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British archaeologists place 3D skulls from Henry VIII's doomed warship online

This file photo taken on May 07, 2013 shows the skull of a crew member recovered from the wreck of the Tudor warship Mary Rose on display during a press preview of the new Mary Rose Museum in Portsmouth, Hampshire, southern England. British archaeologists on September 5, 2016 published detailed 3D models of skulls and artefacts found on board English king Henry VIII's warship as part of a digital experiment designed to share knowledge of major historical finds. Carl COURT / AFP.

LONDON (AFP).- British archaeologists on Monday published detailed 3D models of skulls and artefacts found on board English king Henry VIII's warship as part of a digital experiment designed to share knowledge of major historical finds. One skull, reproduced in a fully interactive model, belonged to a carpenter on board the Mary Rose, the flagship of England's navy when it sank in 1545 as heartbroken Henry VIII watched from the shore. "An abscess in his upper jaw meant he could only chew on the right side," said details on the website, www.virtualtudors.org. "He also had arthritis in his spine, ribs and left clavicle and a lesion across his right eyebrow which may be the result of an old wound." Relics from the ship, including the carpenter's tools, are also available for fellow archeologists and scientists to study on the website following lengthy work by scientists at Swansea University in Wales. The technique is known as photogrammetry, us ... More

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A visitor looks at a fashion drawing by French architect Claude Parent, exhibited at the Galerie Azzedine Alaia, in Paris, on September 1, 2016. BERTRAND GUAY / AFP.

N.C. Museum of Art presents completed Ghissi altarpiece for first time in over 100 years   William Dobson and Anthony van Dyck self-portraits reunited at National Portrait Gallery   Sotheby's London to offer comprehensive collection of prints by James Ensor

Attributed to Francescuccio Ghissi, Acteus and Eugenius Implore St. John the Evangelist to Restore Their Wealth, circa 1370–80 (detail), tempera and gold leaf on panel, 13 3/4 x 15 in., North Carolina Museum of Art, Gift of the Samuel H. Kress Foundation.

RALEIGH, NC.- Beginning September 10, 2016, the North Carolina Museum of Art presents Reunited: Francescuccio Ghissi’s St. John Altarpiece, the first time in more than 100 years that the altarpiece’s eight known panels—and one recreated missing panel—can be seen and appreciated as one magnificent work of art. The free exhibition will be on view through March 5, 2017. During the 19th or early 20th century, Ghissi’s St. John Altarpiece was dismantled and sawed apart, and its nine panels were sold separately to art dealers and collectors. Three panels are today in the NCMA’s collection (one panel shown below); one panel is in the Portland Art Museum’s collection; three are in the Metropolitan Museum of Art; and the central Crucifixion panel is at the Art Institute ... More

Self-portrait by William Dobson c. 1645-6; Private Collection; on loan to Osterley Park © National Trust Images / John Hammond.

LONDON.- The last self-portrait of Sir Anthony van Dyck will be displayed at the National Portrait Gallery alongside the self-portrait by another of Charles's court painters William Dobson (1611-1646), it was announced today (Monday 5 September 2016). Reuniting two works in matching spectacular frames, which were in the same private collection for 300 years until the Van Dyck was acquired by the National Portrait Gallery in 2014, following a major public appeal with the Art Fund, this display provides a rare opportunity to see the paintings together and surrounded by other British self-portraits from the Gallery's outstanding Collection. The portraits will form the centrepiece of Painting the Artist: Van Dyck and Early Self-portraiture in Britain (16 September 2016-8 January 2017.) Both self-portraits were acquired by the art historian Richard Graham by ... More

James Ensor, Le pisseur. Etching, 1887. Estimate £5,000-7,000 / €6,000-8,400. Photo: Sotheby's.

LONDON.- This September, Sotheby’s will offer for sale a private collection of prints by Belgian artist James Ensor, one of the most comprehensive of its kind ever to come to auction. Sotheby’s sale precedes Intrigue: James Ensor by Luc Tuymans, an exhibition this autumn at the Royal Academy of Arts, which will present the first major showing of Ensor’s work to be held in the UK in 20 years.* Ensor’s reputation as a painter of carnivals and crowds – “the painter of masks”2 – has perhaps overshadowed his extraordinary achievements in printmaking. Intrinsically bound to the rest of his work as an accomplished painter and draughtsman, the artist’s prints reveal close connections between the different media. The broad range of subject matter encompasses delicate landscapes, townscapes and seascapes, celebrated self-portraits and sardonic portraits of politicians, religious and fantastical ... More

Exhibition of new paintings by Aaron Curry opens at Michael Werner Gallery   19th-century wine a hit at Hong Kong auction   Records of historic voyages at Bonhams' Exploration & Travel Auction

"Untitled", 2016. Acrylic gouache on canvas. 48 x 40 inches (122 x 101.5 cm).

