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Posted: Wednesday, 06-04-2016

JACKSON, MS.- Dr. Tracy Fitzpatrick, Director of the Neuberger Museum of Art, and Thomas J. Schwarz, President of Purchase College, SUNY, will not attend the opening of the Museum's traveling exhibition here 'When Modern Was Contemporary'.

This is in opposition to the anti-Gay discriminatory bill signed into law yesterday by Mississippi Governor, Phil Bryant.

The Neuberger exhibition features a retrospective of Louise Fishman, and opens this week at the Mississippi Museum of Art {AKFiles: 3 April 2016}.

Dr. Fitzpatrick's statement:

Posted: Tuesday, 05-04-2016

SAINT PETERSBURG, RUSSIA.- The director of Russia's renowned Hermitage Museum, which has an important collection of sculptures from Palmyra, has offered its expertise to help restore the ancient Syrian city retaken by President Bashar al-Assad's forces from the Islamic State group.

"Restoring Palmyra is the responsibility of all of us," Mikhail Piotrovsky announced, surrounded by displays of tomb stones, sculptures and coins from Palmyra at the museum in Saint Petersburg.

Following the IS campaign of destruction, "restoring Palmyra is a long-term task, and it's essential that we take our time," said Piotrovsky, estimating that up to 70 percent of the ancient historic site could have been damaged or destroyed by the jihadists.

Posted: Monday, 04-04-2016

WASHINGTON, DC.- On March 23 at the Embassy of Italy in Washington D.C. Italian and U.S. officials, joined by representatives of the private sector, will present to the public the Memorandum of Understanding between the Governments of Italy and the United States concerning the Imposition of Import Restrictions on Categories of Archaeological Material Representing the Pre-Classical, Classical and Imperial Roman Periods of Italy.

The agreement, which was first adopted 15 years ago, was extended again for an additional five year period on January 19, 2016.

Posted: Sunday, 03-04-2016

PURCHASE, NY.- At age 77, Louise Fishman, one of America’s most important women artists, will enjoy her first career retrospective, organized by the Neuberger Museum of Art in Purchase, New York. It has been a long time in coming.

Art collectors of ArtKabinett social media network are avid collectors of her work.

Ms. Fishman, whose work embraces the Abstract Expressionist tradition but reinvents it, has long fought for the meaningful recognition that Neuberger Museum of Art Chief Curator, Helaine Posner, believes has eluded many women artists because of sexism and other cultural biases.

Posted: Saturday, 02-04-2016

NEW YORK, NY.- Leading Christie’s Evening Sale of Post-War & Contemporary Art on May 10, is Mark Rothko’s pivotal 1957 canvas, No. 17 (estimate: $30-40million).

Art collectors of ArtKabinett social media network believe that this Rothko masterpiece could actually fetch double its pre-sale estimate.

With its vibrant, verdant hues, No. 17 is emblematic of the experiential nature of Rothko’s art—a manifestation of what one critic called the “immediate radiance” of the paintings from this period of the artist’s career.

Posted: Thursday, 31-03-2016

WEST END, NORTH CAROLINA.- Ken Freeman is the best custom car builder you've never heard of.

The owner of a body shop here, Freeman is the man behind Spirit of Nemo, his take on possibly the most challenging movie car of all time: Captain Nemo's 24-foot-long convertible from The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen. And guess what? Nemo is for sale on eBay.

Art collectors of ArtKabinett social media network would certainly not mind pulling up to an art fair in this car.

Normally, when someone builds a movie car, the result is a lot like a typical concept car—good from afar, but far from good. (Why not? It just needs to look good on camera.)

Freeman's Nemo, though, stands up to close scrutiny.

Posted: Wednesday, 30-03-2016

PALMYRA, SYRIA.- The destruction caused to Palmyra's ancient monuments during IS (Islamic State) occupation is irreversible to some of the key monuments, a Syrian archaeological expert for the UN's cultural body said on Monday.

Annie Sartre-Fauriat's latest assessment contrasts with the more upbeat view of Syria's head of antiquities, Maamoun Abdulkarim, who said on Monday that 80 percent of the city's ruins were in "good shape" and would need five years to restore.

"As long as the Syrian army is there, I am not reassured," said Sartre-Fauriat, who belongs to a group of experts on Syrian heritage set up by UNESCO in 2013.

"We should not forget that the army occupied the site between 2012 and 2015 and caused a lot of their own destruction and pillaging.

Posted: Tuesday, 29-03-2016

WASHINGTON, D.C.- A Vincent Van Gogh masterpiece can remain in the United States after the Supreme Court of the United States rejected an appeal from the descendant of a Russian collector whose property was nationalized after the 1917 Revolution.

