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Giambologna and the Fountain of Morgan Le Fay - A new restoration initiative supported by Trinity Fine Art

Morgan Le Fay by Giambologna / Fountain of Morgan Le Fay, Villa Il Riposo-Chianti Region.

LONDON.- Carlo Orsi, owner and director of London gallery Trinity Fine Art is supporting the restoration project titled “Giambologna E La Fata Morgana” which is dedicated to restoring the architecturally and artistically important complex known as “Fonte della Fata Morgana” (“Fountain of Morgan Le Fay”). The Fountain was built by Bernardo Vecchietti in the second half of the 16th century inside the grounds of Villa Il Riposo, his summer home in the heart of the Chianti area in the foothills of Fattucchia. It is a unique example of garden architecture which oscillates between nymphaeum and grotto and which was built in order to house Giambologna’s statue of Morgan Le Fay which was sculpted early in his career (1573-74) when he was newly arrived in Italy from Flanders and was still relatively unknown. This fountain complex where the Vecchietti family ... More

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Academy Museum And Margaret Herrick Library receive the world's most comprehensive pre-cinema collection   Sotheby's to offer rare Rembrandt biblical scene, starring alongside Botticelli in January Masters Week Auctions   Heavy rains trigger collapse at Yemen's newly restored museum

Bull's Eye Magic Lantern. Steel, paint, and glass, c. 18th century, Great Britain, from the Richard Balzer Collection, gift of Patricia S. Bellinger. Photo: Joshua White/JW Pictures © Academy Museum Foundation.

LOS ANGELES, CA.- The Academy Museum of Motion Pictures announced that it, along with the Academy’s Margaret Herrick Library, is the recipient of the Richard Balzer Collection, widely considered to be the world’s foremost collection of pre-cinematic optical toys and devices. Comprising more than 9,000 objects—including magic lanterns, magic lantern glass slides, prints, praxinoscopes, figurines, paintings, peepshows, shadow puppets and theaters, and more, dating as far back as China’s Ming Dynasty—the Balzer Collection provides the Academy Museum an unparalleled resource for telling the full story of the development of motion pictures. “The magic of the movies began with a sense of wonder at seeing still images come to life,” Jessica Niebel, Exhibitions Curator at the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures said. “No one was more dedicated than the late Richard Balzer to the marvelous history ... More

Painted at the height of his artistic powers in 1646, Abraham and the Angels is 1 of only 2 Old Testament scenes by the artist remaining in private hands. Last sold at auction in 1848 for Ł64. The painting is estimated to sell for $20/30 million. Courtesy Sotheby's.

NEW YORK, NY.- Sotheby’s announced that an extraordinary and rare biblical scene by Dutch Golden Age master Rembrandt van Rijn will be a highlight of their annual New York Masters Week sale series in January 2021. Measuring just 6 ˝ by 8 ⅜ inches (16 x 21cm), Abraham and the Angels is a profoundly beautiful, gem-like painting on panel from 1646 that stands among the finest works by Rembrandt ever to come to auction. The painting last appeared at auction in London in 1848, when it sold for Ł64, and returns to the block this January with an estimate of $20/30 million. The work was recently the principal subject of an exhibition at the Frick Museum in New York in 2017 dedicated to Rembrandt’s depictions of Abraham from the Book of Genesis. Of the total 136 biblical paintings Rembrandt produced, the present ... More

A picture shows a view of a historic building within the National Museum complex of Yemen's third city of Taez. AFP.

