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British Museum to restore objects damaged in Beirut blast

Conservator Claire Cuyaubère assisting with "puzzle-work" of shard from a glass dish at the Archaeological Museum, AUB. Courtesy of the AUB Office of Communications and Archaeological Museum.

LONDON (AFP).- The British Museum will restore eight ancient glass artefacts damaged in last year's Beirut port explosion, the London cultural institution announced on Tuesday. The glass vessels were shattered after 2,750 tonnes of ammonium nitrate stored in Beirut's port caused a blast that devastated the city on August 4, 2020. Workers will piece together hundreds of glass fragments at the British Museum's conservation laboratories in London with funding from The European Fine Art Foundation (TEFAF). "These objects hold immense historical, artistic and cultural significance. Their return to their rightful form is a powerful symbol of healing and resilience after disaster," said TEFAF chairman ... More

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Asia Week New York announces 'The Color that Changed the World: The Impact of Blue in Asian Art' webinar   Design Museum hopes 11th director's the charm   Sotheby's announces a sale of British Contemporary and Pop Art from the collection of David Ross

Chinese Blue and white soft paste porcelain jar. Decorated with the Sanduo (Three Sacred Fruit), finely painted in deep underglaze blue. Early/ mid-18th century. Height: 7 ¾ inches (19.7 cm.). Courtesy Ralph M. Chait Galleries.

NEW YORK, NY.- As an adjunct to their online Summer 2021 exhibition, Shades of Blue, Asia Week New York will present a webinar entitled The Color that Changed the World: The Impact of Blue in Asian Art, on Thursday, July 29 at 5:00 p.m. EST Click here to register. First produced by the Egyptians over 6,000 years ago, blue pigment has been a prized component in some of the greatest works of art in world culture and Asia ranks high among them. A distinguished panel of specialists and curators in Asian art will present perspectives on the development and impact of cobalt blue, indigo and dayflower in their specific fields of Chinese and Japanese art. Says Dessa Goddard, Chairman of Asia Week New York and discussion moderator: “To complement our Shades of Blue exhibition, Asia Week New York is ... More

Outside the Museum of Arts and Design in Manhattan, July 24, 2021. Experts say the executive churn could affect the museum’s ability to raise funds or attract new visitors. Jeenah Moon/The New York Times.

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NEW YORK (NYT NEWS SERVICE).- Since 2013, directors have passed through the revolving door at the Museum of Arts and Design at 2 Columbus Circle with startling vision — and speed. One director lasted five months, suddenly resigning to pursue what he described as a commitment to “the fate of humanism and democracy.” His successor lasted two years, pushing the museum toward what some employees called an “identity crisis” by emphasizing technology over design in exhibition programming. Board members intervened after employees complained about his management style, and he resigned. Enter Timothy R. Rodgers, the museum’s 11th director in eight years (six of them interim). Trustees say they are depending on Rodgers, a former director at the Phoenix ... More

Ross is Chair of the National Portrait Gallery, The University of Nottingham’s Development Committee, and a board member of the British Olympic Association. Courtesy Sotheby's.

LONDON.- This September, Sotheby’s will offer more than 60 works from the collection of British entrepreneur, philanthropist and renowned art collector, David Ross. Assembled since 2000, Ross’ collection mainly focuses on British Pop and Contemporary art, dating to the year he was born, 1965, onwards. The auction takes its title, “This is Tomorrow”, from a 1956 British art exhibition of the same name staged at the Whitechapel Art Gallery. Just as the artists in this show presented their vision of Contemporary art, Ross’ assemblage of works similarly presents his vision of collecting British art, which will now be shared with others. With many offerings estimated at entry-level prices, the auction will provide an opportunity for aspiring collectors to acquire affordable pieces by the leading names of the British art scene, all handpicked by a collector who has dedicated over twenty years to seeking ... More

Christie's announces move to new Asia Pacific headquarters   Ronati unshackles art and antiques dealers from their keyboards with one-stop software for managing stock online   National Museum of Norway announces opening date of new building

The Henderson, Hong Kong by Zaha Hadid Architects for Henderson Land. Render by Arqui9.

