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Exhibition of 19th century drawings made 'en plein air' on view at the Louvre

Diaz de la Pena, Vue d'une route à la lisière d'un bois © RMN-Grand Palais (musée d'Orsay) / Jean-Gilles Berizzi.

PARIS.- This exhibition showcases the heterogeneity of French “from the motif” or “from nature” drawing in the first half of the 19th century, with a particular focus on leading figures of French art (Delacroix, Corot, Chassériau, Valenciennes and Daubigny), as well as lesser-known individuals such as the engraver Bléry. Organized with special support from the Bibliothèque Nationale de France and the cooperation of the Musée d’Orsay, the exhibition puts on display over 100 drawings and etchings, and some thirty sketchbooks—the “plein-air’ painter’s quintessential tool. The practice of drawing “en plein air” or “in the open air”, “from the motif”, first recorded in 17th-century France (and Europe), became common in the 18th century, and was considered an integral part of every young artist’s training in the 19th. The constantly evolving art movement eventually came to be seen as exceptionally important in the histo ... More

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The Galloway Hoard has been saved after an appeal raised £1.98m   The great names of art are mobilising themselves for the restoration of Saint-Germain-des-Prés Church   Frank Stella exhibition launches NSU Art Museum Fort Lauderdale's 60th anniversary year

Objects from the Galloway Hoard © National Museums Scotland.

LONDON.- Having achieved a fundraising target of £1.98m, National Museums Scotland has acquired the Galloway Hoard on behalf of the nation and can now begin vital conservation work on this striking collection of Viking-age objects. Discovered in Dumfries and Galloway by a metal detectorist in 2014, the Galloway Hoard consists of more than 100 pieces of gold, silver and jewelled treasure including ingots, arm-rings and brooches – and some particularly striking items such as a gold pin in the shape of a bird and a decorated silver-gilt cup of Continental or Byzantine origin. The hoard is unique in bringing together a remarkable variety of objects in one discovery, hinting at hitherto unknown connections between people across Europe and beyond. Following the allocation of the hoard in May 2017 to National Museums Scotland by the Queen’s Lord Treasurer’s Remembrancer, NMS had just six months in which to ... More

Bernar Venet, 12 Acute Unequal Angles, 2016. Acier patiné noir, 39,5 x 48 x 15 cm. Estimate: €40.000-60.000. © Christie’s Images Limited 2017.

PARIS.- Christie's has partnered with the “Fonds de Dotation pour le Rayonnement de l’Eglise Saint-Germain-des-Prés” to organise a charity sale around the great names of contemporary art. This sale, which will present some forty works of contemporary art, will take place on Monday, 4 December at 7 pm. Saint-Germain is the vibrating heart of Paris. Artists, friends and collectors from around the world are mobilising themselves for the conservation of Saint-Germain-des-Prés’ legacy. "Making it possible and contributing to the broadening of the generosity chain" is the goal of Daniel Moquay, head of the Archives Yves Klein, who proposed to collectors, galleries and artists to rally themselves around this challenge: "to have this emblematic heritage living again, the Mecca of culture and a neighborhood known to everyone around the world ". The strategic bias is to focus on artists who have ... More

Frank Stella, Sunapee II, 1966. Alkyd and epoxy paint on canvas. Private Collection, NY © 2017 Frank Stella / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York, Photo: Jason Wyche.

FORT LAUDERDALE, FLA.- NSU Art Museum Fort Lauderdale presents Frank Stella: Experiment and Change, an exhibition that spans the artist’s 60-year career from the late 1950’s to the present. The exhibition, composed of approximately 300 paintings, relief sculpture and drawings will offer insight into his trajectory from minimalism (e.g. the geometry of the black paintings) to maximalism (eg. the spatially complex constructionist and large sculptures of the Moby Dick series.) Curated by Bonnie Clearwater, Director and Chief Curator, Experiment and Change leads the museum’s 60th anniversary celebration presented by AutoNation, and will be on view from November 12, 2017 to July 8, 2018.
The exhibition juxtaposes works from various periods of Stella’s career, revealing his aesthetic development and ... More

Sotheby's to hold dedicated sale of Soviet art to mark the centenary of the Russian Revolution   Auction of Modern and Contemporary Furniture, Design and Art to be held at Doyle   Most significant exhibition of Cuban art in the U.S. in more than 70 years opens at the Walker Art Center

Yuri Ivanovich Pimenov, We Are Building Socialism, 1928. Estimate: £4,000 — 6,000 Courtesy Sotheby’s.

