Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Our Newsletter for today, January 27, 2015 - Picasso, Pierre Bonard, X-ray phase-contrast tomography, artist Thaier Helal, Image of the prophet Muhammad, Musée du Montparnasse, Marc Chagall, George Grosz, Antoni Gaudí, Mar Mikhael

Exposition Vallauris 1952 (Rodrigo 014) , Poster printed in black on coral colored , 34 1/2 x 28 1/4 in (87.6 x 71.7 cm) , plate signed picasso lower right,

Description: Suite - XVI , 
Lithogaph , 14 3/4 x 9 1/2 in (37.5 x 24.1 cm) , 
plate signed lower right

Final Study of Petit Solfege Illustre, 1893, ink and pencil on paper , 7 3/4 x 12 in (19.6 x 30.4 cm) 

John Martin, “Destruction of Pompeii and Herculaneum” (1821) (via Wikimedia)
Researchers Find Way to Read Papyrus Texts Buried at Herculaneum for the First Time
Since its discovery in 1754, archaeologists have unsuccessfuly attempted to open the villa’s carbonized texts.
Today, the European Synchrotron in Grenoble by Vito Mocella of the Italian National Research Council and his team. The researchers state:
"Here for the first time, we show that X-ray phase-contrast tomography can reveal various letters hidden inside the precious papyri without unrolling them. This attempt opens up new opportunities to read many Herculaneum papyri, which are still rolled up, thus enhancing our knowledge of ancient Greek literature and philosophy." ...

After initially preventing him from traveling to the UK, the British government has granted Syrian-born, Sharjah-based artist Thaier Helal’s second visa application, allowing him to attend the opening of his first solo show in London... Hyperallergic Media,

The Victoria and Albert museum has attempted to conceal its ownership of a devotional image of the prophet Muhammad, citing security concerns, in what is part of a wider pattern of apparent self-censorship by British institutions that scholars fear could undermine public understanding of Islamic art and the diversity of Muslim traditions... Guardian News
Museum Hang Out Of Picasso, Matisse Shut By Paris Authorities
The Musée du Montparnasse - a museum known for celebrating the art historical richness of the Parisian area of Montparnasse has been shut by the City of Paris, Le quotidien de l'art reports.
The museum was established in 1996 by Roger Pic, a local photographer who led a campaign against a real estate development planned for the site, the Musée du Montparnasse hosted temporary exhibitions and served as a cultural centre for the district of Montparnasse... ARTLYST

The Russian-French-Jewish artist Marc Chagall (1887-1985) was arguably one of the most influential modernist artists of the 20th Century. In association with Goldmark Gallery we have brought together a collection of Chagall’s fine art prints from renowned series such as Gogol’s The Dead Souls and The Bible Series. Friday 9th January – Saturday 14th February

An unnamed Berlin gallerist had asked the court to remove the artwork, Brilliantenschieber (1920), from the list of nationally significant cultural goods in order to show the artwork at an exhibition in London. The list of cultural administration is based on a law, which protects significant items of German heritage from being exported abroad. ArtNet News

Chile Will Erect Antoni Gaudí’s First Building Outside of SpainAntoni Gaudí may have died nearly nine decades ago, but a never-built chapel the architect designed in 1915 is finally coming to life. When completed in 2017, Our Lady of Angels Chapel at the Gaudí Cultural and Spiritual Center in Rancagua, Chile, will be the first building by the Catalan master constructed outside of Spain, ArchDaily reported.

For a few years now, young artists, craftsmen and designers have been relocating to spaces, including garages, in Mar Mikhael, which has boosted the area’s appeal but has also attracted real estate development and nightlife. The result has threatened Mar Mikhael’s old and historical abandoned buildings and staircases with demolition. Daily Star