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Rare artefacts on show in the UK for the first time for major new Jacobites exhibition

Bonnie Prince Charlie and the Jacobites installation view.

EDINBURGH.- Rare treasures from Rome and the Vatican will go on display in the United Kingdom for the first time as a key part of a major new exhibition at the National Museum of Scotland. These outstanding artefacts form part of the largest exhibition about the Jacobites to be held in over 70 years. Bonnie Prince Charlie and the Jacobites presents more than 300 spectacular treasures, drawn from National Museums Scotland’s own collections and those of 44 lenders including other major institutions across Scotland, the UK and Europe. These include Royal Collection, the Royal Armouries, the Musée de Louvre, the National Galleries, National Records and National Library of Scotland as well as a number of private collections. Three marble grave markers, formerly in St Peter’s Basilica, for Charles Edward Stuart, his younger brother, Henry Benedict and their father, James VIII and III will leave Rome for the very first time, as loans from the ... More

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Sotheby's to offer one of the great American collections of non-western art remaining in private hands   Eli Wilner & Company creates a frame for a Cassatt at the North Carolina Museum of Art   Christie's to offer the Jean-François and Marie-Aline Prat Collection

The dedicated auction is led by a magnificent selection of important Kota Reliquary Figures from Gabon – icons of African art. Courtesy Sotheby’s.

NEW YORK, NY.- Sotheby’s announced that the Collection of Edwin & Cherie Silver, Los Angeles, will be offered in a single-owner auction of African, Oceanic, Pre-Columbian, and American Indian Art during the height of the New York auction season in November. The dedicated auction is led by a magnificent selection of important Kota Reliquary Figures from Gabon – icons of African art. Assembled during the golden age of American post-war collecting in these categories, the group is a time capsule of the caliber of artwork that was available to collectors decades ago, but is very rarely found in the market today. The collection comprises more than 100 works and has an estimated total value in excess of $10 million. In addition to the famed group of Kota Reliquary Figures, the collection includes a major group of Pre-Columbian terracottas from Ancient West Mexico, acquired in the early years of Edwin and Cherie’s collecting; ... More

Mary Stevenson Cassatt (American, 1844-1926, active in France 1871-1926), Portrait of Madame X Dressed for the Matinée, 1877-78, oil on canvas, 39 5/8 x 31 13/16 in. (100.6 x 80.8 cm), Gift of Charlotte Hanes in memory of her husband, R. Philip Hanes Jr., and gift of anonymous donors, 2013 (2013.9). Framed by Eli Wilner and Company with a carved and gilded replica of the frame on the Degas painting, Dancers Practicing at the Barre, 1877.

NEW YORK, NY.- As a part of their gifting program, Eli Wilner and Company created a handcrafted replica frame for a Mary Cassatt painting, Portrait of Madame X Dressed for the Matinée, 1822-78, in the collection of the North Carolina Museum of Art. The Cassatt painting was selected to be reframed by John Coffey, the Deputy Director for Collections and Research and Curator of American and Modern Art at the NCMA. Mr. Coffey had chosen Portrait of Madame X because the artwork represented both an important painting in the museum’s collection and a focal point for any gallery within which it might be displayed. Together with Eli Wilner and ... More

Franks Stella, Untitled (rainbow type) Estimate : €800,000 – 1,200,000. © Christie’s Images Limited 2017.

PARIS.- Christie’s is honoured to announce the sale of the collection of Jean-François (who died in 2011) and Marie-Aline Prat on Friday 20 and Saturday 21 October 2017, during the week long Paris international contemporary art fair, FIAC. Comprising more than 200 works, this exceptional collection is a testimony to almost half a century of a passion shared by an inseparable couple, united by the same passion for modern, post-war and contemporary art. Including some of the most important international figures of the 20th century, such as JeanMichel Basquiat, Sigmar Polke, Lucio Fontana and Robert Ryman, the collection also highlights the Prats’ taste for French artists like Jean Dubuffet, Yves Klein, Simon Hantaï and Martin Barré. Estimated in the region of €30,000,000 to 40,000,000, this auction will be divided into two sessions (evening and day sales) with a ... More

Most comprehensive overview of Frank Bowling's monumental paintings ever mounted opens at Haus der Kunst   Exhibition at Tanya Bonakdar Gallery weaves together three bodies of work by Meschac Gaba   Imperial War Museum North presents largest UK retrospective of Wyndham Lewis

Frank Bowling, Middle Passage, 1970. Acrylic on canvas, 321 x 281 cm. Courtesy the Artist © VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2017.

