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First Alfred Sisley retrospective in more than 20 years opens at the Bruce Museum

Sisley was first and foremost a painter of light. He knew how to imbue all of his paintings with it. One could say that light floods his landscapes, deliciously bathing even the most modest of details. - Anonymous, “Echo de Paris,” Le Gaulois 1899

GREENWICH.- The Bruce Museum and the Hôtel de Caumont Centre d’Art in Aix-en Provence, France, are mounting a major monographic exhibition of the art of the French Impressionist Alfred Sisley (1839-1899). The first retrospective in more than 20 years of this purest of all the major Impressionists, Alfred Sisley (1839-1899): Impressionist Master spotlights about 50 of Sisley’s paintings, which come from private collections and major museums in Europe and North America. The Bruce Museum in Greenwich, Connecticut, will premiere the exhibition and is the only venue in the United States. The show will then travel to France, where it will be on exhibit from June through October 2017. ... More

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The National Gallery of Canada acquires masterpiece by Scandinavian painter Vilhelm Hammershøi   National Library of Israel acquires finest private collection of Hebrew books and manuscripts   Archaeologists unearth personal effects belonging to victims of the Holocaust


Vilhelm Hammershři, Sunshine in the Drawing Room (Solskin i dagligstuen), 1910 (detail). Oil on canvas, 58 x 67 cm. Purchased 2017. National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa. Photo: NGC.

OTTAWA.- Sunshine in the Drawing Room, painted in 1910 by one of Denmark’s most celebrated artists, Vilhelm Hammershři (1864–1916), is now part of the European Collection of the National Gallery of Canada. An important example of Hammershři’s renowned contemplative interior scenes, it is the first work by the artist in the Gallery’s collection and the second to enter a public collection in Canada. Visitors to the Gallery will be able to view the painting starting today. “The Gallery’s acquisition of Sunshine in the Drawing Room fills a gap in our European collection for the period around 1900,” said the National Gallery’s Chief Curator, Paul Lang, “The work offers us the opportunity to introduce the public to an artist of considerable importance in the Scandinavian school of painting.” Sunshine in the Drawing Room depicts the living ... More
 

This document celebrates the nuptials of Rebecca, daughter of Sabbetai Isaac Ambron and Solomon Judah, son of Gabriel Ambron. It was printed on rare blue paper.

JERUSALEM.- The National Library of Israel announced today that it has acquired the finest private collection of Hebrew books and manuscripts in the world, the renowned Valmadonna Trust Library, through a private sale arranged by Sotheby’s. The acquisition, made jointly with Archaeology, Books and Judaica collectors Dr. David and Jemima Jeselsohn, will be housed and highlights will go on show in the National Library of Israel’s landmark new building in Jerusalem, designed by award-winning architects Herzog & de Meuron, due to open to the public in 2020. Founded in 1892, The National Library of Israel (NLI) is unique among the great libraries of the world. It is the primary institution of national memory of the State of Israel and of Jewish people throughout the world and it is the home of the largest collection of works ... More
 

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JERUSALEM.- Recent archeological digs at the site of the former Nazi extermination camp, Sobib?r, have unearthed personal effects belonging to victims of the Holocaust. Archeologists have found various items, including a moving discovery made at the site of the former Nazi extermination camp, Sobibór, remains were uncovered, which are believed to be the location where victims undressed and their heads shaved before being sent into the gas chambers. These archaeological findings were discovered by Polish archaeologist Wojciech Mazurek and Yoram Haimi, an archaeologist from the Israel Antiquities Authority and their Dutch associate, archaeologist Ivar Schute. The archaeological excavations, underway since 2007, are underwritten by the Steering Committee for the international project to establish a new museum and memorial site in the former German Nazi extermination camp in Sobibór, in coordination with Yad Vashem's International ... More


Auschwitz seeks death camp items from Germans, Austrians   Hamilton archive achieves $2.6 million at Sotheby's New York   Nationalmuseum Sweden acquires oil sketches by Pierre Henri de Valenciennes and Simon Denis


A "Stolpersteine" (stumbling block), commemorating Holocaust victims, is pictured in front of Fehrbellinerstrasse 86 in Berlin. John MACDOUGALL / AFP.

