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Neanderthals and humans were both living in Europe for between 2,600 and 5,400 years

The image shows a Neanderthal model from the Natural History Museum. The Museum carried out the research in collaboration with Oxford.

PARIS (AFP).- Neanderthals shared Europe with modern humans for as long as five millennia until they died out 40,000 years ago -- "ample time" for cultural exchanges and interbreeding, researchers said on Wednesday. While there is no evidence that the two groups lived closely together, they did co-exist for anything from 25 to 250 generations, depending on the region, according to a paper published in the journal Nature. "The results reveal a significant overlap of 2,600-5,400 years," wrote the researchers, who used improved technology to date about 200 samples of bone, charcoal and shell from 40 archaeological sites from Russia to Spain. This was "ample time for interaction and interbreeding," said a press statement. In the latest attempt to date our cousins' final moments on Earth, the team found that Neanderthals disappeared at different times from different parts of Europe ... More

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Debbas Collection of works by Shafic Abboud covering six decades to highlight Christie's Dubai Sale   Amsterdam's Allard Pierson Museum keeps disputed Crimea treasure to avoid legal fight   Tokyo Chuo Auction to present exceptional Chinese works of art in September sale

Shafic Abboud, Grande Chambre 3, 1987. oil on canvas, 63 x 63in. Estimate: $150,000-200,000. Photo: Christie's Images Ltd 2014.

DUBAI.- Collectors are in for a rare treat this auction season as Christie’s Dubai will be offering 10 works by the leading Lebanese modernist Shafic Abboud (1926-2004) from the exceptional Beirut collection of Viviane & Robert Debbas. Mostly large compositions in Abboud’s distinctive, abstract hand, each work is a study in his 60-year experiment in the search for the essence of light through colour. The collection is expected to realize around $2million and will be the highlight of the sale of Modern and Contemporary Arab, Iranian and Turkish Art to be held by Christie’s at the Emirates Towers Hotel on October 21. The Debbas Collection will be shown during the 3-day-long free, public exhibition alongside works in the various owners sale by Mahmoud Saïd, Fateh Moudarres, Parviz Tanavoli, Hamed Owais, Mahmoud Mokhtar, Charles Hossein Zenderoudi, Paul Guiragossian and Sohrab Sepehri. An auction of Fine Watches will be held th ... More

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THE HAGUE (AFP).- A Dutch museum said on Wednesday it would delay the return of Crimean archaeological treasures it is exhibiting, fearing a legal tussle with either Russia or Ukraine. The priceless medieval artefacts, on loan from four Crimean museums, went on display at Amsterdam's Allard Pierson Museum in February, less than a month before the peninsula was annexed by Russia. The museums, now under Russian authority, have asked for them to be returned, while the Ukrainian government in Kiev has also claimed the treasures. The exhibition, entitled "The Crimea: Gold and Secrets from the Black Sea", features items spanning the 2nd century BC to the late medieval era, including a ceremonial Scythian helmet made from gold, as well as a lacquered box, originally from China, which in Roman times found its way to Crimea via the Silk Road. An extensive and ongoing legal investigation had yet to "agree to a claim by one of the parties", the museum said, describing the situation as "unique and complex ... More

An underglaze-blue-decorated yellow-ground Zun with two ears and Kui patterns from the Qianlong period. Estimate: JPY15,000,000-25,000,000.

TOKYO.- Tokyo Chuo Auction will hold its Autumn sales series from 4-6 September 2014 at Tokyo Dome Hotel, presenting to discerning collectors a variety of rare and important Chinese works of art from different periods with excellent provenance, as well as jewels and watches. Highlights of the three-day auctions include Ancient Bronze Works of Art; Important Chinese Bronze Wares; Chinese Fine Arts Evening Sale; Modern Chinese Paintings; Classical Chinese Paintings; Rare Books, Rubbings & Manuscripts; Fine Tea Ceremony Sets; Scholar's Objects and Fine Chinese Works of Art. This sale will feature exquisite jade wares and rare porcelains symbolising the Qing court’s power and wealth. The star lot is an underglaze-blue-decorated yellow-ground Zun with two ears and Kui patterns from the Qianlong period (Estimate: JPY15,000,000-25,000,000, Lot 1972). The vessel is masterfully decorated with underglaze-blue Kui ... More

Queensland Art Gallery / Gallery of Modern Art announces new Head of Australian Art   National Portrait Gallery to accept digital entries for BP Portrait Award 2015   Joslyn Art Museum announces new gifts of contemporary sculpture, Western painting

Jason brings more than 20 years’ experience and leadership in art museums and contemporary art to this key role. Photo: Matthew Wren.

