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Head of near-intact marble sphinx discovered at mysterious fourth century BC Greek tomb

A head of a sphinx discovered in the largest tomb ever unearthed in Amphipolis, in the Macedonian region of northern Greece. Discovered in the fourth chamber of a burial mound at the site in the northern region of Macedonia, the sphinx is more than half-a-meter (18 inches) high and was marked by "traces of red", according to a statement from the ministry. Archaeologists unearthed the missing head of one of the two sphinxes found guarding the entrance of an ancient tomb in Greece's northeast, as the diggers made their way into the monument's inner chambers, the culture ministry said on October 21. AFP PHOTO / GREEK CULTURE MINISTRY.

AMPHIPOLIS.- The head of a near-intact marble sphinx has been discovered in the largest tomb ever unearthed in Amphipolis, northern Greece, the culture ministry announced on Tuesday. Discovered in the fourth chamber of a burial mound at the site in the northern region of Macedonia, the sphinx is more than half-a-metre (18 inches) high and was marked by "traces of red", according to a statement from the ministry. Archaeologists also found fragments of the sphinx's wings within the same burial mound. "The sphinx's head belongs to the body of a sphinx which was found previously," said the statement. It was the latest find by archaeologists who unearthed the enormous tomb dating back to fourth century BC and the time of Alexander the Great of Macedonia in early August. Previously they have discovered the mosaic of a man driving a chariot, carved caryatids -- columns of female figures that serve as architectural support -- and a large mosaic depicting the abduction of Persephone by Pluto. ... More

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Christie's Shanghai opens doors: New international art venue and offices in China   Exhibition of new work by John Baldessari opens at Marian Goodman Gallery   Nicholas Serota, director of the UK's Tate is number 1 in this year's edition of the ArtReview Power 100

Shanghai Office Opening- Qin Feng. Photo: Christie's Images Ltd 2014.

SHANGHAI.- In a formal ceremony that witnessed the performance of a creation of a unique work by artist Qin Feng, Christie’s officially opened their new exhibition space and office in Shanghai at the historic Ampire Building, near the Bund. “When James Christie first opened the doors in London in 1766, nearly 250 years ago, his intention was to bring people art lovers together with the art they loved. Today in Shanghai we open this wonderful building that speaks of the history of the city, the tradition of Christie’s and yet also feels very contemporary and looks to the future. This building gives us the opportunity not only to bring art from around the world to Shanghai, but to bring the art of China to the rest of the world,” Steven Murphy, Chief Executive Officer, Christie’s commented in his opening remarks. “China now plays a hugely important role in the global art market. Nearly one third of ... More

John Baldessari, Movie Scripts/ Art: A hand suddenly grips railing, 2014. Diptych; varnished inkjet print on canvas with acrylic paint, 107-3/4 x 74-1/2 in. / 273.7 x 189.2 cm.

NEW YORK, NY.- Marian Goodman Gallery presents an exhibition of new work by John Baldessari, Movie Scripts/ Art, 2014 which opened to the public on Wednesday, October 22nd, and run through November 22nd. Baldessari’s relationship to words and pictures, his pairing of photography and language, was first brought into the realm of art in the Text paintings and Photo-text paintings of the 1960s. Later, his characteristic pairing of image and text, selecting and contrasting unrelated objects, paved the way for a pictorial system assembled of incongruent elements that interact and correlate with each other, allowing for subtle shifts of meaning and context. In later series, such as the National City works, Goya series, Elbows, Tetrads, Prima Facie and onwards, Baldessari broke the canvas into ... More

Nicholas Serota in Cy Twombly at Tate Modern (Level 4: Room 7). Photo: Olivia Hemingway, ©Tate Photography.

