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Moscow Design Museum opens with an exhibition of Soviet post-war design

Visitors walk past a Soviet-era Moskvitch-408 small family car displayed at the exhibition "Soviet Design, 1950-1980," in Moscow. Toys, kitchen utensils, furniture, posters, clothes, cars ... more than 200 objects and creations of all kinds objects designed for everyday life in the Soviet Union in 1950-1980 have been patiently gathered, from Russian museums, ancient designers, private collectors or recovered from private individuals through the Internet.AFP PHOTO / ANDREY SMIRNOV.
MOSCOW.- USSR as a way of life. Holidays and everyday lives of the people who built communism. Iconic design objects and symbols of the big epoch. In an interview to foreign journalists on the topic of perestroika Mikhail Gorbachev said, pointing at the famous design of the face of his watch “Raketa” (“Rocket”): “we are starting life from zero again”. But is it really effective to start from the beginning, ignoring the lessons of the past? And what can we learn from Soviet design today ? Being where we are now, it is time to take a fresh look at the best examples of soviet industrial and graphic design, applied arts and fashion design. These are not just charming retro objects, but a result of systematic, functional, aesthetic and humanistic ... More

The Best Photos of the Day
PARIS.- A partial view taken on December 15, 2012, shows the sculpture of Eurydice bitten by a snake, a work of French artist Charles-Franois Leboeuf akka Nanteuil, in the rotunda of the Passage Colbert, which leads to Vivienne street. Paris typical passages were built during the first half of the XIXth century. Covered by a glass structure and located on the Paris right bank area, near the Grands Boulevards they shelter shops and were created to protect customers from bad weather. Most of them disappeared during the Baron Haussmann renovation of Paris (1851-1870). AFP PHOTO/JACQUES DEMARTHON.


Louvre boss Henri Loyrette to step down at the end of his current term of office   Exhibition offers unique chance to see one of Picasso's masterworks in an intimate setting   National Portrait Gallery in London buys artist Craigie Aitchison's own slashed self-portrait

Henri Loyrette, the pioneering boss of the Louvre for over a decade, will quit the world's biggest museum at the end of his current term. AFP PHOTO / POOL / PIERRE VERDY.
PARIS (AFP).- Henri Loyrette, the pioneering boss of the Louvre for over a decade, will quit the world's biggest museum at the end of his current term of office in April, he told AFP on Monday. Loyrette, 60, has been at the helm of the Paris institution since 2001, having previously been in charge of the world's most important collection of impressionist art at the Musee d'Orsay. He will leave the Louvre in good shape with visitor numbers, running at five million per year when he took over, expected to top 10 million this year with half of them composed of the under-30s. Loyrette's time at the museum has been marked by two major projects which have been completed this year: a new wing dedicated to the Islamic arts and a satellite museum in the run-down northern city of Lens. He will also be ... More
 
Carles Casagemas, 1899-1900. Pablo Picasso (1881–1973). Oil on canvas; 55 x 45 cm. Museu Picasso, Barcelona 2012 Estate of Pablo Picasso / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York.
CLEVELAND, OH.- The Cleveland Museum of Art presents Picasso and the Mysteries of Life: Deconstructing La Vie, the inaugural exhibition in the museum’s new Focus Gallery. Picasso and the Mysteries of Life is the first exhibition to offer an intensive exploration of La Vie, a signature work in the museum’s collection that is considered Picasso’s culminating masterwork of the Blue Period. The exhibition includes related works on loan from the Museu Picasso in Barcelona, the most important repository of the artist’s early work, as well as works by Francisco Goya, Albrecht Drer and Auguste Rodin drawn from the museum’s world renowned collections. New sights are provided into the meanings of this complex, enigmatic masterpiece and its pivotal role in the artistic development of the young Spanish ... More
 
Craigie Aitchison by Craigie Aitchison c. 1980Estate of Craigie Aitchison / Bridgeman Art Library.
LONDON.- A self-portrait which had been destroyed by its artist, the late Craigie Aitchison, has been bought by the National Portrait Gallery, it was announced today 17 December 2012. It goes on display at the Gallery from tomorrow, Tuesday 18 December. The oil painting dated c. late 1950s / early 1960s was slashed by the artist following perceived criticism by a visitor to his studio who remarked that the portrait was ‘flattering.’ But Aitchison, who was known for his diffidence and aversion to self-promotion, was later persuaded by Martin Wyld, Head of Conservation at the National Gallery, to let him restore it, the agreement being that the lacerations inflicted should remain visible. The painting, now relined but still bearing these scars, remained in the artist’s possession until his death. The Gallery purchased the work with help from Terence and Angela Danziger Miles and the fashion designer Sir Paul Smith. ... More


