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Paleontologists find a 231 million years old saber-toothed Triassic squirrel

“The new species has a very long, flat, and shallow snout, and its very long fangs located almost at the tip of the snout, so the resemblance [to Scrat] is tremendous”.

BUENOS AIRES (CTYS-UNLAM).- Because of its tremendous resemblance, paleontologists thought of naming this new species in allusion to Scrat, the renowned squirrel-like character with saber teeth in the movie, Ice Age. Although they finally named it Pseudotherium argentinus, meaning, false Theria from Argentina. The entire skull is less than six centimeters in length and was found in Ischigualasto with two of the oldest dinosaurs known to date. Dr. Ricardo Martínez, a researcher at the Institute and Museum of Natural Sciences of the University of San Juan (IMCN), told the Agency CTyS-UNLaM: “The new species has a very long, flat, and shallow snout, and its very long fangs located almost at the tip of the snout, so the resemblance [to Scrat] is tremendous”. The skull was surprisingly well preserved, so that, at first glance, the similarity was obvious. "At some point, I thought of calling it Scrat," said Martinez, who conducted a very thorough study of the skull of this mammaliamorph (mammal-relative) alon ... More

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The work of fashion designer Cristobal Balenciaga on view at Bendigo Art Gallery   First U.S. exhibition of photographs from The Howard Greenberg Collection debut at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston   Gianguan Auctions adds Chinese avant garde artists to paintings category

Wild silk evening dress, Cristobal Balenciaga, Paris, 1962. © Victoria and Albert Museum, London.

BENDIGO.- The work of fashion revolutionary Cristobal Balenciaga is on show at Bendigo Art Gallery. Cristobal Balenciaga’s exquisite craftsmanship and pioneering use of fabrics revolutionised the female silhouette, setting the scene for modern design. His garments are characterised by their sculptural quality, deft manipulation of textiles and dramatic use of colour and texture. Revered by his contemporaries, including Christian Dior and Coco Chanel, he is referred to as ’The Master’. Balenciaga: shaping fashion, an exhibition organised by the Victoria and Albert Museum, London, explores the work and legacy of this renowned couturier, one of the most innovative and influential fashion designers of the 20th century. Highlights of this major international exhibition include garments crafted by Balenciaga from the 1950s and 1960s – arguably the most creative period ... More

André Kertész, Chez Mondrian, Paris, 1926. Photograph, gelatin silver print on carte postale. Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. The Howard Greenberg Collection—Museum purchase with funds donated by the Phillip Leonian and Edith Rosenbaum Leonian Charitable Trust © 2019 Estate of André Kertész/Higher Pictures. Courtesy, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.

BOSTON, MASS.- Some of the most enduring and powerful photographs of the 20th century, from Edward Steichen’s Gloria Swanson (1924) and André Kertész’s Chez Mondrian, Paris (1926) to Dorothea Lange’s Migrant Mother (1936) are on view together for the first time in the United States at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, in Viewpoints: Photographs from the Howard Greenberg Collection. Featuring 150 prints from the Howard Greenberg Collection of Photographs—446 works recently acquired by the MFA—this exhibition showcases the breadth of the collection. Included are defining images from the 20th century ... More

Wisteria and Birds” (2019) by He Shuanping (b. 1964).

NEW YORK, NY.- Gianguan Auctions announced a new specialty within its paintings category. In addition to works by ancient masters and 20th century modernists, the gallery will now regularly offer the works of early 21st century avant garde Chinese artists working in the traditional format. This move reflects the strength of the market in China for paintings by established contemporary artists. Gianguan’s September 9th auction in New York City features seven works, leading with “Lotus” by Zhang Xiujen, and including pen-and-inks on paper by Chen Hong, He Shuanping, Hong Mingze, Li Zhitian, and Lu Hanging. Gianguan Auctions is the first independent auction house to make a commitment to presenting the category as an integral part of their platform. Zhang Xiujin, b. 1951, is the recipient of many accolades and awards for her ability to create a visual poem that speaks of subject matter and its harmony with the human spirit. ... More

Kunsthalle Helsinki opens the Finnish solo debut of Swiss artist Ugo Rondinone   Titanic explorer to search for Amelia Earhart's plane   Placido Domingo gets standing ovation in Salzburg despite sexual harassment claims

Ugo Rondinone, view of the installation vocabulary of solitude. Photo: Studio Rondinone.

