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Chinese ceramic artist and painter Bai Ming opens exhibition at Lacoste Gallery

Bai Ming, Charity of Blue Mountain, 2016, 12.5 x 12.5 in. Porcelain.

CONCORD, MASS.- Lacoste Gallery introduces the celebrated Chinese ceramic artist and painter Bai Ming to the USA. The exhibition BAI MING: SOLO November 11 – December 2, 2017 features over 50 porcelain works, paintings and drawings. Bai Ming is an artist with an illustrious art career in Asia and Europe. His recent successful retrospectives were at the Museum of Asian Art, Paris and the Museum of Art, Architecture and Technology (MAAT), Lisbon. In 1998, he exhibited alongside Picasso in a two person exhibition at Taipei International Art Fair titled “Vallauris in France & Jingdezhen in China”. Born near Jingdezhen, the birthplace of porcelain, Mr. Bai has contributed to the renewal and revival of contemporary Chinese ceramics while introducing it to a new audience worldwide. His paintings on clay are abstractions with free brush strokes. He uses dots and lines on his works referencing western art thus bridging the two cultur ... More


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New discoveries in ancient paintings: Artcurial announces highlights from the Old Master and 19th Century Art Sale   Christie's announces highlights from its Russian Art Sale   Save the Art - Save the Museum Group to hold "Eleventh Hour" protests at Berkshire Museum and Sotheby's


Gustave Courbet, Autoportrait, oil on canvas, estimate: €80,000 – 120,000 / $88,000 – 132,000. © Artcurial.

PARIS.- After the triumph of the Gaston Delestre collection in March, Artcurial’s Old master of the 19th century art department, will organise its prestigious sale in the second half of the year, on November 14th under the hammer of auctioneer and specialist Matthieu Fournier. Three sessions will be held on November the 14th with an overall estimate of 4 M€. The first, entitled A life of passion for old framework and gilded wood, will be devoted to the Pierre Berndt collection, a famous Geneva merchant of old frames; the second will be dedicated to the ancient and nineteenth-century Masters, with a chapter devoted to painting, led by a painting by Baudrin Yvart rediscovered, by specialists of the hous, as well as two important Dutch paintings ; and the third dedicated to sculpture in the 19th century, including 40 bronzes by Antoine-Louis Barye and a masterpiece by Alfred Boucher. « The department continues its work ... More
 

An exceptional and rare guilloché enamel and varicolour gold miniature model of a sedan chair estimated at £700,000–1,000,000. © Christie’s Images Limited 2017.

LONDON.- Christie’s Important Russian Art sale on 27 November 2017 will be highlighted by an Important Collection of Fabergé Masterpieces and Imperial Treasures as well as significant paintings by Natalia Goncharova, Vasily Vereshchagin, Apollinarii Vasnetsov and Marie Vassilieff, among other artists. The Works of Art section will also feature an important monumental vase by the Imperial Porcelain Factory, rare Russian Imperial orders from the Princely Murat Collection and important militaria from the Romanov family. Selected works will be on display at Christie’s Moscow Gallery space on November 9, 2017. The London pre-sale exhibition will take place on November 24-26, 2017. Alexis de Tiesenhausen, International Head of the Russian Department, Christie’s: “Christie’s is honoured to offer an important ... More
 

Pittsfield Stand with the Rockwells.

PITTSFIELD, MASS.- As the date rapidly approaches for the controversial sale of art from the Berkshire Museum, the grassroots citizens' group Save the Art – Save the Museum will hold an emergency “eleventh-hour” rally to oppose the auction of 40 artworks, including two iconic Norman Rockwell paintings. The rally will be held in front of the Berkshire Museum on Saturday, Nov. 11 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. On the same day, Save the Art is also staging a protest gathering at Sotheby's, York Ave. at 72nd St., in New York City, also from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. New York organizers encourage supporters to take the opportunity to see the works now on display for auction and meet others who oppose the sale. Save the Art was deeply disappointed by Tuesday’s ruling by Judge John Agostini in Berkshire Superior Court allowing the auction to proceed on Monday, Nov. 13. Save the Art, along with plaintiffs in the case, are hopeful that the decision will ... More



