Art and Archaeology: Latest Features
News: 6 December 2013
Okwui Enwezor to
Curate Visual Arts for the 56th Venice Biennale
Documenta in Kassel, Germany and major international exhibitions in Paris,
Seville and Johannesburg, the globe-trotting Nigerian poet, critic, and
independant curator takes on the monumental Venice Biennale.
News: 2 November 2013
Dallas Museum Displays
Contents of Etruscan Tomb
Never previously displayed or
loaned, the objects were discovered together in the summer of 1926 in a
grave at the ancient Etruscan city of Spina.
Exhibition Review: 30 October 2013
Georges Braque at the
Henri Matisse and a French art critic both
dismissed Braques as "a painter of cubes".
Art Market: 12 October 2013
Gilt-Bronze Buddha sells for $30.3 Million
Sold in Hong Kong
to Mr. Zheng Huaxing, the seated Shakyamuni Buddha is to be returned to
Exhibition Review: 23 September 2013
Reflections Seen in Rouen
Art review of the major
highlight of France's Impressionist Normandy Festival.
Comment: 21 August 2013
Toilet Paper (Unused)
Nobody is safe from
Cattelan's brand of diabolical merry pranks.
Exhibition Review: 18 July 2013
Britain's Bill Brandt at
Alan Behr in New York takes a close look at the
major British figure in photographys modernist traditions.
News: 26 June 2013
U.S. Department of Justice
Seizes Picasso Worth $11.5 Million
The restraining order
was obtained in response to an official request by the Italian government
in connection with criminal investigation and prosecution of Gabriella
Book Tip: 22 June 2013
Essays on Art
Edouard Vuillard, Max Beckmann and the collecting
taste of Stephen and Sterling Clark are among the subjects observed by the
late American novelist.
Art Market: 9 June 2013
Hotel Sells for €5.7/ $7.4m in Paris
Drawn from The
Collection of the Comtesse Viviane de Witt, the Sotheby's Paris sale has
set a new record for the American artist in France.
Book Tip: 17 May 2013
BMW Art Guide by Independent
A frequent corporate sponsor of leading art
fairs, BMW's new art guide focuses exclusively on the identity and
acquisitions of wealthy art collectors, who-with-whom, how much, where and
Art Market: 16 May 2013
8th WestLicht Photography
In addition to over 200 photographs, including
numerous vintage prints and rarities, a Leica IIIa will go under the
hammer at the 8th WestLicht Photo Auction in Vienna. Also, notes from
Paris Photo Los Angeles.
Book Review: 1 May 2013
Gustav Klimt: The Complete
Patricia Boccadoro on Tobias G. Natter's
mammoth new monograph of Austrian art star Gustav Klimt whose voluptuous
naked women caused scandal and controversy in turn-of-the-century
Exhibition Review: 28 April 2013
Hearst Photography Competition:
8 x 10 by 18
Alan Behr in New York on the next generation
of media photographers aged 18 to 35.
Books: 11 April 2013
ANTICO: The Golden Age of
The Mantuan sculptor and goldsmith
Antico's bronzes are currently so rare that the 40 works on view
constitute over three fourths of the sculptor's extant
Art Market: 5 April 2013
Artspace.com Buys VIP Art
A leading online marketplace for contemporary art has
acquired a New York-based online platform that connects sophisticated
collectors to high-end dealers.
Exhibition: 29 March 2013
Insomnia, The New Muse of
A new exhibition at the Fundació Joan Miró in
Barcelona seeks to name and thus invoke the tenth elusive divinity.
Exhibition: 19 March 2013
Last Chance ! Songs
for a Mad King
Mathieu Kleyebe Abonnencs controversial exhibition
at the Kunsthalle in Basel pays homage to the neglected music and
provocative personality of the American musician, singer, and composer
Julius Eastman (1940 1990).
Art Market: 1 March 2013
French Art Deco Furniture
Collection of the Duchess of Alba to be Auctioned at Christie's
Part of a private commission, these pieces are amongst the
most legendary creations produced by the French Art Deco cabinet maker,
Armand Albert Rateau.
