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Victoria & Albert Museum opens once in a lifetime medieval embroidery exhibition

An employee poses in front of The Vatican cope (1280-1300) from the Vatican City on display during a photo-call for the 'Opus Anglicanum: Masterpieces of English Medieval Embroidery' exhbition at the Victoria and Albert museum in central London on September 28, 2016. DANIEL LEAL-OLIVAS / AFP.

LONDON.- Masterpieces of English medieval embroidery from the V&A’s world-class collections are reunited with works returning to England for the first time since they were created 700 years ago, in the largest exhibition on the subject in half a century. Due to the age and extreme fragility of these dazzling embroideries, the show, which runs until 5 February 2017 at the Museum, is probably the last time an exhibition of such scale will ever be staged. Opus Anglicanum: Masterpieces of English Medieval Embroidery displays over 100 exquisite hand-made objects associated with some of the most notable figures of the Middle Ages, from Edward I and his Queen Eleanor of Castile to Edward the Black Prince and the sainted martyr Thomas Becket. Latin for ‘English work’, the phrase ‘opus anglicanum’ was first coined in the 13th century to describe the highly-prized and luxurious embroideries made in England of silk and gold and ... More

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Ancient Roman coins unearthed at Japan castle   Barnebys notes tenfold growth in value of African contemporary art   Chiostro del Bramante celebrates its 20th anniversary with exhibition

A 4th-century copper coin from ancient Rome after it was unearthed in Japan's Okinawa island. JIJI PRESS / AFP.

TOKYO (AFP).- Japanese archaeologists said Wednesday they have for the first time unearthed ancient Roman coins at the ruins of an old castle. The discovery of 10 bronze and copper coins -- the oldest dating from about 300-400 AD -- in southern Okinawa caught researchers by surprise. It was the first time Roman Empire coins have been discovered in Japan, thousands of kilometres from where they were likely minted. "At first I thought they were one cent coins dropped by US soldiers," archaeologist Hiroki Miyagi told AFP. "But after washing them in water I realised they were much older. I was really shocked." The sub-tropical island chain hosts a cluster of US military bases and thousands of troops. A team of researchers have been excavating Katsuren castle, which is a UNESCO world heritage site, since 2013. An X-ray analysis of the ... More

El Anatsui (Ghanaian, b. 1944), Diaspora, 2012. Lot ID: 118435. Archival dyes printed on cotton cloth, hand stitched, 54 x 54 in. (137.16 x 137.16 cm.) Signed, dated and numbered on verso. Edition 33/35. Parkett Editions, New York, pub.; Dyenamix, New York, prntr. Photo: Artnet auctions.

LONDON.- Things are suddenly moving fast in Africa’s art market. After a decade in which Bonhams had Africa to itself – the only international fine art auction house holding sales of African Art in London and New York – there are now suddenly three other international auction houses in the field besides Bonhams. Pontus Silfverstolpe, co-founder of Barnebys, the world’s leading art and auction search engine, says: “Now the world’s leading auction houses have taken notice of all this new interest in African art and have taken the plunge. Suddenly we have a new scramble for Africa, and this time it’s about art.” Barneby’s echoes CNN’s findings on this market. CNN recently reported that ... More

Robert Indiana, Amor, 1998. Scultura, alluminio policromo (blue and red), 104x96,5x50,8 cm. Ed. 3/6 Courtesy: Galleria d'Arte Maggiore, G.A.M., Bologna, Italia © Robert Indiana by SIAE 2016.

ROME.- From 29 September 2016 to 19 February 2017 Chiostro del Bramante in Rome hosts LOVE. Contemporary art meets amour, curated by Danilo Eccher. Chiostro del Bramante is celebrating its 20th anniversary with an exhibition of international significance. It has been years since Rome's cultural landscape witnessed anything like this not-to-be-missed event, which endeavours to bring the city up to the level of the most respected international exhibition venues. For the first time, some of the most important contemporary artists will be shown together, including Yayoi Kusama, Tom Wesselmann, Andy Warhol, Robert Indiana, Gilbert & George, Francesco Vezzoli, Tracey Emin, Marc Quinn, Francesco Clemente and Joana Vasconcelos, with artworks that speak in highly ... More

Israel Antiquities Authority archaeologists find taboo toilet at ancient Jewish shrine   "The Power of the Avant-Garde: Now and Then" opens at BOZAR Centre for Fine Arts   Time machine: Web special and VR app visualise historical hangings at the Städel Museum

The authority said it was the first time an archeological find confirmed the practice of installing a toilet to discourage worship.

