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Tate Modern opens the most comprehensive Modigliani exhibition ever held in the UK

Amedeo Modigliani, Nude, 1917 (detail). Oil paint on canvas, 890 x 1460 mm. Private Collection.

LONDON.- This autumn, Tate Modern stages the most comprehensive Modigliani exhibition ever held in the UK, bringing together a dazzling range of his iconic portraits, sculptures and the largest ever group of nudes to be shown in this country. Although he died tragically young, Amedeo Modigliani (1884–1920) was a ground-breaking artist who pushed the boundaries of the art of his time. Including 100 works – many of them rarely exhibited and nearly 40 of which have never before been shown in the UK – the exhibition re-evaluates this familiar figure, looking afresh at the experimentation that shaped his career and made Modigliani one of the greatest artists of the twentieth century. A section devoted to Modigliani’s nudes, perhaps the best-known and most provocative of the artist’s works, are a major highlight. In these striking canvases Modigliani invented shocking new compositions that modernised figurative painting. His explicit depictions als ... More

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Gold leaf from Napoleon's crown fetches 625,000 euros   First exhibition in the UK devoted to Finnish artist Akseli Gallen-Kallela on view at the National Gallery   Jacques Grange Collection soars to $33.3 million: A record for a single-owner sale at Sotheby's Paris

A gold laurel leaf from the coronation crown of Emperor Napoleon I. STEPHANE DE SAKUTIN / AFP.

PARIS (AFP).- A gold laurel leaf removed from the crown Napoleon Bonaparte wore to his coronation sold for 625,000 ($735,000) euros at an auction in Paris on Sunday. The sale price far exceeded the estimate of between 100,000 and 150,000 euros, Osenat auction house said. The leaf was one of six cut from the crown ahead of the 1804 coronation, because the monarch considered it too heavy. The goldsmith Martin Guillaume Biennais gave the spare leaves to each of his daughters - with the auctioned gold carving having been passed through the family to present day. A leaf which was worn during the coronation but was later detached from the crown sold in the 1980s for 80,000 francs. Around 400 works dedicated to the French emperor were sold at Sunday's auction, including a decorated box engraved with gold flowers, also made by Biennais, which belonged to Napoleon's wife ... More

Akseli Gallen-Kallela, Lake View, 1901 (detail). Oil on canvas, 84 × 57 cm. Finnish National Gallery, Ateneum Art Museum, Helsinki, Finland © Photo: Finnish National Gallery / Kirsi Halkola.

LONDON.- This winter, visitors to the National Gallery can discover a selection of paintings by the Finnish artist Akseli Gallen-Kallela in the first exhibition in the UK devoted to this artist. Lake Keitele purchased by the National Gallery in 1999, with its cool, silvery elegance and meditative quality, has become one of the Gallery’s best-loved works and remains the only painting by this artist in a British public collection. 'Lake Keitele' has never before been the subject of an in-depth study. In the exhibition all four versions of Gallen-Kallela’s 'Lake Keitele' composition are reunited for the first time in the UK and within the context of the artist’s landscape work. Two 'Lake Keitele' landscapes have been borrowed from private collections, one of which is on long-term loan to the Gallen-Kallela Museum, near ... More

Jacques Grange. Courtesy Sotheby’s.

PARIS.- The two-day auction of the personal collection of renowned French interior designer Jacques Grange drew to a close with a total of €28,387,150 / $33,323,392 – witnessing remarkable results across every category, from modern and contemporary art to 20th century design and furniture. Renowned worldwide for his sophisticated taste, the sensational response to the exhibition and auction is testament to Grange’s impressive eye for collecting. With a wonderful range of exquisite artworks and objects subject to prolonged bidding battles in the sale room, the auction far exceeded the pre-sale estimate of €8.7-12.6 million after just 39 lots had gone under the hammer. 96% of the 177 lots offered found a buyer with 86% of these surpassing their pre-sale high estimates. Following the auction, Jacques Grange commented, ‘To me, this collection has always been a story of friendships – from my close ... More

Thames & Hudson publishes a revised edition of Julian Bell's 'What is Painting?'   Discovery of global importance in Geneva: A celestial sphere that shines new light on the history of science in Asia   David Cassidy, 1970s heartthrob, dies at 67: publicist

What is Painting? by Julian Bell.

