US artist Claes Oldenburg poses during the presentation of the exhibition "Claes Oldenburg. The Sixties" at the Guggenheim Bilbao Museum, in the Northern Spanish Basque city of Bilbao, on October 29, 2012. AFP PHOTO/RAFA RIVAS.
BILBAO.- Co-organized by mumok Vienna and the Guggenheim Museum Bilbao, Claes Oldenburg: The Sixties is the largest show to date dedicated to the path-breaking, emblematic, early work of the 1960s by Claes Oldenburg (Stockholm, Sweden, 1929), one of the most influential artists since the 1950s. With his ironic and sharp witted representations of everyday objects from the 1960s, Oldenburg made a huge contribution to renovating the North American art scene, and is a major figure in performance art, installation art and Pop Art. However, his multifaceted body of work goes much further. He has also had a profound influence on art in public spaces with his monumental large-scale projects in numerous major cities worldwide, created in partnership with Coosje van Bruggen. One central point of reference in Oldenburg's oeuvre is the industrially produced object ... More
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MARSEILLE.- French auctioneer Damien Leclere presents a panel painting by Italian artist Fra Angelico, a central piece part of a six-panel Thebaide, whose estimated value is 200 000 to 400 000 euros (257 000 to 515 000 USD) on October 26, 2012 in Marseille, southern France. The painting, which was kept in the same family since the 19th century, will come up for auction on October 27, 2012 at the Leclere auction house. AFP PHOTO / ANNE-CHRISTINE POUJOULAT.
WASHINGTON (AFP).- Scientists in Canada have unearthed the first fossils of a feathered dinosaur ever found in the Americas, the journal Science reported on Thursday. The 75 million year old fossil specimens, uncovered in the badlands of Alberta, Canada, include remains of a juvenile and two adult ostrich-like creatures known as ornithomimids. Until now feathered dinosaurs have been found mostly in China and in Germany. "This is a really exciting discovery, as it represents the first feathered dinosaur specimens found in the Western Hemisphere," said Darla Zelenitsky, an assistant professor at the University of Calgary and lead author of the study. "These specimens are also the first to reveal that ornithomimids were covered in feathers, like several other groups of theropod dinosaurs," Zelenitsky said. She said the find "suggests that all ornithomimid dinosaurs would have had feathers." The creatures had a cameo screen appearance in the original Jurassic Park movie in which the ... More
Joaquín Sorolla, Pescadores valencianos (detail). Est. £1,000,000-1,500,000. Photo: Sotheby's.
LONDON.- The wealth and diversity of Europe's cultural and artistic heritage will be broadly represented at Sotheby's 19th Century European Paintings sale on 20 November 2012 with works from the most prominent Continental artists. Leading the way is Spain's greatest exponent of the period, Joaquín Sorolla with Pescadores valencianos, a work that marks a stylistic watershed in the artist's oeuvre, was recognised at the time as a masterpiece and boasts a very distinguished provenance. The Spanish paintings section of the sale also includes museum-quality works by Ignacio Zuloaga, Ramón Casas, Ricardo Canals and Santiago Rusiñol that provide an eclectic composite of the artistic scene at the turn of the 20th century in Spain. As the world's unrivalled auctioneer of the work by Joaquín Sorolla (1863 1923), Sotheby's has been entrusted to offer a masterpiece by the Valencian artist. Painted in ... More
Martín Rico, The Mouth of the Bidasoa River, 1872 (detail). Oil on canvas, 39.3 x 72 cm. Madrid, Museo Nacional del Prado.
MADRID.- Starting today, visitors to the Prado Museum will have the opportunity to obtain a first-hand overview of the work of the Madrid-born landscape painter Martín Rico (1833-1908). Rico is of the most important Spanish painters of the first half of the 19th century and the finest representation of his work is to be found in the Museo del Prado. In addition to the twelve canvases, forty notebooks and an album of watercolours in the Museum's collection, this first monographic exhibition to be devoted to the artist will include masterpieces loaned from museums world-wide, in particular American institutions such as the Metropolitan Museum, New York, and the Hispanic Society of New York. They will be seen in Spain for the first time. This important selection offers a survey of every phase within the career of Martín Rico, the Spanish landscape painter to achieve the ... More
Detail of a view of Venice, Italy, by the renowned painter, Thomas Moran.
