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British Art Fair launches SOLO CONTEMPORARY

Paul Stolper, Susie Hamilton, 'Antique-Time'. Acrylic-on-canvas, 148 x 208 cm.

LONDON.- British Art Fair announces the launch of SOLO CONTEMPORARY - a new platform at the 2022 fair dedicated to showing the very best contemporary British art. Ten of Britain’s leading contemporary art dealers have been invited to exhibit in a dedicated space on the second floor of London’s Saatchi Gallery for British Art Fair. Each SOLO CONTEMPORARY dealer will be showing the work of one artist. This addition to British Art Fair (now in its 31st edition) is the brainchild of the fair’s new owner Will Ramsay, in collaboration with artist-curator Zavier Ellis. British Art Fair has a history of successfully supporting the careers of artists, from the Post-war and Modern British artists through to the YBAs. The SOLO CONTEMPORARY artists are the latest to be shown under the British Art Fair umbrella, putting their work in the spotlight of this niche marketplace. ... More

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Rare Artemisia Gentileschi painting acquired for Norway's National Museum   Lark Mason Associates sale of furniture, fine and decorative arts now live on   Christie's celebrates contemporary art during Paris+ by Art Basel

"Judith and her Maidservant with the Head of Holofernes" (1639 or 1640). Photo: The National Museum / Børre Høstland.

OSLO.- A rare painting by Artemisia Gentileschi is now on display at the National Museum of Art, Architecture and Design in Oslo. The work Judith and her Maidservant with the Head of Holofernes (1639 or 1640) was recently acquired by the Norwegian DNB Savings Bank Foundation for the National Museum. It is unusual for a work by Artemisia Gentileschi to have no uncertainties concerning dating and attribution. In this painting, Artemisia Gentileschi name is visible in the sword held by the Judith figure on the left side. The painting was previously only known through a black and white photograph, so experts could not conclude that it was a work by Gentileschi until the original revealed the signature. As the canvas is too fine to have been weaved in Italy, it is possible to conclude that the painting must have been painted during the period Artemisia Gentileschi spent at the court ... More

The Birth of the Virgin, 1503, Woodcut, Albrecht Durer (1471-1528).

NEW YORK, NY.- Lark Mason Associates announced that their Furniture, Fine and Decorative Arts on went live on September 22 through October 11. Among the 250 lots offered is an important collection of fine 18th century Venetian furniture and mid-20th century pieces by Eero Saarinen and Charles Eames. Running concurrently is Rugs and Carpets from the Collection of Barry MacLean, which goes live on October 4 to 22. "We are delighted to present this eclectic sale of furniture, paintings and decorative arts, which dates from the 18th century through the mid-20th century,” says Lark Mason. “It’s rare to have such a fine quality group of Venetian furniture come up for sale.” According to Mason, the auction also includes a large selection of rugs as well as mid-century furniture. “This is an ideal opportunity for design aficionados s to acquire furnishings at accessible estimates.” Among ... More

François-Xavier Lalanne (1927-2008), Gorille De Sûreté II, 1996, 155 x 103 x 95 cm, 1 500 000-2 500 000 € © Christie's Images Limited. © Christie's Images Ltd 2022.

PARIS.- At the very first edition of Paris + par Art Basel in October, Christie’s will present a series of sales and exhibitions devoted to modern and contemporary art. Like every year at the International Contemporary Art Fair in Paris, Christie's will be holding two 20th/21st Century Art sales, Avant-Garde(s) including Thinking Italian and Art moderne, on 20 and 21 October, the highlight of which will be a magnificent painting by Joan Mitchell, Untitled, estimated at €4-6m. Thinking Italian, a sale dedicated to post-war Italian art that was launched in London in 2000, is to be held in Paris for the first time. Christie's is therefore part of the new Parisian dynamic in which the first edition of Paris + par Art Basel is taking place. An exhibition celebrating the work of François-Xavier and Claude Lalanne will be held at Kering’s headquarters. ... More

Modern Art opens an exhibition of new work by Peter Halley   Freeman's Asian Arts Auction offers coveted huanghuali furniture   Villanova University will open a campus-wide exhibition of new work by Cole Sternberg

Throughout the 1980s and 1990s, Peter Halley’s paintings and extensive writings about the ever-growing digitisation of cultural, artistic, and social life established him as a leading figure of the Neo-Conceptualist movement in New York City.

