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Egypt unveils trove of ancient coffins excavated in Luxor

A photograph taken on October 19, 2019 shows a detail of a sarchphagus displayed in front of Hatshepsut Temple in Egypt's valley of the Kings in Luxor Egypt revealed today a rare trove of 30 ancient wooden coffins that have been well-preserved over millennia in the archaeologically rich Valley of the Kings in Luxor. The antiquities ministry officially unveiled the discovery made at Asasif, a necropolis on the west bank of the Nile River, at a press conference against the backdrop of the Hatshepsut Temple. Khaled DESOUKI / AFP.

by Farid Farid

LUXOR (AFP).- Egypt revealed Saturday a rare trove of 30 ancient wooden coffins that have been well-preserved over millennia in the archaeologically rich Valley of the Kings in Luxor. The antiquities ministry officially unveiled the discovery made at Asasif, a necropolis on the west bank of the Nile River, at a press conference against the backdrop of the Hatshepsut Temple. "This is the first discovery in Asasif by dedicated Egyptian hands, comprised of archaeologists, conservationists and workers," the head of the Supreme Council of Antiquities, Mostafa al-Waziri, told reporters. The 30 ornately decorated coffins of men, women and children were found only a metre (three feet) underground, stacked in two rows. They are believed to belong to family members of high priests. Waziri explained that excavations of the site in the 19th century had revealed royal tombs, but this latest discovery had yielded a collection of priests' burials. ... More

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Elizabeth Taylor's personal treasures set for auction block   Keith Haring mural cut out of New York stairwell heads to auction   Ed Clark, pioneering Abstract Expressionist painter, dies at 93

A person holds a necklace, part of a collection of items owned by late US-British actress Elizabeth Taylor, during a Julien's Auctions press preview aboard the Cunard ocean liner "Queen Mary 2" on October 18, 2019 in Brooklyn, New York. Angela Weiss / AFP.

NEW YORK, NY (AFP).- Internationally known for her lavish lifestyle and glam taste, silver screen siren Elizabeth Taylor also boasted a playful side, and now some of her personal effects that bared it are hitting the auction block. Items including a gold vermeil link belt, a sumptuous silk caftan and a studded black leather Versace biker jacket belonging to the late Hollywood legend will travel across the Atlantic on the famed Queen Mary 2 ocean liner, giving guests a first glimpse at Taylor's treasures. Following the actress' death in 2011 at age 79, a week-long Christie's auction in New York of her vast collection of luxury dresses, jewels and fine art saw total sales topping $156 million. But this time the items anticipated to go for a wide range of price points show the side of a larger-than-life woman -- known for starring roles in classics like "Cleopatra" and "Cat on a Hot Tin Roof" -- her closest friends and ... More

Keith Haring (American, 1958-1990), Untitled (The Grace House Mural), circa 1983-1984 (detail). Estimate: $3-5 million. Photo: Bonhams.

NEW YORK, NY (NYT NEWS SERVICE).- For a time, a crucifix hung on the wall of the Grace House lobby. Then, in the early 1980s, something else took its place: the stark black outline of a crawling infant, in thick strokes of paint beaming outward. In the decades at Grace House, a Catholic youth center on Manhattan’s Upper West Side, the image was a tag: Keith Haring was here. The radiant baby, one of Haring’s most recognizable symbols, was the beginning of a three-story mural by the artist, who in one evening painted a dozen more figures dancing up the stairs. The characters he brought to life were quintessential Haring — the barking dog, a person with a corkscrew torso, conjoined figures with a hole in their shared chest. “When new kids came to that building and they saw all that stuff, they said, ‘Oh my god, this is Keith Haring. Is this real?’” said Gary Mallon, who was the director of the youth center. But Grace House would eventually close, ... More

Ed Clark, Vertical Movement, 2002. Acrylic on canvas, 181.6 x 144.8 x 2.5 cm / 71 1/2 x 57 x 1 in. © Ed Clark. Courtesy the artist and Hauser & Wirth. Photo: Thomas Barratt.

