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'Wonderchicken' fossil from the age of dinosaurs reveals origin of modern birds

A 3D-printed, life-size model of the fossil skull of Asteriornis, held by lead author of the new study Daniel Field of the Unversity of Cambridge. DANIEL J. FIELD, UNIVERSITY OF CAMBRIDGE.

by Sarah Collins

CAMBRIDGE.- The oldest fossil of a modern bird yet found, dating from the age of dinosaurs, has been identified by an international team of palaeontologists. The spectacular fossil, affectionately nicknamed the ‘Wonderchicken’, includes a nearly complete skull, hidden inside nondescript pieces of rock, and dates from less than one million years before the asteroid impact which eliminated all large dinosaurs. Writing in the journal Nature, the team, led by the University of Cambridge, believe the new fossil helps clarify why birds survived the mass extinction event at the end of the Cretaceous period, while the giant dinosaurs did not. Detailed analysis of the skull shows that it combines many features common to modern chicken- and duck-like birds, suggesting that the ‘Wonderchicken’ is close to the last common ancestor of modern chickens and ducks. The fossil was found in a limestone quarry near the Belgian-Dutch border, mak ... More

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Gallery owner Paul Kasmin dies at age 60   'Marge Rector: Color and Non-objective Abstractions From 1970 to 2014' at David Richard Gallery   'Asterix' co-creator Albert Uderzo dies aged 92

Paul Kasmin. Photo: Cari Vuong.

NEW YORK, NY.- It is with great sadness that Kasmin Gallery announced the loss of Paul Kasmin (1960–2020). Paul passed away early yesterday morning, March 23, after a long period of illness. Opening his first New York gallery in 1989, Paul devoted himself to a life celebrating art and artists. Those of us who have worked with Paul learned from his extraordinary eye for talent, his delight in the work of the artists he loved, and his rare sense of openness and generosity. Paul took great pleasure in overseeing all aspects of the gallery until the very end, and it was his sincere wish, and in his plans, that his vision for Kasmin continue as ambitiously as ever. In the last few years, Paul continued his lifelong passion for photography with renewed enthusiasm. Taking pictures of his family, friends, and the gallery artists and staff, he built a collective portrait of his artistic community. We invite you to view these works on our website, ... More

Marge Rector, Abstract 1982-85, 1982. Acrylic on canvas, 50.25 x 46” © Marge Rector Estate and Rector 1990 Trust, Courtesy David Richard Gallery.

NEW YORK, NY.- David Richard Gallery is presenting its second solo exhibition of paintings by Marge Rector (1929 – 2019) and her first solo exhibition in New York City. The current presentation, If It Makes You Happy, focuses on three things that made Rector very happy: painting, non-objective abstraction and color. This exhibition includes 11 paintings that span Rector’s career from 1970 through 2014 and focuses on her use of color, a wide range of compositional approaches, and diverse methods of applying and moving pigment across her canvases. The exhibition will be on view from March 25 through April 17, 2020 at David Richard Gallery located at 211 East 121 Street, New York, New York 10035, P: 212-882-1705. Due to the concern for everyone’s personal safety and the well-being of our community, there will not ... More

Albert Uderzo, French author and illustrator who launched the Asterix comics strip character in 1959 with author Rene Goscinny, poses with the statues of his characters. STEPHANE DE SAKUTIN / AFP.

by Alain Jean-Robert and Joseph Schmid

PARIS (AFP).- Albert Uderzo, the playful French illustrator behind the magic potion-swigging comic book hero Asterix the Gaul whose adventures fighting the Roman legions have enthralled readers of all ages around the world, died overnight aged 92, his family said Tuesday. "Albert Uderzo died in his sleep at his home in Neuilly, after a heart attack that was not linked to the coronavirus. He had been extremely tired for the past several weeks," his son-in-law Bernard de Choisy told AFP. News of his death prompted an emotional outpouring from the generations of fans who have followed the adventures of Asterix and his robust sidekick Obelix in books translated ... More

Wolf Kahn, who painted vibrant landscapes, is dead at 92   Nailya Alexander Gallery opens the first exhibition in the U.S. devoted solely to Nomenklatura of Signs   Lévy Gorvy opens a survey of paintings by artist Tu Hongtao

Artist Wolf Kahn in his studio. Christopher Burke via The New York Times.