BRISBANE.- Queensland Art Gallery | Gallery of Modern Art Director Chris Saines announced the appointment of the Gallery’s new Curatorial Manager of Australian Art, Jason Smith, and the departure later this year of curatorial managers Kathryn Weir and Russell Storer, to accept prestigious international positions in Europe and Asia. Mr Saines said Jason Smith, Director and CEO of Heide Museum of Modern Art, Victoria since 2008, would commence as Curatorial Manager of Australian Art in November. ‘Jason brings more than 20 years’ experience and leadership in art museums and contemporary art to this key role in which he will lead QAGOMA’s Australian art programming and collection development,’ Mr Saines said. ‘This appointment reaffirms our position at the forefront of Australian contemporary art practice and our determination to be the leading institution for the contemporary art ... More

Thomas Ganter, First Prize Winner of the BP Portrait Award 2014©Jorge Herrera.

LONDON.- The National Portrait Gallery has announced that it will be accepting digital entries for the BP Portrait Award 2015, one of the world’s most prestigious art competitions, making it quicker and easier for artists from across the globe to submit their work. To enter, artists will be asked to upload a photograph of their finished painting to the BP Portrait Award website, which will be considered by the judges in the first round of the competition. The entrants who are successful in this round will then be invited to hand-deliver or courier their work to a judging venue in London for the final selection. The BP Portrait Award, now in its 35th year at the National Portrait Gallery and 25th year of sponsorship by BP, is a highly successful annual event aimed at encouraging artists over the age of eighteen to focus upon, and develop, the theme of portraiture in their work. The increasingly popular competition has a huge international ... More

Magdalena Abakanowicz (Polish, born 1930), Single, 1994, bronze, Gift of Gail and Michael Yanney, Lisa and Bill Roskens, and Mary and Charlie Roskens, 2014.11

OMAHA, NE.- Joslyn Art Museum has installed a new bronze work in its Peter Kiewit Foundation Sculpture Garden — Magdalena Abakanowicz’s Single (1994). A recent gift of Gail and Michael Yanney, Lisa and Bill Roskens, and Mary and Charlie Roskens, the work is the first by Abakanowicz in Joslyn’s collection. Born in Falentyn, Poland, in 1930, Abakanowicz (pictured right; pronounced ah-bah-can-oh-vitch ) began making sculptures in the 1950s as a student at the Academy of Fine Arts in Warsaw. She quickly garnered critical acclaim for her fiber-based installations and hanging textiles that reflected on her childhood experiences living in Nazi and Soviet-occupied Poland. In the 1970s, Abakanowicz turned her attention toward the human form. She is perhaps most well-known for portraying headless bodies, which are meant to echo the human inclination to follow charismatic ... More

New study says seals not Christopher Columbus brought tuberculosis to Americas   Historic Kings Theatre is transformed into major New York Performing Arts venue   Swann Galleries' announces top August Posters Auction of all time bringing in more than $800,000

A pup harp seal resting on the ice off the coast of the Magdalen Islands. AFP PHOTO/David BOILY.

PARIS (AFP).- Seals and sea lions probably brought tuberculosis to the Americas centuries before Christopher Columbus first set foot there, scientists said Wednesday. A new study challenges the theory that Europeans introduced TB to the New World, where it killed millions of indigenous Americans along with other foreign diseases like whooping cough, chicken pox and flu. As many as 20 million people lived in the Americas before Europeans arrived, and up to 95 percent of them were wiped out by new diseases to which they had no immunity. But the latest data revealed that TB "may have had a hand in American Indian deaths prior to the influx of European diseases", according to the US National Science Foundation (NSF), which co-funded the study. An international expert team analysed DNA of bacteria from three 1,000-year-old human skeletons found in Peru, and found a type of TB closely related to strains that infect ... More

Historic image of the Kings Theatre. From the Loew's Collection, American Theatre Archive, Theater Historical Society of America.