TAEZ (AFP).- Heavy rains have triggered the collapse of parts of the newly restored National Museum in Yemen's third city Taez, in the latest loss to the country's cultural heritage after years of war. Established as an Ottoman palace, then a residence for one of Yemen's last kings, the building became a museum in 1967 but has since been bombed and its collections pilfered. It was partially restored in 2019, but a recent deluge caused the entrance hall to give way last week, with the facade and the rooms inside reduced to rubble. "One of the main entrances collapsed... as a result of the heavy rainfall which poses a threat to all cultural and historical sites," the museum's director Ramzi al-Damini told AFP, urging the international community to intervene to protect Yemen's heritage. The bloody five-year-old conflict pits pro-government forces, backed by a Saudi-led military coalition, against the Iran-backed Huthi rebels who have conquered much of the country's north, including ... More

Phillips 24/7 Online Sale to include works by Yoshitomo Nara, Yayoi Kusama, MR., Banksy, KAWS and Daniel Arsham   Xavier Hufkens announces the representation of Sayre Gomez   20 etchings and engravings by Rembrandt on view at the San Diego Museum of Art

Yoshitomo Nara, Broken Treasures. Image courtesy of Phillips.

HONG KONG.- Phillips announced the second edition of 24/7, an online-only sale featuring contemporary art, limited editions and photographs. Launching live on 9 October and closing on 19 October, 24/7 will offer 120 lots including works by established, in-demand artists such as Yayoi Kusama, Yoshitomo Nara, Banksy and KAWS, as well as a strong selection of works by rising stars such as MR., Buff Monster and Matt Gondek. Further 24/7 highlights include a group of works by trending South East Asian artists such as Marina Cruz, Roby Dwi Antono and Alex Face. Delissa Handoko, Head of Online Sales, Hong Kong, Phillips, said, “Following the success of Phillips’ two cross-category online auctions assembled by our Asia team this year, we are excited to present the second edition of 24/7. The first 24/7 sale launched in October 2019 and was a resounding success, achieving an impressive sell-through rate of 97%. The ... More

Waxing / Facial / Mani-Pedi / Blow-out, 2020.

BRUSSELS.- Sayre Gomez has risen to prominence in recent years with his semi-fictionalised and photorealistic paintings known as X-scapes. Executed in a wide range of techniques, including trompe l’oeil, airbrushing, stencilling and those used to paint Hollywood sets, his work is inspired by the urban landscape of Los Angeles. Many of his paintings feature the housing, road signs, billboards and landmarks that form the backdrop to long car rides around the city. Gomez will often combine sumptuous natural phenomena with industrial and commercial elements that reflect an altogether grittier side of life, thereby lending his work a temporal aspect. Gomez synthesizes his observations into hyperreal images that challenge our ability to differentiate between authenticity and simulation: a cityscape that feels true-to-life might just as easily be an artificial construction. In this way, he explores the increasingly tenuous link between our everyday ... More

Rembrandt Harmensz van Rijn. Self-portrait, Etching at a Window, 1648. Etching, drypoint, and burin on laid paper. Museum purchase with funds provided by the Helen M. Towle Bequest. 1947.64.d.

SAN DIEGO, CA.- The San Diego Museum of Art is presenting the extraordinary artistic accomplishment of Rembrandt and 17th-century painters and printmakers from the Dutch Republic in Rembrandt and Printmaking in the Netherlands, an exhibition including approximately 20 etchings and engravings by Rembrandt from the Museum's permanent collection and on loan from the important Rembrandt collection of the University of San Diego (USD). The exhibition is now on view at The San Diego Museum of Art through January 3, 2021. Unlike contemporaries, Rembrandt’s etchings were not reproductive of his paintings and are considered individual masterpieces. Rembrandt was among the greatest innovators in the history of art, producing masterpieces of painting, draftsmanship and printmaking. Some of the works have never been ... More

Exhibition of works by forty American artists bring the United States to the Netherlands   Gagosian opens an exhibition of paintings by Mary Weatherford   Ketterer Kunst announces highlights included in the Autumn Auctions

Hank Willis Thomas, 'A Suspension of Hostilities', 2019, 1969 Dodge Charger, 452 x 194,5 x 140 cm, Courtesy of the Artist and Kayne Griffin Corcoran, Los Angeles.

