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Seven Fauvist works newly deposited on permanent loan at the Kunstmuseum Basel

Georges Braque, Port de l'Estaque, 1906 (detail). Öl auf Leinwand, 50 x 61 cm. Inv. Dep 141. Kunstmuseum Basel- Dauerleihgabe aus Privatsammlung. Photo: Privatsammlung, ©2020, Pro Litteris, Zurich.

BASEL.- The Kunstmuseum Basel announced that seven outstanding works of art, mainly by artists associated with the Fauve movement, are being shown on permanent loan. The works enhance an aspect of the museum’s collection of French Modernism that until now has been of lesser prominence than its first-rate holdings of Cubist art. From 4 July 2020, six of the paintings by André Derain, Georges Braque, Maurice de Vlaminck, and others, went on display on the second floor of the Hauptbau as part of the reinstallation of classic modernist art. In addition, a key painting by Gabriele Münter has also been acquired from the lenders’ collection. These paintings are from a Swiss private collection of Fauvist works. Fauvism is a style of painting developed by Henri Matisse and André Derain during 1905 in the seaside town of Collioure in the south of France. Shocked by the new style’s unrestrained and richly contrasting colours, a Parisian ar ... More

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Fossil of giant 70m year-old fish found in Argentina   Michael Werner Gallery announces East Hampton location   A selection of works from Mary Duke Biddle Trent Semans Foundation to be offered at Bonhams

The fossilized remains of this Xiphactinus – similar to the one found in Argentina – was discovered in the US state of Kansas and sold at auction in 2010. Robyn Beck AFP.

BUENOS AIRES (AFP).- A giant 70 million year old fossil of a fish that lived amongst dinosaurs has been discovered in Argentine Patagonia, a team of researchers said on Monday. Argentine paleontologists "found the remains of a predator fish that was more than six meters long," the researchers said in a statement. The discovery was published in the scientific journal Alcheringa: An Australasian Journal of Palaeontology. The fish "swam in the Patagonian seas at the end of the Cretaceous Period, when the temperature there was much more temperate than now," the statement said. "The fossils of this carnivorous animal with sharp teeth and scary appearance were found close to the Colhue Huapial lake" around 1,400 kilometers south of the capital Buenos Aires. This fossil belonged to the Xiphactinus genus, "amongst the largest predatory fish that existed in the history of Earth." ... More

Enrico David, Tools and Toys III, 2014. Jesmonite, graphite, copper. From an edition of 5 + 2 APs, 23 1/4 x 20 1/2 x 3 inches, 56 x 52 x 8 cm. Courtesy Michael Werner Gallery, New York and London.

EAST HAMPTON, NY.- Michael Werner Gallery announced the inaugural exhibition at their East Hampton space, opening on Friday 10 July 2020. Located at 50 Newtown Lane in East Hampton, the opening show will be Sigmar Polke, Francis Picabia and Friends. Sigmar Polke (1941-2010) was one of the most influential and important painters in post-war Germany. Polke's career started at a time of social upheaval and cultural development throughout Europe, particularly in Germany. This led Polke to push the boundaries of painting throughout his career. He drew inspiration from Francis Picabia (1879-1953), a maverick French painter whose work transcends the many styles and periods of the early 20th century. Beginning in the late 19th century, Picabia was central to, and then rejected, many of the movements of the early 20th century, from Dada through ... More

John Singer Sargent (1856-1925), Mrs. John C. Tomlinson (detail), 58 1/8 x 37 7/8in (147.6 x 96.2cm) Estimate: $200,000 - 300,000. Photo: Bonhams.

NEW YORK, NY.- A portrait by John Singer Sargent, Mrs John. C Tomlinson, from the prestigious Mary Duke Biddle Trent Semans Foundation leads Bonhams American Art sale in New York on Wednesday, July 29. Estimated at $200,000-300,000, it is among several highlights from The Mary Duke Biddle Trent Semans Foundation collection in the sale. Bonhams Director of American Art Jennifer Jacobsen said, “By the turn of the 20th century, Sargent had confirmed his reputation as a leading portraitist for American and European high society. Mrs John C. Tomlinson is an exemplary work, showcasing the artist’s trademark painterly technique and his maturity as a portrait painter who described his sitters in truth, while revealing their alluring elegance and grace.” The New York socialite Dora Tomlinson led a glittering lifestyle, mixing with New York’s elites and travelling frequently to Europe with her husband John, ... More

Christie's announces the first virtual Asian Art Week   Gladstone Gallery announces the representation of The Estate of Elizabeth Murray   Masterwork by Henry Moore achieves top lot at Bonhams Sale of Impressionist & Modern Art

Francis Newton Souza (1924-2002), Frightened Head. Oil on board, 30 x 24 in. Painted in 1957. Estimate: USD $150,000-250,000. © Christie's Images Ltd 2020.

