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Major George Rickey sculpture installed at Penn State

A monumental stainless-steel sculpture completed by George Rickey in 2001, has been installed on the museum’s distinctive plaza.

UNIVERSITY PARK, PA.- The Palmer Museum of Art at Penn State announced that a major work by American sculptor George Rickey is catching the eye of visitors to Penn State’s University Park campus. Breaking Column III, a monumental stainless-steel sculpture completed by the artist in 2001, has been installed on the museum’s distinctive plaza on Curtin Road. On loan from a private collection, this major sculpture by an iconic American artist will be on view through November 2019. One of the most celebrated kinetic sculptors of the twentieth century, Rickey made his first mobile during his service in World War II and turned his full attention to making kinetic sculpture in the late 1940s. His signature stainlesssteel sculptures are comprised of “ordinary shapes,” in Rickey’s words, that are expertly engineered to respond to air currents and gravitational pull with deliberate, graceful, and unpredictable movements. Just over ... More

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Dia acquires 155 sculptural works by Charlotte Posenenske   Statement regarding decision by Italy's Court of Cassation on the legal ownership of the Victorious Youth   Christie's sale led by very rare drawing by Lucas van Leyden

Charlotte Posenenske, Spritzbild, 1964–65. Collection Michalke, Germany. © Estate of Charlotte Posenenske. Photo: Arne Schultz, Munich, Germany, courtesy the Estate of Charlotte Posenenske, Mehdi Chouakri, Berlin and Peter Freeman, New York.

BEACON, NY.- The first North American retrospective dedicated to German artist Charlotte Posenenske (1930–1985) will premiere at Dia:Beacon in Beacon, New York, this spring. Marking the most comprehensive exploration of the artist’s work since her death, Charlotte Posenenske: Work in Progress will highlight the entirety of Posenenske’s intensely productive 12-year practice, before she turned away from making art to study the sociology of labor. Spanning her earliest experiments with mark-making and drawing, to her transitional aluminum wall-reliefs, to her final modular sculptural projects, the exhibition will include both the original prototypes for her sculptures as well as more than 150 newly fabricated elements. These works will be presented at Dia:Beacon in site-specific displays from March 8 to September 9, 2019. In conjunction with the exhibition, Dia announced the ... More

Statue of a Victorious Youth, 300–100 B.C. Bronze with inlaid copper, 151.5 × 70 × 27.9 cm, 64.4108 kg (59 5/8 × 27 9/16 × 11 in., 142 lb.)

LOS ANGELES, CA.- We will continue to defend our legal right to the statue. The law and facts in this case do not warrant restitution to the Italian government of a statue that has been on public display in Los Angeles for nearly a half century. The statue is of ancient Greek origin, was found in international waters in 1964, and was purchased by the Getty Museum in 1977, years after Italy’s highest court, the Court of Cassation, concluded in 1968 there was no evidence that the statue belonged to Italy. The court has not offered any written explanation of the grounds for its decision, which is inconsistent with its holding 50 years ago that there was no evidence of Italian ownership. Moreover, the statue is not and has never been part of Italy’s cultural heritage. Accidental discovery by Italian citizens does not make the statue an Italian object. Found outside the territory of any modern state, and immersed in the sea for two millennia, the Bronze has only ... More

Lucas van Leyden’s very rare drawing, A young man standing selling for £11,483,750/ $14,607,330/ €12,827,349 (estimate: in the region of £1.5 million) Setting a World Record Price for the Artist at Auction.

