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Paris Pompidou Centre to open franchise art gallery in Shanghai

This file photo taken on September 18, 2015 shows a view of the Georges Pompidou center in Paris.

PARIS (AFP).- The Pompidou Centre in Paris, which houses the world's second biggest collection of modern art, said Tuesday that it was close to signing a deal for a franchise gallery in Shanghai. It will show around 20 exhibitions over five years in a wing of the new West Bund Art Museum, which is being built in the cultural district of China's commercial capital by British architect David Chipperfield. The Paris gallery, which also has plans to open branches in South Korea and Belgium, has been in talks for more than a decade with the Chinese authorities. Last year it staged its first show in China called "Masterpieces from the Centre Pompidou 1906-77" featuring work by Pablo Picasso, Marcel Duchamp and other big names at the Shanghai Exhibition Centre. The gallery said it had signed a protocol with the publicly-owned West Bund Group for a renewable five-year deal to stage exhibitions in the new museum from 2019. ... More

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Paris show of Impressionist masterpieces never seen in West   Prince William, Kate 'moved' by concentration camp visit   Tate to show "The EY Exhibition: Impressionists in London, French Artists in Exile (1870-1904)"


Jean-Auguste Renoir, Portrait de Jeanne Samary ou La Rêverie. Huile sur toile, 56 × 47 cm, 1877. Musée des beaux-arts Pouchkine, Moscou (ancienne collection Morozov) © Musée des beaux-arts Pouchkine.

PARIS (AFP).- One of the world's greatest private collections of modern art is to be shown outside Russia for the time, exhibition organisers said Tuesday. The Louis Vuitton Foundation gallery in Paris, which had a smash-hit show earlier this year with another rarely seen Russian collection of early 20th-century masters, said the paintings amassed by the Morozov brothers will shown in the French capital in 2020. The rich Moscow industrialists Mikhail and Ivan Morozov gathered a staggering trove of paintings by Van Gogh, Cezanne, Renoir and Monet before the Russian revolution. Some 200 canvasses including some by Matisse, Picasso, Bonnard, Maurice Denis and Derain will go on show in Paris for four months, the foundation said. More than 1.2 million people flocked to see a show called the "Icons of Modern ... More
 

Britain's Prince William, Duke of Cambridge (hidden), and his wife Kate, the Duchess of Cambridge (2nd R), visit the former Stutthof Nazi concentration camp near Gdansk, Poland, on July 18, 2017. Simon Krawczyk / AFP.

GDANSK (AFP).- Prince William and his wife Kate said Tuesday they were "intensely moved" by their visit to a former Nazi German concentration camp, on a diplomacy tour of Poland and Germany following the Brexit vote. "All of us have an overwhelming responsibility to make sure that we learn the lessons and that the horror of what happened is never forgotten and never repeated," the royal couple said in the visitor's book of the site near the Baltic port city of Gdansk. "We were intensely moved by our visit to Stutthof, which has been the scene of so much terrible pain, suffering and death," added the message signed "William Catherine". Kate and William also met five former camp prisoners, including two Britons, while at the site that Nazi Germany set up in 1939. While not officially tied to British-EU diplomatic relations, the royal couple's ... More
 

Camille Pissarro (1830 – 1903), Kew Green, 1892 (detail). Oil paint on canvas, 460 x 550 mm. Musee d’Orsay (Paris, France).

LONDON.- This autumn, Tate Britain will bring together over 100 beautiful works by Monet, Tissot, Pissarro and others in the first large-scale exhibition to chart the stories of French artists who sought refuge in Britain during the Franco-Prussian War. The EY Exhibition: Impressionists in London, French Artists in Exile (1870-1904) will map the artistic networks they built in Britain, consider the aesthetic impact London had on the artists’ work, and present instantly recognisable views of the city as seen through French eyes. The EY Exhibition: Impressionists in London will look at French painters’ keen observations of British culture and social life, which were notably different to the café culture found in Paris. Evocative depictions of figures enjoying London parks such as Pissarro’s Kew Green 1892 will be shown, that were in stark contrast to formal French gardens where walking on the grass was prohibited. Scenes of rega ... More



Artsy raises $50M in Series D funding   Britain unveils Jane Austen bank note on anniversary   Previously unexhibited paintings and works on paper by Alice Neel on view at Victoria Miro Venice


Artsy's President & COO Sebastian Cwilich.

