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Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum explores the relationship between Monet and Boudin

Claude Monet, The Beach at Trouville, 1870 (detail). The National Gallery, London. Acquisition, Courtauld Fund, 1924.

MADRID.- The monographic exhibition Monet / Boudin presented by the Museo Nacional Thyssen-Bornemisza offers visitors the first opportunity to discover the relationship between the great Impressionist painter Claude Monet (Paris, 1840 - Giverny, 1926) and his master Eugène Boudin (Honfleur, 1824 - Deauville, 1898), the most important representative of mid-19th-century French plein air painting. This joint presentation of their work not only aims to cast light on Monet’s formative years, in which Boudin played an important role, but also to offer a vision of their entire careers and the origins of the Impressionist movement. Curated by Juan Ángel López-Manzanares, a curator at the Museo Thyssen, the exhibition brings together around 100 works by the two artists, including loans from museums and institutions such as the Musée d’Orsay, Paris, the National Gallery, London, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, the Israel Museu ... More

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Freeman's announces highlights from its upcoming Asian Arts Auction   Armed robbers flee with luxury watches after Paris heist   Early Chinese ritual bronzes at Gianguan Auctions are masterful presentations

The sale includes nearly 650 lots of fine Chinese, Japanese, Burmese, Tibetan, and Korean decorative objects and works of art.

PHILADELPHIA, PA.- Freeman’s September 7 Asian Arts auction will offer buyers a selection of nearly 650 lots of fine Chinese, Japanese, Burmese, Tibetan, and Korean decorative objects and works of art. Ranging from as early as the Neolithic period to present day, the breadth of material represented in the sale is sure to appeal to novice and experienced collectors of Asian art, decorators, and dealers. An impressive highlight of the sale is a large Chinese carved wood figure of Samantabhadra, seated on an elephant, from the Ming Dynasty or earlier (Lot 196, estimate: $25,000-35,000). Composed primarily of three large joined and carved timbers, the deity is seated at royal ease on a large elephant, dressed in draped scarves and bodhisattva jewelry. The present lot is unusual, not only for its large size, but also for the fact ... More

A policeman stands outside the the Swiss watchmaker Audemars Piguet shop on August 18, 2018 in Paris following a robbery. Two armed men robbed the luxury jeweler shop earlier before fleeing. Thomas SAMSON / AFP.

PARIS (AFP).- Two armed men fled with several luxury watches after bursting into a branch of Swiss watchmaker Audemars Piguet in Paris's chic eighth arrondissement on Saturday, police said, the latest in a string of robberies in the French capital. The pair, who were armed with handguns, made their escape by car. The value of the stolen items was not known. An investigation has been launched. The French capital has seen a number of high-profile jewel robberies in the past few years. In January, a gang armed with hatchets and handguns burst into the five-star Ritz hotel and smashed the windows of jewellery shops on the ground floor, but became trapped by locked doors as they tried to flee. Three men have been charged over the heist. ... More

Qing era ceramic copy of archaic bronze zun, silvered to replicate an aged patina. Lot 165.

NEW YORK, NY.- Collectors of Chinese antiquities and art can count on Gianguan Auctions for pockets of very specialized collections–such as Warring States ritual bronzes and their later progeny. Several highlight Gianguan’s annual fall sale on September 8th. Piece-mold bronzes, unique to China when the rest of the world was manufacturing lost wax castings, are exemplified by an intricate pair of Warring States ritual Dou inlaid with gold and silver. To be prized for their design and craftsmanship, the pair of covered circular vessels sits high atop pedestals emanating from the backs of ferocious Bixie. Fantastical Kui dragons then encircle the risers and dare clutch the horn of the stealthy Bixie below. The inlays are worked in geometric patterns and scrolling set flush with the bronze. The pair is Lot 81, ... More

Motor City heartbroken, yet proud of Aretha   Solidary and Solitary: The Pamela J Joyner and Alfred J Giuffrida Collection on view at the Snite Museum of Art   Brazil's 'queer museum' reopens in Rio after forced closure

A street sign in Detroit honoring singer Aretha Franklin is shown August 16th, 2018 in Detroit, Michigan. The "Queen of Soul" died this morning in Detroit of pancreatic cancer at the age of 76 Bill Pugliano/Getty Images/AFP.

