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Vincent van Gogh's 'Watermill at Kollen' on display at Het Noordbrabants Museum

Museum director Charles de Mooij speaks during the press presentation of the oil painting 'Watermill at Kollen' (1884) by Dutch painter Vincent van Gogh (1853-1890) at The Noordbrabants Museum in Den Bosch, The Netherlands, on December 14, 2017. The painting was purchased for almost 3 million euros (hammer price 2,6 million dollars). The museum will open its doors on December 16 to present the painting to the public. Koen van Weel / ANP / AFP.

DEN BOSCH.- As of today, the painting entitled Watermill at Kollen by Vincent van Gogh (1853-1890) can be viewed at Het Noordbrabants Museum in Den Bosch. Exactly one month ago, the museum purchased the painting at the Impressionist & Modern Art Sale at Sotheby's in New York for almost 3 million Euros (a hammer price of 2.6 million dollars). Van Gogh painted the watermill in May of 1884 during his 2-year stay in Nuenen. To celebrate the acquisition, Het Noordbrabants Museum will be opening its doors for free to the public on Saturday 16th December from 11am until 5pm. Also on this day, the Collse Watermolen (the watermill at Kollen) in Eindhoven will be free for visitors to enter between 9.30am and 12.30pm, as will the Vincentre in Neunen between 10am and 10pm. This is Het Noordbrabants Museum's most important acquisition to date and reflects the museum's aim of offering a representative overview of Van Gogh's Brabant period by m ... More


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An elegant and refined exhibition just like the personality of Giovanni Francesco Albani (Urbino, 23 July 1649 - Rome, 19 March 1721), 243th Pope of the Catholic Church from 1700 until his death, opened last week in Rome. The exhibition ´Clement XI: Collector and Enlightened Patron´ opened at the Museums of San Salvatore in Lauro. Clement XI was a patron of the arts and of science. He was also a great benefactor of the Vatican Library, his interest in archaeology is credited with saving much of Rome´s antiquity. He authorized expeditions which succeeded in rediscovering various ancient Christian writings, and authorized excavations of the Roman catacombs.



Wellcome Collection acquires 17th century portrait of internationally renowned and hirsute Barbara van Beck   It's all in the ears: Inner ears of extinct sea monsters mirror those of today's animals   Exceptional Guanyin resurfaces after being kept half a century in a private collection


Portrait of Barbara van Beck c.1640s, Wellcome Collection, London. Catalogue no. 3001072i.

LONDON.- Wellcome Collection today announced its acquisition of a 17th century portrait of businesswoman and celebrity Barbara van Beck. The painting is a rare depiction in oil paint of a woman living with a genetic condition resulting in excessive hair growth on the body. The work has been acquired by Wellcome Collection, the free museum and library for the incurably curious. It joins five existing prints of the same woman which are held in the Collection. The painting enhances an already extensive array of portraits of individuals living with various health conditions from across centuries. The painting, dating from the 1640s, is an authentic record of a person living with a rare congenital endocrine condition, most likely hypertrichosis, also called Ambras syndrome. It is one of the earliest depictions, along with those of the Gonzales family, of a person living with a condition in which the face and often much ... More
 

Transparent skulls of an extinct plesiosaur (top) and a living crocodile (bottom). The inner ear is the pink structure towards the back of the head.

OXFORD.- A new study led by The McNay Art Museum Oxford University Museum of Natural History has revealed that an extinct group of marine reptiles called sauropterygians evolved similar inner ear proportions to those of some modern day aquatic reptiles and mammals. The research is published in Current Biology today. Sauropterygians were swimming reptiles from the ‘Age of Dinosaurs’ that included some semi-aquatic forms, nearshore swimmers and fully-aquatic ‘underwater flyers’. Their most well-known members are the plesiosaurs, ferocious sea monsters with four flippers, which hunted anything from small fish and squid to large marine reptiles. The inner ear is a structure shared by all vertebrates, containing an important sense organ that helps maintain balance and orientation. Aquatic animals move more naturally in a three-dimensional environment, so have different ... More
 

The beautiful sculpture presented in this auction is androgynous, as many representations of Guanyin in China during the Song Dynasty.