Christie's achieves nearly £5 million for the Photographs Sales and sets a new world record for Man Ray   Barnes Foundation announces new framework for searching collection online   Exhibition at the Norton Simon Museum marks the centenary of Edgar Degas's death


Philippe Garner selling Man Ray’s masterpiece Noire et Blanche for €2,688,750. © Christie’s Images Limited 2017.

PARIS.- Christie’s France has realised nearly €5M for this week’s Photographs auctions. On Thursday 9 November, the highly anticipated masterpiece by Man Ray was sold to an anonymous telephone bidder after a long bidding battle between 4 clients on the phone and 3 clients present in the room. This photograph, formerly in the collection of Jacques Doucet, portraying Kiki de Montparnasse, Man Ray’s muse and lover sold for €2,688,750/£2,373,124/$3,120,658, establishing a new auction record for a photograph by Man Ray, for any photograph sold in France and established a new world auction record for any classic photograph topping the previous record from 2006 for a print by Edward Steichen. The Photographies sale which happened on Friday 10 November realised strong results for rare prints such as The Hand of Miles Davis by Irving Penn which sold for €199,500, doubling its ... More
 

The new collection website allows visitors to browse artworks based on visual characteristics and download images of over 1,400 works. Courtesy of the Barnes Foundation.

PHILADELPHIA, PA.- In celebration of its fifth anniversary in Philadelphia, the Barnes Foundation has launched a new collection website that enables visitors to explore thousands of works in the Barnes’s unparalleled collection based on aesthetics, and download high resolution images of over 1,400 works that are in the public domain. Led by Shelley Bernstein, Barnes Foundation deputy director for audience engagement & chief experience officer, and funded by a $155,000 grant from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, the new online tool is the first in the museum field designed to search holdings with a deep focus on visual properties such as light, line, color, and space, in addition to more traditional searches by artist name, media, or historical movement. Based on the same criteria that Dr. Albert C. Barnes applied to displaying his collection in ... More
 

Edgar Degas, Dancers in the Wings, c. 1876-78. Pastel, gouache, distemper, and “essence” on paper, mounted on board. Norton Simon Art Foundation.

PASADENA, CA.- The Norton Simon Museum presents Taking Shape: Degas as Sculptor, an illuminating exhibition that explores the improvisational nature of Edgar Degas’s artistic practice and considers the affinities between sculpting, painting and drawing in his oeuvre. By bringing together the Museum’s entire collection of modèles, the first and only set of bronzes cast from the artist’s original wax and plaster statuettes, and related pastels, drawings and paintings, Taking Shape offers viewers the opportunity to study Degas’s artistic process across media. Seen together, this expansive body of Degas’s works—one of the largest collections of its kind in the world—celebrates the artist’s boundless enthusiasm for creation and his insatiable impulse to build form. Renowned for his technical experimentation, Degas (French, 1834–1917) exhibited just one sculpture during his lifetime, the controversial Lit ... More


UNESCO's new head vows to restore 'unity' to troubled agency   Buzz Aldrin's Apollo 11 Cartier solid gold Lunar Module replica up for auction   All Good Art is Political: Exhibition of works by Käthe Kollwitz and Sue Coe on view at Galerie St. Etienne


Former French culture minister Audrey Azoulay looks on at the UNESCO headquarters in Paris on November 10, 2017 after UNESCO member states approved her nomination to head of the cultural agency. Eric FEFERBERG / AFP.