LONDON.- Serota, who has appeared in the top ten of every list since the Power 100’s 2002 launch, was ranked number 1 this year on account of the way in which Tate has, since the launch of Tate Modern, consistently deployed an international – rather than a national – perspective on art production. Tate has come to epitomise almost all the elements of the current ‘global’ artworld, where the distribution of art is arguably now more important than its production. Tate Modern remains the most visited modern and contemporary museum in the world and the organisation has partnerships from Seoul and Sydney to Berlin and Oman. As it performs the traditional museum role of validating artists through its shows, Tate also provides the same service for collectors, who are invited to join its various boards and committees. Tate also advises on or ... More

Rare Abstract Avant-Garde paintings lead Sotheby's inaugural 20th Century Art: A Different Perspective Sale   Private collections featuring works by Warhol, Calder, Bertoia and more come to auction at Freeman's   Outstanding collection surveying the career of Pablo Picasso to be presented by Sotheby's

César Domela, Composition néo-plastique, 1926. (detail). Oil on canvas, Estimate: 400,000-600,000. Photo: Sotheby's.

LONDON.- Sotheby’s will hold an inaugural 20th Century Art – A Different Perspective sale in London on 12 November 2014, featuring modern art from countries across Europe and around the Mediterranean by artists who have a strong regional following but are not yet part of the international mainstream. Leading the sale is a group of works by artists who were at the forefront of the intellectual avant-garde in Europe between the First and Second World Wars. Their principal occupation was the exploration of non-figurative art and in the pursuit of art’s highest form of purity they decreed that painting must be abstract. The auction, comprising 74 lots, also features a strong selection of early twentieth-century figurative works by artists who had assimilated the tenets of impressionist and cubist painting. Tessa Kostrzewa, Sotheby’s Head of Auction Sales, 20th Century Art, said: “We are thrilled to present the inaugural ... More

Estimated at $250,000-400,000, Warhol’s “Campbell’s Soup I,” a complete set of ten screenprints, is the centerpiece of the auction. Photo: Courtesy of Freeman’s.

PHILADELPHIA, PA.- On November 2, several private collections featuring works by Andy Warhol, Alexander Calder, Harry Bertoia, Jean Dubuffet, and Lynda Benglis, among others, will hit the auction block at Freeman’s Modern & Contemporary Art sale. Estimated at $250,000-400,000, Warhol’s “Campbell’s Soup I,” a complete set of ten screenprints, is the centerpiece of the auction. The screenprints were purchased directly from the artist during one of their first showings at Leo Castelli’s gallery in 1968 by Lois Cowles Harrison, most recently of Lakeland, Florida. The daughter of famed Warhol collector Gardner Cowles Jr., who was the founder and publisher of Look Magazine, Cowles Harrison was an avid and early collector of Warhol and other Pop artists. The Soupcans were prominently displayed in her home alongside other top examples of Pop Art graphics and were clearly among ... More

Pablo Picasso, Portrait de femme au chapeau a pompons et au corsage imprimé, Linoleum cut printed in colors, 1962. 630 by 530 mm; 24 7/8 by 20 7/8 in. Est. $400/600,000. Photo: Sotheby's.

NEW YORK, NY.- Sotheby’s announced the sale of Picasso Through the Eyes of a Connoisseur, a collection of over 125 etchings, linoleum cuts, paintings, sculptures, lithographs and ceramics by one of the most influential artists of the 20th century. The offerings begin with a single owner sale of Prints on 3 November 2014 that presents a comprehensive view of Pablo Picasso’s entire career – from 1923 Le Collier to works from the 1970s – with estimates ranging from a few thousand to $600,000. Led by a number of Picasso’s most celebrated works, including Portrait de Femme au Chapeau a Pompons et au Corsage Imprime from 1962 (est. $400/600,000) and Portrait de Jeune Fille d'après Cranach le Jeune, II (est. $400/600,000) from 1958, the breadth of the collection illustrates the artist’s wide ranging iconography. Paintings and drawings by Picasso will also be included in the ... More

Rare and important Aztec deity highlights African, Oceanic & Pre-Columbian Auction at Bonhams   Guggenheim Helsinki Stage One Design Competition submissions revealed   A rare oil by last of the Pre-Raphaelites highlights 19th century European Paintings Auction

Aztec Deity of Xochipilli-Macuilxochitl, Late Postclassic, ca. A.D. 1450-1521 (est. $80,000 – 120,000). Photo: Courtesy of Bonhams.

