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Historic show marks 350 years of Rembrandt, the 'first Instagrammer'

A woman looks at "Syndics of the Drapers' Guild", a painting by late Dutch painter Rembrandt (1606-1669) displayed at the Rijksmuseum as part of the exhibition "All the Rembrandts", on February 13, 2019 in Amsterdam. The Rijksmuseum marks the 350th anniversary of Rembrandt’s death in 2019 with a year-long celebration wich opens with "All the Rembrandts" exhibition. Remko de Waal / ANP / AFP.

AMSTERDAM (AFP).- Amsterdam's Rijksmuseum unveiled Wednesday the first ever exhibition of all of its Rembrandts, marking the 350th anniversary of the death of the prolific painter it dubs the "first Instagrammer". The landmark exhibition featuring nearly 400 paintings, drawings and sketches aims to show how the Golden Age master's compulsive self-portraits and renderings of the world around him prefigure our modern world. "Rembrandt was the first artist in history -- the first 'Instagrammer' one could even say -- to really capture the world around him," Rijksmuseum director Taco Dibbits told AFP. "No artist made as many self-portraits as Rembrandt. He painted his family, he drew his friends, he went out into the streets, the countryside, and he even let us enter his own bedroom to where his sick wife was stretched out." ... More

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Major gift to The Met of Peter Doig's modern masterpiece Two Trees   The Morgan announces the restoration of J. Pierpont Morgan's Library designed by McKim, Mead & White   Christie's announces details of lots included in the sale of The Private Collection of Florence and Herbert Irving

Peter Doig (British, born 1959), Two Trees, 2017 (detail). Oil on linen, 94 1/2 in. × 11 ft. 7 3/4 in. (240 × 355 cm). The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Gift of George Economou, in celebration of the Museum's 150th Anniversary, 2018 © Peter Doig / 2019 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York.

NEW YORK, NY.- The Metropolitan Museum of Art has announced the acquisition of Peter Doig's monumental landscape painting Two Trees (2017), a gift from George Economou in celebration of The Met's upcoming 150th anniversary, in 2020. Doig's large-scale landscape Two Trees is set against a backdrop replete with layers of allusions to old master painting. The two trees in the frame depict a real view from the artist's hillside home on Trinidad, the Caribbean island where he spent his childhood and to which he returned to live in the early 2000s. Doig has spoken about how his view east across the sea towards Africa also reminds him of the journey that so many of the islanders' forebears were forced to endure in the brutal Middle Passage across the Atlantic. Trinidad's rich Creole ... More

Madison Avenue near East 36th Street. J.P. Morgan Library. Wurts Bros. (New York, NY), ca. 1905. Museum of the City of New York, X2010.7.1.197.

NEW YORK, NY.- The Morgan Library & Museum announced today the exterior restoration of J. Pierpont Morgan’s Library, designed by McKim, Mead & White. The four-year, $12.5 million project, which marks the first preservation of the landmark library’s exterior in its 112-year history, will restore and conserve one of the finest examples of Neoclassical architecture in the United States, enhance the surrounding grounds, improve the exterior lighting of the building, and increase public access to and appreciation of this historic architectural treasure. J. Pierpont Morgan’s Library is the heart of the Morgan Library & Museum. Commissioned in 1902 by financier John Pierpont Morgan as his private library, the building was completed in 1906 and is considered one of McKim, Mead & White’s finest works, perfectly embodying the Renaissance ideal of the unity of the arts through the integration of ... More

A highly important and extremely rare gilt-bronze figure of a multi-armed Guanyin. Estimate: $4,000,000-6,000,000. © Christie's Images Ltd 2019.

