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'One giant leap': United States marks Apollo mission 50 years on

A Lunar Module, the same type that landed on the moon for Apollo 11, is displayed behind Rick Armstrong, the son of Neil Armstrong, Vice President Mike Pence, Smithsonian's National Air and Space Museum Director Ellen Stofan, and NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine appearing for the unveiling of Neil Armstrong’s Apollo 11 spacesuit at the Smithsonian's National Air and Space Museum on the National Mall in Washington, DC on July 16, 2019. Andrew Harnik / POOL / AFP/

by Leila Macor with Issam Ahmed in Washington


WASHINGTON (AFP).- Fifty years after a mighty rocket set off from Florida carrying the first humans to the Moon, a veteran of the Apollo 11 crew returned to its fabled launch pad Tuesday to commemorate "one giant leap" that became a defining moment in human history. "We crew felt the weight of the world on our shoulders, we knew that everyone would be looking at us, friend or foe," command module pilot Michael Collins said from the Kennedy Space Center. He and Buzz Aldrin, who piloted the module that landed on the Moon's surface, are the two surviving members from the mission that would change the way humanity saw its place in the universe. Their commander Neil Armstrong, the first man on the Moon, died in 2012 aged 82. The spacecraft took four days to reach the Moon, before the module known as the "Eagle" -- whence the iconic phrase "the Eagle has landed" -- touched the lunar surface on July 20, 1969. ... More

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Sotheby's hosts major exhibition celebrating the émigrés who transformed the British art world   National Gallery of Modern and Contemporary Art explores the role of the vase in art   Benin readies for return of treasures taken by France


William Scott, Red Interior, 1952, Hanover Gallery © Estate of William Scott; Courtesy William Scott Foundation.

LONDON.- This summer, Sotheby’s will host a major new exhibition Brave New Visions: The Émigrés who transformed the British Art World to tell the story of the pioneering émigré dealers and publishers who revolutionised Britain’s art world. Part of Insiders / Outsiders – a nationwide, year-long festival celebrating refugees from Nazi Europe and their indelible contribution to British culture – the exhibition, open from 17 July to 9 August – illustrates the histories and vision of these art world luminaries and highlights their profound influence and impact. Brave New Visions shows how in bleak post-war London, a group of émigrés who had found sanctuary in Britain in the 1930s re-made their lives and introduced avant-garde European and British artists such as Naum Gabo, Oskar Kokoschka, Kurt Schwitters, Graham Sutherland and Ben Nicholson to the broader public. ... More
 

Gaetano Pesce, Amazonia Vase, 1997 ca (Edition 2019). Resin, 100 cm. Courtesy Corsi Design.

ROME.- With the exhibition On Flower Power. The Role of the Vase in Arts, Crafts and Design, curated by Martí Guixé with Inga Knölke, the Galleria Nazionale d’Arte Moderna e Contemporanea radically and unconventionally explores the hybrid territory in which art, design and craftsmanship interact. This exhibition represents the first occasion for the Galleria Nazionale to compare these languages in relation to contemporary art and focuses on a seemingly neutral object: the flower vase. This element, a recurring archetype, becomes the principle medium for a narrative that intertwines the history of art, the history of applied arts and the history of design. After becoming an obsolete object, the vase was rediscovered in the second half of the twentieth century when artists, architects and designers began to re-code a typology, which has now become a real icon of everyday life. Thanks to the shapes and ... More
 

Elected member of the Abomey City Council, head of the region's Heritage and Tourism Office of the historical museum of Abomey, Bernard Gabin Djimasse speaks as he visits the historical museum of Abomey. Yanick Folly / AFP.

