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Publ.Date : Fri, 26 Jun 2015 23:48:07 -0400
Misty Copeland leaps past racial barrier in U.S. ballet
By Patricia Reaney NEW YORK (Reuters) - Misty Copeland on Tuesday became the first African-American female principal ballerina with the American Ballet Theatre in the dance company's 75-year history. Copeland, 32, joined American Ballet Theatre in 2001 and has been a soloist with the prestigious company since 2007. "I am so honored to be a principal dancer, to be an African American and to be in this position," an emotional Copeland, who started ballet at age 13, told a news conference.
Publ.Date : Tue, 30 Jun 2015 19:37:27 -0400
New York's Guggenheim picks design for Helsinki museum
HELSINKI (AP) — The Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation says two Paris-based architects have won a design competition for a proposed museum in Helsinki.
Publ.Date : Tue, 23 Jun 2015 07:29:02 -0400
Milwaukee museum to display portrait of pope made of condoms
The Milwaukee Art Museum says it hopes a portrait of Pope Benedict XVI made of condoms will ignite a conversation about the AIDS epidemic in Africa and the role art plays in public discussions, director Dan Keegan said on Monday. Milwaukee Catholic Archbishop Jerome Listecki called the museum callous and the portrait insulting in a blog last week on the Archdiocese website. About 17,000 colorful condoms were stitched together to fashion the portrait called "Eggs Benedict," which the museum plans to put on display in November, museum spokeswoman Vicki Scharfberg said.
Publ.Date : Mon, 29 Jun 2015 22:28:16 -0400
Haiti's image explored in photo exhibit at Florida museum
Publ.Date : Mon, 29 Jun 2015 10:20:35 -0400
Inaugural show announced for Damien Hirst's new London gallery
Artist Damien Hirst is set to open his Newport Street Gallery in London in October. Now, the gallery has revealed the space's inaugural exhibition: a major solo show of work by the late British abstract painter John Hoyland. "Power Stations," which opens October 8 and runs through April 3, will showcase paintings the artist made from 1962 to 1982, a pivotal period that included his first solo exhibition on one end and a defining retrospective at the Serpentine Gallery on the other.
Publ.Date : Wed, 01 Jul 2015 15:47:30 -0400
Jim Caviezel to receive award from Jimmy Stewart Museum
Publ.Date : Wed, 01 Jul 2015 12:09:37 -0400
German museum launches show on 150 years of gay history
BERLIN (AP) — Germany's main national history museum on Wednesday launched an exhibition tracing 150 years of gay history in the country, including the first uses of the term "homosexual," the brutal Nazi-era repression of gays and gradual moves toward legal equality starting in the 1960s.
Publ.Date : Wed, 24 Jun 2015 12:08:35 -0400
Former ballet star Albert Evans dead at 46
Publ.Date : Tue, 23 Jun 2015 16:27:31 -0400
Los Angeles City Council Approves Academy Museum
The project, designed by Renzo Piano, will begin construction this summer, with a ceremonial ground-breaking in the fall.
Publ.Date : Wed, 24 Jun 2015 18:13:04 -0400
Gauguin's Tahitian painting 'Nafea faa ipoipo' goes on display in Madrid
French post-Impressionist Paul Gauguin's "Nafea faa ipoipo" (When Will You Marry?) painting, reportedly the most expensive painting ever sold, went on display at Madrid's Reina Sofia Museum on Friday. The 1892 oil painting of two Tahitian girls was sold earlier this year by the Rudolf Staechelin Family Trust. Paul Cezanne's "The Card Players" was previously ranked as the most expensive painting ever sold, with a reported price tag of $250 million.
Publ.Date : Fri, 03 Jul 2015 11:34:51 -0400
From hip-hop to computers, Smithsonian museum honors U.S. innovation
By Ian Simpson WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The National Museum of American History opened a $63 million wing on Wednesday celebrating the rich U.S. history of innovation and invention, from 19th century revolvers to hip-hop music and Silicon Valley computers. The 45,000-square-foot (4,180-square-meter) Innovation Wing is designed to show how for more than 200 years the United States has provided a fertile environment for turning new ideas into reality. The United States itself was a revolutionary new idea" when it was founded on July 4, 1776, museum director John Gray said at a ribbon-cutting ceremony.
