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Exhibition in Dublin presents work by Monir Shahroudy Farmanfarmaian

Rachel Thomas, exhibition curator and IMMA Head of Exhibitions at the opening of Sunset, Sunrise in Dublin with Hans Ulrich Obrist, Co-Director, Serpentine Gallery.

DUBLIN.- IMMA is presenting Sunset, Sunrise, a major retrospective of the work of prominent Iranian artist Monir Shahroudy Farmanfarmaian (b.1924, Qazvin, Iran). Now in her mid-nineties, this exhibition marks the first solo exhibition of Farmanfarmaian’s work in Ireland. Sunset, Sunrise offers a rare opportunity to rediscover the breathtakingly kaleidoscopic nature of Farmanfarmaian’s 1970s sculpture and to encounter drawings, jewellery and previous unseen embroidery and collages from the 1980s, alongside new pen and ink drawings, fresh from the artist’s studio in Iran. Over 70 works are on display, encompassing a multitude of artistic genres which inform the artist’s practice On showing her work in Ireland Monir Shahroudy Farmanfarmaian said “The Irish and the Iranians share a love of poetry in their cultures. My poetry is in my art, and I am honoured to share it in this IMMA exhibition”. Born in Qazvin, Iran in 192 ... More

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'Queen of Soul' Aretha Franklin gravely ill, 'in hospice care'   The Art Museum of Estonia exhibits "Michel Sittow: Estonian Painter at the Courts of Renaissance Europe"   South African splendour: Key works from Gerard Sekoto's time in South Africa lead at Bonhams

In this file photo taken on March 5, 2012 US singer Aretha Franklin performs at The Fox Theatre in Atlanta, Georgia. RICK DIAMOND / GETTY IMAGES NORTH AMERICA / AFP.

DETROIT (AFP).- Music legend Aretha Franklin is gravely ill and reportedly receiving hospice care, friends of the singer said Monday, as prayers and well wishes poured in for the Grammy-winning 'Queen of Soul.' The 76-year-old Franklin -- who influenced generations of female singers with unforgettable hits such as "Respect" (1967), "Natural Woman" (1968) and "I Say a Little Prayer" (1968) -- is said to be surrounded by her family and friends in Detroit. Franklin has cemented her place in American music history with her powerful, bell-clear voice that stretched over four octaves. In her decades-long career, her hits spanned the genres, from soul to R&B, to gospel and pop. She was the first woman to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1987. In 2010, Rolling Stone magazine put her at the top of its list of the 100 greatest singers of all ... More

Michel Sittow (u 1469–1525), The Portrait of a Man with the Pearl. 1515–1517. Oil on panel. 22.4 × 17.8 cm. Royal Collection, National Heritage Board, Palacio Real de Madrid © Patrimonio Nacional / photo: Joaquín Cortes.

TALLINN.- The Art Museum of Estonia, in collaboration with the National Gallery of Art in Washington DC, is organising a large-scale exhibition on Michel Sittow (ca 1469–1525), a painter from Estonia who became a sought-after and highly renowned artist in the royal courts of Europe at the turn of the 15th and 16th centuries. The acclaimed master had been forgotten for centuries when documents found in the Tallinn city archives identified this historical individual a few decades ago. Now, nearly 500 years after his death, his first solo exhibition is being organised. Today, experts on Netherlandish art highly value Michel Sittow’s paintings, which are exquisitely executed. His oeuvre, which covers a period of about twenty years, is scattered among famous museums around the world: the Louvre, the Kunsthistorisches Museum in Vienna, ... More

Portrait of a Man Seated, Gerard Sekoto, estimated £100,000-150,000. Photo: Bonhams.

LONDON.- Widely recognised as a pioneer for black South African modern art, Gerard Sekoto, (1913-1993) leads Bonhams South African Sale. The top two lots Three School Girls (estimate: £120,000-180,000) and Portrait of a Man Seated (estimate: £100,000-£150,000) were both acquired from the Gainsborough Galleries in Johannesburg and have remained in the same hands for over 50 years. Seen for the first time since they were exhibited in the late 1940s, they will be offered on the 2nd October in Bonhams New Bond Street saleroom. Gerard Sekoto was born in 1913 - son of a missionary and school teacher on the German Lutheran Mission Station in Botshabelo, South Africa, before he moved to Johannesburg in 1938. On arrival, he was shocked by the measures taken to exploit and alienate the black population. Despite the oppressive nature of the regime, Sekoto focused on capturing the humanity of ordinary daily life within the black communities. ... More

Rizzoli announces new book featuring Willy Ronis's unpublished albums   Titanic victim's pocket watch heading to Heritage Auctions by family member   Christie's to offer the Diann G and Thomas A Mann Collection of Photographic Masterworks

Willy Ronis curated and commentated on the iconic images featured in this beautiful volume that retraces his career and contributions to photography and photojournalism.

