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NEW YORK, NY.- Vallarino Fine Art, “What’s Next…..Who Knows??” Is a very fitting subtitle for Vallarino Fine Art’s annual 175 page catalogue. According to Vincent Vallarino, what has happened in the past six months seems unimaginable, then again, he says, “This could be a blessing in disguise, a kind of wake-up call for all of us. Our global treatment of humanity, our planet’s environment, economic collapse, civil rights and politics have caused a boiling point in our society. Then add the Covid-19 Pandemic to top things off and there you have “What’s Next…..Who Knows? “ Vallarino’s outlook on the current art market and how the pandemic has affected it is extremely direct. He states, “ One thing I know is art and the art market has literally been around forever and has weathered centuries of wars, economic crashes and many other global disasters, it will continue to preva ... More

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Lucy Lacoste Gallery opens "Empowering Voices: Artist of Color"   Appeal after five Bond guns stolen in London   To protest colonialism, he takes artifacts from museums


Ashwini Bhat, Wild Lupine.

CONCORD, MASS.- Lucy Lacoste Gallery announces the group exhibition, Empowering Voices: Artist of Color, on view through October 10th, 2020. This exhibition brings together artists of color, four of whom are represented by LLG and an additional four young, under-represented artists, each invited by a represented artist. This exhibition is in response to the racial injustices that, while always present, have been brought to wider awareness by the protests after George Floyd’s death. As a gallery, we want to expand our platform to include greater diversity in artists and content to more fully represent this new reality. Art is a reflection of culture and history; thus, we want to show the art of those with lived experiences who are leading the way to human rights for all. Natalia Arbelaez is a Colombian-American artist, born in Miami to immigrant parents. She received her MFA from Ohio State University and recently ... More
 

The Walther PPK used by Roger Moore in a "View to a Kill" was stolen.

LONDON (AFP).- Police launched a fresh appeal Monday for witnesses after five guns used as props in James Bond films were stolen during a burglary in a London suburb. One of the deactivated firearms -- a yellow-handed Llama pistol featured in 007 movie "Die Another Day" -- was recovered in a field in the days after the March 23 theft from a house in Enfield. But the other four remain missing, including the Walther PPK used by Roger Moore in a "View to a Kill" as he pursues Grace Jones up the Eiffel Tower, before she jumps off with a parachute. London's Metropolitan Police issued new security camera footage showing a vehicle parked near the scene of the crime, apparently on reconnaissance, and urged any witnesses to come forward. "In scenes reminiscent of a James Bond movie you can even see the flash of a camera from the occupant engaged in the ... More
 

The Congolese activist Mwazulu Diyabanza in Paris, Sept. 4, 2020. Elliott Verdier/The New York Times.

by Farah Nayeri


PARIS (NYT NEWS SERVICE).- Early one afternoon in June, Congolese activist Mwazulu Diyabanza walked into the Quai Branly Museum, the riverfront institution that houses treasures from France’s former colonies, and bought a ticket. Together with four associates, he wandered around the Paris museum’s African collections, reading the labels and admiring the treasures on show. Yet what started as a standard museum outing soon escalated into a raucous demonstration as Diyabanza began denouncing colonial-era cultural theft while a member of his group filmed the speech and livestreamed it via Facebook. With another group member’s help, he then forcefully removed a slender 19th-century wooden funerary post, from a region that is now in Chad or Sudan, ... More


Olympia Auctions announces highlights included in the British and Continental Pictures and Prints Auction   Protest over lack of social distance cancels Madrid opera   The Met Opera fired James Levine, citing sex misconduct. Then he was paid $3.5 million.


Alexandre Nikolayevich Benois (1870-1960), A Costume Design for Les Ballets Ida Rubinstein. 34.5 x 24.5 cm / 13 1/2 x 9. Estimate: £1,000 - £1,500.

