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Brazilian police seek husband in murder of noted art dealer

An undated photo provided by Sikkema Jenkins Co. shows the prominent New York art dealer Brent Sikkema, who was found slain in January 2024 in his apartment in Rio de Janeiro. Brazilian police investigating the murder are now seeking the arrest of his husband, Daniel Sikkema. (Sikkema Jenkins Co. via The New York Times)

by Zachary Small

NEW YORK, NY.- Brazilian police investigating the murder of Brent Sikkema, a prominent New York art dealer who was found stabbed to death last month in his Rio de Janeiro apartment, are now seeking the arrest of his husband, Daniel Sikkema. It was a shocking twist in a case that has captivated the art world. Brent Sikkema represented a number of leading contemporary artists, and his gallery was preparing to help one of them, Jeffrey Gibson, represent the United States this spring at the Venice Biennale, the most prestigious exhibition in the world. A lawyer for Daniel Sikkema, Fabiana Marques, said that he was innocent and that he remained in New York, where he was “shocked” by the latest development. When Brent Sikkema was found slain in Rio, investigators said that at least $40,000 had been stolen. After recovering surveillance footage that they said showed his former bodyguard, a 30-year-old man named Alejandro Triana Prevez, entering and exiting the home, they took Prevez into custody about 600 m ... More

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Who kissed first? Archaeology has an answer.   Sanford Wurmfeld debuts 'Corona Variations' new compositions and palettes in most recent series of paintings   Untangling the pasts of slavery, colonialism and art

Troels Pank Arboll, left, and Sophie Lund Rasmussen in Copenhagen on Feb. 8, 2024. (Mathias Eis/The New York Times)

NEW YORK, NY.- This is a love story: During the spring of 2008, long before they produced evidence of humanity’s first recorded kiss, Sophie Lund Rasmussen and Troels Pank Arboll clasped lips in their first good-night snog. They met a week earlier at a pub near the University of Copenhagen, ... More

Sanford Wurmfeld, II-33 (-Y) - (19), 2022. Acrylic on canvas, 61.5 x 42 in. Artworks Copyright © Sanford Wurmfeld. Images by Yao Zu Lu. Courtesy David Richard Gallery.

NEW YORK, NY.- David Richard Gallery is debuting Sanford Wurmfeld’s newest compositions and color palette in his newest series of 25 canvases, Corona Variations, conceived and created from 2020 through 2023 during the pandemic. ... More

Sir Joshua Reynolds PRA, Portrait of a Man, probably Francis Barber, c. 1770. Oil on canvas, 78.7 x 63.8 cm. The Menil Collection, Houston. Photo © Hickey-Robertson, Houston.

LONDON.- Two and a half centuries after its creation, the Royal Academy of Arts in London — an artist-and-architect-led institution that is a bastion of the British establishment — is embracing inclusivity. Last year, for the first time, it dedicated a major ... More

Rare poster auction presents 410 revered lithographs and maquettes   Twyla Tharp: 'You Dig Down, You Settle in, You Don't Stop'   From ancient Egypt, 'Heads of Secrets' Find an afterlife

Cappiello: Leonetto Cappiello, Allez Chez Poccardi. 1924. Est: $40,000-$50,000.

NEW YORK, NY.- The 92nd Rare Posters Auction from Poster Auctions International on Sunday, March 3 features rare and iconic images from a century of poster design. The collection includes Art Nouveau, Art Deco, Modern, and Contemporary lithographs as well as decorative panels, maquettes, and original works. ... More

From left: Skye Mattox, Miriam Gittens, and Daisy Jacobson rehearse Twyla Tharp's "Ocean's Motion" in New York, Feb. 5, 2024. (Julieta Cervantes/The New York Times)

“OK, is everybody’s gum ready?” It’s not a question most choreographers ask their dancers before a run-through of a work, but Twyla Tharp has always gone her own way. Her career — Tharp is on the cusp of her 60th year as a dance maker ... More

A death mask found at an excavation site at North Saqqara in Egypt. (Kanazawa University via The New York Times)

NEW YORK, NY.- When it came to the dicey journey to the afterlife, the more affluent citizens of ancient Egypt took no chances. In elaborate funeral ceremonies, protective spells were invoked, sarcophaguses were larded with amulets, and the faces of the dead were covered with death masks ... More

Barry Art Museum appoints Sara Woodbury as its first permanent curator   Over 30 works will be on display in 'William Crozier: Nature into Abstraction', some not been seen for a generation   Missoula Art Museum presents works by renowned artists collected by Kim and Ruth Reineking

Sara Woodbury Photo Chuck Thomas/ODU. Woodbury brings more than a decade of curatorial experience to the role.

