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Artemis Gallery announces May 19 boutique auction of expertly curated antiquities, ethnographica and fine art

Ancient Egyptian low-relief carved and polychrome-painted limestone panel depicting male figure carrying a pole. Dates to 11th-13 Dynasty, circa 2130-1649 BCE. Size: 5.5in wide, 8.5in high; 11.2in high when measured with included custom stand. Estimate $18,000-$27,000.

BOULDER, CO.- On Thursday, May 19, Artemis Gallery will auction a very special collection of fine art from the Hollywood Hills that includes coveted Picasso and Rookwood ceramics. This lively private collection is a featured highlight of the company’s 153-lot auction event composed primarily of classical antiquities, ancient, and ethnographic art from many of the world’s most influential and celebrated cultures. Egyptian, Greek, Roman, Etruscan, Near Eastern, Asian, Pre-Columbian, Native American, African/tribal, Oceanic and Spanish Colonial-era civilizations are represented. All auction items are guaranteed to be authentic, legally acquired and legal to resell, if desired. Bid absentee or live via the Internet through LiveAuctioneers. Ancient Egyptian art reflects the mystery of the dynasties who ruled the Nile region, including their spiritual beli ... More

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Ruby Mazur celebrates 50th anniversary of his "mouth & tongue" image designed for the Rolling Stones   We've been drawing these saber-toothed cats all wrong   Nick Cave goes underground

Ruby Mazur, Motor Car Mouth & Tongue, 2021.

NEW YORK, NY.- Legendary pop artist Ruby Mazur, best known as the creator of the original “mouth & tongue” image designed for The Rolling Stones, first used on the “Tumbling Dice” record sleeve in 1972, is currently enjoying the 50th Anniversary of his iconic image, with new 2022 exhibits in Hawaii, Las Vegas and Lake Tahoe. Following his highly-successful 2021 exhibits at Hawaii’s Holle Fine Art gallery on the island of Maui, where he’s been living for the past 16 years, acclaimed pop artist Ruby Mazur is now debuting his all new series of original oil on canvas paintings, along with color prints and special edition giclee prints, at Holle Fine Art at 839 Front Street in Lahaina, HI, with a two-day opening on June 3rd and 4th, 2022 and will remain on exhibit through the summer. Many of the paintings in his latest series are new variations on the iconic “mouth and tongue” image he created ... More

An undated image provided by Mauricio Anton shows an illustration of Homotherium latidens’ skull. Mauricio Anton via The New York Times.

by Anthony Ham

NEW YORK, NY.- Close your eyes and picture being face to face with a saber-toothed cat. Most likely you will see in your frightened mind’s eye the long, curved upper canines — particularly sinister because those dagger-shaped teeth remained in full view, even when the cat closed its mouth. What appears in your imagination may be incorrect, at least for a species of saber-toothed cat that was one of the most widespread in Earth’s ancient history. In a study published last month in the journal Quaternary Science Reviews, a team of researchers argues that many artistic reconstructions of Homotherium latidens are wrong. Depictions of the cats with pointy teeth at the ready need to be revised, because the animal’s defining feature was ... More

One of the artist Nick Cave’s works, featuring a mosaic aviary with porcelain birds and a cat-headed “Soundsuit” as a central figure, in the subway station under One Times Square in New York, May 15, 2022. Amr Alfiky/The New York Times.

by John Vincler

NEW YORK, NY.- For an artist best known for “Soundsuits” that produce a variety of percussive effects when worn, Nick Cave’s public project, “Each One, Every One, Equal All,” has found a fittingly noisy home in the New York City subway. Earlier this month, during a preview of the completed project, a saxophone reverberated through the tunnels of the Times Square and 42 Street subway station, its sound almost overcome by the surging clatter and roar of trains. Here, the artist’s wearable works, which fuse dance to sculpture, have been dramatically rendered into mosaic tiles across nearly 4,600 square feet, throughout three neighboring ... More

Museo Nacional Thyssen-Bornemisza presents Carpaccio's Young Knight in a Landscape restoration and technical study   Surrealism shines at Christie's as sales total $79.4 million   Paris Print Fair opens this week! New fair dedicated to printmaking from May 18-22

Chromatic inpainting process of the losses in the work. Photo: Hélène Desplechin.

