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Mauritshuis acquires Portrait of Jakob Omphalius by Batholomäus Bruyn

Portraits of Jakob Omphalius and Elisabeth Bellinghausen by Bartholomaeus Bruyn (1493–1555) are pictured during its press presentation at the Mauritshuis art museum in The Hague, on June 30, 2020. The acquisition brings a bridal couple back together that was separated at auction almost 125 years ago. The Cologne painter Bruyn immortalized Jacob and his fiancée Elisabeth Bellinghausen, shortly before their marriage in 1539, on two panels that together form a diptych. Sem VAN DER WAL / ANP / AFP.

THE HAGUE.- The Mauritshuis has acquired a portrait of Jakob Omphalius, painted by Bartholomäus Bruyn the Elder. This reunites a husband and wife who were separated at an auction almost 125 years ago. The Cologne painter Bruyn immortalised Jakob and his fiancée Elisabeth shortly before their marriage in 1539 in two panels that together form a diptych. The acquisition of the panel is an important addition to the Dutch public art collection since the reunited couple represent Northern European portrait art at its highest level. The purchase of the portrait of Jakob Omphalius this spring was made possible with the support of the BankGiro Lottery, the Vereniging Rembrandt (thanks in part to its Schorer Romeijn Grothe Fonds and its Themafonds Middeleeuwen en Renaissance) and a private donor. Some 350 years ago, the couple were literally joined together in a ‘diptych portrait’: two panels that were attached to each other with hinged ... More

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Eli Wilner & Company offers museums a fully-funded replica frame grant opportunity   Collector's family to get looted Pissarro after French ruling   This theater plans dividers to keep patrons socially distanced

Joseph Wolf (German, 1820 – 1899), Bearded Vultures Attacking an Alpine Ibex, 1861. Oil on canvas. 90.5 x 67 inches. Gift of the 2013 Collectors Circle, Conservation and Reframing Sponsored by the 2017 Collectors Circle, Frame a Partial Gift of Eli Wilner & Company, National Museum of Wildlife Art, Jackson, WY.

NEW YORK, NY.- In an effort to assist the many treasured but vulnerable museums and non-profit arts and historical institutions around the country during this difficult time, Eli Wilner & Company will award a non-profit institution with one fully-funded replica frame grant. Submissions for the grant will be accepted through August 30, 2020. The recipient institution will be announced later this fall. Similar to Wilner’s fully funded frame restoration grant project from this past Spring, the winning project will be selected by an independent group of prominent jurors. Due to the fact that many curatorial and conservation staff do not have physical access to their collections at this time, a very simple application process has been established. Eligible projects include important historical paintings and drawings. Replication of decorative mirrors or looking glasses that have been lost, but are well ... More

Camille Pissarro, La Cueillette des pois, 1887 (detail). Gouache, 53,3 x 64,4 cm. Bruce et Robbi Toll – Archives du musée Camille-Pissarro, Pontoise / droits réservés.

by Juliette Montesse

PARIS (AFP).- France's top appeals court rejected Wednesday a bid by an American couple to win back a painting by Impressionist master Camille Pissarro which they acquired at auction but had been seized from a Jewish collector during World War II. The ruling, the definitive and final verdict in a three-year legal process in France -- means the descendants of Jewish businessman Simon Bauer will finally be able to take ownership of the canvas 77 years after it was confiscated. Art collectors Bruce and Robbi Toll insisted that when they bought the painting -- "La Cueillette" ("Picking Peas") -- at Christie's in New York in 1995 for $800,000, they had no idea it had been looted. But the Court of Cassation rejected their appeal and upheld an earlier ruling that the painting should be returned to the family of the Jewish collector, according to the text of the verdict seen by AFP. The decision ends a three-year legal saga over the fate of the painting, where lower courts had repeatedly found in favour of ... More

An image provided by Sara Brown shows a model for the Wilma Theater’s new seating structure, which is based on Shakespeare’s Globe. Sara Brown via The New York Times.

