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Exhibition in Turin celebrates the most important family of Flemish artists

The works on display tell the story – over a period of more than 150 years – of five generations working during the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries, and analyse the realist revolution championed by the brilliant founder of the family, Pieter Brueghel the Elder, followed by his sons Pieter Brueghel the Younger – who echoed his father's success with works such as the Outdoor Wedding Dance (1610 circa) and The Bird Trap (1601) – and Jan Brueghel the Elder, also called the "Velvet" Brueghel for the extraordinary perfection of his brushwork.

TURIN.- The exhibition is dedicated to the Brueghel dynasty, inventors of a way of painting that quickly became the "trademark" of excellence in painting in a dynasty active for more than two centuries. Following its major success in Bologna, the exhibition is on view in the Rooms of the Arts of the Reggia di Venaria from 21 September 2016 to 19 February 2017. The works on display tell the story – over a period of more than 150 years – of five generations working during the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries, and analyse the realist revolution championed by the brilliant founder of the family, Pieter Brueghel the Elder, followed by his sons Pieter Brueghel the Younger – who echoed his father's success with works such as the Outdoor Wedding Dance (1610 circa) and The Bird Trap (1601) – and Jan Brueghel the Elder, also called the "Velvet" Brueghel for the extraordinary ... More

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Exhibition at Gagosian presents depictions of the human body   Culture Minister steps in to prevent Titian study from export   Tate acquires its earliest work by a woman artist

Francis Picabia, Nu de Do, 1942-1944. Oil on paperboard, mounted on wood, 41 1/4 × 29 1/2 inches (104.8 × 74.9 cm) © 2016 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / ADAGP, Paris. Courtesy Gagosian.

NEW YORK, NY.- “Nude: From Modigliani to Currin” presents depictions of the human body from the eve of modernism to the present day. From Paul Cézanne’s Baigneurs (c. 1890–95) and Baigneurs Debout (1876), and Edvard Munch’s harrowing Madonna (1895–97) to Charles Ray’s Young Man (2012), this exhibition considers the nude as an infinitely suggestive material and form. With the rise of modernism—exemplified here by works including Pablo Picasso’s Nue endormie (1932) and Amedeo Modigliani’s Nue couché aux bras levés (1916)—representations of the human body moved away from the idealized and romantic towards fragmented, erotic distortions that reflected shifting ideas about human psychology and perception. Marcel Duchamp’s iconoclastic Nude Descending a Staircase (1912), represented here by a ... More

Titian, Study of a Kneeling Man.

LONDON.- Culture Minister Matt Hancock has placed a temporary export bar on a rare drawing by Titian to provide an opportunity to keep it in the country. The drawing, Study of a Kneeling Man, is at risk of being exported from the UK unless a buyer can be found to match the asking price of £4.4 million (plus VAT of £81,400). It is one of only nine drawings by Titian in the UK. Experts believe it is a preparatory drawing for the first version of Pentecost, which was a painting commissioned for the church of Santo Spirito in Isola in 1529. However, Titian made little progress and in 1541 the monks had to remind him of the commission. By 1543 the paint had already begun peeling from his work and when the monks complained, Titian removed the original version and painted another from scratch. The original Pentecost has never been found. The study was drawn in black chalk on blue paper, a technique made popular by Titian, and later adopted by Venetian artists, such ... More

Joan Carlile, Portrait of an Unknown Lady 1650-5.

LONDON.- Following extensive ongoing research to enhance the representation of women artists across British art history, Tate has acquired a rare painting, Portrait of an Unknown Lady 1650-5 by Joan Carlile, thought to be the first woman in Britain to work as a professional portrait painter in oil. The portrait is one of only a small number of surviving works known to be by the artist. This new acquisition is the earliest work by a woman artist to enter the collection. The work is one of a group of major acquisitions of British art for Tate’s collection announced today. An exceptional work of early British Impressionism by William Stott of Oldham, Le Passeur (The Ferry) 1882 has been acquired with funds provided by the Heritage Lottery Fund, Art Fund and The Hintze Family Charitable Foundation. Stott was a central figure in the early phase of British Impressionism and this work is widely regarded as the crowning achievement of his caree ... More

International collectors come out in droves for the first part of the sale of the collection of Robert de Balkany   Israel Antiquities Authority archaeologists find a fisherman's house on the beach in Ashkelo   Ai Weiwei covers the façade of the Palazzo Strozzi with 22 lifeboats for his first Italian retrospective

Sale totals €13.3 million / $15 million/ £11.5 million with 95 % of lots sold. Photo: Sotheby's.

