ATHENS (AP).- Police in southern Greece
have seized a rare twin pair of 2,500-year-old marble statues and
farmers who allegedly planned to sell them abroad for €10 million
million), authorities said. Police said two Greeks aged 42 and 48 were
in the Peloponnese area late Friday as they were loading the illegally
figures of young men into a truck. Authorities are seeking a third man
of belonging to a smuggling gang that planned to spirit the 6th century
works out of the country. The statues are of the stiff, highly
formalized Kouros type widespread in the 7th and 6th centuries B.C.
portrayed gods, heroes or aristocrats and were painted in bright colors.
the 5th century on, Greek sculpture became more fluid and lifelike,
in the naturalism of the Hellenistic era.
MADRID.- The Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza and
Fundación Caja Madrid are presenting the exhibition Monet and
Abstraction. It offers a survey of the work of the great French
Impressionist painter from an innovative perspective and one never previously
employed in the context of a temporary exhibition of this scale and importance,
namely the artist’s relationship with the development of abstraction in the
second half of the 20th century. On exhibition 23 February through 30
LONDON.- ‘I’m Here’, a robot love story ‘In An ABSOLUT World’, is
set in LA and celebrates a life enriched by creativity. The film has already
proved to be a huge success after being selected to premiere at the Sundance
Film Festival on 21st January this year, and will be screened at the
influential Berlinale in mid-February. Ahead of the film’s global consumer
launch on 7th March 2010, ABSOLUT will challenge people’s ‘ordinary’ everyday
perceptions by bringing to life the notion that, ‘ordinary is no place to be’.
Across the UK, billboards and graffiti sites have subtly built intrigue around
the collaboration, offering consumers the chance to attend exclusive preview
screenings of the 30 minute film ‘in no ordinary places’.
FORT WORTH, Texas – A group of paintings by one of the most brilliant and complicated of all of the American modernists will be on view June 14–August 24 at the Amon Carter Museum in the special exhibition Marsden Hartley and the West: The Search for an American Modernism. The exhibition brings together 38 works from Hartley’s New Mexico years, perhaps the most overlooked and least understood period of his career. Visitors will experience one artist’s personal journey to find something authentically American in the landscape of the West. The exhibition was organized by Heather Hole, formerly a curator at the Georgia O’Keeffe Museum and now a curator of American art at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.
LOS ANGELES, CA.- The Los Angeles County Museum of
Art (LACMA) presents Luis Meléndez: Master of the Spanish Still Life, the first
U.S. exhibition in twenty-five years of eighteenth-century Spanish painter Luis
Meléndez (1715-1780). Meléndez is now recognized not only as one of the
greatest Spanish painters of the eighteenth century, but also as one of the most
accomplished still life painters of the time. Drawing works from major American
and European museums as well as private collections, the exhibition will
showcase nearly thirty paintings by Meléndez—many of which have never been
exhibited before. In addition, a selection of eighteenth century Spanish
kitchenware, similar to those used by the artist as studio props, will be
featured. LACMA’s presentation will be the only West Coast showing of
Luis Meléndez: Master of the Spanish Still Life and will be on view on the third
floor of the Ahmanson Building through January 3, 2010.
INDIANAPOLIS, IN (AP).- El Greco’s vision of the veil
of Veronica hangs near a golden crown with 447 emeralds. Just a few steps away,
a recumbent sculpture of the crucified Jesus Christ rests before its return to a
Spanish hermitage in time for Holy Week. The free exhibition, which continues
through Jan. 3, 2010, has thrilled experts and other visitors
alike. Harvard Art Museum curator and cultural historian Ivan Gaskell said it
inspired him intellectually like no other exhibition he has seen this year.
“Sacred Spain: Art and Belief in the Spanish World” at the Indianapolis
Museum of Art is drawing visitors from around the world for an unprecedented
exhibition of 71 pieces from 45 lenders — many of them private — in Spain,
Mexico, Peru and other countries. Madrid’s Prado has loaned five works