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Georgia Museum of Art presents highlights from Princeton University Art Museum collection

John Singleton Copley (American, 1738 – 1815), “Elkanah Watson,” 1782. Oil on canvas, 149 × 121 centimeters. Princeton University Art Museum. Gift of the estate of Josephine Thomson Swann (y1964-181).

ATHENS, GA.- As the Princeton University Art Museum constructs a new building (set to open in 2024), more than 100 works of American art from its collection are traveling the country. The exhibition “Object Lessons in American Art” premiered at the Georgia Museum of Art at the University of Georgia from February 4 to May 14, 2023. Spanning the 18th century to the present, “Object Lessons” features works of Euro-American, African American and Native American art and illustrates how fresh investigations and contemporary perspectives can inform and enrich its meaning. With these objects, the exhibition asks fundamental questions about artistic significance and how meaning changes across time, place and context. Following its appearance in Georgia, the exhibition will travel to the Florence Griswold Museum, Old Lyme, Connecticut, and the Speed Art Museum, Louisville, Kentucky. Organized by Karl Kusserow, the Princeton Univer ... More

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Eli Wilner & Company completes hand-carved replica of the Resolute Desk   Lucy Lacoste Gallery exhibits a very special suite of five porcelain sculptures by Dimitri Hadzi   The Met receives gift of Francesco Salviati's painting of Bindo Altoviti

Eli Wilner & Company artisans create a hand-carved replica of the Resolute Desk, the elaborately carved oak desk used in the Oval Office.

NEW YORK, NY.- Eli Wilner & Company announces the completion of their fifth hand-carved replica of the Resolute Desk, the elaborately carved oak desk used in the Oval Office. The Resolute desk is a large, nineteenth-century partners' desk often chosen by presidents of the United States for use in the White House as the Oval Office desk. It was a gift from Queen Victoria to President Rutherford B. Hayes in 1880 and was built from the timbers of the British Arctic Exploration ship HMS Resolute. The Resolute was a British Arctic Exploration ship that set sail in April 1852 to search for the missing British explorer Sir John Franklin, who left Britain in 1845 in search of the Northwest Passage through the Canadian Arctic. The Resolute became trapped in the Arctic ice in 1853. In 1855 an American whaling ship found HMS Resolute adrift and sailed it back to New London, Connecticut. HMS Resolute was completely ... More

Dimitri Hadzi, Three Generations, 1998 Side I. Porcelain. Height Dimensions, tallest to shortest: 23.5”, 19”, 14.5”, 14.5” , 4.5”.

CONCORD MASS.- Dimitri Hadzi (1921 – 2006) is among the most distinguished modernist sculptors, known for his mythic and monumental sculpture in bronze and stone commissioned for public spaces such as the JFK Center at Government Center Boston, Avery Fisher Hall at Lincoln Center and St. Paul’s Church in Rome. His sculpture is powerfully abstract and expressionist in character, fusing themes of antiquity with the modern. In addition to bronze sculpture, he worked in clay, primarily in the early days of his career and especially toward the end, as well as doing painting and printmaking. Dimitri Hadzi’s contribution to the international language of sculpture continues to influence and inspire through permanent installations and collections, and exhibitions worldwide. Lucy Lacoste Gallery is showing Three Generations, (23.5 inches at the tallest height) a very special suite of five porcelain sculptures made c. 1998 ... More

Francesco Salviati (Francesco de' Rossi), (Italian, 1510–1563). Bindo Altoviti, ca. 1545. Oil on marble. 34 5/8 × 28 3/4 in. (88 × 73 cm). The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Gift of the Assadour O. Tavitian Trust, 2022 (2022.460). Photograph © Bruce M. White, 2020

NEW YORK, NY.- The Metropolitan Museum of Art announced today that it has received a gift of an exceptional oil painting by celebrated Italian artist Francesco Salviati (1510–1563). Executed on a one-inch thick marble slab, the arresting portrait depicts Bindo Altoviti (1491–1557), a powerful Florentine banker and one of the most significant political opponents to the Medici rulers. The monumental work is the first painting on marble acquired by The Met. It is a gift from the trust of Assadour "Aso" O. Tavitian. "The artistic importance and historic magnitude of this painting cannot be overstated," said Max Hollein, Marina Kellen French Director of The Met. "Salviati's work is simply extraordinary, both in its material aspect, on marble, and in its painterly execution. The sumptuous portrait brilliantly captures the subject's immense ... More

Nationalmuseum acquires three French garden views   Florence Arquin Collection to be presented at Hindman   Court upholds charges against ex-Louvre chief in art trafficking case

Alexandre Dunouy: La Fontaine du Bocage, view of the park at Ermenonville (detail). Oil on paper mounted on canvas. NM 7608. Photo: Anna Danielsson/Nationalmuseum.

