World-renowned Italian artist, Nello Petrucci, showcased "The Essence of Lightness," the largest collage installation by any artist in history, at 3 World Trade Center – 45th Floor. Petrucci was hand-selected by the Silverstein family to share his mural of advertising images, shreds of hidden souls and dreams that look for wings and represents the hope that warms the present and builds the future. Attending the intimate reception was the Honorable Pietro Amitrano, Mayor of Pompeii, who stated, "It was a great honor to be in New York City at 3 World Trade Center to view Petrucci's showpiece. We are incredibly touched that a piece of Pompeii now lives on the 45th floor."
The Silverstein family welcomed Petrucci from Italy and his great work for all to see and stated, "A masterpiece in the sky!" "I'm humbled by this experience and incredibly grateful to be part of history in the 3WTC. I gave my heart and vision in this collage and told a story of the past, present, and future for everybody to enjoy," said Petrucci. Gianni Boccia, owner of Contemply and manager of Petrucci, expressed gratitude to Petrucci and his commitment of turning his vision into a reality on the 45th floor. Boccia also stated, "Wow! Just Wow!"
ABOUT "THE ESSENCE OF LIGHTNESS"
The art of Petrucci has its roots in distant ages, as evidenced by his collection dedicated to "Pompeii and the mysteries of eternal beauty," starting from graffiti, a face, a fresco. All to remember and highlight the great artistic value of those "unknown soldiers" of Pompeian painting, as defined by Petrucci. Through his work you will experience laughter, happiness, awareness of contributing to this farsighted patronage of the walls of the World Trade Center will be in the immediate future, no longer an echo facing down as it is natural, but, the aspiration of the whole project, an echo facing upwards, towards "the eternal blue sky." Petrucci is involved in creating this beauty inside, to transmit automatically with his art, the word, the meaning, the message to walls intended for silence, oblivion, or humiliated by time.
The World Trade Center for Petrucci is nothing but an "artistic mirror." https://www.nellopetrucci.com
THE NEW WORLD TRADE CENTER
When Silverstein Properties thought about rebuilding the World Trade Center, the company's goal was to create a place full of life and creativity that would reflect who we are as New Yorkers. Silverstein worked with some of the world's leading architects and artists. They put art in and around their new buildings and invited artists to work in the buildings as they were leased. What these artists have done is a testament to that vision. It is fun, it's exciting, it's creative and is what Downtown is all about. Silverstein's vision was to create a better version of New York and that vision is now a reality. Today, the new World Trade Center has come alive as a dynamic public space with timeless architecture – and home to some of the city's most exciting companies.
Contemply is a management organization that represents artists both domestically and abroad. Giovanni Boccia and Nino Del Pozzo, from Italy and partners of Contemply, show their work internationally including 3 World Trade Center, the home to prestigious artists from all over the world. Contemply recently won the prestigious "Spotlight Award" for the best gallery at the 40th edition of the Art Expo New York 2018. www.contemply.com
The 3rd Edition of the Roca One Day Design Challenge in Dubai Gathers Over 135 Architecture and Design Young Talents
With over 135 participants, the project Eco-nnect from Marco Maximus and Amr Abdelaziz has won the first prize of the 3rd edition of the Roca One Day Design Challenge, celebrated on Saturday 17th in Dubai. The competition, which took place at A4 Space in Alserkal Avenue, poses the challenge to young designers and architects of designing against the clock an innovative proposal for the bathroom space that complies with the description of the briefing revealed early that day.
The concept established as a premise for the participants in Dubai has been to design a bathroom product that incorporates innovative technology that also has to be long-lasting. The proposal has to ensure the hygiene and comfort for users.
Out of all the submitted projects, Eco-nnect from Marco Maximus and Amr Abdelaziz from Attik company, have been the winners, earning the prize of 6,000 AED. The project consists on a bath with a projector attached to the ceiling that shows the image on a large curved glass. This way, the user can keep connected while having a shower. The screen-glass is waterproof and allows navigation, scrolling and speaking with the inbuilt microphone. The member of the jury Mr. Justin Wells highlighted "this proposal is extremely professional, it catches the very core essence of the technology in the bathroom, fundamental to what we are here to celebrate today… and also abroading a different kind of materiality what we thought it was a little bit ambitious and well considered in execution as well".
