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Exhibition in Amsterdam focuses on Daubigny's influence on Vincent Van Gogh

Axel Ruger, (R), director of the Van Gogh Museum and Maite van Dijk, conservator, pose in front of a painting by Claude Monet during the press opening of the exhibition called Daubigny, Monet, Van Gogh: Impressions of Landscape, on October 19, 2016 in Amsterdam. Koen van Weel / ANP / AFP.

AMSTERDAM.- From 21 October 2016 to 29 January 2017 the Van Gogh Museum is staging Daubigny, Monet, Van Gogh: Impressions of Landscape. The exhibition highlights the crucial role the French artist Charles François Daubigny played as an innovator of nineteenth-century landscape art and a trailblazer for the Impressionists. There are a great number of works to be seen by Daubigny, Vincent van Gogh and Impressionists like Claude Monet and Camille Pissarro, from more than thirty-five international museums and private collections. Daubigny, Monet, Van Gogh takes a new look at the origins of Impressionism; placing Daubigny’s oeuvre in the context of this movement restores his role as a ground-breaking artist and a source of inspiration to its rightful position. ... More

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Sketch-leaf by Beethoven for his "Emperor" Concerto sells in London for £377,000   Ashmolean opens first major exhibition to explore the supernatural in the art of the Islamic world   Auctioneer and Specialist Arno Verkade appointed new Managing Director Christie's Amsterdam

Beethoven’s Fifth Piano Concerto in E Flat Major, Op. 73 is dedicated to Archduke Rudolf of Austria. Photo: Sotheby's.

LONDON.- Today Sotheby’s sold the sketch-leaf for Ludwig van Beethoven’s most renowned piano concerto, his “Emperor” Concerto, for £377,000, over double its high estimate. Offered on the open market for the first time in “The Library of an English Bibliophile, Part VI”, this sketch-leaf is one of the earliest for this great work, possibly containing Beethoven’s first draft of its famous themes. Beethoven’s Fifth Piano Concerto in E Flat Major, Op. 73 is dedicated to Archduke Rudolf of Austria (1788-1831), the brother of Francis II, Holy Roman Emperor and Beethoven’s great friend, patron and pupil. The Archduke began taking lessons from Beethoven aged 15 or 16 and he was the only pupil that Beethoven taught composition to. The composer dedicated fourteen works to the Archduke in total, more than any ... More

Celestial Globe Signed by Ja‘far ibn ‘Umar ibn Dawlatshah al-Kirmani Iran, 1362–3. Brass, inlaid with silver, diameter 16.5 cm © Museum of the History of Science, University of Oxford.

OXFORD.- Showcasing over a hundred spectacular objects from Morocco to China, Power and Protection is the first major exhibition to explore the supernatural in the art of the Islamic world. Within Islamic societies, people of all backgrounds have engaged in fascinating and sometimes controversial practices such as the casting of horoscopes and the interpretation of omens. Power and Protection includes objects and works of art from the 12th to the 20th centuries which have been used as sources of guidance and protection in both the private sphere and in dramatic events such as battles and royal births. Amongst the displays are dream-books, talismanic clothing and jewel-encrusted amulets. This is an unmissable chance to see works of breathtaking quality and ... More

Arno Verkade. © Christie’s Images Ltd. 2016.

AMSTERDAM.- From October 2016 Christie’s Amsterdam will be headed by Christie’s veteran and Dutch figurehead of the international auction market Arno Verkade. Arno Verkade, Auctioneer and Specialist for Post-War and Contemporary Art, joined Christie’s Amsterdam in 1993 and led the Post-War and Contemporary Art Department for nearly 10 years, before transferring to Christie’s headquarters in London in 2011 to become the head of the prestigious Post-War and Contemporary Art Evening Auctions. In 2013 the Haarlem born art historian was promoted to Managing Director Christie’s Germany and will now lead Christie’s business in the two neighboring countries, the Netherlands and Germany. Arno’s specialist expertise spans from works by Zero artists such as Günther Uecker, Heinz Mack and Jan Schoonhoven, to Martin Kippenberger, to young contemporary artists such as German artist and ... More

Selldorf Architects selected to design an expansion and upgrade of the Frick Collection   Gun that nearly did for poet Rimbaud up for sale   VNH Gallery opens multifaceted exhibition of works by Michelangelo Pistoletto

Staircase (view from landing).

