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After 75 years and 15 claims, a bid to regain lost art inches forward

An image provided by the Herzog Family Archive shows Camille Corot’s “Portrait of a Woman,” one of the paintings the heirs of Baron Mor Lipot Herzog are seeking to recover. Heirs of Herzog, a Hungarian banker whose collection of masterpieces was seized by the Nazis, are still pursuing its return. Herzog Family Archive via The New York Times.

by Milton Esterow

NEW YORK (NYT NEWS SERVICE).- The judge presiding over perhaps the longest-running art restitution dispute had not been born when the family of Baron Mor Lipot Herzog, one of Hungary’s most prominent bankers, filed a claim in Budapest in 1945 for a collection of 2,500 artworks, Renaissance furniture and tapestries. After 75 years, the case files from the still unresolved claim hold hundreds of thousands of pages in English, Hungarian, Russian, Polish, French, Italian, German, Spanish, Portuguese and Dutch. There have been 11 court decisions, five appeals and 15 claims by roughly 30 lawyers in the United States, Hungary, Russia, Poland, France, Germany and Switzerland. The vast majority of works from a collection that once included 10 El Grecos and paintings by Francisco Goya, Diego Velázquez, Frans Hals, Gustave Courbet, Anthony van Dyck, Jean-Baptiste-Camille Corot, Pierre-Auguste Renoir, Claude Monet and Paul Gauguin are still missing, and the Herzog family believes that many are in Russia, Poland, France and man ... More

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Art Garden in the Park, a sculptural installation by Tom Holmes, debuts in New City   From Old Master paintings to Contemporary art: Dorotheum announces major auction   The legendary Alfa Romeo B.A.T. cars join Sotheby's October Contemporary Art Evening Auction

Art Garden in the Park represents the artist’s vision of a welcoming and serene space for the public to experience the surrounding landscape and the setting’s flora and fauna.

NEW CITY, NY.- The Rockland County Art in Public Places Committee announced the dedication of Art Garden in the Park, a sculptural installation by Tom Holmes, situated at the entrance to Zebrowski-Morahan Demarest Kill Park at 57 New Hempstead Road in New City. A dedication ceremony, presided over by Rockland County Executive Ed Day, will take place on Monday, October 19th at 11:00 a.m. at the site. Comprised of nine works, with a 20-foot high enameled-steel sculpture as the focal point, Art Garden in the Park represents the artist’s vision of a welcoming and serene space for the public to experience the surrounding landscape and the setting’s flora and fauna. Two benches and a chess table with small stools, all made of bluestone and steel, are anchored by a pair of burnt wood lanterns and a larger tower lantern which are made of steel and cedar using an ancient ... More

Bicci di Lorenzo (c. 1368 - 1452) A scene from the life of Saint Nicholas: The miracle of the child restored to his parents, tempera on panel, 31.5 x 27.5 cm, estimate € 150,000 - 200,000.

VIENNA.- From Bicci di Lorenzo to Eugen von Blaas, from Chaim Soutine to Lucio Fontana — November at Dorotheum offers art lovers and collectors a vast range of genres from the Middle Ages to the present day. Works of art, Old Masters and 19th century paintings will be the first items to be presented during Classic Week (5-10 November 2020). The end of the month, from 24 to 30 November 2020, will be dedicated to Contemporary Week comprising modern and contemporary art. Rounding off this stellar auction week are jewels and wristwatches. The Florentine Renaissance will be highlighted in the Old Master Paintings sale on 10th November, including the front of a wedding chest, an exquisitely painted and decorated panel which once made up part of a marriage chest, known in Italian as a cassone. These chests were often included in a bridal dowry between the 14th and 16th ... More

