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Michael Jackson art show opens in Finland despite controversy

US based artist Todd Gray poses in front of his work Cosmic Speakers during the press visit of the exhibition titled "Michael Jackson: On the Wall" that was inspired by late US iconic pop star on August 20, 2019 at Espoo Museum of Modern Art in Finland. The show of 90 works first hung in London's National Portrait Gallery in 2018 to widespread critical acclaim. It then toured in Paris and Bonn. It runs in Espoo until January 26, 2020. Irene Stachon / Lehtikuva / AFP

HELSINKI (AFP).- An exhibition of art inspired by Michael Jackson opened Tuesday in Helsinki with organisers insisting it was not a "celebration" of the singer, still dogged by abuse allegations a decade after his death. "Michael Jackson: On the Wall" brings together old and new works depicting the iconic pop star and his impact on popular culture, by artists including Andy Warhol, American photographer David LaChapelle and British potter Grayson Perry. The show of 90 works first hung in London's National Portrait Gallery in 2018 to widespread critical acclaim. It then toured in Paris and Bonn before coming to Helsinki. The German and Finnish shows come after a new raft of allegations that Jackson groomed and sexually assaulted children, detailed in the 2018 documentary "Finding Neverland". The exhibition will nevertheless run in the Finnish capital "as planned", organisers said, with a text at the entrance acknowledging that "current conversations may have changed the way the exhibition is interprete ... More

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Butler Institute of American Art celebrates centennial with exhibition   English town celebrates local hero Ed Sheeran   Facelift of Cairo's Baron Palace sparks outcry

William McGregor Paxton (1869-1941), Sylvia, 1908. Oil on canvas. 49 x 39 1/2 inches. The Butler Institute of American Art Permanent Collection.

YOUNGSTOWN, OH.- The Butler Institute of American Art is exhibiting William McGregor Paxton and Elizabeth Okie Paxton: An Artistic Partnership through November 10, 2019 as the highlight exhibition of its 2019 schedule celebrating 100 years of great American Art. Organized by Dixon Gallery and Gardens, Memphis, William McGregor Paxton and Elizabeth Okie Paxton: An Artistic Partnership is the first examination of the complex and highly detailed work of William McGregor Paxton in nearly four decades and is the first comprehensive study of Elizabeth Oakie Paxton and her career. The exhibition of over 40 paintings, rich in detail and mostly large in scale, focuses on Paxton’s consistent explorations of femininity. A selection of works by Elizabeth Paxton reveals how ... More

A childhood photograph of British musician Ed Sheeran is pictured during a press preview of the exhibition 'Ed Sheeran: Made in Suffolk' in Ipswich, east England on August 19, 2019. Daniel LEAL-OLIVAS / AFP.

IPSWICH (AFP).- The little-known town of Ipswich in eastern England has historically prided itself on farming and football, but is now celebrating the stellar pop career of its most famous son, Ed Sheeran. The global hit machine's journey to stardom began in the nearby town of Framlingham, where he played his first gig in front of around 30 people. Fourteen years later, the singer is capping off a two-year international tour, on which he played for almost nine million people, with four homecoming shows in Ipswich. An exhibition entitled "Made in Suffolk", will mark the event, tracing the career of the singer/songwriter responsible for hit singles such as "Shape of You", which helped him amass ... More

This picture taken on August 18, 2019 shows restoration works ongoing at the historic "Le Palais Hindou". Khaled DESOUKI / AFP.

CAIRO (AFP).- Egyptian authorities have defended renovation works at a historic Cairo palace after the site's new look sparked mockery on social media. The site, dubbed the Baron Palace, was built between 1907 and 1911 by wealthy Belgian industrialist Edouard Empain. The baron also spearheaded the development of the surrounding upmarket neighbourhood of Heliopolis. Built in a style reminiscent of the Cambodian Hindu temple of Angkor Wat, the striking building set amid lush gardens has long since fallen into disrepair. But work to restore the building has sparked outcry. Many have taken issue with white marble additions to the building's rosy pink stone exterior, saying the materials are of poor quality and not in keeping with the original style. One Twitter user asked: "Who is the fool ... More

First sale from film fan's amazing rare poster collection - worth up to £100,000   Julien's Auctions announces Property from the Life and Career of Marilyn Monroe   Maurice Car Collection brings works by iconic artists, scientists to Heritage Auctions

Starting at the age of 16, Anthony would visit the cinema up to 200 times a year to catch his favourite films, from action adventures to thrillers, horror and comedies.

