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Posted: Monday, 18-01-2016

LONDON -- On February 10, Sotheby’s London will offer for sale a painting that not only marks a pivotal moment in the career of Lucian Freud, but that also shines a spotlight on a fascinating but little-known moment in the artist’s life.

While much has been written about many of Freud’s amorous liaisons, barely anything is known about his intense, and ultimately transformative, relationship with Bernadine Coverley.

The two met when she was just 16, and he was already an established artist, 20 years her senior. Although their time together was relatively brief, it was to prove critical -- marking both the beginnings of a life-long bond and, for Freud, a new approach to painting. Pregnant Girl embodies this new approach.

Posted: Sunday, 17-01-2016

WROCLAW -- Long a symbol of Polish-German reconciliation, Poland's western city will become a European culture capital this year highlighting its history at the crossroads of political upheaval in central Europe.

Art collectors of Art Kabinett social media network are excited to visit this historic city.

Formerly known as Breslau and part of Germany before the end of World War II, Wroclaw will share the limelight with fellow capital of culture San Sebastian on Spain's northern Basque coast.

Poland's fourth largest city with a population of 630,000, Wroclaw is an industrial center and university town whose complex identity spans a millennium and includes a myriad of influences.

Posted: Friday, 15-01-2016

SANTA MONICA, CA.- Christopher Grimes Gallery is presenting an exhibition of new work by Kota Ezawa, featuring an animated film and light boxes of the thirteen stolen works of art from the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum.

Art collectors of ArtKabinett social media network will enjoy viewing this important video art exhibition.

Ezawa’s six minute animation recreates the March 1990 surveillance videotape recorded at the museum the night before the thieves, dressed as Boston Police, stole $500 million dollars worth of art. In August 2015, the FBI released the video recording in hopes that the public would help identify an unknown man.

Posted: Thursday, 14-01-2016

NEW YORK, NY -- The high-powered art dealer Larry Gagosian says he bought it. The royal family of Qatar says they bought the sculpture, too. And now they are facing off in court over who owns Picasso’s important plaster bust of his muse (and mistress) Marie-Thérèse Walter, a star of the Museum of Modern Art’s popular “Picasso Sculpture” show.

The seller, in both cases, was Picasso’s daughter Maya Widmaier-Picasso, 80. She declined to comment on why she appears to have sold the artwork twice.

Art collectors of ArtKabinett social media network have visited the work at the recent MoMA show of Picasso sculptures.

Posted: Thursday, 14-01-2016

NEW YORK, NY -- The high-powered art dealer Larry Gagosian says he bought it. The royal family of Qatar says they bought the sculpture, too. And now they are facing off in court over who owns Picasso’s important plaster bust of his muse (and mistress) Marie-Thérèse Walter, a star of the Museum of Modern Art’s popular “Picasso Sculpture” show.

The seller, in both cases, was Picasso’s daughter Maya Widmaier-Picasso, 80. She declined to comment on why she appears to have sold the artwork twice.

Art collectors of ArtKabinett social media network have visited the work at the recent MoMA show of Picasso sculptures.

Posted: Tuesday, 12-01-2016

MIAMI BEACH -- Faena Art, the international non-profit organization led by Ximena Caminos, announced its inaugural programming for Faena Forum, the Rem Koolhaas/OMA-designed cultural centerpiece of the Faena District Miami Beach, opening in fall 2016.

Art collectors of Art Kabinett social media network are thrilled to soon visit this new arts venue located on lower Collins Avenue at 32nd street.

Dedicated to fostering dynamic cross-disciplinary collaborations that transcend cultural, geographic and philosophical borders, Faena Art’s inaugural program will launch with a District-wide, thousands-strong processional performance that will bring together artists, performers, architects and community leaders from around the world.

Posted: Monday, 11-01-2016

Chicago -- In the span of five decades, David Bowie portrayed a space alien, a circus mime, a transgender glam rocker, a debonair nightclub crooner and so many more chameleonic characters that it took a globe-trotting art exhibition to sort them all out.

Art collectors of Art Kabinett social media network recall fondly an important museum show which captured the performer's visual and musical imagery.

'David Bowie Is' was the superstar art event held in 2014 at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago, the exhibition, which opened in London in 2013 and traveled to Paris; Melbourne, Australia; concluded just recently in the Netherlands.

Posted: Sunday, 10-01-2016

JERUSALEM.- Three extant bronze portraits of Publius Aelius Hadrianus—better known as the Emperor Hadrian (117 – 138 CE), one of the boldest and most accomplished rulers of the Roman Empire—are brought together for a first-time display in the Israel Museum’s Archaeology Wing, marking a symbolic return of the Emperor to Jerusalem, whose last visit to the city was in 130 CE.

