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Napoleon's abandoned palace in Venice shines again after $3.2 million restoration

This picture shows a view of the Throne Room in the Imperial apartments of the Royal Palace at the Correr museum in Venice.The rooms reserved to the Princess Sissi in the Imperial Apartments of the Royal Palace in Venice, in St Mark’s Square, are opening to the public after a restauration of nine spaces. AFP PHOTO / VINCENZO PINTO.
By: Gildas Le Roux
VENICE (AFP).- After a century of neglect, a magnificent palace built by Napoleon in Venice has re-opened its doors to the public on the island city's famous St Mark's Square thanks to a French restoration effort. The reasons for the long abandonment are easily explained -- Venice is not Napoleon's biggest fan. Nor do canal residents have fond memories of the Royal Palace's most famous resident -- 19th-century Austrian empress Elisabeth or "Sisi" -- a symbol of the city's imperial domination. "In popular consciousness, Napoleon is primarily the man who ended the glorious republic of Venice (697-1797)," said Andrea Bellieni, director of the Correr Museum which oversees the Royal Palace. A group called French Committee for Safeguarding Venice has financed the restoration of this sumptuous palace, which was in a pitiful state. ... More

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PARIS.- Japanese photographer Daido Moriyama signs prints on December 15, 2012 at the Polka Gallery in Paris during a printing show event organized as part of the Silkscreens exhibition, a tribute to Daido Moriyamas 1974 performance. On that occasion, the artist prints a silkscreen on the paper of ones choice. AFP PHOTO FRANCOIS GUILLOT.

Exhibition at the Groninger Museum is tribute to the peoples and cultures of the Nordic countries   Royal Academy celebrates Diamond Jubilee with gift of 97 works on paper for The Queen   Staatsgalerie Stuttgart offers a journey through two hundred years of art history

A. Ring, At the French Windows. The Artists Wife, 1897. Oil on canvas, 191 x 144 cm. National Gallery of Denmark.
GRONINGEN.- From 9 December 2012 to 5 May 2013, the Groninger Museum is presenting the exhibition entitled Nordic Art 1880 - 1920. This exhibition is a tribute to the peoples and cultures of the Nordic countries, and provides an overview of 19th and 20th-century North European painting. The splendid landscapes, portraits and scenes from everyday rural life display both the similarities and the differences between Nordic countries. The exhibition focuses on the time when movements such as Realism, Naturalism and more divergent styles such as Symbolism and upcoming Modernism existed side by side. In North Europe, the end of the nineteenth and the beginning of the twentieth centuries formed a crucial era in artistic, cultural and intellectual development. The artworks created in that period represented those changing ambitions. Edvard Munch, Akseli Gallen-Kallela and August Strindberg are major examples in this ... More
David Hockney, 2012 Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee. David Hockney.
LONDON.- Her Majesty The Queen has been presented with a gift of 97 works on paper by the Royal Academy of Arts to celebrate the Diamond Jubilee. The portfolio includes prints, drawings, photographs and works in oil, watercolour and mixed media, contributed by 93 Academicians. The gift has been added to the Royal Collection and will go on display at The Queen’s Gallery, Buckingham Palace next autumn. Some of the most high-profile Academicians are represented in the portfolio, including, Tracey Emin, David Hockney, Anish Kapoor, Cornelia Parker and Grayson Perry among others. The Royal Academy was founded by George III in 1768, and Her Majesty The Queen is the current Patron. The Academy has presented gifts to The Queen on two previous significant occasions in Her Majesty’s reign. The first portfolio was given to mark the Coronation in 1953 and contained work by Augustus John, Sir Alfred Munnings and St ... More
Henri Matisse, The Three O'Clock Sitting, 1924, oil on canvas, 92,1 x 73 cm, bpk / The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, Succession Henri Matisse / VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2012.
STUTTGART.- For the first time, the Staatsgalerie Stuttgart’s 2012 Large State Exhibition is paying tribute to the importance of the artist’s studio and its depiction in modern art in a comprehensive survey. In the various media of painting, photography and video art as well as in major installations, the exhibition presents nearly two hundred works spanning the epochs from Romanticism to the present in suspenseful and often unexpected dialogues. Exploring the studio depiction as the point of departure for self-reflection and self-presentation on the part of the artist, the exhibition poses the question as to how art conceives of itself. In the early nineteenth century, the studio – as the arena of artistic creation – becomes a core theme in art. In Romanticism it offers such painters as Caspar David Friedrich and Carl Gustav Carus a retreat for concentration on inner ... More

Paris's Notre Dame, the iconic cathedral at the heart of the French capital, turns 850   Galerie Lelong announced the completion of a major new work by Andy Goldsworthy: Stone Sea   Spain's cultural treasures on exclusive U.S. tour from the Prado, Madrid, to the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston

