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Shrine to Apostle Peter unearthed: Israeli archaeologist

In this file photo taken on August 06, 2017, a general view of an archeological excavation site, believed to be the location of a biblical village that was home to Saint Peter, near the Sea of Galilee in northern Israel. Excavations in Israel's Galilee have uncovered remains of an ancient church said to mark the home of the apostles Peter and Andrew, the dig's archaeological director said on July 19, 2019. MENAHEM KAHANA / AFP.

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JERUSALEM (AFP).- Excavations in Israel's Galilee have uncovered remains of an ancient church said to mark the home of the apostles Peter and Andrew, the dig's archaeological director said Friday. Mordechai Aviam of Kinneret Academic College, on the shore of the Sea of Galilee in northern Israel, said this season's dig at nearby El-Araj confirmed it as the site of Bethsaida, a fishing village where Peter and his brother Andrew were born according to the Gospel of John. The Byzantine church was found near remnants of a Roman-era settlement, matching the location of Bethsaida as described by the first century AD Roman historian Flavius Josephus, Aviam said. The newly-discovered church, he added, fitted the account of Willibald, the Bavarian bishop of Eichstaett who visited the area around 725 AD and reported that a church at Bethsaida had been built ... More

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Cesar Pelli, creator of Malaysia's Petronas Towers dies aged 92   Hamiltons exhibits photographs of women from across Erwin Olaf's career   PAFA presents the untold story of Philadelphia's leadership role in the story of American landscape painting


In this file photo taken on December 16, 2009 Argentinian architect Cesar Pelli delivers a speech during the Grand Opening of the CityCenter, a mixed-use urban development center on the Las Vegas Strip. Pelli passed away on July 19, 2019 at the age of 92. Gabriel BOUYS / AFP.

BUENOS AIRES (AFP).- Cesar Pelli, the Argentine architect and creator of Malaysia's Petronas Towers and New York's One World Financial Center, died Friday at the age of 92, his family said. "I want to send my condolences to the family and friends of the talented Cesar Pelli," President Mauricio Macri wrote on Twitter. "The works he leaves throughout the world as a legacy are a pride for all Argentines." After graduating from the University of Tucuman, Pelli left for the US in 1952, where he studied on a scholarship. He was dean of Yale's architecture faculty from 1977 to 1984, and counted the American Institute of Architects Gold Medal among his many accolades. His most high-profile achievement was the Petronas Towers in the Malaysian capital Kuala Lumpur -- a 452-metre high structure that was the world's ... More
 

Palm Springs series - The Family Visit , The Niece, 2018. Chromogenic print. Large format, edition of 12: 46 7/8 x 35 1/4 in. (119 x 89.4 cm.) Small format, edition of 15: 29 1/2 x 22 1/4 in. (75 x 56.4 cm.)

LONDON.- In celebration of Erwin Olaf’s 60th year and long collaboration with the gallery, Hamiltons is presenting photographs of women from across Olaf’s career. Hamiltons Gallery owner Tim Jefferies has selected these works from Olaf’s oeuvre of 40 years, comprising photographs from Chessmen (1987-88), Squares (1983-2018), Blacks (1990), Mature (1999), Fashion Victims (2000), Royal Blood (2000), Hope (2005), Grief (2007), Hotel (2010), Keyhole (2011-13), Vogue (2012), Berlin (2012), Jewish (2013), Waiting (2014), Catwalk (2015), Skin Deep (2015), Shanghai (2017) and Palm Springs (2018), and so encompassing women of all ages, skin tones, body shapes and attitudes. Olaf believes that he can photograph women with more clarity than men, as without distractions he can be more precise in expressing his feelings. “With female talents I can be fairly critical and say exactly what I want them to ... More
 

A highlight of the exhibition are major Hudson River School paintings acquired by PAFA over the last 10 years.