LONDON.- What is painting? Julian Bell, writer and painter, is able to answer the question with a broad brush. His book thinks big about the medium that has generated more thought and discussion than any other. It explores old, deep problems. Are there reasons to be suspicious of pictures? What makes us think that one painting is more 'real' than another? What does it mean if we say painters 'express themselves'? Bell's book also gives fine-brush attention to issues that are live in the contemporary art world. Till recently there was much talk about 'the death of painting'. Why did that discussion arise and what happened to it? Where does the interface between painting and photography now stand? Can we make sense of the appeal of 'bad' painting, or for that matter do we know what we mean by 'beautiful' nowadays? The original edition of What is Painting? appeared in 1999 ... More

This celestial sphere is the star lot in the Asian and Oriental Arts sale.

GENEVA.- Piguet Auction House presents a world premiere in East Asian astronomy revealing one of the oldest known clock driven celestial spheres in the world. This unique and so far unseen instrument will be placed on public display for the first time in Geneva from 8th – 10th December before being auctioned on Wednesday 13th December at 9.30 am (lot 708, estimate € 85,000-130,000). This celestial sphere is the star lot in the Asian and Oriental Arts sale, already rich with museum worthy pieces. Three immense Ming sculptures with the same provenance as those in the Rietberg Museum in Zurich (lots 536 et 537 estimated each at € 43,000) will be presented in the Chinese section, along with an Imperial porcelain dish from the Loup collection which was exhibited recently at the Baur Foundation in Geneva[1] (lot 553, estimate ... More

This file photo taken on August 8, 2009 shows actor David Cassidy arriving at Disney-ABC Television Group Summer Press Tour Party. Frazer Harrison / GETTY IMAGES NORTH AMERICA / AFP.

MIAMI (AFP).- American actor and musician David Cassidy, a 1970s teen idol best known for his role in musical-sitcom "The Partridge Family," died Tuesday. He was 67. Publicist Jo-Ann Geffen told AFP that Cassidy -- who revealed he had been diagnosed with dementia earlier this year -- died of liver failure in Florida, days after US media reported he was hospitalized. "David died surrounded by those he loved, with joy in his heart and free from the pain that had gripped him for so long," his family said in a statement. "The Partridge Family" was aired on ABC from 1970 to 1974, telling the story of a widowed mother (Cassidy's real-life stepmother at the time, Shirley Jones) and her children as they form a rock and roll band and embark on a musical ... More

Anton Kern Gallery opens exhibition of works by German artist Lothar Hempel   Never-before-seen photos of Babe Ruth and Jim Thorpe will be sold at auction   McDonald's to demolish 'Store No. 1' historic replica

Lothar Hempel, Bell, 2017. Steel, cotton and egg. 20 x 29 inches (50.8 x 73.66 cm). Courtesy the artist and Anton Kern Gallery, New York.

NEW YORK, NY.- German artist Lothar Hempel named his recent exhibition at Anton Kern Gallery after a poem of his, “Oral Heart.” Like the poem that initiated an expanding body of the artist’s writing, the show is an amalgamation of image ideas. Paintings, sculptures and drawings are the sparkling fragments of a dynamic whole, like the prismatic reflections of a powerful sunbeam. “Oral Heart” animates the intimate spaces of the third floor gallery with a multitude of materials: steel-framed paintings on Dibond aluminum, photo montages printed on cutout acrylic glass, steel masks, and pencil-and- ink drawings. Hempel further develops motifs of a practice that reflects his experience as painter, sculptor, musician, choreographer and filmmaker. The pieces on view materialize the artist’s distinct outlook on the interaction between art-making and being in the world. Hempel choreographs faces, objects, bodies, and m ... More

Portion of a photo showing Babe Ruth at bat, in full uniform, in what looks to be an exhibition or spring training game, 4 ¾ inches by 6 ¾ inches (est. $1,000-$2,000).

INDIANAPOLIS, IN.- A group of never-before-seen photos of sports legends Babe Ruth and Jim Thorpe, plus one of former major league baseball catcher Wally Schang, will come up for bid on Saturday, December 2nd, at Ripley Auctions, online and in the firm’s gallery located at 2764 East 55th Place in Indianapolis. The auction will get underway promptly at 11 am Central. The 1920s-era photographs were discovered hidden away, presumably for decades, in a storage locker from a prominent family in the Midwest. Found were several photographic albums containing the photos being sold as well as many others of the family’s travels and other subjects dating from 1908 thru the 1930s. Four photos are of Ruth, one is of Thorpe and one is of Schang. PSA/DNA Authentication Services, the respected sports memorabilia authenticating firm, has deemed all five to be ... More

McDonalds museum (Ray Kroc's first ( April 1955) franchised restaurant in the chain, similar in style to the McDonald brothers 1953 franchised restaurants in Phoenix, Arizona and Downey, California ), Des Plaines, Illinois, USA. Photo: Bruce Marlin/

