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Highlights from the Merzbacher Collection on view at the Van Gogh Museum

Alexej von Jawlensky, Dark Blue Turban (Helene with Dark Blue Turban), 1910 (detail), oil on cardboard mounted on wood, 72 x 69 cm, Merzbacher Kunststiftung.

AMSTERDAM.- From 24 August to 27 November, the Van Gogh Museum is presenting highlights from the Merzbacher Collection. The paintings in the exhibition Van Gogh Inspires: Matisse, Kirchner, Kandinsky: Highlights from the Merzbacher Collection show the impact Vincent van Gogh had on the most important artists of the early twentieth century. Masterpieces by the likes of Henri Matisse, Ernst Ludwig Kirchner and Wassily Kandinsky are being shown in the Netherlands for the first time. The private art collection assembled by Werner and Gabrielle Merzbacher is considered one of the finest in the world. The works are presented on the third floor of the Van Gogh Museum. The focus of the exhibition Van Gogh Inspires: Matisse, Kirchner, Kandinsky: Highlights from the Merzbacher Collection is on the way Van Gogh influenced the French Fauvists and German Expressionists. Fourteen works from the Merzbacher Collection are being sh ... More

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'Queen of Knitwear' Sonia Rykiel dies at 86   Paisley Park to open to fans as Prince museum   Christie's announces discoveries in the collection of Brian Sewell

This file photo taken on January 22, 2010 shows French fashion designer Sonia Rykiel. JACQUES DEMARTHON / AFP.

PARIS (AFP).- Sonia Rykiel, the French fashion designer known as the Queen of Knitwear, died on Thursday at the age of 86 after a long battle with Parkinson's disease, her daughter told AFP. "My mother died at 5:00 this morning at her home in Paris from the effects of Parkinson's," Nathalie Rykiel said. The pioneering Rykiel was a fixture in the industry for half a century, launching her own fashion house in 1968 buoyed by the Swinging Sixties craze in London and the emerging feminist movement. Her easy-to-wear 'chic', iconic stripes and bright colours quickly came to typify a new generation of liberated women. "She invented not just a style but an attitude, a way of living and being, and offered a freedom of movement," President Francois Hollande said in a tribute. She had made her breakthrough in 1962 with the so-called Poor Boy Sweater, a garment designed for women that had long sleeves and a shorter, fitted shape. ... More

This file photo taken on April 22, 2016 shows the entrance of the Paisley Park compound of music legend Prince. Mark Ralston / AFP.

NEW YORK (AFP).- Paisley Park, Prince's state-of-the-art studio complex that held a mythic status for fans who entered it during the pop legend's life, will open to the public as a museum. The "Purple Rain" star's estate said it was teaming up for the project with the company behind Graceland, Elvis Presley's home-turned-museum in Memphis that draws more than 600,000 visitors a year. The 55,000-square-foot (5,000-square-meter) complex will open for tours on October 6, one week before fans descend on Prince's Minnesota hometown of Minneapolis for a memorial tribute concert at the new US Bank Arena. Prince's sister Tyka Nelson said that the pop star had long hoped to allow the public into Paisley Park, which he opened in 1987 in the Minneapolis suburb of Chanhassen and where he died on April 21. "Opening Paisley Park is something that Prince always wanted to do and was actively working on," Nelson said in a statement ... More

Jusepe de Ribera, lo Spagnoletto (1591-1652), A man’s head in profile. Red chalk, touches of red wash, watermark five stars in a crest (close to Briquet, 1441 (variation with five stars), Amalfi, 1613), 5 3/8 x 4 7/8 in. (13.8 x 12.6 cm.) Estimate: £6,000-8,000. Photo: Christie's Images Ltd 2016.

