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Exhibition brings to light relationships between Vermeer and his contemporaries

Some 65 masterpieces by Johannes Vermeer and his contemporaries are grouped by theme, composition, and technique, thereby demonstrating how these painters admired, challenged, and pushed each other to greater artistic achievement.

WASHINGTON, DC.- More than 20 years after the legendary exhibition Johannes Vermeer, the National Gallery of Art, Washington, presents Vermeer and the Masters of Genre Painting: Inspiration and Rivalry. On view in the West Building from October 22, 2017, through January 21, 2018, the exhibition examines the artistic exchanges among Dutch Golden Age painters from 1650 to 1675, when they reached the height of their technical ability and mastery at depicting domestic life. Some 65 masterpieces by Johannes Vermeer and his contemporaries—including Gerard ter Borch, Gerrit Dou, Pieter de Hooch, Nicolas Maes, Eglon van der Neer, Caspar Netscher, and Jacob Ochtervelt—are grouped by theme, composition, and technique, thereby demonstrating how these painters admired, challenged, and pushed each other to greater artistic achievement. The paintings also reflect how these masters responded to the changing artistic climate of the Dutch Republic in the third quarter of ... More

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Art Institute of Chicago opens first U.S. exhibition of influential Latin American Modernist   Exhibition at the Louvre-Lens Museum brings together Italian works housed in Picardy and Nord-Pas de Calais   Smithsonian accepts First Lady Melania Trump's inaugural gown

Tarsila do Amaral. A Negra, 1923. Museu de Arte Contemporânea da Universidade de São Paulo. © Tarsila do Amaral Licenciamentos.

CHICAGO, IL.- The Art Institute of Chicago is presenting the first-ever North American exhibition devoted to the pivotal Brazilian artist Tarsila do Amaral (1886-1973). Tarsila, as she is known, is a paradigmatic figure in twentieth-century art whose groundbreaking work of the 1920s synthesized avant-garde aesthetics and Brazilian subjects to produce a powerful new modernism for her country. Among the most emblematic paintings of the Brazilian modern movement are A Negra (1923), Abaporu (1928), and Antropofagia (Anthropophagy) (1929); these icons all bear Tarsila’s signature and are on view in the exhibition, creating an extraordinary opportunity for global audiences to experience her influential work outside of Latin America. After the presentation at the Art Institute of Chicago, the exhibition will be on view at The Museum of Modern Art, New York, from February 11 through June 3, 2018. Bringing together more than ... More

D’après Andrea del Sarto (Florence, 1486 – Florence, 1530), Vierge à l’Enfant, saint Jean Baptiste et trois anges, dite Madone Corsini, 16e siècle. Huile sur cuivre. Valenciennes, Musée des Beaux-Arts © Musée des Beaux-Arts de valenciennes / Thomas Douvry.

LENS.- This year has been marked by a series of exhibitions called ‘Italian Hours, Treasures of Italian Painting in Picardy, 14th–18th centuries’, featuring a selection of 230 paintings from museums and churches in Picardy. Following on from the exhibition of 14th- and early 15th century Italian paintings at the Musée de Picardie in Amiens, of Renaissance works at the Musée Condé in Chantilly, of works from the 17th century at the MUDO-Musée de l’Oise and the Quadrilatère in Beauvais, and from the 18th century at the Musée National du Palais in Compiègne, the Louvre-Lens has organised an exhibition combining the Italian collections from Picardy and those from the Nord-Pas de Calais to mark the creation of the new Hauts-de-France region. The exhibition draws on work that has been carried out since the 1980s ... More

Mrs. Trump’s dress is a vanilla silk crepe off-the-shoulder gown with a slit skirt, ruffled accent trim from neckline to hem and a claret ribbon around the waist designed by Herv­é Pierre in collaboration with Mrs. Trump.

