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Buckingham Palace conjures up Victorian ghosts in new show

Britain's Queen Elizabeth II looks at a painting of Queen Victoria inspecting wounded Coldstream Guardsmen, 1855, by John Gilbert, as part of an exhibition to mark the 200th anniversary of the birth of Queen Victoria, for the Summer Opening of Buckingham Palace in London on July 17, 2019. Victoria Jones / POOL / AFP.

by Robin Millard

LONDON (AFP).- The ballroom of Queen Victoria's Buckingham Palace has been brought back to life through Pepper's Ghost: a 19th-century illusion recreated by Hollywood animation whizzkids. The dancing, music and colour scheme has been revived inside the palace ballroom as part of an exhibition for the 200th anniversary of Queen Victoria's birth. The 1856 ball celebrating the end of the Crimean War has been recreated using a Victorian technique called Pepper's Ghost. Film is projected upwards and then reflected off a near-invisible glass screen set at 45 degrees, making dancers seem to appear magically in the room. Scientist John Henry Pepper's trick stunned and terrified people in theatres when it first came out. The palace's original wallpaper, friezes, windows and ... More

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With the passing of Frieder Burda, Germany loses one of its foremost art collectors   Israel unearths remains of rare ancient mosque   Lost portrait of Charles Dickens finds its way home

Frieder Burda 29. April 1936 - 14. Juli 2019 © Barbara Klemm.

BADEN-BADEN.- After a long period of illness, the entrepreneur and art collector Frieder Burda passed away in his home town of Baden-Baden on Sunday with his family at his side. The family, foundation, the museum and the town are united in their great sorrow at his passing. His belief in the unifying power of art was unbowed, his fascination in the electrifying power of colours was limitless: The passing of Frieder Burda means the world of art loses one of its great collectors, a man who always wished to share his love of and enthusiasm for art with the largest possible number of people. Humanist principles were always more important to him than materialistic considerations, owning art meant for him an obligation to make it accessible to people. As a friend to the artists, Frieder Burda was keen to exchange views on the origins of art, to be in close contact with and be inspired by the creators of art. In the establishment ... More

Yaser Alamor of Israel's antiquities authority displays a stone retrieved from the newly discovered remains of an ancient rural mosque. MENAHEM KAHANA / AFP.

RAHAT (AFP).- Israeli archaeologists said Thursday they had unearthed the remains of a rare ancient rural mosque from the seventh and eighth centuries AD in the country's south. The remains were discovered during preparations to construct a new building in the Bedouin town of Rahat, the Israel Antiquities Authority said. It said the remains were of an open-air rectangular mosque with a mihrab, or prayer niche, facing Mecca. The authority called it one of the earliest known rural mosques worldwide. "From this period there are large known mosques in Jerusalem and in Mecca, but here we have evidence of an ancient house of prayer, which seems to have served the farmers who lived in the area," the authority said in a statement from the excavations' directors, Jon Seligman and Shahar Zur. It said no similar building had been found in the area where it was ... More

Margaret Gillies (1803-87), Charles John Huffman Dickens (1812-1870), wearing dark jacket and cravat, white waistcoat, his dark hair worn collar-length in long curls, (1843) Watercolour and gouache.

LONDON.- Today, the Charles Dickens Museum announced that, following a successful fundraising campaign, it has acquired and secured the future of the ‘lost portrait’ of Dickens. Recently re-discovered by Philip Mould & Co, the exquisite portrait miniature by Margaret Gillies has found a permanent home at the Museum at 48 Doughty Street, the London residence where Dickens wrote Oliver Twist and Nicholas Nickleby, completed The Pickwick Papers and began Barnaby Rudge. Since launching the Lost Portrait Appeal in November 2018, the Museum has received magnificently generous donations from admirers of Dickens from all over the world and substantial grants from Art Fund and the Arts Council England/V&A Purchase Grant Fund, to meet the £180, 000 target and enable the portrait to join its permanent ... More

First major exhibition of works by Canadian Impressionists to open in Munich   Monroe Gallery of Photography announced the death of photographer Ida Wyman   World's largest private collection of Dutch delftware to Gemeentemuseum Den Haag

James Wilson Morrice, Luxembourg Gardens, Paris, c. 1905. Gift of A.K. Prakash, J.W. Morrice Collection, 2015. National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa. Photo: NGC.