PARIS.- International collectors came out in droves to testify to the extraordinary eye and taste of the great French collector Robert de Balkany (1931-2015). In the first of three sales at Sotheby’s in Paris, collectors, art dealers and institutions from across the globe (including the US, Europe, Russia, Asia and the Middle East) registered their intention to bid on masterpieces of Decorative Arts and Old Masters paintings from Robert de Balkany’s Paris residence, the Hôtel de Feuquières in Saint-Germain-des-Prés. The sale had been preceded by an exhibition which attracted over 3,000 visitors. Assembled over 50 years, this exceptional ensemble represents one of the most significant collections of Decorative Art and Old Master paintings ever to appear at auction in France. Yesterday’s sale was led by the Borghese-Windsor Cabinet - the most important Roman cabinet ever to have come onto the market – which sold to The J. ... More

The excavation was carried out for the Ashkelon municipality, at the initiative of the Ashkelon Economic Company, in an area where a new neighborhood is slated to be constructed in the northern part of city. Photo: Clara Amit.

JERUSALEM.- Young residents of Ashkelon and the vicinity who were employed by the Israel Antiquities Authority in an archaeological excavation in the city, recently uncovered buildings that were once used by local inhabitants that were engaged in fishing along the Mediterranean coast. The excavation was carried out for the Ashkelon municipality, at the initiative of the Ashkelon Economic Company, in an area where a new neighborhood is slated to be constructed in the northern part of city. As part of a project being led by the Israel Antiquities Authority aimed at educating young people about their past, dozens of boys and girls were engaged in challenging and fascinating work, in revealing the coastal city’s past. According to the excavation directors, Federico Kobrin and Haim Mamliya, ... More

Ai Weiwei, Reframe, 2016. PVC plastic, PC plastic, rubber. Photo: Alessandro Moggi.

FLORENCE.- This autumn, Palazzo Strozzi in Florence will present Italy's first major retrospective dedicated to Ai Weiwei, one of the world's most celebrated and influential contemporary artists, curated by Arturo Galansino, Director General of the Fondazione Palazzo Strozzi. Visitors to the Palazzo will be greeted by Reframe, an architectural intervention covering the 2 main façades of the building with 22 bright orange life-boats. A project that draws the attention to the lives of the refugees who daily risk their lives to reach Europe by crossing the Mediterranean Sea. The installation ensures a direct introduction to the practice of this dissident Chinese artist. Ai Weiwei is known world-wide as much for his challenging contemporary art practice as for his political activism. The full exhibition will chart the artist’s practice from the ‘80s to date, and will include key video works, assemblage and installation pieces from ... More

First one-person exhibition of Suellen Rocca's work in New York on view at Matthew Marks   Extensive exhibition of French artist Bertrand Lavier's work opens at Kunstmuseum Liechtenstein   Whitechapel Gallery presents a major exhibition of work by artist William Kentridge

Suellen Rocca, Bare Shouldered Beauty, 1965. Oil on canvas. 83 1/4 x 59 3/4 inches 213 x 158 cm. © Suellen Rocca, Courtesy Matthew Marks Gallery.

NEW YORK, NY.- Matthew Marks announces Suellen Rocca: Bare Shouldered Beauty, Works from 1965 to 1969, the new exhibition in his gallery at 523 West 24th Street. The first one-person exhibition of the artist’s work in New York, it includes twenty-five paintings, drawings, and objects from the years Rocca showed with the Hairy Who, a group of six Chicago-based artists who organized five now-legendary exhibitions between 1966 and 1969. Several works from these Hairy Who exhibitions are on view. Suellen Rocca’s work is characterized by an ecstatic approach to representation, mixing human figures with wordplay and vernacular imagery. It is notable for its unique visual language: a vocabulary of pictographic imagery inspired by advertisements, consumer catalogues, and children’s activity books. In Bare Shouldered Beauty and the Pink ... More

Bertrand Lavier, Walt Disney Production 1947–2014 nº 11, 2014, courtesy of the artist and Massimo De Carlo, Milano/London, photo: Todd White © 2016, ProLitteris, Zürich.