PARIS.- On December 16, Leclere – Maison de ventes will offer an exceptional Guanyin at Drouot. The polychrome wood sculpture, with traces of gold, was realised in China during the Song Dynasty (960-1279). The work resurfaces after being kept half a century by the heirs of Mr. Raufast, who acquired it in the 1960’s. (Estimate €1,5M / €2M). Guanyin is a Bodhisattva; he is one who has attained enlightenment but who has deferred entering nirvana. Female or male, old or young, Guanyin is the savior of mankind, « born » of a ray of light gushed from the Bouddha Amitabha’s eye. This androgynous character is intimately linked to this Bouddha, embodying him as a figure of condolence. A leg elevated, the other one pending, the right arm on the upper knee, Guanyin stands in the position of « water moon ». This attitude refers to an episode in the Soutra Avatamsaka ... More



Exhibition features celebrated works from the 1500s to the 1800s from the Getty Museum's drawings collection   The Brooklyn Museum presents Flooded McDonald's by SUPERFLEX   Howard Greenberg Gallery opens exhibition of the photography of Steve Schapiro


Giovanni Agostino da Lodi, Saint John the Baptist, about 1500. Red chalk Dimensions: 14.5 × 10.8 cm. Accession No. 90.GB.116. The J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles.

LOS ANGELES, CA.- From two-dimensional sheets of paper, artists conjure three-dimensional worlds. Even the simplest sketch can yield an arresting impression of presence in the hands of a master, and close examination of a drawing often reveals hidden layers of creativity and complexity. Featuring celebrated works from the 1500s to the 1800s, all from the Getty Museum’s drawings collection, Finding Form, on view now through February 11, 2018, demonstrates how artists skillfully select from a vast array of media and techniques to best generate form, likeness, and depth in creating a drawing. “The immediacy of drawing brings us into direct contact with the creative process as we seem to peer over the artist’s shoulder,” says Getty Museum Director Timothy Potts. “This display of a wide range of master drawings from our collection focuses on the seeming ... More
 

SUPERFLEX (Danish, founded 1993). Still from the film Flooded McDonald's, 2009. Filmed on RED; color, stereo sound; 21 min. Courtesy of SUPERFLEX.

BROOKLYN, NY.- The Brooklyn Museum announces that Flooded McDonald's by Danish artist collective SUPERFLEX has been added to the special exhibition Infinite Blue and will remain on view through March 4, 2018 in the 1st floor Great Hall. The 21-minute video slowly submerges a life-size replica of a McDonald's restaurant in water, serving an indictment to consumer and corporate influence in the face of climate change. As water levels climb, furniture, food, paper cups, and even mascot Ronald McDonald begin to float, eventually causing the wiring to short-circuit and the space to become fully submerged. SUPERFLEX began Flooded McDonald's in 2008, during the economic crisis and amid growing awareness of climate change. The collective selected McDonald's as a representative of certain multinational companies whose economic power and consumer practices contribute to global warming. SUPERFLEX ... More
 

Robert F. Kennedy Campaign, New York, 1965. © Steve Schapiro, courtesy Howard Greenberg Gallery, New York.