LONDON.- Discoveries made at Christie’s have led to new attributions in the collection of Brian Sewell and an oil on paper study has now been associated with a group of pictures hanging in the Basilica di Santa Maria Gloriosa dei Frari in Venice. A drawing formerly thought to have been by a follower of Michelangelo, and two other long-unattributed works have now been identified. The auction, Brian Sewell: Critic & Collector, to be held on 27 September, will include 248 lots, ranging from Old Master Paintings and Drawings to 19th and 20th century British art. A long-standing mystery, a study on blue paper of a soldier carrying a ladder towards a besieged town, has been deftly solved by a museum curator in the United States. The Florentine artist Agostino Ciampelli (1565-1630) made this in connection ... More

Anya Hindmarch curates at Sotheby's London   PGI Gallery in Tokyo opens "Ray Metzker: Informed by Light 1957-1968"   Americana Week to be held at Christie's from September 17-22

Sam Francis, Untitled, 1977 Estimate £25,000–35,000. Photo: Sotheby's.

LONDON.- This autumn, Sotheby’s is opening up its galleries to Anya Hindmarch, inviting the leading fashion accessories designer to guest-curate an auction of Contemporary Art in London. A passionate advocate of British design and arts, Anya’s take will add a fresh and innovative perspective to the exhibition, which will run from 16–19 September to coincide with London Fashion Week. A trustee of both the Royal Academy of Arts and the Design Museum, Anya’s passion for the arts runs through all that she does, from outstanding craftsmanship to witty and creative interpretations of Pop Art. Handpicking the works that inspire her as both a designer and art-collector, she presents a range of artworks by leading Contemporary artists including Keith Haring, Andreas Gursky, Tracy Emin and Yayoi Kusama. “I think what really drives a great art collector is passion, you’ve got to love it and the impulse has got to be authe ... More

Ray Metzker, Philadelphia 1963. Photo: Estate of Ray Metzker courtesy PGI Gallery and Laurence Miller Gallery.

TOKYO.- Ray Metzker was born in 1931 in Milwaukee. From 1956-1959, he attended the Institute of Design in Chicago, a renowned school known as the “New Bauhaus” that was established by László Moholy-Nagy. At ID, Metzker studied with Harry Callahan and Aaron Siskind. Today, he is recognized as one of the great masters of American photography, and is known for his experimental style. Over the course of a five decade career, he explored the hidden potential of black and white photography through form and technique. The core of Metzker’s work lies in his use of techniques such as multiple exposure, juxtaposition and solarization, all of which allowed him to transform and expand the vocabulary of photography. Although Metzker’s sense of contrast is shared by other photographers who graduated from the Institute of Design, his powerful ... More

Thomas Hart Benton (1889-1975), Still Life (Synchromy) detail. Est. USD 20,000 - USD 30,000. Photo: Christie's Images Ltd 2016.

NEW YORK, NY.- Christie’s announced Americana at Christie’s New York, a series of live and online auctions, viewings and events, from September 17-22. The week includes sales across American Art, American Furniture, Silver Outsider and Folk Art and features The Private Collection of President and Mrs. Ronald Reagan. Works in all auctions will be on public exhibition starting September 17 at Rockefeller Center. Americana at Christie’s New York embraces the patriotic spirit behind American furniture, folk art and silver and blends that energy with innovative outsider art. Highlights include a sword owned by Benjamin Franklin, Tiffany & Co. and Gorham silver, a sculpture from Outsider Art star William Edmondson and two pieces by the renowned self-taught artist Sam Doyle. The pulse quickens with the auction of The Private Collection of President and Mrs. Ronald Reagan, which ... More

The Met extends hours for final weekend of "Manus x Machina: Fashion in an Age of Technology"   Solo exhibition of new work by Gabriel Orozco on view at the Aspen Art Museum   Bonnie and Clyde threatening letter to ex-Barrow Gang member up for auction

Wedding ensemble, Karl Lagerfeld (French, born Hamburg, 1938) for House of Chanel (French, founded 1913), autumn/winter 2014-15 haute couture, back view; Courtesy of CHANEL Patrimoine Collection. Photo © Nicholas Alan Cope.