Gail Albert Halaban reimagines famous watercolors by Edward Hopper in exhibition at Edwynn Houk Gallery   French actress wins case against mother French-Romanian photographer Irina Ionesco's explicit photos   Art dealer Dorsey Waxter appointed President of the Art Dealers Association of America

Gail Albert Halaba, Anderson's House, 2011 (detail).
NEW YORK, NY.- Edwynn Houk Gallery is exhibiting new photographs by the New York based photographer, Gail Albert Halaban (b 1970, Washington D.C.). Hopper Redux is Halaban’s most recent series, reimagining the famous watercolors by Edward Hopper in and around Gloucester, Massachusetts. Edward Hopper has served as an important historical precedent for Halaban’s work, and his influence is made explicit in this new series. She photographs the exact locations in Gloucester where Hopper painted in the 1920s, and her photographs of these same homes elicit an uncanny familiarity. While the images echo his watercolors, they are decidedly photographic and of the present day; the houses oscillate between the historical past and the contemporary present. Through dramatic lighting and meticulous placements of props and people within – taking cues from Hitchcock’s mise-en-scne - and her detailed post-production wor ... More
 
Irina Ionesco posing at her appartment. Gothic icon and "grande dame" of photographic erotica, Irina Ionesco, is back in the public eye at almost 75 with more of her often-controversial black-and-white works. AFP PHOTO FRANCOIS GUILLOT.
PARIS (AFP).- A Paris court Monday ordered French-Romanian photographer Irina Ionesco to pay 10,000 euros in damages to her daughter for taking explicit pictures of her in the 1970s, when she was between four and 12. The court also ordered Ionesco to hand over negatives of the pictures to her daughter Eva, a French actress who said she had suffered a "stolen childhood" because of the photographs. But it rejected her demand for 200,000 euros ($263,000) in damages and for her mother to be barred from profiting from the photographs. Ionesco was well-known in the 1970s for her erotic photographs, especially the controversial ones of her daughter, which appeared in a number of publications including European editions of magazines Playboy and Penthouse. The photographs of ... More
 
Ms. Waxter has been a member of the ADAA’s Board of Directors since 2009.
NEW YORK, NY.- The Art Dealers Association of America announced that Dorsey Waxter, Partner in Van Doren Waxter, has been appointed as ADAA’s new President, effective January 1, 2012. Ms. Waxter will succeed Lucy Mitchell-Innes, Co-Owner of Mitchell-Innes & Nash, who has served as ADAA’s President since 2009. ADAA’s Executive Director Linda Blumberg commented, “Dorsey Waxter’s experience as a dealer and the respect she commands from her colleagues will make her the ideal President to lead ADAA as the Association embarks on its next 50 years.” “I am honored to have been appointed President of this prestigious organization and to build upon the work of my predecessors, Lucy Mitchell-Innes and Roland Augustine, to emphasize the prominence of art dealers,” notes Ms. Waxter. “My prior experience will be useful in leading the ADAA as it continues its mission to promote the highest st ... More


Works by Siobhan Hapaska & Stephen McKenna combined in new exhibition at Kerlin Gallery   The Whitney Museum of American Art celebrates the topping out of its future home   Bryan Adams 'Exposed' embarks on tour, Goss-Michael Foundation in Dallas is first stop

Piranesi II, 2012, Stephen McKenna: oil on canvas, 135 x 100 cm.
DUBLIN.- This exhibition with its unlikely combination of two artists, Siobhn Hapaska and Stephen McKenna, provides a timely opportunity to showcase two highly individual positions on contemporary sculpture and painting. Since the mid-1990s, Siobhn Hapaska’s oeuvre has encompassed both abstract and figurative sculptures, film and photography, often presented together as parts of more complex environments resulting in a body of work that is multi layered and technically complex. Often difficult to categorize, her conceptually intuitive practice employs a huge array of diverse materials in a dense play of imagery and ideas resulting in work that is always highly charged with cultural and socio-political themes. In recent years Hapaska’s particular use of natural materials such as olives and the olive tree, leather and stone has drawn our attention to the history of belief systems and religious ideology. This new selection of work includes ... More
 
The new building, for which the Museum is seeking LEED-Gold certification, will allow the first comprehensive view of its renowned collection.
NEW YORK, NY.- Nineteen months after breaking ground on its Renzo Piano-designed building, the Whitney Museum today celebrated the topping out of its future home, which will bring its unparalleled collection of American art, special exhibitions, and cultural programs to downtown Manhattan in 2015. Adam D. Weinberg, the Museum’s Alice Pratt Brown Director, was joined by New York City officials, Turner Construction employees, and Whitney trustees and staff to sign the final steel beam before it was lofted to its ninth-story perch, overlooking the High Line and Hudson River Park in the Meatpacking District. According to ironworker tradition, the construction team affixed a fir tree and an American flag to the 19-foot-long beam. The flag flew at half-mast and a “NY Loves Newtown” banner was attached to honor the victims of the Sandy Hook Elementary ... More
 
