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Posted: Monday, 20-02-2017

WASHINGTON.- Adolf Hitler's personal telephone, which the Fuehrer used to dictate many of his deadly World War II commands, sold at auction on Sunday for $243,000, the US house selling it announced.

Originally a black Bakelite phone, later painted crimson and engraved with Hitler's name, the relic was found in the Nazi leader's Berlin bunker in 1945 following the regime's defeat.

Posted: Monday, 13-02-2017

LONDON.- Among the finest works by Gustav Klimt ever to come to auction, Bauerngarten was painted in 1907, during the golden years of Klimt’s career, and was a highlight of the critically acclaimed Painting the Modern Garden exhibition at the Royal Academy of Arts in London last year.

This work is to be offered at auction for the first time in over two decades, set to lead Sotheby’s Impressionist & Modern Art Evening Sale in London on 1 March 2017.

Posted: Wednesday, 08-02-2017

LONDON.- A US hedge fund chief has refused to sell a Renaissance masterpiece painting to Britain's National Gallery after the Brexit vote sent the pound tumbling.

The iconic London museum had met the £30 million asking price agreed in a 2015 deal with James Tomilson Hill III, chief executive of the Blackstone Alternative Asset Group, for Jacopo Pontormo's "Portrait of a Young Man in a Red Cap".

But Tomilson Hill now argues that the pound's weakness against the dollar would leave him with a "material loss".

Posted: Wednesday, 01-02-2017

MIAMI, FLA.- The Jewish Museum of Florida-FIU has commissioned a new dramatic work based on the museum’s current exhibition, Stitching History from the Holocaust. The new one act play is called A Stitch in Time, and is about the true story of Paul and Hedwig “Hedy” Strnad who tragically perished in the Holocaust after failed attempts in 1939 to secure a visa to flee to the U.S. from Prague.

Posted: Tuesday, 24-01-2017

NEW YORK, NY.- On March 2, 2017, Sotheby’s will offer a single-owner sale dedicated to the collection of Ed Cohen and Victoria Shaw. Titled, In Its Own Light, the auction is largely focused on Post-War and Contemporary Art, including examples of German Expressionism and Modern British art.

The New York couple’s collection was created over 35 years and reflects the close relationships (often grounded in a shared passion for literature), between Ed Cohen and many of the artists represented, as well as with gallerists such as Anthony d’Offay and Marian Goodman.

Posted: Monday, 16-01-2017

LONDON.- In a new and unusual approach to color in the work of abstract painter Josef Albers, David Zwirner’s first London exhibition devoted to Albers focuses on one color that held a pervasive place in the artist’s oeuvre.

Sunny Side Up, a trove of paintings in which yellow dominates, is drawn from five decades of the artist’s work and conveys the limitless expressive potential of color and light that characterizes Albers’s practice as a whole.

If there was any single inspirer of Josef Albers’s embrace of color it was the German Romantic poet, Johann Wolfgang Goethe.

Posted: Monday, 09-01-2017

PARIS.- The Louvre Museum in Paris has announced that its 2016 visitor figures fell by 15 percent and, subsequently, so have its profits, in what has been a tumultuous year for France.

The museum announced a drop in visitor figures by millions, resulting in a large financial loss for the beloved French museum which was, on top of prior terror attacks in Paris, flooded and caught up in a fire last year.

Posted: Tuesday, 03-01-2017

NEW YORK CITY.- The first of four planned phases of the Second Avenue Subway opened on New Year's Day, marking the first major expansion of the New York City Subway system in 50 years.

In the early part of 2014, the Metropolitan Transportation Authority revealed that it would liven up stations along the first phase of the Second Avenue Subway line with tons of public art. On Sunday, visitors viewed the first of many planned installations.

Posted: Sunday, 01-01-2017

LONDON.- Recognized as leading dealers in the field of European sculpture, Tomasso Brothers Fine Art also specializes in Old Master paintings and objets d’art.

At TEFAF Maastricht 2017 the gallery will present an extremely rare portrait from the late 16th century by the renowned Italian Baroque artist Annibale Carracci (1560-1609), and for which a full provenance, including King Philip V of Spain and Arthur Wellesley, 1st Duke of Wellington, can now been unveiled following extensive research by the gallery.

Posted: Saturday, 31-12-2016

LONDON.- Exploring an unparalleled period in American art, this long-awaited exhibition reveals the full breadth of a movement that will forever be associated with the boundless creative energy of 1950s New York.

In the “age of anxiety” surrounding the Second World War and the years of free jazz and Beat poetry, artists like Pollock, Rothko and de Kooning broke from accepted conventions to unleash a new confidence in painting.

Posted: Monday, 19-12-2016

NEW YORK CITY.- The billionaire gallerist Guy Wildenstein is re-listing his New York townhouse at a discounted price after the property failed to sell.

