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Showflipper brings you the most exciting art news from the art world! Stay informed about the happenings of art and artists alike with this week's most compelling headlines.

Friday, 25.1.2019

1)  Sunlight Casts Shadows of Phrases Exploring Theories of Time in a Street Art Installation in Goa by DAKU

Pseudonymous Indian street artist DAKU recently installed an immersive text-based work in Panjim, Goa. Placed along 31st January Road, a fishnet structure suspends letters above pedestrians. The region’s abundant sunlight pours through to cast shadows on the street, spelling out tropes about the passage of time. Some of the phrases include, “Time works wonders. Time moves. Time flies over us, but leaves its shadow behind. Time fades. Time is an illusion.” The temporary installation, titled Theory of Time, was supported by the public art nonprofit St+art India, as part of the Start Goa festival.  DAKU often integrates language into his urban interventions. You can see more from the artist on Instagram.

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2)  Norway's favorite painting to go on display in London

Edvard Munch’s The Scream is a classic symbol of dread that has been hailed as the ultimate icon of contemporary politics – but a very different Norwegian painting is the country’s favorite.

And as the British Museum prepares for a landmark Munch show this year, organizers of the first ever international exhibition of work by Harald Sohlberg have expressed the hope that his work will provide solace in troubled times.

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3) A guerrilla street-art project pays tribute to Frida Kahlo

Theodore Carter, a Takoma Park-based writer and street artist’s latest art attack, “Night of 1,000 Fridas,” has an element of surprise. For his tribute to 20th-century Mexican painter Frida Kahlo, which debuts Friday at multiple venues around the world — including five in and around the District — Carter has recruited more than 250 collaborators from some 15 countries. He is encouraging people to promote and track the event on social media under the hashtag #1KFridas.

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4) 3 Paintings With Hitler's Signature Seized By German Police For Being "Fake"

German police seized three watercolors presented as works of Adolf Hitler before they were due for auction Thursday in Berlin, claiming they were fakes.

The Alpine and Rhenish landscapes were dated 1910 and 1911 and were signed A. Hitler. They were offered by auction house Kloss.

Berlin police tweeted they had opened an inquiry into "attempted fraud" and "falsification of documents".

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5)  Four Fragile and Rarely-Shown Drawings by Leonardo da Vinci Are Going on View at the Met

As the 500th anniversary of the death of Renaissance great Leonardo da Vinci approaches, the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York is reaching deep into its archive to exhibit four rarely shown drawings by the Old Master.

The incredibly fragile artworks generally kept in storage due to their sensitivity to light, will go on view in the museum’s prints and drawings galleries on January 29.

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Thursday, 24.1.2019

1)  Van Gogh's Sunflowers in Amsterdam Will No Longer Travel to Other Museums

A major Vincent Van Gogh painting, likely worth hundreds of millions of dollars, will never again leave the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam, according to the Associated Press.

Although the museum had previously lent Sunflowers, one of five versions of the painting, to other museums for display, a scan of the painting has shown that its condition makes it too fragile to travel.

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2) Secret drawings in invisible UV paint have been found in Basquiat paintings

Drawings made by Jean-Michel Basquiat in invisible ink have been discovered on one of his artworks, hinting at more secret messages and pieces across his iconic catalogue of art.

Art conservator Emily Macdonald-Korth found the markings when working on Basquiat’s “Untitled (1981)” for a client who wanted to be sure the painting was from 1981. As told to and reported by Artnet News, Macdonald-Korth was analysing the work using UV and infrared lights, spotting the invisible ink when examining the painting for repair.

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3) Meet the artisans trying to preserve Egypt's ancient art of tentmaking

Mohsen al-Khayami has for years watched sadly as his once-lucrative craft business dwindled and fellow artisans deserted the ancient art known as khayamiya, or tentmaking, for better-paying jobs.

The 68-year-old, a master of one of Egypt's most traditional crafts, has been hand-stitching the decorative appliques that nowadays can range from wall hangings to bed quilts for more than half a century, so long that his customers have named him after his art.

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4)  'Caravaggio in Rome' - Paris museum hosts rare exhibition

Caravaggio in Rome: Friends and Foes is a small yet intense exhibition running at The Jacquemart-André Museum in Paris. Some of the most important works of the early 17th-century Italian painter, as well as those of his peers and his disciples, are on display. The exhibition explores the painters' milieu, highlighting themes like music, games, romance, and religion.

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5) Titian masterpiece, ‘Lady in White’ goes to LA

Titian’s knockout painting “Portrait of a Lady in White” might be misnamed. The three-quarter-length, roughly lifesize figure of a winsome but chaste young woman dressed in luxurious satin and dripping pearls is more accurately described as “Portrait of a Lady in Every Shade of White You Can Imagine — Plus, for Good Measure, a Bunch of Shimmering Golds.”