WARSAW (AFP).- The museum at the former Auschwitz-Birkenau Nazi death camp in Poland on Wednesday urged Germans and Austrians to hand over any material that could shed light on its wartime staff. Museum director Piotr Cywinski appealed for "documents, photos, personal letters, diaries, or other materials" associated with people who ran the site. The ruins of gas chambers, crematoriums and barracks at the site bear witness to Nazi Germany's killing of around 1.1 million people, mostly Jews, at the camp built in 1940 in the southern city of Oswiecim in occupied Poland. An estimated 232,000 of Auschwitz victims were children. "Without a comprehensive analysis and understanding of the motivation and mentality of the perpetrators, our efforts to wisely counsel future generations will only remain intuitive. Today, we ask you to help," Cywinski said in the museum's ... More
 

Alexander Hamilton's family archive of letters and manuscripts at Sotheby's January 2017 Americana Week Media Preview at Sotheby's on January 11, 2017 in New York City. Theo Wargo/Getty Images/AFP.

NEW YORK, NY.- Today in New York, Sotheby’s auction of Alexander Hamilton: An Important Family Archive of Letters and Manuscripts achieved an outstanding total of $2,645,750, surpassing its pre-sale high estimate of $2.1 million. All 77 lots on offer – representing hundreds of individual documents – found buyers, marking a rare ‘White Glove’ auction. Eleven lots broke the previous auction record for any document handwritten by Hamilton – a record that had held since 2001*. Viewed by thousands of visitors over the past week at Sotheby’s New York, the collection of letters and manuscripts by and relating to Alexander Hamilton drew a diverse audience: from political-science enthusiasts to theater lovers, newly-impassioned historians, and institutional collections – even the company of Hamilton: An American Musical. This remarkable archive of highly- ... More
 

Simon Denis, The Waterfall in Neptune’s Grotto at Tivoli, c 1790. Photo: Cecilia Heisser/Nationalmuseum.

STOCKHOLM.- Nationalmuseum has acquired three landscape studies from Italy in oil by Pierre Henri de Valenciennes and Simon Denis. The works were hastily painted on paper on location, which was a novel approach in the late 18th century. This significant acquisition enables Nationalmuseum to better chart the beginnings of plein air painting in the 19th century. Views of Rome and the surrounding countryside have a distinguished pedigree. For a long time, they remained true to the 17th-century landscape ideal and were painted in the studio. Valenciennes and Denis broke new ground by making sketches in oil, often on paper, on location. The light and weather conditions were as important as the subject, so the works were produced quickly. Despite being preparatory studies, these oil sketches laid the foundations for much of the 19th century’s plein air painting. Pierre Henri de Valenciennes (1750–1819) is considered a pioneer ... More


Christie's announces Sales of Old Master & British Drawings and Old Masters Prints   Paul Kasmin Gallery and Sotheby's Old Masters Department open their first collaborative exhibition   Exhibition initiates a conversation between Etel Adnan and Gerhard Richter


Giovanni Domenico Tiepolo, (Venice 1727–1804) Head of a young man red and white chalk, stumping, on blue paper. Est: $180,000–220,000. © Christie’s Images Limited 2017.

NEW YORK, NY.- Christie’s announced the sale of Old Master & British Drawings on January 24 followed by the return of a various owner sale of Old Master Prints on January 25, to take place in New York for the first time in over 15 years. Old Master Paintings will be offered in April 2017, during Classic Week at Christie’s New York. Christie’s Old Master & British Drawings sale on January 24 is comprised of 131 lots including works from distinguished private collections and institutions. Important works leading the sale are Francisco de Goya’s Hunter with his dog in a landscape and a lavish design by Peter Paul Rubens inspired by a composition by Renaissance artist Giulio Romano. The sale features a strong selection of Italian drawings including studies by Giacomo ... More
 

Jacques Le Moyne de Morgues, A Linnet on a Spray of Barberry, gouache and gold leaf on vellum, 6 by 4 3/8 in.; 15 by 11 cm.

NEW YORK, NY.- This January, Paul Kasmin Gallery and Sotheby’s Old Masters Department will present their first collaborative exhibition, Naturalia, curated by Danny Moynihan. The show will be comprised of works spanning six centuries which share a fundamental focus on the examination of natural science and its myriad presentations in art. It is hard to imagine now the sense of wonder and discovery that artists of centuries past felt when studying nature - for man was still on the edge of the world, discovering new species of plants and animals at a pace unlike almost any other in modern history. Nature was as admired as it was feared, concurrently paradisiacal and dangerous, giving it both the sense of the exotic and of dark mystery. It is in this spirit that earthly metaphors have been borrowed, stolen and created by artists and writers ... More
 

Gerhard Richter. 905/1-48 Sinbad, 2008. Lacquer behind glass. Plate: 11 13/16 x 19 11/16 inches.

