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Legendary guitarist Jimi Hendrix's restored flat a glimpse into swinging London life

Kathy Etchingham, the former girlfriend of US musician Jimi Hendrix, poses for photographs in his former bedroom in central London, on February 8, 2016, to promote a forthcoming exhibition. Located above the Handel House museum, Hendrix's former bedroom has been dressed to resemble how it was when he lived there in 1968-69. From February 10, 2016, the upper floor rooms of 23 Brook Street, will be open to the public, and includes galleries of images and videos showing his story.

By: Robin Millard

LONDON (AFP).- "It's like travelling in a time capsule," enthused Jimi Hendrix's former girlfriend, marvelling at their old London flat which has been painstakingly recreated to look exactly the way he left it in the swinging Sixties. The apartment where Hendrix and Kathy Etchingham lived between 1968 and 1969, which opens to the public on Wednesday, reveals the ordered domestic life behind the extraordinary US rock star's mind-blowing music. Using photographs, Etchingham's crystal-clear recollections and original items, their bedroom has been restored precisely as it was. The music he listened to is stacked up by the record player, while the acoustic guitar on which he sketched out the riffs that shattered the boundaries of rock guitar stands close by. By chance, the third floor flat is next door to the townhouse of 18th-century baroque composer George Handel, a musical ... More

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£5.3m raised to restore Moat Brae House, where Peter Pan began, as National Centre for Storytelling   Selection of key drawings from 1960-1969 revisits the premise of a landmark MoMA exhibition   Indiana State Museum unveils Abraham Lincoln undocumented artifact in time for Lincoln birthday

J M Barrie’s original Neverland will help give young local people a great start in life and regenerate Dumfries with investment, jobs and visitors. Photo: Colin Hattersley.

DUMFRIES.- A total of £5.3 million of capital funding has been secured to transform the derelict Georgian house and gardens where Peter Pan began into a national centre for storytelling and children’s literature. The finance, which includes £1.78m from the Heritage Lottery Fund, £680,000 from Creative Scotland and £500,000 from Dumfries and Galloway Council, means the historic Moat Brae House has finally been saved and will soon bring a whole range of benefits to Dumfries and its people. The Peter Pan Moat Brae Trust (PPMBT) will create a visitor attraction which is expected to welcome 40,000 visitors a year from all round the world contributing a much-needed additional £1.3 million for the local economy. Children ... More

Roy Lichtenstein, The Kiss, 1962. Graphite on paper, 21 1/4 x 16 1/2 inches (53.3 x 41.9 cm) © Estate of Roy Lichtenstein.

NEW YORK, NY.- Dominique Lévy is presenting Drawing Then: Innovation and Influence in American Drawings of the Sixties. The exhibition investigates revolutionary developments in the practice of drawing that emerged in the United States during a decade of radical social and political upheaval. Drawing Then is inspired by—and coincides with the 40th anniversary of—the 1976 exhibition Drawing Now, organized by Bernice Rose at The Museum of Modern Art, New York. In her seminal catalogue essay, Rose wrote that “a number of artists have, and with increasing intensity since the middle sixties, seriously investigated the nature of drawing, investing major energies in a fundamental reevaluation of the medium, its disciplines, and its uses.” Forty years after Drawing Now, ... More

Lincoln's mallet.

INDIANAPOLIS, IN.- The Indiana State Museum has unveiled a previously unknown artifact from Abraham Lincoln’s life in Indiana. Lincoln’s bench mallet (circa 1829) will be on public display for the first time in 188 years, on his birthday, February 12 and remain on view through 2016 at the museum. “The mallet is an extremely rare and important find that connects Abraham Lincoln to his Hoosier roots and to the rail-splitter legend that every schoolchild in America has been taught for 150 years,” said Dale Ogden, chief curator of history & culture and the Lincoln Financial Foundation Collection at the Indiana State Museum and Historic Sites. The mallet descended through the family of Barnabas Carter of Spencer County, Ind. The Carters were among the earliest settlers to pioneer the rocky hills of southern Indiana. Lincoln’s bench mallet has passed to Barnabas Carter’s great-great-great-great ... More

History of Nothing: Exhibition explores the idea of the 'supersized' American dream   Candles blown on 'Happy Birthday' copyright after long feud between filmmakers and Warner/Chappell   Curator and rector of the Royal Institute of Art Marta Kuzma named dean of Yale School of Art

Eduardo Paolozzi, History of Nothing, c.1961-62 (detail). Film still. Duration to be confirmed © the artist. Courtesy White Cube.