NEW YORK, NY.- Artsy, the leading global platform for discovering and collecting art, today announced $50M in Series D investment. Avenir Growth Capital led the round, joined by L Catterton, Thrive Capital, Shumway Capital and leaders in art, media, and technology, including Larry Gagosian (founder of Gagosian Gallery), Joe Gebbia (Airbnb co-founder), members of the Rockefeller and Acquavella families, Greg Maffei (Liberty Media), Dasha Zhukova (Artsy co-founder, founder of Garage Museum of Contemporary Art), current board members Wendi Murdoch (Artsy co-founder and film producer) and Sky Dayton (Earthlink, Boingo), and new board members Rich Barton (Expedia, Glassdoor, Zillow) and Bob Pittman (MTV co-founder, iHeartMedia CEO). Andrew Sugrue (co-founder of Avenir Growth Capital) also joined the board as part of the round. Since launching in 2012, Artsy has created the world's leading online platform for discovering and collecting art. Artsy partners ... More
 

Bank of England Governor Mark Carney poses with one of the central bank's new ten pound notes, featuring author Jane Austen, during its launch at Winchester Cathedral. Chris J Ratcliffe / AFP.

WINCHESTER (AFP).- The Bank of England on Tuesday unveiled a new bank note featuring Jane Austen to coincide with the author's death 200 years ago after a campaign to include more women on Britain's currency. The new note worth ten pounds ($13, 11.3 euros) and made of polymer instead of paper will enter circulation in September. Tuesday's launch follows the introduction of a polymer five-pound note last year that sparked controversy after the Bank of England confirmed that tallow, or animal fat, is used in the production process. Activists and religious groups have called for sustainable, plant-based alternatives, but while the BoE is continuing to use tallow, it is looking at the possibility of finding a different product in time for the release of its polymer 20-pound note due 2020. The Bank of England has praised the new notes for being ... More
 

Alice Neel, Sarah Shiller, 1952. Oil on canvas, 55.9 x 45.7 cm. 22 1/8 x 18 in © The Estate of Alice Neel. Courtesy David Zwirner, New York/London and Victoria Miro, London.

VENICE.- A new chapter of the acclaimed exhibition Alice Neel, Uptown, curated by the Pulitzer Prize winning critic and author Hilton Als, opened at Victoria Miro Venice. Curated by Als especially for the Venice gallery and including a number of previously unexhibited paintings and works on paper, this concise exhibition draws on the rich body of work created by Neel during the period in which she lived and worked in upper Manhattan, first in Spanish (East) Harlem, where she moved in 1938, and, later, the Upper West Side, where she lived from 1962 until her death in 1984. The exhibition shares themes with presentations of Alice Neel, Uptown at David Zwirner, New York (February – April 2017), and Victoria Miro, London (until 29 July 2017), while offering a new focus on Neel’s paintings and drawings of women and children. ... More


Untitled, Art appoints Manuela Mozo as Director   Rauschenberg at the 1964 Venice Biennale, New documentary due in March   Hollywood honors Marvel Comics legend Stan Lee


Manuela Mozo, Director, Untitled, Art. Photo by M. Sharkey.

NEW YORK, NY.- Untitled, Art announced today that it has appointed Manuela Mozo as Director. In this new role, Manuela will lead the international development of Untitled and oversee the curatorial and strategic vision of the fairs in Miami and San Francisco. Bringing with her a wealth of experience in the commercial gallery sector, where she has worked closely with artists, gallerists, institutions and collectors for over twenty years, Manuela’s appointment reinforces Untitled’s commitment to furthering its innovative model, and keeping artists and curatorial excellence at the forefront of its mission. Manuela officially joins the Untitled team in July 2017. Untitled’s new leadership structure will provide founder Jeff Lawson with the opportunity to focus more strategically on optimizing the company’s structures and operations, while also retaining overall strategic management of the fairs. Manuela Mozo was a partner a ... More
 

Robert Rauschenberg exhibition, Venice Biennale, 1964 June 21. Photograph: Shunk-Kender © J. Paul Getty Trust. Getty Research Institute, Los Angeles (2014.R.20).

NEW YORK, NY.- In 1964, when Robert Rauschenberg became the first contemporary American artist to win the Grand Prize in painting at the Venice Biennale, it signaled the beginning of a tumultuous cultural shift, fixing the world’s gaze on American art. A new documentary by Amei Wallach, Americans in Venice: Robert Rauschenberg Rewrites the Rules, will tell this story of the intersection of art and international politics and the turbulent events surrounding this landmark moment. Through a rich trove of archival footage and interviews with leading artists, curators, and critics filmed in New York, London, and at the opening of the Venice Biennale this spring, Wallach will foreground the art against a background of world events. The documentary film, which is expected to be released in March 2018, coincides with Robert ... More
 

Comic-book writer, editor, and publisher Stan Lee poses at his hand and footprint ceremony at TCL Chinese Theatre IMAX, on July 18, 2017, in Hollywood, California. VALERIE MACON / AFP.