WASHINGTON, DC.- First Lady Melania Trump formally presented the gown she wore to the 2017 inaugural balls to the Smithsonian’s First Ladies Collection, Friday, Oct. 20, during a ceremony at the National Museum of American History. The gown will be displayed in the center of the museum’s popular exhibition, “The First Ladies,” beginning today. Mrs. Trump’s dress is a vanilla silk crepe off-the-shoulder gown with a slit skirt, ruffled accent trim from neckline to hem and a claret ribbon around the waist designed by Herv­é Pierre in collaboration with Mrs. Trump. Pierre is a French American fashion and costume designer. For decades, the First Ladies Collection has been one of the most popular attractions at the Smithsonian. The original first ladies exhibition of 1914 was the first display at the Smithsonian to prominently ... More

Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac to represent Valie Export   First international survey exhibition of the American artist Seth Price opens at the Museum Brandhorst   Top prices paid for Old Master paintings at Dorotheum auction

Valie Export, Kalashnikov, 2007. © VBK, Vienna 2010. Exhibition view, Belvedere, Vienna, 21010. Installation, 109 Russian Kalashnikov assault rifles, basins filled with waste oil, 2 videos, 3800 x 400 x 400 cm. Photo © AnnA BlaU.

PARIS.- Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac announced its representation of Valie Export. Valie Export was born in Linz, Austria, in 1940. After attending the Arts and Crafts College in Linz (1956-59), she enrolled at the Design Department of the Higher Federal Teaching and Research Institute of the Textile Industry in Vienna, where she studied from 1960 to 1964. In 1967, she decided on the name VALIE EXPORT as an artistic concept and logo. In 1967 she co-founded the Austrian Filmmakers’ Cooperative in Vienna, and took part in many important international exhibitions, including documenta 6 and 12 (1977 and 2007) and the Biennale di Venezia 1978, and 1980 for the Austrian Pavilion. Valie Export has taught at numerous international institutions, including the University of Wisconsin, ... More

Seth Price, Untitled, 2008. Sprühlack auf Aluverbund, 124 x 62,5 cm. Photo: Simon Vogel © Seth Price.

MUNICH.- The Museum Brandhorst presents the first international survey exhibition of the American artist Seth Price (b. 1973). The exhibition comprises over 100 works, including sculptures, films, photographs, designs, paintings, videos, clothing and textiles, web designs, music, and poetry. Since his artistic beginnings, Price has programmatically explored creative terrain outside the visual arts. He takes up production and marketing forms from the music industry, the fashion world, literary publishing and makes use of their dynamics in his art. His art deals with the fundamental changes that have taken place within visual culture that have gone hand in hand with the ubiquitous rise of digital media. Seth Price belongs to the intermediate generation born before the establishment of the Internet. Like others of his generation he has witnessed at first hand each step of its spread: the first computer games ... More

Felice Ficherelli (1603 - 1660) Saint Praxedis, oil on canvas, 115 x 90 cm, realized price € 350,508.

VIENNA.- Old masters are always in season – as the Dorotheum auction of 17th October 2017 once again showed, when numerous bidders vied to acquire the excellent selection of paintings at this well-attended event. The remarkable story behind the work of the Florentine painter Felice Ficherelli, as well as the fact that is has spent the last few centuries in a family collection, were reflected in the sensational 350,508 Euros paid by an art enthusiast for "St Praxedis". Dorotheum’s research revealed that the painting once so impressed the famous painter Jan Vermeer that he copied this particular version. Giovanni Paolo Castelli's (“Lo Spadino“) pre-Surrealist allegorical series of the four seasons rendered in fruits and plants reached a total of 436,956 Euros. Simon Vouet's picture of a high-ranking officer was acquired by an international museum for an excellent 295,800 Euros. A newly discovered Guercino work ... More

Private collection displayed publicly for the first time at the San Diego Museum of Art   Jean-Michel Basquiat's painting 'Jim Crow' sells for $17.7 million at Christie's Paris   The Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago celebrates its 50th anniversary with major exhibition

Fernando De Szyszlo, House Eight (Casa-Ocho), 1978.

