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Exhibition engages movie backdrops in conversation with modern theatre designs

The six backdrops on exhibit were created for MGM’s 1968 papal drama, The Shoes of the Fisherman, starring Anthony Quinn.

SAN ANTONIO, TX.- In a first-time collaboration, the McNay Art Museum and Texas Performing Arts (TPA) at The University of Texas at Austin (UT) join together to debut six rare hand-painted, sound-stage backdrops from Metro Goldwyn Mayer (MGM) Studios alongside artworks from The Tobin Collection of Theatre Arts in the Museum’s latest exhibition, Hollywood’s Sistine Chapel: Sacred Sets for Stage & Screen. The exhibition is on view in the Tobin Theatre Arts and Brown Galleries through April 4, 2021. Hollywood’s Sistine Chapel captures the Renaissance in both theatre and cinema. The exhibition engages iconic movie backdrops in conversation with modern theatre designs, and contemporary and Renaissance artworks. Backdrops replicating frescoes, including Michelangelo’s “The Last Judgement,” complement the Tobin Collection’s cathedral-inspired maquettes for Giacomo Meyerbeer’s opera La Prophète, and opera costume desig ... More

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'Havering Hoard: A Bronze Age Mystery' opens at Museum of London Docklands   Thames & Hudson publishes a completely up-to-date catalogue raisonné of Bridget Riley's graphic work   Rio Tinto bosses resign over destruction of ancient Aborginal site

Curator Kate Sumnall reveals a rare Terret Ring from Havering Hoard: A Bronze Age Mystery. İ David Parry/PA Wire.

LONDON.- The largest Bronze Age hoard ever to be discovered in London, and the third largest in the UK, is the focal point of Havering Hoard: A Bronze Age Mystery, the Museum of London Dockland’s new major exhibition. The exhibition puts the 453 tools, weapons and other objects that make up the entirety of the hoard on display to the public for the very first time. Displaying the hoard alongside objects from both the archaeological site itself and the museum’s collection, the exhibition digs deep into Bronze Age life during a time when the land where London now exists was a very different place. Starting with the moment of discovery, Havering Hoard: A Bronze Age Mystery takes visitors on a journey back through time to explore the mysteries, myths and realities surrounding the hoard’s ... More

Bridget Riley, The Complete Prints, jacket.

LONDON.- Bridget Riley has made prints throughout her career, extending the principles of her paintings into the editioned silk-screen medium. This volume brings together more than 100 prints made since 1962 and explores Riley’s development as a printmaker as well as her relationship with leading printers in the UK. Riley says in the book’s foreword: ‘printmaking has been a very valuable addition to my working life as a painter, allowing me to extend particular trains of thought.’ Riley’s prints reflect her development as painter by providing insights into the explorations and compositional devices on her way to making a painting. Printmaking has been an intermittent activity, rather than a main, continuous engagement. Riley’s work as a whole is characterized by consistency in partner with innovation. ‘All my work is one thing, as it were,’ she wrote in 1978, ‘it may appear different, ... More

This file photo taken on March 4, 2010 shows remote-controlled stackers and reclaimers moving iron ore to rail cars at Rio Tinto's Port Dampier operations in Western Australia's Pilbara region. Amy COOPES / AFP.

by David Millikin

SYDNEY.- Rio Tinto announced the resignation of its CEO and two top lieutenants Friday over the mining giant's destruction of a 46,000-year-old Aboriginal site to expand an iron ore mine in Australia. The Anglo-Australian firm faced a growing investor revolt over the destruction of the sacred site in the Juukan Gorge in Western Australia's remote Pilbara region -- one of the earliest known locations inhabited by Australia's indigenous people. Following a board investigation into the May 24 incident, Rio Tinto said CEO Jean-Sebastien Jacques was stepping down "by mutual agreement" along with the chief ... More

Exhibition of new oil paintings by Suzan Frecon opens at David Zwirner   London Art Week announces Winter 2020 dates   Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac opens an exhibition of works by Oliver Beer

Suzan Frecon, stone cathedral, 2019. İ Suzan Frecon. Courtesy the artist and David Zwirner.