LONDON.- Having been carefully selected to ensure that nothing intrinsic to the history of Rugby School was sold, the sale Old Masters/New Scholars: Works of Art to Benefit Rugby School on 4 December realised a total of £14,794,125 / $18,818,128 / €16,525,039, far exceeding all pre-sale expectations. 83% sold by lot and 99% sold by value, the sale inspired widespread interest from across the globe with registered bidders from 33 countries across 5 continents. Over 40% of the lots were sold to or directly underbid by online bidders on Christie’s LiveTM. The star of the sale, Lucas van Leyden’s very rare drawing, A young man standing, sparked fierce competition between three bidders, resulting in it selling for £11,483,750/ $14,607,330/ €12,827,349, far exceeding its pre-sale estimate (in the region of £1.5 million). This result sets not only a new world record price for the artist at auction, it makes van Leyden only the second ... More

Museum-quality works steal the show at Sotheby's Swiss Art/Swiss Made Sale in Zurich   Sierra Leone's 'peace diamond' dividend slow in coming   Belgian king skips re-opening of 'looted' Africa museum

Albert Anker, Fleissig/Appliquée (1886). Estimate: CHF 1,000,000 – 1,500,000 / EUR 875,000 – 1,310,000. Sold for: CHF 1,215,000 (EUR 1,072, 579). Courtesy Sotheby's.

ZURICH.- This evening, Sotheby’s Zurich sale of Swiss Art/Swiss Made was led by Fleissig/Appliquée, a masterful and rarely-seen portrait by Albert Anker, which fetched CHF 1,215,000 (EUR 1,072,579). Further highlights this evening included a delightful early landscape of Lake Thun by Ferdinand Hodler, Thunersee mit Blüemlisalp und Niesen, which found a buyer for CHF 795,000 (EUR 701,811) and a monumental portrait by Ernest Biéler, Portraits à Grindelwald, which sold for CHF 471,000 (EUR 415,790). Following record attendance at our pre-sale exhibitions, tonight’s auction achieved a total of CHF 4,980,213 (EUR 4,396,439), bringing the annual total for Sotheby’s Swiss Art sales to CHF 7,404,713 (EUR 6,504,279). Speaking after the auction, Stéphanie Schleining and Urs Lanter, Co-Heads of Sotheby’s Swiss Art Department, commented, “This masterful ... More

In this file photo taken on December 4, 2017 the Peace Diamond is on display at the Rapaport Group in midtown New York. TIMOTHY A. CLARY / AFP.

KORYARDU (AFP).- They were promised a "peace diamond" dividend in the Sierra Leone village of Koryardu after the stone they handed over for auction fetched $6.5 million (5.7 million euros) a year ago. But they are still waiting to see the benefits. "Absolutely nothing happened," said Pastor Emmanuel Momoh, who manages the team of diggers that found the 709-carat diamond in March 2017, in eastern Kono province. The idea of handing the diamond over to the government to sell was that it would generate money to be ploughed back into developing the local community. But at the village school, Peter Baimoi, who helps teach its about 190 pupils, said there was no sign of the promised government funding. With no qualified teachers in the village, parents rely on their children being taught by some of the better-educated local people who can read and write, like Bamoi who finished high school. They do it voluntarily, the pastor said. ... More

King Philippe of Belgium (2ndR) attends a ceremony held for the 140th anniversary of the Brussels main synagogue (Grande synagogue de Bruxelles / Grote synagoge van Brussel) in Brussels on November 26, 2018. LAURIE DIEFFEMBACQ / Belga / AFP.

BRUSSELS (AFP).- The king of the Belgians will not attend the re-opening of his country's notorious Africa Museum, for fear of being dragged into the debate about the continent's looted treasures. The museum is to re-open at the weekend after a five-year refurbishment meant to better explain Belgium's brutal colonial-era exploitation of the royal territory in what is now the Democratic Republic of Congo. Previously, the former Royal Museum for Central Africa had a reputation for outdated exhibits that minimised or even glorified the crimes of Belgian colonists against Africans under their rule. Curators now hope that the museum will put the art and artefacts of the era in proper context, but the re-opening coincides with a new debate on whether Belgium should hold the pieces at all. And King Philippe, whose royal ancestor Leopold II founded ... More

Simon Lee Gallery opens an exhibition of new photography by Josephine Pryde   Jeff Koons's unique Mirror-Polished Smooth Egg to be highlighted at Art Basel Miami Beach   Exhibition of paintings is a visual history of one of the most important artists to emerge from post-war Germany

Josephine Pryde, Cup and Ring 6, 2018. Two digital C-prints mounted on dibond with frame, 153.6 x 215.7 x 6 cm (60 1/2 x 84 7/8 x 2 3/8 in.) Edition 1 of 2 + 1 AP. © the artist, Courtesy Simon Lee Gallery London.

