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Posted: Wednesday, 18-05-2016

PANAMA CITY, PANAMA.- The other shoe may have dropped with regard to the art world and the Panama Papers.

Despite initial speculation that Mossack Fonseca—the Panamanian law firm at the heart of the Panama Papers scandal—worked with few American clients, several news outlets are now reporting that they have established connections between art world A-listers and various offshore companies.

Among those named are art collectors Ella Fontanals-Cisneros, pictured here, and Denise Rich; Canadian-born magazine publisher Louise Blouin, and art dealer Dominique Lévy.

Posted: Tuesday, 17-05-2016

LONDON.- Cubism is considered to be Pablo Picasso’s most important contribution to Modern art, and Femme assise of 1909 is one of the artist’s greatest Cubist portraits.

It comes from the series of canvases that revolutionized Picasso’s working methods and established his path to Cubism, and will lead Sotheby’s June Impressionist & Modern Art Evening sale in London (estimate upon request).

The painting will be on view in Sotheby’s New York galleries from 16 May, in Hong Kong from 26-30 May and in London from 10 June, prior to the Evening Auction on 21 June 2016. Bidding begins at $40 million, and the final sales price could easily be double that amount.

Posted: Monday, 16-05-2016

SAN FRANCISCO, CA.- On May 14th, the new San Francisco Museum of Modern Art opened to the public, featuring an expansive new addition displaying 260 of the 1,100 pieces of postwar and contemporary artwork from the family of Doris and the late Donald Fisher, co-founders of the Gap Inc.

The Fisher Collection will be on view at SFMOMA for a 100-year period.

Nixon Peabody LLP’s Art & Cultural Institutions Practice, led by partner Thaddeus J. Stauber, served as deal counsel and advisor to the Fisher Family and SFMOMA to create this unprecedented agreement.

This complex development agreement was formalized after the Fishers announced their intention to loan their private collection to the museum prior to the death of Mr. Fisher in 2009.

Posted: Saturday, 14-05-2016

BERLIN.- The Tehran Museum of Contemporary Art is to tour an exhibition that will feature both international Contemporary/Modern masterpieces and Iranian artists. It is scheduled to run in Berlin from December to February 2017.

This is one of the largest and most valuable collections of Western contemporary art in the world.

The works of art have spent decades hidden away in storage, in the Iranian capital Tehran.

The collection includes French Impressionist works by Monet, Abstract Expressionist paintings by Rothko and Pollock, and American Pop Art by Warhol and Lichtenstein.

Posted: Friday, 13-05-2016

CLEVELAND, OH.- After two years, conservation of one of the Cleveland Museum of Art’s masterpieces, Caravaggio’s Crucifixion of Saint Andrew, 1606–7, is complete.

This is the first time the painting has been conserved since coming to the museum in 1976. In 2014, extensive treatment began on the work, whose original paint layer was obscured by clouded, cracked varnish and retouching.

The cleaning of the painting was the subject of a Conservation in Focus exhibition during the summer of 2014, when a sophisticated paintings conservation lab was constructed in the museum’s Julia and Larry Pollack Focus Gallery, where visitors were able to watch the museum’s Conservator of Paintings Dean Yoder and ask questions.

Posted: Thursday, 12-05-2016

PARIS.- In line with Fondation Louis Vuitton’s commitment to contemporary creation and encouragement of innovative encounters with its architecture, as of 11 May 2016 the Fondation Louis Vuitton presents a temporary work by Daniel Buren.

Developed in close dialogue with the building by Frank Gehry – whose architecture serves as an inspiration to artists - “The Observatory of Light” is installed across the glass ‘sails’, the emblematic feature of the building.

Posted: Wednesday, 11-05-2016

NEW YORK, NY.- The Tuesday night Christie's evening sale of Post-War and Contemporary Art realized US$318,388,000 with sell-through rates of 87% by lot and 91% by value.

The Basquiat work, shown here, consigned by collector Adam Lindmann fetched a record $57.3 million. He paid $4.5 million for the work at a 2004 auction.

The sale established 6 new world auction records for artists including Jean-Michel Basquiat, Agnes Martin, Mike Kelley, Richard Prince, Kerry James Marshall and Barry X Ball.

The results of last night's sale brings the week’s running total to $396.5million, which includes the price achieved by the May 8 evening auction of Bound to Fail.

The sale attracted registered bidders from 39 countries, with strong bidding from Asia, Europe and the United States.

Posted: Tuesday, 10-05-2016

NEW YORK.- Auguste Rodin's "Eternal springtime" marble sculpture of lovers fetched more than $20 million at auction Monday, a record for the French sculptor, at Sotheby's in New York.

