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TEFAF Maastricht 2009 Art and Antiques Fair Opens Today With Quality, Rarity and Beauty
Vetting TEFAF 2009. Photo Loraine Bodewes

MAASTRICHT.- TEFAF Maastricht is unique. The world’s best dealers bring their finest pieces to this most influential of art and antiques fairs and this attracts collectors and museum curators from around the globe who cannot risk staying away. They might miss a great Old Master painting recently discovered through the expertise of an exhibitor, an Impressionist masterpiece that has just emerged onto the market after decades in a private collection, a stunningly beautiful piece of furniture with an extraordinary history or key works from the early history of photography. The record number of 239 exhibitors at the 22nd edition of TEFAF Maastricht, held in the MECC (Maastricht Exhibition and Congress Centre) from 13-22 March 2009, are displaying a huge range of Old Master paintings, drawings, Impressionist ...More

The Groninger Museum Presents Wobbe Alkema. The Absolute, the Lucid
GRONINGEN.- The Groninger Museum presents Wobbe Alkema. The absolute, the lucid, an almost complete collection of Alkema’s earlier work, including paintings and prints. In addition, the exhibition will show work by artists belonging to the De Stijl movement as well as by Werkman and Van der Zee, two of Alkema’s fellow members in the De Ploeg artists’ association. Alkema...More

Catching Light: European and American Watercolors from the Permanent Collection
POUGHKEEPSIE, NY.- Catching Light: European and American Watercolors from the Permanent Collection will be on view at the Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center from May 8 to July 26, 2009. Curated by Patricia Phagan, the Philip and Lynn Straus Curator of Prints and Drawings at the Art Center, the exhibition will celebrate the medium and history of watercolor with 47 works...More

First Open Post-War and Contemporary Art Sale Has Positive Results
NEW YORK.- Christie’s first open Post-War and Contemporary Art sale achieves positive results. Alexandre Carel, Head of First Open said, “The positive results achieved for the first mid-season sale of the season are a reflection of the right amount of lots offered and correct estimates. The 149 lots presented achieved over $3 million and a healthy sold rate of 86%, with many works selling well above their pre-sale estimates. In addition...More

"Useful Contraventions" in the Public Sphere at Siemens Sanat
ISTANBUL.- Siemens Sanat, one of the most important centres of contemporary art in Turkey, meets with art lovers in an unprecedented exhibition starting in March. The exhibition “Useful Contraventions” meeting its audience through April 26th will include the works of national and foreign contemporary artists with their creations using the public space in different forms. Curated by T. Melih Gorgun and Murteza Fidan, “Useful Contraventions” consist of the works of Gordon Young from England as well as Atılkunst from Turkey and London based Urbaneer....More

Payne Whitney Mansion Lights Up for La Francophonie
NEW YORK.- A spectacular outdoor display will light up the façade of the Payne Whitney Mansion on Thursday, March 19, to celebrate la Francophonie and the 400th anniversary of the founding of Quebec City by French settlers. For one night only, the installation created by celebrated French light sculptor Patrick Rimoux for the Centre de la Francophonie des Amériques in Quebec City will work its magic on 972 Fifth avenue, illuminating a New York City historical landmark designed by architect Stanford White, which is now the headquarters of the French Cultural Services in the United States. Mr. Rimoux will also present an indoor ...More

Art of the Islamic and Indian Worlds at Christie's in March
LONDON.- Christie’s Art of the Islamic and Indian Worlds sale on Tuesday 31 March 2009 features over 200 works, rich in decorative beauty, rarity and academic importance and spanning a wide range of geographical areas, materials and time. Leading the sale is a 14th century Mamluk silver and gold inlaid large brass bowl, made for the Amir Qaja, the Master of the Hunt of the Sultan Al-Malik Al-Salih Al-Salih (1351-54 AD) (estimate: £80,000-120,000), and the earliest known Iznik bottle: an early 16th century blue and white pottery bottle ...More

Museum fur Kunst und Gewerbe Hamburg Presents Saul Steinberg - Illuminations
HAMBURG.- Museum fur Kunst und Gewerbe Hamburg presents today Saul Steinberg - Illuminations, on view through June 1, 2009. Saul Steinberg (1914-1999) is probably the greatest draughtsman of the 20th century; he is one of the most eminent American artists. With his unerring sense of line he created satirical drawings depicting everyday life in post-war America, including something like 1,200 drawings (over 5 decades) for the American cultural magazine The New Yorker. They made him world-famous. His breakthrough in the international art world came in 1958 with his 80-metre long wall painting The Americans for the ...More

New Art Feelings in Latin America At Miami's Arteamericas
MIAMI BEACH, FL.- The new and defining trends of contemporary art by Latin American and Caribbean artists will be felt throughout the Miami Beach Convention Center (Hall A), during the four-day art fair, arteaméricas . In its seventh edition, from March 27 th to 30 th , the leading Latin American art event will display art in its many forms - painting, sculpture, multimedia, and installations - featuring many well known creators, as well as the region's emerging artists, who will showcase the newest developments in the art world that they have embraced. arteaméricas 2009 will be a platform for young and emerging artists, through areas specially designed for them at the event. ...More

Two-Week Public Art Installation Featuring BMW Cars
NEW YORK.- A public art installation will open at New York’s Grand Central Terminal on March 25, 2009, featuring two distinct sections and made possible by BMW. One is a collection of four iconic BMW Art Cars designed by Andy Warhol, Frank Stella, Roy Lichtenstein and Robert Rauschenberg. The second is a project by contemporary artist Robin Rhode, who used the all-new 2009 BMW Z4 Roadster mounted with special paint dispensers behind its wheels to create a football-field size painting, a 30’ x 40’ section of which will be shown....More

