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Archaeological find uncovers royal palace where Henry VIII and Elizabeth I were born

Greenwich Palace had a scale and magnificence comparable to Hampton Court Palace, in an idyllic riverside setting. Photo: Old Royal Naval College.

LONDON.- The team working on the major development of the Painted Hall in Greenwich have uncovered the remains of Greenwich Palace, notable as the birthplace of Henry VIII and of his daughters Mary and Elizabeth I. Greenwich Palace had a scale and magnificence comparable to Hampton Court Palace, in an idyllic riverside setting. It comprised everything from state apartments, courtyards, a chapel, elegant gardens, a substantial tiltyard for jousting with a five-storey tower for viewing, and was at the very heart of Tudor cultural life and intrigue. Careful preparation of the ground for the new visitor centre below the Painted Hall led to the discovery of two rooms of the Tudor palace, including a floor featuring lead-glazed tiles. Being set back from the river, these are likely to be from the service range, possibly where the kitchens, bakehouse, brewhouse and laundry were. One of the rooms was clearly subterranean and contains a series of unusual niches, which archaeologists believe may be  ... More

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Bones, silver found in 18th-century Dutch wreck off UK   Sotheby's Made in Britain to showcase 'A Century of Ceramics'   Christie's announces Asian Art Week: A series of auctions, viewings, and events

Maritime archaeologist Liselore An Muis holding a glass brandy bottle recovered from the Rooswijk © The Rooswijk 1740 Project / Historic England.

LONDON (AFP).- Maritime archaeologists said Friday they have begun excavating the wreck of a Dutch ship that sank off the English coast in 1740, recovering leather shoes, silver and the bones of its lost crew. The Rooswijk, a Dutch East India Company ship, was on its way to what is now Jakarta when it went down with around 300 people and a large cargo of silver ingots and coinage aboard. Following its discovery in 2005, most of the precious goods were removed, but a full excavation is now underway due to concerns it could be destroyed by shifting sands and currents. Remains of some of the sailors who perished have been found preserved on the seabed 26 metres (85 feet) down, along with more coins, leather shoes, an oil lamp, glass bottles, pewter jugs and spoons and ornately carved knife handles. "It's a snapshot of a moment in time," said Alison James, a maritime ... More

Bernard Leach, Vase with 'Leaping Fish' Design. Est. £3,000-5,000. Courtesy Sotheby’s.

LONDON.- The father of British studio ceramics, Bernard Leach, identified pottery as having “ its own language and inherent laws ” . September’s edition of the bi-annual ‘Made in Britain’ auction explores a century of ceramics, presenting a plethora of delicate treasures that go hand-in-hand with some of the most beloved and venerated names of the British art scene. The curated selection charts the journey of ceramics in Britain, displaying them within the broader context of the arts of the time. The story begins with characterful early works by the Martin Brothers – whose ‘Wally Birds’ delighted and amused in the 19th century – on to exquisite and unseen works by some of the century’s most important figures including Dame Lucie Rie and Hans Cooper – and culminating in the work of the post-war and contemporary ceramicists who continue to push the boundaries of clay to their very limits. Viewed together, the engaging ... More

The Ya Yi Fangding, A Highly Important and Rare Bronze Rectangular Ritual Food Vessel from the late Shang Dynasty. Estimate: $2,000,000-3,000,000. © Christie’s Images Limited 2017.

NEW YORK, NY.- Christie’s announces Asian Art Week, a series of auctions, viewings, and events, from September 8-15. This season presents seven distinct sales featuring over 800 lots spanning all epochs and categories of Asian Art from archaic bronzes through contemporary Indian painting. In addition to the dedicated category sales, this season includes three special stand-alone auctions, featuring Marchant: Nine Decades in Chinese Art, honoring the Marchant family’s legacy of nearly 100 years in the trade, part-five of The Ruth and Carl Barron Collection of Fine Chinese Snuff Bottles, and a themed sale, Treasures of the Noble Path: Early Buddhist Art from Japanese Collections. Featured private collections within the Fine Chinese Ceramics and Works of Art sale include The Nancy and Ed Rosenthal Collection, comprising ... More

Sotheby's to offer the Yeats Family collection   Secrets of the deep: Senegal's slave shipwreck detective   Exhibition illustrates the various ways we express our love of flowers

The paintings include his important final self-portrait, commissioned by the New York lawyer, collector and patron of the arts, John Quinn in 1911 (est. £30,000–50,000 / €33,800–56,500). Courtesy Sotheby’s.