HELSINKI.- Kunsthalle Helsinki opened its autumn season with everyone gets lighter, the Finnish solo debut of internationally acclaimed Swiss artist Ugo Rondinone (b. 1964). The exhibition is organized in conjunction with the Helsinki Festival. Ugo Rondinone works across a wide range of contemporary mediums including sculpture, painting, audio, video and photography. He combines conceptualism with elements of Pop Art, reflecting on everyday events that often convey a contemplative, existential dimension. Through seemingly mundane elements, he delves into profound conceptual depths of the psyche and emotion. He uses rainbows and other universal symbols in the belief that art should accessible to everyone regardless of their age or background. The centrepiece of the exuberantly coloured exhibition is vocabulary of solitude from 2014, a meditative installation of sculpted clowns in passive ... More

Earhart beneath the nose of her Lockheed Model 10-E Electra, March 1937, Oakland, California.

WASHINGTON (AFP).- Robert Ballard, the underwater explorer who found the Titanic, has a new quest -- searching for the plane of famed aviatrix Amelia Earhart, who disappeared over the Pacific in 1937. National Geographic said Ballard plans to leave from Samoa on August 7 to carry out the hunt with his state-of-the-art research vessel E/V Nautilus. National Geographic said it plans to film the expedition and air a documentary about it on its television channel on October 20. Earhart went missing while on a pioneering round-the-world flight with navigator Fred Noonan. Her disappearance is one of the most tantalizing mysteries in aviation lore, fascinating historians for decades and spawning books, movies and theories galore. The prevailing belief is that Earhart, 39, and Noonan, 44, ran out of fuel and ditched their twin-engine Lockheed Electra in the Pacific near remote Howland Island while on one of the final legs of their ... More

Spanish opera singer Placido Domingo (Center L), accused of sexual harassment, is seen on stage during the performance of "Luisa Miller" at the Salzburg Festival, on August 25 2019 in Salzburg. FRANZ NEUMAYR / APA / AFP.

SALZBURG (AFP).- Opera legend Placido Domingo on Sunday received a standing ovation at the Salzburg Festival, his first performance since he was accused of sexually harassing women. "Triumph in Salzburg, standing ovation for Domingo despite the Me Too affair," a headline in the regional daily Kleine Zeitung said, following his performance in the Giuseppe Verdi opera "Luisa Miller" at the annual music and drama festival in Austria. Eight singers and a dancer told the Associated Press earlier this month they were sexually harassed by the former member of the much lauded "Three Tenors", in incidents going back to the 1980s. In a report by the AP, several women, one of whom was identified, accused Domingo of using his position as one of opera's most celebrated singers to pressure ... More

Paul Holberton publishes 'Rembrandt's Mark' by Stephanie Buck & Jürgen Müller   Exhibition at Kunst Halle Sankt Gallen celebrates the 15th anniversary of the Helvetia Art Prize   When Bob was Bobby: memoir offers insider's look at enigmatic Dylan

The exhibition and catalogue cast a fresh light on this innovative ‘artists’ artist’, who continues to inspire and engage artists and audiences three and a half centuries after his death.

LONDON.- 2019 marks the 350th anniversary of Rembrandt’s death (1606–1669). The Dresden Kupferstich-Kabinett, which possesses one of the most important collections of Rembrandt’s drawings and prints in the world, takes the occasion to celebrate Rembrandt as artist, printmaker and draughtsman. The exhibition and catalogue cast a fresh light on this innovative ‘artists’ artist’, who continues to inspire and engage artists and audiences three and a half centuries after his death. The Dresden collection’s singular group of Rembrandt works – about 20 drawings attributed to the master today and the nearly complete oeuvre of etchings– provides the basis for this remarkable publication. It has a particular focus on Rembrandt’s narrative compositions, printed self-portraits, studies of his wife Saskia, and includes works from all periods ... More

Elisa Larvego, Untitled from the series Sculptures mobiles, Mexico-City, 2007. Courtesy: Helvetia Art Collection.

ST. GALLEN.- On the occasion of the 15th anniversary of the Helvetia Art Prize (formerly the Nationale Suisse Art Prize), the Kunst Halle Sankt Gallen is staging a group exhibition of Swiss artists in which prize winners from previous years play a leading role. Based on this important prize, the exhibition aims to highlight the role of art schools, juries, awards and exhibition venues in the development of a young artist's career. Despite the social acceptance of the choice of profession and, above all, the choice of life for art, this decision always remains a risk, both financially and artistically. Success is not guaranteed and a linear or plannable development is not possible. The group exhibition is intended to contribute to creating a picture of today's Swiss art scene. Of course, this picture can only be fragmentary. The heterogeneity of the artistic contributions, the networking exhibited and the interweaving between the ... More

Dylan & Me: 50 Years of Adventures.