JERUSALEM (AFP).- Israeli archeologists have discovered a stone toilet while excavating a Jewish shrine at an ancient city gate, they said Wednesday, in evidence a biblical king tried to stamp out worship there. King Hezekiah deliberately defiled the eighth centry BC shrine at the door to the ancient city of Lachish, as part of a campaign to centralise Jewish ritual in Jerusalem, the Israel Antiquities Authority said. "A toilet was installed in the holy of holies as the ultimate desecration of that place," the IAA said in a statement. "A stone fashioned in the shape of a chair with a hole in its centre was found in the corner of the room." The authority said it was the first time an archeological find confirmed the practice of installing a toilet to discourage worship, which is referred to in the biblical Book of Kings in an account of King Jehu's fight against worshippers ... More

Fernand Léger, Les Hélices, 1918, Inv. 6534, Musées royaux des Beaux-Arts de Belgique, Bruxelles ©SABAM Belgium 2016.

BRUSSELS.- How relevant is the avant-garde, born on the eve of the First World War, today? The Power of the Avant-Garde. Now and Then attempts to answer this question by retracing the history of the great artistic movements of the historical avant-garde and inviting a number of contemporary artists to enter into dialogue with their predecessors. Starting out with James Ensor and Edvard Munch, the exhibition takes a look at movements such as Die Brücke, Der Blaue Reiter, the Italian Futurists, Russian Cubo-Futurism and the Bauhaus. The account is interspersed with contributions from around fifteen contemporary artists - including Luc Tuymans, Marlene Dumas, David Claerbout, Olafur Eliasson, William Forsythe and William Kentridge – who enter into dialogue with one particular avant-garde artist whose ... More

Time Machine. The Städel Museum in the Nineteenth Century. Photo: Städel Museum.

FRANKFURT.- As of today, the historical locations of the Städel Museum in the years 1816, 1833, and 1878, the respective presentations of the collection, and the works on display then can be viewed and relived online. The results of long-term research and reconstruction work on the history of collecting at the Städel Museum and the different forms of its holdings’ presentation in the nineteenth century are now freely accessible at Another way of experiencing the research results virtually live is to download the app developed especially for the mobile virtual reality headset “Samsung Gear VR” from the Oculus Store. The website of the research project realised under Jochen Sander, Head of German, Dutch and Flemish Paintings before 1800, offers accurate and detailed 3D reconstructions of the presentation of the Städel’s ... More

Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center announces a new photography gallery   White Cube Bermondsey opens major new exhibition by Antony Gormley   A new chapter begins for the Serpentine

Marie Cosindas, (American b. 1925), Yves St. Laurent, Paris, 1968. Collection Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center, Purchase, Advisory Council for Photography 2014.23. © Marie Cosindas.

POUGHKEEPSIE, NY.- The Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center at Vassar College announced the establishment of the Hoene Hoy Photography Gallery thanks to a recent endowment given to the Art Center by Anne Hoene Hoy, Vassar alumna in the class of 1963, in honor of her mother, class of 1930, and sister, class of 1966. Hoy, a former curator at the International Center of Photography, is the author of The Book of Photography: The History, the Technique, the Art, the Future and Fabrications: Staged, Altered and Appropriated Photographs, among other books, and has taught the histories of photography, modern and contemporary art, and graphic design at New York University since 1995. She is also a long-time member of the Art Center’s Advisory Council for Photography, which underwrites photography acquisitions with its ... More

Antony Gormley, Sleeping Field, 2016 © the artist Photograph © Stephen White, London.

LONDON.- White Cube Bermondsey presents Fit, a major new exhibition by Antony Gormley. The sequel to his exhibition Model held here in 2012, Fit considers the degree to which we are measured by and measure ourselves against the scale and density of our built environment. Gormley has configured the gallery space into 15 discrete chambers to create a series of dramatic physiological encounters in the form of a labyrinth. Visitors will face a choice of passages through differently sized, uniquely lit spaces where each room challenges or qualifies the experience of the last. The artist’s concerns with urban, corporate expansion are most clearly articulated in the expansive installation Sleeping Field (2015–16). Composed of nearly 600 small iron sculptures, at first glance the work looks like a carpet of charcoal grey blocks or a condensed landscape of high and low-rise buildings. Up close, the forms resolve into ... More

Lucy Raven: China Town, 2009; Photographic animation 51:30 mins.