LONDON.- Modern Art announces an exhibition of new work by Peter Halley at its Helmet Row gallery. This is Halley’s second solo exhibition with Modern Art. Throughout the 1980s and 1990s, Peter Halley’s paintings and extensive writings about the ever-growing digitisation of cultural, artistic, and social life established him as a leading figure of the Neo-Conceptualist movement in New York City. In his paintings and writings, Halley described the increasingly isolated built environment through his uniquely invented language of ​‘cells’, ​‘prisons’ and ​‘conduits’. These central motifs were a means of thinking through the French Post-Structuralist ideas of Michel Foucault and Jean Baudrillard – among others ... More

A pair of finely figured Chinese huanghuali yolk-back armchairs. The pair (Lot 143) is offered at an estimate of $80,000-120,000.

PHILADELPHIA, PA.- Freeman’s has announced the catalogue for its October 18 Asian Arts auction, now available online. Ben Farina, Head of Freeman’s Asian Arts department, said, “I am delighted that the sale is led by a pair of finely figured Chinese huanghuali yolk-back armchairs, a set expertly handcrafted in 17th/18th-century China.” The pair (Lot 143) is offered at an estimate of $80,000-120,000. Following the $948,000 sale of a pair of huanghuali armchairs in Freeman’s April Asian Arts auction, the present lot brings a highly collectible and richly figured pair of Chinese furniture to market. Farina added, “These chairs are significant not only for their form—which would have been reserved for the most important guest or family members of the highest rank in a wealthy Chinese ... More

A tenuous grip on arctic dreams, Cole Sternberg, 2020

VILLANOVA, PA.- Villanova University will present "thirsty while drowning" a campus-wide exhibition of new work by Cole Sternberg. In the artist and alumnus’ first solo exhibition with Villanova, Sternberg will present multiple site-specific installations across the university’s many historic buildings and outdoor spaces, as well as a series of the artist’s “contemporary plein air” paintings in the newly renovated Villanova University Art Gallery. The sprawling exhibition aims to flood Villanova’s campus with Sternberg’s multimedia commentary on sustainability. thirsty while drowning will open to the public on Thursday, October 20, 2022, with an opening reception from 4–6 PM, and will be on view through January 18, 2023. Together, the expansive body of work evokes a feeling Sternberg characterizes as that of “the water consuming us,” in which “the earth has metaphorically tilted ... More

In Vienna, taking to the hills for wine   Ray Edenton, 'A-Team' studio guitarist in Nashville, dies at 95   On the edge of Delhi, a dynamic cultural scene takes shape

A view of the city of Vienna from Weingut Wailand, at the very top of Nussberg mountain, in Vienna, on Sept. 21, 2022. Florentina Olareanu/The New York Times.

by Valeriya Safronova

VIENNA.- Though Vienna’s vineyards are within city limits, they can feel a world away. Among the rows of grapes on the edges of the Austrian capital, the sounds and action of 1.9 million people are replaced by rocky paths, the chatter of crickets and a general calm. That is, until September begins. As fall and the harvest season arrive, the city’s residents grasp for one last bit of summer and head by the thousands to the vineyards to spend just a few more weekends drinking and eating in the sun. There to host them are wine taverns known as heurigen — a word that refers to both young wine and to the establishments themselves — and buschenschanken. The latter have to serve their own wine, made from local grapes, and they have to identify themselves by including a pine, spruce or fir branch in their signage (this tradition supposedly goes back to the Middle Ages, when a “wine crier” would mark the cellars where ... More

In a photo provided by Hubert Long Collection shows, guitarist Ray Edenton at a recording session in Nashville in the 1960s. Hubert Long Collection, Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum via The New York Times.

by Bill Friskics-Warren

NASHVILLE, TENN.- Ray Edenton, a versatile session guitarist who played on thousands of recordings by artists such as the Everly Brothers, Charley Pride, Neil Young and Patsy Cline, died Sept. 21 at the home of his son, Ray Q. Edenton, in Goodlettsville, Tennessee. He was 95. His death was confirmed by his daughter, Ronda Hardcastle. A longtime member of Nashville’s so-called A-Team of first-call studio professionals, Edenton contributed discreet, empathetic rhythm guitar to myriad hits in a career that spanned four decades. His name was less known than his musicianship, but generations of listeners knew the records he helped make famous, a body of work estimated to exceed 10,000 sessions. Cline’s “Sweet Dreams,” Webb Pierce’s “There Stands the Glass,” Kenny Rogers’ “The Gambler, ... More

