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The Nevada Museum of Art presents Three Exhibitions on a Tiffany & Co. Themes

Posted: 10 Feb 2012 09:37 PM PST

artwork: Tiffany Studios - "Seven Windows", circa 1902 - Stained glass - Originally installed in the Church of the New Jerusalem in Cincinnati, Ohio. On view at the Nevada Museum of Art, Reno in "In Company with Angels: Seven Rediscovered Tiffany Windows" from February 11th until May 20th.

Reno, Nevada.- The Nevada Museum of Art is pleased to present three exhibitions organized around Tiffany & Co. "Out of the Forest: Art Nouveau Lamps", "In Company with Angels: Seven Rediscovered Tiffany Windows" and "Tiffany & Co. Arms from the Robert M. Lee Collection" are all on view at the museum from February 11th through May 20th. "Out of the Forest: Art Nouveau Lamps" features 20 exquisite lamps manufactured in the early twentieth century by Tiffany Studios, Handel, Durand, and Duffner & Kimberly. The exhibition focuses on themes related to the Art Nouveau style and its inspiration in nature.

Discussion will also unfold related to various companies who competed for customers to sell lamps at the turn of the century and the competition between them. The exhibition will also explore the intricate copper foil production process used for the creation of glass lamps. All of the objects in "Out of the Forest" are from the private collection of Byron Vreeland.

artwork: Tiffany Studios - "Lamp with Turtleback Motif", early 20th century - Collection of Dr. Byron Vreeland. On view at the Nevada Museum of Art, Reno, NV

"In Company with Angels: Seven Rediscovered Tiffany Windows" tells the remarkable story of the stained glass windows created by Tiffany Studios for the Church of the New Jerusalem in Cincinnati, Ohio. Created by Tiffany Studios in New York City at the beginning of the 20th century and named for the angels in the Biblical Book of Revelation, the seven windows in this exhibition were originally installed in the Church of the New Jerusalem in Cincinnati. When the church was taken by eminent domain and demolished for highway construction in 1964, the windows were crated and stored in various garages and sheds for decades until their re-discovery in 2001. This national exhibition tour debuts the story of these seven rediscovered Tiffany Windows.

The most distinguished name in decorative firearms in America is Tiffany & Co. — a surprise to those who might otherwise recognize the firm as a legendary purveyor of fine silver, jewelry and luxury objects. Founded in 1837 by Charles Lewis Tiffany, what became Tiffany & Co. commenced business just one year after the young inventor Samuel Colt registered his new designs for revolving pistols and long arms with the U.S. Patent Office. In the 175 years since then, the paths of Tiffany & Co. and Colt have crossed many times. Among the other American gun makers with ties to Tiffany & Co. are Henry Deringer, Winchester, and Smith & Wesson. The exhibition "Tiffany & Co. Arms from the Robert M. Lee Collection" features a selection of these highly decorated weapons. The Robert M. Lee Collection is recognized as the finest selection of Tiffany & Co. arms privately owned. The collection of items in this exhibition — including three revolvers, four pistols, one rifle, and one presentation sword — is rivaled only by those on display in the Robert M. Lee Gallery of American Arms, at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. Tiffany's production of presentation swords and fine guns began in the 1850s, reached a peak during the Civil War period (c. 1861-65), and continued through the close of World War I (c. 1918). The art of Tiffany & Co. arms was revived c. 1982, and remained active until c. 2001, with innovative modern era designs created by the firm's Corporate Division. The Tiffany and Co. items in the exhibition span just over a century — they were made as early as 1893 and as recently as 1994.

artwork: Colt's Patent 2nd Generation New Model Holster or Army Pistol, by Tiffany & Co. - Circa 1994 - Robert M. Lee Collection © 2012 Robert M. Lee Trust.  -  On view at the Nevada Museum of Art, Reno. NV in "Tiffany & Co. Arms" until May 20th.

The Nevada Museum of Art is the only accredited art museum in the state of Nevada. Recognized for following best practices as outlined by the American Association of Museums, the Museum is committed to continuous institutional improvement and change. The permanent collection is the heart  of a fine arts museum. Held in trust by the Museum and enriched constantly, the collection is an inexhaustible treasure that grows in value and meaning. The permanent collection provides both the Museum and the community with a variety of fine artwork regularly displayed for the public. The collection is a resource for exhibitions and educational programs. The Permanent Collection at the Nevada Museum of Art consists of over 2,000 works of nineteenth through twenty-first century art and is divided into five focus areas that are unified by an overarching focus on natural, built and virtual environments. This thematic, rather than historical or stylistic specialization, is a natural outgrowth of the institution's collecting practices over the years and offers varied perspectives on the ways in which humans interact with the world. Visit the museum's website at ...

ARCOmadrid Highlights Around 160 Galleries from over 30 Countries

Posted: 10 Feb 2012 09:36 PM PST

artwork: Jose Damasceno - "Le Bain Animique", 2010 - Ceramic sculpture, calcite ball stone, wooden table, daycell blades - 120 x 140 x 250 cm. Courtesy Distrito 4, madrid. Distrito 4 will be exhibiting at ARCOmadrid from February 15th until February 19th.

Madrid.- ARCOmadrid 2012 will be held in Halls 8 & 10 of the Feria de Madrid from February 15th through February 19th. The work on view covers the historical avant-gardes, classic contemporary and Emerging art. Around 160 galleries from over 30 country clubs will be showing paintings, sculpture, installations, photography, video, new media, drawings, and multiple editions. For the second year running ARCOmadrid presents "Opening - Young European Galleries", a highly successful programme designed to show and support young gallery projects from the Old Continent. On this occasion, Manuel Segade, curator and art critic, has been responsible for choosing the 25 galleries, from 10 different countries, that will give an overview of Europe's younger creators. Many of the emerging galleries that took part last year have asked if they can come back to the fair.

A-Cero: Joaquin Torres and Rafael Llamazares at the Valencian Institute for Modern Art

Posted: 10 Feb 2012 09:24 PM PST

artwork: Vivir en la Arquitectura reviews all these aspects of the work of Torres and Llamazares in a retrospective show at IVAM.

VALENCIA, SPAIN - Vivir en la arquitectura. A-cero: Joaquín Torres y Rafael Llamazares (Living in Architecture. A-cero: Joaquín Torres and Rafael Llamazares) is the title of a complete exhibition that the IVAM is showing, devoted to the work over the last fifteen years of the well-known architects' studio based in La Finca, Pozuelo de Alarcón, with international offices in various cities of the world, including Dubai, Ho-Chi-Minh City, Beirut, Moscow, Bombay and Santiago de Chile. Joaquín Torres and Rafael Llamazares founded A-cero Arquitectos in 1996 and since their early days in the city of A Coruña they have developed a wide-ranging creative programme of residential dwellings, especially in Madrid. The monumental features and avant-garde style of their detached houses have become recognisable in the La Finca housing development, and past customers include famous celebrities from the worlds of sport, entertainment and finance. On exhibit 10th of February until 10th June.

Oxford Exhibition celebrates the work of Guercino and the work of a great collector

Posted: 10 Feb 2012 08:27 PM PST

artwork: Giovanni Francesco Barbieri, known as Guercino (1591–1666) - An angel in flight, c.1648. - Red chalk, 27.3 x 26.8 cm. -  © Ashmolean Museum, University of Oxford.

