The First Art Newspaper on the Net Established in 1996 United States Friday, November 21, 2014


New international centre for the visual arts designed by Rafael Viñoly Architects opens in Colchester
firstsite is home for the work of the long established visual arts organisation of the same name.
COLCHESTER.- firstsite, a major new centre for the visual arts, designed by internationally acclaimed Rafael Viñoly Architects, opened in Colchester on Sunday 25 September 2011.

firstsite is home for the work of the long established visual arts organisation of the same name. Spread over 3,200 square metres on a landmark site bounded by the original Roman wall of Colchester, and set in extensive grounds, the new building includes purpose-built gallery spaces for major international exhibitions. It also features a display space to showcase works from the University of Essex’s internationally important collection of Latin American art, extensive learning spaces for children, students and community groups, a destination bar/restaurant and a 190-seat auditorium suitable for film screenings, lectures and events. The building is open every day and into the evening, free to all.

At its heart is the newly restored Berryfield Roman Mosaic, which dates from around AD200. Unearthed in 1923 on the site where firstsite now stands, the Mosaic formed part of the floor of a Roman townhouse. After years in Colchester Castle, the Mosaic has been painstakingly restored and returned to its original home, as firstsite’s only permanent exhibit.

Since firstsite was founded in 1994, it has encouraged thousands of people to get involved in contemporary art, nurturing new talent and providing a network of opportunities for the community to participate in ambitious learning programmes. Alongside this, firstsite has exhibited such internationally acclaimed artists as Louise Bourgeois (1996), Antony Gormley (1999), Bridget Riley (2002), Yoko Ono (2003), and Mark Dion (2005). Louise Bourgeois’ seminal work ‘Spider’ was shown in Colchester in 1996, four years before Tate Modern first exhibited the larger version of the work in its Turbine Hall.

The new building is the product of a strategic partnership between Arts Council England, East of England Development Agency, Essex County Council, Colchester Borough Council, the University of Essex and firstsite. firstsite’s opening is part of a sustained cultural investment programme over the last decade in the East of England, which includes the opening of DanceEast in Ipswich, the expansion of performance facilities at Aldeburgh, the restoration of the Theatre Royal, Bury St Edmunds, and the upcoming development of Kettle’s Yard in Cambridge, providing a major regional focus for culture in England.

firstsite’s opening exhibition, Camulodunum (the Roman name for Colchester, after the Celtic war god Camulos), celebrates the cultural and artistic heritage of the town and the region, which became established as the capital of Roman Britain. The exhibition puts on show important local historic artefacts alongside works by Barbara Hepworth, Henry Moore, Grayson Perry, JMW Turner, Andy Warhol and Ai Weiwei, and four commissions by international contemporary artists: Michaela Eichwald (Germany), Aleksandra Mir (Poland/Sweden/USA), Karin Ruggaber (Germany/UK) and Danh Vo (Denmark/Vietnam).firstsite is one of the partner organisations in the Plus Tate group, which also includes Nottingham Contemporary, Turner Contemporary in Margate, and The Hepworth Wakefield.

Katherine Wood, Director of firstsite, said: ‘I am proud to be opening our spectacular new building – designed by one of the world’s great architects, Rafael Viñoly, for the people of Colchester. So much more than a beautiful gallery attracting art lovers from all over the country, I believe firstsite will be at an important intersection between the community and artists, providing inspiration and encouragement to everyone to explore, create, relax and have fun.’

Cllr Paul Smith, Colchester Borough Council Portfolio Holder for Resources and ICT, said: ‘firstsite’s opening is a crucial milestone in the Borough’s plans to breathe life into the St Botolph’s quarter and establish opportunities to provide lifelong learning and skills development for all. Colchester’s new landmark building for the visual arts, firstsite will be a community hub for our town, county and region. It will draw visitors to Colchester, creating jobs in tourism and retail, and boost the economic growth of Colchester’s shops, hotels and restaurants.’

