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Gold rush as artist buries bullion on British beach as part of Folkestone Triennial

People search a beach in Folkestone, southeast England, on August 29, 2014 for gold bullion buried there by German artist Michael Sailstorfer as part of the Folkestone Triennial. Thirty gold bars have been buried on a beach in Britain by a German artist, prompting a flood of bounty hunters with metal detectors to seek their fortune on August 29. The gold bars, worth a total of 10,000 GBP (13,000 euros, 17,000 USD), were buried in Folkestone, by Berlin-based Michael Sailstorfer as part of an arts festival. The bars, worth around 300GBP each, are a few centimetres long. Members of the public will be allowed to keep any of the 24-carat bullion which they find. AFP PHOTO / JACK TAYLOR.

LONDON (AFP).- Thirty gold bars have been buried on a beach in Britain by a German artist, prompting a flood of bounty hunters with metal detectors to seek their fortune Friday. The gold bars, worth a total of £10,000 (13,000 euros, $17,000), were buried in Folkestone, southern England, by Berlin-based Michael Sailstorfer as part of an arts festival. Members of the public will be allowed to keep any of the 24-carat bullion which they find. "There are 30 gold bars buried there, along with a lot of washers, so if you bring your metal detector you will find a lot of washers before you find any ... More

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Triceratops skull may bring $200,000+ at Heritage Auctions' Nature & Science Signature Auction   'Fatal Laughs: The Art of Robert Arneson' opens at the Cantor Arts Center   The National Gallery of Canada pays tribute to the first woman to lead the institution

Measuring an impressive 7 x 6 x 5 feet, the rare Triceratops skull fossil retains much of the original fossil material.

DALLAS, TX.- A 2,100 pound Triceratops Prorsus skull — 80 percent complete and roughly 66 million years old — may sell for $200,000+ in Heritage Auctions’ Sept. 28 Nature & Science Signature Auction in Dallas. The massive skull was discovered on private land in Montana and is one of five stunning dinosaur skulls in the auction, in addition to the only known complete skeleton of a prehistoric swordfish (est. $110,000+). "The skull speaks to the inner child in all of us who love Dinosaurs,” said Craig Kissick, Associate Director for Nature & Science at Heritage Auctions. "This incredible skull from the popular Late Cretaceous herbivore is superlative for its size, completeness and aesthetic appeal.” Measuring an impressive 7 x 6 x 5 feet, the rare Triceratops skull fossil retains much of the original fossil material and includes the first two fused vertebrae attached to the brain case (occipital condyle). The Triceratops ... More

Robert Arneson, Primary Discharge, 1990. Earthenware and glaze. Cantor Arts Center Collection, Given in Memory of Professor A. L. Schawlow by John F. and Barbara L. Holzrichter, 2009.75. © Estate of Robert Arneson/Licensed by VAGA, New York, NY.

STANFORD, CA.- American sculptor Robert Arneson (1930–1992) revolutionized the medium of clay, transforming it from a “craft” into “fine art.” For more than 40 years, frequently using himself as a subject, he explored controversial ideas outside the conventional art repertory, including many that were sexual, racial or political in nature. “I want to make high art that is funny, outrageous and also reveals the human condition, which is not always high,” he once said. The Cantor Arts Center at Stanford University presents an exhibition of some of Arneson’s most acclaimed works. Fatal Laughs: The Art of Robert Arneson, running August 20, 2014 through September 28, 2015, features the 1964 Funk object His and Hers, which irreverently explores sexual and scatological subject matter while also considering the traditional function ... More

Dr. Jean Sutherland Boggs was appointed director of the National Gallery on June 1, 1966. Photo: David Barbour.

