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A new species of giant penguin has been identified from fossils

Drs Vanesa De Pietri, Paul Scofield and Gerald Mayr examine a Crossvallia waiparensis fossil at Canterbury Museum.

WELLINGTON (AFP).- The fossilised remains of a huge penguin almost the size of an adult human have been found in New Zealand's South Island, scientists announced Wednesday. The giant waddling sea bird stood 1.6 metres (63 inches) high and weighed 80 kilograms, about four times heavier and 40cm taller than the modern Emperor penguin, researchers said. Named "crossvallia waiparensis", it hunted off New Zealand's coast in the Paleocene era, 66-56 million years ago. An amateur fossil hunter found leg bones belonging to the bird last year and it was confirmed as a new species in research published this week in "Alcheringa: An Australasian Journal of Palaeontology". ... More

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Peabody Essex Museum invites visitors to participate in a meditative sculptural installation by Kimsooja   Bonhams to offer an exceptionally rare vintage test model of the Sputnik-1 satellite   Arts Minister stops export of Pre-Raphaelite work

Kimsooja, Archive of Mind, 2017. Photography by JeanPierre Gabriel. Courtesy of Axel Vervoordt Gallery and Kimsooja Studio.

SALEM, MASS.- This summer, the Peabody Essex Museum invites you to roll up your sleeves and participate in a meditative sculptural installation by world-renowned Korean artist, Kimsooja. Archive of Mind transforms the simple, repetitive actions made by thousands of visitors into a monumental, texturally-complex sculpture. Sitting at a large work surface, Kimsooja encourages you to empty your mind of distraction and sink into the essentialized experience of forming a ball of clay with your hands. Over the course of the exhibition, thousands of clay spheres are generated, each revealing the emotional traces and individual signifiers of their makers. Kimsooja: Archive of Mind is on view at PEM from June 22, 2019 through January 19, 2020. “There is a mesmerizing quality to the work as you watch it slowly build and see individual gestures accumulate into something large and powerful,” says PEM’s Curator of the Present Tense, Trevor Smith, wh ... More

SPUTNIK-1 EMC/EMI LAB MODEL Full scale vintage test model of the Sputnik-1 satellite, Moscow, [February 1957]. Estimate: $400,000-600,000. Photo: Bonhams.

NEW YORK, NY.- On September 17, Bonhams will hold The Air and Space Sale, which is highlighted by an exceptionally rare vintage test mode of the Sputnik-1 satellite (estimate: $400,000-600,000). This model is one of only a few made to test ground electromagnetic compatibility (EMC) and electromagnetic interference (EMI). It was used by NII-885, a company under the Soviet Ministry of the Radio Industry, which, along with OKB-1, are responsible for the Sputnik-1 success. This example had been on loan and was displayed at Deutsches Technikmuseum in Berlin, Germany and was in the Collection of NII-885 director Dr. Mikhail Ryazansky. Adam Stackhouse, Bonhams specialist, commented: “We are honored to bring this world-changing piece of history to auction. There are only a handful of known working examples of the Sputnik-1 and this one comes with excellent provenance.” The Sputnik-1 artificial satellite was launched into Earth orbit ... More

£9.5 million work by founder of Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood John Everett Millais is now at risk of permanently leaving the UK.

LONDON.- Arts Minister Rebecca Pow has placed a temporary export bar on Millais’ ‘Ferdinand Lured by Ariel’ to provide an opportunity to keep the painting in the country. Valued at £9,500,000 the painting was completed by John Everett Millais, the father of the Pre-Raphaelite movement. The work is at risk of export unless a UK buyer can be found to keep it in the UK where it would be put on public display. ‘Ferdinand Lured by Ariel’ is a key early work in the history of the Pre-Raphaelite movement, radical in its use of colour and its approach to detail, and was the artist’s first work completed outdoors. The painting shows the character of Ferdinand from William Shakespeare’s ‘The Tempest’. Having been shipwrecked on Prospero’s enchanted island, Ferdinand is lured by Ariel, the magician’s servant, towards his master by whispering that the prince’s father has been drowned. Arts Minister Rebecca Pow said: Millais is one of the most famo ... More

This summer at Storm King artist Mark Dion reimagines the landscape with "Follies"   Toronto Biennial of Art announces 2019 participating artists   Hippies young and old keep the 'real Woodstock' flame alive

Installation view. Photo: Dana Sherwood.

