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Boy and an amateur archaeologist unearth legendary Danish king's trove in Germany

Amateur archaeologist Rene Schoen (L) and 13-year-old student Luca Malaschnichenko look for a treasure with a metal detector in Schaprode, northern Germany on April 13, 2018. The 13-year-old boy and the hobby archaeologist have unearthed a "significant" trove in Germany which may have belonged to the legendary Danish king Harald Bluetooth who brought Christianity to Denmark. A dig covering 400 square metres (4,300 square feet) that finally started over the weekend by the regional archaeology service has since uncovered a trove believed linked to the Danish king who reigned from around 958 to 986. Braided necklaces, pearls, brooches, a Thor's hammer, rings and up to 600 chipped coins were found, including more than 100 that date back to Bluetooth's era. Stefan Sauer / dpa / AFP.

BERLIN (AFP).- A 13-year-old boy and an amateur archaeologist have unearthed a "significant" treasure trove in Germany which may have belonged to the legendary Danish king Harald Bluetooth who brought Christianity to Denmark. Rene Schoen and his student Luca Malaschnitschenko were looking for treasure using metal detectors in January on northern Ruegen island when they chanced upon what they initially thought was a worthless piece of aluminium. But upon closer inspection, they realised that it was a shimmering piece of silver, German media reported. A dig covering 400 square metres (4,300 square feet) that finally started over the weekend by the regional archaeology service has since uncovered a trove believed linked to the Danish king who reigned from around 958 to 986. Braided necklaces, pearls, brooches, a Thor's hammer, rings and up to 600 chipped coins were found, including more than 100 that date back to Bluetooth's era. "This trove is the biggest single discovery ... More

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Gagosian opens an exhibition of metal sculpture by John Chamberlain   Christie's to offer two 17th century bronze masterpieces from 'The Court of the Sun King' Louis XIV of France   Christian Boltanski's first solo exhibition in London since 2010 on view at Marian Goodman Gallery

John Chamberlain, ENTIRELYFEARLESS, 2009. Painted and chrome-plated steel, 85 1/2 x 44 1/2 x 42 1/4 inches 217.2 x 113 x 107.3 cm. © 2018 Fairweather & Fairweather LTD/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York. Courtesy Gagosian. Photo by Rob McKeever.

LONDON.- Gagosian presents “ENTIRELYFEARLESS,” an exhibition of metal sculpture by John Chamberlain. Organized in collaboration with the Estate of John Chamberlain, the exhibition is the first in London since “New Sculpture” at Gagosian Britannia Street in 2011. Chamberlain’s distinctive metal sculptures, often made of crushed and torqued automobile steel, reveal both the stately grace and the expressive plasticity of industrial materials. Exploring the interplay of color, sheen, weight, and balance, Chamberlain taps into the dynamic energy of Abstract Expressionism, the pre-manufactured elements of Pop and Minimalism, and the provocative curves and swells of high baroque. In this exhibition, large-scale floor sculptures and wall-mounted works made over the course of four decades attest to the ... More

François Girardon, Louis XIV on Horseback, Paris, circa 1690-1699. Estimate: £7-10 million. © Christie’s Images Limited 2018.

LONDON.- From the Court of King Louis XIV of France, the ‘Sun King’, Christie’s announces two of the most significant sculptures to come to the market in recent years. A unique rediscovered masterpiece by Louis XIV’s Royal sculptor François Girardon, Louis XIV on Horseback, Paris, circa 1690-1699, is believed to be the lost sculpture from the artist’s own collection, depicted in the famous engraving of the Galerie de Girardon (estimate: £7-10 million). Hercules Overcoming Acheloüs, circa 1640-50 by Florentine sculptor Ferdinando Tacca (1619-1686), was a gift from Louis XIV to his son, the Grand Dauphin, in 1681, remaining in the Royal collection until the Revolution (estimate on request: in the region of £5 million). Both works attest to the significance of Louis XIV as a connoisseur collector, celebrating the very best art from France and beyond. The works will go on view at Christie’s New York in April (the G ... More

Départ / Arrivée at Fondation Louis Vuitton. Photo: Louis Vuitton/Christian Kain © Adagp, Paris 2017. Courtesy the artist and Marian Goodman Gallery, New York, Paris & London.

