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Posted: Saturday, 26-09-2015

FLORENCE -- The Biennale Internazionale di Antiquariato di Firenze has unveiled a bold intervention that juxtaposes two large sculptural works by Jeff Koons with architecture and artworks of the Florentine Renaissance, including works by Donatello (1386-1466) and Michelangelo (1475-1564).

Art collectors of ArtKabinett social media network will appreciate his mixture of contemporary and Renaissance art.

Initiated by Fabrizio Moretti, director of the Biennale and curated by art historian Sergio Risaliti, “Jeff Koons: In Florence” is on show until December 28, 2015 in the Room of the Lilies at Palazzo Vecchio and at the Piazza della Signoria

Posted: Friday, 25-09-2015

LONDON -- Sotheby’s Frieze-week sales will be led by one of the greatest works of post-war Italian art ever to appear at auction: Lucio Fontana’s Concetto Spaziale, La Fine di Dio (The End of God), 1963.

Art collectors of ArtKabinett social media network are eager to bid in this extraordinary art sale.

Never previously offered at auction and last exhibited over 30 years ago, Fontana’s masterpiece, shown here, is estimated at a £15-20m (the current record for the artist stands at £13.1m).

This human-sized black egg, which has been violently punched, stabbed, gashed and gouged with the artist’s bare hands, creating an almost lunar surface, is considered the “holy grail” for collectors of Fontana.

Posted: Thursday, 24-09-2015

PARIS -- Sir Anish Kapoor’s controversial sculpture installed last summer in Versailles Palace gardens is to be coated in gold leaf to cover anti-Semitic graffiti which has recently appeared on the artwork.

Art collectors of ArtKabinett social media network have been following this spectacle over the past several weeks.

The piece, titled Dirty Corner, was vandalized several times since it was opened to the public in June.

The artist has refused to clean the graffiti off the sculpture in order to highlight intolerance in society. But the council in Versailles ruled that the graffiti must be erased and an alarm installed. The British-Asian artist has chose to gild over the slogans - calling it his "royal response" to the vandalism.

Posted: Wednesday, 23-09-2015

LONDON -- The government-run property company that generates income for Queen Elizabeth II agreed to convey a house on the London street known as “Billionaires Row".

Art collectors of Art Kabinett social media network would enjoy displaying some of their private art in this house.

The home on Kensington Palace Gardens, the U.K.’s most expensive street, is being offered by the Crown Estate for almost 85 million pounds ($132 million), reveal a source who asked not to be identified because the process is private. The home has 10 bedrooms, according to the real estate website Zoopla.

Posted: Saturday, 19-09-2015

NEW YORK CITY -- Sotheby’s obtained an additional $200 million in credit to finance guarantees, the auctioneer of fine art and collectibles said in a regulatory filing, as the firm and its competitors gear up for their major sales in New York during November.

A group of lenders, led by General Electric Capital Corp., increased New York-based Sotheby’s credit line to $800 million from $600 million through next February, according to this week's filing.

Posted: Friday, 18-09-2015

LOS ANGELES -- When he arrived in Los Angeles more than 50 years ago, Eli Broad once said, he found himself in a city without a cultural center. So the billionaire arts patron decided to build one.

On Sept. 20, that effort takes a major step forward with the opening of The Broad, a shining, pop-art styled museum holding 2,000 works by arguably every important contemporary artist of the past 60 years.

Art collectors of ArtKabinett social media network will be in line for the grand opening this Sunday.

The $140 million project featuring 50,000 square feet of exhibition space is the most recent accomplishment in Broad's ongoing effort to remake a once seedy section of downtown Los Angeles into the cultural arts center he has long envisioned.

Posted: Thursday, 17-09-2015

PARIS -- The Swiss art dealer Yves Bouvier, the head of art storage, shipping, and servicing company Natural Le Coultre, as well as the Geneva, Luxembourg, and Singapore freeports, -- who was previously arrested in Monaco on suspicion of defrauding art collectors -- was questioned yesterday, by a judge here who is investigating the case of the alleged theft of approximately 60 works of art by Picasso.

Art collectors of Art Kabinett social media network are aware of the fraudulent allegations against this international art dealer.

The judge, Isabelle Rich-Flament, is investigating a complaint from the daughter of the artist’s wife Jacqueline Picasso that was filed in March.

Posted: Wednesday, 16-09-2015

NEW YORK CITY -- Beginning this week, Dominique Lévy Gallery is pleased to present Gego: Autobiography of a Line, the first in a pair of exhibitions in New York and London celebrating the legacy of German-born Venezuelan artist Gego (Gertrude Goldschmidt [1912 – 1994]).

Art collectors of Art Kabinett social media network are excited about this important retrospective exhibition.

In Gego’s intricate wire sculpture, line becomes a newly dimensional language with which to describe architectural space and engage the human body. Her practice is defined by radical abstraction, giving deeper narrative to forms both graceful and monstrous.