VADUZ.- Kunstmuseum Liechtenstein is mounting the most extensive exhibition of French artist Bertrand Lavier (* 1949) in the German-speaking world to date. Lavier counts among the most formative figures in the development of French art since the late 1970s and is highly respected internationally. He finds the subject of his work in the dynamic context between high culture and pop culture. His oeuvre is intelligent and original, visually attractive and possessed of subtle wit. Lavier gained international fame with his paintings on pictures and objects and with his Superpositions, works created by setting objects from the world of commodities on top of each other. Over the years Lavier has begun a number of other groups of works, that he develops in parallel on an ongoing ... More

Installation view. Photo: Doug Peters.

LONDON.- The exhibition titled Thick Time is curated by Iwona Blazwick, Whitechapel Gallery Director and is the artist’s first major public solo presentation in the UK in over 15 years. William Kentridge (b.1955, Johannesburg) is one of South Africa’s pre-eminent artists, globally acclaimed for his drawings, films, lecture performances and opera and theatre productions. His work draws on varied sources, including philosophy, literature and early cinema to create intricate art works and spellbinding environments in which he explores theories of time and relativity, the history of colonialism and the aspirations and failures of revolutionary politics. William Kentridge: Thick Time features six works created between 2003 and 2016 – including two of the artist’s immersive audio-visual installations, The Refusal of Time (2012) and O Sentimental Machine (2015), which have never previously been exhibited in the UK. The exhib ... More

Checkmate: Games of international art on view at Cortesi Gallery   Helaine Blumenfeld's first exhibition at new gallery space   Winner of the Archibald Prize People's Choice Award 2016 announced

Tano Festa, Particolare della finestra, 1965, enamel and mixed media on canvas, 100 x 81 cm. Courtesy: Cortesi Gallery, London-Lugano. Photo by Bruno Bani.

LONDON.- Cortesi Gallery is presenting Checkmate. Games of International Art from the Sixties to Now, a group exhibition featuring works by Alberto Biasi, Alighiero Boetti, Agostino Bonalumi, Enrico Castellani, Tony Cragg, Piero Dorazio, Tano Festa, Joseph Kosuth, Heinz Mack, Giulio Paolini, Jesús-Rafael Soto, Grazia Varisco. Checkmate proposes a critical journey to discover the capacity of art to confound viewers, both visually and conceptually. Not only can an artwork surprise with the provocation of its forms, but it also creates short-circuits among different elements, thus revealing further levels of interpretation that challenge ideas of space, time and language. The exhibition plays on multiple significances, starting from its title, which could refer to a checkered board, a grid that the artist uses to organise intuition within the parameters of language; or a ... More

Helaine Blumenfeld OBE, Two Sides of a Woman, Marble, 2016, Henryk Hetflaisz, Courtesy Hignell Gallery.

LONDON.- Hignell Gallery announces ​Hard Beauty, an exhibition which presents a personal portrait of the​ career of ​sculptor Helaine Blumenfeld OBE. Curated by Director Abby Hignell, Hard Beauty ​is being held across two floors of the gallery space in Shepherd’s Market, Mayfair, from 22 September to 27 November 2016. The exhibition offers a new insight into Blumenfeld’s impact on contemporary sculpture at a pivotal moment in her career, where she joins a new gallery space and creates work that speaks to this daring change. The exhibition features new pieces in bronze, marble and terracotta​. Moments of uncertainty and change have punctuated her career - allowing vulnerability to lead to opportunity. Blumenfeld continues to take risks in her work and career that imbue her sculpture with an energy and vitality resonant of the artist herself. Examining the narrative arc of Blumenfeld’s career, & ... More

People’s Choice Award winning portrait: Nick Stathopoulos Deng acrylic and oil on linen © the artist Photo: © AGNSW, Mim Stirling.

SYDNEY.- Sydney artist and Archibald Prize veteran Nick Stathopoulos is the winner of the 2016 Archibald Prize People’s Choice award with his hyper-real portrait of Sudanese refugee and lawyer, Deng Adut. Stathopoulos’s portrait of Adut is his fifth finalist entry in the esteemed Archibald Prize. It is the first time Stathopoulos has won the People’s Choice Award. The portrait of Adut is a clear winner this year, unlike the 2015 People’s Choice winner when three works vied week after week for the prize before being awarded to artist Bruno Jean Grasswill with his subject, Australian actor Michael Caton. Stathopoulos said the portrait took more than four months to complete – more time than he has ever spent on any single painting. “I’m actually a very traditional practitioner by choice. I’ve spent my entire life developing my style and process. What I do is time-consuming, ... More