NEW YORK, NY.- Michael Werner Gallery announces Headspace, an exhibition of new paintings by Aaron Curry (b. 1972). This is the artist's first exhibition devoted to paintings in New York. Drawing on late-20th century modernism, science fiction, comic book illustration and California street style, Curry's complex, intensely colored sculptures slyly upended received notions of abstraction, figuration and the role of sculpture as form-in-space. Painting has long been an essential constituent of Curry's three-dimensional work and has gradually come to the fore of his practice as a discrete artistic expression in its own right. Curry's paintings posit a thorough conflation of illusionistic depiction and sculptural volume. The insouciant abstraction of the paintings' shaped supports nods to the sculptural core of Curry's sensibility, whereas their painted surfaces posit a complexity of depth and mystery encompassing ... More

Christie's auction staff take phone bids during a wine auction in Hong Kong on September 3, 2016. Some 2,000 bottles of vintage French burgundy wine from the venerable Maison Bouchard Pere et Fils, including one from 1846, were snapped up at a Hong Kong auction on September 3. Anthony WALLACE / AFP.

HONG KONG (AFP).- Some 2,000 bottles of vintage French burgundy wine from the venerable Maison Bouchard Pere et Fils, including one from 1846, were snapped up at a Hong Kong auction Saturday. The 1846 vintage, from the Meursault-Charmes region, sold for HK$134,750 ($17,451) -- far exceeding a top-ranged estimate of HK$80,000 -- to an undisclosed bidder after enthusiastic bidding at Christie's Hong Kong office. The auction house described it as the oldest bottle in the Bouchard cellars, with a pale golden colour and a honeyed character. Tim Triptree, senior specialist and head of sales for Christie's wine department said he was "delighted" with the results from the Bouchard sale. "Early examples of Burgundy like those ... More

The Aboriginal Port Folio by James Otto Lewis, May 1835 – January 1836; estimate U.S. $50,000-70,000. Photo: Bonhams.

NEW YORK, NY.- Bonhams announces its first Exploration and Travel auction, to include rare books, manuscripts, photographs, maps, pictures and relics describing and documenting the exploration of the world from 1482 to the early 20th century. The sale will be held on Sept. 20 in New York. With 150 lots, the auction explores the first documentation of voyages to various important regions and water bodies around the world, as well as other historical events associated with these records. A first edition of 16th century British writer Richard Hakluyt’s The Principall Navigations, Voiages, and Discoveries of the English Nations… is described as “the most complete collection of voyages and discoveries, by land as well as by sea, and of the nautical achievements of the Elizabethan”. This 1589 edition (estimate U.S. $50,000-80,000) also has unpaginated leaves of Sir Francis Drake’s circum- ... More

Concise survey exhibition of paintings by Korean artist Yun Hyong-Keun opens at Simon Lee Gallery   Christie's presents an important collection of baseball memorabilia and photography   Unprecedented access to Cooper Hewitt's collection following 18-month mass digitization effort

Yun Hyong-Keun, Burnt Umber & Ultramarine Blue, 1993. Oil on linen, 193.8 x 130.4 cm (76 1/4 x 51 3/8 in.). Courtesy of Yun Seong-ryeol, PKM Gallery, Seoul and Simon Lee Gallery, London.

LONDON.- Simon Lee Gallery presents a concise survey exhibition of paintings by Korean artist Yun Hyong-Keun, one of the leading figures of Dansaekhwa, in his first posthumous solo presentation in the UK. The series of large Burnt Umber & Ultramarine Blue oil on linen works included in the exhibition date from between 1990 – 1993 and reflect a transformative moment in the artist’s career, when the abstract forms in the work grew larger, darker and fewer in number. Inspired by nature and influenced by the work of the scholar and calligrapher Kim Jeong-hui, Yun’s paintings combine the colour of earth and water in surfaces reminiscent of traditional ink-wash painting, infused with vitality. Restricting his palette in this body of work to these two colours, Yun diluted the paint with turpentine and allowed it to wash ... More

The top lot of the auction is a “Shoeless” Joe Jackson Professional Model Bat, estimated at $500,000-700,000. Photo: Christie's Images Ltd 2016.