NEW YORK, NY (NYT NEWS SERVICE).- Ed Clark, an African American expressionist painter who used a broom and bold colors to capture the natural world and to convey emotions about the racial injustice of the 1960s, earning him international acclaim, has died. He was 93 and lived in Detroit. His death was announced Friday by Hauser & Wirth, which represents Clark and exhibits his paintings at its Chelsea gallery in New York City. Clark was known for his experimentation with vibrant colors, paint application and medium — he was among the first artists to use a shaped canvas — over a career that spanned seven decades. His works are in the collections of some of the most prestigious arts museums in the world, including the Museum of Modern Art in New York, the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History & Culture in Washington and the Art Institute of Chicago, the city where he trained. ... More

A passion for drawing: The Albertina Museum exhibits drawings from the Guerlain Collection   The Phillips Collection features projections and sculptural portraits by the Los Carpinteros collective   Christie's announces highlights included in its Fine Chinese Ceramics and Works of Art auction in London

Joyce Pensato, Flying Home, 2010. Kohle auf Papier. Donation de la Collection Florence et Daniel Guerlain, 2012 Centre Pompidou – Musée National d’Art Moderne, Paris © Joyce Pensato, Courtesy Petzel, New York.

VIENNA.- Drawing has never been so multifaceted and diverse as today. Never have artists resorted to so many different formats and techniques, never has the genre been reconsidered and redefined in so many directions. Artists devise and use their own methods to address their themes: ink is extracted from root beer; drawings are covered with beeswax; their surfaces are treated with an electric sander. Drawing on paper has long ceased to be a prerequisite. One can just as well draw on the wall, or a line may be drawn with wire instead of a pencil. Formally, anything is possible: from delicate and meticulous to gestural and expressive, from geometric abstraction to photorealism. Drawings are inspired by construction plans and architectural sketches, by children’s book ... More

Marco Castillo, Dagoberto Rodriguez_Courtesy of Estudio Dagoberto Rodriguez.

WASHINGTON, DC.- In its 10th year of Intersections contemporary art projects, The Phillips Collection presents the 28th installation: Cuba Va! by Los Carpinteros, an artist collective best known for merging architecture, sculpture, design, and drawing. On view October 10, 2019–January 12, 2020, the project features two single-channel HD video projections—Comodato and Rétractil—and a group of sculptural portraits. Together, the films and portraits outline social transformations in post-revolutionary Cuba, offering critical commentary of dominant ideologies and power structures. Cuba Va! is Los Carpinteros’s first museum presentation as a collective since their separation in summer 2018. “We are thrilled to host Los Carpinteros’s Cuba Va! as our 28th Intersections exhibition. Their decadeslong collaborative work, characterized by formal and conceptual ambiguity and implicitly political narratives, plays into Du ... More

Headlining the auction is a magnificent Imperial gilt-bronze bell, bianzhong, dated to the eighth year of the Qianlong reign, 1743, from an Important European Collection. Estimate £800,000 - 1,200,000. © Christie's Images Ltd 2019.

LONDON.- On 5 November, Christie’s Fine Chinese Ceramics and Works of Art auction will present 227 lots spanning three millennia of Chinese art from the Shang Dynasty to the Republic period. The sale features private collections of archaic bronzes, jade carvings, cloisonné enamel works of art, paintings, Song ceramics and imperial Ming and Qing dynasty porcelain from the UK, Europe and Asia. The auction will be complemented by an online sale of The van Daalen Collection of Chinese Art, which offers over 100 lots from the Estate of Albert and Leonie van Daalen, Geneva, Switzerland, and showcases the breadth of their collecting tastes from Song Dynasty Chinese ceramics to Ming and Qing dynasty blue and white, coloured enamelled porcelain and cinnabar lacquer works of art. ... More

Marc-Arthur Kohn to sell the interior of a castle whose decor was designed in the 1950-60s by Erté   Phillips to offer Norman Rockwell's 'Before the Shot' on 14 November   US-French comic book tackles mass shootings with superheroes

This house illustrates the connection between an extravagant collector and an artist fitted with a fanciful and eccentric spirit. Estimates range from €2,000 and €50,000.