OXFORD, UK - An adventurous and brilliant draughtsman, Giovanni Francesco Barbieri, known as Guercino (1591–1666) was one of the 17th century's greatest artists. He drew constantly, with a passion that revealed itself in the vigour and intensity of his preparatory studies. He explored, in drawings, different possibilities for literary and religious subjects, landscapes, and scenes of everyday life – which stand alone as independent works of art. Born in Cento, near Ferrara, Guercino received his nickname, 'squinter', as a boy and spent much of his career in his home town. As a young painter, he was inspired by the art of the Carracci in nearby Bologna, particularly their dramatic use of light and shade and the tender naturalism of their style.

The Gemeentemuseum Den Haag to Show Alexander Calder Retrospective

Posted: 10 Feb 2012 07:52 PM PST

artwork: Alexander Calder - "Cow", circa 1926 - Wire and wood - 8.9 x 20.5 x 9.9 cm. - Collection of the Museum of Modern Art, NYC. On view at the Gemeentemuseum Den Haag in "Alexander Calder: The Great Discovery" from February 11th until May 28th.

The Hague, Netherlands.- The Gemeentemuseum Den Haag is proud to present "Alexander Calder: The Great Discovery", on view at the museum from February 11th through May 28th. Thanks to a prestigious Turing Art Grant, which made this important exhibition possible, the Gemeentemuseum Den Haag will present the first major Calder retrospective to be held in the Netherlands since 1969. Calder's radical wire sculptures, astonishing Cirque Calder (1926–1931), and mobiles characterized by immateriality and movement won the artist worldwide fame and established him as one of the foremost founders of modern sculpture. The exhibition focuses on the legendary meeting between Alexander Calder and Piet Mondrian at the latter's studio in Paris in October of 1930, and explores the impact the studio environment made on Calder, which left an even more indelible impression on him than the paintings.

Alexander Calder (1898–1976) grew up in a family engaged in artistic traditions: his father was a sculptor and his mother, a painter. As a child, he made model animals, jewelry, and small sculptures from a variety of unconventional materials. Initially training as a mechanical engineer, Calder did not attend art school until 1923 when he enrolled in the Art Students League, New York. Over the rapidly unfolding years that followed, Calder entirely redefined the course of modern sculpture by formalizing movement in art. This was a major innovation: never again would sculpture be seen as a matter of chisels and blocks of wood or stone. Between 1926 and 1933, Calder lived in Paris, then the heart of the modern art movement. At this stage, he was producing wire sculptures that suggested volume with gestural lines and he became famous for performances of his Cirque Calder, an elaborate miniature circus he had concocted from everyday materials like wire, wood, leather, cork, and scraps of cloth. An early example of performance art, the Cirque was designed to be manipulated by the artist: acrobats swayed across the tightrope, dogs jumped through hoops, and the elephant stood on its hind legs.

artwork: Alexander Calder - "Untitiled (maquette)", 1976 - Aluminium and painted metal - 65 x 72 x 39 cm. Collection of the Kröller-Muller Museum, Otterlo. -  On view at the Gemeentemuseum Den Haag

The exhibition stems from Calder's one visit to Piet Mondrian's studio in 1930, which triggered a radical change in his artistic practice. As Calder later recalled: "It was this visit to Mondrian's studio that made me abstract." He admired Mondrian's use of space and converted it into his own artistic expression grounded in gesture and immateriality. A central feature of the forthcoming exhibition is a complete reconstruction of Mondrian's studio on the Rue du Départ. The exhibition includes a 1929 film by Hans Cürlis that was shown in the Netherlands in the early 1930s and depicts Calder creating two wire circus figures with no more than a pair of pliers and his own bare hands––profiling the artist as a great innovator with his unorthodox use of materials and methods. The exhibition concludes with one of Calder's final works, a circa 1976 design for a sculpture that was to have stood in the sculpture park at the Kröller-Müller Museum, rediscovered during preparations for the exhibition. However, because of Calder's untimely death in 1976, the project went unrealized.

The Municipal Museum (Dutch: Gemeentemuseum Den Haag) is an art museum, located in The Hague, Netherlands. The museum was built by the Dutch architect H.P. Berlage. It is renowned for its large Mondrian collection, the largest in the world. His last work, "Victory Boogie-Woogie", is on display at the museum. The modern art collection provides a varied overview of developments in the fine arts since the early 19th century. Charley Toorop's piercing eyes and Floris Verster's bowl of eggs are flanked by works by leading foreign artists, including Pablo Picasso and Claude Monet, plus an extensive collection of German Expressionist pieces. This helps to place Dutch examples of the Realist and Symbolist schools and the De Stijl movement in an international context. Outstanding features in the collection are the Hague School paintings and a marvellous series of works by Mondrian, ranging from moody Dutch landscapes to the sparkling Victory Boogie Woogie. As a whole, the collection traces the thrilling story of modern art - right through to today. The Modern Art Department's print room has a large collection of drawings, prints and posters dating from the 19th and 20th century. Most are by Dutch artists, but there are also major groups of foreign works. These include a fine collection of 19th-century French works on paper with an emphasis on work by Rodolphe Bresdin, Odilon Redon and Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec. German Expressionism is also well represented. The entire collection numbers around 50,000 objects. Parts of the collection are regularly exhibited in the print room. The Gemeentemuseum possesses one of the world's leading collections of fashion items. It includes both historical costumes and contemporary designs. Exhibitions focus not just on changing fashions in the Netherlands, but also on landmark designs from abroad. Accessories, jewellery, fashion drawings and prints all help to place the garments in a broader perspective. Visit the museum's website at ...

The D’Amour Museum of Fine Arts Exhibits "The Real Housewives of Currier & Ives"

Posted: 10 Feb 2012 07:38 PM PST

Springfield, Massachusetts.- The D'Amour Museum of Fine Arts is pleased to present "The Real Housewives of Currier & Ives", on view at the museum until June 24th. Just as contemporary television and other media portray and define popular culture today, the ideals of Victorian culture permeated the visual media of that era, often in the form of art work designed by the publishing firm of Currier & Ives. The Real Housewives of Currier & Ives shows women engaged in family life, maintaining the home and wearing the latest fashions. The care of home and family was seen as the duty and fulfillment of all women, and Currier & Ives carefully depicted women as nurturers. However, Currier & Ives could not ignore important events such as the Civil War and the early Women's Rights Movement. Instead, they chose to depict popular trends and political movements in a guarded, sentimental and often overly-optimistic manner, portraying women as a stabilizing influence during troubling times.

Getty Museum announces two acquisitions: A rare Fragonard and a German painting

Posted: 10 Feb 2012 07:15 PM PST

artwork: Jean-Honoré Fragonard (French, ca. 1732–1806) - "The Pancake Maker", An embodiment of late Rococo style and subject matter. - J. Paul Getty Museum.

LOS ANGELES, CA.- The J. Paul Getty Museum today announced two acquisitions—The Pancake Maker , drawn in 1782, by French painter Jean-Honoré Fragonard (French, ca. 1732–1806) and The Trinity with the Virgin, Saints John the Evangelist, Stephen and Lawrence and a Donor, 1479, attributed to the famed Peter Hemmel von Andlau (ca. 1420/25–after 1501) Workshop. The Pancake Maker, by Jean-Honoré Fragonard is an embodiment of late Rococo style and subject matter, The Pancake Maker depicts a mother cooking beignets on the hearth, as a bevy of wriggling children look on, eager to eat the hot treats. The dynamically mounded figures throb with energy as they squeeze around the dinner table. An improvisatory but exacting draftsman, Fragonard uses dashing pencil lines worked over in infinite gradations of warm brown wash to convey the surging joy and anticipation in this intimate, animated scene. The only stable and patient presence is a little spaniel dog with its eyes trained on the frying pan. Fragonard also uses the white of the paper to evoke the scintillating flames and heat of the fire as it illuminates the mother's face.

