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London replica by "burn artist" David Best torched to mark Great Fire anniversary

A replica of 17th-century London on a barge floating on the river Thames burns in an event to mark the 350th anniversary of the Great Fire of London, in London on September 4, 2016. A giant replica of 17th-century London was set ablaze on the Thames in the city to mark the 350th anniversary of the devastating Great Fire of London. The 1666 inferno destroyed most of the walled inner city dating back to Roman times -- a bustling, congested maze of tightly-packed wooden houses. It forced London to rebuild anew from the ashes. JUSTIN TALLIS / AFP.

LONDON (AFP).- A massive wooden replica of 17th century London was torched Sunday on the River Thames to mark the 350th anniversary of the Great Fire of London, which paved the way for the building of the modern city. Onlookers crowded along the river that winds through the British capital to watch as the 120-metre (394-foot) long wooden model was set alight. Spectators snapped photographs on their smartphones as the flames devoured the replica buildings floating on the water. The torching of the model of London -- as it stood on September 2, 1666 -- was executed by US "burn artist" David Best and live streamed online. The Great Fire started in Thomas Farrinor's bakery on Pudding Lane and raged until September 5, destroying 80 percent of the mostly wooden, walled inner city. An estimated 70,000 of the 80,000 residents were rendered homeless by the disaster. By the time the fire was extinguished a total of 13,200 houses, 87 parish churches and Saint Paul's Cathedral had been destroyed. ... More

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Marie Dorigny (MYOP) speaks about her work during her exhibition entitled "Women in exil" during the 28th international festival of photojournalism "Visa pour l'image" in Perpignan on September 3, 2016. RAYMOND ROIG / AFP

First solo show in Belgium of Francesco Clemente's work opens at Jablonka Maruani Mercier Gallery   Shadow puppet theatre from Indonesia, Malaysia and Thailand to open at the British Museum   Sotheby's Hong Kong announces Important Watches Autumn Sale 2016 to take place on 5 October

Anna Ewers.

BRUSSELS.- After 20 years at the Rue de la Régence, Jablonka Maruani Mercier Gallery announces its move to Avenue Louise 430, to be inaugurated on September 8th 2016 with the first solo show in Belgium of Francesco Clemente. The new location, with a primary entrance on Avenue Louise 430, is four times bigger than the previous one, in a brand new building designed by internationally renowned architect, Marc Corbiau. With four modular viewing rooms, the new space will allow the artists to envision their exhibitions with even greater freedom. The Jablonka, Maruani, Mercier Gallery will be exhibiting three series of Francesco Clemente's work, at the occasion of the festive opening of the new Gallery Space at the Avenue Louise. Harper’s Bazaar asked Francesco Clemente to paint 6 portraits of six generations of Top Models, proving that one can be beautiful at all ages and that all ages are beautiful... The chosen models ... More

Seri Rama.

LONDON.- This exhibition draws on the British Museum’s unique Southeast Asian shadow puppet collection. Shadow theatre performances involve the manipulation of two-dimensional, hide puppets between a light source and a white cloth screen by a puppeteer who simultaneously conducts the orchestra. Puppeteers can have 200 or more puppets in their collections. Some of these puppets are generic, while others represent specific characters, and a few are considered to be sacred, such as the clowns and the holy man figure used in the rituals associated with the start of a performance in Thailand and Malaysia. Shows are usually commissioned and performed at life events, such as weddings or funerals, in celebration of the harvest, and in fulfilment of vows, but they have also been commercialised as entertainment in some areas. This exhibition will include Javanese puppets of the Raffles collection from ... More

The sale is led by an exceptional Platinum Tonneau-Shaped Automatic Minute Repeating Perpetual Calendar Wristwatch by Patek Philippe. Photo: Sotheby's.

