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Menil Collection’s Byzantine Chapel Space Will Show Contemporary Art

| December 15, 2014

Byzantine ChapelIn 2012 a group of 13th century Greek Orthodox frescos were returned by the Menil Collection in Houston to Cyprus. History has it that the frescos appearedd sub rosa, via a Turkish dealer who was eventually prosecuted for antiques smuggling. When Dominique de Menil saw the frescoes for the first time, they were in 38 pieces, having been […]

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Guggenheim Seeking People to Read On Kawara’s “One Million Years Future.”

| December 15, 2014

On KawaraIn keeping with a tradition started by New York’s Dia Center for the Arts in 1993, the Guggenheim Museum New York is presenting a recitation of On Kawara’s (1932-2014)  work “One Million Years Past and One Million Years Future.” The performance piece, created in 1969, had its first audio presentation in 1993 during the artist’s solo […]

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Guggenheim Abu Dhabi Garners New York Times Preview

| December 8, 2014

Guggenheim Abu DhabiAs we reported recently, the Louvre Abu Dhabi is set to open in 2015 on a spit of island that has been earmarked as a cultural center at the crossroads of the world.  The opening of the Frank Gehry designed Guggenheim Abu Dhabi is only three years out, as reported by the New York Times. According to the […]

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China Arts Foundation International Hosts Carnegie Hall Concert

| December 5, 2014

CAFI homepage imageOn December 17th, the China Arts Foundation International (CAFI) orchestra appears at Carnegie Hall.  The 15-piece orchestra, established in 2004, will be conducted by  Steven Fei Fang, CAFI’s Managing Artistic Director.  Xulan Zheng will make a guest appearance. Formerly known as the New York Chamber Orchestra, the CAFI orchestra will present program of w classical, oriental, […]

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Louvre Abu Dhabi Offers Glimpse Of New Cultural District

| December 2, 2014

The Louvre Abu DhabiThe Economist this week offered a preview of the  Jean Nouvel designed Louvre in Abu Dhabi. Modeled after Bilbao’s Guggenheim Museum in northern Spain, it is the result of a government-to-government agreement signed on the French side by President Jacques Chirac in 2007 allowing the the Gulf institution to use the Louvre name. The museum is set […]

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Aman Again To Be Presenting Sponsor of Asia Week New York

| December 2, 2014

3d globeAs the term Asian art comes to include  middle eastern art, sellers are happy to receive the support of middle eastern corporations. Last year Aman Resorts became a presenting sponsor of Asia Week New York, a unique collaboration between galleries and auction houses that is the underpinning of  the annual sales event. It was announced today that Aman […]

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Smithsonian Launches A First: Historic Persian Calligraphy

| December 2, 2014

PERsian calligraphyThe Persian calligraphic style known as nasta’liq has long associated with the artistic expression of Persian verse.  Yet, probably because Americans are as unfamiliar with the Persian alphabet as they are with coptic lettering, the technique of nasta’liq has gone un-exhibited in the US. Nasta’liq: The Genius of Persian Calligraphy now running at the Arthur M. Sackler Gallery of the Smithsonian […]

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Breaking News on Museum Heist in Ankara

| November 17, 2014

ŞEVKET DAĞIt was announced recently that authorities have gotten a break in the investigation of the art theft of 302 pieces stolen from  State Museum of Painting and Sculpture in Ankara.  Three out of 18 suspects have been arrested and one has provided what may be vital information. The witness known only as “Daylight” said that Ukrainian […]

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Russian Art Week London Coordinates with UK-Russia Year of Culture

| November 13, 2014

Russian Art Week coverLondon’s semi-annual selling event focusing on Russian art goes into full swing soon.  It is so named because the major auction houses, Christie’s, Sotheby’s, Bonhams and MacDougall’s, schedule auctions of Russian art concurrently. While it is designed to keep collectors and curators hopping from one event to another as dealers of Russian art vie for the […]

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Asian Art Museum Announces Upcoming Exhibition “Japan’s Floating World”

| November 13, 2014

Japan's Floating WorldMuch has been made of Japan’s famous Floating World, a pleasure seeker’s paradise for those who lived in Edo (present-day Tokyo) in the 1600s. The same period was a strictly social hierarchy regulated most people’s lives. Samurai and townspeople found that their best escape from the staunch hierarchy was both a state of mind as well […]

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