NEW YORK, NY.- An exhibition of the photography of Steve Schapiro is on view at Howard Greenberg Gallery from December 14, 2017 through January 27, 2018. Heroic Times marks the inaugural exhibition of Steve Schapiro’s work at the Gallery. Schapiro has witnessed key moments of American history and culture, from the Selma to Montgomery civil rights march to Robert F. Kennedy’s 1968 presidential campaign to Andy Warhol’s Factory to the filming of Martin Scorsese’s Taxi Driver. Steve Schapiro: Heroic Times surveys American milestones from the photographer’s nearly six decade career, with a focus on the 1960s and ‘70s. A number of the photographs are unpublished and on public view for the first time. With assignments from Life, Time, Newsweek, Vanity Fair, Rolling Stone and many other publications, he captured iconic and humanistic images of politicians, celebrities, artists, and newsmakers in ... More


Philbrook acquires Kehinde Wiley painting   2017 National Film Registry is more than a 'Field of Dreams'   Exhibition highlights how nature inspires three artists to incorporate the organic into their work


Equestrian Portrait of King Philip I V , 2017, Oil on canvas, Museum purchase, Partial gift of Contemporary Consortium.

TULSA, OKLA.- Philbrook Museum of Art recently acquired a new, never-before-seen work by acclaimed American artist, Kehinde Wiley. Installed today (12/13/17) in the “Italian Room” of the Museum’s historic Villa, the large-scale Equestrian Portrait of King Philip IV (114 x 118 inches) is the first Wiley work to be acquired by an Oklahoma museum. “Wiley’s work sits at the intersection of the past and the future, much like Philbrook itself,” commented Sienna Brown, Philbrook’s Nancy E. Meinig Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art. For most of Wiley’s career, he has created large, vibrant, highly patterned paintings of young African American men wearing the latest in hip hop street fashion. The theatrical poses and objects in the portraits are based on well-known images of powerful figures drawn from seventeenth- through nineteenth-century Western art. Pictorially, Wiley ... More
 

The 1989 inspirational fantasy “Field of Dreams,” starring Kevin Costner.

WASHINGTON, DC.- Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden announced the 2017 selections to the National Film Registry of the Library of Congress. Selected for their cultural, historic and/or aesthetic importance, these 25 motion pictures range from an early film of the New York subway in 1905 and the musical biopic “La Bamba” to the holiday action thriller “Die Hard” and “The Goonies,” the adventure tale of a band of misfits. “The selection of a film to the National Film Registry recognizes its importance to American cinema and the nation’s cultural and historical heritage,” Hayden said. “Our love affair with motion pictures is a testament to their enduring power to enlighten, inspire and inform us as individuals and a nation as a whole. Being tasked with selecting only 25 each year is daunting because there are so many great films deserving of this honor.” Spanning the period 1905 to 2000, the films na ... More
 

Donals Moffett, Lot 110915 (spore fall, graphite), 2015. Oil on linen, wood panel support, 21 x 17 x 2 inches 53.3 x 43.2 x 5.1 cm. Photography Credit: Christopher Burke.

ASPEN, CO.- Marianne Boesky Gallery is presenting Tonic of Wildness, an exhibition of works by Pier Paolo Calzolari, Donald Moffett, and Günther Uecker. The exhibition takes its title from a phrase in Henry David Thoreau’s Walden, first published in 1854. In the two years, two months and two days that Thoreau lived in a cabin by Walden Pond, he chronicled his environs, plants, animals and the seasons. While the author’s interest in nature is indisputable, it is nature as a restorative and creative nourishment that makes Walden an enduring guide to leading a purposeful life. Tonic of Wildness highlights how nature inspires these three artists to incorporate the organic into their work. The exhibition will include a selection of Calzolari’s signature works composed of elemental materials, new extruded and resin wall works ... More



Towner Art Gallery's future threatened by proposed 50% cut in funding by Eastbourne Borough Council   London museum to honour fashion giant Alaia with 2018 show   Rolex Submariner leads the charge at Bonhams multi-million pound fine watch sale


As the largest gallery in South East England outside London, and Eastbourne’s flagship cultural landmark, Towner is renowned for its world class exhibition programme.