NORFOLK, VA.- The Barry Art Museum at Old Dominion University has appointed Sara Woodbury as its first permanent curator. Woodbury has served as guest curator for the museum since 2020 and brings more than a decade of curatorial experience to the role. As curator, she will be tasked ... More

Augustus John, Portrait of Percy Wyndham Lewis.

LONDON.- Brought together again after five decades, a series of landscapes by the Scots-Irish artist William Crozier (1930-2011) will be displayed at Piano Nobile at the start of 2024, showcasing why he became one of the leading artists of the post-war generation. Produced between 1958 and 1961 when the artist was temporarily living in north Essex, the daring and original landscapes are infused ... More

Rudy Autio, Blackfoot, 1995, glazed stoneware, copyright the artist.

MISSOULA, MT.- The Missoula Art Museum presents a rare view into a superb private collection in Critical Eye: Selections from the Kim and Ruth Reineking Collection. Regionally and nationally renowned artists represented include: Anne Appleby, John Buck, Bobby Tilton Cone, Catherine Courtenaye, Gennie DeWeese, Elizabeth Dove, ... More

Water and Life dives into the depths of the sea and sails to busy ports   'Continuity: Cahuilla Basket Weavers and their Legacies' reflects relationships Cahuilla people have with traditions   AstaGuru's upcoming 'Dimensions Defined' auction offers a treasure trove of unique works

Akseli Gallen-Kallela (1865–1931): The Rushes, 1884. Finnish National Gallery / The Ateneum Art Museum.

HELSINKI.- The exhibition at the Sinebrychoff Art Museum explores humans’ journey to water from the seventeenth century until the present day. It invites you to reflect on our relationship with water, one of the essential elements for life. Life on this planet began with water. Water covers almost three quarters of the Earth’s surface and ... More

Mrs. Lomas, Basket with Cover, 1914. Juncus and animal hair. 5 1/2 x 7 x 7 inches. Gift of Mr. Emil P. Steffa.

CLAREMONT, CA.- More than 140 Cahuilla baskets are housed at the Benton Museum of Art, and though they are aesthetically beautiful—which is part of what makes them art—they are not merely museum “specimens.” Rather, they represent the continuous relationships that Cahuilla people have with their traditions, ancestral knowledge, lands, ... More

Adorning the cover of the catalogue is a beautiful work by S H Raza, estimated to be acquired for INR 1,50,00,000 - 2,00,00,000. Executed by S H Raza in 1977, this landscape is a fine example of the artist’s preoccupation with utilising colours as symbols.

MUMBAI.- AstaGuru's upcoming 'Dimensions Defined' Auction will feature a meticulously curated catalogue of Modern Indian Art, presenting significant works by iconic Indian modernists. Each piece in the auction reflects the diverse and ever- ... More

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America's first silver dollar helps mint more than $7 million for Heritage's Long Beach Expo US Coins Auction
DALLAS, TX.- A 1794 B-1, BB-1 Silver Dollar, VF30 PCGS sold for $234,000 to lead Heritage’s Long Beach Expo US Coins Signature® Auction to $7,009,931 February 8-11. The 1794 silver dollar was one of 41 lots in the auction from The Eric Lane Collection of Early US Dollars. The lots in the collection amounted to more than $1.7 million in the auction. “Coin collecting is a lifelong passion for Eric Lane,” says Todd Imhof, Executive Vice President at Heritage Auctions. “We have been honored with selling other sets assembled by Eric and in this case, one of the finest collections of early U.S. dollars which included every date and type. It is a magnificent collection and we are proud to have delivered ... More

No deposits this year at Love Bank, a museum of affection hit by fire
NEW YORK, NY.- For romantics looking to display their passion and devotion, the Love Bank in Slovakia has plenty of room in its Love Vault where 7,000 people have already deposited their keepsakes and symbols of affection, whether reciprocated or unrequited. But this Valentine’s Day, the bank will be closed. Its medieval building, once home to the muse for what is called “the world’s longest love poem,” almost burned down last March — the result, apparently, of an electrical fault, not rapture run amok. But love proved eternal. Left intact was the building’s underground vault where couples and aspiring paramours from around the globe have secreted their totems and messages in tiny Love Boxes. Also undamaged: the text of the 19th-century love poem that wraps around the walls of the vault like the ivy of infatuation. ... More

