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Three hour series includes excerpts from over fifty hours of original interviews, hundreds of never before seen photos, exotic film clips, and a lot of very cool stuff . . . all backed by a mind-blowing original soundtrack.

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Sep142010

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We love Art Daily. That's why we've chosen to advertise with ArtDaily regarding our very first consumer/institutional offer related to our Factory Peope properties. These films, books and archives have been licensed to well over 300 colleges and universities world-wide, and now it's time to bring them to you, your gallery, and perhaps your museum.

Andy Warhol.  Ever wonder what all the fuss was (and still is) about?  So much has been written about this art colossus—his obsession with celebrity, his sloppy silk screens of Marilyn and Liz and Brando, his endless Campbell soup cans and Coca Cola bottles, and his mind-numbing movies—that there are those who feel his fifteen minutes of fame should have been up long ago. 

 Andy Warhol’s Factory People, spans the years l964 to l968, arguably the artist’s busiest and most creative period.  Also busy were the familiar superstars he made famous, superstars like Viva and Edie Sedgwick and Ultra-Violet and Nico and the Velvet Underground.  But what set apart our film, and now distinguishes our book from the many other books about Warhol, is that we also tracked down the forgotten Factory people, the remarkable and often bizarre assortment of people who were behind Warhol’s unprecedented rise to spectacular success.  These people often paid a price for linking their destinies to the gifted but frustrated graphic artist who decided in the early sixties to “start Pop art” because he “hated” Abstract Expressionism and who, some say, was not a creator, but a destroyer, of both art and of people.

Andy Warhol’s Factory People is based on four years of research and filming in New York, Los Angeles, Paris and London for the documentary. The Interview Archive and the Books feature material that we were not able to include in the film.  Gathering this material involved shooting fifty hours of interviews, screening more than a hundred hours of Warhol’s movies and screen tests, searching out rare archival and news footage, and sifting through thousands of photographs.  The stories we uncovered offer new insights into this complicated artist’s life and times, and opened a Pandora’s Box of contradictory memories from both his muses and his foes, along with his fans, his few close friends and fewer confidants.  Since these unknown but essential figures in Warhol’s life did not reap any long-term social or financial benefits from their association with him, they were often difficult to find and sometimes reluctant to talk.  But we were persistent and persuasive, and as a result, their uncensored, often never-before-told stories are well-represented.

Perhaps the most important among them is Billy Name.  It was he who created Warhol’s cavernous workspace, slathered it all in aluminum foil, and then became the in-house photographer, the only person allowed to live there.  With his cache of rare candid photographs (much of which had never been seen), taken in the throes of around-the-clock work, film marathons and bacchanalian parties, Billy’s contributions are at the core of our material.  But there is also Gerard Malanga, Warhol’s main assistant in producing silk screens of screen icons while recruiting future superstars of all sexes for Warhol’s movies and amusement.  And there is Pop Art and social climber Baby Jane Holzer, cult film star Mary Woronov, fashion model Ivy Nicholson, puckish Taylor Mead, chubby, hilarious Brigid ‘Polk’ Berlin and Ondine , the mad jester of Warhol’s royal court, among many other accommodating males, over-the-top females and assorted heiresses who came into his world while connecting him to myriad other worlds.

High-profile interviews in Factory People range from Bob Dylan and Lou Reed to legendary transvestites Holly Woodlawn, Jackie Curtis and Candy Darling, director Paul Morrissey and art curators and dealers like Henry Geldzhaler, Leo Castelli, and Ivan Karp.  Then there are the contributions from less well-known people, like actress Geraldine Smith, actor ‘Little Joe’ Dallesandro, actor and Warhol-chosen impersonator Allen Midgette, controversial photojournalist Nat ‘the Hat’ Finkelstein, photographer ‘Lee’ Black Childers, playwright and Warhol confidant Robert Heide, publisher David Croland, music producer Danny Fields and Victor Bockris, author of Warhol: The Biography, all of whom have fresh and insightful things to say.

