Phillips announces highlights from November Photographs auction

Phillips’ Photographs sale showcases many of the key moments in the history of photography and brings to the fore leading contemporary artists of today. Available for sale only at Phillips, the 20 lots in this edition of ULTIMATE range from rare masterpieces to sold-out editions and unique collaborations. Leading this curation is Early French Masterworks from the Hyman Collection, featuring rare, important works by the first practitioners of paper photography in France, and an exciting collaboration with Magnum Photos presents exclusive works by Mikhael Subotzky, Cristina de Middel, Alex Majoli, Newsha Tavakolian, and Jérôme Sessini. Following Phillips’ May 2018 offering of POLAROIDS from the Piero Bisazza Collection, which was 100% sold, this sale includes the final presentation from this collection, with unique Polaroid prints by Helmut Newton,

Centre Pompidou- Metz hosts an important exhibition featuring the night in modern and contemporary painting

The exhibition covers two levels, on the first “Lost in Darkness” features night-time as we know it: a moment we live through daily whether lit by the stars or a street lamp, when nightfall arouses our innermost feelings, reveals our obsessions, and conjures up our dreams. On the second level “From Intimacy to Cosmos” focusses on an abstract and cosmogonic relationship to night-time, when stars are observed. One understands the tangible aspects of the night sky and wonders where we stand in this universe. Designed by Pascal Rodriguez, assisted by Perrine Villemur, the immersive scenography accompanies the visitor’s experience as they travel into the night. The layout of the first gallery follows the pattern of a town the visitor can wander through, at the opposite end they arrive at a large apse dedicated to the world of dreams

Sotheby’s to offer three paintings by Georgia O’Keeffe to benefit the Acquisitions Fund of the Georgia O’Keeffe Museum

Four years following the sale of Georgia O’Keeffe’s iconic flower painting Jimson Weed/White Flower No. 1, Sotheby’s announced that they will again offer important works by the artist from the Georgia O’Keeffe Museum in Santa Fe, New Mexico to benefit its Acquisitions Fund. On 14 November, Sotheby’s will present works by O’Keeffe in a Contemporary Art Evening Auction for the first time: A Street from 1926, one of the most psychologically penetrating paintings from the artist’s rare and distinguished series of New York cityscapes (estimate $12/18 million), and Calla Lilies on Red from 1928, a vibrant depiction of the flower with which O’Keeffe would become synonymous (estimate $8/12 million). The American Art Auction on 16 November will feature Cottonwood Tree in Spring from 1943, which reveals the profound inspiration O’Keeffe gleaned from

Christie’s to presents five works from the collection of Francois and Susan de Menil

On 15 November, Christie’s Evening Sale of Post-War and Contemporary Art will be highlighted by Works from the Collection of François and Susan de Menil. Encompassing five lots, this grouping encapsulates the impeccable tastes of architect and filmmaker François de Menil, and his wife and business colleague Susan. Leading the selection is a consummate painting by post-war master, Mark Rothko, who is represented by Untitled (Rust, Blacks on Plum) (estimate: $35-45 million). Painted in a period of creative ferment between his two greatest series, the present work was executed shortly after the completion of the Seagram Murals in 1960. During this time, he began to contemplate the shimmering dark plums, blacks, and purples that became the predominant palette in the panels at the Rothko Chapel commission that was soon to follow. Completing the selection, is an exemplary group of four works by Joseph Cornell, made between the 1930&

New Pompeii evidence rewrites Vesuvius eruption history

A newly-discovered inscription at Pompeii proves the city was destroyed by Mount Vesuvius after October 17, 79 AD and not on August 24 as previously thought, archeologists said Tuesday. Archeologists recently discovered that a worker had inscribed the date of "the 16th day before the calends of November", meaning October 17, on a house at Pompeii, the head of archeology at the site, Massimo Osanna, told Italian media. Pompeii and Herculaneum were previously thought to have been destroyed by the massive eruption of Mount Vesuvius on August 24, based on contemporary writings and archeological finds. Nevertheless, evidence such as autumnal fruits on branches found in the ashen ruins had suggested a later date since the 19th century, Osanna said. "Today, with much humility, perhaps we will rewrite the history books because we date the eruption

Jill Newhouse Gallery opens the first gallery exhibition in NY in over 40 years of the works of Eugène Delacroix

Jill Newhouse Gallery is presenting the first gallery exhibition in New York in over forty years of the works of Eugène Delacroix (1798-1863). Timed to coincide with two major exhibitions of the artist’s work at the Metropolitan Museum, the show includes works in all media- oil, watercolor, ink, pencil and pastel- and spans Delacroix’s entire career, illustrating the principal themes and aesthetic concerns of his extraordinary oeuvre. Orientalist subjects appear in several rare watercolors from the artist’s seminal North African journey of 1832. Spiraling figures and gyrating wild beasts are portrayed with Delacroix’s unique gestural draftsmanship. Ecorchés, or flayed anatomical studies, show the importance of the traditional artistic training he received, while revealing Delacroix's genius in creating compositions. Copies after Rembrandt, Rubens, and Goya point to Delacroix’s lifelong admiration for t

Bulgaria urged to save communist-era architectural ‘masterpiece’

Perched like a vast flying saucer on a central Bulgarian mountainside, Buzludzha is a brutalist concrete monument that was built to glorify communism nearly 40 years ago. The striking circular building has been left to fall victim to vandalism and decay, as Bulgaria has been eager to forget its communist past, but now western experts want to preserve it as a heritage site. The 70-metre (230-foot) high structure -- made of 70,000 tonnes of concrete, 3,000 tonnes of reinforced steel and 40 tonnes of glass -- looks like it is hovering at around 1,400 metres above sea level. It has a 40-metre-wide ceremonial hall with room for 400 people and was covered from floor to ceiling in mosaics depicting the history of Bulgaria's communist party. Inaugurated in 1981, it fell

West Coast Pop artist Mel Ramos dies at age 83

Mel Ramos, the West Coast Pop artist known for his portraits of female nudes that are incongruously paired with brand logos, died on Sunday in Oakland, California. He was 83. His death, on Sunday, Oct. 14, at Kaiser Permanente Oakland Medical Center, was confirmed by his daughter and studio manager, Rochelle Leininger. The cause was heart failure. Among the great painters of the American Pop Art movement, Mel Ramos was the most provocative. Throughout the course of his sixty-year career, Ramos experimented with different series that depicted the female form, each that was imbued with ironic undertones.Evolving from his early Pop portraits of comic book heroines in the 1960s, Ramos’ later series humorously explored the idealization and depiction of the nude female form in art, fashion and advertising. Rising to acclaim in 1963 after his inclusion

Andrew Jones Auctions announces highlights from its DTLA Collections & Estates Auction

Fresh off a successful inaugural auction in September that grossed over $1 million and saw the sale of a lovely Tiffany Studios drop head Dragonfly lamp for $200,000, Andrew Jones Auctions will come back strong with a DTLA Collections & Estates Auction on Sunday, October 21st, online and in the firm’s gallery at 2221 South Main Street in Los Angeles. The auction will be packed with 500 lots of art, design, furnishings and accessories. “Our gallery will be the venue to discover different, fun, quirky and out-of-the-ordinary accessories and furnishings, as well as antiques and luxe décor for the home, garden, loft, gallery or retail space, at affordable prices,” said Andrew Jones, the president and CEO of Andrew Jones Auctions.” Mr. Jones added, “We are delighted to bring to an established and new market such a varied collection of affordable works of art from the exotic to the whimsical and everyth