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London's Apollo Art Auctions offers connoisseur's selection of antiquities, June 10-11

Timurid silver-inlaid bronze plate, circa early 14th century AD, the recess (or well) adorned with the image of a seated figure flanked by birds, and encircled by a decorative band depicting various animals in motion. Size: 220mm x 20mm (8.7in x 0.79in). Weight: 355g (12.52oz). Provenance: Collection of a London gentleman; formerly in the collection of A Kotlar since the 1970s. Estimate: £12,000-£24,000 ($14,810-$25,620)

LONDON.- Apollo Art Auctions, the premier choice for authentic, expertly vetted ancient art and antiquities, takes pleasure in announcing highlights of its June 10-11 gallery auction, with all forms of remote bidding available, including live via the Internet through LiveAuctioneers. In addition to exquisite, professionally vetted cultural art, artifacts and jewelry, the 702-lot auction will broaden the buying horizons for collectors of ancient arms and armor with the inclusion of a fine selection of post-16th-century weaponry. “We have always included fine examples of ancient militaria in our auctions. That stands to reason, because history’s turning points are largely associated with wars and conflicts. But over the past year we’ve noted an increased interest in militaria and felt it was time to expand the category to incorporate post-16th-century weaponry,” said Dr Ivan Bonchev (PhD, University of Oxford). In l ... More

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Kunstraum Dornbirn presents the exhibition "on/" by the Austrian artist Judith Fegerl   Was Queen's 'Bohemian Rhapsody' originally 'Mongolian Rhapsody'?   Artist Nicolas Party debuts a pastel mural at Frick Madison

Installation view. Photo: Guenter Richard Wett.

DORNBIRN.- The exhibition “on/” by the Austrian artist Judith Fegerl has symbiotically merged with and switched on Kunstraum Dornbirn. Electricity flows. For Fegerl’s works, however, the electricity comes not from the socket as usual but from a solar power plant on the south side of the exhibition space that was specially designed and installed for the exhibition – a reference steeped in history, since the former assembly hall of the Rüsch Works built in 1893 constructed turbines for the first hydroelectric power plants. The rededication of the raw industrial architecture from a production facility to a room for the presentation and communication of visual art resulted in more than a unique exhibition space that makes the creation of site-specific art particularly appealing. Fegerl is fundamentally interested in what is addressed here in a rudimentary way and otherwise given little attention: How does the art and ... More

A page from a draft of Queen’s “Bohemian Rhapsody” features words that appear in the song’s operatic section, in London, May 22, 2023. One of Freddie Mercury’s early drafts, which is being auctioned by Sotheby’s, shows that he crossed out “Mongolian” and substituted the now-famous title. (Lauren Fleishman/The New York Times)

NEW YORK, NY.- It’s one of rock’s best-known and strangest songs: a six-minute radio hit that starts out as a piano ballad, becomes a high-pitched opera, then tumbles into a headbanger’s anthem. Queen’s “Bohemian Rhapsody,” released in 1975, sold millions of copies, topped charts and helped redefine what pop music could be. But the track’s history could have been very different — in one aspect at least. An early draft of the song by Freddie Mercury, Queen’s frontman, suggests that he once considered giving the anthem a different title: “Mongolian Rhapsody.” The draft is among thousands of Mercury’s belongings that will be auctioned in September by Sotheby’s on behalf of his friend and heir Mary ... More

Rosalba Carriera (1673–1757), Portrait of a Man in Pilgrim’s Costume, ca. 1730. Pastel on paper, glued to canvas, 23 1/4 × 18 15/16 in. (59.1 × 48.3 cm), The Frick Collection, gift of Alexis Gregory, 2020. Photo: Joseph Coscia Jr.

NEW YORK, NY.- The Frick Collection has unveiled a large pastel mural commissioned from the Swiss-born artist Nicolas Party (b. 1980) at the museum’s temporary home, Frick Madison. This site-specific work was created in response to Rosalba Carriera’s Portrait of a Man in Pilgrim’s Costume—one of two eighteenth-century pastels by Rosalba bequeathed to the Frick by Alexis Gregory in 2020. The installation features Rosalba’s superb portrait at the center of a three-wall mural designed by Party, as well as two new related works specially created by Party for this presentation. On view since June 1, 2023, through the remainder of the Frick’s residency at the Breuer building (which ends March 3, 2024), this installation will inspire the Frick’s summer and early ... More

'Balancing Act' by artists Jennifer Marman and Daniel Borins now on view at Cristin Tierney Gallery   George Rickey in Schwante: Sculpture Park Schlossgut Schwante shows solo exhibition   ARCOlisboa successfully concludes its most international edition

Jennifer Marman and Daniel Borins, The Group of Three, 2022. Acrylic on canvas. 38 x 50 inches (96.5 x 127 cm).