LONDON.- White Cube presenting the group show ‘History of Nothing’. Titled after a 1962 film by Eduardo Paolozzi, the exhibition explores the idea of the 'supersized' American dream and features the work of Thomas Bayrle, Katherine Bernhardt, Mike Bouchet, Nicholas Cheveldave, Anthea Hamilton, Eloise Hawser, Zak Kitnick, Josh Kline, Josephine Meckseper, Eduardo Paolozzi and Timur Si Qin. In his seminal film History of Nothing, Paolozzi creates a complex sequence of objects, architecture and landscapes, collaged together and accompanied by sounds. This layering of images serves to enhance and exploit the surreal and uncanny in mass media, everyday objects and the mechanical processes of industrial production. Continuing this vernacular, the artists in this exhibition employ branding strategies and use consumer iconography to explore the increasingly insatiable appetite for acquisition, whether material, cultural or ideological. All ... More

The dispute began in 2013 after makers of a low-budget film on the history of "Happy Birthday to You" balked at the $1,500 the publisher demanded for the song's use.

LOS ANGELES (AFP).- "Happy Birthday to You," often considered the most popular song in the world, looks finally set to be free for everyone to sing. After prolonged legal wrangling, US publisher Warner/Chappell Music agreed to pay $14 million in a settlement that would effectively end its claims to the song's copyright. The dispute began in 2013 after makers of a low-budget film on the history of "Happy Birthday to You" balked at the $1,500 the publisher demanded for the song's use. The filmmakers filed a class action suit on behalf of people who paid to use the song, which became widely known in the United States a century ago and has since spread globally. In a settlement submitted to a federal court in Los Angeles on Monday, the publishing house, which is part of the Warner Music conglomerate, agreed to pay $14 million and end its efforts to collect royalties for the song. "By declaring the song to be in the ... More

With more than 25 years of experience in leading international institutions of contemporary art as a curator, writer, and academic, Kuzma brings to Yale a deep knowledge of contemporary art, artists, and the role of art in broader social change. Photo: Karin Alfredsson.

NEW HAVEN, CONN.- Marta Kuzma, vice chancellor and rector of the Royal Institute of Art in Stockholm, Sweden, will be the next dean of the Yale School of Art, announced President Peter Salovey today in a message to the Yale community. Kuzma will be the first woman to lead the School of Art, which opened in 1869 as the nation’s first art school connected with an institution of higher learning. She was chosen after an international search that drew interest from candidates representing a wide variety of perspectives and communities in art and design, said Salovey. “Marta is an independent and creative thinker with a track record of making deep connections to students and faculty. I am confident that she will develop a distinctive vision for the Yale School of Art,” said Salovey. “She has an appreciation for developing ‘courageous’ students, ... More

UNESCO executive director Irina Bokova enters race for United Nations leadership   Bangladesh show covers up Tibetan art after Chinese embassy in Dhaka complains   Former Antiques Roadshow host brings more than 40 years of experience to the Invaluable team

This file photo taken on November 12, 2015 shows Unesco director general Irina Bokova.

SOFIA (AFP).- Bulgaria's foreign ministry on Tuesday formally announced its nomination of UNESCO chief Irina Bokova for UN secretary-general. "The ministry of foreign affairs sent a letter, nominating Mrs Irina Georgieva Bokova for the post of secretary-general of the United Nations," the ministry said in a statement. "Given her background and experience, Mrs Bokova may be one of the top candidates in the upcoming campaign for UN secretary-general," it added. The UN's next chief will take up their post on January 1, 2017, replacing Ban Ki-moon who has held the job for two five-year terms. Bulgaria's Bokova, 63, was the first woman to head the UN's culture body UNESCO, and the first leader from the ex-Soviet bloc when she was elected in 2009. UNESCO's admission of Palestine as a member in October 2011 spelled problems for Bokova, with the United States immediately suspending its funding of the UN body. But the former foreign minister won re-election ... More

Exhibits belonging to filmmakers Ritu Sarin of India and her husband Tenzing Sonam are covered at a prestigious art show in Dhaka. AFP Photo/ Munir uz ZAMAN.

