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Museum of London showcases rare Roman sarcophagus in first public display

The sarcophagus had been opened and most likely robbed in the 1600s, however most of a skeleton was found inside and enough has remained to reveal that the occupant was a woman. Carbon dating of her bones showed that she had been buried between AD 86 and 328, although other dating evidence from the site suggests a burial date of AD 275-328.

LONDON.- In 2017 a rare Roman sarcophagus was excavated from Harper Road in Southwark; a site that archaeological research has shown was part of a large Roman cemetery. Today, the Museum of London Docklands reveals that this remarkable discovery will be on display for the first time in a major new exhibition, Roman Dead, which opens on 25th May 2018. London’s complex Roman burial landscape is an important source of historical knowledge, providing insight into Romans’ religious beliefs and their treatment of the dead. This new exhibition will investigate the cemeteries of ancient London, examining the discoveries that were made there and their context within today’s modern cityscape. Exotic grave goods from across the Roman Empire are just some of over 200 objects on display. Highlighted are an expensive multi-coloured glass dish found with cremated remains and a jet pendant in ... More

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Middelheim Museum Antwerp acquires a Bruce Nauman masterpiece   Paul Kasmin Gallery announces representation of the Estate of Stuart Davis   Kunsthaus Zurich to receive the collection of Gabriele and Werner Merzbacher

Bruce Nauman, 'Diamond Shaped Room with Yellow Light', 1986-1990/2018. Photo: Tom Cornille.

ANTWERP.- Thanks to an especially good cooperation between the City of Antwerp and private partners, the Middelheim Museum is being presented with the rare opportunity of expanding its collection with an important work of art. This concerns the Diamond Shaped Room with Yellow Light by the American artist Bruce Nauman. The work will be presented to the public as a key work in the exhibition Experience Traps, which will be opening on 1 June as part of the cultural city festival Antwerp Baroque 2018. Rubens Inspires. "Bruce Nauman is an artist who is well-known as one of the godfathers of western contemporary art. It is almost impossible to overestimate his influence on artists of the following generations worldwide. Thanks to the sustained patience, the intensive collaboration with private partners and the resolve of all concerned, we are extremely proud that today we can say that this work – a unique creation from ... More

Known for his boldly colorful abstract works that fuse jazz references with New York City landscapes and daily objects, Davis paved the way for modernism in America and his impact endures today. ?Estate of Stuart Davis/Licensed by VAGA, New York, NY.

NEW YORK, NY.- Paul Kasmin Gallery announced worldwide representation of the estate of Stuart Davis (1892–1964), one of the preeminent figures of the early American Modern movement. Known for his boldly colorful abstract works that fuse jazz references with New York City landscapes and daily objects, Davis paved the way for modernism in America and his impact endures today. In collaboration with Earl Davis, the artist’s son, an exhibition of Davis’ rarely seen black-and-white paintings and works on paper is scheduled for fall 2018 in the gallery’s 293 Tenth Avenue space. Born in Philadelphia in 1892, Davis was encouraged at an early age by his parents to pursue painting and went on to study in Manhattan under Robert Henri. Henri, the leading figure of the ... More

Pablo Picasso, Le couple (Les Mis閞ables), 1904. Oil on canvas, 100.5 x 81.5 cm. Werner and Gabriele Merzbacher Collection ?2018 ProLitteris, Zurich.

