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Skeletons and scares at Dino Park in one of the most fossil-rich regions in Europe

An archeologist works in a laboratory inside the museum of the Dino Park, an outdoor museum with more than 120 models of dinosaurs, in Lourinha on July 9, 2018. This town of 25,000 inhabitants, located 70 km north of Lisbon, was already among the world's leading palaeontology thanks to its deposit of dinosaur fossils, with a dozen species discovered since the end of the 19th century. JOSE MANUEL RIBEIRO / AFP.

by Bruno Cravo

LOURINHÃ (AFP).- Eyes popping in astonishment, his mouth hanging mutely open, seven-year-old Joel approaches the four-metre-high monster and stands nose-to-nose with one of the deadliest killing machines the world has ever known. The full-scale Tyrannosaurus rex is just one of the prehistoric highlights on display at Portugal's self-proclaimed "dinosaur capital", a new theme park in one of the most fossil-rich regions in Europe. "We have 120 large-scale reproductions of 70 different species, spread over 10 hectares (24.7 acres)," Simao Mateus, Dino Park's scientific director told AFP. Although only recently opened, the park sits in a part of Portugal long famous among palaeontologists for its extraordinary array of fossilised remains. The nearby town of Lourinha, an hour's drive north of Lisbon, has been dinosaur-mad ever since the remains of a dozen of the creatures were discovered in the late 19th century. It already has a dino ... More

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Christie's announces sale of estate of renowned collector & art dealer Eugene V. Thaw   Eric Shiner joins White Cube as Artistic Director, New York   Jack Shainman Gallery exhibits previously unseen photographs by Malick Sidibé

Estate’s sale proceeds will benefit the Eugene V. and Clare Thaw Charitable Trust. © Christie’s Images Limited 2018.

NEW YORK, NY.- Christie’s announces the sale of property from the estate of one of the most renowned and influential art collectors and dealers of the 20th Century, Eugene V. Thaw. A dedicated Collection sale of fine and decorative art will take place on October 30 in New York, during Christie’s Classic Week series of sales, and various individual highlights will be offered across Post-War & Contemporary, Impressionist & Modern, American Art and Prints and Multiples sales in London and NY. The Estate’s sale proceeds will benefit the Eugene V. and Clare Thaw Charitable Trust, which supports the arts, the environment and animal welfare. In total, the Collection is comprised of more than 200 lots and is expected to exceed $10 million. Noël Annesley, Christie’s Honorary Chairman, UK, comments, “Christie’s is honored to be entrusted with the sale of the Collection of one of the most influential Americans to shape the art ... More

A respected curator and senior art figure in the US, Eric joins White Cube from Sotheby's. Photo: Walker Olesen. Courtesy White Cube.

LONDON.- White Cube announced the appointment of Eric Shiner as Artistic Director, New York. A respected curator and senior art figure in the US, Eric joins White Cube from Sotheby's, New York, where he was Senior Vice President of Contemporary Art. Previously he was Director at The Andy Warhol Museum, Pittsburgh, having joined in 2008 as Milton Fine Curator of Art. Eric will be responsible for steering White Cube’s artistic strategy in the US, focusing on enhancing the gallery’s global network through outreach with institutions and artists. He will start the new role in autumn 2018, based at White Cube’s New York office. Susan May, Global Artistic Director, White Cube said: “Eric's extensive experience with artists, collectors and museums over several decades made him the ideal candidate to lead in the development of White Cube's activities in the US. With his knowledge of the cultural landscape, his profound passion ... More

Malick Sidibé, Au cours d'une soirée, les positions, 1964/2013. Silver gelatin print, 8 1/4 x 8 1/4 inches, image size 12 x 9 1/2 inches paper size signed, titled, and dated on front

NEW YORK, NY.- Jack Shainman Gallery is presenting Love Power Peace, Malick Sidibé’s seventh solo show with the gallery, which includes previously unseen photographs. Throughout the 1960s, Sidibé championed visual representation of the pulse of a modernist Mali, newly free from colonial constraints and ardently joining a global, diasporic youth movement. Much of this political expression took shape through individual and collective presentation – in fashion, music, and dance – something made palpable in Sidibé’s rhythmic compositions. Capturing his subjects in the midst of ceremonial action, Sidibé builds the narrative of a specific time and space that empowered a culture to dictate their own stories. There is a distinct sense of chronicle felt in the movement of Sidibé’s subjects, who boldly occupy both the photograph’s frame and their ... More

Davis Museum acquires Rosa Rolanda Covarrubias collection   Major group exhibition extending across White Cube's London galleries in Bermondsey and Mason's Yard   The Chrysler Museum of Art opens its first interactive gallery for families

Rosa Rolanda, Self-Portrait Photogram, late 1920s or early 1930s.