The second prize has been awarded to Visage by Nada Elemam and Mai Ghazala from the American University in Cairo and the American University of Sharjah respectively valued at 4,000 AED. The member of the jury Mrs. Alexandra Nastik highlighted "this project is very simple, very elegant, it looks like a finished project and has a great featuring of technology".
The third prize, valued at 2,000 AED, has been for Barefot wellness by Habiba Aly, Rajwa Taifour and Farah Ahmed from the American University of Sharjah. Mrs. Rama Keilani member of the jury, highlighted that "this idea has lots of potential for future development, it's very innovative".
We Are Water Foundation, whose goals are to raise awareness and to make the public and the institutions think of the need to create a new water culture that allows a fair development and a sustainable management of the water resources around the world and to carry out all kinds of actions to alleviate the negative effects of the lack of adequate water resources, has also presented a fourth award of 2,000 AED to the project that has stood out for its commitment to sustainability, the project The Resevoir by Beman Takla from the British University in Dubai. The member of the jury Mr. Ben Piper commented: "a fantastic example of use of technology, not sophisticated electronic technology, but material science of technology to look at how one could recycle waste water in an efficient, sustainable manner."
Loyal to its commitment to innovation and design, Roca organises this competition with the aim of supporting young talents in the early stages of their professional careers. For this reason, Roca started the internationalization of the Roca One Day Design Challenge in 2015, with the aim of providing a platform where they can develop their creativity and gain the experience of being in touch with the professional world.
This year, the competition has expanded internationally to four more countries than in 2017: Brazil, Singapore, Poland and Bulgaria host the first edition of Roca One Day Design Challenge. Portugal, Russia, Oman, United Kingdom and China celebrate the second edition after the success of last year's first edition. United Arab Emirates and Hong Kong, where the competition is already consolidated, celebrate the 3rd and 4th edition respectively. Spain, the cradle of the Roca One Day Design Challenge, celebrates the 7th edition.
You can find more information about the competition and the winners in Dubai on the website.
Roca is a company engaged in the design, production and commercialization of products for the bathroom space, as well as ceramic floor and wall tiles for architecture, building and interior design. More than one hundred years after its establishment, the company employs over 23,600 workers and has 78 production plants, with presence in more than 170 markets in the five continents.
About the We Are Water Foundation
The We Are Water Foundation has two key goals. The first one is to promote awareness and encourage debate among the public and organisations on the need to create a new culture for water, to enable the equitable development and sustainable management of the world's water resources. The second goal is to carry out a whole host of actions to counter the negative effects of the lack of adequate water resources. The foundation's fields of activity include involvement in infrastructure, education, health and research, concentrated in the world's most deprived areas.
Dior: From Paris to the World will celebrate more than 70 years of the French house's enduring legacy
The Denver Art Museum (DAM) will be home to the U.S. presentation of Dior: From Paris to the World, an exhibition surveying more than 70 years of the House of Dior's enduring legacy and its global influence. A selection of more than 200 haute couture dresses, as well as accessories, photographs, original sketches, runway videos and other archival material, will trace the history of the iconic haute couture fashion house. Dior: From Paris to the World also will profile its founder, Christian Dior, and subsequent artistic directors, including Yves-Saint Laurent (1958–1960), Marc Bohan (1961–1989), Gianfranco Ferré (1989–1996), John Galliano (1997–2011), Raf Simons (2012–2015) and Maria Grazia Chiuri (2016–present), who have carried Dior's vision into the 21st century.
Dior: From Paris to the World also will highlight North and South American patrons' vital role in helping establish the House of Dior's global presence. Organized by the DAM and curated by Florence Müller, the DAM's Avenir Foundation Curator of Textile Art and Fashion, the exhibition will be on view from Nov. 19, 2018 to March 3, 2019, and designed by Shohei Shigematsu, OMA Partner and Director of the global firm's New York office. The more than 70-year Dior retrospective will offer a new vision on the fashion house's legacy following the 2017 to 2018 Paris exhibition at the Musée des Arts Décoratifs.