LONDON.- The British and Continental Pictures and Prints Auction of 227 lots taking place on 22nd September commences the Autumn auction season at Olympia Auctions and boasts a roster of distinguished British and Continental artists from Hercules Brabazon Brabazon to Jean Cocteau, Sir Stanley Spencer to Emmanuel-Charles-Louis Bénézit, (son of the famous editor of the Dictionnaire des Peintres). Graham Sutherland to Serge Ivanoff, John Piper to Michel Dureuil, Augustus John to Jacques Francois Carabain, and Albert Goodwin to Grigory Leontievich Chainikov. The sale also includes a group of skilled sketches of costume designs for ballet and theatre (1920s - 1960s) including works by Hein Heckroth (1901 – 1970) who designed costumes for ‘The Big City’, (1935) set to music by Alexandre Tansman, written by Kurt Joos and performed by the Ballet Joos. It had its English premiere at Dartington Hall in 1935. This ... More
 

Teatro Real and monument to Philip IV of Spain, Madrid, Spain. Photo: Carlos Delgado/wikipedia.org

MADRID (AFP).- Spain's main opera house, the Teatro Real in Madrid, defended itself Monday after it had to cancel a performance when a small group of spectators loudly protested against being seated too close to each other amid a spike in Covid-19 infections. The performance of Giuseppe Verdi's "A Masked Ball" on Sunday night was called off after a "minority" of spectators repeatedly jeered and clapped despite being offered the chance to be relocated or get a refund for the value of their tickets, the theatre said in a statement. Videos shared on social media by several spectators who were at the performance showed full rows in the upper sections where seats are cheaper, while in the pricier floor section many empty seats could be seen. Clapping and calls of "suspension!" could be heard even after the actors tried to begin their performance. The Teatro Real had "respected the health norms" put in place by the regional government of Madrid to prevent the spread of Covid-19 and "even ... More
 

Conductor James Levine leads the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra during a concert at Carnegie Hall in New York, May 18, 2016. Robert Altman/The New York Times.

by James B. Stewart and Michael Cooper


NEW YORK (NYT NEWS SERVICE).- Last summer, Peter Gelb, the general manager of the Metropolitan Opera, convened the executive committee of the company’s board to announce the end of one of the highest profile, messiest feuds in the Met’s nearly 140-year history. A bitter court battle had concluded between the company and conductor James Levine, who had shaped the Met’s artistic identity for more than four decades before his career was engulfed by allegations of sexual improprieties. Gelb told the committee that the resolution was advantageous to the Met. But the settlement, whose terms have not been publicly disclosed until now, called for the company and its insurer to pay Levine $3.5 million, according to two people familiar with its terms. The Met had fired Levine in 2018 after an internal investigation uncovered ... More


Franco-British actor Michael Lonsdale dies aged 89: agent   Important Peter Beard Collection could bring $300,000+ at Heritage Photographs Auction   All the Presidents' memorabilia at Bonhams


French actor Michael Lonsdale has died at the age of 89, his agent announced on September 21, 2020. PATRICK KOVARIK / AFP.

PARIS (AFP).- Michael Lonsdale, the British-French actor with a far-ranging film and theatre career but most widely recognised as the villain opposite James Bond in "Moonraker", died on Monday aged 89, his agent told AFP. Lonsdale, who was bilingual, chalked up more than 200 roles over a six-decade career, equally at ease in experimental arthouse productions as in big-budget crowd-pleasers. With his silky yet imposing voice and a distinctive goatee, Lonsdale often served up memorable performances that stuck with viewers even when only in minor roles. His agent, Olivier Loiseau, said he had died at his home in Paris, the city where he was born on May 24, 1931, to an English military officer and a French mother. Arguably the highlight of his career came when he played a Trappist monk in "Of Gods and Men" in 2010. Based on true events, the film tells the story of seven French ... More
 

Event also features Andy Warhol’s Polaroid camera.

DALLAS, TX.- An important collection from Peter Beard and a selection from Leonard Freed’s Black in White America photo essay, as well as powerful images from renowned photographers ranging from Ansel Adams to Ruth Bernhard, will make Heritage Auctions’ Oct. 6 Photographs Auction its most comprehensive yet. The auction marks the first time Heritage will offer separate sessions for both traditional or classical and contemporary photographs. “This has become the most important Photographs auction Heritage has ever had,” Heritage Auctions Photographs Director Nigel Russell said. “The Peter Beard selection has some extremely important images, and we have the largest offering from Leonard Freed’s Black in White America photo essay, which is a particularly timely group of images to revisit.” Included in the sale is an incredibly important private collection of works by Peter Beard, including some of the most sought-after i ... More
 

‘Limo One’, estimate $300,000 – 500,000. Photo: Bonhams.

