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First ever museum for sculptor Camille Claudel opens in Nogent-sur-Seine

The Musée Camille Claudel at Nogent-sur-Seine © Musée Camille Claudel. Photo: Marco Illuminati.

NOGENT-SUR-SEINE.- On the 26 March 2017 the Musée Camille Claudel will open to the public. This is an important and unique cultural event. The public will have access to the world’s biggest collection of works by Camille Claudel. Camille Claudel’s calling as a sculptor developed in Nogent-sur-Seine, while she was living there from 1876 to 1879, when her father was registrar of mortgages. At 12 years old, Camille Claudel discovered clay, and developed her artistic skills. On the advice of the sculptor Alfred Boucher, Camille Claudel then went on to prove herself, and to meet the best sculptor of her age, Auguste Rodin. Naturally, the mark left by Camille Claudel on Nogent-sur-Seine continued with the work of Alfred Boucher, who gave our town its first museum. Today, the museum takes on a whole new dimension. Visitors can become intimately acquainted with the work of Camille Claudel. Every room of this museum is in step with the re ... More

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Two exceptional pieces of craftsmanship to lead Christie's Sale of Magnificent Jewels   Bidsquare launches themed auctions featuring a curated collection from top New York dealers   Art Basel celebrates a triumphant fifth edition in Hong Kong

The Jonker 5: A 25.27 carats D colour VVS2 clarity (Type IIa) rectangular-cut diamond ring by Harry Winston. Estimate: HK$17,500,000-28,000,000 / US$2,200,000-3,600,000. © Christie’s Images Limited 2017.

HONG KONG.- In anticipation of the Hong Kong Spring auctions, Christie’s Hong Kong Jewellery department will present two unique and extraordinary pieces of craftsmanship as early highlights. The famed jewels are world renowned for their extreme rarity, impeccable workmanship, and historical significance. It is without a doubt that this once-in-a- lifetime opportunity will stimulate passionate bidding from enthusiastic collectors around the world. The Magnificent Emerald and Diamond Necklace is created by the renowned designer Edmond Chin for the illustrious House of Boghossian. The exquisite design of unsurpassed craftsmanship features a delicate repeating palmette motif with white diamonds as spacers. Great lengths and difficulty were taken to carefully amass 11 perfectly matching no oil emeralds, and marks the ... More

Conceptual Aircraft from Elizabeth Street Gallery, asking bid $45,000.

NEW YORK, NY.- Bidsquare's inaugural themed auction Passport to the World features a curated collaboration of travel-inspired art, antiques and collectibles from the finest New York dealers. The themed auction is open for bidding, live on Bidsquare until March 30. Featured New York galleries include Barbara Israel Garden Antiques, Elizabeth Street Gallery, Combray Gallery and Burden among others. Take a trip while you browse the auction, all from the convenience of your device. First, decide where you're headed by spinning this vintage globe or consulting engraved or hand colored fabric maps from Rare Paper. Next, pack up your suitcase! Travel in style, or back in time with vintage Louis Vuitton suitcases and trunks from A Second Chance. The boutique has been supplying the Upper East Side with divine, luxury goods from their Lexington Avenue location since 1993. Choose your mode of transportation: planes, trains or ... More

In this picture taken on March 21, 2017, a Chinese visitor wearing a jacket with a design that says 'Art Comes First' looks at 'Nude' by Japanese–French painter and printmaker Tsuguharu Foujita at Art Basel in Hong Kong. ANTHONY WALLACE / AFP.

HONG KONG.- The fifth edition of Art Basel's show in Hong Kong closed today, Saturday, March 25, 2017, with strong sales recorded across all levels of the market, demonstrating continued demand for high-quality works by the world's leading international collectors and institutions. Attendance at this year's show, whose Lead Partner is UBS, rose to nearly 80,000 – due to the introduction of evening ticket sales and improved crowd control measures – and attracted leading members of the international art world. Many observers felt that this edition had built on the show's strong history to attain new levels – Art Basel in Hong Kong now not only stands as the premier fair in Asia, but also as one of the leading fairs worldwide. During the five show days, private collectors as well as directors, curators, trustees and ... More

Benin eyes return of colonial treasures from France   Exhibition at Pangolin London explores British sculpture in the sixties   Artist profile: Fernand Léger

Lawmakers and civil society groups from both countries have written to French President Francois Hollande. Tiziana FABI / AFP.

