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Exhibition at The Queen's Gallery explores the life and passions of George IV

Rembrandt van Rijn, The Shipbuilder and his Wife: Jan Rijcksen and his Wife, Griet Jans, 1633. Photo: Royal Collection Trust / © Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II 2019.

LONDON.- An exhibition exploring the life and passions of George IV reunites for the first time items that were commissioned and worn by the King at his famously flamboyant coronation at Westminster Abbey, London, in 1821. Marking the 200th anniversary in 2020 of the Monarch’s ascent to the throne, George IV: Art & Spectacle is on view at The Queen’s Gallery, Buckingham Palace. The coronation was the most spectacular moment of George’s life and came at a cost of more than £240,000. The King himself oversaw the design of his coronation robes, including the crimson velvet surcoat and a stole made from cloth of silver, gold thread and silk, embroidered with the national flowers of the United Kingdom. Sir Thomas Lawrence’s coronation portrait shows the King in his ceremonial clothing with the Imperial State Crown, traditionally remade for the ... More

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Dress Diana wore when she danced with Travolta up for sale   Andrew Jones Auctions announces November 24th DTLA Collections & Estates auction   Gagosian exhibits editioned works by Gerhard Richter spanning fifty years

Princess Diana's Victor Edelstein midnight-blue velvet evening gown. Estimate:£250,000- £350,000 ( +25% BP* ).

LONDON (AFP).- A midnight blue velvet gown worn by Princess Diana when she danced with actor John Travolta at the White House is being put up for sale, an auction house said Monday. She wore the Victor Edelstein dress when she and her then husband Prince Charles attended a state dinner hosted by then president Ronald Reagan on November 9, 1985. It was immortalised when Diana was photographed dancing with Travolta to the song "You Should be Dancing" from his film "Saturday Night Fever". Estimated at £250,000-£350,000 ($324,000-$454,000), the dress is one of three being sold by Kerry Taylor Auctions on December 9. They also include a long-sleeved dress from 1986 by Katherine Cusack, also in midnight-blue velvet, and a Catherine Walker navy wool day dress from around 1989. The Edelstein dress was part of a collection of outfits that Diana herself sold for charity at auction in June 1997, just weeks before she was killed in a car ... More

Gelatin silver print by Diane Arbus (American, 1923-1971) titled Jorge Luis Borges in Central Park, N.Y.C., (1969), printed later by Neil Selkirk ($3,000-5,000).

LOS ANGELES, CA.- Auction season is in full swing and Andrew Jones Auctions has much in store for its Sunday, November 24th DTLA Collections & Estates auction, online and in the gallery at 2221 South Main Street in downtown Los Angeles, starting promptly at 10:30 am Pacific time. Internet bidding will be via and The sale features 600 lots of fine art, Asian works of art, modern design, antiques, photographs, prints and multiples, antiquities, unusual and fine silver, rugs, books and manuscripts, and great vintage finds from local collections and estates. Previews will be held in the gallery on Thursday, Friday and Saturday, November 21st, 22nd and 23rd, from 10 am to 5 pm each day, Pacific time. “Our DTLA auctions are so much fun,” said company president Andrew Jones. “The offerings of notable photography, fine art and design make this sale really special. And with ... More

Gerhard Richter, Betty, 1991. Offset print on lightweight card with a layer of nitrocellulose varnish, mounted on plastic, in artist's frame, 50 1/8 x 39 7/8 x 1 in. 127.2 x 101.1 x 2.5 cm. Edition of 25 © Gerhard Richter 2019 (07102019) Photo: Rob McKeever. Courtesy Gagosian.

NEW YORK, NY.- Gagosian is presenting editioned works by Gerhard Richter spanning fifty years. Throughout his distinguished career, Richter has remained at the forefront of contemporary abstraction and image-making, embracing haptic process and technological advancements in equal measure and harnessing found imagery in groundbreaking ways. Editions are a central feature of his practice. He modifies details and sometimes entire compositions from his oeuvre, producing artworks that are simultaneously self-referential and new. Divergent in medium, scale, and style, the editions mirror Richter’s mercurial artistic processes and explore the dynamic relationship between source image and pictorial representation. Many of Richter’s prints are based on personal photographs. He produced his earliest edition Hund (Dog) (1965) by sweeping a paintbrush ... More

The Momentary and Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art unveil the 60 artists to be featured in State of the Art 2020   Exhibition reveals Helena Rubinstein's fascination for non-European arts   First African winner of Prix Pictet announced

Photo of State of the Art 2020, curators (left to right) Allison Glenn, Lauren Haynes, and Alejo Benedetti at the Momentary, courtesy of Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art.

