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Artemis Gallery to auction important classical antiquities, Asian and ethnographic art

Rare Egyptian wood mummiform sarcophagus depicting Falcon Bird Horus, Late Dynastic Period, circa 26th to 31st Dynasty, circa 664 to 332 BCE. Est. $25,000-$35,000

BOULDER, COLO.- On Thursday, February 21, Artemis Gallery will conduct a nearly 400-lot auction featuring museum-worthy examples of classical antiquities, Asian and ethnographic art. This highly significant sale showcases investment-grade art and artifacts from Egyptian, Greek, Roman, Etruscan, Near and Far Eastern, Pre-Columbian and African cultures. Additionally, there are Spanish colonial, Native American and Russian artworks and objects, as well as beautiful gold and silver jewelry, some with semiprecious stones. Absentee and Internet live bidding will be available through LiveAuctioneers. The top-estimated lot of the sale is an incredible Urartu bronze helmet from the eastern Anatolia region of modern-day Armenia, Turkey, Iran, Azerbaijan and Georgia. Exhibiting astonishing artistry and iconography, the circa-8th-7th century BCE (Iron Age III) helmet is composed of bronze that has been skillfully hammered into a conical form to fit snugg ... More

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Revolutionary Chagall offered at Bonhams Impressionist and Modern Art Sale in London   The Albertina Museum opens exhibition of watercolors by Rudolf von Alt   Exhibition at Lower Belvedere explores female artists in Vienna from 1900 to 1938

Detail of Autour de ‘La Revolution 1937’ by Marc Chagall. Estimate: £300,000-500,000. Photo: Bonhams.

LONDON.- Autour de ‘La Revolution 1937’, a remarkable, and joyous work painted in the aftermath of the Second World War by the Russian-French artist Marc Chagall, leads Bonhams Impressionist and Modern Art Sale in London on Thursday 28 February. It is estimated at £300,000-500,000. The 1917 Revolution and subsequent Russian Civil War were key events in Chagall’s artistic development. 20 years later – having moved to Paris in 1923 from his home town of Vitebsk – he embarked on his Révolution series. Over several, similarly structured, works, Chagall juxtaposes political upheaval, represented by the revolutionaries on the left side of the canvases, with artistic and domestic harmony in the form of musicians, roof tops, animals and lovers on the right. Separating these two worlds, the figure of Lenin is shown performing a handstand on a table, at which sits a rabbi contemplating the Torah. Chagall ... More

Rudolf von Alt, The Staircase of the k. k. Court Opera Theater, 1873. Watercolor © LIECHTENSTEIN. The Princely Collections, Vaduz–Vienna.

VIENNA.- This presentation, which is the second part of the celebratory exhibition marking the Principality of Liechtenstein’s Tricentennial, is devoted to the Viennese watercolor from the Biedermeier era to realism. Nearly 100 of the most beautiful watercolors point to the vast knowledge underlying the princely collecting passion while providing a correspondingly overview of the watercolor artistry of this era. In the Viennese tradition of watercolor painting, the spontaneous handling of light and coloration plays a central role, conveying an intensity and presence that can hardly be achieved in other media. One sees this in how the brilliant magnificence of aristocratic home decor is reflected by Rudolf von Alt in his depictions of the Viennese Liechtenstein palaces’ representative interiors that that the family commissioned from over a period of several decades. The Princely Family maintained numerous estates ... More

Helene Funke, Nude Looking in the Mirror, 1908-1910 © Belvedere, Wien. Photo: Johannes Stoll © Belvedere, Vienna.

VIENNA.- At the beginning of the twentieth century, women were firmly anchored in Vienna’s art scene. They exhibited on equal footing with Gustav Klimt and Egon Schiele and made notable contributions to the era of Viennese Modernism. With the 1938 Anschluss (annexation), they were banished from art history and seemingly forgotten. City of Women takes an important step in bringing these artists back into focus and paying tribute to their enduringly impressive achievements. According to Stella Rollig, artistic director of the Belvedere: “The Belvedere is famous for its collection of works from the period of Viennese Modernism. It is therefore all the more important to me to make the forgotten female side of this epoch visible in its full dimension. The artists of those years were and still are a great inspiration, and their works have been wrongly ignored for almost a century.” With works by around sixty artists ... More

Michael Hoppen Gallery exhibits legendary sports images shot by Gerry Cranham   Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac opens the largest solo exhibition in the UK to date of the work of Erwin Wurm   The V&A acquires theatrical archive of Ivan Kyncl

Untitled (Horse Race) © Gerry Cranham. Courtesy of Michael Hoppen Gallery.