COTONOU (AFP).- Benin is asking for the return of treasures that were taken during French colonial rule from the end of the 19th century, re-opening a thorny diplomatic issue that resonates across Africa. Lawmakers and civil society groups from both countries have written to French President Francois Hollande, calling for the return of "colonial treasures", including royal thrones and swords. Many are now on display in French museums, including the Quai Branly in Paris, which exhibits indigenous art from across the world. Signatories to the open letter, which was published this week, described the objects as having "an exceptional spiritual and proprietary value for the Benin people". France ruled Dahomey until 1960, when it was granted independence and changed its name to Benin. Dahomey included the kingdom of the same name that dates back to about 1600. Most of the artefacts have not been ... More

Sir Anthony Caro, Table Piece VLII, 1967-8, Painted Steel, Unique. Images Courtesy of Pangolin London.

LONDON.- Reacting against and building upon the huge leaps and bounds British sculpture made in the 1950s with the so called ‘Geometry of Fear’ artists, the 1960s saw sculpture released from the confines of the plinth where it explored new materials, bright colours and introduced minimalism. With Anthony Caro leading the way, a new colourful abstract language began to be forged globally. Britain in particular played a potent role, with artists such as Phillip King and William Tucker being held in high esteem as key figures in what was soon to be known as the ‘New Generation’ of sculptors, a phrase coined at the Whitechapel Art Gallery exhibition of 1965. Experimentation of new materials saw more artists move away from the figurative form into abstraction. This, tied with bold and vibrant colour, became a trademark of this new wave of sculpture. Huge abstract forms suspended in mid-air which appeared to defy the weight of their materials were not only ... More

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LONDON.- Although Pablo Picasso and Georges Braque pioneered the early-20th-century Cubism movement, it was the actions of the Section d’Or - also known as the Puteaux Group - in 1911 which brought the movement to the attention of the general public. Amongst this group of artists was the 30-year-old Fernand Léger, who would later also play a crucial role in the Pop Art movement. Born in 1881, Léger was raised in Argentan, Normandy by a herdsman father. After working as an apprentice architect for a few years in Caen, the 19-year-old Léger moved to Paris to further his career. A brief period of artistic stagnancy followed, enforced by military service in Versailles from 1902 to 1903. Léger then returned to the capital to apply for a place at the prestigious École des Beaux-Arts; with his application to the school rejected, the young aspiring artist ... More

The Guennol Stargazer to be offered at Christie's Exceptional Sale   Anne Mosseri-Marlio Galerie exhibits works by Lars Christensen   Shia LaBeouf anti-Trump art project shut down after threats

An Anatolian marble female idol of Kiliya type, Chalcolithic period circa 3000-2200 B.C. © Christie’s Images Limited 2017.

NEW YORK, NY.- Christie’s announces that The Guennol Stargazer, one of the finest and largest preserved Anatolian marble female idols of Kiliya type, is the top lot of the Exceptional Sale on April 28 (estimate on request). The Guennol Stargazer is from the Chalcolithic Period, circa 3000-2200 B.C., and it is considered to be one of the most impressive of its type known in existence. The Guennol Stargazer is further distinguished by its exhibition history, having been on loan at The Metropolitan Museum of Art at various periods from 1966 to 2007. “The Antiquities department is thrilled to be offering the Guennol Stargazer in the Exceptional Sale, an iconic work of art and one universally recognized as the finest Kiliya idol in existence. This extremely rare work, though dating to the 3rd millennium B.C., is widely ... More

Lars Christensen, Untitled LC-P, 2017. 60 x 60.

BASEL.- Lars Christensen’s (DK, 1972) new series of paintings, “Organic Abstraction”, is a reaction to colors as energy, motion and matter. The organic structure is based on penetrated holes or slits in various sizes in the canvas where color, when pushed through, is allowed to “grow” and reproduce in many forms and shapes. The holes and colors appear as an endless pattern that tightens and expands the space, which establishes the transition between the physical and mental aspects of the images. The relativity of colors, how they interact with the surface and each other, as well as with the interaction of the light and space is explored in the paintings and works on paper. By applying the paint as form, a movable and manipulable substance and not just as coloring material, the process adds a three-dimensionality, creating a sculptural expression. The work is at the same time painting and sculpture. The square format allows the colors in the paintings ... More

US actor Shia LaBeouf(L) during his “He Will Not Divide Us” livestream outside the Museum of the Moving Image in Astoria. TIMOTHY A. CLARY / AFP.