NEW YORK, NY.- Bonhams will offer an important collection of Pre-Columbian art in the auction of African, Oceanic & Pre-Columbian art to be held in New York on November 12. An important featured lot is a rare Aztec Deity of Xochipilli-Macuilxochitl from the Late Postclassic period, circa. A.D. 1450-1521 (est. $80,000 – 120,000). Xochipilli was celebrated by the Nahua Aztecs during at least two important feasts, the small feast day of the lords, which nobility attended; and the feast of flowers that invited painters and seamstresses. The figure is made from a light-green aragonite that depicts Xochipilli wearing the headdress of the crested coxcoxtli, a bird whose open bill frames his face and feathers wrap around Xochipilli’s form like a garment. From Papua New Guinea is an exceptional Sawos Ancestral Guardian Male Figure, estimated to fetch between $40,000 and 60,000. The wooden figure towers at 83 inches and has ... More

Each entry is represented by two images along with a brief concept summary provided by competitors.

NEW YORK, NY.- The Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation announced the launch of an online gallery that allows web visitors to explore the submissions received for Stage One of the Guggenheim Helsinki Design Competition. The gallery is the first public presentation of the entries and can be found at the Guggenheim Helsinki Design Competition website. Each entry is represented by two images along with a brief concept summary provided by competitors. In keeping with the anonymous nature of the competition, entries are identified only by registration number. A map indicates the number of submissions received by country. Visitors also can sort submissions by selecting tags chosen by competitors to describe their design concept. Reflecting the official jury process, users can create and share their own short list of six entries. On October 15 as part of the New York City’s annual Archtober festival, the Guggenheim Helsinki ... More

Eleanor Fortescue-Brickdale (British, 1871-1945), Botticelli’s studio: The first visit of Simonetta presented by Giulio and Lorenzo de Medici (detail), oil on canvas. Est. $200,000 – 300,000. Photo: Courtesy of Bonhams.

NEW YORK, NY.- On November 5, an exquisite painting by acclaimed British female artist, Eleanor Fortescue-Brickdale, will feature among the highlights of the 19th Century European Paintings auction at Bonhams. Botticelli’s studio: The first visit of Simonetta presented by Giulio and Lorenzo de Medici is estimated to fetch $200,000-300,000. Painted in 1922, Botticelli’s studio is a rare find given that Fortescue-Brickdale was known to work mostly in watercolor. The painting depicts Renaissance master Sandro Botticelli in his studio, upright and reverent in the presence of noblewoman Simonetta, who is introduced by notable patrons of the arts, Giulio and Lorenzo de Medici. The superb brushwork used to portray the elegant details in the clothing, furniture, drapery, and landscape visible through the window is a testament to Fortescue-Brickdale’s skill as an artist, illustrator and colorist. Eleanor ... More

New Britain Museum of American Art Director Douglas Hyland to retire Autumn 2015   Quinn & Farmer to offer early Cy Twombly self-portrait at Oct. 25 Furniture, Art & Decorative Art Auction   Solo exhibition of Ursula von Rydingsvard's work opens at Galerie Lelong in New York

Douglas Hyland with wife Tita.

NEW BRITAIN, CONN.- Douglas Hyland, who has led the New Britain Museum of American Art through two expansions, will retire as NBMAA’s director following the completion of the new addition, which is expected in the fall, 2015. Hyland announced his decision at a meeting of the Board of Trustees, October 22, 2014 and at the Annual Meeting of the Membership, immediately following. Hyland became the NBMAA’s fifth director in October, 1999, following several other museum directorships including the San Antonio Museum of Art, San Antonio, TX; the Birmingham Museum of Art, Birmingham, AL; and the Memphis Brooks Museum of Art, Memphis, TN. He is credited with growing the Museum, founded in 1903, in every conceivable way: collections more than tripled to over 14,000, docents from 35 to 117, memberships from 1,500 to 3,800, staff from 19 to 46, and the endowment from $9 million to $21 million. NBMAA Chairman Todd Stitzer will lead a search to find Hyland& ... More

Self-portrait by Cy Twombly (American, 1928-2011), graphite, ink and gouache on paper; executed in 1947 and inscribed and gifted to a friend in 1959, est. $30,000-$50,000.

CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA.- Quinn & Farmer’s beautifully varied Oct. 25 auction of furniture, art and decorative art is led by an early self-portrait by one of Virginia’s most accomplished native sons, Cy Twombly (1928-2011). The story behind the artwork, which is estimated at $30,000-$50,000, reveals Twombly’s very Southern trait of building and nurturing long-term friendships. “Before he moved to Rome and became an artist of international acclaim, Twombly was just another one of the friendly folks in Lexington, Virginia,” said Ken Farmer of Quinn & Farmer. “His best friends in the area were the Hess family. When the Hess’s son, Skip, was born in 1950, Cy created cartoon studies of Mickey Mouse, Donald Duck and Fiddler Pig to hang on the nursery wall. As Skip grew up, he and Cy spent time together fishing and hiking around Cy’s cabin on the Maury River. On his ... More

Ursula von Rydingsvard, Bent Lace, 2014. Bronze. Height: 112”. Width: 69”. Depth (top): 40”. Base width: 25”. Depth: 19”. Edition of 3 © the Artist, Courtesy of Galerie Lelong, New York.

NEW YORK, NY.- Continuing a year of remarkable achievement for Ursula von Rydingsvard, which has included the artist’s first major survey exhibition outside the United States, the unveiling at Barclays Center of her first permanent outdoor sculpture in Brooklyn, and receipt of the Lifetime Achievement Award from the International Sculpture Center, Galerie Lelong presents a solo exhibition of the artist’s work opening October 23. Featuring new sculptures in her trademark cedar and presenting work in bronze for the first time at Galerie Lelong, this body of work demonstrates von Rydingsvard as an artist at the height of her career and in full command of the artistic and physical demands of her technique. Von Rydingsvard’s unique visual vocabulary and well- established oeuvre demonstrate her mastery as she harnesses, shapes, and assembles cedar beams, which are ... More

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Carpenter Center for the Visual Arts launches new program with exhibition by Simon Fujiwara
CAMBRIDGE, MASS.- Simon Fujiwara inaugurates the new exhibition program at the Carpenter Center for the Visual Arts—dedicated to the synthesis of art, design, and education—with a presentation of three works reconfigured especially for the galleries. The exhibition is organized by James Voorhies, the recently appointed John R. and Barbara Robinson Family Director. It is the first solo exhibition by Fujiwara at an arts institution in the United States. “The rigor and attention Simon Fujiwara applies to his beautifully complex and engaging films and installations are ideal for initiating the new programming at the Carpenter Center,” says Voorhies. “I’m thrilled we have the opportunity to present his work within the contexts of an academic institution, the Harvard Film Archive, and Le Corbusier’s building.” The exhibition will feature three immersive installations by Fujiwara. In Studio ... More

Andy Warhol's 'Flowers' leads $2.2 million Prints & Multiples Auction at Bonhams
SAN FRANCISCO, CA.- Bonhams’ auction of Prints & Multiples achieved more than $2.2 million with a 91 percent sell through rate by value on October 21 in San Francisco. The sale, which was simulcast in Los Angeles, was led by a complete portfolio of Andy Warhol's "Flowers," 1970, which brought $425,000, falling well within in its pre-sale estimate range. It comprised 10 signed screenprints in colors on wove paper. Highlights by Pablo Picasso also made waves in the sale. His colored lithograph "Figure au Corsage Rayé," 1949, sold for $87,500 (est. $50,000-70,000) while "La Dame à la Collerette (Portrait de Jacqueline à la Fraise)," 1963, took in $40,000. Also impressive was an Edward Ruscha lithograph on wove paper of “Hollywood in the Rain,” 1969, which flew past its pre-sale estimate of $5,000-7,000 to bring $60,000. Also achieving $60,000 was a Lucian Freud etching ... More

