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Burke Museum paleontologists discover major Tyrannosaurus rex fossil

Dinosaur bone discovered on the surface of a hill in the Hell Creek Formation in northern Montana. The bone's honeycomb-like appearance is characteristic of a T. rex. Photo by Jason Love. Courtesy Burke Museum.

SEATTLE, WA.- Burke Museum paleontologists discovered a Tyrannosaurus rex, including a very complete skull. The discovery, which paleontologists estimate to be about 20% of the animal, also includes vertebrae, ribs, hips, and lower jaw bones. The team, led by Burke Museum Adjunct Curator of Vertebrate Paleontology and University of Washington biology professor Dr. Gregory P. Wilson, discovered the T. rex during an expedition to the Hell Creek Formation in northern Montana—an area that is world-famous for its fossil dinosaur sites. Two Burke Museum paleontology volunteers, Jason Love and Luke Tufts, initially discovered pieces of fossilized bone protruding from a rocky hillside. The bones’ large size and honeycomb-like structure indicated they belonged to a carnivorous dinosaur. Upon further excavation, the team discovered the T. rex skull along with ribs, vertebrae, and parts of the jaw and pelvis. The T. rex is nicknamed the “T ... More

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Recent connection between North and South America reaffirmed   Spanish widow who botched fresco makeover inspires opera   Christie's announces highlights from Asian Art Week sales

Paleontologist hunts for 7 million-year-old fossils on Finger Island along the Caribbean coast of Panama. The fossils found in this section share more affinities with Pacific faunas, suggesting the Isthmus of Panama had yet formed at this time. Photo: Aaron O'Dea.

WASHINGTON, DC.- Long ago, one great ocean flowed between North and South America. When the narrow Isthmus of Panama joined the continents about 3 million years ago, it also separated the Atlantic from the Pacific Ocean. If this took place millions of years earlier, as recently asserted by some, the implications for both land and sea life would be revolutionary. Aaron O’Dea, staff scientist at the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute, and colleagues writing in Science Advances firmly set the date at 2.8 million years ago. “Recent scientific publications proposing the isolation of the two oceans between 23 to 6 million years ago rocked the generally held model of the continental connection to its foundations,” said Jeremy Jackson, emeritus staff scientist at the Smithsonian. ... More

The restored version by an elderly woman in Spain. CENTRO DE ESTUDIOS BORJANOS / AFP.

MADRID (AFP).- When an elderly widow in a tiny Spanish town decided to restore a church fresco of Christ, the result was so disastrous that it went viral and she became a global laughing stock. Fast-forward a few years, and the tables have turned considerably for Cecilia Gimenez, now 85, whose "restoration" in Borja resembles a pale-faced ape with cartoon-style eyes and a crooked smudge for a mouth. Her makeover has sparked such interest that people are flocking to the northern town, mugs and t-shirts bearing the botched image are on sale and the incident has inspired an opera -- excerpts of which will be performed for the first time in Borja on Saturday. "It's a hybrid, it has music from Bach, Gregorian chants, and then it has some numbers that sound like Lady Gaga or Frank Sinatra," says Andrew Flack, the American playwright who wrote the opera along with composer Paul Fowler. The two friends saw the story go viral in August 2012 and decided there and then to create an opera ... More

A rare pair of huanghuali and spotted bamboo scholar's cabinets, Yuanjiaogui 17th century. Estimate: $2,800,000-3,200,000. Photo: Christie's Images Ltd 2016.