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Virginia Chihota's second solo exhibition at Tiwani Contemporary on view in London
LONDON.- Tiwani Contemporary is presenting Virginia Chihota’s second solo exhibition at the gallery. New, unseen works are being exhibited, including large monoprints which explore and test the relationship between printmaking and painting, breaking out from the immediate constraints of the printing screen. The exhibition title, Come Forth As Gold makes reference to a passage in the Old Testament Book of Job, in which Job, considering his plight, compares himself to gold that is tried in a crucible and comes forth purer following the application of fire, serving to separate every particle of impurity or alloy and leaving only the pure metal. The notion of rebirth following self-reflection is central to the exhibition. In recent years, Chihota has submitted her life, particularly her recent experience of marriage and motherhood, to thoughtful observation, producing a body of work of striking ... More

Fancy Intense Blue diamond sells for £2.32 million at Bonhams London
LONDON.- Bonhams kicks off the fine jewellery autumn season selling Kashmir sapphires, Harry Winston diamonds and signed jewellery for dazzling prices A rare blue diamond and pair of Kashmir sapphires caught the eye of global buyers at Bonhams Fine Jewellery sale this week (20th September 2016). The star of the sale was a very rare oval-cut blue diamond. Weighing 3.81 carats, the Fancy Intense Blue diamond hails from a private British collection and sold for £2,322,500 ($792,450 per carat). Jean Ghika, Head of Jewellery for Bonhams UK & Europe, explains: “Blue diamonds account for only 0.004% of all diamonds mined and are therefore exceptionally rare and remain highly sought after. The price achieved in today’s auction demonstrates that the global appetite for coloured diamonds remains as buoyant as ever.” Bonhams has an impressive track record in selling ... More

The Museum of Contemporary Art of Georgia opens two exhibitions
ATLANTA, GA.- The Museum of Contemporary Art of Georgia announces the opening reception for Nothing Ventured Nothing Gained and Land Inhabited and the works of Baldwin Lee. The opening and exhibitions will take place in the upper level galleries at MOCA GA. Exhibition dates are September 23 – November 19, 2016. The opening reception for both will be Thursday, September 22, 2016 from 6:30 – 8:30 pm. MOCA GA will present Nothing Ventured Nothing Gained, an exhibition of recent work by Atlanta-based artist Jill Frank. Jill Frank’s photographic work navigates the various social settings in which young people interact in the southern United States. Documenting chaotic activities such as drinking games and wet-tshirt contests, Frank's portraits and mise-en-scènes are nonetheless remarkably serious. Exhibiting in Atlanta for the first time, Frank has reproduced ... More

Solo exhibition of work by David Rickard opens at Copperfield
LONDON.- Copperfield, London is presenting, O, a solo exhibition by David Rickard (b. New Zealand 1975) which engages with our perception of self and the world beyond. The zero point between the internal and external is a curious place. In terms of painting, the 'picture plane' supposedly exists exactly between the space in front of and receding into a painting. Extending this concept in terms of self, the exhibition places the viewer squarely between what is perceived to be external in the work 'C', and internal in the work, 'I'. The title of the central video installation, 'C', refers simultaneously to the symbol for the speed of light and to the digital shorthand for the word 'see'. Programmed to bend and abstract footage of a seascape, the waves now wash onto an endless central shore. As digital advertising becomes increasingly prevalent as a means of visual communication, ... More

High Museum of Art announces reduced admission price
ATLANTA, GA.- Beginning Oct. 1, 2016, Atlanta’s High Museum of Art will introduce a reduced admission price, enabling all visitors ages 6 and above to enjoy the museum for the single price of $14.50. Admission for children 5 and under will remain free. The price change is part of the High’s ongoing commitment to making its collections, exhibitions and programs accessible to a broader public. The new admission fee will provide access to all galleries and temporary exhibitions, plus programs including weekly Toddler Thursdays, monthly First Fridays and Friday Jazz events, and weekend family tours, among others. “As an organization committed to inclusivity, connectivity and continued growth, our new, reduced admission price supports all of these core goals. We hope it will play a role in encouraging the broadest possible public participation, allow us to reduce a potential ... More

Exhibition presents works produced by Mimmo Rotella
MILAN.- Cardi Gallery, Milan is presenting Mimmo Rotella. Blanks, an exhibition dedicated to a selection of works produced by Mimmo Rotella from the beginning of 1980s. If with the décollages, realized tearing posters taken directly from the street, the artist had discovered the infinite possibilities of the popular image, with the blanks (also called ‘coperture’) he set out to explore the temporal and linguistic limits of this mode of communication. The street and the city were once again sources of inspiration for the artist that, wondering around Milan, discovered that the posters were covered up by monochrome pieces of paper when the time of their display on the city walls was over. Fascinated by the hidden message, obliterated by a quite anonymous paper, he started to create the blanks: a procedure that ... More