PARIS (AFP).- UNESCO's new director general, French former culture minister Audrey Azoulay, says her top priority will be to calm the waters for a body riven by dissensions and under fire for dragging its feet on much needed reforms. "To rebuild unity, we must promote UNESCO's assets and know-how and that of its members," Azoulay told AFP in an interview. The Paris-based cultural, scientific and cultural organisation "must show through its actions that UNESCO is addressing the challenges of globalisation today," said the 45-year-old whose nomination was confirmed on Friday. She said she would seek to "reduce a certain amount of tensions" but conceded that they would "always exist". The vote that saw Azoulay succeed outgoing UNESCO chief Irina Bokova was overshadowed by Washington's ... More
 

Incredible 18-karat gold model of the Apollo 11 Lunar Module to be auctioned.

BOSTON, MASS.- Buzz Aldrin's Apollo 11 Cartier solid gold Lunar Module replica will be auctioned by Boston-based RR Auction. Produced by the legendary jewelry company Cartier, three of the solid gold models of the Lunar Module Eagle were commissioned by the French newspaper Le Figaro and presented to the Apollo 11 astronauts during their post-flight visit to Paris in October 1969. The newspaper asked its readers to contribute to the cost of producing them, and donations poured in from around the nation—10 francs, 20 francs, or whatever they could afford. The astronauts’ visit to Paris came as part of their ‘Giant Step’ international goodwill tour, which brought them to 24 countries in 45 days. In the celebratory mania that ensued, one hundred million people turned out to see the crew who had performed man’s greatest triumph—a journey to the moon and back. “Intricately reproducing the iconic Lunar Module in s ... More
 

Käthe Kollwitz, Never Again War! 1924. Lithograph with text on dark tan poster paper. 37" x 27" (94 x 68.6 cm). Knesebeck 205/IIIb. Daniel Stoll and Sibylle von Heydebrand Collection.

NEW YORK, NY.- At a moment when politics are all but inseparable from daily life, Galerie St. Etienne examines the work of two major artists renowned for their activist approach. All Good Art is Political: Käthe Kollwitz and Sue Coe is on view from October 26, 2017 through February 10, 2018. The exhibition is one of many marking the 150th anniversary of the birth of Käthe Kollwitz this year, though the only one in the U.S. All Good Art is Political: Käthe Kollwitz and Sue Coe presents more than 30 drawings and prints by Kollwitz (1867-1945) and more than 30 paintings, drawings, and prints by Coe (b. 1951). The exhibition borrows its title from writer Toni Morrison, who once noted, “All good art is political! The ones that try hard not to be political are political by saying, ‘We love the status quo.’” The exhibition coincides with the ... More



How churches were lifted to safety in communist Bucharest   Sotheby's Hong Kong Chinese Works of Art Sales to take place on 30 November and 1 December   Psychedelic color storm takes over Washington art space


Engineer Eugeniu Iordachescu gives an interview at his place in Bucharest November 1, 2017. Daniel MIHAILESCU / AFP.

BUCHAREST (AFP).- A bit bruised but still standing, old Orthodox churches can be found around Bucharest, having escaped the frenzied demolition of the Romanian capital in the 1980s ordered by ex-communist dictator Nicolae Ceausescu. At least 10 jewels of Romania's religious heritage from the 16th to 19th centuries survived due to an engineering tour de force: they were moved and hidden away. Engineer Eugeniu Iordachescu was head of an institute at the time that was confronted with the architectural whims of Ceausescu and his wife Elena. The couple had been impressed with Pyongyang, the North Korean capital, and got the idea to bulldoze the historic centre of Bucharest to make way for a government district dominated by a gigantic "House of the People". The demolitions had already started when Ceausescu inquired about the width of Bucharest's main Kiseleff road. "Someone said 50 metres (165 feet), another 70 metres. Then Ceausescu said, 'Make the boulevard 90 metres wide'. That had major ... More
 

A Rare Blue and White Ingot-Shaped ‘Dragon’ Box and Cover, Mark and Period of Wanli, 21.6 cm. Estimate: HK$400,000 - 600,000/US$51,000-77,000. Courtesy Sotheby’s.