ABOMEY-CALAVI (AFP).- The display cases at the royal palaces in Benin's sleepy southern town of Abomey are coated in dust and the exhibition halls plunged in darkness. But local tourism chief Gabin Djimasse hopes all this will change with the return of 26 artefacts from former colonial master France and the construction of a new museum to hold them. "These objects are a chance for the survival of the site," Djimasse told AFP as he toured the vast courtyards lined with bas-relief dating back to the 18th-century Dahomey Kingdom. "They will allow us to build a new museum and make the royal palaces more economically sustainable." In November President Emmanuel Macron took the landmark decision to return the artworks -- including a royal throne -- taken by French ... More


The Brooklyn Museum opens 'Rembrandt to Picasso: Five Centuries of European Works on Paper'   The Montreal Museum of Fine Arts adds major work by Tony Cragg to its collection   Sotheby's to offer the Collection Countess Jacqueline de Ribes, the 'Last Queen of Paris'


Vasily Kandinsky (Russian, 1866–1944). Small Worlds VII, 1922. Color lithograph on wove paper, 10 5/8 x 9 3/16 in. (27 x 23.3 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of Stephen Currier, 58.108.11. © 2019 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York.

BROOKLYN, NY.- Showcasing the breadth of the Brooklyn Museum's exceptional works on paper collection, Rembrandt to Picasso: Five Centuries of European Works on Paper highlights more than one hundred European prints and drawings, pairing masterworks by renowned artists such as William Blake, Albrecht Dürer, Francisco Goya, and Vincent van Gogh with lesser known, rarely seen drawings, prints, and watercolors. Works on view feature intimate portraits, biting social satire, fantastical visions, vivid landscapes, and more, and are organized into four broad chronological sections spanning the early sixteenth through the early twentieth centuries. The exhibition is presented in conjunction with One: Titus Kaphar, which examines ... More
 

Tony Cragg (born in 1949), Sharing, 2005, bronze, cast Schmäke, Düsseldorf. MMFA, gift of Jacques and Céline Lamarre. © Tony Cragg / SOCAN (2019). Photo Christine Guest.

MONTREAL.- The Montreal Museum of Fine Arts welcomes to its collection the bronze sculpture Sharing (2005) by the British artist Tony Cragg, thanks to the generosity of Jacques and Céline Lamarre. Tony Cragg first came to international prominence in the early 1980s with a body of work that explored the sculptural possibilities of everyday objects that he rearranged into sculptural forms, ranging from figures to landscapes to the British Union Jack. In so doing, he endowed these cast-offs with new life in the aim of forcing his viewers not only to consider what they throw away, but also to examine their relationship to materials, both natural and man-made. By the end of the decade, Cragg had moved away from using recycled – or in his words, "processed" – materials in his practice and began ... More
 

Jacqueline de Ribes. Photo: Roloff Beny.

PARIS.- The name “de Ribes” internationally resonates with a timeless sense of style – the essence of French chic and elegance. Over the next year, Sotheby’s will present the collection of the Count and Countess de Ribes, tracing two centuries of French history and Parisian sophistication. Coming from the ancestral home of the de Ribes family – one of the last noble buildings in Paris, the offering is imbued with the presence of its current custodian, Jacqueline de Ribes, the extraordinary muse, socialite and designer immortalised by Richard Avedon and described as the “last Queen of Paris”. Following the recommendation of her late husband, the Countess decided it was time to part with the collection and share it with collectors around the world. Part of the proceeds will benefit charitable and cultural organisations. Comprising paintings and drawings from the 17th to the ... More


South African anti-apartheid singer Johnny Clegg dies aged 66   Christie's offers meteorites from the Stifler Collection   Pace/MacGill moves to Pace Gallery's new headquarters at 540 West 25th Street


In this file photo taken on June 16, 2014, South African singer Johnny Clegg performs during the 20th edition of the World Sacred Music Festival in Fez, Morocco. South African legendary singer Johnny Clegg, who blended Zulu rhythms with Western styles, died on July 16, 2019, after a long battle with cancer, his manager said. Fadel SENNA / AFP.

