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Bonhams & Butterfields Auction of California and Western Paintings

Edgar Payne - "Hills at Altadena" - Oil on canvas, 36 x 45 in, overall: 44 x 53 in. Est. $100,000-150,000, sold for $128,000. - Photo: Courtesy of Bonhams & Butterfields.

LOS ANGELES, CA.- Bonhams & Butterfields held its Spring auction of California and Western Paintings and Sculpture on April 20, 2010. The Los Angeles-based sale featured a wide variety of important California, Western, Society of Six, Hawaiian scenes and Plein Air works by established American artists including Joseph Kleitsch, Franz Bischoff, Edgar Payne, Granville Redmond and William Wendt as well as an early, rare to market work by Thomas Hill. Undoubtedly, the highlight of the $2.9-million sale was a selection of works from the Estate of Los Angeles philanthropist, Nancy M. Daly.

Maxfield Parrish ~ ‘The Art of the Print’ at The Everson...

Maxfield Parrish - "The Lantern Bearers", 1910 - Lithograph, 11½” x 8¾”, framed: 12½” x 10” Heritage Auctions - Courtesy of The Everson Museum of Art, Syracuse, NY

SYRACUSE, NY.- The Everson Museum of Art presents the long awaited exhibition, Fantasies and Fairy-Tales: Maxfield Parrish and the Art of the Print will open to the public on Thursday, April 29, 2010. The exhibition will remain on view through July 11, 2010. During the height of Maxfield Parrish’s popularity in the 1920s and 1930s, he was the most reproduced American artist of his era. Disseminated through magazine covers, book illustrations, calendar pads, advertisements and color reproductions, Parrish’s images occupied a ubiquitous presence in popular visual culture.

David Zwirner presents Mamma Andersson and Jockum Nordstrom Exhibit

Mamma Andersson - "Pigeon House", 2010 - Acrylic and oil on panel, 33 1/2 x 48 inches. - Photo: Courtesy David Zwirner, New York.

NEW YORK, NY.- David Zwirner presents Who is sleeping on my pillow, two concurrent solo exhibitions by Swedish artists Mamma Andersson and Jockum Nordström. After spending half their lives together while maintaining separate practices, this is the first time they have exhibited together. This is Mamma Andersson’s second exhibition at the gallery (her U.S. debut was at David Zwirner in 2006), and Jockum Nordström’s fifth. Known for her complex, multilayered subjects that converge between domestic interiors and Nordic landscapes, Andersson will present all new paintings. From Nordström, on view will be collages, other works on paper, and sculptures made of cardboard and matchboxes. Also featured will be two collaborative works, Sleepwalkers and Wetland, both from 2010. In these two-sided works on paper, Andersson has created lush color washes on the back, while Nordström has collaged the front with figures of people, animals, and trees. On view 29 April through 12 June.

Lee Bul’s Utopian Modernity on Display at Lehmann Maupin

Lee Bul - Untitled sculpture W4-2, 2010 - Stainless steel, aluminum, mirror, wood, polyurethane sheet, acrylic mirror, glass beads, 218 x 113 x 87 cm. -  Courtesy of the Artist and Lehmann Maupin Gallery, New York.

NEW YORK, NY.- Lehmann Maupin presents an exhibition of new works by Lee Bul, on view at 201 Chrystie Street, through 19 June 2010. Lee will present an installation of sculptures, along with related drawings and marquettes that expand upon her continuing engagement with the fractured tropes and narratives of utopian modernity. In November 2011 a traveling retrospective of Lee Bul's work, curated by Mami Kataoka, will begin at the Mori Art Museum in Tokyo.

Cleaners Paint Over Priceless Graffiti Stencil of a Rat by Banksy

People walk past a vinyl replacement of the street art stencil titled "Little Diver" by British street artist Banksy in central Melbourne. An Australian council is ruling a decision to send street cleaners into a Melbourne lane after they painted over a priceless stencil of a rat by the celebrated graffiti artist Banksy.

CANBERRA (REUTERS).- An Australian council is rueing a decision to send street cleaners into a Melbourne lane after they painted over a priceless stencil of a rat by the celebrated British graffiti artist Banksy. Melbourne Deputy Lord Mayor Susan Riley last week sent a clean-up team into Hosier Lane, renowned internationally for its colorful street art, to clean up garbage in the graffiti-lined passage after local residents complained. In 2008, a London wall bearing one of his stencils was said to have sold on eBay for almost $500,000.

Sculptural Installations by Francis Upritchard at Vienna’s Secession

Francis Upritchard - IN DIE HÖHLE, Installationsansicht, Secession 2010 - Fotos: Wolfgang Thaler

VIENNA.- Francis Upritchard creates sculptural installations in which human figures, painted in bright colours, inhabit a world replete with found objects and everyday items, modified to meet their needs. The inhabitants and their objects are shown on specially produced or found pieces of furniture. Paying as much attention to the furniture, to its careful refurbishment as to the figures themselves, her work gives equal weight to art, craft, and display: the design and staging within the exhibition space is an integral part of the work. On view April 30 through June 20, 2010.

National Portrait Gallery Announces BP Portrait Award 2010 Shortlist

Daphne Todd - "Last Portrait of Mother" - ©Daphne Todd - Short-listed for the BP Portrait Award at the National Portrait Gallery.

LONDON.- After a record number of entries, three artists have been short-listed for the BP Portrait Award at the National Portrait Gallery, one of Britain's most prestigious international art prizes. This year the prize received 2,177 entries, an increase of over 276 on last year. For the fourth year, the competition has been open to all aged 18 or over. 58 portraits have been selected for the exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery which runs from 24 June until 19 September 2010. The Portrait Award, now in its 31st year at the National Portrait Gallery and 21st year of sponsorship by BP, is a highly successful annual event aimed at encouraging artists to focus upon, and develop, the theme of painted portraiture within their work.

British Painter Nigel Cooke Opens at Stuart Shave-Modern Art

Nigel Cooke - To Work Is To Play, 2008 - Oil on canvas, 220 X 370.5 cm. - Photo: Courtesy Stuart Shave/Modern Art

LONDON.- Stuart Shave/Modern Art presents a solo exhibition of new work by the British painter Nigel Cooke, Night Crossing. This is Cooke’s fourth solo exhibition with Modern Art. Nigel Cooke’s paintings construct a dark and melancholic world; a deeply psychologised landscape filled with an atmosphere that articulates the trauma of creative dereliction. At its core, Cooke’s work is an allegorical conception of creativity and production, played out in a world populated by artists and philosophers. This is a place haunted by vagrant and degenerate martyrs who have caved-in to a parody of existentialism and committed themselves to experience over abstractions of thought. These characters abandon reason, willfully and foolishly throwing themselves headlong into the unseen and unknown. On view 30 April until 29 May.

The Huntington Library Celebrates Samuel Johnson ~ "Literary Giant of the...

SAN MARINO, CA.- Literary giant Samuel Johnson (1709–1784), author of the first English dictionary, will be celebrated in a new exhibition opening this spring at The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens, marking the 300th ...

Dutch artist Melanie Bonajo solos at P·P·O·W Gallery in NYC

New York City - P·P·O·W Gallery is pleased to announce our first solo exhibition of the Dutch artist, Melanie Bonajo. As Thrown Down from Heaven, is a photo series that focuses on a theme that Bonajo continually explores; the relationships th...

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