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Princess Diana's iconic dresses on show at Kensington Palace for anniversary

A dress by the designer Gianni Versace, and worn by Britain's Diana, Princess of Wales at her Harper's Bazaar photo-shoot, is pictured during a press preview of the forthcoming exhibition entitled "Diana: Her Fashion Story", at Kensington Palace in London on February 22, 2017. Glittering gowns, elegant suits and bold mini-dresses worn by the late Princess Diana will go on show from Friday on the 20th anniversary of her death in a unique exhibition charting her style reign. "Diana: Her Fashion Story" follows her evolution from the demure outfits of her first public appearances to the glamourous gowns of her later life and is being hosted in Kensington Palace, her London residence. Daniel LEAL-OLIVAS / AFP.

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LONDON (AFP).- Glittering gowns, elegant suits and bold mini-dresses worn by the late Princess Diana have gone on show on the 20th anniversary of her death in new exhibition charting her style reign. "Diana: Her Fashion Story", hosted in her London residence Kensington Palace, follows her evolution from the demure outfits of her first public appearances to the glamorous gowns of her later life. The show charts how she not only rewrote the rules of royal dressing with a more informal style but also expressed herself through her fashion choices, before her 1997 death in a car crash in Paris. "Each of the dresses is like a mini biography... They're not just what she wore but they tell stories," Libby Thompson, a curator, told AFP. Fellow curator Eleri Lynn said: "We see her growing in confidence throughout her life, increasingly taking control of how she was represented". Some of the highlights include the discreet pale pink Emanuel blouse ... More

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Archaeologists hunt for long-lost tomb of Scottish king   Sistine chapel photographed in unprecedented detail   Stolen 'Work will set you free' gate returned to Dachau

King of Scotland James I. Photo: Scottish National Portrait Gallery, Edinburgh.

EDINBURGH (AFP).- The tomb of a medieval king whose murder changed the course of Scottish history in a real-life "Game of Thrones" could be unearthed in a new hi-tech project launched Saturday. Archaeologists and virtual reality artists want to digitally recreate the court of King James I of Scotland in Perth, around 40 miles (64 kilometres) from Edinburgh, and try to find the king's tomb buried beneath the modern-day city. They are also looking for the remains of his queen, Joan Beaufort, and of Margaret Tudor, sister of Henry VIII of England and wife of James IV of Scotland, who was also buried there a century later. The team has been inspired by the discovery of King Richard III of England beneath a car park in Leicester. "It's like 'Game of Thrones' and 'Outlander' all rolled into one -- except this story is real," said Paul Wilson, who is leading the digital visualisation ... More

The frescoes were given a new lease of life in 2014 when they were illuminated with a revolutionary new lighting system. Photo: Snowdog/

VATICAN CITY (AFP).- The famous frescoes of the Sistine Chapel, whose ceiling was painted by Michelangelo, can now be examined in minute detail thanks to an unprecedented photographic venture, the Vatican Museums have said. By combining innovative digital technology and special LED lamps which aimed to reproduce daylight, photographers were able to make images measuring 43 centimetres (17 inches) tall by 1.2 metres (four feet) wide. The work includes 220 life-sized images from the chapel, including elements of The Last Judgement as well as frescoes painted on the walls by Perugino and Botticelli. The three works, of which 1,999 copies have been made and will be sent to the world's most important libraries, all give a perfect rendition of the colours used by the Renaissance masters, said Italian ... More

Workers hold the original iron gate with the slogan "Arbeit macht frei" (work will set you free) in front of journalists at the former Nazi concentration camp in Dachau. UWE LEIN / AFP.

DACHAU (AFP).- An iron gate with the infamous slogan "Arbeit macht frei" ("Work will set you free"), stolen from the former Nazi concentration camp of Dachau in Germany two years ago, was returned to the site Wednesday. The theft of the 100-kilo (220-pound) gate was reported in November 2014, sparking uproar, with German Chancellor Angela Merkel calling the crime "appalling". It was recovered outside Bergen in southwestern Norway last December following an anonymous tip-off. At a ceremony marking the return of the gate, the president of the International Dachau Committee, Jean-Michel Thomas, urged investigators to press on with the probe into the theft. He said he was "deeply shocked by the desecration of the site dedicated to the memory of all the victims of the camp". ... More

Body of tortoise 'Lonesome George' returned to Galapagos Islands   China photography provocateur Ren Hang dies at 29   Taiwan's Chiang Kai-shek hall removes souvenirs of former leader

Lonesome George. RODRIGO BUENDIA / AFP.

