The George Lucas Museum has embarked on a wave of exciting art purchases by Frida Kahlo and Alice Neel + Other Stories
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NEED TO READ
Ancient Roman temple discovered in Lebanon – A temple with a history dating back to the early Roman period (31 BCE to 193 CE) has been discovered in the highest part of the ancient Phoenician city of Tire, located on the southern coast of Lebanon. The site, which was supposed to house rituals and worship activities, should significantly improve our understanding of Tire in ancient times, archaeologists say. Further excavations and studies will continue in 2022. (ARTnews)
Swedish artist under threat dies in traffic accident – Swedish artist Lars Vilks, who received death threats after posting a sketch of the Prophet Muhammad with the body of a dog, has died in a traffic accident. He was 75 years old. Vilks had been living under police protection since 2007, when his skit made international headlines and led Al Qaeda to put a price on his head. Local media report that Vilks died after a truck collided with the civilian police car he was in with two policemen. (The fate of officers is unclear.) Police continue to investigate the cause of the crash. (PA)
The George Lucas Museum is on a shopping spree – The Lucas Museum of Narrative Art, founded by George Lucas and his wife Mellody Hobson, is busy building its collection ahead of its opening in 2023, and it tells a story that goes far beyond Star wars Norman Rockwell memorabilia and paintings. Recent acquisitions include Alice Neel’s Fish market (1947), which was included in the artist retrospective Met well reviewed, the archives of Judy Baca on her Great Wall of Los Angeles project, a self-portrait of Frida Kahlo and a painting of a nymph attributed to Artemisia Gentileschi and an associate, purchased for $ 2.1 million at Sotheby’s last year. (The arts journal)
Klimt stolen to the limelight in a museum exhibition – A painting by Gustav Klimt that was discovered hidden behind a garden wall 22 years after his theft in Italy will be the star of a new exhibition dedicated to the artist at the Museum of Rome at Palazzo Braschi. The exhibition, which opens on October 27 and lasts for five months, will showcase other paintings by Klimt alongside sculptures and drawings, and explore the Austrian artist’s relationship with Italy. (United States today)
MOVERS AND IMPROVERS
Contemporary Istanbul publishes list of exhibitors – The Turkish art fair will return for the first time since the city’s lockdown with 56 galleries and non-profit arts organizations from October 7-10. Participants at the new event location, Tersane Istanbul, include Marlborough Gallery, König Galerie and Zilberman. (Africa Art Magazine)
Givenchy partners with artist Josh Smith – Matthew M. Williams, creative director of Givenchy, incorporated Smith’s “happy-freaky” work into several of the looks in his fall collection, which debuted in Paris this weekend. Smith’s ceramic sculptures and Grim Reaper paintings are rendered in vivid colors on bags, vests and hats. (Vogue)
GaryVee’s NFTs Bring Over $ 1 Million at Christie’s – Entrepreneur and Internet personality Gary Vaynerchuk, known as GaryVee, has found an enthusiastic audience for five works from his so-called VeeFriends collection at Christie’s. The NFT Doodles, offered in post-war Christie’s for the current Friday sale, grossed $ 1.2 million. (CNBC)
FOR THE LOVE OF ART
A large portrait exhibition arrives at the Rijksmuseum – With “Remember Me”, the Amsterdam institution traces the origins of the European portrait, a form which, according to its curators, is not so different from today’s selfies. The ambitious exhibition brings together masterpieces by Albrecht Dürer, Hans Holbein the Younger, Jan Gossart and Sofonisba Anguissola. It runs until January 16, 2022. (Press release)
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