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Andy Warhol's Portrait of Michael Jackson Temporarily Pulled from Auction in New York

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EAST HAMPTON, NY.- The Vered Gallery in East Hampton has temporarily removed an Andy Warhol portrait of Michael Jackson from the auction block. The Associated Press reported that gallery co-owner Janet Lehr said in a statement she wanted to offer the 1984 work to "the greatest number of prospective purchasers." Pre-sale estimates ranged from one to 10 million US dollars. The painting shows Michael Jackson wearing a red jacket from his Thriller era...

The Art Loss Register Acquires Register of Stolen Art and antiques from Trace

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LONDON.- The Art Loss Register (ALR) announced the acquisition of the register of stolen art and antiques from Trace, a subsidiary by MyThings which will become a minority shareholder in the ALR. This merger will consolidate the two databases into one, and reinforce the need for one database recognised internationally as the centre for due diligence searching by the art trade and for registration by insurers and victims of theft...

Exhibition Celebrates the Vision of Renowned 20th-Century Architects Charles and Henry Greene

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BOSTON, MA.- Beauty with a purpose was the guiding aesthetic for Charles and Henry Greene, acclaimed architects and designers of the American Arts and Crafts Movement in the early 20th century. Known for their signature "ultimate bungalows," the brothers designed "total living environments‖ for their clients", including the architecture, furnishings, and even the surrounding landscape. Their unique vision embraced an appreciation of nature and the return to hand-craftsmanship in a world increasingly dominated by the uniformity of the mechanized age...


Telling Tales: Fantasy and Fear in Contemporary Design

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LONDON.- This summer the V&A will explore the recent trend among European designers for limited edition pieces that push the boundaries between art and design. Telling Tales: Fantasy and Fear in Contemporary Design will bring together around 50 objects that share common themes such as fantasy, parody and a concern with mortality. The exhibition will feature furniture, ceramics, lighting and large scale installations by designers including Tord Boontje, Maarten Baas, Jurgen Bey and Studio Job...

ShContemporary 09 to Launch its Third Edition in September


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SHANGHAI.- ShContemporary, Asia’s most dynamic and international contemporary art fair, will launch its third edition on September 9, 2009 with a new artistic direction and initiatives to engage with emerging collectors from the region. A unique curatorial team consisting of Wang Jianwei, Mami Kataoka, and Anton Vidokle is working with Fair Director Colin Chinnery to give ShContemporary09 an experimental and daring artistic vision...

Museo Reina Sofía Opens Exhibition by León Ferrari and Mira Schendel 


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MADRID.- León Ferrari and Mira Schendel are among the most significant Latin American artists of the twentieth century. Active in the 1960s, 1970s, and 1980s in the neighboring countries of Argentina and Brazil, they worked independently of each other, producing an oeuvre that privileges language visually and as subject matter...


Paul Delaroche Work "Ruined" in War Rescued for Show


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LONDON (REUTERS).- A major work by French painter Paul Delaroche thought to have been virtually destroyed during a World War Two German air raid on London in 1941 has been unrolled and found to be in good condition. 

"Charles I Insulted by Cromwell's Soldiers," depicting the British monarch shortly before his execution in 1649, was damaged when Bridgewater House was bombed on May 11, 1941... 


Art Basel Miami Beach

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MIAMI BEACH, FL - Widely considered to be the most important contemporary art show in the US, Art Basel Miami opens tomorrow in Miami Beach, Florida. http://www.artbaselmiamibeach.com/go/id/ss/lang/eng/ .   The show will run from December 3 - December 6, 2009...


Caravaggio's Secret Self-Portrait PICs INCLUDED!

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FLORENCE, ITALY - A tiny-self portrait of Caravaggio in his famous painting of Bacchus can be seen clearly for the first time, thanks to a new study by researchers and restorers. The image of the artist working at his easel, hidden in a reflection of the glass carafe in the young god's hand, was first spotted by a restorer cleaning the canvas in 1922. Detailed analyses using the most advanced scientific equipment in the world has confirmed the tiny portrait does indeed exist and revealed it clearly...



Contemporary Artist Zhang Huan to Design and Direct a New Production of Handel's Semele

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BRUSSELS.- The KT Wong Foundation has commissioned acclaimed contemporary artist Zhang Huan to design and direct a new production of Handel’s Semele, to coincide with the 250th anniversary of the composer’s death. This is the first time a Chinese artist of Zhang Huan’s stature has both directed and designed an opera. Semele is the most ambitious project yet for the London-based KT Wong Foundation, which builds bridges between China and the wider world through cross-cultural collaboration...