MADRID.- With the restoration now completed of Young Knight in a Landscape by Vittore Carpaccio (ca. 1505), one of the most celebrated works in the Museo Nacional Thyssen Bornemisza, the results of the project will be shown in a special display in Room 11 of the permanent collection where the restoration took place on view to the public throughout 2020 and until March 2021. This presentation is part of the programme of exhibitions and activities organised to mark the centenary of the birth of Baron Thyssen-Bornemisza, a commemoration that is benefiting from the support of the Region of Madrid. The restored painting is shown alongside a video which explains the work undertaken on it and the results obtained from the technical study of a type that accompanies all such projects, also published as a monographic volume. Materials analysis, X-radiographs, reflectographs and other technical procedures have allowed ... More

Claude Monet (1840-1926), Soleil couchant, temps brumeux, Pourville. Oil on canvas. Painted in 1882. Price realized: $5,100,000. © Christie's Images Ltd 2022.

NEW YORK, NY.- Christie’s Spring 2022 Marquee Week began its final day of live sales on Saturday, May 14 with The Surrealist World of Rosalind Gersten Jacobs & Melvin Jacobs at Rockefeller Plaza in New York. The sale totaled $42.3 million, bringing the week’s running total to $1.43 billion. The exquisite collection of objects saw lively and spirited international bidding with participation from 16 countries from buyers on the phones, online, and in the room. Man Ray’s iconic masterpiece Le Violon d’Ingres was the top lot of the sale, setting a new record for a photograph, selling for $12.4 million to a buyer on the phone. Results were exceptional throughout, with the auction selling 99% by value and 92% by lot, 182% hammer above low estimate. New artist records were set for a number of artists including Dorothea Tanning, whose Le mal oublié tripled ... More

Pierre Soulages, Lithographie 27, 1969. Lithographie, 78 x 55 cm. Édition de 85. Courtesy de Libretis.

PARIS.- Marking its very first edition from May 19—22, 2022, the Paris Print Fair, organized by the Chambre Syndicale de l’Estampe, du Dessin et du Tableau (CSEDT), will bring together 19 exhibitors from across Europe in the Réfectoire of the iconic Couvent des Cordeliers, located in the heart of Paris’s 6th arrondissement. Tracing the evolution of the art of printmaking from the 15th century to the present, the fair will invite visitors to immerse themselves in the diversity of practices related to this storied discipline, at once historical and contemporary, showcasing Old Masters of printmaking alongside Modern artists and contemporary creatives. The fair’s intimate format, tailored for experts, dealers and other professionals as well as collectors and amateurs, will unfold as a highly specialized event, reflecting its engaged educational approach. “As specialists and professionals, we are consistently faced with the question: what is ... More

Post-War & Contemporary Art Day Sale achieves $97 million   Annely Juda Fine Art opens an exhibition of works by Philipp Goldbach, Nigel Hall and Werner Haypeter   The Fralin Museum of Art receives grant to support the Native North American Collections Project

Mark Tansey (B. 1949), Iconoclast (Study for Triumph Over Mastery II). Oil on canvas. 14 x 11 1⁄4 in. (35.5 x 28.5 cm.) Painted in 1987. Price realized: $428,400. © Christie's Images Ltd 2022.

