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Rijksmuseum hosts Lucas van Leyden's masterpiece "The Last Judgement "

Lucas van Leyden, The Last Judgement (1526-27). Collection Museum De Lakenhal, Leiden. Photo: Olivier Middendorp.

AMSTERDAM.- For the coming two years the Rijksmuseum’s Gallery of Honour is hosting 'The Last Judgement' (1526-27), the sixteenth-century work of genius by Lucas van Leyden. Over the last 450 years the altarpiece has left Leiden for brief periods only twice, which makes its temporary relocation to Amsterdam a historic event. The triptych is without doubt the jewel in the crown of Museum De Lakenhal in Leiden, which is scheduled to close its doors this autumn for a large-scale renovation and extension project. 'The Last Judgement' is on show in the Rijksmuseum’s Gallery of Honour from 23 August. On Show in the Rijksmuseum’s Gallery of Honour from 23 August ‘The Last Judgement by Lucas van Leyden is the most important surviving altarpiece in the Netherlands,’ says Taco Dibbits, Rijksmuseum General Director. We are therefore very honoured to be able to show this masterpiece from Museum De Lakenhal in the Gallery of Honou ... More

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Landmark Hearst Castle closed as California wildfires bear down   Banksy mural destroyed by building work   Montreal Museum of Fine Arts becomes a theatre of dark fantasies

This file photo taken on September 11, 2015 shows an exterior view of the castle. MARK DAVIS / GETTY IMAGES NORTH AMERICA / AFP.

LOS ANGELES (AFP).- Firefighters in California said they are making progress slowing the advance of several devastating wildfires, but authorities ordered the temporary closure of a historic villa in the path of one dangerous inferno. The iconic Hearst Castle, also known as San Simeon, is one of the most recognizable landmarks in the state, drawing millions of visitors each year, according to local tourism officials. Administrators of the castle -- a national landmark once owned by newspaper baron William Randolph Hearst -- said on its website that the site is "closed until further notice due to wildfires in the area." "Fire conditions will be assessed daily to determine when Hearst Castle reopens and tours commence," the site read. Built in 1919, the Hearst Castle is the site of a museum and state park that houses a large European art and antiques collection. Local media reported that the leading edge of the ... More

The piece, titled "Spy Booth", depicted three men in trench coats using listening devices to tap into conversations at an actual public telephone box in Cheltenham, southwest England.

LONDON (AFP).- A £1 million mural by British street artist Banksy which mocked government surveillance has been destroyed during building works on the house on which it appeared in 2014, the local council said Monday. The piece, titled "Spy Booth", depicted three men in trench coats using listening devices to tap into conversations at an actual public telephone box in Cheltenham, southwest England. It was located just three miles (five kilometres) from the UK government listening post GCHQ, which was the subject of a series of revelations by fugitive former US intelligence contractor Edward Snowden. The local council said the owner had confirmed the mural was damaged during urgent works on the end-of-terrace home, which was given protected status after the mural appeared overnight in April 2014. "He was carrying out works to his property following an urgent works ... More

Hans Makart (1840-1884), The Abduction / Death and the Maiden, About 1863. Pen and ink, ink wash, grattage, pastel (?), graphite, 41.2 x 30.4 cm. MMFA, purchase, Claude Dalphond Fund in memory of Gisèle Lachance.

MONTREAL.- Until December 11, the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts’ Graphic Arts Centre becomes a theatre of dark fantasies of the human subconscious with works by some of the nineteenth century’s great graphic artists in the exhibition “The Black Sun of Melancholy”: Monsters of the Unconscious, From Goya and Blake to Redon and Munch. This exhibition, whose title “The Black Sun of Melancholy” comes from Gérard de Nerval’s sonnet El desdichado, brings together drawings and lithographs by sixteen romantic artists who delved the depths of their imaginations to evoke strong feelings in the beholder. From the stories of Mary Shelley, author of the 1818 novel Frankenstein, and Edgar Allan Poe, to the emergence in the latter nineteenth century of psychoanalysis, the human subconscious became a popular subject for artists ... More

Tribal art Scholar's discoveries spanning 70-years offered at Heritage Auctions   Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art to offer free admission to Hartford residents   J. Paul Getty Trust appoints Richard Fagen VP of Computing / Digital Initiatives

An alluring and important Pwo Female Mask from Angola, representing the Chokwe founding female ancestor (est. $15,000-$25,000

DALLAS, TX.- An outstanding selection of pieces from renowned Pre-Columbian and Tribal Art scholar James M. Silberman will be offered for the first time in decades in a single-owner auction Sept. 16 at Heritage Auctions. The selection spans more than 200 lots collected during 70 years of travel and consultation right up until his passing at age 103. "Few collections have received as much exposure as those items belonging to Mr. Silberman," said Delia Sullivan, Senior Specialist of Ethnographic Art at Heritage. "His collection helped many institutions better understand the art and culture of Africa, and he later became a consultant on the subject." Silberman became passionate about tribal art and especially African art during his college years at the University of Wisconsin, Madison, in the 1930s. He joined the Department of Labor in 1941, working on production ... More

Currently, regular admission to the museum is $15 for adults and free to those under the age of 18.

