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Sotheby's Hong Kong to offer the Yamanaka Reticulated Vase

Among the Most Complex Porcelains Ever Conceived by Tang Ying for the Qianlong Emperor. Courtesy Sotheby's.

HONG.- Opening this season’s Sotheby’s Hong Kong Chinese Works of Art Autumn Sale Series 2018 on 3 October is The Yamanaka Reticulated Vase which has remained dormant in a Private Japanese Collection for almost a century since its acquisition in 1924 following its exhibition with Yamanaka in New York in 1905. Carved and exquisitely painted with four pairs of fish below Rococo-inspired motifs on a yellow sgraffiato ground, the exceptional famille-rose reticulated vase is skillfully modelled with an inner blue-and-white vase. Ranking among the most complex porcelains ever commissioned by the Qianlong Emperor, it is the pair to the famous Bainbridge Vase hammered at £43 million in 2010. Nicolas Chow, Chairman, Sotheby’s Asia, International Head and Chairman, Chinese Works of Art, comments, “It is a great privilege for us to offer this Qing reticulated vase from the Imperial collection of the Qianlong Emperor this season. N ... More

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Nationalmuseum Sweden acquires portrait of retired farmer P.A. Söderström by Sune Jonsson   America's rarest cartoon cheering the Boston Tea Party surfaces at Heritage Auctions   Empresses of China's Forbidden City makes U.S. debut at Peabody Essex Museum

Sune Jonsson, F.d hemmansägaren P.A. Söderström, 1962. © Sune Jonsson.

STOCKHOLM.- The National Museum has acquired a portrait of P.A. Söderström, a retired farmer. It was taken in 1962 by the photographer Sune Jonsson. It was included in the book Images of the Children of Grace. The portrait is an interesting example of Jonsson's documentary photography, and is also one of the few representations of a small farmer in Sweden’s National Portrait Gallery. The retired farmer Per Albin Söderström (1883-1969) sits on a sofa in his home in Ytterbyn (Lövånger Parish). He is dapperly dressed in a white shirt, vest and tie. Perhaps the picture was taken on a Sunday, or maybe Söderström wished to dress up for the photographer. The sofa is made up with a covered down blanket and a comfortable pillow, so that the old man can rest there. On the wall hangs a framed photograph of a bride and groom from the turn of the last century. Both are solemnly dressed in black. Next to them there is a painting ... More

"Lead us to Liberty or death!".

DALLAS, TX.- America’s rarest, rabble-rousing poke-in-the-eye to British Parliament – a seldom-seen political cartoon celebrating the 1773 Boston Tea Party – is expected to sell for more than $20,000 after surfacing in Heritage Auctions’ Aug. 25 Americana auction. It was published mere months after the Sons of Liberty, disguised as Mohawk Indians, took to Boston Harbor and destroyed more than 92,000 pounds of tea. Just six copies of the copper engraved cartoon are known in institutional holdings. Titled: “Liberty Triumphant or the Downfall of Oppression,” the illustration shows the response of New Englanders to the British Tea Tax, enacted in 1773, drawn over a map of the northern and middle colonies. Probably published in Philadelphia or New York, the cartoon is attributed to Henry Dawkins, an engraver who was arrested in 1776 on suspicion of counterfeiting continental and provincial currency, which resulted in a $1,500 ... More

Dressing case with mirror stand and handheld mirror. Qianlong period, mid- to late 18th century, with later repairs, lacquer with gold and polychrome decoration on wood core, zitan wood, suanzhi wood, mother-ofpearl, bone, metal with gilding; wood-framed mirror with embroidered silk case, Palace Museum, Gu180527. © The Palace Museum.

SALEM, MASS.- The Peabody Essex Museum debuts Empresses of China’s Forbidden City, the first major international exhibition to explore the role of empresses in China’s last dynasty––the Qing dynasty, from 1644 to 1912. Nearly 200 spectacular works, including imperial portraits, jewelry, garments, Buddhist sculptures, and decorative art objects from the Palace Museum, Beijing (known as the Forbidden City), tell the little-known stories of how these empresses engaged with and influenced court politics, art and religion. On an exclusive U.S. tour, this exhibition is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to see rare treasures from the Forbidden City, including works that have never before been publicly ... More

National Portrait Gallery presents portrait of Aretha Franklin   Exhibition features designs and paintings by pioneering graphic designer and artist Elaine Lustig Cohen   Soul sister, 'Blues Brother': Aretha Franklin's iconic co-stars

Aretha Franklin by Milton Glaser, color photolithographic poster, 1968. National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution © Milton Glaser.

