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Largest-ever display of Leonardo da Vinci works in Scotland opens in Edinburgh

A member of Royal Collection Trust staff looks at the largest-ever display of Leonardo da Vinci works in Scotland opening at The Queen's Gallery, Palace of Holyroodhouse. 22.11.2019-15.03.2020. Photo: Royal Collection Trust / © Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II 2019. Photographer David Cheskin.

EDINBURGH.- The largest group of drawings by Leonardo da Vinci ever shown in Scotland forms a new exhibition opening today (22 November) at The Queen’s Gallery, Palace of Holyroodhouse. Leonardo da Vinci: A Life in Drawing marks the 500th anniversary of the artist’s death and includes 80 of the Renaissance master’s greatest drawings, selected entirely from the unrivalled holdings of the Royal Collection. In the breadth of his interests, Leonardo da Vinci was the archetypal ‘Renaissance man’, and his work is characterised by a multitude of artistic and scientific pursuits that cross-fertilised each other over many years. The exhibition explores the full range of the artist’s interests, providing a comprehensive survey of Leonardo’s life and a unique insight into the workings of his mind. Leonardo was revered in his day as a painter, but he completed only around 20 pai ... More

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Piguet Auction House to offer a previously unseen painting by Félix Vallotton   Britain's art world turns its back on oil cash   New digital one-stop resource brings the travelling exhibitions world together

A previously unseen painting by Félix Vallotton appears on the market.

GENEVA.- Piguet Auction House announced its next major auction in December. After the success of a remarkable public exhibition at the Beau-Rivage Hotel in Geneva to preview some of the star lots, everyone is now invited to discover all 3,000 lots featuring in the end-of-year auctions which carry a total estimate of CHF 4 to CHF 5.8 million. The viewing is open 6 to 8 December at the Prévost-Martin showrooms. This winter session will include 1,500 lots available on the Online Only auctions at running from 29 November to 9/10 December including jewellery, watches, luxury handbags, works of art, furniture and paintings, all with attractive estimates as the holidays approach. The Rare books sale opens the auctions running from 9 to 12 December, with two major collections of 18th century illustrated books and surrealist publications in their original signed artists’ bindings. The Ancient Art and ... More

Protesters carrying umbrellas take part in a flashmob performance, protesting against British Petroleum's (BP's) sponsorship of the British Museum in central London on September 13, 2015. AFP PHOTO / NIKLAS HALLE'N.

LONDON (AFP).- Oil companies are becoming increasingly unfashionable partners for British cultural institutions, as they ditch corporate sponsorship under pressure from artists and environmentalists. Members of the "BP or not BP?" protest group on Tuesday disrupted an event for the British Museum's new exhibition on Troy, which is sponsored by the British oil giant. Activists dressed as Greek gods and heroes such as Zeus, Athena and Achilles, were sprayed with a black liquid by "Petroleus" -- a deity created especially for the occasion. "BP's sponsorship of the British Museum is, ironically, just like the famous Trojan Horse highlighted in the exhibition," said activist Sophie McIntosh. "The company sponsors the museum in order to look like a generous gift-giver that cares ... More

New global platform dedicated to travelling exhibitions for museums, galleries, science centres and attractions venues launches.

BROCELIANDE.- The past decade has seen major growth in the travelling exhibitions industry, with a continuously developing and diversifying landscape of cultural experiences and touring practices. Within this dynamic environment, Teo, the new global platform dedicated to travelling exhibitions, has built on combined expertise in exhibitions partnerships and web development to create a new easy-to-use and interactive resource dedicated to the touring world. Teo is designed to help bring together producers, venues, promoters and specialist providers from the travelling exhibitions community with a mission to foster the sharing of knowledge and new international collaborations on exhibitions. The new platform fully launches today with the announcement of its founding members and international partners. Teo is a new open platform that supports stakeholders of the ... More

Centennial exhibition presents 100 important works from the permanent collection   Dirk Soulis to auction Edward P McHugh III historical railroadiana collection   Christie's to offer property from descendants of Their Majesties King George V and Queen Mary

C. Paul Jennewein, Greek Dance, 1984 (cast from the 1926 original). Bronze with gold patina. Height: 18 1/8 inches. Tampa Museum of Art, Gift of Brookgreen Gardens in honor of C. Paul Jennewein.

