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TAI Modern exhibits Japanese Bamboo Art at Santa Fe Art Week

Kajiwara Koho, Three Color Flower Basket, 2015. Madake bamboo, rattan, 8 x 14 x 14 in.

SANTA FE, NM.- In connection with the 2nd Annual Santa Fe Art Week, TAI Modern presents Japanese Bamboo Art, a group exhibition featuring a diverse selection of recently acquired works, both historic and contemporary, of Japanese bamboo art. The fifteen artists in this show include members of historic family lineages and contemporary masters such as Yamaguchi Ryuun, Honma Hideaki, and National Living Treasure of Japan, Fujinuma Noboru. TAI Modern is the world’s leading dealer of contemporary Japanese bamboo art. For over 20 years, the gallery has sought to present compelling exhibitions, build strong collections, further academic research on bamboo art in Japan, and support and encourage artists in this incredibly challenging medium. “Bamboo says many things to me. I enjoy my conversations with it. I express beauty through bamboo: the beauty of water flowing, the beauty of flowers, the beauty of moving clouds. I try to bring the beauty of ... More

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Art Fix: The new way of learning about art   Actress Kelly Preston dies aged 57 from breast cancer   Eastward, ho! Even art is leaving for the Hamptons

Art Fix any time, anywhere!

WASSENAAR.- Art Fix is the world’s most accessible online art course. This e-learning platform offers membership-based episodes on the insider stories & secrets of the contemporary art world. Out to demystify the world of contemporary art and make it more accessible through better storytelling, Art Fix is all about formulating your own opinion about art. Every month, a new thematic episode will be released, just 30 minutes in length including interviews and artist deep-dives. The launch episode is called “The City is My Canvas”, and will focus on street art, where dark streets and spray cans join forces. Taking on the often illegal domain of street art, this episode will uncover the works of Banksy, JR, Vhils, Stik, and many more. Three more episodes are online: on sculpture (Can I Touch It?), new media (The Virtual as Reality), auction houses (Going Once, Going Twice), and much more to come! Each episode is supported ... More

In this file photo taken on May 15, 2018 US actress Kelly Preston poses during a photocall for the film "Gotti" at the 71st edition of the Cannes Film Festival in Cannes, southern France. Kelly Preston, US actress and wife of US actor John Travolta, died after a battle with breast cancer at the age of 57, US media reported on July 12, 2020. Anne-Christine POUJOULAT / AFP.

NEW YORK (AFP).- Kelly Preston, an actress best known for her role as a hardhearted fiancée of the Tom Cruise character in the 1996 film “Jerry Maguire,” died Sunday in Florida. She was 57. Her husband, actor John Travolta, said in an Instagram post Monday that the cause was breast cancer. She had been treated for the cancer for two years, he said, something she had kept largely to herself. “She fought a courageous fight with the love and support of so many,” Travolta said. Preston broke into film and television in the early 1980s, often playing a young and sexy character, as she did in the 1985 comedy “Mischief,” where she was “the ... More

A line of art galleries on Newtown Lane in East Hampton, N.Y., July 4, 2020. Karsten Moran/The New York Times.

by Ted Loos

EAST HAMPTON (NYT NEWS SERVICE).- The art collectors were finally coming out of hiding here recently, albeit quietly and tentatively. The artists were, too. The lure? All of a sudden, they have a lot more gallery options lining the immaculate streets of the famously upscale summer town of East Hampton, New York, a seemingly unexpected development in the middle of a pandemic. Since the beginning of June, five major art galleries have opened here: Pace, Skarstedt, Van de Weghe, Michael Werner and Sotheby’s, all arms of New York art powerhouses. And more are on the way soon, in Montauk (Amalia Dayan and Adam Lindemann’s new venture, South Etna Montauk) and Southampton (Hauser & Wirth). “Selfishly, ... More

Phillips and British Vogue announce a selling exhibition of photographs by Jamie Hawkeswor   Doyle to auction Asian works of art on July 23   Strong results and active bidding in Koller's July auctions

Jamie Hawkesworth, Anisa Omar, Waitrose & Partners assistant © Jamie Hawkesworth.

