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Sotheby's achieves highest-ever total for an auction of Contemporary art in Europe

Andy Warhol’s landmark first ‘dollar’ painting, hand-painted in 1962, sold for £20.9m / $32.8m / €29.4m tonight - the highest price achieved across all auction houses this week. Photo: Sotheby's.

LONDON.- Tonight’s sale realised £130,376,500 / $204,730,218 / €183,870,150 - the highest total for any auction of Contemporary Art ever held at Sotheby’s London. Andy Warhol’s landmark first ‘dollar’ painting, hand-painted in 1962, sold for £20.9m / $32.8m / €29.4m tonight - the highest price achieved across all auction houses this week (est. £1318m). This marks the fourth consecutive sale season in London that Sotheby’s has achieved the top lot across all auction houses. One of the defining works of the artist’s career, this work not only set the foundations for the entire ‘dollar bill’ series, it is also the only painting from this body of work to have been painted entirely by hand. This was one of eight works sold this evening that took the dollar as their subject, which made a combined total of £34.3m / $53.9m / €48.4m. The remaining 11 works from the collection will be sold in ... More

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Museum of the Year 2015: The Whitworth in Manchester wins biggest museum prize in the world   'Audrey Hepburn: Portraits of an Icon' opens at the National Portrait Gallery in London   Newly seen Francis Bacon paintings fetch £30m at Sotheby's auction in London


The Whitworth re-development architecture. Photo: Alan Williams.

LONDON.- The Whitworth has been awarded the Art Fund Prize for Museum of the Year 2015. The £100,000 Prize was presented by novelist Ben Okri and accepted by Maria Balshaw, director of The Whitworth, at a ceremony this evening at Tate Modern. The Art Fund Prize for Museum of the Year is the biggest museum prize in the world and the largest arts award in Britain. The judges said the Whitworth is an impressive institution that has cemented its place at the centre of the cultural national stage. Through its impressive £15m reinvention, the Whitworth has redefined the way that it engages with its public, connecting the building and surrounding park to create a space with a strong sense of openness and invitation. The appeal of the newly-developed building (designed by architects MUMA) combined with the creativity and originality of its outreach programmes during closure resulted in record-breaking visitor figures following its reopening. From the ... More
 

Audrey Hepburn by Philippe Halsman for LIFEmagazine, 1954. ©Philipe Halsman/Magnum Photos.

LONDON.- A major photography exhibition exploring the fascinating life and career of celebrated film star, fashion icon and humanitarian, Audrey Hepburn, opens at the National Portrait Gallery on Thursday July 2. Audrey Hepburn: Portraits of an Icon follows the captivating rise of one of the world's first truly international stars, from her early years in the Netherlands and as a dancer and chorus girl in London’s West End, to her becoming a stage and screen icon, and culminating in her philanthropic work in later life. Photographs of Hepburn before she was famous, formal portraits, and photographs taken on set during the making of some of her most-loved films are brought together in the exhibition. Also on show are portraits of Hepburn by some of the leading photographers of the twentieth century, including Richard Avedon, Cecil Beaton, Angus McBean, Irving Penn, Terry O’Neill and Norman Parkinson. Audrey Hepburn: Portraits ... More
 

Francis Bacon’s, Self-Portrait (1975) realised £15.3m / $24m / €21.5m (est. £10-15m). Photo: Sotheby's.