by Michael Paulson

NEW YORK (NYT NEWS SERVICE).- Like most other large regional nonprofit and commercial theaters, the Wilma in Philadelphia plans to stay closed through the fall. But this theater has an unusual idea for how to reopen when the time comes: It will prevent theatergoers from breathing on one another by separating them with wood dividers. The Wilma, which normally seats 300 people in a traditional auditorium, says it will build a new structure, seating as many as 100 or as few as 35, on its stage. The two-tiered structure, which can be configured in the round or as a semicircle, is based in part on Shakespeare’s Globe Theater. The most distinctive feature is that each party of patrons — whether they be solo or in groups of up to four — is seated in a box, physically separated from all other parties. “As we were thinking about how to approach next season, and recognizing that even when we gather we would still likely have some sort of distancing and limited capacity, the idea of ... More

Paris show relives Pompeii's final horrifying hours   Hindman's Asian Works of Art auction totals more than $1M   Hauser & Wirth to open a new gallery space in Zurich's historic cultural centre on Rämistrasse

People queue outside the Grand Palais to visit the " Pompeii " a new immersive 3D show on July 1, 2020 during the first day of the reopening in Paris. BERTRAND GUAY / AFP.

by Jean-Louis De La Vaissiere

PARIS (AFP).- It is the most explosive Paris exhibition of the summer -- Mount Vesuvius erupting several times a day in a new immersive 3D show which opens Wednesday in the Grand Palais. "Pompeii" recreates daily life in 79 AD (CE) in the hours before the volcano poured death and destruction down on the city and its 40,000 inhabitants. A street and some of the sumptuous villas and temples of what was one of the richest cities in the Roman empire have been brought back to life by the exhibition, which the organisers describe as a "time machine". Among the 3D recreations of Roman mansions such as the House of Leda with their startling mosaics and frescos, are some of the "extraordinary finds" recently unearthed by archaeologists from the remains of the city near modern Naples ... More

A White Glazed Figure of Budai Buddha. 17th Century. Height 6 5/8 in., 16.8 cm. Estimate: $4,000 - $5,000. Price Realized: $83,200.

CHICAGO, IL.- Hindman’s June 25-26, Asian Works of Arts auction, has continued the department’s trend in achieving solid results, yet again surpassing presale estimates. Strong presale interest and competitive bidding over multiple telephone lines and online bidding platforms helped push the sale total beyond expectations, ultimately realizing $1.2M. Bidders participated from around the globe, but the most enthusiastic bidding came from mainland China where the interest in acquiring Chinese works of art remains high. While interest was strong across all categories, the truly rare and most exquisite works of art saw robust bidding, driving the auction to its outstanding result. The top lot of the auction, a 17th century, white glazed figure of Budai Buddha depicted seated with flowing robes (lot 300), sold for $83,200 against a presale estimate of $4,000-6000. Offered as part of the collection of the Detroit Institute ... More

Hauser & Wirth Rämistrasse will open on 9 July in Zurich’s historic central cultural district, on the same street as Hauser & Wirth Publishers.

ZURICH.- Iwan Wirth, Manuela Wirth, and Marc Payot, co-presidents of Hauser & Wirth, today announced the opening of a new space in Zurich. Hauser & Wirth Rämistrasse will open on 9 July in Zurich’s historic central cultural district, on the same street as Hauser & Wirth Publishers’ HQ which opened last year. The new space complements its landmark location in the former Löwenbrau brewery and is a natural extension of the gallery’s presence across Switzerland. Hauser & Wirth Rämistrasse is surrounded by renowned establishments which have hosted an international community of artists and intellectuals for more than a century, including Zurich’s Schauspielhaus, Kunsthaus, Opera House, Kronenhalle, and Café Odeon. The historic building is adjacent to a public courtyard garden and one of the most important baroque houses in Zurich, ‘Haus zum Garten’. The new venue joins ... More

Auction offers an eclectic selection of 42 colourful artworks that evoke the spirit of the iconic Côte d'Azur   Nationalmuseum receives gift of filigree beakers by Rudolf Wittkopf   Galerie Miranda exhibits works selected along the themes of nature, calm and the beauty of simple things

Raoul Dufy, Le théâtre antique de Taormina,1923 (detail). Estimate: £150,000-180,000. © Christie's Images Ltd 2020.

