World’s most famous movie house turns 90 – Los Angeles – 8556

The artwork which began in 1928 by Chinese-born American actor Keye Luke remains decorating the ornate ceiling inside the TCL Chinese Theater in Hollywood, California, as seen on May 15, 2017, ahead of the 90th anniversary of one of Hollywood’s most iconic landmarks, famous for the Hand and Foot prints of movie stars and directors, whose opening on May 18, 1927 was one of the most spectacular in motion picture history when Sid Grauman, Mary Pickford, Douglas Fairbanks, Sr. and Howard Schenck opened Grauman’s Chinese Theater. In 2013 more than $5 million was paid by Chinese TV maker TCL for naming rights of the Hollywood landmark, which remains one of the most popular theaters in Hollywood for studio premieres. FREDERIC J. BROWN / AFP.
by Frankie Taggart

Shirley Temple did it barefoot. Mel Brooks wore an extra finger. Whoopi Goldberg buried her dreadlocks. Steve McQueen and actress wife Ali MacGraw did it facing the wrong way.
An old aphorism says that to visit Los Angeles and not see the iconic hand and foot prints of Hollywood’s biggest stars in the imposing courtyard of the TCL Chinese Theatre is like going to the Middle Kingdom and not walking The Great Wall.
On Thursday, the world’s most famous picture house celebrates 90 years at the epicenter of the movie business, the venue of many of Tinseltown’s most glamorous showbiz moments through 16 presidents, a world war and three huge earthquakes.
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Kelvingrove Museum begins preparations for Charles Rennie Mackintosh exhibition in 2018 – 8555

Stephanie De Roemer assessing The May Queen.

Glasgow Museums will commemorate the 150th anniversary of the birth of Glasgow born architect, designer and artist Charles Rennie Mackintosh with an extensive programme of events throughout 2018. One highlight will be a significant temporary exhibition, hosted at Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum.
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A revolutionary new art tech marketplace for investors and owners – 8554

Art investors, collectors and owners will be able to trade shares in fine art for the first time on a unique online marketplace that will shake up the $56billion industry.

Maecenas is a new platform that will match art owners with investors, creating a fair and open market, reducing costs and bringing transparency to a traditionally opaque world. It will allow any investor to have a fractional share of a masterpiece.

Its creators are using blockchain technology to create an open exchange where works of art valued at more than $1m can be traded in real time as liquid financial units.

Investors will be charged a fee of just 2% per transaction while owners pay 6% of the listed amount for their piece of art – this compares with auction house fees of up to 30%. Its founders believe the fine art market has been largely unchanged for more than 300 years and is ripe for disruption, with increasing interest in art as an alternative investment.

It will democratise access to the art market, allowing investors to own shares in a wide range of high-value pieces of art, creating a diverse portfolio which they can adjust whenever they want. Meanwhile, art owners, collectors and galleries will have much cheaper access to capital, allowing them to raise finance without losing ownership of their asset as they can only list up to 49% of its value.
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An important early work by Eugène Delacroix is donated to the Neue Pinakothek – 8553

Eugène Delacroix (1798–1863), Two Farm Horses by a Barn, c. 1825/27. Oil on panel, 40.5 x 63.5 cm © Bayerische Staatsgemäldesammlungen, Neue Pinakothek, Munich.

Christoph Heilmann, a curator at the Bayerische Staatsgemäldesammlungen from 1975 until 2000, has presented the Neue Pinakothek with an important painting by the French Romantic artist Eugène Delacroix. The picture depicts two horses in front of a stable, set in an expansive landscape, and may have been painted during the artist’s trip to England in 1825. As such, the collection of French Romantic painting at the Neue Pinakothek has now been further expanded to include a major work from the artist’s early period.

Eugène Delacroix is one of the most important French artists of the 19th century. Born into an educated family in Paris in 1798, he trained in the studio of the history painter Pierre-Narcisse Guérin where he met Théodore Géricault, several years his senior. In 1822 Delacroix celebrated a considerable success at the Salon with ‘The Barque of Dante’; in 1824 he exhibited his ‘Massacre of Chios’, in 1827 ‘The Death of Sardanapalus’ and, in 1831, ‘Liberty Leading the People’ – all emphatically moving paintings that caused a sensation and established his position as a leading history painter and the artistic antithesis to the cool Classicist Ingres. His trips to England in 1825 and to Spain and Morocco in 1832 had a far-reaching influence on his artistic output. From the 1830s onwards Delacroix was preoccupied with painting a series of large works to decorate public buildings in Paris such as the Louvre. He died in Paris in 1863, much admired and revered as a role model by the younger generation of artists. Continue reading “An important early work by Eugène Delacroix is donated to the Neue Pinakothek – 8553”

Archives of American Art launches online guide documenting American art in Chicago – 8552

Henry Darger Room Collection, Intuit: The Center for Intuitive and Outsider Art. Photo by John Faier.

The Smithsonian’s Archives of American Art and the Terra Foundation for American Art announced the launch of a new online guide to American art-related archival collections in the Chicago area. A $413,000 grant from the Chicago-based Terra Foundation supported a comprehensive survey of art-related archives in more than 75 Chicago-area institutions. This new resource has been published on an interactive platform on the Archives’ newly redesigned website

Complementing the survey are 10 new oral-history interviews with influential art world figures in Chicago, as well as extensive documentation of the Archives’ holdings of Chicago-related materials, also funded under the grant. This project is part of the Terra Foundation’s Art Design Chicago initiative, an exploration of Chicago’s art and design history and legacy taking place in 2018.