NEW YORK, NY.- Cristin Tierney Gallery is now opening Balancing Act, an interactive kinetic sculptural installation with accompanying paintings by artist duo Jennifer Marman and Daniel Borins. The exhibition opens Friday, June 2nd, with a reception from 6:00 to 8:00 pm, and continues through July 21st. This is the artists’ third solo exhibition with the gallery, and they will be present at the reception. At the center of Marman and Borins’ exhibition is a claw machine based on the classic arcade game. Gallery visitors are invited to play the larger-than-life machine, using a joystick to direct a crane to pick up and rearrange geometric shapes into balanced compositions. Crafted by hand and covered in wool felt, these sculptural forms are designed in a variety of shapes and colorful hues. They are stackable and endlessly reconfigurable, with no one correct arrangement or defined goal. Complementing the installation are several paintings ... More

George Rickey, Space Churn with Cams. Miriam Stewering

BERLIN.- There is movement in the art scene of the capital and its surrounding area. With the internationally renowned artist and most important representative of kinetic sculpture George Rickey (1907 - 2002), the Sculpture Park of Schlossgut Schwante brings together several premieres: after three successful group exhibitions, it is the first solo show of an artist for the Sculpture Park, at the same time the first comprehensive presentation of Rickey's outdoor sculptures in and around Berlin and the first exhibition of his outdoor sculptures in Europe since 1982. Dr. Loretta Würtenberger and Daniel Tümpel are very pleased about the multiple premieres associated with the solo exhibition: “The sculpture park of Schlossgut Schwante offers Rickey's works the stage they deserve. Poetic and picturesque at the same time, his kinetic sculptures enter a symbiotic interplay with nature. We could not imagine an artist who has captured the p ... More

The sixth edition of the International Contemporary Art Fair, which closes its doors this evening, boasts record gallery participation and surpasses pre-pandemic figures with over 13,000 visitors.

LISBON.- ARCOlisboa, the fair jointly organised by IFEMA MADRID and Câmara Municipal de Lisboa, closed the doors on its 6th edition this past weekend evening with a positive balance and a very good sales rhythm. The art contents proposed by the participating galleries were the best possible to attract quality national and international collecting. ARCOlisboa, which has once again enjoyed the commitment of the Portuguese government and local authorities, with the presence of the Minister for Culture and the president of the Câmara Municipal de Lisboa, together with the general manager of IFEMA MADRID at the opening act last May 25th, looks set to record 13,000 visitors, confirming its recovery and surpassing pre-pandemic figures. On this edition, the International Contemporary Art Fair enjoyed the participation ... More

Alighiero e Boetti Regola e Regolarsi opening at Ben Brown Fine Arts   Break Easy solo exhibition by Kim Bartelt now on view in Milan   History of the New at The Fine Art Society in new summer exhibition

Alighiero e Boetti, Manifesto , 1967.

PALM BEACH, FL.- ‘It has been said that conceptual art scorns sentiment, because at a certain historical moment it was calculated that sentimental feeling no longer made sense, but the works of Boetti, even when they are conceptual, are always an alchemy of salt and sugar, that is of common sense, intelligence, and warmth.’– Giovan Battista Salerno. ‘In Alighiero’s hands, conceptual practice became highly emotive.’ – Francesco Clemente. Ben Brown Fine Arts is now hosting Alighiero e Boetti: Regola e Regolarsi, curated by Mark Godfrey, to be presented across the London galleries and Claridge’s ArtSpace, in the heart of Mayfair. Ben Brown Fine Arts has steadfastly exhibited Boetti’s work over the last two decades, with seven solo exhibitions and numerous group shows at both the London and Hong Kong galleries, highlighting our depth of interest and expertise in 20th century post-war Italian art. This exh ... More

Kim Bartelt, Got you covered, 2023. Paper and pastel on linen, 60cm x 50cm (24 x 20), Photo Credit Roman März, Courtesy Cadogan Gallery.

MILAN.- The Italian venue of Cadogan Gallery is currently presenting Break Easy, German artist Kim Bartelt’s first solo exhibition in this space, with around 20 works, including paintings and sculptures, created for this occasion. The artist, inspired by the words of the Vietnamese writer and poet Ocean Vuong – according to whom, it is only by tearing down the shield we have been taught to build around ourselves and showing our own vulnerability that an artist can reach his or her fullest expression – has created a series of collages with very thin paper and pastels in delicate tones that aim to express the fragility of our time and the condition of human beings. “The landscapes I’d like to depict play with the inside and outside, the seen and the unseen, the permanent and transient” says the artist, who has produced a series of ... More

Sir John Lavery, Portrait of a Lady in Grey and Black, c.1902. Oil on Canvas.

