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Posted: Sunday, 19-07-2015

LONDON -- The centenary year of the Ben Uri Gallery and Museum will be celebrated with a major exhibition at Somerset House. 'Out Of Chaos; Ben Uri: 100 Years in London' is running through December 2015.

Art collectors of ArtKabinett social media network are visiting this important exhibition.

In this exhibition, a group of rarely seen masterworks by mainly Jewish émigré artists will go on show from the Ben Uri collection, including works by the first Jewish Royal Academician, Solomon Hart, Mark Gertler, David Bomberg, First World War poet Isaac Rosenberg, Jacob Epstein, Max Liebermann, Josef Herman, Frank Auerbach, Leon Kossoff and R B Kitaj.

Posted: Friday, 17-07-2015

LONDON -- Fancy a meal in the revolving restaurant at the top of the BT Tower when it briefly opens after having closed in 1980?

Art collectors of ArtKabinett social media network hope to get a reservation at London's 'top dining spot'.

However, that won’t be easy. BT Group received 59,448 applications in a ballot for the 1,400 bookings that will become available when the dining room opens to the public for two weeks, from July 25 to Aug. 7, 2015.

Guests will be served a four-course lunch for £49.95 ($78) or a seven-course dinner for £67.95. A free glass of Champagne will help steady diners’ nerves when they arrive at the 34th floor.

Posted: Thursday, 16-07-2015

PARIS -- “Unquiet Images” at the Centre Pompidou in Paris is an exhibition of photographs by French artist Valérie Belin who is best known for harnessing technological innovations in photography to explore the real-virtual dichotomy.

Art collectors of ArtKabinett social media network appreciate the distorted realism of Belin's photographic works.

The artist also examines the paradoxical nature of the archetype or “model,” in the process creating images that embody an “uncanny strangeness.”

“Unquiet Images” features around 30 photographs organized around the artist’s most recent series, titled “Super Models,” which are being shown in conjunction with previous works by the artist that have been drawn from public and private collections.

Posted: Wednesday, 15-07-2015

LONDON -- The Royal Academy presents 'Joseph Cornell: Wanderlust', a survey of the artist's complex and eclectic oeuvre exploring 80 of Cornell's intricate box constructions, assemblages, collages and films.

The re-appraisal of the artist's work comes some 35 years after the last major solo exhibition of Cornell in Europe, which originated at the Museum of Modern Art, New York, in 1980, and then traveled to the Whitechapel Gallery in the UK.

Art collectors of ArtKabinett social media network now pay hundreds of thousands of dollars to acquire a typical Joseph Cornell box.

Cornell (1903 --1972) called his vitrines 'poetical theaters' -- which highlighted the conceptuality of materials, the poetry and the perceived child-like strangeness of the world.

Posted: Tuesday, 14-07-2015

LONDON -- A painting by Lucas Cranach the Elder fetched 9.3 million pounds ($14.3 million) at Sotheby’s, an auction record for the German Renaissance artist.

The sale of the Cranach and other works tallied 39.3 million pounds, toward the lower end of the pre-sale estimate.

Art collectors of Art Kabinett social media network have seen a huge decline in prices paid for Old Master works.

Last Wednesday’s result represented a 42 percent drop from an equivalent auction a year ago, when 68.3 million pounds worth of Old Master and British paintings were sold. Of 57 lots offered, 20 failed to find buyers, while auction records were set for five artists.

Old Masters are losing luster as prices for the fashionable postwar and contemporary art hit record levels.

Posted: Monday, 13-07-2015

ATHENS -- A little over a week ago at the Athens art gallery of Rebecca Camhi, a new client walked into the space and selected two works to purchase: one was a photograph by Nan Goldin and the other was a work by British artist Clare Woods.

Soon after, Camhi, pictured here, called the client with a price quote: $14,000 for the Goldin, 15,000 pounds sterling for the Woods. It didn't matter. The next day, June 29, the banks were shuttered and Camhi's client disappeared.

