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Mexican archaeologists discover 1,000 year old cemetery in the State of Sonora

Archaeologists from the National Institute of Anthropology and History discovered the first pre-Hispanic cemetery in Sonora. Photo: Cristina Garcia/INAH.
Translated by Cristina Perez Ayala
MEXICO CITY.- Three hundred meters from Onvas (town), south of Sonora, archaeologists discovered the first pre-Hispanic cemetery of the region. This cemetery is about 1000 years old and is made up of 25 individuals’ burials: 13 of these have intentional cranium deformities, and 5 also have dental mutilations, a cultural practice similar to pre-Hispanic groups in the south of Sinaloa and the north of Nayarit, which had not been previously registered in this state (Sonora). To archaeologists, the importance of the discovery is the evidence of customs that had not been registered in ancient cultural groups in Sonora: the cranium deformation (frontal occipital lobe) applied to 13 individuals of the Cemetery –Cemetery is a name archaeologists have given the site–, as well as the modifications made to the lateral pieces to give them a “V” shape. “The area’s finding holds unique ... More

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PARIS.- A dress that is part of the exhibition Fashioning Fashion: European Dress in Detail, 1700-1915 at the Arts Decoratifs museum in Paris. The exhibition celebrates the Lacma (Los Angeles County Museum of Art) museum groundbreaking acquisition of two major collections of European mens, womens, and childrens garments and accessories curated respectively by Martin Kamer and Wolfgang Ruf. AFP PHOTO / BERTRAND GUAY.

According to scientist from the University of Oregon, fossil find challenges tree of life as we know it   Sotheby's names President and CEO William F. Ruprecht as Chairman of the Board of Directors   Man jailed for two years for defacing Rothko work in London's Tate Modern gallery

Paleosols in red beds of the Ediacara member of the Rawnsley Quartzite in Brachina Gorge, South Australia. Photo: Greg Retallack.
PARIS (AFP).- Organisms long thought to have been the ancestors of early marine creatures may in fact have lived on land, said a fossil study Wednesday that may prompt an overhaul of the tree of animal life. If correct, the finding could challenge the commonly held theory that life had thrived in the oceans for hundreds of millions of years before spreading to land. The fossils, dubbed Ediacaran and dated to 542-635 million years ago, were unearthed in south Australia in 1946, and were long thought to have been the remains of jellyfish, worms and flowery seafloor-dwelling creatures known as sea pens. Now a geological scientist from the University of Oregon, using state-of-the-art chemical and microscopic analysis techniques, has concluded the fossils more likely belonged to land-dwelling organisms and were not animals at all. They may have been lichen -- a composite of a fungus and an algae or bacteria -- or colonies of micro-organisms. "The ... More
William F. Ruprecht is the new Chairman of the Board of Directors of Sotheby's. Photo: Courtesy of Sotheby's.
NEW YORK, NY.- Sotheby’s today announced that the Board of Directors unanimously elected William F. Ruprecht Chairman of the Board of Directors, a role he will assume in addition to his current duties as President and Chief Executive Officer. Michael I. Sovern, who has served as Chairman of the Board for 13 years, will remain on the Board. Steven B. Dodge was unanimously approved by the Board as Lead Independent Director. The appointments are effective immediately. “Serving as Chairman of the Board at Sotheby’s has been an extraordinary privilege,” said Mr. Sovern. “We have accomplished a great deal together and I am very proud of the standard of excellence Sotheby’s represents today in the art world and, most importantly, with our clients. We are extremely fortunate that Bill Ruprecht can step seamlessly into the role as Chairman. The Board and I have been contemplating my decision to step down ... More
A photograph posted on Twitter by a gallery visitor showed words, including the name Vladimir, scrawled in the corner of the painting.
By: Jill Lawless, Associated Press
LONDON (AP).- A Polish man who defaced a Mark Rothko painting in London's Tate Modern gallery with black ink was sentenced Thursday to two years in jail. Wlodzimierz Umaniec, also known as Vladimir Umanets, was arrested after visitors discovered a scrawl across the bottom of Rothko's "Black on Maroon" on Oct 7. The 26-year-old later said he had written the words "a potential piece of yellowism" on the abstract painting to draw attention to Yellowism, an artistic movement he co-founded. He pleaded guilty to criminal damage over 5,000 pounds ($8,000). Prosecution lawyer Gregor McKinley said restoring the painting would cost around 200,000 pounds ($320,000) and take up to 20 months. "Complications to this work include the unique painting technique used by the artist and the fact the ink used by Mr. Umaniec has permeated the paint layers and the ... More

Florida won't restore rights to famed American Museum of Natural History jewel thief   Terra Foundation CEO Elizabeth Glassman awarded French Medal of Honor   80-year-old Spanish botched fresco artist sells work on eBay for charity organization

