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Quality abounds in American & European Works of Art Auction at Skinner

Alexander Calder (American, 1898-1976) Untitled (Standing Mobile) c. 1953 (Lot 525, Estimate: $100,000-150,000).

BOSTON, MASS.- Skinner, Inc. will present an impressive selection of American & European Works of Art at auction on Friday, May 19. The day will be divided in two parts: Fine Prints & Photographs at 12PM and Fine Paintings & Sculpture at 4PM. The auction offers an extensive variety of paintings, sculpture, prints, photographs, and works on paper ranging from Old Master prints through Modern and Contemporary offerings. The variety of prints is impressive, with multiple examples by such notable figures in 20th century art as Childe Hassam, Pablo Picasso, Alex Katz, Thomas Hart Benton, Romare Bearden, Marc Chagall, and Robert Motherwell. Matisse’s Marie-José en robe jaune (Lot 95, Estimated between $50,000-80,000) is a standout highlight in the prints section of the auction. Robin Starr, Director of American & European Works of Art, says of this aquatint, “Matisse’s use of line and color takes the contemplative subject of a woman sea ... More

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Cincinnati Art Museum receives $11.75 million gift towards art of South Asia, Iran and Afghanistan   Diamond earrings fetch record $57.4-million at Swiss auction   Ashmolean acquires great Civil War portrait by William Dobson


A Royal Couple and Women of the Court Play Holi, circa 1760, Mughal period, Mughal/India, opaque watercolor, gold and silver on paper, Cincinnati Art Museum, Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Carl Bimel, Jr., 1986.1174

CINCINNATI, OH.- A landmark $11.75 million gift to the Cincinnati Art Museum to establish the Alice Bimel Endowment for Asian Art was announced at the museum’s 137th Annual Meeting of the Shareholders of the Cincinnati Museum Association on May 15. The largest single monetary gift in the museum’s history, the endowment will enhance collections in the arts of South Asia, Greater Iran and Afghanistan. During their lifetimes, the Bimels developed a fascination with South Asian art of all periods and extended their interests to include the regions of Greater Iran and Afghanistan. Their gifts to the Cincinnati Art Museum followed closely their own art collecting, study and travel interests. In sum, Alice and Carl Bimel generously donated more than $14 million in addition to significant collection objects to the museum. “It would be impossible to express in full our gratitude for what Carl and Alice Bimel have ... More
 

A model poses with the "The Apollo Blue" and "The Artemis Pink" diamonds, mounted as earrings, during a press preview by Sotheby's auction house. Fabrice COFFRINI / AFP

GENEVA.- Two spectacular diamonds mounted as earrings fetched a record $57.4-million (51.8 million euros) Tuesday at auction in Geneva, with an unnamed Asia-based buyer netting both, Sotheby's said. The earrings were sold as separate lots. After protracted bidding, the flawless and vivid "The Apollo Blue" fetched $42.087-million and the equally intensely luminescent "The Artemis Pink" went for $15.33-million, buyers premium included. The earrings, named after Greek gods, had respectively been valued at between $38-million and $50-million and $12.5-million and $18-million. The 14.54-carat "Apollo Blue" is the largest gemstone in its category ever to be auctioned and has been cut and polished to a pear shape. The 16-carat "Artemis Pink" is near identical in shape. It is also one of the world's most "chemically pure" diamonds, according to the Gemological Institute of America, which experts say gives ... More
 

William Dobson (1611–46), Group Portrait of Prince Rupert, Colonel William Legge and Colonel John Russell. Painted c. 1645 (detail). Image © Ashmolean Museum.