"Dior: From Paris to the World will give our visitors insight into the House of Dior's creative process and inspirations that contributed to its unparalleled impact on the fashion world, which continues to reverberate today," said Christoph Heinrich, Frederick and Jan Mayer Director of the DAM. "This exhibition will encourage audiences to think differently about the boundaries of fashion as art, and advance the museum's commitment to taking viewers behind the scenes to reveal Dior's imaginative and innovative endeavors."
Christian Dior generated a revolution in Paris and around the globe after World War II in 1947 with his New Look collection. Dior, the art gallerist who became a celebrated couturier, completely shed the masculine silhouette that had been established during the war, expressing modern femininity with his debut collection. Dior's sophisticated designs, featuring soft shoulders, accentuated busts and nipped waists, drew on his inspirations of art, antiques, fashion illustration and his passion for gardening. The result was elegant feminine contours that brought a breath of fresh air to the fashion world through luxurious swaths of fabrics, revolutionary design and lavish embroidery. This marked the beginning of an epic movement in fashion history that would eventually lead to Dior successfully becoming the first worldwide couture house.
The museum will mount this major exhibition with loans from the esteemed Dior Héritage Collection, many of which have rarely been seen outside of Europe, with additional loans from major institutions. The chronological presentation, showcasing pivotal themes in the House of Dior's global history, will focus on how Christian Dior cemented his fashion house's reputation within a decade and established the house on five continents—Africa, Asia, Europe, North America and South America. Dior: From Paris to the World also will highlight how his successors adeptly incorporated their own design aesthetic.
"Artistic interpretation has always been a key factor to the House of Dior's success in creating a global legacy for the French haute couture house," said curator Müller. "Each one of the artistic directors has accomplished this during their tenure and through their visions. Visitors will witness this through thematic exhibition sections, and will also begin to understand how the Americas contributed to the success of the house over a seven decade period."
North and South American patrons were essential to establishing the House of Dior's international prestige, especially after World War II when designers in Paris were looking to reestablish the city as the epicenter of creativity and design. Dior accomplished this by founding locations in countries such as the U.S., Mexico, Venezuela and Chile. Locations central to building its reputation in the U.S. included New York, Los Angeles, Dallas and Chicago, following Christian Dior's invitation to tour the country after being presented the esteemed Neiman Marcus award. Americans welcomed avant-garde fashion and culture during this time period, taking an interest in Dior's extravagant designs. Notable clients at the time included famed actresses Marilyn Monroe, Rita Hayworth and Elizabeth Taylor.
Visitors also will be able to delight in seeing the exquisite technique of the Dior atelier in a dramatic visual display presenting a glimpse into this secret world, including sketches, toiles, dress patterns and the intricate process of embroidery. The atelier represents the heart of the house where seamstresses work with Dior's creative directors to collaboratively bring couture to life as art, with the goal of making women more beautiful and therefore happier—which was Christian Dior's ultimate dream as a couturier.
Internationally renowned architect Shohei Shigematsu, also known for his work designing the critically acclaimed 2015 Manus x Machina: Fashion in the Age of Technology exhibition at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, will oversee the exhibition design, building off of the bold architecture of the Frederic C. Hamilton Building to showcase the House of Dior's innovative haute couture.
The DAM's presentation of Dior: From Paris to the World will be on view in the Anschutz and Martin and McCormick galleries on level two of the Hamilton Building. Individual tickets are now available by visiting the museum's website at www.DenverArtMuseum.org. Group ticket sales are available for reservations of 10 or more. To book a group, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 720-913-0088.