COLUMBIA, SC.- A special and unexpected loan to the Columbia Museum of Art now provides visitors a view of Venice, Italy, by the renowned painter, Thomas Moran. Typically, the CMA researches and strategically plans for loans of art, but in this case, CMA Chief Curator Will South was surprised and delighted when the painting arrived at the Museum unforeseen. The owners (also CMA donors) of this Thomas Moran painting weren't expecting to see it here either. They asked their friends in Missouri to pick up and bring to Columbia a "small pastel of Notre Dame," which was "leaning against the wall of the bedroom" in the owner's Missouri home. Apparently, the friends only heard, "painting leaning against bedroom wall." They found a painting in that position, got it into the backseat of their Toyota with no room to spare, and delivered it the next day. The owners were shocked to see the s ... More
LONDON.- A major work by the leading British painter William Scott (1913-1989) has been pledged to Tate by the artist's sons, Robert and James Scott, to mark the centenary of his birth in 2013. The Harbour 1952 is one of the artist's most radical works and was a treasured painting in his own collection. Valued at over £500,000, it is the first example of Scott's seminal black and white works to enter the Tate Collection. The Harbour will be included in a centenary touring exhibition organised by Tate St Ives in association with The Hepworth Wakefield and Ulster Museum, Belfast. The exhibition opens at Tate St Ives on 26th January 2013. This will be the first major exhibition of the artist's work in the UK for over 20 years. Nicholas Serota, Director, Tate said: "The trustees are extremely grateful to William Scott's sons for offering this signi- ... More
The ASU Skyspace is adjacent to the newly dedicated Diane and Bruce Halle Skyspace Garden.
TEMPE, AZ.-The ASU Art Museum in the Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts announced that Arizona State University is home to Air Apparent, one of artist James Turrell's extraordinary Skyspaces. The ASU Skyspace is located near the intersection of Rural and Terrace roads, just northeast of the new Interdisciplinary Science and Technology Building 4 (ISTB4), on the university's Tempe campus. It sits adjacent to the newly dedicated Diane and Bruce Halle Skyspace Garden, designed by landscape architect Christy Ten Eyck. "The university's proven commitment to innovation, to engagement in the arts and to research that crosses boundaries are the reasons why James Turrell chose ASU to house this ambitious project," said ASU President Michael Crow. "Like much of the work that takes place here, the Skyspace is a project with roots in multiple ... More
Bernar Venet. 220.5° Arc x 15, 2006. Cor-ten steel, 161.4 inches (each). Photo courtesy of Archives Bernar Venet, New York.
GRAND RAPIDS, MICH.-Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park presents a special, year-long exhibition showcasing revolutionary sculptor, Bernar Venet. Demonstrating his iconic work in steel, five of Venet's large-scale sculptures will be installed outdoors and will open to the public on October 30th. The length and inclusion of this additional sculpture exhibition is unique to Meijer Gardens and will remain on display until October 2013. "Meijer Gardens is honored to have been selected to host this special exhibition of works by the contemporary French master, Bernar Venet," said Joseph Becherer, Vice President and Chief Curator of Horticulture and Sculpture. "His works, celebrated for their bold linearity and powerful sense of grace and composition, are celebrated around the globe." For more than five decades, improvisation has helped shape Venet's art forms. Beginning ... More
New interactive resource enhances visitors' experience of permanent collection.
CHICAGO, IL.-The Art Institute of Chicago's Department of Digital Information and Access and the Department of European Decorative Arts unveiled a new gallery interactive that revolutionizes the museum experience while improving public access to art. LaunchPad is a specially developed platform for the iPad--containing engaging and interactive multimedia resources--that brings three-dimensional objects to life. With the new LaunchPads in the galleries, visitors have at their fingertips basic introductory facts about works of art enhanced by animations, brief video documentaries on techniques and use, and views of the works not possible in the galleries alone. Drawers open, music plays, and objects are assembled and re-assembled right in front of visitors--lending great insight to the original contexts, uses, and construction of works of art from the 16th through the 19th centuries. The new technology ... More
Salma Hayek-Pinault arrives at the LACMA ART + FILM GALA at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art on October 27, 2012 in Los Angeles, California. AFP PHOTO/PATRICK T. FALLON.