Rare & charming Chelsea Porcelain Head to feature in Bonhams auction

Posted: 10 Feb 2012 06:53 PM PST

artwork: This rare and charming porcelain head is a product of the early period of the Chelsea factory, dating to 1748-50. - Photo: Bonhams.

LONDON.- An immensely important, rare and charming porcelain head, made in the Chelsea porcelain factory, is the highlight of the next British Pottery & Porcelain auction on April 18th at Bonhams, 101 New Bond Street, London. Fergus Gambon, Department Director of British Ceramics at Bonhams, was moved to tears by his first sight of the work, and its significance cannot be underestimated. He comments, My heart stopped. I knew that the only known example of the model was in The Ashmolean Museum in Oxford, regarded as a jewel in the crown of the ceramics collection there. No other example was recorded. Yet here was another.... and somehow even better. I was immediately struck by its radiance and beauty."

Solo exhibition by New York-based artist Ryan Sullivan opens at Maccarone

Posted: 10 Feb 2012 06:52 PM PST

artwork: Ryan Sullivan - In several large-scale paintings, Sullivan tempers gesture and authorship through an entropic set of actions. - Courtesy of Maccarone, NY

NEW YORK, NY.- Maccarone announces the first solo exhibition by New York-based artist Ryan Sullivan. In several large-scale paintings, Sullivan tempers gesture and authorship through an entropic set of actions. The works often invoke topographies, with a strikingly physical surface that undermines simple signification. The cracks, mounds and fissures manifest the electric instability of the painted surface while rendering the precarious state permanent. On exhibition 10th February though 17th March.

The Speed Art Museum Showcases Modern French Masters from the Dixon Gallery & Gardens Collection

Posted: 10 Feb 2012 06:35 PM PST

artwork: Claude Monet - "Port of Dieppe, Evening", 1882 - Oil on canvas - Collection of the Dixon Gallery and Gardens. On view at the Speed Art Museum, Louisville, Kentucky in "Renoir to Chagall: Paris and the Allure of Color" until May 6th.

Louisville, Kentucky.- The Speed Art Muiseum is proud to present "Renoir to Chagall: Paris and the Allure of Color" on view at the museum until May 6th. the exhibition presents an extraordinary exhibition of modern French masters featuring 55 paintings from the Dixon Gallery and Garden s in Memphis, Tennessee and nearly 30 works from Speed's collection and public and private collections throughout Kentucky. This major exhibition features French Impressionists and Post-Impressionists, as well as key artists who came immediately before and after them. Among the who's who of painters included in the exhibition are Edgar Degas , Claude Monet , Pierre-Auguste Renoir , Camille Pissarro , Mary Cassatt , Henri Matisse , Paul Cézanne , Paul Gauguin , Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec , Georges Braque , and Marc Chagall . Renoir to Chagall demonstrates how Paris as the art capital of the Western world, produced and attracted artists of great accomplishment.

On view will be portraits, scenes of daily life, still lifes, landscapes, interiors, and the fascinating worlds of the ballet, cafés, boulevards, and other aspects of modern city life that made Paris a magnet for artists. The diverse subjects and styles of the magnificent works in this exhibition will illustrate the critical developments in French painting during this period that profoundly changed the direction of modern art. While the Impressionists experimented with color and light effects to capture the fleeting sensations of reality, the Post-Impressionists loosened ties to realism altogether by emphasizing abstract elements of form and color, and occasionally the inner world of feelings and emotions.

artwork: Henri Matisse - "The Palace, Belle Isle", circa 1896 - Oil on canvas - Collection of the Dixon Gallery and Gardens. On view at the Speed Art Museum, Louisville, KY

artwork: Marc Chagall - "Bouquet of Flowers with Lovers", 1927 Oil on canvas - Collection of the Dixon Gallery and Gardens. At the Speed Art Museum.The Speed Art Museum, originally known as the J. B. Speed Memorial Museum, is Kentucky's oldest and largest art museum. It was founded in 1925 by Hattie Bishop Speed as a memorial to her husband, James Breckinridge Speed, a prominent Louisville businessman and philanthropist. Designed by Louisville architect Arthur Loomis, the museum opened its doors on January 15, 1927, with an exhibition sponsored by the Louisville Art Association. Over a hundred American and European painters were represented and nearly two thousand visitors attended the opening. In 1941, Dr. Preston Pope Satterwhite made a significant gift to the museum - his collection of 15th century and 16th century French and Italian Decorative Arts including tapestries and furniture. In 1944, he donated the English Renaissance room, which was moved in its entirety from Devonshire, England. Dr. Satterwhite's gift necessitated an enlargement of the museum and in his will he provided for the addition that bears his name. Completed in 1954, it was the first of three additions to the original building. After another major addition to the building in 1973, the Speed celebrated its 50th anniversary in 1977 with the acquisition of Rembrandt's magnificent "Portrait of a Woman".

While the museum was closed for a dramatic renovation project in 1996, the museum received a life-changing gift, a bequest of more than $50 million from Alice Speed Stoll, granddaughter of James Breckinridge Speed. The bequest marks one of the largest given to any art museum and significantly increased the Speed's endowment, ranking it among the top 25 in the United States. Mrs. Stoll's bequest secured the museum's future and has allowed for several significant acquisitions including Jacob van Ruisdael 's "Landscape with a Half Timbered House and a Blasted Tree", (1653), and Paul Cezanne's Post-Impressionist masterpiece, "Two Apples on a Table" (about 1895-1900).

Since reopening in November 1997, the Speed has dazzled the region with exciting traveling exhibitions, new acquisitions to the permanent collection, and a new parking garage. It has also benefited greatly by a bequest from the estate of long-time Board of Governors member General Dillman A. Rash who left the museum works by Marc Chagall, Jean Dubuffet , Paul Klee , Henri Matisse, Pablo Picasso , and Maurice Utrillo .  The museum is supported entirely by donations, endowments, grants, ticket sales, and memberships. The focus of the collection is Western art, from antiquity to the present day. Holdings of paintings from the Netherlands, French and Italian works, and contemporary art are particularly strong, with sculpture prominent throughout. Representative artists include Rembrandt van Rijn , Peter Paul Rubens , Giovanni Tiepolo, Henry Moore , Thomas Gainsborough , Claude Monet, Pablo Picasso, and contemporary artists Frank Stella , Helen Frankenthaler , Alice Neel , Petah Coyne, Yinka Shonibare, Vito Acconci, and Juan Munoz . Today, The Speed Art Museum has come a long way since Mrs. Speed first opened the doors to the original museum over 80 years ago. Its magnificent building and impressive collection serve more than 180,000 visitors each year, making it a nationally recognized institution. Visit the museum's website at ...

The Smithsonian American Art Museum ~ A Phenomenal Collection Of American Art In Washington D.C.