WASHINGTON, DC.- The Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery recognizes the life of acclaimed singer and musician Aretha Franklin. Her portrait has been installed in the museum’s In Memoriam space on the first floor, and it will remain on display through Aug. 22. Born in Memphis, Tennessee, in 1942, Aretha Franklin influenced the course of American soul and pop music. With her signature voice—unmistakably familiar for its depth, range and emotional power—Franklin rose to prominence on the American music scene after her first commercial success in the late 1960s. Merging her childhood interests in gospel singing—both of her parents were gospel singers and her father was a renowned preacher—with jazz, rhythm and blues, and pop music, Franklin came to be known as the “Queen of Soul,” belting out a string of early number- ... More

Primary Structures.

NEW YORK, NY.- The Jewish Museum is presenting Masterpieces and Curiosities: Elaine Lustig Cohen from August 17, 2018 through August 11, 2019, featuring over 30 works by the pioneering graphic designer and artist. One of seven sections that make up the Jewish Museum’s third floor collection exhibition, Scenes from the Collection, “Masterpieces and Curiosities” offers an in-depth examination of a single object or group of objects within a larger cultural, historical, or aesthetic context. This iteration of “Masterpieces and Curiosities” focuses on six Jewish Museum catalogues whose covers and interiors were playfully and ingeniously designed by Elaine Lustig Cohen (1927-2016). Over six decades of practice, Cohen moved between diverse activities including art-making and rare book dealing, as well as design. This exhibition brings together the public sphere of her graphic design work and the private ... More

Flowers and mementos are left at a growing memorial at Aretha Franklin's star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on August 16, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. Gabriel Olsen/Getty Images/AFP.

LOS ANGELES (AFP).- The death of soul queen Aretha Franklin on Thursday marked the passing of the last of the great musical icons of cult comedy movie "The Blues Brothers." The 1980 film told the fictionalized story of the real-life Blues Brothers -- an American revivalist band founded by comedy actors Dan Aykroyd and John Belushi for NBC's "Saturday Night Live" sketch show. "The Blues Brothers" went on to become one of the best known musical movies in history, noted for the array of stars who put in cameos while brothers Jake and Elwood get the band back together. Here are some of the musical heavy-hitters who graced the movie before boarding the big Soul Train in the sky. Aretha was the "queen of soul" but Brown was known as its "godfather," as well as "Soul Brother Number One" and ... More

The Knoxville Museum of Art opens a new exhibition celebrating Knoxville native Joseph Delaney   Exhibition at Georgia Museum of Art celebrates end of World War I   London Art Week announces the Winter 2018 Salons

Joseph Delaney (Knoxville 1904-1991 Knoxville), Marble Collegiate Church, 1974-75. Oil on canvas, Knoxville Museum of Art, 1990 gift of the artist.

KNOXVILLE, TN.- The Knoxville Museum of Art presents Joseph Delaney: On the Move August 17-November 4, 2018. More than 40 paintings and drawings from public and private collections around the country celebrate the life and achievement of this well-known Knoxville native. Joseph Delaney (1904-1991) rose from humble beginnings in Knoxville to establish himself as a tireless and prolific painter of Manhattan’s urban scene. Over the span of his 60-year career, Delaney displayed a remarkable ability to express the city’s vitality using the loose brushwork of gestural abstraction, which at the time represented the cutting edge of studio practice, without sacrificing the narrative content many of his contemporaries had abandoned. The works featured in On the Move represent the variety of ways in which he used this hybrid method to infuse his painted scenes with vibrant energy, and intricate patterns of movement. ... More

Alonzo Earl Foringer (American, 1878–1948), The Greatest Mother in the World, 1918. Lithograph on paper, 27 x 19 1/2 inches. Georgia Museum of Art, University of Georgia; Gift of Murray and Nancy Ann Blum GMOA 2017.97.