MUNICH.- Going back fifty years into Frank Bowling's career, Haus der Kunst presents "Frank Bowling: Mappa Mundi", the most comprehensive overview of the artist's monumental paintings ever on view. Born in Bartica, British Guiana, in 1934, Frank Bowling in the aftermath of World War II left his native country at the age of 19, arriving in London in 1953, as part of the momentous wave of Anglophone West Indian and Caribbean populations that migrated to England. Later he would study painting at The Slade School, and Royal College of Art, distinguishing himself - next to David Hockney - with the silver medal for painting in RCA's 1962 graduating class. Starting in the mid-1960s, Bowling began to surpass the rigid geometries of the pictorial field. The decisive moment of Bowling's artistic maturation was his move from London to New York in 1966. New York had produced postwar abstract painting of a certain scale and ambition. Bowling's painter ... More

Meschac Gaba, St. John Episcopal Church, 2017. Braided wig of synthetic hair, 53 x 17 x 14 inches; 134.6 x 43.2 x 35.6 cm. Courtesy the artist and Tanya Bonakdar Gallery, New York.

NEW YORK, NY.- Tanya Bonakdar Gallery announces its second solo exhibition with Meschac Gaba. On view June 22–July 28, 2017, the exhibition weaves together three bodies of work, forging a powerful commentary on contemporary cultural identity and the current state of immigrants and refugees. Inspired by his experience living between the Netherlands and Benin since the late 1990s, Gaba has navigated and closely examined national and transnational identity constructs under the tumult of globalization. By playfully restructuring relationships between the Western world and developing worlds, the local and the global, art and the everyday, Gaba brings into question dominant codes and frameworks of identity and value. In the gallery’s ground floor exhibition space, the artist presents a large-scale, multi-colored participatory work entitled Reflection Room Tent. Creating a direct reference ... More

Wyndham Lewis (1882-1957), Red Portrait (Froanna), 1937. Oil on canvas. Private Collection. Photo Crane Kalman Gallery, London. © The Wyndham Lewis Memorial Trust / Bridgeman Images.

MANCHESTER.- From 23 June 2017 until 1 January 2018, IWM North will present Wyndham Lewis: Life, Art, War, the largest UK retrospective of the artist’s work to date. Marking one hundred years since Lewis (18 November 1882 - 7 March 1957) was first commissioned as an official war artist in 1917, the exhibition will comprise of more than 160 artworks, books, journals and pamphlets from major public and private, national and international collections. Staged in Imperial War Museums’ centenary year, Wyndham Lewis: Life, Art, War will be IWM’s largest visual arts exhibition to date. A radical force in British art and literature, Lewis was the founder of Britain’s only true avant-garde movement, Vorticism. Lewis’ life and art encompassed the most violent and chaotic period in human history; from the First World War to the nuclear age. He was a controversial figure whose ideas, opinions and personality ... More

Capitain Petzel opens exhibition of new paintings, drawings and films by Sarah Morris   Sotheby's to offer 140 haute couture pieces from the private collection of Didier Ludot   Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac opens exhibition of new works by Daniel Richter

Sarah Morris, "Conversation", 2017 (detail), Household gloss paint on canvas, 152.5 x 152.5 cm / 60 x 60 inches © the Artist, Courtesy Capitain Petzel, Berlin, photo: Christopher Burke.

BERLIN.- Capitain Petzel is presenting the second solo exhibition of New York-based artist Sarah Morris, titled after the film noir classic »Cloak and Dagger« directed by Fritz Lang. The exhibition points towards the fictional, internal and external architectural landscape inhabited by Lang. For the show the artist realized the large site-specific wall painting »Elixir« and a series of new paintings and drawings. Morris´s film »Finite and Infinite Games« as well as a new film »Mimosa Tank: A Prologue for a Film« are on view. »Finite and Infinite Games« which Morris completed earlier this year, casts German theorist, writer and filmmaker Alexander Kluge in a philosophical conflict and performance juxtaposed to the empty and not yet opened Elbphilharmonie in Hamburg. Morris sees this space as a »void«. She used the concert hall in ... More

Givenchy Autumn / Winter 1956. Robe de petit dîner. A couture black satin dress. Estimate: €1,500-2,000. Courtesy Sotheby’s.

