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World's largest solar boat on Greek prehistoric mission around the Franchthi cave

The world's largest solar-powered boat, "MS Turanor PlanetSolar" sails through the Corinth Canal near the town of Corinth on July 28, 2014. The boat arrived to Greece as part of a joint archaeological project focused on underwater exploration off one of Europe's oldest human occupation sites, the Franchthi cave in the Argolid, southeast Peloponnese. The project is taking place in one of Greece's richest archaelogical areas, the Argolid, known for its major palatial complexes in the Bronze Age that include Mycenae and Tiryns and later, classical-era city-states and sites like Argos and the ancient-theatre site of Epidaurus. AFP PHOTO / VALERIE GACHE.

ATHENS (AFP).- The world's largest solar boat, the catamaran PlanetSolar, will embark on a Greek mission to find one of the oldest sites inhabited by man in Europe, an organiser said Monday. Starting on August 11, a team of Swiss and Greek scientists will seek a "prehistoric countryside" in the southeastern Peloponnese peninsula, University of Geneva researcher Julien Beck told AFP. The month-long mission, jointly organised with the Swiss school of archaeology and the Greek culture ministry, will search around the Franchthi cave in the Argolic gulf, where early Europeans lived ... More

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Wine cup used by Classical Greek statesman Pericles found in commoner's grave: report   Fitzwilliam Museum bids to acquire weeping Virgin by Spanish sculptor Pedro de Mena   Artist Tracey Emin's 'My Bed', bought by German art collector Christian Duerckheim, to return to Britain


The Greek national opera singers perform at the archaeological site of the Olympion Zeus in Athens during a free open air concert on July 8, 2014. AFP PHOTO/ LOUISA GOULIAMAKI.

ATHENS (AFP).- A cup believed to have been used by Classical Greek statesman Pericles has been found in a pauper's grave in north Athens, Greece's top daily reported Wednesday. The ceramic wine cup, smashed in 12 pieces, was found during building construction in the northern Athens suburb of Kifissia, Ta Nea daily said. After piecing it together, archaeologists were astounded to find the name "Pericles" scratched under one of its handles, alongside the names of five other men, in apparent order of seniority. Experts are "99 percent" sure that the cup was used by the Athenian statesman, as one of the other names listed, Ariphron, is that of Pericles' elder brother. "The name Ariphron is extremely rare," Angelos Matthaiou, secretary of the Greek Epigraphic Society, told Ta Nea. "Having it listed above that of Pericles makes us 99 percent sure that these ... More
 

Pedro de Mena (1628-1688), The Virgin of Sorrows (Mater Dolorosa), about 1670-5.

CAMBRIDGE.- A remarkably realistic painted wood bust of the Mater Dolorosa (Virgin of Sorrows) by Pedro de Mena (1628-1688), one of the most celebrated sculptors of the Spanish Golden Age, has gone on display at the Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge as part of an appeal to acquire the sculpture. Mesmerisingly beautiful and just under life size at 33.6cm tall, the Virgin of Sorrows’ gently furrowed brows, natural flesh tones, glass eyes and teardrops and eyelashes made from human hair, still elicit a powerful response from the viewer 350 years after it was made. It was most likely created for the private chapel, study or bedchamber of a devout patron, and would almost certainly have been protected under a glass dome and originally paired with a similarly-sized bust of the Ecce Homo (Christ as the Man of Sorrows). The Virgin of Sorrows is on show in the Museum’s Spanish & Flemish Gallery, alongside other masterpieces by contemp ... More
 

British artist Tracey Emin sits on her iconic art installation, "My Bed". AFP PHOTO/NIKLAS HALLE'N.

LONDON (AFP).- British artist Tracey Emin's controversial "My Bed" is to be exhibited in Britain as part of a long-term loan to the Tate group of museums, its new owner said on Tuesday. German art collector and industrialist Christian Duerckheim, who bought the controversial work for $3.8 million at auction earlier this month, will lend the unmade bed to the Tate group for a period of at least 10 years. "I always admired the honesty of Tracey, but I bought 'My Bed' because it is a metaphor for life, where troubles begin and logics die," Duerckheim said. Among the most well-known works of the Young British Artists generation, the rumpled bed surrounded by intimate debris of cigarettes, condoms and empty bottles caused controversy when it was shortlisted for the 1999 Turner Prize. The artwork is considered to be an unusual self-portrait of Emin, now 51, in a chaotic period of her life when she has said she was suffering ... More



Exhibition that takes a satirical look at the way society obsesses over food opens at Pace London   Philbrook Museum of Art announces receipt of the Hyatt collection of Hopi art   Major works by renowned Spanish artists acquired by Meadows Museum in Dallas


Vik Muniz, Karl Marx, 2004. Chromogenic print, 101.6 cm x 76.2 cm (40" x 30"). Edition 4 of 10. Edition of 10 + 5 APs.