ATHENS, GA.- This November 11 marks the 100th anniversary of the end of World War I, a war unlike any that had preceded it. As modern technology met antiquated military methods, millions died. The War to End All Wars also featured the use of state propaganda on a new and large scale. Posters were a particularly widespread form of propaganda, making a case for action through pictures as well as words. The exhibition “For Home and Country: World War I Posters from the Blum Collection” presents a selection of these images, on view at the Georgia Museum of Art at the University of Georgia August 18 through November 18. Murray Blum, a pioneering entomologist and UGA professor, died in 2015. He and his wife, Nancy Ann Blum, collected these posters and the ones that made up the exhibition “Opera in Print,” on view at the museum ... More

Santi di Tito, Ritratto di Francesca Gambereschi Baldovinetti. Photo: Courtesy Robilant + Voena.

LONDON.- London Art Week announces a series of Salons for Winter 2018, combining special selling exhibitions and auctions with one-off events, discussions and talks that will explore 5,000 years of fine art. LAW Winter 2018 Salons invite new audiences to connect with pre-contemporary art, and provide a platform for more than 40 eminent UK and international art dealers and auction houses to engage with curators, connoisseurs and collectors. Running from Thursday, 29 November to Friday, 7 December, there will be a late night on Tuesday, 4 December and a select number of galleries will open during the weekend of 1 and 2 December. Opening times are more varied than LAW Summer exhibitions so check the website for full details The salons will be held at public and private locations across Mayfair and St. James's, the celebrated heartland of London’s gallery scene for over 200 years and home to many ... More

Rago Auctions to offer Pennsylvania Impressionism from prominent New Hope Scholl artists   Two paper money bills sell for more than $1 million each   Celebrated exhibition 'Radical Women: Latin American Art, 1960-1985' opens at Pinacoteca de Sao Paulo

April; Fern Isabel Kuns Coppedge; Estimate: $25,000 - 35,000. Crossing the Rago auction block on November 10, 2018.

LAMBERTVILLE, NJ.- On Saturday, November 10, 2018, Rago will present works by notable New Hope School artists, locally consigned and never before offered for sale at auction. These fresh-to-market works come from some of Pennsylvania’s most celebrated Impressionists, including Walter Emerson Baum, Fern Isabel Kuns Coppedge, Nancy Maybin Ferguson, John Fulton Folinsbee, George W. Sotter, and Robert Spencer. The star of this segment of the American and European Fine Art Auction is a large, untitled winter night scene by George W. Sotter. It depicts the artist’s studio from above: an angle which he would never have seen but could only have imagined. This is a Sotter masterwork, a keen demonstration of the artist’s ability to make the darkness light, gilding a cold, blue winter night with the glow of the moon. Another splendid landscape comes from Fern Isabel Kuns Coppedge, who settled in Lumberville, Bucks County, PA in 1920 and joine ... More

Lot 2021, an 1861 $50 Interest Bearing note (Fr. 202a), the only collectible example of the series and an incredible numismatic rarity brought $1,020,000, confirming the consignor’s belief in the importance of this particular piece.

PHILADELPHIA, PA.- Stack’s Bowers Galleries’ August 16 offering of Part II of the Joel R. Anderson Collection of United States Paper Money in Philadelphia, achieved nearly $10 million as a room full of enthusiasts vied with online bidders to take home unique, extremely rare and finest known pieces, as well as type notes in incredible condition. In all, the 70 lots realized $9,652,860, with two notes bringing over $1 million each and well over a quarter of the lots crossing the $100,000 mark. Lot 2021, an 1861 $50 Interest Bearing note (Fr. 202a), the only collectible example of the series and an incredible numismatic rarity brought $1,020,000, confirming the consignor’s belief in the importance of this particular piece. “I have been collecting for many years now, and every time I buy a note, I fall in love with another piece of paper,” stated Joel Anderson, just after the sale of lot 2021. “But ... More

Regina Silveira (Brazilian, b. 1939), Biscoito arte (Art cookie), 1976. C-prints (diptych). 29 1/2 × 39 in. (74.9 × 99.1 cm); 39 × 39 in. (99.1 × 99.1 cm); 69 11/16 × 39 3/4 in. (177 × 101 cm) overall. Collection of Fernanda Feitosa and Heitor Martins. © Regina Silveira. Courtesy of the artist and Pinacoteca de São Paulo.

