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News Article | May 6, 2017
http://www.kaminskiauctions.com Kaminski’s April Fine and Decorative Art Auction on April 30, 2017 saw many of the top lots climb well above estimates with lively bidding coming from determined Internet bidders. Most notable was a rare firemen’s ceremonial parade hat from the 1700s. The hat was purchased at a local yard sale and was from the Franklin Fire Company of Germantown, Pennsylvania. Made of pressed resin felt with a hand painted picture of Benjamin Franklin, this particular “parade hat” as they were known bears the initials JF on the stovetop. After 100 plus views on KaminskiLive, this rare piece of American history was finally hammered down for $18,000 to an enthusiastic phone bidder. These special occasion hats or “parade hats” as they became known were worn by the fireman in parades, to county fairs, and in pumping competitions. A Giovanni Paolo Panini (Italian, 1691-1765) landscape view of Roman ruins, oil on canvas sold to the floor for $12,000. The silver category did very well with a pair of Persian silver vases that weighed 224 oz,. sold for $9000 and a two-piece Persian silver compote weighing approximately 182 oz,. sold for $5400. Both from were from a New England estate. Similarly, a 19th century silver English Georgian solid silver tray with handles, hall marked London sold for $4500. Middle Eastern items featured in the sale did well with a Qajar period enamel liquor set the top lot selling for $5400 and an early Middle Eastern hand-written Quran/Koran selling for $2700. On Thursday, May 11th starting at 6:00 pm Kaminski Auctions will host an evening auction during Brimfield Week featuring the collection of Jonathan Orr Swan, former Professor, and Director at the Museum of Fine Arts School, Boston, Massachusetts. Graduated from Harvard College with a BA and Masters, and an MA from the University of London. Jon had a lifelong passion for the Arts. Best known for his sculpture Jon served as a Senior Faculty Instructor in Sculpture and Multi-Media, Director of the Visiting Artists Program and Director of “Five Evenings” (an avant-garde performance series) at the MFA School, Boston during his long artistic career. In addition to items from the Jonathan Orr Swan collection, the Brimfield Week auction will consist of curated one-of-a-kind lots that evoke the excitement and uniqueness of the Brimfield Antiques Market. Preview for this exciting sale begins Monday – Wednesday, May 8-10, 10:00 am-5:00 pm and day of sale beginning at 9:00 am at the Kaminski Auctions gallery at 117 Elliott Street (RT.62), Beverly, Massachusetts. For more information and to sign up to bid with KaminskiLIVE go to http://www.kaminskiauctions.com
News Article | April 17, 2017
The newest exhibit on display at the University City Science Center’s Esther Klein Gallery (EKG) is a retrospective by sculptor Rebecca Kamen, featuring a collaborative multi-media installation that explores the relationship between inner and outer space. Continuum opens on April 13th and runs through May 27th. An opening reception featuring a dance performance by Megan Mizanty will be held at EKG on April 13th from 5 to 7:30 p.m. Among the pieces in the exhibit is NeuroCantos, a collaboration between Kamen, sound artist Susan Alexjander, and poet Steven J. Fowler. The installation investigates how the brain distinguishes between inner and outer space through its ability to perceive similar patterns of complexity at the micro and macro scale. The piece is made up of cone-shaped structures representing the neuronal networks in the brain with overlapping shapes and rocks that symbolize art’s ability to form bridges of understanding between diverse fields. Continuum also features works inspired by Kamen’s residencies at the American Philosophical Society Library and the Chemical Heritage Foundation. Kamen’s work is informed by wide-ranging research into cosmology, history, philosophy, and by connecting common threads that flow across various scientific fields to capture and re-imagine what scientists see. Rebecca Kamen has exhibited and lectured both nationally and internationally including China, Hong Kong, Korea, Austria, Chile, Egypt, Spain, and Australia. She has been the recipient of a Virginia Museum of Fine Arts Professional Fellowship, a Pollack Krasner Foundation Fellowship, two Strauss Fellowships, and a Travel Grant from the Chemical Heritage Foundation. As artist-in-residence in the neuroscience program at National Institutes of Health, Kamen has interpreted and transformed neuroscience research into sculptural form. Her artwork is represented in many private and public collections. Located in the heart of uCity Square, the Science Center is a mission-driven nonprofit organization that catalyzes and connects innovation to entrepreneurship and technology commercialization. For 50+ years, the Science Center has supported startups, research, and economic development in the life sciences, healthcare, physical sciences, and emerging technology sectors. As a result, graduate firms and current residents of the Science Center’s incubator support one out of every 100 jobs in the Greater