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London's Tate Britain opens exhibition of shortlisted artists for the Turner Prize 2014

A woman poses next to an installation by British artist James Richards entitled ‘Untitled Merchandise (Lovers and Dealers)’ during a press preview for the 2014 Turner Prize at the Tate Britain in central London on September 29, 2014. AFP PHOTO/CARL COURT.

LONDON.- Tate today unveiled the Turner Prize 2014 exhibition at Tate Britain. The artists are Duncan Campbell, Ciara Phillips, James Richards and Tris Vonna-Michell. The winner will be announced live on Channel 4 by British actor Chiwetel Ejiofor on 1 December. This year is the 30th Turner Prize, founded in 1984 to promote discussion of new developments in contemporary British art. The Turner Prize award is £40,000 with £25,000 going to the winner and £5,000 each for the other shortlisted artists. The winner will be decided by a jury whose members are: Stefan Kalmár, Executive Director and Curator, Artists Space, New York; Helen Legg, Director, Spike Island, Bristol; Sarah McCrory, Director, Glasgow International; Dirk Snauwaert, Artistic Director, Wiels Contemporary Art Centre, Brussels chaired by Penelope Curtis, Director of Tate Britain. The shortlisted artists for the ... More

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Well-preserved German World War II bomber found in Croatia's central Adriatic   London turns its classic red phone boxes green allowing people to charge up their mobile devices   And now the Acropolis is crumbling... Huge flat-topped rock is starting to give way

A well-preserved German World War II bomber. AFP PHOTO / HO / Croatian Conservation Institute.

ZAGREB (AFP).- A rare, well-preserved German World War II bomber has been found in Croatia's central Adriatic more than seven decades after it was shot down, the national conservation institute said on Wednesday. The wreckage of the Junkers Ju 87 or Stuka (Sturzkampfflugzeug) 'dive bomber' was discovered not far from the southern coast of the island of Zirje, institute official Igor Miholjek told AFP. Only two bombers of that type, out of some 5,700 that were produced, have been preserved and are now on show in London and Chicago, according to the institute. The plane was found around 28 meters (91 feet) down during a diving trip organised by the institute, in which Miholjek took part. "The engine, which was most likely ripped off when the plane hit the water, was missing and was found nearby, but the rest of the aircraft is complete and in very good condition," he said. "The plane is lying on its wheels as if it smoothly landed on the seabed," he said, adding that it was still ... More

British Conservative Party politician Zac Goldsmith poses for pictures inside the first traditional London telephone box to be transformed into a solar-powered mobile phone charger for use by the public. AFP PHOTO/CARL COURT.

LONDON (AFP).- London's famous red telephone boxes are turning green thanks to a new phone booth unveiled Wednesday that runs on solar power and allows people to charge up their mobile devices. Largely made redundant by the prevalence of mobile phones, the green boxes are an attempt to breathe life back into a British national icon that often lingers on in a dilapidated state. The first "solarbox" was unveiled Wednesday outside Tottenham Court Road underground station, at the busy intersection with Oxford Street, London's main shopping thoroughfare. The new boxes are painted green and are powered by a solar panel on the roof and more are planned in the months to come. Inside, there are four chargers, allowing people to power up mobile phones or tablets. "The energy is stored in a battery, so you can even charge ... More

Tourists visit the ancient Acropolis in Athens on August 7, 2013. AFP PHOTO / LOUISA GOULIAMAKI.