The work -- conceived by Rodin in 1884 and sculpted in 1901-1903 -- is just 31.5 inches wide by 26.25 inches tall (80 by 66.7 centimeters).

Its $20.41 million sale price more than doubled auctioneers's expectations of at least $8 million.

Cut from a single stone slab, the statue is the fifth of 10 known carvings of the subject in marble.

The prior record for a Rodin sculpture was $18.97 million for "Eve, grand modele-version sans rocher," auctioned in May 2008.

Posted: Sunday, 08-05-2016

NEW YORK, NY.- A newly created series of five hanging sculptures by Brazilian artist Beatriz Milhazes is on view in the Jewish Museum’s lobby, creating a vibrant, colorful canopy overhead.

Art collectors of ArtKabinett social media network are making this a special destination during Frieze weekend.

Titled Gamboa II (2016), the installation is composed of candy-colored materials including plastic shapes, paper flowers, and other shiny trinkets, and produced with the help of Rio de Janeiro’s famed samba schools—whose craftspeople work year-round creating costumes, dances, and elaborate floats in preparation for Carnival.

Posted: Saturday, 07-05-2016

PARIS.- During the annual Spring Selection exhibition in New York which gathers a selection of masterpieces soon to be presented at auction, Artcurial will reveal an original watercolor from Antoine de Saint-Exupéry’s, The Little Prince.

It is symbolic that the exhibition is held in American as this is where the book was written whilst Saint-Exupéry was in exile in 1942 and it was later published in New York in April 1943. The success was instant and the book went on to be an international legend. The artwork will be auctioned in Paris on 31st May 2016.

Posted: Friday, 06-05-2016

NEW YORK, NY.- Sean Kelly is presenting CONSTRUCT, a major one-person exhibition of new and key early works by world-renowned artist Antony Gormley.

Acclaimed for his sculptures, installations and public artworks that investigate the relationship of the human body to space, Gormley’s fifth solo exhibition with Sean Kelly engages the grid to evoke the experience of inhabiting a human body at “the other side of appearance.”

The exhibition begins with a life-size work from Gormley’s series of ‘Bodycases,’ Bridge (1985), in the front gallery space. This is one of the earliest works made from a plaster mould of the artist’s body, strengthened with fiberglass and encased in a skin of lead. Gormley sees Bridge as an objective mapping of the subjective space of the human body.

Posted: Thursday, 05-05-2016

LONDON.- Sotheby’s announced that it will auction the 1109-carat “Lesedi la Rona” – the largest gem-quality rough diamond to be discovered in over a century and the largest rough diamond in existence today – in a stand-alone sale in London on 29 June 2016.

Estimated to achieve in excess of $70 million*, the Lesedi la Rona (“Our Light” in the Tswana language spoken in Botswana) was uncovered by Lucara Diamond Corp. in November 2015, at their Karowe mine in Botswana.

Around the size of a tennis ball (measuring approximately 66.4 x 55 x 42 mm), this colossal rough diamond of exceptional transparency and quality is around 2.5 to over 3 billion years old.

Posted: Tuesday, 03-05-2016

PARIS.- It is extremely rare to see the archives of a great writer appear on the market. One of those events is the auction on 31 May at Sotheby’s Paris of the collection of the great-grandniece of Marcel Proust, Patricia Mante-Proust.

This moving collection takes book lovers into the intimate world of a brilliant writer through over 120 photographs, books, manuscripts and letters, all shedding light on his work, friends and love life.

Designed as a reference work, the catalogue prefaced by Jean-Yves Tadié, extensively documented and illustrated, presents all lots in chronological order: it is a true biography of the writer.


Posted: Sunday, 01-05-2016

NEW YORK, NY.- Pace Gallery announces The Yosemite Suite, an exhibition of David Hockney’s iPad drawings. The exhibition is on view at 537 West 24th Street thru June 18, 2016.

The exhibition at Pace presents a group of works Hockney made on the iPad during visits to Yosemite National Park in 2010 and 2011 and highlight the artist’s continuing engagement with the landscape, particularly that of the American West.

Always interested in the possibilities presented by new technologies, Hockney took the iPad to Yosemite and used it to draw the landscape in situ as he experienced it. The compactness of the device allowed him to work in an immediate and impromptu manner.

Posted: Friday, 29-04-2016

HONG KONG.- On 23 June 2016 at the Boundless: Contemporary Art auction in Hong Kong, Sotheby’s will offer a set of 24 silver plates by Pablo Picasso (Est. HK$12 – 18 million / US$1.55 – 2.33 million) – the first time for a complete set to appear at any auction worldwide.

Picasso created a large volume of ceramics and crockery in numbered editions, but only crafted silver plates in 24 designs throughout his entire oeuvre.