QUITO (AFP).- The embalmed body of the giant tortoise known as Lonesome George -- the last known survivor of a species that died out in 2012 -- returned home to the Ecuadoran Galapagos Islands. The body arrived in Puerto Ayora, the capital of the archipelago's Santa Cruz Island, on an Ecuadoran military plane after undergoing taxidermy work at New York's American Museum of Natural History, the Galapagos National Park said. The giant tortoise -- thought to be around a century old when he died in June 2012 -- was the last known member of the subspecies Geochelone nigra abingdoni. He failed to reproduce despite a decades long conservation effort that earned him the moniker "Lonesome George." His body is now on display at the park after having starred in an exhibition at the New York museum from September 2014-January 2015. The Pacific island chain is famous ... More

Ren's self-titled photobook -- his first -- featuring major works from 2008 through 2015 was published by Taschen on January 20.

BEIJING.- One of China's most promising and provocative young photographers, Ren Hang, has died aged 29, his gallery confirmed Saturday. The artist was known for racy nude shots of his friends in which genders blur and limbs intertwine. His gallery, Hong Kong-based Blindspot, confirmed the death to AFP. Born 1987 in Changchun city of northeastern Jilin province, the Beijing-based, self-taught artist gained recognition abroad even while his work was censored at home, where the ruling Communist party bans what it deems "pornographic". Ren had long grappled with depression, a struggle that he chronicled in poetry and prose online. "Every year, the wish I make is the same: to die earlier," he said in one of his final Weibo posts, published last month on the eve of the Chinese lunar ... More

The Chiang Kai-shek memorial hall was built after the leader's death in 1975.

TAIPEI (AFP).- A Taiwanese memorial hall named after Chiang Kai-shek has stopped selling souvenirs depicting the former nationalist leader, authorities said Saturday, as the island deals with the "deep scar" left by his rule. The decision comes as Taiwan prepares to mark the 70th anniversary of a brutal massacre of protesters by troops from his Kuomintang (KMT) party, when the now democratic island was still under martial law. The massacre was followed by decades of political purges under Chiang and his son, known as the "White Terror". "Many of the victims and their families suffered long-term discrimination and pain. It is a deep scar hidden in the hearts of all Taiwanese," Culture Minister Cheng Li-chun said of the announcement. The Chiang Kai-shek memorial hall, which was built after the leader's ... More

Exhibition restores pioneering light artist to his rightful place in history of modern art   First retrospective in 20 years of master photographer Irving Penn opens at Nashville's Frist Center   Exhibition brings together exquisite Surrealist paintings by Rita Kernn-Larsen

Thomas Wilfred, Unit #50, Elliptical Prelude and Chalice, from the First Table Model Clavilux (Luminar) series, 1928. Metal, fabric, glass, and electrical and lighting elements on a maple table. Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven, Conn., Gift of Thomas C. Wilfred, 1983.66.1.

NEW HAVEN, CONN.- The Yale University Art Gallery is presenting Lumia: Thomas Wilfred and the Art of Light, the first exhibition devoted to this pioneering artist in more than 40 years. Beginning in the 1920s, the Danish-born American artist Thomas Wilfred (1889–1968) forged an international reputation as a radical innovator by creating kinetic abstractions with light. Wilfred designed and built an array of sophisticated mechanical sculptures to produce vibrant, multicolored displays, realizing a new art form—which he collectively called lumia—that was among the first successful fusions of modern art and technology. Recognized as a pioneering mode of artistic expression throughout Wilfred’s decades-long career, lumia has been a critical touchstone for later generations ... More

Irving Penn. Frozen Foods, New York, 1977, printed 1984. Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of The Irving Penn Foundation. © The Irving Penn Foundation.

NASHVILLE, TENN.- Irving Penn (1917–2009), known for his iconic fashion, portrait, and still life images that appeared in Vogue magazine, ranks as one of the twentieth century’s most prolific and influential photographers. The first retrospective of his work in 20 years, Irving Penn: Beyond Beauty conveys the extraordinary breadth and legacy of the American artist and is on view at the Frist Center for the Visual Arts from February 24 to May 29, 2017. Organized by the Smithsonian American Art Museum and Merry Foresta, the museum’s curator of photography from 1983 to 1999, the exhibition contains more than 140 photographs, including the debut of 100 photographs recently donated by The Irving Penn Foundation and several previously unseen or never-before-exhibited photographs. Penn’s renown as a fashion photographer is matched by the recognition of his innovative and insightful portraits, still lifes, ... More

Rita Kernn-Larsen (1904 – 1998), The Apple from Normandy / The Apple, 1934. Oil on canvas, 97 x 74 cm. Kunsten Museum of Modern Art, Aalborg @ Rita Kernn-Larsen, by SIAE 2017.

