Art & Culture

Woody Allen to Return to Broadway this fall

The Wall Street Journal 18.05.2011
Woody Allen to Return to Broadway this fall

Three one-act plays by Woody Allen, Ethan Coen and Elaine May are being bundled together and heading to Broadway this fall.

Hong Kong Shows Its Colors During ART HK 11 Expo

Asia’s leading international art fair, ART HK 11 (aka the Hong Kong International Art Fair) returns to Hong Kong for its fourth year with some highly anticipated new elements, including a showcase for solo artists of Asian origin called ASIA ONE. ...


Art's Obsession With Mao Zedong

The Wall Street Journal 03.05.2011
Art's Obsession With Mao Zedong

Would you hang a picture of Mao Zedong in your home? Many people do, says Eric Chang, the international director of 20th-century Chinese art and Asian contemporary art for Christie’s in Hong Kong. In the auction house’s sale of Asian contemporary ...

Superman Renounces U.S. Citizenship in 'Action Comics' #900

After recently undertaking a journey to walk -- not fly -- across the United States in the "Grounded" storyline and reconnect with the country and everyday Americans, Superman appears to be taking another step that could have major implications fo...


'Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark' Broadway musical will stay dark until May as creators revamp show

The curtain will fall on Broadway's accident-blighted "Spider-Man" Sunday, as creators go back into rehearsals to revamp the multi-million dollar show.

Samuel L. Jackson to debut on Broadway -- as Martin Luther King

Samuel L. Jackson will make his Broadway debut as Dr. Martin Luther King in the Broadway production of Katori Hall's "The Mountaintop."


Sotheby's in record HK$3.49 billion Asian art auction

Sotheby's said Saturday it sold a record HK$3.49 billion ($447 million) worth of Asian and Chinese art, fine wines, watches and jewels at its eight-day Hong Kong auction.

Chinese Buying Spree, Record Painting Boost $54.9 Million Hong Kong Sale

Mary Linnane and Stephanie Tong Bloomberg.com 04.04.2011
Chinese Buying Spree, Record Painting Boost $54.9 Million Hong Kong Sale

A painting by Zhang Xiaogang set an auction record for a work by a contemporary Chinese artist last night as Asian buyers competed at a HK$427.2 million ($54.9 million) sale by Sotheby’s (BID) in Hong Kong.


Pentagon Art: $600,000 Gurgling Toad Sculpture

Paul Bedard U.S. News 01.04.2011
Pentagon Art: $600,000 Gurgling Toad Sculpture

A $600,000 frog sculpture that lights up, gurgles "sounds of nature" and carries a 10-foot fairy girl on its back could soon be greeting Defense Department employees who plan to start working at the $700 million Mark Center in Alexandria, Va. this...

Another Injury Rocks 'Spider-Man'

MARK KENNEDY Myfoxny 24.03.2011
Another Injury Rocks 'Spider-Man'

Is this the curse of the Spider-Woman? T.V. Carpio stepped in to replace another actress injured in Broadway's troubled "Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark." She has now herself been sidelined after an accident.


Campaign to Fight Air Pollution in Hong Kong Gets Visual

A leading anti-pollution campaign group in Hong Kong is deploying a new weapon in the fight for clean air in this Asian financial hub: art. Enlisting the support of 40 artists and the auction house Sotheby’s, the Clean Air Network has organized an...

Stolen Greek relics found in London

Helena Smith The Guardian 21.03.2011
Stolen Greek relics found in London

Six stolen icons discovered in an art gallery near the Greek embassy in London have become the focus of a police inquiry as Athens tries to unravel how the religious works ended up on the international art market.


China writer Bi Feiyu wins Asia's top literary prize

Acclaimed Chinese author Bi Feiyu on Thursday won Asia's top literary prize for his "Three Sisters", set during the Cultural Revolution.

How a tipster invests in Asia's art scene

Alexandra A. Seno The Wall Street Journal 10.03.2011
How a tipster invests in Asia's art scene

Howard Bilton is a serious art enthusiast with a special interest in emerging art markets. The Hong Kong-based tax lawyer is also the founder of the Sovereign Asian Art Prize, an highlight of the region's art calendar now in its seventh year.


Tore Cheung for "Jet" magazine. On picking his own name, Cheung says the Scandinavian Tore looks good in print and makes him think of how "for a while [he] just 'tore' up [his] work all the time."

Seven of the city's up-and-coming illustrators show us how they are busting out of their supporting role

Egypt's top archaeologist warns of looting

HAMZA HENDAWI My Way News 05.03.2011
Egypt's top archaeologist warns of looting

Egypt's top archaeologist, Zahi Hawass, warned that the country's antiquity sites were being looted by criminals amid the country's political upheaval as he announced he would no longer serve in his ministerial post in the government.


Michelangelo's David 'could collapse due to high-speed train building'

Michelangelo’s statue of David is at risk of being toppled by the construction of a high-speed railway line beneath Florence because of his flimsy ankles.

Four China stamps sell for HK$8.97 million

Chris Hogg BBC News 02.03.2011
Four China stamps sell for HK$8.97 million

A set of four Chinese stamps from the Cultural Revolution era has sold at auction in Hong Kong for more than $1.15m (£708,000).


Andrew Lloyd Webber's The Wizard of Oz, London Palladium, review

As I walked along Oxford Street towards the London Palladium I found that I was humming “We’re Off to See the Wizard” through gritted teeth. The fact is that I have never been a friend of Dorothy and have always cordially loathed The Wizard of Oz.

Mystery over record sale of £51m Chinese vase

Andy Bloxham Telegraph 28.02.2011
The 18th century Qianlong-dynasty porcelain piece fetched the highest price for any Chinese artwork ever sold at auction

It was the ultimate "cash in the attic" tale which had people across the country rummaging through their grandparents' lofts but in the story of the £51.6 million Chinese vase found during a house clearance in suburban Middlesex a new twist has em...



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