LONDON.- The Fine Art Society’s summer exhibition will highlight the gallery’s specialisms and heritage with the exhibition opening across both London and Edinburgh gallery spaces as they bring together an exquisite group of 40 works by pioneering British and Scottish artists who forged new ways of making art. History of the New at The Fine Art Society includes an impressive collection of rarely-seen paintings, furniture and decorative arts from the 19th and 20th centuries. Notably, Sir John Lavery’s Portrait of a Lady in Grey and Black has not been seen in public since 1914 after it was bought 1901 by the present owner’s grandfather Nicol Paton Brown, a patron of the artist. Additionally, a devotional enamelware by Phoebe Traquair, the first woman member of the Royal Scottish Academy and leading figure within the Scottish Arts and Crafts movement who blurred the distinctions ... More

Helmut Newton Foundation in Berlin opens ALICE SPRINGS. RETROSPECTIVE   Mario Schifano: il nuovo immaginario now opening at Gallerie d'Italia   Mary Quant: Fashion Revolutionary now open at Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum

Alice Springs, Robert Mapplethorpe, Paris, 1977. © Helmut Newton Foundation.

BERLIN.- The new exhibition ALICE SPRINGS. RETROSPECTIVE opens at the Helmut Newton Foundation in Berlin on 2 June 2023. In celebration of the 100th birthday of June Newton aka Alice Springs, over 200 photographs will be displayed throughout the entire exhibition space of the foundation. While major Alice Springs exhibitions were already hosted at HNF in 2010 and 2016, many of the photographs in this new retrospective have never been seen by the public. Extensive research into the foundation’s archives, particularly the holdings recently transferred to Berlin from the Newtons’ apartment in Monaco, has provided new insight into the work of Alice Springs. Now, some of these spectacular results will be shown for the first time as vintage or exhibition prints. June Newton started working in 1970 as a professional photographer under the name Alice Springs, focusing mainly on portraiture. It all started with ... More

Mario Schifano, Il vento era il fiato che usciva dagli alberi, composto e salubre (The wind was the breath that came out of the trees, composed and salubrious), 1965. Oil, pencil and coloured plexiglas on canvas, 100 x 200 cm. Intesa Sanpaolo Collection. Photo Paolo Vandrasch, Milan. © MARIO SCHIFANO, by SIAE 2023.

NAPOLI.- Intesa Sanpaolois now presenting Mario Schifano: il nuovo immaginario. 1960-1990 [The new imaginary. 1960-1990], a survey exhibition dedicated to one of the most important 20th-century Italian artists. The exhibition will be on view at the Intesa Sanpaolo Museum Gallerie d’Italia in Naples, from 2 June to 29 October 2023. Curated by Luca Massimo Barbero, the exhibition presents more than 50 works from the artist’s production from the 1960s to the 1990s. Many of the works in the exhibition form part of Intesa Sanpaolo’s collection, while others are loans from important cultural institutions, such as the Museo del Novecento in Milan, and national and international art galleries and private collections, selected in collaboration with ... More

Twiggy modelling waistcoat and shorts ensemble, 1966. © Photograph Terence Donovan, courtesy Terence Donovan Archive. The Sunday Times, 23 October 1966.

LONDON.- A major retrospective on the work of Dame Mary Quant, who died last month aged 93, opened at Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum on Saturday 20 May, the culture and sport charity Glasgow Life, has confirmed. Mary Quant: Fashion Revolutionary is the final chance to see the international exhibition, which features over 100 garments, accessories, cosmetics, and photographs drawn from the V&A’s extensive collections, Dame Mary Quant’s archive and many private collections. Focusing on the years from 1955, when Quant opened her experimental boutique Bazaar on the King’s Road, Chelsea, through the ‘Swinging Sixties’ when Mary Quant was awarded her OBE, to 1975, it showcases the period when Quant revolutionised the high street with subversive and playful designs for a younger generation. Heather Tilbury ... More

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Solo exhibition Garage Stills & Fringe Nature by Jacquie Maria Wessels, Musée de la Photographie Charleroi
CHARLEROI .- Musée de la Photographie in Charleroi (BE) is now showing the solo exhibition Garage Stills & Fringe Nature by Jacquie Maria Wessels (NL) from June 3 to September 24, 2023. The raw painterly images with a challenging color palette and surprising lighting show a (male) world that is slowly disappearing, but also nature’s drive to reclaim its own space. The exhibition features work from Jacquie Maria Wessels' analogue photo series Garage Stills and Fringe Nature. All new cars feature on-board computers and high-tech gadgets. This means that the very existence of old-fashioned garages is under threat. In light of this fact, photographer Jacquie Maria Wessels travelled the world to take a look inside traditional repair garages in Turkey, Cambodia, Russia, Poland, Morocco, Italy, Cuba, Sri Lanka, South Africa, Tokyo and the Netherlands. ... More

