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Algeria's ancient pyramid tombs still shrouded in mystery

Experts and students from Algiers University’s Archaeology Institute work on one of the Jeddars pyramid tombs, near the city of Tiaret, some 250 kilometres (155 miles) southwest of the Algerian capital, on April 23, 2018. Dating back up to 16 centuries, Algeria's Jeddars pyramid tombs are unique relics of an ancient era, but a dearth in research has left them shrouded in mystery. Constructed between the fourth and seventh centuries, the tombs are believed by some scholars to have been built as final resting places for Berber royalty. RYAD KRAMDI / AFP.

by Amal Belalloufi

TIARET (AFP).- Dating back centuries, Algeria's pyramid tombs are unique relics of an ancient era but a dearth of research has left the Jeddars shrouded in mystery. The 13 monuments, whose square stone bases are topped with angular mounds, are perched on a pair of hills near the city of Tiaret, some 250 kilometres (155 miles) southwest of the capital Algiers. Constructed between the fourth and seventh centuries, the tombs are believed by some scholars to have been built as final resting places for Berber royalty -- although nobody knows who truly laid within. But Algerian authorities and archaeologists are now pushing to get the Jeddars listed as a UNESCO World Heritage site, in the hope of assuring their preservation and study. Gaining such status is a lengthy process and the culture ministry said Algeria's application to the UN body "will be filed during ... More

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Broadway star Carol Channing dead at 97   The art of YY Ting and Bada Shanren on exhibit at New York's Gianguan Auctions   ICA/Boston announces major acquisition of Yayoi Kusama Infinity Mirror Room

In this file photo taken on November 23, 2003 actress Carol Channing is seen at her last booksigning appearance for her memoir book, 'Just Lucky, I Guess'. Frazer Harrison / GETTY IMAGES NORTH AMERICA / AFP.

NEW YORK (AFP).- Glittering Broadway icon Carol Channing, who starred in hit musicals including "Hello, Dolly!" and "Gentlemen Prefer Blondes," died Tuesday, her publicist said. She was 97. The towering platinum-blonde actress with a gravelly voice, a beaming smile and eyes like saucers wowed audiences for more than five decades, working into her 80s. "It is with extreme heartache, that I have to announce the passing of an original Industry Pioneer, Legend and Icon," her publicist B Harlan Boll said in a statement, saying Channing died at her home in Rancho Mirage, California of natural causes. "It is so very hard to see the final curtain lower on a woman who has been a daily part of my life for more than a third of it," he said. "Saying good-bye is one of the hardest ... More

Ting's Myna Bird on Willow.

NEW YORK, NY.- An exhibition of calligraphy and one-stroke paintings by the renown Chinese naturalist YY Ting (1902-1978) opens at Gianguan Auctions on Wednesday, January 24 and runs through February 7. Making the display unique are comparative works by Ming Dynasty naturalist Bada Shanren (1521-1527 , who Ting credited with inspiring his oeuvre. “The Art of YY Ting and Bada Shanren” marks the fortieth anniversary of Ting’s passing. A native of Maoming, Guangdong Province, YY Ting (née Ding Yanyong) was sent, at the age of eighteen, to study western painting in Japan. The experience opened his eyes not only to technique but also to the passion of Japanese artists who abandoned opportunities in Europe to revitalize their cultural heritage. Ten years later, YY Ting saw how the splash ink freehand of Ming artist Bada Shanren reflected Lao Tzu’s philosophy of open mindedness. YY Ting then advanced the concept despite ... More

Yayoi Kusama pictured with her work LOVE IS CALLING, 2013 during her solo exhibition I Who Have Arrived In Heaven at David Zwirner, New York, 2013. © YAYOI KUSAMA. Courtesy David Zwirner, New York; Ota Fine Arts, Tokyo/Singapore/Shanghai; Victoria Miro, London/Venice.

BOSTON, MASS.- Jill Medvedow, Ellen Matilda Poss Director of the Institute of Contemporary Art/Boston, announced today the acquisition of Yayoi Kusama’s LOVE IS CALLING (2013), one of the artist’s 20 existing Infinity Mirror Rooms. LOVE IS CALLING is one of Kusama's most immersive, psychedelic environments and features vividly colored, tentacle-like, inflatable sculptures covered with the artist’s signature polka dots and encased in a mirrored room to create an illusion of infinite space. It is the second work by Kusama to enter the collection, alongside a 1953 work on paper of organic forms, dots, and colors—elements that are characteristic of her work. LOVE IS CALLING has been acquired ... More

Skarstedt to open a new gallery on New York's Upper East Side   Exhibition of works by Louise Bourgeois inaugurates Hauser & Wirth's St. Moritz gallery   Hollis Taggart moves its satellite space & announces new exhibition series

Skarstedt will be taking over the historic 25,000-square-foot property at 19 East 64th Street.

