The First-Ever Museum Of European History (Of Course It’s Contentious)

“It begins with the Greek myth of Europa and the bull carved in stone and it ends with the Brexit promise of Vote Leave on an official campaign T-shirt. Both items find their place in the House of European History, an EU-funded museum [in Brussels] that aims to tell the story of a continent. … But those seeking details on the French Revolution, or the life and times of Winston Churchill, will be disappointed. ‘The harshest criticisms comes from those who expected to see their national heroes,’ says [the director].”

Fine jewelry items from the Estate of designer Claus Vollrath to be offered by Nye & Company

Fine jewelry items from the estate of Claus Vollrath – the German-born designer of handmade custom jewelry who cut his teeth at Cartier after immigrating to America and later operated several boutique retail jewelry stores in New York before passing away – will be sold in an online-only auction on Wednesday, August 29th, by Nye & Company Auctioneers. About 125 lots will come up for bid starting at 10 am Eastern time. The estimates have been set very low, to encourage spirited bidding. All lots can be previewed at exhibitions that will be held weekdays, from 10 am-4 pm, in the Nye & Company Auctioneers gallery at 20 Beach Street in Bloomfield, from August 20-29. Items will include an 18kt yellow gold pearl diamond starfish, an 18kt yellow and white gold U-link necklace, a platinum and pave diamond dome ring, a pair of 18kt yellow gold

Exhibition focuses on Kinetic and Op Art in Eastern Europe and Latin America 1950s-1970s

Sesc São Paulo, in keeping with its aim of raising public awareness and constructing a critical and democratic platform for the dissemination of the visual arts, is bringing to Brazil another exhibition focused on a critical and historical review of 20th-century art, shedding light on chapters left out of the official history already established along the axis between North America and Western Europe. This is the project of the exhibition The Other Trans-Atlantic: Kinetic and Op Art in Eastern Europe and Latin America 1950s – 1970s. Now in its third version, the show is being held in the exhibition spaces of Sesc Pinheiros, spotlighting a vast experimental production that flourished during the postwar period in countries at the fringe of the hegemonic centers of culture, especially in South America and Eastern Europe, with a special focus on the repertoire of kinetic

Fabric Workshop and Museum names Board President and Officers

The Board of Directors of The Fabric Workshop and Museum named Maja Paumgarten as its new President at its Annual Meeting in June. Paumgarten’s term began July 1, 2018, and she succeeds Katherine Sokolnikoff. Jill Bonovitz has been named Vice President, succeeding Ann Loftus. Other officers of the Board include Eugene Mopsik, Treasurer, and Lynn Hitschler, Secretary. “I am honored to assume the role of President of The Fabric Workshop and Museum,” says Paumgarten. “This is a unique organization, with its mission to share the working process of today’s most notable contemporary artists, exhibit their work, and provide much-needed arts opportunities to the community through its apprenticeships and education programs. I am eager to work closely with Executive Director Susan Talbott to move the institution