NEW YORK, NY.- This July Christie’s announces its biannual visual feast of Asian art is taking place in a fully digital format for the first time. Asian Art Week Online July 2020 presents a series of online auctions, virtual viewings, and digital events from July 7-24. From rare Song-dynasty ceramics and 17th-century Japanese screens to Tyeb Mehta’s seminal exploration of his Falling Figure, Asian Art Week offers an extraordinary breadth of work drawn from over 3,000 years of artmaking on the vast continent. View the art online in rich detail, explore our enhanced virtual viewing rooms, and read more about the highlights of the sales beginning July 7 on The virtual exhibition will be available on July 10. Tina Zonars, Chairman of Asian Art at Christie’s, remarks: “We are delighted to announce our first-ever Online installment of Asian Art Week, which will include a comprehensive array of sales ... More

Elizabeth Murray in her Duane Street studio with Switchback (in progress), New York (c1996). Photography by In Out Studio Inc. © The Murray-Holman Family Trust / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York. Courtesy Gladstone Gallery, New York and Brussels.

NEW YORK, NY.- Gladstone Gallery announced its representation of the Estate of Elizabeth Murray. Murray’s densely painted, often uniquely-shaped canvases and intuitive approach to depicting forms and colors in space transformed the course of art history and continue to have a significant impact on contemporary artists working today. Born in 1940 in Chicago, Murray had an interest in art from an early age. While attending the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, she was deeply influenced by the work of Paul Cézanne, which inspired her to pursue a degree in painting. After graduating in 1962, Murray received her MFA from Mills College in Oakland, California in 1964, and relocated to New York City in 1967. In New York, Murray developed a singular artistic practice and honed her ... More

Henry Moore (1898-1986), Two Piece Sculpture No. 7: Pipe (Conceived in 1966) Price realized: $620,075 © The Henry Moore Foundation. All Rights Reserved, DACS 2020 /

NEW YORK, NY.- Two Piece Sculpture No. 7: Pipe, a masterwork by British sculptor Henry Moore (1898-1986) sold for $602,075 at Bonhams Impressionist & Modern Art sale on July 7 in New York. Two Piece Sculpture No. 7: Pipe was cast in bronze in a numbered edition of nine plus one artist's proof. Other bronze casts of this work are in the collections of the Tate Gallery, London and The Whitworth Gallery at the University of Manchester. The original plaster from which the bronzes were cast is in the Henry Moore Sculpture Centre at the Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto. Bonhams Director of Impressionist and Modern Art in New York, Molly Ott Ambler, commented: “In this unprecedented season, we saw a solid appetite for a vast array of works from artists like Pierre Puvis De Chavannes and Karl Hofer to modern ones like Henry Moore and Fernand Léger. We were also pleased to see collectors ... More

Richard di Liberto, expert photographer of museum art, dies at 82   Christie's announces highlights included in The Collector sale   Chitra Ganesh joins Hales

Richard di Liberto in an undated photo. (di Liberto family via The New York Times)

by Steven Kurutz

NEW YORK (NYT NEWS SERVICE).- As the chief of photography at the Frick Collection on the Upper East Side of Manhattan, Richard di Liberto was one of the “upstairs” employees — the curators, conservators and administrators who run the museum. But di Liberto, the son of an Italian immigrant bricklayer, liked to hang out downstairs — in the basement billiards room, with the custodians, gardeners, guards, art movers and maintenance workers who shot pool in the afternoons. A musician since his teens, he used lunch breaks to play drums at Jazz at Noon, a long-running weekly jam session in Manhattan. And when his granddaughter visited him at work, di Liberto would lift the velvet rope and whisk her upstairs to show off the opulent rooms forbidden to museumgoers. Di Liberto photographed the Frick’s collection of paintings, drawings, sculpture, decorative objects and furniture from 1974 ... More

A German Jewelled Gold-Mounted Hardstone Snuffbox, probably Dresden, circa 1765. 3½ in. (90 mm.) wide. Estimate: £15,000-20,000 | US$19,000-25,000 | €17,000-22,000. © Christie's Images Ltd 2020.