OTTAWA.- In the wake of the death of Jean Sutherland Boggs on August 22, at age 92, the National Gallery of Canada offers its heartfelt condolences to her family and salutes her outstanding contribution to the advancement of the visual arts. She will be remembered as one of the NGC’s most effective leaders. “Jean Sutherland Boggs is a key personality in the history of the National Gallery. The acquisitions of international art that she championed are among the most beloved of Canada’s national collection. She established photography as a new collecting area for the Gallery, initiating a collection that is now among the finest in the world. Moreover, Jean Boggs was given the responsibility to deliver a grand new home for Canada’s national collection; the success of that project was such that its architect, Moshe Safdie went on to build many more art museums. She is among my heroes and we strive daily to maintain the standar ... More

National Gallery of Art launches interactive NGAkids Art Zone app inspired by the collection   Annely Juda Fine Art announces the death of artist Alan Reynolds at the age of 88   Honeybee genome throws up survival clues: study published in journal Nature Genetics

The NGAkids Art Zone app for iPad contains eight new interactive activities and an array of art-making tools that will inspire artists of all ages.

WASHINGTON, DC.- The National Gallery of Art recently released a new children’s app for iPad, NGAkids Art Zone, now available for free download on iTunes. Echoing the style of the popular NGAkids online interactives, this dynamic app contains eight new hands-on activities inspired by works in the collection, as well as a sketchbook for freehand drawing and a personal exhibition space where users can save and display art they create with the program. The child-friendly interface emphasizes creativity, discovery, careful observation, and artistic self-expression, making the NGAkids app educational and fun for the whole family. Each activity offers various levels of complexity, making the app suitable for all age groups. It is optimized for ages 9 through 11, but younger children, as well as ... More

Alan has been with the gallery since 1978.

LONDON.- It is with great sadness that Annely Juda Fine Art has to announce that Alan Reynolds has died at the age of 88. Alan has been with the gallery since 1978 and it has been a real honour and pleasure to work with him, both as a wonderful artist and friend. Alan was an artist whose career falls into two halves: the landscape and abstract painter of the 1950s and 1960s, and the constructive artist of the last 45 years. The quest for equilibrium has been at the centre of Alan's art since he emerged from the Royal College of Art in 1953. Alan's work from that time, which earned him early recognition and success, was influenced by the landscape of his native Suffolk and the hop gardens and orchards of his adoptive Kent. From 1968 onwards depiction was firmly set aside in favour of the 'concrete' image. For more than 45 years, Alan has been working entirely as a concrete artist, making tonal modular drawings ... More

A file picture taken on July 23, 2009 shows a Kosovo Albanian beekeeper presenting his honeybees. AFP PHOTO/ARMEND NIMANI.

PARIS (AFP).- Honeybees probably originated in Asia, not Africa, said scientists Sunday who had teased interesting tidbits from the busy little pollinators' genome that they hope can be used to protect it. They sequenced the genomes of 140 honeybees from 14 populations from Europe, Africa, the Middle East, United States and Brazil, looking for DNA clues as to how the insects responded to survival threats throughout their 300,000-year history. Honeybees, responsible for pollinating a large chunk of the fruits, nuts and vegetables we eat, are in decline in many parts of the world, raising concerns for food security. An international expert team reported in the journal Nature Genetics that they had found evidence of evolutionary adaptation on some 3,000 individual genes of the Apis mellifera species, that boosted functions ... More

DNA shows Paleo-Eskimos' isolation lasted 4,000 years in North American Arctic   Monumental Fencai vase leads Chinese Art Auction at Skinner on September 17   Solo exhibition of work by American artist Peter Halley opens at Art Plural Gallery

Origins and continuity of Paleo-Eskimos and Neo-Eskimos. Photo: Courtesy of Raghavan et al., Science/AAAS.

WASHINGTON (AFP).- A long-gone group of ancient people known as Paleo-Eskimos lived in isolation in the North American Arctic for more than 4,000 years, said a study on Thursday. They trekked from Siberia across the Bering Strait to their new home, and made no contact with other cultures who'd made the same journey at different times in history, including Native Americans and the Inuit people. These Paleo-Eskimos eventually disappeared about 700 years ago, around the time when the ancestors of the modern-day Inuit moved eastward from Alaska, researchers said in the US journal Science. "They were, in a sense, sitting ducks and either they were pushed out into the fringes of the Arctic area where they couldn't survive economically or else they may simply have been annihilated in some strange way," said William Fitzhugh, director of the Arctic study center at the Smithsonian's ... More

The Imperial Qianlong period vase. Photo: Courtesy of Skinner, Inc.