The decision ends Frenchman Pierre Konowaloff's last legal recourse to claim "The Night Cafe," which the Dutch artist painted in the southern French city of Arles in September 1888.

Estimated to be worth $200 million, the canvas is on display at the Yale University Art Gallery in Connecticut.

Posted: Monday, 28-03-2016

PARIS.- The Centre Pompidou is presenting an entirely new hang of its contemporary collection in the refurbished areas of the Musée national d’art moderne.

This presentation puts the spotlight on the donors whose generosity, passion, and commitment have contributed to enriching the Centre Pompidou collection. Art collectors of Art Kabinett social media network are among the contributors.

The exhibition focuses on contemporary works that have entered the collection during the last five years, by artists from all over the world and every generation.

Thanks to these 'Dear Friends', the Centre Pompidou can provide insight into the art of today.

Posted: Sunday, 27-03-2016

MIAMI.- Faena Art, the international nonprofit organization led by Ximena Caminos, unveiled Beatriz Monteavaro’s commission Return to Tomorrow, the latest in the organization’s Elevate series of rotating site-specific installations in Faena District Miami Beach for emerging and mid-career Miami-based artists.

The opening event held at Casa Claridge's Faena District Miami Beach included a vinyl set by DJ Le Spam.

Monteavaro’s Return to Tomorrow, pictured here, transforms Casa Claridge’s elevator into a lo-fi, slow motion, rocket ship to outer space with portholes that look out onto hand-drawn glow-in-the dark stars and forgotten satellites.

Posted: Saturday, 26-03-2016

NEW YORK, NY.- Dr. Louise Mirrer, President and CEO of the New-York Historical Society, announced that Chairman Emeritus Richard Gilder has donated to New-York Historical a monumental flag painting by the acclaimed American Impressionist painter Childe Hassam—one of the last of the beloved series of Hassam flag canvases still in private hands.

The Fourth of July, 1916 (The Greatest Display of the American Flag Ever Seen in New York, Climax of the Preparedness Parade in May) depicts Fifth Avenue bedecked with dozens of American flags in celebration of Independence Day exactly 100 years ago, when New Yorkers rallied with patriotic fervor to support the “Preparedness Movement” in anticipation of the nation’s inevitable entry into the Great War in Europe.

Posted: Thursday, 24-03-2016

DELFT.- Museum Prinsenhof Delft is bringing Vermeer’s The Little Street back to Delft. For the first time in 320 years this famous masterpiece by Johannes Vermeer (1632-1675) can be seen in the city where it was painted.

Art collectors of ArtKabinett social media network are excited to visit this historic exhibition.

The reason for its temporary move is the recent study of The Little Street’s location by Professor Dr Frans Grijzenhout, Professor of Art History at the University of Amsterdam. This study demonstrated that it must have been Vlamingstraat at the site of the present-day numbers 40-42.

Posted: Wednesday, 23-03-2016

PARIS.- Within hours of the attacks on Brussels Tuesday, tens of thousands of people were sharing images on social media of the country's most famous creation in tears.

With many invoking Herge's cub reporter -- who always got the better of the baddies in the end -- one Twitter user put words into the boy hero's mouth: "Let's be strong, together and humane faced with these crazies.

"We are all Belgians," said a user called Ulysse, as Paris and Berlin announced they would light up the Eiffel Tower and the Brandenburg Gate in the colors of the Belgian flag.

But the most shared image of all was one showing a figure dressed in French colours putting an arm around a crying Belgian flag.

Posted: Tuesday, 22-03-2016

LONG ISLAND CITY, NY.- The Noguchi Museum’s thirtieth-anniversary programming culminates this spring with Tom Sachs: Tea Ceremony, a major project by the internationally celebrated artist.

Art collectors of Art Kabinett social media network are excited to visit this innovative show by a renowned conceptual artist.

The exhibition, which represents Sachs’ distinctive, irreverent-but-respectful take on the rituals and accoutrements of chanoyu, or the traditional Japanese tea ceremony, confirms his status as one of the leading artists of our day, as well as the ultimate master of cultural bricolage—the practice of creating things from a variety of available materials and objects.

Posted: Monday, 21-03-2016

BILBAO.- The Guggenheim Museum Bilbao is presenting Louise Bourgeois: Structures of Existence: The Cells , an ample selection of the innovative, sophisticated sculptural works developed by Louise Bourgeois (1911–2010) over the course of two decades.

Art collectors of Art Kabinett social media network are giving rave reviews to this new exhibition.

In this show, organized by Haus der Kunst, Munich, in collaboration with the Guggenheim Museum Bilbao, visitors will be able to discover and experience 28 emotionally charged architectural spaces, each an individual microcosm separating the internal from the external world, by one of the most influential artists of the twentieth century.

