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France arrests six over Banksy artwork stolen from Bataclan

A policeman stands guard near a piece of art attributed to Banksy, that was stolen at the Bataclan in Paris in 2019, and found in Italy, ahead of a press conference in L'Aquila. Photo: Filippo Monteforte/AFP.

PARIS (AFP).- Six people have been arrested in France over the theft of an artwork by street artist Banksy commemorating the victims of the 2015 Paris attacks that was stolen from the Bataclan concert hall, sources said Saturday. The suspects were arrested across France this week after the artwork, an image of a girl in mourning painted on one of the Paris venue's emergency doors, was found in Italy earlier in the month, judicial and police sources told AFP. On Friday, two were charged with theft while the other four were charged with concealing theft, the sources added. All six were placed in pre-trial detention. The door with the artwork was cut out and taken in January last year at the Bataclan, where Islamic State gunmen massacred 90 people in one of a series of bloody attacks in Paris in November 2015. French and Italian police said two weeks ago that they found the work -- still in good condition -- in the attic of an abandoned farmhouse in Italy's central east Abruzzo region. Its theft -- whi ... More

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"Soul of a Nation: Art in the Age of Black Power" opens at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston   Christie's to offer property from the late Dowager Countess Bathurst   Milton Glaser, designer of iconic N.Y. logo and Dylan poster, is dead at 91

Emma Amos, Eva the Babysitter, 1973, oil on canvas, courtesy of Emma Amos, the Amos family, and RYAN LEE Gallery. © Emma Amos / Licensed by VAGA at Artists Rights Society (ARS), NY.

HOUSTON, TX.- This summer, the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, is the final venue to present Soul of a Nation: Art in the Age of Black Power, featuring work by more than 60 Black artists created over two revolutionary decades in American history. The exhibition, organized by Tate Modern in London, was slated to open in Houston in April, but it was delayed because of the pandemic lockdown at the previous venue in San Francisco, the de Young Museum. Soul of a Nation is now on view through August 30, as the final presentation of the three-year tour. The MFAH has implemented social-distancing protocols for all visitors, including required face masks. “We are enormously privileged to serve as the final venue for this landmark exhibition, which has received tremendous acclaim since its debut in London for its path-breaking exploration of the art of this pivotal era,” said Gary Tinterow, Director, the Margaret Alkek Williams Chair, the Museum of Fin ... More

John Michael Wright (London 1617-1694), Portrait of James, Duke of Cambridge, (1663-1667), half-length, in a pink coat, holding a crown, in a feigned cartouche. Estimate: £15,000-25,000. © Christie's Images Ltd 2020.

LONDON.- Gloria: Property from the late Dowager Countess Bathurst will be offered across four auctions at Christie’s in July. A dedicated collection sale will be held on 22 July with works also included in three specialist sales throughout the month. The epitome of style and glamour, Gloria was a successful model in the late 1940s and 50s, working for couturiers such as Jacques Fath and Christian Dior. Gloria was also featured in Vogue and went on to become known as Britain’s ‘most perfect outdoor girl.’ The collection across the four auctions comprises 255 lots and is estimated to realise in the region of £2,000,000. Gloria Clarry (1927-2018) married lawyer David Rutherston (1925-1975) in 1965, son of the artist Albert Rutherston (1881-1953) and nephew of artist Sir William Rothenstein (1872-1945). Following the death of her first husband in 1975, Gloria married Henry, 8th Earl Bathurst (1927-2011) in 1978 ... More

Graphic designer Milton Glaser in his studio in New York, Nov. 22, 2012. Robert Wright/The New York Times.

by William Grimes

NEW YORK (NYT NEWS SERVICE).- Milton Glaser, a graphic designer who changed the vocabulary of American visual culture in the 1960s and ’70s with his brightly colored, extroverted posters, magazines, book covers and record sleeves, notably his 1967 poster of Bob Dylan with psychedelic hair and his “I (HEART) NY” logo, died Friday, his 91st birthday, in Manhattan. His wife and only immediate survivor, Shirley Glaser, said the cause was a stroke. He also had renal failure. Glaser brought wit, whimsy, narrative and skilled drawing to commercial art at a time when advertising was dominated by the severe strictures of modernism on one hand and the cozy realism of magazines like The Saturday Evening Post on the other. At Push Pin Studios, which he and several former Cooper Union classmates formed in 1954, he opened up design to myriad influences and styles that began to grab the attention of ... More

Cecily Brown and Adrian Ghenie star in London session ONE: A Global Sale of the 20th Century   Julien's Auctions to offer Property from the Collection of Steve Martin   Director of Luther W. Brady Art Gallery to retire

Cecily Brown, Carnival and Lent, 2006-2008 (detail). Estimate: £4,000,000-6,000,000. © Christie's Images Ltd 2020.