LOS ANGELES (AFP).- Stan Lee, whose Marvel superheroes have dominated popular culture for half a century, was honored Tuesday when he plunged his hands and feet into cement at Hollywood's TCL Chinese Theater. In a typically colorful comment, the 94-year-old comic book legend -- whose characters include Spider-Man, the Hulk, Iron Man, Captain America and Thor -- joked that he "would have asked for a raise" if he'd known how good he was. "I've been the luckiest man in the world because I've had friends. And to have the right friends is everything -- people you can depend on, people who tell you the truth if you ask for something," he said. He paid emotional tribute to his "wonderful" wife of nearly 70 years, Joan, who died less than two weeks ago at age 93. It has been a poignant week for Lee, who was honored ... More



New exhibition of photographs of Gerry and the Pacemakers on display at the Museum of Liverpool   First international exhibition by Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen's BVB Collections a success in Japan   New display features artifacts illustrating Biochemist Gertrude Elion's accomplishments, including her 1988 Nobel Prize


Gerry and the Pacemakers © National Museums Liverpool.

LIVERPOOL.- Photographs which capture the wit, warmth and energy of Merseybeat group, Gerry and the Pacemakers on their rapid rise to fame, went on display at the Museum of Liverpool from 14 July to 7 January 2018. Gerry and the Pacemakers: Hit Makers and Record Breakers is a new exhibition of more than 30 images by local photographers, Graham Spencer and Peter Kaye. Singer, Gerry Marsden said: “To see these images takes me back to those incredible days. From meeting fans to performing at the Cavern and photoshoots around Liverpool, they give a glimpse of what an exciting time it was. “It is an honour to have the exhibition on display at the Museum of Liverpool which celebrates Liverpool as a hotbed of outstanding talent and creativity.” Following The Beatles’ incredible success in 1963, the Merseybeat explosion catapulted local groups to national fame, in particular Gerry and the Pacemakers. ... More
 

Collection of Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen - Bruegel’s ‘The Tower of Babel’ and Great 16th Century Masters at Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum. Photo: Asahi Shimbun.

OSAKA.- The first major international exhibition based on the collection of Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen, Bruegel’s ‘The Tower of Babel’ and Great 16th Century Masters, closed its doors on 2 July at Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum with a total of 379.527 visitors. The exhibition has now travelled to Osaka, where it was officially opened today at the National Museum of Art, Osaka, with an equal success expected. This exhibition marks the launch of BVB Collections, an exhibitions programme of internationally touring shows from the Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen’s collection. Collection of Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen - Bruegel’s ‘The Tower of Babel’ and Great 16th Century Masters at Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum. Photo: Asahi Shimbun. A remarkable success among the visitors in Tokyo, Bruegel’s ‘The Tower of Babel’ and Great ... More
 

Installation view.

PHILADELPHIA, PA.- Visitors to the National Museum of American Jewish History (NMAJH) now have the opportunity to learn about biochemist Gertrude B. Elion and her groundbreaking medical research in the Museum’s Only in America® Gallery/Hall of Fame, located on the free-ofcharge first floor. The gallery features several artifacts illustrating Elion’s Nobel Prize-winning work, which led to the development of medicines used to treat leukemia, rheumatoid arthritis, malaria, herpes, and organ transplant rejection. Her honor is tied to the theme of Jewish American Heritage Month held this past May, which celebrated American Jews in Medical Research. “On the heels of Jewish American Heritage Month, NMAJH is proud to expand Only in America® to include Gertrude Elion—a medical pioneer who deserves to be a household name,” said Ivy Barsky, NMAJH’s CEO and Gwen Goodman Director. “At a time when women had few opportunities to participate ... More



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Heroic Works display showcases the best contemporary designer book binding from around the world
OXFORD.- A new display at the Bodleian Libraries showcases bookbinding entries from the Designer Bookbinders 3rd International Bookbinding Competition 2017, which this year focused on the theme of ‘Myths, Heroes & Legends.’ The awards ceremony and display opening took place on 17 July 2017 at the Bodleian’s Weston Library and the free display continues until 20 August. Designer Bookbinders, one of the world’s foremost bookbinding societies devoted to the art and craft of the hand-bound book, has once again collaborated with the Bodleian Libraries to attract top binders from around the world for their 3rd International Bookbinding Competition. The new display, titled Heroic Works, features 74 designer bindings, including the 28 prize-winners and a further 46 selected entries. Drawing on entries from more than 30 countries, the display showcases ... More