You can scroll through all of the offers which include purchasing the documentary on line via VIMEO, or purchasing a DVD for your institution (which incldes all PPV and DSL rights) direct from us. The Interview Archive is available through our company direct. The Books for consumers are available via Amazon (and e-book via Blurb) and you can purchase The Books directly from us for institutional/library use. Along the way, you can click on links that will lead you to more clips, extras, and detailed interviews that we have uploaded for your pleasure.

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The Documentary DVD for your Institution (from us) Price includes classroom screenings and closed campus streaming.

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The Interview Archives for Your Institution (from us)

24 hours of raw interviews, clips, photos and music related to the production of the series. Over 40 institutions world-wide have purchased the Interview Archive. For all the details, including a 30 minute clip, please go to http://planetgroupentertainment.squarespace.com/the-factory-people-interview-a/


The Books For You (via Amazon) and Your Institution (direct from us)

We created a three-volume, 400 page set of books that represent an oral history of the Silver Factory as seen through the eys of those who were there. Here's a brief clip to tell you about the Books:

Amazon Print Books for you (click the links and order each book directly) from Amazon. Books are $12.99 each.

Book I Welcome to the Silver Factory

Book II Speeding Into the Future

Book III Your 15 Minutes Are Up!

The 2015 Revised University Edition Book for your Institution including more details, reviews, and other materials, please go to:

http://planetgroupentertainment.squarespace.com/factory-people-book/

 


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Well, if you got this far, we want to offer you something special just for taking a look. It's our Factory People Poster done by Tom & Leo in Paris. Just send me an email and I'll hook you up with a HiRes downloadable version. 

 

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Michael Dweck's American Mermaids Opens at acte2galerie in Paris

 

 

Act2galerie, PARIS. Michael Dweck’s first major photographic work was published in volume form as The End: Montauk, N.Y., in 2004. In a follow-up to that success, in 2008, Dweck returns with his new project “Mermaids”.

The exhibition and accompanying volume feature a dazzling array of photographs in which the photographer explores the theme of the female nude submerged in water. The simple sexy elegance and allure of these images is breathtaking. As Christopher Sweet writes in his introduction to the book: “Whether diving in the blue refractions of a swimming pool or suspended like a seraph in the cool, pellucid depths of a spring or emerging tentatively onto a rocky shore, Michael Dweck’s mermaids are lovely and aloof and bare of all raiment but for their beautiful manes and the elemental draperies that surround them. Water, light, and lens converge to capture in modern guise the elusive creature of myth.”

The exhibition and accompanying book celebrate the modern mermaid, as represented by beautiful young women who appear very much at home in the water.

Photographed in Montauk and Amagansett, but mostly in the vicinity of the Weeki Wachee River in Florida, Dweck’s new work, while often abstracting the female body in a painterly swirl of watery refractions, celebrates the physical charm of the female form and the transformational effect that is achieved by the shedding of clothes and psychic baggage in the meditative isolation of the underwater world.

Dweck began his career in advertising in which he went on to become a highly regarded Creative Director receiving over 40 international awards, including the coveted Gold Lion at the Cannes International Festival in France. Two of his long-form television pieces are part of the permanent film collection of The Museum of Modern Art in New York.

Dweck's photographs were first showcased at Sotheby’s, New York, in 2003, in their first solo exhibition for a living photographer, and have been exhibited extensively at some of the world's most prestigious galleries such as Maruani & Noirhomme in Belgium, Staley-Wise Gallery in New York, Modernism is San Francisco, Eric Franck Fine Art in London, and the Blitz Gallery in Tokyo. His work is also shown at the Fahey/Klein Gallery in Los Angeles and the Robert Morat Galerie in Hamburg. His current exhibition will feature the work from Mermaids and The End and will tour galleries throughout the United States, Europe, and Asia. Michael Dweck lives in New York City.

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Art Institute Showcases Seventeen Major Works of Pre-Columbian Art from Mexico

CHICAGO, IL.- Mexico commemorates the bicentennial of its independence from Spain and the centennial of the 1910 Revolution that led to the formation of its modern republic. In recognition of these significant anniversaries, the Art Institute of Chicago joins dozens of other cultural organizations around Chicago to participate in the citywide celebration Mexico 2010.