LONDON.- Over the course of a career which spanned half a century, British photographer Gerry Cranham led the field of sports photography, defining how we understand this genre today. Now in his 90th year, this ground-breaking artist’s legacy is being exhibited at the Michael Hoppen Gallery, in the first exhibition of its kind to honour this sporting icon. Cranham’s reputation rests on his legendary sports images, but he also recorded some of the 20th Century’s most dramatic moments, from documenting the funeral of JFK to capturing Steve McQueen at the height of his celebrity. Cranham has also been widely credited with pioneering innovative photographic practises, including his use of long- lead cable remote techniques, and his introduction of colour action shots. “I had to do it discreetly, hide the camera and then collect it later” Cranham commented, after he became ... More

Erwin Wurm.

LONDON.- Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac London presents Erwin Wurm: New Work, the largest solo exhibition in the UK to date of works by the Austrian artist (b.1954), who has expanded conceptions of sculpture and the human form over the last thirty years. The exhibition encompasses the artist’s new group of ceramic works, which take the form of bodily abstractions; new works on paper; a new work in his Fat Car series; the latest in his humanoid Stone sculptures, which stand upright on legs; Polaroids recording recent One Minute Sculptures and live performances of a One Minute Sculpture on loan from Tate’s permanent collection.Throughout the show’s run, visitors are invited to participate in creating their own One Minute Sculpture according to the artist's instructions, which will be recorded in a photograph for them to keep. Erwin Wurm’s sustained interest in the varied intersections of the physical and psychological ... More

Alan Rickman in Tango at the End of Winter, 1991, Piccadilly Theatre, London © Ivan Kyncl. Courtesy of the V&A, London.

LONDON.- Today the V&A announces that it has acquired the extraordinary theatre photography archive of Czech-born photographer, Ivan Kyncl (1953 – 2004). Kyncl arrived in the UK as a political refugee in 1980. After a series of ad-hoc commissions, including work for Harold Pinter, it was his rehearsal images for a play by Czech dissident (and later President) Václav Havel that earned him his first significant job with the Royal Shakespeare Company in 1985. Acquired directly from Kyncl’s family, The Ivan Kyncl Theatrical Archive comprises 100,000 negatives and several prints. As one of the most revered theatre photographers of the late 20th century, Kyncl captured actors from Fiona Shaw to Alan Rickman and Antony Sher, as well as playwrights Arthur Miller, Harold Pinter and Tom Stoppard. He travelled the UK ... More

The Sammlung Moderne Kunst opens exhibition of works by Franz Radziwill   Christie's announces the second edition of Masterpieces of Design and Photography   "Kissing sailor" in iconic NY picture dies age 95

Franz Radziwill, Polder Road to Varel Harbour, 1938 (detail). Oil on canvas on wood, 72 x 97 cm. Bayerische Staatsgemäldesammlungen, Sammlung Moderne Kunst at the Pinakothek der Moderne, Munich, acquired in 2018 from a private collection with the support of Theo Wormland Foundation © VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2019.

MUNICH.- The Sammlung Moderne Kunst is presenting a recently acquired work of Classical Modernism that significantly expands the New Objectivity section. ‘Grodenstraße nach Varelerhafen’ (Polder Road to Varel Harbour) by Franz Radziwill was bought in 2018 – the first work by the artist to be purchased by the Bayerische Staatsgemäldesammlungen. The landscape was painted in 1938 when Radziwill’s involvement within the Nazi art network was particularly ambivalent. The north German painter Franz Radziwill (1895–1983) is one of the most important representatives of Magic Realism in Germany. ‘Polder Road to Varel Harbour’ of 1938 is an outstanding example of Radziwill’s atmospheric ... More

The Orgone Stretch Lounge by Marc Newson. Estimate: £300,000 - £500,000. © Christie's Images Ltd 2019.