NEW YORK, NY.- David Zwirner is presenting new oil paintings by Suzan Frecon at the gallery’s 537 West 20th Street location in New York, marking the artist’s seventh solo exhibition at the gallery. Frecon is known for abstract oil paintings and works on paper that—as she describes her lifelong practice—“speak for themselves.” Made over long stretches of time, her work embodies the durational activity of painting itself and invites the viewer’s sustained attention: these, she says, “are not pictures that you look at. They are paintings that you experience.”1 In Frecon’s paintings, composition serves as a foundational structure, holding color, material, and light. Her compositions are characterized by asymmetrically balanced forms in precise spatial and proportional relationships. The artist mixes pigments and oils to differing effects, and her almost tactile use of color and contrasting matte an ... More

Thomas Robins the Younger (1745-1806), Salvia and Coffea arabica with swallowtail butterflies. Pencil and watercolour, 35 x 23 cm. 13 3/4 x 9 inches. Signed, inscribed and dated. Photo: James Mackinnon.

LONDON.- London Art Week Winter 2020 takes place from Thursday 26th November to Friday 4th December 2020; see special gallery exhibitions around Mayfair and St. James’s, and at our partner museums, and also view important works for sale on the event’s LAW Digital platform. London Art Week Winter will also host its second Symposium, this year celebrating Raphael, the exalted genius of Renaissance art - painter, architect, designer of sculpture and tapestries, and one of the greatest draughtsmen of Western art - the 500th anniversary of whose death occurs this year. London Art Week, the collegiate event involving more than fifty leading international art dealers, began in 2001. It brings together specialists in drawings, paintings and sculpture, antiquities and the fine arts for the staging of exhibitions and the sharing of ... More

Drawing on his background in both music and fine art, Beer’s practice explores the relationship between sound and space with a particular focus on the voice and architecture.

LONDON.- Oliver Beer’s new exhibition Oma presents a new sound installation alongside sculptural wall works that are steeped in musical inheritance and exchange. Following the artist's solo exhibition Vessel Orchestra at the Met Breuer, New York in 2019, the exhibition transforms the Ely Gallery into a space where the sacred and domestic seem to intermingle. Centred around the installation of a pianola (a self-playing piano), the work fills the gallery with a deeply personal piece of music composed in old age by the artist’s grandmother, Oma. Drawing on his background in both music and fine art, Beer’s practice explores the relationship between sound and space with a particular focus on the voice and architecture. Within and alongside his work with sound, Beer creates subtle and diverse sculptural, installation and film ... More

Freeman's inaugural Ritual and Culture Auction to feature leaf from Gutenberg Bible   Lyon & Turnbull announces results of 'Five Centuries' auction in Edinburgh   Exhibition gathers artworks of modern and contemporary masters of Pace Gallery's program

A leaf from the first printed book in the West, the Gutenberg Bible, circa 1450-55 (Lot 26, $40,000-60,000).

PHILADELPHIA, PA.- Freeman’s announced its inaugural Ritual and Culture auction, to take place in Philadelphia on Wednesday, September 23 at 10:00 AM EDT. Celebrating the richness and diversity of global cultures, this sale includes objects and works of art from Africa, Asia, medieval Europe, and the Americas, with some pieces dating back to antiquity. Works were hand-selected across categories by Freeman’s specialists. Together, they explore the human desire to understand the universe through religious expression and artistic creation. This eclectic event encourages both lifelong and emerging collectors to adopt a more fluid and personal approach to how they add new pieces. With an emphasis on traditions and ceremonies, Freeman’s will present objects, ... More

This 27cm high Piamontini terracotta sold for £16,250.

EDINBURGH.- Lyon & Turnbull’s Five Centuries auction in Edinburgh on September 2-3 was hugely successful – thanks in no small part to a selection of furniture and works of art from Balcarres House, Fife, home of the Earls of Crawford & Balcarres. Balcarres House, commanding a view across the Firth of Forth, has been home to the Lindsay family since 1595. The 206 lots of furniture and works of art provided a cross-section of life in a grand country mansion – and evidence that the British country house look has never really fallen from fashion. A total of 1836 bidders registered for the sale – some 1626 of them choosing to participate across four online bidding platforms. “The collection provided a rare glimpse into another world and a time gone by, and it truly captured the spirit we aim to achieve in our ‘Five Centuries’ auctions” said specialist and Head of Sale, ... More

Installation view of Bloom of Joy. On view September 4 - October 15, 2020. 12/F, H Queen's, 80 Queen's Road Central, Hong Kong. Photography courtesy of Pace Gallery.