NEW YORK (AFP).- An anti-Trump art project by actor Shia LaBeouf was shut down for a fourth time on Friday a day after it opened in its latest location, the British city of Liverpool. The project "He Will Not Divide US," by LaBeouf and two other artists, began the day of Donald Trump's January 20 presidential inauguration as a streaming video performance installation that aimed to provide a forum for anti-Trump expression outside New York's Museum of the Moving Image. The digital art project consisted of a microphone-equipped camera mounted on a wall, where visitors were invited to chant the words "he will not divide us." The footage was live-streamed on the project's website, intended to broadcast for the duration of Trump's four-year term. But the museum -- located in the city's Queens borough -- shut the project down, saying the ... More

Fairfield University Art Museum exhibits paintings and sculptures by H. A. Sigg   Exhibition highligts historical works by the artistic collective Information Fiction Publicité   Guggenheim opens first realization of work from series of Light, Space, and Sound Installations by Doug Wheeler

H. A. Sigg, Within the Red III, 1993. Acrylic on canvas, 24 x 46 inches, 66 x 117 centimeters.

FAIRFIELD, CONN.- The Fairfield University Art Museum presents a new exhibition, “H.A. Sigg: Abstract Rivers” on view from Friday March 24, 2017, through Saturday June 10, 2017, in the museum’s Walsh Gallery, in the Quick Center for the Arts, on the campus of Fairfield University. The exhibition features over 25 paintings and sculptures by Abstract Expressionist Painter H. A. Sigg. Sigg was born in Switzerland in 1924 and studied in Zurich and later Paris, where he was especially captivated by the art of French Nabi painter Pierre Bonnard. Although his paintings of the 1950s adhere to a figurative idiom, he soon evolved a purely abstract style, whose graceful, atmospheric and minimalist forms and motifs were inflected by aerial views of Southeast Asia, a vantage point he was afforded in 1968 when he was invited by Swissair to fly as artist in residence in the sky. From his privileged, sweeping view from the cockpit, ... More

View of the exhibition Information Fiction Publicité at Perrotin Paris, 2017. Photo: Claire Dorn. Courtesy Perrotin.

PARIS.- Perrotin gallery is hosting an exhibition of the artistic collective Information Fiction Publicité on the occasion of the publication of their monograph by the Presses du Reel / Editions Perrotin. Following their solo shows at the MAMCO in Genève (2010) and at the MACVAL in Vitry sur Seine (2012), this exhibition highligts historical works. Created in 1984 by Jean-François Brun, Dominique Pasqualini and Philippe Thomas, IFP, the collective worked until 1994 (in 1985 Philippe Thomas quit the collective, embarking on a career of his own). Emmanuel Perrotin met Jean-François Brun and Dominique Pasqualini at the end of the eighties. One of his first exhibition was dedicated to IFP when his gallery was settled in his apartment, rue de Turbigo (1992). Between agency, brand and artistic collective, IFP questions the authorship of an artwork: Their works – in which ... More

Installation view: Doug Wheeler: PSAD Synthetic Desert III, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, March 24-August 2, 2017. Photo: David Heald © Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation.

NEW YORK, NY.- The Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum presents the first-ever realized work from a group of installations conceived by Doug Wheeler during the late 1960s and ’70s: Doug Wheeler: PSAD Synthetic Desert III, on view March 24–August 2, 2017. Produced in close collaboration with the artist, the Guggenheim installation is developed from drawings executed in 1968 and is on view in the museum’s Tower Level 7. In addition to the architectural modification of an existing room to achieve an optical impression of empty space, which is a familiar element in other works by Wheeler, PSAD Synthetic Desert III is also a semi-anechoic chamber: a space designed to suppress all but the lowest levels of ambient sound. Into this profound silence other sound is then introduced. The two elements—optical and acoustic ... More

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J. Paul Getty Trust awards Getty Medal to artist Anselm Kiefer and writer Mario Vargas Llosa
LOS ANGELES, CA.- The J. Paul Getty Trust announced it will present the annual J. Paul Getty Medal to artist Anselm Kiefer and writer Mario Vargas Llosa at a dinner in New York City on November 13, 2017. Since it was established in 2013 by the trustees of the J. Paul Getty Trust, the medal has been awarded to six individuals to honor their extraordinary contributions to the practice, understanding and support of the arts. “We shall honor two of the world’s great artists. Anselm Kiefer and Mario Vargas Llosa are both engaged in big ideas and historic moments, and they share with the Getty a passionate commitment to global culture,” said Maria Hummer-Tuttle, chair, J. Paul Getty Board of Trustees. Mario Vargas Llosa is a Peruvian writer, politician, journalist, college professor and recipient of the 2010 Nobel Prize in Literature. His books have been translated into more ... More

