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Modigliani masterpiece to lead Sotheby's May auctions with estimate of $150 million

Amedeo Modigliani, Nu couché (sur le côté gauche). Signed Modigliani (lower left). Oil on canvas, 35¼ by 57¾ in.; 89.5 by 146.7 cm. Painted in 1917. Estimate in excess of $150 million. Courtesy Sotheby’s.

HONG KONG.- Sotheby’s unveiled Amedeo Modigliani’s stunning Nu couché (sur le côté gauche) to a packed audience of collectors and media, who are the first ever to view the masterpiece on exhibition in Asia. The painting is estimated to sell for in excess of $150 million in Sotheby’s Impressionist & Modern Art Evening Sale on 14 May 2018 – the highest estimate ever placed on a work of art at auction. Painted a century ago, Nu couché is the greatest work from the iconic series in which Modigliani reinvented the nude for the Modern era. Upon their debut exhibition in 1917, these striking and sensual images stopped traffic – quite literally – and prompted the police to close the show. Today, the series is recognized as one of the seminal achievements in Modern painting. The shock and awe that Modigliani’s nudes continue to elicit was evident most recently during Tate Modern’s celebrated retrospective of the a ... More

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Women's vote campaigner statue unveiled in London   French, American first ladies take in Cezanne on museum outing   Sotheby's to offer Rufino Tamayo's 1942 masterpiece 'Perro aullando a la Luna'

British artist Gillian Wearing listens to a speaker during the unveiling of her sculpture of suffragist and women's rights campaigner Millicent Fawcett. Adrian DENNIS / AFP.

LONDON (AFP).- The first statue of a woman in London's Parliament Square was unveiled on Tuesday to celebrate the 100th anniversary of women winning the right to vote in Britain. The statue of women's rights campaigner Millicent Fawcett will stand alongside those of 11 men, including Britain's wartime leader Winston Churchill, Indian independence icon Mahatma Gandhi and anti-apartheid figurehead Nelson Mandela. Prime Minister Theresa May -- Britain's second female premier after Margaret Thatcher -- led the unveiling ceremony. Were it not for Fawcett, "I would not be here today as prime minister, no female MPs would have taken their seats in parliament, none of us would have the rights we now enjoy," May said. "The struggle to achieve votes for women was long and arduous," and Fawcett "devoted her life to the cause". May said Fawcett faced decades of fierce opposition as she campaigned on women's rights ... More

US First Lady Melania Trump and Brigitte Macron, wife of the French President Emmanuel Macron, tour the National Gallery of Art in Washington, DC, April 24, 2018. SAUL LOEB / AFP.

WASHINGTON (AFP).- Elegantly matched in white outfits, Melania Trump and Brigitte Macron split off from their husbands on Tuesday to visit a Paul Cezanne exhibit at Washington's National Gallery of Art. The American and French first ladies spent about half an hour visiting the show of 59 portraits by the 19th century French painter, the first ever dedicated to this aspect of his work. Trump and Macron were accompanied on the tour of the downtown Washington gallery by Mary Morton, who co-curated the exhibit and heads the museum's department of French paintings. Both women wore impeccably tailored white dresses and high heels and the American first lady complemented her ensemble with a wide-brimmed white hat. "Paul Cezanne's work is a celebration," Melania Trump said in a statement released by the White House. "It was perfect timing to have these exquisite paintings in Washington while Mrs Macron ... More

Rufino Tamayo, Perro aullando a la Luna (Dog Howling At The Moon). Signed Tamayo and dated 42 (lower left). Oil on canvas, 44 1/4 by 33 3/4 in. 112.4 by 85.7 cm. Painted in 1942. Estimate $5/7 million © Tamayo Heirs/Mexico/Licensed by VAGA, New York, NY.

NEW YORK, NY.- Sotheby’s announced that Rufino Tamayo’s powerful Perro aullando a la Luna from 1942 will be offered in the Impressionist & Modern Art Evening Sale on 14 May 2018. A masterpiece of Mexican modernism that captures the existential angst following the onset of World War II, the poetic painting is the last major work from Tamayo’s renowned Animal series remaining in private hands. Emerging from a distinguished collection after more than two decades, the work was first exhibited at Valentine Gallery in New York, and was once owned by Peter G. Wray — one of the foremost collectors of pre-Columbian and modern Mexican art in the US in the 1970s and 1980s. Perro aullando a la Luna is estimated to achieve $5/7 million when it is auctioned this May at Sotheby’s New York. The work will travel to Hong Kong from 24-26 April – the first Latin American painting ... More

Ketterer Kunst announces highlights from its 9th Century Art Auction   Lindsay Pollock named Chief Communications and Content Officer at The Whitney   TEFAF Art Market Report: Art Dealer Finance to be launched during TEFAF New York Spring

Joseph Karl Stieler, Auguste Amalie von Bayern, Herzogin von Leuchtenberg. Oil on canvas, around 1824/25.74.5 x 60 cm. Estimate: € 15,000-20,000.