AMERSFOORT.- On 3 November, Americans go to the polls to elect their new president: either Donald Trump or Joe Biden. A pivotal moment in a politically and socially divided country. Kunsthal KAdE has set out to discover what position artists are adopting in these charged times. In the exhibition, This Is America | Art USA Today, almost forty American artists bring the United States to the Netherlands in the form of paintings, photographs, murals, documentation and installations. Their work addresses current issues like identity, city culture, climate change, and ‘Trump’. The exhibition takes place from September 26, 2020 until January 3, 2021. What is it like to be an artist in the US in these troubled times?  In summer 2019, exhibition curator Robbert Roos set off on an American road trip. Driving coast to coast and back again, he talked ... More

No. 4000, 2017–18. Flashe and neon on linen, 112 x 99 in. 284.5 x 251.5 cm. © Mary Weatherford. Photo: Fredrik Nilsen Studio. Courtesy Gagosian.

LONDON.- Gagosian is presenting Train Yards, an exhibition of paintings by Mary Weatherford. This is her first solo exhibition with the gallery in London. Weatherford roots abstract painting in subjective experience, evoking urban and rural environments while experimenting with internal painterly dynamics around light, color, and gesture, as well as the relationship between a painted surface and various three-dimensional addenda. Preparing each canvas with a mixture of gesso and marble dust, she conjures a wide range of chromatic and textural effects. In her best-known works, sponged grounds of vinyl-based emulsion on heavy linen panels are surmounted by one or more carefully shaped and placed neon-filled glass tubes. Weatherford began using neon in 2012, inspired by the illuminated signs that lined the streets of Bakersfield, California, ... More

Ernst Ludwig Kirchner, Unser Haus, 1918-1922. Oil on canvas, 91 x 120 cm / 35.8 x 47.4 inches. Estimate: € 500,000-700,000 / US$ 550,000-770,000.

MUNICH.- It is a great document of a successful artistic transition: Ernst Ludwig Kirchner‘s oil painting “Unser Haus“ comes directly from the artist‘s estate. For the first time ever on the auction market, it will now be called up in the Autumn Auctions at Ketterer Kunst on December 11/12. The interesting question is if it is going to break the million euro line. Ernst Ludwig Kirchner lived in the Grisons farmstead just below the Stafelalp together with his spouse Erna Schilling. “Unser Haus“, also known as the “Haus in den Lärchen“, is one of the earliest works from his Davos days and illustrates the incipient stylistic transition from the “Metropolitan Expressionism“ of his time in Dresden and Berlin to more simplified rural motifs. The colorful work makes the artist‘s deeply felt content and an increasing assertiveness in a life both eventful and fragile almost tangible. It will ... More

Madeline Hollander selected for 2020 BMW Open Work Commission by Frieze   Astronomicum Caesareum - one of the most stunning, significant, scarcest books of the 1500s - heads to auction   Estorick Collection of Modern Italian Art opens "Italian Threads: MITA Textile Design 1926-1976"

Madeline Hollander, Heads/Tails, installation view, Bortolami, New York, 2020.

LONDON.- Today Frieze and BMW have named Madeline Hollander as the artist selected for the 2020 BMW Open Work commission. Launched in 2017 and curated by Attilia Fattori Franchini, BMW Open Work is a major artistic initiative bringing together art, design and technology in pioneering multiplatform formats. Hollander will present the commission in two phases, as an interactive digital platform and livery intervention during Frieze Week in London 2020, and as a live, site-specific installation at Frieze Los Angeles 2021. Additionally, a series of handdrawn preparatory studies for the installation will be shown on Frieze Viewing Room. This year Frieze London and Frieze Masters introduce a hybrid format of online and offline activity, with Frieze Viewing Room taking place alongside an expanded programme of Frieze Week activity across London. Together, Frieze Viewing Room and Frieze Week in London will form a significant moment ... More

[Petrus Apianus]. Astronomicum Caesareum. [Ingolstadt: In aedibus nostris, May 1540]. First edition of the "most spectacular contribution of the book-maker's art to sixteenth-century science" (Owen Gingerich).

