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Mexican archeologists find canal under Maya pyramid: Gateway to afterlife?

INAH (Mexican National Institute of Anthropology and History) announced the discovery of a nerwork of water canals under the Temple of the Inscriptions at the archaeological site of Palenque, in the state of Chiapas dating from the 7th century. Photo: INAH.

MEXICO CITY (AFP).- Mexican archeologists have discovered a canal system under the pyramid containing the tomb of a Mayan ruler, suggesting the water tunnel could represent a symbolic path to the underworld. The hydraulic system was found under the Temple of the Inscriptions, which houses the seventh-century tomb of Pakal "The Great" in Palenque, the ancient Maya city in southern Chiapas state, the National Anthropology and History Institute announced Monday. "The presence of these canals is very important and very significant," said Arnoldo Gonzalez, the directory of archeology in Palenque. An inscription in the tomb says that to be accepted in the underworld, the dead must be submerged in the water of a god called Chaac. The underground network of canals has different levels and goes in different directions, and it was built "well before" the pyramid, according to the national anthropology institute. ... More

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Hebrew University of Jerusalem announces historic find at Tel-Hazor: A statue of an Egyptian official   Western Australian Museum-led study discovers two new species of extinct kangaroos   John Lennon's black 1956 Austin Princess limousine hearse to be offered in London

The monumental Egyptian statute of a high official from the Middle Kingdom in Egypt, found in the administrative palace at Hazor, north of the Sea of Galilee in Israel. Photo: Shlomit Bechar.

JERUSALEM.- In a historic find, a large fragment of an Egyptian statue measuring 45 X 40 centimeters, made of lime-stone, was discovered In the course of the current season of excavations at Tel-Hazor, north of the Sea of Galilee in Israel. Only the lower part of the statue survived, depicting the crouching feet of a male figure, seated on a square base on which a few lines in the Egyptian hieroglyphic script are inscribed. The archaeologists estimate that the complete statue would equal the size of a fully-grown man. At present only a preliminary reading of the inscriptions has been attempted, and the title and name of the Egyptian official who originally owned the statue, are not yet entirely clear. The statue was originally placed either in the official's tomb or in a temple – most probably a temple of the Egyptian god Ptah – and most of the texts inscribed on the statue's base include ... More

Fossil jaws of the giant bettong, Gumardee richi. Scale = 1cm. Photo: Dr Kenny Travouillon.

PERTH.- A Western Australian Museum-led study has discovered two new species of extinct kangaroos that lived in ancient Australian rainforests between 24 to 18 million years ago in northern Queensland. Lead author Dr Kenny Travouillon, Curator of Mammalogy, said that these two new species were recovered from several fossil deposits at the Riversleigh World Heritage Area in northern-western Queensland. “Our analysis of the teeth and bones shows that these two new species (Gumardee springae and Gumardee richi) are related to bettongs and potoroos, members of the Rat-kangaroo family Potoroidae,” he said. Gumardee springae lived about 24 million years ago, while Gumardee pascuali and Gumardee richi lived between 20 and 18 million years ago. Dr Travouillon noted that like bettongs and potoroos, these new discoveries have a set of very long teeth (premolars) which bettongs and potoroos use to chew fungi, and they are closely related to a species ... More

The title - registration document with Lennon's signature. Photo: Stephen Kim © 2016 courtesy RM Sotheby's.

LONDON.- The Beatles were, and remain, one the world’s most famous pop groups, with millions of devoted fans around the world. John Lennon, the enigmatic and much loved front man of the band, has become an icon of popular culture with his music remaining as popular now as it was in period, and a natural fascination in all things associated with him – not least his cars. RM Sotheby’s, the world’s largest collector car auction house for investment-quality automobiles, will proudly offer the 1956 Austin Princess that was the personal property of Lennon and famously used by him and Yoko Ono in the 1972 film Imagine at its forthcoming London sale, 7 September. The car is prominently shown in the film which was created to promote Lennon's Capitol Records album which shared the same title. Austin Princess limousines were a popular mode of transport for The Beatles, and a number of them passed through the ... More

Alan Chong named Currier Museum of Art Director & CEO   Exhibition explores Versailles and the American War of Independence   Bowes Museum acquires "St Luke Drawing the Virgin and Child"

Chong moved to Singapore in 2010 to become Director of the Asian Civilisations Museum and the Peranakan Museum.