MUNICH.- It is no one less than the Emperor himself whom Albrecht Adam depicted in pensive pose in his history painting. The impressive motif will be called up in the auction of 19th Century Art at Ketterer Kunst in Munich on May 18. Albrecht Adam, court painter of Eugène de Beauharnais, Napoleon Bonaparte‘s son in law and viceroy of Italy, created a remarkable historic document with “Napoleon vor dem brennenden Smolensk“. As eyewitness to the battle, he made numerous sketches and drawings right after the city had been conquered. Since he had not met the Emperor during the Invasion of Russia, he used his memories of an encounter near the burning town of Regensburg, Germany in 1809 for the painting: “It was in the early evening when I saw Napoleon [...] on a hill in close distance […], his steadfast look onto the city ablaze. He seemed sinister, Nero ... More

Pollock comes to the Whitney from Art in America where she was Editor-in-Chief from 2011 to 2017.

NEW YORK, NY.- The Whitney Museum of American Art announced the appointment of Lindsay Pollock as Chief Communications and Content Officer. She joins the Museum on May 7. Pollock comes to the Whitney from Art in America where she was Editor-in-Chief from 2011 to 2017. While there, she succeeded in re-positioning and re-energizing one of the oldest and most venerable contemporary art magazines. Adam D. Weinberg, the Whitney’s Alice Pratt Brown Director, said, “Lindsay has long standing relationships and expertise in the art world as well as a deep appreciation for the Whitney’s mission and ethos. She will bring a creative spirit and fresh perspective to the areas she’ll be overseeing, including communications, digital media, and graphic design. We are thrilled that Lindsay will be joining the Museum.” “The Whitney is one of the most dynamic and vibrant art institutions in the U.S., which happens to have ... More

Luhring Augustine - TEFAF New York Spring. Photography Kirsten Chilstrom.

NEW YORK, NY.- The 2018 TEFAF Art Market Report will focus on art finance and will be the first survey of its kind. Entitled TEFAF Art Market Report: Art Dealer Finance, the new report is being written by Anders Petterson of ArtTactic and will be launched in New York during TEFAF New York Spring, which runs from 4-8 May 2018. The report will be downloadable from the TEFAF website from 10am EDT on Friday 4th May 2018. Looking at the market from the perspective of both consumer and provider, to provide a better understanding of this highly opaque aspect of the art industry, the report will explore how dealers and collectors source capital in an historically illiquid market, examine the solutions and products that are currently available and new innovations that are impacting the market. The research will provide an overview of the art finance market, its size and current trends. Information based on a detailed ... More

Cristin Tierney Gallery exhibits Lorser Feitelson's line paintings from 1963-69   Art and industry in 1960s Italy explored in new exhibition at Tornabuoni Art, London   Exhibition presents a series of Cibachrome prints from the 1980s by Joseph Rodriguez

Installation view. Photo by John Muggenborg.

NEW YORK, NY.- Cristin Tierney Gallery is presenting Lorser Feitelson: Curvilinear, an exhibition of the artist’s line paintings from 1963-69. Curvilinear is the gallery’s first solo exhibition of Feitelson’s works, and the artist’s first solo show in New York in over ten years. Lorser Feitelson was a Los Angeles-based artist whose career reads as a mini-art historical survey, moving from Cubism and Post-Surrealism to biomorphic abstraction, hard-edge abstraction, and beyond. Spurred by the creative freedom that Los Angeles offered, with its lack—at the time—of an established arts scene, Feitelson produced a wildly original body of work that is equal in importance to the early contributions of east coast contemporaries such as Ellsworth Kelly, Helen Frankenthaler, and Morris Louis. A critical member of the “Abstract Classicists,” he was part of a group of artists that championed geometric abstraction a ... More

Dadamaino, Ricerca del colore. Celeste su rosso (Colour Research Sky Blue on Red), 1966-68.

