Archive for March, 2016

Son begins quest to bury Islamic State-slain Khaled al-Assaad known as ‘father of Palmyra’

The son of a Syrian archeologist who was beheaded by Islamic State group jihadists in ancient Palmyra is on a mission to give his father a "dignified" burial near the world heritage site. Khaled al-Assaad, known as "the father of Palmyra", was 82 years old when IS fighters executed him on August 18, 2015, three months after the group overran the city known as the "Pearl of the desert". Syrian... | Read More

The Oppenheimer Blue: The largest Fancy Vivid Blue diamond offered at auction

Christie’s will present the Oppenheimer Blue, the largest and finest Fancy Vivid Blue diamond ever offered at auction. Weighing 14.62 carats, this exceptional stone will lead Christie’s auction of Magnificent Jewels, held at the Four Seasons Hotel des Bergues. This exceptional blue diamond, named in honor of its previous owner Sir Philip Oppenheimer, is estimated at US$38-45 million.... | Read More

More analysis needed on King Tut ‘hidden chamber’: Egypt minister Khaled al-Anani

Further analysis is needed of the tomb of pharaoh Tutankhamun to determine if the resting place also contains the remains of legendary beauty Queen Nefertiti, Egypt's antiquities minister said Thursday. Khaled al-Anani appeared to dim some of the optimism surrounding the tomb in the ancient necropolis of Luxor after his predecessor said this month that there was a "90 percent chance" of two... | Read More

Iraqi-British architect Zaha Hadid, famed for futuristic curves, dies aged 65 in Miami

Zaha Hadid, the world's most famous female architect who attracted plaudits for works of sweeping curves and controversy for huge cost overruns, died on Thursday at the age of 65, her company said. Iraqi-British Hadid, the first woman to win the prestigious Pritzker Prize for architecture, was best known for her designs for the Guangzhou Opera House in China and the aquatics centre used in the... | Read More

IN PRINT: April 2016

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LA Robert Mapplethorpe Exhibitions in NYT

Robert Mapplethorpe is the subject of a profile in the NYT this week, as Holland Carter charts the artist’s doubleheader retrospective at both the J. Paul Getty Museum and LACMA.  “Mapplethorpe had his own ideas of what makes art valuable. One was its role as witness,” he writes.  “‘Art is an accurate statement of the time in […]... | Read More

Tate Trustee Announces New £100k Prize to Female U.K. Artists

Philanthropist and Tate trustee Elisabeth Murdoch has announced a £100,000 annual award to a mid-career, female U.K. artist this week. Phyllida Barlow will serve on the selection committee  “Women artists in mid-career are still woefully under-represented in the art world and this award aims to raise their profile,” Murdoch said in a statement. Read more at Art Newspaper... | Read More

Elmgreen and Dragset To Install Swimming Pool at Rockefeller Center

Artists Elmgreen and Dragset will erect an enigmatic public sculpture at Rockefeller Center, a four and a half ton swimming pool turned on its side in a reference to Vincent Van Gogh’s severed ear.  “Nobody really knows how that story came about, if it’s true, if it’s proven,” says Ingar Dragset. “Maybe Gauguin and Van Gogh invented the story together? […]... | Read More

Taipei Museum Has Top Exhibition Attendance of 2015

The Art Newspaper’s annual account of museum attendance figures has yet again placed the Louvre at the top of the most attended museum list, but has a surprise with National Palace Museum in Taipei’s Chen Cheng-po retrospective seeing the highest single exhibition attendance at 12,000 visitors a day. Read more at Art Newspaper... | Read More
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