A journalist takes a picture of 'Girl in a Lace Hat' painted by Pierre-Auguste Renoir, a French impressionism master between 1841-1919, during a press conference at the National Palace Museum in Taipei on May 24, 2013. A total of 65 paintings and statues named 'Renoir and Painters of the Twentieth Century' are on display from May 25 to September 8. AFP PHOTO / Sam Yeh.
TAIPEI.-The National Palace Museum and the Gold Media Group will co-host the Renoir and Painters of the Twentieth Century Special Exhibition beginning May 25, 2013 to Sep. 8, 2013 on the first floor of the NPM Library Building. The exhibition will introduce Pierre-Auguste Renoir (1841-1919), a French impressionist whose beautiful world of paintings revolved around his daily family life. The exhibition will reveal the works of artists who had been deeply influenced by Renoir, including Pablo Picasso, Henri-Émile-Benoît Matisse, Pierre Bonnard, and Raoul Dufy. This is the inaugural large-scale art exhibition on the theme of Pierre-Auguste Renoir in Taiwan, with art exhibition items primarily coming from the POLA Museum of Art in Japan and the treasured masterpieces from ten other art museums in Japan, the U.S., and France. Renoir's works not only earn the grace of art ... More
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HONG KONG.- With half of the participating galleries coming from Asia and Asia-Pacific, Art Basel in Hong Kong assumes a significant role in the international artworld, providing a portal to the regions artists. The new show gives galleries from around the world a platform in Asia to demonstrate the way they work with artists, and bring their highest quality work to Hong Kong. In this image: de Sarthe Gallery. Art Basel | Hong Kong 2013 | de Sarthe Gallery MCH Messe Schweiz (Basel) AG.
DALLAS, TX.-The Dallas Museum of Art presents The Body Beautiful in Ancient Greece: Masterworks from the British Museum, an international touring exhibition of more than 120 objects exploring the human form through exquisite works exclusively from the British Museums famed collection of Greek and Roman art. The exhibition, on view May 5 through October 6, 2013, presents the Greeks fascination with the human body and humanity, both of which were pervasive in ancient Greek culture. Iconic marble and bronze sculptures, fine painted pottery, funerary monuments, terracottas, and gold jewelry are among the treasures that explore the human form, across three millennia of Greek civilization. The Body Beautiful in Ancient Greece attests to the unexampled quality of the British Museums holdings of Greek art, and we are grateful to its director, my friend and colleague Neil MacGregor, for the generous ... More
An important wedding dress worn by Elizabeth Taylor for her first wedding to Conrad 'Nicky' Hilton, 1950. Estimate: £30,000 50,000. Photo: Christie's Images Ltd 2013.
LONDON.-Christie's will offer style icon Elizabeth Taylor's first wedding dress, designed by the legendary costume designer Helen Rose, in the sale of Pop Culture on 26 June 2013 (estimate: £30,000 50,000). Worn for Taylor's wedding to Conrad Nicky Hilton, Jr. in 1950, the dress symbolises one of the most iconic off-screen moments of "Golden Age Hollywood‟. At this time, 18 year old Elizabeth was already a veteran actress and celebrated star and was just a year away from her Oscar-nominated performance in Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer's A Place in the Sun (1951). The Hollywood wedding of weddings was the social event of the year. MGM boasted that more stars than there are in heaven attended, with the 700 guests representing the A-list of Old Hollywood: Greer Garson, Gene Kelly, Ginger Rogers, Fred Astaire, Esther Williams, and Van Johnson were among the many stars who came to congratulate the bride. G ... More
LOS ANGELES, CA.-Kayne Griffin Corcoran announced the opening of its new gallery at 1201 South La Brea Avenue in Los Angeles. In keeping with the partnerships founding principle of collaboration, the building integrates major permanent elements conceived by acclaimed artist James Turrell including a Skyspace, illumination of the skylights of the main galleries, and the courtyard environment. Turrell approached the project with the goal of enhancing the experience between art and architecture and indoor and outdoor spaces. The 15,000 square foot space will open on Saturday, May 25 with a historical survey of Turrells work related to the Roden Crater. With renovations designed by Los Angeles architecture firm Standard, the 1940s vine-covered property is comprised of an existing 10,000 square foot space, as well as a 5,000 square foot exterior courtyard. While the outside of the building seamlessly integrates Kayne Griffin Corco ... More
NEW YORK, NY.- On May 29 and 30, Christies Latin American Sale will offer an outstanding selection of over 300 lots from some of the regions most prominent modern and contemporary masters. The two-day auction includes esteemed private collections and an exceptional offering of paintings and sculpture from important Latin American artists such as Fernando Botero, Leonora Carrington, Matta, Wilfredo Lam, Alfredo Ramos Martínez, and Alfredo Volpi, among others. Neighborly Advice, painted by Leonora Carrington in 1947, is one of the most significant works by this surrealist artist to come to light in years. Carrington's first son Gabriel was born in 1946 and her second son Pablo in 1948, thus in 1947 she was pregnant and caring for an infant. This did nothing to diminish neither the quantity nor quality of her painting ... More
Blue and Yellow and Red-Orange, 1964-65.