Working with the Museo Nacional de Antropología in Mexico City and the Museo Arqueológico de Xalapa, the Art Institute will present an exhibition of sculptural masterpieces from the country’s ancient civilizations, many of which have never before been seen in the United States. Ballplayers, Gods, and Rainmaker Kings: Masterpieces from Ancient Mexico opens September 16, 2010 in the museum’s Regenstein Hall (on view until January 2, 2011) and features seventeen extraordinary works of pre-Columbian origin spanning more than two millennia.

The monumental works of ancient pre-Columbian art showcased in the exhibition reveal the distinctive styles and symbolic forms of a series of Mexican Indian societies that flourished from the Central Plateau and the Gulf Coast to the mountains of Oaxaca, the Yucatán Peninsula, and the forested reaches of Chiapas between 900 B.C. and A.D.1521. The sculptures are a reminder of Mexicoʼs rich cultural mosaic. While stylistically and thematically diverse, all of these compelling works of art share a fundamental worldview in which human society was perceived as an integral part of the dynamic order of nature.  

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Art Show by Rolling Stones' Ronnie Wood Starts Up in Ohio.

The Butler Institute of American Art  presents Ronnie Wood: Paintings, Drawings and Prints beginning September 21st, 2010. This exhibition, accompanied by a full-color catalogue, will continue through November 21st. 

Ronnie Wood is both a musician and an artist. His work as singer, guitarist and songwriter with The Rolling Stones, Rod Stewart and The Faces is well-known. Lesser-known is his ability as a visual artist. Wood has been painting and drawing since age twelve, even longer than he has been playing guitar. According to butler Director, Dr. Louis Zona, “Ronnie Wood is a most accomplished painter whose work demonstrates a wonderful knowledge of the medium, outstanding technical abilities and an extraordinarily creative mind. The butler is honored to host the artist’s first major American museum exhibition to showcase this remarkable talent.” 

Ronnie Wood was born in
Middlesex, England, and is from a musical and artistic family. Before beginning his musical career, he received formal art training at Ealing College of Art in London. As his musical career progressed, Wood continued painting and drawing. Throughout his dual-career he has also depicted the musicians with whom he plays, documented his world tours, and portrayed his recording sessions in vibrant action portraits. He also uses family and close friends, as well as the landscape, as subjects in his art work. 

Over the years Wood’s work has been widely exhibited. In 1996, he had a retrospective exhibition at the
Museum of Modern Art, Sao Paulo, Brazil. He has had numerous solo shows in North and South America, in the Far East, and throughout Europe. Included in this Ronnie Wood exhibition, the first to be held at a US museum of art, are 30 paintings, 22 pen/pencil drawings, and 7 mixed media works. The show was organized by the butler with assistance from Daniel Crosby and Danny Stern (SPS Lime Light Agency, Los Angeles and San Francisco) and Bernard Pratt (Pratt Studios, London), 

The exhibition catalogue writers are butler Director and Chief Curator Dr. Louis A. Zona, and David Shirey, Dean of the Graduate Program at Manhattan’s the School of Visual Arts, and former art critic for The New York Times. This exhibition by a well-known British artist is presented as a part of the butler’s ongoing Influence on America Program, which features exhibitions of work by historic and contemporary artists who have been inspired by or whose work has been informed by American art.

 
 
 

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Major Bruno Di Bello Retrospective Opens at Fondazione Marconi

 

 

 

MILAN.- On Wednesday 15 September Fondazione Marconi presented a big retrospective of Bruno Di Bello. The exhibition is displayed on the four floors of Spazio Marconi and covers the whole activity of the artist from his first experiences between painting and photography during the Sixties, to the Mec-Art period, to the big canvas where he mixes writing and photography until his recent digital abstraction works.

