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The Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek presents a visual narrative of 150 years of art

Éduard Manet, The Execution og the Emperor Maximillian, 1867 (detail). Oil on canvas. On long-term loan from the National Gallery of Denmark.

COPENHAGEN.- Manet, Degas, Monet, Cézanne, van Gogh, Gauguin… the Glyptotek’s collection of French painting contains works by some of the greatest figures in art, just as it covers one of the most hectic epochs in art history. With over 200 works the exhibition displays the artistic diversity which developed in France in the years 1800-1950. Through a “reverse chronology” presentation of famous masterpieces and rarely seen major works the exhibition presents a visual narrative of 150 years of art, all of it suffused with intensity and invention. From the Romantic Period up to the Second World War France was the meeting point for the most innovative vanguard of artists. The accelerating modernity and cultural broad-mindedness of Paris as well as the attraction of rural settings in the provinces was the perfect climate for the most pioneering European avant-garde. French Painting bears witness to the fact that art in this p ... More

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Restoration of the edicule covering the tomb of Christ now complete   The Art Basel and UBS Global Art Market Report: Key findings   Stroll in Emperor Nero's garden with Rome virtual tour


The Edicule, after restoration.

NEW YORK, NY.- The Greek Orthodox, Armenian, and Franciscan communities today unveiled the restoration of the Edicule surrounding the Tomb of Christ, inside the Church of the Holy Sepulchre. “This is a historic moment of collaboration between the major Christian communities, and others around the world, to ensure the preservation of the unique for Christianity, Holy Place of Anastasis,” stated His Beatitude Theophilos III, Greek Orthodox Patriarch of Jerusalem. Joshua David, President and CEO of World Monuments Fund, stated: “It is thanks to the great generosity and inspirational vision of WMF Trustee Mica Ertegun, and her catalytic leadership gift, that this extraordinary project has been realized. Mica’s passion for the project inspired another Trustee, Jack Shear, to make a subsequent contribution for the project.” Mrs. Ertegun commented: “I wanted people to come together to preserve this holy site which ... More
 

Globally: The art market achieved total sales of an estimated $56.6 billion in 2016, down 11% from 2015.

HONG KONG.- Art Basel and UBS today launched the first Art Basel and UBS Global Art Market Report. The Art Market 2017 analyzes today's international art market. Written by renowned cultural economist Dr Clare McAndrew, Founder of Arts Economics, the report covers macro-economic trends within the industry, spanning the dealer and auction markets as well as the online sphere. The full report is free to download as of today on the Art Basel website. A continuation of Dr Clare McAndrew's extensive research into this field, the report begins with a discussion of estimated global sales, including the key benchmark statistics on global transaction values, volumes and geographic market shares. It then continues in successive chapters by analyzing the dealer and auction segments, online sales, art sectors (by periods), as well as global wealth trends and economic impact ... More
 

Visitors look around one of the rooms of the Domus Aurea. ANDREAS SOLARO / AFP.

ROME (AFP).- It's a breathtaking view and you can almost smell the lavender: visitors to Rome can now stroll through Emperor Nero's Golden House and sumptuous gardens thanks to a new virtual tour. Only a section remains of the vast landscaped palace which once stood in the middle of the ancient city, its walls decorated with gold-leaf, ivory and gemstones, among gardens boasting vineyards, pastures, woods and an artificial lake. Treasures looted in Eastern cities were displayed in the complex of porticoes and rooms built by Nero after the great fire of Rome in 64 A.D. had razed the aristocratic dwellings in the area. On his death, Nero's successors did not take long to scrap the palace, building the Colosseum for gladiator battles on his ornamental lake in 70 AD, filling the Golden House with earth, and erecting the Baths of Trajan on top in 109 AD. The complex was lost for centuries, ... More


The Louvre-Lens opens first retrospective in forty years dedicated to the Le Nain brothers   New stamps tell the story of the De Stijl art movement   The Museum of Modern Art launches free online course, In The Studio: Postwar Abstract Painting


Antoine Le Nain, Portrait of Henri de Lorraine, comte d’Harcourt (1601-1666), C. 1638-1640. Oil on copper. H. 0,19 ; L. 0,15. Paris, private collection © Philippe Fuzeau.