NEW YORK, NY.- Christie’s will present one of the most important and comprehensive collections of baseball memorabilia and photography ever offered at auction with The Golden Age of Baseball, Selections from the National Pastime Museum, a two-day auction on October 19-20 in New York. The sale is the largest collection of baseball ephemera to appear at an international auction house in more than 15 years. Comprised of a remarkable assemblage of game-used bats, letters, contracts, memorabilia and a treasury of vintage baseball photography, Part I of the sale is devoted to memorabilia and Part II is devoted to photography. With 485 lots in total, estimates start at $300-500 for photographs and memorabilia, while the top lot of the auction is a “Shoeless” Joe Jackson Professional Model Bat, estimated at $500,000-700,000. The contents of the auction are from ... More

Conservator setting up ceramic object for digital capture.© Smithsonian Institution.

NEW YORK, NY.- announced today the completion of a comprehensive year-and-a-half project to digitize its collection, with more than 200,000 objects now accessible online via collection.cooperhewitt.org. The user-friendly interface enables all audiences—casual browsers, designers, curators, educators, students and scholars—to explore and examine one of the most diverse and comprehensive collections of design works in existence. “As America’s design museum, Cooper Hewitt is committed to making its collections, knowledge and resources as accessible and useful as possible,” said Caroline Baumann, director. “A transformative gift from the Morton and Barbara Mandel Family Foundation made possible the digitization of our entire collection, and I am very proud that Cooper Hewitt accomplished this goal in just 18 months—an unprecedented achievement in the museum world. ...

Fortnum & Mason plays host to the greats of Modern British art   Fondation Prince Pierre de Monaco presents a new work by Rosa Barba   Maggi Hambling: Touch: works on paper to open at the British Museum

Frank Auerbach, Primrose Hill, Summer, 1968 (detail)

LONDON.- This September, Fortnum & Mason will be opening its doors to one of the most original art events in London when it becomes the temporary home of works from the Frank Cohen Collection, one of the most important collections of Modern British art in private hands. Fortnum’s X Frank, 13 September 2016 - 15 October 2016, is conceived as a provocative art installation with more than 60 works displayed across the entire store – from the award-winning windows facing the Royal Academy to the wine bar, shop floor and through to the board room. This unique month-long collaboration takes place as the art establishment from across the world descends on London for the internationally celebrated Frieze Art Fair and continues Fortnum’s long history of supporting art and artists. Through its connections with the Royal College of Art, the Slade School of Art and the Bloomsbury Group, Fortnum’s has supported ... More

Rosa Barba, Subconscious Society, a Feature, 2014, 35mm film, color, optical sound;
40 min. Film still © Rosa Barba.

SÃO PAULO.- The Fondation Prince Pierre de Monaco presents a new work by Rosa Barba, winner of the PIAC – Prix International d'Art Contemporain 2016 (International Prize for Contemporary Art) Her new film Disseminate and Hold will be premiered during the 2016 São Paulo Bienial and is included in the Bienial's exhibition entitled Live Uncertainty (10 September – 11 December 2016). After being selected as the winner of the PIAC – Prix International d'Art Contemporain 2016 – at a ceremony in Monaco in November 2015 for her work Subconscious Society: a Feature, Barba was awarded a sum of €40,000, which included €20,000 to fund the production of a new work. Barba's new project Disseminate and Hold, made under the guidance of Artistic Director Lorenzo Fusi, investigates manmade geographies and landscapes, and ... More

Sir Norman Rosenthal, 1992. Monotype. 44.5 x 37 cm, Maggi Hambling © The Trustees of the British Museum.

LONDON.- Maggi Hambling is one of Britain’s foremost contemporary figurative artists, working across all media, in painting, drawing, printmaking, sculpture and installation. However, drawing is at the heart of her practice and is of fundamental importance to her. The exhibition takes its title ‘Touch’ from this concept of a deep connection with the subject being drawn, as Hambling says: ‘I believe the subject chooses the artist, not vice versa, and that subject must then be in charge during the act of drawing in order for the truth to be found. Eye and hand attempt to discover and produce those precise marks which will recreate what the heart feels. The challenge is to touch the subject, with all the desire of a lover.’ Born in Suffolk in 1945, Hambling studied with the artists Arthur Lett-Haines and Cedric Morris from the age of fifteen and later ... More


Installation of the Statue of Athena Parthenos (ca. 170 B.C.)