LONDON.- When Anthony Duggan died two years ago at the age of 63, the Everyman cinema chain placed a replica Oscar in every one of its foyers with his name on it to celebrate the life of London’s greatest film fan. Now Ewbank’s Auctions is to hold the first of a number of auctions to disperse Anthony’s unique collection of movie posters – worth up to £100,000 and all collected as gifts from cinemas around the capital over several decades – in their Movie Posters sale on August 23. Born in 1954 and growing up in Uxbridge, the former London Underground electrician’s love affair with the silver screen started early and soon became the abiding passion of his life alongside that for his family. Starting at the age of 16, Anthony would visit the cinema up to 200 times a year to catch his favourite films, from action adventures to thrillers, horror and comedies. His wife Helen tells how, even when she first met ... More

Marilyn Monroe Gown and Headdress from "Gentlemen Prefer Blondes", 20th Century Fox, 1953. Estimate: $60,000.00-80,000.00.

LOS ANGELES, CA.- Julien’s Auctions announced Property from the Life and Career of Marilyn Monroe featuring some of the star’s film costumes and clothing worn in her most iconic roles and dazzling, star-making moments will happen on Day One of Julien’s Auctions’ Legendary Women of Hollywood auction extravaganza on Friday, November 1 and Saturday, November 2, 2019 at The Standard Oil Building in Beverly Hills and live online at The top highlights of the auction event will be three costumes worn in the Hollywood screen legend’s biggest films – Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, There’s No Business Like Show Business and River of No Return – as well as her signature style black cocktail dress likely worn to the 1958 press conference for her blockbuster film, Some Like It Hot. This glamourous collection of 115 items also includes a wide array of artifacts from her personal life and will all b ... More

Sir Isaac Newton’s Autograph Manuscript, Notes on Physics and Solid Geometry, with Two Diagrams (estimate: $50,000+) contains notes on physics and solid geometry.

DALLAS, TX.- An array of extraordinary rare documents is headed to the auction block when Heritage Auctions presents The Maurice Car Collection of Arts and Sciences, Featuring Rare Books & Manuscripts Sept. 4 in New York. Car (1908-68) was an engineer who was a dedicated collector of the arts, sciences and humanities. The lots presented in the sale represent his focus on highpoints and seminal works of key participants in the three academic disciplines. Even after he and his family moved in 1940 to Washington, D.C., he remained an active participant in Parisian and international auctions. His background in science bolstered his interest in obtaining items with substantive content spanning centuries of discovery in astronomy, mathematics, physics, chemistry, biology and archaeology. The 243-lot collection includes work by some of the most famous names in science, including Sir Isaac Newton, Louis Pasteur, Marie Curie, Albert ... More

MCA Denver announces Nora Burnett Abrams as next Director   Lisson Gallery now representing Bernard Piffaretti in New York   Bonhams Australia offers the collection of Sir Warwick and Lady Fairfax AC OBE

Since moving to Denver in 2010, she has organized over 30 exhibitions and authored or contributed to more than a dozen accompanying publications. Photo: Josie Skinner.

DENVER, CO.- The Museum of Contemporary Art Denver announced today that Nora Burnett Abrams will be the next Mark G. Falcone Director of the museum. The announcement was made by Mike Fries, Board Chair of the influential contemporary art museum that in the past five years has seen an increase in attendance of more than 200%, in large part due to Abrams’ contributions as the Ellen Bruss Curator and Director of Planning. She will begin her new role August 20th and at 41, is among the youngest directors in the country and joins a rising class of new museum leadership. “After an extensive international search, the Board was unanimous in selecting Nora,” said Fries. “Over the last ten years, she has been instrumental in bringing MCA Denver to where it stands today as one of the most important cultural institutions in ... More

Untitled, 2016, Acrylic on canvas, 150 x 150 cm (59 x 59 in). © Bernard Piffaretti, Courtesy Lisson Gallery.

