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Exhibition at Ariana Museum in Geneva reflects on agriculture and nutrition as art

A visitor walk past an artwork by Italian-born artist Anna Maria Maiolino, entitled "Entrevidas" (Between Lives) made with eggs during a press preview of the exhibition "Food" at the Ariana museum in Geneva. The international travelling contemporary art exhibition will be presented later in Milan, Sao Paulo and Marseille. AFP PHOTO / FABRICE COFFRINI.
GENEVA (AFP).- A contemporary art show opening this week in Geneva aims to spark a dialogue on man's intricate relationship with food in a world where nearly a billion people are undernourished, the curator said Tuesday. "The relationship we have with food is much more complex and important than the simple connection to gastronomy," Adelina von Fuerstenberg said in her introduction to the exhibit "FOOD", set to open at the Ariana Museum on Wednesday. Through the works of 27 artists from around the world, the travelling exhibition, which will debut in Geneva before moving on to Milan, Sao Paulo and Marseille and then back to Milan to take part in the 2015 World Expo, displays a range of issues related to food, including over-consumption and hunger. "Every five seconds, a child under the age of 10 starves to death," von Fuerstenberg said, pointing out that famines are often created not by a lack of food but by "global surpluses that are used to destabilise agricultural production ... More

The Best Photos of the Day
NEW YORK.- Sam Shaws photographs are on display during the Marilyn in New York exhibit at the 42nd St. subway station for the B,D,F,M and 7 lines, Thursday, Dec. 20, 2012 in New York. The exhibit is part of the Metropolitan Transportation Authoritys Arts for Transit program. The show opened Thursday and will be up for a year. AP Photo/Mary Altaffer.

Christie's announces a sale devoted to the artistic traditions that flourished in Europe from 1300 to 1600   Recently discovered 15th century masterwork to be offered at Sotheby's New York   Mexico's Maya heartland greets dawn of new era; Calendar cycle might not really end until Sunday

Il Giampetrino, The Penitent Magdalene. Oil on panel, 28 x 20 7/8 in. (71.1 x 53 cm.). Estimate: $600,000-800,000. Photo: Christie's Images Ltd 2012.
NEW YORK, NY.- On 30 January, Christie’s New York will present Renaissance, a sale devoted to the artistic traditions that flourished in Europe from 1300 to 1600. A highlight of Old Masters Week in Rockefeller Plaza, the sale will celebrate the golden age that produced some of the most extraordinary innovations in poetry, music and literature, painting, sculpture, and architecture. Renaissance will feature a select group of paintings, works on paper, tapestries, prints and maiolica from some of the greatest masters of the era who were active throughout Italy, Germany, the Netherlands, and France. Masterpieces by Sandro Botticelli, Fra Bartolommeo, Bronzino, and Lucas Cranach the Younger are among the highlights of the sale, which is comprised of 51 lots and is expected to realize in excess of $40 million. Nicholas Hall, International Co-Chairman of Old Masters & 19th Century Art, comments: “This dedicated sale i ... More
Previously unknown panel by Hans Memling has been in the same American collection for more than 150 years. Photo: Sotheby's.
NEW YORK, NY.- Sotheby’s New York announced the sale of an unrecorded, recently-discovered Hans Memling devotional panel, Christ Blessing, in our upcoming Important Old Master Paintings & Sculpture sale on 31 January 2013 as part of Old Masters Week (est. $1/1.5 million). The panel, which has been in the same New England collection for over 150 years, was completely unknown to scholars and collectors alike before it was discovered earlier this year. Through extensive research, Sotheby’s and leading Memling experts have confirmed the panel to be by the Flemish master. Memling was one of the most influential and important artists working in Flanders in the late 15th century and was a leading painter of the Northern Renaissance. The panel, thought to have been executed between 1480 and 1485, will be on view in New York beginning 25 January. The process of reuniting this remarkable work of art with its creator ... More
People gather in front of the Kukulkan Pyramid in Chichen Itza. AP Photo/Israel Leal.
By: Mark Stevenson, Associated Press
MERIDA (AP).- Ceremonial fires burned and conches sounded off as dawn broke over the steps of the main pyramid at the Mayan ruins of Chichen Itza Friday, making what many believe is the conclusion of a vast, 5,125-year cycle in the Mayan calendar. Some have interpreted the prophetic moment as the end of the world. The hundreds gathered in the ancient Mayan city, however, said they believed it marked the birth of a new and better age. Genaro Hernandez stood with his arms outstretched to the morning light, all clad in white, facing the pyramids' grey stone, to welcome the new era. "This world is being reborn as a better world," said Hernandez, a 55-year old accountant who wore an expression of bliss. No one was quite sure at what time the Mayas' 13th Baktun would officially end on this Dec. 21. Some think it already ended at midnight. Others ... More

