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Bata Shoe Museum kicks off ‘Men in Heels’ exhibition

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Tuesday, 21 April 2015 09:49

Toronto shoemaker Master John made these men’s platform boots complete with 5 1/2-inch heels, appliquéd stars, and veritable landscape in leather. In the 1970s, some men followed the lead of rock stars in adopting lavish personal adornment and elevating shoes cultivating a persona at once dandyish and hyper-masculine. Collection of the Bata Shoe Museum. Photo credit: Image © 2015 Bata Shoe Museum, Toronto, Canada

TORONTO (AP) – The Bata Shoe Museum in Toronto, Canada, is hosting a new exhibit opening May 8 called “Standing Tall: The Curious History of Men in Heels.”

The show looks at men's footwear from the early 17th century to the present, including its history, variety, function and significance. The exhibit will be on view through June 2016.

The show also serves to celebrate the museum's 20th anniversary.

Exhibits will range from military boots to cowboy and biker boots to footwear worn by John Lennon and Elton John, along with footwear from the musical Kinky Boots and current heeled fashions for men. Some early examples of men's heeled footwear were heeled riding boots that helped men secure their feet in stirrups.

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From dime novels and Wild West shows to Hollywood Westerns, the high-heeled cowboy symbolized unfettered freedoms and self-reliance in the 20th century. Although 19th century cowboys first splurged on ostentatious cowboy boots after reaching the railheads at the end of a long cattle drive, it took Hollywood and dude ranches for the cowboy boot with its pointy toe and low slung heel to finally take shape. This pair of Tony Lama boots reflects the fashion for finery from the use of lizard skin at the toe to the high-stacked leather heel. Collection of the Bata Shoe Museum. Photo credit: Image © 2015 Bata Shoe Museum, Toronto, Canada (photo: Ron Wood)

Last Updated on Tuesday, 21 April 2015 10:14

Warhol Museum names Keny Marshall director of exhibitions

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Tuesday, 21 April 2015 09:28

Keny Marshall. Image courtesy of the Andy Warhol Museum.

PITTSBURGH, Pa. – The Andy Warhol Museum has appointed Keny Marshall as its director of exhibitions.

Most recently Marshall was a consultant working with artists and museums to design, fabricate and install interactive artworks and complex installation projects. He assumes his role at the Warhol on April 28, 2015.

Marshall earned a master of fine arts degree from Louisiana State University, and he holds a bachelor of fine arts degree from the University of Tennessee.

As a consultant, he worked on a variety of multifaceted projects in Pittsburgh including systems maintenance of the 2012 steel and fog sculpture Cloud Arbor, a collaboration among artist Ned Kahn, landscape architect Andi Cochran, and the Pittsburgh Children’s Museum; and specialty fabrication for Scott Hocking’s 2012 Mattress Factory installation Coronal Mass Ejection.

Marshall has also worked with a number of museums to oversee various facets of exhibition production and installation, including at Perot Museum of Nature and Science, Dallas; Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County, Los Angeles; State Museum of Pennsylvania, Harrisburg; and the Warhol’s sister institution Carnegie Museum of Natural History, Pittsburgh.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 21 April 2015 09:48

In Memoriam: former Sotheby's chairman A. Alfred Taubman, 91

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Monday, 20 April 2015 10:06

Taubman Centers, Inc. founder A. Alfred Taubman joined his sons Robert and William on March 26, 2015, at the grand opening of The Mall of San Juan. Left to right: Robert S. Taubman, Chairman, President and CEO, Taubman Centers, Inc.; A. Alfred Taubman, founder, Taubman Centers, Inc.; William S. Taubman, Chief Operating Officer, Taubman Centers, Inc. (Photo: Business Wire)

BLOOMFIELD HILLS, Michigan (AP) _ A. Alfred Taubman, the self-made Michigan billionaire whose philanthropy and business success -- including weaving the enclosed shopping mall into American culture -- was clouded by a criminal conviction late in his career, has died. Taubman, who served as chairman of Sotheby's Holdings Inc from 1983 to 2000, was 91. Taubman, who donated hundreds of millions of dollars to universities, hospitals and museums, died Friday night at his home of a heart attack, according to son Robert S. Taubman, president and CEO of Taubman Centers, Inc.