NEW YORK (AFP).- From Bob Dylan's first hard-driving blues number at summer camp to the rollicking Rolling Thunder Revue concert tour, the legendary musician's childhood best friend had a front row seat to the action. Now Louie Kemp has released a backstage pass of sorts into the mythology of Dylan, in the form of a memoir released this week, dishing on everything from the folk hero's Passover Seder meal with Marlon Brando to his own food fight at a Chinese restaurant with Joan Baez. The duo first met in northern Wisconsin in 1953, when Dylan was still Bobby Zimmerman, 12 years old, his guitar already attached as if a limb. As rambunctious pre-teens at a Jewish camp in the northwoods of the Midwestern state -- Dylan grew up just over the border in the blue-collar mining town of Hibbing, Minnesota -- the friends got in their fair share of trouble, notably for a shaving cream prank on their peers that saw them steal a car. But despite his antics Dylan was confident in his fate: "He always told me and the ... More

Keyes Gallery opens solo exhibitions of works by Nathan Slate Joseph and Bert Stern   Little Anal Annie: Marc Jancou opens an exhibition of works by Steven Parrino   Exhibition at Rokeby Museum introduces contemporary art to the historic site

Twiggy (detail). Silkscreen, 1967 © The Bert Stern Trust.

SAG HARBOR, NY.- Nathan Slate Joseph, a New York based artist has been an integral member of the New York art scene for more than 50 years. Joseph blurs the boundaries between painting, color and sculpture. “I can’t just paint color so it looks nice on the wall. Colors are nice. But how do you get colors to speak to you visually...The application of pure pigments..getting the quality of the paint to be softer...(the process) is more than just something painted on a surface. It gives the quality of something that’s in the’s color, age and time. “ Joseph was awarded an Art in Architecture Award from the American Institute of Architects in 2003, he was featured by Sundaram Tagore Gallery at La Bienniale di Venezia in 2015, while also receiving an international award from La Florence Bienniale 2007. He has collaborated with architect Adam Tihany on numerous public projects. His work is installed at The Breakers, Palm ... More

Installation view.

ROSSINIÈRE.- When Steven Parrino died unexpectedly in a motorcycle accident in 2005 at the age of 46, perhaps no country felt his loss more acutely than Switzerland. At the time of his death, Parrino had been working on an exhibition at MAMCO, Genève; in the preceding decades, Parrino’s work had been shown in Switzerland on more than a dozen occasions. Organised by Greg Bergner and Marc Jancou at OFFSITE: CHALET in Rossinière, Switzerland, Marc Jancou Contemporary announces Little Anal Annie, an exhibition of works by this seminal American artist. Given Parrino’s close ties to Switzerland throughout his career, Bergner and Jancou felt it imperative to stage an exhibition in the country where the artist's work was most warmly received during his lifetime. On view from August 11th through September 15th, Little Anal Annie is a truly Swiss-made show in honor of Parrino’s cross-Atlantic collaborations with so many Swiss artists, mu ... More

Four Old Houses by Denis Versweyveld, 60”x26.4”x9.25”; concrete, pine, oak, lead. Courtesy of the artist.

FERRISBURGH.- Structures define our world. Some of us live among skyscrapers, row houses, condominiums. In Ver mont, many of us live among houses and barns. Rokeby Museum, a National Historic Landmark, is a collection of houses, barns, and outbuildings that served a variety of ends. The exhibition temporarily repurposes these historic spaces as platforms for contemporary art and asks the viewer to contemplate the role that structures play in shaping our experience of the world and how structures can inform and shape the experience of others. The exhibition is curated by Ric Kasini Kadour and is the second of two exhibitions this year that are introducing contemporary art to the historic site. The art on view at eleven locations throughout Rokeby reflects on, responds to, or contrasts with structures on the site. In the Toolshed, sculptures by Meg Walker ... More

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SAGE Paris announces the representation of Katsunobu Yaguchi
PARIS.- The work of Katsunobu Yaguchi, a Japanese artist, reflects his passion for repurposing objects and places that would otherwise have been abandoned, lost or discarded. He pays particular attention to townscapes, old houses, and traditions that are decaying. Since 2008, Katsunobu Yaguchi has confined himself into his own project, titled “Café Washingtown”, which was initiated by reinventing an old abandoned house, found in Mito City, in Ibaraki, Japan, as a café and a community hub where local residents come to connect, share, and create together. The house, a two-story building, was built from scrap wood and other salvaged materials, and by the late owner’s hands in the aftermath of World War II. Yaguchi’s artistic practice had been centered around Café Washingtown, involving a wide range of work, from production of newspaper, management ... More

