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Posted: Saturday, 25-06-2016

LONDON.- The decision by British voters to leave the European Union has been announced – and commentators have begun the analysis, the post event combing over of where the losing campaign went wrong.

The art world thrives on interchange and currency. Britain has the third largest art market in the world, and more than 7,800 British art and antiques businesses have a 65% share of the EU’s art and antiques market.

Posted: Thursday, 23-06-2016

PARIS.- It opened late and millions over budget amid sneering that it was an "ill-judged disaster" which bordered on being racist.

And the man who drove the project -- former president Jacques Chirac -- was widely written off by detractors as lowbrow, more interested in beer and sumo wrestling than the intellect.

But a decade on, the Musee du quai Branly, the Paris museum dedicated to the indigenous art and cultures of Asia, Africa, Oceania and the Americas, is being hailed as a massive popular success and a bridge between peoples.

Posted: Wednesday, 22-06-2016

LONDON.- Last night's evening sale of Impressionist & Modern Art at Sotheby’s London totaled £103,280,000 (est. £81.8 – 98.95m).

The auction was led by Pablo Picasso’s Cubist masterpiece Femme assise which sold for £43.3m / $63.6m / €56.4m – setting a new record price for any Cubist work at auction.

The work achieved the highest price for a painting sold in London in over five years, since the sale of Alberto Giacometti’s Walking Man I at Sotheby’s London in 2010 for £65m.

Posted: Tuesday, 21-06-2016

MADRID.- From 21 June to 18 September 2016, the Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza will be presenting Caravaggio and the Painters of the North, an exhibition that focuses on Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio (Milan, 1571 – Porto Ercole, 1610) and his influence on the northern European artists who were fascinated by his painting and disseminated his style.

Posted: Monday, 20-06-2016
VENICE.- The ghetto area was defined by two gates which, as pointed out by the Senate on 29 March, 1516, would be opened in the morning to the sound of the “Marangona”(the bell in St. Mark’s belfry that established the city’s daily timetable) and closed at night at midnight by four Christian keepers, paid by the Jews and required to reside on site without their family in order to be better able to fulfill their supervisory duties.
Posted: Saturday, 18-06-2016
LONDON.- Pace Gallery is currently presenting an exhibition of works by Louise Nevelson, surveying the artist’s practice from the mid-1950s until her death in 1988, and is the fourth solo presentation of the artist’s work ever in London and the first since 2009.
Posted: Friday, 17-06-2016
ABU DHABI.- Abu Dhabi's Louvre museum has been surrounded by sea water in a major step towards completion of the ambitious project, the developer said Tuesday. The contractor has begun removing temporary sea protection walls used during the main construction phase, allowing the "integration of the sea" with the museum, Abu Dhabi's Tourism Development & Investment Company (TDIC) said.
Posted: Thursday, 16-06-2016
NEW YORK CITY.- The international legal drama over a Pablo Picasso sculpture is officially over -- and the disputed 1931 plaster “Bust of a Woman” will become a new trophy of billionaire Leon Black, both sides in New York litigation said. The case was settled last month, but the new owner of the work was undisclosed until Wednesday. The legal battle over Picasso’s sculpture of his former lover Marie-Therese Walter pitted two of the world’s biggest art buyers -- Black and a member of Qatar’s royal family -- against each other.
Posted: Friday, 10-06-2016

NEW YORK, NY.- Debuting at the Whitney on June 10, 2016, Stuart Davis: In Full Swing features approximately 100 artworks by an artist whose formal brilliance and complexity captured the energy of mass culture and modern life.

The exhibition is unusual in its focus on Stuart Davis’s mature work, from his paintings of consumer products of the early 1920s to the work left on his easel at his death in 1964, and in exploring Davis’s habit of using preexisting motifs as springboards for new compositions.

Posted: Wednesday, 08-06-2016

LONDON.- The Serpentine Pavilion, designed by Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG), was unveiled yesterday by the gallery, with the usual fanfare that this highly anticipated annual project attracts.

This year the structure is an ‘unzipped wall’ that is transformed from straight line to three-dimensional space, creating a dramatic effect that by day houses a café and free family activities and by night becomes a space for the Serpentine’s acclaimed Park Nights program of performative works by artists, writers and musicians. The main pavilion is part of what has grown into a program which includes three further summer houses.