"This company and all that you stand for were among the greatest joys of his life,'' Robert S. Taubman wrote in a message to the company's employees. "He was so proud of what this wonderful company he founded 65 years ago has accomplished.''

Taubman's business success spanned from real estate and art auction houses to the hot dog-serving A&W restaurant chain, for which he traveled to Hungary to figure out why the country's sausage was so good. He also became a major backer of stem-cell research. But it was his rearrangement of how people shop -- parking lot in front, several stores in one stop close to home -- that left a mark on American culture. Taubman Centers, a subsidiary of his Taubman Co., founded in 1950, currently owns and manages 19 regional shopping centers nationwide.

"Everything that excited me that I got interested in, I did,'' Taubman told The Associated Press in a 2007 interview.

Born Jan. 31, 1924, in Pontiac, Michigan, to German-Jewish immigrants, Taubman worked at a department store after school near his family's home, which was among the custom houses and commercial buildings developed in the area by his father. He was a freshman at the University of Michigan when he left to serve in World War II, around the time he stopped using his first name, Adolph. He returned to Ann Arbor to study art and architecture,and then transferred to Lawrence Technological University near Detroit to take night classes while working at an architectural firm as a junior draftsman.

Recognizing the booming post-war growth of the middle class, he launched his first real estate development company in 1950. His first project was a freestanding bridal shop in Detroit -- but he had his eyes on something bigger. He'd noticed shoppers responding to the convenience of a "one-stop comparison shopping opportunity,'' he wrote in his autobiography. So when a friend suggested a shopping plaza in Flint, Taubman's company did something radical for the time: stores were pushed to the back of the lot and parking spaces were put up front. It was a success, his young company took on larger-scale developments in Michigan, California and elsewhere in the 1950s and early 1960s.

Taubman served as chairman of Sotheby's Holdings, Inc., parent company of Sotheby's art auction house, from 1983 to 2000, and was a partner in the international real estate firm The Athena Group before he was tangled in a price-fixing scheme. He was convicted in 2001 of conspiring with Anthony Tennant, former chairman of Christie's International, to fix the commissions the auction giants charged. Prosecutors alleged sellers were bilked of as much as $400 million in commissions. Taubman was fined $7.5 million and spent about a year in a low-security prison in Rochester, Minnesota, but long insisted he was innocent and expressed regret for not testifying in his own defense.

"I had lost a chunk of my life, my good name and around 27 pounds,'' he recalled in his book, saying he was forced to take the fall for others. The case cast a shadow over Taubman's accomplishments, but it diminished over the years -- and his philanthropy continued unabated. He pledged $100 million to the University of Michigan's A. Alfred Taubman Medical Research Institute and its stem-cell research. He also financed public-policy programs at Harvard, Brown University and the University of Michigan. Taubman "had one of the biggest hearts in America,'' former Detroit Mayor Dennis Archer told WWJ-AM.

On Wednesday, two days before his death, Taubman smiled and lifted his hat during a groundbreaking in Ann Arbor for a campus building project. Taubman donated millions and spoke passionately in support of the 2008 ballot initiative in Michigan that eased restrictions on embryonic stem-cell research and enabled his namesake institute to conduct major research for diseases -- including amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, or Lou Gehrig's disease. After turning over control of Taubman Centers to his two sons, Taubman made sustaining the Detroit Institute of Arts a priority. He helped guide the DIA as president of the Detroit Arts Commission through chronic financial problems.

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Last Updated on Monday, 20 April 2015 10:28

Longtime NYC museum director to retire in December

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Friday, 17 April 2015 15:11

Susan Henshaw Jones. Image courtesy of the Museum of the City of New York

NEW YORK (AP) – The longtime director of the Museum of the City of New York has announced her retirement.

Susan Henshaw Jones, who came on board in 2003, will depart in December.

During her tenure, she oversaw a $97 million expansion and renovation of the Upper Manhattan museum.

She's also credited with increasing its school programming, attendance and changing exhibitions.

Among them were shows on Robert Moses, graffiti art and the tile work of Rafael Guastavino.

Next week it opens an exhibition on the 50th anniversary of New York City's Landmarks Law.

Jones also has been working on an exhibition that will come to fruition after her departure. “New York at its Core,” which opens in October 2016, will include a component that allows visitors to create their own vision of the city's future.

