Sugimoto has given this suite of works publicly displayed here for the first time the title Revolution,". Photo: Haydar Koyupinar.
MUNICH.- Hiroshi Sugimoto is one of the best-known photographic artists of our time. His celebrated international reputation is based on his photography, although in recent years he has become engaged with other genres: architecture, furniture, objects, and fashion all play an increasingly important role in his work. It is primarily his photography however, that important museums from all over the world have collected and displayed. Sugimoto's unique accomplishments in his genre contradict the medium's conventional tasks to record reality as precisely as possible. In Sugimoto's work, one is confronted with the formal reduction of conceptual images, in which he addresses fundamental questions of space and time, past and present, art and science, imagination and reality. I was concerned," noted the artist in 2002, with revealing an ancient stage of human memory through the medium of photography. Whether it is individual memory or the cultural ... More
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BOISE.- Nampa, Idaho trick-or-treaters dressed as famous paintings, Ty Sherman, 10, as ?The Scream,? Kaesha Jackson, 10, as the ?Mona Lisa,? and Sam Sherman, 7, as ?American Gothic,? pose for a photo at this year?s Boo at the Zoo Boise in Boise, Idaho on Saturday, Oct. 27, 2012. AP Photo/The Idaho Statesman, Darin Oswald.
Tulsi (composizione), Bhavani (dipinto), La costruzione della città di Fatehpur Sikri, Illustrazione dal Libro di Akbar (Akbarnama), 1590-95 ca. Inchiostro, acquerello opaco e oro su carta, 37,6 x 24,3 cm. Londra, Victoria and Albert Museum.
ROME.-The Fondazione Roma presents to the public an exhibition devoted to the Emperor of India, Akbar (Umarkot, 1542 Agra, 1605) one of the greatest sovereigns in history. This exhibition has never been held before in Italy and, due to the number of works and historical completeness, is unique in the world since it covers the Emperorʼs entire reign. The last exhibition on this theme was held in New York by the Asia Society in 1984-86, showing around eighty works relating to 1571-1585. The Exhibition entitled Akbar. The Great Emperor of India has been promoted by the Fondazione Roma and organised by Fondazione Roma-Arte-Musei with the Arthemesia Group and is being held in the halls of the Museo Fondazione Roma, Palazzo Sciarra, from the 23rd October 2012 to the 3rd February 2013. The event is supported by the Italian Ministry for Cultural Heritage ... More
AMSTERDAM.- Diane Arbus (1923-1971) revolutionized the art she practiced. Her bold subject matter and photographic approach produced a body of work that is often shocking in its purity, in its steadfast celebration of things as they are. Her gift for rendering strange those things we consider most familiar, and for uncovering the familiar within the exotic, enlarges our understanding of ourselves. Arbus found most of her subjects in New York City, a place that she explored as both a known geography and as a foreign land, photographing people she discovered during the 1950s and 1960s. She was committed to photography as a medium that tangles with the facts. Her contemporary anthropology-portraits of couples, children, carnival performers, nudists, middle-class families, transvestites, zealots, eccentrics, and celebrities-stands as an allegory of the human experience, an exploration of the relationship between appearance and identity, illusion and belief, theater and reality. Thi ... More
A Balinese archaeologist measures a stone of ancient temple structure in Denpasar. AP Photo/Firdia Lisnawati.
DENPASAR (AFP).- Construction workers in Bali have discovered what is thought to be the biggest ancient Hindu temple ever found on the Indonesian island, archaeologists said. The workers were digging a drain in the island's capital Denpasar at a Hindu study centre when they came across the remains of the stone temple. They reported the discovery to the Bali archaeology office, which then unearthed substantial foundations of a structure that the excavation team believes dates from around the 13th to 15th centuries. "We think this is the biggest ancient Hindu temple ever discovered in Bali," Wayan Suantika, the head of the team, said late Wednesday. He said the excavation was still in progress and the team did not yet know whether enough stones would be unearthed to allow them to reconstruct the temple. The construction workers on Sunday found the first stone one metre (yard) underground, which was one metre long, 40 centimetres (16 inches) deep and ... More
Chinese dissident artist Ai Weiwei appears on a YouTube video clip displayed on a computer screen at his studio in Beijing. AP Photo/Ng Han Guan.