MANCHESTER, NH.- The Currier Museum of Art’s Board of Trustees announced that Alan Chong has been unanimously approved as its new Director and CEO, starting September 8, 2016. Dr. Chong will be the ninth director in the Museum’s 87-year history, succeeding Susan Strickler, who retired June 30, 2016 after holding the position since 1996. He was chosen following an international search conducted with the assistance of Opportunity Resources, Inc., New York, and a committee composed of Board members and the Museum’s executive team. Chong, a widely admired museum professional and respected scholar, is well-known in the region, having held the position of Lia and William Poorvu Curator of the Collection at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston, Mass. from 1999 through 2010. Exhibitions curated by Chong while at the Gardner were also shown in major ... More

Charles Wilson Peale, George Washington. © Château de Versailles (RMN-GP)/Christophe Fouin.

PARIS.- As the first country to recognise the United States of America as a new nation, it was France's duty to commemorate the event, especially in Versailles where the War of Independence was supported, where the decision was made in 1777 and where the peace treaty with England was signed in 1783. The exhibition aims to reveal facts that are often forgotten but which bear testimony to the circumstances, scale and consequences of France's involvement in the war. The exhibition recounts events, explain, reveal subtleties and enlighten and surprise visitors. It particular it highlights: • the context of French and English rivalry and a desire for revenge which had been stewing in France for a while • internal divisions on all three sides, the fight between "patriots" and "loyalists" in America, the existence of opposition in England to the way the settlers were treated, French hesitations between cautiously assessing ... More

St Luke Drawing the Virgin and Child, Dieric Bouts the Elder.

COUNTY DURHAM.- The Bowes Museum announced that it has secured funding from Art Fund, Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF), and a number of private donors, totalling £2,290,650, to acquire an outstanding 15th century painting deemed an important British cultural asset and initiating a partnership with York Art Gallery and Bristol Museum & Art Gallery. In November 2015, the Government placed a temporary export bar on the painting, St Luke Drawing the Virgin and Child, attributed to the workshop of Dieric Bouts the Elder, to allow the opportunity for it to remain in the UK. It is of exceptional interest due to its close associations with Dieric Bouts, regarded as one of the leading Netherlandish painters of his time, and the subject matter it depicts. Both these elements are extremely rare, and comparable examples do not exist in the UK. The patterned tiles lead the viewer’s eye through the composition, to the colonnade and landscape ... More

Skowhegan at seventy on view at the Portland Museum of Art this summer   Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen to stage a spectacular tribute to Fra Bartolommeo   Asian pop icon T.O.P to guest-curate Sotheby's Hong Kong Contemporary Art Sale #TTTOP

John Houck, Variable Shadow #1, 2014 from the portfolio skowheganBOX no. 2. Acrylic silkscreen on archival pigment print on 100% cotton rag, 17 x 12 inches. Museum purchase with support from the Irving Bennett Ellis Fund and John and Linda Coleman, 2015.11.2.

PORTLAND, ME.- The Portland Museum of Art and the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture—two of the most prominent art institutions in the state of Maine—collaborate on Skowhegan at Seventy, an exhibition that commemorates the 70th anniversary of the school’s founding and showcases work produced at the school or in its honor, including the PMA’s recent acquisition, portfolio titled skowheganBOX no. 2 (2015). The summer program in central Maine has hosted, as teachers, guest speakers, or students, an astonishing cross-section of the contemporary art world, including Alex Katz, Robert Indiana, Glenn Ligon, Dana Schutz, and countless more—many of whom consider their time in Skowhegan as crucial to the development of their practice. This selection of prints, ... More

Fra Bartolommeo, The Incarnation of Christ, Enthroned Virgin Surrounded by Six Saints , 1515. Paneel, 96 x 76,5 cm. Paris, Musée du Louvre, Département des Peintures.

ROTTERDAM.- In 2017 it will be the 500 years since the Italian painter Fra Bartolommeo died at the age of forty-four. He was famed for his drawings and paintings, characterised by monumental figures, bright colours and a tranquil lyricism. From 15 October 2016, Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen is staging a spectacular tribute to this great artist with the exhibition Fra Bartolommeo – The Divine Renaissance. Fra Bartolommeo (1473-1517) was one of the leading artists of the Italian High Renaissance. A Dominican friar, he trained in the workshop of the Florentine painter Cosimo Rosselli and was a highly skilled perfectionist. His use of perspective and geometry was carefully considered and he made numerous preparatory sketches for the depiction of the voluminous drapery of his figures’ clothing. The results are extremely imposing, harmonious paintings that exude a rarefied piety. ... More

T.O.P’s stellar showbiz presence is matched by his influence as a passionate young art collector in Asia. © YG Entertainment. Inc. All rights reserved.

