PopMuse: Fine Arts http://popmu.se Musings of stuff en-us Copyright 2007-2019 http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/3.0/ Hermann Historica to offer outstanding and unique objects from antiquity to Art Déco http://www.artdaily.org/index.asp?int_sec=11&int_new=118313 http://www.artdaily.org/index.asp?int_sec=11&int_new=118313 Recent News on Artdaily.org Collectors on the lookout for rare, outstanding and unique objects from antiquity to Art D�co are advised to watch this space for news of the wide range of objects offered by Hermann Historica. For collectors of rare, outstanding and unique objects from antiquity to Art D�co, all roads lead not to Rome, but to Hermann Historica, International Auctions. Following the move to new, spacious premises in Grasbrunn, the staff in the departments for works of art and antiquities have succeeded in gathering a plethora of exquisite pieces from all over the world for the large Autumn Auction. The 1,050 lots of the live auction will be sold on 13 and 14 November, while the 353 lots of the online auction are to come under the hammer on 21 November 2019. Moreover, the special catalogue entitled "Cabinet des curiosit�s", comprising 417 lots from a private wunderkammer, which were amassed in tireless dedication http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/3.0/ Gillian Jagger, sculptor whose medium was nature, dies at 88 http://www.artdaily.org/index.asp?int_sec=11&int_new=118295 http://www.artdaily.org/index.asp?int_sec=11&int_new=118295 Recent News on Artdaily.org Gillian Jagger, an artist guided by a deep-seated connection to nature and best known for imposing sculptures and installations that often incorporated tree trunks and animal carcasses, died Oct. 21 in Ellenville, in upstate New York. She was 88. Her death was confirmed by her wife and only survivor, Connie Mander. Mander did not specify a cause but said Jagger had had difficulty breathing at their home and was taken to a nearby hospital, where she died. Jagger was a fiercely independent creator who adhered to her own instincts and vision; though her work has affinities with feminist art, land art and post-minimalism, she never aligned http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/3.0/ £1 charity shop vase sells for £484,000 http://www.artdaily.org/index.asp?int_sec=11&int_new=118312 http://www.artdaily.org/index.asp?int_sec=11&int_new=118312 Recent News on Artdaily.org A Chinese vase bought for just �1 in a charity shop has sold for a staggering �484,000 after it emerged it was made for an 18th century emperor. The lucky shopper, unaware of its significance, listed the small yellow vase on eBay - only to be inundated with messages and bids. Realising it must be valuable, he removed it from the site and took it to specialists at Sworders Fine Art Auctioneers' in Stansted Mountfitchet, Essex. They studied the 8ins tall vase and identified it as being Chinese imperial and made for the Qianlong Emperor, who reigned from 1735 to 1796. The Qianlong famille rose vase is marked with a symbol that meant it wasn't for export, but for one of the emperor's palaces. It is inscribed with an imperial poem that 'praises incense' and two iron-red seal marks that read 'Qianlong chen han' or 'the Qianlong Emperor's own mark'. It also reads 'Weijing http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/3.0/ Denmark and Iceland clash over priceless mediaeval manuscripts http://www.artdaily.org/index.asp?int_sec=11&int_new=118301 http://www.artdaily.org/index.asp?int_sec=11&int_new=118301 Recent News on Artdaily.org They recount tales of Viking raids, Norse history, kings and gods: a priceless collection of mediaeval manuscripts, bequeathed by an Icelandic scholar to the University of Copenhagen in the 18th century, that Iceland now wants back. The UN cultural organisation UNESCO has called them "the single most important collection of early Scandinavian manuscripts in existence", with the earliest one dating from the 12th century. Some of the texts -- known as the Arnamagnaean Collection -- have already been returned to Reykjavik, but 1,400 documents are still locked away in Copenhagen. The jewel of the collection is an almost complete early 15th century copy of "Heimskringla" -- the best known of the Old Norse kings' sagas, originally written in the 13th century by http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/3.0/ Gagosian opens an exhibition featuring works by H. R. Giger and Mark Prent http://www.artdaily.org/index.asp?int_sec=11&int_new=118292 http://www.artdaily.org/index.asp?int_sec=11&int_new=118292 Recent News on Artdaily.org Gagosian is presenting Birth Machine Baby, an exhibition curated by Harmony Korine, featuring works by H. R. Giger and Mark Prent. In this exhibition, Korine pairs eerie humanoid figures by Giger—whose name has been cemented in Hollywood history for his visual effects and design work on the Alien film franchise—with sculptures by Prent, a Canadian artist whose grotesque and provocative depictions of the human body were greatly admired by Giger himself. Despite the divergences in Giger’s and Prent’s chosen styles and mediums, both artists’ interests lie in coaxing out latent fantastical forms from the contours of the human body. Depicting subject matter gleaned from the depths of his psychic anxieties, Giger’s stylized sculptures merge writhing, skeletal organisms with elegant metallic features, coalescing in his signature “biomechanical” style. Although Giger was best known for designing the http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/3.0/ Marciano Art Foundation is accused