1955 B.A.T 9 - Ron Kimball, 2020. Courtesy of RM Sotheby's.

NEW YORK, NY.- RM Sotheby’s, in association with the Sotheby’s Fine Art Division, announced that it will offer the Alfa Romeo Berlina Aerodinamica Tecnica Concepts, a trio of incredible automotive and sculptural design that were produced by Bertone for the Turin auto salons across 1953, 1954 and 1955. The vaunted trio of Alfa Romeos will be offered as a single lot at the forthcoming Contemporary Art Evening Auction on 28 October. Regarded by many as the seminal vehicle designs of the 20th century, B.A.T. 5, 7, & 9 were presented to the public over three consecutive years and have firmly lodged themselves amongst the most spectacular and memorable automotive designs ever produced. The three cars were more than just design studies and a showcase of what world’s best panel beaters and craftsmen could create; they were also an incredibly effective demonstration of forward-thinking design engineering and advanced aerodynamics. Although ... More

Rhonda Fleming, movie star made for Technicolor, dies at 97   Taylor Swift's Gibson acoustic guitar joins Dolly Parton's dulcimer in star-studded country music auction   Norman Rockwell Museum presents "Norman Rockwell: Imagining Freedom"

Rhonda Fleming was the love interest of Wyatt Earp (Burt Lancaster) in “Gunfight at the O.K. Corral” (1957).

NEW YORK (NYT NEWS SERVICE).- Rhonda Fleming, the red-haired actress and sex symbol in Hollywood Westerns, film noir and adventure movies of the 1940s and ’50s, died Wednesday at Providence Saint John’s Health Center in Santa Monica, California. She was 97. Her death was confirmed by Carla Sapon, her longtime assistant. Fleming’s roles included those of a beautiful Arthurian princess in the Bing Crosby musical version of Mark Twain’s novel “A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court” (1949); a gambler and the love interest of Wyatt Earp (Burt Lancaster) in “Gunfight at the O.K. Corral” (1957); an amorous duchess in Bob Hope’s comedy “The Great Lover” (1949); and the somewhat less bad sister of Arlene Dahl’s bad-girl character in “Slightly Scarlet” (1956), which might be described as a Technicolor noir. In Jacques Tourneur’s “Out of the Past” (1947), she played a supporting role as a nervous secretary, alongside ... More

A stunning black 2018 Gibson acoustic guitar personally inscribed and dated by global superstar Taylor Swift. Estimate: $25,000-40,000. © Christie's Images Ltd 2020.

NEW YORK, NY.- Christie’s announces the full star-studded Country Music line-up for the online auction entitled “Nashville: An Auction to Benefit ACM Lifting Lives® COVID-19 Response Fund” open for bidding October 15-29. In addition to the previously announced Swarovski-crystal bedazzled four-string dulcimer owned by Dolly Parton for 30 years, the sale features a stunning black 2018 Gibson acoustic guitar personally inscribed and dated by global superstar Taylor Swift (estimate: $25,000-40,000). The lot includes the original hard-shell case, embroidered Levy guitar strap (pictured) and plectrum caddy containing five personalized Taylor Swift custom guitar picks including one commemorating her 2017 sixth studio album reputation and her record-breaking stadium tour and four commemorating her 2019 seventh studio album ... More

Norman Rockwell (1894-1978), Freedom of Speech, 1943. Oil on canvas, 45 ¾" x 35 ½". Story illustra􀆟on for The Saturday Evening Post, February 20, 1943. Collec􀆟on of Norman Rockwell Museum. ©SEPS: Cur􀆟s Licensing, Indianapolis, IN. All rights reserved. www.cur􀆟

STOCKBRIDGE, MASS.- Returning to New England this fall after a 6-city international tour is the first comprehensive exhibition devoted to Norman Rockwell’s iconic depictions of Franklin D. Roosevelt’s Four Freedoms—Freedom of Speech, Freedom of Worship, Freedom from Fear, and Freedom from Want. Norman Rockwell: Imagining Freedom explores how the 1943 paintings came to be embraced by millions of Americans, providing crucial aid to the War effort and taking their place among the most indelible images in the history of American art. The power of images to shape cultural narratives is revealed in this exhibition, which invites viewers to trace the origins and legacy of the Four Freedoms from the trials of the Great Depression and World ... More

2020 Rijksstudio Award winners announced   Regen Projects opens an exhibition of recent photographs by James Welling   Solo exhibition of work by Titus Kaphar opens in a deconsecrated Church in Brussels

Winning entry, The Book, re-imagines Rijksmuseum masterpieces in braille.