LONDON.- In a few weeks’ time, Sotheby’s will hold its first dedicated auction of Soviet Art to coincide with the centenary of the 1917 Russian Revolution, one of the defining moments of the 20th century. Still too little understood outside the region itself, the artistic legacy of the world’s first Socialist Republic is slowly gaining wider international recognition thanks to a number of ambitious exhibitions this year. Recent years have seen promising results for Soviet artists at all price levels in Sotheby’s Russian Pictures auctions, most importantly for Georgy Nissky’s Over the Snowy Fields which established a new record for any work of Soviet Art when it sold for £1.76 million ($2.95 million) in 2014. This sale of over 120 lots includes examples by 80 different artists from the earliest years of the Soviet Union to 1991. Estimates range from £1,000 to £3.5 million. Covering the avant- ... More

Pair of Vladimir Kagan Upholstered Walnut Contour Lounge Chairs, designed 1958. Est. $12,000-18,000.

NEW YORK, NY.- Doyle’s popular Doyle+Design auction on Tuesday, November 21 at 10am showcases furniture, design and art by some of the most prominent designers, makers and artists of the 20th and 21st centuries. The sale presents design that has transformed the way we use living spaces while questioning where we draw the line between fine art and furniture and decorative objects. Furniture by George Nakashima (1905-1990) is renowned for its organic forms that incorporate the natural unfinished edge of the wood plank, as seen in two chests of drawers in the sale (est. each $30,000-50,000). Often chosen in consultation with his clients, the wood used by the Nakashima retains the expressiveness found in the graining and imperfections of each plank. Vladimir Kagan’s (1927-2016) furniture from the 1950s took American homes in a completely new direction, re- ... More

Sandu Darie (born Romania, 1908–1991), Sin título (Untitled), c. 1960–1970. Tempera on canvas, 44-1/2 x 36 x 1-15/16 in. Ella Fontanals-Cisneros Collection, Miami.

MINNEAPOLIS, MN.- A landmark exhibition opened at the Walker Art Center on November 11, Adiós Utopia: Dreams and Deceptions in Cuban Art Since 1950, views how Cuba's revolutionary epoch shaped 65 years of Cuban art. This powerful and unprecedented exhibition establishes a new narrative focused on the experiences of artists who lived and trained in Cuba and is a rare opportunity to discover 100 of the most important works of painting, graphic design, photography, video, installation, and performance, created by more than 50 Cuban artists and designers. Adiós Utopia is curated by Cuban independent curators Gerardo Mosquera, René Francisco Rodríguez, and Elsa Vega. Conceived by the Cisneros Fontanals Fundación Para Las Artes (CIFO Europa) and The Cisneros ... More

Rijksmuseum and Museum De Lakenhal present an ode to the women of De Stijl   The Speed Art Museum opens exhibition of films and prints by Bruce Conner   Frist Center for the Visual Arts opens a dynamic survey of Nick Cave's practice

Peggy Guggenheim and Nelly van Doesburg: Advocates of De Stijl.

AMSTERDAM.- The first copy of 'Peggy Guggenheim and Nelly van Doesburg: Advocates of De Stijl' was presented today at the Rijksmuseum to Karole Vail, director of the Peggy Guggenheim Collection, and Wies van Moorsel, biographer and niece of Nelly van Doesburg. The book by curator Doris Wintgens is an ode to the two friends Peggy Guggenheim and Nelly van Doesburg, and describes their efforts to bring De Stijl to the attention of the world as an artistic movement. The independent and strongminded Peggy Guggenheim (1898-1979) and Nelly van Doesburg (1899-1975) chose to live their lives in, with and for modern art. They met in 1938 at Guggenheim’s avant-garde gallery in London. Van Doesburg was in London on a mission to promote the ideas and work of her late husband Theo. As editor of the eponymous magazine, Theo van Doesburg ... More

Bruce Conner, #208 1970. Offset lithograph. Image: 10 9/16 x 9 3/16 inches. Sheet: 11 ½ x 9 7/8 inches. Gift of the Conner Family Trust © Conner Family Trust.

LOUISVILLE, KY.- The Speed Art Museum is presenting Bruce Conner: Forever and Ever, an exhibition of films and prints by Bruce Conner (1933–2008), an artist known for his innovations in film, assemblage, drawing, painting, photography, printmaking, and collage. The new exhibition opened November 11, 2017 and runs through March 2, 2018. Co-curated by Miranda Lash, Curator of Contemporary Art, and Dean Otto, Curator of Film, Bruce Conner: Forever and Ever is the Speed’s first exhibition collaboration between its Contemporary Art and Film departments. “This exhibition was organized to celebrate a recent gift from the Conner Family Trust of twenty-one lithographs to the Speed Art Museum,” said Miranda Lash. “These prints reveal an intricate and obsessive practice that crossed over into Conner’s ... More

Artist Nick Cave.

