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Video from South African television showed two protesters defacing a painting of the country’s president, Jacob Zuma, on Tuesday. The first protester applied a pair of strategically placed X’s in red paint to the face and genitals of a seminude portrait of the South African president, Jacob Zuma. The second went further, smearing the image with black oil paint, obscuring all but the silhouette of his form. Journalists from the private broadcaster eNews witnessed and recorded the defacing of the painting , a work by the Cape Town-based artist Brett Murray known as “The Spear” that has been at the center of a heated dispute over freedom of expression in South Africa.
Jerome Delay/Associated Press A painting, apparently of President Jacob Zuma, was splashed with paint on Tuesday at the Goodman Gallery in Johannesburg. The tussle over the painting is the latest battle over free speech in a country where the government has taken increasingly firm steps to squelch critics despite one of the world’s most expansive sets of individual rights, enshrined in its 15-year-old Constitution.
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Anthropologists working in southern France have concluded that a 1.5 metric ton block of engraved limestone constitutes the earliest evidence of wall art. Their research, reported in the most recent edition of the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, shows the piece to be approximately 37,000 years old and offers rich evidence of the role art played in the daily lives of Early Aurignacian humans. The research team, comprised of more than a dozen scientists from American and European universities and research institutions, has been excavating at the site of the discovery—Abri Castanet—for the past 15 years.
Made In America
Slideshow MICZEK PHOTOGRAPHY Carlos Evans is an executive vice president at Wells Fargo. MICZEK PHOTOGRAPHY Carlos and Lisa Evans are pictured at their Charlotte home 11/10/2011 with a painting by West Fraser of Charleston, SC. MICZEK PHOTOGRAPHY Lisa and Carlos Evans are pictured at their Charlotte home 11/10/2011 with a painting by Rod Goebel of Taos, NM. Andrew Eccles A performer from Alvin Alley American Dance Theatre at Spoleto Festival USA
It was only in 1994 that the term ‘curator’ was first used in India, when art critic and cultural theorist Geeta Kapur was invited to select works from the collection of the National Gallery of Modern Art. This was the start of the curator being seen as a legitimate figure. She, among a host of other players, like gallerists, collectors and auctioneers, began to make their presence felt amidst the growing private sector and the art market.
PHOENIX, AZ.- Sacred Word and Image: Five World Religions, an exhibition opening on January 4, 2012 at Phoenix Art Museum , features the written word and painted image as expressed in the cultures of Buddhism, Hinduism, Islam, Judaism and Christianity throughout the past 1500 years. The exhibition, on view through March 25, 2012, draws from the collections of Phoenix Art Museum and several prominent private collections, and includes a variety of materials used to document mankind’s significant thoughts and beliefs, including everything from paper, palm leaf and vellum, to wood, lacquer, metal and ivory. Commented Dr. Janet Baker, Curator of Asian Art, Phoenix Art Museum, “In some instances, complete illustrated manuscripts allow us to understand the original artistic and literary vision of the scribe and illustrator. Other examples preserve the decorative and illustrative images, which tell a visual story that is linked to one of the major tenets of a religious faith.
AFP - The Louvre cemented its position as the world's most-visited museum with a record 8.8 million visitors last year to the Paris home of Leonardo da Vinci's Mona Lisa and other masterpieces. The Louvre saw a five percent increase in visitors in 2011, after three years in a row in which about 8.5 million people had visited the museum, it said in a statement. The museum said it enjoyed "a strong return of American visits and a more and more marked presence of visitors from emerging countries." Visitors from abroad accounted for 66 percent of the museum's attendees, led by tourists from the United States, followed by Brazil, Italy, Australia and China. The number of visitors to French museums is expected to have grown overall by more than five percent last year to about 27 million, French heritage officials said last week.
Denver Post: "This highly accessible exhibition is a must-see for Sandzen admirers, impressionism fans and anyone who enjoys rich, expressive paintings of the Colorado landscape." "With 66 paintings, watercolors, drawings and original prints, this is the largest Colorado exhibition ever devoted to Birger Sandzen .
Masters & Pelavin and Art in a Box are pleased to announce our 2011 Benefit Holiday Exhibition & Online Sale to empower children at risk through art. The exhibition will be held on Monday 19 December from six to eight in the evening with a live performance by DJ Goodmusic. The exhibition offers a rare opportunity to select artworks valued between $900 and $1800 by both established and emerging artists for only $100 a piece.
MIYAKO YOSHINAGA art prospects is pleased to present SUPERNATUREAL , a group exhibition that includes work by Osamu James Nakagawa , Ingo Günther , Terry Taylor , Yu Yamauchi and the collaborative team Robyn Voshardt & Sven Humphrey . In Project Room, we feature Landscape 2011 ; gelatin silver prints by Yojiro Imasaka . The exhibition is on view from December 15, 2011, through January 28, 2012. Gallery hours are Tuesday through Saturday, 11am to 6pm. The gallery will be closed on December 24 and 31, in addition to our regular holidays.
Anne Tabachnick: Paintings Lori Bookstein Fine Art 138 Tenth Avenue, 212-750-0949 Chelsea December 8, 2011 - January 14, 2012 Reception: Tuesday, December 13, 6 - 8 PM Web Site Lori Bookstein Fine Art is pleased to present a survey of paintings by Anne Tabachnick. Spanning a period of 30 years beginning in the early 1960’s, the exhibition brings together the primary concerns with which Tabachnick grappled during her prolific career, and addresses three of the major subjects which were the focus of her compositions: still life, figuration, and landscape. The earliest works on view have at their crux the synthesis of the objects of daily life—fruit on a table, paintings in the studio—with the flattened out, inverted Matissean space and push-pull color Tabachnick investigated in the 1960’s and 70’s.
Rudolf Schenker at the Jerome C. Daniel Overlook on Mullholland Drive. The Scorpions made a stop in LA on their farewell tour around the world. Our documentary film crew was on location, and we bring you this report by producer Daniel Remsperger:
Rebranding Brussels Can graphic design breathe new life into a city? Mason Currey , Imprint Friday, Jul 20, 2012 12:00 AM UTC Entertainment Imprint , Europe , graphic design Illustrator fights back against Marvel Comics Arlen Schumer wants everyone to know that Stan Lee didn't create comic superheroes alone
LONDON.- This evening, Sotheby’s Important Russian Art auction which was exceptionally well-attended brought £5,597,000/$8,657,999 (est. £5,755,000-8,415,000). The sale achieved sellthrough rates of 66.7% by lot and 74.6% by value, and established two new artist records for Alexander Golovin and Pavel Kovalevsky. The top-selling lot of this evening’s auction was Petr Konchalovsky’s exceptionally rare, pre-revolutionary painting Tatar Still Life, dated 1916.