Bruno Di Bello artistic activity began when he joined Gruppo ’58 in Neaples, but his work differred from that of his mates because he was much more interested in abstract art, oriented towards a setting to zero of painting. In 1966 he had his first solo show at Lucio Amelio Gallery. In this period he began his first experiments with photography, he transferred on light-sensitive canvas images like the Moshe Dayan face (Studio per ritratto di condottiero, 1965) or other protagonists of that period.

In 1967 he moved to Milan and he settled down in “Quartiere delle Botteghe” in Sesto San Giovanni, at that time home for a lot of artists. In 1968 he joined Mec-Art, whose leader was Pierre Restany.
 
During the Seventies and the Eighties he began drawing directly on the light-sensitive canvas with the light of a pile. Later in the Eighties he discovered a new way to use the light: he placed people and object between the light source and the canvas where the subjects projected their shadow and then he used thick brushstrokes as in Apollo e Dafne nel terremoto, made especially for the exhibition Terrae motus set up by Lucio Amelio in 1967 (it was shown at the Grand Palais in Paris and now it is situated in Reggia di Caserta).
 
The show documents Bruno Di Bello research in that course of progressive “art dehumanisation” so called and theorized by Mario Costa, a neapolitan philosopher, that writes about the artist: “Bruno Di Bello has understood that the height of the aseity of the image, for its logical and so theorethical nature, coincide with the maximum of its icyness, what he has been researching for all his life. He understood that digital images refer either to any subjects or any objects, they have no reference and they have no object. They have to be considered as models, as new thing with wich comparing on the aesthetic level.



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Bauhaus Archive Commemorates Hajo Rose's 100th Anniversary with Exhibition

 

 

 

BERLIN.- ‘Finally – a house made of steel and glass!’ This was the enthusiastic reaction of Hajo Rose (1910 - 1989) to the Bauhaus building in Dessau when he began his studies there in 1930. Rose promoted the methods of the Bauhaus throughout his lifetime: as a lecturer at universities in Amsterdam, Dresden and Leipzig, and also as an artist and photographer. To commemorate his 100th birthday, the Bauhaus Archive in Berlin is showing the first comprehensive retrospective of this Bauhaus designer from 15 September to 8 November 2010, with 80 works from the areas of photography and typography.


Shortly before the Bauhaus was closed, Rose was one of the last students to receive his diploma
. Subsequent periods in various cities shaped his biography, which is a special example of the migratory experience shared by many Bauhaus members after 1933. After one year as an assistant in the Berlin office of László Moholy-Nagy, Hajo Rose immigrated to The Netherlands together with Paul Guermonprez, a Bauhaus colleague, in 1934. He worked there as a commercial artist and taught at the Nieuwe Kunstschool in Amsterdam. At the 1937 World Exposition in Paris, he won an award for his poster ‘Amsterdam’. After the Second World War, Rose worked as a graphic designer, photographer and teacher in Dresden and Leipzig. He continued to advocate Bauhaus ideas in the GDR, even though the Bauhaus was regarded in East Germany as bourgeois and formalistic well into the 1960s. Rose resigned from the Socialist Unity Party (SED) – in spite of the loss of his teaching position as a consequence. From that time, he worked as one of the few freelance graphic designers in the GDR. Hajo Rose died at the age of 79 – shortly before the fall of the Berlin Wall.

The exhibition ‘Hajo Rose: Bauhaus Photo Typo Graphic’ places a focus on his work at the Bauhaus and in Amsterdam, while also giving a view of his later work.

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Hitler's Car Gift to Nepal King To Get a New Life

KATHMANDU (REUTERS).- A car said to have been a gift from Adolf Hitler to a Nepali king will be repaired and used to drive visitors around the grounds of a palace museum, a government official said on Thursday.

The 1939 Mercedes Benz
was presented by the Nazi leader to King Tribhuvan, grandfather of Nepal's last King Gyanendra, deposed two years ago.

It has been stored at an old palace garage for more than five years, after being abandoned by an engineering college that had been using it for classes.

 "This will be more attractive to visitors and will also give people a feel of the political change the country has undergone."

In 2008, a specially elected assembly dominated by Maoist former rebels overwhelmingly voted to abolish the 239-year-old monarchy, turning the majority-Hindu nation into a secular republic.