LONDON.- The collection of one of Ireland’s most important families of the last century will be offered for sale at Sotheby’s in London on 27 September 2017. Illuminating the private world of the Yeats family, the auction will comprise literary material, paintings, drawings and the personal effects of artist John Butler Yeats and his four children: poet W.B, embroidery designer Lily, printing press pioneer Lolly, and artist Jack. The sale will not only cast new light on the artistic development of these important figures, but also reveal a little of what life was like inside the Yeats family home. Alongside significant paintings, letters and drawings are unseen family sketch books, a family scrapbook, illustrated ‘scribbling’ diaries, photographs, hand-decorated furniture, Jack’s model boats, personalised silver, a top hat, a hand-painted trunk, and the family dining table. With over ... More

Underwater archaeologist Ibrahima Thiaw waits on a boat during a diving expedition to find traces of slave shipwrecks. SEYLLOU / AFP.

DAKAR (AFP).- Staring out to sea on a flawlessly sunny day, underwater archaeologist Ibrahima Thiaw visualises three shipwrecks once packed with slaves that now lie somewhere beneath Senegal's Atlantic waves. He wants more than anything to find them. Thiaw has spent years scouring the seabed off the island of Goree, once a west African slaving post, never losing hope of locating the elusive vessels with a small group of graduate students from Dakar's Cheikh Anta Diop University. Goree was the largest slave-trading centre on the African coast between the 15th and 19th century, according to the UN's cultural agency UNESCO, and Thiaw believes his mission has a moral purpose: to heal the open wounds that slavery has left on the continent. "This is not just for the fun of research or scholarship. It touches us and our humanity and I think that slavery in its afterlife still has huge scars on our modern society," he said, pulling on a wetsuit and rubber boots for the day's ... More

George J. Stengel, In the Studio, c. 1935. Oil on canvas. Collection of the Hudson River Museum, Gift of Mrs. George J. Stengel, 1944.

YONKERS, NY.- The Hudson River Museum is presenting the exhibition, Floral Arrangements: Highlights from the Collection, on view through September 17, 2017. Floral Arrangements illustrates the various ways we express our love of flowers with selections from the Museum’s 19th- and 20th-century collections. From botanical watercolors by Joanna Kellinger in Victorian Yonkers to a “Mimosa” rug by Henri Matisse, on view for the first time since 1983, floral specimens from the Museum’s vaults have been arranged to coincide with Robert Zakanitch: Garden of Ornament. Featuring more than 30 objects, the exhibition includes paintings, photographs, textiles, ceramics and more. The exhibition begins with a wall of botanical studies, where Kellinger’s English Bluebells and Spider Lilies hang next to a 1934 drawing, Banana Blossom, by Georgia O’Keeffe. Other sections include portraiture, the decoration of clothing and home furnishings, ... More

Are Confederate monuments important works of art?   Dorotheum announces Part II sale of the collection of art dealer Reinhold Hofstätter   Designs of the Year nominees announced by Design Museum

A Confederate monument featuring a statue of a Confederate soldier is seen in front of the Hernando County Courthouse. Joe Raedle/Getty Images/AFP.

CHICAGO (AFP).- Confederate monuments of Civil War figures, who fought against the Union Army in an attempt to preserve slavery, have become central to the debate surrounding white supremacists and America's past. New momentum has built to remove such monuments, after a violent white supremacist gathering in Virginia last weekend in support of a statue of Confederate general Robert E Lee. President Donald Trump said Thursday he was "sad to see the history and culture of our great country being ripped apart with the removal of our beautiful statues and monuments." What is the historical and artistic value of these Civil War statues? AFP asked two experts to weigh in: an American historian and a museum curator who has studied many of the monuments. "Building these really in some ways was a political and cultural move," said James Grossman, head of the American Historical Association. ... More

Commode, design by Josef Frank, c. 1912, manufactured by J. Müller, Vienna; displayed at the 1912 Kunstgewerbeschule Exhibition, Room XIII, as the living hall of a country residence at the ÖMKI (Österreichisches Museum für Kunst und Industrie), which is today's Museum of Applied Art. Estimate €22,000 - €30,000.