Second City expands to the first city and sets up shop in Brooklyn
NEW YORK, NY.- From the very beginning of the improv theater Second City, its name made clear that it wasn’t a New York institution and didn’t aspire to be. But after 65 years, the Chicago-based institution that has strongly influenced modern comedy is opening an outpost Monday in Brooklyn, in what is the First City. It’s a seemingly counterintuitive time to expand. Improv, once a thriving part of the comedy scene in New York, is at an ebb, and the company itself has been through tough times. Two weeks before the lights were set to officially go up, Ed Wells, Second City’s CEO, showed off its new 12,000-square-foot home on North Ninth Street in Williamsburg even as he acknowledged the headwinds facing the expansion. There is a 190-seat main stage theater with a wraparound mezzanine and a 50-seat black box theater ... More

Qatar Museums to present first survey exhibition of artworks by Swiss artist Pipilotti Rist
DOHA.- Qatar Museums will open Electric Idyll – the first survey exhibition dedicated to renowned contemporary Swiss artist Pipilotti Rist (b. 1962) in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region — at the Fire Station: Artist in Residence in Doha on 23 February 2024. Designed as a single, comprehensive installation spanning the more than 650-square-metre exhibition space of the Fire Station’s Garage Gallery, Electric Idyll presents a diverse collection of some of the artist’s most celebrated works combined with new participatory pieces created specifically for this exhibition. Curated by Massimiliano Gioni, the exhibition opens as part of the special February gathering of Qatar Creates, the year-round national cultural movement that promotes and celebrates the diversity of cultural activities in Qatar and connects residents and global audiences ... More

Messums has announced representation of estate of pre-eminent abstract painter John Golding
LONDON.- This presentation at Messums Org London from 14 February – 16 March will be the first in a series of exhibitions and events dedicated to John Golding’s significant contribution to our understanding of the history of abstract art. It launches ahead of the major retrospective of John Golding’s work opening on 9 May 2024 at the Museum of Modern Art (MAM) in Mexico City. As a painter, and with a career spanning nearly 60 years, John Golding’s oeuvre was rich and diverse, progressing through figuration into a combination of lyrical, informal and hard-edged abstraction. He was a master of the colour field and is perhaps best-known for his large canvases produced from the 1970s onwards – dynamic, rhythmic works which exude colour, energy and painterly freedom. Many of these paintings are now represented in notable public collections. ... More

Review: In 'Self Portraits (Deluxe),' a provocateur instigates reflection
NEW YORK, NY.- Playwright and performer Phillip Howze begins “Self Portraits (Deluxe),” now running at Jack in Brooklyn, by quietly asking for introductions. As he holds up a microphone to spectators (masks are required), Howze’s genial facial expressions mirror each person’s tone of voice. It’s a deceptively empathetic prologue to a fractious and abstracted 80-minute show. In sputtering, stream-of-consciousness-style prose, the artist delves into bouts of self-reflection and social recrimination. Howze muses that he’s never heard of a Black man dying on the toilet, confesses that he has a very small penis, and wonders whether there’s a condom for life experience. (A flushing sound punctuates each discursive riff.) “Make yourself comfortable,” he tells the audience, seated at various angles in the center of a low-ceilinged room ... More

'Hills of California' review: A stage mother's unhappy brood
LONDON.- In Jez Butterworth’s new play, we — the audience and protagonists alike — are kept waiting and wondering. It’s the summer of 1976, and Britain is in the midst of a heat wave. In Blackpool, a seaside town in northwestern England, three sisters (Jill, Ruby and Gloria) are reunited in the guesthouse that had been the childhood home, because their hotelier mother, Veronica, is dying of cancer. They must decide whether to put her out of her misery with a high dose of morphine or to let her continue to suffer. A fourth sister, Joan, had emigrated to the United States 20 years earlier to launch a music career and hasn’t been in touch with the family since. Will she come home now? Why did she cut contact? Well, she had her reasons. “The Hills of California,” written by Butterworth (“The Ferryman,” “Jerusalem”) and directed by Sam ... More