BEIJING (AP).- Chinese dissident artist Ai Weiwei is the latest to go "Gangnam Style" but in a trademark act of irreverence, he's thrown in a pair of handcuffs and a poke at Chinese censors. In a video posted on YouTube, Ai sports a neon-pink T-shirt, black jacket and dark sunglasses and energetically mimics rodeo-style dance moves made famous by South Korean rapper PSY, whose original video became an Internet sensation. Ai said he and several friends made the video Wednesday and uploaded it overnight. In one scene, he swings two pairs of handcuffs while dancing. The video also was posted on Chinese websites, but censors apparently had scrubbed it off many of them by Thursday morning. Ai told The Associated Press on Thursday that he decided to make the video after learning that the family of his friend Zuoxiao Zuzhou, a famous rock star in China, was losing their home to a demolition crew. The artist ... More
PARIS.- From October 19th through December 19th, Natalie Seroussi presents an exceptional collection of photographs from the 1970s by the American artist Gordon Matta-Clark (1943-1978). The son of Surrealist artist Roberto Matta, Gordon Matta-Clark graduated from Cornell University in 1968 with a degree in architecture. This American artist is well known for his site-specific artworks of the 1970s. He is also famous for his "building cuts", a series of works he created within the confines of abandoned buildings through the systematic removal of various sections of floors, ceilings and walls. Gordon Matta-Clark captured each of his interventions by photographing them. Most of these buldings have since been destroyed. Matta-Clark carved away at buildings with a chain saw, aptly naming the resultant transformations, "Anarchitectures". The artist documented the changes thus wrought on buildings through fil ... More
The conserved green curtain dress worn by Vivien Leigh as Scarlett O'Hara in "Gone With The Wind". AP Photo/Harry Ransom Center,Pete Smith.
By: Jim Vertuno, Associated Press
AUSTIN (AP).- It turns out there will be another day for Scarlett O'Hara's green curtain dress. Many of them. The iconic dress and Scarlett's burgundy ball gown from the 1939 film "Gone With the Wind" have been saved from deterioration by a $30,000 conservation effort by the Harry Ransom Center at the University of Texas. The dresses worn by actress Vivien Leigh are now on display for the first time in nearly 30 years at London's Victoria and Albert Museum as part of a Hollywood costume exhibit. Ransom Center officials announced the project in 2010, noting the dresses were in danger of falling apart from age. The dresses were made of heavy fabric and were not built to last. Weakened stitching and sagging waistlines had to be repaired and conservators also had to remove some previous alternation work and additions, such as feathers ... More
BREGENZ.- Florian Pumhösl (born 1971, lives in Vienna) is a rarity in his generation of Austrian artists in having rigorously and cogently developed an independent abstract formal and pictorial language. For all its rigor of expression this language wields a highly impressive range of contemporary references and has immense visual potential. His international career began at a young ageat the time of his participation in the legendary group exhibition Backstage at the Hamburg Kunstverein together with Dorit Margreiter and Mathias Poledna in 1993, Florian Pumhösl was just twenty-two years old. With the symbolic support of friends, the artist trio's contribution to that show pro-vided for the removal of all the institution's door locks during the show, thus opening the exhibition hall's accessibility, both really and metaphorically. If today, almost twenty years later, such clearly articulated reflection on the mechanisms of the art system and its institutions ... More
SALEM, MASS.- Monumental in scale and meticulous in construction, the Pastrana Tapestries are among the finest surviving Gothic textiles in existence. Each measuring nearly 36-feet-long, these renowned Belgian tapestries are on view at the Peabody Essex Museum as part of a rare North American exhibition tour. Organized by the National Gallery of Art, Washington, and the Fundación Carlos de Amberes, Madrid, The Invention of Glory: Afonso V and the Pastrana Tapestries unfurls a vibrant tableau of Portugal's 15th-century military victories woven in glorious hues of wool and silk. The four tapestries were recently restored to their finest condition in centuries, and are presented at PEM ... More
Curator Dr. Dirk Van Tuerenhout discussing murals with images of jungle monuments in Bonampak. AP Photo/Bonampak Documentation Project.