HONG KONG.- Sotheby’s will stage two mid-season sales of Chinese works of art at its Hong Kong Gallery: An Asian Collection of Jade Carvings (30 November) and Chinese Art including Selected Works of Art from the T.Y. Chao Family Collection (30 November – 1 December). All works will be exhibited for public viewing from 24 – 29 November 2017. Vivian Tong, Acting Head of Sotheby’s Chinese Works of Art Mid-Season Sales, comments, “Following our successful Chinese Works of Art autumn sales, we are pleased to wrap up the season with two well-curated auctions featuring various distinguished private collections. Encompassing exquisite jade carvings from the post Han period, an era which observed unprecedented innovation, An Asian Collection of Jade Carvings showcases the influential stylistic canon which remained pertinent even to later Qing jades. The Chinese Art auction features fine Chinese works of art of outstanding pr ... More
 

Varying hues, ranging from deep blues to hot pink and sparkling gold, ripple across a surface, spill onto geometric shapes and drop dramatically on flowers like milk or heavy smoke to the beat of a dreamy electronic soundtrack from Leonardo Villiger.

WASHINGTON (AFP).- It all began by accident. After hurting his wrist, artist Oilhack started mixing paints, oil and soap in a bowl, experiments that eventually morphed into brightly colored moving seascapes in a collaboration with fellow Frenchman Thomas Blanchard that Apple used to promote its iPhone X. In their US debut, the pair, who form the WeAreColorful collaborative, are bringing an immersive experience -- filling the main gallery space at Artechouse, a Washington venue marrying art, science and technology, with 270-degree projections of their liquid mixtures. Varying hues, ranging from deep blues to hot pink and sparkling gold, ripple across a surface, spill onto geometric shapes and drop dramatically on flowers like milk or heavy smoke to the beat of a dreamy electronic soundtrack from Leonardo Villiger. The shapes seem huge in the projections, towering far above visitors, but Oilhack and ... More



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The fantastical art of Tony DiTerlizzi on view at Norman Rockwell Museum
STOCKBRIDGE, MASS.- The Norman Rockwell Museum presents Never Abandon Imagination: The Fantastical Art of Tony DiTerlizzi, an exhibition of works by the acclaimed illustrator/writer that will be on view at the Museum from November 11, 2017, through May 28, 2018. Known for his successful book series The Spiderwick Chronicles, DiTerlizzi is widely celebrated for his images of such fantasy creatures as fairies, trolls, sprites, and goblins. Never Abandon Imagination, which has been organized by Norman Rockwell Museum, will showcase over 150 original paintings and drawings, from the games Dungeons & Dragons and Magic: The Gathering, to his many fantasy and children’s books, in addition to artworks from his childhood and college years. The exhibition will highlight the artist’s influences and artistic process. Just as his early work on video ... More

Timepiece auction exceeds $3.2 million at Heritage Auctions
NEW YORK, NY.- Rare Patek Philippe wristwatches and chronographs claimed eight of the top 10 lots in Heritage Auctions $3.2 million Timepieces Auction in New York. The Oct. 24 sale was the highest-grossing sale of its kind this year and well-exceeded auction estimates. "An impressive range of quality vintage watches and complicated contemporary timepieces were offered in this sale," said Jim Wolf, Director of Watches & Fine Timepieces. "The collecting community responded with great enthusiasm, over 2,600 bidders competed and solid results were achieved across the board" Offering a selection by Rolex, Cartier, Audemars Piguet and Omega, bidding demand focused on Patek Philippe. Many of the superb lots came directly from the private collection of an influential tech entrepreneur. • The auction's top lot was a Patek Philippe Very Rare and Important ... More

