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Cat mummies, animal statues discovered in Egypt sarcophagi

An Egyptian archaeologist cleans a bronze ancient Egyptian sitting cat statue during a demonstration of a new discovery made by an Egyptian archaeological mission through excavation work at an area located on the stony edge of King Userkaf pyramid complex in the Saqqara Necropolis, south of the capital Cairo, on November 10, 2018. KHALED DESOUKI / AFP.

CAIRO (AFP).- Seven sarcophagi, some dating back more than 6,000 years, have been discovered at a site on the edge of the pyramid complex in Saqqara, south of the Egyptian capital, archaeology officials announced Saturday. Antiquities Minister Khaled el-Enany said the discovery was made by an Egyptian archaeological mission during excavation work started in April. Three of the tombs had been used for cats, he said, while one of four other sarcophagi discovered at the site belonged to Khufu-Imhat, overseer of the buildings in the royal palace. Mostafa Waziri, head of Egypt's Supreme Council of Antiquities, said the mission had also unearthed the first mummies of scarabs to be found in the area. Two such mummies were found inside a rectangular limestone sarcophagus with a vaulted lid decorated with three scarabs painted in black, he said. Dozens of cat mummies were also unearthed along with 100 wooden, gilded statues of cats and one in bronze dedicated to the ... More

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Sotheby's announces highlights of their November offerings of Latin American Art   Christie's announces auction of Magnificent Jewels and the concurrent Jewels Online Auction   Galerie de Bellefeuille opens retrospective exhibition of the work of Guido Molinari

José Clemente Orozco, La Conquista, circa 1942. Estimate $600/800,000. Courtesy Sotheby's.

NEW YORK, NY.- On the heels of their strong results in May 2018 for works by Latin American artists, Sotheby’s shared highlights of our November offerings of Latin American Art, which will be presented across the marquee fall auctions of Impressionist & Modern and Contemporary Art from 12-15 November in New York. A superlative group of Modern masterworks by Mexican artists are on offer this season, led by paintings from Rufino Tamayo, Diego Rivera, David Alfaro Siqueiros and José Clemente Orozco, along with outstanding works by Fernando Botero and kinetic artists Jesús Rafael Soto and Carlos Cruz-Diez. Over 100 works on offer in the respective sales are now on public view in Sotheby’s York Avenue galleries through 15 November, as part of our exhibitions of Impressionist & Modern and Contemporary Art. Sotheby’s major offerings of Modern Latin American art are led ... More

Sensational Fancy Vivid Blue Diamond of 8.08 carats. Estimate: $13,000,000 – 18,000,000. Christie's Images Ltd 2018.

NEW YORK, NY.- Christie’s New York announces the December 5 auction of Magnificent Jewels and the concurrent Jewels Online Auction from November 28 to December 7. The auction includes a notable selection of colored diamonds, colorless diamonds, and gemstones, along with important signed pieces by Suzanne Belperron, René Boivin, Bulgari, Cartier, Harry Winston, Tiffany & Co., and Van Cleef & Arpels. The sale will offer over 370 lots, with estimates ranging from $10,000 to $13,000,000. The auction is led by a sensational Fancy Vivid Blue Diamond Ring of 8.08 carats by Bulgari ($13,000,000-18,000,000). This superb stone may be counted among the finest blue diamonds ever to have come to market. Among other top lots is a Fancy Intense Pink Heart-Shaped Diamond Pendant Necklace ... More

Guido Molinari, Mutation rouge-ocre, 1964.