LONDON.- This July, in collaboration with British Vogue, Phillips will premiere the work of celebrated photographer Jamie Hawkesworth in a virtual selling exhibition The New Front Line. Hawkesworth has selected 27 unique works to be made available for sale for the first time, with all proceeds going to the National Emergencies Trust. The portraits hail from his recent portfolio of front-line workers in the Covid-19 effort, which includes the iconic cover story for British Vogue’s July 2020 issue. These unique works will be available for sale on as part of a virtual exhibition, running from 14 to 28 July 2020. Edward Enninful, Editor in Chief of British Vogue, said, “I am delighted that Jamie Hawkesworth's images of our key workers are going to be included in this important exhibition at Phillips. Vogue’s July cover stars celebrate a moment in time when millions of people in the UK who, at the height of the pandemi ... More

Chinese Flambe Glazed Porcelain Meiping, Qianlong Seal Mark and of the Period. Height 12 inches. Est. $12,000-15,000.

NEW YORK, NY.- Doyle’s Asian Works of Art auction on Thursday, July 23 at 10am will present the arts of China, Japan and Southeast Asia from the Neolithic Period through the 20th century. Highlights include exquisite Chinese porcelains, jades and bronzes and an extensive offering of fascinating snuff bottles. The selection of Chinese jades in the sale features a Chinese celadon jade censor with cover with loose ring handles, height 4 3/4 inches (est. $15,000-20,000). A Qing dynasty Chinese white and russet jade hound depicts the recumbent hound with patches of russet fur, length 3 inches (est. $10,000-15,000). A lovely Chinese jadeite fruit group is carved in the round with a pomegranate, peach and finger citron on a leafy branch, length 3 1/4 inches (est. $8,000-12,000). Highlighting the Chinese porcelains is a flambé ... More

The top lot in the Swiss Art auction was Cuno Amiet's "Mother and child".

ZURICH.- Following a successful auction week for Old Masters & Antiques in late June, Koller's auction series for Modern, Contemporary & Swiss Art, Jewellery & Watches continued to register strong prices and very active bidding. The top lot in the Swiss Art auction was Cuno Amiet's "Mother and child" (lot 3322), and important work from 1899 which was considered missing for almost 90 years until it was recently rediscovered in a private collection. It left its presale estimate of CHF 380 000/480 000 far behind, selling for CHF 830 000. A charming depiction of a young girl with Christmas presents by Albert Anker (lot 3309) which also had never been offered on the auction market, sold for CHF 464 000. Prices remain strong for works by Gottardo Segantini, as witnessed by two paintings sold in the 3 July auction, an autumn landscape near Maloja (lot 3352, CHF 159 000), and a view ... More

David Lee Roth is letting his art (mostly) do the talking   Matthew Barton announces European and Asian Works of Art auction   P·P·O·W Gallery opens Noplace, a physical and virtual exhibition

David Lee Roth with some of his paintings at his home in Pasadena, Calif., July 6, 2020. Jessica Lehrman/The New York Times.

by Richard Bienstock

NEW YORK (NYT NEWS SERVICE).- Typically, David Lee Roth spends his days, or at least his nights, “in tactical spandex, moving at 134 beats per minute,” he said. But now Roth, the 65-year-old Van Halen singer, is just like the rest of us: stuck at home and obsessing about pandemics. However, the past few months in quarantine have led Roth to an old pursuit, with new focus. Since April, he has filled his days creating COVID-themed drawings — he calls them comics — and then sharing the finished works, one each week, on his social media channels. The art, like Roth’s music and disposition, is vibrant, whimsical and somewhat unconventional. In moments, it is confrontational. Several drawings feature his own face. Many are filled with images of frogs. What sparked this surge of artistic expression? “Well, I lost my job!” Roth cracked ... More

A Cambodian Pre Rup style grey sandstone head of Harihara, a Hindu deity combining Vishnu and Shiva, circa 10th century, estimated at £4,000-£6,000.

LONDON.- Matthew Barton's European and Asian Works of Art auction of 374 lots encompasses centuries of craftsmanship; when browsing the catalogue, the diversity of pieces and ‘cross pollination’ of styles will stimulate a collector’s interest in influences brought along the trade routes and spread through expanding kingdoms and empires. Among the religious works of art, starting in South East Asia, a highlight from Cambodia is a Pre Rup style grey sandstone head of Harihara, a Hindu deity combining Vishnu and Shiva, circa 10th century, estimated at £4,000-£6,000. The Tibetan, Nepalese and Indian sculptures in the sale include a Jain brass shrine depicting Candraprabha, from Gujurat, circa 16th century, this has an estimate of £1,500-£2,500. Stucco and terracotta heads of Buddha as well as grey schist fragments from Gandhara (now a region in both Pakistan and Afghanistan) date from the 3rd to the 5t ... More

Devin N. Morris, Moving away from up there. Broken easily as brown skin does walking through brown stone. From Somewhere and Me at the base of stairs treading rows perfectly soiled for blossoming lunacy, 2020. Entryway doors, chair, lampshade, light, 129 x 95 x 27 ins. 327.7 x 241.3 x 68.6 cm.

