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Several shackled individuals, including a child, found by team of Inrap archaeologists

The archaeologists identified several shackled individuals among the deceased. Four of them are adults (three men and a one undetermined specimen) wearing shackles.

PARIS.- From September to November 2014, a team of Inrap archaeologists conducted a rescue excavation, under prescription of the State (Drac Poitou-Charentes), on a 613 m2 parcel in advance of the construction of a single-family home in the western quarter of Saintes. A prior excavation realized in 2013 on a contiguous parcel revealed the funerary vocation of this space during Antiquity. This year’s operation resulted in the discovery of around one hundred burials. The excavated site is located around 250 m to the west of the Saintes amphitheater. It appears to be part of a large Gallo-Roman necropolis containing a few cremations and numerous burial graves. The excavation revealed several double burials: the individuals were placed next to each other in a "head to tails” position (the head of one next to the feet of the other), in a long, rectangular pit, resembling a trench, with ... More

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George Eastman House to celebrate the 100th anniversary of Technicolor's incorporation   Dartmouth's Hood Museum of Art receives major gift of contemporary photography   Better than a gift card: Oxford's Bodleian receives Charles I's travelling library

The Dawn of Technicolor, 1915–1935 is the first detailed history of Technicolor’s formative years.

ROCHESTER, NY.- From 1915, the Technicolor Motion Picture Corporation and its revolutionary color processes transformed cinema forever. To celebrate the one hundredth anniversary of Technicolor’s incorporation, George Eastman House is curating a blockbuster exhibition, creating an online exhibition, and publishing a landmark book. In addition, an international retrospective of films from the museum’s collection has been jointly curated by Deutsche Kinemathek, the Museum of Modern Art, and the Austrian Film Museum, and will premiere at the 65th Berlin International Film Festival in February. The exhibition In Glorious Technicolor, opening January 24, 2015, celebrates the vivid history of one of the most widely recognized names in the American film industry—a company whose revolutionary motion picture color process enabled such Hollywood masterpieces as The ... More

Bryan Schutmaat, Paul, Bozeman, Montana, 2010, archival pigment print. Hood Museum of Art, Dartmouth College: Gift of Nancy and Thomas F. O’Neil III, Class of 1979; 2014.66.32. © Bryan Schutmaat.

HANOVER, NH.- The Hood Museum of Art at Dartmouth College has announced a major gift of contemporary photography from Nancy and Tom O’Neil, a Dartmouth alumnus from the Class of 1979. This outstanding group of thirty-nine photographs by seventeen photographers substantially enhances the museum’s growing collection of recent photography, a flourishing medium for creative expression and social activism across the globe. Reflecting trends in late-twentieth-century and early-twenty-first-century photography, including large-scale color work and the emerging field of environmental aerial imagery, the gift also presents traditional genres, such as portraiture, with non-traditional subjects, such as circus performers, refugees from civil wars, and adolescent students. Featuring the work of internationally ... More

Travelling libraries are believed to have become popular among wealthy bibliophiles in the 1600s.

OXFORD.- What has the Bodleian received for Christmas? A spectacular travel-sized library that once belonged to Prince Charles, later King Charles I. It has been bequeathed by John McLaren Emmerson, DPhil (Oxon), to mark the part played by the University and City in the English Civil War, and in grateful recollection of many enjoyable and informative visits to the Bodleian. This latest addition to the Bodleian Libraries collection is like a 17th century version of a Kindle. Two red leather cases, designed in the 1970s by Sangorski and Sutcliffe to look like two large books, open up to reveal 59 small volumes covering just about everything that a wealthy educated gentleman would want to read on his travels. Charles I's travelling library arrived at the Bodleian last week and was acquired through a bequest. The collection of tiny books have gold-tooled bindings and some are believed to have been signed by the ... More

'Chaplin, between wars and peace (1914-1940)' on view at the Musée de l'Elysée   The Morgan presents first major U.S. exhibition of drawings by Théodore Rousseau   Thomas Hart Benton's America Today mural 'rediscovered' at the Metropolitan Museum of Art

Hynkel, dictateur de Tomainie, Le Dictateur (The Great Dictator), 1939-1940 © Roy Export SAS, scan Cineteca di Bologna, courtesy Musée de l’Elysée, Lausanne