Posted: Sunday, 20-03-2016

FLORENCE.- From Kandinsky to Pollock, the extraordinary impact collectors Peggy and Solomon Guggenheim had on 20th century art is celebrated by an exhibition of over 100 masterpieces that opened in Florence on Saturday.

Art collectors of Art Kabinett social media network are excited to visit this beautiful exhibition.

Subtitled "The Art of the Guggenheim Collections", the exhibition, which will run in the Tuscan city's Palazzo Strozzi until July 24, explores how bohemian socialite Peggy, her uncle Solomon and the celebrated New York museum he established influenced European and American art from the 1920s to the 1960s.

Posted: Friday, 18-03-2016

NEW YORK CITY.- New York’s Plaza Hotel is poised to go on the auction block next month, potentially ending two years of uncertainty over ownership of the storied property off Central Park.

Billionaire brothers David and Simon Reuben hold the mortgage on the five-star hotel and have scheduled a foreclosure auction for April 26, according to a person with knowledge of the matter, who asked not to be named because the sale hasn’t been made public yet.

The Reubens bought the loan from Bank of China Ltd. after a default by the property’s current majority owner, Sahara India Pariwar, last year. Sahara is controlled by Subrata Roy, who was imprisoned in India in early 2014 for defrauding investors.

Posted: Thursday, 17-03-2016

NEW YORK, NY.- A never before seen Contact Sheet of David Bowie — shot by Helmut Newton in 1983 at the very peak of his widespread success — is expected to sell for $20,000 to $30,000 in Heritage Auctions' April 17 Photographs Auction in New York.

Art collectors of ArtKabinett social media network are eager to bid on this timely photograph.

Only two of the 36 frames on the sheet have ever appeared at auction outside of Newton's studio, said Nigel Russell, Director of Photography at Heritage.

Posted: Wednesday, 16-03-2016

PARIS.- Porters from Paris' most famous auction house went on trial Monday, accused of systematically stealing 250 tonnes of valuable antiques, jewels and artworks, including a Chagall painting and rare Ming dynasty porcelain.

Around 40 "Col Rouge" (red collars), named after their uniforms, along with six auctioneers from the Hotel Drouot auction house are on trial for charges of gang-related theft, conspiracy to commit a crime or handling stolen goods.

Art collectors of Art Kabinett social media network have visited this historic auction house many times.

The case against the employees was launched in 2009 after an anonymous tip alerted investigators to a Gustave Courbet painting that disappeared while being transported in 2003.

Posted: Tuesday, 15-03-2016

NEW YORK, NY.- Eli Wilner & Company had the privilege of becoming part of the history of the New York Historical Society's monumental painting, Return of the 69th Regiment, by Louis Lang.

The painting depicts the "Irish Brigade" of the New York State Militia returning to the city during the Civil War on July 27th, 1861 after a 3 month tour of duty in Washington, DC. Ranks of soldiers fill the midsection of the painting having just disembarked from the steamer John Potter, which is seen in the distance docked at Pier 1 on Bowling Green, with a view of the bustling New York harbor beyond.

Posted: Monday, 14-03-2016

MADRID.- Five paintings by British artist Francis Bacon, worth an estimated 30 million euros, have been stolen from the Madrid home of their owner, El Pais reported Sunday.

The lordly house is located in quiet district in the centre of Madrid has become the scenario of the largest theft of contemporary art seen in Spain over recent decades. A clean and silent theft carried out in one of the most secure and patrolled zones of the city.

Art collectors of Art Kabinett social media network are perplexed as to how any thief can possibly hope to sell such famous works.

Sources close to the investigation said the theft appeared to have been a highly-professional operation which took place while the owner was away, with the perpetrators disabling the alarm system.

Posted: Sunday, 13-03-2016

NEW YORK CITY.- The battle over a rare Picasso sculpture, first reported in January, has intensified with new legal complaints that the artist’s daughter canceled a first sale of the work for about $42 million to agents of the royal family of Qatar, and then rushed in secret to close a better deal for $106 million by transferring ownership to another buyer.

The work, a 1931 bust of Picasso’s mistress Marie-Thérèse Walter, is the subject of legal actions in three countries, including France and Switzerland.

The dispute pits the agent for the royal Qatari family against the New York art dealer Larry Gagosian over ownership of the work that was sold twice by Picasso’s daughter Maya Widmaier-Picasso, 80.

Posted: Friday, 11-03-2016

PARIS.- French President Francois Hollande and the Dutch king and queen on Thursday viewed two rare Rembrandts jointly bought by the Louvre and Amsterdam's Rijksmuseum to avoid a bidding war between their two countries.