Gego's most popular works were produced in the 1960s and 1970s, during the height of popularity of Geometric abstract art and Kinetic Art.

Posted: Monday, 14-09-2015

LONDON -- The painting Arab in Black by South Africa’s leading artist, Irma Stern, sold at Bonhams sale of South African Art held here last week for £842,500 (R17.5m).

Art collectors of Art Kabinett social media network are hopeful that the historic painting will be publicly exhibited.

It is the most expensive South African painting sold this year. Bonhams Head of South African Art, Hannah O’Leary said, “This powerful image from Stern’s highly regarded Zanzibar period, is one of the artist’s finest works. It also has a fascinating past ­-- from an important role in the political history of South Africa to its recent fate as a notice board in a modest London apartment.”

Posted: Saturday, 12-09-2015

LONDON -- In December of last year, campaigners stated that Banksy’s 'Art Buff' mural might end up returning to Folkestone, after the work reportedly failed to sell at Art Basel Miami.

Art collectors of ArtKabinett social media network knew that selling the painting on the open market would be difficult because the work had not been authenticated by Pest Control, the company that issues paperwork for genuine Banksys.

Now, a London judge Richard Arnold ruled that the mural, which had once been valued at about $720,000, or £466,000, must be returned to Folkestone, where it was originally painted.

The work was created last year on the side of an amusement arcade called Dreamland.

Posted: Friday, 11-09-2015

LOS ANGELES -- Nine Warhol prints of Jewish icons including Sigmund Freud and Gertrude Stein have gone missing from the walls of a movie editing studio in Los Angeles.

Art collectors of ArtKabinett social media network know that it will be hard for the thief to sell the these iconic silkscreens.

The works are thought to be valued at $350,000, have been surreptitiously replaced by an industrious individual who had reportedly created fakes to replace the originals versions of the works and secretly installed the new works in place of the originals.

This particular art crime only came to light when a member of the business took the works to a framer who realized that the works were indeed fake, leading to a police investigation.

Posted: Thursday, 10-09-2015

HELSINKI -- Helene Schjerfbeck, one of the most important and renowned artists of the entire Nordic region, was famously reticent in her lifetime, paying little interest to her public profile.

Some 60 years following her death, her international breakthrough was made in 2007 with her first major retrospective exhibition outside the Nordic countries.

Schjerfbeck’s profile will gather further momentum this winter when three works by the artist will be offered for sale by Sotheby’s in London on 16 December 2015 in the context of the company’s auction of 19th Century European Paintings.

Art collectors of ArtKabinett social media network are eager to view these works at auction.

Posted: Wednesday, 09-09-2015

NEW YORK CITY - A. Alfred Taubman’s enormous art collection will be liquidated in a series of dedicated auctions beginning this autumn in New York.

Art collectors of ArtKabinett social media network can't wait to get their hands on the auction catalogue which will display one of the world's best private art collections.

The Alfred Taubman collection, which comprises more than 500 works stretching from antiquity to contemporary art, is valued in excess of $500 million, making it the most valuable private collection ever offered at auction.

A. Alfred Taubman, the former owner of Sotheby's, was a self-made billionaire, who developed the concept of the modern shopping center.

Posted: Tuesday, 08-09-2015

VERSAILLES -- A massive sculpture commonly referred to as "The Queen's Vagina," currently on display outside of Paris in the gardens of the Palace of Versailles, was spray-painted with anti-Semitic and royalist graffiti on Saturday night.

Art collectors of Art Kabinett social media network have viewed numerous artistic installations in this regal setting.

Vandals defaced the sculpture by artist Anish Kapoor with anti-Semitic phrases such as "SS blood sacrifice," and "the second rape of the nation by deviant Jewish activism." They also scrawled Catholic and royalist statements on the installation, including "Queen sacrificed, twice insulted," and "Christ is king in Versailles."

Posted: Monday, 07-09-2015

DETROIT -- Few institutions have benefited more from the generosity of A. Alfred Taubman, a businessman from Michigan, than the Detroit Institute of Arts, where a wing bears his name. But if you want to see eight masterpieces loaned by Taubman to the museum, you better go tomorrow.

Art collectors of Art Kabinett social media network are familiar with the works on loan to the museum's important collection.

Before his death in April, Taubman, a philanthropist and shopping-mall magnate who at one point was the principal owner of the auction house Sotheby’s, gave the museum tens of millions of dollars and about two dozen artworks that are now part of its permanent collection.

Posted: Sunday, 06-09-2015

DETROIT -- The American Graffiti artist Shepard Fairey, who was charged in Detroit with causing criminal damage after allegedly vandalizing several buildings during his residency in the city, will now have his day in court.