News: 3 February 2013
Fendi To Restore Rome's
Fendi has agreed to cover the costs of the
restoration intervention on the Trevi Fountain in the amount of over 2
Exhibition Review: 22 January 2012
Bohemians Roam the Right
"From the moment one enters, one is swept into the
colourful world of the Bohemians, the gypsies whose existence in Western
Europe dates back to the 14th century", writes Patricia Boccadoro in
News: 30 December 2012
Murdererd Pharaoh's Throat Was
The discovery of papyrus trial documents show
conspirators murdered Egyptian king Ramesses III by cutting his
Exhibition eview: 4 December 2012
Edward Hopper at the Grand
Despite their enormous popularity and apparent
accessibility, Hoppers paintings are among the most complex phenomena
within 20th-century art in the opinion of the Paris exhibitions two
curators, Tomàs Llorens and Didier Ottinger.
News: 3 December 2012
Dallas Museum Returns Looted
Mosaic To Turkey
Conclusive photographic evidence provided
by Turkey documented the looting of the mosaic, proving the work had been
Art Market: 22 October 2012
Show Me The Art - I Mean
Alan Behr comments on the lawsuit between
photographer William Eggleston and the New York financier collector
Exhibition Review: 11 September 2012
The Seductions of the
Chinese cooking and table traditions on view
in Paris include braised dog smothered in turtle's blood and braised bear
paw matured for a year or two prior to being cooked, and left to go
rancid for another two before being consumed. Bon appétit!
Comment: 9 September 2012
El Anatsui Retrospective Opens
in Denver, Colorado
Anatsui, who was born in Ghana and
lives and creates in Nigeria, has mined Africa's history and culture to
carve, mold and weave forms that captivate viewers around the world. "I
think of myself as an artist," Anatsui said in an interview with
Agence-France-Presse. "And I'm an African."
News: 14 August 2012
Post-Olympic Games Show Stirs
What happens to an Olympic village when the crowds
go home and the media lights go out?
News: 30 June 2012
MacArthur Fellow to Speak on
Digging The Ancient Maya
The American archaeologist shares
his personal experience of what it's been like to explore, map, and
excavate the great cities of classic Maya civilization for the last 30
News: 15 May 2012
St. Petersburg, Florida
Florida Museum Acquires
Major Boxing Picture
Acquired for an undisclosed purchase
price, the American painting conveys the drama surrounding the great Joe
Louiss last championship match in 1948.
Exhibition Review: 10 April 2012
Can't Take My Eyes off Me: Cindy
Sherman at Moma
Alan Behr on the Cindy Sherman retrospective in
New York and the trend of staged photography in contemporary art.
Book Review: 29 February 2012
Harlem: A Century in Images
Given the sheer physical size, architectural diversity and
cultural significance of Harlem, small wonder the real estate of this
legendary community is among the most coveted in New York.
Exhibition Review: 17 February 2012
Cézanne and Paris
chance to see whether this show of 80 paintings, drawings and watercolours
makes a credible case for a relationship between Cézanne and the French
Exhibition Review: 13 January 2012
Leonardo da Vinci: Painter at the
Court of Milan
Andrew Jack on London's blockbuster show of
the deepling alluring but often puzzling masterpieces by the Italian
scientific visionary and artistic genius.
Exhibition Review: 23 December 2011
Cecil Beaton: The Artful Dodger
Alan Behr takes a closer look at the Cecil
Beaton exhibition in New York and its companion book Cecil Beaton: The
New York Years.
Exhibition Review: 16 December 2011
The Steins: Patrons of the
How an American expatriate family's
early patronage of Matisse, Cézanne, Picasso and other artists of their
day disseminated a new standard of taste for modern art.
News: 2 November 2011
100,000-Year-Old Artist Workshop
Found in South Africa
Painting remains discovered at
Blombos Cave in South Africa document how prehistoric men made their
Art Market: 27 October 2011
San Francisco Antiques
Show Presents Treasure Tales - A Lecture Series
Among the guest lecturers Archduke Dr. Géza von Habsburg
discusses princely treasures from Kunstkammern, and former FBI Agent
Robert Wittman shares tales of art heists and masterpieces that remain
Exhibition Review: 30 August 2011
Jan Fabre: The Years of The
Known for his provocative theatre and dance
works, where nakedness, crude sex and violence have become his trademarks,
the Belgian Jan Fabre is also a sculptor, designer and illustrator whose
creations have been shown in Venice, Berlin, Budapest and Sao Paulo.