by Neil Genzlinger

NEW YORK (NYT NEWS SERVICE).- Wolf Kahn, a landscape painter who applied a vibrant, adventurous palette to studies of tangled forests and fog-shrouded mornings, quiet brooks and solitary barns, died March 15 at his home in Manhattan. He was 92. Diana Urbaska, his longtime studio manager, said the cause was congestive heart failure. Kahn, who divided his time between New York and Brattleboro, Vermont, was part of a family of artists. His mother-in-law, who died in 1971, was the painter Alice Trumbull Mason, and his wife was Emily Mason, whose abstract paintings made striking use of color. Emily Mason, whom he married in 1957, died Dec. 10. Kahn, who emigrated from Germany as a child, studied with the influential artist and teacher Hans Hofmann, who had himself emigrated from Germany, and in 1952 he ... More

Alexey Titarenko, Kino, 1988. Vintage gelatin silver print, 7 x 7 in. (17.8 x 17.8 cm), 13 3/5 x 13 2/5 in. (34.5 x 35 cm). Signed and dated by the artist on verso.

NEW YORK, NY.- We live in unprecedented times, in a state of war with an invisible enemy. In such extreme situations, it is more important than ever to stay calm and united. Our exhibition Alexey Titarenko: Nomenklatura of Signs, which was scheduled to open 25 March, is now available online. The series Nomenklatura of Signs ridiculed the absurdity of Soviet life, and anticipated the collapse of both the Berlin Wall and the USSR. Titarenko’s subsequent series, City of Shadows, cast light on the deprivation and suffering that ensued. Just as those dark periods of human history passed, we know that the uncertainty and crisis that we are experiencing today will also pass. Art is essential to our life — it nourishes and elevates our souls. We are committed to continuing our work and to supporting our artists. Over thirty years have passed since Titarenko’s series Nomenklatura ... More

Tu Hongtao, 2019.

HONG KONG.- Following last month’s announcement of its global representation of Tu Hongtao, Lévy Gorvy will present a solo exhibition of key paintings from the past decade and a half. On view from 25 March through 30 May, Tu Hongtao will survey the development of his practice from Tu’s sardonic early cityscapes to his recent synthesis of Chinese and Western painting traditions. Spanning the entirety of Lévy Gorvy’s Hong Kong gallery on the ground floor of St. George’s Building in Central, the exhibition includes select paintings loaned by museums as well as by important private collections from mainland China and Hong Kong. From his earlier urban landscapes that vent contemporary feelings of desire, tension, and confrontation, to the expressive abstractions he is painting today, Tu’s intricate works offer reinterpretations of the abstract landscape of time and space. He has described the relationship between the act of ... More

The Met launches #CongressSaveCulture campaign to advocate for federal relief funds for cultural sector   American playwright Terrence McNally dies of coronavirus complications   Print Aid launches: A collaborative project to support artists during the COVID-19 pandemic

A handful of people outside the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, closed due to the coronavirus pandemic, on Sunday, March 22, 2020. Mayor Bill de Blasio gave a dire warning about New York City’s need for medical equipment on Monday morning, saying that if hospitals did not get more ventilators this week, the number of deaths would spike. Victor J. Blue/The New York Times.

NEW YORK, NY.- The Metropolitan Museum of Art announced today #CongressSaveCulture, a campaign to support broader efforts advocating for financial relief for non-profit arts organizations to be included in the nearly $2 trillion stimulus package currently being debated in Congress. Specifically, The Met is calling on the federal government to include at least $4 billion in government support for financially at-risk non-profit arts organizations and the implementation of a universal charitable tax deduction to incentivize giving to these institutions. The current relief package is expected to include funding for many industries ... More

In this file photo taken on February 2, 2019, Terrence McNally of the television show "Terrence McNally: Every Act of Life" speaks during the 2019 Winter Television Critics Association Press Tour at The Langham Huntington in Pasadena. Frederick M. Brown / GETTY IMAGES NORTH AMERICA / AFP.

NEW YORK (AFP).- Terrence McNally, a revered American playwright, librettist and screenwriter whose long career earned him four Tony awards and an Emmy, died Tuesday following coronavirus complications. He was 81 years old. McNally's publicist said in a statement sent to AFP that the esteemed artist was a lung cancer survivor who lived with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. He died while hospitalized in Florida. An openly gay writer whose subject matter included love, homophobia and AIDS, McNally's notable plays included "Love! Valour! Compassion!" and "Master Class", along with the musicals "Kiss of the Spider Woman" and "Ragtime." Tributes quickly poured in from Broadway, with Lin-Manuel Miranda of "Hamilton" ... More

Kim Dorland, Symptom, 2020.