LONDON.- As part of ONE: A Global Sale of the 20th Century on 10 July 2020, Christie’s will offer seminal paintings by Adrian Ghenie and Cecily Brown as leading highlights in London. An extraordinary, cinematic vision spanning two metres in width, The Arrival 3 (2015, estimate: £3,000,000-5,000,000) is an outstanding large-scale painting by Adrian Ghenie. Against a vibrant backdrop of rich, abstract texture and swirling, hallucinatory forms, a central figure looms large, clad in a crisp black suit. A pyrotechnic expanse of colour and movement, Carnival and Lent (2006-2008, estimate: £4,000,000 - 6,000,000) exemplifies Cecily Brown’s command of oil paint. Inspired by Pieter Brueghel the Elder’s 1559 masterpiece The Fight Between Carnival and Lent, its 2.5-meter canvas creates an all-engulfing textural and chromatic world, with hints at figure and form caught in swirls, tangles ... More

Steve Martin’s Gibson banjo gifted by Queen Latifah.

BEVERLY HILLS, CA.- Julien’s Auctions has announced Property from the Collection of Steve Martin, an exclusive auction event celebrating the distinguished career of the legendary American actor, comedian, writer, playwright, producer, musician, and composer, taking place Saturday, July 18th, 2020 at Julien’s Auctions in Beverly Hills and live online at It was also announced today that all of Steve Martin’s proceeds he receives from the auction will be donated by him to benefit The Motion Picture Home in honor of Roddy McDowall, the late legendary stage, film and television actor and philanthropist for the Motion Picture & Television Fund’s Country House and Hospital. MPTF supports working and retired members of the entertainment community with a safety net of health and social services, including temporary financial assistance, case management, and residential living. On offer is the most comprehensive co ... More

Lenore D. Miller, who is also chief curator of university art galleries, will retire at the end of June after nearly 50 years at GW.

WASHINGTON, DC.- After working almost 50 years with George Washington University art galleries, Lenore D. Miller, M.F.A. ’72, has announced her retirement. As director of university art galleries and chief curator, Ms. Miller leads the Luther W. Brady Art Gallery team while also overseeing GW’s art collection. Throughout her time at GW, she also taught courses on exhibition design, art history survey and design for the fine arts. Ms. Miller began her career in 1973, soon after she graduated from GW, as the assistant to the curator at the Dimock Gallery. Under then-curator Donald Kline, she organized exhibitions with the university’s fine arts department with an educational mission. She was appointed as curator of art in 1975 once Mr. Kline retired. During her years at the Dimock Gallery, Ms. Miller fondly remembers meeting Andy Warhol and speaking with him in Lisner ... More

Victoria Miro announces an extended reality (XR) exhibition of new paintings by Celia Paul   Overlooked no more: Valerie Solanas, radical feminist who shot Andy Warhol   Celebrating India's innovative spirit through design

Celia Paul, British Museum and Plane Tree Branches, 2020 (detail). Oil on canvas, 63.5 x 55.9 cm. 25 x 22 in © Celia Paul. Courtesy the artist and Victoria Miro.

LONDON.- Victoria Miro is presenting My Studio, an extended reality (XR) exhibition of new paintings by the celebrated British artist Celia Paul, to launch the London Collective. This series of works completed during these past months focus on the artist’s home and studio, a place that sits at the very heart of Paul’s enquiry into the complexities of interior and exterior life, constancy and change. Subjects include its familiar fixtures and sparse furnishings, transfigured by changing light, and the London landmarks visible from its windows, such as the British Museum, rendered strangely quiet during the lockdown, and the BT Tower, given added resonance as we are made to adjust our avenues of communication. Celia Paul’s art is founded on deep connections – familial, creative, looping back and forth across time – to people and places, and is self-assuredly quiet, contemplative and ultimately moving in its atte ... More

Copiy of “SCUM Manifesto,” by Valerie Solanas, Feb. 21, 2012. Solanas, who was a radical feminist and pioneering queer theorist, attempted to murder Andy Warhol in 1968. Hiroko Masuike/The New York Times.