National Air and Space Museum renovation update; museum remains open during construction
WASHINGTON, DC.- The Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum’s renovation of the building on the National Mall continues with artifact moves and significant changes to the “Boeing Milestones of Flight Hall.” The North American X-15 will be the first major artifact to be lowered and removed from the museum’s main hall. Visitors will continue to see changes as other artifacts shift and move over the next few months. These adjustments will prepare the space for the construction of a large wall to divide and close the Independence Avenue side of the Hall, the Barron Hilton Pioneers of Flight Gallery and the Albert Einstein Planetarium. Work to construct the floor-to-ceiling wall will begin Oct. 7, at which time the museum’s Independence Avenue entrance will close for approximately two years. The entrance on the National Mall side (Jefferson Drive) will ... More

Lochlann Jain playfully turns categories on their head in her new book of original drawings
TORONTO.- Things That Art: A Graphic Menagerie of Enchanting Curiosity is a playful book of original drawings that explore the possibilities and pitfalls of categories. Stanford University professor Lochlann Jain turns categories on their head to show their wonderfully multi-faceted and often irreverent meanings. From words we use to demean other people, to soften the blow of death, to describe the uncanny functions of our body parts, and even words that allude to our capitalist society, Things That Art combines linguistics and art to create an inquisitive pool of new categories that may have never crossed your mind until now. In a world where people are desperate to seek clarity – whether it’s gender and sexuality, politics and religion, or simply how we go about making choices at the supermarket – we are subconsciously categorising all the time. While categories ... More

New book offers contemporary stories inspired by historic Canadian paintings
VICTORIA.- This gorgeous full-colour art book includes works by the original Group of Seven—Franklin Carmichael, Lawren Harris, A.Y. Jackson, Frank Johnston, Arthur Lismer, J.E.H. MacDonald, and Frederick H. Varley—as well as later members A.J. Casson, L.L. FitzGerald, and Edwin Holgate, plus their contemporaries Tom Thomson and Emily Carr. Each painting is accompanied by a short narrative—or “flash fiction” piece—written by critically acclaimed, award-winning authors, including Carol Bruneau, Waubgeshig Rice, Tamas Dobozy, and JJ Lee. Rather than analyze or interpret the art, these literary masters look deep inside each painting, crafting new layers of plot, setting, and emotion that feel at once entirely fresh and completely at home alongside these early-twentieth-century works. With a foreword by Sue and Jim Waddington, authors ... More

Officine Grandi Riparazioni presents 'The Sound of Screens Imploding'
TURIN.- On the occasion of the Biennale de l’Image en Mouvement 2018, the Centre d'Art Contemporain Genève started a new partnership with OGR - Officine Grandi Riparazioni, Turin. This is an unprecedented collaboration, at least in this form, in the long history of the Biennale. The dialogue between the two institutions has taken place on three different levels: the co-production of works such as those by Meriem Bennani and Tamara Henderson, the creation of a comprehensive catalogue, upcoming in the Fall of 2019, and most importantly the realization of a brand-new, site-specific version of the Geneva exhibition, purposely designed by Andreas Angelidakis for OGR. The Turin show, titled, as in Geneva, The Sound of Screens Imploding, is conceived as a series of individual environments. The concept for the show revolves around a fundamental principle: ... More

Copenhagen Contemporary opens an exhibition of works by the Swedish artist Jacob Dahlgren
COPENHAGEN.- In CC’s new hall 4 the Swedish artist Jacob Dahlgren presents the exhibition Art is Life. It unfolds like a playscape comprising large-scale sculptural installations co-created by CC’s visitors. The exhibition title, Art is Life, refers to the way Dahlgren observes and involves everyday life in his artistic practice. His materials are often sourced from DIY stores, supermarkets, or ironmonger shops – places he often visits. Art is Life juxtaposes utility objects such as saws, bathroom scales, and dartboards in huge numbers for his serial works. When repeated, they are robbed of their original practical functions, instead becoming geometric abstract colourful works taking their form from the shapes of the objects. With his works, Jacob Dahlgren enters into a long art-historical tradition of using readymades where he adds everyday objects to his works as ... More

