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Rare Vincent Van Gogh drawings, 'forgotten' Flincks go on display in Amsterdam

Dutch businessman John Fentener van Vlissingen (L) and director of the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam Axel Ruger (R) look at a recently discovered drawing dated from 1886 by Dutch painter Vincent Van Gogh entitled "Montmartre Hill with Quarry" (De heuvel van Montmartre met steengroeve) in the Singer Museum in Laren, Netherlands, on January 16, 2018. Robin van Lonkhuijsen / ANP / AFP.

by Jan Hennop

AMSTERDAM (AFP).- Art lovers are in for a rare treat as four forgotten works by Dutch masters Vincent van Gogh and 17th-century painter Govert Flinck have gone on display, after gathering dust for more than 100 years. The works include a never-before-seen Van Gogh drawing, which had been in private hands until now. Called "The Hill of Montmartre with Quarries", Van Gogh's monochrome artwork dates from 1886 when he was living in Antwerp and Paris, where he worked at the studio of leading French historical painter Fernand Cormon. The sketch, together with a second drawing "The Hill of Montmartre," were unveiled Tuesday at an exhibition at the Singer Laren museum in central Netherlands. "Such a discovery is always great. It's really exceptional and does not often happen," Teio Meedendorp, senior researcher for the Amsterdam-based Van Gogh Museum, told AFP. ... More

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500 years later, scientists finger germ behind Mexican 'pestilence'   Spectacular new acquisitions go on view as the Getty celebrates the 20th anniversary of the Getty Center   Sotheby's to offer the Richard R. & Magdalena Ernst Collection of Himalayan Art

Åshild J. Vågene conducting lab work at the Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History. Photo: Elizabeth Nelson.

PARIS (AFP).- In 1545, disaster struck Mexico's Aztec nation when people started coming down with high fevers and headaches, bleeding from the eyes, mouth and nose. Death generally followed in three or four days. Within five years, as many as 15 million people -- an estimated 80 percent of the population -- were wiped out in an epidemic the locals named "cocoliztli". The word means "pestilence" in the Aztec Nahuatl language. Its cause, however, has been in question for nearly 500 years. On Monday, scientists swept aside smallpox, measles, mumps, and influenza as likely suspects, fingering a typhoid-like "enteric fever" for which they found DNA evidence on the teeth of long-dead victims. "The 1545-50 cocoliztli was one of many epidemics to affect Mexico after the arrival of Europeans, but was specifically the second of three epidemics that were most devastating and led to the largest number of human losses," said ... More

Edgar Degas (French, 1834-1917), After the Bath, ca.1886. Pastel on paper, laid down on board, 72 x 58 cm.

LOS ANGELES, CA.- In July 2017, the J. Paul Getty Museum announced one of the most important acquisitions in its history: sixteen major drawings and an exquisite painting by Jean Antoine Watteau. Michelangelo to Degas: Major New Acquisitions, presents these newly acquired works to the public from January 17–April 22, 2018 at the J. Paul Getty Museum at the Getty Center. “This latest acquisition has been the most transformative ever in the history of the Department of Drawings, bringing into the collection a number of extremely rare masterpieces by some of the greatest artists of the Renaissance through the 19th century,” says Timothy Potts, director of the J. Paul Getty Museum. “Showcasing these works together will demonstrate the monumental nature of this purchase, which also includes a famous painting by the French artist Jean Antoine Watteau. It is increasingly rare ... More

A Thangka Depicting Rinchen Zangpo. Tibet, circa 1200, 93 x 72 cm. Estimate $1.5/2 million. Courtesy Sotheby’s.