MOUNTAINVILLE, NY.- Storm King Art Center is presenting Mark Dion: Follies, through November 11, 2019, the first exhibition to unite Mark Dion’s signature folly works into a major survey. Since the mid-1990s, Dion has frequently employed the form of the architectural folly—a compact, decorative structure intended to inspire meaning rather than serve a functional purpose—to create intricate tableaus and house displays of a wide range of delicate and specific objects. Dion’s practice investigates intersections between culture and nature in myriad of ways, and the enclosures of his follies have allowed him to create works with a complexity of visual material that would otherwise not be possible in public or outdoor spaces. Mark Dion: Follies features 13 examples created throughout the past quarter of a century, many of which have been recreated in slightly altered forms to respond to their new site at Storm King. ... More

Dana Claxton, Headdress-Dana, 2019. Image courtesy of the artist.

TORONTO.- The Toronto Biennial of Art is launching September 21, 2019! For 72 days, Toronto and surrounding areas will be transformed by exhibitions, talks, and performances that reflect our local context while engaging with the most pressing issues of our time. In an effort to make contemporary art available to everyone, the Biennial’s free, citywide programs aim to galvanize citizens, bridge communities, and contribute to global conversations from a variety of perspectives. The organizers announced the participation of 44 artists, collaborators, and collectives in the inaugural edition. Co-curated by Candice Hopkins and Tairone Bastien, the free, 72-day event includes 20 new commissions and more than 100 works installed across 10 sites on or near Toronto’s waterfront. The Biennial brings together more than 90 local and international participants, hailing from over ... More

Robert Hicks attends the Yasgur Road Reunion-50th Woodstock Anniversary Celebration is held on August 16, 2019 in Bethel, New York. Angela Weiss / AFP.

BETHEL, NY.- The Woodstock name has become more brand than spirit for many hippies, but people spanning the generations continue to seek its aura, looking for more "authentic" ways to pay homage to the spot where it all began. People like visual artist and activist Christopher Peter Vanderessen shun "commercial" events like those held at Bethel Woods Center for the Arts, where the grounds that hosted the 1969 Woodstock stage are located and a handful of veteran acts like Santana are playing for the 50th anniversary weekend. The 45-year-old is among those in a generation too young to reminisce about that 1969's weekend of peace, love and music, but who value the ideals that Woodstock came to symbolize enough to carry them on. Wielding a walking staff etched with beaver teeth marks and wearing a long black cloak ... More

Virtual Reality immerses visitors at Norman Rockwell Museum   Corrine Colarusso's "Twilight: paintings on view at Georgia Museum of Art   The Museum of Decorative Arts and Design in Bordeaux hosts the exhibition Memphis - Plastic Field

Visitors can view the Four Freedoms archival War Bond posters in the galleries, and then take a deeper look with the VR stations in the Museum’s classroom, donning special headsets to gain new perspectives on Rockwell’s works.

STOCKBRIDGE, MASS.- A new virtual reality experience at Norman Rockwell Museum, Norman Rockwell in VR: The Four Freedoms, transports visitors back to the 1940s to explore the settings and history of each of the Four Freedoms paintings. Virtual Reality (VR) headsets allow users to interact with content to learn about the themes of the Four Freedoms and the stories behind Norman Rockwell’s Freedom of Speech, Freedom of Worship, Freedom from Want, and Freedom from Fear. Visitors can view the Four Freedoms archival War Bond posters in the galleries, and then take a deeper look with the VR stations in the Museum’s classroom, donning special headsets to gain new perspectives on Rockwell’s works. The VR experience highlights Rockwell’s attention to detail in each painting, enabling users to experience everyday ... More

Corrine Colarusso (American, b. 1952), “Shaking the Twilight, Reeds, Rain and Vapors,” 2017. Acrylic on canvas. Collection of the artist.

ATHENS, GA.- The Georgia Museum of Art at the University of Georgia is currently displaying two large works by Georgia artist Corrine Colarusso in its permanent collection galleries. “Stack of Twilight” and “Shaking the Twilight, Reeds Rain and Vapors” are on view through November 17, in the museum’s Barbara and Sanford Orkin Gallery. Colarusso received her undergraduate degree in painting from the University of Massachusetts and a master of fine arts, also in painting, from the Tyler School of Art of Temple University, in Philadelphia. She has received awards and grants including a Guggenheim Fellowship, a National Endowment for the Arts Grant and a Fulbright-Hayes research and travel grant to India and Nepal. She has been a visiting artist at the American Academy in Rome, the Cortona Program of the University of Georgia and the Ossabaw Island Project, Ossabaw Island, Georgia. She was a tenured ... More

Ettore Sottsass, Ashoka, 1981. Table lamp. Memphis Milano Collection © madd bordeaux Laurent Gueneau.