ATHENS (AFP).- Just when Greece thought it had come through the worst of the crisis it was hit by a new blow Wednesday -- the Acropolis is crumbling. Engineers have discovered that part of the huge flat-topped rock on which the ancient Parthenon sits in the centre of Athens is starting to give way, the Greek news agency ANA said. Teams from the Central Archaeological Council found "instability over quite a wide area" after investigating a rockfall in January in which a boulder of "considerable size" tumbled from the most visited site in the Greek capital. Work to shore up the southern slope of the hill on which the 2,500-year-old temple complex sits will be necessary, the agency reported, blaming rainwater pipes from the old Acropolis museum. Despite sharp cuts elsewhere, the restoration work on the site that has been going on since the 1970s has remained sacrosanct, a symbol of the country's glorious past. In the not so glorious present Greece has had to endure six years ... More

Thieves steal $7.6 million French master Edgar Degas painting from Cyprus pensioner   Former Philippine first lady Imelda Marcos 'violated' by artwork seizure: lawyer   At age 85, no street secrets for New York Times fashion photographer Bill Cunningham

Photographic self-portrait by Edgar Degas. Gelatin silver print. 4 11/16 in. x 6 9/16 in. Harvard Art Museum/Fogg Museum, Richard and Ronay Menschel Fund for the Acquisition of Photographs. Courtesy of the President and Fellows of Harvard College.

NICOSIA (AFP).- Thieves have stolen a painting by French master Edgar Degas valued at six million euros ($7.6 million) from the home of a 70-year-old Greek Cypriot, Cyprus police said on Tuesday. The painting, entitled "Ballerina adjusting her slipper", was taken on Monday from the home in the island's second city Limassol and was not insured, a police spokeswoman told AFP. Art theft is rare in Cyprus and it is believed to be one of the most valuable paintings ever stolen on the Mediterranean island. The thieves also made off with other items -- seven gold watches and three gold opera glasses -- worth a total of 157,000 euros ($200,000). Police said they had arrested a 44-year-old Greek Cypriot in connection with the case and were seeking two other suspects -- a South African and a Russian. It is believed the trio knew the victim. Degas (1834-1917) is regarded as one of the founders of Impressionism. ... More

A picture shows the facade of the house of Imelda Marcos in Manila on September 30, 2014. Philippine authorities moved on September 30 to seize paintings by Picasso, Gauguin, Miro, Michelangelo and other masters held by Imelda Marcos after getting a court order against the former first lady. AFP PHOTO/NOEL CELIS.

MANILA (AFP).- Former Philippine first lady Imelda Marcos felt "violated" after the authorities searched her homes and offices and seized art pieces, her lawyer said on Wednesday. Government agents launched simultaneous searches on Tuesday for eight paintings potentially worth tens of millions of dollars, including works by Picasso, Gauguin, Miro, Michelangelo and Pissarro. "She felt really violated that this happened. She was really in shock," Marcos' lawyer Robert Sison told AFP. The 85-year-old widow of the late dictator Ferdinand Marcos was asleep in one of her luxury Manila apartments when a team of government agents arrived, announcing they were searching the place, Sison said. Still recovering from recent eye surgery, she sat "calm and composed" on a wheelchair while the search got underway, he added. ... More

New York Times photographer Bill Cunningham (R) watches as a model presents a creation by Lacoste. AFP PHOTO/Joshua Lott.

NEW YORK (AFP).- In a past life, he dressed Jackie Kennedy and designed fashionable hats. Since then, Bill Cunningham has become a living legend of street fashion photography, a discipline he is credited with creating. His passion is still his obsession: capturing the look. With a watchful eye, a blue workman's shirt worn over his slightly arched back and a camera slung around his neck, Cunningham -- at 85 -- has the manners and vocabulary of a man of his time. The New York Times photographer calls anyone "kid," no matter what their age. When you speak to him, he focuses on the question and listens carefully, sometimes cupping his ear. Rare are the fashion personalities today who -- like Cunningham -- can boast of always being fashionable, or predict what will be the next craze. In a 2010 documentary about Cunningham, Anna Wintour -- the powerful editor of American Vogue -- marveled at his ability to "see something -- on the street or on the runway -- that completely missed ... More

MoMA PS1 opens the inaugural American museum survey of French artist Xavier Le Roy   Ludwig Goes Pop: Exhibition brings together around 150 key works by leading figures   The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles shows 'Andy Warhol: Shadows'

Retrospective by Xavier Le Roy. Photography by Lluís Bover. © Fundació Antoni Tàpies.

