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Today’s catalogue is titled “20 Women” showcasing a variety of women artists who originated from the pre & post-war periods.

NEW YORK, NY.- Welcome to VFA……. Today’s video is titled “20 Women” discussing a variety of women artists who originated from the pre & post-war periods. They emerged from a few select movements including the American Abstract Artist Group of modernists, the Abstract Expressionists and the group of Color Field painters that followed. These artists have also been overlooked and undervalued compared with their male counterparts. In the past the challenges they faced due to gender has created huge barriers in education, training and representation. We have dealt with women artists for as long as I’ve been an art dealer! I have always found that women seemed to be freer with their creative attitudes and observations trusting their inner curiosity, intuition and following their instincts. Behind me is a rare large 1970 six by six-foot Color Field work by Vivian Springford. In the past few years her paintings have been re-discovered. Last year she was named as one of the top f ... More

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Christie's to offer a major Basquiat from 1982 featured in Guggenheim Bilbao retrospective   ARTBnk's Spring Market Report: April 2021   Breonna Taylor show points art museums to a faster track

Jean-Michel Basquiat, Untitled (One Eyed Man or Xerox Face) detail. Acrylic, spray paint, oilstick and Xerox collage on panel, 182.9 x 121.9 cm. (72 x 48 in.) Painted in 1982. Estimate: HK$140,000,000 - 170,000,000 / US$18,000,000 - 22,000,000. © Christie's Images Ltd 2021.

HONG KONG.- Christie’s 20th/21st Century Art Department unveiled an important masterpiece by Jean-Michel Basquiat: Untitled (One Eyed Man or Xerox Face), following the successful sale of Basquiat’s Warrior on 23 March, which set a new record for the most expensive Western artwork ever sold at auction in Asia. The painting will be offered in the 20th/21st Century Art Evening Sale on May 24 in Hong Kong, where it will be featured as one of the major highlights of the spring auction season. Building upon the phenomenal results achieved last December in Hong Kong, which witnessed strong buying and bidding from Asian clients, Christie’s continues ... More

Bridget Riley (b. 1931) Cupid's Quiver, 1985, oil on canvas, 60 7/8 x 49 3/8 in.

NEW YORK, NY.- As spring has arrived and with the world striving for normalcy, the results of major auctions held at the end of March were encouraging. The 20th/21st century art day and evening sales at Sotheby's and Christie's in Hong Kong and London from the 23rd to 26th of March were a preview of things to come in 2021. Were expectations (auction house estimates) tempered to give the appearance of a stronger recovery? How did outlier sale prices affect overall results? While some of the best works of the last 120 years were on offer, some achieving stellar results, we'll take a deeper look at whether the market is truly back. This report is generated by utilizing pre-sale fair market value—ARTBnk Value—for each individual work of art, determined through ARTBnk's unique AI valuation methodology which ... More

Amy Sherald (b. 1973), Breonna Taylor, 2020. Oil on linen 137.2 x 109.2 cm / 54 x 43 inches. © Amy Sherald. Courtesy the artist and Hauser & Wirth. Photo: Joseph Hyde.

by Holland Cotter

LOUISVILLE (NYT NEWS SERVICE).- People talk a lot about getting back to pre-COVID normal. But our traditional art museums can forget about that. After a year of intense racial-justice reckoning, a paralyzing pandemic and crippling economic shortfalls, aging hidebound institutions are scrambling just to stay afloat. And the only way for them to do so is to change. Strategies for forward motion are needed. One is in play here at the Speed Art Museum, in the form of a quietly passionate show called “Promise, Witness, Remembrance,” which might, with profit, be studied by other institutions in survivalist mode. Conventional encyclopedic museums ... More

800-year-old medieval pottery fragments reveal Jewish dietary practices   Two years on, Notre-Dame awaits long path to pre-fire glory   ZKM reopens with a spectacular installation by Chiharu Shiota

View of excavations at St Aldates, Oxford, showing Carfax Tower in the background. Image courtesy: Oxford Archaeology.