LONDON.- Simon Lee Gallery is presenting an exhibition of new photography, together with some models in 3D, by Josephine Pryde, her second to be held in the London gallery. Carvings were made into the surfaces of rocks, across what was later Europe. She held a tampon between her finger and thumb, and an image popped into her head, of the chemist in Chancery Lane where she had bought the box of tampons. If you take a course in Photoshop, the teacher may talk to you about Photoshop and memory. It could be the very first thing the teacher says. It’s thrilling. Photoshop remembers the pixels and where they are. It’s a map. The first verb the teacher uses to introduce Photoshop is ‘to remember’. Not the verb ‘to depict’, ‘to demonstrate’, ‘to represent’, nor ‘to show’. I think of my body ... More

Jeff Koons, Smooth Egg with Bow (Magenta/Orange), 1994-2009.

NEW YORK, NY.- Edward Tyler Nahem Fine Art will present an exhibition of sculpture and paintings by artists Jeff Koons, Andy Warhol, Tom Wesselmann, Ed Ruscha among others at Art Basel Miami Beach 2018. Koons’s Smooth Egg with Bow (Magenta/Orange), 1994-2009, Warhol’s Bald Eagle, 1983 and Wesselmann’s Sunset Nude with Wesselmann, 2003, are some of the works exhibited from December 6th to December 9th in the gallery’s stand, E-4. “We are very excited about our stand at this year’s Art Basel Miami Beach,” said Edward Tyler Nahem, long time exhibitor and founder of the eponymous gallery. “We expect that the Koons Egg will be quite the head-turner for the public, as will the other works we plan to show.” Standing at nearly seven feet high, Jeff Koons’s Smooth Egg with Bow (Magenta/Orange), 1994-2009 is an exceptional sculpture from the artist’s most lauded body of work, ... More

Jörg Immendorff, So...Besuch bei einem Künstler (So…Visit to an Artist), 1976. Acrylic on canvas, 78 3/4 x 59 inches, 200 x 150 cm. Photo courtesy Michael Werner Gallery, New York and London.

LONDON.- Michael Werner Gallery, London is presenting Jörg Immendorff: Questions from a Painter Who Reads, opening. This exhibition of paintings is a visual history of one of the most important artists to emerge from post-war Germany and spans four decades of the artist’s career from 1974 to 2007. Jörg Immendorff (1945-2007) is known for an oeuvre that challenged both artistic and political establishments, all with a particular focus on the role of the artist in contemporary society and within history at large. The title of this exhibition, taken from a 1980 painting, recalls a 1935 poem by Bertolt Brecht called “Questions from a Worker Who Reads,” which asks if ancient victories were the result of a single hero or a legion of unacknowledged supporters. The exhibition begins ... More

White Cube opens an exhibition of new works by Indonesian artist Christine Ay Tjoe   Mitchell-Innes & Nash now represents Annette Lemieux   Exhibition presents positions of the Neoavantgarde from the mumok Collection

Christine Ay Tjoe in the studio 2018 © Christine Ay Tjoe. Photo © Jon Lowe. Courtesy White Cube.

LONDON.- White Cube is presenting an exhibition of new works by Indonesian artist Christine Ay Tjoe at Bermondsey. Titled ‘Black, kcalB, Black, kcalB’, it explores the idea of darkness and features large-scale oil paintings and drawings on aluminium plates. ‘The reality is that darkness is part of human nature’ Ay Tjoe has said. ‘If we create a distance between it and the self, treat it as something that can be calmed, made docile, be reshaped, freed yet part of ourselves, it is not just the enemy but an eternal life partner.’ Ay Tjoe’s gestural practice, which includes painting, sculpture and installation as well as a number of printmaking mediums such as intaglio, woodcut and silkscreen, is rooted in an exploration of expressive line and the fundamental principles of drawing. In her new series of paintings, she addresses the duality of human existence and the dialogue between our inner ... More

The Human Comedy, 1987. Oil and graphite on canvas, 96 by 78 in. 243.8 by 198.1 cm. © Annette Lemieux. Courtesy of the artist and Mitchell-Innes & Nash, New York.

