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"Picasso to Hockney" explores visual artists' designs for performance

Rarely-seen scenic and costume designs will highlight innovative collaborations between modern artists such as Pablo Picasso, Henri Matisse, Fernand Léger, Natalia Gontcharova, Joan Miró, Robert Indiana, Louise Nevelson, Robert Wilson, and David Hockney and thought-provoking writers, musicians, directors, and choreographers of their day.

SAN ANTONIO, TX.- As museums expand their role in the world and cultivate new audiences, The McNay engages a broad spectrum of art, music, dance, and theatre lovers through its fall exhibition Picasso to Hockney: Modern Art on Stage. This presentation explores how visual artists designed for performance, challenged conventional theatre practices, and often redefined their own work in the process. “Picasso to Hockney reinforces the McNay’s commitment to engaging absolutely everyone,” said Richard Aste, McNay Director. “By defining the arts broadly to incorporate everything from painting to performance to fashion, we can speak to even more backgrounds, identities, and interests in our community and around the world.” The unique exhibition features more than 100 unique artworks from one of the McNay’s great strengths: the world-renowned ... More

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Thief walks out of gallery with a $20,000 Salvador Dalí etching   Italy rejects bid to stop iconic Da Vinci loan to Louvre   The Morgan Library & Museum receives unparalleled collection of 18th-century French manuscripts and bindings

The artwork, a limited-edition hand-colored 1960s surrealist etching titled “La Girafe en Feu,” or “The Giraffe on Fire,” had been sitting on an easel at the gallery, Dennis Rae Fine Art, when it was taken Sunday.

SAN FRANCISCO (NYT NEWS SERVICE).- For an art heist, it was a simple affair. A man ducked into a San Francisco gallery and walked out less than a minute later holding one of its best pieces: a $20,000 Salvador Dalí etching. “I was alone at the gallery and turned my back for a minute, and when I looked, it was gone,” Rasjad Hopkins, an associate director of the gallery, said Tuesday. “I never saw the person.” The artwork, a limited-edition hand-colored 1960s surrealist etching titled “La Girafe en Feu,” or “The Giraffe on Fire,” had been sitting on an easel at the gallery, Dennis Rae Fine Art, when it was taken Sunday. Normally, the Spanish artist’s work would be tethered to the easel, Hopkins said, but on the day of the theft it was not. A security camera in the gallery was not turned on at the time. But surveillance footage of the ... More

The sun sets behind the Pyramid of The Louvre Museum (Pyramide du Louvre) in Paris on July 3, 2019. Ludovic MARIN / AFP.

ROME (AFP).- An Italian court on Wednesday rejected a last-minute bid to halt the loan of Leonardo da Vinci's iconic Vitruvian Man drawing and other works to France's Louvre museum, ending a bitter cultural row. The court last week suspended the loan of the world famous artwork, due to appear later this month in an exhibition at the Paris museum to mark the 500th anniversary of the artist's death. It did so after the group Italia Nostra (Our Italy) filed a complaint saying the drawing was too fragile to travel. The drawing is insured for at least one billion euros, Italian media have said. The court in Venice cited "the exceptional global relevance of the (Louvre) exhibition and (Italy's) desire to maximise its heritage potential" in overturning the bid to stop the loan of several Da Vinci works. The Vitruvian Man is kept in a climate-controlled vault in the Accademia Gallery in Venice and is rarely displayed to the public. ... More

Binding by Jacques-Antoine Derome for Marie Leczinska, with the queen's arms under mica. Le Pseautier de David, traduit en francois, avec des notes courtes, tirées de S. Augustin, & des autres Peres. Nouvelle edition, Paris: Chez Louis Josse et Charles Robustel, 1725. W 1028. Photo: Janny Chiu, 2019.