NEW YORK, NY.- Christie’s announced final details of the most anticipated auction for the Spring season of Asian Art: the sale of the private collection of Florence and Herbert Irving. Aptly titled Lacquer • Jade • Bronze • Ink: The Irving Collection, the sales pay homage to the materials the Irvings spent their lives studying and collecting. The collection will be sold across an Evening Sale on March 20 and a Day Sale on March 21, with a complementary online auction Contemporary Clay: Yixing Pottery from the Irving Collection from March 19 to 26. The full collection will be presented in a public exhibition from March 14-20 during Asian Art Week at Christie’s New York. Additional jewelry highlights will be included in the New York Magnificent Jewels sale on April 16, 2019. From modest Brooklyn roots to the triumph that was the Sysco Corporation, the Irvings’ inspiring trajectory allowed them to build a better, more e ... More

Junya Ishigami to design Serpentine Pavilion 2019   Cheffins launches major rebrand and new website   Israeli photographer revives archaic art form in border series

Serpentine Pavilion 2019, Design Render, Interior View, © Junya Ishigami + Associates.

LONDON.- The Japanese architect Junya Ishigami, celebrated for his experimental structures that interpret traditional architectural conventions and reflect natural phenomena, has been selected to design the Serpentine Pavilion 2019. Ishigami’s design takes inspiration from roofs, the most common architectural feature used around the world. The design of the 2019 Serpentine Pavilion is made by arranging slates to create a single canopy roof that appears to emerge from the ground of the surrounding Park. Within, the interior of the Pavilion is an enclosed cave-like space, a refuge for contemplation. For Ishigami, the Pavilion articulates his ‘free space’ philosophy in which he seeks harmony between man-made structures and those that already exist in nature. Describing his design, Ishigami said: ‘My design for the Pavilion plays with our perspectives of the built environment against the backdrop of a natural lands ... More

Cheffins’ new logo and corporate colours bring a sharp new visual identity to the historic firm.

CAMBRIDGE.- Historic Cambridge-based professional services and auctioneering business, Cheffins, has launched today a major rebrand including a new logo, corporate colours and website. Established in 1825, the firm has enjoyed a sustained period of growth during which Cheffins re-evaluated its direction and objectives for the future. The new brand identity reflects Cheffins’ commitment to providing the best services in the markets in which it operates and will help the firm to intensify its focus on the estate agency, rural consultancy, commercial property sectors, whilst retaining its status as a market-leading auctioneer of fine art and agricultural machinery. Although based in Cambridge, the firm is one of the most active property and professional services firms in East Anglia, whilst the fine art and machinery auctions operate across international markets. Cheffins’ new logo and corporate colours bring ... More

Edward Kaprov, an Israeli photographer,adjusts his large format camera, near Kibbutz Kissufim overlooking the northern Gaza border, on February 5 2019. MENAHEM KAHANA / AFP.

NIR AM (AFP).- Edward Kaprov makes a final adjustment to the oversized, traditional-style camera perched on a heavy tripod aimed at an Israeli military jeep near the Gaza border. "Let's give it a shot," the 43-year-old says as he strides briskly to the tent that serves as his darkroom. Kaprov, a professional photographer, says he took to the mid-19th century wet-plate collodion process as part of an artistic project to "create a dialogue between the past and future". The method entails coating a glass plate in liquid substances, fixing it in the camera, exposing it for a few seconds and then developing it -- all within 10-15 minutes. Technological advances are all but ignored in the process which has remained nearly unchanged since it was invented in 1851 -- though Kaprov does use his smartphone as a light meter. ... More

Exhibition explores themes of illusion, power, and escapism through the physical space of the theater   Seattle Art Museum announces $150 million campaign with over $125M pledged to date   Double exhibition of the work of Erwin Olaf opens in The Hague

Hiroshi Sugimoto. Teatro Scientifico del Bibiena, Mantova, 2015. Gelatin silver print, 58 3/4 x 47 in. Courtesy of the artist and Marian Goodman Gallery, New York. © Hiroshi Sugimoto. Image courtesy of Marian Goodman Gallery, New York.

