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  1. Restorers unveil original face of Belgium's 'Mystic Lamb'
    A painstaking restoration of the "Mystic Lamb", a 15th-century Flemish masterpiece by the Van Eyck brothers, was unveiled on Tuesday, revealing a "much more expressive and intense" version of the central image of the giant altarpiece. Restorers from Belgium's Royal Institute for Cultural Heritage began working on the altarpiece in 2012, but in recent months focused on removing the overpainting from the central part of the work which includes the head of the lamb. And the results were unveiled at St Bavo's Cathedral in Ghent on Tuesday, with the restorers highlighting a number of surprising discoveries about the altarpiece, which is one of the world's most stolen artworks. "The head is very different from what we've known since the 16th century. It depicts a lamb which is much more intense and expressive, which connects far more directly with the people, with big eyes," restoration project leader Helene Dubois told AFP.
  2. 1932 Picasso portrait leads Sotheby's Summer Impressionist & Modern Art Sale
    Sotheby’s Evening Sale of Impressionist & Modern Art totalled £87.5 million / $115.7 million tonight in London, with collectors demonstrating interest in a wide range of material spanning the entire field, as well as a broad spectrum of media. Pablo Picasso and Alberto Giacometti stand shoulder-to-shoulder as two of the universally acknowledged greats of the modern era. Tonight they led the sale: The auction was led by Buste de femme de profil (Femme écrivant) from the artist’s ‘year of wonders’, 1932, which sold for over ten times the £2.4 million it achieved when last at auction in 1997. At £27.3 million / $36.1 million, it brought the total for the four works by Picasso offered this evening to £40 million / $53 million. Auction sales of works by Picasso at Sotheby’s worldwide this year have reached $232 million. A
  3. Fairfield University Art Museum announces gift of 1,500 prints
    The Fairfield University Art Museum in Fairfield, Connecticut, announces the major gift of the James M. Reed Print Collection. Assembled over several decades by artist, collector and master printer James Reed, the collection, which will be given in its entirety, consists of over 1,500 prints spanning the 16ththrough the early 21stcenturies. The great strength of the Reed collection is 19th-century French etching and lithography. Géricault, Delacroix, Daumier, Manet, Redon, and Fantin-Latour are among the major artists of the period represented. Over 30 old master prints dating from the 16th-18thcenturies are also included. The second concentration of the collection is a significant group of over 50 German Expressionist prints, including
  4. La maison rouge opens its last exhibition before closing
    L’envol is the final exhibition at La maison rouge, which will close its doors for the last time on October 28, 2018. Antoine de Galbert has invited Barbara Safarova, Aline Vidal and Bruno Decharme as co-curators. Together, these specialists in art brut and contemporary art have imagined an exhibition that examines mankind's dream of flying – though without any reference to those who have actually made this dream come true. As always at La maison rouge, the curators have considered the subject matter independently of "categories" to bring together works of art brut, modern, contemporary, ethnographic and folk art. A walk through the various themes reveals a succession of some 200 works, including installations, films, documents, paintings, drawings and sculptures. In the beginning there was Dedalus, that inspired inventor who dreamed of escaping into the skies, taking his son Icarus with him. Harnessed
  5. Boulder Museum of Contemporary opens exhibition of paintings and prints by Roberto Juarez
    Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art announces the Summer 2018 Exhibition: Processing: Paintings & Prints 2008 - 2018 by artist Roberto Juarez in the West, East, and Union Works Galleries. The exhibition is on display June 7–September 16, 2018. Roberto Juarez has been a significant presence in the art worlds of New York, Miami, Colorado, and beyond since the early 1980s. Exhibiting at Manhattan’s famed Robert Miller Gallery for many years, his work is noted for its intriguing combinations of elements drawn from nature, popular culture, the history of modern art, and his own fertile imagination. This exhibition celebrates the last ten years of his artistic achievements. Juarez (of both Mexican and Puerto Rican heritage) is a native of Chicago. He was trained at the San Francisco Art Institute and the University of California, Los Angeles, yet came of age professionally in 1980s New York - the heyday