Modigliani: Modern Gazes in Potsdam

May 16 2024

Video: Museum Barberini

Posted by Adam Busiakiewicz:

The Museum Barberini in Potsdam opened a new exhibition at the end of last month dedicated to the subject of Modigliani: Modern Gazes.

According to the blurb on the museum's website:

Almond-shaped, sightless eyes are an unmistakable feature of Modigliani’s style. With their stoic noblesse, his portraits and nudes have become icons of modern art. Like Frida Kahlo and Pablo Picasso, Amedeo Modigliani provoked both hostility and admiration, and his early death encouraged the creation of legends. Only a few of his pieces are found in German collections. The show Modigliani: Modern Gazes, the first exhibition of his work in Germany in fifteen years, offers a revised image of Modigliani, presenting him as an artist who turned his gaze to emancipated women.

The show will run until 18th August 2024.

Job Opportunity at Kedleston

May 16 2024

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Picture: National Trust, Kedleston

Posted by Adam Busiakiewicz:

The National Trust are looking to hire a Senior Collections & House Officer at Kedleston Hall in Derbyshire.

According to the job description:

Kedleston Hall is a neo-classical show-palace that also houses a significant Asian collection of over 1,000 objects in a dedicated museum. Welcoming over 200,000 visitors a year we aim to create wonder by celebrating art and design, from exploring the art and culture of our unique collection of objects from across the Asian Continent to unpacking how 18th-century design has impacted our world today.

Managed by the Collections and House Manager, you'll lead on the preventive conservation plans, from cleaning routines to environmental management, and on delivering engaging 'Conservation in Action' to enrich the visitor experience. You'll be supported to deliver this by two Collections and House Officers and three Collections Assistants, the latter you will manage.

The job comes with a salary between £25,000 - £30,000 and applications must be in by 19th May 2024.

Good luck if you're applying!

Update - A reader has been in touch with the following:

Interesting to see how poorly paid so many of these UK arts-related jobs remain. The £25,000-£30,000 Senior Collections Officer at Kedleston is considerably below the average UK annual salary of about £35,000.

Colección Abelló in Málaga

May 15 2024

Video: Europa Press

Posted by Adam Busiakiewicz:

A group of 62 artworks from the Colección Abelló have gone on display in the Fundación Unicaja Cultural Center Málaga. The show entitled From Raphael to Bacon will showcase some of the highlights of this private collection amassed by Spanish billionaire Juan Abelló and his wife Anna Gamazo de Abelló.

Reattributed Fabritius Revealed in Stockholm

May 15 2024

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Picture: Nationalmuseum, Stockholm

Posted by Adam Busiakiewicz:

CODART (the international network of curators of Dutch and Flemish art) have drawn attention to a recently published paper by the Nationalmuseum in Stockholm's which reveals a newly attributed work by Carel Fabritius. The painting has been in the museum's collection since 2012. Click on the link above to read the full story, including a link to the museum's full article.

Fanciful Figures at the John Soane Museum

May 15 2024

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Picture: soane.org

Posted by Adam Busiakiewicz:

I failed to spot that the John Soane Museum opened a new exhibition earlier in the spring. Entitled Fanciful Figures, the show draws special attention to the figures so often overlooked in 18th & 19th century architectural drawings.

According to the website:

The Georgians placed these figures, whether beautifully dressed, sociable or industrious, into their drawings to animate, add intrigue and enhance the aspirational appeal of their designs. They also played, and continue to play, an important role in indicating the scale and function of architectural elements and drawing attention to the special features of designs.

Just as architects today use staffage to help prospective buyers imagine a life in and around new developments, these historic scenes were created to market new possibilities to audiences. They have, therefore, taken on a new significance as a means of signalling shifts in style, demographics, work, and culture. Between the city traders and happy families, street-side boxing matches and children riding in dog-carts, the figures celebrated in this exhibition help piece together a vibrant picture.

The exhibition will run until 9th June 2024.

Become Arts Editor at the Financial Times

May 15 2024

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Picture: Financial Times

Posted by Adam Busiakiewicz:

The Financial Times are hiring a new Arts Editor.

According to the job description:

The FT is looking for an arts editor. Reporting to the FT Weekend editor, the arts editor is responsible for overall coverage of all art forms in the Life & Arts section of FT Weekend, plus a page of the daily FT each weekday, and a variety of special supplements (usually 12 a year) covering the art market. This highly skilled individual will be able to balance our coverage of everything from opera to gaming, fine art to TV streaming. They will be an imaginative commissioner, efficient editor and prominent ambassador for the FT’s well respected and market leading arts coverage. Moreover they will be able to steer it confidently through the continuous innovation necessary to keep up with these endlessly evolving disciplines and industries. 

Vitally, part of the application form contains the following question:

What are your base annual salary expectations?

Applications must be in by 31st May 2024.

Good luck if you're applying!

Gifted works from Dr. Günter Leidner on Display in Berlin

May 14 2024

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Picture: smb.museum

Posted by Adam Busiakiewicz:

I failed to spot that the Gemäldegalerie in Berlin opened a new display of gifted works last month. The North Italian works, gifted by Dr. Günter Leidner, including pictures given to Antonio Zanchi, Cristoforo Savolini and Daniele Crespi and has been organised by the outgoing curator Roberto Contini.

