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Getty announces acquisition of a group of 16 master drawings and a painting by Watteau – 8615

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Michelangelo Buonarroti (Italian, 1475-1564), Study of a Mourning Woman. Pen and brown ink, heightened with white, 26 x 16.5 cm.

The J. Paul Getty Museum announced the most important acquisition in the history of the Museum’s Department of Drawings. Acquired as a group from a British private collection, the 16 drawings are by many of the greatest artists of western art history, including Michelangelo, Lorenzo di Credi, Andrea del Sarto, Parmigianino, Rubens, Barocci, Goya, Degas, and others. From the same collection, the Museum has acquired a celebrated painting by the great eighteenth-century French artist Jean Antoine Watteau.

“This acquisition is truly a transformative event in the history of the Getty Museum,” said Timothy Potts, director of the J. Paul Getty Museum. “It brings into our collection many of the finest drawings of the Renaissance through 19th century that have come to market over the past 30 years, including a number of masterpieces that are among the most famous works on paper by these artists: Michelangelo’s Study of a Mourning Woman, Parmigianino’s Head of a Young Man, and Andrea del Sarto’s Study for the Head of St Joseph (the highlight of the Getty’s recent exhibition on that artist). It is very unlikely that there will ever be another opportunity to elevate so significantly our representation of these artists, and, more importantly, the status of the Getty collection overall.”
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Collective Design shifts dates in 2018 – 8614

Collective Design was previously held in May, aligned with Frieze New York & NYCxDESIGN. Photo: Charles Roussel, BFA.com

Collective Design today announces that it will shift the fair’s 2018 dates from May to early March, aligning with Armory Arts Week in New York City. Collective Design will bring a sophisticated design presence to the week, which hosts art-focused events including The Armory Show, NADA, and Independent Art Fair. The fair also moves to Skylight Clarkson North.

Fair dates will run March 9 to 11, 2018 with an invitation-only VIP Preview on March 8.

“We are always looking for new ways to elevate the experience for our galleries and visitors,” says Collective Design founder Steven Learner. “By joining Armory Arts Week in March, we can expand our platform in a larger venue, engage a broader audience of art collectors, and distinguish Collective as the sole design-focused event of the week.”
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Christie’s art sales total $3 billion in first half of 2017 – 8613

A bronze sold for $57.37 million in New York setting a new auction record for Romanian-born sculptor Constantin Brancusi and fetching more than twice its lowest pre-sale estimate.

Continued global demand and creative sale planning helped to drive a rise in Christie’s auction sales to £2.2bn ($2.8bn, up 14%), a 29% increase from the same period in 2016. Overall sales were £2.35bn ($3bn, up 1%), an increase of 14% compared to £2.1bn in the first half of 2016.

There was an increase in the number of works sold over £10 million, with 38 lots sold compared to 14 from the same period last year and a 29% increase in the number of new buyers over £1 million.

Collectors continue to seek diverse works of art across price levels and categories with demand for masterpieces continuing, with 7 of 10 top lots from the first half of 2017 sold at Christie’s.
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University of Chicago Library receives gift of vintage Vivian Maier prints – 8612

Unpublished work © 2017 The Estate of Vivian Maier. All rights reserved.

The University of Chicago Library has received a gift of nearly 500 photographic prints made by Vivian Maier, the master 20th-century street photographer known for her striking images of life in Chicago and New York City.

The prints, given to the University by collector and filmmaker John Maloof, will be preserved and made available for research purposes by the Library’s Special Collections Research Center. The new collection is comprised of vintage prints that have never been published or exhibited to the public, along with one of Maier’s cameras and some of her personal effects.
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Mayor gives green light for Lumiere to return to London in 2018 – 8611

Keyframes, Groupe LAPS, Thomas Veyssiére, Lumiere London 2016. Produced by Artichoke. Supported by the Mayor of London. Photo by Matthew Andrews.

The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, has revealed the dates for Lumiere London 2018 – the capital’s largest night-time festival. More than 40 UK and international artists will transform the city and offer new perspectives on the capital’s iconic architecture, streets and landmarks.

Lumiere London 2018 will take place over four nights between 18 and 21 January 2018.
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Unique cultural programme attracts more than a million visitors at European Capital of Culture Aarhus 2017 – 8610

The 2017-programme continues until the end of the year with hundreds of projects such as A virtual flower garden by the French artist Michel Chevalier coming into life among the cobblestones in the city center of Aarhus.

Starred reviews and high visitor numbers exceed even the most optimistic forecasts of the European Capital of Culture Aarhus 2017. Halfway through the 2017-programme, more than a million visitors have attended the cultural performances, exhibitions and sparkling events in recent months.
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– Google virtual exhibition features fashion collection of Smithsonian museum – 8609

A brown satin halter-top gown with gold music-themed embellishments designed by Peter Davy.

The Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture has joined more than 180 cultural institutions from New York, London, Paris, Tokyo, São Paulo and around the world for the “We Wear Culture” project presented by the Google Cultural Institute. The newly launched fashion project represents the largest virtual exhibition of global style showcasing clothing evolution around the world and examining the cultural significance of the clothes worn today.
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Heritage Auctions enters strategic partnership with Auction Club – 8608

Auction Club is the only large-scale provider of historic fine art auction results that does not organize auctions or have its own marketplace, and because of that Auction Club can operate fully independent and objective.

Heritage Auctions, the largest auction house founded in America and the world’s third largest overall, has entered into a strategic partnership with Auction Club, a large-scale database of fine art auction records from over 1,500 auction houses.

“Heritage Auctions’ dedication to transparency is a seamless match with Auction Club’s mission,” said Greg Rohan, President of Heritage Auctions. “We are excited to add more than 100,000 fine art sales results to Auction Club’s database.”
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First international exhibition by Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen’s BVB Collections a success in Japan – 8607

Collection of Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen – Bruegel’s ‘The Tower of Babel’ and Great 16th Century Masters at Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum. Photo: Asahi Shimbun.

The first major international exhibition based on the collection of Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen, Bruegel’s ‘The Tower of Babel’ and Great 16th Century Masters, closed its doors on 2 July at Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum with a total of 379.527 visitors. The exhibition has now travelled to Osaka, where it was officially opened today at the National Museum of Art, Osaka, with an equal success expected.

This exhibition marks the launch of BVB Collections, an exhibitions programme of internationally touring shows from the Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen’s collection.
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Centro Botín opens: Spain’s new art centre designed by Renzo Piano – Santander – 8606

Centro Botín. Courtesy: Fundación Botín. Photo: Belén de Benito.

Centro Botín, designed by Pritzker Prize-winning architect Renzo Piano as a permanent home for the art, cultural and educational programmes of Fundación Botín, Spain’s most important private cultural foundation, opened in Santander.
This is the first building by Renzo Piano in Spain.

The 10,285 sq m. Centro Botín is located on a landmark site on Santander’s waterfront, reclaiming for the city an area formerly used as the Ferry car park. The building, raised above the ground, frames spectacular views of Santander and the bay and is covered with a unique surface of 270,000 ceramic discs that reflect the changing colours of sea and sky. The building includes 2,500 sq m. of exhibition galleries, a 300-seat auditorium, classrooms, work spaces, an informal restaurant called El Muelle, created by two-Michelin star chef Jesús Sánchez, a shop, and a rooftop terrace offering a new vantage point overlooking the city and the bay.
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The Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts announces latest additions to permanent collection – Philadelphia – 8605

William Villalongo, Drawing and Watercolor, 2012, Acrylic, velvet flocking and paper/wood panel, 96 x 137 5/16 x 2 in.

The Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts announces the addition of more than 30 historic, modern, and contemporary works to its permanent collection of American art. The new acquisitions include paintings, sculpture, installation, and works on paper made from 1916 to 2017.

Highlights in the latest group of purchases include Indian Erotic (1973), an unflinchingly bold and sexually charged oil on canvas by groundbreaking feminist painter and 2017 PAFA commencement speaker Joan Semmel; The Thirsty Laborer (2012), a large allegorical work on panel by William Villalongo; and Studies in Suffocation II (2016), a precisely rendered and ominously atmospheric graphite on paper by Robyn O’Neil.
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New Orleans Museum of Art acquires 10 works from Souls Grown Deep Foundation – 8604

Mary Lee Bendolph (b. 1935), Work-clothes quilt, 2002, 97 x 88 in. © Mary Lee Bendolph. Photo: Stephen Pitkin/Pitkin Studio.

The New Orleans Museum of Art announced today that is has acquired 10 works of art from the Souls Grown Deep Foundation through the Foundation’s gift/purchase program designed to strengthen the representation of African American artists from the Southern United States in the collections of leading museums across the country.

The acquisition includes two works by Thornton Dial, pieces by Ronald Lockett, Joe Minter, and Mary Proctor, and five quilts created by the women of Gee’s Bend, Alabama. These works will be featured in upcoming permanent collection installations that will place them into dialogue with other exciting voices in modern and contemporary art.
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Castello di Rivoli Museum of Contemporary Art announces new expansion to incorporate the Cerruti Collection – Turin – 8603

Lucio Fontana, Concetto Spaziale-Attese, ca. 1960. Water-based paint on canvas, 73 x 60 cm. Collezione Fondazione Francesco Federico Cerrui per l’Arte on long-term loan Castello di Rivoli Museo d’Arte Contemporanea, Rivoli-Torino.