DETROIT, MICH.- Ellsworth Kellys famous prints of geometric shapes, along with prints of flowers and plants, are on view at the Detroit Institute of Arts May 24September 8. The exhibition is free with museum admission. For more than 50 years, Kelly has created paintings, sculptures, and more than 330 editions of individual prints in what has become one of the most recognizable styles of modern art. While Kelly is best known for his colorful geometric subjects, his art is far broader. More than half of his pieces are in black and white, and he has worked simultaneously in a realistically based drawing style to create more than 70 plant and flower lithographs as well as a dozen portraits. The exhibition features more than 100 prints from the collection of Jordan D. Schnitzer and the Jordan Schnitzer Family Foundation of Portland, Oregon. They cover all periods from the mid-1960s to the present and are arranged on two floors of the DIA. The co ... More
Corneille de La Haye 'of Lyon', Portrait of a Man on a Green Ground. Est. 150,000-200,000/$195,000-260,000. Photo: Sotheby's.
PARIS.-Sothebys announced details of the forthcoming Sale of Old Master & 19th Century Paintings & Drawings to be held in Paris on 27 June 2013. The French 17th & 18th Century Schools will be particularly well represented among the 164 selected lots, led by a spectacular still life by Louise Moillon, one of the first French still lifes ever painted; Le Bal de Tivoli, a remarkable work by François Watteau de Lille; and a Portrait of Jean-René Vestier by the sitter's father. Sotheby's will also be offering two splendid paintings from the Collection of Dr Joseph Récamier: a Portrait of Madame de Pompadour by Drouais; and a marvellous genre scene by Louis-Léopold Boilly. The high-pedigree sale also features Flemish and Dutch works notably a large, panelled view of Noah's Ark by Jacob Savery the Younger. The second part of the sale, devoted to the 19th Century, includes a sumptuous ... More
A Songye janiform fetish figure with oily patina. Est. 350,000-500,000/$460,000-658,000. Photo: Sotheby's.
PARIS.- Some fifty objects from the Françoise & Jean Corlay Collection of African Art (primarily from Congo) will be offered for sale at Sothebys Paris on June 18. The collection will be accompanied by 70 works of varied provenance, based on the themes of 'master carvers' and rediscovered masterpieces from Africa and Oceania. Françoise and Jean Corlay began their collection in the Democratic Republic of Congo, where they lived from 1978-84. Their assured eye was evident from their earliest acquisitions, which took the form of remarkable miniature works. From 1986-91 they were based in Nigeria, expanding their interests to include the art of West Africa, then pursued their collection back in Europe, buying from leading collectors and dealers. In 2007 they donated an ensemble of objects and textiles from Nigeria to the Musée du Quai Branly in Paris and the Musée d'Angoulême in south-west France. Although works from their collection have ... More
Arco lamp, design Achille and Pier Giacomo Castiglioni, 1962. Manufactured by Flos; digital print on aluminium. Photo: Università IUAV di Venezia - Archivio Progetti, Fondo Giorgio Casali.
LONDON.- For over thirty years, Giorgio Casali (1913-1995) photographed the work of the greatest post-war Italian architects and designers for Gio Pontis famous magazine, the style bible Domus. Casali worked as an apprentice in the Rambaldi photographic studio before establishing his own studio in 1938. In the early 1950s his career took off with his images of Pontis iconic Superleggera chair for Domus, in which he vividly conveyed the designs key feature extreme lightness by using models holding the object with a single finger. Economy, elegance and a commitment to presenting the object to its best advantage were characteristic of Casalis work, and over the following three decades he forged an intense collaborative relationship with Ponti. Domus played a key role in the international dissemination of the Made in Italy brand, promoting a quintessentially Italian sense of style through the creative ... More
Koshalek became director of the Hirshhorn in April 2009. Photo: Steven A. Heller.