NEW YORK, NY.- The Morgan Library & Museum announced today the acquisition of an unparalleled collection of eighteenth-century French manuscripts and bindings bequeathed earlier this year by Mrs. Jayne Wrightsman in honor of her dear friend and longtime Morgan board member Mrs. Annette de la Renta. This gift builds on J. Pierpont Morgan’s original holdings and complements other important collections, such as the French illustrated books bequeathed to the Morgan by Gordon N. Ray and the French literary classics donated by the Heineman Foundation. Beginning in the late 1960s, Jayne Wrightsman assembled one of the greatest collections of eighteenthcentury French bindings in private hands, perhaps second only to the Rothschild Collection at Waddesdon Manor. Her achievements ... More

Vivid gladiator fresco discovered at Pompeii   Emilie Gordenker appointed General Director of the Van Gogh Museum   Beverly Sackler, 95, dies; Philanthropist and Purdue Pharma director

It was found in what excavators believe was a basement room. PRESS OFFICE OF THE POMPEI ARCHAEOLOGICAL PARK/AFP / Handout.

ROME (AFP).- A vivid fresco depicting an armour-clad gladiator standing victorious as his wounded opponent stumbles gushing blood has been discovered in the ancient Roman city of Pompeii, Italy's culture ministry said Friday. The striking scene in gold, blue and red was uncovered in what experts think was a tavern frequented by gladiators, who fought each other, prisoners and wild animals for the public's entertainment. "We do not know how this fight ended. Gladiators were killed or shown mercy," Pompeii's director Massimo Osanna said. A "Murmillo" fighter wearing a plumed, wide-brimmed helmet with visor, holds aloft his large rectangular shield in his left hand, as he grips his short sword in the right.
On the ground next to him lies the shield of the defeated "Thraex", who has suffered deep wounds and is on the point of collapse. "What is particularly interesting is the extremely realistic representation of the wounds, such as the one on the wrist and chest ... More

Emilie Gordenker (1965, Princeton, New Jersey, United States) has been Director of the Mauritshuis since 2008. Photo: Frank van der Burg.

AMSTERDAM.- The Supervisory Board of the Van Gogh Museum announced today that Emilie Gordenker has been appointed General Director of the Van Gogh Museum. As of 1 February 2020 she will succeed the former General Director Axel Rüger, who is – as of 1 June 2019 - Secretary and CEO at the Royal Academy of Arts in London. Emilie Gordenker: ‘After 12 wonderful years at the Mauritshuis, it is time for a new challenge. I am absolutely thrilled to move to the Van Gogh Museum. It will be an honour to lead such a successful museum and I look forward to build on that success in the future. The Mauritshuis, its collection, its building and its staff will always have a special place in my heart.’ Emilie Gordenker (1965, Princeton, New Jersey, United States) has been Director of the Mauritshuis since 2008. She holds a B.A. in Russian and East European Studies (Yale University) and a Ph.D. in the History of Art, specialising in 17th-centu ... More

In this file photo a visitor to the Arthur M. Sackler Gallery looks at portrait of China's Empress Dowager Cixi in Washington, DC on March 26, 2019. MANDEL NGAN / AFP.

NEW YORK, NY (NYT NEWS SERVICE).- Beverly Sackler, a philanthropist and matriarch of the family that owns Purdue Pharma, whose painkiller OxyContin has been blamed for the opioid epidemic, died on Monday. She was 95. Her death was disclosed in a legal filing by Purdue Pharma’s lawyers in U.S. Bankruptcy Court, where last month state and local jurisdictions and other plaintiffs reached a settlement that would require the family to relinquish the company and pay at least $3 billion in claims. Purdue Pharma filed for bankruptcy; suits from 25 states are pending. Last week a judge in bankruptcy court in White Plains, New York, citing the mounting legal costs, ordered a pause in those states’ action and urged the parties to work toward a compromise. Sackler had been a board member of Purdue Pharma since 1993. The court filing did not say where she died, give the cause of death or list her survivors. ... More

Celebrating 30 years ahead of the curve in art   Sotheby's to offer Judaica from the Arthur and Gitel Marx Collection   The British Museum and Google Arts&Culture bring the museum's Maya collections to a wider audience

ZKM | Center for Art and Media Karlsruhe, Photo: Uli Deck.