Helen Lax, Regional Director, Arts Council England, said: ‘It gives us great pleasure that firstsite opens its doors on 25 September. The new building is an important symbol of the vibrant arts scene in Colchester, and we hope it will act as a hub for the continuing development of local artists, as a draw for tourism and a catalyst for the town’s cultural regeneration. firstsite has demonstrated ambition, passion and flair with its opening exhibition, Camulodunum. Renowned work by international artists such as Andy Warhol, JMW Turner and Henry Moore will be presented in an exhibition that at the same time reflects the importance of Colchester’s cultural heritage. This is a perfect mix – demonstrating the importance of firstsite’s aim to be locally relevant and internationally significant.’





Last Week News

September 26, 2011

Andy Warhol's headline works presented by the National Gallery of Art, Washington

80 outstanding 19th century French drawings from the Louvre go on view at the Morgan Library

With over one hundred loans "Picasso 1905 in Paris" exhibition at Kunsthalle Bielefeld

American artist Dan Colen's first major exhibition in Rome opens at Gagosian Gallery

Dutch and Flemish paintings on view at the Museum of Fine Arts in Saint Petersburg

The Denver Art Museum is first venue for "Robert Adams: The Place We Live" exhibition

Rijksmuseum is largest loaning institution to exhibition at Kunsthistorisches Museum in Vienna

Exhibition of recent work by Japanese artist and architect Yutaka Sone at David Zwirner

Major exhibition on Sam Maloof and his circle of artist friends on view at the Huntington Library

Survey exhibition of paintings and drawings by Hans Burkhardt at Jack Rutberg Fine Arts

"Combinations Described" by Bruce Nauman on view at Donald Young Gallery

NRW-Forum Exhibition by Magnum photographers focuses on war and crisis photography

Connecticut College's steel house by Winslow Ames getting chance to shine again

Two new AGA exhibitions explore pioneers of both early French photography and the frontier landscape

Docks Art Fair achieves a highly praised 3rd edition

Ohio mosque designed to blend in, not stand out

Exhibition is inspired by the concepts behind Czech author Milan Kundera's novel Slowness

FLAG Art Foundation presents two exhibitions: Art², a group exhibition and Jane Hammond: Fallen

High presents major exhibition of wildlife sculptures by artist Grainger McKoy

September 25, 2011

Lehmbruck Museum's most extensive exhibition celebrates its 100th anniversary

Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden Presents "Andy Warhol: Shadows"

Houston's Menil Collection Announces Return of Byzantine Frescoes to Cyprus in 2012

MFA Houston announces major Frank Stella acquisition: "Palmito Ranch" (1961), a landmark in American painting

Made in the UK: Contemporary art British art at the Museum of Art Rhode Island School of Design

Edge of Empires: Pagans, Jews and Christians at Institute for the Study of the Ancient World

Third solo exhibition by Brazilian artist Beatriz Milhazes on view at Galerie Max Hetzler

Restoration work to begin on Joan Miró mural in Wichita State University's Ulrich Museum of Art

Larry Wright appointed Managing Director of Bellevue Arts Museum in Washington

Exhibition at Victoria & Albert Museum tackles tough task: define "Postmodernism"

First Ever Museum Exhibition Showcases Giorgio di Sant' Angelo's Innovation and Influence

De La Warr Pavilion explores Andy Warhol's beliefs, lifestyle and above all, his legacy

Neuberger Museum of Art presents first ten-year survey of paintings and drawings by Dana Schutz

Arnolfini celebrates 50th anniversary of presenting the very best in contemporary art in all its forms

Des Moines Art Center exhibition explores issues of loss and extinction in Dario Robleto's work

New study identifies pine bush as "Stop Over" for migrating birds

Taglialatella Galleries announcemens two new executive positions

National Museum of American History receives Peace Corps objects

Andrew Raftery: Open House on view at the Fleming Museum of Art

"Modify as Needed" at the Museum of Contemporary Art, North Miami

Newark Museum Patchwork exhibition now open

Studies suggest 2 waves of ancient Asia settlement

Massachusetts library undoes century-old Twain book ban

Israel donates money for preservation of Auschwitz

Nation's largest pinball museum to open in Baltimore

September 24, 2011

Copyrights and images from Marilyn Monroe's first photo shoot to be auctioned

Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, and Turkish Republic reach agreement for transfer of top half of Weary Herakles

The Morgan Library & Museum holds major exhibition this fall celebrating the birth of Charles Dickens

