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Art of Ernest Blumenschein on view at Dayton Art Institute

Ernest Blumenschein (American, 1874-1960), Canyon Red and Black, 1934 (detail), oil on canvas. Collection of the Dayton Art Institute, gift of Mr. John G. Lowe, 1935.14.

DAYTON, OH.- The Dayton Art Institute’s most recent Centennial Focus Exhibition, Art of Ernest Blumenschein, is on view through February 23, 2020. The DAI is presenting this exhibition, showcasing the DAI’s own Blumenschein painting, Canyon, Red and Black (1934), as well as other noted works on loan to the museum. Art of Ernest Blumenschein features 15 works from throughout the artist’s career, including paintings, drawings, studies and illustrations. This focus exhibition highlights the career of one of Dayton’s most successful artists. “Blumenschein showed his first artistic talents while living in Dayton, so it is fitting that we highlight his art as we continue the DAI’s Centennial year celebration,” said DAI Chief Curator, Dr. Jerry N. Smith. “This exhibition will feature works from throughout his career and demonstrates his daring aesthetic and proto-modernist style. Museums as diverse as the DAI, ... More

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A (grudging) defense of the $120,000 banana   Cannibalistic dinosaurs went through a lot of teeth   Exhibition presents a retrospective selection of works from different stages of Esteban Vicente's career

“Apple, 1966” at the exhibition “Yoko Ono: One Woman Show, 1960–1971,” at the Museum of Modern Art in New York, May 12, 2015. Ruth Fremson/The New York Times.

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NEW YORK (NYT NEWS SERVICE ).- Art may be long, and life short, but the existence of a hand fruit is most ephemeral of all. This past week at Art Basel Miami Beach, the art world’s premier Champagne-steeped swap meet, no work drew more grins, guffaws and selfies than a new sculpture by the semiretired Italian trickster Maurizio Cattelan: a banana duct-taped to the wall, its peel already speckled with brown spots. It’s titled “Comedian.” By Wednesday it had already won art-world notoriety, and Saturday it achieved a public visibility that any artist would envy, after a self-promoting wag tore the banana off the wall and gobbled it up. (Not many iconic art works can also be said to be a rich source of potassium.) Suffice it to say that works of contemporary art rarely make the cover of the ... More

This is an artist's depiction of the skulls and teeth of Allosaurus (left) and Ceratosaurus (right). Photo: Sae Bom Ra.

NEW YORK (NYT NEWS SERVICE ).- If there was a tooth fairy in the Cretaceous, dinosaurs kept it busy. Unlike humans, which lose just one set of teeth over a lifetime, dinosaurs often lost tens or even hundreds of sets. Plant-eating dinosaurs had to chew lots of tough material to sustain their large bodies, causing them to frequently replace their teeth. But researchers were surprised to discover fossil evidence recently that showed that a carnivorous dinosaur — the only known cannibal — replaced its chompers even more frequently than some herbivores. The dinosaur’s propensity for chewing on the bones of its prey might have even contributed to its rapid tooth replacement rate, scientists hypothesized. These results were published late last month in the journal PLoS One. The research centered on several meat-eating dinosaurs, but Majungasaurus crenatissimus was really the star of carnivorous ... More

Esteban Vicente, Blue Band: for Harriet, 1978. Collage de papel y gouache sobre lienzo, 112 x 97 cm 48 x 38 in.

MADRID.- Galería Elvira González is presenting the exhibition Esteban Vicente. Works from 1953 to 1996. The show brings together a selection of thirty works developed over the course of four decades and gathers paintings, collages and drawings. This is the gallery’s eleventh exhibition dedicated to Esteban Vicente, an artist who is intimately related to Elvira González. Born in Turégano, Segovia, in 1903, Vicente lived in Paris in the mid-thirties and moved to New York in 1937. In that same year, he had his first solo show in the Kleeman gallery. After a short stay in Puerto Rico, he returned to New York, where he rapidly entered the circle of artists of his generation. In 1950 his work Pink and Grey was included in the exhibition Talent 1950, curated by Clement Greenberg and Meyer Schapiro. From this moment on, he regularly exhibits in New York galleries such as Sidney Janis, Egan, Leo Castelli or André ... More

Ruby City acquires Katie Pell sculpture   Ketterer Kunst announces best auction result ever   Lyon & Turnbull announces The Ski Sale including an important private Swiss collection

Bitchen Stove, Katie Pell. Image courtesy of Artpace, San Antonio.

