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Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki presents an exhibition of works by Gilbert & George

Installation view.

AUCKLAND.- Award-winning British artists, Gilbert & George, are exhibiting their cheeky, often provocative and always thought-provoking artworks in an exclusive exhibition currently on view at the Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki. Gilbert & George: The Tāmaki Makaurau Auckland Exhibition 2022 was developed exclusively with Gilbert & George by Auckland Art Gallery. It presents an overview of their work in the 21st century – some of the most instantly recognisable contemporary art of our times. ‘Gilbert & George: The Tāmaki Makaurau Auckland Exhibition 2022 presents artworks from an artistic career that has courted controversy, challenged the status quo and championed alternative viewpoints,’ says Gallery Director, Kirsten Lacy ‘It is a wonderful coup that Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki is bringing Gilbert & George to Aotearoa for the very first time in an exhibition devised specifically fo ... More

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Exhibition at Thaddaeus Ropac brings together two generations of contemporary artists   Major exhibition of works by Anish Kapoor opens at sculpture park in Wuppertal   Ancient footprints suggest more may cover West

Wook-kyung Choi, Untitled, c. 1960s. Acrylic on canvas. 107 x 86 x 2,5 cm. © Wook-kyung Choi Estate and Kukje Gallery. Photo: Charles Duprat.

PARIS.- Saturation brings together two generations of contemporary artists whose works explore new forms of experimental, gestural or lyrical abstraction. Major figures associated with Abstract Expressionism, Martha Jungwirth (b. 1940, Austria), Wook-Kyung Choi (1940–85, Korea) and Dona Nelson (b. 1947, USA), dialogue with a younger generation of artists, Han Bing (b. 1986, China, based in France), Mandy El-Sayegh (b. 1985, Malaysia, based in the UK), Rachel Jones (b. 1991, UK), Megan Rooney (b. 1985, South Africa, based in the UK) and Thu-Van Tran (b. 1979, Vietnam, based in France). ‘Saturation’ refers to the expressive power of colour: in colour theory it describes the highest degree of a colour’s intensity. Saturation also evokes our contemporary condition, characterised by the overflow of information and a feeling of emotional and mental overload, ... More

Anish Kapoor, Robe, 2012. © VG BildKunst Bonn 2022. Photo: Michael Richter.

WUPPERTAL.- Leading artist Anish Kapoor presents an exhibition of recent works at the The Skulpturenpark Waldfrieden, Wuppertal from 13 August 2022 – 1 January 2023. The exhibition features Kapoor’s architecturally scaled sculpture from 2015 Sectional Body preparing for Monadic Singularity. A work that sits within Kapoor's iconic and immersive language of colour and displacement of boundaries between interior and exterior and signals the centrality of the body to the works on show. It is a sculpture that signaled a period of renewed intensity in Kapoor's painting practice, and at Wuppertal is exhibited alongside recent works that sit on the cusp between painting and sculpture, and in intimate dialogue with the primal imagery that has emerged in his recent paintings on canvas. In this exhibition the fluidity of paint becomes metaphor for all that is liquid/unstable within us; in a series of containments ... More

A photo provided by Daron Duke shows ancient footprints discovered on the Utah Test Training Range, about 80 miles west of Salt Lake City. The set of 88 prints is about 12,000 years old, scientists say. Daron Duke via The New York Times.

by Jeanne Timmons

NEW YORK, NY.- Scientists have discovered ancient human footprints in Utah — traces, they say, of adults and children who walked barefoot along a shallow riverbed more than 12,000 years ago. It took “pure chance” to make this discovery at the Utah Test and Training Range, a 1-million-acre site where the U.S. Armed Forces test experimental aircraft and other military hardware, said Tommy Urban, a research scientist at Cornell University. Following on Urban and his colleagues’ recent studies of ancient human and other mammal tracks at White Sands National Park in New Mexico, the Utah tracks extend scientific understanding of ancient North America by revealing not just where ... More

Holabird announces 4-Day Rush to the Rockies Auction   Kamoya Kimeu, fossil-hunting 'legend' in East Africa, is dead   Pace Gallery announces global representation of Matthew Day Jackson

Portuguese bronze hand cannon from the 1600s, .70 caliber, 21 inches in length, used as a persuasive deterrent against boarding pirates or enemy sailors (est. $7,000-$10,000).