Richard Serra: Two new sculptures, Junction and Cycle, on view at the Gagosian Gallery

Works by world's preeminent contemporary artists sold at Christie's New York to benefit Artists for Haiti

"Wizard of Oz" ruby slippers up for sale at California auction house Profiles in History

Focused survey of installation art by Sanford Biggers at the Brooklyn Museum

Seeing Stars: Visionary Drawing from the collection on view at the Menil Collection

Sotheby's London to offer important newly discovered and unseen early photographs by Linnaeus

Arco Gallerywalk, new idea from Arco Art Fair to boost visits to art galleries in Madrid

Large scale steel sculptures by Jonathan Prince at The Sculpture Garden at 590 Madison Avenue

First solo show in Mexico by Darío Villalba at Luis Adelantado Gallery in Mexico City

Longtime Michener Director/CEO Bruce Katsiff announces plan to step down

De Hallen Haarlem presents an international group exhibition centering on an artwork by Louise Bourgeois

The Rencontres D'Arles: Photography festival 2011 breaks attendance record

"What would you name a new worm?" asks UK museum

Edward Barber & Jay Osgerby: Ascent on view at Haunch of Venison in London

The Whitney announces team for second volume devoted to Warhol's films

Looters plunder $8.5M from Ivory Coast museum

Poland receives 2 stolen paintings seized in New York

September 23, 2011

"MemyselfandI: Photo portraits of Picasso" opens at the Museum Ludwig in Cologne

Historical importance of paintings by Frank Stella Examined in exhibition at Paul Kasmin Gallery

Recently rediscovered early body of work by Ad Reinhardt on view at The Pace Gallery

Exhibition of Bob Dylan's drawings and paintings on view at Gagosian Gallery in New York

Photographer Elliott Erwitt's archive to be housed at University of Texas' Harry Ransom Center

J. Paul Getty Trust and the Hellenic Republic sign agreement creating framework for cultural cooperation

Boldini and Dore highlight Christie's 19th Century European art sale in New York

Faces of the New China: Christie's announces the evening sale of an important private collection

Exhibition of new paintings by Belgian painter Raoul De Keyser at David Zwirner

Banksy's iconic Monkey Detonator sells for £97,250 at Bonhams Urban Art sale     

Beatles' anti-segregation 1965 contract sold for $23,000 by Nate D. Sanders Auctions

Chinese Gilt-Bronze Bell achieves $482,500 at Doyle New York's Asian works of art sale

Exhibition of paintings from the 1960s to the 80s by the late Milton Resnick at Cheim & Read

Phillips de Pury & Company to auction historic collection of over 4350 Swatch watches in Hong Kong

Newly acquired portraits of Johnny Vegas, Matt Lucas, and Jimmy Carr in National Portrait Gallery display

Site specific retrospective installation by pioneering Los Angeles artist Betye Saar at Roberts & Tilton

Carsten Höller wins the Enel Contemporanea Award 2011

Photos, films find profound in ordinary people

World's oldest running motor car to be auctioned at RM's Hershey sale

September 22, 2011

Tate Britain unveils John Martin's lost masterpiece for the first time in almost a century

The Rijksmuseum presents Johan Maurits & Frans Post: Two Dutchmen in Brazil

Sotheby's contemporary art evening auction to be highlighted by four masterworks by Clyfford Still

Marlborough Gallery presents an exhibition by Red Grooms on the theme of New York

Exhibition of artwork by Brigitte Kowanz, Shirley Shor, and Ingo Günther at Bryce Wolkowitz Gallery

Sotheby's to sell the BAT Artventure Collection formerly known as the Peter Stuyvesant Collection Part III

South African artist William Kentridge exhibits at the Museum of Fine Arts in Budapest

Chiara Parisi appointed new Director of the cultural programs at the Monnaie de Paris

British artist Tris Vonna-Michell exhibits new work at Metro Pictures in New York   

Exhibition of photographs in the spirit of alchemy at Galerie Guido W. Baudach

Picasso and Braque: first exhibition to unite works from pivotal years at the Santa Barbara Museum of Art

Major collection of antique telephones will keep collectors "engaged" at Morphy Auctions