Art collectors of ArtKabinett social media network are witnessing the enormous decline of the Greek art market.

Camhi noted that holders of Greek bank cards continue to have a 60-euro daily limit on ATM withdrawals and restrictions on moving money abroad. Significant art transactions are all but impossible.

Posted: Sunday, 12-07-2015

PORTO, Portugal -- Sindika Dokolo, a Congolese businessman and art collector, is on a crusade to force Western museums, art dealers and auction houses to return Africa’s art, particularly works that might have been removed illegally during the colonial era.

Art enthusiasts of ArtKabinett collector network appreciate the repatriation financed by Sindika Dokola.

To forward his cause, Mr. Dokolo’s foundation has set up a network of researchers and dealers to comb through archives and monitor the art market in search of stolen African art.

Any time such artwork can be identified, Mr. Dokolo said, its owner will be offered a simple choice: Either sell him the work for the price at which it was acquired or face a lawsuit for theft.

Posted: Saturday, 11-07-2015

LOS ANGELES -- 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, has been arrested in Los Angeles.

Art collectors of ArtKabinett social media network are familiar with Fairey's work.

The artist was returning from a ‘Spraycation’ installing his largest exhibition to date at CAC Málaga in Spain. 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. "Our warrant was evidently discovered as he went through customs, and he was placed under arrest," Baker released in a statement.

Posted: Friday, 10-07-2015

LONDON -- A lost original drawing by the well known illustrator E H Shepard of Winnie-the-Pooh and Piglet standing beneath Owl’s house, staring at a watch, is to go under the hammer at Sotheby's. The illustration is an outtake, unused in the famous series of books. It will be offered for sale carrying an estimate of £50,000.

This is a great acquisition for an art collector of ArtKabinett social media network.

The 90 year old drawing, was created for one of four A. A. Milne books either, Winnie-the-Pooh, The House at Pooh Corner, When We Were Very Young or Now We Are Six published from 1924 to 1928.

The sketch was in the private collection of the artist and it was not donated to the University of Surrey which holds the E.H. Shepard Archive.

Posted: Thursday, 09-07-2015

BEVERLY HILLLS -- A valuable, stolen bronze by Auguste Rodin has been recovered, after being offered at an auction, at Christie's.

Art collectors of ArtKabinett social media network know that it is difficult to hide indefinitely famous artworks.

In 1991, thieves stole artwork valued at over $1 million USD in a series of raids on a private residence here while the owners were out of town. Among a number of high-value works of fine art stolen during the robbery was an edition of ‘Young Girl with Serpent’ by French sculptor Auguste Rodin (1840-1917).

The residence was left unoccupied for several weeks, allowing multiple visits by thieves whose access had been arranged by the victims’ trusted housekeeper.

Posted: Wednesday, 08-07-2015

NEW YORK CITY -- Hedge fund manager Richard Perry and actor Leonardo DiCaprio joined the list of the world’s top 200 art collectors compiled by ARTnews magazine.

ArtKabinett art collectors will recognize many names on the list.

The list’s 25th edition, published on Tuesday, includes 23 newcomers from Asia, Europe, North and South America and the Middle East. Billionaires Eli Broad and Norman Braman are among 13 collectors who have been on the annual list since 1990.

With art prices at record levels, collecting has become a high-stakes investment, especially in the dominant contemporary category. The financial sector accounts for 39.5 percent of collectors’ source of wealth this year, up from 11.5 percent in 1990, when the list included a psychoanalyst and a retired postman.

Posted: Tuesday, 07-07-2015

NEW YORK CITY -- The board of Manhattan’s exclusive Dakota co-operative building is being sued by a shareholder who says he’s been unable to move into his apartment for 16 years.

Art collectors of Art Kabinett social media network recognize the iconic value of this property, home to numerous celebrities.