NEW YORK, NY.- A key figure in twentieth-century photography, Willy Ronis conveyed the poetic reality of postwar Paris and Provence in iconic black-and-white photographs. Influenced by Alfred Stieglitz and Ansel Adams, and well-known among his contemporary Magnum photographers, Ronis was the first French photographer to contribute to Life Magazine. Throughout his life, this powerhouse of humanist photography kept meticulous records of his work, curating each era into albums, which are reproduced here for the first time. Timeless photographs of postwar France and its inhabitants are accompanied by the photographer’s original observations and comments, framing the images within their technical and historical context. Photography historian Matthieu Rivallin’s critical perspective adds nuance to the photographer’s notes, and the ensemble is a groundbreaking ... More

Titanic Victim's Pocket Watch Auctioned by New York Descendant. Photo: Heritage Auctions.

DALLAS, TX.- A pocket watch recovered from a victim of the R.M.S. Titanic, owned by a New York-bound Russian immigrant killed on his way to America accompanied by his wife, is expected to sell for $20,000 or more in Heritage Auctions’ Americana & Political Auction Aug. 25. The watch is consigned by a descendant of Miriam and Sinai Kantor, husband and wife named on the official list of Titanic victims and survivors. Both from Vitebsk, Russia, he was just 34 years old, and she just 24, when he paid £26 for ticket No. 244367. The two were among 285 Second-Class passengers and boarded the ship together in Southampton, England. The couple were university graduates; Sinai Kantor was a furrier and intended to sell trunks of furs to fund the couple’s goal to each study dentistry and medicine when they arrived and settled in the Bronx, New York. That was until their lives were shattered in the early hours of April 12, 1912. When the Titanic collided ... More

Margaret Bourke-White (1904-1971), Fort Peck Dam, Montana, 1936. Gelatin silver print. Estimate: $100,000-150,000. © Christie’s Images Limited 2018.

NEW YORK, NY.- Christie's announces the sale of An American Journey: The Diann G and Thomas A Mann Collection of Photographic Masterworks. On public view in Los Angeles, San Francisco and New York – the sale will take place at Christie’s Rockefeller Center the evening of October 4, followed by a morning session on October 5. The collection includes rare examples of works by major figures of the Photo-Secession—Edward Steichen, Gertrude Kasebier, Clarence White, and the quintessential patron and practitioner of American art photography, Alfred Stieglitz—along with numerous masterworks in early American Modernism by Edward Weston and Paul Strand. Alfred Stieglitz was immensely influential in establishing and tirelessly promoting photography as an art form in the United States. He edited and published magazines, promoted photographers through exhibitions at his galleries, and ... More

Bangladesh puts top photographer behind bars   Beatles' Indian hideaway comes together, 50 years on   The Good Luck Gallery opens exhibition of paintings by Jon Serl

Bangladeshi policemen arrive with activists and photographer Shahidul Alam for an appearance in a court, in Dhaka on August 6, 2018. MUNIR UZ ZAMAN / AFP.

DHAKA (AFP).- Award-winning Bangladesh photographer Shahidul Alam was in jail on Monday, 10 days after being arrested following an interview with Al Jazeera about massive student demonstrations, police said. Alam, 63, who accused police of assaulting him in custody and was earlier sent to a hospital for a check-up following an order from the high court, was taken to a magistrate's court late on Sunday. "The court then sent him to jail," police official Moshiur Rahman told AFP. Another police officer told the local Daily Star newspaper that Alam would be kept in prison until the completion of the probe into his charges. Alam was accused of making "false" and "provocative" statements on Al Jazeera and on Facebook Live as tens of thousands of students protested in Dhaka in late July and early August. He also published ... More

This picture taken on June 19, 2018 shows Ajit Singh, 86, owner of the music shop who fixed John Lennon's guitar and performed at George Harrison's 25th birthday party. Sajjad HUSSAIN / AFP.