OXFORD.- The Ashmolean announced the acquisition of a magnificent group portrait by William Dobson (1611–46) painted in Oxford during the Civil War. The painting has been allocated to the Ashmolean on the occasion of the 400th anniversary of the birth of the founder of the Museum, Elias Ashmole. It has been acquired for the nation through the Acceptance in Lieu scheme, administered by the Arts Council. A £90,900 grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) will support a programme of events and activities to bring the picture to a wide public audience. The painting, commissioned by John Russell in the winter of 1645–6, is a unique artefact of the English Civil War. It shows a meeting between three Royalist commanders who were then based in Oxford, home to the royal court in exile. The group in the painting are Prince Rupert (the King’s nephew), Colonel William Legge (Governor of Oxford) and Colonel John Russell ... More



Modern masters lead Sotheby's New York Sale of American Art   Sotheby's Paris Contemporary Art Sale led by masterpieces produced between the 1940s and 1960s   Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo opens solo exhibition of Japanese artist Hiroshi Sugimoto


John Singer Sargent, John Alfred Parsons Millet. Oil on canvas, 36 1/4 by 24 1/8 in. Estimate $2.5/3.5 million. Photo: Sotheby's.

NEW YORK, NY.- Sotheby’s announced their American Art auction, taking place on 23 May in New York City. Led by Norman Rockwell’s Two Plumbers, which was featured on the cover of the 2 June 1951 issue of The Saturday Evening Post, the sale is particularly well represented by 20th century masters, including Marsden Hartley, Thomas Hart Benton and Oscar Bluemner. In addition to the 120+ lots offered on the 23rd, American Art Online is now open for bidding 4-24 May at Sothebys.com/online. The exhibitions open to the public this Saturday, 20 May, and will remain open until 12pm on the 23rd. Two Plumbers from 1951 is Norman Rockwell at his best. Created at the height of his career, the painting brilliantly demonstrates the artist’s talent for depicting everyday life with a dose of humor. To produce the current work, Rockwell employed two of his studio assistants – Don Winslow and Gene Pelham – as models, posing them ... More
 

Pierre Soulages, Peinture 162 x 130 cm, 14 avril 1962. Oil on canvas, 162 x 130 cm. Estimate: 2.000.000 – 3.000.000 €.

PARIS.- For this first Contemporary Art sale of the year on 6 and 7 June, Sotheby’s France is once more paying tribute to masters of abstraction whose international renown is supported by ever-increasing prices for their works: Pierre Soulages, Zao Wou-Ki, Jean Dubuffet, Nicolas de Staël and Simon Hantaï. These are artists Sotheby’s France has helped to establish in the contemporary art auction market in France and America. The selection of some of the most iconic works from their most sought-after periods includes a major painting by master of black Pierre Soulages – an astonishing blue, and a masterpiece by Zao Wou-Ki from the early 1960s: a key period when his style reached full maturity. The catalogue includes a section with some of the most recent works by Annette Messager, Anselm Kiefer, Antoni Tàpies, Takashi Murakami, Jan Fabre and Gilbert & George. The sale will be led by a major work ... More
 

Hiroshi Sugimoto, Teatro dei Rozzi, Siena 2014, Summer Time.

TURIN.- From May 16 to October 1, 2017, Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo presents Le Notti Bianche, a solo exhibition of Japanese artist Hiroshi Sugimoto, curated by Filippo Maggia and Irene Calderoni. The show includes the international preview of a new photo series, devoted to Italian historical theaters, a continuation and development of Hiroshi Sugimoto’s research on theatrical and cinematic spaces. The whole photo work of Hiroshi Sugimoto aims to explore the relationship between time and space, or better, the perception we have of this relationship, with the human eye as the camera that renders a version of it – clear and plastic, in the case of Sugimoto. The inquiry moves from a simple question, almost a curiosity, which the Japanese artist asked himself towards the end of the Seventies: how to capture, in one single shot, the whole flow of images contained in a film, during a regular theater screening. The result is a dazzle- ... More



"Outlooks: Heather Hart," An interactive sculptural environment, now open at Storm King   Artist Profile: James Buttersworth   Abby Bangser to join Dia Art Foundation as Deputy Director of Strategic Initiatives


Heather Hart, American, b. 1975. Oracle of Lacuna, 2017. Wood, shingles, building materials, iPad, speakers. Courtesy the artist © Heather Hart. Photo by Jerry L. Thompson.