by Bonnie Wertheim

NEW YORK (NYT NEWS SERVICE).- On June 3, 1968, Valerie Solanas walked into Andy Warhol’s studio, the Factory, with a gun and a plan to enact vengeance. What happened next came to define her life and legacy: She fired at Warhol, nearly killing him. But the violent incident, which reduced her to a tabloid headline, was hardly her most meaningful contribution to history. Solanas was a radical feminist (although she would say she loathed most feminists), a pioneering queer theorist and the author of “SCUM Manifesto,” in which she argues for the wholesale extermination of men. The manifesto, self-published in 1967, reads as satire, although Solanas defended it as serious. Its opening line is at once absurd and a call to arms for the coalition she was forming, the Society for Cutting ... More

Divya Thakur with her dog Trooper at home in Mumbai, India, June 13, 2020. Atul Loke/The New York Times.

by Perry Garfinkel

NEW YORK (NYT NEWS SERVICE).- Divya Thakur was six years old when she won her first design award as a student at St. Kabir Public School in Chandigarh, India, where her father, an Indian army major, was stationed. She won a hand-embroidered towel set from the sponsor, Camlin, a crayon manufacturer. “Even back then,” she said in a Skype interview last month, “I knew I would do something in the creative area with my life.” Now 49, Thakur is the founder of Design Temple, a 21-year-old multifaceted boutique design shop in Mumbai, India. Since that first prize, she has collected dozens more, most recently a Devi Award in 2017, in a long-running crusade to gain recognition and respect for India’s visual design tradition. “For centuries the intellectual, artistic and spiritual capital of India has been plucked, exploited and plundered, with barely ... More

Artpace participates in worldwide exhibition of Félix González-Torres' "Untitled" (Fortune Cookie Corner)   Sarah Crowner is now represented by Kayne Griffin Corcoran   CANDID: An exhibition of contemporary beach life already nostalgic opens at Museum Panorama Mesdag

Félix González-Torres, "Untitled" (Fortune Cookie Corner), 1990. Fortune cookies, endless supply. Overall dimensions vary with installation. Photo: Casie Lomeli. Courtesy of Artpace San Antonio.

SAN ANTONIO, TX.- Artpace San Antonio is among a group of 1,000 international people and organizations invited to participate in the Andrea Rosen Gallery and David Zwirner live exhibition of González Torres’s “Untitled” (Fortune Cookie Corner). The participants are artists, friends, and colleagues of the late González-Torres, who have each staged the work in their own interpretations of “place.” These places make up the “site” of the exhibition, which in this case, is the whole world. each staged the work in their own interpretations of “place.” These places make up the “site” of the exhibition, which in this case, is the whole world. staged the work in their own interpretations of “place.” These places make up the “site” of the exhibition, which in this case, is the whole world. González-Torres often used common objects, such as candy or stacks of paper, ... More

Sarah Crowner, Indigo and Vine, 2020. Acrylic on canvas, sewn, 84 x 58 inches (213.4 x 147.3 centimeters). Courtesy the Artist and Kayne Griffin Corcoran, Los Angeles.

LOS ANGELES, CA.- Kayne Griffin Corcoran announced representation of artist Sarah Crowner. The artist’s first solo exhibition with the gallery is planned for April 2021, preceded by a group exhibition that will include new work by the artist opening July 11, 2020. Sarah Crowner’s varied practice consists of paintings, sculptures, and installations inviting the viewer to engage with the work and the environment that surrounds it. In addition to the natural world, Crowner’s visual language often references mid-century abstraction, architecture, and modern design, re-contextualizing those visual cues and found forms into cut and sewn paintings, stage design, and costumes. For Crowner, shifts in scale and materials amplify simple forms and their relation to the human body. For her project in 2019 with Kayne Griffin Corcoran, Crowner created three individually ... More

June 2019, Sandra Uittenbogaart.

