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David Hockney unveils new drawings of his close friends in new exhibition

Hockney has always communicated through drawing; the sittings allow an intimacy and closeness with the subject that cannot be achieved so readily with the bravura of the painted portrait. © David Parry and National Portrait Gallery.

LONDON.- New portraits of David Hockney’s close friends – textile designer, Celia Birtwell; his business manager and curator Gregory Evans, and master printer, Maurice Payne – have gone on public display for the first time in a major new exhibition, David Hockney: Drawing from Life, opening at the National Portrait Gallery, London on Thursday 27 February. Inspired by the National Portrait Gallery exhibition, which explores Hockney as a draughtsman from the 1950s to now by focusing on his depictions of himself and a small group of his closest sitters, Hockney invited his friends to sit for him once more for a new series of drawings – ten of which are on display in the exhibition. Drawn in Los Angeles and Normandy in 2019, the three-quarter length portraits are fond evocations of time spent together and represent the familiar faces and different ... More

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Andrew Jones Auctions' first-ever auction of Collections Curated by Designers of Distinction totals under $2M   Auction House Aguttes announces a rediscovered masterpiece by Sanyu   Convenience, fun and top names tempt a new generation of collectors at Palm Beach Modern Auctions

North Italian Rococo parcel gilt blue and polychrome japanned Chinoiserie decorated commode, Pietro Massa, Piedmont, mid-18th century, 38 ˝ inches tall ($27,500).

LOS ANGELES, CA.- The results of Andrew Jones Auctions’ first-ever auction of Collections Curated by Designers of Distinction were nothing short of phenomenal, as 97 percent of lots found new owners in a sale that totaled just under $2 million. The event was held February 23rd, online and in the downtown Los Angeles gallery at 2221 South Main Street. The sale comprised nearly 500 lots, pulled from six California collections assembled by legends of interior design: Kalef Alaton, Craig Wright, Henrix Allardyce, Therien & Company, Inc., Steven Volpe and James Lumsden. Luxuriously upholstered chairs, elegant occasional tables, Chinoiserie decoration, fine art selections and exquisite objects struck a chord with bidders. ‘We seem to have turned back the clock to a time when richly appointed interiors were the paradigm,” said Andrew Jones, president and CEO of Andrew Jones Auctions. ... More

Sanyu, Potted peonies in a blue and white jardiniere, 1950s Oil on hardboard, signed lower right 43 1/4 x 31 3/8 in. Estimate: €2,500,000-3,500,000.

PARIS.- Aguttes announced the auction of a masterpiece by renowned Chinese painter Sanyu (1901-1966). The painting is from a private collection assembled from the late 1930s and was acquired directly from the artist in the late 50s. It has remained in the hands of the heirs of the original owner, Comtesse Locatelli until April 1990 when bought by a Spanish private collector who kept it until recently. This painting stands as a major piece in Sanyu’s career, for it highlights one of his favourite themes – potted flowers –, its bright and contrasting colours and its size. Potted peonies in a blue and white jardiničre, unseen for 70 years, is estimated between €2,500,000 and €3,500,000. Sanyu was born in 1901 in a province of Sichuan and showed great talent for art from an early age. His father encouraged his creativity and enabled him to take calligraphy lessons with ... More

The George Ohr (American, 1857-1918) vase realized $9,100 on an estimate of $300-500, with strong presale interest.

WEST PALM BEACH, FLA.- Art lovers flocked to South Florida – physically and virtually – for Palm Beach Modern Auctions’ February 8th Modern Art & Design sale headlined by a wall-spanning Tom Wesselmann steel-cut floral bouquet which realized $338,000. The premier sale raked in $2.1 million and recorded an overall 90% sell-through rate, a record single-day event for the firm. “As a new generation develops buying power, the industry changes to reflect their preferences,” says Modern Auctions’ co-owner and auctioneer, Rico Baca, who also mentioned that the live audience trended towards 45-and-under as well. “We’ve seen growth in bidding specific to mobile devices. If they’re bidding online, they’re on the app, not at their desk on a computer. If they have a phone line, they’re taking the call while out and about. One of our phone reps was certain her bidder was on a date during the call.”  ... More

Smithsonian releases 2.8 million free images for broader public use   Clyfford Still canvas leads the Collection of Harry W. & Mary Margaret Anderson at Sotheby's this May   See $100 million of historic rare coins, Georgia gold and "funny money" in Atlanta

Stock Ticker. Photo: National Museum of American History.