LONG ISLAND CITY, NY.- MoMA PS1 presents Retrospective, the inaugural American museum survey of French artist and choreographer Xavier Le Roy (b. 1963). Realized in the galleries by a team of performers who continuously recycle and transform Le Roy’s solo work, conceived between 1994 and 2010, the exhibition opens up expanded opportunities for interaction within the museum. In his reconfiguration of the conventionally linear form of the retrospective as an accumulative mid-career survey, Le Roy brings his past works to life by consolidating and reimagining them into a new whole. In the process the exhibition unfolds across several different time axes that introduce temporal complexity to the galleries. The result is a groundbreaking hybrid of choreography and visual art that transforms the traditional exhibition format into a creative medium. "In Retrospective, Le Roy uses the tools he has as a choreographer to create possibilities ... More

Robert Rauschenberg, Tree Frog, 1964, 244 x 183 cm, Siebdruck, Öl, auf Leinwand. Museum Ludwig, Köln© Robert Rauschenberg Foundation/VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2014. Foto: Rheinisches Bildarchiv.

COLOGNE.- “Popular, mass produced, expendable, cheap, witty, sexy, playful, conspicuous, seductive”- according to Richard Hamilton these are the characteristics that make something interesting and that he also demanded of his own artistic work. What the British artist formulated in 1957as a new standard was considered scandalous at the time. A rejection of the prevailing art and its sublime values originality, authenticity, and “depth”. Pop Art was a liberation for some-and a trivial affront for others. The exhibition LUDWIG GOES POP offers an opportunity to explore this phenomenon and to comprehend Pop Art as an expression of a modern attitude toward life. In the 1960s the “everyday” had arrived—it had made its way into art: in all manner of play, from humorously ironic to biting and critical, artists explored the Zeitgeist in their art, integrated fragments and quotes from the world ... More

Andy Warhol Shadows at MOCA Grand Avenue. Photo: Brian Forrest (detail 1).

LOS ANGELES, CA.- The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles presents Andy Warhol: Shadows from September 20, 2014 – February 2, 2015 at MOCA Grand Avenue. The exhibition marks the first West Coast presentation of Shadows (1978-79), a monumental painting in 102 parts. Andy Warhol: Shadows is organized by Dia Art Foundation and coordinated by MOCA Senior Curator Bennett Simpson. Conceived as one work in multiple parts, Warhol’s exceptional series of variously silkscreened and hand painted canvases features two different compositions, ranging in hue from an electric green to a somber brown. Culled from photographs of shadows taken in The Factory, the artist’s New York City Studio, the Shadows paintings alternate between positive and negative imprints. With few exceptions, “the peak” or black positive always appears on a colored ground, while “the cap,” a smaller, colored form, hovers before a black background. ... More

Italian masterworks from Glasgow Museums travel to Milwaukee Art Museum   Iconic Postwar American art from SFMOMA and Fisher Collection to travel to France   Irma Stern phenomenon continues at Bonhams with top picture selling for £962,500

Cavaliere d’Arpino (Giuseppe Cesari), Archangel Michael and the Rebel Angels, ca. 1592–93. Glasgow Museums; Bequeathed by Archibald McLellan, 1856 (153). © CSG CIC Glasgow Museums Collection. Courtesy American Federation of Arts.