PARIS.- Sotheby’s announced its second sale of Haute Couture to take place in Paris on Tuesday 3 October. In association with Kerry Taylor Auctions, it will offer at auction 140 Petites robes noires, “little back dresses” from the private collection of Didier Ludot. Sotheby’s offered a glimpse of Ludot’s collection in July 2015, when legendary items by the greatest Paris couturiers were exhibited at the Galerie Charpentier, attracting the keen interest of major collectors, women who wished to buy to wear, alike. This second sale celebrates an iconic garment - La petite robe noire (the little black dress), a timeless wardrobe staple that has fascinated couturiers, flattered women and enchanted men for almost a century. The sale on 3 October will offer a fresh look at this fashion classic as Ludot again calls on Sotheby’s savoir-faire to sell part of his collection. “Today I pay tribute ... More

Daniel Richter, Klebriges von mir, 2017. Oil on canvas, 210,3 x 160,3 cm (82,8 x 63,1 in). Courtesy Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac, London · Paris · Salzburg © Daniel Richter / Adagp, Paris, 2017. Photo: Jochen Littkemann.

PARIS.- Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac Paris Marais presents Le Freak, an exhibition of new works by Daniel Richter. The exhibition coincides with a retrospective of his work, shown successively at the Louisiana Museum in Humlebaek, Denmark, the 21er Haus Museum of Contemporary Art in the Vienna Belvedere, and due to open on 1 July at the Camden Arts Centre in London. Daniel Richter's new group of works, Le Freak, is a continuation of the series Hello, I love you (2015/16, Kunsthalle Schirn, Frankfurt), which constitutes a radical departure from the artist’s style of the last decade: ‘I wanted to get away from a certain kind of narration and from the theatre stage and from the burden of already knowing what I’m about to do’, Daniel Richter stated last year. In the new ... More

Racing legend Jack Sears' collection to be offered at Bonhams Goodwood Revival sale   "Flower Power: Spirit of the Summer of Love in Full Bloom" opens at the Asian Art Museum   Farm-to-Table: Exhibition presents epicurean works from the Allan Stone Collection

The ex-John Willment Racing Team 1963 Ford Galaxie 500 being put through its paces by Jack Sears at Silvertone in 1964 (£180,000-220,000). Photo: Bonhams.

LONDON.- On 9 September 2017, Bonhams will offer the collection of the late Jack Sears, winner of the inaugural British Touring Car Championship, at the Goodwood Revival Sale. Erudite and always immaculately turned out, Sears was known as ‘Gentleman Jack,’ by his countless friends in the motoring world, and was one of the most versatile and talented racers of the 1950s and 1960s. He made his racing debut at Goodwood in an MG TC, whilst also regularly competing in Veteran Car Club rallies. Even single-seaters formed part of his extensive racing repertoire, with a third place finish in a Formula 2 Cooper at Crystal Palace in 1960. Sears then progressed to the international motoring stage with drives at Le Mans 24 Hours in a works Austin Healey 3000, a class win in a Ferrari 330LMB at La Sarthe and a GT class win in a Daytona ... More

Vase with “one hundred flowers” motif. China; Jingdezhen, Jiangxi province, Qing dynasty, reign of the Qianlong emperor (1736–1795). Porcelain with overglaze enamels. Asian Art Museum, The Avery Brundage Collection , B65P13. Photo: © Asian Art Museum.

SAN FRANCISCO, CA.- The 50th anniversary of the Summer of Love in San Francisco conjures images of hippies frolicking in the park with daisies in their hair. But the power of flowers to inspire peace and love goes back far more than 50 years and far beyond our city shores. From June 23 – Oct. 1, 2017 the Asian Art Museum presents Flower Power , an original exhibition of pan-Asian artworks that reveals the powerful language of flowers across times and cultures. The exhibition brings to light unexpected connections among gloriously gilded folding screens, modern-looking lacquers, rare porcelains, sumptuous textiles, and contemporary installations of live flowers and sensory-igniting multimedia. Drawn ... More

Raoul Middleman, Strawberries, 1968 (detail). Oil on board, 8 x 8 1/8 in.