ZURICH.- The Kunsthaus Z黵ich is to receive the collection of Gabriele and Werner Merzbacher as a long-term loan, one of the most important private collections of modern art. A total of 65 works have been promised to the Kunsthaus for at least 20 years. They include paintings by the great masters of Impressionism, Post-Impressionism and Fauvism, members of the ‘Br點ke’ and ‘Blauer Reiter’ groups, and many more. The cooperation, which involves 65 paintings and a minimum commitment of 20 years, is a gesture of gratitude to Zurich and Switzerland by Werner Merzbacher, who was born in Oehringen, Germany, in 1928 and came to Switzerland as a child refugee in 1939, and a chance for him to share his passion for art with the public at large. The Kunsthaus Z黵ich has been given the opportunity to view almost 200 paintings and sculptures and ... More

Pinakothek der Moderne marks the anniversary of the second edition of Giorgio Vasari's 'Vite'   Christie's Spring Season of Latin American Art, totals $31,258,125   A major work by Kees van Dongen to be offered for the first time at auction

Giorgio Vasari (1511–1574), The Archangel Michael, ca. 1541. Pen and brown ink, heightened with white, on yellowish-brown tinted paper, 539 x 413 mm. Staatliche Graphische Sammlung M黱chen ?Staatliche Graphische Sammlung M黱chen.

MUNICH.- 450 years ago, Giorgio Vasari (1511–1574) published the second edition of his Vite, a collection of biographies of famous artists from the 13th to the mid-16th century. Compared with the first edition from 1550, the second edition is revised and significantly expanded, and established Vasari’s reputation as an art historian and as the “father of art history”. In his Vite de’ pi?eccellenti pittori scultori ed architettori (Lives of the Most Excellent Painters, Sculptors, and Architects), as the work is titled in Italian, Vasari not only offers a series of biographical narratives but also attempts to organize and systematize them. In the eyes of the Renaissance man Vasari, the art of Antiquity had attained a high degree of perfection, but had then fallen from grace, before experiencing a rebirth ( rinascita ) beginning with Cimabue and ... More

Rufino Tamayo (1899-1991), Los Comediantes, 1986 (detail). Oil on canvas. Sold for: $1,572,500. ?Christie’s Images Limited 2018.

NEW YORK, NY.- Christie’s Latin American Art live auction totaled $19,492,375 with 85% sold above the low estimate across the two sale sessions May 23-24. Active in-room, phone, and online participation was seen from established collectors to new buyers with registered bidders across 36 countries, spanning the Americas, Asia, and Europe. Together with the Latin American works included in The Collection of Peggy and David Rockefeller, the spring season for the category thus far totals $31,258,125, with the online sale continuing through May 30. The top lot of the sale was Rufino Tamayo (1899-1991), Los comediantes, painted in 1986, from the Private Collection of Marta and Placido Domingo, which realized $1,572,500, against a low estimate of $800,000. Strong results were achieved for select works by Fernando Botero (b. 1932) across various media, with his landmark painting Mona Lisa painted in ... More

Kees van Dongen, The Reading (detail), 1911. 145,5 x 145,5 cm. ?Leclere/Drouot.

PARIS.- On Monday 25 June, auction house Leclere will offer a painting by Kees van Dongen (1877-1968) entitled The Reading in an impressionist and modern art sale at Drouot. Executed in 1911, this work of art marks the transition between the artist’s fauve and society periods. This masterpiece stands as a tribute to his wife Augusta Preitinger and to his friend Paul Poiret. It was kept in the family of Van Dongen for over 70 years and was then acquired 30 years ago by a Parisian collector. This monumental painting, unprecedented in the art market, is the most important featured at auction in France since 2006. The Reading or Rabelais can be considered as the first masterpiece following Kees Van Dongen’s fauve period. This 1911 monumental painting (145,5 x 145,5 cm), executed in Paris by the artist when coming back from a trip in Spain and Morocco, reveals both an exotic and a society inspiration. Standing as a turning point ... More

The collection of one of Australia's most avid collectors and generous patrons to be auctioned by Bonhams Australia   Fondazione Prada opens 'Machines à penser' in Venice   American Art achieves $43.3 million at Sotheby's NY; PAFA privately acquires Frederic Edwin Church masterpiece

Rosalie Gascoigne (1917-1999), Pavement III, 1998. Signed, dated and titled verso: 'Rosalie Gascoigne / 1998 / PAVEMENT', sawn wood on plywood, 69.0 x 52.0cm (27 3/16 x 20 1/2in). Est: AU$50,000 - 70,000. Photo: Bonhams.