Lindsay Lohan (New York) 2007 Bryan Adams.
DALLAS, TX.- For the past 12 years, musician Bryan Adams has sharpened his skills as a professional photographer by capturing intimate images of friends and colleagues in the entertainment, fashion and art industries. In October, Adams released a comprehensive retrospective of his photographic work in a book titled, ?Exposed.? Beginning in December, 46 select images from the book will be on public display in the U.S. as part of a 3-city tour of art galleries in Dallas, Oklahoma City and Marfa, TX. The tour kicks-off in Dallas at The Goss-Michael Foundation. The exhibition opens to the public on Tuesday, December 18 and will run through February 8, 2013. Portraits in the exhibition include a cross-section of international celebrities and emerging stars such as Danny Trejo, Victoria Beckham, Lindsay Lohan, Amy Winehouse, Mickey Rourke, Lana Del Rey, Natalia Vodianova, Pink, Mick Jagger, Sean Penn, Queen Elizabe ... More


New book shows uninterrupted series of photographs of North Korea's former leader looking at things   Rescued from a tag sale, Garrard centerpiece brings $32,500 at Heritage Auctions   Swedish Transport Agency says artist Fredrik Saeker can use painting as driving licence pic

Without removing these photographs their primary function (to raise Kim Jong-Il to an iconic rank) this series forces a shift in the purpose of propaganda.
PARIS.- Kim Jong Il Looking at Things is one of the most followed, shared and imitated monothematic Tumblr in recent years. Uninterrupted series of photographs of North Korea’s Dear Leader looking at things, this series fascinates with its formal rigor and intensity. Without removing these photographs their primary function (to raise Kim Jong-Il to an iconic rank) this series forces a shift in the purpose of propaganda. The icon changes to taxonomy, the viewer is being watched, and the meaning of this images beaks away. Accompanied by an essay by Marco Bohr entitled Looking at Kim Jong-Il Looking at Things, the book reveals the springs of our fascination for these accumulated images on the Internet - these memes - analyzing how a series of photographs apparently innocent becomes viral and attractive. By publishing Kim Jong Il Looking at Things in the collection FOLLOW ME, Collecting Images Today, Jean Bote ditions continues to highlight another art scene, which establishe ... More
 
A local dealer, suspecting the Garrard centerpiece was much more than average silver plate, suggested the consignor bring it to Heritage after spotting it among items scheduled for a Dallas estate sale.
DALLAS, TX.- A monumental Garrard Victorian centerpiece destined for a Dallas estate sale before Heritage researchers discovered it was cast from more than 200 ounces of silver, sold for $32,500 to lead Heritage's Dec. 5 & 6 Silver & Vertu and Decorative Arts Signature Auctions. The auction saw strong bidder interest for Tiffany silver objects, 19th century furniture, sculpture and clocks, with a circa 1875 three piece French gilt bronze, cloisonn and champlev enamel clock garniture selling for $31,250. A local dealer, suspecting the Garrard centerpiece was much more than average silver plate, suggested the consignor bring it to Heritage after spotting it among items scheduled for a Dallas estate sale. Heritage researchers quickly discerned it was produced circa 1851-1852 out of 226.68 troy ounces by London's R&S Garrard. Designed by Edmund Cotterill (1795-1860), the centerpiece depicts a turbaned Moorish rider on horse and a c ... More
 
This picture released by Swedish artist Fredrik Saeker shows his driving license from Stockholm, Sweden, Saeker has been allowed by the authorities to use a painting of himself for his driving license. AFP PHOTO / FREDRIK SAEKER.
STOCKHOLM (AFP).- A Swedish artist has been given the go-ahead to use a painted self-portrait as the photo on his driving licence after authorities thought the super-realistic picture came from a camera, not a brush. Fredrik Saeker, 29, wanted to see if his work was good enough to pass for a snapshot, so when his driving license was nearing its renewal date, he printed out and submitted a photo of one of his self-portraits. "I've always been interested in painting and in pushing the border between painting and photography," Saeker told AFP on Wednesday. Saeker said he intentionally chose a painting of himself where he looked "a bit tired and worn", since he didn't know anyone who's happy with how they look on their license. Peter Ranki, a spokesman for the Swedish Transport Agency, told daily newspaper Dagens Nyheter that Saeker could use the licence, but that he "really wouldn't recommend people doing this." "We ... More