WASHINGTON, DC.- The Smithsonian announced today the launch of Smithsonian Open Access, an initiative that removes Smithsonian copyright restrictions from about 2.8 million of its digital collection images and nearly two centuries of data. This means that people everywhere can now download, transform and share this open access content for any purpose, for free, without further permission from the Smithsonian. Among museums and cultural institutions, this is the largest and most interdisciplinary open access program to date. The Smithsonian will continue to add items on an ongoing basis, with more than 3 million images designated as open access by late 2020. “Open access is a milestone for the Smithsonian in our efforts to reach, educate and inspire audiences,” said Smithsonian Secretary Lonnie G. Bunch III. “Through this initiative, we are empowering people across the globe to ... More

Clyfford Still, 1947-Y-No.1. Executed in 1947. Oil on canvas. Courtesy Sotheby's.

NEW YORK, NY.- Sotheby’s announced that they will present Property from the Collection of Harry W. and Mary Margaret Anderson as a highlight of their marquee Contemporary Art auctions this May in New York. Harry W. “Hunk” Anderson (1922 – 2018) and Mary Margaret “Moo” Anderson (1926 – 2019) were among the most passionate and influential American collectors of the 20th century. Theirs is a history of philanthropy and patronage, with countless institutions benefiting from donations of works by Post-war masters such as Jackson Pollock, Robert Rauschenberg, Willem de Kooning, Ellsworth Kelly and David Smith, among many others. Most notably, the Anderson Collection at Stanford University houses more than 120 works gifted from their holdings, through which visitors can explore the breadth of contemporary American art and experience the family’s distinctive vision. Sotheby’s will offer a ... More

The million-dollar penny in Atlanta! Lincoln cents were only supposed to be made of zinc-coated steel in 1943 because copper was needed for World War II efforts. Photo: American Numismatic Association.

ATLANTA, GA.- The public can see more than $100 million of historic rare coins and colorful currency, including a $1 million penny, a $3 million nickel, historic Georgia gold coins and currency, and misprinted “funny money,” at the National Coin & Money Show® in the Cobb Galleria Centre in Atlanta, February 27-29, 2020. Plus, all visitors can find out what their old coins and currency may be worth. “It’s a family-friendly, educational event sponsored by the non-profit American Numismatic Association (,” explained Col. Steve Ellsworth, president of the 25,000-member organization. “Money is history you can hold in your hands, and you can see more than $100 million of historic numismatic treasures on public display at the National Coin & Money Show,” said Ellsworth. Among the special exhibits from the American ... More

Opera star Domingo apologizes as union probe confirms 'inappropriate activity'   Dulwich Picture Gallery opens an ambitious and wide-spanning survey of the origins of surrealist art in Britain   Exhibition offers an overview of Natalia Goncharova's work from the first four decades of the 20th century

In this file photo taken on August 28, 2019 Spanish tenor Placido Domingo gestures as he performs during a concert. Attila KISBENEDEK / AFP.

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MADRID (AFP).- Opera star Placido Domingo, facing multiple allegations of sexual harassment, on Tuesday apologized for "the hurt" caused to his accusers, as a union probe found he engaged in a pattern of "inappropriate activity." The 79-year-old -- a mainstay of some of the world's most prestigious opera houses -- delivered the apology as the American Guild of Musical Artists announced the wrap of an independent investigation into the storied tenor-turned-baritone, which was launched in early September over members' allegations of sexual harassment and discrimination. At least 20 women have accused Domingo of forcibly kissing, grabbing or fondling them in incidents dating back to at least the 1980s. He has maintained that his relationships were consensual, and in the apology ... More

Marion Adnams, L'infante égarée, 1944. Photo: Manchester Art Gallery / Bridgeman Images

LONDON.- Dulwich Picture Gallery will present British Surrealism, an ambitious and wide-spanning survey of the origins of surrealist art in Britain, and the first to trace its roots back to 1620 through supporting archive material. Marking the official centenary of surrealism, when founder André Breton began his experiments in surrealist writing in 1920, it will present a fresh take on this revolutionary movement, through over 70 eclectic works. British Surrealism will explore the contribution and responses that British artists made to the movement, whether they were involved directly as surrealists, or were significantly influenced by it. Bringing together over 40 artists, including Leonora Carrington, Edward Burra, Francis Bacon, Lucian Freud, Ithell Colquhoun, John Armstrong, Paul Nash and Reuben Mednikoff, the exhibition showcases paintings, sculpture, photography, etchings and prints made between the years 1783 ... More

Natalia Goncharova: Peasant Woman from Tula Province (1910). The State Tretyakov gallery. © The State Tretyakov gallery.