NEW YORK, NY.- The Metropolitan Museum of Art announced today extended hours for the final weekend of the popular Costume Institute exhibition Manus x Machina: Fashion in an Age of Technology. On Friday, September 2, and Saturday, September 3, the exhibition will remain open to the public until midnight. The Museum normally closes at 9 p.m. on Friday and Saturday evenings. The exhibition will end its run on Labor Day, Monday, September 5. The exhibition, which opened on May 5, has already been extended by three weeks-from August 14 to September 5-and has so far drawn more than 664,328 visitors, surpassing 2011's Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty to become The Costume Institute's second most attended exhibition. Last ... More

Installation view.

ASPEN, CO.- The Aspen Art Museum is presenting a solo exhibition of new work by critically acclaimed Mexican-born artist Gabriel Orozco. From July 29 to December 18, 2016, the museum presents a series of new paintings that explore Orozco’s interest in cyclical patterns found in nature, as well as his return to the use of the color green, which he has not done since 1988. Curated by Heidi Zuckerman, The Nancy and Bob Magoon CEO and Director of AAM, this exhibition was inspired by the prominent and recurring themes in Orozco's work including the continuum of time, rebirth and regeneration, and man’s multivalent identity. The works showcased in this exhibition were created during his time living and working between Tokyo and his home in Mexico City. Although geometric shapes and circular motifs have been present in Orozco’s paintings for decades, this new body of work points to systems and structures informed ... More

The purpose of this letter is to remind you of all the ‘dirty deals’ you have pulled.

BOSTON, MASS.- A letter written by Bonnie Parker and Clyde Borrow to Raymond Hamilton, an ex-Barrow Gang member will be auctioned by Boston-based RR Auction. The four-page letter written in the hand of Bonnie Parker and signed at the end by Clyde Barrow, in late April 1934, to Hamilton at the Dallas County Jail. In part: “I’m very sorry to hear of your getting captured, but due to the fact that you offered no resistance sympathy is lacking. The most I can do is hope you miss the ‘chair.’ The purpose of this letter is to remind you of all the ‘dirty deals’ you have pulled. When I came to the farm after you I thought maybe the ‘joint’ had changed you from a boastful punk. Maybe you can talk yourself out of the ‘chair.’ Or maybe you can write a few more letters (try one to the governor) at least it will gain you some publicity. I hope this will serve the purpose of letting you know that you can nev ... More

Phillips to kick off fall auction season with New Now on 20 September in New York   SP-Arte/Foto reaches its 10th edition as it continues to grow in a new era in international photography   Parrish Art Museum names Corinne Erni as new Curator of Special Projects

Matt Connors (b. 1973), Untitled, signed and dated “Matt Connors 2015” on the reverse. Acrylic on canvas, 58 x 46 in. (147.3 x 116.8 cm.). Painted in 2015. Estimate: $30,000-40,000.

NEW YORK, NY.- Phillips announced highlights from the upcoming auction of New Now, providing an exciting start to our fall sale season. On September 20, collectors will have the opportunity to acquire works from both emerging artists, as well as contemporary masters. Comprised of over 200 lots, the sale will feature diverse and exciting works, including a single-owner selection from the estate of esteemed economist and celebrated art collector Pentti Kouri. Rebekah Bowling, Phillips’ Head of Sale, New Now, said, “We are so pleased to have the opportunity to present works from Mr. Kouri’s collection. While often recognized for his successes in the field of business, he also made a significant contribution to the art world through his patronage and support. Until his ... More

André Villers, "Picasso dans son atelier de Mougins, c. 1955". Tiragem de 1989. Fotografia original. Gelatina e prata sobre papel. Assinada, com carimbo do fotógrafo no verso, 28,5 x 22,3 cm © Fólio Livraria.