LONDON.- Christie’s announced The Collector sale taking place live on 15 July, offering a wide array of the finest European and English furniture, works of art, ceramics, silver and gold boxes spanning the 17th Century to the end of the 19th Century. The sale comprises 253 lots featuring some of the greatest designers and makers of their time including Jacques Dubois, François Rémond, Gioacchino Barberi, François Linke, Christofle, Marsh and Tatham amongst others. This season Christie’s partnered with Kit Kemp, Founder and Creative Director of Firmdale Hotels as a Tastemaker on The Collector. Kit is passionate about creating exciting and unique interiors. Kit is an author, a successful textiles, homewares & fragrance designer and respected champion of British art. Over the years Kit Kemp has forged an internationally-acclaimed reputation and is ... More

She the Question, The History of Encounter, 2012. Images courtesy of Gallery Wendi Norris, San Francisco.

NEW YORK, NY.- Hales announced representation of New York based artist Chitra Ganesh. Ganesh's first solo exhibition with the gallery will be held at Hales New York in 2021. Across a twenty-year practice, Chitra Ganesh (b. 1975 Brooklyn, New York) has developed an expansive body of work rooted in drawing and painting, which has evolved to encompass video, sculpture, computer generated image, and collage. Informed by her studies in literature and semiotic theory, Ganesh explores storytelling traditions and mythologies, bringing important historical conversations to the contemporary moment. With influences including South Asian iconography, Bollywood posters, science fiction, vintage comic books, and that of queer theory, Ganesh forms nonlinear narratives and highly detailed visual worlds that subvert traditional storytelling to create women and queer-centric narratives of the future. She draws out alternative depictions of sexuality and power, ... More

On Syria river, craftsmen revive famed water wheels   Phillips New Now Sale to include works by Eddie Martinez, Oscar Murillo, Anish Kapoor, and Amoako Boafo   Morse Museum acquires and prepares installation of remarkable Tiffany Fireplace Hood

Men work on the Mohammadieh Noria (water wheel) along the Orontes (Assi) river in the city of Hama in west-central Syria on June 22, 2020. MAHER AL MOUNES / AFP.

by Maher al-Mounes

HAMA (AFP).- On a riverbank in Syria's Hama, Mohammed Sultan tinkers away on a giant water wheel, one of a dwindling number of artisans able to restore the city's ancient wooden landmarks. Used for centuries to bring water to gardens and buildings on the shores of the Orontes River, the water wheels or "norias" of Hama are believed to be unique worldwide, according to UNESCO. The touristic landmarks have largely been spared by Syria's nine-year war, but some have fallen into disrepair or seen part of their timber stolen or burnt. "It's our duty to bring them back to life," the 52-year-old said, sweat forming on his forehead after hammering a tenon into a freshly cut wood beam. Nearby passers-by pose for pictures at the feet ... More

Eugène Leroy, Autoportrait. Painted in 1974-1977. Oil on canvas, 82 x 66 cm (32 1/4 x 25 7/8 in.) Estimate £12,000-18,000. Image courtesy of Phillips.

LONDON.- Phillips announced highlights ahead of the New Now auction in London on 15 July 2020. Featuring 235 lots, New Now will offer works by established artists including leading highlights by Eddie Martinez, Oscar Murillo, and Anish Kapoor. The sale also presents a strong selection of works by young and emerging artists including Amoako Boafo and Nina Chanel Abney, among others. Further New Now highlights include property two important private Belgian collections; the Estate of the Family Geirlandt and the Estate of Jan Hoet. Collectors will be able to view the highlights at Phillips’ Berkeley Square galleries and online via the virtual exhibition from 9 July until the auction which will take place on 15 July at 2pm. Simon Tovey, Head of New Now, said: “Following the success of our New York New Now sale in March which, at $7.9 million, realized the highest total for ... More

Tiffany Fireplace Hood (detail).

WINTER PARK, FLA.- The Charles Hosmer Morse Museum of American Art has acquired Louis Comfort Tiffany’s unique cast-iron fireplace hood, created for his New York City residence in 1883. The work was offered last autumn in the Lillian Nassau LLC booth at The European Fine Art Fair (TEFAF) held in the Park Avenue Armory in New York. This coming fall, the Museum plans to install the remarkable architectural element in its Laurelton Hall wing. This singular and cherished piece by Tiffany first adorned the grand library of his Seventy-Second Street house in New York City. The fireplace hood is massive, measuring 66 1/2 inches tall by 55 1/2 inches wide. Tiffany shaped the cast iron to appear like swaths of leather, buttoned down with rivets surrounding fanned sheets of mica, which would glow from the fire underneath. The surface is decorated with twenty-two tsuba, or Japanese sword guards. In the 1880s, Tiffany had collected tsuba by the barrelful ... More

