Museum Tinguely presents works of radio art from the last hundred years

From 24 October 2018 to 27 January 2019, Museum Tinguely hosts a SONIC YOURNEY giving access to works of radio art from the last hundred years in a unique way. As visitors navigate the space with headphones and specially programmed smartphones, their movements act as «human radio dials», activating works (current and historical, well-known and unknown) by artists including Antonin Artaud, John Cage and László Moholy-Nagy through to Michaela Mélian, Milo Rau and Natascha Sadr Haghighian. The installation was designed by the artist, architect and musician Cevdet Erek and realized by Meso Digital Interiors. The resulting interplay of sound and space is technically sophisticated and gives visitors an immersive experience of the world of radio. In the second part of the exhibition, diverse aspects of the theme of radio will be discussed

‘The San Quentin Project: Nigel Poor and the Men of San Quentin State Prison’ opens in Milwaukee

The exhibition The San Quentin Project: Nigel Poor and the Men of San Quentin State Prison, on view October 18, 2018, through March 10, 2018, at the Milwaukee Art Museum, traces the evolution of the social practice—including mapping exercises, essays and interviews—of contemporary artist Nigel Poor (American, b. 1963). The project highlights the power of narrative to illuminate the ways the public might perceive prison populations, and suggests how engaging in storytelling can restore dignity. The exhibition is the Museum debut of The San Quentin Project, a collaboration between Poor and men incarcerated at San Quentin State Prison, in Marin County, California. It presents nearly 30 mapping exercises—visual documents on which the men in Poor’s class wrote their responses to and narratives about

Ketterer Kunst announces Fine 19th Century Art auction in Munich

Iwan Aiwasowski truly celebrates painting by putting focus on nature and, above all, the sea. His remarkably meditative painting “Ruhige See“ will be called up in the auction of 19th Century Art at Ketterer Kunst in Munich on November 23. Iwan Aiwasowski, who is rightly called the “Russian William Turner“, was a true master of light. His work “Ruhige See“ from 1887 shows a meditative scene that invites the observer to rest eyes and thought on. With feathery clouds in front of a blue sky in background, we see a large sailing boat on the horizon setting out onto the open sea, while workers on the shore load their oxcart in a light that suggests that the day‘s duties are coming to an end. In this moment of absolute peace and harmony, Aiwasowski shows the observer the infinity of nature with the most simple means. The estimate for this priceless moment is at € 120,000-150,000. Another

$750k for early printed books at Swann

Swann Auction Galleries’ auction of Early Printed, Medical, Scientific & Travel Books on Tuesday, October 16 garnered eager interest from bibliophiles, exceeding the sale’s high estimate and earning more than 750K. In a focused offering with just under 300 lots, 95% of works found buyers, with particularly active bidding for incunabula, Philippine imprints and works on science. Tobias Abeloff, Specialist of Early Printed Books at Swann Galleries, noted of the sale, “Heavy bidding on illustrated incunabula and a scarce early Philippine navigation manual pushed prices well above their estimates.” The top lot of the sale was a fifteenth-century edition of Reysen und Wanderschafften durch das Gelobte Land, Strassburg, 1488, by Jean de Mandeville, which sold for $106,250. The book, a seventh edition in

Major new public artwork for Liverpool waterfront unveiled

Artist Ugo Rondinone’s new work for the city, commissioned by Liverpool Biennial and Tate Liverpool, was unveiled today, Tuesday 23 October 2018, by the artist. The large-scale, outdoor work entitled Liverpool Mountain is Rondinone’s first public artwork in the UK. The 10-metre-high sculpture consists of rocks stacked vertically, each painted a different fluorescent colour, and is located in Mermaid Courtyard, next to Tate Liverpool, Royal Albert Dock Liverpool. Part of the Liverpool 2018 programme, Liverpool Mountain celebrates the city’s unique association with contemporary art: 2018 marks the 10th anniversary of Liverpool European Capital of Culture, the 20th anniversary of Liverpool Biennial and the 30th anniversary of Tate Liverpool. Ugo Rondinone’s work for Liverpool is part of his Magic Mountains series, with similar outdoor sculptures

