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Exhibition of animal portraits by George Stubbs opens at the Holburne Museum

George Stubbs, A Lion and Lioness, 1778. Enamel on Wedgwood ceramic, 43.1 x 61.6 cm. The Daniel Katz Gallery, London.

BATH.- The Holburne Museum presents Stubbs and the Wild, an exhibition of animal portraits, grand fantasies, and exquisite prints and drawings by renowned British wildlife painter George Stubbs (1724-1806), on show from 25 June to 2 October 2016. Stubbs and the Wild delves into the many-sided eighteenth-century world of George Stubbs through his realistic animal studies and sublime fantasy pieces, focusing on the artist’s famous depictions of wild animals in paint and print that encapsulated the uneasy relationship between the domestic and the exotic in polite Georgian society. Throughout his life George Stubbs was fascinated by how animals are built and studied their anatomy tirelessly. It was this interest that led him beyond horses and dogs to other animals at a time when exotic new wildlife was arriving in London from Britain’s expanding colonies. Moose, leopards, lemurs, antelope and even the remains of a kangaroo were brou ... More

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Exhibition in Melbourne presents some of Edgar Degas' most famous masterworks   Exhibition of new, large-scale painted bronze sculptures by Mark Grotjahn opens at Gagosian Gallery   "Star Wars" creator George Lucas gives up on trying to build museum in Chicago

Edgar Degas, Three dancers, 1896 –1905 (detail), pastel, 51.0 x 47.0 cm, Burrell Collection, Glasgow (35.249) © CSG CIC Glasgow Museums Collection.

MELBOURNE.- An exhibition of one of the world’s most beloved artists, Edgar Degas, opened to the public at NGV International showcasing significant works never-before-seen in Australia. In its world premiere, Degas: A New Vision presents the largest display of Degas’ works to ever come to Australia, and forms the most comprehensive retrospective of the artist’s oeuvre in decades. Featuring more than 200 works, Degas: A New Vision reveals Degas’ talent in a new light; not only as a great master of painting, but also as a master of drawing, printmaking, sculpture and photography. The Premier of Victoria, the Hon. Daniel Andrews MP, said, ‘Degas: A New Vision is a coup for the NGV and for Victoria. Local audiences will be the first in the world to experience this incredible exhibition – another example of how we are leading the way as the creative state. ‘Part of the Melbourne Winter Masterpieces series, this ... More

Mark Grotjahn, Untitled (Yellow Cosco II Mask M40.l), 2016 Painted bronze 59 1/2 x 33 1/4 x 36 1/2 inches. © Mark Grotjahn. Photo by Douglas M. Parker Studio.

LONDON.- Gagosian Gallery presents “Pink Cosco,” an exhibition of new, large-scale painted bronze sculptures by Mark Grotjahn. Grotjahn's work is inseparable from its present moment, yet willing to make explicit art-historical reference. He borrows from Op art, Abstract Expressionism, Pop art, and Renaissance perspective, but achieves effects that reach forward and backward simultaneously. To occupy this precarious past-future visual position requires intense concentration, calculation, and control. As he painted his Butterfly paintings, Grotjahn sought an escape from precision: he began making masks out of the cardboard boxes lying around his studio—the discarded shells of art materials, gifts, and other packaging. He painted the boxes and attached toilet paper roll tubes that stuck out between cut-out eyes. The Masks, although originally started as a casual practice, quickly asserted themselves as ... More

This file photo taken on June 8, 2016 shows filmmaker George Lucas as he arrives at the 2016 American Film Institute Life Achievement Awards. ANGELA WEISS / AFP.

CHICAGO (AFP).- "Star Wars" creator George Lucas said Friday he has given up on plans to build a legacy museum in Chicago after a legal battle with local activists. The filmmaker said in a statement he will build his museum somewhere in California. The museum was meant to be constructed along Chicago's famed lakefront in a spot that's currently a parking lot. Chicago lured Lucas there in 2014, after efforts to build the museum in San Francisco failed. But Chicago's plans soon went awry as well. The Friends of the Parks group sued, saying the city did not have the power to turn over public lands for use by a private institution. Lucas strongly criticized the preservation group's actions. "No one benefits from continuing their seemingly unending litigation to protect a parking lot," he said in a written statement. "The actions initiated by Friends of (the) Parks and ... More

Flag raiser misidentified in iconic WWII Iwo Jima photo   JFK love letter to alleged mistress sold for nearly $89,000 at auction   TV Academy blocks sale of Whitney Houston's Emmy

This file photo taken on October 30, 2001 shows, the full moon rising over the Washington, DC, area and the Iwo Jima Memorial in Arlington, Virginia. Preston Keres / AFP.

