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Mothsham Kashan rug from Central Persian, woven during the third quarter of the 19th century. The carpet, 8'0" x 9'7", is rated "high collectible on Claremont Rug Company's Antique Rug Pyramid (c) (Tier 2).

By Jan David Winitz
Claremont Rug Company

OAKLAND, CA.- Having spent more than four decades as an art dealer specializing in antique Oriental rugs, I have had the privilege of working with thousands of clients. They share my passion for collecting and deeply value their collections, which range from classical and contemporary art to automobiles, jewelry, fine wine, furniture, and sports memorabilia. The late Eli Broad, an American business icon and art patron, once quipped, “a real collector does not sell.” While that is generally true, the personalities and habits of modern collectors are less easily defined. Whether we collect stamps or Pre-Columbian Art, American Impressionist paintings, or rare rugs, each of us is compelled by a passion as unique as the treasures themselves. My work at Claremont Rug Company which I created in 1980 specifically relates to the genre of elite-level antique Persian and tribal rugs. In that regard, I am not dissimilar from the collector who ... More

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In the '80s, post-punk filled New York clubs. Their videos captured it.   National Museum of the American Indian returns the "Echenique Disc" to Peru   He likes 'staying under the radar,' but his art is getting noticed

A still image from video provided by Charles Libin and Paul Cameron shows James Chance performing at Hurrah in New York. Charles Libin and Paul Cameron via The New York Times.

by Rob Tannenbaum

NEW YORK (NYT NEWS SERVICE).- In the summer of 1975, Pat Ivers filmed a legendary festival of unsigned rock bands at CBGB, which included Talking Heads, Blondie and Ramones. Ivers had unauthorized but easy access to equipment, thanks to her day job in the Public Access Department at Manhattan Cable TV, and other members of her video collective, Metropolis Video, helped out. “I was the only girl,” Ivers said recently. “And all the guys said, ‘You’re crazy. We’re not making money at this.’ They wouldn’t do it anymore, so for about a year, I sulked at the end of the bar at CBGB. Then I met Emily.” Emily Armstrong was a sociology major at the City University of New York who’d also taken a job in Public Access at Manhattan Cable, and shared with Ivers determination and a love ... More

The “Echenique Disc,” a pre-Inka gold ornament recognized as the symbol of the city of Cusco.

WASHINGTON, DC.- The Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian and the Peruvian government signed a memorandum of understanding to facilitate the return to Peru, for the benefit of the citizens of Peru and particularly the Indigenous communities of Peru, of the “Echenique Disc,” a pre-Inka gold ornament recognized as the symbol of the city of Cusco. The memorandum was signed by Machel Monenerkit, acting director of the National Museum of the American Indian; Ambassador Allan Wagner, minister of foreign affairs for Peru; Alejandro Neyra, minister of culture for Peru; and Victor Boluarte, mayor of the Provincial Municipality of Cusco. The Peruvian ambassador to the United States, Hugo de Zela, took possession of the disc at the ambassador’s residency in Washington, D.C. “Peru commemorates 200 years of independence in 2021,” Monenerkit said. “In recognition of this important event and the tremendous ... More

Brandon D. Landers, an artist based in Bakersfield, Calif., at the Hammer Museum during the biennial “Made in L.A. 2020: a version,” in Los Angeles, June 13, 2021. Philip Cheung/The New York Times.

by Robin Pogrebin

LOS ANGELES (NYT NEWS SERVICE).- Brandon D. Landers is not represented by a gallery. He doesn’t have a website. He makes his art in a small shack behind a friend’s house in Bakersfield, California, sleeping on an upper bunk above the stacked canvases and splattered paint. Landers, 36, who grew up in South Los Angeles, is not sure he’s ready for prime time. He was also happy with his most recent day job, teaching art to young children at Franklin Elementary School in Bakersfield. But now, with his work on view through Aug. 1 at both the Hammer and the Huntington in their joint biennial, “Made in LA 2020: a version,” Landers may not be able to postpone his professional development much longer. As museums have reopened and people are starting to come through the ... More

Botswana says found world's 'third largest' diamond   Atlas Gallery opens the first UK exhibition in 17 years of work by Franco Fontana   Xavier Hufkens announces representation of McArthur Binion

Botswana President Mokgweetsi Masisi (R) holds a gem diamond in Gaborone, Botswana, on June 16, 2021. Monirul Bhuiyan / AFP.