The display will be viewable in the galleries until 28th July 2024.

Christie's Reveal £7m - £10m Stubbs

May 14 2024

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Picture: Christie's

Posted by Adam Busiakiewicz:

Christie's London have revealed that they will be offering a monumental canvas by George Stubbs in their upcoming July Old Masters Part I sale.

According to the press release:

Dated to circa 1769, this monumental canvas is the artist’s grandest statement on the theme of Mares and Foals, the series of paintings executed in the 1760s which arguably stand as Stubbs’ crowning achievement. The picture is believed to have been painted for the Prime Minister of Britain from 1768-1770, Augustus Fitzroy, 3rd Duke of Grafton (1735-1811), who was part of the closely-connected nexus of ‘Whig’ statesmen that provided Stubbs with his most important patronage during this career-defining period. Having only appeared at auction once before, almost 50 years ago, it will be on public view in New York from 18 to 22 May, and in the pre-sale London exhibition which runs from 28 June to the morning of 2 July.

The painting will be offered with an estimate of £7m - £10m on 2nd July 2024.

Monet and London at the Courtauld in September

May 14 2024

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Picture: Courtauld.ac.uk

Posted by Adam Busiakiewicz:

The Courtauld Institute of Art have announced that they'll be putting on an exhibition entitled Monet and London. Views of the Thames in September 2024.

According to the institute's website:

Begun over three stays in the capital between 1899 and 1901, the series—depicting Charing Cross Bridge, Waterloo Bridge and the Houses of Parliament—was unveiled at a landmark exhibition in Paris in 1904. Monet fervently wanted to show them in London itself the following year, 1905, but plans fell through. To this day, they have never been the subject of an exhibition in the UK.

The Griffin Catalyst Exhibition: Monet and London. Views of the Thames will realise Monet’s unfulfilled ambition of showing this extraordinary group of paintings in London, on the banks of the Thames and a mere 300 metres from the Savoy Hotel where most were painted. By presenting the paintings Monet himself selected for his public in Paris and London, it will provide visitors with the unique experience of seeing the show Monet curated and the works he felt best represented his ambitious artistic enterprise – brought together for the first time 120 years after their inaugural exhibition.

The show will run from 27th September 2024 until 19th January 2025.

Lego Release Mona Lisa Set

May 13 2024

Video: Lego

Posted by Adam Busiakiewicz:

Been inspired by Ai WeiWei's art history recreations in plastic? Lego have recently announced their release of a special Mona Lisa set. The set, which comes with 1503 pieces and an exclusive gold coloured frame, will set you back £89.99.

Maria Cosway in Corsica

May 13 2024

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Picture: isula.corsica

Posted by Adam Busiakiewicz:

The Museu Casa nativa di Pasquale Paoli in Corsica will be opening an exhibition dedicated to Maria Cosway in a few days' time. The venue was the birthplace of Maria's friend, the statesman Pasquale Paoli, with whom the female artist shared a correspondence with at various points during her life and career.

The themes of the exhibition galleries are as follows:

Introduction
Apprenticeship in Italy
Maria Hadfield becomes Maria Cosway
Room 1 • Maria Cosway in English
society The Queen of Pall Mall
About women artists
Pasquale Paoli and Maria Cosway
Room 2 • Maria Cosway painter
The influence of the Roman circle
Friendship with David
Exhibiting at the Royal Academy
Room 3 • Rupture
Room 4 • Emancipation: Maria Cosway as a teacher

The show will run from 18th May 2024 until 30th October 2024.

Picturing Childhood at Chatsworth

May 13 2024

Video: Chatsworth

Posted by Adam Busiakiewicz:

A reminder that Chatsworth opened a new display earlier this Spring dedicated to the theme of Picturing Childhood. The video above* shows how many of the artworks have been redisplayed, a good chance to see some paintings which are not usually on display it seems!

*  - Listen without sound, if like me you are particularly sensitive to incongruous background music.

Junior Research Fellowship at Lincoln College

May 13 2024

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Picture: lincoln.ox.ac.uk

Posted by Adam Busiakiewicz:

Lincoln College at The University of Oxford are hiring a Junior Research Fellowship in Material Culture: History of Art.

According to the college's website:

Lincoln College invites applications for a three-year, non-renewable, Junior Research Fellowship in Material Culture: Art History, available from 1 September 2024. This post is intended to provide a career development opportunity for a scholar in the early stages of an academic career. Applicants should have recently obtained, or be about to obtain, a doctorate in an appropriate field, and will be in the early stages of developing a research profile within their field of scholarship.

The fellowship comes with a salary of £32,982 per year and applications must be in by 30th May 2024.

Good luck if you're applying!

Jean Daret and the Musée Granet

May 13 2024

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Picture: museegranet-aixenprovence.fr

Posted by Adam Busiakiewicz:

The Musée Granet in Aix-en-Provence will be opening a monograph exhibition on the artist Jean Daret (1614-1668) in June. The show will be the first ever dedicated to the artist and to the subject of Provençal Baroque painting.