Nearly 900 Mexican performers set world record for folk dance
GUADALAJARA (AFP).- Nearly 900 people twirled and stamped their feet to mariachi music in the Mexican city of Guadalajara to set a Guinness record for the world's biggest folk dance. Searing heat failed to dampen the enthusiasm of the 882 men and women, who turned up Saturday in traditional costumes featuring vivid embroidery and bright colors to break the previous record, also set in Guadalajara in 2011 with 457 participants. "This new record shows that our traditions are continuing to spread among young people," Xavier Orendain, president of the Chamber of Commerce of Guadalajara and the event's organizer, told reporters. Dancers were required to perform a choreographed routine for at least five minutes without interruption in order to qualify for the record, said Guinness judge Carlos Tapia. Their outfits were also rated, he added, with male ... More

Exhibition at Artual Gallery gives new meaning to much-loved genre
BEIRUT.- The fascinating legacy that still life has left and the many ways in which contemporary artists are interpreting and reinterpreting the genre is the focus of a new collective art exhibition which opened at Artual Gallery in Downtown Beirut on August 14th. Titled ‘Still Looking: A Still Life Show’, the exhibition has been curated by the Brooklyn-based painter Jonathan Chapline and runs until Thursday September 12, 2019. Chapline’s work also features in the show, along with contributions from seven other artists, namely: Jules de Balincourt; Melissa Brown; Amy Lincoln; Nikki Maloof; Cynthia Talmadge; Paul Wackers; and Robin F. Williams. In the work displayed, each artist uses their individual style to explore the still life theme, while also acknowledging the genre’s rich history and impact on visual arts over the centuries. De Balincourt’s paintings ... More

Dissolution and regeneration of works gives pause to audiences
PERTH.- The latest exhibition in the WA Now series at the Art Gallery of Western Australia, Breathing Pattern, showcases new and recent work by Western Australian artist Eveline Kotai, including canvas reconstructions and painting. Over the past 15 years, Eveline Kotai’s interest in material dissolution and regeneration has culminated in the practice and process of cutting up and reworking her own paintings into new works. Dunja Rmandić, AGWA Associate Curator of 21st Century Arts, said, "Eveline’s practice is mesmerising—while one can understand the process, seeing the works in front of you opens up another dimension of experience and perception, of presence and being present." Eveline Kotai's unique technique of reconfiguring pre-existing works into new compositions via invisible thread, and onto new surfaces, echoes a world in perpetual ... More

POSITIONS Berlin Art Fair will take place from September 12-15
BERLIN.- The sixth edition of POSITIONS Berlin Art Fair will take place from September 12 - 15, 2019 at Tempelhof Airport. The POSITIONS Berlin Art Fair invites about 70 international galleries to present their most important positions from contemporary and modern art during the Berlin Art Week. In 2019, POSITIONS Berlin will once again take place in Hangar 4 of Berlin Tempelhof Airport, Europe's largest architectural monument, the site of the Berlin Airlift and more than 50 years of civil aviation, which has long been a symbol of freedom and a stage for cosmopolitanism and international exchange. In September, it will be transformed into a hotspot for art and, with its monumental architecture and eventful history, will offer an auratic setting for artistic presentations. With an attractive supporting programme, special exhibitions and other events, the POSITIONS Berlin Art Fair provides the ideal setting to welcome international vi ... More

Claire Richardson announced as Executive Director of the Australian Centre for Contemporary Art
MELBOURNE.- ACCA Chair John Denton announced today the appointment of Claire Richardson as the new Executive Director of the Australian Centre for Contemporary Art. Currently managing the Visual Arts Program at the City of Stonnington, Claire was formerly Exhibitions Manager at TarraWarra Museum of Art, with previous roles including Senior Exhibition Coordinator and acting Exhibitions Manager at the National Gallery of Victoria. Most recently, Claire was seconded to the Australia Council as an Exhibition Team Leader at the Australian Pavilion at the Venice Biennale. “Claire has great passion and an excellent knowledge of the Australian visual arts sector, with extensive experience in the administrative, financial, exhibition management and team-leadership aspects of arts management”, John Denton said. “Her passion for the visual arts and her excellent track-record are sought-after attributes, and we very much look forward to welco ... More

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On a day like today, Dutch painter Frans Hals died
August 26, 1666. Frans Hals the Elder (c. 1582 - 26 August 1666) was a Dutch Golden Age painter, normally of portraits, who lived and worked in Haarlem. He is notable for his loose painterly brushwork, and he helped introduce this lively style of painting into Dutch art. Hals played an important role in the evolution of 17th-century group portraiture. In this image: Early 1630s painting by Dutch master Frans Hals titled, "Portrait of a Man."

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