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7.8-magnitude earthquake deals heavy blow to Nepal's rich cultural heritage

Nepalese rescue members and onlookers gather at the collapsed Dharahara Tower in Kathmandu on April 25, 2015. A powerful 7.9 magnitude earthquake struck Nepal, causing massive damage in the capital Kathmandu with strong tremors felt across neighbouring countries. AFP PHOTO / PRAKASH MATHEMA.

KATHMANDU (AFP).- Reduced to piles of rubble and splintered wood, Nepal's rich cultural heritage has suffered a devastating blow from a massive earthquake that tore through the country, experts said Sunday. In the heart of Kathmandu, many of a cluster of temples and statues built between the 12th and 18th centuries by the ancient kings of Nepal have collapsed, killing scores and trapping others underneath. The nine-storey Dharahara tower, a major tourist attraction in the city's Durbar square with its spiral staircase of 200 steps, was reduced to just its base when the 7.8-magnitude quake struck at lunchtime on Saturday. "I had just bought tickets to climb the tower and was at its base when I felt a sudden shaking," Dharmu Subedi, 36, said from a hospital bed in Kathmandu. "Within minutes, the Dharahara had crumbled to the ground with maybe more than 100 people in it," Subedi told AFP. UNESCO was trying to gather information on the extent of the destruction, including at three palace-filled squares in ... More

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Exhibition of works by French artist Claude Lévèque opens at Musée Soulages in Rodez   United States returns Egyptian artifacts smuggled by an international criminal network   Miguel Falomir announced as new Deputy Director at the Museo del Prado in Madrid

French visual artist Claude Leveque poses in front of a part of his creation, at the Soulages museum in Rodez, southwestern France, on April 22, 2015. The Rodez's Soulages museum presents from April 25 to September 27, 2015, the Claude Leveque exhibition "The blue of the eye". AFP PHOTO / REMY GABALDA.

RODEZ.- In thinking about his project for the exhibition for musée Soulages in 2014, Claude Lévêque chose this passage from a novel by Austrian author Peter Handke as a lead or powerful starter. The Great Fall takes the form of a haunting initiation story in which the banality of the action (storyline) rivals its sense of mystery. Handke, we know, has worked on his language to take it to the very brink of reality. The efficient simplicity with which words here combine with images is not to be underestimated. Awoken from his sleep one morning by a powerful thunderclap, an actor leaves a woman’s house and walks through a dense forest and a large clearing. He wants to reach the capital and meet this woman. On the way he encounters people who warn ... More

A sarcophagus is displayed for the press at Cairo International airport. AFP PHOTO / HOSAM ATEF.

WASHINGTON (AFP).- The United States returned Wednesday dozens of ancient artifacts that had been smuggled out of Egypt by an international criminal network, US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) said. The items -- including a Greco-Roman style Egyptian sarcophagus discovered in a Brooklyn garage in 2009 -- were handed back to the Egyptian government at a ceremony in Washington. "To think that some of these treasured artifacts were recovered from garages, exposed to the elements, is unimaginable," said ICE director Sarah Saldana in a statement. The discovery of the nesting sarcophagus generated leads that resulted in the 2010 seizure of more smuggled Egyptian items, including a funerary boat model and hundreds of ancient coins, ICE said. The items have been linked to a global crime network that is the subject of a five-year-old ICE effort known as Operation Mummy’s Curse. ... More

Miguel Falomir (born Valencia, 1966) has a PhD in Art History and is a professor in that subject at the University of Valencia.

MADRID.- The Royal Board of Trustees of the Museo Nacional del Prado approved the appointment of Miguel Falomir Faus, current head of the Department of Italian Renaissance painting, as the Museum’s new Deputy Director for Collections and Research, succeeding Gabriele Finaldi, who has recently been appointed the new Director of the National Gallery in London. Miguel Falomir will take over the post on 1 June. Gabriele Finaldi will continue to be associated with the Prado until 17 August (the date he joins the National Gallery) in order to complete his catalogue of the drawings of José de Ribera. Miguel Falomir (born Valencia, 1966) has a PhD in Art History and is a professor in that subject at the University of Valencia. He has been a curatorial department head at the Museo del Prado since 1997. During that time he has been responsible for significant advances in the study ... More

Steven Kasher Gallery exhibits over 150 vintage prints by Fred W. McDarrah   Bertoia's March 27-28 auction of Max Berry toy collection Part II boosts series total to more than $6 million   Kunstmuseum Wolfsburg survey exhibition presents text-image combinations

Fred W. McDarrah, Alice Neel in Her Studio, East Harlem, with Milton Resnick, Pat Passlof and Frank O'Hara in Paintings, February 1, 1961. Vintage gelatin silver, printed ca. 1970 14 x 11 in. Signed, titled and dated by photographer recto; signed, stamped, titled and dated by photographer verso.