RENO, NEV.- A four-day Rush to the Rockies auction packed with more than 2,000 lots of vintage and antique bottles, Native Americana, numismatics and philatelic (coins and stamps), mining collectibles, stocks and general Americana will be held August 25th-28th by Holabird Western Americana Collections, LLC, online and live in the Reno gallery at 3555 Airway Drive. Start times all four days will be 8 am Pacific. Headlining the event will be Part 2 of the massive and marvelous collection of Gary Bracken of Ponca City, Oklahoma. Part 1 was held in July, where records were set in numerous categories, including Colorado and Oklahoma bottles, rare ancient coins and Western tokens. More of same will be offered in Party 2, plus other categories. These will include Colorado and Kansas postal history and rare Colorado revenue ... More

Kamoya Kimea hunts for fossils near Koobi Fora, on the eastern shore of Lake Turkana in northern Kenya. Kimeu, the son of a goat herder whose preternatural gift for spotting and identifying petrified tibias, skull fragments and other ancient human remains among the arid, rocky badlands of East Africa won him acclaim as the world’s greatest fossil hunter, died on July 20, 2022, in Nairobi, Kenya. Boyce Rensberger/The New York Times.

by Clay Risen

NEW YORK, NY.- Kamoya Kimeu, the son of a goat herder whose preternatural gift for spotting and identifying petrified tibias, skull fragments and other ancient human remains among the arid, rocky badlands of East Africa won him acclaim as the world’s greatest fossil hunter, died on July 20 in Nairobi, Kenya. He did not know his exact age, but believed it to be about 84. Don Kamoya, a grandson, said that the cause of death, in a hospital, was pneumonia and kidney failure. Most paleontologists go years between uncovering hominid fossils, and the lucky ... More

Portrait of Matthew Day Jackson © Matthew Day Jackson, courtesy Pace Gallery.

NEW YORK, NY.- Pace announced its global representation of Matthew Day Jackson, whose decades long explorations of varied histories, technological phenomena, and modes of mythmaking have evolved into a multi-faceted practice spanning sculpture, painting, photography, performance, and installation. Jackson will have his debut presentation with Pace in the inaugural edition of Frieze Seoul in September, where the gallery will showcase work by artists across its contemporary program. His first solo exhibition with Pace will take place in New York in 2023. Pace will represent Jackson in collaboration with GRIMM Gallery. Through his expansive practice, Jackson explores a wide range of subjects—historical, futuristic, scientific, spiritual, and fantastical. He uses recognizable American images and iconography associated with LIFE Magazine, the Apollo 11 Moon landing, the American West, the atomic bomb, and more to examine the ways that an inexor ... More

David Kordansky Gallery presents a group exhibition curated by The Racial Imaginary Institute   Aveda founder art collection goes on sale   Sean Horton (Presents) opens Super Happy the debut solo exhibition of paintings by Amalia Angulo

Lotte Andersen, Fanfare, 2022. Tissue paper, color Xerox copies, painted cardboard, stickers, lustre paper, and found posters, 99 1/2 x 68 1/2 inches (252.7 x 174 cm) framed: 103 1/2 x 73 1/2 x 2 inches (262.9 x 186.7 x 5.1 cm).

LOS ANGELES, CA.- David Kordansky Gallery is presenting All Opposing Players, a group exhibition curated by The Racial Imaginary Institute, featuring works by Lotte Andersen, Ed Fornieles, and Shaun Leonardo. The exhibition will be on view through August 27, 2022. All Opposing Players explores the complex phenomenon of nationalism in the work of Andersen, Fornieles, and Leonardo, who utilize game-playing to explore the dangerous and the utopian potential of the “we.” The artists’ objects, videos, and performances address these concerns on a variety of scales, ranging from the deeply personal to the outwardly global, sometimes in challenging and contradictory ways. This project is situated within The Racial Imaginary Institute’s (TRII) wider research ... More

Carlo Bugatti, Monumental Corner Cabinet. Estimate: $10,000 - $20,000.