LONDON.- Tornabuoni Art London is launching its new curatorial fellowship. Every year, a curator will be given the keys to the gallery’s collection, in order to find new threads connecting the artworks in Tornabuoni’s vast collection. Dr Flavia Frigeri, Teaching Fellow at UCL and co-curator of The World Goes Pop exhibition at Tate Modern in 2015, is the first recipient of the fellowship. Taking as a starting point Vittorio De Sica’s 1963 film Il boom, Flavia Frigeri’s exhibition explores the relationship between post-war Italian art and the economic miracle in the 1960s. The show focuses on how artists envisioned, represented and reacted to the boom, through the works of Carla Accardi, Franco Angeli, Marina Apollonio, Alighiero Boetti, Alberto Burri, Mario Ceroli, Gianni Colombo, Dadamaino, Tano Festa, Lucio Fontana, Francesco Lo Savio, Sergio Lombardo, Piero Gilardi, Pino ... More

Joseph Rodriguez, East Harlem, Spanish Harlem, NY 1987. © Joseph Rodriguez.

ÇOLOGNE.- Galerie Bene Taschen is presenting Spanish Harlem, a series of Cibachrome prints from the 1980’s by Joseph Rodriguez. Joseph Rodriguez, born and raised in Brooklyn, is world renowned for his intimate portraits of American and global subcultures over the past four decades. In this series, Rodriguez invites us into the streets and homes of New York’s Latino district, Spanish Harlem. Taken throughout the latter half of the 1980s, the images reveal the community and family spirit, which are at the heart of the neighborhood. The portraits show residents playing card games, listening to boomboxes, and dancing in the street. Despite the presence of crime and violence never being far away, Rodriguez rejects a primary focus on poverty in favor of creating dignified portraits of the struggling area’s inhabitants. This series would not be possible were it not for the ... More

"African Mobilities: This is Not a Refugee Camp"' exhibition opens at Architekturmuseum der TU München   Cristian Valsecchi appointed as General Manager of Fondazione Prada   Ecstatic Vernacular: Morgan Lehman opens exhibition of works by Matt Kleberg and Erin O'Keefe

Shanty Megastructure © Olalekan Jeyifous.

MUNICH.- The exhibition African Mobilities addresses the complex forms of mobility within Africa and the diaspora. In the current situation, in which international borders are being redrawn, managed and monitored by force, and in which individual countries are increasingly subject to the affects of capitalist profit cycles, it is time to look into architectural forms which respond to these supposedly set structures. African cities are presented here as sites of refuge, which in their rapid transformation are producing new architectural typologies, changes in infrastructure and a rapidly expanding interaction with digital technologies. In this context, African migration is seen both as a challenge and as an opportunity for rethinking architecture and urban planning. In preparation for this exhibition, over the past two years architects, town planners, film-makers, artists, social scientists and authors from Africa met at 8 different locations: Johannesburg, Harare, Kampala, Lagos, New ... More

Cristian Valsecchi is currently Secretary General of Fondazione Torino Musei and Secretary General of Associazione dei Musei d’Arte Contemporanea Italiani (AMACI).

MILAN.- Starting from May 2018 Cristian Valsecchi will be the General Manager of Fondazione Prada, supervising the management and the different operational areas of the foundation in all its departments and activities. Born in Bergamo (Italy) in 1974, Valsecchi is one of the emerging personalities of his generation in the field of Italian and International culture; former Professor of Economics for Arts and Culture at the University of Bergamo, he is currently Secretary General of Fondazione Torino Musei and Secretary General of Associazione dei Musei d’Arte Contemporanea Italiani (AMACI). Valsecchi is the former Sole Director of Artissima (2015-2018), General Director of Palazzo Grassi and Punta della Dogana (2012-2014), Operations Director of GAMeC in Bergamo (2011-2012), Project ... More

Erin O'Keefe, Built Work #4, 2018. Archival pigment print, 25h x 20w in 63.50h x 50.80w cm. Edition 1 of 3.

NEW YORK, NY.- Responding directly to each other's work, photographer Erin O'Keefe and painter Matt Kleberg muse on issues of pictorial architecture, the slippery nature of spatial perception, and the pure pleasure of color and light. The conversations between the two artists leading up to this show ranged from Oaxacan textiles to Renaissance painting, effortlessness as an ends to the world as it is (or appears to be). “I respond to Matt’s paintings because they always seem to set me up for something, and then bring me somewhere else completely. I feel destabilized, in a good way. He is able to mine a series of straightforward compositional strategies, and make them pay off in ways that feel utterly fresh and unanticipated, and slightly peculiar. There is also, in his work, the absolute unmitigated joy of the surface and the color, and the making of the thing, which is always very present, and in rich conversation with the curious ... More