Philadelphia region and drive $13 billion in economic activity in the region annually. By providing resources and programming for any stage of a business’s lifecycle, the Science Center helps scientists, entrepreneurs and innovators take their concepts from idea to IPO – and beyond. For more information about the Science Center, go to http://www.sciencecenter.org The Esther Klein Gallery (EKG), which opened in 1977, uses the creative arts as a platform to explore relationships between art, science and technology. EKG seeks to positively impact the cultural life of both its immediate neighborhood of West Philadelphia and the broader Philadelphia community. EKG programming is designed to explore the range of art, science and technology exhibitions, and includes gallery talks, panel discussions, and education programs. For more information, visit http://www.sciencecenter.org/discover/ekg.
News Article | May 19, 2017
Christie® is partnering with Digital Graffiti 2017, a projection art festival held on May 19 to 21, 2017 at Alys Beach, Florida. Now in its 10th year, the three-day one-of-a-kind projection art and architecture festival showcases artists from around the world as they display original digital art upon the iconic stark-white walls of Alys Beach. Industry leading Christie technology - including Christie Boxer, Christie M Series, and Christie Captiva ultra short throw projectors, along with Christie Pandoras Box media servers to manage the content - power the festival and competition, wherein a panel of art and industry experts determines Best of Show, Curator’s Choice and Special Recognition awards. “We’re excited to partner with Christie as a sponsor for the innovative and dynamic Digital Graffiti event to bring artists’ creations to vibrant life with light using the canvas of Alys Beach,” said Kelli Siler, Alys Beach Director of Events. “The juried Digital Graffiti festival gives digital artists the opportunity to explore how design, technology and architecture can intertwine with Christie projector solutions to create entirely new art forms. Alys Beach opens its doors, courtyards and pedestrian paths to ground-breaking artists who fuse these components to transform our entire town into a living work of art.” “This digital art festival is the perfect showcase for Christie projectors and the perfect tool for artists to unleash their creativity,” said Kathryn Cress, vice president, Global & Corporate Marketing, Christie. “We’re proud to partner with Digital Graffiti to enable artists to showcase innovative and dynamic creations. Christie projectors deliver brightness, exceptional image quality, versatility and ease of use for a wide variety of customers who rely on unparalleled visual experiences.” The judging panel includes Roy C. Anthony, Research & Innovation at Christie. Additionally, Christie is sponsoring award-winning Berlin-based artist Robert Seidel whose background is well established in experimental film, facade projection and video installation. His projections, installations and experimental films have been shown in museums like Royal Museum of Fine Arts Antwerp and Nabi Art Center Seoul, among others, as well as numerous festivals, galleries, magazines, books and TV programs worldwide. Each year the Digital Graffiti festival attracts digital artists to connect with technology and architecture to create unexpected and wondrous experiences. Competing for top honors and prizes, artists’ digital submissions are received from around the world and this year includes artists from Australia, Austria, Germany, and the United Kingdom in addition to the United States. For more information about Digital Graffiti 2017, please visit http://www.digitalgraffiti.com About Alys Beach Offering an unrivaled sense of escape, Alys Beach is an emerging community nestled along Northwest Florida’s Scenic Highway 30A. Drawing inspiration from Bermuda and Antigua, Guatemala, Alys Beach’s stark white walls and private courtyard homes create a harmonious, urban environment characterized by calmness and simplicity. When complete, a short walk through town will take one from the gorgeous white sand along the Gulf coast, through a thriving town center filled with a variety of shops and restaurants, along pathways lined with neighborhood parks, pools, and event spaces, culminating on a 20-acre nature preserve to the north with trails and boardwalks winding through cypress wetlands. For more information, please visit alysbeach.com. About Christie Christie Digital Systems USA, Inc. is a global visual and audio technologies company and a wholly-owned subsidiary of Ushio Inc., Japan (JP:6925). Consistently setting the standards by being the first to market some of the world’s most advanced projectors, complete system displays, and cinema audio solutions; Christie is recognized as one of the most innovative visual technology companies in the world. From retail displays to Hollywood, mission critical command centers to classrooms and training simulators, Christie display solutions and projectors capture the attention of audiences around the world with dynamic and stunning images, accompanied by awe-inspiring sound. Visit http://www.christiedigital.com.