CHICAGO (AFP).- It has stood alone, closed to visitors, for a decade -- a historic replica built on the site of the first McDonald's franchise restaurant in the Chicago suburb of Des Plaines. The fast food giant on Tuesday said it will demolish the time capsule from a past American era. The sign outside advertises 15-cent hamburgers -- just as it would have in 1955, when the company's founder Ray Kroc opened "Store No. 1." It was his first franchised restaurant after buying the brand from owners Richard and Maurice McDonald. The company recreated the store 30 years later as a museum -- complete with red and white tile, and mannequins in original McDonald's outfits. The Chicago Tribune newspaper remembered it as a popular tourist destination. Frequent flooding closed the attraction to visitors in ... More

Mod New York: Fashion takes a trip at the Museum of the City of New York   Heritage Auctions hammers down $13.6 million over dual sports auction events   Original Disney watercolor paintings from Pinocchio among more than 100 animation lots currently up for auction

Tiger Morse (attributed), Dress of vinyl, ca. 1965. Museum of the City of New York, Gift of Mrs. Peter Baumberger, X2015.180.1.

NEW YORK, NY.- The Museum of the City of New York presents Mod New York: Fashion Takes a Trip, a fabulously stylish exhibition as colorful as the era it explores. Mod New York immerses visitors in the sights, sounds, and trends of the 1960s to chronicle the American fashion revolution as designed and worn on the streets of New York City. Covering the years from 1960 through 1973, the exhibition presents style — in the form of dresses and jewelry, hats and handbags, shoes and scarves, and more — as a reflection of the sweeping changes taking place throughout the country during this tumultuous era, including the emergence of the counterculture, the advent of the women’s liberation movement, and the rise of African-American consciousness. The world of fashion was turned on its head in the 1960s, as its traditions were challenged, rejected, and reimagined for the restless next ... More

Jackie Robinson's only known surviving 1947 Brooklyn Dodgers rookie jersey drew a winning bid of $2.05 million.

DALLAS, TX.- The world record for a post-war jersey was one of several that fell at Heritage Auctions as Jackie Robinson's only known surviving 1947 Brooklyn Dodgers rookie jersey drew a winning bid of $2.05 million to anchor $13.6 million in sales over a four-day span. A third major auction, closing Dec. 10, may bring sales to more than $20 million in the span of a month, the largest monthly tally for sports auctions since the famous Barry Halper sale of 1999.` "It's been a grueling but gratifying experience," said Chris Ivy, Director of Sports Collectibles at Heritage Auctions, of preparations for the most lucrative month of 21st century sports memorabilia auction history. "We were pleased to see that prices remain very strong despite the enormous volume — it's a real testament to the strength of the hobby, and to our status as the world's largest collectibles auctioneer." High-grade single trading cards and game ... More

The complete set of 120 watercolors tell the story of Pinocchio.

BOSTON, MASS.- A remarkable collection of original Walt Disney Studios watercolor paintings from Pinocchio will be auctioned by Boston-based RR Auction. The complete set of 120 watercolors tell the story of Pinocchio, 1940, and the series of vivid and incredibly highly detailed paintings portray the memorable characters of the classic film, including Pinocchio, Jiminy Cricket, Geppetto, Figaro, Cleo, the Blue Fairy, Stromboli, Lampwick, and others. These original paintings were produced to make stickers to be included in boxes or tins of De Beukelaer cookies produced and sold in Belgium, which were collected by customers and pasted into a storybook album. These special paintings were painted by the top Disney artists located in England, who had been handpicked by Walt Disney. All the art was painted to model using Disney model sheets and instructions coming from the Disney Publicity Department in Burbank, California. The artwork then had to be ... More

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Olga Chernysheva opens exhibition at Vienna's Secession
VIENNA.- Olga Chernysheva is known as a sensitive and perceptive observer and chronicler of the daily lives, mostly of people in Russia. In drawings, paintings, photographs, and videos, she translates the impact on people of changing economic and psychological realities into “poetic circumstances.” For her exhibition Chandeliers in the Forest, Chernysheva has selected recent and older works from multiple series and in a variety of media that bring contemplative moments into focus in which inward states of mind manifest themselves in outward phenomena. Chernysheva’s psychological approach is informed by both nineteenth-century Russian realism and Soviet avant-garde film. One important source of inspiration for the artist, who was trained as an animation filmmaker, are the movies of Sergei Eisenstein, Dziga Vertov, and Alexander Dovzhenko, who became ... More