PHILADELPHIA, PA.- The Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts is presenting From the Schuylkill to the Hudson: Landscapes of the Early American Republic on view June 28–December 29, 2019 in the Fisher Brooks Gallery in the Samuel M.V. Hamilton Building. Philadelphia's key role in the growth of American landscape painting has never been the subject of a major museum exhibition. From the Schuylkill to the Hudson delves into the important and underexplored tradition of landscape painting in Philadelphia from the Early American Republic to the Centennial Exhibition and how that tradition shaped the better-known Hudson River School in New York State. PAFA's exhibition, along with the accompanying catalog, illuminate the growth of the landscape genre from its roots, through its rise into the public consciousness, and as a leading area of art historical interest. "I am thrilled to be able to take a deep dive into PAFA's treasure trove of ... More


Kunsthaus Zürich extension to commence operations in 2021   Summer at the Science and Industry Museum features blockbuster exhibition The Sun   Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac opens an exhibition: Alexander Kluge in conversation with Georg Baselitz and Anselm Kiefer


Extension Kunsthaus Zürich. View of the art garden with the second entrance. Non-binding rendering, 2017 © David Chipperfield Architects.

ZURICH.- After more than five years under construction, the extension to Zurich’s Kunsthaus will be finished in winter 2020. The Zürcher Kunstgesellschaft and the Stiftung Zürcher Kunsthaus will take as much time as is needed to fit out the building designed by David Chipperfield Architects. A pilot operation phase is planned for spring 2021, by which time the environmental conditions within the extension should have reached their targets. The valuable works of art will move into the collection and storage areas specially designed for them and the public will be able to participate in the first art actions. At the end of 2021, when both sides of Heimplatz are fully functional and completely fitted out, the Kunsthaus will switch over to normal operations. At this point the Emil Bührle Collection as well as the Merzbacher ... More
 

The Sun exhibition, kids in sunbeam.

MANCHESTER.- Sunshine is dazzling Manchester this summer no matter what the weather, as the Science and Industry Museum opens their summer blockbuster exhibition – The Sun. The exhibition is a joyously fun, visually stunning and utterly fascinating exploration of the awesome power, incredible beauty and dangerous dark side of our nearest star. From ancient Norse myths to upcoming NASA missions, The Sun is full of remarkable stories and unique objects. Highlights of the exhibition include interactive activities where visitors can ‘try on’ sunglasses from different eras and cultures, an indoor beach and immersive solar storm plus a prototype fusion reactor and retro posters illustrating how we became a nation of sun worshippers. Dr Harry Cliff, Lead Curator of the exhibition, said “The fact that the Sun has had such a profound influence on the way we live makes it an incredibly rich subject for an exhibition ... More
 

Alexander Kluge © Markus Kirchgessner.1

PARIS.- For this exhibition, the German filmmaker and writer Alexander Kluge presents a multi-screen video installation alongside a selection of his writings. Featuring some of Kluge’s characteristic montage films, this installation is being exhibited in dialogue with twenty drawings by Georg Baselitz, which have never been shown before, and two new paintings by Anselm Kiefer. Having shared a deep intellectual affinity with both of these artists for many years, Alexander Kluge pays them a cinematic homage which engages and further extends the intersection between their individual practices. In both his writings and films, Alexander Kluge brings together disparate elements from the real world, filling the gaps with fiction, then cutting and pasting them together. He approaches the world as an archeologist, exhuming various fragments and then incorporating them in the open structure of his films. In his unpredictable ... More


Frank Lloyd Wright's Sondern-Adler House will be sold by Heritage Auctions   Non-Vicious Circle: Paula Cooper Gallery opens summer group exhibition   Throckmorton Fine Art exhibits female nudes and iconic photographs by Lucien Clergue


Bidding for the house, which was last listed at $1,650,000, will take place Aug. 12 at Heritage's Luxury Real Estate Auction.