Posted: 10 Feb 2012 06:18 PM PST

artwork: Paul Cadmus - "Aspects of Suburban Life: Polo", 1936 - Oil and tempera on fiberboard - 80.3 x 116.2 cm. Smithsonian American Art Museum Transfer from the U.S. Department of State

The Smithsonian is the world's largest museum complex and research organization, comprising 19 museums and nine research centers. The Smithsonian American Art Museum, begun in 1829, is the first federal art collection and is dedicated to the collection and display of American Art (art produced by American artists or in America by others). The museum began with gifts from private collections and art organizations established in the nation's capital before the founding of the Smithsonian in 1846. The museum has grown steadily to become a center for the study, enjoyment, and preservation of America's cultural heritage. Today the collection consists of artworks in all media, spanning more than 300 years of artistic achievement. The collection began modestly in 1829 when a Washingtonian named John Varden set out to form a permanent museum for the nation with his collection of European art. At first, the art was placed in a room he added to his own house near the U.S. Capitol. In 1841, Varden's collection was displayed in the newly constructed Patent Office Building (coincidentally, the museum's home today). The establishment of the Smithsonian in 1846 eclipsed the prestige of the institute, which later disbanded. By 1858, many items in the Smithsonian Art Collection on view at the Patent Office Building were moved a few blocks to the newly completed Smithsonian Castle. The remainder of the collection followed in 1862. But a destructive fire there in 1865 increased the Smithsonian's reluctance to build cultural collections. For the rest of the century, most of the artwork was placed on loan to the Library of Congress and to the Corcoran Gallery of Art. A turning point in the history of the collection came in 1906. That year the probated will of Harriet Lane Johnston, an art collector and niece of President James Buchanan, forced an important decision in a federal court: the recognition that the Smithsonian's collection formed a "National Gallery of Art." Coined during a national art-collecting boom, the official name soon attracted major gifts. Highly prized were diverse artworks owned by John Gellatly and American impressionist paintings and Barbizon landscapes collected by William T. Evans. Plans to build a permanent home for the museum on the National Mall came and went, among them a prize-winning modernist structure that shocked federal officials. The competition had been organized after Andrew Mellon gave his European-focused art collection to the nation in 1937 with the stipulation that his new museum be called the "National Gallery of Art" in emulation of the National Gallery of Art in London. To comply with Mellon's wishes for a National Gallery of Art to house his European collection, the Smithsonian museum known as the National Gallery of Art for the previous thirty-one years was renamed the National Collection of Fine Arts in 1937. It was given a new mission based on New Deal idealism: to promote the work of living artists and to build a national audience.

artwork: Charles Burchfield 1917-1955 - "Night of the Equinox" - Watercolor, brush and ink, gouache, and charcoal on paper mounted on paperboard102.0 x 132.5 cm. - Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of the Sara Roby Foundation

The interest in historic preservation after World War II ultimately was responsible for giving the first Smithsonian art museum a new home and preserving an architectural treasure. In 1957, a bill was introduced in Congress to tear down the elegant Patent Office Building to make way for a parking lot. Deteriorated but still one of the purest examples of Greek Revival architecture in the nation, the structure was saved when Congress turned the building over to the Smithsonian. In 1968, after an extensive interior renovation, the museum opened to the public. In 1972, the Renwick Gallery opened to the public as a branch museum featuring American crafts. In 1980, the museum's name was changed to the National Museum of American Art as part of a Smithsonian initiative to standardize the names of its many museums and to reflect the national scope of the collections. Since then, the museum has focused its energy on acquiring and promoting the work of artists in the United States exclusively. Twenty years later, the museum proposed that it be called the Smithsonian American Art Museum as an easy-to-remember name and a straightforward presentation of its mission. Congress approved this change in October 2000. The Smithsonian American Art Museum's main building, a dazzling showcase for American art and portraiture, is a National Historic Landmark and is considered one of the finest examples of Greek Revival architecture in the United States. Several important early American architects were involved in the original design of the building, including Robert Mills and Thomas U. Walter. Begun in 1836 and completed in 1868, it is one of the oldest public buildings constructed in early Washington. The Smithsonian American Art Museum's branch for craft and decorative arts, the Renwick Gallery, is close to the White House in the heart of historic federal Washington. Its Second Empire-style building, also a National Historic Landmark, was designed by architect James Renwick Jr. in 1859 and completed in 1874. In the 1990s, the Smithsonian embarked on a plan to restore the main building, and to create innovative new public facilities. The recent renovation (2000-2006) revealed the full magnificence of the building's exceptional architectural features, such as the porticos modeled after the Parthenon in Athens, a curving double staircase, colonnades, vaulted galleries, large windows, and skylights as long as a city block. Full circulation on all three floors for the public has been restored. Extraordinary effort was made to use new preservation technologies to restore the historic fabric of the building and re-use historic materials. Two innovative and bold new public spaces are open to museum visitors: the Lunder Conservation Center and the Luce Foundation Center for American Art. In addition, the Nan Tucker McEvoy Auditorium and the Robert and Arlene Kogod Courtyard are major enhancements that make this a destination museum for the 21st century. The Smithsonian American Art Museum is one of the nation's leading centers for the study of American art. The museum offers academic opportunities for scholars at the graduate level and above, research opportunities for visiting scholars, and professional museum training for college seniors and graduate students. The museum also produces 'American Art', a peer-reviewed periodical on the arts in America, organizes scholarly symposia, and sponsors several annual publication prize awards. The museum's specialized art databases of a half million records and its extensive photograph archives further research efforts in the field. Education staff and docents welcome students and teachers at both venues, the Smithsonian American Art Museum and its Renwick Gallery.

artwork: Reginald Marsh1898-1954 - "George Tilyou's Steeplechase". 1932 - Oil and egg tempera on linen mounted on fiberboard, 76.5 x 101.8 cm. - Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of the Sara Roby Foundation

The Smithsonian American Art Museum is the nation's first collection of American art and one of the world's largest and most inclusive collections of art made in the United States, is an unparalleled record of the American experience. The collection captures the aspirations, character, and imagination of the American people across more than three centuries. These artworks reveal America's rich artistic and cultural history from the colonial period to today. In recent years, the museum has strengthened its commitment to contemporary art, and in particular media arts. All regions, cultures, and traditions in this country are represented in the museum's collections, research resources, exhibitions, and public programs. Colonial portraiture, nineteenth-century landscape, American impressionism, twentieth-century realism and abstraction, New Deal projects, sculpture, photography, prints and drawings, contemporary crafts, African American art, Latino art, and folk art are all featured in the collection. More than 7,000 artists are represented in the collection, including major masters such as John Singleton Copley, Gilbert Stuart, Winslow Homer, John Singer Sargent, Childe Hassam, Mary Cassatt, Georgia O'Keeffe, Edward Hopper, Jacob Lawrence, Helen Frankenthaler, Christo, David Hockney, Jenny Holzer, Lee Friedlander, Nam June Paik, Jackson Pollock, Martin Puryear, Robert Rauschenberg and Roy Lichtenstein. The museum has been a leader in identifying significant aspects of American visual culture and actively collecting and exhibiting works of art before many other major public collections. The museum has the largest collection of 'New Deal' art and the finest collections of contemporary craft, American impressionist paintings and masterpieces from the Gilded Age. Other pioneering collections include historic and contemporary folk art; work by African American and Latino artists; photography from its origins in the nineteenth century to contemporary works; images of western expansion; and realist art from the first half of the twentieth century. The Renwick Gallery, a branch of the Smithsonian American Art Museum, features one of the finest collections of American craft in the United States. Its collections, exhibition program, and publications highlight the best craft objects and decorative arts from the nineteenth century to the present. The museum's Luce Foundation Center for American Art, a study center and visible art storage facility, displays more than 3,300 artworks from the museum's permanent collection in a three-story skylight space.

artwork: Alexis Rockman - "Manifest Destiny", 2003 - 2004 - Oil and acrylic on panel - © Alexis Rockman. On show in

