Dutch Prince Maurits (R) and Princess Marilene pose in front of Dutch painter Johannes Vermeer's masterpiece "Woman in Blue Reading a Letter" at the Art Museum of Sao Paulo (MASP) in Sao Paulo, Brazil on December 11, 2012. After about one year of restoration, the painting has been on an exhibition tour in Shaghai, Sao Paulo and Los Angeles before going back to the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam. AFP PHOTO/Yasuyoshi CHIBA.
SAO PAULO.-The Rijksmuseum has started its global campaign for the Grand Opening on 13 April 2013 with an international tour of one of its masterpieces, Woman Reading a Letter. KLM Royal Dutch Airlines, the Rijksmuseum's partner in transport, is flying this famous Johannes Vermeer painting to Shanghai, the Museu de Arte in São Paulo, Brazil, and the J. Paul Getty Museum in Los Angeles. At the Grand Opening Woman Reading a Letter will be on show again in the Rijksmuseum. After ten years of renovation, 13 April 2013 will see the Grand Opening of the Rijksmuseum, one of the world's top museums. The world-famous collection will then be showcased in all its glory. Paintings by Rembrandt van Rijn, Johannes Vermeer, Frans Hals and Jan Steen will shine like never before in the new Rijksmuseum. The highlight is, of course, Rembrandt's 1642 masterpie ... More
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ISTANBUL.- A visitor takes photos of the ceramic mosaic Orpheus on display at the Istanbul Archaeology Museum on December 11, 2012. Turkish Culture and Tourism Minister Ertugrul Gunay introduced a ceramic mosaic from the mythic poet Orpheus that was brought back to Turkey from the Dallas Museum of Art and unveiled to the media at a ceremony in Istanbul on December 8. The Dallas Museum of Art returned the Orpheus Mosaic to Turkey after learning the piece was likely looted from an archaeological site in Turkey following a memorandum of understanding signed between Turkish officials and the Dallas Museum of Art. AFP PHOTO/BULENT KILIC.
A magnificent blue and white porcelain vase, tianqiuping Yongzheng Mark and period. 21 inches (53.4 cm) high. Sold for $5,906,500 (Est. $500,000-700,000). Photo: Courtesy of Bonhams.
SAN FRANCISCO, CA.- A magnificent blue and white porcelain vase, dating to the Yongzheng period (1723-1735), sold in the auction room today at Bonhams in San Francisco for more than $5.9 million, against multiple phone bidders from Mainland China. The vase, offered on behalf of a California institution, was part of the bequest of Chinese porcelains by former First Lady Lou Henry Hoover, who began acquiring blue and white porcelains while living in London in the first two decades of the 20th century. Estimated conservatively at $500,000-700,000, the bidding began slowly among multiple telephone bidders and built to a crescendo, with the ultimate buyer entering the competition at the $3 million mark. This buyer was Richard Littleton of Littleton and Hennessy, an Asian Art advisory group based in the US, ... More
File photo of various chairs are mounted on a wall at the Corcoran Gallery of Art. AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin.
WASHINGTON, DC.-The Corcoran Gallery of Art and College of Art + Design is an American treasure, uniting a rich heritage, an historic art collection, and a schedule of vibrant exhibitions and community programs within a landmark building close to the symbolic center of our nation. Since October 2010, the Corcoran Board of Trustees and senior staff have been working systematically to ensure that this treasure is handed down to the next generation. To pursue this goal, the Trustees of the Corcoran voted in June 2012 to collect hard facts on four options for achieving a sustainable future for the institution: 1. make renovations and remain in the building (identified as the ideal scenario) 2. relocate the College alone 3. relocate the College and Gallery together to a purpose built facility 4. explore collaborative agreements with other institutions Since then, the Corcoran has issued periodic updates on this research process: ... More
The four letters by Tsar Nicholas II from the collection of H.I.H. Prince Nicolas Romanov were the highlight of this sale.