STOCKHOLM.- Nationalmuseum has acquired three views of French gardens and parks painted in the latter half of the 18th century byLouis-Gabriel Moreau and Alexandre Dunouy. Building on the proud tradition of topographical depictions in 17th-century French art, these artists catered to the early Romantic penchant for dense foliage and picturesque dilapidation. The park at Ermenonville features in two of the paintings, one of which shows the philosopher Jean-Jacques Rousseau picking flowers. One of Rousseau’s disciples was Marquis René-Louis de Girardin, who in 1766 began constructing a landscaped park on his estate at Ermenonville, 40 km northeast of Paris. For the marquis, landscape gardening represented a blend of art and poetry, where drawings or paintings served ... More

Wolfgang Paalen (Austrian/Mexican, 1905-1959), Untitled, 1943. Estimate: $40,000-60,000.

CHICAGO, IL.- On February 10th, Hindman will explore the stories behind figural surrealism and magical realism from Mexico to the Midwest in Figuratively Speaking. Anchoring the 95-lot auction will be 21 avant-garde and surrealist works previously owned by noted artist, collector, critic, and educator Florence Arquin, a close friend of Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera, from the Carol Williams Collection. The collection features a number of works that Arquin received as gifts, highlighting the important friendships she built with many revered artists during her time living in Latin America. Examples include works by Wolfgang Paalen, Alice Rahon, and Diego Rivera, among others that are from pivotal artistic moments. “Arquin had an extraordinary impact wherever she went, from Chicago to Mexico, and beyond,” commented Hindman Vice President & Senior Specialist of Fine Art Joseph ... More

Jean-Luc Martinez, who led the Louvre from 2013 to 2021, outside the museum in Paris on June 23, 2020. Martinez is fighting charges of complicity in fraud and money laundering, part of an inquiry into the illegal sale of Egyptian artifacts. (Julien Mignot/The New York Times)

PARIS.- The Paris appeals court upheld charges of complicity in fraud and money laundering against the former president of the Louvre on Friday, in a case involving trafficked Egyptian artifacts that shocked the art world when it embroiled the man who used to lead France’s most famous museum. Jean-Luc Martinez, 58, who was president and director of the Louvre from 2013-21, was charged in May as part of a yearslong inquiry by French police into a network of looters, traffickers and antiquities experts believed to be selling looted relics to museums and art galleries. Martinez’s lawyers had applied to have the charges dismissed in hopes of removing him from the complex and tortuous case, in which other archaeology experts ... More

Getty Museum presents 'Connections: Asia'   Chequers attic sale at Bonhams   Hauser & Wirth shows Gunther Förg's final series made between 2005-2010

Cranes, 1772, Maruyama Ōkyo (detail). Six-panel screen; ink, color, and gold leaf on paper, 67 1/4 × 137 3/4 × 3/4 in. Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Gift of Camilla Chandler Frost in honor of Robert T. Singer, L.2022.205.1

LOS ANGELES, CA.- Getty Museum presents Connections: Asia, featuring five exceptional works of Asian art on loan from the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) and displayed alongside European paintings and sculpture in the Getty’s collection. “The Getty Museum is delighted to be able to showcase a selection of outstanding works of Asian art from the collections of LACMA, presented in visual dialogue with European art in our permanent collection galleries,” says Timothy Potts, Maria Hummer-Tuttle and Robert Tuttle Director of the J. Paul Getty Museum. “While LACMA’s new space is under construction, this provides a rare opportunity to display some outstanding works from their collection and to highlight both the connections and distinctions between the arts ... More

A Charles X gilt and patinated bronze sunflower clock Early 19th century. Photo: Bonhams.

