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Exhibition focusing on Amedeo Modigliani's early work opens at the Jewish Museum

Installation view of the exhibition Modigliani Unmasked. September 15, 2017 – February 4, 2018. The Jewish Museum, NY.

NEW YORK, NY.- The Jewish Museum presents Modigliani Unmasked, the first exhibition in the United States to focus on Amedeo Modigliani’s early work made in the years after he arrived in Paris in 1906. The exhibition puts a spotlight on Modigliani’s drawings, with a large selection acquired directly from the artist by Dr. Paul Alexandre, his close friend and first patron. The drawings from the Alexandre collection, many being shown for the first time in the United States, as well as other drawings from collections around the world and a selection of Modigliani’s paintings and sculptures, illuminate how the artist’s heritage as an Italian Sephardic Jew is pivotal to understanding his artistic output. The exhibition is on view at the Jewish Museum from September 15, 2017 through February 4, 2018. Modigliani Unmasked considers the celebrated artist, Amedeo Modigliani (Italian, 1884-1920), shortly after he arrived in Paris in 19 ... More

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Tilton Gallery opens an exhibition of new works by Jeff Sonhouse   Auction of new Banksy piece raises £205K for anti arms-fair campaigners   Sotheby's to offer one of the most important candlelit pictures by Joseph Wright of Derby


Jeff Sonhouse, No Stones in My Path, 2017, oil on fiberboard, 23 1/4 x 19 x 2 1/8 inches. Courtesy the artist and Tilton Gallery, New York.

NEW YORK, NY.- Tilton Gallery is presenting Masked Reduction, an exhibition of new works by Jeff Sonhouse, from September 14th through October 28th, 2017. This is the artist's fourth solo exhibition with the gallery. Sonhouse's subject is the African American male within Western culture. In Masked Reduction, he continues his focus on the figure, more specifically, the African American male portrait, drawing inspiration from media images as well as the long history of portraiture, and employing a visual language he's developed over the years. Repeated and edited over time, these characters have become his own. Sonhouse's figures are presented frontally, painted close up to appear right on the canvas surface and indeed, are frequently built up with collage elements to extend into the viewer's space. Sonhouse simultaneously pares down his ... More
 

Banksy, Civilian Drone Strike. Photo: www.banksy.co.uk

LONDON.- The organisers of Art the Arms Fair, a unique art exhibition that has been set-up in opposition to the arms fair that has taken place this week in East London, have raised £205,000 from the auction of an exclusive new Banksy piece. The piece, Civillian Drone Strike, depicts drones destroying a children’s drawing of a house. The money raised from the sale will be split between Campaign Against Arms Trade and Reprieve. Art the Arms Fair has been a five day exhibition at SET space, 7th Floor, Captain House, London, E14 2BA. It has included exclusive new work from Banksy, Guerilla Girls, Peter Kennard and Darren Cullen. Andrew Smith of Campaign Against Arms Trade said: “The arms fair is a moral abomination, it thrives on dodgy deals and secrecy - regardless of the consequences. If the government is determined to keep ignoring serious accusations of war crimes, as well as terrible repression and UK public opinion, then we need to take action. This money ... More
 

Joseph Wright of Derby, A.R.A., An Academy by Lamplight Oil on canvas, 50 by 40 in. (127 x 101.6 cm), est. £2.5-3.5 million. Courtesy Sotheby’s.

LONDON.- The genius of Joseph Wright of Derby A.R.A. (1734-1797) will come under the spotlight this winter, when one of the artist’s most important candlelit pictures, and one of his last major works remaining in private hands, appears at auction at Sotheby’s. Painted in 1769, An Academy by Lamplight is a supreme example of Wright’s dramatic rendering of light and shade and his association with the Enlightenment movement. Almost certainly the picture that Wright exhibited at the Society of Artists in 1769, this rare painting was first securely recorded in the collection of Sir Savile Crossley, 1st Baron Somerleyton (1857-1935), the scion of a great carpet manufacturing dynasty from Halifax, and has remained in the possession of his family ever since. One of the star lots of Sotheby’s London Old Masters evening sale on 6 December 2017, it will be offered with an estimate of £2.5- ... More


Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art opens 'Stuart Davis: In Full Swing'   Retired Boeing engineer donates European master prints to the Henry Art Gallery for public access   Stanford's Cantor Arts Center offers a fresh look at Rodin - the modern man


Owh! in San Pao, 1951. Oil on canvas, 52 3/16 × 42 in. Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; purchase.