KARLSRUHE (NYT NEWS SERVICE).- Many of the artworks at ZKM are not so much viewed as braved. One installation on show at the interdisciplinary center for arts and technology is designed to trick visitors into thinking there are security cameras filming inside the bathrooms. (There are not.) But the illusion of surveillance, part of the “Safe Zones” series by artist Jonas Dahlberg, sets the tone for a visit to ZKM, a thrillingly destabilizing institution that smudges the boundaries between life and art. ZKM, which has a reputation for spotting new and risky ideas, promoted, collected and exhibited digital and interactive art long before most major museums did. This year, the institution is celebrating 30 years of being ahead of the curve. Housed in a former munitions factory in the small German city of Karlsruhe, ZKM contains an art museum, a research and development arm, a publishing operation, and a conservation studio ... More

The Marx collection is led by Isidor Kaufmann’s painting of the Son of the Miracle-Working Rabbi of Belz (estimate $550/750,000). Courtesy Sotheby's.

NEW YORK, NY.- Sotheby’s announced that they will present Sacred Splendor: Judaica from the Arthur and Gitel Marx Collection in a dedicated auction on 20 November in New York. The exceptional and rare objects that comprise the Marx Collection illustrate the expansiveness of Jewish history from the 15th century through the 20th century across Europe, the Middle East, North Africa and the Americas. The approximately 300 lots in the auction – comprising Judaica books and manuscripts, paintings and metalwork – touch every aspect of Jewish life and constitute one of the most significant collections to come to market in the past two decades. Carefully assembled over five decades, the Marx Collection began as one of Judaica silver and paintings, and expanded into an ever-widening search for Jewish books and manuscripts of the utmost rarity. The result is a wide- ... More

Chichen Itzá in Mexico © Trustees of the British Museum.

LONDON.- Today sees the launch of the final stage of the British Museum’s collaboration with Google Arts and Culture to digitise and disseminate the Ancient Maya collection of Alfred Maudslay. This important collection is made up of photographs, casts and related documents created during early archaeological research at Maya sites in the late 19th century. In cooperation with colleagues from the Mexican National Institute of Anthropology and History (INAH) people can now virtually explore the Maudslay collections and better understand the sites from which they came. The dedicated project page on Google Arts and Culture showcases special content with a series of online stories presenting the work of the project, the life of Victorian explorer Alfred Maudslay, and the contemporary context of the British Museum’s Maya collections more broadly. Alongside these, new Virtual Reality Poly Tours are available, which ... More

Jackie Kennedy's vacation memories on the auction block   Christie's to offer David Hockney's Sur la Terrasse, 1971 unseen by the public for 46 years   Work by visionary Natalia Goncharova leads Bonhams Russian sale

In India, crowds gathered to see Kennedy in Jaipur, New Delhi and Fatehpur Sikri. © Christie's Images Ltd 2019.

NEW YORK, NY (NYT NEWS SERVICE).- When Jacqueline Kennedy and her younger sister, Lee Radziwill, began a tour of India and Pakistan in March 1962, the first lady was described in Life magazine as “arguably the most famous woman in the world.” In India, crowds gathered to see Kennedy in Jaipur, New Delhi and Fatehpur Sikri. In Pakistan, she was welcomed by people lining the streets of Lahore, Karachi and the Khyber Pass. The sisters spent two weeks in the countries and were photographed riding camels and elephants, on a boat ride along the Ganges, at a horse and cattle show and at black-tie dinners with politicians, diplomats and other dignitaries. Beginning Friday, Radziwill’s personal photo albums of the trip will be on display at Christie’s New York, a week ahead of an auction of jewelry, fine art, books, decorative arts and other memorabilia (including the albums) from her home in New ... More

David Hockney, Sur la Terrasse, 1971 (Estimate: $25-45 million). Now on view to the public at Christie’s Los Angeles for the first time since 1973. © Christie's Images Ltd 2019.