“The project aligns with the Archives’ mission to collect, preserve and make available primary source material documenting the visual arts in the United States and with the Terra Foundation’s aim to foster innovative approaches to American art scholarship,” said Kate Haw, director of the Archives of American Art. “Our ongoing partnership with the Terra Foundation allows us to provide new web-based technologies that are transforming online research and vastly improving the discovery and dissemination of archival resources.”

“Providing access to the highest-quality primary source documents is an integral part of our efforts to make the historical art of the United States widely available to audiences across the globe,” said Terra Foundation President and CEO Elizabeth Glassman. “By collaborating with the Archives on this initiative, we will draw worldwide attention to a robust repository of material on American art located in Chicago, much of which showcases the vibrant artistic legacy of the city where the Terra Foundation was established and is headquartered. We are also delighted to add 10 new spirited voices to the Archives’ oral-history collection – Chicago luminaries who have contributed meaningfully to the art world.” Continue reading “Archives of American Art launches online guide documenting American art in Chicago – 8552”

Anish Kapoor sculpture gifted to major Dutch museum – 8551

Anish Kapoor ©Jillian Edelstein.

This year, Museum De Pont celebrates its 25th anniversary. To mark this occasion, and in recognition of Kapoor’s longstanding relationship with the museum, the British artist will create a six-meter-high sculpture made from stainless steel, which will be placed in the public space in front of the museum. In conjunction with the unveiling of the new sculpture, on Saturday 16 September, Museum De Pont will present ReView, a group exhibition celebrating the artists in the museum’s collection.

Kapoor says of the museum, “De Pont has allowed me, over many years, to show my practice as it really is. For an artist, it is not just a question of making a display of the work, great museums allow artists to use their work to explore new ideas. De Pont maintains a balance between the experimental private world of the artist and the public world of exhibitions.”

Kapoor’s contribution is made possible thanks to a substantial joint gift from the City of Tilburg, with support from local companies and individuals, as well as Brabant C, to highlight and acknowledge Museum De Pont’s achievements for local, national and international art lovers.

Hendrik Driessen, Director of Museum De Pont says, “This sculpture is not only a great work of art but also a wonderful token of appreciation for our museum, from the people of Tilburg as well as of the artist. We have always tried to work closely with and for the people of this city and our contact with Anish Kapoor has helped us shape the thinking of the museum since we started in 1992. We’re delighted that he has decided to underline the importance of our mutual commitment by helping us realize this ambitious project. Kapoor is testament to the strength of contemporary art and the role it can play within a community.”

Peter Noordanus, Mayor of Tilburg says, “Museum De Pont in Tilburg is of great importance to Brabant, and has brought leading artists here for 25 years. It is one of the most successful private museums in the world, and as such, is a leading example for all cultural organizations in the area. De Pont has put Tilburg on the international map. I am delighted every time I see art lovers responding so positively to the museum. With this new addition, its position as an eye-catcher becomes even stronger!”

Kapoor’s sculpture will stand outside of Museum De Pont in a location permanently accessible to the public.

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V&A Publishing presents Pink Floyd book – 8550

Pink Floyd: Their Mortal Remains from V&A publishing.

Today the V&A announces Pink Floyd: Their Mortal Remains from V&A publishing, a new book fully authorized by Pink Floyd, one of the world’s most pioneering and influential bands. Comprising unseen images, archive material published for the first time and new essays, the book has been created with unprecedented access to the Pink Floyd archives. The beautifully produced hardback, with a lenticular cover inspired by the The Dark Side of the Moon album artwork, coincides with the exhibition The Pink Floyd Exhibition: Their Mortal Remains, opening at the V&A on 13 May, and marks the 50th anniversary of Pink Floyd’s first album, The Piper at the Gates of Dawn.

Pink Floyd and its members Syd Barrett, David Gilmour, Nick Mason, Roger Waters and Richard Wright continue to fascinate a global audience. The book Pink Floyd: Their Mortal Remains examines the many aspects of their far-reaching legacy: not only in music, but also the wider visual arts. Previously unseen material made available in the book includes Roger Waters’ sketches, notes and handwritten lyrics for The Wall; sketches for the band’s extraordinary stage designs; and new photography of Pink Floyd’s extensive collection of instruments, from classic synths to painted drum heads. In addition, some long-lost and rare items such as Syd Barrett’s mirror-covered 1960s Fender guitar have been painstakingly recreated and photographed, as a way of restoring them to public view.

The book opens with a foreword from Aubrey ‘Po’ Powell, co-founder of design group and Pink Floyd album art creator Hipgnosis. It includes essays from the producer of Pink Floyd’s first single Joe Boyd; writer and broadcaster Jon Savage; award-winning composer Howard Goodall; author Rob Young; and V&A curators Victoria Broackes and Anna Landreth Strong. These expert contributors consider what makes the band unique: from the mythology underpinning their output; to their experimentation with music technology and composition; their epic staging and performance impact and the themes and politics that infuse their lyrics.

The book closes with a chronological overview of the band’s albums. Each of the 15 studio albums are introduced by Pink Floyd biographer Mark Blake and Aubrey ‘Po’ Powell and lavishly illustrated with high-quality artwork and ephemera, such as David Gilmour’s black Fender Stratocaster, photographs of band recording sessions, album cover shoots and touring shows. The book offers unparalleled behind-the-scenes access and expert discussion of Pink Floyd’s creative career.

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Art world expert Doug Woodham publishes book on buying, collecting, and selling art – 8549

Pairing real-life stories with an astute understanding of the players and economics that shape the art world, Art Collecting Today: Market Insights for Everyone Passionate About Art – published April 4, 2017 by Allworth Press | Skyhorse Publishing, Inc – is the essential practical guide to today’s art market.

