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Domaine de Chantilly exhibits Leonardo da Vinci's 'Nude Mona Lisa'

A charcoal drawing known as the "Monna Vanna", also dubbed "The Nude Mona Lisa" (La joconde nue), during the artwork's presentation to the press at the Domaine de Chantilly, north of Paris. The Nude Mona Lisa, which experts found was created in Leonardo da Vinci's studio and may be the work of the master himself, is being displayed from June 1 to October 6, 2019, at the Domaine de Chantilly, as part of events to mark the 500th anniversary of his death. KENZO TRIBOUILLARD / AFP.

CHANTILLY.- For the 500th anniversary of Leonardo da Vinci’s the Domaine de Chantilly, this great artist’s genius is being celebrated with a new exhibition dedicated to one of the highlights of the Musée Condé’s collection, the little known and enigmatic Nude Mona Lisa. The Musée Condé at Chantilly owns a large cartoon (a full size drawing that has been pricked to transfer a composition onto a panel) showing a nude half-length woman in a pose that is largely the same as the world famous Mona Lisa at the Louvre: known as the Nude Mona Lisa, this masterpiece raises endless questions. Thanks to highly ambitious international loans, the exhibition which runs from 1 June to 6 October 2019 attempts to solve the mystery of this true icon. ... More

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Pace Welcomes Jo Baer   Richard Prince is the world's first artist to have his own line of marijuana   Exhibition celebrates Helmut Newton's 50-year career through a rare and unseen collection of vintage prints

Jo Baer, Untitled Diptych, 1966-68. Oil on canvas. Two panels, 60" × 42-7/8" × 1-7/8" (152.4 cm × 108.9 cm × 4.8 cm), each 60" × 88-3/4" × 1-7/8" (152.4 cm × 225.4 cm × 4.8 cm), overall © Jo Baer.

LONDON.- Pace Gallery announced its representation of Amsterdam-based, American-born painter Jo Baer. Over her six-decade-long career in painting, Baer has embraced and advanced a broad range of formal and conceptual pursuits after first emerging as a key figure among the Minimalists working in New York in the 1960s and 70s. In 1975, Baer left New York for Europe and began to introduce images to her paintings, pursuing a self-coined approach of “radical figuration,” which the artist has continued to advance in her work for over thirty years. “It is with great pleasure that we announce our representation of Jo Baer. Jo is one of the pioneers who staked everything on a new vision of art in the late 1950s in reimagining the purpose and potential of painting.” said Marc ... More

Prince’s cannabis brand takes its name from John Dogg, one of Prince’s known pseudonyms. Prince’s desire to create a cannabis line dates back to at least 2005, when the first book of Hippie Drawings debuted.

LOS ANGELES, CA.- Richard Prince announced the debut of Katz + Dogg, his elite cannabis brand, which was created in partnership with the award-winning 710 Labs. Katz + Dogg now available in flowers, vape pens, and pre-rolled joints at high-end dispensaries across America starting May 30, making Prince the world’s first artist to have his own line of marijuana. Katz + Dogg packaging features signature drawings from Prince’s celebrated Hippie Drawings and High Times paintings series. Inside, the products contain 710 Labs’ Shire strain, alongside its Ice Cream Cake and OG. “Best thing about the cannabis plant is how it brings people together. The fact that it brought us to working with such an iconic artist as Richard Prince is a blessing,” said Brad Melshenker, 710 Labs founder. ... More

Man Kissing Woman in Hall.

LONDON.- This remarkable, rare collection of thirteen framed, vintage silver gelatin prints are from the archives, considered Newton’s best work, and are now on show together for the first time at Box Galleries, London. Celebrating fashion, style, and sexuality, this special exhibition depicts the legend’s work from 1967 – 1984 and includes previously unseen work. Famed for his erotically charged, black and white photos that featured regularly in Vogue, Newton’s photographs portray fearless, liberated female power and inner strength. Helmut Newton was one of the most prolific photographers of the 20th century, chanelling the sensuality and erotic power of his subjects with panache, precision, and impact. He established a new way of photographing fashion and glamour which often attracted controversy. As a friend of Yves Saint Laurent and Karl Lagerfeld, Newton was at the forefront of a new wave of designers and photog ... More

La Brea Tar Pits begins master planning to reimagine the LA landmark & research site   Sotheby's celebrates the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 Moon landing with an auction   Marlborough Fine Art opens an exhibition of recent works by Bill Jacklin

Three architecture firms will compete to lead creative teams in process for the Los Angeles landmark and research site. Courtesy of La Brea Tar Pits.