DHAKA (AFP).- One of Bangladesh's biggest art shows has covered up an exhibit by Tibetan artists after the Chinese embassy in Dhaka said it was "offended" by the artwork, an organiser said Monday. A photographic exhibit entitled "Last Words", featuring the letters of five Tibetans who self-immolated in protest at Chinese rule, was covered with white sheets at the Dhaka Art Summit, an AFP correspondent said. The work belonged to Indian filmmaker Ritu Sarin and her husband Tenzing Sonam, a Tibetan living in exile, and were part of a larger multimedia installation on Tibetan self-immolations in the past six years. "The Chinese ambassador was offended when he saw the artworks. He sent us a mail in protest and asked us to remove the works. And we've covered up the five works with white sheets," Sazzad Hossain, head of administration at the Dhaka Art Summit, told AFP. ... More

As an advisor to the company, Jussel will assist Invaluable with growing the company’s network of auction houses and dealers.

NEW YORK, NY.- Invaluable, the world’s leading online marketplace for fine art, antiques and collectibles, today announced the appointment of Chris Jussel, the original host of the PBS television series Antiques Roadshow, as an advisor to the company. In this role, he will work closely with Invaluable’s Leadership Team to lend his deep industry expertise to both current and future projects as the company continues its trajectory of record-breaking growth. As an advisor to the company, Jussel will assist Invaluable with growing the company’s network of auction houses and dealers. He will also act as a brand ambassador at industry events, and will be a regular contributor to In Good Taste, Invaluable’s blog. “With more than 40 years of experience, Chris brings a tremendous wealth of industry knowledge to the Invaluable team. We couldn’t be more excited to leverage his expertise as we continue to grow our ... More

Stair Sainty opens its second survey of oil paintings by the Spanish artist Federico Beltran Masses   Exhibition celebrates Norman Parkinson's influential contributions to fashion photography   Harn Museum of Art conserves paintings by Jamini Roy through a generous donation

Las hermanas de Venecia (The Venetian Sisters), 1920. Oil on canvas, 91 x 96 cm.

LONDON.- Stair Sainty presents its second survey of oil paintings by the Spanish artist Federico Beltran Masses (1885–1949). A figurative painter who rose to prominence in the Jazz Age, the Cuban-born artist was compared by contemporary critics with the Venetian masters Tiepolo, Titian and Tintoretto, as well as Veronese, and the Spanish painters El Greco and Goya; yet at the same time he was seen as a modernist, albeit one steeped in traditions of the past. Federico Beltran Masses: Under the Stars seeks to explore this paradox. Comprised of sixteen large, medium and small-scale works executed between 1911 and 1934, the exhibition’s centrepiece is his erotically charged painting Salome (1918). Highly controversial in its time – when it was displayed in London in 1929 one newspaper claimed it was ‘the most daring nude picture ever painted’ – it is unflinching in its representation of the human form. Sal ... More

Norman Parkinson, Jerry Hall, Jamaica, British Vogue, 1975. Digital C-type Print on Fuji Crystal Archive paper, 20 x 16 in / 51 x 40 cm. Limited Edition of 21. Images courtesy of Eleven, London – and the Norman Parkinson Archive.

LONDON.- Eleven Fine Art and the Norman Parkinson Archive announces an exhibition celebrating Norman Parkinson’s influential contributions to fashion photography specifically through his work for Vogue. The exhibition has been organised to coincide with the National Portrait Gallery’s Vogue 100: A Century in Style (11th February to 22nd May 2016) where a number of Norman Parkinson’s works will be shown. In a career that spanned over five decades, Norman Parkinson photographed for Vogue for most of this time. He worked consistently for British Vogue from 1941 to 1960, and after a stint at Queen, returned again in 1965 working with British Vogue through 1975. His long association with Vogue brought him worldwide recognition and he is now considered one of the ... More

Rustin Levenson conserving Three Boatmen by Jamini Roy.

GAINESVILLE, FLA.- The Harn Museum of Art at the University of Florida recently completed the conservation of seven paintings by modern Bengali artist Jamini Roy. This was made possible by a $50,000 grant award from the E. Rhodes and Leona B. Carpenter Foundation in the Summer of 2015. The Harn Museum’s Asian collection contains 45 works by Jamini Roy (1887-1972) and ranks among the largest public collections of distinguished holdings by the artist outside of India. Inspired by Indian village artisans, Roy often used paint colors made from organic matter including rock-dust, tamarind seeds, mercury powder, etc. and painted on woven palm fiber mats or canvas on board. Regardless of the ephemeral nature of these materials, conservation scientists are able to successfully preserve this important imagery by consolidating lifting and flaking paint, stabilizing the canvas supports, and cleaning using dry methods. The ... More