BOSTON, MASS.- Skinner will hold an Asian Works of Art auction on September 17, 2014 in Boston, focusing on rare and important Chinese art, and featuring a monumental, Fencai, Imperial Qianlong period vase. In addition to the auction preview in Boston from September 14th through 17th, collectors are welcome to a preview on September 12th from noon to 7PM during the New York fall Asia Week. Formerly in the collection of Ton-ying and Company, the Imperial Qianlong period vase (Lot 96) is a tour-de-force of ceramic techniques employed by the Jingdezhen imperial potters. Judith Dowling, Director of Asian Works of Art, states: "This important vase was likely made for the Emperor so he could appreciate the technical achievements illustrated in the vase. It required multiple firings of the fifteen different glazes and enamels that resulted in the exquisite floral and landscape designs." A vase of similar size and decoration is currently in the collect ... More

Peter Halley, Raising Hope I, 2013, acrylic, Day-Glo acrylic, and Roll-a-Tex on canvas, 121.9 x 99.1 cm. Photo: courtesy of Art Plural Gallery.

SINGAPORE.- Art Plural Gallery announces the solo exhibition of world renowned American artist, Peter Halley. Featuring more than 15 years of creation, the retrospective exhibition will run from 29 August to 3 October, 2014 on the first floor of the gallery. Born in New York in 1953, Peter Halley is acclaimed for his geometric colourful abstract paintings that have travelled across the globe to join the most prestigious institutions such as the Guggenheim, New York, the Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia, Madrid and the Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam. Obsessively playing with rectangular shapes linked with a quantity of tubes, the artist reinterprets the structure of prison cells or computer chips through constructive and highly organized juxtapositions anchoring his work in contemporary issues. Peter Halley’s work is dense in colour and texture. From ... More

Smithsonian Castle gardens and gate covered with yarn to mark opening of Sackler Gallery Art installation   William Morris Hunt portrait of Lincoln among highlights in Quinn's Sept. 13 Fine & Decorative Arts Auction   Columbus Museum of Art and Pizzuti Collection partner to present exhibition of works by Ori Gersht

Visitors examine the art exhibit called "Perspectives" that is on display at the Smithsonian's Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, August 21, 2014 in Washington, DC. Perspectives transforms over 400 shoes attached to red yarn and handwritten notes into a dramatic and emotionally charged installation. Mark Wilson/Getty Images/AFP.

WASHINGTON, DC.- One of the Smithsonian’s most iconic and photographed scenes has been blanketed with bright red yarn, revealed early in the morning of Friday, Aug. 29. In front of the Smithsonian Castle on Independence Avenue, the entrance gates to the Enid A. Haupt Garden and the lightpoles, benches and guide ropes leading to the Arthur M. Sackler Gallery have been “yarnbombed,” or swathed under layers and webs of yarn, to promote the Gallery’s new exhibition, “Perspectives: Chiharu Shiota.” Using more than 6 miles of the same fire-proofed yarn used in the art installation, more than 120 volunteers and knitting enthusiasts from around the Smithsonian and the Washington region assembled the “yarnbomb” under ... More

Late-19th-century oil-on-canvas portrait of Abraham Lincoln by William Morris Hunt (American, 1824-1879). Est. $25,000-$35,000. Quinn’s Auction Gallery image.

FALLS CHURCH, VA.- Quality estate merchandise from a wide array of categories will be offered at Quinn’s Auction Galleries’ Fine & Decorative Arts Catalog Auction slated for Saturday, Sept. 13 at 11 a.m. (EST), at Quinn’s gallery located at 360 South Washington Street in Falls Church. Internet live bidding will be facilitated by two platforms: and A strong candidate for top lot of the auction is neither a fine artwork nor a decorative accessory, but a rare 1960 Gibson Les Paul Sunburst electric guitar expected to bring $20,000-$30,000. The solid body guitar (serial #0-0234), with factory-installed Bigsby (vibrato tailpiece device) and pick guard, has a mahogany back and neck; painted headstock, original dark cherry sunburst finish and Les Paul model logo. Staying with music, another lot expected to play a sweet tune is ... More

Ori Gersht, Blow Up #1, 2007. C-print mounted to acrylic. Pizzuti Collection. Photo courtesy of the Pizzuti Collection and CRG Gallery.