VIENNA.- The second and final instalment of the collection of the Viennese art dealer Reinhold Hofstätter (the first part was successfully sold at Dorotheum in May 2017) is due to come up for auction at Vienna Dorotheum on 26th September 2017. The auction features nearly 400 objects from his elegant residence on Strudlhofstiege and the inventory of his former antique shop in Vienna's central district. Old master- and 19th century paintings as well as sculptures from the Gothic to the Baroque period are among the auction's classics. The prime focus on this occasion however, is on a less well-known aspect of Reinhold Hofstätter's interests as a collector, and that is Jugendstil, which is prominently represented by the ... More

Flax Chair by Christien Meindertsma. Photo: Labadie van Tour.

LONDON.- The Design Museum in London announces the shortlist for the tenth anniversary of its annual exhibition and awards celebrating the world’s best design. Nominees include a hijab designed by Nike and the National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington D.C designed by the recently knighted Sir David Adjaye. A year of political unrest is represented through Wolfgang Tillmans’ Remain Campaign, support posters for Jeremy Corbyn and the Pussyhat worn by protesters in the USA following President Trump’s sexist comments. Other nominations include IKEA furniture that does not require screws or allen keys, the world’s first 3D printed self-driving bus and the TV experience design for the English football Premier League. Pokémon Go, IKEA furniture, the Olympic refugee flag and Wolfgang Tillmans’ Remain Campaign, the Design Museum in London announces the contenders for the tenth edition of Beazle ... More

Comparing the jaws of Porcupine fish reveals three new species   Exhibition presents Isamu Noguchi's influential designs for playgrounds and play structures   New Harry Potter book reveals values and fandom behind our favorite wizard

Diver holding porcupine fish at the Smithsonian’s Galeta Point Marine Laboratory in Panama. Photo: Smithsonian's Tropical Research Institute.

WASHINGTON, DC.- Researchers at the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute and colleagues compared fossil porcupine fish jaws and tooth plates collected on expeditions to Panama, Colombia, Venezuela and Brazil with those from museum specimens and modern porcupine fish, revealing three new species. Startled porcupine fish suck in air or water to inflate their bodies, becoming a prickly balloon-like shape to defend themselves from predators and some contain a neurotoxin a thousand times more potent than cyanide in their ovaries and livers. They are also good at offense, crushing the shells of clams and other marine mollusks with beak-like jaws so tough that they are preserved as fossils to be discovered millions of years later. Two of the newly discovered species, named Chilomycterus tyleri, in honor of the Smithsonian’s James C. Tyler, senior scientist emeritus at the National Museum of Natural History—an ... More

Isamu Noguchi, Slide Mantra Maquette, c. 1985; © the Isamu Noguchi Foundation and Garden Museum, New York / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York; photo: Kevin Noble.

SAN FRANCISCO, CA.- The San Francisco Museum of Art is showing Noguchi’s Playscapes, a survey of Isamu Noguchi’s influential designs for playgrounds and play structures that explores the democratization of public space. Noguchi’s Playscapes presents ideas about the democratization of art and public space by Japanese-American sculptor Isamu Noguchi (1904–1988). The artist was a fervent believer that sculpture is an aesthetic and cultural tool capable of creating synergy between individuality and society. Observing that playgrounds offer a physical and social interaction not typically seen in a museum, Noguchi designed a number of public spaces where visitors could actively engage with art. The exhibition gathers his designs for several playgrounds, stand-alone play structures and other works that, while serious in subject, employ playful elements to engage ... More

In this beautifully illustrated and lavishly designed book, author Eric Bradley introduces readers to the broad world of these collectibles

IOLA, WI.- Featuring more than 300 outstanding objects gathered from private and public collections, Harry Potter - The Unofficial Guide to The Collectibles of Our Favorite Wizard provides the first comprehensive survey of the rich art, books, and memorabilia created during the last 20 years of Pottermania. First-edition copies of J.K. Rowling’s epic now command nearly $50,000 and special items created for collectors are rising in value every day. The esoteric knowledge, visual symbols, and moral teachings revealed in Rowling’s writings have inspired an entire generation of readers young and old and have formed an important facet of American popular culture. In this beautifully illustrated and lavishly designed book, author Eric Bradley introduces readers to the broad world of these collectibles and explores the fandom surrounding the mystique behind the world’s boy-wizard. From the Holy Grail chair Rowling used to wri ... More