CLINTON, NY.- The Wellin Museum of Art at Hamilton College will present Theaters of Fiction in 2019, including over 20 works by seven international contemporary artists. Spanning a variety of mediums, the works explore themes of illusion, power, escapism, and artificiality through the physical space of the theater. Curated by Katherine Alcauskas, the Ruth and Elmer Wellin Museum of Art’s Collections Curator and Exhibitions Manager, the exhibition will be on view from February 16 through June 9, 2019. The artworks included in the exhibition were created within the last twenty years by a roster of international artists with divergent practices: Rhona Bitner (American, born 1960), Ceal Floyer (British, born 1968), Candida Höfer (German, born 1944), Lisa Kereszi (American, born 1973), Guillermo Kuitca (Argentinian, ... More

A larger endowment will support the artistic and educational programs across all three of SAM’s sites and provide greater access for the region’s ever-growing community.

SEATTLE, WA.- The Seattle Art Museum announced today the launch of the public phase of a $150 million campaign, SAM Forward, including four leadership gifts totaling over $56 million from donors who are longtime supporters of the museum. To date, the campaign has raised more than $125 million towards its goals of renovating and expanding the Seattle Asian Art Museum, bolstering the museum’s endowment to support and expand the institution’s artistic and educational programs, and investing in bold projects that will advance SAM’s position as an international leader in the arts. “This is a historic moment for SAM and our community,” says Kimerly Rorschach, Illsley Ball Nordstrom Director and CEO. “This campaign funds a beautifully restored and expanded Seattle Asian Art Museum. It strengthens the institution’s financial foundation, empowering ... More

Erwin Olaf, Palm Springs, The Family Visit, Portrait #1 (The Niece), 2018, digital C-print © Erwin Olaf. Courtesy Hamiltons Gallery, London / Edwynn Houk Gallery, New York.

THE HAGUE.- Gemeentemuseum Den Haag and The Hague Museum of Photography are honouring one of the Netherlands’ most famous photographers, Erwin Olaf (b. 1959), with a double exhibition. Olaf, whose recent portraits of the royal family drew widespread admiration, will turn sixty this year – a good moment to stage a major retrospective. The Hague Museum of Photography will focus on Olaf’s love of his craft and his transition from analogue photojournalist to digital image-maker and storyteller. Olaf will himself bring together some twenty photographs by famous photographers of the past who have been a vital source of inspiration to him. Gemeentemuseum Den Haag will show non-commissioned work by Olaf from 2000 to his most recent series, including the work he produced in Shanghai and his most recent series Palm Springs, on display ... More

John James Audubon's The Birds of America returns to view at the North Carolina Museum of Art   MARC STRAUS opens a solo exhibition of works by Italian artist Sandro Chia   Trulee Hall's first solo exhibition with Maccarone opens in Los Angeles

John James Audubon, Blue Jay, from The Birds of America, 1827–38, hand-colored aquatint/engraving on paper, 40 x 26 in., North Carolina Museum of Art, Transfer from the North Carolina State Library.

RALEIGH, NC.- The North Carolina Museum of Art will again display the popular The Birds of America by John James Audubon starting Saturday, February 16, as part of its free permanent collection. Today only about 200 complete sets of The Birds of America exist in the world. The Museum’s set, bound in four volumes, was acquired by the State of North Carolina in 1846 and held at the State Library before being transferred to the Museum in 1974. At the same time, the NCMA opens The Audubon Experience, an immersive video room adjacent to the gallery that surrounds the visitor with scenes from forests and jungles, mimicking what Audubon would have experienced in his travels throughout the world. Visitors will learn about the naturalist’s life and artistic process in the temporary ... More