COLUMBUS, OH.- In its first partnership with the Pizzuti Collection, the Columbus Museum of Art presents an installation of work by acclaimed artist Ori Gersht. Ori Gersht: Still Life on view at CMA August 29, 2014 – January 4, 2015. Born in Israel and based in London, Gersht has created a body of photographic and video work that combines exquisite beauty with memories of violence and historical trauma. Recalling romantic landscapes and eighteenth-century still life paintings, the work is rich with art-historical allusions, but also suggests ongoing political conflicts. “I’m very excited that this inaugural partnership between Columbus Museum of Art and the Pizzuti Collection is such a meaningful collaboration,” said CMA Executive Director Nannette V. Maciejunes. “Ron has been part of our Museum family for years and has always been a huge supporter of the arts community in Columbus. It’s been incredible to wa ... More

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Rijksmuseum to hold symposium on the 1960s
AMSTERDAM.- In partnership with the Netherlands Institute of Sound and Vision and EYE Filmmuseum, the Rijksmuseum is to hold a dynamic symposium open to the public on 12 September 2014. The symposium will include film footage never seen before as well as interviews with eyewitnesses, plus columns and lectures. Freek de Jonge, Wim T. Schippers, Louis van Gasteren, James Kennedy and many others will take a look back at the massive changes in the Dutch society of the 1960s. Fifty years ago, in the summer of 1964, the Netherlands was on the eve of a playful revolution. The country became famous as a progressive laboratory of free love, drugs and new forms of art. Art had to be happening, not something just hanging on the wall of a museum; it had to be on the streets and be for everyone. Together with a new exhibition of so-called ‘rotaprints’ by artist Aat Veldhoen (1934) ... More

Why your favourite song takes you down memory lane
PARIS (AFP).- Music triggers different functions of the brain, which helps explain why listening to a song you like might be enjoyable but a favourite song may plunge you into nostalgia, scientists said on Thursday. Neuroscientists in the United States used a functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) scanner to map brain activity in 21 young volunteers as they listened to different types of music, including rock, rap and classical. They were played six songs, each five minutes long, four of them considered to be "iconic" to each genre, one song that was unfamiliar and one which they had identified as a favourite. The scientists spotted patterns of activity that told when a volunteer liked or disliked what was being played. And they also noted a telltale signature that occurred when the favourite song popped up. Listening to music that was liked, but was not the volunteer's favourite, opened up a neural ... More

Portland Museum of Art launches new and enhanced website
PORTLAND, ME.- The Portland Museum of Art announced the launch of the museum’s new website and online presence, Offering users a fresh way to interact with the PMA, is at the forefront of how museums’ collections, resources, and missions are presented online. Modern and clean, the interface is designed to function flawlessly across all platforms—desktop, tablet, and smartphone—and is filled with beautiful art and engaging content. makes it easy to explore events, exhibitions, and the museum’s extensive permanent collection, providing a new, online home for the PMA that keeps pace with the museum’s national reputation as one of the best regional museums in the country. Functionality and design highlights include: • a strong focus on art and images. • responsive design, which ensures an optimal experience ... More

The Heckscher Museum of Art presents Long Island Biennial 2014 and Richard Gachot's America
HUNTINGTON, NY.- The Heckscher Museum of Art and Cinema Arts Centre in Huntington are presenting the Long Island Biennial 2014. On view August 16 through November 30, 2014, this juried exhibition features work by artists and filmmakers of Nassau and Suffolk Counties. Inaugurated in 2010, the Long Island Biennial offers Long Island's contemporary artists and filmmakers an opportunity to share their work with a broad public, deepening the connections among artists and between artists and the communities where they live. Jurors Dan Christoffel, Artist-in-Residence, Adjunct Professor, LIU Post; Renato Danese, Danese Corey, New York; and Helen A. Harrison, Director, Pollock-Krasner House and Study Center, East Hampton, will select paintings, sculpture, photography, mixed media work, and works on paper for the exhibition. Partner Cinema Arts Centre will ... More