MOUNTAINVILLE, NY.- Storm King Art Center presents Outlooks: Heather Hart, on view from May 13 to November 26, 2017. The interactive sculptural environment takes the form of a domestic rooftop, and will be activated by performances, discussions, and other events. Hart’s work spans social and participatory sculpture, drawing, and printmaking, and deals with issues of perception, liminality, history, and spirituality. Hart is the first Outlooks artist to create a work at Storm King that is activated by programming and public participation. Storm King has responded to the work by expanding its artist-driven programming and further engaging the surrounding community. Outlooks, now in its fifth year, is an exhibition series that invites one emerging or mid-career contemporary artist to engage with Storm King’s landscape ... More
 

Racing off Sandy Hook. Available at Barnebys.

LONDON.- From the 17th to 19th century, the maritime genre in painting reached its peak popularity, with a number of artists from Rembrandt to Hokusai depicting the dangers of the sea and sailing; amongst these artists was James E. Buttersworth. Buttersworth was born in London, England in 1817, with a future as a maritime artist predestined by his family’s history in this occupation. His father, Thomas Buttersworth, was of particular importance to the genre, drawing upon his experiences as a sailor during the Napoleonic Wars (1803-1815). Unlike his son, Thomas did not receive much recognition for his work until after his death. Having studied under his father, Buttersworth moved across the Atlantic to the United States during his late 20s, settling in New Jersey. The young artist established a studio across-state in Brooklyn, New York, which led to the New York Harbor being used as background for his intricate paintings of various vessels. It was this precision that led to Buttersworth be ... More
 

Bangser has been Artistic Director of Frieze Art Fairs for the Americas and Asia since 2015.

NEW YORK, NY.- Dia Art Foundation has appointed Abby Bangser as Deputy Director of Strategic Initiatives. She is currently the Artistic Director of Frieze Art Fairs for the Americas and Asia. In this newly created position Bangser will occupy a key leadership role, working closely with Dia's Director, Jessica Morgan, and the senior management team to advance the strategic priorities of the institution and serve as the main liaison for Dia's sites around the United States and beyond. Her appointment begins in July 2017. "We are delighted to welcome Abby Bangser to Dia. She has a wide range of experience that will be invaluable in this role," said Jessica Morgan, Director, Dia Art Foundation. "As Dia evolves, the need for strategic planning and focused partnerships becomes even more critical to support our mission. Her perspective will help bring to Dia's many sites greater prominence and understanding." "I have long ... More


National Gallery of Canada's Contemporary Art Galleries re-open with new installation   Digard to offer Signoret Montand's collection, mementos from Autheuil   Jerry Frantz and Sali Muller open "Museum of Vanities" at IKOB Museum of Contemporary Art


Rita Letendre, Chi‑Sa‑Kaan, 1975 (detail). Acrylic on canvas, 226 x 90.8 cm. National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa. Photo: NGC.

OTTAWA.- Canadian and Indigenous Art: 1968 to Present, featuring more than 150 works of art by more than 100 artists, opened at the National Gallery of Canada. This major, year-long exhibition explores the many themes and movements that have shaped Canada’s visual arts landscape since 1968. It is part of the Gallery’s spring / summer programming titled: Our Masterpieces, Our Stories , which launched in April with the opening of the exhibition Photography in Canada, 1960-2000. Paintings, scultpures, photographs, video art, installation and drawings, are on display in 12 galleries located on two floors, until May 6, 2018. “Canadian and Indigenous Art: 1968 to Present features outstanding works of Canadian artistic genius,” said National Gallery of Canada Director and CEO, Marc Mayer. “The public will appreciate the ... More
 

The mementos of their private life and careers from their house in Autheuil will tell the story of this mythical couple.