OTTAWA.- The National Gallery of Canada opens its new exhibition Canada and Impressionism: New Horizons July 19, 2019, at the Kunsthalle in Munich, Germany. Presented in collaboration with the Kunsthalle München, Fondation de l’Hermitage (Lausanne, Switzerland) and Musée Fabre (Montpellier, France), the exhibition highlights the contributions made by Canadian artists to the Impressionist movement at the turn of the twentieth century. Canada and Impressionism: New Horizons will be on view in Munich until November 17, 2019. Organized by the National Gallery of Canada and curated by Katerina Atanassova, Senior Curator, Canadian Art, this unprecedented exhibition reveals as much about Canada as it does about the creative minds of the Canadian Impressionists. Covering nearly five decades, Canada and Impressionism: New Horizons features 121 paintings by 36 Canadian artists, drawn from both renowned public and private ... More

Always curious about people and how things work, she obtained her first camera at age fourteen and joined the Walton High School Camera Club.

SANTA FE, NM.- Monroe Gallery of Photography is sad to announce the death of Photographer Ida Wyman. Ida Wyman, an American photographer and member of the Photo League, passed away in Fitchburg, Wisconsin, Saturday, July 13, 2019. The daughter of Jewish immigrants from Riga, Latvia, Wyman was born March 7, 1926, in Malden, Massachusetts. She soon moved to New York, where her parents ran a small grocery store in the Bronx. Always curious about people and how things work, she obtained her first camera at age fourteen and joined the Walton High School Camera Club. There she met Life magazine photographer Bernard Hoffman, who encouraged her to pursue a career in photography. She credits Hoffman for helping her become a nationally published photographer in a time when few women did this work. She became ACME Newspictures first "girl mailroom boy." She soon was promoted to the position of ... More

Four large containers in the model of a lady, Delft, 1760-80, tin-glazed earthenware, height 49 cm, Gemeentemuseum Den Haag – The Lavino Collection.

THE HAGUE.- Gemeentemuseum Den Haag is to receive one of the world’s largest and most important private collections of Dutch delftware on long-term loan. The Lavino Collection was built by steel magnate Meijer Lavino, who died in 2005. This unique collection, never before shown to the public, includes almost the entire range of wares produced by Delft potters between 1660 and 1820. From 31 August a large proportion of the collection, which numbers over a thousand items, will be displayed for the first time in The Lavino Collection – Showcase of Dutch Delftware. The exhibition will focus on the quality and range of the collection, and its history. ‘Thanks to this generous loan we will be able to show the public a good cross-section of the impressive faience production of Delft potters,’ says director Benno Tempel. ‘In addition to the museum’s existing collection, we will be able to provide a multifaceted a ... More

UK's best new building: 2019 RIBA Stirling Prize shortlist announced   Hake's collectibles auction hits $1.5M with world-record price for Star Wars toy   'Sesame Street' and Earth, Wind & Fire among Kennedy Center honorees

Cork House © Ricky Jones.

LONDON.- The shortlist for the coveted 2019 RIBA Stirling Prize for the UK’s best new building has been revealed today (Thursday 18 July 2019). The buildings competing to be crowned the best in the UK range vastly in their type, scale, budget and location. A Scottish whisky distillery, major London transport interchange, rural opera house, large development of energy-efficient council housing, experimental house made of cork and contemporary art gallery are all in the running. The six shortlisted buildings are: • Cork House, Berkshire (Architect: Matthew Barnett Howland with Dido Milne and Oliver Wilton) An ingenious, experimental, carbon-neutral private house made almost entirely from cork. • Goldsmith Street, Norwich (Architect: Mikhail Riches with Cathy Hawley) A large development of 105 highly energy-efficient homes for social rent, designed to Passivhaus standards for Norwich City Council. • London ... More

Rocket-firing Boba Fett prototype (L-slot) action figure, 3.75in., AFA 85 NM+ condition, Kenner, 1979. Sold for $112,926, the first Star Wars toy to sell for six figures. World auction record for any Star Wars toy.

YORK, PA.- Hake’s, America’s first collectibles auction house, ventured into uncharted territory on July 11 with a rocket-firing Boba Fett action figure that sold for $112,926. The 3.75-inch prototype figure from Kenner’s licensed toy line for The Empire Strikes Back had been displayed at the 1979 Toy Fair in New York, but never saw production. Forty years later, the production-line reject was the top seller in a $1.5 million online auction of superior-quality entertainment, sports and political memorabilia conducted on July 10-11. The Boba Fett action figure in AFA 85 NM+ condition was similar to a prototype from the legendary Russell Branton collection that Hakes sold for $86,383 last year. Hake’s president, Alex Winter, had predicted the example in the July sale might ... More

Sesame Street Live characters. STAN HONDA / AFP.