BENTONVILLE, ARK.- Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art presents the exhibition, Stuart Davis: In Full Swing, on view September 16, 2017, through January 1, 2018. Admission to Stuart Davis: In Full Swing is $8 for adults or $12 combined with Chihuly: In the Forest. There is no cost for museum members and youth ages 18 and under. Stuart Davis: In Full Swing is the first major exhibition in 20 years dedicated to Davis (1892–1964), a key figure in the development of American modern art. The exhibition showcases 86 works that reveal the dynamic, original style of this important American painter. Stuart Davis: In Full Swing was co- organized by the National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C., and the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York. Crystal Bridges is the final venue for this exhibition. Previous venues include: Whitney Museum of American Art: June 10 – September 25, 2016; National Gallery of Art: ... More
 

Hans Sebald Beham (Germany, 1500 – 1550), Lot and his daughters. c. 1530. Engraving on laid paper. 2 1/16 in. (diameter). Henry Art Gallery, University of Washington, gift of Albert A. Feldmann, 2017.88.

SEATTLE, WA.- Seattle art collector Albert Feldmann has gifted the Henry with 204 European prints including, Dürer, Callot, Goya, Hogarth, and Piranesi. With this generous gift of prints dating from the 15th to 18th centuries, the Henry’s collection, which already had strong holdings in the 19th and 20th centuries, now offers a complete timeline of the history of printmaking. “This is a truly transformative gift,” says Sylvia Wolf, John S. Behnke Director of the Henry Art Gallery. “For over fifty years, Mr. Feldmann collected works of the highest quality and finest condition. We are deeply grateful to him for the gift of this extraordinary collection, which will serve as a resource and inspiration for artists, scholars, students, and enthusiasts of the art of printmaking for generations to come.” Albert Feldmann, a long-time resident of Seattle, was a mechanical ... More
 

Auguste Rodin (France, 1840–1917), Despair (L’Désespoir), 1887-1890. Bronze. Gift of the Iris and B. Gerald Cantor Foundation, 1974.6.

STANFORD, CA.- If ingenuity is the lifeblood of Silicon Valley, then it’s entirely fitting that French sculptor Auguste Rodin (1840–1917) is so closely associated with the Cantor Arts Center at Stanford University, which is marking the centenary of Rodin’s death with a new presentation of his sculptures. Rodin: The Shock of the Modern Body spans three galleries and features nearly 100 Rodin sculptures essential to telling the artist’s story and representing his groundbreaking engagement with the body. Drawn from the extensive holdings of the Cantor, the largest collection of sculptures by Rodin in an American museum, the exhibition also presents comparative works by his rivals, mentors, admirers and imitators. Much like today’s innovators, Rodin challenged himself, the academic system, his critics and the public. He did so by relentlessly pursuing ... More


German architect Speer, son of top Nazi, dead at 83   Mnuchin Gallery opens exhibition exploring Minimalism and its legacy in contemporary art   Ketterer Kunst aannounces highlights from its Modern, Post War and Contemporary Art sale


This file photo taken on October 16, 2015 shows architect Albert Speer junior as he prepares the laying of the foundation stone for the new sports youth activity center of Bayern Munich. CHRISTOF STACHE / AFP.

BERLIN (AFP).- One of Germany's most prominent architects and urban planners of the post-war period, Albert Speer junior, has died aged 83, local media reported Sunday. His death late Friday came after an operation on a broken hip sustained in a fall at his home in the western city of Frankfurt, Bild daily reported. Speer was widely credited with honestly reckoning with the heavy historical burden left by his father and namesake -- one of Adolf Hitler's closest confidants and the head of the vast Nazi armaments ministry. Born in Berlin as the eldest of six children, Albert junior managed to emerge from his father's shadow to become known for ecologically sustainable public works projects across Europe, Asia and Africa. A fourth-generation architect, Speer junior overcame a debilitating stutter he had as a child by forcing himself to take public speaking engagements as an adult. After starting ... More
 

Frank Stella, Creede I, 1961. Copper oil paint on canvas, 82 1/2 x 82 1/2 inches (209.6 x 209.6 cm). Collection Martin Z. Margulies.