DALLAS, TX.- "The most spectacular contribution of the book-maker's art to sixteenth-century science was without doubt the Astronomicum Caesareum of Petrus Apianus.” This is how Owen Gingerich begins his 1971 essay on Apianus' folio presented to the Emperor Charles V in 1540. Gingerich certainly knows better the most the folio's import and worth: He is Professor Emeritus of Astronomy and of the History of Science at Harvard University and a senior astronomer emeritus at the Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory. Gingerich reiterates in plain language the countless encomiums that preceded his essay. Even a brief glance at the resplendent folio by Apianus – or Apian, as he was also known – verifies all that Gingerich and countless other academics and collectors have penned about Astronomicum ... More

Enrico Paulucci delle Roncole (1901–1999), Part of Auguri 1954 calendar, 1953. Offset lithograph on paperboard, 30 x 100 cm.

LONDON.- Italian Threads, which was due to open at London's Estorick Collection in spring, has been rescheduled and will now run from 30 September 2020 until 17 January 2021. Italian Threads showcases 50 years of bold MITA commissions produced for world art fairs, private homes, clubs and ocean liners, encompassing the avant-garde movements of the day from Futurism to Abstract Expressionism. Founded in Genoa in 1926, MITA (Manifattura Italiana Tappeti Artistici) was a celebrated Italian textile firm that earned its reputation by collaborating with some of Italy’s most talented artists and designers. Among these were Gio Ponti, Fortunato Depero, Arturo Martini, Emanuele Luzzati, Arnaldo Pomodoro, Giň Pomodoro and Ettore Sottsass Jr. Organized in collaboration with the Wolfsoniana – Palazzo Ducale Fondazione per la Cultura, Genoa. Reflecting the expert craftsmanship and full diversity of MITA’s ... More

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Emily Wardill debuts her most recent film project at the Secession
VIENNA.- Emily Wardill’s films, photographs, and objects probe the complexity of perception and communication, the question of how reality appears authentic to us, and the displacements of substance and form effected by the individual nature of the imagination. Her work has won acclaim for the sensual and psychologically fraught yet fractured narratives which she constructs. The films that she started making in the mid-2000s are typically defined by a narrative framework, but the plots as such tend to be secondary. The focus is on other aspects: the mechanics of storytelling, the relationship of imaginary space to language and the interplay between gesture and word. In her exhibition at the Secession, Emily Wardill debuts her most recent film project, Night for Day (2020), an installation of film and sculptures that weave into one another, and the film ... More

Works by eleven artists from the Middle East featured in new exhibition at Eye Filmmuseum
AMSTERDAM.- This autumn, Eye presents an exhibition that explores landscape with some of the Arab world’s most prominent artists working with video and film. Landscape is a charged notion in the Middle East*: on the one hand, representations of landscape engage with a heady mix of national and natural borders, tussles over resources and territory, and (colonial) history. On the other hand, it is a rich source of identity, tradition and imagination. The artists in this exhibition investigate these topics, and by doing so, challenge and reshape views of the region. Landscape might be a complex art-historical topic anywhere in the world, and in this exhibition its depiction is indeed troubled. The artists’ relation to landscape will be very different depending on whether they hail from Lebanon, Palestine, Egypt, Syria or Iraq. They do not shy away from ... More

Anke Eilergerhard's solo exhibition "Resilience" is now open at Anna Laudel
ISTANBUL.- Anna Laudel presents Berlin-based artist Anke Eilergerhard’s solo exhibition “Resilience”, showcasing original sculptures produced with a unique technique that stimulates not only sight but also touch, taste, and smell. Hosting a series of fascinating sculptures produced with a special silicone material called "pigmented polyorganosiloxan" and porcelain, the exhibition will be on display until 27 December. Anke Eilergerhard's stunning sculptures evoke abundance and plentifulness, at the same time presenting the objects we know best in a way that has never been seen before. The artist, who shapes the silicone layers like a dough, stacks world renowned kitchen objects in a mysterious symmetry, almost defying gravity, out of their usual norms. Eilergerhard’s works, carefully produced with this technique, take their place in the feminist ... More