HONG KONG.- Christie’s will relocate its Asia Pacific headquarters in 2024 to The Henderson, a striking new urban landmark on Murray Road in Central, Hong Kong designed by Zaha Hadid Architects for Henderson Land Group. With 50,000 square feet of art-inspired space anchoring four storeys within the new tower, Christie’s will be able to provide exceptional service to its clients with its first year-round saleroom and state-of-the-art gallery presence in Asia. Its iconic new home in the luxury centre of the city is poised to become a worldwide destination for collectors, with a signature profile on the Hong Kong skyline. This investment affirms Christie’s leadership in Asia and commitment to the region, further strengthening the firm’s capability to connect and better serve the rapidly growing number of Asian collectors through an unrivaled global network of salerooms and specialists. ... More

The Ronati eCommerce Manager solves the challenge of multiple marketplace platforms, with a single upload system that keeps all sales up-to-date, effortlessly.

LONDON.- How do you sell an inventory of unique art and antiques across multiple ecommerce marketplaces without spending all your time at the keyboard on admin and updates? Until now no satisfactory answer to that question has meant that frustrated antiques dealers have spent far more time tied to their computers than they would like – or led them to avoid selling online altogether. But market disruptor Ronati is set to change all that with a new one-stop e-commerce management system. The Ronati eCommerce Manager allows dealers to manage all their stock listings across a whole range of marketplaces – with varied titles, descriptions and even price points – using just one upload. When you consider that a single upload to just one marketplace can involve keying in up to 50 different pieces of information, this is a remarkable breakthrough by Ronati. Not only ... More

Norway’s new National Museum will be the largest art museum in the Nordic region. Photo: Børre Høstland / The National Museum.

OSLO.- Norway’s new National Museum of Art, Architecture and Design has announced its opening date, 11 June 2022. As early as this summer, visitors can enter the building for early access guided tours. "We are inviting visitors to join us and have a look inside while the art is being mounted and the museum is taking shape," says Karin Hindsbo, Director of the museum. Organised, prebooked tours free of charge will start as soon as local coronavirus restrictions are lifted, allowing visitors into selected parts of the interior, including exhibition rooms and the exterior of the brand new building designed by Kleihues + Schuwerk. With the new National Museum, Norway gets a unique space for the country’s most extensive collection of art, architecture and design. More than 5000 works, from the antiquity to the museum’s most recent contemporary acquisitions, will be on display in a col ... More

100+ masterpieces of French Impressionism come to Melbourne direct from Boston's Museum of Fine Arts   MASSIMODECARLO announces the representation of Jenna Gribbon   The Museo Nacional del Prado adds to its exhibits a Picasso from the Aramont Art Collection

Visitors in French Impressionism from the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston at NGV International, Melbourne. Photo: Liz Sunshine. Courtesy of NGV

MELBOURNE.- In an international exclusive, the National Gallery of Victoria is presenting a major exhibition of more than 100 masterworks of French Impressionism in partnership with the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston (MFA), an institution renowned world-wide for its rich holdings of Impressionist paintings. French Impressionism features works by Claude Monet, Pierre-Auguste Renoir, Edgar Degas, Camille Pissarro, Mary Cassatt and more – including 79 that have never-beforebeen exhibited in Australia. These important loans from the MFA’s iconic collection provide the rare opportunity to see a significant grouping of Impressionist masterworks in Australia. French Impressionism charts the trajectory of the late-nineteenth century artistic movement, highlighting the key milestones and figures at the centre of this period of experimentation and revolution in modern art. Through ... More

MASSIMODECARLO announced the joint representation with Fredericks & Freiser of the artist.

MILAN.- Jenna Gribbon’s paintings explore the feelings and implications of seeing and being seen. Her paintings are intimate portraits of her friends, partner, family and fellow painters which encourage the viewer to reflect on their role as a consumer of beauty, intimacy and as voyeurs of the narratives of others. A focus on vision permeates every layer of Gribbon’s work, with titles such as ‘Ritualized Looking’, ‘Deck Peek’ and ‘When I looked at you, the light changed’. The scenes are painted from Gribbon’s first point perspective, making the artist’s presence felt by emphasising her particular viewpoint. The viewer directly replaces the artist, seeing Gribbon's subject from the exact position that she occupied in the scene; not only looking at the subject, but invited to view Gribbon’s own experience of looking at them. Gribbon’s most personal paintings are those depicting intimate moments in her relationship ... More

Pablo Picasso, Buste de femme 43, 1943 Donated from the Aramont Art Collection by the Arango Montull family to American Friends of the Prado Museum.