Exhibition Review: 16 July 2011
Yasmina Chatila: Egypt
Spring...on Manhattan's Upper East Side
Americans needn't travel to
Cairo for an Egyptian revolution. They can witness one, in of all places,
New York's Upper East Side.
Book Review: 5 July 2011
Photography critic Alan Behr reviews a new book
devoted to 46 photographers and their pictures of street life in Shanghai,
Tokyo, Mumbai, New York, Istanbul, Dakar, Britain and Eastern Europe.
News: 26 June 2011
Suicide Installation Opens in
Hundreds of people have jumped to their deaths from
Nusle Bridge in Prague.
Art Market: 10 May 2011
Galerie Beyeler Closes:
Holdings to be Auctioned in London
The sale of the Estate
of Ernst Beyeler, the late Swiss art connoisseur and dealer will include
art works Ernst and his wife Hildy lived with at their private home as
well as significant paintings and sculptures from the Galerie Beyeler in
Exhibition Review: 28 April 2011
Manet, the Man who Invented
Patricia Boccadoro on the Manet exhibition at
the Musée d'Orsay in Paris.
Seen: 15 April 2011
People Tell Me I'm White and I
Believe Them Auf Deutsch
While the American
television comic Stephen Colbert's satirically inverted logic provokes
young artists in Europe, the Harvard University scholar Henry Louis Gates
investigates blackness in Latin America in a new PBS series.
Theatre Review: 28 March 2011
A Weekend With Pablo
Herbert Siguenza, the 30-year theatre veteran
who pioneered the use of sketch comedy to illuminate the complex ethnic
relationships of Americas cities, presents his vision of Pablo
Seen: 27 March 2011
Centennial Solo show of American artist Roman Beardens
work focuses exclusively on collage.
Exhibition Review: 26 January 2011
Osnabrück 1904 - Auschwitz 1944
A review of the Paris
retrospective of the work of the German Jewish painter, Felix
Naussbaum whose paintings illustrate the European Jew's anxiety and
fear of the Nazi terror and potential menace of extermination.
Book Reviews: 14 January 2011
Noteworthy for the New
In which our Alan Behr shares his thoughts on three
large format books with three different approaches to modern
Seen: 4 January 2011
Race and Racism in Cuban
According to a new exhibition, many
cultural actors in Cuba continue to denounce the persistence of racial
discrimination in Cuban socialist society.
News: 31 December 2010
Jacqueline de Romilly: 1913 -
The French scholar and member of the Académie
Française was a specialist on ancient Greece and especially on Thucydides
and Pericles Classical Athens.
Television Review: 12 December 2010
Paris, the Luminous Years
Perry Miller Adato's new documentary for PBS spotlights the
art worlds first international avant-garde.
Art Market: 29 November 2010
"Twenty-four countries and 195 art galleries were showing
works which went from the absurd to the widely extravagant," writes
Patricia Boccadoro from the annual art market show devoted to modern and
contemporary art in Paris.
Exhibition Review: 10 November 2010
Murakami or Much Ado
About Nothing at Versailles
Patricia Boccadoro weighs in
on the controversial display of Japanese neo pop artist Takashi Murakami's
monumental sculptures and brightly colored paintings in some fifteen rooms
of the Palace of Versailles.
Exhibition Review: 5 November 2010
Lee Friedlander at the
Alan Behr in New York on Lee Friedlander's new
photo series of America's eccentricities and obsessions as seen from the
Reader Comment: 2 November 2010
Bruegel's "Wine of St.
Martin" in the Prado
Dr. Martin W. Walsh at the
University of Michigan responds to Culturekiosque coverage of the Prado
Musuem's recent discovery of an unknown painting by Pieter Bruegel the
Exhibition: 23 October 2010
Henda: Self-portrait as a White Man
As this new show by
the Angolan photographer Kiluanji Kia Henda at the Galleria Fonti makes
clear, there is more to Naples than Pompeii's erotic frescoes and tales of
the Camorra mafia.