NEW YORK, NY.- Steven Kasher Gallery presents Fred W. McDarrah: The Artist’s World. The exhibition features over 150 vintage prints, including the original book prints for the 1961 publication The Artist’s World in Pictures. Fred W. McDarrah's (1926 - 2007) interest in photographing artists can be traced to a 1949 introduction to the painter William Littlefield (1902 - 1969). Littlefield opened a window into a world that McDarrah, who came from poverty and matriculated on the streets of Brooklyn, had never previously seen. Beginning in the early 1950s Littlefield and sculptor Philip Pavia hosted informal gatherings of artists at the Waldorf Cafeteria on 6th Avenue in Greenwich Village. These get-togethers evolved into The Club, an artist membership association. ... More

‘Darky Kicking Watermelon’ mechanical bank, J. & E. Stevens Co., designed by Charles A. Bailey, patented 1888, one of four known examples, provenance: Wally Tudor, F. H. Griffith, Leon Perelman and Stan Sax collections; $270,000. Bertoia Auctions image.

VINELAND, NJ.- Washington attorney Max Berry left Bertoia’s gallery on March 28th with a smile on his face – not because Part II of his collection had just been auctioned for $2.92 million, but because of the enthusiastic way in which the toy community had come together over a two-day period to celebrate his lifetime of achievement in the hobby. “Max was happy to see who the next caretakers of his toys would be,” said Bertoia Auctions associate Rich Bertoia. “He was very focused throughout the entire auction and did a lot of positive nodding.” Added to the $3.1 million realized by Part I of Berry’s collection last Nov. 14-15, the March 27-28 auction pushed the series grand total to $6.02 million. All prices quoted in this report are inclusive of buyer’s premium. The top-selling lot was a J. & E. Stevens Darky Kicking ... More

Katharina Hinsberg, spatien, 2011/2015. Photo: Marek Kruszewski © VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2015.

WOLFSBURG.- “What’s up, people?” This comment, written by a teenager in the guestbook of the Kunstmuseum Wolfsburg, was used by Christian Jankowski for his neon text that shines as the leitmotif above the exhibition: “Walk the Line!” The show explores the articulation possibilities between image and writing, between line, area and space and finds new paths in drawing in often installative works. Featuring 105 works, the Kunstmuseum Wolfsburg’s survey exhibition presents text-image combinations (Marcel Dzama, Nedko Solakov, Raymond Pettibon), animation sequences (William Kentridge, Katie Armstrong), cut-outs and gravures (Mario BieRende, Pia Linz, Awst & Walter), adaptations of musical structures (Jorinde Voigt, Angela Bulloch, Gregor Hildebrandt) in addition to space-filling light installations (Mariana Vassileva, Carsten Nicolai). Ten of the 37 participating artists produced new ... More

80 large-scale photographs by Wim Wenders on view at Museum Kunstpalast   Papermania!, Bleicke Bleicken, and highlights from its collection on view at Museum Kunst der Westküste   Exhibition explores aspects of photography and modernity in the Ottoman Empire

Wim Wenders, Yellow Bus, Uluru, 1977, C-Print, 124 x 163 cm, © Wim Wenders. Courtesy Blain | Southern.

DUSSELDORF.- If you travel a lot, writes Wim Wenders, if you like roaming about in order to lose yourself, you can end up in the strangest places. I think it must be a kind of built-in radar, which often takes me to places that are either peculiarly quiet or peculiar in a quiet sort of way. Wim Wenders (born in Düsseldorf in 1945) is internationally renowned primarily for his movies, such as Wings of Desire, Pina and The Salt of the Earth, a portrait of the Brazilian photographer Sebastião Salgado. But the filmmaker acknowledges: Photographic work is the other half of my life. For decades he has created a photographic oeuvre quite independent of his filmic work: photographs of lonely, at times somewhat bizarre places and landscapes, of settings that have their own story. On the occasion of the artist’s 70th birthday in 2015, Museum Kunstpalast in collaboration with Wenders Images ... More

Installation view. Photo: Lukas Spoerl.