DALLAS, TX.- A home once described by Frank Lloyd Wright as "a little gem," in Kansas City, Missouri, will soon be sold Aug. 12 by Heritage Auctions. The 2,965 square-foot, ft. three-bedroom/three-bath contemporary estate will sell at a no-reserve auction, regardless of price. The renowned home is located on nearly one and a half acres in the historic Roanoke neighborhood near downtown. Designed by Wright in 1939 for Clarence Sondern as a 900-square-foot home, three squares formed what was to become the classic Usonian L-shaped style. Arnold Adler hired the architect in 1948 to expand the home to its current 2,965 square feet, adding a great room, a third bedroom and two additional bathrooms. Renowned in Kansas City, the Sondern-Adler House has delighted its stewards and visitors for generations. "I chose Heritage to represent the house because of its audience of collectors and art ... More
 

Installation view, Non-Vicious Circle, Paula Cooper Gallery, 524 W 26th St, New York, NY, July 8 - August 16, 2019. Photo: Tessa Morefield.

NEW YORK, NY.- “Non-Vicious Circle,” Paula Cooper Gallery’s summer show presents a selection of sculptures and installations by Sam Durant, Liz Glynn, Walid Raad, Kelley Walker, and Meg Webster. The exhibition takes its title from one of the works on view, a 2014 mobile by Sam Durant. The works on view address the notion of recurrence, conceived as a catalyst to question the concepts of historical linearity, narrative or progression. Sam Durant’s sculptures use war- related paraphernalia (missile and bullet shells, in particular) to explore the relationship between Surrealism and World War I, as well as the echoing of the past in the present. Liz Glynn’s vibrant spiral, Eternal Return II, 2017, from her recent major exhibition at MASS MoCA, is made from contemporary materials and industrial detritus that translate theories of historical progression—often visualized as ... More
 

Pablo Picasso once said: “Clergue’s photographs are from God’s own sketchbooks”.

NEW YORK, NY.- Throckmorton Fine Art is presenting an exhibit of female nudes and iconic photographic images spanning the fifty year career of one of France’s greatest photographers, Lucien Clergue. On the 50th anniversary of the launch of the Rencontres de la Photographie d’Arles photography festival, which Clergue co-founded with Michel Tournier, Throckmorton Fine Art gallery will feature more than forty black and white and color images, including some of Clergue’s most acclaimed images. Spencer Throckmorton says, “Clergue was a master of sensual photography, brilliantly capturing the play of light and shadow, as well as they of the human form. His photography is classic, never forced or manipulated.” While Clergue photographed many subjects, among them portraits of fellow artists (including his dear friend Pablo Picasso) Clergue is most renowned for his female nudes. The Throckmorton exhibit offers an opportu ... More



Vatican opens burial chambers in hunt for princesses and missing teen   Blum & Poe opens a solo exhibition of new sculpture by Alma Allen   "Chiura Obata: An American Modern" spans Japanese American painter's 70-year career


A man wears a jersey with a photo of Emanuela Orlandi, a teenager who disappeared in 1983 in one of Italy's darkest mysteries. Andreas SOLARO / AFP.

VATICAN CITY (AFP).- The Vatican on Saturday opened two burial chambers discovered under a trapdoor as it attempts to get to the bottom of a riddle involving two 19th-century princesses and a teenager who went missing 36 years ago. The ossuaries were found last week under the floor of the Pontifical Teutonic College after the shock discovery earlier this month that the bones of the princesses had disappeared from tombs in the Teutonic Cemetery. The graves of Princess Sophie von Hohenlohe and Princess Charlotte Federica of Mecklenburg, who died in 1836 and 1840, were exhumed after an anonymous tip-off that they may hold the remains of a missing Italian youngster. Emanuela Orlandi, the daughter of a Vatican employee, was last seen leaving a music class in Rome in 1983 aged 15, and theories have circulated for decades about who could have taken her and where ... More
 

Alma Allen, Not Yet Titled, 2017. Bronze, 15 x 14 x 14 1/2 inches (38.1 x 35.6 x 36.8 centimeters). © Alma Allen, Courtesy of the artist and Blum & Poe, Los Angeles/New York/Tokyo. Photo: Heather Rasmusseum.