LONDON.- Pace London presents Today’s Specials, an exhibition that takes a satirical look at the way society represents, consumes and obsesses over food. Presented on the ground floor of 6 Burlington Gardens by Abdullah AlTurki, the group exhibition features installation, sculpture, and video works, and places a strong emphasis on photography. From the photographs of Yto Barrada, Roe Ethridge, Elad Lassry, and Sarah Lucas, to the carefully orchestrated video work of Song Dong and intricate collages of Vik Muniz, the exhibition presents works of established
luminaries alongside younger talents. With the multiplication of food imagery in today’s media - whether it be the growing number of cuisine blogs, cooking television programmes and amateur gastronomic social media channels - Today’s Specials explores the relationship between contemporary artists and ... More
 

The Hyatt family began traveling to the Hopi reservation in northern Arizona in the late 1980s.

TULSA, OK.- Philbrook Museum of Art announced the important gift of 364 works of Hopi art, including katsinas, basketry and other media from Atlanta and Santa Fe-based collector, Wayne S. Hyatt. Featuring works by more than 160 artists, the Hyatt Collection both expands and strengthens the impressive survey of 20th and 21st century Native American art within the Philbrook holdings. The Hyatt family began traveling to the Hopi reservation in northern Arizona in the late 1980s, quickly becoming friends with many artists representing several Hopi communities. With the encouragement and involvement of his late wife Amanda, as well as the continued interest and support of his current wife Margaret, the Hyatt collection now includes a broad range of works spanning the late 1980s to 2013. “The Hopi Collection I am giving to Philbrook consists of far more than cottonwood and plant fibers, carvings and baskets,” said ... More
 

Juan Muñoz (Spanish, 1953-2001), Seated Figure Looking Backwards, 1996. Bronze. Meadows Museum, SMU, Dallas. Gift of The Barrett Collection, Dallas, Texas, in honor of Dr. Mark A. Roglán, MM.2014.06. Photo courtesy of The Barrett Collection.

DALLAS, TX.- The Meadows Museum announces the acquisition of three works by noted Spanish artists as part of its ongoing initiative to further enhance its collection and role as a leader in the study and presentation of Spanish art. The works acquired by the Meadows are by the artists Raimundo de Madrazo y Garreta, Miquel Barceló, and Juan Muñoz. As the Meadows prepares for its 50th anniversary in 2015, the Museum has continued its robust acquisition initiative, focusing on pieces that complement, unify, and expand the Museum’s existing collection. These new works—which are currently on view at the Museum—strengthen the Meadows’ permanent collection as a whole, and particularly its 19th- and 20th-century holdings, as well as its growing collection of contemporary ... More




For its 8th year in London, PAD returns to its elegant home on Berkeley Square from 15 to 19 October   Sam Hunter, Rose Art Museum's first director, dies in Princeton, New Jersey at age 91   Christopher Scoates named Director of Cranbrook Academy of Art and Art Museum


Alexander Calder, Red and blue on black and white, 1969. Photo: Courtesy of Mayoral Galeria d’Art.

LONDON.- The leading fair for 20th century art, design and decorative arts, PAD returns to its elegant home on Berkeley Square from 15 to 19 October. For its 8th year in London, PAD will welcome 62 galleries from 10 countries worldwide, each recognised as authorities in their field. With the addition of 17 new exhibitors, the fair will offer a fresh and inspiring presentation of iconic and innovative pieces across all genres. Modern art will be well represented with the addition of Daniel Blau (London/Munich) who will showcase a group of rediscovered drawings by Andy Warhol from the mid-1950s, and Robilant + Voena (London/Milan), whose highlights will include Concetto Spaziale Attese 1968, one of the final works by Lucio Fontana. Three prominent galleries specialising in Tribal Art are also amongst the newcomers this year. Alain de Monbrison (Paris) and Galerie Flak (Paris) will present a broad spectrum of pieces ... More
 

Sam Hunter at left, at the opening of Hans Hoffman’s exhibition in 1964. Photo: Courtesy of The Rose Art Museum/Brandeis University.

