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Posted: Wednesday, 24-08-2016

BURGOS, SPAIN.- It's one of the world's most mysterious books, a centuries-old manuscript written in an unknown or coded language that no one -- not even the best cryptographers -- has cracked.

Scholars have spent their lives puzzling over the Voynich Manuscript, whose intriguing mix of elegant writing and drawings of strange plants and naked women has some believing it holds magical powers.

The weathered book is locked away in a vault at Yale University's Beinecke Library, emerging only occasionally.

Posted: Tuesday, 23-08-2016

NEW YORK CITY.- In 2014, the Wildensteins thought they’d pulled off the biggest real estate coup in New York.

The billionaire art dealing family, whose gallery, Wildenstein & Co. had owned its 21,000-square-foot townhouse at 19 East 64th Street for more than 80 years, signed a deal with the government of Qatar to sell the limestone-clad building for a reported $90 million.

Posted: Sunday, 21-08-2016

CHICAGO, IL.- Leslie Hindman Auctioneers' September 30 Modern and Contemporary Art auction will offer a Fernand Leger painting titled, Deux femmes tenant des fleurs.

It was painted in 1954 as a completed study to the larger, final work that hangs in the Tate Modern and was painted in the same year.

Posted: Thursday, 18-08-2016

LONDON.- The British Museum is again the focus of an international campaign calling for the return of a sacred object.

Chilean filmmakers have launched a campaign for the world’s second most popular museum to return a mystical Easter Island sculpture on display for the last 100 years.

Hoa Haka Nana'ia AKA "hidden or stolen friend" in the regions' native language was removed by explorers from the remote Chilean island in the Pacific in the 19th century.

Posted: Wednesday, 17-08-2016

WASHINGTON, DC.- The Last Supper (1990), a series of 13 monumental prints by British artist Damien Hirst, was acquired by the National Gallery of Art from the Corcoran Gallery of Art in 2015.

Hirst was among the most prominent of the Young British Artists—or YBAs, as they are known—who revitalized the British art scene in the 1990s.

In The Last Supper, he explores the role of faith, viewing it in relation to art, medicine, and religion.

Posted: Tuesday, 16-08-2016

AUSTIN, TX.- The Harry Ransom Center at The University of Texas at Austin presents the exhibition “Elliott Erwitt: Home Around the World” from Aug. 15, 2016, to Jan. 1, 2017.

Featuring more than 200 photographs, it is the first exhibition drawn from the extensive Elliott Erwitt Photography Collection, acquired by the Ransom Center in 2015. It is the most comprehensive examination of the internationally renowned photographer’s life and work to date.

Posted: Monday, 15-08-2016

ZURICH.- 'Gardens of the World' is the first attempt ever to present a comprehensive survey of the gardens of the Orient and the Occident in a single exhibition.

Museum Rietberg in Zurich invites visitors to take a stroll through gardens from Japan to England and from Ancient Egypt right up to the present day. Works of art, photos and videos show how people in different cultures and epochs longed for gardens and how they created them.

Posted: Friday, 12-08-2016

MIAMI.- Beginning August 12 through October 16, 2016, Pérez Art Museum Miami will present Basquiat: The Unknown Notebooks, an exhibition showcasing Jean-Michel Basquiat’s rarely seen notebooks, filled with poetry fragments, wordplay, sketches and personal observations.

These unique documents offer an intimate look to the artist’s oeuvre, embodying themes of street life, popular culture, world history, race and class. This exhibition features 160 notebook pages, related objects, works on paper and large-scale paintings.

Posted: Thursday, 11-08-2016

CHICAGO.- Artist Peter Doig is famous for somewhat strange landscape paintings that fetch millions of dollars, but he has disowned one particular desert scene.

Is he telling the truth, or trying to hide from an embarrassing past? A US federal judge in Chicago will decide.

Robert Fletcher, a retired Canadian corrections officer who owns the disputed desert landscape painting, is suing Doig for refusing to acknowledge that the painting is one of his works -- which means its value is significantly diminished

Posted: Wednesday, 10-08-2016

LITCHFIELD, CONN.- Litchfield County Auctions’ July 20-21 auction of fine and decorative art and jewelry from the estate of Joan Rivers totaled approximately $350,000, easily exceeding the total pre-sale estimate of $200,000 to $300,000.