NEW YORK, NY.- On November 13, Christie’s will offer David Hockney’s Sur la Terrasse, 1971 ($25-45 million) as a central highlight of its Evening Sale of Post-War and Contemporary Art. A glowing sun-drenched vision rendered on a spectacular life-sized scale, Sur la Terrasse stands among David Hockney’s most poignant works. Begun in March 1971, and completed that summer, it was painted during the decline of his relationship with Peter Schlesinger: his first love and greatest muse. This turn of events became a milestone in the artist’s personal life, precipitating an intense period that resulted in heart-wrenching expression in his paintings. The present work has occupied a single private collection for nearly half a century and has never appeared at auction. On October 15, Sur la Terrasse will go on view at Christie’s Los Angeles, marking the first time ... More

Detail of Landscape Birch Trees by Natalia Goncharova (Russian, 1881-1962) Estimate: £120,000 -150,000. Photo: Bonhams.

LONDON.- A rare early work by Natalia Goncharova (Russian, 1881-1962) Landscape Birch Trees estimate: £120,000-150,000 will lead Bonhams Russian sale on 27 November in London. Goncharova’s work, which dates from her Moscow period, will be offered alongside a later painting by her husband Mikhail Fedorovich Larionov (Russian/ French, 1881-1964); Portrait of a Lady, estimate: £20,000-30,000. Both works are from the same private collection. Natalia Goncharova was a visionary who challenged artistic, social and gender conventions. Alongside her life-long partner, Larionov, she was one of the leaders of the Russian avant-garde. Her artistic output was exceptionally wide-ranging - from parading the streets of Moscow in Futurist body paint, to designing costumes and book covers. In 1913, at only 32, she had her first solo exhibition in Moscow, displaying a diverse collection of more than 800 works. This led Larionov ... More

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Nationalmuseum Sweden opens an exhibition of works by designer Hella Jongerius
STOCKHOLM.- The exhibition Hella Jongerius – Breathing Colour opens at Nationalmuseum in Sweden on October 17th. Internationally renowned star designer, Hella Jongerius displays her many years of artistic research into colour, light and materiality. Art and design are configurations of colour, light, form, shadows, reflections and materiality. The Hella Jongerius – Breathing Colour exhibition is ensconced in the borderline between art and design. It presents a visual examination of how colour and light interplay and change during all hours of the day. In forms of paper, textiles, ceramics, metal and plastics, internationally renowned star designer, Hella Jongerius displays her many years of artistic research into colour, light and materiality. As a designer, she often questions the perfunctory views of design manufacturers and the use of colour in the development ... More

MAXXI opens a major group show on the spiritual matter of art
ROME.- What does it mean today to talk about spirituality? Where does spirituality fit into a world dominated by a digital and technological culture and an ultra-deterministic mentality? Is there still a spiritual dimension underpinning the demands of art? In order to reflect on these and other questions MAXXI, the National Museum of XXI Century Arts, is bringing together a number of leading figures from the contemporary art scene in the major group show on the spiritual matter of art, strongly supported by the President of the Fondazione MAXXI Giovanna Melandri and curated by Bartolomeo Pietromarchi (from 17 October 2019 to 8 March 2020). on the spiritual matter of art is a project that investigates the issue of the spiritual through the lens of contemporary art and, at the same time, that of the ancient history of Rome. In a layout offering diverse possible ... More

Oscar statuette sells for $50K at auction of Robert Osborne Hollywood memorabilia collection
DAVENPORT, WASH.- An Oscar® statuette awarded in 1936 to acclaimed art director Richard Day led the lineup of Hollywood memorabilia sold by Grant Zahajko Auctions on October 10, capturing a winning bid of $50,000. The Oscar® was the most highly prized item in the personal collection of the late Robert Osborne, best known as the quietly authoritative host of Turner Classic Movies (TCM). The Oscar® was awarded to Richard Day for his work on the 1935 film The Dark Angel, starring Fredric March and Merle Oberon. Day was nominated for 20 Academy Awards® between the years 1930 and 1970, and won seven, including Best Art Direction for A Streetcar Named Desire (1951) and On the Waterfront (1954). “We were honored to represent the heirs of Robert Osborne and to be able to bring an Oscar to the marketplace,” said Grant Zahajko, owner ... More