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NEW YORK, NY.- MARC STRAUS presents its second solo exhibition of works by Italian artist, Sandro Chia. Chia was a leading artist in the 1980’s during the resurgence of figurative paintings. In a career spanning over four decades, Chia has exhibited in many of the most important museums and galleries of the world; including the MET, Biennale of Paris, Sao Paolo and three different iterations of the Venice Biennale. His were youthful highly expressionist works. Now at age 72, they are quiet, introspective, and masterly. His fealty is to great Italian renaissance painting, but these new works are of this time. Chia has painted 36 new watercolors on paper that are so recognizably his, and yet retain all the vigor of his large canvases. Indeed, in this compressed scale the play of color and figuration is more sumptuous. These are personal characters with souls and purposes — probably all of them really self-portraits. They exist in their t ... More

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LOS ANGELES, CA.- The Other and Otherwise, Trulee Hall’s first solo exhibition with Maccarone, presents a surreal geography drawing on motifs of the domestic, the decorative, and the erotic. Installations comprised of video, sculpture, paintings, composed soundtrack, kinetic mechanics, and choreographed dance challenge prescribed notions of viewing by offering comparative versions of the same subject. The viewer moves through a series of discordant rooms featuring non-narrative video alongside related forms, creating multiple layers of representation. Hall invokes a fractured gaze, activating an embodied perception within the work. Each of the artist’s willfully inscrutable spaces represents one part of an anti-linear whole that eschews a coherent narrative. Instead of settling for conventional dichotomies such as masculine and feminine, here and there, interior and exterior, we ... More

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Landmark mystery fiction collection of Otto Penzler offered by Heritage Auctions
DALLAS, TX.- Otto Penzler's lifelong passion for mystery fiction began with "The Complete Sherlock Holmes" by Arthur Conan Doyle. With little competition in the early days, he began uncovering first-edition copies of detective fiction by scouring dozens of shops across New York City's 4th Avenue "booksellers' row." His collection of detective fiction was an addicting, yet affordable pursuit, and clearly ahead of its time. "It was easy to find a half dozen first editions in collectable condition within my five-dollar-a-week budget," Penzler said. "My primary drive was buying a book in the mystery world that I could afford. It was the pure joy of collecting." Now a giant of the New York literary scene, Penzler is opening his personal library to fellow collectors for the first time in 55 years. The Otto Penzler Collection of Mystery Fiction, Part 1, debuts in Heritage Auctions' Rare ... More

Art Gallery of Greater Victoria showcases Fiona Tan's installation Ascent
VICTORIA, BC.- Beginning on Feb. 16, the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria will showcase internationally acclaimed artist Fiona Tan’s installation, Ascent, highlighting Japan’s Mt. Fuji as its central motif. Ascent, which runs in the AGGV’s Founders and Drury Galleries through June 16, is an installation in two parts; a 77 minute video and the 151 photographs used in the film. It is a study of the mountain’s visual culture, and a tribute to the history of both photography and film, referring also to the tradition of woodblock printmaking, which first made the image of Mt. Fuji iconic. To make the film, Tan selected and edited a vast number of photographs drawn from the collection of the Izu Photo Museum, which is located at the base of Mt. Fuji, as well as photographs submitted to the artist by the general public. “In Ascent, the artist explores the relationship between people and ... More

Cummer Museum of Art & Gardens presents Edmund Greacen and World War I
JACKSONVILLE, FLA.- “Edmund Greacen and World War I”, the newest exhibition at the Cummer Museum of Art & Gardens, uses art to provide a filter to understand the Great War. On view through December 15, 2019 in the Museum’s Millner Gallery, the exhibition features more than 25 objects including paintings, sketches, and memorabilia. World War I (1914-1919) is arguably the defining event of the 20th century. For those who lived it, it was frightening, chaotic, and bizarre. It was traumatizing and transforming. However, 100 years later World War I is often lost in the collective consciousness. Edmund W. Greacen (1876 – 1949) does not blind us with graphic illustrations of violent action. Instead, he uses faceless depictions and soft, muted tones to make us aware of the devastation of the Great War. “At the conclusion of World War I, Museum founder ... More