SAN DIEGO, CA.- The San Diego Museum of Art presents Modern Masters from Latin America: The Pérez Simón Collection, an exhibition showcasing 102 works of art by some of the greatest modern masters from countries including Argentina, Brazil, Bolivia, Chile, Colombia, Cuba, Ecuador, Guatemala, Mexico, Nicaragua, Peru, Uruguay, and Venezuela. Drawn from one of the world’s foremost private collections, this exhibition illustrates the multifaceted history of Latin American modernism. The collection will be on view at the Museum October 21, 2017 through March 11, 2018. Spanning the late 1800s to the first decade of this century, Modern Masters from Latin America: The Pérez Simón Collection represents more than 75 artists, each celebrated for their respective techniques and regional influence on modernism. Noteworthy artists include Frida Kahlo, Rufino Tamayo, Fernando Botero, Jose Maria ... More

Jean-Michel Basquiat, Jim Crow, 1986 (detail). © Christie’s Images Limited 2017.

PARIS.- Christie’s FIAC week sales continued with a packed sale room for the evening auction of the Regards Croisés: Collection Jean-François & Marie-Aline Prat, which realised a stunning €36,5M/£32,8M/$43M selling 91% by lot and 98% by value. In his first time on the Parisian rostrum, Global President Jussi Pylkkanen sold 32 important works of art, including the Basquiat’s 1986 painting Jim Crow which sold for €15M becoming the most expensive artwork by the artist sold in France. Paul Nyzam, Head of Sale: “It has been a real honor to work with Marie-Aline Prat for the past year organising this exceptional sale. Tonight’s evening auction marked a new turning point for Christie’s France Post-War & Contemporary art department. Collections of such a high quality can be counted of the fingers of one hand, and the exceptional results realised illustrate how important this family has been ... More

Franz West, Blue, 2006. © Archiv Franz West, Vienna. Photo: Nathan Keay, © MCA Chicago.

CHICAGO, IL.- The Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago celebrates its 50th anniversary in October with an exciting series of exhibitions, programs, and events, and the unveiling of the building’s new redesign. The centerpiece of the 50th anniversary is We Are Here, a major three-part exhibition drawn from the MCA’s significant collection of contemporary masterworks that explores how contemporary art and culture have the power to change the way we see the world. The exhibition focuses on how contemporary artists critique the world around them and respond creatively and often provocatively, and how viewers have become an important part of that experience. Each of the three parts of the We Are Here exhibition is organized by one of the MCA’s global team of curators -- Senior Curator Omar Kholeif, Curator Naomi Beckwith, and Associate Curator José Esparza ... More

Exhibition at Centre Pompidou Metz offers a fresh look at contemporary Japanese art   First-ever retrospective of Louise Dahl-Wolfe to be held in the UK opens at the Fashion and Textile Museum, London   Paula Rego's "The Boy Who Loved the Sea and Other Stories" opens at Jerwood Gallery

Tadanori Yokoo, Céramique Rado, 1989. FNAC 93780. Centre national des arts plastiques © droits réservés / Cnap.

METZ.- Torn between a powerful cultural heritage and a national discourse on modernization, alternating between phases of openness and withdrawal, the cultural evolution of Japan in the early 1970s was marked by major social, political and natural events. Exhibition curator Yuko Hasegawa looks back on these turbulent decades during which Japan oscillated between globalisation and affirming its identity. In 1970, the Osaka Universal Exposition and the 10th Tokyo Biennale marked the beginning of a transitional period during which Japanese visual arts freed themselves from Western influence present since the post-war period. Japanese artists adopted an economy of means embodied by two movements, one concerned with materials (Monoha), the other conceptual (Nippon-Gainen-ha). In the 1980s, Japanese cultural identity evolved into an embodiment ... More

Twins at the Beach, Nassau, 1949. Photograph by Louise Dahl-Wolfe. Collection Staley Wise Galley. ©1989 Center for Creative Photography, Arizona Board of Regents.