The highlight of the temporary exhibitions currently on view at the Smithsonian American Art Museum is "Alexis Rockman: A Fable for Tomorrow" until May 8th 2011. Alexis Rockman has been depicting the natural world with virtuosity and wit for more than two decades. He was one of the first contemporary artists to build his career around exploring environmental al issues, from evolutionary biology and genetic engineering to deforestation and climate change. Rockman has garnered attention for embracing these issues, as well as for the epic quality of his projects, including several monumentally scaled canvases. His work expresses deep concerns about the world's fragile ecosystems and the tension between nature and culture, which are communicated through vivid, even apocalyptic, imagery. Rockman achieves his vision through a synthesis of fantasy and empirical fact, using sources as varied as natural history, botanical illustrations, museum dioramas, science fiction films, realist art traditions dating back to the Renaissance, and firsthand field study. Alexis Rockman: A fable for Tomorrow is the first major survey of the artist's work and features 47 paintings and works on paper from private and public collections. The title of the exhibition is taken from the opening chapter of Rachel Carson's influential 1962 book Silent Spring. In it, Carson combines two seemingly incompatible literary genres, mythic narrative and factual reportage. Rockman approaches his paintings with a similar intent. The exhibition traces Rockman's artistic development from the mid-1980s to the present. Highlights include "Evolution" (1992), his first mural-sized painting, and "Manifest Destiny" (2003-2004), an ambitious large-scale work commissioned by the Brooklyn Museum of Art. An accompanying book has been produced, co-published by the Smithsonian American Art Museum and London-based D Giles Ltd. In addition to the Rockman retrospective, 3 rotating exhibitions feature exhibits from the main collection. "Close to Home: Photographers and Their Families" until July 24th 2011 presents photographs made during the past three decades by both established and emerging artists. It features thirty-two color and black-and-white photographs from the permanent collection. "Watch This! New Directions in the Art of the Moving Image" takes stock of the cutting-edge tools and materials used by video artists during the past forty years and features key artworks from the history of video art alongside works by the latest generation of artists. The "Grand Salon Installation: Paintings from the Smithsonian American Art Museum" at the Renwick Gallery is an installation of seventy paintings from the collection showing the development of American art from the 1840s to the 1930s.

artwork: Earl Horter, 1881-1940 - "Still Life".1939 - Watercolor, 38.1 x 47.0 cm. Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of Mrs. Earle Horter

The Smithsonian American Art Museum displays its collections and presents special exhibitions in two locations in Washington, D.C. Its main building is located at the heart of a vibrant downtown cultural district, while its branch museum for contemporary craft and decorative arts, the Renwick Gallery, is located nine blocks west, near the White House. Before you visit, please take a moment to look over our Gallery Guidelines so you know what to expect. If you are looking for a quiet place to work or to check your e-mail, free public wireless Internet access (Wi-Fi) is available in the Luce Foundation Center. Please note: the Kogod Courtyard and the Courtyard Cafe are temporarily closed due to construction. If your time is limited, stop by the Information Desk for a self-guided tour brochure, Ten Highlights, which includes the innovative Luce Foundation Center for American Art and the Lunder Conservation Center, or take advantage of one of the daily docent-led tours of the collection. Don't forget, American Art's main building is open every evening until 7 p.m. so you can visit your favorite painting before going to dinner or heading home. Education staff and docents welcome students and teachers to "our space" at two venues, the Smithsonian American Art Museum and its Renwick Gallery. At the Smithsonian American Art Museum, interactive tours yield lively exchanges about our collection as windows on American history. At the Renwick Gallery, students handle and explore unique craft objects by contemporary artists to learn about process, material, and technique. A variety of programs are offered in the center, including themed scavenger hunts for children, a weekly sketching workshop, Art + Coffee tours and a variety of interactive games. Ten award-winning interactive computer kiosks share information about every object on display and include discussions of each artwork, artist biographies, audio interviews, still images, and nearly seventy videos created exclusively for the Luce Center. Audio tours with more than 180 stops can be accessed through a cell phone, iTunes, or free MP3 players available at the Center's information desk. Visit The Smithsonian American Art Museum at :

Sir Stanley Spencer New Auction Record

Posted: 10 Feb 2012 06:17 PM PST

artwork: Sir Stanley Spencer - "Hilda and I at Pond Street" sold for £1,430,050 ($2,249,612), far in excess of its pre-sale estimate of £400,000-600,000. Photo: Sotheby's.

LONDON.- The sale of 20th Century British Art at Sotheby's in London established a new auction record for a work by Sir Stanley Spencer (in pounds – see note at foot of email), when his "Hilda and I at Pond Street" sold for £1,430,050 ($2,249,612), far in excess of its pre-sale estimate of £400,000-600,000. (The previous auction record for Spencer was £1,320,000 ($2,161,454) and this was achieved for his The Crucifixion, which sold at Sotheby's in London in 1990.) "Hilda and I at Pond Street", from 1954, was arguably the finest work by the British artist to appear at auction in the last five years. It was offered for sale by The Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago , to benefit the Museum's acquisition fund.

Discursive Painting from Albers to Zobernig at the MUMOK

Posted: 10 Feb 2012 06:16 PM PST

artwork: Julian Opie - On average present day humans are one inch shorter than they were 8000 years B.C., 1991, emulsion on wood, 198 x 255 x 215 cm. Daimler Kunst Sammlung - © Julian Opie.

VIENNA.- "Pictures about Pictures. Discursive Painting" is the title of the exhibition of the Daimler Art Collection in the MUMOK. Around 130 works will be presented ranging from classical modernity and post-war avantgarde through European Zero and minimalism to international contemporary art. In addition to paintings and drawings the presentation in the MUMOK also includes installations and video art. Together, the selection of works represents the main focus of the Daimler Art Collection in the area of abstract avantgarde and reduced/conceptual tendencies from the Bauhaus on up to current international, contemporary art.

artwork: Poul Gernes - "Zielscheibenbild / Target B", 1966, Oil on  masonite, 122 x 122 cm. Foto: Daimler Kunst Sammlung © Poul Gernes.The presentation in the MUMOK is organized in thematic fields that stage discursive references to historical and current positions: Bauhaus and De Stijl; Hard Edge and New Color School USA; constructive and concrete tendencies; European Zero avantgarde; minimalism and aspects of design; Neo Geo and international contemporary art. Thus the show brings together approximately 75 artists from some twenty countries. The works span a period of a hundred years, from 1908 (Adolf Hölzel) to 2010 (Andreas Schmid).

As the title of the exhibition–"Pictures about Pictures. Discursive Painting"–suggests, the accent is not on a museum-like categorizing of styles and isms. The presentation is, rather, an attempt to make visible the dialogic references of the works to each other and the discursive interrelationships of individual notions of form and content. Here, art history should no longer be seen from a perspective of 'invention' and 'progression' but should be imagined as an argumentative union of pictures in temporary contexts and transitional forms.

Alongside classics such as Josef Albers, Oskar Schlemmer, Jean Arp, Adolf Fleischmann, Hermann Glöckner or Georges Vantongerloo, exemplary works and work groups from the 1960s to the 1990s by Absalon, John M Armleder, Jo Baer, Daniel Buren, Andre Cadere, Enrico Castellani, Gene Davis, Helmut Federle, Günter Fruhtrunk, Rupprecht Geiger, Poul Gernes, Donald Judd, John McLaughlin, Francois Morellet, Jeremy Moon, Olivier Mosset, Julian Opie, Gerwald Rockenschaub and Heimo Zobernig will be presented. An overview of current tendencies in abstractgeometric, minimalist art is present in the works of, amongst others, Krysten Cunningham, Stephane Dafflon, Maria Eichhorn, Liam Gillick, Nic Hess, Jim Lambie, Mathieu Mercier, Sarah Morris, Danica Phelps, Andreas Reiter Raabe, Ugo Rondinone, Tom Sachs, Pietro Sanguineti, and Katja Strunz.