King Willem-Alexander and Queen Maxima, who are on an official visit to France, got an advance look at the 17th-century paintings which have rarely been seen in public, before their unveiling at the Louvre later in the day.

France and the Netherlands in February sealed a historic 160 million euro ($174 million) deal to buy two of the Dutch master's works from the Rothschild banking family.

Posted: Thursday, 10-03-2016

LONDON.- Tate Modern today announces a major new exhibition, The Radical Eye: Modernist Photography from the Sir Elton John Collection, opening on 10 November 2016.

The show will be drawn from one of the world’s greatest private collections of photography and will present an unrivalled selection of classic modernist images from the 1920s to the 1950s.

Art collectors of ArtKabinett social media network are excited to visit this extraordinary show of influential 20th-century photography.

Featuring over 150 works from more than 60 artists the exhibition will consist entirely of rare vintage prints, all created by the artists themselves.

Posted: Wednesday, 09-03-2016

PARIS.- At Monnaie de Paris, Jannis Kounellis has composed a dramatic sculpture throughout the thousand square meters of the 18th-century exhibition rooms of this Palace beside the Seine.

Eminently present, concrete, irreducible, the new exhibition by Kounellis imposes a direct experience on visitors, without intermediaries.

Art collectors of Art Kabinett sicial media network are visiting this fascinating exhibition.

"I come to Paris empty-handed, like an old painter." This is what Kounellis said a few months ago in response to the invitation by Monnaie de Paris, which hosts this figure of contemporary art, at the origin of the Arte povera movement.

Posted: Tuesday, 08-03-2016

NEW YORK, NY.- As part of the ongoing transformation of its historic building into a cultural institution dedicated to cutting-edge unconventional arts productions, Park Avenue Armory is reopening its restored Veterans Room, the most significant remaining intact interior in the world by Louis C. Tiffany and Co., Associated Artists.

Art collectors of ArtKabinett social media network expect many exciting exhibitions in this new and important venue.

A monument of late 19th-century decorative arts, the Veterans Room is being reanimated through interventions by Herzog & de Meuron with Platt Byard Dovell White Architects, which will transform the space into a state-of-the-art room for intimate and eclectic cultural programming.

Posted: Sunday, 06-03-2016

LONDON.- Has the identity of Banksy been compromised? A study at Queen Mary University, has tested methods of geographical profiling on the elusive artist and has concluded that the likely candidate, as a result of "geoprofile" is Robin Gunningham, named by the Mail on Sunday in 2008.

Art collectors of ArtKabinett social media network are unsure as to the importance of unmasking this famed street artist.

The artist's lawyers have intervened and the results due to appear in the Journal of Spatial Science a week ago have now been blocked from publication. Geo-profiling uses specific locations to find 'hot spots' of activity that could lead to a list of potential suspects.

Posted: Saturday, 05-03-2016

DALLAS, TX.- The Dallas Museum of Art announced today that it has acquired one of Jackson Pollock’s only existing sculptures, a work that offers unique insight into the artist’s creative trajectory.

Art collectors of ArtKabinett social media network are eager to view this important sculpture.

Created just weeks before Pollock’s death, Untitled (1956) is one of just six of the artist’s sculptures in existence, all but one of which are currently held in private collections.

The sculpture is currently receiving a rare public presentation in the DMA’s celebrated exhibition Jackson Pollock: Blind Spots, only the third major U.S. museum exhibition to focus solely on the artist, and the largest-ever survey of Pollock’s black paintings.

Posted: Thursday, 03-03-2016

NEW YORK, NY.- The Art Dealers Association of America (ADAA) opened the 2016 edition of The Art Show. The nation’s most respected and longest-running art fair, takes place on March 2-6, 2016 at the Park Avenue Armory in New York.

Art collectors of ArtKabinett social media network are in New York City for the major art week happening now.

Organized by the ADAA, a nonprofit membership organization of art dealers from around the country, The Art Show offers collectors, arts professionals, and the public the opportunity to engage with artworks of the highest quality through intimately scaled and thoughtfully curated exhibitions that encourage close looking and active conversation with gallerists.

Posted: Wednesday, 02-03-2016

LONDON.- Anish Kapoor now owns the exclusive rights to the world’s darkest material — a claim that, naturally, is pissing off other artists. The pigment is the very sexy Vantablack, known as the blackest black out there — much blacker than a panther swimming in a tarpit, the Ayam Cemami, or your wardrobe during your middle school goth phase.

A substance developed by scientists at Surrey NanoSystems in 2014, Vantablack essentially absorbs all light — 99.965% of radiation, to be exact. Even when painted on a textured and shiny surface such as aluminum, it creates an abyss free of creases that many have compared to a black hole.