LENS.- Painting prodigies all three, the Le Nain brothers were some of the most important French artists of the 17th century, along with Nicolas Poussin and Georges de La Tour. Their paintings have been purchased by significant historical figures such as Catherine the Great of Russia, and are now sought after by the major international museums. Due to the rarity and fragility of these masterpieces, this is the first retrospective in the world dedicated to the Le Nain brothers for over 40 years. The Louvre-Lens exhibition brings together an extraordinary collection of 72 paintings, including 55 of the 75 paintings attributed to the brothers. The exhibition hosts important loans from private collections and major European, Russian and U.S. institutions. The work of the Le Nain brothers is one of the greatest mysteries of 17th-century French painting. Antoine, Louis and ... More
 

The stamps are designed by graphic design studio PutGootink and depict works by De Stijl artists and architects.

THE HAGUE.- On Monday 27 March, PostNL will issue the De Stijl Centennial stamp sheetlet, celebrating this influential 20th century Dutch art movement. The stamps feature iconic works by Theo van Doesburg, Piet Mondriaan, Cornelis van Eesteren, Gerrit Rietveld and J.J.P. Oud. As artist, designer or architect, all are important representatives of De Stijl. At the Gemeentemuseum Den Haag, mayor Pauline Krikke received today the first issue of the De Stijl Centennial stamps from Herna Verhagen, CEO of PostNL. The PostNL head office is currently also decorated in the De Stijl Centennial style, inspired by Piet Mondriaan’s Victory Boogie Woogie. In this way, PostNL supports the celebration of the national theme year ‘Mondriaan to Dutch Design’ in The Hague. Mayor Pauline Krikke is honoured that the first stamp sheetlet was issued in The Hague. “It’s extraordinary that, with these stamps and the decoration of the ... More
 

Instructor Corey D’Augustine demonstrates the materials and techniques of Willem de Kooning. © 2017 The Museum of Modern Art.

NEW YORK, NY.- The Museum of Modern Art launches the massive open online course In the Studio: Postwar Abstract Painting, available now on Coursera. This course offers an in-depth, hands-on look at the materials, techniques, and approaches of seven New York School artists: Willem de Kooning, Yayoi Kusama, Agnes Martin, Barnett Newman, Jackson Pollock, Ad Reinhardt, and Mark Rothko. In the Studio: Postwar Abstract Painting can be found at coursera.org/learn/painting. Through studio demonstrations and gallery walkthroughs, participants will form a deeper understanding of what a studio practice means, learn how ideas develop from close looking, and gain a sensitivity to the physical qualities of paint. Readings and other resources will round out learners’ understanding, providing broader cultural, intellectual, and historical context about the decades after World War II, when ... More


Banksy's West Bank hotel opens doors to first guests   Exhibition of photographs by Alexey Titarenko opens at Nailya Alexander Gallery   Fire damages historic Ottoman mosque in Greece


Guests wait to check-in at the Walled-Off Hotel, Banksy's newly opened hotel, in the Israeli occupied West Bank town of Bethlehem, on March 20, 2017. HAZEM BADER / AFP.

BETHLEHEM (AFP).- Secretive British street artist Banksy's hotel next to Israel's separation wall welcomed its first guests on Monday, two weeks after its surprise launch. The Walled-Off Hotel in Bethlehem is only four metres (yards) from the controversial wall which cuts through the occupied West Bank, and all the rooms face it. The nine rooms, which Banksy described as having the "worst view of any hotel in the world," range from $30 for a bunk bed in one room to $965 per night for the presidential suite. Guests, who will each put down a $1,000 deposit to ward off theft of the dozens of new Banksy works on the walls, began arriving in the early afternoon. Paul Smith from the British city of Bristol, where Banksy is also said to be from, said he flew in especially to visit the hotel. "It's bizarre -- I feel like I am in a painting." He said he didn't much care for some of Banksy's recent work but was excited by this project. "I feel like ... More
 

Alexey Titarenko, Couple with Umbrella, New York, 2014 (detail). Gelatin silver print, printed by the artist. Edition 10/25, 7 x 7 in. (17.8 x 17.8 cm). Signed, titled, dated, and editioned on verso.

NEW YORK, NY.- Nailya Alexander Gallery presents Alexey Titarenko: The City is a Novel, on view Wednesday, March 22 through Saturday, May 20. Born in 1962 in Leningrad, now St. Petersburg, Alexey Titarenko has been taking photographs for over thirty years, in four major cities: St. Petersburg, Venice, Havana, and New York. Alexey Titarenko: The City is a Novel brings together, for the first time, prints from every phase of Titarenko’s career, including rarely exhibited photomontages from the his first major series, Nomenclature of Signs; key photographs from his groundbreaking series City of Shadows; and never-before-seen work produced within the past year. The exhibition takes its title from Titarenko’s monograph of the same name, published in 2015 by Damiani editore and selected by the Wall Street Journal as one of the best photobooks of the year. Signed copies of the sold-out book will ... More
 

Flames rise in the building of the historic 15th century Ottoman mosque in Didymoteicho. AFP.