LONDON.- As part of its season of curated sales in London this March, Christie’s will offer the second edition of Masterpieces of Design and Photography, which will follow the Post-War and Contemporary Evening sale in London on 6 March. Building on the success of the first edition of this sale in 2017, this season will present collectors and design enthusiasts with exceptional works of 20th and 21st centuries photography and design. Highlights range from El Lissitzky’s iconic self-portrait from 1924, The Constructor, (estimate: £800,000 – £1,200,000) to Italian mid-century rarities by Gio Ponti and Carlo Mollino. Further masterworks by Edward Weston, Diane Arbus, Bernd & Hilla Becher and Wolfgang Tillmans are presented alongside a key mid-century works by Charlotte Perriand, Marc du Plantier, Poul Henningsen and Carlo Scarpa, through to contemporary works by the leading designers of today, including ... More

In this file photo John Seward Johnson II's "Unconditional Surrender" stands in the center of Times Square on August 14, 2015 in New York City. The sculpture was part of a celebration of the 70th anniversary of Victory in Japan Day that also included a recreation of the famous kiss by Ray and Ellie Williams, Navy veterans celebrating their 70th wedding anniversary. Bryan Thomas/Getty Images/AFP.

WASHINGTON (AFP).- The sailor pictured kissing a woman in Times Square as people celebrated the end of World War II has died at age 95, his daughter told the Providence Journal. George Mendonsa had a seizure Sunday after falling at an assisted living facility in Middleton, Rhode Island, his daughter Sharon Molleur said. In the famous image, one of four taken by Alfred Eisenstadt for Life magazine, Mendonsa is seen ecstatically bending over and kissing a woman in a white nurse's uniform. The picture was published by Life as "V-J Day in Times Square." Mendonsa, who served in the Pacific during World War II, was on home leave when the ... More

Gagosian opens an exhibition of paintings and works on paper by John Currin   Forget Saoirse Ronan - this is what Mary, Queen of Scots really looked like   Rarer than a Sumatran rhino: a woman composer

John Currin, Crystal's Friend, 2011. Oil on canvas, 24 x 18 in., 61 x 45.7 cm © John Currin. Photo: Rob McKeever. Courtesy Gagosian.

GENEVA.- Gagosian is presenting an exhibition of paintings and works on paper by John Currin, made between 1989 and 2014. Throughout his career, Currin has searched for the point at which the beautiful and the ugly are held in perfect balance. With his mastery of graphic and painterly techniques, combined with a predilection for the extreme, the humorous, and the ribald, his subjects challenge social and sexual taboos while subverting the historical linearity of artistic genres. References to Old Master portraits, pinups, pornography, and B-movies are channeled into ideational yet perverse images of women, from lusty nymphs to dour matrons. Several paintings in this exhibition from different junctures in Currin’s trajectory reveal evolutions in technique and ... More

Mary, Queen of Scots, Studio of François Clouet, c.1560 © Hever Castle & Gardens.

HEVER.- 432 years after she died in 1587 - a portrait of Mary, Queen of Scots has gone on display at Hever Castle, in Kent. The extremely rare painting of the monarch – whose life story has been dramatized in the hit movie, Mary Queen of Scots, with actress Saoirse Ronan portraying her - was officially unveiled in the castle’s Staircase Gallery by one of the world’s leading experts on Tudor history, Dr David Starkey. Paintings of Mary created during her lifetime are few and far between, as Dr Starkey explains: “In Scotland, which she ruled in person as queen-regnant from 1561 to 1568, there were few painters of talent; while in England, where she spent the rest of her life, she was a political prisoner - though in 1578 she did manage to sit for an important portrait miniature by Nicholas Hillyard, which is the basis of almost all her subsequent ... More

French music composer Camille Pepin poses in her studio in Paris on February 11, 2019. Thomas SAMSON / AFP.

PARIS (AFP).- Camille Pepin is part of a very rare breed. She is a female composer. Women have conquered space, risen in the military ranks, but some professions remain resolutely and bewilderingly masculine. When Pepin turned up for her first day at the Paris Conservatoire -- as usual the only woman in a class of men -- an official told her that her name wasn't on the list. But when she insisted that she was and that he look again, he cried, "Ah, you're a woman!" Camille is also a man's name in France. "I would never have thought," he apologised. "There are so many men..." With so few female composers in the classical music repertoire, it was an easy mistake to make. Pepin has never let everyday sexism get her down though, laughing it off like water off a duck's back. "One male composer ... More

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Cultural exchange art exhibition on view at Fann A Porter gallery in Dubai
DUBAI.- For their debut show in The United Arab Emirates, Berlin-based BBA Gallery has gathered together a dynamic group of artists whose works draw upon the poetics of change and explore themes of transition and transformation. This bringing together of unique visions, culminates in a vibrant, thought-provoking show that encompasses painting, hand-printed silkscreen, photography, video art and sculpture. Vishal Shah’s video piece, ‘Epoh’ (the word hope written backwards) tells the story of an adventurer’s journey from planet Earth into unknown areas of the Universe. Shah’s vision immerses the viewer into this extraordinary protagonist’s feelings as they encounter new territory. Renata Kudlacek’s hand-printed silk screen prints emphasize the science of life through transitional states of metamorphosis, represented by a rich abundance of entangled ... More

