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Innovative exhibition on energy at Nassau Museum brings together art and science

The exhibition includes a monumental painting by Doug Argue similar to the one commissioned for the World Trade Center lobby.

ROSLYN HARBOR, NY.- For the first time at any art museum, top-tier scientists and major figures in art (including Jackson Pollock, Alexander Calder, Jasper Johns, James Rosenquist, Frank Stella, Julie Mehretu and Man Ray) are brought together in one interactive exhibition. Prepared in collaboration with the Brookhaven National Laboratories and the Tesla Museum, this innovative show uses masterworks of art side-by-side with images produced by the most advanced scientific instruments and an active “cloud chamber” experiment from Brookhaven (North America’s only super-collider) to explore the invisible world of energy in all its many forms. Nikola Tesla’s original laboratory is re-created in the museum, complete with generators, instruments and his original drawings tracking his inventions of alternating current, long-distance wireless signals (the predecessor of WiFi) and other epochal discoveries. The galleries are filled with major works of painting and sculpture by artists who are fas ... More

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Sotheby's to offer the personal collection of Claude & François-Xavier Lalanne   MoMA receives transformative gift of African contemporary art from collector Jean Pigozzi   The J. Paul Getty Museum presents 'An Enduring Icon: Notre-Dame Cathedral'


A Window into the Magical Universe of Les Lalanne. Courtesy Sotheby's.

PARIS.- This autumn, in a landmark dedicated two-day sale in Paris, Sotheby’s will offer over 280 works of art from the extraordinary collection of Claude and François-Xavier Lalanne – two of the most pioneering, important and beloved artists of the 20th century, who lived and worked alongside each other in perfect harmony for over five decades. ‘Les Lalanne’, as they affectionately came to be known, gave life to a poetic œuvre, injecting the familiar and functional with a dreamlike enchantment and overriding sense of humour and whimsy. Loved and celebrated by many of the leading artists, influencers and collectors of their generation, Les Lalanne were part of the cultural tapestry of the 20th-century arts scene, their work featuring on everything from Serge Gainsbourg album covers to Salvador Dalí’s dining table. With each lot in the sale appearing at auction directly from their home and studio near Fontaineb ... More
 

Bodys Isek Kingelez (Congolese, 1948-2015). U.N. 1995. Paper, paperboard, and other various materials, 35 13/16 × 29 1/8 × 20 7/8″ (91 × 74 × 53 cm), irreg. The Museum of Modern Art, New York. CAAC-The Pigozzi Collection. Gift of Jean Pigozzi, 2019.

NEW YORK, NY.- The Museum of Modern Art announces a major gift of 45 works of African contemporary art from the prolific collector Jean Pigozzi. The gift includes a selection of sculptures by Romuald Hazoumè (Beninese, born 1962) and Bodys Isek Kingelez (Congolese, 1948–2015); paintings by Moké (Congolese, 1950–2001) and Chéri Samba (Congolese, born 1956); an extraordinary group of photographs by artists such as Seydou Keïta (Malian, 1923–2001), Ambroise Ngaimoko/Studio 3Z (Congolese, born Angola. 1949), and Jean Depara (Congolese, born Angola. 1928–1997); drawings by the mystic Gedewon (Ethiopian, 1939–1995) and Abu Bakarr Mansaray (Sierra Leonian, born 1970); and one of the landmark works of the 20th century: Alphabet bété (1991), a ... More
 

Charles Soulier, Chevet de Notre-Dame-de-Paris, vue prise du Quai de La Tournelle, 1860s. Albumen silver print. Image: 9 13/16 × 7 9/16 in. Accession No. 84.XP.218.1 The J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles.

LOS ANGELES, CA.- One of the most recognizable landmarks on UNESCO’s List of World Heritage Sites, Notre-Dame Cathedral in Paris has come to symbolize a range of meanings in the cultural imagination: a major religious edifice, a masterpiece of medieval architecture, a repository for important relics and art, a symbol of Paris, and an iconic French landmark. On April 15, 2019, a massive fire ravaged the 850-year-old cathedral, destroying the medieval wooden trusses supporting the roof, toppling the famous spire and severely damaging the building. Though the structure’s stability remains in question, all the historic relics and works of art–including the celebrated rose windows were saved by the rapid response of emergency workers and Cathedral staff, as well as experts charged with the preservation of the art and ... More


Hauser & Wirth announces worldwide representation of Ed Clark   Seattle Art Museum celebrates the cultural legacy of Paul G. Allen with works from the family collection   Worcester Art Museum received $10 million donation


Portrait of Ed Clark. Photo: Chester Higgins Jr / The New York Times / Redux.