MONTREAL.- Galerie de Bellefeuille, in collaboration with the Guido Molinari Foundation, presents a retrospective of the artist - a selection which include his works from 1951 to 2002: the gestural coloured canvases and black and whites from the 1950s; his dynamic spaces at the beginning of the 60s and the famous impressive vertical bands which would forge his reputation; his triangles and checkerboards of the early 70s; and at the end of that decade, the Quantificateurs which would occupy him for the rest of his career culminating in his Continuums series and his ultimate homage to Mallarmé. In addition to this outstanding selection of paintings, Molinari’s works on paper, watercolours, inks and silk screens round out this exceptional exhibition. For the last time, the Molinari Foundation has once again opened its vaults with the view of raising funds to fulfill its mission, which is to offer an exhibition space, not ... More

Bonhams and Turner Classic Movies present...The Dark Side of Hollywood   Ivens Machado's first exhibition in the U.S. opens at Andrew Kreps Gallery   Exhibition provides an intimate look at Toshio Yoshida's artistic production during the height of Gutai's activity

Bela Lugosi's Count Dracula cape from Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein. Universal International Pictures, 1948 (estimate on request). Photo: Bonhams.

NEW YORK, NY.- On November 20, Bonhams and TCM Present ... The Dark Side of Hollywood, an auction of more than 470 memorabilia, costumes, posters, and significant pieces of Hollywood history featuring Bela Lugosi's Count Dracula cape from Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein, Universal International Pictures, 1948 (estimate on request). The public exhibition is open from November 16-20. Unlike other films where pieces of the same item were made, there was only one Count Dracula cape for Bela Lugosi's Count Dracula character in Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein. This black satin cape with its huge 28-foot circumference was also included in Ed Wood's film, Orgy of the Dead (1965), worn by the actor and psychic known as Criswell, and Life Magazine featured the cape in its October 1981 issue, in which the museum of Clark Wilkinson, the ... More

Ivens Machado, Untitled, 2005. Iron, nylon mesh, and red bricks, 55 1/8 x 29 1/2 x 23 1/2 in (140 x 75 x 60 cm) Edition 1 of 5. Image courtesy of the Artist and Andrew Kreps Gallery, New York. Photo: Dawn Blackman.

NEW YORK, NY.- Andrew Kreps Gallery, in collaboration with Fortes D’Aloia & Gabriel and Acervo Ivens Machado, announces the first exhibition of the work of Ivens Machado in the United States. Emerging in the 1970s as part of a generation of artists that succeeded the Neoconcrete movement, Machado’s early career was set against the rise of Brazil’s military dictatorship. Often working with controversial themes of sexuality, violence, and repression, which he would explore throughout his life, Machado aimed to articulate the social tensions of his time through film, photography, drawing, and his primary medium of sculpture. Machado’s sculptures are at the core of the exhibition, dating from 1990 through 2007. Often brutalist in appearance, they incorporate raw construction materials such as steel, cement, rocks, wood, and wire, referencing architectural constructions and ... More

Toshio Yoshida, Untitled (54-6), 1954. Screw hooks and oil paint on wood, 24 5/8 x 16 3/4 x 1 3/4 inches (62.4 x 42.6 x 4.4 cm). © The Estate of Toshio Yoshida.

TOKYO.- Fergus McCaffrey is presenting a solo exhibition of paintings by Toshio Yoshida (1928–97), featuring three early bodies of work made by the innovative artist between 1953–63. Yoshida was one of the founding members of the Japanese avant-garde collective Gutai, and this exhibition provides an intimate look at Yoshida’s artistic production during the height of Gutai’s activity. This focused exhibition, which is on view from November 3 – December 29, 2018, marks Fergus McCaffrey’s first presentation of Yoshida’s work at the gallery’s Tokyo location. Beginning in the early 1950s, Yoshida abandoned traditional oil painting methodologies to experiment with radical materials and forms, following Gutai founder Jiro Yoshihara’s injunction to “do what has never been done before.” Yoshida’s earliest experiments reveal an imaginative, ambitious young artist: in a remarkable ear ... More

Friedrich Kunath's sixth solo exhibition with Blum & Poe on view in New York   Exhibition presents a multicultural perspective on the sensory experience of religious ritual in the ancient world   Gregor Hildebrandt creates a labyrinth of panels made with various media for exhibition at Perrotin

Friedrich Kunath, Promise, 2017-2018. Oil on canvas, 73 x 61 x 2 inches framed. © Friedrich Kunath, Courtesy of the artist and Blum & Poe, Los Angeles/New York/Tokyo.