WELLESLEY, MASS.- The Davis Museum at Wellesley College has acquired a collection of 40 photographs including 14 unique photograms by Rosa Rolanda (1895-1970), an American-born photographer, painter, and dancer (she is also known by her married name, Rosa Covarrubias). Highlights of the collection include semi-abstract photographs of the new Rockefeller Center from her Skyscraper series, and still life compositions inspired by the work of Edward Weston. In addition, the collection includes Surrealist abstract compositions using photograms that operate as self-portraits. Works from the acquisition will be on view in an upcoming major exhibition called Art__Latin__America, which opens in February 2019 at the Davis Museum. “Rosa Rolanda was a fascinating cultural figure of wide-ranging talents, and an ingenious and experimental artist who seemed to thrive in the eye of the modernist storm,” says Lisa Fischman, Ruth Gordon Shapiro ... More

Miroslaw Balka, Hanging Soap Women, 2000. Soap Length: 163 3/8 in. (415 cm) © Miroslaw Balka. Photo © Todd-White Art Photography. Courtesy White Cube.

LONDON.- 'Memory Palace' is a major group exhibition extending across White Cube’s London galleries in Bermondsey and Mason’s Yard. Featuring more than 90 recent works by over 40 artists, 'Memory Palace' seeks to inspire reflections on the forms and themes of memory. The exhibition’s architecture leads the viewer through six aspects of memory: Historical (at White Cube Mason's Yard), Autobiographical, Traces, Transcription, Collective and Sensory (at White Cube Bermondsey). Autobiographical - Featuring Franz Ackermann, Etel Adnan, George Baselitz, Tracey Emin, Gilbert & George, Magnus Plessen, Raqib Shaw, Christine Ay Tjoe and Liu Wei As history began to be defined as a discipline, so the sense grew that memory was subjective and concerned with the inner life. During the Enlightenment and Romantic period, the concept of memory emerged as something personal and bound up with identity. ... More

Visitors become artists with interactive digital easels in The Studio that show children how they can use works from the Chrysler’s collection to make something new. Photo: Ed Pollard, Museum Photographer.

NORFOLK, VA.- Children and families can explore, play and create in the Chrysler Museum’s Wonder Studio, a free asset for the community. Located adjacent to Huber Court, the Museum’s primary gathering area, the family-friendly interactive space is a new step for the Museum in imagining how to engage visitors through unique and immersive experiences. “The combination of digital technology with the works from the Chrysler collection places us at the forefront of museums. Museum guests will have the opportunity to experience our collection in a way that will help them discover their own creativity. We are grateful for the gift from a generous anonymous donor that made this innovative space possible,” said Museum Director Erik H. Neil. The Wonder Studio is creative, fun and experimental. Visitors are encouraged to linger with comfortable ... More

Frenchman at centre of Nobel scandal to face trial in September   'Growing Up Kurt Cobain' exhibition opens in Ireland   New £600,000 initiative to support future of curators and museum collections

In this file photo taken on December 11, 2011 A picture taken on December 11, 2011 shows Swedish Academy member Katarina Frostenson and her husband Jean-Claude Arnault arriving for the Kings Nobel dinner at the Royal Palace in Stockholm. Henrik MONTGOMERY / TT NEWS AGENCY / AFP.

STOCKHOLM (AFP).- The man at the centre of a sexual assault scandal that shook the Nobel Literature Prize giving body, which postponed this year's award, will go on trial in September on rape charges, a Swedish court said. French cultural figure Jean-Claude Arnault, who is married to a former member of the Swedish Academy which selects Nobel literature laureates, has been charged with raping a woman in Stockholm on two occasions in 2011. The Stockholm district court told AFP his hearings will take place on September 19, 20 and 24. According to the charge sheet, seen by AFP, the 71-year-old allegedly forced the victim -- who was in a state of "intense fear" -- to have oral sex and intercourse ... More

Frances Bean Cobain with her father’s collection.