NEW YORK, NY.- Christie’s continued its Spring 2022 Marquee Week with the Post-War and Contemporary Art Day Sale featuring The Collection of Thomas and Doris Ammann on Friday, May 13 at Rockefeller Plaza in New York. The sale totaled $97 million, bringing the week’s running total to $1.36 billion. The sale consisted of an incredible selection of works spanning the 20th and 21st centuries, and raised a total of $11.3 million for philanthropic initiatives, including an additional $7.3 million for The Thomas and Doris Ammann Foundation, bringing the week’s cumulative total raised for the Foundation to $325.1 million. The sale was 96% sold by value and 93% sold by lot, selling 151% hammer above low estimate with 17 works selling above $1 million. Bidders and buyers were drawn globally, coming from 41 different countries. The sale was led by two outstanding works by icons painted in the 1960s—Andy Warhol’s Marilyn Monroe (Mari ... More

Philipp Goldbach, University of Hamburg, Department of University History 2010. C-Print mounted between Diasec and aluminium, 156 x 125 cm.

LONDON.- Annely Juda Fine Art is presenting an exhibition of works by three artists: Philipp Goldbach, Nigel Hall and Werner Haypeter. Philipp Goldbach's work explores the relationship between time and written language with an emphasis on photography as both material and metaphor. He appropriates material from philosophy and art to examine the intellectual history of how information is stored; the materiality of inscription in a conflicting world of digitized and technological reproduction. Here, the gallery shows works from his series "Blackboards and Micrographs" (2010) for which he photographed chalkboards in rooms at various German universities where great thinkers such as Martin Heidegger and Theodor Adorno once taught. Concerned with philosophical ideas, Goldbach transcribes seminal philosophical texts into the circuit of a Read Only Memory board, yielding arduously intricate drawings and minimalist sculptures that hark ba ... More

Unrecorded Diné (Navajo) artist, Arizona or New Mexico. Rug in Ganado Style, 1980s. Natural and dyed commercial yarns. Bertha Brossman Blair Collection of Southwestern Textiles, 1998.4.16.

CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA.- The Fralin Museum of Art at the University of Virginia (UVA) has received a $250,000 American Art Program Responsive Grant from the Henry Luce Foundation to focus on the Museum’s Native North American Collections Project. The initiative will support new research and interpretation of the Native American collection to invigorate and advance the understanding and presentation of these artworks through engagement with Native scholars, artists and knowledge holders. The work undertaken for this project will foster new approaches to presenting the collection that are informed by Indigenous perspectives, leading to the publication of a major scholarly text, enhanced online presence and the development of an innovative exhibition co-curated with Native collaborators. “We are grateful to the Henry Luce Foundation for its support of this project and its recognition of the importance of the objects ... More

Shelburne Museum opens with new exhibitions, programs, and refurbished historic buildings   Hake's debuts all-Star Wars special auction June 2 - only the rarest and best   Gilane Tawadros appointed new Director of Whitechapel Gallery

Luigi Lucioni, Village of Stowe, Vermont, 1931. Oil on canvas, 23 1/2 x 33 1/2 in. Minneapolis Institute of Art, Gift of the Estate of Mrs. George P. Douglas. Licensed by Bridgeman Images.

SHELBURNE, VT.- Shelburne Museum opened the 2022 season and kicked off its 75th anniversary on Sunday, May 15 with a full slate of new exhibitions, programs, and refurbished historic buildings. Northern New England’s largest art and history museum will be open six days a week, Tuesdays through Sundays, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., including holiday Mondays, through October 16. Stagecoach Inn and The Dana-Spencer Textile Galleries at Hat and Fragrance, where two of the museum’s most important collections reside—American Folk Art and quilts—will reopen this season after updates and conservation. This season visitors will have a special opportunity to view a major exhibition of the work of Luigi Lucioni. Luigi Lucioni: Modern Light showcases the technically sophisticated realist who favored the play of light and shadows on weathered barns and stately trees contributing to the genre termed “Yankee Modernism.” In addition, ... More

Star Wars 2.25in Jawa 12 Back-A action figure with vinyl cape, rare variation, AFA 80 NM, from 1978 Star Wars toy line. Unpunched card. Estimate $20,000-$35,000.