WASHINGTON, DC.- Richard Koshalek, director of the Smithsonians Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, announced his resignation today; no departure date has been set. Koshalek became director of the Hirshhorn in April 2009. The announcement followed the museums board of trustees meeting. At its meeting, the Hirshhorn board was unable to reach consensus on the fate of the Seasonal Inflatable Structure, known as the Bubble. Some members of the board would like to proceed with the fundraising and others want to discontinue and focus on other museum priorities. Smithsonian Secretary Wayne Clough will consult with Richard Kurin, the Under Secretary for History, Art, and Culture, and others, and will make an announcement in June. The proposed structure on the plaza of the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden would be a unique seasonal venue in Washington with programming devoted to arts and culture. The Bubble design was conceived by N ... More
OXFORD.-The Ashmolean announces one of its major summer exhibitions, Master Drawings, as part of the celebrations to mark the founding of the Museum in 1683. The exhibition, drawn from one of the worlds greatest collections of works on paper, will display a selection of the Ashmoleans treasures of western art including works by Michelangelo and Raphael; Dürer and the artists of the Northern Renaissance; through the centuries to Rubens and Rembrandt; Turner, Degas and Pissarro; up to Gwen John and David Hockney. Master Drawings will survey drawings of all types - figure studies, composition sketches, landscapes and portraits. Many are working drawings; others were made as works of art in their own right. Michelangelo will be represented by a study for the Sistine ceiling, drawn with the robust energy of youth, along with two profoundly poetic works drawn for friends, and a late, contemplative ... More
GRAND RAPIDS, MICH.-Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park is featuring the work of Chinese artist, Zhang Huan in the summer exhibition, Looking East, Facing West: The World of Zhang Huan, which opened to the public May 24. This retrospective features the profound yet diverse work of Huan and will remain on display until August 25. Seen as one of the most prodigious and insightful artists today, Huans compositions as a sculptor, painter, photographer and installation artist encompass themes of Chinese history and spiritual tranquility. His work has helped to bring Chinese art to the forefront of the international art world. Zhang Huan is among the most important voices in Contemporary art today, said Joseph Becherer, vice president and chief curator. From his vantage point working in China and the United States, he offers insight and inspiration for the global cultural community." Looking East, Facing We ... More
Michel de Broin. Photo: Nathalie Casemajor Loustau.
MONTREAL.- To launch the summer season, the Musée dart contemporain de Montréal is presenting a critical overview of the work of Michel de Broin. The first major Canadian museum exhibition devoted to this Montréal artist, Michel de Broin brings together some thirty pieces, several of them new and produced specially for this occasion. At the same time, the MAC has mounted the first solo show in Canada focusing on Brooklyn-based artist Eve Sussman and Rufus Corporation. Michel de Broin and Eve Sussman ● Rufus Corporation are on view at the Musée dart contemporain de Montréal from May 24 to September 2, 2013. The selection of works from the last decade on display in the exhibition Michel de Broin attests to the artists persistent interest in the notions of resistance, appropriation and recycling. Over the past twenty-plus years, this multidisciplinary artist has continually challenged systems of all kinds and the way they oper ... More
Quote Painting is nothing but a construction in ethics. Stendhal
Bal Harbour's second "Unscripted" public art commission debuts BAL HARBOUR, FLA.- As the next iteration of its ongoing support for the arts in South Florida, Bal Harbour has unveiled Self Portrait As a Barefoot Mailman, by artist Christy Gast as part of the destination's public art program, Unscripted. Gast's 12-foot high sculptural installation, will be showcased in the center of Collins Avenue, on Bal Harbour's Founder Circle through the summer. Installed headfirst in the ground, as if blown-over, the faux bronze sculpture made of fiberglass is a testament to the area's legendary barefoot mailman, a real historic figure who delivered mail on the first U.S. mail route between Palm Beach and Miami in the 1880's before there were major roads. Drawing on the history of South Florida as well as Miami Dade's history of public sculpture, Gast has created a playful alternative to the traditionally overstated and masculinized civic monument. ... More
Frieze Masters 2013: Participating galleries announced LONDON.-Frieze has announced today the participating galleries for Frieze Masters 2013. Following wide acclaim for the inaugural edition of Frieze Masters in 2012, the second edition of the fair experienced a strong demand with applications from the worlds leading galleries. Dedicated to art from ancient to modern, Frieze Masters will take place 1720 October 2013 on Gloucester Green, Regents Park, London, and is sponsored by Deutsche Bank. Frieze Masters is a carefully selected presentation of approximately 120 of the worlds leading galleries. The participating galleries will exhibit art ranging from the ancient era and old masters through to art of the 20th century. Representing 15 countries overall, this years gallery list sees additions that include: Dan Galeria (São Paulo); Dickinson (London); Dominique Lévy Gallery (New York); Galerie Malingue (Paris); Galerie ... More