Exhibition of recent art from the Sigg Collection on view in Vienna
VIENNA.- A comprehensive picture of contemporary Chinese art and its aesthetic as well as iconographic references is presented by the MAK exhibition Chinese Whispers: Recent Art from the Sigg Collection. Collector Uli Sigg (* 1946) has been following the development of contemporary art in China since the late 1970s. In the mid-1990s, he started putting together the world’s most representative collection of Chinese art. Cultural techniques and sociopolitical strategies form the frame of reference of the exhibition, which aims at opening up the discourse shaped by the West by contrasting approximately 100 works from the Sigg Collection—among others by internationally renowned artists such as Ai Weiwei, Cao Fei, Feng Mengbo, He Xiangyu, Liu Ding, or Song Dong—with objects from the MAK Permanent Collection Asia. A business journalist, ... More

Exhibition explores and caricatures the alter ego of an artist
LONDON.- Copperfield, London is presenting Monty, a guest project produced by Kwong Lee and curated by Zoe Watson. Monty is an exhibition that explores and caricatures the alter ego of an artist working under the same name. Underwritten by the creative potential of dyslexia, Monty is a conversation piece between different forms of visual language, creators of imagery, and documentation and representation. Monty is interested in unconventional curatorial roles in contemporary art, often working in collaboration with artists and designers and in the overlap of roles between artist, technician and curator. Monty’s dyslexia contributes to his unique perspective and way of working, and informs his practice, using visual associations that reflect his way of looking at the world. With humour and absurdity at the core of his practice he proposed ... More

Leading London Silver dealer Koopman Rare Art announces TEFAF Maastricht 2019 highlights
LONDON.- The highly historic and impressive silver-gilt shield, which bears the Royal Arms of Ernst Augustus, Duke of Cumberland and King of Hanover (1771-1851), will take centre stage on the stand of Koopman Rare Art at TEFAF Maastricht 2019. It is described by Lewis Smith, Director of Koopman Rare Art as “the most spectacular example of Regency silver of all time” and has an asking price in the region of £5 million. Alongside the Shield of Achilles, Koopman Rare Art is showing an exceptionally rare group of early antique silver dating from pre 1700. These include the following: The centre of this highly ornate tazza is elaborately embossed with a scene of Alexander the Great meeting King Poros of India, while the broad rim has finely wrought scenes depicting Venus, Iris, Pluto, and Neptune in landscape. The round, domed foot bears similarly fine ... More

Kunstverein in Hamburg opens an exhibition of works by Marguerite Humeau
HAMBURG.- With ECSTASIES, the Kunstverein in Hamburg presents the largest institutional solo exhibition to date in Germany by the sculptor and installation artist Marguerite Humeau. The show features a captivating installation comprised of sculptures, sound and drawings. Her work focuses on the origins of humankind and the communication between worlds. It always starts with intensive research conducted in collaboration with historians, anthropologists, palaeontologists, zoologists, linguists, and engineers. Humeau enriches her interdisciplinary, speculative research with her own thoughts as an artist and redesigns the historical quest in such a way that it reflects our technological age. Marguerite Humeau reenacts a speculated scene from a time lying 150.000 years in the past, when a group of women randomly ... More

Towner Art Gallery presents the UK debut of Carey Young's Palais de Justice
EASTBOURNE.- Towner Art Gallery is presenting the UK debut of Carey Young’s Palais de Justice (2017), the artist’s most ambitious video installation to date, which develops the law-related artwork she has been creating for more than a decade. Palais de Justice was filmed at the Palais de Justice in Brussels, a vast 19th century courthouse designed to symbolize the power of law and empire, and still Belgium’s main working court. Contradicting the familiar patriarchal culture of law, and always shooting without the knowledge or permission of the court or anyone depicted, Young’s camera shows female judges and lawyers at work. Sitting at trial, directing proceedings or delivering judgments, female judges are seen through circular windows in the courtroom doors. Palais de Justice subtly builds a counter-narrative – a legal system seemingly centred on, and ... More

