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Ancient species of giant sloth that lived 10,000 years ago discovered in Mexico

This undated handout photog released on August 16, 2017 by Mexico's National Institute of Anthropology (INAH) shows what it is supposed to be the skull of a new species and genus of giant sloth that dates between 10647 and 10305 A.C. found in the bottom of a deep cenote in Quintana Roo, Mexico. HO / INAH / AFP.

MEXICO CITY (AFP).- Mexican scientists said Wednesday they have discovered the fossilized remains of a previously unknown species of giant sloth that lived 10,000 years ago and died at the bottom of a sinkhole. The Pleistocene-era remains were found in 2010, but were so deep inside the water-filled sinkhole that researchers were only gradually able to piece together what they were, the National Institute of Anthropology and History (INAH) said in announcing the find. Scientists have so far hauled up the skull, jawbone, and a mixed bag of vertebrae, ribs claws and other bones, but the rest of the skeleton remains some 50 meters (165 feet) under water, the INAH said. Researchers are planning to bring up the rest by next year to continue studying the find -- including to estimate how big the animal was. ... More

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Blanton Museum of Ar acquires trove of Leon Polk Smith   Sotheby's integrates contemporary Latin American art into its New York Contemporary Art Sales   Exhibition at The Belvedere traces the impact of Maria Theresa's cultural commitment

Leon Polk Smith (Chickasha, OK, 1906 – New York City, 1996), Untitled, 1954. Collage, 25 3/4 x 19 3/4 in. Blanton Museum of Art, The University of Texas at Austin, Gift of the Leon Polk Smith Foundation, 2017.

AUSTIN, TX.- Director Simone Wicha of the Blanton Museum of Art at The University of Texas at Austin has announced that the museum has received a gift of seven works by the seminal American abstract painter Leon Polk Smith (1906–1996). The works come to the museum from the Leon Polk Smith Foundation and longtime Austin philanthropists Jeanne and Michael Klein. "We're honored that the Leon Polk Smith Foundation chose the Blanton as the steward of these paintings and drawings," Wicha said. "This concentration of works by Leon Polk Smith brings historical depth to our holdings of postwar American painting and allows us to highlight Smith’s pioneering role in the development of abstract painting in the United States, from the new dynamism he brought to geometric abstraction to his prescient shaped canvases." “Three elements which have interested ... More

Mira Schendel, Untitled, from the series Droguinhas (Little Nothings). Estimate: 1,200,000 — 1,800,000. Sold for $1,512,500. Courtesy Sotheby’s.

NEW YORK, NY.- Starting this fall, Sotheby’s will present Contemporary Latin American Art within its New York Contemporary Art sales. This integration will expand the collector base for, and concentrate the broad appeal of, this dynamic and fast-growing area of collecting. Since pioneering the category in 1979, Sotheby’s Latin American Art sales have helped to establish the markets for avant-garde movements such as: Geometric Abstraction, Kinetic Art, Conceptual Art, Concrete and Neo-Concrete Art. Going forward this material will be sold in New York Evening, Day, Curated, and Online Contemporary Art sales. Latin American Art specialists, who are part of Sotheby’s Global Fine Arts Division, will collaborate with their Contemporary Art counterparts in the consignment and placement of these works in the marketplace while continuing to organize bi-annual Latin American Art Evening and Online auctions focused on 20th century ... More

Daniel Schmidely, Maria Theresa in Hungarian Coronationdress, 1742 © Galéria mesta Bratislavy. Oil on canvas, 237,5 x 157 cm.

VIENNA.- The Belvedere has seized Maria Theresa’s 300th birthday as an occasion to elucidate her relationship to the visual arts. For the exhibition, curator Georg Lechner has brought to light a number of exciting details. For example, Maria Theresa was extremely openminded and unbiased in her approach to art. Comprising some 120 works, the show traces the impact of the Austrian sovereign’s cultural commitment on posterity. Divided into six sections, the exhibition examines Maria Theresa’s approach to the visual arts. The empress was well aware of her official responsibilities as the country’s figurehead. As a tight budget only allowed her to acquire works by old masters to a limited extent, Maria Theresa concentrated above all on contemporary artists of all genres and disciplines. She had the courage to opt for unconventional solutions and an extremely progressive understanding ... More

Charles A. Riley II, Ph.D. named Director of Nassau County Museum of Art   'Polka dot queen' Yayoi Kusama to open museum in Tokyo   Serbia offers citizenship to Afghan 'Little Picasso'

Dr. Riley is a prolific arts journalist, reviewer and essayist and a celebrated public speaker.