DETROIT (AFP).- When Aretha Franklin's death was announced over the PA system, glass maker Maurice Black says grief was so great at his Detroit auto plant that supervisors briefly shut the line. "The look on everybody's face. It was just shocking," the 53-year-old told AFP outside Detroit's New Bethel Baptist Church, where the music icon kicked off her storied career singing gospel as a child. "Hearts were heavy, people were like trying to get themselves together, so the supervisor was like go to the bathroom," he said. "Too many people were going to the bathroom, so they officially shut it down... they cranked it back up." What made it all so raw was many still remembered how Aretha had only visited the factory only four to six years ... More

This exhibition offers a new perspective on the critical contribution black artists have made to the evolution of visual art from 1940s through to the present moment.

NOTRE DAME, IND.- The Snite Museum of Art is showing the major nationwide touring exhibition Solidary and Solitary: The Pamela J Joyner and Alfred J Giuffrida Collection. This exhibition offers a new perspective on the critical contribution black artists have made to the evolution of visual art from 1940s through to the present moment. Curated by noted art historians Christopher Bedford and Katy Siegel, this is the first large-scale public exhibition to bring together a vital lineage of visionary black artists. Commencing in the mid-twentieth century with Abstract Expressionist Norman Lewis, the show traces a line through some of the most celebrated artists working. Drawing on the Joyner/Giuffrida collection’s unparalleled holdings, a central theme is the power of abstract art as a profound political choice, rather than a stylistic preference, ... More

The curator of the "Queermuseu" exhibition, Gaudencio Fidelis, speaks during a press conference at Parque Lage park, home to the Visual Arts School, in Rio de Janeiro. Mauro Pimentel / AFP.

RIO DE JANEIRO (AFP).- Brazil's "queer museum," forced to close last year after conservatives attacked it for allegedly promoting pedophilia, blasphemy and bestiality, is reopening in the shadow of Rio de Janeiro's iconic Christ the Redeemer statue. The Queermuseu, which features 200 works by 82 Brazilian artists, originally opened last year in the southern city of Porto Alegre but was forced to close by critics who accused it of attacking Christianity. The enforced closure sent shockwaves through the artistic community and triggered debate about freedom of expression and a return of censorship, three decades after the end of the military dictatorship that ran the Latin American country from 1964-85. A crowdfunding campaign raised more than a million reais ($275,000) allowing ... More

Contemporary artist Archie Moore's vision arrives at Sydney Airport   African taxidermy and tribal art highlight Summers Place Auctions' September Sale   Kofi Annan: the UN's 'rock star' secretary-general

Archie Moore United Neytions, MCA & Sydney Airport Commission, photo Anna Kucera.

SYDNEY.- Millions of visitors from around the world are being farewelled by a striking work of contemporary art by Kamilaroi artist Archie Moore’s as they depart Australia. Moore’s United Neytions, which consists of 28 large flags that hang dramatically from the 17-metre high ceiling of Sydney Airport’s T1 International Marketplace, was this morning unveiled by the airport and the Museum of Contemporary Art Australia for the first time. United Neytions contributes to a strengthened cultural experience for departing visitors and leave an enduring positive impression. Moore’s work also speaks to the incredible diversity of Aboriginal histories and cultures in both Sydney and Australia. As part of a landmark partnership between Sydney Airport and the MCA, Moore’s work was selected from among a number of artists’ proposals by an esteemed panel. Sydney Airport CEO Geoff Culbert said travellers were certain to walk awa ... More

Old and rare Ekpo society mask of Eket People @ Summers Place Auctions.

BILLINGSHURST .- This Autumn, Summers Place Auctions will be having a strong Africa theme in the sale on the 25th & 26th September 2018. The auction will include some of the best recorded African wildlife taxidermy next to tribal art and some of the usual mix of sculptures, garden statuary and other quirky objects. The taxidermy collection belonged to F. Cecil Cobb, who joined one of the most driven and famous big game hunters of all time, Major Percy Powell-Cotton (1866-1940) one one of his many expeditions to Africa. Cobb wrote a book titled 'Sport on the Setit', in which he recounted his hunting trip to the Sudan, in 1911. The book is illustrated with photographs of some of the animals he shot during the expedition, and many of these are presented in this auction – mementos of a bygone era when attitudes to such things were very different to our own. Major Percy Powell-Cotton set up a museum in his family home at ... More

In this file photo taken on September 2, 2010 Chairman of the Board for Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA) and former Secretary General of the UN Kofi Annan delivers a speech. Issouf SANOGO / AFP.