NEW YORK, NY.- P·P·O·W is presenting Noplace, a physical and virtual exhibition curated by Eden Deering, which brings together artists whose practices connect in their collective utopian pursuit, their make-believe places reflecting the ills of our society, while simultaneously communicating alternative ways to exist in this world. In Utopia (1516), the English lawyer, social philosopher, author, statesman and Renaissance humanist, Sir Thomas More coined the term ‘Utopia’ in his sociopolitical satire. Combining the Greek words “not” (ou) and “place” (topos), 16th century readers would have translated the new word to ‘Not place’ or ‘Noplace’. More’s Utopia was an imaginary arcadian paradise, off the coast of an inexact location in the ‘New World’. Describing this Utopia as the ... More

Museums can do better: A response to museum inclusivity   Thames & Hudson publishes "Vincent van Gogh: A Life in Letters"   Jacqueline Terrassa to lead the Colby College Museum of Art

A Black Lives Matter mural is painted on Sandra Bland Parkway near the site where Bland was arrested by a state trooper in 2015. Go Nakamura/Getty Images/AFP.

by Kimberly Fernandez Pedraza

SANTA CLARA, CA.- Along with the rest of the nation, I have witnessed in the last couple of weeks the Black Lives Matter protests occurring throughout the country and the pressure to make changes in structural racism, particularly that is reflected in the police system. As we begin to see changes in the systems and structures of our society, there is a call to make changes in all aspects of society which include museums and a movement to diversify them to be more reflective of black identities and other traditionally marginalized communities. As a rising senior art history major and Latina women, I can attest this has been long overdue. Museums are vastly important cultural institutions that dominate American culture and leisure. They are sites that often share the goals ... More

Illustrated with original manuscript letters, sketches and paintings, this careful selection of seventy-six letters, provides a new and accessible edition of these intimate personal documents.

LONDON.- Vincent van Gogh’s letters have long been prized as some of the most valuable documents in the world of art. Not only do they throw light on Van Gogh’s own complex and intriguing character, they enlighten the whole creative process as seen through his eyes, with his extraordinary grasp of language and vivid prose. Illustrated with original manuscript letters, sketches and paintings, this careful selection of seventy-six letters, provides a new and accessible edition of these intimate personal documents. Here we can observe Van Gogh’s thoughts and opinions at first hand, as well as his close ties with his brother Theo, his sometimes troubled relationships with friends, lovers, and fellow artists, his personal doubts and fears, his love of books, and above all his overriding passion for his art. In this volume the letters are grouped chronologically ... More

Visionary leader brings deep experience from the Art Institute of Chicago and Metropolitan Museum of Art.

WATERVILLE, ME.- Colby College today announced the appointment of Jacqueline Terrassa as the Carolyn Muzzy Director of the Colby College Museum of Art. Terrassa, who currently serves as the Woman’s Board vice president for learning and public engagement at the Art Institute of Chicago, will assume her role in October. “Jackie Terrassa is the perfect leader for Colby’s wonderful Museum of Art,” said President David A. Greene. “She is an artist and educator who has helped transform the way museums engage with and enrich their communities. With her sharp intellect and rigorous approach to understanding the meaning and impact of artistic works, she is ideally suited to further the Museum’s scholarly and teaching mission. Her personal warmth, experiences at the nation’s top museums and universities, and forward-looking approach to the role of museums in societies make her a spectacular choice at this ... More

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Peru plans to reopen Machu Picchu on July 24
LIMA (AFP).- Peru's ancient Inca citadel Machu Picchu will reopen to tourists on July 24, the local governor announced Monday. Cusco governor Jean Paul Benavente said details were still being finalized but "in principle, July 24 is the confirmed date for the reopening." "Some elements linked to the biosecurity protocols are being finalized," Benavente told AFP. Transport links from Cusco, 70 kilometers (42 miles) from Machu Picchu -- including buses, trains and flights -- must be ready by that date, the governor said. If all the protocols are not met, the reopening of the famous stone citadel will be postponed, he added. July 24 marks the anniversary of the discovery of the site in 1911. Benavente said only 675 visitors would be able to enter the site daily. However, last Tuesday, the culture ministry said up to 2,244 visitors could enter a day -- half the number ... More