LONDON.- Chequers has served as the country house retreat of British Prime Ministers since 1921 after it was given to the nation by Sir Arthur Lee for that specific purpose. Over the past century the attics at Chequers – as in many country houses – have become filled with items which are no longer used and are taking up valuable space. The Trustees – the house is owned and administered by the Chequers Charitable Trust – have decided to dispose of some of these unused items which will be offered as part of Bonhams Collections sale in London on Tuesday 21 March 2023. The funds raised will be ploughed back into the charitable trust specifically for the repair and maintenance of the house and its collections. Harvey Cammell, Global Director of Valuations and Private Collections said: “Over the last century successive Prime Ministers have entertained statesmen and stateswomen from around the world at Chequers, and the sale ... More

Günther Förg © Estate Günther Förg, Suisse / DACS 2023. Courtesy the Estate Günther Förg, Suisse.

LONDON.- Günther Förg was a prolific painter, sculptor, graphic designer and photographer whose daring conceptual works incorporate and critique tropes of the sprawling movement known as modernism. This exhibition, in the North Gallery of the London space, displays Förg’s Spot Paintings, the artist’s final series made between 2005 – 2010 before he stopped painting in 2010 after suffering a stroke. Named the Tupfenbilder series after the German word for ‘spot paintings,’ this body of work celebrates the act of painting, drawing on Förg’s earlier painterly practice but reimagining his previous explorations in innovative ways. In the artist’s own words, ‘I think painting is a resilient practice; if you look through the history of painting it doesn’t change so much and we always see it in the present. It is still now.’ In these works, the brushstroke itself becomes the main protagonist, representing an ultimate return to expressive painting ... More

Roberts Projects announces Amoako Boafo book release   Historic New England acquires a jewelry design collection   White Cube opens the first UK exhibition by artist duo TARWUK

The first monograph on the sinuous, exhilaratingly colorful and pattern-filled portraiture of Amoako Boafo.

LOS ANGELES, CA.- Roberts Projects announced the release of Amoako Boafo. Ghanaian painter Amoako Boafo has built a practice synthesizing the ways that art both reflects and perpetuates the power of representation. Amoako Boafo is the first monograph to comprehensively examine the artist's career to date. Exclusively portraying individuals from the diaspora and beyond, Boafo invites a reflection on Black subjectivity, diversity and complexity. His portraits, notable for their bold colors and patterns, celebrate his subjects as a means to challenge portrayals that objectify and dehumanize Blackness. As Boafo has stated, “the primary idea of my practice is representation, documenting, celebrating and showing new ways to approach Blackness.” "It’s very autobiographical, and it’s about constructing your own identity.” – Paul Schimmel The monograph includes essays by leading voices ... More

Historic New England adds jewelry design material to its collection.

BOSTON, MASS.- A newly acquired collection from the Frank N. Nathan Company and the Church Company illustrates Boston’s thriving jewelry industry in the late nineteenth and early to mid-twentieth centuries. From ancient times to today, jewelry has been worn as a mode of self-expression or to convey social status, to indicate religious beliefs or political views, or for the sheer enjoyment of a beautiful object. The Nathan and Church designs complement Historic New England’s jewelry collection and provide additional information about consumer taste, the design process, and the materials used in jewelry making. This new collection contains eighty-three mounted and unmounted pencil and watercolor drawings from the two companies that beautifully illustrate designs for rings, brooches, and pendants dating from 1928 to 1960. Many of the design drawings contain handwritten information, such as buyer names ... More

TARWUK, KLOSKLAS_tejivc, 2022. Acrylic, epoxy clay, steel, resin and aluminium, 46.4 x 30.6 x 26.9 cm | 18 1/4 x 12 1/16 x 10 9/16 in. © TARWUK.. Photo © White Cube (David Westwood).