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Last Updated on Friday, 17 April 2015 15:21

Pope Francis' iPad sells for $30,500 at auction

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Thursday, 16 April 2015 08:19

Pope Francis in a 2013 photo. Image by Jeffrey Bruno. This file is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 2.0 Generic license.

MONTEVIDEO, Uruguay (AFP) – An iPad that belonged to Argentina-born
Pope Francis went under the hammer for $30,500 on Tuesday, auctioneers in
 Uruguay said.

Montevideo-based auction house Castells said the winning bid was placed by 

Local media threw a spotlight on the iPad last year.

The pope gave it – complete with its His Holiness Francis label and a
 Vatican certificate of authenticity – to an Uruguayan priest as a gift.

It ended up being donated to a local school by the priest, before being
 auctioned off to raise money.

Last Updated on Thursday, 16 April 2015 08:31

Warhol Museum names Bartholomew Ryan curator of art

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Monday, 13 April 2015 16:27
Bartholomew Ryan. Photo by Gene Pittman

PITTSBURGH – The Andy Warhol Museum has appointed Bartholomew Ryan as its Milton Fine Curator of Art. Ryan was previously an assistant curator at Walker Art Center in Minneapolis, where he began as a curatorial fellow. Ryan assumes his role at The Warhol on May 18.

Ryan holds a master of arts degree from the Center for Curatorial Studies at Bard College, and he earned a bachelor of arts degree in drama and theater studies from Trinity College Dublin.

During his tenure at the Walker, Ryan curated numerous exhibitions, including “International Pop,” co-curated with Darsie Alexander, which opened April 11, 2015, at the Walker. The exhibition shows how popular culture and the mass media fueled artists’ imaginations around the world from the mid-1950s to the early 1970s. Its scholarship places Ryan in a position at The Warhol to further contextualize Andy Warhol and his place in global art history.

Additional recent curatorial projects include the performance, visual art, and music hybrid “Scaffold Room,” by artist and choreographer Ralph Lemon, which premiered at the Walker in 2014, co-curated with Philip Bither and Doug Benidt.

In 2013 he curated the international group exhibition “9 Artists,” which considered the role of the artist in contemporary culture and featured the work of Yael Bartana, Liam Gillick, Renzo Martens, Bjarne Melgaard, Nastio Mosquito, Natascha Sadr Haghighian, Hito Steyerl, and Danh Vo. Also in 2013 he co-curated “Painter Painter,” which explored contemporary approaches to abstract painting. Ryan organized the Walker’s presentation of the 2012 traveling exhibition “This Will Have Been: Art, Love & Politics in the 1980s.”

In 2011 he co-curated two intensive residency projects and exhibitions, “Goshka Macuga: It Broke from Within,” and Pedro Reyes’s “Baby Marx.”

Last Updated on Monday, 13 April 2015 16:38

In Memoriam: Alaska artist Rie Munoz, 93

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Thursday, 09 April 2015 12:41
Rie Munoz, 'Osprey and Ravens,' offset lithograph. Image courtesy of archive and Best of the West Auctions

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) – Alaska artist Rie Munoz has died at the age of 93.

Munoz died Monday evening in Juneau from a stroke, according to her daughter-in-law Cathy Munoz, who serves as a representative in the state house.

Rie Munoz was born in Van Nuys, California, on Aug. 17, 1921, and spent her childhood in California and Holland.

Munoz lived in Alaska for 65 years after arriving on a steamship while vacationing, and is well known for her art, particularly bright watercolors of Alaska communities and scenes. She also worked as a journalist, teacher, museum curator and in other jobs while in Alaska.

She was devoted to art and her family, Cathy Munoz said.

“She was a terrific person, and was such a big part of our family and very supportive of each of her grandchildren,” Cathy Munoz said.

Rie Munoz attended her granddaughter Mercedes' first solo artist show at Annie Kaill's, in Juneau, last Friday, Cathy Munoz said.

“Rie was there and was just in her element,” she said.

Cathy Munoz said that Rie was adventurous and independent all of her life. As a teenager, Rie and her brothers lived alone in California after being separated from their parents, who were stuck in Holland during World War II. She also worked and traveled throughout Alaska during her time here, including teaching on King Island, which is in the Bering Sea.

In a press release, the family said she visited and sketched every community on the road system, and many of those off of it.

