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Stone Age mummy Oetzi still revealing secrets, 25 years on

This file photo taken on February 28, 2011 shows the mummy of an iceman named Oetzi, discovered on 1991 in the Italian Schnal Valley glacier, on display at the Archaeological Museum of Bolzano, Italy, during an official presentation of the reconstruction. A conference in Bolzano where the latest findings will be revealed, including on the iceman's health, the contents of his stomach and further clues on his murder will take place on September 19, 2016, 25 years after the discover of the mummy. Andrea Solero / AFP.

by Simon Sturdee


BOLZANO (AFP).- When police heard about the frozen corpse up in the Alps in September 1991, they opened a criminal probe. Murder it was, but the crime was rather old -- and the ultimate cold case. The dead man, found by hikers 25 years ago this week a snowball's throw from the Austrian-Italian border and put in a wooden coffin at a nearby police station, turned out to have died more than 5,000 years ago. Mummified in the ice, "Oetzi", as he was later nicknamed, was a sensation, providing invaluable scientific insights that a quarter of a century later show no sign of abating. "The iceman is without doubt one of the most outstanding mummy discoveries in the history of mankind," said Angelika Fleckinger, director of the museum in Bolzano, Italy, where the mummy is on display. "It's a unique window into the prehistoric era, and gives us an incredible amount ... More

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Gagosian Gallery presents new Composite Drawings and sculptures by Richard Serra   The Menil Collection presents first exhibition to explore the essential role of line drawing in Picasso's practice   Pointillism is now the focus of a high-calibre exhibition at the Albertina in Vienna


Richard Serra, NJ-1, 2015 (detail), weatherproof steel, six plates, overall: 13’ 9” × 51’ 6” × 24’ 6” (4.2 × 15.7 × 7.5 m), plates: 2” (5 cm thick) ? Richard Serra. Photo by Cristiano Mascaro.

LONDON.- Gagosian Gallery is presenting new Composite Drawings and three recent large-scale steel sculptures by Richard Serra. Richard Serra was born in San Francisco in 1938 and has lived in New York since 1966. He studied at the University of California (Berkeley and Santa Barbara) and at Yale University. He was awarded the insignia of Chevalier de la légion d'honneur by the French government in June 2015. Institutional collections include The Museum of Modern Art, New York; Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; Dia Art Foundation, Beacon, New York; National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.; LACMA, Los Angeles; The Broad, Los Angeles; Tate Modern, London; Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam; Serralves Foundation, Oporto, Portugal; Neue Nationalgalerie, Berlin; and Guggenheim Museum Bilbao, Spain, ... More
 

Pablo Picasso, Violin on a Table (Violon sur une table), 1912. Watercolor, charcoal, and paper on paperboard, 24 1/2 × 18 1/4 in. (62.2 × 46.4 cm). The Menil Collection, Houston. © 2016 Estate of Pablo Picasso / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York.

HOUSTON, TX.- Supremely gifted as a draftsman and fascinated from an early age by the highly linear art of Jean-Auguste-Dominique Ingres, Pablo Picasso made line drawings during each stage of his career, from the Blue and Rose Periods to Cubism to his Classical Period and beyond. The Menil Collection is the first museum to provide a full-scale exploration of this distinctive aspect of his art, in the exhibition Picasso The Line. Picasso’s work convinced John and Dominique de Menil where other modern art failed. Initially reluctant to engage with the art of their time, as Mrs. de Menil stated, “The reservations that at first tempered admiration vanished before the genius of the greatest artist of our time.” Presented exclusively at the Menil Collection, where it is on view from September ... More
 

Vincent van Gogh, Interior of a Restaurant, 1887 (detail). Oil on Canvas. Kröller-Müller Museum, Otterlo.

VIENNA.- When Georges Seurat died unexpectedly in 1891 at the age of 31, his older colleague Camille Pissarro already had an inkling that Seurat’s “invention” was to have consequences for painting “that would be highly significant later on”. And indeed, with just a few pictures, Seurat had founded a style that would play a pioneering role in Modern Art: Pointillism. This fascinating art movement is now the focus of a high-calibre exhibition at the Albertina, a presentation that completes the story of Modern Art with the significant chapter of Pointillism as its midwife: 100 selected masterpieces by the main representatives of this style, Seurat and Signac, as well as impressive paintings, watercolours, and drawings by modernist masters who were fascinated by this pointed technique—figures such as Van Gogh, Matisse, and Picasso—illustrate Pointillism’s breath-taking radiance and seminal impact. Seurat, ... More


Exhibition of new works by Dana Schutz opens at Contemporary Fine Arts, Berlin   Palm Beach Modern launches fall season with Sept. 24 Modern Art, Design & Decorative Arts Auction   Exhibition by Chinese artist and activist Ai Weiwei opens at Foam in Amsterdam


Dana Schutz, "Red", 2016. Oil on canvas, 102 x 82 cm / 40 x 32". Photo: Matthias Kolb, Courtesy: The artist and CFA Berlin.