WASHINGTON (AFP).- More than 70 years after the end of World War II, the US Marine Corps on Thursday acknowledged a case of mistaken identity in its most iconic image from the conflict. The classic image -- taken by Associated Press photographer Joe Rosenthal -- shows six Marines erecting a US flag during a bloody battle on the Japanese island of Iwo Jima in February 1945. The men have become immortalized in Marine Corps lore, and each is featured on an enormous bronze statue based on the photograph in Arlington National Cemetery. But one of the troops -- John Bradley -- was not actually helping raise the flag at the moment Rosenthal shot the image. He in fact had helped raise a different flag earlier on. "The Marine Corps now believes Navy Pharmacist's Mate 2nd ... More

Mary Meyer was killed in October 1964, a year after the letter was written. Her murder has not been solved.

BOSTON, MASS.- A handwritten love letter from President John F. Kennedy to one of his alleged mistresses sold for $88,970 according to Boston-based RR Auction. The four-page letter written weeks before Kennedy's assassination in 1963 to Mary Pinchot Meyer, a family friend and former wife of a CIA agent. “Why don’t you leave suburbia for once — come and see me — either here — or at the Cape next week or in Boston the 19th. I know it is unwise, irrational, and that you may hate it — on the other hand you may not — and I will love it,” Kennedy wrote. The letter was never sent but remained in the collection of Kennedy's longtime personal secretary, Evelyn Lincoln. The tops of the White House stationery were clipped off; the faded presidential seal watermarks are visible under bright light. Mary Meyer was killed in October 1964, a year after the letter was written. Her murder ... More

Whitney Houston's personal Greatest Love Tour jacket (1987)is displayed at a media preview June 22, 2016 at Heritage Auctions in Beverly Hills, California. The outfit is one of many items up for auction which will run June 24-25, 2016. Tommaso Boddi / AFP.

BEVERLY HILLS (AFP).- Whitney Houston's estate is being sued by the organizers of television's Emmy Awards to block the sale of a trophy won by the late pop legend 30 years ago. The Academy of Television Arts and Sciences filed a lawsuit Thursday saying an auction would tarnish its reputation and claiming ownership of the statuettes, which it said were only loaned out. Winners' heirs are entitled to keep their awards "to symbolize the achievements of the deceased honorees" but the trophies cannot be sold, the suit filed in the federal court in Los Angeles contends. Houston, who died in 2012, won the Emmy in 1986 in recognition of her performance of "Saving All My Love for You" at a televised Grammy Awards ceremony. Beverly ... More

Exhibition features world renowned artist Dale Chihuly's spectacular art   Titans of Rock and Roll featured in exhibition of portraits by Herb Ritts   Kennedy Center honorees include Pacino, the Eagles

Persian Ceiling, (detail), 1999 35 x 14˝’ Chihuly Garden and Glass, Seattle, installed 2012. © Copyright 1999 Chihuly Studio. All rights reserved.

TORONTO.- The Royal Ontario Museum presents CHIHULY, featuring the dramatically colourful creations in glass by internationally acclaimed artist Dale Chihuly. On display from June 25, 2016 to January 2, 2017 in the Museum’s Garfield Weston Exhibition Hall, CHIHULY includes installations created especially for the ROM’s exhibition, in addition to series favourites. Dale Chihuly has been exploring glass as a medium and creating striking installations for 50 years.His monumental works defy his material's fragitilty. Chihuly's pieces bring together a centuries-old team approach to glass-blowing with his unique artistic vision - resulting in ground-breaking artworks. Chihuly said, "I want people to be overwhelmed with light and colour in a way they've never experienced before." “CHIHULY is a mesmerizing exhibition highlighting the monumental works of this singular artist. His stunning installations transform ... More

Herb Ritts (American, 1952–2002) Tina Turner, Hollywood, 1989 Foreign Affair album promotion Image © and courtesy of Herb Ritts Foundation.