LONDON.- As part of the expanded online programme to accompany ONE: A Global Sale of the 20th Century, Christie’s presents Joie de vivre: Modern Art and the Riviera, which is open for bidding from 30 June to 17 July. The auction offers an eclectic selection of 42 colourful artworks that evoke the spirit of the iconic Côte d’Azur. The south of France and the Mediterranean coasts have long held an allure over artists, providing a constant source of inspiration, respite and escapism, especially during times of historic turmoil or uncertainty. Starting at the turn of the century, generations of artists have fallen in love with the delights of this Mediterranean idyll, intoxicated by the dazzling colours and bright light as well as the palpable presence of the classical past, spending sun-soaked summer sojourns in Nice, Antibes, Golfe-Juan, among the many other towns and villages nestled along the coast and in the hills above. Highligh ... More

Rudolf Wittkopf, filigree beakers, 1698. Silver, partly gilded, cladding of filigree. Photo: Bukowskis.

STOCKHOLM.- Nationalmuseum has received as a fine gift two filigree beakers with covers in partly gilded silver, produced by Rudolf Wittkopf in Stockholm in 1698. They are not only exquisite examples of Swedish crafts from the end of the 17th century, but also tell of a somewhat strange episode in the history of Swedish diplomacy. The beakers are a very generous gift by Märta Christina and Magnus Vahlquist via The Friends of Nationalmuseum (Nationalmusei Vänner). The two magnificent beakers are made by the German goldsmith Rudolf Wittkopf, born in Stade, Lower Saxony, who became a well-respected master of the trade in Stockholm in 1687. They are made in a filigree technique, an ancient decorative technique derived from the Latin filum (wire) and granum (grain). According to German fashion, a loose-lying cladding was built up of thin twisted silver wires interspersed with melted grains and dots. Together they formed a complicated pattern in ... More

Peggy Anderson, The Morning Dip (Ulrika and Agnes), 2016. Archival pigment print on Hahnemuhle paper, 50 x 60cm. © Galerie Miranda.

PARIS.- For its summer exhibition Galerie Miranda is presenting works by gallery artists, selected along the themes of nature, calm and the beauty of simple things that organizers were reminded of during the recent crisis. The exhibition features unique and limited edition works; some exhibited for the first time, by artists Peggy Anderson (USA), Susan Derges (UK), Sally Gall (USA), Gérard Dalla Santa (FR), Mariah Robertson (USA), Terri Weifenbach (USA). Peggy Anderson is an artist/photographer based in New York and Sweden, currently living in Paris. She graduated from The International Center of Photography (ICP) Creative Practice program in 2013 after many years of photography classes and workshops. Peggy’s work often embraces ritual and typology. “The Morning Dip” book was published by Kehrer Verlag in 2020. Her other signature project and book, “Subway Readers”, has also been ... More

Ten signature images from Milton Glaser's eclectic career   Freeman's first Art + Design auction solidifies ongoing streak of successful online auctions   World auction record for Bloomsbury artist at Bonhams Modern British and Irish sale in London

In an undated image provided by Milton Glaser, Milton Glaser’s poster for Olivetti, 1977. Milton Glaser via The New York Times.

by Jason Farago

NEW YORK (NYT NEWS SERVICE).- With the passing of Milton Glaser on Friday, his 91st birthday, New York lost a favorite son whose designs — and one in particular — radiated the vitality and multiplicity of his beloved hometown. Over seven decades, he produced an uncountable quantity of high-impact graphic imagery: first at Push Pin Studios, the countercultural and politically engaged design firm he established with Seymour Chwast and others; later at New York magazine, which he co-founded; and then as an independent designer whose experience never hardened into a signature style. Glaser’s designs could be amusing, even outright comic, but his wit and invention were undergirded by a profound seriousness about the history of art and the power of design. Long before Google Images made it child’s play to discover and redeploy the figurative language of earlier ... More

Last Friday’s auction was led by a Rare Four-door "Chan" Cabinet, New York, circa 1970s by Philip and Kelvin LaVerne (Lot 15), which surpassed its pre-sale high estimate to sell for $43,750.

