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Alfred Sisley, The Flood. Banks of the Seine, Bougival, 1873. Oil on canvas, 50 x 65.5 cm. Ordrupgaard, Copenhagen © Ordrupgaard, Copenhagen / Photo: Anders Sune Berg.

LONDON.- Spanning over five hundred years of art history, Painters’ Paintings presents more than eighty works, which were once in the possession of great painters: pictures that artists were given or chose to acquire, works they lived with and were inspired by. This is an exceptional opportunity to glimpse inside the private world of these painters and to understand the motivations of artists as collectors of paintings. The inspiration for this exhibition is a painter’s painting: Corot’s Italian Woman, left to the nation by Lucian Freud following his death in 2011. Freud had bought the 'Italian Woman' 10 years earlier, no doubt drawn to its solid brushwork and intense physical presence. A major work in its own right, the painting demands to be considered in the light of Freud’s achievements, as a painter who tackled the representation of the human figure with vigour comparable to Corot’s. In his will, Freud stated that he wanted to leave the painting to the nation as a ... More

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Drum kit used to record Beatles' first U.S. single to be auctioned   Derby Museums acquires two paintings by Joseph Wright   Joan Rivers' belongings fetch $2.2 mn at NY auction

Andy White, known as the “Fifth Beatle,” replaced Ringo Starr on drums during the recording of the Beatles’ first single “Love Me Do” for their first album.

LOS ANGELES, CA.- The Ludwig drum kit used for the recording of the Beatles’ first American single “Love Me Do,” will be auctioned by Nate D. Sanders Auctions on June 30. Interested bidders may participate in the auction online. Andy White, known as the “Fifth Beatle,” replaced Ringo Starr on drums during the recording of the Beatles’ first single “Love Me Do” for their first album, “Please Please Me.” The album was released on March 22, 1963. Ron Richards, an assistant to British record producer George Martin, who continued to work with the Beatles for decades, asked White to re-record the song with Ringo Starr shifting over to the tambourine. “Love Me Do,” with White on the drums being auctioned, was the #1 song in the United States when it was released and prompted the Beatles into superstardom. The album “Please ... More

Joseph Wright of Derby, A View of Cromford Bridge, c1795-96 (detail) © Derby Museums Trust.

DERBY.- The paintings, which are believed to be among the last in Wright's career, depict the iconic Arkwright's Mills and Willersley Castle, which were founded by Sir Richard Arkwright at Cromford, Derbyshire. Arkwright is thought to have commissioned both of the works, but they had both disappeared into the art market by the 1950s. Several owners later, they ended up in the possession a healthcare foundation in the United States. They were finally offered at auction at Christie’s in New York, on 13 April. Tony Butler, the executive director at Derby Museums, said: 'We first got wind of the sale nine days before the auction via a tip-off from our patron, the Duke of Devonshire. Our team quickly went into action to raise the money for the purchase – a tremendous achievement that went down to the wire. These scenes are of a landscape so familiar to Derbyshire people and we are so pleased to be bringing the ... More

A Jeweled Gold-Mounted Nephrite Photograph Frame, Marked Fabergé, Moscow, Circa 1898. Which sold for $245,000 against an estimate of $40,000 - $60,000. Photo: Christie's Images Ltd 2016.

NEW YORK (AFP).- Items owned by the late television host and female comedian Joan Rivers fetched $2.2 million at a New York auction on Wednesday. The top lot was a jeweled, gold-mounted Faberge photograph frame from late 19th century Russia which fetched $245,000 -- way over its estimated value of $40,000 to $60,000, Christie's said. Other highlights were a Tiffany silver dog bowl, which sold for $13,750, and a pair of Louis XVI-style cream-painted canapes for $37,500, the auction house said. An online sale of additional items from her estate concludes at 10:00 am (1400 GMT) Thursday, said Christie's, which curated the sale. Rivers died in September 2014 at age 81, a week after she stopped breathing during a medical procedure on her vocal cords at a private clinic ... More

James Cohan opens a group exhibition that considers the continuing legacy of the Intimists   The new International Center of Photography Museum opens at 250 Bowery with high profile celebration   Luxembourg & Dayan opens an exhibition in two acts, taking place between London and New York

Aliza Nisenbaum, Maria's Archive, 2016. Oil on linen, 20 x 18 in. Courtesy of the Artist and James Cohan, New York.