TAMPA, FLA.- The Tampa Museum of Art presents 100 important works from its permanent collection in celebration of the upcoming 100-year anniversary in 2020. In recognition of this landmark occasion, the Museum has organized The Making of a Museum: 100 Years, 100 Works, which will be on view through March 15, 2020. The 100 objects selected represent works important to founding the Museum and the growth of its permanent collections. With significant holdings of ancient Greek and Roman art, as well as Modern and Contemporary art, the collection is unique. Today, the Museum’s collection includes over 7,000 objects with works of art acquired each year. In this exhibition, objects made in an array of media and created over different periods of time are juxtaposed to create new dialogues. Together, the works on view reveal the story of the Tampa Museum of Art. Of the exhibition, Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art Joanna ... More

Original backlit aluminum drumhead passenger car sign created by Henry Dreyfuss (American, 1904-1972) for New York Central’s streamlined luxury train the 20th Century Limited, 28 x 20 x 4.5 in. Estimate $10,000-$15,000.

LONE JACK, MO.- Collectors won’t need a ticket to “ride the rails” at Soulis Auctions’ December 14 sale of the late Edward P McHugh III’s railroadiana collection. All are welcome to view, enjoy and bid on the historically significant relics from the golden era of rail travel (1865 to 1960) amassed over a lifetime of involvement in the hobby. The McHugh collection consists of rare and iconic railroadiana, historical locomotive hardware, mid-20th-century transportation artifacts, 60 porcelain signs, and a specialty sub-collection of nautical antiques. To refine the railroad-related items even further, there are locomotive bells and lights, lanterns, china and silver, railroad station clocks, gate and station signs, and much more. If the objects in the McHugh collection could talk, perhaps none would have more interesting tales to tell than the builder’s plate from the SS President Warfield. Christened in 1927 by B ... More

A George V jewelled enamelled gold Royal presentation snuff-box, by Sebastian Garrard London, 1911/1912, made to mark the coronation of Queen Mary and George V in 1911 (estimate: £30,000-50,000) © Christie's Images Ltd 2019.

LONDON.- Christie’s sale on 13 December, titled Property from Descendants of Their Majesties King George V and Queen Mary, will provide fascinating insights into the private worlds of two of their children: His Royal Highness The Prince Henry, Duke of Gloucester and Her Royal Highness The Princess Mary, Princess Royal and Countess of Harewood and their families. Comprising 317 lots overall, with estimates ranging from £300 to £100,000, the sale includes a wide array of decorative arts from furniture and ceramics to objects of vertu, silver and glass, alongside clocks, books and paintings. From the collection of Their Royal Highnesses The Dukes of Gloucester come 217 lots from their London residences and Country House, Barnwell Manor, Northamptonshire; the group mainly comprises items collected by the late T.R.H. The Prince and Princess Henry, Duke and Duchess of Gloucester. A ... More

Galerie Max Hetzler opens solo exhibition of new paintings by Robert Holyhead   Rare daguerreotype purchased by Hall Family Foundation for Nelson-Atkins   A Wonderful Life: Peter Fetterman Collection of 124 photographs offered at Bonhams New York

Robert Holyhead, Force, 2019 (detail) © the artist, courtesy of Galerie Max Hetzler, Berlin, London, Paris.

LONDON.- Galerie Max Hetzler is presenting No movement, no colour, Robert Holyhead’s new body of large-scale paintings, for his first solo exhibition in the gallery’s recently opened London space. Best known for his delicate modest paintings, which engage a personal visual language of positive and negative space, Holyhead’s new works represent a dramatic increase in scale. Each painting is produced in a single semi-translucent colour showing visible traces of brushstrokes that operate around precisely defined shapes of exposed and immaculate white oil ground. Created in one long, single session, not unlike a durational performance, each painting evolves from a watercolour drawing produced over several weeks or months, which experiments with form and colour prior to starting the work on canvas. No movement, no colour is the artist’s third show with Galerie Max Hetzler, following solo exhibitions at their spaces in Paris ... More

A rare antebellum image of slavery in Georgia, believed to be the earliest known image of enslaved African Americans with cotton.

KANSAS CITY, MO.- A quarter plate daguerreotype believed to be the earliest known image of African American slaves with cotton was purchased by the Hall Family Foundation on behalf of The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art late last week. “This important acquisition makes a major contribution to the larger story of American history and American photography,” said Julián Zugazagoitia, Menefee D. and Mary Louise Blackwell CEO & Director of the Nelson-Atkins. “We are incredibly honored that this previously unknown image will join our robust daguerreotype collection, with deep gratitude to the Hall Family Foundation for its generosity and foresight.” “Our collection of 19th-century American photographs is a key facet of our overall photography holdings, and we have had a particular interest in American daguerreotypes (the earliest successful photographic ... More

New York City, 1955 by Elliott Erwitt. Estimate: $4,000-6,000. Photo: Bonhams.