MINNEAPOLIS, MN.- Revere Auctions, St. Paul, will auction the extensive and eclectic art collection of Aveda and Intelligent Nutrients founder and renowned environmentalist, Horst Rechelbacher (1914-2014), on August 24th, 2022. This is an exceptional opportunity for collectors and buyers to view, with the chance to own, pieces from an impressive art collection that spans genres, eras, and mixed media. Horst was a pioneer in the field of safe and eco-friendly cosmetics. The same curiosity that led him to explore ways to improve the beauty industry led him to travel the world, collecting rare and beautiful objects. He was interested in a wide variety of cultures and traveled extensively, shipping home containers of art and antiques that filled his home in Wisconsin. This passion and curiosity is reflected in this sale that features selections from a lifetime of eclectic and inspired collecting, including furniture by renowned designers ... More

Amalia Angulo, I Ought To Be Ashamed Of Myself, 2022. Acrylic on canvas, 20 x 20 in 50.8 x 50.8 cm.

NEW YORK, NY.- Sean Horton (Presents) is presenting Super Happy the debut solo exhibition of paintings by Amalia Angulo. Angulo’s colorful works interrogate the seemingly perfect aspects of 1950s graphic aesthetics through a series of eerily stylized faces and doll-like figures. Using exaggerated facial features and sexualized body forms, Angulo’s subjects confront us with unsettling wide-eyed gazes and stiff smiles, that suggest somethingdisquieting hidden behind each grin. In My Beautiful Girl, 2022, Angulo masterfully treads between idyllic and unsettling atmospheres. A couple displays an affectionate exchange against a bright blue sky covered with fluffy clouds and a green landscape. The woman’s hyper-blushed face gazes lifelessly toward the viewer while her partner’s swollen hand and claw-like fingernails comb through her hair. Accentuating color and light, Angulo hyperbolizes human physiques, ... More

The first tri-coloured note to be issued in Scotland (and possibly Europe) to be sold at Noonans   National Endowment for the Humanities announces $31.5 million in grants   At Edinburgh's festivals, big names and live issues

A Royal Bank of Scotland note dating from 1777 estimated at £1,500-2,000.

LONDON.- A Royal Bank of Scotland note dating from 1777, which is thought to be first tri coloured note to be issued in Scotland and possibly in Europe will be sold by Mayfair based Auctioneers Noonans on Wednesday & Thursday, August 24 & 25, 2022 in a sale of Banknotes. Known as the Red Guinea, it is estimated at £1,500-2,000. “This is as much an historical document as it is a banknote,” says Noonans’ Head of Banknotes Andrew Pattison. “Politics and finance originally came together to shape the history of Scotland with the collapse of the Darien venture. The Royal Bank of Scotland was able to prosper as a shareholding company because the Scottish regional banking system was not restricted by the monopoly of the Bank of England, as institutions were south of the Border. “The modern banking system has its origins in the days when this note was issued, and it is a fascinating reminder of those ... More

The grants, which total $31.5 million and are the third round awarded this year, will support projects at museums, libraries, universities and historic sites in 45 states and Washington, D.C., as well as in Canada, England and the Netherlands.

NEW YORK, NY.- A PBS documentary on the 400-year history of Shakespeare’s plays, a New York Public Library summer program for educators on efforts to secure equitable access to education in Harlem in the 20th century, and research for a book on the history of red hair are among 226 beneficiaries of new grants from the National Endowment for the Humanities announced Tuesday. The grants, which total $31.5 million and are the third round awarded this year, will support projects at museums, libraries, universities and historic sites in 45 states and Washington, D.C., as well as in Canada, England and the Netherlands. Such projects include a documentary, to be co-produced by Louisiana Public Broadcasting, about the Colfax Massacre — named after the town and parish where dozens ... More

A photo provided by Devin de Vil shows Ian McKellen, left, and Johan Christensen as dual aspects of the title character in “Hamlet,” conceived by McKellen and the Danish choreographer Peter Schaufuss, in Edinburgh, Scotland. Devin de Vil via The New York Times.