Michel Rein now represents A.K. Burns
PARIS.- A.K. Burns (b. 1975) is Brooklyn-based interdisciplinary artist who views the body as a contentious domain wherein issues of gender, labor, ecology and sexuality are negotiated. Working to agitate these systems of value, Burns utilizes video, installation, sculpture, drawing and collaboration. Burns is currently working on Negative Space (2012-onging), a cycle of multi-media works that draw on theater, philosophy, quantum theory and ecological fragility. Conjuring and deconstructing science fiction tropes, Negative Space builds each episode around physical systems: sun, void, land, water, and body. The opening episode, A Smeary Spot , is a 4-channel 53 minute video installation that debut in 2015 at Participant Inc., NY. The installation that explores the ‘sun’ as a manifestation of power, a source of both life and death and around which the other episodes circulate. ... More

Spalowsky's birds fly high in rare books auction at Ketterer Kunst in Hamburg
HAMBURG.- With total proceeds of around € 1.4 million, the Rare Books Auction at Ketter Kunst on 20 November grossed a very solid result. The evening sale alone provided an average increase of 80% per sold lot. An object that was particularly desired was Joachim Joh. Nepomuk Spalowsky‘s very rare and splendid overview of the world of birds. It realized a five-fold of the calling price. The competition for the extremely splendid edition of Joachim Joh. Nepomuk Spalowsky‘s “Beytrag zur Naturgeschichte der Vögel“ (lot 26) was strong. Apart from a number of written bids, several online bidders and participants in the saleroom, two phone bidders from France and Great Britain fueled the bidding race, making sure that the calling price of € 15,000 was soon forgotten. Their bids remained on par for quite some time, however, eventually the French trader stood his grounds with ... More

Major work by Barry McGee triples expectations selling for $193,000 at Clars' November 2017 Sale
OAKLAND, CA.- Important American art commanded over the top prices at Clars November 19th auction of Fine Art, Decorative Art, Furniture, Jewelry/Timepieces and Asian Art. This sale reported strong prices across all categories with a number of surprises fueled by highly competitive national and international bidding. La Migra, 1995, the major installation work by Barry McGee (American, b. 1966) in collaboration with Sandow Birk (American, b. 1962), came to the sale with the conservative estimate of $40,000 - $60,000. The bidding opened at $20,000 and this lot jumped rapidly by large increments finally closing and selling for $193,000. Performing with the same vigorous bidding was the spectacular work in charcoal by Norman Rockwell (American, 1894-1978) titled Samson, a study of Victor Mature in the role from the 1949 movie, Samson and Delilah. ... More

Photographs from film industry executive Bruce Berman's collection to sell at Bonhams
LOS ANGELES, CA.- Bonhams will offer a noteworthy selection of photographs from the collection of film industry executive Bruce Berman on December 14 and 15 in its saleroom in Los Angeles. The sale, titled The Producer’s Pix: Photographs from the Bruce Berman Collection, features works by blue-chip artists as well as emerging talent that have been carefully curated by Berman. The photographs capture views of America that are in danger of vanishing. “This sale offers all collectors—whether new or more seasoned—a unique opportunity to acquire something extraordinary and affordable from Berman’s legendary collection of photographs,” said Laura Paterson, Head of Photographs. Of the collection, Berman said he was drawn to images of structures, buildings, and places on the verge of disappearing. “I think that images of these places can ... More

Extremely rare marine atlas that broke Britain's symbolic grip on America expected to fetch up to $120,000
NEW YORK, NY.- An extremely rare copy of the atlas that broke Britain’s final symbolic grip on America following the Revolution is expected to sell for up to $120,000 at Swann Auction Galleries in New York on December 5.­­ The American Pilot: Containing the Navigation of the Sea-Coast of North-America, originally published in 1791, was instrumental in the United States taking control of its own mapping – a service previously dominated by the British – and at last gave the New England commercial fleets the charts they needed to navigate East Coast waters under American control. Although published in a number of editions between 1791 and 1816, The American Pilot is one of the rarest of all American atlases, partially because it was designed for use on board ships, where many would have been lost or destroyed. Separate charts from the Pilot occasionally appear ... More

Exhibition features works by Wadsworth and Jae Jarrell, founding members of the collective AfriCOBRA
CLEVELAND, OH.- Heritage: Wadsworth and Jae Jarrell examines the work and enduring legacy of Wadsworth and Jae Jarrell (Americans, b. 1929 and 1935). Inspired by the Cleveland Museum of Art’s recent acquisition of Heritage, a 1973 painting by Wadsworth Jarrell, the exhibition features 18 works from the mid-1960s to the present in a dazzling array of colorful paintings, sculptures and textiles. Taking the form of an intimate dialogue between husband and wife, Heritage celebrates two Cleveland-based artists and illustrates the couple’s keen ability to incite change through art. Heritage: Wadsworth and Jae Jarrell is on view through February 25, 2018, in the Julia and Larry Pollock Focus Gallery. In 1968, Wadsworth and Jae Jarrell founded the collective AfriCOBRA (African Commune of Bad Relevant Artists), with artists Jeff Donaldson, Barbara ... More