of unfair labor practices http://www.artdaily.org/index.asp?int_sec=11&int_new=118294 http://www.artdaily.org/index.asp?int_sec=11&int_new=118294 Recent News on Artdaily.org Labor organizers in Los Angeles have accused the Marciano Art Foundation, a private museum, of violating federal law by dismissing dozens of employees after they announced that they wanted to form a union. In a charge filed on Thursday with the National Labor Relations Board, the organizers wrote that the foundation “has illegally discriminated against its employees by laying off employees en masse and/or closing its facility.” The charge, filed by District Council 36 of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees, asked that the foundation be required to reinstate the employees, recognize and bargain with the union and reopen the museum, which was closed this week. A spokesman for the foundation did not immediately respond to a request http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/3.0/ Shock in Russia as Napoleon expert confesses to chopping up lover http://www.artdaily.org/index.asp?int_sec=11&int_new=118311 http://www.artdaily.org/index.asp?int_sec=11&int_new=118311 Recent News on Artdaily.org A prominent Saint Petersburg-based Napoleon expert has confessed to murdering his young lover and former student and dismembering her body in a grisly crime that sent shock waves across Russia. Oleg Sokolov, a 63-year-old history lecturer who received France's Legion d'Honneur from Jacques Chirac in 2003, was arrested Saturday on suspicion of murder after he was hauled out of the icy Moika River with a backpack containing a woman's arms. "He has admitted his guilt," Sokolov's lawyer Alexander Pochuev told AFP, adding he regretted what he had done and was cooperating. A court on Monday will decide whether to arrest the historian, who was being treated for hypothermia in a hospital. Sokolov was reportedly drunk and fell into the Moika, a tributary of the Neva, in central Saint Petersburg as he tried to dispose of body parts near the offices of investigators. http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/3.0/ Like roads, many genetic lineages led to ancient Rome http://www.artdaily.org/index.asp?int_sec=11&int_new=118304 http://www.artdaily.org/index.asp?int_sec=11&int_new=118304 Recent News on Artdaily.org At the height of its empire, the inhabitants of ancient Rome genetically resembled the populations of the Eastern Mediterranean and Middle East, according to a DNA study published Thursday. The paper is based on genome data of 127 individuals from 29 archaeological sites in and around the city, spanning nearly 12,000 years of Roman prehistory and history. Rome and central Italy's antiquity is well-documented in the rich archaeological and historical record, but relatively little genetic work had been carried out until now. Writing in the journal Science, researchers from Stanford and Italian universities said people from the city's earliest eras and from after the Western empire's decline in the 4th Century CE genetically resembled other Western Europeans. But during the imperial period, Romans had more in common with populations from Greece, Syria and Lebanon. The earliest sequenced genomes, from three individuals living 9,000 to 12,000 years ago, resembled http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/3.0/ Barbara Hepworth's first monographic exhibition in Paris on view at The Mus�e Rodin http://www.artdaily.org/index.asp?int_sec=11&int_new=118307 http://www.artdaily.org/index.asp?int_sec=11&int_new=118307 Recent News on Artdaily.org The Mus�e Rodin is holding the first monographic exhibition on the work of British sculptor Barbara Hepworth (1903-1975) in Paris, in association with Tate. Though little known in France, Barbara Hepworth — who frequented artists such as Henry Moore, Picasso and Mondrian — evolutionised sculpture with her development of a new aesthetic sensibility. Her abstract works, imbued with poetic purity, aspire to an ideal, peaceful world. The Mus�e Rodin’s tribute exhibition to Hepworth presents these sculptures, with their combination of solid and void; visitors who see these compelling artworks will find them hard to forget. After Rodin (1840-1917), a different kind of sculpture came into being. Around 1905 in France, the sculptor Aristide Maillol restored density to his freestanding figures, and from 1909 onwards Constantin Brancusi http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/3.0/ Nationalmuseum acquires two self-portraits by Joseph Ducreux http://www.artdaily.org/index.asp?int_sec=11&int_new=118302 http://www.artdaily.org/index.asp?int_sec=11&int_new=118302 Recent News on Artdaily.org Nationalmuseum has acquired two physiognomic self-portraits painted by the French artist, Joseph Ducreux, one of the foremost artists at the court of Louis XVI. Ducreux’s portraiture exhibits strong influences of naturalism and is characterized by the artist’s ability to capture a specific facial expression or emotional state. He shares this ability with the Austrian artist, Franz Xaver Messerschmidt. Joseph Ducreux (1735–1802)was likely a student of Maurice Quentin de la Tour (1704–1788). The real launch of Ducreux’s career came when he was commissioned to paint a portrait of Marie Antoinette (1755–1793). In order to discover how the future French crown princess looked, the artist was sent to Vienna in 1769 with a commission to depict her. The result was so successful that Ducreux was subsequently made a baron and was given the title of “premier peintre de la http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/3.0/