News Article | May 18, 2017
A Longwood Medical Area hotel was honored at the American Hotel & Lodging Association’s(AHLA) Stars of the Industry Awards Ceremony in Washington, D.C. yesterday with the Innovation Award for the hotel’s in-house program that gives hope to families from around the country visiting nearby Boston medical centers. The team at The Inn at Longwood Medical was thrilled to receive this national recognition from AHLA for their beloved Where’s Hope program and Hope the Bear character. The AHLA Innovation Award is given to the hotel based on what elevates the guest experience and propels it forward. This award honors the property that drives fresh thinking and inspires a culture of innovative guest relations program outside of the normal expected guest experience. “Hope the Bear was originally created as a welcome gift for the many patients that stay with us while visiting Boston Children’s Hospital,” said Brian Stiglets, General Manager of The Inn at Longwood Medical. “The name Hope means so much to so many guests who visit us and The Longwood Medical Area, it just felt right. The staff embraced the idea and expanded the program to include the story, coloring books, video, and life size public appearances. The staff and I are grateful for this award and appreciate the AHLA for recognizing the care and commitment to our community that Hope represents.” Learn more about Hope the Bear at innatlongwood.com/ourhotel/meethope. About The Inn at Longwood Medical The Inn at Longwood Medical is located near Boston’s top medical and educational institutions as well as a variety of leisure attractions like Fenway Park, home of the Boston Red Sox, and the Elizabeth Stewart Gardner Museum. Visitors can enjoy access to historic attractions such as the Freedom Trail, the Museum of Fine Arts, the Boston Common, and Newbury Street. The Inn at Longwood Medical features a collection of spacious rooms and suites, 5,000 square feet of flexible meeting space, and healthy onsite dining at Longwood Grille & Bar. Amenities include room service, free Wi-Fi, onsite parking, discounted fitness center passes, and bike rentals. Learn more at innatlongwood.com.
