A Van Gogh on the wall is now accessible to all – 8581

It is possible to order a tailor-made reproduction through the webstore.

The Van Gogh Museum announced a new service: for the first time ever, the museum is making a considerable part of its collection available upon request. Thanks to printing on demand, everyone now has the opportunity to own a personalised work by Vincent van Gogh.
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Gift of 46 works of art enriches Chrysler Museum of Art’s encyclopedic glass collection – 8580

Installation view.

The Chrysler Museum of Art received a major gift of glass from the stellar collection of Daniel Greenberg and Susan Steinhauser. Their generous donation of 46 works consists primarily of Studio Glass movement and contemporary glass from the 1970s through the 2000s. Additional examples represent the mid 20th century, including both studio and mass production from leading glass factories.
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Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac to represent the Estate of James Rosenquist – 8579

James Rosenquist working on Flash Life Aripeka, Florida, 1989, Photo: Russ Blaise.

The James Rosenquist Estate (New York), and Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac (London, Paris, Salzburg) announced that Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac will represent the Estate of James Rosenquist worldwide.

‘The James Rosenquist Estate is very pleased to be represented by Thaddaeus Ropac. We have long appreciated Thaddaeus’ enthusiastic commitment to Jim’s work. Their friendship was a strong one and we are happy to see it continue in this way. Jim’s work and legacy are in great hands.’ (Mimi Thompson Rosenquist, Board Director)
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Museum De Reede in Antwerp opens its doors – 8578

Edvard Munch, Vampire II, 1895/1902 lithographie & gravure sur bois. Courtesy: Anvers.

An initiative by Dutchman Harry Rutten, who donated his art collection containing mainly prints by Goya, Rops and Munch to a Belgian foundation, Museum De Reede in Antwerp is dedicated exclusively to graphic art. Antwerp as a location for the new museum was a deliberate decision, not only because the city is an important centre of culture, it has also cherished an age-long tradition of graphic art, with worldfamous printers, such as Christoffel Plantin and Jan Moretus.
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Japan’s godfather of art? Billionaire Maezawa rings in new era – 8577

An aspiring rock star as a teen, he moved on to selling music merchandise via mail order and then online. In 1998 Maezawa founded Start Today, which operates the nation’s largest online fashion mall, ZOZOTOWN.

With a single post on Instagram, Yusaku Maezawa announced not only his purchase of an $110.5 million Basquiat masterpiece, and his place in auction history, but arguably signalled a new era for art in Japan.
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Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen displays more than 500 artworks in a new configuration – Rotterdam – 8576

Donald Judd, Untitled, 1984. Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen, Rotterdam. Photo: Jannes Linders, Rotterdam.

From 10 June Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen’s permanent collection is being shown in a totally new series of displays. Carel Blotkamp, artist and emeritus professor of the history of art at the VU University in Amsterdam, has conceived a new display that he hopes will seduce visitors into spending more time with the works of art. ‘I want to encourage slow looking.’

Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen has a collection of more than 145,000 objects dating from c.1300 to the present day, including numerous works by world-renowned artists. However, only 8 per cent of the collection is on display and the displays have remained the same for the past five years. That all changed on 10 June when the museum unveiled its new displays selected by guest curator Carel Blotkamp, featuring more than 500 artworks in a new configuration that will excite both regular visitors and tourists alike. The idea behind the new display is to create exciting confrontations between old masters and modern art and between well-known and more obscure artworks.
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Handbags offer top investment potential say Barnebys – 8575

The pink crocodile skin bag was sold to an anonymous bidder via telephone beating the £142, 000 previous highest record which was set in 2011 by a gold and diamond Birkin that had belonged to the late Elizabeth Taylor.

The value of branded women’s handbags have gone through the roof and today are one of the most collectable alternate investment categories at auction say Barnebys the art auction search engine.