RISHIKESH.- Fifty years after the Beatles came to India, the bungalows where the Fab Four lived, the post office where John Lennon sent Yoko Ono postcards and the giggling guru's house are all ruins. Maharishi Mahesh Yogi's ashram, where the world's most famous group sought refuge and spirituality in 1968 and wrote much of their seminal "White Album", fell into disuse in the early 2000s. But thanks to the efforts of a group of locals, the site has been reclaimed from the jungle and tourists now roam where tigers and snakes were until recently the most common day trippers. "Before, people used to sneak in, which could be dangerous," said local journalist Raju Gusain, instrumental in rescuing the area overlooking Rishikesh in northern India. "There used to be leopard paw marks and elephant dung," he told AFP on a tour of ... More

John Serl, Equal Rights, 1976 (detail), oil on board, 48.25 x 62”.

LOS ANGELES, CA.- The paintings of Jon Serl (1894–1993) are as worn, nuanced, and unexpected as the man himself. Painted on found boards, they traveled with him for years and depict scenes from his multifarious and troubled life. The Good Luck Gallery is presenting the paintings of Jon Serl in partnership with the Tartaglia Collection and in affiliation with Cavin-Morris Gallery, for an exhibition curated by Randall Morris. Born in Olean, NY in 1894 to a family of itinerant carnival/vaudeville performers, Serl was intimate with hardship. One of twelve children, he was starved by his father in order to keep him thin enough to play a woman in the family performances. He would eventually break away from the family business and go on to work as a chuckwagon chef in the Pacific Northwest, a day laboring fruit harvester, a gardener, and a voiceover actor in Hollywood - eventually quitting films in protest of the cruelty ... More

Santa Fe Indian Market embraces the full spectrum of American Indian art establishing Native Art Week   Country of Yeats: Exhibition of photographs by Alen MacWeeney on view in Ireland   Exhibition curated by Robert Curcio and Priska Juschka features works by 10 artists

More than 100,000 visitors are expected to attend the week’s events.

SANTA FE, NM.- The world’s oldest, largest and most prestigious contemporary Native American art event, Santa Fe Indian Market, marks its 97th year by inviting some of the City’s leading institutions, galleries, art markets and Native cultural events, to join in the first coordinated Native Art Week, from August 12 – 19 in 2018. The founding members of Native Art Week have been invited based their academic and cultural importance— and in the case of commercial members, their reputation for authenticity and cultural sensitivity. Announcing the establishment of Native Art Week, Santa Fe Indian Market Executive Director Ira Wilson said, “Native Art Week is an opportunity for the art community to combine efforts and let the world know that August in Santa Fe, NM, is the best place to experience Native American art.” Native Art ... More

MacWeeney drew meaning for his photographs from the lines of Yeats’ poems.

WEXFORD .- KAMERA ∞ is very pleased to invite you to the opening of our new exhibition featuring the acclaimed Irish-born American Photographer artist, Alen MacWeeney As a young man in the early 1960s, MacWeeney left his native Dublin for New York, where he worked over several years as an assistant to photographer Richard Avedon. He returned to what he called “the Ireland of my imagination” in the summer of 1965 on the occasion of the centenary of the birth of the Irish poet, with the vision of a short-term project inspired by Yeats’ poetry and a desire to explore the people, places and settings that inhabited his words. MacWeeney drew meaning for his photographs from the lines of Yeats’ poems, and in one of the two portfolios in the gallery, gave meaning to his photographs by pairing them with lines selected from Easter, 1916, Yeats’ most powerful political poem. Yeats ... More

Jane Fire, The First Rose Grown in Outer Space (V5), 2017, archival inks printed on canvas, 47 x 38 ins.

NEW YORK, NY.- Lichtundfire and curcioprojects are presenting Luxurious Growth, featuring 10 artists working in painting, sculpture, photography, and digitally. The exhibit is collaboratively curated by Robert Curcio, curcioprojects, and by Priska Juschka, Lichtundfire. The title is taken from a quote by Paul Pitchford, a noted nutritionist and teacher that combines Western and Eastern philosophies - “Summer is a period of luxurious growth. To be in harmony with the atmosphere of summer, awaken early in the morning and reach to the sun for nourishment to flourish as the gardens do. Work, play, travel, be joyful, and grow into selfless service. The bounty of the outside world enters and enlivens us.” A magnificent rose perfectly illustrates summer, especially Jane Fire’s digital image of a rose grown in space by NASA and sponsored by a perfume company capturing all the ... More