HONG KONG.- Sotheby’s Hong Kong Important Watches Autumn Sale 2016 will take place on 5 October at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre. Leading the sale is A Ref 5013, Exceptional Platinum Tonneau-Shaped Automatic Minute Repeating Perpetual Calendar Wristwatch with Retrograde Date, Moon Phases and Leap Year Indication, by Patek Philippe. Alongside that, the sale will also present series of rare and complicated pieces from celebrated makers, as well as other cutting-edge modern wristwatches by both established and independent brands alike. Of a special note, a collection of sporty watches from a single owner will also be on offer. The current sale showcasing more than 290 lots totals approximately HK$37,100,000 – 53,400,000/ US$ 4,760,000 – ... More

Mildred Lane Kemper Art Museum marks 10th anniversary with installation   Paolo Veronese's 16th century organ loft restored   Transformation of Scottish National Gallery begins as planning is approved

Thomas Eakins (American, 1844–1916), Portrait of Professor W. D. Marks, 1886. Oil on canvas, 76 3/8 x 54 1/8". Mildred Lane Kemper Art Museum, Washington University in St. Louis. University purchase, Yeatman Fund, 1936.

ST. LOUIS, MO.- A collection is not a static thing, a project to be finished. A collection lives and breathes and evolves over time. It is shaped and sharpened by changing circumstances, changing priorities and changing interpretations. A collection is not an answer, but a lens through which to question the world. As one of the oldest university museums in the nation, the Mildred Lane Kemper Art Museum at Washington University in St. Louis has long focused on acquiring significant art of its time. This fall, the museum marks the 10th anniversary of its Fumihiko Maki-designed facility with an ambitious, building-wide installation — the largest the museum has ever mounted — of its esteemed permanent collection. “Real / Radical / Psychological: The Collection on ... More

The American non-profit organization Save Venice Inc. is dedicated to preserving the artistic heritage of Venice. Photo: Matteo De Fina.

VENICE.- On Tuesday, August 30, 2016, Save Venice Inc. celebrated the completion of the restoration of Renaissance artist Paolo Veronese’s organ loft at the church of San Sebastiano. The American non-profit organization Save Venice Inc. is dedicated to preserving the artistic heritage of Venice and since 1971 has restored hundreds of works of art in all media. The restoration of the organ loft marks a milestone in Save Venice’s nine-year campaign to restore the church of San Sebastiano, which is almost entirely decorated by Veronese. Save Venice Chairman Emeritus Randolph H. Guthrie gave remarks in tribute to Julio Mario Santo Domingo, a longtime supporter of Save Venice, and in gratitude to Andrés Santo Domingo and the Santo Domingo family, who were in attendance. Beatrice Santo Domingo, who served on the Save Venice Board for many years, ... More

Scottish National Gallery Project: view of Long Gallery. Graphic interpretation: Metaphor.

EDINBURGH.- The National Galleries of Scotland announced that the major project Celebrating Scotland’s Art has begun this week after the City of Edinburgh Council formally approved the planning applications. The £16.8 million extension will radically improve access to the National Gallery of Scotland’s world-class collection of Scottish art. The Scottish rooms, Print Room and Library in the Lower Level of the Scottish National Gallery (SNG) closed this week to allow for the preparation of the building. Actual construction work will commence on site in spring 2017 and will continue until autumn 2018. The new spaces will open to the public in early 2019. During the renovation, the SNG will remain open to the public with access to rooms at the ground and upper levels. Michael Clarke, Director of the SNG and Project Director commented: “We are delighted that we can now move forward with this exciting development. I would l ... More

Exhibition of works by Jock Sturges opens at Lumiere Brothers Center for Photography   Dreweatts & Bloomsbury Auctions to offer fine model engineering and transport related items   New perspectives in photographic portraiture From Africa on view at Wallach Gallery

Jock Sturges, Ad'ele, Montalivet, France, 1999.

MOSCOW.- Jock Sturges is of one of the most controversial photographers of the last decades known for his series of naturist families primarily taken at communities in France, Northern California and Ireland. Captured with the rare large format camera, his images often refer back to the old masters painting and the classical style photography of the late nineteenth and early twentieth century. However, the photographer’s initial rise to fame was burdened by controversy. The young age of some of his models drew the attention of a conservative federal task force that raided his studio and seized his files and equipment, later on all his images and equipment were returned and no charges brought. Three years later his work was assailed again by an organized attack by extremist activists from American Christian communities who besieged bookshops aiming to seize and destroy his books. Once again his work was ultimately found to be innocent of all pornographic content or intent. ... More

A rare 1932 'Lines Brothers' model of a Vauxhall Childs Pedal Car, est £3,000-£4,000.

