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Exhibition of new paintings by Gerhard Richter opens at Albertinum in Dresden

German artist Gerhard Richter and his wife Sabine Moritz are seen on a roundtour before the opening of the new exhibition "Gerhard Richter, New Paintings" of the Gerhard Richter Archive at Albertinum in Dresden, eastern Germany, on May 19, 2017. On the occasion of his 85th birthday, the Gerhard Richter Archive of the Dresden State Art Collections is holding an exhibition from 20 May to 27 August 2017 with new paintings by the artist. Initially, most of his works were already exhibited in Museum Ludwig, Cologne. Now the paintings, supplemented with seven recently created works, will almost all be exhibited in the Albertinum. ROBERT MICHAEL / AFP.

DRESDEN.- Gerhard Richter (*1932 in Dresden) is one of the most significant contemporary artists. His work covers a period of more than five decades. On the occasion of his 85th birthday, the Gerhard Richter Archive of the Dresden State Art Collections is holding an exhibition from 20 May to 27 August 2017 with new paintings by the artist. Initially, most of his works were already exhibited in Museum Ludwig, Cologne. Now the paintings, supplemented with seven recently created works, will almost all be exhibited in the Albertinum. The new “Abstrakten Bilder” [Abstract Paintings] since 2015 are strikingly different from the work created five years before, with its reserved and delicately modulated surfaces. The 32 paintings in total tie in with the works from the late 1980s and impress with their vibrant and fragmented multitude of colouration. In addition to his brush and squeegee, Richter also uses a knife to scratch animated traces into the surface of the image and reveals the multipl ... More

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Saving Pakistan's lost city of Mohenjo Daro   Art community remains divided over Caravaggio found in French attic   Palm Beach Modern sets major house records on May 6; Sam Francis painting tops $600,000

German researcher Michael Jansen talks to media near the UNESCO World Heritage archeological site of Mohenjo Daro. ASIF HASSAN / AFP.

MOHENJO DARO (AFP).- The centre of a powerful ancient civilisation, Mohenjo Daro was one of the world's earliest cities -- a Bronze Age metropolis boasting flush toilets and a water and waste system to rival many in modern Pakistan. Some 5,000 years on archaeologists believe the ruins could unlock the secrets of the Indus Valley people, who flourished around 3,000 BC in what is now India and Pakistan before mysteriously disappearing. But they warn, if nothing is done to protect the ruins -- already neglected and worn by time -- it will fade to dust and obscurity, never taking its rightful place in history. "Everybody knows Egypt, nobody knows Mohenjo Daro, this has to be changed," says Dr Michael Jansen, a German researcher working at the sun-baked site on the banks of the Indus river in Pakistan's southern Sindh province. Jansen is at the forefront of a new effort to promote the site internationally while finding ... More

French art expert Stephane Pinta shows a radiography of the painting entitled "Judith cutting off the head of Holofernes", presented as being painted by Italian artist Caravaggio, while experts are still to determine its authenticity. PATRICK KOVARIK / AFP.

PARIS.- An original Caravaggio or a master fake? This is the question that continues to befuddle art historians and experts about a painting discovered in a French attic three years ago. The 400-year-old canvas -- depicting the beheading of an Assyrian general, Holofernes, by Judith from the biblical Book of Judith -- was found in 2014 when the owners of a house near the southwestern city of Toulouse were investigating a leak in the ceiling. Discovered in remarkably good condition, the work was painted between 1600 and 1610, specialists believe, and could be worth as much as 120 million euros ($132 million). But whether the spectacular large-format canvas is the long-lost masterpiece by Italian Renaissance master Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio or the work of Louis Finson, a Flemish painter and disciple of ... More

Guests at Palm Beach Modern’s May 6 auction could dine and bid as auctioneer/PBMA co-owner Rico Baca presided at the podium. Photo: Palm Beach Modern Auctions.