BRISTOL.- A team of scientists, led by the University of Bristol, with archaeologists from Oxford Archaeology, have found the first evidence of a religious diet locked inside pottery fragments excavated from the early medieval Jewish community of Oxford. Keeping kosher is one of the oldest known diets across the world and, for an observant Jew, maintaining these dietary laws (known as Kashruth) is a fundamental part of everyday life. It is a key part of what identifies them as Jews, both amongst their own communities and to the outside world. Oxford’s Jewish quarter was established around St. Aldates in the twelfth and thirteenth centuries, following William the Conqueror’s invitation to Jews in Northern France to settle in England. Recent excavations by Oxford Archaeology at St Aldates, in the historic heart of Oxford, revealed evidence for two houses, which a medieval census suggested belonged to two Jewish families. One was ow ... More

This file photo taken on April 16, 2019 shows an interior view of the Notre-Dame Cathedral in Paris in the aftermath of a fire that devastated the cathedral. AFP.

by Jean-Louis De La Vaissiere and Stuart Williams

PARIS (AFP).- On the evening of April 15 2019, France and the world watched transfixed in horror as flames ravaged Notre-Dame cathedral in Paris, fearful that the heritage landmark could be lost to humanity forever. While the spire collapsed and much of the roof was destroyed, the efforts of firefighters ensured the great mediaeval edifice survived the night. Yet the road to restoration has been long and arduous and it is only expected to return to its former glory in April 2024, five years after the fire. The cause of the blaze remains a subject of uncertainty, although investigators are so far rejecting any idea of foul play and focusing on a short-circuit or even a dropped cigarette as possible explanations. With at least two TV dramas and one feature film in the pipeline about April 15, the drama of that night and the ... More

Installation view of Chiharu Shiota's »Connected to Life« © Chiharu Shiota. Connected to Life, VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn, 2021, Installation view. Photo: ZKM | Center for Art and Media Karlsruhe, Felix Grünschloß.

KARLSRUHE.- On Wednesday, March 17, the ZKM opened its doors with a spectacular installation, which sets a visual symbol for the pandemic-stricken present. The installation Connected to Life (2021) by artist Chiharu Shiota, born 1972 in Osaka, Japan, and currently living in Berlin, was curated by Richard Castelli und Peter Weibel. The artwork situates the visitor in current events: “The installation Connected to Life by Chiharu Shiota is a memorial to commemorate the victims of the COVID-19 virus, and a tribute to those who work tirelessly every day for the health and lives of their fellow human beings while risking their own.” (Peter Weibel) A cascade of 57 metal bedsteads from the ceiling to the floor calls to mind the current images of hospital corridors. The plastic tubes filled with red color are like the veins through which vital blood and oxygen flow. The installation also stands for the hope that human ... More

Eunice Bélidor named Curator of Quebec and Canadian Contemporary Art at the MMFA   Danziger Gallery opens an exhibition of Risaku Suzuki's "Sakura" or "Cherry Blossom" series   Online exhibition at Waterhouse & Dodd presents four contemporary painters

Eunice Bélidor, Gail and Stephen A. Jarislowsky Curator of Quebec and Canadian Contemporary Art (1945 to Today), MMFA. Photo © Charlène Daguin.

MONTREAL.- The Montreal Museum of Fine Arts announced the appointment of Eunice Bélidor as the Gail and Stephen A. Jarislowsky Curator of Quebec and Canadian Contemporary Art (1945 to Today). Bélidor’s multidisciplinary background in art and research will greatly benefit the Museum, its programming and its collection of Quebec and Canadian contemporary art. “Eunice Bélidor has distinguished herself as a curator and a thought leader in her field, and I could not be happier to welcome her to the curatorial team of the MMFA. Her experience coupled with her interest in stimulating dialogue and in focusing on themes and discourses that are too often marginalized make her a tremendous asset for the MMFA. Her work will enrich our understanding of Quebec and Canadian art, and we are eager to discover the programming she will develop,” noted Mary-Dailey ... More

From the series Sakura N-17, 2002, 47 x 61 inch c-print. AP after a sold out edition of 5.