Exhibition at Kunstmuseum Liechtenstein rediscovers the work by André Thomkins VADUZ.- André Thomkins (*1930 in Lucerne, 1985 in Berlin) was one of the most innovative and versatile artists of the latter half of the 20th century. He made a name for himself with creative artistic experiments particularly in the 1960s. But the beginnings of this practice date back to the mid-1950s. The public reception of his work began towards the end of the 1960s and was subsequently manifested in the first solo exhibitions in museums since the early 1970s. The view of his work moved away from his innovative and playfully experimental pieces to Thomkins as an illustrator. Since then, the focus of appreciation and perception fell on the more traditional aspects of his drawing. Thomkins experimental artistic practice had now lost its prominence. The two-time participant in the documenta in Kassel (documenta 5/1972 and 6/1977) has been rediscovered in recent years in the ... More
First in-depth retrospective of Tony Feher's career opens at DeCordova Sculpture Park and Museum LINCOLN, MASS.-DeCordova Sculpture Park and Museum announced the opening of Tony Feher, the first in-depth retrospective of Fehers career, on view from Friday, May 24, 2013, through Sunday, September 15, 2013. The exhibition seeks to reveal the richness, complexity, and impact of the artists investigations through a careful selection of 60 key works which revolve around a formal vocabulary that Feher has refined over the past 30 years. Hailed as an oddly optimistic ode to hope by Blaffer Art Museums Director and Chief Curator Claudia Schmuckli, Fehers work is infused with vulnerability and emotion. Feher stacks, dangles, and unfolds his materials to form thoughtful sculptures in a practice that is deeply personal, culled from all the things, people, places, and events that have defined his life for more than half a century. Over this time, he has developed ... More
Newly discovered Samuel Knibb clock that survived Great Fire of London shows its face at Bonhams LONDON.- A previously unrecorded architectural table clock made circa 1665 by the famed horologist Samuel Knibb, just before the Great Fire of London (1666), has been discovered by the Clock Department at Bonhams. One of only five such gems of the clock trade known, the 350-year old timepiece is estimated to sell for £150,000 to £200,000 at the upcoming Fine Clocks sale on 9th July at Bonhams, New Bond Street. James Stratton, Director of the Bonhams Clocks Department, comments: When an email arrived entitled Samuel Knibb I was immediately intrigued. Samuel Knibbs work is incredibly rare I only knew of four clocks by him; three in private collections and one in the Clockmakers Company museum in the Guildhall, London. Within minutes of opening up the images, it was obvious that this was an absolutely genuine example from his workshop. It is so exciting to offer ... More
Tiancheng International will present two pieces of jewellery of Angelina Jolie HONG KONG.-Tiancheng International will present two pieces of Jewellery of the Oscar-winning actress Angelina Jolie at the Jewellery and Jadeite Spring Auction 2013 at Hong Kong on 15 June. The first piece is an exquisite vintage choker which was sourced by celebrated jeweller Robert Procop for the character Elise Clifton-Ward portrayed by Angelina Jolie in the film The Tourist in 2010. The second piece is a cushion-shaped emerald ring came from The Style of Jolie Collection, designed by Angelina Jolie along with Robert Procop, which she wore at the premiere of Kung Fu Panda 2 at the Cannes Film Festival in France in 2011. All proceeds from the auctions (including buyers and sellers premium) of these two lots will be donated to Education Partnership for Children in Conflict (EPCC), a nonprofit group founded by Angelina Jolie which committed to placing the out-of ... More
Derby Day: Picture which needed police protection when first unveiled for sale at Bonhams LONDON.- A full size copy by a 19th century artist of the masterpiece by William Powell Frith RA, estimated at £10,000-£15,000 will be offered for sale at the Bonhams 19th Century Paintings sale in New Bond Street on 10th July. William Powel Friths original painting, which now sits in Tate Britain, was first displayed at the Royal Academy in 1858 when the popularity of the painting was so overwhelming that a rail was erected to hold the eager crowds back and a policeman was placed on guard. The Times noted that, 'no closer nor completer transcript of a scene of English amusement has been painted since Hogarth'. Derby Day comprises of a series of social commentary sketches. Frith was interested in physiognomy and phrenology, seeing the face as 'a sure index of character' and class distinction. Physiognomy, taken from the Greek words, physis meaning 'nature' and gnomon ... More
On a day like today, The Brooklyn Bridge opened to traffic
BROOKLYN.- May 24, 1883.- The
Brooklyn Bridge is one of the oldest suspension bridges in the United
Completed in 1883, it connects the New York City boroughs of Manhattan
and Brooklyn by spanning the East River. At 5,989 feet (1825 m),
it was the longest suspension bridge in the world from its opening
until 1903, and the first steel-wire suspension bridge. Originally
referred to as the New York and Brooklyn Bridge, it was dubbed the
Brooklyn Bridge in an 1867 letter to the editor of the Brooklyn Daily
Eagle, and formally so named by the city government in 1915. Since
its opening, it has become an iconic part of the New York skyline.
It was designated a National Historic Landmark in 1964. In this image:
One World Trade Center and the lower New York City skyline, including
the Brooklyn Bridge, are seen from the air over New York on May 13,
2013. AFP PHOTO / Saul LOEB.