NEW YORK, NY.- Sotheby’s will present The Richard R. & Magdalena Ernst Collection of Himalayan Art. An unrivalled compilation of painting and sculpture, the collection of art from the Himalayas, ranging from the 12th through the 18th centuries, is one of the most significant to come to auction. With highlights now on view in a special exhibition at Sotheby's Zurich office, the full collection will be unveiled in the auction house's New York headquarters on 15 March, ahead of the dedicated auction on 22 March at 10am. Richard R. and Magdalena Ernst noted: “From the moment we laid eyes on the thangka of four Arhats in Kathmandu, we knew that Tibetan Art would form the heart of our collection. The region’s rich culture, spontaneous nature of creativity, and philosophical strength drew us in, and has kept us firmly engaged over the last fifty years. By sharing this collection with admirers in Zurich, New York, and beyond, ... More

National Portrait Gallery and Royal Academy of Arts jointly acquire Tacita Dean's film portrait of David Hockney   Phillips incorporates Latin American art within 20th Century & Contemporary art auctions   Exhibition at Simon Lee Gallery celebrates the last, highly productive decade of Hans Hartung's life

Portraits (2016) provides an intimate portrayal of David Hockney and the everyday behaviours that drive his creative inspiration. Photo: Fredrik Nilsen Studio.

LONDON.- The National Portrait Gallery and the Royal Academy of Arts have jointly acquired Portraits, Tacita Dean’s 16 mm film portrait of internationally renowned British artist David Hockney, it was announced today 16 January 2018. The joint acquisition has been made possible with support from Art Fund. The joint acquisition comes ahead of the unprecedented collaboration between the National Portrait Gallery, the Royal Academy of Arts, and National Gallery, which will see all three galleries open distinct exhibitions with the artist Tacita Dean in 2018. The three exhibitions, Tacita Dean: LANDSCAPE, PORTRAIT, STILL LIFE, shaped by Dean’s response to the individual character of each institution, will explore genres traditionally associated with painting – landscape at the Royal Academy of Arts, portraiture at the National Portrait Gallery and still life at the National Gallery – seen through the contemporary prism of Dean& ... More

Hélio Oiticica, P31 Parangolé, capa 24, Escrerbuto, nylon mesh fabric and plastic vinyl, 38 1/2 x 33 in. (97.8 x 84.6 cm.). Executed in 1972, this work is accompanied by a certificate of authenticity issued by Projeto Hélio Oiticica. Estimate: $600,000 - 800,000. Sold for: $615,000

NEW YORK, NY.- Beginning this spring, Phillips will fully incorporate Latin American Art within its sales of 20th Century & Contemporary Art amid an increasingly globalized market for the category. Phillips is committed to celebrating artists from this region in a larger context and works of art formerly included in the company’s New York Latin America sales will now be offered in Evening and Day Sales, as well as the New Now category, across all of the company’s salerooms in New York, London, and Hong Kong. Edward Dolman, Chief Executive Officer, and Vivian Pfeiffer, Deputy Chairman, Americas, and Head of Business Development, said jointly, “In recent years, the barriers between Latin American art and the larger art market have begun to collapse. Phillips has played a large part in this process by carefully and strategically ... More

Hans Hartung, T1980-R35, 1980 (detail). Acrylic on canvas. Unframed: 180 x 180 cm. Courtesy of Simon Lee Gallery, Perrotin and Hartung-Bergman Foundation © Hans Hartung / ADAGP, Paris 2018.

LONDON.- Simon Lee Gallery is presenting an exhibition of late paintings by pioneer of twentieth-century abstraction, Hans Hartung (1904-1989). This inaugural presentation with the gallery celebrates the last, highly productive decade of the artist’s life, which saw him return to many of the themes that had occupied him throughout his career, while expanding his repertoire with an array of innovative painting practices. Hartung’s late painting, much of which was made from the confines of a wheelchair, is amongst the most vigorous of his lifetime, revealing a renewed sense of freedom, energy and ambition despite his advancing age and increasing frailty. Although the artist’s dramatic approach to the medium was remarkable throughout his career, it was not until the 1980s that many of his freest and most experimental works were produced. Distinguished by dramatic shifts in technique, tools, scale and ... More

Gift of over 650 works from late philanthropist Frederic A. Sharf caps 18-year legacy of Wolfsonian support   Smithsonian's Freer/Sackler launches new location-aware audio tour app   Exhibition of new and never-before-seen works by Tina Barney opens at Paul Kasmin Gallery

Advertisement, Fortune Makes the Heart Grow Fonder, 1951. From Guide: Pleasure Gardens, Festival of Britain - Battersea Park, 1951. Stanley Baron and Ruari McLean, designers and editors Alabaster, Passmore and Sons, Ltd., London, printer. The Wolfsonian–FIU, Gift of Jean S. and Frederic A. Sharf, XC2017.11.3.51.