PARIS.- On Monday 26th June, Digard Auction is presenting the collection of Simone Signoret and Yves Montand. The mementos of their private life and careers from their house in Autheuil will tell the story of this mythical couple. To discover: paintings, furniture, art works, jewellery, scenarios, stage clothes, movies and sound tapes, shooting pictures, awards and gold records, autographs and correspondences between Simone SIGNORET, Yves MONTAND and Edith PIAF, memories from a place they loved and from their daily lives. The Autheuil house is big. In 1954, the fifty-five miles that separated it from Paris made it feel like it was located on the other side of the world. While looking at it, MONTAND used to say: "There are many 'Battling Joes' and 'dead leaves' in there... It is a house for summer, winter, fall and spring… Many ... More
 

Sali Muller, The Missing Part, 2017. Installation, 200 × 65 × 4cm. ©Sali Muller.

EUPEN.- For their exhibition Museum of Vanities, which takes place from 17 May to 20 August at the IKOB – Museum of Contemporary Art, Jerry Frantz – the notorious inventor of absurd persons and projects – and Sali Muller – the sensitive analyst of habits of vision and perception – have created a series of works of art that fearlessly respond to the work of the other artist, entirely in the sense of a culture of dissent. On display are current works by the two Luxembourgian artists many of which were developed specifically for this exhibition. With reference to this year’s theme at the IKOB – resentment – Jerry Frantz and Sali Muller focus on such concepts as terrorism, nationalism, selfishness and, ultimately, finiteness. The double meaning contained in the word “vanity” of fatuous self-love and evanescence is manifest in a “deadly splendor” with regard to his installations, says Jerry ... More



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Jonathan LeVine Projects opens exhibition of works by Brazilian artist João Ruas
JERSEY CITY, NJ.- Jonathan LeVine Projects is presenting GEIST, an exhibition of new work by Brazilian artist João Ruas in what is his debut solo show at the gallery. Ruas’ paintings depict surreal moments of fantastical, unknown histories. Blending themes of mythology, warfare and nature, haunting figures exist in the shadows of austere landscapes, carrying with them both a sense of danger and serenity. Author and collector Amanda Erlanson describes: "João Ruas paints a haunting world inhabited by enigmatic figures and regal beasts awash in a maelstrom of mysterious energies. His explorations of the darker realms of the spirit evoke states of emotional turmoil, spiritual hunger and troubled passion. Weaving together history, mythology and cryptic symbolism in a misty dreamscape where twilight is ever at hand and the bounds of gravity seem optional, he describes ... More

The Eustis Estate Museum and Study Center opens
MILTON, MASS.- The Eustis Estate Museum and Study Center opens to the public on May 17, 2017. During the late nineteenth century, the Boston area was the center of the Aesthetic Movement in the United States and the Eustis Estate (1878) abounds with the movement’s beautifully crafted details and decorative motifs. Visitors will discover elaborate architectural details and interior design, as well as the stories of the Eustis family, their domestic staff, and the farmhands who cultivated the surrounding fields. Visitors may choose between taking a traditional guided tour of the property or exploring at their own pace by accessing self-guided tour information and using touch screens stationed in the house. The premiere exhibition at the Eustis Estate, Mementos: Jewelry of Life and Love from Historic New England, also opens on May 17. The exhibition has more than one ... More

Artemis Gallery to auction important antiquities, ethnographic and Pre-Columbian art
BOULDER, COLO.- On May 18, the Old World will reveal its fascinating treasures in Artemis Gallery’s 351-lot auction of important classical antiquities, ancient and ethnographic art. Each piece has been scrupulously authenticated and described in expert detail in the online catalog, so bidders can confidently choose from an unparalleled selection of legally acquired, fully guaranteed art and artifacts from history’s greatest civilizations. Many pieces previously resided in distinguished private or institutional collections. As is the custom in all Artemis Gallery auctions, a timeline allows collectors to focus on periods and cultures of greatest interest to them, whether it is the Ancient Egyptians, Greeks, Romans or Etruscans, or the early societies of the Far East, Africa or the Pre-Columbian era. The auction will open with an Egyptian cast-bronze figure of Osiris from the ... More