LAUSANNE.- Should Charlie Chaplin continue making films or enter the trenches? The controversy over the fact that the British actor was not fighting alongside his own people erupted in 1915. At the beginning of his fame, Chaplin already faced criticism. Twenty-five years later, it was his turn to question moral and political convictions at the dawn of the Second World War. In 1914, Americans discovered this young music-hall comedian in Keystone’s burlesque films. Within a few months, Chaplin became one of their stars. His character was a hit with audiences, who loved his costume, movements and funny faces. Because of the First World War, distribution of his first short films to the old continent was delayed until 1915, but the Tramp became just as popular there, with both civilians and soldiers. Chaplin did not leave his second home, but bolstered the troops’ morale with his comedies. Nevertheless he joined the war effort ... More

Théodore Rousseau, Waterfall in Thiers, 1830. Oil on paper, mounted on canvas. Private collection.

NEW YORK, NY.- Théodore Rousseau (1812–1867) was the leading figure of a group of nineteenth-century French artists who chose the wooded landscape of the Forest of Fontainebleau as their subject and would forever be known to art history as the Barbizon School. Decades before Impressionism, Rousseau and his peers developed new ways to observe, draw, and paint the natural world in studies made directly from nature and composed landscape pictures intended for exhibition. Deeply Romantic in approach, the work of Rousseau ultimately added an important chapter to the history of landscape art, and elements of the Barbizon School style were then reconfigured and transformed by the next generations of great French artists: the Impressionists and Post-Impressionists. The Morgan Library & Museum is presenting a groundbreaking exhibition devoted to Rousseau’s drawings and oil sketches—the first ever at a major U.S. museum—that ... More

Thomas Hart Benton, City Activities with Dancehall from America Today, 1930–31 (detail). Mural cycle consisting of ten panels. Egg tempera with oil glazing over Permalba on a gesso ground on linen mounted to wood panels with a honeycomb interior. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Gift of AXA Equitable, 2012.

NEW YORK, NY.- The exhibition Thomas Hart Benton’s America Today Mural Rediscovered celebrates the gift of Thomas Hart Benton’s epic mural America Today from AXA Equitable Life Insurance Company to The Metropolitan Museum of Art in December 2012. Missouri native Thomas Hart Benton (1889–1975) painted the 10-panel mural cycle in 1930–31 for New York’s New School for Social Research to adorn the boardroom of its International Style modernist building on West 12th Street. It was commissioned by the New School’s director, Alvin Johnson, who had fashioned the school as a center for progressive thought and education in Greenwich Village. Depicting a sweeping panorama of American life during the 1920s, America Today ranks among Benton’s most renowned works ... More

Comprehensive retrospective to the works of Arik Brauer on view at the Leopold Museum   Imperfections by Chance: Paul Feeley retrospective on view at the Albright-Knox Art Gallery   Australia's National Portrait Gallery exhibits paintings, prints and drawings by Rick Amor

Arik Brauer, Self-Portrait, Paris, 1963. Oil on hardboard with acrylic base. Courtesy the artist.

VIENNA.- On the occasion of the artist’s 85th birthday, the Leopold Museum is dedicating a comprehensive retrospective to the works of Arik Brauer (born 1929 in Vienna). Around 400 exhibits take visitors on a journey through Brauer’s oeuvre, from his time at the Vienna Academy to the present, featuring more than 120 paintings, over 30 drawings, 25 sculptures, ceramics, jewelry and Gobelin tapestries. The presentation is complemented by documents, photographs of stage sets and architectural designs, film and TV clips (Brauer starred alongside Jean-Paul Belmondo!), as well as books and records, affording a comprehensive overview of the versatility of this universal artist. Arik Brauer, who celebrated his 85th birthday on the 4th of January 2014, is one of the main exponents of the »Vienna School of Fantastic Realism« inspired by Albert Paris Gütersloh. After the war, Brauer studied at the Vienna Academy of Fine Arts. In 1951 he ... More

Paul Terence Feeley, Homer, 1962. Oil-based enamel on canvas, 80 x 64 inches. Estate of Paul Feeley, Courtesy Garth Greenan Gallery.

