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Using Oriental Rugs to Create the First Impression in a Residence

Antique 19th century ivory Persian Sultanabad carpet greets visitors to 4-story traditional home whose owners mix modern art, antiquities, and connoisseur carpets in the public areas.

OAKLAND, CA.- “You never get a second chance to make a good first impression.” While this quotation has been attributed both to Will Rogers and Oscar Wilde, it is less important which of them first used it than is the truth of the insight. And it is particularly apropos when discussing the entry halls of elite homes and residences. When Jan David Winitz, president/founder of Claremont Rug Company, is involved in a multi-rug project with a client, the axiom often becomes the inspirational guideline as he advises on the choice of the foyer carpet to set the scene and create the ethos which represents the individual taste and artistic eye of the homeowner. “Invariably”, he says, “I guide clients to keep in mind what happens when the front door is opened and a visitor is invited in.” ... More

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Sotheby's to offer iconic contemporary Chinese masterpieces from the Gillion Crowet Collection   Christie's announces Asian Art Week   US marks the arrival of Angela, the 'Eve' of enslaved Africans

Zeng Fanzhi, Mask Series No.16, 1997, oil on canvas, 150 by 130 cm. Est: HK$6,000,000 - 8,000,000 / US$765,000 - 1,020,000. Courtesy Sotheby’s.

HONG KONG.- This October, Sotheby’s will present Moutarderie Nationale: The Gillion Crowet Collection, which brings together iconic works by the foremost contemporary Chinese artists of our generation including Zeng Fanzhi, Zhang Xiaogang, Liu Ye, Yue Minjun, Fang Lijun, Zhou Chunya and Wang Guangyi. Assembled by the discerning vision of Baroness Gillion Crowet, the Collection features important and exemplary works that define contemporary Chinese art of the last two-and-a-half decades. The auction will present 30 masterworks estimated over HK$73,000,000 / US$9,000,000 on 6 October 2019 during Sotheby’s Hong Kong Autumn Sale series. The distinguished Gillion Crowet Collection, the brainchild of Baron and Baroness Gillion Crowet, dates back to the 1960s. After an official sovereign visit to China in 2004, the Baroness Gillion Crowet assembled highly representative works by the most influential contemporary Chinese artists from the 199 ... More

A Large and Magnificent Gilt-Bronze, Figure of Vajrasattiva, Tibet, 14th-15th Century. Estimate: $600,000—800,000. © Christie's Images Ltd 2019.

NEW YORK, NY.- Christie’s announces Asian Art Week, a series of auctions, viewings, and events, from September 6-13. This season presents nine auctions—six live and three online—featuring over 1,000 lots spanning all epochs and categories of Asian Art from classical Chinese paintings, ceramics, jades, bronzes, and furniture, to impressive Tibetan gilt-bronzes and contemporary Indian painting. Featured this season are two impressive collection sales, Masterpieces of Early Chinese Gold and Silver and Chinese Art from The Art Institute of Chicago, featuring works of art with exceptional provenance. The week of sales begins with Fine Chinese Paintings (September 10), spanning classical, modern, and contemporary paintings, with highlights including an early work by Zhang Daqian (1899-1983), Hibiscus, dated 1948 ($300,000-500,000). The Indian, Himalayan and Southeast Asian Works of Art sale (September 11) features an array of fine bronze ... More

An archaeologist cleans what he believes is part of a drinking glass at a dig site associated with Angela on the grounds of the Colonial National Historical Park August 19, 2019, in Jamestown, Virginia. Brendan Smialowski / AFP.

JAMESTOWN (AFP).- Carefully raking through soil in suffocating heat at an archeological dig site in historic Jamestown, Charde Reid is working hard to retrace bits of the life of Angela, who arrived here from Africa 400 years ago. After a terrifying crossing of the Atlantic, Angela was one of the first African slaves known to reach the first permanent English settlement in North America, which would later be part of the United States. "I see a lot of connections with my own family's background, and what began here, in 1619," said Reid, a 32-year-old African-American Virginia native. She calls the first slaves to reach the state "our foremothers and our forefathers -- of not only African-American culture, but American culture in general." Reid herself says her family tree includes a white indentured servant and a black slave. As she works, bricks begin to appear -- the remnants of more recent buildings erected ... More

The Institute of Contemporary Art Los Angeles to become first art museum to run entirely on solar power   Unprecedented $10 million USA exhibit of historic, rare French coins in Long Beach   Christie's to auction the collection of Broadway producer Terry Allen Kramer

ICA LA’s Kickstarter fundraising goal is $25,000, which supports the installation of 206 solar panels and 6 inverters over the museum’s 12,000 square feet of rooftop space.