State Museum opens two exhibitions on plant fossils and extinction of Passenger Pigeon
ALBANY, NY.- Two exhibitions featuring New York State plant fossils and specimens of the extinct passenger pigeon will open at the New York State Museum on August 30, 2014. The Binghamton University Paleobotany Collection and The Passenger Pigeon: From Billions to Zero will be the Museum’s newest exhibitions located in the New York Discoveries area. “We’re eager to open two new long-term exhibitions for our visitors,” said State Museum Director Mark Schaming. “The Board of Regents and the State Museum are grateful for Binghamton University’s donation of their significant paleobotany collection. We have organized an exhibition to display this impressive collection of fossils to the people of New York State. The passenger pigeon is also an important New York story; the exhibition describes how the once-popular passenger pigeon went from a population of billions to zero ... More

Queensland artist Madonna Staunon exhibits at the Queensland Art Gallery
BRISBANE.- The fifty year practice of leading Queensland artist Madonna Staunton will be celebrated in an exhibition at the Queensland Art Gallery from 30 August 2014 to 1 March 2015. QAGOMA Director Chris Saines said 'Madonna Staunton: Out of a Clear Blue Sky' reflected a truly significant body of work by a senior Queensland artist dating from the early 1960s to the present. 'As Staunton's first major exhibition at QAGOMA since 1994, this presentation reveals the artist's full progression through the restrained elegance of her collage and sculptural assemblage, to the more philosophical and personal content of her print-making and recent painting. 'This exhibition continues the Gallery's important program of exhibitions celebrating the work of Queensland artists, including recent shows focussed on Ian Fairweather, Richard Stringer and Sam Fullbrook,' he said. 'Madonna Staunton: ... More

New Mexico Museum of Art announces appointment of new Curator of Art Carmen Vendelin
SANTA FE, NM.- Carmen Vendelin was recently the Curator of Art at La Salle University Art Museum in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Previously she was at the Newark Museum, Newark, New Jersey, the Jane Voorhees Zimmerli Art Museum at Rutgers University, and at the Art Institute of Chicago. She has over thirteen years of museum experience, ten of those curatorial. Her area of specialization is 19th and 20th century American and European art with particular emphasis on the years between the 1870s and World War II. At the New Mexico Museum of Art, she will be working mainly with collections before 1955. Ms. Vendelin earned a bachelor's degree with honors in art history from University of Washington, a Master of Modern and Contemporary Art History, Criticism and Theory from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and completed her doctoral candidacy at Rutgers, ... More

Piasa to offer works by designer, artist, socialite & fashion museum Gabriella Crespi
PARIS.- She was born in 1922 and grew up in Tuscany, near Florence, before studying architecture at the Politecnico in Milan, where she discovered Le Corbusier and Frank Lloyd Wright. She married into one of Italy’s wealthiest families, who owned the Corriere della Sera and a textiles empire. From Rome and Milan she hired the finest craftsmen to produce her designs. Most of her works were produced in limited editions and have been rare and highly sought-after since the 1970s – and are all the more so today. Her designs are rare and were mostly the result of special commissions. Several leading personalities were passionately enthusiastic about her work, including Elizabeth Arden, Thomas Hoving (former head of New York’s Metropolitan Museum), Greek shipping magnate Georges Livanos, Princess Grace, Gunther Sachs and the Shah of Iran. Gabriella Crespi has always ... More

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On a day like today, French painter Jean Auguste Dominique Ingres was born
August 29, 1780. Jean-Auguste-Dominique Ingres (29 August 1780 - 14 January 1867) was a French Neoclassical painter. Although he considered himself to be a painter of history in the tradition of Nicolas Poussin and Jacques-Louis David, by the end of his life it was Ingres's portraits, both painted and drawn, that were recognized as his greatest legacy. In this image: A visitor looks at the painting " La Venus d'Urbino" (1822) at the Louvre Museum in Paris, Friday, Feb. 17. 2006. The museum presented the first restrospective in forty years of Jean Auguste Dominique Ingres (1780-1867).

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