Sam Hunter, founding director of the Rose Art Museum, whose keen insights into the art of his day allowed him to build the museum’s acclaimed collection of modern and contemporary art, died on July 27 in Princeton, N.J. He was 91. Financed by a $50,000 gift from Leon Mnuchin and his wife, Harriet Gevirtz-Mnuchin, Hunter made acquisitions in the early 1960s that established the Rose as a major force in the art world. The works he collected, masterpieces by Jasper Johns, Robert Rauschenberg, Roy Lichtenstein, Andy Warhol and other leading artists, form the core of the Rose’s beloved collection and continue to set the tone for the museum’s collecting and exhibition practices. “Sam Hunter played an integral role in the early days of the Rose Art Museum, and his prescient purchases propelled the museum into the consciousness of the art world just a few years after its ... More
 

Most recently he served as Director of the University Art Museum at California State University Long Beach, a position he has held since 2005.

BLOOMFIELD HILLS, MICH.- The Cranbrook Educational Community Board of Trustees announced today that after a comprehensive one-year search, Christopher Scoates has been named Director of Cranbrook Academy of Art and Art Museum. He begins his tenure August 1. Scoates is a graduate of Cranbrook Academy of Art, having received his Master of Fine Arts degree in Photography in 1986. Most recently he served as Director of the University Art Museum at California State University Long Beach, a position he has held since 2005. Scoates succeeds Reed Kroloff, who is stepping down after seven years in the position. “Christopher Scoates has a creative vision and eagerness to embrace new ideology and technology which make him the ideal choice to provide leadership and management during the next phase of the Academy’s and Museum’s evolution,” said Dominic ... More


The Serralves Foundation in Portugal celebrates two major anniversaries this year   New Museum announces limited edition skateboard in the shape of the museum's iconic building   Display of 1836 Constitution offers Bullock Texas State History Museum visitors a rare opportunity


Serralves Park Sculpture Plantoir by Claes Oldenburg and Coosje Van Bruggen. ©All rights reserved.

PORTO.- The Serralves Foundation, a major cultural institution in Porto, is thrilled to announce the celebration of two important milestones in 2014: the 25th anniversary of the Serralves Foundation, founded in 1989, and the 15th anniversary of the opening of the Serralves Museum of Contemporary Art in 1999, designed by Portuguese Pritzker prize-winning architect Álvaro Siza Vieira. Over the past 25 years, the Serralves Foundation has raised the public’s awareness about contemporary art and how it reflects the current issues of our contemporary societies. The celebration of this double anniversary underlines the intimate relationship that Serralves has forged with audiences from Portugal and around the world. Luís Braga da Cruz, President of the Serralves Foundation, explains “These anniversaries represent a remarkable moment in Serralves’ long history, creating a distinct dialogue between Portuguese artists and their foreign ... More
 

The Chapman x New Museum Skateboard is available for purchase for $125 in store or at newmuseumstore.org.

NEW YORK, NY.- From prohibition comes invention. When skaters are kicked off one street, they find another. Artists like Larry Clark, Harmony Korine, Ari Marcopoulos, and Ed Templeton have looked to skate culture—a culture where the body’s action propels it forward at breakneck speeds and where the city becomes a concrete labyrinth reduced to its simplest geometry—as a source of inspiration. It attracts the new, and the young gravitate toward its unrelenting momentum, creating a space for innovation where convention breaks on the pavement. Inspired by a 2012 New Museum Store window installation by Canyon Castator and Richard Duff, the New Museum Store is proud to contribute to the continually expanding intersection of art and skate culture with the release of a limited-edition skate deck in the shape of the New Museum’s iconic building on the Bowery designed by Pritzker ... More
 

Experts at the General Land Office believe the document is highly significant because it may be the first time the words "Republic of Texas" were committed to paper.