MIAMI BEACH, FLA.- The Wolfsonian–Florida International University today announced a significant gift of more than 650 items from Palm Beach philanthropist Jean S. Sharf and her late husband, collector and scholar Frederic A. Sharf. A longtime trustee and benefactor of museums across the U.S., Fred Sharf initiated the donation in early fall 2017, just a few months before his death in late November. His final gift to The Wolfsonian is the culmination of nearly two decades of institutional support and features rare, under-studied material from the late 19th century through the Second World War relating to aviation, national fairs, the rise of the modern Japanese empire, and colonialism in Africa, Asia, and the Middle East. “Fred Sharf dedicated his life to ensuring ... More

App will offer multiple audio experiences for on-and off-site listeners in eight languages.

WASHINGTON, DC.- To enhance visitor experiences both within and outside of its newly reopened galleries, the Smithsonian's Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery have launched the "Freer Thinking Audio App," a new location-based app that offers visitors two ways to experience the museums' collections. National Public Radio's Robert Siegel narrates a gallery-highlights tour of 60 significant objects, five of which are designed especially for kids and families. The tours on the app are available in English, Arabic, Chinese, Japanese and Spanish and will soon be available in Hindi, Korean and Persian. The app also features four podcast-like guided tours, each a 20-minute segment on a different theme, with interviews with curators and contextual music. Visitors can enjoy the thematic guided tours either onsite or offsite via the app on their phones or as part of the Freer|Sackler's "Freer Thinking" podcast series on iTunes. Themes f ... More

Tina Barney, Bike Parade, 2017. Chromogenic color print, 30 x 40 inches, 76.2 x 101.6 cm. Edition of 5 (#1/5) © Tina Barney. Courtesy Paul Kasmin Gallery.

NEW YORK, NY.- Paul Kasmin Gallery announces Landscapes, an exhibition of new and never-before-seen works by Tina Barney. The exhibition is on view from January 17 through March 3, 2018, at 297 Tenth Avenue. This is the artist’s first New York solo exhibition in the past three years, and her second at the gallery, following major recent exhibitions at the Kunsthalle Wien in 2017 and the New Orleans Museum of Art in 2015. In September 2017 Rizzoli USA published Tina Barney, a comprehensive monograph spanning her four-decade international career. Alongside her oeuvre of portraits portraying the daily life of the social elite that Barney is most known for, exists an entire series of landscape photographs taken by Barney using her 8 by 10-inch view camera. Barney first began her experimentation with landscape photography in the late 1980s and would not revisit the subject again until the summer of 2017. ... More

Exhibition of recent paintings by Anne Siems opens at Littlejohn Contemporary   With "Past, Present, Future," the Jason Jacques Gallery is set to make its debut at Winter Antiques Show   Art Brut artist Joseph Kurhajec to exhibit at Outsider Art Fair

Anne Siems, Ermine, 2017. Acrylic on wood panel, 40 x 30.

NEW YORK, NY.- Littlejohn Contemporary presents a one-person exhibition of recent paintings by Anne Siems. The Exhibit, “We Are One”, will run from January 17 through March 3, 2018. In this body of work I have moved back to a more clearly representational narrative. There continues to be important abstract elements (loops, dots, circles, and hazy painterly backgrounds) but the interplay is now greater between those and the more fully rendered - yet transparent - animals’ and children’s bodies. Mine is an ongoing inquiry and desire to transmit a sense of energy, a state of being and feeling into my paintings. When one inquiry feels resolved I move on, often revisiting places in my older work and finding new ways to interact with it. ‘We Are One’ follows the longing of my heart and the knowledge of my mind about the interconnected web of all life on earth. The deeper we come into contact ... More

Katsuyo Aoki, Trolldom Oracle II, 2013. Porcelain, 24.6h x 18w x 4.60d in.