In constant motion: Richard Serra's 'Waxing Arcs' on view at Museum Boijmans van Beuningen
ROTTERDAM.- This autumn visitors will be immersed in projections, audio and moving images that reveal the hidden story behind ‘Waxing Arcs’. A 13-minute multimedia presentation about this work by Richard Serra is being shown in the street-side gallery. ‘Waxing Arcs’ by Richard Serra (b. San Francisco, 1939) is composed of two rusty steel arcs in an otherwise empty gallery. It is one of the most striking works of art in the Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen collection, but at the same time it is one of the least understood. A multimedia presentation, a symposium and a film programme offer the visitor insight into the history of this eye-catching work. Curator Saskia van Kampen-Prein spent a year carrying out preparatory research for the exhibition. This served as the basis for an exceptional multimedia presentation that she developed in association with IJsfontein, a project that was ... More

British Library portal gives teachers gateway to Arabic studies and new research on Gulf
LONDON.- A new bi-lingual, online portal providing access to previously undigitised British Library archive materials relating to Gulf history and Arabic science was launched by the British Library Qatar Foundation Partnership today. The portal ( will help teachers and academics to educate students about Arabic cultural heritage and the modern history of the Gulf. This comes as new research from the Partnership today reveals that two in three (69%) secondary school teachers do not believe enough is being done by secondary schools to educate school children about Gulf history and Arabic cultural heritage, while 41% of academics say more could be done at universities*. The new portal, called the Qatar Digital Library, provides contextual material to help teachers and students make the best use of the 500,000 digitised pages available. This includes 475,000 pages from the ... More

Exhibition of works by Paul Winstanley and Luke Skiffington opens at Sobering Gallery
PARIS.- Sobering Gallery announces The Unassuming Eye, a duo show by Paul Winstanley and Luke Skiffington. In ‘L’œil et l’esprit’ by Maurice Merleau-Ponty the philosopher questions the painters vision, capable of watching without categorizing, in contradiction with the profane, who only considers objects. ‘The eye of the painter only cares about what is visible and cannot be synthetically conceptualized, or seen as a mere objectivity.’ Hence what is invisible to the eye of the profane becomes visible through the vision of the painter. The Unassuming Eye highlights the vision of two artists whose paintings, in differing ways, make something otherwise unknowable, visible. Paul Winstanley, who paints from photographs, uses a process of accumulation of images and then, removing some parts of it or drawing the eye of the spectator to a detail he highlights, he redesigns them entirely. There is a tension ... More

Works from leading private collections contribute to $12.5 million sale at Christie's Dubai
DUBAI.- Works from eight important family collections from across the region and around the world drove the total for tonight’s sale of Modern and Contemporary Arab, Iranian and Turkish Art at Christie’s Dubai above the $8.5million high estimate to $12,510,875 / AED45,939,933. This was the highest sale total for the category since 2010. The sale was 95% sold by value, an indication of the continuing strength of the market and the demand from collectors around the world for works of top quality by the leading artists from the region. Among the 121 lots in the sale, 19 new artist records were set including for works by Hamed Ewais, Shafic Abboud, Bahman Mohassess, Koorosh Shishegaran and Samia Halaby. Michael Jeha, Managing Director of Christie’s Middle East, commented: “An esteemed group of private collectors and artists’ estates entrusted us with the sale of their works ... More

Solo exhibition of new work by Abelardo Morell opens at Edwynn Houk Gallery
NEW YORK, NY.- Edwynn Houk Gallery presents a solo exhibition of new work by Abelardo Morell (American, b. Havana, 1948). Following his inaugural exhibition in 2013 with Galerie Edwynn Houk in Zurich, this show marks the artist’s first exhibition at Edwynn Houk Gallery in New York. The sixteen large-scale photographs on view will highlight the scope of Morell’s most recent subjects and his continued experiments with perception. The artist will be present at the opening reception on Thursday, 23 October from 6-8pm. Reveling in the expectations of the photographic process, Morell’s work is charged with discoveries concerning optics, aperture, exposure, and most notably, camera obscura. Since 1991, Morell has been using the camera obscura to effectively turn entire rooms into cameras: the outside world is transposed onto the interior, creating unexpected and often surreal imagery. In ... More