Art world authority Doug Woodham – former President, Americas for Christie’s Auction House and Partner at McKinsey & Company – releases his first book, Art Collecting Today: Market Insights for Everyone Passionate About Art, which demystifies the art market. Drawing upon decades of experience across the worlds of art and finance, art industry expert Woodham provides clear, concise, and invaluable insights for collectors and market professionals into a lightly regulated industry with over 60 billion dollars of annual sales. Informed by close to 100 interviews with collectors, lawyers, art advisors, gallerists, and auction specialists in the United States and Europe, and the author’s personal experiences, the book – published April 2017 – offers a lively and thought-provoking analysis of the day-to-day workings at play throughout the fine art marketplace.

Grounded in Woodham’s expertise as an economist and decades of experience in the art world, Art Collecting Today explores how to smartly navigate the art market with insight for both the seasoned art world professional and the uninitiated newcomer. Along with explanations of how value is determined, different collecting strategies, and the recent history of the market for contemporary art, the book delves into real world examples such as the high-profile De Sole vs. Knoedler fraud case and the Detroit Institute of Arts brush with bankruptcy. Woodham’s unique perspective on the behind-the-scenes practices of auction houses is clearly reflected in his breakdown of such key events as the activist investor campaign at Sotheby’s led by Dan Loeb’s company Third Point, the historic sale of the Robert and Ethel Scull collection, and the record-breaking auction guarantee for the Alfred Taubman collection sale that went awry. Along with case studies on how the market works for such essential artists as Rene Magritte, Christopher Wool, and Yayoi Kusama, he also explores the impact of cultural property laws on the global market for works by Frida Kahlo and Andy Warhol. Continue reading “Art world expert Doug Woodham publishes book on buying, collecting, and selling art – 8549”

The world’s largest map fair captures the classic and quirky in Kensington Gore on June 17 and 18 – London – 8548

Leslie MacDonald Gill’s His ‘Wonderground Map of London’, originally drawn as an advertising poster for London Electric Underground Railway Company in 1914 and credited with saving the ‘UndergrounD’ advertising campaign – £3000 at the London Map Fair on June 17 and 18.

Now in its 38th year, the world’s largest antique map fair runs at the Royal Geographic Society in Kensington Gore on June 17 and 18, with prices from £10 to over £100,000.

This event draws dealers and collectors from all over the world, attracted by the classic and the quirky.

On the classic front, for instance, this year’s fair offers a copy of the first English County Atlas in London, published in 1579. One of the earliest national surveys of any kind and the first uniformly conceived cartographic survey of England and Wales, Christopher Saxton began designing it in about 1574. It commanded immediate attention and was so treasured that in 1585 it cost £5, ten times the price of the first world atlas, created by Abraham Ortelius in 1570.

Surprisingly, although rare, they do appear from time to time, but the example offered by Clive A Burden at the London Map Fair is a one-off: it is the first edition early issue owned by the Earls of Sutherland from 1699, passing to the Dukes of Marlborough and housed at Blenheim Palace until the late 19th century, when it was sold along with the library by the 7th Duke, grandfather to Winston Churchill. The three maps from it illustrated here – Cheshire, Cornwall and Dorset – come in contemporary colour. The price for the atlas is £125,000. Continue reading “The world’s largest map fair captures the classic and quirky in Kensington Gore on June 17 and 18 – London – 8548”

Newark Museum will reopen historic front entrance after 20 years – Newark, NJ – 8547

The project is timed to take advantage of the significant renewal efforts happening all around the city of Newark.

With residential and commercial development booming in Newark, the Newark Museum is adding to the revitalization by reopening its Washington Street doors after two decades.

The project is timed to take advantage of the significant renewal efforts happening all around the city of Newark. In addition to the new double glass doors that will serve as the main entrance to the Museum, exterior enhancements include a public terrace that will be used for programs and events, and a new ramp that will make the Museum fully accessible. Within the Museum, reopening the main entrance will result in a transformation of the existing space, including state of the art visitor’s amenities; a high-profile spotlight for and access to its renowned Arts of Global Africa collection; and a new special exhibition space of more than 5,000 square feet with wood floors, new ceilings and walls to accommodate major shows. A lift will be installed in the Engelhard Court, making it accessible to all visitors.

Preparations for the $5.5 million project began in April, with groundbreaking scheduled for May 24. The project was conceptualized by the Museum’s longtime collaborator Michael Graves Architectural and Design. Architect Michael Graves, who was personally involved with the Museum from his first meeting with director Sam Miller in 1967 and most recently designed the Horizon Plaza, died in 2015, just as the project was taking form.

The Museum will be open to the public throughout construction with exhibitions and programs. The front entrance, which will be renamed in honor of donor Louis Bamberger who personally funded the Museum building in 1926; the visitor’s center; and Arts of Global Africa galleries, will open on November 3. The new special exhibition space will welcome visitors on March 23, 2018 with Rockies and the Alps: Bierstadt, Calame, and the Romance of the Mountains. Continue reading “Newark Museum will reopen historic front entrance after 20 years – Newark, NJ – 8547”

Turner Prize-winning artist Chris Ofili unveils new tapestry at the National Gallery – London – 8546

Chris Ofili, The Caged Bird’s Song, 2014–2017. Wool, cotton and viscose. Triptych, left and right panels each 280 x 184 cm; centre panel 280 x 372 cm. Installation view, Chris Ofili: Weaving Magic, National Gallery, 26 April – 28 August 2017 © Chris Ofili. Courtesy the artist and Victoria Miro, London, The Clothworkers’ Company and Dovecot Tapestry Studio, Edinburgh. Photography: Gautier Deblonde.

The National Gallery unveiled ‘The Caged Bird’s Song’, a new tapestry by Turner Prize-winning artist Chris Ofili.