NEW YORK, NY.- Christie’s announces Asian Art Week: a series of auctions, viewings and events, from September 13-16. This season includes eight sales featuring over 900 lots, drawing together an extraordinary breadth of works from every category of Asian Art and is led by one of the finest collections of classical Chinese furniture to appear at auction, as well as Chinese ceramics from The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Gandharan sculpture, Nepalese bronzes, modern Chinese and South Asian paintings and more. In conjunction with the sales, Christie’s will host a day of gallery talks and lectures on September 10th and 11th, featuring guest speakers and prominent scholars. In addition, Christie’s will display Zao Wou-ki and Abstract Expressionism, a private sale exhibition at Christie’s New York Rockefeller Galleries from August 27 to September 14. Christie’s ... More

Hollywood poster blunder sparks backlash in Hong Kong   DePaul Art Museum receives gift of 114 works by Chicago-based artists   Exhibition in Berlin revolves around Joseph Beuys's "Das Kapital Raum"

This photo illustration taken on August 19, 2016 shows a smartphone user holding up his device displaying the pulled theatrical release poster for the film "Arrival". TENGKU BAHAR / AFP.

HONG KONG (AFP).- A poster for upcoming Hollywood movie "Arrival" mistakenly featuring a Shanghai landmark on Hong Kong's skyline was taken down from the film's official Facebook page Friday after sparking outrage and ridicule. Hong Kong is deeply divided over mainland China's governance of the city, with many angered by what they see as Beijing's tightening grip, and the error sparked a torrent of comments on social media under the hashtags #HongKongisnotChina and #HongKongindependence. Others called for a boycott of the film, due for release in November. The poster showed a giant vertical spaceship over the semi-autonomous city's harbour with the Oriental Pearl Tower, perhaps Shanghai's best known landmark, prominently featured in the foreground. "Please remove this ugly tower from Victoria Harbour," ... More

Dawoud Bey, A Young Woman Between Carolburg and Half Street, 1989. Silver gelatin print.

CHICAGO, IL.- Collectors and artists in Chicago who are seeking to build a legacy of the city’s modern and emerging artists are finding a home for artwork in the DePaul Art Museum’s collection. Located on DePaul University’s Lincoln Park Campus, the museum recently acquired more than 100 works by Chicago-based artists, underlining its commitment to curate, exhibit and collect art from the local community. Collector Chuck Thurow donated the 114 works by 59 Chicago artists to the DePaul Art Museum’s permanent collection, strengthening the museum’s hometown focus that positions Chicago as a global city. The works include paintings, photography, sculpture, drawings and other works on paper. “This gift supports the DePaul Art Museum’s vision to reflect the history of art in Chicago, from the modern era to the present,” said Julie Rodrigues Widholm, director and chief curator of the ... More

Jan Sanders van Hemessen, Die Goldwägerin, um 1530. Staatliche Museen zu Berlin, Gemäldegalerie © Staatliche Museen zu Berlin – Preußischer Kulturbesitz, Gemäldegalerie / Christoph Schmidt.

BERLIN.- The Nationalgalerie at Hamburger Bahnhof – Museum für Gegenwart – Berlin is presenting a special exhibition entitled Capital. Debt – Territory – Utopia, which is on show until 6 November 2016. Featuring works by some 40 international contemporary artists in dialogue with selected artworks and artefacts from antiquity through to the present day, the exhibition seeks to explore humanity’s complex relationship with capital. The exhibition, curated by Eugen Blume and Catherine Nichols, revolves around Joseph Beuys’s groundbreaking work DAS KAPITAL RAUM 1970–1977 (The Capital Space 1970–1977), first conceived for the 1980 Venice Biennale and now on show in Berlin for the first time. Purchased by collector Erich Marx in 2014, the work is now on permanent loan to the Nationalgalerie. This monumental ... More

Work by one of the most important representatives of Danish Concrete Art on view in Bremen   Iran's language watchdog battles 'Nutella Bars'   This autumn the British Museum will host the first major UK exhibition on South African art

Installation view.