NEWBRIDGE.- Kurt Cobain and Nirvana fans packed the Museum of Style Icons in Newbridge Ireland yesterday (July 17th), some in tears and some laughing, overwhelmed to meet his daughter, Frances Bean Cobain, his sister, Kim and mother Wendy who arrived to open the exhibition of Kurt’s personal items, never previously seen in public. A friendship between William Doyle, owner of the Museum of Style Icons in Newbridge, Ireland and Kurt Cobain’s mother, sisters and daughter has brought to Ireland never exhibited intimate items of the rock legend’s life. The exhibition runs till September 30th in Newbridge, Ireland. Cobain’s Irish roots are well known. He believed that his family originated in County Cork but in fact his Irish ancestors emigrated from Carrickmore, County Tyrone, in 1875. Cobain’s family has specially curated some of his very personal items for this once in a lifetime commemoration. The Museum o ... More

The Hepworth Wakefield, 2017. Photo © Andy Smith.

LONDON.- The Headley Trust and Art Fund announced today a new £600,000 funding programme to give curators the time and resources to develop specialist knowledge relating to their collections. Headley Fellowships with Art Fund will invest in UK museums and their curators, to enable them to realise ideas for engaging audiences with the breadth of their collections. It also aims to broker new relationships and share knowledge between museums and curators across the country. The scheme comes at a time when public spending on museums and galleries in England has declined in real terms by 13% over the last decade, and museums reliant on local authority funding have been hit the hardest, with cuts averaging 30% over the last 5 years. According to the Museum Association’s 2018 study, 34% of local authority museums reduced the number of full-time staff in the past year alone, and Art ... More

Samuel Dorsky Museum of Art at SUNY New Paltz accepts gift of 29 photographs from collection of Howard Greenberg   'Pussy, King of the Pirates' on view at Maccarone unifies 20 non-male artists   Whitney Ferrare joins Pace Gallery

Aaron Siskind, Street Scene 2, Harlem, 1940. 1940; printed 1981. Collection of Samuel Dorsky Museum of Art.

NEW PALTZ, NY.- SUNY New Paltz has received a donation of photographs by two of the most significant New York-based photographers of the 20th century, which will be added to the permanent collection of the Samuel Dorsky Museum of Art. The works come from the collection of Howard Greenberg, a longtime friend of the College and The Dorsky Museum, and have been accepted by the SUNY New Paltz Foundation, which coordinates philanthropic contributions for the enrichment of academic activities at the College. Greenberg’s gift includes 14 images from Aaron Siskind’s “Harlem Document,” and 15 images from Joel Meyerowitz’s “Cape Cod” series. “We are thrilled to be able to add these beautiful photographs to our collection,” said Sara Pasti, the Neil C. Trager Director of the Samuel Dorsky Museum of Art. “They are certain to be used by faculty and students on a regular basis in the years to come and will be included in museum exhibitions. ... More

Jennifer West, Nipple Film Quilt, 2018, 70mm filmstrips, dye, acrylic, 96 x 35.5 inches. Image courtesy of the artist and Maccarone, LA. Photo: Coley Brown.

LOS ANGELES, CA.- Pussy, King of the Pirates unifies 20 non-male artists who engage in and question the physical and conceptual use of the body in form, medium, and identity politics. The works represent a contemporary reclamation of the female figure, the depiction of which has historically been from the heteronormative male perspective. While the latter has both defined and composed the canon of figuration and formalism heretofore, their compositions of female figures are now more vulnerable to criticisms of objectification. Those who do not self-identify with that status quo – whether female, non-binary, queer, or transgender – may be released from a stigmatic history of a specific oppression. The question remains whether or not they are absolved from the act of objectifying, should that be the ultimate desire at all. Kathy Acker’s irreverent novel, Pussy, King of the Pirates, intertwines the carnal and cerebral ... More

Most recently, Ferrare served in sales at Gagosian Gallery in Hong Kong, shaping collections informed by her distinct cross-cultural perspective and engaging the region’s institutional leaders with the gallery’s artists and estates.

HONG KONG.- Pace Gallery announced that Whitney Ferrare will join the gallery as a Senior Director beginning in September 2018. Based in Hong Kong, Ferrare will support primary and secondary market activity for Pace’s artists and estates, as well as contribute to the gallery’s exhibition and art fair programming across the Asia Pacific region. Ferrare will spearhead Pace’s inaugural participation in Sydney Contemporary, Australia’s Premier International Art Fair on view September 13 – 16, 2018. “When we opened our second gallery in Hong Kong this past March, it was clear that it wasn’t the culmination of Pace’s work in Asia; but rather, the commencement of a new level of engagement across the region; and Whitney will play a pivotal role in this next phase,” said Marc Glimcher, Pace Gallery President and CEO. “Through her career in auction houses and galleries and her broad ... More