By: Ramit Plushnick-Masti, Associated Press
HOUSTON (AP).- Some might prepare for the end of the world by checking off items on their bucket list. But at the Houston Museum of Natural Science, curators are launching an exhibit designed to demystify the Maya and debunk the myth that the ancient culture predicted doomsday on Dec. 21, 2012. Visitors will walk darkened halls lined with pottery, jade carvings and black-and-white rubbings of jungle monuments, all tied in some way to the sophisticated Maya calendar. They'll sit in replicas of large, mural-filled buildings that still grace the jungles of Mexico. And they should come away with at least one thought: The sun will rise on Dec. 22. "The calendar is there, and it will continue, so nobody ought to be afraid of what Dec. 21 will bring because there will be a Dec. 22 and, yes, there will ... More
Linda MacNeil, Mesh 6-95 Necklace, 1995. Glass and 24k gold. Racine Art Museum, Gift of Dale and Doug Anderson. Photo: Jon Bolton.
RACINE, WIS.-The Racine Art Museum announces the opening of a second show organized this year that focuses on artwork created with the glass. These exhibitions reflect RAM's participation in the nationwide 50th anniversary of the Studio Glass Movement in America. A series of lectures, demonstrations, and exhibitions are taking place across the United States. At RAM, the work of over 20 artists is featured in Cutting Edge: RAM Explores Contemporary Glass Jewelry, open October 28 - February 17, 2013. Organized by RAM Curator of Exhibitions, Lena Vigna, this show highlights work by artists from around the world who utilize a variety of techniques-from glass blowing to casting to beadwork-in the creation of jewelry. Following a historical precedent for utilizing glass in adornment, contemporary artists create dynamic art jewelry that under- ... More
Karla Black, Exactly That, 2012, plaster powder, power paint, cellophane and sellotape, Courtesy Stuart Shave/Modern Art, London and Galerie Gisele Captain, Cologne.
DALLAS, TX.- Scottish artist Karla Black created two sculptures specifically for the Dallas Museum of Art to exhibit in her first solo project at a U.S. museum. Karla Black: Concentrations 55, on view from October 19, 2012, through March 17, 2013, is part of the Concentrations series of project-based solo exhibitions by international emerging artists. The series began in 1981 as part of the DMA's commitment to the work of living artists, with the goal of making the work of contemporary artists accessible to DMA audiences while preserving the excitement of the work. "We are pleased to have Karla Black participate in our long-standing Concentrations series and to serve as the first U.S. museum to present a solo project by the Scottish artist," said Maxwell L. Anderson, The Eugene McDermott Director of the DMA. The two large works are ... More
Deborah Kass, Before and Happily Ever After, 1991.
PITTSBURGH, PA.-The Andy Warhol Museum announces Deborah Kass: Before and Happily Ever After, a major mid-career retrospective of paintings, photographs and sculpture by New York artist Deborah Kass. The exhibition, featuring approximately 75 works, showcases Kass' achievements over the course of her three-decade career. After a successful decade of showing landscapes and abstract paintings during the 1980s, Kass startled the art world by appropriating the work of Andy Warhol. Beginning in 1992, Kass presented this grouping of Warhol's well-known celebrity paintings for a contingent of her own heroes, among them Gertrude Stein, Sandy Koufax, and Barbra Streisand (the subject of The Jewish Jackie series). Kass' Warholesque paintings of Streisand in Yeshiva drag from the film Yentl, titled My Elvis, are an example of the artist's genre-and gender-bending sensibility. This retrospective features Kass& ... More
Large-scale photographs by Laura Letinsky blur the line of reality at the Denver Art Museum DENVER, CO.- Laura Letinsky's photography has evolved from studies in melancholy and absence to subtle, yet surprising, explorations of perception, color and space. The Denver Art Museum, in collaboration with the artist and Yancey Richardson Gallery, New York, present Laura Letinsky: Still Life Photographs, 19972012, on view October 28, 2012, through March 24, 2013, in the Anthony and Delisa Mayer Photography Gallery. Wavering between flatness and volume, story and metaphor, the selection of 17 photographs contain mysteries that challenge viewers to keep looking and asking questions about how we see. This survey exhibition traces the paths Letinsky followed in her work from the late 1990s until today and is included in general admission. "Letinsky is an important mid-career artist who is pushing the boundaries of traditional photography," said Eric ... More