SAO PAULO.- SP-Arte/Foto, the offshoot event of SP-Arte, the art fair that put Brazil on the international art calendar, presents its 10th edition at the shopping mall JK Iguatemi August 24-28, with the participation of important photography galleries from all over the country. Founded in 2007 the Fair quickly established itself as the main photography fair in Brazil with its innovative program embracing the photography market. In 2016, the fair presents the new exhibitors, Andrea Rehder, Biographica, Blau Projects, Luciana Caravello and Pinakotheke. Also present are returning galleries Casa Triângulo, Fass, Gávea, Luciana Brito, Millan and Vermelho, bringing influential names in modern and contemporary photography from Brazil and abroad; Babel, Lume and Portas Vilaseca focus ... More

Corinne Erni at the Parrish Art Museum.

WATER MILL, NY.- Parrish Art Museum Director Terrie Sultan announced the appointment of Corinne Erni as Curator of Special Projects, effective September 1, 2016. The creative force behind the New Museum of New York’s IDEAS CITY—a ground-breaking, collaborative arts initiative and internationally recognized biennial—and the co-founder of a seminal global curatorial platform on art and climate change, ARTPORT_making waves, Erni brings to the Parrish nearly 20 years of experience in creating game-changing art programs that engage communities locally and resonate globally. “We are thrilled to welcome Corinne Erni to the curatorial team at the Parrish,” said Director Terrie Sultan. “She fully understands the notion of strong local ties with a global outlook. Her high level of expertise in engaging multiple, diverse audiences and fomenting interdisciplinary collaborations will enable the Parrish to fully embrace ... More

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H&H Classics to offer1972 white Rolls-Royce Silver Shadow formerly owned by George Best
LONDON.- H&H Classics will be selling George Best’s 1972 white Rolls-Royce Silver Shadow at their Duxford sale on October 12 at the Imperial War Museum, Cambridgeshire. It is estimated to sell for £10,000 to £15,000. Best became one of the first celebrity footballers, but ultimately fell victim to his alcoholism in 2005 aged 59. He scored 137 times for United in 361 appearances. He helped his team to victory in the European Cup and was crowned European Footballer of the Year in 1968, but to some he was more famous for his off-field behaviour. He was once quoted as saying: "I spent 90% of my money on women, drink and fast cars. The rest I wasted”. Launched in 1965, the Rolls-Royce Silver Shadow was a bold departure for the Crewe-based company. Their first monocoque design, it also benefited from olio-pneumatic rear suspension, power disc brakes and, from ... More

Block Museum announces publication by artist Geof Oppenheimer
EVANSTON, ILL.- The Block Museum of Art at Northwestern University has released “Big Boss and the Ecstasy of Pressures,” the first substantive publication on the work of Chicago-based artist Geof Oppenheimer. Published in conjunction with his 2015 Block Museum exhibition by the same name, “Big Boss and the Ecstasy of Pressures” documents the artist’s original commissions for the Block Museum and considers Oppenheimer’s practice, which asks questions of how economic, political and social value is produced in contemporary life. The publication’s writings range from analytic and art historical to the poetic, contextualizing the newly commissioned works and Oppenheimer’s overall artistic practice. Essayists include Lisa Corrin, the Block Museum’s Ellen Phillips Katz Director; Anthony Elms, chief curator at the Institute of Contemporary Art in Philadelphia; Dieter ... More

French writer Michel Butor dies aged 89: family
PARIS (AFP).- French writer Michel Butor, one of the leading figures of the experimental 1950s "Nouveau Roman" literary movement, died on Wednesday aged 89, his family told Le Monde newspaper. A prolific author who tested the boundaries of traditional narrative structures, Butor was best known for his 1957 book "La Modification" (Second Thoughts), a staple of French literature classes. The story chronicles the thoughts of a man on a train journey from Paris to Rome to see his mistress. The twist is that the tale is written in the second person, referring to the main character as "you". The book won Butor the prestigious Renaudot Prize. Butor died at the Contamine-sur-Arve hospital in western France, near the Swiss border, Le Monde said. His death was confirmed by publishing house Gallimard. ... More