GENEVA.- Imperial and Royal sales yesterday inaugurated the winter sales at the Hôtel des Ventes de Genève. At the start of the evening, souvenirs from the personal collection of Queen Victoria Eugenia of Spain were sold for CHF 180,600, while the special Russia collection achieved a total price of CHF 1.3 million, with more than 90 % of the lots sold. The four letters by Tsar Nicholas II from the collection of H.I.H. Prince Nicolas Romanov were the highlight of this sale. They were purchased for a price of CHF 120,000, compared with an estimate of CHF 9,000-14,000. Each of these letters established a world record for letters by Tsar Nicolas II. The buyer of these letters, of a large number of imperial photographs and of Grand Duke Nicholas' helmet is a Russian collector based in Monaco who is keen on history. Bernard Piguet, director and chief auctioneer ... More
AMSTERDAM (AP).- With the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam closed for renovations until April, the world's second-largest collection of the tortured Dutch master's work is stepping into the limelight. The Kroeller-Mueller museum in the eastern Netherlands is not as well-known but is still considered a jewel among connoisseurs. It has revamped the layout of its central rooms, giving more space and more focus to its very best works. "Van Gogh really stands central now, both physically in the museum and in the collection as a whole," director Lisette Pelsers said in a telephone interview. This week the museum announced "Vincent is Back," because after a time in which many of its 91 Vincent Van Gogh paintings, 180 drawings and other works have been on loan, they are set to return in style. It has opened "Native Soil," the first of a two-part exhibition looking at the spectacular changes that Van Gogh underwent in his artistic career, which took place almost entirely in the decade ... More
Hadieh Shafie, 22500 Pages, 2011. Ink on paper with printed and hand written Farsi text. 48 3⁄64" x 48 3⁄64" x2 9⁄16." Victoria and Albert Museum London, purchased with the support of the V&A Director's Circle.
STANFORD, CA.- On view for the first time in the United States, "The Jameel Prize: Art Inspired by Islamic Tradition" opens December 12 at Stanford University's Cantor Arts Center. This special exhibition presents the work of 10 artists selected as finalists for the prestigious Jameel Prize, an international award bestowed by the Victoria and Albert Museum in London and sponsored by Abdul Latif Jameel Community Initiatives. The Jameel Prize, awarded for contemporary art and design inspired by Islamic tradition, encourages the exploration of long-established practices of Islamic art, craft and design within a contemporary framework. The resulting exhibition demonstrates that artists can and do use these traditions in ways that are vividly relevant to the contemporary world. The prize also fosters a wider debate about Islamic culture and its role today. The Jameel ... More
British artist Simon Starling poses with his work 'Shedboatshed' after winning the Turner Prize 2005. AP Photo/Matt Dunham.
LONDON.- Leading British artist and Turner Prize winner, Simon Starling (b 1967), will create a major new project for the Tate Britain Commission 2013, supported by Sotheby's. The annual commission invites artists to make work in response to Tate's collection of British and international art. Starling's ambitious new installation, developed especially for the neoclassical Duveen galleries at the heart of Tate Britain, will be unveiled on 11 March 2013. Simon Starling is fascinated by the ways man-made objects come into being, from the humble shed to a Fiat car or a Francis Bacon desk. In his artworks objects are transformed, taken on epic journeys or manipulated to expose the rich and fascinating histories about their fabrication and the network of economic and geographic relationships they embody. This process of metamorphosis culminates in film, photography and installation. For ShedboatShed 2005, presented in ... More
NEW YORK, NY.-Marlborough Gallery announced that an exhibition of photography by Guy Laliberté, Founder of Cirque du Soleil and Chair of ONE DROP opens on December 11 at Marlborough Gallery, and continue through January 5, 2013. This creative project, designed by Laliberté for ONE DROP, consists of a selection of large-scale photographs taken by the artist while on board the International Space Station (ISS). The exhibition features approximately forty photographic prints, ranging in size from 20 x 30 inches to 72 x 108 inches. The photographs capture stunning and surprising views of specific natural formations around the world, including the Sahara Desert in Egypt, Dolzhanskaya Point in Russia, the Balkhash Lake in Kazakhstan, the Qaidam Basin in China, the Euphrates River in Turkey, Yellowstone National Park in Idaho, and the Ol Doinyo Lengai Volcano in Tanzania. In September 2009, Guy Laliberté became the first ... More
Unknown Photographer, Sumo Wrestlers, Japan, 1880s. Courtesy of Michael Hoppen Gallery.