NEW YORK, NY.- The FLAG Art Foundation presents Etel Adnan | Gerhard Richter on its 9th floor gallery from January 19 – May 13, 2017. The exhibition initiates a conversation between two masters of contemporary painting, from the vastly different backgrounds of Beirut and Germany. Both artists continue to challenge the concept of working in a single style or media, translating their explosive color abstractions and painting processes to canvas, ceramic, glass, and tapestry. Etel Adnan (b. 1925 in Beirut, Lebanon, and lives between California and France) is an award-winning author, playwright, poet, and visual artist, who, in the tradition of the Dadaists and Surrealists, moves fluidly between writing and art making. “It’s so rare that you have someone making such important contributions to poetry and art,” says Hans Ulrich Obrist, “Etel is one of the most influential artists of the 21st century. ... More


Paddle8 announces new investor to lead buy back from parent company   Virginia Museum of Fine Arts acquires masterpiece by Romare Bearden   Marianne Boesky Gallery to open exhibition space in Aspen


Servicing collectors worldwide, Paddle8 has offices in New York, London, Los Angeles, and Hong Kong. Photo by Kyle Knodell, courtesy of Paddle8.

NEW YORK, NY.- Today, Paddle8 Inc. announces an agreement in principle to support a fully-funded buy back of the Paddle8 brand and business from Berlin-based parent company Auctionata Paddle8 AG, sponsored by a market-leading investor group and supported by the management team. Since joining forces with Auctionata Inc. last May, Paddle8 has continued to evolve positively through 2016, driven by both Paddle8’s for-profit auction and Paddle8’s charity businesses. Led by a strategic, majority sponsor, the investor group is excited to support and fund Paddle8’s original founding team and management to accelerate Paddle8’s growth momentum and expand Paddle8’s market position. Under the new agreement, the investor group and the Paddle8 management team will also acquire the assets of Value My Stuff in the UK. The agreement is still subject to full legal review. “We are thrilled with the opportunity to further expand our brand ... More
 

Romare Bearden (American, 1911-1988), Three Folk Musicians, 1967 (detail). Collage of various papers with paint and graphite on canvas, 50 x 60 in. Art © Romare Bearden Foundation/Licensed by VAGA, New York, NY.

RICHMOND, VA.- “This monumental collage painting is a landmark addition to our collection,” said Alex Nyerges, VMFA Director. “Three Folk Musicians bolsters our effort to represent a diverse range of cultures in our galleries and allows us to explore a full range of American stories with rich context and a broad eye.” After working in mixed media in the 1940s, Bearden started experimenting with collage techniques in the late 1950s, but he did not begin making the brightly colored compositions depicting African American life, for which he has become best known, until 1963. That same year, he and a group of African American artists formed a collective known as Spiral to discuss their role in the civil rights movement. Their first meeting took place just one month before they attended the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom on August 28, 1963. Incorporating ... More
 

Rendering of Boesky West including Frank Stella, Puffed Star II, 2014. Rendering courtesy of Selldorf Architects. Artwork © 2017 Frank Stella / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York.

NEW YORK, NY.- Marianne Boesky Gallery announced that it will open Boesky West, a new project space in Aspen on March 8, 2017. The 3,000 square-foot building, originally the cabin of late 1800s photographer James “Horsethief” Kelly, was reimagined and designed by Selldorf Architects and executed in cooperation with local architecture firm David Johnston Architects. Boesky West will serve as an extension of the Chelsea flagship, and feature exhibitions both by gallery artists and artists invited to present special projects. With the new space, the gallery aims to provide opportunities for these artists to engage with the broad cultural community in Aspen, as well as with the sublime and awe-inspiring landscape. Boesky West will present exhibitions, open to the public, during the peak winter-spring and summer seasons. The inaugural exhibition will feature new and recent work by artists and long-time ... More