BENTONVILLE, ARK.- The Momentary and Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art announced today that 60 artists have been selected for State of the Art 2020. As part of opening the new contemporary art space, the Momentary, the exhibition will be on view at the Momentary and Crystal Bridges from February 22 through May 24, 2020, free for all visitors. Lauren Haynes, curator of visual arts at the Momentary and curator of contemporary art at Crystal Bridges, is leading State of the Art 2020, along with Alejo Benedetti, assistant curator of contemporary art, Crystal Bridges and Allison Glenn, associate curator of contemporary art, Crystal Bridges. The team visited studios across the country, resulting in the selection of a diverse group of 60 artists, from varied backgrounds and at different points in their careers. More than 100 artworks will be featured in State of the Art 2020 ... More

Lefem female figure, Bamileke, Bangwa chiefdom, Cameroon. Paris, Fondation Dapper. Photo: Hughes Dubois.

PARIS.- Precious Kota and Fang reliquaries, exceptional Baoulé, Bamana and Senufo pieces… Although the meteoric rise of Helena Rubinstein, the leading business woman of the 20th century, whom Cocteau called “The Empress of Beauty”, is familiar to all, her career as an intuitive collector and her pioneering role in the recognition of the arts of Africa and Oceania is probably less well known. Through sixty-five works from her collection, the musée du quai Branly – Jacques Chirac pays tribute to her, and reveals Madame’s fascination for non-European arts. Madame’s collection, built up mainly in Paris over the course of her encounters, and continually enriched thanks to her keen eye, comprises over 400 pieces of non-European art. In her apartments in Paris, New-York and London, this extraordinary collection sat alongside works by Modernist painters and sculptors such as Chagall, Braque, Brancusi, Modiglia ... More

Joana Choumali, born in 1974, is a visual artist/photographer based in Abidjan, Côte d'Ivoire. Photo: © David Levene.

LONDON.- 45 year-old Joana Choumali from Côte d’Ivoire was announced as winner of the eighth cycle of the Prix Pictet, the global award in photography and sustainability, with a theme of Hope. She is the first ever African winner of the Prix Pictet. The announcement was made at a ceremony at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London on Wednesday 13 November 2019 at the opening of an exhibition of the work of the twelve shortlisted photographers. The award takes the form of a cash prize of 100,000 Swiss francs to the winner. Born in 1974 and based in Abidjan, Côte d'Ivoire, Joana Choumali works on conceptual portraits, mixed media and documentary photography. Winner of the CapPrize Award (2014), Emerging Photographer LensCulture Award (2014), Magnum Emergency Grant Foundation (2016) and the Fourthwall Books Award in South Africa (2016), she exhibited at the Pavilion of the Ivory Coast during the 57th Venice ... More

Perrotin New York opens an exhibition of works by Korean artist Lee Bae   New, vivid history of pre- and post-Columbian Art featured in 'Collecting for a New World'   Rembrandt leads Old Master Through Modern Prints at Swann

Lee Bae, Issu du feu, ch-64, 2003 (detail). 170 x 260 cm. 66 15/16 x 102 3/8 in. Charcoal on canvas. Courtesy of the artist and Perrotin.

NEW YORK, NY.- Perrotin New York is presenting Promenade, an exhibition from Korean artist Lee Bae, based in Paris, France and Cheongdo, South Korea. For his first solo presentation with Perrotin New York, the artist has created a physically immersive environment that expands upon his ongoing aesthetic and material experiments with charcoal. This concise collection of drawings, paintings, and sculptures represents three distinct bodies of work: Issu du feu, Landscape, and his most recent works on paper, Untitled. Charcoal has figured prominently in Lee Bae’s practice since 1990, when the artist first moved to Paris and took up the ubiquitous material out of economic necessity. In this time of transition, charcoal also provided a cultural link to home, recalling the soot-based India ink used in Korean calligraphy but also the material’s many domestic applications: In Korea, ... More

Incense burner in the form of a diving bat. Mayapan-style, Mexico, Postclassic Maya 900-1200 CE. Jay I. Kislak Collection. Photographer Lee Ewing.