NEW YORK, NY.- James Cohan presents Intimisms, a group exhibition that considers the continuing legacy of the Intimists. A group of late 19th and early 20th-century artists that included Jean-Edouard Vuillard and Pierre Bonnard, the Intimists created jewel-like portraits of family and friends in richly-colored interiors during moments of domestic quietude. Organized with artist Aliza Nisenbaum, the exhibition features twenty-six historic, established, and emerging artists and is on view at the gallery’s Chelsea location from June 23 through July 29, 2016. Included in the exhibition are paintings by Ellen Altfest, Joan Brown, Jordan Casteel, Susanna Coffey, Ben Degen, Louis Eilshemius, Nicole Eisenman, Jane Freilicher, Lucian Freud, Hope Gangloff, Anna Glantz, Heather Guertin, Heidi Howard, Ridley Howard, Sangram Majumdar, ... More

ICP Executive Director Mark Lubell speaks at the Opening Night Of The New ICP Museum At 250 Bowery on June 21, 2016 in New York City. Nicholas Hunt/Getty Images for ICP/AFP.

NEW YORK, NY.- The evening marked the much-awaited opening of the new ICP Museum and its premiere exhibition, Public, Private, Secret – an exploration of privacy in visual culture. DJ Chelsea Leyland spun tunes, and Perrier-Jouet Champagne flowed as guests wandered through the Museum’s galleries to take in the provocative new exhibition. On hand to celebrate with Executive Director Mark Lubell and Curator-in-Residence Charlotte Cotton were Grace Coddington, Stefano Tonchi, Anne Pasternak, Samantha Bass, Melissa Schiff-Soros, Judith Bookbinder, Lisa Dennison, Caryl Englander, Pat Schoenfeld, Bob Jeffrey, Kate Shin, Tom Finkelpearl, Eugenie Tsai, Michael Ward Stout, Eric Johnson as well as Public, Private, Secret artists including Patrick McMullan, Natalie Bookchin, Kurt ... More

Will Amlot, exhibition view of “Melodrama: Act I”. Courtesy of Luxembourg & Dayan.

LONDON.- 'MELODRAMA' is an exhibition in two acts, taking place between Luxembourg & Dayan’s London and New York gallery spaces. The show includes seven sculptures and a series of photographs that function as characters in a melodramatic play. Cloaked under commonplace appearances, the works perform dramatic attitudes, generate heightened emotions, and pervade pathos into the gallery space. Act I: London. Pino Pascali’s ‘fake sculpture’ Coda di Delfino (1966) seems to have already escaped the gallery into the wall leaving nothing more than a trace of its tail. Maurizio Cattelan’s Untitled, taxidermied horse (2007) follows Pascali’s dolphin with a leap of its own, into the opposite wall of the gallery. The plot thickens with Fischli & Weiss’s inanimate black rubber Heart (1987), which lies still on a pedestal, hidden and overlooked like a character in one of Beckett’s plays; ... More

Gladstone Gallery opens a group exhibition organized by Simone Battisti   Landscapes: Marlborough Chelsea opens group exhibition   Christo exhibition falls victim to own success

Installation view of “See sun, and think shadow” at Gladstone Gallery.

NEW YORK, NY.- Gladstone Gallery announces See sun, and think shadow, a group exhibition organized by Simone Battisti. Featuring twelve artists working across varied media, this show will explore the formal tool of antithesis as it is manifest in works that run the gamut from video and installation, to painting and photography. The artists included in the exhibition are: Lucas Blalock, Liz Deschenes, Jessica Dickinson, Trisha Donnelly, Apostolos Georgiou, Hilary Lloyd, Shahryar Nashat, Blake Rayne, Nora Schultz, Amy Sillman, Diane Simpson, and Michael E. Smith. Borrowing its title from Louis Zukofsky’s short poem, anew #21, the exhibition will use the binary of light/dark not as a thematic end goal, but rather as an allegorical springboard into broader dichotomies that emerge as a result of examining compositional contrariety, such as hope and despair, familiar and ... More

John Miller, Untitled, 1984, acrylic on canvas, 64 x 48 1/4 in. / 162.6 x 122.6 cm.

NEW YORK, NY.- For Cezanne, painting’s capacity to depict fundamental truths regarding the nature of things was never in question. Over a century after Cezanne’s death, the real world has dissolved, becoming fundamentally indistinguishable from the virtual world of networks and spectacle. For this exhibition we have chosen to focus on landscape painting, Cezanne’s subject par excellence, to tease out the developments in visual culture that have so fundamentally realigned relations between the artist and the art work, art’s content to its audience, and the art-world to society at large. When in 1967 Bruce Nauman produced a neon sign saying “The true artist helps the world by revealing mystic truths”, the sentiment was meant to be simultaneously seductive and ridiculous. Nauman had identified the universal condition in which no artist authentically perceives themselves to be a “true ... More

Artist Christo Vladimirov Javacheff presents his monumental installation "The Floating Piers". Filippo MONTEFORTE / AFP.