JOHANNESBURG (AFP).- Legendary South African singer Johnny Clegg, who blended Zulu rhythms with Western styles and defied apartheid segregation laws, died on Tuesday after a long battle with cancer. "Johnny passed away with his family this afternoon," manager Roddy Quinn said. "We are devastated." Clegg succumbed to pancreatic cancer at the age of 66 at his home in Johannesburg, more than four years after he was diagnosed. "Johnny leaves deep footprints in the hearts of every person that considers himself or herself to be an African," Quinn said. "He showed us what it was to assimilate to and embrace other cultures without losing your identity. "In many of us, he awakened awareness." Nicknamed the "White Zulu", Clegg mastered the language, ... More
 

The sale is led by a natural sculpture from outer space – the outstanding aesthetic iron Gibeon Meteorite (Estimate: $250,000 – 350,000). © Christie's Images Ltd 2019.

NEW YORK, NY.- Christie’s announces its auction The Moon and Beyond: Meteorites from the Stifler Collection, which is open for bidding from July 11 - 25 with estimates ranging from $700 up to $350,000. Amongst the foremost collection of meteorites in the World, the Stifler Collection boasts the six largest lunar meteorites on Earth. The vast majority of the collection is being donated to the Maine Mineral & Gem Museum; offered in this auction are duplicates and cuttings taken from specimens being enhanced for display. Proceeds will be donated to the Museum, a land trust created by Stifler & McFadden and other charities supported by the Stifler family. The sale is led by a natural sculpture from outer space – the outstanding aesthetic iron Gibeon Meteorite (Estimate: $250,000 – 350,000) is draped in a variegated gunmetal-hued patina with ochre accents and the broad apex and even more voluminous terminal regions are ... More
 

Pace's new flagship gallery in New York City, located at 540 West 25th Street, opens to the public on September 14, 2019. Courtesy of Bonetti / Kozerski Architecture.

NEW YORK, NY.- Pace/MacGill Gallery announced its move to Pace Gallery’s new headquarters at 540 West 25th Street, where it will join its longtime partners. “Thirty-six years after Pace/MacGill’s founding, we are finally under one roof,” said Marc Glimcher, President of Pace Gallery. “We welcome Pace/MacGill and its team to our flagship building, where we will continue to build on our long and successful relationship.” The transition to 540 West 25th Street will be overseen by Peter MacGill, President of Pace/MacGill, who founded the gallery with partners Arne Glimcher and Dick Solomon in 1983. MacGill will remain closely involved to oversee special projects, while day-to-day operations of the gallery will be overseen by Lauren Panzo, Kimberly Jones, and Margaret Kelly. “After nearly four decades on 57th Street, the move to Chelsea provides a natural time for a transition and a moment to ... More



Spruth Magers presents an exhibition of works by Eric Fischl   Hauser & Wirth opens an exhibition of modern and contemporary works by important female artists   More than 100 artworks added to PAFA's permanent collection at recent Collections Committee meeting


Eric Fischl, Self-Reflection, 2018. Oil on linen, 165,1 × 127 cm. 65 × 50 inches © Eric Fischl. Courtesy of the artist, Skarstedt, New York, and Sprüth Magers.

LOS ANGELES, CA.- For over four decades, Eric Fischl has produced uncompromising images of American society, as seen through the lens of middle and upper class malaise. Figures routinely share space on his canvases, yet their gazes rarely meet; even when they do, through composition, pose and gesture, they are trapped in the midst of strained exchanges that in turn impel the viewer to examine his or her own relationships and sense of self. Monika Sprüth and Philomene Magers are presenting Complications From an Already Unfulfilled Life, the first solo exhibition of Fischl’s paintings in Los Angeles in twenty-five years, and his first with the gallery. The exhibition includes a series of recent works centered on bodies of water: pools, oceans and lakeside views provide the settings for images of aspiration, desire, frivolity and ennui. Fischl’s virtuosic technique is as apparent as ever in these new works. Using a combination of densely l ... More
 

Mary Heilmann, No Passing, 2011 (detail). Oil on canvas, 101.6 x 127 x 3.8 cm / 40 x 50 x 1 1/2 in © Mary Heilmann. Courtesy the artist, Hauser & Wirth and 303 Gallery, New York.