HELSINKI.- Natalia Goncharova (1881–1962) is known as a central figure in Russian avant-garde art, inspiring experimental artists in both Russia and Western Europe. The exhibition offers a comprehensive overview of the artist’s work from the first four decades of the 20th century. Before coming to the Ateneum, the exhibition has been displayed at Tate Modern in London and the Palazzo Strozzi in Florence. Natalia Goncharova received recognition early on in her career, proclaiming herself the leading figure of the Russian avant-garde before her artist colleagues Kazimir Malevich, Marc Chagall and Wassily Kandinsky, by staging a huge private exhibition in Moscow in 1913. In 1916, she moved to France and became a key figure in the whirling art world of Paris. Goncharova’s extensive artistic work was inspired by folk art and religious icons. Her art was also contradictory; Goncharova could at one moment be taking part in ... More

Dallas Museum of Art presents two portraits by 17th-century Dutch painter Frans Hals   Auschwitz Memorial upset over scene in new Amazon series 'Hunters'   Hindman continues to expand nationwide with new locations in San Diego and Washington D.C.

Frans Hals, Portrait of Pieter Jacobsz. Olycan, 1629-1630, Private Collection, Courtesy of David Koetser Gallery, Zurich.

DALLAS, TX.- This year, visitors to the Dallas Museum of Art have the rare opportunity to see two paintings that showcase the revolutionary technique of Frans Hals, the first great portraitist of 17th century Holland. Recognized for “painting character” through virtuosic, loose, and animated brushwork, Hals is considered to be the third prominent painter of the Dutch Baroque era along with Rembrandt and Vermeer. Hals’s portraits of Pieter Jacobsz. Olycan—created about a decade apart and nearly 400 years ago—demonstrate the evolution of his technique at the highest point of his career. On loan to the DMA from The John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art and a private collection, the two works depicting the same sitter are perhaps unique for the artist’s oeuvre, as he rarely painted the same subject twice. They are shown side-by-side for the first time in the DMA presentation. ... More

Al Pacino attends the Premiere Of Amazon Prime Video's "Hunters" at DGA Theater on February 19, 2020 in Los Angeles, California. Frazer Harrison/Getty Images/AFP.

LOS ANGELES (AFP).- The Auschwitz museum has slammed Amazon's new television series "Hunters," saying that a fictionalised scene from the show starring Al Pacino was "dangerous" and would encourage "future deniers." "Auschwitz was full of horrible pain & suffering documented in the accounts of survivors," the Auschwitz Memorial, which preserves the site of the Nazi death camp in Poland, tweeted on its official account. "Inventing a fake game of human chess for @huntersonprime is not only dangerous foolishness & caricature," it said. "It also welcomes future deniers. We honor the victims by preserving factual accuracy." The tweet was accompanied by a photo of a scene from the series that showed humans used as chess pieces. The drama series, which stars Pacino as a Holocaust survivor, is set ... More

Maura Ross opened Hindman's first regional office in Naples, Florida in 2010.

CHICAGO, IL.- Hindman Auctions announced two new business development appointments in its ongoing nationwide expansion. Senior Jewelry Specialist and Business Development Director Katie Guilbault will establish Hindman’s presence in Southern California, based in San Diego, and Maura Ross, Business Development Director, will lead Hindman business development efforts in the mid-Atlantic, based in Washington D.C. Working in conjunction with Hindman’s satellite offices and Chicago-based Headquarters, Katie and Maura will continue to source quality consignments across all of Hindman’s collecting categories. Katie Guilbault is a Graduate Gemologist and has traveled the country evaluating important jewelry collections including antique, period and contemporary pieces. She first joined the firm in 2003, where she became the Director of Fine Jewelry and Director of Consignments. In 2007, Katie joined Trabert & Hoeffer ... More

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Kehrer Verlag publishes 'Reconciliation' by S. Billie Mandle
AMHERST, MA.- For ten years S. Billie Mandle photographed confessionals throughout the United States. She visited churches in small towns and large cities, creating images that depict the visible -- and invisible -- traces of people, communities, histories and dogmas. The images speak to the beliefs that define these dark rooms and shape this intimate yet institutional ritual. Photographing from the perspective of the penitent, she used a large format camera and available light, creating images that are more metaphorical than typological. As a queer woman raised Catholic, Mandle has long had a complex relationship to the Church; these photographs are part confession, part reconciliation. The distinguished American writer Kirstin Valdez Quade contributes an original piece of fiction to the book written in the voice of a penitent: "Forgive me, Father, ... More