WEST PALM BEACH, FLA.- May 6th was a stellar day for Palm Beach Modern Auctions’ co-owners Rico Baca and Wade Terwilliger. Not only did their 492-lot offering of blue-chip modern art, design and luxury goods set a house record for a one-day auction – $1.9 million – it also showcased an important Sam Francis painting that ended up being the most expensive item ever to cross the PBMA auction block. The vibrant canvas sold for a buoyant $603,250 (all prices quoted inclusive of 27% buyer’s premium). The Francis painting, a major acrylic-on-canvas titled Quiet Fruitfulness, was created in 1987, seven years before the internationally acclaimed California artist passed away. Measuring 60½ by 80½ inches, the work retained a 1988 Knoedler Gallery (London) label on verso and came with a copy of the sales receipt from the gallery as well as a conservator’s condition ... More

US war photographer Stanley Greene dies aged 68   Stedelijk Museum presents a snapshot of Rineke Dijkstra's photographic and video work   Provenance exhibition shows challenges of tracing the path of ownership of artwork

This file photo taken on May 16, 2010 in Cannes shows US photographer Stanley Greene. VALERY HACHE / AFP.

PARIS (AFP).- US war photographer Stanley Greene, who won five World Press Photo awards, died in Paris on Friday aged 68, the photo agency he co-founded said. Greene passed away in a hospital in the French capital after a long illness, Noor Images's managing director Clement Saccomani said. "He passed away surrounded by his friends," Saccomani told AFP of Greene, who was unmarried and had no children. The New York-born photographer was a member of the Black Panthers in his youth and an anti-Vietnam War activist before producing "Western Front", a portrayal of San Francisco's punk scene in the 1970s and 1980s. Greene later turned to photojournalism after meeting renowned photojournalist W. Eugene Smith and moved to Paris in 1986. He went on to photograph conflicts in Chechnya, ... More

Rineke Dijkstra, Nicky, The Krazy House, Liverpool, January 19, 2009.

AMSTERDAM.- This year, the celebrated Dutch photographer Rineke Dijkstra (Sittard, 1959) is the recipient of the 2017 Hasselblad Foundation International Award in Photography, the medium’s most prestigious award. In honor of Dijkstra, the Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam, who has followed her work since the 1990s and in 2005 mounted an international traveling survey, presents Rineke Dijkstra: An Ode, a snapshot of the artist’s photographic and video work ranging from 1994 to the present. The exhibition both includes iconic photographic works and highlights her early video work and her return to the medium in recent years. The exhibition also premieres three works that have never been displayed in the Netherlands. Rineke Dijkstra: An Ode totals 21 photographs and four videos. The exhibition is primarily comprised of the Stedelijk Museum’s extensive holdings of Dijkstra’s work, ... More

Bartolomé Esteban Murillo, Christ After the Flagellation, ca. 1670 (detail). Oil on canvas. Gift of Ellnora D. Krannert 1960-4-1.

CHAMPAIGN, ILL.- Nancy Karrels relishes solving the mysteries behind the paintings and objects we see in art museums. Karrels – a doctoral student in art history at the University of Illinois who also has two law degrees – investigates the backgrounds and histories of objects to trace their path from creator through each owner. She has created an exhibition for Krannert Art Museum on provenance research and her efforts to document the history of ownership of several of the museum’s works. “Provenance: A Forensic History of Art” opened May 13 and runs through June 2018. Provenance, or the history of ownership of a historical object or work of art, is important to museums and private collectors, both to authenticate the object and to ensure that ownership is legal and the object was not looted. The practice has drawn ... More

Gladstone Gallery opens exhibition of new work by Shirin Neshat   Kunsthaus Zurich presents an overview of the development of Mexican graphic art   Sotheby's to offer the most important space artifact to ever appear at auction

Shirin Neshat, Tim, from Dreamers Series, 2016. Pigment print, 36 x 24 inches (91.4 x 61 cm). © Shirin Neshat. Courtesy the artist and Gladstone Gallery, New York and Brussels.