LOS ANGELES, CA.- Dr. Lori Bettison-Varga, President and Director of the Natural History Museums of Los Angeles County, today announced the beginning of a long-term initiative to reimagine and renovate one of the institution’s most prized components: its 12-acre campus in Hancock Park, encompassing the world-renowned La Brea Tar Pits and the George C. Page Museum. The project for a comprehensive reimagining of this uniquely important campus will begin with the development of a creative master plan, undertaken to advance NHMLAC’s scientific research and public engagement for the next half-century. Dr. Bettison-Varga announced the inauguration of master planning at an “ideas incubator” held today at La Brea Tar Pits and the nearby El Rey Theatre, where NHMLAC convened more than seventy leading figures from the fields of science, the arts, design, entertainment, education, technology, communications, philanthropy, ... More

Flown Apollo 11 Command Module “Columbia” Boost Cover Release Label. Estimate $125/150,000. Courtesy Sotheby's.

NEW YORK, NY.- Sotheby’s presents their third-annual Space Exploration auction in New York on 20 July 2019 – the 50th anniversary of the historic Apollo 11 lunar landing. The sale will feature a wide variety of material from the Mercury, Gemini, and Apollo missions, featuring direct consignments from astronauts including: Apollo 13 Mission Commander James Lovell; Apollo 9 Lunar Module Pilot Russell Schweickart; and the Estate of John Young, who enjoyed the longest career of any astronaut. The sale also offers an impressive collection of flown mission artifacts and hardware, the finest single owner collection of flown Robbins medallions, early contractor’s models, spacesuits, maps, charts and much more. Exhibitions will open to the public on 15 July alongside Omega Speedmaster: To the Moon and Back – an auction dedicated to the official watch of NASA. The sale is led by a collection of 20 original Apollo Firing Room Control Pan ... More

Bill Jacklin, 'Dance of the Clouds and Breezes I', 2019 (detail), oil on canvas, 50 x 55 inches. Photo: Boris Apple.

LONDON.- Marlborough Fine Art is presenting an exhibition of recent works by Bill Jacklin, an artist who has shown with the gallery for almost 40 years. On show are 20-25 paintings and a selection of monotypes. Although mainly figurative in presentation, many of the works show underlying systems and abstractions of design, harking back to Jacklin's earlier style which focused on the structures within natural orders. In his work there is a coexistence of representation and abstraction, provoking a tension which results in an augmented viewing experience. The artist seeks to avoid stylistic categorisation, stating 'I choose not to define myself to working in just one way'. Jacklin came to prominence in the 1960s in London as an abstract artist producing works made of grids and dots. Despite his success, Jacklin felt impelled to return to figuration, and since moving to Manhattan in 1985 has painted numerous scenes of the pulsating ene ... More

Nunzio Di Stefano's first solo exhibition in London opens at Mazzoleni   Lothar Götz transforms Towner's exterior walls into s large-scale artwork   Pace opens 'At the Edge of Things: Baer, Corse, Martin'

Nunzio, Mercurio, 1990. Lead and combustion on wood, 128 x 119 x 3 cm. Courtesy Mazzoleni, London – Torino.

LONDON.- Mazzoleni is presenting The Shock of Objectivity, curated by Kenneth Baker. This is Nunzio’s first solo exhibition in London and displays a new site-specific work, Avvoltoio, (Vulture), alongside a series of grand and imposing sculptures spanning from the late eighties to the most recent years, which reveal his inventive and inspiring approach to form. From the beginning of his career, Nunzio played an instrumental role configuring a different vision of sculpture structured around his personal conception exploring the language of shape and its interrelation with space. Thus, he pushed the boundaries of appearance – the results being magnificent architectural works interweaving substance, body and void in a stunning balance of rhythm. Throughout his artistic research, Nunzio develops a dialogic and personal relationship with culture and history, praising a subtle and filtered approach to the past. In his work the artis ... More

Lothar Götz, Brewers Towner Commission: Dance Diagonal, 2019. Photo: Eva Eastman, Courtesy Towner Art Gallery.

EASTBOURNE.- German artist Lothar Götz transformed the exterior walls of Towner Art Gallery, Eastbourne, into a large-scale, colourful geometric mural this summer. Götz, who is based in the U.K., was chosen from 60 artists and designers from an open call for The Brewers Towner Commission to create an artwork to mark the 10th anniversary of the gallery’s move from its original home in Eastbourne’s Old Town. Drawing on its architecture, angles and unique exterior recesses and alcoves, Götz’s mural - his largest to date - envelops the length and width of three sides of the award-winning building. Götz’s work – typically large-scale paintings, drawings and installations that respond to existing architectural structures – has included commissions for South Bank Centre, London (2014) and Leeds Art Gallery (2017). This is his first major public commission on the south coast and the first ... More

Mary Corse, Untitled (White Inner Band, Beveled), 2019, glass microspheres in acrylic on canvas, 243.8 cm × 182.9 cm (96" × 72") © Mary Corse, courtesy Kayne Griffin Corcoran, Lisson Gallery, and Pace Gallery.