“So next time your partners says that she wants a handbag and the price horrifies you, just think that it may in fact prove to be an investment,” says Pontus Silfverstolpe, co-founder of Barnebys, the art and collectables search engine and aggregator which tracks trends in this sector. Barnebys hosts 2,000 auction houses on its website and every day it carries some one million objects for sale, making it easy to find what you are looking for in the auction world.
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Opening of reinstalled European galleries at Joslyn Art Museum – Omaha, NE – 8574

Gerard Donck (born before 1610–died after 1640), Portrait of Nicolaes Willemsz. Lossy and his wife Marritgen Pieters, 1633, oil on panel, 18-3/4 x 24-3/4 inches, Museum purchase with funds from the Berchel H. and Alice Dale Harper Estate and bequest of Rose Marie Baumgarten, 2017.2

A new presentation of Joslyn Art Museum’s renowned collection of European art awaits visitors. The reinstallation of the Memorial Building’s five south galleries offers a renewed perspective on the museum’s significant holdings of European art for both long-time patrons and new audiences.

The galleries begin with Medieval, Renaissance, and Baroque artists, continue with eighteenth- and nineteenth-century works by French and British painters, and conclude with Impressionism and the beginnings of modernism. The reinstallation addresses several objectives, including renovating the physical gallery spaces for the first time since 2000; treating paintings and sculpture in need of conservation; and providing up-to-date interpretive content, including new wall labels and in-gallery technology. Most significantly, the Museum has recently acquired four new works for the European collection, all of which are now on view.
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The Olympic Museum launches a new programme dedicated to the art of sports photography – 8573

‘Boy in the bubble’ The water tension is stretched to the limit as Australia swimmer Matt Dunn rises to the surface a split second before breaking the water tension. This image won the World Press Photo of the Year, Sports Singles Category in 1994. Tim Clayton (British, born 1960). Australian Swimmer: Matthew Dunn, 1993. Courtesy of the artist.

The Olympic Museum in Lausanne is celebrating the 8th art from every angle. Highlights of the programme of events include: a major exhibition, “Who Shot Sports: A Photographic History, 1843 to the present” organised by the Brooklyn Museum; a retrospective of “Rio 2016: through the lens of four photographers”; a best of selection of 20 images from the IOC’s collections; and finally, a weekend event dedicated to sports imagery.
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Margate’s Turner Contemporary to host Turner Prize 2019 – 8572

In 2019 the Turner Prize will be presented at Turner Contemporary

The host venue for Turner Prize 2019 will be Turner Contemporary in Margate.

One of the best known prizes for the visual arts in the world, the Turner Prize aims to promote public debate around new developments in contemporary British art. Every other year, the prize leaves Tate Britain and is presented at a venue outside London. In 2019 it will be presented at Turner Contemporary which, since opening in 2011, has had a catalytic effect on social and cultural regeneration in Kent, and has established an international reputation.
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Burne-Jones, Bacon, Freud, Jonas, Albers, Schiele and Léger join Picasso and Heron as Tate highlights in 2018 – 8571

The new Tate Modern Switch House. Photo © Iwan Baan.

Tate today announced the forthcoming highlights of its 2018 programme across all four galleries which include exhibitions of work by ground-breaking figures in painting, performance, textiles, film and photography. A retrospective of the Pre-Raphaelite Edward Burne-Jones and a major show of figurative painting by, among others, Francis Bacon, Lucian Freud, R.B. Kitaj and Paula Rego, will be presented at Tate Britain. Joining Picasso at Tate Modern will be the work of two pioneering women: leading performance and video artist Joan Jonas, and one of the world’s most important exponents of textiles in art, Anni Albers. Two further giants of the 20th century will go on display at Tate Liverpool as part of the gallery’s 30th anniversary celebrations: Egon Schiele and Fernand Léger. In St Ives, the newly-opened spaces will be filled with work by Patrick Heron and a group show of women artists explored through the lens of the life and writings of Virginia Woolf.
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Archives of American Art announces grant to expand its collections on African American art and artists – 8570

Bob Thompson in his studio at 6 Rivington Street, New York. Bob Thompson papers. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.

The Smithsonian’s Archives of American Art announced that it has received a $575,000 grant from the Henry Luce Foundation to support a three-year African American Collecting Initiative. While the Archives has collected the papers and oral histories of important figures in African American art from its founding in 1954, the grant will advance the process of building and strengthening the collection.
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Galerie Urs Meile opens new exhibition space in the 798 Art District in Beijing – 8569

Installation view.