A celebration of life is planned for April 23 from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. at Juneau's Centennial Hall.

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Last Updated on Thursday, 09 April 2015 12:55

Obama's visit to Jamaica includes stop at Bob Marley museum

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Thursday, 09 April 2015 09:19
Entrance to the Bob Marley birthplace tourist attraction in Nine Mile, Jamaica. Photo by Jasonbook99, licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported license.

KINGSTON, Jamaica (AFP) - Barack Obama became the first sitting US president to set foot in Jamaica since 1982 on Wednesday -- and made some time for the late reggae legend Bob Marley.

On arrival, Obama descended from Air Force One to greet a long line of people including Jamaican Prime Minister Portia Simpson-Miller, whom he embraced.    Obama then headed to a helicopter along with Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz.

After a hotel stop, Obama headed to the Bob Marley Museum -- the former home of the superstar musician.

The US president -- accompanied by aides including National Security Adviser Susan Rice -- took a brief tour of the Kingston landmark.

"I still have all the albums," the US president was heard to say, as he checked out a wall of framed records and awards.

Bob Marley, Jamaica's musical export with a global following, died of cancer in Florida in 1981.    The museum is a large house with walls painted red, green and yellow and a statue of Marley playing his guitar out front among the palm trees.

"One Love" was being piped from the speakers as Obama emerged through the front door along with his museum tour guide.

The first sitting presidential visit since Ronald Reagan was on the island 33 years ago comes as the Caribbean island nation is navigating a fiscal crisis.

Obama is scheduled to meet the CARICOM regional bloc and possibly offer them an alternative to cheap Venezuelan oil amid a spat with Caracas. He is also slated to meet with Simpson-Miller.

Late Thursday, Obama heads to Panama, where he may have a landmark meeting with Cuba's communist President Raul Castro during a meeting of regional nations.

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British Museum director to step down and head to Berlin

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Wednesday, 08 April 2015 08:50
Neil MacGregor, Director of the British Museum. Copyright Jason Bell

LONDON (AFP) - The head of London's British Museum will step down at the end of this year and is to work on a major new cultural project in Berlin, it said Wednesday.

Neil MacGregor, who has been in charge since 2002, will leave in December to work on part-time projects including advising German Culture Minister Monika Gruetters on the development of the Humboldt Forum.

MacGregor organized a popular exhibition on German history last year at the British Museum, which is the most visited tourist attraction in Britain.

The Humboldt Forum, a new museum due to open in 2019, is described by Gruetters as "our most ambitious cultural project" and will be housed in a former imperial palace in Berlin.

Media reports suggest that MacGregor could eventually be a candidate to run it.

After leaving the British Museum, he will also work alongside the CSMVS Museum in Mumbai -- India's most prestigious -- and on a new series for BBC radio.

During his time at the British Museum, MacGregor defended its right to keep its most controversial artifacts, the Elgin Marbles. The museum's loan of part of the Elgin Marbles to the Hermitage Museum in St Petersburg last year drew an angry response from Greece, which wants the return of the sculptures which were once part of the Parthenon temple on the Acropolis in Athens.

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Last Updated on Wednesday, 08 April 2015 08:56

Shannon Stratton named curator at Museum of Arts & Design

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Thursday, 02 April 2015 14:37
Shannon Stratton. Image courtesy of the Museum of Arts and Design

NEW YORK – Shannon Stratton has been named to the position of William and Mildred Lasdon Chief Curator of the Museum of Arts and Design effective June 2015. *

In this role, Stratton will work closely with Director Glenn Adamson to oversee the museum’s diverse exhibition program and collections, foster relationships with artists and designers, and develop new strategies to engage contemporary audiences.

Stratton joins MAD after 12 years as founder and executive director of Threewalls, a Chicago-based contemporary arts organization. In addition, she is co-founder of Hand-in-Glove and Common Field, a conference and national network for artists and organizers that amplifies the visibility and viability of arts organizing projects across the United States.

She is also an independent curator and researcher with specific interest in fiber/material studies and artist-run organizations.