Posted: Tuesday, 07-06-2016

VERSAILLES.- The work of internationally acclaimed visual artist Olafur Eliasson (born, 1967) investigates perception, movement, embodied experience, and feelings of self. His massive installation at Chateau de Versailles furthers these goals.

He is best known for striking installations such as the hugely popular The weather project (2003) in the Turbine Hall of Tate Modern, London, which was seen by more than two million people, and The New York City Waterfalls (2008), four large-scale artificial waterfalls which were installed on the shorelines of Manhattan and Brooklyn.

Since 2008 the Palace of Versailles has put on a number of exhibitions dedicated to French or foreign artists, each one lasting a few months:

Posted: Monday, 06-06-2016

NEW YORK.- Art, books, jewelry and furniture owned by Ronald and Nancy Reagan are expected to fetch more than $2 million at auction in New York this September, Christie's announced.

Reagan, who died in 2004, was one of the most revered US presidents, and when his widow Nancy died this past March, Hollywood stars and political powerbrokers turned out en masse to attend her funeral in California.

Lots in the sale include American, English and Chinese furnishings from the couple's Los Angeles home, as well as books, memorabilia, jewelry, paintings, sculpture, prints and drawings, Christie's said.

The auction house has valued individual items from $1,000 to $50,000 and expects the sale to fetch more than $2 million across live and online auctions.

Posted: Friday, 03-06-2016

PARIS.- The Louvre and the Musée d'Orsay on the banks of the River Seine in Paris have been forced to close in order to evacuate artworks as flood waters rise.

Two famous Paris museums were preparing for the worst on Thursday as the French capital held its breath over how high the flood waters of the Seine would reach.

With emergency flood barriers already being put in place along the river Seine after days of torrential rain, the Musée d'Orsay closed early on Thursday as a precautionary measure.

Meanwhile the Louvre, which had earlier played down the threat of the floods, announced it was closed today to evacuate its reserve artworks stored underground.

It's more famous artworks like the Mona Lisa will not for the moment have to be moved.

Posted: Thursday, 02-06-2016

UDDEVALLA.- A new traveling exhibition,'Nature Morte' sees Contemporary artists reinvigorate the still life at the Konsthallen- Bohusläns museum in Sweden.

This is the Gallery´s major summer exhibition which assembles a large number of international and Nordic contemporary artists showing works that relate to a still life tradition. Altogether 70 artists are included in the exhibition, many internationally known as Mat Collishaw, Michael Craig-Martin, Cecilia Edefalk, Saara Ekström, Gabriel Orosco, Marc Quinn, Jennifer Steinkamp, Cindy Wright and more.

Still life as a genre is often associated with works from artists of the 1500s and 1600s, but is also highly relevant in a contemporary artistic practice.

Posted: Wednesday, 01-06-2016

PARIS.- Gagosian Gallery is presenting "LEXICON," an exhibition of artworks that employ the written word.

A lexicon is a stock or inventory of systematized language, whether personal or belonging to a larger cultural context, which can be shared and deployed.

Since the beginning of recorded history, language and art have collided and intersected. And from the modern era onwards, artists have employed words and language to diverse effect, using writing as both act and subject--in print, light, sculpture, and paint on canvas.

Posted: Tuesday, 31-05-2016

BASEL.- From 29 May through 4 September 2016, the Fondation Beyeler is presenting a comprehensive exhibition devoted to American artist Alexander Calder and Swiss artists Peter Fischli and David Weiss, who worked as partners under the name of Fischli/Weiss.

Following the successful presentation of Calder Galleries I to III (2012-2015) at the Fondation Beyeler in collaboration with the Calder Foundation, “Alexander Calder & Fischli/Weiss” will offer a distinctive new perspective into Calder’s work.

The seminal exhibition focuses on the fleeting, precarious and exhilarating moment of fragile balance as expressed through the works of Calder and Fischli/Weiss in the early- and late-twentieth century, respectively.

Posted: Monday, 30-05-2016

MOSCOW.- A museum of Russian impressionist art opened in Moscow on Saturday amid efforts to promote the country's little-known art movement to a global audience.

