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Posted: Monday, 21-11-2016

NEW YORK, NY.- Paddle8 announces Brett Ratner’s Hilhaven Lodge: Select Works from one of Hollywood’s Most Storied Homes, an auction featuring selections from the personal collection of film director and producer Brett Ratner.

Proceeds from the auction will benefit The Simon Wiesenthal Center and the Museum of Tolerance in Los Angeles, where Mr. Ratner is a member of the Board of Trustees. Bidding will be live on, the premier online collecting destination, from November 21 through December 6, 2016.

Posted: Thursday, 17-11-2016

NEW YORK CITY.- A Claude Monet painting, "Meule," part of his famous grainstack series, sold at auction in New York Wednesday for 81.4 million dollars, a record for the French master, Christie's said.

The previous record was in June 2008. At the time, "Bassin aux nympheas" ("Water Lilies") took $ 80.4 million at a sale in London.

The final price, which includes fees and commission, crushed Christie's pre-sale estimate of $45 million.

The auction lasted nearly fifteen minutes, an unusual length for a sale of this format.

Posted: Monday, 14-11-2016

NEW YORK CITY -- At Rockefeller Center yesterday -- milling outside Christie’s sales rooms where private clients sipped mimosas as they took in one of Monet’s grainstacks — people in the art world sounded guardedly optimistic about how the auctions will perform this week, after a period of uncertainty exacerbated by the contentious American presidential election, Britain’s “Brexit” vote in June, and China’s slowing economy.

Posted: Saturday, 12-11-2016

BENTONVILLE, ARK.- Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art opened its doors five years ago on November 11, 2011 after years of planning and construction. Since then, the museum has welcomed over 2.7 million people from all around the world.

When Crystal Bridges was proposed, annual attendance was estimated at some 150,000 to 250,000 guests. Attendance exceeded expectations from the onset, with more than 650,000 visitors in the first year and 500-600,000 in the years since. Approximately 50 percent of the visitors are new to the museum, while 50 percent are returning.

Posted: Wednesday, 02-11-2016

LENS, FRANCE.- French President Francois Hollande on Tuesday said the Louvre could house threatened treasures from Iraq, Syria and other war-torn countries at a secure site in northern France.

The precious items could be placed in safe keeping at a conservation facility due to open in 2019 in Lievin, 200 kilometres (120 miles) north of Paris, he said.

"The prime mission of the Lievin site will be to house the Louvre Museum's stored collection," Hollande said at a ceremony to unveil a plaque marking the site.

Posted: Monday, 31-10-2016

NEW YORK, NY.- The narrative of Andy Warhol’s significant Death and Disaster series was escalated by the masterful achievement of Jackie, 1964, which headlines the Post-War & Contemporary Art auction on Nov. 15 at Bonhams New York.

Painted the year following President John F. Kennedy’s tragic and widely-broadcasted assassination, Warhol’s Jackie (estimate U.S. $600,000-800,000) explores contemporary celebrity culture and the media frenzy surrounding the events of November 1963.

Posted: Sunday, 30-10-2016

NEW YORK, NY.- In keeping with the current election rancor, Sotheby’s has managed to include Norman Rockwell’s Which One? (Undecided; Man in Voting Booth) as a major highlight of their 21 November 2016 auction of American Art in New York.

Depicting the public sentiment leading up to the presidential election of 1944, in which President Franklin Delano Roosevelt ran against Thomas E. Dewey, this painting epitomizes Rockwell’s signature style, combining relatability and intellect, humor and all-American pride.

Posted: Saturday, 29-10-2016

PARIS.- Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac is presenting an exhibition featuring the most important sculpture by Marcel Duchamp to be on the market for many years.

The Porte-bouteilles (Bottle Rack, pictured here), dated 1959, is considered one of the most influential sculptures from the 20th century.

The exhibition curated around this seminal work opened in the Paris Marais gallery on 20 October 2016, a year which also commemorates the 100th anniversary of the term readymade, that Duchamp first coined in 1916 in a letter to his sister Suzanne.

Posted: Friday, 28-10-2016

NEW YORK, NY.- NTT DOCOMO’s original set of 176 emoji have been added to the MoMA collection.

Developed under the supervision of Shigetaka Kurita and released for cell phones in 1999, these 12 x 12 pixel humble masterpieces of design planted the seeds for the explosive growth of a new visual language.

From its founding in 1991 by the Japanese national carrier Nippon Telegraph and Telephone, NTT DOCOMO was at the forefront of the burgeoning field of mobile communications.