Exclusive VIP hotel packages also are available for those traveling to Denver, which feature skip-the-line tickets. The DAM and VISIT DENVER, the city of Denver's convention and visitors bureau, have created www.DiorinDenver.com to offer 12 exclusive hotel packages, which include:
Dior: From Paris to the World is organized by the Denver Art Museum. It is generously presented by Joy and Chris Dinsdale. Additional funding is provided by Bridget and John Grier, Swarovski, Denver Agency, Nancy Lake Benson, John Brooks Incorporated, the Fine Arts Foundation, the donors to the Annual Fund Leadership Campaign, the Textile and Fashion Circle and the citizens who support the Scientific and Cultural Facilities District (SCFD). Special thanks to the Avenir Foundation for its support of the department of textile art and fashion. Promotional support is provided by 5280 Magazine, CBS4, Comcast Spotlight and The Denver Post.
THE DENVER ART MUSEUM
The Denver Art Museum is an educational, nonprofit resource that sparks creative thinking and expression through transformative experiences with art. Its holdings reflect the city and region—and provide invaluable ways for the community to learn about cultures from around the world. Metro citizens support the Scientific and Cultural Facilities District (SCFD), a unique funding source serving hundreds of metro Denver arts, culture and scientific organizations. For museum information, call 720-865-5000 or visit www.denverartmuseum.org.
ABOUT OMA NEW YORK/SHOHEI SHIGEMATSU
OMA is a leading international partnership practicing architecture, urbanism and cultural analysis. Established in 2001, OMA New York has overseen the completion of the Seattle Central Library, the IIT Campus Center, the Prada New York Epicenter and Milstein Hall at Cornell University. Shohei Shigematsu is a Partner at OMA and has led the firm's diverse portfolio in the Americas for over the last decade. His engagements in cultural venues include an extension to the National Art Museum of Quebec; the Faena Forum, a multi-purpose venue in Miami Beach; an extension to the Albright Knox Gallery in Buffalo, New York; and an event space for the Wilshire Boulevard Temple in Los Angeles. Sho also designed exhibitions for Prada, the Venice Architecture Biennale, the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Park Avenue Armory.
E.P. DesignLab of San Jose has released a stunning line of colorful, decorative LED light bulbs, called E.P. Lights, inspired by the work of the famous abstract expressionist Jackson Pollock. The product immediately grabbed widespread attention, selling 10,000 units in the first week.
E.P. Lights are made of high-quality, ultra-clear resin mixed with paint and other colorful fluids to create the signature designs. This mixture is injected into a standard glass light bulb, where it solidifies. Once it hardens, the glass is broken away, leaving a unique, one-of-a-kind light bulb that bridges the gap between art and appliance.
Aside from their aesthetic beauty, E.P. Lights offer several benefits. Because the bulb is illuminated by a small LED placed at its base, it doesn't get hot to the touch, even after being left on for hours. It is also shatterproof, made from environmentally friendly materials, and lasts far longer than both incandescent and high-efficiency CFL bulbs.
The soft, colorful glow of E.P. Lights is perfect for ambient lighting and mood setting.
The full line is currently available for purchase on the company's website, http://www.epdesignlab.com. EP DesignLab is also in the process of partnering with retailers to make their products available through a wide variety of outlets.
The name "E.P." is a joint homage to Thomas Edison and Jackson Pollock, as explained by one of the designers:
"The E.P. Light products are in part a tribute to the master of Abstract Expressionism, the great Jackson Pollock. His body of work, along with Thomas Edison's innovative inventions, inspired the idea for E.P. Light bulbs. E.P. Light honors Mr. Thomas Edison and Mr. Jackson Pollock with every new product we create."
The design team is currently working on some creative designs for the upcoming holidays, as a springboard into the holiday decoration and gift market.
EP DesignLab is an interdisciplinary creative team composed of members from diverse backgrounds, mostly within the fields of art and engineering. They are located in San Jose, California. You can view and purchase the entire line of E.P. Lights at www.epdesignlab.com.
World arts organization Mana Contemporary announced its 2018 Miami Art Week lineup of exhibitions and events. Set for Dec. 4-7, this edition marks Mana's fourth year in Wynwood, and the second time the cultural organization activates its properties along Downtown Miami's historic Flagler Street.
With combined attendance across all venues expected to reach 80,000 visitors, this will be Mana's biggest and boldest programming in the US, with marquis activations placed downtown.