NEW YORK, NY.- Allan Stone Projects presents Farm-to-Table: Epicurean Works From the Allan Stone Collection on view June 22 – August 11, 2017. The exhibition draws from the rich variety of food and food related works that dealer Allan Stone collected throughout his lifetime. Food, still lifes, and animals are common subjects for many artists, providing a glimpse into the earthly pleasures of gastronomy. Whether ironic or sensuous, the works in the exhibition explore the visual delight of food and its related themes. A highlight of the exhibition is Randall Deihl’s painting, Nick’s Nest, 1981, which relates closely to his painting Sweets, 1980, in the collection of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. Diehl made several works depicting Nick’s Nest, a diner he frequented when he lived in Northampton, Massachusetts at the time. The highly detailed painting shows the humble interior of a restaurant noted for its hot ... More

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Griot Museum presents "Through Darkness to Light: Photographs Along the Underground Railroad"
ST. LOUIS, MO.- They left in the middle of the night -- often carrying little more than the knowledge to follow the North Star. In the decades prior to the Civil War in 1865, an estimated one hundred thousand slaves became passengers on the Underground Railroad, a journey of untold hardship, in search of freedom. In Through Darkness to Light: Photographs Along the Underground Railroad, a traveling exhibition which opens June 23 at the Griot Museum of Black History (2505 St. Louis Avenue, St. Louis, MO 63106), American photographer Jeanine Michna-Bales presents a remarkable series of images taken in the dead of night that reveal historical sites, cities and places that freedom-seekers passed through, including homes of abolitionists who offered them sanctuary. Michna-Bales' haunting photographs follow a route from the cotton plantations of central ... More

Cleveland Museum of Art introduces a touchscreen-free approach to integrating art
CLEVELAND, OH.- The Cleveland Museum of Art, in its latest initiative to use game-changing technology that enhances the experience of its visitors and their connection with the museum’s world-renowned collection, has reimagined its award-winning Gallery One concept with the introduction of the ARTLENS Gallery. Guests will get a chance to preview ARTLENS Gallery during the museum’s ninth annual Solstice celebration on June 24, 2017. Beginning the next day, all visitors will have the opportunity to experience the space. The museum will formally celebrate ARTLENS Gallery on September 10, 2017, Grandparents Day. ARTLENS Gallery encompasses and improves upon the original four components of Gallery One, now known under the new ARTLENS name: · ARTLENS Exhibition, where masterworks are intertwined with digital interactives · ARTLENS Studio, ... More

Exhibition at Cassina Projects looks at the work of three international artists
NEW YORK, NY.- Cassina Projects and ARTUNER are presenting In Praise of Shadows, a new exhibition on view at Cassina Projects. This is the fourth chapter of a joint exhibition programme between the two ventures. In 1933, the Japanese novelist Jun’ichiro Tanizaki wrote the seminal essay on Japanese aesthetics ‘In Praise of Shadows’, outlining some of the key tenets of the country’s particular way of perceiving light and darkness. Although specific to Japan, today Tanizaki’s essay more widely speaks to an aesthetic sensibility that has spread to the West as well: an appreciation for the patina given by age, for humble materials, for muted hues, and for sombre, yet poignant compositions. This exhibition looks at the work of three international artists who “find beauty not in the thing ... More

Rare Harry Potter first edition offered at Bloomsbury Auctions
LONDON.- Bloomsbury Auctions will host an auction of Rare Books and Works on Paper including Photographs and Autographs on 20th July 2017, commencing at 1pm. Leading the sale is a first edition Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone by J.K Rowling, from 1997, which includes the original pictorial boards and those with beady eyes will notice “1 wand” listed twice on page 53. J.K Rowling’s Harry Potter series has been published in over 2,200 languages and dialects worldwide demonstrating the strength of interest in her work. This summer marks twenty years since this phenomenal book first enchanted millions of readers spanning all generations and it is expected to attract intense bidding from collectors. Two very rare atlases after Claudius Ptolemaeus are the auction’s top lots by value and both were acquired by the present owner’s great uncle in the 1940s ... More

Foam opens exhibition of works by Roger Ballen and Asger Carlsen
AMSTERDAM.- In the collaborative project titled No Joke, artists Roger Ballen (1950, VS) and Asger Carlsen (1973, DK) explore the more sinister sides of the human psyche. Together the duo produced 37 images, without ever working in the same studio at the same time: their creative exchange and co-creation has been a purely online affair. Their menacing work evokes a sense of anxiety and longing that is usually experienced only in dreams. Although Roger Ballen lives in Johannesburg and Asger Carlsen in New York, the two artists have been working together online for some four years. In their bizarre universe, Carlsen’s use of the human body as a plastic medium and Ballen’s interest in collages and the occult merge together. They create an outlandish world full of distorted bodies, manic creatures, flesh and rough sketches in black, white and grey. Both frightening ... More