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New Britain Museum of American Art displays monumental masterpiece by Samuel F.B. Morse
NEW BRITAIN, CONN.- The New Britain Museum of American Art is presenting the forthcoming exhibition Samuel F.B. Morse’s “Gallery of the Louvre” and the Art of Invention, on view in the Don and Virginia Davis Gallery through October 15, 2017. This exhibition showcases Morse’s monumental painting Gallery of the Louvre (1831–1833), on loan from the Terra Foundation for American Art in Chicago, following its extensive conservation treatment in 2010 and two years of scholarly investigation. Also included is Morse’s preparatory work Frances I, Study for “Gallery of the Louvre” (1831¬–1832). The exhibition is accompanied by a scholarly catalogue published by the Terra Foundation and distributed by Yale University Press. Known today primarily for his role in the development of the electromagnetic telegraph and his namesake code, Samuel F.B. Morse also had ... More

Graham Nash collection of underground art tops $6.3 million comics event at Heritage Auctions
DALLAS, TX.- Singer/songwriter Graham Nash's collection of Underground Comix art realized more than $1.1 million to lead Heritage Auctions' summer Vintage Comics & Comic Art Auction in Dallas. The $6.3 million auction presented fresh-to-market art and key books to more than 2,800 bidders in person and via HALive!. "The market for original comic art continues to show its strength – especially for works by Robert Crumb," said Ed Jaster, Senior Vice President Heritage Auctions. "This is the second auction in a row in which we achieved six-figure selling prices of Robert Crumb's art for our clients." The highlight of Nash's collection was art by Crumb. The artist's 1967 Original Cover Art for ZAP Comix #1 soared to $525,800 (the cover was never was used for the publication and was thought lost for years). The People's Comics Complete Four- ... More

Shaker Museum / Mount Lebanon hires Director of Advancement
NEW LEBANON, NY.- Shaker Museum | Mount Lebanon has hired Lisa Malone Jackson to lead its development program. Malone Jackson joined the museum in this newly created position as of August 1, after serving for several months as a consultant. In her new position, Malone Jackson will work closely with the Executive Director and the Development Committee to enhance the museum’s fundraising program, with the goal of developing individual, foundation, government, and corporate contributed income sources. Additionally, Malone Jackson will assist with planning and implementing the Museum’s fundraising and cultivation events. Malone Jackson is an active member of the Catskill volunteer community. She currently serves as the Board President for the Catskill Community Center. Jackson brings more than 15 years of experience in strategic development, ... More

Multisite exhibition engages 16 U.S. Latino and Latin American artists and collectives
LOS ANGELES, CA.- The Los Angeles County Museum of Art presents A Universal History of Infamy, a multisite exhibition engaging 16 U.S. Latino and Latin American artists and collectives whose practices defy disciplinary boundaries. These artists and collaborative teams work across a range of media—from installation and performance to drawing and video—and adopt methodologies from diverse disciplines, including anthropology, history, linguistics, and theater. Most works on view are new projects that began during two-month residencies at 18th Street Arts Center in Santa Monica. The exhibition spans three venues—an encyclopedic museum (LACMA), a school (Charles White Elementary School), and an artist residency complex (18th Street Arts Center)—offering different perspectives, approaches, and scales in each location. A Universal History ... More

New Orleans Museum of Art celebrates new hires
NEW ORLEANS, LA.- Anne Banõs, Deputy Director at the New Orleans Museum of Art, has announced Victoria Lacayo as Events Associate. Gail Asprodites, Deputy Director for Finance and Administration, has announced Lauren Senie as Visitor Services Manager, and Jonathan Serrette as Administrative Assistant. As NOMA’s Events Associate, Victoria Lacayo will serve as a key member of the museum’s development and fundraising team, assisting with NOMA’s annual fundraising events: Art in Bloom, NOMA Egg Hunt and Family Festival, LOVE in the Garden, and Odyssey Ball. Born and raised in Slidell, Louisiana, Lacayo has an undergraduate degree in Art History from Louisiana State University and a Master’s degree in Arts Administration from the University of New Orleans. She previously completed two internships with NOMA during her time ... More