The Daimler Art Collection was started in 1977 and currently includes about 1800 works by German and international artists. The collection focuses on abstract and geometrical pictorial concepts, from which it derives its distinctive character. The starting-point is fundamental tendencies in 20th century Modernism in south-west Germany, and this basic direction has been expanded in the 1990s by adding exemplary works by European and American artists.

artwork: A creation of  artist Daniel Buren was displayed in De Haan, Belgium.

One future policy will be to acquire a representative selection of photography and media art. A changing selection from the collection is accessible to Daimler employees and the public at the company's various locations. As well as this, the Daimler Art Collection started as early as the 1980s to acquire a high caliber ensemble of sculpture by contemporary artists, and this is a striking feature of the company's Stuttgart, Sindelfingen, Ulm and Berlin premises.

Mumok may sound like a character from Star Wars, but unless you're a performance artist - in which case anything goes. The 'Museum Moderner Kunst' is one of the main draws of the vast Museumsquartier, and it makes for a refreshing change if you're overdosing on baroque beauties. The sleek edifice houses some 9000 treasures, including paintings by Mondrian, Ernst, Bacon, Kokoschka and Magritte, as well as sculptural gems by Picasso and Giaccometti.  Visit The MUMOK at :

Complete Works by Rembrandt to be Shown at the Berlage Exhibition Centre, Amsterdam

Posted: 10 Feb 2012 06:15 PM PST

artwork: Never before has the complete body of works by an artist of Rembrandt's stature been exhibited together Now at special exhibition hall in the Beurs van Berlage (Berlage Exhibition Centre), Amsterdam

AMSTERDAM.- For the first time ever, Rembrandt's complete oeuvre will be on show in the special exhibition hall in the Beurs van Berlage (Berlage Exhibition Centre) over the coming summer. The exhibition, titled The Complete Rembrandt, Life-Size, will show all 317 paintings, 285 etchings and the relevant sketches and drawings in near-perfect reproductions. A number of Rembrandt's damaged and mutilated paintings will also be reconstructed for the exhibition. This unique overview was compiled by Rembrandt specialists led by Professor Ernst van de Wetering, head of the Rembrandt Research Project. Shown July 5 through 7 September, 2009.

Royal Academy of Arts hosts The London Original Print Fair

Posted: 10 Feb 2012 06:14 PM PST

artwork: Damien Hirst - Beyond Belief -  photo-realist painting, painted from Polaroids, of the Caesarean birth of his son.

LONDON - The London Original Print Fair, the longest-running specialist print fair in the world, will be celebrating twenty-three years at the Royal Academy of Arts. Once again, the Fair is larger than ever and covers all periods of printmaking from the early woodcuts of Dürer and his contemporaries to the graphic work of contemporary masters such as David Hockney and Damien Hirst. The London Original Print Fair brings together over 40 expert dealers, all of whom have their own stock of wonderful prints which will be for sale at the Fair.

Sotheby's London Offers the Greatest Collection of 20th-Century British Art

Posted: 10 Feb 2012 06:13 PM PST

artwork: Stanley Spencer, R.A. (1891-1959) - "Sunflower and Dog Worship", 1937 - Est.: £1,000,000-1,500,000 - Photo: Sotheby's.

LONDON.- Sotheby's London announced the sale of the greatest collection of 20th-Century British Art ever to come to the market: The Evill/Frost Collection, a stand-alone three-part sale which launches with an Evening Sale on Wednesday 15th. This incomparable collection comprises outstanding works of the highest calibre by Modern British masters including the most important – and largest – group of paintings by Stanley Spencer ever to come to the market, in addition to works by Lucian Freud, Henry Moore, Dame Barbara Hepworth, Graham Sutherland, Edward Burra and Patrick Heron, amongst many others. The collection – which is estimated to fetch in excess of £12 million and comprises not only 20th-century British art but also furniture and porcelain.

The paintings and sculptures, collected by Wilfrid Evill between 1925 and 1960 and then vigilantly maintained by Honor Frost, represent a window for the collectors of today to look into a past world, and the dispersal of this collection offers those same collectors opportunities that appear perhaps only once in a lifetime – to acquire the very best. The collection, aside from the Spencer's which have been loaned for Stanley Spencer retrospectives, has been largely hidden from view since the 1965 Wilfrid Evill Memorial exhibition at Brighton City Art Gallery . The assemblage demonstrates an unparalleled vision of the achievements and talent of some of the most accomplished British artists in the period just before and after World War II.

Wilfrid Evill and Honor Frost
A discreet but widely respected connoisseur, Wilfrid Evill was a collector with a remarkable understanding of contemporary art during the inter-war period and just after. His interest in and support for British artists at this time ensured the careers of some of our most celebrated artists. Evill's choices when he held a ten-year tenure as a buyer for the Contemporary Arts Society ensured the acquisition of masterpieces for museums and galleries throughout Britain.

Wilfrid Evill was a London solicitor who represented several artists including Stanley Spencer, Lucian Freud and Graham Sutherland – along with a number of other notable names such as Evelyn Waugh – but he also represented trade unions. It was with Stanley Spencer that Evill struck up a particularly strong friendship and he eventually built up the most important private collection of Spencer's work. Evill's appreciation of and support for Spencer's work led him to acquire paintings directly after their exhibition, but he also pursued works that had been bought by other collectors, waiting a number of years until they appeared for sale on the market. Notable too are the large sums he paid for works he desired. In 1937 he paid £250 to secure Workmen in the House – a considerable amount to be spent on art at the time and significantly more money than he spent for on any other work in his collection for some years. For Lucian Freud's Boy on a Sofa, for example, he paid just £18 in 1944, the details of which were rigorously archived in his ledgers. No other private lender, beyond the artist himself, was more generous than he, as was seen for the 1955 Tate Gallery retrospective of Spencer. Similarly, bequests by Wilfrid Evill of important Spencer paintings to the Fitzwilliam Museum in Cambridge immediately established their holding of the artist's work as one of the most significant outside London.

When Evill died in 1963 he bequeathed his estate, together with his extraordinary collection of paintings and works of art, to his long-time ward Honor Frost. An only child, Honor lost both her parents when she was small, after which Evill took over responsibility for her upbringing and education. Both keenly intelligent, they developed over the years an extremely close relationship. A fascinating woman in her own right, Honor shared Evill's love of the arts: having studied at the Central School of Art in London, and the Ruskin School of Art in Oxford, she went on to work as a designer for the Ballet Rambert and then became director of publications at the Tate Gallery, before becoming a marine archaeologist, for which she is renowned, pioneering its pursuit as a scientific discipline.

Stanley Spencer, R.A. (1891-1959)
The elements of narrative, personal experience and visionary presentation make Stanley Spencer one of the most important yet elusive British artists of the twentieth century, and he is represented in the Evill/Frost Collection by a group of works that offer an opportunity to rediscover and re-engage with the artist's life and vision. Executed in 1935, Workmen in the House (est. £1.5-2.5 million**) ranks among the most important works in Stanley Spencer's oeuvre. It has featured in virtually every publication on the artist, and indeed was chosen as the cover for the important 1955 Tate retrospective of the artist's work, as well as for Evill's memorial exhibition in 1965. It thus holds a position as one of the best known yet relatively little seen of Spencer's major paintings. One of his more accessible works of this period in Spencer's career, Workmen in the House refers to an incident at Chapel View, the house Spencer lived in whilst painting the Burghclere Chapel series. The everyday setting of a smoking kitchen range becomes a springboard for the artist which allows him to address a much wider range of topics, not least the element of intrusion and disturbance of the home environment that the visit of the workmen entails. As with much of Spencer's best work, one detailed memory leads to a wider remembrance, and in a letter of 1937 he outlined how this derived from the sense of excitement that he had experienced as a small boy when familiar rooms were redecorated and the furniture moved around.