NEW YORK, NY.- Mnuchin Gallery opened its fall season with Minimalism & Beyond, an exhibition exploring Minimalism and its legacy in contemporary art from the second half of the twentieth century through the present day. On view through October 18, 2017, it is accompanied by a fully illustrated catalogue authored by Pac Pobric. The exhibition presents Minimalist masterworks of the 1960s alongside painting and sculpture of the following decades that both elaborate upon and disrupt Minimalism’s formal language to a diverse range of ends, from the playful and the personal to the subversive and the political. Taking as its starting point iconic works by Carl Andre, Dan Flavin, Donald Judd, Agnes Martin, Robert Ryman, and Frank Stella, the exhibition continues with Postminimalist figures such as Eva Hesse, Robert Morris, On Kawara, and Bruce Nauman. It carries on with works from the 1980s and 90s by artists including ... More
 

Emil Nolde, Hohe See unter violettem Himmel, 1930/35 (detail). Watercolor, 36,5 x 50,3 cm / 14.3 x 19.8 inches. Estimate: € 100,000-150,000.

MUNICH.- This is something that surely would have pleased Emil Nolde: Proceeds of one of his watercolors will go into the construction of a Buddhist peace stupa. The work will be sold in the auction of Modern, Post War and Contemporary Art at Ketterer Kunst in Munich from December 7th to 9th 2017. Emil Nolde, who would celebrate his 150th birthday this year, was a pious man, however, his religious feelings were not based on a certain religion, instead they were of a very personal and spiritual nature. What mattered to him was the own experience and not the tradition. In this case it is a lucky coincidence that the consignor of the watercolor “Hohe See unter violettem Himmel“ from 1930/35 feels the same. To her it is a heart matter to contribute the work‘s proceeds to a place where everyone can feel happiness, so she will support a stupa in Grafenwörth in Austria, construction of which began last year. The peace monument ... More



Bartha Contemporary opens Jill Baroff and Stefana McClure's first joint exhibition at the gallery   Art and computing collide in Pink Art, an exploration of color at Williams College Museum of Art   Sotheby's Hong Kong announces highlights from its Important Watches Autumn Sale


Stefana McClure, Whammo bricks, 2017. Cut paper, vintage clay bricks, 18.5 x 17.5 x 20.5 cm.

LONDON.- Bartha Contemporary announces What’s Yours Is Mine (#WYIM), Jill Baroff and Stefana McClure’s first joint exhibition at the gallery, from September 16 – November 18, 2017. The artists and the gallery have collaborated for over a decade and this exhibition celebrates both this continuous relationship and the artists’ recent marriage. Indeed, the show’s title references both an auspicious moment and the notion of joint authorship. This joint authorship extends into the artists’ practice, collaborating on a suite of new paintings entitled Square Peg Round Hole. An act of resistance and conformity, the artists pounded square wooden pegs into round holes too small to accommodate them. This direct act made with simple, humble, materials, is transformed into subtle works of exquisite beauty that belie the blunt force that created them. The exhibition features new installations and works on paper by both ... More
 

Richard Hawkins (American, b. 1961), Special Appearance, 2004 (detail). Oil on linen, 48 × 60 in. Museum purchase, Kathryn Hurd Fund.

WILLIAMSTOWN, MASS.- The Williams College Museum of Art debuted Pink Art, an exhibition that unpacks the color pink through works of art in the collection, on September 15, 2017. Pink Art delves into the multiplicity of human perception, the definitions and practices of curation, and the deeply personal and subjective nature of both curation and computer programing. A collaboration with the Williams College Department of Computer Science and the Office for Information Technology, the exhibition makes manifest the overlaps and tensions between these two creative practices. What is pink? Because color perception is highly subjective, the exhibition team developed a mobile web application to gather a crowdsourced definition of the exhibition’s signature color. As participants decide which colors in a group are pink, they produce an evolving visual definition ... More
 

Richard Mille, an Extremely Fine and Important Sapphire Tonneau-Form Skeletonised Tourbillon Wristwatch RM56-02 No 10/10, circa 2015; Estimate upon Request. Courtesy Sotheby’s.