BREMEN.- Ib Geertsen (1919-2009) is one of the most important representatives of Danish Concrete Art and is highly regarded in his home country. His mobiles, paintings, and paper works are featured in major museum collections. His murals and “drawings in the air”, as he called his mobiles, have become iconic public art works in many danish cities. And his forays into the applied arts and the playful poetry of his colourful geometric shapes remain highly relevant today. Critic and curator Lars Bang Larsen wrote in Artforum in 2003: “Ib Geertsen is practically a father figure within Denmark’s artistic household. Generations of Danish artists have grown up with his colourful formalism in museums and public spaces, and now a younger audience has rediscovered Geertsen’s sensuous cool.” Given the quality of Geertsen’s artistic oeuvre, on par with international contemporaries such as Richard Paul Lohse, Niele Toroni, Serge Poliakoff or Alexander Calder, it is surpris ... More

An Iranian worker prepares a crepe at Nutella Bar. ATTA KENARE / AFP.

TEHRAN (AFP).- It is Iran's answer to the Academie Francaise, keeping the Farsi language safe from the corrupting influence of foreign words. Its latest, unlikely target: something called "Nutella Bars". The state-run Academy of Persian Language and Literature has imposed a number of changes in recent years, particularly aimed at curbing the intrusion of English. Its success has been varied. Most people now use the Farsi word "balgard" (meaning "spinning wings") instead of "helicopter". But practically no one -- except perhaps newsreaders on state television -- calls their fax machine a "durnegar" (meaning "distant message-receiver"), or uses "rayaneh" ("organising machine") when they mean "computer". The Academy's latest target has caused some bafflement: a popular chain of waffle and crepe cafes called Nutella Bars after the Italian hazelnut and cocoa spread in which they smother their snacks. "The ... More

Xhosa Snuffbox in the shape of an ox, South Africa, Late 19th Century © The Trustees of the British Museum.

LONDON.- This autumn the British Museum will host the first major UK exhibition on South African art that explores a 100,000 history through archaeological, historic and contemporary artworks, which look at the long and rich artistic heritage of the country. South Africa: the art of a nation is sponsored by Jack and Betsy Ryan and will use art to tell the story of the region’s deep history, the colonial period, apartheid, the birth of the ‘rainbow nation’ and South Africa today. Objects from the British Museum’s own South African collections will be displayed alongside contemporary acquisitions. There will also be significant loans in the exhibition, including objects coming to the UK for the very first time, thanks to the exhibition’s logistics partner IAG Cargo. The exhibition will shed light on the varied artistic achievements of South Africa with around 200 objects arranged chronologically across ... More

Mia launches multi-year Asian art initiative made possible by $6 million bequest from Alfred P. Gale   The Museum of the City of New York showcases 40 assorted treasures from over a century of NYC history   Nationalmuseum Sweden acquires "Portrait of John Panzio Tockson" by Fritz von Dardel

Liu Dan (Chinese, born 1953), Reimagining the Lystra Scene, 2016 (detail). Ink on paper, 118 1/8 × 78 3/4 in. (300 × 200 cm). Collection of Minneapolis Institute of Art.

MINNEAPOLIS, MN.- The Minneapolis Institute of Art today announced the launch of an unprecedented long-term initiative to create innovative public programs, special exhibitions, and new scholarship dedicated to Asian art. Made possible by a $6 million bequest from Alfred P. Gale, the Gale Asian Art Initiative at Mia will allow for robust programming designed to foster broader understanding and appreciation of Asian art and culture. Thanks to the bequest, each year Mia will focus on a particular area of its collection, with in-depth programming and events; it begins with the art of China. The Gale Asian Art Initiative builds on Mia’s growing collection of Asian art—one of the most comprehensive in the United States. Over the last three years, this collection has increased by 2,400 objects, due to generous gifts from Bill and Libby Clark and Mary Griggs Burke. “We are incredibly grateful ... More

Sterling silver spoon decorated with the Statue of Liberty and Flatiron Building, manufactured by Shepard Manufacturing Co., 1893 –1923. Museum of the City of New York, Gift of Roberta Gratz, 2016.2.104.