MILWAUKEE, WIS.- Opening in fall 2014, the Milwaukee Art Museum welcomes some of the biggest names in European art in Of Heaven and Earth: 500 Years of Italian Painting from Glasgow Museums. The exhibition debuts in Milwaukee on Thursday, October 2. Displayed in five chronological sections, Of Heaven and Earth will include paintings originating from the principal artistic centers of Italy—Rome, Milan, Bologna, Florence, Siena, Naples, and Venice—and will present the works of artists such as Giovanni Bellini, Sandro Botticelli, Domenichino, Francesco Guardi, Salvator Rosa, and Titian alongside those of lesser-known masters. “With works by some of the most significant European masters like Giovanni Bellini, Sandro Botticelli, and Titian, ... More

Dan Flavin, untitled (to dear, durable Sol from Stephen, Sonja, and Dan) one, 1969; daylight and cool white fluorescent light; 96 x 96 in. (243.84 x 243.84 cm); San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, Phyllis C. Wattis Fund for Major Accessions; © Stephen Flavin / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York; photo: Don Ross and Katherine Du Tiel.

SAN FRANCISCO, CA.- The San Francisco Museum of Modern Art announced today that an exhibition of postwar American masterworks from the integrated SFMOMA and Doris and Donald Fisher collections will travel to two museums in France while SFMOMA is temporarily closed for its major expansion. The exhibition, American Icons: Masterworks from SFMOMA and the Fisher Collection (Icônes Américaines: Chefs-d’oeuvre du SFMOMA et de la collection Fisher), features approximately 60 paintings and sculptures by 15 leading American artists, including landmark works that will join the SFMOMA collection as a result of the unprecedented partnership that ... More

Irma Stern, Washerwomen. Photo: Bonhams.

LONDON.- The grande dame of South African art, and one of the top-selling female artists of all time, Irma Stern once again dominated the Bonhams sale of South African art today in London (1st October 2014). Top item in the sale was her ‘Still life with African Woman’ which sold for £962,500 (R17.6m). The 128 lot sale made a total of £2.4m (R44m). Two paintings by Alexis Preller that were inspired by the artist’s international travels also fetched high prices. ‘The Creation of Adam II’, which sold for £326,500 (R6m), was motivated by the artist's visit to Greece, where he was struck by the distilled beauty of the Greek kouros figures: archaic sculptures from the 6th century BC that celebrated young athletes at the height of their physical prowess. ‘Pirogues, Beau Vallon’, which sold for £122,000 (R2.2m), depicts a scene in the Seychelles, a trip he made in 1948 as an homage to the work and life ... More

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Amon Carter Museum of American Art presents 'Navigating the West: George Caleb Bingham and the River'
FORT WORTH, TX.- On October 2, the Amon Carter Museum of American Art presents Navigating the West: George Caleb Bingham and the River, a dynamic exhibition featuring 16 iconic river paintings and 50 preparatory drawings by George Caleb Bingham (1811–1879) depicting boatmen at work and play on the inland rivers, most notably the Missouri and Mississippi. The first major Bingham exhibition in more than 25 years, Navigating the West signals the importance of western rivers to the culture and economy of the developing nation in the middle of the 19th century. It also provides an unprecedented look at Bingham’s artistic process as he navigated expectations about western identity and capitalized on an expanding American art market. The exhibition is on view through January 18, 2015; admission is free. “The Amon Carter has partnered with the Saint Louis Art ... More

Russian art coming to Nationalmuseum this autumn
STOCKHOLM.- Following the success of the Peredvizhniki exhibition, Nationalmuseum is featuring Russian art in a wider perspective this autumn. From Tsars to Commissars will be an exhibition of works by artists who came before and after the Peredvizhniki. Co-produced with the Russian Museum in St Petersburg, the exhibition will include Russian and Soviet art from the 19th century through to 1960. The Peredvizhniki – Pioneers of Russian Painting, which appeared in the autumn of 2011, was one of Nationalmuseum’s best-attended exhibitions in recent years. This autumn’s exhibition will widen the perspective to cover artists who came before and after the Peredvizhniki, starting in the early 19th century and continuing through to the latter part of the Soviet era. The exhibition will be an opportunity for Swedish visitors to experience a rich, multifaceted artistic culture that ... More