The exhibition marks the first time the artist has worked in the medium of tapestry and includes a series of preparatory works on paper in an installation conceived by the artist for the Gallery’s Sunley Room.

Ofili is returning to the National Gallery following the exhibition Titian: Metamorphosis 2012. In this he was one of three contemporary artists asked to respond to Titian’s great mythological paintings, Diana and Actaeon, The Death of Actaeon, and Diana and Callisto, which depict stories from the Roman poet Ovid’s ‘Metamorphoses’. Ofili produced new paintings in which the classical world was transposed to Trinidad, where he lives and works. He also designed a related series of costumes and sets for a new ballet performed by the Royal Ballet at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden.

The imagery in this new tapestry reflects Ofili’s ongoing interest in classical mythology and contemporary ‘demigods’, together with the stories, magic and colour of the Trinidadian landscape he inhabits.

Like Rubens, Goya and many artists before him who have engaged with this medium, Chris Ofili has been collaborating closely with master weavers to see his design translated into a tapestry. It is being hand-woven by the internationally renowned, Edinburgh-based Dovecot Tapestry Studio, and has taken two and a half years to complete. Continue reading “Turner Prize-winning artist Chris Ofili unveils new tapestry at the National Gallery – London – 8546”

The 21st Biennale of Sydney (2018) announces first 21 artists for its 45th anniversary exhibition – 8545

Mit Jai Inn, Junta Monochrome #1, 2016, oil on canvas. 800 x 800 x 50 cm.
Courtesy the artist; Gallery Ver, Bangkok; and Cartel Artspace, Bangkok Photograph: Jirat Ratthawongjirakul.

Mami Kataoka, Artistic Director of the 21st Biennale of Sydney, today revealed the first group of 21 artists selected for the 21st edition of the Asia Pacific’s leading contemporary art event. With around 70 artists expected to be included in the 21st Biennale, this initial selection includes internationally renowned artists Ai Weiwei, Laurent Grasso, Haegue Yang and Eija-Liisa Ahtila, and provides insight into the themes of the 2018 edition.

Celebrating its 45th anniversary next year, the Biennale of Sydney will be presented over twelve weeks from Friday, 16 March until Monday, 11 June 2018 (Preview 13-15 March), at multiple locations throughout Sydney. It will feature major new commissions and recent work by contemporary artists from Australia and around the world.

The 21 artists announced today as part of the first reveal include one artist duo, ten artists from throughout Asia, five European artists, four Australian artists and one artist from North America. The initial list of artists is as follows:

• Eija-Liisa Ahtila (Born 1959 in Finland, lives and works in Helsinki)
• Ai Weiwei (Born 1957 in China, lives and works in Beijing)
• Brook Andrew (Born 1970 in Australia, lives and works in Melbourne)
• Oliver Beer (Born 1985 in England, lives and works in Paris and London)
• Anya Gallaccio (Born 1963 in Scotland, lives and works in San Diego)
• Laurent Grasso (Born 1972 in France, lives and works in Paris and New York)
• N.S. Harsha (Born 1969 in India, lives and works in Mysore)
• Mit Jai Inn (Born 1960 in Thailand, lives and works in Chiang Mai)
• Kate Newby (Born 1979 in New Zealand, lives and works in Auckland and New York)
• Noguchi Rika (Born 1971 in Japan, lives and works in Okinawa)
• Nguyen Trinh Thi (Born 1973 in Vietnam, lives and works in Hanoi)
• Ciara Phillips (Born 1976 in Canada, lives and works in Glasgow)
• Koji Ryui (Born 1976 in Japan, lives and works in Sydney)
• Semiconductor (Ruth Jarman, born 1973 in England, and Joe Gerhardt, born 1972 in England,
live and work in Brighton)
• Yasmin Smith (Born 1984 in Australia, lives and works in Sydney)
• George Tjungurrayi (Born c. 1943 in Australia, lives and works in Kintore)
• Nicole Wong (Born 1990 in Hong Kong, lives and works in Hong Kong)
• Wong Hoy Cheong (Born 1960 in Malaysia, lives and works in Kuala Lumpur)
• Yukinori Yanagi (Born 1959 in Japan, lives and works in Hiroshima)
• Haegue Yang (Born 1971 in South Korea, lives and works in Berlin and Seoul)
• Jun Yang (Born 1975 in China, lives and works in Vienna, Taipei and Yokohama)
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British Library announces partnership to extend its iconic London building – 8544

Aerial shot of the British Library at St Pancras. Photo: Tony Antoniou.

The British Library has selected a consortium led by property developer Stanhope, working with architects Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners, as preferred partner for a project to develop a 2.8 acre site to the north of its Grade I Listed building at St Pancras in London as a major new centre for commerce, knowledge and research.

At the heart of the development will be 100,000 sq ft of new British Library spaces for learning, exhibitions and public use, including a new northern entrance and a bespoke headquarters for the Alan Turing Institute, the national centre for data science research.

The development will also include new commercial space for organisations and companies that wish to be located at the heart of London’s Knowledge Quarter, close to the Francis Crick Institute and the other knowledge-based companies, research organisations, amenities and transport links located at King’s Cross and St Pancras.

The Stanhope consortium was appointed following a Competitive Dialogue procurement process that began in late 2015.

Stanhope have 30 years’ experience of developing complex central London projects, including Broadgate, Paternoster Square and the Tate Modern Switch House building. Stanhope are backed by strong financial partners and current projects include the regeneration of Television Centre, White City. Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners are well-known for buildings such as the Grade I Listed Lloyds Building and the recent British Museum extension.