NEW YORK, NY.- Mitchell-Innes & Nash announced the representation of Annette Lemieux (b. 1957). Part of a generation of artists who developed their practices around what was then called “Picture Theory,” Lemieux has gone on to become a trailblazer in the field of post-Conceptualist painting, assemblage and photomontage, drawing influences from Minimalism and Pop art and often employing as her source material media images from the 20th century. Lemieux’s deft use of readymade imagery in her practice is always tied to contemporary life, its humanity and its indignations, its politics and its ever-changing visual codes, and thus her work is always open to new meaning, on both a personal and collective level. In his catalogue essay accompanying the artist’s 2010 ... More

Leon Polk Smith, Correspondence Orange Blue, 1965. Oil on canvas, 230 x 174 cm. mumok Museum moderner Kunst Stiftung Ludwig Wien. On loan from the Austrian Ludwig Foundation, since 1981. Photo: mumok © Bildrecht Wien, 2018.

VIENNA.- The art of the 1960s and 1970s was characterized by radical breaks with tradition and redefinitions of form and artistic media. The emergence of media-based art and the link between the theory and practice of art also led to innovative forms of painting. The general tendency to abandon figurative or gestural-abstract forms of representation went hand in hand with focused, formal and configured work structures determined by an expanded and reflective understanding of painting. Technique and Color as the Themes of Painting Beginning in the 1950s, the liberation of painting from figurative and narrative depictions and from expressive signaturing or surreal magic was accompanied by a reflective process on ... More

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Bloomberg New Contemporaries 2018 exhibition opens at the South London Gallery
LONDON.- Bloomberg New Contemporaries 2018 is set to open at the South London Gallery in December, and is the second exhibition to be presented across the main space and recently opened Fire Station. Returning to the SLG for the first time in nearly 20 years, New Contemporaries annual exhibition was last presented at the gallery in 1999. As the leading UK organisation supporting emergent art practice from British arts education, Bloomberg New Contemporaries is open to all with participants selected by a panel comprising influential artists and art world figures. The rigorous selection process considers the work within a broad cultural context. Bloomberg New Contemporaries 2018 selectors Benedict Drew, Katy Moran (New Contemporaries alumni 2006) and Keith Piper (New Contemporaries alumni 1986) have selected 57 artists from ... More

Exhibition at North Wall Gallery presents a bewitching world of fairy tales
OXFORD.- This Christmas, Oxford’s North Wall Gallery presents a bewitching world of fairy tales - from Cinderella and Rumpelstiltskin to Peter Pan and The Emperor’s New Clothes - as seen by artists and illustrators. Brought to the North Wall by Blackwell’s Rare Books and Zuleika Gallery, the new exhibition entitled Once Upon A Time traces the visual history of fairy tales and magical story-making, through the work of artists and illustrators from the 19th century to the present day. The exhibition runs at the North Wall from 29 November until 5 January and admission is free. Original prints, drawings and paintings by Sir Joseph Noel Paton, William Heath Robinson, Edward Sorel and EH Shepard are shown alongside work by contemporary artists such as Rachel Gracey and ceramics by Claudia Clare. Characterful illustrations by Emma Chichester Clark, ... More

Myoung Ho Lee's solo photography exhibition opens at Gallery Hyundai
SEOUL.- Gallery Hyundai is presenting Nothing, But, a solo exhibition of artist Myoung Ho Lee who has earned international acclaim for his poetic yet philosophical photographs. This is Lee’s second solo exhibition at Gallery Hyundai, and showcases thirty diverse pieces including works from his key series Tree and Mirage. A central part of the show is new series Nothing, But (2018), which lends its name to the exhibition’s title, depicting a canvas standing alone in the landscape. Having relinquished the function of revealing or creating something, the canvas encompasses everything precisely because it does not offer anything specific. This gesture infinitely expands Lee’s creative world of approaching traces of being and the essence of existence, as the artist aims to discuss what lies beyond the visible. All the works in the show exist within Lee’s wider Art-Act Project, ... More