Carolyn Christov-Bakargiev, Director of the Castello di Rivoli Museum, announces that Castello di Rivoli will enter into a special partnership with the legendary Cerruti Collection to become the world’s first contemporary art museum to incorporate an encyclopaedic collection of the art of the past.

Castello di Rivoli Museum, a renowned museum of contemporary art and the first in Italy, is entering into an important agreement with the Fondazione Francesco Federico Cerruti per l’Arte to safeguard, research, enhance, and display the extraordinary, yet virtually unknown, Cerruti Collection. For the first time, it will be possible for the public to discover the priceless legacy of Francesco Federico Cerruti (Genoa, 1922 – Turin, 2015), a secretive and reserved entrepreneur and passionate collector who passed away in 2015 at the age of 93.
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Former Bombas Gens factory reopens as an art centre – Valencia – 8602

The Art Centre opens with an exhibition of the Per Amor a l’Art collection, a temporary exhibition of the work of the photographers Bleda y Rosa and a show exploring the history and stories of the Bombas Gens factory. Photo: Frank Gómez.

Bombas Gens is ready to take on its new life. The old hydraulic pumps factory designed by the architect Cayetano Borso di Carminati in 1930 has been reconverted into the headquarters of Fundació Per Amor a l’Art following two years of refurbishment and expansion that has returned the building to its former glory. The project was conceived and overseen by a team of architects comprising Annabelle Selldorf, Eduardo de Miguel and Ramón Esteve, with utmost respect for the memory of the place.
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Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza, Madrid presents the results of the restoration and technical study of Tiepolo painting – 8601

Detail of The Death of Hyacinthus by Giovanni Battista Tiepolo.

In conjunction with the celebration of the Museum’s 25th anniversary and to coincide with World Pride 2017 in Madrid, the Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza is now presenting the results of the restoration and technical study of one of the most important and fascinating works in its collection and probably its greatest gay icon: The Death of Hyacinthus by Giovanni Battista Tiepolo.

Following its restoration in the Museum’s studios, the painting has now returned to its habitual location in Room 17, accompanied by a special display organised by the departments of Restoration and Old Master painting. This installation includes X-radiographs and infra-red reflectographs which show the most interesting aspects of the work undertaken, explain the methodology applied and reveal the outstanding quality of the painting. These images are accompanied by two preparatory drawings loaned by the Staatsgalerie in Stuttgart and a video of the entire restoration process which also explains the most important discoveries made during this restoration and study project and features interesting details from the painting.
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Geelvinck Music Museum opens for the public – Zutphen-Netherlands – 8600

The museum’s collection concerns, among other objects (porcelains, paintings, furniture), over 120 historic pianos and other early keyboards, including the Sweelinck Collection (formerly the collection of the Conservatory of Amsterdam). This is a working collection and, since a few years, it became the focus of the museum’s public presentation strategy.

The Mayor and the Aldermen for Finance and Culture, together with prof.dr. Giovanni di Stefano, curator for musical instruments of the Rijksmuseum Amsterdam, and Adri van Straten, senior specialist for Sounding Heritage of the National Cultural Heritage Service, have performed the opening ceremony of the new venue in Zutphen of the Geelvinck Music Museum. They unveiled the recently acquired square piano built by Erard Frères in 1788, which is thought to have belonged to Marie Antoinette, Queen of France, who, after the French Revolution, was guillotined in 1793. This square piano was part of the collection of Gustave count de Reiset (1821-1905) and since by descent at the Château du Breuil-Benoit. It has been previously on view at the exhibition “Marie-Antoinette, Archiduchesse, Dauphine et Reine” at the Château de Versailles (1955).
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North Carolina Museum of Art opens expanded African art gallery with more opportunities to learn and interact – 8599

Installation view. Photo: The North Carolina Museum of Art.

The North Carolina Museum of Art opens its new, expanded African art gallery. The 6,500-square-foot gallery, reinstalled on the entry level of the Museum’s East Building, is three times as large as the old gallery and features African creativity spanning 16 centuries. Highlights of the gallery include improved light control, a site-specific wall drawing by Nigerian-American artist Victor Ekpuk, a special North Carolina lender wall, and nearly twice as many works of art on view—including some that have not been on display in a decade. The Museum also opens an interactive learning space that invites visitors to learn more about the collection and create their own art. To launch the new gallery, the Museum will host several public programs this summer and an all-day community celebration and free concert on September 23.
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Nationalmuseum Sweden acquires three works by German-Danish artist Louis Gurlitt – 8598

Louis Gurlitt, Landscape with a mill, Oberbayern, 1836. Photo: Cecilia Heisser/Nationalmuseum.