PHILADELPHIA, PA.- Following its highly successful online Design and Modern & Contemporary Art auctions this Spring, Freeman’s announced another stellar result. Its inaugural June 26 Art + Design auction achieved a 95% sell-through rate and totaled just shy of $500,000, comfortably surpassing its pre-sale high estimate. With works offered at more accessible price points by world-class artists and designers such as George Nakashima, Samuel Yellin, Josef Albers, Robert Motherwell and Pablo Picasso, the 94-lot auction welcomed a host of new online bidders. Accounting for 40% of successful buyers, the influx of new bidders confirms Freeman’s continued success in attracting new online buyers. “Not only am I thrilled by the competitive bidding and strong prices achieved throughout our Art + Design sale, but I’m also highly encouraged by the robust presence of new collectors attracted to the sale ... More

Roger Fry (British, 1866-1934) Portrait of E.M. Forster 73 x 60 cm. (28 1/4 x 23 5/8 in.) (Painted in 1911). Sold for £325,000. (Estimate: £30,000-50,000). Photo: Bonhams.

LONDON.- A striking portrait of the novelist E. M. Forster by his friend, the art historian and painter Roger Fry, set a new world record for the artist at auction when it sold for £325,000 at Bonhams Modern British and Irish Art sale today (Wednesday 1 July). It had been estimated at £30,000-50,000. The sale made a total of £2,000,000 with 80% sold by lot and 85% sold by value. This was the first sale held at Bonhams that members of the public were able to attend in person since the Government’s relaxation of lockdown regulations. Bidders in the auction room remained socially distanced at all times and participated keenly in the auction. Fry and Forster were prominent member of the Bloomsbury Group, the early 20th century artists, writers and freethinkers who in Dorothy Parker’s memorable phrase, ‘lived in squares, painted in circles, and loved in triangles’. The Group scandalised society at the ... More

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Phoenix Art Museum announces appointment of philanthropist Carl Thoma to Board of Trustees
PHOENIX, AZ.- The Board of Trustees of Phoenix Art Museum voted unanimously to appoint Carl Thoma to serve as the Board’s newest member. Thoma, a philanthropist and business leader with a special dedication to supporting arts and cultural institutions locally and nationally, will join his colleagues in the governance and oversight of the Museum’s operations and long-term strategy. Led by co-chairs Carter Emerson and Mark Feldman, the Board of Trustees serves as the Museum’s governing body and plays a key role in setting strategic goals and ensuring fiduciary responsibility in collaboration with the Museum’s Sybil Harrington Director and CEO. Timothy J. Rodgers will assume the director role on July 1, 2020. “We are grateful and honored to have Carl Thoma join the Board of Phoenix Art Museum,” said Carter Emerson, Board co-chair. “Not only has ... More

Sotheby's Zurich's first online auction sees spirited bidding and strong prices across categories
ZURICH.- Yesterday’s brand-new auction format curated by Sotheby’s, Swiss Made UNLOCKED, saw above-estimate prices and spirited bidding across an array of collecting categories. The sale, which totaled CHF 2.9 million (USD 3 million), defied convention and heralded a new, dynamic approach to auction in Switzerland. Close to half of the works sold yesterday achieved prices above the high estimate, with a number of hotly-contested lots achieving many multiples of the pre-sale estimates. 24 countries were represented among those participating in the sale and more than a quarter of buyers were new to Sotheby’s. Speaking after the sale, Caroline Lang, Chairman of Sotheby’s Switzerland, commented, “From 19th-century painting and exquisite miniatures to Modern and Contemporary Art and photography, this new format encapsulates the brilliant ... More