AUSTIN, TX.- A page of the very first draft of the Republic of Texas Constitution is on display at the Bullock Texas State History Museum. Visitors have a rare opportunity to view the fragile 178-year-old document that is on loan from the Texas General Land Office, Archives and Records Program. The document is believed to be part of the first full working draft of the Texas Constitution crafted by the state's founding fathers who gathered at Washington-on-the-Brazos in the closing days of the Texas Revolution. "We're extremely excited for Bullock Museum visitors to have this rare opportunity," Deputy Director Margaret Koch said. "The ideals that were instrumental in shaping our state governance during its earliest beginnings make this one of the most significant documents in existence." Experts at the General Land Office believe the document is highly ... More


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Margaret and David Fountain give $3 million to Nova Scotia College of Art & Design
HALIFAX.- NSCAD University announced a significant gift from Margaret and David Fountain. Earlier this week, the Fountain family gave $3-million to NSCAD University, demonstrating their continuing community leadership and confidence in the future of the university. The gift, one of the largest in the university’s 127-year history, will allow NSCAD to undertake a number of major improvements to its downtown campus. “This is an outstanding gift and solidifies a recent Board decision to continue to occupy our historic campus,” says Dr. Daniel O’Brien, President of NSCAD. The Board of Governors is committed to remaining in and investing in the nationally-designated historic site. “The gift from the Fountains represents a major endorsement in the school’s continued vitality,” says Grant Machum, Chair of the NSCAD Board of Governors. “Moreover, it’s really an incredible gift, not only for NSCAD, ... More

Former President Carter among those donating FFA jackets to Smithsonian
WASHINGTON, DC.- In a special donation ceremony, the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History received five FFA (formerly known as Future Farmers of America) jackets into the collection. The FFA jackets will be part of the museum’s upcoming business history exhibition, “American Enterprise,” opening July 2015. “Agriculture is a critical part of American history and there is no better example of youth preparation for the challenges of the field than participation in FFA,” Curator Peter Liebhold said. “With growing interest in environmental stewardship, food security and an independent life, agriculture is an increasingly attractive profession for a diverse group of Americans, as exemplified by our donors.” The jackets will be donated by former President Jimmy Carter; Corey Flournoy, director of the Illinois Center for Urban Agricultural Education; Karlene Lindow Krueger, ... More

Candid WWI Western Front diaries revealing resentment, mutiny and despair for sale at Bonhams
LONDON.- A vivid, candid and in places disturbing first hand account of the First World War by a solider who served for the entire four years on the Western Front and in Italy is to be sold at Bonhams First World War Commemoration sale in London on 1 October. The five diaries are estimated at £5,000-7,000. They were written by Armourer Staff Serjeant W. W. Lesslie of the Army Ordinance Corps responsible for the supply, upkeep and repair of weapons, armoured vehicles and other military equipment. They reveal: the deep gulf between the officers and men – “the mud gets worse every day. Yesterday the guards came and turned people out of the huts ... such is war and the officers do not share the men's discomfort (December 1916) "after this war let them look for themselves for there is mutiny everywhere and only the fear of being put up along-side a wall and shot is preventing open ... More

Exhibition of works by Bernie Taupin opens KM Fine Arts new gallery space in Chicago
CHICAGO, IL.- KM Fine Arts will open it’s new gallery location at 43 East Oak Street after nearly a decade in the John Hancock Center. The gallery’s inaugural exhibition opens July 31st, 2014, 7 – 10PM with Bernie Taupin | test a ment. The exhibition will feature new abstract expressionist works by the artist who, in addition to his continued collaboration in music, focuses his passion in this creative path. The gallery will present new works by Eric Fischl on September 19th, 2014 during Art Expo week. The 2015 schedule will open in the spring with Victor Matthews followed by Dana Louise Kirkpatrick in the summer. The new location will offer significant blue chip secondary market works in tandem with the introduction of many new LA artists to Chicago for the first time. Since opening its doors at the John Hancock Center Chicago in 2006, KM Fine Arts has established itself as a top firm in early ... More

'I Am a Drop in the Ocean: Art of the Ukrainian Revolution' opens at Museum of Contemporary Art in Krakow
KRAKOW.- On 21 November 2013, the protests began on the Maidan, Independence Square, in Kiev. They were the response to Victor Yanukovych failing to sign a Ukrainian association agreement with the European Union. The intransigence of the ruling party and the brutality of the militia acting on orders from the authorities led to the radicalisation of the prevailing mood. The protest, originally envisaged as a manifestation of support for the European option for Ukraine turned into opposition to the internal policies and corruption. Finally, the Maidan demanded that the President step down. At all times, art accompanied the protests; it was a sphere of freedom, an expression of resistance to Russian influence in the corrupt state. Artists created their works at the Maidan, exhibited them there, designed posters and organised performances. The title of the exhibition refers to one of the ... More