WASHINGTON, DC.- A new book explores the history of the early Americas — a story of before and after, defined and divided by the pivotal moment of contact, in 1492, between Europeans and the indigenous cultures of the New World — told through the collection of early American treasures in the Library of Congress. On the European side, this is a tale of exploration, high-stakes treasure seeking and conquest. For indigenous Americans — including the Maya, the Nahua, the Taíno, and the Wari — it is the beginning of the end, a violent saga of disease, enslavement, and the loss of languages and rituals. “Collecting for a New World,” published by D Giles Limited, London, in association with the Library of Congress, relates these encounters through vivid illustrations and interpretive descriptions of more than 60 rare and priceless items. In describing for the first time the ... More

Rembrandt van Rijn, Pieter Haaring, etching, drypoint & burin, 1655. Sold for $81,250, a record for the print.

NEW YORK, NY.- With an offering from the past five centuries, Swann Galleries’s Tuesday, October 29 sale of Old Master Through Modern Art brought collectors exceptional works from key artists and included Rembrandt etchings from the John Villarino Collection. Rembrandt van Rijn was the highest selling old master in the sale with seven etchings selling among the top 20. Leading the auction was Pieter Haaring, etching, 1655—the scarce lifetime impression brought a record for the print at $81,250. One of the earliest dated landscape etchings by Rembrandt Landscape with a Cottage and a Large Tree, 1641, saw a price of $40,000. “Certainly the highlight of the Old Masters was the distinguished John Villarino collection of Rembrandt etchings, with 25 lots from the collection finding buyers internationally, for a total of more than $275,000,” noted Todd Weyman, the house’s Director of Prints & Drawings. ... More

Marianne Boesky Gallery presents paintings and mixed-media installations by Jennifer Bartlett   McNay Art Museum Artists Looking at Art series features museum employee Thomas Stokes III   Henry receives major gift of contemporary art from Seattle philanthropists Shari and John Behnke

Jennifer Bartlett, House: Yellow Roof Left, 1998. Oil on canvas, 100 x 100 inches. 254 x 254 cm. No visible signature. © Jennifer Bartlett. Courtesy Marianne Boesky Gallery, New York and Aspen, Paula Cooper Gallery, New York, and The Jennifer Bartlett 2013 Trust. Photo credit: Object Studies.

NEW YORK, NY.- Marianne Boesky Gallery opened The House was Quiet and the World was Calm: Jennifer Bartlett 1970 – 2014, marking the gallery’s first solo presentation of the acclaimed artist’s work since it began representing her in fall 2018. The image of the archetypal house has permeated Bartlett’s work across media since the 1970s, encapsulating within its recognizable form both simple geometry and poignant symbolism. Through a selection of paintings and mixed-media installations, the exhibition captures Bartlett’s multifaceted and conceptually rigorous examinations of the idea of the house. The House was Quiet and the World was Calm is on view at the gallery’s 509 W. 24th Street location through December 21 ... More

The ALA series salutes the vitality of the contemporary art community in the San Antonio area.

SAN ANTONIO, TX.- The McNay Art Museum’s latest Artists Looking at Art (ALA) series features 14 intimate paintings from emerging artist, Thomas Stokes III. Stokes, 21, is a San Antonio-native and part-time Gallery Services Officer at the Museum. Primarily self-taught, Stoke’s work focuses on the human form and portraiture using acrylic on canvas. “As in museums across the globe, Thomas demonstrates the high levels of creativity found in the staff, from curators to security personnel,” said René Paul Barilleaux, Head of Curatorial Affairs. “His portraits in particular pay homage to his artist-heroes—Picasso, Francis Bacon—among others.” The ALA series salutes the vitality of the contemporary art community in the San Antonio area. The McNay Contemporary Collectors Forum (MCCF) initiated the Artists Looking at Art series and jointly sponsors it with the McNay’s education department. The artworks on view at th ... More

SuttonBeresCuller. Puzzle (131). 2011. Acrylic on wood. Henry Art Gallery, Gift of John and Shari Behnke, 2018.51.