NEW YORK, NY.- Bonhams Photographs Department celebrates the holiday season with an exceptional single-owner sale of 124 lots from Peter Fetterman’s extraordinary 40-year career. A Wonderful Life: Photographs from the Peter Fetterman Collection will be offered at Bonhams New York on Tuesday, December 17. Fetterman, a highly respected Santa Monica gallery owner, was one of the pioneer residents at Bergamot Station, the Santa Monica center of arts, when it first opened in 1994. A former film producer, Fetterman owns one of the largest collections of classic photographs in the country. Fetterman has now teamed up with Bonhams to curate an eclectic, upbeat and intimate mix of these classic photographs, a selection that reflects his own broad collecting passions – street photography, fashion, landscapes, portraiture and still life – some well-known, others unexpected - all rare finds and by the best loved photographers ... More

Belvedere 21 opens 'Eva Grubinger. Malady of the Infinite'   Exhibition at Nailya Alexander Gallery focuses on photographs as unique art objects   Artcurial opens a new office in Morocco

Eva Grubinger during the making of „Malady of the Infinite“. Photo: Peter Rigaud, © Belvedere, Vienna.

VIENNA.- Eva Grubinger’s solo show at the Belvedere 21 paints a picture of structural inequality, of infinite desire with no prospect of satisfaction for rich or poor, tycoon or pirate. Power and impotence face off against each other on the high seas. “Eva Grubinger is interested in how the human drives—power, greed, and desire—impact on social developments. Her sculptures and installations are awash with associations and highly political. They awaken the audience’s curiosity and challenge viewers to contemplate their subject matter,” according to Artistic Director Stella Rollig. Malady of the Infinite focuses on a sculptural object in the center of the exhibition space: the cockpit chassis of a superyacht. Although it dominates the space, it is held at bay by other, much smaller objects: the yacht is surrounded by sea mines that rise from the floor as if floating on the ocean surface. The oceans are associa ... More

Denis Brihat, b. 1928, Paris, Pelure d'oignon, onion skin, 1982. Printed 2006 Gold-toned gelatin silver print, 23 1/2 x 19 5/8 in.

NEW YORK, NY.- TEXTURE focuses on photographs as unique art objects whose visual, material, and emotional qualities are brought to life by the distinctive philosophy and hand of the artist. On view are photographs by Albarrán Cabrera (b. 1969, Barcelona and Seville), Denis Brihat (b. 1928, Paris), Ingar Krauss (b. 1965, East Berlin), Ann Rhoney (b. 1953, Niagara Falls), Marcia Lippman (b. 1944, New York), Christopher Burkett (b. 1951, Pacific Northwest), Pentti Sammallahti (b. 1950, Helsinki), Lynn Stern (b. 1945, New York), and Alexey Titarenko (b. 1962, Leningrad). For some, texture is profoundly physical and tactile; for others, texture is a visual phenomenon, closely tied to the experience of light and color. Yet for all of these artists, texture is a vital dimension in our appreciation of their work. Denis Brihat’s gold-toned gelatin-silver print of the thin, wrinkled skin of an onion ... More

Etienne Dinet, Le fils d’un Saint M’rabeth - 1900 (detail). Oil on canvas, 71.50 x 80.30 cm. Estimate: €800,000 - 1,200,000 © Artcurial.

MARRAKESH.- Artcurial will open an office in Marrakesh this month. The auction house has been active in Morocco since 2011, having already organised numerous presentations and sales in the country, jointly with the Paris office. Artcurial will develop its sales of Orientalist Paintings and African Contemporary Art from the new location, two major specialisms for the company, directly related to the African continent. The auction house also intends to organise sales celebrating the great richness of Moroccan decorative arts, in areas as wide-ranging as ceramics, glassware, furniture, textiles, jewellery and antique arms. A Moroccan team of three, led by Soraya Abid will take charge of Artcurial’s day-to-day operations and organise its auction schedule, from premises spanning 200m2 in the Hivernage district of Marrakesh. Amongst the major events that Artcurial has ... More

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CHICAGO (NYT NEWS SERVICE).- Lee Bey stood under the rotunda at the James R. Thompson Center, 13 stories of mirror-glass balconies rising around him in tiers and shiny elevators (now off-limits without official business) zipping up and down. The idea of the center, which opened in 1985 at the corner of Clark and Randolph streets, was to make a new indoor civic space downtown, with state government offices supported by retail outlets and a food court. You can get a marriage license here. You can also eat at Taco Bell. “It embodies the idea of transparent democracy,” he said. “You can see all the elements at work.” Even the so-bad-they-are-good 1980s colors in the atrium have meaning: “It takes the elements of a traditional government building” — the dome, the flag — “and plays with them. The red, white and blue becomes a salmon and a teal.” Bey, 54, a ... More