'Fancy Animal Carnival' debuts on Broadway pedestrian plazas in New York City's Garment District
NEW YORK, NY.- The Garment District Alliance unveiled Fancy Animal Carnival, 11 large-scale fantastical sculptures created by renowned, highly respected contemporary Taiwanese artist, Hung Yi. The public art installation will captivate New Yorkers and visitors alike with its vibrant, astonishing presence on Broadway in the Garment District. The sculptures – which were brought to New York City by Emmanuel Fremin Gallery (New York) and InSian Gallery (Taiwan) – occupy the Garment District pedestrian plazas on Broadway from 36th to 41st Streets. The installation is free and will be open to the public through April. Each of the 11 animal sculptures represents a narrative, expressed through traditional Taiwanese symbols and motifs believed to bring luck. The painted patterns reflect on folk culture and religion, as well as the artist’s personal experiences and observations ... More

'L.A. Confidential' director Curtis Hanson dead at 71
LOS ANGELES (AFP).- Oscar-winning filmmaker Curtis Hanson died on Tuesday at his home in the Hollywood hills, leaving an acclaimed portfolio which includes neo-noir crime thriller "L.A. Confidential." He was 71. The Los Angeles Police Department said officers visited Hanson's home for a "death investigation" and Hanson was pronounced dead at the scene, apparently of natural causes. A Reno, Nevada native, Hanson began his film career in 1970 working on the adapted screenplay of "The Dunwich Horror." His other screenwriting credits include "Sweet Kill," "The Silent Partner," "Never Cry Wolf" and "The Bedroom Window." His fledgling directorial career began taking off with the 1992 thriller "The Hand That Rocks the Cradle" and he made "The River Wild" two years later. He is best known for directing a star-studded ensemble ... More

Mali unveils restored mosque nearly destroyed by jihadists
TIMBUKTU (AFP).- The doors of a revered 15th-century mosque hacked apart by jihadists in Mali's ancient city of Timbuktu four years ago were unveiled on Monday restored to their former glory. The "secret door" of the Sidi Yahia mosque in the fabled caravan city fell victim to a spree of destruction in 2012 by Al-Qaeda-linked Ansar Dine, one of several radical Islamist groups which seized key northern cities that year. Around 100 Malian political and religious leaders, diplomats and representatives from world heritage body UNESCO gathered for a ceremony, held with a heavy security presence, an AFP journalist at the scene reported. "This is a very important day," said the mosque's imam, Alphadi Wandara. "Since (the days) of our forefathers, for centuries the door has been like that: closed." Muslim prayers were recited for the mosque, which has been on UNESCO's list of world ... More

New paintings by Adam Dix on view at Eleven
LONDON.- Eleven presents new paintings by Adam Dix in 'All Are Welcome.' Dix distills the social origins of communication through religion, folklore and national pageantry. He investigates the collective consciousness of past and present societies, exploring how we utilise social systems to create unity with one another. 'All Are Welcome' refers to unification through both traditional and contemporary ways of connecting. Traditional realms for networking within communities may have developed at a church or village green, acting as a stage where the community physically comes together to strengthen common ideals. Modern societies’ methods of connecting have shifted towards creating a unifying experience through our screens. We are homogenised and alone together. However symbolically, the ways we have evolved to communicate offer us the same sense ... More

Trust Issues: A group exhibition on view at Ronchini Gallery
LONDON.- Ronchini Gallery is presenting Trust Issues, a group exhibition curated by Ryan Steadman featuring new work by the American artists: Arielle Falk, Samuel Levi Jones, Augustus Nazzaro, Rachel Rossin and Rose Salane, all of which are being exhibited at Ronchini Gallery for the first time. Trust Issues is a show about the inherent fallacy of today’s mass media. Before the Information Age, the media was seen as an objective think tank that nevertheless ignored viewpoints outside its jurisdiction—as well as minority viewpoints within it. The internet, and social media in particular, exposed the factional nature of these institutions, and the media as we'd known it was splintered into thousands of partisan players who were forced to become servile to monetary interests. These biases are more transparent than ever, but the public is often left with more information ... More

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