Stratton received a BFA from Alberta College of Art and Design and an MFA in Fiber and Material Studies as well as an MA in Art History, Theory and Criticism from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, where she currently serves as an adjunct associate professor in both departments. Over the past few years, Stratton has been named a critical studies fellow at the Cranbrook Academy Art (2012); a fellow of the NAMAC Visual Arts Leadership Institute (2011); a “Chicagoan of the year” in the arts by the Chicago Tribune (2011) and one of the top five most vital people in Chicago’s visual arts scene as well as one of its “Visual Vanguards” by NewCity (2010, 2013).

Last Updated on Thursday, 02 April 2015 14:48

Ingrid Schaffner named curator of 57th Carnegie International

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Friday, 27 March 2015 14:57
Ingrid Schaffner, curator of the 57th Carnegie International. Image courtesy of Carnegie Museum of Art

PITTSBURGH – Lynn Zelevansky, director of Carnegie Museum of Art, announced Thursday the appointment of Ingrid Schaffner as curator of the 57th Carnegie International. The Carnegie International, initiated in 1896, is one of the world’s preeminent surveys of contemporary art.

The 57th International will open in fall 2018. Schaffner will assume her role on May 1 and move to Pittsburgh in September.

Schaffner is an American curator, art critic, writer and educator, specializing in art history. She lives in Philadelphia and Lubbock, Texas.

“The International is CMOA’s signature exhibition,” said Zelevansky. “It is the largest, most ambitious show that we take on, bringing art and ideas from around the world to Pittsburgh, while emphasizing the city’s unique sense of place.” She added, “It takes a special kind of curator to successfully organize such an exhibition, and we are delighted to have Ingrid on board. She is thoughtful and knowledgeable, an excellent writer and has true collaborative spirit.”

Since 2000, Schaffner has directed the exhibition program as chief curator at the Institute of Contemporary Art at the University of Pennsylvania. Her work often coalesces around themes of archiving and collecting, photography, feminism, and alternate modernisms – especially Surrealism. She is author of more than 20 books and nearly 200 articles, reviews, and features, ranging from Salvador Dalí’s Dream of Venus to The Essential Andy Warhol, from an essay on exhibition wall text to an art history of chocolate. She has organized monographic exhibitions of the work of Karen Kilimnik, Barry Le Va, Jess, Jason Rhoades and Anne Tyng, among others.

Born in Pittsburgh, Schaffner grew up in Los Gatos, California. She attended Mount Holyoke College, and attended the Whitney Museum of American Art’s Independent Study Program, where she was a Helena Rubinstein Curatorial Fellow. She then received a master’s degree in art history at New York University’s Institute of Fine Arts. After organizing shows for the Drawing Center, Swiss Institute, Haus der Kunst (Munich), Hayward Gallery (London), Independent Curators International, White Columns and elsewhere, Schaffner was invited by then-director Claudia Gould to reshape and oversee ICA’s curatorial department.

Schaffner envisions the 2018 edition of the Carnegie International as an exhibition informed by the perspectives of an international group of “traveling and thinking partners.” Invited for their expertise of different areas of the art world—geographic as well as disciplinary—each curator colleague will accompany Schaffner on a journey to a region unfamiliar to them both. Expanding on the role of the adviser, through the process of research, the partners will also spend time in Pittsburgh, integrating experiences of the particularities and perspectives of this city into the exhibition’s themes and ideas.

“Crafting the next Carnegie International is a chance to shape one of the momentous cultural forces that helped form me. I grew up going to the Carnegie museums and library, and I have been making pilgrimages back to Pittsburgh to see the International since 1995,” said Schaffner. “For me, embarking on this project is a venture into the unknown—a massive research enterprise that will be informed over the next three years by looking, by thinking and talking with artists, colleagues, and collectors, and by traveling to look some more. What better way to see where contemporary art will lead us in 2018?”

Established in 1896 as the Annual Exhibition, the Carnegie International was initially held every fall (with few exceptions) and focused almost solely on painting. By 1955, the show had adopted a triennial schedule and, in 1958, it became known as the Pittsburgh International Exhibition of Contemporary Paintings and Sculpture, a title it retained until 1970. After an interruption in the 1970s, the exhibition resumed in 1977 and 1979 as the International Series, single-artist shows intended as a parallel to the Nobel Prize for the arts. In 1982, it reappeared under its original triennial survey format as the Carnegie International, and has been mounted every three to five years since. After the Venice Biennale, the Carnegie International is the oldest international survey exhibition in the world.