Art collectors of Art Kabinett social media network have viewed the graffiti art sprayed by Fairey throughout the Detroit area -- none of it sanctioned by the city.

The artist was returning from a ‘Spraycation’ installing his largest exhibition to date at CAC Málaga in Spain, when he was arrested for vandalism.

Agents at the Los Angeles Airport intercepted the street artist as he returned home from a European trip, according to Douglas Baker, Detroit Law Department's chief of criminal enforcement.

Posted: Saturday, 05-09-2015

LONDON -- Fortnum & Mason, the posh London department store that traces its history to 1707, has closed its Fountain brasserie after 60 years, and plans to replace it with a destination restaurant oozing the old-fashioned glamour of a bygone age.

Art collectors of ArtKabinett social media network recognize the spot as a fashionable rest stop when visiting the London art scene.

The new entity, '45 Jermyn St.', will be open from 7 a.m. until late and will accommodate as many as 113 guests at tables, booths, and a long bar.

The menu will move through breakfast options such as buttermilk pancakes through Dover sole and other traditional dishes, to modern options such as vegetable carpaccio with tarragon salsa verde. There will also be a late-night supper menu.

Posted: Thursday, 03-09-2015

ROTTERDAM -- Hieronymus Bosch's work, The Haywain Triptych, a work considered to be an important Dutch masterpiece, is returning to the Netherlands this Autumn for two major exhibitions.

Art collectors of Art Kabinett social media network are looking forward to viewing this work in its native land.

The event marks the first time the painting sets foot on Dutch soil in 450 years. Spain's King Philip II was an avid collector of the artist, and acquired the three panel painting for his private collection in 1570.

The work is currently in the possession of the Museo Nacional del Prado in Madrid, founded in the nineteenth century to showcase works of art belonging to the crown.

Posted: Wednesday, 02-09-2015

NEW YORK CITY -- Lion Heart Autographs, an internationally recognized dealer of autographs and manuscripts focusing on art, history, literature, music and science, has announced an extraordinary auction of three very rare and previously unknown artifacts recovered from survivors of the RMS Titanic’s infamous Lifeboat No. 1, known the world over as “The Millionaire’s Boat,” or “The Money Boat.”

ArtKabinett collector members will be interested in viewing these extraordinary ephemera.

Lifeboat No. 1 was lowered from the Titanic with just five wealthy passengers and seven crew members, who quickly rowed away without trying to rescue anyone else.

Posted: Tuesday, 01-09-2015

NEW YORK CITY -- The Roy Lichtenstein Foundation, in collaboration with Gagosian New York, has announced a rare public re-creation display of "Roy Lichtenstein: Greene Street Mural.”

Art collectors of Art Kabinett social media network are eager to visit this historic installation.

The artwork, pictured here, was created in December 1983 by Lichtenstein as an unprecedented, site-specific, and temporary wall painting measuring 18' × 96 1/2' at the Castelli Gallery at 142 Greene Street.

In accordance with Lichtenstein's intention, the work was destroyed after the six-week show.

Posted: Monday, 31-08-2015

MOSCOW -- So you think the ISIS destruction of art and architecture is isolated?

On Sunday over a thousand Russians protested in Saint Petersburg after a one-hundred-year old relief sculpture of a mythical demon was destroyed by a group calling themselves ‘The Cossacks of Saint Petersburg’, highlighting the increased religious intolerance under President Vladimir Putin.

Art collectors of Art Kabinett social media network are enraged by this brazen destruction of architectural heritage.

The figure of Mephistopheles, a bat-winged creature on Lakhtinskaya Street, dated from 1910. It was said to depict the Russian opera singer Feodor Chaliapin, famed for his role of Mephistopheles.

Posted: Sunday, 30-08-2015

ISLAMIC CALIPHATE -- 3D imaging cameras are to be distributed widely in the Middle East in order to record and preserve ancient sites which have become the target of the rogue terrorist organization Islamic State.

Art collectors of Art Kabinett social media network view this maneuver as a pathetic attempt to preserve human heritage, where international political seems to be lacking.

Several thousand locals with a knowledge of archaeological sites and an interest in photography will be recruited to capture images, as part of a project by Oxford and Harvard archaeologists and academics.

The results of the project will allow 3D printers to rebuild replicas of damaged buildings and artifacts. This move follows the destruction of World Heritage Sites in Iraq and Syria.

Posted: Saturday, 29-08-2015

HONG KONG -- Sotheby’s will present The Cowdray Pearls, one of the finest and rarest grey pearl necklaces known (estimate US$4.5–7 million), at its Magnificent Jewels and Jadeite Autumn Sale to take place on 7 October at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre.

Art collectors of ArtKabinett social media network recognize this sale as one of the great jewelry opportunities of all time.