'Genizot: Repositories of Memory', a poignant new installation opens at Royal Ontario Museum
TORONTO.- The Royal Ontario Museum presents Genizot: Repositories of Memory in conjunction with Holocaust Education Week. Created by internationally renowned author and artist Bernice Eisenstein, HEW’s Artist-in-Residence, the installation is displayed in the Samuel European Galleries on the ROM’s Level 3 from October 18, 2014 to February 8, 2015. The word geniza comes from the Hebrew root g-n-z, originally meant “to hide” or “to put away.” A space for repository, what is placed and accumulated there is also an archive—one of memory and of time that has passed. It is collected memory, collective memory. Traditionally, genizot were temporary spaces for storing worn-out Hebrew language books and papers of religious content and topics as it is forbidden to discard writings containing the name of G-d, inclusive even of letters and legal contracts invoking his name. Genizot were commonly ... More

Chris Fitzpatrick appointed new director at Kunstverein München
MUNICH.- The Kunstverein Munich announced the appointment of a new director. After having received many interesting applications in a highly competitive process, the Board has selected the American-born curator Chris Fitzpatrick for the position. He will begin on the 1st of January 2015, and will succeed Bart van der Heide. For the past five years, Bart van der Heide has directed the Kunstverein Munich to great acclaim. His work and dedication have helped develop the Kunstverein on both the content and structural levels. Interdisciplinarity and an international focus have been key to Bart van der Heide's program, which notably included solo exhibitions by artists such as Simon Denny, Cathy Wilkes, Tobias Madison, Keren Cytter, Richard Tuttle, and most recently, Ger van Elk, as well as internationally- and art-historically-relevant group exhibitions, such as La Voix Humaine, Group ... More

Davis Museum appoints new curators, Claire Whitner and Meredith Fluke
WELLESLEY, MASS.- Lisa Fischman, Ruth Gordon Shapiro ’37 Director of the Davis, has announced the appointments of Claire Whitner as Associate Curator and Meredith Fluke as the Kemper Curator of Academic Programs at the Davis Museum at Wellesley College. Claire Whitner joins the Davis from the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, where she held the position of Curatorial Research Fellow for Old Master paintings for five years. In this capacity, she worked on the reinstallation of the permanent collection and a number of special exhibitions, including Luis Meléndez: Master of the Spanish Still Life (January–March 2010), The Art of the Still Life (September 2011–February 2012), and Rank and Status in the Age of Rembrandt and Vermeer (October 2015–January 2016). Dr. Whitner is a specialist in modern German visual culture. She received her Ph.D., entitled “The Visual Culture of ... More

Exhibition of black and white photographs by Tina Barney opens at Janet Borden, Inc.
NEW YORK, NY.- Janet Borden, Inc. announces Tina Barney/Silver Summers, the long-awaited exhibition of black and white photographs by Tina Barney. Concurrent with her extraordinarily nuanced color photographs, Barney has been photographing her subjects in black and white for the past twelve years. Still using a large format camera, she now translates the scenes into graphic tones of white and black. These are not just de-colored images; for Barney, they are an examination of another way of photographing. The vagaries of scale are more visible in these pieces. What's large is writ small--people are dwarfed by their surroundings or dominate their space. Playing with scale, Barney makes a mannequin head and a baby seem interchangeable. A woman looms over her hapless barbecue, and a young man floats in his space. The reduced palette allows Barney to play with these ... More

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On a day like today, Andy Warhol "superstar" Baby Jane Holzer, was born
October 23, 1940. Jane Holzer (née Bruckenfeld; born 23 October 1940) is American art collector and film producer who was previously an actress, model, and Warhol superstar. She was often known by the nickname Baby Jane Holzer. Movies she appeared in included Soap Opera, Warhol's Couch (1964), and Ciao! Manhattan (1972). She co-produced the 1985 film Kiss of the Spider Woman. Holzer is the subject of "Girl of the Year" in Tom Wolfe's The Kandy-Kolored Tangerine-Flake Streamline Baby (1965) and is referenced twice in the 1972 Roxy Music song Virginia Plain from the album Roxy Music.

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