GABORONE (AFP).- Botswanan diamond firm Debswana said Wednesday it had unearthed a 1,098-carat stone that it described as the third largest of its kind in the world. The stone, found on June 1, was shown to President Mokgweetsi Masisi in the capital Gaborone. "It is believed to be the third largest gem-quality find in the world," said Debswana Managing Director Lynette Armstrong. The "rare and extraordinary stone... means so much in the context of diamonds and Botswana," she said. "It brings hope to the nation that is struggling." It also the biggest stone of gem quality to be recovered in the history of the company, a joint venture between the government and global diamond giant De Beers. The biggest diamond ever discovered in the world was the 3,106-carat Cullinan, found in South Africa in 1905. ... More

Franco Fontana, Landscape, Italy, 1978. ©Franco Fontana, courtesy Atlas Gallery.

LONDON.- Atlas Gallery presents Language of Colour, the first UK exhibition in 17 years of work by Franco Fontana (b.1933), the pioneering Italian colour photographer renowned for his intense and abstracted ‘scapes’: landscapes, seascapes, cityscapes and bodyscapes. The gallery is showing selected large works from across Fontana’s career, as well as a collection of more than 170 unique Polaroids. The exhibition opened on 16 June 2021 (until 4 September). Fontana’s true subject is colour and how it can express something beyond visual reality, even when the literal subjects of the artist’s photographs are fields, buildings or city pavements. His images are flooded with a shimmering brilliance that shifts meaning to another register, at once abstract and poetic. Here are landscapes in sweeping curves or made up of stripes, as if passing at speed: Fontana’s ... More

McArthur Binion. Photo: Jacopo Salvi. Courtesy the Artist and Xavier Hufkens, Brussels.

BRUSSELS.- Xavier Hufkens announced the representation of American artist McArthur Binion (b. 1946, Macon, Mississippi, USA). In a career spanning four decades, Binion has gained recognition as an artist, writer and teacher. The artist will continue to be represented by Lehmann Maupin, Massimo De Carlo and Richard Gray. Binion became the first African American to obtain a master’s degree in fine arts in painting from Cranbrook Academy of Art (1973) and also holds a degree in creative writing. These dual passions–words and images–define his life and work to this day. After graduating, Binion moved to New York and immersed himself in the city’s vibrant creative scene, then dominated by minimalism and Pop Art. Friends with artists such as Brice Marden and Jean-Michel Basquiat, Binion pursued an artistic career and accepted the first of several notable teaching ... More

Solo exhibition of Italian artist Claudio Parmiggiani opens at Simon Lee Gallery   Over 600 lots of antiques and artworks available at Cheffins Fine Sale   Harvey Fierstein donates $2.5 million for public library theater lab

Claudio Parmiggiani, Senza Titolo, 2010. Bronze and rope, 80 x Ø 80 cm (31 1/2 x Ø 31 1/2 in.) Courtesy of the artist and Simon Lee Gallery.

LONDON.- Simon Lee Gallery is presenting a solo exhibition of Italian artist Claudio Parmiggiani in London. For the past 40 years Parmiggiani has concentrated his practice on themes of memory, absence and silence, in his search for an image, object or assemblage that transcends time and individual experience to evoke a universal, existen- tial truth. For his fourth presentation with the gallery and his third exhibition in the London space, Parmiggiani presents a suite of new Delocazione works. These panels, painted with smoke and soot, filled with the shadowy imprints of books, transform the empty gallery walls into a ghostly library. The volumes that line each shelf appear burnt, dematerialised from physical object to residual outline. An additional single Delocazione panel embodies a human figure; the imprint of a vanished presence that haunts the artist’s library. Since Parmiggiani initiated the ... More

Attributed to Richard Cosway, Portrait Miniature of the famous George-Ferrars, later 3rd Marquess Townshend. Estimate: £1,000 - £1,500.

CAMBRIDGE.- Over 600 lots of antiques and artworks will go under the hammer on the 30th June and 1st July as part of the Cheffins Fine Sale at the firm’s salerooms in Cambridge. Included in the sale are over 50 lots of furniture, antiques, ceramics and collectors’ items from the famous Hertfordshire estate, Julians Park. Built in 1605, this magnificent country house was home to established socialite and art collector, Mrs Audrey Pleydell-Bouverie, who was Lady-in-Waiting to the Queen and counted the likes of Cecil Beaton, Coco Chanel, Salvador Dali and Fred and Adele Astaire in her social circle. Mrs Pleydell-Bouverie appointed the influential interior decorator and designer, Stéphane Boudin of French atelier Maison Jansen to assist in the decoration of Julians Park and went on to collect furniture and artwork from across the world in her redesign of the property. Many of these pieces are now on offer ... More