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Alan Jones elected Royal Institute of British Architects President 2019-21
LONDON.- Alan Jones has been elected the next President of the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA). Alan will take over the two-year presidential term from Ben Derbyshire next year (1 September 2019); from 1 September 2018 he will officially become RIBA President Elect. The role of RIBA President was established in 1835 and is the highest elected position in UK architecture. The President is chair of RIBA Council, the Charity Trustees who are ultimately responsible for the conduct and development of the Institute. Alan Jones is a chartered architect, director of his own architecture practice based in County Antrim, Senior Lecturer at Queen’s University Belfast and the RIBA’s Vice President for Education. Speaking today Alan Jones said: “I am honoured to become the next President of the RIBA and wish to thank everyone who supported me, engaged with ... More

Dramatic mosaic portrait of Michelle Obama is on view in Harlem
NEW YORK, NY.- A dramatic portrait of former First Lady Michelle Obama by artist Lennox Commissiong, a mosaic comprised of thousands of colorful paper dots, is on view at Harlem’s Dwyer Cultural Center, 258 St. Nicholas through August 26. “Michelle Obama comported herself with grace and dignity through one of the most racially troubled periods in recent times,” said Commissiong. “Each color dot represents the millions of women, of every race, creed religion, she inspired along the way.” The Michelle Obama portrait, created in the pointillism art technique, is part of Commissiong’s WIZARDHANDS exhibition. His subjects range from cultural and political figures to jazz musicians. Over 20 artworks in the exhibition range from pointillism portraits of cultural legends like Tupac Shakur, Bob Marley, Muhammad Ali and Thelonious Monk to abstracts, ... More

The Asia Contemporary Art Show returns for its 13th edition this fall
HONG KONG.- Returning this Fall with its 13th anticipated edition, the Asia Contemporary Art Show at the Conrad Hong Kong, opens on September 28th until October 1st. As the longest running and most successful hotel art fair in Asia, the Show will include artwork from countries such as Myanmar, the United States, South Korea, Lebanon, Russia, China, Japan, Hong Kong and many others. Beginning on Friday, September 28th, arts patrons and select guests will be welcomed at the exclusive UnionPay Private View. This will be followed by an invitation-only UnionPay VIP Collectors Preview. General admission opens on Saturday, September 29th and continues with regular show hours until Monday, October 1st. “At the Asia Contemporary Art Show we strive to reflect current trends in the contemporary art market.” remarked Show Director Mark Saunderson, “This ... More

The Mary Rose wins Visitor Experience Award
LONDON.- The Mary Rose has been awarded ‘Volunteer Led Visitor Experience of the Year’ at the VE:Forum Visitor Experience Awards. The awards ceremony was held at an evening reception at the Wellcome Collection, London on the 8th of August. The awards reward Visitor Experience teams’ work in museums, galleries and attractions across the UK. The ‘Volunteer Led Visitor Experience’ award recognises volunteer teams that have delivered consistently excellent service to visitors. Also nominated in this category was the Science Museum. Helen Bonser-Wilton, Chief Executive of the Mary Rose Trust, says: “We are thrilled that our volunteers have been recognised at the Visitor Experience Awards for their hard work and are incredibly proud of their continued achievements!” ... More

Western filmmakers urge action to save Ukraine's Sentsov
PARIS (AFP).- Britain's Ken Loach, Canada's David Cronenberg and dozens of other filmmakers called Monday on Russia to free Ukrainian director Oleg Sentsov, who has been on hunger strike for nearly three months in a Siberian jail. In an open letter in French daily Le Monde, around 120 actors and directors, joined by French Culture Minister Francoise Nyssen, warned that "to do nothing would be to let Oleg Sentsov die" and called on the EU and UN to pressure Russian President Vladimir Putin into freeing him. "With his health apparently deteriorating rapidly with each passing day, it is time to act. And fast," they wrote. Sentsov, a 42-year-old filmmaker and Kremlin opponent is serving a 20-year-sentence on terrorism charges after being convicted three years ago of arson in his native Crimea following its annexation by Russia. Last week, his cousin warned ... More

H&H Classics to offer the most original and best-preserved Derby Bentley in the world
LONDON.- H&H Classics believes chassis B135FC to be the most original and best-preserved Derby Bentley in the world and will be selling this lovely car on October 17th at its next auction at the Imperial War Museum, Duxford in Cambridgeshire. The car is estimated to sell for between £450,000 to £550,000. Claiming this Bentley as the best and most original might seem bold but this exceptional machine has covered just 15,500 miles from new in the hands of three very careful keepers. It is notable as the last of only four 3½ Litre cars to wear Vanden Plas Drophead Coupe coachwork and sports original two-tone red paintwork, red leather upholstery, engine, gearbox, front axle, rear axle, steering, suspension, brakes, brightwork, wood veneers, instrumentation, tools, glass, pedal rubbers and even chassis paint! First registered as `DLO 936' on March 1st 1937, ... More