SAN ANTONIO, TX.- Ruby City announces the acquisition of San Antonio-based artist Katie Pell’s sculpture, Bitchen Stove (2006). Pell works in a variety of media with a pop sensibility that references contemporary culture, suburbia and gender roles. The addition of her artwork to the Linda Pace Foundation permanent collection deepens the collection’s feminist perspective, which was fostered by Pace in her lifetime, as well as its commitment to Texas-based artists. Embellished with the exhibition’s title, Bitchen Stove was activated by the artist to shoot flames through the burners fueled by a matching pink propane tank. Other works in the exhibition included kinetic elements such as hydraulic suspensions that made the household appliance hop and jump much like a lowrider car. In her Bitchen series, Pell customizes kitchen and other ... More

Günther Uecker, Weisses Feld (detail). Sold for: € 1,687,500.

MUNICH.- It is the best season result in the history of Ketterer Kunst. Five results beyond the magic million euro line, scores of records and a lot of applause, to sum up the autumn auction season. The auctions at the end of the 65th anniversary year of Ketterer Kunst grossed more than € 30,7 million, including expected proceeds of around € 1.6 million for the part of the auctions of Modern and Post War/Contemporary Art sold online until 3 p. m. on December 8. After the auctions of 19th Century Art and Rare Books had already brought proceeds of more than € 3.6 million*, the sale of Art of the 20th/21st Century provided a spectacular finale with proceeds of more than € 27.1 million in the sessions between December 6 and 8. A total of 55 results landed on or beyond the € 100,000 line, five even made it to seven figure sums. Both sections of Modern and Post ... More

Roland Zahnd at home. Photo: Lyon & Turnbull.

EDINBURGH.- Lyon & Turnbull are partnering with vintage poster specialists Tomkinson Churcher to present the annual Ski Sale in Edinburgh on 15 January 2020. This hugely popular auction celebrates the golden age of travel, from the turn of the twentieth century through to the 1950s, a time when the first ski resorts competed to be recognised as the most glamorous, with some of the finest designers and artists commissioned to create stylish posters urging holiday-makers to visit. The auction will comprise of approximately 70 poster lots, with estimates ranging from £300 to £9,000. Of particular note is an important collection of Swiss and European posters form the 1920s to the 1960s, which have been in the possession of one family for 100 years. The collection is owned by Roland and Marie Louise Zahnd, who inherited a large part of it from Marie-Louise’s father, Louis Nicollier, a graphic designer who worked in ... More

Marvel Comics #1 brings record $1.26 million at Heritage Auctions   196 Orchard engages Lesley Heller Gallery to curate an art program that celebrates the artistic influence of New York   Star Trek' actor Rene Auberjonois dead at age 79

Marvel Comics #1 Windy City pedigree (Timely, 1939) CGC NM 9.4 Off-white pages.

DALLAS, TX.- The finest known copy of Marvel Comics No. 1, sold for $1,260,000 to lead Heritage Auctions’ record-setting Comics & Comic Art auction to $14,936,295 Nov. 21 in Dallas, Texas. The second-largest comic auction of all time, trailing only the $15,121,405 realized in Heritage Auctions’ Chicago Comics & Comic Art Auction in May 2019, this sale included 15 lots that sold for at least $100,000. The top lot set a world record for the most expensive Marvel comic ever sold at public auction, and also set a new standard for the most ever paid for a comic book at Heritage Auctions, the world’s largest comic book and comic art auctioneer. The auction boasted sell-through rates of 97.7% by value and 99.8% by lots sold. "This is a historic copy of a historic comic book,” Heritage Auctions Senior Vice President Ed Jaster said. "Without question, this is the granddaddy of all Marvel Comics, without which we would not have ... More

Heller will curate a rotating art program that introduces pieces by Will Hutnick, Tom Kotik, Sara Sosnowsky, JF Lynch, and more.