ST. MORITZ.- Hauser & Wirth inaugurated the gallery’s first summer season in St. Moritz with an exhibition of modern and contemporary works by important female artists from the gallery’s roster. Entitled ‘Material Actions’, the exhibition takes its title from a series by the artist Anna Mario Maiolino and refers to the gesture innate in the creative process. The presentation aims to explore the complex discourse of painting, questioning its inherently masculine tradition, and the different ways in which artists in the exhibition have engaged with the genre. All works show traces of the hand whether the artist is expressing geometric form, line or their own subjectivity. The perspectives featured traverse continents and decades including work by the key figures: Rita Ackermann, Ida Applebroog, Mary Heilmann, Jenny Holzer, Luchita Hurtado, Maria Lassnig, Lee Lozano and Anna Maria Maiolino. Of the many dialogues which are evo ... More
 

Other highlights in the latest group of gifts and purchases include eighteen sculptures from the estate of John Rhoden (1916 – 2001).

PHILADELPHIA, PA.- The Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts has announced the addition of 111 historic, modern and contemporary works to its permanent collection of American art, including one of the earliest painted views of the Schuylkill River, which is part of a new PAFA exhibition that opened on June 28, 2019. The newest acquisitions and gifts include Schuylkill Below the Falls, a painting of the Schuylkill River by London-born artist George Beck (1749 – 1812) -- one of the earliest professional landscape painters working in the U.S. -- completed during his time in Philadelphia. Dated circa 1798, the watercolor was painted around the same time Beck received his commission from George Washington to paint scenes of the Potomac for his home at Mount Vernon. “This is an incredibly rare watercolor by Beck,” said Dr. Anna O. Marley, Curator of Historical American Art. “Works by this artist rarely come onto the market. It’s also t ... More



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Pérez Art Museum Miami announces first Caribbean Cultural Institute, with $1M gift from Mellon Foundation
MIAMI, FLA.- Pérez Art Museum Miami has received a $1 million grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation in support of the museum’s new Caribbean Cultural Institute, a curatorial and research platform dedicated to the promotion of scholarship and artistic production across the Caribbean and its diaspora, through exhibitions, publications, programming, and collections development. The Institute cements PAMM’s position as a cultural hub for progressive discussions about the Caribbean through high-level research that encourages a forward-thinking understanding of cultural practices of the region. Streamlining old and new initiatives under one umbrella, the Institute has as its foundation the research, exhibitions, publications, and programming that PAMM has been developing for over a decade. Through these avenues, PAMM explores cultural ... More

$100 bill worth $1 million to be auctioned
SANTA ANA, CA.- Numismatic auction powerhouse Stack’s Bowers Galleries will be presenting for sale an ultra-rare 1882 $100 Gold Certificate estimated at roughly $1 million at The American Numismatic Association World’s Fair of Money in Chicago on Friday, August 16, 2019. This particular Gold Certificate is the only one known to exist in private hands and is estimated at $800,000 - $1.2 million, 8,000 – 12,000 times its face value. The "Triple Signature" 1882 Gold Certificate is one of just three pieces extant. The other two reside in the collections of the Federal Reserve Banks of New York and San Francisco. The face of this note has the portrait of Missouri Senator Thomas Hart Benton (nicknamed "Old Bullion") at the left and the denomination in two conjoined rosettes at the right. Gold overprints include "GOLD" at the top center and backgrounds ... More