LOS ANGELES, CA.- Blum & Poe is presenting a solo exhibition of new sculpture by Alma Allen, showcasing work made after the artist’s recent relocation from Joshua Tree, CA, to Tepoztlan, Mexico. The pieces continue the compulsive and prolific explorations of a singular sculptor with a recognizable and idiosyncratic visual sensibility, who creates psychologically charged forms in stone, wood, and bronze. In talisman-like handheld objects in silver and bronze, and in large-scale forms contoured from 500-pound burls of wood and slabs of stone, Allen’s works are exacting in their fluidity. These nonreferential forms at once evoke the familiar and the nameless, drawn from the trauma and willfulness that have marked the artist’s life and his own specificities of resonance and ... More
 

Chiura Obata, Devastation, 1945 (detail). Watercolor on paper, 13 x 18 1/2 in. Private collection.

SACRAMENTO, CA.- The Crocker Art Museum is presenting the exhibition "Chiura Obata: An American Modern", which surveys the seven-decade career of one of the most significant Japanese American artists working on the West Coast in the last century. Drawn from private and public collections, this internationally travelling retrospective showcases more than 100 paintings, drawings, prints, and personal items, many of which have never been on public display. Works range from Obata's nihonga (Japanese-style painting) studies as a student in Japan, watercolors from his magazine-illustrator days in San Francisco, and works depicting his personal experience of incarceration during World War II. Two of Obata's famed woodblock prints are represented, as are his ink scrolls and the large-scale California landscapes for which he is perhaps best known, including his depictions of Yosemite. Chiura Obata ... More



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RM Sotheby's adds McLaren F1 'LM-Specification' to Monterey auction
BLENHEIM.- RM Sotheby’s revealed the final entry for its record-setting Monterey sale, history’s most revered modern supercar, a 1994 McLaren F1 ‘LM-Specification’, serial no. 018. The McLaren F1 is that rare supercar that knows no critic. From its aesthetics, technical merit, and competition record, the model is nothing short of perfect in the eyes of collectors around the world. McLaren built just 64 production examples of the F1 road car, and they have enjoyed favored ownership among the world’s most discriminating collectors, celebrated as a design that is particularly rewarding to drive. Developed initially solely as a road car, McLaren was encouraged to go racing by enthusiastic F1 owners. Following the F1 GTR’s incredible success on the track at Le Mans and beyond, the manufacturer launched a short batch of five commemorative road-capable ... More

Gallery and nail bar Tropical Popical collaborate on exciting display
DUBLIN.- Tropical Popical and the National Gallery of Ireland launched R E N A I L S S A N C E; a display celebrating a yearlong creative partnership which saw the nail bar responding to both the permanent collection and temporary exhibitions at the Gallery. R E N A I L S S A N C E sees the Millennium Wing Studio transformed into a tropical paradise, featuring an Irish fashion showcase from stylist & creative director Aisling Farinella and fashion photographer Eilish McCormick, detailed images of the multiple artistic responses, mixed media installations, real nail art and more! The seeds for this collaboration began when Gallery Education Team connected with Tropical Popical on the internationally renowned 2017 exhibition, Vermeer and the Masters of Genre Painting. The result was Dutch Golden Details – a contemporary response to the 17th century masterpieces, ... More