LONDON.- The Fashion and Textile Museum, London, announces the first-ever retrospective of the American photographer Louise Dahl-Wolfe to be held in the UK. A pioneer of modern fashion photography, the exhibition presents over 100 works highlighting how Dahl-Wolfe defined the image of the modern, independent woman. Louise Dahl-Wolfe (1895–1989) is one of the most important women photographers of the 20th century. Her work in the thirties, forties and fifties brought an informal and contemporary approach to fashion that had enormous influence on Richard Avedon, Irving Penn and the other great photographers who followed. A uniquely American artist, this is the first major survey of her work in the UK and is timed to coincide with a resurgence of interest in female photographers. Many of Louise ... More

The Hateful Aunt and Her Son, Paula Rego, 2017. © the artist. Courtesy Marlborough Fine Art.

HASTINGS.- World-renowned artist Dame Paula Rego's work is on view at Jerwood Gallery in Hastings this autumn, with an exhibition that includes brand new works and others which have never been publicly exhibited before. Paula Rego: The Boy Who Loved the Sea and Other Stories has at its heart a body of new paintings, drawings and sculptures, inspired by a 2005 story by Hélia Correia called The Boy Who Loved the Sea. It provides the starting point for this exhibition that also investigates both her genius for story-telling and her strengths as an artist. Now 82, Paula Rego is one of the most significant artists working today. Best known as a painter of stories, she was born and brought up by the coast in Portugal and has had a fascination with the sea since her childhood. Stories have long been a fruitful source of subject matter for Paula Rego and were very important to her from childhood: “An old woman ... More

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Charles Rennie Mackintosh watercolour secured for Scotland
EDINBURGH.- An outstanding, rare watercolour by the world-renowned artist and architect Charles Rennie Mackintosh (1868-1928) has been acquired for the nation at auction. The new acquisition will go on show at the Scottish National Gallery for the first time this autumn. The Road Through the Rocks, a beautiful view of a southern French landscape painted between 1926 and 1927, was purchased at the Edinburgh auction house Lyon & Turnbull for £65,000. It will feature in a display at the Gallery which runs from 20 October to mid-January 2018, coinciding with the 150th anniversary celebrations of the acclaimed artist’s birth. The striking watercolour will be displayed alongside Mont Alba, the Galleries’ only other Mackintosh watercolour and three Mackintosh watercolours on long loan to the Galleries, including Palalda, Pyrénées-Orientales, an ... More

National Postal Museum opens art exhibition celebrating beautiful blooms on stamps
WASHINGTON, DC.- “Beautiful Blooms: Flowering Plants on Stamps,” opened today, Oct. 20, at the Smithsonian’s National Postal Museum. The exhibition, open through July 14, 2019, celebrates the variety of flowering plants commemorated on U.S. postage stamps during the past 50 years and explores the symbiotic relationship between flowering plants, bees, birds and butterflies. The exhibition showcases 33 botanical artworks from the renowned Postmaster General’s Collection, on long-term loan to the National Postal Museum from the U.S. Postal Service. Created in partnership with Smithsonian Gardens, “Beautiful Blooms” invites visitors to observe and appreciate not only the compelling artwork, but also the creative process behind stamp design. By juxtaposing concept art and final art, and by linking larger-scale art with images on actual stamps, ... More

Manuscripts & Bibles exceed estimates in Swann Galleries' $500k Early Printed Books Auction
NEW YORK, NY.- Swann Auction Galleries’ auction of Early Printed, Medical, Scientific & Travel Books on Tuesday, October 17 garnered eager interest from bibliophiles, exceeding the sale’s high estimate and earning more than half a million dollars. In a focused offering with just more than 300 lots, 92% of works found buyers, with particularly active bidding for Bibles, incunabula, and early manuscript material. The top lot of the sale was Lo libre del regiment dels princeps, Barcelona, 1480, a Catalan-language guide for princes by Aegidius Romanus, which sold for $50,000, above a high estimate of $15,000, a record for the work. The book, translated from the original Latin by Arnau Stranyol, is especially noteworthy as Catalan-language incunabula appear so infrequently at auction, and this appears to be the fourth work ever published in that language. Another ... More