Exhibition aims to give insight into the evolution of the nonconformist artistic scenes of former Yugoslavia
BUDAPEST.- Non-Aligned Art – Marinko Sudac Collection aims to give insight into the evolution of the nonconformist artistic scenes of former Yugoslavia, interlinking them with those of regional neighbors like Poland, Hungary, former Czechoslovakia. The exhibition focuses mostly on group activities and their role within the development of the different scenes. Curated by Marco Scotini and presented first at the FM Centro per l’Arte Contemporanea (Milan, Italy) in autumn 2016, the exhibition develops its narrative based on the Marinko Sudac Collection (Zagreb, Croatia), one of the conceptually most complete Eastern-European private collections, which preserves not only works of art but also entire archives and documentary materials of historical importance. The collection—which gave birth to a research institute and other big-scale projects as well—has set itself ... More

Beetles+Huxley opens exhibition of works by Nico Krijno
LONDON.- Nico Krijno grew up in the small town of Somerset East in South Africa, nestled at the foot of the Boschberg Mountains. He attended art school in Pretoria before moving to Cape Town aged nineteen. He has described his home country as ‘magical’, stating ‘South Africa, as a site of creativity, brings a unique surface, texture and frequency, and a specific raw and violent beauty, to the production of aesthetic images.’ The undulating and oscillating colourful surfaces of Krijno’s photographs seem to spill directly from the unique energy of their creator’s homeland. With his sights originally set on film directing, Krijno studied film making during his first years in Cape Town. His complimentary photographic practice absorbed the intuitive and exploratory methods he honed as a filmmaker. His works primarily deal with process and the relationship between photography and performance. ... More

UN Security Council adopts resolution protecting heritage
NEW YORK (AFP).- The United Nations Security Council on Friday strengthened its protection of global cultural heritage sites threatened by armed conflicts, saying perpetrators of unlawful destruction could be prosecuted for war crimes. From the Bamiyan Buddhas in Afghanistan to the ancient shrines of Timbuktu, deliberate attacks against the world's great heritage sites have multiplied in recent years. In a unanimously approved resolution, the Security Council called for a systematic defense of cultural heritage sites, following early steps taken in the aftermath of Islamic State group attacks in Iraq and Syria. The resolution calls for the protection of historic monuments and sites in any conflict zone regardless of geography or type of attack, whether for destruction, theft or trafficking. "Directing unlawful attacks against sites and buildings dedicated to religion, ... More

Extremely rare Leighton bronze in Bonhams new Important Design sale
LONDON.- An Athlete struggling with a Python, an important and striking bronze statue by Frederic, Lord Leighton, is one of the leading pieces to be offered in Bonhams inaugural Important Design Sale in London on Wednesday 5 April. It is estimated at £50,000-80,000. This very rare piece by the pioneer of the late 19th century British sculpture movement known as New Sculpture, is a bronze reduction of the full scale work dated 1877 and now in Tate Britain in London. It was considered at the time to mark a renaissance in British sculpture. Smaller versions of well-known sculptures were often commissioned by wealthy patrons as status symbols but, in the words of the Head of Bonhams Works of Art and Sculpture, Michael Lake, “This is an extremely rare reduction. In all my years of looking at Leighton’s works I have never seen another.” The sculpture was acquired ... More

Stephanie D'Alessandro named Leonard A. Lauder Curator of Modern Art at The Met
NEW YORK, NY.- Thomas P. Campbell, Director of The Metropolitan Museum of Art, announced the appointment of Stephanie D'Alessandro as Leonard A. Lauder Curator of Modern Art and Curator in Charge of the Leonard A. Lauder Research Center for Modern Art in the Department of Modern and Contemporary Art. Ms. D'Alessandro comes to The Met from the Art Institute of Chicago. She will join the Museum in May 2017. In making the announcement, Mr. Campbell said: "We are thrilled to welcome Stephanie D'Alessandro to The Met. Ms. D'Alessandro is a curator who is nationally and internationally recognized for her exhibitions and publications on Matisse, Picasso, and other 20th century artists and for her innovative installations at the Art Institute of Chicago. She has also pioneered new ways of audience engagement with modern art, which ... More