Starting in September, the Colors of Ancient Rome will be on Show at the Scuderie del Quirinale

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ROME.- The Scuderie del Quirinale, from September 24 2009 until January 17 2010, will showcase Roman Imperial Painting: frescoes, portraits on wood and on glass, decorations and landscapes from patrician domus, as well as popular houses and shops from the most important archaeological sites and museums in the world...

Lee Sandstead Speaks at American Art Museum and Dallas Museum of Art this Week

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WASHINGTON, DC.- When you think of extreme sports bungee jumping and rock climbing may immediately come to mind, but definitely not art history! At least that's not until you meet Lee Sandstead who will speak at the Smithsonian American Art Museum on Wednesday, July 15, 2009 and the Dallas Museum of Art on Friday, July 17, 2009...

First Exhibition in Los Angeles for Vera Lutter at Gagosian Gallery

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LOS ANGELES, CA.- Gagosian Gallery announced an exhibition of large-scale unique photographs by Vera Lutter. This is her first exhibition in Los Angeles. In Lutter's conceptual approach to the camera obscura, the most rudimentary form of photography, the apparatus records in a very direct and immediate way what exists in the world outside. By choosing to retain the negative image, she transforms the visual facts of her chosen environments into uncanny scenes that reflect on the two principal realities of time and space...


Artists in all stages of career development are invited to submit work

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SAINT LOUIS, MO.- The Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis is announcing a call to artists for the Great Rivers Biennial 2010. This innovative program awards up to three area artists with $20,000 each and an exhibition at the Contemporary. The submission deadline is August 15, 2009...


Museum of Nature & Science Breaks Ground on $185-Million Museum 

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DALLAS, TX.- After years of planning and gathering donations ranging from a couple of dollars to millions, the Museum of Nature & Science celebrated "The Ultimate Dig" on Nov. 18 by breaking ground on the $185-million museum to be constructed at Victory Park...


Google to Document and Post Online Iraqi Museum Treasures 

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By: Ryan Lucas, Associated Press Writer

BAGHDAD (AP).- Google is documenting Iraq's national museum and will post photographs of its ancient treasures on the Internet early next year, Google chief Eric Schmidt announced Tuesday... 


CO2 Cubes: United Nations Project to Visualize a Ton of Change

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NEW YORK, NY.- How big is 1 metric ton of carbon dioxide (CO2)? Join us for the premiere of the "CO2 Cube" to visualize it. Measured and stored at standard atmospheric pressure, CO2 occupies a cube the size of a three-story building 8.2m x 8.2m x 8.2m (27ft x 27ft x 27ft). This is the amount of CO2 the average person in an industrialized country emits each month, and in the United States, every two weeks... 


King Kong Realises $200,305 at Christie's South Kensington 

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LONDON.- The original armature used to film the final, climactic scenes of the 1933 epic King Kong sold today at Christie’s South Kensington for £121,250 / $200,305 / €134,224. Measuring 22 inches in height, the metal armature was used in the film to show the giant ape as he terrorized New York and as he scaled the Empire State Building; some of the most memorable scenes from one of Hollywood’s most famous films. The armature was bought by an anonymous client who was bidding in the room...


Lost art masterpiece rediscovered 


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A lost Renaissance masterpiece by Italian artist Mazzolino has been rediscovered after being left in a packing case for nearly 60 years. Experts from the National Gallery in London identified the painting, which depicts the Madonna and Child with St Joseph, as dating back to 1522... 



At 50, Phoenix Art Museum thrives due to donors



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“It’s what I call disease of collecting,” retired Chicago businessman Steve Rineberg says. "People collect baseball cards, too. But there are not too many baseball-card museums." Rineberg and his wife, Gail, have collected contemporary art and Asian ceramics for years and are frequent donors to the Phoenix Art Museum, which is celebrating its 50th anniversary with a new installation, "50/50: Fifty Gifts for Fifty Years."



Vending machine that dispenses art unveiled in Chandler



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Forget candy bars and sodas. Now you can stop by the vending machine and buy an original work of art for less than the cost of lunch. This week the Vision Gallery in Chandler unveils its newest installation, the Art-O-Mat, a vending machine that dispenses original art, and the machine's creator will be on hand...



Contemporary quilting art comes to Chandler



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Art Quilts XIV: Significant Stitching features a variety of quilts from throughout the country and Canada. "The most significant achievement of my life is my children," Greaves said in her statement about the quilt. "This piece portrays the purity in the face of my sleeping child and reminds me of what it means to be their...


