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Kunsthalle Bremen acquires major copperplate engraving by Albrecht Dürer

Albrecht Dürer, Heiliger Eustachius, 1501 (detail). Kupferstich, 358 x 260 mm. Kunsthalle Bremen – Der Kunstverein in Bremen, Kupferstichkabinett / Photo: Karen Blindow.

BREMEN.- The Kunsthalle Bremen was able to acquire a work sold more than a hundred years ago by the museum. The well-preserved copperplate engraving of “Saint Eustace” (1501) by Albrecht Dürer is the artist’s largest copperplate engraving, measuring 35.8 x 26 cm, it. During his lifetime, the artist viewed it as his unsurpassed masterpiece and proof of his skills as an engraver. The recently purchased masterpiece “Saint Eustace” by Albrecht Dürer once belonged to the collection of the Kunsthalle Bremen. The stamp of the Kunstverein in Bremen, the responsible body of the Kunsthalle, can still be found on the back of the sheet. This confirms its provenance as part of the Klugkist Collection, the Kunstverein’s oldest collection. The inventory register of Hieronymus Klugkist (1851), one of the founders of the Kunstverein, lists two copies of “Saint Eustace”. One copy was ... More

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Largest solo presentation of Adam Pendleton's work on view in Denver   Christie's releases President and Mrs. Ronald Reagan sale catalogue   Sotheby's #TTTOP to be led by Jean-Michel Basquiat's Infantry

Installation view.

DENVER, CO.- MCA Denver is presenting Adam Pendleton: Becoming Imperceptible, the largest solo presentation of the artist’s work to date. Including film, wall paintings, ceramics, and silkscreens from the past eight years, the exhibition presents Pendleton’s work as a collision between aesthetic and historical concerns. Drawing upon landmark literary texts as well as works from the history of modern art, Pendleton’s work references political and cultural movements of the 20th century such as the pre-war Avant-Garde, the Civil Rights Movement, Minimalism, and Conceptualism. The exhibition’s title, “Becoming Imperceptible,” suggests how Pendleton’s work, in borrowing from so many other sources, operates as a counter-portrait. In contrast to traditional portraits, which contextualize a subject within a setting or against a background, Pendleton’s works abstract the people, literature, ... More

President Ronald Reagan’s Cowboy Boots by Tony Lama, a gift from Western actor Rex Allen. Estimate: $10,000-20,000. Photo: Christie's Images Ltd 2016.

NEW YORK, NY.- Christie's announces the release of the sale catalogue for the upcoming auction of The Private Collection of President and Mrs. Ronald Reagan, the celebrated 40th President and First Lady of the United States. This landmark Collection will be on view at Christie’s New York September 17 to 20 and is slated for sale September 21 and 22, with live and online components, to coincide with Americana auctions at Christie’s. Among the iconic objects revealed with the catalogue’s release is A Signed Fragment of the Berlin Wall, an evocative relic symbolizing one of President Reagan’s greatest foreign policy achievements (estimate: $10,000-20,000). Other featured objects emblematic of the ‘Reagan Era,’ include President Ronald Reagan’s Cowboy Boots by Tony ... More

Paik Nam June, Fat Boy, 1997, Estimate: HK$3,500,000 – 4,500,000 / US$ 449,000 – 577,500. Photograher: Hong Jang Hyun. Photo Production: Gary So @ Mad Carrot Production.

HONG KONG.- #TTTOP, Sotheby’s evening auction of Western and Asian contemporary art in Hong Kong guest-curated by Asian pop icon T.O.P, will be held on 3 October during the Hong Kong Autumn Sale Series 2016. The result of a year-long collaboration, #TTTOP celebrates the rise of young Asian collectors who seek art across cultural boundaries. By showcasing new and important Asian artists who enjoy global recognition alongside their Western counterparts, the sale unites various generations, cultures, styles and schools of thought. This selection not only reflects T.O.P’s artistic choices, but also the international taste of the young Asian collecting community. Estimated at approximately HK$90,000,000 / US$11,500,000*, the sale brings ... More

Art Gallery acquires major new work of art by 'ultra-technologists' teamLab   Strong selection of Japanese and Korean art at Bonhams New York   Belgian jazz legend 'Toots' Thielemans dies at 94

teamLab, Japan, formed 2001, Ever Blossoming Life II - A whole year per hour, Gold, 2016, Tokyo, four channel, digital artwork, endless, edition 4/6; Gift of the Neilson Foundation through the Art Gallery of South Australia Foundation 2015, Art Gallery of South Australia, Adelaide. Image courtesy of the artists and Martin Browne Contemporary, Sydney.