NEW YORK, NY.- Gladstone Gallery is presenting an exhibition of new work by Shirin Neshat featuring a film and a related series of photographs. Through charged imagery and evocative mise-en-scène, Neshat’s photography and film installations critique the cultural construction of difference. This exhibition marks the first time she fully turns her attention to American culture, dissecting the tense and querying experience of being an Iranian in the United States today. In both the film Roja and a new series of photographs, Dreamers, Neshat confronts the ambivalence of living across two cultures and how it coheres to both personal and political identity. To tackle the ambiguous status of the outsider, she utilizes enigmatic images, haunting encounters, and mystified points of view ... More

Diego Rivera, Los frutos de la educación. Los frutos de la tierra, 1932. Lithograph, sheet: 53.7 x 39.3 cm. Kunsthaus Zürich, © Banco de México Diego Rivera & Frida Kahlo Museums Trust, México D.F. / 2017 ProLitteris, Zurich.

ZURICH.- The Kunsthaus Zürich presents an overview of the development of Mexican graphic art, from late 19th-century figurativism to the earliest abstract works in the 1970s. Many of the exhibits are receiving their first showing in Switzerland. The exhibition opens with the 19th-century social satires and skeleton images (‘calaveras’) of the internationally renowned graphic artists Manuel Manilla and José Guadalupe Posada. It then spans the arc from Ignacio Aguirre, Alberto Beltrán, Fernando Castro Pacheco, Jean Charlot, Leopoldo Mendéz and Alfredo Zalce to ‘los tres grandes’ (‘The Three Greats’): Diego Rivera, José Clemente Orozco and David Alfaro Siqueiros, who produced a large number of murals – ‘muralismo mexicano’ – ... More

The only such relic available for private ownership expected to fetch $2/4 million. Photo: Sotheby's.

NEW YORK, NY.- On 20 July 2017, the anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing, Sotheby’s New York is to offer the bag that was used to bring back to Earth the very first sample of lunar material ever collected. Traces of the moon dust and small rocks are still deeply embedded in the fabric of the bag, which is labeled “Lunar Sample Return” in bold black letters, giving a collector the chance not only to own some of the first lunar material ever collected, but also an exceptionally rare relic of humanity’s greatest achievement – landing a man on the moon. Nearly all of the equipment from that historic mission is housed in the U.S. National Collections at the Smithsonian; however a recent court ruling has allowed this to be the only such artifact in private hands. The bag will be offered in Sotheby’s inaugural Space Exploration sale and is expected to fetch $2/4 million. Cassandra Hatton, ... More

Paul Kasmin Gallery exhibits drawings, sketches and paintings by Mark Ryden   Monumental sculptures by artist Nick Hornby at Glyndebourne Festival 2017   Director of Smithsonian's Asian Art Galleries announces plan to retire

Mark Ryden, Nurse Corps de Ballet, 2016. Oil on panel, 17 x 11 inches, 43.2 x 27.9 cm. © Mark Ryden / Paul Kasmin Gallery.

NEW YORK, NY.- Paul Kasmin Gallery presents Mark Ryden: The Art of Whipped Cream on view at 515 West 27th Street, May 20 – July 21, 2017. The exhibition features drawings, sketches and paintings created for the production of American Ballet Theatre’s Whipped Cream. A concurrent exhibition of Ryden's work for the ballet is being held at Gallery Met located at the Metropolitan Opera House, May 19 – July 8, 2017. The exhibition coincides with American Ballet Theatre’s New York premiere of Whipped Cream at the Metropolitan Opera House (May 22, 2017), featuring choreography by Alexei Ratmansky with the original 20th-Century score by Richard Strauss. Ryden conceived backdrops, props and costumes for the ballet, all of which retain the artist’s meticulous attention to detail and intricate craftsmanship seen ... More

Nick Hornby, Age of Bronze folded to Bird in Space #1, 2017, Corten Steel, 350 x 130 x 60 cm, Edition of 1 of 3 + 2, Courtesy the Artist and Travis Hansson Fine Art.