NEWBURY.- Dreweatts & Bloomsbury Auctions announced an auction of over 60 carefully curated fine model engineering and transport related items at their Transport Sale on 28 September (12 noon) at Donnington Priory, Newbury, Berkshire, RG14 2JE. The star lot is an exhibition quality model of a 7 ¼ inch gauge 2-8-2 SNCF Class 141R tender locomotive. Originally used all over the French rail network (Société Nationale des Chemins de Fer Français) from 1945-1974, these locomotives were supplied by The Baldwins Locomotive Works in America. Baldwins were renowned as the largest producer of steam locomotives, but sadly the firm went in to decline after World War II due to the popularity of the diesel engine. The model in the sale this September is of one of the last 703 series of locomotives, which ran on live steam prior to the introduction of oil burners. It was built in 1/8th scale taking over 10,500 ... More

George Osodi, Ogony Boy, from the series “Oil Rich Niger Delta,” 2007. Chromogenic print, 80 x 120 cm. Courtesy the artist and Z Photographic Ltd.

NEW YORK, NY.- From 19th-century studio practice through the independence era, African photography has best been known for modes of portraiture that crystallize subjects' identities and social milieus. Even contemporary art photographs are often interpreted as windows into African lives, whether actual or theatricalized. This exhibition reconsiders African contemporary photographic portraiture by presenting the work of four artists whose concerns range beyond depicting social identity: Sammy Baloji, Mohamed Camara, Saïdou Dicko, and George Osodi. Works by these four artists lend greater thematic and formal versatility to the practice of portraiture. Sammy Baloji (b. 1978, DRC) transfers colonial-archival figures to alternate backdrops—the post-colonial site of an abandoned mine, landscape paintings by colonial explorers—in order to ... More

First show of the Fall season at Nancy Hoffman Gallery features works by Hung Liu   Sara MacCulloch's fourth solo exhibition with Kathryn Markel Fine Arts opens in New York   Speculative fiction: Group of visionary artists reimagine the city of Brockton

Hung Liu, Cotton Hoer, 1936, 2016 (detail). Oil on canvas, 60 x 96 inches.

NEW YORK, NY.- The first show of the Fall season at Nancy Hoffman Gallery, entitled “American Exodus,” new oil paintings and watercolors by Hung Liu, opens on September 8 and continues through October 22. This is the artist’s first body of work addressing American subject matter, images of the Dustbowl and Depression after photographs of Dorothea Lange. Jeff Kelley has written about this exhibition, which is accompanied by a catalogue with three essays, and an interview with the artist. Hung Liu is primarily known as a painter of Chinese subjects, typically from the 19th and 20th centuries. Born in China in 1948, and living through the war, famine, and perpetual revolution of the Maoist era, it is little wonder that Liu’s paintings, since immigrating to America in 1984, are based on historical Chinese photographs. Her new paintings, however, are based upon the Dustbo ... More

"Rocks on Beach," Sara MacCulloch, 2016 (detail), oil on canvas, 48 x 48 in

NEW YORK, NY.- Kathryn Markel Fine Arts will present Landscapes, Sara MacCulloch's fourth solo exhibition with the gallery. Taking in Sara MacCulloch's landscapes can evoke an uncanny sense of familiarity. The scenes may resonate with the viewer, whether or not they have ever stepped foot in those surroundings. Typically completed in one studio session, her works have a sense of immediacy with fresh brushstrokes and compositions teetering on the edge of being resolved and being overworked. If there is a change MacCulloch wants to make, she scrapes the paint away down to the surface to start completely anew in order to preserve that energetic emotion of her marks. In doing so, the final piece also embodies her relationship to the painting itself, giving direct insight into her experience of creating the work. It also parallels the fleeting attachment MacCulloch had to the area she is ... More

John Belli, Shoe City Airship No. 7, 2016. Copper, brass, steel, walnut, teak, whisky barrel, vinegar barrel, aluminum, leather. 36″ x 24″ x 26″.