Gyanendra's pagoda-roofed palace has since been made into a museum.

The car was initially carried to the Nepali capital Kathmandu by laborers at a time when automobiles in the city were scarce and the mountainous capital was several days' walk from the outside world.


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The City Bakery Opens Birdbath Café at New Museum on the Bowery

 

 

 

NEW YORK, NY.- The New Museum on the Bowery announces the launch of Birdbath created by The City Bakery, one of the leading baked-goods proprietors in New York. The City Bakery, founded by acclaimed baker Maury Rubin, is known for its outstanding fare and sustainable, forward-thinking practices. Birdbath at the New Museum will offer seasonal, locally grown, organic food prepared in the main bakery and delivered to the New Museum by bicycle-driven cargo rickshaw. The cafe is located on the free, ground-floor of the New Museum and will also offer take-out service.

"We're thrilled to be a part of the New Museum, in both the lobby concession and the catering of special events. The Museum is a mighty big planet in how we see the galaxy of downtown New York, and so much of who we are, who we do business with, and who we want to be aligned with is reinforced by this connection," said Maury Rubin of Birdbath, created by The City Bakery.

The almost twenty-year-old City Bakery is known for their products like baker Maury Rubin's sought after pretzel croissants and chocolate chip cookies. In celebration of its opening, Rubin will premiere the New Museum Cookie, available exclusively at the Museum. An extended menu at the New Museum includes coffees and signature beverages like the Birdbath non-alcoholic "Sangria," as well as salads, savory tartines, and turkey meatloaf sliders, among other selections (view full menu at newmuseum.org/about/cafe). Birdbath will offer a 25% discount to customers if they arrive by bicycle or skateboard as they do at their other locations. New Museum Members receive a 10% discount at the café.

The café's new design will feature communal tables, as well as intimate settings for conversation, enhancing the New Museum's Lobby as a gathering place for visitors and the creative community. The newly designed tables and stools were commissioned especially for the New Museum by Brooklyn-based studio Uhuru, a furniture collective merging avant-garde design with a commitment to environmental sustainability. The stools are made from scraps of hardwood collected from local wood shops and the tables are crafted from high-percentage, post-consumer recycled steel and aluminum and finished with a zero VOC powder coat. Attentive visitors will notice the shape of the New Museum building playfully seeded in the top of each puzzle-like "Stoolen." The café's counter top, which displays baked goods, is IceStone, a durable surface made of 100% recycled glass and cement, also manufactured in Brooklyn. The New Museum and Birdbath selected the award-winning Arper Leaf Chair because the Italian manufacturer has a company-wide commitment to minimize environmental impact at every stage of the chair's production.

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Pele's Final International Match Shirt from 1971 To Sell at Bonhams

 
 

 

LONDON.- The shirt worn by the legendary Brazilian footballer Pelé in his final international appearance for Brazil versus Yugoslavia on 18 July 1971 is to be sold at Bonhams, Chester as part of its Sporting Memorabilia sale on 20 October 2010. It has attracted a pre-sale estimate of £8,000 – 10,000.

Widely regarded as the greatest footballer of all time, Pelé retired from international football when he was still a top player. He had completed 111 appearances with an international scoring record of 97 goals. At the end of his final game, which was played in Rio de Janeiro’s Macarana Stadium, he swapped his shirt with Yugoslavia’s number six, Dragon Holcar, confirmed in a statement by Holcar that accompanies the lot. The shirt was subsequently displayed in a cafe in Split, Croatia for over twenty years.

The sale also includes a George Best Northern Ireland match worn shirt (estimate £5,000 – 6,000), which was the last shirt worn by Best for Northern Ireland while a Manchester United player on 14 November 1973; two match worn shirts belonging to Bobby Moore, one from a 1970 West Ham game (estimate £5,000 – 6,000) and the other from a 1963 England international game (estimate £4,000 – 5,000); Bobby Charlton’s match worn shirt from an England international game (estimate £1,500 – 2,000); and three caps (one European and two international) awarded to Geoff Hurst between 1967 and 1972.