WASHINGTON (AFP).- The iconic children's television program "Sesame Street" along with the R&B collective Earth, Wind & Fire will be among those recognized at this year's Kennedy Center Honors, one of America's most prestigious arts awards. The Kennedy Center -- Washington's performing arts complex that serves as a living monument to slain president John F. Kennedy -- announced Thursday that actress Sally Field, genre-spanning singer Linda Ronstadt and 11-time Grammy winning conductor Michael Tilson Thomas would also be among the 2019 class. The choice of "Sesame Street" -- a childhood staple that premiered in 1969 to high viewership and glowing reviews, which this year is celebrating its 50th anniversary -- marks the first time the Kennedy Center will honor a television program and the second time it chose a work of art rather than individuals. Last year's inclusion of the groundbreaking musical "Hamilton" ... More

Dulwich Picture Gallery announces £5 tickets for under 30s   Eric Golo Stone appointed new artistic director at Künstlerhaus Stuttgart   Gary Card transforms Phillips London into an immersive landscape with HYSTERICAL

Those aged 18-30 can now sign up to the scheme at to find out more and be first to hear when tickets go on sale.

LONDON.- Dulwich Picture Gallery today announces a new £5 ticket price for visitors aged 18-30*, which will include entry to the Gallery’s Collection and temporary exhibitions. It will come into effect for Rembrandt’s Light this October, which will present a dramatic and contemporary re-telling of works by the Dutch Master. The introduction of the discounted ticket continues the Gallery’s commitment to engage young people with great art and acknowledges the significant financial strain many in this age group are under. It also follows research published by the Art Fund this year showing that under-30s are twice as likely to visit a museum or gallery on a monthly basis to de-stress**. It is hoped that the introduction of the £5 ticket will enable as many young people as possible to access and engage with the varied exhibitions and inspiring ... More

From 2013 to 2017 he was a curator at LAXART, Los Angeles. Photo: Sidonie Loiseleux.

STUTTGART.- Eric Golo Stone has been appointed as the new artistic director of the Künstlerhaus Stuttgart. He will begin working in the position January 1, 2020. Stone will succeed Fatima Hellberg, whose tenure as artistic director concludes in December, 2019. Stone’s writing and exhibitions emphasize legal mechanisms and socioeconomic conditions that constitute the production, distribution, and reception of art. From 2013 to 2017 he was a curator at LAXART, Los Angeles. In 2018, he organized the exhibition and program, Contractual Situations We Live By, at the Kunsthalle Bern. In addition to currently working on multiple book projects, he is organizing, US Code: Title 26, a forthcoming research initiative and exhibition at Artists Space, New York, which considers the consequential relationship between the art field, tax law, and systemic inequality in the United States. His ... More

HYSTERICAL Hosted by Gary Card. Image courtesy of Phillips.

LONDON.- This summer, Phillips London transformed its Berkeley Square gallery into an immersive landscape with HYSTERICAL, a selling exhibition in collaboration with renowned set designer and artist Gary Card. HYSTERICAL bridges Gary’s creative wonderland as a backdrop to a selection of works available for private sale by contemporary artists including Erik Parker, Cindy Sherman, Kenny Scharf, Ugo Rondinone, Joyce Pensato, Harold Ancart, Nicolas Party, Andre Butzer, and Paul McCarthy. The works are being exhibited in harmony with Gary’s designs, focusing on the farcical and neurotic within contemporary art. HYSTERICAL is open to the public from 18 July to 21 August 2019. Miety Heiden, Phillips’ Head of Private Sales, said, “By joining forces with Gary Card we are going to flood our London gallery with colour, fun and ... More

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Firstsite opens Lilah Fowler's first solo exhibition in a major public art gallery
COLCHESTER.- The Roman history of Colchester is the inspiration for an exhibition by artist Lilah Fowler at Firstsite this summer. London-based Lilah Fowler makes artwork that examines the effect and consequence of technology on our contemporary landscape, revealing how the ‘natural’ and the ‘man-made’ are interwoven in a state that she refers to as 'nth nature'. For her first solo exhibition in a major public art gallery, Fowler is planning an innovative display that combines her own sculptures with museum objects from the collections of Colchester and Ipswich Museums. Taking Roman pots as an example of ancient technology, Fowler looks at how both analogue and digital technologies are shaped by the natural environment—the clay pot being literally built out of it, and digital technologies relying on rare earth minerals and data centres that pump out huge ... More