Nationalmuseum, Stockholm has acquired three works by the German-Danish artist Louis Gurlitt (1812–97), which between them illustrate different aspects of the artist’s diverse oeuvre. Gurlitt studied in Copenhagen and early in his career was considered a promising figure in Danish painting. By the mid-19th century, however, his name had been erased from Danish art history as a result of the border wars with Germany arising from the Schleswig-Holstein question. Now, he is once again considered a major figure of the Danish golden age, while also embodying its close connections to the German art of the period.
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Thousands of Rome’s historical images digitized with help of Stanford researchers – 8597

Researchers digitized thousands of pieces from 19th-century archaeologist Rodolfo Lanciani’s collection to help scholars across the world study Rome’s transformation. Courtesy of Istituto Nazionale di Archeologia e Storia dell’Arte.

A team including Stanford researchers created a new digital archive to study Rome’s transformation over the centuries.
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MoMA receives $50 million gift from the Steven & Alexandra Cohen Foundation – 8596

People walk by the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) in New York City. Spencer Platt/Getty Images/AFP.

The Museum of Modern Art, New York announced that the Steven & Alexandra Cohen Foundation has made a gift of $50 million in support of the Museum’s capital campaign. The unrestricted gift will support the Museum’s ongoing renovation and expansion project, which will add 50,000 square feet of gallery space, allowing the Museum to reconceive the presentation of its collection and exhibitions, and will provide greater visitor accessibility through the enhancement of the Museum’s public areas.
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The Anderson Collection at Stanford University receives new gifts of art – Stanford, CA – 8595

The new acquisitions are in keeping with the original collection of 121 works of post-World War II modern and contemporary American art by 86 artists given to Stanford by Harry W. “Hunk” and Mary Margaret “Moo” Anderson and their daughter, Mary Patricia “Putter” Anderson Pence, the Bay Area family which has been collecting art for over 50 years.

The Anderson Collection at Stanford University accepted 13 gifts of art into the museum’s permanent collection this academic year. These are the first acquisitions since the museum opened in 2014, originally as a non-collecting institution, and the first gifts not from the Anderson family. The new direction is a welcome one for students, faculty, the Stanford community, the Anderson family and beyond.

New to the collection is Bill Jensen’s watercolor and gouache Study for Denial, 1985-86; three sculptural works and eight works on paper ranging from 1958 to 1997 by Manuel Neri; and Mary Weatherford’s black painting, 2017.
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Art Gallery of New South Wales to join world’s greatest art museums – Sydney-Australia – 8594

Image of Sydney Modern Project, atrium. © Art Gallery of New South Wales, 2017.

The NSW Government’s $244 million funding commitment to support the expansion of the Art Gallery of New South Wales will transform the much-loved and historic Gallery into one of the world’s greatest art museums.

Welcoming the landmark announcement made today by Arts Minister Don Harwin, Art Gallery of NSW director Dr Michael Brand said he was delighted with the funds. The expansion will significantly increase space for the Gallery to exhibit art, and is expected to attract two million visitors annually.
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£9.4m from National Lottery to transform the National Portrait Gallery – 8593

Exterior, National Portrait Gallery © National Portrait Gallery, London.

The National Portrait Gallery has been awarded funding of £9.4 million from The National Lottery towards a £35.5m transformation programme, which will be the Gallery’s biggest ever development and its most significant project since the opening of its Ondaatje Wing in 2000.

The National Lottery support will go towards the project Inspiring People: Transforming our National Portrait Gallery. For the first time in the Gallery’s history there will be a comprehensive re-display of the Collection across all the galleries combined with a significant refurbishment, creating twenty per cent more public and gallery spaces. The transformation will also see the Gallery’s most extensive programme of activities nationwide with plans to engage audiences onsite, locally, regionally and online.
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Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago works with Facebook to create exclusive frames in Messenger – 8592

Messenger Frame for MCA Chicago.

The Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago announced a new partnership with Facebook and international art icon Takashi Murakami that includes the production of three unique, first-of-their-kind frames and effects for the Messenger Camera. This initiative celebrates the MCA’s new exhibition, Takashi Murakami: The Octopus Eats Its Own Leg (on view through September 24, 2017) and is inspired by works from the show including the signature character of Mr. DOB, the smiling daisies, and a pink octopus character created for the exhibition. The Messenger frames provide creative expression capabilities to the over 1.2 billion people around the world who use Messenger each month, bringing Murakami’s art directly to his longtime fans and new followers.
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