HARTFORD, CONN.- In an unprecedented move, the Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art will offer free admission to all Hartford city residents, effective immediately. Through this new initiative-called Wadsworth Welcome-Hartford residents are encouraged to enjoy the experience of art in the company of friends and family without the barrier of paid admission. Currently, regular admission to the museum is $15 for adults and free to those under the age of 18. "The Wadsworth Atheneum was founded as a place for bringing art and people together in the center of downtown Hartford," said Thomas J. Loughman, Director and CEO. "As stewards of a dynamic and significant collection of global cultural property, we strive to connect everyone with exceptional art experiences. With this initiative, we are shifting the dialogue and stating loud and clear: the Wadsworth is Connecticut's flagship visual arts organization, and it belongs to you." Museum ... More

Mr. Fagen has served as Chief Information Officer at the California Institute of Technology since 2005.

LOS ANGELES, CA.- The J. Paul Getty Trust announced the appointment of Richard Fagen as Vice President, Computing and Digital Initiatives. Mr. Fagen has served as Chief Information Officer at the California Institute of Technology since 2005, where he is responsible for the development of the university’s information technology strategy and implementation. He was also with Caltech from 1984 to 1999, serving as Director, Information Technology Services. From 1999 to 2001, Mr. Fagen was Vice President and Managing Director of Idealab, where he managed information technology infrastructure, and coordinated technology transfer opportunities with research universities. He began his career at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, where he served as Manager, User Services from 1979 to 1984. Mr. Fagen received a B.A in Economics from the University of California at Los Angeles in 1979. Reporting to Getty President ... More

artnet and the China Association of Auctioneers announce Global Chinese Art Auction Market Report 2015   Fortes Vilaça's econd solo show of works by Rodrigo Cass opens in Sao Paulo   Inspiration for Peanuts' 'Little Red-Haired Girl' dies: US media

Pan Tianshou (1897-1971), Eagle, Rock, and Flora sold for $43 million at China Guardian.

NEW YORK, NY.- artnet, in collaboration with the China Association of Auctioneers, has released the fourth edition of its Global Chinese Art Auction Market Report, providing an in-depth look at the auction market for Chinese art in 2015 with the goal of creating a new standard of transparency in the marketplace. Over the past 10 years, the Chinese art market has seen both tremendous growth and volatilities, reaching a size large enough to majorly impact the global art auction market. At the same time, the overseas sales of Chinese art has also more than quadrupled since 2009, with an unexpectedly strong growth in 2015 even as the mainland China market went through a cooling period. Together, the global sales of Chinese art accounted for almost a third of the global art auction market in 2015. In a continued effort to present the most accurate representation of the auction market for Chinese art, artnet ... More

Rodrigo Cass, 2016. Photo: Eduardo Ortega / Galeria Fortes Vilaça.

SAO PAULO.- Fortes Vilaça is presenting Até o Concreto [To the Concrete], the second solo show by Rodrigo Cass. The artist from the city of São Paulo is presenting, for the first time, new works in video, sculpture and painting that take color and the concept of rupture as central elements, solidifying his personal artistic language. In the three videos projected on concrete blocks, performative actions of short duration are repeated exhaustively. InAté o Concreto (2016), the artist cuts colored papers by hand in a spiral movement. The plane is transformed into a circle, and the circle into a point, until the color blends with the concrete. The irregularity of the movement and the imperfection of the borders lend physical force to the image of a painting in movement made by the subtraction of color. Espaço Liberto [Freed Space] (2015) presents borders of colored wood that are precariously balanced along the edges of the frame, ... More

Just as the Little Red-Haired Girl was the one who got away for Charlie Brown, so too did Wold from Schulz.