LOS ANGELES, CA.-The Los Angeles County Museum of Art hosted its second annual Art+Film Gala on Saturday, October 27, honoring artist Ed Ruscha and filmmaker Stanley Kubrick. Co-chaired by actor Leonardo DiCaprio and LACMA Trustee Eva Chow, the evening brought together 550 international guests from the worlds of art and design, entertainment, fashion, and music, among others. The evening raised over $3.5 million, with proceeds going to support LACMA's initiative to make film more central to the museum's curatorial programming, while also funding LACMA's broader mission. This includes its film program as well as exhibitions, acquisitions, and educational programming, in addition to screenings that explore the intersection of art and film. The 2012 Art+Film Gala was made possible with the ... More
Melissa Stein, project specialist for colonial documents at the Louisiana Historical Center, holds a decaying document. AP Photo/Gerald Herbert.
By: Cain Burdeau, Associated Press
NEW ORLEANS (AP).- A marathon project is under way in New Orleans to digitize thousands of time-worn 18th-century French and Spanish legal papers that historians say give the first historical accounts of slaves and free blacks in North America. Yellowed page by yellowed page, archivists are scanning the 220,000 manuscript pages from the French Superior Council and Spanish Judiciary between 1714 and 1803 in an effort to digitize, preserve, translate and index Louisiana's colonial past and in the process help re-write American history. "No single historian could ever live long enough to write all the books that are to be written from all these documents," said Emily Clark, a Tulane University historian who has worked in the papers. The few ... More
Esther Bell has over ten years of experience in some of the nation's finest museums.
CINCINNATI, OH.-The Cincinnati Art Museum announced Serena Urry as Chief Conservator. Before coming to the Cincinnati Art Museum, Serena served as Senior Conservator of Paintings at the Barnes Foundation, preparing its Impressionist and Post-Impressionist collection for the historic move to downtown Philadelphia. Prior to that, Serena was Conservator of Paintings at the Detroit Institute of Arts where she conserved paintings ranging in date from the 14th to the 20th century. Among the exhibitions she worked on were American Beauty (2002-2004) and Masterpieces from the Detroit Institute of Arts at TEFAF in 2005. Serena has a B.A. from Tufts University, and a M.A. in art history and a diploma in Conservation from the Institute of Fine Arts of New York University. She was awarded a residency by the Rockefeller Foundation in Bellagio in 1996, ... More
Vik Muñiz, María Callas.
NEW YORK, NY.- Expanding its horizons through diverse strategies, Pinta 2012 will feature an entire section of alternative art spaces that inspire artistic residences in Central America; with the support of renowned galleries, it will continue showing the individual "Art Projects" selected by Brazilian curator Jacopo Crivelli Visconti, and it will present NY-based Argentinean Liliana Porter as guest artist. In its sixth edition, on November 15th to 18th at 7 West 34th Street, Pinta poignantly bridges the Old and New Worlds by giving rise to a fluid dialogue between Latin American art and that of the Iberian Peninsula. Among the featured alternative art spaces lie DES PACIO (founded in Costa Rica by Federico Herrero and Clara Astiasarán), and La Loseta (directed in Puerto Rico by Radamés Juni Figueroa). Other Central American artists and Caribbean participants in Pinta New York 2012 are Darío Escobar from Guatemala, ... More
Les Cohen Amphora pottery collection featured at Morphy's, Nov. 2-3 DENVER, PA.- A spectacular collection of Amphora pottery that includes a number of very rare designs will headline Morphy Auctions' Nov. 2-3 sale. The Les Cohen collection is one of several fresh collections featured in the 1,125-lot Fine & Decorative Art Auction. The Friday session includes more than 150 outstanding pieces of Amphora from the Les Cohen collection, many of which are the actual examples shown in leading reference books. An extraordinary Amphora Bat vase, 10 inches tall, is dominated by a winged bat in flying mode, with its tail rounding the circumference of the vessel. It has a raised Amphora circular mark with remnants of a paper Amphora label still present. This very rare design is illustrated in "Monsters and Maidens," Collector's Edition, by Byron Vreeland, 2011, page 352. In mint condition, it is expected to make $8,000-$14,000. Continuing in a nature theme, an ... More
Early American numismatic rarities and high-grade gold draw spirited bidding DALLAS, TX.- A 1792 Disme in Copper, Judd-10, PR62 Brown NGC brought $587,500 as the top lot in Heritage Auction's ANA U.S. Coins Signature® Auction, held in conjunction with the American Numismatic Association's annual National Money Show, Oct. 18-20, at the Dallas Convention Center. Collectors focused heavily on rare examples of early American coinage and high grade gold. "The auction was a rousing success," said Greg Rohan, President of heritage Auctions. "As the auction was in Dallas, our backyard, we felt compelled to make a strong showing. When all was said and done, combining both the results of U.S. Coins along with the Currency offerings, we are looking at an event total of more than $28 million strong across the board." In all, the U. S. Coins auctions saw 7,621 lots selling, resulting in a 97% sell-through rate by value, generating $23.1 million in total sales. ... More