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Australian historian Dr John Hirst passed away
CANBERRA.- Dr John Hirst, the renowned Australian historian who passed away last week, made a remarkable contribution to the National Museum of Australia over many years. Dr Hirst believed that understanding the past helps us make sense of our present and future, and that we are all the better for having a keen-eyed historical view. It was a view he championed as an early advocate for the National Museum and the institution bears witness to this philosophy today. Dr Hirst was one of the leading historians advising the Museum in the years preceding its opening at Acton in 2001. He went on to become a member of the Museum’s Governing Council between 2003 and 2009. In the years following, he remained closely engaged with the organisation and its program. In particular, he reviewed historical manuscripts and served as one of the eminent historians advising ... More

Boca Raton to host new international art fair
BOCA RATON, FLA.- David and Lee Ann Lester, founders of Next Level Fairs, who own and operate Art Palm Beach, SeaFair and more, are launching Art Boca Raton to take place March 18-21, 2016. The fair will showcase contemporary work, modern masters, and emerging art, sculpture, photography, works on paper and installations. Boca Raton is on the national radar not only for its beaches and glorious (mostly) weather, it is on many “best of” lists including the nation’s best small city for starting a business, the best city in Florida to open a restaurant, and it is the major commercial center in Palm Beach County. Until recently, there was only one thing that Miami and Palm Beach had that Boca didn’t…a world class art fair. “Boca Raton is the commercial center of Palm Beach County. Major luxury brands and retailers have large presences there. Launching Art Boca ... More

Ideologue: Utah Museum of Contemporary Art opens group exhibition
SALT LAKE CITY, UT.- The Utah Museum of Contemporary Art is presenting the Main Gallery group exhibition, Ideologue. Bringing together the works of nine international and national contemporary artists, Ideologue explores relationships of power in both the cultural and political realms, employing humor and hyperbole to address platforms of ideology. Our globalized world's vast image culture lays the groundwork for an arena wrought with diverse and often rivaling ideologies. Through assorted representations of heritage, religion, governance, and desire, ideology appears natural and intrinsic, rather than as a byproduct of culturally manufactured belief systems. These subtle structures go on to shape, embed, and saturate such widespread societal values as individual freedom, progress, nationalism, and identity. Ideologue seeks to appeal to and evoke these ... More

Surviving Tudor turmoil: Historic Henry VIII panel leads Bonhams' first Oak Interior Sale
LONDON.- Beneath the intricate wooden carving and glimmers of worn gilt, the top lot in Bonhams New Bond Street's first Oak Interior sale on 24 February tells a tale of 500 years of war, mystery and the British crown. Estimated at £20,000-30,000 and dating from the Tudor court, the oak panel is thought to have been designed by Hans Holbein the Younger, the Swiss-German artist famous for his iconic portraits of Henry VIII. The 24 February sale marks the move of Bonhams' renowned Oak Interior sales, which previously took place in Oxford, to Bonhams' flagship Mayfair saleroom. "Examining this piece has taken our department on an incredible journey through British history," said David Houlston, Bonhams Senior Specialist in Oak Furniture. "It is a truly incredible work of art and the degree of craftsmanship is exceptional, but what is even more captivating is its path through ... More

Destination Rio: The Olympic Museum celebrates Rio de Janeiro with an exhibition
LAUSANNE.- From 10 February to 25 September 2016, The Olympic Museum celebrates Rio with a programme wholly dedicated to the culture and flavour of the city and of Brazil, host of the Olympic Games. To mark the Games of the XXXI Olympiad, The Olympic Museum showcases Brazilian culture’s diversity, exuberance and energy. For seven months, impressive programmes will lend their rhythms to The Museum’s life with exhibitions from contemporary Carioca artists, a carnival showcasing a famous samba school, nights at The Museum, European premieres for some Brazilian films and the European Capoeira Championships. Destination Rio is a first at The Olympic Museum. It starts during the carnival in Rio and will reach its peak over the summer, with the two weeks of The Olympic Games. This explosion of colour and energy will permeate all other events at The Museum. ... More

French ballerina Violette Verdy dies at 82
PARIS (AFP).- Violette Verdy, one of the ballet world's most loved ballerinas and choreographers, has died aged 82, after leading a life that inspired generations of dancers, the Paris Opera announced on Tuesday. Verdy, who died Monday in the United States, was perhaps best known for being a muse to dance titan George Balanchine, dubbed the father of American ballet. Born in 1933, Verdy took her first steps in Paris' Ballet des Champs-Elysees, though it was later in the United States that her career really took off. She first joined the American Ballet Theater and then the New York City Ballet, where she became a principal -- the highest rank for a dancer in a company. Then in 1977, she made history by becoming the first woman to head the Paris Opera's ballet, a role she kept until 1980. Back in the United States, she became director of the Boston Ballet, from 1980 to 1984. She ... More