EASTBOURNE.- The future of one of the UK’s leading regional galleries has been cast into doubt following a proposed 50% cut in funding by Eastbourne Borough Council (EBC). As Towner’s biggest stakeholder, EBC currently invests £614,000 every year in the exhibition and learning programme, and maintaining the gallery building with its permanent collection of over 5,000 historical, modern and contemporary artworks. EBC is proposing an initial reduction of £200,000 in April 2018 followed by incremental cuts in subsequent years. This follows the Council’s recent commitment to Towner’s new status as an independent charitable trust in 2014, and as EBC invests £44 million in Devonshire Quarter, a cultural, sporting and conference facility next to the gallery. David Dimbleby, Chair of the Board of Trustees for Towner said “Eastbourne Borough Council is proposing cuts that jeopardise the future of a ... More
 

This file photo taken on September 25, 2013 shows French fashion designer Azzedine Alaia. THOMAS SAMSON / AFP.

LONDON.- French-Tunisian fashion designer Azzedine Alaia will be honoured by London's Design Museum with a major exhibition next year following his death on November 18 at the age of 77. "Azzedine Alaia: The Couturier" will run from May 10 to October 7, showcasing more than 60 pieces personally selected by the iconic designer. "Azzedine Alaia was recognised throughout his life as a master couturier who expressed the timeless beauty of the female form in the most refined degree of haute couture," the museum said. "The Design Museum will now present this unique exhibition planned by Alaia himself, exploring his passion and energy for fashion as he himself intended it to be seen." Alaia was born to a farming family in Tunisia in 1940 and studied sculpture at the fine arts school in Tunis before working at a modest neighbourhood dressmaker's shop. He rose to fame in the 1980s, refusing to march to the beat of international fashion weeks and instead releasing ... More
 

Rolex Submariner Ref 5513 circa 1972 sold for £112,500 against an estimate of £40,000-60,000. Photo: Bonhams.

LONDON.- Bonhams Fine Watches and Wristwatches sale took place today, 13 December, and saw an impressive 89% of lots sold by value, achieving a total of £2,205,000. The top lot of the sale was a rare Rolex Submariner from 1972 [Ref 5513] which sold for £112,500 against an estimate of £40,000-60,000. Bids were coming in from across the world in an exchange that lasted several minutes but was eventually won by a bidder in the saleroom. Jonathan Darracott, Global Head of Watches, commented: ‘This was a fantastic sale on which to end our stellar year of sales in Bond Street, Knightsbridge and New York. We have seen top prices achieved and new trends developing across the sales, as well as continued interest in military watches and the finest examples from the very best watchmakers such as Patek Philippe and Rolex. The auction attracted competitive international bidding which reflected the vast variety and strength of the sale. We look forwar ... More


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Aqua Art Miami celebrates 13th edition with strongest sales & attendance to date
MIAMI, FLA.- Aqua Art Miami, the sister satellite fair to Art Miami, celebrated an incredibly successful five-day fair for their 13th edition at the Aqua Hotel. This year, the fair reported impressive attendance and sales with more than 11,500 collectors, curators, art advisors, artists and museum professionals, and more than 3,750 prestigious art collectors, connoisseurs, advisors and notable museum professionals at the VIP Preview. Fair Director, Grela Orihuela, carefully curated a selection of 52 international galleries that highlighted emerging and mid-career artists from around the world. Numerous galleries reported strong sales throughout the fair with works by Max Zorn, Bernadette Despujols, Emilie Duval and Rock Therrien proving to be in high demand. Aqua Art Miami continued to solidify itself as a completely unique fair with mass appeal for those looking to procure ... More

Adrian cheng awarded Officier de L'Ordre des Arts et des Lettres, announces K11 expansion
HONG KONG.- Adrian Cheng, Founder and Honorary Chairman of the K11 Art Foundation has been awarded the distinction Officier de L’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres, a prestigious award that recognises leading figures in the arts who have made a significant contribution to French culture. This order is given as a symbol of recognition of Cheng’s significant contribution to, and promotion of, French art and culture in China, as well as his role in the advancement of cultural exchange between the two countries. Cheng is the youngest person in Hong Kong to receive such honour from the French government since the Ordre des Arts et des Lettres was created in 1957 and has been placed directly at the ranking of Officier having skipped the tier of Chevalier. This award aligns Cheng with other noteworthy art world figures that have received this order, ... More