NEW YORK, NY.- Marc Payot, Partner and Vice President of Hauser & Wirth, today announced that the gallery now represents American artist Ed Clark exclusively worldwide. Born in New Orleans in 1926 and raised in Chicago, Clark emerged in the 1950s as a pioneer of the New York School. Over the course of seven decades, his experimentation with pure color, abstract form, and the seductive materiality of paint have yielded an oeuvre of remarkable originality, extending the language of American abstraction. Clark’s breakthroughs have an important place in the story of modern and contemporary art: In the late 1950s he was the first American artist credited with exhibiting a shaped canvas, an innovation that continues to reverberate today. His search for a means to breach the limitations of the conventional paintbrush led him to use a push broom to apply pigment to canvas laid out on the floor. Defying the discreet ... More
 

Sandro Botticelli, The Madonna of the Magnificat, c. 1480-1489. Tempera on panel, 24 3/4 inches diameter. Paul G. Allen Family Collection.

SEATTLE, WA.- The Seattle Art Museum presents A Cultural Legacy: A Series of Paintings from the Paul G. Allen Family Collection (July 24, 2019–July 20, 2020). The iterative single-painting exhibition features works by Lucian Freud, Sandro Botticelli, and Georgia O’Keeffe from the Paul G. Allen Family Collection, one of the most significant private collections in the United States. On view one at time, the paintings will connect thematically to other work at the museum. Paul G. Allen, Microsoft co-founder and philanthropist, had a lifelong interest in the visual arts and stewarded the development of a collection that spans centuries, genres, and media. He was a frequent lender and donor to the Seattle Art Museum, including making a substantial financial contribution in support of the creation of SAM’s Olympic Sculpture Park. In 2017, Allen lent 39 works from the ... More
 

Jean McDonough continues her lifelong support of the museum.

WORCESTER, MASS.- The Worcester Art Museum today announced that it has received a $10 million gift from the C. Jean & Myles McDonough Charitable Foundation—the largest single donation in WAM’s history. This contribution follows the Foundation’s $4 million endowment gift and naming of WAM’s directorship in 2015, and continues Jean McDonough’s lifelong support of the Museum with a gift targeted at supporting both the Museum’s near-term needs and its long-term financial health. “The Worcester Art Museum is a tremendous resource for culture and education for people throughout New England, and an institution greatly deserving all of our support,” said Neil McDonough. “With my mother’s gift, we see an opportunity to strengthen the Museum’s current operations, encourage growth of the endowment, and support its ambitious plans for the future.” Lisa McDonough, a WAM Trustee and ... More


Victoria Miro exhibits portraits drawn from the last four years of Milton Avery's life   Heritage Platinum Night Sports Auction teems with elite, game-used material and high-grade cards   Christie's collaborates with Markarian and CeCe Barfield Inc. for interiors auction


Milton Avery, New Hat, 1962. Oil on board, 76.2 x 61 cm. 30 x 24 in © 2019 Milton Avery Trust / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York and DACS, London 2019. Courtesy Milton Avery Trust and Victoria Miro, London/Venice.

VENICE.- Victoria Miro presents an exhibition of portraits drawn from the last four years of Milton Avery’s life. Characterised by economy of touch and luminescence of colour, the works on view see the artist apply a lifetime of experience to cherished subjects and motifs. Milton Avery (1885–1965) made portraits throughout his career yet, bar a handful of exceptions, did not accept commissions. Instead, he drew and painted what was most dear to him and closest to hand – family and friends, at home or on vacation. As Mark Rothko commented in his memorial address: ‘What was Avery’s repertoire? His living room, Central Park, his wife Sally, his daughter March… his friends and whatever world strayed through his studio; a domestic, unheroic cast. But from these there have been ... More
 

Expected to earn the top result in the sale is the only Lou Gehrig jersey photo-matched to multiple games in which he hit a home run, a road grey gamer sported during the Yankees’ World Championship season of 1937.

DALLAS, TX.- The world’s largest collectibles auctioneer is expected to add more than $10 million to its hobby-topping sales figures August 17-18, when more than 600 elite lots close in extended bidding format on the industry’s most-visited website. Heritage will be showcasing the top lots of this sale at the National Sports Collectors Convention in Chicago two weeks before bidding closes, providing its clients an up-close-and-personal look at lots ranging from five to seven figures in value. Expected to earn the top result in the sale is the only Lou Gehrig jersey photo-matched to multiple games in which he hit a home run, a road grey gamer sported during the Yankees’ World Championship season of 1937. Top-tier lumber from Honus Wagner and Mickey Mantle will tempt high-end ... More
 

Alexandra O’Neill and CeCe Barfield Thompson. © Christie's Images Ltd 2019.