Judy Dyble, a singer in Fairport Convention and beyond, dies at 71
NEW YORK (NYT NEWS SERVICE).- Judy Dyble, a singer and songwriter who was in the first recorded lineup of the British folk-rock institution Fairport Convention before going on to an extensive, though interrupted, recording career, died Sunday in Oxfordshire, England. She was 71. Her death, at a hospital, was announced on her Facebook page. No specific cause was given, but she learned she had lung cancer in 2019. She had lived in Oxfordshire since the 1970s. With her crystalline soprano voice, Dyble emerged from London’s early 1960s folk scene as a teenager and joined the newly formed Fairport Convention in 1967. Fairport Convention set out to create a distinctively British folk-rock, glancing toward American rock ’n’ roll, psychedelia and country but also drawing on centuries of Celtic tradition. The band spawned a durable British ... More

Middle East Institute Art Gallery opens virtual show
WASHINGTON, DC.- The Middle East Institute Arts and Culture Center announced the launch of Lebanon Then and Now: Photography from 2006 to 2020 on view from July 13, 2020 through September 25, 2020. The immersive, 360° virtual exhibition takes visitors on a tour through the MEI Art Gallery to experience the works of 17 photographers and one filmmaker who capture the dizzying social, political, and economic developments that have marked Lebanon over the past decade and a half. “Through the lens of some of Lebanon’s finest photographers, the exhibit tells the story of the tensions and the unresolved issues that led to the current crisis in Lebanon, and of the protests that have rocked Lebanon for the past eight months in response to the country’s political and financial collapse,” said Lyne Sneige, the director of the Middle ... More

Steidl to publish "Arthur Elgort: Ballet"
NEW YORK, NY.- “From the first day I worked with Arthur,” writes the hairstylist Christiaan Houtenbos, “I realized his prism is dance. He took its languid, exuberant perfection as his inspiration when he found himself a young Turk in fashion photography. It has to this day served as his anchor.” Elgort’s snapshot style allows the pain and pleasure of one of the world’s most beloved forms of expressive dance to be seen with beauty. Following his career-spanning monograph The Big Picture, Arthur Elgort pays homage to his first love and eternal muse in this new collection of photographs. While glimpsing ballet through Elgort’s lens we are taken not to the front of the stage but behind the scenes, where the hard work is done. On this journey through the hallways and rehearsal spaces of some of the world’s most distinguished ballet schools, including the New York City ... More

Iconic UNESCO World Heritage Site, Old Royal Naval College reopens
LONDON.- The iconic Old Royal Naval College, part of Maritime Greenwich UNESCO World Heritage Site, reopened safely in line with government guidance. This stunning London landmark once again offers public access to its buildings and expansive grounds with visitor and staff safety measures in place. The magnificent Painted Hall, King William Undercroft and interpretation gallery reopened for visitors with limited tickets each day and recommended advanced booking. The Old Royal Naval College is also launching new smartphone tours for visitors to enjoy. The first of these, available for free on any smartphone using the Smartify app, will be a family tour for those visiting with children aged 5 – 12 years. The exciting Building Detectives tour takes families on a treasure trail around the beautiful outdoor spaces of the Old Royal Naval ... More

Kent and Essex creative industries ready to help kickstart the economy
MARGATE.- With a vibrant community of more than 16,000 creative businesses, employing around 46,000 people, the Thames Estuary region has the potential to be one of the leading creative areas outside London. That’s the message of Creative Estuary, an ambitious three-year project to establish North Kent and South Essex as a growing hotbed of creative excellence all along the Estuary, from Margate to Southend. Creative Estuary is part of the Government-backed Thames Estuary Production Corridor (TEPC) project and forms an important part of the overarching determination to transform the area with major investment in sectors such as transport, housing, education and the knowledge economy. The region’s creative and cultural industries have also been identified for their potential, with long-term goals to create 50,000 new jobs and generate ... More

