 in Sydney) and Tim Storrier (born in 1949 in Sydney). The idea for this exhibition came from Sidney-based collector Steven Nasteski, who over recent years has assembled a remarkable collection of international art. As is the case with almost every collection, the initial spark came from his encounter with the contemporary art of his home country. Cressida Campbell and Tim Storrier are two artists who are prominent and celebrated on the Australian continent, honoured there with museum exhibitions and prizes; yet they are not widely known to an international audience outside of the Commonwealth. Cressida Campbell’s works are paintings on wood panels that she prepares like a printing block. First, she creates a drawing with fine lines on a piece ... More

Massimo De Carlo, Hong Kong opens its first group show "Between Utopia and Dystopia"
HONG KONG.- To commemorate the beginning of an artful year, Massimo De Carlo gallery presents its first group show ‘Between Utopia and Dystopia’ at Hong Kong’s Pedder Building. It is on display from 19 January 2017 to 11 March 2017. Curated by independent curator and critic Manuela Lietti, the exhibition brings together works by six Chinese contemporary artists that explore the notion of landscape. Featured artists have roots in Mainland China – Jia Aili, Liu Xinyi, Meng Huang, Qiu Shihua, Wang Sishun, and Wang Zhongjie. “The unique element of this exhibition is that it offers a view on the conceptual and naturalistic interpretations of landscape in contemporary Chinese painting and sculpture by artists belonging to different generations and backgrounds. Viewers will see a mix of artworks touching upon its cultural, social and geo-political implications.” ... More

Vision Instruments, Böjrn Schülke's second solo show with bitforms gallery opens in New York
NEW YORK, NY.- bitforms gallery continues its fifteen-year anniversary season with Vision Instruments, Björn Schülke’s second solo show with the gallery. The exhibition presents new works by the artist, which continue to build upon his unique blend of utopian and dystopian machine aesthetics. The works in Vision Instruments recollect the technological inventions in Raumpatrouille Orion, or Space Patrol Orion, the first German science fiction television series aired in 1966. In this imagined future, the world is without nations. While Earth is united, humans and aliens are at war in space; the fictional spaceship “Orion” flies through the universe at the fastest speed ever achieved by humans. This idealistic utopianism riddled with Cold War ideology of conquest and space travel is present throughout Schülke’s oeuvre, no less the works comprising Vision Instruments. Beam ... More

Hannah Farrell wins De'Longhi Art Projects Artist Award at London Art Fair 2017
LONDON.- London Art Fair has announced that British photographic artist Hannah Farrell, presented by PAPER (Stand P6), has been awarded the Ł2,500 De’Longhi Art Projects Artist Award. Hannah Farrell’s work that brings attention to the photograph as a sculptural object by exploring materiality within and surrounding the photographic surface. Rooted in experiences of place and self-enquiry, her process prompts questions surrounding gender, the human figure, physical experiences of landscape and tensions between freedom and entrapment. The judges described Hannah Farrell’s work as ‘an interesting and topical exploration of working-class masculinity’ and were impressed by the work’s production and execution. Hannah Farrell (b.1990) is a photographic artist that lives and works in Manchester, UK. She received a First Class Honours degree from Blackpool ... More

KW Institute for Contemporary Art reopens with a series of exhibitions reflecting on the work of Ian Wilson
BERLIN.- After the first period of renovation, KW Institute for Contemporary Art announced the inauguration of its new artistic program under the directorship of Krist Gruijthuijsen and the celebration of its 25th anniversary. For this special occasion, KW’s exhibitions are open free of charge throughout the weekend of January 20–22, 2017. KW reopens with a series of exhibitions reflecting on the work of South African artist Ian Wilson. Through three corresponding solo presentations by Hanne Lippard, Adam Pendleton, and Paul Elliman, Ian Wilson’s influential practice is revisited as a framework for exploring the roles of language and communication and the broader significance of interpersonal interaction. Dialogue lies at the core of Ian Wilson’s practice. Focusing on spoken language as an art form, he initially described his work as “oral communication” and later ... More