NEW YORK, NY.- Blum & Poe is presenting One Man’s Ceiling is Another Man’s Floor, Friedrich Kunath’s sixth solo exhibition with the gallery. This show follows Kunath’s Frutti di Mare of 2017—a carpeted, scented, multi-room installation flecked with tie-died tube socks and outfitted with mirrored floors, a mechanical spinning canvas, and a vertical piano. By virtue of the natural balance of expansion and contraction, the psychedelic excess of Frutti di Mare in Los Angeles leads us to the composed, classic tone of One Man’s Ceiling is Another Man’s Floor presented in New York City. Or as Kunath put it, “That was my Sgt. Pepper’s, this is my Let It Be.” Kunath carries on his study of a dichotomous human condition—an exploration in happiness and sadness, romanticism, nostalgia, longing, the fetish of authenticity, and the myth of genius. This exhibition negotiates the facets ... More

Master of the Gubbio Cross, Double-Sided Processional Cross, ca. 1310. Tempera on panel. Yale University Art Gallery, Bequest of Maitland F. Griggs, b.a. 1896.

NEW HAVEN, CONN.- In the ancient world, religious rituals were multisensory experiences, filled with vibrantly colored representations of supernatural beings, resonant musical sounds, billowing clouds of incense, and the taste of food and drink. Sights and Sounds of Ancient Ritual considers the ways in which these rituals appealed to the senses through objects that would have drawn worshippers into closer proximity to divine forces. The exhibition brings together more than 80 works from the Yale University Art Gallery and the Yale Babylonian Collection at the Yale Peabody Museum of Natural History that span three millennia—from approximately 1500 B.C.E. to 1500 C.E.— and represent diverse traditions, including those of ancient Greece and Rome, Western Europe, Egypt, West Africa, the Near East, China, and Mesoamerica. The works on view depict gods and goddesses, illustrate aspects ... More

Gregor Hildebrandt, And I laugh as I drift in the wind (schwarze Sound Explosion), 2018. Cut vinyl records, acrylic, canvas, wood, 154 x 130 cm | 60.6 x 11.8 in. Courtesy of the artist and Perrotin.

NEW YORK, NY.- Gregor Hildebrandt uses audio as visual material. His work uses outmoded analogue recording technologies—the magnetic tape of cassettes, vinyl records—to create pieces that point beyond their sleek, reflective surfaces. Contemplating a work by Hildebrandt is a synaesethetic experience, as audio takes physical form. For his show at Perrotin, his 5th with the gallery, he has a created a labyrinth of panels made with various media. Hildebrandt’s interest in magnetic tape extends beyond its visual potential. His selection of the recordings contained therein is as carefully intended. The artist himself is inextricably at the center of his work; it documents his musical tastes as much as his lived experiences, given music’s associative power. A viewer’s familiarity with a recording used by Hildebrandt, something a work’s title might give away, affords an ... More

Anton Kern Gallery presents a film and sculptural installation by German artist John Bock   New exhibition in Glasgow celebrates life and work of visionary Scots filmmaker   'Venetian Series' prints by Howard Hodgkin focal point of Italy-inspired exhibition

John Bock, Dead + Juicy, 2017. Courtesy of the artist and Anton Kern Gallery.

NEW YORK, NY.- For their eighth exhibition with German artist John Bock, Anton Kern Gallery is presenting Dead + Juicy, a film and sculptural installation commissioned by The Contemporary Austin which premiered at the museum in 2017. Now staged in New York, the film runs alongside a series of re-envisioned installations spanning two floors. Referred to as “an uncanny musical” by the artist, the film follows the protagonist, Lisa as she interacts with a cast of outsized characters, played by local Texan actors. Unfolding through five chapters, shot in contrasting environments across Austin, the viewer is submerged in a hallucinatory melodrama, full of humor and horror. Each location, a barbershop, a bar, a “modern house" and a wooded swamp among them, becomes inseparable from the artist’s haunting visual language, notes of which are reflected and doubled by the presence of the transformed gallery spaces. This ... More

Margaret Tait, Calypso, 1955. Courtesy of the Margaret Tait estate and LUX.