Painting that changed the course of modern art on view at the Columbia Museum of Art
COLUMBIA, SC.- The Columbia Museum of Art announced that Jackson Pollock’s Mural, the 20-foot-wide painting that catapulted the artist into the spotlight, brought audacious new scale and experimentation to Abstract Expressionism, and changed the destiny of modern art, is coming to the CMA in a landmark exhibition on view from Wednesday, December 5, 2018, to Sunday, May 19, 2019. Jackson Pollock: Mural, featuring the single, iconic work as well as in-depth scientific research on it and its creation myth, is part of a whirlwind international tour that includes premier European and American museums. Pollock is among the most influential painters in American history, and Mural is widely recognized as a watershed moment for the artist in 1943. Mural is Pollock’s largest painting and was his first commission by legendary art collector Peggy Guggenheim, ... More

Guggenheim Museum Bilbao opens an exhibition of architecture, art, and storytelling
BILBAO.- The Guggenheim Museum Bilbao presents Architecture Effects , an exhibition of architecture, art, and storytelling in the context of unique 21st century conditions beginning to appear. The point of departure of Architecture Effects is the reappraisal of a timeless question: What makes architecture more than just building? Architecture Effects evaluates the present state of the field two decades after the Guggenheim Museum Bilbao reignited popular interest in the effects of architecture. Pioneering in its use of digital technology in its design, construction, and image circulation, the building was both a product and emblem of the information and communication technologies that have become determining factors of the cultural sphere in the early 21st century. This time has also witnessed radical changes in the social value of architecture as well as contemporary ... More

Exhibition presents works by The Kunsthalle Wien Prize 2018 winners Ting-Jung Chen and Hui Ye
VIENNA.- The Kunsthalle Wien Prize 2018 goes to two artists who hail from a cultural sphere that has been riven by a sharp political divide since the end of the Chinese Civil war in 1949: from the People’s Republic of China and the island nation of Taiwan (officially known as the “Republic of China”). The two honorees agreed on the title Keep me close to you for their diverse explorations of current as well as historic forms of the transmission of immaterial goods across both countries’ respective political and ideological boundaries. Ting-Jung Chen’s audio installation You Are the Only One I Care About (whisper) conveys a vivid impression of a peculiar phenomenon spawned by propaganda strategies between the poles of projection and appropriation: the artist has reimagined the enormous “broadcast walls” that both socialist and capitalist countries ... More

Silvia Perea new director of UCSB Architecture and Design Museum
SANTA BARBARA, CA.- The Art, Architecture & Design Museum, UC Santa Barbara, announced the appointment of Dr. Silvia Perea as the next curator of the Art and Design Collection at the Museum. Dr. Perea begins her tenure at the Museum on January 14, 2019. She holds a PhD from the Polytechnic University of Madrid and is currently a curator at the Baker Museum, Naples, Florida. In addition, she has completed post graduate degree work at Columbia and Harvard. In the last few years Dr. Perea has curated dozens of exhibitions, as well contributed to a major international exhibition on Alfred Loos. Her dissertation focused on the Case Study House program and its influence on Brazilian architecture. In addition, she has contributed many essays to leading architecture journals, as well as authoring numerous exhibition publications. Dr. Perea’s international ... More

Anna K.E. to represent Georgia at Venice Biennale 2019
NEW YORK, NY.- For the 58th la Biennale di Venezia in 2019, Georgian artist Anna K.E. (b. 1986, Tbilisi, Georgia) will create REARMIRRORVIEW, Simulation is Simulation, is Simulation, is Simulation… (2019), a new, large-scale architectural environment for the Georgian Pavilion. The work, her most ambitious to date, brings together many of the major motifs in the artist’s work, which she has been avidly producing throughout her career in a dynamic and diverse practice that engages equally with video, sculpture, performance, drawing, and installation. K.E., who was trained as a classical ballet dancer, has an acute sense of how the body moves through space, and her fluid architectural environments suggest a choreography, leading viewers to weave in and around her installations. Her whimsical videos feature her own body as protagonist, restricted, contorted, ... More