NEW YORK, NY.- Lisson Gallery announced representation of Paris-based artist Bernard Piffaretti in New York. For his first exhibition in the Tenth Avenue location, Piffaretti will present new paintings alongside a small selection of earlier work, all composed using the signature duplication method in which the artist has worked for nearly four decades. After first dividing a canvas into halves with a central vertical strip of paint, Piffaretti creates a typically graphic, abstract composition in bold color on one side, and then repeats the pattern on the other. The viewer’s ensuing challenge of trying to ascertain which painterly act occurred first strikes at the heart of Piffaretti’s conceptual concerns. By highlighting our aesthetic and emotional tendencies for problem-solving and resolution the artist both affirms and restrains the narrative power of painting. Through this technique of mirroring or doubling an image, the artist ... More

A Large Pair of Italian Maiolica Istoriato Snake-Handled Vases. 19th century. 60cm high. Estimate: $3,000 - 5,000. Photo: Bonhams.

SYDNEY.- It is with great privilege that Bonhams announces the forthcoming auction of the Collection of Sir Warwick and Lady Fairfax on Sunday 22 September 2019 in Sydney. The sale is entitled Fairwater after the Fairfaxs’ highly distinguished home. One of the most comprehensive private collections ever to be offered at public auction in Australia, the sale will feature important works of Australian art, many of which have never been offered on the open market, along with significant decorative arts and furniture. With close to 400 lots encompassing fine art, decorative arts, English, French and Italian furniture, the auction details a history of collecting by one of Australia’s great media dynasties. Amassed by the Fairfax family over the last century, the sale will also include pieces from their Harrington Park colonial homestead and the family’s New York penthouse. Director of ... More

Dune Buggy driven by Steve McQueen in The Thomas Crown Affair to be auctioned by Bonhams   Principal contents of Mawley Hall to be offered at September Fine Sale   Bruce Museum receives grant for preservation and restoration of historic educational films

The customized Meyers Manx will star at the Amelia Island auction next spring. Photo: Bonhams.

NEW YORK, NY.- Bonhams – the auction house most associated with the King of Cool – will be offering for sale the very car in which Steve McQueen took Faye Dunaway on an exhilarating, white-knuckled ride in the 1968 movie The Thomas Crown Affair. Like the car chase on the streets of San Francisco in Bullitt, the ride on the beach of Massachusetts in Thomas Crown is the stuff of legend. The Hollywood film captivated global audiences and brought the Meyers Manx – the first true “dune buggy” – to the attention of the world. Not only that, but the movie reaffirmed McQueen’s affinity for and capability in motoring, as well as helped catapult the talented and beautiful Dunaway to A-list stardom. To simply say this movie influenced popular culture would be a gross understatement indeed. First, Bonhams sold the Rolls-Royce Silver Shadow ... More

A mid-18th century Altona Padouk and parcel gilt bombe secretaire cabinet, 271 cm high, estimate £15,000-£25,000.

CAMBRIDGE.- The principal contents that once adorned one of Britain’s finest privately-owned country houses will be sold at Cheffins in September. Over 200 lots from the Grade I listed Mawley Hall in Shropshire will be offered at The Fine Sale, held on Wednesday 11th and Thursday 12th September at Cheffins’ Cambridge salesroom. The high-quality consignment includes paintings, furniture, Chinese ceramics, decorative items and carpets. Mawley Hall was commissioned to be built in the 18th century by Sir Edward Blount and has changed hands only twice since, most recently in September 2018 by a family who wish to remain private when the guide price was set at £10 million. Following the purchase of Mawley Hall, Cheffins Fine Art have been instructed to sell the principal ... More

Paul Griswold Howes.

GREENWICH, CONN.- The Bruce Museum announced that it has received a grant for $18,290 from the National Film Preservation Foundation. The funding will be used for the preservation and restoration of four 16 mm films from its collection created by the Bruce Museum’s former curator, Paul Griswold Howes (1892-1984). Produced in the 1940s and 1950s, these films were central to the educational mission of the Museum for decades, says Timothy J. Walsh, Collections Manager. The films, ranging in length from 10 to 25 minutes, were shown at the Museum to generations of local students and special groups. They include: · Canyons in the Making (circa 1948-50). A 10-minute long color film with sound that uses the Grand Canyon to teach the story of geologic processes. · Let the Birds Tell it All (1957-1958). A 25-minute long color film with sound in which many ... More