NEW YORK, NY.- Skarstedt announced the opening of a new gallery on New York’s Upper East Side in March 2019. Skarstedt will be taking over the historic 25,000-square-foot property at 19 East 64th Street, which was purpose-built as an art gallery in 1932 and designed by renowned architect Horace Trumbauer. This will be Skarstedt’s third location adding to the existing New York space at East 79th Street on the former site of Paul Rosenberg & Co’s legendary dealership, and their London gallery at 8 Bennet Street in the heart of St James. Architect Francis D’Haene has been appointed to oversee the remodelling of the new space. The new gallery presents a special opportunity for Skarstedt, which was founded by Per Skarstedt in 1992, to expand upon its current exhibition program, providing a unique platform for the artists and estates that the gallery represents. In celebration of the occasion, the inaugural exhibition ... More

Louise Bourgeois, Untitled, 2002. Fabric and wood, 61 x 35.6 x 35.6 cm. Photo: Christopher Burke. © The Easton Foundation / VAGA at ARS, NY / ProLitteris, Zurich. Courtesy The Easton Foundation and Hauser & Wirth.

ST. MORITZ.- Hauser & Wirth inaugurated its St. Moritz gallery with ‘Papillons Noirs’, an exhibition of works by renowned French-American artist Louise Bourgeois (1911 – 2010). On view until 10 February 2019, the exhibition spans two floors of the gallery space on Via Serlas facing the Palace Hotel, where Hauser & Wirth has made its home. Comprising a selection of works from the last decade of Bourgeois’s life, ‘Papillons Noirs’ includes a series of black fabric heads alongside late experimental works on paper that belong to the artist’s collection. The fabric heads were created roughly between the years of 2000 and 2003, when Bourgeois was in her late eighties and early nineties. The title of the exhibition, ‘Papillons Noirs’, is drawn from one of Bourgeois’s ‘psychoanalytic writings’, ... More

Esther Ruiz (b. 1986), Well XIII, 2017. Neon, Plexiglas, MDF, paint, and hardware, 18 (H) x 24 (W) x 3 (D) inches. Edition of 5.

NEW YORK, NY.- Hollis Taggart announced today that it has moved its satellite space at the High Line to a new street-front location, increasing its square footage and visibility. The gallery first opened the secondary location in September 2018 as part of its expansion in Chelsea, which also included moving its primary space from the seventh to the ground floor of an arts complex on W. 26th. The satellite at the High Line will continue to operate as a project space, serving to test the appeal of the rapidly developing area as well as collector and public interest in the work of a range of both contemporary and historic American artists. Located at 507 W. 27th Street, the new Hollis Taggart: High Line will open on January 16, with a group exhibition of contemporary work. The space will be open Tuesday through Saturday, from 10:00 AM to 6:00 PM. “There has been for some time, and particularly over ... More

Galerie Templon opens exhibition of works by a founding member of the Supports/Surfaces group   Bonhams appoints Clémence Tasiaux as Head of Department for Post-War and Contemporary Art in London   Albert Baronian and Renos Xippas join forces to open a new gallery in Brussels

Le bon niveau n°2, 2017. Wood, paint, spirit level, 65 x 81 x 2 cm. Photo: B.Huet-Tutti. Courtesy Galerie Templon, Paris & Brussels.

PARIS.- What does the future hold for paintings in the prolific world of screens and images? As early as the 1960s, Daniel Dezeuze, a founding member of the Supports/Surfaces group, foresaw this exponential evolution. Since then he has sought to deconstruct the traditional media and materials of painting. Radical to the core, Daniel Dezeuze has used the stretcher as a tool for questioning and reassessing. Freed from the canvas, he flips paintings against the walls, playing with empty spaces and three-dimensionality: by going beyond the limits of artistic traditions, Daniel Dezeuze opens up a new space. In the first part of this new exhibition, Daniel Dezeuze pays tribute, in his own way, to the art and paintings he loves: angles, brightly coloured frames, open-work surfaces. Halfway between painting and sculpture, his unclassifiable oeuvre ... More

Clémence, who is bilingual in French and English, worked in Sotheby’s Contemporary Art department for many years, latterly as Deputy Director. Photo: Bonhams.