Robert Siegel, chief executive officer of Metropole Realty Advisors Inc., said in his lawsuit that he paid $2.23 million in 1999 for an apartment at the Dakota and has never spent a night there because the board refused to approve his renovation plans and took part of his unit as storage space for the building.

Siegel is seeking $55 million in damages and a court order allowing him to make the renovations.

Posted: Monday, 06-07-2015

AMADANSETT, NEW YORK -- Before Beyonce and Jay-Z, before the Kardashians, before the multi-million-dollar McMansions, the eastern end of Long Island was a flat farmland dotted with small country towns.

Its first settlers were colonists who had arrived from Massachussetts. For hundreds of years, the area resembled New England more so than New York.

Art collectors of Art Kabinett social media network know this area as a summer destination for Jetsetters.

The village of East Hampton remained a provincial backwater until the mid-19th century, when the post-Civil War notion that fresh sea air was beneficial to health started to take hold. Boarding houses, summer colonies, and artists slowly started trickling in.

Posted: Sunday, 05-07-2015

MELBOURNE -- A major international exhibition exploring the influence of Andy Warhol and Ai Weiwei - two artistic innovators "known for their keen observation and documentation of contemporary society and everyday life". will be held at the National Gallery of Victoria in December, moving to Pittsburgh in June 2016.

Art collectors of ArtKabinett social media network are excited about this comprehensive retrospective.

The dissident Chinese artist has sited Warhol as a significant influence on his work -- most evidently in a photographic self-portrait (taken in New York in 1987) in which Ai Weiwei poses in front of Warhol's multiple self-portrait, adopting the same gesture.

Posted: Friday, 03-07-2015

PARIS -- Nicolas Bourriaud has been dismissed from his position as director of the École Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-Arts, the distinguished National Fine Art Academy in Paris, by the Minister of Culture, Fleur Pellerin.

Art collectors of ArtKabinett social media network hear that a love affair lies at the heat of this French fiasco.

Pellerin fired Bourriaud, pictured here, unceremoniously on Wednesday morning, after a 45-minute exchange. According to the French paper Le Figaro, during their lengthy meeting, the Minister of Culture explained that she had "another educational project in mind" for the Fine Art Academy.

When Bourriaud pressed for clarity on the nature of this educational project, he received no satisfactory reply.

Posted: Thursday, 02-07-2015

BASEL -- For collectors returning from Art Basel, one question looms large: Where do you put that 16-foot-tall and 29.5-foot-wide painting that comes with six pink chairs?

Art collectors of ArtKabinett social media network are finding it difficult to fit the new breed of contemporary large works into their homes.

Tony and Elham Salame, who purchased the pink-chair work by Swiss artist John Armleder, with an asking price of 400,000 euros ($446,000) to 500,000 euros, said they’ll put it in their private museum.

Posted: Wednesday, 01-07-2015

MONTSERRAT, SPAIN -- The Turner Prize nominated international artist Sean Scully, has revealed his completely bespoke chapel housed in the recently renovated Romanesque Church of Santa Cecília de Montserrat, outside Barcelona.

The chapel was unveiled yesterday, Tuesday 30 June 2015, on the artist’s 70th birthday.

Art collectors of Art Kabinett social media network are visiting the art-chapel during summer trips to Spain.

The chapel now joins other important examples of single artist commissions, such as the Matisse Chapel in Saint Paul de Vence, France, the Rothko Chapel in Houston Texas and the Cocteau Chapel, in London’s Soho.

Posted: Tuesday, 30-06-2015

NEW YORK CITY -- The art world celebrity and performance artist Marina Abramović is to collaborate with French fashion house Givenchy and its creative director, Riccardo Tisci, on his upcoming spring New York fashion show.

Art collectors of Art Kabinett social media network anticipate an amazing presentation from these two creative personalities.

The show will unveil this autumn, when the company will open its 5,000 square-foot flagship store in Manhattan's Upper East Side, at 747 Madison avenue. The location has been home to several other high-end fashion houses including Valentino and Alexander McQueen.