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The Arizona State University Art Museum hosted a small event and provided tours of its seasonal exhibit, Defining Sustainability, for 120 U.S. Green Building Council members Friday. The 2009 Greenbuild Expo was held in Phoenix last week and the art event was one of a number of related activities in Tempe...



Art museum chooses new director



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New Mexico Museum of Art curator and Arizona State University graduate Tim Rodgers, 50, has been named director of the Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art. Rodgers fills the spot left vacant a year ago by Susan Krane. He will begin in mid-December...




World-class Art Nouveau, Art Deco Galleries will be On View in Expanded Virginia Museum of Fine Arts Next Year
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RICHMOND, VA.- When the expanded Virginia Museum of Fine Arts galleries open May 1, one of the most significant public collections outside Paris of Art Nouveau and Art Deco decorative arts, spanning the years 1890-1935, will be on view. Some objects from the collection never exhibited before at VMFA, along with newly acquired works, will be on display...

Amon Carter Museum to Present Views and Visions: Prints of the American West, 1820-1970

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FORT WORTH, TX.- On September 19, 2009, the Amon Carter Museum presents Views and Visions: Prints of the American West, 1820–1970. The exhibition, on view through January 10, 2010, showcases approximately 120 prints and illustrated books from the museum’s permanent collection. American artists saw and experienced the western frontier in different ways and with varied perspectives. This exhibition features prints from the past two centuries, representing a myriad views and visions of the American West...


Exhibition Explores Themes of Music in Paintings and Sculptures Made for India's Rulers

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PHILADELPHIA, PA.- Drawing together a diverse range of paintings and sculptures from across the subcontinent, Ragas and Rajas: Musical Imagery of Courtly India explores the confluence of sight and sound, king and god throughout a millennium of artistic vision in India. The exhibition will be on view at the Philadelphia Museum of Art through November 18...

Abstract Earth: The Photography of Richard Woldendorp to Open at the Art Gallery of Western Australia

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PERTH.- Abstract Earth: The Photography of Richard Woldendorp showcases the incredible skill of this early pioneer of aerial photography, as it is almost impossible to distinguish whether his untouched photographic works are photographs or indeed painted works of art. Woldendorp’s first aerial landscapes date from the 1960s, but it was a genre that he rapidly made his own. Nowadays, as a veteran of many flights and with seventeen books and numerous exhibitions behind him, the Dutch-born Woldendorp is acknowledged as a giant of Australian photography...

Logbook of the Greatest Scientific Expedition that Proved Darwin Right for Sale at Bonhams

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LONDON.- A logbook from the famous 1872-1876 journey of HMS Challenger, described at the time as "the greatest advance in the knowledge of our planet since the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries" will go on sale at Bonhams 16th September auction of Exploration, Travel and Topographical Pictures. The Book is estimated to sell for £10,000-12,000...




First Edition of Charles Darwin's 'On the Origin of Species' Sells for $170,569


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LONDON.- A rediscovered first edition of Charles Darwin’s (1809-1882) 'On the Origin of Species by Means of Natural Selection' sold today at Christie’s in London for £103,250 / $170,569 / €114,298 (estimate: £40,000 to £60,000). Recently rediscovered sitting on a bookcase in the guest bathroom of the vendor’s house, it had been bought for only a few shillings over 50 years ago. The book was sold 150 years to the day after this seminal work of scientific literature was first published (November 24, 1859). It was bought by an anonymous client bidding by telephone...


101-Year-Old Brazilian Architect Oscar Niemeyer Back at Work 

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The daily newspaper 'O Globo' reports that Niemeyer is working on a collection of buildings in the city of Niteroi. Photo: EFE/Antonio Lacerda. BRASILIA (AP).- Famed 101-year-old Brazilian architect Oscar Niemeyer is reportedly back at work just weeks after surgery for gallstones and an intestinal tumor...


Edelman Arts Brings Alberto Giacometti's "Torse de Femme" to Art Miami 2009 

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MIAMI, FL.- Art Miami, the longest running contemporary art fair in Miami and the anchor art fair for the city of Miami, continues to be an important venue for high quality modern and contemporary art. In today’s art market, collectors are concerned about quality...


One of a Kind Donation from Nedko Solakov to Mathildenhohe Darmstadt 

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ARMSTADT.- Nedko Solakov is donating 27 wall and floor objects from the total installation "Emotions (without masks)"; as well as the complete water reservoir installation "No Ideas (for the water reservoir)"; with more than 600 entries from the public on the successful conclusion of the Solakov exhibition to Mathildenhöhe Darmstadt. This is the largest site specific donation by the Documenta XII artist and Biennale star Nedko Solakov...










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