NEW YORK, NY.- The Kings Theatre will reopen its doors in January 2015 as New York’s newest major performing arts facility, and the largest theatre in Brooklyn with over 3,000 seats. The former movie palace and architectural gem will be a major new fixture in the City’s cultural landscape, presenting a wide spectrum of cultural programming from local, national, and international performing artists across a variety of disciplines. Serving as both a cultural and economic cornerstone, the Theatre plans to present more than 200 performances annually—including popular music, comedy, theatre and dance—creating jobs and attracting thousands of visitors to the neighborhood. Located at the geographic center of the City’s most populous borough, the Kings Theatre opened in the Flatbush neighborhood in 1929 as one of the five Loew’s ‘Wonder Theatres’ constructed in New York and New ... More

Roger Broders, Monte-Carlo, circa 1930. Sold for $16,250 (including buyer's premium).

NEW YORK, NY.- Coming on the heels of tremendous media coverage, including write ups in The Telegraph, The Daily Mail, Luxury Travel Magazine, Robb Report and Slate, Swann Galleries’ August 6 auction of Vintage Posters grossed more than any previous August posters sale, bringing in more than $800,000. Among the top lots were highlights from a collection of tennis posters, which was larger and more important than any tennis poster collection to appear at auction before, World War I & II images, scarce Buffalo Bill posters, Geo Ham’s Grand Prix advertisements and summer and beach resort promos by celebrated artists. Nicholas D. Lowry, Swann President and Posters Specialist, said, “This summer marks the 100th anniversary of the start of World War I, and collectors and dealers showed up—both in person and online—to help propel the auction to impressive results. Several auction records were achieved, and it was Swann’ ... More

Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark will play at the Museum of Liverpool on 1 November 2014   Exhibition of new photographic series by Hrafnkell Sigurdsson opens at i8 in Reykjavík   Book chronicles Nadav Kander's fascination with secret Soviet scientific cities

Andy McCluskey with 'Winston'. © Museum of Liverpool.

LIVERPOOL.- Music legends Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark are to play an exclusive concert at the Museum of Liverpool. OMD have just celebrated 35 years in music and will mark the occasion with the intimate gig in their home city. The special show will take place on Saturday 1 November in the Museum’s 550-capacity Atrium. The set will include greatest hits, tracks from the band’s 1983 Dazzle Ships album and one song which has never ever been performed live. This is the first time the Museum of Liverpool has hosted a gig by a major music act. On the night OMD will consist of Andy McCluskey, Paul Humphreys and Martin Cooper. OMD's iconic and influential fourth album Dazzle Ships was inspired by the painting Dazzle Ships in dry dock at Liverpool by Edward Wadsworth. Now that there is once again a Dazzle Ship in a dry dock in front of the Museum of Liverpool, it is appropriate that the band commemorate the event with ... More

Hrafnkell Sigurdsson: Revelation VII, 2014. Colour photograph, 144 x 96 cm. Courtesy of the artist and i8 Gallery, Reykjavik.

REYKJAVÍK.- i8 announces an exhibition of new works by Hrafnkell Sigurdsson. This is the artist’s fifth solo exhibition with the gallery. The exhibition features Sigurdsson’s new photographic series, Revelation, 2014. In Revelation, Sigurdsson continues his photographic exploration of themes relating to nature, the man-made or the sublime, and culture and consumer society; engaging with sculptural and painterly elements through the detail of various materials and surfaces. Sigurdsson’s works often depict prefabricated materials or objects that are re-constructed or placed in situ. In Revelation, sheets of bubble wrap float underwater in free-form configurations suggesting a sculptural mass: an illusory paradox given the tremendous pressure of the water and relative weightlessness of the plastic. While bubble wrap in water ... More

The Aral Sea I (Officers Housing), Kazakhstan 2011.