NEW YORK, NY.- The Museum of the City of New York presents From Teaspoons to Titanic: Recent Acquisitions, a sprawling and poignant showcase pulled from the Museum’s rich collection of more than 750,000 objects and images that preserves a New York City known only to history and memory and catalogues the perpetual change that characterizes the five boroughs and their inhabitants. From Teaspoons to Titanic is comprised of 40 artifacts and artworks, all acquired by the Museum since 2013, ranging from photographs to silver spoons to paintings and even a deck chair from the RMS Titanic – reflecting the dynamic diversity of the city itself. The exhibition features items such as Jan Staller’s haunting photos of an abandoned 1970s west side; a rare book documenting Fifth Avenue, block by block, in 1911 – with bonus photographs and handwritten notes ... More

Fritz von Dardel, John Panzio Tockson (around 1838-1886), King Karl XV’s valet. Photo: Linn Ahlgren/Nationalmuseum.

STOCKHOLM.- Nationalmuseum has acquired a portrait of John Panzio Tockson by the artist and courtier Fritz von Dardel. Unlike many of Dardel’s other, more caricatured and stereotypical portrayals of King Karl XV’s valet, this pen-and-watercolour drawing is an unusually vivid depiction of Tockson as an individual. In the portrait he is wearing his distinctive red, oriental-style costume with a fez. As well as pursuing a military and civil service career, Fritz von Dardel (1817–1901) had the opportunity around 1840 to train as an artist in Paris under Léon Cogniet and Eugène Lami.On his return to Sweden, the urbane and multitalented Dardel soon became adjutant and close confidant to the crown prince, later King Karl XV. In the field of art in particular, Dardel played a major role in advising the king on purchases and expanding the Nationalmuseum collection. From his teacher Lami, Dardel had acquired a talent for capturing the ... More

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Artists subvert and challenge in the John Fries Award
SYDNEY.- Two Victorian artists have dominated this year’s Copyright Agency | Viscopy John Fries Award for emerging artists announced tonight by the prize’s benefactor Vivienne Fries in Sydney. The $10,000 award winner is Eric Demetriou, while Jessie Bullivant was Highly Commended for her work. Demetriou’s installation piece, An Afternoon with Herb Jercher, is a work combining the sounds of whip cracking with the impact of the whips’ contact on a surface. The work was developed with sound artist Herb Jercher. John Fries Award curator, Oliver Watts said, “Demetriou’s body of work investigates the application of noise, partnered with a mischievous demeanour. “This exciting and strong work seems to reference the drover through the sounds and effects of lashing whips. Its duality is what makes it appealing, as the sound of the whip evokes the Man from Snowy River, ... More

Marguerite Humeau exhibits at Palais de Tokyo
PARIS.- Palais de Tokyo has invited Marguerite Humeau (born in 1986 in France, lives in London) for her first major solo exhibition. The artist has produced an entire series of new work for the project; a physical and sensory experience at the crossroads between research and fiction. Myths, speculations and fantasies are at the heart of Marguerite Humeau’s artwork. The development of each project includes a phase of extensive research and collaboration with numerous specialists and scientists. Therefore, as part of her long-term project, The Opera of Prehistoric Creatures (2012), Marguerite Humeau has met palaeontologists, zoologists, veterinarians, engineers, explorers, surgeons, doctors and radiologists with the aim of reviving the songs of ancestral animals, such as the mammoth. An extremely ambitious pursuit, partly due to the scarcity of fossil evidence of their ... More

Islamist fighters target 'un-Islamic' cultural heritage
PARIS (AFP).- From Mali to Afghanistan, Syria and Iraq, Islamist fighters have regularly turned their sights on the priceless vestiges of peoples' cultural heritage -- for being un-Islamic. The International Criminal Court on Monday opens the trial of a jihadist on a charge of war crimes for the destruction of shrines at the World Heritage site of Timbuktu in Mali. The following are examples of world cultural heritage destroyed or damaged during recent conflicts. The fabled desert city of Timbuktu, named as the "City of 333 saints" and listed by UNESCO, was for months attacked by jihadists bent on imposing a brutal version of Islamic law. In June 2012, Al-Qaeda-linked militants destroyed 14 of the northern city's mausoleums, important buildings that date back to Timbuktu's golden age in the 15th and 16th centuries as an economic, intellectual and spiritual hub. The reconstruction of the ... More