Chelsea FC partner with RAF Museum to celebrate Jewish RAF Heroes
LONDON.- Chelsea Foundation has today announced a partnership with the Royal Air Force Museum. The partnership is sponsored by Chelsea FC owner Roman Abramovich and will support the RAF Museum’s development of the Jewish ‘Hidden Heroes’ project. The RAF Museum has developed the ‘Hidden Heroes’ project to raise awareness about the previously untold story of Jewish personnel in the RAF during the Second World War and the vital role they played. These heroes joined the Royal Air Force from all over the world, to fight against tyranny, racism and anti-Semitism, fully aware that they risked torture and execution if captured. The RAF played a crucial part in the defeat of the Luftwaffe in the famous ‘Battle of Britain’, preventing the Nazis from invading Britain, the last democratic stronghold in Europe. The RAF Museum is committed ... More

Wembley Park launches free light festival, 'Winterfest'
LONDON.- Wembley Park, North West London’s cultural neighbourhood, launched its first-ever immersive ‘Winterfest’ light festival on Wednesday 20th November. The free winter festival saw the neighbourhood transformed into an immersive winter playground, through a trail of specially commissioned, site-responsive and touring light and sound installations. Straight from Nevada’s Burning Man festival, visitors experienced ‘Sonic Runway’, the acclaimed multisensory installation made its European debut on Wembley Park’s recently transformed, world-famous Olympic Way. ‘Sonic Runway’ was conceived by Californian artists Rob Jensen and Warren Trezevant, while observing the effects of sound at Burning Man in 2002. As visual artist, engineer, and musician, Rob together with his partner Warren have drawn on their skills of animating and engineering ... More

French post-war design leads Phillips' auction on 17 December
NEW YORK, NY.- On 17 December, Phillips will host its final auction of 2019 with the sale of Design in New York. Comprised of over 180 lots that bring together a variety of design movements from the past century, the auction will present an opportunity for collectors of all levels and interests to acquire exceptional examples of 20th and 21st century Design. Cordelia Lembo, Phillips’ Head of Design, New York, said, “With a strong selection of French and Italian post-war design alongside contemporary pieces, Calder jewelry, and ceramics, this sale aims to continue Phillips’ strategy of bringing a new perspective to the traditional collecting categories. We are proud to offer works from esteemed private collections this season. On the heels of offering artwork from Florence Knoll Bassett’s personal collection in November, the December sale will include ... More

Summers Place Auctions' 7th Evolution Sale sees fossils still being favourites
BILLINGSHURST.- Top lot in this year's Evolution Sale at Summers Place Auctions on Tuesday, 19th November 2019 was an extremely rare Plesiosaur, which sold for £42,500 including buyer's premium (£34,000 hammer price) against an estimate of £25,000-40,000 after a telephone bidding war. The 313 cm long and 240 cm wide dinosaur skeleton was found during construction of a building near Peterborough several decades ago. The finder noticed what appeared to be bone protruding from the side of a trench. He recovered what material he could before the trench was back filled. The skeleton which is 60% complete has subsequently been expertly and skilfully prepared and impressively mounted for display. The Oxford clay is now infrequently exposed and is usually excavated mechanically so very few remains are recovered making ... More

Ruhlmann, Giacometti, Frank & more Modern masters lead a private collection of art & design at Sotheby's
NEW YORK, NY.- Sotheby’s announces Modern Masters: Chefs-d’œuvre d’une Collection Privée, an evening auction on 11 December in New York that will present extraordinary art and design by top European masters. This timeless and unparalleled collection is highlighted by rare and superlative works by such artists as Émile-Jacques Ruhlmann, Alberto Giacometti, Marcel Coard, Joseph Csaky, Gustav Miklos, Jean Dunand, Jean-Michel Frank, and Pierre Legrain. Individually, these luxurious works represent some of the most significant and taste-making innovations in design of the last century, placing them indelibly within the wider context of the Cubist and Modernist Art movements. Equally important to the intrinsic artistry of this ensemble, many of these works are further distinguished by their impeccable historic ... More