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National Museum of Women in the Arts announces new acquisitions
WASHINGTON, DC.- The National Museum of Women in the Arts announces recent major collection acquisitions that reflect a commitment to telling the fullest possible story of women in art. The newly acquired works include 166 photographs by the renowned American documentary photographer Mary Ellen Mark, a large-scale portrait by artist Delita Martin, three photographs by artist Rania Matar and a sculpture by Portuguese artist Joana Vasconcelos. “We are so grateful to the generous donors who made these acquisitions possible,” said NMWA Director Susan Fisher Sterling. “We are always immensely thankful for patrons who embrace our mission and step up to help us build our collection in ways that reflect a broad spectrum of innovative approaches to contemporary art.” Known for her compassionate and candid depictions of subjects living outside of ... More

Machu Picchu to reopen at 50% capacity, but no date set
LIMA (AFP).- Peru's iconic tourist attraction Machu Picchu will reopen at half capacity following a coronavirus-forced closure, the Peruvian government said on Tuesday, although it didn't set a date. "Admission to Machu Picchu will be 2,244 visitors a day," the government said in the official gazette. That's half the number of tourists usually allowed in to the ancient Inca citadel in the high season. The new limit has been suggested by international experts in a bid to avoid the gradual deterioration of the crown jewel of Peruvian tourism, which has been a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1983. The new limited capacity has nothing to do with the coronavirus, though, and is part of measures the culture ministry was planning on taking anyway. The implementation was delayed by the country's virus lockdown. Before the pandemic struck, Machu Picchu used ... More

Works by Grenfell artist Khadija Saye launch public art project
LONDON.- A new public art project, Breath is Invisible (7 July – 9 Oct 2020), launches today in Notting Hill with an installation of works by Khadija Saye, the young Gambian-British artist who tragically lost her life in the Grenfell Tower fire in 2017, aged just 24. Saye’s is the first of three site-specific exhibitions that comprise the project; later this summer artists Martyn Ware, Zachary Eastwood-Bloom and Joy Gregory will present new commissions that have been created in partnership with the local community. Working collaboratively with young creatives and arts organisations in the area, Breath is Invisible was born out of an urgency to address issues of social inequality and injustice. Breath is Invisible is the brainchild of patron and businesswoman Eiesha Bharti Pasricha and is curated by Sigrid Kirk. The project was launched by David Lammy, ... More

Venice tourism may never be the same. It could be better.
VENICE (NYT NEWS SERVICE).- Long before Venice became the destination of choice for millions of international holidaymakers, locals had a tradition of flânerie, an aimless stroll through the city’s calli, or walkways. They would bump into acquaintances for a chat and the occasional drink, an ombra de vin, a “shadow of wine,” as it’s called in the lagoon. That tradition has been picked up again. The pandemic crushed the tourism industry, curtailing the hordes of annual visitors that made flânerie a near impossibility, and now many residents — particularly those furloughed or laid off — have more time and space to enjoy the city’s slow pace and faded beauty. But money is tight, for that sip of wine and everything else. Local taverns have begun accepting promises of future payments from regulars. “People are like, I’ll pay you in September, ... More

An ancient valley lost to 'progress'
HASANKEYF (NYT NEWS SERVICE).- There was something exceptional about Hasankeyf that made visitors fall in love with the town on first sight. Graced with mosques and shrines, it lay nestled beneath great sandstone cliffs on the banks of the Tigris River. Gardens were filled with figs and pomegranates, and vine-covered teahouses hung over the water. The golden cliffs, honeycombed with caves, are thought to have been used in Neolithic times. An ancient fortress marked what was once the edge of the Roman Empire. The ruins of a medieval bridge recalled when the town was a wealthy trading center on the Silk Road. Now it is all lost forever, submerged beneath the rising waters of the Ilisu Dam, the latest of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s megaprojects, which flooded 100 miles of the upper Tigris River and its tributaries, including ... More

In Russia, they tore down lots of statues, but little changed
MOSCOW (NYT NEWS SERVICE).- Elated by the defeat of a hard-line communist coup in August 1991, thousands of mostly young Muscovites gathered in front of the KGB headquarters and argued over how best to seal their victory with a bold, symbolic act. After some discussion, recalled Sergei B. Parkhomenko, then a young journalist covering the scene, the crowd turned its passion — more euphoria than anger, he said — on the statue of Felix Dzerzhinsky, the ruthless founder of the Soviet secret police, which stood in a traffic circle in front of the Lubyanka, the forbidding stone building that housed the KGB. The removal of the statue, accomplished with help from a crane sent by Moscow city authorities, was greeted with cries of “Down with the KGB” and sent a powerful message that change had finally come to Russia. Or so it seemed at the time ... More