NEW YORK, NY.- The Frick Collection announced today that Selldorf Architects has been selected to design a major upgrade, enhancement, and expansion of the institution’s facilities. Originally housed primarily in the residence of Henry Clay Frick, the institution today encompasses a constellation of buildings, wings, and gardens that have been built over the course of the past century. Working in partnership with Frick leadership and staff, Selldorf Architects will develop a design plan that addresses the institution’s pressing needs to accommodate the growth of its collections and programs, upgrade its conservation and research facilities, create new galleries, and—for the first time—allow for dedicated spaces and classrooms for the Frick’s educational programs. The new and enhanced facilities will be created within the museum’s built footprint and designed to foster a more natural and seamless ... More

The gun Paul Verlaine bought with the intention of killing his friend Arthur Rimbaud. This gun will be offered in The Exceptional Sale at €50,000-70,000. © Christie’s Images Limited 2016.

PARIS (AFP).- The most famous gun in French literature, the revolver with which the poet Paul Verlaine tried to kill his lover Arthur Rimbaud, is going under the hammer, Christie's said Wednesday. Verlaine bought the 7mm six-shooter in Brussels on the morning of July 10, 1873, determined to put an end to his torrid two-year affair with his teenage lover. The 29-year-old poet had abandoned his young wife and child to be with Rimbaud, who would later become the symbol of rebellious youth. But after an opium- and absinthe-soaked stay in London, which would inspire Rimbaud's "A Season in Hell", Verlaine wanted to go back to his wife. He fled to the Belgian capital to get away from Rimbaud only for the younger man to follow him. It was in a hotel room there at two in the afternoon where, after the ... More

Michelangelo Pistoletto, PERFORMANCE: Twentytwo Less Two, 2009. Performance in Venice Biennal. Mirror, wood. 22 elements, 300 x 200 cm eacc. Courtesy Galleria Continua, San Gimigano.

PARIS.- From 20 October to 23 December 2016, VNH Gallery & Galleria Continua present RESPECT, a multifaceted exhibition developed in three phases and focusing on one of the principle figures of Arte Povera: Michelangelo Pistoletto. Organised in three main sections relating to art, education and politics, RESPECT identifies the fundamentals that drive the artist's approach in his quest for the "Third Paradise" - that elusive point of equilibrium that exists at the junction of two opposite yet related concepts: nature/ artifice, feminine/masculine, individual/society, reason/emotion, democracy/tyranny. Beginning outside the gallery, a large representation of Pistoletto’s emblematic "Third Paradise" symbol initiates a retrospective consisting of historical works that highlight the multi- ... More

Smithsonian American Art Museum opens its new galleries for Folk and Self-Taught art   Staatliche Graphische Sammlung Munich exhibits German engraver Master E. S.'s alphabet   Rijksmuseum presents Kimonos from the Okura Collection

Purvis Young, The Struggle, 1973-1974, acrylic on wood. Smithsonian American Art Museum. Gift of the Grumbacher-Viener Collection in memory of Nancy Grumbacher.

WASHINGTON, DC.- The Smithsonian American Art Museum’s collection of folk and self-taught art represents the powerful vision of America’s untrained and vernacular artists. Represented in the museum’s collection are pieces that draw on tradition—such as quilts—and artworks that reveal a more personal vision. The museum has reimagined its permanent collection galleries to feature 59 recent acquisitions, an expanded presentation of the beloved “Throne of the Third Heaven of the Nations Millennium General Assembly” by James Hampton, reopened historic windows and new oak floors. The galleries open to the public Friday, Oct. 21. “The Smithsonian American Art Museum has long recognized folk and self-taught art as integral to the greater story of American art,” said Betsy Broun, The Margaret and Terry Stent Director of the Smithsonian American Art Museum. ... More

Meister E. S. (tätig am Oberrhein um 1450-1467/68), Der Buchstabe "o", um 1466. Kupferstich, 140 x 100 mm © Staatliche Graphische Sammlung München.

MUNICH.- In Focus is a new exhibition format at the Staatliche Graphische Sammlung Munich. During the intermediary phases when large exhibitions are being set up or dismantled, intimate ‘cabinet’ displays in the Vitrinengang will highlight distinctive works from the Staatliche Graphische Sammlung’s extensive holdings, which encompass over 400,000 miniatures, drawings, and prints. These small presentations will appear in twelve display cases, and will make exquisite and striking objects from the collection accessible by focusing on a manageable number of works. The Staatliche Graphische Sammlung Munich will offer visitors the opportunity to rediscover famous works, encounter rarities, or discover works never before seen. Drawings and watercolours, woodcuts and copperplate engravings, etchings and lithographs will be brought into focus, the highest of ‘high’ art, as well as works that have hitherto ... More

Hangiri with dragons and clouds, 1800-1900, collection Okura Museum of Art.