MADRID.- The Royal Board of Trustees of the Prado Museum in its annual meeting approved the deposit and exhibition of Buste de Femme 43, by Pablo Picasso from 1943. The painting is a donation to American Friends of the Prado Museum from the Aramont Art Collection of the Arango Montull family. The Royal Board of Trustees of the Prado Museum also accepted the generous donation of the Portrait of Philip III by Velázquez by American Friends of the Prado Museum which had been deposited at the Prado since 2016. Javier Solana, Chairman of the Board, stated “American Friends’ actions are certainly great news for Spain and all those who visit our country attracted by our artistic and cultural heritage. A painting from one of our greatest artistic geniuses which up to now had been in a United States’ private collection will be displayed in public thanks to the Arango Montull Family’s and American ... More

Guggenheim appoints Ty Woodfolk and Trish Jeffers to new positions   1-54 Contemporary African Art Fair announces details of 9th London edition   Mexico's Tlaxcala cathedral wins UNESCO world heritage status

Trish Jeffers.

NEW YORK, NY.- Richard Armstrong, Director of the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum and Foundation, announced the appointment of Ty Woodfolk as the institution’s first Chief Culture and Inclusion Officer (CCIO) and Trish Jeffers as Deputy Director, Human Resources. Woodfolk and Jeffers will serve on the director’s executive leadership team as Deputy Directors of the museum and report to Armstrong. Both will begin their new roles on September 7, 2021. Armstrong stated: “The creation of a head of culture and inclusion in tandem with naming a deputy director of human resources marks a positive shift in our leadership structure. The partnership between these two critical areas will guide us toward reshaping our workplace culture and creating an institution that’s welcoming to all. With his experience in overseeing diversity and inclusion initiatives in both arts and business, Ty will work across the institution to bring our DEAI commi ... More

Patrick Akpojotor, Oga boss, 2020, Acrylic on Canvas, 48 X 36 Inches. Courtesy of SMO Contemporary Art.

LONDON.- 1-54 Contemporary African Art Fair will return to Somerset House from Thursday 14 - Sunday 17 October 2021 for its 9th London edition. Since its inception, 1-54 has established itself as a leading voice in the global discussion on contemporary African art and has been at the forefront of the African art market with annual editions across three continents. As part of the programme of 1-54 Special Projects, the fair will once again be partnering with Christie’s to present an exhibition at the Duke Street space curated by art historian and art critic Christine Eyene and to deliver an online edition 1-54 Online Powered by Christie’s. From Thursday 14 – Sunday 31 October 2021, works from 1-54 will then be available to purchase and view on Artsy for an extended period of time following the close of the official show. 1-54 brings together a diverse set of perspectives from around the world and has carefully ... More

In this file photo taken on July 20, 2021, aerial view of the Franciscan Ensemble of the Our Lady of the Assumption Cathedral in Tlaxcala, Mexico. ALFREDO ESTRELLA / AFP.

TLAXCALA (AFP).- A cathedral and monastery in Mexico where some of the first Franciscan missionaries to New Spain converted indigenous people to Christianity was on Tuesday listed by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site. Our Lady of the Assumption, located in Tlaxcala southeast of Mexico City, was a cornerstone of evangelism during the early stages of Spanish colonization of the Americas. The complex was one of the first of its kind, constructed with the help of local workers in 1526, years before the conquest of the Inca empire in South America. Inside the cathedral, an inscription on the pulpit reads: "Here the Holy Gospel had its beginning in this New World." The complex's construction "totally transformed the vision of the world conceived until then," said Jose de la Rosa, director of the National Institute of Anthropology ... More

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V&A's blockbuster exhibition Alice: Curiouser and Curiouser to be adapted for the big screen
LONDON.- Today the V&A announces that a unique filmed experience of its landmark 2021 exhibition Alice: Curiouser and Curiouser will be screened in cinemas nationwide from 14th October, marking the museum’s first exhibition to be adapted for the big screen since its globally sold-out David Bowie Is show. This special cinema event will give Alice fans worldwide the opportunity to discover more about the exhibition, uncover new insights into the books from leading creatives and enjoy the V&A’s blockbuster exhibition at their local cinema. The V&A is the first museum to fully explore the cultural impact of Alice in Wonderland and its ongoing inspiration for leading creatives, from Salvador Dalí and Yayoi Kusama, to Tim Burton, Vivienne Westwood and Little Simz. Delving into the origins, adaptations and reinventions of Alice over 158 ... More