NORFOLK, VA.- Meet the kings and queens of rock and roll in an exhibition featuring the photography of Herb Ritts at the Chrysler Museum of Art this summer. Herb Ritts: The Rock Portraits is on view June 24 to Sept. 18, 2016 at the Chrysler, where admission is always free. Herb Ritts: The Rock Portraits features iconic portraits of the biggest names in the past 30 years of music, including instantly recognizable images of David Bowie, Prince, Madonna, Cher, Janet Jackson and Bruce Springsteen. The exhibition also includes a peek behind the artist’s process in a display of contact sheets with red pencil markings showing how he chose the shots that would become famous. “Herb Ritts often took the picture that now comes to mind when you think of your favorite rock star,” says Acting Curator of Photography Seth Feman, who co-curates the show with Deputy Director Susan Leidy. The exhibition is complemented ... More

This May 2, 2008 file photo shows musician Glenn Frey of the Eagles performing during day 1 of Stagecoach, California's Country Music Festival at the Empire Polo Field in Indio, California.

WASHINGTON (AFP).- Multifaceted actor Al Pacino, acclaimed for his movie roles as a mob boss, a druglord and even Satan, is among the performers to receive this year's Kennedy Center Honors, one of America's top awards in the arts. Pacino joins a wide-ranging group of musicians -- rock band the Eagles, rhythm-and-blues legend Mavis Staples, singer-songwriter James Taylor and pianist Martha Argerich -- on the roster of Kennedy Center award winners announced Thursday. President Barack Obama will receive the honorees at the White House for the 39th annual gala on December 4, and footage of the star-studded event will air in a primetime special on December 29. "These honorees represent what is possible when creativity is not just cultivated, but unleashed," Kennedy Center Chairman David Rubenstein said in a statement. Pacino's nomination ... More

"Storms, War and Shipwrecks: Treasures from the Sicilian Seas" on view at the Ashmolean Museum   Anya Gallaccio, Untitled 2016 unveiled today at The University of Manchester's Whitworth   Curator Catherine Walworth joins the Columbia Museum of Art curatorial team

Montefortino helmet © Soprintendenza per i Beni culturali e ambientali del Mare, Palermo. Photo by Ashmolean Museum, University of Oxford.

OXFORD.- Storms, War and Shipwrecks tells the story of the island at the crossroads of the Mediterranean through the discoveries made by underwater archaeologists. For 2500 years, Sicily was the place where great ancient civilizations met and fought. Its rich and varied island culture has been marked by the Phoenicians, Greeks, Romans, Byzantines, Arabs and Normans. This major summer exhibition explores the roots of this multicultural heritage with over 200 beautiful and unusual objects rescued from the bottom of the sea. From bronze battering rams once mounted on the prows of Roman warships to the marble pieces of a Byzantine ‘flat-pack’ church; from intrepid prehistoric traders to the enlightened rule of the Norman kings, the exhibition illuminates the movement of peoples, goods and ideas. The treasures on show in Storms, War and Shipwrecks have been ... More

Anya Gallaccio, Untitled 2016 unveiled today at The University of Manchester's Whitworth.

MANCHESTER.- When the Whitworth was founded in 1889 it was the first English gallery in a park. Think of the Whitworth today and you will think of greenery, outdoor sculpture and trees. The architecture of the building yields to the landscape that surrounds it, beauty exists both inside and out with the branches of trees including London Plane, Ash and Cedar punctuating the silhouette of the building. The Whitworth’s extensive collection of art and design includes many depictions of trees and landscape, from watercolours by J.W.M Turner, drawings by Walter Crane, and woodblock printed wallpapers of leaves by William Morris. To look at a tree is to look at living history. The dynamic, breathing organisms that inhabit Whitworth Park have gradually established themselves in the scenery of Manchester. Anya Gallaccio is interested in the relationship between nature and culture, and uses natural materials and phenomena as the basis ... More

Walworth has had extensive experience working at significant institutions around the country including the McNay in San Antonio and the Cleveland Museum of Art.

COLUMBIA, SC.- The Columbia Museum of Art announced the appointment of Catherine Walworth, Ph.D., to Curator. Walworth joined the CMA curatorial team this spring, and she will be leading a gallery talk on modern art in the Big & Bold exhibition on Thursday, July 7, at 7 p.m. "I am delighted that Catherine has joined our staff, and I look forward to working closely with her and Chief Curator Dr. Will South to advance our exhibition program and thoughtfully grow our collection," says Karen Brosius, CMA executive director. "Her curatorial experience will help further the CMA's vision as a dynamic educational resource, a center for community engagement, and a destination for art and culture for our state." Walworth received her master's degree from the University of Washington and her doctorate from The Ohio State University ... More