NEW YORK, NY.- Politicos and would-be statesmen have the opportunity to bid for ‘Air Force One’, ‘The Oval Office’ and a John F. Kennedy Lincoln limousine, the most recognised symbols of the American Presidency, when they are offered in Bonhams American Presidential Experience Auction in New York on Wednesday October 14. The American Presidential Experience Collection, comprising 76 lots of artefacts, both original and reproductions, represents one man’s lifelong exploration of the institution of the American presidency. Entrepreneur Jim Warlick turned a childhood hobby of collecting political memorabilia – including a bronze bust of John F Kennedy – into a business, and then an unrivaled museum exhibition of Presidential memorabilia. Among the headline offerings are; a life size replica of the Oval Office; the Lincoln limousine which carried President John F. Kennedy to Fort Worth airport ... More



Photoville adds new venues, vistas and vision   Three rare works from the late 1950s by Irving Kriesberg on view at Anita Shapolsky Gallery   A New York clock that told time now tells the time remaining


Visitors walk through Photoville, the annual photography fair, on Water Street at Brooklyn Bridge Park in Dumbo, Brooklyn, Sept. 20, 2020. Gabby Jones/The New York Times.

by Siddhartha Mitter


NEW YORK (NYT NEWS SERVICE).- The container village is gone. Photoville, the pop-up fall festival that turns the waterfront under the Brooklyn Bridge into a friendly encampment for photography buffs and the general public, has dispensed in its ninth year, for coronavirus reasons, with its architectural signature, converted shipping containers. This year’s edition, optimized for social distancing, takes place across five boroughs. All 60-plus exhibitions, with some 300 artists, are presented as high-quality digital prints on weatherproof banners. The bulk are in the usual area, in Dumbo, and on the nearby streets and piers of Brooklyn Bridge Park, but there are also satellite presentations throughout the boroughs of projects whose photographers and subjects have local connections. This new initiative ... More
 

Irving Kriesberg, Blue, Green, Red, 1959 (detail), gouache on paper mounted to board (four panels, reversible), overall (with armature): 47 1/2 x 21 1/8 in. (120.7 x 53.7 cm).

NEW YORK, NY.- Anita Shapolsky Gallery is exhibiting a unique collection of sculptures and paintings featuring pieces from abstract expressionists alongside expressionist artists of today. It is significant to note that although these artists came from varying times and places, the common thread that binds them is their limitless expression of their craft that takes them literally “Off The Wall”. Irving Kriesberg was known for combining elements of Abstract Expressionism with figurative traces of human and animal forms. His work blurs the line between abstraction and representation during a time when many artists had chosen complete abstraction. His unique childlike style can be seen influencing the contemporary figurative painters of today. Kriesberg made his debut with Jackson Pollock and Mark Rothko at the landmark 1952 exhibition Fifteen Americans at the New York Museum of Modern Art curated by Dorothy Miller. Kries ... More
 

Metronome, a New York City public art project and the Climate Clock, which displays the window for action to prevent the effects of global warming from becoming irreversible, Saturday, Sept. 19, 2020. Jeenah Moon/The New York Times.

by Colin Moynihan


NEW YORK (NYT NEWS SERVICE).- For more than 20 years, “Metronome,” which includes a 62-foot-wide 15-digit electronic clock that faces Union Square in Manhattan, has been one of the city’s most prominent and baffling public art projects. Its digital display once told the time in its own unique way, counting the hours, minutes and seconds (and fractions thereof) to and from midnight. But for years observers who did not understand how it worked suggested that it was measuring the acres of rainforest destroyed each year, tracking the world population or even that it had something to do with pi. “Metronome” adopted a new ecologically sensitive mission Saturday. Now, instead of measuring 24-hour cycles, it is measuring what two artists, Gan Golan and Andrew Boyd, present ... More




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Friedman Benda presents Faye Toogood's second solo exhibition at the gallery
NEW YORK, NY.- Friedman Benda is presenting British artist Faye Toogood’s second solo exhibition at the gallery, Assemblage 6: Unlearning. Assemblage 6 marks a dramatic rupture in Faye Toogood’s creative trajectory, in which she has set out to ‘unlearn’ the process of design, and build it up again from scratch. This has led her to a conflation of furniture and sculpture, which draws upon the shifting perspectives encountered in childhood fables. The playful qualities of rough-hewn maquettes, broken up by the corrugations of crumpled paper and masking tape, are recast at functional scale – daybeds, chairs and consoles, manufactured in cast bronze, wrought iron and rough canvas. Taken as a whole, the collection suggests how deceptive first appearances can be. Trompe-l’oeil effects imitate the twisted wires and taped cardboard of the original models, ... More

