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Artemis Gallery announces auction of antiquities, Asian and ethnographic art + fossils

Ancient Egyptian Ptolemaic gilded child sarcophagus helmet mask, est. $18,000-$25,000. Images courtesy of Artemis Gallery.

BOULDER, COLO.- Throughout the year, Artemis Gallery presents both specialty and comprehensive one-day auctions that attract a global audience of antiquities and ethnographic art collectors, and institutional buyers. But the excitement level leading up to an Artemis Gallery sale is never greater than when the Colorado-based company hosts its two-day Exceptional Auction, whose format features antiquities and fine Asian art in the opening session and ethnographic art and fossils on Day 2. The next highly anticipated event of this type is slated for June 20-21, with absentee and Internet live bidding available through LiveAuctioneers. As is the case with every Artemis sale, all pieces offered are pre-vetted by a research team led by gallery co-owners and renowned industry experts Bob and Teresa Dodge. All convey with an Artemis Gallery COA and are unconditionally guaranteed to be aut ... More

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Remarkable sales across all levels of the market at Art Basel in Basel 2018   Exhibition explores how Frida Kahlo fashioned her identity   Exhibition contains the most emblematic and universal icons of the world created by Andy Warhol

Art Basel in Basel 2018 © Art Basel.

BASEL.- The 2018 edition of Art Basel in Basel closed on Sunday, June 17, 2018, amid reports of significant sales to private collections and institutions by galleries across all market sectors. Once more, Art Basel drew in a particularly strong turnout of both established and new collectors, from over 100 countries, with especially robust attendance from Europe and Asia. The show took place at Messe Basel from June 14 to June 17, 2018 and attracted an attendance of nearly 95,000 and once again proved to be a pivotal meeting place for the international art world. The show, whose Lead Partner is UBS, brought together 290 premier galleries from 35 countries, presenting extraordinary contemporary and Modern works by over 4,000 artists. Leading private collectors from Europe, the Americas, Asia, Africa and the Middle East attended this year, as well as representatives from over 400 museums and institutions, including: The Bass, ... More

Frida Kahlo, Self-Portrait, 1948 © Private Collection

LONDON.- This summer, the V&A explores how Frida Kahlo (b. 1907), one of the most recognised and significant artists and women of the 20th century, fashioned her identity. Frida Kahlo: Making Her Self Up is the first exhibition outside of Mexico to display her clothes and intimate possessions, reuniting them with key self-portraits and photographs to offer a fresh perspective on her compelling life story. The exhibition presents an unparalleled insight into Kahlo’s life revealing some objects that have never been on show before. Working in close collaboration with Museo Frida Kahlo, the museum displays more than 200 objects from the Blue House. Kahlo’s personal items including outfits, letters, jewellery, cosmetics, medicines and medical corsets were discovered in 2004, 50 years after being sealed in the Blue House by her husband Diego Rivera, the Mexican muralist, following her death in 1954. Exploring Kahlo’s highly choreograph ... More

Installation view.

MALAGA.- Warhol. Mechanical Art provides a complete and polyhedral journey that enables visitors to follow the creative development of this exceptional artist from his beginnings as a budding commercial graphic designer in New York City in the 1950s, to his death in 1987, by which time he had become a universal legend. The show highlights various aspects of Warhol’s work, such as the innovative way in which he applied the idea of processing to his multi-faceted serial work, the strong biographical links, his artistic production, and his originality and talent for transversally and cyclically combining different techniques, media and iconographic repertoires. He created representations that are canons, as they form part of the official history of Western art, and symbols, having become part of contemporary collective popular imagery. Organized by Museo Picasso Málaga in collaboration with Obra Social “la Caixa”, the ... More

Last of the Jayer wine sold for 30 mln euros   The Brodsky Center for Printmaking and Papermaking moves to new home at PAFA   Palmer Museum of Art presents three shows in eclectic summer exhibition lineup

A file photo taken on April 27, 2018 in Geneva shows magnums (1.5 litre bottle) of Vosne-Romanee 1er cru Cros Parantoux wine by late famous French winemaker Henri Jayer. Fabrice COFFRINI / AFP.