Spink announces third part of sale of Lord Stewartby's vast collection
LONDON.- Spink announced the perfect accompaniment to the golden sunshine; a gold coin auction! Earlier in the year Spink sold parts 1 and 2 of Lord Stewartby’s vast collection, and the time has come to sell the third. The collection, being offered across five sales, is one of the most extensive and important collections of English coins to come on the market in recent times and the catalogues alone will become works of reference in their own right. On the 26th September 2016, Spink’s London auction room will see the third instalment, 152 lots made up of the most astonishing gold coins (and even a leopard) from between the reigns of Edward III and George III. For those unfamiliar with Lord Stewartby’s career as a coin collector, he is Honorary Keeper of Mediaeval Coins at the Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge and developed an early interest in coin collecting. His passion ... More

Philadelphia Museum of Art brings high-quality reproductions into communities
PHILADELPHIA, PA.- The Philadelphia Museum of Art, with the support of the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, continues its 2016 season of Inside Out, a major arts initiative that brings high-quality reproductions of Museum masterpieces into communities throughout the city and region. From August 3 through November 1, residents of Brewerytown in Philadelphia, Bristol, Conshohocken, Jenkintown, Phoenixville, and Upper Darby will discover outdoor art installations of Museum masterpieces popping up in their communities. This is the second year the Museum has participated in the program, having brought Inside Out to towns across Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Montgomery, and Philadelphia Counties last year. Timothy Rub, the Museum’s George D. Widener Director and Chief Executive Officer, said: “This project is not simply about the Museum sharing ... More

An Urban Landscape: A 360° Panorama of Rome by Friedrich Loos on view at Alte Nationalgalerie
BERLIN.- City and landscape: although this might initially seem a contradiction in terms, painters have frequently brought the two together. Landscape painting underwent a boom around 1800 and included urban space as a motif. Italy was the destination of numerous art tours, and Rome with its ancient ruins and Mediterranean light offered inspiration for city views that combined long and short perspective in a topographically exact manner. Central to this cabinet exhibition is a five-part panorama of Rome painted by Graz-born painter Friedrich Loos in 1850. Loos was living in Rome during the revolutionary year of 1848, when a popular uprising took place against the church-state. House-to-house battles and industrialization began to change the city’s appearance: “Loos suspected that Rome stood at a turning point in its history and in future would take on a different ... More

New generation of Canadian indigenous filmmakers highlights social problems
MONTREAL (AFP).- Emilio Wawatie, a member of Canada's indigenous Anishnabe community, says he grew tired of the stereotypical portrayal of his country's indigenous peoples on the silver screen. So at age 18, he launched into a film career. "You don't have to go back to black-and-white films," the filmmaker says. "Not that long ago, aboriginals were represented as 'wild Indians' in popular cinema, a cliche perpetuated by whites." Now 25, Wawatie is part of a new generation of indigenous Canadian filmmakers who are unafraid to turn their cameras on the brutal poverty, violence and other problems their communities face. Many got their start from a video production company called Wapikoni, which provides young indigenous people with the cameras, editing tools and guidance they need to make films. The non-profit group has been taking filmmaking to the people ... More

Five things to know about Mali's holy sites
BAMAKO (AFP).- The trial of a Malian jihadist charged with war crimes for orchestrating the 2012 destruction of nine Timbuktu mausoleums and a section of a famous mosque opens Monday at the International Criminal Court (ICC). How did the monuments come to be considered important and why were they destroyed? Who built the mausoleums?The mausoleums of Muslim saints located in Timbuktu's cemeteries and mosques date back to the ancient caravan city's golden age in the 15th and 16th centuries as an economic, intellectual and spiritual centre. Some date back as far as the 14th century. The construction of the original tombs of Muslim saints was undertaken by anonymous groups of family members or disciples of the saints, according to experts. The earthen mausoleums around them were erected after the tombs were desecrated by those who believed they could ... More

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