Further highlights include two signed Gunn and Moore cricket bats used by South African cricketer Herschelle Gibbs, the first when batting for South Africa versus Australia on 12 March 2006 (estimate £3,500 – 5,000); and the second on 16 March 2007 (estimate £2,500 – 3,500).

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MoMA Exhibition Explores Design and the Modern Kitchen
 
NEW YORK, NY.- The Museum of Modern Art presents Counter Space: and the Design Modern Kitchen, an exhibition that examines the kitchen and its continual redesign as a barometer of changing aesthetics, technologies, and ideologies, from September 15, 2010, through March 14, 2011. Comprising almost 300 works drawn from the Museum’s collection, including design objects, architectural plans, posters, photographs, archival films, prints, paintings, and media works, the exhibition’s centerpiece is an unusually complete example of the iconic ―Frankfurt Kitchen,‖ designed in 1926–27 by Margarete Schütte-Lihotzky and recently acquired by MoMA. In the aftermath of World War I, about 10,000 of these kitchens were manufactured for public-housing estates built around Frankfurt-am-Main, Germany, as part of a comprehensive 5-year program to modernize the city.

Since the innovations of Schütte-Lihotzky and her contemporaries in the 1920s, kitchens have continued to articulate, and at times actively challenge, our relationships to food; popular attitudes toward the domestic role of women, family life and consumerism; and even political ideology, as in the case of the famous 1959 Moscow ―Kitchen Debate‖ between Richard Nixon and Nikita Khrushchev at the height of the Cold War. Counter Space: Design and the Modern Kitchen is organized by Juliet Kinchin, Curator, and Aidan O’Connor, Curatorial Assistant, Department of Architecture and Design, The Museum of Modern Art.

The exhibition is arranged in three sections which span the 20th century. The New Kitchen, an interwar design concept that embodied modernist principles of efficiency, hygiene, and standardization, appeared in numerous iterations throughout Europe and the United States.

After World War II, particularly in America, a climate of abundance and an emphasis on consumer choice put a new spin on the well-established rhetoric of efficiency and anti-drudgery in design for the kitchen. Visions of Plenty looks at postwar kitchens—larger, more colorful, and family-centered—that glorified the ease and comfort of fully-automated design. The idea of the ―dream kitchen,‖ captured in Tom Wesselmann’s exuberant Still Life #30 collage of 1963, was celebrated in commercial films produced by manufacturing giants such as General Electric and Frigidaire, several of which are in the exhibition. Images from the Museum’s vast collection of film stills, for example, Full of Life (1956), with Judy Holliday, emphasize how Hollywood helped prime consumer desire for modern kitchens and appliances.

During the 1950s, the German appliance company Braun, began to develop a cohesive family of objects that quickly became known for their superior functionality and pure form, such as the Multipurpose Kitchen Machine, which is exhibited complete with all 16 different fixtures. Italy pioneered design in plastics, and in the 1960s designers re-imagined the entire kitchen in flexible, mobile, and miniaturized forms. An example is Virgilio Forchiassin’s Spazio Vivo mobile kitchen unit (1968), featured in the exhibition.

Alternative design thinking for the kitchen by the 1970s pushed beyond new materials and forms to social and environmental concerns. In Sweden, groups like Ergonomi Design shaped kitchen tools for the elderly and physically disabled. And dedicated designers like Lebanese diplomat Adnan Tarcici supported sustainable energy with impressively simple solar cookers, a collapsible version of which is featured. Contemporary designers continue to creatively address the enormous range of materials, functions, possibilities and problems that reside in the modern kitchen.

The final section, Kitchen Sink Dramas, introduces a human element to the kitchen—a space that evokes a gamut of emotions, from genuine pleasure to anxiety. Photographs, prints, and media works by contemporary artists highlight the kitchen as a subject that has permeated artistic practice since the late 1960s as a means of addressing larger debates around economics, politics, and gender. Included in the installation are Cindy Sherman’s untitled film stills with groceries in a kitchen, William Eggleston’s photographs of the inside of an oven and a freezer, and Martha Rosler’s 1975 video, Semiotics of the Kitchen.