GENEVA (AFP).- The last batch of late legendary winemaker Henri Jayer's Burgundies -- which include some of the world's most expensive wines -- was sold for a mouth-watering 30 million euros ($35 million) in Geneva on Sunday, well in excess of the estimated price. In all, 1,064 bottles went under the hammer at the Baghera Wines auction at a gourmet restaurant in Geneva. They included Cros-Parantoux Vosne-Romanee Premier Cru, which ranks among the world's priciest wines. "Everything was sold and each one of the lots was extremely well bid" in an auction that lasted six and a half hours, said Emilie Drouin, spokeswoman for the Baghera Wines auction house. The 855 standard bottles and 209 magnums, dating from between 1970 and 2001, were from the personal wine cellar of the man broadly considered the king of the Pinot Noir variety of grape. ... More

Elizabeth Catlett (American, 1915–2012), Gossip, 2005. Digital print and photolithograph, 22 ½ x 24 inches. Edition of 200. Published by Brodsky Center at PAFA. Collaborating master printer Randy Hemminghaus. Photo courtesy of the artist and Brodsky Center at PAFA. © the artist and Brodsky Center at PAFA. Photo: Jack Abraham.

PHILADELPHIA, PA.- The Brodsky Center, a collaborative paper and printmaking center devoted to the creation of new work, is coming to the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts (PAFA). PAFA has announced plans to absorb the Center from its current location at Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey. The Rutgers Center for Innovative Print and Paper was founded in 1986 by Judith Brodsky, an artist, printmaker, arts advocate and professor of art. Housed at the Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers, the Center was renamed in her honor in 2006, and is dedicated to enabling groundbreaking artists, both established and emerging, to create new work in paper and print. Brodsky, who now sits on PAFA’s Contemporary Collections Committee, ... More

Edward Penfield, Harper’s March, 1895, color lithograph. Gift of Jack R. Bershad, 95.109.

UNIVERSITY PARK, PA.- The Palmer Museum of Art at Penn State announced its summer 2018 exhibition schedule. This summer, the museum will present recent large-scale paintings by contemporary artist Julie Heffernan, as well as exhibitions drawn from the museum’s permanent collection including a display of documentary and modernist photographs of the city, and a selection of posters from the golden age of American poster art. The Palmer’s major exhibition for summer 2018 highlights a selection of monumental canvases by contemporary artist Julie Heffernan, a former professor of painting at Penn State. In When the Water Rises: Recent Paintings by Julie Heffernan, the artist explores her personal response to the dilemma and threat of climate change. Intricately wrought and meticulously detailed, the narrative paintings begin the conversation about how humans might adapt to vastly different climactic conditions or ... More

Suspect dead, 20 hurt in shooting at US arts festival   Overall results of Ketterer Kunst's seven auctions that realized more than €23 million   Exhibition charts the remarkable accomplishments of documentary photographer Tish Murtha

Police officers inspect the crime scene at the Roebling Market on June 17, 2018, the morning after a shooting at an all-night art festival injured 20 people and left one suspect dead in Trenton, New Jersey. DOMINICK REUTER / AFP.

NEW YORK (AFP).- At least 20 people were hurt early Sunday in a shooting at an all-night arts festival in Trenton, the state capital of New Jersey, that also left one suspect dead, a local prosecutor said. "Multiple individuals opened fire" inside the festival venue shortly before 3:00 am, Mercer County chief prosecutor Angelo Onofri told reporters. A 33-year-old man, one of the suspects, was killed, and another was taken into custody, he said. Among the injured at the Art All-Night Trenton event was a 13-year-old boy in critical condition. Several weapons were recovered at the scene, Onofri said. The local CBS affiliate said 22 people were wounded, and that four of them were in critical condition. Officials offered no immediate theory as to what prompted the shooting spree, or how it unfolded. ... More

Tony Cragg, Point of View, 2002. Bronze. Estimate: € 300,000 / $ 360,000. Sold: € 662,500 / $ 795.000.