BORDEAUX.- The cultural season in Bordeaux is dedicated to Freedom. The Museum of Decorative Arts and Design (madd-bordeaux) is taking part in this by hosting, in the former prison, the exhibition Memphis – Plastic Field, which was presented in 2018 at the Berengo Foundation alongside the 16th Venice Architecture Exhibition. Ettore Sottsass founded the Memphis Group in 1981, bringing together young architects around his strong personality. They dreamt of shattering the codes of modernity and rationalism; the culture they established was a vitalistic, instinctive reaction to the gentrification of design. Their first collection was exhibited in Milan. The exhibition, that opened on 18 September 1981, had the effect of a bomb in the European design scene. It radically renewed the language of shapes and colours that up until then was based on the sense and presence of the object, rather than on its function. Artists of all nationalities cam ... More

Middle East Institute to launch gallery for contemporary Middle Eastern Art   Watts Gallery opens the first exhibition in more than 40 years to explore the art of John Frederick Lewis   New art center to launch at a renovated industrial heritage site on the shores of Tallinn Bay

Ayman Baalbaki, Al Mulathamm, 2011. Acrylic on fabric laid on canvas, 200 x 150 cm. Courtesy of the artist and Rose Issa Projects.

WASHINGTON, DC.- The Middle East Institute announced the launch of the MEI Art Gallery on September 14, 2019. Located near Dupont Circle, the new non-commercial space is the only gallery in the nation’s capital dedicated to showcasing contemporary art from the Middle East. With a focus that spans from Morocco to Afghanistan, the gallery aims to support Middle Eastern artists and foster cross cultural dialogue. “We want to provide a platform for the Middle East’s leading and emerging artists to engage with US audiences and the local DC community,” said Kate Seelye, vice president for arts and culture at MEI. “With thoughtfully curated and accessible exhibitions, free talks and film screenings, it’s a welcoming place for people to discover a new perspective on the region and to celebrate its rich culture.” The inaugural exhibit, Arabicity|Ourouba, spans two decades of contemporary ... More

John Frederick Lewis, The Bezestein Bazaar of El Khan Khalil, Cairo, 1872. Watercolour and bodycolour on paper. Trustees of the Cecil Higgins Art Gallery (The Higgins Bedford).

GUILDFORD.- John Frederick Lewis: Facing Fame - on view at Watts Gallery – is the first exhibition in more than 40 years to explore the life, art and travels of this leading British Orientalist painter. Including many self-portraits and hidden likenesses, this exhibition explores Lewis’s sustained and complex relationship with his own success over a long and distinguished career. John Frederick Lewis RWS RA (1804 – 1876) became a leading figure in the British art establishment, famed for his detailed depictions of the Mediterranean and Middle East. John Frederick Lewis: Facing Fame examines the ways in which Lewis’s life and travels informed how he chose to present himself at different points in his career: from the young Regency dandy to the ‘languid Lotus-eater’ living in Cairo; a leader of the London art establishment to an eccentric recluse living in ... More

The more than 100-year-old heritage-protected building—a former submarine plant—will provide 450 m2 of top-floor exhibition space, presenting four main exhibitions each year. Photo: Martin Dremljuga / Stuudio Stuudio.

TALLINN.- Kai Art Center, a new cultural hub for local and international art, opens September 2019 in the historic and culturally-vibrant Noblessner area on Tallinn’s waterfront. Spearheaded by the Estonian Contemporary Art Development Center, the more than 100-year-old heritage-protected building—a former submarine plant—will provide 450 m2 of top-floor exhibition space, presenting four main exhibitions each year. Let the field of your attention.... soften and spread out, an international group show curated by Hanna Laura Kaljo, will be open from September, 21 until December 1, 2019, and is part of the main program of the city's contemporary art biennial, Tallinn Photomonth. Artists: Marie Kølbæk Iversen, Sandra Kosorotova, Pia Lindman, Andrea Magnani, Elin Már Øyen ... More