Full set of Andy Warhol record-sleeves to be auctioned by PIASA
PARIS.- The PIASA sale Masters: Modern & Contemporary Prints & Multiples will include a complete set of all the record sleeves Andy Warhol designed between 1946 and 1987: sixty mythical LPs that chart the musical épopée of the 20th century in the eyes of Pop Art and its leading exponent. This unique ensemble, assembled by a passionate music-lover, transports us through 40 years of musical creativity. It has never been offered at auction before. Andy Warhol designed his first sleeve as a young artist back in 1949, and soon began approaching record comopanies with his illustrations: he could already envisage the extraordinary visual impact these sleeves might have. Their standardized format offered a perform platform to the King of Pop Art, who transformed simple covers into visual tributes to the artiste(s) involved, designing some sixty record sleeves between 1949 ... More

Hirshhorn's "Yayoi Kusama: Infinity Mirrors" breaks records
WASHINGTON, DC.- The Smithsonian’s Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden announced nearly 160,000 people visited “Yayoi Kusama: Infinity Mirrors,” the first exhibition to feature six of Yayoi Kusama’s dazzling Infinity Mirror Rooms, in its world debut that began Feb. 23 and closed yesterday, May 14. The museum welcomed a record 475,000 visitors to its building and sculpture garden during the same period—its highest recorded spring visitation since the museum’s opening in 1974 and double its average attendance. In appreciation, Kusama released a rare video message for Hirshhorn audiences, stating, “I am very happy and grateful that you have come to see my exhibition….Thank you very much. I look forward to the future.” • Nearly 160,000 people experienced “Yayoi Kusama: Infinity Mirrors,” and the museum galleries and sculpture garden welcomed a record 475,000 visitors. • ... More

Artists shortlisted for the Future Generation Art Prize 2017 exhibit in Venice
VENICE.- PinchukArtCentre and Victor Pinchuk Foundation present an exhibition at the Biennale Arte 2017 of the work of 21 young artists from 16 countries, shortlisted for the 4th edition of The Future Generation Art Prize, the global art prize for artists up to 35. The exhibition is an official Collateral Event of the 57th International Art Exhibition – La Biennale di Venezia. It is on view in the spectacular setting of the Palazzo Contarini Polignac from 12 May to 13 August 2017. The 21 artists on show this year in Venice, chosen from amongst 4,500 entries, include among others the winner of the $100,000 Future Generation Art Prize 2017, the South African artist Dineo Seshee Bopape, and the winner of the $20,000 Special Prize, Kenyan/British artist Phoebe Boswell. In addition there is new work by the other shortlisted artists who are: Njideka Akunyili Crosby (Nigeria / United ... More

Samson Young's "Songs for Disaster Relief" is collateral event of the 57th International Art Exhibition
VENICE.- M+ at the West Kowloon Cultural District and Hong Kong Arts Development Council announced the solo exhibition Samson Young: Songs for Disaster Relief, Hong Kong in Venice as Collateral Event of the 57th International Art Exhibition – La Biennale di Venezia. As the third collaboration between M+ and HKADC, this exhibition presents a major milestone of Hong Kong contemporary art at one of the most important international platforms. The curatorial team consists of Ying Kwok, a respected Hong Kong curator, as the Guest Curator, with Doryun Chong, Deputy Director and Chief Curator of M+, serving as the Consulting Curator. For the 57th edition of the Venice Biennale, Young created a new body of work that attempts to reframe the popularity of “charity singles” —purpose-made recordings for charitable causes, featuring super-group artists— ... More