LONDON.- Marian Goodman Gallery is presenting Christian Boltanski’s first solo exhibition in London since 2010. He uses photography, sculpture and film to create large-scale installations that engage with shared preoccupations while being rooted in the artist’s own history. Conceived as a complete installation, the exhibition includes several substantial new film pieces. Boltanski leads visitors into this exhibition through a suspended veiled passage coalescing personal and communal memories. Bisecting the ground floor, La Traversée de la vie (The Crossing of Life) revisits images Boltanski worked with for a 1971 piece entitled Album de photos de la Famille D. For this seminal piece, he used photographs from a 1950s family album belonging to one of his friends. While endeavoring to reconstruct it chronologically, he sensed this process didn’t ... More

Drouot to offer a unique and exceptional collection of 7 works by Frank Overton Colbert   Freeman's to offer diamond from the Collection of Dorrance "Dodo" H. Hamilton in May auction   Getty Museum appoints James A. Ganz to Senior Curator of Photographs

The Origin of Design, circa 1921. Oil on canvas board.

PARIS.- Frank Overton Colbert was a major artist of American art in the early 1920s. The first Indian to exhibit in New York, this Chickasaw painter, celebrated by the critics of the time, told Indian myths and legends through his paintbrush. He settled in Paris in 1923, frequenting Bohemian Paris where he was known as the “Redskin of Montparnasse”. His whirlwind career, which was followed by serious depression in 1926, left just a handful of works, only 70 of which are currently catalogued and 5 stored in public collections in the United States. Hôtel Drouot will be presenting a collection of 7 exceptional works, almost all of which were exhibited at the famous Montross Gallery and have not been shown to the public for 55 years. In November 2017, ADER NORDMANN offered a Frank Overton Colbert painting for auction for the first time. Discovered by chance, the auctioneers did not know who he was nor what he had created. They astounde ... More

Lot 1016: An impressive 16.56 carat diamond solitair ring flanked by tapering, baguette-cut diamonds and mounted in platinum. Estimate $600,000-800,000.

PHILADELPHIA, PA.- Freeman’s May 9 Fine Jewelry auction is anchored by a generous offering of jewels and accessories from the Collection of Dorrance “Dodo” H. Hamilton. The final 16 lots of the sale feature delicate evening bags, bracelets, rings, watches and necklaces, worn and cherished by the venerable Philadelphia benefactress. The 141-lot sale will end with an impressive 16.56 carat diamond solitaire ring, F color, VS2 clarity (Lot 1016, estimate $600,000-800,000). Other highlights from the Collection of Dorrance “Dodo” H. Hamilton include Lot 1014, an Art Deco diamond covered bracelet-watch signed by Cartier and formerly owned by Alice Tully. The bracelet is set with baguette and circular-cut diamonds totaling 17.00 carats, and set in platinum (estimate $30,000-50,000). Lot 1012, an 18 karat white gold and diamond ... More

Jim Ganz. Photo: Randy Dodson, Fine Art Museums San Francisco.

LOS ANGELES, CA.- The Getty Museum announced today the appointment of James A. Ganz to Senior Curator of Photographs. Ganz will oversee the museum’s renowned collection of nearly 150,000 photographs, which represent the history of the medium from its inception to the present day. He joins the Getty after ten years at the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, where he served as Curator of the Achenbach Foundation for Graphic Arts. “Mr. Ganz’s experience is a perfect fit with the mission and scholarly focus of the Getty’s Department of Photographs. His many years of curating exhibitions and acquiring significant works will greatly enrich our collection and the work of our curatorial staff,” says Timothy Potts, director of the J. Paul Getty Museum. “He brings an energy, enthusiasm, and leadership that will help the department engage with an even broader audience and tell ... More

High Museum unveils plans for reinstallation led by Selldorf Architects   Zsa Zsa Gabor Estate shatters expectations at Heritage Auctions   Nationalmuseum Sweden acquires mirror ordered by Count Fabian Wrede in the 1690s

Henry Inman (American, 1801–1846), Shingaba W’Ossin (Chippewa), ca. 1831–1834, oil on canvas. Gift of Ann and Tom Cousins. 2017.121.