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A £1,000 banknote from 1936 to be offered at Dix Noonan Webb
LONDON.- A rare £1,000 note - representing the last issuance of such a vast denomination by the Bank of England will be offered for sale in an auction of British and Irish Banknotes at Dix Noonan Webb, the international coins, medals, banknotes and jewellery specialists, on Thursday, September 12, 2019 at 11am at their auction rooms in central Mayfair - 16 Bolton St, London, W1J 8BQ. It is estimated to fetch £24,000-30,000. Dated 20 November 1936, the Bank of England note was signed by Kenneth O. Peppiatt, and is in extremely fine condition. As Andrew Pattison Head of Department, Banknotes at Dix Noonan Webb, explains: “£1,000 was an immense sum in the 1930s, and could have bought several large houses or businesses in some areas of the UK. Hardly anyone would even have known about these notes, let alone seen or handled one. Nevertheless, ... More

Multiple world records shattered en route to $11M tally for Heritage Platinum Night Sports Auction
DALLAS, TX.- The world’s largest collectibles auctioneer yet again asserted its hobby dominance over the weekend as 643 lots drew just over $11 million in winning bids, shattering longstanding price records in the process. No fewer than 17 individual lots commanded prices in excess of $100,000, led by a $2.58 million result for Lou Gehrig’s 1937 New York Yankees road jersey, the highest price ever achieved at auction for a jersey not worn by Babe Ruth. “We’ve picked up a good number of high-end collectors in recent months,” noted Chris Ivy, Director of Sports Collectibles for Heritage. “The uncertainty in the financial markets is driving corporate money toward the safety of top-tier collectibles, so we’re in the midst of a significant pricing boom here.” Among the most stunning results of the sale was a $396,000 winning bid for Ty Cobb’s portrait by legendary ... More

Marc Straus announces the representation of Carlos Quintana
NEW YORK, NY.- Marc Straus announced the representation of Carlos Quintana. Carlos (b. 1966, Cuba), who lives and works in Havana and Miami, makes feverish paintings, narratives, some with ghostly figures, others with a rabbit or horses, or a woman in an old-world gown and parasol. Everything is open to him through his restless paintings. The work has echoes of Goya and El Greco, but these are more sun-drenched and equatorial. One thinks also of Gauguin. What is he trying to tell us? Some works feel as though they might be political, but for Carlos this isn’t intentional. It would be over-reading to suggest a dissatisfaction with Havana. Mostly he loves it though more and more he has need to travel and paint elsewhere. There is a solitary rabbit on view currently in his major solo exhibition in Venice. A banner with the rabbit painting hangs outside the ... More

Shortlist exhibition of the Preis der Nationalgalerie 2019 opens in Berlin
BERLIN.- Pauline Curnier Jardin (born 1980 in Marseille), Simon Fujiwara (born 1982 in London), Flaka Haliti (born 1982 in Pristina) and Katja Novitskova (born 1984 in Tallinn) have been nominated for the Preis der Nationalgalerie 2019 by an international jury. The museum prize is awarded every two years and pays tribute to artists under 40 who live and work in Germany. The four artists are being presented in a joint exhibition at the Hamburger Bahnhof – Museum für Gegenwart – Berlin from August 16, 2019 to February 16, 2020. All four artists show spatial ensembles in which they combine existing and new works. The tonality and handwriting of the four spatial work presentations is very different; what they have in common is an explicit reference to aspects of our contemporary European society. With her transgressive artistic approach, which combines ... More

DeCordova awards 20th Annual Rappaport Prize to Boston-based Visual artist Daniela Rivera
LINCOLN, MASS.- DeCordova Sculpture Park and Museum announces Boston-based visual artist Daniela Rivera as the 2019 recipient of its annual Rappaport Prize. This year marks the twentieth anniversary of the prestigious award, which is presented to a contemporary artist with strong connections to New England and a proven record of achievement. Established in 2000, the Rappaport Prize is one of the most generous contemporary art awards of its kind. In 2010, the Prize was endowed in perpetuity by the Phyllis and Jerome Lyle Rappaport Foundation, assuring the ongoing support of contemporary art and artists in New England. In 2019, The Rappaport Foundation made an additional gift of $500,000 in order to increase the annual award amount from $25,000 to $35,000, beginning with this year’s Prize. “I’m delighted for deCordova to award this ... More