PARIS.- On 6 and 13 November, auction house Marc-Arthur Kohn will disperse the interior of a castle located near Paris whose decor was designed in the 1950-60s by Roman de TIRTOFF (1892-1990), also known as Erté. Celebrated for his fashion sketches, costume designs, magazine issues and theater, music-hall and opera sets, he also put his creativity at the service of personalities and interiors like this very one. Born in Saint Petersburg in an aristocrat family, Erté grew up during the last years of tsarist Russia. In 1912, aged 15, during the golden age of Russian ballets, he moved to Paris to study drawing. He chose the pseudonym of Erté as a reference to the French pronunciation of his initials (R.T.). As soon as 1915, he signs his first contract as a designer for Harper’s Bazaar magazine. This collaboration with the magazine, a major fashion influencer of the early ... More

Norman Rockwell, Before the Shot, 1958 (detail). Estimate: $2,500,000-4,500,000. Image courtesy of Phillips.

NEW YORK, NY.- On 14 November, Phillips will offer Norman Rockwell’s Before the Shot, marking the first time that a work by the iconic American illustrator will appear in an Evening Sale of 20th Century & Contemporary Art, as well as the first time that one of his paintings will be offered at Phillips. The work has never before been sold publicly, having remained in just two families’ collections since it was painted, the first of which was Rockwell’s own doctor and the model for the painting. Elizabeth Goldberg, Senior International Specialist of American Art and Deputy Chairwoman, Americas, said, “We are honored to introduce Norman Rockwell’s paintings to Phillips’ auctions by including this masterwork in our November Evening Sale. While Rockwell has traditionally been offered in sales of American Art, we are eager to break down the barriers that separate these collecting categories and reexamine the way that these ... More

French comic book illustrator Phil Briones displays his comic book "Ignited" in his home office in Los Angeles, California on September 18, 2019. Robyn Beck / AFP.

LOS ANGELES (AFP).- Two US authors have found a novel way to address the mass shootings that regularly plunge their country into mourning -- comic-book superheroes. The daring "Ignited" series, penned by former Marvel and DC writers Mark Waid and Kwanza Osajyefo and released by legendary French publisher Humanoids Associates, tackles the politically controversial topic head-on. It tells the fictional but tragically familiar story of six teenagers who survive a shooting at their high school in Phoenix, Arizona. Under immense shock and stress, the teens develop superpowers. They view their newfound strengths as an opportunity to "make a difference" in their violent world, "because otherwise we went through all our pain for nothing." In addition to giving a voice to real-life shooting survivors, "Ignited" was a chance for scriptwriters Waid and Osajyefo to address a range of sensitive, highly topical ... More

National Gallery of Australia launches new learning gallery and studio   Two solo exhibitions of new work by Vik Muniz on view at Sikkema Jenkins & Co.   Art Deco & Beyond: A celebration of 20th century jewellery at Sotheby's Geneva this November

The Tim Fairfax Learning Gallery and Studio are open 7 days a week, free of charge.

CANBERRA.- The National Gallery of Australia officially launched its new Tim Fairfax Learning Gallery and Studio on Friday, 11 October 2019, as a central part of its commitment to expand learning opportunities for Australians across the country, particularly children and young adults. The new facilities have been made possible by a major gift from National Gallery of Australia Foundation Board director Tim Fairfax AC, a champion of arts education and arts accessibility. The Tim Fairfax Learning Gallery will host two dedicated exhibitions a year and the Tim Fairfax Studio has been developed as a flexible workspace that supports students, families and people of all ages and abilities in hands-on arts activity. As part of a broader Learning Strategy, the National Gallery is also expanding its digital education footprint and growing its travelling learning programs. National Gallery of Australia Director Nick Mitzevich said the ... More

Vik Muniz, Beetle, Museum of Ashes, 2019. Archival inkjet print, 10.5 x 8 inches (26.7 x 20.3 cm). Edition of 10. © Vik Muniz, courtesy of Sikkema Jenkins & Co., New York.