Posted: Thursday, 27-10-2016

NEW YORK, NY.- Paul Kasmin Gallery announces the forthcoming exhibition, Impasse Ronsin, which will be on view at 515 West 27th Street from October 28th – December 23rd, 2016.

Taking as its focus the historic Parisian alley once home to the studios of Constantin Brancusi, William N. Copley, Max Ernst, Yves Klein, Les Lalanne, Larry Rivers, Niki de Saint Phalle, Jean Tinguely and numerous other seminal 20th-century artists, the exhibition will include work by these artists in an elaborate installation designed to embody the collaborative atmosphere of the Impasse Ronsin.

Posted: Tuesday, 25-10-2016

BEVERLY HILLS, CA.- The world's earliest-known stone inscription of the 10 Commandments — one of the most important documents in history, and a "national treasure" of Israel — will be offered Nov. 16, 2016 by Heritage Auctions in the Properties of the Living Torah Museum Auction in Beverly Hills, California.

The tablet is the centerpiece of an offering of Bible-related historical artifacts, all thoroughly researched and authenticated, owned by the Living Torah Museum in Brooklyn, New York.

The tablet has an opening bid of $250,000.

Posted: Tuesday, 18-10-2016

PARIS.- The Réunion des musées nationaux-Grand Palais, the Secretaría de Cultura / Instituto Nacional de Bellas Artes / Museo Nacional de Arte, México (MUNAL), have joined together to organize an exhibition that traces a vast panorama across modern Mexico, from the first stirrings of the Revolution to the middle of the 20th century, complemented by a number of works from contemporary artists.

Posted: Sunday, 16-10-2016

FORT WORTH, TX.- This groundbreaking exhibition is the first ever devoted to the young genius of Claude Monet. Monet: The Early Years will feature approximately 60 paintings from the first phase of the artist’s career, from his Normandy debut in 1858 until 1872, when he settled in Argenteuil, on the River Seine near Paris.

Posted: Thursday, 13-10-2016

MEXICO CITY.- The Secretaría de Cultura presents, as part of some of the most important activities of the Dual Year Mexico- Germany, the exhibition Otto Dix Violencia y pasión a display organized by the Museo Nacional de Arte INBA (MUNAL), the Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Monterrey (MARCO) and the Goethe-Institut Mexiko.

Posted: Tuesday, 11-10-2016

LONDON.- On 9 November 2016, Sotheby’s in London will present the first Chinese firearm with an imperial reign mark to be offered at auction. Created for the Qianlong Emperor of the Manchu Qing dynasty – arguably the greatest collector and patron of the arts in Chinese history – this brilliantly designed and exquisitely crafted musket, produced in the imperial workshops, is to be sold with an estimate of £1,000,000-1,500,000 (US$1,330,000-1,990,000).

Posted: Monday, 10-10-2016

MADRID.- Following the donation made last year by Plácido Arango, the Museo del Prado is organizing a new special presentation which on this occasion brings together a group of works within the donation that all share the same subject-matter, that of the Immaculate Conception, one of the most frequently depicted themes among Spanish Golden Age artists, which they used to express changing ideals of female beauty.

Posted: Friday, 30-09-2016

NEW YORK, NY.- In the mid-1940s, French artist Jean Dubuffet (1901–1985) shocked the art establishment with his paintings inspired by children’s drawings, graffiti, and the art of psychiatric patients.

Rejecting conventional notions of beauty and good taste, Dubuffet asserted that invention and creativity could only be found outside traditional cultural channels. In his efforts to emulate the immediacy of the untrained and untutored, he often turned to drawing, a medium in which he could indulge his passion for research and experimentation.

Posted: Thursday, 29-09-2016

LONDON.- Masterpieces of English medieval embroidery from the V&A’s world-class collections are reunited with works returning to England for the first time since they were created 700 years ago, in the largest exhibition on the subject in half a century.

Due to the age and extreme fragility of these dazzling embroideries, the show, which runs until 5 February 2017 at the Museum, is probably the last time an exhibition of such scale will ever be staged.

Posted: Tuesday, 27-09-2016

NEW YORK, NY.- Hundreds of pieces of art collected by late rock legend David Bowie went on display yesterday at Sotheby's in New York ahead of an auction, including works by modern greats Jean-Michel Basquiat and Damien Hirst.

Bowie, who died in January from an undisclosed battle with cancer, avidly followed the art world but was discreet about his buying.

Posted: Monday, 26-09-2016

MOSCOW.- Pro-Kremlin activists yesterday threw urine on pictures by a controversial U.S. photographer at a Moscow gallery and forced the show's closure after a government advisor condemned the images as "child pornography".