NEW YORK, NY.- "Past, Present, Future" is the provocative theme that the New York-based Jason Jacques Gallery has embraced for its debut appearance at the Winter Antiques Show, taking place January 19 to ¬January 28 at The Park Avenue Armory. Explains Jason Jacques: "Since this is the gallery's first time at the Winter Antiques Show, we intend to make a bold statement in our presentation." The gallery will display work that is the most bedrock of the gallery, including circa 1900 European ceramics by T.A.C. Colenbrander and a monumental fireplace and chimney piece designed by Hector Guimard for a house commissioned by Louis Coilliot, a manufacturer of ceramic blocks and tiles. Coilliot gave Guimard his first opportunity to design a fully integrated architectural composition. The fireplace is made of enameled stoneware, which is actually reconstituted lava powder fused in molds, similar to cast ... More

His work is strong, raw, and uninhibited by a concern for pleasantry or comfort.

NEW YORK, NY.- Joseph Kurhajec, an American Art Brut artist based in France, will exhibit “Crocodile Sex,” a collection of recent works at the Outsider Art Fair in New York, January 18-21. Currently obsessed by crocodiles, their survival instincts, strength and symbolism, Mr. Kurhajec is presenting a series of brutalistic table-top sculptures, paintings and out-sized masks with that theme. Historically, the artist’s works have been characterized by animistic leanings that transcend art world trends. His work is strong, raw, and uninhibited by a concern for pleasantry or comfort. While most artists evolve to become more comples, Mr. Kurhajec transitioned the other way. Once an on-trend artist sought out by the Whitney Museum of American Art for one of its Young Artists shows, he abandoned convention as his spirit led and evolved into to a compulsive, artist whose environments range from a decade long series on the Shroud ... More

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Olympic Auction celebrates the world's most incredible athletic accomplishments
BOSTON, MASS.- As the world looks forward to the upcoming Winter Games in PyeongChang, RR Auction presents another installment in its series of Olympic themed auctions this January. Beginning with several medals from the 1900 Exposition Universalle in Paris, which played host to the second Modern Olympics, this catalog focuses on the artifacts that tell the story of the Olympic Games over the past 118 years. Offering a host of medals, torches, autographs, and other memorabilia, the variety of material will appeal to both long-time collectors and those new to the genre. Among the highlights of Winner’s Medals: Garmisch 1936 Winter Olympics Silver Winner’s Medal. The rare winner's medal issued for the Garmisch 1936 Winter Olympics. Silver, 100 mm, 325 gm, struck by Deschler and Sohn of Munich, Germany, and designed by Richard Klein. The ... More

VCU Institute for Contemporary Art announces Interim Director Joseph H. Seipel
RICHMOND, VA.- Virginia Commonwealth University announced today that Joseph H. Seipel, dean emeritus of the VCU School of Arts, has agreed to serve as interim director of the university’s Institute for Contemporary Art. Seipel will fill the role left vacant by Lisa Freiman, who announced last week that she was stepping down as director to focus on scholarly projects at VCU. Seipel retired from VCU in 2016. Under his leadership the VCU School of Arts rose to and then maintained its position as the top public arts and design school in the country, as ranked in U.S. News & World Report’s Best Graduate Schools. He was an early advocate of the ICA, serving as the co-chair of the committee that chose renowned architect Steven Holl to design the building. Seipel also played an important role in the initial ICA concept, planning and fundraising. Most recently, Seipel was interim ... More