Over the last 119 years, the museum has acquired hundreds of works of art that have appeared in Carnegie International exhibitions, including works by Josef Albers, Dara Birnbaum, Louise Bourgeois, Mary Cassatt, Nicole Eisenman, Isa Genzken, Robert Gober, Dan Graham, Winslow Homer, Edward Hopper, Mike Kelley, Ellsworth Kelly, Louise Lawler, Glenn Ligon, Agnes Martin, Julie Mehretu, Bruce Nauman, Chris Ofili, On Kawara, Nam June Paik, Sigmar Polke, Auguste Rodin, Doris Salcedo, John Singer Sargent, Hiroshi Sugimoto, Rirkrit Tiravanija, Kara Walker and James Abbott McNeill Whistler.

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Last Updated on Friday, 27 March 2015 15:23

Civil War expert William C. Davis wins book award

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Thursday, 26 March 2015 16:24
'Crucible of Command' by William C. Davis. Image courtesy of Da Capo Press RICHMOND, Va. – William C. Davis is the recipient of the American Civil War Museum 2014 Jefferson Davis Award for Crucible of Command: Ulysses S. Grant and Robert E. Lee – The War They Fought, The Peace They Forged. The book is published by DaCapo Press.

The Davis Award judges praised the book as a “masterful interweaving of Lee's and Grant's complex and somewhat tortuous journey to their Civil War eminence” in a way that “helps us understand both men better” within “a wonderfully understandable context of military history.”

Author and editor of more than 50 books in Civil War and Southern history, William C. “Jack” Davis is the former director of the Virginia Center for Civil War Studies at Virginia Tech and former longtime editor of Civil War Times Illustrated. This is his record fourth Jefferson Davis Award and his first since 1994.

The judges also named as a finalist for the 2014 Jefferson Davis Award Jonathan W. White’s Emancipation, The Union Army, and the Reelection of Abraham Lincoln published by Louisiana State University Press.

Given annually since 1971, the Jefferson Davis Award recognizes outstanding narrative works on the origins, life and legacies of the Confederacy and the American Civil War. The museum will announce in April the recipient of its other major literary award: the Founders Award, given for outstanding editing of primary source documents.

Last Updated on Friday, 27 March 2015 12:28

Profile: German zookeeper-turned-artist paints in oil on aluminum

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Tuesday, 24 March 2015 16:41
German artist Frank Krüger preparing his 'canvas.' Image submitted. CALA RATJADA, Mallorca (lifePR) – The German artist Frank Krüger, who has been living in Mallorca since the ’90s and runs two galleries there, has recently begun painting in oil on 3mm aluminum. The artist’s fame continues to grow inexorably: his famous bull paintings, the different impressions of his chosen home Mallorca, or those from one of his many trips to New York are hanging on the walls of art enthusiasts around the world.

The paintings captivate the viewer's eye mainly through intense and glowing colors and their powerful expression.

"I would compare my art form to surreal photo realism,” says Krüger.

Recently, he has been working with aluminum as a basis for his works. The aluminum comes from Valencia and is manufactured especially for him. "I then process it myself, grind and weld it," Krüger explained.

Through further special handling, the finished works can also be displayed outdoors – in a garden, lounge, pool area or terrace. Thus, many of his works are available in oil on canvas, gold leaf, silver leaf, copper and aluminum. Of course, many of his art prints are available in both Majorcan galleries in Caja Ratjada and Palma.

Many prominent clients have let themselves be portrayed in oil by the artist. The list of stars from the stage, film and sport is long and spans from George Clooney and Tom Hanks on to Claudia Pechstein and Rudi Völler all the way to Sean Connery and Michael Douglas.

The picture of the athlete Claudia Pechstein was auctioned for more than 10,000 euro.

A piece of the Berlin wall has also been painted on by Krüger, and a work of his can be viewed in Berlin's natural history museum.

The modern and inviting concept of his gallery that is spread across 500 square meters and two stories in Costa d'en Brossa, right in the heart of Palma's old town, has been very successful for the past year.

"In order to keep the gallery in Palma exciting, we also display other artists. At the moment, Christian Sommer can be seen and soon there will be a vernissage with Nobert Jäger," says the native-born Berliner, who lives with his wife, the designer Laura Hahne, and daughter in Mallorca.