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Hirshhorn elects two new trustees, expanding local and global impact
WASHINGTON, DC.- The Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden announced today the recent election of two new trustees. The addition of Disaphol Chansiri of Bangkok and Steven M. Sumberg of Washington, D.C., brings the total membership of the board to 33. Under Hirshhorn Director Melissa Chiu, the board has seen its fastest growth in the museum's history, with 27 new additions in the past four years alone. "Disaphol and Steve bring unique and rich perspectives, which will help us to grow our international engagement," said Board Chair Daniel H. Sallick. "Their collective contributions both nationally and internationally are inspiring, and we look forward to working together to advance the Hirshhorn's mission." "The Hirshhorn is delighted to welcome Disaphol and Steve to the museum," said Hirshhorn Director Melissa Chiu. "Both trustees, with their ... More

Milton Resnick and Pat Passlof Foundation to open three floor exhibition space
NEW YORK, NY.- The Milton Resnick and Pat Passlof Foundation will inaugurate its three floor exhibition space in Milton Resnick's former studio, previously a synagogue, at 87 Eldridge Street, in the Lower East Side of Manhattan, with a weekend opening celebration on September 15 & 16, 2018. The opening exhibition of The Milton Resnick and Pat Passlof Foundation will be a fifty-year retrospective survey, Milton Resnick Paintings 1937-1987. The exhibition, curated by Geoffrey Dorfman, traces the artist’s transition from his early, inventive Abstract Expressionist works, to the dense allover canvases of his maturity for which he is best known. Resnick’s thickly impastoed works, sometimes of immense proportions, reflect a faith in the evocative powers of paint itself. Drawn largely from the Foundation’s collection, the exhibition will also include loans from private ... More

Finalists for ING Unseen Talent Award 2018 announced
AMSTERDAM.- Unseen and ING announced the five finalists of the ING Unseen Talent Award 2018. The artists that have been selected are: Dávid Biró (1992, Hungary), Jaakko Kahilaniemi (1988, Finland), Pauline Niks (1982, Netherlands), Eva O’Leary (1988, Ireland) and Alexey Shlyk (1986, Belarus). Mentored by internationally acclaimed multidisciplinary artist Isaac Julien (1960, United Kingdom), the finalists will spend the following two months in an extensive coaching course, creating new work for the ING Collection related to this year’s theme: New Horizons: Exploring the promise and perils of the future. The resulting work of the selected artists will be on display during Unseen Amsterdam 2018 from the 21st to the 23rd of September. The winners will be announced at the ING Unseen Talent Award Ceremony on the 20th of September. The ING Unseen Talent Award is an initiative of ING and Unseen ... More

New works purchased by the Arts Council for its collection
DUBLIN.- The Arts Council announced that it has added 11 new works to its Collection which will be seen by audiences across the country, the state agency responsible for developing the arts said today. The artists whose work is added to the Collection are Michelle Browne, Genieve Figgis, Joy Gerrard, Dragana Jurisic, Barbara Knezevic, Sarah Pierce, Eva Rothschild and Michael John Whelan. These art works will be added to the almost 1,100 works of modern and contemporary Irish art in the Collection and mark the latest additions to the Council’s long history of purchasing excellent and ambitious works of art that reflects the practise of artists working in Ireland today. Comprising works across painting, sculpture, photography, video and multimedia installations the new purchases are drawn from across the spectrum of contemporary visual arts practice and will be ... More

Rare comics, Frazetta art, Star Wars figures and political memorabilia boost Hake's $1.9M sale
YORK, PA.- Hake’s Americana, the nation’s first auction house devoted exclusively to pop culture, continued its long winning streak July 10-12 with a $1.9 million sale packed with estimate-smashing highlights. The two-day auction, with a gap day in between sessions, was the 11th auction of the last 12 hosted by Hake’s to break the million-dollar mark. “Already, this has been a record year for us,” said Hake’s president Alex Winter. “Our last three auctions have totaled six million dollars, and we still have one more Premier Auction to go in the fall. We couldn’t be happier with the way our second half-century in the antique and vintage collectibles business is unfolding.” Rare comics and original comic art ruled the top 10, with two original Frank Frazetta (American, 1928-2010) artworks finishing at the very top of prices realized. Although primarily known for his distinctive horror and fantasy art, ... More