Comment: 7 October 2010
Structure of Globalization
"What sort of product or
narrative can be generated in Chile, where territorial displacement,
delocalization, disarticulation, exile and migration are both historical
and current themes?', asks artist and curator Ingrid Wildi Merino whose
itinerant group exhibition is now on view in art venues throughout
News: 28 September 2010
Prado Museum Reveals
Unknown Painting by Pieter Bruegel the Elder
Bruegel's early death in 1569, the already celebrated artist's small
output was obsessively pursued by collectors.
Exhibition Review: 28 August 2010
A Bright Light
En Bref: Basquiat at the Fondation Beyeler
short, hot career and early death of Jean-Michel Basquiat the cause of his
celebrity, or is it a diversion making the assessment of his work
cliché-driven and shallow? The Fondation Beyeler wades into the
Art Market: 27 August 2010
Online VIP Art Fair
To Launch in January 2011
Will major collectors and
dealers prefer virtual booths to private jets and extravagant parties in
Basel, London and Miami Beach?
News: 20 August 2010
Cairo Museum of
Islamic Art Re-opens After $10-Million Restoration
twenty-five galleries of the 1903 building in central Cairo comprise the
worlds largest Museum of Islamic Art.
News: 18 August 2010
of Kazakhstan to Go on View at Christies
presents a special loan exhibition, Treasures of Kazakhstan Exhibition
of Kazakh and Russian Art from the Kasteev Museum and a Distinguished
Kazakh Private Collection at its headquarters in London.
Exhibition Review: 14 July 2010
Paul Klee: In the
Eye of the Collector
This exceptional exhibition, on view
at the Musée de lOrangerie in Paris, invites one to discover Klees last
paintings through the eye of the late Swiss collector, Ernst Beyeler.
Seen: 8 July 2010
Maleonn (Ma Liang):
Second-hand Tang Poem
Maleonn's highly choreographed scenes blend traditional Chinese mythology
and contemporary life.
Exhibition Review: 7 June 2010
Cartier-Bresson and the Decisive
Iconic images of prostitutes in Mexico
City, war-ravaged Europeans, revolution in China, wrestlers in
Mongolia and the beautiful and famous document the evolution of one of the
most celebrated photographers of all time.
Exhibition Review: 23 May 2010
Last Chance in Paris!
Turner and the Masters
Born into a working-class family,
William Turner pursued relentlessly his ambition to be a great artist by
challenging old masters and contemporaries whom he considered rivals
to his own fame. Sound familiar?
Book Review: 7 May 2010
Ripple Effect: Leo Castelli and the
Birth of the Contemporary Art Market
new biography Leo & His Circle: The Life of Leo Castelli,
Annie Cohen-Solal recounts how an unlikely, gadabout immigrant should be
both credited and blamed for the crackling paso doble being
danced by Art and Commerce.
Interview / Review: 29 April 2010
Restoring the Malice to
Wonderland: Trevor Brown at the Bunkamura Gallery
than deviant, the notorious paintings of Trevor Brown turn the already
topsy-turvy world of Alice in Wonderland on its ear, restoring the shock
value to a tale that has become Disney-fied and de-sexed.
Exhibition Review: 12 April 2010
And Now a Word from our
Sponsors: Skin Fruit at the New Museum
In a somewhat questionable
confluence (if not actual conflict) of interests, the New Museum presents
an exhibition of works owned by a trustee, and curated by one of the
artists being featured Jeff Koons, not surprisingly.
Book Review: 25 March 2010
The Bauhaus Group: Six
Masters of Modernism
The sleek, cool aesthetic we associate with
the Bauhaus group sprang from a surprisingly passionate, troubled and
messy group of artists and visionaries. Alan Behr reviews the new book
that traces that particularly unique nexus of art, design, politics and
Exhibition Review: 8 March 2010
"Servicemen and Women
Londons Saatchi Gallery
In her somber take on cartes de
visite, Emily Prince brings the cost of war into tangible, graphic
News: 6 March 2010
Ernst Beyeler: 1921
One of the world's most distinguished
art dealers of modern art, Ernst Beyeler, dies at age 88.