Formerly in the collection of Viscountess Cowdray, Lady Pearson (1860 – 1932), a distinguished connoisseur and collector, this magnificent necklace strung and mounted by Cartier comprises 42 extremely rare and superb natural grey saltwater pearls well-matched in luster, shape and size, and is accompanied by a pair of natural grey pearl earrings, mounts by Cartier London.

Posted: Friday, 28-08-2015

LONDON -- David Zwirner gallery presents a comprehensive exhibition of paintings and sculptures by the Cuban group of abstract painters Los Diez Pintores Concretos (Ten Concrete Painters), which was active from 1959 to 1961.

Art collectors of ArtKabinett social media network are impressed with this highly curated exhibition, coming at a time of renewed international focus on Cuba.

Concrete Cuba highlights the origins of concretism in Cuba during the 1950s, and will include important works by the artists who were at different times associated with the short-lived group:

Pedro Álvarez, Wifredo Arcay, Mario Carreño, Salvador Corratgé, Sandú Darié, Luis Martínez Pedro, Alberto Menocal, José Mijares, Pedro de Oraá, José Ángel Rosabal, Loló Soldevilla, and Rafael Soriano.

Posted: Thursday, 27-08-2015

MOSCOW -- The Turner Prize winning British artist Anish Kapoor is to exhibit in Moscow this autumn at the Jewish Museum and Tolerance Center.

Art collectors of ArtKabinett social media network cannot wait for this exciting show.

The exhibition will include three major sculptures from integral though distinct bodies of work in the artist's sculptural language: voids, mirrors, and the auto-generated. Rendered in pigment, steel and wax, the works epitomize Kapoor's manipulation of matter to create a landscape and geology that is both other and sublime.

The installation will be accompanied by the first monographic publication of Kapoor's work in Russian and the artist will give a public talk in the Museum alongside the opening.

Posted: Wednesday, 26-08-2015

TAIPEI -- A rather unfortunate accident occurred when a 12-year-old boy visited Taipei's Huashan 1914 Creative Park this past Sunday.

The boy tripped and inadvertently punched a hole in a Paolo Porpora painting valued at $1.5 million, or £950,000 as he was trying to keep his balance.

Art collectors of Art Kabinett social media network are always concerned when children have close proximity to important artworks.

The boy was with a guided tour group visiting the exhibition "The Face of Leonardo, Images of a Genius," which gathers 55 paintings by key artists starting from the Italian Renaissance and going up to the 20th century - Focus Taiwan reports.

Posted: Tuesday, 25-08-2015

PALMYRA, SYRIA -- Islamic State militants have blown up the Syrian World Heritage site of Palmyra.

Art collectors of Art Kabinett social media network view this as a crime against humanity.

The ancient temple of Baalshamin, one of the most important ’Silk Road’ ruins, has been reduced to rubble, Syrian officials have confirmed

The temple was blown up on Sunday, Syria's head of antiquities commented. IS took control of Palmyra in May, alerting the community to its imminent destruction.Palmyra is considered one of the ancient world's most important Greco-Roman archaeological sites.

Posted: Monday, 24-08-2015

Weston-super-Mare, U.K. -- If the reports from varying news agencies are correct, then something has gone seriously wrong with Bristol street artist Banksy's latest dystopic theme-park-work, 'Dismaland' -- or is that something has gone right?

Art collectors of Art Kabinett social media network seem to be unable to pre-purchase tickets online due to repeated failures of the website. Is this intentional?

When the Bristol street artist unveiled his newest and surprising creation -- a group show as a biting satire of Disneyland -- the art world was amused and in the most part got the joke.

But as the Grim Reaper rode the electric go-go carts, something was stirring beneath the surface: an (intentionally?) unsatisfying customer experience to hammer home the point perhaps?

Posted: Sunday, 23-08-2015

AMSTERDAM -- A 56-year-old man has been arrested by Dutch police after they believed the individual was attempting to sell a forgery of a Vincent van Gogh painting.

Art collectors of ArtKabinett social media network are glad to see the prevention of this massive art forgery scheme.

The suspect was arrested on suspicion of fraud for attempting to sell what he claimed was a study for Dutch master’s painting The Harvest, which depicts the wheat fields of Arles, France, for €15 million (about $17 million).

The Associated Press reports that the suspect's name is not being released in accordance with Dutch privacy law.

Posted: Saturday, 22-08-2015

BRISTOL, U.K. -- An abandoned castle looming above a scummy moat; a dead Cinderella hanging limply from her crashed pumpkin carriage; a grim reaper hunched over in a bumper car -- these are just a few of the highlights of a new "bemusement park" in England.

Art Collectors of ArtKabinett social media network are heading this weekend to this darkly ironic attraction.

The park, an art exhibit called Dismaland, was commissioned by the mysterious British graffiti artist known as Banksy and opens today in the coastal city, Weston-super-Mare. He calls it a "festival of art, amusements and entry-level anarchism."