South London Gallery commences building work at the former Peckham Road Fire Station
LONDON.- Following the success of the South London Gallery’s stage two bid to the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF), the gallery has started construction work on the former Peckham Road Fire Station with a view to opening it to the public as a mixed-use cultural centre in 2018. The Grade II-listed former Fire Station, which was given to the SLG by an anonymous benefactor, has been awarded a grant of £1,650,000 thanks to National Lottery players. The grant will help to restore the building and develop a programme of activities involving people from across the local community, setting up traineeships and a volunteering scheme which will focus on expanding the SLG’s archive to document the social, economic and cultural history of the local area. The £4m project has also received a substantial grant from the Mayor’s London Regeneration Fund as well as funding ... More

Christie's New York announces the spring season of photographs
NEW YORK, NY.- On April 6, Christie’s will present two photographs auctions in New York, including Portrait of a Collector: The John M. Bransten Collection of Photographs at 11am and Photographs Including Property Sold to Benefit the Elton John AIDS Foundation at 1pm. Christie’s will present John M. Bransten’s visionary collection, on behalf of the Bransten family, to the general public. Portrait of a Collector: The John M. Bransten Collection of Photographs encompasses twenty-eight exquisite photographs. Each work was judiciously selected by Bransten, a voracious collector who had always been ahead of the general public. Bransten enjoyed learning all that he could about the medium and accordingly pursued seminal examples by their respective artists. His pioneering timing in the marketplace allowed him to secure blue-chip photographs well before the rest ... More

New exhibition uncovers what made Joseph Hooker 'the king of Kew'
LONDON.- Joseph Dalton Hooker was one of Victorian Britain’s most important men of science. A botanical emperor and tireless traveller, this new exhibition at The Shirley Sherwood Gallery of Botanical Art, ‘Joseph Hooker: Putting plants in their place’, charts his incredible life and celebrates the years of hard work that earned him the title ‘the king of Kew’ from Dr Jim Endersby, University of Sussex*. Visitors will move through a series of delicate yet vibrant drawings, paintings and prints from his travels, alongside portraits, photographs, journals and even artefacts belonging to Hooker himself. Along the way they will discover how Hooker collected plants from all over the world, classifying them, discovering the laws that governed their distribution, and creating a place for botany alongside high status sciences, such as physics. With his father, William – the first official Director ... More

The Museum of Modern Art in Warsaw opens a unique and flexible temporary exhibition space
WARSAW.- On Saturday, 25 March, a new temporary contemporary art space opened along the Vistula River in Powiśle, one of Warsaw’s most historic neighborhoods. Situated near the Copernicus Science Centre and the Warsaw University Library, the Museum on the Vistula will host exhibitions and events, providing a meeting point for all until the Museum’s new building in Plac Defilad opens in 2020. Designed by renowned Austrian architect Adolf Krischanitz, the Pavilion has been made available to the Museum through a collaboration with the Vienna-based Thyssen-Bornemisza Art Contemporary (TBA21) foundation. Common exhibition projects are planned in the future. “The fact that Adolf Krischanitz’ wonderful temporary exhibition space will become a center for contemporary art and culture in Warsaw is very exciting,” notes Francesca von Habsburg, ... More

Exhibition offers three contemporary art exhibitions influenced by Victorian Harewood
LEEDS.- Harewood House, the main location for ITV's blockbuster series Victoria, opened its magnificent doors on 24 March with an exhibition entitled Victorian Harewood. The exhibition offers three contemporary art exhibitions influenced by Victorian Harewood alongside a close up view of the stunning costumes worn by many characters of Victoria, and a chance to see Harewood's magnificent rooms, many of which are used as sets for the epic period drama. The Empire Line is an exhibit of contemporary photography, by the photographer Gavin Fernandes, which is being shown in the Steward’s Room. The striking series takes fashion photography to look deeper at narratives of race, culture, history and the Victorian Empire. A selection of 21st century re-interpretations of the Victorian bust by artist Kathy Dalwood from her Secret Society series is ... More

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On a day like today, American fashion designer Halston died
March 26, 1990. Roy Halston Frowick (April 23, 1932 - March 26, 1990), known as Halston, was an American fashion designer of the 1970s. His long dresses or copies of his style were popular fashion wear in mid-1970s discotheques. In this image: Clothing designer Halston and actress Liza Minnelli arrive for the gala opening of "Stop The World, I Want To Get Off," at the New York State Theater at Lincoln Center in New York, Aug. 3, 1978.

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