Harvey Fierstein at a reception for Tony Award nominees in New York, May 2, 2012. Sara Krulwich/The New York Times.

by Jennifer Schuessler

NEW YORK (NYT NEWS SERVICE).- Harvey Fierstein may be a multiple Tony Award-winning performer and writer. But he is also the son of a librarian, who still sometimes heads to the reading room when he needs to do homework. In 2005, when he was preparing to play Tevye in a revival of “Fiddler on the Roof,” he visited the New York Public Library for the Performing Arts at Lincoln Center to watch a recording of an earlier Broadway revival featuring Zero Mostel, which is included in its famed Theater on Film and Tape Archive. “And don’t tell anyone, but I’ve also used the library,” he said, dropping his famous Brooklyn molasses-spiked-with-gravel voice, “for pleasure.” Now, Fierstein has donated $2.5 million to create a new “theater lab” at the library’s Lincoln Center campus, a dedicated educational space where ... More

Kazunori Hamana represented by Blum & Poe   El Museo del Barrio receives $8 million gift from from philanthropist MacKenzie Scott   Carnegie Museum of Art announces 58th Carnegie International opening date and curatorial team

Kazunori Hamana, Untitled, 2020. Ceramic, 21 x 25 5/8 x 22 3/4 inches (53.3 x 65.1 x 57.7 centimeters) © Kazunori Hamana, Courtesy of the artist and Blum & Poe, Los Angeles/New York/Tokyo.

LOS ANGELES, CA.- Blum & Poe announced the representation of Chiba, Japan-based artist Kazunori Hamana. A solo exhibition of Hamana’s work will open this September in Los Angeles, his third presentation with the gallery. Kazunori Hamana was born in Osaka, Japan, in 1969 and grew up in Amagasaki, Hyogo Prefecture. Since his childhood, he has been driven to pursue a deep philosophical interest in the nature of how the universe functions on micro and macro levels. This awareness of impermanence and the transience of earthly things has guided his work and lifestyle. In this vein, Hamana left his home at the age of fifteen to stay with local farmers in rural Hyogo Prefecture, and to work the land and care for the livestock at an agricultural school nearby. After a period of studying in Humboldt County and San Diego, CA as a college student embedded in ... More

Exterior of El Museo del Barrio, New York. Photo: Luis Camnitzer. Courtesy of El Museo del Barrio.

NEW YORK, NY.- El Museo del Barrio announced an $8 million gift from philanthropist, author and activist MacKenzie Scott, marking the largest single gift received in the Museum’s history. Recognized as one of 286 high-impact organizations in categories and communities that have been historically underfunded and overlooked, the transformative grant will support the Museum’s work to uphold its mission and provide long-term stability for the legacy institution––the first museum in the country committed to celebrating Latinx and Caribbean art and culture. “This monumental gift represents a significant recognition of the historical and cultural contributions of more than 60 million Latinxs in this country, and of the mission and legacy of El Museo del Barrio. For more than 50 years, the Museum has been dedicated to this inspiring community, and artists who have made El Museo their home. We are inspired by the generosity of MacKe ... More

ohrab Mohebbi is the Kathe and Jim Patrinos Curator of the 58th Carnegie International. He also serves as curator-at-large at SculptureCenter in New York. Photo: Sabrina Santiago.

PITTSBURGH, PA.- Carnegie Museum of Art announced that the 58th Carnegie International will open on September 24, 2022 and run through April 2, 2023. Sohrab Mohebbi, the Kathe and Jim Patrinos Curator of the 58th Carnegie International, has assembled a Pittsburgh-based curatorial team, an international curatorial council, and an advisory group to create the exhibition. The Carnegie International is North America’s longest-running survey of contemporary art and has been the museum’s signature exhibition since 1896. The Pittsburgh-based curatorial team, which includes associate curator Ryan Inouye and curatorial assistant Talia Heiman, will contribute to exhibition research, artist selection, public programs, and publication projects for the Carnegie International. Working closely with Mohebbi, Inouye and Heiman will serve as instrumental thought partners ... More