LONDON.- To celebrate the gallery's 20 years, Michael Hoppen unveils the treasures of his extraordinary private photography collection in the gallery's largest public exhibition to date. Presented over three floors, Finders Keepers brings to light 130 photographic gems, handpicked for their fascinating narrative, masterful technique and historical relevance, ranging from anonymous 19th century pictures to iconic post-war snapshots. Finders Keepers offers a unique journey through hundreds of captivating photographs, full of beautiful and bizarre stories that reflect Hoppen's personal interests and passions, and his extremely focused appreciation of the image. The formation of Hoppen's collection, which started in 1992, has grown out of two elements: a strong and passionate interest in photography, and a deep and addictive love for collecting. It has never been simply about ownership. The hunt f ... More
In this file photo a person views "Custom Painting Nr. 5 , 1965" by British artist Peter Phillips at a museum in Zurich. AP Photo/Keystone, Walter Bieri.
GENEVA (AFP).- Switzerland's largest city Zurich acknowledged Monday it had lost trace of 5,176 works of art, including an original painting by Swiss-born architect Le Corbusier. The city had carried out its first full inventory of its vast collection of 35,000 pieces in nearly a century, only to discover that nearly 15 percent were missing, including nearly 1,400 original works, it said in a statement. It stressed though that it expected to find most of the missing artwork. "The collection moves about," Urs Spinner, a spokesman for Zurich's construction department, told the ATS news agency, pointing out that the city's art was spread across more than 500 locations, including schools, hospitals and offices. The total value of the collection has been estimated at around 121 million Swiss francs ($130 million, 100 million euros), but the city stressed that the missing artwork only accounted for a fraction of that amount. The unidentified painting by Le ... More
NEW YORK, NY.- Anything can substitute art: George Maciunas in SoHo, a singular exhibition that brings never seen before Maciunas pieces to the United States, sheds new light on a pivotal historic period for both the city of New York and contemporary art's recent history. By connecting the countercultural activism of the 1960's and 1970's to the moment of Fluxus, an international network of artists, composers and designers noted for blending different artistic media and disciplines in the 1960s, the exhibition features over 170 objects, documents, ephemera, personal items, and films. These works were created by a variety of Fluxus artists, specifically focusing on the Fluxus founder and self-appointed "chairman," George Maciunas (1931-1978, graduated from The Cooper Union in 1952). The exhibition includes rarely exhibited early work by Maciunas, such as his self-portraits, ... More
MIAMI, FL.- The eighth edition of Design Miami/ saw record attendance and robust sales throughout its six-day run in Miami, Florida from December 4-9, 2012. Thirty-six of the world's leading galleries presented contemporary and historic design, which sold well among the 31,000 design collectors and enthusiasts who attended the fair. There was a notable increase in the number of collectors, personalities and designers visiting the fair, including Peter Brant, Delfina Delettrez Fendi, Maxine and Stuart Frankel, Pharrell Williams, Wendi Murdoch, Will Farrell, Todd Eberle, Patrick McMullan, Leonard and Jane Abess, Kanye West, Don Soffer, Silvia Fendi, Donna Karan, Lady Victoria Harvey, Fernando and Humberto Campana, Joshua Rechnitz, George Lindemann, Terry Richardson, Joseph Altuzarra, Ricardo Tisci, Wendell Castle, Martha Stewart, David Adjaye, Cecilia Dean, Juan Montoya, Kelly Wearstler, Jamie Drake, Waldo Fernandez, Steven ... More
RISD Museum closes year with significant gift to cap Radeke Restoration Project PROVIDENCE, RI.-The Museum of Art Rhode Island School of Design announced that it has received a donation that caps the fundraising effort to complete ongoing improvements to the Eliza G. Radeke Building ---- one of the five buildings making up its current complex and an historic resource in the College Historic District. This comes at a time when the RISD Museum has completed significant portions of the $8.4 million project and now embarks on its final phase of renovations and reinstallations to the Radeke Building's sixth floor. The most recent gift, from the Champlin Foundations was $250,000 to match an anonymous challenge from a large national foundation. The Champlin Foundations has contributed to earlier phases of the six-year project and, at $762,000, is the largest contributor overall. Also contributing to the Radeke Building's sixth floor are the Angelo ... More
