R.I.P. Leonora Carrington

Leonora Carrington, a British-born Surrealist and onetime romantic partner of Max Ernst whose paintings depicted women and half-human beasts floating in a dreamscape of images drawn from myth, folklore, religious ritual and the occult, died on Wednesday in Mexico City, where she lived. She was 94.

“The Inn of the Dawn Horse (Self-Portrait),” oil on canvas, 1939, Ms. Carrington’s first major Surrealist work. The painting is now in the collection of the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

A sculpture from a recent exhibition of Leonora Carrigton’s work at the Estación Indianilla Cultural Center in Mexico City.

The cause was pneumonia, Wendi Norris, the co-owner of Frey Norris Contemporary and Modern gallery in San Francisco, said.

Ms. Carrington, one of the last living links to the world of André Breton, Man Ray and Miró, was an art student when she encountered Ernst’s work for the first time at the International Surrealism Exhibition in London in 1936. A year later she met him at a party.

The two fell in love and ran off to Paris, where Ernst, more than 25 years her senior, left his wife and introduced Ms. Carrington to the Surrealist circle. “From Max I had my education,” she told The Guardian of London in 2007. “I learned about art and literature. He taught me everything.”

She became acquainted with the likes of Picasso, Dalí and Tanguy. With her striking looks and adventurous spirit, she seemed like the ideal muse, but the role did not suit. Miró once handed her a few coins and told her to run out and buy him a pack of cigarettes. “I gave it back and said if he wanted cigarettes, he could bloody well get them himself,” she told The Guardian. “I wasn’t daunted by any of them.”

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Cindy Sherman Pic is Most Expensive Art Photo Ever

 Art dealer Philippe Segalot purchased Cindy Sherman’s “Untitled #96″ (1981) for $3.89 million at a Christie’s auction last week..

 “Cindy Sherman Print Sells For $3.9 Million At Auction, The Highest Ever For A Photograph

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Help write A sci-fi radio drama

A new (yet old-school) sci-fi radio drama episode needs help from you!

From SignonSanDiego online

If you’ve listened to the Union-Tribune’s “Science and Defense” podcast, or “Science Talk,” you know that co-hosts Gary Robbins and Scott Paulson are a couple of baby boomers who like old-time radio. (They especially love X Minus One.) During a recent podcast, Robbins and Paulson began spitballing ideas for a script they intend to write for a 10-minute sci-fi radio drama. The story, to be produced at wsRadio.com will be set in the 1930s and involves a man and his son (or daughter) who hear an odd noise emanating from an exhibit while they’re leaving a museum in Balboa Park at the end of the day. Robbins and Paulson urge readers to suggest names for the characters — and for a villain. They also want readers to suggest ideas for the plot!

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Hidden Art in Woody Woodpecker

Via BoingBoing and NYT Online

Did animation pioneer Shamus Culhane secretly slip his own abstract paintings into 1940s Woody Woodpecker cartoons? Apparently so, according to cartoon historian Tom Klein writing in the new issue of Animation: An Interdisciplinary Journal.

Watch the Video HERE and see for yourself!

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Souta de Moura has won the 2011 Pritzker Prize

From the LA Times online:

Nobody can say Eduardo Souta de Moura is in Alvaro Siza’s shadow any longer. Souta de Moura has won the 2011 Pritzker Prize.

The 58-year-old Portuguese architect, who worked in Siza’s office for several years as a young architect, is the winner of this year’s Pritzker Architecture Prize, the field’s most prestigious honor.

Souta de Moura has produced a varied body of public and private work but is probably best known for a stadium in Braga, Portugal, that was completed in 2004.

The Pritzer jury also singled out his House No. 2 in Bom Jesus, Portugal, for praise. Like Siza, who won the Pritzker in 1992, Souto de Moura works in Porto, Portugal’s second-largest city.

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R.I.P. Joan Sutherland, Stupenda.

From The Washington Post:

Dame Joan Sutherland, one of the greatest operatic sopranos of our time, died peacefully last night at her home in Switzerland after a long illness, according to a statement issued by her family.

She was 83 years old.