LONDON.- Pace Gallery is presenting At the Edge of Things: Baer, Corse, Martin, an exhibition of works by three generations of American abstract artists, and the first for these artists presented by the gallery in London. The exhibition, at 6 Burlington Gardens, is on view from 7 June to 14 August 2019. The exhibition explores the phenomenological possibilities of abstraction in the work of Jo Baer, Mary Corse and Agnes Martin over the past sixty years. Focused on the artists’ deep engagement with notions of dimensional space and perception, the exhibition establishes an implicit conversation between these artists and their engagement with Minimalism, radicality, and the metaphysical in painting. At the Edge of Things explores the phenomenological possibilities of abstraction in the work of three artists over the past sixty years. Focused on the ... More

Gropius Bau opens an exhibition of works by Bani Abidi   Rare Jackie Kennedy romantic note, a WWII prison diary, George Gershwin caricature and more go to auction   Animation art: Original artwork from Lady and the Tramp may lead Heritage Auctions' June 15-16 auction

Bani Abidi.

BERLIN.- Bani Abidi is known for her distinctive approach to filmmaking, which derives from the dark absurdities of everyday life. They Died Laughing is an extensive presentation of Abidi’s works, bringing together moving image and print-based works that span two decades. Over the past years Abidi has developed a characteristic filmmaking language – quietly humorous, often engaging non-actors, choreographing crowds, examining security infrastructure in daily life, recording the ridiculous gestural routines of bureaucracy, power and nationalism through moments that are scripted and directed. Abidi often uses video as her tool for mnemonic recall while embedding the medium with a poetic function and layers of fiction. Currently based in Berlin and Karachi, she assumes the role of a storyteller and urban archaeologist in telling the stories of cities she has lived in. Fictional narratives traverse individual experiences and ask complex questions on patriotism, ... More

Federico Fellini. A rare letter written by the celebrated Italian film director and screenwriter discussing an opera adaptation of his 1954 film La Strada, music, film rights, and his hectic filming schedule. Estimate $300/$400.

NEW YORK, NY.- Lion Heart Autographs, Inc., for more than forty years an internationally recognized dealer of autographs and manuscripts specializing in art, history, literature, music, and science, has announced an extraordinary live auction to take place on Wednesday, June 12, 2019 beginning at 1:00 p.m. which will feature over 175 lots of some of the world’s most rare and valuable manuscripts, autographs and memorabilia to date. The auction will offer some extraordinary documents, autographs, letters and photographs from the world’s most famous entertainers, composers, personalities and playwrights. Among some of the most intriguing entertainment items is a letter written by JACKIE KENNEDY (Estimate $750/$900) on her blue Fifth Avenue stationery card ... More

Lady and the Tramp "Bella Notte" Production Cel Setup with Custom Painted Background (Walt Disney, 1955).

DALLAS, TX.- The largest offering of artwork from the 1955 Walt Disney classic film Lady and the Tramp ever brought to market will be among the items in highest demand at Heritage Auctions’ Animation Art auction June 15-16 in Dallas, Texas. The sale includes more than 75 lots from Lady and the Tramp, including one-of-a-kind hand-painted production cels, animation drawings, concept art, storyboards, backgrounds and the Holy Grail of animation art collecting: Key master and Master cel and background setups. Nearly 1,300 lots from every major animation studio will be featured in this auction showcasing the “Art of Animation.” Among the legendary artists whose works will be featured are Mary Blair, Eyvind Earle, Gustaf Tenggren, David Hall, Mel Crawford, Chuck Jones, Ken Anderson, Mel Shaw, Ub Iwerks, Mike Ploog and Tim Burton. “With Aladdin breaking box office records this summer and The Lion King also ... More

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Christophe Durand-Ruel and Eva Hober join monart
PARIS.- A few days before the Art Basel 2019 in Basel, monart, the Contemporary Art Platform of the 21st Century, is welcoming two influential figures from the art market to the core monart team: Christophe Durand-Ruel as Special Art Advisor and Eva Hober as Chief Art Officer (CAO). For Malo Girod de l'Ain, monart’s Co-Founder, "these recruitments contribute to establishing monart's international reputation and credibility among artists, gallery owners and investors around the world.» Christophe Durand-Ruel has been the head of the Contemporary Art department at Christie's France since 1999. Earning an MBA from The Tuck School of Business in Dartmouth (Netherlands), his career in art began in 1988 when he chose the Briest study (contemporary art section) after initially studying finance. In 1993, he become partner to Fabienne Leclerc at ... More