Minneapolis Institute of Arts receives two major grants for creation of Center for Empathy and Visual Arts
MINNEAPOLIS, MN.- The Minneapolis Institute of Art announced today that it has received two major grants: a $750,000 grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation in support of the museum’s Center for Empathy and the Visual Arts; and a $520,000 grant from the Ford Foundation and the Walton Family Foundation supporting Mia’s ongoing Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, and Accessibility (IDEA) initiative. The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation funding will enable Mia to establish the first-ever Center for Empathy and the Visual Arts (CEVA) within an art museum. Mia is spearheading the project, collaborating with researchers, scholars, philosophers, content experts, artists, thought leaders, and colleagues at other museums to explore and research best practices to foster compassion and enhance related emotional skills. This ambitious initiative will span nearly five years, ... More

Dalit Matatyahu appointed Israeli Art Curator of the Tel Aviv Museum of Art
TEL AVIV.- Tel Aviv Museum of Art announced that it has appointed Dalit Matatyahu curator of Israeli Art - effective May 2018, when Ellen Ginton, who has been Senior Israeli Art Curator since 1987, retires. Born in Jerusalem (1969), Dalit Matatyahu is a graduate (1993) of the Midrasha Faculty of Arts, has a BA and studied for an MA at the Department of Fine Arts, Haifa University, is an artist (1993-1997) and was awarded the 1997 Young Artist Award. Since 2010 she is associate curator at the Department of Prints and Drawings at TAMA; she curated, among others, the exhibitions "Moby Dick" (October 2013), "Objektiv: Josef Albers, Oran Hoffmann" (July 2014), "Talush (Rootless)" (August 2016) and "Yifat Bezalel: Tehilla" (November 2017). She has published many essays on Israeli and international art in journals and catalogues. Suzanne Landau, TAMA Director, ... More

Dallas Museum of Art appoints new Education Director Claire Moore
DALLAS, TX.- Claire Moore, a noted museum educator from the Metropolitan Museum of Art, has been appointed to lead the Dallas Museum of Art’s Education Department, known as the Center for Creative Connections, or the “C3,” announced Agustín Arteaga, The Eugene McDermott Director of the DMA. During her 10-year tenure in New York as a museum educator, Moore held several positions of increasing responsibility at the Met and the Brooklyn Museum, overseeing numerous large-scale educational programs and partnerships. At the DMA, Moore will be responsible for strengthening the Museum’s role as an international leader in education programming, anchored by a dynamic 5,000-square-foot dedicated C3 space that offers visitors interactive learning experiences with its collection and exhibitions. Moore will commence her role at the DMA on January ... More

Rare, museum-quality Dorflinger cranberry ewer soars to $75,000 at Woody Auction
KANSAS CITY, MO.- An exceedingly rare, museum-quality Dorflinger cranberry cut to clear glass ewer, 17 inches tall, soared to $75,000 at a sale featuring two major collections of American Brilliant Cut Glass, held November 18th by Woody Auction, online and at the Hilton Kansas City Airport. It was the final major cut glass auction of the year for Woody Auction, which is based in Douglass, Kansas. “It’s refreshing to see that quality glass still commands strong interest,” said Jason Woody of Woody Auction, describing a sale in which ten lots sold for $10,000 or more, 17 lots sold for between $5,000 and $10,000 and 61 lots sold for between $1,000 and $5,000. Nearly 375 lots in total came up for bid. About 65 bidders attended the auction in person, while 246 registered and approved bidders bid online. The Dorflinger ewer was the undisputed star lot of the auction. The ... More