Ottocento Art Gallery to offer a mysterious theme painted on canvas by Angelo Caroselli
ROME.- Among latest acquisitions, Ottocento Art Gallery offers a masterpiece of the Seicento: a “Kingdom of the sorceress Circe” painted on canvas by Angelo Caroselli ( 1585 - 1652 ). This painting, dated back to about 1630, must be considered a fundamental addition to the catalog of the extraordinary painter Angelo Caroselli ( 1585-1652 ) and his enigmatic double, conventionally known with the ‘name piece’ of Pseudo Caroselli. In a deep landscape are placed a leopard and a lion, staring at the spectator, to which they pointed their deafened roars, with tight jaws. The leopard seems to have just distracted the attention from the decapitated human head between his paws, while the lion retracts threateningly; on the right, the character’s attributes, a helmet, a precious mantle, and a ... More

Rare William J. McCloskey oil and a spectacular Norman Rockwell charcoal lead Clars November sale
OAKLAND, CA.- Clars Auction Gallery will present their monthly auction of Fine Art, Decorative Art, Furniture, Jewelry/Timepieces and Asian Art Auction on Sunday, November 19th at their Oakland (CA) gallery and saleroom. This sale will bring to market important and rare works in Fine Art, numerous important special collections spanning historic to fashion and exceptional jewelry, both single pieces and collections. Clars Auction Galley will be offering another rare and masterful painting by William J. McCloskey (American, 1859-1941) titled Lemons. McCloskey’s forté, and what makes his citrus still lifes so desirable amongst collectors, is his almost photo realist execution of depicting citrus fruit (such as lemons and oranges) that are partially and lightly wrapped in the thin tissue paper laying on a polished, wood surface. The use of a glossy platform for the fruit adds ... More

The Montreal Museum of Fine Arts exhibits installation composed of a battalion of 780 small soldiers
MONTREAL.- The Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, in collaboration with Atout France – the France Tourism Development Agency – and the First World War Centenary Partnership Programme presents WOOL WAR ONE, an installation composed of a battalion of 780 small soldiers knitted by a five hundred volunteers from around the world following an online call to action by French self-taught visual artist Délit Maille. To be inaugurated at the Museum on November 11 at the occasion of Remembrance Day, WOOL WAR ONE highlights the fragile destiny of the soldiers and pays tribute to the victims of the Great War (1914-1918). In this centennial memorial year of the Battle of Vimy Ridge, the MMFA joins with these tiny hands in solidarity to launch a message of peace. This presentation is part of the Year of Peace at the MMFA, a vast programme of activities and exhibitions that began ... More

Oil painting by the renowned Scottish-born abstract modernist William Gear up for bid
CRANSTON, RI.- An oil on canvas landscape painting by the Scottish-born abstract modernist William Gear (1915-1997), titled Paysage, Mai 50 (May Landscape, 1950), is the expected headliner in a 436-lot Estate, Antiques, Fine & Decorative Art Auction planned for Saturday, November 25th, by Bruneau & Co. Auctioneers, in their Cranston gallery at 63 Fourth Avenue. The auction will begin promptly at 12 noon Eastern time and will be preceded by a live-only DiscoverIt Estates Auction (no online bidding) starting at 10 am. The noon auction will feature furniture, fine art, sculptures, modern design, art pottery, Waterford crystal, Baccarat chandeliers and other lighting, fine Oriental rugs and carpets, and unusual items from all over New England. “This is one auction that will hold great appeal for the modern art collector, with many different styles being ... More

Kunsthaus Hamburg opens exhibition of works by Indian artist Tejal Shah
HAMBURG.- The aesthetic practice of the Indian artist Tejal Shah (*1979, Bhilai) encompasses video, photography, performances, drawings, sound works, and spatial installations. Her works compellingly engage us in layered propositions on the co-dependent relationships between gender, ecology, science, sexuality, and consciousness. Informed by queer, feminist, and Buddhist thought, Shah questions systematic dualistic differentiations and seamlessly integrates important reflections on violence and power on the one hand, and love and regeneration on the other. Particularly in the context of her native country India, her unique artistic position is a testimony of courage, outstanding in quality and independence. At the Kunsthaus Hamburg, Shah presents her 5-channel video installation Between the Waves as an extensive spatial experience. ... More