NEW YORK, NY.- Nadav Kander began a three year survey of secret Soviet scientific cities and missile test sites when he learned of the existence of two “closed” cities on the border between Kazakhstan and Russia that tickled his curiosity for secrecy and his interest in the aesthetics of destruction. This fascination then took him from East Kazakhstan to the desolated landscapes of the Aral Sea. The restricted military zones of Priozersk and Kurtchatov did not appear on any map until well after the end of the Cold War. Long-distance missiles were tested in Priozersk, only known at the time as “Moscow 10”, under great secrecy. Hundreds of atomic bombs were detonated in the so-called “Polygon” near Kurchatov until the program ended in 1989. The bombs were exploded in a remote but still populated area, and covert studies were made of the effects of the radiation on the unsuspecting ... More

I could not understand it. All my statues ended up one centimeter high. One touch more and hop! the statue vanishes. Giacometti

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Yorkshire Sculpture Park joins the Great Art Quest
WAKEFIELD.- Yorkshire Sculpture Park is one of four art galleries in the UK to be selected to join the Great Art Quest, organised by The Prince’s Foundation for Children & the Arts (Children & the Arts). Each year Great Art Quest introduces children (from age 9–11) from 16 primary schools to the visual arts by partnering them with local galleries, professional artists and storytellers. Throughout the academic year 2014/15, YSP is working with four schools, within priority areas of Wakefield, to give children the chance to discover the Park for the first time and work with professional artists to explore their creative response to the gallery’s unique environment. YSP’s artist educators and storytellers will bring exhibitions and sculptures, by artists such as Ursula von Rydingsvard and Barbara Hepworth, to life through exciting tales and interactive sessions, for the 120 participating children. Jeremy Newton, ... More

Unprecedented attendance at Sotheby's Old Master Q: What the @#$% is Going On? exhibition
HONG KONG.- Sotheby’s Hong Kong announces unprecedented attendance at the largest-ever selling exhibition by beloved illustrator Alphonso Wong Kar-hei (well- known by his pen name, Wong Chak), visionary behind the legendary Hong Kong comic Old Master Q. Nearly 5,000 visitors have been recorded in the first 10 days and all the works on offer have been sold. This overwhelmingly-popular exhibition features 128 original comic illustrations, dated between the 1960s and the 1980s and ranging from four- and six-panel comic strips to cover artworks. Generations of Chinese communities around the world have treasured Wong’s charming and inspirational depictions of daily life in Hong Kong society as portrayed by a constellation of colourful characters. Highlighting the foibles and follies of Old Master Q, Big Potato, Mr Chin and Miss Chan, Old Master Q: What the ... More

National Museum acquires Michael Chamberlain Torana
CANBERRA.- The National Museum of Australia, in Canberra has acquired the 1977 model yellow hatchback V8 Torana, which was central to the conviction and ultimate exoneration of Lindy and Michael Chamberlain, over the 1980 disappearance of their daughter, Azaria. The disappearance of Azaria Chantel Loren Chamberlain (11 June - 17 August 1980) became one of the most infamous events in contemporary Australian social and legal history. Despite the family’s protestations that Azaria was taken by a dingo at Ayers Rock (now Uluru), in October 1982, Lindy Chamberlain was tried and convicted of murder and Michael Chamberlain was convicted of being an accessory to the crime. Lindy was given a life sentence and imprisoned for over three years, before new evidence forced a royal commission that ultimately resulted in the 1988 exoneration of Lindy and Michael Chamberlain ... More

Artsy and 1:54 Contemporary African Art Fair to partner
LONDON.- Artsy and 1:54, the Contemporary African Art Fair, announced their partnership in bringing the fair—Europe’s leading international fair dedicated to contemporary African art, now in its second year in London—online to a global audience. Artsy, the premier online resource for browsing the world’s most influential art fairs offers collectors and art enthusiasts the opportunity to explore the fair, collect works from exhibiting galleries, and access exclusive editorial content including ‘Insider Picks’ on or the Artsy app for iPhone. This year, 1:54 has doubled in size, taking over both the East and West Wings of Somerset House in London. It will once again provide an unparalleled showcase of the world’s finest Contemporary African Art from 16 to 19 October 2014. The fair is accompanied by a critical conversations series comprising of lectures, artist talks, film screenings ... More

Mike Osborne's new monograph 'Floating Island' published by Daylight
NEW YORK, NY.- Photographer Mike Osborne's work revolves around charged landscapes and the myths and fantasies they inspire. In Floating Island, he focuses his camera on the border-straddling community of Wendover, Utah, and West Wendover, Nevada, located on the fringe of the Great Salt Lake Desert. During World War II, Wendover was home to an important Army Air Force base that trained bomber pilots, including the crew of the Enola Gay. After the war, the military abandoned the base and the town gradually reinvented itself as a gaming outpost with five sprawling casinos. Osborne traces this unusual trajectory in starkly beautiful photographs. Floating Island unfolds in a sequence of ten chapters, each devoted to a specific facet of the town and its surroundings. In one, Osborne follows a team of corporate contractors as they comb a bombing range for ... More