Rivers’ fans and admirers who purchased items from the late entertainer’s estate auction relied heavily on Internet bidding.

Posted: Tuesday, 09-08-2016

BOSTON, MASS.- Powerful expressions of faith, hope and love are manifested in brilliant colors that characterize the Della Robbia glazed terracotta sculptures from the Renaissance, explored in an exhibition organized by the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.

Posted: Monday, 08-08-2016

WASHINGTON, DC.- To mark the 47th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon-landing mission, the Smithsonian has made available a high-resolution 3-D scan of the command module “Columbia,” the spacecraft that carried astronauts Neil Armstrong, Edwin “Buzz” Aldrin and Michael Collins to the moon.

This highly detailed model, available at http://3d.si.edu allows anyone with an internet connection to explore the entire craft including its intricate interior, which is not possible when viewing the artifact in the Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum.

Posted: Friday, 05-08-2016

NEW YORK, NY.- Thomas P. Campbell, Director and CEO of The Metropolitan Museum of Art, announced today that the Museum welcomed a record number of visitors—6.7 million—during the fiscal year that ended on June 30 (FY16).

This is the highest number of visitors since The Met began tracking admission statistics more than 40 years ago. The total includes attendance at all three of the Museum's locations—The Met Fifth Avenue, The Met Cloisters, and the new Met Breuer, which was launched in March to present modern and contemporary art-themed programming.

Posted: Thursday, 04-08-2016

NEW YORK, NY.- Sotheby’s will present the Roy and Marilyn Papp Collection – one of the finest private collections of Chinese Paintings remaining in the United States – in the first evening sale of Chinese Paintings ever held in New York.

Renowned for its breadth of schools, styles and formats, as well as its tremendous quality across all works, the 122-lot auction offers paintings with established provenance and significant exhibition history that have been off the market for decades. The sale on 14 September 2016 is expected to realize $10/15 million.

Posted: Tuesday, 02-08-2016

CHICAGO, IL.- First Lady Michelle Obama visited the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago on Friday, July 29, to tour the popular exhibition of work by acclaimed artist Kerry James Marshall.

Posted: Monday, 01-08-2016

NEW YORK, NY.- Sotheby’s announced The Triumph of Painting: The Steven and Ann Ames Collection, the landmark sale of the New York autumn 2016 auction season.

The collection, which stands as a peerless survey of art produced in this generation, was assembled by Steven and Ann Ames, New York patrons of the arts, philanthropists and collectors.

Posted: Sunday, 31-07-2016

CLEVELAND, OH.- Art and Stories from Mughal India presents the story of the Mughals— and stories for the Mughals—in 100 exquisite paintings from the 1500s to 1800s.

The exhibition and accompanying Mughal painting collection catalogue celebrate the Cleveland Museum of Art’s centennial with works drawn from the 2013 landmark acquisition of the Catherine Glynn Benkaim and Ralph Benkaim Collection of Deccan and Mughal paintings, many exhibited and published for the first time.

Posted: Friday, 29-07-2016

NEW YORK, NY.- The Sphere Plaza Fountain, a large metallic sculpture created in 1971 for the World Trade Centre, by German sculptor Fritz Koenig is to be returned to Liberty Park, a new elevated garden at the new World Trade Center in New York. The public space was opened last month by the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey.

The sculpture which survived the destruction of the World Trade Center towers in Manhattan on 9/11 2001 is a symbol of rebirth for many New Yorkers.

Posted: Thursday, 28-07-2016

NEW YORK, NY.- Wright’s record breaking auction on Tuesday totaled $4,105,873, over four times the original estimate.

Buyer's participated from all over the world to buy every single lot in the 650 lot sale.

Thousands of bidders participated in the auction, which began at 10 am and ended after midnight.

Posted: Wednesday, 27-07-2016

TEL AVIV.- Tucking the violin beneath his chin, the instrument's wood glistening under the packed auditorium's spotlights, Guy Braunstein's hand trembled from the weight of history.

"I have done thousands of concerts, but I have never been as emotional and trembled the way I did when I took that violin from Auschwitz in my hand," Braunstein said backstage after the event.

The soloist along with a group of Jerusalem chamber orchestra musicians performed in Tel Aviv as part of a project that collects and restores violins from the Holocaust.