NEW YORK, NY.- Sikkema Jenkins & Co. is presenting two solo exhibitions of new work by Vik Muniz. Surfaces and Museum of Ashes is on view October 10 through November 16, 2019. It was only after moving to the US in 1983 that Vik Muniz was able to physically engage with the art he had known exclusively through reproductions in Brazil. The separation between these two distinct experiences has become the core of a multi-faceted oeuvre spanning the course of three decades. Muniz’ work invites the viewer to wander in an ambiguous and somewhat disorienting territory between the image and its physical counterpart, between mind and matter, perception and phenomenon. This “metaphysical fitness,” as he calls it, awakens both the intellect and the senses to continuously chart new paths through ... More

Colombian emerald and diamond pendant-brooch combination, Cartier, 1927. Courtesy Sotheby's.

GENEVA.- Sotheby’s upcoming auction of precious jewels and gemstones in Geneva will be a celebration of jewellery design, showcasing exceptional Art Deco jewels, complemented by stunning signed jewels from the latter part of the 20th century. Ahead of the sale on 13 November, the global team of Jewellery specialists has gathered a selection of extraordinary jewels which tell the story of jewellery design through the 20th century. The autumn selection will showcase emblematic designs from the seminal period of the 1920s and 1930s, as well as more contemporary pieces, bringing jewellery design up to the present day. Speaking ahead of the sale, David Bennett, Chairman of Sotheby’s International Jewellery Division, said, “This season’s auction will offer a walk through the most important themes of 20th century jewellery. There are exquisite Cartier pieces from the Art Deco era - a period which we have seen time ... More

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A Louis XV silver tureen to lead Sotheby's October Auctions of Furniture & Decorative Arts in New York
NEW YORK, NY.- Sotheby’s will present their autumn series of furniture & decorative arts auction from 23–25 October 2019 in New York. Spanning three sales, this season’s offering is distinguished by an impressive selection of works from important private collections and spans more than 900 lots, with estimates ranging from $200 to $3 million. All of the works on offer this October are on view in Sotheby’s York Avenue galleries. The October offering of silver, ceramics and furniture is led by an exceptional Louis XV Silver Pot-À-Oille, Cover, Liner, and Stand by royal silversmith, Thomas Germain (estimate $2/3 million). Remarkably rare, the present work is likely one of the last two known major works by Germain remaining in private hands. The other example, a Tureen from the royal Penthièvre-Orléans service, was ... More

Exhibition celebrates twenty-fifth anniversary of Fundación Botín's Visual Arts Grants
SANTANDER.- This year the Itinerarios series of annual exhibitions showcasing the work of the artists who have benefitted from one of the year’s Fundación Botín Visual Arts Grants celebrates its twenty-fifth anniversary, and to mark the occasion the Centro Botín is presenting Collecting Practices. 25 years of Itinerarios, a fascinating selection of works by twenty-five highly acclaimed artists who have received one of these Botín grants. The show is on view until 8 November 2020. ‘This exhibition is testimony to the Fundación Botín’s ongoing commitment to supporting the most contemporary art practice, and bears eloquent witness to how this practice has evolved since the end of the last century,’ writes Benjamin Weil, artistic director of the Centro and curator of the show. Characterized by its considerable formal versatility, the exhibition presents works in a wide ... More