LOS ANGELES, CA.- Danziger Gallery opened an exhibition that had been delayed due to the pandemic. This timely show is Risaku Suzuki’s “Sakura” or “Cherry Blossom” series. The show opened at Danziger at Fetterman in Los Angeles on April 8. One of Japan’s most eminent photographers, Risaku Suzuki has been working for over 30 years capturing the natural world in both an individual and a quintessentially Japanese style. While he has created series on mountains, seas, snow, and Monet’s gardens, he has returned to the subject of cherry blossoms for over 20 years, in a manner that is at once timeless and contemporary. Up to 61 inches in scale, Suzuki’s “Sakura” are more than pretty pictures. Each individual image is a play between sky and flower, positive and negative space, line and form - as well as a contemplation of nature and the preciousness of every moment. In Suzuki’s ... More

Danielle Frankenthal, The Tree of Life, 2020. Acrylic paint and oil stick on two acrylic panels, 48 x 36 in. 122 x 91 cm.

LONDON.- Flowing Forms presents four contemporary painters whose work explores formal concerns through abstraction. Using a variety of approaches to their work, each artist utilizes bold colors, mark-making, pattern and material application to create intricate compositions inspired by their environments. Waterhouse & Dodd is presenting the new representation of three of these artists: Martin Brouillette, Danielle Frankenthal and Iris Kufert-Rivo. Motivated by bright colors, bold shapes, and playful compositions, Brouillette works from a formalist approach while directing his concerns towards composition, pattern, structure, space, and the interactions of colors. The succession of layers in of his paintings is meticulously planned; each meant to complement, enhance, or discredit each other deliberately. He uses digital tools to solve compositional dilemmas while ... More

Christie's Switzerland expands its regional Management Team   Lost treasure from Horace Walpole's Strawberry Hill Collection discovered in Suffolk and set for auction   Three artists are urged to go big. They didn't hold back.

Eveline de Proyart, Chairwoman Christie’s Switzerland and Françoise Adam, Managing Director Christie’s Geneva. © Christie's Images Ltd 2021.

GENEVA.- Christie’s announced the expansion of its Swiss regional Management Team as of April 2021. Eveline de Proyart, over 25 years with the firm, will be promoted to Chairwoman Christie’s Switzerland, and Françoise Adam will succeed her as the new Managing Director, Christie’s Geneva. Christie’s Zurich will continue to be managed by Jutta Nixdorf, in post as Managing Director since 2017. As of April, Eveline, Françoise and Jutta will be working together to further develop Christie’s business in Switzerland, not only ensuring its market leading position is maintained, but also continuing to innovate for the future. This additional position in Christie’s management structure underlines the importance of Switzerland for Christie’s and its significance for the international art market. The Swiss born Françoise Adam returns to Christie’s where she originally worked from 2003-2009, firstly in Geneva as B ... More

The soon-to-be-auctioned work is one of only three known examples of the model, with the other two currently held by The Louvre and the Fitzwilliam Museum.

CAMBRIDGE.- A sculpture of an ostrich from the workshop of celebrated Renaissance sculptor, Giambologna, will go under the hammer at Cheffins Fine Sale in Cambridge on 21st April. Having been held in a private collection for over 180 years, and originally purchased from the Horace Walpole collection at Strawberry Hill House, the sculpture is set to sell for between £80,000 -£120,000. Having previously been held in Horace Walpole’s esteemed collection at Strawberry Hill House, the sculpture was detailed in A Description of the Villa of Horace Walpole in 1774. The sculpture is believed to have been bought by Walpole between 1765 and 1766, having been created by Giambologna and his studio in the late 16th century and early 17th century. It was then sold at the ‘Great Sale’ of Strawberry Hill in 1842, 45 years after Walpole’s death, to John Dunn-Gardner of Suffolk, ... More

The curator Racquel Chevremont, left, and the artist Mickalene Thomas, who helped create the show “Brand New Heavies,” in New York, March 23, 2021. Flo Ngala/The New York Times.

by Siddhartha Mitter

NEW YORK (NYT NEWS SERVICE).- For Abigail DeVille, whose projects employ salvaged materials to address themes often obscured in American history, the opportunity was to make something big. At the center of her multipart installation in “Brand New Heavies,” a three-artist exhibition at Pioneer Works, in Brooklyn, is a 20-foot-tall metal and chicken wire structure inspired by the U.S. Capitol dome. For Xaviera Simmons, whose practice includes photography, performance and sculpture, the show was a chance to try a new medium, ceramics. She has built a 15-foot edifice of clay spheres fired at high heat; two video works are shown within, one didactic, the other brashly sensual. And for Rosa-Johan Uddoh, a young London performance and video artist, the exhibition is an ... More