Losing the human form: A seismic image of the 1930s in Latin America at Museo Reina Sofia MADRID.- The exhibition Losing the human form. A seismic image of the 1980s in Latin America has been organised by Museo Reina Sofía in collaboration with AECID, and curated by Red Conceptualismos del Sur. This show presents a vision of the tensions between art, politics and activism that took place during the 1980s in several Latin American territories. Through more than six hundred works photographs, videos and sound recordings to graphic and documentary material, as well as installations and drawings, Losing the human form makes out an image that, though not aiming to be panoramic or representative, does invite to rethink a series of micro-narratives and localised case studies, capable of allowing the viewer to approach a thoroughly unknown period. The show evokes an image of the 1980s in Latin America that establishes a counterpoint between the effects ... More
Extremely rare 110-year-old American motorcycle to be auctioned at Bonhams Las Vegas sale LAS VEGAS.-Bonhams announced the addition of a historic 1902 Rambler Model B from the Indian Motorcycle Museum to its Las Vegas Motorcycle Sale in January. Manufactured by Colonel Albert Pope's American Cycle Manufacturing Company of New York, the pioneering Rambler motorcycle is in extremely rare and original, unrestored condition. The motorcycle wears its original paint from 110 years ago. With the exception of a touch-up on the gas tank the entire machine is in a complete "time-capsule" state. By 1901, Mr Pope had consolidated the Cleveland, Columbia, Crescent, Imperial, Rambler and Tribune brands under the umbrella of American Cycle. While Indian has the distinction of being America's first production motorcycle, Rambler launched just a few months after Indian's introductory 1901 Camelback model and was offered for sale the very same year 1902 a full year ... More
Bank of America Merrill Lynch calls for 2013 Art Conservation Project submissions LONDON.- Bank of America Merrill Lynch announced that its 2013 global Art Conservation Project is open for applications. Submissions are welcome from not-for-profit arts and cultural institutions that have significant works of art across all media, requiring conservation. Submission deadline is 30 November 2012. The Bank of America Merrill Lynch Art Conservation Project is a unique initiative that provides grants to not-for-profit organisations throughout the world to conserve historically or culturally significant works of art that are in danger of degeneration, in order to preserve them for future generations. Introduced in 2010 across Europe, the Middle East and Africa, the programme was expanded this year to include the U.S., Asia Pacific and Latin America. "We are delighted once again to work with institutions around the world and to play our part in preserving ... More
Miami Art Museum commissions works from four international artists for new museum MIAMI, FL.-Miami Art Museum is commissioning works by four renowned international artists to be presented at the Museum's reopening as Pérez Art Museum Miami in its new Herzog & de Meuron-designed facility in December 2013. The artists, Yael Bartana (b. 1970, Kfar Yehezkel, Israel), Bouchra Khalili (b. 1975, Casablanca, Morocco), Hew Locke (b. 1959, Edinburgh, Scotland) and Monika Sosnowska (b. 1972, Ryki, Poland), are among the leading contemporary artists working around the world today. Each artist will explore Miami and engage with its cultural community in a year-long creative process designed to encourage the creation of new work, cultural exchange, and public interaction with the artists and Museum. The installations will be on view in the new Museum's expanded exhibition space, and the Museum will look to acquire them for its permanent collection. "MAM is dedicated to ... More
Space shuttle Endeavour goes on public display LOS ANGELES (AP).- The final home of space shuttle Endeavour is opening its doors to the public. Astronauts and schoolkids will be on hand Tuesday at the California Science Center in Los Angeles at the grand opening of its new shuttle display. Visitors to the free display can't go inside Endeavour but they can use virtual exhibits, including touch-screen computer displays with information about the shuttle's flight deck. Also on display is Endeavour's zero-gravity toilet. Thousands of people watched as the giant spacecraft made its final journey through the streets of Los Angeles and Inglewood two weeks ago. The shuttle will be on display in a special 18,000-square-foot building until the downtown museum builds a new air and space wing that should open in about five years. ... More