Publ.Date : Wed, 01 Jul 2015 12:39:07 -0400
Rock opera 'Deep Love' takes the long road to NYC
Publ.Date : Mon, 06 Jul 2015 10:00:14 -0400
Ukulele orchestra wins UK court ruling against upstart rival
LONDON (AP) — A judge has delivered sweet music to the Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain, ruling that a rival ensemble can't call itself the United Kingdom Ukulele Orchestra.
Publ.Date : Thu, 02 Jul 2015 12:19:16 -0400
New York man works to open African art museum
Open the door of a seemingly normal New York apartment and the unwary visitor is transported to another world. Eric Edwards, a retired phone company executive born and bred in Brooklyn, has spent 44 years amassing an astonishing African art collection. "Most people thought I was totally out of my mind for spending so much money on these things," he says from a tiny sofa, hemmed in by art from all 54 countries in Africa crammed floor to ceiling in his duplex.
Publ.Date : Fri, 03 Jul 2015 13:17:14 -0400
Binge-watching for curious minds: The Met posts 'The Artist Project'
Publ.Date : Tue, 23 Jun 2015 11:27:35 -0400
Aboriginal experience inspires artist Abramovic decades on
Performance artist Marina Abramovic is known for putting her body on the line -- from cutting herself, to walking thousands of kilometres along China's Great Wall, to having a loaded gun pointed at her head. The charismatic Belgrade-born art pioneer counts celebrities such as pop star Lady Gaga among her fans, while her performances attract people in the thousands. "This really changes our lives, connection with this kind of people," Abramovic explains to AFP of the time she spent with her then partner, German artist Frank Uwe Laysiepen, known as Ulay, in the central Australian desert regions.
Publ.Date : Wed, 01 Jul 2015 15:48:24 -0400
Royal Opera House defends rape scene after booing
The Royal Opera House in London on Wednesday defended a gang rape scene in its new production of Rossini's "Guillaume Tell", after it was booed by the first night audience and savaged by reviewers. "This production includes a scene which puts the spotlight on the brutal reality of women being abused during war time, and sexual violence being a tragic fact of war," he said.
Publ.Date : Wed, 01 Jul 2015 12:56:04 -0400
Artist in profile: Cloves
Teenage singer-songwriter Cloves is making a stir with her debut single, a piano ballad spotlighting her emotionally charged voice and lyrics. Cloves is a 19-year-old from Melbourne, Australia -- real name Kaity Dunstan -- according to a recent interview with i-D magazine -- who just emerged last week with a gig and her first single. More specifically, how does Cloves set herself apart in a sea of talented young female singer-songwriters?
Publ.Date : Thu, 25 Jun 2015 07:52:42 -0400
Artist Shepard Fairey wanted by Detroit police for graffiti
By Serena Maria Daniels DETROIT (Reuters) - Police in a city known for its vast stretches of graffiti-marred abandoned buildings are seeking to make an example of noted street artist Shepard Fairey, who during a recent visit to Detroit allegedly defaced several properties. Detroit Police Sergeant Rebecca McKay said on Thursday that Fairey, 45, the man behind the "Obey" street-art sticker campaign, set a bad example for other artists when he plastered his signature Andre the Giant posters on buildings in and near downtown. Police have issued a felony arrest warrant for Fairey, accusing him of two counts of malicious destruction of property, each punishable by up to five years in prison and a fine of up to $10,000.
Publ.Date : Thu, 25 Jun 2015 20:14:01 -0400
Rihanna becomes recording industry's top digital singles artist
Grammy-winning R&B singer Rihanna is the first artist to surpass more than 100 million cumulative digital singles, the Recording Industry Association of America said on Wednesday. Rihanna, 27, topped the list of artists with the most digital single awards, coming in ahead of Taylor Swift and Katy Perry in the second and third places respectively. The recording industry's digital single certifications count download sales and on-demand streams in the United States.