Seen: 24 February 2010
Memory in Modern Turkish Art Explored at Istanbul Modern
An intriguing show in Istanbul explores how
Turkish artists employ history in their construction of modernism.
News: 24 February 2010
New Excavations in India Reveal
'Pompeii-like excavations' found
beneath ancient volcanic ash.
Art Market: 4 February 2010
Giacometti Bronze Breaks Art
Giacometti, Klimt and Cézanne headlined a
record-breaking sale of works totaling £146,828,350 / $235,659,502 /
€167,575,324 - making it the highest value sale ever staged in London.
Exhibition Review: 27 January 2010
Burton and Bauhaus at
Two concurrent exhibitions one showcasing macabre
exuberance, the other, cool restraint occupy one museum, but two
News: 26 January 2010
with Image of Mayan Ruler Found
"At his feet, lying on his back on
the bench, lies another, smaller person with his torso opened as a sign of
sacrifice or of being overthrown," the archaeologist said.
Exhibition Review: 15 January 2010
Context: Jenny Holzer at the Beyeler
The Beyeler Foundation
presents a thought-provoking exhibition of the text-based works of Jenny
Holzer, but are the message and the media at cross purposes?
Conment: 14 January 2010
Canadian humorist and illustrator Arcangelo Frye offers
up pages from his folio of Haiku for the age of Flickr, YouTube, Twitter
and Facebook. Number 8 in the series of modern-day Haiku is devoted to the
artistic legacy of Michael Jackson.
Art Market: 14 January 2010
Van Dongen Highlight Christie's Auction of Impressionist and Modern
The Impressionist and Modern Art Evening Sale and the auction
of The Art of the Surreal have a pre-sale estimate of £56,505,000 to
News: 2 January 2010
Charlotte, North Carolina
Bechtler Museum of Modern
Art Opens in Charlotte, North Carolina
Designed by the
Swiss architect Mario Botta, the new Bechtler Museum is the only museum
dedicated to the exhibition of mid-20th-century modern art in the
southeastern United States.
Exhibition Review: 30 December 2009
in Black and White: The Americans Revisited
startling and masterful 1958 book of photographs, The Americans, is given
a worthy and worthwhile retrospective at the Metropolitan Museum of
Travel Journal: 14 December 2009
at Vienna Design Week
The uneasy intersection of Tradition
and Modernity is made all the moreso in a city so invested in its imperial
past. Alan Behr recounts the good, the bad and the bewildering witnessed
during this years event
Exhibition Review: 14 December 2009
on the Amstel: Hermitage Amsterdam Opens in Grand
Peter Kupfer on the blockbuster inaugural show
At the Russian Court: Palace and Protocol in the 19th
Century, on view at the newly-opened Amsterdam branch of
Russia's Hermitage Museum.
Art Market: 23 October 2009
Bust of Roman Emperor
Caracalla - 'Common Enemy of Mankind' -
To Sell in London
A bust of Caracalla, the notorious Roman Emperor who reigned from
211-217 and is remembered as one of the worst and cruellest rulers in the
history of the Empire, will be auctioned at Bonhams Antiquities sale on 28
Exhibition Review: 28 September 2009
in Basel: Too Rich, Not Thin Enough
Ironic, yes, but the Alberto
Giacometti exhibition currently presented by the Beyeler Foundation in
Basel might have benefitted from being thinned out a little.
News: 29 August 2009
Portrait of Edward Kennedy on View at National Portrait
Augmented with the hues of the American Flag and the dust
of diamonds, the 1980 portrait comes out of storage as the battle for
Kennedys "life work" continues unabated.
Exhibition Review: 3 July 2009
Factory: Rites and Passage
In a huge multidisciplinary show in
Paris, Caribbean artists explore creole identities.
Book Review: 1 July 2009
Made in Cassina
superstar Italian furniture manufacturer is profiled in a handsome volume,
but something is lost in translation. C. Davis Remignanti offers his
Seen: 25 June 2009
Attending The Wedding At Cana
Filmmaker Peter Greenaways
installation explores the Veronese masterpiece from inside the
Exhibition Review: 18 June 2009
Delight: Gustave Caillebotte at the Brooklyn
Despite his iconic La Place de l'Europe, temps
de pluie, Gustave Caillebotte may be the best of the least-known
Impressionists. An exhibition currently at the Brooklyn Museum provides an
opportunity to get familiar with both the artist and the institution.