Monumental landscape artwork on show in Upper Teesdale
UPPER TEESDALE.- A temporary artwork on a vast scale will go on show this summer and will highlight the way people have influenced the North Pennines landscape. The North Pennines AONB Partnership has commissioned international landscape artist, Steve Messam to produce ‘Hush’, an outdoor installation inspired by the geology, mining history and landscape of the area. Supported by the National Lottery Heritage Fund and Arts Council England, the piece will be on show this summer at Bales Hush, an old lead mining site on the Raby Estate in Upper Teesdale, County Durham. Based in Upper Teesdale close to the site of this new artwork, Steve Messam is a renowned environmental artist who produces large-scale temporary works in landscapes around the world. His work will transform Bales Hush for just 17 days, between 19 July and 4 August. ‘Hush' ... More

House of Illustration opens an exhibition of graphic design that transformed children's learning
LONDON.- On 19 July, House of Illustration will open an exhibition dedicated to the pioneering graphic designer and science educator Marie Neurath. From the 1940s to the 1970s, Neurath led a team of researchers, artists and writers at the Isotype Institute to produce over 80 illustrated children’s books, half of which are dedicated to science education. At a time when most women were expected to raise children, Neurath instead set about educating them, transforming complex science into striking infographics and diagrams to be easily understood by those of all ages. Marie Neurath: Picturing Science will demonstrate this process of transformation, from early ideas for picture books, research documents and initial sketches to final page spreads and bold book covers. The exhibition will include original designs ... More

Taiwanese 'graffiti village' eases elderly loneliness
RUAN CHIAO (AFP).- Nestled in the mist-covered foothills of Taiwan's central mountain range, Ruan Chiao village is virtually devoid of young people, but artist Wu Tsun-hsien is coaxing the Instagram generation back by transforming local homes into a canvas of colour. Dipping his brush into a tin of beige emulsion, he carefully applies new layers of paint to his latest production -- a vibrant rural scene depicting farmers in traditional weave hats tending to a flock of animals. Behind him an elderly villager with a walking stick shuffles his way down the main street, which is plastered with Wu's colourful paintings. "This village is full of old people," the 55-year-old laments, explaining how the vast majority of youngsters -- including his own children -- have moved to the city, leaving elderly residents listless and lonely. But paintings have started to bring young ... More

Hebrew opera takes on Israeli-Palestinian conflict at French festival
AIX-EN-PROVENCE (AFP).- It features an Israeli prime minister, Palestinian prisoners on hunger strike, a hit squad and a Shin Beth spy chief. But this is not another story on the intractable Israeli-Palestinian conflict but an opera unusually with a libretto in Hebrew, the official language of Israel. "The Sleeping Thousand", an opera by Israeli composer Adam Maor with the libretto by Yonatan Levy, was premiered at the prestigious Aix-en-Provence opera festival in southern France this month. "This opera speaks of oppression and above all, its impact on the oppressor," Maor told AFP. "While I'm not trying to campaign through my art, it is definitely a political opera which raises questions about freedom," he added. The chamber opera, which lasts one hour, won critical praise, with the Le Monde daily saying Maor and Levy had "created a singular universe -- one ... More

The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum names new Director of Education
RIDGEFIELD, CONN.- The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum welcomes Namulen Bayarsaihan as its new Director of Education. Bayarsaihan previously worked as the Director of Creative Operations at Real Art Ways in Hartford, CT, where she was responsible for planning and executing live arts programming, leading education programs, growing rental and event programs, supporting policy decisions and strategic planning, and managing the building and front of house. She began work at The Aldrich on June 17, 2019. At the Museum, Bayarsaihan will lead the Education department which includes developing public programs for adults, teens, families, and educators, managing and building school and community partnerships, and creating dynamic and engaging content for these audiences, on-site and regionally, centered on the themes and ideas presented ... More