SYDNEY.- Bonhams Australia is delighted to be offering the Australian art collection of the Late Michael Hobbs OAM to market in June. Michael was an avid collector, generous benefactor and friend to many and his collection is a testament to a lifelong passion. Spanning works from the 1960s through to present day, Michael collected vigorously and in depth, often making gifts of works to public institutions or supporting avant-garde projects. Considered a friend by many leading Australian artists, in January of 2017, Michael was recognised with a Medal of the Order of Australia for his service to the visual arts as a supporter and benefactor. Director of Bonhams Australia, Merryn Schriever said, “Michael Hobbs was an extraordinarily generous and gregarious man who was much ... More

Exhibition view of “Machines ?penser”. Fondazione Prada, Venice. Photo: Mattia Balsamini. Courtesy Fondazione Prada.

VENICE.- Fondazione Prada presents the exhibition “Machines ?penser”, curated by Dieter Roelstraete. The exhibition will be open from the 26 May to 25 November 2018 at the Venetian venue of Fondazione Prada, Ca’ Corner della Regina. This exhibition explores the correlation between conditions of exile, escape and retreat and physical or mental places which favor reflection, thought and intellectual production. “Machines ?penser” focuses on three major philosophers of the 20th century: Theodor W. Adorno (1903-1969), Martin Heidegger (1889-1976) and Ludwig Wittgenstein (1889-1951). The latter two shared a life-long need for intellectual isolation: Heidegger spent long periods of his life in a secluded hut in the village of Todtnauberg in the Black Forest in Germany, whilst Wittgenstein retreated on several occasions to a small mountain cabin situated ... More

George Luks, The Swan Boats, circa 1922, oil on canvas. Estimate: $500,000 - 700,000. Sold for: $1,155,000. Courtesy Sotheby's.

NEW YORK, NY.- Yesterday’s auction of American Art at Sotheby’s New York totaled $43.3 million*, with 9 lots achieving prices over $1 million. Among the 120 lots offered were 12 works by Norman Rockwell, all of which sold, realizing a combined total of $19.8 million. The group was led by Blacksmiths’ Boy – Heel and Toe (Shaftsbury Blacksmith Shop) – a monumental painting by the artist – which sold for $8.1 million. Auction highlights also included N.C. Wyeth’s Portrait of a Farmer (Pennsylvania Farmer), which set a new record for the artist at auction with a final price of $6 million. Following yesterday’s auction, The Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts (PAFA) acquired Frederic Edwin Church’s masterpiece, Valley of Santa Isabel, New Granada, from the collection of the Berkshire Museum through a private sale arranged by Sotheby’s. Church is arguably one of the artists most ... More

Werner B黷tner exhibition occupies both floors of Marlborough's Mayfair gallery   Phillips announces highlights from the June Design Auction in New York   Australian artist Jonathan Zawada transforms the Sydney Opera House for Vivid Sydney

Werner B黷tner, Diet – Gei遝l der Postmoderne [Diets – Scourge of Postmodernity] (2017). ?Werner B黷tner, Courtesy Marlborough Fine Art.

LONDON.- Following Marlborough New York’s Werner B黷tner show in 2016, the first exhibition in New York since 1986, Marlborough London announces their second exhibition, Plenty of Room for All Sorts of Happiness, by the leading German artist Werner B黷tner. This exhibition on both floors of Marlborough’s Mayfair gallery space encompasses new works made over the last two years together with a rich selection of paintings from the 1980s when B黷tner first came to worldwide attention as part of a new generation of German artists. Their often brutal imagery and paint handling announced their caustic view of contemporary society, politics, and art itself. Imbued with a dark humour, B黷tner’s work has for nearly four decades pursued one essential underlying theme: the pursuit of lucidity as a tool for survival in a sordid world. Or as the artist himself once put it: “to stay as ... More

Jean Royere, "Flaque" low table, circa 1955. Straw marquetry-covered wood. 10 x 49 3/4 x 25 7/8 in. (25.5 x 126.5 x 65.7 cm). Estimate: $180,000 - 250,000. Image courtesy Phillips.