Sally Miller Gearhart, lesbian writer and activist, dies at 90
NEW YORK (NYT NEWS SERVICE).- Sally Miller Gearhart, a feminist, lesbian activist and prominent opponent of anti-gay policies whose writings included a classic of lesbian science fiction about a women-only society, much like the one she later founded in Northern California, died July 14 in Ukiah, California. She was 90. Deborah Craig, a friend and the producer of a forthcoming documentary film about Gearhart, confirmed her death. Gearhart rose to prominence in the 1970s when she campaigned with Harvey Milk, a San Francisco city supervisor and the first openly gay politician elected in California, against Proposition 6, a ballot measure that would have banned gay and lesbian teachers from public schools. In 1978, on television, Gearhart and Milk debated the measure’s main backer, state Sen. John Briggs, who said at one point, “We ... More

Elliot Lawrence, award-winning conductor, dies at 96
NEW YORK (NYT NEWS SERVICE).- Elliot Lawrence, who after leading a big band in the 1940s and ’50s won a Tony Award for his conducting on Broadway and spent nearly a half-century in charge of the orchestra that plays on the Tonys’ annual broadcast, died July 2 in the New York City borough of Manhattan. He was 96. His son Jamie confirmed the death, at NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital. A pianist by training, Lawrence was a leader from a young age, forming a youth ensemble, the Band Busters, at age 12. In his 20s, he started Elliot Lawrence and His Orchestra, which was voted the most promising new big band in Billboard’s college polls in 1947 and 1948. His later work as conductor of the Tony Awards orchestra — a job he got because of his success on Broadway and in television — earned him two Emmy Awards. “He was happiest ... More

New York's Met Opera mandates vaccines for new season
NEW YORK (AFP).- New York's Metropolitan Opera will require audiences and performers to be fully vaccinated for its upcoming season, the house announced Tuesday amid debate in the United States about mandatory vaccinations. The Met said all customers, staff and members of its orchestra and chorus will need to show proof of vaccination against Covid-19 for performances in the 2021–22 season. "The Met will be a fully vaccinated house," the prestigious institution said in an email sent to patrons. Children under the age of 12, a group currently ineligible for vaccines, will not be allowed to enter the Met even if the adults accompanying them are vaccinated, the opera house added. The announcement comes as parts of the US move towards vaccine mandates due to fears over rising cases caused by the Delta variant. California ... More

Vienna's Secession opens an exhibition of works by Karimah Ashadu
VIENNA.- Karimah Ashadu’s practice examines conditions of living and working in the socioeconomic context of West Africa. The filmmaker and visual artist’s new film installation Plateau, which premières at the Secession, follows undocumented workers mining for tin and columbite on the Jos Plateau in central Nigeria. The rugged landscape dotted with manmade craters and ponds has been mined for almost three thousand years. During the colonial era, tin mining expanded into an industry that had its heyday in the 1940s; after the expiration of the International Tin Agreement in 1985, the market collapsed and the mines closed, leaving the workers jobless. Unlike earlier generations of laborers, who were forced to seek employment and surrender the riches they extracted to the colonial masters, today’s miners are self-employed. Buoyed ... More

Romania cheers as gold mines get world heritage nod
BUCHAREST (AFP).- Romania on Tuesday welcomed a decision to add the remains of a Roman mining complex -- threatened by a controversial gold digging project -- to UNESCO's World Heritage List. Situated in the Apuseni Mountains, part of the Carpathian range, the village of Rosia Montana harbours "the most significant and extensive... Roman gold mining complex currently known in the world", dating from the second century, according to ICOMOS, an advisory body of the UN agency. Romania has sought to get UNESCO status for the site -- an effort which finally bore fruit and which is expected to further stall a Canadian company's mining project in the area. President Klaus Iohannis "saluted" the decision, saying that "Rosia Montana must become a model of emphasising the heritage through sustainable development of the area." "It's ... More