HONG KONG.- Titled Bloom of Joy, this show brings together works by modern and contemporary masters from Pace’s program that are especially impactful with their brilliant palettes and focus on perception, including James Turrell, Sam Gilliam, Mary Corse, and Peter Alexander. Since last year, the world has experienced ideological conflicts and the impact and struggles brought about by a public health emergency. Many have begun to fall into dissatisfaction with contemporary reality and find the uncertain outlook for the future challenging. Under these circumstances, the show wishes to convey a much-needed uplifting spirit by engaging viewers with the mesmerizing environment created by the presentation’s aesthetics that are both vivacious ... More

Cottone Auctions announces highlights included in its Fine Art & Antiques Auction   Danziger Gallery reopens with Tod Papageorge's exhibition "On The Acropolis"   Tourists return to Mexico's ancient 'City of Gods'

Exceptional on oil canvas painting by William Merritt Chase (American, 1849-1916), titled Study of Clara Stephens, purchased from Hammer Galleries (N.Y.) (est. $75,000-$125,000).

GENESEO, NY.- Cottone Auctions will burst into fall with an online-only (no live bidding) Fine Art & Antiques auction on Saturday, October 3rd, starting at 12 noon Eastern time. The auction will include over 250 lots of fine art, Tiffany Studios lamps, 20th century art and design, decorative arts and furnishings, Asian objects, estate jewelry, gold coins, Oriental rugs and more. Headlining the event will be items from the collections of prominent estates, individuals and institutions, including the Seymour H. Knox Foundation, in Buffalo, N.Y.; the collection of William (1926-2018) and Elisabeth Clarkson of Buffalo, N.Y.; the estate of Jane F. Sheets of Buffalo, N.Y.; the estate of Alva Hood Angle of Rochester, N.Y.; and the collection of James Weaver (1937-2020) and Samuel Baker, Rochester, N.Y. (formerly of Washington, D.C). Items from the estate of Jane F. Sheets include two ... More

Tod Papageorge, Untitled from “On the Acropolis”, 20 x 16" and 24 x 20” silver gelatin prints. Editions of 9.

NEW YORK, NY.- Danziger Gallery is presenting a two week re-opening of Tod Papageorge’s exhibition “On The Acropolis”. The exhibition runs from September 8 – 18. Viewing is by appointment. One of the most notable photographers of our time, Papageorge is known for both the originality and quality of his work as well as his influence on the generation of students he mentored while the Director of the Yale MFA photography program from 1979 to 2013. An early participant in the seminal American school of street photography practiced by his contemporaries and friends Robert Frank, Garry Winogrand, and Joel Meyerowitz, Papageorge’s path through photography has taken him from the streets of New York to the capitals of Europe, from black and white to color, from small to mid-sized cameras, but always towards describing in his work an increasing clarity and luminosity. Central to this project (if not his life) is the ques ... More

A handicrafts vendor puts her products on display at the archaeological site of Teotihuacan, one of Mexico's top tourist attractions, during its reopening amid the COVID-19 novel coronavirus pandemic on September 10, 2020, in Teotihuacan municipality, Mexico State, Mexico. Claudio CRUZ / AFP.

TEOTIHUACAN (AFP).- After months in hibernation because of the coronavirus pandemic, Mexico's ancient "City of Gods" is slowly coming back to life as tourists return to the majestic pyramids of Teotihuacan. For the first time since it was closed in March, dozens of tourists in face masks strolled Thursday along the Avenue of the Dead stretching between the Pyramids of the Sun and the Moon. "It's absolutely beautiful," said Angelica Tellez, who came from the western city of Guadalajara to visit the pre-Hispanic archaeological site outside Mexico's modern-day capital. "This immensity... Everything seems magnificent to me," added the 18-year-old, her eyes shining with emotion and her mask slipping below her nose. Tourists wandered in awe amid placid ... More

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Kohn Gallery opens a group exhibition featuring works by over twenty-five contemporary artists
LOS ANGELES, CA.- Kohn Gallery is presenting myselves, a group exhibition curated by Joshua Friedman, which features over twenty-five contemporary artists who use medium as a lens to examine the ways in which identity is structured or fabricated. With an eye to the physical, social, and historical properties of their chosen media, these emerging and established artists portray the self in pieces—as fragments that may accumulate and amalgamate but never entirely cohere. Identity can be as fluid as a watercolor in which one color bleeds into another; as fractured as a collage composed of ripped strips of paper; as multilayered as a painting that has been built up lovingly and laboriously over the passage of time. It is through the physicality of medium that the works on view confront the myth of selfhood’s unchanging rigidity and turn instead to its fertile ... More