War-scarred ruins of Syria's Homs inspire artists
HOMS (AFP).- Devastated by 20 months of combat between regime forces and rebel fighters, the haunting ruins of the Old City of Homs now serve as inspiration for some Syrian artists. In summer 2014, director Joud Said decided to set his film "It's Raining in Homs" in the ruins, just three months after the last rebels left the area under a truce deal following a lengthy siege. "We were preparing a film about three people in the siege, and we planned to film it on a set," he told AFP. "But when the agreement (with the rebels) happened, we moved everything to Homs, with the real backdrop and real tragedy," said the 35-year-old director. Homs in central Syria was nicknamed the "capital of the revolution" by opponents of President Bashar al-Assad, and saw massive demonstrations against his rule after the uprising began in March 2011. When the uprising transformed into a war ... More

Fantin-Latour set free in Bonhams' 19th Century Paintings Sale
LONDON.- La Nuit, which will be offered in Bonhams’ 2nd March 19th Century European, Victorian and British Impressionist Art sale with an estimate of £80,000-120,000, is one of the finest examples of Henri Fantin-Latour’s dramatic break away from the conservative style that dominated most of his life’s work. Towards the end of his career, when he had gained enough recognition to be freed from the necessity of painting for commission, the acclaimed French painter’s work moved into the expressive, poetic realms of the imagination. Famed primarily for his beautifully realistic portraits and still-lifes – A Basket of Roses (1890) was used as the cover of New Order’s 1983 album, Power, Corruption & Lies, because designer Peter Saville considered the work to be so powerfully seductive – Fantin-Latour’s true artistic passion lay in the dreamlike qualities of his later works. The ... More

First exhibition of Arnaldo Pomodoro to take place in London in over 50 years opens at Tornabuoni Art
LONDON.- Tornabuoni Art announces the first exhibition of Italian sculptor Arnaldo Pomodoro to take place in London in over 50 years. From the artist’s early experiments with sign and language, his personal interpretation of Lucio Fontana’s Spatialism, to his most recent work, this exhibition retraces the ever-evolving artistic career of a master of modern bronze sculpture. Born in Montefeltro in 1926, Arnaldo Pomodoro discovered early on in his career a desire to play with signs and symbols to create seemingly mysterious narratives, elaborating his own alphabet and artistic language. The exhibition begins with the Grande Tavola dei Segni from 1960, a low relief with which Pomodoro explores what he describes as “a secret language, full of poetic myths and personal symbolism”. Citing the influence of Paul Klee, Pomodoro thus embarked on a path of semiotic research ... More

Major solo exhibition of new artworks by Michael Joo opens at Blain/Southern
LONDON.- Radiohalo is a major solo exhibition of new artworks by acclaimed New York-based artist Michael Joo. A conceptual artist who works across a variety of media, Joo is interested in themes of energy, nature, technology, history and perception, which he explores through narratives of places, people and objects. His non-linear, almost cyclical approach results in work that is a documentation of process. Whether chemically treated, silver-coated or photo-based, Joo uses several recurring methodologies, and has been working with silver nitrate for over a decade. His interest lies in the way the human eye perceives the compound but also in the physical, performative nature of its application to other materials. Recently, by combining the chemical with a sensitised epoxy ink, Joo has created a new series of ‘caloric paintings’, several of which are included in the exhibition. The ... More

Wellin Museum of Art presents the largest U.S. survey to date of work by Yun-Fei Ji
CLINTON, NY.- The vignettes depict a leering man with a pig’s snout, another in a rumpled suit, a hunchback hag with a snaggle-toothed grin, and a peasant with a jowly frog face, all protagonists in Yun-Fei Ji: The Intimate Universe at the Wellin Museum of Art at Hamilton College on view from February 6 through July 2, 2016. The Intimate Universe presents 44 scrolls, paintings and drawings created by the Beijing-born artist Yun-Fei Ji over the last decade, drawn from major institutions as well as private collections, and new works made specifically for the exhibition. These include a suite of three related scrolls and recent experimental works with elements of three-dimensionality made at the Dieu Donné papermaking workshop. Twenty-six never-before-exhibited preparatory sketches are featured as well in the survey, which travels to the Honolulu Museum of Art from ... More

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On a day like today, French illustrator and painter Honoré Daumier died
August 10, 1879. Honoré-Victorin 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: Honore Daumier, Lunch in the Country, c. 1867-1868. Oil on panel, 26 x 34 cm. National Museum of Wales, Cardiff. Photo © National Museum of Wales

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