Russian art gets younger, less politicized as fourth Moscow Biennale opens

Florian Maier-Aichen's defiant new works at Baronian_Francey in Brussels

Leslie Hindman Auctioneers' fine jewelry and timepieces auction realizes over $3 million

Sotheby's sale of the philatelic collection of Lord Steinberg brings a total of $4.2 million

Rare blue diamond by Bulgari sells for 1.9 million pounds in Bonhams Fine Jewellery sale

Frieze Art Fair 2011 announces works to be installed at Sculpture Park

Bonhams Fall salon jewelry and watches sale a starry success

Swedish artist target of murder plot

September 21, 2011

Art Moscow welcomes over forty national and international Contemporary art galleries

Exhibition of portraits by Andy Warhol of the late Elizabeth Taylor at Gagosian Gallery

Works by Roy Lichtenstein from his celebrated Entablatures series at Paula Cooper Gallery

Museo de Arte de Ponce announces exhibition of masterpieces from the Prado Museum

Christie's announces fashion and accessories sale from the Elizabeth Taylor Collection

Cherry and Martin restages landmark 1970 exhibition "Photography into Sculpture"

National Portrait Gallery announces Lucian Freud portraits exhibition in February 2012

Medieval works of art from the Marquet de Vasselot Collection to be sold at Christie's in Paris

China Institute Gallery presents Blooming in the Shadows: Unofficial Chinese Art, 1974-1985

Sotheby's to sell an important private collection of works by Alexander Benois this November

Circus poster exhibition sensationally brings to life America's first colossal entertainment industry

World Monuments Fund announces two major grants for sites in Tanzania and Cambodia

Nelson-Atkins Museum Major Lender in Pan-Asian Buddhist Art Exhibition at Pulitzer Foundation for the Arts

Exhibition about the fragility and awe-inspiring nature of our oceans at the Pelham Art Center

Mussolini's duds sell for $5.5K at Texas auction

Polish Jewish museum to open in April 2013

Contemporary art from the Estate of Dr. Edmund P. Pillsbury, Oct. 26, at Heritage Auctions

InterAsia Auctions, the market leader in Asian philately, to hold stamps sale

Exhibit explores American Folk Art of quilts

Most Popular Last Seven Days



1.- Most expensive photograph by David Wojnarowicz sold at Bonhams New York

2.- The Vatican's Sistine Chapel dazzles thanks to a revolutionary new lighting system

3.- Alberto Giacometti's 1950 bronze sculpture 'Chariot' sells for $101m at Sotheby's New York

4.- Christie's to offer 21 seminal works from Cindy Sherman's Untitled Film Stills series

5.- Alberto Giacometti sculpture set to fetch $100 million at Sotheby's New York auction

6.- Archaeologist Daniele Manacorda's proposal to restore Colosseum's area sparks Italy debate

7.- Exhibitions at the Metropolitan Museum of Art and National Gallery of Art honor El Greco

8.- Solo exhibition of the work of Spanish painter Antonio Cazorla opens at Bernarducci Meisel Gallery

9.- Paris' Museum of Modern Art opens exhibition of the work of Sonia Delaunay

10.- 'Rembrandt and the Dutch Golden Age' opens at the Museum of Fine Arts in Budapest



Museums, Exhibits, Artists, Milestones, Digital Art, Architecture, Photography,
Photographers, Special Photos, Special Reports, Featured Stories, Auctions, Art Fairs,
Anecdotes, Art Quiz, Education, Mythology, 3D Images, Last Week, .

 

Founder:
Ignacio Villarreal
Editor & Publisher: Jose Villarreal - Consultant: Ignacio Villarreal Jr.
Art Director: Juan José Sepúlveda Ramírez - Marketing: Carla Gutiérrez
Special Contributor: Liz Gangemi - Special Advisor: Carlos Amador
Contributing Editor: Carolina Farias

Royalville Communications, Inc
produces:

ignaciovillarreal.org theavemaria.org juncodelavega.org facundocabral-elfinal.org
Founder's Site. The most varied versions
of this beautiful prayer.
Hommage
to a Mexican poet.
Hommage
       

The First Art Newspaper on the Net. The Best Versions Of Ave Maria Song Junco de la Vega Site Ignacio Villarreal Site