ROSLYN HARBOR, NY.- Angela Susan Anton, president of the board of trustees of Nassau County Museum of Art, announced that Charles A. Riley II, Ph.D. has been named director of the Museum. Dr. Riley’s long association with Nassau County Museum of Art includes having served as curator-at-large and popular presenter of many lectures offered for many exhibitions. He helped curate the Museum’s Picasso, Surrealism and Abstract Expressionist exhibitions and recently curated the permanent installation of Western art at a major new private museum in Taiwan as well as several exhibitions in Berlin, Amsterdam, Lausanne, Manhattan and Long Island’s East End. Dr. Riley is a prolific arts journalist, reviewer and essayist and a celebrated public speaker. His 32 books on art, business and public policy include the recently published Free as Gods: How the Jazz Age Reinvented Modernism, The Jazz Age in ... More

Installation view of Yayoi Kusama: Infinity Mirrors at the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, 2017; Life (Repetitive Vision), 1998, Photo: Cathy Carver.

TOKYO (AFP).- World famous Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama, known as "the queen of polka dots", will open a museum exhibiting her works in Tokyo in October, an official said. Kusama, 88, is known for her use of vivid colour in her works that often depict polka dots and spotted pumpkins. She often appears in a wheelchair and sporting her trademark red hair. The museum will hold exhibitions twice a year to "spread the message of world peace and love that Kusama has called for to the world in her works", the Yayoi Kusama Foundation said in a press release. The first exhibition at the museum, which begins on October 1, will feature her large painting series titled "My Eternal Soul". "Ms Kusama had a strong wish to open her own museum," Akira Tatehata, director of the new facility, told AFP on Thursday. "We hope as many people as possible come to see her works," ... More

10-year-old Farhad Noory from Afghanistan (C) poses for a photograph with his family during his first exhibition in Belgrade. OLIVER BUNIC / AFP.

BELGRADE (AFP).- Serbia on Wednesday offered citizenship to the family of a young Afghan refugee who has become known as "Little Picasso" for his artistic talent, the president's office said. Ten-year-old Farhad Noory has lived in a migrant camp in Belgrade with his parents and two younger brothers for eight months, during which time his paintings of famous people have made him a local media star. On Wednesday he and his family were invited to meet President Aleksandar Vucic, who offered them citizenship and the promise of a job for Noory's father. "We would be honoured if you accepted," Vucic told the boy and his relatives. About 4,500 migrants are staying in 18 state-run camps in Serbia after arriving in the huge wave of travellers from South Asia, the Middle East and Africa. They mostly intended to start new lives in western Europe but got stuck in Serbia ... More

LiveAuctioneers wins prestigious 2017 Stevie Award in international competition for Customer Service Team of the Year   Pop-up museum dedicated to examining the legacy of the disgraced sports superstar OJ Simpson to open   MoMA honors the legacy of Terry Adkins's multidisciplinary performance collective

NYC-based members of LiveAuctioneers’ customer support team. Image provided by LiveAuctioneers.

NEW YORK, NY.- LiveAuctioneers has won a prestigious Stevie® Award in the 2017 International Business AwardsSM (IBAs) competition, in the "Customer Service Team of the Year" category. Nicknamed the “Stevies” for the Greek word meaning “crowned,” the awards will be presented to winners at a gala awards banquet at the W Hotel in Barcelona, Spain on October 21. More than 3,900 nominations from organizations in 60+ nations or territories were submitted to this year’s IBAs. Stevie® Award winners were determined by the average scores of more than 200 executives worldwide who participated on 12 juries. The stellar panel that adjudicated the Customer Service of the Year category included executives from such global powerhouses as Oracle Corporation, Barclaycard, ADP, Dubai Airport Freezone, and WP Engine, among others. “Customer service is the cornerstone of LiveAuctioneers’ ... More

The show will feature dozens of artifacts dating back to the time of the trial.

LOS ANGELES, CA.- I was total O.J. trail junkie back in the day and hosting this show is a lifelong dream come true." An early issue of Gleason's published magazine Coagula Art Journal featured a cover story on the 1995 O.J. Simpson trial's effect on the artist and the art world. - Coagula Curatorial gallerist Mat Gleason, confesses! O.J. Simpson expert and creator of The O.J. Tour Adam Papagan is curating a temporary exhibit at Coagula Curatorial Gallery, located at 974 Chung King Road, in historic Chinatown, Downtown Los Angeles, dedicated to the alleged double-murderer and Heisman Trophy winner. The show will feature dozens of artifacts dating back to the time of the trial, a previously unseen collection of bootleg Simpson t-shirts, original artwork inspired by the case, and a 1994 Ford Bronco, which Papagan purchased with funds from a recent crowdfunding campaign. ... More

Terry Adkins. Last Trumpet. Performed as part of Performa 13, New York, November 18, 2013. Photo © Chani Bockwinkel. Courtesy Performa.