Crocker Art Museum exhibits works by printmaker, sculptor, and publisher Leonard Baskin
SACRAMENTO, CA.- Famous as a printmaker, sculptor, and publisher, Leonard Baskin has spanned the literary and artistic worlds. In this exhibition, his 50year career is showcased through more than 40 prints, sculptures, and books. Born in 1922, the son of an Orthodox rabbi who had come to the U.S. from Lithuania, Baskin grew up in Brooklyn and attended New York University. In 1941, he won a scholarship to Yale University’s School of Fine Arts, but preferred the library over the studio, discovering there, among other inspirations, the poetry and art of William Blake. Teaching himself printmaking, as had Blake, Baskin founded his own press for literature and art, which he punningly named Gehenna Press after a line in Milton’s Paradise Lost: “And black Gehenna call’d, the type of hell.” After service in the U.S. Navy, Baskin continued his art studies in ... More

Raina Lampkins-Fielder named Curator of Souls Grown Deep Foundation
ATLANTA, GA.- Maxwell L. Anderson, President of the Souls Grown Deep Foundation, today announced the appointment of Raina Lampkins-Fielder as Curator, effective February 13, 2019. Based in Paris, Lampkins-Fielder most recently served as Artistic Director and Curator at the Mona Bismarck American Center for Art (MBAC). Dr. Anderson stated, in making the announcement: “The Souls Grown Deep Foundation remains committed to distributing the bulk of its collection to leading art museums over the next several years. With Raina’s appointment, we are broadening our mandate to include museums abroad alongside museums across North America, and to expand international awareness of the contributions of artists from the African American South.” “Based in Paris, Raina will develop ties with museums throughout Europe while maintaining a regular ... More

Joseph Tisiga presents a cutting-edge navigation of identity and self through an exhibition
WHISTLER, BC.- Whistler’s Audain Art Museum will open a new major exhibition featuring the contemporary work of Whitehorse-based Kaska Dena artist, Joseph Tisiga. Tales of an Empty Cabin: Somebody Nobody Was…, which runs from February 16 – May 6, 2019, is the artist’s first major museum show and presents a cutting-edge navigation of identity and self. It is also the first curatorial effort by the museum’s new Director & Chief Curator, Dr. Curtis Collins. Since his national debut in Toronto in 2014, Tisiga’s work has been garnering steady acclaim. The exhibition at the Audain Art Museum will set the stage for his participation in the widely anticipated Armory Show in New York this spring. Tales from an Empty Cabin: Somebody Nobody Was… includes new and remixed ... More

'Small Island' novelist Andrea Levy dies aged 62
LONDON (AFP).- British author Andrea Levy, who drew on her Jamaican heritage for novels such as "Small Island", has died at the age of 62, her publishers said Friday. Levy had been suffering from cancer, Headline Publishing Group added. Her novels "have perhaps never been more relevant or important in their questioning of identity and belonging", Headline said. She was "widely regarded as the first black British author to achieve both critical and mainstream commercial success", it added. The daughter of Jamaican immigrants to Britain, she started writing in her mid-30s after completing a creative writing course. Her fourth novel "Small Island", the story of Jamaican immigrants who start a new life in post-war Britain, won a series of awards. They included the 2004 Whitbread Book of the Year for English-language books by writers based in Britain and Ireland. ... More

A half century of Peruvian photography explores a city and a culture at the Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art
EUGENE, ORE.- The Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art, located on the University of Oregon campus, explores Peru with a new exhibition “Qosqo, entre el pasado y el presente: Photography in Cusco 1895-1945.” Featuring the works of nine photographers, who lived in the Cusco region, the exhibition offers a portrait of a city and a culture at the dawn of the modern era. On view from February 16 to May 19, 2019, the exhibition was co-curated by Adelma Benavente García and Peter Yenne, founders of the Photographic Archive Project. From ancient ruins to pioneer aviators, the exhibition runs the gamut from humor to pathos, and from the sacred to the profane, offering a rare and instructive glimpse of a bygone world. “These artists captured a country in the throes of modernization, a process that was often brutal, but carried with it the dream of greater prosperity ... More