BROCKTON, MASS.- What happens when a group of visionary artists reimagine the city of Brockton in a retrofuture exhibition, where each object is a kind of speculative fiction, a fusion of modern sensibility with industrial antiques? What if the Brockton of 1892 (in its heyday of industrial power and innovation) collided with the present Brockton of 2016 and the future Brockton of 2092? What would have been produced: inventions, gadgets, art, dress, and shoes? A select group of designers, metal workers, kinetic sculptors, engineers, model builders, and printmakers were asked to answer these very questions. Their responses are the subject of a new exhibition opening at Fuller Craft Museum called Old Sole of the New Machine: Steampunk Brockton – Reimagining Shoe City. From the anthropomorphic works of Brockton native Alaina Mahoney, ... More


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First Folio! The Book that Gave Us Shakespeare on view at University Museums at University of Delaware
NEWARK, DE.- University Museums is hosting the original 1623 Shakespeare First Folio. Considered one of the most influential books in the world, the First Folio includes 36 Shakespeare plays, 18 of which had never been printed before. Without the First Folio, all of those plays—including Macbeth, Julius Caesar, Twelfth Night, The Tempest, As You Like It, and more—might have been lost forever. Compiled by two of his friends and fellow theater colleagues, the First Folio was published seven years after Shakespeare’s death in 1616. On tour, the First Folio has been opened to the most quoted line from Shakespeare, “to be or not to be” from Hamlet. Accompanying the 1623 book is a six-panel exhibition exploring Shakespeare’s impact, then and now. The Folger Shakespeare Library, which holds 82 copies of the First Folio and is the world’s largest Shakespeare ... More

Winnipeg Art Gallery celebrates Winnipeg's own Karel Funk
WINNIPEG.- The Winnipeg Art Gallery is featuring contemporary painter Karel Funk in the largest and first true survey of his work. The Winnipeg-born and -based artist has received international attention for his mesmerizing portraits of lone figures clothed in contemporary gear. The exhibition runs at the WAG until October 2. “Karel Funk mixes components of the secular and devotional portrait with the still life while maximizing the viewer’s engagement with his paintings. They’re stunning!” states Dr. Stephen Borys, WAG Director & CEO. “The WAG is Winnipeg’s art gallery and what could be better than being able to showcase one of Winnipeg’s own.” Applauded as “outstanding” by The New York Times, Funk’s paintings are held in collections of major museums, from the Guggenheim and the Whitney in New York to the National Gallery of Canada and the Los Angeles County ... More

UK's largest artist-led fair, The Other Art Fair, returns to Sydney for second edition
SYDNEY.- The United Kingdom’s largest artist-led contemporary art fair, The Other Art Fair, returns to Sydney for 2016 following its successful inaugural 2015 edition. The Fair attracted over 7,500 visitors during the four day fair enabling unrepresented artists to connect with collectors and sell their work. Presented from 27-30th October, The Other Art Fair’s 2016 edition will showcase an expanded vision from newly appointed international Fair Director Laura Richardson including a move to Australia’s newest arts and cultural destination, ‘COMMUNE’ in Sydney’s Waterloo. ‘Making Art Fair’ is the theme for 2016 and symbolises the unique approach that the fair promises to deliver to its audience and artists. Richardson commented: ‘The Other Art Fair is specifically designed to breakdown the many barriers to entry for both artist and collector by perfectly bridging the gap to make it easier ... More

Bruno Julliard and Jean de Loisy disclose the outline of Nuit Blanche 2016
PARIS.- Bruno Julliard, first Deputy Mayor, and Jean de Loisy, artistic director of Nuit Blanche and President of the Palais de Tokyo, disclosed the outline of the 2016 edition. It will wander across the city along the Seine, via the City Hall and the Île aux Cygnes (Isle of the Swans) to the future Paris. The 2016 edition of Nuit Blanche will take place during the night of Saturday October 1st from 7:00 p.m. until daybreak. Jean de Loisy, president of the Palais de Tokyo, will handle the artistic direction of the event, proposing a trip on the theme of the overcoming. The visitors will be invited to go through many self-transformation challenges just as Poliphile, the hero of this Nuit Blanche who, in an Italian illustrated novel of 1467, dreams his travel in pursuit of Polia with whom he is madly in love. From the Île de la Cité to the modern Front de Seine, the visitors will be taken on a time travel that will ... More

New work at Fairfield University Art Museum addresses the refugee crisis
FAIRFIELD, CONN.- Three large-scale charcoal drawings by Rick Shaefer, collectively titled Refugee Trilogy, will be shown in a debut exhibition at Fairfield University Art Museum from September 7 - Oct 21, 2016. "Employing the lexicon of old master painting, Shaefer’s powerful compositions abound with figures and motifs inspired by Rubens and Gericault as he plumbs the expressive capacity of art to address the timeless human tragedy of exile, migration and dislocation. It is a privilege for the Fairfield University Art Museum to present these recently completed, powerful, compelling, and monumental works to the public for the first time, and to offer during the run of the exhibition an exceptionally rich roster of programs dealing with myriad aspects of the convulsive refugee crisis, from the plight of the migrants themselves to the devastating spoliation and destruction of cultural ... More

