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Tuesday, 30 August 2016 14:08

On October 22, 130 works from Russia’s Hermitage Museum will go on view at the Fondation Louis Vuitton in Paris. The paintings once belonged to Sergei Shchukin—a wealthy tsarist-era businessman and arts patron—and were created by such luminaries as Edgar Degas, Paul Gauguin, Henri Matisse, Paul Cézanne, Claude Monet, and Pablo Picasso. Schuckin’s illustrious collection was seized by the Bolsheviks and ultimately became part of the Russian State, though they were not publicly exhibited until the 1970s.

Tuesday, 30 August 2016 14:07

The J. Paul Getty Museum in Los Angeles is planning to acquire a sixteenth century painting by the Italian Renaissance master, Parmigianino. According to the museum, Virgin With Child, St. John the Baptist, and Mary Magdalene, has been part of a private British collection for more than 400 years. Sotheby’s will handle the sale, but the Arts Council England could attempt to block the transaction as it requires exporting the masterpiece to another country.

Monday, 29 August 2016 14:02

1. This David Adjaye-designed gem is currently owned by a major art dealer/collector.

This oceanfront residence was designed by the British architect, David Adjaye, for Adam Lindemann—a mega-dealer and collector, who founded New York and Los Angeles’ Venus galleries. The 7,500-square-foot, six-bedroom home features a traditional Shingle Style exterior and sleek, contemporary interiors complete with unique wood-lined floors, walls, and ceilings. The truly stunning retreat sits on over three acres at the tip of Long Island in Montauk.

Monday, 29 August 2016 14:01

On Monday, August 29, Sotheby’s unveiled the Sotheby’s Museum Network—a digital platform that presents video content created by an array of leading international museums, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, Tate Britain in London, and the Garage Museum of Contemporary Art in Moscow. The network will also feature original programming, including a thirteen-part series dedicated to the Chatsworth House—one of Europe’s most import private residences—which will debut this fall.

Monday, 29 August 2016 13:59

The chairwoman and vice chairwoman of the Bronx Museum of the Arts’ board of trustees have resigned. While the institution has been working to reach a broader audience and bring in more revenue, some high-level executives believe that recent initiatives have strayed from the museum’s local mission. One of the institution's most talked-about endeavors is a collaboration with the Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes in Havana. The two museums planned to exchange artworks, but the project was delayed in June as Cuba feared that art sent to the U.S. could be seized.

Monday, 29 August 2016 13:59

Madrid’s Prado Museum has extended its monumental Hieronymous Bosch exhibition through September 25. The show, titled Bosch. The 5th Centenary Exhibition, has been attracting huge crowds since it opened in May. The exhibition, which marks the 500th anniversary of Bosch’s death, brings together the largest selection of the artist’s works ever assembled. In addition to sixty-five paintings from the Prado’s collection, the exhibition includes works from a host of international museums.

Monday, 29 August 2016 13:58

The UK’s Culture Minister has placed a temporary export bar on a sapphire and diamond crown designed in 1840 by Prince Albert for his soon-to-be-wife, Queen Victoria. The bejeweled coronet was recently put up for sale by the current owner, who has already applied for an export license. The UK hopes to raise the funds needed to keep the $6.5-million treasure in the country before December, when the export bar expires.

Friday, 26 August 2016 11:05

1. Chicago Residence by Amy Lau Design

For this 3,000-square-foot townhouse, designer Amy Lau was tasked with creating a space that was livable, while also primed for entertaining. She carefully selected striking yet inviting furniture that would allow for larger and more intimate gatherings. A collection of conversation-worthy art, including a monumental sculpture by postwar abstractionist, Claire Falkenstein, adds to the home’s dynamic aesthetic.

Friday, 26 August 2016 11:04

Londoners have a rare chance to see a play written by Pablo Picasso in 1941. Desire Caught by the Tail—produced by LUXE—will be staged at the Nunnery Gallery in East London. Written in Nazi-occupied Paris, the Surrealist play is absurd and humorous, yet reflective of the dismal time in which it was created. The play was most recently performed at the Guggenheim in New York in 2012. A 1984 staging at the museum featured Louise Bourgeois and David Hockney.

Friday, 26 August 2016 11:04

The Clark Art Institute in Williamstown, Massachusetts, has acquired a work by the French post-Impressionist painter, Emile Bernard. The 1891 canvas, Portrait of Madame Lemasson, is the first work by Bernard to enter the Clark’s collection. The painting was once owned by Samuel Josefowitz—an important collector who was a noted proponent of Paul Gauguin. The work is currently on view at the Clark.