CHICAGO (AFP).- The real-life inspiration for the "Little Red-Haired Girl," the Peanuts comic strip character who infatuated Charlie Brown, has died at age 87. Donna Wold, a red-haired young woman who captivated Peanuts creator Charles Schulz and formed the basis for the beloved cartoon character, died earlier this month, the Minneapolis Star Tribune reported over the weekend. Just as the Little Red-Haired Girl was the one who got away for Charlie Brown, so too did Wold from Schulz. According to The Washington Post, the two dated for around two years, with Schulz even proposing marriage. But Wold, back then known as Donna Johnson, would ultimately marry someone else -- her husband Allan -- with whom she had four children and served as a foster mother to at least 40 children, many of whom she named after Peanuts characters, the Star Tribune reported. Wold was only outed as the inspiration for the Little Red-Haired ... More

Contemporary African photography festival to open in Basel   Aspen Art Museum exhibits works by Alan Shields and John Outterbridge   Cummer Museum of Art & Gardens announces leadership transition

Jason Larkin, 2_Minutes from Waiting.

BASEL.- Image Afrique, the festival for contemporary African photography, will take place in Basel for the fifth time in September 2016. The three events around African photography are intended to stimulate discourse regarding the image of Africa. Entry is free. Image Afrique is an annual festival for contemporary African photography that has been taking place since 2012. In 2016 the focus will be on a retrospective of ​POPCAP,​ the prize for contemporary African photography. The goal of all three events is to strengthen the position of African photography, promote talented people and to stimulate discourse regarding the image of Africa. Encounters between artists and the public, as well as networking with the international art scene, are also of fundamental importance. Image Afrique 2016 will be presented in three parts: 1. Projection and Concert - Five Years of POPCAP​ | 1 September, public ... More

John Outterbridge. Rag and Bag Idiom V. 2012. Mixed media Image courtesy of Tilton Gallery, New York.

ASPEN, CO.- Moving easily between the mediums of painting, drawing, and sculpture, artist Alan Shields (1944–2005) exemplified a deep consideration of material and color through his practice. Interested in opening up a broader context in which art could be experienced, Shields created objects that hang freely in space and are experienced in relation to the movement of the human body. His brightly colored, layered works illustrate Shields’s belief in a direct connection between art and life, revealing a multifaceted practice that merges the sculptural, the painterly, and the theatrical. Alan Shields (b. 1944, Herington, KS; d. 2005, Shelter Island, NY) attended Kansas State University (1963–66) where he studied civil engineering and studio art. Museum exhibitions include: Alan Shields: In Motion, Parrish Art Museum, Water Mill, NY (2015), Into the Maze, SITE Santa ... More

Hope McMath has informed the Board of Trustees of her decision to step down as Museum Director.

JACKSONVILLE, FLA.- The Cummer Museum of Art and Gardens announced today that Hope McMath has informed the Board of Trustees of her decision to step down as Museum Director. Ms. McMath served as Museum Director for the past seven years and as a member of the museum’s staff for the past 22 years. “We are both surprised and saddened but yet respect this personal decision that I know was not made lightly,” said Cummer Board of Trustees Chairman Ryan Schwartz. “We know our museum and our community are truly a better place because of Hope. Despite this setback, the Cummer is in a terrific place. Attendance has never been higher, programming is rich and our board is committed to ensuring meaningful experiences for all.” In a statement, McMath said: "I will always be thankful for the opportunity I have had to work with such amazing ... More

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Exhibition offers a lens on women in the United States prison system
NEW YORK, NY.- Hunter East Harlem Gallery at Hunter College is presenting the educational project, Visions of Confinement: A Lens on Women in the United States Prison System, organized by Isaac Scott of The Confined Arts and Arden Sherman, Curator, Hunter East Harlem Gallery with Alana Hernandez, Lazarus Exhibition Fellow. Visions of Confinement is a summer laboratory and flex space inside Hunter East Harlem Gallery aimed at facilitating conversations around the issues associated with female incarceration. The exhibition at Hunter East Harlem Gallery revolves around the reality and experience of incarcerated women, formerly incarcerated women, and their families. The gallery has been turned into an "educational lounge” for the duration of the summer, featuring a dialogue wall, a letter-writing station, a listening station, a lounge area, and a small ... More

FotoFocus announces opening week program for the FotoFocus Biennial 2016
CINCINNATI, OH.- FotoFocus announced the opening week programming for the third edition of its month-long Biennial from October 1 - 31, 2016, in Cincinnati, Ohio. The opening week programming will run October 6 - 9 and will feature keynote lectures, talks and panel discussions with artists, curators, and collaborators, along with screenings and performances all focused around the Biennial's theme: Photography, the Undocument. Through four days of talks and events, the opening program will seek to break apart assumptions about photography's documentary character, underpinned by an exploration of social, political and racial issues in which photography is employed as a tool of both evidence and artistic expression. Biennial guests will address these topics in tandem with the featured exhibitions curated by FotoFocus Artistic Director and ... More