French city of Nice wins UNESCO world heritage status
NICE (AFP).- The United Nation's cultural organisation said on Tuesday that it had added the French Mediterranean city of Nice to its world heritage list. UNESCO made the announcement in a tweet calling Nice, famous for its mild climate, the "Winter resort town of the Riviera". Nice joins France's more than 40 world heritage sites which include the banks of the river Seine in Paris, the Amiens cathedral, the Mont Saint Michel and stretches of the Loire valley. "The history of Nice, which is at the same time deeply rooted and open, Mediterranean and Alpine, European and cosmopolitan, has produced an architecture and a landscape that are unique, a model for many other cities in the world," Nice's mayor Christian Estrosi said in reaction to the announcement. With close to one million inhabitants, greater Nice is the second-biggest city on the French ... More

Thailand forest park gets World Heritage nod despite indigenous rights warning
BANGKOK (AFP).- A vast forest complex in Thailand has been added to UNESCO's World Heritage List, despite the UN's own experts warning of human rights violations against indigenous people in the area. The Kaeng Krachan Forest Complex in western Thailand is rich in biodiversity, including the critically endangered Siamese crocodile, UNESCO said Monday in its listing announcement. But it is also home to an indigenous community of ethnic Karen people, who have long accused the Thai government of using violence and harassment to push them off their land. Thailand had lobbied for years to get World Heritage status for the complex, and Prime Minister Prayut Chan-O-Cha praised UNESCO's decision, vowing to protect the forest according to "international standards". "From now on, the government will... restore the forest ... More

Kazuo Ishiguro among 13 contenders for 2021 Booker Prize
LONDON (AFP).- British author Kazuo Ishiguro could win his second Booker Prize after judges Tuesday named him among 13 finalists on this year's longlist for one of literature's most prestigious awards. Ishiguro, who first landed the prize in 1989 with "The Remains Of The Day" as well as the Nobel Prize for Literature in 2017, was nominated for his latest novel "Klara And The Sun". He joins several other previously shortlisted or winning writers on the longlist, including American Richard Powers, who won in 2018 for "The Overstory" and will hope to be lauded again for his new work, "Bewilderment". The Booker Prize has launched careers and courted controversy since its creation in 1969, expanding its remit since 2013 to include authors outside the Commonwealth, Ireland and Zimbabwe. Past laureates have included other celebrated authors like Ian McEwan, ... More

American Ballet Theater's executive director announces her departure
NEW YORK (NYT NEWS SERVICE).- American Ballet Theater was already looking for new leadership, with Kevin McKenzie, its artistic director of nearly three decades, planning to leave in 2022. Now, it must find new administrative leadership as well: Kara Medoff Barnett, its executive director, announced Monday that she would be stepping down later this year. Barnett will be leaving to lead social impact marketing and strategy at First Republic Bank and develop the recently established First Republic Foundation. She will start in mid-September but will continue to advise Ballet Theater part time through the end of the year while its board searches for her successor. She will also serve on two Ballet Theater advisory groups. A dancer since she was 3 and a graduate of Harvard Business School, Barnett joined Ballet Theater in 2016, after working ... More

Centre d'Art Contemporain Genève announces the upcoming Biennale de l'Image en Mouvement 2021
GENEVA.- The Centre d’Art Contemporain Genève announces the upcoming Biennale de l’Image en Mouvement 2021 (BIM 21), co-curated by the collaborative DIS and Centre’s director, Andrea Bellini. As one of the most interesting curatorial collectives active in the art world today, DIS has already produced exhibitions that have marked our era. BIM 21 will be no exception. The biennial will be organized around the “artistic and cultural imaginary” of the DIS streaming platform, which will serve as the exhibition’s second venue. The curators have conceived this edition of BIM as a radical “pilot season”—a collective effort to interrupt regular programming and find an exit from our human-centered, capitalist death drive. At the invitation of project co-curator Andrea Bellini, DIS will present for the first time its own film, No Homo. Commissioned and produced by the Centre d’Art Contempora ... More

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On a day like today, French painter Marcel Duchamp was born
July 28, 1887. Marcel Duchamp (28 July 1887 - 2 October 1968) was a French artist whose work is most often associated with the Dadaist and Surrealist movements. Considered by some to be one of the most important artists of the 20th century, Duchamp's output influenced the development of post-World War I Western art. He advised modern art collectors, such as Peggy Guggenheim and other prominent figures, thereby helping to shape the tastes of Western art during this period. In this image: Marcel Duchamp's wanted poster is seen as part of the exhibit, "Inventing Marcel Duchamp:The Dynamics of Portraiture," at the National Portrait Gallery in Washington, on Tuesday, March 24, 2009.

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