NEW YORK (AFP).- Kofi Annan, who died Saturday at the age of 80, led the United Nations through the divisive years of the Iraq war and the trauma of the September 11, 2001 attacks. The first secretary-general from sub-Saharan Africa, Ghanaian-born Annan was credited for raising the UN's profile during his two-term tenure, from January 1997 to December 2006. The charismatic, quiet-spoken career diplomat will be remembered as the United Nations' star secretary-general -- and arguably the world body's most popular leader. But, as peacekeeping chief, two of the UN's darkest chapters -- the Rwandan genocide and the Bosnian war -- happened on his watch. "I have sought to place human beings at the center of everything we do -- from conflict prevention, to development, to human ... More

Damiani to publish 'Arthur Elgort: Jazz'   The Walker Art Center announces Avant Garden 2018 benefit auction   Kunstverein Hannover opens exhibition of recent works by artists who were born or live in Lower Saxony

Arthur Elgort JAZZ. Foreword by Wynton Marsalis. Introduction by Hank O'Neal. Edited by Marianne Houtenbos. Publication Date: October 2018.

NEW YORK, NY.- Fashion photographer Arthur Elgort has loved jazz since he was nine years old, when a childhood friend introduced him to the music; he soon found himself frequenting jazz clubs all over his native New York City. The dynamic style that made Elgort such a sensation in fashion photography was directly informed by his love for jazz and dance. His talent as a photographer grew alongside his interest and knowledge of jazz. By the time he was a well-known working photographer, Elgort could parlay his influence into meetings with his boyhood idols, requesting to have his favorite musicians appear in both his fashion and personal work. Countless jazz greats have appeared in front of Elgort's camera, including Illinois Jacquet, Dexter Gordon and Dorothy Donegan. Each sitting produced not only images but memorable stories: the time Elgort took Dorothy shopping at Chanel; ... More

Alfredo Jaar, The Silence (for S.K.), 2002. Lightbox with color transparency, 38 x 26 x 3.5 in (96.52 x 66.04 x 8.89 cm), 1 of 5 + 2 APs. Courtesy of Galerie Lelong. Estimate $36,000.

NEW YORK, NY.- The Walker Art Center presents Avant Garden 2018, the Center’s Annual Benefit and Auction, live to bidders worldwide exclusively on Paddle8 August 24 – September 8. The sale will culminate at the Avant Garden event at a silent auction in Minneapolis on September 8, 2018. The Avant Garden 2018 auction include 35 works, ranging in value from $3,000 to $65,000, by artists by artists including Larry Bell, Jenny Holzer, Michael Krebber, Dianna Molzan, Raymond Pettibon, Lari Pittman, Sigmar Polke, Laure Prouvost, Allen Ruppersberg, and more. Avant Garden 2018, the Walker Art Center’s annual benefit, returns for a one-of-a-kind experience on Saturday, September 8. The evening promises a signature Walker party experience, with gourmet food, craft cocktails, an art auction, live music, dancing, special ... More

88. Herbstausstellung des Kunstverein Hannover.. Photo: Raimund Zakowski.

HANNOVER.- The Kunstverein Hannover has been committed to the regional art scene from its foundation in 1832 and in the 1960s developed a broader and international orientation. Despite of its internationalization and 186 years of existence, the institution has maintained close ties to the region and for the past 111 years has been hosting the so-called Fall Exhibitions almost every second year featuring recent works by artists who were born or live in Lower Saxony or the City of Bremen. This exhibition format has kept its tradition and is based on an open-call procedure. In 2018 a jury selected 53 artists out of 500 applications to be shown within the exhibition itinerary. The broad overview of artists underlines the fact that the format is still as relevant as ever within the contemporary art field. Well-known artists of an older generation including Christiane Möbus or Timm Ulrichs are present, as well as artists such as Candice B ... More