E X I T: rodolphe janssen opens group exhibition
BRUSSELS.- In art history the concept of an exit has long been associated with a break from tradition. Over time, exits have arrived as a result of artists considering new ways in which art could be made, as accepted standards were broken. Departures and ruptures within the visual arts have been linked to those occurring in society and politics. Many, throughout history, have resulted in significant changes to the world and to the lives of people. Some, which have been voted for, seemingly democratically by citizens, have been celebrated and praised, while others have been debated, doubted, and regretted, both within and beyond the confines of immediate influence and concern. E X I T is an exhibition that considers what it is to exit, to depart, to leave or be left, both with and without consent. Its leverage point is taken partly from the issue of Brexit, which likewise has been ... More

Technologies, physical objects and natural processes cast anew through three engaging installations
VANCOUVER.- Opening on June 24, 2017, the Vancouver Art Gallery will feature Persistence, on view until October 1, 2017. Persistence draws together three recent contemporary installations to explore the surprising and creative ways that technologies, physical objects and natural processes endure and transform. “We are extremely proud to showcase three major installations by Julia Feyrer, Tamara Henderson, Shelagh Keeley and Germaine Koh from the Gallery’s collection,” says Kathleen S. Bartels, Director of the Vancouver Art Gallery. “Looking at natural systems, cycles of economic forces, and the symbolic significance of everyday objects that surround us, these works have viewers directly contemplate the very rhythms of modern life.” The exhibition’s premise is inspired by Canadian media critic Marshall McLuhan and his ideas concerning obsolescence ... More

Beijing-based artist Ji Zhou's most recent series of works on view at Klein Sun Gallery
NEW YORK, NY.- Klein Sun Gallery announces Ji Zhou: Real Illusion, the artist's second solo exhibition with the gallery, on view from June 22 through August 5, 2017. Using photography as his main medium, Beijing-based artist Ji Zhou’s most recent series of works chronicles the daily changes of light, texture, and activity within natural and urban scenes. By documenting instances of a place throughout the day and recompiling them, the circadian rhythm is collapsed creating a single atemporal image. As a result, we are presented with information that is both factual and illusory, similar to Claude Monet’s Rouen Cathedral Series (1892 - 1894) and Vincent Van Gogh’s Haystacks (1888). With Building 3 (2017), Ji Zhou illustrates a reconstruction of a cityscape. He creates a collage by overlapping images of the same scene, each portrayed under a different degree of illumination. ... More

Charlie Smith London opens exhibition of works by Dominic Shepherd
LONDON.- In his fourth solo exhibition at the gallery, Dominic Shepherd continues to marry a deep and ongoing interest in mythology with a personalised, idiosyncratic worldview. Made as part of the series Old England, the paintings in this exhibition reach beyond the personal and historical to the political. “Britain, surrounded by water, is a haunted isle. Colonialism; slavery; conquest; feudalism; reformation; democracy; civil war. Every locus is invested with ghosts of the past, a misty and sentimentalised landscape.” In a climate where nationalism has gained so much traction globally, Shepherd addresses the relationship between actual and nostalgic notions of received traditions, opening onto a consideration of the complex relationship between Romanticism, folk, patriotism and nationalism. Viewed in the shadow of fundamental political change, Shepherd has been ... More

Design Miami/ Basel 2017 achieves record sales & attendance
BASEL.- Design Miami/ Basel concluded its highest turnover edition to-date this week with footfall of 28,800 visitors, including the world’s most significant collectors of modern and contemporary design. 47 leading design galleries from more countries than any past edition exhibited including participation from 12 of the 17 founding galleries and six first-time galleries. Jen Roberts, CEO of Design Miami/ said, “This edition of the fair confirmed for us that the global market for collectible design is as strong as ever and that the collector base for modern and contemporary design is growing. We noted major acquisitions from attendees around the globe, from New York to Lebanon and in-between.” Rodman Primack, Chief Creative Officer of Design Miami/ said, “We are in a privileged position with Design Miami/ Basel - with the support of the most influential gallerists and ... More

Chrysler Museum of Art announces Kate Hofheimer Wilson as Director of Development
NORFOLK, VA.- The Chrysler Museum of Art announced the appointment of Kate Hofheimer Wilson as Director of Development. She brings more than 13 years of nonprofit development experience in Hampton Roads to the Museum, where she will set fundraising goals and develop strategies to secure support. “I am thrilled to join the talented staff of the Chrysler Museum to bring even more amazing art and creative opportunities to the greater Hampton Roads community,” Wilson said. “Art, and especially the Chrysler Museum, have played important roles in my life, and I look forward to sharing that passion to engage benefactors and inspire robust support for the Museum.” Museum Director Erik Neil said Wilson is uniquely qualified to lead development at the Chrysler. “Kate has a wealth of experience sustaining and growing nonprofit institutions, and deep ... More

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