Religious dignitaries stand in front of Paris' Notre Dame Cathedral as part of a ceremony for its 850th anniversary. AP Photo/Christophe Ena.
By: Angus MacKinnon
PARIS (AFP).- Quasimodo only had eyes for Esmerelda but the famous hunchback's fellow Parisians have always had another special lady in their lives. Notre Dame (Our Lady), the iconic cathedral at the heart of the French capital, on Wednesday launched a year of celebrations to mark the 850th anniversary of its founding. Like a true Parisienne, age has not withered her. Eight and a half tumultuous centuries have left one of the jewels of Gothic architecture with barely a wrinkle, but plenty of stories to tell. A 12th century crusade was launched from here. An English monarch, Henry VI, was crowned King of France in 1431. Nearly 500 years later, it was in this building that Joan of Arc was declared a saint. In 1548, rioting Huguenots extensively damaged some of the edifice's finest features. Two and a half centuries later, at the height of the ... More
Stone Sea, 2012Andy Goldsworthy. Site-specific stone installation at the Saint Louis Art Museum, St. Louis, MO. Courtesy Galerie Lelong, New York.
SAINT LOUIS, MO.- Andy Goldsworthy has just completed the installation of Stone Sea, a sculptural work of 25 arches constructed of roughly cut Missouri limestone, for the Saint Louis Art Museum. The sculpture is located in a new courtyard that joins the Museum’s Cass Gilbert-designed Beaux Arts Main Building and the new East Building designed by renowned British architect Sir David Chipperfield set to open June 29, 2013. In developing this major installation for the Museum, the artist drew inspiration from St. Louis geology and, particularly, the city's underlying base of limestone. Aware that limestone formed in prehistoric times when the Midwest was covered by seawater, Goldsworthy installed the arches to reconnect the stone to its origin from the sea. “The scope and complexity of the work reflects Goldsworthy’s long career as a sculptor making ephemeral and permanent work with material drawn from nature,” s ... More
Alonso Snchez Coello, The Infanta Isabel Clara Eugenia (1566–1633) with the Dwarf, Magdalena Ruiz, c. 1585–88. Oil on canvas. Museo Nacional del Prado, Madrid Photographic Archive, Museo Nacional del Prado, Madrid.
HOUSTON, TX.- The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, has announced that more than 100 masterworks from one of the world’s most renowned collections of European painting will be presented at the MFAH beginning December 16, 2012, in Portrait of Spain: Masterpieces from the Prado. The exhibition—on exclusive U.S. loan in Houston as part of a new initiative by the Museo Nacional del Prado in Madrid to broaden access to its holdings—tells the story of the evolution of painting in Spain from the 16th through 19th centuries and explores how artists reflected the sweeping changes in society, culture, politics and religion that contributed to the development of a modern Spanish identity. Portrait of Spain opened July 21 at the Queensland Art Gallery in Brisbane, Australia, the first stop on this two-venue tour. ... More

A chamber orchestra of 20 children from Paraguay play Mozart with violins made from garbage   Iconic film car, 'Rain Man' 1949 Buick Roadmaster Convertible, brings $170,500 at Heritage Auctions   New installation by Morgan Fisher reflects on aspect of new Aspen Art Museum design by Shigeru Ban

A young musician tunes his cello made from recycled materials. AP Photo/Jorge Saenz.
By: Pedro Servin, Associated Press
CATEURA (AP).- The sounds of a classical guitar come from two big jelly cans. Used X-rays serve as the skins of a thumping drum set. A battered aluminum salad bowl and strings tuned with forks from what must have been an elegant table make a violin. Bottle caps work perfectly well as keys for a saxophone. A chamber orchestra of 20 children uses these and other instruments fashioned out of recycled materials from a landfill where their parents eke out livings as trash-pickers, regularly performing the music of Beethoven and Mozart, Henry Mancini and the Beatles. A concert they put on for The Associated Press also featured Frank Sinatra's "My Way" and some Paraguayan polkas. Rocio Riveros, 15, said it took her a year to learn how to play her flute, which was made from tin cans. "Now I can't live without this ... More
The car was expected to bring more than $80,000.
DALLAS, TX.- One of two iconic 1949 Buick Roadmaster convertible car used in the acclaimed 1988 United Artists film "Rain Man," starring Tom Cruise and Dustin Hoffman, and directed by Barry Levinson, brought $170,500 when it came across the block at Heritage Auctions on Dec. 14 as part of an Entertainment & Music Memorabilia auction. "This car, a crucial character in the film, brought a price that shows not only a great love of the film, but also a deep commitment to the preservation of such an important automobile," said Margaret Barrett, Director of Entertainment & Music Memorabilia at Heritage. "The plot of the movie essentially revolves around this beautiful vehicle, making it more than just a piece of screen-used memorabilia. It's the catalyst for the entire movie — a movie for which Hoffman also won an Academy Award." The buyer of the car is identified only as an anonymous collector. Rain Man famously tells the story of ... More
Installation view of Morgan Fisher’s Six Variations on the Security Room, 2012. Wood, drywall, paint. Realized with the assistance of the Aspen Art Museum, 120 1/4 x 86 x 59 inches, each. Image courtesy of the artist. Photo: Jacob Proctor.
ASPEN, CO.- The Aspen Art Museum presents the first American museum exhibition to focus on the painting practice of Los Angeles-based artist and filmmaker Morgan Fisher. The centerpiece of Morgan Fisher: Conversations is a new painting installation based on temporary structures Fisher has created to reflect aspects of the architectural plans for the AAM’s Shigeru Ban-designed future home, scheduled to open in 2014. The exhibition will be accompanied by a fully illustrated catalogue featuring a comprehensive new essay by AAM Curator Jacob Proctor, as well as a collection of interviews and conversations—some published here for the first time—conducted with the artist over the last 30 years. Morgan Fisher first achieved widespread recognition in the early 1970s for a body of ... More