AMSTERDAM.- Alemeh M. Yengiabad is the winner of the 2020 Rijksstudio Award, the Rijksmuseum’s international design competition, for her design of The Book. This meticulously designed book presents masterpieces from the Rijksmuseum in braille, ensuring that the Rijksmuseum collection is now also accessible to people with a visual impairment. Alemeh M. Yengiabad received the prize of €7,500 from the professional international jury. SKATE BORD by Floris van Opstal and Head in the Clouds by Monique & Harmony Pfeiffer & van Barneveld claimed second and third place, respectively. Jury comments on the winning entry: This beautiful design testifies to an ambition to make art accessible to visually impaired people all over the world. We hope that the financial support will enable Alemeh M. Yengiabad to explore the production process so that the book can truly meet the wishes of the target group. The 2020 winner of both the Public Award and ... More

James Welling, Julia Mamaea, 2018. Gelatin dichromate print with aniline dye, 14 x 11 inches (35.6 x 27.9 cm) Framed. Dimensions: 20 1/4 x 17 1/2 inches (51.4 x 44.5 cm). © James Welling, Courtesy Regen Projects, Los Angeles.

LOS ANGELES, CA.- Regen Projects is presenting Archaeology, an exhibition of recent photographs by James Welling. This marks the artist’s tenth solo exhibition at the gallery. The works in this exhibition reflect Welling's long-standing interest in the history and technological processes of the photographic medium, propelling forth a decades long career driven by relentless experimentation. Through a series of distinct printing processes, Welling employs his findings to create images that revive the ancient world. In describing the genesis of this project, Welling said, "I first photographed Greek and Roman antiquities on a fateful visit to the Metropolitan Museum in 2018. The most haunting of the photographs I took that day was of a defaced bust of Julia Mamaea, a third-century Syrian noblewoman, the mother and regent of Emperor ... More

Titus Kaphar, Jesus Noir, 2020, oil on canvas, duct tape. Courtesy of Maruani Mercier and the artist.

BRUSSELS.- Maruani Mercier announces a solo exhibition of new and recent paintings by Titus Kaphar (b. 1976, Kalamazzo, MI, USA) at L’Église du Gesú, Brussels. Known for reinterpreting historic images from American and European art, in the exhibition, entitled The Evidence of Things Unseen, Kaphar addresses the representation of race in Renaissance Christian iconography. Presented in Belgium, home to Northern Renaissance masters such as Jan van Eyck and Peter Paul Rubens, Kaphar introduces this body of work to the context he is subverting in a building emblematic of a threatened supremacy. L’Église du Gesú, a deconsecrated church, was formerly a place of worship for the Jesuit community and is now externally defaced with graffiti. The Evidence of Things Unseen is Kaphar’s latest intervention in the historical representation of race. Christianity is deeply rooted in Renaissance art. The principal patron of art at the time was ... More

First auction dedicated to Shepard Fairey's OBEY and 30-year career opens at Heritage Auctions   Exhibition at Musée des Arts Décoratifs explores perceptions of luxury through the ages   Your local bookstore wants you to know that it's struggling

Shepard Fairey (b. 1970), Castro Collage, 2003. Screenprint in colors on paper, 48 x 36 inches.

DALLAS, TX.- Heritage Auctions has launched its first sale dedicated to contemporary artist Shepard Fairey. Shepard Fairey: 30 years of OBEY celebrates the American contemporary street artist, graphic designer, activist, illustrator and founder of OBEY Clothing who emerged from the skateboarding scene. The auction is the first dedicated to works from Fairey's varied OBEY campaigns, with original art and signed, limited prints. Each work in the auction casts a spotlight on important social issues dating back to the late 1980s. This is the first auction in a new series of auction that the Urban Art Department at Heritage has announced focusing exclusively on a single artist. This sale will be followed by auctions dedicated solely to Banksy in January 2021, Invader in February and Murakami in March. "Fairey stayed true to his roots as an influential street artist and carried that approach through three decades, even though his graphic artwork has been elevated for use in national political campaigns," ... More

Headdress — China, Qing Dynasty (1644-1912), 19th century Wickerwork, kingfisher feathers, gemstones, glass, paper, metal wires, textile fibers © Musée des Arts Décoratifs, Paris / Jean Tholance.