LONDON.- The international auction house Bonhams has appointed Clémence Tasiaux as Head of Department for Post-War and Contemporary Art in London. Clémence, who is bilingual in French and English, worked in Sotheby’s Contemporary Art department for many years, latterly as Deputy Director. She subsequently joined the art advisory and brokerage firm Alcacer, as a 20th century art specialist and business developer advising high net worth individuals on all aspects of their collections. Bonhams Global Head of Post-War and Contemporary Art, Ralph Taylor said, “I am delighted to welcome Clémence to Bonhams. She is a dynamic leader and creative thinker – perfect qualities to help us build on the exponential growth we have enjoyed during the past five years.” Clémence Tasiaux added: “I am very pleased to be joining ... More

Albert Baronian & Renos Xippas. Photo: Eline Willaert.

BRUSSELS.- Art dealers Albert Baronian and Renos Xippas are teaming together to found Baronian Xippas, a new gallery in Brussels. The opening exhibitions showcasing Takis and Robert Devriendt will be held on April 4, 2019. Located in the former space of Albert Baronian, the gallery is a unique collaboration between two major figures in the contemporary art gallery world. Combining the strength of their 80-years of experience and expertise in the art world, Baronian and Xippas join their forces, knowledge and passion to create a new gallery that goes beyond the ordinary. This convergence will create a powerhouse on the Belgian, European and South American art scenes. Baronian Xippas will present ambitious projects with the leading artists of each gallery - such as Darren Almond, André Butzer, Robert Devriendt, Wang Du, Lionel Esteve, Gilbert and George, Robert Irwin, Vik Muniz, Takis, Janaina Tschäpe, Gilberto Zorio... - while building on their respective strengths: a strong ... More

Sean Kelly opens new project space in Taipei with exhibition of works by Callum Innes   Bonhams appoints Chris Tolson as Chief Technology Officer   Sir Peter Blake's Mersey 'Dazzle' Ferry extended by popular demand

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TAIPEI.- Sean Kelly announced the opening of Sean Kelly Asia, their new project space in Taipei, Taiwan. The inaugural exhibition is by internationally recognized Scottish artist Callum Innes. The exhibition showcases new paintings from two bodies of work that Innes has developed in parallel over a period of years: the Exposed Paintings and Split Paintings. This exhibition includes work from both series that Innes has created specifically for the new space in Asia. Born and based in Edinburgh, Callum Innes studied drawing and painting at Gray's School of Art, Aberdeen Scotland, and completed a post-graduate degree at Edinburgh College of Art. He is internationally recognized for his distinctive process of applying paint to the canvas and subsequently “unpainting” it; washing away or removing the pigment to create varied and complex surfaces. This dynamic interplay between additive and subtractive processes—the ... More

Tolson has been involved in the cutting-edge of digital technology since 1995. Photo: Bonhams.

LONDON.- The international auction house Bonhams announced the appointment of Chris Tolson as Chief Technology Officer with immediate effect. Chris will be based in the auction house’s London headquarters in New Bond Street and will lead the global transformation of the digital landscape at Bonhams. He will be working with the IT team to enhance all aspects of the company’s technology strategy and to ensure it aligns with the business goals. In particular, Chris will oversee the overhaul of the Bonhams’ website and take the digital experience across all platforms to the next stage. Tolson has been involved in the cutting-edge of digital technology since 1995. After gaining a first-class degree in Design Management at De Montfort University, Leicester, he has worked in a variety of technical roles, including Chief Platform Architect at bet365 ... More

Everybody Razzle Dazzle. Photo: Mark McNulty.

LIVERPOOL.- Sir Peter Blake’s Everybody Razzle Dazzle Mersey Ferry, which was specially commissioned by 14-18 NOW, Liverpool Biennial and Tate Liverpool as part of the First World War Centenary art programme, has been extended by popular demand. The Dazzle Ferry has proved extremely popular with locals and visitors alike, with many groups insisting on booking it during their trip to Liverpool, whilst also attracting media interest nationally and across the world. The Ferry will have the dazzle livery design renewed when it goes in for its regular out-of-water survey in February. It was due to be returned to its original paintwork, but it will now continue with the livery designed by the British Pop artist until it is taken out of service to make way for a new Mersey Ferry in the future. Everybody Razzle Dazzle was inspired by the dazzle designs which were painted on merchant navy vessels to confuse the enemy during ... More

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Sara Naim's second solo exhibition at The Third Line opens in Dubai
DUBAI.- The Third Line is presenting Building Blocks, Sara Naim’s second solo exhibition at the gallery. Extending the artist’s preoccupation with micro images and dichotomies between proximity and distance into an examination of memory and cognitive associations, Building Blocks maps the cellular make up of three elements nostalgic to the artist: jasmine, soil and Aleppo soap. Triggers of olfactory memories sourced from Sara’s native Syria, the protagonists of her latest body of work awaken thoughts of things and places she associates with the realm of the familiar, yet also perceives as foreign. Using a Scanning Electron Microscope, Sara captures the cellular structure of each sample, magnifies it, and reveals its complexity through imagery mounted on wood and plexiglass. The large-scale renditions include deliberate glitches such as formal ... More