Housed in a historic former chocolate factory, the private museum features a permanent exhibition of some 70 works by Russian artists of the late 19th and early 20th centuries including Konstantin Korovin, Valentin Serov and Pyotr Konchalovsky.

It is based on the personal collection of entrepreneur and philanthropist Boris Mints, who invested some $20 million into a project seeking to help both Russians and foreigners learn more about Russia's contribution to a movement which originated in France in the 19th century.

Posted: Sunday, 29-05-2016

WASHINGTON.- The elevator brings visitors up out of the dull, beige maze of the US State Department's bureaucratic warren and back in time to a hall lined with period décor recalling the era of the American Revolution.

The 18th century backdrop is artificial -- plaster and resin overlaying the modern office structure -- but the diplomatic reception rooms house a unique collection of 5,000 historic artefacts.

When the state rooms were first opened in 1961, the institutional office furniture made them look, in the words of their late former curator Clement E. Conger, "like a 1950s motel."

Posted: Saturday, 28-05-2016

VENICE.- A full-scale prototype for a droneport has been built on site in the Arsenale in Venice and will be unveiled at a Press Preview during the 15th International Architecture Biennale on Thursday 26 May at 15:00.

The droneport prototype is the first project to be presented by The Norman Foster Foundation.

The proposal is to create a network of droneports to deliver medical supplies and other necessities to areas of Africa that are difficult to access due to a lack of roads or other infrastructure and the ambition is that every small town in Africa and in other emerging economies will have its own droneport by 2030.

Posted: Thursday, 26-05-2016

LONDON.- Dominique Lévy presents Gego: Autobiography of a Line, the second in a pair of exhibitions celebrating the legacy of German-born Venezuelan artist Gego (Gertrud Goldschmidt [1912 – 1994]).

Organized in collaboration with the Fundación Gego, Autobiography of a Line is the artist’s first solo exhibition in London, and includes a selection of works spanning her career.

Notably, three monumental sculptures made in the 1970s, which embody the palpable sense of entropic geometry and spatial play for which Gego’s work is internationally recognized, will be on view.

These sculptures find their parallel in the artist’s towering wire Chorros, which were displayed in the New York exhibition last autumn.

Posted: Wednesday, 25-05-2016

LONDON.- A new exhibition of paintings by the Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama opened last night at Victoria Miro’s West End, George St gallery with another show of the artist’s sculpture and installation work launching tonight at the Wharf Rd space.

Collectively this will be the the largest showing of Kusama’s work since her retrospective at Tate Modern in 2012.

Spanning the gallery’s three locations and waterside garden, the exhibition features new paintings, pumpkin sculptures, and mirror rooms, all made especially for this presentation. This is the artist’s most extensive exhibition at the gallery to date, and it is the first time mirror rooms have gone on view in London since Kusama’s major retrospective at Tate Modern in 2012.

Posted: Tuesday, 24-05-2016

LONDON.- An appeal to save a masterpiece of the English Renaissance for the British nation has been launched jointly by the Art Fund charity and the Royal Museums Greenwich.

The painting is one of three surviving versions of the Armada portrait of Queen Elizabeth I. £10m is needed to save the life-sized painting from being sold -- perhaps to a foreign collector.

The Art Fund has already pledged £1m, while Royal Museums Greenwich have committed £400,000. The painting will enter public ownership for the first time in its 425-year history, if the target is reached.

Posted: Thursday, 19-05-2016

LONDON.- Black and Asian lives in Britain from the 1860s through to the 1940s are explored in a new display at the National Portrait Gallery.

Black Chronicles: Photographic Portraits 1862-1948 (18 May-11 December 2016) was organized in collaboration with Autograph ABP, a London-based arts charity that works internationally in photography and film, brings together some of the earliest photographs of Black and Asian sitters in the Gallery’s Collection.

These are being exhibited alongside recently discovered images from the Hulton Archive, a division of Getty Images.

Posted: Wednesday, 18-05-2016

PANAMA CITY, PANAMA.- The other shoe may have dropped with regard to the art world and the Panama Papers.