LONDON.- In their first joint press conference, the new leadership of the Serpentine Galleries, CEO Yana Peel and Artistic Director Hans Ulrich Obrist, today announced a series of programmes and partnerships which will begin an exciting new chapter in the development of the Serpentine. The team outlined the new direction that the Serpentine will take with an emphasis on artists, audiences, technology, partnerships, innovation and accessibility for everyone. This includes the announcement of a year-long programme of exhibitions, the appointment of two new trustees, a new approach to the Serpentine Summer Pavilion and a series of innovative artists’ partnerships. Artists play an important role in the running of the Serpentine and two new board members were announced today: leading international artist Lynette Yiadom Boakye and award-winning architect David Adjaye, whose recently ... More

Dickinson to present painting by Magritte at Frieze Masters 2016   The Non-Objective World: Sprovieri opens new exhibition   Daniel Crouch Rare Books to launch New York gallery

René Magritte, L’Empire des Lumières, 1949 (detail), 50 x 60 cm, oil on canvas, Private Collection.

LONDON.- Dickinson is delighted to offer René Magritte’s L’Empire des lumières, 1949, as the main highlight of their Surrealism-themed stand at Frieze Masters 2016 - Surrealist Revolution. The fair will take place from 5-9 October, and Dickinson will present a selling exhibition of Surrealist paintings, drawings and sculptures, influenced by the theories of Breton and his friends in the 12 volume publication La Revolution Surréaliste. Magritte’s oeuvre, and especially his L’Empire des lumières series, has exerted a lasting influence on the work of other artists and on pop culture. No other image by Magritte sold as well during the artist’s lifetime. With its pivotal role in the development of Magritte’s most famous imagery, and its fascinating history involving some of the biggest names in Modern American art history (Alexander Iolas ... More

Art & Language and Kabakov at Sprovieri. Courtesy of the artists and Sprovieri. Photograph by Matthew Hollow.

LONDON.- Sprovieri is pleased to present Art & Language and Ilya Kabakov in The Non-Objective World. The exhibition revisits the radical, early 20th century theoretical departure spelled out by Kasimir Malevich in his book, The Non-Objective World, not through his original Black Square paintings, but through related works by the important living conceptual artists, Art & Language (Michael Baldwin and Mel Ramsden) and Ilya Kabakov. As conceptual artists each has absorbed, over the last 50 years, the impact which Malevich has had on modern art and turned it into something of their own. For the first time, in a joint collaboration between Sprovieri and Jill Silverman van Coenegrachts, this connection between the greatest and most original abstract artist with leading conceptual ... More

The gallery will be at 24 East 64th Street, in the heart of New York’s Upper East Side.

NEW YORK, NY.- Daniel Crouch Rare Books, internationally renowned specialist dealer in maps, atlases and rare books, is to open a gallery in New York, enabling the business to expand its operation into the United States. The gallery will be at 24 East 64th Street, in the heart of New York’s Upper East Side. The premises will include exhibition space and offices and will open on 25 January 2017. The launch is timed to coincide with the Winter Antiques Show (20 - 29 January) and Bibliography Week (23 - 28 January) – two leading events in New York’s cultural calendar. Daniel Crouch and Nick Trimming, partners in Daniel Crouch Rare Books, have appointed Noah Goldrach to manage the New York gallery for them. Daniel Crouch said, “We are delighted to expand our business further into the US market. We have exhibited ... More

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Kallos Gallery to make their debut at Frieze Masters with a rare Cretan bronze helmet
LONDON.- Kallos Gallery, the world’s only commercial gallery to specialise exclusively in the art of ancient Greece, will unveil an extraordinarily rare Cretan bronze helmet as part of their debut at the forthcoming Frieze Masters art fair. The focal point of the gallery’s stand is a helmet featuring a striking tall crest and open-face design (650-620 BC), which has survived in remarkable condition from archaic Crete. It is one of only two known examples of its type in the world, and the only example to be minutely engraved with elaborate mythological scenes. The helmet’s ornamental decorations, including depictions of the centaur Cheiron with Achilles, and Perseus presenting the head of Medusa to Athena, are some of the earliest in extant Greek art. Until the 1960s discovery of a fragmentary example now in Hamburg, this type of Cretan armour was known only in artistic ... More