PARIS.- Following the acclaim of the exhibition 10,000 Years of Luxury at the Louvre Abu Dhabi in 2019, curated by the Musée des Arts Décoratifs Museum Director Olivier Gabet, the Musée des Arts Décoratifs presents Luxes from October 15, 2020 to May 2, 2021. The exhibition explores perceptions of luxury through the ages and from all corners of the world. Showcasing over-100 objects, the majority of which come from the permanent collections of the Musée des Arts Décoratifs, loans come from the Musée du Louvre, the Louvre Abu Dhabi, the Bibliothèque Nationale de France, the Musée du Quai Branly, as well as from some of France’s most prestigious design houses. Devising and curating an exhibition on luxury through just over 100 objects involves intense scrutiny. This becomes even more evident when considering that the Musée des Arts Décoratifs, an institution that has celebrated the relationship between art and industry since its founding in ... More

Jamie Fiocco, the owner of Flyleaf Books, at her store in Chapel Hill, N.C., Oct. 8, 2020. Fiocco never expected she would be spending tens of thousands on cleaning products, postage and other necessities in 2020. Jeremy M. Lange/The New York Times.

by Elizabeth A. Harris

NEW YORK (NYT NEWS SERVICE).- The signs started appearing in bookstore windows this week. “Buy books from people who want to sell books, not colonize the moon.” “Amazon, please leave the dystopia to Orwell.” “If you want Amazon to be the world’s only retailer, keep shopping there.” The message: Buy from these shops, or they won’t be around much longer. According to the American Booksellers Association, which developed the campaign, more than one independent bookstore has closed each week since the pandemic began. Many of those still standing are staring down the crucial holiday season and seeing a toxic mix of higher expenses, lower sales and enormous uncertainty. Even though book sales have been a bright spot in an exceedingly grim national economy — they rose more than 6% so far this year compared with ... More

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One of the first Crimean War Naval V.C.'s awarded fetches £297,600 at Dix Noonan Webb
LONDON.- A fine Crimean War Naval V.C. awarded to Australian resident and Seaman James Gorman of H.M.S. Albion, for his gallantry while defending the Right Lancaster Battery at the Battle of Inkermann on November 5, 1864 sold for £297,600 at London-based Dix Noonan Webb in their live/ online auction of Orders, Decorations, Medals and Militaria on Thursday, October 15, 2020. Bought by a UK Private Buyer with an strong interest in the Crimean War, it was one of the first V.C’s to be awarded, and was estimated to fetch £120,000-160,000. Following the sale, Christopher Mellor-Hill, Head of Client Liaison (Associate Director) of Dix, Noonan, Webb commented: “It is a fantastic result, with competition proving fierce amongst bidders from all over the globe. The price is not only reflective of the quality of the Victoria Cross and the story ... More

Egypt singer adds modern touch to Islamic chanting
CAIRO (AFP).- Egypt's Mahmoud al-Tohamy is a master of Islamic chanting, a 1,400-year-old art form known as "inshad" -- but that hasn't stopped him from performing the "Game of Thrones" theme song. At age 41, Tohamy is inspired by the mystical Sufi branch of Islam and deeply committed to the spiritual essence of the ancient performance of devotional poetry and odes. But he has also earned global renown as an artistic pioneer who fuses inshad with other styles to create experimental and mesmerising works of music. While the strictest interpretations of the art of chanting bans the use of accompanying musical instruments, Tohamy has worked with Western-style rock bands and classical music orchestras. His latest projects, he told AFP in Cairo, are all about mixing "classic Arabic with popular music," including genres from rock and ... More