YORK, PA.- In the investment-obsessed world of fine art, scarcely a week goes by without some new auction record being set, either for a particular artist or art genre. Hake’s Auctions, the groundbreaking Pennsylvania company that has specialized in pop culture memorabilia since 1967, also rewrites the record books with regularity, but not with Picassos or Van Goghs. It has become known as “The House of Star Wars” because of its consistent ability to achieve world-record prices for prototypes and other rarities from the fabled sci-fi film franchise. With collector demand at an all-time high, Hake’s has responded to the call by adding something new to its roster: an online auction dedicated exclusively to Star Wars memorabilia. The debut “Special Event” has opened for bidding and will run through June 2nd. “When an auction house recognizes that a collecting trend has become a sensation, the next logical step is to i ... More

Gilane Tawadros will be Whitechapel Gallery’s tenth Director, and her appointment follows Iwona Blazwick’s decision to step down as Director after 20 years, in April 2022.

LONDON.- Whitechapel Gallery is delighted to announced that curator and writer, Gilane Tawadros, has been appointed the new Director of Whitechapel Gallery, London. Currently Chief Executive of DACS, a not-for-profit visual artists' rights management organisation, and previously founding Director of the Institute of International Visual Arts (Iniva),Tawadros will take up her post in October 2022. Dr David Dibosa, Chair of Whitechapel Gallery Trustees said: “I am overjoyed that Gilane Tawadros will lead Whitechapel Gallery in the next stage of its history. Gilane has a compelling vision and brings decades of experience to help make this a reality. She believes in the role of art in society and knows how to equip institutions to play their part. Throughout her career, Gilane has remained committed to artists alongside all those who help to bring their work into public view. The unanimity of support for our new Director gives ... More

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Batman rides the lightning as original cover for The Dark Knight Returns Book One strikes Heritage Auctions in June
DALLAS, TX.- Batman was referred to as "The Dark Knight" in his very first solo comic book, 1940's Batman No. 1 — in the last panel on Page 11, after The Joker, making his debut, kicks the unconscious hero off a bridge. Wrote his co-creator Bill Finger, "The shock of cold water quickly revives The Dark Knight." But it was writer-artist Frank Miller who made the nickname stick, who seized upon the appellation by which Batman is perhaps best known to generations of comic-book readers and moviegoers. And it began with the publication of his four-part epic The Dark Knight Returns, the brutal, gritty and darkly droll tale that hit shelves and spinner racks like a bolt of lightning in February 1986 and provided Batman (if not the entire comics industry) with what critic Elvis Mitchell calls "a savage rebirth." "What Dark Knight did to superhero comics and the superhero genre itself, it was a big, fat Dope Slap," Miller says. "It just slapped the genre awake." Miller and collaborator Lynn Varley's or ... More

Mantle and Munson records and a Michael Jordan jersey from his last blast with the Bulls lead Heritage auction
DALLAS, TX.- During a weekend filled with some thrilling Game 7s, it was the sporting world's most famous No. 7 who stole the spotlight during Heritage Auctions' $20.2-million May 12-14 Sports Catalog Auction. Not only did Mickey Mantle's 1951 Bowman rookie card, graded PSA NM-MT 8, lead the nearly sold-out event by realizing $468,000, but an SGC 6.5 example of his iconic 1952 Topps card sold for $228,000. That shattered the previous record for the grade set only six months ago. And another Yankee great also saw a new record realized for his beloved 1971 Topps offering: Thurman Munson, whose PSA 9 example of the coveted cardboard — one of just four graded that high, with none better — sold for a breathtaking $199,999. That, too, toppled the previous record of $162,000 set last year. "The Heritage Sports team is proud to have another thrilling catalog auction in the books with multiple world records set," says Chris Ivy, Heritage's Director o ... More