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Moscow Museum of Modern Art opens Haim Sokol's first large-scale museum project
MOSCOW.- The Moscow Museum of Modern Art is presenting the solo exhibition of Haim Sokol – the artist’s first large-scale museum project. Initiating his creative career in Jerusalem in 2006 after he had graduated from the Hebrew University, Sokol boldly asserted himself on the Moscow arts scene two years later and since then continues to actively work in Russia. The display unites Sokol’s works from various years executed in a wide array of media – installations, videos, objects, “performative” drawings and texts. Two monumental installations have been produced outdoors in situ in the museum’s courtyard. Nevertheless, the exhibition is conceived not so much as a traditional retrospective that would aim to represent the artist’s twelve-year period of work, but as a new synthetic project. The video entitled “Testimony” (2015), the running time of which is almost two ... More

Fiumano Clase opens exhibition of works by Takefumi Hori
LONDON.- Fiumano Clase presents Takefumi Hori’s third UK solo exhibition, from 18th April – 26th May 2018 at Unit 12, 21 Wren Street, London WC1X 0HF. Enjuku, taken as the title for the exhibition, is a Japanese term quite literally meaning maturity, perfection and ripeness. It is often used to describe an individual who, through continued study and personal development, has reached a milestone in their creative lives. It is without question that Japanese artist Takefumi Hori’s artistic practice has now reached a new level of maturity, perfection and ripeness. Furthering his exploration into the profundity of gold both as a colour and a material, Hori’s layering and revelatory technique brings a renewed depth and dynamism to his paintings. Gold and silver paint is applied thickly, obscuring layers of colour and gold leaf beneath. The surface rhythm of Hori’s new works ... More

The UK dance company putting a new spin on the art
LONDON (AFP).- Whether in a wheelchair, on crutches or without any disability at all, performers from the Candoco company are giving London audiences a fresh twist on contemporary dance. "It makes you very aware of your own body, as well as others, and how extraordinary that can be on the stage," said David Clarke, a London silversmith who has come to Sadler's Wells theatre for a double bill. The first performance explores the individual style of the seven Candoco dancers, while the second wittily examines prejudices and physical differences. "When you see movements with missing limbs, or shortened limbs, it makes you aware of how incredible the body is," added Clarke. Candoco was founded in 1991 by Celeste Dandeker, who wanted to focus on the artistic aspect of dance rather than the disabilities of some of the company's performers. Dandeker, herself ... More

Art Brussels 50th anniversary: End of fair report 2018
BRUSSELS.- The 50th anniversary edition of Art Brussels, one of Europe’s oldest and most reputable fairs, closed its doors on Sunday, 22 April 2018. Art Brussels has, once again, cemented itself as one of Europe’s leading art fairs with strong engagement and pedigree of collectors, significant sales throughout the duration and a resoundingly positive response to its distinctive and intelligent artistic programme. The exceptionally sunny and warm weather did not detain the art lovers from their annual Art Brussels rendezvous. Anne Vierstraete, Managing Director of Art Brussels: “We are truly pleased with this landmark 50th anniversary which was a significant celebration of the role that Art Brussels has played in the burgeoning art scene in Belgium, having contributed enormously to its growth. We are extremely happy with the multiple sales across the board to Belgian ... More

The Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam presents the first solo of the succesful Dutch duo Studio Drift
AMSTERDAM.- The Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam presents the debut museum solo of Studio Drift from 25 April – 26 August 2018. In addition to early designs, the exhibition features new, previously unseen work by the Dutch duo Lonneke Gordijn and Ralph Nauta – the founders of Studio Drift. Specially for the presentation at the Stedelijk, Studio Drift will create the largest-ever installation of Fragile Future. At the core of the installation will be Fragile Future Chandelier 3.5 (2012) acquired by the museum in 2015. Another highlight is Drifter, a floating concrete monolith measuring four by two by two meters. After making its world première at New York’s Armory Show in 2017, this magical installation will be on display in the IMC Gallery at the Stedelijk. The film Drifters (2016) and the installation Elementism (2018) go on view for the first time. In total, the presentation ... More

Thomas Dane Gallery opens Glenn Ligon's first solo exhibition in Italy
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Major contemporary art exhibition features four master ink painters of the Shanghai School
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The Baltimore Museum of Art opens first major exhibition of Jack Whitten's sculptures
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Garage Museum of Contemporary Art names Evgeny Gusyatinskiy as 2018 Curator for Garage Screen
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Giuseppe Gabellone conceives a metal structure for Quartz Studio exhibition
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Longlist announced for John Moores Painting Prize 2018
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