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Romer Young Gallery opens its fourth solo exhibition with artist Amanda Curreri.
SAN FRANCISCO, CA.- Romer Young Gallery presents its fourth solo exhibition with artist Amanda Curreri. Eff - shorthand for effigy and also short-shorthand for the colloquial "f," as in fuck – leads these new works in a summoning of states of passion, self-possession, and responsive activity. While some works in the Eff series are direct tributes to actual individuals (track star Flo Jo, poet/activist Adrienne Rich, activist/librarian Barbara Gittings), the works in this exhibition focus less on individuals and more on states of being. Colorfully loud and wall-based, the works employ textile processes such as dyeing, printing, masking, patterning, negative and positive image construction, garment construction and re-construction. Traditions of Icon painting serve as an underpinning for these works to be (about) ways of being in the world. Formal relationships in the works test ... More

Original artworks by Chesley Bonestell, Joe Kubert sell at Philip Weiss Auctions' June 15th sale
LYNBROOK, NY.- A gorgeous 81-piece Tiffany & Company china set in the Cirque Chinois pattern sold for $16,675 at an auction held June 15th by Philip Weiss Auctions, in the firm’s gallery located at 74 Merrick Road in Lynbrook. The set was the top achiever in a 550-lot sale that grossed around $350,000 and featured an eclectic mix of merchandise in many categories. Offered were original illustrations and paintings by the renowned science fiction artist Chesley Bonestell (Am., 1888-1986), original cover art from the legendary comic book artist Joe Kubert (Am., 1926-2012), rare and highly desirable Disney production cels, ocean liner memorabilia, a collection of carved Black Forest bear hall trees, and terracotta and Majolica blackamoor statues. The Tiffany china set wowed bidders with its visual appeal and the fact that it was French private stock (Le Tallec) in fine condition. ... More

Fine Young Cannibals: A summer group exhibition opens at Petzel Gallery
NEW YORK, NY.- Petzel Gallery announces Fine Young Cannibals, a summer group exhibition, running parallel to Wade Guyton and Stephen Prina’s annual collaboration. The show opened Friday, June 24th and will remain on view until Friday, August 5th. Discourse on contemporary painting has recently taken a turn toward technological properties, neoliberal politics, and ‘market flipping’. The term “Zombie Abstraction” was coined as a comment on “process fetish” and the state of a perceived art market deemed cynical in nature. However, could this be a misconception? Are painters indeed trying to impress an audience with their market savvy and skill in manipulating media? Achim Hochdörfer, director of the Brandhorst Museum, Munich, writes in his essay, “How the World Came in”: "The essence of painting is no longer defined by the manual application of paint ... More

Greek foundation unveils new Athens opera, national library
ATHENS (AFP).- A leading Greek foundation on Friday unveiled a sprawling new park, opera and national library in southern Athens designed to "give hope" to a country brought low by a six-year economic crisis. The 1,400-seat opera, library and adjoining park designed by famed Italian architect Renzo Piano cost nearly 600 million euros ($680 million) and took eight years to design and build. "We thought it was very important to give hope," Andreas Dracopoulos, co-president of the Stavros Niarchos foundation that funded the project, told a news conference. Piano, an honorary Italian senator who famously co-designed the Pompidou Centre in Paris in the 1970s, said he wanted to evoke "the poetry of the Mediterranean" in the project with both buildings open to abundant sunshine and a sea canal close by. "Cities need these is something everybody needs, ... More

Museum presents exhibition of the New Yorker illustrator Edward Koren
WILMINGTON, DE.- The Delaware Art Museum announces Edward Koren: The Capricious Line will be on view June 25 – September 18, 2016. This exhibition celebrates the five-decade career of renowned cartoonist and long-standing contributor to The New Yorker Edward Koren (born 1935) and features approximately 50 original drawings, many on display for the first time. Koren’s cartoons encompass an eclectic set of themes which he tackles with his wry, astute criticism. With over 1,000 cartoons published in The New Yorker since 1962, Koren’s distinctive style and relatable characters deftly articulate the neuroses of contemporary society. Touching on a diverse set of issues ranging from parenting to man’s relationship to nature, Koren creates brief moments that portray man’s awkward rapport with the world around us. In contrast to other cartoonists’ political caricatures, ... More