PinchukArtCentre announces the members of the selection committee for the PinchukArtCentre Prize 2018
KIEV.- The PinchukArtCentre has named the members of the selection committee who will choose 20 nominees for the 5th edition of the PinchukArtCentre Prize, the first privately funded nationwide award in contemporary art for young Ukrainian artists up to 35. The members of the selection committee in 2018 are: • Andrij Bojarov, artist and independent curator of media art and photography projects; • Tatiana Kochubinska, curator of the Research Platform at the PinchukArtCentre, art historian, researcher; • Ksenia Malykh, art historian, member of the PinchukArtCentre’s Research Platform team, co-founder of OK Projects, curator of the visual program of the Closer art center, member of the expert council for contemporary art at the Ministry of Culture of Ukraine; • Tiberiy Szilvashi, artist, curator, lecturer, and essayist; • Yulia Vaganova, art manager, art historian, curator of programs and deputy ... More

Oil painting by Ben Austrian will be part of Antiques & Modern Auction Gallery sale
WEST PALM BEACH, FLA.- A pair of hexagonal form ‘Chan’ side tables by Philip and Kelvin Laverne and a 1906 oil on canvas painting by American artist Ben Austrian (1870-1921) will be part of Antiques & Modern Auction Gallery’s next auction on Saturday, July 29 at 1 pm Eastern. The auction will be held in Antiques & Modern Auction Gallery’s showroom, located at 811A Belvedere Road in West Palm Beach. More than 300 lots will come up for bid. For those unable to attend in person, internet bidding will be facilitated by LiveAuctioneers.com, Invaluable.com, Auctionzip.com and eBay Live. Telephone and absentee (or left) bids will also be accepted. The sale is being billed as a Fine Artwork, Porcelain, Glass & Chinese Works auction. “We have a great mix of high-end artwork pieces by noted, listed artists, Murano art glass, Chinese works and estate jewelry,” said Scott ... More

The Moscow Museum of Modern Art exhibits works by Dmitri Alexandrovich Prigov
MOSCOW.- The Moscow Museum of Modern Art is presenting an important new acquisition into its collection. It consists of ten graphic sheets from the 1990s featuring a depiction of two monsters, from the famous series “Installation for a Poor Cleaning Lady” by Dmitri Alexandrovich Prigov (1940-2007) – a poet and an artist, a foremost representative of Russian art in the second half of the twentieth- and early twenty-first centuries. The works were donated to the museum by his widow, Nadezhda Burova-Prigova, and are exhibited in one of the rooms in the MMOMA building at ulitsa Petrovka as part of the D.A. Prigov Week – a program of events in the capital’s museums and other cultural institutions marking the tenth anniversary of the artist’s passing. To date, the museum – which in 2008 organized the first large-scale retrospective exhibition of Dmitri Prigov “Citizens! Please ... More

Phi Centre opens three new installations by Maria Hupfield, Nadia Myre, and Skawennati
MONTREAL.- DHC/ART Foundation for Contemporary Art and Phi present Path of Resilience, a public art project comprising three new installations by world-renowned artists Maria Hupfield, Nadia Myre, and Skawennati presented along Promenade urbaine Fleuve-Montagne, a new walkway from the Saint Lawrence River to Mount Royal. The path, a legacy project for Montreal's 375th anniversary, gives visitors an opportunity to experience the iconic heart of Montreal in a whole new way. The specially commissioned projects reflect the vitality of the artists' creations, and through the variety of forms, their talent for creating works that stimulate both the eye and the spirit. The installations, based on the interrelated themes of time, memory, history, and affirmation and infused with the artists' Indigenous heritage, use different strategies for occupying space. Maria Hupfield, heavily ... More

Nottingham students help National Portrait Gallery acquire New portraits of Nottingham icons
LONDON.- An exciting new project featuring young people from Clifton, Nottingham, has led to the National Portrait Gallery acquiring portraits of Nottingham icons Viv Anderson, Jake Bugg, Eric Irons and Vicky McClure. Creative Connections: Nottingham has enabled students from Farnborough Academy in Clifton to work with artist and photographer, Katherine Green, to create new responses to the National Portrait Gallery’s Collection and explore people and perceptions of identity, pride and place. 22 GCSE Photography students were invited to the National Portrait Gallery in London to be inspired by and to research their Collection of portraits of Nottingham-based personalities such as D. H Lawrence, Laura Knight, Samantha Morton, Paul Smith and Becky Downie. The students noticed there were some Nottingham icons missing from the Collection and their recommendations ... More