First US solo museum exhibition of Deborah Anzinger on view at ICA in Philadelphia
PHILADELPHIA, PA.- The Institute of Contemporary Art at the University of Pennsylvania is presenting the first US solo museum exhibition of Jamaican artist Deborah Anzinger. An Unlikely Birth brings together sculpture, video, painting, and installation, combining both synthetic and living materials, to consider geographical, ecological, and spatial paradigms. The exhibition reveals how the artist disrupts existing relationships and hierarchies as they pertain to the politics of land, the body, and space. An Unlikely Birth is curated by ICA Whitney-Lauder Curatorial Fellow Daniella Rose King and is on view through August 11, 2019. Working at the intersection of black feminist thought, geography, and space while coalescing concerns Anzinger has long held, An Unlikely Birth explores a plethora of issues urgently facing our civilization—the environment, the ... More

The FLAG Art Foundation exhibits twelve large-scale works by Sam Gilliam
NEW YORK, NY.- The FLAG Art Foundation is presenting Sam Gilliam: New Works on Paper, on view June 6-August 16, 2019, on its 10th floor. Created in 2019 and exhibited for the first time at FLAG, these twelve large-scale works extend Gilliam’s process-based approach to abstract painting, soaking vibrant watercolor and acrylic paints along the folds and creases of Washi paper. Gilliam, now 85, is recognized as a leading figure of the third wave of Color Field painting, which he helped revolutionize. In the late 1960s, Gilliam began pushing the physicality of his materials by folding, bunching, and crumpling paper and canvas, breaking with his fellow Washington color School peers who espoused the primacy of flatness and opticality. This formal inventiveness would soon result in the artist’s signature “beveled-edge” and “drape” paintings, the latter of which ... More

New book offers front-row seat to greatest concert in history
STEVENS POINT, WI.- The year was 1969. Richard Nixon was in the White House. Neil Armstrong was on the Moon. And revolution was in the air. In that backdrop, 500,000 young people gathered on a mid-August weekend in upstate New York for the promise of three days of peace and music. What they experienced at the Woodstock Music and Art Fair was something far greater. Celebrating “the greatest peaceful event in history,” Woodstock 50th Anniversary: Back to Yasgur’s Farm (Krause Publications) offers a dazzling and compelling front-row seat to the most important concert in rock history, an implausible happening filled with trials and triumphs that defined a generation. Author and Woodstock attendee Mike Greenblatt brilliantly captures the power of music’s greatest performers such as Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, Joe Cocker, Santana and ... More

Exhibition features the sculptural ceramic work of German-born British Jewish artist Hans Coper
PORTLAND, ORE.- Hans Coper - Less Means More presents the sculptural work of Hans Coper (1920-1981), a radical Jewish artist of the mid-twentieth century who was at the vanguard of British studio ceramics. Coper pushed the boundaries of clay and forms of abstraction as seen in the 45 pieces of his work on display. Guest curated by Sandra Percival, founding Director and Curator of Zena Zezza, the exhibition presents Coper within the context of a selection of work by Austrian-born British studio potter Lucie Rie who was Coper’s life-long friend, as well as selected works by other influential artists including Alberto Giacometti, Barbara Hepworth, Anni Albers, Peter Collingwood, and Dan Flavin. Flavin collected Coper and Rie and in 1990 he created untitled (to Hans Coper, master potter), a series of all white neon light works. Less Means More ... More

Riverlee and DarkLab announce a new $5 million cultural and entertainment district for the centre of Hobart
HOBART.- Encompassing nearly an entire city block in the centre of Hobart, ‘In the Hanging Garden’ is a live music and cultural precinct opening to the public at 8pm on Wednesday 5 June, to coincide with the start of Dark Mofo 2019. After the festival concludes, the precinct will remain open and operated by DarkLab year-round, seven days a week. Award-winning Fender Katsalidis Architects has designed this first stage development of the precinct with the Odeon Theatre at its heart, encompassing the renovated former Tattersall’s Hotel, and extensive outdoor dining, beer garden, and entertainment areas with food trucks, rotating pop-up kitchens with local businesses, and night markets. Extending access through adjoining properties fronting Liverpool Street, Watchorn Street, and Murray Street, this is the first stage activation welcoming ... More