Exhibition explores and untangles the fragile threads of the human mind
BECKENHAM.- Bethlem Gallery opens Switching Perceptions, the new exhibition by artist Eleanor Minney in collaboration with Professor Liz Tunbridge and patients from the National Psychosis Unit at Bethlem Royal Hospital. Switching Perceptions presents textiles, drawing, clay sculptures and handwriting, which explore and untangle the fragile threads of the human mind through delicate, detailed journeys into what creates a sense of self, and the relationship to psychiatric conditions. At the centre is Segment of aself, Minney’s four-metre long textile work with hundreds of hand drawn ciphers alluding to a person’s holistic sense of self on one side, and on the other, row upon row of genetic markers including the three that relate to psychotic illness. On 16 January, in tandem with Switching Perceptions, is the preview for The Anatomy of Melancholy at The ... More

Sophia Al-Maria draws on feminism and radical queer politics for exhibition at the Whitechapel Gallery
LONDON.- Marking the culmination of a year-long collaboration as Whitechapel Gallery’s Writer in Residence, this new project from artist, writer and filmmaker Sophia Al-Maria (b. 1983, US) draws on feminism and radical queer politics to consider themes of history and narrative. BCE presents two distinct creation myths side by side – one ancient, one new. In an ongoing collaboration Al-Maria has invited London-based artist, writer and performer Victoria Sin (b. 1991, Canada) to conceive of a new creation myth in a film work specially-commissioned for Whitechapel Gallery and on show for the first time. Sin performs the myth to camera, interrogating the patriarchal dimensions of sex, race, gender and fertility. Displayed alongside, Wayuu Creation Myth (2018) explores the power of feminine rage to question colonial narratives. Footage shot on a hill ... More

Massimo De Carlo opens the first solo exhibition in China by artist Matthew Wong
HONG KONG.- Massimo De Carlo Hong Kong is presenting Day by Night, the first solo exhibition in China by artist Matthew Wong. Wong’s practice encompasses both oil paintings and gouaches, unfolding daily as a sustained and open-ended meditation on the act of painting. The highly personal visual language he has developed is a synthesis of diverse traditions in painting, ranging from Chinese ink art to post-impressionism and symbolism, as well as high modernist notions of structure and process. The works’ evocation of specific sensations of light and anthropomorphic masses of notational mark making define atmospherically charged and physically palpable landscapes, culminating in a vision of nature which defies categorisation while expanding upon the Eastern and Western canons. Day by Night is comprised of a series of large-scale oil paintings of imagined ... More

Rodeo and Galeria Jaqueline Martins collaborate for Condo 2019 with exhibition of works by Adriano Amaral
LONDON.- Rodeo and Galeria Jaqueline Martins announce their collaboration for Condo 2019, with a solo exhibition by Brazilian artist Adriano Amaral at Rodeo, London. Inside the gallery, Amaral brings to life an immersive installation where distinct layers and diverse approaches build together to create a complex and ambiguous space. Works produced in the studio are merged with architectural changes and ephemeral interventions generated live. The result is a fragmented ecosystem in which memory, materiality and personal experiences are explored. At the centre of the exhibition, the film Rurais follows the night-time flight of a drone through the warehouse of the artist’s grandfather. Moving around this holding pen, the drone flies seamlessly from item to item as the materials lay dormant. While around the film, a network of tubes carry a light mist that fuels the livi ... More

Exhibition focuses on a figure in feminist art in Denmark, Dea Trier Mørch
HUMLEBAEK.- The exhibition series Louisiana on Paper shows graphic works and drawings as well as other works on paper. The new exhibition in the series, Into the World, to be shown in the period 17 January - 28 April 2019, focuses on a pioneering figure in feminist art in Denmark, Dea Trier Mørch (1941-2001), and it is the first museum exhibition of the artist’s graphic work viewed as visual art. The artist’s family, who handle her archive today, have generously made the exhibition’s c. 90 works available – works with a focus on the period 1967-77, when graphics played a major role in Dea Trier Mørch’s artistic activities. Most of the works have rarely been exhibited before. Although Dea Trier Mørch’s writing is known to many people – especially from the generation of the 1960s – and although as a member of the artists’ collective ... More