ALKERSUM.- The exhibition Papermania! brings together ten international artists whose works have two things in common: on the one hand their support, paper, whose materiality allows for tremendous artistic variety, and on the other the subjects of “sea and coast” and “travel and nature.” Brittle-seeming, small-scale works and richly detailed narrative scenes, such as paper travel objects in miniature, compete with expansive installations, paper cuts, sculptures, and videos. Swarms of moths, designed by Carlos Amorales, cover the high walls and, in a projection, evoke Alfred Hitchcock’s “The Birds.” A shipwreck that most recently put out to sea from Rostock along with its builder, Frank Bölter, has now found its berth at the museum. In fascinating ways viewers get to see how the material can be perceived as sometimes tender and fragile, sometimes sturdy and rough and at the same time highly resistant. The artists included in the exhibition ... More

Installation view.

ISTANBUL.- Koç University's Research Center for Anatolian Civilizations in Istanbul hosts the exhibition Camera Ottomana: Photography and Modernity in the Ottoman Empire, 1840 - 1914 between 21 April and 19 August 2015. Curated by Zeynep Çelik, Edhem Eldem and Bahattin Öztuncay, the exhibition mainly consists of albums and archival materials from Ömer M. Koç Collection as well as photographs from the albums commissioned by Sultan Abdülhamid II. The exhibition explores some of the most striking aspects of the close connection between photography and modernity in the specificity of the Ottoman Empire. After the birth of photography in 1839, the Empire embraced the new technology with great enthusiasm. In fact, the impact and meaning of photography were compounded by the thrust of modernization and westernization of the Tanzimat movement. By the turn of the century, photography in the Ottoman lands ... More

Morphy’s announces May 16 Automobile auction at Pennsylvania gallery   What is Luxury? Victoria & Albert Museum interrogates and expands understandings of luxury   Guns in the Hands of Artists: A book of art and essays on guns and gun violence in America

1970 Chevelle SS LS6 with 454 cubic inch 450 h.p. motor, Turbo 400 automatic transmission, 4.10 rear axle, positraction and many extras. Estimate: $75,000-$100,000. Morphy Auctions image.

DENVER, PA.- Since the days of Henry Ford, Americans have had a love affair with cars – driving them, showing them off, and collecting them. Morphy Auctions’ automobile division caters to the luxury, sports and classic car collector with its boutique sales of rare, premium-quality vehicles, such as the approximately 50-lot event planned for Saturday, May 16 at the company’s flagship gallery. Sleek examples of motoring and design perfection, the cars entered in the auction are in magnificent condition and ready for their close-ups. Leading the five-star fleet is Lot 37, a 1957 Chrysler 300C convertible coupe with push-button Torqueflite transmission, consigned by a collector from Hershey, Pa. “Fewer than 500 of these cars were produced, so it’s very rare,” said Bill Windham, VP of Morphy’s ... More

The Second Space Travellers Watch, George Daniels, 1983. © Jasper Gough, Sotheby’s.

LONDON.- What is Luxury? aims to interrogate and expand understandings of luxury by presenting exceptional examples of contemporary design and craftsmanship alongside conceptual projects which interrogate fundamental ideas of luxury, its production and future. From a diamond made from roadkill to a vending machine stocked with DNA, a golden crown for ecclesiastical use to traditional military tailoring, over 100 objects address how luxury is made and understood in a physical, conceptual and cultural capacity. The opening section of the exhibition considers objects defined as luxurious by the excellence of their design and craftsmanship. On display are objects which celebrate the investment of time and application of skill in the process of making, including the Space Travellers’ Watch, an entirely handcrafted mechanical timepiece by renowned British watchmaker George Daniels, a ... More

Luke Dubois, Take A Bullet For The City.