HONG KONG.- Sotheby’s Hong Kong Important Watches Autumn Sale 2017 will take place on 2 October at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre. Leading the sale is an Extremely Fine and Important Sapphire Tonneau-Form Skeletonized Tourbillon Wristwatch RM56-02 by Richard Mille, alongside a strong and diverse line-up of vintage masterpieces and independent innovations across the spectrum. Jessie Kang, Head of Watches Department, Asia, comments, "We are very excited to be offering a Richard Mille RM56-02, the light and possibly the most “transparent” watch in the world, and Patek Philippe 5002, arguably one of the most complicated watches of its time. We are especially proud of the broadened offering of independent brands in the line-up for this year's sale. Together with celebrated ... More



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New auction house Farnon & Lake lifts the curtain with a thrilling sculpture sale
LONDON.- Farnon & Lake, a new bespoke auctioneering company that aims to bring a sense of theatricality to the saleroom, is delighted to announce it will stage its first auction on Thursday, October 5th, 2017, at Aynhoe Park, Oxfordshire, presenting more than 160 sculptural works. The brainchild of Duncan Lang and James Kendling, Farnon & Lake will hold a number of themed auctions in the UK and overseas, each staged in a venue appropriate to the sale. Aynhoe Park, the Cotswold’s home of dance party entrepreneur James Perkins, is a Palladian mansion that houses his personal collection of sculptures, including Grecian and Roman statuary and taxidermy works. Entitled The Sculpture Auction, the Farnon & Lake sale features works by more than 21 artists – many of whom have created sculptures especially for the auction – and chimes perfectly with Lang ... More

New York State Museum opens first phase of Erie Canal exhibition
ALBANY, NY.- The New York State Museum opened the first phase of Enterprising Waters: New York’s Erie Canal on September 16. On display through October 20, 2019, the exhibition honors the bicentennial anniversary of the Erie Canal’s construction and features artifacts, images, posters, and documents from the collections of the State Museum, State Archives, State Library, and cultural institutions from across the state. The first phase of the exhibition explores the circumstances leading up to building the canal, the construction, and the famous “wedding of the waters” that marked the opening of the completed canal in 1825. The exhibit features a gigantic canal warehouse windlass (hoist) with a wooden wheel measuring 14 feet in diameter from Mohawk, NY. The windlass was a pulley mechanism that could easily lift and lower heavy cargo from both sides of the ... More

Spink London announces highlights from the second instalment of the Arthur Gray Collection
LONDON.- Spink announced that the 19th September will see the second sale of the Arthur Gray Collection of Australia King George VI Issues, the first of which was dedicated to his collection of Queen Elizabeth II Pre-Decimal Issues and sold in April this year. Many fine prices were achieved and Spink have similar hopes for his King George VI Issues. The sale commences at 10am and is comprised of 295 lots. There are many items or great rarity from this fascinating area of collecting, but the star of the show is lot 648, a Kangaroo 2/- (1945-48) maroon, variety watermark inverted, cancelled by part Kooyong c.d.s. Extremely rare, the only other example is a pair. R.P.S. Certificate (2006). S.G. 212a, £24,000; BW 41a, $45,000. Estimate: £10,000 – 12,000 Lot 673 is also worth noting, and is made up of four die proofs of the Arms Issue (1949-51) on white wove paper ... More

Galerie Guido W. Baudach opens exhibition of works by Markus Selg
BERLIN.- Imagine you have the possibility of being part of a theatre play which condenses very sharply and very fastly the idea of you - intended as unique thinking subjectivity; and the idea of otherness - intended as people, nature, ecology, the cosmos, the whole universe. In this performance you are not only a spectator, you are also an active participant, forming and morphing whilst wandering - as in Jorge Luis Borges’ Library of Babel - through different organised sets of knowledge and physical environments. The experience can be transformative, a gateway to another dimension, changing permanently your understanding of reality, its positive and negative spaces, conscious and unconscious, showing what is visible and invisible. Myth and memories are overlayed into dense patterns until they blend, meshing into one. The narrative might unfold through various ... More

Haus der Kunst opens exhibition of works from the Goetz Collection
MUNICH.- “Again and Again” looks at how non-temporal strategies of repetition such as loops, multi-channel installation, splitscreen, multiple perspectives, and experiments with seriality were posited as formal and spatial means to expand the narrative toolkit of digital video throughout the 1990s and 2000s. The exhibition takes this as its starting point to examine artistic meditations on the cleaved and reproduced self. The videos and photographs on display manifest how artists engaged with a renewed interest in selfhood at the turn of the twenty-first century in relation to broader discourses on identity politics, gender studies, mass media, scientific progress, and, of course, the history of their chosen medium, the moving image. The first examples of video art from late 1960s and early 1970s demonstrate how this medium was interlocked with notions of selfhood ... More