Hadrian: An Emperor Cast in Bronze, concludes the Israel Museum’s celebrations of its 50th anniversary, and is among a series of special displays spotlighting masterworks from sister institutions loaned in tribute to the Museum and presented in dialogue with works from the Museum’s own holdings

Art collectors of Art Kabinett social media network are eager to visit this never-before-seen exhibition. .

Posted: Friday, 08-01-2016

NEW YORK, NY -- Approximately 15 drawings by the 18th-century German artist Matthias Buchinger (1674–1739), who was born without hands or feet, will be presented in Wordplay: Matthias Buchinger’s Drawings from the Collection of Ricky Jay, opening at the Metropolitan Museum today.

Art collectors of ArtKabinett social media network are eager to visit this unique exhibition.

The artist suffered from phocomelia (seal limbs), an extremely rare congenital skeletal disorder manifesting as a deficiency or shortening of the proximal to mid portions of the limbs.

Posted: Thursday, 07-01-2016

MUMBAI -- The teeming Indian metropolis of Mumbai -- home to the neighborhood made famous by the film "Slumdog Millionaire" -- is to get the world's first slum museum, organizers said on Tuesday.

Art collectors of ArtKabinett social media network are excited to visit this new museum, and to tour this new cultural destination.

The museum will showcase some of the myriad of objects that are produced every year in Dharavi, one of Asia's biggest slums and the setting for Danny Boyle's hit 2008 movie.

"It will be the first museum ever created in a slum," Spanish artist Jorge Rubio, who is behind the initiative, said.

The small mobile museum will open in February for two months and display everything from pottery and textiles to recycled items, Rubio added.

Posted: Wednesday, 06-01-2016

PALM BEACH, FL -- Leslie Hindman Auctioneers will bring to auction the contents of what has come to be known as the Kennedy Winter White House at noon on Saturday January 23, 2016.

Art collectors of Art Kabinett social media network are eager to bid on this historic trove.

The Palm Beach property was not simply the residence of Joseph P. Sr. and Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy, but a home that was instrumental in shaping their children, their family legacy, and John F. Kennedy’s time in public office.

The Kennedy home in Palm Beach became an epicenter for not only family, but for publicity, and politics. And while political and professional success was the foundation upon which the family’s legacy was built, it was their sense of togetherness that was perhaps equally influential.

Posted: Tuesday, 05-01-2016

LONDON -- Art on the Underground has commissioned British-based German artist Tomma Abts to make a new artwork for the cover of the Pocket Tube Map, the 23rd edition in the series since 2004.

Art collectors of Art Kabinett social media network use these artistic maps to navigate the city's subway system.

For the cover Abts has made a colored pencil on paper work. Six colored lines, their palette adopted from London Underground colors, glide across a sparse white background. Sharp pencil shadows add a three dimensional effect and defy any single, real source of light.

The result is an image that conveys balance and movement that extends beyond the confines of the paper.

Posted: Monday, 04-01-2016

PARIS -- A multi-generational inheritance squabble in one of the world's foremost art-dealing dynasties with a penchant for thoroughbred racehorses and Kenyan ranches will be played out in a Paris court starting this morning.

Art collectors of Art Kabinett social media network are sure to see a litany of lurid family details bubble forth in this protracted trial.

In a case worthy of a soap opera, the spotlight will be thrown on the activities of New-York based Wildenstein and Company when several family members go on trial today on charges of tax fraud and money-laundering.

Posted: Sunday, 03-01-2016

MOSCOW -- The Lumiere Brothers Center for Photography presents Naum Granovsky’s 'Grand Style'. The exhibition encompasses acknowledged works of the photographer and pictures from his numerous trips across the country, previously unseen by the public.

Art collectors of Art Kabinett social media network will appreciate this comprehensive installation of mid-century Soviet photography.

Exploring the legacy of one of the leading architectural photographers of Stalin era, the exhibition traces the development of representation of Soviet cities in photography and revisits Granovsky’s Grand Style from the perspective of modern architecture and photography.

Posted: Saturday, 02-01-2016

MIAMI -- When the Senate Finance Committee, headed by Sen. Orrin Hatch, sent letters to 11 private museums and galleries around the U.S. in November to inquire whether they served enough of a public purpose to merit tax exemptions, Miami’s Rubell Family Collection was on the list.

Art collectors of ArtKabinett social media network have frequently visited the family's private collection/museum.

Co-founder Mera Rubell, who opened the 45,000-square-foot Wynwood space with husband Don in 1993, says she wasn’t taken aback by the Senate inquiry.