LEWES.- Glyndebourne nnounces Sculpture (1504-2017), a solo presentation of new monumental works by British sculptor Nick Hornby. The collaboration, a first between Glyndebourne and the artist, coincides with the 2017 summer season of opera and will remain on display until August 27th 2017. Sculptures are on display in the gardens and the house. In each piece Hornby has hybridised key historic artworks. Visitors to Glyndebourne may recognise in Hornby’s work fragments of Michelangelo, Rodin, Brancusi and Matisse. Hornby's works are meeting points between digital technologies and the legacies of sculpture, alongside an astute critique of art history. His sculptures are created through complex processes, involving both high-tech production methods and traditional handcrafted techniques. Both the computer and ... More

Julian Raby, Director, Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery. Photo: Ken Rahaim, Smithsonian Institution.

WASHINGTON, DC.- Julian Raby, the Dame Jillian Sackler Director of the Smithsonian’s Arthur M. Sackler Gallery and Freer Gallery of Art, has announced that he will retire from his position at the beginning of 2018 after 15 years with the Institution. As director of the Freer and Sackler galleries, Raby―a well-known scholar of Islamic art―has overseen dozens of highly successful and popular exhibitions, including “Return of the Buddha: The Qingzhou Discoveries” (2004), “Hokusai” (2006), “Garden and Cosmos: The Royal Paintings of Jodhpur” (2008), “Echoes of the Past: the Buddhist Cave Temples of Xiangtangshan” (2011), “Yoga: The Art of Transformation” (2013), “Peacock Room REMIX: Darren Waterston’s ‘Filthy Lucre,’” (2015), “The Art of the Qur’an” (2016) and “Inventing Utamaro: A Japanese Masterpiece Rediscovered” (2017). He took a lead o ... More

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John F. Kennedy's signed Senate ID card sells for $20k at auction
BOSTON, MASS.- John F. Kennedy's Senate ID Card sold for $20,000 according to Boston-based RR Auction. The one-of-a-kind historically significant official US Senate personal identification card issued to John F. Kennedy, featured an image of the young senator, neatly signed in full in fountain pen, "John F. Kennedy." Accompanied by a letter of authenticity from Kennedy's longtime secretary Evelyn Lincoln on US Senate memorandum letterhead, April 27, 1987, to noted JFK collector Robert L. White, stating in part: “The I.D. card issued to the late John F. Kennedy, was carried by him in his wallet while he was a United States Senator." After serving three terms in the House of Representatives, Kennedy was elected to the Senate in 1952. His term began on January 3, 1953, and he served as the junior senator from Massachusetts until December 22, 1960, just before entering ... More

Exhibition at Galerie Nathalie Obadia presents works by Jean Dubuffet and Fabrice Hyber
PARIS.- Galerie Nathalie Obadia is presenting hyberDUBUFFET, an exhibition conceived in close collaboration with the Fondation Dubuffet. Simultaneously held in their two Parisian galleries, the exhibition is a carte blanche to its curator Fabrice Hyber. Following a joint reflection with director of the Fondation Dubuffet Sophie Webel as well as conversations with curator of the Centre Pompidou Françoise Guichon, Fabrice Hyber proposes to open a dialogue between Jean Dubuffet’s work and his own. Thanks to several pieces on loan from the Fondation Dubuffet and the kind contribution of private collectors, the hyberDUBUFFET exhibition features a wide range of major artworks along with more intimate ones from diverse periods of the artists’ respective careers. I have brought the project of a hyberDUBUFFET exhibition to the foundation members to stand in contrast with ... More