THE HAGUE.- Museum Panorama Mesdag presents a selection of over seventy photos of contemporary beach life from a non-commonplace perspective, in the exhibition CANDID. The photos were commissioned by the museum from four up-and-coming photographers from The Hague that have started a collective on this occasion: Giedo van der Zwan (1967), Mirjam Rosa (1982), Merel Schoneveld (1983) and Sandra Uittenbogaart (1975). Together they created a portrait of contemporary beach life, that became nostalgic sooner than expected. The exhibition CANDID is on show until 28 February 2021 in The Hague. The diversity of the seaside resort is the common denominator of the collective. As a result, the photographers challenge and inspire each other. Ordinary people are captured in everyday situations against the backdrop of the familiar seaside resort, but they appear to be anything but ordinary. The artists do not stage-manage nor pass judgement; their photos are self-explanatory, honest, and ... More

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Artist Nalini Malani receives the first National Gallery Contemporary Fellowship with Art Fund
LONDON.- Artist Nalini Malani is to receive the first Contemporary Fellowship awarded by the National Gallery, and supported by Art Fund, it was announced today. The new National Gallery Contemporary Fellowship with Art Fund is a pioneering, peer-to-peer collaboration with a non-London collecting institution, which this year is the Holburne Museum, Bath. The Fellowship, which is awarded to an artist of international standing and renown with a major body of work that has significantly contributed to 20th and 21st century art, is part of the National Gallery’s Contemporary Programme, sponsored by Hiscox. The two-year research, production, and exhibition programme will allow Malani to work in close collaboration with specialists from both the National Gallery and the Holburne Museum to study the institutions and their collections and to create new art for an exhibition in Bath ... More

Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts awards $4 million to 47 arts organizations
NEW YORK, NY.- The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts announced the recipients of its Spring 2020 grants. $4 million will be awarded to 47 organizations from 23 states to support their visual arts programs, exhibitions, and curatorial research. The biannual granting program continually draws an ambitious group of applicants; this round of grantees was selected from 250 submissions. The foundation’s overall annual grants budget is approximately $15.46 million. The Spring 2020 grants occur at a time when arts organizations, from small, grass roots operations to large established institutions, are navigating the uncertainties around reopening timelines and protocols due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Furthermore, many organizations are finding ways to support and ally with the protests to end police violence towards black communities and to fight this ... More

Never-released Sega Pluto prototype will finally reach public in July auction
DALLAS, TX.- The Sega Pluto-02 Console Prototype - Sega (c. 1995-1996) from Sega’s cancelled project to create a second model of the Sega Saturn console will be among some of the most intriguing lots in Heritage Auctions’ Comics & Comic Art Auction July 9-12 in Dallas, Texas. "Project Pluto,” as it was known internally at Sega, was likely kicked off due to "The Price Heard Around the World,” as it is now called. Sega announced the U.S. release date and price of the Sega Saturn during its press event at E3 in 1994, only to have its $399 retail price famously mocked during Sony’s own press release just minutes later with its $299 price announcement for the PlayStation. Despite the Saturn’s commercial success in Japan, the PlayStation’s cutting-edge polygonal graphics and its lower price point were a devastating blow to Sega’s under-produced, ... More

'Old warhorse' Lagonda leads the way at £188,600 in H&H Classics sale
LONDON.- H&H Classics’ latest Live Auction Online of Automobilia, Bikes and Cars achieved a total of £910,000 with over 70% of the cars sold - some provisional sales remain outstanding. There were 506 bidders registered for the sale, a fair number from abroad. Undoubted star was the patinated 1934 Lagonda M45 T7 Tourer. A highly original car coming to market for the first time in nearly three decades, it had been professionally valued last year at £120,000. Viewed by six people at H&H’s offices before the sale and contested by eight bidders, the Post Vintage Thoroughbred romped past its guide price of £100,000 - £120,000 to make £188,600. Finished in Stardust Silver, the beautifully restored 1974 Ford Escort RS2000 commanded £41,400, while a notably early 1995 Bentley Azure – chassis number 1 – realised £46,000 despite needing some cosmetic ... More

The Noguchi Museum and The Brother in Elysium announce new publication I Become a Nisei
NEW YORK, NY.- The Noguchi Museum and The Brother In Elysium, a publishing imprint and studio run by artist Jon Beacham, announce a new limited-edition artist’s book, I Become a Nisei. This handmade publication collects an essay by Isamu Noguchi written from a prison camp for Japanese Americans in 1942, along with eight color plates featuring related artworks and documents from The Noguchi Museum Archives. Brian Niiya, Content Director at Densho, contributed a foreword. Following the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941, Isamu Noguchi advocated in various ways on behalf of the patriotism and civil rights of Japanese Americans, a community with which he had previously had little contact, but “of whom because of war I had suddenly become a part.” (I Become a Nisei). In early 1942, with Larry Tajiri of the Pacific Citizen, ... More