NEW YORK, NY.- Phillips announced highlights from the upcoming auction of Design in New York on Wednesday, 6 June. Comprised of over 160 lots, the sale will include a strong selection of French and Italian design, as well as Studio Craft, with works spanning nearly a century. The sale will include works by Piero Fornasetti, Jean Roy鑢e, Zaha Hadid, and Lucie Rie, among other design masters of the 20th and 21st centuries. Cordelia Lembo, Head of Department, New York, Vice President, said, “Phillips’ June Design sale will bring together important works from private collections around the globe, many of which are coming to the market first time. With a wonderful cross-section of design movements that span a variety of price points, this sale will provide collectors of all levels and interests with an exciting opportunity to grow their ... More

Metamathemagical by Jonathan Zawada. Courtesy of Sydney Opera House.

SYDNEY.- A 3D light sculpture housed within the iconic Sails of the Sydney Opera House will illuminate Utzon’s masterpiece from 6pm on Friday May 25 for Vivid Sydney, the world’s largest festival of light, music and ideas. Award-winning Australian artist Jonathan Zawada has created Metamathemagical – a specially commissioned, site-specific artwork that will transform the World Heritage-listed masterpiece into a digital light sculpture inspired by Australian motifs across science, nature and culture. Zawada is a leading artist with a long history of collaborating with top music acts such as Flume, The Presets, Mark Pritchard and Moses Sumney. He is uniquely suited to bring the Sails to life for Vivid Sydney, when the entirety of the Opera House is taken over by incredible music for Vivid LIVE including Solange, Mazzy Star, Ice Cube and DREAMS. Ten years ago, Brian Eno, the legendary British artist and inaugural curator ... More

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International Museum of World War II opens women in WWII exhibit
BOSTON, MASS.- The International Museum of World War II opened a new exhibition exploring the role of women in World War II. “Women in WWII: On the Home Fronts and the Battlefronts” highlights women in every major combatant nation and the vital contributions they made on home fronts and battlefronts. This unprecedented exhibition features more than 100 artifacts, documents, and uniforms illuminating the diversity of roles women served in all countries and illustrating their profound impact on the war effort. The Museum is also displaying, for the first time ever, a series of original Ansel Adams photographs that document the role of women as part of the war effort in Massachusetts. In 1942, the government commissioned Adams to document members of the Massachusetts Women’s Defense Corps (MWDC) training for assistance in five main areas: ... More

Milwaukee Art Museum hires Alissa Karl as Chief Financial Officer
MILWAUKEE, WIS.- The Milwaukee Art Museum announced that Alissa Karl will join the Museum as the Chief Financial Officer for the private nonprofit organization. Currently the Director of Finance at Alverno College, Karl is a certified public accountant with over 15 years of experience in accounting and management. “Alissa has the deep financial and non-profit experience that the Museum can rely on,” said Dr. Marcelle Polednik, Donna and Donald Baumgartner Director, Milwaukee Art Museum. “However, it is her collaborative approach and her dedication to education that convinced us that she was the perfect candidate to lead our financial and accounting efforts and become a part of the senior leadership team.” In addition to her financial and management experience, Ms. Karl also has served with Literacy AmeriCorps in Dayton, Ohio. She currently serves ... More