Schiff Ahoy: Contemporary Art from the Brandhorst Collection on view in Munich
MUNICH.- With about 150 works from the Brandhorst Collection, Schiff Ahoy focuses on the continued relevance that the art of the 1960s and 1970s holds for contemporary art production. During this period, artists such as Carl Andre, Joseph Beuys, James Lee Byars, Andre Cadere, Mario Merz, Ed Ruscha, Niele Toroni, Richard Tuttle, and Lawrence Weiner experimented with materials and production methods previously considered unworthy of art. They called into question the static and work-based character of modern art, vigorously addressed the role of the viewer, and engaged with alternative artistic formats and channels of distribution. These impulses continue to be provocative and fruitful today, revealing numerous points of connection between the collection's holdings dating from 1958 to the present. The works on display share an interest in activating historical ... More

Detail is all at Kunsthalle Mainz
MAINZ.- The city of Istanbul is heaving, with people and cars all around. Wherever you look you see movement. Congested squares lead to bustling markets, residential buildings and cafes. Turkish artist Ahmet Öğüt picks out a scene from this abundance of locations and realities—and instantly zooms in on it as if with a magnifying glass, gets it in focus. The setting is completely unremarkable, totally commonplace, yet it consists of a very specific set-up. The chosen spot—part of a car park—is now supplemented by the time factor. The artist selects a moment when he is alone. Only then does the deed take place: he acts secretly, swiftly, efficiently. The decision for the detail. One situation. One person. One action. A concrete situation often forms the starting point for an action, the basis from which something develops. It is the given circumstance which people ... More

Béton: brutalist architecture explored in exhibition at Kunsthalle Wien
VIENNA.- Housing blocks, floating streets, and space age design: post-war urban planning was about more than mere construction. It was concerned with the implementation of a “concrete utopia” featuring the most innovative material of the time. To this day, concrete is perceived as progressive. The exhibition Béton (Concrete) emphasises the perpetually modern aspect of this material, while shining light on the social and ideological implications of past concrete architectures at the same time. In the 1960s, a style of building evolved which bore a strong relation to the material – so-called Brutalism, named after the French word for raw concrete: béton brut. Brutalist architecture was radical and signified intransigence. The flexibility of the material with its potential for expressive design allowed for an experimental approach and an exploration to the very limits of its inherent ... More

YSP presents Transparency, curated from the Arts Council Collection
WAKEFIELD.- Responding to the exceptional environment and light qualities of Yorkshire Sculpture Park’s 18th-century Chapel, Transparency shares significant works from the Arts Council Collection that explore the condition of transparency, and features pieces by artists including Yelena Popova, Mark Titchner, Rachel Whiteread and Cerith Wyn Evans. Comprising of fifteen sculptures, installations and films, made between 1978 and 2014, Transparency considers how artists have investigated subjects such as truth to material, the everyday or ordinary, and material and psychological transparency. Produced during a period when the demand for truth and openness from politicians, corporations and other institutions is especially evident, the exhibition reflects a shift in British culture. The notion of transparency is extended by considering the multiple ... More

Aston Martin with a troubled past becomes Bonhams top seller at Goodwood Festival
LONDON.- The incredibly rare 1949 Aston Martin DB Team Car, registered ‘UMC 65’, was left in a garden for decades before being stolen some 14 years ago. Now, finally returned to its rightful owners, it has sold at Bonhams Festival of Speed Sale for Ł679,100. Taken in 2002, this 1949 Le Mans 24-Hour race veteran was recovered by police more than a decade later. Its original owners then decided to enter it into Bonhams Goodwood auction. James Knight, Bonhams International Group Motoring Director, said: “This ex-works Le Mans Aston Martin is the ultimate ‘barn find’. Despite its neglected condition, connoisseurs of truly historic racing cars regard it as a truly historic time machine. Its wonderfully original patina, reminiscent of the days when it raced at both Le Mans and in the Spa 24-Hours, explain this special appeal. We are delighted that after such a troubled ... More

Exhibition to highlight diversity of contemporary artists, artworks
HARTFORD, CONN.- The Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art in Hartford, Conn., welcomes the touring exhibition, “The Human Touch: Selections from the RBC Wealth Management Art Collection,” on view from June 25–Sept. 25, 2016. In 40 paintings, sculptures, drawings, prints and photographs selected from the more than 400 works in the RBC Wealth Management collection, the exhibition celebrates the spectrum of contemporary human experience through exceptional works by renowned artists including Dawoud Bey, Chuck Close, Lalla Essaydi, Hung Liu, Carrie Mae Weems and Kehinde Wiley. Assembled systematically over the past 25 years, the RBC Wealth Management Art Collection focuses on works of art showing the human figure as a means of understanding and interpreting the human condition from a wide variety of perspectives. In his introduction ... More

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