Conceived between 1956 and 1967, the plates were designed by Picasso together with acclaimed French silversmith François Hugo, then cast by Hugo and his son Pierre Hugo on private request by individuals.

Posted: Thursday, 28-04-2016

PARIS.- One of the world's biggest private art collections is to be housed in a new Paris museum within a stone's throw of the Louvre, a French billionaire said Wednesday.

Francois Pinault, the luxury goods mogul who also owns the auction house Christie's, is taking over the Bourse de Commerce in the centre of the French capital to show his 1.4-billion-dollar (1.2-billion-euro) collection of modern masters.

Art collectors of ArtKabinett social media network cannot wait to visit this new art destination in Paris.

The city's mayor Anne Hidalgo, who negotiated the deal, described the museum as "an immense gift to the heart of Paris".

Posted: Wednesday, 27-04-2016

LONDON.- Big Ben will fall silent for several months while the iconic London clock tower next to the Houses of Parliament undergoes "desperately" needed repairs next year, officials said on Tuesday.

The bell, whose chimes feature on British radio broadcasts, will be silenced as part of the £29 million ($42 million) repairs.

The work will repair the clock faces and mechanism, cracks in the tower's masonry and corrosion in the roof, as well as restoring the edging around the clock faces to their original 19th-century color.

A lift will also be installed as an alternative to the steps up the tower and the lights illuminating the clock will be replaced by low-energy LEDs.

Posted: Tuesday, 26-04-2016

NEW YORK, NY.- Jean Dubuffet’s 'Barbe des rites' will be offered by Phillips on 8 May as a highlight of the 20th Century & Contemporary Art Evening Sale.

Offered at auction for the first time, and the first significant oil painting from the artist’s famed ‘Beard series’ to appear at auction in almost 20 years, this important work has remained in the same private collection since 1973 and has not been seen by the public since 1960, the year after its creation. It is expected to realize $1,500,000-2,500,000.

Posted: Monday, 25-04-2016

MADRID.- The Museo del Prado is celebrating the 150th anniversary of the birth of Miguel Blay (Olot, 1866 – Madrid, 1936), one of the most important Spanish sculptors of the late 19th and first third of the 20th centuries, with an exhibition of several important works from a career that reflects the different trends prevailing in sculpture during his lifetime, principally Realism, Modernismo and Symbolism.

Visitors to the Prado’s permanent collection have the exceptional opportunity to appreciate a number of key works by Miguel Blay, one of the most important Spanish sculptors of the late 19th and early 20th centuries. The exhibition is displayed in Rooms 60 and 47.

Posted: Sunday, 24-04-2016

NEW YORK, NY.- Sotheby’s New York auction of Master Paintings on 26 May 2016 will feature one of the finest Dutch genre scenes remaining in private hands: Gabriel Metsu’s An Officer Paying Court to a Young Woman (estimate $6–8 million).

Art collectors of Art Kabinett social media network will be on hand for this exciting auction.

This refined interior stands as a lasting achievement of painting in the Golden Age of the mid-17th century, when Metsu and his peers – including Johannes Vermeer, Gerrit Dou and Frans van Mieris – were creating vivid scenes of everyday life.

The work is further distinguished by the many historical labels on its reverse, which tell its fascinating journey through one of the most momentous periods in recent history.

Posted: Wednesday, 20-04-2016

NEW YORK CITY.- Before she even appears in the 1944 film noir classic Laura, Laura Hunt is an obsession for the hardboiled police detective, who is mesmerized with the supposedly dead woman through her portrait.

The painting, shown here, gazes with a look of enigmatic seduction from its elaborate frame, as essential to each scene as any breathing character. “You’d better watch out, McPherson, or you’ll finish up in a psychiatric ward,” writer Waldo Lydecker warns the detective. “I doubt they’ve ever had a patient who fell in love with a corpse.”

In reality, the painting was a varnished photograph of Gene Tierney, its alluring quality a trick of director Otto Preminger’s camerawork, which emphasized her eyes in reverse-shots and low lighting.

Posted: Tuesday, 19-04-2016

MIAMI, FLA.- Phillips announced the six-day exhibition of more than 30 works of art in the Miami Design District, from 19-24 April, which will appear in its Latin America sale on 24 May in New York.

Art collectors of ArtKabinett social media network will get a rare opportunity to see works by Matta, Carmen Herrera, Roberto Obregón, and Jesús Rafael Soto, among other masters in the field.

In conjunction with the exhibition, on 21 April, Phillips will also host the book launch of Matta: On the Edge of a Dream by Thomas Monahan, the first international monograph or publication dedicated exclusively to the artist.