The Winter Show 2020 loan exhibition will feature masterworks from across the Hispanic world
NEW YORK, NY.- The Winter Show announced its 2020 loan exhibition featuring masterworks from the renowned collection of the Hispanic Society Museum & Library, spanning 4,000 years of Hispanic history, art, and culture. On view January 24–February 2, 2020, the exhibition is co-curated by esteemed art historian and curator Philippe de Montebello, Chairman of the Board of the Hispanic Society Museum & Library, and acclaimed architect Peter Marino. The Winter Show’s annual loan exhibition offers visitors a focused look at exceptional collections of art, antiques, and design from leading historic institutions, reflecting the quality, range, and expertise of the Fair’s exhibitors. Unrivaled embodies the Hispanic Society Museum & Library collection’s significance and breadth. With more than 18,000 works of art from the Paleolithic Age to the 20th ... More

Solo exhibition by New York based artist Josh Sperling on view at Perrotin
TOKYO.- Perrotin is presenting Summertime, a solo exhibition by New York based artist Josh Sperling. This is his first exhibition in Japan, and fourth with the gallery. Sperling, whose work is noted for his expressive sculptural paintings (playful forms meticulously wrapped in energetically colored canvases), has divided the exhibition into two constituent parts. These separate spaces each feature distinct visual approaches and compositions relevant to Sperling’s practice, merging his interest in canonical art historical movements to more popular post modernist expressions of form. To create his works, Sperling begins the process working with graphic design software to generate digital tiered forms that are then physically fabricated from plywood by an automated hi-tech router, ensuring a degree of perfection unattainable by hand. Sperling stretches swaths ... More

'Material Landscape, Social Landscape: Human Presence' on view at Kunstraum LLC
BROOKLYN, NY.- Kunstraum is presenting Material Landscape, Social Landscape: Human Presence, a summer show that showcases the work of ten artist members who explore notions of human presence and its ambiguous, symbiotic or antagonistic, relationship with the surrounding landscape. Ever since coming into this world, humans have consistently acted as architects and manufacturers of their environment. As civilization progressed, we made discoveries and advances previously unimaginable to the human mind, yet, consequently we allowed our habitat to be demolished. We can communicate in seconds around the globe or make nanotools for microsurgery, while simultaneously the world’s species and habitats have been invaded, destroyed, displaced, and made extinct. Fortunately, nature has its own potential for power and affect. We are ... More

French MPs agree Notre-Dame restoration as controversy swirls
PARIS (AFP).- French MPs on Tuesday approved a law on the reconstruction of Notre-Dame, three months after flames ravaged the great Paris cathedral, but with the rebuilding process still mired in controversy. The cathedral, part of a UNESCO world heritage site covering the banks of the River Seine in Paris, lost its gothic spire, roof and precious artefacts in the April 15 blaze. Tourists in Paris are still heading to Notre-Dame to take photos and selfies, with the horrific fire only increasing its global fame, although they cannot access the esplanade in front of the building let alone the edifice itself. But the passing of the reconstruction bill in the National Assembly -- after months of squabbles -- marked only the start of the hugely controversial and sensitive rebuilding process. "The hardest thing is now ahead of us. We need to strengthen the cathedral ... More

Terra Foundation adds Raymond J. McGuire and Jay Xu to Board of Directors
CHICAGO, IL.- The Terra Foundation for American Art welcomes two new members to its board of directors: Raymond J. McGuire, Vice Chairman of Citigroup and Chairman of Banking, Capital Markets and Advisory; and Dr. Jay Xu, Director and CEO of the Asian Art Museum of San Francisco. “Ray McGuire and Jay Xu, both at the top of their respective fields and passionate ambassadors for American art, lend rich and unique perspectives to the Terra Foundation for American Art board of directors,” said Joseph P. Gromacki, chairman of the Terra Foundation’s board. “Along with all members of the board, they each play an integral role in advancing the foundation’s mission—to foster the exploration, understanding, and enjoyment of the visual arts of the United States for audiences across the globe—through new and innovative partnerships. ... More