GLASGOW.- Stalking the Image: Margaret Tait and Her Legacy is a celebration of the life, work and legacy of the pioneering Orcadian filmmaker, painter and poet, Margaret Tait (1918–99). Tait is one of the most visionary and stridently independent filmmakers to have emerged from Scotland, yet her work has until recently remained relatively unknown and its significance undervalued. This exhibition at Glasgow’s Gallery of Modern Art provides an opportunity to honour Tait’s achievements in the centenary year of her birth alongside work by nine contemporary artists and filmmakers, many of whom have been inspired by Tait. A survey of Tait’s experimental short films, made across 47 years and many places, features in the exhibition, alongside a series of works commissioned as part of the Margaret Tait Award, Scotland’s most prestigious moving image award for artists. Artists include Torsten Lauschmann (2010 Margare ... More

Howard Hodgkin, Venice, Afternoon, 1995 (detail). Hand-colored aquatint and carborundum, 62-1/2” x 77”. Gift of Carleen Keating, 2017. Image courtesy of Alan Cristea Gallery, London. © Estate of Howard Hodgkin.

WASHINGTON, DC.- “Howard Hodgkin in Venice,” a new exhibition at the Luther W. Brady Art Gallery at the George Washington University, displays four prints from Howard Hodgkin’s “Venetian Series” alongside a rug designed by Mr. Hodgkin and a painting titled “Little Venice.” A companion exhibition, “Italy Inspiration,” showcases photographs and prints from the GW Collection and paintings by GW alumni and a GW professor emeritus depicting the feel of Italy as well as the country’s unique sites. Mr. Hodgkin (1923-2017), a British painter, completed more than 120 lithographs, etchings and screen prints during his career. The Luther W. Brady Art Gallery recently received a gift of 10 prints including the series “Venetian Views” from 1995. The gift came from Carleen Keating, a collector, ... More

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Counternarratives installation examines bias in the news media
OBERLIN, OH.- Artist Alexandra Bell brings her Counternarratives project to the Oberlin College campus. Since 2016, Bell has been utilizing walls in public locations to mount photo-based works that call attention to how issues around race and violence are reported, either subtly or explicitly, in the New York Times. Her diptychs and triptychs place blown-up pages from the newspaper side by side with alternate versions of the same stories—presented with her redactions, or changes to the text and layout of the original page. Bell’s dissection of news coverage, ranging from police violence to athletic competition, reveals biases and assumptions about race, gender, and power. The Brooklyn-based artist, who holds a master’s degree in journalism from Columbia University, urges viewers to think critically about the circulation and consumption of news and the patterns ... More

Exhibition showcases the most recent works of French Contemporary artist Romain Bernini.
LONDON.- HdM Gallery is presenting ‘Expended Minds’ – a solo exhibition showcasing the most recent works of French Contemporary artist Romain Bernini. Born in 1979 in Montreuil, France, Bernini graduated with a Master of Fine Arts Degree from Sorbonne University, Paris, in 2004. Since then his work has garnered significant critical acclaim for its figurative painting style. The works presented in ‘Expended Minds’ portray ethereal reflections on a dream-like and colourful world. Canvases burst with fantastical colours and looming figures that float against vivid marbled backgrounds. There is a note of suspension as these figures appear frozen in a moment of time, contextualised only by the shadows that anchor them to their uncanny environment. Bernini’s surreal works act almost as portals into alternate universes invoking a sense of excitement, ... More

YARAT Contemporary Art Space showcases a major new artwork by Pedro Gómez-Egaña
BAKU.- YARAT Contemporary Art Space announces a solo exhibition from Colombian-born, Norway-based artist Pedro Gómez-Egaña. Showcasing a major new artwork as part of his ongoing ‘Observatory’ series, Gómez-Egaña creates a multi-sensory, immersive experience, building a large-scale pavilion structure within YARAT’s gallery walls. Taking inspiration from the Caspian region, the exhibition coincides with YARAT’s M.A.P. festival - a multidisciplinary theatre and performance festival taking place across Baku. Interested in ritualising audiences’ experience of space, the pavilion-like structure removes the viewer from their familiar surroundings. Built as a space within a space, mechanical components inside the observatory form independent pod-like segments where viewers experience a haunted, ever changing environment. Uniting characteristic ... More