Inside Bana Studio, a vintage tribal jewelry shop, in the Hauz Khas Village in New Delhi in September 2022. Poras Chaudhary/The New York Times.

by Finn-Olaf Jones

NEW DELHI.- “Delhi is a soldiers’ town, a politicians’ town, journalists’, diplomats’ town. It is Asia’s Washington, though not so picturesque,” wrote Jan Morris, the acclaimed British travel writer, half a century ago. “The only culture in Delhi is agriculture,” went another put-down. But art and culture follow money, and for the past two decades Delhi has experienced a sea change. Thanks largely to a real estate boom and the rise of the high-tech suburb of Gurgaon, Delhi has doubled its number of high-net-worth individuals in five years, built a metro system rivaling New York City’s in size, and nurtured a burgeoning cosmopolitan class. To find where this creative crowd gallery-hops, shops and otherwise chills, go south. The rising neighborhoods of Hauz Khas Village, Lado Sarai and Mehrauli’s “Style Mile” teeter on the edge of Delhi’s Outer Ring Road, almost equidistant from Gurgaon’s call centers and the central city ... More

Sylvie Patry joins kamel mennour as the gallery's Artistic Director   Be wary of King Charles III "pretender" coins, cautions Professional Numismatists Guild   Christie's appoints Gillian Gorman Round CMO

She will begin her new role at kamel mennour on December 2022.

PARIS.- With more than twenty years of experience in the art world behind her, Sylvie Patry has formerly held leading positions in top institutions including the Musée d’Orsay, where she has until now been the Deputy Director for Collections and Curatorial Affairs, and the Barnes Foundation in Philadelphia, where she acted as Gund Family Chief Curator/Deputy Director for Collections and Exhibitions — a rare appointment for a French curator. She notably oversaw developing The Barnes Foundation towards its current configuration, while keeping up a close dialogue with past and present artists. As kamel mennour’s Artistic Director, Sylvie Patry will contribute to the conception of new projects, strengthening and expanding the gallery’s development in the cultural, contemporary, and publishing spheres. With her many working partners around the world, Sylvie Patry will broaden the gallery’s global influence. She will ... More

1953 Royal Mint Queen Elizabeth II penny.

TEMECULA, CA.- New coins depicting King Charles III are expected to be popular with the public and collectors when the Royal Mint strikes and distributes them, according to the Professional Numismatists Guild ( However, the nonprofit coin dealer’s organization cautions that consumers and investors should know the difference between official legal tender and coins issued by countries not part of the United Kingdom or the Commonwealth. When an important new coin design is introduced, many people enjoy collecting examples from the first year of issue, such as the 1953 Royal Mint coins of Queen Elizabeth II or the 1964 United States Mint half dollars depicting President John F. Kennedy. “The marketplace already has advertisements for coins featuring King Charles III that are made by or on behalf of countries that issue non-circulating legal tender money intended only for ... More

She has successfully orchestrated brand transformations and growth, most recently as CEO of luxury beauty brand Kjaer Weis and prior to that at Revlon as Global President of the professional division. © Christie's Images Ltd 2022.

NEW YORK, NY.- Christie’s announces the appointment of Gillian Gorman Round as Chief Marketing Officer, based in New York at its Americas headquarters in Rockefeller Center. Reporting to CEO Guillaume Cerutti, Gill will define and lead an innovative global, multi-channel marketing strategy for the company as a member of the senior leadership team. In her global role, Gill will work closely with Christie’s executive management group, including its regional presidents and Global Head of Communications, and will partner with the regional heads of marketing and their teams in New York, London, Paris, and Hong Kong. With over 20 years of international experience, Gill has a proven track record in international marketing, leadership and brand building, managing luxury brands across ... More

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Greg Anderson appointed as Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki Deputy Director Operations
AUKLAND, NZ.- Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki announces the appointment of Greg Anderson to the position of Deputy Director Operations. The position will have responsibility for ensuring the operational needs of Auckland Art Gallery are met in respect to finance, HR, security, capital projects, maintenance and systems improvement. For the past 15 years, Anderson has been the Director at Sarjeant Gallery Te Whare o Rehua Whanganui. In this role, Anderson has been responsible for developing staffing capability, gallery management and stakeholder engagement. Along with the Sarjeant Gallery Trust Chair, he has been at the helm of the fundraising and strategic planning for the Sarjeant Gallery Redevelopment, a major $64m project to strengthen and extend the historic institution, entailing considerable work with major donors, as ... More