Rock 'n' Roll Fantasy Camp Archive at Heritage Auctions
DALLAS, TX.- A treasure trove of guitars and memorabilia from the archives of the Rock 'n' Roll Fantasy Camp, an interactive event that pairs fans with chart-topping rock stars, highlight Heritage Auctions' Aug. 23 Entertainment & Music Memorabilia Signature Auction in Beverly Hills. With items signed by legendary rockers and camp participants including Jeff Beck, Brian Wilson, Tommy Lee, and Def Leppard, the auction proceeds from the Fantasy Camp archive will benefit Teen Cancer America, an awareness group founded by The Who's Roger Daltrey and Pete Townshend which is dedicated to improving the lives of young adults battling the disease. Heritage Auctions is also donating a portion of its buyer's premium to Teen Cancer America. "This is an archive that appeals to the rocker in all of us," said Garry Shrum, Consignment Director of Music Memorabilia at Heritage Auctions. ... More

Indian College excavation reopens in Harvard Yard
CAMBRIDGE, MASS.- This fall, Harvard archaeologists will continue excavations in Harvard Yard in the area of the 17th-century Indian College sited near Matthews Hall. This is the 4th excavation season in this area of the Yard. (Earlier excavations took place in 2005, 2007, 2009, and 2011). A foundation trench believed to be part of the old Indian College was found in 2009, and confirmed in 2011. This season, the class will continue to trace the Indian College foundation. On Thursday, September 11 at 1:30 pm, The Peabody Museum of Archaeology & Ethnology, Harvard University Anthropology Department, and Harvard University Native American Program (HUNAP) invite the public to join the opening ceremony for the fall 2014 archaeological excavation in Harvard Yard. The Harvard University course, Anthropology 1130: Archaeology of Harvard Yard, is part of the Harvard Yard ... More

Portland Museum of Art hires new Assistant Curator of European Art
PORTLAND, ME.- The Portland Museum of Art announced that Dr. Andrew Eschelbacher has been appointed as the Susan Donnell and Harry W. Konkel Assistant Curator of European Art. Eschelbacher will be responsible for overseeing the PMA’s collection of European art, including long-term loans from the Isabelle and Scott Black Collection and the Albert Otten Collection, as well as developing special exhibitions and other projects. He will start on September 2, 2014. “We are thrilled that Andrew has been hired as our new European curator at this exciting time for the PMA,” said PMA Director Mark H.C. Bessire. “He will join curators Karen Sherry (American Art) and Jessica May (Contemporary and Modern Art)—together, they will make a strong curatorial team. Andrew will begin by energizing our European program with the reinstallation of the collection in 2016, and in the future with ... More

Disquieting times for Malaysia's 'fish listener'
SETIU (AFP).- One hand clinging to his boat's gunwale, Harun Muhammad submerges himself, eyes and ears wide open underwater as he "listens" for fish sounds emanating from the blue depths. Harun is one of Malaysia's last "fish listeners," and he and his apprentice son Zuraini are believed to be the only active practitioners of this mysterious and dying local art. "When you listen, it is like through a looking glass -- you can see mackerel, sardine," said Harun, 68, who has fished the Setiu lagoons on Malaysia's rural east coast his whole life. "For us, we only look for gelama (a type of croaker). But in the schools of gelama, there will be other fish. The gelama is the king of fish." Other fish listeners have passed away, retired or turned to modern fish-detection technology as the traditional practice has retreated in the face of dwindling catches and proliferating undersea noise. Studies show ... More

Neanderthals 'overlapped' with modern humans for up to 5,400 years



On a day like today, American designer and architect Charles Eames died
August 21, 1978. Charles Ormond Eames, Jr (1907 - 1978) was an American designer, who worked in and made major contributions to modern architecture and furniture. He also worked in the fields of industrial and graphic design, fine art and film. In this image: "Lobby Chair" models by U.S. designers Charles Eames (1907 - 1978) and his wife Ray (1912 - 1988) are on display during the exhibition "The furniture of Charles and Ray Eames - Products, Processes, Prototyps", in the Vitra Design Museum in Weil am Rhein, Germany, Thursday, March 22, 2007.

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