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Art on the Underground collaborate with BFI to present films from the National Archive at Canary Wharf
LONDON.- The final instalment of Canary Wharf Screen will see Art on the Underground collaborate with BFI to produce a season of films showcasing previously unseen footage, rare and restored film, and recent experimental works by some of today’s most renowned British moving image artists. The three-part programme, sourced from the BFI National Archive, will be screened in the ticket hall of Canary Wharf tube station from December 2012 – March 2013 and coincides with the 150th anniversary of the London Underground in January 2013. Part 1, The Artists Year in Nature, explores the contrast between images of nature and the industrious concrete environment in which they are to be screened. Part 2, Tales from the Underground, comprises films showing the Tube at different points in its history to coincide with the 150th anniversary of the London Underground. From ... More
Definitional Disruptions with Nel Aerts, Filip Gilissen and Hedwig Houben at Kunstraum
LONDON.- In his seminal sociological work, The Presentation of Self in Everyday Life, Erving Goffman describes social interaction revolving around a gathering consensus on the definition of a given situation. Definitional disruptions are the moments, much feared by some or eagerly anticipated by others, which rock the whole boat and throw the nature of a social situation into doubt. The works by Nel Aerts, Filip Gilissen and Hedwig Houben in Definitional Disruptions place interruptions into the established relationships between artist and the works they author, clouding their assumed intention towards a notional audience. Hedwig Hoeben’s Personal Matters and Matters Of Fact (2011) imagines a conversation between the artist and two of the objects she has created. When Hoeben has to admit that she is not sure quite why she has made them, one of the objects – an angular ... More
'Styling an American Family' features 1910s fashion at the Stickley Museum at Craftsman Farms
MORRIS PLAINS, NJ.- An exhibition featuring fashions from Syracuse University’s Sue Ann Genet Costume Collection allows visitors to Gustav Stickley’s Craftsman Farms to view the human form in the home as it may have looked from 1911-13 when the Gustav Stickley family was in residence. Styling an American Family: The 1910s at Gustav Stickley’s Craftsman Farms is on view through Jan. 7 at the Stickley Museum at Craftsman Farms, 2352 Route 10 West, Morris Plains, N.J. “The highly successful PBS series, ‘Downton Abbey,’ and the wide public awareness of the 100th anniversary of the sinking of the Titanic have both combined to build a strong interest in the lifestyles of this time period,” says Stickley Museum’s executive director Heather Stivison. “The opportunity to partner with Syracuse University on a high-quality 1910s style exhibition came at the perfect time. This ... More
The inaugural Ian Potter Moving Image Commission awarded to Angelica Mesiti
MELBOURNE.- The inaugural Ian Potter Moving Image Commission, valued at $100,000, has been awarded to Australian video artist Angelica Mesiti. Angelica’s project is the first to be selected for this prestigious visual art commissioning series, an initiative of the Ian Potter Cultural Trust and the Australian Centre for the Moving Image (ACMI). In making their decision the judges commented on the wide range and high standard of submissions, a reflection of the vitality, diversity and strength of Australian moving image culture. Angelica’s project The Calling will be the first of five $100,000 commissions to be awarded biennially over the next decade. Each commission aims to support the creation of a major moving-image artwork, providing financial support, curatorial and production expertise to help bring the artists’ concepts to fruition. The commission series also aims to cultivate greater ... More
Contested Chinese seal auctioned in Paris for 1.1 mln euros
PARIS (AFP).- A French auction house Monday sold a historic Chinese seal for 1.1 million euros ($1.4m) despite threats of legal action alleging it may have been stolen from Beijing's Forbidden City in 1860. The green jade seal, which dates from the Qianlong period (1736-95) and had been expected to fetch up to 200,000 euros ($263,000), went for over five times that amount to an unidentified telephone bidder. The Association for the Protection of Chinese Art in Europe (APACE) had urged auction house Artcurial to withdraw it from the sale saying it was stolen in 1860 when the Summer Palace was pillaged by Anglo-French troops. Artcurial says in its catalogue that the seal, 2cm high by 4.5cm long, comes from the personal collection of a French family which has owned it since the end of the 19th century. "According to Kai Shan Yyan, the former curator of the Palace Museum, ... More
Dutchman launches life-sized replica of Noah's Ark
By: Toby Sterling, Associated Press
DORDRECHT (AP).- Just as the first storms of winter roll in, Dutchman Johan Huibers has finished his 20-year quest to build a full-scale, functioning model of Noah's Ark — an undertaking of, well, biblical proportions. Huibers, a Christian, used books 6-9 of Genesis as his inspiration, following the instructions God gives Noah down to the last cubit. Translating to modern measurements, Huibers came up with a vessel that works out to a whopping 427 feet (130 meters) long, 95 feet (29 meters) across and 75 feet (23 meters) high. Perhaps not big enough to fit every species on Earth, two by two, as described in the Bible, but plenty of space, for instance, for a pair elephants to dance a tango. Johan's Ark towers across the flat Dutch landscape and is easily ... More


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