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Erika Holmquist-Wall named Chief Curator for the Speed Art Museum
LOUISVILLE, KY.- The Speed Art Museum announced today that Erika Holmquist-Wall will become Chief Curator on January 30, succeeding Scott Erbes, who held the title since 2013. Erbes wishes to return to his first love at the Speed, the museum’s extensive Kentucky collection and its outstanding decorative arts and design collections, in his capacity as Curator of Decorative Arts and Design. Erbes helped guide the reinstallation and design of the new Speed Art Museum in 2016, following three years of closure for a $60 million expansion and renovation. “When I arrived at the Speed in 2013, the Speed was closed, offices were in Nulu downtown, the collection was in storage and there was no chief curator,” said Speed Art Museum CEO, Ghislain d’Humieres. “Within a couple of weeks, I realized Scott Erbes was the leader we needed to help manage and create the transition ... More

Rosenberg & Co. opens an exhibition dedicated to Beatrice Mandelman's works from the 1960s
NEW YORK, NY.- Rosenberg & Co. presents Beatrice Mandelman And The Sixties, an exhibition dedicated to Beatrice Mandelman's works from the 1960s. At the time, Beatrice Mandelman and her husband Louis Ribak were at the epicenter of a group of artists in Taos, New Mexico known as the Taos Moderns. Although Mandelman is primarily known for her abstract paintings, Rosenberg & Co.'s exhibition demonstrates that she innovated across different media and genres while remaining resolutely dedicated to her singular vision. The 1960s were a decade of change and revolution, giving rise to Pop Art, Op Art, Minimalism, and Conceptualism. And yet, while Mandelman herself was a champion of the leftist ideals of the time, her artwork evaded simple categorization and was instead indicative of her unique hybridization of experiences. Although her works ... More

The Lumiere Brothers Center for Photography opens exhibition of works by Howard Schatz
MOSCOW.- Howard Schatz is an award-winning photographer who has received international acclaim for his portrait photography and work in various genres including studies of dancers, athletes, and underwater imagery. The photographs of Howard Schatz are exhibited extensively around the world and are included in the collections of numerous museums such as International Center of Photography, Oakland Museum and Musee de L'Elysee amongst others. His work has appeared in countless magazines throughout the world, including Vanity Fair, Vogue, The New York Times Magazine, The New Yorker, TIME, Sports Illustrated, US News and World Report, and GQ Italia. It is worth noting that such a success in photography was preceded by an academic career as a retina specialist. Schatz completed his medical degree at The University of Illinois College of Medicine and worked ... More

Motorbikes which are future classics & great investments for sale with H&H Classics
LONDON.- You don’t have to be a millionaire to get into motorbike collecting and if you buy wisely there are bikes which are great investments and which will only appreciate in value say H&H Classics, one of the UK’s leading classic car and bike auction houses. H&H Classics first sale of the year at Donington Park on February 22nd (bikes) and 23rd (cars) features both motorcycles and cars. Among the most interesting bikes for sale are four that would make outstanding investments says Mark Bryan, Head of Motorcycle Sales for H&H. These are a Velocette Thruxton, a Cotton 250, a 1926 AJS G8 and a 1949 Scott Squirrel. In at ‘No Reserve’ a Velocette Thruxton in unrestored condition heads the list of desirable investments. Last year H&H sold one for Ł20,000, a world record price. It made twice the pre-sale estimate, and set a new world record for an unrestored bike ... More

The Studio Museum announces new Associate Curator
NEW YORK, NY.- Today, The Studio Museum in Harlem announced the appointment of Connie H. Choi to the position of Associate Curator, Permanent Collection. Choi, currently Assistant Curator of American Art at the Brooklyn Museum, will begin work at the Studio Museum on February 6, 2017. Under the leadership of Director and Chief Curator Thelma Golden, she will assume primary responsibility for the execution and continued articulation of the curatorial department’s strategic vision for the Museum’s permanent collection, which contains over 2,200 objects from the 19th through 21st centuries. “We are thrilled to have Connie bring her significant experience and expertise in American art, AfricanAmerican art and museum collections to the Studio Museum,” says Thelma Golden. “I am confident that she will be a wonderful addition to the curatorial team as we approach ... More