Brilliant Basquiat: TASCHEN publishes the most comprehensive edition to date

The legend of Jean-Michel Basquiat is as strong as ever. Synonymous with New York in the 1980s, the artist first appeared in the late 1970s under the tag SAMO, spraying caustic comments and fragmented poems on the walls of the city. He appeared as part of a thriving underground scene of visual arts and graffiti, hip hop, post-punk, and DIY filmmaking, which met in a booming art world. As a painter with a strong personal voice, Basquiat soon broke into the established milieu, exhibiting in galleries around the world. Basquiat’s expressive style was based on raw figures and integrated words and phrases. His work is inspired by a pantheon of luminaries from jazz, boxing, and basketball, with references to arcane history and the politics of street life—so when asked about his subject matter, Basquiat answered “royalty, heroism and the streets.” In 1983 he started collaborating with the most famous of art stars, Andy Warhol,

Landmark auction celebrates Annabel’s, 44 Berkeley Square

Christie’s will hold a landmark auction celebrating Annabel’s, 44 Berkeley Square ·1963–2018· on 20 November 2018. The legendary destination of royalty, fashion icons, recording stars and Hollywood greats alike, from Kate Moss to Frank Sinatra, The Rolling Stones and The Beatles, to Jack Nicholson, Elizabeth Taylor and Leonardo DiCaprio, among many others, Annabel’s was founded 55 years ago by Mark Birley; Richard Caring acquired the Birley Group – including Annabel’s – in 2007. The auction comprises over 250 lots, spanning Modern British, Old Master, 19th century and Victorian Paintings and Drawings; Political Cartoons; Prints; Vintage Posters; Furniture, Glassware, Silver and Lighting; as well as a complete Annabel’s table setting for eight (estimate: £1,000-1,500); the sale will also feature a small number of works from Harry’s Bar. Led by one of the final portraits of Henry Thomas by

Four auction houses team up to offer five new sales of items from the Aristophil Collections

Following the success of the first Aristophil Collections session of auctions by the OVA last June, Artcurial, Drouot, Aguttes and Ader Nordmann have teamed up again to offer five new sales. From 14 to 19 November, the session will cover the themes of Literature, Fine Arts and, for the first time, Science. One of the June auctions was dedicated to Fine Arts, but this new auction focuses on theatre, film, and French songs. Boris Vian, Jacques Prévert, Jacques Brel, Sacha Guitry, Édith Piaf, and Serge Gainsbourg, to name just a few, will be the stars. The Science auctions will focus on figures whose works are now familiar, such as René Descartes’s Discours de la méthode, Voltaire and the marquise Émilie du Châtelet’s mathematical and philosophical treatises, Charles Darwin’s On the Origin of Species and works by Sigmund Freud, Pierre and Marie Curie, and Albert Einstein. The first part of the sale will be devoted to rare

British Library opens largest ever exhibition on the history, literature and culture of Anglo-Saxon England

Anglo-Saxon Kingdoms: Art, Word, War, the largest ever exhibition on the history, literature and culture of Anglo-Saxon England spanning all six centuries from the eclipse of Roman Britain in the 5th century to the Norman Conquest of 1066, opened at the British Library last week. The exhibition presents a once-in-a-generation opportunity to encounter original evidence from the Anglo-Saxon kingdoms, a time when the English language was used and written for the first time and the foundations of the kingdom of England were laid down. Bringing together the British Library’s outstanding collections alongside exceptional loans, exhibition highlights include: • Codex Amiatinus, the earliest surviving complete Bible in Latin made at the monastery of Wearmouth-Jarrow in the north-east of England in the early 8th century and taken to Italy in 716 as a gift for the Pope. It will be returning to England for the first