Exhibition brings together a wide selection of Alice Kettle's work made over the past decade
WINCHESTER.- Multi award-winning textile artist Alice Kettle returns to the Winchester Discovery Centre this autumn with a stunning exhibition of new and existing work that commemorates the 10-year anniversary of her commission to create the spectacular Looking Forwards to the Past artwork, for the then, brand-new, building. Curated by Hampshire Cultural Trust, Alice Kettle: Threads brings together a wide selection of the artist’s work made over the past decade including a number of works from public and private collections, specially sourced for this unique retrospective. While she trained as a painter, Kettle has been lauded by her contemporaries for “her use of a craft medium, consistently and on an unparalleled scale.” With curator Sara Roberts stating “The scale of her work belies their component parts: individual tiny stitches, which combine to form great ... More

Cristin Tierney Gallery opens an exhibition of new paintings by Jorge Tacla
NEW YORK, NY.- Cristin Tierney Gallery is presenting Sign of Abandonment, an exhibition of new paintings by Jorge Tacla. Sign of Abandonment precedes a major survey of the artist’s work at Fundación Corpartes, opening November 21st in Santiago, Chile. Tacla’s new series of paintings continue the artist’s decades-long exploration of the invisible structures and systems at work in society. Like other recent works, they feature heavily impastoed, expressionistic surfaces wrought in oil and cold wax, and limited palettes of grey, blue, and red. Also similar are the artist’s subjects: buildings and real places, distilled from Tacla’s memory as well as his vast archives of images from photo albums, books, magazines, and the Internet. But whereas previous series often presented deteriorating or destroyed spaces to the viewer, the architecture featured in Sign of Abandonment ... More

Julia Wachtel's largest exhibition in New York to date opens at Elizabeth Dee
NEW YORK, NY.- Elizabeth Dee opened the highly anticipated exhibition of Julia Wachtel’s latest work, Displacement. This exhibition, occupying the ground floor of the gallery, is the largest exhibition in New York to date by the artist, known for her impactful paintings that address the power and social politic of the American landscape. Displacement introduces ten epic paintings that address the implication of urgent, radical viewpoints from digital and print sources that reflect the nation’s current political and larger global psyche. Opening precisely one year after the election of Donald Trump, this is the first complete body of work by the artist to address the significant shifts of our time. This fully conceived monographic exhibition takes a sweeping, wide angle view of the post-truth, zero sum ideology so profoundly impacting our society. The “post-truth” American ... More

Cuban artist Jorge Luis Miranda Carracedo opens exhibition at Gallery Vallois America
NEW YORK, NY.- From 10 November 2017 to 28 January 2018, Gallery Vallois America presents the exhibition "Intranautes" by Cuban artist Jorge Luis Miranda Carracedo. Born in Havana in 1970, he studied at the School of Fine Arts in San Alejandro. Subsequently, he left Cuba to settle in Spain. In 2016 in Paris, he was exhibited at UNESCO where he paid tribute to Severiano de Heredia, a Franco-Cuban man of letters, science and politician, born in Havana, who was the only black mayor of Paris (1836-1901). The exhibition "Intranautes" (inner journey in Latin) puts in perspective a panorama of the work of Carracedo gathering paintings, sculptures and works on paper, created from 2010 to today. He skillfully passes from one technique and one support to another with such aptitude. He carries out small drawings with fine lines, from precious ... More




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On a day like today, French painter Paul Signac was born
November 11, 1863. Paul Signac (11 November 1863 - 15 August 1935) was a French neo-impressionist painter who, working with Georges Seurat, helped develop the pointillist style. In this image: Esther Lausek from Hungary takes a look at the painting "The Jetty at Cassis" by Paul Signac that is on display at the exhibition "The nicest Frenchmen come from New York City" in Berlin, Wednesday, May 30, 2007.



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