New Director at Insel Hombroich Museum in Neuss, Germany
DUSSELDORF.- Insel Hombroich Museum , an internationally renowned art center located in an extensive park area in Germany’s Rhineland, known for combining landscape, art, and architecture into a fascinating visitor experience. As of October 1, has a new Director after a findings committee selected Frank Boehm. Boehm will move to Germany’s Rhineland from his most recent position as advisor for the “Deutsche Bank Collection Italy” in Milan. He has realized various architecture and exhibit projects from Milano since founding studioboehm there in 2000. Other recent projects include: Director of MiArt (Trade show for Modern and Contemporary Art in Milano) in 2012; professorship of “Museum Curating and Exhibition Design” at the Universitá IUAV di Venezia from 2004-2009; and many international teaching assignments and regular writing contributions to art publications such as “Frieze” ... More

Candid Cormac McCarthy correspondence may bring $50,000+ at Heritage Auctions
BEVERLY HILLS, CA.- A remarkable and frank correspondence archive between Cormac McCarthy and John Fergus Ryan — touching on everything from their fellow authors to the state of the publishing industry — is expected to sell for $50,000 in Heritage Auctions' Oct. 8 Rare Books Signature Auction in Beverly Hills. The auction features several fresh-to-market private collections of rare finds ranging from antiquarian books to first edition copies of 20th century masterpieces including a first edition, first printing copy of The Great Gatsby signed on an inserted leaf by author F. Scott Fitzgerald (est. $20,000+). The correspondence archive between McCarthy and Ryan, a humorist, playwright, and author from Tennessee, spans the decade from 1976 to late-1985 or early-1986. McCarthy and Ryan write candidly to each other of their attempts at publication, their day-jobs, their wives, and ... More

A reinstallation marks the 25th anniversary of the Newark Museum's Korean Galleries
NEWARK, NJ.- The Newark Museum is celebrating the silver anniversary of its Korean Galleries with a reinstallation of the gallery space. Korea, Land of the Diamond Mountains, which opened October 1, 2014, features 60 works that represent the Museum’s holdings of nearly 500 Korean objects, with additional objects on loan from private collections. The Museum has being collecting Korean art since its founding in 1909, displaying special exhibitions featuring Korean art throughout its history. In 1989, the Museum established a dedicated gallery space to feature Korean art — one of the earliest institutions in the West to do so. “At a time when most institutions are just beginning to create Korean art galleries, the Newark Museum remains ahead of the curve, already reaching this significant milestone of a silver anniversary, 25 years dedicated to continually exhibiting Korean art,” said ... More

Exhibition explores James Northcote's fables, illustrated with unique eighteenth-century collages
NEW HAVEN, CONN.- The first exhibition solely dedicated to James Northcote’s art and career, Picture Talking: James Northcote and the Fables will present a fascinating look at one of Britain’s most imaginative and eccentric painters. Northcote (1746–1831) has been remembered primarily as a memoirist, a writer on art and artists, and a conversationalist whose strong opinions on diverse topics were often repeated in print. A pupil of Sir Joshua Reynolds, the first president of the Royal Academy, Northcote enjoyed a popular reputation in his time for painting portraits of historical subjects, scenes from Shakespeare’s plays, and animals. This subsequently was overshadowed by his prominence as a source of information on his contemporaries. This exhibition, drawn exclusively from the rich holdings of the Yale Center for British Art, will redress that imbalance by presenting an array ... More

21c celebrates Creative Capital with 15th anniversary exhibition
LOUISVILLE, KY.- Yesterday, 21c Museum in Louisville launched 21c Celebrates Creative Capital: A 15th Anniversary Exhibition to celebrate its partnership with Creative Capital, an organization that invests in groundbreaking artists across the country. On display from September 30, 2014 through March 30, 2015, over thirty grantees of the foundation are represented in the 21c collection, a selection of which are featured in this multi-media exhibition celebrating the 15th anniversary of Creative Capital, with works ranging from sculpture, painting, photography, film, video, and new media art. A shared commitment to supporting visionary contemporary art has generated multiple dynamic collaborations between 21c and New York-based Creative Capital Foundation. From Eve Sussman’s transformation of the Classical Rape of the Sabine Women and Chris Doyle’s Apocalypse Management-inspired by ... More

