Bigger and better than ever befor – TEFAF Maastricht 12-21 March 2010

tefafTEFAF Maastricht, the world’s most influential art and antiques fair, will have a record number of 260 exhibitors from 17 countries when the 23rd edition opens at the MECC (Maastricht Exhibition and Congress Centre) in the southern Netherlands from 12-21 March 2010. The European Fine Art Fair will reinforce its reputation for quality with exhibitors bringing only the very finest art and antiques all of which will be rigorously vetted by teams of experts. It will expand by introducing TEFAF on Paper, a new section devoted entirely to works on paper. The latest in a series of groundbreaking reports specially prepared for TEFAF will examine how the international art market has fared during the economic recession.

Magnificent Works of Art

Exhibitors at TEFAF will show some 30,000 works of art and antiques, including paintings, drawings, prints, sculpture, furniture, classical antiquities, illuminated manuscripts, jewellery, textiles, porcelain, glass, silver, design and other works of art. Every era from classical antiquity to the 21st century will be represented. (more…)

Quadricentennial Celebration of the Hudson River Valley at Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center

John William Hill (American, b. England 1812 - 1879), View of the Hudson River from the Palisades, Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey, with Rainbow, 1873, Watercolor, graphite, and touches of gouache on paper

Celebrating the 400th anniversary of Henry Hudson’s famed voyage up the Hudson in 1609, the exhibition Drawn by New York: Six Centuries of Watercolors and Drawings at the New-York Historical Society will be on view at the Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center from August 14 through November 1, 2009.

The exhibition spans six centuries, from rare mid-sixteenth-century watercolors of European birds—precursors of the work of Audubon—to representations of the World Trade Center before and after September 11, 2001. In addition to the exhibition, related events will include a Garden Party (August 16); lecture by exhibition curator Roberta J. M. Olson, Curator of Drawings, New-York Historical Society (September 11), and concert by Hudson River storyteller and legend, Pete Seeger (October 10). All are free and open to the public.

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Prado Opens Most Important Retrospective Ever Devoted to the Work of Joaquín Sorolla

The White Boat, Jávea. Oil on canvas, 105 x 150 cm., 1905. Private collection

This May, the Museo del Prado is presenting the largest and most important retrospective ever to be devoted to the work of Joaquín Sorolla, the most internationally celebrated Spanish painter of the XIX century. The exhibition includes more than 100 paintings by the artist and will offer a comprehensive overview of his finest works, among them all of his great masterpieces. They include the group of panels entitled Visions of Spain, painted for the Hispanic Society of America and brought to Spain by Bancaja in 2007. This exceptional exhibition has benefited from the sponsorship of Bancaja, who in addition to their significant undertaking as organising body of the exhibition “Sorolla. Vision of Spain” that was shown to great acclaim in various Spanish cities, has now made a further contribution in the form of their collaboration with this major exhibition project at the Prado.

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Granet Museum Opens Exhibition Focusing on Subtle Links Between Picasso and Cézanne

Paul Cézanne, Fruits, serviettes et boîte à lait(vers 1880) Musée National de l'Orangerie, Paris

The Picasso Cézanne exhibition focuses on the subtle links between these two giants in art: the direct influence of the force of the “father of modern art” on the young artist arriving in France in 1900, or the mature musings of the man who liked to say I live with Cézanne? Even if it is not flagrant in his work, Cézanne was much admired by Picasso and often in his thoughts: Cézanne! He was like a father to us all.

After Cézanne in Provence (2006), the Communauté du pays d’Aix, the Musée Granet and the Réunion des Musées Nationaux are again partners in the organisation of an exhibition in Provence, at the foot of Mont Sainte Victoire. A tutelary figure that Cézanne approached step-by-step throughout his lifetime, but which Picasso embraced energetically, just fifty years ago, not by painting it, but by buying some 2,500 acres on its northern slope and living in the famous castle of Vauvenargues, in the shadow of the sacred mountain. The anecdote is well known: I have bought Cézanne’s Sainte Victoire, Picasso told his art dealer Kahnweiler in 1958. Which one? asked Kahnweiler, thinking he was talking about a painting. The original, came the facetious reply.

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Getty Exhibition Highlights Research Institute's Extensive Holdings on Algiers

Battinger, Algiers, View from the Casbah, 1847. Lithograph after a daguerreotype. 94.R.3. Research Library, The Getty Research Institute, Los Angeles, California

The Getty Research Institute presents “Walls of Algiers: Narratives of the City,” featuring selections from the GRI’s unique and extensive archive of historical materials on the Middle East and North Africa.