NEW YORK, NY.- The Museum of Modern Art presents Projects 107: Lone Wolf Recital Corps, featuring the multidisciplinary performance collective founded in 1986 by artist and musician Terry Adkins (American, 1953–2014). On view at the Museum of Modern Art from August 19 through October 9, 2017, Projects 107 is the first museum exhibition to reunite the Corps since Adkins’s death; the exhibition will feature a display of Adkins’s sculptures and a set of five live performances by the reconstituted Corps, in which a changing group of multigenerational artists will present new work and reprise selections from the group’s repertoire. Projects 107: Lone Wolf Recital Corps is organized by Akili Tommasino, Curatorial Assistant, Department of Painting and Sculpture. Consisting of an accumulative, ... More

Phoenix Art Museum presents A Tribute to James Galanos, legendary American couturier   Sarah Charlesworth's first full-scale museum exhibition in Los Angeles opens at LACMA   V&A exhibition to re-imagine the golden age of ocean travel

James Galanos, Dress, 1966. Wool with bead and sequin embroidery. Collection of Tatiana Sorokko. Photo by Ken Howie.

PHOENIX, AZ.- Phoenix Art Museum will present A Tribute to James Galanos, a retrospective dedicated to the iconic American fashion designer known for the elegant craftsmanship and luxurious materials that characterized his work. Featuring more than 40 couture-quality, ready-to-wear ensembles and accessories, the exhibition will illuminate the designer’s influence and legacy with objects from the 1950s through the 1990s. A Tribute to James Galanos will open August 19 in the Ellman Fashion Gallery, and remain on view through January 7, 2018. “Phoenix Art Museum is pleased to present the iconic work of one of the most significant American designers of the 20th century,” said Amada Cruz, the Sybil Harrington Director and CEO of Phoenix Art Museum. “Along with works drawn from private collections, many of the objects are drawn from the Museum’s extensive fashion design archive, which now numbers more ... More

Sarah Charlesworth, Vision of a Young Man, from the Renaissance Paintings series, 1991, dye destruction print, 59 3/4 × 45 3/4 in., courtesy the Estate of Sarah Charlesworth and Maccarone New York/Los Angeles, © 2017 The Estate of Sarah Charlesworth.

LOS ANGELES, CA.- The Los Angeles County Museum of Art presents Sarah Charlesworth: Doubleworld, the artist’s first full-scale museum exhibition in Los Angeles. Sarah Charlesworth (1947–2013) was a highly influential artist whose work examined the role that photographic images play in contemporary culture. Charlesworth aligned closely with a group of artists in the 1980s known as the Pictures Generation, which included Jack Goldstein, Sherrie Levine, Richard Prince, and Laurie Simmons, among others. First identified by curator Douglas Crimp in his 1977 exhibition Pictures, at Artists Space in New York, these artists were concerned with how contemporary life is mediated and governed by pictures, specifically experienced through newspapers and magazines, on television, and in film. Over her 40-year career, Charlesworth ... More

Children's chair from the first-class playroom on the Normandie Designed by Marc Simon and Jacqueline Duché, France, c. 1934 © Miottel Museum, Berkeley, California.

LONDON.- In February 2018, the V&A will re-imagine the golden age of ocean travel with the major new exhibition, Ocean Liners: Speed & Style, sponsored by Viking Cruises. Co-organised by the V&A in London and the Peabody Essex Museum in Salem, Massachusetts, it is the first ever exhibition to explore the design and cultural impact of the ocean liner on an international scale. It will explore all aspects of ship design from ground-breaking engineering, architecture and interiors to the fashion and lifestyle aboard. Ocean Liners: Speed & Style will showcase over 250 objects, including paintings, sculpture, and ship models, alongside objects from shipyards, wall panels, furniture, fashion, textiles, photographs, posters and film. It will display objects never-before-seen in Europe, and reunite objects not seen together since on-board these spectacular vessels ... More