Kali Malone studied farming. Fate brought her to avant-garde music.
BERLIN.- At the close of an organ concert this month, Kali Malone, performing at Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church in Berlin, did something unusual: She turned off the instrument’s motor while she and Stephen O’Malley of the doom-metal group Sunn 0))) held down the keys. For nearly three minutes, as the air drained from the organ’s 5,000-odd pipes, the pair’s rich chords turned spectral as they faded to silence, wheezing and wavering, like a chorus of sleepy ghosts. The finale was a striking example of the way that Malone, who turns 30 on Tuesday, is rethinking the pipe organ for a contemporary context. Born in Colorado but based for more than a decade in Stockholm and Paris, she has emerged as an unusually versatile star of the avant-garde. In a video interview last month, Malone reflected on the path that led to her new album, “All ... More

Cecilia Gentili, transgender activist, performer and author, dies at 52
NEW YORK, NY.- Cecilia Gentili, a fierce advocate for transgender people and sex workers and a powerful legislative lobbyist — as well as an author and a bawdy, searing performer — died Feb. 6 at her home in Brooklyn. She was 52. Her death was announced by Peter Scotto, her longtime partner. He did not specify the cause. Gentili often joked that she had a master’s degree in being an immigrant, a sex worker, a trans woman and an addict. She was an expert because she had lived all of those things. She was born in Argentina and had been sexually abused since she was a child. As a trans woman in Argentina, she said, the only work she had been able to find was prostitution. She left South America for the United States in 2000, seeking safety and a better life. That did not happen. At least not at first. ... More

A 'Mother' is mourned by the queer New Yorkers she left behind
NEW YORK, NY.- The strumming of a Spanish guitar and the voices of Eydie Gormé and Los Panchos echoed throughout the hall as “Sabor a Mí” played on a loudspeaker. Hundreds of mourners made their way into Judson Memorial Church, near Washington Square Park in Manhattan. Inside the sanctuary, all attention was front and center on an ofrenda, or altar, that was adorned with flowers and flickering votive candles. About a dozen portraits of the same women, activist Cecilia Gentili, smiled out on the crowd. While the loss of Gentili, who died Feb. 6 at 52, could be felt throughout the crowded church, her impact reached far beyond its doors. “Cecilia’s my mother,” said Oscar Díaz, an artist in Queens. “She’s an icon. She’s a legend in the trans, undocumented and sex-work community.” In recent years, Gentili had branched out from her m ... More

'Retablos: The Art of Devotion' online auction features over 230 lots from Mexico and South America
SAN FRANCISCO, CA.- Turner Auctions + Appraisals is pleased to present Retablos: The Art of Devotion on Saturday, February 24, 2024. Offering over 230 lots from a private collection in Northern California, the sale features distinctive works from Mexico and South America, including Peru and Bolivia. Almost all works are from the 19th and/or 20th centuries; most are painted in oil on tin or copper; some are framed, most are not. There is also an extensive array of relicario medallions, most from South America, and Bolivia in particular. Other religious or devotional items that round out the sale include crucifixes, santos, wood carvings, painted altars, miniature monstrances, and more. Retablos are a widespread folk art form from the colonial Spanish or Mexican culture that gained popularity in the 19th and 20th centuries. ... More

Antiques dealer's collection of offbeat and extraordinary objects to be auctioned in UK
STANSTED MOUNTFICHET.- Items from the remarkable collection of art and antiques dealer Warner Dailey will be sold on February 22 at Sworders auction house in England. Some 300 lots coming directly from Dailey’s southeast London residence will be offered. American-born Warner Dailey moved to London as a young man and worked his way up from a counter job at Christie’s to being a trusted ‘runner’ for Malcolm Forbes and other notables. For Warner Dailey, the collecting habit was formed early in his life. An only child born in New Jersey in 1945, he was trading badges (pins) in pre-school before graduating to stamps and shells. After moving to London in 1968 with $1,000 and the promise of a job at the front counter at Christie’s, Dailey soon became entrenched in the auction business. He spent the 1970s and ’80s working as a “runner,” ... More

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On a day like today, German sculptor Katharina Fritsch was born
February 14, 1956. Katharina Fritsch (born 14 February 1956) is a German sculptor. She lives and works in Düsseldorf, Germany. Katharina Fritsch is known for her sculptures and installations that reinvigorate familiar objects with a jarring and uncanny sensibility. In this image: Katharina Fritsch, Erdbeere / Strawberry 2017. Polyester, paint, 31 1/2 x 31 1/2 x 31 1/2 inches, 80 x 80 x 80 cm. ©Katharina Fritsch / VG BildKunst, Bonn / Courtesy Matthew Marks Gallery. Photo: Ivo Faber, VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn.

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