Throughout the exhibition prominence is given to the contribution of women, not only as the primary consumers and users of the domestic kitchen, but also as reformers, architects, designers, and as artists who have critically addressed kitchen culture and myths.

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The Turner Prize Goes to The BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art in 2011

 

 

 

LONDON.- Tate and BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art are delighted to announce that The Turner Prize will be presented at BALTIC in 2011. In 2007 the Prize was staged at Tate Liverpool as a curtain-raiser to Liverpool being European Capital of Culture in 2008. Following its success there, it has been decided that the Prize will be presented at Tate Britain and at a gallery outside London in alternate years. The first non-Tate venue outside the capital will be BALTIC in Gateshead.

Each year the prize is judged by an independent jury. Chaired by Penelope Curtis, Director Tate Britain, the jury for The Turner Prize 2011 comprises: Katrina Brown, Director, The Common Guild, Glasgow; Vasif Kortun, Platform Garanti, Istanbul; Nadia Schneider, Director, Kunsthaus Glarus; and Godfrey Worsdale, Director, BALTIC. The four shortlisted artists will be announced in April 2011. The exhibition will run at BALTIC from Friday 21 October 2011 until Sunday 8 January 2012 and the winning artist will be announced at a celebratory event at BALTIC in December 2011.

The Turner Prize is awarded each year to a British artist under the age of fifty for an outstanding exhibition or other presentation of their work in the twelve months preceding. The prize fund of £40,000 is divided between the shortlisted artists with £25,000 going to the winner and £5,000 to each of the other three artists. Previous winners include Tomma Abts, Gilbert & George, Antony Gormley, Damien Hirst, Steve McQueen, Gillian Wearing, Rachel Whiteread and Richard Wright.

Established in 1984 to draw greater public attention to contemporary art, The Turner Prize has played a significant role in provoking debate about visual art and has inspired growing public interest in contemporary British art in particular. It has become widely recognised as one of the most important and prestigious awards for the visual arts in Europe.



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Exhibition of Works by The Inner Circle of Max's Kansas City Artists Opens

 

 

 

NEW YORK, NY.- Steven Kasher Gallery inaugurates its 2010/11 season with the exhibition Max's Kansas City, on view September 15th through October 9th. It will feature over 150 vintage and limited edition photographs, and monumental sculptures and paintings by the inner circle of Max's artists, including John Chamberlain, Forrest Myers, Larry Zox, Neil Williams, and Andy Warhol. A highlight will be Myers's recreation of his famous laser/jukebox installation.

The exhibition will launch Max's Kansas City: Art, Glamour, Rock and Roll (Abrams Image, 2010), a vibrant chronicle of the famed venue. The book will feature luminous photography by Bob Gruen, Anton Perich and others, and writing by Lou Reed, Lenny Kaye, Danny Fields, Lorraine O'Grady, and Steven Watson. It is edited by Steven Kasher.

There has never been a more exciting collision of art, music, and glamour than at Max's Kansas City in the 1960s and 70s. At Max's you could hang out with Andy Warhol, argue about art with John Chamberlain, or get a record deal just by showing up. Downstairs the artists were paying tabs with original art, upstairs was home to the iconoclastic New York music scene, featuring the Velvet Underground, the New York Dolls, and yet undiscovered stars such as Bruce Springsteen, Bob Marley, Blondie, Iggy Pop, and Madonna. Max’s incubated more artists and musicians in New York’s 60s and 70s cultural heyday than any other scene.

“Max’s Kansas City was the exact spot where Pop Art and Pop Life came together in the 60s –teenyboppers and sculptors, rock stars and poets from St. Mark’s Place, Hollywood actors checking out what the underground actors were all about, boutique owner and models, modern dancers and go-go dancers---everybody went to Max’s and everything got homogenized there.” – Andy Warhol
 
Max’s Kansas City will be on view September 15th to October 9th, 2010. Steven Kasher Gallery is located at 521 W. 23rd St., New York, NY 10011. Gallery hours are Tuesday through Saturday, 11 to 6 pm.