Breakout sale of Old Master drawings at Swann November 5
NEW YORK, NY.- In addition to Swann Galleries’s biannual sale of Old Master Through Modern Prints, the house will offer a curated sale of Old Master Drawings on November 5. The auction traces the development of draftsmanship over several centuries from late-Gothic, early-Renaissance works of the fifteenth century, to Baroque and Rococo drawings of the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. The Italian Renaissance is represented by early-sixteenth-century studies of eagles ($4,000-6,000); Christ’s Charge to Peter from the circle of Raffaello Sanzio da Urbino, based on one of Raphael’s cartoons painted as designs for tapesties ($5,000-8,000); and Ludovico Carracci’s St. Luke, red chalk, circa 1585-88 ($8,000-12,000). Baroque works of note include The Holy Spirit Appearing to St. Gregory, red chalk, late 1640s, ... More

Two giant Alaska gold nuggets sell for a combined $172,725 at Holabird auction
RENO, NEV.- Two giant-size gold nuggets mined in Alaska during the days of the Gold Rush – one a 38.39-ounce nugget roughly in the shape of Australia, the other a 33.83-ounce nugget in the shape of a skull – sold for a combined $172,725 at an auction held October 4th thru 7th by Holabird Western Americana Collections, online and in the Reno gallery at 3555 Airway Drive. The gold nuggets were the top lots in a four-day Americana auction bursting with more than 3,l00 lots in a wide array of collecting categories – to include petroliana, aviation, World War II, railroadiana, Native Americana, stock certificates, mining, minerals, coins and gold. A special section was devoted to dealers, with great bargains lotted specifically with re-sellers in mind. “We called this our fall season second chance auction, because for anyone who missed any of our great 2019 sales, this ... More

The Moscow Museum of Modern Art opens an exhibition of works by Yoko Ono
MOSCOW.- The Moscow Museum of Modern Art presents for the first time in Russia a large-scale project of Yoko Ono’s art featuring her legendary textual “Instructions”, reenactments of the artist's classical performances and her video art. The show acts as a prelude to the celebration of the MMOMA anniversary and opens as a part of the International Festival-School of Contemporary Art “Territory”. The “Ruarts” foundation is the partner of the project. Yoko Ono is a major figure in the 1960s Conceptual Art, a member of the Fluxus movement. She contributed to the development of action art, happenings and video art. One of key traits of her art practice of recent decades is a special approach to the viewer, whom she often turns into a partner in her artistic process. The project at the MMOMA envisages two major objectives — introducing ... More

George IV's entrance hall at Windsor Castle revealed to visitors for the first time in 150 years
LONDON.- Windsor Castle’s Inner Hall, created by George IV in the 1820s as a space to receive official guests, has been restored and opened to the public. Now, for the first time since its closure by George’s niece, Queen Victoria, the Inner Hall serves its original purpose as a magnificent welcome area for visitors to the Castle. The opening of the Inner Hall reinstates the sequence of spaces linking the visitor entrance on the North Terrace with the State Entrance on the south side and the uninterrupted view across the ground floor of the Castle. From the Inner Hall, visitors can explore the State Apartments and Semi-State Rooms, Queen Mary’s Dolls’ House and the State Entrance hall, which is also a new addition to the visitor route. From here, for the first time, visitors can see the State Entrance, where guests of Her Majesty The Queen are welcomed to Windsor, ... More