BERLIN.- Contemporary Fine Arts is presenting the exhibition Waiting for the Barbarians with new works by Dana Schutz (*1976 in Livonia, USA), the artist’s fifth solo presentation with the gallery. The motifs of Dana Schutz’s earlier groups of works usually originated from her interest in absurd, imagined “what if” scenarios, where the figures follow the logic of their on invented meaning. For example, she imagined what would happen if gravity didn’t exist, and painted in Gravity Fanatic a man who glues his limbs to the floor. In the series Self-Eaters, the figures eat their own extremities and at the same time keep recreating themselves. The subjects of her most recent paintings, however, increasingly reflect real events, since in her view the lines between fact and fiction have become increasingly blurred in American politics and culture. Dana Schutz’s newest paintings act as containers for events – both ... More
 

Harry Bertoia (American, 1915-1978), beryllium, copper and brass Somnambient sculpture, 46 inches tall, est. $40,000-$60,000. All images courtesy of Palm Beach Modern Auctions.

WEST PALM BEACH, FLA.- The leaves may be showing off their rich autumn hues in New England and other parts of the country, but in sunny South Florida, fall means palm trees, sunshine and the much-anticipated season opener at Palm Beach Modern Auctions. The company’s fully curated Sept. 24 Modern Art, Design & Decorative Arts sale is brimming with exceptional paintings and furniture by the most desired 20th-century and contemporary artists, with special additions that include a connoisseur’s collection of fountain pens and a luxurious 1988 Rolls-Royce Silver Spirit Mulsanne. The 461-lot auction opens with an extensive offering of modern furniture, highlighted by a 20-lot collection of coveted Jacques Adnet (French, 1901-1984) designs. PBMA co-owner and auctioneer Rico Baca explained: “Beginning in the late 1940s, Jacques Adnet worked with the ... More
 

The walls of Foam have been plastered with thousands of pictures Ai Weiwei took with his mobile phone.

AMSTERDAM.- This autumn, Foam presents #SafePassage, an exhibition by Chinese artist and activist Ai Weiwei (b. 1957, Beijing). Having left a life of constant government surveillance, the artist feels a personal affinity with the growing influx of refugees attempting to enter the EU. Since his first visit to the Greek island of Lesbos in December 2015, he and his team have travelled to refugee camps all around the Mediterranean, including those in Syria, Turkey, Italy, Israel and France. The exhibition deals with the struggle between the individual and the systemic structures that dominate society. It highlights both the experiences that prompted Ai Weiwei to leave his homeland and the experiences of hundreds of thousands of refugees and migrants; people who continue to risk their lives to reach Europe, often to find their path barred by arduous asylum procedures and xenophobia. #SafePassage begins with works reflecting on the ... More


Museum of Modern Art and Kai Althoff collaborate on major monographic exhibition   Sotheby's to offer Lord & Lady Attenborough's celebrated private collection of Picasso ceramics   Regen Projects opens an exhibition of new sculptures by Mexican artist Abraham Cruzvillegas


Kai Althoff. Untitled (Poster for a School Bazaar). 1974. Poster tempera and felt-tip pen on paper. 15 5/8 x 11 11/16” (39.7 x 29.7 cm). Collection the artist © Kai Althoff.

NEW YORK, NY.- Kai Althoff: and then leave me to the common swifts, on view at The Museum of Modern Art, New York, from September 18, 2016 through January 22, 2017, was designed and curated by Kai Althoff and organized at The Museum of Modern Art by Laura Hoptman, Curator, and Margaret Ewing, Curatorial Assistant, Department of Painting and Sculpture. On the occasion of this unique exhibition, the artist provides the following statement: The Museum of Modern Art granted me all freedom in using the gallery’s space and the Museum’s profound resources to present my work in the manner that I deem appropriate at this time of its existence and my life. I am very thankful for this, for even if I strain and press myself to come to a conclusion regarding the past, a lot of the things—and many call this work—I made up until today, I ... More
 

Pablo Picasso, Grand vase aux femmes nues. Terre de faïence vase, 1950, numbered 8/25, height: 26in. Estimate £250,000-350,000. Photo: Sotheby's.