Lisa Milroy: Correspondence now opening at Kate MacGarry's
LONDON.- Kate MacGarry is opening Lisa Milroy’s first exhibition at the gallery. Correspondence brings together paintings from the 1980s to the present exploring the parameters of still life and the human relationship with objects. The exhibition explores how painted depictions of objects can spark associations, leading the viewer to poetically-charged connections and memories. For Milroy, this looping interplay between the painted materiality of an object and its associations embodies a tension that can be expressed through duality: ‘knowing / not knowing’, ‘having / lacking or losing’, ‘presence / absence’ - key critical perspectives that have come to define her practice. Milroy’s early works featured groups of everyday objects depicted against an off-white background. Subsequently her imagery expanded to include objects within settings as well as landscape, architecture, people, pattern and textiles ... More

Margaret Mitchell: An Ordinary Eden illustrates society's failure to support our fellow humans
GLASGOW.- Street Level Photoworks is presenting An Ordinary Eden, a new solo exhibition by Margaret Mitchell which explores the importance of home and belonging. Through photographing multiple individuals who have experienced previous or current homelessness, the work reflects on both the emotional and practical consequences of being without a permanent home. Mitchell embarked on An Ordinary Eden in 2019 to explore people’s sense of place and attachments when living precariously. This new body of work includes individuals across Scotland who have – in the past or present – experienced periods of homelessness and the consequences for their practical and emotional wellbeing. At the heart of this work is the assertion that we all need to belong, to have safety and stability, to have roots and meaningful connections with others. ... More

"Merlin James & Victoria Morton Double Shuffle" opens at Kerlin Gallery
DUBLIN.- Kerlin Gallery is presenting Double Shuffle, a two-person exhibition by Merlin James and Victoria Morton. Presenting the artists’ work side by side for the first time, the exhibition showcases two different but interlinked approaches to painting. James and Morton have each developed an evolved, searching and idiosyncratic investigation of painting. Though distinct in style and subject matter, there is much they share, partly through a deep engagement with the history of their medium. Presented in combination their works promise a mutually enriching and illuminating push/pull, between figuration and abstraction, surface and depth, flow and resistance, dynamism and stillness, translucency and opacity: a double shuffle. Victoria Morton’s paintings teeter on the verges of abstraction and figuration, enveloping us in a sensuous universe of colour, shape ... More

Rare artworks by icons and Andy Warhol, David Bowie, Lawren Harris and others at Cowley Abbot
TORONTO.- The second part of the two-session live auction is devoted entirely to the second of three landmark sales of one of Canada’s preeminent, largest and most exhibited private collections of historical Canadian art. Expertly curated over a period of 60 years, the collection of rare and remarkable artworks features prime example, museum quality paintings, drawings and sculptures by Canada’s most celebrated historical artists. Cowley Abbott to donate selling commission from the sale of a rare set of Andy Warhol’s Queen Elizabeth II portraits to Winnipeg Art Gallery-Qaumajuq to support the purchase of contemporary Indigenous art. The collection is already on pace to become the highest-grossing private collection of Canadian art ever sold at auction. Highlights of the second sale includes Lawren Harris’ masterwork “Quiet Lake (Northern Painting 12)” (valued at $2M - $3M), Emily Carr’s “Kitwancool” ... More

Louise Fedotov-Clements appointed the new Director of Photoworks
LONDON.- Photoworks announced that Louise Fedotov-Clements has been appointed as its new Director. Currently, Louise leads the National Contemporary Art Programme at Forestry England across 1500 forests, where she has implemented the strategic direction, developing creative partnership projects, residencies, publications and events at the intersection of art, design, architecture, environment and ecology, alongside the co-direction of Earth Photo together with the Royal Geographical Society and Parker Harris. Louise will take up the post in August 2023. As Director of Photoworks Louise will lead the strategic vision and artistic direction of the organisation including exhibitions, biennial festival, commissions, learning and engagement, publishing and digital content. Previously Louise was the Artistic Director of QUAD a centre for contemporary ... More