SEATTLE, WA.- Henry Director Sylvia Wolf announces a recent gift of 51 works of art to the Henry from the collection of Seattle philanthropists and contemporary art collectors John and Shari Behnke. This donation includes works on paper, photography, video, and sculpture by 44 artists from 12 countries, including Raymond Boisjoly, Helen Chadwick, Tom Friedman, Ori Gerscht, Jane Hammond, Rachel Harrison, David Hartt, Aaron Flint Jameson, Jennie C. Jones, Justine Kurland, Enrique Martinez Celaya, Marlene McCarty, Eileen Quinlan, and SuttonBeresCuller. The Behnke family's commitment to the Henry is deep and generational. John Behnke’s late father Robert was a passionate advocate for the Henry, serving on its Board from 1973 to 1999. John served on the Henry Board from 2000 to 2014 and as Board Chair from 2007-2010. Shari and John are ... More

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Hake's shatters world auction record for Star Wars toy at Nov. 6-7 sale that totaled $2M
YORK, PA.- Hake’s, America’s first auction house specializing exclusively in pop culture memorabilia, has rewritten the history books yet again with their $185,850 sale of an elusive Star Wars action figure. Finishing at the top of Hake’s November 6-7 auction that grossed $2 million, the Boba Fett J-slot rocket-firing prototype came with a storied history that began at the 1979 New York Toy Fair. Although the figure made its debut there, it never actually saw production, making it exceedingly rare. According to Hake’s president Alex Winter, its astronomical selling price is a world auction record for any Star Wars toy. Winter said that in the run-up to the auction, the toy captured the attention of major newspapers, national TV news outlets and “many serious collectors worldwide.” It received a total of 15 bids before ... More

Cambodian Princess who rebuilt 'Apsara' dance dies aged 76
PHNOM PENH (AFP).- Cambodian Princess Norodom Bopha Devi, a former culture minister who helped resurrect traditional Apsara dance from the ashes of the brutal Khmer Rouge rule in the 1970s, died on Monday at the age of 76, premier Hun Sen said. Daughter of late king Norodom Sihanouk and half sister of current monarch Norodom Sihamoni, Bopha Devi died from an illness in a Bangkok hospital, according to family. In a condolence letter shared on the prime minister's Facebook page, Hun Sen said her death marked "the greatest loss of a multi-skilled actor in the cultural sector". He later declared November 20 a national day of mourning and for flags to fly at half-mast. Tributes praising her contribution to the arts flooded Cambodian social media. Prominent Cambodian filmmaker Rithy Panh tweeted "RIP Princesse Bopha Devi" with two black and white ... More

Unique edition of 'Koudelka Shooting Holy Land' to be released in December
LONDON.- A unique edition of the award-winning documentary, ​Koudelka Shooting Holy Land on acclaimed Czech photographer, Josef Koudelka (Magnum Photos), will be released on Blu-Ray and DVD and offered for online rent. Including over 60 minutes of never-before-seen additional material – rare interviews with Koudelka in his Paris studio, edit-room-floor scenes released for the first time, and a Q&A with Koudelka and director Baram filmed in front of a live audience. In October 2015, the feature-length documentary, ​Koudelka Shooting Holy Land ​ premiered and, for the first time ever, shed light on the mystery of Josef Koudelka. The film offered an intimate look into the creative process of Koudelka that excited and fascinated photographers and photography enthusiasts around the world. Now, following four years of non-stop touring in more than ... More

For sale: Serena Williams' broken racket. Yes, that one
NEW YORK (NYT NEWS SERVICE).- Tennis players have long broken rackets in anger, but no smashed racket has reverberated more than the Wilson Blade that Serena Williams wrecked during her U.S. Open final against Naomi Osaka in 2018. The outburst cost Williams a point, which ignited an argument with the chair umpire and eventually prompted a game penalty. Soon after, she lost the match, starting a cascading controversy about sexism, racism and rules enforcement in tennis. Now, that racket has become an unusual piece of sports memorabilia. It will be up for sale starting Monday, by Goldin Auctions. The opening bid is $2,000, but the price is expected to reach five figures by the time the event closes Dec. 7. “I think the low end would be $10,000, and I wouldn’t be surprised if it goes to $25,000 or $50,000,” said Ken Goldin, founder ... More

Virgil Abloh fashion, art and design on view at the High this fall
ATLANTA, GA.- This fall, the High Museum of Art presents “Virgil Abloh: ‘Figures of Speech’” (Nov. 12, 2019–March 8, 2020), the first museum exhibition devoted to the work of the modern, genre-bending artist and designer who became creative director of Louis Vuitton’s menswear line in 2018.  Organized by the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, where it debuted in June, the exhibition focuses on Abloh’s creative process, collaborative work and pioneering discipline, which ranges across media and connects visual artists, musicians, graphic designers, fashion designers and architects. The works on view offer an in-depth look at the defining highlights of Abloh’s career, including his recent designs for the Louis Vuitton menswear collection, video documentation of his most iconic fashion shows and his distinctive furniture and graphic design work.  “Abloh is an inspiring cr ... More