LONDON (AFP).- Two self-portraits by Irish-born British painter Francis Bacon, never seen before in public, sold for £30 million at a London sale on Wednesday, months after being rediscovered in a private collection. One of the portraits, painted in 1975, fetched £15.3 million ($24 million) while the other work, from 1980, went for £14.7 million when it went under the hammer at Sotheby's. "These sublime self-portraits utterly embody the power and emotion of the very best of Bacon's celebrated small portrait heads," said the auction house. "Fixed against two electrifying blue grounds, they exude conceptual brilliance and, above all, painterly genius. "These magnificent works narrate the latter half of a most extraordinary decade for Francis Bacon." They were acquired directly from Marlborough Fine Art, London, shortly after they were painted. The 14-by-12 inch (35 by 30 centimetres) 1975 canvas was painted after the artist had spent long periods in Paris and was most likely painted ... More



'Uproar in Augsburg: German Paintings of the 1960s to 1980s' opens at Pinakothek der Moderne   Christie's First Impression sale of prints and multiples features accessible blue chip art   Masterpieces from the Ben Uri Collection go on show at Somerset House


Volker Tannert (*1955), Untitled (Study with Six Heads), 1982, Oil on canvas, 200.5 x 150 cm. On permanent loan since 2008 from the Michael and Eleonore Stoffel Foundation, Cologne, to the Bayerische Staatsgemäldesammlungen, Munich © VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2015.

MUNICH.- In ‘Uproar in Augsburg’ two generations of German artists from the postwar period come face to face, each represented by major works from the collections of the Pinakothek der Moderne. What unites them is a leaning towards a kind of figurative painting that does not shy away from personal and political comment, placing it in opposition to the approaches of conceptual art and minimal art. This explicit interest in the medium of painting while critically questioning content and style was first evident in the generation of artists born before the end of the war: Georg Baselitz, Jörg Immendorff, Markus Lüpertz, and A. R. Penck. The way these artists radically changed and redefined painting had an impact on the following generation, loosely defined ... More
 

Yayoi Kusama, Fruits. Wax fruit, wicker basket and gold paint, 13 3/4 x 17 3/4 x 20 7/8 in. (34.9 x 45 x 52.3 cm.). Estimate: $50,000-70,000. Photo: Christie's Images Ltd 2015.

NEW YORK, NY.- The FIRST OPEN/NYC Summer edition of Post-War and Contemporary Art will present an exciting selection of approximately 350 lots estimated in the region of $4-6 million, which represent the full spectrum of Post-War and Contemporary Art. The sale will present works by an array of artists featured in the recent May auctions, but with price points that are accessible to a wide range of collectors. A great choice of works by blue chip artists such as Alexander Calder, Andy Warhol, Jean-Michel Basquiat, Keith Haring, Louise Bourgeois, Yayoi Kusama and Kazuo Shiraga. But also a great selection of works by European artists Yves Klein, Lucio Fontana, Günther Förg, Imi Knoebel and Niki de Saint Phalle. The highlights of photography comprise works by Cindy Sherman, Hiroshi Sugimoto and Richard Prince. This season ... More
 

Max Liebermann, Self-portrait, 1927, oil on canvas, 48 x 38 cm, Ben Uri Collection.

LONDON.- The Ben Uri Gallery and Museum celebrates its centenary this year with a major exhibition in Somerset House: Out Of Chaos; Ben Uri: 100 Years in London running from 2 July – 13 December 2015. In this exhibition, a group of rarely seen masterworks by mainly Jewish émigré artists go on show from the Ben Uri collection, including works by the first Jewish Royal Academician, Solomon Hart, Mark Gertler, David Bomberg, First World War poet Isaac Rosenberg, Jacob Epstein, Max Liebermann, Josef Herman, Frank Auerbach, Leon Kossoff and R B Kitaj. A group of important recent acquisitions are also shown including La Soubrette (1933), a rare portrait – probably the finest in the UK – by Chaïm Soutine, acquired in 2012; The Interrogation (1938) by George Grosz, acquired in 2010; Chagall’s rare and rediscovered response to the Holocaust, Apocalypse en Lilas, Capriccio (1945), acquired in 2010, and ... More



Tanya Bonakdar Gallery presents a group exhibition, Objects Food Rooms, curated by Andria Hickey   Rare Jimi Hendrix, John Lennon guitars showcased at the Grammy Museum   Legendary New York street photographer known for his six decade love affair with Coney Island dies at 84


Rachel Harrison © 2004 Hasbro Inc. 2015 wood, cement, acrylic, plastic, tape, pedestal, metal, toy gun, fake sausages, helmet and wheels 58 x 27 x 28 in. Courtesy of the artist and Greene Naftali Gallery, New York Photo: Brett Moen.