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Rebirth: Kang Muxiang exhibition features six large-scale sculptures
HAMILTON, NJ.- Now on view at Grounds For Sculpture, Rebirth: Kang Muxiang is an exhibition of six large-scale sculptures by Taiwanese artist, Kang Muxiang sited outdoors in the gardens. Massive yet graceful, the embryonic forms are made from steel elevator cables from Taipei 101, one of the world’s tallest buildings. The works range in size, with the largest standing nearly ten feet tall and weighing several thousand pounds. Kang began his artistic practice with traditional woodcarving at the age of 13. Eventually turning to other media, the artist has also worked in bronze and stainless steel. In 2002, Kang spent a year living a largely solitary and primitive lifestyle on Guishan (Turtle Island), off the coast of Taiwan. This experience motivated him to create his Life series of sculptures that explores how our way of life impacts future generations. In 2013 ... More

CHART presents an ambitious design programme for 2019
COPENHAGEN.- Bringing together the best Nordic design galleries, emerging design studios, and a curated exhibition of young talents, CHART Design presents an ambitious programme that focuses on contemporary collectible design across the Nordic region. An extensive talks programme will engage professionals, practitioners, and a dedicated public to discuss and explore the present and future of the Nordic design scene. Focusing exclusively on unique contemporary works, limited edition pieces, and collectibles, CHART Design brings together established designers and emerging talents whose practices and originality contribute to the development of the Nordic design scene. Highlighting both internationally esteemed practitioners as well as local talents, CHART Design presents a unified entry point to the Nordic scene for collectible design. CHART ... More

Opera's 'New Callas' charts her life on Instagram
VIENNA (AFP).- She is the most famous soprano in the world -- the "New Callas" who has spellbound audiences from the New York Met to Saint Petersburg's Mariinsky Theatre, where she began her career mopping the stage. But there is little of the distant, aloof diva about the Russian singer Anna Netrebko, who regularly shares pictures of herself and her family with her near half million Instagram followers. Having had to pull out of her Bayreuth debut in Wagner's "Lohengrin" -- which opened Wednesday -- because of exhaustion a month after cancelling a performance in Salzburg, Netrebko posted pictures of herself on holiday in Azerbaijan, herding sheep and hugging village women. Netrebko's 10-year-old son Tiago also regularly stars in her feed, mugging to the camera in a Steppe warrior's helmet or helping make pizzas in a restaurant. The star is equally ... More

FIAC announces 2019 exhibitor list
PARIS.- For its 46th edition, which will take place from 17 to 20 October 2019 in Paris, FIAC will host an exacting selection of modern art, contemporary art, and design galleries, among the most emblematic of the international scene within the prestigious nave and exhibition rooms of the Grand Palais. This year, FIAC brings together 197 galleries from 29 countries. Coming together from all over the world, the diversity of FIAC’s exhibitors and their loyalty year after year reflects the magnetic attraction of Paris in the international creative community. Participants to the General Sector were selected by a committee formed by internationally renowned gallerists : Isabelle Alfonsi (Marcelle Alix, Paris), Olivier Antoine (Art : Concept, Paris), Florence Bonnefous (Air de Paris, Paris), Daniel Buchholz (Buchholz, Berlin, Köln, New York), Mark Dickenson (Neue Alte ... More

Unseen Amsterdam announces participating galleries
AMSTERDAM.- Unseen Amsterdam returns for its eighth edition to highlight the latest developments at the forefront of contemporary photography. Taking place from the 20th to the 22nd September 2019 at Amsterdam's Westergas, the Unseen team is delighted to announce 53 participating galleries. With over 25,000 visitors at Unseen Amsterdam last year, the leading platform for contemporary photography returns to provide novel and diverse approaches to engage with the medium. This includes combining various programme elements such as the Fair, On-site Projects & Exhibitions, the Living Room (three-day speakers programme), the Book Market (70 independent publishers), and the City Programme. The 2019 edition will enable 300 up-and-coming and established artists to present boundary-pushing and noteworthy work, much of which ... More

OKCMOA names Michael J. Anderson, Ph.D., Interim President & CEO
OKLAHOMA CITY, OKLA.- Dr. Michael Anderson has been named Interim President & CEO at the Oklahoma City Museum of Art. Anderson, also director of curatorial affairs, curates the Museum Film program at OKCMOA, has curated important Museum exhibitions including “Our City, Our Collection,” “The Complete WPA Collection” and “From the Golden Age to the Moving Image” and coordinated several high-profile exhibitions at the Museum including “Fabergé: Jeweler to the Tsars” and “Matisse in His Time.” “Thank you to Michael for stepping in as Interim President & CEO,” said Cynda Ottaway, OKCMOA board chair. “We are planning to begin a national search for a new President & CEO in the very near future. I have full confidence in Michael and the staff to maintain the programs of the Museum and provide an excellent visitor experience as we ... More