"Miami Art Week is one of the most important times of the year, not only to showcase the incredible talent of Mana's multi-disciplinary community, but also to connect and galvanize energy across some of Miami's most culturally rich neighborhoods," says Eugene Lemay, President of Mana Contemporary. "We look forward to pushing boundaries with this year's lineup."
The full schedule of Mana's Wynwood and Downtown events can be found below:
ABOUT MANA CONTEMPORARY
Founded in 2011, Mana Contemporary is one of the largest and most innovative contemporary art organizations in the United States. It offers exceptional services, spaces and programming for the greater creative community. Mana's integrated hive structure allows for the exchange of ideas between artists and art world luminaries. Practitioners specializing in a variety of disciplines—including painting, sculpture, photography, dance, film, sound and performance—work alongside each other in a forward-thinking environment that fosters experimentation, collaboration, and mutual inspiration. Mana Contemporary has locations in Jersey City, Miami's Flagler District and Chicago's Pilsen neighborhood. For more information, visit www.manacontemporary.com.
From Hong Kong to Florence, Paris to St. Petersburg, Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts, the world's leading luxury hospitality company, has earned its reputation through extraordinary experiences delivered by extraordinary people. Now, the unique stories of the exceptional service and savoir faire of the people of Four Seasons is being told in a new book from Assouline Publishing's Fall 2018 Classics Collection titled Four Seasons: The Art of Hospitality.
Through the playful and evocative digital paintings of celebrated artist Ignasi Monreal, Four Seasons: The Art of Hospitality beautifully depicts the essence of the Four Seasons brand – a company powered by its people, delivering authentic, world-class service across its hotels, resorts and residences worldwide.
"The real magic at Four Seasons happens behind the scenes. It is the unscripted care and service, delivered by our people, that creates lasting memories and exceptional experiences for our guests," says Christian Clerc, President, Worldwide Hotel Operations, Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts. "It is no small task to capture the spirit of our iconic brand through art, and Ignasi has done so beautifully. Through this book, I hope people are transported to the beautiful places of Four Seasons, and are inspired by these stories to create and craft their own memorable moments."
"Ignasi's unique approach to digital art combines traditional art forms with modern technology to express the timelessness of personal connections and the power of the Four Seasons story," notes Clerc. "We are honoured to work with him and privileged to be the subject of Assouline's celebration of luxury, culture, and lifestyle. Four Seasons: The Art of Hospitality is a testament to their vision and a one-of-a-kind addition to any library."
Ignasi Monreal is a celebrated multidisciplinary artist born in Barcelona and currently based in London. He is well known for creating Gucci's Spring/Summer 2018 campaign, the first of its kind to be fully digitally painted, for which he was shortlisted for a 2018 Beazley Designs of the Year Award, a global celebration of creative minds in design.
"It is the perfection that's just there that you take for granted," says Monreal about his seven-week odyssey to eight Four Seasons properties around the world. "True luxury is in the things you don't notice or see. Of course, I experienced the stunning Four Seasons properties, but it was the warmth of the welcoming people, compounded by the lifetime of memories they create for their guests, that inspired the artworks found in this book – artworks that vividly portray the power of human connection, the potent significance of each personal story."
"When we started Assouline, our goal was to celebrate luxury lifestyle and culture on the pages of unique, artistic books of the highest quality," says Prosper Assouline, the Founder of Assouline Publishing. "We work with the best brands in the world to tell their stories, and so Four Seasons is the perfect addition to our latest collection. They have a celebrated, storied history of creating world-class travel experiences, operating the finest hotels in the world, and offering unmatched luxury service."
The 212-page book also features a foreward from Pilar Guzmán, longtime travel industry leader and former Editor-in-Chief of Condé Nast Traveler.
Four Seasons: The Art of Hospitality will be available for purchase at https://www.assouline.com/products/four-seasons.
About Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts
Founded in 1960, Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts is dedicated to perfecting the travel experience through continual innovation and the highest standards of hospitality. Currently operating 112 hotels and resorts, and 39 residential properties in major city centres and resort destinations in 47 countries.