Dubai reopens doors to tourists after long shutdown
DUBAI (AFP).- With a "welcome" passport sticker and coronavirus tests on arrival, Dubai reopened its doors to international visitors Tuesday in the hope of reviving its tourism industry after a nearly four-month closure. But businesses are mainly betting on those already living in the gleaming desert city to energise its ailing economy and serve as a test run before wary foreign holidaymakers return. "A warm welcome to your second home," said the sticker applied to passports at Dubai airport, where employees wore hazmat suits and vending machines offered personal protective equipment. Italian tourist Francesca Conte said on arrival she was worried up until the last minute that her flight would be cancelled. "When I saw passengers queueing at the gate, I thought today we are not leaving, since the trip to Dubai had already been skipped ... More

Nigeria academy looks to spread ballet among Lagos poor
LAGOS (AFP).- A small group of Nigerian girls and boys wearing leotards and leggings limber up in a spare room at a run-down primary school with patches of damp on the walls. They launch into pirouettes and arabesques but have to make do without music. Today, the stereo is not working, because there is no electricity. This is Leap of Dance Academy -- a ballet school in a poor district of sprawling megacity Lagos that aims to bring classical dance to underprivileged children in Africa's most populous nation. The school is the brainchild of self-taught ballet aficionado Daniel Ajala, who opened its doors in late 2017 after studying the dance moves online and in books. Now the academy -- which Ajala funds out of his own pocket -- has 12 pupils aged between six and 15. The lessons are free and shoes and kit provided to the children, most of whom had ... More

Ringo marks 80th at online gig with fellow Beatle McCartney
LOS ANGELES (AFP).- With a little help from his friends, Beatles drummer Ringo Starr was set to hold an online 80th birthday bash Tuesday featuring former bandmate Paul McCartney, in aid of charities including Black Lives Matter. Normally the British musician marks each passing year with performances including fellow musicians and hundreds of fans -- but the pandemic forced a rethink this time. "I love birthdays," Starr told Rolling Stone recently. "This year is going to be a little different. There's no big get-together, there's no brunch for 100. "But we're putting this show together -- an hour of music and chat. It's quite a big birthday." The show will see a virtual reunion between Starr and McCartney, who play together on occasion and last year united for a surprise performance in Los Angeles as part of McCartney's "Freshen Up" tour. "I love playing ... More

Hoping for a theater bailout? Better head to London.
NEW YORK (NYT NEWS SERVICE).- The last person you’d expect to emerge as the theater’s savior is Boris Johnson. Well, maybe not the very last. On Monday, Johnson, the British prime minister, announced a bailout to keep the arts alive in his country in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic. The package of grants and loans was “a much better plan than anyone expected,” Nicholas Hytner, the former National Theater director, told The New York Times. It was also far bigger than anyone dared hope: a startling 1.57 billion pounds (about $2 billion). That bounty is not earmarked for the theater alone; it will also assist museums, concert halls, independent cinemas and, because this is Britain, palaces. But it’s still a lifesaver for an art form that has suffered more than most and will likely take longer to recover — if it does; even a sum so large will not keep all theaters ... More

Public art installation by Don Porcaro now on view at Pelham Art Center
PELHAM, NY.- A public installation of sculptures by Don Porcaro is now on view in the Pelham Art Center courtyard. The installation, entitled A Short Story, brings together Don Porcaro’s interest in the human form, archeology, man-made objects and whimsy. Works from his Childhood’s End (2008) and Nomad (2011) series will be on view in the courtyard adjacent to the Pelham Art Center’s gallery through mid Fall 2020. Visitors can view the colorful abstract sculptures outdoors at Pelham Art Center, located at 155 Fifth Avenue, Pelham. This is Don Porcaro’s first presentation of his outdoor sculptures in Westchester County. Executive Director Charlotte Mouquin expresses, “We are excited to be exhibiting Don’s sculptures in our courtyard. I hope his witty and whimsical sculptures will invite people to linger in our outdoor spaces and continue ... More

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On a day like today, Italian painter Artemisia Gentileschi was born
July 08, 1593. Artemisia Gentileschi or Artemisia Lomi (July 8, 1593 - c. 1656) was an Italian Baroque painter, today considered one of the most accomplished painters in the generation following that of Caravaggio. In this image: Artemisia Gentileschi, Mary Magdalene (detail). Oil on canvas, 81 x 105 cm ; 32 by 411/3 in. €865.500 - World Auction Record for the Artist. Photo: Sotheby's.

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