Jack Roland Murphy became an international celebrity by breaking into the American Museum of Natural History and stealing the world's biggest sapphire. AP Photo/Phil Sandlin.
By: Gary Fineout, Associated Press
TALLAHASSEE (AP).- Jack Roland Murphy, the famed jewel thief and surfer known as "Murph the Surf," has spent the last quarter-century going into prisons and telling inmates that they could still turn their lives around. Murphy, now 75 and living in Crystal River, said he thought it was time he tried to get his own bit of redemption. He asked the state of Florida to restore his civil rights despite the fact he spent nearly 20 years in prison for murder. "I'd like to be able to go to these guys I talk with and say 'Listen I just came back from the governor's office and received favor' because I have been working with the system and trying to do the right thing," Murphy told Gov. Rick Scott and members of the ... More
Elizabeth Glassman, Officier dans l'Ordre des Arts et des Lettres.
CHICAGO, IL.- Terra Foundation for American Art President and CEO Elizabeth Glassman has been awarded the rank of Officier dans l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres, an honor bestowed by the French government in recognition of “eminent artists and writers, and people who have contributed significantly to furthering the arts in France and throughout the world.” Henri Loyrette, president and director of the muse du Louvre, presented her with a medal designating the accolade yesterday at a ceremony in Paris. “I’m both honored and humbled by this distinction, which goes hand in hand with the work of the Terra Foundation in general,” said Glassman. “I cannot imagine a better way to usher in the 35th anniversary of the organization than to accept this award on its behalf.” Since the French Ministry of Culture established the Order of Arts and Literature in 1957, American recipients have ... More
This undated handout photo made available by the Centro de estudios Borjanos shows the 20th century Ecce Homo-style fresco of Christ after an elderly amateur artist Celia Gimenez, 80, took it upon herself to restore it. AP Photo/Centro de estudios Borjanos.
MADRID (AP).- The 80-year-old Spanish artist who became famous because of her botched restoration of a Christ fresco in a small-town church is auctioning one of her works on eBay for charity. Celia Gimenez's oil painting "Las Bodegas de Borja" ("Borja's Wine Cellar"), was fetching €620 ($808) Thursday, doubling its starting price after 31 bids. The sale closes Monday. Gimenez became a sensation in August when pictures spread on the Internet of an "Ecce Homo" ("Behold the Man") mural in a chapel in the town of Borja that she disfigured while trying to restore it. Twitter users redubbed it "Ecce Mono" ("Behold the Monkey"). The painting has since become a tourist attraction and the image has been used on T-shirts and wine labels. A note ... More

Saffronart announces its Modern Indian Art Winter Online Auction 2012 taking place on 18-19 December   Henrietta Leon Girshman's Carnet de Salon leads Bonhams Russian Literature Auction   Tate announces groundbreaking £5 million arts award for under 25s funded by the Paul Hamlyn Foundation

Manjit Bawa, Untitled. Estimate: Rs 65, 00,000 - 85, 00,000. / $ 122,645 - 160,380.
MUMBAI.- Masterpieces by M.F. Husain and Tyeb Mehta will lead the sale of Modern Art at Saffronart, with a total estimate Rs 14.62 crore (US$ 2.75 million) to Rs. 18.39 crore (US$ 3.40 million). Taking place on 18-19 December, the auction features an extraordinary Kerala scene by Husain from the 1960s, estimated at Rs. 60,00,000 to Rs. 80,00,000 (US$ 113,210 to 150,945) along with Tyeb Mehta’s significant 1961 canvas ‘Untitled’, first exhibited in his solo show at Bear Lane Gallery in London, estimated at Rs. 1,60,00,000 to Rs. 1,90,00,000 (US$ 301,890 to 358,495). Saffronart’s last auction of 2012 presents 70 modern Indian artworks of exceptional quality and provenance by 27 artists. The sale will take place online at and will feature works by modern masters including M.F. Husain, Tyeb Mehta, F.N. Souza, S.H. Raza, Ram Kumar, Manjit Bawa, Ganesh Pyne and Bikash Bhattacharjee among oth ... More
Most coveted was Henrietta Leon Girshman’s Carnets de Salon, which raised paddles to $230,500. Photo: Bonhams.
NEW YORK, NY.- Bonhams auction of Russian Literature and Works on Paper brought spirited bidding for many of the sale’s significant lots, underscoring and celebrating the perennial interest in this area of collecting. Most coveted was Henrietta Leon Girshman’s Carnets de Salon, which raised paddles to $230,500. Society doyenne and hostess, Girshman captured the early 20th-century artistic scene in her two-volume set of autograph albums. More than 100 inscriptions, sketches, musical passages, literary quotations and autographs tell of the creative and cultural luminaries who gathered at her and her husband’s salons at their “Red Gates” mansion in Moscow. Their gatherings of creative and cultural luminaries continued after the couple’s exile to Paris with the 1917 Russian Revolution. Symbolist poet Andrei Belyi’s (Boris Nikolaevich Bugaev) four poems titled To Anthroposophy drew ... More
File photo of Elizabeth Price, the winner of the 2012 Turner Prize, standing with her video installation 'The Woolworths choir of 1979'. AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth.
LONDON.- Tate announced today a 5m national arts programme for under 25s funded by the Paul Hamlyn Foundation which will be rolled out across the country through selected galleries in the Plus Tate network. Circuit will be launched in April 2013 with a young people’s festival in the Tanks at Tate Modern. This is the latest in a series of awards made by the Paul Hamlyn Foundation which has given a total of 200 million in grants since its creation 25 years ago. It is one of a series of unique gifts to mark the Foundation’s 25th Anniversary which also includes the recently announced donation to the Roundhouse Studios in Camden. Circuit aims to reach 80,000 young people aged 15–25 over four years. The programme provides opportunities for young people across the UK, particularly those who have the leastaccess to the ... More

