Art & Culture

Sotheby's in Hong Kong announces 20th century Chinese art autumn auction

Sotheby’s Hong Kong 20th Century Chinese Art Autumn Sale 2011 will be held on 3 October, offering a meticulous selection of over 140 lots estimated at HK$190 million / US$24.4 million*. Curated along thematic lines, the auction will present two sp...

Baltimore Symphony's assistant concertmaster gets top post in Hong Kong Philharmonic

Igor Yuzefovich, the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra's assistant concertmaster since 2005, has been named concertmaster of the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra.

Eva Peron ‘kept Nazi treasure taken from Jews’

Eva Peron, the former Argentine first lady, is believed to have kept Nazi treasures taken from wealthy Jewish families killed in concentration camps, according to a new book.

New book disputes claim Jefferson fathered children of slave

Stephen Dinan The Washington Times 01.09.2011
New book disputes claim Jefferson fathered children of slave

In a book due out Thursday, eminent scholars say it’s unlikely that Thomas Jefferson fathered Sally Hemings‘ children, disputing a decade’s worth of conventional wisdom that the author of the Declaration of Independence sired offspring with one of...

Martin Luther King memorial made in China

Malcolm Moore Telegraph 24.08.2011
Martin Luther King memorial made in China

It is perhaps a fitting tribute to racial co-operation. However, the decision to outsource to China the carving of a new national memorial to Martin Luther King has raised eyebrows in the United States.

Texas "vampire" arrest sparks discussion on pop culture

Deborah Quinn Hensel Reuters 18.08.2011
Texas "vampire" arrest sparks discussion on pop culture

The arrest of a Texas man who broke into a woman's house, threw her against a wall and tried to suck her blood over the weekend has sparked discussion over the impact of vampire books and movies on U.S. youth culture.

White Cube Jumps on the Bandwagon to China, Opening a Outpost in Hong Kong

White Cube will be the latest major western gallery to open a branch in China, according to the Financial Times. Its new Hong Kong outpost will open early next year, hot on the heels of Larry Gagosian's successful gallery launch in the former Brit...

Giant Marilyn Monroe sculpture unveiled in Chicago

The long-awaited 26-foot sculpture of Marilyn Monroe was unveiled on the Magnificent Mile Friday morning, amid some controversy about its risqué appearance.

Giant statue of Jesus Christ opened in Peru

One of the world's tallest statues of Jesus Christ has been inaugurated in Peru despite high level opposition and Facebook campaigns mocking it.

Elizabeth Taylor's clothing and jewellery to go on an international tour before being auctioned

Elizabeth Taylor's collection of jewellery, art, designer clothing and other memorabilia is to go on an international three-month tour before being sold at auction, Christie's has announced.

Bearded Mickey Mouse cartoon causes stir in Egypt

An Egyptian Christian telecom mogul has angered Islamic hard-liners by posting an online cartoon of Mickey Mouse with a beard and Minnie in a face veil.

Princess Diana

Keith Allen's "Unlawful Killing," financed by Dodi Al-Fayed's billionaire father, Mohamed, has lined up several distribution deals. The controversial documentary alleging a cover-up following the 1997 deaths of Princess Diana and Dodi Al-Fayed is ...

Tony Awards: AIDS and war — 3 shows tackle them and win big

This year's Tony Awards honored "The Normal Heart" for its passionate look at the AIDS crisis. It also bestowed Tonys on "War Horse," a play that showed the horror of the battlefield. But the night's biggest prize went to a musical that mocked both.

Einstein exhibition off Shanghai museum's calendar

A plan to bring an Albert Einstein exhibition to Shanghai was shelved after the Chinese museum suggested merging it with one on Confucius, a Swiss museum director said Tuesday.

Chinese Bidding Battles Push Christie’s to $470 Million Hong Kong Record

Christie’s International set a record of HK$3.65 billion ($470 million) for a series of Hong Kong auctions last night as Chinese bidders battled for items from their heritage. The figure would have been higher had an 18th- century Chinese vase val...

Christie's Hong Kong Spring 2011 Asian 20th Century and Contemporary Art Achieves New Milestone

Christie’s concluded its Hong Kong Spring Evening and Day sales of Asian 20th Century and Contemporary Art on 29 May, 2011, totaling HK$761,514,250/ US$97,854,581. The sales were 82% sold by lot and 94% sold by value. Five lots sold in excess of H...

Christie’s $5.8 Million Singing-Bird Pistols Lift Hong Kong Sale to Record

A pair of singing-bird pistols made of gold and inlaid with gems sold for HK$45.5 million ($5.8 million) at a Christie’s International sale in Hong Kong yesterday.

German Art Forgery Scandal Reaches Hollywood

The scope of what is believed to be Germany's biggest art forgery scandal since World War II has reached as far as Hollywood. American actor Steve Martin bought one of the fake paintings in 2004 and later sold it at a loss of some 200,000 euros.

Hong Kong Exhibits Controversial Ai Weiwei Sculpture

An international art fair in Hong Kong is displaying a provocative sculpture by jailed Chinese artist Ai Weiwei, in what it is billing as a show of support for the outspoken dissident.

The Leopard, signed in Chinese; signed 'Zeng Fanzhi' in Pinyin; dated '2010' (lower right), oil on canvas, 280 x 180 cm. (110 1/4 x 70 7/8 in.) Painted in 2010. Estimate: HK$6,000,000 – 8,000,000. US$769,200 – 1,025,600.

Christie’s, the world‟s leading art business, will hold a special charity sale of an iconic work by renowned Chinese contemporary artist Zeng Fanzhi. The Leopard (iestimate: HK$6-8 million/US$769,200 – 1,025,600), will be offered at Christie‟s Hon...

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