“Walls of Algiers: Narratives of the City,” on view at the Getty Center May 19-October 18, 2009, examines the city’s complex history through diverse 19th- and 20th-century photographs, postcards, illustrated books, and drawings. Among North American institutions, the Research Library owns the most significant body of 19th-century photographs of Algeria (over 1,300 prints).

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Published in: on May 20, 2009 at 12:17 pm  Leave a Comment  
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Francis Bacon's Provocative Works Featured in Exhibition at Metropolitan Museum of Art

Triptych Inspired by T. S. Eliot’s Poem “Sweeney Agonistes” Oil on canvas, 198 x 147.5 cm. 1967. New York, Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Smithsonian Institution, Gift of the Joseph H. Hirshhorn Foundation 1972

The first major New York exhibition in 20 years devoted to Francis Bacon (British, 1909–1992)—one of the most important painters of the 20th century—will be presented at The Metropolitan Museum of Art from May 20 through August 16, 2009. Marking the 100th anniversary of the artist’s birth, Francis Bacon: A Centenary Retrospective will bring together the most significant works from each period of the artist’s remarkable career. Drawn from public and private collections around the world, this landmark exhibition will consist of some 65 paintings, complemented by never-before-seen works and archival material from the Francis Bacon Estate, which will shed new light on the artist’s career and working practices. The Metropolitan Museum is the sole U.S. venue of the exhibition tour.

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Museum Tinguely in Basel Opens Armour & Evening Dress Exhibition

Close helm with gorget, 2nd half 16th century (4.09 kg) Landeszeughaus Graz, Landesmuseum Joanneum

The genesis of the “Armour & Gown” exhibition lies in another exhibition. In 1991, an unforgettable, indeed dazzling, tournament was staged at the Hofburg in Vienna under the title of “Gowns as Armour”. Armour from the Hofburg Collection of Arms and Armour, the world’s greatest display of this exquisite form of cultural achievement, though now largely viewed as taboo, jousted with gowns designed by Roberto Capucci, a leading Italian couturier.

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Published in: on May 14, 2009 at 1:07 am  Leave a Comment  
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Prado Opens New Guest Work Program and Exhibition Hall with a Visit by Nicolas Sarkozy

La familia de Felipe V by Louis Michel van Loo

The state visit that French President Nicolas Sarkozy made to Spain and to the Museo del Prado this afternoon, together with the King and Queen of Spain, coincides with the inauguration by the Prado of the “Guest Work of Art” program, precisely with a work of art that comes from the Louvre, The Penitent Magdalene by Georges de La Tour, as well as the inauguration of the new exhibition hall dedicated to portraits of the Borbon family by French painters. The first guest work of art will be on view until June 28, in hall 5, together with paintings made by the artist which are housed in the museum.

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Published in: on April 29, 2009 at 2:15 am  Leave a Comment  
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The Morgan to Present Finest Individual Illuminated Pages from its Renowned Collections

Adoration of Magi, Cutting from a Gradual, in Latin. Illuminated by Master B. F. Italy, Milan, ca. 1500. The Morgan Library & Museum

Famous for its medieval and Renaissance manuscripts, The Morgan Library & Museum also holds a notable collection of single illuminated pages. Extracted from full texts, these works were acquired because they include some of the most spectacular examples of medieval painting, often with intricate designs brightened by burnished gold. From June 19 through September 13, 2009, in an exhibition entitled Pages of Gold: Medieval Illuminations from the Morgan, fifty of the Morgan’s finest single leaves—many of which were acquired by Pierpont Morgan and twelve of which are being displayed for the first time—are on view.

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Amedeo Modigliani Exhibition Opens Today at The Art and Exhibition Hall in Bonn

Amedeo Modigliani, Reclining Nude (Céline Howard), 1918, Private collection, Geneva

Amedeo Modigliani was one of the most important artists of the 20th century. His iconic works are deeply engrained in the collective pictorial memory. The Art and Exhibition Hall wants to celebrate this outstanding artist, who died tragically young at the age of only 35, with a comprehensive retrospective exhibition.

Born in Italy in 1884, Modigliani was painter, draughtsman and sculptor. With the exception of a handful of landscapes, his creative energy was entirely devoted to portraits and nudes. Modigliani’s paintings are deeply rooted in Italian art history, drawing particularly on the formal languages of the Renaissance and Mannerism. These he combined with elements from Expressionism, Cubism and Symbolism as well as African sculpture, whose perceived primitivism and iconic presence fascinated him and many avant-garde artists of the time. His work cannot be easily classified as belonging to any of the contemporary styles like Cubism or Fauvism. Yet it bears eloquent testimony to the restlessness and exuberance of an artist who was only too aware of his own vulnerability and mortality and who needed the euphoria of intoxication in order to live and work. Modigliani’s idiosyncratic, at times melancholy portraits captivate the viewer to this day.

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