SAO PAULO.- From August 18 to November 19, 2018, the Pinacoteca de São Paulo, a museum of the Secretariat of Culture of the State of São Paulo, presents the major group exhibition Radical Women: Latin American Art, 1960–1985, on display on the first floor of the Pinacoteca. Curated by British Venezuelan art historian and curator Cecilia Fajardo-Hill and Argentine researcher Andrea Giunta, the show is the first in history to present an extensive mapping of the experimental artistic practices of Latin women artists and their influence on international art production. In total, 120 artists will represent 15 countries, bringing together more than 280 works in a variety of techniques and on different supports, such as photography, video, painting and others. Its presentation in São Paulo includes the collaboration of the Pinacoteca’s ... More

I have wasted all my youth chained to his (Pope Julius) tomb. Michelangelo Buonarroti

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Keyes Art pairs artists Ray Johnson and Scott Covert's unique mediums and visions together
EAST HAMPTON, NY.- Ray Johnson is a legendary artist whose career was cut short by diving off the Sag Harbor Bridge at age 67 and was last seen backstroking into the sea on January 13th, 1995. The residents of Sag Harbor, Long Island never forgot. Ray was one of the earliest Pop artists, and the father of "Mail Art." In the late 50s, he created pioneering Pop Art collages, come of which centered on cult figures such as Elvis Presley and James Dean. He used strips of printed images, usually accompanied by his signature "bunny head." The bunnies evolved over the years and became a form of self-portraiture. Eventually Ray created "mail art", and in 1968 founded the New York Correspondence School, an international network whose members exchanged art through the mail. Ray's mail art combined painting, lettering, found objects, and abstract mosaics. He became ... More

San Jose Museum of Art welcomes Melanie Samay as new Director of Marketing
SAN JOSE, CA.- The San José Museum of Art has appointed Melanie Samay as director of marketing and communications. Samay comes from The Contemporary Jewish Museum (The CJM) where she was the interim director of marketing and communications and oversaw The CJM’s marketing team, public relations strategy, and advertising campaigns. During her nine years at The CJM, Samay helped build community partnerships, refined the museum’s voice across platforms, and developed and implemented external communication strategies. Samay began her role at SJMA on July 16. “Melanie is perfect for SJMA,” said S. Sayre Batton, Oshman Executive Director at SJMA. “What drew us to Melanie was how she strives to create a welcoming and inclusive environment, both cross-departmentally and externally. Perhaps one of her most ... More

Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art opens first exhibition of the season
CHARLESTON, SC.- The Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art at the College of Charleston is proud to announce their first exhibition of the 2018-2019 season, The Image Hunter: On the Trail of John James Audubon. The Image Hunter: On the Trail of John James Audubon features new work by the Italian artist Hitnes. The exhibition and its related programming have been developed as a special research initiative by the Halsey Institute given the primacy of Charleston to Audubon's legacy. In the early half of the nineteenth century, John James Audubon spent decades tracking birds and drawing them, hoping to create a compendium of all of the birds in the United States. Charleston played an important role in Audubon's work as he kept a studio in the home of his friend and fellow naturalist John Bachman. Audubon hunted for specimens on ... More

Contemporary artist debuts new body of outsized art at the Columbia Museum of Art
COLUMBIA, SC.- The Columbia Museum of Art announces the major exhibition Something’s Happening: The Big Art of Katie Pell, on view from Friday, August 17, through Sunday, October 28, 2018. Organized by the CMA, Pell’s first solo museum exhibition is an irreverent rite-of-passage narrative that uses the artist’s own life to explore the ordinary side of icons, the exceptional side of ordinary people, and the power of identifying your story. “This exhibition is bold, ironic, unexpected, and fun,” says Executive Director Della Watkins. “The CMA is delighted to bring Pell’s distinctive artist-educator brand of wit and charm to the lively South Carolina arts scene.” Pell makes work about life’s joys, pitfalls, and big slighted dreams. She embraces the beauty in imperfection and the humor in insecurities, welcoming the downtrodden and enveloping them affectionately ... More

Stefan Panhans presents a new video installation created for the Edith-Russ-Haus
OLDENBURG.- Hostel, a new video installation created for the Edith-Russ-Haus, is a four-part miniseries conceived as a crossover between a fictitious docu-soap and a game show. It takes place in a fully occupied, utterly crammed room in a hostel. Amid an atmosphere of increasing day-to-day racism, celebrity cultism, widespread stereotyping, postcolonial diversity challenges, and the pressures of almighty economics, five traveling culture workers of various backgrounds, all of whom live in a state of precarity; Apple’s virtual personal assistant, Siri; and several computer-game avatars enter a battle of spoken word that focuses on their experiences and dreams. They constantly switch roles and simultaneously form a sort of chorus, which contradicts the mundane reports of their daily activities. The stories of the different protagonists merge into ... More