Palais de Tokyo devotes its entire exhibition space to Camille Henrot
PARIS.- In Autumn 2017 Palais de Tokyo gives its entire exhibition space to Camille Henrot (born in Paris in 1978, lives in New York) for the third installment of its series of cartes blanches exhibitions, which began in 2013 with Philippe Parreno and continued in 2016 with Tino Sehgal. The carte blanche offered to Henrot — winner of the Silver Lion at the 55th Venice Biennale (2013) as well as the Nam June Paik Award (2014) and the Edward Munch Award (2015) — is an occasion to discover the ever-expanding fields of inquiry that influence her idiosyncratic sculptures, drawings, video and installations. The exhibition explores the ways in which the invention of the seven day week structures our relationship to time. It reveals the way the notion of the week reassures us — giving us routines and a common framework — just as much as it alienates us, creating a set ... More

Major gifts to Academy Museum of Motion Pictures advance fundraising campaign above $300 million mark
LOS ANGELES, CA.- Kerry Brougher, Director of the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures, today announced three major gifts toward the creation of this institution, bringing fundraising to more than $300M, nearly 80 percent of its $388M campaign goal. When it opens in 2019, the Academy Museum will be the world’s premier film museum—located in Los Angeles, the acknowledged moviemaking capital of the world. Bob Iger, CEO of the Walt Disney Company and Chair of the Campaign for the Academy Museum, said, “We’re enormously grateful to Bloomberg Philanthropies, Netflix, the Charles V. Roven Family Foundation and the Thomas Spiegel Family Foundation for their generous support, and are thrilled to welcome them to a growing community of extraordinary donors who share our vision and are helping us build an Academy Museum as dynamic and vibrant ... More

Turner Auctions + Appraisals to offer the Craig Miller Collection of Trains & Toys
SAN FRANCISCO, CA.- Turner Auctions + Appraisals will present The Craig Miller Collection of Trains & Toys on November 12, 2017. Assembled over 50+ years, the remarkable collection includes many rare and unusual items from U.S. and international makers, both antique and modern. Many items are in excellent to like-new condition. Offering over 175 lots, the online sale features makers such as Lionel, American Flyer, Dorfan, Ives, C&F, Elektoy, Converse, Kusan, Williams, Sunset 3rd Rail, MTH, Varney Sirus, Atlas, Rich-Art, Pride Lines, McCoy, Creswell, Cohen, Buddy-L, JAD, Kingsbury, Marklin, Bing, Edobaud, Paya, Lima, Buco, and Japanese brass. Train accessories, toys and numerous reference books round out the sale. Turner Auctions + Appraisals begins its online auction on Sunday, November 12 at 10:30 am PST; sale items can be previewed and bid on now. ... More

Closer to the Beautiful World: Klein Sun Gallery opens group exhibition
NEW YORK, NY.- Klein Sun Gallery announces the exhibition: Closer to the Beautiful World, on view from October 12 through November 25, 2017. Curated by Janet Fong, the show includes selected works by Chen Xi, Hu Yinping, Wang Jiajia, Yang Xinjia and Zhang Zhaoying. Abraham Maslow, the renowned American psychologist, once suggested, “The reason why we attempt to approach the ‘beautiful world’ is because we live in a world that lacks choices and in reality is filled with perversity, ignorance, hypocrisy, and ugliness.” [i] While we all agree that there is some distance that separates the “beautiful world” from reality, do the two at least overlap in some respect? Maslow maintained that the hierarchy of needs is supported by basic necessities such as food, shelter, and safety, and is crowned with self-actualization which can be achieved through “peak ... More