The development project is a key part of the British Library’s Living Knowledge vision to become ever more open, creative and innovative in the delivery of its purposes. The objectives of this development include:

• More exhibition spaces, increasing public access to the Library’s vast world-class collections;
• New facilities for learners of all ages, with expanded programmes for schools, colleges, families, adult learners and local communities;
• Improved public areas and accessibility, with more places to sit and study;
• An enhanced offering for business users, building on the success of the Library’s Business & IP Centre;
• A new northern entrance close to the Francis Crick Institute and the main St Pancras Station concourse.
• A permanent home for the Alan Turing Institute, the UK national centre for data science;
• Flexible accommodation for third-party companies, institutions and research organisations seeking to work at the heart of the Knowledge Quarter;
• Environmental improvements including enhanced East-West connectivity for local people walking between Somers Town and St Pancras.

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New funding for sharing works of art across the UK – 8543

The scheme will open for individual applications of between £5,000 – £25,000 on 6 July. Photo: © Andy Smith.

The Garfield Weston Foundation and Art Fund announced today a new £750,000 funding and training programme to support the wider sharing of national collections with museums across the whole of the UK.

The Weston Loan Programme with Art Fund is the first ever grant programme specifically designed to directly fund and empower regional and smaller local authority museums to borrow major works or collections of art from the UK’s National Museums and Galleries. The scheme will help widen access to works from the national collections for audiences across the country, strengthen the skills of up to 100 regional museum professionals, and distribute resources across the UK.

The scheme will open for individual applications of between £5,000 – £25,000 via on 6 July, and the successful museums for year one of the three-year funding programme will be announced in December. Loans of works of art will go on display from 2018 onwards.

Art Fund is encouraging interested UK museums to participate in one of the Preparing to Borrow workshops taking place around the country from April to September run by Touring Exhibitions Group (TEG). Continue reading “New funding for sharing works of art across the UK – 8543”

Cleveland Museum of Art to transfer Roman sculpture of Drusus Minor to the Republic of Italy – 8542

Head of Drusus Minor (13 B.C. – A.D. 23), probably after A.D. 23 and likely before A.D. 37. Roman, 1st century. Marble; overall: h. 35 cm (13 3/4 in). The Cleveland Museum of Art, Leonard C. Hanna, Jr. Fund 2012.29.

The Cleveland Museum of Art and The Ministry of Cultural Heritage and Activities and Tourism of the Republic of Italy (Ministry) today announced that they have reached an agreement for the transfer of an early 1st century A.D. marble portrait head of Drusus Minor (Drusus Julius Caesar, 13 B.C.-A.D. 23) to the Republic of Italy. The sculpture, previously sold at a public auction in Paris in 2004, was acquired by CMA in 2012, after extensive research to confirm its ownership history. When the museum acquired the work, it was believed that the sculpture originally came from North Africa. When, more recently, CMA became aware of the fact that the sculpture may have been illicitly removed from a site near Naples towards the end of World War II, the museum promptly contacted the Ministry. Acting in cooperation with officials of the Ministry, and with the assistance of the Carabinieri for the Protection of Cultural Heritage, CMA was able to confirm the World War II events. As a result, CMA determined to transfer the sculpture to Italy.

In 2008, the Cleveland Museum of Art entered into a cultural cooperation agreement with the Ministry that formed the basis for a new relationship between CMA and the Republic of Italy. That agreement also provided a framework for the museum to approach the Ministry and obtain the information necessary to allow the museum to decide to transfer the sculpture.

“We have had an excellent relationship with the Ministry for many years,” said William Griswold, CMA director. “When we became aware of facts that were inconsistent with our understanding of the provenance of the sculpture, contacting the Ministry directly was an easy decision in light of our many years of working with our Italian colleagues. We worked collaboratively with the Ministry first to determine the circumstances of the work’s removal and then to finalize the decision to transfer the work.”

“This return is the result of an important and fruitful cultural agreement and the full cooperation of CMA with the Italian authorities,” said the Minister of Cultural Heritage and Activities and of Tourism, Dario Franceschini. “Now we await the return of the work, which, once in Italy will be returned as soon as possible to Naples and its communities, from where it was removed.”

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Nazi loot returned to Poland – 8541

A ceremony was held by the Polish Ministry  to mark the return of ‘Rough sea with ships’ by Simon de Vlieger.

An important work by Simon de Vlieger, stolen by the Nazis, is returned to Poland after being identified and located by the Art Loss Register

A ceremony was held by the Polish Ministry today to mark the return of ‘Rough sea with ships’ by Simon de Vlieger. The work was stolen during the Warsaw uprising by the head of the Polish propaganda department, Wilhelm Ohlenbusch, and taken to Oldenburg near Hamburg.

After the war, Vlieger’s picture was considered a war loss and published in 1953 in an English catalogue, Paintings Removed from Poland by the German Occupation Authorities During the Years 1939-1945. The work was also recorded by the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage in a database of cultural property lost during World War II. The work was also recorded in the Interpol database of stolen works of art and published in 2000 in the book War Losses. The fate of the work remained unknown until May 2016, when the Art Loss Register sent a request for information to the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage for a lot that was going up for sale at a German auction house. Based on the documentation provided by the ministry, the object was withdrawn from the auction.

The identity of the work was confirmed when it was compared with pre-war photographs and during non-invasive conservation studies of the canvas.

After half a year negotiations with the current owner, the Polish Ministry and the ALR have managed to come to an amicable settlement of the matter and bring about the return of the work to Poland.

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The Museum of Modern Art launches free online course, In The Studio: Postwar Abstract Painting – New York – 8540

Instructor Corey D’Augustine demonstrates the materials and techniques of Willem de Kooning. © 2017 The Museum of Modern Art.