According to The Real Deal, Wildenstein knocked almost $10 million off the initial asking price and put the Manhattan mansion at Sutton Square back on the market last Wednesday for $39.8 million.

Posted: Friday, 16-12-2016

MUNICH.- A German court Thursday threw out a challenge to the will of collector Cornelius Gurlitt, clearing the way for a spectacular Nazi-era art hoard found in his home to go to a Swiss museum.

The superior regional court in the southern city of Munich ruled that collection, including pieces by Cezanne, Beckmann, Holbein, Delacroix and Munch, could be inherited by the Museum of Fine Arts in Bern.

Gurlitt died in May 2014 aged 81 and named the museum as the sole heir of the hundreds of works, found in his cluttered Munich apartment and valued at millions of euros.

Posted: Wednesday, 14-12-2016

PARIS.- A lost drawing by the Renaissance master Leonardo da Vinci has been discovered in the papers of a French provincial doctor, a Paris auction house said Tuesday.

The dreamily sensual sketch of Saint Sebastian is thought to be worth around 15 million euros ($15.8 million) and is an "extraordinary discovery", the Tajan auction house said.

It has been authenticated by the French specialist Patrick de Bayser and Carmen C. Bambach, curator of Renaissance drawings at New York's Metropolitan Museum and a Da Vinci expert, it added.

Posted: Tuesday, 13-12-2016

LONDON.- Pace London is presenting American Classics, an exhibition of key works by photographers who emerged in postwar America.

On a continuum between artistic vision and documentary investigation, these artists photographed North American people, culture and landscape.

Works by Diane Arbus, Richard Avedon, Harry Callahan, Robert Frank, Lee Friedlander, Irving Penn, Henry Wessel and Gary Winogrand are on view until 17 December 2016 at 6 Burlington Gardens.

Posted: Thursday, 08-12-2016

NEW YORK, NY.- Park Avenue Armory mounts the North American premiere of Manifesto —a work by Julian Rosefeldt that stars Academy Award-winner Cate Blanchett.

Inspired by the tradition of artist manifestos, Manifesto is a collage of artistic declarations of the 20th century reinterpreted as poetic monologues that provoke timeless questions about the artist’s role in society.

Rosefeldt adapts the installation in a site-specific presentation for the Armory’s Wade Thompson Drill Hall, where it is on view December 7, 2016 – January 8, 2017.

Posted: Tuesday, 06-12-2016

MIAMI BEACH, FLA.- Madonna’s evening of music, art, mischief and performance raised over 7.5 million dollars for the superstar’s Raising Malawi foundation during Art Basel on Friday, December 2, 2016 at the Faena Forum in Miami Beach, FL.

The evening was made possible thanks to support from MDNA Skin, BVLGARI and Perrier Jouet.

Posted: Saturday, 03-12-2016

NEW YORK, NY.- The Museum of Modern Art presents A Revolutionary Impulse: The Rise of the Russian Avant-Garde, an exhibition that brings together 260 works from MoMA’s collection, tracing the arc of a period of artistic innovation between 1912 and 1935.

The exhibition will be on view December 3, 2016–March 12, 2017.

Posted: Tuesday, 29-11-2016

MIAMI, FLA.- The Rubell Family Collection announces a planned move in 2018 to a new 100,000-square-foot museum set on a 2.5-acre campus in Miami’s Allapattah District. The planned move comes after 23 successful years in the RFC’s current, legendary 40,000-square-foot museum space in Miami’s Wynwood District. The new museum is designed by Selldorf Architects and is slated to open December 2018.

The Rubell Family Collection’s move is motivated by the desire to exhibit a greater proportion of the collection and expand the Collection's programming.

Posted: Sunday, 27-11-2016

LONDON.- Alexander Rodchenko’s Construction No.95, is the star of a single owner collection of Russian avant-garde works set to come to auction for the first time in November.

Dating from 1919, when Russia led the world in terms of artistic innovation, this is undoubtedly the most important work by the artist to appear at auction since Sotheby’s landmark sale of Russian Avant-Garde and Soviet Contemporary Art in Moscow in 1988.

Posted: Saturday, 26-11-2016

PARIS.- On December 13th, Artcurial’s photography department will gather collectors from around the world for a rare event, an auction with a remarkable origin: The Stéphane Kovalsky Collection, featuring the Willy Ronis inheritance.

This is the first monographic auction dedicated to the great humanist artist, Willy Ronis and will include around 160 lots, mixing famous works and lesser-known pieces, retracing the impressive career of the photograph whose comrades included Henri Cartier-Bresson, Robert Doisneau and Edouard Boubat.

Posted: Monday, 21-11-2016

NEW YORK, NY.- Paddle8 announces Brett Ratner’s Hilhaven Lodge: Select Works from one of Hollywood’s Most Storied Homes, an auction featuring selections from the personal collection of film director and producer Brett Ratner.