Masterworks of contemporary printmaking highlight Sotheby's Prints & Multiples Auction
NEW YORK, NY.- Sotheby’s announced highlights of this season’s auction of Important Prints & Multiples in New York. Led by an exceptional selection of works on offer from prestigious collections including The Collection of Blema and H. Arnold Steinberg and Catherine Woodard and Nelson Blitz, Jr., the sale is highlighted by seminal works spanning the 20th century, including prints by Richard Diebenkorn, Andy Warhol, Robert Motherwell, and more. The Prints & Multiples auction is on public view in Sotheby’s York Avenue galleries beginning 16 October ahead of the auction on 24 & 26 October in New York. Following Sotheby’s auction of works from the Collection of Catherine Woodard and Nelson Blitz Jr. in October 2017, the October auction will feature 11 works from the Collection, including an exceptional selection of prints by Edvard Munch, Emil Nolde, Jasper ... More

Sally Soames, fearless photographer with personal touch, dies at 82
NEW YORK, NY (NYT NEWS SERVICE).- Sally Soames, an intrepid British photojournalist who prided herself on establishing a personal connection with the politicians, actors, writers, artists and others she photographed, died on Oct. 5 at her home in London. She was 82. Her son, Trevor Soames, confirmed her death and said she had been in failing health, with declining mobility, for many years. Known chiefly for her portraits, Soames, a rare woman in the testosterone-fueled world of Fleet Street newspapering, was a purist. She shot exclusively in black and white, considering color a “vulgarity,” and relied as much as she could on natural light. The results were celebrated portraits of prominent people of the second half of the 20th century — Margaret Thatcher, Sean Connery, Rudolf Nureyev, Margaret Atwood, Rupert Murdoch, Alec Guinness and Andy Warhol among ... More

Swann Galleries to sell poignant reminder of the golden age of Thomas Cook
NEW YORK, NY.- A 1924 photograph album for sale at Swann Auction Galleries on October 17 recalls the golden age of travel with Thomas Cook & Son, with images by a leading travel lecturer and photographer of the day. Offered poignantly just weeks after the tour operator collapsed after 178 years in business, the album, entitled My Trip Around the World: S.S. Samaria, is the work of Branson De Cou (1892-1941), whose widow donated a huge archive of his work to the University of California in 1971 at the suggestion of the legendary photographer Ansel Adams. De Cou took off on his first world tour at the age of 20, beginning a life devoted to recording his experiences on film and in writing to impart to audiences across the USA until his death at the age of 49. The album included in Swann Auction Galleries’ Classic & Contemporary Photographs ... More

Arthur Jafa announced winner of the 47th PIAC - Prix International d'Art Contemporain
MONTE CARLO.- The Fondation Prince Pierre de Monaco announced today that Love Is the Message, The Message Is Death (2016) by Arthur Jafa has been selected as the winner of the 2019 PIAC – Prix International d’Art Contemporain. US-born artist Arthur Jafa was announced as the winning artist at an award ceremony at the Salle Garnier, Opéra de Monte-Carlo. The artist will receive €75,000, including funding to produce a new work. The winning artwork, Love Is the Message, The Message Is Death (2016), which was screened during the award ceremony, will be exhibited from 1 November 2019 until 13 November 2019 at Palazzo Madama in Turin, Italy during Artissima. PIAC – Prix International d’Art Contemporain is awarded every three years for a recent work by an artist at the forefront of their practice. Established in 1965, PIAC has been ... More

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On a day like today, Italian painter Cristofano Allori was born
October 17, 1577. Cristofano Allori (17 October 1577 - 1 April 1621) was an Italian portrait painter of the late Florentine Mannerist school. Allori was born at Florence and received his first lessons in painting from his father, Alessandro Allori, but becoming dissatisfied with the hard anatomical drawing and cold coloring of the latter, he entered the studio of Gregorio Pagani, who was one of the leaders of the late Florentine school, which sought to unite the rich coloring of the Venetians with the Florentine attention to drawing. Allori also appears to have worked under Cigoli. In this image: Judith with the Head of Holofernes (1613). Oil on canvas, 139 x 116 cm. Galleria Palatina (Palazzo Pitti), Florence.

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