Israel Museum announces 2017 acquisition highlights
JERUSALEM.- In 2017, The Israel Museum, Jerusalem continued to grow its collections and program with a series of acquisitions and major exhibitions that resonate with local and universal themes. With attendance of more than 900,000 visitors throughout the year, 2017 saw such landmark presentations as No Place Like Home, which traced the artistic appropriation of domestic objects from the early 20th century through today; Ai Weiwei: Maybe, Maybe Not, examining notions of individuals’ relationship to their social culture; as well as bodies of work by acclaimed Israeli photographers Ilit Azoulay and Micha Bar-Am. The new works to enter the Israel Museum’s collection in 2017 deepen the Museum’s representation of pivotal artists who have made meaningful contributions to the canon of 20th and 21st-century art, as well as antiquities that extend the narrative ... More

Exhibition offers a nimble and playful exhibition diving into the fluidity of gender, sexuality, and identity
GLASSBORO, NJ.- Rowan University Art Gallery welcomes ​Sidney Mullis ​who will be joining the Department of Art this spring for the annual Artist in Residence program. Kicking off her semester-long residency, Mullis presents ​Legs Together a nimble and playful exhibition diving into the fluidity of gender, sexuality, and identity. ​Her work includes performance-based video, interactive objects and sculpture. ​Through her work she visually accentuates the plasticity of social constructs and the traditions surrounding them with humor and wit. In my creative research, I find myself wedged in a space where gender matters tremendously and matters not very much at all. Gender, agreed to be a social construct, regularly flirts with sexuality. They can be distinct from one another, but are usually involved. Both are serious subjects of study consistently under scrutiny to understand what they really are; yet, the ... More

University of Richmond Museums opens 'Birds & Poppies: Large-Scale Woodcuts by Richard Ryan'
RICHMOND, VA.- The University of Richmond Museums presents Birds & Poppies: Large-Scale Woodcuts by Richard Ryan on view January 16 through July 2, 2018, in the Harnett Museum of Art. Richard Ryan (American, born England, 1950) is a contemporary artist based in Massachusetts. The works in this exhibition demonstrate Ryan’s approach to the large-scale woodcut. Each print is the result of his exploration of images as simple as a vase with nine poppies and elegant birds seen in profile. Ryan is Associate Professor of Art, Painting, at Boston University. He has been a visiting artist at numerous academic institutions nationwide and received many awards and grants for his work including a John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellowship and a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship Grant. His artwork has been included in one-person and group ... More

Swann to offer world-leading ski posters at Vintage Posters auction
NEW YORK, NY.- Some of the best ski posters available on the market today will appear for sale in Swann Auction Galleries’ Vintage Posters Auction on March 1 in New York. Highlights include designs by the most sought-after ski poster artists, like Roger Broders, Erich Hermès, Alex Walter Diggelmann and Georges Dorival, with the sale featuring posters promoting leading resorts, such as Gstaad, Davos and Chamonix. One poster depicts the world’s first ever chairlift. The 1928 design Vers le Mont-Blanc, by Georges Dorival, is one of the great classics of this genre. Swann are able to offer all three different versions, from the collection of acclaimed poster dealer and aficionado Gail Chisholm, at this sale, each depicting the same view at different times of the day – morning, afternoon and night – with a combined estimate of $8,000 to $12,000. The c.1937 design ... More

Miklos Salomon's astonishing collection of motorcycles offered at Bonhams Stafford sale
LONDON.- An impressive range of highly rare and significant motorcycles built up over a lifetime of passionate collecting by the late Miklos ‘Mike’ Salamon will be offered at Bonhams Spring Stafford Sale on 22 April. The amazing Surrey-based collection contains some of the most remarkable and sought-after machines available, including a 1970 Clymer Münch 1,177cc TTS ‘Mammoth’ (£75,000-100,000), a 1940 Indian 78ci Four (£28,000-35,000) and a 1973 MV Agusta 750S (£70,000-90,000). The collection of 40 lots is being offered by a true legend of the motorcycling world, Mike Salamon, one of the most dedicated collectors on the scene. A life-long motorcycle aficionado, he bought his first machine at 18 and as his career took off, so did his astonishing collection. His career in mining went from strength to strength, taking him from South Africa to Australia ... More

