John Drawbridge – Wide Open Interior

Pass through the Beehive, Radio New Zealand House, or the National Library, and you can’t help but notice John Drawbridge’s imposing public murals. Indeed, this Wellington-based artist has produced some of the best-known murals in New Zealand. But as a major new retrospective shows, his prolific output over the past 40 years has also included an immense body of paintings and prints, a selection of which will be on display at City Gallery Wellington from Sunday 9 December.

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The Frame in America: 1860-1960

This exhibition presents a comprehensive survey of the most prolific and creative period in American picture frame design. The Frame in America: 1860-1960 examines the development of American picture frames over a one hundred-year period when artisans created a wide range of styles, often based on regional experiences and tastes. The exhibition is curated by Bill Adair, one of the nation’s leading authorities on the conservation of frames and their history.

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American Impressionists Abroad and at Home: Paintings from the Collection of The Metropolitan Museum of Art

'The Old Mill' Theodore Robinson 1892The Orlando Museum of Art (OMA) presents from December 7, 2001 through March 3, 2002 American Impressionists Abroad and at Home: Paintings from the Collection of The Metropolitan Museum of Art, a rich overview of the development of American Impressionism from the late 1880s to the early 20th century. Drawn from the Metropolitan’s distinguished collection, the exhibition highlights the vibrant interpretations of modern life in Europe and the United States created by American artists who embraced French Impressionism.

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Harry Potter Art For Auction At Christie's

LONDON.- Original artwork from the second Harry Potter book, the Chamber of Secrets, went under the hammer in an auction at Christie’s on Thursday. The watercolors by artist Cliff Wright were expected to fetch up to Ј50,000. The front cover illustration alone is expected to sell for up to Ј30,000. Two of the paintings show Harry Potter in a blue Ford Anglia car along with his best friend, Ron Weasley, and Hedwig the owl. One painting is an almost identical version of the front cover of the book and was expected to fetch between Ј20,000 and Ј30,000. The other is a more detailed version of the car and was expected to fetch up to Ј18,000. The third painting is a watercolor of Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, which was expected to fetch between Ј4,000 and Ј6,000. The paintings were created in 1997.

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Rodin's Kiss Inspired By Love Affair

CANBERRA, AUSTRALIA.- Passion in Rodin’s famous sculpture “The Kiss” can be traced to an unhappy love affair. Arguably the greatest sensual work in the history of art, the sculpture made its creator, Auguste Rodin, one of the most celebrated artists of his time. But the story of the love affair that inspired it is less well known. Now the relationship between Rodin and the woman described by the chief curator of the Musee Rodin as “the great love of Rodin’s life” is to be explored in an exhibition at the National Gallery of Australia. Rodin’s long-lasting affair with fellow-sculptor and muse Camille Claudel is the woman who most critics believe inspired The Kiss. The exhibition Rodin: A Magnificent Obsession, featuring sculpture from the Iris and B. Gerald Cantor Foundation, supplemented with 30 rarely seen drawings from the Musee Rodin in Paris, will be at the National Gallery of Australia from December 14 until February 24.

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Auction Houses Are Set Back by Price-Fixing Conviction

hen Sotheby’s and Christie’s first conspired in the mid-1990’s to fix the commission rates charged to sellers at their auctions, they were reacting, at least in part, to a desperate financial situation.

In the throes of fierce competition, both auction houses were hemorrhaging money by promising the sellers commission-free deals, multimillion dollar financing, black- tie parties, elaborate vanity catalogs and donations to their favorite charities.

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Granada Celebrates Cano's 4th Centennial

Granada will celebrate the fourth centennial of Spanish artist Alonso Cano with a great exhibition at the Royal Hospital between December 14 and March 19. The exhibition was organized by the AndalucОa government, who has invested more than a million dollars. Carmen Calvo, Culture Counselor for the AndalucОa government and JosК Moratalla, mayor of Granada, presented the exhibition in Madrid. The exhibition was curated by Ignacio Henares. The exhibition includes 51 paintings loaned by institutions and collectors from ten countries, including Spain. The Prado Museum loaned twelve paintings. The work “Juno” is owned by a private collector of Madrid and has never been shown to the public before.

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Important Clocks, Marine Chronometers & Barometers Including Renaissance Clocks from the Richard & Erna Flagg Collection

Late 19th century highly decorative French carriage clocks, many with porcelain or enamel panels, and an interesting collection of Japanese clocks offer a varied range of choices for collectors.
The Japanese clocks—including pillar clocks, lantern clocks and pillow clocks—operate according to Japan’s unique timekeeping system which involves variable hours. Ever since 1873 the Japanese have been using Western timekeeping.
The centerpiece of the sale is an important German gilt-metal astronomical and astrolabic quarter chiming table clock by David Buschmann, Augsburg, dated 1625, which had been in the Milwaukee Art Museum.
Further highlights include a collection of Renaissance clocks and instruments from the Flagg Collection; a table clock probably made for King Christian IV of Denmark.
A group of fine English clocks features a Tompion bracket clock No.166; a diminutive bracket clock by Quare and Horseman; a marquetry longcase clock by Daniel Quare; and four clocks by John Ellicott.

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The William Bonardo Collection of Wax Anatomical Models

models of the cranial nerves and the eye, and an extraordinary life-size figure of a man with opened abdomen and thorax, showing muscles, nerves and organs; the piece is signed by the German wax modeller G. Zeiller.
Abnormalities are also shown in models of a baby born with one eye and a pair of Italian Siamese twins.
Most intriguing is an impressive series of twelve glass cases showing the various development stages of the fetus from conception to the ninth month of pregnancy.

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A New Look At The Birth of Modern London

Over three thousand objects, many previously unseen, will be at the center of the Museum of London’s new WORLD CITY GALLERIES, opening 7 December 2001. Tracing the phenomenal changes that took place in London life between 1789 and 1914, the gallery will be the first devoted exclusively to the capital’s history from the French Revolution to the First World War. Film footage, photography, oral history recordings and objects, from Queen Victoria’s sumptuous parliamentary robes to one of the earliest motorized taxis, will evoke the glamour and the grit, the power and the poverty of the first great metropolis of the industrial age. WORLD CITY will present the dynamic, entrepreneurial and forward-looking spirit of an era that witnessed the birth of London as a modern city. No longer on the periphery of world events, London was now the wealthiest, most powerful, and most populated city in the world, and at the center of an ever-expanding empire. It was during this period that Londoners saw the introduction of the world’s first postage stamp and underground railway, that schooling was first made compulsory, that the Metropolitan police force was formed, and that ‘suburbia’ and ‘suffragette’ entered the popular vocabulary.

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