NEW YORK, NY.- Pegasus Prints + Sidel & McElwreath in partnership with Exhibition A, will be publishing an original series, entitled Print Aid, of limited-edition silkscreen prints in response to the distress caused by COVID-19. This is a collective effort to spread creativity and assistance throughout the art community. Each print will support an artist whose practice has been affected by the pandemic, with a portion of proceeds going to The Artist’s Fellowship, Inc, a non-profit organization that financially assists professional visual artists and their families in times of emergency, disability or bereavement. Print Aid is curated by Emily McElwreath and Evan Pepper of art consultancy Sidel & McElwreath. The initial suite of prints will be by artists Caris Reid, Kim Dorland, and Jennifer Caviola. "We wanted to bring artists together in support of our creative community during this time,” says McElwreath. “The three artists chosen to launch Print Aid were selected based on their rela ... More

Michael Broadbent, who put wine on the auction block, dies at 92   The great empty   Christie's announces wine & spirits online sale

In an undated image provided via Christie's, Michael Broadbent tastes wine. Via Christie's via The New York Times.

by Eric Asimov

NEW YORK (NYT NEWS SERVICE).- Michael Broadbent, a leading English wine authority who codified the practice of tasting and describing wine while, as head of Christie’s wine department for many years, virtually created the modern wine auction, died on Tuesday in Berkshire, England. He was 92. His son, Bartholomew Broadbent, confirmed the death. Broadbent was a prolific author and wine columnist whose most important works, “The Pocket Guide to Wine Tasting,” first published in 1968, and “The Great Vintage Wine Book” (1980), have appeared in many editions and languages. “Tasting” was an effort to organize and articulate the various components that go into tasting, describing and judging a wine. Describing wines has been a pastime as far back as Pliny the Elder, but it was often done haphazardly, ... More

An empty street during rush hour in the city of London, March 18, 2020. Andrew Testa/The New York Times.

by Michael Kimmelman

NEW YORK (NYT NEWS SERVICE).- During the 1950s, New York’s Museum of Modern Art organized a famous photo exhibition called “The Family of Man.” In the wake of a world war, the show, chockablock with pictures of people, celebrated humanity’s cacophony, resilience and common bond. Today a different global calamity has made scarcity the necessary condition of humanity’s survival. Cafes along the Navigli in Milan hunker behind shutters along with the Milanese who used to sip aperos beside the canal. New York’s Times Square is a ghost town, as are the City of London and the Place de la Concorde in Paris during what used to be the morning rush. Photographs all tell a similar story: a temple in Indonesia; Haneda Airport in Tokyo; the Americana Diner in New Jersey. Emptiness proliferates like the virus. The New York Times recently sent dozens of ... More

LOT 227 David Arthur, Old Vine Cabernet Sauvignon 2012. © Christie's Images Ltd 2020.

NEW YORK, NY.- The Christie’s Wine & Spirits Department announced Christie’s Wine & Spirits Online, open for bidding March 24 to April 7, presenting a superlative offering of California’s finest wines alongside other international rarities. The online only auction begins with an impressive vertical of Harlan estate in bottle and magnum spanning celebrated vintages from 1991 to 2014. Also featured are some of the most treasured California producers, including Promontory, Opus One, Insignia, Dominus, Ridge, Bond, Araujo, Spottswoode, among many others. Additionally, there is a section of lots from Premiere Napa Valley Auction showcasing special bottlings usually only offered to top tier trade. Premiere Napa Valley offers limited edition, small production (60-240 bottles produced), one-of-a-kind cuvées from top tier California producers. The winemakers utilize this special opportunity to be highly creative and selective with these bot ... More

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Joslyn Art Museum announces series of online engagement opportunities
OMAHA, NE.- As Joslyn Art Museum is presently closed through April 30, 2020 in response to community efforts to combat the spread of COVID-19, the Museum’s staff has planned a series of virtual engagement opportunities for all ages. Experiences range from passive to participatory and are meant to be both educational and entertaining. Joslyn executive director and CEO Jack Becker noted, “While in-person Museum access is not possible, Joslyn remains committed to connecting everyone with the arts. Many of you have reached out saying that you miss us, and we miss you. We hope that these virtual art moments provide a chance for you to connect to the Museum and the arts from afar.” In addition to regular continuing social media activity, the following opportunities will be highlighted via the Museum’s website ( ... More

