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Give or take a few road signs and the clumps of bicycles, the High Street in Oxford is startlingly unchanged from the view, sleepy in dusty golden afternoon light, painted by JMW Turner in 1810. More than two centuries later, the photographer David Fisher managed to capture the scene in a moment of tranquility, miraculously free of buses, bin lorries and groups of Japanese tourists, and without being mown down by a speeding cyclist.

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Major touring art exhibitions are rarely the same from one venue to the next, for a variety of reasons. Lenders drop out, certain canvases can’t travel, or the available rooms in one museum are smaller than those in another.

Even in this context, there’s a dollop of overstatement in the Art Gallery of Ontario’s announcement that it will be the only Canadian stop for “a critically acclaimed solo exhibition from Tate Britain” of late paintings by J.M.W. Turner. The Tate show included more than 150 works; the AGO will show around 50.

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Wednesday, 25 February 2015 11:05

Late Works by J.M.W. Turner Go on View at the Getty

There's a moment in "Mr. Turner," the captivating Mike Leigh movie about the last years in the life of audacious British painter J.M.W. Turner, when the artist is having a heated discussion at the same time that he's busily painting a picture. Concentration ricochets back and forth between canvas and conversation, like a furious ping-pong game.

Turner (Timothy Spall), agitated and sputtering, suddenly turns and spits on the canvas, rubbing the saliva into fresh, wet paint with his thumb. Without skipping a beat, he resumes with brush and palette knife.

"Mr. Turner" is the most convincing cinematic portrayal of an artist since "Basquiat" nearly 20 years ago. Leigh, like the earlier film's director, artist Julian Schnabel, understands that when it comes to making worthwhile art, the only workable attitude is: Do whatever it takes.

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Thursday, 04 December 2014 11:16

A New Auction Record has been Set for J.M.W. Turner

Sotheby’s has set a new record for J.M.W. Turner during its December 3 Old Masters and British Paintings Evening sale in London, selling the artist’s “Rome, from Mount Aventine” for £30.3 million ($47.4 million) against an estimate of £15-20 million. The previous record for the artist of £29.7 million ($45.1 million) was set by Sotheby’s in 2010 with the painting “Modern Rome - Campo Vaccino.”

Turner’s “Rome, from Mount Aventine,” which Sotheby’s describes as “one of the greatest masterpieces of British art left in private hands,” was last seen on the market in 1878 and has been in the same collection for the past 136 years, according to Sotheby’s.

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One of the last great Turner masterpieces remaining in private hands will be the highlight of Sotheby’s London Evening sale of Old Master on 3rd December 2014. Painted in 1835 by Britain’s most celebrated artist, Rome, from Mount Aventine is among Turner’s most subtle and atmospheric depictions of the Italian city, a subject that captivated Turner for over twenty years. The large-scale oil painting is further distinguished by its exceptional state of preservation, as well as a prestigious and unbroken provenance, having changed hands for the only time in 1878, when it was acquired by the 5th Earl of Rosebery, later Prime Minister of Great Britain. The picture has remained in the Rosebery collection ever since and will be offered for sale with an estimate of £15-20 million.

Discussing the forthcoming sale, Alex Bell, Joint International Head and Co-Chairman of Sotheby’s Old Master Paintings Department said: “There are fewer than ten major Turners in private hands known today and this work must rank as one of the very finest.

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What can seven big circular paintings by Olafur Eliasson, which look rather like giant designer-colored CDs, have to do with Britain's greatest and most visionary painter, William Turner? Eliasson's Turner Color Experiments are the support act for the blockbuster Turner show at Tate Britain in September. The connection between the 19th-century genius and the 47-year-old, one of the most feted artists of his generation, can be summed up in a single word: ephemeral.

Not ephemeral as in our pixellated, fibrillating world of next-up, whatevers, and microsecond stock-market differentials.

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The Portland Art Museum in Oregon has announced a monumental exhibition that will present masterpieces from the collection of Microsoft co-founder and philanthropist Paul G. Allen. “Seeing Nature: Landscape Masterworks from the Paul G. Allen Family Collection” will feature approximately 40 paintings by Claude Monet, Edouard Manet, J.M.W. Turner, Vincent van Gogh, Gustav Klimt, Edward Hopper, Georgia O’Keeffe, and others.

The exhibition, which spans five centuries of European and American landscape painting, was organized by the Portland Art Museum, the Seattle Art Museum, and the Allen Family Collection. It will debut at the Portland Art Museum in October 2015. It will then travel to The Phillips Collection in Washington, D.C., the Minneapolis Institute of Arts, and the New Orleans Museum of Art before closing at the Seattle Art Museum in early 2017.

The exhibition explores the evolution of landscape painting from the early Impressionists’ direct observations of nature to the more subjective works of the Post-Impressionists and the individualized perspectives that 20th-century artists brought to traditional landscape subjects.

Brian Ferriso, the Marilyn H. and Dr. Robert B. Pamplin Jr. Director of the Portland Art Museum, said, “Paul Allen is one of the Northwest’s most significant art collectors and philanthropists. His willingness to share his landscape masterpieces with our visitors continues his exceptional generosity and is a wonderful opportunity to be inspired by works of art that reflect his personal vision.”

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Friday, 13 December 2013 18:04

The Getty’s Curator of Paintings to Retire

Scott Schaefer, the J. Paul Getty Museum’s Senior Curator of Paintings, will retire on January 21, 2014. Schaefer joined the Getty in 1999 after stints at Sotheby’s, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, the Fogg Museum at Harvard University, and the Philadelphia Museum of Art.

Schaefer, who helmed the Getty’s Paintings department for four years, helped the museum acquire a total of 70 paintings and pastels and five sculptures. Among the most important recent acquisitions are the Getty’s first paintings by Paul Gauguin, J.M.W. Turner’s Modern Rome, and a rare self-portrait by Rembrandt.

Timothy Potts, the Getty’s director, said, “Through his acquisitions, Scott has made an impact on every one of the Museum’s paintings galleries and, in particular, transformed our eighteenth-century French collection. We will miss his discerning eye, keen intelligence and above all his unswerving commitment to the Museum.”

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A multimillion-dollar art collection built by poet T.S. Eliot’s widow, Valerie, will be sold at Christie’s London on November 20, 2013. The collection includes works by Francis Bacon (1909-1992), Lucian Freud (1922-2011), and J.M.W. Turner (1775-19851). Ms. Eliot, who passed away in November at the age of 86, amassed her collection using royalties from Andrew Lloyd Webber’s music Cats, which was based on her husband’s whimsical poetry collection Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats. Ms. Eliot’s collection, which resided in the London home she shared with her husband, is expected to garner around $7.6 million.

Highlights from the collection include drawings and watercolors by 18th and 19th century British artists including Turner, Thomas Gainsborough (1727-1788), and John Constable (1776-1837); a sculpture by Henry Moore (1898-1986); and a lush landscape titled The Cathedral, Hackwood Park by Winston Churchill (1874-1965). There will also be portrait miniatures from the 16th through the 19th centuries, furniture, and jewelry for sale.

Proceeds from the Christie’s auction will benefit the Old Possum’s Practical Trust, an arts charity created by Ms. Eliot.

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