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Italian graphic artist designs homage to Denmark's Eriksen
AOSTA (AFP).- A graphic artist in Italy has customised a pair of boots with the Danish flag and Inter Milan's logo for footballer Christian Eriksen, who is recovering after collapsing during a match. Salvatore Cosentino, 63, customises shoes for players and fans from his workshop in Aosta in Italy's northwest tip and said he felt that a personalised pair dedicated to the Danish midfielder was the right thing to do. "It's a dedication," Cosentino told AFP. "I'm an Inter fan and it's just something that touched everyone." Eriksen fell to the ground suddenly during Denmark's match against Finland at Euro 2020 on Saturday and was given CPR on the field as his stunned teammates and fans looked on. He was taken to the hospital, where he was stabilised. The 29-year-old remains in hospital, but on Twitter Tuesday he thanked his fans, saying he was "fine" but still ... More

VIA Art Fund appoints Executive Director Brooke Davis Anderson
BOSTON, MASS.- VIA Art Fund today announced the appointment of Brooke Davis Anderson as the non-profit organization’s inaugural Executive Director, effective September 1, 2021. “We could not be happier to welcome Brooke Davis Anderson to the VIA Art Fund family. Brooke is a seasoned art world professional whose wide-ranging yet singular career exemplifies inclusion and collaboration, guiding principles in the founding of VIA. Her national networks and commitment to expanding philanthropy in the arts through rigorous patron engagement resonate strongly with our own collective, democratic ethos. We have much to gain from Brooke’s experience and expertise in serving today’s artists, and I look forward to working with her to deepen our impact,” said Bridgitt Evans, VIA Art Fund President, Founder and President. In a statement, ... More

Hake's announces June 29-30 auction of historical and pop culture memorabilia
YORK, PA.- Throughout 2020 and the first quarter of this year, collectors of pop culture memorabilia made it clear that even a global pandemic could not stop them from enjoying their favorite hobby. Via the Internet, they were able to acquire unique, investment-grade pieces by bidding in Hake’s $2.9 million February collectibles auction, which broke multiple house records and captured world record prices in several categories. That trend continues to gather steam now that Hake’s has announced the exciting highlights of its June 29-30 online auction. Original comic art, vintage comic books, political memorabilia, Star Wars, GI Joe and other action figures; a 1999 uncut Pokemon sheet, and treasures of the classic baseball era are just a few of the sizzling categories featured in the current 2,381-lot auction. In keeping with Hake’s tradition, ... More

Exhibition at Marc Straus brings together ten artists from diverse cultural backgrounds
NEW YORK, NY.- The Pattern of Patience is an exhibition that brings together ten artists from diverse cultural backgrounds whose works evoke topics of gender, race, and class in the face of social inequality in a global economy that favors only a few. Technology and greed have become the major forces behind today's political arena, and yet the labor and cultural production the participating artists work in embraces tradition, personal histories and experience to better understand the construction of a contemporary identity that has lost patience with the status quo. Teresa Lanceta’s textile works serve as a metaphor for the current and historical dynamic that exists between Spain and the African continent. Lanceta spent time in Morocco learning textile techniques that she incorporates into her beautiful geometric abstractions. Nyugen ... More

James Cohan opens an exhibition featuring the works of the 2020-2021 NXTHVN Studio Fellowship artists
NEW YORK, NY.- James Cohan is presenting Un/Common Proximity, a group exhibition featuring the works of the 2020-2021 NXTHVN Studio Fellowship artists: Allana Clarke, Alisa Sikelianos-Carter, Daniel T. Gaitor-Lomack, Esteban Ramón Pérez, Jeffrey Meris, Ilana Savdie, and Vincent Valdez. The exhibition is on view at the gallery’s Tribeca location, 48 Walker St, from June 12 through August 13. Un/Common Proximity is curated by 2020-2021 NXTHVN Curatorial Fellow, Claire Kim. The title of this exhibition, Un/Common Proximity, refers to the artists’ unprecedented experience of living and working in close proximity with one another during a year punctuated by a landmark U.S. election, global pandemic, and national reckoning of systemic racial injustice. It also points to the ways in which all seven studio Fellows continued their practices under ... More

George Tooker leads sale of American art at Swann
NEW YORK, NY.- Swann Galleries will present a sale of American Art on Wednesday, June 30. The auction will include notable works from prominent artists working in America beginning in the mid-1800s and continuing through the contemporary era. The sale is led by George Tooker with Untitled (Young Man Facing a Woman), egg tempera and ink, 1950 ($100,000-150,000), alongside a selection of Mid-Century Modernism, Symbolic and Social Realism. Tooker worked alongside the artist trio PaJaMa resisting the “Magic Realist” moniker assigned to him and his works. In Young Man Facing a Woman the features of the male bear a striking resemblance to Tooker in his twenties, while the style of the dress shown in the image is one frequently modeled by Margaret French in numerous 1940s and 50s PaJaMa photographs, and the scene with its ... More

