PopMuse: Fine Arts http://popmu.se Musings of stuff en-us Copyright 2007-2020 http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/3.0/ 'Priceless' jewels snatched from German state museum https://www.artdaily.org/index.asp?int_sec=11&int_new=118696 https://www.artdaily.org/index.asp?int_sec=11&int_new=118696 Recent News on Artdaily.org Robbers made off with priceless 18th century jewellery from a state museum in Dresden on Monday, police and museum directors said, in a major art heist that has shocked Germany. The thieves at dawn broke into the Green Vault at Dresden's Royal Palace -- home to around 4,000 precious objects of ivory, gold, silver and jewels -- after a power cut deactivated the alarm. The stolen items included brilliant-cut diamonds that belonged to a collection of jewellery of 18th-century Saxony ruler Augustus the Strong. Museum directors had earlier feared much of three sets of diamond jewellery in the collection were snatched, but the loss turned out to be more limited than thought. "The criminals didn't manage to take everything," the director of Dresden's state art collections Marion Ackermann told public broadcaster ZDF on Monday evening. http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/3.0/ Pompeii's grand baths unveiled, with hidden tragedy https://www.artdaily.org/index.asp?int_sec=11&int_new=118697 https://www.artdaily.org/index.asp?int_sec=11&int_new=118697 Recent News on Artdaily.org Magnificent thermal baths designed to be the jewel of Pompeii but destroyed by a volcanic eruption before they could be completed opened to visitors for the first time on Monday after a painstaking excavation. Marble pillars and blocks lie where they were abandoned when the city was submerged by a pyroclastic flow from Mount Vesuvius in the 79 AD disaster. But excavators also found a victim of the disaster, the skeleton of a child who had sought shelter there in vain. The architects "were inspired by Emperor Nero's thermal baths in Rome. The rooms here were to be bigger and lighter, with marble pools," the archaeological site's director Massimo Osanna told AFP. The Central Baths lie in an area restored under the Great Pompeii Project, launched in 2012 to save the historical site after the collapse of the 2000-year-old "House of the Gladiators", which sparked outrage worldwide. "It was an emotionally charged dig," said Alberta http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/3.0/ Tiffany: An American jeweler headed for the LVMH empire https://www.artdaily.org/index.asp?int_sec=11&int_new=118699 https://www.artdaily.org/index.asp?int_sec=11&int_new=118699 Recent News on Artdaily.org An iconic US company with a storied history, the jeweler Tiffany agreed Monday to be acquired by French luxury giant LVMH for $16.2 billion. Upon sealing the deal, LVMH chief Bernard Arnault called Tiffany itself a "jewel" and vowed to bestow it with "the same dedication and commitment" that the company had applied to all its businesses. The company's story dates back to 1837 when founder Charles Lewis Tiffany opened a store on Broadway in New York that sold stationary, handkerchiefs and other finery. Over the next decade or so, the company shifted to jewelry, especially in 1848 through acquisitions of top European collections, including diamonds worn by Marie-Antoinette. In 1850, Tiffany opened a store in Paris at rue de Richelieu, which was followed by a London store in 1868 and a watch factory in Geneva a few years later. The company flourished further when Charles' son, Louis Comfort Tiffany -- a painter, born http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/3.0/ Cape Ann Museum receives promised gift of Winslow Homer watercolor painting for permanent collection https://www.artdaily.org/index.asp?int_sec=11&int_new=118702 https://www.artdaily.org/index.asp?int_sec=11&int_new=118702 Recent News on Artdaily.org The Cape Ann Museum has received the promised gift of a significant watercolor by the American artist, Winslow Homer (1836–1910), for its permanent collection. This painting, Boy Hailing Schooners, 1880, was hung for the first time at the Museum this weekend and arrives just before the Museum’s nationally acclaimed and most popular exhibition to date, Homer at the Beach: A Marine Painter’s Journey, 1869-1880, closes December 1. “We are so very grateful for this important work to join our growing permanent collection,” said Museum Director Oliver Barker. “It points to our concerted strategy to strategically build the Museum’s collections by adding significant and iconic works that attest to the paramount role that Cape Ann has played in shaping both American art and history.” This new addition is a promised gift from Janet and William Ellery James, whose family history on Cape http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/3.0/ Phillips announces highlights included in its New Now Sale https://www.artdaily.org/index.asp?int_sec=11&int_new=118709 https://www.artdaily.org/index.asp?int_sec=11&int_new=118709 Recent News on Artdaily.org Phillips announced highlights ahead of the New Now auction in London on 12 December. Featuring 224 lots, New Now will offer works of art by established artists including leading highlights by William Kentridge, Damien Hirst and Jonas Wood. In the spirit of New Now this sale will also feature a strong selection of works by young and emerging artists such as Eddie Martinez and Katharina Grosse, following the success and world records established for these artists at Phillips this year. Simon Tovey, Head of New Now, said: “Building on the success of our September sale in New York, which achieved our highest total for our New Now sale platform, we are excited to continue with our new catalogue initiative in our forthcoming New Now London sale. Designed to reduce environmental impact and to encourage the exploration of our digital resources, the new catalogue is streamlined, easier to review and immediately engaging with