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When Boston ruled the music world
NEW YORK (NYT NEWS SERVICE).- When I moved to Massachusetts in the mid-1970s to start a doctorate at Boston University, there was a specific professor I wanted to study with: formidable pianist Leonard Shure. But Shure was hardly the only renowned pedagogue in Boston. The city had at that point long been a hub of academic music, with distinguished programs at Harvard, Brandeis and Boston universities, the New England Conservatory, and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Until I arrived, though, I didn’t realize what a center the Boston area was for contemporary music; from afar, the city had seemed to me too staid and traditional for that. But in its own buttoned-up New England way, it was a modernist hotbed. Each of those institutions was like a little fief, with eminent composers on the faculty. Each maintained active student ensembles, ... More

They're sacred spaces for Spain's Flamenco scene. Many won't survive Covid.
MADRID (NYT NEWS SERVICE).- They’re often in darkened, cavelike spaces, with a stage nestled among patrons’ tables and chairs. These small clubs, called tablaos, have acted as a springboard for generations of flamenco artists in Spain to launch professional careers, much in the way that many jazz musicians first came to the public’s attention in the clubs of cities like New Orleans. But that intimate setup, designed to pack the audience close to the stage, has left most tablaos unable to reopen even after Spain lifted its most severe pandemic lockdown restrictions last summer. The situation has created an existential struggle for these cherished institutions at the heart of a national art form. Juan Manuel del Rey, president of the national association of tablaos, said that if the government didn’t step in with more financial support, “We are now heading ... More

Bellmans to sell one of the most desirable Phantom Rolls-Royce classic cars
WISBOROUGH GREEN.- On 21st April 2021 Bellmans will offer one of the first B-series Phantoms produced. This luxurious model is believed to have represented Rolls-Royce in the 1963 Earl’s Court Motor Show and is expected to fetch £40,000-£60,000. This Phantom V comes in a stylish black and yellow colour combination - totally on trend with yellow being one of the Pantone colours of 2021. It comes with all the luxuries of its time and is equipped with a refrigerated boot, a two way telephone, privacy screen and even has fitted decanters and glasses. Very rare for this time period is the fact that it already includes automatic headlight dipping. The car is in good condition and has a 6.2 V8 twin carb engine with a 4 speed automatic gearbox. The Rolls-Royce comes with all the documentation you would expect and the bodywork ... More

Times Art Center Berlin presents 'Fear, No Fear'
BERLIN.- From April 7 to July 17, 2021, the project Angst, keine Angst / Fear, No Fear will present different artistic perspectives on contemporary fears and insecurities in three chapters at the Times Art Center Berlin. Initiated by Huang Xiaopeng (1960–2020), the project is co-curated by Dorothee Albrecht, Antje Majewski and Stefan Rummel. The curatorial team has invited artists across generations, from the 1960s to the 1990s, to present works in the media of sculpture, installation, video, performance, painting, and photography. Many of them have been dealing with the theme of fear and anxiety for a long time. The exhibition explores the broad spectrum of forms of fear that have emerged in different geographical and historical contexts and reflects on the current state of the world determined by collective fear and anxiety. Fear and anxiety form the basis ... More

Corruption documentary brings Oscar hopes to Romania
BUCHAREST (AFP).- With a shot at two Oscars, Romanian cinema "has proven its worth," said director Alexander Nanau, whose documentary became the country's first nominated for the prestigious award. "Collective", which recounts the corruption and incompetence in Romania's healthcare system in the aftermath of a 2015 deadly nightclub fire, has been nominated for both best documentary and best international feature film. "If I win, the whole Romanian film industry will benefit" from this impetus, the bespectacled 41-year-old filmmaker with a salt-and-pepper beard told AFP in an interview. He said he had felt "great joy" when he learned in mid-March that his film had been selected and was planning to attend the ceremony in Hollywood on April 25. While an Oscar has so far escaped Romania, its movies have shone at international festivals ... More