Marklin 'Chicago' glides to $264,500 at Bertoia's $1.6M sale of Dick Claus collection, Part II   Solo exhibition of new work by Kathryn Andrews opens at David Kordansky Gallery   FACT's final exhibition for 2012 is Winter Sparks, an interactive programme of works

The auction’s top lot: Marklin Paddle Wheeler Chicago, 31 inches, circa 1900-1902, accompanied by original box (not shown), $264,500. Bertoia Auctions image.
VINELAND, NJ.- Battleships and oceanliners lined up alongside paddle wheelers and submarines to form a mighty flotilla at Bertoia Auctions’ Nov. 10 sale of the Dick Claus collection, Part II. The second and final offering of spectacular antique toy boats, naval figures and trolleys drew keen international interest and above-estimate prices, with the day’s total registering $1.6 million (inclusive of 15% buyer’s premium). “Many pieces in the sale surpassed their high estimates, including the top five lots. The Marklin Paddle Wheeler ‘Chicago’ sold for $264,500 against an estimate of $200,000 to $250,000,” said Bertoia Auctions’ owner Jeanne Bertoia. The German-made circa 1900-1902 “Chicago” was the very example depicted on the dust jacket cover of “The Allure of Toy Ships,” the respected reference Claus authored in 2006. From stem to stern, the 31-inch ... More
Kathryn Andrews, Tot Finder (Summer Varietal), 2012. Sstainless steel, Plexiglas and archival pigment print, 52 x 46 x 3 in. Courtesy of David Kordansky Gallery, Los Angeles, CA. Photo: Fredrik Nilsen.
LOS ANGELES, CA.- David Kordansky Gallery announces D.O.A. | D.O.B., its first solo exhibition of new work by Kathryn Andrews. The show opens today and runs through February 2, 2013. Kathryn Andrews juxtaposes legacies of pop art and minimalism, creating works in which the experience of materials prompts the viewer to reconsider how subjectivity is constructed in contemporary culture. Her work often combines fabricated forms with readymade objects sourced (or seemingly sourced) from Hollywood prop shops, memorabilia stores, party supply outlets and other commercial venues. Rife with socio-economic associations, these readymades pit popular and/or symbolic value against experience of the sculptural whole as material artifact. The title of the show, D.O.A | D.O.B. (dead on arrival / date of birth), points to the creation and annihilation that is at ... More
Edwin van der Heide, Evolving Spark Network (2012). Installation at FACT. Photo: Brian Slater.
LIVERPOOL.- Visitors to FACT will be able to experience a personal light and sound show with electric sparks, interact with the dramatic charges from Tesla coils, and explore the mysteries of the Wilberforce pendulum, with work from four exciting international new media artists being seen in the UK for the first time. The idea behind Winter Sparks is to turn away from the traditional understanding of the art gallery as a contemplative and over-cerebral space, instead seeking to engage visitors on a journey through impressive large-scale reactive installations. The selection of works will take over FACT’s building to ensure an immersive experience where the visitor becomes part of the different environments, experimenting with light, sound, space and motion. Curated by FACT’s director Mike Stubbs, Winter Sparks explores the relationship between art and science through the works of Canadian artist and composer Alexandre ... More

Ravi Shankar - Improvisation on the Theme of "Rokudan"!