THESSALONIKI (AFP).- A fire during restoration works has caused serious damage to an historic 15th century Ottoman mosque in Didymoteicho, northeastern Greece, local officials said Wednesday. "For the moment there is no indication that arson was involved," Nathanail Rigas, head firefighter of the Thrace region bordering Turkey, told AFP. Rigas said restoration work could have sparked the fire at the Bayezid mosque. He added an investigation had begun and would rule nothing out. The Greek ministry of culture lamented the damage to "a very important part of the country's cultural heritage" while underlining Athens' determination to complete restoration work begun last year with EU financial support. Didymoteicho mayor Paraskevas Patsouridis said the mosque's ornate oak roof sustained "serious damage" from the fire, which broke out in the early hours and was tackled by more than 50 firefighters. Patsouridis said no work had been going on at the site when the blaze started around 0100 GMT. ... More


National Portrait Gallery stages first exhibition of Howard Hodgkin's portraits   Alison Jacques Gallery opens second solo exhibition at the gallery by Irma Blank   Group exhibition at James Cohan explores traditional perspectival space


Portrait of the artist by Howard Hodgkin, 1984-87 (detail); Private Collection. © Howard Hodgkin.


LONDON.- The National Portrait Gallery is staging the first exhibition devoted to the portraits of the British painter Howard Hodgkin. The exhibition includes unseen and new works. Howard Hodgkin: Absent Friends is the first exhibition to focus on Hodgkin's portraits. This important aspect of Hodgkin's work has been largely overlooked because his work appears abstract. However, the exhibition shows the breadth and nature of Hodgkin's long-standing engagement with portraiture. With over 55 works from collections around the world and dating from 1949 to the present, the exhibition shows the development of Hodgkin's portraits, exploring his important contribution to our understanding of what constitutes a portrait and examining key themes within the artist's work: colour, memory, emotion, process and imagination. Hodgkin's art can be seen as providing memorials for people, many of whom are friends, whose absence is ... More
 

Irma Blank, Ur-schrift ovvero Avant-testo, 2-5-01, 2001. Ballpoint pen on polyester on wooden stretcher, diptych, 16 x 24 cm, 6 1/4 x 9 1/2 ins each 32 x 24 cm, 12 5/8 x 9 1/2 ins overall. © the artist, courtesy Alison Jacques Gallery.

LONDON.- Alison Jacques Gallery presents the second solo exhibition at the gallery by Irma Blank (b. 1934, Celle, Germany). This exhibition comprises selections from two major bodies of work - the Avant-testo series (begun in the late 1990s) and the Global Writings series (2000 to present). Blank's work will feature in the forthcoming 57th Venice Biennale, curated by Christine Macel. Since the late 1960s, Blank's singular production has focused on the recording of time as gesture. In her drawings and paintings time is inscribed as a material record of life through the material traces of the artist's labour. Located between drawing and writing, the work evokes the space of the book but encompasses paintings on canvas and paper, screenprints and drawings in pastel, pencil and ink. Although Blank's work is structured in series with distinct ... More
 

Toyin Ojih Odutola, Manifesto, 2017. Charcoal, pastel and pencil on paper, 24 1/2 x 29 3/8 in. 62.2 x 74.5 cm. Courtesy of the Artists and James Cohan, New York.

NEW YORK, NY.- Vanishing Points explores traditional perspectival space, fragmentary spatial depictions, and a desktop-publishing aesthetic of leveling in the age of digital-image capture and analysis in works executed in a variety of media. The exhibition asks what does disrupted viewing look like? Can we envision art that addresses multiple racial, gendered, cultural and even digital identifications by playing with these constructions? The exhibition is deeply indebted to the austere eponymously-named exhibition of conceptual art staged at the Moderna Museet in 1984: the original Vanishing Points featured Robert Smithson and Ruth Vollmer among others. Thirty years later, Vanishing Points incorporates Smithson and Vollmer alongside a group of contemporary artists, whose work addresses entanglements of the geometric and the embodied. By circling back to Smithson and Vollmer, Vanishing Points ... More