MILAN (AFP).- Artist Christo's floating walkway on a northern Italian lake may have to be closed at night because of wear-and-tear inflicted by the 270,000 visitors who have flocked to see it in less than five days. The three-kilometre-long (1.9-mile) walkway of 200,000 floating cubes covered in orange fabric has proved a major hit with the public since it opened on Lake Iseo on Saturday. But plans to keep "The Floating Piers" open day and night until July 3 may now have to be shelved as it is being worn out faster than expected, local officials said. "We are thinking about a permanent nighttime shutdown, at least from midnight to six o'clock," said Brescia prefect Valerio Valente. The large numbers of visitors were also proving challenging for local authorities who have to keep the area clean, he added. The installation will be shut ... More

Strikingly restored clock tower at Gallery of Modern Art inveiled   Precious jades lead Gianguan Auctions June 25th sale   John Akomfrah' first major exhibition in the U.S. opens at Lisson Gallery

The clock tower and weathervane have been cleaned, restored and reinstated.

GLASGOW.- Work to restore the clock tower at one of Glasgow’s most famous buildings has been completed. Restoration work at the Gallery of Modern Art focused on the clock tower and weathervane, which have been cleaned, restored and reinstated. Previously coated in stained cream masonry paint and cement repairs, together with vegetation growing out of the Corinthian column bases, the clock tower has undergone an extensive series of conservation repairs. Glasgow Life, who manage GoMA, instructed conservation accredited architects at the Glasgow studio of Austin-Smith:Lord to assess the true condition of the tower and advise on a suitable repair strategy. The work was undertaken by City Building Group LLp and CBC Stone. The project received financial grant support from Historic Environment Scotland. Initially the team began repairing the tower by cleaning off old paint, which was causing damage to the stonework, redecorating the c ... More

Lot 122. A pair of white jade quail boxes just two inches tall and of the Qing Dynasty. $40,000-$60,000.

NEW YORK, NY.- A collection of precious jade decorative art, ceremonial items and jewelry in hues as varied as the colors of a spring forest lead Gianguan Auctions’ June 25th sale. Certificates of Gem Identification authenticate the natural color of many of the jade items. Among these is a peapod pendant adorned with a praying mantis to symbolize hard work and good luck. It is Lot 64, valued at $1,500-$2,000. Also independently vetted is the apple-green jadeite pendant depicting an elder scholar under pine tree with fowl. Both are symbols of long life and prosperity. It is Lot 37, valued at $6,000-$15,000. The GIA has authenticated the natural, uncarved jade boulder at Lot 193. Two inches tall and weighing 278 grams, it is set to go off at $1,000-$2,000. The day’s marquee item is a pair of white jade quail boxes just two inches tall and of the Qing Dynasty. Symbols of harmony and peace, the figures have distinctive beaks, highly articulated wings and webbed ... More

John Akomfrah, The Airport, 2016. Three channel HD colour video installation, 7.1 sound  53 minutes. © Smoking Dog Films; Courtesy of Lisson Gallery.

NEW YORK, NY.- Lisson Gallery New York presents the first major exhibition in the United States by acclaimed British artist and filmmaker John Akomfrah. Akomfrah first came to attention in the 1980s as a founding member of the influential Black Audio Film Collective alongside the artists David Lawson and Lina Gopaul, with whom he still collaborates today. Known for his use of archival film footage, still photography and newsreel combined with new material, Akomfrah’s works are informed by their investigations into memory, post-colonialism, temporality and aesthetics and often explore the experience of the African diaspora in Europe and the United States. He recently garnered international acclaim at the 2015 Venice Biennale for his three-screen film installation Vertigo Sea, which uses the sea as a vehicle to comment on the cruelty of the whaling industry and the diasporic condition. For his American debut, Akomfrah ... More

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Exhibition of paintings by Leigh Ruple and sculptures by Sarah Bednarek opens at Morgan Lehman Gallery
NEW YORK, NY.- Morgan Lehman Gallery presents their summer exhibition, featuring paintings by Leigh Ruple and wood, canvas, and melamine sculptures by Sarah Bednarek. Leigh Ruple creates large-scale paintings that use color to create energy and define space while also addressing physical and psychological situations of isolation and reclusion. Isolation seems particularly potent in these works, as the lone figures simultaneously emerge from and are concealed by the lush environments they exist in. Though the organic shapes seem to morph into human form, they ultimately serve as disruptions to the viewer, blocking our view and nestling the figure more densely into a space of introspection. Leigh Ruple was born in 1984 in Ohio. She earner her BFA from The Cooper Union (New York City, NY) and her MFA from Bard College (Annandale-on-Hudson, NY). She ... More