Not seen in public since the Wilfrid Evill Memorial Exhibition of 1965, Patrick Heron's Table with Fishes, of 1954, is estimated at £250,000-350,000. This is a superb example of Heron's early style, drawing on the example of Braque's magisterial Atelier interiors, but employing a palette and manner entirely his own. The coloring of this painting is particularly striking, the blue, red and pink creating the space of the room, whilst the dense inky blackness of the night-time world beyond the window is remarkable. The thick handling of the paint offers a wonderful counterpoint to the delicacy of Heron's line, which winds beautifully across the image, giving enough detail to inform without ever showing too much. The guttering flame of the candle is a master-stroke, animating the entire composition with just the simplest and most minimal gesture.

artwork: Patrick Heron -  'Table with Fishes' at Sotheby's in London. - Estimated : 250,000-350,000 BP

Spencer's Sunflower and Dog Worship, an important work of 1937, ranks among the most extreme manifestations of Spencer's notion of universal harmony. In it, Spencer envisages a heaven-like state of all-embracing love as the two central figures, a husband and wife enclosed within their garden walls with a number of dogs (emblematic in Spencer's work of the kind of untrammeled freedom mankind is seeking), enjoy a mystical state of joy, embracing and being embraced by huge sunflowers. Spencer's more complex, narrative works such as this were less readily appreciated by the wider collecting community of the time, yet Evill belonged to a small band of collectors who saw in works such as these the "real Spencer". Sir Hugh Walpole was another collector who shared Evill's appreciation of Spencer's work and he was quick to recognize the importance of this painting, purchasing it within just two hours of its exhibition in December 1937. Disappointed at having missed it, Evill was able to buy it from Walpole some seven years later for £100. It is now estimated at £1,000,000-1,500,000.

Further Highlights of the Sale
Beyond the uniquely large group of works by Spencer, the sale offers paintings, drawings, watercolors and sculptures; a selection which moves through generational boundaries, and highlights different phases of Evill's collecting. Starting with the major names of the inter-war period, such as Henry Moore, Edward Burra, and Graham Sutherland, together with Spencer, William Roberts and Paul Nash, his involvement with the Contemporary Art Society gave him access to a younger generation of artists working in the post-war period. These included the young Lucian Freud, John Craxton and Patrick Heron.

A stunning example of Lucian Freud's early work Boy on a Sofa (est. £400,000-600,000), drawn in 1944, demonstrates the artist's exceptional ability as a draughtsman. A composition of wonderful simplicity, the direct presentation of the sitter (Billy Lumley) and his engagement with us as a viewer is nevertheless somewhat disarming, and the setting – using the worn chaise that appears in the seminal The Painter's Room of the same year – and the clothing appear oddly out of keeping with the youth and innocence of the sitter.

artwork: Lucian Freud -  'Boy on a Sofa' at Sotheby's in London. Estimated: 400,000-600,000 BP The Evill/Frost Collection. For sale at Sotheby's, London.

Not seen in public since the Wilfrid Evill Memorial Exhibition of 1965, Patrick Heron's Table with Fishes, of 1954, is estimated at £250,000-350,000. This is a superb example of Heron's early style, drawing on the example of Braque's magisterial Atelier interiors, but employing a palette and manner entirely his own. The coloring of this painting is particularly striking, the blue, red and pink creating the space of the room, whilst the dense inky blackness of the night-time world beyond the window is remarkable. The thick handling of the paint offers a wonderful counterpoint to the delicacy of Heron's line, which winds beautifully across the image, giving enough detail to inform without ever showing too much. The guttering flame of the candle is a master-stroke, animating the entire composition with just the simplest and most minimal gesture.

Henry Moore's bronze, Rocking Chair No.3 was purchased by Evill in the 1950s for £150. One of an edition of 6 casts, this important piece now comes to auction with an estimate of £800,000-1,200,000. Moore's ability to combine realism and abstraction in his sculpture works here as a perfect vehicle for a sculpture that despite its scale has both a monumentality and a real tenderness. The theme of the mother and child was a central one for Moore throughout his career and this marvelously poised sculpture captivates by its understanding of the subject and his rendering of it into sculptural forms.

A rigorously urban image of life on the streets, rife with style and shrewdly observed elements of character, Edward Burra's Zoot Suits, £250,000-350,000, depicts a group of men newly arrived in London from Jamaica on the SS Empire Windrush in 1948, and who are establishing themselves within the new urban culture that was burgeoning in London. The work recalls Burra's excitement on first visiting New York in 1933 when he was particularly drawn to the energy of the Harlem Renaissance and therefore draws a parallel between the artistic and social movements present in New York in the 1930s and those emerging in London in the 1940s.

Furniture & Ceramics
In addition to works of art, the sale will also include a selection of furniture and ceramics, a highlight of which is a Sèvres tea service contained within a kingwood parquetry carrying box (est. £10,000-15,000), formerly in the collection of the great actor, director and theatre manager David Garrick (1717-79). Garrick visited Paris three times and on his final visit in the autumn of 1764, returning from a European tour, he purchased this Sèvres service together with its fitted box. This illustrious owner and the high quality of the set by possibly the best 18th century porcelain manufactures would have delighted Evill and met the qualifying requirements of beauty and quality that were established for choosing objects for his collection.

Beatrix Potter’s "The Rabbit"

Posted: 10 Feb 2012 06:12 PM PST

artwork: eatrix Potter's original watercolour illustration for the final scene from 'The Rabbit' Christmas Party' sequence sold for the remarkable sum of £289,250 – setting a new record for any book illustration sold at auction. - © Sotheby's Images

LONDON - Today at Sotheby's London, Beatrix Potter's original watercolour illustration for the final scene from "The Rabbit' Christmas Party" sequence sold for the remarkable sum of £289,250 – almost five times its pre-sale high estimate (est. £40,000-60,000) – setting a new record for any book illustration sold at auction.

The Phoenix Art Museum Shows Contemporary Artists Rebecca Campbell & Angela Ellsworth

Posted: 10 Feb 2012 06:11 PM PST

artwork: Rebecca Campbell - "Mary had a Little Lamb", 2010 - oil on canvas - 121.9 x 157.5 cm. - On view at the Phoenix Art Museum in "Rebecca Campbell and Angela Ellsworth" from September 3rd until January 23rd 2012.

Phoenix, AZ.- The Phoenix Art Museum is pleased to present "Rebecca Campbell and Angela Ellsworth" on view in the Katz Wing for Modern and Contemporary Art, Marshall Gallery and Hendler Gallery from September 3rd through January 23rd 2012. Rebecca Campbell and Angela Ellsworth both spent their childhoods in Utah and within the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. Their different experiences and individual reactions to this specific context have inspired much of their mature work as artists. Multilayered and complex, their works touch on memory and nostalgia but are grounded in the present and the reinterpretation of their experiences as well as Mormon traditions and practices. This exhibition will include painting, sculpture and installations.

Koller Zurich Announces Their Autumn Auctions of 2,000 Lots

Posted: 10 Feb 2012 06:10 PM PST

artwork: Frans Francken the Younger - "The Feast of Belshazzar",  Circa 1610 - Oil on panel - 64.6 x 90.8 cm. - Courtesy Koller, Zurich. Featured in Koller's Autumn auctions from September 19th to 24th. Estimate CHF 700,000 - 900,000.