Renovations at Civil Rights Museum move forward MEMPHIS (AP).- The imposing bronze sculpture that has awed visitors at the National Civil Rights Museum was moved Tuesday to make room for renovation work. Workers used a forklift to slowly haul the 14,000-pound sculpture out of the lobby in two pieces. A heavy crane then hoisted each piece onto a flatbed truck, destined for a storage facility. The sculpture, known as "Movement to Overcome," was relocated to make room for crews remodeling and renovating the 21-year-old museum. The museum is located at the site of the old Lorraine Motel, where Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated in 1968. It chronicles the civil rights movement's history through films, informative displays and exhibits. It attracts about 200,000 people annually. The sculpture is 14 feet tall and depicts a long line of people climbing a mountain, in honor of those who participated in the civil rights movement. The ... More
The jewellery collection of the late Michael Wellby makes three times estimate in £2.8 million sale LONDON.- This afternoon at Sotheby's London the Jewellery Collection of the Late Michael Wellby made an outstanding total of £2,836,300 more than three times the pre-sale low estimate of £838,600-£1,194,100, in a rare "white glove" auction in which all 211 lots were sold. Collectors competed fiercely for key pieces. The sale's top lot was an important late 18th Century diamond devant de corsage, which keen bidding drove to £385,250 more than six times low estimate (£60,000-80,000). A 19th century wheat sheaf diamond tiara also outstripped expectations sixfold, fetching £373,250, against an estimate of £60,000-80,000. Mr Nicholas Wellby commented: "We are delighted, and even a little surprised at the result of today's sale. My father put together his collection over many years and it is wonderful to see how his unerring eye for quality and craftsmanship resonated ... More
New world record set for Howard Schleeter at Clars December 2012 fine art auction OAKLAND, CA.- On Sunday, December 9, 2012, Clars Auction Gallery hosted their monthly Fine Art sale which included the exceptional collection of 20th century Southwestern paintings and prints from the Estate of Bob Langell of Oakland, CA and Albuquerque, NM. After the record-breaking sale, Rick Unruh, Vice President and Director of Fine Arts commented, "We were quite impressed by the early 20th century Southwestern art results. There were phone bidders from coast to coast participating. After seeing today's prices, it does appear that the fine art market is alive and well again and we are very optimistic about what lies ahead for 2013." Headlining the "stellar performance for Clars," according to Unruh, was the rare painting by Raymond Jonson (American, 1981-1982) titled "Arroyo 4 (1922)." Coming from the Langell Estate, this signed framed oil on board was expected ... More
Claudia Kleefeld's "Patterns of Nature: The Spiral and Interconnectedness" on view at LA Artcore LOS ANGELES, CA.- LA Artcore announces an exhibition of new, thought provoking work by environmentally conscious, California and New Mexico-based painter/photographer/performance artist, Claudia Kleefeld. In Patterns of Nature: The Spiral and Interconnectedness, Kleefeld incorporates paintings, drawings, a book installation, and found nature objects - utilizing the spiral to symbolize the interconnectedness of this pattern in nature. In the current issue of Parabola Magazine, Marc Gafni describes Kleefeld's work as "remarkable art," that "serves to voice Spirit's next move: to discern a grand narrative of human meaning." Kleefeld "paints the spiral as an expression of an Eros of certainty that asserts the utter meaningfulness, depth, and order of the cosmos." Researching the spiral over the past several years - delving into science, math, forms of nature, indigenous ... More
Man strips at Austrian art exhibition of nude men VIENNA (AP).- An Austrian museum says a man took the concept of life imitating art to an extreme when he suddenly stripped at an exhibition of pictures and sculptures portraying nude men through the ages. Vienna's Leopold Museum says that after taking his clothes off, the man calmly sauntered through the exhibition, dressing again only after a security guard asked him to do so. Museum spokesman Klaus Pokorny said Tuesday that the museum had nothing to do with Saturday's strip, describing it as a "spontaneous act." He says other visitors did not appear disturbed. He said that since its Oct. 19 opening, the "Nude Men" exhibition had attracted more than 65,000 visitors all of them dressed except for one. ... More