LOS ANGELES, CA.- Today, the Institute of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles announced plans to become the first fully solar-powered art museum and has partnered with Kickstarter Arts to launch a crowdsourcing campaign that will cover upfront capital costs. ICA LA’s Kickstarter fundraising goal is $25,000, which supports the installation of 206 solar panels and 6 inverters over the museum’s 12,000 square feet of rooftop space. This will produce 100,000 kWh of power annually, allowing the museum to remove itself completely from the Los Angeles Grid. The project’s total cost is estimated at $156,000, but much of this will be offset by a one-time a rebate from the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power and the $30,000 per annum that the ... More

One of the first ancient coins made in what is now France. Photo: Lyle Engelson/Goldberg Coins & Collectibles.

LONG BEACH, CA.- A $10 million exhibit of rare, historic French coins, described as the best and most comprehensive ever displayed in the United States, will be on public view in Long Beach, California, September 5-7, 2019. Entitled “Tyrants of the Seine,” the nearly 400 coins in the exhibit are a small portion of the extensive Tyrant Collection, the world’s most valuable rare coin collection in private hands. The display will be publicly shown at the Long Beach Coin, Currency, Stamp & Sports Collectible Expo. “This exhibit will have coins dating from 59 B.C. with the invading French tribes after the fall of Rome in 476 A.D. up to modern coinage shortly before World War II. I can’t recall ever seeing a better exhibit of French coins outside of France,” stated Ira Goldberg President of ... More

Pablo Picasso (1881-1973), Buste d’homme, painted on 12 October 1968. Estimate: $9,000,000-12,000,000. © Christie's Images Ltd 2019.

NEW YORK, NY.- Christie’s announces a series of sales from the Collection of Terry Allen Kramer, a philanthropist and esteemed producer who lived as colorfully as the celebrated shows she brought to the Broadway stage. Known as the ‘grande dame’ of Palm Beach, Florida, Kramer played host to cultural and civic luminaries at La Follia, her sprawling waterfront estate decorated by Pauline Pitt. Her remarkable collection of fine art and decorative art from La Follia together with her penthouse apartment on Manhattan’s Upper East Side, will be offered on October 16. Her vast collection of Impressionist and Modern Art will be sold across the Evening, Day, Works on Paper and Online sales in November, in addition to works included in Post-War to Present sale on September 27, Prints & Multiples ... More

Simon Preston joins Pace Gallery   The Knoxville Museum of Art opens 'Whistler & Company: The Etching Revival'   Friends of the Ateneum centenary exhibition 'One Hundred Years of Friendship' opens in Helsinki

Simon Preston, Courtesy Pace Gallery.

NEW YORK, NY.- Pace Gallery announced that Simon Preston is joining the gallery as Senior Director beginning in August 2019. Based in the gallery’s new global headquarters in Chelsea, New York, Preston will work closely with Pace’s international leadership team led by President and CEO Marc Glimcher, and alongside the gallery’s expanding curatorial department. In his new role, Preston will work with the curatorial team to manage new artist representation at the gallery and spearhead new initiatives for Pace’s growing roster of contemporary artists, with the recent additions of Sam Gilliam, Lynda Benglis, and Jo Baer to its expansive roster of artists. Additionally, he will oversee a range of artist activities across the gallery’s worldwide locations, including institutional partnerships, art fairs and other special projects, commencing with Trevor Paglen’s exhibition titled The Shape of Clouds, which opens at Pace ... More

James Abbott McNeill Whistler (Lowell, Massachusetts 1834-1903 London), Billingsgate, 1859 (detail). Etching, museum purchase, Reading Public Museum, Reading, Pennsylvania.

KNOXVILLE, TN.- The Knoxville Museum of Art presents Whistler & Company: The Etching Revival August 23-November 10, 2019. Whistler & Company includes nearly a dozen works by Whistler accompanied by more than 50 etchings by some of his most accomplished American and European contemporaries. Whistler’s gritty images of the River Thames, views of Venice, and Parisian scenes are among works featured in the exhibition. Other artists who participated in the etching revival include Francis Seymour Haden, James McBey, Edwin Edwards, David Young Cameron, Muirhead Bone, Mortimer Menpes, Charles Meryon, Maxime Lalanne, Joseph Pennell, and Frank Duveneck, among others. Although best known for innovative paintings such as Arrangements in Gray and Black ... More

Jusepe de Ribera: Ecce Homo (1644). Finnish National Gallery / Sinebrychoff Art Museum, Friends of Ateneum Collection. Photo: Finnish National Gallery / Matti Janas.