Five photographers from Rotterdam commissioned to photograph the city during corona pandemic
ROTTERDAM.- The Droom en Daad Foundation has asked Khalid Amakran, Loes van Duijvendijk, Willem de Kam, Geisje van der Linden and Marwan Magroun to photograph Rotterdam during the Covid-19 pandemic. These five talented photographers from Rotterdam will each make a photographic series that shows the unprecedented impact of the corona virus on the city and its inhabitants. The measures that have been taken to control the coronavirus outbreak impact daily life around the world in a major way. The five photographers commissioned by the Droom en Daad Foundation will capture how the people in Rotterdam are impacted by these measures. Between now and the beginning of May 2020, they will each create a series of ten images. Combined, the photographic series will provide an overview of the current situation in the city. When ... More

Fee waivers, virtual art shows and online cooking lessons
NEW YORK (NYT NEWS SERVICE).- With flights canceled around the world, and bars and restaurants shutting down as efforts to control coronavirus cases accelerate, some hotels, cultural institutions and car rental companies are extending a helping hand with efforts that range from community outreach to fee waivers. Others, including museums, are coming up with virtual offerings. Enterprise car rental is waiving fees for prepaid rentals and is dropping fees if customers need to drive cars and drop them off at a different location from the pickup point. “If your doctor says you can’t fly home at this time, and you need to drive the car back to Michigan, the dropoff fees will be waived,” a customer service representative said. The holistic-minded Soul Community Planet’s 49-room in Redmond, Oregon, typically offers weekly yoga and meditation classes ... More

A dance for the socially isolated
NEW YORK (NYT NEWS SERVICE).- Like many people around the world, venerated choreographer Yvonne Rainer isn’t leaving her apartment much these days, other than to do laundry in the basement. But that hasn’t stopped her from making dances. I know, because her latest effort is my fault, you might say. I had asked Emily Coates, Rainer’s frequent collaborator, to guest teach some of Rainer’s choreography to the students in my dance history class at Yale. When we learned that the class would suddenly be online only, Coates asked Rainer for a situation-appropriate adaptation, and she supplied one. She calls it “Passing and Jostling While Being Confined to a Small Apartment.” It’s a dance history exercise, but it occurred to me that it might double as a diversion for people now cooped up at home; it’s something that anyone can attempt, carefully. Rainer ... More

On April 11, Turner Auctions + Appraisals opens the door to the Nancy Glenn couture closet
SAN FRANCISCO, CA.- Turner Auctions + Appraisals will open the door to the Nancy Glenn Couture Closet on Saturday, April 11, 2020. This online auction, Part II of the Nancy Glenn Collection, features over 200 lots of jewelry, handbags, clothing, shoes, hats, decorative items and more – many from celebrated high-fashion designers. Part I of the Nancy Glenn Collection, offering Hermès scarves and shawls, was an exceptional success: all 200 lots were sold at auction and for numerous bids. Nancy Glenn was founder and owner of the well-known, high-end interior design firm, Glenn Design Company, in Sausalito, California, for over 35 years. This Nancy Glenn auction continues to feature a wide selection of luxury goods and adornments, mostly for women. Among the many jewelry offerings are earrings, bracelets, necklaces, pendants, rings, brooches ... More

Rare 1990s Apple Computer sneakers sell for nearly $10,000 at Heritage Auctions
DALLAS, TX.- A rare pair of sneakers produced by Apple Computers exclusively for their employees in the early 1990s sold for nearly $10,000 during a highly successful auction of Urban Art held Tuesday, March 24, by Heritage Auctions. Bidding immediately jumped when the coveted piece of Apple memorabilia crossed the auction block. It took 20 bids to reach the sneakers’ $9,687 final auction price. The brand’s iconic, brightly-colored vintage rainbow Apple logo is embroidered on the side of the white sneakers and the tongue as is the word “Apple.” The sneakers are size 9 ½. These sneakers are so iconic that in 2018, Versace produced a prototype that looked identical to the pair Heritage auctioned March 24. “These were a golden find for any Apple fan,” said Leon Benrimon, Director of Modern and Contemporary Art at Heritage Auctions. “No one ... More