NEW YORK, NY.- A carafe, that is a blind glass. A kind in glass and a cousin, a spectacle and nothing strange a single hurt color and an arrangement in a system to pointing. All this and not ordinary, not unordered in not resembling. The difference is spreading. So begins Tender Buttons, Gertrude Stein’s influential and yet perplexing collection of texts on objects, food, and rooms. First published in 1914, Stein’s book is an idiosyncratic and seemingly nonsensical catalogue of mundane objects. More than one hundred years later, her work remains a relevant lens through which to understand the relationship between words and objects. Inspired by Stein’s composition, this exhibition brings together the work of twelve artists to explore how sense is made and ... More
 

John Lennon's Gibson J-160E.

LOS ANGELES, CA.- The GRAMMY Museum is holding an exclusive showing of Jimi Hendrix’s treasured 1966 Fender Stratocaster and John Lennon’s lost Gibson J-160E before both guitars are put up for auction by Julien’s Auctions. Hendrix’s guitar is currently on display on the Museum's third floor, where it will remain through February 2016. Lennon's guitar arrives today, July 2. Hendrix played his 1966 black, rosewood fret board Fender Stratocaster at the Monterey International Pop Music Festival, held June 18, 1967, at the county fairgrounds in Monterey, CA. Recommended to festival organizers by Paul McCartney, the Jimi Hendrix Experience performed eight songs, with Hendrix wielding his Stratocaster, before switching to his less-treasured white Stratocaster, which he then famously burned and smashed during the group's ninth and final number, “Wild Thing.” Lennon purchased his electric-acoustic Gibson J-160E in 1962 from ... More
 

Harold Feinstein, Sailors on the Subway from Coney Island, 1957.

NEW YORK, NY.- Harold Feinstein, master photographer and renowned teacher, died in his home on Saturday, June 20, 2015. His wife, Judith Thompson, was at his side. Feinstein was born in Coney Island Hospital in 1931 of Jewish immigrant parents. He began photographing in 1946 at the age of 15 by borrowing a Rolleiflex from a neighbor and heading to Coney Island. Certain of his calling as an artist, he dropped out of school at the age of 16 and became the youngest member of the historic Photo League in 1949. By the time he was 19, Edward Steichen, an early supporter, had purchased his work for the permanent collection of the Museum of Modern Art making him the youngest photographer to be so honored. The first important opportunity to show his work came in 1954 as part of a group show at The Whitney Museum and was followed by a group show at the Museum of Modern ... More


Exhibition at Sprovieri brings together new works by three Berlin-based artists   First New York solo exhibition of Grace Weaver opens at Thierry-Goldberg Gallery   Parafin opens exhibition of works by group of leading and emerging painters


Michael Sailstorfer, M. 25 , 2015. Casted bronze, water pump, 78 x 45 x 19 cm. Courtesy the artist and Sprovieri, London.

LONDON.- Sprovieri has brought together new works by three Berlin-based artists, Alicja Kwade, Michael Sailstorfer and Thomas Rentmeister. The three artists work in adjacent studios in a large building in Liebermannstr 24-28 in former East Berlin. While maintaining their own specific language and use of materials they share a similar artistic vision. Alicja Kwade’s work often deals with time and light, something that is reflected in the works chosen for this show. A working clock with a lead cast nearby suggests the 'heaviness' of time passing, the lead face mirroring in the memory of Kwade’s earlier pieces of clocks with obscured faces. Kwade has been collecting lamps since moving to Berlin. In her work Lampe (Kaiser Idell Rot) Kwade deconstructs a lamp, grinds the elements into particles that resemble colourful sand, then displays them in specimen ... More
 

Grace Weaver, Match Point (detail).