Out-of-this-world Illustration Art lands at Heritage Auctions
DALLAS, TX.- Two iconic images of 20th century science fiction and pop culture — Red Planet, 1974, by Frank Frazetta and John Alvin's original painting used as the movie poster for E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial — highlight Heritage Auctions' Oct. 12 Illustration Art Auction in Dallas. The hand-curated selection touches every corner of the illustration world, from Robert Crumb to classic pin-up art and pulp fiction cover art. "The amount of fresh-to-market artwork in this auction is simply staggering," said Ed Jaster, Senior Vice President of at Heritage Auctions. "We are offering the finest examples from highly sought-after artists right now." High-end science fiction artwork is expected to take top lot honors as Frank Frazetta's Red Planet, 1974 (est. $150,000+), crosses the block barely two months after Heritage set a seven-figure world auction record for the artist. Another auction first, the ... More

Tiffany lamps and glass from the Estate of Congresswoman Helen Bentley offered at Heritage Auctions
DALLAS, TX.- The private collection of the very public Maryland Congresswoman Helen Delich Bentley — a champion of civic development who spent 10 years on Capitol Hill — will debut in Heritage Auctions' autumn Art Nouveau and Art Deco Including Tiffany, Lalique & Art Glass auction Nov. 18. Congresswoman Bentley's carefully curated, lifetime collection of Tiffany, is comprised of more than 100 piece of glass, most of which have never appeared on the auction market. "Heritage's Trust and Estates Department is thrilled Ms. Bentley personally handpicked Heritage Auctions before her passing to handle her most coveted pieces of Tiffany," said Elyse Luray, of Heritage Auctions' Trust and Estates, New York. "Being born and raised in Baltimore, her legacy is dear to my heart and I am proud to have shared time with her and her collection." Bentley, who passed away ... More

Film, sculpture, photography, and works on paper by Pat O’Neill on view in Berkeley
BERKELEY, CA.- The University of California, Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive presents Pat O’Neill / MATRIX 262, on view from September 28 through November 27, 2016. The exhibition features film, sculpture, photography, and works on paper by the Los Angeles–based artist Pat O’Neill (b 1939). MATRIX 262 takes unique advantage of BAMPFA’s dual nature—museum and cinematheque—as well as its new building, with works by O’Neill on view in the galleries, in both film theaters, and on the giant outdoor screen. A founding faculty member at the California Institute of the Arts (CalArts) in 1970, Pat O’Neill has been a key figure in West Coast experimental cinema for the past fifty years. A pioneer of avant-garde film and optical printing techniques, he creates densely layered films ... More

Innovations in geometric abstraction by Colombian artist Mario Vélez on view at Gallery Elena Shchukina
LONDON.- Gallery Elena Shchukina is presenting Canto Rodado, an exhibition of painting, drawing, and sculpture by Mario Vélez. With a field of reference that spans Colombian history from the pre-Columbian era through today, Mario Vélez interprets Latin American visual culture through the lens of abstract and expressionist art. His work lies in the tradition of geometric abstraction pioneered by Kandinsky and Af Klint, but his idiosyncratic motifs and colour choices are inspired by the natural and built environments of Colombia. He balances a cerebral focus on formal geometry with a playful, organic use of shape and colour. Mario Vélez describes his artistic aim as being ‘to reconnect, in some ways, to the primeval status of our culture – to embrace once more the essence of the past.’ Vélez revels in the tension between the rigid and the dynamic, using the coordinate ... More

Christie's presents photographs sales of October 2016
NEW YORK, NY.- Christie’s announces two Photographs sales to be offered in October 2016, which include exciting works for new and seasoned collectors alike, featuring the Evening Sale on October 4, and a Day Sale following on October 5. Christie's will display over 180 photographs for public exhibition leading up to the auction. Photographs: The Evening Sale showcases 27 works by artists such as Man Ray and his highly-published Rayograph, 1922 (estimate: $250,000-350,000), Edward Weston’s Shells, 6S, 1927, among the rarest of Weston’s iconic shells series (estimate: $400,000-600,000), Thomas Struth’s grand photograph of El Capitan (Yosemite National Park), 1999 (estimate: $150,000-200,000), Irving Penn’s glamorous Black and White Vogue Cover (Jean Patchett), New York, 1950 (estimate: $150,000-250,000), Robert Frank’s masterful statement with ... More