Flint's historic Capitol Theatre to be restored and revitalized in city's downtown
FLINT, MICH.- The Capitol Theatre is being revitalized in downtown Flint, Michigan, serving as an economic and cultural engine for the city and region. Through the restoration of its ornate John Eberson design and upgrades to its facilities, the Theatre will once again be a focal point for the community, presenting national acts and providing platforms for local arts groups. Enriching and expanding the city’s arts and cultural resources, the Capitol Theatre will reopen in late 2017 with refurbished theater facilities as well as restored office and retail spaces. The Re-Opening date, and related programming and activities will be announced in the coming months. Long a vital part of the city’s social and cultural fabric, the Capitol Theatre originally opened in 1928 as a vaudeville house and movie palace, serving as a center of arts and entertainment in Flint. The most lavish of Michigan’s ... More

Australian artist Amanda Parer's Intrude comes to Memphis
MEMPHIS, TENN.- Are rabbits environmentally destructive or the source of whimsy and delight? Amanda Parer’s public art installation, Intrude, brings both concepts to light in the spectacle-sized work that has traveled across North America. Intrude makes its next stop at the Memphis Brooks Museum of Art, where it is now on view January 18 – 29. Intrude, which has been seen on four continents, in over 50 cities by more than a million people, is the second in the museum’s Brooks Outside public art series. Intrude, on view on the Brooks’ grounds in Overton Park, features five giant, illuminated, inflated rabbits; the largest being over 23 feet tall. Created by Australian artist Amanda Parer (b. 1971), the installation’s initial appearance was at the 2014 Vivid Festival of Light in Sydney, Australia. Since then, Intrude has fascinated audiences around the world making stops in such ... More

Swann Galleries to sell set of NASA photos, including first Moon landing images, at February 14 auction
NEW YORK, NY.- This extraordinary and breathtaking image of a space walk, above, is just one of a group of 22 large-format photographs from various NASA missions, dating from 1965 to the 1980s, being offered as a single lot in Swann Auction Galleries’ Icons & Images: Photographs & Photobooks sale on February 14. Selected from NASA’s archives by Barbara Hitchcock and Peter Riva and approved by several of the astronauts, the photographs were organised into a traveling exhibition by the Smithsonian Institution titled Sightseeing: A Space Panorama, 1985. Aside from the exhibition catalogue, many of the photos had never before been published by the space agency. The images include more breathtaking and iconic views of astronauts Bruce McCandless, Buzz Aldrin, Charles Duke, and Ed White as they traversed through space, taken during the Gemini ... More

Hauser & Wirth opens a major solo exhibition of sculpture by Elisabeth Frink
LONDON.- On view until 7 May 2017, Hauser & Wirth Somerset presents a major solo exhibition of sculpture by the late Elisabeth Frink. The exhibition ‘Transformation’ comprises a selection of Frink’s distinctive bronzes produced in the 1950s and 1960s, alongside a series of drawings that highlight the artist’s skill as a draughtsman. Outside in the grounds are some of Frink’s most important sculptures from her later life, including the celebrated Riace Warriors. Frink’s art was directly influenced by her childhood and adolescent experiences. Growing up mainly in rural Suffolk, she enjoyed a countryside existence full of animals and birds, but set against the backdrop of war. Her father was a professional soldier who fought at Dunkirk. Frink was nine years old when the Second World War broke out. Living near an airfield, she often witnessed bombers fighting in the skies ... More

Display features drawings by Hans Feibusch that have not previously been exhibited
CHICHESTER.- An exhibition of remarkable classical figure drawings and mural studies by Hans Feibusch (1898–1998) opened in Pallant House Gallery’s De’Longhi Print Room this January. The German émigré artist, who was dubbed a 'Degenerate artist' by the Nazis, settled in England in 1933 and became Britain's most prolific specialist in mural painting in churches. Drawn from the substantial archive gifted to Pallant House Gallery from Feibusch’s London studio, the display features drawings that have not previously been exhibited. The display compliments the Gallery’s major exhibition, The Mythic Method: Classicism in British Art 1920-1950. In 1997 the Gallery received the entire contents of Hans Feibusch’s North London studio. The studio (formerly The Studio of Sir Edwin Landseer) was established by ... More




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On a day like today, French painter Paul Cézanne, was born
January 19, 1839. Paul Cézanne (1839-1906) was a French artist and Post-Impressionist painter whose work laid the foundations of the transition from the 19th-century conception of artistic endeavour to a new and radically different world of art in the 20th century. Cézanne can be said to form the bridge between late 19th-century Impressionism and the early 20th century's new line of artistic enquiry, Cubism. The line attributed to both Matisse and Picasso that Cézanne "is the father of us all" cannot be easily dismissed.



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