News Article | May 10, 2017
BOSTON--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Berklee College of Music’s Institute for Creative Entrepreneurship (BerkleeICE), founded to inspire, educate and launch the next generation of creative entrepreneurs, today announced it is working with Brown University Pre-College Programs to host the second annual Creative Entrepreneurship Summer Program, a one-of-a-kind summer program for U.S. and international high school students. The program, which will take place July 16-28, 2017, will guide students to tap into their inner creativity and leverage it to become inspired and innovative leaders. The curriculum will focus on developing the startup mindset that is required to be a dynamic thinker and creator – a skill that is also highly coveted by today's leading colleges and employers. The program combines Brown University’s long-standing tradition of developing critical thinking and business skills with BerkleeICE’s philosophy of the synergy between music, entrepreneurialism and creativity in higher education. By tapping into the design-thinking methodology engrained in BerkleeICE’s curriculum, participating students will develop fundamental Ivy League business and analytical skills through the lenses of music, theater, dance and other art forms. Lessons and workshops will be led by renowned faculty from both of the elite higher education institutions, as well as social and creative innovators and music professionals, like industry entrepreneur George Howard, IDEO partner Michael Hendrix and Grammy Award winner Prince Charles Alexander. During the two-week program, participating students will live and learn at both Brown University’s Providence campus and Berklee College of Music’s Boston campus, experiencing the unique aspects of the two New England cities. Upon completion of the program, students will receive a certificate from Berklee and the Brown University Pre-College Programs, as well as an enhanced understanding of the lifelong skills – like public speaking, resiliency, creative thinking, teamwork and communication – needed to be successful innovators, collaborators, social entrepreneurs and problem solvers. “As the business and higher education climates rapidly evolve, BerkleeICE is at the forefront of helping students prepare for the future and hone in on their creative and entrepreneurial skills,” said Panos Panay, founding managing director of BerkleeICE. “We’re thrilled to be collaborating with an esteemed institution like Brown University, whose interests and approaches uniquely complement Berklee's, for another summer program and look forward to working with this year’s group of smart and inspired participants. By combining our musically inspired creative thinking with Brown’s analytical business mindset, we’re confident that participants will gain a unique set of entrepreneurial skills that today’s business world requires.” Outside of the program time, instruction will be enhanced with hands-on activities and visits to innovation labs, cultural institutions such as the Museum of Fine Arts and a wide variety of extracurricular activities. Participating students will also gain exclusive access to other cutting-edge projects and partnerships BerkleeICE is currently intricately involved in, including its Open Music Initiative (OMI), a collective of the music industry’s leading technologists, entrepreneurs, educators and artists working together to leverage technology for a more seamless payment and rights structure. “Our pre-college programs are designed to help challenge and inspire high school students to acquire skills that will set them up for future success while giving them a taste of what college-level academics truly require,” said Adrienne Marcus, Director of Pre-College Programs at Brown University. “Teaming up with Berklee College of Music for another successful summer program is a testament to this goal, and we know that participants will walk away with an educational experience unlike any other.” To learn more about the summer program or to apply, please visit the website here. About BerkleeICE Berklee’s Institute for Creative Entrepreneurship (ICE), an initiative within Berklee College of Music, is designed to inspire, educate and launch the next generation of creative entrepreneurs. BerkleeICE helps prepare graduates for careers as entrepreneurs; fosters the creation of new products, services and businesses in the creative industry; and inspires disruptive ideas through musical creativity and cross-discipline collaboration. Learn more about BerkleeICE at http://berklee.edu and its Open Music Initiative at http://berklee.edu/ice/omi. About Brown University's Pre-College Programs Each spring and summer, talented high school students from around the world enroll in one of Brown University’s Pre-college Programs to experience Brown’s Ivy League academics and prepare for a successful transition to college. Brown’s innovative open curriculum, a focus on student-centered learning and a meaningful engagement in the Liberal Arts and Sciences promote students’ active engagement in their own intellectual development, allowing them to dive deeper into subjects they love or explore new areas of learning. With more than 300 courses to choose from on campus, online and abroad, in one- to seven-week sessions, the unique experience of studying at Brown challenges students to exercise their independence, expand their horizons and emerge better prepared for their transition to college. For more information about Brown's Pre-College Programs, visit www.brown.edu/academics/pre-college. About Berklee College of Music Berklee, a nonprofit educational institution, was founded on the revolutionary principle that the best way to prepare students for careers in music is through the study and practice of contemporary music. For 70 years, the college has evolved to reflect the current state of the music industry, leading the way with baccalaureate studies in performance, music business/management, songwriting, music therapy, film scoring, and more. In December 2015, the Berklee Board of Trustees voted to merge with The Boston Conservatory, creating the world’s most comprehensive and dynamic training ground for music, dance, theater, and related professions. With a focus on global learning, the Berklee campus in Valencia, Spain, offers graduate programs and study abroad opportunity, while Berklee Online serves distance learners worldwide with extension classes and degree-granting programs. The Berklee City Music Network provides after-school programming for underserved teens in 47 locations throughout the U.S. and Canada. With a student body representing more than 100 countries and alumni and faculty that have won more than 300 Grammy and Latin Grammy Awards, Berklee is the world's premier learning lab for the music of today—and tomorrow. Learn more at berklee.edu. About Brown University Located in historic Providence, Rhode Island and founded in 1764, Brown University is the seventh-oldest college in the United States. Brown is an independent, coeducational Ivy League institution comprising undergraduate and graduate programs, plus the Alpert Medical School, School of Public Health, School of Engineering, and the School of Professional Studies. Brown is frequently recognized for its global reach, many cultural events, numerous campus groups and activities, active community service programs, highly competitive athletics, and beautiful facilities located in a richly historic urban setting.