Lion Heart Autographs, Inc. announces highlights included in Autographs Auction
NEW YORK, NY.- Lion Heart Autographs, Inc., for more than forty years, one of the world’s premier dealers in rare autographs and manuscripts, has announced its Lion Heart Autographs Auction No. 13, which will take place on Wednesday, April 28, 2021 at 1:00 p.m. EST. The online auction, currently accepting bids, will feature two extraordinary consignments: private collections that offer an unprecedented opportunity for the public to acquire items in art, history, literature, music and science, many of which have been unavailable for more than half a century. Among the rarest and most intriguing lots is a unique 1790 Alexander Hamilton handwritten letter to James Madison mentioning Thomas Jefferson: the only letter between the two ever to appear at auction and likely the last one still in private hands. The hit song “The Room Where It Happens,” ... More

Immersive AI artwork launches at Chelsea and Westminster Hospital
LONDON.- An innovative, interactive digital art installation was unveiled this past week at Chelsea and Westminster Hospital in London, for patients and staff to experience interactive audio-visual art that induces positive moods and emotions. The Immersive Healing Art System (IHAS) uses sensors and facial scanning software to identify and interpret an individual’s emotions and then aims to influence a positive reaction by creating a unique audio-visual art piece that calms, relaxes and improves mood. The artworks are generated using tailored-built AI algorithms capable of creating an infinite number of visual artworks according to specific emotional styles, including calming, sad, happy and uplifting moods. The smart art system has been designed to contribute to the mental wellness of individuals in spaces such as hospitals, offices, public stations ... More

Private collection of celebrity piano-tuner sells for more than double its auction estimate
LONDON.- A private collection of autographs, personal notes and photographs featuring celebrities past and present, smashed its pre-sale estimate today, selling for £26,875 more than double its’ pre-sale estimate of £12,000. Alex Brown, piano tuner to the stars, amassed his collection over 40 years. It was an exceptional collection in that the majority of the autographs, photos and notes were written personally to him, having built a genuine rapport with them while working at the BBC. He became well-known and highly respected for working on TV programmes such as Parkinson, or music shows, such as Later with Jools Holland. They were offered in a sale of Autographs at Excalibur auctions in Hertfordshire, but competitive bidding was seen not just in the UK but from many collectors in the US and even further afield. The most poignant memory of his ... More

Road movie 'Nomadland' sweeps Baftas as women film-makers triumph
LONDON (AFP).- The US road movie "Nomadland" triumphed at the Bafta film awards on Sunday, with Chinese director Chloe Zhao's intimate portrayal of marginalised Americans winning in four categories including best film, best actress and best director. The socially distanced and largely remote awards ceremony in London saw a strong showing by women directors in the run-up to this month's Oscars. The British academy has sought to improve diversity and Zhao was one of four women nominated for "best director". "We brought in changes to the awards to level the playing field", said Krishnendu Majumdar, chair of the academy, following criticism over last year's awards ceremony which had no women directors and an all-white shortlist. Zhao welcomed stronger representation for women film-makers in comments to journalists afterwards, ... More

For him, the delight is in the digging
NEW YORK (NYT NEWS SERVICE).- Patrick Radden Keefe has always been interested in secrets. “I think I have an almost childlike suggestibility where if you tell me you know a secret and you won’t tell, I’m going to do everything I can to figure out what that secret is,” he said in a video interview from his home in Westchester County, New York. But if you have ever read something Keefe, 44, has written, you may already sense that he has a passion for unearthing what’s hidden. In his 2009 book, “The Snakehead,” he reported on a human smuggling operation run out of New York’s Chinatown, untangling the web of the enterprise and highlighting its victims and its perpetrators. In his 2019 bestseller, “Say Nothing,” he dove into the decadeslong sectarian conflict in Northern Ireland, particularly the mystery surrounding Jean McConville, ... More

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On a day like today, French painter Robert Delaunay was born
April 12, 1885. Robert Delaunay (12 April 1885 - 25 October 1941) was a French artist who, with his wife Sonia Delaunay and others, co-founded the Orphism art movement, noted for its use of strong colours and geometric shapes. His later works were more abstract, reminiscent of Paul Klee. His key influence related to bold use of colour and a clear love of experimentation with both depth and tone. In this image: Robert Delaunay (1885-1941). Hommage à Blériot, 1914. Kunstmuseum Basel. Leimtempera auf Leinwand. HxB : 250 x 250 cm. Photo : Martin P. Bühler © L&M Services B.V.

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