ADELAIDE.- A major new work of art by Japanese collective teamLab has been acquired by the Art Gallery of South Australia, generously supported by the Neilson Foundation. Titled Ever Blossoming Life II - A whole year per hour, Gold this four channel, moving image work transcends the boundaries of technology and art by providing each viewer with a unique experience. Making its Australian premiere as part of the 2016 OzAsia Festival, Ever Blossoming Life II features a myriad of brilliantly coloured flowers that emerge, grow and blossom, wither and then fade away. Art Gallery of South Australia, Associate Curator, Asian Art, Russel Kelty explains ‘Ever Blossoming Life II is not a pre- ... More

A black-lacquer armor with a Nobuie helmet and important accouterments The helmet by Myochin Nobuie. Photo: Bonhams.

NEW YORK, NY.- Building on strong results from last March, Bonhams presents a 322-lot Fine Japanese and Korean Works of Art auction on Sept. 14. The sale features a group of Meiji period masterpieces from the studios of Ando Jubei, Namikawa Yasuyuki, Namikawa Sosuke and Yabu Meizan, among others. Bonhams is the only major auction house that will hold a dedicated Japanese and Korean art sale this season. “Bonhams will offer a fine selection of key works from Japanese and Korean masters in a continued effort to support collectors in these categories year round,” said Director of Japanese Art Jeff Olson. “By continually bringing a strong selection to the market, we hope to support both veteran and novice collectors, and emphasize the vibrancy and resilience of the Japanese and Korean art markets.” A fine cloisonné-enamel and partial plique-a-jour square bowl by Ando ... More

This file photo taken on June 22, 2011 shows Belgian jazz musician Toots Thielemans. NICOLAS MAETERLINCK / BELGA / AFP.

BRUSSELS (AFP).- Belgian legend "Toots" Thielemans has died after a 70-year career as the world's most famous harmonica player during which he made music with some of the biggest names in jazz. Jean-Baptiste Frederic Isidore Thielemans, known affectionately as "Toots", died in his sleep in a Brussels hospital early on Monday, his manager Veerle Van de Poel said. He was 94. "It comes as a bit of a shock and surprise as he was doing very well after suffering a fall last month," Van de Poel told AFP. Born in 1922 in the working class Marolles district of Brussels, Thielemans got his big break when he joined Benny Goodman on a European tour in 1950 before moving to the United States where he teamed up with other jazz greats, including Charlie Parker, Ella Fitzgerald and Frank Sinatra. He took up the harmonica as a hobby and then during World War II, as described on his official ... More

Kiran Nadar Museum of Art presents the first-ever retrospective of the veteran artist Jeram Patel   Heritage Auctions presents the greatest of "The Greatest" in auction of elite Muhammad Ali artifacts   ArtCenter/South Florida appoints Natalia Zuluaga as Artistic Director

Jeram Patel, Gestalt 13, 1963 (detail). Blowtorch and burn wood. Collection Kiran Nadar Museum of Art.

NEW DELHI.- Kiran Nadar Museum of Art is presenting the first-ever retrospective of the veteran artist Jeram Patel titled ‘the dark loam: between memory and membrane’ previewing on August 23, 2016. Sadly, Jeram Patel passed away this year in January when KNMA were in the midst of preparation for this large showing of his works. In his absence, Mrs. Kiran Nadar, Chairperson, KNMA will welcome his peers/close friends, eminent art critic Geeta Kapur and artist Gulammohammed Sheikh as the Guests of Honour to share memories of the artist and insights on his distinctive practice. This is the last of the trilogy of retrospectives that examines abstraction in Indian art from the early post-Independence period. The trilogy began with Nasreen Mohamedi’s ‘a view to infinity’ (2013), then Himmat Shah’s ‘hammer on the square’ (January - July 2016) and now Jeram Patel (August 2016). The trilogy emphasizes different individu ... More

1974 Muhammad Ali Fight Worn Trunks from "The Rumble in the Jungle!" vs. George Foreman.

DALLAS, TX.- A half-century of the life of one of the most influential figures in modern American history is celebrated in a special Heritage Sports Collectibles Auction, now open for bidding at and closing in Extended Bidding format at 10 PM on September 10th. The offerings are carefully curated with an eye toward elite significance, with highlights including the trunks worn in the fabled "Rumble in the Jungle" victory over the seemingly invincible George Foreman in 1974 (est. $150,000+), and the WBC Heavyweight Championship belt earned for that achievement (est. $600,000+). "With the recent passing of Muhammad Ali, we have received telephone calls from collectors all over the world seeking important pieces from his life and career," said Chris Ivy, Director of Heritage Sports Collectibles. "We are proud to answer with this, the most significant Ali auction ever assembled." This special offering ... More

From 2007-2012, Zuluaga managed the exhibition and publishing initiatives for the Cisneros Fontanals Art Foundation. Photo: Rodrigo Gaya.