NEW YORK, NY.- Thierry-Goldberg Gallery presents the first New York solo exhibition of Grace Weaver. The show opens today, July 2nd, with a reception from 6 to 8 and will run through August 7th. A self-professed fan of guilty pleasure music, Weaver likes to think of her paintings as pop songs. The title of the exhibition is borrowed from Katy Perry’s hit single from 2010, Teenage Dream. In Match Point (2015) one of Weaver’s most recent paintings in the exhibition, the vantage point is that of a tennis player taking a moment to bend over and tie his shoelace. A scaled-up male figure with red elongated limbs frames the opposing female player that stands in the distance on the other side of the tennis court. The upside down viewpoint of the pictorial composition contributes to the whimsical aspect of the work, where the difference in scale between the two figures make it seem as if the oversized head of the male character ... More
 

Jonathan Wateridge, Green Shorts, 2015. Oil on canvas, 200 × 300 cm © Jonathan Wateridge 2015. Courtesy Parafin, London.

LONDON.- Parafin announces the first group show in its exhibition programme. Blow Up features a group of leading and emerging painters including Hannah Brown, Hynek Martinec, Justin Mortimer, Issa Salliander, Jonathan Wateridge, Uwe Wittwer and Clare Woods. The exhibition explores connections between contemporary painting and photography. At the heart of Michelangelo Antonioni’s iconic swinging London film Blow Up (1966) is a disquieting meditation on photography, photographic images, truth and reality. The central character in the film, Thomas, a fashion photographer played by David Hemmings, takes candid shots of two lovers in a London park and then later, having developed the images, comes to believe that he has unwittingly photographed a crime. Successive enlargements of the images ... More



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Palm Springs Art Museum appoints Director of Education
PALM SPRINGS, CA.- Palm Springs Art Museum announced that Keri Jhaveri has been named Director of Education. In this role Jhaveri will provide leadership direction to the museum’s education department that will ensure dynamic, engaging programs for expanding and diverse audiences. “We are very excited to have this creative and experienced educator join our senior staff as we enter a year of strategic planning and innovation,” said Elizabeth Armstrong, The JoAnn McGrath Executive Director for the museum. “Keri Jhaveri’s fresh ideas and professional expertise are a terrific fit for the museum as we develop programming for a new generation of visitors.” Jhaveri brings a wealth of experience to the position from her previous work with the J. Paul Getty Museum in Los Angeles and Frist Center for the Visual Arts in Nashville. In her roles with the museum and the arts center her ... More

Emilie Preyer sets new artist record at Heritage Auctions
DALLAS, TX.- The exquisite Still Life with Summer Fruits and Champagne, 1875, a newly-discovered work by Germany’s important still-life painter Emilie Preyer, set a world record for the artist at $81,250 in Heritage Auctions’ European Art Auction June 19 in Dallas. The auction realized $707,188 on enthusiastic bidding for fresh-to-market masterpieces from private collections, such as Snow in Spring, 1877, a celebrated mid-career oil by George Henry Boughton — which the artist debuted to enthusiastic reviews at London’s 109th Royal Academy Exhibition of 1877 — sold for $30,000. “Bidders focused on classic landscapes but we were pleased to see solid results for the Preyer still life, which is an important contribution to the artist’s body of work. “Discoveries of like this just don’t happen every season,” said Ariana Hartsock, Consignment Director for European Art at Heritage. We’re already looking ... More