HONG KONG.- Sotheby’s announced an inaugural collaboration with Korean art collector and entertainment artist T.O.P, who will guest-curate a special contemporary art evening sale in Hong Kong to take place on 3 October 2016. Entitled #TTTOP, the sale makes reference to the music and film icon’s five-million-plus-follower Instagram handle, a celebrated platform on which he records and shares his daily artistic encounters. Envisioned for young collectors of his generation, the sale represents not only T.O.P’s curatorial debut at auction, but also the first auction for which Sotheby’s Hong Kong has partnered with a young collector as the curator. T.O.P curated the sale with no compensation, and a portion of the proceeds will be donated to the Asian Cultural Council to enable cultural exchanges that nurture the talents of emerging artists in Asia and the United States. An award-winning rapper, singer-songwriter and actor, T. ... More

The Montreal Museum of Fine Arts pays tribute to Renata Hornstein, celebrated patron and lover of art   Combermere Abbey wins Historic Houses Association / Sotheby's Restoration Award 2016   Palma, Palmiers, Palm: Dickinson Roundell Inc presents works by Radamés "Juni" Figueroa

The Museum applauds Mrs. Hornstein’s courage, determination and generosity and offers its heartfelt condolences to her family.

MONTREAL.- The Montreal Museum of Fine Arts is deeply saddened to learn of the passing of Renata Hornstein, three months after the death of her husband, Michal, and weeks before the inauguration of the Michal and Renata Hornstein Pavilion for Peace. Scheduled to open in November, it will feature their gift of a major collection of 70 works by Old Masters. Recently, at a preview of the new Pavilion for Peace, Renata Hornstein shared her impressions: “I’m so moved to be here today for the unveiling of the Pavilion for Peace. I’m dazzled by this spectacular, light-filled building, which will house the works Michal and I collected throughout our lives and cherished for so many years. I’m looking forward to the inauguration in November, but I would like to take this opportunity to thank all those who believed in this project ... More

Combermere Abbey. Photo: © Combermere Abbey.

LONDON.- Combermere Abbey in Shropshire has been crowned the winner of the 2016 Restoration Award, presented by the Historic Houses Association (HHA) and sponsored by Sotheby’s. The house, owned by the Callander Beckett family since 1919, had suffered severe deterioration over a number of years. The Award has been given for the most recent full restoration of the North Wing, but also in recognition of the 24-year project to bring the whole house back to life. The Historic Houses Association/Sotheby’s Restoration Award recognises and celebrates the work being undertaken by Members of the HHA throughout the United Kingdom. These projects reflect the dedication of owners to the care and sympathetic restoration of the incredible buildings that they own, inhabit and share with the public. Combermere Abbey sits at the heart of 1,000 acres of farmland, woodland and park, with a 150-acre lake curving around ... More

Radamés "Juni" Figueroa, Cotorra Puertorriqueña (Cabo Rojo Series), 2016

NEW YORK, NY.- Throughout history the palm tree has come to symbolize many things—victory, religion, colonization, and exoticism, to name a few. It is universally associated with paradise, be it a geographic or spiritual one. Matisse famously fell in love with them in Vence, featuring them prominently in his last complete series of paintings (1946-1948.) Marcel Broodthaers would go on to include dozens of palm trees in his 1970s installations, evoking the historical links between the rise of Europe’s great cultural institutions and African colonialism. The palm trees Matisse admired from his rooms at Villa le Rêve—Phoenix canariensis—are actually native to the Canary Islands, having arrived in Europe as a direct result of the centuries-long colonization of Africa. In Western visual culture, as Broodthaers observed, the palm tree has long been a stand-in for the “other”— ... More