Galerie Urs Meile announced the opening of the new exhibition space in the 798 Art District in Beijing with an inaugural exhibition by Qiu Shihua. The new gallery is located in one of the historical buildings that once made up the Dashanzi factory complex and is now known as the 798 Art District. In recent months the former warehouse has been completely renovated under the direction of the Japanese architect Mitsunori Sano. The 520-square-meter floor plan now contains generous-sized exhibition and reception areas, offices, and storage rooms. Offering perfect conditions for exhibitions featuring its rich and diverse roster of artists, the new venue underlines Galerie Urs Meile’s commitment to the city’s vibrant art scene.
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Barnebys.com: Opening the digital door to the exclusive auction world – 8568

Barnebys.com is changing the 300-year-old auction industry by connecting auctioneers and consumers in an entirely new way. Buyers at all price points anywhere in the world now have access to unique auction items, and a treasure trove of price data from across the globe.

The fastest growing art market platform in the world, Barnebys.com quietly launched in the U.S. in 2016. Bolstered by a recent round of venture capital, the Scandinavian start up is preparing to take the U.S. art, antiques, vintage and collectibles market by storm. Continue reading “Barnebys.com: Opening the digital door to the exclusive auction world – 8568”

Eleventh edition of Blickachsen Sculpture Biennale focuses on artists from Austria – 8567

Abraham David Christian, Interconnected Sculpture, 2017.

37 artists with some 80 works are on display in Bad Homburg and seven further locations in the Rhine-Main region for the eleventh “Blickachsen” Sculpture Biennale from 21 May to 1 October.

The eleventh edition of “Blickachsen”, curated by Christian K. Scheffel and Dr. Maria Schneider, presents some 80 works by 37 artists. The list of participants reveals a diverse and exciting spectrum of sculptural positions of the recent past, right up to the present day. The focus is on artists from Austria, thanks to the fruitful co-operation with the Museum Liaunig in Carinthia, this year’s partner museum for “Blickachsen”.
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Europeana Photography opens up Europe’s rich photographic heritage – 8566

Frinton Tennis Tournament – Miss. J.E. Stevens and Mrs. Craddock, July 15th 1929, © TopFoto/Alfieri.

Europeana and PHOTOCONSORTIUM are launching Europeana Photography, an online collection bringing together and sharing a vast archive of historical images. Featuring early photography from some of Europe’s finest historical collections, Europeana Photography is the latest thematic collection to be published on Europeana Collections, joining Europeana Art, Europeana Music and Europeana Fashion.
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Barnebys outlines the growth of the celebrity market – 8565

A stunning scarlet red dress worn by Marilyn Monroe made £120,000 at Christie’s.

Among the million objects listed daily for sale on Barnebys search engine, provided by some 2,000 auction houses globally, there is a significant and growing amount of so called celebrity memorabilia.

This area of collecting is seeing a huge growth in prices paid. Take just one item, the little gingham dress worn by Judy Garland as ‘Dorothy’ in the Wizard of Oz. In 2012 it sold for $490,000 and just two years later this plain simple little blue gingham dress worn by Judy Garland in the 1939 movie sold for $1.56m at auction in New York.
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Bilbao Fine Arts Museum hosts two important works executed by El Greco – 8564

The presentation of two important works from the collection of the Museo del Greco (Toledo), Portrait of Antonio de Covarrubias y Leiva and Portrait of Diego de Covarrubias y Leiva, two oil paintings of the same size (68 x 57 cm) executed by El Greco around 1600, provide the starting point for this new edition of the Guest Work programme, which will be accompanied by various lectures and encounters with experts and artists aimed at strengthening the visiting public’s involvement in this programme.
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Cincinnati Art Museum receives $11.75 million gift towards art of South Asia, Iran and Afghanistan – 8563

A landmark $11.75 million gift to the Cincinnati Art Museum to establish the Alice Bimel Endowment for Asian Art was announced at the museum’s 137th Annual Meeting of the Shareholders of the Cincinnati Museum Association on May 15. The largest single monetary gift in the museum’s history, the endowment will enhance collections in the arts of South Asia, Greater Iran and Afghanistan.