MUNICH.- Satisfied clients and excellent figures – that‘s the overall result of the seven auctions that realized more than €23 million - around 2.5 million more than in spring 2017. In comparison with the same period in 2017, this auction saw a total of 44 results on or beyond the € 100,000 line, instead of a previous 38. Additionally, a great number of records were achieved. The demand for Post War Art was particularly strong. After the Departments of 19th Century Art and Rare Books had already grossed proceeds of around € 2.5 million a few days earlier, the Departments of Modern-, Post War- and Contemporary Art set a strong final chord for the first auction term in 2018 with sales figures of more than € 20 million. Auctioneer and company owner Robert Ketterer sums up: “I am very delighted that we were even able to excel last year’s great performance.” He continues: “What I find very remarkable was the fact that artists ... More

Tish Murtha, Newport - Ex Miner - New Found out pub, 1977. © Ella Murtha, All rights reserved. Courtesy of Ella Murtha & The Photographers' Gallery.

LONDON.- The Photographers’ Gallery presents Tish Murtha: Works 1976 – 1991, a new exhibition which charts the remarkable accomplishments of documentary photographer Tish Murtha (b. South Shields 1956 - d. 2013) and offers a tender and frank perspective on a historic moment of social deprivation and instability in Britain. The exhibition surveys six major bodies of work; Newport Pub (1976/78); Elswick Kids (1978); Juvenile Jazz Bands (1979); Youth Unemployment (1980); London by Night (1983) and Elswick Revisited (1987 – 1991) using both vintage and contemporary prints. In addition, the exhibition will also include personal letters and ephemeral material from the Tish Murtha Archive. In 1976, aged 20, Tish Murtha left Newcastle upon Tyne to study at the influential School of Documentary Photography at Newport College of Art under the guidance of Magnum photographer David Hurn. ... More

Classic Beauties unveils the sensual enchantment of Neoclassicism   Oxford University Press publishes second edition of 'After Modern Art 1945-2017' by David Hopkins   Blum & Poe announces the representation of Los Angeles-based artist Mimi Lauter

Antonio Canova, The Three Graces , 1812–16 (detail) © Aurelio Amendola / State Hermitage Museum, St Petersburg.

AMSTERDAM.- Saturday 16 June 2018 marked the opening day of Hermitage Amsterdam’s new exhibition, Classic Beauties. Artists, Italy and the Esthetic Ideals of the 18th Century. The show tells the story of the artists and tourists, who flocked to Italy, and more especially Rome, in the second half of the eighteenth century. From all over Europe they travelled to the Eternal City in search of inspiration and to see for themselves the newly excavated classical Greco-Roman sculptures and buildings. Their experiences prompted an austere kind of fashionable architecture, but in the visual arts, a new, unprecedentedly sensual style sent shock waves through society: a naked, superhuman beauty more daring than anything attempted by the Greeks and Romans. Neoclassicism was born. The archaeological finds sparked a craze for travel among young aristocrats across the continent. Many spent months travelling to and sightseeing in Italy. Among them were J ... More

After Modern Art 1945-2017 introduces the major movements, motivations, and artists of the period, including Jackson Pollock, Andy Warhol, Louise Bourgeois, and Jeff Koons.