An expansive exhibition surveys more than 75 artists' books by conceptual artist Sol LeWitt
NEW YORK, NY.- Printed Matter is presenting Book as System: The Artists’ Books of Sol LeWitt, organized by curator and editor Emanuele De Donno. The exhibition surveys the varied and historically significant publication practice of conceptual artist Sol LeWitt through a near-complete presentation of book works and related material. Presented with the participation of The Estate of Sol LeWitt, the exhibition is drawn from the expansive research of the Giorgio Maffei Archive and VIAINDUSTRIAE archive, with additional material presented from private collections. On occasion of Book as System, Printed Matter issued a facsimile reprint of LeWitt’s iconic Four Basic Kinds of Lines & Colour (1977), co-published with Primary Information. Known primarily as an installation artist and sculptor, LeWitt also produced many dozens of artists’ books starting in the late ... More

Sharjah Architecture Triennial announces venues and opening dates for inaugural edition
SHARJAH.- The inaugural Sharjah Architecture Triennial is the first major platform to invite dialogue on architecture and urbanism in the Middle East, North and East Africa, South and Southeast Asia. Running from November 2019 until 8 February 2020, and curated by Adrian Lahoud, the Triennial - titled Rights of Future Generations - rethinks fundamental questions about architecture and its power to create and sustain alternative modes of existence. An opening weekend programme of performances, forums and summits is scheduled from 9 – 11 November. Arising from the conviction that architecture can address climate change by emancipating itself from entrenched forms of hegemony and extractivism, Rights of Future Generations is an invitation to identify and question unspoken assumptions on which design has been based for so long. The Triennial ... More

Jeu de Paume commissions an immersive video installation by Ben Thorp Brown
PARIS.- Through video, sculpture, and performance, Ben Thorp Brown’s (born 1983, New York) work deals with the effects of ongoing economic, environmental, and technological change. Whereas his installation Toymakers (2014) explored human labour underpinning the production of deal toys - mementos intended to commemorate a financial transaction - his most recent film, Gropius Memory Palace (2017), set in the Fagus shoe last factory in Alfeld, which was the first industrial commission for Walter Gropius, has shifted to focus on the relationship between memory and architecture, embodied experience and perception. Building on these concerns The Arcadia Center, the second episode of the "New Sanctuary", explores empathy as a critical capacity and an expression of our perception of the spaces in which we dwell. Comprising a sound piece ... More

The Frye Art Museum appoints Michelle Cheng Director of Education & Community Partnerships
SEATTLE, WA.- The Frye Art Museum announced the appointment of Michelle Cheng to the newly created role of Director of Education & Community Partnerships, as of August 5, 2019. Prior to joining the Frye, Cheng worked on an award-winning education team at Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum as the Manager of Integration-Level Education Programs. "We are thrilled to add Michelle's strengths to the talented team that comprises the Frye's Education department," says Director/CEO Joseph Rosa. "This new role is not only an opportunity to deepen our commitment to currently thriving initiatives, from school outreach to public programs to our Creative Aging offerings, but also to ignite new and dynamic relationships within our community, re-envisioning the way the Museum builds partnerships, fosters dialogue, and crafts inclusive, relevant programming ... More

Heide Museum of Modern Art opens a solo show of works by George Egerton-Warburton
MELBOURNE.- Heide Museum of Modern Art is presenting a solo show by Melbourne and Los Angeles-based artist George Egerton-Warburton. Having exhibited across Australia and internationally, Egerton-Warburton debuts a dynamic selection of his new paintings and assemblages at Heide. Egerton-Warburton grounds his work in a concern with the individual’s relationship to power and is known for creating elusive and atmospheric installations that are stylistically diverse but united by a pervasive sense of irony and wry humour. The exhibition is being presented until 20 October 2019. For the installation, Egerton-Warburton combines kinetic sculpture, text and painting to chart the impact of late capitalist conditioning on a public body operating ‘under the influence’ of what it ingests, both physically and culturally. Exploring the symptoms of this influence and their ... More

The Aichi Triennale and Nakanojo Biennale, Japan



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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