Pearl Lam Galleries announces representation of Philip Colbert, known as the "godson of Andy Warhol"
LONDON.- Pearl Lam Galleries announced the representation of British artist Philip Colbert. A selection of paintings by Colbert will be presented by the gallery during Art Basel Hong Kong. Pearl Lam Galleries Shanghai will also host a large solo exhibition of new works by the artist later this year. Philip Colbert’s practice establishes a dialogue between contemporary mass culture and an art historical canon through the lens of his iconic lobster persona. His hyper-pop aesthetic intertwines everyday and digital symbolism with painterly compositions and contemporary art theory. Colbert works across disciplines, including painting, sculpture, furniture, design, and digital art, with the lobster iconography acting as a central protagonist. Colbert follows the works of the early, formative pop-art artists, including Richard Hamilton, Roy ... More

Pandit Shiv Kumar Sharma, master of the santoor, dies at 84
NEW YORK, NY.- Pandit Shiv Kumar Sharma, an Indian musician and composer who was the foremost exponent of the santoor, a 100-string instrument similar to the hammered dulcimer, died Tuesday at his home in Mumbai. He was 84. Indian news reports said the cause was cardiac arrest. Over a career spanning nearly seven decades, Sharma became the first musician to propel the santoor onto the world stage, at concerts and recitals in India and elsewhere. Before Sharma started playing the santoor, it was little known outside Kashmir. Even there it was used only to play Sufiana Mausiqi, a genre of Kashmiri classical music with Persian, Central Asian and Indian roots. The santoor, a trapezoidal wooden instrument whose strings stretch over 25 wooden bridges, is played with slim wooden mallets. ... More

After 36 years, a Malcolm X opera sings to the future
DETROIT, MICH.- “When a man is lost,” sings Betty Shabazz, Malcolm X’s wife, “does the sky bleed for him, or does the sunset ignore his tears?” The start of a smoldering aria, these words may be the most poetic and poignant in Anthony Davis’ opera “X: The Life and Times of Malcolm X.” Especially poignant because, for several decades, “X,” too, has been ignored. The work, with a libretto by Thulani Davis, the composer’s cousin, from a story by his brother, Christopher Davis, premiered in the mid-1980s, first in Philadelphia and, officially, at New York City Opera. And then … largely silence. For the past 36 years, it has been more talked about than heard. (An excellent studio recording from 1992 is now out of print.) And it was obvious, at the opening of a new production Saturday at the Detroit Opera House, what “X” ... More

Katsumoto Saotome, who preserved memories of Tokyo firebombing, dies at 90
TOKYO.- Katsumoto Saotome, a novelist who lived through the brutal American firebombing of Tokyo during World War II and worked relentlessly to preserve the memories of survivors in published accounts and at a museum he founded, died Tuesday in Saitama, Japan, a suburb of Tokyo. He was 90. His daughter, Ai Saotome, confirmed the death. She said he had been hospitalized with pneumonia last fall. Saotome (pronounced SAH-oh-toe-meh) spent more than half a century amassing the stories of survivors, some of whom were initially reluctant to share their recollections. Plunging into the complicated politics of war remembrance, he pushed the Japanese government — without much success — to memorialize the estimated 100,000 people who were killed in the attack, which is far overshadowed by the nuclear ... More

'Mrs. Doubtfire' to close on Broadway, after reopening
NEW YORK, NY.- “Mrs. Doubtfire,” the Broadway musical adapted from the popular 1993 film, announced that it will close this month after a bumpy run that was interrupted by the pandemic closure in March 2020 and included a return amid the tumultuous current Broadway season. The show’s producer said late Thursday that the musical’s final performance, at the Stephen Sondheim Theatre, would be May 29, just over a month after it reopened after a three-month hiatus. The news comes days after the show’s star, Rob McClure, scored a Tony nomination for his comedic and chameleonic performance in the title role, but the musical failed to garner nominations in any other category. The closing reflects the challenges of this Broadway season — the first since the pandemic shutdown — when tourism remains down, coronavirus ... More