According to the museum's website:

Jean Daret painted for the most prestigious patrons of his time, including King Louis XIV and the Governor of Provence. Still, his name only became more widely known in 1978 when his work was included in an exhibition of Provençal paintings in Marseille.

That said, Jean Daret is still far from a household name. Although his paintings hang in museums in France, the United States, and Russia, in churches and cathedrals across Provence, and in private townhouses in Aix-en-Provence —the Hôtel de Châteaurenard and the Hôtel Maurel de Pontevès—his extensive body of work deserves better recognition.

The exhibition at Musée Granet is an opportunity to display an outstanding ensemble of about one hundred pieces, including the artist's most accomplished works, oils on canvas, drawings and engravings, alongside paintings by great 17th-century masters, including Paris-based artist Jacques Blanchard and Provençal painters Nicolas Mignard, Reynaud Levieux and Gilles Garcin.

The show will run from 15th June 2024 until 29th September 2024.

Tate Acquire Louise Jopling Self Portrait

May 13 2024

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Picture: Tate

Posted by Adam Busiakiewicz:

Tate have announced their acquisition of Louise Jopling's Self Portrait. Painted in 1875, Jopling was one of one of the first women admitted to the Royal Society of British Artists and was highly regarded in her day. Indeed, this painting had sold for a mere £3,200 at Warren & Wignall back in 2018, before the period when prices for female artists soared.

According to the article:

Jopling is known to have painted more than 750 works of art before she died in 1933, aged 90, but the locations of the majority of these paintings are now sadly unknown.

Only a handful have been acquired by public art galleries. “But I wouldn’t say those are her major works,” said Barber. “We don’t know where they are.”

Jan Lievens Self Portrait to lead Lempertz Sale

May 13 2024

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Picture: Lempertz

Posted by Adam Busiakiewicz:

One of the top lots in the upcoming Old Master Paintings auction at Lempertz in Cologne is the following Self Portrait in a Mirror by Jan Lievens. The catalogue note makes for an interesting read and discusses the varying scholarly opinions over the years which has been put to bed in part by an early dendrochronology result.

The painting will be offered on 16th May 2024 carrying an estimate of €120,000 - €150,000.

Christie's Website Down

May 13 2024

Image of Christie's Website Down

Picture: Christie's

Posted by Adam Busiakiewicz:

Some very concerning news broke over the weekend. The auctioneers Christie's announced on Friday that their full website has been taken down due to a 'technology security issue'. The timing couldn't be worse, due to the upcoming 20th / 21st Century auctions due to take place in New York this week. Fortunately, a temporary replacement online catalogue has been uploaded online with the sales planned to go ahead as usual.

Stolen Double Portrait of Rubens and Van Dyck Returned to Chatsworth

May 10 2024

Image of Stolen Double Portrait of Rubens and Van Dyck Returned to Chatsworth

Picture: The Art Newspaper

Posted by Adam Busiakiewicz:

The Art Newspaper have published a story of a painting which was stolen 45 years ago, whilst out on loan from Chatsworth, has been recovered from an auction house in France. Erasmus Quelliness II's Portrait of Rubens and Van Dyck in grisaille, which was engraved and famously contains their coats of arms, had been nabbed off the wall of the Towner Art Gallery in Eastborne back in 1979.

According to the article

The returned painting, which was originally painted as preparation for an engraving and not intended to be hung on a wall, was assumed lost until, in 2021, an art historian spotted it going on sale at a small regional auction house in Toulon, France and alerted Chatsworth.

Click on the link above to read more and see the painting.

Sotheby's New York are Hiring!

May 10 2024

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Picture: Sotheby's

Posted by Adam Busiakiewicz:

The Old Master Paintings Department at Sotheby's New York are hiring a Cataloguer.

Some of the responsibilities included in the role:

- Assist with cataloguing and researching items for the Old Master sales, encompassing European paintings from the late 13th to 19th centuries:
- Independently researching and cataloguing objects to the highest standard while also meeting strict scheduled deadlines
- Corresponding with and establishing relationships with external experts, while also following up on all outstanding research inquiries
- Writing condition reports for the lots on offer
- Working with senior business getters to lead the mid-season and online sale program, including cataloguing, digital catalogue production, lot order finalization, proofreading, color-checking, producing marketing material and editorial content, assisting with exhibition layout and set-up, staffing exhibitions, and helping to target potential bidders
- General department support, including answering phones, and helping with day-to-day client enquiries at the front desk, through the online inquiry portal, by email and on the telephone
- Maintaining excellence in client service when responding to estimate enquiries, general correspondence and photo requests
- Developing and managing client relationships
- Assisting the senior experts with the research of paintings for auction, fair market and insurance valuations, proposals, and others

The comes with a salary between $55,000-$65,000 and no application deadline has been published online.

Good luck if you're applying!

Hidden Treasures on the BBC

May 10 2024

Video: BBC

Posted by Adam Busiakiewicz:

Following on from the last post, a new series of the BBC's Hidden Treasures will air today. The first episode includes the moving of a full-length portrait by Rubens at Kingston Lacy (see above!).

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