NEW YORK, NY.- Christie’s announces the summer Interiors auction of 495 lots of furniture, decorative objects, and fine art on August 21-22, will feature a collaboration with Alexandra O’Neill, designer of the ready-to-wear line Markarian, and CeCe Barfield Thompson principal of the interior design firm CeCe Barfield, Inc. The guest auction tastemakers have created capsule collections of dresses and homeware inspired by the objects in the auction, which will be sold exclusively at Bergdorf Goodman in New York beginning August 12. The auction preview will be held August 16-20 at Christie’s Rockefeller Galleries and will feature vignettes curated by the designers incorporating items from their capsule collections. A Christie’s Lates event of gallery talks and other activities will take place on August 16 from 6-8pm. From antique furniture to modern design classics, Christie's Interiors sale offers a broad range ... More



Sotheby's to exhibit 570+ Artforum issues, part of new partnership with magazine   BFI curated London Bridges on Film free online film collection celebrates launch of Illuminated River art commission   Phillips names Olivia Thornton Head of 20th Century & Contemporary Art, Europe


Cover Artists Include Frank Stella, Robert Rauschenberg, Andy Warhol, Lee Krasner, Helen Frankenthaler, Walter de Maria, Diane Arbus, Agnes Martin, Louise Bourgeois, Kara Walker, Yinka Shonibare, and more. Courtesy Artforum.

NEW YORK, NY.- Sotheby’s New York presents a special exhibition in partnership with Artforum to showcase six decades of the leading art world publication’s covers, which have never before been publicly displayed together. The exhibition, Covering the Art World: Six Decades of Artforum, will feature all 573 Artforum covers published from 1962, when the magazine was founded, to the present day. For the exhibition, original Artforum issues will be displayed chronologically, with individual cover artists identified for each issue, creating a panorama of the history of contemporary art that visually charts the magazine’s editorial approach for nearly 60 years, from the early issues when the conversation was still primarily focused on representational art and Abstract Expressionism in the early 1960s, to the development of Minimalism, ... More
 

Central London Street Scenes (1923) These atmospheric fog-bound scenes were originally shot for Maurice Elvey’s Sherlock Holmes feature The Sign of Four, including a climactic speedboat chase down the Thames.

LONDON.- To coincide with the launch of the first phase of Illuminated River, an ambitious new public art commission that will eventually see up to 15 bridges lit along the Thames, the BFI have specially curated an online collection of films drawn from the BFI National Archive, available now to view for free on BFI Player. London’s Bridges on Film represents 100+ years of life on the Thames, with the earliest film in the collection, Blackfriars Bridge from 1896. Celebrating the heritage, culture and history of the river these selected films capture the daily interaction of Londoners at work Thames Division (1955), The Open Road (1926), Drills at Southwark and New HQ (1936), Railway Bridge Across the Thames (1968) and at play We Are The Lambeth Boys (1959) Women’s Thames Swim (1921), Canoe (1961), Sidewalk Surfing (1978) while showcasing the architecture of the bridges ... More
 

Ms. Thornton joins Phillips following 12 years at Sotheby’s as Senior Director in the Contemporary Art Department. Image courtesy of Phillips.

LONDON.- Phillips announced the appointment of Olivia Thornton as Head of the 20th Century & Contemporary Art Department, Europe. The addition of Ms. Thornton, a well-regarded industry leader, will strengthen Phillips’ team of international specialists and broaden the range of expertise the auction house offers collectors. She will be based in London. Ms. Thornton joins Phillips following 12 years at Sotheby’s as Senior Director in the Contemporary Art Department. She began her career at Sotheby's in 2006, becoming Head of Day Sales in 2011. During her five years leading the sale, Olivia grew the category by volume and value, building the sale profile through active business getting and sourcing sale-defining art works. As Head of the Department in Europe, Ms. Thornton will be responsible for overseeing all aspects of Phillips’ 20th Century & Contemporary auctions and cultivating networks among collectors, dealers, curators an ... More



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The Ringling's Art of Performance series artists receive grants
SARASOTA, FLA.- The John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art announced that the museum’s Art of Performance program will feature two artists who have recently been recipients of 2019-2020 Southern Exposure: Performing Arts of Latin America program grants. Mid-Atlantic Arts Foundation (MAAF) and the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) have announced grants totaling $120,000. The support will help communities across the U.S. bring exceptional performing arts groups from Latin America for performances and community engagement activities that build an understanding and appreciation for the richness and diversity of Latin American cultures. "We are thrilled to be able to share these wonderful musicians, dancers, and theater artists with communities across the United States," said Theresa Colvin, Executive Director of Mid- ... More