Larry Woiwode, who wrote of family, faith and rural life, dies at 80
NEW YORK, NY.- Larry Woiwode, the author of lyrical, expansive novels, short stories, poems and essays, mostly planted in the American West, that explored the power of place, family ties and faith, spiritual and otherwise, died April 28 in Bismarck, North Dakota. He was 80. His son, Joseph, confirmed the death, in a hospital, but did not specify a cause. Woiwode’s 1975 novel, “Beyond the Bedroom Wall,” a 600-page saga about four generations of a North Dakota farming clan, established his place in American letters. For its epic sweep, elegant language and essential themes, he was compared to Charles Dickens, Herman Melville and Leo Tolstoy. Novelist John Gardner, writing in The New York Times, called it a “brilliant solution” to the aesthetic problems raised by the modernist authors who were then upending traditional ... More

Beyond the châteaux: New escapes in France's Loire Valley
NEW YORK, NY.- On my last pre-pandemic trip to the Loire Valley, in 2018, I found myself in a familiar place. Ten years after my first road trip on the region’s castle route, I was back at the 500-year-old Château de Chambord, joining a small group of European and American tourists on a guided tour. Within seconds of convening in the inner courtyard, we were craning our necks to marvel at the structure’s ornamental bell towers as our guide rattled off facts and dates about King Francis I and his former hunting lodge. When she ushered us up to the towers, chiding us for not listening, a feeling of deja vu washed over me. This was my third visit to the Loire Valley from my home in Paris, and the whole fairy tale experience felt tired. Little beyond a nearby converted hotel had changed. Not the exasperated guide going through the motions, ... More

Let actors act
NEW YORK, NY.- Adrian Lester, a British actor from Birmingham and the son of two immigrants from Jamaica, was nominated last week for a Tony Award for his performance in “The Lehman Trilogy” as Emanuel Lehman, one of the German-born Jewish founders of fallen investment behemoth Lehman Brothers. Lester, like the other actors in the three-man play, takes on several parts, including female characters and, at one point, a thumb-sucking toddler. There has been no outcry about a British actor of African descent playing a German Jew nor was there any fuss when he played Bobby, a character traditionally performed by white actors, in a London production of Stephen Sondheim’s “Company,” for which he won an Olivier. And why should there have been? It’s called acting. There was no protest either about Lester’s co-star Simon ... More

'Hamlet' boldly engulfs the Metropolitan Opera
NEW YORK, NY.- An opera composer would need the epic gifts and epic gall of a Richard Wagner to consider an adaptation of “Hamlet” and think: “Yup, I’ve got this.” “My initial response,” Brett Dean has ventured more modestly, “was to say no, that I couldn’t possibly tackle something that big.” But about 10 years ago, Dean put aside his reservations and began to tackle the play, with Matthew Jocelyn by his side as librettist. And, boldly slashing and reconfiguring Shakespeare’s text while setting it to a score assured in both crashes and whispers, they tackled it to the ground. Now at the Metropolitan Opera, Dean and Jocelyn’s “Hamlet” is brooding, moving and riveting. These two artists have put a softly steaming small choir in the orchestra pit, and musicians in balcony boxes for fractured fanfares. And, through acoustic means ... More

Restoration of J. Pierpont Morgan’s Library: Doors

On a day like today, Italian painter Sandro Botticelli died
May 17, 1510. Alessandro di Mariano di Vanni Filipepi (c. 1445 - May 17, 1510), known as Sandro Botticelli, was an Italian painter of the Early Renaissance. He belonged to the Florentine School under the patronage of Lorenzo de' Medici, a movement that Giorgio Vasari would characterize less than a hundred years later in his Vita of Botticelli as a "golden age". In this image: Alessandro Filipepi, called Sandro Botticelli, The Madonna and Child with the Young Saint John the Baptist. Tempera, oil and gold on panel / 46.3 x 36.8 cm. Estimate: $5,000,000-7,000,000. Photo: Christie's Images Ltd 2012.

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