MIAMI, FLA.- ArtCenter/South Florida announced the appointment of Natalia Zuluaga as the new Artistic Director. In her new role at ArtCenter, she will work with the Executive Director on debuting new, expanded levels of programming, artist residencies, community outreach and events. “Natalia brings to ArtCenter her excellent artistic instincts and her relationships with national and international artists, curators and arts leaders. Her curatorial and programming ideas are at the forefront of where Miami is heading,” says Maria del Valle, ArtCenter/South Florida’s Executive Director. “She has a deep appreciation for how artists evolve, and a keen sense for the heart of Miami’s next artistic evolution. ArtCenter is at a pivotal crossroads, exploring new paradigms for the visual arts community in Miami and Natalia has already proven to be the perfect choice to help steer our new ... More

Spink to offer collection of Nicholas Rhodes’ Coins of North East India   IU Eskenazi Museum of Art now home to the largest Rainwork in the world   Start the new season in style with Sotheby's London Fine Jewels Sale

On lot 19, a grotesque human-faced winged dragon appears. Estimate: £5,000-10,000.

LONDON.- This September, Spink will offer the second auction of the magnificent collection of Nicholas Rhodes’ Coins of North East India. The sale will take place on the 27th in London, and is brimming with some of the finest coins of this region. Spink is handling such a stunning collection amassed over a lifetime of passion and dedication to numismatics. The catalogue itself is sure to become a reference work for numismatic enthusiasts to come as it documents some of the most interesting social movements from medieval Bangal, Tripura, Cooch Behar, Manipur, Assam and Jaintiapur. Nick Rhodes started to collect coins from an early age and as a seven year old was first taken to AH Baldwin & Sons, receiving excellent guidance from the late Albert Baldwin. In 1962, Nick started collecting oriental coins, particularly the coins of Nepal, which at this time presented the opportunity to build a meaningful collection and provided ... More

Rainworks founders Peregrine Church and Xack Fischer installing Mandala at the Eskenazi Museum of Art. Photo by Kevin Montague.

BLOOMINGTON, IN.- The Eskenazi Museum of Art welcomed Peregrine Church, artist and founder of Rainworks, an initiative of "rain-activated artwork, designed to make a rainy day better." Employing a super-hydrophobic substance sprayed through a stencil onto pavement or concrete, Rainworks creates images that are completely invisible when dry, but re-appear when wet. The project began in Church's hometown of Seattle, and received national attention after he launched a video about the project on Facebook that subsequently went viral. Church is visiting Indiana University and Bloomington August 16-26. During that time, he will install a large Rainwork in front of the museum. Church will also lead a workshop on how to produce a Rainwork at the IU School of Fine Arts on Thursday, August 25. The workshop is free and open to the public, but space is ... More

Cultured Pearl and diamond brooch, René Boivin, 1980s. Est. £15,000-20,000 / €17,800-23,700 / $20,000-26,600. Photo: Sotheby's.

LONDON.- As London is gearing up for London Fashion Week, Sotheby’s jewellery specialists have put together a rich selection of exquisite wearable jewels at affordable prices for their London Fine Jewels sale on 21st September. Testament to the timeless allure of great designs and beautiful stones, the jewels on offer are the perfect addition to the most stylish looks. Suited to all generations and seasons, the dazzling pieces on offer feature a unique range of ladies’ cocktail watches and accessories for the dapper gentleman. Yellow gold has an enduring elegance; the warmth of yellow gold looks as stunning next to crisp linen as it does against a cashmere coat. The September Fine Jewels sale offers a wide selection of designs, some by revered jewellery houses including Cartier and Van Cleef & Arpels as well as Hemmerle, Boucheron and Oscar Heyman. No one can doubt ... More

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Artist Zai Kuning and curator June Yap to represent Singapore at the 57th Venice Biennale
SINGAPORE.- The National Arts Council today announced the appointment of Singapore multidisciplinary artist, Zai Kuning, and curator and art historian, June Yap, as the artistic team representing Singapore at the 2017 Venice Biennale from 13 May to 26 November 2017. Their proposal, Dapunta Hyang, is a culmination of over 20 years of Zai’s research on Malay culture and history in Southeast Asia, as part of a broader inquiry on identity that includes his having spent more than a decade with and creating work on the Orang Laut (sea gypsies) — the pre-nation and pre-colonial inhabitants of both island and sea in the region. The exhibition for the Biennale extends a series produced in recent years that takes as its vantage point Dapunta Hyang Sri Jayanasa, the first Maharaja of the early kingdom of Śrīvijaya. Considered the first large state of ‘world economic stature’ of its time ... More