OXFORD.- Contemporary art can be baffling and beautiful, provocative and disturbing. This pioneering book presents a new look at the controversial period between 1945 and 2017, when art and its traditional forms were called into question. It focuses on the relationship between American and European art, and challenges previously held views about the origins of some of the most innovative ideas in art of this time. Major artists such as Jackson Pollock, Robert Rauschenberg, Andy Warhol, Joseph Beuys, Gerhard Richter, Louise Bourgeois, Cindy Sherman, Jeff Koons, and Shiran Neshat are all discussed, as is the art world of the last fifty years. Important trends are also covered including Abstract Expressionism, Pop Art, Minimalism, Conceptualism, Postmodernism, and Performance Art. This revised and updated second edition includes a new chapter exploring art since 2000 and how ... More

Mimi Lauter, Untitled (Devotional Flower Landscape), 2018. Soft pastel, oil pastel on paper, 87 7/8 x 73 3/8 x 2 inches framed. © Mimi Lauter, Courtesy of the artist and Blum & Poe, Los Angeles/New York/Tokyo.

NEW YORK, NY.- Blum & Poe announced the representation of Los Angeles-based artist Mimi Lauter. Her first solo exhibition with the gallery is on view in Los Angeles until June 23. Lauter works primarily with pastel on paper, from intimately scaled notebook-sized work to twenty-four part installations transforming entire gallery spaces into secular chapels. A saturated, bold palette and intricately carved rich textures comprise her works that harken simultaneously to cave paintings, Byzantine mosaics, medieval tapestries, Redon, and the murals of Diego Rivera. The work hovers between abstraction and representation, carrying narratives drawn from subconscious memory, literature, sociopolitical surroundings, the history of painting, and classical mythology. She says, "There's a certain type of intimacy with drawing. It's always an accumulation of many marks, never one gesture, that leads to a different relationship with time. ... More

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The Korean Cultural Centre opens Jheon Soocheon's first solo exhibition in the UK
LONDON.- The Korean Cultural Centre is presenting the first solo exhibition in the UK of the internationally acclaimed artist Jheon Soocheon, renowned for his spectacular large-scale installations. Space of Contemplation provides a deep insight into Jheon’s experimental practice through new works that explore human emotions and desires in a social and historical context. The exhibition is programmed as part of the Korea/UK Season 2017–18. The exhibition is centred around a series of new installations in which the artist pushes the limits of the materials he employs. The monumental installation New Wolincheongangjigok (2018) consists of 1,000 stainless steel super mirrors and is inspired by the lyric poem ‘Wolincheongangjigok’ (One moon is reflected in thousands of rivers), written by King Sejong in approximately 1449 during the Joseon Dynasty. In the poem, the King ... More

Four leading contemporary British artists open exhibition at Partners & Mucciaccia
LONDON.- Superimposition, a group show featuring four leading contemporary British artists, opened at Partners & Mucciaccia London gallery on June 15. Paul Morrison, Barry Reigate, Michael Stubbs and Mark Titchner are united by an awareness of the rich tradition of painting in Britain and beyond, plus the will to show the medium is alive and well in the 21st Century. The exhibition takes its title from the concept of superimposition. Derived from the Latin word superimponere , meaning “to place over” or “to place above”, it is mostly associated with the world of graphics, when one image is layered on top of another to partially or totally cover the previous one, sometimes using different materials. Superimposition is a process based intervention; one layered or mapped act follows the previous one to reveal the final composition. There has been a strong historical impulse ... More

Nick Cave and design collaborator Bob Faust create kaleidoscopic mural
NEW YORK, NY.- In a special collaboration for New York Live Arts, artists Nick Cave and Bob Faust create a kaleidoscopic mural from one of Cave's iconic soundsuits constructed entirely of woven bags collected from around the world. These bags we carry are filled with promise is a through-the-looking glass interpretation that the baggage we all walk through life with is anything but weighty. In this manifestation, the bags seem to defy gravity, and rather than weighing us down, actually carry the hopes, dreams and aspirations that fuel us for our choices ahead. From the single source image of Cave's work, Faust selects and manipulates key details that seem to morph seamlessly into multiple patterns, shape-shifting across the 31 liner feet of lobby wall. The mural acts as a conditioning agent for audiences, preparing them for the performative experience on Live Arts’ mainstage ... More