HELSINKI.- The Friends of the Ateneum, which is Finland’s oldest and largest museum friends association, was founded in 1919 to support the Ateneum Art Museum. In honour of the association’s centenary, an exhibition entitled One Hundred Years of Friendship presents works of art donated and funded by the association. The exhibition is being staged in one gallery on the third floor of the Ateneum, and it will run until 6 October 2019. The Friends of the Ateneum donations lecture series, to be held in August and September, will dig deeper into the works featured in the exhibition. Over a period of one hundred years, from 1919 to 2019, the Friends of the Ateneum have donated more than 130 works and sketches to the Ateneum Art Museum. One Hundred Years of Friendship, ... More

The James Museum names new Executive Director   From Anker to Zaugg: 150 Years of Swiss Art in 150 Works to be offered at Christie's   Ars Fennica Prize awarded to Ragnar Kjartansson

Laura is a graduate of the United States Naval Academy with a degree in Aerospace Engineering.

ST. PETERSBURG, FLA.- The James Museum of Western and Wildlife Art announced today the appointment of Laura Hine as Executive Director to lead the museum in its next stage of strengthening and growth. A year ago in April, Tom and Mary James founded the museum with their personal collection as a celebration of art, as well as a contribution to the cultural and economic life of their beloved St. Petersburg. “Laura oversaw the development of The James Museum coordinating the architecture, construction and development of the commercial spaces on Central Avenue. Laura possesses important leadership qualities including business sense, common sense, and strong interpersonal skills. Now that the museum is in a strong position when it comes to daily operations, we will broaden our team with a board of trustees, engage in strategic planning and take actions necessary to ensure the long-term vitality of the museum. Laura’s skills will ... More

Cuno Amiet, Blühender Baum, 1916. Estimate: CHF500,000-600,000. © Christie's Images Ltd 2019.

ZURICH.- Christie’s 37th Swiss Art Auction on 17 September will return to the Kunsthaus Zürich, Grosser Vortragssaal, where the museum’s renovation work has now been completed. In Spring 1994, Christie’s conducted its Swiss Art auction for the first time in this location and we are delighted to be back at the Kunsthaus. The upcoming Swiss Art auction will offer 141 lots, of which 100% have been consigned by private international collectors and 64% of which are offered at auction for the first time. The sale represents the auction debut for the Swiss artist trio Mickry 3, and is led by 20 works from the former collection of Bruno Giacometti, the youngest of the four Giacometti siblings, showcasing works by Alberto, Augusto, Giovanni and Diego Giacometti. The Contemporary Swiss Art section is highlighted by Peter Fischli & David Weiss’s Kerze (1986, estimate: CHF80,000-120,000), an early multiple-sculpture by the artists a ... More

With his presentation of The Boat, one of nine videos from the Scenes from Western Culture series (2015), Kjartansson addresses core subjects of his versatile artistic practice, which centres around topics and interrelations in music and theatre.

REYKJAVÍK.- i8 Gallery congratulates Ragnar Kjartansson on winning this years Ars Fennica Prize. The prize is awarded by the Henna and Pertti Niemistö Art Foundation. The Director of the Museum Tinguely in Basel, Roland Wetzel, selected the prize winner. Wetzel refers to Kjartansson’s artistic practice as well as the topics he explores trough art: New forms of reconfiguring established modes of representation, humour and irony in questioning conventions, and the relevance of sound and music as ‘auratic’ aspects in creating specific space-time and collaborative experiences. “With his presentation of The Boat, one of nine videos from the Scenes from Western Culture series (2015), Kjartansson addresses core subjects of his versatile artistic practice, which centres around topics and interrelations in music and theatre. ... More

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National Portrait Gallery's Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize 2019 shortlist announced
LONDON.- Three photographers have been shortlisted for the Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize 2019, the international photography award organised by the National Portrait Gallery, London, now celebrating twelve years under Taylor Wessing‘s sponsorship. The prize-winning portraits include a thoughtful sitter from the Belfast Conway estate; a family ready for their day out on Whitley Bay beach, England; and works from a series depicting the photographer’s late mother in Los Angeles. The annual Portrait Prize is one of the most prestigious photography awards in the world and showcases new work by some of the most exciting contemporary photographers. Since the international competition began in 1993, it has remained a hugely important platform for portrait photographers and offers an unparalleled opportunity for celebrated professionals, ... More