The Hero Initiative's 'Batman 100 Project' raises nearly $100,000 for comics creators in need
DALLAS, TX.- Raising nearly $100,000 to help comic-book creators was the very best way to spend Batman Day. Saturday afternoon, Heritage Auctions sold 110 original Batman No. 75 covers illustrated by some of the industry’s best and best-known names, among them DC Comics Creative Officer and Publisher Jim Lee, Eisner Award-winner Arthur Adams and The Dark Knight Returns’ creator Frank Miller. And when the final hammer fell, less than an hour after the sale began, The Hero Initiative’s Batman 100 Project hammered at $98,535 thanks to the participation of more than 340 online bidders. That money raised will go to writers and artists who might otherwise be unable to pay for rent or food or cover hospital bills. The nonprofit Hero Initiative, now in its 20th year, began auctioning these singular one-offs in 2007, starting with The ... More

Ellen de Bruijne Projects opens a solo exhibition of works by Anne-Lise Coste
AMSTERDAM.- Ellen de Bruijne Projects is presenting Poème, Pute, Police, a solo exhibition by Anne-Lise Coste. Amidst a time of social unrest and political and economic uncertainty, Anne-Lise Coste’s works, imbued in raw and unrestrained energy, conform a catalyst for upheaval by dint of making the exhibition a space for political protest. Coste’s oeuvre possesses a vibrant sense of immediacy in their execution, as if we come across them seconds after their execution. Through a clear-cut use of language, her work, amidst painting, sculpture, and graffiti, conveys strong political messages framed in what we could call emotional rebellion. Poème, Pute, Police is a prime example of how Coste creates her own shibboleth by painting slurs such as pute (whore) in a gesture of taking ownership of them and creating semantic associations. Painted ... More

Exhibition at Malmö Konsthall introduces Hassan Sharif's work to Swedish audiences
MALMO.- Until his passing in 2016, Hassan Sharif (1951–2016), who lived and worked in Dubai in the United Arab Emirates, was a pioneer of experimental contemporary art in the Middle East. The travelling exhibition Hassan Sharif: I Am The Single Work Artist represents an opportunity for Malmö Konsthall to introduce this unique oeuvre, which was produced in a region of the world that Swedish audiences rarely get to access. Hassan Sharif (1951–2016) was born in Iran and grew up in Dubai. Apart from the time he spent in London as a student in the early 80s, he worked in the Dubai and Sharjah emirates in the United Arab Emirates throughout his life. Sharif is now regarded as one of the region’s most influential 20th century artists. Among younger Arabic-speaking artists, he is considered an important, established trailblazer, but it is only recently ... More

Fort Gansevoort opens an online exhibition of drawings by Gayleen Aiken
NEW YORK, NY.- Fort Gansevoort is presenting ‘Interiors,’ an online exhibition of drawings spanning the career of Gayleen Aiken (1934-2005), organized with artist Laurie Simmons. Born in Barre, Vermont in 1934, Aiken began honing her artistic vision at a very early age. Her father was employed by the granite industry, a lucrative business in the state of Vermont that provided his family the means to reside in a large, decorative farmhouse. The characteristics of this residence profoundly influenced Aiken and fueled her creation of a rich imaginary realm populated by dramatis personae she called the Raimbilli Cousins, a family of 24 children who accompanied her on whimsical adventures. Entirely self-taught, Aiken gradually attracted attention for her lyrical images of life in a parallel Vermont. In time she became recognized as an important figure in the field ... More

New sculpture by Lawrence Weiner unveiled at Kistefos Sculpture Park in Norway
JEVNAKER.- Kistefos Museum announced the unveiling of a new site-specific sculpture by internationally acclaimed American artist Lawrence Weiner. Kistefos is one of Europe's most important sculpture parks for contemporary art. Built on the grounds of a historical pulp mill at Jevnaker in Norway, Kistefos today comprises an industrial museum, two art galleries and an impressive sculpture park in scenic surroundings. In 2019, the museum opened The Twist, an award-winning new gallery space designed by BIG-Bjarke Ingels Group that takes a sculptural form spanning the river Randselva and twisting at the mid-point. Lawrence Weiner’s new text-based work is installed on two façades of the historic waterworks on the site and is a direct response to Kistefos’ rich industrial history. Throughout his 60-year career, Weiner has developed a large number ... More