ATLANTA, GA.- The High Museum of Art in Atlanta announced plans for a major reinstallation of its collection galleries, set to debut in October 2018. This project marks the first comprehensive revision of the galleries since the High’s transformative expansion in 2005. The reinstallation will involve all seven of the High’s curatorial departments and highlight the collection’s growth and core strengths while creating dynamic and engaging experiences for visitors and improving accessibility throughout the High’s facilities. The Museum is working with internationally renowned architectural firm Selldorf Architects to develop all aspects of collection gallery design and space planning. Concurrent with the collection reinstallation, the Museum will double the footprint and complete a total redesign of the Greene Family Learning Gallery in collaboration with Roto design firm. Gallery closures for the ... More

A portrait of the star — an important memento by friend Margaret Keane — took top-lot honors at $45,000.

BEVERLY HILLS, CA.- A standing room-only crowd and fans online around the world bid more than $900,000 in the Estate of Zsa Zsa Gabor Auction for hundreds of items from the Hollywood socialite's private personal collection. The total sale more than tripled expectations: Several lots surpassed pre-auction valuations, some of which sold for as much as 40 times their original estimates. A fan-packed, two-day lot viewing took place at her home in Bel Air, while the live auction occurred at Heritage Auctions Beverly Hills. The viewing itself attracted hundreds of interested buyers, many of whom flew in from across the United States and Europe. Spanning the star's 60-year career and red carpet appearances, the estate included keepsakes, designer couture, screen-used costumes and Hollywood memorabilia. Frédéric Prinz von Anhalt, Gabor's last husband and widower, said his late wife requested an auction to offer ... More

Burchard Precht, Mirror, 1690s, detail. © Bukowskis.

STOCKHOLM.- A mirror just acquired by Nationalmuseum is among the most magnificent examples of Swedish Baroque ever produced. The ornately carved and gilded frame contains engraved, inset plate glass. The mirror’s unusually well-documented origins go back to the initial order. Count Wrede (1641-1712) was a top official who had earned the unwavering trust of King Karl XI. Following a career as Viborg County Governor, he contributed to preparations for the compulsory restitution of alienated estates in 1680. He was the Lord Marshall for the 1682 session of the Parliament. He subsequently held a number of prominent official positions. Promoting mercantilism in the private sector was among Wrede’s obsessions. It wasn’t long before he was elevated to countship and became one of the wealthiest Swedes alive. His political fortunes declined, however, after he advocated a more defensive military policy than Karl XII was pursuing. In ... More

Thames & Hudson publishes 'Misère: The Visual Representation of Misery in the 19th Century' by Linda Nochlin   Museum Ludwig opens a survey exhibition with over 120 works by Haegue Yang   'Full Metal Jacket' star R. Lee Ermey dead at 74

In her final book, Linda Nochlin charts the highly charged phenomenon of misery as it was depicted in the popular and fine arts of the 19th century, in what is the culmination of a lifetime at the cutting edge of thinking about the visual arts.