Untitled, San Francisco's inaugural edition closes with steady sales
SAN FRANCISCO, CA.- On Sunday, January 15, Untitled, San Francisco closed its inaugural edition with reports of steady sales and an enthusiastic response from participating international galleries, collectors, curators, art professionals, and the general public. The debut of Untitled, San Francisco marked its position as a must-attend event backed by strong support from the Bay Area community, confirming San Francisco as a destination city on the global art fair circuit. Untitled, San Francisco continued the fair’s unique curatorial vision, showcasing leading international exhibitors, special collaborations with outstanding Bay Area institutions, non-profits and artist-run exhibition spaces, the new Untitled, Monuments sector, which presented large-scale, site-specific works, and the return of the popular Untitled, Radio. Across four days, the fair attracted esteemed ... More

Vanderbilt University Fine Arts Gallery exhibits works by Marilyn Murphy
NASHVILLE, TENN.- In honor of Marilyn Murphy, who will retire in 2017 after 37 years of teaching in Vanderbilt’s Department of Art, the Vanderbilt University Fine Arts Gallery presents Marilyn Murphy - Realism Subverted. The exhibition will be on view through March 3, 2017. Marilyn Murphy - Realism Subverted features paintings and drawings in which reality is turned upside down in dreamlike scenes with gravity-defying objects and figures diligently focused on a task. These figures’ earnest stances belie what is always, in fact, a very strange object of study. Murphy finds inspiration for her subjects in the popular culture of the 1940s and 1950s, presenting them with an attention to light and shadow that creates a sense of mystery and often incorporating dramatic effects from forces of nature – a sign of her youth on the Great Plains. She writes that “while occasionally ... More

Poetic Landscapes: June Kelly Gallery opens exhibition of paintings by Elise Asher
NEW YORK, NY.- June Kelly Gallery presents Elise Asher: Poetic Landscapes, on view at 166 Mercer Street, from January 20 through February 21, 2017. Asher, who died at the age of 92 in 2004, has been represented by the gallery since 1991. Her career as a visionary painter and poet spanned more than five decades, starting with a one-woman show of paintings in 1953 and the publishing of a collection of poetry in 1955. Asher, an abstractionist on natural forms had an uncanny ability to mix verse with illustration. She created visual and written puns from her extraordinary sense of humor. Asher’s paintings reflect the poet, as well as the poems mirror the painter. From the very beginning of her artistic journey, she embodied the poetic experience – visionary and timeless. “I try to translate the poetry of existence, its beauty and its terror, into a vocabulary of the visual ... More

Original D-Day landing-craft flag expected to fly high in Milestone's Jan. 28 Premier Guns & Military Auction
WILLOUGHBY, OH.- On Saturday, Jan. 28, 2017, Milestone Auctions of Willoughby (suburban Cleveland) Ohio will offer an iconic and historically important survivor of World War II: the 48-star American battle flag from LCT 595, one of the first US Navy vessels to land on Utah Beach (Normandy, France) on D-Day, June 6, 1944. The centerpiece of Milestone’s Premier Guns & Military Auction, the flag entered as Lot 350 was recovered by Boatswain George Edward Rudisill after the devastating Battle of Normandy, which claimed the lives of more than 225,000 Allied servicemen. “The commanding officer ordered Boatswain Rudisill to remove the tattered flag from the landing craft and replace it with a new one,” said Milestone Auctions co-owner Miles King. “At that point, Boatswain Rudisill asked if he could keep the flag and was granted permission. He kept it, together ... More

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On a day like today, French painter Jean-François Millet, died
January 20, 1875. Jean-François Millet (October 4, 1814 - January 20, 1875) was a French painter and one of the founders of the Barbizon school in rural France. Millet is noted for his scenes of peasant farmers; he can be categorized as part of the naturalism and realism movements. In this image: "The Gleaners" by famed French painter Jean-Francois Millet during a media event to announce a special exhibition of the works of Jean-Francois Millet and other famed French painters on loan from Paris, Tuesday, May 27, 2008, in Taipei, Taiwan.

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