"I love the city of New York, which I visit at least once a year. This passion is reflected in many of my works, and it would be one of my biggest dreams to one day open a gallery there too," says Krüger.

Krüger, born in 1962 in Berlin, already created extraordinary works with oil on canvas in his early childhood. As the son of a photographer and a technical illustrator, a sense for detail, perspective and color harmony was something that he was aware of from an early age.

His wish to study art was shattered shortly before his school leaving examination because of bad appraisal from his art teacher. He left secondary school "on the spur of the moment" and completed a three-year apprenticeship as an animal caretaker in the Berlin zoo.

After that, years of artistic self-discovery followed until he finally decided to move to Mallorca and focus solely on art, following successful exhibitions in Berlin and Mallorca. Since 2007, the artist has been working and selling his works in the Galeria Frank Krüger on the boardwalk of the harbor of Cala Ratjada, Paseo Colom 13, Mallorca and also in the new Galeria Frank Krüger since March 2014, Costa d'en Brossa 3, 07001 Palma de Mallorca, Tel. 0034/971425861. Visit his website at .

German artist Frank Krüger preparing his 'canvas.' Image submitted.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 25 March 2015 08:09

In Memoriam: Swiss artist Hans Erni

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Monday, 23 March 2015 09:26
Swiss painter, designer, and sculptor Hans Erni in 2010. Image by Barbara Hess. This file is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Germany license.

BERLIN (AP) – Swiss artist Hans Erni, whose prolific work ranged from tiny postage stamps to enormous frescoes, has died, his daughter said Sunday. He was 106.

Erni's daughter, artist Simone Fornara-Erni, announced on her Facebook page that he "passed away peacefully" on Saturday.

Erni produced hundreds of paintings, sculptures, lithographs, engravings, etchings and ceramics. He kept up a punishing work schedule deep into old age, completing a series of paintings for the International Olympic Committee in his 80s and painting a fresco at a church in Saint-Paul-de-Vence in southern France, where he had a vacation home.

Born Feb. 21, 1909, in Lucerne, Erni studied art in Paris and Berlin. He was strongly influenced in his early days by Pablo Picasso and Georges Braque, but his abstract era ended with his first public success, a huge mural titled Switzerland, Vacation Land of the People commissioned for the 1939 national exhibition in Zurich.

Many other official commissions followed though Erni's communist sympathies then got him into trouble, and he later said that for 20 years he was "boycotted, defamed, spied on and banned from cultural life as a national traitor." Swiss bank notes he designed in the 1940s weren't printed because he was deemed a Marxist.

However, the crushing of Hungary's 1956 uprising against communist rule was an ideological turning point for him.

"Tanks destroyed my vision of life," he declared at the time.

Erni created more than 90 stamp designs for Switzerland, Liechtenstein and the United Nations.

"I am convinced that it is possible to express something even on the smallest space — supposing that you have something to say," he once wrote. He also designed theater costumes and sets, as well as ceramics.

Erni's first wife, artist Gertrud Bohnert, died in a horse-riding accident. Their daughter, Simone, is herself a prominent artist. With his second wife, Doris, he had a son and two daughters, one of whom died of leukemia.

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Swiss painter, designer, and sculptor Hans Erni in 2010. Image by Barbara Hess. This file is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Germany license.
Last Updated on Monday, 23 March 2015 09:31

Former Ambassador Michelle Gavin named Africa Center director

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Thursday, 19 March 2015 12:12

Ambassador Michelle D. Gavin. U.S. Department of State image

NEW YORK – The Africa Center today announced that former U.S. Ambassador Michelle Gavin has been appointed as managing director, an executive role responsible for the Africa Center's development, strategic expansion and everyday operations. The Africa Center, once known as the Museum for African Art, aims to provide a gateway for American engagement with the African continent, headquartered in New York City.

Gavin will oversee the development of infrastructure and programming in support of a mission that spans culture, business and policy. Gavin's team will develop and curate a wide range of artistic exhibitions and events, foster a transformational and international enterprise network and develop a policy center that will serve as a new Africa-focused think tank. Altogether, the Africa Center aims to transform the international understanding of Africa, with its youngest population, and to promote direct engagement between African artists, business leaders and civil society and their counterparts from the United States and beyond.