Despite initial speculation that Mossack Fonseca—the Panamanian law firm at the heart of the Panama Papers scandal—worked with few American clients, several news outlets are now reporting that they have established connections between art world A-listers and various offshore companies.

Among those named are art collectors Ella Fontanals-Cisneros, pictured here, and Denise Rich; Canadian-born magazine publisher Louise Blouin, and art dealer Dominique Lévy.

Posted: Tuesday, 17-05-2016

LONDON.- Cubism is considered to be Pablo Picasso’s most important contribution to Modern art, and Femme assise of 1909 is one of the artist’s greatest Cubist portraits.

It comes from the series of canvases that revolutionized Picasso’s working methods and established his path to Cubism, and will lead Sotheby’s June Impressionist & Modern Art Evening sale in London (estimate upon request).

The painting will be on view in Sotheby’s New York galleries from 16 May, in Hong Kong from 26-30 May and in London from 10 June, prior to the Evening Auction on 21 June 2016. Bidding begins at $40 million, and the final sales price could easily be double that amount.

Posted: Monday, 16-05-2016

SAN FRANCISCO, CA.- On May 14th, the new San Francisco Museum of Modern Art opened to the public, featuring an expansive new addition displaying 260 of the 1,100 pieces of postwar and contemporary artwork from the family of Doris and the late Donald Fisher, co-founders of the Gap Inc.

The Fisher Collection will be on view at SFMOMA for a 100-year period.

Nixon Peabody LLP’s Art & Cultural Institutions Practice, led by partner Thaddeus J. Stauber, served as deal counsel and advisor to the Fisher Family and SFMOMA to create this unprecedented agreement.

This complex development agreement was formalized after the Fishers announced their intention to loan their private collection to the museum prior to the death of Mr. Fisher in 2009.

Posted: Saturday, 14-05-2016

BERLIN.- The Tehran Museum of Contemporary Art is to tour an exhibition that will feature both international Contemporary/Modern masterpieces and Iranian artists. It is scheduled to run in Berlin from December to February 2017.

This is one of the largest and most valuable collections of Western contemporary art in the world.

The works of art have spent decades hidden away in storage, in the Iranian capital Tehran.

The collection includes French Impressionist works by Monet, Abstract Expressionist paintings by Rothko and Pollock, and American Pop Art by Warhol and Lichtenstein.

Posted: Friday, 13-05-2016

CLEVELAND, OH.- After two years, conservation of one of the Cleveland Museum of Art’s masterpieces, Caravaggio’s Crucifixion of Saint Andrew, 1606–7, is complete.

This is the first time the painting has been conserved since coming to the museum in 1976. In 2014, extensive treatment began on the work, whose original paint layer was obscured by clouded, cracked varnish and retouching.

The cleaning of the painting was the subject of a Conservation in Focus exhibition during the summer of 2014, when a sophisticated paintings conservation lab was constructed in the museum’s Julia and Larry Pollack Focus Gallery, where visitors were able to watch the museum’s Conservator of Paintings Dean Yoder and ask questions.

Posted: Thursday, 12-05-2016

PARIS.- In line with Fondation Louis Vuitton’s commitment to contemporary creation and encouragement of innovative encounters with its architecture, as of 11 May 2016 the Fondation Louis Vuitton presents a temporary work by Daniel Buren.

Developed in close dialogue with the building by Frank Gehry – whose architecture serves as an inspiration to artists - “The Observatory of Light” is installed across the glass ‘sails’, the emblematic feature of the building.

Posted: Wednesday, 11-05-2016

NEW YORK, NY.- The Tuesday night Christie's evening sale of Post-War and Contemporary Art realized US$318,388,000 with sell-through rates of 87% by lot and 91% by value.

The Basquiat work, shown here, consigned by collector Adam Lindmann fetched a record $57.3 million. He paid $4.5 million for the work at a 2004 auction.

The sale established 6 new world auction records for artists including Jean-Michel Basquiat, Agnes Martin, Mike Kelley, Richard Prince, Kerry James Marshall and Barry X Ball.

The results of last night's sale brings the week’s running total to $396.5million, which includes the price achieved by the May 8 evening auction of Bound to Fail.

The sale attracted registered bidders from 39 countries, with strong bidding from Asia, Europe and the United States.