NEW YORK, NY.- 196 Orchard has engaged Lesley Heller of Lesley Heller Gallery, a contemporary art gallery which highlights the work of mid-career process-based artists working in the New York area, to extend the gallery’s reach into the lobby of the luxury, design-driven condominium residences. Debuting today and continuing throughout 2020, Heller will curate a rotating art program that introduces pieces by Will Hutnick, Tom Kotik, Sara Sosnowsky, JF Lynch, and more into the space on a quarterly basis for the building’s residents and neighbors to enjoy. “The Lower East Side has always been an important hub for the art world, in fact, the urban landscape is a canvas of its own. The mix of graffiti, historic tenement buildings, multicultural shops and restaurants, alongside new, refined architecture that threads the streets, collectively tell an exciting ... More

In this file photo US actor Rene Auberjonois arrives at the opening of "Destination Star Trek London", the first official Star Trek event in the UK in a decade, at the ExCel centre in east London on October 19, 2012. LEON NEAL / AFP.

LOS ANGELES (AFP).- Actor Rene Auberjonois, known for his television roles on "Star Trek: Deep Space Nine" and the US sitcom "Benson," died Sunday in Los Angeles after a battle with cancer. He was 79. "We are heartbroken to confirm that Rene passed away today," a statement on the actor's website said. In his official biography, the cause given was metastatic lung cancer. Auberjonois earned legions of fans for his role as Odo, the shape-shifting head of security on "Star Trek: Deep Space Nine," one of the many spinoff series spawned by the legendary science fiction show. He became a fan favorite at "Star Trek" conventions for years, donating the proceeds from autographed items to charities, such as Doctors Without Borders. "I have had my share of successes and my share of ... More

Bonhams New York to auction a rare and important collection of works by Alexandre Noll   Exhibition brings together the work of different artists who regularly use clay as part of their practice   Artist Peter Howson unveils new painting to commemorate 25th anniversary of the Srebrenica Massacre

Alexandre Noll (1890-1970), Rare Bar, Circa 1947-48. Estimate: $300,000-500,000. Photo: Bonhams.

NEW YORK, NY.- On December 12, Bonhams presents the dedicated sale of Nature & Form: Highlights from the Estate of Alexandre Noll, which encompasses a remarkable selection of furniture, sculpture, paintings, and works on paper. Comprising of over 50 lots, this collection is from Alexandre Noll’s grandson and includes many works that include never-before seen in public works that span the life and career of the artist. Highlights range from an important monumental traverse to an early bowl, and rare paintings and works on paper. Benjamin Walker, Bonhams Global Head of Design, comments: “Alexandre Noll is one of the most highly regarded sculptor-craftsman of the 20th century and we are thrilled to bring this most important and rare collection, that spans his entire career, to auction. We welcome both collectors and admirers of modern design to our free and public exhibition in New York for ... More

Installation view.

MONTERREY.- Water and earth are invariably linked to the idea of origin. From creation myths to the first use of tools, clay has been not only one of the essential ways of making sense of the world, but also of reshaping it. Its continuous transformations don’t seem to deplete, but rather evolve — soil is not primitive, but timeless. Cold Pleasure, Warm Touch brings together the work of different artists who regularly use clay as part of their practice. Taking ceramics as the starting point, the links that arise between their different plastic and conceptual explorations are thus the consequence of the project, rather than its cause — and yet the affinities between the different bodies of work are inevitable. The intersections between the natural and the organic, the oscillation between abstraction and representation, and the sculptural qualities of the apparently utilitarian object are just some of the possible confluences that emerge from the group of artists com ... More

Peter Howson, Massacre of Srebrenica, 2019 (detail). © Peter Howson.