Indianapolis Museum of Art commissions Spencer Finch for Efroymson Family Entrance Pavilion   Spectacular British, Islamic collections headline Heritage Auctions event in New York   Beatles rock Bonhams Entertainment Memorabilia Sale; Exceptional prices achieved for Beatles items

Installation view of Painting Air: Spencer Finch, Feb. 24-July 29, 2012. Museum of Art Rhode Island School of Design, Providence. Photo: Erik Gould.
INDIANAPOLIS, IN.- The Indianapolis Museum of Art today announced that Brooklyn-based artist Spencer Finch will create a new installation as part of the IMA’s Efroymson Family Entrance Pavilion series. Finch’s expansive new installation, Following Nature, will be composed of an array of nearly 200 panels of glass suspended from the Pavilion’s ceiling, as a reinterpretation of Claude Monet’s iconic water garden in Giverny, France. Following Nature will be on display from February 1 to August 25, 2013. Inspired by a recent visit to Giverny, Finch has looked to the representation of water as a shaping influence for Following Nature, in particular Monet’s use of the water garden as a kind of laboratory for optical effects. Monet has served as an inspiration for Finch for more than 20 years, and the IMA’s installation will be his second exploration of the garden in Giverny, following the 2012 exhibit ... More
A spectacular gold medallion struck by the Safavid Persian Shah Sulayman (1668-1694). Estimate: $90,000 - $120,000.
NEW YORK, NY.- An unprecedented selection of high-grade ancient and world coins — ranging from the dawn of numismatics to most modern corners of the globe and featuring several important collections — highlights the 2,800+ lots in Heritage Auctions' Jan. 6-7 World & Ancient Coins Signature Auction and an additional 3,400 lots offered Jan. 15-16 during Internet sessions on HeritageLive. "Unquestionably, if you are a collector of world and ancients, I am certain that you will find one or many great additions to your collection," said Cristiano Bierrenbach, Executive Vice President of Heritage. "These two events represent the most depth and diversity Heritage has ever offered in the long history of world and ancients in our company." More than 250 consignors are offering 6,200+ lots for Heritage's Official Auction of the New York International Numismatics Convention (NYINC), taking place Jan. 6-7 at the Waldorf-Astoria Hote ... More
An auction house employee poses for the photographers touching a Cavern Club and Hamburg era leather jacket that used to belong to George Harrison. AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis.
LONDON.- George Harrison’s black leather jacket, worn on stage during numerous early 1960s Beatles appearances, was the top lot in Bonhams Entertainment Memorabilia sale, yesterday 12th December 2012, making 110,450. Bidders in the saleroom and on the phone competed fiercely for the jacket, which is one of the most important items of Beatles clothing ever to come onto the market. It was among several lots from the George Harrison Collection, with highlights marking the 624,619 sale, which sold 86 per cent by value. The collection, which has never been available to the general public, was gifted by George Harrison to his brother Harry and other members of the family. In addition to the iconic jacket, a pair of George’s ‘Beatle’ boots far exceeded expectations selling for 61,250 against a pre-sale estimate of 12,000 – 15,000. The boots are synonymous ... More