News Article | March 2, 2017
LRFA Presents New Artworks in Two-Person Exhibition in Dallas, Texas. Dallas, TX, March 02, 2017 --( Although they explore divergent techniques and mediums, together the artists share an interest in exploring abstract forms that appear to organically emerge both from within and upon the surface of each canvas in surprisingly unique displays of color and light. “From Within” will be the Dallas gallery’s first presentation of works by both Yeager and Nöger. The exhibition will be on view through May 6, 2017. About The Artists Born in Germany and based in San Diego, Miami, and Geneva, Switzerland, Udo Nöger is widely known for his luminous abstractions created in a seemingly infinite range of white and silvery grayscale tones. As opposed to filling up surfaces with color heavy forms, Nöger’s goal is to “open up the canvas,” exploring “space and the endless possibilities of what’s underneath the canvas.” Using light as his primary medium, Nöger’s works are composed of three or four layers of tautly stretched canvas that have been dipped in mineral oil to heighten their translucency. Between these layers the artist carefully embeds painted gestures and cut-out forms. Light travels in and around these elements revealing ethereal images that appear to glow from within. Though seemingly spontaneous in gesture and form, Nöger’s compositions are meticulously planned and remarkably elegant. Udo Nöger has exhibited internationally in such cities as Paris, Madrid, Vienna, Berlin, Milan, Hong Kong, Toronto, New York, and Los Angeles. His paintings are held in the permanent collections of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; the Art Institute of Chicago; Haus der Kunst, Munich; Kunsthalle Bielefeld, Germany; and prominent corporate and private collections around the world. The paintings of Sydney Yeager navigate the space between control and abandon. In her recent work, the Austin-based artist paints more directly with little possibility of revision. Her forms reveal the artist’s fluid gesture and the unique qualities of her medium, exploring oil paint’s sensuous weight and viscosity. Yeager also maintains an interest in fragments. Interwoven brushstrokes coalesce into contingent wholes, that simultaneously seem to collapse into their component parts. Yeager’s colorful forms hover in fields of delicate wash or unprimed canvas. She says, “The fragment implies a whole, but a mysterious whole which can only be imagined. There is an implied presence, but an absence as well. The fragment is always in motion.” Yeager’s suspended elements conjure diverse associations to geological formations, pixels, and Italian mosaics, recalling the artist’s surroundings in Texas but also her travels abroad in both Rome and Pompeii. A recipient of grants from both the Texas Commission on the Arts and the City of Austin, the work of Sydney Yeager is held in the collections of the Austin Museum of Art; the Art Museum of South Texas; the El Paso Museum of Art; the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston; the Tyler Museum of Art, and a number of prestigious private and corporate collections. About Laura Rathe Fine Art With over 25 years of experience in the art industry, Gallery owner, Laura Rathe, started her career working as a private art dealer prior to establishing the Laura Rathe Fine Art gallery in 1998 in Houston, Texas. In February 2013, the gallery expanded and opened a second location in Dallas on Dragon Street, the city’s premiere arts district destination. Since the gallery’s inception, Laura Rathe Fine Art has become reputable for representing and featuring established, mid-career contemporary artists, many of whom have been acquired into world-renowned private, corporate and museum collections. Various clientele and collections include BBVA Compass, HKS Architects Headquarters, CBRE, Wells Fargo, W Hotels, UTSW Hospital and