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Barbara Takenaga: Waiting in the Sky II on view at the Kalamazoo Institute of Arts
KALAMAZOO, MI.- The Kalamazoo Institute of Arts welcomed a new exhibition, Barbara Takenaga: Waiting in the Sky II. An abstract painter working in acrylics, Barbara Takenaga is known for her swirling, dot-based paintings of saturated color and undulating patterns. Her simple forms, arranged into dense and detailed composition, radiate and recede in what seems to be infinite space. Waiting in the Sky II introduces to Kalamazoo the work of a prominent contemporary painter who has pioneered a distinct visual language," says KIA Executive Director Belinda Tate. "Viewers will see and respond to different aspects of Takenaga's interlocking patterns, appreciating her rhythmic/pulsing mindscapes as reminiscent of weather patterns, underwater worlds, bursts of energy or portals between planetary systems. Her work reflects the relentless discipline of a dedicated ... More

Exhibition at Andrew Weiss Gallery celebrates Marilyn Monroe
LOS ANGELES, CA.- Andrew Weiss Gallery presents, in its Los Angeles premier, a collection of paintings capturing free spirited, alluring, LA women on canvas. This newly curated collection features Australian Artist David Bromley’s talent of illuminating the personalities of these women on canvas, each with their own unique qualities. This collection presents alongside, and is a companion to Marilyn Monroe: Through The Lens and With The Brush. The exhibition opened in late June to rave reviews. This exhibition presents works by noted Australian Artist David Bromley and the worlds most celebrated Marilyn photographers: Andre de Dienes, Milton H. Greene, William Carroll, Kashio Aoki, Bert Stern, George Barris, & Laszlo Willinger. Marilyn Monroe, for her short life, captured worldwide attention not only on screen, but also beyond the camera. Her charismatic charm ... More

Rockwell Museum announces new acquisition: Richard Parrish "Water-Line" glass landscape
CORNING, NY.- The Rockwell Museum announced the acquisition of Water-Line, an aerial glass landscape by contemporary artist Richard Parrish. Parrish created 25 new works throughout 2015 to debut in his solo exhibition at The Rockwell. While the featured exhibition closed on June 19, The Rockwell was able to acquire Water-Line to remain as the newest addition to the permanent collection. Continuing Parrish’s series of “mapping” American glass landscapes, this kiln-formed glass panel stands four feet tall and is mounted in The Rockwell’s newly designed Modern and Contemporary gallery. “Parrish’s current “Mapping” series serves as a modern day continuation of the rich American landscape tradition. His kiln-formed glass panels provide a birds-eye view of the landscape and are informed by aerial photography. Geographic features such as this Montana ... More

Simon Russell Beale narrates the first museum choral audio guide
LONDON.- The National Portrait Gallery will create the world’s first museum permanent collection Choral Audio Guide, it was announced today, Monday 25 July 2016. Launching on Friday 14 October 2016 with two special Gallery events, the Choral Audio Guide was recorded by The Portrait Choir, which is at the heart of the Gallery’s Choir in Residence programme. The Choral Audio Guide was made possible with support from Gallery donors. Narrated by actor Simon Russell Beale, the Audio Guide will illuminate portraits in the Gallery’s permanent Collection by offering visitors the opportunity to hear the choral sounds of each time-period spanned by the portraits in its 500-year Collection. A specially commissioned narration will provide the context for each choral piece. Starting with Tallis and Wilbye in the Tudor Galleries, and moving to Purcell and Handel in the ... More

Mattress Factory unveils landmark public art installation
PITTSBURGH, PA.- The Mattress Factory has unveiled "Acupuncture," a permanent public light installation created by German artist Hans Peter Kuhn, on the roof of the museum. The light sculpture was nearly 10 years in the making, and its unique shape has changed the skyline of the City of Pittsburgh. Hans Peter Kuhn has a long history with the Mattress Factory. He first worked with the museum in 1986, creating a collaborative public sound performance with the artist Benôit Maubrey. In 1987, he returned to the Mattress Factory to perform "Jenseits von Reden" and "Fünf Hören (Hear Five)." In 2001, he created “Scanner”, a site-specific installation for the Mattress Factory exhibition Visual Sound (Part II). Made from custom LED light tubes, "Acupuncture" appears as long white lines of light. The "light sticks," as Kuhn calls them, appear to "pierce" through the top floor of the ... More