AMSTERDAM.- Discover the colourful tales from 'No', one of Japan’s oldest forms theatrical forms, this autumn. On 21 October the Rijksmuseum unveils seven magnificent No theatre kimonos that exemplify the changes in No through the centuries. No theatre originated in the fourteenth century and is a stylized Japanese dramatic form in which song, music and dance come together. The highlight of the presentation is a magnificent eighteenth-century kimono with embroidered moonflower tendrils on saffron-coloured woven silk damask. Kimonos from the Okura Collection runs from 21 October to 13 December 2016 in the Rijksmuseum. The exhibition is in collaboration with Hotel Okura and the City of Amsterdam and coincides with the forty-fifth anniversary of Hotel Okura Amsterdam. The basis for No theatre was developed under the reign of the shogun Yoshimitsu (1358–1408) towards the end of the fourteenth century. In No theatre, actors try to create ... More

The Hepworth Wakefield's first sculpture prize opens as gallery presents its most ambitious show ever   Dallas Museum of Art appoints Anna Katherine Brodbeck as Assistant Curator of Contemporary Art   First show in Ireland for new master of Chinese landscape painting opens at Chester Beatty Library

Installation view. Photo: Danny Lawson/PA.

WAKEFIELD.- An exhibition by the four artists shortlisted for the inaugural Hepworth Prize for Sculpture - Phyllida Barlow, Steven Claydon, Helen Marten and David Medalla – opens at The Hepworth Wakefield on 21 October 2016. The show, which includes new and recent work, is the most ambitious ever mounted by the gallery. The winner of the £30,000 prize will be announced at an award dinner at The Hepworth Wakefield on 17 November 2016. Sculpture is the art form of the moment – and this new Prize aims to demystify contemporary sculpture. Visitors to the exhibition will be encouraged to experience, debate and judge the Prize for themselves. The shortlist is multi-generational and covers the widest range of work in the medium. The Hepworth Prize for Sculpture recognises a British or UK-based artist of any age, at any stage in their career, who has made a significant contribution to the development of contemporary ... More

She will join the Museum from the Carnegie Museum of Art, in Pittsburgh, PA, where she has worked since 2013 as an Associate Curator. © Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh. Photo Bryan Conley.

DALLAS, TX.- Anna Katherine Brodbeck has been named The Nancy and Tim Hanley Assistant Curator of Contemporary Art at the Dallas Museum of Art, it was announced today by Agustín Arteaga, the DMA’s Eugene McDermott Director. Brodbeck will begin work in Dallas in January 2017, and will report to Gavin Delahunty, the Museum’s Hoffman Family Senior Curator of Contemporary Art. She will join the Museum from the Carnegie Museum of Art, in Pittsburgh, PA, where she has worked since 2013 as an Associate Curator, serving as the coordinator between the Carnegie Museum of Art, the Art Institute of Chicago, and the Whitney Museum of American Art on the organization of the first comprehensive US retrospective of the influential Brazilian artist Hélio Oiticica. For it, Brodbeck ... More

A Peak of Reds, 2014, Private collection © Hong Ling. Courtesy Soka Art

DUBLIN.- The Chester Beatty Library presents Ireland’s first exhibition by one of China’s leading contemporary landscape painters, Hong Ling (b.1955). This retrospective exhibition charts the significant contribution Hong Ling has made to the world of Chinese landscape painting. Sixteen paintings in oil and in ink will be exhibited, ranging from a small painting of poplar trees in the grounds of the ‘Temple of Heaven’ painted while Hong Ling was a student in 1979, just after the Cultural Revolution (1966–76), to the rich and immersive ‘Rainbow-Like of 2015' that stands two metres high and three metres wide—its dramatic scale matched by its vibrant use of colour. Hong Ling trained as an oil painter and he is best known for his technically rich canvases in this imported medium. While he finds inspiration in the work of European painters, his own practice has come ... More