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New series of works on paper, videos and a mobile sculpture by Roger Andersson at Poppy Sebire
LONDON.- Poppy Sebire is presenting Roger Andersson’s first solo exhibition at the gallery. For ‘Babes in the Wood’, Andersson exhibits a new series of works on paper, new videos and a mobile sculpture that demonstrate a subservience to process and to materials. stienne de La Botie’s sixteenth century text ‘Slaves by Choice’ praises the forces of nature as the supreme power and mourns man’s ability to trust in our natural state. ‘Custom, which holds great sway over us in all respects, is supremely powerful in teaching us to be slaves, and to swallow the venom of servitude without noticing any bitter taste.’ Andersson’s work does not abide by rituals or well-established schemes. He relies on the fundamental organic processes that allow one work or action to lead into another. In his on-going series of works on paper, also called ‘Slaves by Choice’, the colour ... More
Hermes rules at largest luxury accessories auction ever: $3.2 Million
DALLAS, TX.- An Herms 35cm Diamond, Black Crocodile Birkin with 18K White Gold Hardware brought $122,500 — retaining its title as one of the most exclusive handbags on the entire planet — to lead Heritage Auctions' Dec. 4 Holiday Handbags & Luxury Accessories event. The auction brought $3.2+ million as bidders all over the world sought to own an example from the largest grouping of Herms ever offered at auction. "We are thrilled with the response," said Matt Rubinger, Director of Luxury Accessories at Heritage Auctions. "This was the single finest grouping of its kind at auction and bidders zeroed in on the quality and the rarity in the lots. Our luxury events are growing every year and this auction sets the bar that much higher." Herms rarities ruled the day, claiming more than a dozen top lot honors in the 942-lot auction. A rare 30cm Shiny Violet Porosus Crocodile Birkin ... More
New, purpose-built Vancouver Art Gallery will benefit entire visual arts community
VANCOUVER.- The entire visual arts community in Vancouver and British Columbia stands to benefit from a new purpose-built space for the Vancouver Art Gallery, and the institutions’ board and leadership are stepping up their efforts to ensure all voices are heard in the discussion about how the new Gallery space should be developed. By February 1st, the City of Vancouver is expected to present a report to City Council regarding the future of Larwill Park located at Georgia and Cambie, and the VAG’s request that two acres of this city-owned property be designated for the development of the new space. “After years of discussion, research, and public consultation, we have reached a key decision point in terms of our goal of a new building,” says Kathleen Bartels, Director of the Vancouver Art Gallery. “Development of a new space, one that is purpose-built, will allow the Gallery to better meet the ... More
Shaun Odell exhibits at Jack Hanley Gallery in New Yor
NEW YORK, NY.- In May of 2011 Emily and I and our dog Margot met up with our friend Leslie in Denver. We were coming from Houston and Leslie had been in Nebraska. We rented a car and started driving south into New Mexico. We went to Taos and the sun went down there behind a slanted horizon. Then we headed to Santa Fe. Emily bought me a silver belt buckle that was cast in sand by a 6 year-old girl. The next day - after debating the accuracy of cyber-maps - we started out for Bandelier National Monument and ended up on a 37-mile stretch of dirt road that cut through the Jemez Mountains. In places the road was solid sandstone with large crevasses and sloped radically sideways. We stopped at an overlook to take pictures. There were animal skulls hanging in spindly desert trees. We collected firewood and filled the rental car with it. We camped that night ... More
Sweden's ice hotel, a work of art for the here-and-now
By: Camille Bas-Wohlert
JUKKASJAERVI (AFP).- In a small Arctic town in Sweden, a construction crew bundled up in heavy parkas is bustling around a building site unlike any other: a massive ice hotel is taking shape. Armed with thick gloves and safety helmets over fur-lined hats, the builders in the northern town of Jukkasjaervi assemble two-tonne blocks of ice as if they were a large set of Lego blocks, with the end result a giant igloo with several domes, vaulted ceilings and archways. In one hallway, a worker uses a large pick to carve a door out of the blue-tinged packed snow, working up a sweat despite the sub-zero temperatures as he exhales feathery puffs of breath. The builders had just a few weeks to sculpt 65 hotel rooms, a lobby and reception area, a main hall and an ice ... More
Vatican austerity means donated nativity scene
By: Nicole Winfield, Associated Press
VATICAN CITY (AP).- The Vatican has happily accepted a donated Nativity scene for St. Peter's Square this Christmas after a previous setup costing €550,000 ($717,000) was exposed by the embarrassing scandal over leaked Vatican documents. Monsignor Giuseppe Sciacca, the No. 2 administrator of the Vatican city state, told reporters Thursday that the Vatican was spending just €21,800 for labor and costs to mount the scene that will be unveiled Dec. 24, hours before Pope Benedict XVI celebrates Midnight Mass. The Italian region of Basilicata — one of Italy's poorest — provided the scene after raising nearly €90,000 from corporate and other sponsors. Basilicata regional officials and their sponsors were rewarded with a full-court Vatican press ... More

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