Friday, 26 August 2016 11:02

On Wednesday, August 24, a 6.2-magnitude earthquake rattled central Italy, claiming 267 lives and severely damaging the affected area. In the wake of the devastating disaster, the country’s Minister of Culture, Dario Franceschini, announced that state museums and archaeological sites across Italy will donate the proceeds of all ticket sales on Sunday, August 28, to help rescue efforts. A number of landmark historic sites, including the fifteenth century Church of St. Augustine, are believed to have been damaged.

Friday, 26 August 2016 11:02

The Tehran Museum of Contemporary Art has announced plans to digitize its illustrious modern art collection. Widely considered one of the finest collections of Western art outside of Europe and the United States, the institution owns landmark works by such luminaries as Pablo Picasso, Mark Rothko, Jackson Pollock, and Andy Warhol. Since the 1979 Islamic Revolution, much of the museum’s collection has remained in storage.

Thursday, 25 August 2016 14:05

For Shawn Henderson, there’s one thing that’s non-negotiable for each of his projects: No matter how sleek and contemporary the envelope, the decor must contain vintage. “Adding vintage pieces is always a part of my process and it's a conversation I have with the client before I even take the project on,” says Henderson, a celeb favorite designer who has worked on the homes of Will Ferrell and Glenn Close. He stuck by this rule while designing a newly-built apartment in for a young family in Manhattan’s NoHo neighborhood.

Thursday, 25 August 2016 14:04

As the Costume Institute’s latest exhibition, Manus x Machina, comes to a close, the Metropolitan Museum of Art has decided to extend its hours for the show’s final weekend. The institution will remain open until midnight on September 2 and 3—three hours past the museum’s usual closing time. The exhibition, which explores the intersection between fashion and technology, was originally slated to end on August 14, but high attendance led the Met to extend its run.

Thursday, 25 August 2016 14:03

On November 10, Sotheby’s London will offer a painting by the celebrated Irish painter, Jack Butler Yeats, from David Bowie’s illustrious art collection. The late singer acquired the 1955 work, titled Sleep Sound, at Sotheby’s in 1993. The canvas, which is included in a three-part sale of Bowie’s collection, is expected to fetch between $158,000 and $237,000. The auction will also include works by Frank Auerbach, Damien Hirst, Henry Moore.

Thursday, 25 August 2016 14:01

The Wadsworth Atheneum in Hartford, Connecticut, has begun offering free admission to local residents. The move, which went into effect on August 24, is intended to make the institution more accessible to the Hartford community. The Wadsworth, which is the oldest public art museum in the Unites States, will evaluate the initiative's success in 2017. General admission to the museum is currently $15 for adult, non-Hartford residents

Thursday, 25 August 2016 13:59

The McNay Art Museum in San Antonio, Texas, has received a $1 million gift from the G.A.C. Halff Foundation—a local nonprofit whose trustee, Marie Halff, is also an emeritus trustee at the museum. The bequest will be used to establish an endowment for the acquisition of American art. The McNay, which specializes in modern art, currently owns works by such luminaries as Marsden Hartley, William Zorach, Max Weber, Elie Nadelman, and John Marin.

Wednesday, 24 August 2016 14:50

As Essential as Dreams: Self-Taught Art from the Collection of Stephanie and John Smither, Menil Collection, Houston, TX, On view through October 16, 2016—As Essential as Dreams showcases works from a monumental promised gift of Outsider Art to the Menil Collection. The bequest, which includes fifty works by such luminaries as Thornton Dial, Sister Gertrude Morgan, Solange Knopf, and Martín Ramírez, comes from the late, Houston-based arts patron and collector, Stephanie Smither, and her husband, John, who died in 2002.

Wednesday, 24 August 2016 14:48

On Wednesday, August 24, Italian officials announced that the Basilica of San Francesco in Assisi was unharmed by a 6.2-magnitude earthquake that shook the country’s Lazio and Marche regions. The thirteenth-century structure, which is decorated with frescoes by Cimabue, Giotto, Pietro Lorenzetti, and Simone Martini, was severely damaged by an earthquake in 1997.

Wednesday, 24 August 2016 14:47

Tate Liverpool will mount the first solo exhibition dedicated to the French artist, Yves Klein, in more than two decades. The show will bring together around thirty major works—many of which have never been displayed in the UK. Klein, who died of a heart attack at the age of thirty-four, is best known for his vibrant, monochromatic paintings, often executed in his signature blue hue. The post-war artist also experimented with sculpture, performance, film, and architecture.