KW Institute for Contemporary Art announces new curators
BERLIN.- KW Institute for Contemporary Art announced the addition of new curators to its artistic team. Over the past years, KW has expanded its artistic team in order to give space and time to investigate various urgent subject matters and explore different forms of temporalities in local, national, and international contexts. Since its inauguration, KW has aimed to critically examine current tendencies within society through the production, display, and discourse of contemporary art. In addition to Krist Gruijthuijsen as Director and Chief-Curator, Anna Gritz as Curator, and Mason Leaver-Yap as Associate Curator, Kathrin Bentele and Léon Kruijswijk have been appointed Assistant Curators, Dr. Clémentine Deliss Associate Curator, and Nadim Samman in the newly instated role as Curator for the digital sphere. Kathrin Bentele was Curatorial ... More

Afro-jazz star Manu Dibango dies after contracting coronavirus
PARIS (AFP).- Veteran Afro-jazz legend Manu Dibango died Tuesday after contracting the new coronavirus, one of the first worldwide stars to succumb to the disease. The 86-year-old Cameroonian, best known for the 1972 hit "Soul Makossa", "died early this morning in a hospital in the Paris region," his music publisher Thierry Durepaire said. A message on his official Facebook page confirmed that his death had come after he contracted COVID-19. "His funeral service will be held in strict privacy, and a tribute to his memory will be organized when possible," the message said. "OH NO NOT YOU MANU DIBANGO," Senegalese singer Youssou Ndour wrote on Twitter. "I don't have the words to express all my sadness." French Culture Minister Franck Riester also paid tribute to him on Twitter. "The world of music has lost one of its legends," he wrote. "The ... More

National Portrait Gallery announces season two of its PORTRAITS podcast
WASHINGTON, DC.- The Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery announces the second season of its PORTRAITS podcast, which explores the real stories of extraordinary people. In season two, the Portrait Gallery’s director and podcast host, Kim Sajet, will chat with historians and thought leaders to explore how a single moment in time can contribute to a long-lasting legacy for some, while a lifetime of daily activism for others can be left off the canvas. Sajet will ask, “Even when a picture is made, how do you convey the vastness of a person’s achievements or the essence of a lifetime through a single image? And what life of its own does that image take on when shared?” All new episodes for season two will premiere bi-weekly, on Tuesdays, beginning with a teaser March 24 and will continue into June. “The PORTRAITS podcast allows us to go ... More

Bringing a museum home
COPENHAGEN.- le déserteur a digital exhibition and performative installation curated by Sylvain Souklaye. Art must continue to exist during the current situation but in a more innovative way. le déserteur is a ticket for a unique, immersive and sensory experience via a range of artistic and literary experiments. le déserteur brings a museum home. The app consists of two consecutive exhibition rooms "Anonymous bodies" & "Labyrinths". By joining this journey, the user will find works of art curated for him/her: films, writings in two languages (English and French), photographs, an original soundtrack and a tantalising graphic design. This is the work of 30 artists from around the world: Brazil, Japan, Denmark, Italy, United States and France. le déserteur is the subject of a narrative, a work of art. The user can consult it whenever he/she ... More

New York Philharmonic cancels season because of coronavirus
NEW YORK (NYT NEWS SERVICE).- The New York Philharmonic canceled the remainder of its season Monday, bowing to the reality that the coronavirus pandemic will silence large-scale performances in the city for months to come. The orchestra said that it was anticipating a loss of roughly $10 million in revenue because of the decision, and that its endowment had declined by about 14% since the crisis began. “There’s nothing I can compare this to,” Deborah Borda, the Philharmonic’s president and chief executive, said in an interview. “The human toll and the possible economic ramifications are simply stunning, and they’re simply not known yet. We don’t have a playbook for this. We’re inventing it as we go along.” In canceling the season, which was to have run through the second week of June and included a European tour in the beginning ... More

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On a day like today, French sculptor and painter Daniel Buren was born
March 25, 1938. Daniel Buren (born 25 March 1938) is a French conceptual artist. Sometimes classified as a Minimalist, Buren is known best for using regular, contrasting colored stripes in an effort to integrate visual surface and architectural space, notably on historical, landmark architecture. In this image: Daniel Buren unveils permanent artwork 'Diamonds and Circles' works 'in situ' commissioned by Art on the Underground at Tottenham Court Road Station, London. Photo: David Parry/PA Wire.

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