Group exhibition featuring the works of 37 artists who are native to the Americas opens in Miami
MIAMI, FLA.- The Museum of Contemporary Art North Miami is presenting the group exhibition “Monarchs: Brown and Native Contemporary Artists in the Path of the Butterfly” from May 24 – Aug. 5, 2018. Curated by Risa Puleo, the exhibition features the works of 37 artists who are native to the Americas separated into conceptual categories including indigenous, immigrant and assimilated. The exhibition focuses on the monarch, the only butterfly that migrates in two directions, as a geographic range and a metaphor. Monarchs (specifically those of eastern North American) fly from southern Canada through the Midwest on their way to Michoacán, Mexico and back. This survey of artists from or living in the path of the monarch, brings to life the Dakota Access Pipeline and the call to build a wall in Mexico as unrelenting issues that create challenges for people ... More

Pauline Boudry and Renate Lorenz to exhibit at the Pavilion of Switzerland in 2019
ZURICH.- The curator of the Swiss Pavilion at the 58th International Art Exhibition - La Biennale di Venezia, Charlotte Laubard, appointed by the Swiss Arts Council Pro Helvetia, has announced she is developing an exhibition with artists Pauline Boudry / Renate Lorenz. Curator and art historian Céline Eidenbenz is responsible for next year’s «Salon Suisse» at the Palazzo Trevisan degli Ulivi. The 58th International Art Exhibition will be held in Venice from 11 May to 24 November 2019. Charlotte Laubard notes about her collaboration with Pauline Boudry / Renate Lorenz: “Challenging notions of gender, Pauline Boudry and Renate Lorenz question the norms that govern our representations and our life in society. What lends their work such force is that it moves beyond mere criticism or deconstruction. Their installations, films and performances are conceived as dispositifs ... More

Thoma Foundation announces recipients of Arts Writing Awards in Digital Art
CHICAGO, IL.- The Thoma Foundation announced the recipients of the 2018 Arts Writing Awards in Digital Art. Mary Flanagan will receive $40,000 in recognition of her sustained dedication to the field as an established arts writer, and Dawn Chan will receive $20,000 for her exceptional promise as an emerging arts writer. Initiated in 2015, the Arts Writing Awards provide unrestricted, merit-based funding in support of writing that advances research, scholarship, and dialogue in digital art. A total of $240,000 has been granted to date. The 2018 Arts Writing Awards will offer for the first time a fully-funded Robert Rauschenberg Residency of 5-6 weeks in duration. The Thoma Foundation has partnered with the Rauschenberg Foundation to provide recipients with the opportunity to participate in the 2019 residency program on Captiva Island, Florida. An early ... More

Exhibition of paintings and drawings by Peter Schenck on view at Freight+Volume
NEW YORK, NY.- Freight+Volume is presenting Comedy Cellar, an exhibition of paintings and drawings by Peter Schenck. In his second showing at the gallery, following his 2016 exhibition at the Arts+Leisure project space, Clear and Present Danger, Schenck continues to explore themes of artistic isolation, anxiety, and the oscillating tumult of everyday failure and triumph, presented in a fabric of dynamic, expressionist forms and colors. A current of sardonic “gallows humor” runs through the works on display, and the junctions of visual symbols and narrative figures are treacherous and fraught with disaster. Expanding upon his earlier narrative modes, Schenck focuses on developing this new series of “characters”, charting their inner and outer forms and complexities. At times sheathing them in shadow and at others bathing them in light, the artist highlights the ... More

