Clars to offer a rare 34 carat fancy light yellow diamond ring

On Sunday, February 17th, the world will be watching as Clars will host what is anticipated to be the most extraordinary sale in their history. Both history and mystery have unfolded as the contents of the famous Spenger Collection of Berkeley, CA, has been researched and revealed. Headlining this sale will be the very rare 34.28 fancy light yellow old mine cut diamond and platinum ring, VS2 (GIA). Frank Spenger acquired this ring in 1950 and its prior history is as rich as the ring itself. Its provenance, which has been researched by experts in the field for decades, reveals that this diamond ring likely dates back to Hawaiian King Kalakaua, who purchased it for Queen Kapiolani to wear to Queen Victoria’s Jubilee Celebration in England in 1887. In late 1890, King Kalakaua traveled to San Francisco to gamble, taking out a loan from

Clars to offer a are 34 carat fancy light yellow diamond ring

On Sunday, February 17th, the world will be watching as Clars will host what is anticipated to be the most extraordinary sale in their history. Both history and mystery have unfolded as the contents of the famous Spenger Collection of Berkeley, CA, has been researched and revealed. Headlining this sale will be the very rare 34.28 fancy light yellow old mine cut diamond and platinum ring, VS2 (GIA). Frank Spenger acquired this ring in 1950 and its prior history is as rich as the ring itself. Its provenance, which has been researched by experts in the field for decades, reveals that this diamond ring likely dates back to Hawaiian King Kalakaua, who purchased it for Queen Kapiolani to wear to Queen Victoria’s Jubilee Celebration in England in 1887. In late 1890, King Kalakaua traveled to San Francisco to gamble, taking out a loan from Crocker Bank (San Francisco) on this ring. He died due to complications of Bright’s disease on

The Armory Show announces Gramercy International Prize to celebrate 25th anniversary

The 2019 edition of The Armory Show will celebrate the fair’s 25th Anniversary. To mark this historic milestone, The Armory Show is announcing the creation of the Gramercy International Prize, a new, yearly initiative that supports the advancement of young and pioneering New York galleries who have not previously participated in The Armory Show. In the spirit of the fair's founders, a jury will award a nominated gallery with a booth at no cost to showcase a solo or dual-artist presentation, providing a platform for experimentation and discovery with minimal financial risk. Ramiken has been selected as the recipient of the inaugural Gramercy International Prize and will exhibit a dual-artist presentation of works by Darja Bajagić and Andra Ursuţa. Combining wall sculptures from Ursuțaʼs Vanilla Isis series with paintings on printed and sewn canvas by Bajagić, the presentation offers idiosyncratic a

Frazetta original cover art and unrestored copy of Superman #1 headline Comics & Comic Art Auction

One of just eight Famous Funnies covers by the legendary Frank Frazetta and an unrestored Superman rarity are expected to headline Heritage Auctions’ Comics & Comic Art auction Feb. 21-23 in Dallas, Texas. “Heritage has enjoyed a streak of several exceptionally successful comics auctions in recent years, and we anticipate that collectors will find similarly irresistible materials in this auction, as well,” Heritage Auctions Vice President Lon Allen said. “This sale features extraordinary lots at the top of the auction – the Frank Frazetta Famous Funnies cover is the first we have offered in 15 years – and includes highly intriguing options for collectors at all levels.” Frank Frazetta Famous Funnies #209 Cover Original Art (Eastern Color, 1953) is one of just eight covers for the title by the hugely popular artist. With a pre-auction estimate of $300,000+, this is one of the most coveted Frazetta covers