Darwin, Einstein letters included in Fine autographs and artifacts auction
BOSTON, MASS.- Boasting nearly 1,000 lots in a variety of genres, RR Auction's June Fine Autographs and Artifacts sale is highlighted by a Science and Technology section with online bidding until June 12. Highlights include a Charles Darwin letter requesting a sketch of a barnacle fossil. The four-page handwritten letter signed "C. Darwin," from August 8, 1850. Letter to Nathaniel Thomas Wetherell, underscoring Darwin's belief in the scientific significance of the study of Cirripedia (barnacles). During the period of 1846 to 1854 Darwin spent time studying barnacles (Cirripedia), publishing a monograph entitled Living Cirripedia in 1851. We are able to date this letter precisely because August 1850 was the only month with a "Thursday 8th" in the period between the Palaeontographical Society's decision to publish Fossil ... More

Solo exhibition by the interdisciplinary artist and metalsmith Tiff Massey opens in Houston
HOUSTON, TX.- Houston Center for Contemporary Craft is presenting Tiff Massey: A Different World, a solo exhibition by the interdisciplinary artist and metalsmith. The first exhibition of Massey’s artwork in Texas, A Different World showcases three bodies of work that reference the material culture of nostalgic pasts, from 1980s hip hop to African hair braiding. Informed primarily by jewelry, Massey’s diverse artistic practice deftly renders her observations on race and class in contemporary American culture. The exhibition focuses on the artist’s colossal steel sculptures of chains and rings, alongside intricately braided crimson neckpieces and accompanying portraits. Themes in the exhibition span cultural appropriation, authenticity, and the diasporic legacy of “bling.” Guest curator and former HCCC Curatorial Fellow, Sarah Darro, comments, “A Different ... More

Rachel Rossin's Recursive Truth premieres at Phillips New York
NEW YORK, NY.- Phillips and Daata Editions announced the second digital artwork jointly commissioned through their partnership – Rachel Rossin’s Recursive Truth. Based on generative AI research, Recursive Truth uses video game mods and deep fakes to explore loss, memory, and truth as a medium. Bugs created inside the work expose the fragility of memory and ultimately either destroy the video game or function only as visual gags. The new video work debuts at Phillips New York from 8 – 12 June and will also be available to collectors worldwide online at Daata Editions and Also on view in conjunction with Recursive Truth is The Edge of Reason, a new playlist curated by Daata Editions and Phillips to commemorate the commission. Artists featured include Sue de Beer, Keren Cytter, Hayden Dunham, Casey Jane Ellison, FlucT, ... More

LA artist John Knuth brings his fly-made paintings to New York City
NEW YORK, NY.- Hollis Taggart is presenting The Origin of the New World, the first solo exhibition in New York City for Los Angeles-based artist John Knuth. The artist is recognized for his engagement with environmental concerns and a singular use of fly regurgitations to produce vibrant and seemingly luminescent abstract paintings. The exhibition at Hollis Taggart, which is curated by independent curator and art dealer Paul Efstathiou, will feature a selection of new “fly paintings” and also debut a three-dimensional globe format for Knuth’s fly works. As part of the presentation, and to highlight Knuth’s process, several of the new fly globes will be made through the duration of the show. The Origin of the New World is on view from June 8 through June 29, 2019 at the gallery’s Project Space at 507 W. 27th Street. “I have always been fascinated by and taken inspiration ... More

Sharjah Art Foundation appoints Omar Kholeif Director of Collections and Senior Curator
SHARJAH.- Hoor Al Qasimi, President and Director of Sharjah Art Foundation, today announced the appointment of Dr Omar Kholeif to the newly created position of Director of Collections and Senior Curator, where he will lead the foundation’s acquisition strategy and develop a year-round programme of exhibitions, as well as shape international partnerships, organise symposia and develop publications. Kholeif will also work in collaboration with Al Qasimi and the Sharjah Art Foundation team in developing plans for Jurainah Art Space—a new, 13,000 square-meter building that will house the foundation’s growing collection of more than 1,000 works of contemporary and 20th-century art rooted in the region and radiating internationally. Kholief begins his new role in June 2019. Al Qasimi also announced the creation of the Jurainah Art Space, an interactive centre ... More

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On a day like today, American painter Jacob Lawrence died
June 09, 2000. Jacob Lawrence (September 7, 1917 - June 9, 2000) was an African-American painter known for his portrayal of African-American life. As well as a painter, storyteller, and interpreter, he was an educator. Lawrence referred to his style as "dynamic cubism", though by his own account the primary influence was not so much French art as the shapes and colors of Harlem. In this image: Jacob Lawrence, "Forward Together," silkscreen on paper, 25.5" x 40.125", 1997. © 2018 The Jacob and Gwendolyn Knight Lawrence Foundation, Seattle/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York.

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