BUFFALO, NY.- An exhibition at the Albright-Knox, Imperfections by Chance: Paul Feeley Retrospective, 1954–1966, takes a long overdue look at the influential work of Paul Feeley (American 1910–1966). The artist’s first retrospective in more than fifty years, the exhibition explores the full spectrum of his creative output: early Abstract Expressionist–inspired paintings from the mid-1950s, organic figure–ground compositions from the late 1950s and early 1960s, and the idiosyncratic, diagrammatical compositions that preoccupied him from 1962 until his untimely death in 1966, which share a conceptual affinity with Minimalism and Op Art. The exhibition also includes a selection of the painter’s fluid works on paper, as well as several painted sculptures, some of the last works he made. By the time of his death, Feeley had achieved a level of recognition that far exceeded the ... More

Rick Amor, Self-Portrait, 2005. Oil on canvas. National Portrait Gallery. Gift of Patrick Corrigan. Donated through the Australian Government’s Cultural Gifts Program.

CANBERRA.- Rick Amor 21 Portraits brings together paintings, prints and drawings spanning Rick Amor's thirty year career, confirming his status as one of Australia's great portrait artists. Director Angus Trumble said 'It is wonderful to see the portraits of a single artist represented in an exhibition, especially one of Rick Amor's calibre.' Rick Amor (b. 1948) has been a quiet presence in the Australian art scene for three decades. Alongside his consistent portrait practice, Amor is known particularly for his skill as a painter, creating enigmatic, ominous landscapes and cityscapes. 21 Portraits evokes Amor's broader practice: his professional commissions, his artistic circle in Melbourne, his periods abroad, his stern self-analysis and his brooding visions of the natural and built environment. The exhibition includes portraits of artists, poets, writers as well ... More

Teresa Samala de Guzman named Chief Operating Office at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago   Tibor de Nagy Gallery celebrates Rudy Burckhardt's centenary with survey exhibition   Records shattered for multiple midcentury designers at Palm Beach Modern auction

De Guzman served as Senior Associate Dean for Finance and Administration at the Darden Graduate School of Business at the University of Virginia.

CHICAGO, IL.- Madeleine Grynsztejn, Pritzker Director of the Museum of Contemporary Art (MCA), Chicago, announces that Teresa Samala de Guzman has been appointed the new Chief Operating Officer of the MCA, concluding a comprehensive national search.Prior to coming to the museum, de Guzman served as Senior Associate Dean for Finance and Administration at the Darden Graduate School of Business at the University of Virginia. She assumes her new responsibilities at the MCA on December 8, 2014 "Terry brings expertise in non-profit and corporate leadership and organizational management that will greatly benefit the MCA," says Grynsztejn, "and I am particularly impressed by her wide-ranging interests, stellar knowledge base, and exceptional strategic thinking." Of her appointment, de ... More

Untitled (Bird's Eye), 1945. Gelatin-silver print, 11 x 9 inches.

NEW YORK, NY.- The Tibor de Nagy Gallery celebrating Rudy Burckhardt’s centenary with a survey of his photographs, paintings, and a selection of his films. There also are vitrines with his collages, his early photographic albums, and sketches. In addition, exhibited for the first time are a group of his otherworldly painted mushrooms. The show marks the first time the gallery has exhibited the artist’s photographs and paintings side-by-side. It was a regular practice for Burckhardt to leave the house with his still camera around his neck and his film camera at his side. He would find images as he wandered the streets of the city and take still photographs and record the scene with film. Burckhardt noted that what he loved about New York is that ”…It just grew up wildly. Everyone tried to make a bigger building than the guy before him, there was no design, it just happened.” The exhibition presents ... More

Paul Evans mixed-metal cabinet/dry bar, $48,800. PBMA image.

WEST PALM BEACH, FLA.- Palm Beach Modern Auctions’ autumn-themed Nov. 22 sale included the most expensive grouping of furniture ever to be offered by the company. Buyers signaled their approval of the carefully curated selection with bids that set records for many specific designers and resulted in an 85% sell-through rate (by lot). The 400-lot auction grossed $850,000, inclusive of 22% buyer’s premium. “As we prepare for each auction, we analyze the market and study recent buying trends,” said PBMA auctioneer and co-owner Rico Baca. “We do not use a pre-set formula in selecting what to include in our sales. Instead, we try to identify what collectors currently want, then pick pieces that are the best possible representations from categories that are trending positively. Based on the results we’re seeing with some consistency, I’d say this method is working quite effectively ... More