Nicosia convention targets trade in 'blood antiquities'
NICOSIA (AFP).- Six countries on Friday signed a Council of Europe convention which criminalises the illegal trade in "blood antiquities" that can be used to finance terrorism, officials said. The initiative, which was launched at a CoE ministerial meeting in Nicosia, comes after jihadists in war-torn Syria and Iraq have looted and sold ancient artefacts to fund their rule. "Today, the international community takes a crucial leap forward in the protection of our cultural heritage, especially in the efforts to combat the trade in blood antiquities by trans-national organised crime and terrorist networks," said Cypriot Foreign Minister Ioannis Kasoulides. He said it was the only international treaty that deals specifically with the criminalisation of the illicit trafficking of cultural property. The Nicosia Convention outlaws unlawful excavation, the importation and exportation of stolen ... More

Exhibition at the Bowes Museum offers an insight into the woman who created the museum
COUNTY DURHAM.- As The Bowes Museum prepares to celebrate its 125th anniversary, a major new exhibition is set to give an insight into the woman, an artist and actress, who was a driving force behind its creation. Joséphine Bowes – A Woman of Taste and Influence is a salute to an extraordinary and pioneering woman who was far ahead of her time in establishing a museum to house her collection for the public. During her short life – she was just 48 when she died - this daughter of a French clockmaker assumed a variety of roles including patron of the arts and collector, artist, woman of fashion, socialite, wife, mistress and actress, all of which are illustrated through key paintings, original archival documents, books, photographs and objects from the Museum collection, some of which are on display for the first time. Little is known about Joséphine Coffin-Chevallier’s early ... More

Lehmann Maupin's first exhibition with Wangechi Mutu opens in Hong Kong
HONG KONG.- Lehmann Maupin announces the gallery’s first exhibition with Wangechi Mutu in Hong Kong. The Kenya-born artist, based in New York and Nairobi, debuts a new body of work comprised of sculptures and paintings representing the artist’s use of materials from familiar surroundings that have informed her continued engagement with the natural world. Mutu is internationally known for her mixed media collages that deal with issues of identity, and in recent years her oeuvre has expanded with a focus on sculpture, performance, and animation. These works are often brought together in the form of cohesive installations, as was exemplified in her work shown at the 56th Venice Biennale, in 2015. Mutu’s practice was recognized early for its unique, globally influenced hybrid aesthetic that merged biology, pop culture, science fiction, religion, and philosophy, ... More

Historic curiosities celebrate both art and science in 'Object Lessons' at Manchester Museum
MANCHESTER.- For the first time, the private collection of prolific art collector George Loudon has gone on public display as part of ‘Object Lessons’ at Manchester Museum, part of The University of Manchester. The exhibition showcases his intriguing collection of 19th century life science teaching objects, offering visitors a unique opportunity to view the natural world through the eyes of a Victorian scientist. Each of these finely crafted objects was created for the purpose of understanding the natural world through education, demonstration and display. The beautiful objects blurred the boundaries between art and science and brought together the world’s leading scientists and most accomplished craftsmen. They reflect a moment in time when scientific discovery was rapidly developing, but technology could not keep up with techniques to record such findings. Over time, ... More

Exhibition examines mechanisms of demarcation and marginalisation
BREMEN.- Dejima – a small artificial island of approx. 9.000 sqm, built in the bay of Nagasaki 1634–1636 by local Japanese merchants. This island remained the only place of direct trade and exchange between Japan and Europe until 1853, for more than 200 years. Dejima was built to allow business relations in times of “sakoku”, the foreign relations policy of Japan, under which no Japanese could leave, nor could any foreigner enter the country on penalty of death or life imprisonment. After the primordial resided Portuguese traders left the island, it was used by the Dutch East India Company as a trading post from 1641. In the context of the group exhibition at the GAK Gesellschaft für Aktuelle Kunst Dejima serves as an image for a situation of national, cultural and social in- and exclusion: The Western traders were isolated on the island, accepting these conditions ... More