Works by Lichtenstein, Picasso and Man Ray highlight Doyle's Nov 1 Auction of Prints & Multiples
NEW YORK, NY.- A fine selection of prints and multiples from the 17th through the 21st centuries will be offered in Doyle’s auction of Prints & Multiples on Wednesday, November 1 at 10am. European prints are highlighted by Joan Miró’s Constellations portfolio, the complete set of two signed and numbered color lithographs and 22 color pochoir reproductions after gouaches by the artist, 1959 (est. $50,000-70,000) and Man Ray’s iconic Les Amoureux, A L’heure de L’observatoire, color lithograph, 1970, which depicts the monumental floating lips of Lee Miller, the artist’s photography assistant and lover (est. $20,000-30,000). Also featured are several works by and after Sonia Delaunay-Terk, including color lithographs and a monumental hand-woven tapestry, Automne (est. $20,000-30,000). Prints by Marc Chagall are highlighted by Le Verger (The Orchard), color ... More

First comprehensive retrospective of the work of Carolee Schneemann opens at MoMA PS1
LONG ISLAND CITY, NY.- MoMA PS1 will present the first comprehensive retrospective of the work of Carolee Schneemann (American, b. 1939) in the United States, bringing together over 300 works spanning her prolific six-decade career. As one of the most groundbreaking artists of the second half of the twentieth century, Schneemann’s pioneering investigations into the social construction of the female body and the sexual and cultural biases implicit in traditional art historical narratives have had an indelible impact on subsequent generations of artists. Carolee Schneemann: Kinetic Painting will be on view from October 22, 2017 to March 11, 2018. Carolee Schneemann: Kinetic Painting begins with rarely seen examples of the artist’s early paintings from the 1950s, charting their evolution into assemblages made in the 1960s— which integrated found ... More

Kunstmuseum Luzern opens exhibition of works by Barbara Davi
LUCERNE.- German-speaking Switzerland’s oldest art academy is celebrating its anniversary in 2017. Over the past 140 years, the academy Hochschule Luzern – Design & Kunst (HSLU D&K), albeit under varying names, has produced countless sculptors, drawing teachers, illustrators, textile designers and fine artists. With the three-part exhibition series Fortsetzung folgt (To be continued), the Kunstmuseum Luzern and the akku Kunstplattform are focussing on the question of what has become of those former students. On show are current works by about 20 artists between the ages of 30 and 84. For Part 2 of Fortsetzung folgt, Barbara Davi is mounting a solo exhibition for which she has made a whole series of new works. Four large sculptures made of bent sheets of aluminium respond to the exhibition space, the window and the room height, taking ... More

Thomas Rehbein Galerie opens exhibition of new works by Pauline M'barek
COLOGNE.- Thomas Rehbein Galerie is presenting new works by Pauline M’barek (*1979). In Pauline M’barek’s works the human body appears as an instrument of inquiry. It is a medium to gain access to the world, allowing to acquire fundamental experience by means of sensory impressions that also serve to establish contact to the environment. Through the senses, human beings experience and engage actively with their surroundings, “grasping” them with hands and mind. The body is an integral component of the self, while at the same time it provides access to the outer world. As a border between self and other the body appears both permeable and compact, open and closed. Simultaneously subject and object, it bears and leaves traces of interaction. M’barek deals with processes of perception, which she detects and converts into an image or a concrete ... More

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On a day like today, Italian painter Domenico Zampieri was born
October 21, 1581. Domenico Zampieri (or Domenichino; October 21, 1581 - April 6, 1641) was an Italian Baroque painter of the Bolognese School, or Carracci School, of painters. Domenichino's work, developed principally from Raphael's and the Carracci's examples, mirrors the theoretical ideas of G. B. Agucchi, with whom the painter collaborated on a Treatise on Painting (Domenichino's portrait of Agucchi in York occasionally has been attributed to Annibale Carracci). In this image: Apparition of the Virgin and Child and San Gennaro at the Miraculous Oil Lamp, 1637 - 38, Cathedral of Naples.

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