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ATHENS (AP).- Police in southern Greece have seized a rare twin pair of 2,500-year-old marble statues and arrested two farmers who allegedly planned to sell them abroad for €10 million ($12.43 million), authorities said. Police said two Greeks aged 42 and 48 were arrested in the Peloponnese area late Friday as they were loading the illegally excavated figures of young men into a truck. Authorities are seeking a third man suspected of belonging to a smuggling gang that planned to spirit the 6th century B.C. works out of the country. The statues are of the stiff, highly formalized Kouros type widespread in the 7th and 6th centuries B.C. which portrayed gods, heroes or aristocrats and were painted in bright colors. From the 5th century on, Greek sculpture became more fluid and lifelike, culminating 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 May, 2010.
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 alone.