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Academy Art Museum presents Bill Viola exhibition
EASTON, MD.- The Academy Art Museum in Easton, MD, opened a new exhibition on December 6, “Bill Viola: The Dreamers” in its Healy Gallery. The exhibition will be on display through March 1, 2015 with curator tours on both Friday, January 30 and Tuesday, February 24 at 12 noon each day. Bill Viola (b. 1951) is internationally recognized as one of today’s leading artists. He has been instrumental in the establishment of video as a vital form of contemporary art and in so doing has helped to greatly expand its scope in terms of technology, content, and historical reach. For over 40 years he has created architectural video installations, video films, sound environments, electronic music performances, flat panel video pieces, as well as works for television broadcast, concerts, opera, and sacred spaces. Viola’s video installation – total environments that envelop the viewer in image and sound ... More

ADAA's The Art Show announces 35 solo and 37 thematic presentations
NEW YORK, NY.- Gallery presentations at the 27th annual ADAA Art Show, the nation's longest running fine art fair, will feature thoughtfully curated solo, two-person, and thematic exhibitions by 72 of the nation’s leading art dealers. The Art Show takes place March 4 - 8, 2015 at the historic Park Avenue Armory, with a ticketed Gala Preview on Tuesday, March 3. All ticket proceeds from the gala and run of show benefit Henry Street Settlement, one of New York City’s most effective social services agencies. AXA Art Americas Corporation has returned for the fourth consecutive year as Lead Partner. One of the premier trademarks of The Art Show remains the emphasis on one-person presentations, and the 27th edition is no exception. Three galleries will present comprehensive surveys highlighting the work of women artists in their 90s—Tibor de Nagy Gallery will showcase paintings by Jane ... More

Johnson Collection releases in depth study of Eugene Thomason
SPARTANBURG, SC.- The Johnson Collection, in collaboration with the University of South Carolina Press, announces the publication of From New York to Nebo: The Artistic Journey of Eugene Thomason. Featuring 47 color illustrations, the book tells the story of how one Carolina artist translated an early twentieth century urban art movement for the Southern vernacular. A product of the industrialized New South, Eugene Healan Thomason (1895–1972) made the obligatory pilgrimage to New York to advance his art education and launch his career. Like so many other aspiring American artists, he understood that the city offered unparalleled personal and professional opportunities—prestigious schools, groundbreaking teachers, and an intoxicating cosmopolitan milieu—for a promising young painter in the early 1920s. The patronage of one of the nation’s most powerful tycoons afforded ... More

Sean Kelly to represent Candida Hofer in partnership with Sonnabend
NEW YORK, NY.- Sean Kelly gallery announced its representation of the prominent German photographer Candida Höfer. This exciting new relationship is part of a larger initiative in conjunction with Sonnabend and Antonio Homem. At the end of November 2014, the Sonnabend gallery closed the doors of their Chelsea space after more than 50 historic years as a pioneer in the contemporary art world. Antonio Homem, the gallery’s owner and longtime director, will continue his involvement in the international art world, working with several of the artists associated with Sonnabend. Representation of Candida Höfer is part of an ongoing strategic expansion by Sean Kelly gallery, which includes the relocation to a 22,000 square foot space designed by acclaimed architect Toshiko Mori in 2012. Further new artist representations will be announced in the forthcoming weeks. “As ... More

First show in France dedicated exclusively to Nicolás Muller on view at Château de Tours
TOURS.- Although little known in France, Nicolás Muller (Orosháza, Hungary, 1913–Andrín, Spain, 2000) was one of the leading exponents of Hungarian social photography. Like many of his compatriots — Eva Besnyö, Brassaï, Robert Capa, André Kertész and Kati Horna — he spent much of his life in exile: born into a bourgeois Jewish family, he left Hungary shortly after the Anschluss in 1938, spending time in Paris, Portugal and Morocco before finally setting in Spain. This experience, and the situations and people he encountered along the way, did much to shape Muller’s work. Like many of his fellow Hungarian photographers at the time, in the 1930s Muller worked in a humanist, documentary vein, evincing a strong sense of sympathy for the world of labour and the most modest members of society. His interest in the working man’s experience would remain a hallmark of his ... More

Contemporary perspective on the American West debuts at the Denver Art Museum
DENVER, CO.- The Denver Art Museum is celebrating the American West with a presentation of Western art and film at the museum. The DAM is featuring William Matthews: Trespassing in January and screening a documentary about Colorado-based artist William Matthews’ journey as he prepared for his solo exhibition. William Matthews: Trespassing is on view now through May 17, 2015. The exhibition features 27 selected works from Matthews’ early career through recent paintings that exemplify his expertise in watercolor and western American subjects. His main focus has been subjects found in the American West: working cowboys, ranches, rural architecture, and the landscape. Organized by the DAM, Trespassing is included in general museum admission. "What sets William Matthews’ work apart is that he paints the contemporary American West rather than the Old West,” said ... More