Firstsite, Colchester opens a major exhibition by the artist susan pui san lok
COLCHESTER.- Firstsite, Colchester, is presenting A Coven A Grove A Stand, a major exhibition by the artist susan pui san lok. The installation explores the folklore surrounding witchcraft and the history of the witch persecutions across East Anglia in the 16th and 17th centuries, including the campaign led by Matthew Hopkins, the self-styled ‘Witchfinder General.’ Born in Suffolk and based in Manningtree, Hopkins operated across the East Anglia region between 1644 and 1646, and is believed to be have been responsible, along with John Stearne, for the execution of as many as 300 ‘witches’ – often single and elderly women. Many suspected witches were often imprisoned at Colchester Castle, just a stone’s throw from Firstsite. Hopkins is buried in an unmarked grave at St. Mary's Church in Mistley, Essex. A Coven A Grove A Stand, a fluid project that ... More

sepiaEYE opens its second solo exhibition of works by Beatrice Pediconi
NEW YORK, NY.- sepiaEYE is presenting Subject to Change, the gallery's second solo exhibition by Beatrice Pediconi. Pediconi is a multimedia artist whose work utilizes a hybridized technique to explore tendencies of flux, displacement and disorder in both the natural and human worlds. In Subject to Change, the series and video recalls her earlier work of experimentation with the properties of water, and are part homage, part disruption, to this ubiquitous molecule. Trussed by photography, video, and painting, her work examines the concept of equilibration applied to natural systems. Pediconi entitled her work Gaea in reference to the Ancient Greek personification of Mother Earth. “Born of Chaos but as Chaos receded, Gaea came into being — complete in herself.” The transformational process that emerges from destruction into light is at the core of this series. ... More

H&H Classics honours Bentley 100 years on having sold nearly 400 classic Bentleys
LONDON.- One hundred years on the Bentley marque is as strong as ever, associated as it is with luxury, status and British innovation at its best. Now in its Centennial year H&H Classics, the leading classic car auctioneer, is honouring the great ‘W.O.’ Bentley, who started it all from a humble set of premises in Cricklewood under the name Bentley Motors on January 18, 1919. H&H Classics chairman Simon Hope, whose own company celebrated its silver jubilee in 2018, says: “It’s extraordinary when you think about what a pull the Bentley name still has after a century.” “Just looking at what H&H have sold over the years – 397 Bentleys and counting - and what is available even now through our catalogues, the range of collectables is a testimony to the magic of the Bentley name.” As well as the cars themselves, bidders at auction compete for things ... More

'Being Japanese Canadian: Reflections on a broken world' opens at The Royal Ontario Museum
TORONTO.- The Royal Ontario Museum is presenting the contemporary art installation Being Japanese Canadian: reflections on a broken world. Featuring works by eight Japanese Canadian artists from across the country, the ROM-original installation explores multi-generational responses to the exile, dispossession, and internment of Canadian citizens of Japanese descent during the 1940s. “Being Japanese Canadian reflects on a period of Canadian history that is explored through the deeply personal narratives of eight contemporary artists grappling with the effects of the internment era,” says Josh Basseches, ROM Director and CEO. “This compelling artistic examination of our shared national history furthers the discussion on multiculturalism and belonging in today’s society.” This installation is a collaboration between curators from the ROM and the Japanese ... More

Gallery 16 opens second solo exhibition with Rebeca Bollinger
SAN FRANCISCO, CA.- Gallery 16 welcomes back Rebeca Bollinger for her second solo exhibition with the gallery. The Burrow includes a wide range of sculptural works and wall pieces made from framed cork boards, cast and poured aluminum, ceramic and glass. The series of pictures and objects are part of a continuous inventory or props restaged to create new meaning in visual narratives. The exhibition is on view through March 29, 2019. The title of Bollinger’s exhibition derives from Kafka's short story, ​The Burrow, and reflects the artist's interest in observation and experiences which re-contextualize fragments of everyday reality. Working within a generative practice, the work also stems from the artist's experience witnessing a loved one's cognitive decline. The Burrow is part of ​Catalog of Stains, Bollinger's ongoing writing and visual art project ... More

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On a day like today, Romanian-French artist Constantin Brâncusi was born
February 19, 1876. Constantin Brâncusi (February 19, 1876 - March 16, 1957) was a Romanian sculptor, painter and photographer who made his career in France. Considered a pioneer of modernism, one of the most influential sculptors of the 20th-century, In this image: The 1911 gilded bronze sculpture "Prometheus" by Constantin Brancusi is displayed during a preview of "Brancusi Serra" at the Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao October 7, 2011. Curator Oliver Wick described the third element of the interaction between the two sculptors as Frank Gehry, architect of the museum.

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