Posted: Monday, 18-04-2016

PALM DESERT, CA.- Heather James Fine Art is presenting a special exhibition featuring the paintings of renowned Abstract Expressionist Paul Jenkins (1923-2012), whose translucent, undulating, and highly accessible work has been shown at major galleries and museums around the world. The exhibition is ongoing through May 30, 2016.

Jenkins was a painter without a paint brush. His intuitive approach to painting, first with oil paints and later acrylic, involved pouring paint directly on the canvas, allowing it to drip, bleed, and pool, while manipulating it with an ivory knife.

Posted: Sunday, 17-04-2016

LONDON.- Although Giacometti and Klein, were artists born a generation apart and couldn't be more different the two artists lived and worked within a mile of each other, in Montparnasse, Paris, but there are few clues in their work to suggest that they shared the same artistic milieu.

What they did have in common was an acute consciousness of the catastrophic effects of the Second World War and its aftermath on European culture.

Each dealt with it in his own way: in his sculptures, Giacometti struggled to evince a vital human presence from nothing; Klein shunned the personal, autobiographical mark, attempting to dematerialize painting to the point of pure saturated color.

Posted: Friday, 15-04-2016

NEW YORK, NY.- Christie’s will lead its May 10 Evening Sale of Post-War and Contemporary Art with Jean-Michel Basquiat’s explosive tour de force, Untitled, 1982, which is estimated to realize in excess of $40 million.

Executed in Modena, Italy in the prime year of Basquiat’s meteoric career, Basquiat’s Untitled is an epic painting, with its monumental size and visceral energy marking it as one of the artist’s most seminal works.

As well as having been chosen for the cover of the artist’s Catalogue Raisonné, Untitled has been included in every major Basquiat retrospective and contains Basquiat’s heroic portrait of himself as a fiery black devil rising amidst an explosion of paint that has been thrown onto the canvas in the manner of Jackson Pollock.

Posted: Wednesday, 13-04-2016

Paris.- A site-specific work by the French artist Daniel Buren, titled “Observatory of Light,” will be unveiled at the Fondation Louis Vuitton in Paris on May 11, the foundation announced April 11.

To be installed across the glass ‘sails’, the emblematic feature of the Frank Gehry-designed building, the work comprises 3,600 pieces of glass that will be covered by 13 colored filters, at equal distances from one another, that will cover the building in various shades and hues as the day passes.

Posted: Tuesday, 12-04-2016

TOKYO.- An exhibition devoted to designer Issey Miyake is on view until June 13, 2016 at the National Art Center, Tokyo.

This exhibition, Miyake Issey Exhibition: The Work of Miyake Issey, promises to be an unprecedented event, focusing on the entirety of Miyake’s 45-year career, from 1970 to the present.

Miyake has consistently presented new methodologies and possibilities for making clothes, while always focusing on the future. It all began in 1960 when Miyake, a student at Tama Art University, sent a letter to the World Design Conference, which was being held for the first time in Japan that year.

Posted: Monday, 11-04-2016

CHICAGO.- An upcoming exhibit at the Elmhurst Art Museum titled ‘Playboy Architecture, 1953-1979’ will represent somewhat of a spiritual return for the famed men's lifestyle brand after being founded in the Windy City in 1953.

Though Playboy is best known for its provocative centerfold models, the exhibit will explore the magazine's role in setting the aesthetic tone of post-war America.

Early on Playboy recognized the changing styles of the 20th century and ran features on architectural heavyweights such as Frank Lloyd Wright, Buckminster Fuller, and Mies van der Rohe.

Posted: Sunday, 10-04-2016

JACKSON, MISS.- Revealing the pursuits of one of the twentieth century’s most important collectors, the American Federation of Arts (AFA) and the Neuberger Museum of Art present When Modern Was Contemporary: Selections from the Roy R. Neuberger Collection, the first traveling exhibition of this groundbreaking collection of American modern art in over forty years.

Roy R. Neuberger was a devoted champion of the art of his time, and he acquired works by a remarkable selection of modern masters, including Alexander Calder, Stuart Davis, Willem de Kooning, Marsden Hartley, Jacob Lawrence, Georgia O’Keeffe, Jackson Pollock, Mark Rothko, and numerous others.

Posted: Thursday, 07-04-2016

PARIS.- The sale of the personal collection of Bernard Boutet de Monvel (1881-1949) concluded last night in Paris with an outstanding total of €9,293,271 ($10,611,057) - five times the pre-sale expectations (€1.8-2.8 million) - and 93% of the lots sold.

Over the course of two days, over 550 private collectors, dealers and art institutions from 30 countries from across the world participated in a sale which revealed the genius of Bernard Boutet de Monvel to a wider audience. A third of the buyers were completely new to Sotheby’s and 14% of them chose to buy online.

Art collectors of ArtKabinett social media network were among the buyers.