Hampton Roads museums, jails partner to exhibit inmate art
NORFOLK, VA.- The Chrysler Museum of Art, Virginia Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA) and Peninsula Fine Arts Center have partnered with local jails to present the original artwork of inmates in Beyond the Block. The exhibition opened at each venue on Nov. 16. It will close at the Peninsula Fine Arts Center on Jan. 5, 2020. Works will be on view at the Chrysler Museum of Art and Virginia MOCA through Feb. 9, 2020. Each venue features works that were created using jail-safe pens, food, deodorant and other materials that are permissible in correctional facilities. The Norfolk, Virginia Beach, Chesapeake, Hampton, Newport News, Hampton Roads Regional and Western Tidewater Regional jails invited inmates to participate in the exhibition. “Finding opportunities for inmates to be creative with their time is important,” said Norfolk Sheriff Joe Baron. “When ... More

Arte Generali: The new insurance offer dedicated to art collectors
MILAN.- Generali presented Arte Generali, an innovative global business unit that positions itself as an insurance partner to art collectors. Arte Generali was first announced in occasion of the Group’s Investor Day in November 2018. Arte Generali offers innovative and personalized solutions that go beyond insurance coverage for art pieces, jewelry and other valuable belongings and include assistance in the form of, for example, restoration, transport and storage, as well as digital tools that make use of the latest technology. The new global unit is headquartered in Munich, Germany, and reports to Giovanni Liverani, CEO of Generali Deutschland and global sponsor of Arte Generali. The central hub supports local underwriting and claims management teams empowered by unmatched services and cutting-edge technology. Arte Generali is inspired by ... More

Lyndsey Ingram exhibits new work by British artist Suzy Murphy
LONDON.- Lyndsey Ingram is presenting new work by British artist Suzy Murphy. The exhibition includes all aspects of Murphy’s recent output – oil paintings ranging in scale from monumental to diminutive, unique works on paper, and a selection of small sculptures in bronze and clay. Trained at St. Martins (graduating in 1982), Murphy has painted her entire life. Her subjects – shifting, luminous skies, dark forests and translucent lakes - relate to small, quick sketches made en plein air in the extensive visual diaries she has kept since childhood. Murphy has travelled extensively in the United States and Canada and she transfigures her memories from road trips across the country into spare, haunting images. Murphy does not, however, regard the vivid scenes as landscapes in the traditional sense, rather she treats her memories of landscape as an ... More

Clarke Auction Gallery's Nov. 24 sale offers something for all collecting tastes
LARCHMONT, NY.- Clarke Auction Gallery will present an auction on Sunday, Nov. 24, at 11 am that ticks off nearly every box on a collector’s wish list. Masterful paintings in a bevy of periods and styles? Couture jewelry? Designer furniture pieces custom made for the boardroom of a then-Fortune 500 company? Check, check and check. “I’m proud to be able to consistently offer buyers interesting and fresh-to-market items in our auctions and satisfy collecting interests from Americana to Asian art, midcentury modern to traditional and most everything in between,” said owner and auctioneer Ronan Clarke. “Our November auction is strong across the board and includes pieces by sought-after names like Aldro Hibbard, Tiffany, David Webb and Wendell Castle.” The fine art category will feature a charming and famous oil on canvas painting by American artist ... More

Faculty artist brings bold, bright colors to the Bell Gallery
PROVIDENCE, RI.- An exhibition opening this month at Brown University promises to bring a bit of summertime color and vibrancy to these increasingly darker and shorter autumn days. “Luscious,” on view at the David Winton Bell Gallery, features more than 50 bold, evocative paintings and drawings by Wendy Edwards, a longtime professor of visual art at Brown. Over the course of a career spanning several decades, Edwards’ art has taken countless turns, focusing at times on nature, textile-inspired geometric patterns and abstractions. But one constant has always remained: her commitment to the use of bold, bright colors she characterizes as “luscious.” “Wendy Edwards is a painter’s painter — inventive, experimental and fearless,” said Jo-Ann Conklin, director of the Bell Gallery. “She rejoices in applying ‘luscious’ colors and manipulating materiality in an array of ... More

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June 19, 1942. Calvin Richard Klein (born November 19, 1942) is an American fashion designer of Hungarian origin who launched the company that would later become Calvin Klein Inc., in 1968. In addition to clothing, Klein has also given his name to a range of perfumes, watches, and jewelry. In this image: Fashion designer Calvin Klein is seen in New York, June 28, 1983.

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