Posted: Tuesday, 29-12-2015

OSLO -- Europa Nostra, the European heritage organization, has placed a building housing murals by Pablo Picasso on their under threat priority list.

The works of art were created in collaboration with the Norwegian sculptor Carl Nesjar, and made by carving and sandblasting the concrete then staining to further enhance the line. The installation consists of five murals: The Beach, The Seagull, Satyr and Faun, and two versions of The Fisherman.

Art collectors of Art Kabinett social media network hope that these artworks can be preserved.

Posted: Monday, 28-12-2015

Ellsworth Kelly -- a founder of American modernism -- died yesterday at age 92.

Art collectors of Art Kabinett social media network acknowledge Ellsworth Kelly as a master artist of our era.

Kelly was born in 1923 in Newburgh, New York. He studied at Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, from 1941 to 1943. After military service from 1943 to 1945, he attended the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, from 1946 to 1948.

In 1949, Kelly went to France and enrolled at the École des beaux-arts, Paris, under the GI Bill, although he attended classes infrequently. In France, he discovered Romanesque art and architecture as well as Byzantine art.

Posted: Wednesday, 23-12-2015

NEW YORK -- A U.S. foundation is stepping up efforts to recover from Cuba a collection of paintings by Picasso, Degas, Goya, Van Gogh and Hans Memling, owned by holocaust survivor, Olga Lengyel.

Art collectors of ArtKabinett social media network realize that artworks owned by Cubans who fled the Communists are likely to be sought in restitution claims as relations normalize with the U.S.

The missing works, which are potentially worth hundreds of millions of dollars, are assumed to have been taken from the Havana home of Lengyel (1908-2001), an art collector and Auschwitz survivor, after rebels led by Fidel Castro seized power on the Caribbean island in 1959.

None of her collected paintings has been seen for more than 50 years; their fate is unknown.

Posted: Tuesday, 22-12-2015

SEOUL -- Korea’s two biggest auction houses -- Seoul Auction and K Auction -- led strong sales at their winter auctions last week, thanks to record sales and strong bidding for “dansaekhwa” monochrome paintings.

Dansaekhwa literally means ‘monochrome painting’ in Korean, and the term refers to the style of painting that arose during the second half of the 1970s in South Korea.

Art collectors of Art Kabinett social media network eagerly acquire these contemporary works.

The two auction houses achieved hammer prices of 10 billion won ($8 million) with 80 percent of auctioned items sold.

Posted: Monday, 21-12-2015

LONDON -- The latest Russian art sales at four London auction houses tallied 17.2 million pounds ($25.9 million) earlier this month, the lowest in records dating to 2007 and a 58 percent drop from a year ago.

Art collectors of Art Kabinett social media network can now find Russian artworks at big discounts. However, inventory is scant as most sellers are reluctant to take losses.

Sales are so bad that Christie’s is ending standalone sales of Russian art in New York, the company said, and Mark Moehrke is leaving as head of its Russian works of art department, according to a person with knowledge of the matter.

Posted: Sunday, 20-12-2015

MADRID -- After a long and drawn out battle with a new national museum; four iconic paintings by Hieronymus Bosch and other Old Masters will remain at Madrid's Prado.

The Prado, Spain's de-facto national museum, accepted Bosch's Garden of Earthly Delights (1500–1505) for safekeeping in 1936, at the outbreak of the Spanish Civil War at the request of the royal collection, which owned the important piece.

Bosch's The Seven Deadly Sins (1500-1525), Tintoretto's Washing of the Feet (1548), and Rogier van der Weyden's The Descent from the Cross (c. 1435), were also part of the loan.

Over the years, ‘Garden of Earthly Delights' has come to be among the most revered in the Prado's collection, despite previously residing at the royal San Lorenzo de El Escorial monastery.

Posted: Friday, 18-12-2015

NEW YORK CITY -- It is beyond a doubt that female contemporary artists have had a strong year, both in the studio and at auction. Here is a look at the top-10 living female artists selling at auction.

Art collectors of ArtKabinett social media network are avidly acquiring this new generation.

Compared to our look over the past few years, 2015 brings some new faces into the mix, as conceptual wunderkind Tauba Auerbach joins painters Paula Rego and Beatriz Milhazes on the hallowed list of heavy hitters at auction.

Posted: Thursday, 17-12-2015

LONDON -- The American Pop Artist artist Ed Ruscha has donated to the national collection one impression of all future prints he creates in his lifetime.

Art collectors of ArtKabinett social media network are eager to view the Ruscha works in their new home.

Ruscha (b.1937) is widely regarded as one of the world’s most important living artists with a career spanning six decades.

