Archive for August, 2015

Despite an outcry from preservationists, lights out for Tokyo’s modernist masterpiece Hotel Okura

Tokyo's sixties-era modernist masterpiece Hotel Okura, which hosted foreign leaders, royalty, celebrities and even James Bond, turned off the lights Monday, more than a half century after it heralded Japan's post-war coming out party. Despite an outcry from preservationists, the prestigious 53-year-old property shuts its doors for a makeover that will give way to a gleaming highrise hotel -- the... | Read More

“Scholars and Debutantes: A Contrast of Ascetic and Opulent Luxuries” opens at Liang Yi Museum

Liang Yi Museum presents Scholars and Debutantes: A Contrast of Ascetic and Opulent Luxuries, a two-part exhibition examining the unique history of ‘play things’ or objects of desire that belonged to scholars and sophisticates of the past. Through an anthropological lens, the exhibition seeks to illuminate the culture and society from which these precious objects were derived. The... | Read More

Horror film king Wes Craven, who redefined the genre in the 1980s, dead at 76

Horror film master Wes Craven, who redefined the genre in the 1980s with "A Nightmare on Elm Street" and again in the 1990s with "Scream," has died after a battle with brain cancer. He was 76. Craven died on Sunday at his home in Los Angeles, "surrounded by love, in the presence of his family," a statement said. Craven was the mastermind of 1984's "A Nightmare on Elm Street," which gave... | Read More

Columbus Museum of Art announces that its new wing will be named the Margaret M. Walter Wing

The Columbus Museum of Art announced that its new wing will be named the Margaret M. Walter Wing in recognition of Robert D. and Margaret “Peggy” Walter’s transformational $10 million donation to the Columbus Museum of Art. The Walters’ donation remains the largest gift in the Museum’s history and became the foundation for the Museum’s Art Matters Endowment and... | Read More

Rare RMS Titanic artifacts from lifeboat no.1 & historical autographs and documents to auction

Lion Heart Autographs, for nearly forty years, an internationally recognized dealer of autographs and manuscripts focusing on art, history, literature, music and science, has announced an extraordinary auction of three very rare and previously unknown artifacts recovered from survivors of the RMS Titanic’s infamous Lifeboat No. 1 known the world over as “The Millionaire’s... | Read More

Optic Nerve: A group exhibition of optical abstraction opens at Scott Richards Contemporary Art

Scott Richards Contemporary Art presents OPTIC NERVE, a group exhibition of optical abstraction by a diverse collection of international artists. Op Art challenges conventional ideas of human perception by juxtaposing color and line to produce geometric surfaces that appear to vibrate or shift. Liberal use is made of available materials; the works can range from carefully taped and hand-painted... | Read More

Sumptuously illustrated book presents more than 50 masterpieces juxtaposed with poems by extraordinary writers

On November 10, 2015, Prestel Publishing will release “Sunlight on the River: Poems about Paintings, Paintings about Poems.” This sumptuously illustrated books features more than 50 pairings of artworks and the poems they inspired, ranging across centuries and revealing the special shared vision of poets and painters. This volume has been edited by Scott Gutterman, Deputy Director of... | Read More

‘In and Out of the Studio: Photographic Portraits from West Africa’ opens at the Metropolitan Museum

In and Out of the Studio: Photographic Portraits from West Africa presents 100 years of portrait photography in West Africa through nearly 80 photographs taken between the 1870s and the 1970s. These works, many of which are being shown for the first time, are drawn from the Metropolitan Museum’s Visual Resource Archives in the Department of Africa, Oceania, and the Americas, with additions... | Read More

Giotto, l’Italia: Major exhibition of works by Giotto opens at Palazzo Reale in Milan

Giotto, l’Italia, is the major exhibition that will conclude the semester of Expo 2015 at the Palazzo Reale in Milan. The exhibition, sponsored by the Ministry of the Heritage, Cultural Activities and Tourism and the City of Milan–Culture, and devised by √Čupolis Lombardia to a scholarly project by Pietro Petraroia and Serena Romano, who are also the curators, it is produced and... | Read More

Satellite images confirm destruction of famed temple in Syria’s Palmyra: United Nations

Satellite images confirm the destruction of another famed temple in Syria's Palmyra, the United Nations said late Monday. "We can confirm destruction of the main building of the Temple of Bel as well as a row of columns in its immediate vicinity," the UN training and research agency UNITAR said, providing satellite images from before and after a powerful blast in the ruins of the ancient city... | Read More
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