Embattled Trumps to skip top art awards
WASHINGTON (AFP).- Donald and Melania Trump will skip one of America's top art awards, the Kennedy Center Honors, the White House announced Saturday in the latest sign of the president's growing isolation after one of the most disastrous weeks of his young administration. The decision -- which came after several honorees said they would boycott a White House reception for the awards -- was intended to allow the events to go ahead without "political distraction," Trump's spokeswoman said. But the decision came at a moment of extreme distraction, as Trump faced a torrent of criticism over his reaction to the violent protests last week in Virginia, and as white nationalists were gathering Saturday for a new "free speech" rally in Boston, with large numbers of counterprotesters expected amid fears of fresh violence. The exceptionally turbulent week was capped ... More

Dave Lefner Reduction Linocut exhibition on view at the Pasadena Museum of California Art
PASADENA, CA.- For the last 25 years native Angeleno and one of the country’s foremost reduction linocut artists Dave Lefner (b. 1969) has explored and recorded the historic and vintage characteristics of Los Angeles, from the sleek lines of mid-century American automobiles, to roadside signage for motels and mom and pop diners, to dilapidated neon theater marquees. A self-professed “old soul,” Lefner preserves the icons of America’s Golden Age in the exacting, time-consuming, and relatively lost art of reduction linocuts. The artist’s prints depict a nostalgia for the glamour of old Los Angeles with both a playfulness and masterful precision that belies their complex creation. LA Redux: Reduction Linocuts by Dave Lefner, an exhibition on view at the Pasadena Museum of California Art from August 20, 2017–January 7, 2018, explores Lefner’s prints and practice, ... More

Timbuktu's mausoleums, ancient protectors of city
BAMAKO (AFP).- The shrines of Muslim saints in Timbuktu in northern Mali are widely believed to protect the fabled city from danger, but were largely destroyed by radical Islamists in 2012. Five years after their destruction the Timbuktu mausoleums have been restored through work carried out by local craftsmen, with help from the UN's cultural arm UNESCO. On Thursday the International Criminal Court in The Hague ruled that Malian ex-jihadist Ahmad al-Faqi al-Mahdi caused 2.7 million euros in damages when he destroyed some of the mausoleums and ordered the payment of compensation to victims. Mahdi, of the Tuareg people, was jailed for nine years by the court in a landmark verdict in September 2016 after he pleaded guilty to directing attacks on the UNESCO World Heritage site. The mausoleums are the tombs of revered Muslim sages, known as ... More

British TV star Bruce Forsyth dies aged 89
LONDON.- Bruce Forsyth, the British television presenter who was the face of primetime family game shows for decades, died on Friday at the age of 89, his manager announced. Tributes poured in for the veteran entertainer, whose catchphrases -- "Didn't he do well?" and "Nice to see you, to see you.. nice!" -- were adopted into the national discourse. "From the moment we met, Bruce and I did nothing but laugh our way through a decade of working together," said Tess Daly, his co-presenter on hit BBC ballroom dancing show "Strictly Come Dancing" from 2004 to 2013. "I will never forget his generosity, his brilliant sense of humour and his drive to entertain the audiences he so loved." She added: "I'm extremely fortunate to have worked alongside the man who defined Saturday night entertainment for many decades. He was a gentleman and a true legend." Born in 1928, ... More

Larger than life portrait painting of Thomas Edison, signed by him, will be sold August 29th
WESTPORT, CONN.- A fantastic selection of autographed documents, manuscripts, books and relics are up for bid in an internet-only auction already online by University Archives, based in Westport. The auction will go live on Tuesday, August 29th, on The catalog may be viewed right now by visiting the University Archives website at Choice offerings will include a larger-than-life portrait of inventor Thomas A. Edison, signed by Edison and the artist, Ellis M. Silvette; a letter hand-written and signed by Marilyn Monroe when she was just 17 and still Norma Jeane; a war letter twice-signed by President Abraham Lincoln in 1862, nicely framed; and a letter handwritten and signed by Morse code inventor Samuel Morse. Also sold will be a pair of letters written and signed by the famously reclusive and enigmatic writer ... More

Richard Linklater's roots with the Austin Film Society

On a day like today, Finnish architect Eero Saarinen was born
August 20, 1910. Eero Saarinen (August 20, 1910 - September 1, 1961) was a Finnish American architect and industrial designer of the 20th century famous for varying his style according to the demands of the project: simple, sweeping, arching structural curves or machine-like rationalism. In this image: Eero Saarinen (1910 - 61) was one of the most prolific, unorthodox, and controversial masters of twentieth-century architecture.

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