Items signed by Einstein, Washington, Gehrig and others to be offered at University Auctions
WILTON, CONN.- A typed letter written and signed by Albert Einstein to President Herbert Hoover in 1929, a one-page letter penned and signed by future President George Washington in 1783, and a charming photograph of baseball legend Lou Gehrig posing with a young boy, signed, with Babe Ruth in the background, are just a few of the rare autographs, manuscripts, books and photos in University Archives’ online-only auction slated for Wednesday, June 30th. The auction, packed with 331 highly collectible lots, has a start time of 10:30 am Eastern time. The catalog is up for viewing and bidding now, on the revamped University Archives website, as well as the platforms, and Phone and absentee bids will also be accepted. It’s just the fourth auction that will be conducted from University ... More

Market for Chinese coins gaining on century-old counterparts at Heritage Auctions' HKINF event
DALLAS, TX.- A collector's pick of world and ancient coins among the nearly 1,000 lots on offer may see contemporary Chinese coins ready to grow in market share at this spring's Hong Kong International Numismatic Fair official auctions. The coin show itself has been rescheduled for December, due to occasional COVID-19 surges occurring worldwide. However, Heritage Auctions is holding its coin and currency auctions as scheduled June 25-27. "We continue to see strong collector interest in contemporary Chinese coins,” said Cristiano Bierrenbach, Executive Vice President of International Numismatics at Heritage Auctions. "The market still gravitates to the finest-graded vintage coins, but there's no denying the auction prices behind contemporary coins continues to increase year after year.” Among the stellar selection of early 20th century coins, condition is king this ... More

Albin Egger-Lienz' famous "Dance of Death" motif will be offered at Dorotheum's Modern Art auction
VIENNA.- An exceptional highlight of the upcoming Modern Art Auction on June 22nd 2021, is a version of Albin Egger-Lienz' (1868-1926) famous anti-war painting “Dance of Death”. Egger-Lienz used the iconic motif repeatedly for a series of paintings between 1906 and 1921. The journey of this particular version, from its conception in Tyrol in 1916 to its recent return to Austria, involved a century-long sojourn in the US. It once belonged to world-famous German opera star, Elisabeth Rethberg, who was considered in her heyday to be the best “Aida” of all times. Rethberg moved to the US in the 1920’s and lived in a stately villa in a New York neighborhood of Riverdale in the Bronx which was highly popular among singers and musicians at the time. The house was later sold to a European emigrant family, and along with it, the Egger-Lienz ... More

£1 million project to research the Cold War in museums
EDINBURGH.- National Museums Scotland has been awarded a grant by the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) with the University of Stirling to conduct a £1 million research project exploring how the Cold War features in museums in the UK and Europe. It is the largest research grant ever awarded to National Museums Scotland. The three-year project, entitled Materialising the Cold War, will culminate in a major exhibition about Scotland and the Cold War. The exhibition will be accompanied by schools programming, publications and activity to support the museum sector in engaging new audiences with this period of history. Three decades after the fall of the Berlin Wall, in a climate of international tension, the Cold War is more relevant than ever. Despite its significance however, it is a difficult story to tell in museums because it didn’t ... More

Fondazione Prada presents a dialogue between works by Goshka Macuga and Betye Saar
MILAN.- Since 2018, “Atlas” brings together works from Collezione Prada in Torre's six floors, in the form of an exhibition project. Starting tomorrow, Thursday 17 June, the fourth floor is reopening to the public with an unprecedented dialogue between the works by Goshka Macuga and an installation by Betye Saar. Using various juxtapositions and combinations between different artists, "Atlas" represents a possible mapping on the ideas and visions that guided the shaping of the collection and the collaborations with artists that contributed to the activities of Fondazione Prada. At the core of Betye Saar's practice (Los Angeles, 1926) it is possible to identify several key elements: an interest in the metaphysical, the representation of feminine memory, and African-American identity. "Atlas" presents the installation The Alpha and The Omega ... More

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On a day like today, astronomer César-François Cassini de Thury was born
June 17, 1714. César-François Cassini de Thury (17 June 1714 - 4 September 1784), also called Cassini III or Cassini de Thury, was a French astronomer and cartographer. His chief works are: La méridienne de l’Observatoire Royal de Paris (1744), a correction of the Paris meridian; Description géométrique de la terre (1775); and Description géométrique de la France (1784), which was completed by his son ("Cassini IV").

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