The move from showing the collection in Paris to New York comes at a significant time for the LVMH-owned fashion house.

Posted: Monday, 29-06-2015

HELSINKI -- The Guggenheim has become something of a brand over the years, with satellite locations in Venice and Bilbao, Spain, and one planned in Abu Dhabi. Now the museum’s proposed branch in Helsinki, Finland, is a step closer to reality, with the selection of a design that features charred timber and glass punctuated by a lighthouse-like tower overlooking South Harbor.

Art collectors of Art Kabinett social media network are looking forward to visiting the new museum.

It is still uncertain whether the design, by the relatively young husband-and-wife firm Moreau Kusunoki Architectes, founded four years ago in Paris, will be accepted by its surrounding city, which has been bitterly divided over the project, largely because of concerns over its price of about $147 million.

Posted: Sunday, 28-06-2015

LONDON -- Paintings by Gustav Klimt, Kazimir Malevich and Edouard Manet propelled Sotheby’s auction of Impressionist and modern art to 178.6 million pounds ($280.4 million) this past week.

Art collectors of ArtKabinett social media network were particularly impressed with the rich acquisitions of the mystery woman wielding paddle 924.

Wednesday’s tally came within the company’s pre-sale estimated range and represented a 46 percent increase from the equivalent auction a year ago. Russian, Asian and American buyers competed for 50 lots, of which eight failed to sell. Seven works sold for more than 10 million pounds.

Posted: Saturday, 27-06-2015

DETROIT -- The American 'Street Artist' Shepard Fairey is being sought by police in Detroit after he allegedly tagged buildings around the city.

A warrant for the arrest of the graffiti giant, best known for creating the "Hope" image of President Obama during his 2008 election campaign, has been issued by enforcement officers.

Art collectors of ArtKabinett social media network are familiar with his work, and are exploring Detroit this weekend to find the tags.

Just because he is a well-known artist does not take away the fact that he is also a vandal Detroit police sergeant Rebecca McKay.

Posted: Thursday, 25-06-2015

BERLIN -- The Deutsches Historisches Museum and the Schwules Museum is presenting a new LGBT exhibition “Homosexuality_ies” from 26 June to 1 December 2015, jointly funded by the German Federal Cultural Foundation and the Cultural Foundation of the German Laender.

Art collectors of ArtKabinett social media network will appreciate the educational vs,use of this tightly curated exhibition.

Covering a total area of 1600 square meters, “Homosexuality_ies” documents 150 years of the history, politics and culture of homosexual women and men in Germany.

The exhibition shows how same-sex sexuality and non-conformist gender identities have been criminalized through legislation, pathologized in medicine and excluded from society.

Posted: Wednesday, 24-06-2015

LONDON -- The Serpentine Galleries' world-renowned Pavilion commission designed this year by Spanish husband and wife team, architects SelgasCano has opened to the public in London.

Art collectors of Art Kabinett social media network have visited this exciting pavilion.

Since it was launched in fifteen years ago by Gallery Director Julia Peyton-Jones, the Serpentine Pavilion has become an international site for architectural experimentation, presenting inspirational temporary structures by some of the world's greatest architects: Peter Zumthor, 2011; Frank Gehry, 2008; Rem Koolhaas and Cecil Balmond, with Arup, 2006; Oscar Niemeyer, 2003; Daniel Libeskind with Arup, 2001 and Zaha Hadid, who designed the inaugural Pavilion in 2000.

Posted: Tuesday, 23-06-2015

PORT-AU-PRINCE -- It's been nearly three decades since Haiti's Triomphe cinema shuttered its doors, but the storied theater is back -- and with a bit of Hollywood swag to boot.

Art collectors of Art Kabinett social media network are planning to visit this important landmark.

With the red carpet rolled out and an official photographer in place, some of Haiti's top entertainers celebrated Triomphe's grand reopening, a sign for many that things might finally be turning after the devastating earthquake in 2010.