Dancer/choreographer/filmmaker Yvonne Rainer to join Barnard College as Orzeck Artist-in-Residence
NEW YORK, NY.- Barnard College, focused on empowering young women to become even more exceptional, announced today that dance, choreography and film legend Yvonne Rainer has been named its Lida A. Orzeck ’68 Distinguished Artist-in-Residence for 2019. Rainer, an enormously influential figure who has challenged conventional forms and genres for nearly six decades, will begin her one-year residency in Spring 2019, kicking off with screenings of three of her films, which Rainer will introduce. She will also lead an intensive workshop on April 6-7, “Texts / Objects / Movement: Metaphors for Performance,” in which students will explore the creative process through exercises based on her work. In Fall 2019, she will set one of her dances with Barnard students for Barnard/Columbia Dances, as well as participate in various classes, including ... More

'No regrets' for ballet bad boy Polunin as he premieres new show in Moscow
MOSCOW (AFP).- In his Moscow dressing room, dancer Sergei Polunin pulls off his T-shirt to show the tattoo of President Vladimir Putin on his chest as the Ukrainian-born ballet star premieres his new show in the Russian capital. "I see a good energy in him," he says of the Russian leader. "I think he's actually building and trying to do something really good. And sometimes (the) press is not very honest about things." The 29-year-old, who has been acclaimed by critics a ballet great on the level of Mikhail Baryshnikov or Vaslav Nijinsky, has long been dogged by the label of "the bad boy of ballet". He has recently run into fresh controversy for his ardent pro-Putin views and also Instagram posts calling for the slapping of fat people and criticising gay dancers for being too effeminate and "an embarrassment". He is embarking on his first tour of Russia since gaining ... More

Artist dives into the recesses of memory to explore the darkness within us all
CHICAGO, IL.- Filter Photo is presenting Life Stand Still Here, a solo exhibition featuring the work of Rafael Soldi. Life Stand Still Here explores internal dialogues and moments when life and its darkest facets can offer monumental symbolism. Inspired by the writings of Virginia Woolf, Rafael Soldi is interested in the elusive abstract space within us that defines the core of our psyche. With the idea that each of us has a certain resolute innerness—a core of selfhood that we can’t share with others because it is so private, internalized and visceral, Soldi is drawn to this ambiguous, sometimes painful inner darkness, not the kind that is perverse, but the kind that feels unknown and is, by default, frightening. Through a variety of image-making techniques, Soldi opens an interplay between viewers’ histories and his own, a kind of dark mirroring that makes visible ... More

Paying for Your Wedding: Is Personal Loan the Answer?
We all know that weddings are an expensive affair. They can cost an arm and a leg if you decide to get elaborate about the whole deal. That is why some couples pre-plan and work towards financing the wedding, for some they plan it two years before the wedding. But in the absence of a wedding fund, a personal loan can be a convenient tool to make your dream wedding into a reality. Most people say that personal loan should only be taken only if you plan to build an asset. Let me tell you why sometimes borrowing money is not that really bad. Let us say you borrowed an amount of money and of course it has few of its agreements. You could pay that in one year, or two years. You may return more money in installments. But borrow only the amount of money that you can confidently repay on time. ... More

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On a day like today, American painter and sculptor Kenneth Price was born
February 16, 1935. Kenneth Price (February 16, 1935 - February 24, 2012) was an American artist who uncovered the surprising possibilities of ceramics as sculpture. He is best known for his abstract shapes constructed from fired clay. Typically, they are not glazed, but intricately painted with multiple layers of bright acrylic paint and then sanded down to reveal the colors beneath. In this image: Ken Price, Bubbles, 1995. Acrylic on fired ceramic, 55.9 x 74.9 x 55.9 cm / 22 x 29 1/2 x 22 in. © Estate of Ken Price, Courtesy Matthew Marks Gallery. Photo: Fredrik Nilsen.

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