M-Museum Leuven opens Jim Campers' first solo exhibition
LEUVEN.- The photographic styles of the Belgian artist Jim Campers are highly varied: some of his images resemble scientific illustrations or travel journals, while others recall advertisements or experiments with avant-garde abstraction. Yet not a single work of his is non-committal. Research plays an essential part in the way he approaches his subjects and chooses the geographical locations for his photographs. Campers often immerses himself for months at a time, for instance, in highly specialized subjects via underground literature or online blogs. In Forward Escape into the Past, the artist is showing photographs from his two most recent projects, which are situated at the intersection of nostalgia and visionary utopia. The title of the exhibition suggests an alternative future for humanity and in so doing links the two photographic series thematically. Forward Escape ... More

Very rare Georgian Colour of the Coldstream Guards to be offered at auction
LONDON.- A very rare Georgian Colour of the Coldstream Guards will be among the highlights of Thomas Del Mar Ltd’s sale of Antique Arms, Armour & Militaria at 25 Blythe Road, London W14 on Wednesday, June 27, 2018 at 12noon. Viewing will take place on the preceding Sunday, Monday and Tuesday and online bidding is available via Expected to fetch £12,000-18,000, the design dates from 1814 and is of the no. 15 company, 2nd Battalion, the centre bearing St Edward’s Crown above the company symbol (Carolingian crown), ‘EGYPT’, the Sphinx between laurel sprays, ‘BARROSA’, a bugle-horn, ‘PENINSULA’ and ‘WATERLOO’. The horizontal arm of the cross inscribed ‘LINCELLES’ and ‘TALAVERA’. This colour was recently discovered in near-relic condition and has been expertly restored on a museum quality mount ... More

Holabird Western Americana Collections gears up for a big five-day event
RENO, NEV.- Holabird Western Americana Collections’ upcoming five-day auction, June 22-26 – officially titled June Treasures from Pacific Shores – is loaded with nearly 3,600 lots covering many categories, including numismatics, mining, minerals, general Americana, railroad, tokens, antique bottles, gaming, firearms and weaponry, Wells Fargo and Express collectibles and more. “We have a treasure trove of great material, from two choice working Wurlitzer jukeboxes to large coin collections to cigar store Indians to fine Native Americana,” said Fred Holabird of Holabird Western Americana Collections. The auction will be held online and in Holabird’s gallery, at 3555 Airway Drive (Suite 308) in Reno, starting at 8 am Pacific time all five days. For those unable to attend the sale in person, online bidding will be facilitated by,, eBay Live ... More

Kristen Lorello opens an immersive installation of floor and wall-based sculptures by Rachel Higgins
NEW YORK, NY.- Kristen Lorello is presenting the second solo exhibition at the gallery of Los Angeles-based artist Rachel Higgins. An immersive installation of floor and wall-based sculptures continues the artist's work with interactive sculpture and performance. Higgins's new installation transforms the gallery into an intimate and playful environment that appears both familiar and strange. Simple geometric forms and synthetic materials associated with present-day construction conjure the feel of a luxury bathroom, corporate lobby, or suburban mall. The focal point of the exhibition is a free-standing fountain the size of a personal shower. Operating on its own internal plumbing system, it constantly circulates water from a lower basin up through an overhead spout. Installed with architectural elements that signal an elusory recession of space, such ... More

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On a day like today, Flemish painter Rogier van der Weyden died
June 18, 1464. Rogier van der Weyden (1399 or 1400 - 18 June 1464) was an Early Netherlandish painter whose surviving works consist mainly of religious triptychs, altarpieces and commissioned single and diptych portraits. He was highly successful and internationally famous in his lifetime; his paintings were exported – or taken – to Italy and Spain, and he received commissions from, amongst others, Philip the Good, Netherlandish nobility, and foreign princes. In this image: Rogier van der Weyden, Werkstatt, Kreuzigung Christi (Abegg-Triptychon), um 1445, Eichenholz, Mitteltafel: 103,5 x 72,4 cm, Flügel: je 103,5 x 32,8 cm. Riggisberg bei Bern, Abegg-Stiftung. © Riggisberg, Abegg-Stiftung, Christoph von Viràg, 1999.

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