UK lawmakers line up to host Richard III's tomb LONDON (AP).- British lawmakers are sparring over what may be left of Richard III. No one is certain yet that remains dug up last month at a Leicester parking lot are those of the monarch immortalized by William Shakespeare for his willingness to trade his kingdom for a horse. It may take months for DNA testing to determine if the body is the king's, but that hasn't stopped lawmakers in Parliament from sparring over the remains for their valuable tourism potential. Archaeologists found the bones beneath the site of the Grey Friars church in Leicester, central England. Accounts at the time say Richard was buried there following his 1485 death in the Battle of Bosworth Field. Labour lawmaker John Mann says the priory of Worksop, in Nottinghamshire, would be an ideal final resting place for the king but his Labour colleague Jon Ashworth of Leicester South was having none of that. "I am ... More
Photographer Dody Weston Thompson dies at 89 LOS ANGELES (AP).- Award-winning fine art photographer Dody Weston Thompson, one of the founders of the prestigious photographic journal "Aperture," has died in Los Angeles. She was 89. Family spokeswoman Helen C. Harrison said Thursday that Thompson died Oct. 14. Thompson favored creating sharp-focus, realistic photographs of natural objects in the style popularized by photography icons Ansel Adams and Edward Weston, both of whom she assisted. In 1952, Thompson was the second photographer to win the San Francisco Museum of Art's Albert M. Bender Award. Adams was the first. Thompson was once married to photographer Brett Weston and was a creative collaborator with him. They remained friends until his death in 1993. Thompson's husband of 48 years, aerospace executive Daniel Michel Thompson, died in 2008. ... More
"Secret Splendour: The Hidden World of Baroque Cabinets" at the Holburne Museum BATH.- This theatrical exhibition casts new light on some of the most magnificent and beautiful pieces of furniture ever made. An impressive array of cabinets are displayed fully opened for the first time to reveal their dazzling interiors. Cabinets were among the most spectacular pieces of furniture produced during the seventeenth century. Made from a variety of rare and exotic materials they were expensive status objects that were designed to show off the wealth and importance of their owners. Their doors were opened to only the most privileged guests to reveal lavishly decorated interiors designed to display their owners most prized and precious objects. Visitors now are able to share this experience as the cabinets are displayed fully opened for the first time. The show includes astonishing pieces made from the widest variety of materials and techniques including tortoiseshell, ivory, ... More
Regina Schmeken: Among players - the German national team on view at Martin Gropius Bau BERLIN.- For Regina Schmeken the representation of movement is a major focus of her creative work. Her sequential photographs are concentrated on the decisive moment between standing still and action in fields such as football, dancing, pole-vaulting or fencing. The black and white rendition of the highly trained bodies imbues them with a sculptural quality that is reinforced by unusual compositions and lighting. Regina Schmeken has been photographing footballers in German Football League and international games since 2004, whereby her main focus is on the players, graphically clear symbols and specific moments isolated from the complex twists and turns of the game. During a visit to an exhibition of the artist's works, Oliver Bierhoff, former national player and manager of the German national football squad appeared surprised by this alternative view of 'his' field of ... More
Exhibition showcases numerous works by Chuck Close from different creative phases SALZBURG.- Chuck Close (*1940) has been one of the most prominent representatives of photorealism since the 1970s. Throughout his artistic career he has experimented with new forms of expression of visual perception. The exhibition Multiple Portraits is dedicated to the artist's prolific graphic oeuvre, featuring more than 150 works. His graphic prints, like his paintings, mainly depict frontal portraits of family members, friends and fellow artists, including Philip Glas, Alex Katz, Roy Lichtenstein and Lucas Samaras. Printmaking plays a key role in Chuck Close' oeuvre. The artist has been preoccupied with this medium as a form of artistic expression for more than thirty years and sees it as a constant challenge. While printmaking is regarded by many artists as a rather unimportant aspect of their work, mainly used for the reproduction of originals, Close ingeniously finds ... More
A WWI-era tank returns to Poland from Afghanistan WARSAW (AP).- A tank used by Poland in its 1920 war against the Red Army was returned from Afghanistan where it was serving as a decoration at the defense ministry. Defense Minister Tomasz Siemoniak said Friday the French-made FT-17 tank has "historic and sentimental value" for Poland. According to historians it probably was captured by the Bolsheviks during the war, and later sent to Kabul as a gift. It was spotted at the Defense Ministry in Kabul by an Afghan employee of Poland's embassy, according to Piotr Lukasiewicz, the Polish ambassador to Kabul. After maintenance it will be displayed at the Polish Armed Forces Museum, Siemoniak said. Europe has only three such tanks, the museum says. It is the first tank on tracks with front cabin and rear engine. ... More