Kunsthaus Baselland opens Sharif Waked's first exhibition in Switzerland
BASEL.- The work of Sharif Waked (*1964, Nazareth; lives and works in Nazareth and Santa Barbara CA) investigates cultural and political moments in present and past histories, playfully juxtaposing different positions and narratives and generating paradoxical and absurd encounters. His oeuvres – ruminations on the meaning of making and seeing art in the digital era – are based in notions of appropriation, translation, and the juncture between image and text. The exhibition at Kunsthaus Baselland – the first exhibition of Sharif Waked in Switzerland – features several works, including pieces from his series “Arabesque” and “Just A Moment,” presented alongside independent works. In the first gallery, Just A Moment No. 4 (Away From You) (2011) follows the diva Umm Kulthum, singing her iconic song Away From You (1965), and focuses on the ... More

Steidl to release 'Yukari Chikura: Zaido' in the U.S. this October
NEW YORK, NY.- This book is Yukari Chikura's preservation of the 1300-year-old Japanese ritual festivity “Zaido.” Following a series of tragedies including her father’s sudden death, her own critical accident and the 2011 Tohoku earthquake and tsunami, Chikura recalls how her father came to her in a dream with the words: “Go to the village hidden deep in the snow where I lived a long time ago.” And so with camera in hand she set off on a restorative pilgrimage to northeast Japan (the first of numerous journeys), which resulted in this book. Chikura arrived at the village, surreally silver in the snow and mist, and there discovered Zaido, where inhabitants from different villages gather on the second day of each new year and conduct a ritual dance to induce good fortune. The performers dedicate their sacred dance to the gods and undergo ... More

Anna Zorina Gallery opens its first exhibition with Andrew Lyght
NEW YORK, NY.- Anna Zorina Gallery is presenting Second Nature, Andrew Lyght’s first exhibition with the Gallery. The show features works spanning multiple series that are united in the merger of dualistic qualities such as painting and sculpture, industrial and ornamental, raw and refined. The deconstruction and reassembling of compositional elements situates the viewer within a dynamic space of line, plane, volume and color to inspire a new way of seeing and relating to the environment. Lyght’s technique is inspired by his youth spent in the South American nation of Guyana. As a child he was often found on the docks with his sailor uncles, “I was fascinated to look at the waterline where the hull meets the water surface, the rust area, where the paint would chip off and expose the steel causing it to rust. The surface of the huge hull of the ship ... More

Powerhouse unveils new exhibition 'Hybrid: Objects for Future Homes'
SYDNEY.- The Powerhouse unveiled Hybrid, a new exhibition interrogating the contemporary urban condition and exploring the role of the home in 2030. The latest exhibition to be presented at the museum showcases new commissions from nine design studios responding to the pressing issues of our time and exploring the needs of the future home. In collaboration with Creative Director and writer Stephen Todd, the Powerhouse has commissioned the design studios to work with researchers and practitioners from alternative industries to create a series of furniture and objects exploring the rapidly changing global landscape and responding to issues such as the COVID-19 global pandemic, air quality, bush fires, rising temperatures and wellbeing. Acclaimed designer Trent Jansen and Nyikina man and saddler, Johnny Nargoodah explore ... More

Simeon Coxe, whose Silver Apples presaged synth-pop, dies at 82
NEW YORK, NY (NYT NEWS SERVICE).- Simeon Coxe, a songwriter, singer and inventor whose psychedelic-era band Silver Apples was one of the first to put a synthesizer at the center of its music, died Tuesday at his home in Fairhope, Alabama. He was 82. The cause was pulmonary fibrosis, his management said. Silver Apples was a two-man band: Dan Taylor on drums and Coxe, billing himself simply as Simeon, playing an unwieldy proto-synthesizer that he had built himself and that his label named the Simeon. With its debut album, called simply “Silver Apples,” in 1968, the duo presaged the minimalist repetition, drones, dissonances and unearthly electronic timbres of krautrock bands like Can, Suicide’s electro-punk, and countless synth-pop and electronic dance music efforts to come. “It never sounded weird to me,” Coxe told ... More

Barber Institute of Fine Arts awarded Grade 1-listed building status
BIRMINGHAM.- The Birmingham gallery once described as ‘the perfect place to contemplate art’ has been awarded the highest heritage honour, Grade 1-listed building status. Announcing the updated listing from Grade 2, Historic England said: “The Barber is a building of exquisite architectural quality, with a sophisticated design which follows logically from its plan, arranged around the central auditorium; for the set-piece interiors, particularly the auditorium, which express the sophisticated style of the 1930s; for the remarkable quality of the detailing throughout, with even the smallest features contributing to the thoughtfulness of the overall design. for its survival with relatively little alteration … as what is thought to be one of, if not the first integrated facility of its type for the teaching of music and the arts, with gallery and exhibition space.” Located ... More