The Museum of Russian Icons appoints Lana Sloutsky as Curator of Collections and Exhibitions
CLINTON, MASS.- The Museum of Russian Icons Executive Director Kent Russell today announced that Dr. Lana Sloutsky has been appointed Curator of Collections and Exhibitions. In her role, Sloutsky will work to deepen the understanding of the permanent collection and be responsible for developing exhibitions and related programs, while connecting the museum to other scholars and institutions worldwide. along with reaching out to the local town and region. She will start on September 14, 2020. Commenting on her appointment, Executive Director Kent Russell said, "We are thrilled that Dr. Lana Sloutsky, a highly respected specialist in Byzantine and Russian Icons and seasoned university lecturer, is joining our organization. With Dr. Sloutsky’s curatorial leadership, not only will our collections receive the research attention they deserve, but our temporary ... More

Ketterer Kunst celebrates 500th anniversary with sale of art by contemporary and modern American artists
MUNICH.- Renowned American artists including Keith Haring, Lyonel Feininger, Robert Longo, Andy Warhol and Tom Wesselmann are featured at Ketterer Kunst’s 500th auction in Munich, July 17/18. For years, popular contemporary and modern American artists have appealed to art lovers all over the world with a significant collection acquired in Europe. The upcoming auction gives art connoisseurs worldwide access to an outstanding collection of premiere American and other works. “The desire for quality art is tremendous, especially in times of corona,” says Robert Ketterer, auctioneer and owner of Ketterer Kunst. “An art market currently ailing from postponed art fairs and canceled opening receptions can do little to meet this need. I am all the more pleased that we were able to compile such an extremely fascinating offer.” And there are quite ... More

He turned 'I can't breathe' into protest music
NEW YORK (NYT NEWS SERVICE).- When Joel Thompson composed “The Seven Last Words of the Unarmed,” he didn’t intend for anyone to hear the piece. It was 2014. That summer, Michael Brown was shot and killed by a white police officer in Ferguson, Missouri, and Eric Garner died in a chokehold during a botched arrest on Staten Island. For weeks, Thompson — then 25, with a degree in choral conducting — watched footage of Garner’s death on loop. Reeling, he tried to find a way to channel his sadness and anger. He eventually took the final words of Brown, Garner and five other unarmed Black men who had been killed during encounters with the police, and set them to music for choir. But when he was finished, he put the piece away. “I didn’t think of myself as a composer back then,” Thompson said in a recent phone interview. “I ... More

US creates force to protect monuments amid anti-racism protests
WASHINGTON (AFP).- The US Department of Homeland Security announce a special new task force Wednesday to protect historic monuments across the country, some of which have come under attack for glorifying the country's racist past. Acting Homeland Security Secretary Chad Wolf said in a statement that he was positioning "rapid deployment teams" around the country to protect monuments and statues during the July 4th Independence Day holiday. Many monuments have come under attack, and some pulled down, in the past month as protestors against police abuse of African Americans target figures of the pro-slavery south in the 1860s Civil War and other symbols of the country's legacy of slavery. But the monument protests have extended to revered early presidents George Washington and Thomas Jefferson, both slave owners. In some ... More

Auschwitz museum reopens to visitors after lockdown
OSWIECIM (AFP).- The Auschwitz-Birkenau Museum reopened to the public on Wednesday after nearly four months under a coronavirus lockdown that forced it to appeal for funding as revenues from visitors dried up. The museum on the site of Nazi Germany's most notorious death camp normally draws more than two million visitors from across the globe each year. This year's closure was unprecedented. "We've reopened with several health precautions for visitors, namely smaller tour groups, social distancing, masks required indoors and the use of hand sanitiser," museum spokesman Bartosz Bartyzel told AFP. He said that around 1,000 visitors, including Poles and people from abroad, had booked tours via the museum's website for Wednesday. "Future bookings depend very much on how the pandemic evolves, the situation is still ... More