VENICE.- From 25 February to 26 June 2017, the Peggy Guggenheim Collection presents the exhibition Rita Kernn-Larsen. Surrealist Paintings, curated by Gražina Subelytė, Curatorial Assistant of the Collection. Rita Kernn-Larsen (Hillerød, 1904–Copenhagen, 1998), a prominent Danish Surrealist artist, whom Peggy Guggenheim met in Paris in 1937, was invited by Peggy the following year to exhibit her paintings at Guggenheim Jeune, Peggy’s London gallery a show which inaugurated Peggy’s career with Surrealist art. This new exhibition brings together exquisite Surrealist paintings by Kernn-Larsen, to this day too little known outside Denmark, inaugurating two new exhibition rooms at the Peggy Guggenheim Collection. This is the first important presentation of Kernn-Larsen’s Surrealist period outside of her native Scandinavia since her one-woman ... More

First comprehensive exhibition on the work of Cesare Leonardi opens in Genova   Mitchell-Innes & Nash opens exhibition of new works by Monica Bonvicini   Major and historic works by this legendary ceramic artist Don Reitz on view at Lacoste Gallery

P14, serie Solidi, 1998–1999. Composizione di provini a contatto, 30 x 24 cm. Courtesy Archivio Architetto Cesare Leonardi. Foto Cesare Leonardi.

GENOVA.- The Villa Croce Museum of Contemporary Art presents the first comprehensive exhibition on the work of Cesare Leonardi (b. 1935, Modena, Italy). An architect and photographer, in the course of a career that spanned more than four decades Leonardi has continuously challenged the boundary between design and artistic practice. In spite of the recognition gained by his early furniture design – such as the Rocking chair, designed with Franca Stagi in 1967 and featured in the foundational MoMA exhibition Italy: The New Domestic Landscape – most of Leonardi’s oeuvre has remained little known, even within Italy. The exhibition Cesare Leonardi: Strutture, organized in close cooperation with Leonardi’s archive, sheds light on a body of work that is at once intimate and multifaceted. The exhibition uses the historical backdrop of Villa Croce to explore three broad topics — chairs, shadows, ... More

Monica Bonvicini, Bent and Winded, 2017. LED light tubes, wire, steel, 91 by 64 by 10 in. 231.1 by 162.6 by 25.4 cm. Photo: Adam Reich.

NEW YORK, NY.- Mitchell-Innes & Nash is presenting RE pleasure RUN, an exhibition of new works by Berlin-based, Italian artist Monica Bonvicini. The exhibition includes painting, photography, neon works and a large-scale installation, showcasing the artist’s interest in the relationships between gender, architecture and the power dynamics that shape our world. The exhibition is Bonvicini’s debut at Mitchell-Innes & Nash. Best known for her large-scale sculptural installations that engage architectural space and the viewer through dry humor, Monica Bonvicini rejects categorization and questions elements of control, gender, and power embedded in images, language and physical space. The exhibition at Mitchell-Innes & Nash is anchored around an installation titled Structural Psychodramas #2, in which the artist uses temporary walls in the gallery to create a new architectural environment. The walls are bare and slightly lifted, supported by sm ... More

Don Reitz, Through the Interface, 2011. 19 x 11 x 10. Woodfired stoneware.

CONCORD, MASS.- Lacoste Gallery announces Don Reitz: The Expressive Genius, February 25 – March 25 featuring major and historic works by this legendary ceramic artist who never stopped making art until his passing in 2014. Don Reitz is one of the great geniuses of contemporary ceramics and was devoted to clay, color and expression throughout his career. This exhibition presents works from his three great periods: the Sara series--in which he used color to narrate stories on earthenware clay; his wood-fire period using fire and ash for expression; and his color with wood-fire and salt which was a summation of the many elements in his life works. There are also connector pieces that led from one period to the next such as the colorful plates that preceded the use of color in the Sara series and earthenware with expressive brushwork that came at the end of his life. In addition an oil painting by the artist when he was in grad school at A ... More