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Once-in-a-lifetime Harmer Johnson Olympics memorabilia collection at Heritage Auctions
DALLAS, TX.- One of the most significant lifetime collections of Olympic Games memorabilia — including a finely preserved relic of international sport: an 1896 Athens Summer Olympics First Place Silver Medal (est. $100,000+) — will tempt elite collectors of that challenging theme as The Harmer Johnson Collection presents an extraordinary array of medals, badges, torches and more in Heritage Auctions' Sports Collectibles Auction, Nov. 17-19. "Harmer Johnson is an internationally known collector and Olympic medallic art expert who attended every Summer Olympics from 1960 until this year, as well as many of the Winter Games. He was among the lucky ones watching the Miracle on Ice from a stadium seat in 1980," said Nicholas Dawes, Vice President of Special Collections for Heritage Auctions. "His love for the pure sportsmanship the Olympics represents is reflected ... More

Phoenix Art Museum presents rare overview of Argentine artist Horacio Zabala's work
PHOENIX, AZ.- Phoenix Art Museum presents the exhibition Horacio Zabala: Mapping the Monochrome, the first expansive overview of this artist’s work at a major U.S. museum. Featuring original scholarship by Lampe Curator of Latin American Art, Dr. Vanessa Davidson, the exhibition includes nearly 40 artworks from the 1970s to today. Horacio Zabala was one of the most important conceptual artists to emerge in Buenos Aires during the latter part of the 20th century, and is still a revolutionary today. “With its strong Latin American art collection, Phoenix Art Museum has become a center for the presentation of art from the southern hemisphere. With this exhibition, we continue to present to our audiences contemporary international art that reflects many of the issues surrounding social justice that ripple throughout our global community,” said Amada ... More

Clark Art Institute receives $2 million gift
WILLIAMSTOWN, MASS.- The Clark Art Institute has received a $2 million gift from the Eugene V. and Clare E. Thaw Charitable Trust in recognition of its remarkable and growing works on paper collection. To honor the generosity of its donors, the Clark will name a new gallery in its Manton Research Center when the building reopens on November 12 after an extensive renovation. The Eugene V. Thaw Gallery for Works on Paper is named in honor of the noted art dealer, collector, scholar, and author. The gallery, located on the ground floor of the Manton Research Center, is the Clark’s first gallery dedicated exclusively to the display of works on paper. “This very generous gift expands our ability to present exhibitions of works on paper—gleaned from both the Clark’s amazing collection and from other institutions and private collectors—that are of the highest quality. It ... More

Pioneering 19th century machine gun leads the Daedalus Collection at Bonhams
LONDON.- The magnificent Daedalus Collection of antique and vintage firearms illustrates the span of American and European technical advances in firearms design and innovation during the 19th century, and will be offered for sale at Bonhams Knightsbridge on 1 December. The collection was carefully gathered together with an emphasis on condition. The highlight of the sale is a Nordenfelt .43 mechanical gun, one of the very first machine guns, of which only two other examples of these guns are thought to exist. One in the collections of the Musée de l'Armée, Paris and the other at the Amsterdam War Memorial, Victoria, Australia. The gun was designed by the Swedish engineer, Helge Palmcrantz, in around 1873. The gun, with ten barrels in a horizontal line, is mounted on a green-painted carriage with bronze windage and elevating wheels, and is manoeuvred via ... More

Legendary French ballerina Yvette Chauvire dies aged 99
PARIS (AFP).- Prima ballerina Yvette Chauvire, whose ethereal performances captivated lovers of French classical ballet over nearly four decades, has died aged 99. The Paris Opera, which she joined as a child prodigy when she was 14, announced late Wednesday that Chauvire had died overnight Tuesday, and expressed its sadness. Chauvire, whose triumph as Giselle revived audiences' appreciation for 19th-century romantic ballet, had retired in 1972. Born April 22, 1917, in Paris, she was admitted to the Paris Opera school aged 10, and became a principal dancer at the Opera Garnier 10 years later. She was just 24 when the Ukrainian-born choreographer Serge Lifar elevated her to the top rank of etoile ("star") following her stunning performance as the mysterious Babylonian goddess Istar. "It's through intense concentration, a total giving of yourself, an immense ... More

Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum announces new CFO/COO
BOSTON, MASS.- Cynthia A. Hallenbeck is joining the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum as its new Chief Operating Officer and Chief Financial Officer. For the last two plus years, Hallenbeck was the Environmental Defense Fund’s first CFO. Hallenbeck has 25-plus years of experience serving as Chief Financial Officer and/or Chief Operating Officer in the profit and nonprofit sectors. She has worked for blue chip financial services companies, including Citigroup, Merrill Lynch, and Manufacturers Hanover Trust, as well as rapidly-growing nonprofit organizations. From 2002 to 2008, Hallenbeck held a variety of global positions at Citigroup with her last position being the Managing Director and Chief Operating Officer of Global Legal Support. Prior to that, she had a long tenure at Merrill Lynch & Co. where she held numerous senior financial positions from 1987 to 2001. Hallenbeck ... More

Compton Verney gives insight into Queen Victoria’s historic state visit to Paris
COMPTON VERNEY.- Compton Verney Art Gallery and Park brings a captivating insight into Queen Victoria’s historic state visit to Paris with a new exhibition featuring forty-four watercolours generously loaned by Her Majesty The Queen from the Royal Collection – half of which have never been seen in public before. In August 1855, with the Battle of Waterloo still vivid in the nation’s collective memory, Queen Victoria made a momentous state visit to Paris. It was the first by a British monarch in over 400 years, and was designed to cement the historic alliance between France and Britain in the Crimean War. This exhibition organised by Royal Collection Trust in collaboration with Compton Verney displays the watercolours that were commissioned as mementoes of Queen Victoria's week in the French capital. The watercolours vividly capture the opulent surroundings and the pomp ... More

"You Say You Want a Revolution: American Artists and the Communist Party" opens in New York
NEW YORK, NY.- You Say You Want a Revolution: American Artists and the Communist Party on view at Galerie St. Etienne, October 18, 2016, through February 11, 2017, explores the relationship between artists and politics in the 1930s and 1940s. The exhibition features leading American artists who sought social change and economic stability during and after the Depression, such as Leonard Baskin, James Daughtery, Stuart Davis, Philip Evergood, Hugo Gellert, William Gropper, Jack Levine, Louis Lozowick, Alice Neel, Ben Shahn, Raphael Soyer, and Lynd Ward. More than 60 paintings, drawings, watercolors, lithographs, woodcuts, and posters are on exhibition. Drawings and gouaches by Sue Coe, a contemporary New York-based artist who deals with today’s issues, hang next to work that has provided her inspiration. You Say You Want a Revolution is organized ... More

Interiors sale to include property from the Viscount Norwich and Lady Diana Cooper
NEWBURY.- Dreweatts & Bloomsbury Auctions announced their Interiors sale which will take place on 16th November (10 am) at Donnington Priory, Newbury, Berkshire. The auction will include the property of The Viscount Norwich and Lady Diana Cooper (nee Manners). In the lead up to the sale, John Julius, 2nd Viscount Norwich (b. 1929), historian, travel writer and TV personality will be giving a short talk on some of the highlights in the collection on Sunday 13th November (1pm). Dreweatts & Bloomsbury Auctions has worked closely with Omnia Art Ltd., the London art agents, to make the sale of this property possible. Alan Cowie, Director of Omnia Art Ltd, says, “I am thrilled to be involved in this very personal sale which celebrates the end of an era in Little Venice, as well as the society life of two generations of a wonderfully fascinating family.” John Julius Norwich, son of the ... More

Françoise Grossen reconsiders her seminal works in conversation with MAD's permanent collection
NEW YORK, NY.- The Museum of Arts and Design is presenting Françoise Grossen Selects, an exhibition showcasing pioneer fiber artist Françoise Grossen's selections from MAD's permanent collection alongside some of her most seminal work, which radically altered the field and possibilities for fiber art and sculpture, and continues to resonate with a new generation of artists. In the 1960s, Grossen rejected the rectilinear loom that constrained contemporary weaving for an intuitive approach to fiber that resulted in the creation of large-scale, suspended rope forms constructed of knots, loops, braids, and twists. At the time, fiber was still associated with utility or ornament rather than fine art, and Grossen's freehand, three-dimensional handling of the medium was considered a revolutionary gesture that upset the traditional hierarchy subordinating craft to art. A ... More

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On a day like today, American painter Lee Krasner was born
October 27, 1908. Lee Krasner (October 27, 1908 - June 19, 1984) was an influential American abstract expressionist painter in the second half of the 20th century. On October 25, 1945, she married artist Jackson Pollock, who was also influential in the abstract expressionism movement. In this 1949 photo provided by the Pollock-Krasner House and Study Center, artists Lee Krasner and Jackson Pollock are shown in their garden at their East Hampton, N.Y., home.

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