The first luxury brand dedicated to culture, Assouline began with the belief that a book artfully crafted and highly considered in its visual content can open our eyes and minds. Over two decades, guided by their passion for knowledge, culture, and travel, they have extended their vision to create all that can be desired in a chic library, from lavishly illustrated books and special editions that become unique decorative accessories.
San Francisco Art Exchange presents iconic original album art and photos of Pink Floyd, Led Zeppelin, The Rolling Stones, Paul McCartney, Black Sabbath and other rock legends, November 10
The Art of Hipgnosis, Inventors of the Dramatic Album Cover celebrates the 50th Anniversary of the first album cover created by the British design studio for Pink Floyd's 1968 album, A Saucerful of Secrets. Over the next two decades, Storm Thorgerson and Aubrey 'Po' Powell would revolutionize album artwork by creating daring and instantly memorable surrealist images for bands such as Led Zeppelin, Black Sabbath, Genesis, Peter Gabriel, the Rolling Stones, AC/DC, Yes, and dozens more, including their most iconic piece, the prism/pyramid design that is arguably the most valuable album art of all time, for Pink Floyd's 1974 album, The Dark Side of the Moon. As Robert Plant of Led Zeppelin recently said, "They were as cavalier as we were. I liked that!"
Powell will be on hand at the opening of The Art of Hipgnosis on November 10th, and the exhibition will run through January 5th, 2019. It showcases a broad selection of Hipgnosis' masterworks including signed limited-edition prints, signed proof sheets, objects and original artwork designs for such album covers as Pulse (Pink Floyd), Never Say Die! (Black Sabbath), Presence and In Through the Out Door (Led Zeppelin), Peter Gabriel ('Melt'), as well as others.
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Many of the images have never been seen before, such as a stunning collection of photographs Powell took of the Rolling Stones in 1972 for their album Goat's Head Soup. The shots remained unused and the negatives filed away for the past 46 years. In addition, there are rare, intimate photos of Pink Floyd co-founder Syd Barrett, Paul McCartney backstage, along with striking onstage shots including Jimi Hendrix and the Who.
"We're thrilled and honored to present the work of Hipgnosis," says Theron Kabrich, gallery co-founder and creative director, who curated the exhibition with Powell. "Over the course of their career and on the hundreds of album covers they designed, Storm and Po changed the way album art – and the music it accompanied – communicated to us. Contemporary surrealists and visual punch-line artists, they created images that were memorable and magical, resulting in album art that became a dramatic event. I believe people like Banksy and Shephard Fairey must have dined, at least a little, on Hipgnosis as artistic food to evolve into who they have become."
Powell quotes, "Hipgnosis was famous for being out of the ordinary, and we were very deliberate about our efforts to disrupt the norm. We called our album covers 'non-covers,' because they were designed to be art pieces. Record labels hated us. We rarely put band photos on the front, and in many cases we didn't even put the name of the band or the album title. But the artists appreciated that we were creating change hand in hand with their music, so they empowered us to do whatever we wanted."
The San Francisco Art Exchange has enjoyed a long history with Hipgnosis, having presented four prior exhibitions with Storm Thorgerson (who passed away in 2013). The gallery is the first to have presented and sold original Hipgnosis artworks – its premier exhibition of the design studio included the premier showing of the original artwork of The Dark Side of the Moon. Other exhibitions premiered the original artworks of Wish You Were Here, Animals, Never Say Die! and Ummagumma, along with two dye transfers of In Through the Out Door and others.
These exhibitions came about through Kabrich's friendship with Roger Dean, the renowned British artist and designer who is best known for his exotic landscapes on Yes albums such as Fragile and Close to the Edge. Dean was a close colleague and friend of Storm Thorgerson. Kabrich had remarked to Dean on several occasions that he was keen on presenting an exhibition of Hipgnosis' work. He recalls how one day, his SFAE partner James Hartley called his office and said, "There's somebody here to see you." "I came downstairs and saw Storm sitting in a chair next to Jim's desk," he says, "I looked at Storm and said, 'It's about time!' We immediately started working together." In addition to presenting various exhibitions, Kabrich would serve as associate producer on the 2011 Hipgnosis documentary Taken by Storm, which had its world premiere at South by Southwest.