NEW ORLEANS, LA.- “Guns” and “art” are not frequently mentioned alongside one another. They seem unlikely bedfellows. Guns are masculine, brawny, populist; by contrast, art is thought to be feminine, intellectual, elitist (both incorrectly and unfortunately). Art is the mirror of life, but it must be more: it must be an agent of change, a vehicle for dialogue and the betterment of the world. In the 1990s, New Orleans’ murder rate exploded. In 1996, it reached 350: the highest in the city’s history and the highest in the nation. In response to this crisis, artist Brian Borrello and I mounted the first Guns in the Hands of Artists exhibition. Decommissioned guns (taken off the streets via a goods-for-guns swap) were given to over 60 artists to use as raw materials in their art. Painters, glass artists, sculptors, photographers, poets, and other artists turned the decommissioned firearms into art. Each artist used the guns in their medium to ... More

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70 years on, 'Croatian Auschwitz' victims remembered
JASENOVAC (AFP).- Croatia on Sunday commemorated the tens of thousands of victims, mostly Serbs and Jews, killed by the country's pro-Nazi World War II regime at a notorious concentration camp dismantled 70 years ago. Several hundred people, including survivors of the Jasenovac camp, victims' relatives, officials, religious leaders and foreign diplomats gathered for a multi-denominational service and wreath-laying ceremony at the camp site. "The horrors of Jasenovac warn us... not to allow discrimination and persecution based on national, religious, ideological or gender differences ever again," parliamentary speaker Josip Leko said. Prime Minister Zoran Milanovic said the country, which has been independent since 1991, had distanced itself in its constitution from the pro-Nazi Ustasha regime which set up the camp in 1941. Underlining the role of Croatian ... More

Second solo exhibition of Joris Van de Moortel in Brussels opens at Galerie Nathalie Obadia
BRUSSELS.- The Galerie Nathalie Obadia presents the second solo exhibition of Joris Van de Moortel in Brussels. The title of the exhibition – “It’s no longer a thing but a performance group” – sounds like a declaration by the artist and informs the public of one of the keys to understanding the protean work of this young Flemish artist, whose artistic uniqueness is drawn from the collective energy of performance. Joris Van de Moortel is as much a visual artist as a musician. For him the transition from one to the other occurs through performance, in which live music is a crucial component of both his practice and creative logic. An ardent admirer of German Romanticism, Joris Van de Moortel has the same desire for intense experiences and emotions as the artists of the nineteenth century. Whereas the painter Kaspar David Friedrich attempted to record on canvas the tempestuous feelings aroused ... More

Galerie Gabriel Rolt opens second solo exhibition of performance artist Abner Preis
AMSTERDAM.- It seems hopeful; getting send into space, away from earth. However nothing could be further from the truth; at return a tragic death awaits. From the early 90s onwards, NASA has been doing gravity-experiments involving the use of jellyfish. The jellyfish get shot into space, but upon return a tragic death awaits. Are they disappointed about the promised deliverance which didn’t come? Jellyfish Hate Life on Earth gives hope, with which all daily worries seem to vanish, but then reality sets in; there is no way out. In his second solo exhibition at Galerie Gabriel Rolt, Abner Preis plays with this ironic element. Big societal problems are central in the work of Abner Preis. A parallel can be seen between Charlie Chaplin and Preis whom both tell stories about heavy themes in a light hearted and funny way. Through childish language and imagery his stories seem light hearted, but light hearted ... More

Exhibition presents provocative photographs by one of downtown New York's most intriguing artists
NEW YORK, NY.- The Grey Art Gallery at New York University announces the first major museum retrospective of works by Tseng Kwong Chi (1950–1990), a prolific artist and key documentarian of Manhattan’s downtown scene in the 1980s. On view April 21 through July 11, 2015, the exhibition features over 80 photo-based works alongside archival materials by the Hong Kong–born Canadian artist, who died in 1990 at the age of 39 from AIDS– related complications. In addition to twelve works from the artist’s best-known East Meets West and Expeditionary series, as well as nine images of his close friend Keith Haring’s drawings in New York city subways, Tseng Kwong Chi: Performing for the Camera presents over 60 examples from less well-known bodies of work. These include Costumes at the Met; photographs of South Jersey lifeguards and partying beachgoers at Jacob Riis Park; ... More

Exhibition of works by Giacomo Santiago Rogado opens at Bernhard Knaus Fine Art
FRANKFURT.- Characteristic of many of Giacomo Santiago Rogado’s pictures are shapes noticeable for the perfection of their lines or for their softly flowing colored structures, be they with fuzzily blurred edges or with sharp outlines. These are expanses of paint that appear to be in motion – a frozen state within a “development process”. Rogado creates the kind of situations in which such processes are triggered in a basin of water into which he has placed the canvas and, using that old, classic dyeing technique, then sprinkled salt and dye. Rogado’s pictures are the products neither of pure chance nor of pure composition. They are produced in a slow, autopoietic process in which all the artist does is to determine the starting point. There are traces of a practical approach to the material of paint. And these are provocative in their naivety. In his most recent works Rogado contrasts these free ... More

