Sam Francis Foundation to debut Online Catalogue Raisonne Project

L to R: Sam Francis, Untitled [Berkeley], 1948. Watercolor on paper, 19 x 25 3/4 inches. SFF4.61. © 2018 Sam Francis Foundation, California/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York; Photo of Sam Francis painting from his hospital bed at Fort Miley Hospital, March 18, 1946. Photo by Acme, San Francisco Bureau

LOS ANGELES – The Sam Francis Foundation will release the first installment of Sam Francis: Online Catalogue Raisonné Project — The Compilation of Unique Works on Paper and Expanded Version of Canvas and Panel Paintings on April 18, 2018.

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Groups trying to save northern Illinois’ Black Hawk statue

Black Hawk statue in Lowden State Park, Illinois. IvoShandor photo, Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported license

OREGON, Ill. (AP) – Groups are working to complete restoration of a century-old landmark known as the Black Hawk statue in northern Illinois.

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Renaissance masterpieces on view in New Orleans starting April 19

NEW ORLEANS – Beginning April 19, the New Orleans Museum of Art (NOMA) will present Veronese in Murano, a focused exhibition featuring two Renaissance masterpieces by the celebrated artist Paolo Veronese (1528–1588). NOMA is the second and final venue for the paintings, titled St. Jerome in the Wilderness and St. Agatha Visited in Prison by St. Peter, which will be on view through September 3, 2018.

The exhibition was organized by The Frick Collection in New York City in honor of the full restoration of the works by Venetian Heritage, and with the generous support of BVLGARI. Though known to scholars, the paintings’ remote location in a church in Murano, an island in the lagoon of Venice known today for its glassmaking studios and shops, made them difficult to access and study. Veronese in Murano marks the first time the restored masterworks have been exhibited outside Italy since their creation 450 years ago.

“The Veronese masterworks complement NOMA’s strength in Northern Italian art, particularly works from 16th, 17th and 18th century Venice,” said Susan Taylor, NOMA’s Montine McDaniel Freeman Director. “We are pleased to be able to present these magnificent paintings to the people of the city of New Orleans.”

In 1566, the Venetian priest Francesco degli Arbori commissioned St. Jerome in the Wilderness and St. Agatha Visited in Prison by St. Peter for a small chapel the priest had built just outside the church and convent of Santa Maria degli Angeli. St. Jerome in the Wilderness was placed over the main chapel altar, and facing it over the entry door was St. Agatha Visited by St. Peter in Prison. For his chapel, the priest chose Saint Jerome as a model because the saint had translated the Bible into Latin, and Saint Agatha for her exemplary piety as an early Christian martyr. The dynamic movement of the figures, bold modeling, and open and scintillating brushwork combined with high-keyed color create a dramatic effect, representing Veronese at the height of his abilities.

To protect the two canvases from the humidity of the chapel and from the risk of theft, the nuns of Santa Maria degli Angeli moved them inside the main church in 1667. By the early 19th century, the two paintings had been transported to another church in Murano, San Pietro Martire. St. Jerome in the Wilderness has been exhibited outside the church only once—in 1939— while St. Agatha Visited in Prison by St. Peter has not left the church since being installed in the early 19th century.

“Because these works had never left the small island of Murano until their recent renovation, there is certainly mystery surrounding them,” said Vanessa Schmid, NOMA’s Senior Research Curator for European Art. “We are delighted to have the opportunity to showcase Veronese’s vibrant style and theatricality.”

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Chairs from Grand Salon of SS Normandie slated for May auction

Left: Jean-Maurice Rothschild, SS Normandie armchair. Right: Jean-Maurice Rothschild, SS Normandie slipper-back lounge chair. Each is estimated at $6,500-$8,500. Images courtesy of Rago Auctions

LAMBERTVILLE, N.J. – On Sunday, May 20, 2018, Rago Auctions will sell four extravagantly beautiful chairs from the Grand Salon of one of the grandest luxury ocean liners to ever cross the Atlantic, the SS Normandie.

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Auction set for newly discovered William Merritt Chase painting

William Merritt Chase (American, 1849-1916), Jester Resting on a Chair, 1875. Image courtesy of Gray’s Auctioneers

CLEVELAND – A previously undiscovered work by William Merritt Chase has been authenticated and will be auctioned on May 7 by Gray’s Auctioneers, with absentee and Internet live bidding available through LiveAuctioneers.

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Workers find art hidden in wall of Idaho artist’s house


James Castle portrait of ‘Castle Family,’ unrelated to the discovery of art discussed in this article. Graphite and soot on paper, auctioned for $11,000 on Nov. 8, 2014. Image courtesy of LiveAuctioneers Archive and Slotin Folk Art

BOISE, Idaho (AP) – Workers restoring the Boise house of self-taught artist James Castle discovered a trove of art hidden in a wall.

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George Lucas’ museum buys Rockwell masterpiece

Norman Rockwell, Shuffleton Barbershop, 1950. Image obtained via, Fair use of copyrighted image under terms of US copyright law

PITTSFIELD, Mass. (AP) – The Massachusetts museum that won a legal battle over its plan to sell dozens of works of art has sold a Norman Rockwell masterpiece to a Los Angeles museum founded by “Star Wars” creator George Lucas, officials said Wednesday.

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Artist Billy Tucci tackles piracy, launches apparel line with help of vets

American Crusade Apparel ™ & © 2018 William Elliott Tucci. “Airborne Salute” by Billy Tucci and William Farmer TM & © 2018 William Elliott Tucci

BAYPORT, N.Y. – On Wednesday, April 11, 2018 at 7 p.m. EDT, Sgt. Rock –The Lost Battalion writer/artist and “Shi” creator Billy Tucci will simultaneously fire another shot in the battle for creator rights and launch a 14-day Kickstarter for his new project, American Crusade Apparel. The first piece in Tucci’s new clothing line features his original artwork “Airborne Salute,” and the project kicks off with a special party at Best Comics, 1300 Jericho Turnpike, New Hyde Park, New York, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.

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Christie’s to auction Francis Bacon Study for Portrait, May 14

Francis Bacon, Study for Portrait, 1977, oil and dry transfer lettering on canvas, 78 x 58⅛ in. (198.2 x 147.7 cm.). Estimate on request. Courtesy Christie’s Images Ltd. 2018

NEW YORK – Francis Bacon’s Study for Portrait (1977, estimate on request) will star in Christie’s Post-War and Contemporary Art Evening Auction on May 17. Read more

Zaha Hadid Design joins BowWow Haus London exhibition

Image courtesy of Zaha Hadid Design

LONDON – Zaha Hadid Design has created the ‘Cloud’ kennel for BowWow Haus London, the public exhibition in aid of Blue Cross for Pets, a UK charity that re-homes and cares for more than 40,000 sick, injured and homeless pets each year.

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