NASHVILLE, TENN.- The Frist Center for the Visual Arts presents Nick Cave: Feat., a dynamic survey of the noted Chicago-based artist’s practice, on view in the Upper-Level Galleries through June 24, 2018. The exhibition contains an array of engaging works that are broadly accessible to audiences of all ages and backgrounds and, on a deeper level, speak to issues of identity, racial equity, and social justice. Cave will also direct the community-based project Nick Cave: Feat. Nashville, a monumental interdisciplinary performance work featuring local talent that will be presented twice on April 6, 2018. Nick Cave (b. 1959) produces work in a wide range of mediums, including sculpture, installation, video, and performance. “Cave’s creations, bursting with color and texture, are optical delights that can be enjoyed by everyone,” says Frist Center curator Katie Delmez. “A closer look reveals that they also address racial profil ... More

Pirelli: 2018 calendar by Tim Walker unveiled in New York   Freeman's Modern & Contemporary Art Auction sets auction record   Louvre Abu Dhabi draws crowd as diverse as UAE

Duckie Thot.

NEW YORK, NY.- The Pirelli 2018 Calendar by Tim Walker was presented yesterday at the Manhattan Center in New York. For the 45th Calendar edition, shot in London last May, the British photographer applied his unmistakable style of extravagant sets and romantic motifs, to revisit one of the classic stories of British literature: " Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland ". His inspiration came not only from Lewis Carroll’s fantastic story, but most importantly from the illustrations that Carroll himself had entrusted to John Tenniel for the first edition of 1865. In Tim Walker’s 2018 Pirelli Calendar they become 28 shots consisting of 20 different and extraordinary sets for a new unique Wonderland. ”Alice has been told so many times”, Tim Walker said, “and I think I wanted to go back to the genesis of the imagination behind Lewis Carroll so that you could tell it from the very beginning again. I wanted to find a different and original angle”. In order to convey his idea o ... More

Sam Gilliam (American b. 1933), Idylls I. Sold for $370,000.

PHILADELPHIA, PA.- On Tuesday, Freeman’s Modern & Contemporary Art auction totaled over $2.1 million and was led by an auction record-breaking draped canvas painting by artist Sam Gilliam (American b. 1933). The highly anticipated “Idylls I” skyrocketed past its presale high estimate of $80,000, ultimately selling for $370,000 to one of the 17 phone bidders enthusiastically competing for the lot. The auction included two important paintings by Gilliam, both of which came from the same private collection. The two works generated considerable pre-sale interest, and the excitement in the sale room leading up to the back-to-back lots was palpable. When the first of the two lots - “EAST II,” a fine example of the artist’s beveled-edge paintings - came up for sale, 12 phone bidders stood at attention, eagerly waiting for Freeman’s Chairman, Alasdair Nichol, to open the lot. Once bidding commenced, ... More

Visitors look at exhibits during the opening of the Louvre Abu Dhabi Museum on November 11, 2017 on Saadiyat island in the Emirati capital. KARIM SAHIB / AFP.

ABU DHABI (AFP).- The Louvre Abu Dhabi opened its doors to the public on Saturday, drawing thousands of visitors as cosmopolitan as the United Arab Emirates itself, a symbol of the Gulf nation’s ambitions on the global stage. Light streamed down from the vast domed ceiling, the open-air museum reminiscent of a traditional Arabic marketplace. Inside, Emirati teenagers in flowing black robes snapped selfies next to a towering oil painting of Napoleon Bonaparte. Hundreds of Asian, European and Arab expatriates dressed in stylish attire roamed through the vast museum alongside Emirati couples in traditional Arabic dress. "I’m so excited to see what’s in the Louvre. I don’t know how to pronounce it," giggled Rachel Aquino, a Filipina nurse living in Abu Dhabi. "LOOV," her friend Ruby Fullon, a fellow nurse from the Philippines, ... More

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A changing Polish city dreams of Expo 2022
LODZ (AFP).- Under a massive glass roof, the ultramodern new train station in Lodz, a central city in Poland, already appears ready to welcome visitors for a 2022 international expo that the former textile capital dreams of hosting. The station will form the new heart of the rapidly changing city, which gradually lost its lustre after years of grandeur at the end of the 19th-century. Lodz hit hard times after communism fell and dozens of fabric factories closed. By the early 1990s, more than 20 percent of the population was unemployed and the city began to empty. Last year there were 696,000 residents, down from 854,000 in 1988. Now Lodz wants to renew itself. It selected "City Re:Invented" as its theme for the Specialised Expo 2022/23, which is like a smaller World Expo that showcases a precise challenge facing humanity. "At the Expo, we want to talk about how you can ... More

