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The mummy speaks! Scientists hear sounds from the voice of an Egyptian priest

In an undated photo from Leeds Museums and Galleries, the mummy of Nesyamun, a priest who lived in Thebes about 3,000 years ago, in his coffin at the Leeds Museum in England. Scientists used a 3-D printer, a loudspeaker and computer software to recreate a part of the voice of a 3,000-year-old mummy. Leeds Teaching Hospitals/Leeds Museums and Galleries via The New York Times.

by Nicholas St. Fleur

NEW YORK (NYT NEWS SERVICE ).- In life, Nesyamun was an Egyptian priest who sang and chanted words of worship at the Karnak temple in Thebes. In death, he was ritually mummified and sealed in a coffin with the inscription “Nesyamun, true of voice.” Now, some 3,000 years into the afterlife, with the aid of a 3D-printed vocal tract, Nesyamun can once again be heard. “He had this wish that his voice would somehow continue into perpetuity,” said David Howard, a speech scientist at Royal Holloway, University of London. Howard and his team used a CT scanner to create a 3D-printed version of Nesyamun’s mouth and throat. They combined it with an electronic larynx to reconstruct “the sound that would come out of his vocal tract if he was in his coffin and his larynx came to life again,” Howard said. So far the team has synthesized only a single sound from the mummy, which resembles the “ah” and “eh” vowel sounds heard in the words “bad” and “bed.” But ... More

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Beijing to close section of Great Wall, other tourist sites   Guercino's painting 'Aurora' rediscovered and reunited with drawing   Art experts warn of a surging market in fake prints

An area of the sections of the Great Wall at Jinshanling. Photo: Jakub Hałun/

BEIJING (AFP).- China announced Friday it will close a section of the Great Wall and other famous Beijing landmarks to control the spread of a deadly virus that has infected hundreds of people across the country. A range of Lunar New Year festivities have been cancelled to try to contain the virus, and Beijing's Forbidden City and Shanghai's Disneyland have also been closed temporarily. The Ming Tombs and Yinshan Pagoda will also be closed from Saturday, the authority that oversees the sites said, while the Bird's Nest stadium -- the site of the 2008 Olympic Games -- was shuttered from Friday. The Great Wall attracts around 10 million tourists a year and is a popular destination for visitors during the New Year holiday. The Juyongguan section will close, while the Great Wall temple fair was cancelled at the Simatai section of the famous landmark. Tourists at the Gubei water town ... More

Giovanni Francesco Barbieri, called il Guercino, Aurora, 1662, oil on canvas, 99.7 x 80 cm. Christopher Bishop Fine Art.

NEW YORK, NY.- A 1662 painting of the Roman goddess Aurora by Guercino has been rediscovered – and reunited with its preparatory drawing. They are on public view in New York for the first time in hundreds of years, having been previously unknown to scholars. The works can be seen through February 15, 2020, at the new Manhattan location of Christopher Bishop Fine Art. A scholarly catalogue is available upon request. An exhibition, Guercino: Virtuoso Draftsman, is currently on view at the Morgan Library & Museum through February 2. The painting, titled Aurora, by the eminent Italian Baroque painter Giovanni Francesco Barbieri (1591-1666), also known as il Guercino, was previously untraced although it appears in the account books of Guercino. The pairing of the painting with its preparatory red ... More

John Szoke, a dealer and specialist in Picasso, holds a real print by the artist, in his Manhattan office on Jan. 18, 2020. Kyle Johnson/The New York Times.

by Milton Esterow

NEW YORK (NYT NEWS SERVICE ).- In Basel, Swiss authorities are prosecuting a local art expert who they say sold hundreds of fake prints that he passed off online as the work of Roy Lichtenstein, Andy Warhol, Paul Klee, Pablo Picasso and others over 10 years. In New York, Adrienne R. Fields now spends much of her workweek scanning the internet for forged prints that pop up at website after website. She is head of the legal department for the Artists Rights Society, which protects the intellectual property rights of artists and their estates. “It happens every day that Adrienne sends a ‘take down’ notice to a website,” said Ted Feder, president of the society. The two cities, almost 4,000 miles apart, are both on the front lines of the fight against the ... More

Foam opens first-ever exhibition in the Netherlands of the work of Wright Morris   The Lumiere Brothers Center For Photography opens an exhibition of works by Alexander Rodchenko   Exhibition showcases artist Costantino Nivola's impact on New York's built environment

Wright Morris, “Gano” Grain Elevator, Kinsley, Kansas, 1940 © Estate of Wright Morris.