LONDON.- This November, Sotheby’s will offer at auction the celebrated private collection of Picasso ceramics assembled by Lord and Lady Attenborough. Renowned for its quality and prescience, the collection was built with the joyfilled tradition of an annual pilgrimage to the South of France, where Lord Attenborough, his wife Sheila, and their children enjoyed holidays at their summer home, not far from the town of Vallauris. Beginning in 1954 with one of Picasso’s souvenir ashtrays, they spent the next 50 years acquiring many different examples of the artist’s ceramic editions. A casual visit to the Madoura pottery – where Picasso began working in 1949 – developed into a regular event, and, as their collection grew, it followed Picasso's developments in working in the medium of fired clay. Providing an extensive overview of one of the most fruitful periods in Picasso’s career, the ... More
 

Installation view of Abraham Cruzvillegas Autoconcanción at Regen Projects, Los Angeles September 17 - October 22, 2016. Photo: Brian Forrest, Courtesy Regen Projects, Los Angeles.

LOS ANGELES, CA.- Regen Projects is presenting an exhibition of new sculptures by Mexican artist Abraham Cruzvillegas. Cruzvillegas' practice deals with history and the construction of the self in reference to economic, social, political, and historical conditions. Employing various means to create open-ended strategies of production and reception, Cruzvillegas gives objects a new life and context, generating shifts in meaning and interpretation, meanwhile demonstrating how concepts and relationships can be constantly inverted and transformed. He explores economies of the makeshift, hand-made, and the recycled, and often incorporates site and elements of a particular location within the context of a work, exhibition, or project, creating a connection between Mexico City and the location in ... More


Sotheby's Hong Kong announces Contemporary Asian Art Autumn Sales 2016   Rare collection of Hollywood photographs to be offered at Julien's Auctions   Sotheby's Hong Kong announces Modern and Contemporary Southeast Asian Art Autumn Sales


Nara Yoshitomo, The Little Ambassador, 2000, acrylic on canvas, est. HK$16,000,000 – 24,000,000. Photo: Sotheby's.

HONG KONG.- Sotheby’s Hong Kong Contemporary Asian Art Autumn Sales will take place from 2 to 3 October 2016 at Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre. The Modern and Contemporary Asian Art Evening Sale on 2 October offers prime representative works by renowned Chinese, Japanese and Korean contemporary artists, including Zeng Fanzhi, Liu Xiaodong, Zhang Xiaogang, Ai Weiwei, Kusama Yayoi, Nara Yoshitomo and Lee Ufan, among others. Together with Contemporary Asian Art Day Sale and #TTTOP, a special sale guest-curated by Asian pop icon T.O.P, the three sales present a total of 230 artworks totaling approximately HK$311.8million – 451 million/ US$40million – 57.9 million. Evelyn Lin, Head of Sotheby’s Contemporary Asian Art, said: ‘Our Contemporary Asian Art sales this season boast an impressive line-up ... More
 

The collection features signed photographs from such legendary Hollywood stars as Boris Karloff.

LOS ANGELES, CA.- Julien’s Auctions will present one of the world’s most extraordinary collections of autographed Hollywood photographs – Harold Lloyd’s Rogue’s Gallery – on Friday, September 23, 2016 in Los Angeles. The collection features nearly 200 rare, signed photographs from Hollywood’s Golden Era. The auction will take place at the highly-anticipated Icons & Idols: Hollywood auction event that weekend at Julien’s Auction Gallery in Los Angeles. The Rogues Gallery Autograph Collection is the most extensive and unique autograph collection amassed by the silent film star Harold Lloyd and is comprised of the most significant figures of Hollywood’s “Golden Age.” This one-of-a-kind collection is a time capsule of Hollywood, Americana the politics of the day. “The King of Daredevil Comedy,” Harold Lloyd is best remembered today as the young man dangling ... More
 

Brian Uhing (b. 1975) The Beekeeper Oil on canvas 122 x 91.5 cm Est. HK$150,000 – 250,000 / US$19,400 – 32,300. Photo: Sotheby's.