Gallery NAGA opens solo exhibitions of works by George Nick and Andy Buck
BOSTON, MASS.- Each morning, while the rest of us are rolling out of bed and rubbing our eyes, George Nick is already on his way to a painting site, sometimes traveling an hour and a half to reach it. He sets up his easel and makes the most of the early morning light. He heads back after lunch, only to work on still lifes in his studio. The next day is like the preceding one, and on and on. Painting is hard work for Nick and he’d have it no other way. If he’s figured it out, he’s already moved on; the moment something has become formulaic, he turns to a new challenge. It’s a mantra we hear every time we visit the studio. “This is hard work,” Nick remarks. “I wrestled with this painting for months.” “If I figure it out after one go or after eighty goes, I’m happy.” “You see this new tone? It’s almost right.” After 90 years of life he still struggles with each painting. Nick’s 11th solo exhibition at ... More

American University Museum late fall shows: "Feminine" art, Washington art and Israeli art
WASHINGTON, DC.- Late fall shows at the American University Museum at the Katzen Arts Center opened Nov. 11. The first exhibit to open, RADIX: The Eternal Feminine, is curated by Claudia Rousseau, Ph.D. RADIX is a collaboration of three Washington artists: Anne Marchand, Pat Goslee and Cianne Fragione. The exhibit features the concept of the Eternal Feminine as an original, dynamic and cosmic force, in paintings and assemblages. Defying simple definition, this concept has different but analogous meanings for each artist. Each artist employs contemporary and abstract terms to express feminine energy from her own perspective. Through Dec. 17. Gallery Talk: Nov. 30 from 6-7 p.m. The second exhibit, The Trawick Prize, features award-winning Washington art in the Alper Initiative for Washington Art space of the museum. Established by Carol ... More

Ayyam Gallery Dubai opens "Cities" presenting Kais Salman's newest paintings
DUBAI.- In his older works, Kais Salman utilises satire to subvert the normalisation of greed, vanity, and ideological extremism that is rapidly defining our era. Seeking to confront and exorcise sociocultural manifestations of such depravity, Salman taps into ugliness and abjection through intentionally hyperbolised imagery accentuated by punches of colour and aestheticised forms. In his latest series, the artist takes these forms and explores their abstraction, in search of new compositions. Drawing upon folktales, epics, and myths, Salman creates alternate realities in which the characters he introduces, sometimes seen lined side by side, make up the basis of these worlds or ‘cities’. Introducing more figures than in his older works, each takes on an interdependent role, playing a part in the collective consciousness of a place and the work. The artist explores the roles ... More

Pedigree comics owner bringing another collection to Heritage Auctions' Comics & Comic Art Auction
DALLAS, TX.- Collectors will have an option to pursue an exceptional assortment of comics and comic art at Heritage Auctions' Comics & Comic Art Auction Nov. 16-18 in Beverly Hills, California. Part of the allure in the auction is the fact that many of the lots — including several of those carrying six-figure pre-auction estimates — come from the Douglas Schmell Collection. Owner of one of best-known high-end comic book auction firms, Pedigree Comics, Schmell previously consigned his personal collection through Heritage, a decision that laid the groundwork for the current consignment from his company. "Doug Schmell is familiar with every selling option in the hobby, so the fact that he chose us once again to auction part of his collection is something we're very proud of," said Heritage Auctions Senior Vice President Ed Jaster. Schmell ... More

WW1 Masterpiece lent to Rotherham Museum for Armistice Day and the final centenary year of the war
ROTHERHAM.- On Saturday 11th November to coincide with Remembrance Day an exhibition opened in the York and Lancaster Regimental Museum housed within Clifton Park Museum in Rotherham, which focuses on the highly charged painting Eve of the Battle of the Somme by Sir Herbert James Gunn RA, which has been loaned by the Fleming- Wyfold Art Foundation. The painting captures the abandon and exhilaration of young men swimming and relaxing - in contrast to the following day, when on the 1st July 1916 some 20,000 soldiers were to die in the first offensive of the Somme including many members of the famous Pals Brigades of the York and Lancaster Regiment. Scottish painter, James Gunn (1893-1964), who had enlisted in the Artists’ Rifles in 1915, was stationed in northern France, where he briefly had a studio in the barracks. Two of his brothers were ... More