Rolling Stones tragic rock concert painting at Bonhams Post-War and Contemporary Art Sale
LONDON.- Rock Concert (The Rolling Stones) a recent painting by the American artist, Barnaby Furnas, features in Bonhams Post-War and Contemporary Art sale in London on 29 June. It is estimated at £50,000-70,000. Furnas is known for creating work that has multi-layered meanings. This is especially true of Rock Concert (The Rolling Stones). At one level the painting is a homage to the Rolling Stones, famous and respected as the grand old men of rock. Underneath, however, the work refers to a time when rock and roll was still dangerous and the Stones, in particular, were the quintessence of counter-culture, worshiped by the young and feared by their parents. Specifically, the image was inspired by the free concert at the Altamont Speedway outside San Francisco on December 6 1969. The murder of a fan that evening by Hells Angels is often seen as the end ... More

New dealers at the LAPADA Art & Antiques Fair 2016 confirmed as stands sell out
LONDON.- The LAPADA Art & Antiques Fair will, for the eighth year running, bring together the very best in art and antiques from reputable dealers and experts in their fields. On offer will be works from an array of disciplines including jewellery, furniture, carpets, tapestries, antiquities, timepieces, ceramics, silver and fine art. LAPADA Fair stands, which have sold out for 2016, are only open to members of LAPADA the Association of Art & Antiques Dealers. Members abide by a strict Code of Practice and an expert committee of 70 specialists pre-vet every piece individually, ensuring the authenticity of all work shown at the Fair. Mieka Sywak, Director of the LAPADA Fair, comments: “We are pleased to announce that exhibitor stands at the 2016 LAPADA Fair were sold out by May 2016. With four months to go until the LAPADA Fair, this is exceptionally early compared with previous ... More

Miss Van's first show at a museum on view at the Centro de Arte Contemporáneo of Málaga
MALAGA.- The Centro de Arte Contemporáneo of Málaga is hosting Miss Van’s first show at a museum. For The Wind in My Hair, the title of the exhibition curated by Fernando Francés, the Barcelona-based French artist has selected 39 paintings made in the last three years, some of which are now being shown for the first time. Recently, Miss Van has alternated between outdoor mural interventions in her hometown of Toulouse, a practice she began two decades ago, and canvases painted in the studio, but she has always maintained a highly characteristic style: her paintings depict women whose faces are covered by masks that represent different things, often wild animals. In some cases her characters pose with suggestive sensuality, but in others their gestures are quite innocent and even childish. Miss Van currently lives and works in Barcelona. Speaking of her working ... More

Repossession: Group exhibition opens at Lehmann Maupin in New York
NEW YORK, NY.- Lehmann Maupin presents Repossession, a group exhibition that investigates intersections between the work of Kader Attia, Tim Rollins and K.O.S., and Mickalene Thomas. Each of these artists has devoted their practice to confronting predominant historical narratives embedded in Western culture. Using the language of collage, the artists mine historical and cultural ephemera to create alternative histories that reveal omissions and inaccuracies and celebrate the voices of those who are often invisible or overlooked. Mickalene Thomas (b. 1971, Camden, New Jersey) draws on art history and popular culture to create a contemporary vision of black female sexuality, beauty, and power. Best known for her large-scale paintings that depict African-American women, domestic interiors, and vast landscapes adorned in Swarovski rhinestones, Thomas has ... More

Expertly curated exhibitions make for record sales and strong attendance at Design Miami/ Basel 2016
BASEL.- In its 11th edition, Design Miami/ Basel closed on Sunday, June 19 with record sales and attendance, particularly of collectors and museum curators. Design Miami/ Basel exhibitors showcased their strongest and most diverse booths to date, highlighting depth of knowledge and years of experience in their specific areas of expertise and showcasing the diversity of collectible design. Design Miami/ Basel attracts thousands of visitors annually and this year experienced a growth of 30% in VIP attendance on Preview Day from last year with a total attendance of 28,700 over the week. Notable guests at this year's fair included Tracy Amon, Abigail Asher, Lord Norman Foster, Keanu Reeves, Adrian Brody, Princess Eugenie of York, Dustin Yellin, Ambassador Paul and Trudy Cejas, Catherine Dunne, Tracy Emin, Archduchess Francesca Von Hapsburg, ... More