New citywide responsive exhibition features 50 NYC-based artists
NEW YORK, NY.- Public Art Fund launched Art on the Grid, a multi-platform exhibition of new work by a group of 50 New York-based, emerging artists. The exhibition was conceived in the spring of 2020 in direct response to the COVID-19 pandemic. As it developed, the parallel epidemic of systemic racism came into sharp and painful focus. Both crises now set the backdrop for the exhibition. The city, country, and world will emerge changed by these events, and the exhibition’s focus on reconnection and renewal have become even more urgent. Works in the exhibition are united around a number of themes including healing and loss; community and isolation; intimacy and solitude; and the creation of a future that is more just, inclusive, and equitable. On view on 500 JCDecaux bus shelters and more than 1,700 LinkNYC kiosks across all five boroughs, ... More

Whitechapel Gallery plans July reopening
LONDON.- Whitechapel Gallery will reopen to the public on 14 July 2020 with new Health & Safety measures in place to prioritise the welfare of staff and visitors. The spring exhibition programme, including Radical Figures: Painting in the New Millennium, Carlos Bunga’s monumental environment and Spain’s most important collection of contemporary art will be extended through the summer. In line with guidance from Public Health England, the gallery will put the following measures in place, ensuring the exhibitions and displays can be enjoyed in a safe and accessible way. • Timed entry will be in place so visitors must book in advance via the online booking system. • There will be one entrance and one exit to allow one-way systems around the gallery. • Visitors will be encouraged to respect social distancing with floor markings. • Visitors will be encouraged ... More

Richmond removing Confederate statues, Mississippi retires state flag
(AFP).- A campaign in the United States to remove symbols of the pro-slavery Civil War South gained momentum on Wednesday as workers began taking down statues in the Virginia city that was the Confederate capital and Mississippi retired the state flag. Workers in Richmond, Virginia, removed a statue of Thomas "Stonewall" Jackson, a Confederate general, after the city's mayor ordered the "immediate removal" of Confederate monuments. In Jackson, Mississippi, the state flag was permanently lowered from the state's capitol and taken to a nearby museum. The Mississippi state flag was the last US state banner featuring a Confederate emblem. Richmond Mayor Levar Stoney said he was using his emergency powers to remove Confederate monuments in order to "expedite the healing process for the city." "It is past time," Stoney said. "As the capital ... More

Dazzling Ruth Asawa sculpture tops Bonhams sale of Post-War & Contemporary Art
NEW YORK, NY.- A dazzling wire work by Ruth Asawa (1926-2013), Untitled (S.408 Hanging Five-Lobed, Two-Part Form, with the Second and Third Lobes Attached by Chain and Interior Spheres in the First and Third Lobes) sold for $2,180,075 at Bonhams Post-War & Contemporary Art sale on July 1 in New York. It had an estimate of $1,000,000-1,500,000. The sale also established new world auction records for two artists. Bonhams Global Head of Post-War and Contemporary Art, Ralph Taylor, said: “Today’s results were exceptional and we were pleased to welcome our clients from all over world to our ‘behind-closed-doors’ auction. Collectors responded positively to our selection of post-war and contemporary art of high quality such as Asawa’s Untitled (S.408), that was fresh to the market with impeccable provenance. I'm thrilled it achieved ... More

David Hockney and Liu Ye Lead a Line-Up of Contemporary Masterpieces

On a day like today, Italian sculptor and architect Jacopo Sansovino was born
July 02, 1486. Jacopo d'Antonio Sansovino (2 July 1486 - 27 November 1570) was an Italian sculptor and architect, known best for his works around the Piazza San Marco in Venice. Andrea Palladio, in the Preface to his Quattro Libri was of the opinion that Sansovino's Biblioteca Marciana was the best building erected since Antiquity. Giorgio Vasari uniquely printed his Vita of Sansovino separately.

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