Exhibition Review: 5 June 2009
The Nexus of
Art and Social Documentary: The Photographs of Sebastião
With his uncanny ability to capture sculptural forms and
painterly composition, Salgado quashes the common perception of
photography as a second-tier art form, without diluting its power to
inform and inspire.
Exhibition Review: 21 May 2009
Too Human: The Sacred and the Profane in the Works of Filipo and Filippino
Paris' Luxembourg Museum presents works of sublime beauty
and transcendant piety, wrought by artists with the hands of masters and
feet of clay. Patricia Boccadoro comments.
Art Market / Book Review: 13 May 2009
Swimming Among the
Sharks: The Art of Profiting off Contemporary Art
there is undeniably big money to be made in the contemporary art market,
it is rarely made by those who buy the works. Don Thompson's new book
explores the labyrinthine and perilous path of art as investment.
Art Market: 20 April 2009
Korean Eye: Moon Generation
Standard Chartered First Bank has
teamed up with Phillips de Pury & Companys auctioneers and the
Saatchi Gallery in London to create a market in the West for Korean
Book Review: 2 April 2009
Naughty Postcards From
With the international spotlight focused on the visit to
Europe of President and Mrs. Obama, our own "Monsieur X" reviews a book
that reminds us of a time when news from Paris was truly all about the
medium, not the message contained within.
News: 1 April 2009
Images Reveal The Hidden Face of Nefertiti
Thin-section CT imaging
of the famous Nefertiti bust revealed a delicately carved face on the
Book Review: 25 March 2009
Sloe and Easy: Van Dongen at
the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts
Despite his early reputation for
painting louche, sloe-eyed broads, Kees Van Dongen inherited the Singer
Sargent mantle, becoming the portraitist of choice of early 20th century
Paris society. A new book, in conjunction with an exhibition at the
Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, documents the man and the many, many women
Exhibition Review: 12 March 2009
Tale of Two Cities
They came, they conquered, they crushed... and
were never the same. Exhibitions in New York and London look back at the
myths and the realities of imperial Babylon and its impact on the ancient
world, but show us, through the prism of the Iraq war, how little
civilization has progressed since then.
Seen: 6 March 2009
Twittering from the
Ancient World: The Master Strokes of Hassan Massoudy
In the age of
Blackberries and iPhones, its easy to lose sight of the fact that the
original hand held communication device was the calligraphers pen.
Comment: 3 March 2009
His Own Image: Shepard Fairey Fights to Redefine Copyright Law
That his iconic "Obama Hope" poster is based on someones photograph
is not disputed, but Shepard Fairey claims his artistic manipulation of
that original is more than enough to shield him from the ill-advised
copyright lawsuit launched by the Associated Press (who, it turns out, may
not even own the rights to the image).
Art Market: 24 February 2009
The Yves Saint Laurent
and Pierre Bergé Collection: A Bruised Beau Monde Binges
financial crisis be damned. Whether there to buy, gawk or merely be seen
at the associated soirées, those attending the Saint Laurent/Bergé estate
auction are hell-bent on partying like its 1999.
Exhibition Review: 13 January 2009
Southern Living in Living
Color: The Photographs of William Eggleston
Southerner raised on a cotton plantation in the Mississippi Delta,
Eggleston has the ability to speak complex truths in single, garish bursts
of artistic discovery.
Seen: 8 January 2009
Death, Art and
Prankster artist Santiago Sierra's latest in-your-face
installation explores the nexus of mortality and profit, with the ironic
collusion of one of the world's largest insurers.
Versailles: From the Ridiculous to the Sublime
commentaries, Patricia Boccadoro first provides the reader with reason to
postpone that once in a lifetime visit to Versailles, then offers a
compelling argument for booking the trip post-haste. (Hint: wait till they
get rid of the giant lobster.).
Hadrian Exhibition: Empire Repeats Itself
overstretch, financial bailouts, media manipulation, war in Mesopotamia,
and even (olive) oil: Hadrian's Rome looks eerily modern.