Posted: Tuesday, 26-07-2016

LONDON.- A painting by the 20th century master Lucian Freud valued at £300,000 has been authenticated by the BBC. The painting was the subject of an episode of the program 'Fake Or Fortune’. The portrait is an early example of the artist’s work created in 1939.

Experts at Christie's auction house identified it as a painting by Freud in 1985, however the artist who was still alive at the time denied it was his and to complicate matters further said he started the painting and abandoned it, therefore it must have been completed by another artist.

Posted: Sunday, 24-07-2016

MILAN.- The Polyptych of St. John the Baptist returns home after a year being restored, and the Bagatti Valsecchi Museum celebrates it with a compact exhibit, curated by Chiara Paratico, who has analyzed this work, as intense as it remains mysterious.

Realized in 1493 by Giovanni Marinoni together with his sons Bernardino and Antonio, the polyptych is the only signed and dated piece coming from their workshop that still exists.

Posted: Saturday, 23-07-2016

LONDON.- They may look garish for some, but Queen Elizabeth II's brightly colored outfits are a power dressing tool that allow her to make an impression, according to a new exhibition opening on Saturday.

Exhibits at the Buckingham Palace show range from her christening gown to the eye-catching bright green wool-crepe and silk dress she wore at one of her 90th birthday celebrations earlier this year.

Posted: Thursday, 21-07-2016

LONDON.- A top secret operation this week saw millions of pounds worth of priceless masterpieces removed from the collections of galleries and museums around the UK.

In a further twist, the seven paintings – all by celebrated British artists – have been switched for copies.

The heist has been coordinated by Sky Arts, with permission from the galleries, to launch a month-long national art competition for a new TV series called Fake! The Great Masterpiece Challenge.

Posted: Tuesday, 19-07-2016

PARIS.- With crowds 10 deep in front of the Mona Lisa, how can a visitor plot an escape within the vast maze of the Louvre? Let the bouncing blue ball on your phone or tablet show you the way.

This month the Louvre introduced a geo-locator application for multimedia devices that can instantly calculate a path through the museum from da Vinci’s “Mona Lisa” to Géricault’s “The Raft of the Medusa.”

Posted: Monday, 18-07-2016

PARIS (AFP).- Love him or loathe him, few people have changed the world we live in more than Le Corbusier, one of the fathers of modern architecture, whose works were placed Sunday on UNESCO's prestigious World Heritage List .

His ideas about utilitarian concrete buildings have altered the face of cities across the planet and have had an equally profound influence on urban planning.

Posted: Saturday, 16-07-2016

"Art was, seriously, the only thing I’d ever wanted to own. It has always been for me a stable nourishment. I use it. It can change the way I feel in the mornings. The same work can change me in different ways, depending on what I’m going through.” Bowie quoted in The New York Times, 1998

Bowie/Collector will be a three-part sale comprising around 400 items from the private collection of musician, actor, icon David Bowie taking place at Sotheby’s, New Bond Street, London in November.

Posted: Tuesday, 28-06-2016

PHILADELPHIA, PA.- The Philadelphia Museum of Art is opening a major exhibition entitled Embracing the Contemporary: The Keith L. and Katherine Sachs Collection.

The exhibition presents one of this country’s finest collections of contemporary art, which includes outstanding works by some of the most influential European and American artists since the mid-twentieth century, including Jasper Johns, Howard Hodgkin, Ellsworth Kelly, Jeff Koons, Brice Marden, Bruce Nauman, Gabriel Orozco, Charles Ray, and Cy Twombly.

Posted: Monday, 27-06-2016

LAUSANNE.- The major exhibition of summer 2016 at the Fondation de l’Hermitage is being devoted to one of Europe’s most prestigious private collections, shown exclusively in Lausanne.

The display of around a hundred artworks, including paintings, sculptures and installations, offers visitors an unprecedented insight into western art of the 20th and 21st centuries.

Posted: Sunday, 26-06-2016

ROME.- An Italian consumer group said Saturday it suspected artist Christo's popular floating walkway on a lake had involved an unreasonable waste of public money.

The organization Codacons said it would be filing a complaint to the Lombardy region's spending watchdog on Monday.

"The Floating Piers" has been a smash hit with the public with visitors flocking to experience the three-kilometer-long (1.9-mile) walkway of 200,000 floating cubes on Lake Iseo since it opened on June 18.