Two Greeks jailed for life over illegal antiquities, two more men for 20 and 16 years   Marilyn Monroe subway grate photo by Sam Shaw on view at 42nd Street in New York City   The Collection de l'Art Brut opens first European solo show devoted to Morton Bartlett

A police woman displays the wreath of gold oak leaves and acorns, date from roughly the 4th Century B.C. AP Photo/Nikolas Giakoumidis.
THESSALONIKI (AP).- A Greek court has imposed life sentences on two men convicted of dealing in ancient treasure worth an estimated €12 million ($15.85 million), which had been illegally excavated from a cemetery in northern Greece. The court in the northern city of Thessaloniki jailed two more men for 20 and 16 years, respectively, after finding them guilty of digging up and transporting the antiquities. The severity of Friday's sentences was due to the high market value of the loot — more than 70 artifacts from the 6th century B.C. These included gold masks, four helmets, a glass perfume bottle, small clay statues, part of a gold diadem and parts of an iron sword decorated with gold leaf. Archaeologists are currently excavating an ancient cemetery near Thessaloniki where the finds came from. Antiquities in Greece are all state ... More
A commuter inspects the Sam Shaw's photographs during the "Marilyn in New York" exhibit at the 42nd St. subway station for the B,D,F,M and 7 lines. AP Photo/Mary Altaffer.
NEW YORK (AP).- A famous image of Marilyn Monroe with her skirt billowing atop a New York City subway grate is on display in a picture-perfect spot: outside the Times Square subway station. The supersized version of Sam Shaw's well-known picture is part of an exhibit. The exhibit also features eight of Shaw's other Monroe pictures, on view inside the 42nd Street-Bryant Park station on the B, D, F, M and 7 lines. The show opened Thursday. It'll be up for a year. Shaw shot the subway grate photo for the 1955 film "The Seven Year Itch." He took the other pictures in 1957. The exhibit is part of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority's Arts for Transit program. Manager Lester Burg says matching a mass transit setting with a popular figure from mass culture seemed a good fit. ... More
Morton Bartlett, Untitled, btw. 1936 and 1965. Plaster sculptures on a pedestal, 11 x 22,8 x 15 cm. Photo : Marie Humair Collection de l’Art Brut, Lausanne.
LAUSANNE.- The Collection de l’Art Brut proudly presents, jointly with the Hamburger Bahnhof – Museum fr Gegenwart (Contemporary Art Museum), Berlin, a first European solo show devoted to the American Art Brut creator Morton Bartlett (1909-1992). Initially featured in Berlin, the show now travels to Lausanne. In 1996, the New York gallery owner Marion Harris donated forty-two Morton Bartlett works to the Collection de l’Art Brut. This significant body of lead pencil drawings also includes various plaster sculptures depicting children–such as two little girls—as well as studies of ears and feet, a dental mold, faces bearing a variety of expressions, painstakingly detailed sets of clothing and black-andwhite photographs printed from the original negatives. Morton Bartlett produced all of these pieces over a period of ... More

Rossi & Rossi announces spectacular Tibetan work from acclaimed Bronze exhibition at TEFAF Maastricht   Six artists from the border triangle of Germany, Switzerland and France exhibit at Kunsthalle Basel   Most concrete legacy of ex-dictator Nicolae Ceausescu, draws pop stars and presidents