AOI Illustration Awards Exhibition 2014: A touring contemporary Illustration exhibition
LONDON.- The winning work from the AOI Illustration Awards 2014 will be exhibited at Somerset House in London from 2 October – 2 November 2014. The AOI Illustration Awards Exhibition presents highlights from this year’s shortlist of contemporary illustration, entered by emerging and established talent to the Association of Illustrators’ (AOI) annual competition. The shortlist includes illustration from across the world, recognising the exceptional work produced by illustrators internationally and promoting illustration as an essential contributor to global visual culture. The exhibition will thus feature a unique range of work from the UK to USA, and South Korea to France, covering a wide breadth of practice, including books, design and editorial, to reflect the diverse disciplines within the industry. The AOI Illustration Awards is the only independent jury-selected illustration competition in the ... More

Rice University Art Gallery commissions Japanese artist Yusuke Asai to create installation
HOUSTON, TX.- Rice University Art Gallery has commissioned Japanese artist Yusuke Asai to create a new installation in conjunction with The Menil Collection’s exhibition, Experiments with Truth: Gandhi and Images of Nonviolence. Asai paints with different types of mud, dust, soil, and other natural materials he finds locally. In his immersive murals inspired by Indian folk painting, simple geometric shapes form dense forests full of imaginary animals and people appearing in lush patterns crawling across walls and ceilings. For his first exhibition in the United States, Yusuke Asai will transform Houston’s swampy soil found in its bayous and surrounding areas into a stylized, fantastical landscape. The opening on Thursday, October 2 from 5:00 to 7:00 pm will be the first event to kick off Rice Gallery’s yearlong Twentieth Anniversary celebration. Complimentary snacks and beverages ... More

Louvre, Versailles, Musee d'Orsay to open every day
PARIS (AFP).- The Louvre, the Palace of Versailles and the Musee d'Orsay -- France's top three most visited museums -- will soon open seven days a week, the government said Wednesday. The measure is expected to come into force between 2015 and 2017, ending a practice that currently sees those top tourist sites closed one day a week, on Monday or Tuesday. Opening the three museums every day of the week "will allow better access for the public and better access to the works" housed there, said the culture ministry. It added it would hold consultations with unions about the change, and predicted that the "net economic effect would be positive", with ticket receipts outweighing the costs involved. In London, top museums such as the National Gallery or the British Museum are open every day of the week. Similarly the Museum of Modern Art in New York. The Louvre, home to ... More

Architectural history in tiny Tokyo capsules
TOKYO (AFP).- Every night in Tokyo, the few remaining residents of the Nakagin Capsule Tower bed down to sleep in the once-futuristic white pods they call home. Unlike the tiny, coffin-like cabins of Japan's numerous capsule hotels, where office workers who have missed the last train can catch a few hours' sleep, the 140 units at Nakagin represent a special part of the history of architecture, and one that is worth protecting against plans to tear it down, say campaigners. "We're going to collect donations from all over the world. We're trying to buy each capsule one by one. Each room counts as one vote, to decide what to do," said Masato Abe, founder of the Save Nakagin Capsule Tower Project. The funky-looking tower, designed by architect Kisho Kurokawa in 1972, appeared as a Japanese love hotel in 2013 blockbuster "The Wolverine" starring Hugh Jackman. In real life, around half of the ... More

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On a day like today, American fashion designer Donna Karan was born
October 02, 1948. Donna Karan (born October 2, 1948) is an American fashion designer and the creator of the Donna Karan New York and DKNY clothing labels. In this image: Designer Donna Karan appears during an event in celebration of her Urban Zen collection and foundation Wednesday, Feb. 18, 2009 in New York.

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