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Exhibition features psychotherapy on classic TV shows
NEW YORK, NY.- The Jewish Museum is presenting Television and Beyond: TV Therapy from August 17, 2018 through January 6, 2019, featuring a selection of television clips exploring psychotherapy and therapists from shows ranging from M*A*S*H and Sex and the City to The Sopranos and Curb Your Enthusiasm. Therapy is sometimes presented in earnest and often with humor, the inherent discomfort expected in a therapy session serving as fodder for comedic set-ups. One of seven sections that make up the Jewish Museum’s third floor collection exhibition, Scenes from the Collection, “Television and Beyond” draws inspiration from the Museum’s National Jewish Archive of Broadcasting. The clip reel includes such iconic television therapists as The Sopranos’ Dr. Melfi and In Treatment’s Paul Weston. Weston is seen both treating a patient and seeking advice ... More

EXPO CHICAGO: Full 2018 program announced
CHICAGO, IL.- Each program presents works by leading international artists throughout the seventh edition of EXPO CHICAGO, September 27–30, 2018. EXPO VIDEO, selected by Anna Gritz, KW Institute for Contemporary Art Berlin Curator; IN/SITU, selected by Pablo León de la Barra, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum Curator at Large, Latin America; and EXPO Sound, curated by Daata Editions to present works by leading international artists throughout the exposition. Additionally, two public art initiatives, OVERRIDE | A Billboard Project and IN/SITU Outside, feature public works curated by EXPO CHICAGO, in partnership with The Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events (DCASE) and Navy Pier, to showcase artwork throughout the city. Installed within the expansive, vaulted architecture of Navy Pier’s Festival Hall, IN/SITU features large-scale, suspended sculptures ... More

Artist and Educator Joseph Maida named Chair of BFA Photography and Video at School of Visual Arts
NEW YORK, NY.- School of Visual Arts President David Rhodes has announced the appointment of Joseph Maida as chair of the College’s BFA Photography and Video program, effective August 1, 2018. Maida, a longtime SVA faculty member, succeeds Stephen Frailey. He will lead a department comprising approximately 404 students and 71 faculty. As an artist and educator, Joseph Maida brings years of professional and teaching experience to his new role. He will take the helm of the department as he begins his 17th year at the College, where he has taught a broad range of courses—from pre-college classes to advanced contemporary critique and theory. In 2016 he co-organized “Untitled,” a BFA Photography and Video symposium on gender featuring Guggenheim curator Jennifer Blessing; artist, activist and SVA graduate Zackary Drucker; and photographer ... More

100 years of Russian print-making & etchings to be shown at the upcoming Brooklyn Antiquarian Book Fair
BROOKLYN, NY.- It appears that revolutionary ideas in society and revolutionary ideas in art develop simultaneously, “observes OLesya Koenig, co-owner with her husband Jerry Koenig of the From Russia with Art gallery. “Political ideas emanating from the 1917 Russian Revolution quickly found their way into art movements such as Constructivism and Suprematism, producing startling new original works of enduring quality, while maintaining realism in art –an important vision of everyday life. From Russia with Art will be featuring a curated collection of works on paper by leading artists from this important time period at the upcoming Brooklyn Antiquarian Book Fair, (BABF), Sept. 8 & 9 at the Brooklyn Expo Center in Greenpoint. The Cambridge, Mass art gallery will have on display and for sale, etchings and prints from such major artists as Stanislav Nikireev, Alexander ... More

FUJIFILM and Magnum Photos present collaborative Project "HOME" photo exhibition
HONG KONG.- In celebration of its 50th anniversary in Hong Kong, Fuji Photo Products Co. Ltd. is collaborating with FUJIFILM and Magnum Photos for the first time present the project “HOME”. The exhibition displaying works by 16 award-winning photographers is being held in Pao Gallery, 4/F, Hong Kong Art Centre, 19-27 August 2018. The photo exhibition will tour in eight cities around the world starting in March 2018. 16 Magnum photographers explore the theme of “HOME” for the project. This project invites them to explore a universal subject familiar to us all. By using the same model of camera (FUJIFILM GFX 50S), the 16 photographers present “HOME” with various individual practices as well as emotional, biological, cultural and societal association. Magnum Photos represents some of the world’s most renowned photographers who are an idiosyncratic ... More