Publ.Date : Wed, 01 Jul 2015 17:59:09 -0400
Verde at Perez Art Museum Presents New Menu; Ice Cream Festival at Rosa Mexicano
Chef Kaytlin Brakefield gets inspired by Miami; Rosa Mexicano hosts annual ice cream festival DOWNTOWN— Verde at Perez Art Museum Miami (PAMM) is offering a special menu to celebrate the new ‘Poetics of Relation’ exhibit. Executive Chef Kaytlin Brakefield found inspiration from the layers of culture in Miami. The special menu includes dishes like fluke crudo and Moroccan spiced chicken tangine. The menu is offered Tuesday through Friday from 11 a.m. to 5p.m.
Publ.Date : Wed, 01 Jul 2015 18:13:10 -0400
Artist in profile: Will Joseph Cook
Fresh off a show at Glastonbury, 18-year-old Will Joseph Cook is getting buzz for his latest single, "Beach," coming out on an EP this summer. At the tender age of 18, British singer-songwriter Will Joseph Cook, who hails from Kent, has accomplishments to spare. With influences ranging from Darwin Deez to Nick Cave, Cook has an ear for hooks and melodies and an engaging voice.
Publ.Date : Wed, 01 Jul 2015 16:33:47 -0400
Misty Copeland Named First Black Female Principal Dancer at American Ballet Theater
"We've waited a long time for this."
Publ.Date : Tue, 30 Jun 2015 00:00:23 -0400
UK: Royal Opera defends 'distressing' rape scene after boos
LONDON (AP) — Britain's Royal Opera says it's sorry for causing distress but the show will go on after a rape scene in "Guillaume Tell" sparked boos and walkouts.
Publ.Date : Tue, 30 Jun 2015 13:23:35 -0400
Buffalo museum launches gaming app built around artwork
Publ.Date : Thu, 25 Jun 2015 16:38:20 -0400
Timber-clad lighthouse wins design contest for Helsinki Guggenheim museum
By Anna Ercanbrack HELSINKI (Reuters) - A proposal for a timber-clad lighthouse won an international contest for the design of a planned new Guggenheim museum in Helsinki on Tuesday, even as the future of the project hangs in the balance amid strong opposition from many Finns. The winning entry by Paris-based Moreau Kusunoki Architects, which beat five other short-listed designs, links nine low pavilions to a lighthouse-like tower, with all structures clad in Finnish charred timber and glass. The Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation's plan to spread to Helsinki has faced opposition due to museum's estimated cost of 140 million euros ($157 million), which many Finns consider a waste of taxpayer money at a time of austerity and huge cuts to public spending.
Publ.Date : Tue, 23 Jun 2015 09:16:54 -0400
Jewish officials protest art installation at Polish museum
WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Jewish officials are furious over a video installation at a Polish museum that shows naked men and women playing a game of tag in a gas chamber.
Publ.Date : Tue, 07 Jul 2015 10:36:31 -0400
Ai Weiwei and Andy Warhol juxtaposed in Australian exhibition
The National Gallery of Victoria (NGV) has announced an international exhibition that will compare and contrast the Pop Art protagonist Andy Warhol and the contemporary iconoclast Ai Weiwei, with a few child-friendly highlights. Covering the scope of both artists' careers, the show will present more than 300 works, among them installations, new commissions (including a new installation from Ai's "Forever bicycles" series) and a wide range of media, including, in the case of Ai Weiwei, social media. For organizers, Warhol represents 20th-century modernity and the "American century," Ai contemporary life in the 21st century and the possible "Chinese century" to come.
Publ.Date : Fri, 03 Jul 2015 09:43:45 -0400
Detroit police issue arrest warrant for street artist Fairey
DETROIT (AP) — Detroit police have issued an arrest warrant for prominent street artist Shepard Fairey after they say he tagged buildings across the city with graffiti.
Publ.Date : Wed, 24 Jun 2015 23:23:52 -0400