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Mexico's Mayas face Dec. 21 with ancestral calm
UH-MAY, MEXICO (AP).- Amid a worldwide frenzy of advertisers and new-agers preparing for a Maya apocalypse, one group is approaching Dec. 21 with calm and equanimity — the people whose ancestors supposedly made the prediction in the first place. Mexico's 800,000 Mayas are not the sinister, secretive, apocalypse-obsessed race they've been made out to be. In their heartland on Mexico's Yucatan peninsula, Mayas continue their daily lives, industriously pedaling three-wheeled bikes laden with family members and animal fodder down table-flat roads. They tell rhyming off-color jokes at dances, and pull chairs out onto the sidewalk in the evening to chat and enjoy the relative cool after a hot day. Many still live simply in thatched, oval, mud-and-stick houses designed mostly for natural air conditioning against the oppressive heat of the Yucatan, where they plant corn, harvest ... More
First survey exhibition of Goshka Macuga opens at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago
CHICAGO, IL.- Goshka Macuga: Exhibit, A is the first survey exhibition of Polish-born artist Goshka Macuga whose work interweaves two popular new trends in contemporary art: an interest in historical and archival research, and the dialogue between artistic and curatorial practice. Presented at the Museum of Contemporary Art (MCA) Chicago from December 15, 2012 to April 7, 2013, Goshka Macuga: Exhibit, A features a selection of large-scale sculptures, tapestry, and a participatory installation, emphasizing the medium of collage as the governing principle of her art. The exhibition is curated by Dieter Roelstraete, Manilow Senior Curator at the MCA Chicago. Many of Macuga’s research-intensive installations are collaborative, often incorporating the work of other artists, both living and dead. Initially, her projects addressed overlooked traditions in art history, but more ... More
Visionary women launch ambitious endowment campaign with $15M in gifts
SARATOGA, CA.- As Montalvo Arts Center's centennial year comes to a close, two Bay Area women are stepping forward to safeguard the future of this vibrant Saratoga cultural institution and historic estate. Executive Director Angela McConnell, who assumed leadership of Montalvo three years ago, has announced that 2013 will mark the launch of a $50M campaign to secure Monalvo's long-term sustainability. This will ensure that the historic Villa, which is on the National Register of Historic Places, and the 175-acre grounds and gardens are maintained and preserved for future generations. The augmented endowment will also guarantee support of the Sally and Don Lucas Artists Residency Program and provide a bedrock for the institution's mission to engage and inspire the community through performance, education, visual, and literary arts. "Over the past century, ... More
The Centro de Arte Contemporneo de Mlaga presents recent works by British sculptor Richard Deacon
MALAGA.- Describing his work, Richard Deacon (born Bangor, Wales, 1949) has said: “Changing the materials from one work to the next is a way of starting afresh each time (and thus completing the previous work)”, explaining his use of wood, polyester resin, ceramic, staples, steel and glass in the creation of his sculptures. Deacon makes use of any element or object that can be found in an ironmonger’s but with totally new and innovative results. Our preconceived ideas about the materials that he employs have little to do with the final results, in which the rigid or fragile nature of any particular material places no limits on creativity. Deacon moulds pieces in order to create unique and visually imposing sculptures. For Fernando Francs, Director of the CAC Mlaga: “Deacon’s sculptures, installed in the Centre’s main gallery, will envelop the visitor in a special atmosphere and one that assists in ... More
Recent ceramic works by Elisa D'Arrigo on view at The Elizabeth Harris Gallery
NEW YORK, NY.- The Elizabeth Harris Gallery announces some vases, a show of recent ceramic works by Elisa D’Arrigo. This is the artist’s eighth exhibition at the gallery. The show is up through December 22. In her new show, some vases, Elisa D’Arrigo returns to working with ceramics, a medium she explored some 30 years ago. With these recent pieces she also pursues a project she’s had in mind since childhood: to freely create a variety of vases conjured up at the moment rather than premeditated, with their configurations dictating what may be placed inside them--in the artist’s words, “function both following and trying to catch up with form.” This improvisational approach to ceramics extends and expands into another medium the process D’Arrigo devised for her often intensely hued, hand- sewn constructions - a body of work she has developed over the past 20 years. Of that ... More
First major solo exhibition in Europe of Yin Xiuzhen's work opens at Kunsthalle Dusseldorf
DUSSELDORF.- The Kunsthalle Dsseldorf, in collaboration with the Groninger Museum, is presenting the first major solo exhibition in Europe devoted to the work of one of China’s most important artists, YIN Xiuzhen (born 1963 in Peking, lives and works there). The show consists of a comprehensive survey of her artistic oeuvre. The exhibition begins with Yin’s early installations that are often presented in uninhabited, untouched landscapes and now exist solely in the shape of photographic documentations. The show focuses however on the expansive installations as well as the recent monumental accessible textile installations that represent a watershed in Yin’s oeuvre. Yin’s works from the 1990s, for example “Washing River” (1995), are strongly motivated by politics whe ... More

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