These Outer Shells: Bella Easton opens exhibition at Gallery Elena Shchukina
LONDON.- Bella Easton develops, replicates and reflects on apparently straightforward scenes from everyday life to generate a complex account of the multiple relationships and contradictions between inside and outside, natural and artificial, open and enclosed, chaos and order, uncanny and familiar, light and dark. In so doing, she takes her source material through a dizzying range of transformations to suggest the various selves that might be in play when we formulate our own identities. Identical Twins, 2013, is an immersive landscape that has been fragmented into 48 smaller elements. That arises from Easton’s characteristic hybrid technique of painting and printmaking. Here she has etched copper plates, printing each onto a single piece of paper, the hand painted inky marks from which are then offset onto a second piece of paper by running it through the ... More

Lund Humphries publishes Maggi Hambling's intimate works on paper, to accompany exhibition
LONDON.- Lund Humphries publishes the first book to focus specifically on the range and power of Maggi Hambling's intimate works on paper, to accompany a major exhibition of her work at the British Museum (8 September 2016 to 29 January 2017). Maggi Hambling: Touch, written by Jennifer Ramkalawon, is the first book to examine Maggi Hambling's drawings and prints, many of which have not been reproduced previously. One of Britain's foremost contemporary artists, Maggi Hambling is renowned for a prolific corpus, best known for her portraits, paintings of the sea, and public sculpture - both celebrated and controversial. Less familiar but equally significant are her works on paper, dynamic and sensuous - condensing the themes of life and death which underscore her art. She forges an immediate and powerful connection with the subject being drawn, saying 'Drawing is an ... More

"If Color Could Kill" explores use of color in abstract works
POUGHKEEPSIE, NY.- A new exhibition at Vassar College’s James W. Palmer gallery explores the power of color in abstract paintings. If Color Could Kill: New Paintings from New York City is on view August 22-September 15, with an artists’ reception to be held in the gallery on Tuesday, September 6, from 5:00-7:00pm. All events are free and open to the public. Curated by artist and Vassar alumnus Jeff Frederick, If Color Could Kill features works by six New York City-based artists: Paul Behnke, Patrick Berran, Robert Otto Epstein, Brooke Moyse, Gary Petersen, and Craig Taylor. “Abstract painting can be a color delivery device. But when does color become dangerous? This exhibition imagines a world where color is power,” explains Frederick, himself a painter. “Modern pigments free the painter from the boring colors of nature. Are these paintings immodest? Too ... More

Edouard Malingue Gallery exhibits the work of Wang Zhibo
HONG KONG.- Tropical sceneries that appear to scintillate; an amalgamation of distorted vegetables; the blurred vision of a seated mother and child - each are running explorations in Wang Zhibo’s (b. 1981, China) solo exhibition at Edouard Malingue Gallery ‘There is a place with four suns in the sky - red, white, blue and yellow’, which takes its titular inspiration from a line in Carl Sagan’s seminal 1973 book ‘The Cosmic Connection: An Extraterrestrial Perspective’ that relates to the spectacular cosmos. Focusing on the possible existence of more advanced civilisations and their distribution across our local galaxy as well as the universe, the text pins Wang’s interest in extending space and time as far as possible whilst integrating these spectrums amidst the trivial. A graduate from the China Academy of Art Oil Painting Department in Hangzhou, Wang treats the ... More

USF Contemporary Art Museum presents: Extracted
TAMPA, FLA.- Growing consensus among scientists suggests that we live in a new geological epoch characterized by humankind’s impact on Earth: the Anthropocene. This impact is evidenced in part by remainders of fossil fuel production and consumption, petrochemical use, industrial agriculture and mining. Extracted brings together a group of artists whose work investigates the extraction of natural resources, and the material and cultural circulation of such resources around the globe. Participating artists: Mary Mattingly, Otobong Nkanga, Claire Pentecost, David Zink Yi and Marina Zurkow. Extracted is curated by USFCAM Curator Megan Voeller and organized by USFCAM. Mary Mattingly binds her personal possessions into sculptures that invite viewers to consider objects, their lives and their entwinement with ours as consumers within a globalized ... More

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