Although Thorgerson and Powell pushed the limits of photography-based techniques, they didn't skimp on creating dream-like images by staging them in real life. "What they did was equal parts surrealism, deconstructionism and spectacle," Kabrich says.
"They would embark on artistic adventures that broke boundaries in both concept and execution," he continues. "If the concept included a man on fire, then a man had to literally be on fire. If a pig had to fly over a large power station, then an inflatable pig had to be suspended on tethers high above the station. If a man has to appear to be drowning in a phone booth filled with water, then a waterproof phone booth would have to be built and filled with water while a man held his breath long enough for the photo to be taken. Storm always said he did not want to fake a concept. No matter how outrageous and difficult, the content of the image had to be staged for real."
The Art of Hipgnosis, Inventors of the Dramatic Album Cover will kick off with an invitation-only opening reception on November 10, with Aubrey Powell in attendance. Signed copies of Aubrey Powell's book Vinyl. Album. Cover. Art – The Complete Hipgnosis Catalogue will be given to all purchasers of artwork.
"I'm thrilled to work with the San Francisco Art Exchange on this exhibition to celebrate 50 years of Hipgnosis work," says Powell. "Theron and Jim have a lot of sympathy and respect for the kind of work that we did. They're prepared to put the radical ideas that we came up with and display them to the public as art. I admire them the same way that I admire the artists who employed us."
About San Francisco Art Exchange
The San Francisco Art Exchange focuses on popular iconography from the worlds of film, art, music and history guided by the thesis that popular iconography is the language a culture uses to speak to itself in real time and later memorializes those communications as important parts of historical record.
SFAE has sold original artwork of iconic album covers for the Beatles, Pink Floyd, the Rolling Stones and Bob Dylan, among many others. The gallery has also concluded landmark sales of rare photographs of Marilyn Monroe, Martin Luther King, Jr., Johnny Cash and Muhammad Ali, to name a few. In addition, SFAE has represented treasured music and movie-related artifacts from private and celebrity archives, such as the Playboy Collection and the Brown Derby Collection.
At its downtown San Francisco gallery, SFAE has hosted live events by everyone from music superstars Brian Wilson and Graham Nash, to civil rights legend Clarence Jones and Michigan governor Jennifer Granholm. The gallery's most recent project was the sale of a rare portfolio of photographs of President John F. Kennedy, celebrating the centennial of his birth in cooperation with the Kennedy Foundation, with a percentage of the proceeds benefitting the foundation.
For sales and inquires, please contact: San Francisco Art Exchange, email@example.com or call 415-441-8840.
For more information:http://www.sfae.com/
When Jay Parrino discovered the Culver Archives might be for sale, the prominent collector knew immediately what he had to do. Buy it. Now, the Kansas City businessman wants to sell his rare, coveted collection and is brokering the sale through Artifact Brokerage Firm LLC based in Kansas City.
"Owning even a little piece of this collection would be a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity," explained the Kansas City resident who is no stranger to New York's auction houses, where he bought a rare 1913 Liberty nickel for a record-breaking $1.35 million. Twelve years ago, Parrino also bought the Culver archives for an undisclosed sum.
D. Jay Culver started the collection in New York in 1926 when he provided photos to major newspapers, magazines and movie studios of the time. When Culver died in 1968, his family held on to the 4.5 million rare artworks until 2006 when they sold it to Parrino.
The Culver collection is one of only three major stock photo and image agency collections from the 1900s. And two already have been sold. The Bettmann Archive was sold in 1996 and is now owned by Getty Images, and the Brown Brothers archive was broken up and sold in 2015.
Now the last major collection – the Culver archives – is for sale for $30.5 million. The collection is valued at $99.2 million, according to a fine art photography appraiser who has worked with the Library of Congress, Smithsonian, and Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.
The collection contains artwork by notable engravers such as William Hogarth, Thomas Nast, Thure de Thulstrup and Winslow Homer, and photographers such as George Grantham Bain, Edwin Lebick, Weegee and Herman Mishkin, to name a few. The rare archive's extensive range and scope covers images from the Old Testament to NASA's Apollo program.