Taft Deputy Director and Chief Curator receives prestigious award from French Government
CINCINNATI, OH.- The Taft Museum of Art’s Deputy Director and the Sallie Robinson Wadsworth Chief Curator Lynne D. Ambrosini, PhD, has been awarded the Chevalier de l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres (The Order of Arts and Letters) by the Government of France for her contributions to the promotion of French language and culture. Guillaume Lacroix, Consul General of France to the Midwest, traveled from Chicago to present the important award on behalf of the French Government on Thursday, February 20. The award recognizes the achievements of individuals who have contributed significantly to furthering the arts in France and throughout the world. Ambrosini’s relationship with France and its art has been a life-long passion. After decades on researching and ... More

Early coastal scene by landmark Australian painter comes to auction at Ewbank's
LONDON.- When the six colonies of pre-Federation Australia chose the images for their first ever set of pictorial stamps, the authorities in Tasmania turned to Haughton Forrest (1826-1925), one of the first Western artists to capture the majesty of the country’s landscape on canvas. His painting Russell Falls, depicting a celebrated tiered cascade at the centre of Tasmania, was selected as the image for the 4d stamp, while his view of Mount Wellington was used for the 1d stamp. The set, first issued in 1899, was reprinted and reissued several times until 1912, with Australia as a nation issuing its first set of stamps in 1913. Now Ewbank’s Auctions are to sell another Australian painting by Forrest as part of their 30th Anniversary sale on March 19. ‘Cowes’, Schooner and other ships in a Bay against a mountainous landscape, a signed and dated ... More

Richard Saltoun Gallery opens Annegret Soltau's first solo exhibition with the gallery, 'Spider'
LONDON.- Since the 1970s, Annegret Soltau has developed a radical approach to self-representation and the female body, championing an experimental take on photography, collage and performance. A leading figure in the field of Body Art, Soltau’s oeuvre can be understood within the critical frame of Feminist thinking, without being defined by it. Richard Saltoun presents Soltau’s first solo exhibition with the gallery, which partially restages the exhibition SPIDER first held at Galerie Karin Friebe, Darmstadt in 1978 and includes large-scale photo etchings, thread installations, stitched photographs, and the artist’s haunting Spider Drawings. Addressing recurring themes of personal loss, identity and transformation (both bodily and psychological), the exhibition offers a rare insight into her early years in post-war Germany – which have ... More

Video art production award winner Hao Jingban presents Opus One
MADRID.- As 2019 recipient of the Han Nefkens Foundation – ARCOmadrid Video Art Production Award, artist Hao Jingban presents Opus One a dual-channel video installation at Matadero Madrid as part of their “Depth of Field” programme which focuses on the production, screening and study of contemporary audiovisual practice. “This film would like to offer itself as a fish-tank for future fishermen casting their net into the past.” Hao Jingban Documenting the changing experiences of people has been an important part of Jingban’s work. Based in a country that is rapidly changing and where people tend to jump to conclusions in order to understand what is happening around them, she stresses the importance of simply observing, questioning and thinking within her work. "I am particularly pleased to see that Hao Jingban used the opportunity offered ... More

Davis Museum names Nicole Berlin new Assistant Curator of Collections
WELLESLEY, MASS.- The Davis Museum at Wellesley College announced that Dr. Nicole Berlin has been appointed the Assistant Curator of Collections, effective April 1, 2020. As an integral member of the curatorial team, Berlin will develop and maintain an active schedule of collections-based installations and temporary exhibitions, publications, and programs. “A specialist in ancient Mediterranean art and archaeology, Nicole has developed her curatorial expertise through a wide range of experiences in museums, educational institutions, archaeological excavations, and auction houses,” said Amanda Gilvin, the Davis Museum’s Sonja Novak Koerner ’51 Senior Curator of Collections and Assistant Director of Curatorial Affairs. “Her inventive scholarship, digital technological expertise, and fresh curatorial vision make her an ideal fit for the Davis, ... More

All-star lineup of pop culture memorabilia announced for Hake's March 11-12 auction
YORK, PA.- Monsters, Beatles, superheroes and U.S. presidents might sound like strange bedfellows, but their paths will intersect compatibly on March 11-12 at Hake’s first auction of the new decade. More than 2,000 lots of prime pop culture memorabilia will be offered over the two days, encompassing hundreds of popular collecting categories. Auction fireworks could erupt when early original comic art by the legendary Winsor McCay (American, circa 1866/71-1934) crosses the auction block. McCay’s 1903 mixed-media Sunday color page titled “Why the Parrot Learned to Talk” features mischievous characters known as “The Jungle Imps,” who starred in a Cincinnati Enquirer comic strip from January through November 1903. “Winsor McCay, who became famous for his Little Nemo comic strip and Gertie the Dinosaur animated cartoons, created the art for ... More