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Heritage Auctions' 'Through the Modernist Lens' captures over $1.2 million for Art Deco, 20th century art
DALLAS, TX.- An expansive collection of art deco pieces that spanned the time from the Jazz Age through World War II highlighted the Art Deco and 20th Century Art Treasures, Through the Modernist Lens, auction conducted this past weekend by Heritage Auctions in Dallas. A strong sell-through rate of 85 percent by lot and 80 percent by dollar signaled the high interest in the wide variety of paintings and sculptures accumulated over four decades by a Hollywood collector. The total price realized for the auction was $1,235,738 with a large number of lots selling for well above estimate. The top-selling item was by American artist Charles Rollo Peters, whose Light Beyond the Trees, oil on canvas realized $57,500,more than five times the low estimate. The catalog cover lot, an oil on canvas by Glenn O. Coleman, The Empire State Building, sold for $40,000 ... More

Important Modern, Post-War and Contemporary prints offered April 10 by Heritage Auctions
DALLAS, TX.- Modern, Post-War and Contemporary prints, including works by Pablo Picasso, Joan Miró, Marc Chagall, Andy Warhol, Keith Haring, Jasper Johns, Roy Lichtenstein and many others, will be available at Heritage Auctions' April 10 Modern & Contemporary Prints & Multiples Signature Auction. The Dallas live and online sale will feature approximately 200 works by well-known artists at all estimate levels. "Thanks to the tremendous response from our consignment campaigns, we have expanded our Prints & Multiples category to include more live and online-only auctions this year. Our Valentine's Day online auction had an impressive 89 percent sell-through by lot and value, and we expect to see even more interest from bidders in our April 10 sale, which includes work by the world's leading printmakers," said Director Holly Sherratt. "With estimates ... More

Swedish artist Nathalia Edenmont's second U.S. exhibition opens at Nancy Hoffman Gallery
NEW YORK, NY.- Swedish artist Nathalia Edenmont’s second U.S. exhibition, “Fruitfulness,” opens on March 23 and continues through May 5. Included are fourteen monumental photographs, portraits of women with dresses constructed of fruits and vegetables, created over the last three years. “Fruitfulness” is the first showing of these works. Throughout art history the seasons have played a role in artists’ explorations, as has the subject of fertility and fecundity. Edenmont addresses both these themes with her unique approach and sensibility. Each of the fruits recalls a season of ripeness, a moment when nature yields a crop of tender grapes in the Fall, a bounty of green tomatoes for only two short weeks in Summer, or bright white asparagus in Spring. Without earth and worms, the harvest of fruits and vegetables would be impossible, and thus, the artist gives us ... More

Blondeau & Cie exhibits works by Rhona Bitner
GENEVA.- Following the exhibition STAGE in 2006, and the debut of LISTEN in 2011, Blondeau & Cie presents – on the occasion of the next Nuit des Bains on March 23rd in Geneva – an exhibition of Rhona Bitner, LISTEN: Imaging American Music, New Work. The exhibition assembles a selection of new work from her decade-long, encyclopedic project. The closing of the legendary New York club CBGB in 2006, after 33 pioneering years of hosting landmark concerts, was a call to action for Rhona Bitner: a challenge to use her lens to record the unmistakable sounds of rock ’n’ roll in the United States. In the ten years since, she has traveled to over 85 cities in 27 of the United States, visiting and photographing fabled sites including clubs, concert halls, arenas, fields, homes, churches and recording studios – the spaces in which the epic soundtrack of a generation is ... More

Hirschl and Adler opens exhibition of recent work by Andy Mister
NEW YORK, NY.- This exhibition of recent work by Andy Mister (b. 1979) continues his exploration of the boundary between mechanical and manual reproduction. Working with images appropriated from vintage photographs and deftly mimicking the Xerox-aesthetic of punk zines and album covers, Mister’s drawings question how meaning is created or lost through the act of “copying.” In Vanishing Point, the artist turns his attention away from the overtly political themes of his previous work and toward nature-based photography. Translating the grandeur and natural beauty of a landscape through a tough, dirty, printed aesthetic gives the works in this exhibition an incisive edge, like a conservationist’s message delivered with punk-rock urgency. Drawn completely freehand and made to replicate the look of a coarse, mechanically printed image, Mister’s drawings of landscapes ... More