The Museum of Modern Art launches the massive open online course In the Studio: Postwar Abstract Painting, available now on Coursera. This course offers an in-depth, hands-on look at the materials, techniques, and approaches of seven New York School artists: Willem de Kooning, Yayoi Kusama, Agnes Martin, Barnett Newman, Jackson Pollock, Ad Reinhardt, and Mark Rothko. In the Studio: Postwar Abstract Painting can be found at

Through studio demonstrations and gallery walkthroughs, participants will form a deeper understanding of what a studio practice means, learn how ideas develop from close looking, and gain a sensitivity to the physical qualities of paint. Readings and other resources will round out learners’ understanding, providing broader cultural, intellectual, and historical context about the decades after World War II, when these artists were active.

The works of art explored in this course also serve as points of departure for participants to make their own abstract paintings. Students can participate in the studio exercises offered each week, in which instructor Corey D’Augustine will walk through the foundations of painting and demonstrate how the artists made their works. Others may choose simply to watch these demonstrations and complete the course through its written assessments.

Eight modules introduce the New York School and explore in depth the materials, techniques, and work of seven artists:
• Willem de Kooning
• Yayoi Kusama
• Agnes Martin
• Barnett Newman
• Jackson Pollock
• Ad Reinhardt
• Mark Rothko

Original course content includes dynamic conversations and a close look at MoMA’s collection. Course modules feature:
•Eleven “In the Studio” materials and techniques demonstration videos.
•Sixteen “In the Galleries: A Closer Look” videos that look closely at paintings in
MoMA’s collection.
•Sixteen audio slideshows featuring artists, curators, conservators, collectors, and
others speaking about works in MoMA’s collection.
•Seven text-image slideshows that explore 60 works of art in depth.
Corey D’Augustine is an art conservator, a technical art historian, and an artist.

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Assouline to publish ‘Maria by Callas’ by Tom Volf in May – London – 8539

“Maria by Callas” by Tom Volf. Published by Assouline.

In 2013, decades after the legendary prima donna left the scene forever, filmmaker Tom Volf fell in love with Maria Callas. Since then, he has traveled the globe to uncover lost archives on Callas’s life and work, meeting and interviewing many of the renowned soprano’s closest friends and colleagues, who opened their collections to him, unveiling a trove of previously unknown photos, many of which originally came from Maria’s own albums.

Composed with the support of many of Maria’s loved ones, including Nadia Stancioff, her longtime best friend, and Georges Prêtre, her favorite conductor, who for the first time in forty years agreed to collaborate on a book about her, Maria by Callas is the definitive, unique product of countless hours of research, offering a new perspective—a personal album as Maria herself would have presented, invoking the diva’s own voice. This material is now at the center of the project Maria by Callas: In Her Own Words, including a film, an exhibition, and a collection of original live recordings.

Tom Volf is a director and photographer whose work ranges from theater and fashion to corporate communications. At Théâtre du Châtelet in Paris, Volf was in charge of digital and audiovisual communication, producing programs for broadcast and directing numerous interviews with international artists, including Placido Domingo, David Cronenberg, and Sting. He has produced programs for the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) in Paris, including its fiftieth- anniversary film, and he has directed image and advertising for several fashion campaigns.

Nadia Stancioff first met Maria Callas in 1969 as a publicist for the Pier Paolo Pasolini film Medea, and she remained Callas’s close friend during the diva’s final years. Stancioff previously wrote Maria Callas Remembered: An Intimate Portrait of the Private Callas (1987).

Georges Prêtre, who passed away in January 2017, was an internationally acclaimed opera and orchestra conductor. Among his many accomplishments, he conducted the premiere of Francis Poulenc’s opera La voix humaine at the Opéra-Comique in 1959. Throughout his long and celebrated career, Prêtre was the recipient of numerous prestigious awards, including Grand Officer of the Order of Merit of the Italian Republic, the Austrian Cross of Honor for Science and Art, and Grand Officer of the French Légion d’Honneur.

“Everything I have to say is in the music. It is all there in my records”–Callas at Juilliard: The Master Classes.

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The Ryerson Image Centre receives extraordinary donation of photos from the New York Times archive – Toronto – 8538

Unknown photographer for the Alexandra Studio. Distributed by the Star Newspaper Service and Times Wide World, Untitled [Members of the Toronto Maple Leaf hockey team in the trenches during a military training session], 1939, gelatin silver print. The Rudolph P. Bratty Family Collection, Ryerson Image Centre.

n conjunction with Canada’s sesquicentennial celebration, the Ryerson Image Centre announces a promised gift of nearly 25,000 press photographs of Canadian news events and personalities from the 20th century, drawn from The New York Times Photo Archive.

These extraordinary Canadian images have been promised to the RIC by Toronto-area real estate entrepreneur Chris Bratty as a generous act of cultural repatriation.

Chris Bratty, President of Land Development and Investments for The Remington Group, said: “This collection captures thousands of Canadian stories over the course of the 20th Century. It gives me great pleasure to bring it home to Canada, where it can tell those stories to Canadians.”

This important donation will be known as the Rudolph P. Bratty Family Collection, and will be introduced to the public with the exhibition The Faraway Nearby, on view at the RIC from September 13 to December 10, 2017.