Catalina Island Museum announces Johnny Sampson as Director of Exhibitions
CATALINA ISLAND.- Catalina Island Museum announces the appointment of Johnny Sampson as Director of Exhibitions. Sampson brings nearly 20 years of valuable experience, vision, and understanding of the arts to the organization’s leadership team. As a curator and arts professional among top cultural institutions across California, his extensive experience working to increase awareness of the arts and inspire the community through meaningful events pairs well with the historical legacy of Catalina Island Museum. “We are thrilled to welcome Johnny and feel fortunate that he has chosen to join us,” said Julie Perlin Lee, Executive Director of the Catalina Island Museum. “He brings a varied array of skills and experience exhibiting both domestic and international artists and will be instrumental to our institution during our next chapter of growth ... More

Bertoia's auction of Tony Annese toy, train & Christmas collection hammers $1.8 m
VINELAND, NJ.- Hours before Bertoia Auctions’ president and auctioneer Michael Bertoia announced the first lot at the company’s October 11 sale of the Tony Annese collection, there were strong indications that an exceptional day of selling lay ahead. With a standing-room-only crowd, phone lines block-booked for the entire session, and two Internet platforms bustling with bidders, it was clear that antique toy collectors worldwide were ready to play. As a result of the unrelenting competition, the 650-lot sale ran two hours longer than anticipated, and its final tally was nearly $1.8 million. “It turned out to be a significant event that reminded us of the excitement that surrounded the Donald Kaufman auction series [2009-2011]. Many bidders flew in from Europe to preview the toys, and major European museums bid on both the Christmas antiques ... More

Swann Illustration Art sale is packed with classics by Bemelmans, Gorey, Seuss, Wegener & more
NEW YORK, NY.- Swann Galleries’ sale of Illustration Art on Tuesday, December 10 will feature an impressive selection of original works. Highlights include an array of theater set designs by some of the most recognizable names in the genre, classic illustrations from children’s literature, as well as illustrations for The New Yorker. Leading the sale is Charles Addams’s Nevermore the for October 29, 1973 issue of The New Yorker. The cartoon, picturing Edgar Allan Poe as he struggles to find the perfect voice for his famous narrative poem, is set to come across the block at $12,000 to $18,000. Addams’s advertisement for Chivas Regal scotch whisky published in the February 29, 1964 issue of The New Yorker is estimated at $5,000 to $7,500. Further selections from the sale’s distinct assortment of New Yorker works ... More

Elyse Buxbaum is new Executive VP for Strategy and Development at Museum of Jewish Heritage
NEW YORK, NY.- The Museum of Jewish Heritage – A Living Memorial to the Holocaust today announced the appointment of Elyse Buxbaum as Executive Vice President for Strategy and Development, effective December 4, 2019. In this newly created position, Buxbaum will play a pivotal role in enhancing the status of the institution as New York’s Holocaust museum, the third largest in the world. She will be responsible for strategizing, designing, and executing an ambitious development program to significantly increase and diversify fundraising revenue to position the Museum to embark on new initiatives in the coming year and beyond. “We are extremely thrilled to have Elyse join us at this critical juncture for the Museum,” said Jack Kliger, Museum President & CEO. “With the overwhelming success of the exhibition Auschwitz. Not long ago. Not far away. ... More

Turner Auctions + Appraisals announces the Glumac Collection of Furniture & Decorative Arts, Part II
SAN FRANCISCO, CA.- Turner Auctions + Appraisals is pleased to present the Julianna Southall Glumac Collection, Part II, on Sunday, November 24, 2019 at 10:30 am PST, featuring a diverse and eclectic selection of furniture and decorative arts, mostly from the 18th-20th centuries. Mrs. Glumac was owner and curator of Southall Antiques, one of San Francisco's finest antique dealers for 20 years. This online auction offers and intriguing array of over 165 lots. Artworks from the 19th and 20th centuries feature oils, watercolors, gouaches, mixed media, ink and lithographs from international artists. Furniture pieces include elegant side chairs and armchairs from the 18thearly 20th century, a 19th-century mahogany dining table, French and Chinese side tables, trumeau and Neoclassicalstyle mirrors, a seven-panel screen, and two giant clam shells. ... More

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On a day like today, Mexican painter and illustrator Miguel Covarrubias was born
November 22, 1904. Miguel Covarrubias also known as José Miguel Covarrubias Duclaud (22 November 1904 - 4 February 1957) was a Mexican painter, caricaturist, illustrator, ethnologist and art historian. Miguel's artwork and celebrity caricatures have been featured in The New Yorker and Vanity Fair magazines. In this image: Covarrubias's caricature of himself as an Olmec.

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