EDINBURGH.- Some big names have been leaving their mark this month here, where both the International Festival and the bustling theatrical grab bag that is the Fringe are in full swing after a slimmed-down pandemic lineup last year. Ian McKellen and Alan Cumming have proved box-office catnip, both of them in dance-intensive enterprises that take already long-established careers in new directions. There is excellence, of course, among the less well-known talent here, too. But there’s no denying the marquee appeal of McKellen, now 83 and pretty much alone among his generation of British actors in still being onstage. (Too many of his onetime colleagues have either retired or died.) Last year, he gave us a limber, age-defiant Hamlet, for an extended run. And this month, he ... More

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Davis Museum names Mary Beth Timm as Associate Director for Operations and Collections Management
WELLESLEY, MASS.- The Davis Museum at Wellesley College has appointed Mary Beth Timm as Associate Director for Operations and Collections Management effective August 15, 2022. In this role, Timm will work closely with the museum director on the overall management of the Davis Museum’s growing collections and long-term strategic planning for the institution. Timm will also oversee finance, museum technology, security, facilities, and daily operations at the Davis. “Mary Beth is an extraordinary addition to the Davis team and we are thrilled to have her join us,” said Dr. Lisa Fischman, Ruth Gordon Shapiro ’37 Director of the Davis Museum. “She brings exceptional experience and acumen to the role of Associate Director, based on a background of strong collections stewardship and financial management, a principled commitment to ethical ... More

Solange enters new territory: Ballet composer
NEW YORK, NY.- Solange, the pop star whose artistic tendrils have reached into the worlds of music, choreography, fashion, film, visual art and more, will soon add a new genre to her repertoire: ballet composer. New York City Ballet announced Monday that Solange would write an original score for a work (as yet untitled) by Gianna Reisen that will premiere at the company’s annual Fall Fashion Gala, on Sept. 28. The score is composed for a chamber ensemble that will be made up of some of Solange’s musical collaborators and members of the City Ballet orchestra. This step into ballet is the latest in a series of adventurous turns by Solange, 36, who began her career young as a singer and dancer — including with her sister, Beyoncé, in Destiny’s Child. Solange’s work later blossomed into multihyphenate and more independent territory, ... More

Frederick Buechner, novelist with a religious slant, dies at 96
NEW YORK, NY.- Frederick Buechner, a Presbyterian minister who never held a church pastorate but found his calling writing a prodigious quantity of novels, memoirs and essays that explored the human condition from inspirational and often humorous religious perspectives, died Monday at his home in Rupert, Vermont. He was 96. His son-in-law and literary executor, David Altshuler, confirmed the death. Drawing on literary and theological credentials over six decades, Buechner (pronounced BEEK-ner) published 39 books, many of them well-received fictional excursions into the adventures of charlatans, lovers, historical or biblical characters and ordinary people who take on self-imposed superhuman challenges and stoop to only-too-human skulduggery, all in the name of God. His 10th novel, “Godric” (1980), the first-person tale of a 12th- ... More

Kaspar Schmidt Mumm announced as 2023 Porter Street Commission recipient
ADELAIDE.- Adelaide Contemporary Experimental announced Kaspar Schmidt Mumm as the recipient of the 2023 Porter Street Commission. Now in its third year, the Porter Street Commission annually awards $20,000 to a South Australian artist at any stage of their career to create an ambitious new work to be presented as a solo exhibition at ACE in the following year. Born in Germany and raised in Adelaide with Colombian, Pakistani and Canadian heritage, Kaspar Schmidt Mumm is a third generation immigrant whose motivation to make art stems from his experience of displacement and desire to develop an artistic language that crosses cultural borders. Through collaborative action, Schmidt Mumm looks to construct systems for exploring the complexity of multiculturalism, presenting events that blur the lines of protest, community gathering ... More

Nicholas Evans, author of 'The Horse Whisperer,' dies at 72
NEW YORK, NY.- Nicholas Evans, the British journalist turned author whose novel-turned-film, “The Horse Whisperer,” broke publishing and movie records, along with the hearts of readers who made the book a bestseller in 20 countries, died Aug. 9 at his home in London. He was 72. The cause was a heart attack, said his longtime agent, Caradoc King. In 1993, Evans, at 43, was broke and adrift. He had been working as a journalist and documentary filmmaker, and had spent two years on a film project that ultimately collapsed, when he began casting about for an idea for a novel. It was perhaps not the most winning formula for worldly success, as he noted in retrospect on his website: “Why would a debut novel from an unknown author have any more chance of getting off the ground than a movie?” Yet he had found an intriguing subject: the mystical, ... More