Another 640,000 images are already digitized, saving future owners the expense when establishing an online stock photo company, said Michael Simon at Artifact Brokerage Firm.
The 4.5-million-piece collection is divided into nine categories, each with its own price tag: $6.5 million for the 640,000 digitized images, $7.9 million for 444,000 historical photos, $9.4 million for 1.7 million historical illustrations, a range of $404,000 to $1.9 million for the five newspaper photo collections, and $1.1 million for 114,240 celebrity photographs by photographer Peter Borsari.
For more information or appointments, visit www.culverarchives.com
An original oil painting and reproductions memorializing the career and achievements of U.S. Olympic Gold Medal wrestler Dan Gable have been created by established painter Mike Kupka. "The Art of the Fight" pays tribute to Iowa high school, collegiate and Olympic champion wrestler Dan Gable. Gable's gold medal, astonishing record of 181-1 and his coaching career are the stuff legends are made of.
The painting depicts Gable's dramatic winning match at the 1972 Munich Olympic Games, which the Soviets wanted to win by any means. It also digs deeply into Coach Gable's life. The work symbolizes his love for his home state of Iowa where the National Wrestling Hall of Fame Dan Gable Museum is located, his love of the sport, his family, and the mentors and coaches who guided him along the way to great success. Mike Kupka's painting also includes iconic locations from Gable's athletic career, his Olympic gold medal and the wrestling mat where the action took place.
Coach Dan Gable on what this painting means to him: "This piece of art covers my whole life. There is so much inspiration within this work that I personally call it a masterpiece. There's a great story behind each one of the images artist Mike Kupka has so brilliantly captured. It reflects both my lifetime and my legacy. I hope it will inspire people for a long time to come."
Mike Kupka on the inspiration to paint Dan Gable: "I admire Dan's perseverance, drive, focus and his riveting attention to detail, which is something I put in my paintings. The perfection that he strives for on the wrestling mat is what I strive for on the canvas. When it leaves my easel, it has to be the way I want it. It's a reflection of me."
The Art of the Fight is available in a limited edition 30x24 canvas signed by the artist and Coach Gable; an 18x24 canvas signed by artist Mike Kupka; an 18x24 fine print; and an 18x24 poster. Quantities are limited.
Ordering information is at www.MikeKupka.com.
Muslim World League Signs Cooperation Agreement With Italy's Uffizi Gallery to Promote Islamic Civilization and Enhance Intercultural Initiatives
The Muslim World League (MWL), one of the world's largest Muslim NGO's, has signed a cooperation agreement with the Uffizi Gallery, one of the most visited art museums in the world.
The Uffizi Gallery in Florence, Italy is one of the oldest and most famous art institutions in Europe and the second largest and most important museum in the world after the Louvre. The Gallery is visited by millions from around the world.
The Secretary General of the Muslim World League, Sheikh Dr. Muhammad bin Abdulkarim Al-Issa, signed the agreement on behalf of the Muslim World League, while the Uffizi Gallery was represented by its Director Dr. Eike Schmidt.
The agreement aims to support educational and cultural initiatives to do with Islamic civilization, support initiatives aimed at developing education and promote and deliver training that promotes intercultural dialogue.
The agreement also aims to raise awareness of Arab and Islamic culture in order to deepen the bonds of friendship and mutual understanding among communities from differing regions.
Through this agreement, both parties seek to organize seminars and training courses and stress the importance of museums in promoting cultural exchange and educational activities.
Dr. Schmidt emphasized the Uffizi Gallery's deep awareness of the importance of the cultural exchange project with the Muslim World League, stressing the Gallery's keenness to organize joint initiatives with the Muslim World League to achieve the objectives of both parties.
The Uffizi Gallery was founded in 1560 and contains a myriad of world-famous works.
The Muslim World League is one of the world's largest Muslim NGO's active in over 60 countries. Under the leadership of His Excellency Sheikh Dr. Muhammad bin Abdulkarim Al-Issa, the Muslim World League has renewed its worldwide mission to promote interfaith dialogue, peace-building, and cultural diplomacy.