A Tiffany Studios window and Roland Petersen's "Tea for Two" headline Michaan's December Auction
ALAMEDA, CA.- Michaan’s December Gallery Auction offers collectors the opportunity to own an original Tiffany Studios window, circa 1900. This beautiful figural window was removed from a Brooklyn hotel in the 1970’s. Louis Comfort Tiffany’s legendary innovation and artistry are fully realized in its design. It depicts a graceful young woman, her flowing gown executed in drapery glass — a sheet of glass pulled or handrolled to suggest deep folds of fabric. The lady offers fruit and a goblet to a cherub with wings formed of Tiffany angel wing ripple glass. Set on a Greco-Roman terrace with a balustrade made of marbleized glass, the lovely scene is framed by classical columns. Measuring approximately 53 inches high by 92 inches wide in its frame, the Tiffany Studios art glass window is estimated at $60,000-$80,000. It’s been an exciting year in fine art at ... More

Interactive light/sound installation by artist Vesna Petresin debuts at Mint Museum Uptown
CHARLOTTE, NC.- The Mint Museum announced the public debut of Lumisonica, a site-specific, interactive light and sound installation on the Grand Staircase of Mint Museum Uptown at Levine Center for the Arts created by Vesna Petresin. Visitors can experience a changing canvas of ambient light and sound that responds to their movements as they climb or descend the stairs. Petresin, born in Ljubljana, Slovenia, is a trans-disciplinary artist who has exhibited and performed at the Tate Modern; ArtBasel Miami; the Royal Academy of the Arts; the Venice Biennale; the Institute of Contemporary Arts London; and the Vienna Secession. She is based in London, Amsterdam, and Berlin. She is scheduled to be an artist in residence at the McColl Center for Art + Innovation from January through April. Mason, based in Asheville, runs a digital media business ... More

PINTA Miami's 12th edition will take place at Mana Wynwood
MIAMI, FLA.- PINTA Miami, the Ibero-American art fair with a global perspective, announced that its 12th edition will take place at Mana Wynwood from December 5–9, 2018 during Miami Art Week. PINTA Main Section will include 60 galleries from Latin America, the United States and Europe, showcasing over 300 works by artists including Carlos Cruz-Díez, Carmen Herrera, Fernando Botero, Iván Contreras Brunet, Jesús Rafael Soto, Jorge Eielson, Julio Le Parc, Lydia Okumura, Marta Boto, Waltercio Caldas and Wilfredo Lam. PINTA Countries will have sections dedicated to Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia and Mexico, and for the first time will include Spain. One curator from each country has chosen six participating galleries: Florencia Batiti (Argentina); Mario Gioia (Brasil); Matias Allende Contador (Chile); Oscar Roldán (Colombia); Alma Ruiz (Mexico); Yara Sonseca Mas ... More

Hidden Treasures: Paintings From a Radical Era in European Art History

On a day like today, photojournalist Alfred Eisenstaedt was born
December 06, 1898. Alfred Eisenstaedt (December 6, 1898 - August 24, 1995) was a German-American photographer and photojournalist. He is renowned for his candid photographs, frequently made using various models of a 35mm Leica rangefinder camera. He is best known for his photograph capturing the celebration of V-J Day. In this image: 86 year-old Edith Shain and 78 year-0ld Carl Muscarello recreate the Famous 'Kiss Picture', Sunday 14 August 2005. The original couple in the iconic image, Edith Shain the nurse and Carl Muscarello the sailor was taken by Alfred Eisenstaedt 60 years ago do the day in Times Square on Victory Japan Day in 1945 to signify the end of World War Two. The Artist Seward Johnson created a life-sized sculpture of the kiss Unconditional Surrender for the event.

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