Gavin will also oversee the closeout of the capital fundraising campaign and the completion of the Africa Center's permanent home at 1280 Fifth Ave. in Manhattan, at the intersection of 110th Street. The purpose-built Robert A.M. Stern-designed complex is located less than 20 minutes from the United Nations at the beginning of “Museum Mile” on the northeast corner of Central Park.

Hadeel Ibrahim, co-chair of the Africa Center's board of trustees, said, “We are delighted to announce Michelle Gavin's appointment. After such a distinguished career in public service dedicated to US-Africa relations, we look forward to her leadership as we build a world-class public institution, the Africa Center, here in Harlem, New York City.”

Before joining the Africa Center, Gavin served as U.S. Ambassador to Botswana from June 2011 to March 2013.

Before being asked to be President Obama's personal representative to Botswana, Gavin served for two years as a special assistant to the president and the senior director for Africa at the National Security Council.

Gavin received an M.Phil. in international relations from Oxford University, where she was a Rhodes Scholar, and earned a B.A. from Georgetown University's School of Foreign Service, where she was a Truman Scholar.

“I am captivated by the potential of The Africa Center to build new bridges between the United States and Africa. This institution will be good for Africa, good for America, and good for New York City, providing a real center of gravity for Africa-related activity,” said Gavin.

For more information, visit The Africa Center online at


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Last Updated on Thursday, 19 March 2015 12:23

William H. Windham III appointed VP of Automobile division at Morphy's

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Wednesday, 18 March 2015 14:56
William H. 'Bill' Windham, VP Automobile division at Morphy Auctions. Image provided by Morphy’s. DENVER, Pa. – Dan Morphy, founder and president of Morphy Auctions, takes pleasure in announcing the appointment of William H. “Bill” Windham III, to the position of VP Automobile Division.

Windham is a solid professional with a 35-year track record in the automotive and racing fields. He comes to Morphy’s with an impressive background that includes top-management experience at hi-line auto dealerships and interaction with all major sanctioning bodies of racing.

Before joining Morphy’s, Windham was general operations manager for Billion Auto Group in Bozeman, Montana. From 2003 to 2005, he was a sales and racing team member at Brumos Porsche in Jacksonville, Fla., and for four years prior to that, was general manager and motorsports director at Vision Porsche Audi in Reading, Pa. He previously held management and partnership posts at other top automotive dealerships in Pennsylvania and, at one of them, served as NASCAR Busch program director. Early in his career, he worked in communications at both Penske Racing in Reading, Pa., and the Reading Stock Car Association.

Windham graduated with a Pre-Law degree from Montana State University. In the late 1980s and again in the mid 1990s, he put his education to work as a valued executive-support team member at law firms in Lancaster (Pa.) and Reading.

In his free time, Windham enjoys working on his own sports cars, going for country drives with fellow Porsche Club members, and taking part in activities organized by the many car clubs and racing associations to which he belongs. He is past president of Berks County Legal Administrators and is a board member with Big Brothers Big Sisters.

“When I attended Dan Morphy’s first automobile sale last year, I was deeply impressed at how professionally he and his team conducted the auction, and I’ve gone to some of the finest car auctions in the world,” Windham said. “I could see the potential for tremendous growth, so I contacted Dan and told him I wanted to be a part of that growth. I’m very grateful that Dan gave me with the opportunity.”

Dan Morphy described Windham as “…uniquely experienced. Bill brings a lot to the table from his many years in management or partnership positions with luxury car dealerships, his connections in the racing industry and his friendships with other classic car collectors. We know that Bill will be a great asset to our team in the years to come.”

Morphy’s fast-growing Automobile Division conducts auctions at its flagship location in Denver (Lancaster County), Pa., as well as its satellite gallery in Las Vegas, Nevada, which serves a burgeoning West Coast clientele. Morphy Auctions will host an Automobile Auction featuring 40 highly select classic cars and motorcycles at the Las Vegas location on April 25th. An Automobile Auction is also planned for May 16 at the Pennsylvania gallery. Absentee and Internet live bidding will be available through LiveAuctioneers for both events.

For additional information on either sale, or to speak with Bill Windham about consigning to a future Morphy automobile event, call 717-335-3435 or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . Visit Morphy’s online at .

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William H. 'Bill' Windham, VP Automobile division at Morphy Auctions. Image provided by Morphy’s.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 18 March 2015 15:09
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