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Nicolás Guagnini's second exhibition at Bortolami opens in New York
NEW YORK, NY.- Bortolami announces Bibelots, Nicolás Guagnini’s second exhibition at the gallery. For this show of paintings, the artist has developed a new body of work continuing his investigation into the material, economic and aesthetic aspects of the ceramic craft. Guagnini commissioned a mold of a canvas and proceeded to experiment with a variety of glazes and finishes. Conceived as a complementary pictorial counterpoint to his sculptural work, the Bibelots allow the artist to close his productive circle eliminating downtime and nonmonetizable labor and testing. Typically, glazes are sampled on what are called “test tiles,” in craft jargon. By replacing the tiles with finely detailed faux canvases in an ironic and critical act of trompe l’oeil, Guagnini effectively broadens his field of inquiry into both pictorial experimentation and the conditions of the production ... More

Foam opens exhibition of works by French photographer Stéphanie Solinas
AMSTERDAM.- The exhibition Dominique Lambert / Le Pourquoi Pas? presents two series by the French photographer Stéphanie Solinas. In her work, Solinas attempts to materialise abstract concepts such as identity or the spiritual in a systematic and factual manner. She employs photography as a part of a diverse array of research methods – alongside language, video and installation. The research process is central to her practice; by collaborating with experts from various disciplines Solinas investigates the shared role of the artist, the scientist and the medium as moderators of reality. Her methodical approach stands in stark contrast to the more subjective character of her subject-matter: identity, memory and the invisible world of the mind. Foam showed Solinas’ work before, in 2012 her project Sans titre (M. Bertillon) was presented in Foam 3h. Le Pourquoi Pas? ... More

'It's like tripping' says French artist entombed in rock
PARIS (AFP).- An artist entombed inside a 12-tonne rock for nearly three days has described the experience as like "tripping", insisting he would stick it out for a week. Speaking to AFP through a crack in the limestone boulder late Friday, Abraham Poincheval said he had been buoyed by how his performance has "got into people's heads". The artist made headlines worldwide when the two halves of the rock closed around him on Wednesday at a Paris art museum. Poincheval, 44, had carved out a hole inside the rock in his own image, just big enough for him to sit up in, with a niche to hold supplies of water, soup and dried meat. "People seem to be very touched. They come and talk into the crack, read poetry to me, or tell me about their nightmares or their dreams," he said. "They are not so much talking to me, I think, as to the stone ... More

Sotheby's New York exhibits works from its Contemporary Curated auction
NEW YORK, NY.- Sotheby’s will present their Contemporary Curated auction on 2 March. Coinciding with The Armory Show, the sale begins with an exceptional single-owner collection ‘In Its Own Light: Property from the Collection of Ed Cohen & Victoria Shaw’. Amassed over 35 years, the New York couple’s collection reflects both Ed Cohen’s close relationships with many of the artists and gallerists in the sale’s opening session and exhibits extraordinary works of Modern, Post-War and Contemporary Art. Reflecting a versatile ensemble of works with selections hand-chosen by tastemakers from the worlds of art, fashion and design, Contemporary Curated is the premier destination for collectors of diverse backgrounds and expertise to discover works by visionary artists that have captured the imagination of the market, with estimates ranging from $1,000 to $600,000. Led ... More

Original artworks by Demetre Chiparus and Julian Lange will lead Crescent City auction
NEW ORLEANS, LA.- A gorgeous pair of 19th century Russian icons, both depicting the Virgin Mary, plus a nine-piece carved oak Gothic-style dining room suite made in America in the 19th century, an outstanding circa 1840 French directoire-style gilt bronze mantle clock and original artworks by Demetre Chiparus and Julius Lange will all come up for bid on March 11th and 12th. They’re a few of the many expected top lots in a two-day estates auction planned by Crescent City Auction Gallery, in the firm’s gallery at 1330 St. Charles Avenue in New Orleans, starting at 9 am on Saturday and 10 am on Sunday, Central time both days. For those unable to attend live, online bidding will be provided by, and Over 1,350 lots will come up for bid over the course of the two days – items that people have come to expect from ... More

Singapore renames WWII exhibition after outcry
SINGAPORE (AFP).- Singapore has renamed a World War II exhibition after the original title, which used the name given to the city-state by Japan under its brutal occupation, sparked a public outcry. The exhibition opened earlier this week under the banner "Syonan Gallery: War and Its Legacies" to mark the 75th anniversary of the fall of Singapore, then a British colony, to Japanese troops. But many locals protested use of the term "Syonan" -- Japan's name for the island during its three-year occupation -- saying it "evoked deep hurt" among individuals, parents and grandparents. Information Minister Yaacob Ibrahim publicly apologised for the mishap. "This was never our intention (to cause hurt), and I am sorry for the pain the name has caused," he said in a Facebook post on Friday after receiving letters of complaint ... More