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Interview with Danièle Thompson, Director of Cézanne et Moi
NEW YORK, NY.- How did you come across the idea to make this film, which seems so different from the others - mostly comedies - in your filmography? Fifteen years ago, I read an article about how Cézanne and Zola were friends since childhood, before eventually growing apart. I must admit that I had never heard about this rift. It intrigued me. So I started reading biographies about them. I reread texts by Zola which I had forgotten, looked at paintings by Cézanne which I didn’t know. There was a dramatic element to their falling out which went beyond mere anecdote. Each time I finished a film, I wanted to try to take up their story but was told “No, do a comedy. It’s what you know how to do.” So I did a comedy, then another, and another. Until IT HAPPENED IN SAINT-TROPEZ, which was not the hit I’d hoped for. The reaction to that film destabilized me a bit. So, ... More

Exhibition showcases Brazilian artists' contemporary approaches to illustrating social issues
COLORADO SPRINGS, CO.- The Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center at Colorado College announces “Raízes/Roots,” an exhibition showcasing Brazilian artists’ contemporary approaches to illustrating social issues, on display Aug. 19 through Nov. 15, 2017. This exhibition features contemporary artists – Ana Carolina Fernandes, Annie Gonzaga, Elisa Reimer, and Henrique Oliveira – with a reception and performance of Brazilian music at the FAC on Friday, Sept. 1, from 5 – 7:30 p.m. “Raízes/Roots: Transformations in Brazilian Art” showcases four dynamic artists whose work addresses questions surrounding Brazilian national identity in the 21st century – including race, gender identity, sexuality, and the lingering consequences of colonialism. Curated by Naomi Wood, professor of Spanish and Portuguese at Colorado College, with assistance from Mitra ... More

New exhibition includes recent work by Archibald and Sulman Prize winners 2017
SYDNEY.- A new exhibition titled Grounded: Contemporary Australian Art features the work of artists Mitch Cairns, Karla Dickens, Newell Harry, Jumaadi, James Nguyen, Addison Marshall, Joan Ross and Justine Varga who have all studied at the National Art School. The exhibition is on display, free of charge, at NAS Gallery from 18 August until 14 October 2017. Curated by Judith Blackall Grounded is presented across both floors of the NAS Gallery. The artists have responded generously to the invitation to present a range of work in NAS Gallery’s distinctive spaces: some have produced ambitious new bodies of work, others have chosen to re-present important and rarely seen works that, presented in new contexts, bring fresh insight to the artist’s process and studio practice. In some cases sketchbooks and working drawings are included, providing further insight ... More

Corey Helford Gallery opens exhibition of new works by Sarah Emerson
LOS ANGELES, CA.- On Saturday, August 19, Los Angeles’ Corey Helford Gallery presents new works by Sarah Emerson in her first solo exhibition with the gallery, entitled “Ruin in Reverse,” in Gallery 2. Cuteness and craziness collide in energetic displays in Emerson’s paintings and murals. The Atlanta-based artist’s contemporary landscapes present a bizarre version of the world, inspired by actual places and how they are affected by time, science, and human intervention. For “Ruin in Reverse,” Emerson questions the strange occurrences that make up our physical reality. The exhibition’s title is a reference to George Musser’s book, Spooky Action at a Distance: The Phenomenon that Reimagines Space and Time, in which the author tries to unravel the mystery of not only space and time but also the origins of the cosmos. Space is the venue of physics; it's where things exist, where ... More

Exhibition narrates how the snake has inspired many important names in modern and contemporary art
SINGAPORE.- On August 19, the SerpentiForm exhibition will open to the public at ArtScience Museum, Marina Bay Sands, designed and set up by Bulgari. The exhibition is curated by the Bulgari Brand and Heritage Curator Lucia Boscaini and by the Maison’s Brand Heritage Department. Epitomising seduction, rebirth and transformation, the snake as a symbol has been intertwined for centuries with the story of mankind, capturing the imagination from East to West. Ever since antiquity, the creature's ability to renew itself by changing skin, to remain in contact with the earth and at the same time rise above it, to sinuously coil itself up, or to defeat threatening predators, has fed myths and legends inspiring artists in many fields. Endowed with wisdom and magical qualities, snakes were viewed as guardians, emissaries and often as gods in their own right, as well ... More