Milwaukee Art Museum appoints Chief Curator and Chief Development Officer
MILWAUKEE, WIS.- The Milwaukee Art Museum today announced two key additions to its senior leadership team: Elizabeth Siegel has been appointed the Museum’s Chief Curator, and André Allaire has been named Chief Development Officer. A seasoned curator and leader, Siegel comes to the Museum after 25 years at the Art Institute of Chicago, where she is currently Curator of Photography and Media. Allaire, who is currently Assistant Vice President for Development at Parsons School of Design, the nation’s top art and design school, has spent the past 25 years fundraising for arts, cultural, and educational institutions predominantly in New York City. Siegel will assume the Chief Curator role beginning January 9, 2023, and Allaire will become Chief Development Officer on January 1, 2023. “We are delighted to welcome Liz and ... More

Summers Place Auctions to sell a selection of sculptures by Misti
WEST SUSSEX, UK.- Summers Place Auctions is offering a small selection of sculptures by Misti, who famously won Channel 4's Handmade: Britain’s Best Woodworker reality TV show in 2021. A group of 25 sculptures is selling online, among them the sculpture, I Weep for Nature, proceeds of which will go to charity. The timed auction began 23rd September and will continue through the 3rd October 2022. The selection of sculptures include I Weep for Nature, created from burnt oak, stained lime wood and stainless steel to create a Zebra sculpture. Misti made this for the sculpture challenge on Handmade: Britain’s Best Woodworker, a reality television competition screened on Channel 4 in 2021. The brief was to produce a one metre tall sculpture of an animal in just two days, and this piece was ... More

Garment District Space for Public Art presents "Window of Opportunity"
NEW YORK, NY.- The Garment District Alliance announced the latest in its ongoing series of public art exhibits, showcasing local artists in a series of engaging window installations as part of a collaboration with Plugdin and Haus of Creators titled, Window of Opportunity. Through October 6, artists, performers and creators are taking over the street-level window at 315 West 38th Street and showcasing their work through performances, workshops and creative displays. The collaboration is part of the Garment District Space for Public Art program, which showcases artists in unusual locations and over 16 years has produced more than 200 installations, exhibits and performances. “We’re proud to bring a variety of talented artists to the Garment District as part of our collaboration with Plugdin and Haus of Creators,” said Barbara A. Blair, president of the ... More

Blood and Tears: Portrayals of Gwangju's Democratic Struggle on view at The Anya and Andrew Shiva Gallery
NEW YORK, NY.- Blood and Tears: Portrayals of Gwangju’s Democratic Struggle, on view at Anya and Andrew Shiva Gallery at the John Jay College of Criminal Justice , features the work of 19 Minjung artists who were part of a political and populist art movement that was a response to the Gwangju Massacre by South Korean dictator Chun-Doo-huan in May 1980. Minjung artists used visual arts, especially painting and woodblocks, to call for democratization and Korean reunification. The artworks glorified nature, laborers and peasants and criticized imperialism, Americanization and the authoritarian South Korean government. In the 1980s, many Minjung artists were accused of sympathizing with communism ... More

Guillaume Désanges presents Myriam Mihindou's solo show "ÉPIDERME”
BRUSSELS, BELGIUM.- For his last exhibition at La Verrière, Guillaume Désanges – the curator since 2013 – presents Myriam Mihindou's solo show “ÉPIDERME” from September 29, until December 3rd, 2022. “Myriam Mihindou’s practice may be seen as curative, shamanistic and artistic in equal measure. As a traveller and nomad, Mihindou works in close physical empathy with the environments, situations, and people she encounters, applying herself to the healing of the individual and collective, physical and psychic ills inflicted by subjugation and domination in their many forms. Her art breaks the boundaries of representation proper, to take on a spiritual, therapeutic function: her sculptures and drawings are symbolic forms and objects of transmission invested with cathartic power. Her first exhibition in Belgium, Mihindou transforms La Verrière into ... More