The exhibition showed pictures by Jock Sturges, a well-known photographer whose nude images of children have regularly prompted accusations of paedophilia, which he denies.

Posted: Sunday, 25-09-2016

PARIS.- The exhibition “Magritte: La trahison des images” offers a completely new approach to the work of the Belgian artist René Magritte.

Featuring both well-known masterpieces and other less familiar works, all drawn from leading public and private collections, it offers a fresh look at one of the key figures of Modern art.

Posted: Saturday, 24-09-2016

LIEGE.- Legendary French art dealer Paul Rosenberg, who championed names such as Matisse, Picasso and Braque before being forced to flee Paris during the Second World War, is honored in a new exhibition in Belgium.

The exhibition is based on a book written by Rosenberg's grand daughter, the renowned French political journalist Anne Sinclair, who is pictured here in front of a photo of her grandfather. The book tells the story of his gallery and the iconic artworks that passed through it.

Posted: Tuesday, 20-09-2016

OXFORD.- The Ashmolean has opened a historic display of Rembrandt’s four earliest paintings, reuniting them for the first time in public.

Hearing, Touch, Smell and Sight are the four surviving panels from Rembrandt’s Five Senses series, created around 1624−5 when the artist was still a teenager.

Posted: Monday, 19-09-2016

LONDON.- This November, Sotheby’s will offer at auction the celebrated private collection of Picasso ceramics assembled by Lord and Lady Attenborough.

Renowned for its quality and prescience, the collection was built with the tradition of an annual pilgrimage to the South of France, where Lord Attenborough, his wife Sheila, and their children enjoyed holidays at their summer home, not far from the town of Vallauris.

Posted: Saturday, 17-09-2016

NEW YORK, NY.- Christie’s announces Wassily Kandinsky’s Rigide et courbé as a highlight of its November 16th Impressionist and Modern Art Evening Sale in New York. Rigide et courbé (Rigid and Curved) is one of the most celebrated and dynamic compositions, of grand scale.

The canvas is densely packed with lively geometric vignettes and a thoughtfully textured surface composed of sand mixed with paint, a technique Kandinsky used only in his Paris paintings of 1934-1935.

Posted: Friday, 16-09-2016

NEW YORK, NY.- A new, site-specific work by Maurizio Cattelan opens at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum on September 16, 2016.

For Maurizio Cattelan: “America”, the artist replaces a toilet in one of the museum’s public restrooms with a fully functional replica cast in solid gold.

Cattelan is often described as the art world’s resident prankster and provocateur; this installation is the first artwork he has produced since his 2011–12 Guggenheim retrospective, Maurizio Cattelan: All, which initiated the artist’s self-imposed exile.

Posted: Wednesday, 14-09-2016

LONDON.- All of ArtKabinett's regular readers know how much we love an exhibition that thinks outside the box, when it comes to displaying art in unusual settings. In the past, we have written about shows in underground car-parks, under river bunkers and decommissioned police stations and prisons. Well, here is another one added to our top list.

Posted: Tuesday, 13-09-2016

NEW YORK, NY.- Christie’s will highlight its November 15th Evening Sale of Post-War and Contemporary Art with Jean Dubuffet’s Les Grandes Artères, 1961 ($15-20 million).

Les Grandes Artères is a masterful canvas from Dubuffet’s celebrated Paris Circus series*, a body of work which is regarded by many Dubuffet scholars as marking the pinnacle of the artist’s career.

With its vibrant palette, sense of energy and the individuality that Dubuffet instills in each of his characters, Les Grandes Artères, is one of the artist’s most accomplished compositions from Paris Circus.

Posted: Monday, 12-09-2016

PARIS.- From September 9 to December 18, 2016, The Fondation Henri Cartier-Bresson dedicates an exhibition to the American photographer, Louis Faurer.

This show is the occasion to discover this artist who has not been the subject of an exhibition in France since 1992.

Posted: Friday, 09-09-2016

NORWICH, ENGLAND.- An extraordinary art world mystery relating to a missing painting by the famous Belgian surrealist artist, René Magritte (1898 – 1967) is inching closer to being solved due to an exciting recent discovery in Norwich.

Dr Giorgia Bottinelli, Curator of Historic Art, Norwich Castle Museum & Art Gallery explains: “We have discovered that the painting La Condition humaine (The human Condition) of 1935 by René Magritte, in the collection of Norfolk Museums Service, provides another piece in an international art world jigsaw puzzle.