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Exhibition devoted to the birth of the art market in the Dutch Golden Age opens

The Bucerius Kunst Forum presents from 23 September 2017 to 7 January 2018 the first large-scale exhibition devoted to the birth of the art market in the Golden Age of the Netherlands. Tracing the careers of artists such as Rembrandt, Ruisdael, van Goyen and many others, the exhibition explores how the transformation of Dutch society during the seventeenth century brought forth a new art market, with artworks tailored to its demands. Artists, art dealers and their workshops had to keep pace with the evolving market situation, leading to art prices ranging from just a few Dutch guilders to astronomical sums. The Birth of the Art Market: Rembrandt, Ruisdael, van Goyen and the Artists of the Dutch Golden Age is the first exhibition curated by Prof. Dr. Franz Wilhelm Kaiser in his new role as artistic director of the Bucerius Kunst Forum. Trading in art is a way of engaging in the debate about art’s status in society and

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Amanda J Clayton: The intimacy of hand-stitching

Hand stitching has had somewhat of a renaissance over the last five years, however, it has always been an integral aspect of the work and process of textile artist Amanda J Clayton.

The intimate connections that hand-stitch has with aspects of femininity and traditional gender norms are always prescient, however, whilst Amanda has explored some of these themes, they are not at the forefront of her work.

She is more concerned with challenging the qualities of cloth. Recently, a more defined process of working has emerged and the pieces she has produced have developed a fresh perspective.

Key aspects of Amanda’s work are her explorations, experiments and decisions with cloth and thread that allow the piece to emerge and develop over time. This creates a timeless piece that is intimate and intensely personal.

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The Royal Academy of Arts opens a landmark exhibition of works by Jasper Johns

The Royal Academy of Arts is presenting a landmark exhibition of the Honorary Royal Academician, Jasper Johns. This is the first comprehensive survey of the artist’s work to be held in the UK in 40 years. The exhibition comprises over 150 works including sculpture, drawings and prints, together with new work from the artist. Johns is recognised as one of the most significant and influential artists of the twentieth and twenty-first centuries and the exhibition spans over 60 years from his early career, right up to the present time, bringing together artworks that rarely travel from international private and public collections. The title of the exhibition comes from a statement by Johns in 2006: ‘One hopes for something resembling truth, some sense of life, even of grace, to flicker, at least, in the work.’ Widely known for his iconic images of flags, targets, numbers, maps and light bulbs, Johns has occupied

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