AMSTERDAM.- Foam opens 2020 with the first-ever exhibition in the Netherlands of the celebrated American author Wright Morris (1910-1998). As well as being a writer, Morris devoted a short period of his life to photography. In his own distinctive way, he portrayed the poverty and decline that plagued the United States in the 1930s and 40s. He incorporated his photographs in so-called ‘photo-text’ books in which images and writings reinforced each other. Although relatively unknown, and overshadowed by his prize-winning literature, his photographs are on a par with other iconic photographers of the time. The first thing that stands out about Morris’ photographs is the absence of people. He typically photographed still-lifes of everyday objects that exuded an atmosphere of poverty and decline. Abandoned houses, dilapidated silos, everyday home interiors and deserted landscapes embody impermanence ... More

Alexander Rodchenko, Fire Escape, 1925.

MOSCOW.- The Lumiere Brothers Center for Photography presents an exhibition of photographs by the outstanding Russian avant-garde artist Alexander Rodchenko from the collection of the Still Art Foundation, established by Elena and Mikhail Karisalov. The exhibition includes Rodchenko’s works of different years, from the first photographic experiments of the 1920s to the end of the 1930s. The exhibition features portraits of Rodchenko’s friends—artists, architects, poets, writers, filmmakers, employees of the magazines LEF and Novyi LEF, including the familiar portrait of Lily Brik, which was used in the advertising poster for the Leningrad Department of Gosizdat (State Publishing House), several photographs of Vladimir Mayakovsky from the first photoshoot in Rodchenko’s studio on Myasnitskaya Street (1924), and the famous photograph of Osip Brik, where one of the lenses in his spectacles is replaced by the LEF logo.The exhi ... More

Costantino Nivola at work, preparing for a sand-casting. Photographer and date unknown. Courtesy of the Nivola Family Archive.

NEW YORK, NY.- The Irwin S. Chanin School of Architecture at The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art, the Fondazione Costantino Nivola, and the Italian Cultural Institute of New York present Nivola in New York I Figure in Field, an exhibition of the work of Italian sculptor Costantino Nivola (1911-1988), known for his large-scale bas-reliefs, murals, and free-standing sculptural installations created in collaboration with architects. On view January 23 through March 15 in the Arthur A. Houghton Jr. Gallery, the exhibition is the first-ever to tell the story of Nivola’s built New York City projects through maquettes and sculptures, original drawings, site-specific photographs, and related ephemera. The exhibition also features a timeline outlining 62 projects that Nivola made in collaboration with architects over approximately 40 years. In ... More

The Holburne Museum exhibits works made between 1982 and 1994 by Grayson Perry   Poland pushes for Nazi camp in Austria to be remembered   Kaikodo LLC to open exhibition of collaborative works by Ruth Lozner and Kenzie Raulin

Childhood Trauma Manifesting Itself in Later Life, 1992. Collection of Mark D.D. Wilson. © Grayson Perry, courtesy the artist and Victoria Miro.

BATH.- The first exhibition to survey Grayson Perry’s earliest forays into the art world re-introduces the explosive and creative works he made between 1982 and 1994. These ground-breaking ‘lost’ pots have been reunited for the first time to focus on the formative years of one of Britain’s most recognisable artists. The show at The Holburne Museum, Bath is also remarkable for the fact that many of the 70 items on display have been crowd-sourced from across the UK, following a hugely successful appeal to the public in 2018. Today, Perry - and his instantly-recognisable alter-ego, Claire - enjoys a reputation bordering on National Treasure status by virtue of his distinctive tapestry, collage and ceramic works – that often explore themes of gender, identity and social class – and his remarkable work as a witty social commentator on ... More

Commemorative plaques are seen in front of people visiting the memorial of former Gusen concentration camp, that was part of the larger complex around the main camp at Mauthausen. JOE KLAMAR / AFP.

by Celine Jankowiak / Blaise Gauquelin

LANGENSTEIN (AFP).- As the world marks the 75th anniversary of the liberation of a swathe of Nazi concentration camps, the hitherto neglected site of the Gusen camp in northern Austria has become a bone of contention, with the Polish government demanding it be better preserved. A few dilapidated barracks surrounded by weeds is all that remains of the "sub-camp", where historians say 35,800 detainees -- many of them Polish -- were worked to death. Much to the surprise of the Austrian government, the Polish Embassy in Austria said in December it wanted to buy the partly private land that hosted the site. Austria's government reacted quickly, announcing in January ... More

Chapters 1-10 (detail), acrylic on canvas, 36" x 36".