Mndala of Bhutadamara, Central Tibet, 14th century. Distemper on cloth, 63.5 x 54 cm.
LONDON.- A spectacular Tibetan bronze, one of the highlights of the recent Bronze exhibition at the Royal Academy of Arts, London , is among the Asian works of art to be exhibited by Rossi & Rossi at TEFAF Maastricht at the Maastricht Exhibition and Congress Centre (MECC), from 15 to 24 March 2013. Since they were last at TEFAF in 1995 Rossi & Rossi, specialists in classical Indian and Himalayan art, have expanded to become one of the leading dealers in contemporary Asian art and both aspects of their business – classical and contemporary – will be featured on their Stand no. 166. Rossi & Rossi specialise in Tibetan works of all periods and outstanding amongst those to be seen at TEFAF will be the stunning eleven-headed Avalokitshvara, dating from c. 1400 AD. Recently on loan to the highly-acclaimed Bronze exhibition at the Royal Academy , this extraordinary work has been in a European private collection for o ... More
Installation view, When I look at things, I always see the space they occupy, Kunsthalle Basel, 2012. Photo: Gunnar Meier.
BASEL.- As part of this year’s Regionale 13, Kunsthalle Basel is presenting When I look at things, I always see the space they occupy, a group exhibition featuring new and existing works by Sylvain Baumann, Renate Buser, Thomas Hauri, Markus Mller, Mandla Reuter and Capucine Vandebrouck. These six artists from the border triangle of Germany, Switzerland and France are showing a mixture of photographs, drawings, installations and sculpture over both floors of the Kunsthalle. All of their works engage with architecture, volumes and our experience of space in a very different, highly individual way. When I look at things, I always see the space they occupy thereby follows on from several recent exhibitions at Kunsthalle Basel showcasing contemporary artistic dialogues on the themes of architecture and space. In 2008, for example, Rooms Look Back showed ... More
The Parliament Palace in Bucharest. AP Photo/Vadim Ghirda.
By: Alison Mutler, Associated Press
BUCHAREST (AP).- Twenty-three years after communism collapsed, the Palace of the Parliament, a gargantuan Stalinist symbol and the most concrete legacy of ex-dictator Nicolae Ceausescu, has emerged as an unlikely pillar of Romania's nascent democracy. And while it remains one of the most controversial projects of Ceausescu's 25-year rule — albeit one that has gradually found a place in the nation's psyche — it's also now a tourist attraction, visited by tens of thousands of Romanians and foreigners every year. The palace, so big it can be seen from space, tentatively opened its doors in early 1990 when Romanians were still raw from the trauma of communism. Described by some as a giant Stalinist wedding cake, it's the world's second-largest administrative building after the Pentagon, at 350,000 square meters (3.77 million square feet). ... More

British Prince Andrew's ex-partner actress Koo Stark denies 'painting theft'   Simon de Pury steps down as Chairman of Phillips de Pury & Company; The Mercury Group acquires company   Akron Art Museum's 90th anniversary year crescendos with a pledge of a major gift

A man carries a painting away from Isleworth Crown Court in Isleworth, west London. AFP PHOTO/LEON NEAL.
LONDON (AFP).- Koo Stark, the former girlfriend of Britain's Prince Andrew, appeared in court Friday to deny stealing a painting from a former partner. Stark, 56, an actress, photographer and artist who dated Andrew in the early 1980s, appeared at London's Isleworth Crown Court, where she spoke only to confirm her name and deny a charge of theft. Prosecutors allege she stole the Anthonie van Borssom oil painting from the flat of her former partner Warren Walker, father of her daughter Tatiana. The 40,000 ($65,000, 50,000 euro) artwork depicts a moonlit coastal landscape. The trial, which is expected to last up to four days, will begin on June 17 next year. Stark dated Andrew for 18 months after his return from serving in the 1982 Falklands War. Queen Elizabeth II's second son went on to marry Sarah Ferguson in 1986. ... More
File photo of Simon de Pury attending a special screening of Bravo's television series 'Work of Art: The Next Great Artist'. AP Photo/Evan Agostini.
NEW YORK, NY.- Phillips de Pury & Company announces that Simon de Pury has decided to step down after twelve years as Chairman effective today. The Mercury Group just completed its acquisition of his remaining interest in Phillips de Pury & Company. Simon de Pury: "During the wonderful and exciting years I had the privilege to spend at Phillips de Pury & Company the firm has become a major taste maker in contemporary art, design and photography. I embark on new adventures comfortable with the knowledge that the company is in an excellent position and has been going from strength to strength. Thanks to the vision and commitment of its owners, the Mercury Group, and to the great professional competence of its CEO, Michael McGinnis, the Company is ideally equipped for a very successful future. My gratitude ... More
Front: Bruce and Susanne Rogers. Back: Rick and Alita Rogers. Photo: Courtesy of the Akron Art Museum.
AKRON, OH.- At the conclusion of its 90th anniversary year, the Akron Art Museum announced a pledge from museum supporters Rick and Alita Rogers as the lead gift for the design and construction of its long awaited outdoor sculpture garden. The completed outdoor gallery and multi-use space will bear the name of Bruce and Susanne Rogers, Rick’s parents, who are among Akron’s most devoted community boosters. Dr. Mitchell Kahan, who is retiring next week after 26 years as director, praised the generosity of the Rogers family. “We are all so indebted to Rick and Alita for making it possible to undertake this next step in the museum’s growth. The new space will be an enormous contribution to Akron’s urban landscape and is something that our visitors have sorely missed since we closed the old Myers Sculpture Garden ... More