Jeanne Silverthorne joins Marc Straus Gallery
NEW YORK, NY.- Marc Straus announced that Jeanne Silverthorne is now represented by the gallery. A comprehensive exhibition of her sculptures will open in the Fall of 2017. For more than three decades, Silverthorne has taken the studio as her subject. Her work is meticulous and personal, first fashioning everyday items in clay, then casting them in industrial-grade rubber. These objects reflect reality but colored with phosphorus or changed in scale, they retain their uniqueness. Thus she makes light bulbs, some broken, that fill and spill from a garbage bin; or wire cables, task chairs and shipping crates. Such banal items become metaphors for the inevitability of age and decay, but tempered with humor, hope and humanity. Silverthorne came of age as an artist when women sculptors not infrequently used Eva Hesse as inspiration and this was true for Silverthorne ... More

Lawrence Weiner to receive 2017 Aspen Award for Art
ASPEN, CO.- The Aspen Art Museum announces renowned artist Lawrence Weiner as the recipient of the 2017 Aspen Award for Art. The Award will be presented to Weiner at the annual AAM ArtCrush, held August 4, 2017. "Lawrence is a true friend of the museum, and one of the most significant contemporary artists of our time. It is an honor to present him with this award, where he joins an impressive and deserving list of past recipients," says Heidi Zuckerman, AAM Nancy and Bob Magoon CEO and Director. Lawrence Weiner, one of the central figures of Conceptual art, was born in 1942, in New York. One of the first artists to "dematerialize" the art object into the medium of ideas and words, Weiner has been using language as a sculptural material for over thirty-five years. His pioneering practice is based on the idea that an artist can harness any material ... More

Solo exhibition by Adriano Amaral opens at Vleeshal
MIDDELBURG.- Vleeshal presents Alloy Alloy, a solo exhibition by Adriano Amaral (1982, Brazil). This is the first institutional solo presentation of Amaral’s work in the Netherlands. Amaral’s work is marked by an in-depth examination into the nature of things that surround us. The relationship between the human body and architecture as closed and simultaneously porous entities form the basis of his artistic enquiry. In his work various materials and states of matter intermingle. Natural elements such as water, light, air and coal encounter artificial products like silicone, clothing, aluminium, machine fragments and concrete. These contrasting materials and substances are often employed to evoke connections with, or act as stand-ins for, parts of the human body. In the fields of science and physics, an ‘alloy’ refers to a mixture of metals, or a metal made by bonding metal ... More

Forced migration, trauma and remembrance in contemporary photography in new exhibition in Munich
MUNICH.- Documenting political and social conflicts has always been one of the central tasks of photography. This newly arranged presentation of works from the collections focuses on the way that artists tackle the topics of war, displacement and forced migration. The works exhibited have evolved out of the artists’ engagement with the lingering after-effects of the Second World War, or are played out at the intersections of the so-called First and Third Worlds, be it along the US-Mexican border fence or on the external borders of Europe. Their complex visual narratives are based upon concrete events and critically reflect upon their historical representations and social relevance. They contrast images conveyed through the media and official histories with different readings, informed by personal perspectives. In the work There and Gone, organised as a ... More

Reflex Gallery in Amsterdam presents German artist Iris Schomaker with "Come to the Edge"
AMSTERDAM.- Reflex Gallery in Amsterdam announces the first Benelux exhibition of Berlin-based artist Iris Schomaker. The German artist has garnered international acclaim for her expressive large-scale watercolour and oil works on paper featuring figures in various states of repose. The exhibition 'Come to the Edge' runs from 25 February until 26 April. The show consists purely of new works, ranging in size from pieces that are 2m40 x 1m60 to smaller works of around 40 x 30 cm. Each of her paintings consists of an arresting close-up of a single figure, lying reading, resting, sitting curled up, unaware of the viewer’s gaze. "My interest is in the private moment," says Schomaker of the theme that has been preoccupying her. But this is not voyeurism, in the traditional sense – "It is more like a sudden glimpse – something unexpected. These figures do not offer ... More

Time lapse video of Lee Bontecou's installation Untitled (Sandbox) at Gemeentemuseum



On a day like today, French painter, illustrator, and sculptor Honoré Daumier was born
February 26, 1808. Honoré Daumier (February 26, 1808 - February 10, 1879) was a French printmaker, caricaturist, painter, and sculptor, whose many works offer commentary on social and political life in France in the 19th century. In this image: "The Pleader", one of Daumier's most famous court scenes, lent anonymously to the Pennsylvania Museum of art and show for the first time in this country in the comprehensive exhibition of the artist's work at the Philadelphia Museum.

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