Halliburton. For additional information, details or to schedule an interview, please contact Janice Meyers, Director Janice@LauraRathe.com &/or 214.761.2000 Auriel Garza, Associate Director Auriel@LauraRathe.com &/or 214.761.2000 Dallas, TX, March 02, 2017 --( PR.com )-- Dallas Design District gallery, Laura Rathe Fine Art, announces the exhibition “From Within,” featuring new works by noted contemporary artists, Sydney Yeager and Udo Nöger, with an opening reception on Saturday, April 1st from 5-8pm.Although they explore divergent techniques and mediums, together the artists share an interest in exploring abstract forms that appear to organically emerge both from within and upon the surface of each canvas in surprisingly unique displays of color and light. “From Within” will be the Dallas gallery’s first presentation of works by both Yeager and Nöger. The exhibition will be on view through May 6, 2017.About The ArtistsBorn in Germany and based in San Diego, Miami, and Geneva, Switzerland, Udo Nöger is widely known for his luminous abstractions created in a seemingly infinite range of white and silvery grayscale tones. As opposed to filling up surfaces with color heavy forms, Nöger’s goal is to “open up the canvas,” exploring “space and the endless possibilities of what’s underneath the canvas.”Using light as his primary medium, Nöger’s works are composed of three or four layers of tautly stretched canvas that have been dipped in mineral oil to heighten their translucency. Between these layers the artist carefully embeds painted gestures and cut-out forms. Light travels in and around these elements revealing ethereal images that appear to glow from within. Though seemingly spontaneous in gesture and form, Nöger’s compositions are meticulously planned and remarkably elegant.Udo Nöger has exhibited internationally in such cities as Paris, Madrid, Vienna, Berlin, Milan, Hong Kong, Toronto, New York, and Los Angeles. His paintings are held in the permanent collections of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; the Art Institute of Chicago; Haus der Kunst, Munich; Kunsthalle Bielefeld, Germany; and prominent corporate and private collections around the world.The paintings of Sydney Yeager navigate the space between control and abandon. In her recent work, the Austin-based artist paints more directly with little possibility of revision. Her forms reveal the artist’s fluid gesture and the unique qualities of her medium, exploring oil paint’s sensuous weight and viscosity. Yeager also maintains an interest in fragments. Interwoven brushstrokes coalesce into contingent wholes, that simultaneously seem to collapse into their component parts.Yeager’s colorful forms hover in fields of delicate wash or unprimed canvas. She says, “The fragment implies a whole, but a mysterious whole which can only be imagined. There is an implied presence, but an absence as well. The fragment is always in motion.” Yeager’s suspended elements conjure diverse associations to geological formations, pixels, and Italian mosaics, recalling the artist’s surroundings in Texas but also her travels abroad in both Rome and Pompeii.A recipient of grants from both the Texas Commission on the Arts and the City of Austin, the work of Sydney Yeager is held in the collections of the Austin Museum of Art; the Art Museum of South Texas; the El Paso Museum of Art; the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston; the Tyler Museum of Art, and a number of prestigious private and corporate collections.About Laura Rathe Fine ArtWith over 25 years of experience in the art industry, Gallery owner, Laura Rathe, started her career working as a private art dealer prior to establishing the Laura Rathe Fine Art gallery in 1998 in Houston, Texas. In February 2013, the gallery expanded and opened a second location in Dallas on Dragon Street, the city’s premiere arts district destination.Since the gallery’s