Nxt Museum: Artworks announced for first exhibition
AMSTERDAM.- Nxt Museum, the first museum in the Netherlands dedicated to New Media Art, today announced further details of its first exhibition, Shifting Proximities , as well as the first project taking over the Nxt Lab . Shifting Proximities will explore human experience and interaction in the face of social and technological change. Global events and developments, whether socio-political, technological or environmental, have a significant impact on how we communicate, how we move and how we live in the world. They are continually shifting the proximities between us, both literally and metaphorically. Our perception of space, and our place within it, will be called into question through eight immersive, multi-sensory installations, four of which have been commissioned by and will premiere at Nxt Museum. The works have been created in collaboration with artists, ... More

Jane Lombard Gallery to relocate to Tribeca
NEW YORK, NY.- Jane Lombard Gallery announced that after two decades of exhibitions in Chelsea, they will be moving to a new space in Tribeca. Since the gallery’s opening in Soho (originally as Lombard Freid) in 1995, they have presented a global roster of artists whose work explores a wide range of socio-political issues. The new, two-floor, 3000 sq. ft. gallery will be located at 58 White Street , in Tribeca. Designed by Stuart Basseches Architect, it will open in late October 2020 with an exhibition by Dan Perjovschi . “We are excited to start a new chapter for the gallery and to return Downtown. We started out in 1995 up the street in SoHo. It is a sense of neighborhood, and camaraderie that we are looking forward to being part of again,” said owner, Jane Lombard . “In the new space, we have the ability to show two artists at once or show video without having ... More

Cibrian Gallery opens "Marcar.Notar.Signar"
SAN SEBASTIAN.- Leave a mark. A signal. Embroider initials on clothing. Make an incision. Mark a place. Point out something so that it is known. Aim briefly. A sign. A signal. Sound is matter. Sound as the only character. The sound as the plan of a place. Sound as the record of someone, of a time, of a town. When Pauline Oliveros told us that one does not hear a sound, but the place where it sounds, the moment when it sounds, who it sounds with… It is understood that this material does not hang on a wall, does not wait for you to arrive to be named; I need you, yes, but maybe not as one might think. These works have that particularity: they are composed of sounds that rewrites when you listen to them. The writing of the sound, its letter, the note, the mark on paper, the sign that hides a language for the one who writes or for the one who reads. Maybe professional ... More

Fine antique gold pocket watches tick to $1.8M at Morphy's June 30 auction
DENVER, PA.- Everyone bidding in Morphy Auctions’ June 30 no-reserve sale of fine antique pocket watches was after the same thing: a “timely” acquisition in gold or platinum with a desirable Swiss pedigree. Within the 650+ lots presented in a dedicated single-owner session were many elegantly complicated timepieces that fit the bill perfectly. All came from a private collection that had been amassed tastefully and with utmost care over many years. One of the largest high-end collections of its type ever to reach the public market, it realized $1.8 million, inclusive of buyer’s premium. The top lot of the sale was a rare and important circa-1880 Henri Grandjean & Co., Grande Sonnerie clock-watch in a hand-decorated 18K yellow gold hunter’s case with engraved birds and flowers. Its complications include a minute repeater, leap year perpetual calendar, ... More

Michaan's July 25 auction offers important Chinese paintings, designer jewels and luxury timepieces
ALAMEDA, CA.- There has never been a better time to turn to Michaan’s Auctions for the inspiration offered by fine art and beautiful things. Each auction is a virtual journey, filled with possibilities. In the upcoming Gallery Auction on July 25, wonderful works by artists from California and Taos are among the many fine art highlights. The Asian Art department offers important 20th century Chinese paintings. The selection of estate jewelry and timepieces includes treasures from the world’s top design houses. Vintage modern furniture and fine musical instruments also await July’s bidders. Online and phone bidding are available to all. Ralph Waldo Emerson Meyers settled in Taos, NM in 1909. He was a successful trader, working with the people of the Taos Pueblo to market their creations and in the process becoming an advocate for preserving ... More

Art Talk: 'Madame Cézanne'

On a day like today, Austrian painter Gustav Klimt was born
July 14, 1862. Gustav Klimt (July 14, 1862 - February 6, 1918) was an Austrian symbolist painter and one of the most prominent members of the Vienna Secession movement. Klimt is noted for his paintings, murals, sketches, and other objets d'art. Klimt's primary subject was the female body, and his works are marked by frank eroticism. In this image: Lady with a Muff (1916-1917)

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