Exhibition drawn from the collections of Houghton Hall on view at the Legion of Honor
SAN FRANCISCO, CA.- The Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco are presenting Houghton Hall: Portrait of an English Country House, an exhibition drawn from the collections of a quintessential English country house. Built in Norfolk in the 1720s for England’s first prime minister, Sir Robert Walpole, Houghton Hall features suites of grand rooms conceived by architect William Kent as settings for Walpole’s old master paintings, furniture, tapestries and Roman antiquities. “Houghton Hall brings to San Francisco a wonderful array of objects from one of Britain’s great country houses, and reflects the history of this magnificent estate across nearly 300 years, from the 18th century to the present day. It is particularly fitting that this exhibition is being displayed at the Legion of Honor, complementing our recently reinstalled collection of British paintings and decorative arts,” said Colin B. Bailey, ... More

'Extraordinary' Colonial rarities highlight the magnificent Partrick Collection offerings from Heritage at FUN
DALLAS, TX.- The Donald G. Partrick Collection of Extraordinary United States Colonials Part I, will debut on Thursday, Jan. 8, 2014, as part of Heritage Auctions’ Jan. 7-10 Florida United Numismatists (FUN) Convention auctions at the Orange County Convention Center. "This is the finest gathering of colonial coinage ever to appear at auction," said Greg Rohan, President of Heritage Auctions. "It rivals the collections of the greatest names in numismatic history. Donald Partrick’s lifelong passion for early American coins is evident in this extraordinary offering." An unprecedented grouping of 12 different 1792 pattern coins will be offered (three more than the famous Parmelee and Garrett collections). Another significant highlight of this auction is one of only four original Confederate half dollars, the sole piece pedigreed to CSA president Jefferson Davis. A group of 12 Continental dollars, ... More

Last chance to see 'Terror and Wonder: The Gothic Imagination at the British Library'
LONDON.- Now in its final weeks, Terror and Wonder: The Gothic Imagination explores Gothic culture’s roots in British literature and celebrates 250 years since the publication of the first Gothic novel. Alongside the manuscripts of classic novels such as Frankenstein, Dracula and Jane Eyre, the 'perversely enlightening' exhibition brings the dark and macabre to life with artefacts, old and new. Highlights of the exhibition include a vampire slaying kit and 18th and 19th century Gothic fashions, as well as one of Alexander McQueen's iconic catwalk creations. Also on display is a model of the Wallace and Gromit Were-Rabbit, showing how Gothic literature has inspired varied and colourful aspects of popular culture in exciting ways over centuries. Celebrating how British writers have pioneered the genre, Terror and Wonder takes the first Gothic novel, The Castle of Otranto by Horace Walpole, ... More

Work by Roland Schimmel added to Van Abbemuseum's exhibition of its collection
EINDHOEN.- A new element has been added to exhibition of the collection Once upon a time … The collection now: The Innocent Body (2014) by the Dutch artist Roland Schimmel. The artist shows us everything that happens in our brain when we use our eyes. The brain constantly produces subjective afterimages and halos which we do not consciously perceive. In this exhibition they appear in the field of vision. Visitors experience how these processes work and how personal their perception is. They are introduced to the subtle sensitivity of the body and to the neurophysiological aspects of vision. The Innocent Body can be seen on the second floor of the new building up to 5 April 2015. The project is a unique cooperative venture between the Van Abbemuseum, the artist Roland Schimmel and an interdisciplinary team of students at the Technical University of Eindhoven (TU/e) led by the university ... More

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On a day like today, German astronomer Johannes Kepler, was born
December 27, 1571. Johannes Kepler (December 27, 1571 - November 15, 1630) was a German mathematician, astronomer and astrologer. A key figure in the 17th century scientific revolution, he is best known for his eponymous laws of planetary motion, codified by later astronomers, based on his works Astronomia nova, Harmonices Mundi, and Epitome of Copernican Astronomy. These works also provided one of the foundations for Isaac Newton's theory of universal gravitation. In this image: A monument that sits in front of the Griffith Observatory shows British astronomer Sir William Herschel, left, Sir Isaac Newton, center and German astronomer Johannes Kepler at the Observatory's re-opening gala, Sunday night, Oct. 29, 2006, in Los Angeles.

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