GLASGOW.- A new artwork by artist Peter Howson OBE has been unveiled at St Mungo Museum of Religious Life and Art. The Massacre of Srebrenica, on loan to Glasgow Museums for an initial three year period, is a large-scale painting portraying the religious and ethnic conflicts in Bosnia and Kosovo in the 1990s and depicts the worst atrocity on European soil since the Second World War. Peter Howson was commissioned by the Imperial War Museum to record the conflict in the former Yugoslavia in 1992, a year later he was appointed official British war artist for Bosnia. This experience had a profound impact on the artist. A need to commemorate the forthcoming 25th anniversary of the Srebrenica Massacre was the catalyst for creating this new piece, specifically for St Mungo Museum. A second work by the artist, Homeless Jesus 2018, will also go on show. Howson painted the piece in response to a cast of the ... More

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Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art announces the appointment of a Chief Education Officer
BENTONVILLE, ARK.- Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art announces the appointment of Marissa Reyes as Chief Education Officer. Effective December 9, 2019, Reyes leads the vision for education at Crystal Bridges as a key part of the leadership team. Marissa Reyes comes to Crystal Bridges with 20 years of experience in arts and culture sectors, most recently from Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago (MCA), where she was the Director of Learning and Public Programs. In this role, she was responsible for the strategic and creative leadership of the museum’s full range of programs, including school partnerships, lectures and gallery talks, symposia, student tours and workshops, family days, events, teen programs, and community engagement. At MCA, Reyes spearheaded important initiatives, such as the museum’s ... More

Chemould Prescott Road opens a solo exhibition of works by Reena Saini Kallat
MUMBAI.- Chemould Prescott Road is presenting a solo exhibition of internationally acclaimed Mumbai-based artist Reena Saini Kallat titled Blind Spots. Following her solo exhibition at the Manchester Museum, and a flurry of exhibitions internationally at venues as varied as the Museum of Modern Art New York, Art Gallery of New South Wales, and Havana Biennale, this is Reena Kallat’s solo exhibition in Mumbai after a gap of four years. Currently her work is being exhibited at the ICA Boston, Museu Oscar Niemeyer. Reena’s practice spans drawing, photography, sculpture and video engaging diverse materials imbued with conceptual underpinnings, questioning ideas of borders, geography, landscape, identity, memory, history and the natural world. In Reena Kallat's works over the last several years the border, the territory and the map have recurred ... More

Exhibition of photographs documents Downtown art and performance scene of 1980s New York
NEW YORK, NY.- Throckmorton Fine Art has announced a special show of portraits and photographs by the accomplished photographer Marcus Leatherdale at its New York gallery on view through Jan 25. Taken from his new book, Marcus Leatherdale's Out of the Shadows – Photographs New York City 1980-1992, (ACC Art Books) the show features dozens of black and white portraits and photographs of the celebrities and characters who peopled the often chaotic and clamorous Downtown Art Scene of the 1980s. Gallery founder Spencer Throckmorton says, “Leatherdale was just a twenty-something trying to get by when he began shooting often spontaneous shots of the celebrated personalities partying at the downtown clubs popular at the time. He says he didn’t realize her was archiving a raucous era that would soon be extinct – he was just ... More

Steidl publishes Nadav Kander's The Meeting
LONDON.- Nadav Kander is one of the most influential photographers in the world. Awarded the Prix Pictet in 2009 for his series Yangtze - The Long River, Kander is an artist for whom the medium allows access beyond the surface, revealing the humanity of the world and its inhabitants. Kander’s extraordinary gift is the ability to see beneath his subject and in doing so he has produced some of the finest photographic work in the world demanding we see more than simply beautiful or interesting subjects, instead revealing compassion and humanity. Kander refers to this approach as The Triangle and asks us to view his images as we would appreciate poetry, bringing our own interpretation and imagination to see what he sees. Kander's capacity to transform human encounters into outstanding portraits is showcased for the first time in The Meeting. A unique testament ... More