Thomas Erben opens first solo exhibition with Oslo-born, Brooklyn-based painter Hanneline Røgeberg
NEW YORK, NY.- Thomas Erben is presenting his first solo exhibition with Oslo-born, Brooklyn-based painter Hanneline Røgeberg. In the exhibited paintings, the artist works with traces of local, factual and personal narrative, exceeding these details in works that push against their own structural limits as records, as paintings, and as codes. The exhibition includes a selection of earlier works that serve to highlight Røgeberg's engagement with figuration. In Baldwin (2010), the artist paints a figure from the chest up, standing with arms behind its head. The warm tones of the subject's flesh are scraped back and forth across the surface of the painting, with a haze of non-descriptive brushmarks pushing forward towards the upper center. Balzac VI (2008) exhibits a similar treatment, where the cropped form of a softly modeled torso is squeegeed and loosened in broad ... More

Exhibition incorporates sculptural installations, performance, video, and works on paper by Tamar Ettun
NEW YORK, NY.- Fridman Gallery is presenting Eat a Pink Owl, Tamar Ettun’s second solo exhibition with the gallery. This is the third installment in Ettun’s tetralogy, Mauve Bird with Yellow Teeth Red Feathers Green Feet and a Rose Belly, incorporating sculptural installations, performance, video, and works on paper. Ettun's ongoing body of work focuses on primal emotions, each symbolized by a primary color: the 2015 Blue was for Empathy, last year’s Yellow – Desire. In this exhibition, Pink is synonymous with Aggression which is another way to relate (identification can occur literally, through eating the objects of our fancy). The dualities in Ettun’s practice – performance/sculpture, healing/trauma, temporariness/ permanence, functionality/abstractness – apply to relationships among humans, and humans’ relationships to objects. Ettun applies dance ... More

Wilding Cran Gallery opens a solo exhibition of work by Ariana Papademetropoulos
LOS ANGELES, CA.- Wilding Cran Gallery is presenting The man who saved a dog from an imaginary fire, a solo presentation of work by Los Angeles based artist Ariana Papademetropoulos. Taking inspiration from imagined spaces, vintage magazines, and books, Papademetropoulos creates environments that juxtapose ideas of perception and delusion. By using both realism and trompe l'oeil she references the history of painting while further developing the sense of illusion within her work. Featuring new paintings and installation, this exhibition focuses on our relationship to decor and interior space- it invites us to question functionality and taste, reality and fantasy. In a painting of a church interior the walls blur to the outside where the viewer is transported to a ‘Disneyfied’ realm; a surrealist dysfunctional home interior takes us ‘down ... More

Bayne Peterson's second solo exhibition with Kristen Lorello on view in New York
NEW YORK, NY.- Kristen Lorello is presenting Bayne Peterson's second solo exhibition with the gallery. The exhibition is on view Wednesday, September 6th to Saturday, October 14th. Bayne Peterson: Still Life includes four new dyedplywood sculptures by the Providence, RI based artist. These hand-carved works intensify the artist's approach to color, form, and material, towards an increasing visual complexity. Multicolored sections of repeated lines generate a skewed pattern that at times appears to slip away from an orthogonal grid. In previous sculptures, patterns registered clear horizontal and vertical directions. In contrast, in these new works, the artist has deliberately tilted the angles at which separate sections of pattern meet, conveying the sense of a misleading topography. Planes of color appear to shuffle forward and backward and confound the eye's perception ... More

Cuban painting exhibit by Joseph Milazzo opens in Brooklyn
BROOKLYN, NY.- Artist Joseph Milazzo presents The Cuba Series: Portraits of the Old Guard opened this weekend in Carrol Gardens, Brooklyn. This extensive portrait series has been in the works for nearly 2 years and represents the culmination of a personal journey nearly 6o years in the making. In the winter of 2013 Milazzo embarked on a 6-week exploration of Cuba, thus becoming the first member of his family to return to the island in over 40 years. His travels took him to every major city across the length of the country before finally reaching the small and dusty village of Esperanza in the provence of Santa Clara. It was here that his grandfather, Enrique Dominguez, was born. Dominguez was a talented painter in his own right, but he died tragically in his 20s. His works were left behind when the family immigrated to the United States after the revolution, ... More




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On a day like today, Danish painter Michael Peter Ancher died
September 19, 1927. Michael Peter Ancher (9 June 1849 - 19 September 1927) was a Danish impressionist artist. He is most associated with his paintings of fishermen and other scenes from the Danish port of Skagen. His paintings are classics and he is probably one of Denmark's most popular artists. In this image: A Christening, Michael Ancher (1888).



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