Edinburgh Art Festival opens
EDINBURGH.- Edinburgh Art Festival (EAF) opens tomorrow (31 July) with an exciting month-long calendar of more than 40 exhibitions, special events, performances and tours across 30 of the city’s museums, galleries and institutions, as well as artist-run, temporary and pop-up spaces. In its 11th year, the festival brings together over 100 leading and emerging Scottish and international artists and features the return of its annual, city-wide commissions programme, including a major presentation by leading Indian artist Nalini Malani as part of 14-18 NOW’s LIGHTS OUT and WWI Centenary Art Commissions. As part of the Glasgow 2014 Cultural Programme, and during the year of Homecoming Scotland, the 2014 programme also sees the presentation of a major international group exhibition Where do I end and you begin programmed by Edinburgh Art Festival in collaboration with City Art ... More

Frieze London 2014 announces new 'Live' section
LONDON.- ‘Live’ is a new initiative at Frieze London 2014 that will provide a platform for ambitious, active or performance-based installations. Demonstrating Frieze’s commitment to placing the most experimental art practice at the heart of the fair, ‘Live’ 2014 will feature six selected galleries who will show works specially conceived for Frieze alongside the restaging of a number of significant historical pieces. These works will be integrated with the architecture of Frieze London; staged both on gallery stands and in public spaces throughout the fair. ‘Live’ is supported by Alexander McQueen, the Associate Sponsor of Frieze London for the second consecutive year. The six artists and galleries selected for ‘Live’ 2014 are: Robert Breer (gb agency, Paris); Franz Erhard Walther (Galerie Jocelyn Wolff, Paris); Tamara Henderson (Rodeo, Istanbul); Adam Linder (Silberkuppe, Berlin); Shanzhai Bienn ... More

Sino-Japanese War still stings China 120 years later
WEIHAI (AFP).- When China and Japan first went to war 120 years ago this Friday, Beijing suffered a "national humiliation" that resonates to this day as tensions between the Asian rivals intensify again. Unlike most defeated nations, China marks the anniversaries of its losses with fervour, as the ruling Communist Party -- which espouses nationalism in its claim to a right to rule -- reinforces a narrative of historical victimisation. Years in the making, the Sino-Japanese War of 1894-5 was fought for control of Korea, which at the time paid formal tribute to China's Qing emperors but was increasingly coveted by Tokyo, whose ambition was to emulate the empires of the Western powers. The shooting began with a naval clash off Korea's west coast in late July, a week before war was formally declared on August 1, 1894. Less than nine months later, Japan had destroyed the Qing Beiyang ... More

Bonhams travels with style as vintage luxury luggage goes under the hammer
LONDON.- It is said to be the journey that matters, and not the destination – Bonhams Goodwood Revival sale promises to take you there in style, with an offering of vintage Louis Vuitton, Hermès and Moynat luggage. “It’s stylish nostalgia,” said Toby Wilson, Bonhams Head of Automobilia, “vintage luggage evokes images of exciting holidays in exotic destinations, when the golden age of travel was full of charm and mystique. Bonhams Goodwood Revival sale showcases these glamorous classic luggage pieces, with a style that that never grows old. “The history and iconography behind such items as the 1930s Hermès suitcase, or the 1960 Louis Vuitton Steamer Bag, is something not to be found in modern wear, making them a highly coveted style statement, available to the highest bidder!” The items available at Bonhams Goodwood Revival auction are: • A Hermes suitcase, circa 1930 ... More


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On a day like today, French painter and sculptor Jean Dubuffet was born
July 31, 1901. Jean Philippe Arthur Dubuffet (31 July 1901 - 12 May 1985) was a French painter and sculptor. His idealistic approach to aesthetics embraced so called "low art" and eschewed traditional standards of beauty in favor of what he believed to be a more authentic and humanistic approach to image-making. In this image: A young lady looks at "Paysage charbonneux" by French artist Jean Dubuffet dated 1946, and valued at 3.5 million Marks (1.5 million Dollars) at the 34th International fair for modern art "Art Cologne" in Cologne, Germany, Friday, November 3, 2000.






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