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Warner Bros. Presents A Gift to Smithsonian…A New Digital 3-D Theater

 

 

 

WASHINGTON, DC.- Warner Bros. Entertainment has made a $5 million donation to the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History to establish a new theater to present the history of American film. The gift will enable the museum to transform its 46-year-old auditorium into a modern theater with 3-D capability. The auditorium will be renamed the Warner Bros. Theater when it opens next year.
 
In recognition of the gift, the Smithsonian will rename Carmichael Auditorium the Warner Bros. Theater when it opens. Leonard Carmichael, the seventh Secretary of the Smithsonian, will be recognized with a plaque in the theater’s lobby and in a small display about the history of the museum. The display case will be located at the National Mall entrance and will highlight the role of Carmichael and Frank Taylor—founding director of the museum; it is expected to open in December 2010.

“For more than a century, American movies have provided a strong and enduring national cultural connection that crosses generations,” said Brent D. Glass, director of the museum. “It continues to shape how we perceive ourselves and how people around the world understand our country. American film deserves a special home at our museum and the Warner Bros. partnership expands our capacity to tell this unique story and allow museum visitors to explore the legacy of American cinema.”
 
While the theater is under renovation, museum staff will develop public programming focused on the historical and cultural legacy of film. The Warner Bros. gift complements the museum’s existing entertainment and photo-history collections that include costumes, props and scripts from film and television as well as cameras, projectors and editing equipment. The museum’s collections include an 1890s motion-picture rotary lens; props from 1920s silent films; drawings from the first Mickey Mouse animated film, Steamboat Willie, made in 1928; one of the Technicolor motion-picture cameras used in 1939 to film The Wizard of Oz; and the ruby slippers Judy Garland wore in that movie.
 
The Warner Bros. gift also will enable the museum to establish a reserve fund that will provide for maintenance and general upgrades to the theater.

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Sotheby's Presents Its Strongest ‘Arts of The Islamic World’ Sale Ever Staged

 

 

 

LONDON.- Following the resounding successes achieved in the field of Islamic Art at Sotheby’s, the company’s forthcoming biannual Arts of the Islamic Works Sale in London, which presents more than 400 lots, on Wednesday, October 6, 2010 will be the company’s strongest ever staged. The auction contains a fine selection of rare objects, including weaponry, textiles, metalwork and manuscripts, ceramics, and paintings, which encompass a wide range of periods, spanning the 7th century through to the 16th, 17th, 18th and 19th centuries. The sale is expected to realise in excess of £10 million.

Commenting on the forthcoming series of Islamic Art sales, Edward Gibbs, Senior Director and Head of the Middle East Department at Sotheby’s, said: “The market for Islamic Art continues to grow in strength and with each sales season Sotheby’s has established new records and benchmarks in several different areas of the Islamic field. Innovative and leading museums, such as the Museum of Islamic Arts in Qatar, have played a significant role in the increased global awareness and strength of this area of the art market. We very much look forward to showcasing in Doha, from September 20th to the 21st, a selection of remarkable objects which highlight Sotheby’s forthcoming Islamic Art Sales in London.”

In the wake of the record-breaking success achieved by Sotheby’s in both London and Doha for Safavid textiles, the forthcoming auction will present for sale the "Karlsruhe" Safavid Niche Rug from Central Persia (above). This rug, which dates from the second half of the 16th century, is one of a very important group of Safavid Persian niche rugs previously referred to as the 'Topkapi' or 'Salting' rugs, named after a carpet bequeathed to the Victoria & Albert Museum by George Salting upon his death in 1909. Revered by early scholars such as A. U. Pope, F.R. Martin, F. Sarre, E. Kühnel, W. von Bode and G. Migeon they are considered superb examples of Safavid court workmanship. When these rugs first appeared on the market in the early 20th century they were purchased by renowned collectors with several of them now in institutions such as the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York and the Carpet Museum in Tehran. Safavid prayer rugs such as the example offered here rarely appear on the market and this fine example is estimated at £1-1.5 million.
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