Museum der Moderne Salzburg opens a comprehensive retrospective of the oeuvre of Marisa Merz
SALZBURG.- Spanning five decades, the exhibition Il cielo ?grande spazio / The Sky Is a Great Space at the Museum der Moderne Salzburg offers a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to explore the work of Marisa Merz, who is regarded as the only female representative of the Arte Povera. Opening with works from her most recent large drawings and expansive environments, the presentation traces the evolution of Merz’s art through numerous paintings and drawings, wire and wax installations, and the enigmatic sculptural heads and faces from the 1990s and 1980s to the mid1960s including the so-called ”Living Sculpture” (1966). Quoting a poem by the artist in the exhibition title, Marisa Merz’s poems round out the installation. “One goal of my tenure as director has been to turn the spotlight on eminent women artists with major solo exhibitions. After ... More

Peter Doig curates exhibition about the Windrush generation and police brutality in the 80's
ST JUST .- The Jackson Foundation, Cornwall, announces two simultaneous solo exhibitions by leading contemporary artists Kurt Jackson and Denzil Forrester opening on 25th May 2018. Kurt Jackson’s exhibition Seacrows is a series of 35 paintings and handmade etchings, inspired by the birds that live next to his coastal studio and his fascination with the natural world, stemming from his background in zoology. In times of solitude working on the Cornish coast, cormorants or “seacrows” are some of the only creatures he sees. In working on the project ‘Seacrows’ Jackson shows these birds [cormorants and shags] as extraordinary and beautiful creatures in contrast to their reputation with the birds’ supposed gluttony and voraciousness for fish. Jackson is a dedicated environmentalist and has served as Glastonbury Festival’s resident artist over the ... More

Cummer Museum of Art & Gardens opens 'Storytelling: French Art from the Horvitz Collection'
JACKSONVILLE, FLA.- The Cummer Museum of Art & Gardens announced its upcoming exhibition, Storytelling: French Art from the Horvitz Collection, which will be on view May 25 through July 29. This presentation combines two exhibitions from one of the world’s finest collections of French art - Imaging Text: Drawings for French Book Illustration and Seventeenth and Eighteenth-Century French Paintings. The 80 works of art created between the 16th and 19th centuries, range from mythological and biblical studies to more playful imagery, and vary in style, genre, and period. Captured in crisp and swift pen strokes, finely modulated chalk, or brilliant colors, these captivating compositions were produced by some of the most prominent artists of their time, such as Charles le Brun (1619 - 1690), Charles-Nicolas Cochin, the Younger (1715 - 1790), and Jean-Honor? ... More

Anton Kern Gallery opens exhibition of works by Bendix Harms
NEW YORK, NY.- In 2016, German painter Bendix Harms moved from Hamburg to 豷terf鎙den, a farm in the North of Denmark. This was the territory of Rufus, a cat who had been ruling over the property for the last 16 years, and with whom Harms formed an instantaneous and strong bond. For his fourth solo exhibition at Anton Kern Gallery, SANKT RUFUS, Harms has created a series of paintings as a monument to the late cat Rufus. In the artist’s own words: Rufus—the black cat of 豷terf鎙den, the Owner of 豷terf鎙den, the Leader and the Defender of this farm in the northern part of Denmark where he died on the 6th November 2017—physically. The heartbeat of the whole farm stopped too. Rufus’ relationship to this farm was and is enormous: he lived there for 18 years—human years—85 cat-years. He knew each culm of each field, each brick of each building, ... More

Antwerp Art Weekend 2018: Highlights
ANTWERP.- The fourth edition of the Antwerp Art Weekend takes place from May 25 to May 27, 2018. Once again, art venues in and around Antwerp are putting their hands together to celebrate contemporary art. Over 60 galleries, art spaces, museums, temporary exhibitions and art events are participating at this intense, three day, citywide manifestation. Antwerp harbours a vibrant contemporary art scene, ranging from internationally renowned museums, galleries and art centres to artist-in-residencies, project spaces, young and upcoming initiatives and pop-up exhibitions. Conveniently located in the proximity of Brussels, Paris, London, Rotterdam, Amsterdam and Cologne, Antwerp hosts a continuous ow of artists and art lovers, complementing the already, vibrant local scene. Since 2014, the non-profit organization Antwerp Art connects and promotes the ... More