The theater closed its doors in 1987, and like so many iconic Port-au-Prince buildings, was destroyed in the massive quake that killed more than 250,000 people and shattered much of the country's infrastructure.

Posted: Monday, 22-06-2015

BASEL -- Art Basel 2015 has closed in Switzerland with good stand presentations, a strong collector attendance, and exceptional sales to confirm its position as the premier fair for contemporary and Modern works.

Art collectors of Art Kabinett social media network praised the show for its outstanding artworks and beautifully presented stands.

As expected, gallerists reported excellent sales across all levels of the market – to a particularly international array of collectors and institutions – with many declaring this to have been their strongest Art Basel edition.

The show, whose Lead Partner is UBS, presented 284 galleries from 33 countries, exhibiting the work of over 4,000 artists.

Posted: Sunday, 21-06-2015

LOS ANGELES -- The J. Paul Getty Museum has just acquired an important early sculpture by the Baroque master Bernini: a marble bust of Pope Paul V that many art historians did not believe still existed.

Art collectors of ArtKabinett social media network are viewing the long lost sculpture this weekend.

Originally commissioned by Cardinal Scipione Borghese, the nephew of Pope Paul V, in 1621, the sculpture was the 23-year-old artist’s first documented portrait of a pope -- a subject that would define his career.

Posted: Saturday, 20-06-2015

LONDON -- A monumental Art Deco masterpiece by the Orphist painter Robert Delaunay, will be offered for sale by the Simon Dickinson Gallery at Masterpiece London Art Fair.

Art collectors of ArtKabinett social media network will attend Masterpiece London, the leading international cross-collecting Fair for art, antiques and design, which returns to The Royal Hospital Chelsea.

Running from 25 June - 1 July, the Fair has become a must-attend event at the heart of the capital’s busy summer art and auction season.

La Ville de Paris, la Femme et la Tour Eiffel, is considered the highlight to of the show.

Posted: Friday, 19-06-2015

Basel -- At 11:30 p.m. on Monday, billionaire Dan Loeb was part of the crowd at the bar of Les Trois Rois, a 334-year-old hotel overlooking the Rhine River that serves as the unofficial after-hours trading floor at this Swiss city’s annual modern and contemporary art fair.

At one table, dealer Larry Gagosian joined gallerist William Acquavella and Alberto Mugrabi, whose family owns the largest private collection of art by Andy Warhol. At another table, billionaire money manager Steven Cohen drank red wine.

In the unregulated $54.1 billion art trade, relationships among gallerists, collectors and museum curators can be as important for determining prices and striking deals as the art itself.

Posted: Thursday, 18-06-2015

CHICAGO -- Leslie Hindman Auctioneers announced the upcoming auction of an outstanding collection of late nineteenth and early twentieth century vintage posters from the High Museum, Atlanta, Georgia that will take place on Tuesday, June 23, 2015.

The lots to be sold will benefit the museum's Acquisitions Fund.

Art collectors of ArtKabinett social media network will have the opportunity to acquire inexpensive artworks with an impeccable provenance.

The sale offers an impressive array of genre and period posters with over 300 historically relevant and stylistically striking lots.

Posted: Wednesday, 17-06-2015

CATALONIA -- The spiritual setting of Santa Cecília de Montserrat, a hidden gem of Spanish architecture, is the setting for 'The Holly Series’, the latest work by the highly regarded Irish/American abstractionist Sean Scully.

Art collectors of ArtKabinett social media network will find this installation to be an important summer tourist destination.

The fourteen 'Stations of the Cross' is just one of the subjects represented in this new series. The Internet has leaked a few intimate snaps taken during the creation of this amazing site-specific work.

Santa Cecília de Montserrat is a Benedictine monastery in Marganell, Catalonia, Spain. The monastery was founded by its first abbot, Cesari, who was sponsored by Sunyer, Count of Barcelona and his wife Riquilda de Tolosa.