Art and the environment explored in Troubled Waters
SYDNEY.- Some of the most pressing environmental concerns of our times are explored in a suite of exhibitions on view at UNSW Galleries. Troubled Waters features the Australian premiere of internationally celebrated British filmmaker John Akomfrah’s landmark Vertigo Sea, Georgia Wallace-Crabbe’s five-screen The Earth and the Elements and a major art/science collaboration titled River Journey, which explores the impact of human activity on Australia’s marine environments. Akomfrah’s Vertigo Sea is a large-scale, immersive video installation exploring our relationship with the ocean. Fusing archival material, readings from classical sources and newly shot footage, Akomfrah’s critically acclaimed piece focuses on the history and cruelty of the whaling industry and juxtaposes it with scenes of generations of migrants crossing dangerous oceans for a better life. In River ... More

Michael Jackson's RIAA gold record for "Thriller" to be auctioned by Nate D. Sanders Auctions
LOS ANGELES, CA.- Michael Jackson’s personal RIAA gold record award for his epic album “Thriller” will be auctioned by Nate D. Sanders Auctions on August 25. Interested bidders may participate in the auction online. Jackson was awarded the gold record two months after the album’s release in November 1982. “Thriller” ultimately attained RIAA diamond status for selling 10 million copies. Released on November 30, 1982, “Thriller” featured the hits, “Wanna Be Startin' Somethin,'' ''Thriller,'' ''Beat It'' and ''Billie Jean.'' Music historians believe the album paved the path for other 1980’s black artists including Prince and Whitney Houston among others. Michael Jackson’s “Thriller” is credited with launching the era of modern pop music. At its peak, “Thriller” sold one million copies per week worldwide. It went on to win a record eight Grammies in 1984 including Album of t ... More

Want to buy a tank? asks French museum
CATZ (AFP).- Fancy buying a World War II tank? Then make tracks to a museum in Normandy, France, which is closing its doors and selling off its entire collection. One of the star lots of the 130 being auctioned off by the Normandy Tank Museum is an American M4 Cadillac tank made in 1942 which is listed at between 80,000 euros and 140,000 euros (between $90,500 and $158,350). A 1944 Jeep MB is also going under the hammer for an estimate of 25,000 euros, while a military Caterpillar D-8 bulldozer is available for between 4,000 euros and 6,000 euros in the sale on September 18 overseen by the Artcurial auction house. For smaller budgets, dummies used in the museum dressed in the uniforms of tank drivers and US Navy pilots can be snapped up for around 200 euros. The museum, which opened three years ago in Catz near the D-Day ... More

Finalists selected for the 2016 Betty Bowen Award
SEATTLE, WA.- The Seattle Art Museum and the Betty Bowen Committee, chaired by Gary Glant, announced today the five artists selected as finalists for this year’s Betty Bowen Award. The juried award honors a Northwest artist for their original, exceptional, and compelling work. Administered by SAM, the award was created in 1977 by friends of Washington native and supporter of Northwest artists, Betty Bowen (1918–1977). The Betty Bowen Committee—comprising Northwest curators, collectors, and former Betty Bowen Award winners—reviewed 446 applications from visual artists residing in the Pacific Northwest. One of this year’s finalists will receive an unrestricted cash award in the amount of $15,000 and will have their work displayed at the Seattle Art Museum beginning November 10. At the discretion of the Betty Bowen Committee, up to two Special ... More

Arts Alliance Illinois names Claire Rice as Executive Director
CHICAGO, IL.- Claire Rice, a nationally-recognized leader with expertise in the areas of arts policy, data-informed decision-making, and organizational design, has been named Executive Director of Arts Alliance Illinois. “Claire is a collaborative and strategic leader with a deep understanding of the opportunities and challenges facing our sector here in Illinois,” said Kassie Davis, Board Chair of Arts Alliance Illinois. “With Claire on board, we are confident that the Alliance will remain a strong and vocal advocate for the arts statewide.” Rice brings over 18 years of professional experience in non-profit and corporate sectors, largely focused on arts education, community engagement, and cultural ecosystems, to Arts Alliance Illinois. Since 2012, Rice has built capacity and resources for cultural ecosystems around the country as National Program Director of Harvard University’s ... More

New York City artist captures seen & unseen in the Garment District
NEW YORK, NY.- The Garment District Alliance unveiled a window exhibit by New York City-based artist Geoffrey Stein, which is the latest in its ongoing series of public art installations. The display showcases five acrylic paintings, titled E.F., NYC Watertower, Foggy Empire State Building, Night Shadows and Night Traffic. Located in a street-level window on 28 West 38th Street, the G-System Space at the Wheeler Building, the free exhibit will be available to the public through September 15th. Stein’s installation is part of the Garment District Space for Public Art program, which showcases artists in unusual locations throughout the year and has produced more than 175 installations, exhibits and performances. “Geoffrey Stein is a tremendously talented artist whose work exemplifies the dynamic, creative spirit of the Garment District,” said Barbara Blair, president of the Garment ... More

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