New Contemporaries launches a specially created digital platform for Bloomberg New Contemporaries 2020
LONDON.- New Contemporaries launches a specially created digital platform for Bloomberg New Contemporaries 2020, showcasing the work of 36 artists selected by internationally renowned artists Alexandre da Cunha, Anthea Hamilton and Linder, celebrating the breadth of art practice emerging from the UK’s art schools and alternative education programmes. Developed in dialogue with the selected artists and designed by Hato Press, the platform provides an opportunity to engage with some of the UK’s most dynamic art practices from the next generation of contemporary artists. In addition to artists' images, texts, sounds and moving image work, a newly commissioned audio response by artist and curator Morgan Quaintance is presented on the platform, alongside contributions by a new generation of UK based curators and writers including ... More

Everard's auction features wild 1960s concept cars + sculptural art
SAVANNAH, GA.- On October 14, Savannah’s Everard Auctions will go back to the future with an online-only boutique auction of wildly imaginative cars and sculptural art from the Estate of John Bucci. A visionary artist whose work was decades ahead of its time, Bucci crafted fiberglass fantasies that drew widespread media recognition and praise from the highest echelons of the custom-car world. Two of his Space Age vehicles are featured in Everard’s auction: the 1962 car known as “La Shabbla,” which was the rage of the 1964 New York World’s Fair; and “La Trieste,” which created mob scenes and was pulled over by curious Polizia when Bucci drove it around Italy in 1967. Even today, more than half a century after they were fabricated, John Bucci’s unconventional automotive prototypes look futuristic enough to be parked in the Jetsons’ garage. ... More

Tony Tanner, who brought 'Joseph' to Broadway, dies at 88
NEW YORK, NY (NYT NEWS SERVICE).- Tony Tanner, a versatile actor, writer and director whose biggest Broadway success was directing “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat” in 1982, a production that helped make that musical a staple of American community and high school theater, died on Sept. 8 at his home in Los Angeles. He was 88. His husband, Henry Selvitelle, confirmed the death but did not specify the cause. Tanner had respectable if not particularly flashy careers in his native Britain as well as in the United States, with his staging of “Joseph” perhaps the high point. A colorful telling of the biblical story of Joseph, it had started out in the 1960s as a school project of Andrew Lloyd Webber (music) and Tim Rice (lyrics), and had been performed regularly in Britain and the United States over the years. But Tanner’s Broadway ... More

Vielmetter Los Angeles opens Rodney McMillian's sixth solo exhibition Body Politic
LOS ANGELES, CA.- Vielmetter Los Angeles opened Los Angeles-based artist Rodney McMillian's sixth solo exhibition Body Politic. In addition to his exhibition at the gallery, McMillian’s work will be on view in several museums this fall. His 2010 work in black vinyl, titled Succulent is currently prominently installed in the Agnes Gund Garden Lobby at The Museum of Modern Art, NY for re-opening following the COVID-19 lockdown. A selection of McMillian’s video works that address the political histories of the United States is on view in the solo exhibition Historically Hostile at the Blaffer Art Museum until September 20. Also in Houston, Untitled (The Supreme Court Painting), 2004 – 2006 and Untitled (Flag IV), 2012 are on view in States of Mind: Art and American Democracy at the Moody Center for the Arts at Rice University. Taken together with the new works on view at Vielmetter, these presentations mark McMillian’s more than two-deca ... More