Istanbul Design Biennial unveils the curator of its 5th edition
ISTANBUL.- Organised by the Istanbul Foundation for Culture and Arts (İKSV), the 5th Istanbul Design Biennial will take place on 26 September – 8 November 2020. The biennial will be curated by architect and curator Mariana Pestana. Pestana, who works between Porto and London, is one of the co-founders of The Decorators, an interdisciplinary practice that makes collaborative public realm interventions and cultural programmes. Her personal interest lies in critical social practice and the role of fiction in re-imagining futures for an age marked by technological progress and an ecological crisis. Having previously worked as a curator at the Department of Architecture, Design and Digital at the Victoria and Albert Museum (V&A), Pestana recently co-curated the exhibitions titled The Future Starts Here at the V&A (2018) and ArkDes – Swedish Centre ... More

United States Artists appoints Ed Henry to Board Chair
CHICAGO, IL.- United States Artists announced the appointment of Ed Henry as chair of the USA Board of Trustees. President and CEO of the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, Henry has been a USA trustee since 2014. He succeeds previous board chair, Steven H. Oliver, who will remain a trustee. Henry’s leadership comes at an integral moment in USA’s evolution, a time when the organization is pioneering new ways to recognize and support the country’s most compelling artists and cultural practitioners. As board chair, Henry will champion and advise USA as it complements its signature $50,000 unrestricted fellowship with new programs, prizes, and initiatives to be introduced over the coming years. "It’s been an honor to serve as USA’s board chair, and I’m proud to hand the torch to Ed, who has already given our organization years of his expert ... More

Important works by Glenna Goodacre, Scott Christensen, Clyde Aspevig highlight Art of the West sale
DALLAS, TX.- More than 150 Western art highlights from multiple significant private collections will be among the top attractions in Heritage Auctions’ Art of the West American Art auction Sept. 7 in Dallas, Texas. The sale will feature a comprehensive selection of bronzes and paintings by important artists of the American West. Among this collection is a handful of works by prolific artist Clyde Aspevig, who is known for his loose, realistic depictions of the vast landscapes across Wyoming and Montana. Also featured in the auction will be Glenna Goodacre, who will celebrate her 80th birthday and 50th anniversary as a sculptor this fall. Goodacre’s sculptures are coveted for their lively expression, texture, design and movement. Her beginning career as a painter provided the foundation for her first bronzes created in 1969. In 2003, she was awarded the prestigious ... More

Elegant antiques, Tiffany art glass, lighting and fine art at Fontaine's Auction Gallery Sept. 14
PITTSFIELD, MASS.- John Fontaine and his staff have been busy this summer acquiring hundreds of consignments from all over the country to kick off the fall auction season at Fontaine’ Auction Gallery, beginning on Saturday, September 14, at 11 am with an antiques and fine art auction. This auction will include 450 lots of antiques and fine art, over 100 pieces of rare art glass by Tiffany Studios and Quezal, 19th and 20th Century lighting by Tiffany Studios, Duffner & Kimberly, Handel, Pairpoint, Wilkinson, Unique, etc.; American Victorian, Gothic and figural carved furniture; leaded glass windows, fine clocks, music boxes and automatons, paintings, Royal Vienna and KPM porcelains, gold and diamond jewelry, fine silver, cameo glass, bronze and marble statuary, Black Forest items and more. “We’ve taken our time in putting together a high-quality auction ... More

Louisiana Museum of Modern Art opens 'Lauren Greenfield: Generation Wealth'
HUMLEBÆK.- Louisiana Museum of Modern Art has a longstanding tradition of examining the world through the documentary genre. In Generation Wealth, the American photographer Lauren Greenfield takes an eye-opening look back at 25 years of consumer culture that, in her view, changed the world, adding naked materialism, a cult of celebrity and undisguised narcissism. An incomparable document of decades of unbridled consumer culture, Generation Wealth takes us along as witnesses to the rampages of financial flows around the world – from Iceland, Dubai and Ireland to Russia and, of course, God’s own country, the USA. In more than 200 images, films and interviews, the exhibition presents moving and harrowing but never less than fascinating experiences – cultural history, anthropology and macroeconomics masterfully rolled ... More