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Daniel & Florence Guerlain Foundation announces winners of Contemporary Drawing Prize
LES MESNULS.- Following the deliberations of the Contemporary Drawing Prize's committee, the Daniel & Florence Guerlain Foundation has announced the names of the three selected artists for the 2013 award. Ulla von Brandenburg was born in 1974 in Karlsruhe, Germany. She studied stage design and new media in her home town before enrolling at the Hamburg Bildkunst Akademie. She now lives and works in Paris. A resident at the Villa Medici in 2012, her installation Death of a King is on show at the Palais de Tokyo until April 2013. In 2012 her work was shown at the Bonn Kunsthalle (Les Matres du Dsordre) and the Zamek in Poznan (Castle in the Air. A seance of imagination). For 2013, she is preparing solo shows for the Herzliya Museum in Israel and the Secession in Vienna. She is represented by the Art: Concept gallery in Paris and by Pilar Corrias in London. Susan ... More
Kaminski Auctions announces 20th Century Decorative Art and Design Sale
BEVERLY, MASS.- Kaminski Auctions will host a 20th Century Decorative Art and Design Sale, January 13th starting at 10:00 am at their auction gallery, 117 Elliot Street, Beverly, Massachusetts. Covering all collecting categories the sale will feature outstanding 20th century photography, furniture, pottery, glassworks, art and sculpture with exciting examples from all periods and origins from Turn-of-the-Century Art Nouveau, Arts and Crafts, Art Deco, Early American Modernism, Streamline/Machine Age Design, and Mid Century Modern. Lamp offerings from several estates and important collections are many and varied Including a wonderful Venetian Murano art glass chandelier of clear, pink, and light blue glass at $500-$700, and another of clear and gold aventurine glass attributed to Barovier at $600-$800. There is a wonderful Handel hanging octagonal form light fixture with eight sunset ... More
Paddington bares all in new station artwork
LONDON.- A new-look Paddington Bear is now on display behind the scenes at Paddington Station in a mischievous artwork celebrating the building’s rich heritage, created by award-winning art collective acrylicize. The station’s eponymous bear has been stripped down to his fur in a literal take on the much-loved character (PADDINGTON BARE, 2012). His iconic clothing, including red fisherman’s hat, blue toggle coat and suitcase, are individually housed in a series of acrylic boxes, finally revealing a very bare Paddington, hiding his dignity with his tiny paws. The artwork is displayed along the walls of The Office Group’s main meeting space, in an area recently refurbished to restore the building’s original character and detailing. The Office Group’s Paddington outpost provides flexible, design-led working and meeting space. For this particular project, there was a keen desire to juxtapose ... More
Hamburger Kunsthalle exhibits the work of Artist and author Annette Wehrmann
HAMBURG.- Annette Wehrmann (1961-2010) took part in the renewed politicisation of art since the 1990s. She employed strategies of self-organisation to develop a highly individual artistic stance – located somewhere between sculpture and intervention – that drew upon methods of conceptual and action art as well as the language of the Situationist International. Using ephemeral and cheap materials, she produced objects that explore critical tensions around major socio-political issues, dealing with topics such as money, religion, the brain, thinking, the city, the state, television and language. In her project Ort des Gegen (Place of Opposition), Wehrmann sought out empty spaces within the public sphere that could be charged with individual forms of personal resistance: “The ORT DES GEGEN is a site of fracture for purposeless negation, in particular for the aimless passing ... More
Puerto Rican team wins Haitian cathedral contest
By: Jennifer Kay, Associated Press
MIAMI (AP).- A Puerto Rican architect has won a competition seeking ideas for rebuilding a Haitian cathedral toppled by an earthquake. More than 130 designs for a new Notre Dame de l'Assomption Cathedral were considered by a jury led by the dean of the University of Miami School of Architecture. A team led by Segundo Cardona of SCF Architectos in Guaynabo, Puerto Rico, was named the winner Thursday. The cathedral collapsed in the Jan. 12, 2010, quake that destroyed much of Haiti's capital. Cardona's design links the ruins of the cathedral's facade and rose window with a new rotunda built around a central altar. Jury member Patrick Delatour — an architect and former Haitian government minister — said Cardona's design respectfully ... More
Georgia rebuilds Stalin monuments
By: Irakli Metreveli
ALVANI (AFP).- A Joseph Stalin statue went back up in the Georgian village of Alvani on Friday in a sign of the slipping authority of President Mikheil Saakashvili, who had ordered its removal. The pro-Western president is serving out what some are calling a lame-duck term ahead of elections next year from which he is barred on account of the end of his 10-year constitutional mandate. Saakashvili's powers were weakened still further in October when the Georgian Dream party of his great rival, the tycoon Bidzina Ivanishvili, won parliamentary elections and appointed Ivanishvili as prime minister. Although Ivanishvili is not an open supporter of the Georgian-born Soviet dictator, local authorities appear to think that they can now show up Saakashvili by returning ... More

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