Piero Atchugarry Gallery presents Backseat Driver at SAPAR Contemporary in NYC
NEW YORK, NY.- Piero Atchugarry Gallery presents Backseat Driver, a dual exhibition joining works by New York artist Yuken Teruya (b. 1973) and Kameelah Janan Rasheed (b. 1985) based in East Palo Alto, California. The exhibition unites two artists employing their personal narratives and U.S. history as a basis for analysis and reflection on systemic issues in Western culture. While Teruya addresses the status quo in Western culture through a coded visual language composed of commercial icons, Rasheed embeds her work with overt phrases and archival records that, when presented together, create an image of the history of conflict in the United States. Teruya, hailing from Okinawa, which has a long history of U.S. occupation, presents a biting commentary on the overreach of U.S. power and the cyclical greed that its capitalist ... More

Dix Noonan Webb to sell gaming pieces discovered by a detectorist
LONDON.- A complete set of Viking gaming pieces found in Lincolnshire is to be offered by International Coin, Medals, Banknotes and Jewellery specialists Dix Noonan Webb in a live/online auction of Jewellery and Antiquities on Tuesday, September 15, 2020 at 1pm. Comprising 37 pieces, this is the first time a set from the Viking era has been offered at auction and it is estimated to fetch up to £1,000. Mick Bott, now aged 73, from Worksop, was a miner back in 1982 when he and his two fellow detectorists Dave and Pete first detected on the site at Torksey. The area had in the past been called Danes Camp, and comprised three small hills of arable fields with the River Trent on one side. On this first occasion Mick was using an Arado 120B metal detector and found his first Saxon coin, called a Styca, which dated from the 9th century. Over the next 20 years of ... More

Kieselbach Gallery announces online publication of 'Infernal Golden Age. Hungarian New Wave posters'
BUDAPEST.- Infernal Golden Age. Hungarian New Wave posters of the ’80s from the collections of György Bp. Szabó and Tamás Szőnyei is the new online version of the grand-scale volume of the same name, that had originally been published by Kieselbach, one of the major auction houses in Budapest, Hungary, in October 2017, coinciding with the exhibition of a selection of these posters. Encompassing more than 600 posters with studies, personal recollections, vintage photos and a compilation cd reviving the alternative music scene of the dying decade of socialism, the book sold out within months, and won three prestigeous prizes in 2018: the Beautiful Hungarian Book of the Year Award and the Cover of the Year Award of the Association of Hungarian Book Publishers in the art book category and the Opus Mirabile Award of the Art ... More

Kraszna-Krausz Photography and Moving Image Book Awards 2020 winners announced
LONDON.- The Kraszna-Krausz Foundation has announced the winners of the 35th edition of the Photography and Moving Image Book Awards. The annual Awards celebrate outstanding and original publications that will have a lasting impact on their field. In lieu of a physical awards ceremony, the 2020 winning titles will be showcased in a live streamed in-conversation event in partnership with The Photographers’ Gallery on 30th September 2020. Each winner will receive £5,000 for the Award. LaToya Ruby Frazier has been awarded the Photography Book Award for her eponymous book LaToya Ruby Frazier (Mousse Publishing & Mudam Luxembourg). Published to accompany her exhibition at Mudam Luxembourg in 2019, LaToya Ruby Frazier includes works from three of Frazier’s major photographic series: The Notion of Family (2001–14), On the ... More

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On a day like today, Italian architect Renzo Piano was born
September 14, 1937. Renzo Piano, Ufficiale OMRI (born 14 September 1937 in Genoa) is an Italian Pritzker Prize-winning architect. Architecture critic Nicolai Ouroussoff said of Piano's works that the " ...serenity of his best buildings can almost make you believe that we live in a civilized world." In 2006, Piano was selected by TIME as one of the 100 most influential people in the world. He was selected as the 10th most influential person in the "Arts and Entertainment" category of the 2006 Time 100. In this image: Italian architect Renzo Piano, right,waits to receive the Danish Sonning Prize and its 1 million kroner (US$190,000) award during a ceremony Wednesday Oct. 1, 2008, at Copenhagen University in Copenhagen. His wife, Emilia Rossato, left, was seated next to him during the ceremony. The architect received the award for "commendable work that benefits European culture" and Piano's works include the New York Times building and the High Museum of Art in Atlanta.

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