Sargent's Daughters opens a solo exhibition of oil paintings by Jemima Kirke
NEW YORK, NY.- Sargent’s Daughters is presenting “The Ceremony”, a solo exhibition of oil paintings by Jemima Kirke. The exhibition opened on Wednesday, December 13th, 2017 and runs through January 21st, 2018. This is Kirke’s first exhibition at Sargent’s Daughters. For this series of paintings Kirke invited her subjects to pose in their wedding dresses. Drawing on the shared experiences of women around her, as well as cultural expectations and attitudes towards marriage, Kirke examines the roles that a woman takes on as she transforms into a bride. The resulting paintings are a powerful testimony to the inherent expectations of the bridal figure and the image that society collectively attaches to a woman about to be married. Eschewing the typical smiling bridal poses, the women in Kirke’s portraits are thoughtful, even disconsolate. They stare unabashedly ... More

Michael Armitage's first major solo show in a public sector gallery opens at South London Gallery
LONDON.- The Chapel is London-based, Kenyan-born artist Michael Armitage’s first major solo show in a public sector gallery in London. Made with the chapel-like qualities of the SLG’s main space in mind, Armitage’s new series of seven large-scale paintings explore the ambiguous boundaries between religion, folklore and social consensus, particularly in relation to issues of mental health in East Africa. Drawing on historical and contemporary news stories, socio-political issues and the artist’s own experiences of Kenya, the works blend dream-like figuration with compositional references to Titian, Gauguin and other masters of Western art history. Painted in layers on Ugandan lubugo bark cloth, the texture and ruptures within this distinctive material are integrated into Armitage’s surreal imagery, the seductive colours and surface beauty of which belie the disturbing ... More

Amanda Blake appointed Director of Education and Library Services at the Amon Carter Museum
FORT WORTH, TX.- The Amon Carter Museum of American Art announces the appointment of Amanda Blake as Director of Education and Library Services. Blake comes to the Amon Carter from the Dallas Museum of Art (DMA), where she served for 11 years, most recently as the Interim Director of Education and Head of Family, Access and School Experiences. Blake will provide the vision, strategic direction and leadership for the development of the Amon Carter’s programs and projects that connect audiences to the museum. She will join the staff at the Amon Carter on January 15. “Amanda brings more than 13 years of arts education experience with a focus on initiating and creating opportunities that reach various areas of the community,” says Andrew J. Walker, executive director. “She is creative, innovative ... More

Jenkins Johnson Gallery opens an exhibition focusing on the works of nine Bay Area photographers
SAN FRANCISCO, CA.- Jenkins Johnson Gallery announces There Is No Alas Where I Live, a photography exhibition focusing on the works of nine Bay Area photographers: Wesaam Al-Badry, Johanna Case-Hofmeister, Hiroyo Kaneko, Kathya Landeros, Eva Lipman, Paccarik Orue, Mimi Plumb, Josh Smith, and Lewis Watts. Ann Jastrab, former gallery director at RayKo Photo Center in San Francisco, has selected images from the various projects of these documentary photographers. Collectively their pictures speak of the strength of humanity and the triumph over odds. Life can be so magnificent and challenging simultaneously. Photographs are documents of this dichotomy and photographers are witnesses, participant-observers, and those who present truths. Beauty and truth. The title of this exhibition, There Is No Alas Where I Live, taken from a ... More

Delaware College of Art and Design names Sandra K. James of DuPont to its Board of Trustees
WILMINGTON, DEL.- Sandra Kingsberry James of DuPont has been elected to the Delaware College of Art and Design Board of Trustees. She will serve a term through Jan. 30, 2020. “Sandra brings 20 years of corporate experience to our board,” said trustee chairman Thomas J. Shopa. “We are delighted to have her expertise in reputation management and communications to support our strategic direction.” James currently serves as Corporate Communications and Global Public Affairs Manager at DuPont, where she has had responsibility for corporate media relations through the historic $150 billion merger with Dow. Previously, James led global public affairs for one of the company’s businesses and its iconic brands, including Kevlar®, Nomex® and Tyvek®. In that role, she was responsible for integrated marketing activities, media relations, issues and crisis communications, ... More




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