LONDON.- White Cube Mason’s Yard is presenting ‘Posadila sam kost u zimskom vrtu’, the first UK exhibition by artist duo TARWUK (Bruno Pogačnik Tremow and Ivana Vukšić, both born 1981). Working as a single entity, TARWUK have created an installation comprising a new group of sculptures, paintings and works on paper. The exhibition’s title, which loosely translates to ‘I planted a bone in the winter garden’, is a poetic statement that reflects the artists’ point of departure: the dichotomy of nature in its unbridled state, and the cultivation of an ordered ‘garden’. In taking the garden as a symbol of man’s labour and innate struggle – as object and ornament, enclosure and stage – the gardener, or artist, becomes caretaker of a subconscious terrain. TARWUK form part of a generation who came of age during the Yugoslav wars of the 1990s. Though now living and working ... More

An artist must possess Nature. Henri Matisse

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Hermès Foundation opens the first solo exhibition in Belgium by French artist Marion Verboom
BRUSSELS.- Joël Riff's first exhibition as curator at La Verrière, “Chryséléphantine” is a celebration of composite sculpture, a rich, profuse genre noted for its sumptuous combinations of raw materials and its encyclopaedic repertory of motifs. The first solo exhibition in Belgium by French artist Marion Verboom, “Chryséléphantine” is conceived as a contextualisation of her work, in association with seven guest personalities. The show includes works on loan and new pieces inspired by Verboom’s stay in Brussels. The broad range of media includes Cubist statuary, silver gelatin photographic prints, oil paintings on canvas, wheel-thrown ceramics, furniture and text, and Marion Verboom’s own modelled and mould-cast pieces. The exhibition launches a new curatorial programme at La Verrière, with a new-look publication conceived as an extension of the exhibition space ... More

The Warhol announces staff appointments
PITTSBURGH, PA.- The Andy Warhol Museum has appointed Anneliese Martinez as senior director, The Pop District and Christian Lockerman as executive producer and senior director, external affairs. Both assumed their roles in 2022. Before joining The Warhol, Martinez founded A Martinez Consulting, where she consulted on many projects including The Warhol Project, which later became The Pop District. She was also the field director at Remake Learning and program director & associate at The Sprout Fund. Martinez holds a Bachelor of Fine Art and Cultural Theory from Temple University. Her community involvement includes holding board positions with the Partnership to Advance Responsible Tech (PART), City of Bridges High School and Never Fear Being Different (NFBD). She is also the co-founder of the Pittsburgh Learning Collaborative ... More

In Russian plays, don't mention the war
NEW YORK, NY.- Since Russia invaded Ukraine almost a year ago, cultural institutions in Europe and the United States have contemplated what to do with Russian art. Peter Tchaikovsky’s militaristic “1812 Overture”? Potentially offensive, and dropped from many concerts. Fyodor Dostoyevsky? One of Russian President Vladimir Putin’s favorite authors, cross-examined, in Ukraine and elsewhere, for his expansionist views. Anton Chekhov’s plays, on the other hand? So far, nobody is pulling them from the stage. The Russian dramatic repertoire, more widely, has flown under the radar. In Paris, no fewer than four Russian plays were on at prominent playhouses in late January and early February, including Chekhov’s “The Seagull” and “Uncle Vanya,” as well as lesser-known works, such as pieces by Ivan Turgenev (“A Month in the Country”) and by Alexander Ostrovsky (“The Storm”) ... More

Jesse Tyler Ferguson tips his cap to 'Take Me Out'
NEW YORK, NY.- At the Gerald Schoenfeld Theatre on Sunday night, Jesse Tyler Ferguson, standing in front of the black outline of a baseball stadium silhouetted against a pink, orange and yellow sky, closed his eyes, inhaling deeply as the lights went dark. “Right before that moment, I was like, ‘If I say these last words, it’s really over,’” Ferguson said later, after returning to his fifth-floor dressing room after his final performance in the Tony Award-winning revival of Richard Greenberg’s 2002 play, “Take Me Out.” “And that hit me hard. I was just trying to hold it together.” The sold-out show capped a 15-week return by Ferguson to the role that won him a Tony Award last spring, for best featured actor in a play. “It’s definitely the most personal role of my career,” said Ferguson, 47, who played Mason Marzac, a fanboy business manager for a player (Jesse Williams) who comes out as gay ... More

Unique UK-wide tour lifts mental health
NOTTINGHAM.- Journey of the Mind is a touring exhibition by arts organisation Without Shape Without Form (WSWF). Following a Queen’s Award for their involvement in a successful lockdown food bank project, which served 1 million hot meals, WSWF’s touring exhibition addresses themes of mental health post-Covid. Having recently closed a successful exhibition at the Arnolfini, the latest edition is set to open at New Art Exchange in Nottingham, running from 28 January to 22 April 2023. With the support of the Arts Council, they are presenting new commissions by Canadian artist Kanwar Singh and British animator Christian Wood. Specifically for Nottingham, the public programme includes a local football partnership to tackle issues around mental health. The exhibition is travelling along varied places within the UK, Birmingham, Glasgow, Bristol, Nottingham ... More