The Benton Museum of Art at Pomona College announces new assistant curator of collections
CLAREMONT, CA.- The Benton Museum of Art at Pomona College announced the appointment of Solomon Salim Moore as the museum’s new assistant curator of collections. Moore, a multi-dimensional arts professional, comes to the Benton from the Art Institute of Chicago and will join the Benton staff on December 1, 2020. "We look forward to welcoming Salim back to California and to our new museum,” said Victoria Sancho Lobis, the museum’s Sarah Rempel and Herbert S. Rempel ’23 Director. “Born and raised in Altadena, Salim has built an impressive career in both the curatorial and educational fields. With his wide-ranging curiosity and commitment to museum work, he will be a wonderful addition to the Benton staff. I’m deeply grateful to The William Randolph Hearst Foundation and the Aramont Charitable Foundation, whose support has ... More

Kunsthalle Bern opens "No Dandy, No Fun: In Search of an Absent Person"
BERN.- Who are the dandies of our times? Do they even still exist? That elegant gentleman, strolling along the arcades of Paris with a tortoise on a leash – do we really need him any more?* The antiquated image of the dandy, of the man in the finely cut suit gazing impassively upon the world while sipping a glass of champagne, seems out of date today. But the attitude concealed behind this image has come to seem promising again. World views centered solely upon themselves go into ecstasies trying to persuade us to believe in their own identity over all others. A dandy, by contrast, allows himself the luxury of having no opinions and remaining without any fixed qualities of his own. Instead of tending to his subjective emotional world, and letting himself be manipulated by its reactions, he coldly regards himself as a malleable object, and rejects any notions ... More

Meta-information exhibition embraces non-traditional blacksmithing
HOUSTON, TX.- Houston Center for Contemporary Craft is presenting Meta-Formation: New Connections in Contemporary Blacksmithing. The exhibition showcases some of the best metalworkers in the field today, illustrating the magic of forged metal. The featured work, from sculpture to functional ware, exemplifies a diversity of artistic expression, while embracing approaches that go beyond traditional blacksmithing techniques. Spearheaded by New Orleans-based metalworker and designer Rachel David of Red Metal, Meta-Formation first debuted at the Appalachian Center for Craft (Smithville, TN) in 2019. Jurors Andy Cooperman, Hoss Haley, and former HCCC Curatorial Fellow Sarah Darro selected works from an open call, giving preference to those that exhibited outstanding sculptural and design qualities. For the exhibition’s second iteration, ... More

Sharing an intimate musical vision
NEW YORK (NYT NEWS SERVICE).- “One of the things that I’m drawn to is living with someone for a long time, being in love, and what that’s like after you’ve lived together for 10 years,” the composer and percussionist Sarah Hennies said recently. “It becomes, somehow, more banal and routine, but also more intimately bonded at the same time. So that’s the piece I wanted to write.” Speaking by phone from Ithaca, New York, where she lives with her partner, visual artist Mara Baldwin, and their young son, Hennies, 41, was explaining what had led her to compose “The Reinvention of Romance.” The duet for cello and percussion comprises some 90 minutes of spare, economical gestures, played not quite in sync. A recording of the 2018 piece by Two-Way Street, the duo that commissioned it, arrived recently on Astral Spirits. The arresting ... More

Serralves Museum of Contemporary Art opens an exhibition of works by R. H. Quaytman
PORTO.- The work of R. H. Quaytman (Boston, USA, 1961) is being presented for the first time in Portugal. The exhibition presented at the Serralves Museum of Contemporary Art, in the city of Porto (Portugal) includes over 70 works. It opened to the public on October 16, 2020 and will be on display until February 21, 2021. R. H. Quaytman's oeuvre points to the new possibilities available to contemporary painting. What is a painting, is it an icon? What are the means of painting in a culture saturated by visual stimulation, from photographs to the digital forest of signs? Is painting still a relevant way to share our history? R. H. Quaytman uses mechanical reproduction techniques and the traditions of conceptual art to create several closed series of works, divided into distinct chapters. Each chapter is numbered to mark the passage of time and the ... More