Nationalmuseum Sweden acquires the sculpture 'Struggle for existence' by Agnes de Frumerie
STOCKHOLM.- Nationalmuseum has acquired a piece created by the Swedish sculptor Agnes de Frumerie (1869-1937) in collaboration with the French ceramist Edmond Lachenal (1855-1948). The sculpture, which is a nearly one meter tall relief made of glazed stoneware, depicts a group of people in an arc shaped opening. According to older sources the title of the piece is “La Source d’Or” and has in Swedish been called “Kampen för tillvaron” (“Struggle for existence”), which appears to allude to a seemingly endless struggle for existence and the pursuit of wealth, where only the strongest survive. The people portrayed in the foreground of this peace have a resigned appearance and are embracing and supporting each other. In the background one can see clutter of people who are appearing to reach for a rainfall that is falling down from the sky. ... More

Fresh-to-market Le Corbusier offered at Bonhams Impressionist & Modern Art sale
LONDON.- A fresh-to-the-market painting by Le Corbusier, Baigneuse, Barque et Coquillage, (painted between 1934-47), will be offered at Bonhams Impressionist & Modern Art sale on 1 March 2018 in London. Purchased directly from the artist’s estate, this is the first time that the work will appear at auction, having featured in several international exhibitions as one of the keystone works by Le Corbusier. The painting is estimated of £1.4-1.8 million. Born in 1887 in Switzerland, Le Corbusier is considered one of the most influential and creative figures of the 20th century. Le Corbusier was the definition of a multidisciplinary artist who shaped a striking vision in both his buildings and paintings that remain relevant to this day. In 1918, Le Corbusier collaborated with Amédée Ozenfant to write the manifesto, Après le Cubisme, which offered an alternative to what the two artists ... More

Yuki Terase appointed Sotheby's Head of Contemporary Art, Asia
HONG KONG.- Sotheby’s announced the appointment of Yuki Terase as Head of Contemporary Art, Asia, based in Hong Kong. In her new role, Ms. Terase will lead Sotheby’s auction and private sales of Chinese, Japanese, Korean, and Western Contemporary art in Asia. She will also continue to play an instrumental role in the company’s business development efforts in Japan. Kevin Ching, CEO of Sotheby’s Asia, comments: “We welcome Yuki Terase to lead our Contemporary Art team in Asia, and look forward to working with her on further strengthening Sotheby’s Contemporary Asian Art positioning in the region, as well as expanding our Western Contemporary art activity within Asia.” Amy Cappellazzo, Chairman of Sotheby's Fine Art Division, adds, “Yuki's depth of experience and relationships around the world make her a critical component of our Contemporary ... More

Meliksetian / Briggs opens first solo exhibition at the gallery with Berlin-based artist Lisa Seebach
LOS ANGELES, CA.- Meliksetian | Briggs is presenting Soft Architecture, the first solo exhibition at the gallery with Berlin-based artist Lisa Seebach. The title of the exhibition, Soft Architecture, relates to the artist’s conception of a “psychological structure” governing the installation – her memories of architectural settings and architectonic forms in the built environment of the city and living spaces combined with heightened psychic tension and mental consciousness, emotions and sensations. This title is indicative of the ambiguities and oppositions that Seebach balances and engages with in her work - rigorous formal structural elements combined with the handmade, the space between the literal and the poetic, or seeming flatness of various elements contrasted with the three dimensional, for instance. For this exhibition, Seebach has made a site-specific installation ... More

Mysterious René Magritte painting offered at BRAFA Art Fair 2018

On a day like today, American stained glass artist Louis Comfort Tiffany died
January 17, 1933. Louis Comfort Tiffany (February 18, 1848 - January 17, 1933) was an American artist and designer who worked in the decorative arts and is best known for his work in stained glass. He is the American artist most associated with the Art Nouveau[1] and Aesthetic movements. He was affiliated with a prestigious collaborative of designers known as the Associated Artists, which included Lockwood de Forest, Candace Wheeler, and Samuel Colman. In this image: Louis C. Tiffany, Fenêtre du "Bella Apartment", c.1880. Verre, plomb. New York, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Don de Robert Koch, 2002 ©Photo : The Metropolitan Museum.

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