New photo book 'Empire Roller Disco' by Patrick Pagnano to be released April 2023
NEW YORK, NY.- In 1980, Patrick D. Pagnano photographed Brooklyn’s iconic roller skating venue Empire Rollerdrome and its legendary cast of partygoers. This astounding series of photographs, published for the first time in a monograph, captures the vibrant spirits, extraordinary styles, and sheer joys of Brooklyn roller disco at its dizzying peak. Brooklyn’s Empire Rollerdrome opened in Crown Heights in 1941 and soon became the borough’s premier destination for recreational and competitive roller skating. But it wasn’t until the late 1970s that the celebrated rink reached iconic status by replacing its organist with a live DJ, installing a state of the art sound and light system, and renaming itself after the nationwide dance craze it had helped to originate: the Empire Roller Disco was born. "Empire Roller Disco, with its mélange of communities partying side ... More

Sharjah Art Foundation brings together over 150 artists and collectives for Sharjah Biennial 15
SHARJAH.- Beginning February 2023, Sharjah Art Foundation brings together over 150 artists and collectives from more than 70 countries for the 15th edition and 30-year anniversary of the Sharjah Biennial. Conceived by the late Okwui Enwezor and curated by the Foundation’s Director Hoor Al Qasimi, Sharjah Biennial 15: Thinking Historically in the Present reflects on Enwezor’s visionary work, which transformed contemporary art and has influenced the evolution of institutions and biennials around the world, including the Sharjah Biennial. Al Qasimi interprets and elaborates on Enwezor’s proposal with a presentation of more than 300 artworks—including 70 new works—critically centring the past within contemporary times. These works, as well as a wide-ranging programme of performance, music and film, activate more than 18 venues in 5 cities ... More

This new app will rehome your art & get your favorite artists paid more
TORONTO.- Peggy—the secure marketplace to buy, and sell contemporary art—launched today, expanding the art market by providing everyone the opportunity to collect and resell art. The art world has historically been skewed towards millionaires who can enjoy liquidity in the art market, buying and reselling art with ease. By introducing an industry-first artificial intelligence for verification, paired with marketplace and social features, new collectors now have the ability to resell if they choose, while artists earn royalties. Peggy gives people the confidence to start collecting art. Additionally, Peggy announced today that it has raised $10.8 million CAD ($8 million USD) in funding. In contrast to recent economic uncertainty, Peggy’s funding round is an example of how art is a stable asset class and investment—that also supports artists and galleries. With Peggy ... More

Star Wars figures 100% sold, baseball card 'brick' sells for $873,300 at Morphy's $3.1M auction
DENVER, PA.- Star Wars fans and diehard sports buffs called the shots at Morphy Auctions’ February 1-3, 2023 auction, which attracted head-spinning prices and closed the books at nearly $3.1 million. The sale featured both a phenomenal single-owner collection of early Star Wars action figures and a vintage sports card selection that included one of the most sought-after treasures of the “unopened” realm: an intact 1952 Topps baseball wax-pack “brick” that ended up selling for a staggering $873,300. The heavy hitters from both these categories were offered during the Feb. 1 opening session, with every expectation that bidding would be aggressive. The in-gallery preview prior to the event had been “very active,” said Morphy Auctions founder and president Dan Morphy, who also captained the podium as principal auctioneer ... More

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On a day like today, English painter Margaret Fownes-Luttrell was born
February 07, 1726. Margaret Fownes-Luttrell[a] (7 February 1726 - 13 August 1766) was an English artist and wife of Henry Fownes Luttrell. Two of her paintings are part of the Dunster Castle collection, now property of the National Trust. She was the heiress of Dunster Castle, under the stipulation in her father's will that her husband should take the additional surname of Luttrell. Four portraits of her exist in Dunster castle and a fifth at Bathealton Court. In this image: Margaret Luttrell (1726-1766), Mrs Henry Fownes Luttrell.

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