LONDON.- In this major book, Linda Nochlin brings a lifetime’s reflection and analysis to bear on a topic of enduring fascination, and presents the reader with new material, new ideas and new ways of looking, offering a refreshing perspective on an emotive subject mapped out in the literary canon by the likes of Charles Dickens and Victor Hugo. The coming of the Industrial Revolution in the early nineteenth century witnessed the unprecedented changes in society: rapid economic growth and urbanization went hand-in-hand with appalling working conditions, displacement, squalor and destitution for those at the bottom of the social scale. These new circumstances presented a challenge to contemporary image-makers, who wished to capture the effects of hunger, poverty and alienation in Britain, Ireland ... More

Medicine Man – Indiscreet Other World, aus der Werkgruppe Medicine Men, 2010. Kleiderständer, Lenkrollen, Glühbirnen, Kabel, Kabelbinder, Lüsterklemmen, Nylonschnur, Strickwolle, Perücken, Papiermaché, Wasserfarbe, Lack, Metallringe, Metallketten, Mylar-Lametta, Aluminiumreflektor, Fransen, 180 x 120 x 100 cm. Zabludowicz Collection, London © Haegue Yang. Photo: Nick Ash.

COLOGNE.- In 2018, the Gesellschaft für Moderne Kunst am Museum Ludwig will recognize Haegue Yang for her extraordinary body of work with the Wolfgang Hahn Prize. The Museum Ludwig will showcase the remarkable versatility of her entire oeuvre in the artist’s first-ever survey exhibition with over 120 works ranging from action-based objects from the 1990s to lacquer paintings, photographs, works on paper, video essays, anthropomorphic sculptures, performative pieces, and large-scale installations. The abbreviation ETA stands for “estimated time of arrival,” among other things. Thus, the exhibition title points to an artistic career in transit and the constant itineracy ... More

US actor and Marine Corps veteran R. Lee Ermey. Jim WATSON / AFP.

NEW YORK (AFP).- US actor and retired Marine R. Lee Ermey, best known for his role as foul-mouthed Gunnery Sergeant Hartman in Stanley Kubrick's "Full Metal Jacket," has died, his manager said Sunday. He was 74. Manager Bill Rogin said the Golden Globe nominee Ermey died from complications of pneumonia. "It is with deep sadness that I regret to inform you all that R. Lee Ermey ("The Gunny") passed away this morning from complications of pneumonia," he said in a statement on Twitter. "He will be greatly missed by all of us. Semper Fi, Gunny. Godspeed," he wrote, referencing the motto of the United States Marines Corps, in which Ermey served from 1961 to 1971 when he was medically discharged. Born in Emporia, Kansas in 1944, Ermey bagged his first acting role while studying drama at the University of Manila in the Philippines, landing a part as a helicopter pilot in "Apocalypse Now" (1979). He went on to appear in some 60 films, often in military-related roles. ... More

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Exhibition of black and white images by Tereza Zelenkova on view at the Ravestijn Gallery
AMSTERDAM.- ‘The Essential Solitude’ is Czech photographer Tereza Zelenkova’s first exhibition at the Ravestijn Gallery. In her preferred black and white images Zelenkova presents a room and its curious inhabitant, evoking the fin de siècle movements of symbolism and decadence, to which the photographer pays homage, with references to the literature of Baudelaire, Rimbaud, and JK Huysmans. Together, the still lives, nudes, and portraits are a highly captivating inquiry into the cycle of decay and renewal, the relation of the individual to an interior, and the possibility of myth and spirituality in a disenchanted world. These images, with a strong sense of detail, seem to come from another era, yet are surprising in their strong presence and newness; this is another, more mythical and ephemeral realm altogether. In this place, time has ceased to exist in its everyday, ... More

Brooklyn-based painter Eric LoPresti opens exhibition at Burning in Water
NEW YORK, NY.- Burning in Water - New York is presenting An Ocean of Light by Brooklyn-based painter Eric LoPresti. The exhibition encompasses several types of work, including large paintings on linen, mixed media works on paper and altered digital photographs. Employing a range of approaches to his theme, Eric LoPresti constructs a multifaceted depiction of the American West that scrutinizes our physical environment within the contexts of both the expansive narrative of the atomic age and the artist’s own personal history. While the globallytransformative story of the development and testing of nuclear weapons suffuses these works, LoPresti’s visual field shifts constantly and seamlessly from the micro- to the macroscopic. As with the infinitely elusive location of a particle in quantum mechanics, LoPresti presents a vision of the American West whose ... More