MIT Museum presents the utopian visions of Grazia Toderi and Désiré Despradelle
CAMBRIDGE, MASS.- Despite careers separated by a century, architect Désiré Despradelle (1862–1912) and artist Grazia Toderi (b. 1963) share a conception of the city and urban architecture as spectacle. Presented together for the first time, Toderi’s video diptych Red Babel (2006) and Despradelle’s drawings for the Beacon of Progress (1893–1900) are utopian visions, both in dialogue with the Tower of Babel. Grazia Toderi and Désiré Despradelle: Spectacular Cities is on view at the MIT Museum through March 19, 2017 in the Kurtz Gallery for Photography. The exhibition was organized by the MIT Museum and curated by Gary Van Zante, with the assistance of Jonathan Duval. Grazia Toderi is one of the most recognized visual artists working in Italy today. Trained as a painter at the Academy of Fine Arts in Bologna, she turned to media art in the 1990s. Like ... More

Hong Kong artist keeps 'Umbrella Movement' alive
HONG KONG (AFP).- The sprawling protest camps at the heart of Hong Kong's 2014 pro-democracy "Umbrella Movement" have long gone -- but artist Alexandra Wong is determined to keep the memory alive. Every week the 60-year-old returns to a spot on the driveway outside the city's government headquarters, creating political murals from brightly-coloured tape laid on the tarmac. She will be there again on Wednesday, the second anniversary of the start of the pro-democracy rallies, which called on Beijing to allow fully free leadership elections in the semi-autonomous city. The anniversary comes as some former protesters backing independence from China prepare to take office after winning recent elections as fears grow of Beijing closing its grip on the city. Wong's creations echo the spontaneous artworks that sprung up throughout the protests. They mainly depict fl ... More

'Recycled Orchestra' turns garbage into gold
LOS ANGELES (AFP).- Festering alongside mountains of stinking trash under the sweltering South American sun, Cateura is a long way from the conservatories of Prague or Vienna. Yet the township which grew out of Paraguay's largest dump is gaining an unlikely reputation as a hothouse for musical talent -- and for its youth orchestra that plays instruments made from discarded rubbish. "The world sends us garbage. We send back music," said Favio Chavez, leader of the "Recycled Orchestra," during a recent visit by the group to Los Angeles. Chavez hit upon the idea of using trash to make music 10 years ago. Orchestra members, impoverished children from Cateura, play violins fashioned from oven trays and guitars made from dessert dishes. One cello is made from an oil barrel with wooden spoons and a stiletto heel for tuning pegs, while a discarded x-ray ... More

Revolutionary artist Dread Scott examines racial and cultural disparity in contemporary society
GLASSBORO, NJ.- Renowned for making “revolutionary art to propel history forward," acclaimed American artist Dread Scott opened the Rowan University Art Gallery at High Street’s new season with A Sharp Divide, an exhibition that tackles the racial and cultural disparities within our criminal justice system. The exhibit is on display from September 6 – November 5, 2016. The exhibit serves as a survey of Dread Scott’s public engagement, performance-based, and multi media based works, completed from 1987 – 2014. In examining racial disparities, the work explores the complexities of the criminal justice system such as the criminalization of youth, profiling and discrimination, stop and frisk tactics, and other civil rights issues. The selected pieces include video, photography, recordings, and audience interactions. “This is a world of profound polarization, exploitation, ... More

Anger, Anxiety and the Apocalypse -- Henry Hudson at S|2

On a day like today, Film star James Dean dies in a road accident aged 24
October 30, 1955. James Byron Dean (February 8, 1931 - September 30, 1955) was an American film actor. He is a cultural icon, best embodied in the title of his most celebrated film, Rebel Without a Cause (1955), in which he starred as troubled Los Angeles teenager Jim Stark. The other two roles that defined his stardom were as loner Cal Trask in East of Eden (1955), and as the surly ranch hand, Jett Rink, in Giant (1956). Dean's enduring fame and popularity rests on his performances in only these three films, all leading roles. His premature death in a car crash cemented his legendary status. In this image: Actor James Dean is seen in a scene from the Warner Bros. 1956 epic, "Giant." Years after the making of the movie, teenagers are still trying for the cool that was James Dean, the poster boy for the tortured netherworld between child and adult.

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