'Anila Quayyum Agha: Between Light and Shadow' transforms Toledo Museum of Art galleries
TOLEDO, OH.- Anila Quayyum Agha: Between Light and Shadow transforms three Toledo Museum of Art galleries into stunning illuminated spaces this fall. On view from Oct. 19, 2019, and running through Feb. 9, 2020, the exhibition occupies Galleries 4, 5 and 9. A Pakistani-American artist, Agha created three awe-inspiring spaces from intricate patterns of light and shadow, evoking the sacred, while also raising questions of exclusion and belonging. She won the two top prizes at ArtPrize, the international art competition held in Grand Rapids, Michigan, in 2014. Her entry, titled Intersections, is the first work to win both the ArtPrize Public Vote and Juried Grand Prizes. Intersections is one of three patterned-steel sculptures by Agha included in the exhibition. “Having lived on the boundaries of different faiths such as Islam and Christianity, and in cultures ... More

$4 U.S. coin worth $200,000 to be auctioned
SANTA ANA, CA.- Numismatic auction powerhouse Stack’s Bowers Galleries will be presenting for sale an ultra-rare 1879 400 cent piece known as the $4 Gold Stella at the Whitman Baltimore Winter Expo at the Baltimore Convention Center on Nov. 14, 2019. Valued at roughly $200,000, the Gold Stella was intended to be used as a universal coin that was to be exchangeable with any currency throughout the world. It’s weight and precious metals composition were designed to match the Latin Monetary Union, which set a bimetallic gold and silver standard at a fixed ratio of 15-1/2 to 1 and used the Napoleonic franc of 1803 as its basis. The Latin Monetary Union (LMU) was initially established between Belgium, France, Italy, and Switzerland, but was soon joined by many other continental European nations. Through the Union, one franc would be the same as one lira, ... More

Beaverbrook Art Gallery highlights contemporary Atlantic art in exhibition
FREDERICTON.- As the Beaverbrook Art Gallery celebrates the first 60 years of its history and embarks on its future, a new exhibition highlights a present moment of visual art. The Beaverbrook Art Gallery hosts forty-one works of art in a dynamic and engaging exploration of a current trend of artistic practice in the Atlantic region. Materiality and Perception in Contemporary Atlantic Art, the Beaverbrook’s 2019 Marion McCain Exhibition of Atlantic Art, presents one work from each of forty-one artists selected by exhibition curator and Gallery Director/CEO, Thomas Smart. The exhibition will be open to the public starting October 20. “This exhibition highlights wonderfully vibrant and dynamic themes in the contemporary art practice of the region we are privileged to inhabit,” says exhibition curator Tom Smart. “Selecting the art has been a tremendously ... More

Perrotin opens an exhibition of works by Takashi Murakami
PARIS.- Takashi Murakami is back at the Paris gallery three years after his exhibition Learning the Magic of Painting. This new show follows several museum exhibitions throughout the world: Tai Kwun Contemporary, Hong Kong (2019); the Vancouver Art Gallery (2018); the Garage Museum, Moscow (2017-2018); the Modern Museum of Fort Worth (2018); the MCA Chicago (2017) and the Astrup Feamley Museet, Oslo (2017). This is the 14th solo exhibition by the artist at Perrotin since he first met Emmanuel Perrotin in 1993. This exhibition presents about twenty works in Perrotin’s Salle de Bal at 60 rue de Turenne – a showroom that is usually closed to the public and only available to visit by appointment. The large space is dedicated to Mr. DOB, the iconic character created by the artist in 1993. For this exhibition, ... More

Exhibition examines successive generations of African American artists
HARTFORD, CONN.- Afrocosmologies: American Reflections presents a window into a dynamic cosmos of influences that shape contemporary American art. This exhibition is a collaboration of the Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art, The Amistad Center for Art & Culture, and the Petrucci Family Foundation Collection of African-American Art. Drawing from over one hundred art objects, with the Petrucci Family Foundation contributing sixty-eight, these works of art span various media, present potent voices, and pose multiple questions. Afrocosmologies is an exhibition about presence, faith, authentic experiences, and representations of gender within a family of people born to many cosmological influences. With a predominant arc between the twentieth and twenty-first century, the exhibition brings together the work of an incredible assortment of artists including ... More