D-Day Flag bought at Heritage Auctions bound for White House, Smithsonian
DALLAS, TX.- The flag that led the first Americans to Utah Beach on D-Day, June 6, 1944, is headed to a ceremony at the White House and ultimately to the Smithsonian Institution. Dutch art collector Bert Kreuk bought the flag through Heritage Auctions June 12, 2016, for $514,000. Kreuk will deliver the 48-Star Flag that Led the First Americans to Utah Beach on D-Day, June 6, 1944 to President Donald Trump during a ceremony that is scheduled during Netherlands Prime Minister Marke Rutte's visit next week to the White House. Following the ceremony, the flag is expected to be placed in the Smithsonian. Gen. Dwight D. Eisenhower directed the largest assault in the history of warfare on the coastline of Nazi-occupied France, unleashing an onslaught of more than 1,000 aircraft and 5,000 boats that delivered nearly 160,000 Allied troops across the English ... More

Shaun Gladwell's largest survey exhibition opens at the MCA Australia
SYDNEY.- The Museum of Contemporary Art Australia officially opened Shaun Gladwell: Pacific Undertow, a solo exhibition by one of Australia’s most influential video artists. Pacific Undertow is Gladwell’s largest survey show, spanning two decades of his art, from early works through to more recent explorations into AR and VR. Co-curated by Natasha Bullock and Blair French, Shaun Gladwell: Pacific Undertow, presents a range of media including paintings, photographs, prints, drawings and videos. Gladwell’s works often focus on a single performer, using various film techniques to picture the body in motion, and the connections between places and people. Skateboarders, BMX bike riders, soldiers and surfers on land or water feature prominently in many of Gladwell’s works. The exhibition title, Pacific Undertow (2010), is drawn from a major video work by the artist. Presented ... More

Paula Rego receives major award
LONDON.- Paula Rego was awarded the Medalha de Mérito Cultural, the most prestigious cultural award in Portugal. The Portuguese Minister for Culture, Graça Fonseca, presented the award at the artist’s London studio. The Minister will also be visiting Paula Rego’s major exhibition at the new MK Gallery in Milton Keynes, Paula Rego: Obedience and Defiance, which runs until 22 September. The Medalha de Mérito Cultural is awarded to individuals that have demonstrated an extraordinary contribution to culture and the arts. The honour officially recognises Paula Rego as one of Portugal’s greatest contemporary artists. Born in Lisbon, Portugal, Dame Paula Rego (b. 1935) is one of Europe’s most influential contemporary figurative artists. Often taken from literature, myths, fairy tales, cartoons, theatre, current events, religious subjects and her ... More

Hungarian philosopher and dissident Agnes Heller dies aged 90
BUDAPEST (AFP).- Philosopher Agnes Heller, a dissident under Hungary's communist regime and later a prominent critic of Prime Minister Viktor Orban, died Friday at the age of 90, the Hungarian National Academy of Sciences said. Heller, who was a member of the body and a professor at the New School for Social Research in New York "died at the age of 90 on July 19," it said in a statement. According to Hungarian news website 444.hu, Heller had not returned from a swim in Lake Balaton in the southwest of the country. Born in Budapest in 1929, Heller studied under one of Hungary's most prominent 20th-century thinkers, the Marxist philosopher Georg Lukas (1885-1971). She was a key member of the "Budapest School" that emerged following the bloody crushing of a 1956 uprising against Soviet rule. Labelled a dissident and hounded by the ... More

Museum of Russian Icons presents 'Wrestling with Angels: Icons from the Prosopon School'
CLINTON, MASS.- The Museum of Russian Icons premiered Wrestling with Angels, an exhibition of forty-six luminous contemporary icons by sixteen iconographers from the Prosopon School of Iconology and Iconography, July 19-October 27, 2019. Exploring the recent renaissance of this ancient tradition, the exhibition features icons by the founder of the Prosopon School, Vladislav Andrejev, along with works by master iconographers, instructors, and apprentices. Visitors to the exhibition will encounter the icons as they would within an Orthodox church, beginning with depictions of events and persons from Hebrew scripture that would be found in the narthex (or vestibule); and continuing with icons that would surround the congregation in the nave including images of Jesus and his mother Mary (known in the Christian East as the Theotokos, ... More

