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Toledo Museum of Art Exhibiting the Work of the Anonymous 5th Century, BC Berlin Painter

Ancient Greek pottery in the Antikensammlung Berlin. Photo courtesy Sailko.

The Toledo Museum of Art will be hosting a touring exhibition of ancient Athenian vase-painting, with a special focus on the work of an anonymous fifth century BC artist known as the Berlin Painter. Organized by the Princeton University Art Museum, the tour includes 84 vessels plus bronze and terracotta statuettes, curated from 15 museums and two private collections.

Dozens of the pieces were created by the Berlin Painter, while the remainder are the handiwork of other artists from the same time period. The range of subject matter of the artworks span from athletics and music to Greek myth and epic.

Museums that contributed to the exhibit with the loan of their works include the British Museum; the Metropolitan Museum of Art; the Musée du Louvre, and others.

Many organizations and individuals partnered to make this special event a reality. The Leon Levy Foundation and the Starvros Niarchos Foundation provided major support for the exhibition in general. The Toledo Museum show was made possible by the 2017 Program Sponsor ProMedica, Dina and Hicham Aboutaam of Phoenix Ancient Art, and several others.

The Berlin Painter created exquisite paintings on Greek vases from about 490 to 460 BCE. Since vase painters did not sign their work, a system was developed to more easily identify ancient vases by their unique styles. Classical archeologist and art historian Sir John Davidson Beazley, during the mid-20th century, categorized Attic Greek vases, finding the one piece that was most representative of that style, and calling that the artist’s “name-vase.” The painter is then named after some characteristic of that name-vase, such as its location, i.e. Berlin; its motif; where it was found; its former owner; or other criteria. The name-vase of the Berlin Painter is part of one of the most important collections of classical art in the world, known as the Antikensammlung Berlin, now held at the Altes Museum and Pergamon Museum in Berlin, Germany.

The Art World’s Most Notable Players in 2015

Blouin Artinfo – “the preeminent global source for up-to-the-minute news, information, and expert commentary on art, artists, and the business and pleasure of making, buying, and understanding art” – just presented Part 1 of its Power 100 of 2015 Guide. To be included in this guide is to be part of something that is very well respected throughout the world by art lovers, connoisseurs, and collectors alike. There is a tremendous amount of prestige attached to those who make it to the list each year.

Indeed, Blouin Artinfo takes pride in providing those connected to the art industry with “up-to-the-minute news, information, and expert commentary on art, artists, and the business and pleasure of making, buying, and understanding art.” Included in the site is daily news and developments from art galleries, auction houses, museums and anywhere that art finds a home, from China to the UK, Spain, Europe and throughout North America.

So who made it to the list this year? Here we take a look at three of those art experts who have been privy enough to have been included in this year’s Power 100 Guide. These individuals stand out in 2015 as having “shaped the art trade and the larger world it serves.”

In alphabetical order we first have Ali Aboutaam, and his brother Hicham Aboutaam, antiquities second-generation dealers, the head of Phoenix Ancient Art that is based in both New York and Geneva. The Aboutaams have been recognized this year for expanding their horizons. A few months ago, they opened a second gallery space in Geneva, targeting the younger generation collectors, with the highest price on any item being $21,000. They have also spent time advancing their e-Tiquities.com site, offering a “primer on ancient art along with well-provenanced works.” In addition, Hicham and Ali Aboutaam are in a partnership with Helly Nahmad, a New York gallerist, so that they can offer classical works paralleling classically inspired canvases at Nahmad’s Madison Avenue digs.

Second, Cooper Hewitt National Design Museum Director Caroline Baumann made the list for her “three-year ground-up renovation that brought a sleepy institution into the 21st century.” She took the gallery from a somewhat awkward institution to a place that today, comprises “up-to-the-minute technology like touch-screen tables and a stylus.” This means visitors can save data on various holdings and set up their own virtual collections that they can then take home.

Finally, we look at the profile of Frederik Bruun Rasmussen, head of global sales strategy at Bruun Rasmussen Auctioneers. A third-generation leader, Rasmussen has made serious inroads into the “expanded participation of foreign clients, building the United States into a key market, even as the firm controls costs by holding live sales only at its Copenhagen headquarters.” Indeed, starting in 2014, he concentrated his energies on strengthening Bruun Rasmussen Auctioneers’ customer base and stepping up global visibility with exhibits of top works throughout some of the world’s most prestigious art centers, including London, New York and Paris.

These are just three of the art industry professionals who have made an impression on the art world in the last year. For the other 97, check out Blouin Atinfo’s Guide to the World’s Most Notable Players of 2015.

Geneva Readies for the Art en Vieille-Ville

Mosaic representing the battle of Alexander the Great against Darius (III) the Great, possibly at Battle of Issus or Battle of Gaugamela, perhaps after an earlier Greek painting of Philoxenus of Eretria. This mosaic was found in Pompeii in the House of the Faun and is now in the Museo Archeologico Nazionale (Naples). It is dated first century BC.

Geneva will soon be the place for art lovers to enjoy (even more than usual) as the Art en Vieille-Ville (AW) starts in Old Town. This is a biannual event that takes place both in May and November where galleries and museums present unique displays. It’s a chance to enjoy antiques, contemporary art and so much more.

A new participant on the scene is Galerie Salomon Lilian. They are a specialist in Dutch Old Master painting. They are having a themed exhibition of Northern Renaissance artists that will take place from May 8 until September 30th. Paintings that will be on display include Roelandt Savery’s Adam and Eve in Paradise and works by Rubens and Abraham Bloemaert.

Phoenix Ancient Art will be presenting Alexander the Great and his World from May 8th through July 31st. The exhibition comes on the heels of its presentation at the Gstaad Palace, Salle Baccarat which took place from February 9-11 2015. This video offers a glimpse of the beauty of the display that took place at the Palace, and of what visitors may expect from the exhibit at Phoenix Ancient Art, owned by Hicham Aboutaam and Ali Aboutaam.

For those who love gouaches, the Galerie Grand-Rue, they will be having the exhibition ‘Voir Naples et rêver’ from May 8 through June 5. They will feature gouaches by Saverio della Gatta and by other 18th and 19th century artists. This year they will feature a pair of gouaches by Della Gatta.

In total, 14 galleries and three museums will have exhibitions and displays, creating a feast for the eyes for anyone able to make it to Geneva.