Yilmaz Dziewior to remain Director of the Museum Ludwig
COLOGNE.- Dr. Yilmaz Dziewior will remain director of the Museum Ludwig. Mayor Henriette Reker will propose to the city council’s main committee that his contract be extended until October 31, 2032. Mayor Henriette Reker is delighted to continue to have Yilmaz Dziewior as a proven and internationally well-connected expert on contemporary art at the Museum Ludwig.“With his work, Yilmaz Dziewior has made a significant contribution to ensuring that the city of Cologne remains internationally recognized as an art destination and that the Museum Ludwig, with its outstanding collection, can continue to shine with top-notch exhibitions in the future,” Reker emphasized. “It is fantastic that he can now continue his academically grounded work on current discourses, which contributes to the international renown of the Museum Ludwig. It is no coincidence that ... More

Steidl to release SIXSIXSIX by Samuel Fosso
NEW YORK, NY.- SIXSIXSIX consists of 666 large-format Polaroid self-portraits (each 21.5 x 27 cm), produced in an intensive process by Samuel Fosso with a small team in his Paris studio in 2015 and 2016. Shot against the same rich, colored backdrop, these striking photographs depart from Fosso’s earlier self-portraits through their understated and strippedback approach. Fosso’s challenge was to create 666 self-portraits each with a different bodily expression, reminding us of the link between his performances and photography. In Fosso’s words: “In this series there is unhappiness and happiness, misfortune and good fortune. I was very inspired by these two aspects. SIXSIXSIX refers to the number of misfortune. By that I mean in terms of what I’ve encountered in my life up to now. After my illness came the Biafra War; millions of people died, and I was ... More

Rare mint oddity quarter sells for $102,000
SANTA ANA, CA.- Stack’s Bowers Galleries, the numismatic auction powerhouse, sold an extremely rare 1823/2 Capped Bust quarter worth $100,000 at its June 2020 Santa Ana auction. Few American rarities have been so carefully documented and studied for provenance as the 1823/2 Capped Bust quarters. In fact, it is posited that the four rarest U.S. silver coins are the 1802 half dime, the quarters of 1823 (all of which are 1823/2) and 1827, and the 1804 dollar, helping to contextualize the truly elusive nature of this issue. The reason for the 1823/2 date is because the mint used an 1822 die and simply superimposed a 3 over the 2 in the fourth position. If you look closely, you can still see the 2 beneath the 3. While the Smithsonian and the Durham Western Heritage Museum in Omaha both own well-worn specimens, this particular example is believed ... More

LIGHT 2020 launches in New Bedford
NEW BEDFORD, MASS.- Massachusetts Design Art and Technology Institute, the contemporary art institute and its partners will kick off a city-wide, collaborative venture called “LIGHT 2020” from June through September 2020. DATMA’s free public art projects will examine New Bedford’s legacy as the “city that lit the world” with a lens through renewable energy. Each piece will be aimed to enlighten and inspire, will be observed while socially distancing in cars and bikes, and will not involve crowds or require going into a space. The artists DATMA has selected for LIGHT 2020 feature light as their artistic medium and will provide a respite through artistic expression. Throughout the program year, DATMA will present free performances and exhibitions by Soo Sunny Park and MASARY Studios, and implement the practice of project-based learning and promote ... More

The tenth edition of MIA Photo Fair has been postponed to March
MILAN.- After a careful analysis of the current global spread of Covid-19, the organizers of MIA Photo Fair have decided to cancel the 2020 edition, initially scheduled in March and then postponed to September 2020. The tenth edition of MIA Photo Fair will be held from the 25th to the 28th of March 2021, in the new location of SUPERSTUDIO MAXI in via Moncucco, in the Famagosta district, near to the Navigli area. "In this climate of uncertainty due to the Covid-19 emergency - says Fabio Castelli, MIA Photo Fair founder and director - we have decided to suspend MIA Photo Fair 2020 to concentrate all our efforts on the 2021 edition. For its tenth edition, MIA Photo Fair will move to a new location, the SUPERSTUDIO MAXI, a futuristic industrial conversion project of 7.300 sqm, created by the Superstudio group. The decision was also made to meet the will ... More

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On a day like today, Italian architect Domenico Fontana died
July 28, 1607. Domenico Fontana (1543 - 28 June 1607) was an Italian architect of the late Renaissance, born in today's Ticino. He worked primarily in Italy, at Rome and Naples. In 1586 he erected the 327 ton obelisk in the Square of St. Peter's. This feat of engineering took the concerted effort of 900 men, 75 horses and countless pulleys and meters of rope. In this image: Domenico Fontana by Federico Zuccari.

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