James Richards exhibits "Music for the gift" in Venice
VENICE.- James Richards exhibits Music for the gift, a new body of work including a sound installation, video and photographic works, to represent Cymru yn Fenis Wales in Venice as a collateral event of the 57th International Art Exhibition – La Biennale di Venezia. The exhibition is commissioned by the Arts Council of Wales and curated by Chapter, Cardiff. The exhibition is be presented for the fourth time at the Santa Maria Ausiliatrice, a church and former convent located just off Via Garibaldi, situated midway between the main Biennale Giardini and Arsenale sites, 13 May – 26 November 2017, and is free to visit. Cardiff-born Richards’ interest lies in the possibility of the private amidst the public chaos of quotidian media. His work makes use of an ever-growing bank of material that includes fragments of cinema, works by other artists, stray camcorder ... More

"Time on Earth" by Franco-Beninese ceramist King Houndekpinkou on view at Vallois America
NEW YORK, NY.- In 2017, Gallery Vallois France places the entirety of its exhibition programming under the sign of Benin. Through artistic and cultural exchanges it has initiated since 2012 in Cotonou (capital of Benin), Gallery Vallois is Patron of the Arts and Culture Center in Lobozounkpa, a multidisciplinary space dedicated to contemporary creation in all its forms, directed by Dominique Zinkpè. On the same site, since 2015, the Petit Musée de la Récade is home to a permanent collection of “recades” or royal scepters and the site for diverse contemporary art exhibitions. In this context, the New York space is presenting the work of King Houndekpinkou in New York with an exhibition comprising twenty works in ceramic. Born in 1987 in the outskirts of Paris, King created a refined and spiritual body of work inspired by both Japan and his African roots. He studied ... More

Ink drawings attributed to Man Ray and Victor Brauner will headline online fine art sale
FRANKLIN, MASS.- A drawing in ink on paper attributed to Romanian artist Victor Brauner (1903-1966) and an ink drawing on buff toned paper, signed and dated by the renowned visual artist Man Ray (1890-1976), are expected top earners in Woodshed Art Auctions’ next Prestige Collection fine art sale, featuring 32 lots of Modern and Impressionist drawings and paintings. The auction will be online-only – as are all Woodshed Art Auctions sales – and will be held on Wednesday, May 24th, at 12 o’clock noon Eastern time. Previews will also be held online, at the Woodshed Art Auctions website (www.woodshedartauctions.com), or by appointment in the firm’s gallery, at 1243 Pond Street in Franklin. To schedule a preview, call (508) 533-6277. Internet bidding will be provided by LiveAuctioneers.com, Invaluable.com and Bidsquare.com. Woodshed’s Prestige Collection sales are ... More

South Korean artist Kim Yong-Ik's first solo show in the US on view at Tina Kim Gallery
NEW YORK, NY.- Tina Kim Gallery is presenting the first solo exhibition in the United States of Kim Yong-Ik (b. 1947), on view from April 27 through June 17, 2017. The exhibition focuses on three key periods of the artist’s career: his Plane Object series of fabric works from the 1970s, his geometric compositions from the 1980s, and his dot paintings from the 1990s. Rooted in modernist painting, Kim’s self-reflective practice questions the relationship between the avant-garde and society. Maintaining an independent stance amidst Korea’s dominant artistic movements—from the modernism and conceptualism of the 1970s to the Minjung (populist) art movement of the 1980s—Kim uses the medium of painting as a starting point for unveiling both the structure and the contradictions of modern art and its institutions. As a student, Kim Yong-Ik briefly studied agriculture ... More




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Flashback
On a day like today, Greek archaeologist Valerios Stais discovers the Antikythera Mechanism
May 17, 1902. The Antikythera mechanism is an ancient mechanical computer designed to calculate astronomical positions. It was recovered in 1900 - 01 from the Antikythera wreck, but its complexity and significance were not understood until decades later. It is now thought to have been built about 150 - 100 BC. Technological artifacts of similar complexity did not reappear until the 14th century, when mechanical astronomical clocks appeared in Europe.



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