Getty initiative will bring rich collaborations to six San Diego museums this fall
SAN DIEGO, CA.- Several San Diego institutions will host exciting exhibitions and collaborations this fall thanks to the Getty-led Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA initiative, a far-reaching and ambitious exploration of Latin American and Latino art in dialogue with Los Angeles taking place from September 2017 through January 2018 at more than 70 cultural institutions across Southern California. Through a series of thematically linked exhibitions and programs, PST: LA/LA highlights different aspects of Latin American and Latino art from the ancient world to the present day. With topics such as luxury arts in the pre-Columbian Americas, 20th century Afro-Brazilian art, alternative spaces in Mexico City, and boundary-crossing practices of Latino artists, exhibitions range from monographic studies of individual artists to broad surveys that cut across numerous countries. ... More

Daniel Crouch Rare Books to bring six different editions of Ptolemy's 'Geographia' to Frieze Masters
LONDON.- Daniel Crouch Rare Books will bring a collection of six Ptolemy atlases, tracing exploration during the Age of Discovery. The work of Claudius Ptolemy, a Greek geographer and mathematician, was widely read during the Renaissance, and inspired a new generation of European cartography. The Ptolemy atlases represent not only the finest classical geography at the time, but also the latest developments in contemporary cartography: in them is the first map to show Japan; the first map to name America; and the earliest obtainable depiction of the Americas. The earliest Ptolemy edition on the stand dates from 1482; it is the third printed atlas ever made, and the first in the Italian language (£400,000). The 1511 Venice edition is notable not only for being the first atlas wholly printed in colour, but also for incorporating the first printed map to indicate Japan, ... More

Virginia Museum of Fine Arts exhibition explores conversations among Native American artists
RICHMOND, VA.- Based on the notion of dialogue, Hear My Voice: Native American Art of the Past and Present will explore conversations between Native American artists and their art across centuries, a continent, and 35 indigenous cultures. Opening August 19, 2017, at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, the exhibition features 56 works that illustrate the ways in which Native American art speaks of a shared knowledge and shared history while also being incredibly diverse in subject matter, style, medium, and age. Admission to Hear My Voice is free. The exhibition will be on view in VMFA’s Evans Court Gallery until November 26, 2017. From a wooden Raven rattle created by a Tsimshian artist and a war shirt crafted by a member of the Crow Nation in the late 19th century to contemporary works by Cherokee painter Kay WalkingStick and Passamaquoddy basketmaker ... More

Reel Art Press publishes new book of photographic work by Sory Sanlé
LONDON.- Sory Sanlé: Volta Photo 1965-85 is a collection of photographic work by Sory Sanlé, an eminent portrait photographer from Burkina Faso, the landlocked country in West Africa formerly colonised by the French, then known as Republique de Haute-Volta. ‘Voltaic’ photography’s unsung golden age is fully embodied by Sanlé. His black and white images magnify this era and display a unique cultural energy and social impact. Sory Sanlé was born in 1943 in the Nianiagara district of Bobo-Dioulasso, the country’s cultural and socio-economic hub. He began his career in photography in 1960 – the same year his country regained its independence. Working as an apprentice to a Ghanaian photographer, he learned to process and print the photographs he took with his Rolleiflex twin lens camera. Sanlé began documenting the city on his motorbike, capturing its centurie ... More

Minneapolis Institute of Art announces its first exhibition of work by contemporary Somali artists
MINNEAPOLIS, MN.- The Minneapolis Institute of Art (Mia) will present “I Am Somali: Three Visual Artists from the Twin Cities,” an exhibition that celebrates the work of Hassan Nor, Aziz Osman, and Ifrah Mansour. The artists share stories of exile, memory, identity, pride, and resilience through drawings, paintings, and film, displayed alongside traditional objects illustrating daily life in Somalia. On view August 19, 2017, to April 29, 2018, this exhibition marks the first time Mia will show work by contemporary Somali artists. “Minneapolis is home to the largest Somali community in the U.S.,” said Jan-Lodewijk Grootaers, Head of the Arts of Africa and the Americas and Curator of African Art at Mia. “It is an honor to showcase three generations of Somali artists who live in the Twin Cities. Their work counters the widely held idea that art by Muslims is non-figural, and they examine ... More

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On a day like today, French painter Gustave Caillebotte was born
August 19, 1848. Gustave Caillebotte (19 August 1848 - 21 February 1894) was a French painter, member and patron of the group of artists known as Impressionists, though he painted in a much more realistic manner than many other artists in the group. Caillebotte was noted for his early interest in photography as an art form. In this image: An employee looks at a painting 'Oarsmen' of 1877 of French Impressionist Gustave Caillebotte (1848-1894) in the Kunsthalle Bremen, Germany, Thursday, June 26, 2008

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