Called “La Stupenda,” she combined the heft of a Wagnerian singer with the agility and upper register of a coloratura soprano, leading to powerful interpretations of great bel canto roles that had lain dormant for decades — following in the wake of Maria Callas, who had spearheaded their initial revival.

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Sutherland takes a bow after her performance in the operetta “The Merry Widow” in Dallas in 1989. (AP)
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Vanity Fair’s World Architecture Survey: the Complete Results

Vanity Fair asked the world’s leading architects, critics, and deans of architecture schools two questions: what are the five most important buildings, bridges, or monuments constructed since 1980, and what is the greatest work of architecture thus far in the 21st century. Here are the answers from 52 respondents.

Plus: See a portfolio of Architecture’s 21 Modern Marvels and a slide show of Frank Gehry’s major buildings.

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Royal Gold Medal for I.M. Pei

From Architecture Week:
The RIBA Royal Gold Medal for 2010 goes to an architect whose renown has been built over several decades of consistently producing a very particular kind of structure — often aspired to, rarely achieved.

The characteristic buildings of I.M. Pei stand serene with the elemental dignity of high modernism, while at the same time expressing both the dynamism of muscular structural sculpture and some deep subtle touches of sensitivity to context.

Given by the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) in recognition of an entire body of work, the Royal Gold Medal is approved personally by the sitting British monarch and is given to a person or group who has had a significant influence “either directly or indirectly on the advancement of architecture.”

In announcing the 2010 award for Pei, RIBA President Ruth Reed said, “The Royal Gold Medal has been called, often erroneously, a lifetime achievement award. Seldom has it been so true as it is in the case of I.M. Pei.

“At 92 he is that rarity, an officially retired architect,” Reed continued, “though there is still work in the pipeline to be delivered, work that will crown the extraordinary achievements of six decades in which he has reinvented the housing, gallery, and commercial building types. He is truly an inspiration for all architects.”
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To the MAXXI

From the New Yorker Online

This week in the magazine, John Seabrook profiles the architect Zaha Hadid, and writes about her latest building, the National Museum of the XXI Century Arts, or MAXXI, in Rome, which opened last month. In this audio slide show, Seabrook discusses Hadid’s concept for the building, the features of its grand atrium, and the significance of MAXXI for Hadid, who visited Rome as a 10-year-old girl.

Read more & see the neat audio slideshow HERE
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UC San Diego, Museum of Contemporary Art Form Partnership

Faculty, staff, and students at the University of California, San Diego (UCSD) now have access to more than 8000 new arts materials, thanks to an innovative partnership with the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego (MCASD).

  • Museum art catalog collection moved to UCSD Arts Library
  • Museum materials strengthen Arts Library collection
  • Curators will advise on library acquisitions

The museum has transferred its collection of art catalogs and related materials to the UCSD Arts Library and the electronic catalogs of both institutions have been integrated.

Strengthened synergies
Discussions about the partnership between the two La Jolla-based institutions began in 2004. Hugh M. Davies, the David C. Copley Director of MCASD, came up with the idea. “Now more than ever it makes sense to combine our resources where there are strong benefits and efficiencies to be achieved,” he said. “MCASD’s curators will gain access to one of the great academic libraries on the West Coast.” UCSD libraries hold more than seven million items.

Brian E. C. Schottlaender, the Audrey Geisel University Librarian at UCSD, described the partnership as “a real win for both institutions and a wonderful extension of the collaboration between our organizations.”

The UCSD Arts Library supports research, teaching, and performance efforts in visual arts, literature, music, and theatre and dance. More than 80 percent of UCSD’s visual arts Ph.D. students are pursuing research in modern or contemporary art history.The addition of the MCASD collection will support these goals, as it also includes items relating to sound, installation, and performance art.

MCASD’s continuing role
The MCASD collection will continue to grow at UCSD. MCASD curators will recommend titles to the UCSD Arts Library that support MCASD research needs.

Most of the MCASD collection is art catalogs, gathered through MCASD’s ongoing international museum library exchange program. MCASD also produces between one and three of its own scholarly catalogs annually. These catalogs will be added to UCSD’s collection on an ongoing basis.

Lynn Blumenstein, Library Journal

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