Frank Gehry leads $2 million investment in expansion of arts-fueled school reform program
LOS ANGELES, CA.- Today, Turnaround Arts: California announced that it will add 10 schools to its statewide network, bringing its total number of elementary and middle schools served to 27 across 20 districts. This expansion is made possible by a $1 million gift from renowned architect Frank Gehry, whose donation has been matched by a $1 million gift from an anonymous donor. Their contributions, in part, enable the program’s most significant expansion since 2014, when Gehry and arts education advocate Malissa Shriver co-founded the California affiliate of the Washington-based, national program. Turnaround Arts: California will now reach schools serving over 17,000 K-8 students from historically marginalized communities, using the arts in schools to narrow the opportunity gap, increase student and community engagement, and improve campus culture ... More

Follies: Architectural Whimsy in the Garden outdoor exhibition on view at Winterthur
WINTERTHUR, DE.- Thirteen fantastic structures—from a Gothic-inspired tower and an Ottoman tent to American summerhouses and a faerie cottage—await exploration in Follies: Architectural Whimsy in the Garden, Winterthur’s first-ever garden exhibition, on view now. Some of the follies are newly built structures based on classic and contemporary examples at estates elsewhere. Others are historic structures currently in the garden that visitors have enjoyed for years. Together they form a delightful, entertaining, and fresh way for visitors to discover and experience the Winterthur Garden. What is a Folly? A folly is a structure placed in a garden or landscape, built primarily for decoration, but suggesting through its appearance some other purpose. Follies amuse the observer, frame a vista, or pique the viewer’s curiosity. Follies are often ... More

DinnerWear Jewelry turns broken antique china into beautiful, wearable keepsakes
FRANKLIN, MASS.- For most people an antique china plate, cup or saucer that’s been chipped, cracked or broken might be trash. But for Mary-Ann Wood it’s treasure. Wood is the owner of a business called DinnerWear Jewelry that uses designs cut from these fractured unfortunates and turns them into unique costume jewelry pieces, mostly necklaces, earrings, lariats and brooches. “The jewelry pieces I craft aren’t just one-of-a-kinds and beautiful, they carry great sentimental value to the wearer,” Wood said. “They are worn, shared and passed on. The fact that each piece has been made by hand from a china piece that’s probably been in the family for years or even generations only makes it that much more special. It’s very gratifying for me and the customer.” Wood works out of a spacious studio in Franklin, Mass., with hours by appointment, and is fast coming ... More

Exhibition explores how Catholicism shaped and moulded Western image culture
GRAZ.- Faith Love Hope—the exhibition strives to highlight a society characterised by a majority of relatively wealthy people and a growing decline in social solidarity. It is no coincidence that the title Faith Love Hope creates a reference to Ödön von Horváth’s drama with a similar title from 1932, in which he describes a time and a society where faith, love and hope seem to dwindle and compassion is lost. Furthermore, it refers to Ulrich Seidl’s film trilogy—which depict a cold, consumerist society and characters who are driven by oppressed desires. Today, the “three divine virtues,” once considered as cornerstones of the Christian culture of piety and part of the cultural memory in the form of allegories and symbols, can be found amongst the most popular motives for tattoos. This phenomenon can be viewed as a contemporary example of the transfer, the acquisition ... More

The National WWII Museum breaks ground on Bollinger Canopy of Peace
NEW ORLEANS, LA.- The National WWII Museum’s Bollinger Canopy of Peace will soon take its place as a new landmark on the New Orleans skyline. The iconic architectural structure, scheduled for completion in 2018, will rise 148 feet above the center of the institution’s campus. The Canopy—a steel lattice framework supporting Teflon-coated fiberglass panels—will be 482 feet long and 134 feet wide, held aloft by four steel legs anchored in more than 1,260 cubic yards of concrete. In the midday sun, the towering, bright-white Canopy will serve as a beacon to visitors and locals alike; after sundown, a state-of-the-art lighting system will transform the Canopy and its support legs into a stunning new nighttime landmark for the city. Made possible through a generous 2015 gift from longtime Museum Trustee Donald T. “Boysie” Bollinger and his wife Joy, the Canopy will ... More