'Barbara Visser: Manual/2: The Patient Artist' opens at Kunstraum in London
LONDON .- Through a diversity of approaches over the past 25 years, Dutch artist Barbara Visser has consistently interrogated what it is to have artistic agency, reconfiguring the structures which surround us in contemporary art – the gallery, the retrospective, the artists' lecture, to name a few. For her solo project at Kunstraum, Visser has produced the new film installation Manual/2: The Patient Artist. Working since the early nineties, Visser has exhibited in the foremost instutions in the Netherlands and in many major international exhibitions, yet has rarely exhibited in the UK. Projects in the Netherlands include: De Appel, Amsterdam; Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam; Witte de With, Rotterdam; De Hallen, Haarlem; and Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen, Rotterdam. International exposure has prominently included the Dutch Pavilion at the Venice Biennale in 2011; Manifesta 7, ... More

Lagerfeld presides at French fest for rising fashion stars
HYÈRES (AFP).- German fashion legend Karl Lagerfeld took the helm at this year's International Festival of Fashion and Photography in Hyeres in southern France, which puts up-and-coming designers in the spotlight. Now in its 30th year, the festival which ran Thursday to Sunday offers rising stars of fashion a chance to present their work to established names and celebrities, with the jury this year including Princess Caroline of Hanover. Lagerfeld acted as this year's artistic director and president of the jury, helping select from the 10 finalists who presented their work in a large aircraft hangar by the coast. The famed designer and photographer also gave a master class, but refrained from giving much strict advice to young designers. "I think there are no rules," he said. "They must do what they want, what they can." He added that he hated the term "young creator". Lagerfeld ... More

Exhibition of works by Josef Strau opens at Vienna's Secession
VIENNA.- Josef Strau’s experimental artistic practice developed out of the written word. In his installations he relates texts and objects to each other in manifold ways. On the surface, the texts are characterized by the typographic interplay of printed word and blank space. At another level their distinctive feature is Strau’s idiosyncratic style of writing, which nimbly and playfully tracks his stream of consciousness. Oscillating between the meaningful and the meaningless, he interweaves everyday stories and urban scenes with personal revelations and literary motifs. Both in his exhibition at the Secession and in the accompanying publication, Josef Strau references an old-established motif of literature and film—the artist as dreamer, resembling a turtle, an encapsulated observer and recorder of his urban surroundings. Strau’s chosen typology also occurs in Robert Bresson’s film ... More

Catalina Island Museum silent film benefit to screen 'The Phantom of the Opera'
AVALON, CA.- The Catalina Island Museum’s annual Silent Film Benefit presents a rare opportunity to see the original 1925 version of The Phantom of the Opera starring Lon Chaney, “The Man of a Thousand Faces.” The film will be accompanied by a 30-piece symphony orchestra, a world-class soprano vocalist and one of today’s most acclaimed theater organists, directed by Grammy Award-winning conductor Richard Kaufman on Saturday, May 16th in the Avalon Casino Theatre. For the very first time in the history of the museum’s benefit, a soprano vocalist will accompany the film alongside the symphony orchestra and organist. Internationally acclaimed vocalist Lisa Vroman will perform the role of aspiring opera singer Christine Daaé, the Phantom’s love interest. Starring for several years on Broadway, in San Francisco, and at the Ahmanson Theater in Los Angeles, Vroman sang the role ... More

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On a day like today, The foundation stone for the new Palace of Westminster was laid
April 27, 1840. LONDON.- The Palace of Westminster, also known as the Houses of Parliament or Westminster Palace, is the meeting place of the two houses of the Parliament of the United Kingdom - the House of Lords and the House of Commons. It lies on the north bank of the River Thames in the heart of the London borough of the City of Westminster, close to the historic Westminster Abbey and the government buildings of Whitehall and Downing Street. The name may refer to either of two structures: the Old Palace, a medieval building complex most of which was destroyed in 1834, and its replacement New Palace that stands today; it has retained its original style and status as a royal residence for ceremonial purposes.

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