Exhibition brings together an ensemble of newly commissioned and existing pieces by fifteen artists
BASEL.- Uncanny, gleaming technoid forms; some appear to be functional (note their wheels, handles, and tubes), but are actually without apparent purpose. Nearby, thrift store blankets and textile scraps hang limply, still bearing a price tag. The gooey traces of the artist’s hand sticks to imitation leather in another work whose insistent materiality renders that most auratic of art history’s mediums—painting—less noble, more strange, icky somehow. But perhaps little could be more strange and icky than a doll, swaddled in a silicone rubber cast of a baby blanket so only the uppermost part of its forehead and hair spills out. The eerily casual way it lies on the floor can only be de- scribed as creepy. These are amongst the first things you see as you enter the space. There is no easy way to account for an exhibition that goes by the title Ungestalt. “Ungestalt” is a ... More

Exhibition of Danish artist Tal R's work over the past two decades opens at Louisiana
HUMLEBÆK.- For Louisiana it is an obvious choice to mount an exhibition presenting an overview of the Danish artist Tal R’s work over the past two decades: on the one hand because the museum has followed him since he was a student at the Royal Academy of Fine Arts in Copenhagen in the late 1990s, on the other because over the years the museum has acquired a number of very important works by the artist for its collection. Today, at the age of 50, Tal R has an international standing as one of the great painters of his generation. It has been twenty years since Tal R made his debut in the museum world with his participation in The Louisiana Exhibition 1997. New Art from Denmark and Scania. Most people know Tal R as a painter, but at that time he presented an energetic mix of painting, drawing and collages. The huge collage Red Man from 1996 ... More

First major monographic exhibition on Gerard Fieret since his death opens in The Hague
THE HAGUE.- Almost no other body of photography is as strange and idiosyncratic as that of Gerard Fieret (1924-2009). This outstanding photographer was an obsessive recorder of everything that came his way: people, animals, street scenes and himself. Most especially, however, he loved to photograph women – models, students, young mothers, dancers and waitresses – or just parts of their bodies, such as breasts, feet or long legs, in isolation. Although his non-stop photographic activities were concentrated into a period of just ten years (1965-1975), Gerard Fieret generated an enormous oeuvre. In the Netherlands he is seen as a pioneer of photography as a form of autonomous visual art. Over recent years his work has also attracted increasing international interest. Even so, he is less well-known to the general public than contemporaries like Paul ... More

Nationalmuseum presents a new aspect of Dawid's art at Gripsholm this summer
STOCKHOLM.- Men, an exhibition of 49 photographic portraits by Dawid, opens at Gripsholm Castle on 20 May 2017. Most of the portraits are being exhibited for the first time. Dawid (Björn Dawidsson, born 1949) is one of Sweden’s leading contemporary photographers, known far beyond the country’s borders for his abstract, avant-garde photography. He made his debut in 1973, but his real breakthrough came a decade later with an exhibition entitled Rost (“Rust”) at the former museum of photography, now incorporated into Moderna Museet. Then, as later in his career, Dawid showed how something that appears commonplace – a bent, rusty nail – can be transformed into something unique and artistically expressive. In his subsequent works he has continued to challenge established concepts and to push the boundaries of photographic art. Dawid is not known ... More

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On a day like today, English sculptor and lithographer Barbara Hepworth died
May 20, 1975. Dame Jocelyn Barbara Hepworth DBE (10 January 1903 - 20 May 1975) was an English artist and sculptor. Her work exemplifies Modernism and in particular modern sculpture. She was one of the few female artists of her generation to achieve international prominence. Along with artists such as Ben Nicholson and Naum Gabo, Hepworth was a leading figure in the colony of artists who resided in St Ives during the Second World War. Dame Barbara Hepworth, Parent I, conceived in 1970, number 2 of the 4 individual casts that were made of each of the nine figures (est. £2,000,000-3,000,000). Photo: Sotheby's.

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