The Menil Collection presents 'Photography and the Surreal Imagination'
HOUSTON, TX.- Drawn from the Menil Collection’s renowned holdings of Surrealist art and from extraordinary loans from Houston collections, the exhibition Photography and the Surreal Imagination is on view at the Menil Collection now through June 14, 2020. Presenting 62 works that span the years from Surrealism’s eruption in the 1920s to the present day, the exhibition reveals how photographers during and after the Surrealist movement have explored and distorted the human form, manipulated the photographic surface, and used the camera to transform the familiar into the uncanny. Photography’s inherent tension between documentation and invention emerges in the exhibition as the generative force that has made this medium so productive for artists working in the wake of Surrealism. A series of free public events, many scheduled ... More

Kim Jones of Dior Men & Sotheby's team up for 'Contemporary Curated' auction this March in New York
NEW YORK, NY.- Today Sotheby’s unveiled highlights from their Contemporary Curated sale on 6 March in New York. This season, Sotheby's welcomes guest curator Kim Jones, one of the fashion industry’s preeminent voices who currently serves as Artistic Director for Dior Men Ready-to-Wear and Accessories. As the curator, Jones lends his celebrated eye to select his favourite works from the 250+ lots on offer. His selections include outstanding works by Cindy Sherman, David Hockney, Ed Ruscha, Kerry James Marshall, Nick Cave and Richard Prince, among others, reflecting his unique taste and distinct vision. The March sale presents an extraordinary selection of pieces spanning the past seven decades of art history, anchored by exceptional artworks from some of the 20th and 21st century’s greatest creative voices, such as Wayne ... More

The largest solo exhibition of Tomás Saraceno's work in Italy is now open at Palazzo Strozzi
FLORENCE.- This weekend Palazzo Strozzi in Florence welcomed the first visitors to Tomás Saraceno. Aria, a major exhibition curated by Arturo Galansino devoted to one of the world's most original and visionary contemporary artists whose multi-disciplinary practice encompasses art, social and life sciences. Saraceno creates immersive works and participatory experiences that suggest a new way of living in our world by making connections to non-human phenomena such as insects, dust particles and plants. This major exhibition is his largest project to date in Italy, responding to the specific context of Palazzo Strozzi, and its relationship to the cultural and scientific history of Florence. The exhibition opens with a major site-specific installation for the courtyard of Palazzo Strozzi. This work, comprised of large, reflective spheres, introduces Saraceno’s ... More

Made in Albania: carnival masks that travel the world
SHKODËR (AFP).- In a quiet studio in northern Albania, artists delicately paint, gild and bejewel tens of thousands of Venetian masks that revellers around the world have been donning for carnival season. Some 50 staff hand-craft the one-of-a-kind pieces from their factory in lakeside Shkoder, which exports up to 30,000 masks around the globe every year. "At first every (mask) is a mystery, you have to be patient to do it, but you can't wait to see the final product," explained Nora Gjonaj, a 41-year-old artist who has been working in Albania's Venice Art Mask Factory for two decades. The masks range from relatively simple eye-coverings to towering, ornate head pieces, with costs running from 20 euros to 1,500 euros ($21 to $1,620) in the showroom next door. While most of the masks are destined for the Venice market -- whose carnival was suddenly ... More

China sentences Swedish bookseller Gui Minhai to 10 years jail
BEIJING (AFP).- China has sentenced Swedish book publisher Gui Minhai to 10 years in prison on charges of illegally providing intelligence abroad, and claimed him as a citizen, prompting Stockholm to call for his release in a case that has rattled diplomatic relations. Gui, one of five Hong Kong-based booksellers known for publishing salacious titles about China's political leaders, was snatched by authorities while on a train to Beijing in February 2018, the second time he disappeared into mainland custody. A court in the eastern city of Ningbo said Chinese-born Gui was sentenced Monday to 10 years in jail, and claimed he had also voluntarily reinstated his Chinese citizenship in 2018. Since Beijing does not recognise dual citizenship, "China, according to law, only recognises him as a Chinese citizen", foreign ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian said ... More

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On a day like today, French illustrator and painter Honoré Daumier was born
February 26, 1808. Honoré-Victorin Daumier (February 26, 1808 - February 10, 1879) was a French printmaker, caricaturist, painter, and sculptor, whose many works offer commentary on social and political life in France in the 19th century. In this image: Honore Daumier, Lunch in the Country, c. 1867-1868. Oil on panel, 26 x 34 cm. National Museum of Wales, Cardiff. Photo © National Museum of Wales

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