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Carré Rive Gauche galleries to open exhibitions on September 6th
PARIS.- To celebrate their return to business after the long summer break, the antique dealers and art galleries in the Carré Rive Gauche will be showcasing numerous pieces in the form of novel exhibitions or showings on September 6th during a late-night opening from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. Saunter through the Carré Rive Gauche galleries to make your summer last a little longer and engage in the artistic and creative effervescence permeating the capital in early September. In between the Biennale des Antiquaires, Parcours des mondes and Parcours de la céramique et des arts du feu events, Paris will don its festive finery to provide art lovers, Parisians and those who have come from afar with an immersive experience. La Rentrée du Carré will enthusiastically take part in the festivities by offering visitors a glimpse of contemporary and yesteryear ... More

Quinn's to rock out on Sept. 7 with evening auction of single-owner guitar and amp collection
FALLS CHURCH, VA.- Not everyone can play like Jimi Hendrix, but with the right guitar and amp, they can try for the same roof-shaking sound. The place to go for the right vintage gear is Quinn’s Auction Galleries’ Sept. 7 evening sale featuring a single-owner collection of quality classics. A total of 240 lots will be auctioned, with fine examples available to please all pocketbooks. Absentee and Internet live bidding will be available through LiveAuctioneers. “There are lots of good players – student guitars, five or six Mexican Strats, and three Gibson SGs that any rock guitarist would love to add to their collection,” said Quinn’s Executive Vice President, Matthew Quinn. The top-estimated of the Gibson SG guitars is Lot 69, a beautiful cherry red model made circa 1965-68. It’s expected to make $4,000-$5,000. The list of highlights continues with ... More

Swann Auction Galleries to sell original Man Ray drawing for Paul Eluard's ground-breaking anthology
NEW YORK, NY.- Swann Auction Galleries of New York are to sell this original drawing, part of an extraordinary collaboration between two of the giants of the Surrealist Movement. Having become close friends over the previous three years, the French poet Paul Eluard and American artist, photographer and film maker Man Ray got together in 1937 to produce an illustrated book of poetry titled Les Mains Libres (Hands free), exploring Surrealist philosophy and perceptions of the world, including the concept of automatic drawing, from which the collection took its title. This drawing is a signed and dated 1937 variant on an earlier, 1936 drawing used to illustrate the poem La Femme Portable from the second half of the work. The designs in the book predate the poems, a fact reflected in the book’s subtitle, which translates as Man Ray Drawings illustrated with ... More

Dazzling Jaqueline Kennedy Onassis gold cuff bracelets wedding gift coming up at Heritage Auctions
DALLAS, TX.- A pair of dazzling Gold Cuff Bracelets by Van Cleef & Arpels, gifted by Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis to Nina Straight, her step-sister and maid of honor when she married John F. Kennedy in 1953, are expected to sell for $40,000 in Heritage Auctions' Contemporary Designer Jewels Auction Sept. 26 in Beverly Hills. Kennedy Onassis surprised Straight with the bracelets when she served as Straight's maid of honor 21 years later. "They were a gift from Jackie for my wedding to Michael Straight in 1974," Straight said for an exclusive interview with Heritage Auctions' Intelligent Collector Magazine. "We were married at St. John's Cathedral in New York. Jackie gave them to me at the luncheon after the ceremony." The cuffs matched a pair Kennedy Onassis often wore. "Jackie loved hers so much that she bought me a pair knowing I would enjoy them equally, ... More

Apertura Madrid Gallery Weekend 2016 to be held from September 15 to 17
MADRID.- Madrid is a moveable feast... of contemporary art. Around the renowned Art Triangle (Prado, Thyssen and Reina Sofía museums), 43 art galleries will display contemporary art and the newest creations. From September 15 to 17, they present more than 60 artists at Apertura Madrid Gallery Weekend 2016. For three days, the city is becoming the capital of contemporary art and a magnet for luring collectors, visitors, art buffs and anyone who is curious into its streets. The 43 galleries belonging to Arte_Madrid are starting the season by inaugurating their exhibitions simultaneously, extending their opening hours and programming special events. The 7th edition of Apertura Madrid Gallery Weekend will become the biggest event of the world of art after the summer in Europe. The city's larger cultural institutions (Reina Sofía Museum, Thyssen ... More

Lehmann Maupin's third solo exhibition with Alex Prager to open in New York
NEW YORK, NY.- Lehmann Maupin will present La Grande Sortie, the gallery’s third solo exhibition with Los Angeles-based artist and filmmaker Alex Prager. The exhibition will feature Prager’s newest film, La Grande Sortie, in its US premiere, along with a new series of photographs shot on location during the film’s production in Paris. In this body of work, the viewer is confronted with the dual perspectives of performer and audience and asked to consider the underlying tension inherent in this relationship. The opening reception on Wednesday, September 7, will feature live ballet solos at 6:30PM and 7:30PM. These performances, featuring original choreography to Bohuslav Martinů’s “Film en Miniature,” set amid the attendees and Prager’s artwork, further underscore the artist’s curatorial approach, which conflates the traditional roles of viewer and performer. Prager has ... More