HONG KONG.- Sotheby’s Hong Kong’s Modern and Contemporary Southeast Asian Art Autumn Sales 2016 will take place on 2-3 October at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre. More than 230 lots with a total estimate in excess of HK$76 million / US$9.8 million* will be offered in the Modern and Contemporary Asian Art Evening Sale (2 October) and Modern and Contemporary Southeast Asian Art Day Sale (3 October). Mok Kim Chuan, Sotheby’s Head of Modern and Contemporary Southeast Asian Art, says, “This season, our global network and long-standing relationships with collectors has enabled us to once again assemble a line-up of exceptional works that showcase the broad and diverse spectrum of artistry in the Southeast Asia region. We are particularly honoured to present a remarkable ... More



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Norfolk-born artist Brian Bress unveils new video installation at the Chrysler Museum of Art
NORFOLK, VA.- A new installation at the Chrysler Museum of Art invites visitors into the whimsical world of Norfolk-born artist Brian Bress. In The Box: Brian Bress marks the world premiere of Man with a Cigarette (2016), the artist’s first work to present a full-scale human figure using a video wall. Over the last decade, Bress has won critical acclaim for innovative video-based works featuring an array of eccentric, humanoid characters the artist handcrafts from foam and found objects. With Jim Henson-like appeal, Bress’s characters make heady artistic ideas accessible. Born and raised in Norfolk, and a member of the family that has operated Bress Pawn and Jewelry in Norfolk’s Arts District for 75 years, Bress nurtured an early interest in art with classes at the Governor’s School for the Arts, the Contemporary Art Center of Virginia (now the Virginia Museum of ... More

Timber City exhibition re-defines a classic building material
WASHINGTON, DC.- This fall, the National Building Museum challenges the notion that wood is an antiquated building material when it opened Timber City. The groundbreaking new exhibition demonstrates the wide range of benefits offered by cutting-edge methods of timber construction, including surprising strength, fire resistance, sustainability, and beauty. The exhibition opened September 17, 2016 and runs through May 21, 2017. Timber City illustrates the proven value of timber as a modern, strong, and versatile building material through featured projects. Curated and designed by Yugon Kim and Tomomi Itakura, founding partners of the Boston-based architectural design firm ikd, the exhibition examines the recent boom in timber construction worldwide and highlight U.S. based projects, including the two competition winners of the recent Tall Wood Building Prize, ... More

Exhibition brings together works by photographer Ursula Schulz-Dornburg and ceramicist Taizo Kuroda
LONDON.- Tristan Hoare is opening its new London space with Ensō, an exhibition that brings together works by the German photographer Ursula Schulz-Dornburg and the Japanese ceramicist Taizo Kuroda. Schulz-Dornburg is best-known for her starkly poetic black and white photographs, which she presents in series, uniting conceptual and documentary practices. A contemporary of the ‘New Topographics’ group who came to prominence in the 1970s, her images are an exercise in restrained, formal objectivity and often feature architectural structures and desolate landscapes. Through the careful consideration of repeated, external forms, she hints at narratives of transition, mediation, exile and displacement. Taizo Kuroda is one of the most important artists in contemporary Japanese ceramics. Adventuring far beyond the norms of conventional pottery, his work ... More

Tintype presents fully interactive work by Suki Chan
LONDON.- Tintype announces acclaimed artist Suki Chan’s solo exhibition, Lucida. Weaving together extraordinary images, bio-medical research and individual testimonies, Chan’s interactive three-screen installation exposes the curious and complex relationship between the human eye, the brain and vision. Working with a camera obscura, Chan became intrigued by how our eyes receive images upside down and yet the brain interprets them the right way up. The mechanisms of our visual perception mean that at any given moment we actually see much less than we perceive. Our everyday experience of viewing a perfect and stable image of the world with ‘photographic’ detail is, in a certain sense, an illusion. Lucida is a fully interactive work— the viewer will be invited to use eye-tracking technology to reveal their own rapid eye movements - something we are normally unaware ... More

Ambitious new project by Bruce Nauman on view at the Philadelphia Museum of Art
PHILADELPHIA, PA.- The Philadelphia Museum of Art is presenting an ambitious new project this fall by Bruce Nauman, one of the most radical and revered artists of our time. Since the 1960s, Nauman’s work has questioned the very nature of what constitutes art and being an artist, probed the possibilities of the body as subject and tool for performance, and explored the relationship between language and meaning. A pioneer of performance art, durational practices, and time-based media, Nauman has established a conceptually rigorous approach across sculpture, sound, installation, film, and video that continues to inspire younger generations of artists working in these forms today. Timothy Rub, the George D. Widener Director and CEO, stated: “Part of what is extraordinary in Nauman’s work is his ability to choreograph with space, movement and sound. The monumental ... More

Artemis Gallery presents exceptional antiquities & ethnographic art auction, Sept. 22
BOULDER, COLO.- Following a sensational summer with monthly sales achieving house-record prices, Artemis Gallery once again steps into the spotlight with a Sept. 22 Exceptional Antiquities & Ethnographic Art Auction to delight collectors. The 407-lot sale showcases museum-worthy examples of classical antiquities, and ancient and ethnographic art from ancient civilizations dating back thousands of years. Egyptian, Greek, Roman, Etruscan, Near Eastern, Far East/Asian and Pre-Columbian are just a few of the cultures and geographic regions represented. Additionally, there are superb examples of African, Oceanic, Native American, Spanish Colonial and Russian art; tribal relics, art glass and fine art. Artemis Gallery’s sales traditionally open with premier examples of ethnographic art and relics of mysterious Ancient Egypt. Lot 1A is an impressive 9¾-inch alabaster ... More