Zurich.- Under the title "Assured and Timeless", the Koller auction house in Zurich has announced their Autumn auctions, which will be held between September 19th and 24th. Around 2000 lots will be offered for sale at over seven auctions at Koller Zurich. After the sensational results of the June sale of Swiss Art with around CHF 14 million and the final price of CHF 7.3 million for the portraits of two children by Albert Anker, the Swiss auction house enters the autumn season with an especially strong selection of works by the masters. One of the most important objects in September is an outstanding painting by the Antwerp master Frans Francken the younger. His remarkably detailed Old Testament scene of the "Feast of Belshazzar" from circa 1610, which 25 years later was also depicted by Rembrandt, will be offered with an estimate of CHF 700,000 / 900,000 on 23 September.

The auction of Furniture and Decorations also promises a strong range of works in all areas, including for example a "Bureau Mécanique" from the collection of Eugène de Beauharnais, first son of the famous Josephine. The classic Dutch still life is represented with Jacob Marrel's "Bouquet of Flowers in a Clay Vase" (CHF 350,000 / 450,000) circa 1645 and the masterly floral still life with insects by Ambrosius Bosschaert the younger from 1631 (CHF 200,000 / 300,000). Lovers of the Dutch old masters will relish a work by the artist known as the Master of the Mansi Magdalene. His "Holy Family before a broad landscape" is estimated by Koller at a value of between CHF 220,000 and 280,000. From Italy comes the "Martyrdom of Saint Agatha" by Giovanni Battista Tiepolo, with an estimate of CHF 50,000 / 70,000; the "Penitent  Magdalene" by Giovanni Francesco Barbieri, called il Guercino, with an estimate of CHF 150,000 / 200,000 and a splendid depiction of St Mark's Square in Venice with the Basilica by Francesco Guardi, which will be offered at between CHF 80,000 and CHF 120,000.

artwork: Francesco Guardi - "Piazza San Marco with a view towards the Basilica" - Oil on panel - 26 x 43 cm. Courtesy Koller, Zurich. Featured in Koller's Autumn auctions -  Estimate CHF 80,000 - 120,000.

Two important works by Carl Spitzweg will be offered for sale at the Auction of 19th Century Paintings: the oil painting "In the garden – the philosopher" made between 1850 and 1855 (CHF 100,000 / 150,000) and the thoroughly charming and almost touching "Bergmännchen" from 1845/50 (CHF 60,000 / 80,000). Russian art is represented, amongst others, by the work of Konstantin Ivanovic Gorbatoff, whose winter landscape will be offered with an estimate of CHF 80,000 / 120,000. At the Auction of Old Master Prints and Drawings the work of the great masters from the early 14th to the 19th centuries are represented. From a book illustrator from the Lake Constance area comes a page fragment from a liturgical book with scenes from the life of Saint Catherine of Alexandria with an estimate of CHF 40,000 / 60,000. From Albrecht Dürer comes a 1520 copper engraving depicting the Virgin with infant in swaddling at the attractive price of CHF 9,000 - CHF 14,000. Anne Louis Girodet-Trison created the pen drawing "Jesus blessing the children" which will be auctioned at an estimate of CHF 6,000 / 9,000. Finally, lovers of the gouache may acquire a work by Johann Ludwig Bleuler's circle, a depiction of the "Borromean Islands in Lago Maggiore" for CHF 3,000 - CHF 5,000.

Two highlights of the Books Auction are the complete cycles "Los Proverbios" (CHF 7,000 / 10,000) and "Los Caprichos" (CHF 15,000 / 20,000) by the Spaniard Francisco de Goya, who had created religious frescoes, altarpieces, tapestry designs and countless portraits of the nobility, before he turned away from courtly life and addressed the political and social circumstances of the time. "Los Caprichos" is a cycle of 80 socially critical aquatint etchings produced between 1793 and 1799. It was a key work which made Goya's name and his art famous throughout Europe. The history of the Jewish war is the masterpiece of the Roman-Jewish historian Flavius Josephus, written in the years 75-79. This, together with the "Antiquitates Judaicae" written somewhat later, was published in March 1481 by Reynaldus de Nimwegen as an incunable in one volume. At the Books Auction this rare piece will be offered with an estimate of CHF 26,000 / 32,000. From the collection of the infamous Cardinal Richelieu comes Pliny's "Secundi historiae mundi libri XXXVII". This work, bound in leather and with Richelieu's supralibros, published in 1606, will be offered with an estimate of CHF 1,500 / 2,000.

artwork: "Cabinet with Pietra Dura", Renaissance, circa 1650 - Florence Courtesy Koller Auctions  -  Estimate CHF 180,000 - 280,000.

Bringing together sought-after works and their collectors is one of the strengths of the Furniture and Decorations Auction at Koller. Amongst the top objects is an Important Renaissance Cabinet with pietra dura inlays, with an estimate of CHF 180,000 / 280,000. With an estimate of CHF 250,000 / 450,000 comes a "Bureau mécanique" attributed to the Empire period master cabinet maker A. Régnier. This extremely rare item comes from the collection of Eugène de Beauharnais, son from the first marriage of the famous Joséphine, wife of the Emperor Napoleon.  Traditionally the Auction of Jewellery and Wristwatches comprises a large selection of signed modern jewellery as well as numerous old and antique gems and generally a large number of works in diamonds. Especially noteworthy are the lots from the mid 20th century. These outstanding pieces include a Diamond Wristwatch from the house of Kutchinsky with an estimate of CHF 25 000 to CHF 35 000; a Diamond Necklace at CHF 17,000 to CHF 27,000; a Ruby and Diamond Clip by Van Cleef & Arples with an estimate of CHF 23,000 / 33,000; an Onyx and Diamond Ring circa 1925 at CHF 25,000 to CHF 35,000; as well as a Sapphire and Diamond Brooch by Tiffany & Co for CHF 18,000 to CHF 28,000. Amongst the wristwatches comes a Frank Muller Gentleman's Wristwatch Chrono-Automatic for CHF 10,000 to CHF 15,000, as well as a Diamond Wristwatch by Louis Moinet for CHF 10,000 to CHF 15,000. Antique jewellery is represented with for example a Natural Pearl and Enamel Pendant or Brooch by René Boivin from circa 1890 for CHF 7,000 to CHF 10,000 and a Diamond-Aigrette/Brooch from 1880 for CHF 8,000 to CHF 14,000. A fine, 45-part Meissen Tea and Chocolate service from 1738/1740 with an estimate of CHF 60,000 / 80,000 and an exquisite Meissen Coffee Pot with merchant scenes attributed to Christian F. Herold at CHF 24,000 to CHF 28,000 are both amongst the highlights of the Porcelain Auction, together with the splendid "Augustus Rex" Vase with fire-breathing dragon and lavish flowers: this too is from the Meissen factory and will be offered at auction with an estimate of CHF 10,000 / 15,000. Highlights of the Silver Auction include two Covered Tureens with Bowls, fashioned circa 1808/1809 by the London master Paul Storr to be offered at an estimate of  CHF 8,000 / 12,000.

Koller is the leading Swiss auction house and among the foremost auctioneers worldwide, Koller has been holding successful auctions for 50 years. Koller organizes over 60 auctions annually in more than 15 categories, including old master & 19th century paintings, prints and drawings; Swiss art, modern & contemporary art; furniture and decorative arts; jewelry; Asian art; art nouveau & art deco; books & autographs; tribal art, and wine. A family-owned company, Koller's name is synonymous with professional, personalized service and outstanding results. With seven representative offices worldwide from London to Shanghai, its membership in the worldwide auctioneers' alliance IA, International Auctioneers, and its widespread presence in international publications and the Internet, Koller offers all of the advantages of an international auction house combined with Swiss efficiency and dependability. Visit the auction house's website at ...

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