Group exhibition curated by Kamrooz Aram and Murtaza Vali opens at Taymour Grahne Gallery
NEW YORK, NY.- Taymour Grahne Gallery presents Formal Relations, a group exhibition curated by Kamrooz Aram and Murtaza Vali, featuring work by Abdolreza Aminlari, Doug Ashford, Fayçal Baghriche, Eva Berendes, Ala Ebtekar, Michelle Grabner, Yamini Nayar and Zarina. Presenting an international and intergenerational selection of artists, Formal Relations brings together various abstract works that trouble the conventional opposition between form and content. Challenging the autonomy often ascribed to abstract form, these works establish relations to broader social, political and historical realities and concerns through form. The artists in Formal Relations leverage abstraction’s interpretive openness and multiplicity to make the formal more receptive to the real, to discourses outside and beyond itself. Doug Ashford’s inkjet prints and paintings in tempera place abstraction in proximity ... More

Exhibition of works by Laura Owens opens at Vienna's Secession
VIENNA.- Laura Owens belongs to a generation of artists who are reshaping the discourse of contemporary painting with their technical expertise and love of experimentation and, perhaps most importantly, through the involvement of digital media and image editing technologies. The Los Angeles-based artist’s paintings first attracted attention in the late 1990s; she quickly rose to wide acclaim and, in 2003, became the youngest artist ever to be honored with a retrospective at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles. Owens is known for her large formats and a specific visual idiom inspired by references to art history, borrowings from popular and vernacular culture, and the visual traditions of non-Western cultures. On the formal level, her work has always been distinguished by combinations and superimpositions of different techniques, media, and motifs. She prints, paints, and ... More

George Eastman house's historic collection of camera technology named engineering landmark
ROCHESTER, NY.- George Eastman House's Technology Collection has been recognized as an Historic Mechanical Engineering Landmark by the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) for its historic significance as the world's leading collection of photographic and cinematographic technology.The vast collection includes a daguerreotype camera signed by Daguerre, an original 1888 Kodak, Ansel Adams's first cameras, a Technicolor camera that filmed MGM classics, the NASA Lunar Orbiter, the Speed Graphic camera that captured the flag-raising at Iwo Jima, and many technical marvels that made photography possible for amateurs and professionals. "The collection at George Eastman House promotes the legacy of a great inventor while telling the story of an industry that has brought fun, leisure, and entertainment to many," said Madiha El-Mehelmy Kotb, past president ... More

James A. Michener Art Museum launches Google Art Project Street View and gigapixel imagery
DOYLESTOWN, PA.- The James A. Michener Art Museum announced today that it is launching Street View imagery of its galleries along with thirteen works viewable in super high resolution or 'gigapixel' photo capturing technology. Using the Street View feature, visitors can virtually move around the Museum's galleries selecting works of art that interest them by clicking to reveal high resolution images (where available). Each of these thirteen images contains seven billion pixels, enabling the viewer to study details of the brushwork beyond what is possible with the naked eye. Along with these efforts, an additional 25 high-resolution objects will be added to the already existing 90 objects on the Google Art Project platform enabling people throughout the world to explore a sampling of its paintings, prints, photographs and sculptures. A specially designed Street View 'trolley' took 360 degree ... More

Nightscape: A light & sound experience by Klip collective now open at Longwood Gardens
KENNETT SQUARE, PA.- Longwood Gardens’ new nighttime installation, Nightscape: A Light and Sound Experience by Klip Collective, opening today, takes guests on an immersive journey around the Gardens with moving imagery, light and original music using Longwood’s plants and landscape as the canvas. Created by Klip Collective of Philadelphia, this innovative display is Klip’s first garden-wide installation and showcases never-before-seen views of Longwood at night. Nightscape includes nine site-specific locations, with each experience inspired by and related to the Gardens. Locations include the Rose Arbor, Large Lake, Flower Garden Walk, Topiary Garden, the grand Conservatory, and more. “Using our Gardens as the inspiration and the canvas, Klip Collective is creating an imaginative visual and sound experience. Our guests journey through the landscape and encounter the beauty of the gardens in a new and memorable way, augmented by ... More