Almine Rech now represents the Estate of Jean Miotte
PARIS.- Jean Miotte is one of the prominent figures of lyrical abstraction within the new School of Paris. Since the very beginning, he favored gestures and action to transpose an emotion testifying of his complex relationship with sensitive reality, a philosophical and spiritual experience in service of the symbolism of the image. His discours is born out of a semantics where he regards the sign as the “I” who paints: I am painting he declares. His approach tends to two extremes, on the one hand a writing at the height of thought and sensation, and jointly and exuberant spontaneity until the loss of oneself, in a ZEN spirit. This vocation of the void was manifested especially from 1962 on, following regular stays in New York where he bonds with Rothko and Motherwell. Miotte gives praise to white that has become light, and which “radiates and erases limits”, he says. ... More

Wedgwood announces new Creative Director Alice Bastin with launch into Web 3
LONDON.- Josiah Wedgwood was a trailblazer ahead of his time. An innovator with a social conscience, scientific in his approach, inventive in his marketing and philanthropic in his attitude. These principles and values are just as relevant in today’s hyperconnected world. As Wedgwood enters Web 3, we ask…what would Josiah do? Since Alice Bastin was appointed as Creative Director for Wedgwood in March 2022, she’s been inspired by Josiah Wedgwood’s legacy as a pioneer and design innovator and his reputation for constantly disrupting and challenging traditional industry thinking by leading through innovation and new technology. Commenting on Bastin’s appointment, Michael Konig, VP Design and NPD Vita, Fiskars Group adds “we know that making a heritage brand culturally relevant in today’s digital world is hard. Doing so without compromising ... More

Exhibition walkthrough – Maki Na Kamura for Gallery Weekend
LONDON.- As part of London Gallery Weekend, Michael Werner Gallery, London invites you to an exhibition walkthrough of Maki Na Kamura with Wells Fray-Smith, Curator at the Barbican Art Gallery. Maki Na Kamura is an Osaka-born, Berlin-based artist and this exhibition of new paintings marks her first solo show in London. The event will take place at the gallery on Friday 2 June with a reception from 5:30PM BST and an exhibition walkthrough from 6:30PM BST through to 7:30PM BST. Maki Na Kamura studied at the Kunstakademie Düsseldorf. She has been included in numerous solo and group exhibitions across Europe and in Japan. Solo museum exhibitions have been held at Museum Dhondt-Dhaenens in Deurle, Belgium (2017); Osthaus Museum Hagen in Hagen, Germany (2017); Bilbao Arte – centro de arte contemporáneo in Bilbao, ... More

Abbot Hall reopens with Julie Brook's 'What is it That Will Last?'
KENDAL.- Scotland-based Julie Brook (b. 1961) works primarily in remote landscapes, creating large scale sculptural interventions that express the invisible forces - gravity, time and tide – that govern our lives.  Julie Brook said: “I am so pleased to have my work exhibited in the Lake District. The show at Abbot Hall will focus on work I’ve made in remote landscapes in the form of sound, film, photography and drawing. “I am excited for people to experience the exhibition and then travel into the landscape to see the physical piece at Holker Hall. The installation resonates with what people will see in the exhibition. “The piece, made of Brathay Cumbrian Black stone, is in dialogue with the hills where it originally came from and is accessible to people of all ages.” Abbot Hall is one of Britain’s leading small art galleries, set in a beautifully restored Grade I listed Georgian building on the banks ... More

Woody De Othello joins Stephen Friedman Gallery
LONDON.- Stephen Friedman Gallery announced representation of Woody De Othello, in collaboration with Jessica Silverman Gallery and Karma. Woody De Othello’s sculptures, paintings and installations imagine a world in which the things that populate our domestic lives metamorphise into syncretic, humanoid objects. Working primarily in ceramic, wood and bronze, he creates assemblages of everyday artefacts — phones, television remotes, clocks, lamps, calendars, pipes, shoes, and light switches — that he stacks on glazed ceramic stools, chairs, radiators, and step ladders. “The objects mimic actions that humans perform,” says Othello. “They’re extensions of our own actions. We use phones to speak and to listen, clocks to tell time, vessels to hold things, and our bodies are indicators of all of those.” A playful sense of humour infuses ... More

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On a day like today, Dutch photographer Rineke Dijkstra was born
June 02, 1959. Rineke Dijkstra (born 2 June 1959) is a Dutch photographer. She lives and works in Amsterdam. Dijkstra has been awarded an Honorary Fellowship of the Royal Photographic Society, the 1999 Citibank Private Bank Photography Prize (now Deutsche Börse Photography Prize) and the 2017 Hasselblad Award. In this image: Rineke Dijkstra, I See a Woman Crying 2009 (videostill, detail), collection De Pont Museum. Photo: Peter Cox.

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