Edinburgh Art Festival: Award-winning Scottish-Siberian artist celebrates ecological entanglements
EDINBURGH.- Yulia Kovanova is one of Scotland’s exciting emerging artists, working across a number of mediums from film to immersive installations. Her film Plastic Man brought her nominations from BAFTA Scotland and Open City Documentary Festival (UK Best Short Film) in 2017 and 2018. This year, Siberian-born Kovanova presents a brand new body of work, an arresting and immersive exhibition exploring ecological entanglements and examining how everything in our world is deeply embedded in and inseparable from its environment. The free exhibition is presented as part of Edinburgh Art Festival, the major platform for the visual arts as part of Edinburgh’s world-famous August festival season. The exhibition is hosted by the Edinburgh College of Art (ECA), the University of Edinburgh and forms part of ECA’s Summer Programme. “Our world is a ... More

National Building Museum names recipient of 2019 Vincent Scully Prize
WASHINGTON, DC.- The National Building Museum will present the 2019 Vincent Scully Prize to Elizabeth K. Meyer, FASLA, the Merrill D. Peterson Professor of Landscape Architecture at the University of Virginia School of Architecture. A public program celebrating the award will be held on Wednesday, October 30, 2019 from 6:30 to 8 pm at the National Building Museum. In a conversation with Thaisa Way, program director of garden and landscape studies, Dumbarton Oaks Research Center, Meyer will discuss several contemporary topics in landscape architecture and public space design, including: how urban planning and topographies correlate with race and privilege, how plants and animals collaborate in placemaking, why non-native plants are necessary for resilient landscapes, and why aesthetics matters in responses to climate ... More

Public libraries Culture Pass provides 70,000 passes in first year, adds 17 cultural institutions
NEW YORK, NY.- Brooklyn Public Library (BPL), The New York Public Library (NYPL, serving Manhattan, the Bronx, and Staten Island), and Queens Public Library (QPL) today announced that in the first year of the Culture Pass initiative (July 2018-July 2019)—a citywide library program providing free access for library card holders to 50 cultural institutions across the five boroughs—has provided more than 70,000 free passes, with the total value to library card holders estimated at nearly $3 million. Since the launch of the program, 17 additional cultural organizations , from the American Museum of Natural History to the Museum of Arts and Design and Second Stage Theater, have been added to the roster of participating institutions, including three performing arts venues. Through Culture Pass, participating cultural institutions provide day-passes ... More

The Arkansas Arts Center announces the appointment of Dr. Victoria Ramirez as its new Executive Director
LITTLE ROCK, AR.- The Arkansas Arts Center announced the appointment of Dr. Victoria Ramirez as its new Executive Director. A visionary leader in the museum field, with more than 20 years of executive-level museum administration experience, Dr. Ramirez has led renovation projects, developed exhibitions and education programs, and launched programmatic and 21st century digital initiatives to increase museum attendance and participation. She has also played an integral role in many fundraising campaigns, securing support from significant national foundations and major corporations. Dr. Ramirez will come directly to the Arkansas Arts Center from her position as Director of the El Paso Museum of Art (EPMA), a municipal museum in El Paso, Texas that serves community members of all ages. While at EPMA, she oversaw all aspects of museum ... More

Fred Rister, French music partner of DJ Guetta, dies after cancer battle
LILLE (AFP).- French electronic music composer Fred Rister, known for his songs such as "I gotta feeling" by the Black Eyed Peas and music partner of the acclaimed DJ David Guetta, has died at the age of 58, according to sources Tuesday. Originally from Dunkirk in the north of France, the DJ and producer had collaborated with Guetta since 2000 and co-wrote several hits with him, winning a Grammy Award for the song "When love takes over" in 2010. He was diagnosed with cancer and stopped his treatment in 2017. "I feel very lonely right now crying in my bed but I guess it's better this way as his cancer was making him suffer a lot," Guetta said in a statement to AFP. "Rest in peace my friend I’ll keep playing our music and I’ll think of you every time. We lived our dreams and way beyond and I'm forever thankful," he added. His friend wrote on his Facebook ... More

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On a day like today, American designer and architect Charles Eames died
August 21, 1978. Charles Ormond Eames, Jr (1907 - 1978) was an American designer, who worked in and made major contributions to modern architecture and furniture. He also worked in the fields of industrial and graphic design, fine art and film. In this image: "Lobby Chair" models by U.S. designers Charles Eames (1907-1978) and his wife Ray (1912-1988) are on display during the exhibition "The furniture of Charles and Ray Eames - Products, Processes, Prototyps", in the Vitra Design Museum in Weil am Rhein, Germany, Thursday, March 22, 2007.

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