Andrea Puccio named Director of Clark Art Institute Library
WILLIAMSTOWN, MASS.- Andrea Puccio has been selected as the next director of the Clark Art Institute’s library. Puccio, who previously served as the collections management librarian at the Clark, has been promoted to the leadership role, replacing Susan Roeper, who is retiring after a forty-year career at the Clark. Puccio joined the Clark’s staff in 2016 and has been responsible for managing all operational aspects of the library collection, including cataloging, digital collections, preservation and conservation, and web archiving. In her new role, Puccio leads a full-time staff of ten librarians and archivists in overseeing the library’s collection of some 300,000 volumes. “After undertaking a rigorous international search, we were extremely proud to recognize that the best qualified candidate to take over as the new director of the library was already a member ... More

Exceptional antique jewels shone, sensational tiara sold for hammer price of £46,000 at Elmwood's
LONDON.- With intense bidding both in the UK and internationally, this antique tourmaline and diamond tiara, containing over 70 carats of green tourmalines sold to a private UK collector for £57,500 at luxury experts Elmwood’s in their Fine Jewellery auction at their Notting Hill Saleroom (101 Talbot Road, London, W11 2AT) on 10th-11th August 2022. Ben Gosling, co-owner of Elmwood’s commented, “Our sale results are testament to the strength of the market, even in these uncertain times. Collectors, both established and emerging, are willing to bid competitively and strongly for pieces that are not just rare, but incredibly well preserved examples of what they are. This is notably true for exceptional gemstones and signed pieces by designers such as Cartier, Van Cleef and Arpels and Boucheron” Bought by an international collector, a beautiful ... More

Musician and visual artist Brian DeGraw presents new paintings at James Fuentes
NEW YORK, NY.- James Fuentes is presenting Brian DeGraw's solo presentation at the gallery, GAMMA. The exhibition encompasses a grouping of paintings and drawings. Centering on an interest in healing frequencies, these works take as a root element the particular properties and therapeutic effects of a cat’s purr and presence, and more generally the physiological effects of drone. The title GAMMA refers to the frequency range that this purr tends to fall between (40Hz-100Hz). While much of DeGraw’s past work has had a direct relationship to music, he has spent that past three years becoming more familiar with the properties of painting and drawing, easing deeper into using color and working at a larger scale. Having taken some time away from the immersion of touring, performing, and recording live music, a pull in attention toward ... More

Museum Exchange revolutionizes arts philanthropy, expands digital platform to healthcare & education
NEW YORK, NY.- Museum Exchange, the democratizing “matchmaker” for art donations, will dramatically expand its network to include healthcare and higher education organizations, partnering with hospitals, universities, and libraries. Since its launch in early 2021, Museum Exchange has built a thriving network of more than 300 donors and 150 museums throughout North America, facilitating hundreds of art donations. In its expansion to the healthcare and education sectors, Museum Exchange will now offer individual and corporate donors additional avenues for philanthropic support and a spectrum of opportunities to reach broader audiences. Museum Exchange’s new Healthcare and Education division is led by Joanne Cohen, former Executive Director and Curator of Cleveland Clinic Art Program, which she established in 2006 and built ... More

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On a day like today, Italian painter Francesco Albani was born
August 17, 1578. Francesco Albani or Albano (17 March or 17 August 1578 - 4 October 1660) was an Italian Baroque painter. Albani never acquired the monumentality or tenebrism that was quaking the contemporary world of painters, and in fact, is derided often for his lyric, cherubim-filled sweetness, which often has not yet shaken the mannerist elegance. While Albani's thematic would have appealed to Poussin, he lacked the Frenchman's muscular drama. His style sometimes appears to befit the decorative Rococo more than of his time. In this image: Baptism of Christ ca 1640 (State Hermitage Museum, St. Petersburg.

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