Palazzo Reale in Milan opens an exhibition of works by Nanda Vigo
MILAN.- From 23 July to 29 September 2019, on the first floor of Palazzo Reale in Milan, it opens to the public the show Nanda Vigo. Light Project, curated by Marco Meneguzzo. Promoted by Comune di Milano | Cultura, Palazzo Reale, and the Archivio Nanda Vigo, the show is part of a series with which Palazzo Reale for the fourth consecutive year explores, in its summer programme, contemporary art, scrutinising and evaluating the work of masters of Italian art from the post-war period until today. It also investigates the relationship that they have had with the city of Milan where they live, create, and develop their art, as in the specific case of Nanda Vigo. Nanda Vigo. Light Project is the first anthological retrospective show devoted by an Italian institute to this Milanese artist and architect who has influenced the Italian and European art scene of the ... More

Exhibition at Royal Saltworks celebrates 50 years of Woodstock
ARC-ET-SENANS.- Following on from utopian architect Luc Schuiten’s Cités Végétales exhibition, in 2019 the Royal Saltworks are celebrating 50 years of another utopic vision. This one was shared by an entire generation and it came into full expression at New York state’s Woodstock Festival in August 1969. Young people flocked to it in huge numbers to soak up its pop, folk, rock, soul and blues performances. This was a unique moment for a generation that had just experienced an eruption of protest in 1968, as well as the Apollo 11 mission in which humankind set foot on the moon for the very first time. Woodstock marked the highpoint of the hippy movement, with its “flower children” opposing the Vietnam War and violence in all its forms whilst celebrating peace and love with slogans such as “make love not war”. The psychedelic Woodstock Spirit 1969-2019 ... More

Turner Contemporary presents a newly commissioned ongoing residency and exhibition by Barbara Walker
MARGATE.- Place, Space and Who is a new commission by British, Birmingham based artist Barbara Walker. Exploring identity and belonging, it features portraits of women from the African Diaspora living in and around Margate. Walker is developing the artwork through a 4-month residency at Turner Contemporary, filling the double height Sunley Gallery with large-scale portraits and drawings made directly onto the gallery walls. Throughout the residency, Walker has been connecting with women from different generations, both longstanding residents and more recent arrivals to the area. Their stories and experiences have informed the artwork and how it continues to evolve and grow on the walls of the space. Over 20 years, Walker has been committed to a practice of figurative drawing and painting, concerned with issues of class, gender, race, power ... More

Sculptor Gustav Vigeland inspires a new generation of budding artists in fun social media campaign
OSLO.- A month into the campaign, more than 400 contributions have already been received for #InspiredbyVigeland, Kulturetaten's social media campaign to celebrate the 150th anniversary of the birth of Gustav Vigeland, Norway's most famous sculptor. There has been a lot of interest from both Norway and abroad, with about half of the contributions from countries in Europe but also from Russia, Chile, the USA, China and South Africa. Both amateurs and professional artists have submitted entries, in a multitude of genres, including digital art, drawing, painting, poetry, photography, street art and much more. And they have shown plenty of imagination in doing so! From Star Wars to tattoos, from an angry boy made of brown cheese to an animated juggling skeleton - people have been inspired in very many different ways. And that's great, ... More

Chinese Qing dynasty robin's egg blue vase realizes $50,000 at Bruneau & Co's sale
CRANSTON, RI.- A gorgeous Chinese Qing dynasty robin’s egg blue vase, 12 ¾ inches tall, soared to $50,000 to take top lot honors at an Antiques, Collectibles & Fine Art Auction held July 13th by Bruneau & Co. Auctioneers, online and in the Cranston gallery at 63 Fourth Avenue. Just over 400 lots came up for bid in the sale that was highlighted by Asian arts and Coca-Cola. The Chinese robin’s egg blue vase was potted bulbous baluster form having a corseted quatrefoil neck and rim with archaic handles and finished in a mottled robin’s egg blue glaze on a finely ground foot. The high-quality piece of porcelain bore a Qing dynasty mark to the underside and had been drilled, showing some minor kiln pitting. That didn’t deter bidders eager to claim it. “The beauty of Asian arts is when two collectors fall in love you never know what the price will be,” said ... More

