1. Gallery Hopping: Discovering Vivian Maier 

    Photography fans, don’t miss Vivian Maier: Photographs of Children, a beautiful exhibition on view from July 17 - September 13 in Toronto, Canada.

    A previously unknown photographer, Vivian Maier (American, 1926-2009), attained recognition when she auctioned off her belongings in 2007, including her extraordinary street portraits of city-dwellers in the 20th century. For the majority of her life, the superbly talented Maier held her gift under wraps, while maintaining a career as a Chicago-based nanny. Although she kept her images private, Vivian Maier was never without her camera. She had a great ability to document beautifully candid moments in the lives of her subjects.

    Starting this Thursday, July 17th, the Stephen Bulger Gallery is showing a number of Maier’s black and white photographs, selected from her inventory of 120,000. The subjects of this collection are primarily children — those that Maier watched over and those that interested her throughout her travels. Each portrait documents an incredible backstory and provokes a specific emotion, proving that Maier truly was ahead of her time. After taking a look at the collected works, it becomes clear to any viewer why Vivian Maier has accumulated such instant, posthumous prominence as a 20th century photographer. Be sure to check out the exhibit, for each work in Vivian Maier: Photographs of Children brilliantly upholds the expression that a picture is worth a thousand words.

    We would be remiss not to mention these other great exhibits opening this week:

    Jakarta, Indonesia

    Bazaar Art Jakarta at Ota Fine Arts

    Singapore, Singapore

    EDITION(ed) by Art Galleries Associations Singapore at Ikkan Art International

    Tokyo, Japan

    The Summer Dream 2014 at Gallery Naruyama

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  2. Face Time

    An appropriate theme in the age of the selfie, we’re delighted to present Face Time, a special auction of photographic portraits by celebrated artists, including Andy Warhol, David LaChapelle, Chuck Close, Steve McCurry, Bert Stern, and Annie Leibovitz.

    Browse at your leisure. 

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  3. Fancy some pill-shaped jewelry by enfant terrible Damien Hirst
    Apparently, it’s available in 18K yellow, rose or white gold. 

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  4. The world’s most famous watch and the most complicated watch ever made entirely by human hand is being auctioned by Sotheby’s in November with an estimate of more than $16.8 million. 

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  5. Rembrandt van Rijn, known simply as Rembrandt, is considered to be one of the greatest painters in European art history. He was born on July 15, 1606, in Leiden, the Netherlands. 

    His contributions to art came in a period of great wealth and cultural achievement that historians call the Dutch Golden Age. It is during this time that Rembrandt created one of his most famous painting, The Nightwatch, in 1642. 

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  6. Is this the end of an era? Sotheby’s and eBay are launching a new online partnership to make the historic auction house’s offerings available to a much wider web-based public..

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  7. All art is erotic.

    Gustav Klimt 

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  8. Happy Bastille Day mes petits! 

    Roy Lichtenstein, Crak! 

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  9. Austrian symbolist painter Gustav Klimt was born on this day in 1862. Klimt’s work caused controversy for its celebration of sexuality during his lifetime and is among the most expensive artworks worldwide today.

    Famed for his painting The Kiss (1907-08), which reflects his fascination with eroticism, he’s also well known for his 1907 Portrait of Adele Bloch Bauer, on view at the Neue Galerie New York.

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  10. On Kawara, the renowned Japanese-born, New York–based conceptual artist known for his date paintings, has died at 81. 

    At the time of his death he was preparing for a major Guggenheim retrospective titled “Silence.”

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  11. We can’t wait to hit this year’s art fairs in The Hamptons - Each fair will bring a unique mix of exhibitors from all over the world, showing this summer’s best selections from the international and contemporary market. Click through for a sneak peak

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  12. Norman Parkinson was exactly what you would imagine and hope a fashion photographer in the second half of the 20th Century would be - dapper, exacting, a little louche, and unerringly orientated towards beauty. 

    Pictured: Young Velvets, Young Prices, Vogue 1949

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  13. Because nothing is as delicious as guilty pleasures .. 

    Guilty Indulgence by Gavin Bond

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  14. Iraq’s religious and cultural heritage has become the latest taget of the militant group ISIS, which is destroying mosques, churches, and archeological sites.

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  15. Gallery Hopping through San Francisco

    This week we are ditching the humid temperatures of New York for the reliably crisp weather of San Francisco.

    First, we’ll swing by Haines Gallery, where they’re showing the most recent collection of bronze works created by Japanese artist, Yoshitomo Saito. The exhibition, Ethos in Bronze, will feature a selection of both free-standing sculptures and large-scale wall installations. Saito’s approach to sculpture making is unique because, unlike most contemporary artists, Saito casts bronze on his own.

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