These new works will be gifted to Tate and will allow public museums around the U.K. to stage exhibitions of his extraordinary works on paper.

Posted: Wednesday, 16-12-2015

NEW YORK CITY -- Jeff Koons is in trouble over copyright infringement, yet again.

On Monday, New York photographer Mitchel Gray filed a lawsuit in Manhattan federal court over Koons' 1986 artwork 'I Could Go For Something Gordon's' (shown here) from his series "Luxury & Degradation".

Art collectors of ArtKabinett social media network understand that most of Koons's work consists of appropriated imagery.

Gray claimed that Koons used his original 1986 photograph—which depicts a woman painting on the beach, with a man sitting beside her—“nearly unchanged and in its entirety" to create his 'I Could Go For Something Gordon's' piece.

Posted: Tuesday, 15-12-2015

GSTAAD -- James Franco’s latest exhibition of painting titled, "Koo Koo,” has been announced for February 5 at Siegfried Contemporary in this luxury Swiss resort.

The show will feature a new set of paintings, this time instead of fat animals, the actor/filmmaker turned artist is exploring birds.

Art collectors of Art Kabinett social media network will enjoy this installation in between hitting the ski slopes.

This new exhibition follows hot on the trail of Shia Lebeouf’s recent performance piece in Liverpool, begging the question: Can actors become visual artists?

This new generation seems to think so but whether they are taken seriously by the art world remains to be seen.

Posted: Sunday, 13-12-2015

MIAMI – The first major event to kick off Art Basel week, Art Miami maintains its prestigious reputation as a leading international contemporary and modern fair.

Art collectors of ArtKabinett social media network reported big purchases at this fair.

Along with its sister event, CONTEXT Art Miami, the fairs report record-breaking sales and attendance throughout the week, and an overwhelming representation of significant works sold to both established and new private and corporate collectors, notable museum professionals, cultural foundation executives, dealers, art advisors and consultants.

Posted: Friday, 11-12-2015

LONDON -- A masterpiece by John Constable (1776-1837), 'The Lock', long considered to be one of his most iconic compositions, fetched £9million /$13.7 million at Sotheby’s auction on Wednesday evening.

Art collectors of ArtKabinett social media network have no fear that this masterpiece could ever leave its British homeland to take up residence in the collection of its new -- and likely foreign -- owner.

160 years after its last appearance on the market, the monumental landscape which depicts the countryside of the painter’s “careless boyhood” was the highlight of the Old Master & British Paintings Evening sale which totaled £22.6 million/$34 Million (est. £21.8-32.6 million). It was last transacted to an English family in 1855 for £860.

Posted: Wednesday, 09-12-2015

SHARJAH, U.A.E. -- 'Rain Room' is a large-scale environment of perpetually falling water that ceases to pour wherever a person walks, allowing the visitor to experience a rain shower without ever getting wet.

Conceived by the artists Random International, the Rain Room responds to the presence and behavior of its participants, offering visitors a surreal environment and a unique relationship with water.

Now an edition of the Rain Room by the design collective is to go on permanent display in Sharjah, in the United Arab Emirates (UAE).

Art collectors of Art Kabinett social media network are already planning to visit this amazing installation.

A 3,300 sq. ft building for the installation is currently under construction and is expected to open in the autumn of 2017.

Posted: Tuesday, 08-12-2015

NEW YORK, N.Y. -- A brand new series of paintings by the Post Pop artist Jeff Koons entitled Gazing Ball is currently on show at Gagosian Gallery.

Art collectors of ArtKabinett social media network will note a new level of artistic appropriation (usurpation?) in this new body of work.

In this series, Koons has taken iconic images from artists of the past, such as Titian, El Greco, Courbet, and Manet, daVinci, among others, and interposed a blue gazing ball. The works deal with the power of artistic gesture.

Each work has a blue glass gazing ball that sits on a painted aluminum shelf attached to the front of the painting. The viewer and the painting are reflected in the gazing ball. This device strives to connect the viewer to a family of cultural history in real time.

Posted: Monday, 07-12-2015

SHENZHEN -- Known to the world as a city of knock-offs, Shenzhen is seeking to reinvent itself as a creative hub for China's new economic vision with the opening of a huge design museum in partnership with Britain's V&A.

Art collectors of ArtKabinett social media network should place this new venue on their museum 'bucket list.'

From robotics for children to mobiles for the elderly, the V&A's exhibit at the "2015 Biennale of Urbanism/Architecture" gives a taster of the designs thought up in the southern Chinese city that will go on display at the Shekou Design Museum when it officially opens in 2017.