Meijer Gardens announces hiring of Curator of Sculpture and Sculpture Exhibitions
GRAND RAPIDS, MICH.- Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park announced the hiring of Dr. Jochen Wierich as Curator of Sculpture and Sculpture Exhibitions. Dr. Wierich comes to Meijer Gardens with extensive curatorial experience, having coordinated and directed exhibitions at Cheekwood Botanical Garden & Museum of Art in Nashville, TN as well as the Mississippi Museum of Art and the Northwest Museum of Arts & Culture in Spokane, WA. While at Cheekwood, Dr. Wierich organized and traveled the exhibition Jaume Plensa: Human Landscape (2015-2016), the largest exhibition of works by the Spanish artist in the United States to date. “It gives me great pleasure to welcome Dr. Jochen Wierich as Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park’s Curator of Sculpture and Sculpture Exhibitions,” said David Hooker, President & CEO at Frederik ... More

Bart van der Heide appointed Director at Museion, Bolzano
BOLZANO.- The Governing Board of Bolzano’s Museum for Modern and Contemporary Art, Museion, has appointed Bart van der Heide as Director. Mr. Van der Heide, until recently Chief Curator and Head of Research at the Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam, will assume his new role on June 1st 2020 and will succeed current Director, Letizia Ragaglia, whose contract can no longer be extended for statutory reasons. Mr. Van der Heide will start his research for Museion’s future program in the fall of 2019. The nomination of Bart van der Heide is the result of a selection process in several parts, the latter phase of which consisted of direct calls to possible candidates. “Bart van der Heide won over the board due to his successful experiences in other renowned art institutions but also because of his vision for the future development of Museion, with new ... More

Gold, silver & bronze medals among Olympic memorabilia up for auction
BOSTON, MASS.- Representing over a century of competition, RR Auction’s July 2019 sale maps the modern Olympic pathway with a diverse, in-demand selection of the rare and remarkable. Highlighted by a wealth of high-end winner’s medals, diplomas, torches, and pins. Among winner’s medals in the online offering: A gold winner's medal from the 2010 Vancouver Olympiad. The stunning winner's medal issued for the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics. Gilt silver, 101 mm, 553 gm, designed by Omer Arbel and Corrine Hunt, struck by the Royal Canadian Mint. The front features embossed Olympic rings against a unique stylized pattern inspired by pods of orca, or killer whales, a theme meant to emphasize the importance of community and teamwork; the reverse bears the Inukshuk emblem of the Vancouver Games, and is engraved in French and English, ... More

Lark Mason Associates Sale of Lalique, Baccarat and other Fine Glass achieves $592,883
NEW BRAUNFELS, TX.- The Lark Mason Associates sale of Lalique, Baccarat, and Other Fine Glass from an American Collector presented on the iGavel Auctions website recently closed with strong results, selling 134 out of 135 lots. The sale total of $592,883, including buyers’ premium, was led by a Baccarat Gilt Bronze Mounted Glass Camel, which realized $43,750. The top Lalique lot was a Green Perruches Vase, No. 876, which fetched $26,250 against an estimate of $4,000-8,000. Says Lark Mason: “We’re pleased that we had such a successful sell-through for this auction with prices in some instances quadrupling many estimates. It proves that glass still holds water as collecting category.” With international bidders from Europe, Asia, South Africa and the United States furiously competing, many lots entered into extended bidding such ... More







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On a day like today, German-American painter and caricaturist Lyonel Feininger was born
July 17, 1871. Lyonel Charles Feininger (July 17, 1871 - January 13, 1956) was a German-American painter, and a leading exponent of Expressionism. He also worked as a caricaturist and comic strip artist. In this image: Hellmut Seemann president of the foundation "Weimarer Klassik", right, talks with William Timken, US ambassador to Germany, left, about drawings of artist Lyonel Feininger after the opening of the "Feininger" exhibition at the Bauhaus museum in Weimar, eastern Germany, Saturday, Feb. 18, 2006.



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