Exhibition of Maria Nordman's work on view at Marian Goodman Gallery in New York
NEW YORK, NY.- Marian Goodman Gallery announces an exhibition of Maria Nordman’s FILMROOM EAT, 1967 – PRESENT and two Standing Pictures, which opened on June 24th and is on view through Friday, July 31st. Nordman also enacts THE WHISPER in Central Park with ‘persons met by chance’, continuing a work that started several decades ago in different public spaces in cities all over the world. The work is enacted spontaneously during the course of the exhibition. This is the artist’s second exhibition at the gallery and follows the presentation of the companion piece FILMROOM SMOKE 1967-PRESENT at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art in 2011-2012, where YANG NA 2011-PRESENT, a third conjunct work is currently on view. Maria Nordman is known as one of the most significant and visionary artists to emerge from California in the 1960s and 70s. FILMROOM EAT ... More

Eloise Hawser's first UK solo institutional exhibition opens at ICA London
LONDON.- The ICA, London, presents the first UK solo institutional exhibition, Lives on Wire, by British artist Eloise Hawser. Her work reconfigures and repurposes commonplace materials applied in industrial processes to create sculptures and installations that subtly demonstrate the inherent mutability of everyday objects. For Lives on Wire Hawser presents a site-specific installation featuring new sculpture and a digital video work developed through her investigative research into the life span of the cinema organ. Invented in the early-twentieth century by the British telephone engineer Robert Hope Jones, it was ubiquitous during the silent-movie-era prior to the film industry’s introduction of synchronised sound. Employing the principles of the telephone exchange, it was developed to replace cinema orchestras and reduce manpower with an individual console and organist. The device worked by issuing ... More

New work by Callum Innes helps to regenerate Edinburgh Old Town Steps
EDINBURGH.- The historic steps, which link the Cowgate and High School Yards, were closed in 2003 after reports of anti-social behaviour. Their restoration is the result of an 18 month partnership project to revive the route between the City of Edinburgh Council, Edinburgh World Heritage and the University of Edinburgh. As well as significant conservation work, including the renewal of railings and the addition of gates to close the stairs off at night, the refurbished steps feature a bespoke installation by Callum Innes. Aiming to reclaim the area as a public space, the artwork features an infrared camera which captures the movement of people as they climb the steps, projecting their silhouettes onto a large LED mesh screen above them, revealing a hidden section of the stairs. Short clips of silhouetted movement, created by Innes in collaboration with young adults from the nearby Panmure St Ann’s Centre ... More

The Frederiksen Collection: Bonhams announce exceptional motor car auction for historic single-owner sale
EAST JUTLAND.- Bonhams announces the single-owner sale, the Frederiksen Collection. Based in Denmark, the collection consists of 48 rare and iconic motor cars, all offered at an auction taking place at the home of owner, Danish gentleman, Mr. Henrik Frederiksen. The sale features predominantly pre-war motor cars, built by some of the worlds most exclusive manufacturers, including Rolls-Royce, Bentley, Mercedes-Benz, Lagonda and Maybach. “Mr. Frederiksen has spent several decades building this outstanding collection, so it’s a great privilege for Bonhams to have the opportunity to offer these incredibly rare and meticulously maintained motor cars,” said Jakob Greisen, head of Bonhams US Motoring Department. "It’s certainly one of Europe’s most important motoring collections, with several of these outstanding vehicles having received internationally recognized awards at Pebble ... More


Barbara Hepworth at Tate Britain



Flashback
On a day like today, Welsh garden designer Ralph Hancock was born
July 02, 1893. Ralph Hancock (2 July 1893 - 30 August 1950) was a Welsh landscape gardener and author. Hancock built gardens in the UK in the 1920s, 30s and 40s and in the United States in the 1930s. A few are well known - the roof gardens at Derry and Toms in London and the Rockefeller Center in New York, the garden at Twyn-yr-Hydd House in Margam and the rock and water garden he built for Princess Victoria at Coppins, Iver, England. In this image: Rockefeller Center English Roof gardens - circa 1935.



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