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Ancient Roman temple discovered in Lebanon – In the highest part of the ancient Phoenician city of Tire on the south coast of Lebanon, a temple was discovered with a history that can be traced back to the early Roman times (31 BC to 193 AD). Archaeologists believe the site, believed to be home to rituals and worship activities, will greatly improve our understanding of Tire in ancient times. Further excavations and studies will continue in 2022. (ARTnews)
Endangered Swedish artist dies in traffic accident Swedish artist Lars Vilks, who received death threats after posting a sketch of the Prophet Mohammed with a dog’s corpse, was killed in a traffic accident. He was 75 years old. Vilks had lived under police protection since 2007 when his draft made international headlines and prompted Al-Qaeda to pour a bounty on him. Local media reports that Vilks died after a truck collided with the civilian police car in which he was driving with two officers. (The fate of the officers is unclear.) The police are continuing to investigate the cause of the accident. (AP)
The George Lucas Museum is on a shopping spree – Founded by George Lucas and his wife Mellody Hobson, the Lucas Museum of Narrative Art has been busy building its collection ahead of its opening in 2023 – and it tells a story that goes far beyond that war of stars Memorabilia and Norman Rockwell paintings. Recent acquisitions include Alice Neels fish market (1947), which in the artist well-reviewed Met retrospective, Judy Baca’s archive from hers Los Angeles Great Wall Project, a self-portrait by Frida Kahlo and a painting of a nymph attributed to Artemisia Gentileschi and an associate, purchased from Sotheby’s last year for $ 2.1 million. (The art newspaper)
Stolen Klimt as a star in the museum show – A painting by Gustav Klimt, discovered behind a garden wall 22 years after his theft in Italy, will be featured in a new exhibition dedicated to the artist in the Museum of Rome in the Palazzo Braschi. The five-month show, which opened on October 27, shows sculptures and drawings as well as other paintings by Klimt and sheds light on the Austrian artist’s relationship with Italy. (USA today)
MOVERS & SHAKERS
Contemporary Istanbul publishes list of exhibitors – The Turkish art fair returns for the first time since the city lockdown with 56 galleries and non-profit arts organizations from October 7-10. Participants in the new Tersane Istanbul venue include the Marlborough Gallery, König Galerie and Zilberman. (Art Africa magazine)
Givenchy partners with artist Josh Smith – Matthew M. Williams, Creative Director of Givenchy, has incorporated Smith’s “happy-freaky” work into several looks in his fall collection, which debuted in Paris this weekend. Smith’s ceramic sculptures and Grim Reaper paintings are reproduced in bright colors on bags, vests and hats. (Fashion)
GaryVee NFTs Reach More Than $ 1 Million At Christie’s – Entrepreneur and internet personality Gary Vaynerchuk, known as GaryVee, found an eager audience at Christie’s for five works from his so-called VeeFriends collection. The NFT doodles, which were on sale in Christie’s post-war era through today’s Friday sale, fetched $ 1.2 million. (CNBC)
TO BECOME THE ART
Large portrait show arrives at the Rijksmuseum – With “Remember Me” the Amsterdam institution traces the origins of European portrait painting, a form that the curators believe is not that different from today’s selfies. The ambitious exhibition brings together masterpieces by Albrecht Dürer, Hans Holbein the Younger, Jan Gossart and Sofonisba Anguissola. It runs until January 16, 2022. (Press release)
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