Zimbabwean artist Terrence Musekiwa's first American solo show on view at Catinca Tabacaru
NEW YORK, NY.- Catinca Tabacaru New York is presenting Zimbabwean artist Terrence Musekiwa’s first American solo show, Standing on the line, not being on either side. Musekiwa’s found-object assemblages feature the artist's signature heads carved from stones. The exhibition is open through Dec 3, 2017. The Shona people have been carving stone for over a thousand years. Terrence Musekiwa comes from a long lineage of this ancient tradition, himself shaping soap stones since the age of five, assisting his father to produce trinkets in animal form for tourists. Now 26 years old, the sculptor holds a degree from The School of The National Gallery of Zimbabwe, and recently completed the Tiroche DeLeon Residency in Tel Aviv. Musekiwa lends power and motion to obsolete materials. With bare hands and simple tools - the hammer, the chisel, a saw - he gives ... More

Family of tragic artist Claudel sell last of her work
PARIS (AFP).- An "unprecedented" trove of sculptures by the brilliant but tragic French artist Camille Claudel are to go under the hammer in Paris next week. Claudel, whose life and tortured love affair with fellow sculptor Auguste Rodin has inspired several films and plays, destroyed much of her work before she was confined to a psychiatric hospital by her brother, the poet Paul Claudel, in 1913. Auction house Artcurial described the hoard of works in bronze, plaster and clay that come mostly from a studio Claudel kept in a barn next to the family home near Paris, as having an "unprecedented richness". "This is an exceptional sale," its art department director Bruno Jaubert told AFP. "We have a coherent collection from a flawless and rare source that's of an unprecedented richness on the French market," he added. By the time of her death in 1943, Claudel ... More

Russian baritone Dmitri Hvorostovsky dies aged 55
MOSCOW (AFP).- World-famous Russian baritone Dmitri Hvorostovsky died on Wednesday in London following a long illness, according to announcements on his Facebook page and by the Vienna State Opera. He was 55. "This is a very, very sad day for all of us... With Dmitri Hvorostovsky we lost an outstanding singer and a real friend," Vienna State Opera director Dominique Meyer said. Hvorostovsky, tall and striking with a shock of silver hair and famous for his interpretations of Italian and Russian repertoire in particular, was diagnosed with a brain tumour in 2015, but continued to perform. A message on Hvorostovsky's Facebook page on behalf of his family announced the passing of the "beloved operatic baritone, husband, father, son, and friend". "After a two-and-a-half-year battle with brain cancer, he died peacefully this morning, November 22, surrounded ... More

Lefebvre & Fils opens exhibition of works by Jay Kvapil
PARIS.- Lefebvre & Fils is presenting Landscapes, the second exhibition of work by the artist Jay Kvapil from 21 November to 9 December 2017. Jay Kvapil says: When I started making pottery again in 2004 after a long hiatus, my desire was to get to the very core of the ceramic process and the history of pottery. Glazes that melt, fuse, bubble, crawl, and drip in the heat of the kiln covering minimal pottery forms that defy gravity, with the result being a narration of that process frozen in time. To me, the one essential ingredient of all good art - whether it is visual art, music, literature, theater, dance, or film – is that it has tension. Without tension, it isn’t art. Jazz has tension; elevator music does not. My work is the study the tension between what might be considered ugly or abject, and what might be considered beautiful. And, to be critical of my own work, as hard as I try ... More

Perrotin opens the first ever solo exhibition of works by MADSAKI
SEOUL.- Perrotin announces “BADA BING, BADA BOOM”, the first ever solo exhibition of MADSAKI. This occasion marks the first opportunity to see the full range of works by MADSAKI in Seoul, Korea. New works are being featured in the exhibition, including works based on scenes from classic American films popular among Koreans such as Roman Holiday, Léon: The Professional, Rebel Without a Cause, Gone With the Wind, Indiana Jones and Sound of Music. In addition, the Self-portrait and Flower Series by Andy Warhol, as well as new works from MADSAKI’s Character Series, an assemble of American and Japanese characters, also are on view. MADSAKI, a master of spray paint, uses the paint splashing nozzle like a brush, a technique which ultimately yields wild, yet delicate works. At an early age, MADSAKI moved to the U.S from Japan. Upon arrival at John F. Kennedy ... More

Angela Harding at Yorkshire Sculpture Park: Exhibition Preview

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