Miami Art Museum Presents Recent Acquisitions
MIAMI, FL.- As it prepares to begin construction of its new home on Biscayne Bay, Miami Art Museum, will highlight its growing collection of international contemporary art with Recent Acquisitions, a new exhibition on view from March 13 to October 11 of this year. These new additions, many of which are on view in Miami for the first ...More

Fascinating Exhibition Exploring the Cultural Experience of the Night Sky Over Australia Opens
MELBOURNE.- Opening on 13 March, the National Gallery of Victoria will present Shared Sky, a fascinating exhibition exploring the cultural experience of the night sky over Australia....More

The Neuberger Museum of Art Presents New Media: Why
PURCHASE, NY.- The Neuberger Museum of Art presents New Media: Why, on view through June 28, 2009. New Media: Why is the fifth of a series that investigates thematic aspects of technology-based artwork. "The show features electronic artwork using innovations in data visualization, interface design, biotechnology and robotics to explore parallels between science and art and its social import," notes Jacqueline Shilkoff, Associate Curator, Neuberger Museum of Art, who organized the series for the museum. The show also investigates how artists use dynamic, interactive technologies to reveal the logic, structure and beauty inherent in experimental, non-traditional applications. Included in new media: why are a site-specific work by Douglas Irving Repetto that synthesizes robotic and organic materials to recreate a tangible, responsive version of neural ...More

Metropolitan Museum of Art Issues Statement
NEW YORK.- As part of an ongoing, and increasingly challenging, effort to maintain budgetary equilibrium in this worsening national economic climate—particularly for the retail sector—The Metropolitan Museum of Art has announced that it must pare its merchandising work force by 74 positions, effective immediately. These staff reductions represent 27% of its full-time, and 9% of its part-time retail positions, and are in addition to the 53 positions eliminated in recent months through the closings of eight satellite Museum stores around the country. The decision acknowledges significant recent downturns in its merchandising sales, but also represents an effort to restructure this department so it remains competitive in the future and can continue to support museum programs....More

Major Survey of Influential Arts and Crafts Figures Charles and Henry Greene Opens March 13 at the Renwick Gallery
WASHINGTON, DC.-The architecture and decorative arts designed by Charles Greene and his brother Henry Greene a century ago in California are recognized internationally as among the finest of the American Arts and Crafts movement. "The Art and Craft of Greene & Greene," on view at the Renwick Gallery of the Smithsonian American Art Museum from March 13 through June 7, presents for the first time a diverse range of the Greenes' work, including furnishings and fixtures long-separated from their houses and from each other. "The Smithsonian American Art Museum's Renwick Gallery is thrilled to present, for the first time to visitors on the East Coast, the innovative architecture of Charles and Henry Greene, whose progressive ideas about design still influence California architecture today," said Elizabeth Broun, The Margaret and Terry Stent Director of the Smithsonian American Art Museum....More

Czech Photography of the 20th Century Opens at Art and Exhibition Hall of the Federal Republic of Germany
BONN.- The Art and Exhibition Hall of the Federal Republic of Germany presents today Czech Photography of the 20th Century, on view through July 26, 2009. The exhibition was prepared in cooperation with the Museum of Decorative Arts in Prague. The exhibition Czech Photography of the 20th Century will, for the first time in Germany, attempt to fully map out the history of Czech photography and visual art works which draw on photography, from pictorialism through avant-garde photography and 1920s-1940s` photo montage through to a wide spectrum of present trends. The exhibition will aim to present all of the major trends, creators and works in Chech photography, gathered from many Czech and international collections, public or private. Naturally, the show will focus on key ...More

Lower Manhattan Cultural Council Announces The Downtown Dinner 2009
NEW YORK.- Cherrie Nanninga, Chair of the Board, and Maggie Boepple, President of Lower Manhattan Cultural Council (LMCC), have announced the honorees for the fifth annual Downtown Dinner gala, to be held Monday, April 20, 2009 at 6:30PM at 7 World Trade Center on the 45th floor. LMCC's Real Estate Partners will be honored for their generosity to our Artist Residency programs, for lending temporarily empty space all over Downtown. This space is then transformed by LMCC into free studios for visual artists, writers, dancers, actors, and musicians. Having access to these free studios is often the difference between an artist staying in New York or moving out....More

Graham Foster Wins 2009 $10,000 Charman Prize
BERMUDA.-Sponsor and Patron of the Charman Prize Mr. John Charman announced artist Graham Foster as this year's $10,000 Charman Prize Winner at the opening reception, Friday March 6, at the Masterworks Museum of Bermuda Art. Competing with 102 artists, Mr. Foster's artwork, entitled "Mechanics of Extinction", was chosen for being an outstanding example of the competition's four judging criteria. As a result of winning the competition, the bold acrylic painting, "Mechanics of Extinction" is now included in the Masterworks Bermuda Collection as part of the Masterworks Foundation and Museum of Bermuda Art....More

Mint Museum Commission Again Brings Queen's Ancestry into Question
CHARLOTTE, N.C.- An art project commissioned by The Mint Museum has reignited an old debate over whether Queen Charlotte – the city's namesake – was part black. This week, the London-based Guardian newspaper ran an article exploring the theory that King George III's wife had African ancestry, stemming from a recent art commission for the new Mint Museum in Center City. In honor of the upcoming 250th anniversary of Queen Charlotte's coronation, The Mint Museum has commissioned American artist Ken Aptekar to create a contemporary interpretation of its Portrait of Queen Charlotte by 18th century painter Alan ...More

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