NEW YORK, NY.- Kaikodo LLC will present In Context: Collaborative Works by Ruth Lozner and Kenzie Raulin, an exhibition of collaborative paintings and objects that speaks to a reverence for books and the parsing of words and meaning, that will be on view February 1 and 2 at 74 East 79th Street. Says Carol Conover, managing director of Kaikodo LLC, a leading Asian art gallery, “As Asian art is rooted in the quest for knowledge, I think that Ruth and Kenzie’s work is derived from the same pursuit and we welcome the opportunity to show their artwork within the context of our gallery.” For the past two years, artists Ruth Lozner and Kenzie Raulin have adopted a mode of working that is quite different from the common traditional or even modernist model. They work collaboratively: equally sharing concepts and aesthetics, techniques and skills, experience and perspective, while happily working side-by-side on the same ... More

Exhibition of new works by the American artist David Salle opens at Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac   Peter Blum Gallery opens an exhibition of work by visual artist Nicholas Galanin   Christie's Americana Week totals $14,795,313

David Salle, Self-ironing Pants, 2019. Oil, acrylic and charcoal on linen, 198,1 x 152,4 cm (78 x 60 in). © David Salle / ADAGP, Paris, 2020. Courtesy Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac, London • Paris • Salzburg Photo: John Berens.

PARIS.- Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac is presenting Self-ironing Pants and Other Paintings, an exhibition of new works by the American artist David Salle. Comprising large-scale paintings, this series presents a radical visual approach, juxtaposing images sourced from advertising with black-and-white cartoons appropriated from The New Yorker magazine of the 1950s. These works create a pictorial space that is deliberately fragmentary, playing with suspended narratives and including allusions to Pop art, Surrealism, and Abstract Expressionism. David Salle’s paintings present objects in vibrant colours culled from advertising imagery, floating past each other in virtual space, at times grossly enlarged, shown upside-down or from a skewed perspective. By combining seemingly unrelated images – of cars, edibles, cigarettes, coffee- ... More

Land Swipe, 2019. Acrylic on deer hide, 36 x 60 inches (91.4 x 152.4 cm). Courtesy the artist and Peter Blum Gallery, New York.

NEW YORK, NY.- Peter Blum Gallery is presenting an exhibition of work by visual artist Nicholas Galanin entitled, Carry a Song / Disrupt an Anthem at 176 Grand Street, New York. This is the artist’s first solo exhibition in New York and it follows his acclaimed participation in the 2019 Whitney Biennial. The show runs through March 28, 2020. Nicholas Galanin works from his experience as a Tlingit and Unangax̂ artist, simultaneously exploring his Indigenous identity and contemporary art practice. With a keen observation of past and present, Galanin exposes intentionally obscured collective memory and barriers to the acquisition of knowledge while celebrating the resilience and strength of Indigenous people and their culture. As Galanin says, the exhibition’s title implies that "to carry the songs of Indigenous people, to carry the songs of the land, is inherently disruptive of the national anthem." Expressing his art through ... More

Gilbert Stuart, George Washington. Painted 1796-1803. Estimate: $200,000-300,000. © Christie's Images Ltd 2019.

NEW YORK, NY.- The top lot of the Important American Furniture, Folk Art and Silver sale was Edward Hicks, Peaceable Kingdom, which achieved $4,575,000, and was also the top lot of the week. Other top lots in the sale include Gilbert Stuart, George Washington, which sold for $975,000 against an estimate of $200,000-300,000, Joshua Johnson, A Pair of Portraits: Boy with Squirrel and Girl with Dog, which realized $495,000 against an estimate of $100,000-150,000. Chinese Export Art Featuring the Tibor Collection, Part II totaled $1,923,375 with 88% sold by value and 79% sold by lot. The top lot of the sale was A Pair of Famille Rose Soldier Vases and Covers, Qianlong Period (1736-1795), from the Tibor Collection, which realized $250,000. Additional top lots from the Tibor Collection included A Rare Early Mexican Market Blue and White Jar, Wanli Period, circa 1600, which achieved ... More

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Bruneau & Co. Auctioneers' sale will feature artworks by John Singer Sargent, Jeff Koons, others
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Simon Lee Gallery announces Percussia a solo exhibition of new work by France-Lise McGurn
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Brooklyn Museum opens an exhibition that offers a feminist look at works from its collection
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Exotics from elite designers among top draws in Heritage Auctions sale
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Alison Jacques Gallery exhibits a rarely displayed body of late work by Dorothea Tanning
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Gasworks opens the first solo exhibition in London by Lauren Gault
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Jonathan Meese celebrates his 50th birthday with a solo exhibition at Tim Van Laere Gallery
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On a day like today, Dutch painter Govert Flinck was born
January 25, 1615. Govert (or Govaert) Teuniszoon Flinck (25 January 1615 - 2 February 1660) was a Dutch painter of the Dutch Golden Age. For many years Flinck laboured on the lines of Rembrandt, following that master's style in all the works which he executed between 1636 and 1648. With aspirations as a history painter, however, he looked to the swelling forms and grand action of Peter Paul Rubens, which led to many commissions for official and diplomatic painting. In this image: Blessing of Jacob (1638)

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