Moscow Museum of Modern Art exhibits works by 26 artists
MOSCOW.- The Moscow Museum of Modern Art in partnership with Sh. Mardjani Foundation for Support and Development of Research and Cultural Programs presents the exhibition UFA.POINT OF RETURN. The project involves 26 artists from Russia, Bashkortostan, Canada, France and Germany in whose creative work the topic of the city is one of the major motifs defining the mood, subjects and artistic technique of their artworks. The desire to show to the Moscow public the rich and exiting art life of the city of Ufa is a principle aim of the exposition. The artworks appear in the form of an art chronicle of the city life, where the artist and his original view of the interaction of nature, city and man inside the urban community are of special importance. In order to showcase the slice of the artistic life of today’s Ufa the ... More

2016 Ars Electronica Festival spotlights modern-day alchemists
LINZ.- “RADICAL ATOMS – and the alchemists of our time” is the 2016 Ars Electronica Festival theme, an in-depth look at artists, scientists, designers and engineers whose hybrid methodologies are breaking down the borders between art and science and thereby drawing trailblazing conclusions and opening up promising new prospects. Festivalgoers will have plenty of opportunities to meet & greet some of these modern-day alchemists September 8-12 at POSTCITY in Linz. “Alchemists of our Time” is a sprawling exhibition that features an inspiring mix of artistic takes on futuristic technologies. The projects on display provide fascinating insights into their creators’ approaches and methods. A high-profile eye-opener fronts this array: “Sculpture Factory” by Davide Quayola (IT) demonstrates how easily an industrial robot can morph into a journeyman sculptor. Right on site ... More

Henry Kissinger's personal Lincoln Continental Limousine goes on the auction block
AUSTIN, TX.- Dan Kruse Classics, one of the world’s premier boutique collector car auction houses, has announced the opportunity to bid on Henry Kissinger’s personal Lincoln Continental Limousine at the 42nd Annual Hill Country Classic in Austin, Texas on September 10, 2016. Diplomat Henry Kissinger was U.S. Secretary of State under then President Richard Nixon, winning the 1973 Nobel Peace Prize for the Vietnam War accords. He was instrumental in the signing of a ceasefire agreement which ended the direct conflict but remained controversial over his “peace and honor” strategy which prolonged the war for four years. Kissinger continued to play a pivotal role in American foreign policy serving under President Ronald Reagan where he was appointed to chair the National Bipartisan Commission on Central America and he also served on President’s Foreign ... More

The second Artist Self-Publishers' Fair returns to the ICA this September with exclusive launches
LONDON.- The ICA welcomes back the Artist Self-Publishers’ Fair (ASP) for its second London run. ASP2: The Sequel will host over 70 UK and international independent artist self-publishers for a one-day fair, including; Hate : Issue 3, The Nervemeter and work by David Osbaldeston and Laura Yuile among others. Following on from the success of the 2015 ASP this year’s edition continues, featuring only artist self-publishers. At the fair, the publications are the art works; affordable and available, with the ideas, images and text produced and published by artists who understand the restrictions and freedoms of the printed page. Artists included in this year’s fair include; Stephen Willats, Jean-Michel Wicker, Coelacanth Journal, Hate, Good Press, X Marks the bokship, Da Thirst and Fritz Welch. Hate will be exclusively launching their third issue at ASP2, focusing on ... More


On a day like today, German artist Caspar David Friedrich was born
September 05, 1774. Caspar David Friedrich (September 5, 1774 - May 7, 1840) was a 19th-century German Romantic landscape painter, generally considered the most important German artist of his generation. He is best known for his mid-period allegorical landscapes which typically feature contemplative figures silhouetted against night skies, morning mists, barren trees or Gothic ruins. In this image: Two visitors watch the painting "Kreidefelsen auf Ruegen" from 1818 from painter Caspar David Friedrich at the museum Folkwang in Essen, Germany, May 2, 2006. The exhibition "Caspar David Friedrich - Invention of romance" shows a retrospective of the great German painter from May 5 to August 20, 2006.

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