Vienna’s Secession opens exhibition of works by Gerard Byrne

Gerard Byrne uses video, film, photography, and performance art to address fundamental questions concerning the relationships between images and time. His exhibitions play with display formats and reflect on the changing technical and cultural realities underlying his work and its presentation. Upon all the living and the dead gathers Byrne’s most recent works for the first time, activating a dialogue between the proto-cinematic moment of Jielemeguvvie guvvie sjisjnjeli (2016), the evasive temporality of In Our Time (2017), and A Visibility Matrix (2018), a new work co-authored with the artist Sven Anderson that borrows aggregation methodologies from early media art and cybernetics to picture current conditions of visibility. Across the works, underlying patterns and recurring interests become visible. Each of the three video works in the exhibition occupies time in a non-narrative way, permuting, in perpetual oscillation, between the specificity of the photographic subject depi

Ice instruments melt musical boundaries in Italian Alps

When Tim Linhart started making instruments from ice they were more likely to explode with a bang than produce music, but things have come a long way since then. Today, the US-born artist is in charge of an ice orchestra of local musicians playing a series of concerts at sub-zero temperatures in a vast, custom-built igloo high in the Italian Alps. "I made snow and ice sculptures in the ski resort where I’m from in New Mexico (for 16 years)... and then I decided it would be cool to make a sculpture of a violin," Linhart, 59, told AFP. "I heard the sound coming from inside and thought 'wow this is super exciting, if I just tighten up the strings a little bit more it would be louder'," he recalled. Overtightening the strings, however, caused the instrument to shatter into little pieces, he recounted. "But I had heard enough, it was the beginning," said Linhart, his large frame treading nimbly among the delicate instru

Claudia Wieser creates new installation at London Mithraeum Bloomberg SPACE: Shift

London Mithraeum Bloomberg SPACE today announced its latest contemporary art commission, Shift, by Berlin based artist Claudia Wieser. Wieser's installation transforms the ground floor of the three-level space with delicately crafted sculptures and collaged wallpaper, welcoming visitors to explore an ever-changing scene where the ancient and the contemporary conflate and collide. Wieser’s Shift characteristically weaves together material from the realms of fine art, architecture, design and film. In her productions, the world becomes a stage where artefacts and images become props, offering new ways of seeing known spaces. Her inventive use of modern geometric patterning and decorative motifs are also apparent throughout the scene she has devised for Bloomberg SPACE. Using composite wallpaper, ornamented woodwork, hand-painted tiles, and multifaceted mirrors, Shift highlights Wieser’s ability to create an interact

MIMA opens an immersive and playful exhibition called “DREAM BOX”

Enter the magical world of DREAM BOX. Test the limits of your senses and the power of your imagination. In order of appearance, the illusions are: The psychedelic box of Elzo Durt, the phantasmagorical world of Hell’O, the musical incantation of Escif, the trompe-l’oeil of Felipe Pantone and the survey of Imabelpro Eurostom, conceived by the Gogolplex Collective. The spirit of the 6th MIMA exhibition can be encapsulated in two words: immersive and playful. Called “DREAM BOX,” this chapter borrows its vocabulary from the language of magic: Optical illusion, special effects, and visual and musical incantation will guide your senses and make room for your imagination. This simultaneous experience of what is known as your “intuitive” and “reflective” thought is what makes the visit enjoyable. The illusions trick your senses and beef up your imagination. Reality no longer seems merely objective

New exhibition by German artist Peter W&aumlchtler opens at Bergen Kunsthall

Bergen Kunsthall opens its 2019 programme with a new exhibition by German artist Peter Wächtler. The exhibition presents a large body of new works, in conjunction with a recent large-scale video installation. Peter Wächtler works in a variety of media: bronze, ceramics, drawings and video. But in many ways «stories» could be described as his main artistic material. His works often evoke a narration, with animals or human figures in animated states. They are made in ways that use and adapt elements of fiction and folklore, relating to specific traditions and common tales, and materialize the ways of telling a story as much as the story itself. For his exhibition at Bergen Kunsthall, Wächtler assembled a series of four distinct spaces, each presenting a group of new works (ceramics, bronze, drawings) leading towards the Kunsthall’s main space in which the video Untitled (Clouds) (2018) is being projected. The piece features a lon