Rental Gallery opens 'Vanquishing Ocular' curated by David Salle and Nicole Wittenberg
EAST HAMPTON, NY.- Rental Gallery is presenting Vanquishing Ocular, a group contemporary painting exhibition curated by David Salle and Nicole Wittenberg. Artists include: Logan Adair, Sofi Brazzeal, Gaby Collins-Fernandez, Martha Diamond, Federico De Francesco, Sarah French, Steve Gianakos, Tamara Gonzales, Jocelyn Hobbie, Justen Ladda, Abby Leigh, Gina Magid, Chris Martin, Howard Michels, Dawn Mellor, Trevor Shimizu, Patricia Treib, Juan Usle, John Wesley, Darryl Westly and Olivia Van Kuiken. “The show’s theme is: no theme. As the title suggests, we point to visuality as a primary value, an end in itself. Even for those artists whose work invokes a personal back-story, or points to complexities and histories beyond the frame, the experience of what’s actually on the canvas – it’s aliveness in the moment and its insistence as a physical thing ... More

The Ringling receives art conservation grant from the Getty Foundation
SARASOTA, FLA.- The John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art announced that it has been awarded a grant from the Getty Foundation as part of its Conserving Canvas initiative. The grant of $176,800 was awarded to The Ringling Museum of Art Foundation on June 6, 2019. This grant is in support of a major conservation treatment of the museum’s monumental oil on canvas painting, Emperor Justinian by Jean-Joseph Benjamin-Constant. An intrinsic part of this project is the training of mid-career painting conservators. Conserving Canvas is an international grant initiative focused on the conservation of paintings on canvas. For centuries, it was common practice to protect canvas paintings by backing or lining them with another canvas to create a moisture barrier and provide greater structural integrity. A shift towards minimal intervention that ... More

Siobhan Coen creates an installation foe exhibition at Firstsite
COLCHESTER.- Siobhan Coen’s artwork explores how the human mind works, examining the perception of reality, and how information is filtered by the mind as well as technology to suggest different meanings and relationships. She creates immersive installations by reworking elements of digital communications - such as RGB lights (the pixels that make up images) and spoken words - to examine how the manipulation of these elements, rather than the subject matters they communicate, can affect what we perceive to be true. Unknown Knowns features a monologue constructed from former US Secretary of Defence Donald Rumsfeld’s self-narrated audiobooks Known and Unknown: A Memoir (2011) and Rumsfeld’s Rules: Leadership Lessons in Business, Politics, War, and Life (2013). Rumsfeld’s time in office as US Secretary of Defense during the Iraq ... More

Art Museum Riga Bourse exhibits icons from the collection of Nikolai Kormashov
RIGA.- Saved Sanctity, an exhibition of icons from the collection of Nikolai Kormashov is on view at the Art Museum RIGA BOURSE in Riga from 20 July to 15 September 2019. “That which is not destined to perish, announces itself again and again, to attest to elusive spiritual beauty and the light of truth.” These words belong to Nikolai Kormashov (Николай Кормашов, 1929–2012), an Estonian artist and collector, who collected and restored a great collection of 15th – 20th century Russian icons during his lifetime. More than 140 icons are available for viewing at the exhibition in the Art Museum RIGA BOURSE. Natalia Komashko (Наталья Комашко), the Head Researcher at the Central Andrey Rublev Museum of Ancient Russian Culture and Art (Цен ... More







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On a day like today, Armenian-born American artist Arshile Gorky died
July 21, 1948. Arshile Gorky ( April 15, 1904 - July 21, 1948) was an American painter of Armenian descent who had a seminal influence on Abstract Expressionism. As such, his works were often speculated to have been informed by the suffering and loss he experienced of the Armenian genocide. In this image: Arshile Gorky, "Agony", 1947. Oil on canvas, 40 x 50 1/2 in., The Museum of Modern Art, New York, A. Conger Goodyear Fund. ©2010 Estate of Arshile Gorky/Artists Rights Society (ARS), NY.



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