Hindus gather by the millions in India for world's largest festival
ALLAHABAD (AFP).- The largest gathering of humanity on the planet began Tuesday, with tens of millions showered in rose petals and holy ash at a spectacular Hindu festival on India's sacred riverbanks. The Kumbh Mela is expected to attract more than 100 million pilgrims to Allahabad over the next seven weeks to bathe in waters considered among the holiest in Hinduism. Allahabad rises alongside the Ganges, Yamuna and mythical Saraswati, and the banks of these hallowed rivers have transformed into a riot of colour for the centuries-old festival. A gigantic tent city has emerged near the confluence of the rivers, where Hindus believe bathing during the Kumbh helps cleanse sins and brings salvation. Before dawn thousands of naked holy men smeared in ash, some on horseback, proceeded toward the rivers' meeting point known as "Sangam". ... More

Rare complete books & portfolios take the spotlight in Vintage Posters sale at Swann
NEW YORK, NY.- Swann Galleries will offer a sale of Vintage Posters on Thursday, February 7. The auction comes packed with memorable Art Nouveau images and rare advertisements, alongside seasonal ski and winter resort posters. Ski and winter posters are well represented with Walther Koch’s 1908 Art Deco inspired poster for the World Allround Speed Skating Championships in Davos, Switzerland (Estimate: $4,000-6,000). The German version of Emil Cardinaux’s advertisement for skiing in Switzerland from 1919 depicts a snowy scene of skiers as they overlook the Aletsch Glacier ($3,000-4,000). Advertisements for North American winter destinations include Roger Couillard’s Visit Canada / Travel Canadian Pacific, circa 1955, ($1,000-1,500), and Willian Willmarth’s Sun Valley Idaho / Summer Holiday, 1939 ($2,000-3,000). Also available ... More

Tel Aviv Museum of Art welcomes record number of visitors in 2018
TEL AVIV.- Tel Aviv Museum of Art has broken its all-time records with 1,018,323 visits during 2018. These data point to a 23% increase in the number of visitors from 2017, when 831,151 visits were recorded. One of the reasons for this sharp increase is the exhibition "Modern Times" which features rare masterpieces from the Philadelphia Museum of Art by the greatest artists of the 19th and 20th centuries, among them Cézanne, Monet, van Gogh, Degas, Matisse, Brancusi, Picasso and Renoir. Since opening in October 2018, the exhibition has attracted over 130,000 visitors! The exhibition is on show until 2 February 2019. Other outstanding exhibitions during 2018 that attracted a large number of visitors were "Louise Bourgeois: Twosome," Christian Marclay's "The Clock" and the current exhibition by Japanese artist Hiroshi Sugimoto, a world-renowned ... More

Perrotin New York opens exhibition of works by Swedish artist Jens Fänge
NEW YORK, NY.- Swedish artist Jens Fänge excels in creating subtly understated yet emotionally charged territories that merge abstract space with the human figure. His composite paintings and nested assemblages are often integrated into murals with vanishing points so elusive that they induce vertigo. Conflicting angles, off-kilter floors, and tilted walls make for fragmented interiors that seem neither two- nor three-dimensional. These ambiguous zones are inhabited by partially or fully rendered figures that gaze from framed portraits or appear like cut-out protagonists in a puppet or shadow play. Paintings within paintings suggest stacked narratives and layered time. As our conditioned mind attempts to read the variable elements, proportions, and perspectives in logical order, we find ourselves at an impasse. This is because Fänge, like the Cubists a hundred ... More

Mosul demolishes iconic building used by IS for 'gay' killings
MOSUL (AFP).- Authorities in Mosul have begun demolishing a onetime icon of modern Iraqi architecture used by the Islamic State group to throw men accused of being gay to their deaths. Labourers and bulldozers on Monday could be seen removing rubble and twisted metal from the gutted ruins of the National Insurance Company in the city's west. It was designed by celebrated Iraqi architect Rifat Chadirji in the 1960s but became infamous under IS, which used the seven-storey structure to kill young men it said had violated Islamic law by being gay. The building was then ravaged by the months-long fight to oust IS from Mosul, which ended in the summer of 2017. "It's prone to collapse because of the rockets, shelling, and explosions that hit it and destroyed large parts of it," Mohammad Jassem, a municipal official representing Mosul's nearby Old City, told AFP. ... More

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On a day like today, American painter Andrew Wyeth died
January 16, 2009. Andrew Newell Wyeth (July 12, 1917 - January 16, 2009) was a visual artist, primarily a realist painter, working predominantly in a regionalist style. He was one of the best-known U.S. artists of the middle 20th century. In this image: Andrew Wyeth, Lejanía, 1952 (Faraway). Pincel seco sobre papel. 34,92 x 54,61. The Phyllis and Jaimie Wyeth Collection.

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