An exploration of midcentury graphic design and a visual history of MAD's exhibition catalogues
NEW YORK, NY.- Drawn from its own archive and that of the American Craft Council, the Museum of Arts and Design presents Eye for Design, an exhibition that explores the unique graphic identity created by the Museum (then the Museum of Contemporary Crafts) in the 1960s and 1970s through its imaginatively designed exhibition catalogues and related ephemera. As the field of graphic design became increasingly corporate driven, the designers featured in this exhibition—including Emil Antonucci, John J. Reiss, Sam Richardson, and Linda Hinrichs—dared to break graphic conventions and captured the spirit of the Museum with hand-drawn illustrations, playful use of typography, vibrant color, fresh design, and inventive adaption of the catalogue form. "MAD embraced a very open definition of craft in the 1960s and 1970s, as the exhibition history highlighted by these ... More

Vancouver artist Marina Roy creates public artwork for the Vancouver Art Gallery
VANCOUVER.- Vancouver Art Gallery's latest public art project at Offsite with Marina Roy’s large-scale installation Your Kingdom to Command, is now on view. Consisting of a 25-metre plywood mural and a stump sculpture made with a tree salvaged after the 2015 windstorm in the Lower Mainland, this newly commissioned artwork speaks to transformation in nature, largely due to human intervention. Roy’s enormous plywood mural utilizes bitumen and tar, a black molasses-like substance found in sedimentary rock that is commonly extracted and refined into fuel. In addition to bitumen, she uses colourful latex paints made of synthetic resins as well as shellac, a balm secreted by the female lac bug, which is processed and dissolved in ethanol to make liquid colourant. In Roy’s mural, the creature-like forms float as if in a landscape alongside an asphalt pyramid— ... More

Serralves Museum of Contemporary Art presents commission by Korean artist Haegue Yang
PORTO.- For the 2016 edition of Sonae|Serralves Commission, the Serralves Museum of Contemporary Art presents An Opaque Wind Park in Six Folds by Korean artist, Haegue Yang (Seoul, 1971) in the midst of the stunning gardens of the Serralves Park. The newly commissioned work, An Opaque Wind Park in Six Folds is composed of five partially arched towers, of varying dimensions constructed from brick and connected via a geometric layout of paving stones. Occupying an area of almost 70 square metres in the Yew’s Glade, a central location within the Park between the Museum and the Serralves Villa, this ambitious sculptural complex invites the viewer to walk around and between the hybrid landscape of its multiplying structures. Yang’s sculptural approach conventionalizes the layout of Islamic symmetric geometry, notably the form of the hexagon, which ... More

Pluvio Umbrella launches online store featuring umbrella designs from curated artists
VANCOUVER.- Pluvio Umbrella launched their online store in February, selling high-quality, limited edition umbrellas with designs from prominent contemporary artists. Pluvio has collaborated with the following artists to create 7 unique umbrellas: Alex Pardee (California) - Nightmare • Ami Vitale (Montana) - Colors of Haiti • Chuck Anderson (Chicago) - Night Vision • Illustrated Ink (Texas) - Skullerfly Beauties • Ramon Bruin (Netherlands) - Hold On • The London Police (London) - 5 Dogs Called Barry • Sasha Unisex (Moscow) - Frisky Fox Each design is limited to 200 umbrellas and is tagged with the edition number. Designs will not be restocked. Pluvios sell for $49 USD and ship worldwide. Free shipping is provided to U.S. and Canadian customers while the international shipping fee is $7. For each Colors of Haiti umbrella sold, $5 is being donated to The St. Lukes Foundation ... More

9th edition of Art Hamptons opens
NEW YORK, NY.- Urban Expositions announced new dates for the 9th edition of Art Hamptons, the original fine art fair of the Hamptons. The public dates for the fair are confirmed to take place June 23 -26, 2016, with an invitation-only preview on Thursday, June 23, 2016 at 5pm. The 2016 event will commence in Bridgehampton, NY at the private estate grounds of Maria and Kenneth Fishel, located at 900 Lumber Lane and Scuttle Hole Rd., the host venue for the 2015 edition of Art Hamptons. The Opening Night Preview of Art Hamptons will benefit both LongHouse Reserve (East Hampton NY) and the Samuel Waxman Cancer Research Foundation. Internationally renowned textile designer and author Jack Lenor Larsen will co-chair the inaugural Host Committee with Maria and Kenneth Fishel, who have been involved with and supported the Samuel Waxman Cancer ... More

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