Try the British Museum's digital Family Guide this summer
LONDON.- This summer, the British Museum has an interactive Family Guide on offer to all its visitors. The Family Guide is an interactive game designed for exploring the Museum together as a family. Sponsored by Korean Air, the guide is a fun and interactive way to experience the British Museum’s permanent collection and get up close to objects. It is available to hire on site to the British Museum’s 6.9 million visitors each year. As a museum of the world, the Family Guide helps communicate and share knowledge with visitors from across the globe. The Family Guide helps visitors discover, discuss and engage with some of the most interesting and important objects at the British Museum. The game is designed for the whole family to play together and every player takes a turn as the game master. The game covers a selection of 70 family-friendly objects from highlights, ... More

Parafin's first exhibition with the Japanese artist Hiraki Sawa on view in London
LONDON.- Parafin is presenting the gallery’s first exhibition with the acclaimed Japanese artist Hiraki Sawa (born 1977 Ishikawa, Japan). Hiraki Sawa is known internationally for videos and installations that create powerful psychological situations by interweaving the domestic and the fantastic. Characterised by quietness and introspection, Sawa’s works create compelling interior worlds and meditate upon themes of memory and displacement. Sawa has the ability to manipulate his imagination into a tangible dimension that sits between the parallel languages of sculpture and film. In Parafin’s main gallery space Sawa shows a new installation, Man in Camera (2015-16), alongside a new suite of drawings. In the lower gallery, Sawa exhibits a selection of recent small-scale works that have not previously been seen in the UK. Man in Camera is an installation comprising ... More

Cooling off in Trevi Fountain costs hot tourists
ROME (AFP).- Cooling off with a midnight dip in Rome's famous Trevi Fountain may sound like a dream "Roman Holiday", but an Italian police crackdown has landed a series of splash-happy tourists with fat fines. Police said Monday two young Californians were ordered this weekend to pay a 450-euro ($500) fine each after being caught trying to emulate Swedish star Anita Ekberg, who wades through the fountain's pristine waters in Federico Fellini's film "La Dolce Vita". At the nearly 300-year-old monument, visited by millions of tourists every year, tradition has it visitors can ensure eternal love by drinking its waters -- not by swimming in them. But with temperatures topping 35 degrees Centigrade (95 degrees Fahrenheit) in the shade in the Eternal City, the temptation to ditch guided tours and don swimming costumes for a refreshing plunge saw a British tourist hit with a fine ... More

Found in a hedge & a hollybush, 1933 Singer 2 Litre and 1956 Jaguar E-Type 4.2 Roadster come to auction
LONDON.- H&H Classics have two desirable cars consigned to their October 12th sale at the Imperial War Museum Duxford which were both garden-finds. The duo spent many decades ensconced in greenery, one in a hedge and the other in the lee of a holly bush. The first, a 1933 Singer 2-Litre Fox & Nicholl Team Car Evocation, was discovered by the vendor in a hedge some forty-six years ago as a rolling chassis and has since been restored to resemble the Fox & Nicholl Team Car that Lewis / Hindmarsh drove to 7th overall during the 1934 Le Mans 24-hours. This magnificent car powerfully recalls the 1930’s racing world. Estimated to sell for £40,000 - £50,000, the 1933 Singer 2-Litre in red with black trim and carrying an MOT that expires in June 2017 has been beautifully restored with ‘no expense spared’. It was off the road for twenty-three years before entering ... More

Exhibition by the New York based artist Brandi Twilley opens at Sargent's Daughters
NEW YORK, NY.- Sargent’s Daughters presents “The Living Room”, an exhibition of paintings by the New York based artist Brandi Twilley. This will be Twilley’s first solo exhibition and will open on Tuesday, July 26 6-8pm and be on view through August 26th, 2016. In “The Living Room” Twilley recreates, from an amalgamation of memory, Google searches, dreams and the few surviving Polaroids, her childhood home, which burned to the ground when she was sixteen in 1999. The ten paintings present the room from every angle and encompass multiple years, showing the slow decline of the house as it becomes consumed by water, waste, and, eventually, fire. The paintings are rendered in the saturated and murky colors Twilley associates with analog photography and, though devoid of human figures, are filled with human presence. Twilley began the ... More

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On a day like today, German painter George Grosz, was born
July 26, 1893. George Grosz (July 26, 1893 - July 6, 1959) was a German artist known especially for his savagely caricatural drawings of Berlin life in the 1920s. He was a prominent member of the Berlin Dada and New Objectivity group during the Weimar Republic before he emigrated to the United States in 1933. apn Photo/Franka Bruns.

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