inception, Laura Rathe Fine Art has become reputable for representing and featuring established, mid-career contemporary artists, many of whom have been acquired into world-renowned private, corporate and museum collections. Various clientele and collections include BBVA Compass, HKS Architects Headquarters, CBRE, Wells Fargo, W Hotels, UTSW Hospital and Halliburton.For additional information, details or to schedule an interview, please contactJanice Meyers, Director Janice@LauraRathe.com &/or 214.761.2000Auriel Garza, Associate Director Auriel@LauraRathe.com &/or 214.761.2000 Press Release for Udo Nöger / Sydney Yeager : From Within Filename: PR2.pdf Click here to view the list of recent Press Releases from Laura Rathe Fine Art
News Article | December 16, 2016
The German cultural metropolis of Leipzig is starting 2017 with top-class exhibitions. Europe's best airline, Turkish Airlines, flies fives times a week from Istanbul to Leipzig/Halle. Following on from the successful panorama "Great Barrier Reef", from 28 January 2017, Leipzig Panometer will take its visitors on another journey into the underwater world: the 360° panorama TITANIC deals with probably the biggest shipwreck of all time and shows the ocean giant now - 105 years after the disaster - on the floor of the Atlantic. The celebrated panorama artist Yadegar Asisi not only deals with the sinking of the luxury liner, but also the age-old issue of mankind's attempts to control nature. http://www.asisi.de The Museum of Fine Arts is experiencing a real colour storm with its special exhibition "Nolde and the Bridge" from 12 February to 18 June 2017. The young "Bridge" group of artists includes some of the most important exponents of expressionism and its members were fascinated by the works of the exceptional painter Emil Nolde. An almost two-year collaboration with Nolde, who was almost a generation older, starting in 1906, saw the introduction of modern art into Germany. For the first time, the Leipzig Museum is displaying this exciting chapter of German art history with an exhibition of 150 works including paintings, drawings and graphic prints. http://www.mdbk.de Contemporary art enthusiasts should definitely visit the Spinnerei in Leipzig. The walls of what was once the largest cotton mill in continental Europe now house eleven leading galleries and more than 100 studios. Three times a year - on 14 January, 29/30 April and 15/16 September 2017 - the Spinnerei invites visitors on a grand tour (http://www.spinnerei.de). From there is it worth taking a detour to the newly opened Kunstkraftwerk: For the German première of the installation "Hundertwasser Experience", the international artist group "Immersive Art Factory" led by the Italian artist Gianfranco Iannuzzi has turned the rooms of the former power station in the west of Leipzig into a vibrant, colourful and entrancing immersive Hundertwasser world. Up to 24 August 2017, visitors can literally immerse themselves in the works of the painter and architect Friedensreich Hundertwasser thanks to large-scale video installations. http://www.kunstkraftwerk-leipzig.com 2017 is the 500th anniversary of Martin Luther posting his theses on the church door. Leipzig is dedicating an extensive programme of events to this major Anniversary of the Reformation. The Saxon publishing city, and largest city in the Lutheran region of Central Germany, contributed significantly to the dissemination of Martin Luther's writings, and the Leipzig Debate in 1519 sealed Luther's break with the Catholic Church. A dozen special exhibitions at museums in Leipzig, including the Museum of Local History, the Museum of the Printing Arts, and the Museum of Fine Arts, illuminate the work of the reformer in Leipzig and the Leipzig region. Various events, themed tours, such as "Luther and Bach", and the "Kirchentag on the Way" church congress (25-28.5.2017) bring history to life in Leipzig.