During their lifetimes, the Bimels developed a fascination with South Asian art of all periods and extended their interests to include the regions of Greater Iran and Afghanistan. Their gifts to the Cincinnati Art Museum followed closely their own art collecting, study and travel interests. In sum, Alice and Carl Bimel generously donated more than $14 million in addition to significant collection objects to the museum.
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Artist Profile: James Buttersworth – 8562

Yacht Julia Racing (c.1871). Available at Barnebys.

From the 17th to 19th century, the maritime genre in painting reached its peak popularity, with a number of artists from Rembrandt to Hokusai depicting the dangers of the sea and sailing; amongst these artists was James E. Buttersworth.

Buttersworth was born in London, England in 1817, with a future as a maritime artist predestined by his family’s history in this occupation. His father, Thomas Buttersworth, was of particular importance to the genre, drawing upon his experiences as a sailor during the Napoleonic Wars (1803-1815). Unlike his son, Thomas did not receive much recognition for his work until after his death.
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Belgium celebrates ‘Year of Magritte’ with art exhibits – 8561

René Magritte © C.H./ADAGP Paris, 2017.

Fifty years after René Magritte’s death, the Atomium pays a unique tribute to one of the great figures of the Belgian Surrealist movement.

From 21 September 2017, the Atomium invites both the young and the not-so-young to discover René Magritte through a fun experience full of surprises. Certain key works by the major Belgian Surrealist artist will be displayed in an innovative scenography. Visitors will be immersed in the Surrealist universe of René Magritte, whose paintings will be transformed into exhibition sets, split into sections for close examination. Enter the magical world of Belgium’s greatest artist. Weave your way around his bowler-hatted figures, his clouds and birds. Discover the secret messages hidden in his paintings, explore the extraordinary and captivating settings depicted in his masterpieces.
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Moderna Museet announces the curatorial team for the Moderna Exhibition 2018 – 8560

The Moderna Exhibition 2018 Joa Ljungberg, Santiago Mostyn and Lawen Mohtadi, curatorial team of the Moderna Exhibition 2018. Photo: Albin Dahlström/Moderna Museet.

In 2018, it is once again time for the Moderna Exhibition – Moderna Museet’s quadrennial survey of the Swedish art scene. This time, the mission goes to Joa Ljungberg, Santiago Mostyn and Lawen Mohtadi, who will research Swedish contemporary art and present their findings in an exhibition that opens at Moderna Museet in Stockholm in autumn 2018.
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Artist Profile: Zao Wou-Ki – 8559

Zao Wou-ki, 20.2.76 (1977). Available at Barnebys.

Zao Wou-Ki was born in the Chinese capital of Beijing in 1921 and spent his childhood learning the art of calligraphy; he would later abandon his Eastern roots to explore his artistic talents in the West. As a teenager, Zao received formal training at the now-historic China Academy of Art – the nation’s first art university – studying painting there for a period of six years. In his late 20s, the artist relocated to Paris with his first wife, Lalan, a musical composer.
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Desire, love, identity: British Museum explores LGBTQ histories – 8558

Silver medallion with the bust of Hadrian (r. AD117-38). Minted in Rome, AD119-122. © Trustees of the British Museum.

2017 is the 50th anniversary of the passing of the Sexual Offences Act in July 1967. This legislation partially decriminalised homosexuality in England and Wales and marks an important milestone in the campaign for equality. The display Desire, love, identity: exploring LGBTQ histories marks this anniversary. There will also be an accompanying trail highlighting fourteen key objects in the permanent galleries.
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Major work by William Stott of Oldham secured for the British public at Tate – 8557

William Stott of Oldham, Le Passeur (The Ferryman), 1882. Tate.

Widely regarded as the crowning achievement of the artist’s career, Le Passeur (The Ferryman) 1881 by William Stott of Oldham (1847 -1900) has been secured for the British public through major gifts from The National Lottery, The Hintze Family Charitable Foundation and Art Fund (with a contribution from The Wolfson Foundation).

The work will tour to four UK-partner galleries: Oriel y Parc Gallery and Visitor Centre, Southampton City Art Gallery, Gallery Oldham and Aberdeen Art Gallery, thanks to The National Lottery, the John Ellerman Foundation and Art Fund.
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