Solo exhibition of works by Antonio Ballester Moreno opens at Christopher Grimes Gallery
SANTA MONICA, CA.- Christopher Grimes Gallery announces a solo exhibition of works by Antonio Ballester Moreno. This will be his first solo exhibition with the gallery and will feature a series of new paintings. Ballester Moreno is guided by instinct and uses the raw material of jute and acrylic paint within a palette of primary colors and foundational geometric shapes. The paintings refer to patterns and colors found in nature: yellow for light; blue to water; and the mixing of the two creates green, the color of vegetation; circles are cycles of the moon and sun; triangles are trees and mountains. All of these shapes are created through careful hand-eye coordination, resulting in subtle variances and a spontaneous quality of line. The title of the exhibition is reinforced through the repetition inherent in the making of each painting, which can be comprised of up to thirty ... More

Reynolda House fall season to celebrate the American farm
WINSTON-SALEM, NC.- A new exhibition opening this fall at Reynolda House Museum of American Art will celebrate Americans’ renewed interest in knowing where their food comes from, while tracing how the family farm has shaped Americans’ identities for centuries. “Grant Wood and the American Farm” will open at Reynolda House Sept. 8 and will be on view through Dec. 31. Reynolda House’s Wood masterpiece, “Spring Turning,” will feature prominently alongside 35 works of art on loan from 17 museums from around the country. The exhibition will also include historic North Carolina farm equipment. “Grant Wood and the American Farm” is curated especially for Reynolda House—its only venue—by the museum’s curator, Allison Slaby. “The family farm occupies a central place in American identity,” Slaby says. “Even as we have transitioned from a rural society ... More

Taipei Biennial 2016: Gestures and Archives of the Present, Genealogies of the Future
TAIPEI.- Taipei Fine Arts Museum announced the participating artists in the 10th edition of the Taipei Biennial to take place from September 10, 2016 to February 5, 2017. Dareen Abbas, Saâdane Afif, John Akomfrah, Francis Alÿs, Anarchive, Sven Augustijnen & Hannah Ryggen, Teng-Yuan Chang, Chieh-Jen Chen, Eric Chen & Rain Wu, Fei-Hao Chen, I-Hsuen Chen, Tsun-Shing Cheng, Kai-Chun Chiang, Tiffany Chung, Tacita Dean, Manon de Boer, ngela Ferreira, Peter Friedl, Valeska Gert, Kyungah Ham, James T. Hong, Chia-Wei Hsu, Li-Hui Huang, Po-Chih Huang, Yi-Chen Hung, Heung-Soon Im, Siren Eun Young Jung, Jun-Honn Kao, Yu-Ping Kuo, Latifa Laâbissi & I-Fang Lin & Christophe Wavelet, I-Chern Lai, Yi-Chih Lai, Thị Kim Bạch Lê, Xavier Le Roy, James Ming-Hsueh Lee, Hsu-Pin Lee, Pierre Leguillon, Kuei-Pi Li, Minouk Lim, River Lin, Yi-Wei Lin, Chih-Hung ... More

fotofever paris 2016 to be held at the Carrousel du Louvre from 11 to 13 November
PARIS.- From 11 to 13 November 2016, The Carrousel du Louvre will welcome the 5th edition of fotofever with 75 international and French galleries in the very heart of artistic Paris, at the foot of the most visited museum. An independent photography art fair, fotofever paris 2016 offers a bold agenda. In its forward-looking approach, fotofever paris 2016 gives a view of what will be seen tomorrow in other art fairs. fotofever paris 2016 is a fair with an educational mission through improved access to the diversity of contemporary photography, focusing on both newcomer and confirmed collectors. fotofever paris 2016 is the perfect hunting ground for confirmed collectors who seek to discover the artists of tomorrow. It also guides photography lovers in their first steps towards collecting with the ‘Start to Collect’ program organized by an invited curator. This program includes ... More


On a day like today, Spanish-born illustrator Sergio Aragonés was born
September 06, 1937. Sergio Aragonés Domenech (born 6 September 1937, Sant Mateu, Castellón, Spain) is a cartoonist and writer best known for his contributions to Mad Magazine and creator of the comic book Groo the Wanderer. In this image: Mad Magazine cartoonist Jack Davis, seated far right, takes a photo of fellow cartoonist Sergio Aragones, left, and Benjamin Meglin during an event to honor Aragones, Davis, and others, including Benjamin's grandfather former magazine editor Nick Meglin, Friday, Oct. 11, 2011 in Savannah, Ga. Aragones and Davis where among eight veteran MAD contributors gathering Saturday for a rare reunion.

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