“This extraordinary gift from Mr. Bratty further establishes Ryerson University and the RIC as a key international repository for significant archives of press photography,” said Ryerson President Mohamed Lachemi. “The donation of 25,000 photographs depicting Canada is a wonderful addition to Ryerson’s outstanding holdings, which include the celebrated Black Star Collection, and re-confirms Ryerson as one of the world’s leading institutions for the study and research of photographic history and culture.” Continue reading “The Ryerson Image Centre receives extraordinary donation of photos from the New York Times archive – Toronto – 8538”

Auction to explore how leading designers have employed materials in new and cutting-edge ways – 7537

Joris Laarman, ‘Rocker’ Armchair, 2007. (est. £170,000-200,000). Photo: Sotheby’s

This October, Sotheby’s will present ‘Living in a Material World’, an auction dedicated to exploring how leading designers have employed materials in new and cutting-edge ways. Covering the full spectrum of post-war and contemporary design, the exhibition will be curated by Tony Chambers, Editor-in-Chief of the influential design and lifestyle magazine Wallpaper*. The selection will trace a history of how and why designers have chosen to work with specific materials, from simple and beautifully crafted modern pieces to highly-complex creations using the most technologically advanced tools. Highlights range from experimental and adventurous creations by Joris Laarman and Thomas Heatherwick to provocative and tongue-in-cheek designs by Rotterdam-based Studio Job. The auction will take place in New Bond Street on 17 October 2017, preceded by a public exhibition and series of gallery talks.

Tony Chambers, Editor-in-Chief of Wallpaper* magazine, said: “As our lives become increasingly governed by the digital world, we have subsequently become more appreciative and sensitive to the analogue. We now crave the touch, the feel, even the smell of the material world. This is the perfect time to explore how post-war and contemporary designers have employed and manipulated all manner of materials in elegant and innovative ways.”

Laetitia Contat Desfontaines, Sotheby’s 20th Century Design Specialist & Head of Sale, said: “Our exhibition will consider the use of materials by the designers not only for their aesthetic properties but also for their structural strengths. It is fascinating to see how designers might have been using the same materials at exactly the same period but achieving radically different results. From traditional materials such as wood, stone and marble to concrete, plastics and organic materials, the exhibition will encourage the viewer to look at each object in new ways.”

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The Petersen receives American Architecture Award – Los Angeles – 8536

The Petersen Automotive Museum and Kohn Pedersen Fox have been honored by the Chicago Athenaeum Museum of Architecture and Design with its American Architecture Award for 2017.

Just over a year after its grand re-opening after a $90M remodel that changed the skyline of Los Angeles’ “Museum Row,” The Petersen Automotive Museum has been honored by the Chicago Athenaeum Museum of Architecture and Design as one of the most significant building projects in America owing to its radical exterior design by architecture firm Kohn Pedersen Fox. The American Architecture Award, which is presented in conjunction with The European Center for Architecture Art Design and Urban Studies and Metropolitan Arts Press, has been given out every year since 1994, and will be presented at a gala ceremony held at the Orlando Museum of Art.

According to the Athenaeum, The American Architecture Award was created “to honor the best and most significant new buildings, landscape and planning projects which were designed and/or built in the United States or abroad by the most important American architects and planners practicing nationally and internationally.”

The Petersen’s renovation was unique among museum projects in that it was a retrofit, rather than a complete knock down or new building. Gene Kohn and Trent Tesch of Kohn Pedersen Fox worked together to take what had been a gray concrete box originally designed as a mid-century department store and transform it into a striking organic shape, serving as a visual anchor of the Miracle Mile neighborhood utilizing a façade of flowing stainless steel ribbons over a corrugated red shell.

“To even be considered for such an award is an honor,” said Terry Karges, executive director of the Petersen Automotive Museum. “Coincidentally, this award was created in 1994 – the same year Robert E. Petersen founded our museum in a repurposed department store. His vision was a powerful one, but it was not until our board of directors – lead by Peter Mullin, David Sydorick and Bruce Meyer – tapped Gene Kohn and his team that we were able to fully realize Petersen’s dream to build a museum in the heart of Los Angeles that serves as an intersection of cars and art, engineering and design. We now have a building as beautiful and thought provoking as the collection displayed inside. We are grateful for this honor, it would not have been possible without KPF, our local architects House & Robertson, and the craftsmen who built it at Zahner and MATT Construction.”

Previous projects to receive the American Architecture Award include the National September 11th Memorial Museum, the Pasadena City College Center for the Arts, and the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures which is being built across the street from the Petersen.

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Mike Nichols’ The Graduate- New 4K restoration to be released nationwide for 50th anniversary – 8534

Photo: Rialto Pictures.

New York-based specialty distributor Rialto Pictures and Studiocanal will release Mike Nichols’ groundbreaking The Graduate, starring Dustin Hoffman and Anne Bancroft, in new 4K digital prints beginning in April.

The 50 anniversary restoration will have its World Premiere on April 8 at the TCL Grauman’s Chinese Theatre in Hollywood, as a centerpiece event of this year’s TCM Classic Film Festival. The new Graduate restoration will then play in over 700 movie theaters nationwide on April 23 and 26, as part of TCM and Fathom Events’ monthly “TCM Big Screen Classics” series.

The new restoration will also screen at this year’s Il Cinema Ritrovato festival in Bologna and will be released theatrically and as a special edition Home Entertainment release in all Studiocanal territories (France, Germany, U.K., Australia and New Zealand) throughout the summer.

Hoffman, in his star-making, breakout role, is Benjamin Braddock, the college track star suddenly adrift after graduation, and ripe for seduction by an older, married woman: Bancroft’s coldly calculating friend-of-the-family Mrs. Robinson. When Ben ultimately falls for dream girl Elaine (Katharine Ross), who happens to be the Robinsons’ daughter, it sets up a love triangle like no other in American films up to that time.

Adapted from the Charles Webb novel by Buck Henry and Calder Willingham (which immortalized the word “plastics” in the lexicon of hip expressions), THE GRADUATE was the biggest box office surprise of the decade, nominated for seven Oscars® andwinning for director Nichols’ sophomore effort. The classic “Top 40” score by Simon & Garfunkel started a new, youthful trend in soundtrack music as well.