Dallas Museum of Art premieres new works by Wanda Koop and Sandra Cinto
DALLAS, TX.- The Dallas Museum of Art will present two solo exhibitions debuting new works by Canadian painter Wanda Koop and Brazilian artist Sandra Cinto. Concentrations 62: Wanda Koop, Dreamline, the first US solo museum exhibition for the artist, will feature eight new paintings from her Dreamline series of landscapes. Sandra Cinto: Landscape of a Lifetime will occupy the Concourse hall with a commissioned immersive mural. These internationally exhibited artists share an interest in the natural world: Koop investigates how urban society and the environment intersect, while Cinto combines drawing and painting to create intricate installations that evoke voyages through sea and space. “The DMA’s Concentrations series and Concourse hall mural space serve as platforms for innovative contemporary artists to share new work with our audiences,” ... More

Nobel Committee member defends Handke pick
STOCKHOLM (AFP).- A member of the committee which selects the winner of the Nobel Prize in Literature defended Friday the controversial decision to give the award to Austrian author Peter Handke. Henrik Petersen said that in the future, Handke would be considered just as worthy as someone like acclaimed Irish novelist Samuel Beckett, who won in 1969. "In 50 years... Peter Handke, just like Beckett, will be among the most obvious choices the Swedish Academy ever made, of that I am certain," Petersen wrote in an op-ed in the newspaper Svenska Dagbladet. The awarding of the Nobel to Handke came under fire in the Balkans and beyond because of his admiration for late Serbian strongman Slobodan Milosevic. In the 1990s, Handke emerged as a vocal defender of the Serbs during the bloody collapse of the former Yugoslavia, even comparing them to Jews ... More

Uruguay's national ballet stretches to new artistic heights
MONTEVIDEO (AFP).- Pirouettes and arabesques perfectly executed, dozens of dancers in a colorful assemblage of sweat pants and leotards perform an exhaustive routine at rehearsals in downtown Montevideo. Rehearsals at Uruguay's National Ballet Company have taken on a new elan since Argentine artistic director Julio Bocca took over and bravely declared he wanted to make the small company "the best in the world." Popularly known as El Sodre, it celebrated its one millionth spectator in 2018, a crowning glory for the dance troupe that has made a spectacular transformation in a decade to become one of the most prestigious in Latin America. Bocca, former principal dancer with the American Ballet Theater in New York, was brought in to revive the company in 2010 by Uruguay's then-president Jose "Pepe" Mujica. A decade ago, performances often had fewer ... More

Ballet Philippines battles Disney, typhoons and poverty to endure
MANILA (AFP).- From fierce typhoons and tight budgets to losing its dancers to cruise ships and theme parks, Ballet Philippines has weathered almost every type of storm, but as it celebrates its 50th anniversary the renowned arts organisation is determined the show will go on. Funding is difficult to secure and there is little money for necessities such as dancer's salaries or even shoes -- but more than 30,000 people watched the troupe's productions last year, no mean feat in a nation where millions live on less than $2 a day. One of the biggest challenges is keeping the dancers it has trained -- some go on to join world-class organisations such as Stella Abrera who is now a principal dancer at American Ballet Theatre and West Australian Ballet soloist Candice Adea. But many leave after being poached to perform on cruise ships or as characters at Disneyland, ... More

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On a day like today, Dutch painter Aelbert Cuyp was born
October 20, 1620. Aelbert Jacobsz Cuyp (October 20, 1620 – November 15, 1691) was one of the leading Dutch landscape painters of the Dutch Golden Age in the 17th century. The most famous of a family of painters, the pupil of his father Jacob Gerritsz. Cuyp (1594–1651/52), he is especially known for his large views of the Dutch countryside in early morning or late afternoon light. In this image: The Negro Page circa 1652, oil on canvas; Royal Collection.

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