Exhibition of drawings by Roxy Paine on view at Paul Kasmin Gallery
NEW YORK, NY.- Paul Kasmin Gallery is presenting an exhibition of drawings by Roxy Paine from September 15 through October 22. Paine's substantial body of work as a sculptor spans the monumental and the microscopic, but this exhibition is the first that focuses solely on his works on paper. The exhibition shows Paine’s drawings to be a significant and distinct aspect of his extensive and varied oeuvre. This exhibition is curated by Judith Goldman, a writer and curator based in New York City. A catalogue with an essay and an interview between Goldman and Paine has been published on occasion of the show. Perceptible in virtually all of the drawings is a layering of imagery, ranging from the diagrammatic, to the topographic, to the pixelated. Botanical forms, organic matter, and architectural plans are juxtaposed with portraits, real and imagined cartography, and industrial ... More

Steve Tobin is focus of the 4th Annual Jing'An International Sculpture Project
SHANGHAI.- For the past week truckload after truckload of massive and important sculptures in bronze and steel by renowned American sculptor Steve Tobin have been transported into the city of Shanghai, where they have been unloaded and sited at various high profile locations around the city and at Jing’An Sculpture Park for the Sixth Annual Jing’An International Sculpture Project (JISP). The 48 sculptures will be officially welcomed at an opening set to take place on Monday, September 19th, at which Tobin will appear for an artist’s lecture. The exhibition runs through November 20th. Tobin is perhaps best known for the Trinity Root 9/11 bronze memorial sculpture that was the first such art tribute to the victims of the World Trade Center attack in Lower Manhattan, and continued to be for more than a decade until the official 9/11 Memorial and Museum ... More

Phillips to showcase works by master photographers in October auctions
NEW YORK, NY.- Phillips announced its first Photographs sales of the fall season, taking place over the course of three sessions in October. Comprised of 257 lots in total, the Evening Sale will be held on 5 October at 6pm EST, followed by the Day Sale on 6 October at 11am and 3pm EST. Two private collections will figure prominently, including An Influential Vision: The Collection of Ruth Ansel, as well as Property of a Corporate Collection, New York. Among the sale highlights of the Evening Sale are Richard Avedon’s luscious Brigitte Bardot, hair by Alexandre, Paris, January 27, 1959, Gilbert & George’s exceptionally rare, Day, 1978, an early print of Robert Frank’s City Fathers, Hoboken, New Jersey, 1955-1956, the portfolio Americans in Kodochrome, which charmingly captures the aesthetic of early snapshot photography, and an edition of Hans Bellmer’s Les jeux de la poupée ... More

New exhibition of works by Simon Denny on view at Petzel Gallery
NEW YORK, NY.- Petzel Gallery announces a new exhibition of works by Simon Denny entitled Blockchain Future States. At a moment when public debate spotlights a global governance system that seems to ignore the needs of many of its participants, starkly contrasting visions for alternative political systems are emerging. What would a world look like where the collusion of an elite few would be rendered technically impossible? Can a truly inclusive global future exist? Blockchain Future States investigates Ethereum, 21 Inc., and Digital Asset, three financial companies at the forefront of Bitcoin technology and the application of the blockchain, a decentralized transaction database that functions as the backbone of this crypto-currency. The potential widespread usage of Bitcoin as a supra national currency enables these visionaries to propose radically different visions ... More

Lucie Stahl's first U.S. solo museum exhibition premieres at the Dallas Museum of Art
DALLAS, TX.- The Dallas Museum of Art presents Concentrations 60: Lucie Stahl, an immersive installation of new and loaned work by the Berlin-based artist. In the artist’s first US solo museum show, Stahl explores the intersection of nostalgia, patriotism, Americana, and surreality. The exhibition, which is on view September 16, 2016, through March 12, 2017, is part of the Museum’s Concentrations series of project-based solo exhibitions by international emerging artists. This year marks the 35th anniversary of the series, which began in 1981 as part of the DMA’s commitment to the work of living artists. “Contemporary art and artists have been an important focus throughout my career, and as the new Director of the Dallas Museum of Art, I am especially pleased to continue our legacy of providing a platform for engaging new artists through the Concentrations series,” ... More




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