Nana Adusei-Poku joins The Center for Curatorial Studies, Bard College
ANNANDALE-ON-HUDSON, NY.- The Center for Curatorial Studies, Bard College announced that distinguished scholar, curator, and educator Nana Adusei-Poku will join CCS Bard as senior academic advisor and Luma Foundation Fellow. In this role, Adusei-Poku will collaborate with the staff and faculty to develop and advise on the curriculum, which centers around the study of contemporary art, the institutions and practices of exhibition-making, and the theory and criticism of the visual arts. She will also work with Executive Director Tom Eccles, Chief Curator and Graduate Program Director Lauren Cornell, and faculty to develop the curatorial and publishing program at CCS Bard, including symposia, conferences, performance, and exhibitions at the Center for Curatorial Studies and in collaboration with partners, including departments across Bard College and ... More

Members of first all-female Afghan orchestra missing in Slovkia
BRATISLAVA (AFP).- Police in Slovakia said on Thursday they were searching for four members of Afghanistan's first all-female orchestra who went missing from their hotel after performing at a local festival. Zohra, an ensemble of 35 teenagers and young women musicians played a concert on Saturday at a festival in the western town of Trencin, some 130 kilometres (80 miles) north of Bratislava, near the Czech border. Four members went missing from their hotel on Sunday, Slovak police said. "I can confirm that the search for two female teenagers and two female adults from Afghanistan is ongoing," Pavol Kudlicka, a spokesperson for the Trencin regional police, told AFP on Thursday. He added that the musicians returned to their hotel after the concert but went missing the next morning. "Due to legal reasons and the ongoing investigation no names ... More

Exhibition charts how the tools, innovations, and culture of office labor have shaped human output
NEW YORK, NY.- A/D/O by MINI, the interdisciplinary creative space in Greenpoint, Brooklyn is presenting Out Of Office , a site-specific and interactive exhibition created in partnership with Soft-Firm, TORTUGA Living and Alex Gilbert. The exhibition is open to the public July 18 through September 06, 2019. The exhibition explores how the office has evolved from an analog, hierarchical, factory-inspired center of pooled physical resources to a network of virtual and data-driven interactions, posing the question: “If the office is no longer spatial, what has it become? Where work and life are conflated, what is the relationship between the office and identity?” Out Of Office examines thematic connections between office concepts, objects, and technology. Spanning a period from 1950-2050, objects are tracked on the macro scale of a graphic and object timeline and on the micro scale of the Supply ... More

Private funeral held for Italian author Camilleri
ROME (AFP).- A private funeral was held in Rome on Thursday for Italian author Andrea Camilleri, who earned worldwide acclaim for his series of whodunnits featuring inspector Salvo Montalbano. Friends and relatives gathered for the intimate ceremony at Rome's Protestant Cemetery, where many famed artists and poets are buried, including Percy Shelley and John Keats. "Here you will have friends to talk to," the author's daughter Andreina Camilleri said in front of her father's flower-covered grave. The celebrated author died at the age of 93 in Rome on Wednesday after a period of intensive care. Despite being a private ceremony, several hundred well-wishers were allowed to enter the cemetery in small groups to pay tribute to the author. Some brought flowers while others left messages of condolence. News of Camilleri's death sparked a outpouring ... More

Archives International Auctions' sale will feature rare U.S. and worldwide banknotes
RIVER EDGE, NJ.- Over 900 lots of rare and highly collectible worldwide banknotes, U.S. banknotes and security printing ephemera, U.S. and worldwide scripophily and more will come up for bid in a live gallery, live internet and absentee three-session auction slated for Wednesday, July 24th, in Auction #54 by Archives International Auctions, LLC. Session 1 will start at 10:30 am Eastern time. The auction will be held live in AIA’s gallery located at 1060 Main Street in River Edge, New Jersey. Online bidding will be facilitated by the platform, as well as on the AIA Live Bidding website platform. In addition to the categories above, the auction will also feature coins, historic documents and autographs. Session 1 (lots 1-291) will have Chinese and worldwide banknotes. Session 2 (lots 292-656, to be held no earlier than 2:30 pm) will have U.S. ... More

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On a day like today, French painter Edgar Degas was born
July 19, 1834. Edgar Degas (19 July 1834 - 27 September 1917), was a French artist famous for his work in painting, sculpture, printmaking and drawing. He is regarded as one of the founders of Impressionism although he rejected the term, and preferred to be called a realist. A superb draftsman, he is especially identified with the subject of the dance, and over half of his works depict dancers. In this image: An auction house worker poses for the photographers behind a sculpture by Edgar Degas, ahead of an auction sale in central London, Friday, June 15, 2012.

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