Turner Auctions + Appraisals features the Barnaby and Karen Beck Collection of American Folk Art
SAN FRANCISCO, CA.- Turner Auctions + Appraisals is pleased to present the Barnaby and Karen Beck Collection of American Folk Art. Offering over 115 lots, the online sale features contemporary and antique folk art, primarily from the East Coast of the United States, plus additional pieces from Europe and Asia. Turner Auctions + Appraisals begins its online auction on September 11 at 11:30 am PDT; sale items can be previewed online now until the sale starts. The online auction will be featured live on LiveAuctioneers and Invaluable, easily accessed through ‘Upcoming Auctions’ at the company’s website. Barnaby and Karen Beck’s diverse collection features numerous contemporary works of American folk art from noted artists such as Vermont’s K. William Kautz, Ohio’s Dan Noyes, Maine’s Barry Norling and others. These works include trade signs, whirligigs, ... More

Timbuktu shrines razed as 'examples', witness tells ICC
THE HAGUE (AFP).- A Malian jihadist accused of attacking the fabled desert city of Timbuktu chose its most revered ancient shrines for destruction "to serve as examples", the International Criminal Court heard on Tuesday. Ahmad al-Faqi al-Mahdi pleaded guilty as his unprecedented warcrimes trial opened Monday before The Hague-based ICC, where he stands accused of razing some of the west African city's most historic mausoleums. Mahdi, aged about 40, is the first Islamic extremist charged by the tribunal and the first charged with crimes arising out of the conflict in Mali. The wanton destruction by jihadists triggered global outcry, and archaeologists hope the trial will send a stern warning that such plundering of the world's common heritage will not go unpunished. During an interview with ICC investigators in early September last year, Mahdi said he chose to destroy the ... More

Ghana's contemporary art hits the streets
ACCRA (AFP).- A satirical cartoon depicting a celebrity in Ghana schooling a British diplomat on how to speak pidgin English won laughter and praise from the crowd at a street festival in Accra. The cartoon lampoons British High Commissioner to Ghana Jon Benjamin who back in April sent a tweet criticising television star Nana Anamoah's grammar, sparking a heated debate on the West African country's colonial past. Contemporary artist Bright Ackwerh immortalised the inane moment with his signature style that recalls Mad Magazine's portraits. Ackwerh's cartoon was just one example of contemporary art on display at the Chale Wote street festival, a showcase for up-and-coming artists held in Ghana's capital at the weekend. "A show like this is more for the avant-garde tastes," Ackwerh told AFP, explaining that art today in Ghana is so much more than gaudy sunset paintings ... More

Pokemon-mad Russians hunt Ivan the Terrible with new app
MOSCOW (AFP).- A compass on the smartphone screen points towards Red Square. As the distance to the target narrows, the camera app pops up and zooms in on a bearded figure in a fur cloak. The routine is familiar to Pokemon hunters obsessed with the ultra-popular Pokemon Go game -- but this is no Pokemon. Instead, it is Russia's brutal 16th-century tsar Ivan the Terrible, or rather, his digital 3D rendition in a new app developed by Moscow authorities. As the Pokemon Go craze sweeps the globe, city officials have launched an augmented reality app called Discover Moscow Photo, which is billed as Russia's answer to the Nintendo creation. Instead of yellow and pink Pokemons, the app's characters are figures from Russian history -- from modernising tsar Peter the Great to Napoleon Bonaparte, who briefly occupied Moscow in 1812, to Soviet cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin ... More

Exhibition presents a selection of contemporary positions from the art scenes of Albania and Kosovo
BUDAPEST.- One of the priorities at Ludwig Museum Budapest is to keep track of the contemporary art scenes and new tendencies of the Central and Eastern European region and the post-socialist countries. The exhibition presenting a selection of contemporary positions from the art scenes of Albania and Kosovo in the summer of 2016 is part of this tendency. Focusing on the art practices of the last 10-15 years in the two areas, the exhibition juxtaposes the freshest voices from the two countries. For long, the art scenes of Albania and Kosovo were evolving separately, their cultural heritage, however, overlaps in several respects; such is the common language spoken by the majority in both states, as well as the traditions deeply pervading both societies. Albania and Kosovo took fundamentally different courses in the second half of the 20th century; the former suffering ... More

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