Jack Hanley Gallery exhibits ceramic vessels from the past six years by Roger Herman
NEW YORK, NY.- Jack Hanley Gallery opened Roger Herman’s first solo exhibition at the gallery, presenting ceramic vessels from the past six years. Herman’s ceramics continually shift between abstraction and figuration, pair vivid palettes with dark colors and shiny bright surfaces with matte earthy tones. This range of technique is held together by a gestural rawness and vibrancy that is inherent to each sculpture: drips of paint run down the exteriors of the hefty vessels and bowls with occasional window-like holes, sharply cut open. Herman’s imagery reads like an archeology of styles; it is equally drawn from pop culture and a variety of art historical tropes: mangas, erotica, surrealism or Paleolithic cave paintings. Like an exquisite corpse, the only prevailing constant is the randomness of choice, the embrace of chance with an inexhaustible curiosity for the renewing ... More

Spotlight shines on rare Hermès Birkin handbag styles at Heritage Auctions
DALLAS, TX.- A rare black lizard Birkin is expected to be among the most coveted lots in Heritage Auctions’ Summer Luxury Accessories Auction June 10 in Chicago. An Herm鑣 40cm Shiny Black Niloticus Lizard Birkin Bag with Palladium Hardware (est. $50,000-60,000). With two rolled handles, Palladium hardware and a flap top with a turnlock closure, this bag includes an interior done in Black Chevre Leather, featuring a zip pocket and a slip pocket. The bag includes two keys, a lock and a clochette, and is accompanied by an Herm鑣 box, dustbag, clochette dustbag, rain protector, care card and CITES. “The 40cm black lizard Birkin is the epitome of meticulous craftsmanship and refinement,” Heritage Auctions Luxury Accessories Director Diane D’Amato said. “It took four years to create this elegant work of art. I am certain that whoever is lucky enough ... More

Works attributed to Frankenthaler, Zao Wou-Ki, Sargent headline Woodshed's June 7th auction
FRANKLIN, MASS.- Artworks attributed to American painters Helen Frankenthaler and John Singer Sargent, plus an untitled abstract oil painting attributed to Chinese-French artist Zao Wou-Ki, are expected star lots in an online sale of rare and market-fresh paintings and drawings from Europe and the Americas set to go live on Thursday, June 7th, by Woodshed Art Auctions. Live bidding will start at 5:30 pm Eastern time. A full catalog, showing all 218 lots, can be seen now, at, and the online bidding platform People can register to bid on either site. Live previews can be arranged, by appointment only, at Woodshed’s Franklin gallery. The auction comprises paintings, drawings and prints from estates and private collections in the United States, Europe, the United Kingdom and South America. Artists represented ... More

Einstein manuscript & presidential autograph collection up for auction
BOSTON, MASS.- An important Albert Einstein handwritten manuscript will be auctioned by Boston-based RR Auction. The manuscript is Einstein's criticism of a paper in which the author, Erich Trefftz, claimed to have found a static solution of the equations of general relativity for two point masses; Einstein points out that such a conclusion is based on an error. Featuring several mathematical equations—including a modified form of his General Theory of Relativity. The two-page manuscript in German, which is unsigned (but incorporating "Einstein" in the title), no date but circa late 1922. Headed (translated), "Comment on E. Trefftz's Paper: 'The Static Gravitational Field of Two Mass Points in Einstein's Theory,'" the paper was presented on November 23, 1922, to the Berlin-based Royal Prussian Academy of Sciences, who published the work ... More

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On a day like today, Russian painter Lyubov Popova died
May 25, 1924. Lyubov Sergeyevna Popova (April 24, 1889 - May 25, 1924) was a Russian avant-garde artist (Cubist, Suprematist and Constructivist), painter and designer. In this image: Air+Man+Space, 1912, Oil on canvas, 125 x 107 cm, The State Russian Museum, St. Petersburg.

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