Exhibition reconsiders the different influences that shape our understanding of the natural world
SAN DIEGO, CA.- Drawn from the Museum’s collection, Bound to the Earth: Art, Materiality, and the Natural World looks at the ways in which artists have addressed and represented the landscape. Many works are made with earthen materials such clay and tar, sticks and soil; others focus on the natural resources that constitute our environment. Beginning in the late 1960s, a group of artists began siting their sculptures, installations, and performances outdoors, engaging with the natural world in contrast to the space of the gallery. These works of land art varied from minimal and ephemeral gestures in the landscape to large movements of the earth. Artists often documented their actions, producing photographs or videos, or relocated organic material from their original site into the gallery to create sculptures and installations. The legacies of land art can ... More

The Untitled Space opens group exhibition, Body Beautiful, featuring works by 50 contemporary artists
NEW YORK, NY.- The Untitled Space is presenting a group exhibition, BODY BEAUTIFUL, featuring works by 50 contemporary artists celebrating body positivity. Curated by gallery director Indira Cesarine, the exhibit is on view through December 14th, 2019. BODY BEAUTIFUL features artworks across a variety of mediums including painting, drawing, photography, video, and sculpture that highlight the power of the figure. Throughout the canon of art history the human figure has been a central theme, as we grapple with our own existence, feeding a desire to self-represent and to understand our place in the universe. This exhibition presents works by contemporary artists who address the figure not just as an object of beauty, or a subject of anatomy, but rather elaborate on body positive depictions of the human form, including all body types, ages, ... More

The Parrish Art Museum presents special exhibitions exploring varied modes of expression
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Mitchell Fine Art Gallery presents 'Petite' Aboriginal and Contemporary Art Exhibition
FORTITUDE VALLEY.- An exhibition incorporating diverse art styles, themes, mediums and colours showcased in an eclectic and exciting visual display rounds off the 2019 exhibition calendar for Mitchell Fine Art in Fortitude Valley. On show is a collection of over 150 small Aboriginal and Contemporary artworks from the gallery’s stable. With most artworks under 1 metre in size, the exhibition showcases works by a broad range of artists on a small scale. The exhibition inspires viewers to not think big but to take time to look at the smaller things and to be encouraged to be adventurous in displaying art in a space. Showcased in a salon style hang the exhibition features large groupings of paintings, watercolours and ceramics all presented together in a visually stimulating display. ‘Petite’ demonstrates how enthusiasts can start small and create their own collection ... More

At 50, Sesame Street still going strong -- and big honor awaits
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No pain, no fame: Thai massage could get UNESCO status
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Kestner Gesellschaft opens a comprehensive solo exhibition by the artist Hassan Khan
HANOVER.- From 7 December 2019 to 9 February 2020, the Kestner Gesellschaft presents a comprehensive solo exhibition by the artist Hassan Khan (*1975 in London, lives and works in Berlin and Cairo) in the lower exhibition halls. Hassan Khan is an artist, musician and writer who is known for his broad and diverse artistic practice that includes music, performance, photography and film, sculpture, installation and text. Khan’s work partially deals with the precepts, gaps and energies that lie at the core of how a sense of self as well as a collective social order are formed. It engages with both familiar, shared conditions as well as elusive and undisclosed content to produce forms that excite the imagination, raise fundamental questions, channel simmering undercurrents, seduce and alienate, engage with expectations, pose mysteries as well as help re-articulate ... More

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On a day like today, Scottish architect and painter Charles Rennie Mackintosh died
December 10, 1928. Charles Rennie Mackintosh (7 June 1868 - 10 December 1928) was a Scottish architect, designer, water colourist and artist. His artistic approach had much in common with European Symbolism. His work, alongside that of his wife Margaret Macdonald, was influential on European design movements such as Art Nouveau and Secessionism. He was born in Glasgow and died in London. In this image: Design for a house for an art lover, 1901 © RIBA Library

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