Artists join #ScarfUp project to design scarves for patients with respiratory illnesses
LONDON.- #ScarfUp and keep out the cold is the message from Chelsea and Westminster Hospital NHS Foundation Trust’s official charity CW+ and a group of prolific artists, who are turning their hand to scarf design this autumn. As we approach the colder winter months and a second wave of COVID-19, nine renowned artists are designing scarves to help patients with respiratory illnesses prevent COPD, asthma, and COVID-19-related attacks. #ScarfUp is aimed at patients suffering from COPD, asthma and COVID-19, who are particularly vulnerable to further respiratory illness in the colder weather. Research indicates that mouth and nose coverings may be helpful in preventing attacks, as scarves warm up the air during inhalation – now people with these diseases are being offered unique scarves to keep cold air at bay. The artists have been invited ... More

Bruneau & Co. Auctioneers to offer vintage comic books, Pokémon collectibles, toys and dolls
CRANSTON, RI.- Rare vintage comic books, Pokémon collectibles, toys and dolls will all share center stage in Bruneau & Co. Auctioneers’ next major auction, planned for Saturday, October 17th, at 10 am Eastern, online and live in the Cranston gallery. Limited in-house seating is by appointment only for active bidders. “This auction is definitely filled with all forms of Pop Culture goodness,” said Travis Landry, a Bruneau & Co. auctioneer and the firm’s Director of Pop Culture. “The comic selection offers affordable copies of important key issues, including Amazing Spider-Man #1 and Journey Into Mystery #83. The Pokémon too is going to be a surprise. The complete set of all four Aquapolis packs in Gem 10 condition are going to drive people crazy. It’s going to be a real fun auction.” ... More

Heritage Auctions to offer first edition of Dune
DALLAS, TX.- In a recent video chat with the cast and maker of director Denis Villeneuve's Dune adaptation, due in theaters in December, host Stephen Colbert referred to Frank Herbert's 1965 novel as "a coming-of-age story, not just for Paul Atreides but for humanity." Heavy, but accurate – the reason so many young readers revisit the science-fiction classic time and again in their middle age. If you read Dune once, chances are you've read it several times – and seen, repeatedly, the movies and TV shows based upon the novel. To think, Dune almost went unpublished as a novel, as 23 publishers rejected Herbert's longform version. Had it not been for editor (and writer) Sterling Lanier, the houses Atreides and Harkonnen, the Gom Jabbar, the spice and the sandworms might never have seen the light of day in book form and become one of science-fiction's ... More

America the Beautiful takes the spotlight in Travel Posters sale at Swann
NEW YORK, NY.- Swann Galleries’ Thursday, October 15 sale of Rare & Important Travel Posters can be described as celebrating “America the Beautiful” as a vast segment of the sale features posters showcasing premier destinations around the country. Also on offer is a top selection of international images, from London to Latvia, Bangkok and beyond. New York City is on display with Chesley Bonestell’s New York Central Building / At the Gateway to a Continent, circa 1929 ($6,000-9,000); a rare first printing of David Klein’s 1956 TWA poster featuring a vibrant abstract view of Times Square ($5,000-7,500); and Joseph Feher’s ad for United Air Lines, in which a Douglas DC-6 can be seen flying over Central Park with the Plaza Hotel in the background ($1,500-2,000). East coast summer destinations are among notable American ... More

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On a day like today, film star James Dean died in a road accident
October 30, 1955. James Byron Dean (February 8, 1931 - September 30, 1955) was an American film actor. He is a cultural icon, best embodied in the title of his most celebrated film, Rebel Without a Cause (1955), in which he starred as troubled Los Angeles teenager Jim Stark. The other two roles that defined his stardom were as loner Cal Trask in East of Eden (1955), and as the surly ranch hand, Jett Rink, in Giant (1956). Dean's enduring fame and popularity rests on his performances in only these three films, all leading roles. His premature death in a car crash cemented his legendary status. In this image: Actor James Dean is seen in a scene from the Warner Bros. 1956 epic, "Giant." Years after the making of the movie, teenagers are still trying for the cool that was James Dean, the poster boy for the tortured netherworld between child and adult.

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