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V&A announces plans for new Photography Centre and expansion of its photography collection – 8533

Arrival of the RPS Collection at the V&A © Victoria and Albert Museum, London.

Victoria and Albert Museum announced the expansion of its vast collection of historic and contemporary photography with the transfer of the Royal Photographic Society (RPS) collection from the Science Museum Group. The addition of over 270,000 photographs, 26,000 publications and 6,000 pieces of camera-related equipment reinforces the V&A’s position as one of the most important photography collections in the world.

Through its FuturePlan development project, the V&A will establish a new Photography Centre, creating a new public space to celebrate, appreciate and study photography. Due to open in Autumn 2018, it will be accompanied by a Museum-wide photography festival and a new digital resource for photography enthusiasts around the world.

The creation of the Photography Centre will see the V&A more than double its current photography display area in original nineteenth-century picture galleries by 2018. Designed by David Kohn Architects, it will allow the V&A to display a larger number and range of photographs, negatives, camera technology, books and archival materials than ever before. The Photography Centre will also facilitate exciting events and activities. Phase two of the project will expand the gallery space further and provide a teaching and research space, a browsing library, and a studio and darkroom to enable photographers’ residencies.

New purpose-built storage facilities have been created to house the expanded photography collection, and an extensive project to catalogue and digitise the RPS collection is now underway. This digitisation will provide web access and research resources for all audiences and photography lovers around the world. The Museum will also continue its programme of major photographic exhibitions at the V&A and other venues in the UK and overseas. Continue reading “V&A announces plans for new Photography Centre and expansion of its photography collection – 8533”

Masterworks of Native American art to be donated to The Met by Charles and Valerie Diker – 8532

Unrecorded Tsitsistas (Cheyenne) Artist (Unrecorded Tsitsistas (Cheyenne) Artist, Native American), Tobacco Bag, 1860–90. Hide, cotton, glass, horsehair, metal, sinew. H.16 7/8 × W. 6 1/4 × D. 1 1/2 in. Image © Charles and Valerie Diker Collection/Photo: Dirk Bakker.

The Metropolitan Museum of Art announced today the promised gift from Charles and Valerie Diker of 91 works of Native American art—a selection of recognized masterworks from the collection they assembled over more than four decades. Joining another 20 works already given by the Dikers during the past two decades, these examples range in date from the 2nd to the early 20th century, and represent—through a wide variety of aesthetic forms and media—the achievements of artists from many culturally distinct traditions across the North American continent.

“These superb works will be an extraordinary addition to The Met collection,” said Carrie Rebora Barratt, Deputy Director for Collections and Administration, in making the announcement. “They have been selected from the largest and most comprehensive collection of its kind in private hands today and are of the highest aesthetic quality. This generous gift will considerably strengthen our holdings of the artistic production of native communities, and we are immensely grateful to our longtime friends and donors Chuck and Valerie Diker for their vision and generosity.”

“Valerie and I are honored to share the remarkable work of these Native American artists with the public, especially as an integral part of the broader story of American creativity,” noted Mr. Diker. “Over the past 45 years, our vision and advocacy has been to build appreciation of these great works of art from cultures across the United States and, through The Met’s stewardship, we are confident that both public recognition of the power and beauty of these works and scholarship on them will be greatly advanced. We’d like to thank the leadership of The Met, especially Carrie Rebora Barratt and Thomas P. Campbell, Director, for enabling us to present the work of these important artists within the context of their peers in the U.S. and around the world.”

This collection will be displayed in The Met’s American Wing starting with a major exhibition in fall 2018, marking The Met’s curatorial decision to display art from the first Americans within its appropriate geographic context. Sylvia Yount, the Lawrence A. Fleischman Curator in Charge of the American Wing, will oversee the integration of this material into the galleries. Continue reading “Masterworks of Native American art to be donated to The Met by Charles and Valerie Diker – 8532”

Victoria Miro announces new gallery in Venice – 8531

Chris Ofili, Poolside Magic 8, 2012, Charcoal, watercolour and pastel on paper, 40.2 x 26 cm (15 7/8 x 10 1/4 in). Courtesy the Artist and Victoria Miro, London © Chris Ofili.

Victoria Miro announced the opening of a new gallery in Venice. The first exhibition at Victoria Miro Venice will be by Chris Ofili.

Entitled Poolside Magic the exhibition comprises a suite of pastel, charcoal and watercolour works on paper, which are being shown together for the first time. Poolside Magic, in which a man in coat-tails serves a naked woman beside a swimming pool, riffs on themes of sexuality, mutability, magic and the occult, making reference to the vibrant and sensuous landscape and culture of Trinidad, where the artist lives and works. Source material for the series includes a photograph of Trinidadian artist Boscoe Holder (1921 – 2007) at work in his Port of Spain studio. Opening during the Vernissage for the 57th Venice Biennale, the exhibition marks a return to the city for the artist. Ofili represented Britain at the 50th Venice Biennale in 2003, when he presented his ambitious exhibition Within Reach, and in 2015 a suite of Ofili’s paintings were included in All The World’s Futures, the 56th International Art Exhibition of the Venice Biennale, curated by Okwui Enwezor. Chris Ofili’s exhibition Weaving Magic is at the National Gallery, London from 26 April to 28 August 2017.

Victoria Miro’s new gallery will open to the public on 10 May 2017. This will be the gallery’s fourth exhibition space, joining gallery sites in Mayfair and Wharf Road, London. The new gallery will provide further opportunities for artists to stage exhibitions and special projects in an intimate environment in the heart of Venice, a city so beloved by artists. Continue reading “Victoria Miro announces new gallery in Venice – 8531”