Center for Contemporary Art in Tel Aviv presents a solo exhibition by Tali Keren
TEL AVIV.- The CCA presents “The Great Seal,” a solo exhibition by Tali Keren. In it, Keren invites viewers to step into the shoes of the headline speakers at the annual summit of Christians United for Israel (CUFI). In the United States, there are between 40 to 60 million Zionist Christians, who believe that redemption is contingent on the realization of a Jewish Greater Israel between the Mediterranean Sea and the Jordan River. Keren offers a glimpse into this world through an installation simulating a rostrum complete with a “presidential teleprompter,” wherein participants are invited to read out the speeches of Israeli and American politicians and clergymen who participated in the event. The result is a work that intentionally blurs the lines between viewers and participants and examines the mechanisms of eliciting religious and political ecstasy. By giving the floor ... More

Qatar Museums unveils sculpture by London-based Iraqi artist Dia al-Azzawi
DOHA.- Acclaimed Iraqi artist Dia al-Azzawi’s latest sculpture, Hanging Gardens of Babel, is unveiled at MIA Park. The iconic artwork is an homage to ancient Iraq, and refers to the self-destruction of human civilization. The sculpture follows al-Azzawi’s major exhibition I am the cry, who will give voice to me? Dia al-Azzawi: A Retrospective (from 1963 until tomorrow) that was on show simultaneously at Mathaf: Arab Museum of Modern Art and the QM Gallery Al Riwaq earlier this year. In addition, al-Azzawi also has two iconic sculptures on show at Hamad International Airport that celebrate travelling in the modern age. Dia Azzawi (Iraqi, b.1939) graduated with a degree in archaeology from the Baghdad University in 1962, and a degree in Fine Art from the Institute of Fine Arts, Baghdad in 1964. In 1969, he formed the art group New Vision with some of his contemporaries; ... More

New Brandywine Creek Greenway app connects users to area parks & preserves
CHADDS FORD, PA.- From biking to birding to trail hiking, plus fishing, boating, and more, the new Brandywine Creek Greenway app helps users find recreational activities in more than 100 publicly-accessible parks and preserves in Chester and Delaware counties. With the free app, users can find the closest park or preserve to their current location or filter by the type of activity they want to do, including sport fields, picnicking, and horseback riding. From the Harvey Run Trail in Chadds Ford to the Struble Lake Recreation Area in Honey Brook, each of the dozens of municipal parks and private non-profit preserves has a brief description, photo gallery, GPS-enabled directions, tips and notes. The app is currently available to download for both Apple and Android operating systems through the App Store and Google Play, or visit www.brandywine.org/app. The Brandywine Creek Greenway is a regional planning initiative of the Brandywine ... More

New Director of Exhibitions & Collections for ACMI
MELBOURNE.- ACMI (Australian Centre for the Moving Image) has appointed Paul Bowers Director, Exhibitions & Collections at an exciting time of renewal for the world’s leading moving image museum. ACMI Director & CEO, Katrina Sedgwick, today welcomed Paul to ACMI’s Executive leadership team. “We are delighted that Paul Bowers will be joining ACMI in this key role. Our exhibition and collections teams have been going from strength to strength, and as we begin the first stage of ACMI’s renewal, Paul’s extensive experience, his strategic and wholistic understanding of the museum sector and his audience facing, progressive approach to the development and presentation of award winning exhibitions will be a real asset to our leadership team.” Paul takes up the role as ACMI begins to develop designs for a multifaceted renewal that will transform the museum ... More




Tales From the Cryptic Species - Shelf Life #16



Flashback
On a day like today, French painter Edgar Degas was born
July 19, 1834. Edgar Degas (19 July 1834 - 27 September 1917), was a French artist famous for his work in painting, sculpture, printmaking and drawing. He is regarded as one of the founders of Impressionism although he rejected the term, and preferred to be called a realist. A superb draftsman, he is especially identified with the subject of the dance, and over half of his works depict dancers. In this image: An auction house worker poses for the photographers behind a sculpture by Edgar Degas, ahead of an auction sale in central London, Friday, June 15, 2012.



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