a concentr http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/3.0/ Andrew Jones Auctions will present two special sales in December https://www.artdaily.org/index.asp?int_sec=11&int_new=118707 https://www.artdaily.org/index.asp?int_sec=11&int_new=118707 Recent News on Artdaily.org Andrew Jones Auctions will present two special sales in December. Both will be held online and in the gallery at 2221 South Main Street in downtown Los Angeles. The Saturday, December 7th auction is titled Holiday Luxury and will feature fashion, accessories, jewelry, tableware and objects. The Sunday, December 8th auction is titled All Creatures Great and Small: Animals in the Arts. Start times for both sales is 1 pm Pacific. “Holiday Luxury is just what you need to sparkle and shine, and ours is the perfect venue to find that special gift,” said company president Andrew Jones. “The auction features high-end fashion, couture, fine jewelry, tableware and more. Clothing, shoes, handbags and accessories from designers like Chanel, Christian Dior, Comme des Gar�ons, Gucci, Issey Miyake, Manolo Blahnik, Louis Vuitton, Prada and Versace, as well as gold and gemstone jewelry and tableware by Baccarat, Buccellat http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/3.0/ Dorothy Seiberling, influential arts editor, dies at 97 https://www.artdaily.org/index.asp?int_sec=11&int_new=118695 https://www.artdaily.org/index.asp?int_sec=11&int_new=118695 Recent News on Artdaily.org Dorothy Seiberling, an influential magazine editor who championed modern artists, died Saturday in Wilmington, Delaware. She was 97. Her death was confirmed by her niece Mary Huhn. As Life magazine’s art editor, Seiberling helped shape public opinion about the 20th century’s foremost avant-gardist artists, encouraging open-minded consideration of their importance. Jackson Pollock and Georgia O’Keeffe were already renowned by the time she produced feature articles on them, but their legacies were in question. Some art critics had written off Pollock’s Abstract Expressionist work, particularly his celebrated “drip paintings,” as chaotic and unintentional, and O’Keeffe’s as explicitly feminine — “a woman on paper,” as her husband, the photographer and gallerist Alfred Stieglitz, said. (She didn’t see it that way.) Seiberling’s http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/3.0/ Auction of 19th Century Art at Ketterer Kunst in Munich totals €1.4 million https://www.artdaily.org/index.asp?int_sec=11&int_new=118706 https://www.artdaily.org/index.asp?int_sec=11&int_new=118706 Recent News on Artdaily.org The autumn auction season at Ketterer Kunst kicked off with an extremely successful sale of 19th Century Art. With total proceeds of around € 1.4 million, currently almost double the proceeds of the direct German competitor, the final of the anniversary year could not have started better. The star of the auction was Carl Spitzweg. ”That was an excellent auction”, states Robert Ketterer, auctioneer and owner of Ketterer Kunst. “A sales quota of 75% by lots is just as self evident as a rate of more than 30% first time buyers. A particularly remarkable aspect is the fact that within such a compact range of just 80 works on offer, some 30 objects, more than a third of the offer, realized prices above € 10,000*. The average result per sold lot is at € 23,000.” Carl Spitzweg’s “Blick ins Tal (Zwei M�dchen auf einer Alpe)” (lot 8) set a peak standard at the very beginning http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/3.0/ Russian Constructivist poster, Dracula jumbo lobby card claim top lot honors in Heritage Auctions' Posters Auction https://www.artdaily.org/index.asp?int_sec=11&int_new=118694 https://www.artdaily.org/index.asp?int_sec=11&int_new=118694 Recent News on Artdaily.org An extraordinarily rare jumbo lobby card for Dracula (Universal) sold for nearly five times its estimate to bring $192,000 in Heritage Auctions’ Movie Poster Auction Nov. 23-24. The 14-inch by 17-inch card is especially unique because it was owned by actor Bela Lugosi, the actor who played the title role in the 1931 classic. The entire sale brought $2,504,814, the highest grossing movie poster auction of the year. “We knew collectors were going to be excited by this particular piece,” said Grey Smith, Director of Posters at Heritage. “Not only is it of unquestionable rarity, the fact it came from Lugosi’s private collection makes it a true piece of cinematic history.” A rare Russian poster for one of the most effective propaganda films of all time sold for $108,000, beating high expectations. Never before offered by Heritage, the rare Battleship Potemkin (SovKino, R-1929) Russian Poster was one of a pair of R http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/3.0/ Victoria Miro announces representation of María Berrío https://www.artdaily.org/index.asp?int_sec=11&int_new=118704 https://www.artdaily.org/index.asp?int_sec=11&int_new=118704 Recent News on Artdaily.org Victoria Miro announced representation of Mar�a Berr�o. Work by the Brooklyn-based artist will feature as part of the gallery’s presentation at Art Basel Miami Beach in December 2019. Her first solo exhibition in the UK will take place at Victoria Miro in June 2020. Based in Brooklyn, Mar�a Berr�o grew up in Colombia. Her large-scale works, which are meticulously crafted from layers of Japanese paper, reflect on cross-cultural connections and global migration seen through the prism of her own history. Populated predominantly by women, Berr�o’s art often appears to propose spaces of refuge or safety, kaleidoscopic utopias which in the past have been inspired in part by South American folklore, where humans and nature coexist in harmony. To these apparently idealised scenes, however, Berr�o brings to light the hard realities of present-day politics. For example, Oda a la Esperanza (Ode to Hope), 2019, in which girls a http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/3.0/