Turner Auctions + Appraisals to offer a diverse selection of Asian decorative works of art
SAN FRANCISCO, CA.- On Tuesday, November 20, Turner Auctions + Appraisals will offer a wide selection of Asian Decorative Works of Arts. The sale features over 210 lots from China, Japan, Thailand, Indonesia and other countries, mostly from the 19th and 20th centuries. From China are Ming celadon platters and bowls; bronze Buddhas and heads; censers and tea pots; a stone goddess carving; Blanc de Chine and other figures; porcelain bowls and cups; a polychrome vase; sets of dishes and plates; foo dogs; snuff bottles; embroideries; stone seals; cinnabar; cloisonné; carved wood panels; dolls; jadeite and stone carvings; paneled screens; Peking glass, crackle ware, blue & white, and famille vert items; paintings, scrolls and watercolors; furniture; and more. From Japan are Meiji bronze vases and an elephant; Imari bowls and dishes; Satsuma and other ... More

The Photographers' Gallery presents the work of 11 contemporary artists and groups
LONDON.- All I Know Is What’s On The Internet is a new exhibition from The Photographers’ Gallery that presents the work of 11 contemporary artists and groups seeking to map, visualise and question the cultural dynamics of 21st Century image culture. Importantly, it investigates the systems through which today’s photographic images multiply online and asks what new forms of value, knowledge, meaning and labour arise from this endless (re)circulation of content. Traditionally, photography has played a central role in documenting the world and helping us understand our place within it. However, in a social media age, the problem of understanding an individual photograph is being overwhelmed by the industrial challenge of processing millions of images within a frantically accelerated timeframe. Visual knowledge and authenticity are now inextricably linked ... More

The Origin & Art of Logo Design
They say you can’t judge a book by its cover, and when it comes to business a logo the cover is well and truly there to be judged. Branding and a company logo are integral to how a business succeeds today, with major players spending millions in order to create a brand identity. Colours, images and text each have their own unique purpose within a logo, offering different values and subconscious meaning within them. And what’s more, it’s been in place for generations. The evolution of the logo dates back way beyond the likes of Coca-Cola, with Ancient Egyptians being the founding fathers. That began with the branding of cattle and animals in order to display ownership. History followed a similar trend through the Ancient Romans and Greeks and as trade began to grow, the likes of pottery and other products began to include markings to identify the producers. This were there as hallmarks to signify quality and were generally small and simple. Logos began to become a ... More

Coker to host Nov. 17 no-reserve online auction featuring important paintings
NEW MARKET, TENN.- Paintings with provenance from a legendary collection of Impressionist and Post-Impressionist masterworks amassed by the former president and later chairman of the board of Eastman Kodak will be auctioned online by John Coker Ltd., on November 17, 2018. All lots in the auction will be offered without reserve, and all remote forms of bidding will be available, including phone, absentee and live via the Internet. The Dr. Albert K. Chapman (1890-1984) collection was held privately over three subsequent generations of the Chapman family, starting in the 1930s. It included artworks by Childe Hassam, Alfred Sisley, Pierre Bonnard and 30 other distinguished artists from the period 1870 to 1950. The paintings were never publicly exhibited while in the hands of either Dr. Chapman or his heirs. The 250 artworks consigned to Coker’s ... More

Exhibition of large Op art acrylic on canvas works by Fadi Attoura opens in Dubai
DUBAI.- Fann A Porter is presenting A Playful Path, an exhibition by Fadi Attoura featuring the artist’s newest paintings, large Op art acrylic on canvas works from 7 November to 7 December 2018. Inspired initially by his children and their creations, Attoura’s works transcend a feeling of hope and virtuosity. The artist explores the carefree traits and innocence one usually finds in children that provide them with an abundance of hope and the idea that our youth is our future. Strongly poetic and very sensitive Attoura channels the multilayers of his emotions into creating deeply raw and unfiltered art. The paintings allow the viewer to further examine Attoura’s exploration of space and dimension, which he masters by drawing on the formalism of Op art. His grid-like patterns create an illusion of depth and continuous motion, coupled with the seemingly moving ... More