Alvar Aalto Route invites culture lovers to unique architectural sites around Finland
HELSINKI.- A new web service built around Alvar Aalto’s architecture,, has been launched to serve visitors in all regions of Finland. The site offers a fascinating, representative selection of Aalto’s designs from various decades and parts of the country. Along with architectural sites, the service features high-quality travel services that invite visitors to explore local cultural history, natural attractions, accommodation and local foods. The routes spotlight Aalto’s output and other sights and experiences from the Helsinki region to nearby Espoo, Järvenpää and Lahti – and as far north as Rovaniemi, Finnish Lapland. Old industrial areas such as Sunila in Kotka, Inkeroinen in Kouvola and Summa in Hamina along the River Kymi, the Ahlström Works in Noormarkku, Pori and Kauttua, Eura, as well as the Varkaus region on the shores of Lake Saimaa, ... More

Tributes pour in for 'Queen of Soul' Aretha Franklin
DETROIT (AFP).- Tributes have poured in for the beloved and iconic singer Aretha Franklin from friends, musicians, politicians and fans after the legendary "Queen of Soul" died aged 76. "It's difficult to conceive of a world without her. Not only was she a uniquely brilliant singer, but her commitment to civil rights made an indelible impact on the world," singer and actress Barbra Streisand tweeted about Franklin, who died on Thursday after a history-making career that spanned six decades. "I'm sitting in prayer for the wonderful golden spirit Aretha Franklin," said Motown legend Diana Ross, while former Beatle Paul McCartney‏ called her "the Queen of our souls". Franklin influenced generations of female singers with unforgettable hits including "Respect" (1967), "Natural Woman" (1968) and "I Say a Little Prayer" (1968). The 18-time Grammy award winner ... More

The Museum of Arts and Design announces Burke Prize 2018 finalists and exhibition
NEW YORK, NY.- The Museum of Arts and Design announced the finalists for the inaugural Burke Prize for contemporary craft. The prize, named for craft collectors Marian and Russell Burke, drew an outstandingly diverse and highly competitive pool of five hundred artists working to expand the field of craft. Open to professional artists under the age of forty-five working in glass, fiber, clay, metal, or wood, the Burke Prize was determined by a jury of professionals in the fields of art, craft, and design. The sixteen finalists were chosen for their accomplished work, strong use of materials, innovative processes, and conceptual rigor and relevance. The finalists are: Tanya Aguiñiga, Los Angeles, CA • Leonardo Benzant, Richmond Hill, NY • Brittany Cox, Seattle, WA • Annie Evelyn, Louisville, KY • Josh Faught, San Francisco, CA • Holland Houdek, Rochester, NY ... More

M+ acquires a complete and growing archive of works by YOUNG-HAE CHANG HEAVY INDUSTRIES
HONG KONG.- In an internationally unprecedented move, M+, Hong Kong’s new museum of visual culture, has acquired YOUNG-HAE CHANG HEAVY INDUSTRIES’ entire body of work, past and future. YOUNG-HAE CHANG HEAVY INDUSTRIES: THE COMPLETE WORKS (YHCHANG.COM/AP2) contains all of the text-based animations produced by the artist duo and published to their enduringly popular website, This acquisition also includes the artists’ hundreds of gallery installations, lecture performances, drafts, and alternative and translated versions of artworks, some of which have never before been published or exhibited. This extraordinary collection, which will be updated twice each year for as long as the artists continue to make new work and present projects internationally, will also be made available to future visitors to M+, ... More

Mountain milonga: 'tango therapy' finds unlikely Montenegrin home
KOLASIN (AFP).- Couples twist across a wood floor to the melancholy sounds of tango music, swaying and swivelling in a dance that comes from far away. The hours-long dance session, known as a milonga, is not in Buenos Aires but at the base of a ski-slope in a small Montenegrin town that has become the unlikely host to a thriving tango scene. "We call this 'Tango Woodstock'," said Darko Dozic, a lanky 36-year-old who brought the Latin dance to his hometown of Kolasin in Montenegro's rugged north. Now in its eighth year, some 600 people from around the globe come every summer for nearly three weeks of 'tango therapy' in the mountains of the Balkan country. The Tango Camp has become a badge of pride -- and welcome source of cash -- for a town of fewer than 3,000 people trying for a place on the tourism map. But that wasn't always the case. ... More

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