Holabird Western Americana Collection's 3-day sale to feature more than 2,100 lots
RENO, NEV.- Holabird Western Americana Collections’ upcoming Americana auction, planned for August 24th-26th, marks the start of a summer-fall-winter season brimming with a number of major collections. The August event will be held online and in Holabird’s gallery at 3555 Airway Drive (Suite 308) in Reno – over 2,100 lots in all – beginning at 8 am Pacific time all three days. For those unable to attend the sale in person, online bidding will be facilitated by,, eBay Live and Phone and absentee bids will also be accepted. Day 1, on Friday, August 24th, will feature 14 lots of gaming collectibles, 13 saloon collectibles, 121 lots of rare vintage and antique bottles, 201 lots of tokens and 387 lots of numismatic items, to include bank bags, coins, books, checks, ingots, medals, mint and proof coin sets, “so- ... More

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Private collection of silver by Stuart Devlin to be sold by Catherine Southon Auctioneers & Valuers Ltd
LONDON.- Catherine Southon Auctioneer & Valuer’s Ltd will be offering a magnificent single owner collection of work by Stuart Devlin on Wednesday, October 3, 2018 at Farleigh Court Golf Club, Selsdon in Surrey. The private collection of over 80 lots includes a large collection of Devlin’s distinctive and collectable ‘surprise eggs’ plus a complete set of the Christmas boxes (where each one is one represents one of the twelve days of Christmas – only 100 sets of these are known to exist). Also included is a range of stunning silver candlesticks, tableware, flatware, champagne flutes, goblets and beakers. Estimates range from £100 up to £6,000. Catherine Southon said: “We are extremely excited to be auctioning this incredible and diverse collection which perfectly illustrates Devlin’s creative talent and unique design. Each item is beautifully crafted and demonstrates ... More

Fabric Workshop and Museum names Board President and Officers
PHILADELPHIA, PA.- The Board of Directors of The Fabric Workshop and Museum named Maja Paumgarten as its new President at its Annual Meeting in June. Paumgarten’s term began July 1, 2018, and she succeeds Katherine Sokolnikoff. Jill Bonovitz has been named Vice President, succeeding Ann Loftus. Other officers of the Board include Eugene Mopsik, Treasurer, and Lynn Hitschler, Secretary. “I am honored to assume the role of President of The Fabric Workshop and Museum,” says Paumgarten. “This is a unique organization, with its mission to share the working process of today’s most notable contemporary artists, exhibit their work, and provide much-needed arts opportunities to the community through its apprenticeships and education programs. I am eager to work closely with Executive Director Susan Talbott to move the institution ... More

Exhibition focuses on Kinetic and Op Art in Eastern Europe and Latin America 1950s-1970s
SAO PAULO.- Sesc São Paulo, in keeping with its aim of raising public awareness and constructing a critical and democratic platform for the dissemination of the visual arts, is bringing to Brazil another exhibition focused on a critical and historical review of 20th-century art, shedding light on chapters left out of the official history already established along the axis between North America and Western Europe. This is the project of the exhibition The Other Trans-Atlantic: Kinetic and Op Art in Eastern Europe and Latin America 1950s – 1970s. Now in its third version, the show is being held in the exhibition spaces of Sesc Pinheiros, spotlighting a vast experimental production that flourished during the postwar period in countries at the fringe of the hegemonic centers of culture, especially in South America and Eastern Europe, with a special focus on the repertoire of kinetic ... More

Fine jewelry items from the Estate of designer Claus Vollrath to be offered by Nye & Company
BLOOMFIELD, NJ.- Fine jewelry items from the estate of Claus Vollrath – the German-born designer of handmade custom jewelry who cut his teeth at Cartier after immigrating to America and later operated several boutique retail jewelry stores in New York before passing away – will be sold in an online-only auction on Wednesday, August 29th, by Nye & Company Auctioneers. About 125 lots will come up for bid starting at 10 am Eastern time. The estimates have been set very low, to encourage spirited bidding. All lots can be previewed at exhibitions that will be held weekdays, from 10 am-4 pm, in the Nye & Company Auctioneers gallery at 20 Beach Street in Bloomfield, from August 20-29. Items will include an 18kt yellow gold pearl diamond starfish, an 18kt yellow and white gold U-link necklace, a platinum and pave diamond dome ring, a pair of 18kt yellow gold ... More

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On a day like today, French photographer Willy Ronis was born
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