Martin Jennings wins prestigious PMSA Marsh Sculpture Prize 2018
LONDON.- Having forged his reputation as a sculptor of national renown with celebrated works such as his statues of John Betjeman at St. Pancras Station, Philip Larkin in Hull and, more recently, Britain's first statue of Charles Dickens for Portsmouth, Martin Jennings’ larger-than-life-size sculpture of George Orwell for the BBC has earned him the PMSA Marsh Award for Excellence in Public Sculpture. The piece, which stands outside BBC Broadcasting House, was installed in November 2017 and enthusiastically welcomed as an important addition to London’s artistic and intellectual landscape. Jennings also won the prize in 2017 for his ‘Women of Steel’ sculpture for Sheffield City Council. No-one has won in consecutive years before. Speaking after collecting his prize at the PMSA Marsh ceremony last night (6 November 2018) Jennings said: “The ... More

New exhibition of work by California artist Marie Thibeault opens at Launch LA
LOS ANGELES, CA.- Launch LA is presenting By Water By Fire, a new exhibition of work by California artist Marie Thibeault. Thibeault examines the power of natural forces pitted against the vulnerability of architectural structures. In this ongoing conflict between man and nature, both our natural and built environments exist under the strain of environmental collapse. Within this group of paintings, Thibeault explores the consuming qualities of fire and water, both increasingly destructive forces affecting our precarious ecosystems. Although fragmentary, such appropriated imagery expresses ongoing environmental events such as floods and wildfires. As a reference to the industrial landscape surrounding the ports of Los Angeles, the inclusion of these locations impacted by trauma or extreme transformation express themes of flux, change and environmental ... More

Czech premier proposes restoring writer Kundera's nationality
PRAGUE (AFP).- Czech Republic Prime Minister Andrej Babis said on Saturday he had proposed restoring writer Milan Kundera's Czech nationality, stripped from him by the country's former communist regime nearly four decades ago. Kundera, whose novel "The Unbearable Lightness of Being" was turned into a 1987 film starring Daniel Day-Lewis, became a naturalised French citizen after emigrating when he was prevented from publishing in his native country. "He really deserves to have his citizenship again," Babis told Czech CTK agency in Paris where he was attending a commemoration of the 1918 armistice to end WWI. Kundera, now 89, and his wife Vera, were stripped of their nationality in 1979 by the communist regime of then Soviet-era Czechoslovakia. They emigrated to France in 1975. The author's "The Book of Laughter and Forgetting" published in 1979 ... More

Rybolovlev back in Russia after Monaco fraud case release
MOSCOW (AFP).- Dmitry Rybolovlev, the owner of Monaco football club, has returned to his native Russia after being charged with corruption in connection with a fraud case involving a Swiss art dealer, his spokesman said. "Dmitri Rybolovlev is in Moscow. He was released from custody with no bail requirements nor obligation to stay in Monaco," his representative Dmitry Chechkin told TASS. "He has not been required to stay in Monaco and he is free to go wherever he wishes," he added. Since 2015, Rybolovlev has been locked in a legal battle with Yves Bouvier, the art dealer he accuses of having swindled him out of up to a billion dollars, by charging inflated fees for works of art. Rybolovlev and eight other people were charged this week following a series of raids. Former Monaco Justice Minister Philippe Narmino, his wife and his son, Rybolovlev's lawyer Tetiana Bersheda, ... More

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On a day like today, French painter Édouard Vuillard was born
November 11, 1868. Jean-Édouard Vuillard 11 November 1868 - 21 June 1940) was a French painter and printmaker associated with the Nabis. In his paintings and decorative pieces, Vuillard depicted mostly interiors, streets, and gardens. In this image: Edouard Vuillard, Venus de Milo, 1920. Photo: Courtesy Jill Newhouse Gallery.

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