Proceeds from the auction will benefit The Simon Wiesenthal Center and the Museum of Tolerance in Los Angeles, where Mr. Ratner is a member of the Board of Trustees. Bidding will be live on Paddle8.com, the premier online collecting destination, from November 21 through December 6, 2016.

Posted: Thursday, 17-11-2016

NEW YORK CITY.- A Claude Monet painting, "Meule," part of his famous grainstack series, sold at auction in New York Wednesday for 81.4 million dollars, a record for the French master, Christie's said.

The previous record was in June 2008. At the time, "Bassin aux nympheas" ("Water Lilies") took $ 80.4 million at a sale in London.

The final price, which includes fees and commission, crushed Christie's pre-sale estimate of $45 million.

The auction lasted nearly fifteen minutes, an unusual length for a sale of this format.

Posted: Monday, 14-11-2016

NEW YORK CITY -- At Rockefeller Center yesterday -- milling outside Christie’s sales rooms where private clients sipped mimosas as they took in one of Monet’s grainstacks — people in the art world sounded guardedly optimistic about how the auctions will perform this week, after a period of uncertainty exacerbated by the contentious American presidential election, Britain’s “Brexit” vote in June, and China’s slowing economy.

Posted: Saturday, 12-11-2016

BENTONVILLE, ARK.- Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art opened its doors five years ago on November 11, 2011 after years of planning and construction. Since then, the museum has welcomed over 2.7 million people from all around the world.

When Crystal Bridges was proposed, annual attendance was estimated at some 150,000 to 250,000 guests. Attendance exceeded expectations from the onset, with more than 650,000 visitors in the first year and 500-600,000 in the years since. Approximately 50 percent of the visitors are new to the museum, while 50 percent are returning.

Posted: Wednesday, 02-11-2016

LENS, FRANCE.- French President Francois Hollande on Tuesday said the Louvre could house threatened treasures from Iraq, Syria and other war-torn countries at a secure site in northern France.

The precious items could be placed in safe keeping at a conservation facility due to open in 2019 in Lievin, 200 kilometres (120 miles) north of Paris, he said.

"The prime mission of the Lievin site will be to house the Louvre Museum's stored collection," Hollande said at a ceremony to unveil a plaque marking the site.

Posted: Monday, 31-10-2016

NEW YORK, NY.- The narrative of Andy Warhol’s significant Death and Disaster series was escalated by the masterful achievement of Jackie, 1964, which headlines the Post-War & Contemporary Art auction on Nov. 15 at Bonhams New York.

Painted the year following President John F. Kennedy’s tragic and widely-broadcasted assassination, Warhol’s Jackie (estimate U.S. $600,000-800,000) explores contemporary celebrity culture and the media frenzy surrounding the events of November 1963.

Posted: Sunday, 30-10-2016

NEW YORK, NY.- In keeping with the current election rancor, Sotheby’s has managed to include Norman Rockwell’s Which One? (Undecided; Man in Voting Booth) as a major highlight of their 21 November 2016 auction of American Art in New York.

Depicting the public sentiment leading up to the presidential election of 1944, in which President Franklin Delano Roosevelt ran against Thomas E. Dewey, this painting epitomizes Rockwell’s signature style, combining relatability and intellect, humor and all-American pride.

Posted: Saturday, 29-10-2016

PARIS.- Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac is presenting an exhibition featuring the most important sculpture by Marcel Duchamp to be on the market for many years.

The Porte-bouteilles (Bottle Rack, pictured here), dated 1959, is considered one of the most influential sculptures from the 20th century.

The exhibition curated around this seminal work opened in the Paris Marais gallery on 20 October 2016, a year which also commemorates the 100th anniversary of the term readymade, that Duchamp first coined in 1916 in a letter to his sister Suzanne.

Posted: Friday, 28-10-2016

NEW YORK, NY.- NTT DOCOMO’s original set of 176 emoji have been added to the MoMA collection.

Developed under the supervision of Shigetaka Kurita and released for cell phones in 1999, these 12 x 12 pixel humble masterpieces of design planted the seeds for the explosive growth of a new visual language.

From its founding in 1991 by the Japanese national carrier Nippon Telegraph and Telephone, NTT DOCOMO was at the forefront of the burgeoning field of mobile communications.

Posted: Thursday, 27-10-2016

NEW YORK, NY.- Paul Kasmin Gallery announces the forthcoming exhibition, Impasse Ronsin, which will be on view at 515 West 27th Street from October 28th – December 23rd, 2016.

Taking as its focus the historic Parisian alley once home to the studios of Constantin Brancusi, William N. Copley, Max Ernst, Yves Klein, Les Lalanne, Larry Rivers, Niki de Saint Phalle, Jean Tinguely and numerous other seminal 20th-century artists, the exhibition will include work by these artists in an elaborate installation designed to embody the collaborative atmosphere of the Impasse Ronsin.