Painting of George Washington's March to Valley Forge installed at Museum of the American Revolution
PHILADELPHIA, PA.- From textbooks to postage stamps and post cards, William Trego’s “The March to Valley Forge, December 19, 1777” is one of the most reproduced – and recognizable – images commemorating the Revolutionary War. The iconic work was recently installed at the Museum of the American Revolution and will be on display when the Museum opens on April 19. The oil painting, which measures 40 x 72 inches, was painted by Trego in Philadelphia in 1883 and exhibited at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, where he studied for three years under Thomas Eakins. It is made even more impressive by the fact that Trego’s hands were nearly paralyzed – possibly from polio – at the time that he painted it, forcing him to hold a paintbrush with one hand while guiding it with the other. The painting is in the Museum’s permanent collection. It was conserved ... More

'When I'm 64': Beatlemania blooms belatedly in Cuba
HAVANA (AFP).- While their American and European peers twisted and shouted to The Beatles in the 1960s, in Cuba childhood sweethearts Gisela and Hector kept their Beatlemania a naughty secret. Now, still Beatles-crazy after all these years, but with the communist island's Cold War-era censorship of rock music a thing of the past, they are making up for lost time. "We are very happy that Cuba is becoming reconciled to the Beatles," says Gisela, 64. She and Hector, 65, have decorated their home with pictures, posters and souvenirs dedicated to the British band. Whenever they can, they join crowds of fellow Cubans in their 60s and 70s, singing and dancing at the Yellow Submarine bar -- El Submarino Amarillo -- in downtown Havana. "This is not nostalgia," says the artistic director of the club, journalist Guillermo Vilar, 65. ... More

Street art revives divided Spanish village
FANZARA (AFP).- Fanzara is a small Spanish country village whose handful of mostly elderly residents were once so bitterly divided that their allegiance to one camp or the other determined which bar they frequented. So heated became the local tussle over plans to build a toxic waste dump that it aroused old Civil War-era rivalry and prompted neighbours to cross the street to avoid one another. But, today in Fanzara, the bad blood is almost forgotten and the village has been revived -- thanks to street artists from around the world. Tourists now flock to admire giant murals created by invited urban artists on the sides of buildings in the village, which has become an open-air art gallery. To the chimes of the village bell and dogs barking in the distance, Fanzara, some 80 kilometres (50 miles) north of the eastern port city of Valencia, has become a living canvas for colourful artwork. ... More

Mike Kelley Foundation awards artist project grants for the second year
LOS ANGELES, CA.- The Mike Kelley Foundation for the Arts announced today the 2017 recipients of its Artist Project Grants, an initiative in its second year which seeks to further Mike Kelley’s philanthropic work and honor his legacy by supporting innovative projects with artists at Los Angeles nonprofit institutions and organizations. Benefitting both artists and organizations, the grants support compelling and inventive projects in any medium, particularly work that is lesser-known or has proven difficult to make or fund. This year’s grantees are Human Resources/356 S. Mission Rd.; The Industry; La Plaza de Cultura y Artes; REDCAT (Roy and Edna Disney/CalArts Theater); The Society for the Activation of Social Space through Art and Sound (SASSAS); University Art Museum, California State University, Long Beach; Vincent Price Art Museum, and Pasadena Arts ... More

Prince Castle Auctions presents premier Asian art with distinguished US and European provenance
HOUSTON, TX.- Prince Castle Auctions will present a curated collection of Asian art and antiques on Saturday, April 1. The 120 cataloged lots – all offered with no reserve – have been carefully chosen from estate and family items from the United States, the UK and France. Absentee and Internet live bidding is available through LiveAuctioneers. The star attraction is Lot 45, an Imperial iron-red reverse-decorated dish having a Yongzheng mark and of the period. The 6.5-inch dish retains an original Christie's label and is from the collection of Mr. and Mrs. Charles Wilson, both originally from Britain and now retired and living in California. The Wilsons acquired most of their collection in London and Paris from the 1970s through the 1990s. Other outstanding piece collected by the Wilsons are Lot 52, a pair of Imperial iron-red dragon cup stands, Kangxi mark and of the pe ... More




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On a day like today, Russian painter Marc Chagall died
March 28, 1985. Marc Zaharovich Chagall (6 July O.S. 24 June] 1887 - 28 March 1985) was a Russian artist associated with several major artistic styles and one of the most successful artists of the 20th century. He was an early modernist, and created works in virtually every artistic medium, including painting, book illustrations, stained glass, stage sets, ceramic, tapestries and fine art prints. In this image: A picture of Marc Chagall with his family at their home in Vence in the south of France in April 1951. Behind him is his wife Virginian and their children David and Jane are at right and left. Chagall is one of the better-known modern artists. He was born in Witevsk, Russia, 7th July 1887.



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