Noguchi Museum elects four new trustees
NEW YORK, NY.- Malcolm C. Nolen, Chair of The Isamu Noguchi Foundation and Garden Museum Board of Trustees, today announced the recent election of four new trustees: Maximilian Coreth, of New York City and Alta, Utah; Sarah Wendell Sherrill, of San Francisco; Sundaram Tagore, of New York City, and Kulapat Yantrasast, of Los Angeles. Mr. Nolen says, “The Board of Trustees is delighted to welcome four new members to its ranks. With their diverse interests and areas of expertise, they will bring valued perspectives and skills to The Noguchi Museum as we embark on our next phase. Many thanks to Museum Director Brett Littman for assembling such a strong group of people to add to our board.” Mr. Littman adds, “I am thrilled that these four accomplished individuals have joined our dedicated Board of Trustees. From Maximilian ... More

Kemper Museum presents Diario, a new, commissioned installation by New York-based artist Angel Otero
KANSAS CITY, MO.- Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art presents Diario, a new, commissioned installation by New York-based artist Angel Otero (b. 1981), the fourth in a series of Atrium Projects at Kemper Museum. Opening Friday, August 23, a free talk by the artist will take place from 6:00–7:00 p.m. followed by an Artist Dinner celebrating Kemper Museum’s twenty-fifth anniversary year. The artist’s largest painting to date, Diario underscores the personal and universal significance of leaving a mark somewhere. The exhibition will remain on view through July 19, 2020. Otero’s physically rigorous and experimental processes and techniques over the past decade continue to push the boundaries of painting and abstraction. Early in his career Otero developed a process whereby he would create representational works on large sheets of glass. He ... More

FotoFocus announces 40+ Ohio, Kentucky and Indiana artists selected for AutoUpdate exhibition
CINCINNATI, OH.- FotoFocus announced the 44 artists selected from an open call for inclusion in the group exhibition AutoUpdate, which examines technology’s impact on photography and video. Featuring artists from the Ohio, Kentucky, and Indiana tri-state area, their work will be on view from September 14 - November 16, 2019 at The Carnegie in Northern Kentucky. The reception will be held on October 4 from 5-8PM with a special performance by artist Maggie Lawson at 7pm. The exhibition accompanies the organization’s symposium, which this year features Trevor Paglen, Lynn Hershman Leeson, Nancy Burson, and Josh Kline, amongst others. The artists were selected by a jury of regional organization and institution leaders, including: Carissa Barnard, FotoFocus (Cincinnati, OH); Matt Distel, The Carnegie (Covington, KY); Alice ... More

Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art showcases the drawings and paintings of Oregon artist Tom Cramer
EUGENE, ORE.- This fall at the University of Oregon’s Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art, “Journey to the Third Dimension: Tom Cramer's Drawings and Paintings 1974-2019” is on view in the Artist Project Space from August 17 through December 29, 2019. With pieces spanning forty-five years and a range of media and techniques, “Journey to the Third Dimension” sheds fresh light on the intellect, imagination, and technical facility of one of the Northwest’s iconic artists. Portland-based Cramer, best known for his complex relief paintings, has also maintained a parallel commitment to drawing since his early teens. For the first time in a museum exhibition, Cramer’s work in these two media are being featured together, giving insight into the artist’s vision and creative process. Featured artworks include drawings recently rediscovered within Cramer’s own archives, ... More

Wright Gallery at Texas A&M's School of Architecture presents "Working Model" by Tommy Fitzpatrick
COLLEGE STATION, TX.- The Wright Gallery in the College of Architecture at Texas A&M University has announced its newest exhibition, titled “Working Model,” which features paintings and three-dimensional assemblages by Texas artist, Tommy Fitzpatrick. Curated by Stephen Caffey, PhD, Associate Department Head for Research at Texas A&M, the exhibit will run August 20 through October 15, 2019. Fitzpatrick’s work has been included in numerous solo and group exhibitions in Dallas, Houston, New York, Madrid, London, Berlin and Seoul. “Working Model” follows Fitzpatrick’s progression as an artist of more than 20 years, offering a rare opportunity to see the sculptures created from found materials, which form the basis for his paintings. His paintings are in the public collections of the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, as well as the Modern Art Museum ... More

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On a day like today, American sculptor Alexander Milne Calder was born
August 23, 1846. Alexander Milne Calder (August 23, 1846 - June 4, 1923) was an American sculptor best known for the architectural sculpture of Philadelphia City Hall. Both his son, Alexander Stirling Calder, and grandson, Alexander "Sandy" Calder, would become significant sculptors in the 20th century. In this image: William Warner Tomb, Laurel Hill Cemetery (1889).

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