The painting is to be displayed at Pasadena’s Norton Simon Museum, where the splendid painting is on loan from Dresden’s State Art Collection, the Gemäldegalerie Alte Meister. It’s among Titian’s greatest portraits

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Wednesday, 23.1.2019

1) A Jaipur Artist Pays Colorful Tribute to Indian Leaders

A unique painting exhibition, depicting significant poltical leaders of the country is attracting art lovers. The ongoing exhibition ‘The visionaries’ at the Parijat Art Gallery of Jawahar Kala Kendra by realistic artist Aarti Bhargava is a tribute to the visionary leaders of India.

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2) A Possible van Gogh worth millions left to a small Museum

The Van Gogh Huis in Veenoord/Nieuw Amsterdam in Drenthe may have been given a real Van Gogh potentially worth tens of millions of euros, local broadcaster RTV Drenthe reports. The painting, which still has to be authenticated, was left to the museum, a house where the painter lived for some months in 1883, by a 92 year-old woman from The Hague. It represents the interior of a bar and is signed ‘Vincent’.

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3) Leonardo da Vinci's Geological Secrets Revealed by Forensic Science

Forensic analysis of Leonardo da Vinci's “landscape with waterfall” drawing revealed that it was created in two successive phases, suggesting that it is not the depiction of a real landscape, but rather a result of da Vinci's geological research over the years.

The drawing is dated to August 5, 1473, and many historians have previously identified the depicted landscape as the “Cascate delle Marmore” near Terni, the provincial capital of the Italian region of Umbria.

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4) First Contemporary Art Museum in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia Aims to Revive a Local Architectural Tradition

A soon-to-open place in this African capital defies the dominance of reinforced concrete and challenges the inevitable loss of architectural heritage that rapid development often brings. The Zoma Museum, formerly known as the Zoma Contemporary Art Center, is a contemporary art museum—the only one in the capital—built with wattle and daub. Its design is inspired by traditional Ethiopian construction techniques, albeit expressed through a modern interpretation.

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5) Unkonwn Painting By Arnould de Vuez Discovered Behind Wall in Paris

During renovations, workers found a hidden space inside the building where a 10-by-20-ft oil painting was kept hidden for roughly 300 years depicting noblemen on horseback - with Jerusalem in the background.

A massive painting by the 17th Century master painter Arnould de Vuez was accidentally discovered during renovation work done on the new Oscar de la Renta boutique in Paris, The New York Times reported on Monday. An art historian identified the painter as Arnould de Vuez and the people in the painting as Marquis de Nointel, who served as the French ambassador to the Ottoman Court.

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Tuesday, 22.1.2019

1) India now has a truck gallery

In a first, India now has an art gallery inside a truck! This truck features the art trend that has been in India for decades, i.e., 'truck art'.

This project has come to like courtesy of Farid Bawa's mission to preserve the unique 'truck art' and help these artists to gain recognition. The artworks include kitschy lotus flowers, a kalash, funky calligraphy, and amusing one-liners or dialogs from Bollywood films!

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2) Rajasthan has a treasure... of rock art!

Rajasthan contains a large quantity of rock art sites, archeologists claim. In the middle part of the Rajasthan, many rock paintings have been reported from the small granite hills on either side of the of the rivers of the Aravalli mountain range circulated from south to north. In a bid to spread awareness among the public on the first creative art of humankind, history enthusiasts are organizing an exhibition to depict the world of rock art. The event is a joint venture of Indira Gandhi National Centre for the Arts (IGNCA), New Delhi and Sahitya Sansthan of Janardan Rai Nagar Rajasthan Vidyapeeth.

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3) Poet Ranjani Murali receives 'Woman's Voice Award' at AKLF

US-based Indian poet Ranjani Murali received the 'Woman's Voice Award' at the Apeejay Kolkata Literary Festival (AKLF) here. Murali received the award on Sunday, the last day of the literary festival.

The objective of the award - 'Prabha Khaitan Woman's Voice Award' - is to recognize and encourage creative writing by women in India, to create a forum for their work and to support the publication of their writing, AKLF Director Anjum Katyal said.

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4) Satish Gupta's ‘Roaring Sea, Still Minds’ opens in Delhi

As veteran artist Satish Gupta and Odissi dancer Ramli Ibrahim brought to life the former’s sculpture “The Cosmic Wave” through dance movements, a Delhi audience opened up to the mystic Zen spirit of a multimedia art show — on view from Sunday — that depicts the artist’s meditative tryst with the tumultuous sea one evening. Recalling the day-out when he was sketching along the Normandy coast in France, where French impressionist Claude Monet is said to have painted, Gupta said he noticed the sea becoming very rough and stormy.

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5) A list of the best global exhibitions to see in 2019

This year, we’re obsessed with taste – in art and elsewhere. What figures have we looked to over the centuries, and who do we see to today? Who dictates taste, and how do you avoid it? From global festivities marking the 100th anniversary of the Bauhaus art and architecture school to the V&A’s Christian Dior fashion spectacular, the influence of art critic John Ruskin, to that of the trailblazing Studio Museum in Harlem – this year a plethora of exhibitions celebrate the impact of visionary individuals and institutions. 

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