Matteawan Gallery opens a solo exhibition of mixed media paintings and drawings by Thomas Huber
BEACON, NY.- Matteawan Gallery is presenting Thomas Huber: After Some Time, a solo exhibition of mixed media paintings and drawings. This is Huber’s second solo show at the gallery. The show runs through Sunday, December 17. Thomas Huber’s paintings and works on paper are composed of disparate images and materials arranged on a white background. He begins each work with a thickly sculpted gesso ground that becomes the support for a collage of found lists, scraps of paper with diagrams, doodles, and other personal notations revealing recognizable and semirecognizable images and words. Huber also uses various media including photo transfers, acrylics, Venetian plaster, wax, and varnish to create layers of organic processes and architectural forms that flow in and out of each other. Huber describes his use of various unrelated media as “a ... More

Solo exhibition by American born artist Chloe Sells on view at NextLevel Galerie
PARIS.- NextLevel is presenting The Form that Strength has Left, a solo exhibition by American born artist Chloe Sells. This is Sells’s first exhibition with the gallery, coinciding with the release of ‘FLAMINGO’, the second monographic publication dedicated to her work. The works in both the exhibition and the publication have been photographed in a part of Botswana that Sells has repeatedly visited over the last three years. “There is a place on earth that looks like white paint has spilled from the heavens and splashed across its surface. There is no arboreal green. There is no azure water. There is no earthy, brown soil. This albino birthmark is the Makgadikgadi Salt Pans in the heart of the Kalahari Desert of Botswana.“ The horizon line, which scores the center of each photograph is symbolic of what is fixed and determined in life—being born and dying. ... More

Congregation Beth El Menorah sculpture relocated to the Lyman Allyn
NEW BRITAIN, CONN.- The Lyman Allyn Art Museum is providing temporary safe harbor for Congregation Beth El’s granite and bronze sculpture, Menorah, while they relocate to a new building after having recently closed on the transfer of the synagogue to LEARN, the Regional Educational Service Center. Originally commissioned in 1994 by Rena Linder to commemorate the life of her daughter, Kathryn Linder Ecochard, who succumbed to cancer, the large Menorah, approximately 61 inches wide, had stood near the entrance of Temple Beth El since its creation by the local and much celebrated sculptor, David Smalley. Rena Linder, a past president of the congregation arranged for the relocation in consultation with the Lyman Allyn. After a number of other sites were considered, it was decided that it was a fitting addition to the McCourt 9/11 Memorial Garden where, ... More

Bonhams dominates Asian Art Week in London
LONDON.- Bonhams Fine Chinese Art sale at New Bond Street London on 9 November made £11,971,313, the highest total for an Asian art auction in London this week. Leading the Bonhams sale was a set of four Huanghuali Folding Chairs that achieved £5,296,250, winning the accolade for the most valuable Asian work of art to be sold this week in London. The folding chairs appear to be the only known version of this form and type, and are widely considered a masterpiece of Ming Dynasty furniture. They had been estimated at £150,000 - 200,000. In a packed saleroom, the bidding war finally came down to a tense battle between a bidder in the room and one on the phone, with the chairs finally knocked down to the phone bidder. The chairs came from the collection of the distinguished Italian diplomat, Marchese Taliani de Marchio, (1887 - 1968) and his wife, Maragaretha, ... More

17th century Chinese carved wood figure of a bodhisattva brings $60,000 at A. B. Levy's
PALM BEACH, FLA.- A 17th century Chinese polychrome-decorated, carved wood figure of a seated bodhisattva (in Buddhism, a spiritually enlightened person) sailed well past its pre-sale estimate of $8,000-$12,000 to sell for $60,000 at A.B. Levy’s Jewelry, Art, Antiques & Asian Works of Art Auction held October 30th, online and at A.B. Levy’s gallery in Palm Beach, Fla. “Walking into the Palm Beach home of the person who owned it, I was instantly fascinated with the carved bodhisattva figure and looked forward to the opportunity of bringing it to auction,” said Albert Levy of A.B. Levy’s. “Needless to say, I was thrilled with the final sale price. It was a case of savvy bidders doing their homework and sensing the estimate was too conservative.” The 24 ½ inch tall, carved wood figure depicted the bodhisattva resting in the lotus position, on a lotus petal carved base, with traces ... More

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On a day like today, Jeff Koons' "Balloon Dog (Orange)" set a world auction record
November 12, 2013. Jeff Koons' "Balloon Dog (Orange)" at Christie's in New York. The mirror-polished stainless steel with transparent color coating was part of Post-War and Contemporary Evening Sale held on November 12, 2013. The sculpture sold for $58,405,000. The sum was the highest ever paid for a work by a living artist. AFP PHOTO/Don Emmert.

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