Signed piece of Staples Center hardwood on which Kobe Bryant played his last NBA game heads to auction
DALLAS, TX.- On April 13, 2016, the Los Angeles Lakers finished one of the worst seasons in team history – 17 paltry wins stacked against 65 bruising defeats. A limp to the finish line. No time for Showtime. Yet few dates in sports history will ever carry such weight, such consequence as April 13, 2016. And few keepsakes in modern sports history will ever bear such import as the autographed piece of basketball court on which one of the game’s greatest players authored his indelible farewell. April 13, 2016, marked Kobe Bryant’s 1,346th game as a Los Angeles Laker – and his final one in the gold and purple. After 33,643 points scored, 7,047 rebounds, 6,306 assists, 20 seasons and five titles, the 38-year-old was retiring. Coach Byron Scott was stunned by the decision; fans, shattered and brokenhearted. “Whether you view me as a hero ... More

Important Falklands medals fetch £130,000 at Dix Noonan Webb
LONDON.- An important Falklands War D.C.M. group of six medals awarded to Sergeant, later Captain, J. S. Pettinger, of the 3rd Battalion, The Parachute Regiment, who distinguished himself on countless occasions, whilst serving as Patrol Commander D (Patrol) Company during 11 days of operations in and around the Mount Longdon area were sold at Dix Noonan Webb for £130,000 today (Thursday, September 17, 2020) in their live online auction of Orders, Decorations, Medals and Militaria. It was purchased by a UK buyer [lot 25]. John Stuart Pettinger was born in Blackburn, Lancashire, and joined the Army in September 1968 at the age of 15 as a junior soldier of The Parachute Regiment. During the Falkland’s Conflict, Pettinger’s D Company were the ‘eyes and ears’ of 3 Para, and carried out extensive close target reconnaissance in and amongst ... More

Blenheim Art Foundation opens exhibition of new work by Cecily Brown at Blenheim Palace
WOODSTOCK.- Blenheim Art Foundation unveiled a major solo exhibition by acclaimed British artist Cecily Brown at Blenheim Palace, running from 17 September 2020 to 3 January 2021. This is the first exhibition in the Foundation’s programme to be comprised entirely of new work created in response to the Palace, and the first devoted to contemporary painting. This exhibition marks a new area of investigation for Brown, one of the foremost painters of her generation who is best known for her semi-abstract, sensuous depictions of the body. Showcasing over thirty never-seen-before site-specific artworks, Brown offers both a sentimental celebration and a poignant critique of the romantic fantasies surrounding the stately home and British heritage in the popular imagination. Drawing on traditional painting genres often found in country houses ... More

miart digital: The digital edition of the fair closes with great success
MILAN.- Sunday 13th September saw the triumphant conclusion of the first digital edition of miart, the international fair of modern and contemporary art, Milan, organised by Fiera Milano and directed by Alessandro Rabottini for the fourth year running, to be succeeded by Nicola Ricciardi in October. 133 national and international exhibitors confirmed their participation in the event, enriching the digital platform developed in partnership with ArtShell, with 1761 works divided into four broad thematic areas that have always distinguished the research pathway of this exhibition event: modern, contemporary, emergent art and collectible design. 195 online events, from Milan Art Week, organised in collaboration with the Municipality of Milan – Culture, to galleries, along with over 125 insights enabling the general public to broaden their knowledge ... More

The Bruges Triennial 2021 announces the dates and participating artists and architects
BRUGES.- From 8 May to 26 September 2021, Bruges will once again become the host city for an exploration of contemporary art and architecture. During the third edition of the Bruges Triennial, 12 artists and architects will present new, temporary installations in the historic centre of the World Heritage city. The theme of this third edition is TraumA, which sees The Triennial shifting the focus from the public space to a number of hidden dimensions of the city and its inhabitants. The Bruges Triennial is a thematic exhibition featuring creations by artists and architects in the public space. The 2021 edition also opts for a polyphonic discourse, with space for imagination, beauty, darkness, and participation. The exhibition explores the sensed and subcutaneous space and the subjective experience of the city, nourished by past and present, dream and ... More




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On a day like today, Italian painter Alessandro Allori died
September 22, 1607. Alessandro di Cristofano di Lorenzo del Bronzino Allori (31 May 1535 - 22 September 1607) was an Italian portrait painter of the late Mannerist Florentine school. In this image: Portrait of Grand Duchess Bianca Capello de Medici, by Allori, Dallas Museum of Art.



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