Oil paintings by Clarence Millet and Marie Molinary will be in Crescent City's July 21-22 auction
NEW ORLEANS, LA.- An exceptional early 20th century French Louis XV-style carved walnut seven-piece bedroom suite, beautiful early 20th century Russian icons and original oil paintings by Marie Madeleine Seebold Molinary (New Orleans, 1886-1948) and Clarence Millet (La., 1897-1959) will headline Crescent City Auction Gallery’s next big sale planned for July 21-22. The two-day Important Summer Estates Auction will be held in Crescent City Auction Gallery’s showroom located at 1330 St. Charles Avenue in New Orleans, starting at 9 am Central time on Saturday, July 21st (lots 1-650) and 10 am on Sunday, July 22nd (lots 651-1004). Featured will be a wonderful array of fine art and antiques from local New Orleans and regional Southern estates. Sold will be period French furniture (plus antique furniture made in the U.S., Italy and the U.K.), ... More

French actors protest as Russian director's house arrest extended
AVIGNON (AFP).- Actors protested at one of the world's biggest theatre festivals in support of Russian director Kirill Serebrennikov as judges in Moscow on Wednesday extended his 11-month-long house arrest. Artists wearing "Free Kirill" T-shirts chanted his name at the Avignon festival in France where organisers called on Moscow to free the renowned theatre star. But judges extended his house arrest until August 22 -- exactly a year after his arrest on embezzlement charges -- the TASS state news agency reported. Serebrennikov, 48, the enfant terrible of the Russian stage, has revolutionised the Moscow scene with radical new plays and by reinventing classics. But he fell foul of conservatives for his daring ballet about legendary gay dancer Rudolph Nureyev at the Bolshoi where he used a famous full-front nude of the icon by the photographer ... More

"Fireworks (Archives)" by Apichatpong Weerasethakul to remain in Oklahoma
OKLAHOMA CITY, OKLA.- The Oklahoma City Museum of Art has acquired “Fireworks (Archives)” by award-winning filmmaker and artist Apichatpong Weerasethakul. “Fireworks (Archives)” was created in an edition of five, and its purchase confirms the Museum’s commitment to building a significant collection of art of the moving image. “Our Samuel Roberts Noble Theatre is nationally renowned as a leader in foreign, independent and classic cinema,” said OKCMOA President and CEO E. Michael Whittington. “The acquisition of ‘Fireworks,’ as well as the recently acquired ‘Hedge Crawl’ by Andy Goldsworthy, demonstrates our commitment to contemporary art as well as artists who are increasingly using the moving image as a medium.” “Not only was this work one of the finest in the exhibition, it was also the most popular,” said Michael J. Anderson, ... More

Library of Congress appoints Shari Rosenstein Werb and David S. Mandel Directors of new centers
WASHINGTON, DC.- The Library of Congress has selected Shari Rosenstein Werb and David S. Mandel to be the directors, respectively, of the Center for Learning, Literacy and Engagement and the Center for Exhibits and Interpretation. These key posts are at the helms of newly established offices that are central to executing the Library’s strategy of informing, inspiring and engaging the public. “I am thrilled to have these innovative leaders on the Library of Congress team as we prepare to invest considerable energy in improved public engagement in the coming years,” the Librarian of Congress, Carla Hayden, said today, “They both are entering these new positions with an amazing list of accomplishments. I am excited about the prospects and the contributions they will bring toward making the Library more user-focused and connected to the public we serve. ... More

Luce Foundation grant allows in-depth study of Henry Holmes Smith Photography Archive
BLOOMINGTON, IN.- The Sidney and Lois Eskenazi Museum of Art at Indiana University has been awarded a $250,000 grant from the Henry Luce Foundation. The grant will allow the museum to hire a three-year, limited-term Assistant Curator of Photography and two part-time student support staff to conduct research and photography on the museum’s Henry Holmes Smith Archive. Acquired in 1979, the archive, which is comprised of more than 5,000 items, represents the largest holding of work by Henry Holmes Smith (American, 1909–1986), a leading American modernist photographer. A founder of the Society for Photographic Education, Smith trained many prominent photography professors like Jack Welpott, Robert Forth, Betty Hahn, and Jerry Uelsmann, primarily at Indiana University where he taught for thirty years. Some have ... More

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On a day like today, French painter Edgar Degas was born
July 19, 1834. Edgar Degas (19 July 1834 - 27 September 1917) was a French artist famous for his paintings, sculptures, prints, and drawings. He is especially identified with the subject of dance; more than half of his works depict dancers. He is regarded as one of the founders of Impressionism, although he rejected the term, preferring to be called a realist. In this image: Darcey Bussell poses with Little Dancer Aged Fourteen.

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