First UK institutional solo show for artist Hannah Lim opens at Edinburgh Printmakers
EDINBURGH, UK.- Edinburgh Printmakers is hosting the first solo exhibition in Scotland by emerging Singaporean-British artist Hannah Lim whose vibrant artworks have captured the attention of audiences worldwide ahead of further shows in New York and Milan later this year. The London based artist will work in printmaking for the first time as she continues her exploration of East and South East Asian culture and its appropriation for Western audiences. Speaking on her work artist Hannah Lim said: “As a person of mixed Singaporean and British heritage both my research and practice has come to engage with the colonial connotations of the relationship between the East and the West. These connotations are most evident in themes such as Orientalism and its relationship to Chinoiserie; an 18th century aesthetic trend in which elements ... More

David Blandy presents new exhibition at Towner Eastbourne
EAST SUSSEX, UK.- A new exhibition by David Blandy will open at Towner Eastbourne this Thursday 29 September, encompassing new video works and an immersive cardboard installation created in collaboration with fine art students from East Sussex College Lewes. “The Edge of Forever” (2022) is a new video work that will premiere at Towner that centers on two questing children seeking to unravel the mysteries of a damaged world in a landscape loaded with symbolism. Their journey begins at Cuckmere Haven, Sussex, with its cliffs formed from the remains of plankton from 100 million years ago, continues to a Cold War era observatory and concludes with their visions of the cosmos. In this work, Blandy investigates connections between specific sites, personal histories, and geopolitical events to reflect on our place in the world. These ideas are tackled ... More

Lizzo plays new notes on James Madison's crystal flute from 1813
NEW YORK, NY.- Lizzo looked uncharacteristically nervous as she crossed the stage in a glittering mesh leotard with tights and sequined combat boots. A classically trained flutist who began playing when she was in fifth grade and considered studying at the Paris Conservatory, she has woven flute into many of her songs, has played virtually with the New York Philharmonic, and her flute, named Sasha Flute, even has its own Instagram page. But waiting for her Tuesday night was an exquisite (and highly breakable) musical instrument that had arrived at her concert in Washington under heavy security: a crystal flute that a French craftsman and clockmaker had made for President James Madison in 1813. “I’m scared,” Lizzo said, as she took the sparkling instrument from Carol Lynn Ward-Bamford, a curator at the Library of Congress, who had carefully removed ... More

A vanishing craft reappears
NEW YORK, NY.- “They were almost completely forgotten about in Poland,” Karolina Merska said. An artist based in London, Merska refers to pajaki, the craft often regarded as the preserve of older women in the countryside of Poland, where she is from. In an age of instant gratification, some attribute the art form’s slow demise to its time-consuming processes. Pajaki (pronounced pah-yonk-ee), the Polish word for spider, are decorative folk mobiles comparable in shape to chandeliers, typically suspended from ceilings in striking webs of rye straw and paper. Known for their vivid colors — magenta, lime, turquoise — the mobiles were historically used to brighten up homes during the dark winter months. But while variations of these lattice designs have been featured in homes throughout Poland since the 18th century — used as tokens ... More

The crypto world is on edge after a string of hacks
NEW YORK, NY.- Not long after dropping out of college to pursue a career in cryptocurrencies, Ben Weintraub woke up to some bad news. Weintraub and two classmates from the University of Chicago had spent the past few months working on a software platform called Beanstalk, which offered a stablecoin, a type of cryptocurrency with a fixed value of $1. To their surprise, Beanstalk became an overnight sensation, attracting crypto speculators who viewed it as an exciting contribution to the experimental field of decentralized finance, or DeFi. Then it collapsed. In April, a hacker exploited a flaw in Beanstalk’s design to steal more than $180 million from users, one of a series of thefts this year targeting DeFi ventures. The morning of the hack, Mr. Weintraub, 24, was home for Passover in Montclair, New Jersey. He walked into his parents’ bedroom. ... More

The Tales amidst Five Mountains: Mesmerizing Modern Landscape Paintings

On a day like today, Italian painter Tintoretto was born
September 29, 1518. Tintoretto (September 29, 1518 - May 31, 1594), real name Jacopo Comin, was a Venetian painter and a notable exponent of the Renaissance school. For his phenomenal energy in painting he was termed Il Furioso. His work is characterized by its muscular figures, dramatic gestures and bold use of perspective in the Mannerist style, while maintaining color and light typical of the Venetian School. In this image: A man looks at 'The Coronation of the Virgin, The Paradise' , a painting by 16th century Venetian artist Tintoretto, on display at the Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum in Madrid, Wednesday, June 7, 2006.

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