Aretha Franklin funeral set for August 31 in Detroit
DETROIT (AFP).- The funeral of legendary singer Aretha Franklin will be held in her hometown Detroit on August 31, after a two-day public viewing at a city museum to allow fans to mourn, her publicist said Friday. Plans for the final farewell to the "Queen of Soul" -- who died on Thursday at age 76 after a battle with pancreatic cancer -- started coming together as tributes poured in from around the world, and fans congregated at key sites in the city, the home of Motown. The funeral at Greater Grace Temple -- which seats about 4,000 people -- will be limited to family, friends and invited guests, expected to range from music royalty to dignitaries from around the world. On August 28 and 29, fans will be able to say a final farewell at a public viewing staged at the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History. The visitation will last 12 hours each day, according ... More

Minneapolis Institute of Art opens exhibition of works by photographer Beth Dow
MINNEAPOLIS, MN.- The Minnesota Artists Exhibition Program at the Minneapolis Institute of Art is presenting “Prediction Error,” an exhibition of works by Minneapolis-based photographer Beth Dow. Through a series of large-scale landscapes as well as a collection of still-life images, this exhibition challenges the viewer’s perception of reality. Dow’s work is significant for its dissection of photo theory and its ability to disassociate viewers with what they know to be real. “Prediction Error” is on view from July 19 through October 28, 2018. The exhibition includes an installation of The Valley, a series of 10 large, dark landscapes focusing on perception and the interplay among the senses, intellect, and emotions using the conventions of landscape. Dow uses regional terrains and simple interventions such as removing backgrounds to tread cautiously into the gray area ... More

Goliath to publish Marquis de Sade: 100 Erotic Illustrations
NEW YORK, NY.- Everyone knows what sadism is, but nobody chooses to read De Sade. Nor must they, as we have now taken the collected graphics from 4000 book pages, and put them together without the text. Marquis De Sade has shocked for generations, was sentenced to death, his books were censored, artists, authors as well as psychologists have dealt with his work. De Sade writings became the symbol of the forbidden worldwide – the personified perversion. In France at the end of the eighteenth century, Donatien Alphonse François, Marquis de Sade, hired an artist to illustrate his collected writings. This edition, published in 1797, contained 101 copper engravings with sex scenes, most of them of a sadomasochistic leaning. At the time, such “cochonneries” (obscenities) brought one directly into a dungeon. For this reason, most artists ... More

Ousted Eiffel Tower chef Ducasse sharpens knives for rivals
PARIS (AFP).- The French top chef who cooked for fast-food-loving US President Donald Trump atop the Eiffel Tower during his visit to Paris last year went to court Thursday to challenge his eviction from his lofty perch. Alain Ducasse, one of France's best-known chefs, has reacted furiously to his ouster from the Jules Verne restaurant on the second floor of the Eiffel Tower, where French President Emmanuel Macron hosted Trump at a glitzy Bastille Day dinner in July 2017. After a decade on the monument Ducasse was dethroned by fellow star chefs Frederic Anton and Thierry Marx, who won the 10-year tender to run the Jules Verne, as well as a brasserie on the first floor and snack counters. In court Ducasse's lawyers argued that the 61-year-old impresario, who has won a total of 21 Michelin stars for his restaurants dotted across the globe, was now "the most- ... More

A sculptural installation in Willow and Birch by Laura Ellen Bacon on view at The Harley Gallery
WELBECK.- Using silver birch gathered from around the vast Welbeck estate in Sherwood Forest and willow from Somerset, artist Laura Ellen Bacon is has created a huge, new, ‘human-scale’ sculpture to twine around the ground floor at The Harley Gallery. Opened on 28 July and running till 7 October, ‘LAID’ is abstract in design although the sculpture is loosely inspired by hedge laying and the complex internal spaces of a hedge. Its monumental, site-specific scale allows visitors to enter the sculpture and wander within its nest-like intimacy for an immersive experience that displays the intricacy of Bacon’s work. Using many thousands of branches, the entire installation has been made by hand using natural materials. Bacon and a small team of helpers knotted, weaved, twisted and plaited the birch and willow over hundreds of hours to create a form at ... More

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On a day like today, French painter Gustave Caillebotte was born
August 19, 1848. Gustave Caillebotte (19 August 1848 - 21 February 1894) was a French painter, member and patron of the artists known as Impressionists, although he painted in a more realistic manner than many others in the group. Caillebotte was noted for his early interest in photography as an art form.In this image: Gustave Caillebotte, Self-­-Portrait at the Easel, 1879–80. Oil on canvas, 35 7/16 × 45 1/4 in. (90 × 115 cm). Private collection.

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