News Article | February 15, 2017
WILLIAMSBURG, Va.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--One of only two of Botticelli’s paintings of an isolated Venus is now on view for the first time in the United States, together with other Botticelli mythologies and portraits in Botticelli and the Search for the Divine: Florentine Painting Between the Medici and the Bonfires of the Vanities, a major international loan exhibition organized by the Muscarelle Museum of Art at William & Mary in historic Williamsburg, Va. The exhibition opened on Feb. 11 and takes place in partnership with Italy’s Metamorfosi Associazione Culturale. It runs through April 5. The restless, prolific and original genius of Sandro Botticelli is explored in depth in this historic exhibition, which features fourteen of his paintings, most with life-size figures, from major museums and churches in six Italian cities, including Florence, Milan and Venice. Every phase of the artist’s long, tumultuous career is represented in the selection, by far the largest Botticelli exhibition ever staged in the United States. Sandro Botticelli (Florence 1445 –1510), was one of the most original and creative painters of the Italian Renaissance. Together with his deeply moving religious images, Botticelli is renowned as the unchallenged master of classical mythologies. In his time, he also replicated the central figure of his iconic Birth of Venus in the Uffizi gallery in Florence in paintings with dark backgrounds stripped bare of place and time, just displaying the solitary beautiful nude. One of the only two such Venuses known today in the world, from the Galleria Sabauda museum in Turin, is on view for the first time in America, together with many other works that have never previously traveled to the United States. Also featured are six rare paintings by Botticelli’s great master Filippo Lippi, the only pupil of Masaccio. The cultural milieu of Renaissance Florence will be represented by several paintings by Filippo’s son, Filippino Lippi, Botticelli’s most important student and a leading master in his own right, a painting and a bronze statuette of Hercules by Antonio Pollaiuolo, the death mask of Lorenzo the Magnificent, and a portrait of Savonarola by Fra Bartolomeo. The exhibition will travel to the Museum of Fine Arts Boston as its only other venue. The exhibition will open to the public in Boston on April 15 and will close on July 9. “We are extremely proud to be able to bring to this country a groundbreaking exhibition of one of the world’s greatest artists,” said Aaron De Groft, director of the Muscarelle Museum of Art. “The Botticelli show continues a tradition of internationally important exhibitions, following Michelangelo, Caravaggio, and Leonardo da Vinci in recent years, in which exhibitions of great original works of art provide the lens for us to explore the themes and ideas that inspired their genius.” Renato Miracco, cultural attaché for the Italian Embassy in Washington, D.C. has stated that the upcoming Botticelli and the Search for the Divine “will be the largest and most important exhibition of its type ever organized in the United States.” Botticelli and the Search for the Divine: Florentine Painting between the Medici and the Bonfires of the Vanities runs Feb. 11 through April 5, 2017. The Muscarelle Museum of Art is located on the campus of William & Mary at 603 Jamestown Rd. in Williamsburg, Va. For more information, call 757-221-2700 or visit muscarelle.org. Admission is $15 during this exhibition.
Agency: NSF | Branch: Standard Grant | Program: | Phase: | Award Amount: 133.53K | Year: 2011
With this award from the Major Research Instrumentation (MRI) Program, Dr. Richard Newman from the Museum of Fine Arts and colleague Richard Laursen (Boston University) will acquire a capillary liquid chromatograph (LC) interfaced with an ion trap-mass spectrometer. The award will enhance research training and education at all levels, especially in areas such as analyses of natural and synthetic dyestuffs used in cultural artifacts (including textiles, easel and wall paintings, and polychromed sculpture). The objectives of this project are to gain insights into the compounds that are found in the raw (plant) source material; to enable comparisons between these compounds and those actually present on test samples that have been dyed or colored with the natural materials using a variety of extraction and dyeing procedures; as well as to provide information to identify the dyestuffs on deteriorated artifacts in which original dye components may have been significantly altered.
Mass spectrometers (MS) are used to identify the chemical composition of a sample by measuring the mass of the molecular constituents in the sample after they are ionized and detected. This instrument couples a capillary liquid chromatography system with the mass analysis ability. The liquid chromatograph separates minute volumes of mixtures of compounds extracted from the art pieces into its molecular components. These components then flow into a mass spectrometer where they are ionized and their masses determined. The instrumentation will be used not only for research that will help preserve art but also in laboratory courses at nearby Simmons College.
News Article | February 20, 2017
The Boston Turkish Film Festival presents 25 films by leading and emerging Turkish filmmakers as its 16th edition is set to run from March 16th to April 2nd at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.