Monica King Contemporary opens an exhibition of mixed media works by Jason Craighead
NEW YORK, NY.- Monica King Contemporary is presenting a solo exhibition of new work by Jason Craighead, a raw eloquence, from October 10 through November 7, 2020. The presentation features mixed media works incorporating fragments of vintage dictionary and thesaurus pages, furthering the artist’s ongoing inquiry into human connectivity and collective communication. This is Craighead’s first exhibition with Monica King Contemporary. Jason Craighead’s work is, at its core, an exploration of the vastness of the human condition in a collective sense, made visible only through the lens of rigorous self reflection. Craighead’s paintings and works on paper dynamically embody the artist’s recent experiences, ongoing preoccupations and, at times, brutally raw emotions. In the artist’s work, vast areas of softly washed color exist alongside boisterously ... More

In France, a festival delivers the essential: Dance to audiences
MONTPELLIER (NYT NEWS SERVICE).- At the end of her new solo, “Goldberg Variations,” on Tuesday night at the Montpellier Danse festival, Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker held up a hand to stop the applause. “I want to thank you for being here,” she said. “This is a difficult time; without live audiences, there would be no performing arts.” The solo was supposed to have had its premiere in May and been presented again during the Montpellier festival’s 40th-anniversary season this summer. Then, like every other cultural event in Europe and beyond, the festival was canceled because of the coronavirus pandemic. But unlike many summer festivals, which pushed back their programming to 2021, Montpellier Danse has gone ahead, and so has “Goldberg Variations,” which had brief runs in Belgium and Austria this summer before coming ... More

Ed Benguiat, a master of typography, is dead at 92
NEW YORK (NYT NEWS SERVICE).- Ed Benguiat, a celebrated graphic designer known for his expertise in typefaces — including the one you see at the top of the print and web editions of this newspaper — started his design career in a not-so-celebrated post at a movie magazine publisher. “My job was to be a cleavage retoucher,” he recalled in a video interview with the Type Directors Club. “My job was to take it out — take the cleavage out, remove it.” It was the years after World War II, an era of the restrictive Hays Code in the movies. “I was very good with an airbrush and buying doilies in the five-and-ten,” he said, strategically placed doilies being key to the cleavage removal process. Benguiat went on to more sophisticated work. He became one of the go-to designers of the second half of the last century, especially in matters of typography. ... More

Turkey's ailing theatres fear politics at play in virus funding
ISTANBUL (AFP).- Asmali Sahne, an independent theatre in Istanbul, applied for desperately needed state funds as it tries to survive the impact of the coronavirus pandemic, but its request was turned down. The co-founder of the theatre in Istanbul's bohemian Beyoglu district and other playhouse owners and actors suspect politics of playing a role in the delivery of relief funds. They claim that independent theatres and those associated with the opposition are being left out, putting their future at stake. Asmali Sahne felt sure it was ticking all the boxes by producing a Turkish play by a Turkish female writer. It was the theatre's third attempt to win the funding and hoped for 108,000 Turkish lira ($13,600) but it was given a vague reason for being refused. "We met all the criteria but we failed once again," co-founder Muharrem Ugurlu told AFP. "For the first time in six years since we wer ... More

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On a day like today, Flemish painter Jacob Jordaens died
May 18, 1678. Jacob Jordaens (19 May 1593 - 18 October 1678) was one of three Flemish Baroque painters, along with Peter Paul Rubens and Anthony van Dyck, to bring prestige to the Antwerp school of painting. Unlike those contemporaries he never traveled abroad to study Italian painting, and his career is marked by an indifference to their intellectual and courtly aspirations. In fact, except for a few short trips to locations in the Low Countries, he remained in Antwerp his entire life. As well as being a successful painter, he was a prominent designer of tapestries. Like Rubens, Jordaens painted altarpieces, mythological, and allegorical scenes, and after 1640---the year Rubens died---he was the most important painter in Antwerp for large-scale commissions and the status of his patrons increased in general.

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