Sandra Patron appointed head of the CAPC musée d'art contemporain
BORDEAUX.- Nicolas Florian, Mayor of Bordeaux, has appointed Sandra Patron as head of the CAPC Musée d’art contemporain. The current director of the Sérignan regional Museum of Contemporary Art, since 2014, will take up her post on September the 16th. Since 2018, the DGAC (general direction of the cultural affairs) has led a substantive work to reaffirm the priorities of the CAPC, a venue for contemporary art creation, whose attendance is up to 18% for one year. Those priorities are: • to hinge around a vision of the world and a critical thinking reflecting our time and period in which the programmes should fall within; • to assert the presence of living artists at the center of the project and develop the in situ creations in the museum’s main hall; • to program various typologies of exhibitions reviewing our time, monographic or group exhibitions, offering ... More

Margaret Thatcher's personally owned bible and hymn book to be auctioned
LOS ANGELES, CA.- A personally owned bible and hymn book owned by British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher will be auctioned by Nate D. Sanders Auctions on July 25, 2019. Thatcher was brought up as a devout Methodist. The Prime Minister’s father was a Methodist preacher and she was a lay Methodist preacher before she became a politician. Thatcher's faith was an essential part of her life; thus being presented with the bible at the historic St. George's Chapel at Windsor was especially meaningful to her. The Bible was presented to Thatcher by the Dean and Canons of Windsor, the ecclesiastical body of St George's Chapel, Windsor Castle on June 19, 1995. The occasion was Thatcher's appointment as a Lady of The Most Noble Order of the Garter, one of the highest chivalric orders of the United Kingdom. The softcover has gilt ... More

UMMA appoints Jim Leija Deputy Director for Public Experience and Learning
ANN ARBOR, MICH.- The University of Michigan Museum of Art has appointed Jim Leija as its Deputy Director for Public Experience and Learning. His appointment is effective September 9, 2019. In his new role at UMMA, Leija will be responsible for the strategic direction and oversight of how the public experiences the Museum, and learns in and from it. He will advocate for a diversity of audiences, partner with community and student groups, and actively curate spaces inside and outside the Museum to address the desires and needs of a broad, engaged public. “We are thrilled to welcome Jim Leija to UMMA,” says Director Christina Olsen. “He has deep experience partnering with communities on creative projects that address urgent issues, and exploring the intersections of theatrical and visual artist practice and spaces. His background will ... More

Group exhibition featuring six artists and one collective opens at The Korean Cultural Centre UK
LONDON.- The Korean Cultural Centre UK, Gwangju Museum of Art and Asia Culture Centre present Circulation Metaphor, a group exhibition featuring six artists and one collective, who through various forms of new media art explore the circulation of life and nature. By introducing Korean contemporary artists who live and work in the Gwangju area Circulation Metaphor is part of a series of events that celebrate the city and its strong connection to media art. Since 2014 the city has been a member of UNESCO’s Creative Cities Network, a group of 180 global cities who have placed creativity and the cultural industries at the very heart of their development plans. The exhibition also celebrates Gwangju’s 2019 status as a city of culture. Each artist in the exhibition works on the idea of circulation, exploring humankind’s relationship with nature. Growing from the question ... More

A fine army gold medal for the Peninsula War sells for more than £30,000 at Dix Noonan Webb
LONDON.- The fine Army Gold Medal to Lieutenant-Colonel James Hugonin, 4th Dragoons, a distinguished officer who led the 4th’s left squadron in Le Marchant’s brilliant charge of the Heavy Brigade at Salamanca; by far the most important British cavalry action of the Peninsula war sold for £31,200 last week at Dix Noonan Webb, the international coins, medals, banknotes and jewellery specialists in their 2-day auction of Orders, Decorations, Medals and Militaria at their auction rooms in central Mayfair (16 Bolton St, London, W1J 8BQ). Estimated at £20,000-26,000, this was the highest price in the sale which comprised 1575 lots. After being contested on the phone and the internet, the gold medal was purchased by a private collector. Hugonin was an interesting character who commanded his Regiment at the battle of Toulouse and was the youngest ... More







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On a day like today, Czech painter and illustrator Alphonse Mucha was born
July 24, 1860. Alfons Maria Mucha (24 July 1860 - 14 July 1939), known as Alphonse Mucha, was a Czech Art Nouveau painter and decorative artist, known best for his distinct style. He produced many paintings, illustrations, advertisements, postcards, and designs. In this image: The "Slav Epic", a cycle of 20 allegories tracing the history of the Slavic people and inspired in part by mythology, by Art Nouveau Czech artist Alfons Mucha, at the National Gallery in Prague."The Slav Epic" by Alfons Mucha, a Czech Art Nouveau gem, went on display in Prague, fulfilling the wish of the artist who spent 18 years on the series of paintings from 1910 to 1928.



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