Estorick Collection opens exhibition focusing on glamour and modernity in 1930s Italian cinema
LONDON.- This exhibition explores a little-known period of Italian cinematic history, highlighting the strong Modernist influence apparent in the set designs created for a number of romantic comedies during the inter-war years. A selection of vintage photographs will be complemented by film clips, sketches and contemporary periodicals sourced from the Cineteca Nazionale, Centro Sperimentale di Cinematografia (Rome), the Cineteca di Bologna, the Museo Nazionale del Cinema (Turin) and the RIBA Collections. Rationalism on Set runs at London’s Estorick Collection from 18 April until 24 June 2018. Until recently, Italy’s contributions to architecture and cinema in the 1930s have been overlooked. The exhibition will look at the role played by Italian architects and architectural culture in the development of ... More

Julien's Auctions to offer 300 items of celebrity sporting memorabilia
NEW YORK, NY.- A stunning collection of 300 items of celebrity sporting memorabilia from some of the world’s greatest football stars of the past 100 years will be sold on May 18th at the Hard Rock Café, 1501 Broadway – Times Square, New York by Julien’s Auctions. For anyone who has ever enjoyed sport, followed it passionately, or simply admired the grace, courage and dedication that it takes to excel athletically at the top level, this sale offers a selection of sporting holy grails. Prices range from an estimated $1,000 to $60,000. Besides celebrity football memorabilia the sale also includes sports trophies from boxing, the Olympics, tennis and a cricket bat wielded to good effect by Tendulkar, signed, estimate $10,000 to $20,000. The first part of the Julien catalogue features property from three major football collections. *The Collection of Juan Carlos Marenda ... More

Ten contemporary Australian artists reimagine historic works from the Bendigo Art Gallery collection
BENDIGO.- In this new exhibition curated by Jessica Bridgfoot, a group of mid-career contemporary Australian artists have been commissioned to create new works that responds to significant pieces from the gallery’s 19th and 20th century Australian and European collections. Working across a range of mediums including sound, film, performance and painting and textiles, each were invited to examine the technological, social, environmental, political and historical events that have occurred since the original works were created, and revisit interpretations of Australian and European histories through the lens of contemporary culture. “The exhibition provides an opportunity for this impressive group of artists to use Bendigo Art Gallery’s collection to reflect on and examine not only the past, but the present and the future, in an exhibition that will bring a new ... More

'Versus' by visual artists PichiAvo on view at Underdogs Gallery
LISBON.- Underdogs Gallery is presenting “Versus”, a solo exhibition by Spanish visual artists Pichi & Avo in Lisbon, Portugal. In addition to the exhibition, the artists will create a mural piece in Lisbon. Featuring a body of works that comprises both large- and small-scale paintings, drawings, and sculptures, PichiAvo’s first exhibition at Underdogs Gallery presents a scenographic setting that materialises the artists’ original dialectic approach based on a dialoguing combination between different elements that results in an entirely new visual landscape. Feeding off a “material tradition of pictorial production and physical intervention in spaces” that blends the ancient harmony of classical art with the calligraphic rebelliousness of modern graffiti, “Versus” is a visual journey that celebrates the atemporal nature of the creative act. According to the exhibition text by Fran Picazo: “Co ... More

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On a day like today, Ukrainian-American sculptor Louise Nevelson died
April 17, 1988. Louise Nevelson (September 23, 1899 - April 17, 1988) was an American sculptor known for her monumental, monochromatic, wooden wall pieces and outdoor sculptures. In this image: Installation view.of an exhibition at McCabe Fine Art that presented a diverse selection of Louise Nevelson’s late career Works.

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